Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1938 - October 3 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1938 with a release
date of October 3rd 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  The ARRL again asks the FCC to make
ham radio primary in the 2300 to 2305 MHz band; the Wireless
Institute of Australia campaigns to save that nations 9
centimeter ham radio allocation; an FCC Commissioner takes a
close look at the 400 MHz and up spectrum; good news for
Brevard County Florida ham radio tower exemption; Hollywood
Celebrates Ham Radio operation brings a big surprise and an
interesting new rover design is being tested by NASA.  Find
out the details on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1938
coming your way right now.

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The ARRL has once again asked the FCC to elevate the status
of amateur radio from secondary to primary in the at 2300 to
2305 MHz band.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, reports:


This request is part of comments filed by the League in
response to an AT&T Mobility Petition for Rule Making
seeking a new air-to-ground communications system in the 2.3
GHz Wireless Communications Service spectrum.

The AT&T petition is designated RM-11731.  It asks the
Commission to authorize what's known LTE-based in flight
connectivity in the Wireless Communications Service C and D
blocks at 2305 to 2315 MHz and 2350 to 2360 MHz respectively
for airlines and airline passenger use.  AT&T asserts that
restrictions on out of band emission and power limits to
protect adjacent band users make the use of the C and D
blocks problematic.  As such, the wireless provider asked
the FCC for rule changes to permit deployment of its service
using what it termed as currently fallow spectrum while also
preserving adequate interference protection to users of
adjacent bands.

But says the ARRL, not withstanding what it calls AT&T's
broad and nebulous claim, there is no showing anywhere in
its petition that the proposed rule changes would permit any
continued amateur radio operations on a secondary basis in
the shared A block at 2305 to 2310 MHz.  Also, there is
nothing in the petition that amateur radio operations in the
adjacent spectrum would be protected from increased out of
band emissions if the FCC were to implement the requested

In its comments, the ARRL asserts that to date the FCC has
failed to protect amateur radio operations at 2300 to 2305
MHz from Wireless Communications Service out-of-band
emissions.  The ARRL says the band is substantially utilized
by radio amateurs for weak-signal long-distance
communication.  That only by circumstances due to a lack of
a primary occupant has amateur radio  been able to enjoy
that segment as a de facto primary user.  Based on this, the
ARRL asks  the FCC to recognize this status at 2300 to 2305
MHz and to elevate that segment from secondary to primary
use for radio amateurs.

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


The complete text of this ARRL announcement was sent out to
League members as ARLB01-09.  It can also be found on-line
at  (ARRL)



Meanwhile a similar situation is taking place down-under.
That's where Wireless Institute of Australia has lodged a
strong submission to the Department of Communications in the
hope of keeping amateur radio access to segments of the 9
centimeter band that includes a 25 MHz block at 3400 to 3425
MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5 to 3542.5 MHz.

This past August, the Minister for Communications issued the
Australian Communications and Media Authority draft
Direction to enable licensing of these two spectrum blocks
to the National Broadband Network.  This for fixed wireless
services in metro fringe and hard to service areas of the
major Australian mainland cities.

The block at 3400 to 3425 MHz overlays the narrowband, weak-
signal and satellite segment in the band plan at 3400 to
3410 MHz. Many countries throughout the three I-T-U regions
have amateur allocations covering this segment. The Wireless
Institute of Australia argues for retention of 3400 to 3410
MHz is essential to maintain harmonization with amateur
allocations around the world.   (WIA, VK2ZRH)



Back here ion the United States, the ARRL is taking issue
with the World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 stance of
the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration.  This, with respect to an upgraded 60 meter
Amateur Radio allocation.

In response to WRC-15 agenda item 1.4, the agency has called
for no change at 5250 to 5450 kHz.  The League said in
comments filed September 24 in I B Docket 04-286 that while
it concurs with the NTIA's view regarding 5250 to 5275 kHz
which is allocated to the radiolocation service for
oceanographic applications at WRC-12  that the rest of the
agency's proposal is unsupportable.  This, in light of
actual domestic and international practice and contains
assertions of incompatibility that are demonstrably not

The ARRL points out that the United States has authorized
amateur radio secondary operation on five discrete channels
in the 5275 to 5450 kHz range for more than a decade, no
instances of unresolved interference to primary users.  It
also notes that the NTIA position is at odds with the
proposal for agenda item 1.4 previously adopted by the FCC's
WRC-15 Advisory Committee.  This past January, that
committee recommended a secondary allocation to the amateur
Radio Service from 5275 to 5450 kHz, and the FCC indicated
in a subsequent Public Notice that it could generally
support this recommendation.  (ARRL)



Some UHF and Super High Frequency spectrum could be up for
reassignment at some future date.  This when the United
States begins ushering in the next generation of broadband
technology known as 5G.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan
Kinford, N8WB, reports:


In a September 22nd talk before a communications industry
conference in Atlanta Georgia, , FCC Commissioner Jessica
Rosenworcel said that we can no longer limit ourselves to
frequencies in the traditional range.  We need to look
elsewhere.  The only question said Rosenworcel is where.

She then said, and we quote: "First, I think we need to look
low. We should explore if spectrum in the 400 MHz range can
be repurposed for mobile broadband use."

She went on to note that will not come overnight, because
this band is segmented into many small parts. These parts
are a puzzle that does not fit back together easily.

Rosenworcel also noted that if we can find a way to put even
a few pieces together, we may be able to develop a new swath
of airwaves prime for mobile broadband.

But the FCC Commissioner did not limit her comments to the
400 MHz range.  She also noted and we again quote:

"I think we need to look high. Very, very high. Let's bust
through our old 3 GHz ceiling. Let's take a look at spectrum
all the way up in the 60 GHz and maybe all the way to 90
GHz. At these ranges, we can aggregate spectrum and allow
data intensive applications to ride across hundreds of
megahertz at a time."

She ended this part of her presentation by noting that a
look low and look high policy like the one she is suggesting
will require thinking through some novel technical and
policy issues.  But says Commissioner Rosenworcel, if we get
them right, we will have more resources to play with as we
move to next generation networks.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stepaen Kinford, N8WB,


You can read Commissioner  Rosenworcel's very interesting
five page presentation at
(AK4AV, FCC Release September 22nd)



In DX up-front, DK7LX and G3SWH will be on the air as VP5
stroke G3SWH from Grand Turk Island through October 9th.
Activity is on 80 through 10 meters using two stations with
wire antennas and operating CW only. The Islands on the Air
website indicates that contact with Grand Turk is needed by
over 60 percent of participants in the I-Oh-T-A program.
The operators say that they hope to provide an on-line log
search facility but this is subject to the availability of a
good Internet connection.    (OPDX)



The Chilean DXpedition Team will be active as XR2T from
Damas Island between October 8th and the 12th. The main aim
of this DXpedition will be to work the greatest possible
number of unique callsigns, thus  offering a possibility
lower power and QRP stations to make contact. Operations
will be on 40 through 10 meters using mainly SSB, CW and the
Digital modes.  QSL via CE3OP, direct or by the bureau.



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the VE3DPL repeater serving Stratfordvile,
Ontario, Canada.

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The Brevard Florida County Commission plans to take a final
vote on rules that set height and design guidelines for
cellular and other radio towers in unincorporated areas.  It
also would create a process for streamlined approval of
towers that are situated on county owned land.  And all of
this looks like good news for the county's radio amateurs.

When the proposed new rules were first announced, area ham
radio operators objected to because they had no exemption
for private radio antennas.  They have had an exemption
under the current rules since 2003.

Recognizing the oversight, the Commissioners directed county
staff to add the exemption to the proposed rules.  They also
took a preliminary, unanimous vote in favor of the overall
series of rule changes.

County Commissioner Chuck Nelson noted that the potential of
increased regulation on amateur radio operators was an
unintended consequence of the nearly two years of work the
county had gone through to craft new regulations for the
cellular telephone tower industry.  Nelson added that the
county wants to get back to where we it was for the amateur
radio operators.

More is on the web at



A Melbourne, Australia, man who admitted that he
deliberately disrupted a taxi company's radio communications
system has been fined $3,500 and ordered to pay court costs.
This  after pleading guilty to three offences under the
Australian Radiocommunications Act of 1992.

The September 24th court finding follows an investigation by
the Australian Communications and Media Authority into
allegations of radio interference to the West Gippsland
Taxis proprietary company.  Inspectors from the regulatory
body found the unnamed defendant using a transmitter that he
had modified to disrupt taxi service operations.

The defendant plead guilty to operating a radio
communications device without a license, to causing a radio
emission to be made by a transmitter knowing that it was a
non-standard piece of gear and causing substantial
disruption or disturbance of radio communications.  No
explanation was give as to why the defendant committed the
illegal acts.

This prosecution follows recent enforcement action taken
against two security companies found operating
radiocommunications devices without a license to do so.
(ACMA, WIA News)



A meeting of the ARRL's Executive Committee was to take
place on Saturday, October 4th in Memphis, Tennessee.  Among
the agenda items to be discussed is the continuation of
evaluation of strategies to improve the FCC amateur radio
enforcement program.  Another is a proposal for modification
of FCC Rules for licensing of FEMA stations and use of
special call signs denoting FEMA in a manner similar to
military recreation and club station licensing.  Look for a
complete report as soon as the League publishes the minutes
on this gathering.  (ARRL)



Some names in the news. Former Radio Society of Great
Britain president Don Beattie, G3BJ, has been elected as
IARU Region 1 President at the recent IA-U General
Conference held in Varna-Albena, Bulgaria.

Elected with G3BJ were Vice President Faisal Al-Ajmi, 9K2RR;
Treasurer Eva Thieman, HB9FPM slash OK3QE and Secretary
Dennis Green, ZS4BS.

Those elected to serve on the organizations Executive
Committee are Thilo Kootz, DL9KCE; David Court EI3IO; Oliver
Tabakovski, Z32TO; Ivan Stauning, OZ7IS and Ranko Boca,

At the same meeting it was also announced that the
organizations 2017 meeting will be held in Germany and will
be hosted by that nations national amateur radio society the
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club or DARC.  (IARU Region 1)



Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, IZ0UDF, has completed the
official crew poster for the International Space Station
Expedition 42.  The poster parodies the popular The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by the late author Douglas
Adams and is being called the best crew poster yet released.

There is no cost to download the poster but we must warn you
that it is a high resolution file and will require some 57
Megabytes of storage space.  It is in PDF format at

Currently, Expedition 42 is slated to  launch from Baikonur
in Kazakhstan on November 23rd.  In addition to Samantha
Cristoforetti also flying with her to the ISS will be Anton
Shkaplerov and Terry Virts.  Cristoforetti is expected to
return to Earth in May 2015.  (NASA via Southgate)



The late Reverend George Creel was a United Methodist
minister who pastored churches across North Alabama for more
than 60 years.  His  hobby was restoring antique radios and
phonographs specializing in radios from the early 1900s.
Now the Creel family has donated their father's vast stock
of vintage radio tubes along with a collection of
photographs of antique radio equipment to the Alabama
Historical Radio Society.  This photo collection includes
some very early amateur radio gear along with a 1914
business letter written by David Sarnoff when he was an
executive of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company.

Tom Killian is  the society's president.  He noted that many
of the tubes are valuable, are difficult to find and they
can certainly use them.  Also, the framed photographs give
an accurate portrayal of the earliest days of radio
broadcasting.  As such. they are a special treasure to

The Alabama Historical Radio Society located in the city of
Birmingham and is chartered as an Alabama nonprofit
corporation.  It was founded in June 1989 to provide an
opportunity for men and women of all ages to pursue their
interest in early radio.   (Gadsden Times On-Line)



Laketown Park in Kenner, Louisiana, will host the U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary Radio Day on October 18th from 8 a.m to 5
p.m. local time.  This event commemorates the
75th anniversary for the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 45
and High Caliber Communications Division 4.  It is also a
day dedicated to communication on the High Frequency bands
by Coast Guard Auxiliary and non- Coast Guard amateur radio
operators around the nation.  The gathering is scheduled to
be held in the parks Shelter Number 2 with an admission fee
of $5 per attendee.  (NOLA.COM)



AMSAT has announced that a new premium collectable is now
available for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite
program.  This in the form of a unique challenge coin for
donors who have contributed at the $100 level or higher.

AMSAT says that the coin is shaped as an isometric view of a
Fox-1 CubeSat, complete with details such as the stowed UHF
antenna, solar cells, and camera lens viewport.   It is
struck in 3mm thick brass, plated with antique silver, and
finished in bright enamel.

The coins are scheduled for delivery just prior to the 2014
AMSAT Space Symposium, and will be first distributed to
donors attending that gathering.  The design may be seen at  (KO4MA)



According to John Amodeo, NN6JA, the second K6H Hollywood
Celebrates Ham Radio on the air operation went very well.
The event took place on Sunday, September 28th from the
historic Stage 9 at the CBS Studio Center which is currently
the home of the hit ABC situation comedy Last Man Standing.

Amodeo is the spokesman for the event.  He says that there
were six operating positions that were on the air from the
start to finish.  He reports that 10 meters was good all
day, 20 started heating up in the late morning they had some
40 meter contacts in the afternoon.  Meantime Internet
connected stations in Connecticut, New York City, Washington
and Florida tied to Stage 9 reported having contacts all day
long as did those using D-STAR Reflector 12A.

Perhaps the biggest surprise came in the announcement that
the shows star, Tim Allen, whose character includes playing
a ham radio operator now is one in real life.  In one
interview session with a Volunteer Examiner team conducted
by Tom Medlin, W5KUB, it was revealed that Allen under his
real name of Tim Dick, had passed his Technician test but
they declined to make his call public.  It did not take much
sleuthing on the part of the ham radio community to find out
that he had been assigned the call KK6OTD with that
information plastered all across the various social networks
shortly after the K6H operating event ended.

Amodeo concluded by saying that there were some 35 operators
and guests who showed up this year.  And while there is no
final contact count available as we go to air, NN6JA says
that everyone who took part enjoyed being on the set of Last
Man Standing and being a part of this years K6H Hollywood
Celebrates Ham Radio operation.

The 4th season of Last Man Standing with Tim Allen, KK6OTD,
portraying Mike Baxter, KAZ0XTT, was scheduled to premiere
with a double episode on Friday, October 3rd on the ABC
television network.   (ARNewsline)



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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Scientists have found a way to create a special material
that could help in developing super fast computers that can
perform lightning-fast calculations without overheating.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:


Material Science and Engineering professor Feng Liu, of the
University of Utah led the study that explained how they had
developed a new topological insulator that has the potential
to behave in two ways.  The first is that it can act as an
insulator on the inside while secondly conducting
electricity on the outside.

Ever since the researchers discovered almost a decade ago
that the topological insulators can be used as a class of
material designed to speed up computers scientists have been
trying to develop such a material that creates a large
energy gap.  This translates into the amount of energy
consumed by the electrons to conduct electricity in a given
material while allowing the electricity to be conducted on a
material's surface so that a computer can be operated at the
room temperature while remaining stable.

The University of Utah team found that bismuth metal
deposited on silicon can lead to the creation of a more
stable and large-gap topological insulator.  As the bismuth
layer is atomically bonded and electronically isolated from
the silicon layer, it leads to the creation of that type of
a large energy gap.  Moreover the research team says that
this process can be very cost-effective in the development
of the next generation of super high speed computing

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


The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the
National Academy of Sciences.  More is on the web at  (Published news reports)



Benjamin Longmier, KF5KMP, and his team are looking for
stations in the Azores and Portugal to help track their ham
radio floater balloons.  According to Longmier, his team in
Project Aether launched a balloon that did a lap around the
Midwest US and then headed East past Nova Scotia and is
believed to be still floating.

Longmier says that his group has no  contacts in the Azores
or Portugal.  As such they are requesting help in contacting
some of radio amateurs in those geographic regions  that
might be able to decode the APRS packets.

The balloon uses the tactical callsign of Aeth21-9 and
transmits APRS 144.390 MHz FM.  Longmier adds that two more
experimental balloons will be heading into the Atlantic
using the tactical callsigns of Aeth22-1 and Aeth22-3.  Like
its predecessor, these floater balloons will also be
transmitting FM APRS on 144.39 MHz as well.  (KF5KMP,



Engineers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida have
begun testing small robots and navigation software.  This to
see if it is possible for an autonomous machine to mimic the
process that ants use to scout for and then collect

The robots which are being referred to as Swarmies resemble
a  stripped down, radio controlled truck.  They feature an
on-board camera and direction finding gear   programmed to
work on their own to survey an area, then call the other
robots to assist in digging should something valuable is

The current testing is to determine whether the software
that will control the robots will work, and if the overall
Swarmie concept is worthwhile.  The theory behind their
development is to equip operational robots working in space
missions to scan the soil of an alien world for water, ice
or other resources that can be turned into fuel or
breathable air for astronauts explorers.

During the evaluation, the NASA engineers will use a
simulator that will enable them to test the Swarmies
networking ability with additional robots without actually
having to build them. As testing proceeds, the team plans to
include an experimental mining robot also designed at the
Kennedy Space Center to try out different techniques for
digging into the lunar or Martian surfaces to gather useful
materials.  (NASA, VSD, IEEE Spectrum, others)



Paul Stoetzer, N8HM, reports that the first 73 on 73 FUNcube
award has been issued to Wyatt Dirks, AC0RA.  Dirks
submitted a list with a total of 74 unique calls worked on
AO 73 since September 1st.  The award aim is to promote
activity on the AO 73 FUNcube satellite.  (N8HM)



Simon Brown, G4ELI has released a simple Windows program
which displays Gray-line, Geomagnetic Indices, Solar Data as
well as Sunrise and Sunset times.  The program is free of
cost and can be downloaded at
(G4ELI, Southgate)



In DX, members of the Radio Club Argentino will activate the
special prefix and callsign AY4E from the Argentine exclave
Martin Garcia Island in Uruguayan waters between October 16
and the 19th.  Operations will be on 160 meters through 70
centimeters using CW, SSB, and the some digital modes.  QSL
to LU4QQ direct or LU4AA via the bureau.

DL3DRN will be on the air stroke SV5 from Rhodos Island
through October 9th. Activity will be holiday style, mostly
on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY, QSL via his home
callsign, either direct or via the Bureau.

KD6XH will be operational from Samoa as 5W0XH between
October 23rd through the 28th.  Activity will take place
before, during and after the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest
which is slated for October 25th and the 26th.  QSL via his
home callsign.

K5KUA be on the air stroke 5 from Galveston Island between
November 14th and the 16th.  Activity will be on CW only as
time permits.  QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the
bureau.  An online log search will be available on ClubLog.

Lastly VK6MH who also holds the call sign GM4AWB will be
active as VK0MH from Macquarie Island between this November
through April of 2015.  No other information is available at
this time.

(This weeks DX news courtesy of OPDX and Southgate News)



And finally this week, the very popular Pennsylvania QSO
Party will be taking place on the weekend of October 11th
and 12th.  Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowicz,
NT3V, with the details:


CQ PA Party, CQ Pennsylvania will be the calls hitting the
bands as hundreds of hams from Pennsylvania, and hundreds
more from around the country and even from Europe and the
Carribbean look for contacts.

The Nittany Amateur Radio Club in State College,
Pennsylvania sponsors the party calling it the "Friendly QSO

It's for contesters and non-contesters alike.

If you want to work fast, you can. If you want to pace
yourself, you can do that, too.

It's simple - Pennsylvania stations look for contacts with
anyone, but searching especially for operators in one of the
67 counties in the Keystone state.  Of course, working all
the states, Canada, and a DX contact is part of the pursuit.

Out of PA stations work only PA stations. And, generally
there are pretty many of them on.

It's one of the few contests, by the way, that has a rest

Activity begins Saturday, October 11 at 1600 Z and is
suspended for a rest break 0500 Z. You heard right, a rest
break. The contest resumes Sunday, October 12 at 1300 Z and
concludes at 2200 Z.

You'll find stations on Phone and CW, as well as RTTY and
PSK. And, there will be activity on 10 meters through 160

The bonus station - W3TDF - is operating stations in 10
counties in the eastern half of the state. Each contact with
the bonus station is worth 200 points.

The bottom line is to have some fun.

Even if you're not a contester and you hear someone calling,
stop by and give them a contact.  All they need from you is
a contact number and your ARRL section or county if you're
in Pennsylvania.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V,
in Philadelphia.


More about this year's event is on the web at
QSO-Party-2014  (NT3V)



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