Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1946 - November 28 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1946 with a release
date of November 29th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  The Department of Homeland
Security says that ham radio is an important part of its new
Emergency Communications Plan; NASA to sponsor $5 million
Cube Quest Challenge; the Northern California DX Foundation
announces a major contribution to the January 2015 Navassa
Island DXpedition; estate of former ham makes $1.4 million
bequest to journalism school; Fun Sat One celebrates its
first year in space and where are all the pay phones going
in the Big Apple.  Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1946 coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO: HOMELAND SECURITY PLAN INCLUDES AMATEUR RADIO

Ham radio will be a part of the Department of Homeland
Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan as we
hear from Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF:

--

The ARRL reports that the latest United States Department of
Homeland Security's 2014 National Emergency Communications
Plan. or NECP,  formally incorporates Amateur Radio.  This,
in its blend of media outlets that could support and sustain
communications in a disaster or emergency situation.

According to the new plan, amateur radio operators can be
important conduits for relaying information to response
agencies and personnel when other forms of communications
have failed or have been severely disrupted.

The document also describes changes that lie ahead for other
forms of emergency communication such as 9-1-1 systems.  It
notes that the Next Generation 9-1-1 will enhance the
capabilities of current networks by permitting the
transmission and reception of photos, videos, and text
messages.  This says the agency would provide additional
situational awareness to dispatchers and emergency
responders.

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

--

The ARRL says that the 2014 National Emergency
Communications Plan is the first update since the original
plan was released in 2008.  It was made public on November
12th with the complete text is on the web at
www.dhs.gov/necp  (DHS, ARRL, Southgate)

**

RADIO INCOMPATIBILITY:  VDSL VS. HAM RADIO - ROUND 1

A post on the RSGB EMC Committee forum acknowledges that the
group is carrying out an investigation of the significance
of interference to amateur radio from leakage from VDSL
systems.  VDSL is an acronym for Very High Speed Digital
Subscriber Lines which transmit data in the 13 to 55
Megabytes Per Second range over short distances between 1000
and 4500 feet of twisted pair copper wire.

As the final length of cable into the home or office, VDSL
connects to neighborhood Optical Network Units which in turn
connect to the central office's main fiber network backbone.
This architecture allows VDSL users to access the maximum
bandwidth available over normal phone lines.

According to committee member Robin Page-Jones, G3JWE, the
emissions from VDSL are continuous and can be
indistinguishable from white noise.  As such they may go
unnoticed for some time.  Most problems are seen when the
connection to houses in the area is by overhead cables.  The
band that is affected the most depends on distance of the
house or business from the street VDSL cabinet.  (Southgate)

**

RADIO INTO SPACE:  NASA ANNOUNCES $5 MILLION CUBESAT QUEST
CHALLENGE

NASA has announced a mini-satellite or Cube Sat design
contest that will see participants competing for $5 million
in prize money and a chance to have their winning satellite
flown to the moon by the space agency.

Called the Cube Quest Challenge, the objective of the
competition is to design, build and deliver to NASA a flight-
qualified small satellite, or CubeSat capable of advanced
research in the vicinity of our moon and beyond.

The competition consists of three separate challenges, with
the prize monies divided between them as outlined by NASA.
The first of these will be comprised of four ground
tournaments to determine which entries are capable of being
carried to space.  This will have a prize of $500,000.

A Lunar Derby will be a $3 million competition for
establishing the capability to put a CubeSat into a stable
orbit around the moon and demonstrating both its durability
and communication capabilities while there.

There will also be a Deep Space Derby for demonstrating a
CubeSat's durability and communication at distances up to 10
times the distance beyond that of the moon.  It will bring
with it a prize of $1.5 million.

A NASA release says that the prize purse in the Cube Quest
Challenge is the largest cash prize the agency has ever
offered.  The winning Cube Sat will be launched as a
secondary payload on the first integrated flight of NASA's
Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket.

Full information about the completion including entry
requirements are at tinyurl.com/nasa-cubesat-challenge
(NASA, TechTimes, Phys.org, others)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  NEW HAM OPERTOR ARRIVES AT THE ISS

Ham radio has returned at the International Space Station.
This with the arrival of European Space Agency
Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, eye-zed-one-U-D-F, after a
5 hour and 45 minute trip that began at the Bikenour
Cosmodrone in Kazakhstan.

Cristoforetti made the trip along with United States
Astronaut Terry Virts and Russian Cosmonaut Anton
Shkaplerov.  The three new arrivals were welcomed to the
orbiting outpost by Commander Barry Wilmore along with
Cosmonauts Yelena Serova and Alexander Samokutyaev. Virts,
Shkaplerov, and Cristoforetti will remain aboard the station
until mid-May.  The current crew I slated to return to Earth
in early March.  (ESA)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  UPDATE - NO MODE J TRANSPONDER ON TWIN
JAPANESE HAMSATS

Two Japanese amateur radio satellites, will be headed into
space, but there wont be a Mode J  SSB and Morse transponder
on board either of them after all.

As reported last week, Japan's Shin'en 2 was slated to carry
a ham radio transponder with a Lower Sideband uplink between
145.940 to 145.960 MHz and a UHF downlink from 435.280 to
435.260 MHz on Upper Sideband.  Shortly after we went to air
word arrived that the transponder had been scrapped.  No
reason for the decision to not carry the transponder was
given but speculation was that it had to do with the amount
of power that it would require to operate.

While the satellites will still ride into space with the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Asteroid Mission, one
will carry a CW beacon on 437.505MHz and WSJT telemetry on
437.385MHz.  The second satellite will have a CW beacon at
437.325MHz.

With a November 29th scheduled launch date, the two birds
could be on-orbit by the time you hear this newscast.
(various)

**

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: FUNCUBE 1 CELEBRATES FIRST YEAR ON ORBIT

The United Kingdom's Fun Cube One ham radio satellite is
celebrating its first birthday in space as we hear from
Jeremy Boot, G4NJH:

--

FUNcube-1, otherwise known as AO73, has celebrated its first
birthday, having been launched at 07.10 GMT on 21st Nov
2013.

The satellite has been performing very satisfactorily with
the battery voltage keeping above 8 volts and is fully
charged within about 7 to 10 minutes after re-entering
sunlight from eclipse.

AMSAT-UK would like to thank all those who download
telemetry and forwarding it to the warehouse and who use the
transponder.  This telemetry data is invaluable, both as an
educational resource and to see how the spacecraft systems
are performing and surviving. So far almost 400MB of unique
data via stations from all around the world has been
collected.

I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham in the UK.
--

Fun Cube One is expected to remain on-orbit for years to
come.  (GB2RS)

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DX UP FRONT: NCDXF GRANTS K1N NEVASSA ISLAND $35000
ASSISTANCE

In DX up front, the Northern California DX Foundation has
announced a major contribution of $35,000 to the K1N Navassa
Island DXpedition planned for January of 2015.

Navassa is an environmentally fragile area which since 1996
has had access strictly controlled by the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service.  As such no DXpedition has been approved
since that time.  This in turn has made it the number one
most sought after entity on Club Logs 2014 most wanted list.

The KP1-5 Project has been working for over 12 years to
obtain permission to operate from Nevassa.  There are strict
limitations to the number of visitors and the time allowable
on the island.

Planners say that access has been granted for two weeks in
January, as that month has the least bird nesting.  However,
January weather makes access by sea all but impossible.

For safety, the Fish and Wildlife Service  requires a
helicopter landing for all personnel and equipment raising
the cost of the operation considerably.  Details of the
DXpedition are at www.navassadx.com  (NCDXF)

**

BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the WA6YNT repeater serving Anaheim California.

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RESCUE RADIO:  UTAH RADIO CLUB MEMBERS IN SIMULATED RESCUE
EVENT

Members of Utah's Sinbad Desert Amateur Radio Club
participated in a wilderness based rescue training exercise
on November 3rd through the 6th,.  This, in conjunction with
National Guard Civil Support Teams from New Mexico,
Colorado, Idaho and Oklahoma.

The Training took place among the high rocks and deep
canyons of Utah's San Rafael desert in eastern Utah.  The
exercise consisted of multiple medical rescues, from one of
the many canyons that are favored by climbers and hikers.

Emery County Sheriff's Office brought their emergency
response vehicles to the desert deep canyon site.  This
included the recent addition of their Amateur Radio Public
Safety Communications trailer.

Amateur contacts were handled on 40 meter SSB and 2 meter
FM, the latter utilizing the clubs two meter repeater
system.  Exercise organizers and evaluators stated that
communications during this exercise were the best they have
ever been in this remote location and called the Sinbad
Desert Amateur Radio Club a valuable asset to Emery County
and the State of Utah.

You can read the entire story at tinyurl.com/Utah-Emcomm-
Exercise.  More about the Sinbad Amateur Radio Club is at
sdarc.us.  (Emery County Progress)

**

RADIO READING:  AUTUMN 5 MHZ NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE

The latest edition of The 5 MHz Newsletter is now available
for free download.  The autumn 2014 edition features a
number of stories, including 60 meter spectrum changes in
Dominica, several items on W-R-C 2015, South African beacon
changes and NVIS observations, and much more.  Your free
copy is on the web at from tinyurl.com/jvjrtn6  (G4MWO)

**

WORLDBEAT:  CHELMSFORD CALLING ADD FINLAND SW RELAY

The recently announced Chelmsford Calling World Service
produced by Jim Salmon 2E0RMI has added a shortwave relay
from Finland.

Chelmsford Calling is currently relayed on shortwave on
9.955 MHz by Radio Miami International on the 2nd Friday of
each month at 2300 UTC.  The additional relay will be by
Scandinavian Weekend Radio which is located in Virrat City,
Finland.

The show European shortwave broadcast will take place the
first Saturday of the month starting on December 6th.
Frequencies announced are 1.602, 5.980, 6.170, 11.690,
11.720 and 94.90 MHz.  The later 94.90 MHz transmission
likely being local FM for the immediate area while all the
others being AM for worldwide transmission.

The Chelmsford Calling Network calls itself a station
promoting radio technology and celebrating our wireless
heritage.  More is on the web at chelmsfordcalling.com
(Southgate)

**

WORLDBEAT:  MUNICH OLYMPICS SHORTWAVE STATION DEMOLISHED

Germany's national ham radio society, the Deutscher Amateur
Radio Club says that a bit of communications history came to
an end on November 4 with the demolition of the Wertachtal
shortwave transmitter towers.  The shortwave station using
these towers came into operation for the Munich Olympics in
1972.  At the time it was the largest shortwave transmitter
in Europe with 29 masts up to 125 meters in height high. The
first test transmissions began on April 10, 1972, using
several 500 kilowatt transmitters.  The demolition of the
facilities started in May and the plant will be completely
gone by the end of the year.  (WIA News)

**

WORLDBEAT:  RUSSIAN FEDERATION LAUNCHES RADIO SPUTNIK
BROADCAST SERVICE

Russia has gotten into the terrestrial broadband news and
information game.  This with word that it has launched a
media brand called Sputniknews dot com with modern
multimedia centers in dozens of countries

It appears the streaming station, website and mobile phone
apps purpose is to counter the news outlets of English
speaking nations such as Voice of America and the BBC.
Sputnik hopes to broadcast in 30 languages, with over 800
hours of programming covering over 130 cities and 34
countries by the end of next year.

Sputnik's actual broadcasting will use modern formats, such
as digital DAB, DAB+, HD-Radio, FM radio as well as mobile
phones aps along with Internet broadcasting around the
clock.  In a 2013 interview with R-T News, Russian President
Vladimir Putin expressed his wish to break the Anglo-Saxon
monopoly on the global information streams.

Radio Sputnik went live on November 10th.  More about the
new multi-platform service is on the web at
tinyurl.com/russia-radio-sputnik   (RT News, Southgate,
SPUTNIKNEWS.COM)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS:  M0PHI NEW CHAIR OF RSGB TRAINING AND
EDUCATION COMMITTEE

Some names in the news.  The Radio Society of Great Britain
has announced the appointment of Philip Willis, M0PHI as the
new Chairman of its Training and Education Committee  Willis
succeeds Steve Hartley, G0FUW.   (GB2RS)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  TWO SILENT KEY HAMS INDUCTED TO CANADIAN
AATEUR RADIO CANADIAN HALL OF FAME

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of
Fame has announced the induction of the late Don Dashney,
VE3RM, and George Spencer, VE3AGS, to the Hall of Fame for
2014.  The families of the two appointees will receive this
posthumous award in early 2015.  A summary of their
contributions to amateur radio will be published in The
Canadian Amateur magazine.  (RAC, VE7EF)

**

NAMES IN THE NEWS: UALR JOURNALISM SCHOLOL RECEIVES $1.4
GRANT FROM FORMER HAM

Back here in the USA, the names of two Arkansas radio
pioneers will be on a new scholarship set up at the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock's School of Mass
Communication.  This as the school announces that it has
received a $1.4 million bequest from the Johnnie A. Winn
Revocable Trust.

Johnnie Winn died last year at age 100.  In making the
announcement the school said she was the first licensed
amateur radio operator in the state of Arkansas but a search
of records available on the Internet has not revealed her
call sign.

Her husband Dan who died in 1998 at age 86 helped put 30
radio stations on the air.  He was also a past chairman of
the Arkansas Emergency Broadcast System.

The gift sets up the Dan and Johnnie Winn Memorial
Scholarship with preference given to students in journalism
or radio.  The announcement of the grant and scholarship was
made on Tuesday, November 25th.  (ULAR, published news
reports)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  FOUR NEW SECTION MANAGERS ELECTED

ARRL members in the Western Pennsylvania Section have
elected contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, as their new Section
Manager.  Duffy, who lives in West Middlesex has been a
radio amateur and an ARRL member for 42 years and has served
for 4 years as the Atlantic Division representative to the
ARRL Contest Advisory Committee.  K3LR also has been an
active member of ARES and RACES and has extensive net and
traffic-handling experience.

In Eastern Massachusetts, Tom Walsh, K1TW, of Bedford, will
take the helm of that ARRL Section.  Walsh has been an
Assistant Section Manager and was the only candidate for the
Section Manager's job.  Current Section Manager Phil
Temples, K9HI, who has served as Eastern Massachusetts SM
since 2011, decided not to run for a new term of office.

Taking over the top leadership role in the Southern New
Jersey Section will be Thomas Arey, N2EI, of Beverly.  Arey
has been the Affiliated Club Coordinator in Southern New
Jersey.  Incumbent SM George Strayline, W2GSS, opted not to
run for another term after serving since 2009.

In the West Central Florida Section, Darrell Davis, KT4WX,
of Fort Meade, will be the new SM starting in the New Year.
He was the only candidate for the position.  Davis brings to
the office his experience as an Assistant Section Manager,
ARES Emergency Coordinator, and Technical Specialist.

Several incumbent Section Managers faced no opposition and
they will continue with new terms of office starting January
1, 2015.  They are Missouri's Dale Bagley, K0KY; Matt
Anderson, KA0BOJ of Nebraska; Jim Mezey, W2KFV who serves
the New York City-Long Island area; Tom Dick, KF2GC for
Northern New York and Marc Tarplee, N4UFP of South Carolina.
Two-year terms for all successful candidates will begin on
January 1, 2015.  (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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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: DUTCH FIRM RELEASES EUROPEAN POLICE
RADIO DETECTOR

A Dutch company has introduced a radio-based detection
system that can alert drivers if a police officer or other
emergency services official is using a two-way radio nearby
At least it can in Europe.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Hal
Rogers, K8CMD, reports:

--

According to a United Kingdom's Sunday Times article the
unit called Blu Eye monitors frequencies used by Europe's
TETRA encrypted communications networks used by most
government agencies.  It doesn't allow the user to listen in
to the actual transmissions, which is illegal and would
require advanced decryption capabilities, but can detect a
radio in operation up to one kilometer away.

Even if a message isn't being sent, TETRA radios transmit
pulses out to the network every four seconds that the Blu
Eye unit can also receive.  A dashboard-mounted monitor uses
lights and sounds to alert the driver to the proximity of
the source, similar to a radar detector.

Im Hal Rogers, K8CMD.

--

Needless to say the device is causing quite a stir on the
other side of the Atlantic.  More about it is on the web at
tinyurl.com/europe-blu-eye  and blu is spelled BLU.   (UK
Sunday Times Driving)

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EMERGING THECHOLOGY:  BROADBAND HAMNET RELEAES NEW SOFTWARE

Broadband-Hamnet has announced a new firmware release titled
3 dot zero dot zero.  This latest version includes the
Ubiquiti M9-series airMAX devices, giving Hams use of the
900 MHz band for mesh networking.  This latest release
builds on a series of advancements that build on the
Ubiquiti firmware released for the 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz Ham
bands earlier this year.  More is on the web at broadband-
hamnet.org.  (Broadband Hamnet)

**

EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  NEW RASPBERRY PI PICO COMPUTER

A new and inexpensive Raspberry Pi pico-computer christened
the model A+ has been released.

Selling at only about $20 US depending on where you buy it,
this is a truly updated version that features among other
things a 700 MHz Broadcom CPU with 256MB RAM; a 4 pole
Stereo audio output, a composite video port and a full size
HDMI connector.  Also included are ports for connecting a
CSI camera and Raspberry Pi screen display that are sold
separately.

The Raspberry Pi A+ measures only 56 by 65mm with standard
mounting holes already drilled into the PC board.  A full
article on this latest single board tiny computer at
tinyurl.com/raspberry-pi-model-a  (G7VFY)

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WORLDBEAT:  UK NOV FOR 2300 MHZ NOW AVAILABLE

Word that holders of the United Kingdom's Full class license
can now apply for a Notice of Variation.  This, to permit
them to operate a fixed station in 2300 to 2302 MHz band.
This particular Notice of Variation is applicable to U-K
hams residing in the United Kingdom only.  It does not cover
to British radio amateurs holding United Kingdom licenses
but who reside in Crown Dependencies such as the Isle of
Man, Guernsey and Jersey to name only a few.  A Notice of
Variation in the United Kingdom is similar to a Special
Temporary Authority granted here in the United States by our
FCC.  (RSGB)

**

HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  UAE'S FIRST CUBESAT NAYIF-1 ANNOUNCED

The Dubai based Emirates Institution for Advanced Science
and Technology in partnership with American University of
Sharjah are developing the nations first CubeSat named Nayif-
1.  A report in Satellite Pro magazine says students will
take part in the program as their Senior Engineering Design
project.  They will be responsible for the design, assembly,
integration and testing of the completed CubeSat.  The
planners hope to launch the completed cubesat on a Space X
Falcon 9 lift vehicle by the end of 2015.  No word on the
type of transponder, beacons, modes of operation or
operating frequencies are known at this time.  (Press
release)

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AN THE AIR: EXPLORE 30 METER DIGITAL PARTY DECEMBER 20 TO 21

On the air, the European Radio Amateurs' Organization,
together with the 30 Meter Digital Group, have announce a
new QSO party with the motto: 'Be digital, explore 30
meters."  The party will be held the weekend December 20th
and 21st from 00:00 to 24:00 UTC.  This is not a contest but
rather a radio meeting with a few simple recommendations to
follow.  You can find them at tinyurl.com/explore-30-meters.
(ERAO)

**

DX

In DX, F6BLP will be active as 6W7SK from Senegal between
January 10th and February 15th of 2015.  This will be a
holiday style operation mainly using C-W on 80 through 10
meters with the possibility of 160 if things work out.  QSL
to F6BLP, either direct or via the bureau.

W8GEX and W8CAA will be active as C6ADX and C6AYL
respectively, from the Island of Exuma through December 3rd.
Listen out for them on 60 through 10 meters using SSB and
RTTY.  QSL to their home callsigns.

KL7SB will be operational as E51RAT from Rarotonga through
December 6th. Activity will be limited as time permits, but
look for him on 80 through 10 meters, primarily on CW with
some SSB, RTTY and some digital modes. QSL via NI5DX.

OE4AAC will be operational as S79AC from Mahe and Praslin
Islands in the Seychelles Island group between January 17th
and February 10th of 2015.  Activity will be holiday style
on 40 through 10 meters on CW only. QSL OE4AAC, direct, by
the bureau or ClubLog's Oh QRS.

Lastly, K6REF is currently active stroke KC4 from the United
States Camp at Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.  The team is
there for both survival training and seismometer
installation.  Late word is that they should be there for
another week or more.  Ham radio operation has been on 20
meter SSB around 14 dot 243 MHz around 1900 UTC.  More is on
the web at waponline.it

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

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  PAY PHONES MAY DISAPPEAR IN DA BIG APPLE

And finally this week, a legendary device that pre-dated the
cellphone and the smart phone appears to be on its way to
oblivion in one of the world's largest cities as we hear
from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW:

--

Pay phones on New York City streets would become a remnant
of the past under a plan that would replace them with stand-
alone devices offering free Wi-Fi and nationwide phone calls
as well as mobile phone charging capability.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio calls the project
LinkNYC.  He describes it as a plan proposed by a group of
companies working together under the name CityBridge that
have been selected to replace the old pay phone system.

Up to 10,000 column-like devices would be placed in all five
boroughs starting next year if the plan is approved by the
city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee.  The
devices, along with Wi-Fi, would also have touch screens for
users to access city agencies and digital displays for
advertising and announcements.  These devices would replace
8,400 pay phones around the city. The only phones left would
be three booth-style pay phones on New York's Upper West
Side that would be preserved as pieces of New York City
history.

Mayor De Blasio noted that the plan would not cost city
taxpayers anything.  He said the money to cover the cost
would come through revenues from the advertising.  New York
City leaders claim that advertising revenue from these new
devices would bring in $500 million over the next 12 years.

Im Jim Damron, N8TMW, reporting.

--

Likely the thing most New Yorkers will miss is the ringing
bells each time a oin is inserted into a pay phone.  What
they won't miss is searching through their pockets in the
cold of winter looking for those coins.  (Future Technology)

**


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