Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1957 March 21 2015

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1957 with a release
date of Friday, March 21, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1,

The following is a QST.  Another big surprise from sunspot
AR-2297 as it hurls a massive solar flare toward Earth;
Cyclone Pam devastates Vanuatu's infrastructure cutting it
off from the world; the Dayton Hamvention names its 2015
award winners, the next Global Amateur Radio Emergency
Conference will take place this June in Finland; hams in
Colorado now have their own tower and antenna protection law
and proof that wireless power can be transmitted using
microwaves.  All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline
report number 1957 coming your way right now.

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Space Weather reports March 15th began with a solar bang.
Between 00:45 and 02:00 UTC , a magnetic filament erupted in
concert with a slow C9-class solar flare from sunspot AR-
2297 that hurled a Coronal Mass Ejection or C-M-E into

At that time, modeling by analysts at the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration suggested that the cloud
would  deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field
during the late hours of March 17.  They also estimated
there would be a 50% chance of geomagnetic storms when the C-
M-E arrived.  But they were in for quite a surprise.

A severe solar storm smacked Earth with a surprisingly big
geomagnetic jolt on Tuesday, March 17th.  Two blasts of
magnetic plasma that left the sun separately combined and
arrived on Earth about 15 hours earlier and much stronger
than expected.  Forecasters figured it would come late
Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.  Instead  it arrived
just before 10 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

This storm ranked a 4 on the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration's 1-to-5 scale for geomagnetic
effects.  It is the strongest solar storm to blast Earth
since the fall of 2013.  It's been nearly a decade since a
level 5 storm, termed extreme, has hit Earth.  It had
forecast it to arrive at a level 1.

(NOAA, Space Weather)



Packing winds of close to 200 miles an hour, Category 5
Cyclone Pam caused severe damage when it hit the Pacific
nation of Vanuatu on March 13th.  Vanuatu 's government
declared a nationwide state of emergency, and Australia and
New Zealand were among the first to send in relief supplies.

The cyclone tore apart the infrastructure of Vanuatu 's 12
inhabited islands, and all but isolated it from the world.
And as far as we have been able to determine, this was a
case where not even amateur radio could fill in the
communications gap.  Mainly because there are very few
resident hams living there; nor does there seem to be an
established emergency calling frequency on any of the
amateur bands.

About the closest thing to a ham radio response frequency
might be the Pacific Maritime net on 14.300 MHz, but what
assistance if any was provided by this group is unknown as
we go to air.  Nor is it known if the non-ham-radio Vanuatu
Net, which operates daily at 20:30 U-T-C during cruising
season on 8.230 MHz was activated.

The restoration of communications with Vanuatu required
first responders from other nations arriving with their own
communications gear, primarily satellite telephones.  It was
only then that the full extent of the devastation that
Cyclone Pam caused to Vanuatu was made known to the world.

Amateur radio likes to claim that its there when all other
means of communications have failed.  But in this case,
there were simply no hams on  Vanuatu to respond.

(Published news reports and postings on



The 2015 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference better
known as GAREC 2015 will take place June 23rd and 24th in
Tampere, Finland .  This year's event is being hosted by the
Finnish Amateur Radio League and is being organized by
Finland 's national emergency communications society the
SRT.  The theme is cooperating with Authorities.

Already announced as a part of the program is International
Amateur Radio Union  Region 1 Emergency Communications
Coordinator, Greg Mossop G-zero-DUB.  He  will chair a
discussion on the theme of what amateur radio has done to
cooperate with authorities when called upon to do so.

Program Committee Chairman Dr. Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR will
review GAREC from 2005 to 2015 in relation to non-government
emergency relief agencies.  Reports will also be provided by
representatives of International Amateur Radio Union
regions 1, 2 and 3, in a session chaired by SRT president
Jyri Putkonen, OH7JP.

This year's gathering is kind of a home-coming for the
Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference.  This is because
it was in Tampere, Finland, that the first such conference
was held back in 2005.  More information on this year's
gathering is available at

(IARU Region 1)



The South African Radio League will assist the Radio Society
of Zambia with the licensing of amateurs in that country.

In accordance with the requirements of the International
Telecommunications Union, the Zambian authorities require
what is known as a Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination
Certificate before issuing a license.  In the past this
certificate was provided by the United Kingdom's City and
Guilds organization after Zambian candidates passed its
amateur exam but this arrangement is no longer in place.  So
the Radio Society of Zambia approached the South African
Radio League to conclude an understanding whereby the
Zambian candidates can instead take the South African

Under the new agreement, Zambian amateur radio candidates
will be tested for the South African examination.  For this
purpose, a South African Radio League examination center
will be registered in Zambia .  The Radio Society of Zambia
will provide the venue, test personnel, security
arrangements and cover all costs.

On completion of a test session the answer sheets will be
returned to South Africa and will be marked, after which any
Harmonized Amateur Radio Examination Certificates will be
couriered to the Radio Society of Zambia for those
candidates who pass.

Zambian authorities have already agreed to accept the
certificates issued by the South African Radio League.  This
arrangement is similar to one that the South African Radio
League already has in place with Namibian Amateur Radio




The Federal Communications Commission is considering the
downsizing its EnforcementBureau and Field Office

In a very governmental sounding reply, an FCC spokesperson
responded to an inquiry from the on-line publication Radio
Ink regarding the rumor of downsizing in the field

To quote the response:   "The Commission recently completed
a thorough, data-driven review of our field programs with an
eye toward improving efficiency while meeting our
responsibilities both today and in the future.  The
commissioners are considering a proposal that meets these

In its report, the ARRL went further. According to an
internal March 10th FCC Enforcement Bureau memorandum
obtained by the League, the Bureau plans to ask the full
Commission to cut two-thirds of its field offices and
eliminate nearly one-half of its field agents.

Under its "Phase I" field modernization scheme, the Bureau
will recommend to the full Commission that it adjust the
primary focus of its reduced field office complement to RF
spectrum enforcement. It will also recommend "adjusting" the
number of field agents from 63 to 33.  At the same time, the
Bureau would develop a so-called "Tiger Team" of field
agents as a flexible strike force it could deploy as needed.

The ARRL's Dave Sumner noted that the League is concerned
that there is already no sense of urgency in the FCC's
enforcement activities targeting spectrum polluters, such as
utilities with noisy power lines, or the few violators in
our own ranks.  He went on to say that it is troubling to
see recommendations for such drastic reductions in the
Commission's geographic footprint and the number of field
agents at a time when the Field staff is facing ever-
increasing challenges.

Radio Ink seemed to echo the ARRL's concerns but in relation
to a different enforcement target.  It said that with the
Commission taking fewer and fewer actions against pirates,
this news will be troublesome for many broadcasters,
especially those in markets where such unlicensed signals
are still a major issue.

According to the on-line magazine, actions against AM/FM and
shortwave pirate stations last year were at their lowest
level since 2000.  In 2014 there were fewer than 200 actions
were taken against these stations including those in New
York, New Jersey, Florida and Boston which are still hot
spots for pirate broadcast activity.

You can read the Radio Ink article at
The ARRL's very in-depth look at the Enforcement Bureau
proposed downsizing is at

(Radio Ink, ARRL, other news reports)



In DX up front, word that Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, the co- team
leader of the recent K1N Nevassa Island DXpedition has
written a detailed article regarding all aspects of planning
and executing this recent operation.  The article gives the
complete story showing that  DXpeditions of this scale take
professional levels of planning, negotiations, and execution
required during every step of the way.  You can download a
full color copy from the Twin Cities DX Association web site




The exact dates are still not known for the D-X-zero-P
operation from  Pagasa Island that is supposed to take place
sometime in April.  Over the past two weeks it was mentioned
that the team must leave Manila for Palawan Island on April
13th to recover their stored equipment.  The plan was to
stay overnight in Palawan and than go the next day to
Pagasa.  One there, activity is planned for 160 through 10
meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and JT-65.  If you make contact
QSL's are to go via WA6LOS.  For the latest information and
updates be sure to check




Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the including the WB9AER repeater
serving      Madison Wisconsin.




The Dayton Hamvention has named the recipients of this
year's awards.  They are Tim Duffy, K3LR as Amateur of the
Year; Tom Medlin, W5KUB, as Special Achievement Award
winner; the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV who gets the Technical
Excellence Award and the Orlando Amateur Radio Club as Club
of the Year.

Amateur of the year Tim Duffy, K3LR, of West Middlesex , PA,
has a long history of giving back to Amateur Radio.  He is
founder, promoter and chairman of the successful Contest
University which has helped to teach radio sport contest
operating with excellent volunteer professors. The first
Contest University was held in  Dayton  in 2007. Since then,
more 3,700 radio sport enthusiasts have attended 25 Contest
University sessions held in eight different countries under
his watchful guidance.

The Dayton Hamvention Special Achievement Award recognizes
the 14 years of service that Tom Medlin, W5KUB, has provided
through, a worldwide webcast of live ham radio
events.  From his start as "Helmet Cam" man, he has grown
the webcast to cover all aspects of amateur radio from such
events as the Dayton Hamvention to Field Day, vendor tours,
special technical discussions, and special events such as
K6H from the stage of "Last Man Standing" in Hollywood .
The webcast recently added a weekly live amateur radio
program which remotely brings in guests from around the
world.  The viewer base has reached approximately
50,000 unique operators in about 150 countries.

The Dayton Hamvention Technical Excellence Award is being
given to the Rev. George Dobbs, G3RJV, who has helped many
amateur radio operators build their own equipment.
 Currently G3RJV writes a monthly practical construction
column, "Continuing the Practical Way " for the Practical
Wireless magazine and the QRP Column for the Radio Society
of Great Britain magazine Radio Communication.  He authored
the book "QRP Basics" and jointly compiled the
"International QRP Collection" for the RSGB.

Club of the Year is the Orlando Amateur Radio Club with the
club call of W4PLB.  This is the largest and oldest amateur
radio club in Central Florida with consistently over 300
members.  It is an ARRL Special Service Club, and offers
many outlets for amateur radio enjoyment and growth.  The
members of the Orlando Amateur Radio Club take great pride
in planning for the future of amateur radio and preserving
the history of technology. Annual events include the Orlando
HamCation which is sponsored and financially supported by
the Orlando Amateur Radio Club whose members contribute
their time and effort in promoting this high quality

All will be will be honored guests when Hamvention 2015
opens in Hara Arena on May 15th.



Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has signed into law an
Amateur Radio antenna bill that mirrors the PRB-1 federal
pre-emption policy.

Hickenlooper put his signature on the measure on March 13th
after the Colorado General Assembly, without amendment
passed Senate Bill 15-041 which had been introduced in early

Bill 15-041 specifies that no local government shall enact
or enforce an ordinance or resolution regulating amateur
radio antennas that fails to conform with PRB-1's reasonable
accommodation provisions.

This measure was jointly sponsored by Colorado Senator Chris
Holbert and Representative Kevin Van Winkle.  According to
Colorado Section Manager Jack Ciaccia, WM0G, this was truly
a bi-partisan bill with terrific support from both sides of
the aisle in both legislative chambers.

(ARRL Colorado Section)



The National Weather Service is looking for individuals in
Oakland County, Michigan, to participate in a Skywarn
program that aims to save lives by providing free training
for severe weather spotters.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has
the details:


[Bill] The program is being coordinated by the Oakland
County Homeland Security Division  which will host classes
in various locations across the county during March and
April.  During the sessions instructors will walk
participants through a recap of last year's weather
 outbreaks and take a look at how spotters played a role
helping with warning operations.  Attendees will also learn
how to report severe weather events via amateur radio or
telephone to the National Weather Service. This, while also
learning how to remain safe while doing so.

After completion of the class, volunteers will be tasked
with keeping an eye on the sky and reporting severe weather
in their own neighborhoods.

Currently, some 5,000 spotters across 17 counties in
southeast Michigan participate in the Skywarn program but
more are always needed.  This is because the footprint of
any given storm is often relatively small and a trained
spotter is not always available in the storm's path.

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


[Don:] Those in Oakland county Michigan wishing to
participate in the classes should visit and click on the Skywarn logo to




Brent D. Cullen, KD0YLM has had his General class license
downgraded to Technician, but not because he did anything
wrong.  Rather it is another of those annoying clerical
errors on the part of the Volunteer Examination Coordinator
that happen from time to time.  Newsline's Skeeter Nash
N5ASH has the back-story.

[Skeeter:] On December 3, 2014 , the ARRL Volunteer Examiner
Coordinator sent an electronic data file to the Commission
requesting that Cullen's operator license for amateur
station KD0YLM be modified to upgrade from Technician to
General Class amateur radio operator privileges.  Based on
this application, the Commission granted Cullen a General
Class amateur service operator license on December 3, 2014

By correspondence dated January 16, 2015 , the ARRL notified
the Commission that there was an error in the December 3,
2014 data file and that a licensee other than Cullen had
qualified for a General Class operator license.  The ARRL
noted that a correction was filed, resulting in the other
licensee receiving the operator license for which he had
qualified, but that Cullen's operator privileges had not
been returned to Technician Class operator privileges.  As a
result, the FCC proposed to modify the license for Station
KD0YLM to show Technician Class operator privileges
effective as of March 16th. For the Amateur Radio Newsline,
I'm Skeeter Nash N5ASH in Topeka, Kansas.




Mark down April 18th as the day that radio amateurs
worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World
Amateur Radio Day.  It was on that day in 1925 that the
International Amateur Radio Union or IARU was formed in
Paris, France .

Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend
and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio.
Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in
every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to
experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically
located throughout the radio spectrum.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with over
3,000,000 licensed operators scattered around the globe.
World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-
Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy
global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

And in helping to keep with the spirit of the event, the
IARU is providing a downloadable poster for World Amateur
Radio Day 2015.  Any group may download it and have it
printed locally.  Its in Adobe PDF- format at




Some names in the news.  First up, best-selling author and
active radio amateur operator Don Keith N4KC has just
published his 29th book.  Titled the Ship That Wouldn't
Die its described as an epic and true World War II story
about a crucial but little known incident at the Battle of
the Coral Sea.

Don Keith has written both fiction and non-fiction on many
subjects including submarines, college football,
broadcasting, WWII history, and inspirational fiction.  His
book Firing Point, co-written with former Navy submarine
skipper George Wallace, is in pre-production as a major
motion picture set to release in 2016 under the title Hunter

N4KC is active in all aspects of the hobby, is an ARRL
member, and holds the Extra Class amateur radio license.
His amateur radio web site, which includes many articles for
ham radio enthusiasts, is

(Press release)



And Justin Gulder, AC8PI, has announced the creation of a
new High Frequency youth net.  According to AC8PI, its
purpose is to serve as a meeting place for young hams on the
H F bands and to provide short contacts between those who
have checked in.  Listen out for it on 20 meters between
14.320 and 14.330 MHz on Sunday afternoon between 2 and 3
P.M. Eastern time.




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 amateur:

(5 sec pause here)



Researchers have achieved success in creating a unique type
of 3D printer that is capable of working on atomic scale, as
we hear from Heather Embee, KB3TZD.

[Heather:] Dr. Martin D. Burke is a professor of chemistry
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and one of
the researchers involved in the project.  He explains that
the traditional way of synthesizing small molecules requires
a step-by-step series of chemical reactions. This is a
process that is both time-consuming and requires enormous
expertise.  But the new molecule level printer changes all
of this

To create the printer, Burke and his collaborators analyzed
the structures of thousands of molecules and identified the
chemical building blocks shared by a large majority of them.
 The machine essentially snaps these building blocks
together like LEGOs and then washes away the byproducts.

So far the device is capable of building 14 classes of small
molecules, and the researchers hope to develop the
technology to the point that it can assemble almost any kind
of small molecule.  The researchers say that their molecule-
making machine could revolutionize the drug-development
process as well as simplifying the fabrication of solar
cells and other high-tech products. For the Amateur Radio
Newsline, I'm Heather Embee KB3TZD in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

[Don: ] The research was published March 13th in the on-line
journal Science.  More is at




The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or
ARISS Program is seeking formal and informal education
institutions and organizations, individually or working
together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew
member on board the ISS in 2016.

ARISS anticipates that such a contact would be held between
January 1st  and June 30th of 2016.  Crew scheduling and
space station orbits will determine the exact contact dates.

To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is
looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed
education plan.

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 15, 2015 .
Proposal information and documents can be found at




Lambda-Sat, the first Greek CubeSat, was released from the
International Space Station on March 4th and its developers
have invited radio amateurs around the world to listen for
its signal and to file reports.

The one unit size CubeSat transmits AX.25-protocol U I
packets at 1200 bits per second using AFSK on 437.462 MHz.
Its one watt transmitter identifies as KK6DFZ.

Lambda-Sat was constructed entirely by young volunteers from
Greece , who traveled to California 's Silicon Valley to
participate in this project.  More details on the web at




The FUNcube Data Warehouse has received some two million
packets of telemetry data from ground stations around the

FUNcube-1 also known as AO-73 was launched on November 21,
2013 .  Since then radio amateurs and schools have been
receiving the telemetry packets transmitted by the satellite
and passing them to the AMSAT-UK Data Warehouse for analysis
and storage.

Statistics as of 09:53 UTC on March 15th show the number of
registered users at 1529 with active users in last two weeks
at 193.  But here's where it really gets impressive.

The number of packets transmitted by satellite since
deployment stands at over eight million while packets
uploaded by users before de-duplication sits at close to the
same number.  Deleting duplication, the number of packets
stored in warehouse is in he process of passing the two
million mark.

(G3VHF via Southgate )



The United Kingdom-based Islands on the Air Committee has
deleted Dino Island from its list of eligible entities.  The
actual decision came about this past January 1st after it
was found that Dino no longer meets the requirements laid
down for IOTA qualification.

Dino Island, which had been assigned the designation EU-144
is an Italian entity located at 37.90 to  40.38 North
Latitude and 15.63 to 17.22 East Longitude.  But over the
years the distance separating the island from the mainland
has reduced as the beach area gradually encroached into the
channel and is now significantly less than the required 200

When it made its announcement, the Islands on the Air
Committee says that credit will continue to be given for
contacts with Dino made before January 1st of 2015,but not
for any made after that date.




In DX, F5IVC is now active as 5V7SM from Togo .  He recently
informed the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that he will be there
for professional reasons for upward of 2 years or more.  He
also notes that he is currently is only on 10 meter SSB but
is waiting for a multi-band antenna to arrive.  QSL info for
now is via his French address on

5T-zero-JL has confirmed that he has been authorized to use
the special callsign 5T2MM to operate from Mauritania
between April 17th and the 20th including the CQ MM DX
Contest on April 18th and19th.  His QSL Manager is PY4KL.

DL1R-NT will be operational as 8Q7NT from Embudu, South Male
Atoll in the Maldives between March 25th and April 2nd.
 Activity will be holiday style on 40 through 10 meters
using mostly CW with some RTTY and PSK.  QSL via his home

Lastly, a reminder that three operators from Poland will
activate Kathmandu, Nepal, between March 18th and the 30th.
 Operators mentioned are SP2FUD, SP9FIH and SQ9CNN.  For
more details including updates and QSL routing take your web
browser to

(This weeks DX news courtesy of the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter)



And finally this week, wireless energy generation from space
is now one small step closer to becoming a feasible delivery
source of power.  This following a new experiment that
successfully transmitted electric power using microwaves.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford N8WB has the


[Stephen:] The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency also known
as Jaxa conducted the research which sent 1.8 kilowatts of
electricity 170 feet through the air in the form of
microwave radiation.  The beam was transmitted with a great
degree of accuracy showing the technique may be used on a
larger scale.

Engineers at Jaxa have spent years researching new
technologies to enable the delivery of  energy from space
based solar collectors down to our home planet.  Solar cells
commonly power satellites, space probes, and the
International Space Station. However, delivering that power
to Earth in an economical manner is still a challenge facing

Now researchers say that the Sun's energy might, one day, be
collected by massive solar panels in space, and the energy
generated from the systems could be sent to Earth in the
form of highly directional microwaves.  Such networks for
generating electricity in space would have some advantages
over ground-based systems.  Solar collectors in space would
not be subject to the cycles of day or night, or cloudy

Current plans to develop an orbiting energy generation
system involve sending satellites with large solar panels
into geostationary orbits more than 22,000 miles above the
Earth.   Challenges facing engineers include launching these
massive solar arrays and maintaining them once they are on-
orbit.  Because of these issues, Jaxa engineers believe that
a full network to generate electricity in space will not be
available until sometime in the 2040's.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB in
Wadsworth, Ohio.


[Don:] According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
additional uses for the space-based power system could
include sending electricity to remote regions in the wake of
natural and man-made disasters.  Future development of the
current system could produce a device capable of
transmitting and receiving energy from ocean platforms, far
from the nearest coast.

(DO NOT READ:  More is on the web at



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Before we go, a reminder that Amateur Radio Newsline is
seeking nominations for its 2015 Young Ham of the Year
Award.  For consideration, a nominee must have used amateur
radio in some way that has benefited his or her community or
encouraged technological development directly or indirectly
related to communications.

Nominees must be 19 years or younger, and reside in the
United States including Hawaii , Alaska , Canada , and
Puerto Rico or any of the Canadian Provinces.  The
individual must also hold a currently valid United States or
Canadian Amateur Radio license.

This award is not a contest.  The person selected as `Young
Ham of the Year' is judged on his or her overall
accomplishments and contributions.  Any prizes awarded are
secondary in nature.

The deadline for submitting an application is May 30th 2015
and the decision of the judging committee is final.  To
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Presentation of the 2015 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of
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the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville Alabama .

For now, with producers Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in Los
Angeles, Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Topeka, plus our news team
world wide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Southern Mississippi
saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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