Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1857 - March 15 2013

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Please note that this is an extended newscast that runs 34
minutes 58 seconds from the tone.  Mark (1 sec tone)

The following is a closed circuit and not necessarily for
air.  With a report on the current state of Amateur Radio
Newsline's financial picture, heres our producer Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF:

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Thanks to a number of you who provide month to month
contributions it's been quite a long time since I've been
here to ask for widespread support for the Amateur Radio
Newsline operations.  And while we deeply appreciate our
ongoing contributors, the income we derive from their
generosity is simply not enough to see us through the long
term.  And that long term is very quickly sneaking up on us.
Simply said, Amateur Radio Newsline needs widespread support
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advance for your ongoing generosity and your support.

Im Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, and hers Jim Damron, N8TMW, with
this week's newscast.

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Thanks Bill.  Now, Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1856
with a release date of March 8 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.


The following is a QST.  2013 will see two Global Simulated
Emergency Tests in April;  France approves digital voice for
its ham community; a review of Canada's ham radio
examination questions is underway; comments on WRC 2015
close on March 22nd; Dayton announces Hamvention 2013 award
winners and the legendary CBS World News Roundup  turns 75.
Find out the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report
number 1857 coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO: TWO GLOBAL SIMULATED EMERGENCY TESTS IN APRIL

There will be two Global Simulated Emergency Tests taking
place on the Saturdays either side of World Amateur Radio
Day which is slated for Thursday April the 18th.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has more:

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Greg Mossop, G0DUB, is the International Amateur Radio Union
Region 1 Emergency Coordinator.  He says the first Global
Simulated Emergency Test will happen on Saturday April 13th
will repeat the format of 2011 using 'local time' for each
station.  This will give a good chance of messages moving
towards the regional Headquarters Stations to be delivered.
The second Saturday, April the 20th, will see answers to
those messages, starting from the Headquarters Stations and
being sent back to the countries that originated them.

According to Jim Linton, VK3PC, the Global Simulated
Emergency Test also known as GlobalSET is an opportunity to
increase the common interest in emergency communications,
create practices for international emergency communications
and the relaying of messages.  Linton who is the Chairman of
the IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee says
that GlobalSET is open to all three IARU regions and will be
held on or near the emergency Center of Activity frequencies
on the 80, 40, 20, 17 and 15 meter bands.  VK3PC adds that
the full rules concerning this emergency training operating
event are available to those who register through their IARU
Regional Coordinator.

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

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Again those dates are April 13th and 20th for the twin
edition of thr 2013 Global Simulated Emergency Test.  It
will be followed June 25th to the 28th by the Global Amateur
Radio Emergency Conference or GAREC 2013 in Zurich,
Switzerland.  (VK3PC)

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RESTRUCTURING:  FRANCE APPROVES USE OF DIGITAL VOICE AND
OTHER DIGI MODES

France has finally approved the use of digital modes by its
ham radio community.  According to word from Digital
Radioamateurs of France president F1SHS, the new draft
regulation was signed by the Minister on Wednesday, March
6th.  Until now French radio amateurs had been banned from
using digital modes including D-STAR and the like.  F1SHS
calls this great news for the French amateur radio community
following a lot of work on the part of the organization.
(F1SHS, Southgate)

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RESTRUCTURING:  REVIEW OF CANADIAN AMATEUR RADIO EXAM
QUESTIONS UNDERWAY

As a result of its response to a Request for Proposals from
telecommunications regulator Industry Canada, Radio Amateurs
of Canada has been awarded a $20,000 contract.  This to
review the questions used for examinations to qualify radio
amateurs in that nation.

The actual work began back on January 28th with the final
product will be delivered to Industry Canada on April 17th.
More than 3000 questions are being reviewed.  Of these 965
are in English and in French for the Basic qualification.
Another 545 in English and in French for the Advanced
qualification.

The objective of the review is to identify questions and
answers no longer relevant as well as those requiring
modifications to correct grammatical errors or improve
clarity. The review should also lead to new questions on
aspects of amateur radio that have changed in recent years.

The present work is the first comprehensive review of the
Canadian question pool in more than a decade.  While some
current questions were revised in 2007 many questions date
from much earlier. Radio Amateurs du Quebec Inc. is working
with Radio Amateurs of Canada on the French language
component of this question pool revision and overhaul.
(RAC)

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INTERNATIONAL:  LAST CHANCE TO FILE COMMENTS WITH FCC ON WRC
15

Comments are due March 22nd on FCC draft recommendations
regarding issues to be considered at the 2015 World
Radiocommunication Conference or WRC.  These discussions
generally involve international spectrum related agreements.
You can read the current recommendations at tinyurl.com/fcc-
wrc-15.

The commission is also seeking comment on National
Telecommunications and Information Agency's draft proposals
to WRC-15.  The NTIA is the Executive Branch agency that is
principally responsible for advising the President on
telecommunications and information policy issues. You can
read its proposals at tinyurl.com/ntia-wrc-15

The FCC says that public input will help the commission in
its upcoming talks with the Department of State and the N-T-
I-A in developing United States positions for WRC-15.  It
should be noted that the FCC's International Bureau is
inclined to support most of the suggestions provided by the
WRC-15 advisory committee.  Filed comments should reference
IB Docket No. 04-286.  (FCC, RW)

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RADIO LAW:  MONTANA HAMS WIN EXEMPTION FROM DISTRACTED
DRIVING LAW AND MORE

Hams in Montana now have both antenna height limit and
protection from distracted driving laws.  The ARRL reports
that on February 28th Governor Steve Bullock signed House
Bill 148 into law to provide protections to the states ham
radio community.

Montana State Representative Pat Connell, WA7PDC, had
submitted the bill titled  Clarifying Local Government
Authority to Regulate Amateur Radio Operations to the 2013
Montana legislative docket.  The new law prohibits local
governments from regulating licensed amateur radio
operations from a motor vehicle.  It also establishes a 100-
foot height limit below which local jurisdictions may not
regulate ham radio towers and antennas.

You can read more details on this good news for Montana hams
on-line at the ARRL website using the shortcut
tinyurl.com/Montana-Antenna-Win

And oh yes:  We you aware that the Montana state fossil is
Maiasaur also known as the Duck-billed Dinosaur?  According
to Wikipedia it is, and we thought you would like to know.
(ARRL, ARNewslineT, Wikipedia Commons)

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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 Dexter, Michigan

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BREAKING NEWS:  HAMVENTION ANNOUNCES 2013 AWARD WINNERS

I'm  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, with word that the Dayton
Hamvention has announced this years winners of its famed
Hamvention Awards.  The news was made public on the March
13th edition of Ham Nation by past Hamvention General
Chairman Michael Kalter, W8CI, with a well known ham from
Germany garnering the top spot:

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W8CI:  Our Amateur of the Year is Mustapha Landoulsi,
DL1BDF.  He was actually born in Tunisia and has set up six
amateur radio stations in Tunisia and has brought them into
the IARU.  He's worked tirelessly to help Middle-Eastrern
countries and African counties in amateur radio.  He also
sped uo and organized the delivery of emergency medical
equipment and medicine to African and other third world
countries, and he is so well known throughout the world that
his work actually embodies what amateur radio is about.  He
tries to bring peoples together from different countries and
his heart is one hundred percent into amateur radio.

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Recognized as this years Special Achievement Award recipient
was George Thomas, W5JDX, of Ridgeland, Mississippi.  For
those few of you not aware, George the producer of the
Internet TV show known as amateurlogic.tv.  He also co-hosts
Ham Nation with Bob Heil K9EID and Gordon West WB6NOA on
TWiT TV.  And he took the opportunity to thank those who
have been working with him over the past few years:

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W5JDX:  "You know I couldn't do this without my partners
Tommy, Jimmy and Peter and of coarse Bob and Gordo."

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Sharing the 2013 Technical Achievement Award are Dave
Whitten, KD0EAG and David Rowe, VK5DGR.  They are being
honored for their combined work in developing a free digital
voice program that can encode high quality digital voice
into a 1.25 kHz bandwidth for use on the High Frequency
bands,

Rounding out this years winners is the West Palm Beach
Amateur Radio Club in Florida.  It was chosen for its
ongoing outreach program to the local community that
includes a 7 day a week manning of a ham radio at the South
Florida Museum.  Also noted was the clubs sponsorship of an
ARISS contact that was made available live and in real time
to a record 250,000 students across the state.

This years winners will receive their awards at Hamvention
2013 that runs from May 17th through the 19th at the Hara
Arena the world ham radio capitol of Dayton Ohio.  Its
planners say that they hope to see you there.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the Newsroom in Los Angeles.  (Hamvention�, Ham Nation)

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ENFORCEMENT:  COCOA BEACH FLA HAM ISSUED $25000 NAL FOR
INTERFERENCE TO PRISON COMMUNICATIONS

A Cocoa Florida ham has been hit with a $25,000 Notice of
Apparent Liability for allegedly causing interference to the
Brevard County Sheriff's Department.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details:

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According to the March 1st Notice of Apparent Liability
issued to Terry L. VanVolkenburg, the FCC says that it used
radio direction finding to locate a signal interfering with
communications at the Brevard County Sheriff's Department
jail in Sharpes, Florida.  The FCC says that VanVolkenburg,
whom the agency notes holds an Amateur Service license and
the call sign KC5RF was the source of the interference to
the prison complex which is licensed to use 465.300 MHz for
its communications.

By way of background, in September of 2012, the Enforcement
Bureau's Tampa Office received a complaint of radio
interference from the Sheriff's Department.  According to
the complaint, on at least 14 days during the months of
September and October of 2012  that law enforcement agency
experienced intermittent interference to its communications
at the jail on 456.300 MHz.  Audio recordings taken by the
Sheriff's Department suggests that a male individual
interfering with the prison's communications by transmitting
vulgar language, sound effects, previously recorded prison
communications, and threats to prison officials over the
prison's radio communications system.

In response, on October 28th of 2012 agents from the Tampa
Office used direction-finding and traced the source of the
interference to a residence in Cocoa, Florida.  The agents
also recognized VanVolkenburg's voice as the one interfering
with the prison's communications system.

Approximately two hours after locating the source of the
transmissions, the agents inspected the radio stations in
the VanVolkenburg residence.   The FCC says that
VanVolkenburg initially showed the agents an amateur radio
station that was incapable of transmitting on 465.300 MHz.
However when pressed buy the investigators he eventually
produced an Alinco DJ-C5 portable radio transceiver that
could operate on 465.300 MHz.

Initially VanVolkenburg did not specifically admit that he
had interfered with the prison's communications system.  But
when asked about the transmissions on 465.300 MHz and the
interference to the prison he stated that he chose 465.300
MHz because the prison's transmissions on that frequency
were strong.  Also that he was only using 300 milliwatts and
did not think that he could talk over anyone and therefore
wasn't interfering with anyone.  At that point VanVolkenburg
is also reported to have declared that the interference
would not happen again.

But in issuing the proposed fine the FCC is essentially
saying that it does not buy Van Volkenberg's defense.  It
sates that while VanVolkenburg holds an amateur license and
the call sign KC5RF, that this license does not authorize
him to operate on public safety frequencies.

The FCC says that the bottom line is that the evidence in
this case is sufficient to establish that VanVolkenburg
violated the FCC rules on 14 different days during September
and October of 2012.  As such he is eligible for the
proposed $25,000 fine.

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

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VanVolkenburg was given the usual 30 days from to pay the
proposed fine or to file an appeal.  (FCC)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC UPHOLDS $25000 FINE TO ALLGED MALL
COMMUNICATIONS JAMMER

The FCC says that California resident Kevin Bondy will have
to pay a $24,000 fine.  Back in 2011 the commission issued a
forfeiture order against Bondy for operating in the General
Mobile Radio Service and unlawfully causing interference to
licensed radio operations.  He was also charged with
refusing to allow the FCC to inspect his radio gear.

The commission said Bondy's radio equipment interfered with
the two way radios used by The Oaks Shopping Center in
Thousand Oaks, California.  During its investigation FCC
agents also found an unlicensed and unauthorized repeater
transmitter in a secured radio communications facility on
Oat Mountain in the Santa Susana Mountains.  The
transmissions effectively jammed Oaks' operations on two of
its frequencies.

Now in its Memorandum Opinion and Order the FCC states that
Bondy was supposed to file his appeal by July 6, 2011.
While he did e-mail a copy to the local Enforcement Bureau,
before that date the agency says there's no evidence Bondy
sent a copy to the Commission Secretary as required by law.
As far as the FCC is concerned this means that the appeal
was not properly filed and the agency considers it as being
procedurally defective.

In its release dismissing the appeal the FCC notes that
Bondy raised no new arguments in the version that it did
receive.  Based on all the evidence before it the agency
said as it decided to reaffirm and gave Bondy the customary
30 days from the February 15th release date of the
Memorandum Opinion and Order to pay the amount in full.
(FCC)

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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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ENFORCEMENT:  DRONE SEEN NEAR JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MAY
HAVE BEEN  A WAYWARD RADIO CONTROLLED MODEL PLANE

Federal officials say a small aircraft that reportedly
looked like a drone and violated the airspace at John F.
Kennedy International Airport in New York on March 4th was
probably a radio controlled model aircraft sent aloft
from Long Island that lost its way.  Amateur Radio Newslines
Steffan Kinford, N8WB, has more:

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Whatever the object was, the FBI and the Federal Aviation
Administration issued an alert on Tuesday March 5th.  One
seeking the public's assistance in identifying the operator
and the aircraft which a nearby pilot described as black in
color, about 3 feet wide with four propellers.

The unidentified aircraft was spotted about 1:15 p.m.
Eastern Time on Monday March 4th by the pilot of an Alitalia
airliner as it approached runway 31 Right at JFK
International.  Because no flight plan was filed with the
FAA for the mystery aircraft, authorities believe it
probably was a radio remote controlled model sent aloft by a
hobbyist.  Officials speculate that the craft likely took
off from somewhere along the south shore of Long Island had
drifted off course when the operator lost radio contact with
it.  It then flew in the direction of JFK International on
its own.

In his report to the control tower, the Alitalia pilot said
that he had seen what appeared to be a drone aircraft.  At
the time of the sighting he said the aircraft had an
altitude of about 1,500 feet and was about three miles from
his plane.  That would put it well above the 400 foot height
restriction for radio controlled model aircraft and well
within restricted airport airspace.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephan Kinford, N8WB, a
few hundred miles West of JFK International in Wadsworth,
Ohio.

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Les Dorr is a spokesman for the Federal Aviation
Administration.  He says that regardless of whether someone
is operating as a public agency or a person flying a model
for recreational purposes, they always have to give way to
any aircraft in the vicinity.  In other words, you are not
supposed to be flying anywhere near or over a major airport.
(ThisWeek.com, HuffPost and other published news reports)

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HAM RADIO ON THE SCREEN:  MODERN AMATEUR RADIO FROM CANADA

Modern Amateur Radio is the title of a new, bi-lingual video
produced in Canada by Donald Boucher, VE2XT.  Boucher put
the show together in full wide screen High Definition and it
includes some truly breathtaking aerial footage of the
Canadian countryside.

VE2XT tells Newsline that he owns a video production company
in Montreal and that he shot the video last year in his
spare time.    Posting of the video to Youtube was done by
CQ Propagation Editor Thomas Hood, NW7US.

What makes Modern Amateur Radio unique is its international
flavor.  While the narration is in English most of the
natural sound background conversations are in French.  But
you do not have to understand the French language to truly
enjoy this Canadian look at our great hobby.  You can see it
for yourself at tinyurl.com/modern-amateur-radio
(ARNewslineT)

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HAM RADIO ON THE SCREEN:  SPECIAL EVENT STATION 2O12L VIDEO
NOW AVAILABLE

The organizers of 2O12L, the amateur radio special event
station celebrating the London Olympic and Paralympic Games
in the Summer of 2012 have now released a 45 minute DVD of
the event. Produced by Fred Curtis G3SVK, the DVD goes
behind the scenes of the event, telling the story of how
those 69,644 QSOs were made possible.  Details can be found
at www.2o12l.com under the `News' link.  (Southgate)

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RADIO READING:  CQ LAUNCHES ONLINE PHOTO GALLERY

CQ magazine has announced the launch of the online CQ Photo
Gallery to supplement photos published in the magazine.

According to Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, the magazine shoots
photos at many events.  It also receives many photos from
readers that it does not have space to put in the magazine.
But CQ still wants to share these with its readers and the
new CQ Photo Gallery will allow it to do just that.

Moseson says that the new photo gallery is on the flickr.com
web site and is organized into albums called sets.  Initial
sets include CQ cover images; the CQ Garage featuring ham
radio license plates; news photos from the FCC's field
hearing on communications lessons learned from Superstorm
Sandy, and reader-submitted photos. New pictures will be
added regularly.

The CQ Photo Gallery may be accessed at
www.flickr.com/photos/cqphotogallery/sets but you can also
reach it using the shortcut tinyurl.com/cq-photos-online.
(CQ)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  M0VFC NAMED WINNER OF CASSADAY AWARD

Some names in the news.  First up is Rob Chipperfield,
M0VFC, who has been selected as the first recipient of the
Cass award.  This, in recognition of his DX operation from
the remote South Atlantic island of Tristan Da Cunha as
ZD9UQ in October of 2012.  During his short four day
operation Chipperfield worked 3,362 unique stations and
there-by demonstrating an outstanding effort to log as many
individuals as possible.

The Cass Award was created and named in memory of the late
DXing legend Hugh Cassady, WA6AUD.  It is meant to encourage
DXpeditions to maximize the number of unique contacts made
and comes with a $1,000 prize for the single operator
DXpedition that works the most unique callsigns within a
four week period.  More information about the award program
is available at www.cassaward.com  (GB2RS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  RCA NAMES PATRICIA KOZIOL AS ITS
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

The Radio Club of America has appointed Patricia Koziol as
its Executive Secretary effective February 25th.  RCA
President, Bruce R. McIntyre also announced the assignment
of Ms. Koziol's firm, Peak Management Solutions for
Associations, to manage the administrative and programmatic
activities of the association.  Patricia Koziol currently
manages seven other trade associations and two national and
regional trade events.  (RCA)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  CBS WORLD NEWS ROUNDUP HIT 75

The legendary CBS Radio World News Roundup has turned 75.

The first broadcast took place on the evening of March 13,
1938.  That's when legendary CBS radio newsman Robert Trout
reported from New York that the Nazis were "driving with all
their might to bring Austria under complete Nazi
domination."  Then, in what has become a historic moment in
broadcast history Trout stopped talking so listeners could
hear live reports from correspondents throughout Europe.
One of these was Edward R. Murrow in Vienna, who went on to
become another CBS broadcast legend.

Over the years, the CBS Radio World News Roundup has been
there night after night, bringing all of us the news live
and direct from the scene.  And even in the age of instant
reporting over the Internet and bloggers proliferating while
spewing opinion as news, the CBS World News Roundup stands
apart as one of the most accurate, concise and listened to
news sources in the world.  Its also a credit to those at C-
BS who created it seven and a half decades ago.

Ironically, you can read the full story about this iconic
radio news service on-line at tinyurl.com/cbs-news-at-75.
And if we may be permitted to add our own tiny voice, we say
happy 75th to this ongoing radio legend.  (ARNewslineT from
published reports)

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BREAK 3

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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HAM TECHNOLOGY:  RFINDER - THE WORLD WIDE REPEATER DIRECTORY
ADDS JAPANESE LANGUAGE

Yet another expension of RFinder and the World Wide Repeater
Directory.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK,
reports:

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RFinder has added the Japanese language to its operational
ability.  In their ongoing effort to make localized versions
of RFinder available, the creators have announced the
Android version of RFinder Version 3 and have also loaded
the canonical list of analog and D-Star repeaters across
Japan nation into the systems World Wide Repeater Directory.

To use it, just download RFinder from Google Play.  If your
device is using Japanese as it's language, RFinder will
automatically load in Japanese.

RFinder is already available in English, Spanish and French.
Italian, German and Portuguese are in development and are
said to be next.

The World Wide Repeater Directory database is the first
repeater directory covering the world of amateur radio on
Android, iPhone and RT Systems Software.  It also works with
CHIRP, the World Wide Web and can loaded into Points of
Interest on most GPS's.  This makes it of special interest
especially to the globe-trotting ham,

For the Amateur Radio Newswline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois.

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So far 178 countries are included in the World Wide Repeater
Directory.  More information about RFinder and the database
system is on the web at www.rfinder.net/blog/  (W2CYK)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  USAF APPROVES AMSAT REQUEST FOR
REDISTRIBUTION OF KEPS

The Keps will keep on coming.  So says AMSAT North America
after a deal was reached between the Amateur Radio Space
Agency and the Air Force Space Command that will permit
AMSAT to continue to re-distribute Keplerian elements from
the latter's SpaceTrack service.

Keplerian elements. sometimes called by the acronym Keps are
the basis for all satellite tracking.  According to AMSAT's
Orbital Data Manager Ray Hoad, WA5QGD, the re-distribution
agreement was approved on March 7 for the period April 1,
2013 to April 1, 2014.  (ANS)

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RADIOSPORTS:  ALASKA QSO PARTY MACH 23 - 24

From the radiosports file, remember to mark down March 23rd
as the date of the 2013 Alaska QSO party.  The event runs
from 18:00 UTC and continues to 23:59 UTC on the 24th.  This
is an H-F only contest on 160, 80, 40, 20 and 10 meters
using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY.   A similar event for the VHF
bands will be held July 15th through the 16th with the same
hours.  More information on both QSO party's is on line at
kl7yk.us/akqso.htm.  (KL7YK)

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ON THE AIR:  MOMO ON THE AIR CELEBRATIONS IN JAPAN

On the air, 8N1MOMO is a special callsign celebrating both
the 37th Momo Peach Blossom Festival and the 20th Fire
Baloon Contest in the Ibaraki prefecture on Honshu Island.
Honshu is Japan's largest island and the station will be
operational until April 5th.  QSL only via the JA bureau.
(DX News)

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ON THE AIR:  CELEBRATING THE RESTORATION OF GREY POINT FORT
IRELAND

And a group of hams who are working to restore Grey Point
Fort will be operating a special event stations from 1700
UTC on May 31st to 1700 UTC on June 2nd.   Grey Point Fort
is a World War One Coastal Defense Fort located in Helens
Bay, Northern Ireland.  The special event operation will be
using three yet to be announced special event call signs.
More information will be posted on-line at
tinyurl.com/greypoint-2013 or by e-mail to greypointfort
(at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk.  (GI4RNP)

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In DX, word that JQ2WTT and JE1XUZ who are KH0XH and KH0XW
respectively will be active from Saipan, in the Northern
Mariana Islands through April 1st.  Both are university
undergraduates.  QSL via each operator's home callsign
either direct or via the J-A Bureau.

An international team of seven operators are currently on
the air from the Solomon Islands signing H44G.   Several
stations will be operating simultaneously on various bands
between 160 through 6 meters using CW und SSB, RTTY, PSK31
and SSTV. It all comes to an end on March 25th.  QSLs go via
DL7DF

GM3WOJ and GM4YXI will be active from Cocos Keeling Island
from March 30th through April 13th using the new callsign of
VK9CZ.  They plan to be on SSB and CW, with some RTTY and
hope to have a real-time logging system and daily Logbook of
the World updates.  More updates on this operation will be
found on-line at www.vk9cz.com

Lastly, a group of Italian operators along with members of
the Associationdes Radio Amateurs Tunisiens and the
Engineering University of Gabes are planning a DXpedition to
Djerba Island using the call TS8TI between April 29th and
May 6th.  Operation will be on all HF bands plus 6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and several digital modes.  More
information on this operation is on-line at
www.qrz.com/db/TS8TI

(Above from various DX News Sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  SPACE UPDATE:  MORE ON US PRIVATE MISSION
TO MARS

And finally this week, a follow up to our story of a few
weeks ago concerning a privately funded United States
mission to the planet Mars.  Now its been revealed that it
wont be to Mars, but rather a sightseeing round trip around
the red planet.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash,
N5ASH, has the details:

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According to news reports, a team led by millionaire and
former space tourist Dennis Tito plans to send what it calls
a tested couple to Mars and back in a privately funded
mission.  The Inspiration Mars Foundation plans to start its
one-and-a-half-year mission in January 2018 providing that
it can raise funding for the mission.

The foundation has carried out a study which it says shows
that it is feasible to achieve such a mission using existing
technology.  Among those involved in the project is Jane
Poynter, who spent two years locked away in a sealed
ecosystem with seven other people in 1991.

Mission planners wanted the crew to consist of an older
couple whose relationship would be able to withstand the
stress of living in a confined environment for two years.

I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

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More on this story is on-line at tinyurl.com/mars-round-
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