Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1936 - September 19 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1936 with a release
date of September 19th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Qatar will include ham radio in an
upcoming geostationary satellite launch; more information
surfaces on the restructuring of the United Kingdom's ham
radio rules; Philippine hams once again respond as a typhoon
makes landfall; W5KUB announces live coverage of the K6H
operating event and a soon to be space traveler starts
training next January.  Find out the details are on Amateur
Radio Newsline report number 1936 coming your way right now.


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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  QATAR ES'HAILSAT TO INCLUDE
GEOSTATIONARY PHASE 4 TRANSPONDERS

Once again, ham radio in space leads off this week's
newscast.  This with word that a ham radio payload is
expected to be in geosynchronous orbit around the Earth by
the end of 2016.    Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee,
KB3TZD picks up the story from here:

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Qatar's Es'hailSat Satellite Company has signed a contract
with Mitsubishi Electric Corporation to build a
geostationary communications satellite for it.  Once on-
orbit, Es'hail 2 will be positioned at the 26� East for
television broadcasting in that part of the world using both
KU and KA band transponders.  It will also provide the first
ham radio geostationary communication capability linking
Brazil and India using a pair of Phase 4 amateur radio
transponders that it will carry woth it into space.

The ham payload will consist of a 250 kilohertz wide linear
transponder for conventional analogue operations in addition
to a second transponder which will have an 8 MHz bandwidth.
The latter is intended for experimental digital modulation
systems and DVB format amateur television.

As of now, uplinks will be in the 2.400 to 2.450 GHz range
with downlinks in the
10.450 to 10.500 GHz amateur satellite service allocations.
Both transponders will have broad beam antennas to provide
full coverage over about third of the Earth's surface.

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

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The Qatar Amateur Radio Society and Qatar Satellite Company
are cooperating on the  project.  Technical support is
coming from Germany's AMSAT-DL.   This is not the first time
ham radio has been offered space for geostationary
transponders.  Back in 1980, a company called Cablesat
proposed orbiting a pair of broadcast and communications
satellites at either end of the continental geostationary
arc each with a ham radio payload on board.  The plans for
those two birds were later abandoned.   (ANS, ARNewsline)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  SEND YOUR MESSAGE TO EARTH FROM AROUND
THE MOON

Last week we reported that the Lux Space 4M amateur radio
payload is expected to fly around the Moon at the end of
October.  Now comes word that a limited number of hams will
be able to upload a message on the 4M website that will be
transmitted on 145.980 MHz using the JT65B mode during
the flight.

Lux Space says that there is only room for 2500 messages
each up to 13 characters long.  Yours might be something
like your first name and callsign or whatever fits in that
limited number of characters available to you.  There will
be also a number of experiments and contests with prizes to
the winners in each experiment and category.

You can register to take part as well as to upload your
message at moon.luxspace.lu/messages.  But if you want to
take advantage of this once in a lifetime chance you will
have to hurry due to the limited number of messages the
mission can take with it.  (LuxSpace, Southgate)

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RESTRUCTURING: NATIONAL AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF INDIA SEEKS
RULES RESTRUCTURING

The Amateur Radio Society of India has renewed its efforts
to remove what it calls the old British colonial-style
excessive red tape that limits the growth of ham radio in
that nation as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce
Tennant, K6PZW.

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Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, is the president of the Amateur
Radio Society of India and believes that some very archaic
rules and long standing issues exist that restrict ham radio
in that nation.  These include just obtaining a license.
Now he has outlined these concerns in a letter representing
his society to the nations Minister of Communications,
Information Technology, Law and Justice.

One of the points VU2GNM addresses is gaining a security
clearance before an amateur radio license can be issued.
According to Madhavan, this can take months or even years,
and often the paperwork is lost in transit between various
agencies.

VU2GNM then goes on to note the voluntary contributions that
amateur radio makes in terms of technical training,
experimentation, and communication.  He also points out the
public service role of the ham radio community throughout
the world in regard to disasters and emergencies.

VU2GNM says that the society is seeking an immediate easing
of many antiquated regulations.  He believes that could lead
to the issuing new licenses and to help amateur radio grow
in a country of more than 1 point 2 billion people.

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

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According to a statement contained in the Amateur Radio
Society of India letter the nations new government wants to
do away with measures that bring no benefit to its citizens.
The national society says that it would like to see amateur
radio included in that process.  (VK3PC)

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RESTRUCTURING:  UPDATE ON PROPOSED UK LICENSE RESTRUCTURING

An update on the proposed changes to the United Kingdom's
regulations covering that nation's amateur radio service
that we first reported on last week.

According to news reports, in recognition of the role of
amateur radio users in emergencies, the consultation or
Notice of Proposed Rule Making would change the United
Kingdom license condition that states that hams can only
communicate with other hams.  Rather, where a license-holder
is participating in a rescue operation possibly as a part of
a Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network or RAYNET operation,
provisions would be made to permit these hams to talk to
others such as rescue team members involved in an emergency
operation.

Ofcom also proposes permitting encryption of communications
for hams involved in RAYNET operations. Currently,
encryption is forbidden, which creates a problem if an
incident commander asks for a message to be encrypted.

The consultation also seeks comment on Ofcom proposals to
add license conditions that ensure that a callsign assigned
to an amateur radio club remains with that club.  It also
proposes a relaxation of the requirement that amateur
licenses are automatically revoked if they don't revalidate
their licenses every five years and the easing of the demand
that hams transmit their callsigns every 15 minutes.

As previously reported, Ofcom is already looking for
opinions from the United Kingdom ham radio community
regarding proposed changes to spectrum and other aspects of
amateur licensing.  This includes giving that nations radio
amateurs access to spectrum in the 470 kHz and 5 MHz bands.

The consultation or commentary period on these proposals
runs through October 20th.  If approved any rules changes
could come into effect in April of 2015. The complete story
is on the web at tinyurl.com/uk-regs-update   (Ofcom via the
Register.com)

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DX UP FRONT:  PENANG ISLAND JANUARY THROUGH FEBRUAY 2015

In DX up front, word that PA0RRS will be active as 9M2MRS
from Penang Island Malaysia between January 1st and February
3rd  of 2015.  He currently plans to operate 30 through 10
meters CW, RTTY and PSK with SSB only on request.  QSL via
his home callsign, direct, via the bureau or using the OQRS
on ClubLog.  (OPDX)

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RADIOSPORT:  VOODOO CONTEST GROUP TO KUWAIT FOR CQ WW DX
CONTEST

The Voodoo Contest Group has been invited to operate at the
2014 CQ World Wide DX CW contest from emerging Multi-Multi
contest station being assembled by 9K2HN in  northern
Kuwait.  According to the announcement, the visiting club
members are expected to arrive at the station on November
22nd and will operate before the contest with particular
emphasis on the lower bands.  The Voodoo Contest Group is a
band of United States and United Kingdom hams dedicated to
winning the CQ World Wide CW Contest each year.  QSLs for
the 9K2HN operation will go via instructions on QRZ.com.
(AA7A, Southgate)

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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 KC4HAZ repeater network serving all of Central
Florida.


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RESCUE RADIO:  PHILIPPINE HAM RADIO RESPOND TO TYPHOON
KALMEGI

Once again, ham radio volunteers were activated in the
Philippines.  This as fast-moving Typhoon Kalmaegi made
landfall on Sunday, September 14th.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, reports:

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The Philippines National Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management Council had asked all in Typhoon Kalmaegi's path
to take the necessary precautions.  Even with this early
warning the storm left at least 10 people dead from
landslides, flash floods,  storm surge and wind gusts that
at times exceded 100 miles per hour.

As the Typhoon approached, the Philippines Amateur Radio
Association activated its Ham Emergency Radio Operations or
HERO network for priority disaster traffic and relief
coordination.  The group then requested that the frequency
of 7 dot 095 MHz, plus or minus 5 kHz be kept clear for
emergency response operations.  The HERO operators remained
in place as required throughout the severe weather event.

At the height of the storm some 7,800 residents were moved
to evacuation centers. The typhoon then headed out to the
East over the South China Sea toward Hong Kong where it hit
with wind gusts again close to 100 miles per and injuring
some 29 people.

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

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The Typhoon then took aim at southern China where the
nations Meteorological Administration had an orange alert in
place.  That's the second-most severe in the nation's four-
tier severe weather warning system.  (VK3PC, published news
reports)

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAM RADIO RESPONDS TO NEVADA FLASH FLOOIDING

The ARRL reports that ARES and RACES members in Clark
County, Nevada, activated Monday, September 8, after heavy
rains sparked flash flooding.  Accoding he ARRL, the ham
radio volunteers deployed after being called up by local
emergency managers to support communication during recovery
efforts in the Moapa Valley northeast of Las Vegas.

Heavy flooding and mud closed nearly 50 miles of Interstate
15, stranding motorist and truckers while buckling or
washing away pavement in many areas.  The marooned motorists
were cared for at a middle school in the city of Mesquite,
on the Arizona border.  Emergency sheltering was also needed
for nearly 200 tribal members of the Moapa River
Reservation.

A slow-moving storm that spun off from Hurricane Norbert
dumped nearly 4 inches of rain within 90 minutes onto the
town of Moapa.  The Amateur Radio Emergency Service
personnel staffed the Emergency Operations Center in Las
Vegas while the Clark County Mobile Communications Vehicle
was on the scene as a result of this severe weather event in
which at least two people lost their lives.   (ARRL)

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RADIO LAW:  NEW VANITY FEE IN EFFECT

The new $21.40 Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory
fee became effective on September 11th.  The $5.30 increase
represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years.  The
FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking on August 29, in which it recalculated
the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term.   (FCC, RW)

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PUBLIC SERVICE: HAM COMMUNICATORS NEEDED FOR BOSTON HALF
MARATHOM

Sunday, October 12th will see this years running of the
Boston Half Marathon and ham radio operators are needed for
the event.  Some 20 radio amateurs will be required to cover
medical teams to support their communications and logistics.
The event will run from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern
time.  All any volunteer needs is a dual band hand held with
some extra batteries and perhaps a gain antenna.  If you
live in the area or will be visiting and want to volunteer,
simply take your web browser to tinyurl.com/boston-half-2014
(KG1H)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  IARU REGION 1 OUTSTANDING HAM YOUTH
AWARD

Some names in the news.  Mitchel Mynhardt, ZS6YH, has been
selected to be the recipient of the first International
Amateur Radio Union's Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award.
This, for the year 2013.

Last March a call went out soliciting nominations of the
first Region 1 Outstanding Ham Youth Award.  In May 2014,
the nominations closed after three nominations had been
received.  Seven Youth Coordinators from IARU Region 1 were
then named to judge the entries with ZS6YH selected to be
the 2013 recipient.  (IARU-R1, SARL)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  AMSAT-NA BOD ELECTION RESULTS

The votes have been counted and the results are in.  Elected
to AMSAT North America board seats for a two year term are
Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; and Lou McFadin,
W5DID.

Jerry Buxton, N0JY will serve the remaining year of the late
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX term.  The First Alternate is Drew
Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and the Second Alternate is Frank
Griffin, K4FEG.
(AMSAT-NA)

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HAM HAPPENIGS:  K6H HOLLYWOOD CELEBRATES HAM RADIO TO STREAM
LIVE AT W5KUB.COM

Even if you miss making make contact with the upcoming K6H
Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio operation, you will be able
to watch it live on-line.  This, thanks to Tom Medlin, W5KUB
who will be streaming the event live on his W5KUB.com video
website.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has more:

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As previously announced here on Amateur Radio Newsline, the
Southern California based Papa Repeater System in
association with Broadcast Employees Amateur Radio Society
and the Disney Emergency Amateur Radio Service will be
hosting this second K6H Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio on
the air.  The event will again originate from legendary
Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center on Sunday, September 28th
from 7 AM to 3 PM Pacific time.  Stage 9, best known as the
Seinfeld Stage is currently the home of the hit ABC
Situation Comedy Last Man Standing in which amateur radio is
an ongoing part of the plotline.

Operations of K6H will be on 10, 20 and 40 meters along with
D-STAR on reflector 12A.  The event will also use the
facilities of Disney Amateur Radio Interconnect to link the
WB6AJE repeater in Los Angeles to Disney/ABC employee
sponsored repeaters in Manhattan New York, Bristol
Connecticut, Washington DC and Orlando Florida.  Various
IRLP and Echolink nodes will also be on-line.  Those who
make contact with K6H will receive a special limited edition
QSL card.

And as the day moves along, Tom Medlin, W5KUB , will be live
from the event and will be streaming the highlights along
with interviews of those who happen to drop by to operate
K6H.  And as if this was not enough, the Papa website at
papasys.org will also stream video directly from each of the
operating stations, so that you may just be able to  see
yourself actually making contact with K6H.

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

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The first K6H operation took place on October 28th of 2012
and was a rousing success.  Looking at what has been added
this time around will likely result in even more fun as
Hollywood once again celebrates Ham Radio, this year on
Sunday, September 28th.   (PAPA, AA6RA, W5KUB)

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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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RADIOSPORTS:  RESULTS OF THE 2014 WORLD ARDF CHAMPIONSHIPS

The Seventeenth World Championships of Amateur Radio
Direction Finding have just concluded and Team USA has
medaled again.  Newsline's Joe Moell, K0OV has the story.

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The Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosports and Radioamateur
was host for this year's ARDF World Championships.  Over 270
on-foot transmitter hunting experts from 25 nations
converged on National Park Burabay on September 6 for six
days of competitions and cultural events.

World Championships take place every even-numbered year and
USA began sending a team in 1998.  Our team medaled for the
first time in 2006 and has done so every time since.  2014
was no exception, as Vadim Afonkin KB1RLI of Boston won
silver in the two meter competition's category for men ages
40 through 49.  Vadim also finished in the top seven in the
sprint and foxoring competitions.

USA's team consisted of four men and three women, ages 29
through 72.  This was about half the size of the team that
went to the World Championships in Serbia two years ago.
Medical, financial and political considerations all played a
hand in reducing the size of this year's team.  For
instance, a foot injury sidelined Bob Cooley KF6VSE of
Pleasanton, California.  He won four medals two years ago,
including three golds, but was unable to travel this year.

This year's Team USA members were selected from the best
performers in the 2014 USA Championships in Massachusetts
and the 2013 USA Championships in North Carolina.  Plans are
now under way for our 2015 national championships in
Colorado during the last weekend of August.  Winners there
may earn places on Team USA 2016 for the World Championships
in Bulgaria.

For more information on the championships and the sport of
ARDF, plus links to complete results, point your Web browser
to www.homingin.com.  That's homingin as one word.

From southern California this is Joe Moell, K0OV for Amateur
Radio Newsline.

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This is the first time that Kazakhstan has hosted the ARDF
World Championships. In addition to the competitors another
one hundred and fifty visitors were on hand as a part of
this major radiosporting event.   (K0OV)

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WORLDBEAT:  UK TO CONDUCT LTE TEST TRANSMISSIONS IN 2.3 GHZ
HAM RADIO BAND

The Radio Society of Great Britain has been advised by
telecommunications regulator Ofcom to expect Long Term
Evolution or LTE test transmissions over the next few months
in the 2.3 GHz band.  The tests will be conducted in and
around the central London area at up to 38 decibels per watt
effective radiated power.

Ofcom notes that there is a chance that amateur radio
operations could be affected by these tests.  For those not
aware, Long-Term Evolution is a worldwide standard
for wireless communication of high-speed data for mobile
phones and data terminals.  (RSGB)

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ON THE AIR:  CELEBRATING THE 89TH ANNIVERSAY OF THE IARU

Closer at hand, special event station TM89IARU to active on
specific dates through September 29th to celebrate the 89th
anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur
Radio Union.  Operations are on most High Frequency bands
using various modes. More information in the French language
can be found at tinyurl.com/iaru-at-89  (OPDX)

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ON THE AIR:  TC3AFT CELEBRATES FRANCE AND TURKEY FRIENDSHIP

Another special event station to keep an ear open for is
TC3AFT to be activated from the Turkey's Izmir area in late
September.  The callsign suffix represents the words France
and Turkey friendship.  Operators of the station will be
F1RAF and TA3GO with activity on 80 through 10 meters using
only SSB.  If you make contact, QSL via TA3GO.   (OPDX)

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DX

In DX, word that DF1YP is on the air stroke F-Oh from Moorea
Island in French Polynesia and should be active until
October 8th.  Activity will be holiday style mainly on 20
meters on SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the
bureau.

Members of the Italian DXpedition Team should be on the air
from Benin by the time you hear this newscast.  According to
the groups announcement the operation that was originally
scheduled to take place later on this year had to be moved
up due to business commitments on the part of some of the
operators.  They are currently on the air operating as TY1AA
through September 26th.  If you make contact QSL to I2YSB,
either direct or via the bureau.

FK8IK has announced that his trip to the Chesterfield
Islands and other Islands on the Air locations that were
scheduled for November will not be taking place as planned.
This is because the sailboat he was planning to use for
transportation is no longer available on these dates.  No
new schedule has been announced.

Lastly, AA9A, will be operational as PJ7AA from Sint Maarten
between February 18th and March 16th of 2015.   Activity
will be on 40 through 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via
AA9A or electronically using Logbook of the World.

(This weeks DX courtesy of the Ohio-Penn DX Newsletter)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  SONGSTRESS SARAH BRIGHTMAN TO BEGIN
TRAINING AS SPACE TOURIST IN EARLY 2015

And finally this week, international singing sensation Sarah
Brightman will soon begin training for her planned trip to
the International Space Station but any ham radio operation
by her is still in doubt.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Gary
Bernstein, N9VU, has the details:

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According to Russia's ITAR-TAAS News Agency, Sarah Brightman
plans to begin pre-flight training for her journey to the
International Space Station early next year.

Yuri Lonchakov is the head of the Russia's Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Centre.  He says that Brightman's training will
actually begin next January at the Star City facility not
far from Moscow.   Less than three months ago Lonchakov said
that the famous singer had already passed a number of
required tests and was ready to begin preparations for the
trip.

In conjunction with her role as a UNESCO Artist for Peace
ambassador, Brightman says that she will present life on
board the space station which requires the mindful, shared
consumption of resources and an unwavering focus on
sustainability.  This as a model for how we might better
inhabit our planet.

Brightman is also considered as an ardent supporter of
women's education in science.  In 2012 in conjunction with
Virgin Galactic, the Brightman STEM Scholarship program was
created to help young women in the United States pursue this
type of education across their four-year college careers.
Stem is an acronym that covers the subjects of science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Once her training is completed Brightman is tentatively
scheduled to be part of a three-person crew travelling to
the ISS on board the Soyuz TMA-18M spacecraft later in 2015
At airtime it is not known whethershe will be trained in the
use of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
gear or if she will get an amateur license from the United
Kingdom regulator Ofcom so that she can make use of it.

In 1991 the first UK astronaut Helen Sharman was issued with
a special callsign GB1MIR by Ofcom's predecessor the
Radiocommunications Division of the Department of Trade and
Industry. She was then able to contact radio amateurs on
Earth during her stay on the now de-orbited Mir space
station.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Gary Bernstein, N9VU,
reporting.

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The first space tourist was U-S entrepreneur Dennis Tito,
KG6FZX who made the flight to the ISS in 2001 and spent
eight days at the station.  The most recent visitor was
Cirque du Soleil co-founder Guy Laliberte, who spent 11 days
at the ISS in 2009.  If the Sarah Brightman reaches the ISS
next year, she will become the eighth visitor to the
orbiting outpost. More about her plans for her space
adventure are on her website at www.sarahbrightman.com.
(ITAR-TAAS, AMSAT-UK)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

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I'm Hal Rogers, K8CMD, saying 73 and we thank you for
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