Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report #1994, January 15, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1994 with a release date of Friday, January 15, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. One city's parks in Oklahoma join the National Parks on the Air event. A Minnesota DXer makes big plans for the South Pacific. Puerto Rico preps for the biggest amateur radio event in the Caribbean. And two Space Station amateurs remember rock legend David Bowie. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1994 coming your way right now.

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JIM/ANCHOR: We open this week's newscast with a story of inspiration. The city of Lawton, Oklahoma is taking its cue from the year-long National Parks On the Air event that kicked off earlier this month, and getting its own city parks into the on-air act too. Amateur Radio Newsline's Mike Askins, KE5CXP, shares his recent talk with Ron Grossman, AF5Q of the Lawton Fort Sill Amateur Radio Club:




The annual one-day event in suburban New York known as Ham Radio University hosted a visiting professor who is about to become a professor emeritus: ARRL's outgoing CEO, Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, is stepping down this year. But the talk he delivered at the Long Island regional ham gathering on Sunday, Jan. 10, expressed confidence that even though he was about to retire, amateur radio itself is anything BUT retiring.

Sumner said QUOTE "amateur radio is not dying. It is on a growth track." ENDQUOTE He said there are more than 135,000 licensees as of December 31, 2015 - and increase of 1.3 percent in one year, even as licensing figures in many other parts of the world have trended mostly downward. He also noted a steady stream of license upgrades.

As he prepared for the meeting of the ARRL board of directors on Jan. 15 and 16, he said he had hopes the plans they implement after his tenure will continue to attract newcomers.

He said QUOTE "Let's face it. These days Geeks rule! It's not a bad thing to be a Geek these days." ENDQUOTE

Sumner will retire in May after working at ARRL's Connecticut headquarters in one form or another since 1968.




A veteran ham has taken on the leadership of ARRL's Missouri Section as of Monday, January 11. He is Cecil Higgins, A-C-ZERO-H-A (AC0HA), who served previously as the section's assistant manager as well as an assistant section emergency coordinator and the district emergency coordinator for ARES District D in Missouri. The Pittsburg, Missouri amateur has had his license for more than 20 years. Higgins will complete the term of office for his predecessor as section manager, Dale Bagley, K-ZERO-K-Y (K0KY) who cited family commitments as his reason for stepping aside. Bagley had held the post since June 1999 and had recommended Higgins as his successor. The term of office ends December 31 of this year.



There's cause for celebration among the hundreds of hams worldwide who are part of the Christian Amateur Radio Fellowship. The group is marking 50 years of service, and has produced an anniversary T-shirt so members can wear and share their pride.

According to the group's website, the fellowship was created in 1966 at the North American Christian Convention around the central idea that amateur radio could provide communication for the church. Gerald Fargusson, W9JSQ, is considered the grandfather of CARF, and often encouraged Christian missionaries to become licensed amateurs.

CARF members often end their QSOs with both a 73 and a 75. 75 means "may God bless you and yours."



JIM/ANCHOR: Tom Callas, K-C-ZERO-W (KC0W) is one Minnesota amateur who can't wait until summer - and not just because the Midwest winters are so challenging. Callas, it seems, has a world of plans and it involves cows. Well, sort of. Amateur Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, explains:


Minnesota DXer, Tom Callas, K-C-ZERO-W (KC0W), wants to help put "COWS Over the World," but this effort has nothing to do with livestock.  Callas has planned a series of DXpeditions for the year ahead - and during the summer months, that will land radio operators in the South Pacific: American Samoa, Samoa, Tokelau, Solomon Islands, Temoto Province and Bangaladesh - and perhaps other spots. Radio operators will be using CW exclusively and focusing on 160, 80 and 40 meters.

So where do the cows come in? The call sign suffixes from each site will incorporate part of his own callsign - the "C and Zero and W." That much of it is definitely planned out, he says.

Callas has said, however, that operating times are going to have to be flexible, and that when pileups stop happening, that will probably be the best indicator of the need for the team to move on. He also has plans, he says, for a similar operation in Africa at a later date.

Of course, until then, it will be time for the cows to come home.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



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JIM/ANCHOR: The holiday season is over - but reports from Sweden indicate that the annual special-event operation of its vintage transmitter on Christmas Eve drew its best response ever. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the details.


Almost everyone likes to have high expectations on Christmas Eve, and this past holiday, the operators of the Alexanderson alternator station at the World Heritage Grimeton site in Sweden had their hopes fulfilled. The transmitter's annual special-event operation appears to have just had its best year ever, according to Lars Kalland, SM6NM, who issued the report on behalf of organizers.

He said a preliminary accounting tallied more than 350 listener reports, most of them from radio amateurs. Listeners in Germany accounted for nearly 160 such reports, with listeners in the U.S. filing eight reports, with only five of them claiming to have heard the transmission. SAQ uses the VLF frequency of 17.2 kHz.

Said Lars, QUOTE "The transmission appears to be our best so far."ENDQUOTE

The transmitter, which is more than 90 years old, was developed by Swedish engineer and radio pioneer Ernst Alexanderson. The tradition of holiday transmissions began in 2006.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham, the UK.



The South African Radio League is looking for nominees to serve on the league Council for a two-year term. Four councillors' terms are ending, and although they have said they are available for nomination to serve again, the league is also open to new nominees.

For details on the nomination process, and other relevant motions, visit the league website at

The submission deadline for motions and nomination forms is the 31st of January.




Forty-six college scholarships will be available for the academic year, 2016-2017, from the Foundation for Amateur Radio. The value of each scholarship ranges from $500 to $5,000, from a total pool of $71,000. Applicants must be a licensed radio amateur in either the U.S. or a foreign country, and be enrolled - or accepted for enrollment - into an accredited college, university or technical school. Application deadline is April 15. Because some colleges do not announce acceptances until May 1, the foundation is permitting applicants to update their already-submitted applications until May 7. For more details, contact the foundation at




It's being called the biggest amateur radio event in the Caribbean: It's the fourth ARRL Puerto Rico State Convention, and it will feature a variety of activities focusing on emergency communications - and will host the debut of the first Amateur Radio "Ironman Event" in Puerto Rico. The convention is scheduled for January 30 and 31st in the city of Hatillo (Hah-TEE-Ho).

The gathering will feature exhibits of emergency equipment and will also provide conferences that focus on effective communications methods during a hurricane, earthquake or other emergency. ARRL Volunteer Examiners will also be on hand to supervise license-testing.

In addition to launching Puerto Rico's first Ironman event for radio, the conference will also have a special event station, KP4AW, operating.

More than 1,200 hams are expected - and even those taking vacations in the Caribbean at the time are invited to stop by. Admission is free.




Jean-Paul, HB9ARY, will will be active from Mauritius as 3B8HC from January 23rd to February 8th. He will work holiday style on 80 to 6 meters, but focus most heavily on 80 meters. His main mode will be SSB, but he will also work some slow CW. Send QSLs direct via NI5DX.

Members of the Radio Club D'Haïti are participating in a special event marking the 213th anniversary of the death of General Toussaint Louverture, the slave who defeated Napoleon. The club will be active as FOUR-V-ONE-T-L (4V1TL) from Port-au-Prince, Haiti until April 30th. Send QSL cards via W3HNK.

Bertrand, DF3FS, will be active as 5Z4/DF3FS from Diani Beach starting January 23rd, through February 7th. Bertrand will work the HF bands holiday style using CW and SSB. Send QSLs via DF3FS or by bureau.

Willy, KB8YRX, will be active as 8P9CA from Barbados starting January 16th and until February 4th. He will work 20 meters through 10 meters using SSB. Send QSLs via KB8YRX and Logbook of the World.




When International Space Station astronaut Tim Peake, KG5BVI, delivered a poignant tribute to rock legend David Bowie on Twitter, his well-chosen words from high above the Earth were quickly followed by a similar tweet from retired ISS astronaut Chris Hadfield, VA3OOG/KC5RNJ.

Clearly, the regard these two astronauts had for the late rocker reaches beyond the bounds of Earth.

But the most stunning tribute may still be Hadfield's rendition of Bowie's classic hit, "Space Oddity," the story of stranded astronaut Major Tom, that became a hit in 1969. Hadfield recorded his interpretation in a 2013 video while aboard the space station, creating what became the first musical recording made in space. The popular video has been logging nonstop views on YouTube even more than ever since Bowie's death on Monday, January 10.

Bowie had reportedly seen and loved the Internet video. And he was not alone: By some press accounts, it has been viewed more than 29 million times.

There are fans, of course, and then there are brothers of Major Tom in spirit. That would be Canada's Commander Hadfield and Britain's Major Peake. To these two astronauts and radio amateurs, Major Tom rules the heavens, now more than ever.



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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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