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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2064 for Friday, May 19, 2017:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 19, 2017
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2064 for Friday, May 19, 2017

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2064 with a release date of Friday, May 19, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Germany gets a new band on a trial basis. A former amateur with a long combative history becomes a Silent Key -- and we meet two hams honored at Hamvention. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2064 comes your way right now.



DON/ANCHOR: We begin with - what else? - Hamvention which gets underway as this report goes to production. One of the highlights of this annual event is the recognition of amateurs who've made a difference for others in our hobby. The honorees this year have done just that. Let's hear more about them from Amateur Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

NEIL: The celebration of ham radio that is the Dayton Hamvention is underway as we go to broadcast. And part of the celebration is recognizing the Hamvention award winners. Two of the winners accepted the invitation to be featured on a recent episode of Ham Talk Live! This year’s Amateur of the Year is Frank Bauer, KA3HDO. Frank is the international chairman of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station project. He worked for NASA and other space related companies for 4 decades. Frank has worked on several projects tying ham radio with space. And, his current one involves maintaining a ham radio presence on the ISS.

FRANK: It is hard to believe that two weeks after the first crew came on board, we inaugurated the amateur radio station. And, we have been operational ever since. And so, that was back in November of 2000. Since then, we've done over a thousand contacts. We’re almost up to 1100 contacts at this point. And what the team has accomplished has been phenomenal… being able to allow hams around the world to talk to the astronauts on orbit. When we get a crew member that [is] interested in talking to hams on the ground, and all of the students… and getting students excited about amateur radio. That's a very important thing… not only excited, but actually getting licensed.

NEIL: Bauer also reflected on the connection between space and ham radio.

FRANK: This is that melding of amateur radio into other activities, scientific activities and engineering activities, where this hobby is just phenomenal. And, I’ll say I’m forever grateful for the fact that I got involved in amateur radio because it has helped my career, and it has helped everyone on earth from that perspective.

NEIL: Ram Mohan, VU2MYH is this year’s Special Achievement Award winner. Ram is the Executive Vice Chairman & Director of the National Institute of Amateur Radio in Hyderabad, India. Ram’s efforts to bring youth into amateur radio in India has been exemplary.

RAM: Evidence of this activity in India is still on the lower side, I would say. We are just trying to introduce and create awareness on the activities for the youth to get involved, and join, have fun, and interacting with people all over the world… get to learn things about wireless communications, as they practice the art of amateur radio. And interestingly, this grown into leaps and bounds. A lot of young people getting involved into the activity. They're all excited to get into the world of amateur radio. Do-it-yourself concept helps in building a skill for them. And a lot of technical institutes are coming forward and encourage the students to get involved in amateur radio. And it is our effort to get the message across to all the young people who want to get involved in the amateur radio activity.

NEIL: Ram has also been involved in communications efforts for several natural disasters, such as the recent Nepal earthquake.

RAM: In India, we have several kinds of natural calamities hitting the region… really pretty bad ones. The ones that happened Gujaratin 2001. The earthquake took a toll on a lot of people, and there was a major disaster and hams could provide instant communications at that point in time. The super cyclone of 1999 was a major disaster here in India, and the tsunami of 2004.

NEIL: Ram is grateful for the recognition from the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.

RAM: We are very fortunate that the award comes back to our organization again after so many years.

NEIL: Another winner of the prestigious awards is Rob Brownstein, K6RB, who won the technical achievement award for his work with CW Ops. And the Clark County Amateur Radio Club W7AIA, which serves Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon, received the Club of the Year award for their efforts with youth, licensing, and visual situation reporting. For more information about this year’s award winners, go check out the official Hamvention program at, or tune into the entire broadcast on

Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Neil Rapp, WB9VPG.



DON/ANCHOR: For most hams, the call sign K1MAN was once synonymous with the name Glenn Baxter, an amateur with a long combative history with regulators. Earlier this month, three years after losing his license, he became a Silent Key. We hear the details from Amateur Radio Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE'S REPORT: A former radio amateur long known for his disputes with the FCC over malicious interference and other illegal transmissions has become a Silent Key. Glenn Baxter of Belgrade, Maine died May 5. He first became a licensed amateur in 1956 but at the time of his death, Baxter had long since lost his Amateur Extra call sign, K1MAN, which is now held by another radio operator.

Baxter was well-known for his enforcement battles with the FCC and his disputes with the ARRL, with whom he had also locked horns. He lost his license in 2014 when the FCC denied his renewal application based on his failure to pay a $10,000 fine from previous violations. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau dismissed Baxter’s long-pending renewal application from 2005 “without prejudice,” indicating that if he wanted to become licensed again, he would have to file a new application.

An obituary on the Maine Today website said Baxter was a registered professional engineer.

Glenn Baxter was 75.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP


DON/ANCHOR: It took some time, but Belize radio amateurs are back in the IARU. That's good news for everyone who worked hard to be included, as we learn from Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp VK4BB.

GRAHAM: Less than a week ago, the top news story among the headlines on the Belize Amateur Radio Club website was about....the Belize Amateur Radio Club! After much waiting, the ham radio group received its hard-won admission into the International Amateur Radio Union in an overwhelmingly positive vote - 77 member societies voting yes to membership status, where only 55 votes were needed.

Although IARU membership is new to this club, the group adopted the same name of an organization that previously belonged to the IARU but no longer exists. Now the right to membership in IARU Region 2 rests exclusively with this Belize club, after IARU officials determined the group met requirements established by the IARU constitution and its bylaws.

The club's website, barc-dot-bz ( proudly displays the IARU press release, issued the 11th of May, announcing the club's new official status. According to its website, the club was established in 2015 to promote technical education, encourage wireless experimentation and advance international partnerships. Speaking of partnerships, the Belize club's admission into the IARU makes it one of 167 member societies involved in this ever-widening global community.

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




DON/ANCHOR: If you haven't already thought of a young amateur to nominate for Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak Memorial Young Ham of the Year Award, you don't have too much more time to come up with a candidate. Time is running out! This award is our commitment to honoring young talent. Is there a young radio operator who particularly impresses you? Nominations are still open -- but not for much longer - for amateurs 18 years of age or younger who reside in the United States, its possessions or any Canadian province. Find application forms on our website under the "YHOTY" tab. The award will be presented on August 19th at the Huntsville Hamfest in Alabama.

Visit our website for details. Nominations close May 31. Look at your calendar - that's not too many days from now!


BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K2SPD repeater of the Suffolk Police Amateur Radio Club in Farmingville, New York, during its Monday Night Net at 8 p.m. The net can also be heard on the AB2M conference server on EchoLink.


DON/ANCHOR: Things are about to get very busy on 70 MHz in Germany. From now until late summer, hams will be enjoying a test period on the band. That includes Amateur Radio Newsline's Ed Durrant DD5LP, who has that story.

ED'S REPORT: The German regulator "BNetza" in its announcement 384/2017 released on the 16th. May, a day earlier than originally expected, reports that German Amateurs may use a section of the 70MHz band from 70.150 to 70.180MHz for a test period starting from immediate effect until August 31st this year. The same conditions apply as were in place for the previous test in 2015.

These conditions are - the amateur is a secondary user on a non-Interference basis (the primary users are the national Railway and the Military), no portable or mobile operation, 25 watts ERP maximum on any mode up to 12KHz bandwidth and horizontal polarisation only. All transmissions, including equipment tests must be entered in a station log book.

Four meters is a little-used section of the amateur spectrum and not available in many countries. The lack of suitable commercially made amateur radio equipment has been a problem until more recent Software Defined Radios have been able to provide 70MHz access.

The 70 MHz band performs especially well during times of Sporadic E propagation - typically occurring during the summer months which permits radio communications throughout Europe.

Additional details are available at website, which is in German but has translations into various other languages available.

Already having sent a CQ on 4 meters with no replies as yet, for Amateur Radio Newsline this is Ed Durrant DD5LP in Bavaria, Germany.




DON/ANCHOR: The young radio scouts of K2BSA are busy again on the air, activating the call sign at a variety of locations - and showing up in Ohio for Hamvention! Here are the details from Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Stearns NE4RD.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting we have 3 activations from Scout Camps on the Air and we'll be seeing you in Ohio.

Douglas Sharafanowich, WA1SFH, will be activating WA1BSA at Camp Sherman Hoyt in West Redding, CT on Saturday May 20th. This activation is for the Radio Merit Badge Requirement 9(a)(6) and will have 20 scouts. Part of a STEM Merit Badge weekend.

Larrie Deardurff, AF7NU, will be activating his callsign at the Benton District Camporee in Alsea, OR on Saturday May 20th. Larrie will demo radio to Scouts at the Camporee with an Icom-7100 and a Butternut HF9V HF Vertical.

BSA Troop 20 ARC, WS5BSA, will be activating Black Mesa in Kenton, OK on Sunday May 28th. This active group will set up Yaesu FT-817 from top of Black Mesa and operate SSB on 17m & 20m. They will use either Gipsy Dipole or MFJ-1899T Vertical antenna. They will also carry portable 2m Yagi and attempt to hit multiple repeaters in OK, TX, KS, CO, and NM using FT-817.

Hamvention is this weekend May 19th through the 21st. K2BSA will be present and will be answering your questions on how you can get involved in radio scouting. We look forward to seeing as many of you there as we can. We'll be in booth 2205.

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.


DON/ANCHOR: When it comes to ham radio, there's homebrew.....and then there's homebrew. When one New Jersey ham club realized it was facing a major overhaul of its repeater system, they knew they couldn't just pass the hat to raise money. So they came up with a solution that was strictly homebrew....and it involved a project that was also strictly homebrew. We hear more in this report from Amateur Radio Newsline's Caryn Eve Murray, KD2GUT.

CARYN: How can a portable HF magloop antenna help an aging system of UHF and VHF repeaters? Actually, it can save the day when it becomes a homebrew fundraising project for a ham club. Rob Fissell K2RWF, president of the Tri County Radio Association in Union, New Jersey, said this magloop was the right choice at the right time.

ROB: W2LI has been in existence now for over 80 years at this point and one of the big things we provide is a very wide area coverage repeater sytem, both VHF and UHF. That equipment is starting to show its age. We wanted to be proactive about coming up with replacements for it and ensuring that whatever we bought would last us for a decade or two to come and with that comes with the expense of it. Rather than kind of wait for something bad to happen and all of a sudden we need to scramble, we thought we'd take the proactive approach of fundraising through a number of different avenues or at least explore a number of different avenues and work to get the money ourselves.

CARYN; Work is just what they did! Gathering on weekends with antenna components and an order of Chinese food or donuts, they held "antenna building parties." Working assembly-line style, they have already shipped 40 mag loops and the club continues to receive pre-orders for the next batch. Rob says the little antennas are downright popular!

ROB: It's a club-raising effort and people like the concept that not only are they getting a quality product but they are also supporting a cause at the same time.

CARYN: The antennas cost $165 and every sale helps the bottom line, says Rob. Best of all, this venture is all about hams building something for other hams - and in turn, it's about hams buying something that will benefit fellow hams. Like a mag loop antenna itself, the effort all comes full circle.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT

DON/ANCHOR: If you'd like to order a magloop antenna, visit the club website at - all sales include shipping and are used to fund the repeater system.



In the world of DX, John, KK7L, is using the call sign T2R from Funafuti Atoll between May 23rd and 29th. He will be operating on various HF bands and may also take part in the CQWW WPX CW contest. Send QSL cards via N7SMI, LoTW or ClubLog.

Listen for Ken, LA7GIA, active as TN5E from Brazzaville between May 25th and June 4th. Find him on 80-10 meters -- and possibly even 6 meters -- operating CW and SSB. Send QSL cards via M0OXO, LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

Janusz SP9FIH will be on the air as E44WE from Bethlehem in Palestine until May 30th. He is operating with 100 watts and focusing on 17 meters. Be listening as well on 10 meters and 6 meters. Send QSLs via Club Log OQRS.

Finally, we have an update on the latest Summit-to-Summit event. In the Europe to North America Summit-to-Summit event last Saturday the 13th. of May, a total of 36 European summits and 18 North American summits were activated. Despite abysmal radio conditions with deep QSB and high QRN levels several trans-Atlantic QSOs were made, including some summit to summit contacts. Overall everyone enjoyed the event and many are already looking forward to the next event on the 18th of November when it is hoped that conditions will be significantly improved.




DON/ANCHOR: Our last story, which comes from Australia, isn't exactly about amateur radio but it IS about changing times and changing communication. It's the story of John Riddett, a longtime postal service employee who obviously knows all too well that a message delivered effectively is always a welcome message. John isn't a ham, sorry to say, but his telegraphy skills are something many CW operators would envy. He trained in Morse Code as a teenager in 1953 at the Postmaster General's office and he used his talents afterward to help send telegrams. That's a practice now out of use for about 50 years. Now John gets the message across by demonstrating his skills to children visiting the Telstra Museum in Hawthorne, Melbourne. This spring, however, he took a trip to Alice Springs for a ten-day gathering of former postal workers who, like him, were once fluent in the poetry of dots and dashes. It was his 24th such gathering but this year only John and two other former telegraphers showed up. He told ABC Australia that judging from the size of the turnout, the get-together was probably going to be one of the last. With that kind of turnout, he said, he got the message - unfortunately well-delivered.



NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to; Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Belize Amateur Radio Club; Chelmsford Weekly News; CQ Magazine; the FCC; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; the IARU; Irish Radio Transmitters Society; K2BSA; the Lambton (Ontario) Shield newspaper; Ohio Penn DX Bulletin; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; 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 Don Wilbanks AE5DW in Picayune, Mississippi saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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