Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1900 - January 11, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1900 with a release
date of January 10, 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Czech hams return to 5 MHz but in
limited numbers; APRS helps rescue a ham involved in an
automobile accident down-under; NASA offers schools on-line
webcast with Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana,
KC5HBV; what its like living in the United States radio free
quiet zone and sharks that tweet may save lives.  Find out
the details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number
1,900 coming your way right now.

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A limited number of Czech radio amateurs will be returning
to the 5 MHz band.  This after a break of two years
following the conclusion of phase one of their experimental
operations at the end of 2011.  Hal Rodgers, K8CMD, reports:


According to Petr Ourdnik, OK1RP, this new permit comes as a
result of material presented by the Czech amateur radio
community regarding their initial 5 MHz operation.  It also
involved subsequent discussions with the nations
telecommunications regulator CTU together with the agreement
of the Ministry of Defense.   As a result phase 2 of
experimental 5 MHz operations began at Zero hundred hours
UTC on January 1st.  This means that a small number of 5 MHz
individual permits will be issued and will be valid until
the end of 2014.

While originally limited to only one channel on 5260
Kilohertz, under Phase 2 those Czech amateurs issued with
one of these special permits will be allowed use of six
channels that are common to many other nations. These are
5288.5, 5330.5, 5366.5, 5371.5, 5398.5 and 5403.5 Kilohertz.
Transmissions are limited to Upper Sideband and CW only at a
power level of 100 watts Effective Radiated Power.

This experimental operation permit on 5 MHz band is allowed
on a strictly secondary user basis.  International
Telecommunications Union rules for protection of the primary
users must be observed at all times.

Those who are issued 5 MHz permits must prepare and send an
experimental operation report to the Czech
telecommunications regulator no later than October 31st in
order that analysis of the operation on the different
channels and modes can be made .

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Hal Rodgers, K8CMD.


More on this story is at the Czech Telecommunications Office
English language page at



The 17.2 kHz transmission from Alexanderson alternator
station SAQ in Sweden on Christmas Eve 2013 was picked as
far away as Connecticut in the United States.  This is what
the transmission sound like as recorded by a station in the
Netherlands and posted to YouTube:


SAQ Received audio


Lars Kalland is SM6NM.  He says that so far the SAQ crew has
received 50 more reception reports than ever before.  More
about the operation of station SAQ can be found at
(Southgate, SM6NM)



Ham radio, APRS and a damaged cellphone were responsible for
a quick rescue of a radio amateur involved in an automobile
accident as we hear from Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of the WIA news
in Australia:


Jenny, VK4FJMP and Hunter the dog were headed from Singleton
New South
Wales  to her home in Killarney, just south of Warwick
Queensland. The vehicle was fitted with an Alinco dual band
radio and APRS tracker.

 Some three hours behind was Bob, VK4DA also on his way home
to Killarney,  his vehicle fitted with an Icom 706 for HF,
an Icom 880 for D-star,  a Yaesu FTM-350 with APRS and an
IPad mounted in a bracket for tracking  other Hams.

 About 1400 hours that day, Bob received a telephone call
from Jenny stating that  she had rolled the car, was injured
and trapped in the vehicle.  She further  explained that her
phone was damaged in the accident and she could only
call the last number dialed.  Fortunate for Jenny, she had
called Bob as requested, when she had left the main highway
at Tenterfield tracking east along Mt Lindsay Road, that is
in parts, unsealed road.

After enquiring about the dogs condition, Bob  asked for her
location, the nature of injuries and entrapment, Jenny was
unable to give her exact  location and that she was
suffering from a possible broken arm.  She also advised the
vehicle was on its side and suffered significant panel
damage and she was unable to open the doors or break through
a window.

Bob, pulled his vehicle over and fired up the IPad and was
able to pin point the exact GPS coordinates of Jenny's
location.  This information was passed onto the Ambulance
and Rescue Service, that was able to reach her without any

Jenny suffering a dislocated shoulder was treated at
Tenterfield hospital and collected by Bob on his way
through, the dog was transported from the scene by a
thoughtful passer-by.

Emergency services may have still been able to find her
given that she was on a known road and an estimated distance
from Tenterfield, the APRS tracker in her car providing Bob
the exact coordinates to relay to the emergency services
reduced the delay in response and possible further injury.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB of
the WIA News in Brisbane, Australia.


Had it not been for APRS and a partially broken cellphone,
VK4FJMP might have had to wait hours longer to be rescued.



Teachers:  Would you like to have your class participate in
an interactive webcast with an astronaut?  Well NASA is
inviting students and teachers to an inside look at
America's Spaceport at 2:30pm Eastern Time on Friday,
January 31st.

Four schools with a target audience of grades 5 through 9
will have the special opportunity to connect directly and
ask questions of astronaut and Director of NASA's Kennedy
Space Center Bob Cabana, KC5HBV.  During this inter-active
webcast students can learn about his education and training,
living and working in space, and the future of space

All other schools may participate by watching the web stream
at  For more information please e-mail
rachel.b.power (at) nasa (dot) gov.  And we will have more
ham radio space related news later on in this weeks
newscast.  (ANS,  NASA)



In DX up front, word that Paul Ewing, N6PSE, the president
of the Intrepid-DX Group, says that the organization is
seeking nominations for the individual or group that most
displayed their own Intrepid Spirit this past year.
Intrepid Spirit for purposes of this award is defined as
bold, courageous, dedicated, innovative, fearless, generous,
resolute and visionary in their approach to Amateur Radio.

This award is made in memory of the late James McLaughlin
WA2EWE/T6AF of Kabul Afghanistan.  Nominations may be
submitted via e-mail to intrepiddxgroup (at)  All
nominations must be received by January 31st, 2014.  More is
on the web at   (Intrepid DX Group)



JE2EHP will be active as FK stroke K1HP from New Caledonia
between February 18th and the 26th.  His operations will be
on all the HF bands plus 6 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via his home callsign either direct or electronically
via ClubLog or Logbook of the World.



Celebrating 1900 consecutive weeks of bringing you news of
interest to radio amateurs.  We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the K3ZFF Repeater serving Boise, Idaho.

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The city of Pacific, Missouri, has taken the first step in
setting up a D-STAR repeater atop its nearby Blackburn Park.
One that will tie into other repeaters in the region and set
up to be a valuable emergency communication lifeline to be
used in case of disaster.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan
Kinford, N8WB, has the details:


Previous approval had been given for the city to purchase
gear dedicated to amateur radio operation that was to be
installed in the city Emergency Operations Center.  But
according to City Administrator Harold Selby, KA0WXX,
technology had advanced so much the city can better serve
the emergency communication system with a digital repeater.

Selby said he was recommending the repeater instead of a
single radio after he and Bob Masson, KBZ0JDY, met with
Franklin County emergency management officials about what
communication would be needed if a disaster occurred in
Pacific and the Interstate 44 corridor.  He noted that
amateur radio is way ahead in how public services use radio.
He also read a letter from Paul Chambers, N0BBD, the
Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Services
coordinator, who said he fully supported and welcomed the
idea of a digital repeater.

Selby also displayed a small blue box with cable that he
said would eliminate the need for radio anywhere in the
government center.  The small apparatus known in the world
of amateur radio as a DV Dongle, is a duplex vocoder that
connects to a computer via a USB port to provide amateur
radio voice transmission capability.

Selby said he contacted St Louis and Missouri repeater
councils and they also are on board with the idea.  Alderman
Ed Gass then made a motion to purchase the repeater, but
added that a battery backup would be needed for the unit in
case electricity was out during an emergency.  Cost of the
battery backup is estimated at about $200.

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


The city Aldermen approved the purchase of a repeater at
their recent board meeting at a cost of $3,000.  The
complete story is on the web at
Emcomm.  (



The FCC has affirmed a previous fine of $24,000 against
Kevin Bondy for unlicensed radio operation and refusing
agency personnel access to his gear.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD, brings this story up to


The FCC says that Kevin Bondy is the licensee of a General
Mobile Radio Service station in Encino, California.
According to the commission he was originally fined for
transmitting on frequencies for which he did not hold a
license and intentionally interfering with authorized

You may recall that the agency's Los Angeles Office traced
Bondy's transmissions as the source of interference to a
suburban Los Angeles area shopping center.  At the time of
the incident Bondy was alleged to have been sitting in his
car explaining to personnel at a shopping center why he was
jamming them and why they had to vacate the frequencies
being interfered with.

Bondy had appealed the fine in 2013.  The FCC says Bondy's
arguments raised no new issues but merely reiterates un-
sworn arguments of mistaken identity and alleged cooperation
with the inspection of his radio equipment.  These are
claims that the Enforcement Bureau previously addressed and
dismissed as unsupported.

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


According to the FCC, Bondy was given the normal 30 days
from the date the fine was affirmed to pay.  If he fails to
do so the case may be turned over to the Justice Department
for collection.  (FCC)



According to the December issue of the National Association
of Broadcasters' Licensed to Serve newsletter, commercial
radio stations from Chicago to California to Hawaii pitched
in to raise money for the victims of the recent typhoon that
devastated a part of the Philippines.

In Hawaii, 15 radio and TV broadcasters have organized
"Kokua for the Philippines."  This was a benefit concert
that aired December 15th on radio, TV and the Internet.
While it featured mostly local talent, Mick Fleetwood of the
famed band Fleetwood Mac did make an appearance.

In Chicago, CBS Radio's WBBM-AM turned its "Day of Giving"
campaign over to typhoon and tornado relief.  It raised over
$2.1 million.

On the West Coast, the CBS Radio clusters in Sacramento and
San Francisco also supported the relief endeavor by
combining with CBS TV stations to raise more than $700,000.

In Los Angeles, CBS Radio's KROQ FM auctioned off special
event packages for its 24th annual Almost Acoustic Christmas
concert at the Shrine Auditorium.  The total from that
support effort was $25,000.  Proceeds from all four of these
events went to the American Red Cross.  (RW)



During all of January special event station K3Y will be on
the air making CW contacts for the Straight Key Century
Club.  Operators around the United States and elsewhere will
function as guests behind a key, calling for QSOs from
anyone who can copy and send the Morse code.  More
information is on the web at



The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation has announced
several grants to help pay expenses involved in providing
services to the ham radio community.  Among these is funding
to assist in defraying the expenses of the World Radio Team
Championship to be held this coming July in the Boston
Massachusetts area.  Another goes to the Reverse Beacon
Network to purchase a receiver and the necessary accessories
to upgrade the node presently operational in Bangalore.

Other grants go to the CW Ops CW Academy to assist in
defraying the expenses of providing on-line CW training
courses.  Also one will be made to the ARRL Second Century
Fund to support the goals of the ARRL's Second Century

The Yasme Foundation makes supporting grants to individuals
and organizations providing or creating useful services for
the amateur radio community.  Yasme supports these programs
in order to further the development of amateur radio around
the world.  (YASME Foundation Release)



Some names in the news.  Investment fund manager the Carlyle
Group has named former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski as
its Managing Director of its U.S. buyout group, focusing on
technology, media and telecom investments.  Genachowski
retired from the FCC last May.  (B&C)



International Amateur Radio Union President Tim Ellam,
VE6SH, has been appointed Queen's Counsel in the Canadian
Province of Alberta.  Ellam was one of 114 attorneys to be
admitted as Queen's Counsel for their outstanding
contributions to legal and public life.

According to Wikipedia, The practice of appointed Queen's
Counsel continues in a number of Canada's provinces based on
merit, usually after decades of community service and
advocacy.  It's also a way recognizing members who have
helped community members, charities, environmental groups
and others in need of legal aid.  (RAC, Wikipedia)



January 8th was the 120th birthday of Saint Maximilian
Kolbe, SP3RN, who is the Catholic Churches Patron Saint of
amateur radio operators. Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, has the
story of this truly amazing man:


Father Maximilian Kolbe became fascinated by the mass media
in the 1920s and 1930s.  He established printing plants in
Poland and Japan for his Franciscan Order publications
distributed in the tens of thousands to the faithful.

When he was on a mission to Japan, China and India he became
acquainted with both broadcasting and amateur radio.

Upon his return to in Poland in the 1930s, he applied for a
broadcasting license.  At that time, radio was considered to
be a strategic medium and only the Polish Radio and a
military radio station were permitted to broadcast.

But in 1938, Father Kolbe was granted permission to do test
transmissions close to the 40 meter amateur radio band.  He
chose the SP3RN callsign for his on the air experiments.

On August 14, 1941, Father Kolbe was murdered in the German
Nazi Auschwitz Concentration Camp after he had volunteered
to take the place of another prisoner who was randomly
selected by camp guards for a group to die by starvation
because another inmate had escaped.

Father Kolbe was Beatified by Pope Paul VI on October 17,
1971 and Canonized as St. Maximilian Kolbe, Apostle of
Consecration to Mary and declared Martyr of Charity by Pope
John Paul II on October 10, 1982.

In addition to being embraced by amateur radio, Saint
Maximillian Kolbe is also recognized as the patron of
journalists and political prisoners.

His feast day is observed by the Roman Catholic Church on
August 14.

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


A more in-depth look at the life of Saint Maximilian Kolbe
can be found at   (SP9JPA, NT3V)



With you 52 weeks a year since 1977, we are the Amateur
Radio Newsline with links to the world from our only
official website at and being relayed by
the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:

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Within a 13,000 square-mile area in West Virginia and
Virginia, the use of cellular telephones, Wi-Fi, and even
microwave ovens are restricted by law.

This is the National Radio Quiet Zone, established in 1958
to protect the National Radio Astronomy Observatory at Green
Bank, West Virginia, from harmful interference.

But what's it like to live there.  Now you can find out for
yourself in this 6 minute video on-line at  (G7VFY)



NASA says that our home star the Sun's magnetic field has
undergone a total reversal of its polarity, which  marks the
mid-point of Solar Cycle 24 which is going to be completed
in 11 years time

According to the U.S. space agency, the Sun has basically
flipped magnetically upside down, with its North and South
 poles reversed to reach the Solar Cycle 24's midpoint.
 Now, the magnetic fields have again started moving in
opposite directions to finish the 22 year long process that
will end in the poles switching their places once again.

NASA's Dr. Tony Phillips said that a reversal of the sun's
magnetic field is literally, a big event.  He said that the
domain of the sun's magnetic influence extends billions of
kilometres beyond the minor planet Pluto.  (NASA, others)



The galaxy Messier 106 lies about 20 million light years
from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. A new photo
snapped by the Hubble Space Telescope and radioed back to
Earth was combined with observations by amateur astronomers.
This new photo reveals this to be a rare four armed galaxy
and does so in stunning detail.

Hubble scientists released a video of the four armed
galaxy in addition to the new photo.  It shows that beneath
its pink appearance that Messier 106 is harboring a black
hole that is gobbling up matter at the galaxy's center.
This black hole, scientists say, may be the key to the
galaxy's mysterious extra arms.

Spiral arms are bands of material that swirl out from the
center of spiral galaxies.  Most spiral galaxies have two,
but Messier 106 has four.  In addition to its prominent pair
of main arms made of stars, this galaxy has two thinner
wisps of reddish gas spiraling from its center.  (



The FUNcube-1 or AO-73 ham radio satellite has been on-orbit
for more than six weeks and controllers say that all is
nominal with the new bird.

The FUNcube team also reports that there is now a way to
view the latest AO-73 High Resolution Data that has been
uploaded to the FUNcube Data Warehouse.  A link can be found
in the Navigation Bar on the warehouse.  Clicking on this
link will make the Hi-Resolution data available to download
as .csv files.

You can download the Dashboard App Telemetry Decoder at  The telemetry
downlink frequency is 145.935 MHz in BPSK format.

FUNcube also carries a CW and SSB inverting transponder.
The uplink pass band is from 435.150 to 435.130 MHz LSB,
with a downlink from 145.950 to 145.970 MHz on USB.
(FUNcube Team, AMSAT, Southgate, others)



Gaston Bertels, ON4WF has provided an update on bringing on
line of the new Ham Video transmission system now on board
the International Space Station.  According to Bertels the
commissioning of the Ham Video transmitter needs to cover
different configurations involving 2 antennas, 4 frequencies
and 2 symbol rates.

As announced earlier, the signals transmitted during this
period will be received by the Matera ground station located
in southern Italy.  For these transmissions, no camera will
be used. The so-called "blank" transmissions will
nevertheless provide a complete DVB-S format signal.

AMSAT had hoped that the commissioning of the new
transmitter would have taken place last October but it
appears that the "Flight Rules" regarding ARISS activities,
which cover VHF and UHF transmissions, needed to be updated
for the new S-band operation.  Writing such rules, having
them verified and signed by all parties involved is a time
taking process.  Also unforeseen events such as the recent
failure of a cooling system like caused further delay.

At this time Bertels says that sometime this month or in
February seems a reasonable guess for the Ham Video system
to be fully activated for regular use.  More on this as
information is made available.  (ANS, ON4WF, ARISS,



On the air listen out for special event station GBO1RNLI to
be active between January 25th to the 26th and possibly some
limited operations on the evenings of Tuesday, January 28th
and Thursday, January 30th.  This special event callsign
will be used by U-K based Worksop Amateur Radio Society to
promote SOS Radio Week which is held each year to support
the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.  This year the club
will be operating on 40 through 10 meters plus VHF on 6
meters, 2 meters and 70 cm using CW, SSB and Data modes.
QSL via the bureau or electronically using eQSL.  Full
details about the Royal National Lifeboat Institution is
available at:  (Southgate)



In DX, ON6DX has announced the dates for his TY1TT operation
fro Grand Popo will be January 26th through and February
5th.  He plans to operate on the highest possible bands.
For updates visit his website at

AF1G is now living and working on Andros Island signing
slash C6A.  He will be there until November 20th and is
expected to be on 80 through 6 meters on SSB.  QSL via
Logbook of the World or direct to Tim Hardy, PSC 1012 Box
593, FPO AA 34058-9998, USA.

JA3ARJ and JA1CJA will be active as TO3JA from Martinique
between January 12th to the 19th.  No other details are yet
available.  QSL via JA3AVO, direct, by the bureau or Logbook
of the World.

Lastly, F5MVB and F5AOW are planning to be operational
sometime in 2014 as 5V7MP and 5V7BJ, respectively from
Avepozo.  Details on bands, modes and dates have not been
announced yet, but should soon be forthcoming.   QSL via
their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

(Above from various DX news sources)



Sharks in Western Australia are now tweeting out where they
are.  Well in a way.  Here's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, is down-
under with the rest of the story:


Australian government researchers have radio tagged 338
sharks with transmitters that monitor where the animals are.
When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach,
it triggers an alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf
Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed.  The tweet notes
the shark's size, breed and approximate location.

Researchers so far have tagged great whites, whaler sharks
and tiger sharks.  These tags will also be monitored
by scientists studying sharks in their natural habitat.

Since 2011, Australia has had more fatal shark attacks than
any other country.  There have been six over the past two
years with the most recent last November.

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


Chris Peck is the operations manager of Surf Life Saving of
Western Australia. He says that the tagging system alerts
beachgoers far quicker than traditional warnings but that
it's not 100 percent foolproof.  More is on the web at
(NPR, New Science)



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I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD, on Florida's Treasure Coast saying 73
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