Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2008, April 22, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 2008 with a release date of Friday, April 22, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams mobilize as Ecuador digs out from a deadly earthquake. Getting on the air from Brazil just become a whole lot easier during the Summer Olympic Games. Radio amateurs assist with elections in West Bengal, India. And a new museum of radio science in the UK competes for a big prize. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2008 coming your way right now.

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STEPHEN: We open this week's newscast with an update on the amateur radio response to an earthquake in Ecuador that is being called that nation's most powerful quake in decades. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

GRAHAM: As officials continued to revise their counts of Ecuador's dead and injured following the magnitude 7.8 quake on Saturday the 16 of April, rescue operations stepped up with more than 10,000 troops and 3,500 police. Countless radio amateurs were also mobilized to assist with emergency communications and other vital matters, and hams everywhere were being advised to free up the band on 7.060 MHz for emergency traffic. DXpeditioners were also cautioned to stay below that frequency while operating RTTY.

In the days following the quake, the emergency frequency was carrying messages around the clock, with Ecuadorean amateurs making use of battery power and mobile stations to assist with recovery communications. Officials reported that power systems and telecommunications were either destroyed or disabled after the tremors.

As an emergency net became operational on the emergency frequency, stations in countries nearby tuned into the frequency and prepared to assist if necessary.

Rafael Correa, Ecuador's president, returned to his devastated nation from a trip to Italy and declared the immediate focus to be on locating survivors.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.

(IARU, Region 1, BBC, CNN, the Daily DX)

STEPHEN: Amateur Radio Newsline will continue to monitor hams' involvement in these developments. As of Amateur Radio Newsline's deadline, there was no word on amateur radio involvement in the deadly magnitude-6.5 earthquake that rocked Japan just a few days earlier, on Thursday, April 14. Those tremors, near the city of Kumamoto, were considered the strongest since 2011.

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WHEN RADIO SCIENCE IS AN ART

STEPHEN: Already the new Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain is finding itself involved in some heavy duty contesting. But this competition has more to do with art than radiosport, as Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH tells us.

JEREMY: This summer, when the new Radio Communication Museum of Great Britain opens in Derby in the UK, it hopes to be a winner in more ways than one. Even before opening its doors for the first time, the museum has already become a finalist in a national competition that would provide the institution with the talents of a leading contemporary artist to create a major event on site later this year -- an event that celebrates radio.

With so many other British museums vying for the prize, including some in London, the decision is being left up to the public. That puts a lot of power in the hands of museum fans - and of course, that means radio fans as well - especially with the voting taking place online in just another week.

Radio amateur Stephen Haseldine, G8EBM, a Derby businessman and museum trustee, has designed the museum to be a showcase of amateur, military and professional radios. Activities there will teach visitors about the science of wireless communication while showing them the equipment that has made it possible through the years. General manager William Presland said he is hoping the competition will enable the museum to challenge the guest artist to QUOTE "find art where there is none - in a museum of science and technology - and present this to the public." ENDQUOTE The contest culminates in a major event to be held in October called the Museums at Night Festival.

Voting begins at 1100 UTC on Friday the 29 of April and remains open through Saturday the 14th of May. The website for balloting is museumsatnight.org.uk

The museum, which devotes itself to the varied uses of radio waves through the years, is based on Stephen Haseldine's private radio collection.

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

(SOUTHGATE ARC, THE DERBY TELEGRAPH, RADIO COMMUNICATION MUSEUM OF GREAT BRITAIN)

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NEW JERSEY'S NIGHT FOR RADIO

STEPHEN: Any night is a good night for radio but if you're in southern New Jersey, Thursday is an especially good night for radio. The Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club, hosts a regularly scheduled Radio Night Thursday evenings between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. local time, and welcomes newcomers. The club itself has 70 members and is an ARRL affiliate - but you don't have to be a club member, or even a local ham, to get on the air with them. The club is also preparing for its spring Tailgate Hamfest which will take place on Saturday, May 7, at the Diana Site, 2300 Marconi Road in Wall Township, New Jersey.

(OCEAN MONMOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB)


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AN OLYMPIAN EFFORT IN BRAZIL


STEPHEN: The Summer Games in Rio don't include radiosport, but things just got a little bit easier for radio amateurs who want to travel to, and work the bands, from Brazil. We hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.

PAUL: Attending the Olympics and getting on the HF bands from Brazil shouldn't require an Olympian effort itself. The good news is that now it won't come to that. It's expected to be less of a struggle for radio amateurs to operate in Brazil during the 2016 Summer Olympics as a result of eased restrictions on the part of the Brazilian authorities. Regardless of whether an amateur's country has a reciprocal agreement with Brazil, authorizations for those hams will be simplified thanks to an agreement between authorities and the Brazilian Amateur Radio League, also known as LABRE. The radio league recently received permission from Brazil's telecommunications regulator, ANATEL, to handle the authorizations -- and without any fees.

Interested amateurs should email the radio league a copy of a valid passport, a copy of their amateur radio license, a list of cities in which you plan to operate, and on what dates, and include an email address. The documents should be scanned and sent to the radio league via email at executiva@labre.org.br.

When the paperwork arrives, you should be able to dive right in. Just don't use any of the Olympic-sized pools.

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

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SCOUTING FOR QSOs IN SPECIAL EVENT

STEPHEN: A group of Scouts in Texas plans to be on the air during the next two weekends and they're hoping to work your station. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD, tells us where to look for these youngsters.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting there will be an activation of K2BSA in Abilene Texas at the Buffalo Mountain District Cub-O-Ree on April 22nd & 23rd.  Russ Parramore, K5MQR, will be the control operator for the portable 5 station and will be active on 20 and 40  Phone.

There will also be an activation in Mt. Enterprise, TX at the East Texas Area Council's Quadrennial All Council Jamboree on April 29th through May 1st.  Jeff Sorrells, KG5BTF, will be the control operator for the portable 5 station and will be active on 20 and 40 phone.  Jeff will also demonstrating QRP gear for portable operations. 

Please help support this activity, and others involving youth in amateur radio, by working and spotting them on the air and online.  If you would like to activate K2BSA for your Scouting event, please visit http://www.k2bsa.net/.  If you would like to get involved in radio scouting, find your local council by visiting http://www.scouting.org/.

For Amateur Radio Newsline and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association, this is Bill Stearns NE4RD.


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BREAK HERE:

Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the N9IAA repeater in Valparaiso, Indiana, on Thursday nights.

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AN INSTITUTE TO TEACH THE TEACHERS


STEPHEN: Every ham needs a teacher or two to guide them on their radio journey. But who teaches the teachers? Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us about the ARRL's Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, where the application deadline is fast closing in.

NEIL: There are only a few more days left for teachers to submit their applications to the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, which is preparing to present its summer coursework for the 13th year. The professional development seminar offers teachers guidance on presenting radio science to their students at levels starting as young as elementary school. The classes include robotics, radio science, satellite communications, weather science, microcontroller programming and basic electronics. All expenses are paid. Coursework is available at increasing complexity right through the university level. The institute holds its classes at different locations throughout the country.

But the deadline to apply is May 1. If you're interested, but still haven't put in your application, you can download the form from the web page for the ARRL Teachers Institute at arrl.org

If you have additional questions, contact ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, at djohnson@arrl.org

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

(ARRL)

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REPEATERS ON THE MOVE

There's going to be a change of address for the Minuteman Repeater Association's 2 meter and 440 repeaters, which are headed to a new site in North Reading from their Burlington location. The Minuteman amateurs are looking for volunteers on Saturday, April 30 to help take antennas down and move the equipment to the new site, and then assist with setup. The nonprofit association makes these repeaters available for community and emergency events and maintains a system of repeaters at various sites in central and eastern Massachusetts.

If you're interested in volunteering with the move, any hours you can work between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. that day - or even for a half-day - will be helpful, club members said.

The association is also planning to host a work party in June at its Marlborough East site, where volunteers are needed to help with weed-removal and other maintenance to improve access to the shelter. Interior cleanup of the shelter is also being scheduled, as well as some outside maintenance of the shelter building.

Please email Bob K1IW at k1iw@mmra.org, if you are interested and available for either of these volunteer opportunities. The date in June for the Marlborough East site has not been determined yet.

(MINUTEMAN REPEATER ASSOCIATION)

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HAM RADIO HELPING in WEST BENGAL ELECTION

How do you connect an otherwise disconnected archipelago in the Indian state of West Bengal? Ham radio. During the Assembly elections there this month, radio amateurs are playing a decidedly nonpartisan roll in helping with the poll results. A number of very remote districts, made up of an archipelago, lack mobile connectivity and are relying for the first time this year on local hams, according to Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, Secretary of the  West Bengal Radio Club, who spoke with The Hindu newspaper.

At last report, the voter turnout throughout the state was encouraging. As of Wednesday, April 20, the Hindustan Times reported that nearly 80 percent of the electorate throughout the state had shown up at polling places to cast their ballots.

(THE HINDU, THE HINDUSTAN TIMES)

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WORLD OF DX

Listen for Mike, DF8AN, working as 9M0S from the Spratly Islands through April 29. He is working from Layang-Layang Island on 160m to 6m mainly using CW. QSL to the home call.

Elvira, IV3FSG, is operating from the Democratic Republic of the Congo as 9Q0HQ/1 until April 30. She will then use the callsign 9Q0HQ from May 1 through May 30. Her QSL manager is IK3GES.

Be listening for a group of Italian amateurs using the callsign, TK9C, from Corsica Island until April 25. They will be on CW, SSB and Digital. Their QSL manager is IK2AHB.

Doug, VK4ADX, is operating holiday style from Norfolk Island from April 23 through May 2,  using the callsign VK9NU. Listen for him on SSB only. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

(IRISH RADIO TRANSMITTERS SOCIETY)

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KICKER: A SINGULAR SOLAR ACHIEVEMENT

STEPHEN: And finally, a tale of hope for hassled, harried hams. You can't outsmart the sun, and you certainly can't outshine it, but some radio amateurs in India recently had their moment in the sun during the National Field Day held by the Amateur Radio Society of India on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17.

Camped out on a hilltop in the Turahalli forests, the group from Bengaluru was looking to go the distance, wherever that distance might take them. It didn't look like that was going to be very far, however. Conditions were not the greatest. They were marred by strong solar flares, making HF contacts extra challenging - or nonexistent. To add to that, the operators found the midday sun to be brutally hot and blistering.

And then - contact! Operator Madhu Prasad, operating station VU3NPI, connected on 21 MHz with Hong Kong station VR2XMT. It was enough. More than enough. Signal reports and call signs were exchanged. And the moment became one of the brightest spots during the 24-hour period. Prasad told the Bangalore Mirror QUOTE "Within a minute of the rig going live, we could establish contact." ENDQUOTE.

Among his colleagues in the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club, Antarctica is the farthest anyone has contacted on their rigs. But Hong Kong, under tough conditions, still proved to be a shining moment. And VU3NPI enjoyed his Field Day moment in the sun after all.

(THE BANGALORE MIRROR, AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY OF INDIA)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; the Amateur Radio Society of India; the ARRL; the Bangalore Mirror; CQ Magazine; DX.NET; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; the Hindu; the Hindustan Times; Irish Radio Transmitter Society; K2BSA Amateur Radio Association; the Minuteman Repeater Association; the Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Wireless Institute of Australia; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. Our email address is newsline@arnewsline.org. More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website located at www.arnewsline.org.

We also remind our listeners that there's still time to nominate candidates for the 2016 Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year Award. This honor recognizes licensed amateurs who are no older than 19 and living in the U.S., Puerto Rico or Canada, and who have made significant contributions to ham radio and their community. To download an application form, visit our website, www.arnewsline.org, and click on the tab for "Y-H-O-T-Y." Completed applications should be sent to: The Young Ham of the Year Award, in care of Amateur Radio Newsline Inc., Editorial Office, P.O. Box 451, Huntington Station, New York 11746.

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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