Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1916 - May 4, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1916 with a release
date of May 2 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Cocinono County Arizona bans
mobile ham radio; UK regulator Ofcom proposes new CB rules
and more; hams in India help with recent elections; a
Florida resident is hit with a $48,000 proposed fine for
alleged cellphone jamming; Ham Nation to go live from the
Dayton Hamvention and its time to select USA's team for the
World ARDF Championships.  All this and more on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1916 coming your way right

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We begin this week with breaking news of a new ban on mobile
cellphone use in one Northern Arizona county.  One that
effectively precludes all forms of mobile two way radio
other than those needed for public service by first
responders, police, fire and other authorized officials.
One of its biggest impacts is that it will effectively
preclude hams from operating mobile.

The new law is the work of the leaders of Coconino
County located in the north central part of Arizona and is a
part of the Flagstaff metropolitan statistical area.  It not
only includes the city of Flagstaff but the Grand Canyon and
adjacent areas as well.

As written, the new ban outlaws mobile radio communications
most drivers who depend on the technology unless they are
using a hands-free device.  It also stops amateur radio
operators and others who use push to talk microphone from
being able to easily assist in a volunteer capacity with
local events.  The measure provides a very narrowly crafted
exemption for amateur radio operators working during an
emergency situation under the direction of authorized first
responders but nothing else.  If a ham or any other member
of the public wants to use a two-way communications device
while operating mobile anywhere in the county, he or she
must pull over to the side of the road or use a hands free
connection such as Bluetooth to their mobile device.

According to the Arizona Daily Sun, there are hundreds of
amateur radio operators in the county who are very angry
over the new law.  It says that hams have been reaching out
to the Chairman of the county Board of Supervisors to get a
clarification or an amendment that would create an exemption
allowing their mobile radio operations to continue.  But the
newspaper also says that when reached for comment county
officials confirmed that the ordinance does ban mobile
amateur radio operations as well as all other two-way mobile
communications deemed as personal.

Motorists have been given a a six month grace period during
which they will receive only a warning.  After that
violating the ordinance will be punishable by a $100 fine,
plus any other penalty allowable by law.

For more on this story follow go to
react-to-ban and

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the newsroom in Los Angeles.    Now heres Jim Davis,
W2JKD, with the rest of this weeks newscast.



Once again ham radio provided numerous communications links
for this years running of the Boston Marathon.  According to
news reports there was heightened security due to last
year's terror attack, but that did not slow down the pace of
this year's event.  Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has more:

The ARRL reports more than 300 amateur radio volunteers
provided communication support on April 21 for the 118th
running of the Boston Marathon.  In a show of solidarity
following last year's tragic bombings close to the finish
line, a near record numbers of runners - upward of 36,000 -
turned out for the Patriot's Day event along with a huge
outpouring of spectators.

Steve Schwarm, W3EVE, is the Boston Marathon Course
Coordinator.  He said that in the wake of the 2013 bombings
that they received a fantastic showing of volunteer support
across the start, the course, and finish line from the
amateur radio community.  Schwarm noted that the level of
ham radio support for the 2014 event demonstrated that
"Boston Strong" remains a rallying cry in the wake of last
year's tragedy.
 The Boston Marathon is a major public service event for the
region's Amateur Radio volunteers.  It follows a 26.2 mile
course from Hopkinton to Boston, Massachusetts.  Amateur
radio communication support became critical in the aftermath
of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, when conventional
telecommunications systems, such as cellular telephone,
quickly became overloaded and confusion reigned.
 For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,

For an in depth look at the involvement of amateur radio in
this years Boston Marathon take your web browser to the news
pages at  (ARRL)



United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom has
published a consultation on draft regulations that will
among other things impact on 27 MHz CB radio.

The proposed Wireless Telegraphy Exemption regulations would
implement a number of previous decisions made by Ofcom.
Among other actions the regulations would authorize the use
of 870 to 876 MHz and 915 to 921 MHz for a number of short
range devices on a license-exempt basis.  They would also
enable the land-based use of Earth Stations on Moving
Platforms on a license free basis and also allow two
different Amplitude Modulation modes to be used for 27 MHz
Citizens Band radio.

As far as the CB proposal, the change in the rules change
would put the modes available in the UK in line with most
other nations world-wide where AM and later SSB have been
used for decades.  CB in the UK is currently an FM only
service.  (Various sources)



On the other side of the world, Radio amateurs in India have
assisted in that nations 2014 general elections that were to
be held on Wednesday April 30th.

According to a news release form India's National Institute
of Amateur Radio the nations Chief Election Officer
requested amateur radio communications support into areas
which are not accessible by normal telecommunication
facilities.  The National Institute in turn put out a call
to its members who had the time to volunteer for this duty
and to confirm their availability from 27th to the 30th.

The exact role that ham radio would play in the election was
not spelled out in the National Institute of Amateur Radio
request but it was assumed to be as a link between the
isolated areas and India's central election headquarters.
(NAIR, Southgate)



An amazing journey for a long duration foil party balloon
transmitting Contestia 8/250 telemetry data on 434.500 MHz
USB  The medium altitude craft was launched on Friday, April
18th from Silverstone in the United Kingdom by Leo Bodnar,

During its long duration journey, the balloon known simply
as B-46 first headed West over to Southern Iceland, lopping
North across Western Greenland then heading West across the
Norwegian Sea.  It then made landfall in Europe along
Sweden's Northern coastline traveling South East down into
Finland and into Russia where the flight appeared to end
close to the Ukrainian border.  Depending on the altitude,
the 12 gram, three foot balloon could have had a radio range
of between 180 and 300 miles.

Bondar was one of the first to experiment with long duration
flights using what are commonly known as party balloons.
Reports of his work in this area appear to have prompted
other individuals and groups world-wide to experiment with
similar technology.  The use of Contestia 8/250 sends two
lines of telemetry every 4 minutes and lasts about 1 minute.
Time between telemetry data was filled with beeps at 3
second intervals.

You can see the flight path of B-46 at  More about this
flight and Leo Bondar's earlier ballooning experiments is on
his website at  (Southgate,



In DX up front JA0RQV is planning to activate Niuatoputapu
Island at the very small northern end of Tongan territory
between May 28th and June 3rd.  He will be signing  A35JP/P
with operations will be on 80 through 6 meters using CW and
SSB.  But there is one hitch, that being his time on the air
will be limited to when and where he can find a source of
electric power as there are no power mains at the locayions
he will be at.  That meand locating a generator or a vehicle
with a good battery to power his station.  JA0RQV adds that
in the off chance his flight is cancelled, he will instead
operate from Vava'u Island or Tongatapu Island. Either way,
if you work him please QSL via his home callsign either
direct, via the bureau or electronically using Logbook to
the World.



Down the road, a group of operators are planning to be
active as DX0P from Spratly sometime in April of 2015.  Look
for more details to be forthcoming on this one in future



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the K7UGE repeater serving Las Vegas Nevada.

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A Florida resident that the FCC says was the source of
cellular telephone jamming for upward of two years has been
handed a $48,000 Notice of Liability to Monetary Forfeiture.
The FCC says that Jason R. Humphreys of Seffner, Florida,
was caught with a jamming device in his car as he rode along
Interstate 4 disrupting not only cell phones, but allegedly
police and other emergency communications as well.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has the details:


For the FCC it all began back on April 29, 2013.  That's
when its  Enforcement Bureau received a complaint from Metro
P-C-S that its cellular telephone service had been
experiencing interference during the morning and evening
commutes in the Tampa, Florida, area.  Based on the location
of the towers and the times that the alleged interference
occurred, the Bureau determined that the likely source of
the interference was mobile along Interstate 4 between
downtown Tampa and Seffner, Florida.

On May 7th, agents from the Bureau's Tampa Office began
monitoring the suspected route.  On May 7th, 8th, and 9th
the agents determined that strong wideband emissions within
the cellular and P-C-S bands were coming from a blue Toyota
Highlander with a Florida license plate.  On May 9th, the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, working with the FCC
agents stopped the suspect vehicle.  At that time the
Sheriffs Deputies reported that communications with police
dispatch over their 800 MHz two-way portable radios were
interrupted as they approached the SUV.

The agents from the FCC Tampa Office and the Hillsborough
Sheriff's Deputies interviewed the driver, who identified
himself as Jason R. Humphreys.  At that time Humphreys
admitted that he owned and had operated a cell phone jammer
from his car and had done so for the past 16 to 24 months.
An inspection of the vehicle revealed the jammer behind the
seat cover of the passenger seat.  Humphreys stated that he
had been operating the jammer to keep people from talking on
their cell phones while driving.

At the conclusion of the interview, the Hillsborough Sheriff
Deputies seized Humphreys' cell phone jammer pursuant to
Florida state law.  On May 10th, Metro PCS confirmed that
the interference to its cell towers had ceased.

Now, after looking at all of the evidence in the case the
FCC has issued the proposed 48,000 fine.  In doing so it
said that Jason Humphreys apparently willfully and
repeatedly violated Sections of the Communications Act, and
several sections of the agency's rules by operating the cell
phone jammer.  Also that operation of the device could and
may have had disastrous consequences by precluding the use
of cell phones to reach life-saving 911 services provided by
police, ambulance, and fire departments.  It also could have
disrupted critical communications of first responders
driving on the highway near Humphreys' vehicle.

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


The Notice of Proposed Liability or NAL to Jason R.
Humphreys was approved on April 24th and made public on
April 29th.  At that time he was given the customary 30 days
to pay the fine in full or to file an appeal.  (FCC)



Approximately 65 radio amateurs are needed to provide
communications for this year's United States Air Force

Slated for September 20th, this annual event takes place at
Wright Patterson air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio.  Ham
radio operators will be tasked to ensure complete radio
coverage over the course.  They will also provide
communications for runner location, logistics and
emergencies from the hydration stations back to the race

If you live in the area or plan to be in the Dayton on race
day and want to be a part of the communications team, you
can register to volunteer at www dot usafmarathon dot com.
Just click on the word volunteer at the top right of the

For further information about ham radios role in the
marathon please contact Dave Crawford via e-mail to kf4kww
(at)  (KF4KWW)



If you are thinking about getting into D-STAR and are
wondering just what you can expect when you get a radio or
DV Dongle, you can now find out by listening to live audio
online from the VA6EFR Gateway.

According to Jeff Bishop, to monitor without any D-STAR
equipment just take your web browser to the Edmonton Fire
Radio website at and click on the
listen live link.  You can also monitor on your mobile
device using various scanner apps on Android, iPhone and
Blackberry. Depending on the app you would search by
location, and then select Canada, Alberta, Edmonton and
finally the VA6EFR D-STAR Gateway.

For those with D-STAR gear, Bishop says that his gateway is
normally linked to Reflector 30 C, however from time to time
it may connect to other D-STAR reflectors or repeaters.
(VE6EFR, D-STAR Remailer)



The Massachusetts based Minute Man Repeater Association will
be taking part in Yaesu's "System Fusion" trial using its
146.790 Mhz system.  The repeater is now a Yaesu DR-1 dual
mode unit that can operate both traditional FM as well as
digital audio in the C4FM codec.  The system will repeat in
the same mode as it is receiving on its input.

Right now the systems controller is being reconfigured to
work with the new repeater.  For the time being the 146.79
machine is operating standalone with no linking available.
Additionally, the 224.70 repeater which also depends on the
controller is temporarily off the air.

The Minute Man Repeater Association is a non-profit
communications organization dedicated to public service and
emergency communications.  It maintains a system of over
twenty repeaters in Eastern and Central Massachusetts which
are made available to provide communications at events such
as the Boston Walk for Hunger, the Boston Marathon and many
other charity events. In addition the club provides
equipment and recruits volunteers to staff these events.
When not being used for public service or emergencies, the
repeaters are open to all radio amateurs for casual and
friendly contacts.

More about the Minute Man Repeater Association and its large
repeater network is on the web at  (K1IW)



After 30 years in the same location, AMSAT-North America is
in the process of moving to new facilities.  Because of this
the office will be closed for most of this week and will
reopen on Friday, May 2nd.  During the move e-mail will be
operational but responses will be delayed.  Purchases made
through the AMSAT Store will continue but they will not be
processed until the move is completed.  AMSAT's new address
is the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, 10605 Concord
St, Suite 304, Kensington, Maryland 20895.  AMSAT new phone
numbers: From the US call toll free to (888) 322-6728; From
all other locations call (301) 822-4376 and FAX
transmissions go to  (301) 822-4371).  (ANS)



The Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club will hold its 40th
annual Manassas Hamfest on June 8th from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Eastern Daylight Time.  The venue is the Prince William Fair
Grounds in the city of Manassas, Virginia.

Something new this year will be an ARRL style Youth Lounge
in partnership with the Prince William County 4H Clubs.  The
special event callsign N4H has been issued for the event by
the FCC and will be used to operate an HF through VHF
station located in the Youth Lounge area.  For more
information about this years Manassas Hamfest please visit on the World-Wide-Web.  (KC4DV)



If you cannot make it to Hamvention 2014, then Tom Medlin,
W5KUB, will make it possible for you to join in all the fun
vicariously over his video webcast of the event.  Tom's
Internet video stream will begin on Wednesday May 14th
showing his ride from his home not far from Memphis,
Tennessee, to the Hamvention at Dayton's Hara Arena.  The
next three days, Tom and his crew will be showcasing the
magic of the Dayton Hamvention over his dedicated video
website at  During part of that time one of his
co-hosts will be astronaut Doug Wheelock, KF5B0C.  For the
latest update on Toms plans, you can join his group on
Facebook.  Just put W5KUB into the search bar and you will
be taken right to it.  (ARNewsline, W5KUB)



Ham Nation, the popular amateur radio weekly program on the
TWiT Internet based television network will broadcast live
from its booth located in `'Audio Alley' at this year's
Dayton Hamvention on Saturday, May 17th.

Show hosts Bob Heil, K9EID; Gordon West, WB6NOA;
George Thomas W5JDX, and Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L, will join
Leo Laporte, W6TWT, at the start of his Saturday afternoon
national program called `The Tech Guy.

Laporte's show is broadcast over 160 commercial radio
stations.  The live feed from Hamvention will take place at
2:00PM Eastern Daylight Time through remote facilities
provided by the EXCEDE Satellite system.   Please check your
local listings for the station that carries "The Tech Guy"
program in your area.   (Ham Nation)



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 and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio

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Scientists at George Washington University have found that
ultracapacitors built with carbon nanotubes and graphene
deliver high-performance at low cost.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Cheryl Lasik, K9BIK, has the details of this
scientific breakthrough:


The research team made the new ultracapacitor out of
graphene flakes and single-walled carbon nanotubes by using
an electric arc to vaporize a hollow graphite rod filled
with a catalyzing metallic powder.  They then combined
graphene flakes and carbon nanotubes, spread them on paper,
and rolled them into a new light-weight, high-performance,
low cost ultracapacitor.

Jian Li is one of the authors on the report on the research
done to create these devices.  He explained that the
nanotubes offer connectivity while the graphene flakes
provide high surface area and good in plane conductivity.
By adding graphene, the mixture's specific capacitance
tripled compared with using the carbon nanotubes alone.  Li
says that the result is like combining the high energy
density of batteries with the high power-density of

Ultracapacitors sometimes call Supercapacitors are generic
terms for a family of new electrochemical capacitors. These
devices don't have a conventional solid dielectric. Rather
the capacitance value is determined by two storage
principles, which both contribute to the devices total

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lased, K9BIK,


The significance of this new ultracapacitor is its light
weight and low cost making it useful in a variety of tasks
from acting as a source of voltage to maintain static memory
to larger jobs such as being part of the power system in
electric cars.

An in depth abstract on this research report is available
from the Journal of Applied Physics at
ultracapacitor   (



An important piece of space hardware that's part of the
International Space Station has been replaced by two United
States Astronauts.  On Wednesday, April 23rd Rick
Mastracchio, KC5ZTE, and Steven Swanson, hustled
through what NASA termed as an urgent repair job by taking a
space walk to swap out a computer and doing so in under an

The removed back-up computer failed nearly three weeks ago.
The primary computer has been working perfectly, but NASA
wanted to install a fresh spare as soon as possible.
NASA feared that if the primary computer went down as well,
the entire space station could be in serious jeopardy. These
two computers control the pointing of the solar panels and
radiators, as well as the movement of the robot-arm rail

Mission Control asked the spacewalkers to keep an eye out
for any damage that might explain the breakdown but nothing
was found.  (NASA and published news reports)



The new video streaming show TX-Factor has begun audio
podcasting the weekly Radio Society of Great Britain's GB2RS
audio newscast.  Called the TX News, this is a new service
that allows users to stream the news file or have it emailed
automatically every week. Full information can be found at   (GB2RS)



If you live down-under and are expecting a QSL card via the
bureau from France, you may have a surprise in store.  It
seems that a recent shipment of QSL's received in the
Victorian Head Office Bureau from France were completely
soaked in the box. The water had saturated the entire
consignment and not just those cards destined for Tasmania.
While the bureau has done its best to save most of the cards
some are so bad that they are being returned to France to
see if new cards can be obtained.  (VK7RT)



On the air, listen out for HP2AT to be on the air from
Panama with the special callsign 3E100PC between June 1st
and August 31st.  This operation is to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.  Operations
will be on the HF bands.  All QSOs will be confirmed via
Logbook of the World.   (Press release)



On the other side of the Pacific, Japan's QRP day special
event station 8J2VLP will be active with 5 watts through
June 30th.  The QSLs will be sent automatically via the JARL
Bureau.  Three other stations with the call signs 8J4VLP,
8J6VLP, and 8J9VLP will also be on the air for this event.
(Southgate, others)



In DX, ZS6AYU will be on the air from Botswana as A25GF
between May 16th and 18th. Activity will be holiday style on
40 through10 meters using CW only. He will also try 6 meters
as time and conditions permit. QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by
the bureau.

 OT4R will be active stroke HI7 from the Dominican Republic
between May 10th and the 31st.  Operations will be on 20 and
10 meters SSB.  QSL electronically via either Logbook to the
World on,y.  No paper QSL cards will be accepted for this

HB9MFM will be using the call J79WTA from Dominica until
June 8th.   His operation is holiday style on 160 through 10
meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK.  QSL via his home callsign,
direct or via the bureau.

Lastly, W5JON has informed Amateur Radio Newsline that he
will again be operating as V47JA from his vacation home
at Calypso Bay on St. Kitts from June 25th to August 6th.
His location is about 200 feet from the Caribbean and he
plans to be active on 160 through 6 meters on SSB including
operation on 60 meters.  Paper QSL's go direct only to W5JON
at his callbook address.  Electronic QSL's are via Logbook
to the World.

(Above from OPDX and various other DX news sources)



And finally this week, it has become an annual tradition for
on-foot transmitter hunters to gather to see who is best and
to select USA's team for the World Championships.  This
year's get-together is only a few weeks away.  Newsline's
Joe Moell, K0OV has the details.


Fans of on-foot hidden transmitter hunting are getting ready
for the Fourteenth USA Championships of Amateur Radio
Direction Finding, or ARDF, that will take place June 5
through 8 near Boston.  The best radio-orienteers in the
country will be there, as well as some experts from around
the world.  You don't need to be an expert, because anyone
can join in the competition as a learning experience.

The championships include full courses with five
transmitters to find, one day on two meters and another day
on 80 meters.  There will also be competitions in two new 80-
meter events, a fast sprint and foxoring, which is a
combination of transmitter hunting and classic orienteering.

Site of these contests will be some large forests that are
about ten miles south of downtown Boston.  This year's
organizer and host is Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI.  He learned the
sport as a youth in his native Russia.  When he got back
into it here in the states, he began a streak of winning
medals at every national championship.  Two years ago, he
brought home a gold, two silvers and a bronze medal from the
ARDF World Championships in Serbia.

If you would like to take part as a competitor or a helper,
point your Web browser to for the latest
information and registration forms.  Do it right away,
because the deadline for registrations is fast approaching.
For more about the sporting side of radio direction finding,
including rules and ideas for equipment, go to

From southern California, where the weather is so nice that
we can practice ARDF any month of the year, this is Joe
Moell K0OV for Amateur Radio Newsline.


Once again, full details on this upcoming Amateur Radio
Direction Finding event is on the web at www dot homing in
dot com.   (K0OV)



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