Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1934 - September 5 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1934 with a release
date of September 5th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.   Japan's upcoming space mission
to an asteroid will carry a ham radio satellite; a new study
in the United Sates challenges the so-called broadband
spectrum crunch; a DXpedition to Navassa Island will take
place within the next 18 months; AMSAT North America adds an
auction at its upcoming space symposium and pirate radio
causing aviation safety concerns in China.  All this and
mote on Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1934 coming
your way right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  JAPANESE ASTEROID MISSION TO CARRY
AMATEUR RADIO

A news report out of Japan says the asteroid mission called
Hayabusa 2 with a planned launch this December will also
carry the amateur radio satellite.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Heather Embee, KB3TZD has the details:

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Shin'en 2 will be among the first ham radio satellite go
into orbit outside the influence of the Earth's gravity.
The relatively small bird will be put into an elliptic orbit
around the Sun and travel to an orbit between Venus and
Mars.  Its inclination will be almost zero degrees, which
means Shin-en 2 will stay in the Earth's equatorial plane.
Its distance from the Sun will be between 0.7 and 1.3
Astronomical Units. An Astronomical Unit is 149,597,871 km
which equates to about 92,955,807 miles.

Looking at its technology, Shin'en 2 is described as a
polyhedron measuring 490x490x475 mm and weighing 17
kilograms.  It was built in Japan by students at Kyushu
Institute of Technology and carries a Mode J linear
transponder for amateur radio communications along with CW
and WSJT beacons.

The satellite will operate on 437.505 MHz for its CW beacon
and 437.385 MHz for the WSJT telemetry.  The inverting C-W
and SSB transponder will uplink on 2 meters from 145.940 to
145.960 MHz using Lower Sideband.  The downlink will use
435.280 to 435.260 MHz on upper sideband.  All in all a very
ambitious project for ham radio in space.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
reporting.

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Another amateur radio satellite called ARTSAT 2 DESPATCH
will also be carried into space on the same launch.  More is
on the web at tinyurl.com/ham-radio-orbital-mission.
(Southgate,  Kyushu Institute of Technology)

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RESTRUCTURING:  NEW STUDY CHALLENGES SPECTRUM CRUNCH CLAIMS

There may not be as much of a spectrum crunch as broadband
providers and government officials claim.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with
the details:

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J. Armand Musey is the managing director at Goldin
Associates, and Aalok Mehta is a doctoral candidate at the
University of Southern California and the two have authored
a new paper on the so-called spectrum crunch.  In it the two
researchers find that estimates of future demand for
wireless spectrum use made by the FCC and other government
agencies have been clearly overstated.  None the less, they
have remained the basis for policy direction on this issue.

The paper points to the National Broadband Plan`s spectrum
shortage estimate of 275 MHz by the end of 2014 and an ITU
Radio-endorsed estimate of a spectrum shortage of 1,280MHz
to 1,720MHz by 2020 as two examples of overstated demand.
The paper continues by saying the potential for the
persistent bias in these projections may allow policy errors
based on these data sources to compound over time as opposed
to self-correct.

One source the FCC relied on to help advance its broadband
plan was Cisco Corporation's forecasts of mobile traffic in
North America.  But the research paper claims that the last
seven Cisco forecasts have made overestimates nearly twice
as often as underestimates and that the magnitude of
overestimates is greater than that of the underestimates.

Given the unreliability of demand projections for wireless
spectrum, the paper says that regulators should focus on
spectrum policy decision that maximize reversibility and/or
flexibility.  This so that they can make timely and
proportional adjustments to allocations.

This study is important to the ham radio community because
several UHF and microwave allocations could be adversely
affected by whatever happens in spectrum reallocation over
the next several years.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in Los Angeles

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The research paper carries the title "Overestimating
Wireless Demand: Policy and Investment Implications of
Upward Bias in Mobile Data Forecast.  It will be presented
later this month at the 42nd Telecom Policy Research
Conference to be held in Washington, D.C.  You can find the
entire text on the web at tinyurl.com/no-spectrum-crunch.
(TV News Check and other published reports)

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DXCC APPROVAL : FOUR NEW DXCC APPROVALS

Some news from the ARRL DXCC Desk.  ARRL Staff Liaison Dave
Patton, NN1N reports that A52JR, 4W/HB9FLX, 4W/N1YC and
4W/PE7T have all been approved for DXCC credit.  If you have
had cards for these operations rejected in a recent
application, please send an E-mail to the ARRL DXCC Desk at
dxccadmin (at) arrl (dot) org and you will be placed on the
list for an update.  (ARRL)

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BREAKING DX NEWS:  NAVASSA ISLAND WITHIN 18 MONTHS

The KP-5 Project has announced that the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service have agreed to allow an amateur radio
operation from Navassa National Wildlife Refuge.  This, to
occur within the next 18 months as coordinated with the
agency's work flow.

According to a press release, over the past year, the KP-5
Project had numerous meetings with various levels of U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service management.  As with the Desecheo
operation in 2009 the service has requested proposals for
the amateur radio operation from those individuals and
groups that have already applied for such a Special Use
Permit in the past.

The KP-5 Project says that it will be submitting a proposal
and hoping to be selected.  Updates will be posted at kp1-
5.com   (OPDX)

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HUMANERIAN EFFORTS:  JH1AJT TO ERITREA ON MISSION FOR THE
FOUNDATION FOR GLOBAL CHILDREN

Zorro Miyazawa, JH1AJT, will be visiting the State of
Eritrea with a member of Japan's House of Representatives
and several others.  This from September 15th until the 22nd
as a part of a mission for the Foundation for Global
Children.

During their time in Eritrea the group will have meetings
with that nations Ministries of Health, Transportation,
Communications, Education, Foreign Affairs, Information, and
the Eritrean Sports Commission.  Eritrea's Ambassador to
Japan will also be at the meetings.

One of the main objectives of this trip is to finalize a
draft Memorandum of Understanding regarding the Eritrea and
Japan Sports Collaboration that will run through the year
2020.  Through this project both nations will make efforts
to promote sports for the handicapped in Eritrea and to
improve the environments such events are held in.  The
Foundation will also support activities for the betterment
of education and sanitation for the children of Eritrea.

During the stay, JH1AJT says that he will try to get on the
air but that his time for operating will be very limited.
If he does make it to the airwaves he says to listen out for
him after Thursday, September the 18th mainly on SSB and CW.
As we go to air the call sign he will use is still unknown.
(JH1AJT Press Release via OPDX)

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DX-UP FRONT:  K2HVN FIRST DX ADVENTURE TO BERMUDA

K2HVN will be active stroke VO9 from Bermuda from November
3rd to the 10th.  He plans to operate 17 and 20 meters using
CW and SSB and 30 meters on CW only.  While not a truly rare
location, this operation marks the first DX adventure for
K2HVN and we know that you will join us in wishing him all
the best.  And if you do make contact, please QSL via his
home address.
(OPDX)

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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 KD8KCF repeater serving Toledo, Ohio.


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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC PROPOSES $22000 FINE AGAINST NY CB
OPERATOR

The FCC has proposed a fine of $22,000 against James Engle,
of Lewiston, New York.  This, for allegedly operating a
radio transmitter without the requisite Commission
authorization and causing interference to other users of
Channel 32 in the 11 meter Citizens Radio Service.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, reports:

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The story goes back to October 23rd of 2013.  That's when
agents from the FCC's Philadelphia office, responding to a
complaint from a CB operator on 27.325 MHz  tracked the
interfering transmissions to James Engle's location.  During
their monitoring the agents say that they heard a person
that they claim was Engle repeatedly interrupt the
transmissions of another CB operator.

On October 24th, the agents returned and inspected Engle's
CB station.  At that time they discovered two non certified
linear amplifiers. The FCC said Engle admitted that he used
one of the power amplifiers during his operations the
previous evening.  An on-site test showed that the amplifier
in question was capable of 148 watts output and there-by
making the CB radio station non-compliant with Commission
Part 95 regulations.

Now in issuing the $22,000 Notice of Apparent Liability, the
Commission notes that the base forfeiture for operations
without authorization is $10,000 and the base forfeiture
amount for interference to radio communications is $7,000.
However the agency retains the legal right to upwardly
adjust the proposed fine based on various factors in a given
case.  Noting that prior to October 23, 2013 that Engle had
received two written warnings from the Enforcement Bureau
advising him that operating a linear was against its Part 95
rules, that his case warrants an upward adjustment in the
forfeiture amount of $5,000.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH.

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This $5000 upward adjustment brings the total proposed fine
to the $22,000 mark to which Engle was given the customary
30 days to pay or to file an appeal.  (FCC)

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ENFORCEMENT:  TEXAS MAN ACCUSED OF ASSUALT AND CRIMINAL
MISSCHIEF TO HAM RADIO OPERATOR

An Austin, Texas man is facing assault charges after police
say he tossed a drone aircraft and an amateur radio
transceiver over the fence because he was tired of his
neighbor getting in his head.

According to the arrest affidavit filed by Austin Police,
Steven Anthony Garza stormed into Matthew Hammons' yard
while Hammons was using his amateur radio equipment to talk
with his father.  Hammons who holds the call KE5WRU told
police Garza charged him while making gestures indicating he
was looking to fight.

Hammons then told officers Garza first broke his radio's
antenna and then head butted him.  At this point KE5WRU went
inside his home from where he watched as Garza allegedly
threw Hammons' Yaesu transceiver and a personal DJ- Phantom
drone over the fence causing an estimated $4,000 in damage.

Garza claimed to the officers Hammons was using the
equipment to spy on him and using triangulation to speak to
him in his head.  Garza was taken into custody and booked
into the Travis County Jail on charges of assault, causing
bodily injury and criminal mischief.  At last report he was
still being held in lieu of $10,000 bond.  (Statesman.com,
KXAN, others)

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RADIO LAW:  BROADCASTERS SUE FCC OVER SPECTRUM AUCTION RULES

The broadcasting community has sued the Federal
Communications Commission over rules for an upcoming
spectrum reallocation bid as we hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

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On Monday August 18th television and radio broadcasters
filed a lawsuit against the regulatory agency over its rules
for an upcoming spectrum auction in 2015.

Next year's auction which was ordered by Congress forces the
FCC buy back portions of what is now broadcast spectrum and
then resell it to wireless broadband providers.  The latter
are companies that are in need of added band space to meet
subscribers' demands for added data and numerous streaming
services.

In the suit, the National Association of Broadcasters argues
that the FCC's rules for next year's auction would allow
fewer people access over the air stations while at the same
time forcing broadcasters to spend hundreds of millions of
dollars out of their own pockets in a process known as
repacking.  Repacking is a fancy way of saying that stations
would have to once again change frequency and in some cases
may have share a channel with other broadcasters.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB.

--

An FCC spokesperson said in a statement that the commission
was confident that its plan fulfills the mandates
established by Congress on this complex matter.  More is on
the web at http://thehill.com/policy/technology/215439-
broadcasters-sue-fcc-over-airwave-auction  (The Hill)

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HAM READING:  FREE SEPTEMBER 2014 CQ-DATV NOW AVAILABLE

The September 2014 issue of the free amateur television
magazine CQ-DATV is now available for download.  This months
issue contains articles on the MAX7456 OSD Computer USB
Controller; the DATV Express Project update and the latest
Digital amateur television news.  You can download your copy
as a PDF file at tinyurl.com/cq-datv-september  (CQ-DATV)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: OH-KY-IN AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY HAMFEST
RETURNS SEPTEMBER 21

After several years in limbo after loosing its site the OH-
KY-IN Amateur Radio Society Hamfest is back.  According to
Bruce Vanselow, N8BV, the new Hamfest will take place on
Sunday, September 21st at the Aiken High School in
Cincinnati, Ohio from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.
According to N8BV this is an air-conditioned indoor venue so
the Hamfest will take place be it rain or shine.  (N8BV)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  15TH ANNUAL ROUTE 66 ON THE AIR

It's time once again to  'Get Your Kicks On Route 66.'  This
as the annual Route 66 on the Air operation takes place from
September 6th to the 15th.

Route 66 is the famed 2451 mile highway opened back in 1926
connecting Chicago, Illinois with Los Angeles, California.
It was immortalized in the 1960's with the television show
of the same name.

With the introduction of the Interstate Highway System Route
66 began its decline and was eventually replaced by new
super highways.  On June 27, 1985 the government decertified
the highway and U.S. 66 ceased to exist.

Now in 2014, some twenty one special event stations located
city's along the route will join together for the 15th
annual Route 66 on the Air.  Operations are planned for all
bands using all modes.  A certificate will be available to
those who work at least one of these stations.  Complete
information is available on the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio
Club website at www.w6jbt.org.  (N7UR)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM AUCTION ANNOUNCED

In preparation for its upcoming 2014 Space Symposium, AMSAT
North America is seeking donations of specialty items for a
fund raising auction to be held at the event.  Proceeds from
the auction will help supplement the FOX satellite and
Amateur Radio on the International Space Station and other
AMSAT projects.  Donated items should have a minimum value
$100 and are not necessarily limited to amateur radio.  If
you have something to donate to the Symposium auction,
please send an e-mail to Frank Bauer at ka3hdo (at) verizon
(dot) net.  This years AMSAT Space Symposium will be in
Baltimore, Maryland, from October 10th to the 12th.  More
information is at www.amsat.org.  (ANS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  K3LR RELEASES DAYTON ANTENNA FORUM
SLIDES

Some names in the news.  First up is Tim Duffy, K3LR.  He
has announced that the 2014 Dayton Hamvention Antenna Forum
slide presentations in PDF format are now posted on line at
www.k3lr.com.  To download and view them simply click on the
left side box marked Dayton Antenna Summary.  In addition to
the latest set of presentations, those going back as far as
2004 are also available.   (K3LR.com)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  OE1WHC RELEASES SEVERAL FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
POWERPOINT FORUMS

Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC of the Austrian Broadcasting
Corporation has informed the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that
several of the 2014 Friedrichshafen Ham Radio convention
Powerpoint lectures are now available on-line.  These
include such topics as Yagi and Quad antennas for High
Frequency Shortwave by Martin Steyer, DK7ZB; The Enigma and
Others famous Cipher Machines that was presented by Tom
Perera, W1TP and the FT5ZM Amsterdam Island DXpedition by
Ralph Fedor, K0IR.  Look for them at www.dokufunk.org/talk.
(OPDX)

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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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WORLDBEAT:  CHINA FACING PIRATE RADIO PROBLEM ON ITS
AVIATION BAND

The United States is not the only place where pirate
broadcasters appear to be thriving.  Now comes word out of
China that law enforcement agencies there have uncovered
unlicensed stations operating in some cities and provinces
that could and have disrupted communications between pilots
and air traffic controllers.  But not for political or anti-
government purposes.

According to a news report, these are mostly home grown FM
commercial stations whose transmitters have already caused
problems for airports in some locations.  A commercial
airline pilot was quoted as saying that his in-flight
navigation system and communications with control towers was
often disturbed by these unlicensed radio broadcasts.

The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Radio and Television
recently uncovered a pirate radio station that was
transmitting advertisements.  These stations try to sell ads
for escort agencies, medical products and other services.
The bureau recently seized a 2,000 watt transmitter whose
signal could  reach most parts in that city.

A more in depth look at this problem and what authorities in
China are doing to try to combat it as at tinyurl.com/pirate-
radio-in-china  ( SCMP.com, South China Morning Post)

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WORLDBEAT:  FRENCH SUBTITLED VERSION OF TX FACTOR NOW
AVAILABLE

The United Kingdom produced television show the TX Factor is
now available in a version especially for French speakers.
TX Factor is the only European television program devoted
exclusively to ham radio.  Episode 1 is now available with
French subtitles thanks to the work of F6FVY, F8BXI and
F8GQH.  That same team plans to do the same with the rest of
the shows episodes.  To view the TX Factor with or without
the French sub titles simply take your web browser to
www.txfactor.co.uk.  (TXFactor)

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RADIO FROM SPACE:  ROSETTA ARRIVES AT COMET 67P

After a decade long journey the European Space Agency's
Rosetta spacecraft carrying three NASA instruments became
the first to rendezvous with a comet.

This following the last of a series of 10 rendezvous
maneuvers that began in May to adjust Rosetta's speed and
trajectory to gradually match those of comet 67P.  These
trajectory adjustments proved successful even though the
comet and spacecraft were some 252 million miles from Earth
at that time.

At last report, Rosetta is some 62 miles above the comet's
surface.  Its first mission will be to fly a number of
triangular-shaped trajectories in front of 67P which will
likely have been completed by the time this newscast goes to
air.  Meantime, the spacecraft's instruments will provide a
detailed scientific study of the comet while scanning its
surface to identify a target site for its lander named
Philae.

As many as five possible landing sites will be identified
before the primary site is identified in mid-September.  The
final timeline for the sequence of events for deploying
Philae will be confirmed by the middle of October.
Meantime, the latest images of the comet taken by Rosetta
are available to view at www.nasa.gov/rosetta  (NASA, JPL)

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ON THE AIR:  SPAIN SOCCAR AWARD SEPTEMBER 9 TO 29

On the air, Spain's Football League Teams' ham radio awards
and trophies will be available to any licensed radio amateur
worldwide.  This, by providing proof of valid contacts made
with the 20 special event stations using the special EG
prefix between September 9th to the 29th.  The full list of
EG stations and other pertinent information on this award
program is on-line at www.eafltaward.com.  (EAF release)

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ON THE AIR:  MALAYSIAN NATIONAL FIELD DAY SEPTEMBER 15 - 16

The Malaysian Amateur Radio League will be sponsoring that
nations 2014 National Field Day for 24 hours beginning from
Monday, September 15th September and concluding on Tuesday
the 16th.  Like other Field Day operations around the world,
all of those participating in this event are requested to
use only batteries or a generator to power their stations
equipment.  An overview of this years Malaysia National
Field Day is at www.marl.org.my/download/nfd2014.pdf  (MARL,
QRZ.com)

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DX

In DX, five operators will be operational as BO0D from Tung
Yin Island between September 13th and the 20th. Activity
will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via the BV Bureau.

JI3DST will be active stroke 5 from Shodo Island in the
Kagawa Prefecture between September 20th and the 22nd.
Operations will be on 40 through 6 meters using CW, SSB, FM
and RTTY.  QSL via his home callsign direct or via the
bureau.

LU5BE, LU8EFF and LU3AAL will be active stroke T from
Purmamarca  Jujuy region in Argentina from September 24th
through the 30th.  Operations will be 80 through 10 meters
using CW, SSB, PSK31 and SSTV. They will also try to have a
beacon on 6 meters. QSL via LU8EFF.

Depending on transportation, G4DBW should be active as ZD8RH
from Ascension Island between September 22nd to the 30th.
Operations will be mainly on CW. QSL direct via G4DBW or via
RSGB Bureau. But be aware that bureau replies can take up to
18 months.

IZ1MHY will be operational as 5H1MD from Zanzibar Island
between September 28th and October 10th.  Activity will be
on 20 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via home call, the bureau or direct.  See his listing on
QRZ.com for more details.

Lastly, KC9W, will be active stroke HH5 from Haiti between
January 11th and February 3rd, 2015.  As of airtime his
operations will be on 160, 80 and 40 meters using CW only.
QSL direct via KC0W.

(This weeks DX news courtesy of OPDX)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  VOYAGER 1 - WHERE ARE YOU

And finally, last year the Voyager One mission control team
announced that the spacecraft had reached interstellar space
but many in the academic community remained skeptical.
Now, two researchers working with the spacecraft are looking
to put any doubt to rest with a new test designed to show
conclusively whether or not Voyager One  has made it into
interstellar space.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan
Kinford, N8WB, has the details:

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According to The Space Reporter, the test will determine
whether the spacecraft is inside or outside the heliosphere.
That's the so-called bubble of solar particles and magnetic
fields that the sun creates around itself.

The researchers who developed the test believe that Voyager
1 will cross out of its current layer of the heliosphere
within the next year or two.  When that occurs,
astrophysicists expect to see a reversal in the magnetic
field around the spacecraft.  The lack of a reversal would
show that Voyager 1 is still inside the heliosphere.

That said, other information already in the hands of
researcher's points to the fact that Voyager One has already
left the heliosphere.  After gathering data from a solar
eruption that shook particles around the probe, scientists
determined that the density of the spacecraft's surroundings
was much higher than the figures taken in earlier
measurements when Voyager One had yet to cross into
interstellar space.  It currently takes radio
signals from Voyager One take over 17 hours to reach Earth.

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

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Voyager One and Voyager Two were both launched in 1977.
Their initial goal was to simply study the planets of our
solar system.  Now, a quarter of a century later both probes
are still operational.  Predictions are that Voyager Two
will likely follow Voyager One and enter interstellar space
in a few years.  A more detailed look at this experiment is
on the web at tinyurl.com/latest-on-voyager-one.
(SpaceReporter, Wikipedia)

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