Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1914 - April 18, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1914 with a release
date of April 18 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The new Digital Ham Video system on
the International Space Station is fully commissioned;
another shortwave intruder is found in the 40 meter band;
United Kingdom hams petition their telecommunications
regulator to get back to enforcing the rules; Vietnam
confirms expanded ham radio spectrum; the Crimea will not
count as a new DXCC entity and radio is used to wake up a
comet exploration probe.  Find out the details are on
Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1914 coming your way
right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  NEW ISS  DIGITAL HAM VIDEO FULLY
COMMISSIONED

--

KC5ZTA from the ISS:  "It is my pleasure to proceed to the
Ham Video's functional commissioning.  I feel honored to
inaugurate this new amateur radio educational facility which
will enhance space conversations between crew members and
students.  I congratulate ARISS for this acquisition and I
wish Ham Video a long life and plenty of successful school
conmtacts."

--

That's the voice of International Space Station Commander
Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, operating station OR4ISS from the
International Space Station.  This, during the live ceremony
commissioning the new digital Ham Video station on board the
orbiting outpost.

Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, is the ARISS Europe chairman.  In a
press release Bertels said that at 18:23 UTC on Sunday,
April 13th that Commander Wakata placed the digital Ham
Video system into full operation while ground monitors
G4KLB, F6DZP, IK1SLD and others received the signal.  It was
also streamed live over the British Amateur Radio Club's
video server.

The high quality digital amateur television signal was
received for about 6 minutes.
During that time Commander Wakata answered a series of
questions that had been prepared in the manner of a school
contact and performed a microgravity experiment.  Here's
just a quick sample:

--

KC5ZTA from the ISS:

 "First question `Is it noisy in Columbus?'

"(Answer) No, it is very quiet and comfortable to work in
Columbus.

"Second question:  `Is there a constant airflow that one can
feel?'

"(Answer) Yes.  We have intra-module ad inter-module
ventilation and we can feel a constant airflow in the ISS."
--

The full commissioning of the Ham Video system recorded and
is now on-line at several sources for anyone to watch.  One
is on YouTube at tinyurl.com/new-iss-ham-video  (ON4WF with
audio from YouTube)

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WORLDBEAT:  RADIO HARGEISHA ON THE 40 METER BAND

The IARU Monitoring System newsletter reports interference
from broadcast stations to amateur radio operations in the
hobby's exclusive segment of the 40 meter band.  The report
notes that the source of the interfering signals has been
traced to Radio Hargeisha in Somaliland on 7120 kHz and
Khartoum in the Sudan on 7200 kHz.  The complete
International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System Region
newsletter can be read at  http://www.iarums-
r1.org/iarums/news2014/news1403.pdf   (IARU-R1)

**

WORLDBEAT:  UK HAMS PETITION OFCOM TO TAKE ON REPEATER
PROBLEM

Over in the United Kingdom, the Southgate News reports that
a petition is being circulated in the hope of getting the
telecommunications regulator back into the ham radio
enforcement business.  At least in regard to one repeater
that is reportedly suffering from user abuse.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has more:

--

The petition from the UK ham community to telecommunications
regulator Ofcom reads as follows and we quote:

"As you are aware, the GB3PZ amateur radio repeater has been
plagued by, amongst others, a particular unlicensed
individual for many months.  Through lack of action by
yourselves, you are effectively allowing him / them to
continue to prevent licensed operators using it.

"Most licensed users of GB3PZ are now very frustrated by the
lack of any help from Ofcom in this matter.  Action is long
overdue, and an example needs to be made, to prevent copycat
abusers.

"The repeater keeper has invested a considerable sum in the
development of what was once a very popular repeater, which
is now in danger of becoming a white-elephant.

"The address of the most prolific abuser has been located,
and provided to yourselves some months ago.  We ask you to
take action now!"

According to Southgate, after the 2008 through 2009 fiscal
year, Ofcom ceased publishing its Prosecution and Formal
Warning Statistics and removed all prosecution statistics
from its website.  Some U-K hams have openly speculated that
the reason these statistics are no longer available is
because the regulatory body had stopped undertaking
enforcement action, at least in regard to those instances
involving amateur radio.  The ham radio community contends
that this is a breach of the United Kingdom's Wireless
Telegraphy Act of 2006.

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


--

As we go to air there's been no statement from Ofcom in
regard to this petition or what enforcement action it might
eventually take.  (Southgate)

**

RESCUE RADIO: INTERNATIONAL SHORTWAVE BROADCASTING DISASTER
TEST

Members of the amateur radio and shortwave listening
communities are invited to take part as monitoring stations
in the upcoming High Frequency Coordination Commission of
the International Radio for Disaster Relief or IDAR project.
This event will take place during the Media Summit on
Climate Change, Information, Communication Technologies and
Disaster Risk Reduction slated Jakarta, Indonesia on June
4th and 5th.  The exercise will simulate a major disaster
occurring in Southeast Asia, and  multiple international
broadcasters will be cooperating to support  coordinated
humanitarian coverage for the impacted region.  As such, SWL
reports will be very much welcome.  More is on the web at
tinyurl.com/IDAR-2014.   (ReliefAnalysis.com, WIA News)

**

WORLDBEAT:  VIETMAM CONFIRMS HAM RADIO SPECTRUM EXPANSION

Some previously rumored news regarding spectrum expansion
for hams in Vietnam is now official.  Following the new
national radio band plan published in november 2013 and now
signed by the nations president, Vietnamese amateurs can now
apply to operate between 7100 KHz and 7200 KHz on 40 meters.
This in addition to 7000 to 7100 KHz that they already had.

But that's not all.  On 80 meters the band now runs from
3500 to 3900 KHz which is an increase of 100 KHz, and on 30
meters from 10.1 to 10.15 MHz.  And more remarkably, the
Vietnamese Amateur Radio Club says hams in that nation have
also been officially granted access to 472 to 479 KHz on 600
meters in addition to 1800 to 2000 KHz on 160.

There's only one caveat.  To gain access to this new
spectrum, hams in Vietnam must apply to use of each of these
new or expanded band when they get or renew their license.
More information is on the web at http://varc.radioclub.asia
(VARC Radio Club of Asia, DXNL)

**

DX UP FRONT:  THE CRIMEA WILL NOT COUNT AS A SEPARATE DXCC
ENTITY

In DX up front, word that the Crimea will not be counted as
a separate entity for DXCC credit.

After the Crimea voted last month to break way from the
Ukraine to become a part of the Russian Federation, the ARRL
Awards committee was tasked with evaluating the situation
against the DXCC rules.  Its findings are that neither
Russia nor the Ukraine is a rare entity and the vast
majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for either do
not involve Crimea.

In other words, a QSL with a call sign issued by the
administration of Ukraine and showing the entity name as
Ukraine counts as Ukraine.  A QSL with a call sign issued by
the administration of Russia and showing the entity name as
Russia counts as Russia.  A QSL that satisfies neither
condition does not count for either entity.  This means the
Crimea is not a DXCC entity unto itself.   (ARRL DXCC)

**

DX UP FRONT:  CAMB-HAMS TO OPERATE GS3PYE/P FROM ISLE OF
LEWIS

Thirteen members of Camb-Hams group will be operating
GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Lewis from April 26th April to May
3rd.  The Isle of Lewis is the northern part of Lewis and
Harris and is the largest island of the Outer Hebrides
of Scotland.  Activity will be on 80 through 2 meters using
all bands and modes.  A pair of 2 meter to 70 centimeter and
2 meter to 23 centimeter station's will be dedicated to
satellite contacts.  2 meter and 23 cm EME will be attempted
using a low power portable station into yagi antennas with
this part of the operation mainly focused on digital
operation using modes developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT.  In
addition to the ham bands the group will be active on the
major social networks before, during and after the trip.
You can check on progress or interact with the operators via
their blog at dx.camb-hams.com.  (RSGB)

**

DX UP FRONT:  VK9MT MELLISH REEF APPROVED FOR DXCC

And while it did not last as long as its planners had hoped
but the good news is that the recently concluded VK9MT
operation from Mellish Reef has been approved for DXCC
credit.  Once the confirmation is in your hands you can
request credit for having made contact with VK9MT.   DXCC)

**

BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N5YYU repeater serving Clinton Arkansas.

(5 sec pause here)


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ENFORCEMENT:  MANHATTAN U.S. ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES SEIZURE OF
RADIO EQUIPMENT FROM ALLEGED PIRATE RADIO STATIONS

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Preet Bharara and FCC Acting Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis
LeBlanc have announced the unsealing of two complaints.
Both seeking the forfeiture of radio transmission and
production equipment that was allegedly used in the illegal
broadcast of pirate radio stations on a total of four
different FM frequencies in the metro New York City area.
This was followed by an April 2nd raid by FCC agents and
Deputy U.S. Marshals who served warrants and seized the
radio transmission and production equipment identified at
two separate locations in the metro New York City area.

According to the complaints made public in Manhattan federal
court, and various unsealed documents associated with the
two warrants, FCC agents had identified a commercial space
on West 181st Street in the Bronx as the production studio
for Rika FM which the FCC says was  illegally broadcasting
its programming on 94.5 and 94.9 MHZ.  FCC agents also
identified a residence on St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan
as the location of the radio transmission equipment by means
of which Rika FM was also illegally broadcast.  Those
frequencies were not announced.

According to the FCC's LeBlanc, these alleged pirate radio
stations were for-profit businesses that broke the law to
line their own pockets while disrupting legitimate
broadcasters.  LeBlanc added that they should be out of
business and off the air.

What further punitive action may be taken against the
operators of these stations is at this time unknown.   (FCC)

**

ENFORCEMENT:  CITATION ISSUED FOR OPERATION ON NON ASSIGNED
FREQUENCY

The FCC has issued an official citation to CAM Electronics
Distributing, Inc. for programming into a transmitter
frequencies for which the operator of the device was not
authorized in violation of Section 90.427(b) of the
Commission's rules.

This past January 28th, agents from the Enforcement Bureau's
New York  Office conducted an investigation and observed
Private Land Mobile Station WPZV506 transmitting on 455.500
MHz from the 30th Street Men's Shelter on East 30th Street
in Manhattan.  The FCC says that the license for that
station does not authorize operation on 455.500 MHz.  A
representative from FJC Security Corporation to whom the
license is issued informed the agents that its radio vendor,
CAM Electronics Distributing had programmed the frequency
into its radio equipment.  In a subsequent telephone
conversation on January 29th and in an e-mail on February
20th, a CAM representative acknowledged that the company had
programmed the radio transmitting equipment that FJC
Security Corporation was using.

Now, in issuing the citation to CAM the FCC has told the
company that if it again violates Section 90.427(b) of the
Rules, the Commission may impose monetary forfeitures not to
exceed $16,000 for each such violation or each day of a
continuing violation, and up to $122,500 for any single act.
In addition, further violations can result in seizure of
equipment as well as criminal sanctions, including
imprisonment.  (FCC)

**

RESCUE RADIO:  MARYLAND CITY GETS TO RADIO STATIONS FOR
SERIOUS SITUATION ALERTS

Ocean City, Maryland officials have announced that the
resort town will be getting into the radio business.  This
by acquiring two FM stations through a FEMA sponsored hazard
mitigation grant.

The FM stations that Ocean City has just acquired with a
$55,000 grant could be live by summer.  Once operational
they will be primarily used as a way to get out critical
emergency information in the event of massive storms like
Hurricane Sandy and Irene that rocked the resort in
consecutive years.

Ocean City officials say those two storms showed just how
ineffective the town's longstanding AM station was in
disseminating critical emergency information.  They believe
that these two FM stations, which will broadcast out of the
Ocean City Public Safety building, will provide the
emergency dissemination channels needed.   (RW)

**

RADIO BUSINESS:  VIBROPLEX LLC TO DISTRIBUTE SSB-ELECTRONIC
PRODUCTS IN UNITED STATES AND CANADA

Germany's SSB-Electronic GmbH and Vibroplex LLC here in the
United States have announced an exclusive agreement for
Vibroplex to distribute the SSB-Electronic product line in
north America.

Vibroplex is the oldest continuously operating business in
amateur radio, founded Horace Martin, inventor of the semi-
automatic Morse Code key in 1905.  The company is now
located in Knoxville, Tennessee and continues to manufacture
the original Martin key as well as a complete line of some
30 keys including bugs, iambic paddles, single-lever paddles
and traditional straight keys.

On the other side of the Atlantic SSB-Electronic is well-
known for its range of VHF high performance products
including both standard and auto-switchable receive preamps,
sequencers and switches.  It also produces the EcoflexT
coaxial cable, the Zeus ZS-1 SDR transceiver and a line of
VHF preamps and accessory equipment.

A completely revamped product line has been released for
2014.  You can find that and more on the web at
www.vibroplex.com.   (Press Release)

**

RADIO BUSINESS: SANGEAN TURNS 40

And a very Happy Birthday to the Sangean Company which is
marking the company's 40th year of operation.  The Los
Angeles based Sangean USA is best known to hams and SWL's
for its shortwave and long-wave receiver designs including
the iconic ATS-803A.  A private label version of the ATS-
803A was sold by Radio Shack as the Realistic DX-440 with
both still in demand on the used gear market.  Since then,
Sangean has expanded its product line and now includes
AM/FM, HD Radio, DAB and DAB+, and Internet connectivity
receivers as well as pocket, portable and utility tuners.
(RW, ARNewsline)

**

RADIO SOFTWARE:  MACLOGGERDX VERSION 5.53 RELEASED

Mac users take note.  Dog Park Software has released version
5.53 of its Mac Logger DX.  The new version includes Direct
Apple Script logging from Mac Doppler; added CW Macro file
blank line separators; faster split setting; a new Google
Maps API and much more.  More is on the web at
dogparksoftware.com/MacLoggerDX.html  (WSI)

**

RADIO EDUCATION:  HAM RADIO IN INDIA SCHOOL TEXT BOOK

Amateur radio is featured in the 9th grade school book "Our
World Through English" published by the Government of Andhra
Pradesh, India.  A four-page section concentrates on the
Disaster and Emergency Communications capabilities of
amateur radio.  For those interested the book it is
available via the web at tinyurl.com/india-ham-schoolbook
for 35 Rupees which is about 60 cents in United States
currency plus shipping.  (Southgate)

**

RADIO EDUCATION:  SIMPLE WEBSITE TO ASSIST NEW HAMS

Miles Burke, VK6MAB, has put together a web site for those
who are considering taking  up ham radio as a hobby, or for
those who have recently got their license and want to learn
more.  The site is written in plain language and avoids all
of the specialized ham speak words that often confuse
newcomers to the hobby.  And while located down-under in
Australia, its definitely a site for newcomers and those
wanting to become hams living anywhere in the world.  You
can sample it for yourself at www.enjoyhamradio.com  (WIA
News)

**

SOCIAL SCENE:  THE 2014 ARRL ROCKY MOUNTAIN DIVISION
CONVENTION CHANGES DATE AND VENUE

Due to circumstances beyond planner's control, the
2014 Rocky Mountain Division ARRL Convention planned for
Laramie, Wyoming as been cancelled.  Instead for this year
it's been merged into the famed Duke City Hamfest slated to
take place August 8th to the 10th in Albuquerque, New
Mexico.

The Duke City Hamfest is an annual three-day Amateur Radio
convention this year to be held at the Hotel Albuquerque
which is one of the Duke City's largest hotel and convention
venues.  Details of the hamfest are on the web at
dukecityhamfest.org.  A separate website for the ARRL Rocky
Mountain Division aspect of the gathering is reported to be
under construction.  (ARRL)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  NOBEL LAUREATE K1JT REOPENS RESTORED
RADIO TELESCOPE

Some names in the news.  First up is Nobel Laureate Joe
Taylor, K1JT, who was the guest of honor at the ceremony to
reopen the restored 25 meter Dwingeloo radio telescope in
the Netherlands.  With the renovation complete, the radio
telescope will be used by amateur radio experimenters,
amateur astronomers and budding researchers.  It had
previously been used for several years by Dutch radio
amateurs for EME work, including stints during past ARRL EME
Contests. The dish is already slated to see some amateur
radio use on the 23 centimeter band.
(GB2RS)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  N0JY AND K8UD SELECTED TO FILL VACENCIES
CREATED BY THE PASSING OF AA2TX

In a special meeting held on Tuesday, April 1st, AMSAT Board
of Directors unanimously approved the selection of Jerry
Buxton, N0JY of Granbury, Texas, as its new Vice President
of Engineering.

N0JY became involved in amateur radio satellites with AO7
and joined AMSAT in April 1983.   He currently holds an
Extra Class License and is also licensed in Colombia as
HK5JY.  He is also active on terrestrial ham radio from the
High Frequency bands through 1.2 GHz.

Also, Steve Coy, K8UD, of Beavercreek, Ohio, has assumed the
seat on the AMSAT Board of Directors formerly held by AA2TX.
Coy was originally elected by the AMSAT membership as a
Board alternate in the 2013 election and will hold a voting
seat through the next Board election that takes place later
this year.

Buxton and Coy replace Tony Monteiro, AA2TX who passed away
on March 26th.

(AMSAT-NA)

**

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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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  ANOTHER DELAY IN SPACEX LAUNCH AFFECTS
THE KICKSAT PROJECT

Another delay in the SpaceX re-supply mission to the
International Space Station also put on hold the orbiting of
more than 100 tiny short lived satellites called Sprites.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB., reports:

--

The Space X Falcon booster and its Dragon delivery container
was last slated to go toward orbit on Monday April 14th.
But the discovery of a last minute technical problem placed
the launch on hold until April 18th at the earliest.

In addition to several tons of supplies for the crew on
board the ISS, the Dragon is also carrying the Kick-Sat
cubesat which in turn is loaded with the Sprite micro birds.
And now comes word that Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, of the
KickSat project is offering prizes to the first stations to
copy telemetry from KickSat and from the Sprite pico-sats.
The prizes will include a number of articles related to the
flight including patches prepared for the mission.

Unless there are further launch delays, KickSat will release
the Sprites on April 30th.  The KickSat mother ships
telemetry will be on 437.505 MHz and 2401 to 2436.2 MHz.
All of the Sprites are on 437.240 MHz but each Sprite has a
unique pair of Pseudo-Random Number or PRN codes that marks
its transmissions and allowing those on the ground to tell
them apart.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
reporting.

--

More information is on this near-space experiment is on the
web at tinyurl.com/kicksat and at
https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki  (Southgate,
KickSat, others)

**

HAM RADIO NEAR SPACE:  GREECE TO LAUNCH HIGH ALTITUDE APRS
BALLOON MAY 11

The special callsign J43VHF will be used by the Greek AELOUS
balloon flight slated for May 11th.  As of now, the balloon
will be carrying a payload of an APRS transmitter along with
QRP gear for 2 and 10 meter CW.

According to M0LPT, the high altitude balloon will be
released from the area of Megalopolis.  It's primary goal is
to reach an altitude over 98000 feet to gather propagation
data from any station being able to copy its beacons.

The balloon will provide real time location data on 144.899
MHz and will be trackable on-line at aprs.fi.  Reception
reports can be filed on-line at j43vhf.wordpress.com.
(J43VHF team)

**

HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  JUNO SPACECRAFT QSL'S ON THEIR WAY

QSL cards have been sent out to those radio amateurs who
participated in the Juno Earth flyby experiment on October
9th of 2013.  During the experiment, hams worldwide were
requested to send the word HI in very slow Morse at about
1/25th of a word per minute toward the Juno Spacecraft
during its Earth flyby. The Juno team confirmed that more
than 1400 radio amateurs participated, representing all
seven continents.  (NASA, Southgate)

**

VIDEO FROM SPACE: SOHO RADIOS APRIL 2 SOLAR FLARE VIDEO TO
EARTH

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured a stunning
video of the mid-level solar flare on April 2nd.  According
to the space agency this his particular mid-level flare of
Magnetude M 6.5, erupted from the sun on April 2nd. This
video from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the flare
in a blend of two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light
at 171 Angstroms and 304 Angstroms, colorized in yellow and
red respectively to make them visible to the human eye.  You
can see it for yourself at tinyurl.com/april-solar-flare
(NASA)

**

ON TH AIR:  HO100CANAL TO CELEBRATE 100 ANNIVERSARY OF THE
PANAMA CANAL

On the air listen out for special event station HO100CANAL
between April 19th and August 15th to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the Panama Canal.  This operation is being
sponsored by Radio Amateurs of the Republic of Panama with
activity planned on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK
and RTTY.  The QSL manager for the operation is HP1AVS.  For
more information on the 100th anniversary of the Panama
Canal, take your web browser to
micanaldepanama.com/centennial  (Press release)

**

ON THE AIR:  GB0STG CELEBRATES ST. GEORGES DAY

And a special event station will be on the air on April 23rd
to celebrate St. George's Day from the church of St. George
and St. Mary at Gresley in the United Kingdom.  GBZ0STG will
be operating on the 40 meter band from around 09.00 to 18.30
UTC, plus 2 meters and other HF bands if conditions permit.
For more information please visit GB0STG on QRZ.com.
(GB2RS)

**

DX

In DX, E20HHK will lead a group of operators to activate Nu
Island in the Southern part of Thailand between April 18th
and the morning of April 20th.  Nu Island also known as AS-
145 is a rare Island on the Air entity in Thailand and was
last activated in 2000 as E29DX.  QSL via E21EIC.

A group of Colombian operators will activate the callsign
5K0M from San Andres Island between April 19th through the
24th.  This operation will take place from the Colombian Red
Cross facility with stations on on 40 through 6 meters.
Their primary purpose is to encourage local amateur radio
operators on the island to return to their activities within
the hobby.  QSL via HK7IPT.

Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club
will be operating from Scotland's Isle of Canna from April
21st to the 25th.  Stations will be on 160 through 2 meters
using CW, SSB and several data modes.  QSL as directed on
the air.

DL3LUM will be on the air as D44TXU from Santa Maria, Sal
Island between April 19th and the 25th.  This operation will
be holiday style on 20 meters and up using QRP CW only. QSL
via DL3LUM direct or by the DARC QSL bureau.

Lastly, IW5ELA will again be active stroke TK from Corsica
between April 25th and May 1st. This operation will be
holiday style on 40, 20, 15, 12 and possibly 6 meters as
well.  Mode mentioned is mainly CW.  QSL via his home
callsign.

(Above from OPDX and other DX news sources)

**

THAT FINAL ITEM:  ESA PHILAE COMET LANDER WAKES UP

And finally this week, a successful wake-up call has gone
out to an interesting space probe and it has responded in
the positive as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Hal
Rogers, K8CMD:

--

The Philae lander which Europe hopes to put on the surface
of a comet later this year, has been re-activated.  This
after three years in deep-space hibernation.

The small probe is currently riding piggy back on the
Rosetta space probe which was launched a decade ago to
rendezvous with the Comet 67P and was itself brought out of
space sleep in January.  Both have radioed back to
controllers that they are healthy and ready for their
mission.

The Rosetta probe and Philae lander should arrive at the ice
comet in August.  After a period of mapping, Rosetta will
then release Philae in November on its challenging attempt
to attach itself to 67P.  Being only 3 and one half miles in
diameter the comet's gravitational field will be very weak,
and the 220 pound lander will use harpoons and ice screws to
try to hold itself to the surface of 67P.

Philae's wake-up is part of a sequence of commissioning
activities taking place over the next few weeks.

I'm Hal Rogers, K8CMD

--

The twin scientific space probes are currently 407 million
miles from Earth with about 237 million miles to go until
they reaches comet 67P.  (BBC, Guardian Liberty)

**

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