Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1858 - March 22 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1858 with a release
date of March 22 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  An antenna battle down under pits a
ham antenna against a landscape view; a big win in New
Jersey as a ham is finally granted approval for his tower
and antenna; a Coronal Mass Ejection on the sun hits Earth
on St. Patrick's Day; the Federal probe of the so-called
zombie attack on the United States Emergency Alert System
continues and GPS jamming becomes a threat to public safety
in the UK.  All this and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT
report number 1858 coming your way right now.


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RADIO LAW: NELSON NZ COUPLE WANT HAMS ANTENNA TAKEN DOWN AND
ALL HAM ANTENNAS BANNED DUE TO EMI EXPOSURE

A Nelson, New Zealand couple upset by the installation of a
ham radio antenna in the middle of their expansive field of
view from have taken their fight to city councilors.  They
also appear to want a change in local zoning law that would
make all ham radio installations in that city subject to
exceedingly strict human electromagnetic exposure limits.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the
details:

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Dallas Woods is the complainant who made a presentation to
the council's public forum.  At that hearing Woods asked
councilors to change the rules so that amateur radio
antennas are no longer a permitted activity in residential
zones or the landscape overlay which covers city ridgelines.
Woods said the landscape overlay was supposed to mitigate
adverse effects on visual qualities and to retain views from
major vantage points.  Also that the council's councils
current plan acknowledged that in some areas use of
structures such as antenna masts should be extremely
limited.

But that presentation did not stop there.  According to
Woods testimony, with the modern communications now
available, there was no justification for large ham radio
antennas as a right in residential zones.  Woods also stated
that ham radio was no longer needed to help with
emergencies.  They are also concerned about the health
aspects for themselves and passers-by who could be exposed
to higher what Woods terms as a than acceptable amount
electromagnetic radiation from the ham radio antenna when it
was operating at full power.  Woods wants the National
Radiation Laboratory of the Ministry of Health should
monitor the RF output from the antenna while the ham radio
station is operating at maximum power.

The tower and antenna in question belong to Rick Kiessig,
ZL2HAM.  He has  acknowledged that his antenna did impinge
on his neighbors view to some degree, but noted that there
was a gum tree in the same area which was taller than his
antenna and blocked much more of the view.  He also said
that he had taken a number of additional steps to mitigate
the effect of the antenna on the view of his neighbors.
This included his  using a self-supporting tower without
lots of guy wires and an antenna made of translucent
fiberglass rather than one with a large number of thick
aluminum elements.

Nelson's environmental inspections manager is Stephen
Lawrence.  He acknowledges that he has received such a
request from the Woods, but he notes that a rule in the
Nelson Resource Management Plan specifies that any antenna
transmitting on radio frequencies had to do so within the
limits of the relevant New Zealand Safety Standard.  He says
that Kiessig has already submitted a very detailed self
assessment to council that shows his antenna system complies
with that safety standard.  According to Lawrence, the
council in the process of seeking someone to peer review
this assessment as a double check, but he adds there are
currently no grounds to believe that it isn't accurate or
that the antenna system is operating outside of proper
safety limits.

And that's where this one stands as we go to air.

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

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According to ZL2HAM,  amateur radio stations such as his
that operate in the high frequency spectrum makes them safer
at a given power density than cellphones or wireless
internet.  He notes that a ham radio station in the high
frequency range would need to transmit about 12,000 watts of
effective radiated power to have the same power density as a
cellphone in normal use.  (Fairfax NZ News, Others)

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RADIO LAW:  NJ HAM WINS ANTENNA HEIGHT APPEAL

Back on this side of the Pacific a New Jersey ham has
finally been granted a building permit to erect a 96 foot
high antenna system.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather
Embee, KB3TZD, is here with more:

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In April 2012, Ira Saber, N2IS, filed an application for a
building permit in Morris Township, New Jersey.   A month
later, the Township's Code Enforcement Officer informed
Saber that the proposed 96' high private radio antenna
system, on his modest one quarter acre property, may violate
the height requirement in the zone.

On appeal to the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Saber submitted
a "Showing of Need for Height of an Amateur Radio Antenna
Support Structure," prepared by Dennis Egan, W1UE.  Also
submitted was an ARRL pamphlet entitled "Antenna Height and
Communications Effectiveness," prepared by Richard Straw,
N6BV and Gerald Hall, K1TD, and a brief by his lawyer, Fred
Hopengarten, K1VR.

In December 2012, after soliciting opinions by the
township's RF consultant, the township planner, and the
attorney to the Board of Adjustment, the Zoning Board of
Adjustment held a hearing.  Saber and Hopengarten appeared.
At that time the Board voted unanimously that Saber's
building permit should be issued as requested.

But the most important aspect of this finding was what has
come to light since.  In an opinion letter the Board of
Adjustment attorney said that it is apparent that the
essence of the FCC's preemptive intent as expressed in PRB-1
was to guarantee that each amateur radio operator could
install functional antennas for all amateur frequency bands,
at the licensee`s residence.

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

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The full decision, and the opinion of the Board's attorney,
may be found under "Resolution of Findings and Conclusions,
Ira J. Saber" at tinyurl.com/n2is-antenna-win.  (QRZ)

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PROPAGATION:  CME IMPACT SPARKS ST. PATRICKS DAY AURORAS ON
EARTH

The Southgate news reports that the skies over parts of
North America turned green for St. Patrick's Day.  This as a
Coronal Mass Ejection or CME from the surface of the sun
impacted on planet Earth during the early hours of March
17th.

The CME sparked bright auroras at latitudes as far south as
Colorado.  Other intense Aurora's were spotted on March 18th
mainly over the Arctic as Earth's magnetic field continued
to respond to the solar impact.  And if you heard or worked
some stations on 50 MHz and above who sounded as if they
were gargling while speaking, that was the sound of aurora
propagation.

More information on this latest CME flare including photos
and further updates can be found on line at
spaceweather.com.  (Southgate, Skywatch, others)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FEDERAL PROBE INTO FALSE EAS ZOMBIE ALERT
WIDENS

FCC Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Chief David
Turetsky says that the investigation continues into what
happened to allow someone to hack some broadcast stations'
EAS encoders/decoders and insert false alerts of zombie
attacks that were aired on some of those facilities.

According to Turetsky, the Internet which is a part of the
EAS system will remain an important means of communication.
Turetsky says that there is no silver bullet to cover all
occasions.  He says that all involved in EAS need to work
hard to create greater security.

As previously reported, some stations that were hacked had
connected their EAS encoder/decoder equipment directly to
the Internet, rather than behind a firewall.  Others had not
changed the factory-provided password making both vulnerable
to attacks by hackers.  (RW)

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RADIO LAW:  FEUD ERUPTING BETWEEN CTIA AND NAB OVER ENG
SPECTRUM FOR BROADBAND

A feud appears to be brewing between the broadcast community
and the broadband industry over spectrum now used by
broadcast auxiliary operations.  This after the CTIA
Wireless Association has requested that the FCC look to
reclaim some of this spectrum for commercial reallocation.
Amateur Radio Newslines Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has the
details:

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For its part the CTIA points out that the FCC has until
February of 2015 to identify 15 MHz of contiguous spectrum
for reallocation and licensing for mobile broadband and that
the current broadcast auxiliary services band is a natural
fit.

But the National Association of Broadcasters counters that
such a move would amount to a threat to public safety.  This
is because the spectrum in question is currently used for
electronic newsgathering and is where broadcasters were
forced to move these operations when they reallocated
satellite spectrum.

Perhaps the biggest dig at the CTIA proposal came from
National Association of Broadcasters spokesman Dennis
Wharton.  He is quoted as having said that if the request
were not such a serious threat to public safety, it would be
amusing.

But the wireless industry does not seen to be amused.  In
his statement CTIA president Steve Largent wrote that this
spectrum band is below 3 GHz, is contiguous and adjacent to
current allocations, and would allow pairing in a readily
achievable fashion.  Largent added that the CTIA is not
aware of any other spectrum bands as well-positioned as this
band to meet all the key principles for mobile broadband
spectrum that could be paired with the specific 15 MHz
identified by National Telecommunications and Information
Agency.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephan Kinford, N8WB,
in Wadsworth, Ohio.

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The bottom line appears to be that broadcasters who had been
allied with wireless companies in opposition to the FCC's
incentive auction band plan may be quickly heading in
different directions and may well come to loggerheads over
this new CTIA spectrum demand.  (B&C,
fiercebroadbandwireless.com)

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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 WA4TEP repeater serving Greenville North
Carolina.

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC SEIZES UNLICENSED FM BROADCAST STATION IN
BROCKTON MA

Federal authorities have shut down and seized equipment
reportedly used by an unlicensed radio station in Brockton,
Massachusetts.  A station that is alleged to have interfered
with air traffic communications in the Boston area.  Amateur
Radio Newslines George Bowen, W2XBS, tells us what happened:

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The equipment was confiscated by the US Marshals Service,
which executed a warrant March 1st.  According to an
affidavit filed in January by FCC Engineer Emmanuel Domkam,
officials began investigating the unlicensed station
operating on 91.7 FM in Brockton, in February 2010.  However
the station's transmitter moved three times before it ended
up on at the location the seizure occurred.

Domkan wrote that each time the move occurred after the FCC
has issued and posted a written warning at the transmitter
location. Investigators eventually traced the transmitter to
an address on Rutland Street in Brockton.  This after the
Federal Aviation Administration filed a complaint last
October that a possible unlicensed station, later identified
as operating on 91.7 and playing Haitian music, was
interfering with its ability of controllers to communicate
with pilots flying in the Boston area.

The interference was likely from spurs generated by the
stations transmitter.  The FCC said the investigation became
a top priority because this kind of interference could be
dangerous to air to ground communications and public safety.

As we go to air the owner of the property where the
equipment was confiscated has not been charged with any
crime.  Nor was immediately clear if that person or anyone
else will be subject to a Notice of Monetary Forfeiture or
other federal penalty.  As regular listeners know, fines in
similar cases start at $10,000 and run as high as $25,000 or
more.

For the amateur Radio Newsline, I'm George Bowen, W2XBS, in
Albany, New York.

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This is not the first time that the FCC has confiscated an
unlicensed station in the Brockton area.  In an unrelated
2007 case an unlicensed radio broadcaster was cited by
federal authorities for interfering with the traffic control
at Logan International Airport in nearby Boston.  In that
incident the stations equipment was also seized.  (Boston
Globe, Boston Herald, Cape Cod Daily)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FINE REDUCED IN PENNSYLVANIA OUT OF BAND
OPERATION

A Pennsylvania ham whom the FCC says operated outside of the
amateur radio bands has had his fine reduced by $500.

Back on May 16, 2011 the FCC imposed a $4,000 monetary
forfeiture against Jose Torres, N3TX, of Philadelphia.  This
for his alleged willful and repeated operation of his
amateur radio station on an unauthorized frequency on April
17 and June 2, 2008.  The frequency in question was 26.71
MHz.

On February 17, 2009, Torres met with agents in the
Philadelphia Office to respond to the apparent findings in
the N-A-L. During the meeting Torres claimed that he was not
at home when the alleged unauthorized transmissions
occurred.  He also asserted that payment of the $4000
proposed fine would pose a financial hardship.  At that
meeting he produced the required documentation to back up
his claim.

But in affirming the penalty, the FCC said that it finds
that Torres's Petition for Reconsideration fails to
demonstrate a material error in the Forfeiture Order.  That
it only reiterates arguments previously presented to and
rejected by the agency's Northeast Region office.  As such,
it denies reconsideration of the Petition on this basis.

As to Torres's claim of his inability to pay the forfeiture,
here the FCC says that based on the materials he submitted
that a reduction of $500 is warranted.  Therefore the agency
affirms the Northeast Region's finding that Torres willfully
and repeatedly operated on an unauthorized frequency but
reduces the forfeiture amount to $3,500.

Torres was given the customary 30 days from the March 19th
release of the Memorandum Opinion and Order in this matter
to pay the reduced $3,500 forfeiture amount.  (FCC)

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ENFORCEMENT:  ANOTHER UNLICENSED FLORIDA BROADCASTERS ISSUED
$25000 NAL

The FCC has issued Gary Feldman a $25,000 Notice of Monetary
Forfeiture for operating an unlicensed radio station in
Miami, Florida.

Responding to a complaint, agents from the Enforcement
Bureau's Miami office traced the source of an unauthorized
signal on 99.7 MHz to an FM antenna mounted on Feldman's
residence, in both 2011 and 2012.  While monitoring the
station, agents heard the website hot977fmmiami.com
mentioned.  A check showed the website domain registered to
Feldman.

According to the FCC, during an inspection in 2012, Feldman
admitted he operated the station but refused to either
surrender the gear to the investigators or to destroy it.
At that time the commission warned Feldman that operating an
unlicensed station violated FCC rules and he could face
further enforcement action.

Later in 2012 the FCC says that Feldman attempted to evade
detection by moving his unlicensed operation to a commercial
building he owns in Miami.  The commission also found
Feldman had earlier been issued a $10,000 fine for operating
an unlicensed station in Fort Myers.  That case had already
been turned over to the Department of Justice for collection
but the fine at that time has still remained unpaid.

In issuing the latest proposed fine to Feldman the agency
noted that it had increased the amount to $25,000 because of
his past record of non compliance with FCC rules and that
the current violation is deemed as willful and repeated.  It
also warned him that he may face larger fines, criminal
prosecution and equipment seizure if he fails to comply.

Feldman has 30 days from the February 21st date of the
issuance of the proposed fine to pay it in full or to file
an appeal.  (FCC)

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RADIO HAPPENINGS:  FEMA-IPAWS WONT BE AT NAB DUE TO
SEQUESTRATION BUDGET CUTS

It appears that FEMA-IPAWS personnel won't be going to the
National Association of Broadcasters Convention in April due
to the so-called "sequestration."  That's the fancy word
politicians in Washington made up to give a title to the
more than $40 billion in across-the-board federal spending
cuts within the remaining fiscal year.

One member of that office posted a message to the Society of
Broadcast Engineers EAS list serve that at this time FEMA
won't have a presence at the National Association of
Broadcasters Convention next month in Las Vegas, Nevada.
That likely means FEMA won't have a booth and no one can
travel to the event, including those scheduled to be session
panelists.

There's no word yet on how the budget cuts might affect
travel for the FCC personnel scheduled to speak in Las
Vegas.  During a recent Senate FCC oversight hearing
Chairman Julius Genachowski said he has serious concerns
about the effects of the cuts, since the agency is at its
lowest employee level in some 30 years.

The FCC's portion of the sequestration cuts is about $17
million, or 5% of its total $340 million budget.  This in
turn begs the obvious question as to how the sequestration
mandated budget cuts might affect all aspects of ham radio
oversight by the agency as well as FCC participation in
major amateur radio conventions and other events. (RW,
ARNewslineT)


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RADIO HAPPENINGS:  FAIRBANKS AK COLLEGE STATION TAKES MAJOR
PRIZE

KSUA, a student-run radio station at the University of
Alaska at Fairbanks has been named as the best college radio
station in the country.  The station on 91.5 MHz FM won the
2013 MTVU'S Best College Radio Woodie Award, beating out
competition from major universities in metropolitan areas
from across the country.

MTVU is a division of the MTV Network that targets college-
aged students and is available on more than 750 college
campuses across the United States.  The Woodie Awards are
its top honors, which celebrate everything about college
life from best musical artist and video to best radio
station.

This year awards will be presented in Austin, Texas, during
the South by Southwest festival.  This is a major 10-day
entertainment festival covering music, film and interactive
formats such as video gaming and the online world.
(AND.com)

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RADIO EDUCATION:  DARA TO AGAIN SUPPORT ADVANCED ARRL
TEACHERS INSTITUTE

For the fourth year in a row, the Dayton Amateur Radio
Association will provide financial support for the advanced
session of the Teachers Institute sponsored by the ARRL.
This advanced session on remote sensing and data gathering
will be held July 22nd to the 25 at the Dayton Amateur Radio
Association's new classroom facility at their clubhouse in
Dayton, Ohio.

There will also be two basic Teachers Institute sessions
taking place this summer.  One will be held July 8th to the
11th at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut.  The
other from July 15th to the 19th on the West coast at
Parallax, Inc in Rocklin, California.

More on all of these sessions is on line at tinyurl.com/2013-
arrl-teachers-institute.  (ARRL)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS WEEKEND REGISTRATION
OPEN

The International Museums Weekends special event will take
place on the double weekends of June15th and 16th and again
on June 22nd and 23rd.  Hams world-wide are being encouraged
to participate in this event by setting up stations in their
local museums in third areas.

The events organizer Harry Bloomfield, M1BYT.  He asks that
all those intending to take part to register their museum
via the web form on the International Museums Weekend
website.  Its in cyberspace at www.ukradioamateur.co.uk/imw.
(GB2RS)

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WITH NEWSLINE:  ARNEWSLINE FACEBOOK PAGES REACHES 1300

A new milestone for the Amateur Radio Newsline page on
Facebook.  As of this newscast, our page now has 1300
followers.  Many of those who have signed on have also
become contributors on news and events that do not always
make it into our weekly newscast.  For this we thank all of
them for their volunteerism and support.  If you are on
Facebook and have not yet signed onto our page we invite you
to do so and become a part of the Amateur Newsline on-line
family.  And a very special thank you to James Pastorfield,
KB7TBT, who serves as the volunteer moderator of our
presence on Facebook.   (ARNewsline)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  SVHFS CONFERENCE APRIL 19-20 IN COCOA BEACH
FLORIDA

And a reminder that the 2013 The Southeastern VHF Society
technical conference is less than 6 weeks away.   This years
gathering will take place April 19 to the 20th at the Cocoa
Beach Hilton Hotel in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

The goal of the conference is to raise the technical level
of amateurs.  This by providing a forum for presenting
papers relating to VHF, UHF, and Microwave while at the same
time providing a focal point for discussions on operating
practices and procedures and other topics that promote
operation on amateur bands above 50MHz.

For further information and registration please visit the
conference website at www.svhfs.org  (VHF Reflector,
SVHFS.com)

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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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NAMES IN THE NEWS: DAVE PATTON N1NN TO SPEAK AT DAYTON DX
DINNER

Some names in the news.  The SouthWest Ohio DX Association
has announced that Dave Patton, NN1N, will be the featured
speaker for its 28th annual DX dinner. This on Friday, May
17th at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton, Ohio.

Dave Patton was first licensed in 1977 as WD9DCL at the age
of 12.  Always an avid DX'er and contester Patton is a two-
time World Radiosport Team Championship competitor has been
on world record holding multi-operator teams at 6Y2A and
HC8N.

For more information and to order dinner tickets please
visit www.swodxaevents.org on the World-Wide-Web  (OPDX)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  PB33BQ TO CELEBRATE THE CHANGE OF
ROYALTY IN THE NETHERLANDS

And in celebration of the Netherlands Queen Beatrix handing
over the throne to her eldest son Prince Willem Alexander,
Dutch ham radio operator Jaap Van Duin, PA7DA, will take to
the airwaves using the special callsign PB33Q between April
20th and May 1st.

The PB33BQ callsign stands for Princess Beatrix 33 years
Queen and commemorates the more than three decades since she
took over the throne of her mother Queen Juliana.  That took
place back on April 30th, 1980.

Keep an eye on pa7da.jouwweb.nl/pb33q for more information
on this very special celebration.  QSL PB33Q only via the
bureau.  (Various DX News Sources)

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RADIO HAPPENINGS:  NRCDXAS MOVES FROM CASSETTE TO CD
DISTRIBUTION

The National Radio Club has announced that its highly
acclaimed DX Audio Service has ceased publication on
cassette and is now available on CD.

Fred Vobbe, W8HDU, is the Publisher of the DX Audio Service
and an anchor here on Amateur Radio Newsline.  He notes that
the audio magazine which targets blind and visually
handicapped individuals has been published on cassette tape
since 1985.  But says W8HDU, the switch to CD distribution
will increase the amount of time to present articles on
radio and the radio listening hobby as well as represent an
advancement in technology. With the move to CDs the club
hopes not to just talk about the quality of a radio
receiver, but let the members make their own qualitative
judgments.  According to Vobbe, the high quality of CD's is
what makes this possible.

The DX Audio Service magazine started with volunteers
reading the printed version of DX News Magazine to tape.
Two decades ago the subject matter was changed slightly from
traditional AM DX'ing, to add general topics on radio
listening, technical articles, and features on people in the
broadcasting business.

A sample of the MP3 version is located on the World Wide Web
at www.nrcdxas.org under the "Publications", then "Download"
links.  A sample CD for United States and Canadian radio
listeners is available for $3.00 from National Radio Club
Publications, P.O. Box 473251, Aurora, Colorado, 80047 in
the USA.  More information is on the web at www.nrcdxas.org.
(W8HDU)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  FCC ISSUES GUIDANCE ON OBTAINING LICENSES
FOR SMALL SATELLITES

The Federal Communications Commission released a Public
Notice to provide guidance concerning FCC licensing of
spectrum for use by small satellites, including satellites
that fall within the categories of pico-satellites, nano-
satellites and cubesats.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce
Tennant, K6PZW has more:

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The FCC's rules set forth three different procedures for
licensing satellites.  The Commission's Part 25 rules are
primary for satellite licensing, and are used for regulating
a wide range of satellite operations, including commercial
communication and remote sensing satellites.  The
Commission's Part 5 rules cover experimental operations. The
Commission's Part 97 rules cover amateur radio service
satellite operations.

Currently, many small satellite missions involve
experimental operations such as scientific and research
missions including those conducted under government
contract, and many operate in amateur frequency bands. These
satellites are licensed under Parts 5 or 97 of FCC rules.
Because of the significant interest in small satellites in
the amateur radio and research communities, the primary
focus of this new Public Notice is on those  operations,
although certain guidance in the Notice is also applicable
to Part 25 licensing well in advance of a launch.

The FCC notes that the advent of small satellite designs has
brought with it dramatically lower launch costs.  This is
enabling a larger range of organizations to directly launch
satellites.  Institutions such as universities and research
groups that previously found it cost prohibitive to orbit
their own satellite can now participate in the exploration
of space at relatively reasonable cost.  And because of this
many of these new participants may be unfamiliar with the
spectrum licensing, scheduling and other requirements
attendant on satellites.  The FCC says that this new Public
Notice seeks to alert those planning to orbit a small
satellite of these requirements and aid operators in the
planning necessary for a successful launch operation.

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

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The full public notice can be found on-line at
tinyurl.com/small-sat-guide.  And we will have more ham
radio space related news later on in this weeks Amateur
Radio Newsline report.  (FCC, AMSAT)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  THE DL4APV WEEKEND MOON CALENDAR

Still with space related matters, E-M-E enthusiasts should
take note that DL7APV has posted a 2013 weekend Moon
Calendar to the World Wide Web.  Titled the Lunar Weekend
Calendar the page gives all sorts of information regarding
the Moons position on weekends throughout the year along
with ham radio events taking place on the same dates.  You
can access the DL7APV Lunar Weekend Calendar on-line at
tinyurl.com/find-the-moon.  (N4GIV, VHF Reflector)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  APRIL 432 AND ABOVE EME NEWSLETTER
AVAILABLE

Still with moonbounce communications, the April issue of the
amateur radio 432 MHz and Above EME Newsletter is now
available for download.  The newsletter is available in
Word, PDF and Text formats the newsletter can be downloaded
free of charge at tinyurl.com/april-432-news.  (VHF
Reflector)

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ON THE AIR:  SPANISH SPECIAL EVENT STATION EH5SIP

On the air. members of the Team Cartagena will commemorate
the launch of the submarine Isaac Peral 125 years ago with
the special station EH5SIP on the air through March 31st.
Operation of this station is on SSB and the digital modes.
QSLs will be sent automatically via bureau.
(Southgate)

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ON THE AIR:  8J4G CELEBRATING NATIONAL TREE PLANTING IN
JAPAN

And keep an ear open for a special event stations operating
from Japan.  8J4G can be heard through May 31st celebrating
the 64th National Tree Planting Ceremony in Tottori
prefecture on Honshu Island.  QSL only via the JA Bureau.
(Southgate)

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DX

In DX, JH1NBN is expected to be active from Bhutan as A52W
through March 26th. He is there on business, so his activity
will only be during his spare time.  QSL via JH1NBN direct
only.

F6BGC will be active as 8Q7NC from the Maldives through
March 29th. He plans to operate holiday style on 40 through
6 meters using mostly SSB with some CW and RTTY.  QSL via
F6BGC, direct or by the bureau and electronically using
Logbook of the World.


F5MNW will be active stroke FR from Reunion Island between
April 6th and the 29th.  Operations will be on the High
Frequency bands using only CW.  QSL via his home callsign
either direct or via the bureau.

Lastly, ZS6AYU will likely be operational as C91GR from
Mozambique between May 7th and 11th.  We say likely only
because the C91GR callsign has been applied for but not yet
issued.  Either way he plans to be on 40 through 10 meters
operating CW only.  QSL via his home callsign, either direct
or by the Bureau.

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THAT FINAL ITEM: GPS JAMMERS GROWING PROBLEM ON UK ROADS

And finally this week, word that jamming of the Global
Positioning System by drivers on United Kingdom is becoming
a growing threat to public safety.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Jim Damron, N8TMW, reports:

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The United Kingdom's Guardian newspaper reports that
thousands of people in that nation may be using GPS jamming
devices on UK roads.  This to be invisible to any form of
surveillance while driving.

According to the article there are a lot concerns that use
of these devices could lead to the dangers to public safety.
This includes overtired bus drivers or others staying on the
roads despite the presence of monitoring equipment.  More
importantly they could also pose major a threat if vehicles
equipped with the jammers were to go on in airport areas
near aircraft which rely on the global positioning system
for navigation.

The Guardian article also notes that the growing use of
these devices could torpedo any plans to introduce pay as
you drive insurance or road toll systems.  This is because a
vehicle owner would be able to block communications with
monitoring systems.

GPS jammers, which can have a range of several hundred
meters, can be bought in the United Kingdom for about �30 or
about $45 in U-S currency.  While not illegal to purchase
and own in the U-K it is against the law to use them.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, in
Charleston, West Virginia.

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The full story is on-line at tinyurl.com/uk-gps-jamming
(Guardian)

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