Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2013, May 27, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 2013 with a release date of Friday, May 27, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Dayton 2016 is done - and we share some moments in a special report. Girl Scouts join the pack - the Amateur Radio Patch pack, that is. In England, a World War II wireless station gets official protection. And we hear from our 1998 Young Ham of the Year Award winner. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2013 coming your way right now.

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SKEETER: Missed going to Dayton Hamvention??? Well, we begin our newscast this week by bringing a little bit of Dayton to you. Here's a special report by Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

STEPHEN'S REPORT: From May 20 to May 22, Hara Arena in Dayton, Ohio was the place to be. Ask anyone. Ask Gordon West:

[GORDON]: "Hi there, Gordon West, WB6NOA, we're in Dayton, Ohio, 2016.............We're having a great time in Dayton this year as we do every year. So if you've not done Dayton put it on your schedule and we'll see you next year. Gordo, WB6NOA, clear."

STEPHEN: And the more than 25,000 attendees were from everywhere around the world:

MASHUP OF AUDIO FROM Chip Margelli, K7JA; Qatar Amateur Radio Society, A71A represented by Saleh Alqahtani, A71EZ; Nick Henwood, G3RWF, president of the Radio Society of Great Britain; and Vicki Mate, K8VGM of the 3905 Century Club.

STEPHEN: Seminars, workshops, VE sessions, and whole lot of new radios, antennas and other products vied for everyone's attention. Vendors found Hamvention the perfect place to showcase new introductions to the amateur world. So did AMSAT, the nonprofit amateur radio satellite organization. We spoke to Barry Baines, WD4ASW, AMSAT's president.

BARRY CLIP: "So one of the projects we are working with is called Phase 4B, "4" meaning geostationery or geosynchronous........."

STEPHEN: In all, it was a time for eyeball QSOs, banquets, prizes, expanding knowledge and to carry home a lot more luggage on the return trip home. Because no ham can resist something good for the shack and Hamvention had plenty of that. Before we leave, why don't we listen to one more hamster at Dayton: Bob Heil.

BOB HEIL CLIP: "Well it's Dayton 2016, here we are again. My first one was 1959......." 

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, reporting from Wadsworth Ohio.



SKEETER/ANCHOR: Now here's a new kind of radio patch you won't find in any catalogue. Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG has the details.

NEIL: Patches are nothing new to seasoned hams, but there's a new kind of patch in the works that breaks entirely new ground for Girl Scouts. That's right, Girl Scouts will soon be eligible to learn about ham radio and earn a patch, just as Boy Scouts have been doing with the longstanding Merit Badge.
In an announcement at the Instructors' Forum at the Dayton Hamvention on Friday, May 20, Maria Lysandrou, KD9BUS, described the new patch-in-progress, a joint effort between the ARRL and two Girl Scout troops. It's called the Radio and Wireless Technology patch and the program behind it includes a curriculum for Girl Scouts at all levels, introducing them to radio waves, the electromagnetic spectrum, GPS, and of course ham radio itself.  Local clubs are encouraged to work with Girl Scouts and help them along.

According to the ARRL website, authors of the curriculum in addition to ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ include two girl scout troop leaders:   Jill Galus, KB1SWV of the Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains, and Laura Northrop, KJ4ECA  of the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.  Cathy Freeman, KI4SBK;   James Neufell, K2GM;  Steve Sant Andrea, AG1YK;  and James Youngberg, K1NKR also contributed to the development of this program, and Carole Perry WB2MGP and others consulted with the group.

No, the patch is not a copy of the Boy Scout Merit Badge, but it has merit in other ways: It offers similar experiences and goals and kindles an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects and, hopefully, later careers. The patch has been a long time coming, and only recently met final approval.

Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, is also the contact person for this patch at the League.  You can find the information on the ARRL web site, or email

Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG, in Bloomington, Indiana.




SKEETER: Speaking of Scouting, the K2BSA callsign is active and Boy Scouts are on the air again, so be listening. We hear the details from Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD:

BILL'S REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting we have 2 activations of the K2BSA callsign in California and New Mexico, and reports from the field.

Steven Chambers, KK6YAV, will be the control operator for the portable 6 station at the Crew Training Backpacking Campout at Mt Baden-Powell in Glendora, CA.  Steven's crew will be hiking the Colby Trail and will be on-the-air sporadically between May 26th and May 31st.

Dale Finley, KB5NFT, will be the control operator for the portable 5 station at the Philmont Scout Camp in Cimarron, NM beginning June 1st and running throughout the summer. 

Now, from the field:

Jim Wilson, K5ND, reports that the K2BSA presence at Hamvention was a success.  Interest in Radio Scouting is increasing and we are looking forward to an active summer camp season with Scout Camps on the Air.

Russ Mickiewicz, N7QR, reports their activation at the Columbia Pacific Council Camporee hosted 200 scouts through the shack, and put 52 scouts on the air.

Ron Glass, WN7Y, reports the NPOTA station at the Black Otter District Spring Camporee hosted 150 scouts through the station, and put 45 scouts on the air.

Please help support this activity, and others involving youth in amateur radio, by working and spotting them on the air and online.  For more information on K2BSA and radio scouting, please visit

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


Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KB6OZX repeater in Riverside, California on Tuesdays.



SKEETER: In Britain, a radio relic from the Second World War has not just come out of the shadows, but gotten special protections. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

JEREMY's REPORT: While most radio operators are proud of the rigs and other equipment displayed proudly in their shacks, there is one wireless station just outside Norwich in the UK that operated in obscurity, from the very start, its access hidden behind a fake bookcase. The station also had to a nearby escape  tunnel. Clearly, this was not a typical radio shack, nor was it meant to be shared or even discovered -- at least not during World War II.

Keeping it hidden was the whole point when it was set into operation in 1940 by Winston Churchill. Civilian volunteers were dispatched there to transmit and receive messages for the Army, trading information to help ward off an invasion from Germany.

The station, which finally came to public light in 2012, was recently granted Heritage Protection by Historic England, a public organization that helps preserve the nation’s historic buildings and other important entities. This station, one of many set up by Churchill to monitor potential invasion, is known as the Pinebanks station. Located at Thorpe St. Andrews near Norwich, it is now among three underground wireless stations similarly protected - the others being Hare Warren Control Station in Wiltshire and a Second World War Zero Station at Heiferlaw in Northumberland.

But perhaps best of all, the station and its good work is now not only treasured, but needn't be a secret treasure anymore.

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




Pete Kemp, KZ1Z, was well-known inside the Connecticut headquarters of the ARRL. He had been Connecticut Section Communications Manager for six years during the 70s and 80s. In his long association with the league, he also held other field roles, for a time serving as an assistant director for New England's Division Director.

Pete Kemp, who most recently was living in Wesley Chapel, Florida, became a Silent Key on May 17.

Not only was he a licensed amateur for 47 years, he also authored one of the ARRL's publications, "A Teacher's Guide to Amateur Radio Instruction." An educator by profession, he had a polished way of imparting knowledge and it earned him Connecticut's award as Technology Teacher of the Year. He also became the ARRL's first Educational Advisor.

A retiree from the Bethel, Connecticut public school system, Kemp could be found as well in the classrooms at Central Connecticut State University as an adjunct member of the faculty.

The ARRL's Connecticut Section Manager, Betsey Doane, K1EIC, remembers him as QUOTE "a superb teacher in the high school, a wonderful mentor, licensed over 700 hams, an active member of Candlewood Amateur Radio Association and one who really understood what it meant to actualize his potential." ENDQUOTE

And an amateur radio friend of his, Bill Barrett, KW1B, called him QUOTE "a good soul with a gentle nature." ENDQUOTE

Pete Kemp was 67.




As the Wireless Institute of Australia prepares for its annual general meeting and conference on Norfolk Island, a team of Australian amateurs are activating the island through May 31, working as VK9NT. Listen for them on all bands from 160m to 10m, working CW, SSB & RTTY. Be listening too during the meeting weekend for the WIA's Commemorative Station VI9ANZAC. Other stations operating will include VK9WI and VK9WIA.

Olli, OH0XX, is activating PZ50X from Suriname through June 1 and can be found mainly on CW, from 160 meters to 6meters. Send QSLs to his home call; logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

Listen for Randy WW6RG on Diego Garcia Island in the Chagos Archipelago through May 30. He will be using the call sign VQ9RA, working SSB on 20, 17 and 15m. Send QSLs to his home call.

Finally, a World War II special event station is being operated by the Radio Club des Ardennes through June 21. Their call sign is OS101AB, honoring the 101st Airborne Division's action during the Battle of the Bulge. Send QSL cards via the Belgian QSL Bureau.



SKEETER: Our last report for this week answers the question: "Whatever happened to some of those winners of our Young Ham of the Year Award?" We have an answer from our 1998 winner -- and from Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, who caught up with him recently.

DON: We got an email recently from Richard Paczkowski, KF4BIA.  Richard was our 1998 Young Ham Of The Year and he joins us now via Skype.  Richard, great to catch up with you! Bring us up to speed on where life has taken you since 1998.


DON: Let’s go back to that day in 1998.  The phone rings and its Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF informing you that you’re the Young Ham Of The Year.  Tell us about that.


DON: How is life in your world these days?


DON: I think that is an amazing idea!  Tell us how to enter.


DON: Frugal Florida  Richard Paczkowski, KF4BIA, our 1998 Young Ham Of The Year.  It’s been great catching up with you!


DON: Again, the website is Frugal Florida  Pass it along.  There’s more to our chat and you can hear it all as a Newsline Extra.  Visit our website, and click the Extra tab at the top of the page.  While you’re there, check out the YHOTY tab. I’m Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.

SKEETER: Great things happen to great young hams! With that in mind, We remind our listeners that the deadline is June 30 -- so there's only a little time left to nominate candidates for this year's Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year Award. This honor recognizes licensed amateurs 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. Visit our website,, and click on the tab for "Y-H-O-T-Y" for an application. Send completed applications 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. Remember you have only until June 30.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; the ARRL; the BBC; CQ Magazine; Dayton Hamvention; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Historic England; Irish Radio Transmitter Society; the K2BSA Anmateur Radio Association; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. Please send emails to our address at More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website located at

For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Topeka, Kansas saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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