Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2027, Sept. 2, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2027 with a release date of Friday, Sept. 2, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. There's a new National Park for hams to activate. A special event station finds two Indiana ham clubs marking a special air show. Youngsters in South Africa sample the International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend. And hams are at the ready as weather threatens the Atlantic Coast and Hawaii. All of this coming your way in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2027.




SKEETER/ANCHOR: Our newscast opens this week as more storms threaten to bear down in different parts of the U.S. As Amateur Radio Newsline went to production, hams were going into a state of preparedness, as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Bobby Best, WX4ALA.

BOBBY: Multiple tropical systems are poised to affect the U.S. over the next 48-plus hours, and amateur radio operators in multiple states have been called on to assist with emergency communications. The area of greatest concern, right now, is Tropical Storm Hermine in the Gulf of Mexico and it's sitting, like a cocked pistol aimed at Apalachicola, Tallahasse, and areas near this region of the Florida Panhandle.

Late Wednesday night, The National Hurricane Center issued hurricane Warnings for coastal and inland areas from; just East of Panama City, East to Cross City, Florida as well as inland areas that include 9 counties due north of this coastal region up to the Florida/Georgia State Line. Outside of this hurricane Warning area, there are tropical storm Warnings from Eglin Air Force Base, east along the coast to just North of Tampa and then North and East including the Dothan, Alabama area and parts of Southern, Georgia, plus a tropical storm Watch is in effect up into portions of southern South Carolina.

Tuesday in a press conference, Florida Governor Rick Scott said; <quote> "our state emergency operations center (or E.O.C.) is at level 2 and we have 8,000 members of The National Guard ready to be mobialized, if we need them"...

Florida ARES has been activated and members are manning the state EOC. Additionally, over 50 counties in Florida have already been declared to be under a state of emergency and Emergency Management and ARES on the county level across much of Florida have their County EOCs activated and manned by hams also. Plus WX4NHC, the amateur station at The National Hurricane Center is active through The NHC NET on; 20-Meters at 14.325 with their primary NET. For additional information on The NHC NET, vist their website at;

Beyond the current watches and warnings that cover up to 48 hours out, with landfall anticipated late Thursday night, as a Category 1 hurricane, the tract of Hermine takes it up the East Coast, North of Washington D.C. up to the New York State area late Sunday when it should start to make an Eastward turn, according to the latest model data.

If Hermine wasn't enough, hams in Hawaii are bracing for not one but two tropical systems over the next 72 hours. Tropical Storm Madeline is tracking south of the big island of Hawaii, moving westward, as of Wednesday night, local Hawaii time, and is predicted to lose strength. However, behind Madeline is Hurricane Lester. Lester is expected to move across the main Hawaii islands as Category 1 Hurricane, between Saturday and Sunday and as it tracks Northwestward, across the islands, it should continue to weaken.

ARES members in Hawaii are already activated, in support of the big island effort with Tropical Storm Madeline and additional ARES members will be activated, as needed to support emergency communication efforts through Lester's track through the islands. FEMA has been and continue to fly in supplies to the islands.

Without a doubt, this will be a very active holiday weekend for hams!!! If this weren't enough though; a new tropical wave has formed in the far Eastern Atlantic. This tropical wave was located a few hundred miles West of the Cabo Verde Islands. This wave will bear watching, around the time our current storms are clearing out and the wave is reaching the Lesser Antilles.

Reporting from Jasper, Alabama I'm Bobby Best, WX4ALA.

SKEETER/ANCHOR: Meanwhile in India, monsoonal rains have led to deadly flooding and amateurs have been activated to provide emergency communications. At least 300 have lost their lives as villages in the eastern region were evacuated and residents sought higher ground. In central India, Jayu VU2JAU reports that hams have been deployed to help prevent flood-related accidents as the water levels deepen.The Ganges River floods are reported to have broken previous records, as water levels reached unprecedented levels at four locations in the north. The highest record was measured in the state of Bihar, where flood waters reached 50.52 meters, or 166 feet, as of August 26.




SKEETER/ANCHOR: The United States' National Parks system is celebrating its centennial by welcoming amateur radio operators into the parks from coast to coast to work the bands and possibly the world. Now there's one more scenic wilderness to consider, thanks to a gift from a foundation created by a multimillionaire businesswoman. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, tells us more.

HEATHER: Just call it MN84. The nation's newest national monument within the U.S. National Parks Service is much more than that, of course. It's not quite 87,500 acres in northern Maine and it will be known as the Katahdin (Kuh-TAH-Din) Woods and Waters National Monument. The land donation, valued at $100 million, was given to the federal government by Elliotsville Plantation Inc., a foundation created by philanthropist Roxanne Quimby, who created the property over a period of years by buying parcels up from lumber companies. It is not far from Maine's Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin, the highest peak in Maine.

National Parks on the Air participants are now able to make plans for the site, which features the east branch of the Penobscot River and a section of the Maine Woods popular among cross-country skiers, snowshoers, canoers and fishing enthusiasts. Add to that list now all those amateur radio operators who will no doubt soon be setting their sights on MN84.

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




SKEETER/ACHOR: Pilots and amateur radio operators share a love of being on the air, so the combination seemed natural for one special event station in Indiana. Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us how hams and an annual air show honor the memory of one local pilot.

NEIL RAPP: A special event station operated in a joint effort by two radio clubs will take place in Madison, Indiana on Sunday, September 18th.  The Clifty Amateur Radio Society, W9EFU, and the Ivy Tech Community College–Madison Campus Amateur Radio Club, KC9WQI, will be operating in conjunction with the 15th annual Riley Memorial Air Show.  The fly-in is in memory of the late Doctor H. Schirmer Riley, a local physician who was also an avid pilot and the co-author of the book, “Two Pilots, One Engine,” which describes his flight around the world. A lifelong pilot, he died in April of 2010. Clifty Amateur Radio Club officer and Faculty Sponsor of the Ivy Tech club Jerry Barnes, KA9PIJ, explains the cooperation of the two clubs.

JERRY BARNES: We do a lot of our projects together. We ran Field Day together and we are going to do the air show together. So folks can receive a certificate. If they are lucky enough, they will make contact with both groups on the same date.

NEIL: Listen for the clubs near 7.268 on 40 meters, 14.268 on 20 meters, and 28.440 on 10 meters.  To get your electronic certificate for working the special event, submit your request to ka9pij@cinergymetro.netby Friday, September 25.  Certificates for valid contacts will only be sent to your email address.  No printed QSL cards will be available. Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline in beautiful southern Indiana, I’m Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.



SKEETER: The activation of Aves Island, a much-coveted DXCC entity, has been postponed. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford, N8WB, tells disappointed amateurs why it's not going forward, at least not now.

STEPHEN: If you've been waiting for the big DXpedition to Aves Island, one of the world's top DXCC entities, you may have to wait a little while longer -- or even longer than that. Steve W4DTA reports that the plans for YX0V have been put on hold due to weather conditions. The activation was to have started in late August.

Reporting on behalf of the team, Steve indicated that safety concerns were paramount, especially in light of the potential for storms. He hoped to provide updates in time. The expedition was to have operated for as many as 10 days, concluding on Sept. 10. Now its future is unclear.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.



Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including WA6TST, the linked repeater system of the Barstow, California, Amateur Radio Club on Tuesdays.


SKEETER: Ham Radio Outlet has opened its doors at the Milwaukee store that had once been headquarters to Amateur Electronic Supply, and a number of AES employees have been hired on to continue working at that location. Amateur Electronic Supply announced several weeks ago that after 59 years it was going out of the ham radio business. The Milwaukee store has since been renovated and has become the largest such retail outlet operated by HRO.  The company announced its Saturday, Aug. 27 opening on Twitter, generating big excitement on social media. The store, with a total of 5,000 square feet, is considered to be HRO's Superstore.




SKEETER/ANCHOR: While fans of Britain's Brian Rix will miss his comedic talents and his presence on stage and screen, amateur radio operators are grieving too. The bands will be that much emptier without him. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

JEREMY: The amateur radio world, along with the entertainment world and the world of disability advocates, are all mourning the death of British actor Brian Rix G2DQU. An honorary vice-president of the Radio Society of Great Britain, Lord Rix died on Saturday the 20th of August in London.

A radio amateur since his early teens, he credited his older brother, Malcolm, G5GX, with first sparking that interest when they were children. Lord Rix became an actor as a young man and was later to enter the realm of politics as well as charity. An advocate for the rights of those with disabilities, he became president of Mencap, an organization that assists people with learning disabilities. Knighted in 1986, Lord Rix began service in the House of Lords in 1992, taking particular interest in issues that impacted telecommunications and any matters having to do with amateur radio, including the fight against interference from the polluting Power Line Telecommunications technology.

Brian Rix became a Silent Key at age 92.

Vale Brian Rix G2DQU - SILENT KEY

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.




SKEETER/ANCHOR: A group of young South African amateurs known as the Hammies helped activate a well-known lighthouse in the city of Port Elizabeth. Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, tells us why these kids are likely to consider this year's International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend one to remember.

GRAHAM: Donkin Reserve is a noted historical spot in the South African city of Port Elizabeth, but on Sunday the 21st of August, it also made some history for a group of youngsters and their ham radios.

The Eastern Cape Hammies Club ZS2ZU worked the bands during the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend with the help of the Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society ZS2PE. The youngsters landed some DX contacts and worked nine other lighthouses from the one at the reserve, which was built in 1861.

The young amateurs also got another experience worthy of the history books. They worked the bands from a microbus outfitted with radios and antennas and owned by Al Akers, ZS2U. The camper became their radio shack for several hours, and though it never moved from its parking spot, it nonetheless transported the youngsters for miles and miles over the radio waves.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




In the World of DX, Bob, VK2BOB, will work from Samoa as 5W0BOB between September 10-17th. Listen for him on 40 and 20 meters using mainly SSB. Send QSL cards via VK2BOB direct only. His log will be uploaded to ClubLog.

Gordon, K7TRB, will use the call sign 7P8VA from Maseru in Lesotho between now and November 5th. He will be on the bands from 80-10 meters and possibly on 6m as well. Listen for him on SSB and in the Digital Modes. Send QSLs to his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau and check to see whether he is on LoTW -- as of press time he had not yet decided.

Alejandro, LU9VEA, will be on Easter Island, working as CE0Y/LU9VEA between September 26th and 30th. Listen for him on a variety of HF bands, working SSB. Send QSL cards to IK2DUW.

In Santana, Madeira Island, listen for Dieter/DK4QT, Thomas/DL6TK, Kalle/DM3BJ and a few others starting September 19th and running through the 28th. THey'll be active as CT9/homecall on 80 through 10 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. They also plan to be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest, which is taking place September 24th and 25th, signing as CR3W. Send QSLs to CR3W via DL5AXX. Send QSLs to all others via
their home callsigns.




SKEETER/ANCHOR: Think you've been a ham for a long time? Meet Cliff Kayhart, who's had his license for 79 years -- and that's just a fraction of his lifetime. Cliff, W4KKP, is 104 years old. We hear from him now, as Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO closes out this week's newscast with a few reflections from this very seasoned OM.

PAUL'S REPORT: There are OMs in amateur radio - and then there are REALLY OMs! Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina, definitely falls into the latter category. Kayhart is 104 years old and has been an active licensed ham for 79 years and counting. I recently had the privilege of speaking with Mr. Kayhart, who was first licensed in 1937. I asked him how he got interested in amateur radio.

CLIFF: Well, as a kid, I think I was 10 years old, and a buddy of mine came along and put earphones on my head and I heard radio for the first time. I lived about 10 miles form the Bell Laboratories there in New Jersey and they were experimenting all the time with broadcasting, so a big light lit up and I said "this is for me." And it turned out to be that way. I worked in radio all of my life.

PAUL: In fact, his hobby earned him one of his first adult jobs.

CLIFF: So having been active in radio since I was a kid, I built every radio that I could find a circuit diagram on. And I did that for quite a long time, just a kid! Then I saw that RCA was looking for somebody with my experience so I wrote them a letter, they called me in and when I got there they said "well you have no experience!" I said "yes I do, I've been building radios since I was a young kid and I'm still building them. I've been using your tubes for a long time, I know how your tubes work, what they're designed to do and what circuits they're in." I said, "I tell you what, why don't you hire me for one month and if I don't pan out, you can fire me." I worked there for five years.

PAUL: Kayhart is still active on the air, even moving in to a retirement home couldn't stop him.

CLIFF: I'm living in sort of a retirement place here and I sort of missed my ham radio right away because I had been very active ever since the war was over and still enjoyed it. But I came down here and living in this home I wondered, "could I have radio in here?" And so talked around a little bit and I got permission to install my radio equipment here. Local amateurs in a local radio club, they volunteered to come down and put up my antenna and they put up a nice 52-foot center fed antenna and it has worked beautifully. I've worked Australia from here, I work all over the place in the United States. Right now I'm on on the 40 meter band but I work all bands. So I'm enjoying radio.

PAUL: So listen for W4KKP on the air and try to work the man who may possibly be the oldest active ham in the world. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun WD9GCO.

SKEETER: There are a lot more stories Cliff Kayhart has to tell. To hear more about his experiences on and off the air, listen to his full conversation with Paul Braun in an Amateur Radio Newsline "EXTRA." Just visit our website, and navigate to the “Extra” page.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; the ARRL; the BBC; CQ Magazine; CNN; DXNews; DXCoffee; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Ham Radio Outlet; Irish Radio Transmitter Society; Internet Movie Database; the London Telegraph; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; Port Elizabeth Amateur Radio Society; QRZ; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. Please send emails to our address at More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website located at

For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Topeka, Kansas, saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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