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ARNewsline Report 1810 -- Apr 20 2012:

Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on April 20, 2012
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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1810 – April 20 2012

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1810 with a release date of April 20th, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. A new report released by a ham in Germany highlights various radar sources that could interfere with amateur radio; the Sun shows its might again as a major eruption hits the North-East limb; amateur radio responds to tornado devastation in the central U-S; Scouting gets its own IRLP Topic Channel and Riley is coming to CQ Magazine. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1810 coming your way right now.

WORLDBEAT: NEW OTH RADAR REPORT RELEASED BY DK20M

A new paper released by a ham in Germany may shed some light on sources of interference on the ham bands caused by radar systems world-wide. Jim Davis, W2JKD, has more:

Wolfgang Hadel DK2OM has made available a report documenting High Frequency Over The Horizon radar systems used around the world. Also included are Ionosphere and Troposhere Diagnostic Radars as well as well as Ocean Wave and Coastal Radars. All of these can interfere with amateur radio and shortwave listening.

The report is an exceedingly thorough look at these various Radar systems and their uses. It also includes explanations of how some of these systems work and include photographs, maps and graphs of some of the operations.

The 36 page report is free to anyone who wants a copy. You can download it in Adobe .pdf format at tinyurl.com/oth-radar-report.

I’m Jim Davis, W2JKD.

Again that U-R-L to obtain a free copy of the paper is tinyurl.com/oth-radar-report

(IARU-R1)

NEWSLINE FOLLOW-UP: NEW RADAR MAY HAVE CAUSED SOCAL HAM TO ECEIVE NOV

A follow-up and a possible answer to the question raised last week of just what aeronautical radar system Gary Dent, AF6HP, was issued a Notice of Violation by the FCC for interfering with. Its now been made public that the FAA is in the process deploying a new generation of Common Air Route Surveillance Radar that operates in the 23 centimeter band. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with what we know:

Well Don, most of what we know comes in the form of a news release from the ARRL Letter. It says that the deployment of what is known as the updated Common Air Route Surveillance Radar has some implications for the use of the 1240 to 1300 MHz band by radio amateurs.

According to the ARRL story, the improved Common Air Route Surveillance Radar systems are being installed in several dozen locations throughout the country, albeit the exact placement has not been announced. And as stated, this radar system is a primary user of the band meaning that any and all other users must protect it from any man made interference. That includes amateur radio which holds secondary status.

At this point, all that’s really known is that the radar will use various frequencies in the 1240-1350 MHz range with an occupied bandwidth of about 3 MHz. As such, the League says that in the vicinity of these radars, amateur operation may be precluded in a portion of the 23 cm band.

The ARRL says that it is in contact with FAA engineers and that it anticipates that the constraints on amateur use of the band will be limited to those necessary to protect aviation safety. This of coarse is something that cannot ever be compromised.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the newsroom in Los Angeles.

Whether or not this radar is the reason that AF6HP received his Notice of Violation is not known because it’s also not known if the Los Angeles area is the home of one of the improved radar facilities. Nor does it explain the additional charge of broadcasting that was included in the NOV issued to AF6HP. (ARRL, others)

PROPAGATION: SPECTACULAR APRIL 16th EXPLOSION ON THE SUN

Another spectacular display from old Sol. On April 16th around 17:45 UTC, magnetic fields curling over the sun's northeastern limb rose up and erupted, producing one of the most visually-spectacular explosions in years.

The event, which also produced an M1.7-class solar flare and a coronal mass ejection, was not Earth-directed. Nevertheless, it confirms suspicions that a significant active region of our home star is rotating onto the Earth facing side of the sun. This could mean more flares and some interesting propagation in the coming days and weeks.

Please visit spaceweather.com for videos of this solar event and the very latest updates. (W0WOI, VHF Reflector)

NAMES IN THE NEWS: K4ZDH NAMED NEW CQ MAGAZINE CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Retired FCC amateur radio enforcement chief Riley Hollingsworth, K-4- Zed-D-H, has been named a CQ magazine contributing editor, succeeding "Washington Readout" editor Fred Maia, W5YI, who recently became a Silent Key.

Hollingsworth, a ham since 1960 and a longtime FCC attorney became a household name in amateur radio in 1998. That’s when he was named Special Counsel for Amateur Radio in the Commission's then newly-created Enforcement Bureau.

His highly-visible enforcement actions were cheered by a majority in the amateur community. Especially after more than a decade during which FCC enforcement on the ham bands was virtually non existent.

Riley Hollingsworth retired from the FCC in 2008, but has continued to be in demand for personal appearances within the ham radio community. And according to CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, he was the natural choice for a column on regulatory matters concerning amateur radio:

W2VU: “If you are looking for a columnist on regulatory affairs, who is better qualified than Riley Hollingsworth?

“He spent 30 years in the FCC; kept us all in-line for over a decade; continues to be a widely sought after speaker at hamfests and clubs and is very widely respected throughout the amateur community.”

Riley Hollingsworth’s new monthly column will be titled "Riley's Ramblings." According to Moseson, it will incorporate "Washington Readout's" coverage of legislative and administrative actions that affect amateur radio along with additional topics of importance and/or interest to CQ's readers and the ham radio public at large.

Hollingsworeth’s first column will appear in the July, 2012, issue of CQ. In it he will explain why ongoing FCC enforcement actions since his retirement have been somewhat "under the radar."

Riley Hollingsworth holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Carolina, and a law degree from Wake Forest University. He lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Pat. (CQ)

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the W7KYC repeater serving the city of Portland, Oregon.

RESCUE RADIO: AMATEUR RADIO RESPONDS TO MID-WEST TORNADOES

Amateur radio operators in several states responded as a spate of tornadoes devastated areas of several states. We have more in this report:

When high winds and tornadoes called on Oklahoma Friday, April 13th, amateur radio Skywarn spotters and Amateur Radio Emergency Service members were ready.

Rick Smith, KI5GT, the warning coordination meteorologist in Norman said: "Once again, storm spotters played a critical role in helping the National Weather Service and local officials deal with dangerous storms during the past week across Oklahoma.

Amateur radio reports from local storm spotters gave forecasters important ground truth information when tornadoes struck southwest Oklahoma on April 13th. And it was a trained storm spotter from a volunteer fire department in northwest Oklahoma who alerted the National Weather Service as the tornado that would go on to strike Woodward, Oklahoma first developed. That information prompted a tornado warning that gave residents of Woodward about 20 minutes advance warning."

Near the town a Blair, Altus Skywarn Association members were providing spotter reports on the WX5ASA repeater system. In fact, the day after the tornado, Skywarn Coordinator Steve Grayson, KE5BPL, was leading a team of Red Cross volunteers in damage assessment. Within another two days, Grayson was deployed to Woodward to help with the recovery from the tragic F-3 tornado strike there.

Similar stories played out in the "tornado ravaged" cities of Woodward, Cherokee, and Norman where a total of seven deaths were reported. Cleanup and Recovery continues in Oklahoma which has seen at least one County so far declared by the Governor as a disaster area.

In addition to Oklahoma, several other states suffered storm damage as well. There, ham radio operators played key roles in severe weather spotting and relief efforts as well.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Don Carlson, KQ6FM, in Reno.

More on this in future Amateur Radio Newsline reports. (KC5FM, National Weather Service Norman OK., others)

RADIO LAW: HAM GATHERING SIGNATURES ON PETITION TO VOID ANTENNA PROHIBITIONS

N4UM tells Newsline that he has begun a petition drive to the FCC. This, in an attempt to get the regulatory agency to void antenna prohibitions by developers and Home Owners Associations.

As of this report the petition has garnered over 700 signatures. N4UM says that he is doing this now because the FCC is currently requesting formal comments on emergency communications in amateur radio. The agency also wants to know the effects of impediments to the amateur radio service as part of the Docket GN 12-91 inquiry.

Comments on this federal study close on May 17th. N4UM says that his petition will also close on this same day. You can find his petition on-line at tinyurl.com/antenna-rights (N4UM)

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ENFORCEMENT: FCC SETTLES 2007 UNCERTIFIED TRANSMITTERS WITH CONSENT DECREE

A Consent Decree has ended the case involving a hobby electronics supplier accused by the FCC of selling non-certified broadcast transmitters in the United States. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details:

The FCC has entered into a Consent Decree with Richard Mann doing business as the Antique Radio Collector. The Consent Decree settles an enforcement proceeding begun back in November of 2006, when the FCC’s Spectrum Enforcement Division issued the Letter of Inquiry to Mann in response to a complaint alleging that he was assembling SSTRAN model AMT3000 AM transmitters built from kits and then marketing them in the United States.

In March of 2007 the regulatory agency issued the Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture against Mann in the amount of $7,000 wich was affirmed that November. This lead to a number of Petitions for Reconsideration over the next 5 years and finally to a decision by the FCC and Mann that it would be far more prudent to finalize the matter through a Consent Decree. This decree has now been accepted by all parties and brings the matter to a close.

For the Amateur radio Newsline, I’m Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

You can read the entire decision and the text of the Consent Decree on-line at tinyurl.com/RichardMannConsentDecree (CGC, FCC)

ENFORCEMENT: ANOTHER UNLICENSED FLORIDA BROADCASTER FINED

The FCC has affirmed a Forfeiture Order in the amount of ten $10,000 to Robenson Thermitus of Miami, Florida. This for his alleged operation of an unlicensed radio transmitter on the frequency 98.7 MHz in the Miami area.

Back on January 20, 2012, the Enforcement Bureau’s Miami Office issued the $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to Thermitus. Since that time Thermitus has not filed a response to the NAL.

Now, based on the information the FCC has before it, the regulatory agency has now upheld the forfeiture order and given. Its also provided Thermitus the customary 30 days to pay the fine or to file an appeal. (FCC)

HAM RADIO AND SCOUTING: NEW DEDICATED IRLP TOPIC CHANNEL FOR SCOUTS

Radio Scouting and the Jamboree on the Air now have a common meeting place for Internet Radio Linking Project contacts or IRLP. As one of the new Topic Channels, scouts need only connect to IRLP Node 9091 to make contact with one another.

The Radio Scouting and Jamboree on the Air Topic Channel is available for use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A recommended time for calling has initially been established for 1800 UTC for weekend activities, such as Radio Merit Badge events, as well as contacts during Summer Camp. Another suggested time is 0100 UTC to accommodate most scouts during the evening hours.

For detailed information on available IRLP repeaters in your area, how IRLP works and operating guidelines, visit www.irlp.net on the World-Wide-Web. For more information about this and other IRLP Topic Channels take your web browser to www.irlptopics.net. (NZART)

WITH QCWA: BECOME A MEMBER OR PAY DUES ON-LINE

The Quarter Century Wireless Association has announced that those eligible can now join the organization or renew membership on-line.

The link to the applications are at www.qcwa.org/how-to-join.php After you complete the form, click 'Add to Cart. From there you yiu will be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction.

You don't need to be a member of PayPal to use a Debit or Credit card. You do need to be a member of PayPal to use your checking or savings account electronic transfer. Eligibility to join QCWA requires a continuous 25 years as a licensed amateur radio operator. (N0UF)

HAM HAPPENINGS: N6G TO CELEBRATE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE AT AGE 75

A Healdsburg, California ham has announced a special event operation to celebrate the 75th anniversary of one of the states most usefull landmarks. Jim Damron, N8TMW, is here with more:

Will Pattullo, AE6YB, tells Newsline that he will be hosting special event N6G an May 26 and the 27th. This to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the opening of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

AE6YB says he will definitely be on 7.265, 14.265 and 21.265 MHz during the two-day operation. He will also try to get on 80 and 10 meters if time permits. Domestic U-S stations should QSL N6G via AE6YB with a self addressed stamped envelope direct via his callbook address. DX stations are asked to include a US dollar to cover return postage.

From Charleston, West Virginia, I’m Jim Damron, N8TMW, reporting.

More about the event is on line at AE6YB’s information page on QRZ.com. (AE6YB)

HAMVENTION HAMVENTION 2012 AFFILIATED EVENT: MEGALINK™ TO PROVIDE HAMVENTION AREA WIDE COVERAGE

If you will be attending Hamvention 2012, heres a bit of news for you. And again this year, K9NZF Systems and the Chief Anderson Amateur Radio Club are hosting the Dayton Hamvention MegALinK special event wide area voice network.

The MegALinK was conceived as a way to provide FM mobile voice coverage from west central Indiana all the way to Dayton, Ohio. This year it will also provide coverage into and on the grounds of the Dayton Hamvention itself.

More about it and how to use it is on-line at www.k9nzf.com. Questions and comments go by e-mail to megalink (at) k9nzf (dot) com. (K9ZF Systems)

HAMVENTION 2012 AFFILIATED EVENT TALK VIA A SATELLITE AT THE DAYTON HAMVENTION

AMSAT is inviting students attending the 2012 Dayton Hamvention to stop by the Satellite Demonstration Area just outside of the Ball Area entrance. This to experience the thrill of taking part in an actual contact using one or more of the currently on-orbit amateur satellites.

There will be AMSAT volunteers there to explain how to make the contacts and during actual satellite passes. AMSAT adds that its volunteers will try to get as many students as possible to complete actual contacts.

There will be lists of satellite pass times in the satellite demonstration area and at the AMSAT booth inside the exhibition area to help those wanting to talk via a satellite to plan their schedule accordingly. (ANS)

HAMVENTION 2012 AFFILIATED EVENT: A MORNING OF D-STAR INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTION

Hamvention goers who are thinking of getting a D-STAR radio or those who are newly involved in the technology might want to take note of an affiliated event session.

A three hour class titled “A Morning of D-STAR Information and Instruction for New D-STAR Users” will take place on Friday, May 18th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon Eastern Daylight time with check-in starting at 8:30 a.m.. The venue is the Drury Inn Ballroom located at 6616 Miller Lane, in Dayton.

There, several well known instructors will take you step by step into the world of D-Star digital audio communications. Some of the subjects to be covered include what D-STAR is, what can it do and how is it used. You will also learn what equipment is currently available, how radio memory management works, how to link to other repeaters and reflectors and much more. And those who attend will be eligible at a chance to win an Icom ID-31A handheld D-STAR radio.

The cost of the session is $25 and anyone planning to attend must register on-line before April 25th. To do that, simply take your web browser to tinyurl.com/dstar-dayton-register and fill in the required fields. More information on the session itself can be found at www.dstarinfo.com. (DSTARINFO.COM)

This is ham radio news for today’s radio amateur. From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:

HAM HAPPENINGS: EMCOMMWEST – MAY 4 TO 6 IN RENO NEVADA

While the Dayton Hamvention is the show on almost everyones mind, its not the only big show happening in May. Another is Emcommwest that’s held each year in Reno, Nevada. Here’s Amateur Radio Newsline’s Don Carlson, KQ6FM, with the details:

Emcommwest is returning to Reno, NV on May 4th through the 6th. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the ARRL Specialty Convention, with focus on Emergency Communications. But hurry, the advance registration deadline will be at Midnight on Saturday April 28th.

This year our ARRL Keynote speaker will be League COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B who will bring us the latest on Amateur Radio in general, with our ARRL Forum, hosted by Pacific Division Director Bob vallio, W6RGG.

We are especially proud to bring special guest and Sat. night banquet speaker Chip Margelli, K7JA, who was with Heil Sound for many years and is now Director of Sales & Marketing for CQ Magazine. You may remember Chip from the Code vs. Texting contest on the Jay Leno show a few years back. Emcommwest is honored to have this Amateur Radio legend join us for the 10th anniversary year.

The Sunday morning breakfast will welcome back Tom Taormina K5RC operator of the legendary contest station.

New this year will be an “ARES Leadership Forum” on Sunday morning, with a panel of SEC’s discussing new ideas, innovations, large scale exercises and a wide variety of topics of interest to the Emergency Communications world in Amateur Radio.

Also new this year will be NARRI’s VOIP conference all day Friday May 4th, Of course there will be the Friday night BBQ hosted by the SATERN team, vendor hall, Saturday morning swap meet and a host of topical forums and training sessions again this year.

For The Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Don Carlson, KQ6FM in Reno.

For more information and registration, please head to the website emcommwest.org, or email info (at) emcommwest (dot) org. (Emcommwest)

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: LYRID METEOR SHOWER APRIL 21-22

The rocks in the sky are coming again. W0WOI reports via the VHF Reflector that Earth is approaching the debris field of ancient Comet Thatcher which is the source of the annual Lyrid meteor shower.

Forecasters expect the shower to peak on April 21st and 22nd. A nearly new moon on those dates will provide perfect dark-sky conditions for meteor watching.

According to meteor scatter enthusiasts, usually the shower is mild with about 10 to 20 meteors per hour. But unmapped filaments of dust in the comet's tail sometimes trigger outbursts 10 times stronger.

You can follow the approaching event and get nmore information on it on-line at spaceweather.com. (W0WOI via VHF Reflector)

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: SA AMSAT SPACE SYMPOSIUM – MAY 12

The South Africa AMSAT Space Symposium will be held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday May 12th. The theme of the symposium is five decades of amateur satellites and celebrating the launch of OSCAR 1 fifty years ago. The full program and registration details are at tinyurl.com/sa-amsat-symposium (SARL)

ON THE AIR: VO1AA SPECIAL EVENT TO CELEBRATE MARCONI BIRTHDAY

On the air, the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs will be celebrating the birthday of inventor Guglielmo Marconi. This, by operating station VO1AA on Wednesday, April 25th and welcoming some special guest at the same time.

The club plans on making an amateur eadio contact with Princess Elettra Marconi who will be in Bologna, Italy to celebrate her father's birthday. On this side of the Atlantic it is planned to have the Canadian Heritage Minister, the City of St. John's Mayor along with the Newfoundland Lieutenant Governor, exchange greetings with the Princess via amateur radio from VO1AA which will be located at the Cabot Tower.

This is the first time that this event has been attempted. As such, it is anticipated that it may attain a high level media exposure for amateur radio in Canada and possibly in Italy as well. Marconi received the first wireless signal at Signal Hill, Newfoundland. (VO1DTM/VO1DM)

DX

In DX, word that ON4CIT is reporting that a DXpedition to Togo will take place at the end of 2012 or the beginning of 2013. The callsign mentioned is 5V7TH. The exact dates are still to be determined. More as new information is made available.

OH1VR will be operational portable SV9 from Crete between April 21st and the 28th. OH1VR along with OH1ZAA will then be on the air portable VP9 from Bermuda between May 7th and the 13th. Activity for both operations will be on the HF bands and 6 meters, and using CW and SSB. QSL via their respective home callsigns.

Members of the Polish Amateur Radio Club Flora Fauna are active as HF-87-WARD through April 30th. This to celebrate the World Amateur Radio Day and the 87th anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union. QSL electronically via eQSL.cc and W-F-F LogSerach.

ZL1DD is now active as XU7AEL from the XU7AAA Rental Shack in Cambodia. He should be at that location through at least April 21st. Operation is on 80 through 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

VE2XB will be on the air as V-31-X-B from Caye Caulker Island, Belize, between May 11th and the 31st. His activity will be on all High Frequency bands, as well as 6 meters. Modes mentioned are CW and SSB using an Elecraft K3 into a Hexbeam. QSL via VE2XB as listed on QRZ.com.

Lastly, ON4CIT and ON4BEC will be active as TO3X from St Barthelemy through April 30th. They will be using 40 through 6 meters on SSB and RTTY with some CW. QSL via ON4CIT, direct, via the bureau, or electronically using Logbook of the World

(Above from various DX news sources)

THAT FINAL ITEM: JAPAN CONSTRUCTION COMPANY PLANS SPACE ELEVATOR

And finally this week, while it might the stuff of science fiction dreams are made ofr, a Japanese construction company has announced that it will have built a working space elevator by 2050. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, is here with this glimpse into the future:

Imagine putting a microsat under your arm, taking it on an elevator ride to a geostationary on-orbit outpost and eventually hsving it tossed into space. Such might be the case in about 40 to 50 years if the plans of a Japan-based construction company come to pass.

According to the The Daily Yomiuri newspaper, the company known as Obayashi Corporation has announced it will build a kind of space elevator by the year 2050. One that will be capable of shuttling passengers and supplies 36,000 kilometers above the Earth.

The company plans to use carbon nanontubes, which are said to be 20 times stronger than steel, to produce the cables required for the elevator. Those cables will be stretched to a counterweight 96,000 kilometers above our planet. Thats about one-fourth of the distance between the Earth and the moon.

An Obayashi official told the newspaper that the terminal station to be located 36,000 kilometers above Earth, will be reached by cars that can carry 30 people and travel at 200 kilometers per hour.

He adds that at this moment, the company cannot estimate the cost for the project. However, they will try to make steady progress so that it won't end just up as simply a dream.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heather Butera-Howell. KB3TZD, looking at the future from near Burwick, Pennsylvania.

The Obayashi spokesperson could not estimate the cost the cost of the project but did admit that it will be high. And whether this project can actually become a reality is up for discussion for at least the time being. (Yomiuri News)

NEWSCAST CLOSE

With thanks to AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC Communicator, CQ Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the RSGB, TWIT-TV, the Southgate News and Australia's W-I-A News, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline™. Our e-mail address is newsline (at) arnewsline (dot) org. More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's™ only official website located at www.arnewsline.org. You can also write to us or support us at Amateur Radio Newsline™, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita California, 91350

A reminder that the nominating period for the 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award is now open. Full details and a downloadable nominating form are on our website at arnewsline.org/yhoty.

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors desk, I’m Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, saying 73 and we thank you for listening.

Amateur Radio Newsline™ is Copyright 2012. All rights reserved.

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