Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1989, December 11, 2015

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1989 with a release date of Friday, December 11, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams in India struggle to help the nation’s flooded south. The founder of Ham Radio Outlet becomes a Silent Key. Boston area amateurs are already planning for the city's big marathon. And get ready to do some real DXing with Pluto, the so-called "dwarf planet." All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1989 coming your way right now.

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We open this week’s newscast with a developing story, as flood-soaked Chennai, the fourth largest city in India, struggles in the aftermath of devastating floods -- and the hams who’ve been looking to give assistance are struggling too. Even radio amateurs who have been able to travel to the area to provide emergency communications are being challenged by a scarcity of available power, as many of the batteries in their portable gear have long since discharged. The International Amateur Radio Union in India told the ARRL that an emergency net was established on 7.070 MHz, and amateurs who are able to have also been making use of some local repeaters. Some news reports indicate that the band at 14.160 MHz has also been put into use for contact with the National Institute of Amateur Radio, with the special call sign AU2MTT.

The president of the Amateur Radio Society of India, Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, reported, however, that with so many areas surrounding the city being underwater and cut off, ground transportation has been impossible and even hams who want to travel to give assistance have been unable to get out. Madhavan told the ARRL that QUOTE"efforts are being made to garner more hams into relief activity as soon as they are able to move out of their locales,"ENDQUOTE, adding, QUOTE"the situation is grim."ENDQUOTE.

He was optimistic at midweek that, with the floodwaters receding, the hams will soon be able to do more.





The amateur radio community has lost a businessman, a friend and a devoted advocate and DXpeditioner: Robert Ferrero, W6RJ, the founder of the national Ham Radio Outlet chain, became a Silent Key on Dec. 4. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, talked to Ferrero’s longtime friend and associate, Chip Margelli, K7JA.




Even with the Boston Marathon still months away, local hams have already gone into training to build up some endurance of their own. The April 18, 2016 event will rely on the efforts of an estimated 300 Amateur Radio volunteers who will cover the 26-mile course with the assurance of reliable emergency communications.

The Boston Athletic Association's Communications Committee is already warming up, and this year they'll be flexing some high-tech and digital muscle. Committee member Matthew Forman, K6MCF, told Amateur Radio Newsline in an email: "A major initiative of the Committee this year is to bolster the technology we use on Marathon Monday. To do so, we’re forming a Technical Infrastructure Subcommittee and seeking Amateurs who can offer current skills in Analog and/or Digital modes (UHF/VHF), repeaters, and infrastructure.  We’d like to have the TIS consist of one technically-seasoned member from Amateur Radio clubs in Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire, and the northern parts of Connecticut and Rhode Island."ENDQUOTE

Committee member, Mark Richards, K1MGY, will work to get word out about the subcommittee among clubs and other special interest groups.

By April, everyone should be in the running - especially the hams.


[JIM/ANCHOR:]  A new club for hams is starting up in the Ozarks of Missouri and it promises to be a much-needed resource for local amateurs. Matthew Chambers, N-R-ZERO-Q, has the details:

[MATTHEW CHAMBERS REPORT]: Radio amateurs in the Missouri Ozarks are in the process of organizing a new amateur radio club. The Wright County Outlaws Amateur Radio Club members met in November and elected a board of directors and officers. They will meet again in January to vote on a constitution and by-laws. Primary mission for the club will be SKYWARN and Amateur Radio Emergency Services communications in Wright County, Missouri. They will meet at the Wright County Emergency Management Agency in Hartville, Missouri.

Reporting for the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Matthew Chambers NR0Q, in Mountain Grove, Missouri.



The UK has 530 fewer licensed radio amateurs as of this month. Following notice it gave to hams earlier this year, Ofcom has made good on its warning and revoked the first batch of licenses that went without the required validation process. The Ofcom website has a list of the call signs affected, and a copy of those notices of revocation. The office said there are at least 15,000 such licenses that still remain unvalidated and will, over the course of time, also be revoked.

Ofcom requires radio amateurs to revalidate their license at least once every five years. So if you want to stay on the air, be sure to check that your license is current. And contact Ofcom for further details.



Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including W-ZERO-E-F, the Twin City FM Club repeater in Plymouth, Minnesota, Saturday mornings at 9:30.




No matter the weather, the sun is always shining on SKYWARN Recognition Day which, this year, was Saturday, Dec. 5. At National Weather Service locations around the country, volunteer radio operators connected with other amateurs for 24 hours, reaffirming their commitment to keep the lines of communication open when severe weather strikes. Forecaster Mary Keiser (KI-ZER), KE5TXH, of the National Weather Service in Birmingham, Alabama, told Amateur Radio Newsline's Hap Holly, KC9RP, about how this special day underscores the important role hams play:


[JIM/ANCHOR]: That was Mary Keiser (KI-ZER) of the National Weather Service talking to Hap Holly, KC9RP.



The Northern Arizona DX Association has come to think of Pluto as "the little planet that could." Or, in this case, the downgraded planet that still can. The radio amateurs are marking 2015 as the Year of Pluto and are operating Special Event Station W7P through December 13. The station will operate out of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, the very observatory from which astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930.
Although Pluto has since undergone a celestial demotion to "dwarf planet," there’s nothing small about the DX Association’s commemoration.  The astronomer’s nephew, Doug Tombaugh, N3PDT, will be a special guest radio operator -- and a number of others will be on the air from the interior of the actual telescope dome where Pluto’s discovery was made. QSLs and a certificate will be available. For more information, visit the NADXA website, And on the outside chance anyone snags a QSO from coming from Pluto itself, that would be the ultimate DX.



The Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has named Larry Price, W4RA, as its inaugural honorary member. Price, president emeritus of the ARRL and the International Amateur Radio Union, has been an active leader in the amateur community for more than three decades. He was president of the ARRL from 1984 to 1992, and president of the IARU from 1999 to 2009. He is a Life Member of the ARRL and also belongs to the ARRL Maxim Society. Last year he was named Amateur of the Year at the Dayton Hamvention.

The Canadian Hall of Fame Board of Trustees said him nomination by the Radio Amateurs of Canada comes after many years of support to that organization and amateur radio in Canada in general.

He will be formally inducted into the Hall of Fame early next year.




Amateur radio has achieved a new summit in New Zealand -- or several new summits - literally. The nation’s hams are now able to participate in this worldwide activity, following the mapping and checking of summits for the North Island. South Island summits will follow next.

Warren Harris, ZL2AJ, the association manager for SOTA New Zealand, has encouraged all hams to climb to the heights, even if they’re not necessarily mountaineers. In urging the amateur community to get on board with this worldwide activity, he said recently: QUOTE"I am keen to encourage SOTA activity. I am available to give some branches a talk, and to provide advice and encouragement to fellow hams."ENDQUOTE  There is also a Yahoo Group that supports interested hams in New Zealand.

He asks that hams wanting more information, write him directly at
And then, climb on up.



Joel, N5JR, will be working from Haiti as HH2/N5JR until Dec. 14. He will focus primarily on the WARC bands but he can also be found on all HF bands, 160m to 6m. Send QSL cards to his home address.

William, K2HVN, will be active from St. Barthelemy in the Caribbean from Dec. 12 through Dec. 17, using the call sign FJ/K2HVN. He will be working 40m through 10m, in both CW and SSB. Send QSL cards to his home call sign.

In France, a special event station connected to the United Nations Climate Change Conference is operating as F8DVD. The station will be on the air until Dec. 13 and a special QSL card will be available.

Ravi,M-ZERO-XUU/VU3HPF, will be working from Kasane and Gaborone from Dec. 22 through Dec. 30, working the bands primarily in the mornings or evenings, holiday style. He will operate on CW and SSB across 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters. QSLs can be sent to his home call sign, M0XUU.




We end this week’s newscast with more on-air adventures of Santa Claus, whose Yule Log has been looking more and more like an amateur radio log these days. It seems 2015 has presented more than a sack full of opportunities to QSO with the big guy, thanks to amateurs with spirit, imagination and a little creativity.

For the first time this year, the Battleship Iowa Amateur Radio Association, using the call sign NI6BB, is providing a round-the-clock connection to Santa’s Shack in the North Pole, on December 16 and 17. Organizers, who will be spending the night aboard the battleship museum, say that Santa’s own XYL, Mrs. Claus, may also put in an appearance on the HF bands.

In New Jersey, the Santa’s Workshop Special Event station, W2S, is on the air through Dec. 23, with support from the South Jersey DX Association and the Old Barney Amateur Radio Club. Never mind Christmas cards -- this Santa is sending personalized QSL cards and Chuck, W2CCW, is serving as Santa’s QSL QS-ELF.

And although the Barrow Amateur Radio Club in Bethlehem, Georgia, already concluded their special holiday event earlier this month, Old Father 9 Christmas, OF9X, has just begun the long journey through the Land of Santa again, starting at the Arctic Circle, for the benefit of the Finnish Red Cross disaster relief fund. That journey doesn’t end until Dec. 28. So that’s not QRN you’re hearing through your headphones -- it’s jingle bells. Turn on your rigs: It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas.

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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 Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West Virginia, saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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