Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1920 - May 30, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1920 with a release
date of Friday, May 30 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Good news for international
cooperation an amateur radio satellite development; the
Ukrainian national ham radio society says that the Crimea
should remain theirs for DXCC;  special AM nets will mark
the 70th anniversary of D-Day; KickSat re-enters the Earths
atmosphere without releasing its cargo of Sprite picosats
and a final wrap-up on Hamvention 2014.  All this and more
on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1920 coming your
way right now.

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Some good news for United States hams and amateur radio
groups involved in the development of ham radio satellites.
ITAR regulations are being eased.  Graham Kemp, VK4BB of the
WIA news is here with the details:


The International Traffic in Arms Regulations or ITAR
inexplicably applies to amateur radio satellites. It
threatens US radio hams with jail terms or  six figure fines
if they cooperate with amateurs outside the USA on satellite
projects. Cooperation includes talking about or publishing
on the web certain information regarding amateur radio
satellite systems.

Among the projects affected by ITAR has been the New Zealand
Amateur Radio satellite KiwiSat. A 2009 IARU Region 3
report highlights that ITAR  requirements made AMSAT-NA
direct its members to cease operation with  AMSAT-ZL in the
development of Kiwi SAT.

Satellite Today reports that after 15 years of restrictions
and intense scrutiny, the United States Department of State
is reclassifying satellites and several related components
so they will no longer be treated as weapons.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB,
reporting from Brisbane, Australia.


ITAR regulations were also partially responsible for AMSAT
North America's cancellation several years ago of its Eagle
ham-sat project because those same restrictions made it
almost impossible to work with its international partners on
this ambitious project.

The new and less restrictive ITAR rule on satellites and
related technology become effective this coming November
10th except for Selection 121.1, Category XV(d), which is
effective June 27th.  (WIA News, Satellite Today,, Southgate, others)



Ukrainian Amateur Radio League says that it considers the
Crimea as a temporarily occupied territory and that it
should continue to be listed as a part of the Ukraine for
ham radio awards purposes.

In a May 3rd letter to the ARRL, the Ukrainian National
Society noted that it strongly believes what it terms as the
illegal referendum held in Crimea on March 16th and
subsequent illegal annexation of the Crimea peninsula by the
Russian Federation does not change the status of this

Back in March, the ARRL Awards Committee had evaluated the
current situation in Crimea in light of the DXCC rules and
determined that Crimea is not a DXCC entity.  This was
because neither Russia nor the Ukraine is a rare entity and
the vast majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for
either entity do not involve Crimea. Now in a response to
the Ukrainian Amateur Radio Leagues letter, ARRL Chief
Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, acknowledged the
Ukrainian society's position but reiterated the ARRL Awards
Committee's determination that the annexation did not lend
Crimea status as a new DXCC entity.  (UARL, ARRL, Southgate)



Some good news for an Ohio ham.  In a surprise move, the
Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal
from the Village of Swanton in an amateur radio antenna
zoning case.

The matter involves Gary Wodtke, WW8N, who has been trying
to erect a 60 foot antenna support structure on his
residential lot since 2009.  But Swanton had established a
fixed antenna height of 20 feet above the residential
roofline, and it turned down Wodtke's antenna variance
application for the taller structure.

On appeal in January, Wodtke won a final judgment in his
favor in the Fulton County Common Pleas Court.  The court
ruled that federal and state law preempted Swanton's antenna
ordinance.  But the town had appealed that decision but this
new ruling means that Swanton really has no place to go with
this matter other than the possibility of it appealing to
the Ohio Supreme Court.

It should be noted that the ARRL was making ready to file a
Friend of the Court Brief on Wodtke's behalf when this
latest ruling was handed down.

 A detailed report on this decision is on line at the ARRL
website at  (ARRL Letter, Delara News,
Delaware (Ohio) Amateur Radio Association)



The KickSat amateur satellite burned up in the Earth's
atmosphere without releasing its payload of Sprite pico-
satellites.  Re-entry took place on May 14th after the tiny
cube sat's orbit decayed to a point where atmospheric drag
led to its fiery demise.

As previously reported, KickSat suffered an unexpected
computer glitch on April 30th that caused the Sprite
deployment countdown timer to reset.  It proved impossible
to correct the problem, meaning the timer did not trigger
the release of the hundred-plus Sprites before the satellite
burned up in the Earth's atmosphere.

At airtime its not known if another KickSat project will be
attempted.  (WIA News, others)



Friday, June 6th marks the 70th anniversary of the Allied D-
Day landings in Normandy, France.  To commemorate this event
the United Kingdom's Vintage and Military Amateur Radio
Society is organizing a series of full carrier amplitude
modulation nets on 80, 60 and 40 metes for operators of
vintage military wireless gear that would have been in use
at that time.

These special AM nets will be open to all amateurs and
joining stations are encouraged to undertake a little
research beforehand, in order to provide a description of
how their equipment type was used in Operation Overlord.
The schedule times and frequencies for these net operations
are 07.00 hours GMT on 3. 615 MHz, 11.00 UTC on 7.143 on MHz
and 15.00 hours UTC on 5.317 MHz in those nations where
operation on this 5 MHz frequency using full carrier AM is
allowed.  More about the sponsoring group is on the web at  (Southgate)



On the air, two stations in France plan to be operational to
commemorate the 70th anniversary of "D day" during the month
of June.  From June 6th to the 20th listen out for TM7JUN on
160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK, RTTY and JT65.  QSL
via F4GAJ.

Also listen out for the special event callsign TM70BMC  from
June 5th to the 8th.  This operation will be located atop
Mont Canisy in France's Normandy Province.  If you make
contact QSL to FF5ILL via the bureau.  (Various)



In DX up front, word that DX Coffee and DX University have
honored the TX5K operation from Clipperton Island with
the 2013 Best Communication Award.  This in recognition of
the large amount of information given before, during and
after the operation via the operation's official website and
the related blog.

According to the award sponsors, the information provided
was extremely complete and covered everything from the
documents describing the project, the equipment, the pilots
and photo gallery.  Also, the very detailed information
reported on the blog let readers experience every facet of
the DXpedition from beginning to end.   (OPDX)



Also, Lisa Marks, KJ6GHN, is now operational stroke KH9 from
Wake Island.  She is currently working on Wake and will be
there for the next few years.  Her station is an Icom 718
and has been mainly operating PSK on 15 meters.  QSL via the
address on but she asks that those wanting a card to
be patient mail only comes twice a month.  She does upload
to Logbook of the World and ClubLog, and also accepts bureau



And this just in.  The ARRL's DXCC desk has announced that
the ZA/IZ4JMA 2013 and 2014 Operations from Albania and the
2014 XW7T operation fro Laos have both been approved for
DXCC credit.  (ARRL)



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W7CSK repeater Everett Washington.

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Last week we brought you the human interest side of
Hamvention 2014.  This week Amateur Radio Newsline's Don
Wilbanks, AE5DW, takes a quick look at some of the product
releases made this year:


The Dayton Hamvention is known for new product introductions
each year and 2014 was no different.  For Yaesu the word is
Fusion. Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV.


K7BV:  "Its been kind of a big year in particular because we
have had a lot of interest in our System Fusion which is our
new dual mode digital and analog system that allows digital
users and analog users to co-exist on the same repeater.
And we introduced that repeater, the DR1X, this weekend."


At Icom D-star rolls on. Ray Novak, N9JA.


N9JA:  "The biggest thing being talked about is the FT-5100;
people have seen the Android app for it; the wireless
control for it; the wireless headset; Bluetooth.  A great
little radio."


Other new radios include the TEN-TEC Patriot, Model 507, a
20 and 40 meters SSB/CW QRP open source rig and the Flex-
6300 software defined radio for 160 through 6.  Sierra Radio
Systems had their TeleSense remote site monitoring system
and Hendricks QRP Kits had their new multiband CW

And year in, year out, nobody has more new stuff than Heil
Sound. Bob Heil, K9EID


K9EID:  "Our new HBA.  It's a wireless adapter that you can
use in your station so you can run around for about 30 feet
and you don't need a microphone cable, and its really cool.
And it works on any radio for transmit with a microphone.

"We are showing a couple of new products.  We have the new
K1000 headset.  It will be out August or September.  It is
an amazing headset.  It is probably the beast headset I have
ever seen.

"And I have a new microphone, the PR-10.  It's a smaller
version of the PR-781.

"We brought back the MB-10 this year.  The BM-10 was the
first headset we did back in 1985.  We brought it back with
a full range element and with our push-to-talk switch in


RadioWavz had a couple of new antennas available.  Emmett
Hohensee, W0QH.


W0QH:  "The first one is an all-band, off-center-fed antenna
that we designed for the military.  Its designed to give you
everything from 160 meters up to 10 meters without an auto-
coupler.  It's a fantastic product that the military likes
to use because they don't have time to mess with thins, so
they can just throw it up in a tree and it works.

"The other is an NVIS loop antenna that we designed
especially for the Ministry of Transportation in Quito,
Ecuador.  This is an NVIS HF antenna that works 3.5 MHz all
the way up to 50 MHz and it literally mounts on top of a
control tower.  Every control tower in Ecuador has one of
our HF antennas on its roof."


How will they top themselves next year?  I can't wait to
find out!

For the Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.



No report on the Dayton Hamvention can be complete without
the words of one of our best observers and analysts for well
over a decade.  Here's Chip Margelli, K7JA:


K7JA:  "Dayton this year was really quite good.  We had some
rough weather earlier in the week and I know some people got
stranded.  And we had some hail during the Hamvention, but
overall I think the crowd was quite good.

"Its been a rough winter so I know a lot of people were
looking for antennas which kept our booth busy and I think
that overall people were just happy that we've got some good
band conditions on HF and VHF and we're in a good mood.

"Of coarse the ARRL's 100th anniversary celebration had a
lot of people interested too and I think that helped the


Thanks Chip and we will look forward to your report next
year right after Hamvention 2015.



A new and somewhat ambiguous ant-distracted driving
ordinance has been enacted in Shaker Heights, Ohio, that
appears at least on the surface to cover only cellphones and
texting.  But there is a kind of caveat in that there is no
exemption for amateur radio or other mobile operations.  In
fact, the ordinance is written in such a vague way as almost
to leave it to those enforcing it to decide if the law is
being broken.

To quote from the Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ
published by the city to explain what was enacted, the new
ordinance prohibits the use of a hand-held electronic
wireless communications device  in any manner for composing,
sending, or receiving text messages or using such a device
to dial, answer, talk or listen.  And it's the last three
words - answer, talk or listen -- that might be broadly
interpreted by a law enforcement officer to include those
using two-way radios that require a push to talk microphone,
or even simply listening to one.

There are very few exemptions to the Shaker Heights
ordinance.  These only apply to Police Officers, Fire
Fighters and Public Works Department employees. Members of
the public will only see an exemption during emergencies to
contact law enforcement, hospital, a health care provider,
the Fire Department, or other similar emergency agency.

The complete FAQ that tries to answer questions pertaining
to the new ordinance is on the web at  Those affected by
it might want to take a look and let us know what they
think.  (KC5FM)



Don't sell counterfeit smartphones in the United States.
This is the crux of a warning to one company from the FCC as
we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Hal Rogers, K8CMD:


The FCC Enforcement Bureau has cited Panasystem Corp., a
California-based online electronics retailer, for importing
and marketing what the agency termed as counterfeit
smartphones marked with unauthorized or invalid labels
falsely indicating that the devices were certified by the

The FCC investigation identified the smartphones imported by
Panasystem as counterfeit Samsung models of the "Galaxy S
Duos" and "Galaxy Ace."  Although these devices were labeled
with seemingly-valid Samsung FCC Identifiers, the
investigation showed that Samsung neither manufactured the
devices nor authorized the FCC Identifier labels. The
investigation also revealed that another set of smartphones
imported by Panasystem contained counterfeit BlackBerry
model 9790 devices. These smartphones were also labeled with
invalid FCC Identifiers, which rendered them illegal for
sale in the United States.

The FCC Enforcement Bureau's Citation notified Panasystem
that it must take immediate steps to come into compliance
and discontinue the importation and marketing of these
uncertified devices.  If it fails to comply with the FCC's
directive it may be subject to penalties of up to $16,000
for each model per day for each violation.

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


The complete text of the Citation issued to Panasystem Corp.
is available at




The June 2014 edition of the free 432 MHz and Above EME
Newsletter is now available.  The current issue includes a
picture of the impressive 15 foot dish antenna that Peter
Blair, G3LTF, used in 1964 for his experiments as well as a
report on the recent GS3PYE/P DXpedition.  You can download
your free copy in either Word or PDF formats at  Archive copies of past editions
can be found at the website as well.  (Southgate)



The 2014 International Museums Weekend will take place on
the two weekends of June 14th/15th and 21st/22nd.  The
purpose of the happening is to set up and operate amateur
radio special event stations at as many of the museums as
possible throughout the world.  The choice of museum is left
you, however planners say that it is best to try for either
the largest or most unusual site that is willing to host
your operation.  More details about the event, its history
and how to register can be found at  (Southgate)



ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko,
KX9X, has created a series of new thirty second audio public
service announcements or PSA's designed for radio station
air-play to promote Amateur Radio and Field Day.

The spot named "Amateur" talks about the how the Amateur
Radio Emergency Service helps during disasters.

"Careers" tells how amateur radio skills can lead to a
career path, and references the ARRL website.

"What Is Ham Radio" is a generic spot to promote how much
fun Amateur Radio can be.

There are also two PSA's promoting Field Day one of which
includes an 8 second music background or bed near the end to
add your clubs contact information.  All are available for
free download at



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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Partner members of Amateur Radio on the International Space
Station or ARISS recently met for the first time in almost
two and a half years at the European Space Agency Space
Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands.  The
purpose of the gathering was to reassess the ARISS program's
overall direction and to consider new goals for it.

One of the key speakers was Lou McFadin, W5DID, who among
other things noted that there is need for what he termed as
a power override switch.  This would a simple way for the
astronauts to shut completely down ARISS equipment during
safety-critical events such as Extra Vehicular Activities
which are better known as space-walks.

W5DID also suggested that there would be a definite
advantage of installing a new and higher power VHF/UHF
transceiver in the Columbus module similar to the one
located in the Service Module.  Of late, many ARISS school
contacts have been made using the 5 watt Ericsson hand-held
transceiver making some of these QSO's difficult to achieve.

The gathering was presided over by ARISS International
Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO.  Meeting minutes and committee
reports are on the web at




SPROUT is a 15 and a half pound micro satellite launched on
May 24th from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan to a 406
mile high sun synchronous orbit.  This satellite is a
project of Nihon University and includes some interesting
amateur radio payloads and experiments as well as CW
telemetry.  The experiment packages contains an FM
digipeater, a digitalker and message box along with live and
preloaded Slow Scan TV pictures.  The Morse based telemetry
can be found on 437.525 MHz while the downlink for the Slow
Scan TV and the Digitalker is at 437.600 MHz.  Nihon
University enjoyed previous success with SEEDS-II ham-sat
also known as CO-66.




WRTC 2014, Inc., the host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team
Championship competition has announced the awards that will
be available for stations that work the teams during the

The WRTC2014 Chase will run concurrently with the IARU HF
Championship beginning on July 12 at 1200 hours UTC.  The
fifty nine WRTC2014 stations will have distinctive callsigns
that will be easy to recognize.

Everyone is encouraged to work the WRTC teams on as many
bands and modes as possible.  Any station that appears in
all 59 WRTC team logs will be able to download a certificate
from the WRTC2014 Web site after the contest.  No additional
application will be necessary.

Questions about WRTC2014 and the awards program can be sent
to info (at) wrtc2014 (dot) org.
(WRTC 2014)



The special event call sign TM68VA will be on the air
through October 19th to commemorate the 100th anniversary of
the World War One Battle of Le Vieil Amand in Alsace,
France.  Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY. All contacts with TM68VA are valid for the
Centennial of War 1914 to 1918 Award and will be confirmed
via the bureau.



In DX, members of the Castres DX Gang are currently on the
air as TM5FI from Ratonneau Island  and will be there
through June 4th.  Activity is on the High Frequency bands
only. QSL via F5XX.

JA7HMZ is on the air as V63DX from Pohnpei Island Micronesia
through June 5th.  His activity is on 80 through 6 meters
using various modes. QSL via JA7HMZ direct only.

AF6WU and AF6KJ will be active as V31WU and V31DV
respectively from Belize between June 9th and the 15th.
Operations will be on the High Frequency bands using SSB and
PSK31.  QSL both callsigns via AF6WU, direct or via the
bureau.  Electronic QSL's go either by Logbook of the World
or eQSL.

Laastly, a 6 member Russian team lead by RUZLM is preparing
to operate from South Kuril Islands in Asiatic Russia, from
June 16th to the 26th. Callsign to be used will be RIZ0F.
Operations will be on all bands including the 30, 17 and 12
meters using CW and SSB. QSL Manager is RX3F.

(This weeks DX news courtesy of OPDX)



A new study suggests the activity of the sun may have more
of an influence on lightning storms on Earth than was
previously thought.  This, according to researchers at the
University of Reading in England who found that when an
especially fast-moving solar wind may be connected to an
increase in the number of lightning storms recorded here on
Earth.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has
the details:


According to meteorologists, lightning strikes the Earth
about 4 million times a day.  One theory on how it forms
suggests that the gas in our atmosphere is electrified by
cosmic rays.  When our sun is in the most active part of its
11 year cycle, in theory its magnetic field is at its
strongest and should account for fewer cosmic rays from
entering our atmosphere. Based on this one would expect to
see fewer lightning strikes at the peak of the solar cycle
than at its low point.

While previous studies have shown a negative or inverse
correlation between solar activity and lightning over the
long term, this latest research found just the opposite.  As
scientists looked at the relationship between solar activity
and lightning over a much shorter period of a few weeks they
noted that when the sun was most active they did see a drop
in cosmic rays.  The big surprise was that they also noted a
definite increase in amount of lightning.

As part of the study, the scientists looked at the speed of
the solar wind coming off the sun, which varies depending on
which part of the sun is facing the Earth.  When a fast
solar wind swept over our home planet, the researchers found
that the number of recorded lightning strikes actually went
The exact cause of this phenomenon has yet to be determined,
but one possibility is that charged particles from the sun
are riding on extremely fast solar winds.  While they don't
move quite as quickly as the cosmic rays, they may move fast
enough to serve the same function with the aid of a swift
movement from the solar wind.  If the theory eventually
proves to be true, it could help weather forecasters to
predict the likelihood of lightning storms in the future.
This in turn could be a safety net to let hams and other two-
way radio users know when they should lower their towers,
make sure to disconnect all gear from both their antenna
lead in cables and ground all connectors.  Also that its
time to disconnect their gear from the AC power lines coming
into their homes.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania.


The study describing the findings was recently published in
the journal Environmental Research Letters.
(, other published news reports)



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