Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2021, July 24, 2016

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2021 with a release date of Sunday, July 24, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST.  Concern surfaces over amateur radio licenses in Turkey the wake of the failed coup in that nation. Australian authorities crack down on an unlicensed FM broadcaster. The editor of DXCoffee ham radio magazine is hospitalized following an accident -- and we have an update on Colorado's Hayden Pass Fire. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2021 coming your way right now.





JIM/ANCHOR: As this edition of Amateur Radio Newsline went to production, we received conflicting reports over the state of amateur radio licenses in that politically troubled nation.

Early reports indicated that the airwaves had gone silent after Turkish President Recep Erdogan had  ordered the Supreme Council of Radio and Television to revoke 3,213 ham licenses along with those of more than 20 TV and radio broadcasters. We were also told that numerous websites were also shut down. The news was reported in QRP World which claimed to confirm its details from TRAC, the national amateur radio nonprofit organization in Turkey, which represents Turkey in the International Amateur Radio Union. The IARU, however, had no immediate statement in response on its website as of Thursday, July 21.

It was unclear at deadline time what changes amateurs face, if any, under the latest severe government actions. Word came to Amateur Radio Newsline on Thursday, July 21, that Turkey's sweeping restrictions against radio and TV operations had not yet affected that nation's amateur licensees.

One Turkish amateur, Tevfik TA1HZ, reported to us in an email QUOTE "as of this time, there are is no curfew imposed on amateur radio in Turkey. The country is now under "extraordinary circumstances law" but BTK The Communications Authority has not released any announcement about ham radio restrictions." ENDQUOTE

Tevfik, a Turkish physician, added: QUOTE "There is no information about any restrictions for amateur radio." ENDQUOTE

Turkey's president had earlier told Al Jazeera on Wednesday, July 20 that he was not convinced the coup attempt was entirely over. He said QUOTE "I don't think we have come to the end of it." ENDQUOTE

Amateur Radio Newsline will continue to follow this story.



JIM/ANCHOR: We continue our breaking news report with this update on the Hayden Pass Fire that has burned more than 16,000 acres in Colorado's Fremont County. Amateur Radio Newsline's Amanda Alden-Carrier, K1DDN, the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the county, sent an update to Newsline on Wednesday, July 20 -- 12 days after lightning first sparked the deadly wildfire. Amanda told us that Colorado ARES amateurs remained active through Friday, July 15 and handled all traffic via the DTR system on 800 MHz. She said in an email that QUOTE "these wildfires spready so quickly, that it reminds us all to be ready to answer the call for help in a matter of minutes - not hours." ENDQUOTE According to various news reports, evacuees were allowed back home Tuesday, July 19. Amanda told us, one day later, that the second part of the ARES activation remained on standby, with the possibility of staffing the Red Cross shelters. With Amanda in the field, Newsline will have more on this story as it develops.




JIM/ANCHOR: One of the most popular events in ham radio isn't a contest but a celebration of the world's lighthouses. In New York's Hudson Valley, one club is celebrating the distinction of being registrant number 300 for this event, which takes place next month.

NEIL's REPORT: Three hundred might just be a lucky number for the QSY Society in Dutchess County, New York. Organizers of the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend have identified the ham radio club as the 300th registrant for the annual two-day August event. This year more than 36 countries are represented so far, from Australia and Argentina to Sri Lanka and Uruguay.

The QSY Society will be active on Saturday, August 20, operating with 100 watts and some wire antennas at the pavilion in Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park in Staatsburgh. The location gives them a great view of the 19th century Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, an octagonal wooden tower in the Hudson River, according to Paul Bork, KD2CCW, one of the organizers. The lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and operates as a museum.

The club station K2QS will be working several HF bands, both on phone and CW. Best of all, the event is not a contest so there's no pressure. It may not be a walk in the park, but it's definitely going to be a TALK in the park.

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




JIM/ANCHOR: Pasquale La Gamba, IZ8IYX, chief editor of DXCoffee, the Italian-based amateur radio magazine, has been hospitalized following an accident in which he was struck by a car while enroute to work. Word of the accident was disclosed on the Dxcoffee website as well as on the magazine's Facebook page. Details about his condition were not provided. Both web page reports indicated that although Pasquale survived, he will have to undergo two surgeries.

The DXCoffee staff also indicated that readers should expect less activity on the website for the next several weeks -- until Pasquale is able to return.

We here at Amateur Radio Newsline would like to wish Pasquale a swift and complete recovery.




Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Arlington Amateur Radio Club's W4WVP repeater in Arlington, Virginia on Tuesday evenings at 7.



JIM/ANCHOR: In Germany, ham radio licenses continue their steady decline. But if the German national amateur radio society has its way, that may change soon. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

JEREMY: With the number of licensed radio amateurs reported to be shrinking in Germany, it appears that members of the German national amateur radio society have their work cut out for them; however the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club seems to be up to that task. A release of amateur radio licensing figures earlier this year tells a story of this ongoing slump in German licensees over the years. In 2002, Germany had about 80,000 radio amateurs -- a number that dropped steadily to 67,468 by the start of 2015.

Those figures made available by Gerrit Herzig DH8GHH, however, also tell a story of hope. The DARC noted that the numbers show a steady growth in the number of DN call signs held by those training young amateurs. By the start of the new year, 2015, those training licenses had grown to 2,925, up from 2,126 counted only four years earlier. The number of exam candidates had also increased.

The figures have presented a challenge that the DARC has already risen to meet. The DARC makes a free training course available on-line on its website, and members have also become increasingly pro-active in working with young hams and hopefuls of all ages. The DARC provides information on correspondence courses and its website features sample questions from the licensing test. The idea is to get the numbers back up again. Statistics for 2015 reflect some growth, with 590 candidates taking the Class E exam last year and 325 for the higher level Class A exam. Compare that with the five years previously when only 379 candidates sat for the Class E exam and 147 for Class A.

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




JIM/ANCHOR: In Australia, one radio operator got a stern reminder, and faces a hefty fine, after going on the air as a commercial FM broadcaster. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, with the story, which also serves as a cautionary tale to amateurs too.

GRAHAM: The latest reminder to radio operators from one Australian court is this: No matter where in the world you are, before you get on the air, whether for amateur or commercial purposes, get a license. Dan Morris, a pirate radio operator in the suburb of West Wollongong in New South Wales was fined for illegally
operating a reggae station in the commercial FM broadcast band.

According to published reports, the Australian Communications and Media Authority discovered he was operating from his home-based station, transmitting about 150 watts on 99.4 MHz and raided his home earlier in the year. In a published report in the Illawara Mercury he did not deny operation, but simply said he was filling community needs. He was quoted as saying he believed he had about 800 listeners.

The raid on his home in February, conducted with a search warrant, brought his operation to a halt. Court action followed earlier this
month. The local magistrate ordered that in addition to paying the fine, he would have his broadcast equipment confiscated. According to the
Illawara Mercury report.

Magistrate Michael Stoddart fined Morris a total of 3,000 Australian Dollars. He was charged with possessing and operating
radiocommunications devices without a licence. He told the court that he had looked into getting a license in the aftermath of the raid. That
request was denied by the ACMA.

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




JIM/ANCHOR: In India, a group of undergraduate women recently got an introduction to ham radio that included a history lesson as well as a look to the future. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

JASON: Nearly 4 dozen students from St. Francis College for Women in Hyderabad, India, accompanied their lecturers on a visit to the National Institute of Amateur Radio in Hyderabad on Saturday, July 16, to learn more about ham radio and to tour the Amateur Radio Museum there. They were given a live demonstration of operating on the VHF bands, and got to watch videos as well as a Power Point presentation about other aspects of the hobby.

The museum, which houses artefacts that tell the history of wireless from the earliest inventions, regularly presents these kinds of awareness programs to schools and other organizations who want to know more about the technology behind all modes of modern ham radio.

So while the 43 undergraduates who attended the program may be studying to earn their B.Sc degree, it's likely some of them may also end up getting their "YL" calls too.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.




JIM/ANCHOR: There's lots going on in radio scouting in the week ahead, including a special event station. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD.

BILL'S REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting in addition to our 3 scout camps that are on the air this summer as K2BSA and making the news, we have a special event station coming on the air in Michigan and updates on the National Jamboree. 

Richard Zarczynski, AC8FJ, will be the control operator for the portable 8 station at the Michigan International Camporee at the Northwoods Scout Reservation in Lupton, MI from July 24 to July 31.  This special camporee, occurring once every four years, has scouts from over 20 countries as well as from 14 U.S. states.  The 1,000-scouters camp will experience a miniature World Jamboree. Richard will have a special event station set up to let other amateurs know on various frequencies about the event.

Jim Wilson, K5ND, announced that K2BSA has secured sponsorship for the National Jamboree in 2017 from Icom America, DX Engineering, and MFJ Enterprises.  The volunteer roster is full and all leadership roles are filled.  We are all looking forward to a successful event next summer.

Congratulations to the team at Camp Geiger on making it on the news.  Fox 26, KNPN, did a video segment on the scouts finishing their week of radio merit badge work at camp.  Be sure to check it out.

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.




In the world of DX, Pierre HB9AMO is operating as HH2/HB9AMO on CW until July 26 from Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Send QSL cards to M0URX.

Listen for ST2M using the special callsign ST0A from Khartoum, Sudan until the end of July. You are most likely to hear him on 40m to 10m SSB. Send QSLs directly to ST2M.

Noro OM6NM will be active from Corfu Island during the Radio Society of Great Britain's IOTA Contest on July 30 and July 31. Listen for Noro working as SV8/OM6NM. Send QSL cards to OM2FY.



JIM/ANCHOR: We close this week's newscast with a story about propagation and peaches. That's right: peaches. In South Carolina, this year's Peach Festival ended up bearing a different kind of fruit for participating amateur radio operators: successful contacts with hams as distant as North Dakota and even Mexico. The Special Event station, W4W, had been set up at the peach festival by Cherokee County Coroner, Dennis Fowler, KG4JIA, using a fully equipped emergency communications trailer reserved for disaster response.

In a recent report in the Gaffney Ledger newspaper, Fowler shared his excitement about the special operation, saying, QUOTE "Ham radio operators all over the world were part of the festival." ENDQUOTE Indeed, the station's log, compiled over a 24-hour period, showed 107 successful QSOs made on Saturday, July 16.

That surely proved to festival-goers and ham radio operators alike that the next best thing to enjoying fresh local peaches may be having the best pickings from the crop of radio contacts worldwide.



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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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