Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1896 - December 13 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1896 with a release
date of December 13 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Colorado hams coordinate rescue of
vehicle that runs off icy road; House of Representatives
subcommittee passes FCC reform measure; Radio Acala looses
its prized 330 foot high 160 meter beam antenna in fierce
windstorm; six meters comes to all hams in New Zealand; 2014
will host a pair of Contest Universities in the United
States and the Weather Channel celebrates Skywarn
Appreciation Day. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1896 coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO:  HAM RADIO COORDINATES COLORADO VEHICLE RESCUE

Several Colorado hams and a linked repeater system made
possible the successful rescue of a group whose vehicle had
slid off an icy roadway.  It happened on Friday night
December 6th.  That's when Cody Fowler, ND0A, and his family
were on their way home to Cotopaxi from the city of Pueblo.
Suddenly Fowler noticed that the lights of the vehicle
behind them had disappeared.  Suspecting a problem, ND0A
turned around, parked and saw that a red S-U-V had driven
off the road and into a ditch.  Ironically while he and his
family had just purchased new cellphones none were charged
or activated.  So he turned to amateur radio:

--

Repeater Audio:

ND0A:  "Emergency - Emergency,  November Delta Zero Alpha.
Somebody call 911.  We've got a rollover accident up here on
Copper Gulch, I'm guessing about 4 or 5 miles up from
Highway 50.  Copy?"

Other operator: "Copy.  Amanda, can you handle that?"

--

Relaying the information to authorities was Amanda Alden,
K1DDN.   Alden called 911 and for the next hour she kept a
cell phone in one hand and a radio in the other relaying
messages between dispatch and Fowler.

--

Repeater audio:

ND0A: "Actually they were going south bound and went off the
left side of the road rollover and the little girls (got a)
possible concussion.  She's shook up and a little
nauseated."

K1DDN:  "So Cody, you are going to stay with them until
emergency help arrives?"

ND0A: "Affirmative, Ill stay."

--

A few minutes later came word from another ham on the system
that help was on its way:

--

Repeater audio:

WD0WGF:  "Amanda, they just dispatched an officer on the
Sheriff's old analog system,  WD0WGF."

--

While everyone at the accident site was waiting for help to
arrive, ND0A along with K1DDN, K0JSC and several others kept
the lines of communications flowing:

--

Repeater audio:

K0JSC:  "ND0A, K0JSC.  Do you still have the individuals in
your vehicle?

ND0A:  "I've got one of the young ladies that was in the
vehicle.  The other passengers are split up amongst the
other two vehicles that stopped."

--

From the time Alden made the 911 emergency call until the
Colorado State Patrol arrived took about 40 minutes.  It was
followed by the Deer Mountain Fire & Rescue and the Fremont
County Sheriff.  According to Alden, two of the victims
ended up being transferred to a local hospital.  Their
condition at airtime is unknown.  (K1DDN)

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RADIO LAW:  HOUSE COMMITTEE PASSES FCC REFORM MEASURE

Some breaking news out of the nation's capital. That's where
the House Energy and Commerce Committee on has approved
proposed FCC process reform legislation.

Republican Communications and Technology Subcommittee
Chairman Representative Greg Walden W7EQI of Oregon and
Subcommittee Democratic  Ranking Member California
Representative Anna Eshoo earlier had  submitted an
amendment to H.R. 3675.  One that that they said presents
the commission with a framework to bring additional
transparency and predictability to the agency.

In response to the committee passage, FCC Commissioner Ajit
Pai said  that he applauds the Committee for passing by
voice vote H.R. 3675, which is officially known as the
Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of
2013.  He also heaped praise on the leaders of the
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology for their
bipartisan efforts to advance what he termed as this
important legislation.

The measure now moves onto the full House of Representatives
for approval.  (RW, TVT, others)

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RADIO DISASTERS:  RADIO ACALA OH8X LOOSES 160 METER TOWER

A European windstorm named Oskari has brought down the famed
330 foot high Radio Arcala 160 and 80 meter tower and
antenna at Finland's OH8X  station.  This after only 5 years
of the spectacular low-band antennas existence.

The storm with gusts up to 80 miles per hour not only
demolished the 40 ton amateur radio array, but also caused
power outages for more than 200,000 households in Finland.
Fortunately, nobody was hurt and the six other ham radio
antenna towers at the Radio Acala site survived the storm.
None of the buildings that are a part of the station
suffered any damage.

As we go to air inspectors are trying to evaluate the cause
of the failure.  One suspicion is that the automation
designed to enable the array to find its most comfortable
position in high winds somehow locked up and caused the
structure to corkscrew and tumble to the ground.  Up until
its failure professional engineering efforts had up to now
ensured the survival of the structure.

Even with the demise of the 160 and 80 meter directional
array, life goes on at Radio Arcala.  As such you may soon
hear Santa Claus from the North of Finland bringing you the
joy of Christmas in the form of station OF9X.  It plans to
beam its signal over the North Pole on 20 meters by
capitalizing on the famous Polar Path during the Holiday
Season.  (N4BKT, OH2BN, DARC)

**

RESTRUCTURING:  6 METERS COMES TO ALL IN NEW ZEALAND

Hams in New Zealand now have access to the entire 6 meter
band.  This after the last analogue television broadcast
transmitter was switched off on November 30th.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details.

--

Vaughan Henderson ZL1VH is the president of the New Zealand
Association of Radio Transmitters NZART which is this
nation's national amateur Radio society.  Writing in the
December 6th issue of NZART's bi-weekly e-newsletter HQ
Infoline, he says that from midnight on December 6th, ZL
hams had permission to operate on the 6 meter band with the
full legal power limit of 1 kilowatt.

ZL1VH notes that he has been told that some amateurs were
waiting for an official notice from New Zealand
telecommunications regulator Radio Spectrum Management but
this will not be forthcoming.  But in a conversation he had
on December 5th with the Radio Spectrum Licensing Manager he
received confirmation that the whole of the 6 meter band is
now available to New Zealand hams so to go out and make good
use of it.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
down-under in Nelson, New Zealand.

--

It will be interesting to see if the 2014 6 meter spring and
summer DX season bring more Zed-L calls to US shores.
(ZL1VH)

**

RADIO RULES:  SSB AND AM MAY COME TO UK CB

British telecommunications regulator Ofcom has published a
statement confirming its plans to amend current regulations
to allow the use of a wider range of transmission
standards for 11 meter Citizens Band Radio in the UK.  These
will include Amplitude Modulation, Double-sideband and
Single-sideband transmission standards which will bring the
UK in line with other European countries.

Ofcom's proposed changes will also allow United Kingdom CB
users the right to run a higher power output than holders of
the nation's entry level Foundation amateur radio license.

95% of respondents to the Ofcom proposal supported the use
of AM and SSB.  Currently CB in the United Kingdom is an FM
only service.   (Southgate)

**

DX UP FRONT:  CONGOLESE CLUB STATION BACK ON THE AIR

The Democratic Republic of the Congo looks ready to
reinstate limited ham radio operations.  Ohio-Penn DX
newsletter says that there are several reports stating that
after 3 years of negotiations with the Congolese government
and gaining official approval from the nations Ministry of
Telecommunications that the national club station 9Q0AR and
its special callsign 9Q0HQ were finally given permission to
operate again.  This would be the first legal activity from
9Q-land in several years.  On QRZ.com under the listing for
9Q0AR it suggests to listen on 21.310 MHz between 10:00to
14:00 UTC for that station.  We will have more DX related
news near the end of this weeks report.  (OPDX)

**

BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the Puget Sound Amateur Radio Club repeater
serving Seattle, Washington.

(5 sec pause here)


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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC AFFIRMS $10000 FINE AGAINST SPRING VALLEY
NY UNLICENSED STATION

The FCC has affirmed a $10,000 Forfeiture Order to Vicot
Chery for willfully and repeatedly violating Section 301 of
the Communications Act by operating of an unlicensed radio
transmitter in Spring Valley, New York.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Hal Rogers, K8CMD, has the rest of the story:

--

On October 22, 2010, the Enforcement Bureau's New York
Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture
to Vicot Chery for operation of an unlicensed radio station
on 90.5 MHz.  This from a location within a building leased
by Mr. Chery for the operation of his businesses known as
P.C. Taxi Services, LLC and P.C. Auto Repair, Inc.

In response to the Notice Chery urged cancellation or
reduction of the proposed forfeiture because he claimed that
he was not aware of what was going on at the station.  Also
that he was contacted by FCC agents without the knowledge of
his attorney, and that the proposed forfeiture would pose an
"absolute hardship.

But in turning away all of his claims the FCC noted that an
FCC station inspection is authorized under Section 303(n) of
the Communications Act.  As such an inspection is not a
criminal investigation and any questioning that occurs as
part of the fact-finding process in a non-custodial, civil,
administrative proceeding that does not require the presence
of counsel.

As to Chery's alleged inability to pay the Notice of
Apparent Liability  the FCC noted that he failed to provide
the required documentation to prove his claim even after
being given additional time to do so.  As such fine in the
amount of $10,000 is warranted.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Hal Rogers, K8CMD.

--

Chery was given the customary 30 days from the November 25th
release date of the FCC findings to either pay the amount in
full or to arrange to make installment payments.  If he
fails to do either the matter can be turned to the
Department of Justice for further action.  (FCC)

**

RESTRUCTURING: FCC CHAIRMAN DELAYS TV SPECTRUM AUCTION UNTIL
2015

The long awaited TV spectrum incentive auction has been
postponed by a year.  The chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, delivered the news
via his FCC Blog on Friday, December 6th where he stated -
and we quote:  "I believe we can conduct a successful
auction in the middle of 2015."

Wheeler went on to say that getting the right policy and
procedures for the auction is only half the job.  He said
that for the incentive auction to be a success, the FCC must
also ensure that the operating systems and software to run
it work from the moment the first bid is placed, until the
final broadcast station is relocated or `repacked.'"

The National Association of Broadcasters has lodged several
concerns regarding the TV station repacking software.  NAB
executives met earlier with FCC engineering officials to
object to the proposed calculations in the TVStudy software.
At that time the NAB questioned whether it indeed met the
spirit of the law that all reasonable effort be made to
preserve an over the air broadcast TV signal reach.

Up until December 6th the FCC appeared to be determined to
hold the auction in June of 2014.  However many details
remain undetermined, including station repacking
coordination along the borders with Canada and Mexico. (TV
Technology)

**

LAW:  PATENT INNOVATION ACT PASSES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, December 5th
passed the Innovation Act.  This is a measure to reform an
American patent system that is currently plagued by shell
companies that make a business of filing nuisance lawsuits
against productive businesses.

Stopping the trolls requires changing the economic
incentives that inspire the shakedown campaigns, which is
something the 2011 America Invents Act failed to do.  This
time, it might be different.  The America Invents Act was
stripped of most provisions that would have made a
significant dent in the troll problem.  By contrast, the
Innovation Act specifically addresses certain abusive patent
assertion activities.

The bill, which passed with bipartisan support, will now go
to the Senate, where it is expected to pass and to the White
House, which is also in favor, however it is not a cure-all
to end all trolling.   While the Innovation Act may kill off
some of the more egregious trolls, it does not address the
root cause of the patent problem.  This being the granting
of far too many low-quality patents.  A low quality patent
is defined as those that cannot really claim to be wholly
new or are obvious improvements on an existing technology.
(RW, slate.com, other published news reports)
**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  NEW VICE DIRECTOR FOR THE ARRL
SOUTHEASTERN DIVISION

The ARRL Southeastern Division will have a new Vice Director
as well as a new Director on January 1st.  Following
balloting in November, Doug Rehman, K4AC, was elected to a
three-year term as Director, and incumbent Vice Director Jim
Millsap, WB4NWS, was declared elected to a new term.  But a
subsequent change in Millsap's job responsibilities made it
necessary for him to resign from the Vice Directors post.
That too will be effective January 1st.  So in accordance
with the ARRL Articles of Association and after consultation
with the Director-elect, League President Kay Craigie, N3KN,
has appointed Michael Lee, AA6ML, to fill the upcoming
vacancy created by Milsaps decision to step aside.  Lee
currently serves as the Northern Florida Section Emergency
Coordinator.  (ARRL Bulletin)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  HAMVENTION ON-LINE ORDERING NOW AVAILABLE

The online ordering system is now accepting Hamvention 2014
orders.  According to an announcement the Hamvention's
Webmaster Richard Rieben, KE4WLE, you can now order your
tickets or reserve a flea market spot.  Its all on-line at
hamvention.org.  (KE4WLE)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  DIY COMES TO DOWN UNDER MAKER FAIRE

The Wireless Institute of Australia reports that a display
of amateur radio targeted at the audience attending the
first-ever Sydney Mini Maker Faire has been deemed a
success.

For the event the Wireless Institute of Australia joined
with the Operation Helios High Altitude Balloon Team, the
University of New South Wales Student BLUEsat low-earth
orbit satellite project, and the Manly Warringah Radio
Society.

The Manly club's younger radio amateurs showed a cardboard
retro style ham radio exhibit, both commercial and homebrew
transceivers and demonstrated a portable A-P-S-S or
Automatic Packet Reporting System station.  John Press,
VK2YGV of Operation Helios put together a very interesting
display on ham radio tracked ballooning.

Maker Faires continue to grow in popularity world wide as
they attract an audience of hands-on tinkerers.  These range
from technical enthusiasts and scientists to garage builders
of all ages and backgrounds.  More about this gathering down-
under is on the web at makerfairesydney.com.  (VK3PC, WIA
News)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  ARLHS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS QSO PARTY INVITATION

The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society is inviting radio
amateurs world-wide to participate in its annual Lighthouse
Christmas Lights QSO Party.  The 2013 event is slated to
begin at 0001 UTC on December 21st and ends at 23:59 UTC on
January 1st, 2014.  All rules, operating guidelines, logging
requirements, and prizes can be found at  arlhs.com/LCL-
2013.html  (ARLHS Release)


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HAM HAPPENINGS:  AMSAT STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT ON OSCAR 2014 IN
MEMORY OF W2LV

Hams world-wide are invited to participate in Straight Key
Night on OSCAR.  This annual Morse-only event is sponsored
by AMSAT.  In it you can operate through any amateur
satellite from 00:01 through 24:00 UTC on January 1st 2014,
using a manual, non-electronic key.  Bugs are now allowed as
they are in similar ARRL events.

There is no need to send in a log, but please nominate
someone you worked for the title of Best Fist.  Send your
nomination to w2rs (at) amsat (dot) org.

This year's Straight Key Night on OSCAR is being held in
memory of Robert Morris, W2LV, whose amateur and
professional career in radio literally spanned the era from
spark to satellites.  One of the first to work across the
Atlantic in 1923, he also received Satellite DXCC Number 2
in 1979 and was featured in the PBS television documentary,
"Empire of the Air."  (ANS)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  2014 TO SEE A PAIR OF USA CONTEST
UNIVERSITIES

For the first time ever, in 2014 the United States will see
two Contest Universities taking place in the same year.  The
first will be held to coincide with the Dayton Hamvention on
Thursday, May 15th.  This is the day before the Dayton
Hamvention opens. The venue will be the Crowne Plaza Hotel
with 20 all new presentations conducted by top contesters
and
station builders. Check the official Contest University
website for registration and updated information.  It's at
contestuniversity.com.

As an added bonus a second Contest University will be held
July 17th at the 2014 ARRL Centennial Convention in
Hartford, Connecticut.   Called the Contest University
Centennial it will be an all day event with six all new
presentations that will be different from those presented at
the Dayton event.  Registration for the ARRL Centennial
Contest University will be handled through the ARRL.  Please
keep an eye on www.arrl.org for further updates.  (K3LR)

**

RADIO VIDEO:  HOW WE DO PRODUCE THE NEWSLINE ANCHOR TRACK

A new short video that shows how we record part of these
weekly newscasts is now available on YouTube.  Produced and
hosted by Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, the two minute presentation
shows exactly what happens from the time that Skeeter gets
the request to anchor through to when he ships the completed
audio file back to our studio in Santa Clarita, California.
You can view Skeeter's video on the web at
tinyurl.com/anchoring-newsline.  (N5ASH, ARNewslineT)

**

BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  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:

(5 sec pause here)

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SWL CORNER:  BIG CHANGES COME TO RUSSIA EXTERNAL MEDIA

Big changes have come to external world media from Russia.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has the
details:

--

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree
abolishing RIA Novosti, one of the largest news agencies in
that nation.  It will be reborn as a global agency
called Rossiya Segodnya or in English as Russia Today.

Russia Today will be headed by Dmitry Kiselyov with its
headquarters at the current RIA office.  According to the
official statement, the fledgling agency will focus on
informing foreign audiences about Russia's policies and the
way of life.  President Putin gave the Cabinet of Ministers
a month to plan all events necessary to help the newly
created agency into existence and add it to the list of
state-run strategic entities.

Putin's decree also did away with the bulk of state media.
It abolished the State Fund of Television and Radio
Programs, placing it under control of All-Russia State
Television and Radio Broadcasting Company.  The same order
has passed over the Russian Book Chamber which is a federal
scientific center to the ITAR-TASS news agency.

The decree which came into force on Monday, December 9th
also affects the future of the radio station famous world-
wide as the Voice of Russia.  This is the external
service which was formerly known as Radio Moscow prior to
the collapse of the USSR.  Effective on January 1st 2014 it
will cease all broadcasting on the shortwave bands.

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

--

More is on the web at tinyurl.com/russia-media-changes.
((Voice of Russia)

**


HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  NASA VIDEO OF HAM RADIO PARTICIPATION
IN JUNO

When NASA's Juno spacecraft flew past Earth this past
October 9th it received a boost in speed of more than 7.3
kilometer per second.  This set it on course for a July 4,
2016, rendezvous with the planet Jupiter.

During the flyby, Juno's Waves instrument, which is tasked
with measuring radio and plasma waves in Jupiter's
magnetosphere, recorded amateur radio signals from here on
Earth as part of a public outreach effort involving ham
radio operators from around the world.  Hams were invited to
say "HI" to Juno by coordinating radio transmissions that
carried the same Morse-coded message.

Operators from every continent, including Antarctica,
participated. The data returned from the spacecraft was then
processed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena
California.  The results can be seen and heard in a short
video clip posted at tinyurl.com/juno-ham-radio.
(JPL)

**

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: WREN SSTV SATELLITE FOUND ALIVE AND ON-
ORBIT

Some good news for the builders and controllers of the
missing WREN satellite.  The bird has been found on-orbit as
we hear from RSGB news reader Jeremy Boot, G4NJH:

--

Patrick Kirkden, M0ZPK from Thanet Radio and Electronics
Club helped the developers of the WREN SSTV satellite when
it was thought to have stopped working.

He was able to find the satellite and record some of its
telemetry, giving the WREN team updated location
information, which they have now released for other amateurs
to use.  This includes new commands, decode software and a
video describing how to do it.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in
Nottingham, in the UK.

--

Nore information on the locating and condition of WREN is on
the web at
amsat-uk.org. (RSGB)

**


RADIO IN SPACE:  MARS ONE PLANNING FOLLOW-UP

A follow-up on a story from earlier this year on an
ambitious space project the goal of which is to send
volunteers on a one-way trip to Mars.

On December 10th  the backers of this mission unveiled plans
for the first private unmanned mission to the red planet.
This, as a robotic prelude to human colonization that will
launch in 2018.

The non-profit Mars One foundation says that it has
completed deals with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. to draw up mission concept
studies for the private robotic flight to Mars.  Under the
plan, Lockheed Martin will build the Mars One lander, and
Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. will build a communications
satellite.

Bas Lansdorp is a Mars One co-founder and its Chief
Executive Officer. In a statement he said that these will be
the first private spacecraft to Mars and their successful
arrival and operation will be a historic accomplishment.  He
added that his organization is very excited to have
contracted Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology
Ltd. for its first mission to the red planet.  (Space Today)

**

WORLDBEAT:  IOTA NEEDS WEBSITE CODING VOLUNTEER

The Islands on the Air project says that it urgently needs
developers to work on coding for its IOTA website.

Volunteers should be reasonably familiar with MySQL, PHP and
JavaScript.  The code is version controlled using Github so
familiarity with this would also be useful.

The Islands on the Air project operates on a tiny budget so
the role is primarily for volunteers. Please
contact iota.online<at>rsgb.org.uk  if you think you may be
able to help.  (Southgate)

**

PROPAGATION STUDY:  NEW VK6RIO BEACON ON 144.950 MHz TO BEAM
AT SOUTH AFRICA

The Northern Corridor Radio Group in Perth, Australia is
going to try to bridge the Tropospheric Ducting gap to South
Africa.  This by using the latest chirp modulation
techniques on its 144.950 MHz VK6RIO two meter beacon.

Keith Bainbridge, VK6RK, is the spokesman for the Australian
group.  He's quoted as saying that if his group can get
someone in the right location in South Africa then perhaps
it can help with some of the equipment.

The Trans-Atlantic and Trans-Indian ocean two-way contacts
on 144 MHz via Tropospheric Ducting are still the most
challenging terrestrial frontiers on VHF.  Many attempts
have been made but to date with no real success.   (SARL)

**

DX

In DX the ARRL DXCC desk has approved the 2013 Rwanda 9X0XA
and the just concluded November 20th through December 10th
VU7AG Lakshadweep Islands operations for DXCC credit.  Once
you have confirmation you will be able to apply these toward
your DXCC standing.

F5MVB is planning to be active as 5V7MP from Togo sometime
in 2014.  Look for more details to be forthcoming in
January.

G3XAQ as 5X1XA is expected to return again to Kampala,
Uganda between February 25th and March 16th.  His activity
will be CW only including the RSGB Commonwealth Contest on
March 8th and 9th. QSL 5X1XA via G3SWH.

DK1AX and his wife DK1MA will be operational as A35AX on a
holiday style DXpedition from Tongatapu Island and Vava'u
Island between February 24th and March 7th.  Activity will
be on CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via the OQRS on ClubLog.

YV5IAL will be on the air stroke CE2 from Chile between
January 2nd and the 30th. He plans to operate PSK31 daily on
14070.15 and occasionally on 10, 15 and 40 meters using both
PSK31 and SSB. QSL via his home
callsign, direct or via the bureau.

LW9EOC will be active stroke H-K-Zero from San Andres Island
between April 18 and the 25th of 2014.  Operations will be
on 80 through 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via LW9EOC.

(Above from various DX News sources)

**

THAT FINAL ITEM:  SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY ON THE WEATHER
CHANNEL

And finally Saturday, December 07th was SKYWARN Recognition
Day and in celebration, the Weather Channel aired a special
report that included a live interview with Lynn Bianco,
KN4YZ.  He is the Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
for Georgia ARES that works with the National Weather
Service.

The remote broadcast originated over SKYPE from the National
Weather Service office in Peachtree City, Georgia.  The
Weather Channel has given us permission to use part of the
interview with Bianco who explained to the public what
SKYWARN does:

--

KN4YZ:  "We actually help get the ground truth for the
National Weather Service in times like this.  They really
need to know what's happening out there.  With
communications cut with potentially downed power lines or
downed phone lines there has got to be a way of getting
information back to the National Weather service and out to
other emergency service people."

--

Bianco then described how SKYWARN works with both the
National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center
during the tropical storm season:

--

KN4YZ:  "Basically we want to provide the ground truth of
what's really happening out there.  As you know and your
viewers know, the Doppler (RADAR) is a wonderful tool for
seeing what's out there, but what's really happening on the
ground beneath that Doppler; what kind of flooding is
happening?  Is there really a tornado even though the
Doppler says there is rotation?  Maybe its on the ground and
maybe its not, but we are trying to provide the ground
truths."

--

Bianco also explained the fun aspect of SKYWARN Recognition
Day and how it involves not only those at National Weather
Service locations, but the entire world-wide ham radio
community.  You can see the entire 2 minute and 45 second
broadcast on-line at tinyurl.com/weather-channel-skywarn.

And less we forget, our sincere thanks to The Weather
Channel and its Technical Production Manager Andy Funk,
KB7UV, for making this audio available so that we could
bring it to you.  (Weather Channel, KB7UV)

**

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