Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1903 - January 31, 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1903 with a release
date of January 31, 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Two hams in Europe monitor the
Rosetta spacecraft from 500 million miles away; blizzard
conditions forces the  cancellation of ARISS contact; some
new propagation forecasts for the current solar cycle; Cuba
gives hams access to 5 MHz but with strings attached; ham
radio and social networking team up to find a sailor out of
touch with his family and a permanent makeover for the FCC's
home website page.  All this and more on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1903 coming your way right now.


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RADIO FROM SPACE:  RADIO AMATEURS RECEIVE ROSETTA SIGNALS

An out of this world DX receiving milestone for two ham
radio operators in Europe.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather
Embee, KB3TZD, has the details:

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Two hams have successfully heard signals from the European
Space Agency's Rosetta comet seeking probe.  The first was
James Miller, G3RUH.  He reports reception of Rosetta as it
was at a distance of some 500 million miles from Earth.

Miller accomplished this feat using the 20 meter dish at the
United Kingdoms Bochum amateur radio facility.  His
receiving of the Rosetta signal took place on Tuesday,
January 21st at 09:34 UTC.

Also successful in hearing Rosetta was Bertrand Pinel, F5PL,
located near Castelnaudary, France.  He tracked Rosetta also
on January 21st at 10:00 UTC.  In his case F5PL accomplished
this amazing space listening DX using only a 3.5 meter dish.

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

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As reported last week, Rosetta's mission will be to first
fly a series of observational maneuvers of comet 67P before
dropping a probe onto its icy surface in November. That
lander will dig up samples and analyze them with its on-
board instruments and radio the results back to the
researchers here on Earth.

More is on the web at
http://blogs.esa.int/rosetta/2014/01/22/radio-amateur-diy-
rosetta-tracking.   (AMSAT-UK)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  BLIZZARD FORCES POSTPONEMENT OF ARISS
CONTACT

The severe weather outbreak cross the United States had a
negative effect on ham radio in space related functions.  An
ARISS contact with the Indiana Area School District, in
Indiana, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, January 24th had to be
postponed due to weather conditions at the school.  A new
contact time and date has yet to be determined.  (ARISS)

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PROPAGATION:  NEW PROPAGATION PREDICTIONS FOR FIRST QUARTER
2014

The strange cat and mouse propagation of the current solar
cycle continues and now there is some important new
information available for those on a DX quest.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Norm Seeley, KI7UP, reports:

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Steve Nichols, G0KYA, who is the Chairman, RSGB Propagation
Studies Committee has now updated his High Frequency
propagation prediction charts for the first quarter of 2014.
This to take into account the latest predicted smoothed
sunspot numbers.

It is generally thought that we may now be at or past the
second hump of this sunspot maximum, but according to
Nichols the sun continues to throw some surprises.  For
example, the observed sunspot numbers for the last six
months of 2013 were 57.0, 66.0, 36.9, 85.6, 77.6 and 90.3,
which shows the great variation.

The current predicted smoothed sunspot number is about 61 to
62 for the next three months. This equates to a 10.7cm solar
flux index of about 110.   A flux over 100 suggests that 10
meters will continue to open on a fairly regular basis and
the next few months should throw up some good opportunities
for DX on the higher bands.  However, the longer-term trend
may be downwards.

G0KYA notes that on the downward side of the cycle we may
also experience more unsettled geomagnetic conditions due to
flares and coronal mass ejections.  These may cause short-
term D-layer absorption especially on routes over the poles
or depletion of the F layer with corresponding poor
conditions on the upper High Frequency bands.  Looking on
the bright side it may also give raise to some good aurora
propagation.

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

If you want to produce your own detailed point-to-point
propagation calculations G0KYA recommends you try
voacap.com/prediction.html  (G0KYA via Southgate)

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RESTRUCTURING:  CUBA GIVES HAMS ACCESS TO 60 METERS

Cuba's the Ministry of Communications of Cuba has given hams
in that island nation what amounts to strictly controlled
access to the 5 MHz or 60 meter band.  The rules change was
approved on January 20th gives Cuban Novice class operators
a power limit of 50 watts while high class license holders
can run up to 100 watts maximum power out in emergency
conditions as needed for a reliable link establishment.
That seems to mean once any Cuban official declares any sort
of a crisis situation exists that all other operations must
cease immediately and the spectrum will be restricted for
emergency communications only.

But access to the new allocation by Cuban hams will not be
immediate.  According to Pavel Costa, CO7WT, as reported in
the Southgate News, getting on the new allocation will
require a request to the related authority and the agency's
approval before hams in Cuba will be able to fire up in the
new spectrum.  As to whether this will be a spot frequency
or continuous allocation was not mentioned in the CO7WT
report.  (CO7WT, Southgate)

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RESTRUCTURING:  PORTUGUESE RADIO HAMS GET 1850 TO 2000 KHZ
ACCESS

Portuguese telecommunications regulator ANACOM has granted
that nations ham radio community the temporary use of the
1850 to 2000 kilohertz band.  According to the announcement
as posted on Portugal's national amateur radio society
website this will permit Portuguese radio amateurs the
ability to participate in more radiosports competitions
during 2014.  (REP)

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DX UP FRONT:  D8A TO OPERATE FROM NEW KOREAN ANTARCTIC
STATION

In DX up front, word that DS4NMJ is part of a scientific
team that was expected to leave on January 25th for the new
Korean research station currently under construction at
Terra Nova Bay in Antarctica.

The new base is near the Italian Zucchelli Station and is
scheduled to open February 12th.  Look for operation by
DS4NMJ using the call D8A to begin on he air operations
sometime in mid-February.  He plans to use 160 through 10
meters mostly on CW with some SSB and RTTY and says that he
will be in Antarctica until the end of January 2015.  QSL
via HL2FDW.  (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  TE6U APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT

Also word from Bill Moore, NC1L at the ARRL Awards Desk that
the  current TE6U operation from Afghanistan has been
approved for DXCC credit.  That operation will continue
through May 3rd of this year.

Also from NC1L is word that the 7Z1ES operation from Saudi
Arabia has also been approved for DXCC.  NC1L says that if
you had this rejected in a recent application send a note to
him to bmoore (at) arrl (dot) org to be placed on the list
for an update to your account.

We will have more DX news later on in this weeks report.
(ARRL, NC1L)

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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 DoDropIn conference server on Echolink.

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAM RADIO AND FACEBOOK JOIN TOGETHER TO
LOCATE HAM SAILING AROUND THE WORLD

A woman in Tennessee recently took to the Ham Radio pages on
Facebook to seek assistance in locating her father who is
sailing single handed around the world.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with
the rest of the story:

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We won't hold you in suspense.  This is a story with a very
happy ending.  It also shows how ham radio and social media
can combine forces to provide assistance to someone who was
thought possibly to be in harms way.

The story begins on Tuesday, January 21st.  That's when
Rachel Carmichael of Mount Juliet, Tennessee took to the
Facebook Ham Radio Operators forum with a request for
assistance in locating her father, Bill Carmichael, KK4UOR.
Bill Carmichael was reported to be at sea and headed towards
Belize on his sailboat the Kairos.  Rachel Carmichael said
the family had not heard from her dad in 36 hours and that
she could not reach him by satellite telephone.  She added
that the family was very concerned about him.

Within minutes of her posting, numerous hams replied to her
suggesting a number of ways to help to find KK4UOR.  Among
them were to notify the Coast Guard, to post information on
yachttrack.org and to enlist the help of the 20 Meter
Maritime Mobile Services Net on 14 dot 300 MHz.

While we do not have all the details, it was the latter that
seemed to be the magic charm.  Within only a few hours word
was past back to Rachel Carmichael via Facebook from various
ham radio operators monitoring the situation that KK4UOR had
been heard in contact with the Maritime Mobile Services Net.
Most important that all was O-K on-board the Kairos.

As it turned out there was no emergency, but simply poor
radio conditions from where KK4UOR was and some unconfirmed
satellite telephone interruption.  A bit later it was posted
on Facebook that Bill Carmichael was back in contact with
his family via satellite telephone.  Later on, Rachel
Carmichael posted a thank you to all the hams that helped
out.

In the Newsroom, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in Los Angeles.

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Perhaps Michael Walker, VA3MW, summed it all up best when he
posted a comment that said - quote - "nicely done all.  As
usual, ham radio comes through as a very reliable technology
that does not require help from something high tech other
than the Sun.  It does work when all else fails."

(KG6YTZ, VA3MW and others from the Facebook Ham Radio
Operators Forum)

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RESOURCES:  FCC WEBSITE FRONT PAGE TO MAKE PERMANENT CHANGE

The old FCC website entry port will soon be completely gone
to be replaced by a new front page at fcc.gov.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has the details:

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For almost three years the Federal Communications Commission
has maintained a hybrid of both its old and new domains on
its website.  Beginning Monday, February 3rd, the transition
front page will redirect automatically to the new FCC.gov
homepage.

As we go to air, the old front page can still be reached by
a click to link on the new front page but that will likely
have disappeared by the time many of you hear this.

But the good news is that the structure of the new front
page is such that all of your personal bookmarks to items
once featured on the old page should continue to work.  That
should make the transition easier for everyone.

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

--

The FCC says that only the front page is affected and the
commission still has many of the former bureau pages still
in use.  (FCC, RW)

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RADIO HAPPENINGS:  BBC WILL HOST DRM GENERAL ASSEMBLY

The General Assembly of the Digital Radio Mondiale or DRM
Consortium is scheduled to meet March 26 and 27 at
the British Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in central
London.  Themed "DRM in Action," the consortium will invite
attendees to consider the benefits of the digital radio
standard and its progress toward standardization.

The first day of the event will be open to all Digital Radio
Mondiale members and invited guests from the UK and abroad.
The morning will be devoted to informative presentations on
the benefits of digital radio.  In the afternoon consortium
members who are attending will be able to experience of DRM
while networking in the BBC's Radio Theatre.

(To register for the open events on March 26th please
contact projectoffice (at) drm (dot) org.)  (RW)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  W5KUB LOOKING FOR VIDEO BUMPERS FOR
HAMVENTION WEBCAST

Turning to the ham radio social scene, how would you like to
be on the w5kub.com webcast from the 2014 Dayton Hamvention
even if you can't be there in person? Tom Medlin, W5KUB,
says that he and his production team have already started
the planning for this year's Hamvention webcast and would
like to have you as a part of it.

According to Tom, his group is looking for short video
greetings that can be played during his time at Hamvention.
The video should be no more than  8 to 15 second long and
should sound something like this:

--

Audio demonstration

--

There are loads of variations possible and you can make
yours look and sound as you might like.  Once completed,
simply e-mail your video clip to Tom to videos (at)
w5kub.com.  Who knows:  You might find yours seen world wide
this Hamvention weekend over w5kub.com.  (W5KUB)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  YOUNGSTERS ON THE AIR 2014 IN FINLAND THIS
SUMMER

Youngsters on the Air 2014 ham radio camp will take place
July 15th to the 22nd in Finland.  This with 15 teams
attending from different IARU Region 1 European member
associations.

During the week teams will be participating in radio related
activities including radio-based competitions, visiting
stations, taking part in workshops, and the like.  As the
three previous events in Romania, Belgium, Netherlands and
Estonia have shown, for young radio amateurs Youth in
Amateur Radio will be a great experience they will never
forget.  More on this one is at ham-yota.eu.  (IARU-R1)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  SOUTH AFRICA YOUTH WEEK

The South African Radio League will celebrate its youth week
from February 10th to the 15th with a whole series of events
that involve young hams in that nation.  David Conradie,
ZR6DHC reports:

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Besides encouraging young radio amateurs to get on the air
and make contact during this week the SARL also hosts a
youth week debate during which amateurs under 20 years of
age get the opportunity to show of their debating skills.
The topic of discussion is: "What does amateur radio offer
young people?"

There will also be a youth sprint to celebrate the Youth and
to promote contacts between young radio amateurs in Southern
African countries.
Young amateurs are encouraged to call "CQ Youth Day" on
Saturday 15 February 2014 from 10:00 to 12:00 South African
Standard time, that is 08:00 and 10:00 UTC. The exchange is
a RS report and the operator's age. The activity will be on
40meters phone between 7 063 and  7 100 as well as 7 130 to
7 200 kHz

As part of Youth in Amateur Radio Week the SARL is hosting
an essay competition with the title "Amateur Radio your
gateway to a career in engineering and science. Young people
under the age of 20 are invited to explore how amateur radio
has shaped the development of radio science and how today
amateur radio can be a gateway into an engineering,
electronic and science career.  Research the subject on the
internet, talk to radio amateurs and people in industry who
came into the field through their amateur radio activity,

For the amateur radio Newsline I am David Conradie, ZR6DHC,
in Sunny South Africa.

--

For more information on the South African Radio League's
Youth Week Activity please visitwww.hamradio.org.za
(ZR6DHC, SARL)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  EASTERN VHF/UHF/MICROWAVE CONFERENCE IN
APRIL

The 40th annual Eastern VHF-UHF and Microwave Conference
will be held April 11th to the 13th.  The event is sponsored
by the East Weak Signal Group and will again will be held at
the Baymount Inn and Suites in Manchester, Connecticut.  For
more information take your web browser to www.newsvhf.com.
(Via press release)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  KC5FM / NNN0LAC NEW PIC FOR NAVY -
MARINE MARS

Some names in the news.  First up is our good friend Lloyd
Colston, KC5FM, of Altus, Oklahoma.  Lloyd, who also holds
the MARS call NNN0LAC has been selected as the new Public
Affairs Officer for the Navy and Marine Corp Military
Auxiliary Radio System.

Colston, an experienced journalist and also services the
City of Altus as their emergency management director.  He
received his bachelor's degree in journalism and speech from
Northeastern Oklahoma State University and has print and
broadcast media experience.

In addition to this post, Colston also serves as the
Oklahoma Section Public Information Officer with the ARRL
and holds membership with a number of amateur radio groups
including the Quarter Century Wireless Association.  (MARS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  KY HAM TO SHAVE BEARD TO SUPPORT SPECIAL
OLYMPICS

On a lighter note, the Murray Ledger & Times reports that
Farmington, Kentucky, ham radio operator John Piper,
WB4ZZT, says that he is planning to shave off his foot long
beard to raise money for the Special Olympics.

The newspaper says that Piper hopes to raise $1500 or more
through a fundraising campaign on Facebook that would result
in a public shaving on February 15th.  That's the day of the
fifth annual Polar Plunge in Marshall County. The Special
Olympics is to be the beneficiary of the event in which
participants jump into the frigid waters of this Kentucky
Lake.

As an aside, Piper reportedly patterned the beard after
those worn by members of his favorite musical act the famed
rock group ZZ Top. You can read the full story
at http://tinyurl.com/beard-special-olympics-shave)  (Murray
Ledger, Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  GET WELL QUICK TO DAVE BOOTH K6WFS

And wishes for a speedy recovery to our longtime friend Dave
Booth, KC6WFS, who is one of the moderators of Newsline's
page on Facebook.  Dave underwent back surgery on Wednesday
January 29th.  According to the latest reports from his
family, Dave is now in recovery but may not be available on-
line for a while.  Get well wishes can be sent to Dave by e-
mail to newsline (at) arnewsline (dot) org or posted on the
Amateur Radio Newsline Facebook page.  (ARNewsline)

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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:

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STRANGE TECHNOLOGY:  FTC SAYS FREE SMARTPHONE FLASHLIGHT APP
GAVE AWAY PHONES LOCATION

If you have ever wanted proof that you never get anything
for nothing, then here's the evidence.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Davis, W2JKD, tells us about an app that
secretly told marketers where you were:

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The maker of a popular Android mobile app that turns a
smartphone into a flashlight has agreed to settle the
Federal Trade Commission's charges that the software
secretly supplied cellphone locations to marketers.  This
even when consumers rejected its terms of service.

According to the FTC, the Brightest Flashlight Free app made
note of a phone's precise location and its unique code that
identifies every such device.  The company would
automatically pass that information along to third parties,
including advertising networks, even though its privacy
policy stated initially that information would not be shared
outside the company.

The FTC says it didn't seek financial restitution because
the app was free.  A key part of the settlement is a
requirement that, if the developer wants to collect and
share geolocation data, it must send a prominent disclosure
notice when the app launches. The company also has agreed to
get a consumer's consent before collecting or sharing the
information.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD.

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This particular case came to light because of the diligence
of tech savvy customers who questioned why a flashlight app
would be interested in a phone's geolocation.  The Federal
Trade Commission said consumer concerns posted online helped
to tip off the agency.  (FTC)

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WORLDBEAT:  80 YEARS OF LABRE COMMEMORATIVE OPERATION

The Brazilian Amateur Radio League says that it will be
celebrating its 80th anniversary throughout the month of
February by conducting a special on the air operation.
During this period Brazilian Amateur Radio League stations
operating in various states will use special ZZ 80 prefix
callsigns.  The operation will be on all of the High
Frequency bands plus 2 meters using various modes.  All QSOs
will be confirmed by commemorative QSL card from the
Brazilian Amateur Radio League.  (LABRE)

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WORLDBEAT:  HOMECOMING SCOTLAND EVENT SPECIAL CALL
MODIFICATION

UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced that it
will allow radio amateurs based in Scotland to apply for a
special Regional Secondary Locator.  This to help them take
part in the Homecoming Scotland event.

Based on a Notice of Variation, Ofcom will allow the
inclusion of A for Alba in their callsigns instead of the
letter M.  Amateur radio licensees whose main station
address is in Scotland may apply for permission by visiting
www.rsgb.org/homescotland. The Notice of Variation is valid
from January 25th to November 30th November of this year.  A
Notice of Variation in the United Kingdom is similar to an
FCC granted Special Temporary Authority or STA here in the
United States.
(RSGB)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  UNSA-SAT1 to be the first 3.4 GHz
CubeSat

UNSA-SAT1 hopes to be the first CubeSat to make use of the
3400 MHz Amateur-Satellite Service allocation.  The aims of
this CubeSat include a study of the upper atmosphere; radio
communication experimentation; technology demonstrations;
education and outreach.

The design team is currently proposing that the tiny bird
carry a 435 MHz transceiver using BPSK modulation and
additional transmitters at  2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz. They also
hope to have a BPSK downlink on 3.4 GHz that will only
operate in Region 2 when the spacecraft is over the ground
station in Peru.  The ITU Amateur-Satellite allocation from
3400 to 3410 MHz is available in ITU Regions 2 and 3 but not
currently all across Region 1.  (AMSAT)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  TDRS-L SUCCESSFULLY ORBITED

NASA has announced the successful launch of its latest
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite called TDRS L.

This is the latest in a satellite network located that is
some 22,000 miles above the equator and allows continuous
two-way contact with the space station and its crew and
other spacecraft like the Hubble Space Telescope.

While NASA is the primary user of the multi satellite TDRS
system, it occasionally assists other nations space agencies
and the U.S. military.  And back in 2002, a TDRS satellite
allowed doctors in Massachusetts to oversee a knee surgery
performed at the South Pole.
(NASA)

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SPACE TOURISM:  VIRGIN GALACTIC SPACE SHIP TWO SOARS TO MACH
1.4

Visiting space has taken another leap toward becoming a
reality as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Hal Rogers,
K8CMD:

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Space tourism company Virgin Galactic sent its Space Ship
Two reusable space vehicle to new heights on Friday, January
10th.  This by rocketing the craft nearly thirteen and a
half miles in altitude and reaching a speed of Mach 1.4.

The craft left Mojave Air and Space Port at approximately
7:22 a.m. Pacific Standard Time strapped to the White Knight
Two carrier aircraft, which took the space plane to around
46,000 feet. White Knight Two then dropped Space Ship Two
which used its own rocket motor to roar to 71,000 feet and
setting a new record for the craft.

This flight was the third supersonic, rocket-powered test of
the Virgin Galactic system after dozens of subsonic flights.
To date, the company has accepted more than $80 million in
deposits from approximately 680 people who want to be among
the first of those seeking rides on the tourist vehicle to
the edge of space.

I'm Hal Rogers, K8CND.

--

Virgin Galactic is a company within Sir. Richard Branson's
Virgin Group which plans to provide suborbital spaceflights
for space tourists, suborbital launches for space science
missions, and orbital launches of small satellites.
(Published news reports)

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ON THE AIR:  CELEBRATING COSMONAUT YURI GAGARIN'S 80th
BIRTHDAY

On the air, keep an ear open during the entire month of
March for Russian special event station UE80HS.  This
operation is being held to celebrate the 80th anniversary of
Russia's first astronaut Yuri Gagarin who was born on March
9th 1934.  Gagarin was the first human to journey into space
when his Vostok spacecraft completed an orbit of he Earth on
April 12th, 1961.  If you work UE80HS, please QSL via RW6HS.
(OPDX)

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ON THE AIR:  THE BOSCH GROUP CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF HAM
RADIO

Also, listen out for German special event station DK40BOSCH
that will be operational until December 31st.  This activity
is to celebrate 40 years of ham radio operations within the
Bosch group.  QSL direct, via the bureau or electronically
using Logbook of the World.  (OPDX)

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ON THE AIR:  CELEBRATING 400 YEARS OF NETHERLANDS AND SWEDEN
FRIENDSHIP

From February 8th through March 7th, PA0FAW will be using
the special callsign PA400SM to help celebrate the 400 years
of friendship between The Netherlands and Sweden.  Most of
this operation will be on CW, with some SSB and digital
modes when a suitable location is available.  QSL's and SWL
reports go via PA0FAW at his information on QRZ.com.  (OPDX)

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DX

In DX, JF1CCH will be active as 8Q7TS from Hulhumale Island
in the Maldives from March 20th to the 31st.  Operations
will be on 40 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.
There's also a chance he may show up on 160 and 80m meters
as well.  QSL via his home callsign.

K1ZE, W1EQ and W1UJ will be on the air stroke KP2 from the
rental Mountain Breeze Villa on St. Croix between February
10th to the 17th.  Activity will be on all HF bands using
CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via their home callsigns.

WA2NHA will be active March 2nd to the 17th stroke P4 from
Aruba.  His operating will be on 80 through 10 meters mainly
using CW. QSL via his home callsign.

WS5K will be operational as PJ4F from the island of Bonaire
between February 7th and March 9th.  Activity will probably
be on the H-F bands, but no other information was provided.
If you work him QSL via direct to WS5K or electronically
using Logbook of the World.

W5JON who also holds the call V47JA will be on the air
between February 19th and March 25th from his vacation home
in Calypso Bay on St. Kitts.  His operation will be on 160
through 6 meters using SSB.  He will also be active during
the ARRL International DX SSB Contest that takes place March
1st and 2nd as a Single-Operator All-Band entry.  Also his
wife  W5HAM will occasionally operate as V47HAM. All QSLs go
to W5JON direct or via LoTW. No bureau QSLs for this one.

(Above from OPDX and other DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  NEWSLINE ANCHOR TO APPEAR ON ABC'S HIT TV
SHOW NASHVILLE

And finally this week, word that one of the Newsline family
-- anchor Jim Damron, N8TMW -- will be appearing in an
upcoming episode of the TV series "Nashville."  In the show,
Jim plays the part of a minister presiding over the funeral
of one of the show's characters.  His scene was shot mid-
January in the city of Nashville.  He tells us that it was a
great experience for him:

--

N8TMW:  "It was a fun experience. The cast and crew were
wonderful.  This show is a top-notch production and I did
get to work with most of the shows regulars.  Really, really
nice people."

--

Jim Damron is by profession an actor and voiceover artist
who operates his own audio production business in
Charleston, West Virginia.  He also does legal videography
of depositions for attorneys.  His movie credits include
"Forrest Gump" and he recently finished a supporting role in
the independent film "The Tribunal."  N8TMW has also
appeared in and voiced numerous commercials, industrial and
training videos and has also done numerous plays on stage.

Nashville airs Wednesdays at 10 PM Eastern on the ABC
Television Network.  As to when his episode will air, Jim
says it should be soon.  He tells us that his is Episode
215.  Jim also suggests that the best way to be certain is
to do a Google search for "Nashville TV Show Episodes List"
to keep up with the latest broadcast schedule.
(ARNewsline)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, in Southern Mississippi saying 73
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