Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1861 - April 12 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1861 with a release
date of April 12 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Ham radio developed software is now
a part of an ongoing NASA solar observation mission; hams in
Hawaii appear safe from a new distracted driving law; Over
the Horizon is back on the ham bands; the Dayton Hamvention
withdraws its 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year award and a
nice place for senior citizen hams to retire. Find out where
on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1861 coming your
way right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  AMSAT-DL TURBO CODE NOW ON NASA STEREO
SPACECRAFT

Ham radio is now contributing directly to some vital space
research.  This with the announcement that Turbo Code
software written by AMSAT-DL is now in use on the twin NASA
STEREO spacecraft.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley,
KI7UP, has the rest of the story:

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According to AMSAT-Germany, on April 2, the two NASA STEREO
space-based solar observatories permanently switched to
Turbo Code to transmit their real-time space weather data
back to Earth.  A network of four ground stations, located
at Germany, France, Japan and amateur radio station DL0SHF
in Germany receives the data, and uses software also written
by AMSAT-Germany to decode it.

The switch to Turbo Code has reportedly improved reception
capabilities of the ground stations by about 2 dB.  This is
a very welcome improvement given that the two STEREO
spacecraft are currently 269 and 286 million kilometers
respectively away from Earth.

STEREO which stands for the Solar Terrestrial Relations
Observatory is a solar observation mission using two nearly
identical spacecraft.  They were launched in 2006 into
orbits around the sun that cause them to respectively pull
farther ahead of and fall gradually behind the Earth. This
enables stereoscopic imaging of the Sun and other solar
phenomena, such as coronal mass ejections and the like.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'M Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
Scottsdale, Arizona.

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More on the NASA STEREO solar observatory mission is on the
web at tinyurl.com/stereo-in-space.  (AMSAT-DL)

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PROPAGATION:  INCOMING SOLAR STORM MAY AFFECT RADIO
TRANSMISSSIONS AFTER APRIL 13

A strong M6-class solar flare has hurled a Cornal Mass
Ejection or CME toward Earth.  This after the magnetic field
of sunspot AR1719 erupted at 0716 UT on April 11th.

Geomagnetic storms and high-latitude auroras were being
predicted when the fast-moving ionized cloud was to reach
our planet, on April 13th.  Solar forecasters believed that
radio, television, satellite and other communications would
likely be affected for several days afterward.  Keep an eye
on spaceweather dot com for the latest updates.
(Spaceweather)

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAMS ASSIST IN ARGENTINA FLOODING

Hams in Argentina are reported to be providing
communications support in response to the recent flooding to
hit that nation.  A statement provided by RAYNET-HF on April
6th said that High Frequency nets are currently operating on
7 dot 070 MHz and 7 dot 120 MHz.  This is in addition to VHF
and UHF repeaters that are being kept on alert by the Radio
Club La Plata operating as LU8DZE.   There is also a lot of
emergency communication taking place through the Facebook
Emergenciaslu Amateur group page that is maintained by the
Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Argentina.  (RAYNET-HF)

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INTRUDER WATCH:  RUSSIAN AND IRANIAN OTH RADAR CAUSING
INTERFERENCE ON HF

The dreaded sound of Over the Horizon Radar is again
interfering with communications on or near several ham radio
bands.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is
here with the details:

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The latest Region One International Amateur Radio Union
Monitoring System newsletter reports a Russian Over the
Horizon Radar has been transmitting between 3.555 to 3.590
and 3.750 to 3.785 MHz.  The signal is always 35 kHz wide
with its location believed to be in the area of Makhachkala,
in the Caspian Sea.

Amateur radio as well as many other services are being
interfered with in the evening hours by this annoying signal
source.  A letter has been sent to the Russian Radio Society
-- the SRR -- asking for assistance in ending the operation
of this Radar system.

Meantime an Iran based Over the Horizon Radar has been
interfering with ham radio operations on the 10 meter band.
This Radar is on the air daily on 28.000 to 29.700 MHz
transmitting bursts that are 60 kHz wide.  The splatter from
the signal often covers spectrum 500 kHz or more in
bandwidth. The German Department of Post and
Telecommunications has sent an official complaint to its
counterpart in Iran.

Lastly, the Dutch Datawell buoys are still operating
illegally on 10 meters.  The Datawell Company was informed
that the transmissions are illegal by DK2OM and PA2GRU way
back in March of 2012, but so far the company has not
responded and the interference continues.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the newsroom in Los Angeles.

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If you happen across signals in the ham radio bands that you
know do not belong there, please send a report to the
Intruder Watch Coordinator for the nation that you live in.
(IARU R-1 IARUMS Newsletter)

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RADIO LAW:  HAWAII DISTRACTED DRIVING LAW EXEMPTS HAM RADIO

Some good news for hams in Hawaii.  A new distracted driving
law making its way through the state legislature contains a
full exemption for  radio amateurs.

Hawaii State Legislature House Bill 980 involving mobile
electronics has passed the Senate and has been transmitted
back to the House.  Testimonies by amateur radio operators
have kept the exemption intact to allow hams to operate
their radio gear while driving.

This bill is expected to pass, as the State of Hawaii needs
a state-level cellular telephone law banning text messaging
in order to receive Federal highway safety funds.  It lost
the funds in 2012 by not having such a law.

From here, the remaining steps are that a joint conference
committee will get together to work out the differences
between the House and Senate versions.  That whats called
the CD1 draft and will have to be ratified in both the
Hawaii House and Senate, before finally being transmitted to
the Governor for signature.  The text of the new mweasure
and any updates will be available on-line on Ron Hashiro,
AH6RH web page at tinyurl.com/hawaii-cell-law,  (AH6RH)

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HAMVENTION 2013:  HAMVENTION RESCINDS RADIO AMATEUR OF THE
AWARD TO DL1BDF

The Dayton Amateur Radio Association, sponsor of the annual
Dayton Hamvention (R), has withdrawn its 2013 Radio Amateur
of the Year Award.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan
Kinford, N8WB, is in near-by Wadsworth, Ohio, with whats
known so far:

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In early March the Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee
announced that it had selected Captain Mustapha Landoulsi,
DL1BDF, as its choice for 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year.
But on April 4th the Hamvention announced that Landoulsi
would not be getting the award after all.  In fact, this
year, nobody will.

The announcement of the decision to rescind the award came
in a posting to the Hamvention website and also distributed
on the Hamvention's Yahoo Groups remailer.  Both said and we
quote:

"We have received conflicting information from credible
sources regarding the accuracy of the winning nomination.
The General Chairman of Hamvention this year, Charles
Kaiser, received these reports and followed up to verify
their accuracy. Unfortunately these changes the way we score
for the Amateur of the Year award and since the competition
was close with other nominees the outcome would have been
different. Based on all of this research the decision has
been made by the Hamvention General Chairman not to award
the Amateur of the Year for 2013."

Captain Landoulsi is a retired Lufthansa airline pilot, had
been named recipient of the award for his ongoing work in
promoting and developing amateur radio in the Middle East
and for organizing delivery of emergency medical equipment
and medication to countries in Africa.  There was no
indication from the Hamvention or its Awards Committee as to
the nature of the "conflicting information" or any
additional details regarding this action.

In reply to our request for comment on the situation,
Captain Landoulsi responded in part that is not the awards
cancellation that made him sad.  He notes that he already
has a number of awards but that collecting awards has not
been his goal in life.  Rather giving to others and helping
every one he can is what his life is all about.  DL1BDF
added that he will have a more in depth statement for
release shortly.

It should be noted that the decision by the Hamvention to
rescind the Radio Amateur of the Year Award will have no
impact on this year's Technical Achievement, Special
Achievement and Radio Club of the Year recipients.  These
three awards will be presented as originally announced.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephan Kinford, N8WB,
in Wadsworth, Ohio.

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This is the first time since the Radio Amateur of the Year
Award was created back in 1955 that it has been withdrawn
after being announced.  And as far as we can determine, it's
also the first time that this award will not be presented.
(Dayton HamventionT, CQ, ARNewslineT, others)

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BREAKING DX NEWS:  NCDXF ANNOUNCES MAJOR GRANT TO FT/Z
AMSTERDAM ISLAND DXPEDITION

The Northern California DX Foundation has announced a grant
of $50,000 to the upcoming FT stroke Z Amsterdam Island
DXpedition currently planned for January and  February of
2014.  This is the second largest grant in the history of
the Northern California DX Foundation history.  Amsterdam is
number 4 on the DX Magazine's Most Wanted List of rare DX
locations for 2013.  Check www.amsterdamdx.org in the near
future for more DXpedition details.  (NCDXF)

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BREAK 1

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N8LC repeater serving Sterling Heights,
Michigan.

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RADIO BUSINESS:  NEW YAESU FT-400DR DIGITAL DUAL BAND MOBILE

Big news in the world of digital VHF and UHF voice
communications that the Yaesu FTM-400DR dual band mobile
transceiver has received FCC approval, but when it will be
available for sale is not known.

According to the Universal Radio website, the new 2 meter
and 70 centimeter radio is power selectable at 50, 20 or 5
watts on either band, features wide band receivers covering
108-470 and 800-999 MHz minus the cellular band four scan
modes and 500 memories per band and all the other bells and
whistles you would expect in a top of the line dual bander.
But it's Kevin Sanders Amateur Radio and Scanning Blog adds
that reveals the most important aspect of this new rig.
That of it being capable of full C4FM FDMA digital voice
operation as well as conventional FM.  This means it will be
the base and mobile radio that will compliment Yaesu's long
waited FT1D digital voice hand-held.

How much will the FTM-400DR set you back?  At airtime there
is no manufacturers suggested price listed.  All the
Universal Radio website says is that the information shown
is preliminary and may be subject to change without notice
or obligation.  You can take a look at the new Yaesu
offering at tinyurl.com/yaesu-digital-mobile.  A video of
the radio taken at last years Tokyo Hamfair can be seen at
tinyurl.com/ftm400.  (ARNewslineT, Universal Radio, Kevin
Sanders Sanders Amateur Radio and Scanning Blog)

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CALIFORNIA CB OPERATOR CITED FOR TALKING TO MUCH TO NOBODY

A California CB operator has been cited by the FCC for what
amounts to having been long winded while talking to nobody
on 11 meter CB.  Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce
Tennant, K6PZW, with the details.

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Talking to nobody on 11 meters but taking a long time to say
it is the crux of a Notice of Violation issued on March 12th
to Joseph Loiacono who lives in the Los Angeles suburb
Lakewood.

According to the FCC, back on January 29th the FCC received
a complaint of interference to CB radio communications on
27.165 MHz.  In response agents from the Los Angeles Office
Enforcement Bureau T-hunted the signal and determined that
they were coming from an antenna at a residence owned by Mr.
Loiacono.

While monitoring the frequency the agents observed someone
whom they allege to have been Joseph Loiacono engaging in
extended one-way transmissions which resulted in intentional
interference to other CB stations.  Some of these
transmissions the FCC says lasted up to twenty minutes in
length.

This in led to the FCC issuing the Notice of Violation
seeking additional information concerning the violations and
any remedial actions that Loiacono had since taken.
Specifically his response had to fully explain each
violation, including all relevant surrounding facts and
circumstances.  It was also was to contain a statement of
the specific actions he had so far taken to correct each
violation and preclude any recurrence.

But it did not end there.  In accordance with Section 1.16
of the Rules, Loiacono was directed to support his response
with an affidavit or declaration made under penalty of
perjury, verifying the truth and accuracy of the information
that he provided to the FCC.  He was also warned that to
knowingly and willfully make any false statement or conceal
any material fact in reply to the Notice of Violation was
punishable by fine or imprisonment under Title 18 of the
U.S. Code.

Joseph Loiacono was given 20 days from the release of the
Notice of Violation to submit his written statement
concerning this matter.    That date is now past but at
airtime it's not known what information he had in his reply
to the FCC.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW,
monitoring this one from Los Angeles.

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For what its worth, this is the first time in years if not
decades that we have heard of anyone on the 11 meter
Citizens Band being issued a Notice of Violation for making
a one way transmission that was far to long.  In fact its
one of the few instances of any real enforcement action on
11 meters in a long, long time.  (FCC, CGC)

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ENFORCEMENT: MOJAVE CA RESIDENT ISSUED WARNING AFTER FCC
LOCATES AV TRANSMITTER INTERFERING WITH NASA TELEMETRY

The FCC has issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation of an
audio-visual transmitter used in the home of a Southern
California resident.  This after receiving a complaint from
NASA that it was receiving interference to a telemetry
receive site from radio transmissions centering on 2390 MHz.

In its March 26th release the FCC said that its
investigators from the Los Angeles office used direction
finding to locate the interfering device at the home of
Julius Magos in the city of Mojave, California.  This is not
far from the NASA receive site.  The FCC says that when the
power was disconnected from the transmitter, the
interference to the NASA telemetry operations ceased.

Now in issuing Magos the Notice of Unlicensed Operation the
FCC says that its records show that no license was issued
for operation of a transmitter on 2390 MHz from his home
location.  As such operation of the device must cease
immediately.

Magos was also warned that operation of radio transmitting
equipment without a valid FCC authorization constitutes a
violation of the Federal laws and could subject the operator
to severe penalties.  These include but are not limited to a
substantial monetary forfeitures, seizure the offending
radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including
imprisonment.  Magos was also told that the FCC will
determine what if any further enforcement action is required
to ensure his compliance with the agency's rules.  (FCC,
CGC)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FM TRANSLATOR FINED FOR INTERFERING WITH
AVIATION COMMS

The FCC has reaffirmed a $4,000 Notice of Apparent Liability
issued against Playa Del Sol Broadcasters which is the
licensee of FM translator K238AK in Palm Desert, California.
The commission said the translator that operates on 109.5
MHz interfered with the VHF aviation band communications
three times in 2008 resulting from the broadcaster's failure
to properly attenuate the translator emissions.  Interfered
with specifically was Riverside California County sheriff's
helicopter communications,

Playa Del Sol uses the translator to re-transmit KRCK- FM in
Mecca, California.  The broadcaster didn't dispute the
facts, but argued it shouldn't be fined because its
violation was not intentional.  But the commission backed up
the Enforcement Bureau findings.  It said even though Playa
Del Sol didn't intend to break the law, it still did.  It
also gave Playa Del Sol Broadcasters the customary 30 days
from the date of its decision to pay the $4000 fine.  (FCC,
RW)

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CRIME AGAINST HAM RADIO:  NAURYZ DX CONTEST SITE HACKED

The Nauryz DX Contest website owned by the Kazakhstan
Amateur Radio Club was hacked the morning of April 9th.
According to the Southgate news, vistors to the site were
treated to a picture of a warrior with a scrolling text
telling that said "Admin I hacked your site."

Laying claim to the hacking was made by a group called "Team
Haxorsistz" and "Bl4CK System".  It followed the deadline of
log submissions to the contest committee by Sunday April
7th.

The hackers say that all information was retained.  By late
in the day a visit to the site showed that it had been
restored.  (G0SFJ, Southgate)

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RADIO HAPPENINGS:  HIGH SCHOOL RADIO DAY - APRIL 24

High school radio stations in the United States will come
together April 24 for High School Radio Day 2013.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, reports:

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Following the inaugural event last May, a website has been
created at www.highschoolradioday.com to publicize the
activities planned by participating stations. The day's
activities will include live broadcasts from different high
school stations around the country streamed on the High
School Radio Day website. There also will be links to
station streams and schools can register with a link to
their own station website.

High School Radio Day was created following the successful
launch of College Radio Day in October of 2011. Founder Pete
Bowers, the station manager of WBFH-FM in Bloomfield Hills,
Michigan decided to hold High School Radio Day last year on
May 16th because it is the anniversary of the first U.S.
high school radio station WNAS-FM in Albany, New York's
inaugural broadcast in 1949.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH

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Organizers of High School Radio Day 2013 hope that this
gathering will raise the profile of the limited number of
high school radio stations still broadcasting in the United
States.  (RW)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  WEBINAR RECORDING FIRST TRANS ATLANTIC
SHORTWAVE MESSAGE NOW ON LINE

A Webinar archive presentation surrounding the story of the
first trans-Atlantic short wave message which involved
several Radio Club of America members and station 1BCG is
now available for viewing on-line.  To access the recording,
take your web browser to tinyurl.com/rca-atlantic-message
and click on the title The First Top Band DX Contest - the
1921 Transatlantic Test by Frank Donovan W3LPL.  This
Webinar recording is being hosted at the website of the
World Wide Radio Operators Foundation.  (RCA)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  2013 MARCONI PRIZE TO BE AWARDED TO
HANDLELD PHONE DEVELOPER MARTIN COOPER
The Marconi Society has announced that wireless visionary
and entrepreneur Martin Cooper is the recipient of the 2013
Marconi Prize.  Cooper is credited with developing and
popularizing the concept of the handheld mobile phone. He
led the team that put Motorola at the forefront of a new
industry and in the process, he helped reshape and point the
global telecommunications industry in a new direction.

Martin Cooper will receive the $100,000 Marconi Prize at an
awards dinner in his honor being held on October 1st in
Bologna, Italy.  He also will deliver the keynote address
for a three-day conference preceding the awards gala,
jointly sponsored by the Marconi Institute for Creativity
and the Marconi Society
The Marconi Prize is considered the pinnacle honor in the
field of communication and information science.  (Published
News Reports)

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This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  From the
United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline
with links to the world from our only official website at
www.arnewsline.org and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

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RADIO IN SPACE:  SPACELAB II PROPOSED BEYOND THE MOON

NASA has propose a concept for a deep space station that has
been dubbed Skylab 2.  It placing such a station on-orbit at
the Earth/Moon L2 point in space.  Here's Amateur Radio
Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, with the details:

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According to Space.com, the Skylab 2 concept would consist
of a single-piece habitat based on the Space Launch System's
upper-stage hydrogen tank. The resulting space station would
be the equivalent of a two-story house.  That would be
enough to accommodate a crew of four astronauts and several
years of provisions with comfort. Solar arrays, radiators,
and a module that contains equipment for assembly, repair,
and propellant transfer would be attached.

The advantage over using International Space Station modules
is that in the latter case, some assembly would be required.
Skylab 2 would be ready for occupancy by a four-person crew
launched separately in an Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle.

The news that NASA was considering using the Space Launch
System heavy lift launcher to deploy a deep space station
38,000 miles beyond the moon's far side, was first reported
in the Orlando Sentinel in September.  Such a space station
would be human tended, hosting crews for weeks and then
months at a time.  It would serve as a way station for
expeditions into deep space or back to the lunar surface.
Astronauts on the deep space station could remotely operate
radio controlled robots on the lunar surface and would study
the effects of deep space, which includes microgravity and
radiation, on the human body.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois

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L Points also known as Lagrange points, are the five
positions in an orbital configuration where a small object
affected only by gravity can theoretically be part of a
constant-shape pattern with two larger objects such as
a satellite with respect to the Earth and Moon.  The
Lagrange points mark positions where the combined
gravitational pull of the two large masses provides
precisely the centripetal force required to orbit with them.
(NASA, Published News Reports)

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WORLDBEAT:  CELEBRATING THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST
CLASS CW OPERATORS CLUB

To commemorate their 75th anniversary of the First Class CW
Operators Club this coming May the organization is holding a
month-long on-air event featuring more than 20 special FOC
suffix calls.  This will include GB75FOC which is a special
anniversary callsign for their club station.

There will also be other FOC callsigns operating from the
USA and Canada as well as some exotic locations such as VQ9,
HZ1 and 5T.  Stations will gain points for contacting any
First Class CW Operators  Club member and a certificate will
be presented to stations who reach certain point levels.

Founded in 1938 with its roots, history and management in
the United Kingdom, the First Class CW Operators' Club
promotes good CW operating, Morse activity, friendship and
socializing via its worldwide membership of approximately
500.  Complete details of the group and this event is on-
line at tinyurl.com/first-class-morse.  (Via e-mail)

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WORLDBEAT:  BBC WORLD SERVICE REDUCES SHORTWAVE BROADCASTS

A new schedule with reduced shortwave transmissions began on
the BBC World Service on April 1st.  As part of the change
shortwave and medium wave transmissions in the English
language will be reduced by a minimum of 6 hours each day.
Also shortwave Arabic language broadcasts ceased complexly.
You can read the full schedule change announcement
at tinyurl.com/BBC-World-English.  (Southgate)

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WORLDBEAT:  BBC WORLD SERVICE OVER TO YOU ON CHINESE JAMMING

The BBC World Service program Over To You has presented a
program that explores the way that the stations shortwave
transmissions are being affected by jamming in parts of
Asia.  This is the result of an e-mail from a listener in
West Bengal who was having problems listening to the
service.

With the help of the World Service's head of business
development, the show discovers how jamming of its shortwave
transmissions inside China is spilling over into neighboring
countries.  It also explores what the BBC can do to remedy
the situation through various international organizations.
You can hear the program on-line at tinyurl.com/bbc-against-
jamming.  (Southgate, BBC)

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WORLDBEAT:  TWO RADIO STATIONS ATTACKED IN GUINEA

A journalists' association in Guinea says that two privately-
owned radio stations have been attacked, as political
tensions rise before Guinea's legislative elections on May
12.  The Union of Free Radio and Television of Guinea says
Renaissance FM and the Planet FM were both shot at when Faya
Millimo who is the leader of the opposition Liberal Bloc was
being interviewed.  Also, two civilians and one police
officer have been killed in a series of anti-government
demonstrations that rocked Guinea's capital in recent weeks.
(UFR via Facebook)

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WORLDBEAT:  ALGERIAN AMATEUR RADIO ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES
50TH ANNIVERSARY

The Algerian Amateur Radio Association recently celebrated
its fiftieth anniversary.

The current president of the association is Afif Benlagha,
7X2RO.  During a press conference held to mark this
anniversary he recalled the various stages the association
went through since its creation on March 23, 1963.

Also present at the event was International Amateur Radio
Union, Region 1 president Hans Blondeel Timmerman whose call
is PB2T.  Timmerman highlighted Algerian expertise in this
area of communications.  (Algeria Press Service)

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ON THE AIR:  CS250CLE CELEBRATES THE BELL TOWER OF CLERIGOS
CHURCH

On the air, word that Portuguese amateurs will be operating
through the end of the year with the call CS250CLE.  This to
celebrate the 250th anniversary of the final construction of
the Torre dos Clerigos bell tower of the Church of Clerigos.
Since its completion the tower has overlooked the city of
Porto as the highest bell tower in Portugal.  If you contact
CS250CLE please QSL via CS5RPT.  (DXNL)

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ON THE AIR:  FRENCH CW SOCIETY - SPECIAL EVENT

Look for special event callsign TM28UFT to be active during
the 28th annual meeting of the French CW Society which will
be held in Panazol Center, France, through April 21st.
Activity will be on the HF bands and possibly others for
this Morse only operation.  The QSL Manager is F9IE. More
information is on-line at www.uft.net. (UFT.net)

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DX

In DX, GM0OBX will be running the special event call of
GB1PC during April from Stirling and District Amateur Radio
Society in the United Kingdom.  This to celebrate the new
Police Service of Scotland.  Please QSL to GM0OBX either
direct or via the bureau.

LY5A will be on the air as LY23A until through April 23rd to
celebrate the anniversary of the restoration of Lithuanian
independence.  No times or frequencies have been announced.
If you work him QSL via LY5A.

IK2GZU will be in the southern region of Tanzania through
May 8th working on electrical installations of the local
hospital and orphanage.  He hopes to find time to erect a 3
element yagi and operate as 5H3MB.  If you make contact
please QSL via his home call.

SN0MD to be active in celebration Poland's 40th Debno
marathon.  Operation of this station continues through April
22nd.  QSL via SP1PNW.

Lastly, RW3AH is currently on the air from Egypt as SU9AF.
He's reportedly operational on all of the HF bands.  QSl via
UA3DX .

(Above from various DX sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM: RETIREMENT PROPERTIES INSTALLS HAM RADIO
SHACKS

And finally this week the story of some retirement villages
that not only approve of ham radio, but they even provide
places from where residents can get on the air.  Here's
Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramovich, NT3V, with the
details:

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The Marshalltown, Iowa, Times-Republican newspaper reports
that 81 year old Tom Morgan, W4UTK, has use of three
operating ham radio stations complete with a 500-watt
amplifier in a comfortable ham shack at the Embers
Retirement Community.

The location and equipment were all made possible by Brad
Lee, W0VFT, of Phoenix, Arizona.  Lee is identified as the
CEO of Trilogy-Embers.  That's the company that owns Embers
and a number of other retirement centers in the United
States.

Embers Executive Director is Vicki Bogner.  She is quoted as
saying that Brad Lee picked up interest in short-wave from
his father whom his QRZ dot com page as the late C. W.
"Lee", and the first holder of the W0VFT callsign.

She went on to say that Brad Lee began by installing ham
shacks for residents in his Phoenix area properties.  This
after he learned some had been ham operators in their own
homes but had given up the hobby after moving in to one of
the Embers properties.

The full story is on the web at tinyurl.com/retirement-ham-
shack.  We say this is a great way to support the senior
citizens of ham radio who have contributed so much to this
nation and to the hobby.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V,
in Philadelphia.

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The Times-Republican story notes that Marshalltown resident
Tom Morgan, W4UTK, has been a ham radio enthusiast much of
his life.  Also that he knew he wanted to become an
electrical engineer by the time he was age 12.  (Southgate,
Times-Republican)

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