Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2034, October 21, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2034 with a release date of Friday, October 21, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Colorado wildfires keep hams vigilant. Three deaths shake the global radio community -- and schoolkids enjoy a radio roundup! All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2034 comes your way now.

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SKEETER/ANCHOR: We begin this week's report with more Colorado wildfires. Amateur Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson KC0DGY has the latest.

KENT: In what is becoming an all too common headline this year, amateur radio has stepped in to assist communications in another wildfire.  This time its the Junkins Fire in southern Colorado.

ROBERT: The fire is in mostly rural country. We've got some vacation homes. I think there are 200 homes evacuated. The amateur radio role right now is basically in standby unless it blows up.

KENT: That's ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Robert Wareham, N0ESQ who is currently supporting efforts to fight the Junkins Fire at the Colorado State EOC.

ROBERT: We had an interesting request from the Fremont County Sheriffs yesterday: because its hunting season they asked us to put out evacuation bulletins so hunters with amateur radio in the back country would be aware of the fire danger.

KENT: Wareham explains how they assist at the state EOC

ROBERT: They activate Colorado ARES and then our personnel who have been trained and qualified  come into the state EOC and we become their communication function here.  So in addition to monitoring amateur radio we also monitor the state 800 MHz trunked network -- all of the mutual aid channels, so it's a broader role than traditional amateur radio. Because it's a largely rural wildfire at this point, there just isn't a need to bring up a full time amateur net right now.

KENT: He points out they have access to a statewide interconnected ham repeater network as well as a new DMR network

ROBERT: The Rocky Mountain ham radio club based out of Denver here has over the past 5 years or so developed a very robust DMR network. So right here from the state EOC I can communicate directly into the southern part of the state. It's a dramatic improvement over what we had ten years ago.

KENT: Disasters are nearly becoming commonplace for these Colorado hams.

ROBERT:: We've had so many disasters in Colorado over the last five or six years that we learn from each one of them. Believe it or not they become routine after a while.  We know what we need to do. We go in and staff the center. We work with the folks at the EOC and we take it in stride.

KENT: Hams are standing by to lend assistance where needed in the latest Colorado wildfire. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson KC0DGY

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SILENT KEY: KING OF THAILAND, HS1A

SKEETER/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, three deaths have touched the radio world. Here's Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO, with our first report.

PAUL'S REPORT: On Thursday, October 13th, Thailand lost not only their King, but also their most prominent amateur radio operator. King Bhumibhol Adulyadej was also known among hams as HS1A.

Acceptance of amateur radio in Thailand took a lot of work by a very dedicated group of hams, both native and resident aliens. The movement took on a new meaning starting in 1963 with the founding of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, or RAST.

I spoke with Robert Leo, W7LR, who was actually working in Thailand in 1963 and was one of the founders of RAST.

ROBERT LEO: “I was teaching up here in Montana, at Montana State University. I did that for twenty years. Early in that venture, in 1963, I was selected to go to Thailand and so I did that for Stanford Research and I was the research director. In Thailand we had seven agencies to work with but we got research done in spite of all that.

Along the way, I got to know all the hams - well, not all of them, but a bunch of hams over there. Some of them were in the military, some were in businesses and we decided to form RAST and I was one of the founders. At that time that's when they didn't have regular call signs so I wondered "how can I operate?" so I went to the Thai military and I said, "Well, what do I do? Can I operate?" and the guy said, "Yes, just pick out a call sign" so I picked out HS1L, the "L" is for Leo.”

PAUL: It's important to note that until RAST was formed, the Thai hams that were in existence were not allowed to make QSOs with any DX stations. RAST joined the IARU in 1969, which opened Thailand's hams up to the world.

RAST officers and members worked hard for the next 23 years to gain acceptance of ham radio by the government and communications agency and, in 1988, the official Thai amateur radio rules and regulations were adopted into law.

King Adulyadej was presented with his license and call sign, HS1A, in 1989 and officially put RAST under his patronage in 1994.

King Adulyadej was 88 years old and had been king since 1946. At the time of his death, he had been the world's longest-reigning monarch.

If you’d like to read more about RAST, please visit the official website at www.qsl.net/RAST.

We here at Amateur Radio Newsline extend our condolences and sympathies to not only the hams, but to the entire Thai people during this time of national mourning.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Paul Braun, WD9GCO

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SILENT KEY: REPEATER PIONEER JOHN CROCKETT W3KH

SKEETER/ANCHOR: In South Carolina, a pioneer in repeater systems has died. Here's Newsline's Jim Damron N8TMW.

JIM: Amateurs in South Carolina are mourning John Crockett W3KH, who became a Silent Key on October 12 following a long bout with cancer. An electrical engineer, he is credited for his work as Project manager of the South Carolina Healthcare Emergency Amateur Radio Team system's linked repeaters as well as the Digital Mobile Radio linked repeater system. He was also the developer of and project manager for the Southeastern Repeater Association Universal Coordination System. John got his amateur license in 1963 and was a life member of the ARRL. An Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War, he became an advocate for effective emergency communications and served as net manager for the South Carolina Statewide ARES VHF/UHF Net, which met on the SC HEART linked repeaters.

The SC HEART website posted this message following John's death: QUOTE "Amateur radio and emergency communications had no greater advocate in South Carolina than John Crockett. His tireless devotion to service led to the establishment of the SCHEART network, the SC DMR network and countless other innovations of immeasurable service to the people of South Carolina." ENDQUOTE

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.

(SC HEART WEBSITE, ARRL)


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NAVAJO CODE TALKER DIES IN ARIZONA

SKEETER/ANCHOR: Finally, our nation joins the Navajo nation in mourning a hero of World War II. Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP has the details.

MIKE: Sgt. Maj. Dan Akee Sr., one of the last of the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, has died. Considered a hero by his tribe, the 96-year-old veteran died on Friday, October 14 in Tuba City, Arizona. The sergeant major had served in the 4th Marine Division of the 25th Regiment in the Pacific and was one of several hundred Code talkers whose use of the Navajo language kept the Japanese from decoding messages sent by the Allied forces.

According to his son, Dan Akee Jr., he was at the Battle of Iwo Jima and was present when the American flag was raised on Mount Suribachi by six Marines, including Ira Hayes, a member of the Gila River Indian Community.

The Navajo Nation's president Russell Begaye said in a press release: QUOTE "Dan Akee was not just a Navajo Nation treasure. He was an international treasure and icon whose service will stand as a testament to the freedom of all Americans.” ENDQUOTE

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP in Shawnee, Oklahoma.

(ASSOCIATED PRESS, NATIVE NEWS ONLINE)

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BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association's 2 meter repeater, W8WKY, Tuesdays at 7:30 PM local time in Doylestown, Ohio.

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YOUNG VOICES HEARD IN SCHOOL CLUB ROUNDUP

SKEETER/ANCHOR: Now here's one after-school activity that doesn't involve homework. This sounds more like HAM-work......as we hear from Newsline's Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

NEIL's REPORT:

AUDIO OF MARIA:

"November Hotel 6 Hotel Charlie station, you're coming in as a five and nine from Bloomington, Indiana with the Bloomington High School South club. My name is Maria.
NH6HC: OK, very good, Maria. My name is Arnie, America Radio November Italy Echo, Arnie, and I'm in Orange County, California near Disneyland. Back to you."

NEIL: This is just one of many contacts that were made during the first day of School Club Roundup, a five-day contest for student stations typically working after class. As this broadcast goes to air, School Club Roundup is in its final hours. Schools across the globe have been making contacts with other schools, clubs, and just whoever they find on the air. From elementary schools to big name universities, schools are taking to the airwaves to learn more about ham radio. Some are very competitive and treat the roundup as a contest atmosphere. Others enjoy engaging a string of students in a casual QSO with someone who just stops by the frequency. My high school students at Bloomington High School South in Bloomington, Indiana mostly lean toward the contest side of the roundup, but enjoy a little of both. Club president Maria Lysandrou, KD9BUS, tells Amateur Radio Newsline what she especially likes about School Club Roundup.

MARIA: "I love being able to talk to people all around the world, and meeting people... and I love being able to have just a bunch of pileups... especially since I'm a girl. I get a lot of people trying to talk to me.

AUDIO OF PILEUP

MARIA: "It's nice to get a lot of points for our club and it's nice to talk to people all around the world, just sitting in one place."

NEIL: Club co-Vice President Ryan Butler, who is still operating as a third party, has become an expert at logging and enjoys getting on the mic too. Repairs to our primary antenna, tower and rotor that couldn't be completed in time for the fall roundup, despite valiant attempts, have impacted our team's performance, but Ryan remains optimistic.

RYAN: "I think that we are going to get less points than normal, but since we did a bunch of tuning to the radio we're able to get out much clearer signals across America. I think we'll be able to rack up a lot of points still, even though we are hindered by the bad radio antenna."

NEIL: So as we finish School Club Roundup, we hope you were all able to take some time to talk to some schools on the air this week and create these opportunities for students to experience ham radio. With any luck, our station repairs will be complete in a few weeks and we will do even better in the next roundup which takes place February 13th through 17th. For more information about School Club Roundup, check out the arrl.org website and search for School Club Roundup. Be looking as well for an article in an upcoming edition of QST.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is club sponsor Neil Rapp, WB9VPG reporting from the K9SOU shack in Bloomington, Indiana.

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AUSTRALIAN STEM SYMPOSIUM NEEDS INPUT

SKEETER/ANCHOR: Teaching kids about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math takes lots of planning and the Wireless Institute of Australia is looking for some help in doing just that. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's John Williams VK4JJW.

JOHN'S REPORT: Australian amateur radio operators are being asked to participate in an event that doesn't involve being on the air but will hopefully result in meaningful contacts anyway. The Wireless Institute of Australia needs amateurs willing to share their technical knowledge as it applies to STEM education programs for young Australians. Hams are being asked to submit expressions of interest in participating in the institute's STEM Symposium on November 19 at the Canberra ARC club rooms. The WIA would like to see amateurs share not just their knowledge but ways to integrate it into STEM programs. Those ideas will be discussed during the one-day gathering with an eye toward writing up briefs that can be submitted to government agencies involved in STEM. Amateurs already involved in STEM activities are especially welcome. For more information, send an email to bruce@wia.org.au

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm John Williams, VK4JJW

(WIRELESS INSTITUTE OF AUSTRALIA)

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SYDNEY AMATEURS DEBUT NEW WEBSDR

SKEETER/ANCHOR: Also in Australia, there's some new WebSDR activity online. Want to listen in on what's happening on the bands around Sydney? Amateur Radio Newsline's Richard Murnane VK2SKY has those details.

RICHARD's REPORT: In VK2, the Manly-Warringah Radio Society in Sydney Australia is pleased to announce that its new WebSDR is now online. This web-accessible software defined radio receiver covers five amateur bands; 160, 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters, making it easy to check from anywhere in the world if your HF signal is reaching VK2. It's also handy if you're away from the shack and just want to do some shortwave listening through your mobile phone or other portable device. You can even listen in through your computer at work -- just don't annoy the boss. This project has been supported by a generous development grant from Amateur Radio New South Wales for which the club would like to express its heartfelt thanks. The receiver may be used by anyone, whether they're a licensed amateur or not. Simply go to the Manly-Warringah Radio Society website at http://www.mwrs.org.au and click on the WebSDR link in the top menu. Give it a try and let the club know how it works for you. All feedback will be most welcome. Just Google the club callsign, VK2MB, for more information. Happy listening!

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Richard Murnane VK2SKY

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A RADIO MYSTERY ALONG BENGAL BORDER IN INDIA

SKEETER/ANCHOR: In India, the West Bengal Radio Club is helping authorities clear up a disturbing mystery, as we hear from Newsline's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: The strange messages come over the airwaves, typically around midnight. They are sent from transmitters that appear to be moving and in transmissions that appear to be in a language featuring numeric codes as well as Bengali and Urdi words Hams with Bangladeshi-type pronounciations. These transmissions are of great concern to hams in South Bengal, who have been hearing the traffic along the Bengal-Bangladesh border, and have now been asked to help track the source. Hams with the West Bengal Radio Club were asked by the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology to monitor this traffic around the clock with an eye toward tracking any potential terror activity. The club's secretary, Ambarish Nag Biswas, said the club has assigned 23 operators to do so.

He said hams have apparently been noticing these transmissions on VHF as early as June but said this is the first time amateurs have encountered this kind of radio traffic along the border.

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

(HINDUSTAN TIMES)

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WORLD OF DX

In the world of DX, Istvan HA5AO has reactivated his 7P8AO callsign and is operating from Lesotho until October 29th. Send QSL cards via Club Log OQRS.

Be listening for callsigns 9N7FD, 9N7WE, 9N7ZT and 9N7XW as a group of Polish operators gets on the air from Nepal through October 29th. Send QSL cards to their home calls.

Chris GM3WOJ and Keith GM4YXI are operating from Micronesia as V6Z until November 1st. The IOTA reference is OC-011. Send QSLs via Club Log OQRS.

Be listening for call sign TL0A, which is being used by a group of French amateurs in the Central African Republic. They will be on the air until October 28th. Listen for them operating CW, SSB and RTTY on 80 meters to 6 meters. Their QSL Manager is F4WBN.

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KICKER: NATIONAL PARKS ON THE AIR, VK STYLE

SKEETER/ANCHOR:

GRAHAM: They  don't call it portable operations for nothing. As hams in Australia prepare for the sixth annual Keith Roget Memorial National Parks Award activity weekend in Victoria's National Parks, amateurs have chosen their times and locations for operating and many of them plan to be on the move at more than one spot, from Lower Goulburn to Warby Ovens to Port Campbell and points in between.

This is all, of course, nothing new in Victoria or in the United States, which will soon be wrapping up its centennial celebration of its own National Parks after a year of similar portable ops.

In Victoria's case, though, hams have Keith Roget VK3YQ to thank for being the award's inspiration. Keith became a Silent Key in 1981 after an amateur career that kept him forever on the move with his radio equipment. Keith was a respected World War II veteran who served with the Royal Australian Air Force and became an active amateur in his later years.

Now it's just a matter of waiting until Friday the 11th of November for the activity to begin. It doesn't conclude until Monday the 14th of November. Across those four days, hams will be on the move, in the spirit of Keith Roget.

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

(SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS, AMATEUR RADIO VICTORIA)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur Radio Victoria; the ARRL; the Associated Press; Bloomington High School South club; CQ Magazine; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; the Hindustan Times; Irish Radio Transmitter Society; the Manly-Warringah Radio Society; Native News Online; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QRZ; SC HEART; 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 newsline@arnewsline.org. More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website located at www.arnewsline.org.

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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