Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1846 - December 28 2012

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1846 with a release
date of December 28, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Hams in the Philippines activate
as yet another tropical storm hits that nation; new spectrum
for hams in Switzerland and the U-K; a ham radio operator in
New York City beats the bureaucracy and gets to keep his
tower; Canada changes the way it administers its
communications enforcement and AMSAT gets a Matching Fund
for donations made to the Fox satellite project.  These
stories and more on the Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1846 coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO:  PHILIPPINES ACTIVATES EMERGENCY NET 7.095 MHZ

Hams in the Philippines are again activated as yet another
tropical storm hits the nation.  Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has
more in this report:

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Spare a thought for those who spent a nervous, very wet and
windy Christmas as Tropical Storm Quinta went through the
south of the Philippines.  This in areas trying to recover
from Tyhoon Bopha earlier in the month.

Landslides occurred in the Visayas, Southern Leyte and
Eastern Samar areas.  There were more than 5,800 ferry
passengers stranded with fishermen told not to venture out.

Activated during the storm was the Philippines Amateur Radio
Association Emergency net on 7.095 MHz and VHF, to handle
emergency and welfare traffic.

Among those involved were members of the Philippines Amateur
Radio Association affiliated club called the District 5
Radio Amateur Network.  They were kept busy coordinating pre-
emptive evacuations in Tacloban City and elsewhere alongside
members of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
Council.  Other radio amateurs were also involved in the
overall emergency.

The Philippine  archipelago has numerous severe weather
events each year. Typhoon Bopha which made landfall over
Mindanao on December the 2nd ripped through the
southern provinces killing 1,067 people, leaving hundreds
missing and many
more homeless.

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

--

All ham radio operators world wide awere being asked to keep
clear of the Philippine emergency net frequency of 7.095 MHz
until operations stand down.  (VK3PC, DU1UG)

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RESTRUCTURING:  SWITZERLAND GRANTS HAMS ACCESS TO 472 TO 479
KHZ

A new year's present from telecommunications regulator BAKOM
to the ham radio community of Switzerland.  As of January
1st, Swiss hams will have access to the low frequency
spectrum from 472 to 479 kHz.

As in most other nations that have granted access to this
band, the Effective Radiated Power level is 5 watts making
it more suitable for low noise digital narrowband modes than
either analog voice or CW.
(Southgate)

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RESTRUCTURING:  5 MHZ SLOTS AVAILABLE IN THE UK

And a New Years gift from United Kingdom telecommunications
regulator Ofcom to that nations hams.  This with the
announcement that the previously adopted additional block of
frequencies at 5 MHz are now available on a Notice of
Variation Basis.

As of January 1st UK hams holding Full Advanced class U-K
licenses can apply for the Notices of Variation to gain
access to the new frequency slots.  Information for U-K hams
on how to apply for these as well as a Notice of Variation
for operation in the Low Frequency 472 to 479 kHz bands are
on line at tinyurl.com/new-UK-nov  (Southgate, 5 MHZ
Newsletter, G4MWO)

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RADIO LAW:  NYC HAMS WINS FIGHT TO KEEP TOWER

A New York City ham will be able to keep his tower and
antenna on the roof of his home in the borough of Manhattan.
This after the city's Board of Standards and Appeals
overrules the Department of Buildings that had tried to
revoke his permit for the antenna that had previously been
legally issued.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant,
K6PZW, has the details:

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In September of 2010, Paul Isaacs, W2JGQ, was granted a
building permit for his amateur radio antenna.  The antenna
system was made up of a 40 foot tower and top mounted Yagi
antenna. Isaacs installed his antenna system on the roof of
his four story home about 60 or so feet above ground level.

Then some four months after the system had been put in place
the City of New York's Department of Buildings declared its
intention to revoke Isaacs' properly attained building
permit.  Why?  Well after all that tuime it decided that
Issac's amateur radio antenna system was not, in the
Department's opinion, an accessory use.

Isaacs appealed the decision through the Department's
bureaucracy.  When it didn't reverse the decision, W2JGQ had
a series of hearings before the New York City Board of
Standards and Appeals.

Now comes word that in November the Board of Standards and
Appeals ruled that while perhaps uncommon, that an amateur
radio antenna system is indeed an accessory use under New
York City's zoning ordinance and the building permit was
properly granted.

Burt heres the best part.  The Board of Standards and
Appeals also stated in the case of amateur radio towers,
that, unlike cellular towers and certain other structures,
there is no expressed standards to guide Department of
Buildings in determining at what height a particular radio
tower becomes a non-accessory.

While its possible that the city could enact some form of
ordinance to create a standard in at some future date, at
the moment the interpretation stands as defined.  It also
has the blessing of the New York City Board of Standards and
Appeals.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in
Los Angeles.

--

The bottom line:  Not a bad win for ham radio and other
private radio users in the city known as The Big Apple.
(eHam, others)

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RADIO LAW:  CANADIAN ENFORCEMENT RULES CHANGES

An announcement in the Canada Gazette says that there have
been modifications made in the Contravention Regulations
concerning the enforcement of the nations Radiocommunication
Regulations.  These changes will allow peace officers
including Municipal, Provincial and Royal Canadian Mounted
Police officers to issue tickets for certain offences under
the nations Radiocommunication Regulations.

This change is the result of amendments made back in 2000
and 2011 to the Canadian  Radiocommunication Regulations to
exempt amateur radio apparatus and its  operation from the
licensing requirement by Industry Canada.  Also to respond
to concerns expressed by the Standing Joint Committee for
the Scrutiny of Regulations.  The latter had concluded that
provisions of the Radiocommunication Regulations were
redundant to, or inconsistent with, the Radiocommunication
Act, or inconsistent with the terms of the Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.

You can see the changes and how they might affect radio
amateurs in that nation at tinyurl.com/new-Canadian-regs
(RAC, VE4WO)

**

COMMUNICATIONS LAW:  SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR CHALLENGE
TO 2008 WIRETAP IMMUNITY LAW

The United States Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to
a 2008 federal law granting immunity to phone companies.
This for assisting the government eavesdrop on private phone
conversations.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash takes
a look at what transpired:

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The case involved 33 lawsuits brought against the
telecommunications providers in 2006 after news reports that
the government had conducted warrant-less surveillance.
Phone customers alleged that AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon
Communications and others violated federal and state law.

In reaction to the suits, in 2008 Congress passed Section
802 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.  This gave
the Attorney General the power to grant legal immunity to
anyone providing assistance to the intelligence community.
The then Attorney General used that law to block the 33
suits all of which were eventually dismissed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil
Liberties Union and others appealed.  Their lawyers argued
that Section 802 violated the separation of powers doctrine
of the U.S. Constitution.  But in December of 2011, the 9th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected
those arguments, finding the telephone companies immune.

Asking the Supreme Court to review that decision, the civil
liberties groups said the law allowed the executive branch
to conduct warrantless, suspicionless domestic surveillance
without fear of review by courts.  Also that it gave the
Attorney General sole discretion to decide when
eavesdropping was necessary.

But the high court, without comment, has declined to review
the challenge to the law.

--

This decision is the latest in which the High Court has
refused to review government surveillance practices adopted
since the al-Quida lead terrorist attacks of September 11,
2001.  (Published news reports)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  FOX MATCHING FUND ESTABLISHED

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, says that the
organization has received a matching funds challenge to help
with the Fox 1 program.  Baines says that an anonymous donor
will match up to $25,000 in funds to be donated to the Fox
satellite project.

Fox-1B mission will incorporate the spare flight hardware of
Fox-1.  It is a joint project with the Institute for Space
and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University and is
AMSAT's first satellite with science as its primary mission.
As such it holds the potential of opening up new
opportunities for free launches.  The satellite will also
carry a ham radio FM transponder and AMSAT expects to be
able to operate the transponder and science payload
simultaneously.

AMSAT says that it has requested a launch in the second half
of 2014 to a 650 kilometer sun-synchronous orbit.  This is
same as had been requested for Fox-1.

Donatations to the matching fund can be made via PayPal sent
to Martha (at) amsat (dot) org.  Or you can simply click on
the PayPal logo at www.amsat.org.  And we will have more ham
radio space related news later on in this weeks newscast.
(AMSAT)


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BREAK 1

Wishing you a very Happy New Year.  From the United States
of America, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on
bulletin stations around the world including the K7CSK
repeater serving Everett, Washington.

(5 sec pause here)


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RADIO MIRACLES:  HAM RADIO OPERATOR WALKS AWAY FROM CHOPPER
CRASH

Call it a Christmas miracle.  This with word that a
Minnesota ham who crash landed his helicopter on his sons
back yard helipad has walked away with only minor injuries.
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:

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The pilot was Trygve Svard, KD0PNQ, of Plymouth, Minnesota.
According to news reports Svard was in the process of
landing his personal helicopter in the yard of his son's
home in the rural city of Corcoran at around 10:30 a.m. on
Sunday morning, December 23rd. This as he had done many
times in the past.  But something went wrong as the chopper
began to spin with its tail rotor hitting a near-by trailer.

News reports go on to say that Svard's son Stefan was
watching his father land the Robinson Model 22 chopper when
the accident occurred.  The younger Svard ran out with a
fire extinguisher.  Stefan got his father safely out of the
helicopter before a major fire erupted.  KD0PNQ reportedly
suffered only a scorched arm and singed facial hair but
thankfully was otherwise unscathed.

Brad Christianson, KC0HCP, tells Amateur Radio Newsline that
Trygve Svard is a member of the Minneapolis area Twin City
FM Club.  The news report about the crash describes Svard as
being a very skilled pilot.

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

--

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are
investigating the incident.  More on this story is on the
web at tinyurl.com/hams-helicopter-down.  (KC0HCP,
Lakeminnetonka Patch, other published news reports)

**

ENFORCEMENT:  UNLICENDED BROADCASTER WITH THREE TRANSMITTER
LOCATIONS HANDED $25000 PROPOSED FINE

An unlicensed broadcaster that tried to fool the FCC by
originating his programming frm different locations has been
found and issued a $25,000 propsed fine.

Recipient of this likely unwanted gift from Uncle Sam is
Fabrice Polynice, of North Miami, Florida, whom the
regulatory agency claims to have apparently, willfully and
repeatedly violated Section 301 of the Communications Act.
This by allegedly operating unlicensed radio transmitters on
the frequency 90.1 MHz from three locations in North Miami,
Florida.

According to the FCC, while conducting routine monitoring of
the airwaves, agents from the Enforcement Bureau's Miami
Office determined that an unlicensed radio station was
operating on 90.1 MHz from multiple locations, presumably to
evade detection.  On six different days over several months
the agents the used direction finding to locate the source
of radio frequency transmissions and traced them to three
separate locations in North Miami.  The agents made signal
strength measurements and determined that the signals
exceeded the limits for operation under Part 15 of the FCC
rules and therefore required a license.

The agents inspected two of the station locations when Mr.
Polynice was not present.  One inspection was conducted
following seizure of the transmitting equipment by federal
marshals.  The other was conducted with the residents of the
property, and they were issued an on-scene Notice of
Unlicensed Operation.  But the unlicensed station continued
to operate at one of the locations even after the federal
marshals had seized the radio transmitting equipment located
at another location.

Now in issuing the $25,000 proposed fine, the FCC says that
the evidence in this case is sufficient to establish that
Mr. Polynice violated Section 301 of the Communications Act
on at least six different days during March to July of 2012.
It also stated that its agents heard the station identify
itself on the air as "Touche Douce" and announce Polynice's
personal telephone number as the station's telephone number.
It also noted that Polynice has a history of operating a
radio station without a license, which demonstrates a
complete disregard for Federal and State authorities and
their laws.  Despite being arrested and convicted in 2006
for violating the State of Florida's prohibition against
operating an unlicensed radio station within the State that
Polynice continued to operate an unlicensed radio station at
three separate locations in North Miami.

Based on the evidence before it, including what the FCC
termed as consideration of the egregiousness of the
violations, the history of prior offenses, and the degree of
culpability, that it finds that the violations warrant a
total upward adjustment of $15,000 from the $10,000 base
fine.   Polynice was also warned that future violations may
subject him to more severe enforcement action, including
larger monetary forfeitures, criminal prosecution, and the
seizure of his equipment.  (FCC)

**

EXPANDING RADIO:  MORE RADIO HAMS IN FAIRBANKS

The amateur radio population in Fairbanks, Alaska is
increasing thanks to the work of the Arctic Amateur Radio
Club.  The club reports that in 2012 that it welcomed 18 new
Technician licenses and had 11 General class upgrades and 7
Extra class upgrades.

If you are not familiar with Alaska, Fairbanks is located in
the interior of the state.  It is about a 6 hour drive from
the next largest city of Anchorage.  (KL3NO)

**

CORRECTION: SUPERSTITION HAMFEST FEBRUARY 9 AND YUMA HAMFEST
FEBRUARY 15 - 16

A quick correction to a typo that only appeared only in the
text  version of last weeks' newscast.  In the printed
headline, the text gave a date of Superstition Arizona
hamfest February 19th while the story itself said the date
was the 9th.  To clarify, the text of the story was correct
and the headline was wrong.  The correct date is February
9th.

And while we are at it we should mention that the following
weekend is the Hamfest and State Convention in Yuma Arizona.
That's February 15th and 16th.  The bottom line is that it
looks like a busy ham radio month in Arizona and the
planners of both these events hope to see you there.

Our thanks to Alan Price. N6ALP for the correction and the
Arizona events update.  (N6ALP)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  ORLANDO HAMCATION ON FEBRUARY 8 - 10 IN
FLORIDA

The 67th annual Orlando Amateur Radio Club Orlando HamCation
Amateur Radio and Computer Show is slated for the weekend of
February 8, 9 and 10 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in
Orlando, Florida.

The theme for the 2013 Orlando HamCation is Ham Radio
Exploring New Horizons.  The event will feature over 150
commercial vendor booths, 400 swap tables, the largest
Tailgate Area in the southeast as well as a plethora of
forums.  Special event station K4H will be on the air from
the Hamcation site.

Updated information is available at www.hamcation.com, on
Facebook under the fan page of Hamcation.  You can also
follow developments on Twitter by subscribing to @hamcation.
(Orlando Hamcation)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT ON OSCAR

AMSAT is again inviting radio amateur's world wide to
participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR.

As always, operation is simple and informal.  Just use CW
through one or more satellites on January 1st 2013 from 0000
to 2400 UTC using only a straight hand key.  There is no
need to send in a log, but all participants are encouraged
to nominate someone they worked for Best Fist. Your nominee
need not have the best fist of anyone you heard, only of
those you worked.  Send your nomination to w2rs at amsat dot
org.  A list of those nominated will appear on the Amsat
News and in the AMSAT Journal.

And less we forget, this year's event is dedicated to the
memory of John Thompson, who held the calls W1BIH and PJ9JT
who passed away in 2012 ate age 96.  Although known
primarily as a High Frequency DXer and contester, Thompson
was also active on the OSCAR satellites, mostly on CW.
(ANS)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  WYONG CONTEST UNIVERSITY URL UPDATE

From the social calendar file we have been advised to ask
that you use the direct U-R-L for information regarding the
Mini Contest University at Wyong Australia.  According to
the event planners the Tiny URL link will not work because
there is a space in the URL which causes problems with
tinyurl and other U-R-L compression schemes.

Wyong Mini Contest University takes place on Saturday,
February 23rd.  If you want more information on this event
please take your web browser to
www.fieldday.org.au/contest_university/.

If you missed that, don't worry.  You will find it in the
printed edition of this week's Amateur Radio Newsline
report.  (VK2JI)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY 2013 JANUARY 6 IN NY

The 14th annual Ham Radio University will be held on Sunday,
January 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Briarcliffe
College in Bethpage, New York.  The event will include more
than 25 informational forums moderated by local experts in a
broad range of Amateur Radio activities.  The keynote
speaker will be Bill Cross W3TN, Staff member in the Federal
Communications Commission's Mobility Division.

Ham Radio University is a cooperative effort supported by
radio clubs and related organizations in the New York City
and Long Island area.  This year the event is being
sponsored by the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club.
Further information and the forum schedule is on line at
www.hamradiouniversity.org.  (KS2G)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  2012 YASME EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
ANNOUNCED

The Yasme Excellence Awards for 2012 have been announced.
Among those receiving honors this year are George Fremin,
K5TR; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Trey Garlough, N5KO, and Scott
Neader, KA9FOX.  This, for their contributions to many
infrastructure projects that benefit the ham community at
large.

Also recognized is ARRL Education and Technology Program
Director Mark Spencer, WA8SME.  Spencer received the honor
for his contribution to the ARRL Teachers Institute on
Wireless Technology and other training efforts.  Also for
his development of P-I-C microcontroller projects, books for
amateurs, as well as working with leaders in student and
scientific teams in applying amateur radio to scientific
projects and experiments.

The Yasme Excellence Awards are given to individuals who
through their own service, creativity, effort and
dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur
radio. The award itself takes the form of a cash grant and
an engraved crystal globe.  For a complete list of these
years winners please take your web browser to
www.yasme.org/awards.
(Yasme. ARRL)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS: VE3DSS NEW RAC MARITIMES SECTION MANAGER

And congratulations to Craig Seaboyer, VE1DSS, who was
recently elected Radio Amateurs of Canada Section Manager
for the Maritimes for the balance of a two year term.   He
ran unopposed eliminating the need for a balloted election.
(RAC)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  AE5DW TO GUEST ON THE DODROPIN ECHOLINK
NER OM JANUARY 5

And on Jan 5th at 2100 hours Eastern Standard Time, Amateur
Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, will be the guest on
the Amateur Radio Newsline Net held on the DoDropIn Echolink
conference server.  You are invited to - well -- drop in and
catch Don talking about his career in broadcasting as well
as amateur radio after which the latest Amateur Radio
Newsline newscast will be aired.   Again that's the Amateur
Radio Newsline Net on Saturday January 5th 2100 ours Eastern
Standard Time to meet Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, on the DoDropIn
Echolink conference server node number 355800. Hope to see
you there.  (W8WFO)

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BREAK 2

With you 52 weeks a year every year.  From the United States
of America, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to
the world from our only official website at
www.arnewsline.org and being relayed by the volunteer
services of the following radio amateur:

(5 sec pause here)

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THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD:  RESPECTED FCC ENGINEER ANGELO
DITTY K4GKB - SK

A name familiar to both broadcasters and ham radio operators
has passed from the scene.  This with word that former FCC
Inspector Angelo Ditty, K4GKB, became a Silent Key on
December 2nd at the age of 87.

Ditty served in the Atlanta FCC office as the Engineer in
Charge from 1974 until 1990 following a stint with the FCC
out of Tampa, Florida.   Earlier in his career while based
at the FCC's San Francisco office he worked with Ney Landry,
W6UDU, who recently passed away at age 95.

After leaving the FCC Ditty took a position with the Georgia
Association of Broadcasters where he served until 2011.
There he examined engineering and public files for members,
allowing them three-year exemptions from FCC inspections.

Memorial services for Angelo Ditty, K4GKB, were held on
Friday, December 7th in Canton. Georgia. (RW)

**

CHANGING OF THE GUARD:  BARCODE INVENTOR JOSEPH WOODLAND
-S.K.

Norman Joseph Woodland who co-created the barcode using
Morse code, has died at his New Jersey home at the age of
91.

Barcodes Inc. says that Woodland worked with university
classmate Bernard Silver to create the now ubiquitous thick-
and-thin-line system in the 1940s.  Woodland reportedly used
the Morse code as a basis to create the barcode when he just
extended the dots and dashes downward and made narrow lines
and wide lines out of them.

The BBC reports that the system was patented in the US in
1952 and was later sold for only $15,000.  (BBC)

**


HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  THREE NEW HAMS JOIN ISS CREW

Three new astro-hams are now on-board the Internationl Space
Station.  They are American Tom Marshburn, KE5HOC; Russian
Roman Romanenko, UT5ERP and Canada's Chris Hadfield, KC5RNJ.
All were launched from the Bikenour Cosmodrome in
Kazakhestan on board a Soyuz booster on Wednesday, December
19th .  The trio traveled for two days in the capsule,
before docking with the space station where three other
astronauts are already on board.  (ANS)

**

HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  AMSAT-UK introduces Electronic
Membership

AMSAT-UK has announced that it will now offer Electronic E-
membership at a reduced rate.

The new E-membership will provide OSCAR News as a
downloadable PDF file and members will have the freedom to
read it on their tablets or smart phones at their leisure.
E-membership should also be especially beneficial to
overseas members who have long suffered from high postal
charges and long delivery times.

The AMSAT-UK membership year runs from January 1st to
December 31st.  Members can renew at tinyurl.com/amsat-uk-
renew.  New members sign up at tinyurl.com/amsat-uk-join
(AMSAT-UK)

**

RADIO IN SPACE:  CUBESAT DEPLOYERS BEING MANUFACTURED AT
CALIFORNIA PRISON

According to a news reports, inmates at San Quentin prison
in California are building CubeSat orbital deployers.

Working under the strict guidance of NASA, a handful of
skilled inmate machinists are making P-PODs which is an
acronym for Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployers.  These are
essentially, aluminum boxes designed to hold CubeSats which
ride "piggyback" into space as secondary payloads.

The devices are part of a new generation of low-cost,
miniature launch vehicles developed for research used by
more than 150 universities worldwide.  You can read the
complete story on-line at tinyurl.com/prison-satellite-
deployers  (Southgate)

**

WORLDBEAT:  ACMA SAYS NO MORE VK MICKEY-D SPAM E-MAIL

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given
McDonald's Australia Limited a formal warning under the
nations Spam Act about a `send to friends' facility on the
McDonald's Happy Meal website.  According to the WIA News,
an ACMA investigation found that e-mails using the `send to
friends' facility which promoted games and activities were
sent to friends of users without first getting the friends'
consent. The messages also did not have an unsubscribe
facility, as required by that nations Spam Act.  (WIA, ACMA)

**

WORLDBEAT:  HUNGARY CLOSES REGIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE STATIONS

Hungary's Media Services and Support Trust Fund has closed
all five of its regional radio studios which make up the
Regio Radio network.  According to the Trust memo on
December 21st, the studios will be leased out, and staff
will either be made redundant or employed as correspondents
for the national public talk and news service.

According to the Chief Operating Officer of the Media
Services and Support Trust Fund, the Regio Radio network
experienced a waning audience due to increasing competition
from other local private stations. The soon-to-be-available
FM and AM frequencies will be used for broadcasting a new
nationwide public service of Hungarian song or urban folk
music and at least one operetta music station, (RW)

**

WORLDBEAT:  NEW CANADIAN HELLSCHREIBER AWARD

A new award has been created for those ham radio enthusiasts
in Canada who enjoy operating Hellschreiber.   The basic
Worked All Canada award requires contacts in Hellschreiber
with the ten Canadian Provinces.   The complete award
requires additional QSO's be held with the three northern
Territories of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and
Nunavut.

Hellschreiber was originally a mechanical mode that now is
operated by most in the digital domain and enables the
transmission of text using facsimile technology.  The start
date of the award was December 19th  which happened to be
the birthday of Dr. Rudolf Hell, who patented Hellschreiber
in 1929.

You must be a member of the Feld Hell Club to be eligable,
but contacts with non-members are bvalid for award credit.
A sample of the certificate, the rules and information on
how to apply for the award is on line at
tinyurl.com/Hellschreiber-Canada-Award.  (Feld Hell Club)

**

ON THE AIR:  6 METER PROPAGATION TO BE ACTIVATED IN
ANTARCTICA

On the air, listen out in February for Craig Hayhow VK6JJJ,
who will be signing VK0JJJ from the coast of MacRobertson
Land and Australia's base
at Mawson in Antarctica.  He arrives on February the 10th
and while there he is also planning to install a 6 meter
beacon to test the propagation on that band.  The beacon
will operate using the call VK0RTM running 400 watts out
into a 5 element yagi.  For contacts on the high frequency
bands he will be running a Flex 5000A and an amplifier to a
triangle antenna.  QSL via VK3ZAZ.  (VK3PC)

**

DX

In DX, OH1LEG will be active from Rodrigues Island through
January 7th signing stroke 3B9.  He will be operational on
160 through 10 meters using SSB , RTTY and PSK31.  QSL
direct via OH1LEG.

DF3FS and DL1QW will be active stroke 5Z4 from Kenya from
January 6th to the 20th .  They will be operating 80 through
10 meters using CW , SSB  and  RTTY.  QSL via each operators
home call.

PP1CZ will be on the air from Fernando de Noronha
Island January 15th to the 21st signing PY0F.  He will focus
on 160 and 80 meter CW.  QSL via his home call.

JR1IZM will be active from Lesotho through January 2013
as 7P8ZM
He will be operational on all of the High Frequency
bands but no specific modes or operating times have been
mentioned.  QSL via JO1CRA

DK9FN is operational from Temotu Province using the call H-
40-F-N through January 7th. If you make contact QSL H-40-F-N
via HA8DD.

JR1IZM is in Losotho has been issued with the callsign
7P8ZM. He will be active until mid-January though no
specific bands or operating times are known.  QSL's go via
his home call.

Prefix hunters will be interested in the callsign 8N119T.
This is being
used to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Tokyo Fire
Department and
will be in operation until March 25th.  QSL as directed on
the air.

Lastly, an international team organized by the Belgian
Rockall Team will be on the air from Burundi between
February 14th and the 23rd with four stations using the call
9U4U.  Activity will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW,
SSB and RTTY.  Their QSL Manager will be M0URX and their
website can be found at www.9u4u.be

(Above from various DX news sources)

**

THAT FINAL ITEM:  ANNIVERSARY OF LAST MORSE CODE TELEGRAM

And finally this week, we celebrate the last telegram ever
sent in New South Wales, Australia.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP,  has the details:

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The date was December the 13th, 1962 when the last telegram
and its reply were sent by Morse code in New South Wales.
And in a 50th anniversary re-enactment, former Telegraph
Operator Phil McGrath traveled to Bombala, Australia, to
send and receive souvenir telegrams to mark the occasion.

At the appointed time McGrath sat at the sounding box and
typewriter and received what was originally meant to be that
all important final commemorative message.  It read:

"This telegram from Sydney to Bombala is the last message
which will be sent by Morse in New South Wales, concluding
104 years of operations.  Henceforth telegrams to and from
Bombala like all other offices in this state will be
transmitted through the teleprinter perforator switching
system TRESS."

Not to be outdone, Bombala's then postmaster Stan Blyton,
sent his own reply that read:

"My privilege personally to transmit the last message from
last Morse station New South Wales.  Key being forwarded to
you is a relic that was in use in 1919 where I joined
service and remained there in use untill station closed in
1960.  On behalf old telegraphists and Morse operators we
bow to progress."

And with that transmission the celebration of Morse
messaging system in New South Wales, Australia, had come to
an end.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
Scottsdale, Arizona.

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TRESS eventually also ceased its messaging, first giving way
to individually owned Telex machines and in more modern
times to internet based e-mail.  (VK3PC)

**


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