Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1854 - February 22 2013

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The following is a Q-S-T.  Australian radio amateurs may
lose the 2300 to 2302 MHz band; Over the Horizon radar
invades 10 meters; amateur satellite allocations on the
agenda at I-A-R-U meeting in Vienna; Mainland China
manufacturer releases low cost all service multi-mode High
Frequency transceiver and zombies invade the nations
Emergency Alert System.  Find out the details are on Amateur
Radio NewslineT report number 1854 coming your way right
now.


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RADIO LA:  VK HAMS COULD LOOSE ACCESS TO 2300 TO 2302 MHZ

Australian amateurs could soon loose access to the band from
2300 to 2302 MHz.  Amateur Radio Newsline has the details in
this report:

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority or ACMA
has informed the Wireless Institute of Australia of proposed
changes to spectrum usage in the 2300 to 2302 MHz band.
Changes that will result in Advanced Licensees losing access
to that spectrum.

The ACMA proposes to acquire the spectrum for LTE radio
purposes.  LTE, or Long Term Evolution, marketed as 4G LTE,
is a wireless standard for high-speed data for  mobile
phones and data terminals.  The change would give LTE
services the full 100MHz segment from 2300 to 2400MHz, which
would resultin twenty 5MHz LTE channels

Losing any spectrum is of great concern to Australian radio
amateurs as this secondary allocation is the only viable
option for Earth-Moon-Earth contacts to Region II where the
this activity is on 2304 MHz or Region I which uses 2320
MHz.  After the reallocation Australian amateur EME activity
would be confined to 2400 MHz and above, where wireless
medical and Wi-Fi equipment is likely to cause interference
weak signal reception by EME stations.  And for hams in VK
land it could mean that most EME operations could come to an
end.

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

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The Australian Communications and Media Authority plans to
recommend the change to the Minister for Broadband
Communications and Digital Economy in the near future.  If
the Minister approves the change radio Australian amateurs
will probably lose access to the spectrum sometime in 2015.
More on this situation is on-line at wia.org.au  (WIA)

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INTRUDER WATCH:  OVER THE HORIZON RADAR HEARD ON 10 METERS

The IARU Region 1 Monitoring Service reports on a mysterious
Over The Horizon radar causing interference in the 28 MHz
amateur radio band.  The mysterious signal disturbs the 28
to 29 MHz segment of 10 meters often with signals are 60 kHz
wide, and jumping in bursts.

The location of the transmitter appears to be someplace in
the Middle East but so far getting precise bearings have
proven to be difficult.

The entire report covering this situation and other
intruders to our ham bands can be downloaded free of charge
at tinyurl.com/iarums-jan2013.  (IARU-R1)

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RESTRUCTURING: AMATEUR SATELLITE ALLOCATIONS ON THE R-1
AGENDA AT VIENNA

The IARU Region 1 2013 Interim Meeting slated for Vienna,
Austreia in April will be discussing two proposals of
importance to Amateur-Satellite Service and weak signal
users.   One that's not very controversial is an amendment
to the 28 MHz Bandplan to remove of the downlink only
restriction in the 29.300 to 29.510 MHz satellite segment.
But the other has raised some eyebrows.  The one proposes
the introduction of a new satellite downlink band for CW and
SSB transponders at 144.000 to 144.035 MHz.

The latter proposal could have the affect of putting United
States hams in a rather precarious position.  As pointed out
on the W6YX VHF Reflector, SSB transmissions are not allowed
below 144.100 in the US, even if they come from space.  More
important is that 144.0 to 144.035 is already used almost
exclusively for C-W based Earth-Moon-Earth communications
and experimentation and interference from SSB voice would
not be very welcome in that spectrum.  (IARU-R1)

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RADIO LAW:  RCFT REVERSES DECISION ON NORTHERN IRELAND EXAM

The U-K Radio Communications Foundation Trustees have done a
complete about face in regard to a decision made last year
not to issue Advanced Radio Amateur Examination pass
certificates to two candidates in Northern Ireland.  This
following internal reviews which had suggested that the
results might be unsafe.

Following further consideration of this issue in conjunction
with representatives of Ofcom and the Foundation's own
internal examination, the  committees of Trustees have made
a decision to now award the candidates their Advanced Radio
Communications Examination Pass Certificates.  Also they
want to re-emphasize that there is no evidence of wrong
doing by the club, its examiners or candidates themselves.

The Radio Communications Foundation Trustees also want to
confirm that the Foundation remains committed to ensuring
the highest possible standards of integrity in the
examination system and will continue post-examination
reviews of returned papers to support this objective. The
Foundation's Standards Committee will review all examination
appeal processes and procedures drawing on lessons learnt in
this case.

The Foundation and the club have mutually agreed that no
purpose would be served by further public comment on this
matter.  More o this matter is on the web at
www.commsfoundation.org/rce/news.  (RCFT)

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RESCUE RADIO:  AMATEUR RADIO GOES TO EMCOMM SCHOOL

An article in the just out March issue of QST Magazine
"Amateur Radio Goes To School" will be of interest to anyone
involved in emergency communications.  Authored by David
Witkowski, W6DTW, the article is a report on the annual
Disaster Management Initiative Workshop held at Carnegie
Mellon University's campus in California's Silicon Valley.

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W6DTW:  "Carnegie Mellon's Disaster Management initiative
started a few years ago in an effort to bring academic focus
to Public Safety communications and Disaster Response.  Most
of what we know about disaster response is really empirical.
We've developed it over time and through interaction with
other responders we've put together a body of knowledge
which is suitable but what Carnegie Mellon is trying to do
with the Disaster Management initiative is to apply academic
rigor to the question of disaster response."

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According to Witkowski, the Carnegie Mellon University's
Disaster Management Initiative is a somewhat unique entity
in that it's one of the very few instances where disaster
management and disaster communications is being studied in a
formal academic setting.  It's also distinctive in that the
Disaster Management Initiative leadership team of deans and
professors and most of the workshop participants are
licensed radio amateurs.

Witkowski notes that while the Disaster Management
Initiative is about a lot of things aside from amateur
radio, that one can definitely see its influence on the
research and the annual workshop.

W6DTW's article appears in Rick Palm's Public Service column
in the March issue of QST beginning on page 82.  If you are
involved in any aspect of emergency service participation,
this commentary is must reading.  (W6DTW, ARNewsline)

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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 KD6LC repeater serving Guerenville,
California.

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ENFORCEMENT:  UNLICENSED OPERATOR ARRESTED FOR THREATS
AGAINST TEXAS RADIO CLUB

A man arrested on allegations he used amateur radio to
threaten to kill members of a local amateur radio club has
been released on bail from the Bexar County Texas Jail.

Twenty-nine year old John David Watkins III, posted a $4,000
bond and was freed before noon Sunday February 17th.  This
after his having been taken into custody the previous night
on two counts of making terroristic threats.

An arrest affidavit states Watkins, known on radio
frequencies as "White Noise," was creating interference and
illegally transmitting without having the required radio
operator license.  A member of a radio club met with Watkins
in January and told him to stop or the group would report
him to the Federal Communications Commission.

Officials said that the next day Watkins allegedly made
threats against the person who visited him and against other
members of the club, saying he would kill them with an AK-47
rifle.  These threats were reported to the police who
provided security at the club's next meeting.

At airtime, what motivated Watkins to make the alleged
threats or if the matter will go to trial is unknown.
(MySanantonio.com, KABB, KSAT, others)

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ENFORCEMENT:  ARREST MADE IN UK UNLICENSED RADIO STATION
RAID

A United Kingdom man has been arrested in a raid on an
unlicensed radio station in Wolverhampton.

Police and officials from communications regulator Ofcom
raided the premises in Park Village, early on Wednesday,
February 13th.  At that time equipment was also seized,
including microphones, a mixer, a computer and associated
cabling.

Police said the 33 year old man from the town of Dudley, was
arrested on suspicion of offences under the Wireless
Telegraphy Act 2006.  He has since been released on bail.
(BBC)

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RADIO POLITICS:  CONGRESS MAY CHANGE FCC SUNSHINE RULE

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in both the House and the
Senate are reintroducing a bill to allow three or more
Federal Communications Commissioners to meet in private, as
long as no official agency action is taken.

Under current law, something known as the "sunshine" rule
prohibits more than two FCC commissioners from talking to
each other outside of a public meeting.  The FCC
Collaboration Act was reintroduced in the House by
Representatives Anna Eshoo, John Shimkus and Mike Doyle.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Dean Heller plan to introduce the
Senate counterpart.

The bill got sidelined last year when it was tucked in as a
provision to a larger bill on FCC reform that Democratic
party did not support.  Otherwise, modifying the sunshine
rule is something both sides of the aisle support.  (Ad
Week, NAB)

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RADIO LAW:  COURT RULES RFID NOT MARK OF THE BEAST

A very interesting court case that pitted a students
religious beliefs versus communications technology has been
decided.  Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, is near Houston with more:

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A Texas student who refused to wear a radio tag that tracked
her movements on campus has lost a federal court appeal
against her school's ID policy.

According to news reports, the 15 year old declined to wear
the RFID badge on religious grounds, saying it was the "mark
of the beast."  After she stopped wearing it she was
suspended and went to court where she won a temporary
injunction to continue her studies at the school  without
the RF tag.

Now a federal court ruling has overturned the lower court.
It says that if she is to stay at the particular school, she
would be required to wear the badge. Otherwise, she would
have to transfer to a new school.

The radio tags are used to track attendance, which in turn
helps secure school funding.

Im Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

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More is on-line at tinyurl.com/student-rfid.  (Published
news reports)

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WORLDBEAT:  NEW INTERNATIONAL REPLY COUPON INTRODUCED

The Universal Postal Union has introduced the newest model
of the International Reply Coupon.  The new Doha coupon
named for the 25th Universal Postal Congress that took place
in Doha, Qatar in October 2012 will replace the current
model, known as the Nairobi model.

Although the US Postal Service no longer sells IRC's, they
are still available in other countries and post offices in
the United States are mandated to redeem them. The Doha
model IRC will be available for purchase on July 1st and is
valid for exchange until the end of 2017. The Nairobi model
remains valid until December 31st of this year.  (ARRL)

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RADIO BUSINESS:  LOW COST CHINESE MADE ALL MODE HF
TRANSCEIVER FROM CHINA INTRODUCED

A new all mode low priced High Frequency transceiver from
China is on the way.  Called the Feitong model FT-808 the
new radio is being billed primarily as a Marine Band
transceiver but its published specifications read more like
a mid-range piece of ham radio gear.  For instance the FT-
808 has a receive range of 500 Khz to 29.9 Mhz and a
transmitter that covers 1.6 to 29.9 Mhz.  In other words, it
covers all the ham radio bands from 160 through 10 and lots
more.

The receiver is a double conversion superhetrodyne with both
it and the transmitter capable of operating Upper and lower
sideband, CW and AM with 100 memory channels.  Tuning
appears to be by up and down push buttons with a claimed
receiving sensitivity of 12 db SINAD and a squelch
sensitivity threshold on SSB, CW, and RTTY of less than
5.6uV.

One thing of note.  While transmitter power appears to be in
the 100 watt or slightly higher range but according to the
public spec sheet there appears to be no provision to lock
out transmission on 11 meters.  This will likely keep it
from gaining FCC acceptance for legalized sales in the
United States.  At least not in its current non locked out
11 meter configuration.

That said, the Feitong FT-808 carries a delivered list price
of only $410 U-S dollars.  Its complete specifications and a
video of an Italian ham radio operation using it on 40
meters is on-line at tinyurl.com/feitong-808-hf.  (Sparkys
Blog, www.ecvv.com, iv3vjh.me, others)

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HAM TRADITIONS:  HAM RADIO 100 YEARS OLD AT ISU

The history of amateur radio at Iowa State University is
described as a technological revolution.  This by Jeff Stein
who is an Iowa broadcasting historian, author and a former
lecturer at Iowa State's Greenlee School of Journalism and
Communication.

According to Stein, the fact that Iowa State was one of the
first places to pay attention to this technology that
ultimately revolutionized our lives in the 20th century is
important.  This is because it shows that Iowa State has
consistently been dedicated to being first in developing
communication technologies.

The report of Stein's findings was first reported in
The Iowa State Daily where he notes that amateur radio first
came to the school over 100 years ago.  You can read the
entire story by author Kimberly Woo on-line at
tinyurl.com/Iowa-State-100.  (Cyclone Amateur Radio Club)

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HAM EDUCATION: FAR ACCEPTING SCHOLARSHIP APPS FOR 2013 TO
2014 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Foundation for Amateur Radio, a non-profit organization
with its headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to
administer forty-seven scholarships for the 2013 to 2014
academic year.  This, to assist licensed Radio Amateurs in
the pursuit of higher education. The Foundation fully funds
two of these scholarships. The remainder are administered by
the Foundation for various donors.

Licensed Radio Amateurs who compete for these awards must be
planning to pursue a full time course of studies beyond high
school and be enrolled, or have been accepted for
enrollment, at an accredited university, college or
technical school.  The awards range from $500 to $5,000 with
preference given, in some cases, to residents of
specified geographical areas or the pursuit of certain study
programs.  Non-US residents are eligible to apply for some
of the scholarships.

To be considered, completed applications must be received at
the Foundation by April 15th.  Additional information and an
application form may be requested by letter or post card
sent to FAR Scholarships, Post Office Box 911, Columbia,
Maryland, 21044-0911 or by e-mail to dave (dot) prestel (at)
gmail (dot) com.  Applications are available, for download
from the web at tinyurl.com/far-scholarship-2013  (FAR)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  NM RADIO CLUB TO CELEBRATE 63RD ANNIVERSARY
IN MARCH

The Mesilla Valley Radio Club of Las Cruces, New Mexico will
be operating special event station K5BL on March 23rd.  This
in celebration of it being one of New Mexico's oldest,
continuous operating radio clubs.

K5BL will be commemorating the clubs 63rd anniversary by
operating from 1500 to 1400 UTC as near as possible to
14.330 and 21.337, MHz.  A special QSL card for the event
will be available by request.  To get one, send your QSL
card confirming your contact with a business sized self
addressed forever stamped envelope Special Events Station
K5BL Anniversary, in care of the Mesilla Valley Radio Club,
P.O. Box 1443, Las Cruces, New Mexico  88004-1443.

And less we forget to mention, a very happy 63rd to the
Mesilla Valley Radio Club.  (K6SAS)

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HAMVENTION NEWS:  THE 2013 VHF WEAK SIGNAL GROUP BANQUET

The 18th annual VHF Weak Signal Group dinner to be held on
Friday evening May 17th at the Dayton Grand Hotel in Dayton,
Ohio.  This in conjunction with the 2013 Dayton Hamvention.
The special guest speaker is famed VHF DX operator Jeff
Klein, K1TEO.  For more information contact Tony Emanuele by
e-mail to WA8RJF (at) ARRL (dot)net,  (WA8RJF,  WB8BZK)

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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:

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WORLDBEAT:  TV TRANSMITTER CAUSES MARITIME INTERFERENCE TO
NEW ZEALAND VHF DISTRESS CHANNEL

An Interesting interference case has been solved down-under
as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen,
ZL2BHF:

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A recent case of a very low level of interference affecting
the maritime VHF distress and calling channel 16 at two of
New Zealand's Maritime sites has finally been solved.  The
investigation into the interference took seven days to
resolve.  It involved contacting ships and shore stations on
the New Zealnd coast, as well as both ground and helicopter
searches.

Eventually a very low level signal was detected.  Direction
finding indicated it was from a broadcast transmission
location about 120 km from one of the affected sites and
185km from the other.  A visit to the broadcast transmission
site traced the low level interference to a spur from a high
power television transmitter.  The cause of the interference
turned out to be an inspection panel which had been left
open for maintenance purposes.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, in
Nelson, New Zealand.

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Word is that sealing the inspection panel solved the problem
immediately.  (WIA)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  UKUBE-1 TO LAUNCH IN JUNE 2013

The United Kingdoms' Herald newspaper reports that the UKube-
1 CubeSat will be launched in June and will carry an amateur
radio transponder to orbit.

According to the news story, the spacecraft is being built
for the UK Space Agency by Clyde Space.  If all goes as
announced its launch will take place from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a Soyuz-2-1B booster this
spring.

UKube-1 will carry a set of AMSAT-UK FUNcube boards to
provide an amateur radio 435 to145 MHz linear transponder.
Also as a part of the payload will be a 1200 B-P-S-K beacon
for educational outreach.

The newspaper also reports that Clyde Space has announced
plans to build a facility in the United States.  More is on-
line at tinyurl.com/uquibe-june-launch  (The Herald)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  SCIENTISTS OFFER SUPPORT FOR NASA'S NEXT
MARS ROVER

Scientists have applauded a NASA decision to send another
rover to Mars in 2020.  At the same time they are stressing
that the mission should pave the way to return Martian rocks
to Earth.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
has the details:

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The new Mars rover mission was announced last December 4th
by NASA's Associate Administrator for Science John
Grunsfeld.  This, at the annual meeting of the American
Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

At that time it was announced that the next rover will share
some design features with NASA's Mars Science Laboratory
Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars in August to begin at
least a two-year mission.

Now, in a pair of statements released January 28th ad 30th,
two well-respected groups of researchers have shared their
views on the plan to send another robotic explorer to the
Red Planet in seven years. The Planetary Society and the
American Astronomical Society's Division for Planetary
Sciences applauded the announcement that NASA plans another
mission to the Red Planet in 2020.  At the same time both
strongly suggested that the mission should have the
capability to collect and store Martian rock samples as
recommended by the National Research Council's Planetary
Science Decadal Survey.

NASA has released very few details on the proposed new rover
plan.  Because of this it's still unclear whether the robot
will be able to collect Martian rock samples intended to be
brought back to Earth.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in
Berwick, Pennsylvania

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It should be noted that most plans for returning Mars
samples are multi-phase, with an initial mission to collect
and store the rocks.  Later missions would rendezvous with
the collector and return the samples to Earth.  (Space &
Science)

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ON THE AIR:  ROTARY INTERNATIONAL END POLIO NOW CAMPAIGN

On Saturday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 24th,
amateur radio operators around the world will take part in a
special operating even.  This to raise awareness about
Rotary International's End Polio Now campaign.

The hams are all members of the Rotary International group
Rotarians on Amateur Radio.  They will be calling "CQ
Rotary" or "CQ Polio" and will be prepared to talk about the
Rotary Club and the accomplishments and challenges of the
End Polio Now campaign.
This is a joint effort of Rotary International, the World
Health Organization, and other non-governmental
organizations.

More information is on-line at www.endpolio.org.  Questions
go by e-mail to Dan Romanchik, KB6NU, to endpoliono (at)
kb6nu (dot) com.  A certificate or QSL card will be
available on request to verify contacts made.  (KB6NU, ARRL
PR Remailer)

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DX

In DX, G3RWF plans to be in Rwanda between March 4th to the
12th and has requested the callsign 9X0NH.  The license
should be valid for all of 2013 and he could return later in
the year. Activity will be mainly CW. QSL via G3RWF.

A group of Japanese operators will be active from Rodrigues
Island from March 1st to the 10th as 3B9DX.  They will be
operational on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and
PSK31.  QSL direct only via EA5GL

G3SWH and G3RTE will be operational from Guadalcanal, in the
Solomon Islands, between February 18th and the 28th.  Their
activity will be on CW only on 80 through 10 meters.  QSL
via G3SWH.

SP9FIH and SP6AXW will be active stroke as PJ4 from Bonaire
between April 8th to the 20th.  Operations will be on 160
through 6 meters using SSB and RTTY.  QSL only via SP9FIH

KK4GV will be active as J79GV from the northeast side of the
island of Dominica between March 8th to the 17th.  His
operation will be holiday style and SSB only. QSL via his
home callsign either direct or by the Bureau.

Lastly, N7QT will be heading back to Saint Lucia to operate
stroke J6 on a suitcase between April 5th to the 16th.
Activity will be on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY and PSK.  He will also be operating field portable from
the St. Lucia beaches and mountain tops.  QSL as directed on
the air.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  THE DEAD RISE AS HACKERS TARGET EAS
NATIONWIDE

And finally this week, Inside Radio reports that the FCC,
FBI and several state and local law enforcement agencies are
investigating what now appears to have been a widespread
hack attack on the United States Emergency Alert or EAS
System.  One that claimed that the dead were rising from
their graves.  Amateur Radio Newslines Steffan Kinford,
N8WB, has the details:

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The full extent of the phony zombie EAS attack isn't yet
clear, but several stations recently aired a bogus EAS
message about zombies attacking people and warning the
public to stay clear of them.

Engineers say the hackers apparently had a solid knowledge
of exactly how the EAS operates and how to breach it.  One
of these is Bonneville director of engineering John Dehnel.
He says the company's Salt Lake City stations were among the
targets.   While the fake message never made it to KSL 1160
AM which is the primary message distribution or LP1 station
for the area or its sister station KSL-TV, the bizarre
communication was broadcast on the cluster's three secondary
or HD2 stations.

Dehnel believes the culprit was EAS activation boxes that
were left set to factory-installed default passwords to
accommodate tech support crews.   His guess is that before
the attack you would likely have found most everyone still
had the default password on it.  The FCC has since issued a
warning notice to broadcasters and other EAS decoder users
for them to immediately change the passwords to ones that
are propriety and secure.

The Bonneville HD2 stations reportedly fowarded the bogus
EAS messages about one hour before a Great Falls, Montana
television station that actually was the one that made the
news headlines for airing the phony message.   Several other
stations also aired a fake EAS message, including TV
stations in Albuquerque and Marquette, Michigan.  It's
possible other stations also broadcast the alert but if
there were any they are not known as this newscast is being
prepared.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Stephan, Kinford, N8WB,
in Wadsworth, Ohio.

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You can read more on this very strange story at
tinyurl.com/zombie-eas and tinyurl.com/montana-eas-hack
(Inside Radio, RW, other published reports)

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