Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1928 - July, 25 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1928 with a release date of
July 25 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  FEMA and the ARRL announce a new
Memorandum of Agreement; The International Amateur Radio Union
Region 2 Executive Committee meets in Connecticut; several 2 meter
channels in the UK being used for the Commonwealth Games;
Australian launched ham radio balloon reaches South America;
WA1ZMS named to receive the first Triennial Brendan Medal and the
last big Collins shortwave transmitter saved from the scrap heap.
All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline? report number 1928
coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO:  FEMA AND ARRL ANNOUNCE NEW COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT

The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have
announced a new Memorandum of Agreement.  One that is destined to
enhance cooperation between the League and FEMA in the area of
disaster communication.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the
Newsroom with the details:

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Calling radio is one of the most resilient communications
technologies we have, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ,
penned his name to a Memorandum of Agreement with the American
Radio Relay League.  This to further mutual cooperation in times
of disaster and preparing for such emergencies.

The new agreement will allow FEMA and the ARRL to work together to
provide resources, services and personnel to fortify the relief
agency is capacity in certain areas.  These include emergency
communications, disaster preparedness along with response and
recovery assistance.  It will also task the two with jointly
raising public awareness about the use of Amateur Radio as a
public safety resource.

The agreement also outlines the ways in which the two
organizations will cooperate to carry out their individual
responsibilities with respect to disaster mitigation,
preparedness, response and recovery operations.  This, in the
event of a natural or man-made disaster.

The signing ceremony took place on July 18th at the ARRL is
Centenary Convention in Hartford, Connecticut, with League
President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signing the document for the League.
This agreement takes the United States Amateur Radio service yet
another step forward in becoming a vital communications resource
when disaster strikes and especially in those instances when all
other means of communications fail.

And to quote FEMA Administrator Fugate: Amateur Radio is taking
that hobby and turning it into saving lives.

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

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After FEMA Administrator Fugate?s talk, League President Craigie
presented him with the ARRL Medal of Honor.  (ARRL)

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RADIO POLITICS:  IARU R-II EXEC COMMITTEE MEETS IN HARTFORD CT

The annual Executive Committee meeting of the International
Amateur Radio Union Region 2 was held in Hartford, Connecticut on
July 15 and 16 just.  This, just prior to the start of the ARRL
Centennial Convention.

At that gathering all annual reports were reviewed along with the
situation of each member society.  Future plans were also
discussed, and there were comments about the situation of amateur
radio, especially in region 2.

According to a news release, all those present were very satisfied
with the results of the gathering and confirmed their commitment
to continue working for the benefit of their respective member
societies and of amateur radio.  (IARU-R2)

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RADIO POLITICS:  EURAO HOLDS ANNUAL ASSEMBLY IN GERMANY

The European Radio Amateurs Organization held its 2014 annual
assembly at the recent Ham Radio gathering in Friedrichshafen,
Germany.  At the gathering, were delegates from Austria, Belgium,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France,
Hungary, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the UAE, United Kingdom, USA and, of
course the host country Germany.  The session is described as
having been a friendly international workshop where several new
projects were discussed.  Information on these is expected to be
released in the near future.  (EURAO release)

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SPECTRUM SHARING:  144 MHZ CHANNELS TO BE USED FOR THE UK
COMMONWEALTH GAMES

The Radio Society of Great Britain says that that four 25 kHz
bandwidth channels in the 2 meter band between 144.0 and 144.1 MHz
are being used at the Commonwealth Games that began on July 22nd
and will conclude on August 4th.  This following negotiations
between the United Kingdom s national amateur radio society and
telecommunications Ofcom.

Usage of this spectrum by the Commonwealth Games will be limited
the vicinity of Glasgow, Scotland games venues and will be limited
to handheld equipment operating on a maximum of 5 watts of
Effective Radiated Power.  Ofcom emphasizes that use of Primary
Amateur spectrum is only for the specified time period and does
not constitute a long term change of usage.

In making the announcement, Ofcom said that it was aware of the
very short notice to the United Kingdom's ham radio community.
Therefore the authorization for use of this spectrum is on a non-
interference, non-protection basis.  That said, hams in the
Glasgow area are requested to avoid these frequencies until 4th
August.  (RSGB, Ofcom, Southgate)

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RADIO RULES:  IRELANDS COMREG 5 YEAR AMATEUR RADIO LICENCE
NOTIFICATION PROCESS WILL REQUIRE E-MAIL

In June 2009, Ireland's telecommunications regulator ComReg,
introduced a new Amateur Station Licensing system. Under those
rules station licenses are granted for the lifetime of the
licensee with a condition that he or she check in with ComReg
every five years to confirm whether the details of the license are

correct.  Now, ComReg has begun notifying licensees who have held
their ham tickets for 5 years that their license detail
confirmation is required and informing them how to comply with
this license condition.

Correspondence to hams will be issued approximately 2 months
before the anniversary of the of the license issue date.  Those
with a registered e-mail address will be notified that way while
hams who have no registered e-mail will get theirs by postal mail.

The notifications will provide detailed instructions to each
license holder on how to make their returns which must be done via
ComReg?s e-licensing website.  As such this will require all hams
in Ireland to gain web access to provide ComReg with a valid e-
mail address.  (IRTS)

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HAM RADIO NEAR SPACE:  VK HAM RADIO FLOATER BALLOON REACHES BRAZIL

A small Australian high-altitude floater balloon?signing the call
VK3YT-8 reached South America and is now believed headed further
east.  Amateur Radio Newsline?s Stephan Kinford, N8WB, reports:

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The pico balloon was the idea of Andy Nguyen, VK3YT.  Along with
his support team, VK3YT launched the tiny balloon carrying amateur
radio tracking gear from central Victoria state in Australia on
Sunday, July 13th.

The balloon traveled eastward across the Pacific Ocean eventually
reaching the South American coastline.  It did not land, but
continued its trek East.  According to its last copied APRS data
it appeared to be at an altitude of about 29,000 feet and some 50
miles north of Brasilia.

The belief is that the floater balloon left the Brazilian coastal
line on the morning July 22nd and is continuing to fly eastward.
Where it will finally come to rest is at this time unknown but
some low-altitude floater balloons have been shown to have an
almost unlimited range.

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

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Floater balloons are usually those silverized party balloons that
hams equip with micropower APRS beacons that are either battery or
solar powered.  Those interested in this project can get the
latest information by putting the call VK3YT-8 into the APRS.FI
tracking website.  (VK3PC)

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DX UP FRONT:  ANGUILLA FROM JULY 19 TO AUGUST 3

In DX up-front, word that K3TRM, will be operational as VP2ERM
from?Anguilla through August 3rd.  Activity will be on the High
Frequency bands plus 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  Real-time
logging will be available on ClubLog.  QSL by direct or bureau to
his home callsign.  Electronic QSL?s via Oh QRS on ClubLog and
Logbook to the World.  Additional information will be available at
 www.k3trm.com?and on Twitter @k3trm.  (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  DIEGO GARCIA TWICE IN 2014 BY VQ9XR

N7XR is planning to be operational as VQ9XR from Diego Garcia at
least twice this year.  Right now his planned operations are for 3
weeks in August followed up by a 1 week trip in October or
November.  On both his activity will be focused on CW and RTTY.
QSL via NN1N, direct or electronically using Logbook to the World
only.  (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 Three Rivers Amateur Radio Club repeater serving Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania.

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC ISSUES TWO PROPOSED FINES FOR ALLEGED 20 METER
INTERFERENCE

Two hams have been issued of Notices of Apparent Liability to
Monetary Forfeiture.  This, for alleged interference to other
amateur service communications in the 20 meter band.

On July 22nd the FCC notified Michael Guernsey, KZ8O, of
Parchment, Michigan, that it was proposing to fine him $22,000
after agents monitored transmissions from his station for
approximately 40 minutes on March 7, 2014.  During that time the
FCC says that the agents heard him transmit a pre-recorded song
and other noises on the frequency of 14.313 MHz which interfered
with the communications of other radio amateurs.

Also on July 22nd the regulatory agency issued an $11,500 Notice
of Apparent Liability to Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon,
Pennsylvania.  In this case the FCC says that this past March 14th
that its agents spent three hours monitoring transmissions
purportedly emanating from K3VR is station.  At that time the
agents claim to have heard the station transmit slow-scan
television signals as well as a recorded voice transmission of
another amateur station.

KZ8O and K3VR were each given the customary 30 days from the date
the Notices of Apparent Liability were issued to pay the proposed
fines or to file written statements seeking reduction or
cancellation of the forfeitures.

In both cases the FCC says that its agents used radio direction-
finding techniques to locate the sources of the transmissions.
(FCC)

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RADIO FRIENDS:  DXCC MANAGER BILL MORE NC1L INJURED IN AUTO
ACCIDENT

Bill Kennamer, K5FUV, reports via the Daily DX bulletin that ARRL
DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, was seriously injured in an
automobile accident about two weeks ago.  His neck was broken,
leaving him paralyzed from his upper body down, with limited
movement of his arms.  Kennamer says that NC1L's recovery will be
difficult and slow, and is not expected to be total.

According to K5FUV, Bill would like to hear from his friends in
the ham radio community.  He is currently in the Mount Sinai Rehab
Hospital in Hartford, but cards and get well wishes should be sent
to his home address at 92 Reservoir Rd, Newington, Connecticut,
06111.

Bernie Mc Clenney, W3UR, who is the editor of the Daily DX says
that he knows that Bill and the family would greatly appreciate
your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  (Daily DX,
Southgate)

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RESCUE RADIO:  THREE HAMS AID IN INJURED HIKERS RESCUE

Three ham radio operators have been cited with aiding in the
rescue of a man injured on a Colorado backcountry hiking trail.

According to news reports, the Boulder County Sheriff's Office
said ham radio operator Bill Eberle, AB0MY, was hiking on the
Fourth of July Trail in Boulder County on Monday, July 21st when
he found a man who had been fallen and was hurt.  Eberele
contacted Ryan Fredrick, KD0TSZ, in Colorado Springs, who then
called 911 dispatchers in Boulder County to relay the message.
Meantime, Scott Whitehead, KA0QPT, with the Rocky Mountain Rescue
Group was able to contact Eberele and confirm the location of the
hiker and his injuries.

Dispatchers quickly sent rescuers from the Fire Protection
District, Rocky Mountain Rescue Group, an ambulance and the
Boulder County Sheriff Office to help.  The rescuers found the
injured man and brought him safely out.  Deputies involved in the
emergency callout noted that the ham radio operators were a huge
benefit to the rescuers.  (DailyCamera.com, other published news
reports)

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RADIO RULES:  FCC APPROVES WIFI SCHOOL EXPANSION

Schools across the nation are set to receive billions in federal
dollars to bring wi fi to more classrooms.  This as the Federal
Communications Commission on Friday, July 11th approved a new plan
that will spend $2 billion over a two year period to bring
increased wireless Internet capabilities to schools.  More is on
the web at tinyurl.com/In-school-broadband  (Published reports)

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RADIO READING:  JULY/AUGUST SATMAGAZINE AVAILABLE FOR FREE
DOWNLOAD

The July/August 2014 issue of the free professional publication
Sat Magazine features stories TechDemoSat, UKube-1 with its
FUNcube-2 boards and DX-1.  Also included is the publication OSCAR
News produced quarterly by AMSAT-UK.  The publication is available
for download in PDF format at tinyurl.com/july-2014-satmag
(Southgate)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: RCA TO PRESENT SPECIAL EMCOMM SESSION AT APCO NEW
ORLEANS


The Radio Club of America is sponsoring a special event during the
upcoming APCO Convention and Trade Show.  The Use of Amateur Radio
and Digital Technologies During the 2013 Colorado Floods is the name 
of the session will take place on Tuesday, August 5th from 7:00 to 
9:00 in Meeting Room R Z06 of New Orleans Convention Center in 
Louisiana.


The keynote Speaker is Douglas Sharp, K2AD, who serves as the
Director of Engineering at Oceus Networks, Inc..  Sharp is also
the current chair of the Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Clubs.
More information and a reservation form in PDF format is on the
web at tinyurl.com/rca-apco-2014  (RCA)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  THE WORLD ATV QSO PARTY AUGUST 29 ? 30

The 4th annual World Digital ATV QSO Party will be held on August
29th and 30th.?The event will have anchors in England, the United
States and Australia.  This will be a show and tell format that
uses a combination of direct inputs for those within range of
interconnected ATV repeaters and other contributions via Skype.
The entire session will be streamed by the British Amateur
Television Club.  (VK3PC)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  WA1ZMS AWARDED FIRST TEIENNIAL BRENDAN MEDAL

Some names in the news.  The Brendan Awards Committee has named
Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, to receive the first Triennial Brendan
Medal.  This, for his work on setting up and maintaining his 2
meter trans-Atlantic beacon system.  The medal was to be presented
to Justin by Irish Radio Transmitting Society President S?amus
McCague, EI8BP, during the recent ARRL Centennial Convention in
Hartford, Connecticut.  (IRTS)

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NAMES IN THE NEW:  ARRL CHIEF DEVELOPMENT MARY HOBART OFFICER TO
RETIRE

ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, has announced
her retirement, effective July 31st.  Hobart has served the League
for the past thirteen years and was the moving force behind the
creation of The Diamond Club, The Diamond Terrace, The Maxim
Society, the Second Century Campaign, and numerous other
initiatives.  This includes being one of the founders of the
successful Teachers Institutes for Wireless Technology.

According to the ARRL Letter, during Hurricane Katrina, Hobart
almost single handedly created the Ham Aid Program that provides
new gear to amateurs who have lost their equipment in disasters.
And in his tribute to K1MMH in the August issue of QST Magazine,
ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said that
because of her efforts and those of her staff, she has raised
millions of dollars for the ARRL and, ultimately, for the benefit
of Amateur Radio.  (ARRL)

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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:

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  RING IN DEVELOPMENT AT MIT WILL HELP THE
BLIND TO READ
?
When we think of communications usually the words radio or
broadband tend to come into our mind.  But for those who are
blind, getting access to the printed word makes communications
take on a more far reaching meaning.  Amateur Radio Newslines
Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has the details of a new development that
holds a lot of promise in this area:

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Over the years several devices have been devised to assist the
blind to read text.  The problem is that most have been fairly
large or they require some form of scanner coupled to a computer.
Now comes word of a totally new and wearable unit developed by the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab promises far more
flexibility to those who cannot see.

The device, which is still in its prototype stage, is being called
the Finger Reader.  A tiny camera at the tip of the wearers?
finger converts text into audio.  The ring scanner also has the
ability to track when the users finger goes off the line of text
with alert that vibrates the ring.
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A market-ready version of the Finger Reader is still quite some
time off, and there is no price point set on it yet.  But the
researchers believe it could be made available at a reasonable
cost to consumers when it does eventually go on sale.

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

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Our thanks to Hap Holly, KC9RP, of the Radio Amateur Information
Network for this information.  (KC9RP, RAIN)

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HAM RADIO TECHNOLOGY:  FIRST TRANSATLANTIC DECODE OF THE OPERA
BEACON ON 6 METERS

A 6 meter beacon operating using a digital format has been heard
over a 3664 mile path.  On Monday, July 21st David Gaytko, WD4KPD,
located in Washington, North Carolina, was able to hear and
decode the beacon transmission from Graham Brown, G0NBD, at a
signal strength of -18 dB.  The transmitting station used the
Opera mode Oh P with a 60 second transmit time pre-set for the 6
meter band.  (Southgate)

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WORLDBEAT:  JAPAN DX 2014 AUGUST 23 IN TOKYO

In news from around the world, the 2014 Japan DX Meeting will be
held on Saturday, August 23rd, in Tokyo at the Time 24 building
near the city's Telecom Center.  Sessions will include information
on the FT5ZM operation by LA6VM, the 4U1ITU expedition by OM1AM
and at least one other prominent speaker.  The gathering will end
with a DX Dinner Party and Lottery.  More information is available
at tinyurl.com/japan-dx-2014  (JDXM-2014)

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WORLDBEAT:  HAMFEST INDIA 2014 NOVEMBER 8 - 9

If you might be planning a trip to India this fall then be aware
that Hamfest India 2014?will be held November 8th and 9th in the
city of Hyderabad.  This years gathering will focus on the topics
of antennas, DXing, operating and homebrewing with a number of
interesting sessions hosted by both experts in each field.  For
more information as well as online registrations take your web
browser to www.hamfestindia.in  (VU3RSB)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  AMSAT FOX-1C LAUNCH OPPORTUNITY ANNOUNCED

AMSAT has announced a launch opportunity for the Fox-1C cubesat in
the third quarter of 2015.  To accomplish this, AMSAT has teamed
with Spaceflight Inc. for integration and launch into a sun-
synchronous orbit using Spaceflight's SHERPA launch and deployment
system.

Fox-1C will carry an FM repeater system for use by radio hams and
to gain reports from listeners worldwide.  Further details on the
satellite and launch will be made available as soon more
information is released.  (AMSAT)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  VUSAT VO-52 GOES QRT

After close to a decade of operation, India's VUSat OSCAR-52 has
gone silent.  Launched to orbit in 2005, the micro bird was slated
to last only one year but surprised designers and controllers by
operating more than nine years on-orbit.  In making the
announcement the Indian Space Research Organization said that most
likely the demise of VO-52 was caused by the complete failure of
the satellites lithium-ion batteries.  (ISRO)

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ON THE AIR:  ROMANIAN WEB SITE SPECIAL EVENT

On the air, keep a lookout for special event station YR10RRO to be
active from now through August 3rd.  This to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of the launch of the Romanian ham radio web
site Radioamator.ro.  Hams making contact with YR10RRO and
accumulating a certain number of points will be eligible to claim
a special award.  Full information is at tinyurl.com/romanian-web-
contest  (OPDX, Southgate)

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DX

In DX, listen out for 5H1NE from?Zanzibar Island , Tanzania
through August 6th.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF
bands using SSB only.  QSL via IK2DUW.

ZL1MGA is now active as YJ0MG from Espiritu Santo Island Vanutu
but the length of his stay is not known.  So far his operations
have mainly between on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

DL7VOA will be active stroke eye 5 from Tuscany, Italy, between
August 11th and the 21st.  This will be a holiday style operation
mainly during the evening and night hours on 40 through 10 meters.
QSL via DL7VOA either direct or via the bureau.

OZ0J will be active stroke KH0 from Saipan's Island Rental
Shack?between August 26th and September 2nd.  Operations will be
on all possible bands between 80 and 6 meters using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. All QSOs will be uploaded to ClubLog once a day
depending on the Internet connection. QSL OZ0 either direct or via
the bureau.

JH1NBN will be active as C21BN from Nauru between July 27th and
August 16th. Operations will be on 80 through 6 meters SSB using
simple antennas with 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign.

Lastly, members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society will once
again be active as A43MI from Masirah Island between August 7th
through the 11th.  Operations will be on the High Frequency bands
using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.  QSL via A47RS, either direct
or via the bureau.

(This weeks DX information courtesy of the Ohio-Penn DX
Newsletter)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  LARGEST COLLINS RADIO AM SHORTWAVE TRANSMITTER
SAVED FROM EXTINCTION

And finally this week, a historic radio transmitter has been saved
from the scrap-heap thanks to three organizations who worked
diligently to preserve it.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash,
N5ASH, has the story with a happy ending:

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The announced transfer of the Voice of America?broadcasting
station in Delano California to the General Services
Administration for disposal had potentially sealed the fate of the
last compete Collins Model 821A-1 250,000 watt High Frequency
Autotune transmitters in the world.

Meantime the?Collins Collectors Association and the Antique
Wireless Association had formalized an alliance named the Collins
Radio Heritage Group.  Hearing of the potential loss of the
transmitter the latter working in cooperation with members of the
Arthur A. Collins Legacy Association began campaigning to save
some of the significant historical artifacts related to the Delano
Voice of America transmitter site.

In December of 2013 a proposal was submitted to the Voice of
America and the Government Services Administration to recover,
preserve and display the transmitter and the studio control
console from the Delano site.  This past May the proposal was
approved and recovery began.   The effort was recently completed
with the transmitter, studio board and other associated remote
gear being removed and shipped to the Antique Wireless
Association Museum in Bloomfield New York where they will be
displayed.

Im Skeetrer Nash, N5ASH,

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A future vision of the groups involved in saving the transmitter
include coordinated displays in both Bloomfield, New York and
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with live streaming video and audio connecting
both locations.

(Press release)

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