Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1926 - July, 11 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1926 with a release
date of July 11 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The Hawaii to mainland US opens on 
VHF just after the 4th of July weekend; UKube-1 ham radio
satellite successfully launched; a whole new set of amateur
radio regulations to be introduced in Thailand; Hurricane
Watch nets activate for Hurricane Arthur; a United States
lightship is the 300th registrant for International
Lighthouse and Lightship weekend and a look at the recent
HAM Radio convention in Germany.  All this and more on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1926 coming your way
right now.

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The long awaited West coast to Hawaii ducting season has
finally begun.  This according to a posting to the VHF
Reflector by Wayne Overbeck, N6NB.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF
has the details:


Wayne Overbeck, N6NB, says that he first learned of the
opening in a message from Gordon West, WB6NOA.  According to
West, the KH6HME 2 meter beacon was booming in and the
opening might last two days.  As it was, N6NB said that it
lasted much longer with both the KH6HME 2 meter and 70
centimeter beacon signals loud and clear at various points
up and down the California coast.  Overbeck recorded the
beacons as heard in Orange County, California and posted it
on YouTube.  Heres a quick sample:


Actual beacon audio


According to N6NB, on Saturday, July 5th, Fred Honnold,
KH7Y, made the five-hour round trip from his home to the
beacon site at 8,000' elevation on Hawaii's Mauna Loa
volcano.  He worked a number of California stations on 144,
223.5 and 432 MHz with excellent signals.  Here's a sample
of N6NB's QSO with KH7Y at the KH6HME station on 223.5 Mhz
over a path of 2505 miles:


KH7Y/KN6HME:  ".an IC-37A.  I think its about 10 or 15

N6NB:  "15 watts out on 223.5.  Oh my goodness!  Im running
a transverter at about 100 watts out on 223.5.  KH6HME from
N6NB in DM-13, over."

KH7Y/KH6HME:  "Its to bad that there aren't more people
around with these radios.  Yes, its amazing.  These antennas
are 14 elements and theres a pair of them up there stacked.
They are actually tuned up on 222.1 when we used to have a
beacon up here."


Meanwhile, three other Hawaiian stations worked the mainland
from much lower elevations.  These stations were KH6 stroke

According to Overbeck, the duct between Hawaii and the U.S.
mainland proved to be much like earlier ones.  On the
California end it was low, perhaps as low as 1,000' above
sea level at times.  But on the Hawaiian end, the duct was
centered somewhere near the beacon site at 8,000 feet.
Stations at low elevations near Hilo were not nearly as loud
as KH7Y who was signing KH6HME in honor of the late Paul
Lieb, who made this path famous.

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


N6NB adds that on Sunday afternoon, July 6th the KH6HME
beacons were still loud into Orange County in Southern
California.  At the same time, Victor Frank, K6FV, was
hearing a 599 signal from the KH6HME 2 meter beacon on a
hand-held transceiver in the hills above San Mateo in
northern California overlooking the town of Half Moon Bay.
Since then other trans-Pacific openings are being reported
and we will have more about those in next weeks newscast.

Links to KH6HME beacon audio as received at N6NB:

Link to QSO between KH7Y/KH6HME and N6NB:

(VHF Reflector, N6NB)



The UKube-1 ham radio satellite was successfully launched on
Tuesday, July 8th, from Kazakhstan.  The UKube control team
and radio amateurs across Europe awaited the satellite
coming within range.  It's 145.84 MHz beacon signal was
received by the satellites control team at 19:16 UTC.
Signals have also been received from DX-1 and TechEdSat
which rode to orbit on the same launch as UKube-1.



The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission
of Thailand's has approved new amateur radio regulations
that the agency has been working on for almost three years.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the


According to the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand the new
rules to govern amateur radio in that nation have been three
years in the making.  Some of the key provisions include
opening of the 6 meter band from 50 to 54 MHz; the expansion
of two meters to 146.5 MHz and giving Thai advanced class
license holders privileges that will allow power output
levels of up to 1,000 watts.  Additional spectrum will also
be authorized in the 160 and 80 meter bands with more club
stations and contest callsigns to be issued as well.

Other changes include easing restrictions on the sale of
High Frequency radio gear that includes the six meter band
and the easing of type-approval restrictions so that Thai
radio amateurs will be able to purchase new models of
transceivers.  And while the Morse exam will remain it will
become a reception only test at 8 words per minute.  Also,
those who do not yet hold an amateur radio license will be
permitted to operate under supervision at a club station.

By way of background, there are three amateur radio license
classes available to the public in Thailand.  These are the
Basic Amateur Radio Operator who is permitted 100 watts out
on 28 MHz and 60 watts on 144 MHz.  This is followed by the
Intermediate Amateur Radio Operator License with power
output privileges of 200 watts and the Advanced Amateur
Radio Operator License with a full kilowatt of power now
permitted.  In reality, the Thai Advanced license had been
provided for in that nations regulations since 1987 it had
been activated until now.

Also, there is an Extra class license but that is held only
the King of Thailand.

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


The new regulations were signed by the Chairman of
Thailand's National Broadcasting and Telecommunications
Commission on June 20th and will become effective within 30
days of that date.  More information about amateur radio in
Thailand is on the web at



International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 reports that
Moldova has signed the pan-European CEPT Novice and Class 1
amateur radio license agreement.

The CEPT Radio Amateur License Class 1 corresponds to the
United States Extra and United Kingdom's Advanced and Full
licenses.  The CEPT Novice License is closely compatible to
the Unites States General and UK Intermediate license.

There is also a CEPT entry class license which equate to the
United States Technician and United Kingdom Foundation
class, however Moldavia is not joining in that entry level
system.  At least not at this time.  (IARU-R1)



The United Kingdom's RCF Examination Committee has released
its report on the amateur radio exams for 2013 and it shows
fewer people passed than in the previous year.  According to
the published figures in 2012 there were 1599 candidates
that passed the United Kingdom's Foundation class entry
level test.  For 2013 that number dropped to 1508.  The
committee also noted that pass totals for the United Kingdom
Intermediate and Advanced class licenses were also down as
well.  You can download the entire report in PDF format at  (RCF)



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the Okinawa Amateur Radio Society club station

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The Hurricane Watch Net was activated twice during the
recent storm known as Hurricane Arthur.  The first
activation came on July 3rd as the storm was headed toward
North Carolina's Outer Banks.  It made landfall at 11:15
p.m. Eastern Daylight time with maximum sustained winds of
100 miles per hour retelling homes and  cutting off island
communities from the mainland.

Also activated was the VoIP Hurricane Watch net which uses
local FM repeaters, Echolink, IRLP to provide information to
and from volunteer storm spotters along the storm's
projected path:


VoIP Net audio: ".Hurricane Arthur continues to develop a
threat of sustained high winds that may increase soon.  The
latest area forecast maximum winds if of 70 to 90 miles per
hour with gusts to 110 miles per hour."


Arthur made the North Carolina coastline as a category 1
hurricane and remained that way as it worked its way
northward along the Eastern seaboard.  This accounted for a
second activation on July 5th before Arthur deteriorated
into a tropical storm as it neared Canada.

Net operations on the High Frequency bands were on 14.325
MHz and 7.268 MHz depending on propagation.  The VoIP
Hurricane Watch Net could be monitored on several Echolink
nodes, I-R-L-P and other monitoring services world-wide.
Both SKYWARN in the United States and CANWARN in Canada were
involved in this first hurricane callout of the 2014 season.
(VoIP Hurricane Net, various other sources)



The FCC has affirmed a penalty of $15,000 against Jean
Richard Salvador for operating an unlicensed FM radio
station on the frequency 89.5 MHz in Miami, Florida.

On March 26, 2014, the Enforcement Bureau's Miami Office
issued a $15,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture
to Jean Richard Salvador for his alleged operation of the
unlicensed FM radio station.  This after its agents used
direction finding to pinpoint its location.  They then
performed a station inspection during which Jean Richard
Salvador admitted that he turned the unlicensed station
transmitter on and off at different times on multiple days,
but claimed that an  unnamed friend actually operated the

But agents later found evidence on the Internet identifying
Jean Richard Salvador as an organizer and DJ for the
unlicensed station marketing itself as BREEZ FM 89.5.  As
such the FCC says that the totality of the evidence led the
Enforcement Bureau to conclude that Mr. Salvador exercised
control over the unlicensed station by turning off the
transmitter on and operating it on several days.

Based on this, on June 24th the regulatory agency affirmed
the fine and gave Jean Richard Salvador 30 days to pay in
full.  It also warned him that if the forfeiture amount is
not paid within the period specified, the case may be
referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for further
enforcement action.  (FCC)



A telecommunications organization in Puerto Rico has been
issued a proposed fine for interfering with aviation radar.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Hal Rogers, K8CMD, has more:


The FCC has proposed a $25,000 Notice of Apparent Liability
against CMARR, Inc. of San Juan, Puerto Rico.  This for
apparently and willfully interfering with a Federal Aviation
Administration weather radar in San Juan by operating a
radio transmitter without a license.

The matter goes back to the fall of 2013.  That's when the
FCC's Enforcement Bureau received a complaint from the
Federal Aviation Administration.  At that time the FAA
reported a signal centered on 5610 MHz was causing
interference to the Terminal Doppler Weather Radar
installation serving the San Juan International Airport.

On November 13th and 18th an FCC agent, using direction-
finding identified the source of the transmissions on 5610
MHz as coming from the rooftop of a business in San Juan.
On November 18th, the agent, accompanied by CMARR's owner,
conducted an inspection of the installation and found that
the transmissions on 5610 MHz were not present.   The
company's owner stated that the transmitter had been tuned
away from 5610 MHz minutes before the agent arrived.

Now in issuing the Notice of Apparent Liability, the FCC
said that given the risk to public safety created by CMARR's
unlicensed operations, and the fact that the company had
already received a warning for similar violations, that the
proposed $25,000 penalty is warranted.

I'm Hal Rogers, K8CMD


CMARR Inc. was given the customary 30 days to pay the fine
or to file an appeal.  (FCC)



The European DX Council 2014 conference will be held from
September 19th to the 22nd in Southern France.  The first
part of the conference on the 19th to the 21st will take
place in a village 50 miles North-East from the city of Nice
with the September 22nd conclusion in the city of Nice
itself.  More information can be found at the events on-line
blog at  (EDXC)



DXers and Contesters are invited to attend the 2014 Asia
Pacific DX Convention which will take place November 14th to
the 16th, in Osaka, Japan.  In addition to presentations on
recent DXpeditions, technical sessions and other amenities
this years convention will offer something unique.  As Japan
is where most of today's amateur radio equipment is
developed, attendees will have the opportunity to join a
tour to the Icom factory and to participate in a technical
session led by the Icom HF radio design team.  For more
details, please visit on the World-Wide-Web.



Some names in the news.  First up is astronaut Reid Weisman,
KF5LKT, who has been active on the Twitter social network as
well as the ARISS space station ham radio gear.  According
to several news reports Weisman has literally been tweeting
from space about the planet we live on describing what he
sees from his vantage point high above the Earth's surface.
Since he began his tweeting from the ISS his number of
followers has risen from 37,000 when he started to over
126,000 today.  You can follow him on the web at  (Published news reports)



Delaware radio personality Jim Rash of WGMD-FM has been
chosen to receive one of three annual Bill Leonard Awards
from American Radio Relay League.  According to a an article
on the stations website, Rash's contribution consisted of a
2013 radio interview with local ham radio enthusiast Bill
Duveneck, KB3KYH, of Milton, Delaware where the discussion
centered on the then upcoming Field Day.

The other two 2013 Leonard Award winners were Rich Luterman
in the video category.  Luterman is the Chief Meteorologist
of Detroit's WJBK-TV which aired a story titled "Ham Radio
Operators Play A Crucial Role During Weather Emergencies".

The print category award was shared by writer Kim Hoey and
photographer Gary Emeigh of the Delaware News Journal for a
story titled "Calling Fans Of Ham"

The Bill Leonard Award, named in honor of the late CBS
Network President and radio amateur W2SKE.  Its purpose is
to recognize journalists and media personalities who help to
support amateur radio.  (, ARRL)



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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A quick follow-up on our earlier story regarding a group of
hams on the air from Newfoundland.  This in the hope of
garnering the elusive Brendan Trophy for the first confirmed
two-way QSO on two meters to Europe.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has the latest:


Operating as VC1T on 144.155 MHz, the signal from the
Brendan Quest team using the FSK441 transmission mode was
heard and decoded by John Regnault, G4SWX, in Suffolk,
England.  This, on July 6 at 13:41 hours UTC.

The stations continued to try to make it a complete two way
contact for something over the next four hours but nothing
was heard back on this side of the Atlantic from G4SWX or
any European station.

Even if a two-way contact is not achieved the team is
eligible to be awarded the Breadan Plate. The Brendan Plate
will be given for the first verified reception of a
transatlantic signal on 2 meters in any mode ad is a part of
the Brendan Trophy series of awards offered by the Irish
Radio Transmitters Society.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois.


We should know the results of this all out attempt by the
Brendan Quest Team in time for next weeks newscast.  (ANS)



A United States lightship has garnered the position of being
the 300th registrant for the 2014 International Lighthouse
and Lightship Weekend operating event as we hear from WIA
Newsman Graham Kemp, VK4BB:


The prestigious 300th registration in the annual
International Lighthouse  and Lightship Weekend held in
August, goes to the Lightship Columbia WLV-604, operated by
the Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club, W7BU.

The club puts the lightship on air because of the close link
between radio communication and the history of navigational
aids for ships.

W7BU will be heard from the lightship's radio room. Now at
Astoria in the State of Oregon, it used to guard the
Columbia River Bar in Columbia, before being replaced by a
lighthouse in 1979.

The last operational US West Coast lightship, the Columbia
WLV-604 is on the National Register of Historic Places and
has guided tours.

Registrations have come so far from 36 countries in the
annual fun-event.  The USA is in the lead with 53 including
14 first-time registrations, ahead of Germany 52 and
Australia on 51.

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


International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend takes place
this year on the weekend of August 16th and 17th.  More on
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend and how to
register to take part is on the web at  (VK3PC,
WIA News)



Broadband-Hamnet has announced a new firmware release in the
form of an update to the original Linksys WRT54G, GL and GS
gear, and for the Ubiquiti firmware originally released for
the 2.4GHz ham band this past February.  With this
publication, Broadband-Hamnet now supports the Ubiquiti M5-
series hardware, giving hams use of the 5.8 GHz band for
mesh networking.  Among the many new features is the ability
to easily connect collocated nodes into clusters and to span
the mesh across both ham bands.  More about the new software
is on the web at  (Broadbabd-
Hamnet, K5KTF)



F6HTJ who operates the F5ZAL 2 meter propagation beacon in
France has announced the addition of the latest Opera OP05
format to the system.

Opera is a free running beacon system not to be confused
with the Opera web browser.  Rather it's a transmission mode
using upper sideband on/off keying that can be received by
feeding recovered audio to the Windows based decoding

The Opera signal from the F5ZAL beacon operates on 144.474.5
MHz Upper Sideband.  It also sends Morse on 144.476 MHz.  In
both modes it identifies by signing F5ZAL plus the grid
square locator JN12LL.  Power out is 10 watts out to a
horizontally polarized Big Wheel antenna Reception reports
go to F6HTJ at his information found on
(Southgate, G0NBD)



The Canton Ohio Amateur Radio Club will celebrate the 2014
Pro Football Hall of Fame Festival by operating club station
W8AL from August 1st to the 3rd.  Listen out for W8AL on or
near 7 dot 265; 14.265; 21.365 and 28.365 MHz.  QSL's go to
Roger Gray, W8VE,  3506  21st. Street N.W. Canton, Ohio
44708.  Please include two dollars to cover shipping and
handling if you wish to receive a commemorative certificate.



In DX, five operators will active as using their home call
signs from Kadok Island during the Radio Society of Great
Britain's Islands on the Air Contest on July 26th and 27th.
QSL via their home callsigns direct via the bureau or
electronically using Logbook of the World.

WM2W and N0TW will be active as C6AMW and C6ATW,
respectively from the Bahamas between August 1st and the
4th.  This as part of the 10-10 Summer QSO Party. QSL via

DF1YP will be active stroke F-Oh from Moorea Island in
French Polynesia between September 12th and October 8th.
His operation will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters on
SSB.  QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Lastly, DJ4EL will be operational stroke 5Z4 from Lamu
Island, Kenya, between October 4th and the 19th.  Activity
will be on 40 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL via his home
callsign, direct, via the bureau or electronically via
Logbook to the World.



And finally this week, according to several sources the
recent European Ham Radio convention held in
Friedrichshafen, Germany, is being deemed to be a major
success.  Attendance was up by some 1800 convention goers
over 2013.  Specific numbers say that this year's crowd hit
17,100 which is a significant increase from 2013 when 15,300
showed up.

One of those attending from the United States was CQ
Magazine's Kit Building columnist Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB.  He
was there with a group representing the Dayton Hamvention.
Joe tells Amateur Radio Newsline that this year the Maker
World 2014 outing was held in parallel with the Ham Radio:


K0NEB:  "They added a Maker Fair in one of the halls.  So
you had a lot of the makers who were not only making radios
and stuff but they were also modifying computers, using 3-D
printers and all the interesting things that makers do so
that was a great addition to the convention."


According to K0NEB, the show attracted people from all over
the world and it was as much of a social gathering as it was
a trade show:


K0NEB:  "I would say that in the main exhibit hall about 50%
of the space is actually devoted to clubs and organizations.
It was a great way to get to know people from all over
Europe and actually from all around the world.  There were
clubs from as far away as Thailand that had booths.  I was
in the DARA booth which was the Dayton Amateur Radio
Association booth.  Of coarse we prompting the Dayton
Hamvention and DARA."


All in all K0NEB says it was a great experience that he
tried to capture in another of his on-line sound and video
presentations.  You can share Joe's adventure at  More about the convention
itself is at  (K0NEB,
ARNewsline, Southgate)



With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, CQ Magazine, the
FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the
RSGB, the South African Radio League, the Southgate News,
TwiT-TV, Australia's WIA News and you our listeners, that's
all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.  Our e-mail address is
newsline (at) arnewsline (dot) org. More information is
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Santa Clarita California, 91350.

Before we go some reminders of two upcoming events.  First
is the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship will run from
July 8th to the 14th in and around the city of city of
Westborough, Massachusetts.  The actual competition take
place on Saturday, July 12th beginning at 1200 UTC and
concluding Sunday the 13th at 1200 hours UTC.  Several
social events as well as the awards ceremony bookend the

This will be closely followed by the ARRL's Centenary
Convention from Thursday, July 17th to Saturday, July 19th.
The venue for this event is the Connecticut Convention
Center in the city of Hartford.  More on these events are on
the web at and
respectfully.  If you plan to attend either or both we hope
that you have a truly good time.

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD, in Vero Beach, Florida saying 73 and
we thank you for listening.

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