Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1948 - December 12 2014

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The following is a QST.  Amateur Radio Newsline report
number 1948 with a release date of December 12th 2014 to
follow in 5-4-3-2-1.   Hams in the Philippines respond to
yet another typhoon;  ham radio suggested as a way to inform
the West Bengal fishing fleet of imminent danger; U-K
telecommunications regulator Ofcom evaluating future of the
420 to 470 MHz band; Nevassa Island DXpedition makes ready
for departure before months and a 2 � minute video shows how
the International Space Station was put together in orbit.
Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline report
number 1948 coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO: PHILIPPINE HAMS FACE TYPHOON HAGUPIT

They are called HERO's in the Philippines and with good
reason.  They put their lives on the line almost every time
they activate and the past week dealing with Typhoon Hagupit
has been no exception.  Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, reports.

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It's very rare that ham radio operators will literally put
their lives on hold but in the Philippines it is the natural
thing to do when disaster appears imminent.  And that's
exactly what members of the Ham Radio Emergency Operation or
HERO network have done time and again.  And as Typhoon
Hagupit moved slowly across the Pacific Ocean toward their
nation, the Philippine Amateur Radio Association activated
these emergency communicator to once again be ready for
action.  WIA News anchor Graham Kemp. VK4BB, fills us in
from here:

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Yes the HERO network certainly has been active in latest
Philippines disaster.

 As Typhoon Hagupit moved slowly across the Pacific Ocean
the Philippines Amateur Radio Association activated its Ham
Radio Emergency Operation network.

 HERO reported that the typhoon made its first landfall at
the town of Dolores at Eastern Samar in the east of the
Philippines, bringing heavy rain, wind, and causing damage.

The storm, the worst of the year, flattened flimsy homes,
toppled trees, cutting power and communications. It moved
across the archipelago taking four days and claimed 30
lives.

Coastal and low lying areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan in
November 2013 did not take any chances this time with the
evacuation of up to one million people.

Sadly, this latest typhoon hit many of the areas yet to
recover from last year when 6,500 people were killed.

The National Telecommunications Commission requested ham
stations set up at the NTC headquarters in Metro Manila and
its regional offices.  Hams were also embedded in various
disaster and risk-minimization operations.

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Confidence that the HERO network is adequately handling all
emergency traffic was shown by some 150 stations checking
into the typhoon emergency communications net.  The HERO
network is still running basically from 7am and 7pm local
time and has a 2 pm roll call to know each station's
reception capabilities at differing levels of propagation.

With Graham Kemp, VK4BB, in Australia, I'm Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF, in the Newsroom in Los Angeles. Jim:

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The ham radio operators involved in this mission say that
they will be available as long as they are needed.  (PARA,
WIA News, VK3PC)

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RESCUE RADIO: SEVERE WEATER ALERTING TO WEST BENGAL  FISHING
FLEET VIA HAM RADIO BEING DISCUSSED

The benefits of amateur radio  will be showcased for India's
West Bengal's fishing community. This as one way to ensure
that severe weather warnings reach them when they are
stationed in deep seas.  This according to an official on
Monday, December 1st.

Experts at the regional meteorological department will
demonstrate ham radio  technology to the fishing community
at one-day meet in Digha, with the help of Bengal fisheries
department and West Bengal Amateur Radio Club.

Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, a licensed amateur radio
operator who is the custodian of the club.  He and two of
his colleagues were scheduled to explain the technicalities
of amateur radio and to apprise them of how high frequency
radio can be successfully used for direct, long-distance
communications during inclement weather.

Devendra Pradhan is a deputy director general at a regional
meteorological centre in  Kolkata.  He says that if the
state government decides to go ahead with the proposal, then
ham could be used to effectively transmit warnings to the
fishermen, sailing in the deep sea, about 200 km away from
shore and pending severe weather conditions.

There was no mention in the article concerning the licensing
of the fishing community to permit two way communications or
if this would be a one-way only broadcast set up on a fixed
frequency somewhere in the ham radio spectrum.  Most likely
on 75 or 40 meter SSB.

The complete story is at tinyurl.com/west-bengal-fishing-
radio  (IANS, newskarala.com)

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RESTRUCTURING:  UK REGULATOR OFCOM LOOKING AT 420 TO 470 MHZ
USE

United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom has
published a call for inputs as part of its strategic review
of the 420 to 470 MHz spectrum band.  This says Ofcom will
help it to understand whether its current approach to
managing the band is able to meet the needs of current and
future users.

Uses for the band are diverse and complex and its
configuration is not fully aligned with the European
spectrum configuration plan.  Users include business radio,
the emergency services and utilities, among others.  With
potential new users also wanting to make use of these
frequencies, demand is increasing.  Several Region One
terrestrial and space based amateur radio allocations fall
within this fifty megahertz spectral parcel.

This document invites comments from stakeholders findings as
well as other input which stakeholders consider relevant to
the Ofcom analysis of the 420 to 470 MHz band, including its
proposed work program for the next phase of its strategic
review.  This call for inputs on the consideration proposal
closes on February 19th 2015.  (Ofcom, Southgate)

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HRIS: RUSSIAN SSTV FROM THE ISS

Russian Slow Scan Television or SSTV transmissions are
planned from the International Space Station on December 18
and 20.  The transmit frequency will be 145.800 MHz with a 3
minute off time between transmissions.

The expected mode is PD180 producing a high quality image
with a frame scan of 187 seconds.  A total of 12 different
photos will be sent throughout an operation period.

Image transmissions for December 18th should begin around
14:20 UTC and on December. 20th look for signals to start
around 12:40 UTC.  For both days, operation is expected to
terminate around 21:30 UTC.

Please note that the SSTV operation times may change due to
any launch delays of the SpaceX CRS-5 scheduled for December
16th. Received images can be uploaded to the image gallery
found at tinyurl.com/december-2014-ariss-sstv  (ARISS,
AA4KN)

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DX UP FRONT:  K1N NAVASSA ISLAND DXPEDITION

In DX up front, preparations for the early 2015 Nevassa
Island operation are well underway.  This according to a
press release from planners Bob Allphin, K4UEE, Glenn
Johnson, W0GJ, and Mike Thomas, NA5U.  According to the
trio, all of their equipment is being assembled, tested and
packed. The container of equipment and supplies will depart
late in December enroute to the helicopter staging area.
The group says that it has contracted with the largest
helicopter operations group in the Caribbean to transfer
personnel and equipment to the island. Although the actual
dates may still vary, it now appears the group of fifteen
operators will begin transport to the Island during the last
week of January.  More information and regular updates are
on the web at www.navassadx.com for details.  (KP1-5
Project)

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DX UP FRONT:  COOK ISLANDS SPECIAL CALL PREFIX

E51AND has told the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter that Cook
Island's resident hams will be allowed a special 1 by1
callsign for use during the 50th anniversary of Self
Governance in 2015.    The special call is available for use
at the operator's discretion only during the period January
1st, 2015 to December 31st.  Visitors to the island will be
issued callsigns in accordance with current practice.
(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 W6VPZ repeater located atop Palos Verdes
California.


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ENFORCEMENT: COPPER THIEVES TAKE NORTH CAROLINA STATION OFF
THE AIR

A Morgantown North Carolina radio station was taken off the
air after thieves struck sometime on Thursday December 4th.
The owners of the station came to work to find thieves had
ripped the building apart and done thousands of dollars in
damage to the transmitter.  The damage was so bad, the
station can't even get on the air.

Owner John Whisnant said that he knew something was wrong
when he turned the dial to AM 760 and didn't hear a thing.
He said that the thieves got in by cutting their way through
a fence topped with barbed wire on the top.   Thy then
climbed through a window where they gutted the stations two
transmitters of its copper wiring.

The actual value of the copper wire taken is estimated at
only about $250 but the overall damage to the station will
be in the area of $50,000 to repair.  (Published news
reports)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA NATIONAL JOTA REPORT

The Boy Scouts of America have released their 2014
report for the Jamboree On The Air or JOTA held in October.
The report shows an across the board decline in
participation by Boy Scout Councils, individual Scouts, and
by amateur stations.

Attendance at JOTA took a big jump in 2012 with 18,566
Scouts and visitors.  Since then the number has fallen by
more than 5,000 to this year's total of 13,326.  Likewise
only 148 Boy Scout Councils were active this year.  That
number is down from 173 in 2013.

Jim Wilson K5ND is the National Jamboree On The Air
Coordinator.  He says that 354 stations had registered this
year, but only 205 submitted operating reports.  This makes
it difficult for organizers to have an accurate picture of
exactly how many stations and scouts were really involved.

But the news was not all negative.  The report noted growth
in the number of Radio Merit Badges earned in 2013 at 7208.
In addition, some 6800 Amateur Radio Operator Rating
Strips were sold in its first year. This uniform insignia
indicates the wearer's availability as an Amateur Radio
operator.  (N7UR, Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire, ARRL)

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HAM BUSINESS:  DX ENGINEERING ACQUIRES BENCHER AND BUTTERNUT
ANTENNAS

Talmadge, Ohio-based DX Engineering has announced
acquisition of Bencher Incorporated's antenna product lines.
This includes the rights Bencher Skyhawk, Skylark, and
Butternut antenna products.  DX Engineering will also
provide replacement pars for these antennas. The deal does
not include the Bencher line of Iambic Morse paddles.
Bencher will remain located in Antioch, Illinois.  (Press
Release)

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RADIO READING: POPULAR ELECTRONICS MAGAZINES ARCHIVE NOW ON
LINE

If you are new to hobby electronics or just nostalgic for
the good old days, then the name of a magazine known as
popular electronics will definitely ring a bell.  And now,
thanks to the effort of americanradiohistory.com there is a
shared archive of all the Popular Electronics magazines from
1954 to 1982.

But Popular Electronics is not the only publication you will
find there. There are millions of pages and hundreds of
books and magazines on radio, television, computers and much
more.  Its all available on the web at
www.americanradiohistory.com. The direct link to the Popular
Electronics archive is at tinyurl.com/popular-electronics-
archive  (KB9STR)

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RADIO READING:  CLEBRATING QST CENTENNIAL IN 2015

And a happy centennial to the ARRL's official journal QST
Magazine.  First published in December 1915, QST is the not
only the official membership periodical of the ARRL, it is
also the most widely read Amateur Radio magazine in the
world with a monthly circulation of more than 165,000.

According to the League, QST kicks off its celebration with
a photo contest announced in the January issue, as well as
online.  Winning photos will appear on several QST covers
throughout 2015 and each winning photographer will receive
$250.

Also, each 2015 issue of QST will also contain articles and
columns republished from vintage issues. "In the January
issue we'll be reprinting the special declaration from the
January 1942 QST concerning the cessation of amateur
operations at the start of the US entry into World War II.
Each vintage article will be reprinted exactly as it
appeared in its original issue. According to QST Editor in
Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, we chose articles based on either
historical relevance or nostalgia value.  Ford added that as
space permits, QST will be reprinting some vintage Gil
Gildersleeve cartoons.  He also advises readers to also be
on the lookout for occasional appearances of the beloved
`Stray' kitties. Long time QST readers will know what that
means.  (ARRL)

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RADIO READING: VOL 2ISSUE 2 RAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE FOR
DOWNLOAD

Volume 2 issue 2 of the free radio astronomy publication
RAGazine is now available for download. This latest issue
contains articles on  Meteor Scatter by Paul Hyde, G4CSD; a
VLF Report by John Cook, G8EDG; Choosing a Programming
Language by Jeff Lashley,  2E0ODF and much more. You can
download your copy at tinyurl.com/ragzine-curent-issue
(RAGzine)

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RADIO READING:  DECEMBER ISSUE OF CQ-DATV MAGAZINE ON-LINE

The December 2014 issue of CQ-DATV magazine is now available
for free download.  This issue includes such topics as 70 cm
DVBT Transmission Munich Germany; How to Turn a Raspberry
Pi microcomputer into a High Definition TV transmitter and
much more.  Your free copy along with links to all back
issues are available at www.cq-datv.mobi/ebooks.php  (CQ-
DATV)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: VIDEO: BEHIND THE SCENES AT 2SZ OCTOBER 2014

A new behind the scenes look at the operation of special
event station 2-S-Zed is now available for viewing on the
web. The video tells the story of the amateur radio station
especially constructed at Mill Hill School near London to
commemorate the 90th anniversary of the first radio contact
between Great Britain and New Zealand

As previously reported, on October 18, 1924, the first radio
communication contact between the two countries took place
between at Mill Hill School operated by 18 year-old former
pupil Cecil Goyder 4AA in Shag Valley, New Zealand, operated
by Frank Bell under the call sign 2SZ.  The video tells the
story of this years celebration.  It is on line at
tinyurl.com/celebrating-uk-to-nz
(Southgate)

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HAM HAPENINGS:  HARA ARENA FACING FINANCIAL PROBLEMS

Financial troubles for the longtime home of the Dayton
Hamvention.  This as WDTN TV News 2 report that the venue
located in the suburb of Trotwood has cut back to only a
dozen full-time staff to save on operating costs.

The WDTN story quotes Hara's Director of Marketing, Karen
Wampler. She explained the difficulty facing the  Hara Arena
in competing with other area venues such as the Nutter
Center at Wright State University.  Wampler went on to
describe the primary challenges for the HARA is a need for
renovation funds and an ownership model change.   To that
end Wampler said that the arena is working with VenuWorks,
which is a company that specializes in restoring event
venues such as the HARA and that she anticipated some very
good news in 2015.

A quick look at the Hara Arena web page shows some 60 major
events already scheduled between January 2nd and September
26th of 2015 with the Dayton Hamvention in its usual slot in
mid-May.  Specifically the weekend of May15th to the 17th,
so no matter what the TV news report says about the finances
of the 165,000 square foot HARA complex, for Hamvention
2015, the show will definitely will go on as planned.

The complete WDTN TV News 2 story is on the web at
tinyurl.com/report-on-hara  (WDTN)

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HAMVENTION 2015:  DAYTON HAMVENTION DX DINNER MAY 15

And speaking about Hamvention 2015, word from the South West
Ohio DX Association that it will again sponsor the annual DX
Dinner.  This is the groups 30th annual dinner and will be
held on Friday, May 15th at the Dayton Marriott on South
Patterson Blvd. in Dayton.  There will be a cash bar
starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00.  In
celebration of this 30th anniversary among other great
prizes, Yaesu has generously donated an FT DX-3000
transceiver.  Details and dinner reservation information can
be found on the events website www.swodxaevents.org.  From
there simply click on the DX Dinner icon.  (AJ8B)

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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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NITN:  TEENAGER WINS PRIZE WITH BREATH TO MORSE CODE
CONVERTER

Some names in the news.  The Google Science Fair 2014
Voter's Choice Award has been won by 16-year old Arsh
Dilbagi of India.  His winning device called 'Talk' converts
short and long breaths of air into electrical signals, that
in turn enables people to communicate using Morse code.

Dilbagi who performed a trial of the unit on a hospital
patient in New Delhi, now has $10,000 from Google to further
develop the device.  The announcement did not state if
Dilbagi holds an amateur license.   (VK3PC, WIA)

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NTIN:  M0PHI NEW CHAIR OF RSGB TRAINING AND EDUCATION
COMMITTEE

The Radio Society of Great Britain has announced the
appointment of Philip Willis, M-zero-P-H-I as the new
Chairman of its Training and Education Committee  Willis
succeeds Steve Hartley, G0FUW.   (GB2RS)

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HRIS: UK ASTRONAUT COULD WALK ON MARS IN FUTURE NASA MISSION

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden says that a British
astronaut could walk on Mars as part of a joint United
States and United Kingdom expedition to the red planet.

In an October interview with Great Britain's I-T-V news,
Bolden noted that much of the earlier work in aeronautics
was done in the United Kingdom.  As such, it has always been
among the leaders when it came to taking things from the
unknown and making them known. He  thinks the UK is a
perfect partner to try to venture off into the far reaches
of the solar system with.

Asked if he saw British astronauts being part of a mission
he has said he hoped to launch, he said: "I do. I expect
that you will see representatives from many nations,
particularly the partner nations that we currently have."

The complete article is on the web at tinyurl.com/US-UK-Mars
(The Guardian)

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HRIS:  ARISS CONTINUES EXPANDING ROLE OF ISS HAM TV

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station or
ARISS group is continuing to explore the possibility of
establishing a network of ground stations. This, in the hope
of enabling the use of the recently activated Ham TV video
system during such activities as ARISS school contacts.

Kerry Banke, N6IZW, works on ARISS hardware.  He reports
that a document under is under development that will
describe what is required to build a ground station.  He
also notes that both he and ARISS International
representative Lou McFadin, W5DID, have successfully
received Ham TV transmissions from the ISS.   (Southgate)

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HRIS: NASA NEW HORIZONS PLUTO SPACECRAFT WAKES UP

After nine years and a journey of three billion miles,
NASA's New Horizons robotic probe awoke from hibernation on
Saturday, December 5th.  This to begin an mission to study
the icy Pluto and other dwarf worlds in its Kuiper Belt
home.

A preset timing system awoke New Horizons from its
electronic slumber at 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time but
ground control teams didn't receive its confirmation until
just after 9:30 p.m.  The probe is so far away that radio
signals which travel at the speed of light take four hours
and 25 minutes to reach Earth.

Pluto lies in the Kuiper Belt, a region of icy mini-planets
orbiting the sun beyond Neptune. These  are believed to be
the remains from the formation of the solar system some 4.6
billion years ago.  It is also the last unexplored region of
the solar system.

The scientific observation in that part of the solar system
will begin January 15th with the space  crafts closest
approach is expected on July 14th.  (NASA, other news
reports)

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RADIOSPORTS: IRTS 80M COUNTIES CONTEST 2015

Turning to radiosports, the Irish Radio Transmitting
Society's 80 Meter Counties Contest takes place on Thursday
January 1st.  The deadline for the submission of completed
logs is January 15th. Logs should be submitted by e-mail to
contestmanager (at) irts (dot) ie.  (IRTS)

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DX

In DX, RV3ARY, is planning to operate from Mount Vinson in
Antarctica between December 24th and January 3rd. He will
use battery power and take a Windom and Yagi antenna for 20
meters.  Listen out or him on 7.045, 14.260 and 21.260 MHz.
More details including QSL routing will be forthcoming.

F2VX and F9IE will be active stroke FM from Martinique
through January 8th.  Operations will be on all HF bands
using CW and SSB, from FM5WD's station.  They may make a
side trip to St. Lucia.  QSL via their home callsigns.

FW5JJ is back on Wallis Island after a few months holiday.
He is expected to be on Wallis for 2 years or longer.
Activity is on the HF bands and 6 meters.  He is also on 2
meter E-M-E and has made his first Wallis to France QSO with
F6BKI in Bordeaux. QSL direct only via F5RXL.

Members of the West Bengal Radio Club will be active as
8T5MQT from Sagar Island between January 9th to the 16th
mainly on 14.260 MHz. QSL via VU2NRO. For more details and
updates, visit wbradioclub.in.

Members of the Radiogrupo Sur will be operational as CV5A
from Flores Island between February 21-23rd.  Activity will
be on all high frequency bands and modes.  QSL via CX2ABC.

Lastly, K4KGG will be active stroke VP9 from Hamilton
Parish, Bermuda between December 31st and January 5th.
Operations will be on the High Frequency bands only.  All
contacts will be uploaded to Logbook of the World and
ClubLog.  QSL via W3HNK, direct or by the Bureau.

This Weeks DX news courtesy of the Ohio Penn DX Newsletter

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  ASSEMBLING THE ISS ON-ORBIT

Ad finally tisweek, building the International Space Station
took over 40 missions between 1998 and 2011, with one more
piece planned for delivery in 2015.  Now you can watch the
whole thing come together in just a few minutes thanks to a
newly released  time lapse video.

Those who have ony seen photos of the massive structure
circling our planet may be surprised to learn that the ISS
in Earth terms is a massive structure weighing over 400 tons
spread out over the size of a football field.  No booster
rocket could carry it into orbit as a completely assembled
unit, so it was assembled piece by piece in Earth orbit with
components contributed by space agencies. These included the
United States, Canada,  Europe, Russia and Japan.

So set your web browser to tinyurl.com/building-the-iss,
turn the music up and enjoy this short video on how the
International Space Station was put together on orbit
through the cooperations of nations worldwide.   (ESA,
spaceion.com)

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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
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www.arnewsline.org. You can also write to us or support us
at Amateur Radio Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita
California, 91350.

Before we go, a reminder that the Dayton Hamvention is
currently accepting nominations for its Amateur of the Year,
Special Achievement, Technical Excellence and Club of the
Year Awards.

The Amateur of the Year award will go to a special person
who the judging committee believes has made a long term
commitment to the advancement of amateur radio.

The Special Achievement Award is presented to a person who
has made a single  outstanding contribution to the
advancement of amateur radio such as spearheading a single
significant project.

The Technical Excellence Award is for a person who has made
an outstanding technological advancement in the field of
amateur radio.

Last but by no means least, the Club of the Year includes
all aspects of an organizations accomplishments, activities,
and public service.

Nominating forms and information on submitting them
including by e-mail are on the web at
hamvention.org/awards.php.  The deadline for submitting
nominations is January 16, 2015.


For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, saying 73 from Charleston, West
Virginia, and as always we thank you for listening.

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