Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1850 January 25 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1850 with a release
date of January 25 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Hams in Iceland and Greenland get
new spectrum; hams down-under get use of special prefix for
Australia Day; the United States hits yet another all time
high in Amateur Service license holders; AMSAT North
America's main website hacked and two operations from Laos
get DXCC credit.  Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1850 coming your way right now.


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RESTRUCTURING:  HAMS IN ICELAND AND GREENLAND GET NEW
SPECTRUM


We begin this week with news that hams in Iceland have some
new frequencies to use.  Here's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, with the
details:

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The national association of Icelandic Radio Amateurs has
announced that amateurs in that country have been granted
operating privileges on 472 to 479kHz.

Access is granted on a Secondary basis, with a maximum power
of 5W EIRP. Maximum bandwidth is 1kHz.  This new allocation
is open to the G license class and higher.

In addition, the regulatory authority recently extended
temporary permits for 1850 to 1900kHz, 5.26 to 5.41MHz and
70 to 70.2MHz.

I'm Jeremy Boot and you are listening to the Amateur Radio
Newsline.

--

Also, some good news for the ham radio community in
Greenland.  OX3XR reports that nation has now moved to a
full band allocation of 5.250 to 5.450 MHz from its previous
channelized status.  (GB2RS, OX3XR)

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RESTRUCTURING:  SWEDISH HAMS GAIN TEMPORARY SHARED ACCESS TO
THE 5 MHZ BAND

The IARU Region 1 newsletter that Sweden is now issuing its
radio amateurs with temporary permits for operation in the
5.3 MHz or 60 meter band.

According to Anders Larsson, SM6CNN, that nations
telecommunications regulator the PTS has begun to issue
permits for experimental transmitters at 5.310 to 5.313,
5.320 to 5.323, 5.380 to 5.383 and 5.390 to 5.393 MHz.
Maximum bandwidth is limited to 3 kHz independent of type of
modulation with a maximum output 100 watt peak envelope
power.

Holders of a Swedish amateur service call sign may use that
call sign to identify.  Also, it is permitted to make
contact with other, presumably non ham radio permit holders.

There are however some restrictions.  Mobile use is not
permitted.  Also, this operation must respect all other
traffic in the band and not cause any interference to it.

The P-T-S will require payment of yet unspecified
administration fee and the permits it issues will only be
good for a time period of 6 months.

More information is at www.iaru-r1.org.  (IARU)

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RESCUE RADIO:  BROADCASTER JOINS HUNT FOR MISSING CHILD IN
SINGAPORE

Broadcast radio is playing a major role in the hunt for a
missing child in Singapore.  This as all four stations under
the Star Radio Group have joined in the search for six-year-
old William Yau Zhen Zhong, who has been missing since
Wednesday, January 16th.

Suria FM, 988 FM, Red FM and Capital FM are running public
service announcements every alternate hour to ask that their
combined 4.3 million listeners to join in the search.  Other
information and a picture of the missing boy have been
uploaded to the stations' websites as well as their Facebook
and Twitter pages.

Star Radio Group deputy chief broadcasting officer Kudsia
Kahar appealed to the public to call the authorities if they
see William.  Kahar says that the only way to locate him is
to cast a wide net.  As such, she said that the Star Radio
Group is 100 per cent committed in doing its part to try and
find him.  Kudsia added that she sympathized with the
missing child's parents and understood their anguish.  (Asia
One)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  ACMA TO PERMIT AX PREFIX ON AUSTRALIA'S
NATIONAL DAY

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will once
again permit V-K radio amateurs to substitute their normal
VK callsign prefix with the letters AX on Australia Day,
which is Saturday January 26.  This once a year permit gives
Australian hams a chance to be part of the national holiday
which commemorates the first settlement at Port Jackson in
1788 which is now a part of the city of Sydney.

It should be noted that the AX prefixed has been used for
other special events.  Mostly those on occasions of national
or international significance to Australia.  For example,
this occurred during the Sydney 2000 Olympics and saw
AX3GAMES take to the ham radio bands.  The call AX3MCG was
issued for the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.
(VK3PC)

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2012 MARKS ALL-TIME HIGH FOR AMATEUR RADIO LICENSES

Back in the United States the number of radio amateurs in
the United States has reached an all-time high of almost
710,000.  This according to figures released last week by
ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the details:

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In looking at new and upgraded licenses, as well as
licensees per ARRL Division, VEC Manager Somma took a close
look at the numbers looking for growth within each license
class and all of Amateur Radio over the last 40 years.  When
looking at the three current license classes, the number of
Technicians, Generals and Amateur Extras peaked in December
at 345,369, 163,370 and 130,736, respectively.

Somma says that the total number of US amateurs in the FCC
database also continues to grow each year,  As of December
31, 2012,the number of licensees reached an all-time high of
709,575 as opposed to 702,056 at the end of 2011 and 696,041
for 2010.  In other words, the number of United States
licensed radio amateurs increased at an average rate of 21
per day.

Somma said that more than 3000 new licenses were issued in
2012 than in 2011, while upgraded license activity remained
steady throughout the year.  All in all, a very good year
for growth in the United States amateur radio ranks.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

--

The ARRL has a more in-depth report about this continued
growth pattern.  You can read it on line at tinyurl.com/2012-
license-increase.  (ARRL Letter)

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RESCUE RADIO:  FEMA SAYS IPAS USE RISING

According to news reports, a growing number of emergency
managers are using FEMA's Integrated Public Alert and
Warning System or IPAWS to send emergency alerts.

IPAWS now has some 148 operational users.  93 of those have
the authority to send an alert to the public using the FEMA-
IPAWS Web-based message origination system through the
Commercial Mobile Alert Service or EAS.  With Commercial
Mobile Alert Service on board, major and rural cellphone
carriers tie into IPAWS to send 90-character text-based
alerts.

According to the latest figures, some 20 messages were sent
over the Commercial Mobile Alert Service and 81 were sent
using EAS. Of the EAS messages, many of those were required
weekly or monthly tests also known as the R-M-T.  (RW)

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BREAK 1

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the KD8LWR repeater serving Washtenaw County,
Michigan.

(5 sec pause here)


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RADIO AND THE NET:  AMSAT-NA WEBSITE COMPROMISED BY HACKING

Hackers have hit AMSAT North America, Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with
the details:

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AMSAT North America says that on or about January 20th its
main web site at www.amsat.org was compromised by a hacker.
The attack took the form of the contents of the supporting
database, including non-public information, being posted on
other publicly available web sites.

According to AMSAT, the main site was developed roughly 10
years ago by a group of AMSAT volunteers under a more benign
Internet environment of the time.  The team that built that
site is no longer associated with AMSAT, so work has been
underway over the last several months to move to a modern,
maintainable, and very secure infrastructure.  AMSAT says
that this recent breach will accelerate that activity.

In the interim, www.amsat.org will have limited content.
Neither the AMSAT store nor the Fox project web site were
affected by this breach. Mail services remain operational.

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

--

A spokesperson tells Amateur Radio Newsline that the AMSAT
Store is still open for business, and can be reached
directly at store.amsat.org/catalog  (AMSAT NA)

**

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS:  NOT ENOUGH CELLULAR AND BROADBAND AT
PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION

Many who attended the Inauguration of President Obama for
his second term in office on Monday, January 21st were
reportedly unhappy with cellular telephone and broadband
service from the National Mall.   And this included some
heavyweights in Congress.

One of these was Senator Claire McCaskill who at the end the
festivities got on-line to tweet her apologies to those
waiting for commentary via the Senators Twitter account.
Senator McCaskill is a member of the Senate Commerce
Committee, which oversees wireless companies and their
networks..

But the sense from broadband provider ATT, Verizon, T-Mobile
and Sprint was that their networks performed as well as they
could have given the heavy demand.  This given the enormous
number of attendees, many of whom were simultaneously trying
to share pictures and messages with others.  This in turn
created a strain on the finite amount of broadband available
to handle the traffic from an ever-increasing number of
smartphones and tablet computer that are in common use these
days.

More about this situation can be found on-line at
tinyurl.com/inauguration-cellphone-problem.  (Politico,
other published reports)

**

RADIO HAPPENINGS:  NAB BROADCAST ENGINEERING CONFERENCE
TOPICS ANNOUNCED

The National Association of Broadcasters has released a list
of topics for its Broadcast Engineering Conference for its
trade show this spring.

For radio broadcasters some of the more interesting programs
include Advanced Technologies for Radio; IP for Radio;
Spectrum Matters; Technical Regulatory Issues; Radio
Receiver Technologies; AM Band Revitalization; Cloud Based
Storage and Distribution and Planning for Safety.

Also planned is a special RF Boot Camp called Understanding
Radio and Television Transmission.  This is designed for
personnel who might be unfamiliar with transmission
technology but should have a solid acquaintance with it such
as station and network I-T personnel or small station
management.

The National Association of Broadcasters Convention is
slated for April 6th to the 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (RW)

**

RADIO SCOUTING:  GOOD NEWS FOR SCOUTS INVOLVED IN RADIO

Some good news for scouts involved in radio and radio
communications.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowicz,
NT3V, has the details:

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The national Boy Scouts of America is now recognizing any
youth or adult who has an amateur radio license with a
special patch that can be displayed on the uniform.

The patch, in the form of a strip, has the words: "Amateur
Radio Operator" on it and will soon be, if it's not there
already, available at local Scout shops or through regional
Scouting supply operations.

Jim Wilson, K5ND, is the BSA's director of communications
services, but known in the ham community as chairman of the
national Radio Scouting Committee and national Jamboree on
the Air organizer.

Wilson says the recognition came from discussions that began
some months ago with the scout committee that selects awards
and insignia for the scout uniform.

He says research shows amateur radio was recognized by the
Scouts as early as the 1940s...

"There were some proficiency badges or awards that Scouting
offered - one of which was a Scout Radioman personal
interest badge that was for senior Scouts and Explorer
Scouts," Wilson says.

"And, you can actually find those badges in copies of the
old handbooks and things like that."

Wilson says from those discussions came the first of the
recommendations for the recently adopted Morse Code
Interpreter strip.

But Wilson says the awards committee came back after that
was approved and asked whether the Radio Scouting Committee
could draft something else to recognize ham radio.
Thus was born the Amateur Radio Operator patch.

"You can put this strip on your uniform and then that way be
recognized for your ability to help in communication around
events or around emergencies or just as a recognition that
you've got this license," Wilson says.

And, where does the patch go?

"The right sleeve of the uniform underneath the U.S. flag
there, a patrol or den emblem, and then there's the unit
quality award and it goes right under those three items or
if you only have two of them under the first two," Wilson
says.

Wilson, who also is the volunteer coordinator for this
year's K2BSA operation at the national BSA Jamboree at the
Becthel Summit Reserve in West Virginia, says you can find
out more at the K2BSA website.

We have a link (http://www.k2bsa.net/operator-rating) to
that within this story published on our website
arnewsline.org

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V,
in Philadelphia.

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Last year the Boy Scouts of America Awards and Insignia
Committee introduced the Morse Code Interpreter Strip.  This
based on the recommendation of the organizations National
Radio Scouting Committee.  (NT3V)

**

HAM HAPPENINGS:  SHELBY HAMFEST RETURNS TO CLEVELAND COUNTY
FAIRGROUNDS

The Shelby Hamfest is headed back to its former home at
North Carolina's Cleveland County Fairgrounds.  This after
spending the last five years in Dallas, North Carolina.

The Shelby Hamfest moved to Dallas in 2008 after contract
disagreements between the Shelby Amateur Radio Club and the
Cleveland County Fair Association.  That situation has now
been resolved and will bring the famed hamfest back to the
Fair Grounds on Labor Day weekend which this year is August
31st and September 1st.

For more information keep an eye on the events website.  You
will find it in cyberspace at  www.shelbyhamfest.org.  You
can also follow the event Facebook at
www.facebook.com/ShelbyHamfest. (goupstate.com, Shelby
Hamfest)

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 HAM HAPPENINGS:  TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR DAYTON TOPBAND
DINNER

Reservations and tickets are now available for the 24th
Annual Dayton TopBand dinner slated for Friday evening May
17th.  This year's venue is the Presidential Ballroom of the
Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Dayton, Ohio.  Social hour is
at 6:15 PM and the dinner begins at 7:15 PM.  All times are
Eastern Daylight.  Noted Top Band enthusiast Larry "Tree"
Tyree, N6TR, will be this years featured speaker.  More is
on-line at topbanddinner.com  (K3LR)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  VIENNA WIRELESS WINTERFEST FEBRUARY 24TH

The 37th annual Vienna Wireless Winterfest takes place on
Sunday, February 24th.  The venue this year is the Northern
Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia.  Talk-in
will be on the 146.91 repeater.  For more information please
visit viennawireless.org/winterfest.php  (Via e-mail)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  W2LPT HONORED WITH QCWA 75 YEAR AWARD

Some names in the news.  First up is Quarter Century
Wireless Association Palm Beach Chapter member Seymour "Sy"
Levine, W2LPT.  He was to be presented with the prestigious
75 Year Award from QCWA National Headquarters.

W2LPT was first licensed in 1938 in New York City. The
ceremony was to take place at the Veterans Administration
Hospital in Riviera Beach, Florida on January 23rd.  In
addition to the award, Levine was also to be presented with
a Life Membership in the National QCWA.  (W2TMT)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS: WAYNE MILLS, N7NG, NAMED CQ MAGAZINE DX
EDITOR

Renowned DXer, DXpeditioner and contester Wayne Mills, N7NG,
of Jackson, Wyoming, has been named CQ magazine's new DX
Editor.

First licensed in 1953 at age 11, Mills began DXing in 1956
and went on his first DXpedition in 1985.  He was part of
the Zed-A-1-A team that reintroduced amateur radio to
Albania in 1991, and the inaugural operation from the newly-
independent Republic of Kosovo in 2008.

From 2000 to 2007, Mills was manager of the ARRL's
Membership Services Department and worked on developing the
Logbook of the World electronic confirmation system.  He
also set several contesting records over the years, but says
he considers himself much more of a DXer than a contester.

N7NG will begin writing the CQ DX column as of the
magazine's April 2013 issue.  Mills who was a 1999 inductee
into the CQ DX Hall of Fame succeeds Carl Smith, N4AA, who
has stepped down after writing the magazine's DX column for
13 years.  (CQ)

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BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  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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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  AMSAT-DC WORKSHOP ON PORTABLE SATELLITE
GROUND STATIONS

The AMSAT-DC Group is planning a Spring Workshop on portable
satellite ground stations slated to take place on Saturday,
March 23, at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in
Greenbelt, Maryland.  This will a nearly all-day workshop
for those who wish to learn more about satellite operations
and develop their own portable ground stations.

Participants will be encouraged to bring their projects to
assemble, show, and explain to others.

For more information please contact Pat Kilroy by e-mail to
n8pk (at) amsat (dot) org.  Registration information will be
announced on or before February 15th by the AMSAT News
Service and posted to the Calendar of Events at
www.amsat.org  (ANS, N8PK, Southgate)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  NASA TRANSMITS MONA LISA IMAGE TO ORBITER
AT THE MOON

As part of the first demonstration of laser communication
with a satellite orbiting the moon, scientists with NASA's
Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter program have successfully
transmitted an image of the Mona Lisa to the spacecraft from
Earth using only a high powered laser.

The digitized image traveled some 240,000 miles form from
the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging station at
NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland to
the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter instrument on the
spacecraft.  By transmitting the image piggyback on laser
pulses that are routinely sent to track the devices
position, the team achieved simultaneous laser communication
and satellite location.  The success of the laser
transmission was verified by returning the image to Earth
using the spacecraft's radio telemetry system.

Typically, satellites that go beyond Earth orbit use radio
for tracking and communication. The Lunar Reconnaissance
Orbiter is the only satellite in orbit around a celestial
body other than Earth to be tracked by laser as well.  One
of many stories on this latest accomplishment can be read on-
line at tinyurl.com/mona-lisa-moon
(NASA, others)

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SPACE EXPLORATION:  NASA TO ADD EXPANDABLE MODULE TO THE ISS

NASA has officially signed a contract to attach an
inflatable private module to the International Space
Station.  Under the agreement announced on January 11th,
NASA will pay $17.8 million to the Nevada based private
spaceflight firm Bigelow Aerospace for the
company's Expandable Activity Module or BEAM which will be
attached to the orbital lab as a technology demonstration.

BEAM is likely to be similar to Bigelow's Genesis 1 and
Genesis 2 prototypes, which the company launched to orbit in
2006 and 2007, respectively.  Both Genesis modules are 14.4
feet long by 8.3 feet wide, with about 406 cubic feet of
pressurized volume.

NASA officials have said that BEAM could be on orbit about
two years after getting  official approval.  The module will
likely be launched by one of the agency's contract cargo
carriers such as SpaceX or Orbital Sciences Corporation.
More is on-line at tinyurl.com/new-iss-module and
bigelowaerospace.com.  (NASA, Bigelow Aerospace)

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DXCC NEWS:  TWO LAOS OPERATIONS GET DXCC CREDIT

ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, reports that
the 2010 to 2011 XWPA and the current XW4XR operations from
Laos have been approved for DXCC credit.  Cards for those
operations can now be submitted and will be counted toward
your DXCC standing.

And yes, XWPA is the correct callsign.  There was no number
designator in it. For more background on this strange but
very legitimate callsign take your web browser to http://dx-
world.net/2010/xwpa-laos  (DXCC, DX World)

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DX

In other DX news, members of Verona DX Team will return to
Cumura, Gunia Bissau between February 10th and March 2nd.
This to help with the mission work and be operate whenever
possible,  They will use the call J52HF and operate on the
HF bands as well as 50 MHz using SSB only.  More details
including QSL routing should be forthcoming.

F6AM, will be active as 5H1Z from Zanzibar through February
28th.  Operations will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB.
During his time there, he may also operate from Mafia
Island, Pemba Island and an island in the AF-075 Islands On
The Air group.  QSL via his home callsign, direct as listed
on QRZ.com or via the bureau.

N6TJ has cancelled his operation as 9Y4W from Scarborough,
Tobago Island for the ARRL DX CW Contest that runs February
16th and 17th. His host on Tobago has a broken tower and
there is no time to repair it before the contest.

DF7ZS will be active from Aruba possibly using the call P41P
between March 26th and April 3rd including the CQ World Wide
WPX SSB Contest on March 30th and 31st.  Some casual
operations will take place before and after the contest on
17 and 12 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

F6GWV and F6HMQ will be active as TO22C from Guadeloupe
between February 17th and March 3rd.  Operations will be on
all bands, but with a focus on 160 meters. QSL via F6HMQ.

GM3WOJ and GM4YXI will be active signing VK9C/GM2MP from
Cocos Keeling Island between March 30th and April 13th.
Operation will be on SSB and CW, with some RTTY.  They hope
to have a real-time logging system and upload daily to
Logbook of the World if conditions permit.

Lastly, AI6MS reports that will be operating portable from
Ghana as 9G5MS through May.  Marcel explains that he is a
volunteer with the non-profit organization called 'Medicine
on the Move' and will be
using amateur radio in the classroom for the students from
the AvTech
Academy. Because of this priority will be given for QSO's
will be given to schools, universities, and prescheduled
contacts. QSL cards are tentatively planned and can be
expected in the 2nd half of 2013 if requested.  Yours goes
as directed on the air.

(Above from various DX news sources)

**

THAT FINAL ITEM:  THE 21ST CENTURY PHONE BOOTH EMERGES IN
NYC

And finally this week, in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the
humble phone booth took on renewed importance in the Metro
New York area.  This as cut-off residents used pay phones to
try to connect with one another during and after the
emergency.  Now, this old but reliable form of public
communications is getting a major facelift as we hear from
Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK.

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New York City has officially launched a plan to transform
pay phones into giant touch screens that provide city
information, emergency broadcasts and local business deals.
Located in the same places as existing phone booths, the new
platforms are to be operated as a partnership between New
York City, Cisco Corporation and City 24/7.

These smart screens were tested in a pilot project but now
are live across the city and appear to be very reliable.
Soon, there will be 250 of the new devices in all five New
York City boroughs. This means that a person strolling
through a given area would only have to pause a moment to
tap on the public screen to find information about the
closest subway or a city park.  While there, he or she might
also tap on the "deals" icon to bring up a list of coupons
for nearby shops and restaurants that could instantly be
transferred to a smartphone or other wireless device.

But maps and coupons are only one dimension of the new
platforms role. Like traditional phone booths they will also
serve as a communication tool during emergencies but in a
far more sophisticated way.  For instance, in the event of
another disaster like Hurricane Sandy, the screens will
become two-way distress devices that let citizens call for
help or receive instructions about how to find safety.

Welcome to the phone booth of the 21st century.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl, Lasek, K9BIK,
wondering if these new public communications tools will be
coming our way out here in Zion, Illinois.

--

The companies that designed the new system say that they do
plan to expand to other cities in the future, but we do not
know if Cheryl's hometown will be one of them.  That said,
lots more about this new dimension in public communications
can be found at tinyurl.com/new-video-phone-booths
(GIGOM.COM)

**

NEWSCAST CLOSE

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Before we go a reminder that the Dayton Hamvention is
seeking nominations for its 2013 Radio Amateur of the Year,
Technical Achievement, Special Achievement and the Radio
Club of the Year awards.  The cutoff date to submit
nominations is February 15th.  More information and official
nominating forms are now on-line at
www.Hamvention.org/awards.PHP.

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm David Black, KB4KCH, at the South-East Bureau in
Birmingham, Alabama, saying 73 and we thank you for
listening.

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