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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2072 for Friday, July 14, 2017:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on July 14, 2017
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2072 for Friday, July 14, 2017

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2072 with a release date of Friday, July 14, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. In British Columbia, hams keep an eye on raging wildfires. The Royal Mint prepares for activation in the UK -- and hams in Scandinavia get their tickets. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2072 comes your way right now.





PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week's newcast with a look at the wildfires raging in British Columbia, Canada. A provincial state of emergency was declared on July 7 to prepare for a coordinated response and evacuations but that declaration did not immediately include amateurs activation. That did not stop hams from providing assistance on the ground, however, lending a hand to the Red Cross and other organizations. As of Amateur Radio Newsline's production deadline, there had been no hams called up. We will continue to monitor developments.




PAUL/ANCHOR: Now here's one special event station that's as newly minted as any station could ever be. A team of operators in the UK will be activating the Royal Mint in South Wales, which produces coins for many of the world's countries. With those details, here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot G4NJH

JEREMY: Between the 29th of July and the 5th of August, radio amateurs from the Barry Amateur Radio Society will be calling QRZ as Special Event Station GB4RME. The club is calling this The Royal Mint Experience, marking it as a world first. Organizers say this is the first time hams have operated from inside a mint anywhere in the world, much less a royal one. According to team leader Glyn Jones GW0ANA, listeners will be able to hear the hams on satellite, SSB, CW, RTTY, JT65 and possibly even EchoLink. Glyn said their visibility inside the mint will give school visitors and other youngsters a closer look at the operation of amateur radio stations. In fact, children who learn to transmit their names in Morse Code will receive a certificate of recognition.

Glyn said that with the Mint producing coins for more than 80 nations around the world, the hams have the ambitious agenda of contacting as many of them as they can. He said it was [QUOTE] "a monumental effort" [END QUOTE] but that the hams plan to give it their best shot. The Radio Society of Great Britain has been contacting national radio societies to further publicize the operation. More information is available about Special Event Station GB4RME on

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: Radio operators are communicators, whether on the air or off. Some Indiana hams are taking that job even more seriously off the air. Jack Parker W8ISH of the Amateur News Weekly podcast shares his report with us now.

JACK: Central Indiana now has a new crop of public information officers. The basic public information course sponsored by the Wayne Township Fire Dpeartment on the city's west side is now complete. The free course was offered to Indiana hams wanting basic skills in performing public information services. The three-day class was limited to 25 participants. They used interactive presentations and practical applications to convey information and engage the participants in learning. The basic public information officer course is designed to prepare participants to function as full or part time PIOs.

This training equipped participants with basic skills such as oral and written communications for working with the media. The course was offered to amateur radio operators as well as emergency mangement personnel including fire, law enforcement, public health and other organizations active in disasters.

If you are techically minded, the Indiana section of the ARRL has a job for you! Mark Westermeier N90Z, Section Technical Coordinator for Indiana, is looking to add technical specialists to some underserved areas of the Hoosier State, especially the east, central and southeast areas of the state bordering Ohio. If you live in Richmond and have a technical bent, you may be the person they are looking for to fill a technical specialist position.

If interested, contact Mark Westermeier N90Z at his email address

Technically speaking, this is this week's report from Indianapolis. This is Jack Parker W8ISH.

PAUL/ANCHOR: For more reports from Amateur News Weekly, covering Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, visit their website



PAUL/ANCHOR: It's time to set up for the National Boy Scout Jamboree. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Stearns NE4RD will be on the scene throughout the event and filed this report as preparations entered their final stages.

BILL'S REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting we are traveling to the Summit! Myself and over 5,000 other adult Scouters will be making our way to the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia to setup for the National Boy Scout Jamboree. The K2BSA team arrives loaded and ready to begin check-in and setup on Saturday, July 15th. We hope to start station testing as early as July 16th. Scouts start arriving around the 19th.

This is where you come in, as the amateur radio community, we are asking for meaningful and engaging contacts for the Scouts visiting the station. We expect to have around 4,000 of through the demonstration station throughout the week. We want this not only to serve as a requirement of a merit badge for those that need it, but as an experience and introduction to a new and exciting hobby.

I spoke with Russ Mickiewicz, N7QR, about his role and setup of the stations at National Jamboree:

RUSS: "My name is Russ Mickiewicz my call is N7QR. I was originally licensed from the Midwest as WA9SSR back in '66 and my job in the Jamboree is the technical crew for K2BSA. I have one person on my staff, Jason Miller. Between us two we sort of shepherd the rest of the operations people, we get the labor from wherever we can find it and essentially put the radios together, put the antennas together, get all the feedlines together and set up around six stations. We'll have a VHF station and about 4 HF stations and maybe a rover station that can do other things like Echolink. Another part of my job is if anything breaks, if we can put it back together again or smoke gets out, we try and put it back in the box so that we have stations operating all the time. Then at the end we'll run around for a couple days boxing it all up, putting it in the trailer and back where they store it.

BILL: I will be making sure that we continue getting the message out about this event while we're on the ground in West Virginia. We'll be posting updates on our website, our twitter feed @K2BSA_Scouting, our Facebook Page @K2BSA, and rumor has it that we'll be featured live on the W5KUB Youtube channel. All of our operating frequencies and modes will be updated on a special page on our website at We hope to work you on the air.

For Amateur Radio Newsline and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association, this is Bill Stearns NE4RD.


PAUL/ANCHOR: There are a whole bunch of new hams in Scandinavia calling QRZ. As Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot G4NJH reports, testing in Sweden and Norway has gone well.

JEREMY'S REPORT: Norway and Sweden have welcomed some new amateurs on the air, following their successful completion of exams in those two countries. The Norwegian Radio Relay League reports that 21 new license-holders are now ready to get on the bands, following exams given this spring. The newly minted amateurs are as young as 15 and and the eldest is 60. The Norwegian exam contains 28 questions and although only one of those to sit for the test in Norway failed to get a passing grade, the league notes that the candidate scored close enough for brighter prospects next time around.

Meanwhile in Sweden, the airwaves now have 64 new hams calling CQ. The new radio operators gained their licenses during the first six months of the year and all but three have opted to become members of the Swedish national radio society, the SSA. June was among the busiest months of the testing season in Sweden and the results speak for themselves.

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: It looks like Amateur Radio Newsline anchor and correspondent, Don Wilbanks AE5DW, is about to make some news himself. He's a man with a plan - and a plane ticket - and he's heading back to his home state of Oklahoma. Don, is THAT what they call a "ham holiday?"

DON/ANCHOR: Thats right, Paul! Im doing the Steve Miller thing and getting on that big ol jet airliner to Oklahoma City for Ham holiday, the OKC hamfest. Theyve invited me to be a guest speaker at their bar b q buffet banquet on Friday night, July 21st and Ill be hanging around the hamfest Saturday the 22nd taking in a few forums and just enjoying being back home in The Sooner State! So if youre in or near the Oklahoma City area I invite you to Ham Holiday, the Oklahoma City hamfest July 21st and 22nd! Everything you need to know is at I hope to see you there!

PAUL/ANCHOR: Another member of the Newsline crew, Mike Askins KE5CXP will also be appearing at the hamfest. Theyd love to meet you.


Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the Indianapolis Repeater Association's W9IRA 2-meter repeater on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m.local time.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Participants in one New England net are grieving the loss of one of their net control operators. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephen Kinford N8WB.

STEPHEN: Sunday nights on 3958 kHz will not be the same anymore. The on-air gathering known as the Maine Potato Net is mourning the passing of Jeffrey Carmel N1SAV who became a Silent Key on July 5 at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A mechanical technician and a member of the First Baptist Church of Pittsfield, Jeffrey served as net control on 80 meters for the group on Sunday nights at 7. According to an obituary in the Berkshire Eagle newspaper, he also enjoyed restoring antique radios. Jeffrey was a talented musician who played a variety of instruments including trumpet, trombone, bass and guitar in a number of bands.

Jeffrey Carmel was 59.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, hams in South Carolina are honoring a club member who became a Silent Key last year. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Kevin Trotman N5PRE with the details of a very special Special Event station.

KEVIN'S REPORT: Steve Foster N4SZ, was an active and respected member of the Anderson Amateur Radio Club in Anderson, South Carolina. When he died September 18th of last year he left a big vacancy. The club will operate Special Event station N4AW in Steve's memory, honoring all his good work and his friendship. His death came only a few months after he received a 50-year service certificate from the ARRL. Steve, an accomplished DXer, had been a longtime active member of the club as well as an active participant in missions with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief. He was also Coordinator of Anderson County Emergency Preparedness. Be listening on 20 and 40 meters for N4AW between the 15th and 21st of July as hams honor Steve Foster.

For Amateur Radio Newsline in Aiken, South Carolina, I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE.


PAUL/ANCHOR: One of the largest hamfests in the Chicago area is back in town and Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp WB9VPG gives us the details.

NEIL: A lot of planning has gone into the 83rd annual Hamfesters Radio Club hamfest being held on Sunday August 6th at the Will County Fairgrounds south of Chicago. Exhibits open at 8 a.m. inside a fully air-conditioned building. For enthusiastic shoppers, the flea market will actually be open starting at 6 a.m., so bargain-hunters can get a two-hour jump on things. Tickets can be bought online. They are $8 in advance; $10 at the gate and children younger than 12 are admitted free. Speakers include broadcast producer Christian Cudnik K0STH, host of the 100 Watts and a Wire podcast; Keenan Campbell KB9ZDK, director of the Bureau County Emergency Management Agency; and Mark Thompson WB9QZB founder of the Yaesu Fusion System Yahoo group.

This is Peotone's largest hamfest, with 14,200 square feet of exhibit space. Perhaps one of the best things you can leave with - if you don't have it already - is a new license or an upgrade. VE testing will be available between 8 a.m. and 10:30. For more details, visit the website

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: A group of YLs in California known as Ladies of the Net KM6CIR are celebrating their recent success aboard the Queen Mary W6RO, operating from the vessel's radio room. They didn't just make contacts there on July 8th; those out-of-towners who had come to operate were able to stay for two days in the onboard hotel.

Tina Madsen KK6KSY told Amateur Radio Newsline the experience was a trip back into history, surrounded by the vintage equipment on board the 80-year-old vessel. It was also a challenge managing the pileups she said, especially since a large foghorn nearby went off regularly four times a day - at three-hour intervals.

Fortunately, said Tina, they discovered the noise wasn't coming from the radios and they were still able to complete their QSOs. Amateur Radio Newsline says, congratulations to the Ladies of the Net for a special event fit for a Queen!



In the World of DX, it's time to celebrate offshore broadcasting with special event station GB5RC, which will be on the air August third through seventh marking the long and colorful history of Radio Caroline. Be listening as seven operators from the Martello Tower Group call QRZ aboard the Ross Revenge which is moored in the River Blackwater near Bradwell-on-Sea in Essex. The special event station is also encouraging Short Wave Listening. Operations will be primarily on 80m, 40m and 20m and the hams are also hoping for operation on 17m, 15m, 12m and 10m if conditions favor it.

Texas amateur John W5JON is operating on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and calling as V47JA until the 5th of August. callsign. Listen for him on the HF bands, 160meters to 6 meters on single sideband and also listen for him during the IOTA contest at the end of July. Send QSLs to his home call sign.

Be listening for Pierre VE3KTB who will be using the call sign VY0ERC through the 22nd of July as he operates from Ellesmere Island where the Eureka Amateur Radio Club has a station. In addition to a contact, working Pierre will count as NA-008 for the IOTA award. Pierre's QSL manager is M0OXO.




PAUL: Finally, we look at a rescue drill in which the victims weren't local residents simulating serious injuries. Let's hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP how the hams handled THIS challenge.

MIKE: It was a search-and-rescue mission unlike the kind most hams get involved in but the Manhattan Area Amateur Radio Club was prepared. Coordinating their efforts with the local Community Emergency Response Team, radio operators like Jim Foster KDNQQX, the club's secretary, served as emergency-response workers, keeping their eyes on the ground to discover where help was needed in the city's downtown.

It was July 8 in Manhattan, Kansas, and there was no time to waste: There were bicycles - yes bicycles, dozens of bicycles - damaged and in distress all around, some in advanced stages of disrepair.

Of course, this was a drill, a simulated disaster. The bicycles, however, were real and so was the need for some of them to be fixed so they could be returned to service with the city's free bicycle-sharing service, Green Apple Bikes.

This so-called Green Apple Bikes Rescue Operation was a way for Riley County Emergency Management to test emergency response in the city and, at the same time, get much-needed repairs for the well-used two-wheelers.

Just like human disaster victims would be transported for medical care, the bicycles were taken to repair facilities for their own version of triage after the hams spotted them and radioed for help. In this case, however, there was no need for any get-well cards or, for that matter, QSL cards.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.



NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; the Berkshire Eagle; CQ Magazine; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Irish Radio Transmitters Society; Kurt Pawlikowski WB9FMC; KSNT-TV; Margie Spangenberg KK4AGN; Ohio Penn DX Bulletin; Radio Amateurs of Canada; Radio Caroline; Riley County Emergency Management Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Wireless Institute of Australia; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. Please send emails to our address at More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website located at

For now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun WD9GCO in Valparaiso, Indiana saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2017. All rights reserved.

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