Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1931 - August 15 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1931 with a release
date of August 15 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Ham Radio to fly around the moon
before years end; France says yes to direct student to
astronaut contacts; a 40 meter intruder leaves the airwaves;
the FCC extends mandatory texting to 911 service; an amateur
radio club honors the Civilian Conservation Corps and  a
special event to celebrate the first ever contact between
the United Kingdom and New Zealand.  All this and more on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1931
coming your way right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE: HAM RADIO TO FLY AROUND THE MOON

The Southgate News says that towards the end of the year,
radio amateurs will have the opportunity to receive what
might just be the ultimate DX.  This, from a ham radio
payload transmitting the data mode JT65B as it flies around
the Moon.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
reports:

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According to AMSAT-UK, China is planning to send a lunar
orbiter around the Moon carrying a battery powered ham radio
payload known as 4M-LXS.  The amateur radio payload will
transmit a JT65B signal on 145.990 MHz which can be decoded
by radio amateurs using the free W-J-S-T software.

The orbiter is one of the test models for pre-mission
testing of Beijing's new lunar probe called Chang'e-5.  When
finally launched, Chang'e 5 will be tasked with landing on
the moon, collecting samples and returning to Earth.

For the initial test, the orbiter will be launched into
Lunar Transfer Orbit then will perform a flyby around the
Moon while sending data back home.  After that it will make
a return trip to our world and re-enter the Earth's
atmosphere after 9 days.

The launch of this ham radio orbiter is planned for 4th
quarter 2014, and is aimed at testing the technologies that
are vital for the success of the later Chang'e-5 round trip
Lunar flight.

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

--

The orbiter has already arrived at  the Xichang Satellite
Launch Center.  As soon as an exact launch date is announced
we will let you know.  More on this story is posted at amsat-
uk.org.
(Southgate, AMSAT-UK, xinhaunet.com)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  FRANCE SAYS YES TO DIRECT STUDENT TO
ISS CONTACTS

Students in classrooms in France will finally be permitted
to talk directly to ham radio astronauts and cosmonauts on
the International Space Station.  Amateur radio Newsline's
Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has more:

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Until now, the French administration had been very
restrictive.  For direct ARISS school communications the
operator of the ham radio station leading the contact had to
read the questions prepared by the students.  The kids were
not allowed on the air.  And even this was considered as
being third party traffic but was tolerated by the French
regulatory authority.

But it all changed on July 16th when French State Secretary
for Digital Affairs, Axelle Lemaire, responded to a request
by the Deputy of the Haute-Vienne Province, Daniel
Boiserrie, authorizing French students to participate
directly in ARISS educational school contacts.  This, as
long as they are made under the supervision of a licensed
amateur radio operator.

Since the dawning of the manned ham radio in space program
most European countries allow students to participate
directly in ARISS school contacts under the supervision of a
licensed amateur.  Until now, the only exception was France.
Notwithstanding years and years of efforts, French
schoolchildren had no access to the microphone for direct
amateur radio communications with the ISS. The letter from
the Secretary of State in charge of telecommunications now
changes the game.

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

--

At airtime it's not known when the first of these direct to
students in France contacts will take place.  (ARISS, ANS)

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INTRUDER WATCH:  IARUMS SAYS 40 METER TRESPASSER GONE

The International Amateur Radio Monitoring Service, more
commonly known as the IARUMS reports the transmissions on 7
dot 166 MHz, believed to be from the French Centre for
Telecommunication and Specialized Data Processing have
ceased.  The latest Monitoring Service newsletter says that
contact was established with the relevant administrative
body and it was explained to them the primary status of the
allocation to amateur service of the frequency band from 7
dot 000 to 7 dot 200 MHz.  This approach was successful and
transmissions ceased on July 7th.  (IARUMS - R1)

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DX UP FRONT:  NEW THREE DGIT THAI LICENSE ISSUED

In other DX news up front, E21EIC has told the Ohio Penn DX
Newsletter that he has received a special permit and license
E2A contest callsign to use from Thailand.  The call is good
until December 31st but he can renew it every year.  QSLs
must be requested via the OQRS on ClubLog or E21EIC on
Logbook of the World.  (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  CRETE FROM AUGUST 24 TO SEPTEMBER 7

Also listen out for LZ3FN operating stroke SV9 from Crete
between August 24th
and September 7th. Activity will be on all bands, mainly CW.
He plans to also operate in the Y-Oh DX High Frequency
Contest on August 30th and the 31st. QSL via LZ1PM.  (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 W9QVE repeater of the Argonne Amateur Radio
Club serving Elmhurst Illinois.

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RESCUE RADIO:  FCC MANDATES TEXT-TO-911 SERVICE TO ALL U.S.
WIRELESS CARRIERS

On Friday, July 8th the Federal Communications Commission
voted to require all of the U.S.'s cell phone carriers and
popular messaging applications to allow users to text 911
when in need of an emergency response.

The FCC's text-to-911 requirements will apply to mobile
carriers and to interconnected text-messaging providers that
enable consumers to send text messages to and from U.S.
phone numbers. The rules will also apply to so-called over-
the-top phone applications that support texting to and from
phone numbers, but not to messaging applications that only
support communications among users of social media and on-
line games.

Since 2012, customers using AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-
Mobil have been able use text-to-911 service following a
voluntary agreement between the companies and the FCC.
However the recent FCC decision will require smaller,
regional carriers to follow suit by the end of the year.
(FCC, published news reports)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC PROPOSES $100,000 FINE TO PHONE COMPANY
THAT FAILED TO PROPERLY FORWARD 911 EMERGENCY CALLS

Calling the 911 service the single most critical tool for
citizen emergency communications, on Monday, August 4th the
FCC has levied a 100,000 Notice of Apparent Liability to the
Hinton Telephone Company of Hinton, Oklahoma.  This, for its
alleged failure to properly route these life saving calls to
the proper destination.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Davis
reports:

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In proposing the fine the FCC says that the American public
universally relies on 911 in a time of crisis.  When there
is an emergency, citizens can, should, and do trust that
when they dial 911, someone will answer the phone.

The regulatory agency says that the Hinton Telephone Company
of Hinton, Oklahoma, Inc. undermined that trust and betrayed
its customers when for several months in 2013 it apparently
routed 911 calls from Caddo County, Oklahoma, to an
automated AT&T operator message which instructed callers to
"hang up and dial 911" if their call is an emergency.  That
trust was further betrayed when Hinton allegedly continued
to allow 911 calls to be routed to the automated message for
three months after the company discovered the problem.

According to the FCC, the company returned the system to
functionality only after being contacted by the agency's
investigators and directed to do so.  This says the FCC is a
betrayal that in its view is particularly egregious and
dangerous for a rural community like Caddo County, Oklahoma,
whose residents may be far from help and most in need of
reliable and efficient emergency communications.

The Commission says that its 911 rules are intended to
ensure that emergency calls are routed properly and always
result in contact with public safety personnel.  It says
that the Hinton Telephone Company Inc. apparently failed to
use reasonable judgment in routing its Caddo County
customers' 911 calls, willfully and repeatedly violating the
FCC rules, and there-by created a significant threat to the
life and property of residents.  This says the FCC that this
is unconscionable and in its view warrants a substantial
penalty in the form of the proposed $100,000 fine.

I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.

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The Hinton Telephone Company of Hinton, Oklahoma, was given
the customary thirty calendar days after the release date of
the Notice of Apparent Liability to pay the full or to file
a written statement seeking reduction or cancellation of the
proposed forfeiture.  (FCC)

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SWL CORNER:  SW RADIO AFRICA IS CLOSED

S W Radio Africa, known as the independent voice of
Zimbabwe, has announced its last broadcast took place on
August 10th.  According to a management post at the stations
website, there are a few key archive programs on the main
page for the interest of their listeners until the site is
taken down.  They also add that their thirteen year sound
archive will be hosted by archive.org and as soon as that
becomes accessible they will get the word out to listeners.
(Southgate)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  2014 D-DAR QSO PARTY SEPTEMBER 19 - 21

The 2014 D-STAR QSO Party will take place starting Friday
September 19th at 00:00 UTC and running through Sunday, the
21st at 24:00 UTC.  The goal of the D-STAR QSO Party is to
communicate through as many D-STAR repeaters as possible
around the world during the contest period.  All operators
who submit an approved log will be eligible for the prize
drawing with 10 lucky winners randomly selected to each win
a great prize.  Full details of this event is on the web at
tinyurl.com/2014-DSTAR-QSO-PARTY.  (ICOM)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  AMATEUR RADIO CLUB HONORS CIVILIAN
CONSERVATION CORPS

On Saturday, July 9th the Lawton-Ft. Sill Oklahoma Amateur
Radio Club honored the history of the Civilian Conservation
Corps.  This with a special event held in the Wichita
Mountain Wildlife Refuge.

Santos Rubio, KB5MQL, is the special events coordinator for
the club.  He said amateur radio and the history of the
Civilian Conservation Corps are intertwined.

According to Rubio, in the past each one of the Civilian
Conservation Corps companies had a radio operator and since
they didn't have telephones, or cell phones like we do
today.  In order to communicate back home they used amateur
radio, adding that much of it using Morse code.

After the set up was completed the club demonstrated ham
radio to those attending.  Some 20 contacts were completed
during that presentation.  (KC5FM)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  WEBCAST OF HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST AUGUST 16 -
17

The Huntsville Hamfest is taking place as this newscast goes
to air but if you cannot be there in person there's another
way to join in on the fun and excitement.  This, thanks to
Tom Medlin, W-5-K-U-B, who is streaming the gathering on
August 16th and 17th over the Internet at W5KUB.com.

During the Huntsville Hamfest, Tom will interview vendors
regarding their latest products.  He will also have several
special guests including several ham radio operators from
all over the world.  .

Once again, that's the Huntsville Hamfest, taking place
August 16th and 17th live at w5kub.com  on the world-wide-
web.  And if you are on Facebook you are invited to join
Toms group simply by putting W5KUB into the search bar.
(W5KUB)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  RADIO SWEDEN'S GEORGE WOOD RETIRES

Some names in the news,  Famed Radio Sweden international
broadcast personality George Wood has retired.  According to
a posting on his Facebook page on Friday, August 8th, that
was his final day at the international broadcaster.

Wood began as a freelance reporter at Radio Sweden in 1975.
Following the retirement of Arne Skoog in 1978 he took over
the writing and presenting of the program Sweden Calling
DXers and its successor MediaScan.   In 1994 MediaScan
became the first radio program in Sweden and the second in
Europe to have its audio posted on the Internet.

In addition to his on the air duties, Wood has been Radio
Sweden's Webmaster since Swedish Radio's first website
launched in 1995.  (Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  DL7UXG NEW EDITOR OF DXNL

Johannes Amchiewicz, DK8JB, has announced that he will
retire as editor of the German-based DX Newsletter or DXNL.
DK8JB took over as editor three years ago and has been
supported by Klaus Poles, DL7UXG, who oversaw the Islands on
the Air reporting.  It is now reported that Poels will be
the new editor of the weekly DX information publication with
support by Friedrich zur Hellen, DL4BBH.  DL4BBH will be
responsible for Islands on the Air and other special areas
of interest.  (DARC, Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  COMMISSIONER PAI AT UPCOMMING NAB RADIO
SHOW

National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon
Smith will engage in a one-on-one chat with FCC
Commissioner Ajit Pai.  This, the annual Radio Luncheon at
the upcoming joint 2014 NAB and Radio Advertising Bureau
gathering slated for September 10th to the 12th
in Indianapolis. Indiana.

Commissioner Pai has been very outspoken on just about every
aspect of broadcasting and telecommunications since his
appointment back in 2012.  He and Smith are expected to
discuss communications policy and how it affects free, local
radio broadcasting.   (TalkMedia)

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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:  LITHIUM CARBON BATTERIES MAY OFFER
HIGHER ENERGY PORTABLE POWER SOURCE

Yet another new type of battery is on its way that holds
promise for more power capacity in a small space.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has the details:

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The journal known as Nature Scientific reports on a new
chapter in the development of very high energy rechargeable
batteries.  This using a system called Insitu Induced
Fluorination of a Carbon Nanotube Cathode are in
development.

According to the report, the advantages of using carbon are
that it is cost-effective, safe to use, and the energy
output is five to eight times higher than lithium-ion
batteries currently on the market.  This new battery
technology also performs better than two other future
technologies being explored.  These are lithium-sulfur
batteries and lithium-air batteries.

The research team developed the new battery technology for
energy storage using carbon nano-materials and a process
called induced fluorination.  They claim that among other
things that the  induced-fluorination technology could be
used to produce cellphone batteries that would charge faster
and last longer.

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

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You can read an in-depth article on the work to develop
these new high performance batteries at tinyurl.com/lithium-
carbon-future.  (nextbigfuture.com)

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HAM RADIO TO SPACE: NASA ANNOUNCES NEXT OPPORTUNITY FOR
CUBESAT SPACE MISSIONS

NASA is opening the next round of its CubeSat Launch
Initiative.  This, as part of the White House Maker
Initiative which is an effort to engage the growing
community of space enthusiasts that can contribute to NASA's
space exploration goals.

Applicants must submit their proposals electronically by
4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 25th.  NASA will select
the payloads by February 6th, 2015, but selection does not
guarantee a launch opportunity.  Chosen experiments will be
slated to be flown as auxiliary payloads on agency launches
or be deployed from the International Space Station
beginning in 2015 and running through 2018.

The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and
faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development
experience in the process of designing, building and
operating small research satellites.  It also provides a low-
cost pathway to space for research in the areas of science,
exploration, technology development, education or operations
consistent with NASA's Strategic Plan.  It must be noted
that NASA does not provide funding for the development of
these small satellites and this opportunity is open only to
U.S. non-pro?t organizations and accredited educational
organizations.

To date, NASA has selected 114 CubeSats from 29 states, 17
of which have already been launched.  Nine more CubeSats are
scheduled to go into space in the next 12 months

For additional information about NASA's CubeSat Launch
Initiative program, visit nasa.gov/cubesats  (NASA)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  CALL FOR PAPERS FOR AMSAT SPACE
SYMPOSIUM

A first call has been issued for presentations to be made at
the 2014 AMSAT Annual Meeting and Space Symposium.
Proposals for papers, symposium presentations and poster
presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the
amateur satellite community.

Abstracts and papers should be sent as soon as possible to
Dan Schultz at n8fgv (at amsat (dot) org.  The final copy
must be submitted by September 15th for inclusion in the
printed proceedings.

The symposium will be held on the weekend of October 10th to
the 12th at the
DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton, located at Baltimore-Washington
International Airport in Baltimore, Maryland.   (ANS)

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RADIOSPORTS:  YOUTH ORIENTED EUROPEAN RADIO TEAM
CHAMPIONSHIP  2014 FINAL RESULTS PUBLISHED

The IARU Region 1 website site has published the results of
the recent youth oriented European Radiosport Team
Championship.

ERTC 2014 was held in Finland one week after the World
Radiosport Team Championship in the United States.  In ERTC
fifteen three person youth teams were seated in one room in
front of computers and connected to a global amateur radio
simulator over the internet in a virtual reality setting.

When the dust settled, the team of OK2SVA, OK1NOR and OK1JD
from the Czech Republic took home the Gold Medal.  Italy's
IZ6TSA, IT9RGY and IT9DBF took the Silver with Estonia's
ES1XQ, ES5-TA and ES6AXS awarded the Bronze.

In all, the 2014 European Radiosport Team Championship
attracted hundreds of young licensed radio amateurs within
the forty-four participating  countries.  More background on
this event including team scores is at tinyurl.com/ertc-2014
(IARU-R1)

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ON THE AIR:  BATTLE OF ARNHEM SEPTEMBER 1 - 28

P-A-zero-F-A-W will activate special event station PA44AH
between September 1st and the 28th.  This to commemorate the
World War 2 Battle of Arnhem.  The operation will primarily
use CW and the Digital modes but there is the possibly some
SSB.  QSL via PA0AW and SWL reports are also very welcome.
The complete story of the Battle of Arnhem can be found on
the web at tinyurl.com/4zweod.  (OPDX, Southgate Wikipedia)

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DX

In DX, four operators will be active as RI1O and R7AL/1 from
Morzhovets Island between August 15th and the 17th.  Their
operations will be on the High Frequency bands only.  QSL
R1O via R7AA and R7AL/1 direct or by the Bureau.

JH1UVV will be on the air as T88UN from the West Plaza by
the Sea Hotel rental shack on Koror Island between August
28th to the 31st.  Activity will be holiday style on the HF
bands. QSL cards go via his home callsign only. No
electronic QSL's will be available for this one.

EA5IDQ will be on the air signing 9H3JA from Malta between
September 18th to the 25th. Activity will be holiday style
on 40 through 10 meters using SSB and the digital modes. QSL
via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau.

JH3LSS, will be operational as A52LSS from different areas
in Bhutan between September 4th through the 10th.  Activity
will be on the High Frequency bands using CW, SSB and the
Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign or electronically
using Logbook to the World.

M5RI and G8DX will be operational as GJ8DX from Jersey
between October 29th and November 4th.  Activity will be on
all bands using CW, SSB and RTTY with a focus on the 30, 17
and 12 meter bands. QSL using Logbook to the World, ClubLog
Oh-QRS or direct to G8DX.  Cards sent to the bureau will not
be answered.

(This weeks DX News courtesy of OPDX)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  COMMEMORATING FIRST TWO-WAY CONTACT
BETWEEK THE UK ANS ZL

And finally this week the RSGB reports that the special
event station 2SZ will be on the air from North London from
October 11th to the 18th.  This to celebrate the first two
way radio communication between the United Kingdom and New
Zealand.

On October 18, 1924, the first radio communication contact
between the UK and New Zealand took place between 2SZ at the
Mill Hill School and 4AA in Shag Valley, South Island, New
Zealand.  The contact attracted the attention of the
national press and was reported in the Daily Mail newspaper
on October 21, 1924.

To commemorate the 90th anniversary of this historic
contact, radio amateurs at stations in Mill Hill School and
Shag Valley will recreate the first contact, hopefully on a
wavelength close to that was used in 1924. The
callsign 2SZ will be used at Mill Hill School in the UK from
October 11th to the 18th and GB2NZ will be operational from
September 20 to October 18.

This is believed to be only the second time that the U K
regulator Ofcom has permitted radio amateurs to use three
character callsigns to commemorate a special event. The
first was way back in December 2001 when 2MT was used in
Chelmsford, Essex to celebrate the centenary of Marconi's
reception of a transatlantic radio signal.  (Southgate,
RSGB)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

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I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Victoria, Texas, saying 73 and
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