Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1902 - January 25, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1902 with a release
date of January 24, 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Two meter DXCC comes to a ham in
South Africa; a ham radio news service takes issue with UK
licensing figures; a Canadian newspaper says ham radio is
the right fit for emergency communications; the Northern
California DX Foundation announces a major grant to the
upcoming Tromlin Island DXpedition; the ARRL releases its
100th anniversary video and Russia ends an era of long-wave
broadcasting.  All this and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT
report number 1902 coming your way right now.


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RADIO RECORDS:  ZS6OB ACHIEVES 1ST SOUTH AFRICAN 2 METER
DXCC

A new record for VHF DXing from South Africa.  David
Conradie, ZR6DHC, tells us about the success on 2 meters by
Pine Pienaar, ZS6OB:

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December saw a landmark for South African VHF DXing when
Pine Pienaar ZS6OB applied for the DXCC award using only
contacts made in the two meter band. With this Pine became
the first amateur in Africa and only the second in the
southern hemisphere to achieve this feat.

DXCC is issued by the American Radio Relay League for proven
contact with at least 100 entities. Most of these entities
are countries, with a few additions that are regarded as
separate, mostly for geographic reasons.

More than two thirds of two meter DXCC holders are in
Europe, with their concentration of almost 70 countries in
close proximity. North America features about a fifth of
applicants, with about a tenth in Japan. Bob Macquarie ZL3TY
was the first in Oceania and the southern hemisphere, with
ZS6OB being first in Africa. South America has yet to
produce its first winner.

Pine used digital modes with a four-Yagi station. He has
been working on his DXCC for a full decade. His single-band
award brings the number of bands on which South Africans
have earned DXCC to eleven.

For the Amateur radio Newsline I am David Conradie ZR6DHC
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Our congratulations to ZS6OB, on this truly difficult
achievement.  (ZR6DHC)

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WORLDBEAT:  NUMBER OF HAM RADIO LICENSEES IN UK IN DISPUTE

The U-K based Southgate news says that the number of ham
radio operators in the United Kingdom is on the decline and
not growing as reported by other news sources.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP reports:

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The on-line Southgate News Service cites a sentence near the
end of an article published on the American Radio Relay
League's web page using numbers compiled by AH0A that the
newsletter says gives a rather misleading impression of the
situation in the United Kingdom.

At the time it was posted, the ARRL article said that: "In
the United Kingdom, 76,362 licensees were on record as of
March 2012 up by 3.9 percent over 2011, and growth was
consistent."  This says Southgate paints a completely false
picture of the situation where the reality is that the
number of UK radio amateurs has fallen by 47% over the past
7 years.

According to Southgate, United Kingdom Amateur Radio
licenses should be renewed or revalidated every 5 years.
But says the news service, U-K telecommunications regulator
Ofcom recently admitted that 47% of the licenses reported in
its monthly statistics had not been renewed.  Also that the
license statistics still include people who became Silent
Keys or who gave up the hobby as far back as 7 years ago.

Southgate says that in the UK there is also a double or even
triple counting of licenses.  It notes that when people
upgrade from Foundation to Intermediate and Full Advanced
their previous licenses remain in the figures.  In addition,
a significant number of amateurs hold two Full Advanced
licenses as a result of that nations old Class A and Class B
licensing structure.

While all of this may be true, anyone outside the United
Kingdom can only go by the official information provided by
a nation's telecommunications regulator.  And as this story
is being written the numbers on the Ofcom website show a
grand total of 82,793 licensed radio amateurs in the UK as
of January 1st of this year.  That's an increase of 6,431
total UK hams since the numbers cited by the ARRL web
article appeared.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP,
reporting.

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You can read the current Southgate story that covers ham
radio licensing around the globe at tinyurl.com/UK-license-
numbers.  An earlier article also from Southgate is at
tinyurl.com/hams-in-the-uk.  The Ofcom website with the
official UK statistics is at tinyurl.com/uk-ham-radio-
numbers  (Southgate, Ofcom)

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WORLDBEAT:  NEW UK BAND PLANS PUBLISHED

The Radio Society of Great Britain has published new band
plans for all United Kingdom amateur allocations from 136
kHz to 250 GHz.  Copies of the band plan pages can be freely
downloaded from the Operating section of the RSGB website at
www.rsgb.org.   RSGB membership is not required to access
these files.  The same information will also be available in
printed form in the February edition of the RSGB monthly
magazine RadCom.  (RSGB, Southgate)

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WORLDBEAT: CANADIAN NEWSPAPER SAYS HAM RADIO PERFECT FOR
EMCOMM

The Canadian newspaper the Camrose has run an article
describing how amateur radios unique communications
expertise can make all the difference in times of emergency.
The article quotes Rose City Amateur Radio Club vice-
president Gary Horne VE6GD.  He says that one of the things
hams do is keep an emergency radio in the county office so
if they are called on for emergency communications that they
have a base station already set up.  He also notes that the
city also has ham operators names should they need any help.

The article says that amateur radio operators are often
called on to assist in the coordination of emergency
services during disasters like the Pine Lake tornado, the
floods in southern Alberta or the Slave Lake fire.  You can
read the entire story on-line at tinyurl.com/camrose-ham-
radio.  (Camrose.com)

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DX UP FRONT:  NCDXF ANNOUNCES MAJOR GRANT TO FT5/T TROMELIN
ISLAND DXPEDITION

In DX up-front, word that the Northern California DX
Foundation has announced a grant of $25,000 to the FT5
stroke T, Tromelin Island DXpedition planned for November of
this year.

Tromelin is a very small and very environmentally fragile
area.  As such, there are strict limitations to the number
of visitors and the time allowable on the island.  Because
of this it is currently number ten on the DX Magazine's Most
Wanted List for 2014 and number three most wanted on the
U.S. West Coast.

For the past 42 years the Northern California DX Foundation
has funded major DXpeditions to many Most Wanted Entities.
Without this type of financial support from the foundation,
DXpeditions like this to challenging or rare locations would
not be possible.

More on the DXpedition itself is on-line at
www.tromelin2014.com/en/
(W0GJ)

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DX UP FRONT:  LESOTHO DXPEDITION NEEDS MORE OPERATORS

K5LBU has announced that he is still looking for a few more
team members for a DXpedition to Lesotho this April.  He
states that he already has three DXers but islooking for
several more.  Plans are to arrive in Johannesburg on April
21st or 22nd and then drive down to Roma, Lesotho.  If he
can end up with 6 or more operators, the operation will have
at least three stations on the air.   Those interested can
contact him via e-mail to 3DA0CF (at) gmail (dot) com.  And
we will have more DX news later on in this week's newscast.
(DX poasting)


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BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the WA9CJN repeater serving DeKalb, Illinois.

(5 sec pause here)


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RESTRUCTURING:  CANADA FULLY AUTHORIZES 5 MHZ CHANNELS

Some good news for our friends to the North.  On January
22nd, the Canadian regulator, Industry Canada released a
decision to allow that nations ham radio community the
permanent use of five spot frequencies in the 60 meter or 5
MHz band.

The new grant in Canada is the result of an official
Industry Canada  consultation held in the Summer 2012.  The
frequencies designated are 5.332,  5.348, 5.358.5, 5.373 and
5.405 MHz.  Canadian hams can use them on a non-
interference, no-protection basis.  The maximum allowable
bandwidth is  2.8 kHz at 100 watts peak envelope power.

It should be noted that in general, the new Canadian grant
closely follows the same permits and restrictions as imposed
on United States hams by the FCC.  In reality, Canadian
amateurs have had access to these frequencies since 2012,
provided they applied for a special interim 5 MHz
developmental license using a specially assigned VX9 series
callsign.  You can read the full Industry Canada 5 MHz
decision at tinyurl.com/canada-60-meter-grant.  (IC, VE3QN,
PB2T, G3PSM, Southgate)

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ENFORCEMENT:  CHURCH IN PUERTO RICO FINED FOR TOWER
VIOLATION

The FCC proposed a $7,000 monetary forfeiture against the
Catholic, Apostolic and Roman Catholic Church in Puerto
Rico.  This for it's alleged failure to have an effective
locked fence or other enclosure around the tower for its
WKVM A-M radio station in San Juan.

The story goes back to April 2nd of last year.  That's when
an agent from the San Juan office of the Enforcement Bureau
inspected the station's three-tower array and saw that the
perimeter fence was not locked and one section was lying on
the ground.  Also, the individual fence around one of the
towers was partially on the ground and the gate was open.

In its response the station management told the FCC that a
storm had damaged the fences in the fall of 2012, however
the fences around each of the three towers was still intact.
It also said someone had damaged the perimeter fence in the
beginning of 2013.

The station said it had the individual tower fences repaired
and was planning to have the perimeter gate fixed.  However
the FCC countered by noting that the station had still
violated its rules and that the proposed fine is justified.

As is usual station was given 30 days pay or to file an
appeal.  (FCC, RW)

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ENFORCEMENT:  TWO ALLEGED COPPER THIEVES CAUGHT IN
CONNECTICUT

Police have apprehended a pair of individuals whom they
allege stole copper from multiple transmitter sites in the
Connecticut Valley.

According to the Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter
14 newsletter, the unidentified pair apparently had a list
of Connecticut transmitter sites in their vehicle.  It says
that the suspects would scout out potential sites to hit on
holidays.  They were caught on video on Christmas Eve while
purportedly doing reconnaissance at two transmitter sites in
the state.  (RW, SBE Chapter 14 Newsletter)

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STRANGE TECHNOLOGY:  APPLIANCES BECOME SPAMBOTS

Possibly the first proven cyber attack to originate from
connected smart appliances occurred between December 23rd
and January 6th.  This according to the e-mail security
compamy Proofpoint which says that the scam involved some
750,000 e-mails from more than 100,000 appliances that had
been commandeered by so called thingbots.  These are robotic
programs that can be remotely installed on digital devices.

Proofpoint noted that connected appliances typically aren't
protected by anti-spam or anti-virus software.  Nor are they
routinely monitored for security breaches.  As such they
didn't require sophisticated hacks but the mere use of
default passwords was enough to make them vulnerable.

A complete description of this latest in robot based hacking
can be found at the Proofpoint website.  It's in cyberspace
at tinyurl.com/robot-appliance-spam.  (Zee News of India,
other published reports)

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NEW HAM VIDEO:  THE ARRL AT 100: A CENTURY OF AMATEUR RADIO

The ARRL has released a preview of its new 100th anniversary
video aptly titled the ARRL at 100:  A Century of Amateur
Radio.  Running 25 minutes, the show was written by former
ARRL Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP.  It is
hosted by QST Magazine's Managing Editor Becky Schoenfeld,
W1BXY, whose on screen presence rivals that of some of the
very best network news talent.

The story line itself is simple.  It plays out as a timeline
in the history of the League from its earliest days right up
to the present.  Along the way you will learn some
interesting facts that few know about.  This includes the
methods used by ARRL founder's Hyrum Percy Maxim, 1AW, and
Clarence Tuska, 1WD, to insure the survival of ham radio
after World War One when the Navy Department decided to hold
onto control of all radio following the end of hostilities.
That tid-bit alone make this video well worth viewing.

The ARRL at 100:  A Century of Amateur Radio was produced by
Al Petrunti, KA1TCH, with graphic design by Kevin O'Dell,
N0IRW.  It was edited by Jordan La Mere and you can see it
on the web at tinyurl.com/ARRL-at-100.  DVD's suitable for
group showing are available at tinyurl.com/arrl-100-video
(ARNewsline from screening)

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SOCIAL SCENE:  2014 DAYTON RTTY CONTEST DINNER

The 2014 Dayton RTTY Contest Dinner will take place on
Thursday, May 15th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown
Dayton, Ohio.  This years featured guest speaker will be
Larry Gauthier, K8UT.  For more information and to reserve
tickets take your web browser to www.rttycontestdinner.com.
(WW4LL)

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SOCIAL SCENE:  DAYTON TOP BAND DINNER ON MAY 16

And a day later the 25th Annual Dayton 160 meter Top Band
dinner will be held Friday evening May 16, also at the
Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio.  Social hour begins
at 6:15 PM with dinner at 7:15 PM.  Dinner reservations and
tickets are now available on the web at topbanddinner.com.
(K3L)

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THE SOCIAL SCENE:  ORANGE COUNTY NY SPRING HAMFEST APRIL 27

The Orange County New York Amateur Radio Club will hold its
spring 2014 hamfest on Sunday, April 27th from 8 a.m to 2
p.m..  The venue this year is the Wallkill Community Center
in the city of Madison.  Free parking will be available with
talk-in on the local 146.76 Mhz repeater that requires a 100
Hertz tone to access.  For more information please contact
Tom Ray by e-mail to W2TRR (at) ocarc-ny (dot) com or check
the clubs website at tinyurl.com/ocarc-hamfest.  (OCARC NY)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  MORRISON REPLACES GALLAGHER AT NETCOM

Some names in the news.  First up is Brigadier General John
B. Morrison Junior who has been named to run the Army's
Network Enterprise Technology Command or NETCOM operation.
This is the parent of the Army's Military Auxiliary Radio
Service.

Morrison previously served as commanding general of the 7th
Signal Command which is the subsidiary unit serving the
Western Hemisphere.  He replaces Brigadier General Peter
Gallagher who has been serving as NETCOM's interim
commander.  (Army MARS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  WHARTON REPLACES BURCHFIELD AT TEN TEC

Ten Tec, Inc has announced that effective January 1st that
Jack Burchfield, K4JU, has turned over day-to-day management
responsibility at the Tennessee based amateur radio
equipment manufacturer to President Jim Wharton, NO4A.
According to Wharton, Burchfield will remain as Chief
Executive Officer and majority stock holder, however he
plans to begin retiring and spending more time with family.
Wharton said his challenge will be to coordinate and oversee
production as well as to manage the Ten Tec design and sales
teams.

(ARRL, TEN-TEC)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  VU3BNH AND EMCOMM FEATURED IN NEWSPAPER
ARTICLE

India's The Hindu newspaper reports on an interview
with B.N. Umesh, VU3BNH, about amateur radio emergency
communications.  VU3BNH was among the team of ham radio
operators who helped provide communication in the state of
Gujarat, after it was struck by a devastating earthquake in
2001.  In 2004, Umesh went again as a ham radio operator to
the Andaman and Nicobar Islands after the 2004 Tsunami.

The news article says that on both occasions, VU3BNH thought
nothing of his own safety.  It quotes him as saying that his
mind was set on rescuing people and providing prompt
communications.  The full story is on-line at
tinyurl.com/VU3BNH  (The Hindu)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS: KAY CRAGIE, N3KN, RE-ELECTED AS ARRL
PRESIDENT

And congratulations to ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, on
her election to a third two year term in that leadership
position.  N3KN is the League's 15th president,.  She lives
in Blacksburg, Virginia, and has been in office since 2010.
(ARRL)

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BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  We are
the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our
only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio
amateur:

(5 sec pause here)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY ROSETTA WAKES UP IN
SPACE

Waking up after almost three years of hibernation, the comet
chasing Rosetta spacecraft sent its first radio signal back
to Earth on Monday, January 20th.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Heather Embee, KB3TZD, reports:

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The European Space Agency received the back in service
message from its Rosetta spacecraft at 1:18 p.m. Eastern
Standard Time.  This after the spacecraft had traveled some
800 million kilometers in sleep mode.

Dormant systems on the unmanned spacecraft were quickly
switched back on in preparation for the final stage of its
decade long mission to rendezvous with the comet 67P.  The
return to service call was one of the final milestones for
Rosetta before it makes its rendezvous with the comet this
summer.

The probe will first fly a series of maneuvers to observe
the comet before dropping a probe onto its icy surface in
November. The lander will dig up samples and analyze them
with its on-board instruments and radio the results back to
the researchers here on Earth.

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

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Scientists hope the Rosetta mission will help them
understand the composition of comets and thereby discover
more about the evolution of the solar system.  (ESA,
published news reports)

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WORLDBEAT:  RUSSIA ENDS AN ERA FOR LONG-WAVE BROADCASTING

Without any fanfare, Russia has quietly switched off nearly
all of its long-wave transmitters.  This as cost cutting by
the Russian government finally catches up with this medium
after nine decades on the airwaves.

The BBC report that on January 9th that state-run Radio
Rossii ended its broadcast day as usual with the national
anthem.  There was no mention that long-wave transmissions
were coming to an end but the following day listeners found
they had to rely on local FM broadcasts and the internet to
hear the station.

Long-wave had long suited Russian broadcasters because a
single transmitter could reach a wide area at all times of
day and night.  But they are expensive to operate and as
most listeners switched to listening on FM, through cable,
satellite and the internet, the authorities decided to bring
the service to an end.  More is on the web at
tinyurl.com/Russia-ends-longwave.  (Southgate, BBC)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  JAPANESE HAM RADIO SATELLITES LAUNCH
FEB/MARCH

Japan will soon be lofting a number of new ham radio micro
satellites as we hear from Hal Rogers, K8CMD:

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Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace
Exploration Agency have announced the launch date for
the liftoff of the H-IIA Launch Vehicle Number 23 carrying
the Global Precipitation Measurement core observatory along
with seven amateur radio satellites.

The amateur radio birds are STARS-II, ShindaiSat, TeikyoSat
3,  KSAT-2, OPUSAT, ARTSAT, INVADE and ITF-1.  It is
understood they will be put into a 407 km orbit with an
inclination of 65 degrees.

The launch window is scheduled to begin on Friday, February
28th Japan Standard Time from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex
at the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

Im Hal Rogers, K8CMD.

--

Several more ham radio cubesats from various nations will be
launched during 2014.  (AMSAT-UK)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  SOUTH AFRICA AMSAT INVITES SCHOOLS TO
PARTICIPATE IN NEW HAMSAT

The South African Amateur Radio Satellite Association is
inviting schools and universities in that nation to submit
proposals for an education project for inclusion in their
CubeSat satellite currently being developed.  The satellite
will carry a telemetry beacon which report on the health of
the tiny bird and provide opportunities for school students
to acquire more knowledge about space.

Satellites planners want to extend the learning experience
by including a student built project in the flight.  As such
they are now accepting proposals for a project from South
Africa high schools and universities.

The project needs to be small enough to fit in with the rest
of the equipment of the 10x10x10 cm CubeSat and draw as
little as power as possible.  The criteria for judging
includes originality and once operating from space the
estimated level of interest it is likely to draw among young
people.  The most interesting proposal received will be
considered for inclusion in the satellite.

Proposals from South Africa schools should be documented as
completely as possible and be emailed to saamsat (at)
intekom (dot) co (dot) za.  The closing date for proposals
to be received is this coming February 28th.  (SA AMSAT)

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DX

In DX, ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, says
that the TT8ES operation from Chad that was previously
approved for 2012 and 2013 has had the license extended
through February 28 of this year.  This means that DXCC
credit for this operation will continue through that date.

In an e-mail to Newsline, CP6XE says effective January 15th,
that IK6SNR is no longer his QSL Manager.  His new QSL
manager is via IK6GPZ.  Please QSL via that routing.  No
reason was given for the change.

On the air, OZ5BD will travel to Kangerlussuaq, Greenland to
be active as OX5T between January 31st and February 2nd.
His operation will be on 160 through 10 meters with an
emphasis on 160, 80 and 40.  Modes mentioned are CW and SSB.

DL2AWG, DL6JGN and K5YY will be on the air from Nauru
between April 3rd and the 16th.  They are searching for
operators to join them to operate CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. QSL will go via DL2AWG.  More details should be
forthcoming soon.

N4SIA and K4MIL will be operational as KG4AS and KG4SS
respectively, from Guantanamo Bay through January 27th.
Activity will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and
RTTY.  QSL via their home callsigns.

Lastly, F5IRO will be active /FK from Mare Island sometime
during the second week in February.  His operation will be
40 through 10 meters using CW only. QSL via F5IRO direct via
the REF Bureau.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  RADIO AND THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE MAKE
POSSIBLE WEATHER FORECAST FOR ALIEN PLANET

And finally this week, radio communications and an orbiting
telescope have made it possible for astronomers to provide a
kind of weather forecast for an alien planet.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Cheryl Lasik, K9B-IK, is here with the details:

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Astronomers from the Department of Astronomy and
Astrophysics at the University of Chicago have actually been
able to characterize the atmosphere of an Earth class planet
orbiting another star.  The team of researchers led by Laura
Kreidberg and Jacob Bean detected clear evidence of clouds
in the atmosphere of planet GJ1214b from data collected with
the Hubble Space Telescope and radioed back to Earth.

The Hubble observations used 96 hours of telescope time
spread over 11 months.  This was the largest Hubble program
ever devoted to studying a single exoplanet. The researchers
describe their work as an important milestone on the road to
identifying potentially habitable, earth-like planets beyond
our solar system.

The scrutinized exoplanet is called a super-earth or water
world because its mass is intermediate between those of
Earth and Neptune.  It was found orbiting a red dwarf star
some 40 light-years from Earth.

An exoplanet, or extra solar planet, is a world outside
the Solar System.  To date, over a thousand such planets
have been found.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, not
far from Chicago in Zion, Illinois.

--

More on this amazing discovery is on the web at
tinyurl.com/new-waterworld-discovered.  A NASA artists
rendition of the planet and its home star is at
tinyurl.com/kb5y4kf  (NASA, Business Standard)

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