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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2151:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on January 18, 2019
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2151 for Friday, January 18 2019 Podcast Audio -

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2151 with a release date of Friday, January 18 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Another Navajo Code Talker has died. Hams in New York help save a historic library -- and a family of Florida amateurs asks the community for help. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2151 comes your way right now.


NEIL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with news of the death of a courageous war veteran who was among those to use their talents to thwart the enemy through code during World War II. Alfred K. Newman was one of the hundreds of Navajos who served in the United States Marines Corps, baffling the Japanese by using a code based on the Navajo language. He died on January 13th in a Bloomfield, New Mexico, nursing home at 94. In the Marines, he had served on Guam, Iwo Jima, New Caledonia and elsewhere during his time with the 1st Battalion, 21st Marine Regiment and 3rd Marine Division. He is remembered among the hundreds of Navajos who rushed to enlist in the U.S. military following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. By some estimates, there are now fewer than 10 surviving Code Talkers. Thank you for your service, Private First Class Newman.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Ham radio's do-it-yourself spirit and scientific spirit are accompanied by a giving spirit. It's just that spirit that moved one club in northern New York State to be providing - instead of asking - for a donation. Here's the story from Heather Embee KB3TZD.

HEATHER: The James Prendergast Library in Jamestown New York owes its very existence to a 19th century gift from Alexander and Mary Prendergast in memory of their son who was 31 at the time of his death in 1879. It was considered a treasured gift by the family to the city Alexander Prendergast founded. The library opened in 1891, replete with an art gallery, in a building that has long since become a local landmark. With the library's very existence now imperiled by a struggling city budget, it finds itself instead as the recipient of gifts -- and the Chautauqua (CHA-TOCK-WA) Amateur Radio Service recently became one of its benefactors. The club holds its monthly meetings at the library so it was only natural for the members to make a donation. Earlier this month the club presented library director Tina Scott with a check for $400 as a show of support for the library's hoped-for continued presence in the city.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Heather Embee KB3TZD.



NEIL/ANCHOR: You may recognize some of the familiar faces making their way on screen in an upcoming horror film this year. They're not actors: They're rigs. Skeeter Nash N5ASH explains.

SKEETER: Amateur radio may not necessarily get top billing in every movie by Peter Vekinis (Vuh-KINNIS) but it certainly finds its way into the supporting cast. Peter, whose call signs are KH6VP and LX1QF, is executive producer of the psychological horror film "Infernum" which will be released sometime this year. Hams in the audience will be pleased to see scenes featuring the Icom D5100 mobile radio and the Icom D51 HT, especially as the heroine, a young sculptor named Camille, makes use of radio to call for help. Peter said Icom donated the rigs -- but they're not the only amateur links in the thriller. Sculptures used in the film are the creations of Bobbie Habermann NH6RH, who also has a small on-screen role. Peter told Newsline that his previous movie, "The Dark Hand," is even more infused with amateur elements. In this dark thriller, HTs and HF radios figure prominently as a brother searching for his long-lost sibling discovers a conspiracy of people involved in depleting the earth of its oxygen. They use - what else? - amateur radio to communicate. Peter's amateur radio creations, by the way, include his two children: Naomi Malik, his daughter, who lives in the UK and holds the call signs VE3NEN and LX3NEN. His son Justin, who is in Tokyo, holds the call signs VE3VEK and LX3VEK.

"Infernum," which was shot in Nevada, is due for release sometime this year.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Skeeter Nash N5ASH.


NEIL/ANCHOR: Scientists and observers of space weather are gearing up for a gathering in Ohio in March that promises to be a weekend of ionospheric inquiry, as we hear from Jack Parker W8ISH.

JACK: Two months before the big Hamvention gathering in Dayton, Ohio, a different assembly of amateurs is taking place in Ohio -- this time in Cleveland. It's called the HamSCI 2019 Workshop Set and it's giving space weather and the ionosphere center stage. The program will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of March on the campus of Case Western Reserve University. HAMSCI's founder Nathaniel Frissell (Frizz-ZELL) W2NAF and the university's amateur radio club W8EDU are asking for presenters to submit papers for the conference, which will explore such subjects as traveling ionospheric disturbances, sporadic E, geomagnetic storms and the use of ham radio techniques to study many of these phenomena. Presentations are already scheduled by ham radio author Ward Silver N0AX and propagation specialist Carl Leutzelschwab (Loot-zull-schwab) K9LA. Amateurs who would like to join the lineup of those giving talks should send their abstracts no later than February 1st to hamsci at hamsci dot org (

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker W8ISH.




NEIL/ANCHOR: Hams with an appetite for climbing and activating summits will get to sit down and indulge their appetites for a hearty meal. Plans are already underway for this global gathering, as Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us.

JEREMY: It may seem a long time until June, but when organising an annual event where attendees often come from the other side of the world, early planning is important.

The official date for the fifth annual Summits on the Air dinner has now been set for Friday the 21st June - the first day of the HAM RADIO Friedrichshafen Hamfest in Southern Germany. As this is the fifth year of the event, the organiser, AR Newsline's own Ed Durrant DD5LP, has set a challenge to the expected 20 or more attending: they should present something related to the number 5. Their 5 best summits perhaps or their 5 most important pieces of SOTA equipment.

In any case if the last five years are anything to go by it will be an enjoyable evening out at the country restaurant, only 10 minutes away from a SOTA summit - of course!

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.


BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world including the WA-ZERO-RCR Gateway 160 Meter Radio Newsletter throughout the day Saturdays on 1860 kHz in Wentzville, Missouri.



NEIL/ANCHOR: College hams, have you done your homework? Well if you expect to score big in the North American Collegiate Championship it might just help. The Society of Midwest Contesters has announced that the SSB championship, which takes place this month, has expanded to cover the RTTY competition next month. The previous championship only included the SSB event. The SSB event runs from 1800 UTC on January 19 to 0600 UTC on January 20. The RTTY portion runs 1800 UTC on February 23 to 0600 UTC on February 24.

The collegiate championship is sponsored by the National Contest Journal. Competitors are collegiate stations anywhere in North America with on-campus shacks and a maximum power of 100 watts -- and it's certainly more fun than midterm exams or a term paper. The Society of Midwest Contestors said in its announcement that stations need to register before receiving instructions on how to set themselves up with logging software and other things needed for the activity.

Awards will be given for National Champion, Runner-up and State Champion. For some students with big ambitions, this might just be an all-nighter.



NEIL/ANCHOR: A well-known ham radio family in Florida is reaching out to the amateur radio community for help. Don Wilbanks AE5DW has the details.

DON: If you have ever received a QSL card from Faith Hannah AE4FH, Grace KM4TXT, Hope KM4IPF or Zechariah WX4TVJ, odds are you know - or know *of* - the Lea family of Florida. The four youngsters are the children of Michelle N8ZQZ and freelance cinematographer and James Lea WX4TV. This amateur radio family of six has shared a lot - including recent high-profile special operations as WK1DS and N4T - but what they face together now is a frightening challenge to survive and avoid eviction from their home. James was injured last year while assisting with volunteer emergency communications in Florida after Hurricane Michael and his condition left him unable to work. You may know the Lea family personally or perhaps you are acquainted with them through social media and their YouTube channel, Ham Radio dot World ( James said his recovery from rotator cuff surgery could take as long as a year and he is the family's sole supporter. Meanwhile, the bills are adding up. He wrote on the family's GofundMe page [quote] "In the short term we need help getting caught up with our rent and other bills such as electricity, water and insurance as well as building a financial cushion. In the medium term we may need some ongoing help as we figure out how to provide for ourselves in new and creative ways."

James has asked the amateur radio community to share his family's needs by word of mouth, social media and on Facebook. He writes: "Most importantly, we need your prayers."

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Wilbanks AE5DW.


NEIL/ANCHOR: Listen up! Another amateur radio space station contact is about to happen - this time with Canada. Robert Broomhead VK3DN has the details.

ROBERT: This week, Tony Hutchison VK5ZAI will be doing a Telebridge linkup between the International Space Station and Ashbury College in Ottawa, Canada. This will take place on Wednesday the 23rd of January 2019 at 19:47 UTC. The down link can be heard over the southern part of Australia on 145.800 MHz. You are all invited to listen in.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead VK3DN.


NEIL/ANCHOR: What does it take to be the RAC Amateur of the Year in Canada? Geri Goodrich KF5KRN tells us about the latest winner.

GERI: The board of directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada has chosen Gabor Horvath VE7JH as the RAC Amateur of the Year. The president of the RAC, Glenn MacDonell VE3XRA noted in The Canadian Amateur magazine that Gabor's many contributions to ham radio include his volunteer initiative in helping with the RAC Canada 150 Award marking the nation's sesquicentennial in 2017. That nationwide event resulted in an estimated 60,000 QSOs. Gabor's skills as an amateur have also received previous recognition: in 2017 he was the only Canadian competing in the 14th IARU High Speed Telegraphy World Championship and he was also a competitor last year at the World Radiosport Team Championship, where he was only 1 of four Canadians. According to his bio on, he has been a ham since his childhood in Hungary, where his first call sign was HA2KMR.

Gabor's inclusion on the list of those named RAC Amateur of the Year makes him one of only 6 hams in Canada to have been given this award since 2010.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Geri Goodrich KF5KRN.


In this week's world of DX, listen for Willy, KB8YRX operating as 8P9CA from Barbados until the 4th of February. Find him on 20 meters operating FT8. QSL via LoTW or via his home call.

Be listening for Saty, JE1JKL using the call sign 9M6NA in East Malaysia from the 24th of January through to the 28th, mostly on 160 metres. Saty will also participate in the CQ WW CW 160-Meter Contest. QSL via LoTW and Club Log's OQRS.

Harald, DF2WO is on the air as 9X2AW from Rwanda until the 14th of February operating on 160 to 30 meters including 60 meters. He will be using FT8 and CW. QSL via M0OXO's OQRS.

Mat, DL4MM will be active again as P4/DL4MM from Aruba from the 22nd of January through the 30th, operating CW, SSB and FT8. He will concentrate on the low bands, giving special focus on contacts with Europe and Asia. He will participate in the CQ WW 160-Meter CW Contest as P40AA. Send QSLs via Club Log's OQRS or via DL4MM - and in six months, by LoTW.

We also want to share an update from Ancletus Ernest J69Z, whose special event station J69Z/K3LP paid tribute over the course of seven days to his friend Silent Key David Collingham K3LP. Ancletus told Newsline that he was pleased to work 464 stations during the activation, starting with his first contact Gene Benoit (buh-NOYT) W2PBY. He said he has QSL cards designed and will send them once he has sufficient money to get them printed and has been hoping for a sponsor.



NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally, we all know amateur radio can run in the family. But for this one family in India, amateur radio seems to run and run and run and - well, you get the idea. John Williams VK4JJW has their story.

JOHN: When does a family get-together start to seem more like a hamfest than a gathering of relatives? If you're related to S. Suri VU2MY and D. Bharati VU2RBI, as either a cousin, a sibling or a son or daughter, you probably know the answer: That family is YOUR family. According to Lakshmi Narayan VU3WDJ, secretary of the Indian Railway Amateur Radio League, this generously sized entourage has no fewer than 43 licensed amateurs among its ranks. That's right: This is one family tree that has all kinds of antennas strung up in the branches. S. Suri is the founder, chairman and CEO of the National Institute of Amateur Radio in India and D. Bharati is a DXer, DXpeditioner and founding member of the National Institute. Lakshmi told Newsline that he met up with this gathering of familial radio operators quite unexpectedly at a recent ham gathering in India and after doing a little research arrived at the conclusion that they may constitute the largest ham family in India. He now hopes to get them included in the Guinness Book of World Records - and said that when he told the family he was hoping to achieve that, they were overjoyed. Perhaps this may one day lead to a new award to add to Worked All Counties, Worked All States and Worked All Continents. Think of it as "Worked All Family Members."

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams VK4JJW.

** NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; HAMSCI; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Navajo Times; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; Post-Journal newspaper; QRZ.COM; 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 at For 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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