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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2157 for Friday, March 1st 2019:

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2157 with a release date of Friday, March 1st 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. A global yacht race is marred by a new radio scandal. Registration opens for SEA-PAC -- and a Danish artist mixes ham radio and music on stage. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2157 comes your way right now.



NEIL/ANCHOR: We open this week's report on the high seas, where a skipper in the prestigious Golden Globe yacht race was sanctioned for misuse of his on-board amateur radio. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has been following that story.

JEREMY: The Golden Globe yacht race, already plagued with reports that some sailors were using bogus callsigns, operating illegally on amateur radio frequencies, is now beset with a new challenge. A recent report cites one of its competitors -- Uku Randmaa of Estonia -- who is in third place. An article on the 21st of February on the website mysailing dot com dot au describes sanctions against the skipper for breaking rules that forbid outside assistance. He is heard in a recording received at race headquarters on the 19th of February asking a ham radio operator for weather routing details, which he received. Although satellite phones and GPS are banned in this 50-year-old retro race, sextants, paper charts and wind-up chronometers are permitted, as is the licensed operation of amateur radio. Outside assistance, however, is not permitted.

The race chairman Don McIntyre told the sailing publication: [quote]: "The skippers know that while they can ask for public weather information, weather routing - given directions on where to go - is strictly banned." [endquote]

The Estonian sailor told the Race Committee he did not fully comprehend that the information involved routing and the committee gave him a 72-hour penalty rather than disqualify him. The sanctions came on Day #234 of the nonstop around-the-world race, according to the Golden Globe website.

The remaining sailors are to finish the competition in Les Sables-d'Olonne in western France, where the first and second place skippers arrived on January 29th and February 1st, respectively.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.




NEIL/ANCHOR: There's some extra excitement in the Northwestern U.S. as amateurs prep for a major convention on the Pacific coast. Kevin Trotman N5PRE has that story.

KEVIN: If you're thinking of attending SEA-PAC, the ARRL Northwestern Division Convention, the earlier you register, the better. Early bird registration prices are in effect now through the 15th of April for hams who sign up online. Early-bird registrants are being given a bonus entry into prize drawings as well. SEA-PAC is taking place May 31st through to June 2nd at the Seaside Convention Center in Seaside, Oregon.

As usual, workshops and social gatherings will cover an array of topics, some of them on newsworthy events and others on cutting-edge technology. The Saturday DX lunch will offer a talk on last year's Norfolk Island DXpedition and the Saturday evening banquet will feature Jeri Ellsworth AI6TK as the keynote speaker. Seminar topics will include "The CW Way of Life - Why Morse matters in an FT8 world," legal issues, remote-controlled radios and an introduction to Digital Amateur Television. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR plans to attend along with CEO Howard Michel {pronounced: MICKEL, like NICKEL} WB2ITX and Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R.

For additional details about this Pacific Northwest gathering, visit the website seapac dot org (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE. (SEAPAC.ORG)


NEIL/ANCHOR: The global ham community has lost two more of its prominent members. We hear first from Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

JASON: The founding president of the Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club in Hyderabad {pronounced: High-Durr-a-bod} has become a Silent Key. Krishnamurthy Nagarajan VU2KNN, who was known as Rajan, had been known as a mentor to many in the amateur radio community. His best students, in fact, included himself: a student of commerce, he had taught himself the field of electronics. A report in the Telangana Today newspaper noted that Rajan was believed to be one of the few hams in Hyderabad who used SSB during the 1970s, which was a time when amateur radio operators were more active on AM and CW.

In postings on social media, many friends and fellow amateurs recalled him as a superb home brewer who knew his way around tube radios as well as newer gear. He was described as well as a supporter of newcomers to the hobby, whom he would contact on EchoLink, and he enjoyed eyeball QSOs.

Rajan died on Saturday the 23rd of February at the age of 72.

Vale Rajan.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

NEIL/ANCHOR: Another noted amateur became a Silent Key here in the U.S. and Stephen Kinford N8WB has that report.

STEPHEN: A longtime amateur radio operator honored by the ARRL - and a U.S. military veteran - has become a Silent Key. Bill Thompson W2MTA, a former ARRL Western New York Section Manager, had served in that post from 1980 until 1999. The ARRL presented him with the league's Knight Distinguished Service Award in 2009, an honor which recognizes section managers for notable contributions to the ARRL. He was a life member of the league. Bill was especially active with the National Traffic System and served as Second Region Net manager, chairing the system's Eastern Area staff. He had also served as an assistant director of the league's Atlantic Division. Licensed as a ham since 1952, he served in Korea as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.Bill Thompson died on the 16th of February. He was 87.

Vale {pronounced: VAR-LAY} Bill Thompson.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB.




NEIL/ANCHOR: A team of young hams is being assembled for the CQ Worldwide WPX contest March 30th and 31st. Co-leader Marty Sullaway, NN1C tells how it all started.

MARTY: The idea for this project came from Violetta, KM4ATT. Violetta was the one who approached Tim Duffy, K3LR, the owner of the K3LR superstation, to make this a go. She was inspired by her operations from PJ2T as part of the Dave Kalter Youth DX project, and wanted to continue her operating career.

NEIL: Planning is a major undertaking, but the team is fulfilling that role as well.

MARTY: Part of multi operator contesting is working together as a team to build the contest plan, as well as figuring out all the logistics for the actual contest operation. So as a youth team, we are internally handling all the logistics regarding flights, hotels, meals, contest scheduling, operator scheduing, station information and handbooks; and really making this a comprehensive effort. We are taking this extremely seriously, and we hope our diligent planning will pay off, all of this being handled by fantastic youth. So we're really looking forward to that.

NEIL: Marty also talked to me about the goals of this event.

MARTY: We really view this as an excellent opportunity to get youth involved in amateur radio contesting, youth that already know how to contest get more experience, work together as a team, have fun (because we do this to have fun, right?), and gain skill. So this is an activity in skill building, team building, networking, having a lot of fun on the radio contesting... Hopefully this is the start of some bigger work to engage youth in contests in North America.

NEIL: To provide funding for some of the young hams to get to the K3LR superstation, a GoFundMe page has been set up. You can find it at


NEIL: Youthful exuberance is, in fact, one of the core criteria we look for in candidates for Young Ham of the Year. We just heard from Marty Sullaway NN1C who was Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year for 2017. Last year's winner was Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, of Montgomery, Alabama. We have opened up the nomination period once again and are in search of candidates who, like Marty and Bryant, have offered the amateur community the best of their talents. All information is available on our website,, under the YHOTY tab. You'll be able to download a nomination form which is due back to us before midnight on May 31st.

**BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K5VOM repeater in Greenville Texas on Mondays at 7:30 p.m.



NEIL/ANCHOR: History was made in February on an Argentinian summit and our own SOTA activator Ed Durrant DD5LP has been following that story.

ED: The highest peak in the SOTA - Summits on the Air - awards scheme, at the current time, is Aconcagua at 6,962m ASL, which has the reference LUM/PH-001, in the relatively new Argentina (Mendoza) SOTA association.This summit was activated for the first time ever on the 16th of February 2019 by Tom Rudzinski SQ9FVE, operating as LU/SQ9FVE. Tom is an experienced and skilled mountaineer, as required for such an undertaking. He planned the expedition carefully including all necessary support.The climb to the summit began 13 days before the actual activation and included several stage camps and acclimatisation strategies. The actual activation took place at 1747 UTC and comprised of five QSOs on 2 metres FM, all with Argentinian chasers located around 90km away.In his post on the SOTA reflector Tom thanks all of his helpers especially the local Argentinian Hams. For Amateur Radio Newsline this is Ed Durrant DD5LP.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Can you go back to school without actually *going* to school? Hams can, as Jim Damron N8TMW explains.

JIM DAMRON: If you've ever wished you could attend MIT, you now have your chance. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Radio Society is making a series of programs about radio available online through the school's Independent Activities Period. The Radio Society is W1MX, MIT's amateur radio club, and it has arranged for nine lectures to be made available on YouTube. These are intense courses - just what you'd expect from MIT - and cover such subjects as software-defined radio, propagation, radio astronomy and radio history, for starters.

If you want to attend - virtually, of course -- visit the website at w1mx dot mit dot edu forward slash iap hyphen 2019 (

Best of all, you can do all of this at your leisure, so you don't have to worry about oversleeping the start of class. Or even cramming for finals. You're already part of a fraternity of radio so why not go to class too?

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Damron N8TMW.




NEIL/ANCHOR: Amateur radio is taking center stage in Copenhagen and some of its performance will be inside the Royal Danish Academy of Music. Here's Ed Durrant DD5LP.

ED: Amateur radio is music to the ears of performance artist Helle Fuglsang who will fill the city of Copenhagen with her two "ON/OFF" events in the nine day Pulsar project and will combine the sounds of both amateur radio and music. On March 7th, at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, an amateur radio operator will transmit CW from the concert stage, causing lights to flash on the building's tower left over from its days as a radio studio. On stage a musician will transform those radio sounds into notes. The programme continues on Saturday when Inger Lundin OZ7AGR and Petra Larsen OZ7PR will be calling CQ on SSB from "Studiescenen" in Rosen0rns Alle. The YLs will be joined by a composer combining original music with recorded voices of YLs from around the world.

Helle is not a ham but her radio-powered projects were inspired by Bent Fuglsang OZ4BF - who just happens to be her father - and who often appears in her performances too. This proud father instilled in her a love of the music of Morse Code.

HELLE: Why I got this idea is because my father is a radio amateur. I have heard it all my life. And I love this spacey sound, the delays, and people speaking - but also with Morse, my father told me he doesn't see it as long and short but he hears as a little beat [she sings a few notes]..So it is music, it is a composition in itself!

ED: Because Friday March 8th is International Women's Day, the women's programme the following day not only includes Inger and Petra but a musical work-in-progress that intermingles sounds of women around the world calling CQ.

HELLE: It's not notes like Morse but it's a musical part and it is very personal. There is one piece that a young composer is doing and it is called "Voices of the World." It is female voices she has been recording. Now we are trying to record the call signs of female radio amateurs.

ED: Helle's programme is called "ON/OFF" in tribute to the pulsing signals of CW. Helle says the whole programme also pays tribute to the spirit of amateur radio which is to communicate without letting borders and personal differences get in the way.

HELLE: The beauty is they are very open-minded people who just want to call out to the world and whoever is there you want to talk to them, you know?

ED: Yes, Helle, a whole world of amateurs DO know and thank you for taking note - musical and otherwise. For Amateur Radio Newsline this is Ed Durrant DD5LP



In the world of DX, listen for Johannes, PA5X operating as 5T5PA from Mauritania. He began his activation in mid-February and will remain on the air there for the next few months. Listen for him operating SSB, RTTY and FT8 on various bands. QSL via LoTW, Club Log's OQRS or via his home call.

You have a few more days to work Matteo, IZ4YGS who is in Ghana operating as 9G5GS. He will be on the air there until the 13th of March. Listen for him operating during his spare time using FT8 on 80, 60, 40, 30 and 20 metres. QSL via eQSL, or direct to home call.

Dagmar, (DM7PQ/E51NPQ) and Rainer, (DL1AUZ/E51AUZ) will be on the air holiday style from Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, several times. Listen for them on March 9 through 11th, March 13th through 25th, March 27th through 31st, and finally April 2nd through 11th. They are operating CW only.

And on a general note, those interested in DXing and Contesting may be interested to hear that the official documentary film about how WRTC2018 came about has been released. It gives an insight into the organisation and management work and of course coverage of the actual event along with opening and closing ceremonies and can now be watched at



NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally, while Denmark audiences are seeing radio paired with music, visitors in London are experiencing ham radio as a work of art. We close with this report from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: If you've got your licence, you're already acquainted with the art of amateur radio - but how familiar are you with amateur radio as art?

A trip to London's Tate Gallery should help you answer that question.

American sculptor Jennifer Allora and Cuban sculptor Guillermo Calzadilla have teamed up to create a work on display there known as "Ten Minute Transmission." Using wires that are attached to a ham radio transceiver, the sculpture is modeled after the International Space Station -- and yes, it sends and receives radio signals, which it transmits right there in the gallery, thanks to the Kenwood TS-2000 rig the pair utilise in their creation.

The work's title refers to the window of time in which the ISS can be contacted by radio when it passes by a certain point on earth. Although the space station completes its orbit every 90 minutes, it passes close enough to antennas for reception just twice daily. ARISS, Amateur Radio aboard the International Space Station, often books this precious, brief two-way communication between schools and the crew on board the space vehicle well in advance.

Notes on the artwork indicate that the sculptors' goal was to examine [quote] "the space of encounter between people." [endquote]

For visitors to Tate who happen to encounter it in the gallery, that message is delivered much more directly - and hopefully with a 5 and 9.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.


**NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; Golden Globe website; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; MIT;; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QRZ.COM; SEA-PAC.ORG; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Tate Gallery; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Telangana Today; 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 at now, with Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT, at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG in Bloomington Indiana saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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