Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1985 November 13 2015

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1985 with a release date of Friday, November 13, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. A historic radio frequency gets its own special event. Amateur Radio on the International Space Station marks 15 successful years. The Radio Club of America and Radio Amateurs of Canada celebrate hams’ contributions. And a conference in India reaches out to the youngest amateurs. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1985 coming your way right now.

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We begin this week’s newscast with a special recognition of a wartime radio legacy dating back 107 years. In 1908, the international distress frequency of 500 kHz took effect, as established by the Berlin International Radiotelegraphic Convention. It’s this historic slice of the radio spectrum where the action will be happening on Friday, Nov. 13 and Saturday, Nov. 14. Experimental operators in the U.S., Canada as well as U.S. heritage maritime stations, will work the event carrying special messages. Five Canadian operators will be participating, including VE7CNF in Burnaby, British Columbia and VO1NA in Torbay, Newfoundland.

The ARRL’s Medium-Wave Experiment coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, said most messages being carried will go out as CW. Says Raab: QUOTE“Some stations will run beacons with special messages, and some will offer special QSLs. Other stations will simulate maritime communication. They will call CQ on a designated calling frequency and then QSY to complete the QSO.”ENDQUOTE

Operators won’t be sticking entirely to Medium Frequency, though: Be listening as the Canadian amateurs engage in cross-band communication tests on 80 meters and 40 meters.

(ARRL, Radio Amateurs of Canada)



[ANCHOR/DON]: Of course, there’s also radio history that was made a little more recently – like 15 years ago. Imagine being a student in the year 2000 having a QSO with a ham somewhere out in space. That’s what students at the Luther Burbank School in the Chicago suburbs did at the dawn of a program called Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Amateur Radio Newsline’s Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, talked to the science teacher who was lucky enough to help her students be chosen to talk with ISS astronaut William M. “Shep” Shepherd, KD5GSL.


[Rita] Growing up you live in a certain block and it is like your world is first is just that block and you go to school and slowly your horizons they keep expanding as you progress through school. We opened their eyes to a horizon they didn't even know about and that was out in space.

[Kent] In 1996 a junior high school teacher filled in a application for her school to make a contacts with astronauts.

[Rita] My name is Rita Wright my call sign is KC9CDL I was a science teacher so I was always looking for something new or different to implement or put into my lesson plans to make science exiting and more attractive to to my students.

[Kent] The first full mission in the newly completed International Space station happened in the fall of 2000. Wright's school was selected to make that very first ham radio contact.

[Rita] We became aware of this program and started learning all about it and participating a bit. These opportunities came up and we just grabbed them.

[Kent] Finally in December the students all gathered in the school auditorium for the first school contact with the brand new Space Station.

[Rita] The whole school was involved with the process they all knew about it . The actual contact was in our auditorium. All the students were there and we had set up on stage the radios. It was very very exciting the actual contact, the students were well behaved and anxious and extremely interested.

[Kent] Wright says a ham radio school contact wasn't quite in the regular curriculum.

[Rita] It was not something that was ordinarily done a in a class room situation. You go in you're give a text book and you each page one page two page three etc. What I tried to do was do that plus bring into the classroom the excitement of what is out there today and what could be tomorrow for them/ Of course they had to learn the basic lessons in science, that's what I taught them. But I also tried to bring to them what else is out there and what opportunities they could follow I always tried to open up the world as much as i could to the kids as much as I could.

[Kent] Retired school teacher Rita Wright recalling the very first international space station to school ham radio contact fifteen years ago.

For the amateur radio newsline, I'm Kent Peterson KC0DGY

[DON:/ANCHOR]: We should note too that this historic moment wasn’t the last the kids got to talk with Shepherd. The next friendly exchange between him and the students came in person - during his visit to the school in May of the following year. Needless to say, the reception was perfect.



New regulations from the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa now allow amateur radio applicants who are younger than 20 and who pass the Class B exam to hold a ZU or Class B license until age 25. After that, they must upgrade by taking the Class A exam in order to receive a Class A license, designated by a ZS or ZR call sign.

The authority’s decision had been based on its belief that the Class B license’s primary role is to serve as an introduction to amateur radio and serve as youngsters’ entry point into the hobby. The regulations were implemented after much input from the South African Radio League, which had pressed for a reasonable interval of time for the upgrade to Class A. As a result, the authority has declared that, effective April 1, 2017, all amateurs older than 25 will become ineligible for ZU license renewals.




Speaking of young hams, the Microwave Theory and Techniques Society of the IEEE is seizing the opportunity to attract students to amateur radio during its flagship conference in India in early December.

The International Microwave and RF Conference in Hyderabad will be hosting a special event station, AU2MTT, that will be operating for two weeks in conjunction with the gathering.

One society member, Jim Rautio, AJ3K, told the ARRL: QUOTE"The special event is intended to draw attention to ham radio, STEM, and MTT, both from conference participants and any and all active hams in India." In addition to encouraging them to pursue their licenses, organizers want to see more youngsters consider careers in engineering, science, technology or mathematics.

Rautio said the effort’s emphasis will be on amateur radio’s role in disaster communications and addressing humanitarian needs. This is being done through a program known by the acronym, SIGHT, for Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology.



Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Stephens County Amateur Radio Society, N4DME repeater, in Toccoa, Georgia Tuesday nights at 8PM.



Christmas is going to come a little early for amateurs in The Netherlands, who got the gift of a new band for operating. The 60 meter band, from 5350 kHz to 5450 kHz, was incorporated into the Netherlands National Frequency Plan, allowing Dutch amateurs with an F-registration to use the new band on a secondary basis, beginning the middle of this month. Other nations granting similar privileges recently include Hungary, Oman and Honduras. Hams in the U.S. have had secondary access to channelized operation on the band since May 2003, when the FCC gave its approval.

Sixty meters has also been in the news at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, where attendees are considering a new, 15-kHz-wide secondary allocation on the band, with operators limited to 15 watts of EIRP. At press time on Nov. 11, the latest report was that consensus on the matter was looking optimistic.




[ANCHOR/DON}: Several distinguished radio amateurs are being honored by the Radio Club of America at its Awards Banquet and Technical Symposium Nov. 21 in Cupertino, California. Amateur Radio Newslines Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the details:

[HEATHER]: The annual gathering of the Radio Club of America is one of the top events in wireless communications – and the group uses the opportunity to tap radio standouts and acknowledge them for their hard work. The extensive list of honorees this year includes a number of hard-working hams. Dr. Nathan Cohen, W1YW, has been chosen to receive the Alfred H. Grebe Award, honoring his work in engineering and manufacturing of radio equipment. The Ralph Batcher Memorial Award winner is David Bart, KB9YPD, for helping preserve the history of radio and electronic communications, including the Radio Club of America’s own history.

Timothy J. Duffy, K3LR, has been chosen to receive the 2015 President’s Award for his support to the club. And the Edgar F. Johnson Pioneer Citation is being given to Gerald L. Agliata, W2GLA, work his work, as well, with the radio club.

Carole Perry, WB2MGP, a well-known ham radio education advocate, is being presented with the Vivian A. Carr Award, recognizing her contributions as a woman in wireless communications.

The keynote speech at the banquet presentation will be delivered by David Leeson, W6NL. He will discuss Silicon Valley’s bountiful community of entrepreneurs in the communications field.

But as the list of awardees shows, opportunity and creativity is everywhere. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania.


Radio Amateurs of Canada is also paying tribute to two notable amateurs by appointing them to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. The recent appointees are Jim Dean, VE3IQ, of Ottawa, Ontario, and Farrell (Hoppy) Hopwood, VE7RD, of North Vancouver, British Columbia. Inclusion in the Hall of Fame means the amateurs have achieved outstanding efforts in their service to amateur radio in Canada or amateur radio in general.

More details about the awards and the honorees’ contributions will appear in a forthcoming edition of Canadian Amateur magazine.




Harald, DF2WO, is operating as XT2AW from Burkina Faso until November 27. Harald will likely be operating on slow CW. QSLs go to his manager, M0OXO.

Andi DL9USA and Jan DJ8NK will be active as VP2ECC and VP2ENK respectively from the Caribbean island of Anguilla until November 18. They are using CW, SSB and digital and QSLs go via the home call signs.

Martin, LU9EFO, and Faber, HK6F, are operating until November 17 from San Andres. Call signs will be HK0-slash-followed by their home call signs. QSL manager is SP5QAZ.

Dave, EI9FBB, is activating Coetivy Island in the Seychelles for the IOTA program and will operate as S79C. He will be there Nov. 16 through Nov. 22.

Steve, G0KIK, will is operating holiday style as E51KIK from the South Cook Islands through Nov. 15. QSLs go to his home call.



It seems that old jokes, unlike radio waves, have an uncanny ability to bounce back and return to earth. Take the case of a news prank the BBC staged a few years ago. A fictonal radio astronomer at an observatory in Puerto Rico happened upon some old broadcast signals floating out in space, while attempting to track extra-terrestrial signals from his lab. Or so the story goes.

He then identified those surprise signals as the transmissions from old TV broadcasts - identifying them even to the point that he could name the very TV shows the signals were carrying. Well, the story, like the signals, got very decent air play for the April Fool's Day prank the British broadcasters pulled a couple of years ago. The fictional astronomer, a Dr. Venn who was not even given a first name by the creator of this story, had theorized at the time that the signals likely bounced off some far-away asteroid cloud and thus returned to earth. Some of the TV shows he identified were said to be 50 years old - or more.

Well, it didn't take 50 years but something has apparently bounced back to earth for real - and it's the old story about these ancient reruns. Twitter feeds, and other forms of social media, have come alive with this bizarre tale that old radio waves don't die, and don't even fade away. All of which makes for very poor science - but a very good joke - even if it's not April Fool's.

Perhaps, as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we might just consider it someone else's old turkey.


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For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW in Picayune, Mississippi, saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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