Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1907 - February 28, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1907 with a release
date of February, 28 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  An Ohio town challenges the states
PRB-1 like law; the Sun unleashes a powerful X Class Flare;
GAREC 2014 to meet in Huntsville Alabama this August; the
2014 National Hurricane Conference to take place in Orlando
Florida and researchers try to find out if salmon follow
magnetic force lines.  Find out the details are on Amateur
Radio NewslineT report number 1907 coming your way right
now.


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RADIO LAW:  OHIO TOWN TAKES STATE PRB-1 LOSS APPEAL TO
HIGHER COURT

An Ohio town is appealing the States PRB-1 like law into the
court system.  This after it lost an appeal by a ham who was
given the right to put up an antenna that the municipality
had denied.  We have the latest from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB:

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On February 4th the Village of Swanton Ohio filed a notice
of appeal of its intention to challenge the decision of the
Fulton County Common Pleas Court in the case of Gary Wodtke
versus the Village of Swanton.

The legal issue began when the Village denied Gary Woodtke's
tower application and Wodtke, who holds the call WW8N,
appealed that decision to the Fulton County Common Pleas
Court.  The Court ruled in favor of Wodtke telling the
Village that it must approve a variance to WW8N's antenna
support structure.  Instead the Village is now appealing
that order into the Court of Appeals for the Sixth District.

In its docketing statement the Village of Swanton asserts
four potential issues including one that questions whether
Revised Code Section enacted by H.B. 158, which is Ohio's
version of the Federal PRB-1 statute is constitutional.  It
also questions whether H.B. 158 was constitutionally applied
in this case.

Ohio law grants a right of appeal from final decisions of a
Common Pleas Court.  Appellate decisions are heard by a
three judge panel that is usually designated near the time
for oral argument.  Decisions normally take a number of
months after oral arguments are made.

Appellate decisions are generally final, unless further
review is granted by the Ohio Supreme Court.  While such a
Court of Appeals decision represents the law only in that
appellate district, it has the ability to be used as a
significant precedent in other Ohio courts.  It also can be
cited in cases in other states that have passed similar
state versions of the FCC regulations that are outlined in
the text of PRB-1.

Late word is that the ARRL has announced its intention to
file a Friend of the Court brief on behalf of Woodtke.  This
is likely because of the long term potential a finding
against WW8N might hold by impacting on any ham living
anywhere in the United States.

WW8N is represented by Toledo attorney Carey Cooper and by
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR.  Hopengarten is considered a
national authority on zoning law and amateur radio antenna
issues.

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

--

Obviously this is one that hams nationwide will want to
follow very closely.  (K8NAP, QRZ.com, others)

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PROPAGATION:  SUN UNLEASHES AN X CLASS FLARE TOWARD EARTH

If you are wondering about the strange band conditions the
past few days, the sun may be the culprit.  According to
Spaceweather sunspot AR1967 returned to the Earthward
looking side of the of our home star on February 25th and
promptly erupted.  This sent an X4.9-class solar flare
headed our way.  So far this is the strongest flare of the
year and one of the strongest of the current solar cycle.
We suggest that you keep an eye on
http://spaceweather.com for updates about solar activity and
its affect on radio propagation.   (Spaceweather.com)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  GAREC 2014 TO BE HELD IN CONJUNCTION WITH
2014 HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST

The 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference will be
held this year just prior to the Huntsville Hamfest, in
Huntsville Alabama.  The conference will take place August
14th and 15th at the Embassy Suites Hotel which is adjacent
to the convention venue at the Von Braun Convention Center.
The hamfest will immediately follow on the weekend of August
16th and 17th.

Planners of the 2014 Global Amateur Radio Emergency
Conference say that all emergency communication minded radio
amateurs and professionals planners from around the world
are invited to attend.  They add that the conference agenda,
full information and a website are currently being
developed.  More on the Huntsville Hamfest is on line at
hamfest.org.  (VK3PC)

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RADIO LAW:  DARC QUESTIONS PLT MEASUREMENT STANDARDS

The German national amateur radio society the DARC is
questioning the measurement protocol used by the Federal
Network Agency for Power Line Data Transmission or PLT
testing in that nation.  According to the society, it
appears that measurements on PLT devices are carried out
partly in standby mode, with no data being exchanged.  This
may give the misleading impression the equipment meets the
emission standards.  PLT is better known here in the United
States as Broadband over Powerline or BPL transmission.
More on this in Google translated English is on the web at
tinyurl.com/q5ozmdx   (Southgate)

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RADIO LAW:  DOD RELEASES ENTIRE  ELECTROMAGNETIC SPECTRUM
STRATEGY

The United States Department of Defense has released its
complete 2013 Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy.  This to
increase available spectrum in order to meet growing demand
from the commercial wireless industry.

The release follows the release of a memorandum issued in
2010 by President Obama titled Unleashing the Wireless
Broadband Revolution.  In it the Department of Defense is
required to make available 500 MHz of spectrum for
commercial use by 2020.

It should be noted that a good number of amateur UHF and
Microwave spectrum allocations are  shared with the
Department of Defense but at this point in time its not
known what impact, if any, the release of the required 500
MHz could have on future ham radio operations.

You can read the entire Department of Defense
Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy document on line in PDF
format at
http://www.defense.gov/news/dodspectrumstrategy.pdf
(Various News Sources)

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DX UP FRONT:  NL8F AGAIN PLANNING DOWN-UNDER OZ TOUR

In DX up-front:  NL8F has told the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter
that he is heading down-under to Queensland, Australia, on
March 6th.  From there he will travel to Frasier Island for
a few days and be active as stroke VK4. He will then go to
Norfolk Island to be active as VK9NF if the paper work done
on time.  If not he will sign VK9N stroke NL8F between March
15th through to the 22nd.  At airtime, he thinks his
activity will be mostly on the digital modes.

Next he will head to Christmas Island and be active as T32TM
between March 25th and April 2nd, which will include his
participation in the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest from
March 29th to the 30th. After his T32TM operation is
completed he plans on heading to Visalia, California, for
the International DX Convention before heading back to
Alaska on April 6th.  QSL via K8NA for all of the listed
NL8F operations.  (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  GM0KTO TO OPERATE FROM THE GAMBIA

Meantime the GB2RS News Service says that GM0KTO and his
wife will be in Gambia during the month of March.  He has
renewed his Gambian visitor's amateur radio license and will
be operating stroke C5 using an Icom IC-706 Mk II and a
several wire antennas for the High Frequency bands.  QSL
this one as directed by the operator and we will have more
DX news later on in this weeks newscast.

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BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N8LC repeater serving Sterling Heights,
Michigan.

(5 sec pause here)


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RESCUE RADIO:  NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE IN ORLANDO
FLORIDA

Planning is now underway for the 2014 National Hurricane
Conference slated to be held April 14th to the 17th at the
Orlando Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with the details:

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The primary focus of this gathering is to improve
preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation regarding
severe tropical weather.  This in order to save lives and
property in the United States and the tropical islands of
the Caribbean and Pacific.

The meeting also serves as a national forum for federal,
state and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend
new policies to improve various aspects of emergency
management.  As in past conferences, there is good reason to
expect a strong amateur radio and A-R-E-S presence in the
form of workshops and discussion forums.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in a rather wet City of Angels.

--

If you are planning to attend, registration is now open on-
line at tinyurl.com/hurricane-meeting-2014   (ARRL)

**

RESCUE RADIO:  HAM RADIO OPERATORS HELP OFFICIALS TRACK DOWN
LOCAL DEMENTIA PATIENT

Amateur radio operators in Eugene, Oregon, recently helped
authorities track down a man with dementia after he had
wandered away from his home.  Lane County sheriff's
officials said that the ham radio T-hunting team used its
own radio direction finding gear to locate the unidentified
man who was wearing an electronic identification transmitter
bracelet only two hours after his wife had reported him
missing from their home.   The names of the hams involved in
this rescue radio operation were not mentioned in the Oregon
Register-Guard news story.  More is at
www.registerguard.com/rg/news/31173142-75/radio-dementia-
equipment-officials-track.html.csp   (registerguard.com)

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RESCUE RADIO:  NORTH CAROLINA HAMS RESPOND TO ICE STORM

Wilson County North Carolina Auxiliary Emergency
Communications was activated for the February12th severe
winter weather.  This after weather officials began to
predict a potential crippling ice storm for the Wilson
County area.

A number of team members manned the radio room at the Wilson
County Emergency Operations Center from where they provided
weather reports of precipitation changes to SKYWARN
operations.

Journal entry logs to the WebEOC were posted to the Internet
and the Wilson County Auxiliary Emergency Communications
Facebook page was updated with alerts and weather
information.  At one point the groups social media page was
reaching over 700 citizens in both the county and city.

And while the potential was in place for the responders to
pass traffic to the Emergency Manager, thanks to changes in
overall weather conditions that need never arose.  (W4BRG)

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RESCUE RADIO:  IDAHO COUNTY SENDING OUT CALL FOR HAM RADIO
OPERATORS

Teton County in Idaho is encouraging more people to
volunteer as emergency radio operators to maintain
communications in major emergencies.

The Teton Valley News quotes County Emergency Management
Coordinator Greg Adams, KE7SYB, as saying that in case of a
disaster that knocks out cell phone, landline and internet
communications, ham radio is the only way to be able to talk
over any great distance.

But says the newspaper, right now John Kaelberer,
KF7VXA, who lives south of Driggs, Idaho, is, so far, the
county's only volunteer radio operator.    Kaelberer is a
retired telephone company worker and former reserve police
officer who moved to the valley 14 years ago.

The bottom line appears to be that Teton County needs more
hams so as to be ready for any emergency that might require
volunteer two way radio communications.  You can read the
story at tinyurl.com/mv9ljbr   (Teton Valley News)

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TELECOMMUNICATIONS LAW:  FCC TO PURSUE NEW NET NEUTRALITY
RULES

The FCC has announced that it intends to pursue a new
version of the Open Internet rules that was struck down by a
judge in January.  In a recent statement the agency's
chairman Tom Wheeler says that he will begin taking public
input on an updated set of net neutrality rules.

According to Wheeler the FCC will not file an appeal in the
case it lost against Verizon.  Instead it plans to use the
authority that the court granted in its decision to craft
new regulations.

Wheeler says that preserving the internet as an open
platform for innovation and expression while providing
certainty and predictability in the marketplace is an
important responsibility to his agency.

More is on the web at  tinyurl.com/new-net-neutrality  (The
Verge ad other news sources)

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TECHNOLOGY:  WINAMP TO CONTINUE

Media player Winamp which is a very popular free program
used by many hams to recreate MP3 files is not be dead after
all.  This after America Online offers up some more detail
on the fate of both Winamp and Shoutcast that it owns

As previously reported AOL had originally planned to shut
down both services but then halted that pending a possible
sale.  Word is that both of these properties have now been
acquired by Radionomy which is an international collective
of online radio stations headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.

Radionomy has some 6,000 stations in its catalog already,
with an emphasis on a do-it-yourself platform
that anyone can use to create a channel.   Shoutcast's
50,000-strong catalog of radio stations will be a major
boost on that front.  Winamp's media playing software will
likely help program and distribute those radio stations and
offer additional services.  (Tech.eu, TechSpot.com, others)

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PUBLIC RELATIONS:  TX FACTOR TV PROGRAM COMES TO THE WEB

The United Kingdom's first television show dedicated
entirely to amateur radio was launched on the Internet just
after midnight UTC on Friday 21st February.  The half-hour
show is produced by a group of broadcast professionals who
are themselves radio amateurs.

Shot in full High Definition, episode one features Bob
McCreadie, G0FGX, exploring the Marconi Centre, at Poldhu in
Cornwall.  Nick Bennett 2EZ0FGQ takes a hike up a mountain
to discover the delights of Summits on the Air operation.
Finally Mike Marsh G1IAR takes the audience to meet the
Norman Lockyer Observatory Radio Group to find out what
makes a 2 meter repeater tick

Over the coming months and years the show hopes to explore
all aspects of our fascinating hobby and is free to watch at
txfactor.co.uk.  Just click on the word "here" under "Watch
Episode 1 Now."  (GB2RS, TX Factor)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  PALM SPRINGS HAMFEST MARCH 15

The 2014 Palm Springs Hamfest is slated for March 15th at
the Palm Springs Pavilion in Palm Springs California.  This
one-day event will again be hosted by the Desert Radio
Amateur Transmitting Society better known as the Desert
Rats.  Rehab Radio founder April Moell, WA6OPS and Ham
Nation co-host Gordon West, WB6NOA, will be the featured
speakers.  There will also be demonstrations dealing with
Amateur Television, microwave communications as well hunts T-
hunts and much more.  Further information on this event is
on the web at palmspringshamfest.com.  (Palm Springs
Hamfest)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: ORAC NY SPRING HAMFEST LOCATION CORRECTION

And a quick correction to the locality for the April 27th
Orange County New York Amateur Radio Club hamfest.  It seems
that last week we mis-identified the town where it's to be
held.  The correct venue is the Wallkill Community Center in
Middletown, New York with the event running from 8 a.m. to 2
p.m. local time.  Our thanks to Tom Ray, W2TRR, who is the
clubs Vice President for his e-mail pointing this out.  More
information on this event is on the web at tinyurl.com/ocarc-
hamfest.  (W2TRR)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  SARL APPOINTS A YOUTH ACTIVITY
COORDINATOR

Some names in the news.  First comes word that Mitchel
Mynhardt, ZS6YH, as it's new youth coordinator the South
African Radio League.  Mynhardt has been a radio amateur
since his teen years and has been active on both local and
international competitions. He has served the East Rand
Radio Club as youth coordinator and was for the past six
years also involved with Jamboree on the Air activities.
(SARL)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  GOULD SMITH, WA4SXM STEPS DOWN FROM
AMSAT BOARD

G. Gould Smith, WA4SXM, has resigned as a member of the
AMSAT Board of Directors member as well as his position as
Vice President of User Services.  Smith notified AMSAT
President Barry Baines, WD4ASW of his decision via an e-
mail.  In it he said in part that it was with deep regret
that he must resign his AMSAT positions.

In reporting Smith's decision to step down, AMSAT noted that
WA4SXM had persevered despite chronic health issues, but
recent severe medical issues have precluded him from active
participation in AMSAT for some time.

Under the organizations By-Laws, the position of an AMSAT
board member who resigns is filled by the First Alternate
elected in the prior election.  In this case JoAnne Maenpaa,
K9JWM, will be Smith's replacement on the Board.  The
position of Vice President of User Services is currently
open.  (AMSAT)

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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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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  VARIABILITY OF THE SUN AND ITS
TERRESTRIAL IMPACT

A major university is joining in the ongoing research to
better understand the workings of our home star as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD:

--

Montana State University will be a major player in a new
international program to better understand solar activity
and its effect on the Earth.

MSU solar physicist Piet Martens is one of the leaders of a
team that will investigate a solar paradox, extreme solar
events and solar dynamo activity.   One of the other two co-
chairs is Dibyendu Nandi, a former M-S-U researcher who
continues to collaborate with the university's Solar Physics
Group.  He is now Dean of Science at the Indian Institute of
Education and Research in Kolkata, India.

The new five-year program titled Variability of the Sun and
its Terrestrial Impact was launched Jannuary13th by the
Scientific Committee on Solar Terrestrial Physics and will
among other things involve reports radioed to the observers
and researchers here on Earth.

Im Jim Davis, W2JKD

--

More is at tinyurl.com/llzrtow  (Bozeman Daily)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  2014 CUBESAT DEVELOPERS' WORKSHOP
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

The 11th Annual CubeSat Developers' Workshop will be held
April 23rd to the 25th at the California State Polytechnic
University at San Luis Obispo in the Advanced Technology
Laboratories Presentation Room.  There, members of the
CubeSat Community will gather with policy makers, government
agency representatives, distinguished scientists, and
leading academicians from all over the world for an
educational and hopefully thought provoking session with the
theme of The Edge of Exploration.

The Cal Poly CubeSat Group is inviting authors to present
papers in all areas pertaining to the topics of CubeSat
development and mission research.  So far papers have been
submitted for the topics of Education and Design Philosophy;
University Missions;  Science Missions; Launch Capabilities;
Enabling Technologies for  Subsystems, Payloads and
Deployables plus one on Communication and Power.

For more information on submitting your paper please contact
the event sponsors by e-mail to cubesat (dot) workshop (at)
gmail (dot) com.  (ANS)

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ON THE AIR:  WORLD HERITAGE SITES AWARD FROM ITALY

The Italian National Society has created a new award to
celebrate sites declared as holding World Heritage status by
the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization better known by the acronym UNESCO.  World
Heritage Sites are located in 160 countries all over the
world. The information and rules about the award is at
www.whsa.info.  A complete list of World Heritage Sites is
at tinyurl.com/unesco-heritage-list  (GB2RS)

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ON THE AIR:  TESLA MEMORIAL HF CW CONTEST MARCH 8 - 9

The 2014 Tesla Memorial Contest will be held March 8th
starting 18:00 UTC and ending at 8:00 UTC on the 9th.  The
competition is open to operators world-wide.  Participants
must use CW only on the 80 meter band.  Points are awarded
for distance between stations.  For full details are at
tinyurl.com/tesla-memorial  (IRTS)

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ON THE AIR:  ST. PATRICK DAY SPECIAL EVENT STATION GB1SPD

March 17th is Saint Patrick's Day and not only will it be
celebrated world-wide but also on the ham radio bands.  This
with word that Irelands West Tyrone Amateur Radio Club will
be putting special event station GB1SPD on the air from the
Strule Arts Centre in Omagh in the County of Tyrone some 70
miles from the city of Belfast.  GB1SPD will be operating on
HF, VHF, UHF and Digital Modes.  A special QSL card will be
sent to all who make contract.  (Southgate)

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DX NEWS

In DX, G3XAQ will return to Uganda to operate as 5X1XA until
March 16th.  His activity will be CW only.  QSL via G3SWH.

DK1AX and DK1MA will hold a holiday-style operation from
Tonga through March 7. They plan to use the call A35AX for a
few days from Tongatapu and from their main location on
Vava'u running CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL only via OQRS.

K1LI should be on the air from Dominica as J7Y through March
10th.  His plans included entry into the ARRL DX SSB
Contest. QSL via his home call.

WW2DX, W2RE and N2EIN should be active as VP2EZZ from
Anguilla on 80 through 6 meters.  Modes and times of
operation were not announced but there is the possibility of
them including 160 meters in this operation.  QSL via N2IEN.

DS4DRE will be operational stroke 4 on a long term
activation of Taehuksan Island.  He will be there through
the remainder of 2014 operating 80 through 10 meters using
SSB and CW. QSL via DS4DRE.

YB8XM plans to activate Sanana Island sometime from the end
of February through the beginning of April.  No other
information was provided.  QSL via YB8XM

Lastly, the ARRL's Bill Moore, NC1L reports that the
recently concluded FT5ZM Amsterdam and St. Paul Island
operation has been approved for DXCC credit.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  DO SALMON TRAVEL MAGNETIC LINES OF FORCE

And finally this week a possible answer to the question of
how young salmon with no migratory experience somehow voyage
through ocean waters to wind up at specific feeding grounds
that are hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where
they were hatched?  It turns out that they may be following
magnetic lines of force.   Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather
Embee, KB3TZD, may have the answer:

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Researchers have long suspected that many animals that
travel great distances to wind up at particular spots
visited by their ancestors may be able to sense the Earth's
magnetic fields.  The ability has since been found in a
variety of creatures including certain migratory birds.
Even more remarkable is that many animals seem to use it to
navigate with no previous experience, like the Chinook
salmon.

To figure out whether this species of salmon are also born
with this ability, a research team lead by Oregon State
University tested the abilities of young Chinook salmon that
were less than 1 year old and hadn't yet started their
seaward journey.  To accomplish this, the researchers placed
young fish in barrels surrounded with coils of wire and
exposed them to a simulation of the northern magnetic field.
In response, the salmon turned south-southwest.  Conversely,
when they exposed them to a simulation of the southern
magnetic field, the salmon turned north-northeast.

So as to make certain their results were correct, the
researchers then subjected the salmon to a northern
intensity with a southern inclination field and a southern
intensity with the northern inclination field.  In both
cases the salmon chose no particular direction.  The
scientists theorize that this was the result of the latter
aspect of the experiment not fitting anywhere in the
salmon's internal magnetic map.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

--

The researcher's findings were published in a recent edition
of the Journal Current Biology.  More is on line at
tinyurl.com/salmon-follow-magnetic-fields   (The Guardian,
Journal of Biology)

**

NEWSCAST CLOSE

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