Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1921 - June 6, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1921 with a release
date of June 6 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Ham radio helps recover an
abandoned satellite; Morse stations claim operation from a
non nation; Spain's King Juan Carlos EAZ0JC abdicates his
throne; Alberta Canada repeaters to begin retransmitting
emergency alerts and Kids Day is coming on June 21st.
Find out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report
number 1921 coming your way right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  HAM RADIO OPERATORS ASSIST IN
REACTIVATION OF ABANDONED NASA SPACE PROBE

Ham radio has assisted in reactivating an over three decade
old NASA satellite.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee,
KB3TZD reports:

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The U-K newspaper the Daily Mail says that several radio
amateurs were involved with Project Reboot in regaining
control on May 29th of the 35 year old abandoned
International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft.  Hams named
in the article include Dennis Wingo, KD4ETA; Achim
Vollhardt, DH2VA, and Mario Lorenz DL5MLO.

The International Sun-Earth Explorer was launched in 1978 to
study Earth's magnetosphere.  It carries thirteen scientific
instruments to measure plasmas, energetic particles, waves,
and fields. As of this past May, all but one is thought to
be functional.  An on-board data handling system gathers the
scientific and engineering information from all systems in
the spacecraft.  It then formats this information into a
serial stream for transmission back to Earth by an on-board
5 watt transmitter.

After completing its main mission, the satellite was
repurposed in 1983 to study two comets.  At that time it was
renamed the International Cometary Explorer and has been in
a heliocentric orbit since then, traveling just slightly
faster than Earth.  It's finally catching up to our planet
from behind, and will be closest to Earth this August.

Now, KD4ETA has released an update on the attempts by the
projects volunteers, including the radio amateurs, to gain
control of the spacecraft.  According to Wingo, the probe
has been successfully commanded into engineering telemetry
mode.  He noted the job done by DH2VA and also Phil Karn,
KA9Q, to make this happen.  Karn is well known in the
amateur radio community for his work on the KA9Q Network
Operating System, the early 9600 bit FSK radio modems, and
more recently, the introduction of forward error
correction into the Amateur Satellite Service.

As we go to air, Project Reboot members are working on
deadline.  If they get the spacecraft to change its orbit
quickly, it can use the Moon's gravity to get back into a
useful halo orbit.  If not, the fear is that for all
practical purposes the International Sun-Earth Explorer 3
could be lost.  We will keep you posted.

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

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The actual first command to the revived International Sun-
Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft was successfully sent from the
Arecibo Radio Observatory in Puerto Rico using the
facilities 305 meter dish.  This after the volunteer team
installed the needed modulator, demodulator and power
amplifier to make contact and control of the satellite
possible.   More is on the web at tinyurl.com/reboot-project
(AMSAT-UK, Daily Mail, Southgate)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  ARTSAT1:INVADER RECEPTION REPORTS
NEEDED

Masahiro Sanada, JI1ZR reports the amateur radio CubeSat
Artsat One Invader also known as CO-77 is in trouble and he
is asks radio hams world-wide to keep an ear open for the
bird and to report anything heard.

According to Sanada,  the satellite does not reply to
commands from the control station and those involved in the
project are trying to find out why in hope of finding a fix
or work-around.  The downlink frequency for Artsat One
Invader is 437.325MHz.  If you hear the bird please send
that information via a form on the web at
api.artsat.jp/report   (JI1ZR)

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WORLDBEAT: MORSE STATIONS CLAIM TO BE OPERATING FROM NON
NATION

As the conflict between the Ukraine and Russia continues,
the Southgate News reports that a pair of CW stations have
appeared on the higher HF bands, claiming to operate from
Donetsk, and promoting a separatist Peoples Republic of
Donetsk or Novo Rossiya.

The callsigns, D0A and 1C4M are believed to be two operators
on the same transmitter however the callsigns are invalid
and do not count for anything in ham radio terms.  And there
is also some doubt that the stations are really in Donetsk
but instead may be operating from somewhere in Kazakhstan.
(Southgate,  G0SFJ)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  SPAIN'S KING JUAN CRLOS EA0JC TO
ABDICATE

Spain's reigning monarch, King Juan Carlos, EA0JC, who led
his nation through its transition to democracy in the 1970s,
has decided to abdicate his throne.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has more:

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His Majesty Juan Carlos de Borbon, EA0JC, has ruled Spain
since 1975, coming to the throne following the death of the
military dictator Francisco Franco.  For most of his reign,
he has been beloved by Spaniards for shepherding that nation
into a democratic era and putting down a military coup in
1981.

In what was perhaps King Juan Carlos finest moment, on
February 23rd, 1981, he went on television to face down that
right-wing military rebellion that was already under way.
His address was seen as having saved Spain's fledgling
democracy and earning him the gratitude of several
generations of Spaniards.

But of late His Majesty has been reported to be in ill
health and his popularity also plummeted amid corruption
allegations against his daughter and her husband.   He also
sparked public indignation by going elephant hunting in
Africa at a time of a deep economic recession at home.  It
was during that trip that he suffered a broken hip and was
transported back to Spain to be treated.

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

--

The announcement of King Juan Carlos to abdicate was made on
Monday, June 2nd by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.
At the same news conference Rajoy stated that Crown Prince
Felipe, will succeed his 76 year old father but did not give
a time frame for the new king's coronation.   (Published
news reports)

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RESCUE RADIO:  AEMA ANNOUNCEMENT PROJECT NEARING COMPLETION

Meanwhile from Canada comes word that the Southern Alberta
Repeater Association will begin retransmitting  critical
Alberta Emergency Alert messages starting June 18,.  The
Alberta Emergency Alert program already provides lifesaving
information through radio, television, a public website, a
smart phone application, Facebook, Twitter, and an RSS feed.

The Southern Alberta Repeater Association is a Canadian
amateur radio society with approximately 100 members who
maintain over 20 repeater sites providing continuous
communications coverage between major centers in the
province. The system is open to any licensed amateur
operator, and often gets used for provincial networks,
public service events as well as general communications.
(RAC)

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WORLDBEAT:  118 NEW HAMS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Listen out for upward of 118 new hams coming to the air from
South Africa.  This after South African Radio League Radio
Examination Manager ZS4GJA, reports a good pass rate for the
ham radio exams administered last month.

Unlike other countries South Africa only has two amateur
radio exams each year.  They are held in May and October,
with usually around 120 successful candidates for each
session.  Call signs for candidates who submitted all the
paperwork prior to the May examination have been published
and they may start using their new call signs immediately.
(SARL)

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DX UP FRONT:  ICELAND - JUNE 27 TO JULY 4

In DX up-front, ON6KE has announced that he will be active
stroke T F from Iceland between June 27th and July 4th.  His
operation will be low power holiday style, mostly in the
early mornings and evenings on the High Frequency bands
using CW, SSB and JT65.  Equipment is a FT-817ND and
magnetic loop antenna.  QSL only electronically using
Logbook of the World or eQSL.   (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  SAIPAN FROM JUNE 21 TO JUNE 22

And JA3IUY will be active as AH0CI from the Saipan Rental
Shack in the Northern Mariana Islands between June 21st and
22nd.  Operations will be on all bands and modes.  QSL via
his home callsign, either direct or via the bureau.  (OPDX)

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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 world including the NS9RC repeater serving
Highland Park,  Illinois.

(5 sec pause here)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC RELEASES WARNING NOTICES TO SEVERAL RADIO
AMATEURS

The ARRL reports that the FCC Enforcement Bureau has made
public several warning notices issued over the past few
months to radio amateurs. A couple of the letters from
Special Counsel Laura Smith involved alleged infractions on
20 meters.   Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant,
K6PZW, with the details:

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This past April 15th, FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith wrote
Larry S. King, KI8NGS, of Owosso, Michigan, regarding his
alleged failure to properly follow station identification
rules back on March 21st.  Smith told King that he was
monitored by staffers at the FCC High Frequency Direction
Finding Center as operating his Amateur Radio on 14.313 MHz
for 20 minutes without identifying in a timely manner.
Smith went on to tell King that this incident constitutes a
failure to properly transmit his assigned call sign in
violation of the Comission's regulations.  She continued by
noting that King's operation is contrary to the basis and
purpose of the Amateur Radio Service, as set out in Section
97.1 and is also a violation of Section 97.11(a) of the
Commission's rules.

On March 31, Smith sent a warning notice to Daniel G.
Churovich, N9RSY, of Ripley, Tennessee.  In it she alleged
that N9RSY had engaged in an extended communication on
14.313 MHz with a station that may not have been operating
in the Amateur Service.

To quote Special Counsel Smith: "On Friday, March 28, 2014,
you were heard by staff at the Commission's High Frequency
Direction Finding Center communicating repeatedly on 14.313
MHz with an individual who you identify only as `cowboy.
"This individual failed to provide his call sign during your
conversation, a fact that you were aware of as you
repeatedly demanded that he provide his name, call sign, and
location.  Despite being aware of the rule violation on the
part of this other individual, you continued communicating
with him for an extended period of time."

Smith also wrote to four other Amateur Radio licensees to
note that they all had failed to comply with formal written
requests not to use local repeater systems.  Smith advised
all four that the FCC expected them to abide by the request
of the trustee and/or control operator that they stay off
the repeater and any other similar requests to cease
operations on any other repeaters by any other repeater
licensees, control operators or trustees.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in
Los Angeles.
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In her letters Smith advised all recipients that any
recurrence of the alleged violation after receipt of the
warning letter could subject them to severe penalties,
including license revocation, monetary forfeiture, or a
modification proceeding to restrict the frequencies upon
which each may operate.   (ARRL, FCC)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC AFFIRMS $15,000 FINE AGAINST UNLICENSED
TEXAS BROADCASTERS

In a follow-up to a story we brought you earlier, the FCC
has imposed a penalty of $15,000 against Walter Olenick and
M. Rae Nadler-Olenick for operating an unlicensed FM radio
station on 90.1 MHz in Austin, Texas.  Mr. and Mrs. Olenick
did not deny that they operated the unlicensed FM radio
station after receipt of a written warning from the
Enforcement Bureau that such action was illegal.  Instead,
the Olenick's asserted without any supporting evidence that
they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Commission.

But in its June 3rd order affirming the previously issued
Notice of Apparent Liability, the FCC says that Section 301
of the Communications Act explicitly sets forth the
Commission's jurisdiction over all radio transmissions, both
interstate and intrastate.

The Olenick's were given the customary 30 days from the
release of the order affirming the fine to pay it or to file
an appeal.   (FCC)

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COMMUNICATIONS LAW:  NO PATENT TROLL REFORM THIS SESSION OF
CONGRESS

It appears that there will be no reeling in of the so-called
patent trolls this year as a proposed law to stop them has
been withdrawn for consideration.  Jim Davis, W2JKD, gives
us insight on what transpired:

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Following a year of negotiations between both sides with no
agreement, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy
pulled his patent reform bill from the Senate agenda on
Wednesday, May 21st.

Leahy's bill would have made it harder for so-called patent
troll to file massive, frivolous patent infringement
lawsuits.  It would have also mandated those who file such
legal action must make it clear what patent is allegedly
being infringed upon and required litigation losers to pay
legal costs for both sides.

The issue is of importance to all areas of emerging
electronic communications.  These include broadband and
digital broadcasting with patent trolls filing infringement
lawsuits against, broadcasters, podcasters and others who
use storage and automation as well as other forms of
Internet Protocol technology.

When he pulled the measure from Senate consideration Leahy
that he wanted bipartisan support for the measure that he
didn't see that happening.  Last December the United States
House of Representatives passed its own patent reform
legislation, initially raising hopes for Senate passage as
well.

I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.

--

This legislation is important to anyone including individual
radio amateurs or ham radio group that posts Podcasts on the
Internet.   (Published news reports)

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ON THE WEB:  QRZ.COM ANNOUNCES RIGHT CLICK CHROME BROWSER
EXTENSION

If you' are a user of Google's Chrome browser, then QRZ.com
publisher Fred Lloyd, AA7BQ has something that will make
using his website a lot more efficient and enjoyable.

Lloyd announced that he has published a free browser
extension that will let you highlight and right click on any
callsign, on any web page from any web site, and instantly
perform a QRZ lookup.  No copying and pasting or typing in
the call on a separate page is required.

The new app is now available now in the Chrome Web Store.
Just search for Right Click QRZ.
(AA7BQ)

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HAMVENTION 2014:  YOUTH FORUM VIDEOS ON YOUTUBE

Video of the recent Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum is now
available on YouTube.  Presentations include that of Kyle
Watt, KD2DWC, on rapid antenna deployment and a comparison
of radio versus deliberator technology by Divyam Mishra K-D-
zero-O-O-E.  Other lectures from the forum are expected to
follow.  You can see the first two at tinyurl.com/2014-youth-
1 and tinyurl.com/2014-youth-2 on the World-Wide-Web.
(Southgate)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  JUNE 2014 KIDS DAY JUNE 21ST

The next Kids Day operating event sponsored by the Boring
Oregon Amateur Radio Club is slated for Saturday, June 21st.
Kids Day is not a contest but rather a twice yearly way for
licensed radio amateurs to share the fun and excitement of
our hobby with those who could be the next generation of ham
radio operators.

Kids Day runs from 18:00 to 23:59 hours UTC.  To take part
you need only invite non-ham youngsters to your station with
of coarse parental consent.  Once the event begins simply
call "CQ Kids Day."  If you make contact, the preferred
exchange would be your guests name, age, location, and
favorite color.  More information including a free printable
certificate can be found on the web at arrl.org/kids-day.
(Boring ARC, ARRL)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  FIRST CALL FOR 2014 AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM
PAPERS

Amsat North America has put out a first call for papers for
presentation at it's 2014 Annual Meeting and Space
Symposium.  The event is slated for  weekend of October 10th
through the 12th at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton at
Baltimore Washington International Airport in Maryland.

Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster
presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the
amateur satellite community.  AMSAT requests presenters
submit a tentative title of your talk as soon as possible,
but no later than August 1st.  The final copy must be
submitted by September 15th for inclusion in the printed
proceedings. Abstracts and papers should be sent to Dan
Schultz via e-mail to n8fgv at amsat.org  (ANS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  ATTORNEY SAYS HE IS NOT HOSTILE TO
AMATEUR RADIO

An attorney that some hams claim is hostile to the amateur
radio service on spectrum sharing issues says that's
definitely not the case.  In his recently published blog
entry Mitchell Lazarus says the charge of "hostility" is
unwarranted and contrary to the facts.

Attorney Lazarus goes on to explain that in today's world
that there is need for spectrum sharing in many services to
accommodate the vast number of new and emerging
technologies.  As such no spectrum user can really avoid the
need to share.

Lazarus blog post is a definite must read for today's ham
radio community, especially those who operate on the bands
at 430 MHz and above.  You can find it on the web at
tinyurl.com/attorney-replies  (comlaw blog)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  FOUR NEW ARRL SECTION MANAGERS ELECTED

Four new ARRL Section Managers will take office on July 1.
In Indiana, Joseph Lawrence, K9RFZ, received 652 votes to
top incumbent Section Manager Lou Everett Sr, WA5LOU, who
polled 482 votes.

Maine's, Bill Crowley, K1NIT, received 258 votes, to defeat
incumbent Section Manager Bill Woodhead, N1KAT, who got only
156 votes.

Northern Florida sees Stephen Szabo, WB4OMM top Gary
Alberstadt, KA3FZO by a vote of 833 votes to  296.  And in
the closest race, Delaware's Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH, received
142 votes to defeat Jerome Palmer, N3KRX, who managed 122
votes.

It need be noted that Outgoing Delaware Section Manager
Frank Filipkowski, AD3M, did not run for a new term.
Because candidates in Delaware had to be re-solicited for
this election cycle, Duveneck's term of office will be 18
months instead of the normal 24.

Five other incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face
opposition and were declared elected for new 2-year terms.
(ARRL  Bulletin)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  RAY NOVAK N9JA HONORED BY ICOM

And less we forget a word of congratulations to Ray Novak,
N9JA, who was recently honored by Icom America with its 20th
Year of Service plaque.  Novak serves as that company's
Division Manager for Amateur and Receiver Products.
(Icom)

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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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RADIO SCIENCE:  SWISS 5 MHZ EXPERIMENTAL BEACON PROJECT

A new 5 MHz propagation beacon has come to the air from
Switzerland.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Ralph Squillace ,
KK6ITB has the details:

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Although the 60 meter band has not been released for ham
radio use in Switzerland, the Sursee Amateur Radio Club has
obtained the necessary authorizations for a 5 MHz
Experimental Beacon project.

Operating with the callsign HB9AW, the beacon became
operational on 5 point 291 MHz at 0000hrs on the June 1st.
Each transmission begins with the beacons call sign in CW.
That is followed by five 2 seconds-long dashes.  The dashes
are each attenuated by 10dB in the effective radiated power
so that the first is at 10 watts, the next at 5 then 1 watt.
The sequence continues with a dash at 100 milliwatts and
ends with one at only 10 milliwatts.  Transmissions repeat
every five minutes timed to the beginning of each hour.

The aim of the system is to explore the propagation
conditions on 5 MHz in the hills and valleys of Switzerland
in relation to its possible suitability as an emergency
communications band.  Its sponsors expect that the beacon
should be heard during the day and night hours across
Switzerland including the Alpine valleys but would
appreciate reception reports from anywhere in the world that
the HB9AW signal is heard.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm  Ralph Squillace,
KK6ITB, reporting

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An on-line form has been created on the Sursee Amateur Radio
Club's website to accept  reception reports.  You will find
the Beacon Reporting Form at www.hb9aw.ch/bake-5000khz/aaa-
baken-formular-englisch   (Sursee Amateur Radio Club, USKA)

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RADIO FROM SPACE:  IRIS CLOSE UP VIDEO OF CME

We all know that Coronal Mass Ejections on the sun have a
definite impact on radio propagation here on Earth, but few
outside the solar science community have ever seen one close
up.  Now thanks to video released by NASA, all of us can.

The video was taken by NASA's sun-observing Interface Region
Imaging Spectrograph or IRIS spacecraft and radioed back to
Earth.  It shows a large sheet of solar material erupting
from our parent star that quickly consumes a field of view
comparable to the size of five-Earths wide and seven-and-a-
half-Earths tall.  Its an amazing sight that you can see for
yourself at tinyurl.com/NASA-IRIS-CME.  (NASA)

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  CEA APPROVES SMART POWER STANDARD

The Consumer Electronics Association has approved a new
standard to help consumer devices manage their power
consumption.  CEA-2047 recognizes that a manufacturer knows
how much energy a device will use during operation based on
its design.  This information can be programmed into the
device and used to calculate its energy usage over time,
without adding complex metering circuitry. An energy
management system or a smart energy app can then gather the
information over a network and present it to consumers on
their TVs, personal computers or mobile devices.  The
specification can apply to monitoring the power demands of
radio receivers as well.  More about CEA-2047 is at
tinyurl.com/cea-smart-power   (RW, businesswire.com)

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ON THE AIR:  G0SGB MADERIA ISLANDS LIGHT HOUSE OPERATION IN
JULY

On the air, G0SGB has announced plans to activate all of the
Madeira Islands Lighthouses from July the 12th to the 22nd.
The Madeira Islands are located in the eastern Atlantic
Ocean about 540 miles southwest of Lisbon, Portugal.  G0SGB
says he will be opwerational on all bands as conditions
allow.  He says that each QSL card will depict the
Lighthouse he is at when a QSO takes place.  Your QSL's go
direct only to G0SGB.   (G0SGB)

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ON THE AIR:  CELEBRATING THE WORLD SOCCER CUP

To celebrate the 2014 World Cup for Soccer being played in
Brazil this summer, amateur radio stations in that nation
have been authorized to use special callsign prefixes
between June 12th and July 13th.  This by simply doubling
the designation number of the original calls.  For example
PY1AA could use PY11AA, PS7AA my be heard as PS77AA and the
like.  Look for activity on all bands and modes. For more
information visit labre.org.br on the World-Wide-Web.
(OPDX)

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DX

In DX, F5LMJ will be operational as TO5MJ from Guadeloupe
between July 7th and the 17th. Activity will be on 40
through 10 meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes.
Paper QSL's go via his home callsign or electronically using
Logbook of the World.

PS8RV will be active as ZY8D from Caju Island from July 25th
to the 27th including taking part in the Radio Society's of
Great Britain's Islands on the Air Contest.  Operation will
be on the High Frequency bands but modes have not been
announced.  QSL via the information provided on QRZ.com.

IZ2DPX and possibly one or two more operators will be active
as VP2MPX from Montserrat between August 10th and the 24th.
Operations will be on 160 through 6 meters using SSB only.
QSL via IK2DUW, direct or via the bureau.

Lastly, DF2WO will be operational as XT2AW from Burkina Faso
between November 17th and December 2nd.  Activity will be
holiday style on CW and SSB. QSL via M0OXO.  And for those
not familiar with the term holiday style it simply means
that the operator has other things to do and will get on the
air only as he or she has time available to do so.

(This weeks DX news courtesy of OPDX)


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THAT FINAL ITEM:  ARISS REVISITED - PART 1

And finally this week, its been a long time since we took
you vicariously into space with the ARISS school to ISS
program, but that's about to change

The online video show Ham Radio Now has produced a four-part
series titled "ARISS to the MAX" that begins with the usual
video of a contact between school students and an astronaut
aboard the International Space Station, but then goes much
deeper.  It also features a panel discussion with two of the
students who participated in the contact, the teacher who
coordinated it, the leader of the ham club that made the
contact possible, and the public information officers who
got the word out.

Part One of the series shows the complete 10-minute contact
between students at the Dixon Elementary School in North
Carolina, and astronaut Dr. Koichi Wakata, KC5ZTA, that took
place this past April 21st.  Heres a sample:

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Student:  My name is Talmadge.  My questions is how do you
shower in space."

KC5ZTA:  "We do not have a shower on the space station so we
use towels and hot water to clean our bodies.  I've not
taken a shower for over five months and I really miss it."

--

Part Two begins with two of the students, Aubrey and Joey.
9-year-old Aubrey was up for it:

Aubery:  "I'm so excited that I submitted twelve questions."

--

And as part of a Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics or STEM class, she had a pretty good idea of
what she wanted to do when she grew up:

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Aubery:  "Engineering; computers mostly.  I'm really good at
those."

--

11-year-old Joey had his future planned, too:

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Joey:  "Civil engineering, because it's a project for AIG.
We build them out of Popsicle sticks and straws.  The bridge
has to span a 50 centimeter gorge and you have to stay on
budget.  So each Popsicle stick costs (represents) $1000 and
each glue bottle costs $5000."

--

If the kids have a bent toward science, it's because of
their teacher, Betty Bigney. Bigney applied for the ARISS
contact, and was rejected twice, before being accepted on
her third try. Then, she had a problem...

Bigney:  When I was accepted, I was like -- oh man, am I in
trouble now. So I got on-line and I looked for ham radio
operators and found the counter club and Frank's name as
President was there so I called him to try to explain what
it was and what I wanted to do.  There was this dead silence
and I said to myself - am I in trouble.  Then I said: `Are
you in?" and he said `yeah.'"

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Frank Divinie, W4UOR, called a special meeting of his club,
but didn't tell them why:

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W4UOR:  "I said that this is going to be a big, big deal."

KN4AQ:  "So that scared away 90% of your club (laughter)."

W4UOR:  "When I got them there and they were eating
breakfast, that's when I `dropped the bomb on them.'  I said
that we have been invited to make the contact with the
International Space Station.  So when I said that it was the
International Space Station and explained that it was with
the Dixon Elementary School, everyone raised their hands.
We're in."

audio clip: the club is in, too

--

Yep, they were on board but there a lot more to this story
that we will bring you in part 2 next week.  Meantime to
watch the entire video series simply take your web browser
to HamRadioNow.TV. Look for Episode 144.  You will be glad
that you did.

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