Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1925 - July, 4 2014

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  Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1925 with a release
  date of July 4 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

  The following is a Q-S-T.  The ARRL works with Congress
  to get The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 introduced to
  the House of Representatives; hams in Italy get another
  chance to use the 4 meter band; WRTC 2014 competition
  takes place on July 12th and 13th; Coconino County
  Arizona revises its controversial distracted driving law
  to exempt hams; Congress weighs in on Net Neutrality and
  after 70 years Morse code returns to a secret World War 2
  Australian base.  Find out the details are on Amateur
  Radio NewslineT report number 1925 coming your way right
  now.


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  RADIO LAW:  ARRL WORKS WITH CONGRESS TO INTRODUCE BILL TO
  ECTEND PRB-1 TO INCLUDE CCR'S

  The ARRL reports that a bill with bipartisan support has
  been introduced in the US House of Representatives.  One
  that calls on the FCC to apply the reasonable
  accommodation three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-
  emption policy to private land-use restrictions.  Amateur
  Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, reports:

  --

  The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 also known as
  HR.4969 was introduced on June 25th at the request of the
  American Radio Relay League which worked with House of
  Representative staffers to draft the proposed
  legislation. The bill's sponsor is Representative Adam
  Kinzinger of Illinois and it has initial co-sponsorship
  from Representative Joe Courtney of Connecticut.

  If the measure is approved by the 113th Congress, it
  would require the FCC, within 120 days of the bill's
  passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to
  apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners' association
  regulations and deed restrictions.  These are often
  referred to as covenants, conditions, and restrictions
  and presently PRB-1 only applies to state and local
  zoning laws and ordinances.

  HR.4969 has been referred to the House Energy and
  Commerce Committee.  Representative Greg Walden, W-7-E-Q-
  eye of Oregon chairs that panel's Communications and
  Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

  For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW,
  in Los Angeles.

  --

  ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, is a
  principal advocate for the current legislative initiative
  to gain PRB-1 recognition for CC&Rs.   Lisenco said the
  most urgent task now is to get additional co-sponsors to
  sign onto HR.4969.  (ARRL)

  **

  RADIO RULES:  HAMS IN ITALY GET AMOTHER CHANCE AT USING
  70 MHZ

  Radio Amateurs in Italy have again been granted temporary
  access to the ITU Region One 70 MHz or 4 meter band.
  At least until December 19th all Italian stations are
  authorized to use this band except within 30 kilometers
  of the borders with Austria, Switzerland and France.
  Specific frequencies being permitted are 70.1, 70.2 and
  70.3 MHz with a maximum bandwidth of 25 kHz.  All modes
  may be used as long as they do not exceed 50 watts of
  Effective Radiated Power.
  (Southgate)

  **

  RADIOSPORTS:  WORLD TEAM RADIOSPORT CHAMPIONSHIP JULY 12
  - 13

  The World Radiosport Team Championship 2014 operating
  event will take place on Saturday, July 12th beginning at
  1200 UTC and concluding Sunday the 13th at 1200 hours
  UTC.

  WRTC2014 pits fifty-nine two-operator amateur radio
  teams, representing 32 countries, in a battle of
  operating skill and strategy from identical locations and
  using identical antenna systems. Competing teams were
  selected from 29 qualifying regions around the world
  based on scores in a series of 55 qualifying events over
  a 3 year period.  The team with the best score during the
  24 hour operating competition will claim the gold medal
  and earn the distinction of being the best in the world.

  Live video streaming of some of the social events
  surrounding WRTC2014 will begin on Wednesday July 9th.
  These include the welcoming BBQ Dinner, the opening
  ceremony as well as the closing ceremony.

  The World Radiosport Team Championship is held every four
  years.  This year's venue is in and around the city of
  Westborough, Massachusetts.  Previous events have been
  held in Seattle, San Francisco, Slovenia, Finland, Brazil
  and most recently in Russia.  More about this years
  happening is on the web at www.wrtc2014.org  (ARRL,
  WRTC2014)

  **

  RADIO RECORDS:  BRENDAN TROPHY ATTEMPT ABOUT TO GET
  UNDERWAY

  The Irish Radio Transmitters Society's Brendan Trophy for
  the first two-way transatlantic amateur communication on
  2 meters has gone unclaimed for years but that could
  change within the coming days.  This with the
  announcement of a highly determined attempt that is about
  to get underway by the Brendan Quest team operating from
  Pouch Cove, Newfoundland.

  Using 750 watts of power to a 98 foot long 43-element
  Yagi at some 25 feet above average terrain, the VC1T team
  hopes to achieve transatlantic communication first on 2
  meters which remains one of the few remaining VHF amateur
  radio distance records.  The two stations involved must
  be located on land or non-tidal waterways within the
  continental shelves of Europe and North America.  The
  limit of the continental shelf of Europe is considered to
  lie along the line of maximum depth between the European
  land mass and Iceland,.  That of North America is defined
  to lie along the line of maximum depth between Canada and
  Greenland.

  A detailed operating schedule has now been released along
  with the procedure and a description of the modes that
  will be used.  Modes include CW, SSB and WSJT.  The
  latter being for digital attempts.  All the needed
  information including a full description of the monster
  antenna being used can be found on-line at
  brendanquest.org.  (GB2RS, SARL, others)

  **

  RADIO TO SPACE:  SEND YOUR NAME AND CALL TO AN ASTEROID
  NASA is inviting people around the world to submit their
  names to be etched on a microchip aboard a spacecraft
  headed to the asteroid Bennu in 2016.  Amateur Radio
  Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, is here to tell you
  how:

  --The "Messages to Bennu!" microchip will travel to the
  asteroid aboard the Origins Spectral Interpretation
  Resource Identification Security Regolith Explorer
  spacecraft.  The robotic mission will spend more than two
  years at the asteroid, which has a width of approximately
  1,760 feet.  While there it will collect samples of
  Bennu's surface and return it to Earth in a special
  capsule. The deadline to submit names online is this
  coming September 30th.  Those who take part in the
  Messages to Bennu campaign will be able to print a
  certificate of appreciation to document their
  involvement.

  To  submit your name, or maybe your name and callsign
  following your last name, simply visit
  planetary.org/bennu on the World Wide Web and fill out
  the very simple form.  Figuring out how and where to add
  your ham radio call sign should be quite easy.

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

  --

  If you want to get regular updates on the mission you can
  do so simply by following it on Fecebook at the
  www.planetary.org/get-involved/messages/bennu/   (NASA,
  Planetary Society via published news reports)

  **

  DX UP FRONT:  NIUE IN DECEMBER

  In DX up front, JA1XGI has announced his next operation
  will be from Niue between December 1st and the 6th and is
  and his expected to be issued the callsign will be E6XG.
  Activity will be on 160 through 10 meters, looking for
  Europe and North America especially on lower bands.
  Modes mentioned are CW, SSB and some digital.   QSL via
  his home callsign either direct or by the bureau. An
  online QSL request service or OQRS will be available on
  ClubLog.  (OPDX)

  **

  DX UP FRONT:  BENIN HOPEFULLY IN LATE NOVEMBER

  Members of the Italian DXpedition Team have announced
  their next operation will be from Benin.  According to an
  announcement on the group's website, on the plus side
  they have already been assigned the call TY1AA.  However,
  owing to working commitments of some members of the team
  at the moment they are not able to announce an exact date
  for the DXpedition. Therefore, the actual date could vary
  somewhat with respect to the already announced date of
  November 20th to the 30th.   Once on the air activity
  will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
  QSL's will go via I2YSB, either direct or via the Bureau.
  (Southgate, OPDX)

  **

  BREAK 1

  Time for you to identify your station.  We are the
  Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around
  the world including the Cavernaun Amateur Radio
  Association's club net serving the city of Bordeaux,
  France.


  (5 sec pause here)


  **

  RADIO LAW:  COCONINO COUNTY AZ AMMENDS CONTRIVERSIAL
  DIRSTRACTED DRIVING LAW

  A big win for amateur radio and other two way radio
  services in Coconino Country Arizona.  This as the County
  Board of Supervisors reverses itself on a number off key
  elements in what had become one of the nation's most
  controversial distracted driving laws.  Amateur Radio
  Newsline's Bill Pasternak, is in the Newsroom with the
  details:

  --

  On June 26th the Coconino County Arizona Board of
  Supervisors approved changes to ordinance regulating the
  use of communication devices while driving.  Before the
  changes were approved, anyone caught with a hand-held
  push to talk microphone while their vehicle was in motion
  and they were behind the steering wheel was subject to be
  issued a citation.

  Among several new exemptions is one that applies to those
  who holds a valid amateur radio operator license issued
  by or any license issued by the Federal Communications
  Commission or the driver who uses two-way radio such as a
  CB.

  Matt Ryan is the Coconino Board Chairman.  He stated that
  the Board and other county officials remain dedicated to
  enhancing public safety by reducing injuries and fatal
  crashes on our roadways.  However, it was brought to
  their attention that the originally approved ordinance
  created hardships for specific segments of drivers, such
  as truckers, amateur radio operators and bus drivers.

  Ryan added that while the overall goal is to curb
  distracted driving, that the Board still feels the
  ordinance as revised does exactly that.

  For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak,
  WA6ITF, in the newsroom in Los Angeles.

  --

  For the purpose of informing and educating the public and
  motorists, the ordinance allows for law enforcement
  officers to issue verbal warnings to persons found
  violating the terms of the revised ordinance through
  November 22nd.  Law enforcement officers will then have
  discretion on whether or not to issue a citation.
  (K5KNM, others)

  **

  ENFORCEMENT:  FCC DISMISSES LONG STANDING LICENSE RENEWAL
  APPLICATION OF K1MAN

  After being on-hold for more than 9 years, the FCC has
  dismissed the license renewal application of Glen Baxter,
  K1MAN, of Bellgrade Lake, Maine.  This because he failed
  to pay a long standing $10,000 fine issued against him by
  the regulatory agency.

  In its letter notifying Baxter of this action, the FCC
  stated that his application could not be processed
  because it was red lighted by the FCC's Universal
  Licensing System.  It went on to note that the Red Light
  Rule was adopted as part of the Federal Communication
  Commission's ongoing effort to implement the Debt
  Collection Improvement Act.  This law provides that the
  Commission check whether entities or individuals seeking
  licenses or other benefits from the FCC are delinquent in
  debt owed to the Commission.

  The FCC added that anyone filing an application or
  seeking a benefit that is found to be delinquent in debt
  owed to the FCC and who fails to pay the debt in full or
  make other satisfactory arrangements in a timely manner
  will have their application dismissed.  Because Baxter
  had failed to resolve this matter according to those
  rules that his application was being dismissed.   (FCC)

  **

  COMMUNICATIONS LAW:  CONGRESS WEIGHS IN ON NET NEUTRALITY

  The concept of Net Neutrality appears to be hitting home
  with the nations law makers as we hear from Amateur Radio
  Newsline's Hal Rodgers, K8CMD:

  --

  Congress is weighing in on the issue of Net Neutrality.
  On June 17th Senator Patrick Leahy and Representative
  Doris Matsui introduced the Online Competition and
  Consumer Choice Act.  If passed into law, the measure
  would grant the Federal Communications Commission the
  authority to bar paid prioritization agreements between
  internet service providers and content providers over the
  last-mile of a broadband connection.

  As written, broadband provider would not be allowed to
  speed up one service at the expense of any other.  Nor
  would providers be permitted to charge extra fees to
  particular content providers. Internet Service Providers
  would also be barred from prioritizing their own services
  or devices over competitors.

  The legislative maneuver appears designed to try and
  supersede the FCC's current regulatory efforts to seek
  public comment on a proposal to bar internet actions that
  it might deem to be commercially unreasonable violations
  of the principle of network neutrality.  The Online
  Competition and Consumer Choice Act has already garnered
  support from net neutrality advocates.

  Im Hal Rogers, K8CMD.

  --

  How far this measure will get in Congress will depend on
  the amount of cooperation that can be generated between
  Republicans and Democrats over this issue.  Net
  Neutrality is an important issue in the ham radio
  community because more and more aspects of the hobby such
  as station remote control and satellite tracking rely on
  unencumbered high speed Internet connectivity.
  (Published news reports)

  **

  HAM HAPPENINGS:  FCARC STATION W9ZL TO CELEBRATE
  AIRVENTURE 2014

  The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club will once again be
  operating special event station W9ZL from July 30th
  through August 3rd.  This in celebration of AirVenture
  2014 hosted by the Experimental Aviation Association in
  Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

  The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club has been sponsoring
  this special event station for 21 years.  Plans for 2014
  are to have W9ZL operate from the Experimental Aviation
  Association fairgrounds during the fly-in using SSB on
  7.250, 14.250 and 50.150 MHz.

  A special commemorative certificate will be available for
  those who make contact.  Just  QSL with a Self Addressed
  Stamped envelope direct to the Fox Cities Amateur Radio
  Club AirVenture 2014, PO Box 2346, Appleton Wisconsin,
  54912.

  More about AirVenture 2014 can be found at www.eaa.org
  while information about the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club
  is at www.fcarc.us.

  (AB9AH)

  **

  NAMES IN THE NEWS:  TENNESSEE VOLUNTEER EXAMINER
  RECOGNIZED BY GOVERNOR:

  Some names in the news.  First up this week is ARRL VEC
  Volunteer Examiner Truett  Smith, N4TK.  Butch Smith as
  he is better known in ham radio circles has been awarded
  a Certificate of Appreciation from the Governor of
  Tennessee on behalf of the Nashville VE Team.  N4TK is
  one of the founding members of the group which has been
  continuously offering Amateur Radio exams since 1986.
  Smith not only maintains the VE team website but also
  delivers the official opening remarks at test sessions.

  Professionally, N4TK is a well known broadcast industry
  consultant who operates Media Broadcast Integration and
  Technical Services Incorporated in Nashville.  He was
  also a contributor to several ARRL-produced promotional
  and educational video's made in the late 1980's.   (ARRL,
  KW6A, ARNewsline)

  **

  NAMES IN THE NEWS:  VE7NL APPOINTED RAC SEC FOR ALBERTA
  CANADA

  Radio Amateurs of Canada has announced the recent
  appointment of Neal Sunderland VE6NL, as Section
  Emergency Coordinator for Alberta, Northwest Territories
  and Nunavut.  Sunderland has been involved in many areas
  of radio both professionally and privately for more than
  40 years.  He became a licensed radio amateur five years
  ago and has been active in ARES in the Calgary region.
  VE6NL is trained in and has worked professionally in
  Search and Rescue, Emergency Medicine and other related
  fields.  (RAC, VE4BAW)

  **

  NAMES IN THE NEWS:  AUSTRALIAN ASTRO HAM ANDY THOMAS
  RETIRES

  Australian space explorer Andy Thomas has retired to his
  Texas ranch after 22 years with NASA and 4 months living
  in zero gravity on the Mir space station.  Recently Dr.
  Thomas, who holds the call VK5MIR, has been leading
  design teams whose projects included a return visit to
  the moon, and a first visit to Mars.  His 40 acre ranch
  property in central Texas is where he plans to live with
  his astronaut wife Shannon Walker.  At this tome she is
  still in the NASA program and hoping for at least one
  more flight.  We might add that QSL's to Dr. Thomas might
  be a bit difficult to deliver as the various on-line call
  sign databases list his QTH as the MIR Space Station
  which deorbited and essentially burned up in the Earth's
  atmosphere on March 21st of 2001.  (WIA)

  **

  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)

  **

  EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  MONARCH BUTTERFLY HAS MAGNETIC
  COMPASS

  Researchers now say that the monarch butterfly uses a
  magnetic compass to guide its extraordinary migration
  thousands of miles across North America.

  Monarchs are believed to possess a form of Sun compass
  but even on cloudy days they still keep flying south
  towards Mexico.  To test for the theory that they also
  possessed a form of magnetic compass scientists strapped
  butterflies into a flight simulator allowing them to
  point in any direction while flying.  They then
  surrounded the chamber with a magnetic coil and then
  varied the inclination angle of the field while at the
  same time exposing them to ultra-violet light.  This in
  essence effectively changed the position of the equator
  and the poles.  The monarchs responded by turning in the
  direction they perceived as south.

  More about this research can be found on the web at
  tinyurl.com/monarch-butterfly-experiment.
  (Published news reports)

  **

  EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT QUANTUM
  PARTICLES CAN TUNNEL THROUGH MULTIPLE BARRIERS

  According to the new study, quantum particles have been
  found capable of tunneling through multiple long range
  barriers.  This is a phenomenon that is known as quantum
  tunnel effect.

  Formerly, this procedure was for one particle to pass
  through one barrier.  However the latest study was
  conducted by a team of researchers at the Institute for
  Experimental Physics in Austria showed the tunneling of
  quantum particles through five consecutive barriers
  simultaneously is possible with the help of an effect
  known as Bose enhancement.  Bose enhancement is a
  phenomenon that effects in high-energy heavy-ion
  collisions.

  How the study was performed and its findings to date were
  published in a recent issue of the journal Science.  More
  is on the web at tinyurl.com/quantum-particle-barrier.
  (techsonia.com)

  **

  WORLDBEAT:  UK CB OPERATOR LUCKLY AVOIDS BEING HIT BY
  LIGHTNING STRIKE TO HIS STATION

  Turning to news from around the world, word that a United
  Kingdom CB radio enthusiast was likely moments away from
  being electrocuted when a lightning bolt hit his antenna
  and blew up his station equipment.

  According to the news account Robin Tester had just used
  his radio to warn a friend of an impending storm.  He
  then turned off his gear and within moments the lightning
  bolt struck the antenna located in his garden only some 6
  feet away from his home.

  According to Tester, the lightning strike destroyed his
  radio, the microphone and parts of the antenna.  He noted
  that he did have a good lightning arrester connected
  between the radio and the antenna but that was destroyed
  as well.

  According to Tester, the only saving grace was the fact
  that the antenna lead in travels underground so it was
  able to ground out some of the strike.  Tester added that
  had it not been, it would have been worse.
  (HuntsPost.com)

  **

  WORLDBEAT:  INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE AND LIGHTSHIP
  WEEKEND REGISTRATION OPEN

  Jim Linton, VK3PC, reports from down-under that
  registrations of marine beacons in the upcoming
  International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend continue
  to grow.  As we go to air Jim says that the total stands
  at over 300 from 36 countries.

  International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an
  annual event that aims to raise public awareness of the
  need to preserve and restore old structures used to
  navigate ships.  At the same time it is a great way to
  promote Amateur Radio portable operations.

  This years event is slated to take place the weekend of
  August 16th and the 17th.  To learn the simple guidelines
  or register the location you plan to activate just take
  your web browser to illw.net   (VK3PC)

  **

  WORLDBEAT:  JARL ELECTS NEW LEADERSHIP

  The Japan Amateur Radio League has announced the election
  of a new President and two vice presidents.  According to
  Ken Yamamoto, JA1CJP, the new President of JARL is
  Toshihiko Yamanouchi, JA7AYW, with Kimio Maegawa, JA9BOH
  and Yoshinori Takao, JG1KTC, taking on the role of Vice
  Presidents.  The post of Executive Director and IARU
  liaison was filled by Hiroyoshi Tamama,  JA1SLS.  The
  election took place at the Japan Amateur Radio League's
  ammual assembly held on June 15th.   (JA1CJP, Southgate)

  **

  DX

  In DX, DL2DXA and DJ5AA are reported to be on the air as
  5P2X from the island of Vendsyssel.  No bands, modes or
  operating schedule has been mentioned.  QSL via DL2DXA.
  AG6OU should once again be active as XW6OU from
  Vientiane, Laos.  His operation should be on 20 meters
  mainly SSB.  The exact length of his stay is not known
  but if you make contact QSL via E21EIC direct or
  electronically using eQSL.

  PD7YY will be operational stroke OZ from Langeland Island
  between July 19th to the 25th. This will be a holiday
  style operation on the High Frequency bands.  No modes
  were mentioned.  QSL via PD7YY direct or via the bureau.
  No electronic QSL's will be available for his operation.

  Members of the Union De Radioaficionados De Tenerife will
  be active as EA8URT from the Canary Islands during the
  RSGB Islands on the Air contest on July 27th and 28th.
  QSL direct as instructed on QRZ.com or via the bureau.

  ON6DSL will operational stroke SV9 from Crete from August
  1st to the 10th.  His mode of operation will be SSB using
  QRP at 5 watts into a home built antenna.   QSL via his
  home callsign to the UBA Bureau.

  **

  THAT FINAL ITEM:  MORSE RETURNS TO WW2 SECRET BASE DOWN-
  UNDER

  And finally this week, 7 News Australia reports a secret
  World War 2 base in northern Victoria state, that has
  resumed Morse code radio communication with the world
  after more than 70 silent years.  Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of
  the WIA News has the details:

  --

  The restored Flying Boat Museum at Lake Boga near Swan
  Hill in northwest Victoria was the home of the No. 1
  Flying Boat Repair Depot during World  War II.

  Now a Lions Club project it's a fitting memorial to the
  1,000 who made a  sterling contribution at the repair and
  radio base that kept the Catalina  Aircraft serving.

  Hidden from aerial view with bomb-proof walls is a
  Communications Bunker.  It has been restored and put on
  air by Thomas Brownstein VK3EO, complete  with war-time
  receivers and smaller transmitters.

  The latest media coverage of the Flying Boat Museum has
  been on the Channel  7 network news that featured a radio
  amateur and his realized efforts to  put it back on air.

  Thomas VK3EO was interviewed while on the key in contact
  with the former  enemy - a QSO with a JA station near
  Tokyo. Among his other CW contacts he  has spoken to
  Europe, America and New Zealand.

  Dropping in at the time of the recent TV news interview
  was Jean Willox, a war-time radio operator who tried the
  key for the first time since the  war, and described it
  really amazing.

  For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Keemp, VK4BB,
  of the WIA News in Australia.

  --

  Thomas Brownstein, VK3EO, also teaches youngsters about
  Morse code and what went on in secrecy during World War
  2.  He described the whole experience as being a little
  like magic.  WIA News)

  **

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