Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1987 November 27, 2015

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1987 with a release date of Friday, November 27, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. The FCC announces even more changes for its online visitors. A New Jersey grand jury indicts a 25-year-old suspect in the killing of an elderly ham. A nationwide club unites youthful radio amateurs in the UK. And, right after Thanksgiving, watch for Santa Claus, coming to a band near you. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline report 1987 coming your way right now.

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[ANCHOR/DON:] We begin this week’s newscast with an announcement from an optimistic Federal Communications Commission as it emerges from embarrassing and inconvenient glitches in its Electronic Batch Filing System. Now that things are getting back to normal there, the FCC is launching its overhauled agency website. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has the details:


[SKEETER’S REPORT]: As the FCC, and hams around the country, recuperate from the on-again, off-again outage that left the FCC with a backlog of license applications and exam sessions, the agency has announced yet more change coming online: A newly revamped website that is making its debut on Dec. 10, through a four-hour transition that will begin at 0100 UTC.

The agency said, in a public notice released Tuesday, Nov. 24, that the changes were based on information gathered from user feedback over time and the new website should provide QUOTE“better functionality, an improved design and better searchability and navigability.”ENDQUOTE The Commission’s IT Department had run the site in a beta-test version earlier this year to collect input from visitors before the official launch. The new site is also optimized for use on tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices and offers different browsing options.

The FCC says: Worry, not, because while the current agency website will no longer be available after Dec. 10, files and webpages on will still be accessible until they too are migrated to the new site. The Commission has already upgraded its consumer help center and other interactive areas – and says it has been working toward fine-tuning those areas as well.

So, stay tuned.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Topeka, Kansas.



Out of New Jersey comes an update on the tragic killing of an elderly amateur radio operator earlier this year. A grand jury in Essex County has indicted the suspect, 25-year-old Ray Cooley, of Nutley, New Jersey on charges of murder, robbery and other offenses related to the death of William Fitzsimmons this past spring.

Fitzsimmons, who was 85 years old and lived alone, was found badly beaten and bloodied outside his Belleville, New Jersey house the day after a May 16 home invasion and assault. He died of his injuries about two weeks later in a Newark hospital. Police arrested Cooley, then upgraded the charges after Fitzsimmons’ death. Cooley was indicted on Nov. 13.

Fitzsimmons, whose call sign was N2LMU, was a retired captain with the Army National Guard, and a member of the Roseland Amateur Radio Club, the Military Auxiliary Radio System and the American Legion. Published news reports said that, because he was by himself, he would often leave one of his doors open to enable neighbors to check on him.

Cooley's arraignment is set for Dec. 14.




[ANCHOR/DON]: They call themselves the Young Hamsters, but this busy, friendly group of radio amateurs in Great Britain has nothing to do with pet rodents. Instead, this growing collective has a pet project: to provide a resource that caters specifically to hams under the age of 30 throughout the UK. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more:

[JEREMY]: Although they believe conventional radio clubs to be fine for most amateurs, Mark, M-ZERO-NCG, and Adam, M-M-ZERO-KFX wanted something more for the radio operator under the age of 30. That’s how Young Hamsters was born. They believed that, just as the popular Youngsters on the Air program attracts youthful hams worldwide and in Europe, something specific to the UK could be a great success.

In a recent email to Amateur Radio Newsline, Mark described the group’s mission: He said “We have a focus on operating on the air - be it by promoting contesting and DXpeditions or just by being active on the bands!”

Because members are scattered across the UK, the group makes use of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp accounts to allow everyone to express their opinion on issues and to build community. The sites are also a resource for announcing the Young Hamsters’ plans. Mark added “Not only do we hope to promote contesting and DXpeditioning, we actually hope to run DXpeditions and work together in contests to build a name for ourselves as the future of our hobby!”

Mark also wrote that the club fulfills some of the social needs that younger operators have: “We decided to set up Young Hamsters instead of incorporating into an existing club as we feel the people best placed to showcase our hobby and retain the interest of young people in our hobby are young people themselves. It can seem quite lonely at times, especially in the UK, with so few young radio amateurs, and by bringing as many of us together, we can share our common interests and really help to further our hobby via innovative ideas and social networking.”

Membership is free. And the club call sign is M-ZERO-YHC. Be listening! For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, reporting from Nottingham in the UK.

[ANCHOR/DON]: You can find the Young Hamsters on Twitter with the handle younghamsters – one word – or on Facebook at Or email the organizers at



According to the calendar, we’re heading into December, but to European amateur radio operators in their early 20s -- or even younger – the next 31 days that lie ahead are really known as YOTA Month. December is being set aside for the program, Youngsters on the Air, a large group of youthful hams from Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union who support one another’s projects and engage in QSOs with one another, and around the world.

Throughout December, YOTA members will be active on the bands, using Y-O-T-A as the suffix in their call sign. Young South African hams participating will be using the call sign, Z-S-9-YOTA. And in the UK, the special call sign, G15YOTA will be on the air for 22 days during December, many from school amateur radio clubs and some from the RAF Air Cadets.

Proponents of the event remind amateurs around the world that in many cases, a YOTA operator might be having his or her first experience on radio when giving a call, so try to make that QSO happen! And make it friendly.



Speaking of Youngsters on the Air, a good many of them are already looking toward the summer, when YOTA 2016 gathers in the Austrian Alps as guests of the Austrian Amateur Radio Society, OeVSV. The Austrian group is marking its 90th anniversary.

Applications are now being accepted for the event, and the deadline is coming up fast – it’s December 31. The program, which is set for July 16 through 23, will accept 75 youngsters. Email any questions to


Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including WB5ITT, the Triangle Repeater Association, in Beaumont/Port Arthur and Orange, Texas on Monday nights.

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[ANCHOR/DON:] When it comes to telling stories about radio that were once designed to engage and inspire kids, Mike Adams wrote the book. In fact, his book is called “The Radio Boys and Girls: Radio, Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Adventures for Juvenile Readers, 1890 – 1945.” Amateur Radio Newsline’s Christian Cudnik, K0STH, spoke to Adams recently:




AMSAT-North America is now the proud owner of its first CubeSat.

The Fox-1A satellite, AO-85, has joined AMSAT Operations, after being formally commissioned and determined to be ready to go. AMSAT will now be responsible for its scheduling and modes.

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N-ZERO-JY, said in a statement:  QUOTE“Many new techniques are incorporated, and lessons will be learned, as with any new ‘product.’ We will incorporate changes from what we learn in each launch, to the extent possible, in subsequent Fox-1 CubeSats. To our members, we want to say that the Fox Team is very proud and pleased that our first CubeSat is very successful and hopefully will be for some time.”



Sixty meters became a new reality at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, which agreed on Nov. 18 on a secondary allocation of the band for the amateur service, setting regional power limits of 15 watts to 25 Watts measured in effective isotropic radiated power. The allocation was a hard-won accomplishment following years of preparation by the International Amateur Radio Union. The last step is the signing of the Final Act at the conference’s Nov. 27 closing, and is considered a formality.

(WIA, Southgate Amateur Radio)



Mats, who holds the call signs SM6LRR and RM2D, is operating holiday style in Vietnam as XV2D until Dec. 6 and is participating as well in the CQWW CW Contest on the weekend of Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

Marko, N5ZO, is operating in Mozambique until Dec. 1 and will also enter the CQWW CW Contest using the call sign, C92ZO. Before then, find him on 30m, 17m and 12m. QSLs can be sent to Logbook of the World or directly to OH-ZERO-XX.

Donald, KD4UDU, will be working until Dec. 17 as EL2DW from Monrovia, Liberia. Look for him on 20m, 15m and 10m on SSB. Send QSL cards to his home call.

Nick, G3RWF, is working from Rwanda until Dec. 2 as 9X0NH and can be found on all bands from 80m to 10m. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World and QSLs should be sent to his home call sign.



[ANCHOR/DON:] We conclude this week's report with a Christmas story that begins, as all good Christmas stories must, with the wish of a child. What started as a staged report from Santa's Sleigh during an amateur radio Net on 80 meters nine years ago has grown. And grown. More from Amateur Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY:

If you take an 80 meter rag chew net, add a bit of holiday cheer and Pete Thompson, KE5GGY, explains what comes next.

{PETE]: It really goes back to a year where I had a young child at home I was checked into one of the 3916 nets on Christmas Eve A number of us were looking for a way for our kids to talk to Santa.  So we pieced together something for a couple of us that one night and it worked really well. I could be a Santa net relay for a station in Kansas City then he could facilitate the contact with Santa for me and my son, so we had sort of a primitive dress rehearsal and I think it occurred to a number of us that hey this really is neat and it has grown from there. I think we had five people that first year now in 2015 we are expecting 250 and 300 kids to talk to Santa

[KENT]: Thompson says running the net has its rewards.

[PETE]: Connecting kids to Santa at Christmas time just makes their Christmas. We get emails every year from parents and grandparents  that say this was the highlight of our holiday season.  This brought our family together.  That and the fact we're using the magic radio to do it. makes it very rewarding on another level.  We know a number of these kids who have been on the Santa net have gone on to get their ham radio tickets. Its a win win.  Kids get the spirit of Christmas connecting with Santa through the magic of ham radio they experience this great hobby its a great way for us to end the year on the 3916 nets.

[KENT]: Thompson fired up his ham rig to demonstrate the quality of the Santa connection.

[PETE]: Right now I've got a connection with Santa so we could close this interview  with a couple comments from Santa. Let me see if i can get him on my phone patch in Dallas.  Santa Santa, this is KE5GGY from Denton County calling, Santa can you come on and give a couple of comments to the Amateur Radio Newsline. Calling Santa.  [“SANTA”]: HO HO HO Hello There Merry Christmas to everyone listening to the amateur radio newsline.  And ho ho ho and I know you've all been very good boys and girls this year and I just want to invite you to join the hams on 3916 every night at 7:30 for the Santa net. And yes I could talk to you so we'll see you then. And until then 73 from Santa Ho Ho Ho!

In case you just missed that info, the 80 meter Santa Net meets every night on 3916 KHz at 7:30PM US Central time.  For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY

[DON’s TAGLINE]: This year Thompson will stream the audio for a live feed on the Internet and it will be archived. So anyone who is on the Santa Net, through Christmas Eve, will be able to find their contact from a YouTube page, just do a hashtag and a call sign and you'll find that particular contact.

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For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW in Picayune, Mississippi, saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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