Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1932 - August 22 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1932 with a release
date of August 22   2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Hams in Hawaii are ready as
tropical storms head their way; The Global Amateur Radio
Emergency Conference looks at the future; Ham radio gets the
message through when all else fails; a new microsat is hand
launched from the I-S-S and the story of a retirement
community that has adopted ham radio.  Find out the details
are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1932 coming
your way right now.

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Hams in Hawaii were once again ready as Tropical Storm
Iselle made landfall on the Big Island on Friday, August
8th.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with the
details of how radio amateurs on the Island State were ready
for this severe weather event:


As soon as hams on Hawaii were informed that Hurricane
Iselle was headed toward them, preparations for its arrival


AH6RH: "We figured that there would be landfall in about 10
days, so we already began to put out the word and the
preparation.  The baseline plan was to run our
communications over a common channel on VHF and UHF.  We
have a statewide repeater system for that.  So the National
Weather Service and SKYWARN people would take the lead and
state Civil Defense and county Civil Defense in case there
was storm damage on any particular island."


That's Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, who serves as both Hawaii State
RACES coordinator and Emergency Coordinator for ARES.  He
tells Amateur Radio Newsline that everything was in
readiness when Iselle made its closest approach:


AH6RH:  "As the storm approached the Big Island it
approached as a category 1  Hurricane and then just off
shore it fizzled out a little bit to a very, very high end
tropical storm.  It hung off shore for 5 � hours and in the
process the brutal winds and the punishing rains ground down
on the South-East coast of the Big Island and they took
quite a beating over there."


As a result of the storm, some 21,900 residents were without
electric power.  And landline and cellular service was down
in some area.  But ham radio kept the emergency responders
in communications with one another:


AH6RH:  "The governor had previously declared an emergency.
With that declaration we were able to activate our repeater
on the top of Mauna Kea.  That single repeater covered about
2/3 of the island and provided communications for a lot of
the people.

"The county brought up their volunteers.  Many of them are
CERT members and a lot are amateur radio operators and they
used that repeater to keep in touch.


It took about 10 days for things to settle back to normal
with all power and telephone service restored as we go to
air.  Hashiro says a lot of the success of the ham radio
response is that all hams who work as emergency responders
do so together for a common goal:


AH6RH: " We all work cooperatively together.  We do not make
a strong distinction between SKYWARN, ARES or RACES.  We all
work together and very often it's the same leaders who are
serving in different capacities at different times.

"But we do want to stress interoperability between all
amateur radio groups.  Because Hawaii being the most
populated area in the most remote part of the world, should
anything adverse happen we all have to rely on each other.
We all have to back each other up and amateur radio is a big
component of that plan."


AH6RH adds that he wants to give a lot of credit for this
well planned response to Paul Agamata, WH6FM, who organized
the amateur radio response on Hawaii's Big Island.  Hashiro
says that it was because of WH6FM, that the Big Island was
prepared for the arrival of Tropical Storm Iselle and for
the area's recovery.

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


All in all, a job well done by a group of radio amateurs who
are always ready to expect the unexpected.  (ARNewsline)



The recent Global Amateur Radio Emergency
Communication conference, or GAREC 2014 held in Huntsville
Alabama held just prior to the Huntsville Hamfest shared
many informative presentations, videos and discussions on
recent experiences plus some media interest.  This while
looking at the future of ham radio emergency communications

GAREC 2014 was hosted by ARRL Alabama Section and the
Huntsville Hamfest and was attended by delegates from all
three International Amateur Radio Union regions.  Organizer
Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, said that besides routine items such as
IARU regional reports that presentations were received on
many topics.  These included Emergency Communications as an
element of promoting Amateur Radio along with the Salvation
Army's SATERN program and digital modes and remote control
operation.  Other presentations included the United States
Defense Department use of the Military Affiliate Radio
Service for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief, and
a combined Emergency Services Dispatch Centre providing
interoperable communications.

During the conference a number of themes began to emerge.
These included the importance of meaningful conversations
with served agencies to ensure that their communications
needs are met.  Another was to focus attention on Amateur
Radio as a trusted partner in emergency response in all
phases of the communications life cycle.  Also topic taken
under advisement was use of social media as way to send near
real-time information on an event.  This as long as doing so
does not compromise amateur radio's relationships with
served agencies.

All presentations will soon appear on line at  The next and 10th GAREC will be
in Tampere, Finland in June of 2015.  (VK3PC, GAREC 2014)


(Note: Guff is Pronounced Guff)

It was ham radio to the rescue on when an important message
from remote Gough Island to the South Africa's Department of
Environmental Affairs could not be sent as the normal lines
of communications were down.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Stephan Kinford, N8WB, is here with the details:


The story really began this past February when  Pierre
Tromp, ZS1HF, volunteered to go to Gough Island after a
member of the Gough Team had passed away on the island.
Tromp was then transported to Gough Island where he was
assigned the call sign ZD9M.

Over the weekend of August 9th, a serious incident occurred
on the island. As the Satellite Phone connection to the
African continent had been poor since the first week of
August, ZD9M decided to use ham radio to contact Trevor
Brinch, ZS1TR for relay of the information back to Cape

While the text was not made public, the message contained
836 words and was sent a few at a time and repeated back for
confirmation.  The entire process took about 1 hour 45
minutes to transfer via High Frequency radio.  During this
time the two stations were forced to alternate between 20
and 30 meters as conditions were fading in and out on both
bands.  After confirmation of the content of the message it
was retyped into e-mail format and successfully sent to the
listed recipients.

Another example of amateur radio being able to get the
message delivered when all others methods fail.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinfod, N8WB,


Gough Island is located in the South Atlantic Ocean and is
uninhabited except for the personnel of a weather
station which the South African National Antarctic
Program has maintained continually since 1956. That makes it
one of the most remote places on Earth with a constant human
presence.  (SARL)



The Chasqui-1 amateur radio satellite has been successfully
deployed from the International Space Station during a space-
walk by two Russian Cosmonauts .

,At 14:00 UTC on August 18th Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg
Artemyev opened the hatch of the docking module to start
their space walk or EVA.  The tiny satellite was
successfully deployed by Artemyev about 23 minutes later.

Chasqui-1 is a research satellite designed to standard
CubeSat dimension by the Peruvian National University of
Engineering in collaboration with the Southwestern State
University in Kursk.  Experiments on-board include a cameras
that visible light and another that detects only infra-red.

The tiny bird carries a beacon on 437.025 MHz that can
transmit either 1200 bit per second Audio Frequency Shift
keying using AX.25 protocol or 9600 bits per second Gaussian
Minimum Shift Keying better known as GMSK.  (AMSAT UK)



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W6RHC repeater serving Chico, California.

(5 sec pause here)



The FCC has turned down a Petition for Reconsideration of a
$15,000 Notice of Apparent Liability filed by Walter Olenick
and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick of Austin Texas.  This, in regard
to an unlicensed broadcast station that agents of the
Enforcement Bureau had previously traced to their residence.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has this
latest follow-up report:


This story goes back to August 12, 2013 when an agent from
the FCC's Enforcement Bureau's Houston Office used direction-
finding to locate the source of a radio signal on 90.1 MHz
to an antenna atop a tower mounted to the side of an
apartment building in the city of Austin.   Ownership of
both the building and tower were traced to Walter Olenick
and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick at that address.

On September 6, 2013, the Houston Office issued Mr. and Mrs.
Olenick a warning letter, which advised them that the
operation of an unlicensed radio station from their property
violated the Communications Act.

In their reply, the Olenick's did not deny that they owned
the apartment building and operated the unlicensed radio
station from it.  Rather they stated that the FCC agent did
not have permission or consent to enter the premises.

They also stated that because they had no commercial nexus
with the Commission, they did not consent, directly or by
any implication, to the Commission's policies, procedures,
or jurisdiction.  They also implied that they do not
consider themselves subject to the laws of the United States
and stated they expect any future communications to come
from the International Bureau only after a treaty to which
they are "signators" is signed.

But in its findings the FCC noted that it has every right to
observe from common grounds and that it also had the
authority to regulate radio transmissions within the state
of Texas.  With that it gave the Olnicks the customary 30
days from the February 19th issuance of the proposed $15,000
fine to pay or to file an appeal.

This past June 3rd the FCC affirmed the previously issued
Notice of Apparent Liability.  In doing so the FCC said that
Section 301 of the Communications Act explicitly sets forth
Commission's jurisdiction over all radio transmissions, both
interstate and intrastate.  At that time the Olenick's were
again given the 30 days from the release of the order
affirming the fine to pay it or to file any form of appeal
which they apparently did.  On August 19th in a Memorandum,
Opinion and Order the FCC denied the Olenick's Petition for

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in
Victoria, Texas.


The Olnicks' were again told that payment is due within 30
calendar days after the release date of the Memorandum
Opinion and Order.  Whether or not the Olnicks' will
continue the appeals process or possibly take the matter
into the Federal court system is unknown as we go to air.



The FCC has denied a June 19, 2013 request from Del Norte
County, California that it be permitted to un-narrowband its
radio system back to its 25 kHz channels.

In its filing, the County had claimed that its narrowband
system had reduced critical coverage by 40 percent.  Also
that three to five additional towers would be needed to
restore it to its capability.  Noting that the County had
only 30,000 people and no spectrum congestion, it asked to
be permitted to return to wideband operation.

But in declining the request the FCC noted that among other
reasons, that the county would eventually experience a less
reliable system.  Also that the wider-bandwidth equipment
would become obsolete.  (LMR Radio Group, WA6ILQ)



Volume 2 issue 1 of the free radio astronomy publication
RAGazine is now available for download.  This edition
includes articles on such topics as an introduction to
objects that can be detected by the amateur radio
astronomer, a simple Digital Interferometer, the quarterly
VLF observing report and much more.  You can download this
and previous issues at  (Southgate)



Despite software issues the World Digital A-T-V Party will
go ahead as scheduled.

While most activity in this global event is based around
Amateur Radio ATV frequencies, the Internet-based Skype
connection service is used for Interstate and International
connections.  However Skype is currently grandfathering out
older versions of its software and the new version do not
support import video from USB Dongles such as EzCap.  These
are the devices used to take the output video as received
from the ATV Repeater and send it to the remote anchor
station.  Peter Cossins, VK3BFG, appears to have found a
temporary work around, but it will be dependant on the
administrators of Skype and their timetable.

Either way, the event will take place on Friday August 29
and Saturday August 30 Melbourne Australia time.  In the
United States the W6A-N Amateur Television Network in
southern California will be taking part.  Also, the British
Amateur Television Club will be streaming the event on its
website at   (VK3PC)



Some names in the news.  First up is Shaikh Sadaqathullah,
VU2SDU, who was recently featured in the August 11th edition
of India's Trinity Mirror Evening English language
newspaper.  According to the article, VU2SDU, who has a rare
blood group, started donating blood in 1993 at the
suggestion of VU2HMN.  She told him one of her relatives
with the same rare blood group was to undergo heart surgery.
You can read the entire story at by
using the search argument VU2SDU.  (Southgate, Trinity
Mirror News)



Back in the United States, Dave Anthony, AC2CM, a member of
the Oswego County New York Emergency Communicators and Radio
Amateur Civil Emergency Service has been honored with the
2014 Service Award.  This, for his dedication to the amateur
radio group that helps government agencies with emergency
communications needs.

AC2CM has been a member of the group since 2006.  Since then
he has participated in numerous RACES activations that
provided reliable communications between responding
agencies, field to field and field to base locations.  As a
RACES volunteer, Anthony often works at the Joint
Information Center during the county's nuclear power plant
exercises.  More about Dave Anthony, AC2CM, and his
volunteer efforts is on the web at



Katie Allen, WY7YL of Sundance, Wyoming, has joined the
staff of HRD LLC the developers and distributors of the Ham
Radio Deluxe station control package.  Allen is an Extra
Class with various interests in Amateur Radio from
contesting and DX'ing to volunteering.  While still a
General, she achieved both Worked All States and DXCC.
Additionally she serves as an ARRL Volunteer Examiner; as
the ARRL Assistant Section Manager for Wyoming, and as the
Director of Development for Rocky Mountain Ham Radio. At HRD
Allen will be involved in providing technical support,
documentation and sales of the company's Ham Radio Deluxe
software suite.   (HRD)



Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, has announced a new award for contacts
made via the AO-73 which is better known as the FUNcube-1
amateur radio satellite.

Stoetzer says that the requirements for this award are very
simple.  Just work 73 unique stations on AO-73 on or after
September 1, 2014.  That's it.

N8HM says that there are no geographic restrictions on your
operating location and no QSL cards are required. When you
complete the requirements, simply e-mail your log extract
including the callsign of each station worked, the UTC time,
and dates of all contacts to n8hm (at) arrl (dot) net.  Also
include the address where you'd like your certificate to be

According to Stoetzer, there will be no cost for this award
however donations to AMSAT-UK and AMSAT-North America's Fox
satellite program are encouraged and will be appreciated.
(N8HM, Southgate)



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

(5 sec pause here)



AMSAT-UK has announced that there will be an amateur radio
village and special event station at the Electromagnetic
Field or EMF 2014 event taking place August 29th to the
31st.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has
the details:


EMF 2014 is described as a festival for anyone interested in
radio, electronics, space, homebrewing, robotics, 3D
printing, the Internet culture and pretty much anything else
you can think of.  It is a volunteer effort by a non-profit
group inspired by European and US maker groups like the
Chaos Communication Camp and Toorcamp to name only a few.

This years' event will take place at Bletchley near Milton
Keynes in Buckinghamshire, England.  Attendees are invited
to set up their own village or camps within the camp.
That's where like-minded people can gather and put on their
own activities.  The EMF team of volunteers will supply
power and internet to each tent.

Ham radio-wise, special event station GB2EMF will be on the
air from the Amateur Radio Village but as of now no
operating schedule, bands or QSL routing has been made
public.  One thing that likely won't happen is a portable
cross-band repeater that was to be on the air during the
gathering.  Unfortunately telecommunications regulator
Ofcom's licensing issues may preclude this.  Either way, it
appears as if EMF 2014 is going to be a maker, hacker and
ham radio good time.

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


For more information on this event go to www (dot) emfcamp
(dot) org or follow the event on Twitter @emfcamp.  (AMSAT-



A new and updated 5 MHz allocation chart has been issued by
Paul Gaskell, G4MWO, of  Saint Helens, in the U-K.

According to Gaskell, it has been several months since the
last version of the Worldwide Amateur 5 MHz Allocations
Chart has appeared.  G4MWO says that due to the increasing
number of 5 MHz allocations and in terms of readability it
is no longer possible to retain the chart in its original
pdf-type format.  Because of this it has been reconfigured
as a Microsoft Excel file instead.

G4MWO says that the newly updated Worldwide Amateur 5 MHz
Allocations Chart can be found on the web
at  (G4MWO, Southgate)



On August 1st, a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5
rocket successfully carried an Air Force GPS-IIF satellite
in the orbit. This is the seventh such satellite launched of
a planned constellation of 12 such birds.  This satellite is
the third launched in 2014, with one more planned for later
this year.
(Published news reports)



On the air, keep an ear open for special event station
PA70OMG, to be operational from the Netherlands from
September 12th to the 21st.  This to commemorate the 70th
anniversary of the World War 2 Operation Market Garden by
paratroopers and allied forces which began on September 17th
1944 to help liberate the region after four years of German
occupation.  If you make contact QSL's go direct or via the
bureau to PB0AEZ.   More information on Operation Market
Basket and this ham radio special event operation can be
found on-line at   (PA70OMG)



Also, be on the lookout for special event station B4YOG to
be active until August 28th. This operation is being held to
celebrate the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in the city of
Nanjing, China. This station has been operational on 40, 30,
20, 15 and 10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK.  QSL's go via
BD4WO, either direct or by via the bureau.  (OPDX)



In DX, IZ0CKJ will be active stroke I-B-zero from Palmarola
Island until August 31st.  His operations are on 40, 20 and
15 meters during his daytime hours and mainly on SSB. Listen
for his QSL as directed on the air.

Members of the Romanian Radio Club Association will activate
Fericirii Island for the first time as YP0F between August
22nd and September 30th. Operations will be on the High
Frequency bands only.  QSL via YO9FNP.

EA7FTR will be active between September 5th and October 10th
as D44KS from Boa Vista which is the Eastern most island of
Cape Verde.  Due to work commitments his hours of operation
will be limited to his spare time.  Listen for him on 40
through 6 meters using SSB and RTTY and QSL via EB7DX.

W5JON will be on the air as V47JA from his vacation home at
Calypso Bay on St. Kitts between September 29th and November
12th.  Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters including 60
meters using SSB.  He will also be operational during the CQ
World Wide  DX SSB Contest as a Single Operator All-Band
entry.  In addition his wife who holds the call W5HAM will
occasionally operate as V47HAM. All QSLs go to W5JON direct
or via Logbook of the World.  No bureau QSLs for this

ZL2MF will be operational as E6MF from Niue Island between
September 2nd and the 9th on 40, 20, 15, 10 and 6 meters
SSB.  Look for him also in the All Asian DX SSB Contest On
September 6th and 7th.  QSL's go via ZL2MF direct or
via the bureau.

AC8G will be operational as J37K from Saint Georges between
October 24th to the 26th. Activity will include the CQWW DX
SSB Contest on October 25th and 26th signing J3A. QSL J37K
via AC8G and J3A via WA1S.

Lastly, DL7DF will be on holiday in Senegal between November
1st and the13th and plans to be on the air stroke 6w but
only as time permits.   Operation will be on 160 through 10
meters using CW, SBB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV.  QSL to DL7DF,
direct or by the DARC Bureau.

(This weeks DX news courtesy of OPDX)



And finally this week more than a dozen residents of a
Redlands, California, retirement community have become
amateur radio operators and are working to familiarize
themselves with a local disaster relief plan.  This in the
event that emergency personnel were unable to reach their
Plymouth Valley retirement community should a disaster
situation arise.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek,
K9BIK, has more:

According to the Redlands Daily Facts on-line newspaper,
Keith Kasin, AI6BX, is the Plymouth Village executive
director who is leading the group.  In the article Kasin
explained Plymouth Village is required to have an emergency
response plan as part of its day-to-day operations.  Also
that the program provides those involved with a chance to be

The group is made up of Plymouth Village volunteers that
meet regularly and also hold practice drills using amateur
radio.  Each volunteer is responsible for a portion of the
retirement community.  Kasin says that once training and
exams are complete, Plymouth Village will see around 30
certified operators working to keep residents safe.

According to Kasen, Plymouth Village is a 37-acre campus
with a population of 300.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK,

The complete story about this unique community self help
disaster planning is on the web at
village-ready.  (Redlands Daily Facts)


With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, CQ Magazine, the
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I'm Hal Rogers, KC8CMD, saying 73 and we thank you for

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