Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1870 - June 14 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1870 with a release
date of June 14 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The International amateur Radio
Union gets ready for WRC 2015; a busy agenda for GAREC in
Zurich; more and more over the horizon radar invades the
upper High Frequency bands; a petition to extend Technician
class privileges on 10 meters is filed with the FCC and some
strange communications from the insect world. Find out the
details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1870
coming your way right now.


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RADIO LAW:  IARU STUDY IN PREPARATION FOR WRC 2015

The International Amateur Radio Union, also known as the
IARU is setting its sights on the upcoming 2015 World
Radiocommunication Conference.  In a recent teleconference,
the IARU Administrative Council authorized the distribution
of a paper which sets forth a number of agenda items that
will be considered during the gathering.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has more:

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There are a number of agenda items that impact amateur radio
and amateur-satellite services.  These include Agenda Item
1.1 which is to consider additional spectrum allocations to
the mobile service on a primary basis and identification of
additional frequency bands for International Mobile
Telecommunications and related regulatory provisions.  This
is to facilitate the development of terrestrial mobile
broadband applications, in accordance with Resolution 233
passed at WRC 12.

Agenda Item 1.4 is to consider possible new allocation to
the amateur service on a secondary basis within the band
5250 to 5450 Kilohertz.  Agenda Item 1.6.1 will look at
possible additional primary allocations to the fixed-
satellite service of 250 MHz in the range between 10 GHz and
17 GHz in ITU Region 1.  Item 1.18 will consider a primary
allocation to the radiolocation service for automotive
applications in the 77.5 to 78.0 Gigahertz GHz frequency
band.

Lastly, Agenda Item 9.1.8 will consider the regulatory
aspects for nano-satellites and Pico-satellites as required
by Resolution 757 passed at WRC 12.  This calls for the
results of studies of the procedures for notifying space
networks that presently apply such tiny birds to be reported
to WRC 15.

Because of the possible implications of these studies for
the amateur radio and amateur-satellite services, the IARU
is following their progress very attentively.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania.

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All IARU member societies are being encouraged to meet with
their respective telecommunication authorities to discuss
the WRC 15 Agenda Items and to gain support for the IARU
positions.  (RAC, VE3YV, VE2MBS/VE2QQ)

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RESCUE RADIO:  BUSY AGENDA AT GAREC 2013 IN ZURICH

The delegates and guests at the Global Amateur Radio
Emergency Communication or GAREC 2013 Conference will have a
busy agenda later this month.  This as they share ideas and
learn the approach being taken in different parts of the
world.

GAREC 2013 will discuss the true objectives, dissemination
of disaster information at an international level, how to
have hams prepared, trained and involved, and convince
authorities about amateur radio emergency communication.

Stefan Streif HB9TTQ is an organizer of GAREC 2013.  He
advises that one topic on the agenda is whether amateur
radio has an emergency communications role in Europe.  This
is because the authorities believe their infrastructure is
so good and its technical level so high, that a disaster
could not affect communications over a wide area.

This years Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communication
Conference will be held June 25th to the 27th in Zurich,
Switzerland. More information can be found at
www.garec2013.ch.  (VK3PC)

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RADIO LAW:  SOUTH AFRICA FIVE-YEAR LICENSE STILL LEAVES
QUESTIONS

The South African Radio League says that it is still
receiving questions about the five year license issue with
telecommunications regulator the Independent Communications
Authroity of South Africa also known as ICASA.

The South African Radio League says that a detailed
explanation of the new rule was received from ICASA.
According to that regulatory body if a South African radio
amateur paid for 5 years and has advised ICASA accordingly,
the problem will be sorted out.  This even if a ham in that
nation has received a license for only this year.

ICASA says that the process may take several more weeks and
it is not necessary to call or contact them at this time.

Meantime the South African Radio League has placed the
matter on the Agenda of the next liaison meeting with the
telecommunications regulator.  That conclave is scheduled
for mid-June.  (SARL)

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INTRUDER WATCH:  LOTS OF OTH RADAR ON THE UPPER HF BANDS|

The latest Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region 1
newsletter reports a United Kingdom military station
identified as STANAG 4285 station has been heard on the 20
meter band.  Reports are that the station which is believed
to be in Norwich, England has been on 14.236.8 Megahertz.
What action taken to get it to move is unknown

Also in the newsletter DGZ0JBJ reported during May no less
than 11 Over The Horizon or OTH radar systems have been
heard on 20 meters, with 30 on 10 meters and an almost
unbelievable 65 of these radar devices heard and logged on
the 15 meter band.  The newsletter says that these figures
do not include the numerous frequency jumping Iranian Over
The Horizon radars in that nation.

You can read the entire monitoring service intruder report
on the web at tinyurl.com/hamband-intruder-alert.  It's a
real eye opener for those who are new to HF and not quite
certain of the source of the noise that may be causing
harmful interference to a QSO.  (IARUMS-R1)

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RESCUE RADIO:  KEEPING HURRICANE NET FREQUENCIES CLEAR

The Atlantic hurricane season officially started on 1st June
and many predictions indicate an above average number of
storms this year.  And as amateur radio continues to play a
significant role in the gathering and distribution of
information for the weather and emergency services each year
hams in other IARU Regions are being reminded that the same
frequencies may be in use by nets in North and Central
America to track and deal with the consequences of these
severe weather events.  As such, it is possible for Region 1
or Region 3 amateur stations to cause unintentional QRM to
these nets.  Because of this, hams world-wide are being
asked to please listen carefully if operating near these
frequencies. A full list of which nets are operating on
various frequencies can be found on line at www.iaru-r1.org
(IARU)

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RESCUE RADIO:  ARES RESPONDS TO COLORADO WILDFIRES

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service in Colorado is providing
communication support for personnel on the Black Forest and
the Royal Gorge Fires currently burning in the Southern part
of that state.  Operators have been assigned to shelters,
Emergency Operations Centers's, and other locations as
needed.

The Automatic Packet Reporting System or APRS is being used
and constantly updated with current data showing the
locations of the fires, shelters, evacuation zones, and road
closures.  You can find the APRS data on APRS.fi and
OPENAPRS.net.  More in future Amateur Radio Newsline
reports.   (Colorado ARES via Facebook)

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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 Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club repeater serving
Cleveland Ohio.

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RESTRUCTURING: TOLEDO MOBILE RADIO ASSN SEEKS FM PRIVILEGES
FOR TECHS ON 10 METERS

The Toledo Mobile Radio Association has filed a Petition for
Rule Making with the FCC asking for increased voice
privileges for Technician Class license holders in the 10
meter band.  In its request the group is asking that
Technician class privileges to include 29.520 MHz to 29.700
MHz which covers the gentlemen's agreement repeater subband
on 10 meters.

Tony Everhardt, N8WAC, is with the clubs Technical
Committee.  He tells Amateur Radio Newsliine that the
petition was the result of the club considering the
installation of a 10 meter repeater:

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N8WAC:  "During the talks of a 10 meter repeater I suggested
that if we put up a 10 meter repeater just the General class
and higher can use that which doesn't benefit the
Technicians.  This was a few months ago and the more I
thought about it the less it made sense that they
(Technicians) do not have FM privileges.  They can talk
world wide from 28.300 to 28.500 MHz but they are not able
to use the FM portion of the band."
--

So Everhardt brought the matter up to the clubs Technical
Committee and the concept of Tech's on 10 meter FM was
warmly received:

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N8WAC:  "I brought up to the Technical Committee the
suggestion of filing a Petition and the Technical Committee
was all for it.  So the Committee brought it up to the
membership at the monthly meeting and it was a unanimous
decision to file the petition."
--

In its rule making request the Toledo Mobile Radio
Association argues that the current FCC rule that limits
both Novice and Technician Class operators to 28.000 MHz to
28.500 MHz is not in keeping with the reality of today.  It
notes that with linking of various repeaters, the Internet
Radio Linking Project and Echolink it feels that Section
97.301 (e) which allows the Technician class license
privileges on the 10 meter band only from 28.000 MHz to
28.500 MHz is outdated.

The bottom line of the Toledo Mobile Radio Association rule
making request is that its time to bring Technician voice
privileges on 10 meters up to date.  Also to bring them in
line with the technology and the reality of ham radio in the
21st century.  (Toledo Mobile Radio Association)

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LAW:  HAM MURDERED IN CALIFORNIA SHOOTING SPREE

A ham has been killed in what authorities are calling a
homicide spree by a Los Angeles area resident.  The incident
began with a report of shots fired at Santa Monica home
shortly before noon on June 7th.   Officers arrived to find
the house on fire and two people later identified as the
shooter's father and brother dead of gunshot wounds inside.
One of those murdered was Samir Zawahri, N6KXL.

The shooter, who police say was wearing what appeared to be
a ballistic jacket, then shot a woman passing by in a car
and carjacked another woman at gunpoint.  He directed her to
drive to the college campus, having her stop so he could
shoot along the way.  He fired on a city bus where three
women were left with minor injuries. Authorities say that
the gunman also fired on police cars, bystanders and
pedestrians.

From there, he demanded to be taken to Santa Monica College.
In a faculty parking lot he fired on two people in a red
Ford Explorer that crashed through a block wall.  Police say
that the driver was killed and a passenger was in critical
condition after undergoing surgery UCLA Medical Center.  He
then shot a woman outside the college library before
entering and attempting to shoot students there.  Police
said the rampage lasted about 10 minutes and ended when the
shooter, who had been firing a semiautomatic rifle, was shot
and killed on the campus.

Authorities have not officially named the gunman but law
enforcement sources in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles
have since identified him as 23 year old  John Zawahri, the
son of Samir Zawahri, N6KXL.  (AC6C, KG6FBM, K6FCC,
published news reports)

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RADIO LAW:  ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION VS. PERSONAL
AUDIO LLC

A follow-up to last weeks story regarding Patent Trolls.
Here's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW:

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation has also decided to do
something about Patent Trolls that are making life miserable
for some Podcasters.  This in a campaign being called Help
Save Podcasting.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is soliciting donations
and searching for prior proof of patent rights also known as
prior art that would derail the lawsuit brought by a group
called Personal Audio LLC.  The Foundation says that the
groups attorneys claim they own certain patents that govern
podcasts and they want money for use of podcasting
technology.  They have filed lawsuits against some
podcasters and now have moved against larger broadcasting
corporations, CBS and NBC.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation says that it is also
partnering with the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard to
investigate legal avenues.   More is on-line at
tinyurl.com/save-podcasting-campaign.

I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation is an international non-
profit digital rights group based here in the United States.
Among other things it provides funds for legal defense in
court and defends individuals and new technologies from what
it considers baseless or misdirected legal threats. You can
read more about the Electronic Frontier Foundation at
www.eff.org.  (EFF, RW)

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ENFORCEMENT:  OMAHA NB. CITATION FOR SALES OF UNAUTHORIZED
DEVICES

According to the ARRL, the FCC has cited an Omaha, Nebraska
based online retailer for marketing unauthorized RF devices.
These include 10 and 12 meter amplifiers capable of several
thousand watts output in violation of FCC rules.

An FCC Citation dated June 6 orders the Enterprise Group
Inc., doing business as ePowerAmps, to immediately stop
advertising, marketing and selling all unauthorized radio
frequency devices.  These include modified CB radios and non-
certified external radio frequency amplifiers for use in the
10 to 12 meter bands.

The FCC warned the Enterprise Group Inc. that continuing to
engage in such conduct could subject the retailer to
substantial fines and seizure of equipment.  You can read
more on-line at tinyurl.com/Omaha-amp-citation.  (FCC, ARRL)

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BROADCAST BUSINESS: DIALECTRIC CLOSING LEAVES VA STATIONS
WITHOUT A PRIMARY ANTENNA

The decision by SPX Communication Technology to close its
Dielectric broadcast, TV, radio and wireless operation on
June 29th is already having an impact on television viewers
in one city.

The Richmond Virginia Daily Progress reports that the
antenna array that serves public station WCVW and commercial
stations WRIC and WRLH suffered weather-related damage this
past winter.  Dialectric was supposed to do the final repair
this summer but with SPX decision to close its Dialectric
operations at the end of tthis month it appears as if the
company will not be around to do the job.

Workers did put up a temporary antenna as a result of damage
that happened to on March 6th.  Because the temporary
installation has a shorter range than the original one, some
viewers of the three stations have been unable to receive
over-the-air broadcasts since the weather-caused damage
occurred.  (RW, Daily Progress)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  CROWD FUNDING SAVES TESLA MUSEUM

Some good news for those working to maintain the history of
communications.  This with word that the famed Tesla
Laboratory on New York's Long Island has been saved and is
now in the hands of the non-profit organization that has
been trying to purchase it for the past eighteen years.

It all came about because of the dedication of famed
cartoonist Matthew Inman, who is the creator of "The
Oatmeal." Inman was able to raise  $1,370,461 by crowd-
funding to set up a permanent museum honoring the great
scientist.

The purchase price of the former Nikola Tesla laboratory was
$850,000.  The remainder of the funds raised by the campaign
will be used to clean up and to begin renovations of the
property.

Although the actual science center is going to take a lot
more time to finance and build, in the interim those
involved in the project are planning on having a celebration
of sorts in Shoreham, New York, hopefully sometime this
summer.  That event will focus on science, technology, and
innovation.  You can read the entire story on-line at
tinyurl.com/tesla-museum-saved.  (Southgate, other published
news reports)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: W9ZL TO CELEBRATE AIRVENTURE 2013

The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club will once again be
operating special a event station in celebration of this
years EAA Airventure Convention and Fly-In gathering in
Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Listen out for W9ZL from July 31st
through August 4th on 7.250, 14.250 and 50.150 MHz operating
only SSB.  If you work them, QSL with a large Self Addressed
Stamped Envelope to the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club
AirVenture, PO Box 2346, Appleton Wisconsin 54912.  More
about the EAA Airventure gathering is on line at
www.airventure.org.  (AB9AH)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  DAYTON HAMVENTION REPORTS SLIGHT RISE IN
ATTENDANCE

According to an announcement posted to the Dayton Hamvention
website, the official attendance figure for this years
gathering was 24,542.  This is a very modest increase of 59
attendees over last years 24,483, but is a major increase
over 2007 when only 19,750 showed up.

The all time high took place in 1994.  That's when the
Dayton Daily News reported that some 35,000 walked through
the gates at the Hara Arena for that years Hamvention.
(Dayton Hamvention, Dayton Daily News)

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BREAK 2

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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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  STRANGE COMMUNICATIONS FROM THE INSECT
WORLD

Now here's one for the books.  It happened recently when a
75 year woman in a southwestern German town called police at
3 a.m..  Her complaint was that she couldn't sleep because
her doorbell was always ringing.

Police officers dispatched to investigate the cause quickly
tracked down the culprit.  It wasn't some form pf
poltergeist or other strange phenomena.  Rather ants had
constructed a large nest next to the doorbell.  In fact, the
tiny creatures had built such a large home that the nest
pressed the doorbells switching contacts together.  That in
turn kept ringing the bell.

Officers silenced the intermittently ringing doorbell by
removing the nest with a knife.  Likely much to the dismay
of the ants who had spent the time to build it there.
(Published news reports)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  PASS PREDICTIONS LINK BACK AT AMSAT
WEBSITE

The AMSAT Online Satellite Pass Predictions webpage is back
on AMSAT's website. This as the result of a team effort by
N1DID, KB1LQC, KB1LQD and W2GPS.  You can find it on-line at
www dot amsat dot org under the Pass Predictions link.
(K1MP)

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CONTEST CORNER:  RULES CHANGES FOR THE 2013 CQ WORLD WIDE
VHF CONTEST

Some new rules are coming to the CQ World Wide VHF Contest.
The 2013 rules reflect changes in the log submission
deadline and the publication date that have been implemented
by the magazine.

In order to be considered for an award, your log must be
received by the robot or postmarked no later than 23:59 UTC
on August 4th.  Logs received after that date will still be
listed in the results but will not be eligible for an award.
Extensions may be granted by the director for a valid reason
if you contact that person before the deadline.

The 2013 CQ World-Wide VHF Contest starts at 1800 UTC ob
Saturday July 20th and concludes at 2100 UTC on Sunday July
21st,  A detailed set of rules can be found beginning on
page 56 of the June 2013 issue of CQ Magazine.  (CQ)

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PROPAGATION:  NEW 144 MHZ UK TO US BEACON TAKES TO THE AIR

A new Trans-Atlantic propagation beacon has come on the air
from the United Kingdom beaming West over the Atlantic
Ocean.

The GB3WGI Transatlantic 144 MHz amateur radio beacon went
live at 1600 GMT on June 4th.  This in time for the peak of
the 2013 Sporadic E season.

GB3WGI runs 100 Watts Effective Radiated Power using both CW
and JT65b modes on 144.487 MHz.  It is located in the West
of Northern Ireland in grid square IO64bl and its primary
mission is to provide an early warning of 144MHz
Transatlantic propagation on the Europe to USA path.  This
as a way of complimenting the existing 144MHz Transatlantic
beacon network in the United States that provides alerts
when a USA to Europe path is open.

Most current 144 MHz European transatlantic beacons are
located much further to the South and/or East in locations
like Cornwall in the U-K, in France and the Azores.  By
contrast, the GB3WGI beacon has a clear sea takeoff to the
eastern seaboard of the United States giving it a distinct
advantage of being heard when the 2 meter band is open
across the great Atlantic pond.  (G4BAO)

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PROPAGATION: 6 METER BEACON NOW COVERS ALL OF SOUTH AFRICA

The ZS2X Six Meter VHF beacon now covering most of South
Africa.  This after its two-element Yagi was turned north
by Tim Joubert, ZS2X.  The 25 watt beacon transmits FSK
modulation on 50.007 MHz near Port Elizabeth.  This produces
some very strong radio bursts on the daylight meteor shower
Arietids that is currently active until July 2nd and is the
most intense daylight meteor shower of the year.  The beacon
beacon can also indicate country-wide Tropospheric Ducting
as well as Tropo Scatter propagation on 50 MHz in the early
mornings as well as aircraft scatter along their flight
paths.  (SARL)

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PROPAGATION:  C6AFP 6 METER BEACON TEMPORARILY OFF THE AIR

Steve Rutledge, N4JQQ, reports via the VHF Reflector that
the C6AFP six meter propagation beacon that operates on
50.040 from grid-square FL16 is temporarily off the air.
Steve says that the beacon system which is located at Abaco,
Green Turtle Cay in the Bahamas, developed a significant
chirp that his friend, C6AGN, could not pin down the source
of the problem.  So the beacon has been shipped to the
United States for repair.

N4JQQ notes that at the time of its temporary removal for
repair that the beacon was still operating on the six meter
Ringo that John Walker, WZ8D, took down there at least 20
years ago.  Steve says that this antenna has been through
many serious hurricanes, has not fallen over and still has
no tuning issues.  He calls that "certainly amazing."

N4JQQ says that he hopes to get it fixed quickly and get it
back as soon as possible. He adds that he will advise when
the C6AFP beacon is back on the air or at least headed in
that direction.  (N4JQQ)

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DX

In DX, word that ZS6RJ will be on a one man DXpedition to
Botswana as A25RJ starting June 15th.  Activity will focus
on 80 through 10 meters, CW.   QSL direct to his home
address or electronically using Logbook of the World.  There
is no bureau service for Botswana.

JH1NBN will be on the air from Bhutan as A52W through June
19th.  Activity will be limited to his spare time because he
is there once again on a business trip. He will operate SSB
with 100 watts into wire antennas.  QSL via JH1NBN direct.

K9HZ is on the bands as J68HZ from his villa on St. Lucia
operating 160 through 6 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY.  He will
be there until June 22nd with a special emphasis on 160 and
80 meters operations.  QSL via his home callsign.

EA4GBA, will be operational as C91GBA from Mozambique from
June 27th through December 15th. Activity will be on all H F
bands using SSB with 100 watts into a dipole.  QSL direct
via EA4GBA.  QSL cards will be answered once he arrives back
in Spain early 2014.

IW2NEF will be operational as 5R8NE from Nosy-Be Island
between July 16th to the 30th. Activity will be on 40
through 10 meters using SSB.  QSL via IK2DUW.

Lastly, five operators will be on the air from November 12th
to the 27th using the callsign N8A from the southeast coast
of Tutuila Island.  Activity will be on 160 through 10
meters, with a significant effort on 160.  QSL this one via
ZL3CW.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  A RATHER SPECIAL LIGHTHOUSE

And finally this week, word that over 200 lighthouses and
lightships will be taking part in this years International
Lighthouse and Lightship weekend.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, tells us that number 200 is very
special:

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"The honor of being the 200th registrant for this years
International Lighthouse and Lhtship weekend goes to the
Whitby High Light in England.  Built in 1858, the Whitby
High Light helped ships avoid the Whitby Rock on the Noerh
Yorkshire coast.  Its well known as the place that Captain
James Cook became a seaman before leading his epic voyages
of discovery.

"The special event call GB2WHL will  be operated from the
lighthouse by the Denby Dale Radio Club.  A special QSL is
available on request.

"So far there are registrations from 29 countries.  To read
the guidelines for the International Lighthouse ans
Lightship Weekend slated for August 17th and 18th; or to
register a lighthouse, lightship or maritime beacon on line,
please visit illw.net.

"Im Skeeter Nash, N5ASH"

--

This years International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend
takes place on August 17th and 18th and is sponsored by the
Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland.  Again the URL for more
information or registration is simply illw.net.  (ILLW,
VK3PC)

**

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