Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1940 - October 10 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1940 with a release
date of October 10th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Ham radio is first responder as
cyclone batters India coastline; Russian over the horizon
RADAR battering the 15 meter band; United Kingdom Full
license class holders get temporary access to more spectrum
on 2 meters;  Ham radio moon orbiter to launch on October
23rd and guess what's keeping a radio relay station in
Hawaii from being repaired.  Find out the details are on
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1940 coming your way
right now.

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When Cyclone Hudhud swept into the Bay of Bengal coastal
areas of India on Sunday, October 12th, disaster authorities
had already called on radio amateurs to provide
communications where they knew that other types would likely
be lost.  And the ham radio community was ready as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF:


Before cyclone HudHud made landfall, authorities in India
realized that communications could be lost in coastal areas
that the storm might hit.  In such a scenario, amateur radio
will become the only medium for the government to coordinate
relief operations and exchange critical messages between
government bodies, the two states and also with New Delhi.
So a few days in advance it put out a call via the Nations
Institute of Amateur Radio for radio amateurs trained in
rescue radio efforts to be ready if needed. As it turned out
they were.

Cyclone Hudhud made landfall with winds up to 125 miles per
hour damaging buildings, power systems and causing a total
of communication in many areas. Cellphone systems were
overloaded quickly and soon failed.  Media reports blame the
storm for at least 20 deaths but that figure could rise.
That's where ham radio stepped in.

Jayu Bhide, VU2JAU, is India's National Coordinator for
Disaster Communication.  According to Bhide, at airtime
there are currently six hams in the Odissa region working to
maintain the communication covering the entire state.

VU2JAU said that VU3UFX, VU3PLP and VU2AOR are active from
the Bhuvaneshwar area.  In the Sambalpur region VU2DPI is
control of a network with VU2SIC and VU2PGU.  These stations
and others have been on air using 7 dot 140 MHz and have
kept their stations open 24 hours a day.

In the Andhra coastal area all communication is handled by
the National Institute of Amateur Radio under control of
VU2JAU from the Amateur Radio Society of India.  He is
reported to be monitoring emergency traffic from his home
station in Gwalior.  A complete damage assessment, clean-up
from the storm and the return of normal lines of
communications is likely to take several more days.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF,
down-under in Nelson, New Zealand.


Another one of those times when ham radio truly was a life-
saving first responder before, during and after a severe
weather event.  (VK3PC, Times of India, Hindustan Times)



The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a
Russian high power Over the Horizon radar system centered
around 21 MHz recently affected the entire 15 meter band.
Added to this a Russian voice scrambler nicknamed Yakhta has
been transmitting daily on 21 dot zero MHz on USB voice
encryption that also contains a Frequency Shift Keyed
synchro signal with a 100 baud rate and 150 Hz shift.  That
transmitters location is believed to be at Nizhny Tagil.
Meantime, a spurious emission from Voice of Iran is also
causing interference on 21.249 MHz.  An in depth report
including charts compiled by DK2OM can be found at  (IARU-R1)


TO 1

Some hams in the United Kingdom will get temporary access to
an extra portion of the two meter band.  This as a part of a
planned long term overall restructuring of the VHF spectrum
from 143 to 169 MHz.  Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details:


Ofcom has published a Statement that included an intention
to release 1MHz of additional spectrum to radio amateurs on
the 2m band on a temporary basis.

The frequencies, from 146 to 147MHz, will be available via a
Notice of Variation to Full license holders only.
Applications for Notices of Variations can be made via the
RSGB website from the end of October.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot. G4NJH, in
Nottingham in the UK.


This temporary use decision came as a part of an Ofcom
published a statement setting out plans for the release and
re-allocation of spectrum returned to civil use by Emergency
Services.  Ofcom believes this band space will be of most
interest to business radio users such as utility and
construction companies.  As such it will be made available
on a first-come-first-served basis through a managed and
gradual approach.  This, in order to maintain maximum
flexibility in the future should new demands emerge.



The South African Radio League has submitted its response to
the draft plan concerning the restructuring of the 450 to
470 MHz band and other U-H-F spectrum parcels.

In its reply to the national telecommunications regulatory
agency, the SARL said that although the amateur service is
not in this band, the problem for ham radio would arise if
the intended migration of some existing users in the 450 to
470 MHz were to temporarily move into the amateur band prior
to them shifting to a new frequency band once they obtain
suitable equipment.

The South African Radio League also pointed out that the
statement that amateurs only use 1 MHz of the 430 to 440 MHz
is incorrect.  Rather the entire frequency block is used
extensively for terrestrial and space communications.

The South African Radio League also filed comments on
proposed changes at 2.3 gigahertz and requested a new ham
radio allocation from 3.4 to 3.410 Gigahertz.  In both ITU
Region 2 and Region 3, this spectrum parcel is allocated to
the amateur and amateur satellite services.  (SARL)



The 4M LXS ham radio moon mission now has a definite launch
date as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee,


The launch of China's Chang'e 4 mission carrying the  4M LXS
moon orbiting ham radio payload is expected to take place on
Wednesday, October 23rd from the Xichang Satellite Launch

According to China's State Administration of Science,
Technology and Industry for National Defense, the soon-to-
fly craft is a backup probe of Chang'e 3. This was that
nation's first moon lander and rover, which successfully
touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor in December 2013.

But Chang'e 4's job is not to land but to circle the moon.
More important its hoped that the capsule will return its
payload safely to Earth without burning up in the atmosphere
during descent to our home planet.

As previously reported, the on-board amateur radio payload
will transmit a JT65B signal on 145.990 MHz which can be
decoded by radio amateurs here on Earth using the free WSJT
software.  Its builder, LuxSpace is encouraging radio
amateurs around the world to receive the transmissions and
send in data to it.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heater Embee, KB3TZD, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania.


Complete details on the role of amateur radio can be found
beginning on page 14 at  The
file is in PDF format.  Reports can also go via the missions
Facebook page.  (AMSAT-UK, LuxSpace, IrelandNews)



The Dominica National Telecommunications Regulator N-T-R-C
has granted hams on the island nation the ability to operate
on five 3 kHz-wide channels on the 5 MHz or 60 meter band.
These are 5330.5, 5346.5, 5355.5, 5371.5 and 5403.5
kilohertz at 50 Watts Peak Envelope Power using only SSB.
This allocation is applicable to Dominica General and
Advanced licensees only.

The Commonwealth of Dominica is an island nation in the
Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea.  It is located
south-southeast of Guadeloupe and northwest of Martinique.
Its also known as  the "Nature Isle of the Caribbean" for
its unspoiled natural beauty.

And less we forget to mention, please note that the new
Dominica 5 MHz allocation should not be confused with that
of the Dominican Republic which also has a 60 meter
allocation.  (ECTEL, Dominica NTRC, G4MWO)



Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the N2XPM repeater serving the Big Apple of New
York City, New York.

(5 sec pause here)

Im Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, with news that hams on both sides
of the nation are on the lookout for some severe weather

In the Caribbean and along the Eastern Seaboard the
Hurricane Watch Net was activated on October 16th to follow
the track of Hurricane Gonzalo which at airtime is Category
4 storm heading toward Bermuda packing sustained winds
upward of 145 miles per hour.  The Bermuda Weather Service
issued a statement that these winds were expected to buffet
the island for more than 24 hours, and seas would be rapidly
building up to 35 feet on Friday October 17th.  As this
report is being prepared, the Hurricane Watch Net  is
expected to be using 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz.  Please keep
those frequencies clear of non-hurricane traffic until the
emergency is declared to be over.

Meantime in the Pacific, hams on the Island state of Hawaii
are on alert as Tropical Storm Ana is forecast to pass as
potentially as a Category 1 hurricane.  According to
meteorologist Dan Kottlowski, Southern parts of the Big
Island and Kauai are at greatest risk of flooding from rain
and tropical storm-force winds.

Bob Schneider, AH6J, is the Leagues Pacific Section Manager.
He was quoted in the ARRL Letter as saying that he expected
to deploy Ham Aid equipment kits to several schools. The Ham
Aid kits which contain both HF and VHF gear were sent to
Hawaii in September as a lava flow was threatening
communities on the Big Island.

On Thursday, October 16th the Ana was located about 490
miles southeast of Hilo, Hawaii, and had sustained winds of
60 mph.  It was moving to the west at 10 mph.  A  tropical
storm watch was posted for the Big Island by the Central
Pacific Hurricane Center.  Ana is expected to reach the
islands on Saturday October18th.

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

(Bermuda Weather Service, ARRL, published news reports)



The FCC is scheduled to hold an open meeting as this
newscast goes to air on October 17th.  Among the topics that
were scheduled for discussion was a presentation regarding
an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected
seven states this past April. The presentation was to
include findings from a report on the causes and effects of
the outage

The panel was also to look at recommendations on actions
that the industry, state governments and the Commission can
take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911
services as the nation transitions to what's being titled
the Next Generation of 911.

Additionally, the Commission was to consider a Notice of
Inquiry to explore innovative developments in the use of
spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services.  It also
will look into how the regulatory agency can facilitate the
development and deployment of those technologies.  (FCC)



In an October 9th post at the FCC website, Special Counsel
to the Chairman, Diane Cornell noted that the Enforcement
Bureau has largely completed its review of its pending
complaints, leading to almost 700 license renewals granted
within the past few weeks.  At the same time, the Media
Bureau disposed of 55 competition rulings requests dealing
with a March omnibus ruling.  Simultaneously the Consumer
and Governmental Affairs Bureau has so far closed over 760
dockets with another 750 on track to be completed by years
end.   (All Access)



If you have a device running Apple's new iOS 8 operating
system, you can now add an app that will permit sending
Morse code from that unit.

Morse Code Telegraph Keyboard plugs directly into your
iPhone's keyboard and lets you send dots and dashes from
right within iMessage or your favorite e-mail.

The most interesting feature of the keyboard app is its
relative lack of keys.  It only includes the bare essentials
of a J-38 looking key and a handy Morse Code alphabet and
numbers guide.

If you want to give it a try, "Morse Code Telegraph
Keyboard" is available for only 99 cents at the App Store.
(Business Insider)



Something new for your ears courtesy of Bob Heil, K9EID of
Heil Sound.  This as he introduces his new PRO 7  headset
that applies some of the knowledge Bob gained from  audio
engineering pioneer Paul Klipsch back in the early 1970's.

The new Pro 7 earphones feature a very specialized
electrical and mechanical design that uses a very
specialized tuned headphone enclosure that Bob says really
eliminates usual distortion while producing greater
sensitivity and a gorgeous response.  Also included in the
design is a balanced control that's usually absent from most

On the microphone boom, you can get either a newly developed
dynamic that is as articulate as the original Heil HC 5.
Also available is an electret capsule for the early low
level input iCOM rigs.  These mic elements are
interchangeable in the field.

For more on the new Pro 7 headset and other of Bob's
inventive products go to slash amateur ad
click on the photo of the headsets you will see at the top
of the page.  (Heil Sound)



Some names in the news.  AMSAT North America has announced
that Barry Baines WD4ASW will hold forth as the
organizations president for the 2014 through 2015 operating
year.  Others appointed include Alan Biddle WA4SCA as the
organizations secretary with Keith Baker KB1SF as Treasurer.

Flight Frank Bauer, KA3HDO has been appointed as Vice
President of Human Spaceeflight operations; Jerry Buxton
N0JY as Vice President of Engineering; Drew Glasbrenner
KO4MA as its Vice president of operations and JoAnne Maenpaa
K9JKM as the Vice President of User Services.  E. Mike
McCardel KC8YLD will be serving as the Vice President of
Educational Relations with Martha Saragovitz continuing as

Positions not yet filled are Executive Vice President and
Vice President of Marketing.  (AMSAT News Service)



The career of Steve Herman, W7VOA, is the subject of an
interesting interview appearing in the current issue of the
Overseas Press Club of America newsletter.  In it, Herman,
who serves as the Voice of America's Southeast Asia bureau
chief and its correspondent answers questions about his
education, how he got started as a news journalist, the
languages he speaks and much more.  You can read the article
in full at



Tine Brajnik, S50A, who is the chairman of the next World
Radiosport Team Championship Sanctioning Committee has
announced that Germany has been chosen as the site of the
2018 WRTC games.  Specifically the event will be hosted by
an oversight organization made up of the German National
Amateur Radio Society DARC, the Bavarian Contest Club and
Rhein Ruhr DX Association.  According to S50A, the German
application was very well prepared and knowing their
combined experience another outstanding competition among
world's best contesters is expected four years from now.  A
website has been set up to provide further details at   (WRTC)



According to a posting on Facebook, QSL cards for the recent
K6H, Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio operating event have
arrived from the printers and forwarded to the California-
based PAPA System for distribution.

The event was held on September 28th and originated from the
historic Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center facility in Studio
City, California.  Stage 9 is currently the home of ABC's
hit TV show "Last Man Standing." In the past it has been the
production facility for such shows as "Seinfeld" and "Spin
City" to mention only two.

If you worked this special event station please QSL direct
to the PAPA System address found at
There is no other mailing address or electronic QSL service
associated with this event.   (Facebook, PAPA System)



We find it hard to believe but this past week the number of
subscribers to Amateur Radio Newsline's page on Facebook
broke the 5000 mark and currently stands at 5026.
According to the pages Chief Moderator James Pastorfield,
KB7TBT, the lucky 5000th member is Davide Zirretta, IZ1WWW
of Novara, Italy.

If you are on Facebook but not signed up for our page there
is a convenient link to it from our website at  We would love to have you there.

In the meantime, our sincere thanks to KB7TBT who originated
the page and all the other moderators who keep it running
smoothly and have made it the success that it appears to
have become.   (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

(5 sec pause here)



Hawaii Public Radio says its signal to parts of Kauai and
Oahu will be out until further notice because of endangered
tree snails.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW


According to the broadcaster, recent storms knocked out
power lines to the radio station's relay facility at the
summit of Mount Ka`ala relay transmitters beam signals to
the east and south sides of Kauai as well as to Oahu's North
Shore. A separate microwave relay also sends signals to KIPL
89.9 in Lihue.

Station generators carried the signal for several days, but
ran out of fuel on Sept. 30th. Normally the power company
would have been able to fix the electrical line with little
delay, but not this time.  That's because the location where
the required repair is needed has been identified as the
habitat of endangered species of tree snails that are
currently in mating season.

For now, listeners on Kauai and the North Shore are asked to
tune in via live Internet streaming using Hawaii Public
Radio free mobile app or to cable broadcasts.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in
Los Angeles.


At airtime there is no word when the snails mating season
will end and the power line can be repaired.  (VK3PC)



You may find this next item a bit strange, but apparently
its true.  And depending how you look at it can be funny,
scary or a little of both.  Here's WIA Newsman, Graham Kemp,
VK4BB, with the details:


For the first time ever there are more gadgets in the world
than there are  people, including a growing number that only
communicate with other machines, according to data from
digital analysts at GSMA

The number of active mobile devices and human beings crossed
over somewhere around the 7.19 billion mark.

GSMA's real-time tracker put the number of mobile devices at
7.22 billion whilst the US Census Bureau says the number of
people is still somewhere between 7.19 and 7.2 billion.

 Gadgets like tablets, smartphones and not-so-smart phones
are multiplying five times faster than we are, with our
population growing at a rate of about two people per second,
or 1.2% annually.

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


Cant help but wonder if this might not be author George
Orwell's novel 1984 on the verge of coming to pass here in
2014.  (WIA News)



NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution or MAVEN
orbiter has yet to begin its formal science mission, but it
is already radioing back clear images and crucial data about
the fourth planet's upper atmosphere.

The spacecraft entered orbit around Mars September 21st.
Only nine days later it imaged a coronal mass ejection from
the Sun's surface.  The early observations are already
providing scientists with hints as to how the red planet's
atmosphere changed over time.

MAVEN's official mission will begin sometime in November,
once final adjustments are made to the orbiter's science
instruments.  Its long range purpose is to conduct a study
of the Mars  upper atmosphere to determine how it
transitioned from a habitable planet to the cold and dry
world it is today.  Scientists think that maybe billions of
years ago that a warm Mars would have been able to sustain
liquid water in which microbial life could develop.

An in-depth look at the overall mission can be found at



John, Papay, K8YSE's, satellite grid expedition trip has
come to an end on October 1st, and he is now signing as
K8YSE stroke 7 from Mesa, Arizona.   According to Papay, he
operated in 27 different grids, most of them very rare.
States covered during his trip included South Dakota,
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Nevada
and Arizona while driving over 7300 miles in 27 days. A
computer controlled Icom 910H was used on the linear
satellites and a Kenwood V7A was used for communications
through the SO-50 FM bird.  Arrow antennas were used for all
contacts.  QSL information is on  (OPDX)



In DX, JH3PRR is reported to be on the air using the call
KH8B from Pago Pago and will be there through October 27th.
Activity is on 160 through 10 meters. QSL via JH3PRR
preferably using Logbook of the World.

By the time you hear this, N7OhU should be operating as
E51NOU from Rarotonga in the South Cook Islands.  He plans
to be there through November 9th operating 60 through10
meters in his pare time using only CW. QSL direct via N7OhU.

F6ICX will be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island
between November 3rd and December 12th.  Operation will be
holiday style on all HF bands operating mainly CW, with some
SSB, RTTY, and PSK63.  QSL via his home callsign as listed
on  Logs will be uploaded to ClubLog and Logbook of
the World.

DK9PY will be operational as 6Y6N from Jamaica between
November 26th and December 17th.  Activity will be holiday
style on the High Frequency bands using a Yaesu FT-857 into
an inverted L antenna.  QSL via his home callsign, direct or
via the bureau.

G3RWF is heading back to Southern Africa for a 5 week
holiday.  He will begin operation in Lesotho as 7P8NH
between December 11th through the 14th.  Listen for him on
the higher bands on CW only. QSL via G3RWF.

Lastly, CE5WQO will be active stroke CE0Z/CE5WQO from Juan
Fernandez Island  between November 19th through the 27th.
This will be a holiday style operation using CW, SSB and the
digital modes on 160 through 10 meters using.  QSL via
KA3LKM with two International Reply Coupons.



And finally, the weekend of October 10th to the 12th saw the
unofficial end of the 2014 major ham radio convention season
with the holding of the 2014 Pacificon Convention in Santa
Clara, California.  And according to Gordon West, WB6NOA,
who was one of this years presenters, accolades go to the
sponsors of this years event:


WB6NOA:  "What a great job that the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio
Club and other volunteers did in pulling this off.  It was a
three day deal on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."


Saturday was the big day with lots happening through out the
Santa Clara Marriott Convention Center:


WB6NOA:  �On Friday afternoon as well as Saturday and half of
Sunday the exhibit hall was open, and let me tell that it
was a whose who in amateur radio was there in the exhibit
hall.  All of the majors (suppliers) were there.  All of the
up and coming were there and the booths were absolutely
filled throughout the entire day.�


As to attendance, so far there are no official numbers, but
if the Flea Market was any indication, then the numbers had
to be strong:


WB6NOA: "I knew it was going to be big when I saw the swap-
meet going on in the dead of dark on Saturday morning.
Probably 2000 to 2400 and they were all with smiles."

WB6NOA also reports on overflow attendance at popular
digital radio seminar tracks such as SDR, D-STAR, and DMR .
West also says a Sunday morning "Ham Radio 101 " track for
brand new hams was a big help to get new licensees on the
air over the local BayNet repeater systems, and other local
open repeaters .

Perhaps the biggest surprise came with the announcement that
Pacificon 2015 is moving a couple of miles away to the San
Ramon Marriott in San Ramon, California.  Next years dates
are October 16th through the 18th.  If you have a suggestion
to help make next year's event even better, let the planners
know by e-mail to info (at)  (ARNewsline,



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