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ARNewsline Report 1846 -- Dec 28 2012:

Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on December 28, 2012
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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1846 – December 28 2012

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1846 with a release date of December 28, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T. Hams in the Philippines activate as yet another tropical storm hits that nation; new spectrum for hams in Switzerland and the U-K; a ham radio operator in New York City beats the bureaucracy and gets to keep his tower; Canada changes the way it administers its communications enforcement and AMSAT gets a Matching Fund for donations made to the Fox satellite project. These stories and more on the Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1846 coming your way right now.

RESCUE RADIO: PHILIPPINES ACTIVATES EMERGENCY NET 7.095 MHZ

Hams in the Philippines are again activated as yet another tropical storm hits the nation. Stephen Kinford, N8WB, has more in this report:

Spare a thought for those who spent a nervous, very wet and windy Christmas as Tropical Storm Quinta went through the south of the Philippines. This in areas trying to recover from Tyhoon Bopha earlier in the month.

Landslides occurred in the Visayas, Southern Leyte and Eastern Samar areas. There were more than 5,800 ferry passengers stranded with fishermen told not to venture out.

Activated during the storm was the Philippines Amateur Radio Association Emergency net on 7.095 MHz and VHF, to handle emergency and welfare traffic.

Among those involved were members of the Philippines Amateur Radio Association affiliated club called the District 5 Radio Amateur Network. They were kept busy coordinating pre-emptive evacuations in Tacloban City and elsewhere alongside members of the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. Other radio amateurs were also involved in the overall emergency.

The Philippine archipelago has numerous severe weather events each year. Typhoon Bopha which made landfall over Mindanao on December the 2nd ripped through the southern provinces killing 1,067 people, leaving hundreds missing and many more homeless.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

All ham radio operators world wide awere being asked to keep clear of the Philippine emergency net frequency of 7.095 MHz until operations stand down. (VK3PC, DU1UG)

RESTRUCTURING: SWITZERLAND GRANTS HAMS ACCESS TO 472 TO 479 KHZ

A new year’s present from telecommunications regulator BAKOM to the ham radio community of Switzerland. As of January 1st, Swiss hams will have access to the low frequency spectrum from 472 to 479 kHz.

As in most other nations that have granted access to this band, the Effective Radiated Power level is 5 watts making it more suitable for low noise digital narrowband modes than either analog voice or CW. (Southgate)

RESTRUCTURING: 5 MHZ SLOTS AVAILABLE IN THE UK

And a New Years gift from United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom to that nations hams. This with the announcement that the previously adopted additional block of frequencies at 5 MHz are now available on a Notice of Variation Basis.

As of January 1st UK hams holding Full Advanced class U-K licenses can apply for the Notices of Variation to gain access to the new frequency slots. Information for U-K hams on how to apply for these as well as a Notice of Variation for operation in the Low Frequency 472 to 479 kHz bands are on line at tinyurl.com/new-UK-nov (Southgate, 5 MHZ Newsletter, G4MWO)

RADIO LAW: NYC HAMS WINS FIGHT TO KEEP TOWER

A New York City ham will be able to keep his tower and antenna on the roof of his home in the borough of Manhattan. This after the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals overrules the Department of Buildings that had tried to revoke his permit for the antenna that had previously been legally issued. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has the details:

In September of 2010, Paul Isaacs, W2JGQ, was granted a building permit for his amateur radio antenna. The antenna system was made up of a 40 foot tower and top mounted Yagi antenna. Isaacs installed his antenna system on the roof of his four story home about 60 or so feet above ground level.

Then some four months after the system had been put in place the City of New York’s Department of Buildings declared its intention to revoke Isaacs’ properly attained building permit. Why? Well after all that tuime it decided that Issac’s amateur radio antenna system was not, in the Department’s opinion, an accessory use.

Isaacs appealed the decision through the Department’s bureaucracy. When it didn’t reverse the decision, W2JGQ had a series of hearings before the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals.

Now comes word that in November the Board of Standards and Appeals ruled that while perhaps uncommon, that an amateur radio antenna system is indeed an accessory use under New York City’s zoning ordinance and the building permit was properly granted.

Burt heres the best part. The Board of Standards and Appeals also stated in the case of amateur radio towers, that, unlike cellular towers and certain other structures, there is no expressed standards to guide Department of Buildings in determining at what height a particular radio tower becomes a non-accessory.

While its possible that the city could enact some form of ordinance to create a standard in at some future date, at the moment the interpretation stands as defined. It also has the blessing of the New York City Board of Standards and Appeals.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles.

The bottom line: Not a bad win for ham radio and other private radio users in the city known as The Big Apple. (eHam, others)

RADIO LAW: CANADIAN ENFORCEMENT RULES CHANGES

An announcement in the Canada Gazette says that there have been modifications made in the Contravention Regulations concerning the enforcement of the nations Radiocommunication Regulations. These changes will allow peace officers including Municipal, Provincial and Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers to issue tickets for certain offences under the nations Radiocommunication Regulations.

This change is the result of amendments made back in 2000 and 2011 to the Canadian Radiocommunication Regulations to exempt amateur radio apparatus and its operation from the licensing requirement by Industry Canada. Also to respond to concerns expressed by the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations. The latter had concluded that provisions of the Radiocommunication Regulations were redundant to, or inconsistent with, the Radiocommunication Act, or inconsistent with the terms of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You can see the changes and how they might affect radio amateurs in that nation at tinyurl.com/new-Canadian-regs (RAC, VE4WO)

COMMUNICATIONS LAW: SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR CHALLENGE TO 2008 WIRETAP IMMUNITY LAW

The United States Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to a 2008 federal law granting immunity to phone companies. This for assisting the government eavesdrop on private phone conversations. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Skeeter Nash takes a look at what transpired:

The case involved 33 lawsuits brought against the telecommunications providers in 2006 after news reports that the government had conducted warrant-less surveillance. Phone customers alleged that AT&T, Sprint Nextel, Verizon Communications and others violated federal and state law.

In reaction to the suits, in 2008 Congress passed Section 802 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. This gave the Attorney General the power to grant legal immunity to anyone providing assistance to the intelligence community. The then Attorney General used that law to block the 33 suits all of which were eventually dismissed.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, the American Civil Liberties Union and others appealed. Their lawyers argued that Section 802 violated the separation of powers doctrine of the U.S. Constitution. But in December of 2011, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco rejected those arguments, finding the telephone companies immune.

Asking the Supreme Court to review that decision, the civil liberties groups said the law allowed the executive branch to conduct warrantless, suspicionless domestic surveillance without fear of review by courts. Also that it gave the Attorney General sole discretion to decide when eavesdropping was necessary.

But the high court, without comment, has declined to review the challenge to the law.

This decision is the latest in which the High Court has refused to review government surveillance practices adopted since the al- Quida lead terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Published news reports)

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: FOX MATCHING FUND ESTABLISHED

AMSAT President Barry Baines, WD4ASW, says that the organization has received a matching funds challenge to help with the Fox 1 program. Baines says that an anonymous donor will match up to $25,000 in funds to be donated to the Fox satellite project.

Fox-1B mission will incorporate the spare flight hardware of Fox-1. It is a joint project with the Institute for Space and Defense Electronics at Vanderbilt University and is AMSAT's first satellite with science as its primary mission. As such it holds the potential of opening up new opportunities for free launches. The satellite will also carry a ham radio FM transponder and AMSAT expects to be able to operate the transponder and science payload simultaneously.

AMSAT says that it has requested a launch in the second half of 2014 to a 650 kilometer sun-synchronous orbit. This is same as had been requested for Fox-1.

Donatations to the matching fund can be made via PayPal sent to Martha (at) amsat (dot) org. Or you can simply click on the PayPal logo at www.amsat.org. And we will have more ham radio space related news later on in this weeks newscast. (AMSAT)

Wishing you a very Happy New Year. From the United States of America, we are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K7CSK repeater serving Everett, Washington.

RADIO MIRACLES: HAM RADIO OPERATOR WALKS AWAY FROM CHOPPER CRASH

Call it a Christmas miracle. This with word that a Minnesota ham who crash landed his helicopter on his sons back yard helipad has walked away with only minor injuries. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:

The pilot was Trygve Svard, KD0PNQ, of Plymouth, Minnesota. According to news reports Svard was in the process of landing his personal helicopter in the yard of his son’s home in the rural city of Corcoran at around 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, December 23rd. This as he had done many times in the past. But something went wrong as the chopper began to spin with its tail rotor hitting a near-by trailer.

News reports go on to say that Svard’s son Stefan was watching his father land the Robinson Model 22 chopper when the accident occurred. The younger Svard ran out with a fire extinguisher. Stefan got his father safely out of the helicopter before a major fire erupted. KD0PNQ reportedly suffered only a scorched arm and singed facial hair but thankfully was otherwise unscathed.

Brad Christianson, KC0HCP, tells Amateur Radio Newsline that Trygve Svard is a member of the Minneapolis area Twin City FM Club. The news report about the crash describes Svard as being a very skilled pilot.

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

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident. More on this story is on the web at tinyurl.com/hams-helicopter-down. (KC0HCP, Lakeminnetonka Patch, other published news reports)

ENFORCEMENT: UNLICENDED BROADCASTER WITH THREE TRANSMITTER LOCATIONS HANDED $25000 PROPOSED FINE

An unlicensed broadcaster that tried to fool the FCC by originating his programming frm different locations has been found and issued a $25,000 propsed fine.

Recipient of this likely unwanted gift from Uncle Sam is Fabrice Polynice, of North Miami, Florida, whom the regulatory agency claims to have apparently, willfully and repeatedly violated Section 301 of the Communications Act. This by allegedly operating unlicensed radio transmitters on the frequency 90.1 MHz from three locations in North Miami, Florida.

According to the FCC, while conducting routine monitoring of the airwaves, agents from the Enforcement Bureau’s Miami Office determined that an unlicensed radio station was operating on 90.1 MHz from multiple locations, presumably to evade detection. On six different days over several months the agents the used direction finding to locate the source of radio frequency transmissions and traced them to three separate locations in North Miami. The agents made signal strength measurements and determined that the signals exceeded the limits for operation under Part 15 of the FCC rules and therefore required a license.

The agents inspected two of the station locations when Mr. Polynice was not present. One inspection was conducted following seizure of the transmitting equipment by federal marshals. The other was conducted with the residents of the property, and they were issued an on-scene Notice of Unlicensed Operation. But the unlicensed station continued to operate at one of the locations even after the federal marshals had seized the radio transmitting equipment located at another location.

Now in issuing the $25,000 proposed fine, the FCC says that the evidence in this case is sufficient to establish that Mr. Polynice violated Section 301 of the Communications Act on at least six different days during March to July of 2012. It also stated that its agents heard the station identify itself on the air as “Touche Douce” and announce Polynice’s personal telephone number as the station’s telephone number. It also noted that Polynice has a history of operating a radio station without a license, which demonstrates a complete disregard for Federal and State authorities and their laws. Despite being arrested and convicted in 2006 for violating the State of Florida’s prohibition against operating an unlicensed radio station within the State that Polynice continued to operate an unlicensed radio station at three separate locations in North Miami.

Based on the evidence before it, including what the FCC termed as consideration of the egregiousness of the violations, the history of prior offenses, and the degree of culpability, that it finds that the violations warrant a total upward adjustment of $15,000 from the $10,000 base fine. Polynice was also warned that future violations may subject him to more severe enforcement action, including larger monetary forfeitures, criminal prosecution, and the seizure of his equipment. (FCC)

EXPANDING RADIO: MORE RADIO HAMS IN FAIRBANKS

The amateur radio population in Fairbanks, Alaska is increasing thanks to the work of the Arctic Amateur Radio Club. The club reports that in 2012 that it welcomed 18 new Technician licenses and had 11 General class upgrades and 7 Extra class upgrades.

If you are not familiar with Alaska, Fairbanks is located in the interior of the state. It is about a 6 hour drive from the next largest city of Anchorage. (KL3NO)

CORRECTION: SUPERSTITION HAMFEST FEBRUARY 9 AND YUMA HAMFEST FEBRUARY 15 - 16

A quick correction to a typo that only appeared only in the text version of last weeks’ newscast. In the printed headline, the text gave a date of Superstition Arizona hamfest February 19th while the story itself said the date was the 9th. To clarify, the text of the story was correct and the headline was wrong. The correct date is February 9th.

And while we are at it we should mention that the following weekend is the Hamfest and State Convention in Yuma Arizona. That’s February 15th and 16th. The bottom line is that it looks like a busy ham radio month in Arizona and the planners of both these events hope to see you there.

Our thanks to Alan Price. N6ALP for the correction and the Arizona events update. (N6ALP)

HAM HAPPENINGS: ORLANDO HAMCATION ON FEBRUARY 8 – 10 IN FLORIDA

The 67th annual Orlando Amateur Radio Club Orlando HamCation Amateur Radio and Computer Show is slated for the weekend of February 8, 9 and 10 at the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, Florida.

The theme for the 2013 Orlando HamCation is Ham Radio Exploring New Horizons. The event will feature over 150 commercial vendor booths, 400 swap tables, the largest Tailgate Area in the southeast as well as a plethora of forums. Special event station K4H will be on the air from the Hamcation site.

Updated information is available at www.hamcation.com, on Facebook under the fan page of Hamcation. You can also follow developments on Twitter by subscribing to @hamcation. (Orlando Hamcation)

HAM HAPPENINGS: STRAIGHT KEY NIGHT ON OSCAR

AMSAT is again inviting radio amateur’s world wide to participate in Straight Key Night on OSCAR.

As always, operation is simple and informal. Just use CW through one or more satellites on January 1st 2013 from 0000 to 2400 UTC using only a straight hand key. There is no need to send in a log, but all participants are encouraged to nominate someone they worked for Best Fist. Your nominee need not have the best fist of anyone you heard, only of those you worked. Send your nomination to w2rs at amsat dot org. A list of those nominated will appear on the Amsat News and in the AMSAT Journal.

And less we forget, this year's event is dedicated to the memory of John Thompson, who held the calls W1BIH and PJ9JT who passed away in 2012 ate age 96. Although known primarily as a High Frequency DXer and contester, Thompson was also active on the OSCAR satellites, mostly on CW. (ANS)

HAM HAPPENINGS: WYONG CONTEST UNIVERSITY URL UPDATE

From the social calendar file we have been advised to ask that you use the direct U-R-L for information regarding the Mini Contest University at Wyong Australia. According to the event planners the Tiny URL link will not work because there is a space in the URL which causes problems with tinyurl and other U-R-L compression schemes.

Wyong Mini Contest University takes place on Saturday, February 23rd. If you want more information on this event please take your web browser to www.fieldday.org.au/contest_university/.

If you missed that, don’t worry. You will find it in the printed edition of this week’s Amateur Radio Newsline report. (VK2JI)

HAM HAPPENINGS: HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY 2013 JANUARY 6 IN NY

The 14th annual Ham Radio University will be held on Sunday, January 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, New York. The event will include more than 25 informational forums moderated by local experts in a broad range of Amateur Radio activities. The keynote speaker will be Bill Cross W3TN, Staff member in the Federal Communications Commission’s Mobility Division.

Ham Radio University is a cooperative effort supported by radio clubs and related organizations in the New York City and Long Island area. This year the event is being sponsored by the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club. Further information and the forum schedule is on line at www.hamradiouniversity.org. (KS2G)

NAMES IN THE NEWS: 2012 YASME EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Yasme Excellence Awards for 2012 have been announced. Among those receiving honors this year are George Fremin, K5TR; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Trey Garlough, N5KO, and Scott Neader, KA9FOX. This, for their contributions to many infrastructure projects that benefit the ham community at large.

Also recognized is ARRL Education and Technology Program Director Mark Spencer, WA8SME. Spencer received the honor for his contribution to the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology and other training efforts. Also for his development of P-I-C microcontroller projects, books for amateurs, as well as working with leaders in student and scientific teams in applying amateur radio to scientific projects and experiments.

The Yasme Excellence Awards are given to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The award itself takes the form of a cash grant and an engraved crystal globe. For a complete list of these years winners please take your web browser to www.yasme.org/awards. (Yasme. ARRL)

NAMES IN THE NEWS: VE3DSS NEW RAC MARITIMES SECTION MANAGER

And congratulations to Craig Seaboyer, VE1DSS, who was recently elected Radio Amateurs of Canada Section Manager for the Maritimes for the balance of a two year term. He ran unopposed eliminating the need for a balloted election. (RAC)

NAMES IN THE NEWS: AE5DW TO GUEST ON THE DODROPIN ECHOLINK NER OM JANUARY 5

And on Jan 5th at 2100 hours Eastern Standard Time, Amateur Radio Newsline’s Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, will be the guest on the Amateur Radio Newsline Net held on the DoDropIn Echolink conference server. You are invited to – well -- drop in and catch Don talking about his career in broadcasting as well as amateur radio after which the latest Amateur Radio Newsline newscast will be aired. Again that's the Amateur Radio Newsline Net on Saturday January 5th 2100 ours Eastern Standard Time to meet Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, on the DoDropIn Echolink conference server node number 355800. Hope to see you there. (W8WFO)

With you 52 weeks a year every year. 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:

THE CHANGING OF THE GUARD: RESPECTED FCC ENGINEER ANGELO DITTY K4GKB - SK

A name familiar to both broadcasters and ham radio operators has passed from the scene. This with word that former FCC Inspector Angelo Ditty, K4GKB, became a Silent Key on December 2nd at the age of 87.

Ditty served in the Atlanta FCC office as the Engineer in Charge from 1974 until 1990 following a stint with the FCC out of Tampa, Florida. Earlier in his career while based at the FCC’s San Francisco office he worked with Ney Landry, W6UDU, who recently passed away at age 95.

After leaving the FCC Ditty took a position with the Georgia Association of Broadcasters where he served until 2011. There he examined engineering and public files for members, allowing them three-year exemptions from FCC inspections.

Memorial services for Angelo Ditty, K4GKB, were held on Friday, December 7th in Canton. Georgia. (RW)

CHANGING OF THE GUARD: BARCODE INVENTOR JOSEPH WOODLAND –S.K.

Norman Joseph Woodland who co-created the barcode using Morse code, has died at his New Jersey home at the age of 91.

Barcodes Inc. says that Woodland worked with university classmate Bernard Silver to create the now ubiquitous thick-and-thin-line system in the 1940s. Woodland reportedly used the Morse code as a basis to create the barcode when he just extended the dots and dashes downward and made narrow lines and wide lines out of them.

The BBC reports that the system was patented in the US in 1952 and was later sold for only $15,000. (BBC)

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: THREE NEW HAMS JOIN ISS CREW

Three new astro-hams are now on-board the Internationl Space Station. They are American Tom Marshburn, KE5HOC; Russian Roman Romanenko, UT5ERP and Canada's Chris Hadfield, KC5RNJ. All were launched from the Bikenour Cosmodrome in Kazakhestan on board a Soyuz booster on Wednesday, December 19th . The trio traveled for two days in the capsule, before docking with the space station where three other astronauts are already on board. (ANS)

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: AMSAT-UK introduces Electronic Membership

AMSAT-UK has announced that it will now offer Electronic E-membership at a reduced rate.

The new E-membership will provide OSCAR News as a downloadable PDF file and members will have the freedom to read it on their tablets or smart phones at their leisure. E- membership should also be especially beneficial to overseas members who have long suffered from high postal charges and long delivery times.

The AMSAT-UK membership year runs from January 1st to December 31st. Members can renew at tinyurl.com/amsat-uk-renew. New members sign up at tinyurl.com/amsat-uk-join (AMSAT-UK)

RADIO IN SPACE: CUBESAT DEPLOYERS BEING MANUFACTURED AT CALIFORNIA PRISON

According to a news reports, inmates at San Quentin prison in California are building CubeSat orbital deployers.

Working under the strict guidance of NASA, a handful of skilled inmate machinists are making P-PODs which is an acronym for Poly Picosatellite Orbital Deployers. These are essentially, aluminum boxes designed to hold CubeSats which ride "piggyback" into space as secondary payloads.

The devices are part of a new generation of low-cost, miniature launch vehicles developed for research used by more than 150 universities worldwide. You can read the complete story on-line at tinyurl.com/prison- satellite-deployers (Southgate)

WORLDBEAT: ACMA SAYS NO MORE VK MICKEY-D SPAM E-MAIL

The Australian Communications and Media Authority has given McDonald’s Australia Limited a formal warning under the nations Spam Act about a ‘send to friends’ facility on the McDonald’s Happy Meal website. According to the WIA News, an ACMA investigation found that e-mails using the ‘send to friends’ facility which promoted games and activities were sent to friends of users without first getting the friends’ consent. The messages also did not have an unsubscribe facility, as required by that nations Spam Act. (WIA, ACMA)

WORLDBEAT: HUNGARY CLOSES REGIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE STATIONS

Hungary’s Media Services and Support Trust Fund has closed all five of its regional radio studios which make up the Regio Radio network. According to the Trust memo on December 21st, the studios will be leased out, and staff will either be made redundant or employed as correspondents for the national public talk and news service.

According to the Chief Operating Officer of the Media Services and Support Trust Fund, the Regio Radio network experienced a waning audience due to increasing competition from other local private stations. The soon-to-be- available FM and AM frequencies will be used for broadcasting a new nationwide public service of Hungarian song or urban folk music and at least one operetta music station, (RW)

WORLDBEAT: NEW CANADIAN HELLSCHREIBER AWARD

A new award has been created for those ham radio enthusiasts in Canada who enjoy operating Hellschreiber. The basic Worked All Canada award requires contacts in Hellschreiber with the ten Canadian Provinces. The complete award requires additional QSO’s be held with the three northern Territories of the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Nunavut.

Hellschreiber was originally a mechanical mode that now is operated by most in the digital domain and enables the transmission of text using facsimile technology. The start date of the award was December 19th which happened to be the birthday of Dr. Rudolf Hell, who patented Hellschreiber in 1929.

You must be a member of the Feld Hell Club to be eligable, but contacts with non-members are bvalid for award credit. A sample of the certificate, the rules and information on how to apply for the award is on line at tinyurl.com/Hellschreiber-Canada-Award. (Feld Hell Club)

ON THE AIR: 6 METER PROPAGATION TO BE ACTIVATED IN ANTARCTICA

On the air, listen out in February for Craig Hayhow VK6JJJ, who will be signing VK0JJJ from the coast of MacRobertson Land and Australia's base at Mawson in Antarctica. He arrives on February the 10th and while there he is also planning to install a 6 meter beacon to test the propagation on that band. The beacon will operate using the call VK0RTM running 400 watts out into a 5 element yagi. For contacts on the high frequency bands he will be running a Flex 5000A and an amplifier to a triangle antenna. QSL via VK3ZAZ. (VK3PC)

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In DX, OH1LEG will be active from Rodrigues Island through January 7th signing stroke 3B9. He will be operational on 160 through 10 meters using SSB , RTTY and PSK31. QSL direct via OH1LEG.

DF3FS and DL1QW will be active stroke 5Z4 from Kenya from January 6th to the 20th . They will be operating 80 through 10 meters using CW , SSB and RTTY. QSL via each operators home call.

PP1CZ will be on the air from Fernando de Noronha Island January 15th to the 21st signing PY0F. He will focus on 160 and 80 meter CW. QSL via his home call.

JR1IZM will be active from Lesotho through January 2013 as 7P8ZM He will be operational on all of the High Frequency bands but no specific modes or operating times have been mentioned. QSL via JO1CRA

DK9FN is operational from Temotu Province using the call H-40-F-N through January 7th. If you make contact QSL H-40-F-N via HA8DD.

JR1IZM is in Losotho has been issued with the callsign 7P8ZM. He will be active until mid- January though no specific bands or operating times are known. QSL’s go via his home call.

Prefix hunters will be interested in the callsign 8N119T. This is being used to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Tokyo Fire Department and will be in operation until March 25th. QSL as directed on the air.

Lastly, an international team organized by the Belgian Rockall Team will be on the air from Burundi between February 14th and the 23rd with four stations using the call 9U4U. Activity will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Their QSL Manager will be M0URX and their website can be found at www.9u4u.be

(Above from various DX news sources)

THAT FINAL ITEM: ANNIVERSARY OF LAST MORSE CODE TELEGRAM

And finally this week, we celebrate the last telegram ever sent in New South Wales, Australia. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details:

The date was December the 13th, 1962 when the last telegram and its reply were sent by Morse code in New South Wales. And in a 50th anniversary re-enactment, former Telegraph Operator Phil McGrath traveled to Bombala, Australia, to send and receive souvenir telegrams to mark the occasion.

At the appointed time McGrath sat at the sounding box and typewriter and received what was originally meant to be that all important final commemorative message. It read:

“This telegram from Sydney to Bombala is the last message which will be sent by Morse in New South Wales, concluding 104 years of operations. Henceforth telegrams to and from Bombala like all other offices in this state will be transmitted through the teleprinter perforator switching system TRESS.”

Not to be outdone, Bombala's then postmaster Stan Blyton, sent his own reply that read:

“My privilege personally to transmit the last message from last Morse station New South Wales. Key being forwarded to you is a relic that was in use in 1919 where I joined service and remained there in use untill station closed in 1960. On behalf old telegraphists and Morse operators we bow to progress.”

And with that transmission the celebration of Morse messaging system in New South Wales, Australia, had come to an end.

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

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TRESS eventually also ceased its messaging, first giving way to individually owned Telex machines and in more modern times to internet based e-mail. (VK3PC)

NEWSCAST CLOSE

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 www.arnewsline.org. 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 Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, saying 73, a truly happy and prosperous 2013 and we thank you for listening.

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