Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1947 - December 5 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1947 with a release
date of December 5th 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  CEPT recommends new testing
procedures for people with disabilities; the mysteries of
NVIS propagation being studied down-under; the Japan
asteroid recovery mission carrying two ham radio satellites
is launched and graphene is in our future.  Find out the
details are on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1947
coming your way right now.


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RESTRUCTURING:  NEW CEPT EXAM RECOMMENDATION FOR PERSONS
WITH DISABILITIES

A new recommendation adopted by the Electronic
Communications Committee of the European Conference of
Postal and Telecommuncations Administrations or CEPT seeks
to ease the access of persons with disabilities to license
examinations for the Amateur Radio Service.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD has the details:

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Electronic Communications Committee Recommendation 1405 was
drafted by the IARU Region 1 Regulatory Affairs Coordinator
and was adopted by the committee back on October 10th.  This
was followed a consultation process with several
administrations providing comments.

The recommendation notes that for persons with disabilities,
participating in the amateur service it is not only an
important means of technical self-qualification by setting
and achieving goals, but is also a way of integration into
society by communicating with other persons of like
interests. However, license examinations designed for non-
disabled candidates can prove to be a significant impediment
in obtaining the necessary qualifications to operate a
station.

Several administrations of CEPT member countries have
already adopted practices to adapt amateur radio license
examinations to the specific needs of candidates with
disabilities.  For other administrations E-C-C
Recommendation 1405 provides a framework for action.

The document states that the examination syllabus should be
identical for all candidates but that testing procedures
take into account the individual disability of candidates as
confirmed by an official document. Such procedures can
include individual testing where appropriate and/or
providing reasonable additional examination time.  Tests
with diagram-free questions for the visually impaired could
be replaced questions provided in Braille.  Lastly,
Examinations conducted in the home of candidates with
severely limited mobility would be instituted.

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

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How this procedure might be phased in not explained in the
press announcement.  A link to this new recommendation in
the CEPT database in PDF format is at tinyurl.com/new-cept-
testing-proposal.   (IARU Region 1)

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RADIO RESEARCH:  RESEARCHING THE MYSTERIES OF NVIS

Near Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation, better known as
NVIS, is turning in some rather interesting mysteries as
well as solving others as we hear in this special report
from VK2LAW of the Wireless Institute of Australia:

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One of the most interesting findings in the results of Near
Vertical Incidence Skywave propagation, comparing a
communications path between two amateur stations ZS6KN and
ZS6KTS over a distance of 51 kilometers it is interesting to
note that on June 20 2014 there was a good communications
path from approximately 05:00 to 16:30 after which the
signals disappeared.  The pattern was the same for July but
the signals were considerably stronger than August or
September.  Suring September a strong dip in signal strength
can be seen.

The other interesting observation from the graph is that
propagation opens earlier and closes later as we go into
summer which indicates variations in the D layer of the
Ionosphere as the Sun rises earlier and sets later.

Not enough data has been collected to make any meaningful
conclusions.  If the path was pure groundwave the signals
would have been more or less constant throughout the day or
night.

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Obviously its going to take a few more seasons of research
to truly find the limitations of NVIS propagation as well as
to fully understand its characteristics.  (WIA News)

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HRIS:  SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF ASTEROID RETURN MISSION

Japan has successfully launched its round trip Hayabusa
2 asteroid sample-return mission with a pair of amateur
radio payloads along for part of the ride as we hear from
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF:

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The mission was carried into space on board a Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency launch vehicle on December 3rd.
The primary payload is the Hayabusa 2 spacecraft on the
first leg of its exploration and recovery journey to
Asteroid 1999 JU3.

Along for the ride into the final frontier are two amateur
radio satellites named Shin'en 2 and ARTSAT 2 Despatch.

The Shin'en 2 carries a one tenth of a watt CW beacon
downlinking on 437.505 MHz and a telemetry downlink on
437.385 MHz.  Also on board is a digital store-and-forward
transponder with an uplink of 145.942 MHz and a micro power
downlink at 435.270 MHz.

ARTSAT2:DESPATCH carries a 7 watt Morse transmitter on
437.325 MHz.  Its controllers say that they are seeking the
assistance from hams here on Earth as part of a global
monitoring system that it calls a cooperative diversity
communication experiment. This effort will attempt to
intercept signals from the spacecraft by properly equipped
radio amateurs around the world in addition to those heard
and recorded at the mission control center in Tokyo.  This
in the hope of reconstructing the original data transmitted
from the spacecraft.

Each payload has its own website with tracking and other
technical details.  Shin'en 2 is at tinyurl.com/sinen-2-
online.  ARTSAT2:DESPATCH can be found at inyurl.com/artsat-
2-in-space.

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

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We will have more ham radio space related news later on in
this weeks report.  (AMSAT-UK, others)

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DX UP FRONT:  COCOS ISLAND IN FEBRUARY 2015

In DX up front,  3Z9DX, K7CO and TI2HMJ will be active as
TI9A from Cocos Island between February 16th and the 23rd of
2015.  It has been 6 years since the last TI9 operation, and
because of this Cocos is ranked 26th on the most wanted
list.

The boat trip to the island will begin on February 14th
2015, and it takes 30 hours from Costa Rica.  Their Radio
Permit is issued for 7 days only.  That means they can
operate for only about 6 days but are also in possession of
the second permit, which allows them to stay on the island
overnight and there-by 24 hour a day operation.  They will
be using two radios on 80 through 10 meter CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via 3Z9DX as directed at www.nielsen.net/ti9a  (OPDX)

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DX UP FRONT:  BEAR ISLAND THROUGH MAY 2015

Also, LA9JKA will be on Bear Island for a work assignment
until May 2015.  In his free time he plans to operate on all
HF bands and 6 meters.  QSL via LA9JKA direct only.
(Facebook DX)

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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 Radio Society of Okinawa Emergency Services
Net.

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ENFORCEMENT:  RADIO STATION EMPLOYEE CHARGED WITH ALLEGED
ARSON OF STATION

A Stafford, Arizona radio station is back on the air after
an employee of KJIK-FM allegedly set the station in early
November and then stuck around to watch it burn.  Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW, has more:

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Shortly after 1 a.m. local time, Graham County Dispatch
received an anonymous call about a structure fire at the
radio station.   When officers arrived, they noticed smoke
pouring out of the building and a man, later identified as
Scott Louis Welbaum, standing in the parking lot watching.

Welbaum was told to leave the area but informed officers he
was an employee of the station and there was a significant
amount of expensive equipment inside. The Safford Fire
Department then responded to the scene and extinguished the
fire.

According to reports, Safford Fire Chief Clark Bingham
advised the fire was possibly arson.  Officers then learned
the anonymous phone call had been placed at a pay phone at
Walmart across the highway.  A Thatcher officer responded to
review surveillance footage from the store and saw a man he
believed to be Welbaum approach and use a pay phone at the
time of the tip.  The subject was also wearing the same
clothes as Welbaum.

The suspect and two other employees who also have keys to
the building were then taken to the Safford Police
Department to be interviewed.  During his interview, Welbaum
allegedly became hostile toward the officers.  When
presented with a warrant to search his vehicle which was
also parked at the scene, police say that Welbaum acted as
though he was going to throw a computer and had to be talked
down by an officer pointing his TASER at him.  After a short
struggle,  Welbaum was handcuffed and transported to the
jail, where a search revealed he was in possession of five
green-tipped wood matches.  He was then booked on a charge
of alleged arson.  KJIK-FM was back on the air by noon the
same day.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW,
reporting.

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More is on the web at tinyurl.com/radio-station-arson-ch
(Eastern Arizona Courier, Inside Radio, other published
reports)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  EXPLORE 30 METER DIGITAL PARTY

The European Radio Amateurs' Organization, together with the
30 Meter Digital Group, 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)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  NEW FT4TA TROMELIN SLIDESHOW ON LINE

F5CWU reports that a slide show covering the 2014 Tromelin
Island FT4TA operation is now available for viewing on the
World Wide Web.  The show is made up from the selected
photos out of the thousands that were taken beginning with
the approach by air to the island.  You can see them with
either French or English captioning at tinyurl.com/tromelin-
2014-photos.  A video of the expedition is being edited and
will hopefully be available in early 2015.  (Press Release)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  DECEMBER IS YOTA MONTH

During the entire month of December, Youth on the Air or
YOTA is growing quickly with it being reported that every
week more youngsters are asking to participate.  YOTA
stations will be trying to make many contacts, so take this
opportunity to connect young amateurs in their teens and 20s
with their peers on the air.  To quote the Radio Society of
Great Britain, by making YOTA popular, we can all help to
get more youngsters active in amateur radio.   (GB2RS)

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

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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SWL CORNER:  GERMAN LONGWAVE TO CEASE BY YEARS END

The German national public broadcasters Deutschlandfunk and
Deutschlandradio Kultur will disappear from longwave at the
end of this year. According to Bulgarian DX Blog, the money
saved will be invested in digital terrestrial radio such as
DAB+.  At the end of 2015 the mediumwave transmitters of
Deutschlandfunk will also close.

Deutschlandfunk still broadcasts on longwave at 153 and 207
kHz.  It also maintains seven medium wave frequencies
including 1269 and 549 kHz.

Deutschlandradio Kultur broadcasts by means of the longwave
frequency 177 kHz.  Their  mediumwave frequency 990 kHz went
off last year.  (Bulgarian DX Blog)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  QRZ.COM INSTITUTES SUBSCRIBER REWARDS
PROGRAM

The QRZ.com callsign lookup and general ham radio discussion
website has announced its new Subscriber Rewards program.
According to the websites managers, Subscriber Rewards is
their way of saying thanks their subscribers upon whose
support they depend to keep the site running.

Every Wednesday QRZ will choose a subscriber to win a free
prize.  All current QRZ subscribers are eligible, regardless
of their subscription plan.  If your callsign page has a QRZ
Subscriber badge, then you're eligible to win.

QRZ.com will announce each week's new winner on its home
page, in the Ham Radio News forum.  They will also keep you
posted on Facebook and Twitter.  (QRZ)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  DECEMBER 31 CUTOFF DATE FOR ARRL
INTERNATIONAL AWARD

The ARRL says that the deadline to accept nominations for
its 2014 International Humanitarian Award is December 31.
This award is conferred on an amateur or amateurs who
demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace, and
international understanding through Amateur Radio.

Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's
qualifying actions and statements from at least two people
having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the
nomination.  These verifying statements may be from an
official of a group such as an emergency management agency
that benefited from the nominee's particular Amateur Radio
contribution.  Nominations should include the names and
addresses of all references.

All nominations and supporting materials must be submitted
in English to the ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225
Main St, Newington, Connecticut 06111.

The League says that it established this annual prize to
recognize individuals who have used Amateur Radio to provide
extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or
disaster.  (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:

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RADIO IN SPACE:  SPINSAT SUCCESSFULLY DEPLOYED FROM ISS

SpinSat was successfully deployed from the International
Space Station on the afternoon of Friday, November 28th.

Developed by the Naval Research Laboratory, SpinSat is a 56
cm sphere weighing 57 kg that has 12 Electronically-
controlled Solid Propellant thrusters spread in pairs
throughout the surface of the satellite.  They will be fired
in pairs to spin the spacecraft.

SpinSat's primary mission will be to calibrate the Space
Surveillance Network.  Lasers will be fired at SpinSat from
the ground.  The light reflected back will be measured to
determine where in time and space the satellite is passing
overhead. SpinSat will also model the density of the
atmosphere.

The IARU Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel report that
SpinSat carries a 2 watt RF output 9600 bit per second AX.25
packet radio store and forward system on 437.230 MHz. The
Cyclops deployment system was used to release the satellite
from the airlock of the Japanese Experiment Module.  With
just primary batteries for power and only 4.8 grams of fuel
the spin-up phase may last between three to six months.
(Published news reports)

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HRIS:  DHRUVA SPACE SIGNS DEAL WITH AMSAT INDIA TO DEVELOP
HAMSAT II

Dhruva Space, a two-year-old startup co-founded by
technologist Sanjay Nekkanti, VU3ISS, has sealed a deal with
AMSAT India to develop HAMSAT II.  This as a successor to
HAMSAT VO-52 which went silent on July 11th most likely due
to the failure of it's on-board lithium ion batteries.

Dhruva's satellites are expected to be launched on  Indian
Space Research Organisation Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.
Nekkanti said his team are working closely with the space
organization for design approvals and testing of the planned
new satellite.  (AMSAT India, Southgate)

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HRIS:  SURREY SPACE CENTRE TO DEVELOP SME-SAT

The United Kingdom's Surrey Space Centre is developing a 3
unit sized CubeSat called SME-SAT that it expected to launch
into a 550-620 km orbit in the not to distant future.  The
primary objective of this project is to involve small to
medium size enterprises from the terrestrial sector on a
space project and allow them to space qualify their
technology.

SME-SAT brings together one of the largest small to medium
based consortiums ever to develop advanced space
technologies based on terrestrial applications.  This will
enable them to fully space qualify their technologies within
3 years of the mission start date.

This project represents a unique, unprecedented space
mission, fostering a new alliance between smaller companies,
universities and a large scale space integrator in which
high risk technologies will be developed and fully tested in
space using cubesats.  The satellite will provide beacons
for amateur radio satellite users worldwide to be able to
receive.   More is on the web at tinyurl.com/sme-sat-uk
(SME-SAT - University of Surrey)

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RADIO FROM SPACE:  GALILEO SATELLITE RECOVERED AND
TRANSMITTING NAVIGATION SIGNALS

Europe's fifth Galileo satellite, one of two delivered into
a wrong orbit by a Soyuz-Fregat launcher last August, has
transmitted its first navigation signal in space on Saturday
29 November 2014.  It has reached its new target orbit and
its navigation payload has been successfully switched on.  A
detailed test operation is under way now the satellite has
reached a more suitable orbit for navigation purposes.
(Southgate)

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DX

In DX, YB4IR will be active stroke 8 from Bandaneira Island
between December 22nd and the 27th.  Operations will be on
80 through10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY.  QSL via his
home callsign direct or via the bureau.  For electronic QSL
use Logbook of the World or Clublogs Oh QRS.

DG1SGW will be active stroke PJ4 from Bonaire between March
1st to the 12th.  Activity will be holiday style on the 160
through 6 meters using SSB and the digital modes.  QSL via
his home callsign, direct, by the bureau or Logbook of the
World.

N7XR will be active as VQ9XR for his operations in 2014 and
2015.  These were to have started on or about December 3rd
for approximately 3 weeks on 160 through 10 meters with a
focus on CW, SSB and RTTY.  He may use the callsign V92XR
instead, which gives the prefix hunters a new one to go
after.  Either way, please QSL via his home callsign direct
only.

3W3B who lives in Da Nang has announced that he will be
active during the ARRL International
DX CW Contest February 21st and 22nd as a Single-Op/All-
band/High-Power entry.  QSL via E21EIC or Logbook of the
world.

Lastly, DL2GAN will be visiting Nepal for a short term
operation as 9N7CB from Kathmandu scheduled for end of
December.  His plan is to be operational on Christmas Eve
which would be 8 am to 12 noon UTC on December 24th.
Depending on propagation, bands of operation will be 14 and
/ or 21 MHz SSB or CW if propagation is poor.  QSL via his
home callsign, direct or via the bureau.

(This weeks DX report courtesy of OPDX)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  SIMPLY GRAPHENE

And finally this week, while only a few nanometers thick,
Graphine is being touted by some in the scientific world as
the new steel of the 21st century.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Stephen Kinford, N9WB, reports:

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Introduced to the world about a decade ago, graphene is a
multi-layered material that is somewhere between 10 and 100
nanometers thick.  This makes the material more like a very
thin sheet of carbon.  As a matter of fact, the material is
so thin that it appears to be more like a sheet of paper but
thinner.

But even at that extreme thinness, graphene can hold weights
that are 100 times heavier than steel.  And graphene is an
extremely good conductor of both heat and electricity.  But
the most important aspect found so far is that graphene can
dissipate huge amounts of  energy.

Jae-Hwang Lee, of the University of Massachusetts Department
of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering is a graphene
researcher.  He and his team say that the ability of
graphene to dissipate energy is due to a high degree of
stiffness combined with low density.  This means that energy
can move through it very quickly.

What might this mean to those involved in emergency response
work?  Many things including something as simple dropping a
hand held radio onto concrete and it not even being
scratched.  More important is that it continues to work as
if nothing at all had happened.

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

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More about this latest scientific advance is on the web at
wikipedia.org/wiki/Graphene

(University of Manchester; Electronics Weekly, New
Scientist, others)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, CQ Magazine, the
FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Rain, the RSGB, the South
African Radio League, the Southgate News, TwiT-TV,
Australia's WIA News and you our listeners, that's all from
the Amateur Radio NewslineT.  Our e-mail address is newsline
(at) arnewsline (dot) org. More information is available at
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at Amateur Radio Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita
California, 91350..

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Jim Davis, W2JKD, saying 73 and we thank you for
listening.

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