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ARNewsline Report 1911 -- March 28 2014:

Bill Pasternak (WA6ITF) on March 28, 2014
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Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1911 – March 28, 2014

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1911 with a release date of March 28 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Ham radio is offered a pair of transponders on an upcoming geostationary satellite launch; the final commissioning of the new Ham TV on the International Space Station is again delayed; United Kingdom hams may get added spectrum on 2 meters; the FCC grants several experimental licenses in the 70 centimeter band; planning is underway for International Marconi Day and an April 1st report on remote operation by you know who! All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1911 coming your way right now.


The dreams of many hams around the world will become reality within the next two years. This with the announcement that there will soon be a geostationary satellite carrying amateur radio as a part of its payload. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has the rest of the story:

Ham radio will have its own geostationary transponders on-orbit by the end of 2016. This thanks to approval of a concept from by the Qatar Amateur Radio Society to include a pair Phase 4 amateur transponders part of the Qatar Satellite Company’s new Es’HailSat-2 communications satellite.

Peter Guelzow, DB2OS, is the President of AMSAT Germany. He says that Qatar’s Es’HailSat-2 will carry a 250 kHz wide linear transponder intended for conventional analogue operations such as CW and SSB. Also on board will be an 8 MHz wide transponder to be used for experimental digital modulation schemes and digital amateur television.

Precise operating frequencies remain to be finalized but the uplinks will be in the 2.400 to 2.450 GHz and the downlinks in the 10.450 to 10.500 GHz amateur satellite service allocations. Both of the transponders will be feeding broad beam antennas to provide coverage over about 1/3rd of the Earth’s surface. This equates to Europe, Africa, along with parts of South America and Asia. Because of its orbital position and antenna beam width, it will not provide service into Central and North America.

Precise operational plans will be finalized over the coming months but it is anticipated that only quite simple ground station equipment will be required to hold QSO’s via the transponders on board the soon to be orbited geostationary satellite.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Heather Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick Pennsylvania.

The Qatar Amateur Radio Society and Qatar Satellite Company are cooperating on the ham radio aspect of the project. A team of amateurs led by DB2OS is also providing technical support.

More about the satellite is on the web at eshail-2/ (Qatar Amateur Radio Society, AMSAT-DL, Southgate.)


It appears as if there will be a few weeks delay in the final commissioning of the new HAM TV system on board the International Space Station. According to ARISS Europe Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, the final step to bring HAM TV into full operation now will not take place until late April or early May due to the scheduled arrival of the SpaceX Dragon re-supply ship docking and related operations. Because of this the current Ham Video blank transmissions will come to an end March 31.

NASA has confirmed the new launch of the re- supply mission. The Dragon spacecraft will ride into space sitting atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on March 30 at 10:50 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The mission will deliver 4,959 pounds of supplies to the ISS. (ON4WF, SpaceX)


The two meter band in the United Kingdom may soon be a megahertz larger. This as United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom publishes a consultation on the release of around 6 MHz of VHF spectrum in the 143 to 169 MHz band, which has been returned for civil use. We get the details from Amateur Radio Newsline’s Stephan Kinford, N8WB:

For ham radio operators in the U-K, the key point of the Consultation is the proposal to permit temporary access of the spectrum from 146 to 147 MHz for amateur radio use, until or unless it might be needed by Business Radio or other services. Should additional spectrum be needed to meet those operational requirements, Ofcom says that it will re remove the temporary ham radio allocation.

Amateur Radio use of 146 to 147 MHz will be on a non-protected and non-interference basis with any other service. There will also be some geographical restrictions to ensure that there is no interference to neighboring countries. Authorization to use this spectrum by U-K hams will be by an individual Notice of Variation to an applicant’s amateur radio license.

A notice of Variance is the equivalent of a Special Temporary Authority while an Ofcom Consultation is about the same as an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making here in the United States.

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

Responses to the Ofcom proposals in the Consultation by United Kingdom citizens are due by May 26th. Those in the United Kingdom wishing file a response can do so on-line at respond/ (Ofcom, Southgate)


A group of hams from Atlantic Canada will operate from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, from July 4th to the 12th. This, in a bid to complete a 2 meter trans-Atlantic QSO and claim the Brendan Trophy.

The expedition will operate take to the air from Maidenhead Grid GN37 transmitting on 144.270 MHz with about 750 watts into a 30 meter long rope Yagi with a gain of more than 23 dB over a dipole. The group will concentrate its efforts using the digital mode JT65B that offers greatly enhanced performance over more conventional analog operation. It will also have the capability to operate CW and SSB if conditions warrant.

A special callsign has been requested and will be announced if and when approved. In the event that approval for a special callsign is not received, the group will use VO1NO.

Real time information on operating modes and schedules will be posted during the expedition on the team's web site, the ON4KST website site and the G4CQM Shoutbox. Facebook users are also welcome to join the group's page at Brendan Quest 2 meter Trans-Atlantic Attempt 2014.

The Brendan Trophy is part of a series of awards offered by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society to the first amateur radio operators to complete a 2 meter Trans- Atlantic QSO. Further is on the web at or by e-mail to info (at) brendanquest (dot) org (Press release)


The FCC has issued its list of recently granted experimental licenses and there were a few that will likely be of interest to ham radio operators. Primarily those using the shared 420 to 450 MHz band.

Amateur radio operators in the area north of Denver, Colorado may eventually notice transmissions from Detect, Inc. on 449 MHz. This will be in connection with the testing of wind profiler radar and remote sensing technology operating mobile around the Longmont area.

And General Dynamics is using the same band for development of software-defined radios operating with Wide Networking Waveform mobile technology in Scottsdale, Arizona. The specific frequencies that General Dynamics will be using are 420 to 424 dot 75, 445 dot 75 to 450, 1370 to 1400 and 1755 to 1850 MHz.

The complete list of experimental license grants from January 1st through February 1st of this year has been made available in the FCC Public Notice Report No. 453 which is subtitled Experimental Actions. (TV Technology)


In DX up front, the Mellish Reef DXpedition team is now in Australia and making ready to head out to sea. According to the groups latest update all of the equipment has arrived, antennas have been tested and are now stored for the voyage. If all continues as planned, the ship will be fueled and the group was to set sail for Mellish Reef sometime on March 25th. (Press release)


And word that nine operators will be active from Dodcanese with the special callsign SX5LA from May 3rd to the 11th. Operations will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The group plans to use beam antennas for 30 through 6 meters, a phased vertical for 40, a vertical for 80 and an Inverted L for 160 meters. Power out will be only 100 watts. QSL’s go via SV2FWV. (Facebook)

Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the W9YPC repeater serving Markham Illinois.


In what might be called one of the stranger enforcement cases we have reported, the FCC has issued a $15,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to Walter Olenick and M. Rae Nadler-Olenick. This for their alleged operation of an unlicensed radio station on the frequency 90.1 MHz in Austin, Texas. But the question is whether or not those handed the proposed fine will recognize the FCC’s authority to issue it. Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, is near Houston Texas with more:

According to the regulatory agency, back on August 12, 2013 agents from the Enforcement Bureau’s Houston Office used direction- finding to locate the source of radio on 90.1 MHz to an antenna atop an approximately 50 feet tall tower mounted to the side of an apartment building. According to Travis County Texas property records, the apartment building is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Olenick.

On September 6, 2013, the Houston Office issued Mr. and Mrs. Olenick a warning letter, which advised them that the operation of an unlicensed radio station from their property violated the Communications Act. The warning also instructed Mr. and Mrs. Olenick to describe the steps taken to secure the common areas of their property.

On September 16, 2013, the Houston Office received a reply from Mr. and Mrs. Olenick, which did not deny that they owned the apartment building or operated an unlicensed radio station from the apartment building. Rather, with respect to the common areas of the building, the response stated that the agent did not have permission or consent to enter the premises. They also stated that because they had no commercial nexus with the Commission, they did not consent, directly or by any implication, to the Commission’s policies, procedures, or jurisdiction. They also implied that they do not consider themselves subject to the laws of the United States, because they stated they expect any future communications to come from the International Bureau only after a treaty to which they are “signators” is signed.

But in its findings the FCC noted that it has every right to observe from common grounds and that it also had the authority to regulate radio transmissions within the state of Texas. With that it gave the Olnicks the customary 30 days from the February 19th issuance of the proposed $15,000 fine to pay or to file an appeal.

That 30 day response period is now past but there’s been no word from the FCC if it has any response to the proposed $15000 fine. (FCC)


An Oklahoma hobby radio enthusiast has been issued a $12,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for operating a Citizens Band radio transmitter to interfere with the communications of other CB stations.

The recipient of the proposed fine is Orloff Haines, KF5IXX, from the city of Enid whom the FCC says was the subject of action beginning back on May 14, 2013. That’s when an agent of the Enforcement Bureau’s Dallas Office T-hunted and positively identified the source of a continuous carrier on 27.1850 MHz to Orloff Haines’s residence. That frequency corresponds to CB Channel 19.

At that point the agent decided to do a station inspection. He identified himself and while Orloff Haines was not present, Mrs. Haines showed the agent her husbands CB station, which was transmitting on Channel 19. At that point Mrs. Haines stated that Mr. Haines was continuously transmitting on Channel 19, because other CB operators in the area were harassing her.

During the inspection the agent telephoned Orloff Haines who admitted that he was keyed up on Channel 19 to prevent other CB operators in the area from bothering his wife. At the conclusion of the inspection, Mrs. Haines voluntarily turned off the CB transmitter, resolving the interference.

In making its decision to issues the $12,000 proposed fine, the FCC noted that on two prior occasions that Haines had been issued written warnings from the Dallas Office advising him that intentionally interfering with other CB operators violated the Communications Act and the Commission’s Rules. It then stated that based on the evidence before it that finds Orloff Haines apparently and willfully violated the rules by intentionally interfering with other CB station communications and as such the punitive action is warranted.

Haynes was given the usual 30 days from the March 21st date that the Notice was published to pay it in full, arrange time payments, or to file an appeal. (FCC)


A Florida ham has effectively resigned from the hobby and entered into a Consent Decree with the FCC. This to end enforcement action taken against him for his alleged interference to a law enforcement two way radio system. Amateur Radio Newsline Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, reports:

As part of a Consent Decree ending an enforcement action Cocoa, Florida, radio amateur Terry L. Van Volkenburg, KC5RF, has given up his Advanced class Amateur Radio license. He also agreed to make a $1000 "voluntary donation" to the United States Treasury, in installments, and waive all rights to contest the validity of the Consent Decree that was released on March 19.

The case goes back some two years to September of 2012. That’s when the FCC began an investigation in response to an interference complaint filed by the Brevard County Sheriff's Department. The Enforcement Bureau subsequently determined that Van Volkenburg had transmitted on 465.300 MHz without a license for operating in that spectrum and interfering with the radio system in the county jail.

On March 1, 2013, the FCC found Van Volkenburg liable for a $25,000 forfeiture, which the Commission subsequently determined he would be unable to pay. The Commission said it was entering into the agreement and terminating the enforcement proceeding in part, to avoid further expenditure of public resources. The Enforcement Bureau also agreed not to institute any new proceeding on the basis of the one just concluded. In settling the enforcement action, Van Volkenburg admitted, solely for the purpose of the Consent Decree and for Commission civil enforcement purposes that the radio transmissions he made on 465.300 MHz sparked the investigation of violations of the Communications Act. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, reporting.

Prior to signing the Consent Decree, the FCC said, Van Volkenburg had requested in writing that the Commission cancel his Amateur Radio license which it did effective March 14th. (FCC, ARRL)


Saturday April 26th is when stations around the world will be on the air to celebrate International Marconi Day. This is a once a year opportunity to make contact with historic Marconi locations around the world and to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on the April 25th 1874.

At airtime, over 20 Marconi related sites have confirmed that they will be on board this year’s celebration. These include the historic GB4IMD at Poldhu in Cornwall, England along with VO1AA on Signal Hill in St. Johns, Newfoundland, and W2MRC at Monmouth Junction in New Jersey.

All stations planning to participate are urged to register in advance. Full details are at (IMD)


Tony Emanuele, WA8RJF, has been named the new VHF Editor of CQ Amateur Radio magazine. A ham for nearly 50 years, Emanuele who lives in Painesville, Ohio, has been active on VHF and above for the past 30 years. He enjoys building equipment and has operated on all bands from 6 meters to 47 GHz. Professionally, Emanuele is Sales Engineer and Sales Manager for a specialty LCD company. He succeeds Joe Lynch, N6CL, who stepped down after 22 years as VHF Editor to devote his full energies to his new position as Director of Religious Education for the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. N6CL’s final column will appear in the March/April issue of CQ. (CQ Magazine)


And Fernando Casanova, EC1AME, has posted that back in the 1980s while he was reading the Spanish magazine HOLA and found a very interesting article about Marlon Brando's private island in the Pacific. Among the pictures he spotted 2 ham radio related ones and later posted them to the EA1URO internet discussion site.

As some of you may know, Marlon Brando was licensed as KE6ZPH here in the USA and FO5GJ while in Tahiti. According to, Brando was listed in the Federal Communications Commission records as Martin Brandeaux to preserve his privacy and that he used that name while on the air.

His private island was to become a luxury resort in 2013, so EC1AME says that its a perfect moment to remember how it looked in the 80’s. You can see those photos on the web at (EC1AME)

This is ham radio news for today’s radio amateur. 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:


Now here’s something you do not hear about very often. Repeaters reducing the amount of time that they operate because their user base is fading away. Its taking place over in the UK and Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more:

Due to the falling membership, the Leicestershire Repeater Group has taken the decision to limit the hours of operation of the repeaters GB3CF, GB3GV, GB3LE and GB3UM to conserve funds. As a result, the repeaters are now switched off overnight between 22.00 and 05.00 UTC. The groups beacons GB3LEX and GB3LES continue to operate 24 hours a day. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham in the heart of the U.K.

Here in the United States many repeaters are also seeing a falling number of users. This as the cost of site rental, insurance and electrical power continue to rise. As such, we cannot help but wonder if limiting the hours that relatively underused repeaters operate could become a phenomena that could spread to this side of the Atlantic as well.

More about the United Kingdom group, its repeaters and beacons is on the web at (GB2RS)


Zac Manchester, KD2BHC, has posted an update regarding the KickSat CubeSat which will carry 104 tiny Sprite satellites into a short term Earth orbit.

KickSat with its Sprite cargo are part of the payload to be carried into space on the SpaceX Falcon 9 C-R-S 3 mission. As previously reported, all of the tiny Sprite satellites transmit on the same frequency. So as to identify one from another, each Sprite has a unique pair of Pseudo-Random Number or PRN codes that marks its transmissions and allowing a receiver to tell the them apart.

A list of all Sprite PRN codes is available in a spreadsheet format at (Southgate)


NASA has released an interactive mosaic of infrared images of the Milky Way. According to the space agency what’s known as the Galactic Legacy Mid-Plane Survey Extraordinaire project or GLIMPSE360 for short allows viewers to see stars normally obstructed by interstellar dust.

The variable zoom image is a composite of more than 2 million photos taken the by the Spitzer Space Telescope over the course of a decade and sent back to earth via its radio system. NASA says that all of these images together still only make up three percent of our night sky, but because the Milky Way is shaped like a stellar pancake, that small percentage still shows more than half of the stars in its disc.

You can view the composite image on-line at (NASA, other news reports)


The South Dakota QSO Party has a new sponsor and a new date. After the person who was coordinating the event had to give it up due to other obligations a small group made up of members of the USS South Dakota Wireless Association formed the N0EBC Group and has stepped forward to take over the QSO Party management. The new dates for the South Dakota QSO Party are October 18th and 19th this year. The club’s primary focus is special events with the major undertaking being the Veteran’s Day Special Event W-Zero- V at the South Dakota Battleship Memorial. Details on the changes can be found at (KB0WSW)


In DX, a large group of operators will be active as DA0HEL from Helgoland Island between April 3rd and the12th. They plan to have 3 to 4 stations on the air but no bands nor operating times have been announced. If you make contact, QSL to DF6QC via the bureau.

LW9EOC, will be active as 5JZ0T from San Andres Island between April 18th to the 25th. His operations will be on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

F4FET has announced that he will operate maritime mobile and portable from the Isle of Mull between May 12th and the 18th. His activity will be holiday style on the High Frequency bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, via the bureau or using ClubLog's Oh QRS

JH7EQW will be on the air as A52EQW from Dochula Resort in Bhutan at the end of August or early in September. Look for more details to be forthcoming. QSL via his home callsign.

KT5S is planning to be active as V-31-N-X from Belize starting at the end September. Operations will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

Lastly, BA3AX and BD3AEO have postponed their trip to Yuetuo Island that had been slated for March 21st to the 24th. No reason given for the cancellation.

9(Above from OPDX and other DX news sources)


And finally this week, one of the hot topics in ham radio today, especially among contesters and DX’ers, is remote operating. Our intrepid once yearly roving reporter, Pierre Pullinmyleg, has been looking into the phenomenon and files this report. Remotely, of course:

Zee magazines and zee internets, zey are always talking about ziss "remote operating" and it haz been something of a mystery to me. But I love a good mystery!

Some people say remote operating will change zee face of DXing and contesting. That is the first mystery to me.

When I listen to some ham operators trying to contact a DXpedition or a rare DX station in a contest, zee face is not zee first part of the body that comes to mind.

The next thing I tried to figure out is whether my so-called univerzal remote would let me operate my station remotely while watching TV. I tried all sorts of combinations of button-pushing. I found zee organic gardening channel, turned zee coffeemaker on and off, and started zee car three times. But zee ham rig stayed on the same frequency and I could not key zee mic. So much for a "universal" remote.

Then I realized that perhaps I had it all backwards and that I have been doing ham radio remote operation for many years. I switched on my linear and keyed my mic.

Every time I spoke, I remotely opened and closed garage doors up and down my street; I remotely rotated the neighbors' satellite dishes, and I remotely set off four car alarms.

Zee appeal of all this is still a mystery to me.

Oh, there's za doorbell… a mystery visitor … zee plot thickens…

From the FCC’s until now secret prison outside Gettysburg, this is Pierre Pullinmyleg reporting for Newsline.

Government officials assure us that Pierre will be released by next spring in time for his April 1st 2015 report. (The Pierre Pullinmyleg International Support Group)


With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, CQ Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the RSGB, the South African Radio League, the Southgate News, TwiT-TV, Australia's WIA News and you our listeners, 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.. 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 Davis, W2JKD, saying 73 and we thank you for listening.

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