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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2015, June 10, 2016:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on June 10, 2016
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2015, June 10, 2016

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2015 with a release date of Friday, June 10, 2016 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. ARES volunteers are activated in Texas and Kentucky. A special lighthouse takes on a special mission. A Massachusetts ham club faces the loss of its home. And on the first anniversary of the passing of Newsline creator/producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, we offer a tribute from friends in this expanded edition of Amateur Radio Newsline coming your way right now.



PAUL: We begin this week's newscast with a somber reminder that one very vital aspect of amateur radio - the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or ARES - springs into action most effectively in the aftermath of a tragedy or during a crisis. That was the case in Houston, Texas, last week, as the region was besieged by deadly flooding. We hear more from Mike Askins, KE5CXP.

MIKE'S REPORT: Unrelenting floods in Harris County, Texas, and much of the southeastern region of the state spurred the county's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management to move to a level of Increased Readiness - Level 3 - activating the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in South Texas District 14 for a short while on June 2.

The section's Emergency Coordinator, Frank Aguilar, N5SSH, said that in spite of the fact that communications were not disrupted, ARES efforts were nonetheless needed to deal with what he called "situational awareness issues" in the weather-drenched region. Flooded streets posed a particular problem as the dangerous weather failed to let up. District 14 Emergency Coordinator Jeff Walter, KE5FGA, requested South Texas District 14 ARES volunteers to report through WebEOC or, lacking access, to use repeaters.

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

PAUL/ANCHOR: There was also a tragedy in Kentucky's Hardin County where ARES volunteers were activated on June 1 to assist in a different crisis - one involving a missing aircraft. Two days after the single-engine plane was reported missing on May 30, the hams joined emergency responders, law enforcement, the Red Cross and the Civil Air Patrol in their search. The aircraft was bound for home at Owensboro Airport in Kentucky at the time it went missing.

On June 1, the wreckage of the plane was spotted from a helicopter in a remote wooded area. The search team later recovered the body of the pilot, identified as retired physician Robert C. Dalzell of Owensboro. He was 70 years old.




PAUL/ANCHOR: A recent activation of a small lighthouse on Canada's Prince Edward Island has become a shining example of how to promote good will and tourism - and even ham radio! We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.

NEIL'S REPORT: Because lighthouses serve as navigational aids for travelers who often cross great distances, the Souris Lighthouse was a natural choice for Bernie Cormier VE9BGC and his friend George Dewar VY2GF, who activated the Prince Edward Island lighthouse for three days, during the first weekend in June. Thus the small team of amateurs on Prince Edward Island became a true beacon themselves - using 15, 20 and 40 meters to draw attention to this small province in Atlantic Canada.

Speaking recently with Amateur Radio Newsline, George said that despite challenging band conditions, the hams logged more than 100 contacts. Most were in the U.S., although signals from Croatia, France and Germany found their way to the lighthouse. There was even one ham from Melbourne, Australia who they worked with their 100 watts and Bernie's vertical on 20 meters. The hams also attracted attention off the air, from foreign tourists visiting the lighthouse who got to see some radio magic happen.

But operating as VY2PLH was more than just a means of identification, George said: It was the very conversation-starter they hoped for, as one station or another would ask "VY2 - where is THAT?"

Being able to call attention to Prince Edward Island, an agricultural region known more for its potatoes and its mussels, was a good thing, he said. Connected to the rest of Canada by ferries and a single bridge, PEI just gained another navigational route via the ionosphere. Or, as George says, QUOTE "We are getting the place a little better known around the world. Hey you never can tell."

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: Although members of the Queen Anne's Amateur Radio Club, K3QAC, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, will also be participating in Field Day on Saturday, June 25, some hams are doing double duty by starting early in the morning to ensure the safety of as many as 400 bicyclists in the Two Rivers Bike Ride. The fifth annual ride is a benefit for the Wye River Upper School, which serves students with learning disabilities, and the Corsica River Conservancy, a nature preservation group. The scenic ride begins in Centreville, Maryland, with courses ranging from 15 to 100 miles.

The hams will be working net control, keeping in contact with radio operators at seven rest stops. There will also be hams on roving vehicles that provide aid to cyclists in need. For more information about the benefit bike ride, visit




PAUL/ANCHOR: K2BSA is on the air again. Working three portable stations - in three different states - Boy Scouts continue to call CQ in the name of scouting. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD, with this week's report.


This week in Radio Scouting we have 3 scout camps on the air in MO, OH, and NM.

William Coverdell, WD0BC, will be the control operator for the portable 0 station at Camp Geiger in St Joseph, MO. William will have the camp on the air on HF Voice Wednesdays through Fridays from 1500 to 1700 Zulu time, beginning June 15th and continuing through the summer until July 23rd.

John Baddour, KC8KI, will be the control operator for the portable 8 station at Camp Wyandot at Firelands Reservation in Wakeman, OH. John will have his Radio Merit Badge participants on the air on Wednesdays beginning June 15th and running through July 21st.

We continue to have Dale Finley, KB5NFT, the control operator for the portable 5 station at the Philmont Scout Camp in Cimarron, NM, running throughout the summer.

Please help support this activity, and others involving youth in amateur radio, by working and spotting them on the air and online. For more information on K2BSA and radio scouting, please visit

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



PAUL/ANCHOR: The Boston Amateur Radio Club is looking for volunteer radio operators to help at the Boston Athletic Association's 10K on Sunday, June 26. Hams who want to provide support for the event should plan to be available on that day from 6 a.m. to noon, and will need to bring a handheld dual band radio -- one with a gain antenna would be helpful.

Returning volunteers and newcomers can both sign up now, and should visit the 10K site at, navigate to the volunteer page and select the button reading "volunteer now." Then just follow the instructions and complete the application. If you have questions about the process, contact Brett Smith, AB1RL, the ham club's public service coordinator, at




Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the W0CRA repeater system in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs on Sundays at 9 a.m. local time.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Every ham knows that finding a new radio-friendly house and moving is no fun. But it's even less fun when you're an 83-year-old club with a full station, antennas and other gear and you only have a few months to do so. The Framingham, Massachusetts Amateur Radio Association is facing just that right now. I spoke with club director Sumner, W1VIV, about their situation and what they're looking for:

SUMNER WEISMAN: We are a very old club. We have been here in Framingham, Massachusetts since 1933. We have an actual video of a 1933 club meeting where they're all wearing suits and ties and things like that. We have been in this facility for about 38 years and we want to remain a club in Framingham, Massachusetts. We have always been in this town and we need to find a new facility -- hopefully something cost-free as we have now with this government facility. We need to find something before we're forced to move out of our present facility, which is the basement of a town-owned museum. We have to move out in early September. We're looking for a place with an operating station where we can put up an antenna and we can have some radios and things like that, where people can come in every week and operate. It should have some kind of a classroom. We give VE tests so we need some sort of a classroom and meeting space for board meetings and VE tests.

PAUL: The problem they're facing is that the old civic building that they're in needs costly heating system repairs to the tune of $1-million and the town is not willing to spend the money. So the club and the other tenants of the building all have to find a new home. If you'd like more information or would like to help them find a suitable new home, please visit their website at

We here at Amateur Radio Newsline wish them luck in their search. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Paul Braun, WD9GCO.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Just months after their first organizational meeting in January, a group of ambitious DXers in Ireland is already preparing to jump into an international championship in radiosport. Here's more from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.

JEREMY'S REPORT: It didn't take long for a very new group of DXers in Ireland to decide they could take on the world. Just this past January, the amateurs held an organizing meeting in the Maldron Hotel in Portlaoise and that was the genesis of new EI DX group. Now the newly minted collective of contesters is preparing to work as many International Amateur Radio Union stations as they can during the IARU HF World Championship on 9 July and 10 July.

The amateurs will use the call sign EI0HQ, which is held by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society.

Their plans, according to the IRTS website, includes creation of a comprehensive multi-multi station at Garbally College in Ballinasloe. The global contest will take place on six bands between 160 and 10 meters, in both SSB and CW.

When the DXing group first assembled and organized, its stated objectives were to be a part of all DX activities possible, from chasing DXCC to DXpeditioning. At the time, there was no mention of world domination. Of course, winning a contest is all in good sport, and the group does hope for a respectable showing next month.

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




Dave, GM0LVI, is working between June 17th and July 6th as SV8/GM0LVI/P from Zakynthos Island. He will operate holiday style using 10 watts. QSL via GM0LVI, direct or by the Bureau. He is not accepting LoTW.

Hans, DK3PZ, will be on the air from June 11th to June 18th as LA/DK3PZ from Rennesoy Island. He will be working the bands holiday style. Send QSLs via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Mike, DG5LAC, is active on SSB through June 18 as EA8/DG5LAC from Fuerteventura Island. Find him on 40 through 10 meters. Send QSLs via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL.

Members of a South Korean Amateur Radio Club will use the call sign 6M6M from Jeju Island between June 23rd and June 26th. Find the club on 6 meters only using CW, SSB, FM and the Digital modes. QSL via HL2UVH.




PAUL: Are they alive or have they disbanded? Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, has this report on the mystery behind the disappearance - and the reappearance - of the Belize Amateur Radio Club.

GRAHAM: Where on earth is the Belize Amateur Radio Club? Well, if you know your geography, you might answer "Central America." Or if an oldtimer, British Honduras. But if you ask the International Amateur Radio Union, you'd be told it is nowhere -- it has gone missing for the last 23 years. In fact, that's what the IARU formally stated in a late May news release, reporting that a longtime lack of IARU activity from the club could only be interpreted as its death knell.

But visit the website at, and you'll find a different story. A statement there - along with a link to the club's Facebook page - states that the Belize group is far from dead. In fact, a news item posted on the site on May 21 reports that the club was recently certified as an NGO, a non-governmental organization.

So what's happening? By all reports, it seems the club has been resurrected. A June 2 posting on its Facebook page declares QUOTE "We are the new BARC.. there was an old BARC that ceased to exist some time ago." The statement goes on to say that the new club has actually submitted a formal application to represent Belize with the IARU in Region 2.

That, it turns out, is just what the IARU is looking for.

Meanwhile, the club seems very full of activity and life. A May 29 posting on its Facebook page even shares an announcement of a meeting members held in April - and photos of the group's field trips in May, including one to the village of Blackman Eddy. It seems that in Belize, where there's life, there's hope. And ham radio. Belize me!

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB.




Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the w9EAR repeater in Vincennes, Indiana on Monday nights.



PAUL/ANCHOR: In the final segment of this expanded news report, we take time to remember Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF. To many, he was a friend, a mentor, a fellow ham, a brother, and a founding father of Amateur Radio Newsline and its Young Ham of the Year Award. He is a Silent Key whose influence on the amateur world will never be silenced. We hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, and others who were lucky enough to share his world - as we mark one year since his passing.

Here's Don:

DON: Milestone. A noun. A stone functioning as a milepost. A significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc.

We're marking a milestone.

On Saturday, June 11 2016 we mark the first anniversary of the passing of Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF. This is significant because it was Bill who brought us all together. Nearly 40 years ago he was one of the creators of the Westlink Report. That morphed into Amateur Radio Newsline. Amateur Radio Newsline created the Young Ham Of The Year award. But Bill was so much more than Westlink, Newsline and the YHOTY.

I could go on and on about Bill and the impact he had on my life, but I only knew him for a couple of decades. Let's go farther back and hear from some folks who knew him way before then.

In 1986, Bill had the idea to honor young radio amateurs, the Young Ham Of The Year award, now named after Bill. He got on the phone and called up a few people to see if they were interested in helping sponsor the award. One of these was CQ Publications. Rich Moseson, W2VU, is the editor of CQ Magazine:

"I can't remember a single specific highlight of my relationship with Bill, which went on over 30 years.

What stands out to me the most are 2 things. One is how he's a perfect example of how ham radio can enable you to shine in ways that other parts of your life may not. Professionally, yes he worked in television in Hollywood but he was a videotape editor and maintenance person. He kept their equipment running. It's not a high profile position. But ham radio allowed him to shine as the producer of Newsline, as producer of videos and as the founder of the Young Ham Of The Year award. He passed that along to other people as well. He gave me my first opportunity to do television field producing, to Meet Senator John Glenn and I don't remember what else.

The other thing that stands out in my mind is with the Young Ham Of The Year award how his total devotion was to the kids. Every year he would sponsor the dinner and he would give the kid the who won the award the option of where to go. I suppose we could have gone to some fancy restaurant someplace, but we usually ended up at either a bar b q place or, I remember one year we all went to 5 Guys and got hamburgers and fries, because that's what the kid wanted. That said so much to me about Bill and his dedication to promoting youth in ham radio, and just his whole way of life and of being.

Those are things that I'll always remember about him."

Thanks Rich. Rich shared the stage with Bill and the young ham award winner for many years. Another sponsor from day one is Yaesu. Now with Ham Radio Outlet, Chip Margelli, K7JA, then with Yaesu, also shared that stage for decades:

"This is Chip Margelli, K7JA and my remembrences of Bill Pasternak are that he was every day, every minute of every day, trying to promote amateur radio.

Trying to bring amateur radio to young people, trying to bring amateur radio to people who didn't know the difference between a megacycle and a motorcycle, and he was tireless in his efforts.

He also was tireless in his efforts to improve the knowledge base. All these videos that Bill and Dave Bell and others were so deeply involved in weren't just to try to recruit new hams. They were trying to improve the knowledge base amond existing hams, and that's the thing I remember the most about Bill.

He was always trying to make new hams out of no hams and to make better hams out of current hams and to his last day he was going after that goal of bringing more people the joy of amateur radio."

Thanks Chip. Have you noticed a trend here? Education. Youth. That's not by accident. A more recent addition to the Newsline fold is Mark Abramowicz, NT3V:

"How does one reflect on the loss of a good friend and fellow ham ? a man whose life was devoted to family and Amateur Radio. That?s right, family was always first for Bill Pasternak. And, I guess I became part of that extended family after my son, Josh, then KB3GWY, was selected to become the Young Ham of the Year by Amateur Radio Newsline. I listened to Newsline and it?s predecessor, the Westlink Report carried on a local repeater for years here in my area of eastern Pennsylvania. Little did I realize I would one day become a contributor. But it went beyond that as Bill asked me to shepherd the Young Ham of the Year Award after its long-time leader bowed out. As I said, ham radio aside, Bill Pasternak was always the guy who put family first ? his family and my family. His emails and phone calls at all hours of the day and night ? weekends, too, were always welcome. And, they always began with ? How?s the family? Yes, there was business to transact but it was genuine concern for family that was first. To tell the truth, I have missed those calls. And, I?ve come to miss a man who was like a second father, an uncle, and a very, very dear friend. He may be gone, but his legacy will live on not just in Newsline and it?s work serving the amateur community ? but in my heart and the hearts of many he touched with his genuine love of his family ? all of us."

Thanks Mark.

This just scratches the surface of the kind of man, the kind of ham, that was Bill Pasternak. He was the kind of guy that you didn't have the heart to say no to. That's how he brought in the dozens of broadcast professionals into the all-volunteer team that made up, and continues to make up Amateur Radio Newsline and the Young Ham Of The Year award.

So as we mark this milestone on the path of life we pause to reflect, remember and honor the man who brought us all together. The Newsline staff, those in the Young Ham Of The Year committee. The 30 years of young hams who have been honored, their families and you, the listeners and supporters of Amateur Radio Newsline. Without Bill, and without you and all the others over the nearly 4 decades, none of this would matter.

So thank you Bill. Thank you for everything. We are all better people just for knowing you.

I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; the ARRL; Boston Amateur Radio Club; the CBC; CQ Magazine; Facebook; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; the IARU; Irish Radio Transmitter Society; K2BSA Amateur Radio Association; MyEasternShoreMaryland; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WANE-TV; WBKO-TV; 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

And we remind you once again of the June 30 deadline to nominate candidates for the Bill Pasternak Young Ham of the Year Award. Please visit our website at and click on the tab that says "Y-H-O-T-Y" for information and an application. Remember to mail your applications to the New York address printed on the application.

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.

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