Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2007, April 15, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 2007 with a release date of Friday, April 15, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Amateurs recall their roots with Marconi Day. A Washington State ham inspires his daughters' invitation to the White House. The IARU gets a new satellite adviser. And in Thailand, the Southeast Asia Net is back on 20 meters. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2007 coming your way right now.

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STEPHEN: We begin this week's newscast with a reminder of our origins as amateur radio operators. Where would any of us be, for instance, without Guglielmo Marconi? So every year, for the past 29 years, hams set aside one day in April to get on the very same airwaves discovered so long ago by this physicist, inventor and important communicator.

JEREMY: Happy Birthday Guglielmo Marconi. The birth of the pioneering wireless scientist is recorded as April 25, 1874 -- but amateur radio operators around the world, wanting to make the festivities a little more inclusive and global, are again taking part in International Marconi Day on Saturday, the 23rd of April.

The 24-hour-long event has its roots not just in the birth of Marconi but the heart of one of the celebration's founders, Norman Pascoe, G4USB, former president of the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, who became a Silent Key earlier this year. The annual celebration has drawn participation, in some years, by as many as 60 stations, including those in South America, Australia, South Africa, Spain, Germany, Portugal and the United States. This year, the Cornish amateurs are making an extra effort for a successful event to honor, not just Guglielmo Marconi, but Norman as well.

Steve, G7VOH, Vice Chairman of the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, wrote recently about Norman on the DXCoffee website: QUOTE "He will be missed by us all from all over the world. This is truly a major event in Amateur Radio and we, the Cornish Radio Amateur Club, will be doing our very best to keep it running as smoothly as Norman did, for many years to come." ENDQUOTE

The Cornish club, GB4IMD, will be operating from the Stithians Showground in Cornwall, and will be joined by stations around the world on the bands. International Marconi Day awards will be given to qualifying operators.

For a list of confirmed stations visit

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




STEPHEN: He still holds the Mets and the Yankees in his heart but The Seattle Mariners might just make a fan of this New York transplant yet. Washington amateur Lester Kahan, K2ENC, was among the group of World War II veterans honored at a recent home game. Here's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

NEIL: Right before the Seattle Mariners took on the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field on Saturday, April 9, Lester Kahan, K2ENC, found himself playing in the big leagues too.

It was the Salute to Armed Forces Night for the Seattle baseball team and Lester, a licensed ham since 1952, is also an Army veteran, having served in World War II in the Pacific theater. The 88-year-old former New Yorker, who moved to Washington State with his family in 2003, was honored with other veterans during the Mariners' program that celebrates vets for their service. He had been nominated for the honor by the American Legion Post 161. And his wife Phyllis, WA2FAQ, was there to share the moment.

Meanwhile, back on Long Island, New York, another home team was cheering for him too. In Lindenhurst, New York, members of the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club, which Lester had helped charter and found, couldn't be happier for him. Back in the day, Lester had been mayor of Lindenhurst, New York, as well as the village's Traffic Court Judge. But the lifelong ham is just as proud of having been an Elmer to many local amateurs as well.

And clearly, the stadium ceremony left him feeling like Most Valuable Player.

The Athletics, unfortunately, beat the Mariners, 6 to 1.

Reflecting on the day's big score though, Lester noted, somewhat gratefully: QUOTE "I did a lot better than they did." ENDQUOTE

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG



STEPHEN: The amateur radio activities of one Seattle area father has clearly had an impact on his elementary school-age daughters. They aren't hams yet but they definitely like getting on the air - just in a different way - and it's landed them at the White House. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

PAUL: Inspired by their amateur radio father, two young Seattle, Washington sisters are having a positively Presidential Moment this month.

Rebecca Yeung, age 10, and Kimberly Yeung, age 8, the daughters of Winston Yeung, KI7CSK, are fascinated with the study of science and space. Last year, accompanied by their father and mother, they visited a local lake in central Washington to launch a small spacecraft they designed and built, with encouragement on the project from their dad. At the lake, the APRS-equipped craft went 78,000 feet up and attracted, not just local media, but eventually the White House.

An invitation to the White House Science Fair came not long afterward. That fair was held Wednesday, April 13. In a blog post, Amanda Stone, White House Senior Program Manager in the Office of Digital Strategy wrote: QUOTE “Kimberly and Rebecca hope to show other children that science and engineering is not only interesting and accessible for kids, but a lot of fun as well.” ENDQUOTE

It helps of course to have an amateur radio operator as a father, someone who looks skyward much of the time. Although the sisters note that dad's full-time job is a little more grounded: He works for T-Mobile's Legal Department.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.




STEPHEN: There's a changing of the guard at the International Amateur Radio Union. A new satellite adviser is taking the helm to handle all things relating to satellite communication - on the ground and, of course, way above it. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB:

GRAHAM: Many 'Hans' make satellites work. IARU announces its new Satellite Adviser

The International Amateur Radio Union has appointed Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, as the new IARU Satellite Adviser.

The position represents the IARU to the satellite community and performs satellite frequency coordination. In addition it has responsibility for
maintaining correspondence, reporting to the IARU Administrative Council, and if requested provide technical and operation advice.  The Satellite
Advisor is assisted by a panel of volunteer satellite advisory members.

Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T was first licensed in 1980, carrying out many roles including being the IARU Region 1 President from 2008 to 2014.

He replaces Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV, who has served as IARU Satellite Adviser since 1994. During his time he established many of the procedures used for amateur satellite frequency coordination today, and the IARU extends its gratitude for the excellent work. He will remain as special advisor to the  satellite committee.

I'm Graham, VK4BB, reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, from Australia

(Wireless Institute of Australia)



Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WD9HSY repeater of the Tri-Town Amateur Radio Club in Hazel Crest, Illinois, on Wednesdays.



William Shakespeare never wrote an Ode to a Linear Amplifier or a Sonnet to a Hex Beam but there might be some hams in the bard's old neighborhood of Stratford-Upon-Avon who'd be willing to give it a try after the Shakespeare 400 Special Event station gets on the air on April 23. The "400" marks the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, and the station will be operating on the main HF bands with the call sign GB2WS.

To learn more, visit the Stratford-Upon-Avon & District Radio Society website at

The special event station is hoping for a few hams - and perhaps even a few "Hamlets" - from around the world.




Rajesh Vagadia, VU2EXP, knows how much fun it is to be a young, new ham. He was 18 in 1991 when he got his first license, a dream he'd had since the age of 15. Now he's helping others do the same. On Saturday, April 2, Rajesh presented a full-day program called "Ham Radio for Gen-X" at the Gardi College of Engineering and Technology in the state of Gujarat (GOO-JUH-ROT) in India.

More than 200 engineering students turned up for his presentation and as well as his demonstrations of Slow Scan TV and Morse Code -- which included receiving and then decoding messages. He also treated his audience of young hopefuls to a video documentary about amateur radio.

A member of a ham radio family in Gujarat, Rajesh is also a ham radio educator, and has made presentations at other schools in Gujarat.




In Venezuela, they called her the godmother of amateur radio enthusiasts. And it is clear, from recent posts on social media and in a one-minute video tribute, that her colleagues loved and respected her. Yolanda Bastidas, YV6BJ, of Venezuela has become a Silent Key.

The video tribute, posted on Facebook on April 7, shows her at various activities through the years with the Venezuelan radio club. Earlier posts on Facebook had reflected the fact that she'd been hospitalized within the last year and in poor health.

No other information was immediately available.




Thailand's national amateur radio society, RAST, has put the Southeast Asia Net, known as SEANET, back on the air, inviting hams to check in on a country-by-country basis on 14.320 MHz, twice a week -- Mondays and Fridays. And later this year, plans are set to hold a SEANET Convention in the Thai Gulf resort area of Pattaya.

The 20-meter SEANET has a long history, starting its operation in 1963. The first SEANET Convention was not held until 1971. For this year's convention, registration information and other details can be found on the website

The Radio Amateur Society of Thailand has also been busy with the first Thai ham radio satellite, JAISAT-1 Cubesat, which is being built by Innovative Solutions in Space under RAST sponsorship.

To the relief of many hams, the Thai radio society is also preparing to offer the country's first Advance Class license examination in June. Although Advanced level licenses have been permitted since 1987, no exam existed until now. The only holder of an Advanced level license in Thailand was the King of Thailand, who received his ticket in the 1980s.




QRV usually means you're ready. But the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Sociewty feels anything BUT ready with regard to its newsletter. which it calls "QRV." The journal has a vacancy for its post of editor for quite some time and the radio society wrote recently on its website that the need to fill that position has now become urgent.

The editor should ideally be a member of the radio society but also be knowledgeable in the use of Desk Top Publishing and MS OFfice or a similar program. The editor will also be responsible for working with the printers who design the pages using photographs and articles provided. The club will provide assistance proofreading the final version before going to press.

If you'd like to produce QRV for the society, contact chairman Richie Judson, G0RHJ, via email at




Svein, LA9JKA, is operating on Jan Mayen Island, on all HF bands, until early October. He is using the call sign JX9JKA. Send QSLs to his home call.

Tom, KC0W, will is active for several months as KH8/KC0W from American Samoa using CW only. Send cards to his home QTH in the United States.

Members of the Palos Verdes Amateur Radio Club will be working as K6PV/6 from Santa Catalina Island from April 28 to May 1. Look for them operating SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31 on 80 through 10 meters. Send QSL cards via K6PV.

Doug, VK4ADC, is working holiday style as VK9NU from Norfolk Island, starting April 23, through May 2. He will only be working SSB. Look for him on 80 meters through 6 meters. Send QSL cards via home call (direct or bureau). You may also use eQSL and LoTW.

Alex, W1CDC, is on the bands as 8R1A from Guyana until April 24, holiday style. Listen for him on 80m to 10m, mainly working CW. QSL to his home call.




STEPHEN: We close this week with a cautionary tale from a group of schoolchildren in the UK: Think twice before sending your dog - even a toy dog - into space. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW.

JIM: "FIND SAM" -- Those words, preceded by a hashtag, signal the world's focus, on social media, on the intense search efforts by some London primary school students on locating the plush toy they launched, with a helium balloon, into space. Sam, the toy dog, was equipped with a GoPro camera and GPS tracking equipment. But when the balloon popped, 15 miles above the Earth, and everything that went up, eventually came down, Sam was nowhere to be found. They did not, after all, equip Sam with a map.

Radio amateurs, of course, can relate. Trackers, transponders, balloons and often, ground searches, are part of the amateur experience for many who enjoy this kind of experimentation.

Now, it's unlikely Sam met with the same fate as Laika, the Soviet space dog who orbited the Earth in 1957 and failed to survive, but the question remains - where in northwest England could Sam have landed? The world asks "Have you seen this dog?"  Even a local hotel that helped sponsor the project is offering a free stay to Sam's finder.

For the students, this was supposed to have been a lesson in astronomy and physics. But perhaps the teacher should have also thrown in some studies of animal husbandry or at least dog breeding. The kids might have decided they'd be better off using a retriever.

For Amateur Radio newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW.



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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 Stephen Kinford, N8WB, in Wadsworth, Ohio, saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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