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ARNewsline Report 1843 -- Dec 7 2012:

Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on December 7, 2012
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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1843 – December 7 2012

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1843 with a release date of December 7, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams provide emergency communications as a massive typhoon hits the Philippines; The IARU Region 3 Monitoring System notes an increase in the number of intrusions into the amateur radio bands; hams in Taiwan say that they are in need of additional operating spectrum and the FCC plans to hold several hearings on the communications breakdowns caused by Hurricane Sandy. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1843 coming your way right now.


When Typhoon Bopha hit the Philippines, it uprooted trees, downed power lines, sparked landslides and made 40,000 people head for shelters. And ham radio was out in the middle of it doing what it does best. Providing emergency communications as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline’s Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF:

When it made landfall on December 4th local time in the Philippines, Typhoon Bopha was the strongest of about 20 typhoons to affect that country in recent times. The storm brought with it heavy rain and winds gusting 110 to 130 miles per hour as it came ashore near the city of Mindanao.

The Philippine Amateur Radio Association had its emergency radio operations in activated by the time the typhoon struck. Ham radio operators immediately began assisting in the communication needs of several cities using all available means of communication. This included a high frequency net on 7.095 MHz, VHF FM on 144.740 MHz, the internet and even social media to monitor the situation and give updates to those in need.

RADNET 5, a local amateur radio club in Tacloban was active in helping provide the city with a vital communications link. It’s members were in constant coordination with the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council. As this report is prepared, so far it has assisted in the evacuation of 5,700 families.

RADNET 5 also was assisting the Red Cross in Tacloban and Saint Bernard. The government of Tacloban City has been using its Convention Center as one of its evacuation centers.

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

According to news reports, casualties have been minimal, due to preparations, the cooperation of evacuees and the mammoth response and recovery efforts. More on this story as developments warrant. (DU1EV, PARA)


The IARU Region 3 Monitoring System notes an increase in the number of intrusions in the higher frequency bands, particular from Over the Horizon Radar on 15 meters. In the newsletter Peter Young VK3MV reports that some of these radar emissions into northern Australia are very strong and a report has been filed with the Australian Regulator which is seeking information and their removal.

With high frequency propagation improving there are more sightings of intrusions on 10 meters from low power commercial like services. These include reports of High Frequency Man Pack operations that are being logged. Unfortunately, due to the random nature of these signals locating their source is difficult.

Also, reported is a Burmese broadcast station operating on 7 dot 110 MHz in the 40 meter band. It has been reported to the Australian telecommunications regulator in the hope of using international diplomatic channels to get it to move out of the 40 meter ham radio allocation. (IARU R-3)


Hams in Taiwan say that they are in need of additional operating spectrum and have prepared a report that explains what, where and why. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the details:

Taiwan's national society the CTARL, presented a paper regarding amateur radio in that country at the recent IARU Region 3 conference. In it the Taiwanese ham radio community says that it is seeking to expand several amateur allocations.

On 80 meters where they currently only have 3.5 to 3.5125 and 3.55 to 3.5625 MHz, they are seeking an allocation from 3.5 to 3.9 MHz. On 6 meters they have just 50 to 50.0125 and 50.11 to 50.1225 MHz. As such they are seeking the entire 50.0 to 54.0 MHz band and to add 146 to 148 MHz to their existing 144 to 146 MHz allocation.

Taiwan has very limited amateur allocations in the UHF and Microwave bands, only 430 to 432, 1260 to 1265 and 2440 to 2450 MHz. There they seek to expand these allocations to from 430 to 440 and 1240 to 1300 MHz.

Of interest, the CTARL reports that its membership is now just 362. In 2000 the IARU reported it had a membership of 1264 out of an amateur population of 24,324. This indicates that they have lost 72% of their members this century and one can speculate that perhaps the number of radio amateurs in that nation has had a similar sharp decline.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, in Nelson. New Zealand.

By way of comparison, Taiwan's population is 23 million or about 1/14th that of the United States. The US now boasts over 700,000 FCC licensed amateur radio service licenses. (IARU-R3)


The Australian Communications and Media Authority is looking for devices that pose a high a high risk to the orderly use of the radio spectrum and to public safety.

ACMA Field Staff, particularly in Western Australia, are looking for such items as mobile phone and GPS jammers, both of which are prohibited in VK land. Also on the ACMA’s list of illegal communications devices are mobile phone repeaters, and non-compliant devices such as high power cordless phones and headsets.

A comment by a radio amateur to the ACMA claimed there was concern about non-compliant imported goods that are stamped as being compliant.

The unidentified ham wants the ACMA to clamp down on switch mode power supplies used in plasma TV sets that don't meet the standards and cause much of the interference.

As of now, the ACMA rules enforcement campaign will include education and traditional legal measures. It will also focus on improving the supply chain compliance of on-line, or over the internet purchased devices. In other words if you are a seller of such goods on any of the on-line auctions that are banned in Australia, the ACMA will be taking a long and hard look at you, no matter what nation you operate out of. (VK3PC)


The United Kingdom’s Mid Severn Valley RAYNET called out on Sunday, November 25th. This, in support of flood preparations as waters rose on a near by river.

With very short notice available members of Mid Severn group were requested by the Worcestershire County Council County Volunteers Emergency Committee to be ready for assignment due to the rising waters of the River Severn. Emergency Planning Officers were concerned at the potential for flooding of adjacent residential properties in parts of Worcester city centre.

Multi agency teams from the County Volunteers Emergency Committee were tasked with notifying homeowners of the threat as well as issuing warnings advice and leaflets. They were also to report back to Social Services on those residents who may not be able to evacuate and could require rest centre assistance.

G8WOX, G6DQM and M0VNG deployed with the team. Having on the ground liaison through RAYNET channels reportedly made of the task a lot easier, especially with some of the properties being so new and road names were not yet in place.

The RAYNET teams completed the task in the early evening and stood down. News reports say that residents were most appreciative of the efforts made to alert them. (UK RAYNET, Southhgate)

From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the KD8LWR repeater serving Washtenaw County, Michigan.


A draft cell phone ban for drivers in Kalispell, Montana from using cellphones while in motion has drawn mixed responses from City Council members. This is because one council member seems to object to exemptions made for users of other portable and fixed vehicle electronics including ham radio gear.

The current proposal mirrors bans enacted in most other Montana cities. The draft ordinance would prohibit people from using handheld electronic communication devices such as cell phones while they are driving or riding a bike. Breaking the law would be considered as a primary offense and civil infraction punishable by fines up to $100 for a first offense and $300 for later offenses.

However some council members don’t feel that the proposed ban goes far enough. Council person Kari Gabriel questioned why the ordinance does not include portable music devices such as iPods. She also expressed concern about an exemption in the ordinance for people who hold amateur radio operator licenses.

In a statement quoted by the press, Gabriel said that she does not think the overall idea is bad, but the ordinance is not written as it should be. In other words hinting that it should be far more inclusive.

Other council members raised concerns about how the ban would be enforced and how effective it would be with so many other activities contributing to distracted driving. Some of them expressed hope for a countywide or even statewide ban on all such activities. (Daily Interlake)


The FCC plans to hold several field hearings on the challenges faced by communications networks in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

Though the agency focused on wired and wireless phones in the announcement, the commission also included broadcasting, noting its experts will want to know how the power held up in studios and at transmitter sites.

Specifically, the agency is asking things like: When commercial power is unavailable, how long should back-up power sources be expected to last?

Beginning in the New Year, the hearings will focus on the challenges faced by communications service providers, state and local officials, emergency personnel and consumers before, during and after Sandy as well as other natural disasters. Business representatives, public safety officials, engineering and academic experts, consumers and other stakeholders will take part.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer had called for the commission to develop a roadmap to better protect critical communications functions during major disasters. (RW)


Members of the Morse Telegraph Club are reported to have played an important role in the production of the Steven Speilberg motion picture "Lincoln."

Jim Wades, WB8SIW, is the International President of the Morse Telegraph Club. He says that several members provided period telegraph instruments for use in the construction of the War Department Set.

Jim Wades was employed as a Technical Advisor for the production, worked with set designers over a period of months to develop the War Department telegraph scenes. Wades coordinated the process of procuring the necessary instruments and served as a historical consultant as the telegraph scenes were developed. Most notably W1TP, WB0TUA, N7JKD and Roger Reinke provided telegraph instruments to equip the sixteen operating positions portrayed at the War Department set.

Nine of the sixteen telegraph positions depicted in the War Department were fully operational. These instruments could be operated in any combination through the use of a specialized computer program and terminal units custom built by WB8SIW for the process. When necessary, a hand key could be inserted in the individual telegraph loops so messages could be improvised.

Jim Wilson, K4BAV, and his son, Matt Wilson had minor roles as Extras. K4BAV also worked with production staff and the actors to explain telegraph technology and the role of the telegrapher.

The Morse Telegraph Club is an association of retired railroad and commercial telegraphers, historians, radio amateurs and others with an interest in the history and traditions of telegraphy and the telegraph industry. (ARRL, RAC, WIA)


The Western Mail newspaper reports that the man who picked up the distress signal from the Titanic over his amateur radio from his shed in Pontllanfraith has inspired a new stage drama.

Called Whispers On The Waves, the play was motivated by the real life story of Welsh wireless operator Artie Moore. Moore is reported to have heard a distress signal from Titanic before news of the disaster arrived in the UK.

The cast of the show features children from Meadowbank School in Cardiff. More is on- line at (Western Mail)


The 2013 Southeastern VHF Society Conference, sponsored by the Florida Weak Signal Society, will be held next April 19th and 20th. This at the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Planned so far are a full slate of events including, a surplus tour, antenna range and noise figure testing, a Friday luncheon and Friday night flea market. The Saturday night banquet will have awards for the best paper and the best presentation.

For more information plase check on-line at or contact Chuck Hoover, K0VXM, by e-mail to k0vxmfl (at) gmail (dot) com. (K0VXM)


The Palm Springs Hamfest slated for Saturday, January 26th 2013 has been cancelled due to an endangered species of bug that lives in and around the shows venue. This after the city of Riverside County, California, acts to protect the Dinocoma Brunnescens beetle habitat.

Nope we are not kidding. According the Desert RATS Amateur Radio Club that sponsors the event part of the area in which previous Palm Springs Hamfest had been held has been deemed a protective habitat for this creature of nature. As such, it is therefore no longer available as an event site. And to make matters worse, the radio club was not notified of the situation in time to locate another venue for the 2013 event.

Current plans are to hold the next Palm Springs Hamfest the third weekend in March of 2014 at a venue that is ham radio friendly rather than beetle protected. In the meantime the Desert Rats says that it regrets any inconvenience to those who already made travel and accommodation plans.

For further information you may contact Desert RATS Past President, Peter Reinzuch, VE7REZ by e-mail to ve7rez (at) gmail (dot) com.

(Desert RATS ARC)


The Superstition Arizona Hamfest, that was originally slated for Saturday, December 1st has been pushed back at least 60 days. This due to what’s being termed as a last minute paperwork timing issue.

According to Larry Kuck, WB7C, the problem arose on the Monday before the hamfest and sponsors were not able to resolve it in time to keep the scheduled date. Kuck advises that those who have purchased Main Prize drawing tickets are advised to hold on to them as they will be good toward the same drawing when the hamfest is held sometime in early 2013.

For further updates on the delay and to what for the new date please take your web browser to (WB7C,


Turning to names in the news, word that Paul Brenner will receive the 2012 Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award from the editors of Radio World. Brenner is senior vice president and chief technology officer for Emmis Communications. He also is originator of the HD Radio data distribution consortium business model and serves as president of the Broadcaster Traffic Consortium, LLC (BTC).

Radio World is a newspaper for broadcast radio managers and engineers. Recipients of the Radio World Excellence in Engineering Award are said to represent the highest ideals of the U.S. radio broadcast engineering profession and reflect those ideals through contributions to the industry. The announcement of Brenner’s selection was made by U.S. Editor in Chief Paul J. McLane (RW)


ARRL Chief Executive Officer Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, has attributed the increased popularity in ham radio in part to the do-it-yourself movement that is sweeping the country and the world.

Author Glenn Bischoff of Urgent Communications magazine took the opportunity to interview K1ZZ while he was visiting New York. Sumner is quoted as saying that the perception is that we're stuck in the Sixties. But the number of licenses continues to grow. In fact, this is the sixth straight year of growth.

K1ZZ attributed at least part of the increased popularity in part to the do-it- yourself movement. He noted that so-called D-I-Y clubs are popping up from coast to coast.

You can read the entire article on-line at heroes (Southgate)

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 and being relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:


While its still months away, plans are already going forward for the 3013 International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend as we hear from Jim Linton, VK3PC:

The 100th registration for this event is in. It comes from the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club, Emden clubstation DL0EM at the Campen Lighthouse, on the North Coast of Germany.

Active since 1891 with Germany's most powerful lighthouse lamp, in the mouth of the Ems River, and with its lattice tower construction it stands 65 metres or 213 feet tall.

Listen for clubstation DL0EM with a team of operators on the HF bands.

The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend is an annual fun and friendly event sponsored by the Ayr Radio Group on the third full weekend of August.

The basic objective is to promote public awareness of the historic structures and their need for preservation, promotion of amateur radio and to foster international goodwill.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline this is Jim Linton VK3PC.

If you would like to know more or register online for the next event on August the 17th and 18th visit the website illw dot net



IARU Region 1 Youth Coordinator Lisa Leenders, PA2LS sends us word on plans for next years European Youth Radio Camp or YOTA. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has more:

During the summer of 2013, a youth radio camp called Youngsters on the Air will be held in Estonia. The event is being organized by the Estonian Radio Amateurs Union. During this week teams of young radio amateurs from 10 different European countries will be participating in different ham radio related activities. These include presentations, competitions, visiting radio stations and much more.

A team consists of a team leader, who could be an older person, and 4 team members ranging in the age from 14 to 25. There will be 10 teams in total representing different European member associations of IARU Region 1.

This outstanding ham radio youth event will take place near the city of Tartu. If you are in Europe and if your organization is interested in taking part, please respond not later than December 20th by means of the downloadable form that you will find on-line at

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Heatrer Embee, KB3TZD, reporting from Berwick, Pennsylvania.

The date for this European ham radio youth outing are August 5th to the 12th of 2013. And as previous events in Romania and a combined outing in the Netherlands and Belgium have shown, this will be an amazing experience for the young hams which they will not soon forget. (IARU Region 1)


The much-anticipated DXpedition to Campbell Island, a sub-Antarctic island south of New Zealand, is now underway. And now comes word that Campbell Island's antipode which is described as the point on the Earth's surface diametrically opposite to its location is not far off the south-west coast of Ireland.

Nigel Cawthore, is G3TXF, in Surry, England. He has pointed out that this should provide considerable propagation enhancement across the spectrum for Ireland stations near the antipode. This due to the phenomenon of antipodean focusing which at least in theory can boost signal levels between stations located near their respective sides of the path.

Or to put it another way, those with hams living in Cork and Kerry may be very popular over the next few weeks. (IRTS)


In DX, H44RK will be active as 5W0RK from Samoa between December 8th and March 3rd from Samoa. Operations will be on 20 through 10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via NR6M.

W8YCM will be on the air stroke 6Y5 from Jamaica until the new year. Hes been heard on 17 through 10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

ZS6RI will be active from Lesotho for 20 weeks beginning December 17th using the call 7P8RI from Lesotho. Operations will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via details are at

TA3J will be active stroke Oh N from various locations in Belgium between December 7th and the 11th. Operations will be on 160 through 2 meters using SSB and FM. QSL to his home callsigneau

And word that JH1NBN will be active from both Pohnpei Island and Yap Island in the not to distant future. He will use the call V63AQ and will be operational on the High Frequency bands using SSB. Moire details to follow. QSL via home call.

N2GG will be on the air as C6AGG from Grand Bahama Island through December 13th. Activity is holiday style on 80 through 10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. QSL via N2GG.

The Italian Dxpedition Team has announced that its next operation will be from Burkina Faso between February and March 2013. This will be a 15 day affair on all bands and using all modes. The pilot station for HF operation is IK7JWY, and the pilot for 6 meter band is IK0FTA with real time logging on line by IH9GPI. More o this upcoming operation is on-line at

Lastly, K7ZO will be active from Nicaragua as YN5ZO through December 10th. Operations will be on 40 through 10 meters, including 30, 17 and 12 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via K7ZO direct or using Logbook of the World.

(Above from various DX news sources)


Finally this week, according to one of the three Mayan Calendars, the end of the world will occur on December 21, 2012. And to celebrate this possibly once in a lifetime event, special event station N-Zero-D which stands for Now Zero Days will be activated on 80 through 10 meters and on several satellite passes for three days during and after the planets destruction. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Norm Seeley, KI7UP, takes a look at the operation and what the Mayans say is to come:

According to the event planners down in Texas, December 20th will be the celebration of the end of the world. December 21, the day of destruction, they will be on the air as long as possible. As to December 22nd, well that is a little iffy right now.

And less we forget to mention it, you too can become an Official Doomsday Station by registering at . Those who do will receive a registration number and the authority to identify yourself as “Official Doomsday Station” followed by your Official Doomsday Number.

Official Doomsday stations will receive the Doomsday Station Certificate. Stations contacting at least 10 Official Doomsday Stations during the event will be recognized on the group’s website. If there still is one.

QSL’s with Self Addressed Stamped Envelope to KK5W at the address on If Doomsday actually does happen, the event sponsors regret that a QSL will not be possible so hold on to your QSL card and SASE at least until December 22nd.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Norm Seeley, KI7UP, waiting it out here in Scottsdale, Arizona.

And if we might add a suggestion of our own: If that particular Mayan calendar is correct and December 21st is to be the end of the world, we are told that the best way to enjoy it is to watch it all implode from your picture window table at Milliways. That’s the famed restaurant at the end of the universe. You can find complete directions on how to get there in your copy of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy authored by the late Douglas Adams. And most important of all, don’t forget to bring along your Babblefish and at least one clean towel. (N0D)


With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC Communicator, CQ Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the RSGB, the Southgate News, TWiT-TV 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 You can also write to us or support us at Amateur Radio Newsline™, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita California, 91350

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors’ desk, I’m Jim Damron, N8TMW, in Charleston, West Virginia, saying 73 and we thank you for listening.

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

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