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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2156 for Friday, February 22nd, 2019:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on February 22, 2019
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2156 for Friday, February 22nd, 2019 Audio Podcast:

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2156 with a release date of Friday, February 22nd, 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Big satellite success in South Africa. Hams prep for cyclone response in India - and we are seeking Newsline's Young Ham of the Year for 2019. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2156 comes your way right now.



PAUL/ANCHOR: As we begin this week's report, we find ourselves back on the ocean journey of a record-setting Canadian YL who is sailing around the world with her amateur radio. Graham Kemp VK4BB has been following her story as she approaches his part of the world.

GRAHAM: Jeanne Socrates VE-ZERO-JS (VE0JS) is crossing time zones and setting records. Amateur Radio Newsline caught up with Jeanne back in our report last November as the 76-year old retired mathematics teacher was partways through her solo sail around the world aboard her yacht the S/V Nereida (Nuh-RIDA). Jeanne had left her home in Canada one month earlier to begin her global sail. It's not her first -- she is already the oldest woman to sail solo, nonstop unassisted around the world. When she completes her journey, as she hopes to do this year, that hoped-for homecoming in Victoria will make her the oldest person of either gender to accomplish the journey solo. Back in November, she was north of Ducie Island when Newsline spoke with her on the air with the help of a Skype phone patch. As of the middle of this month, she was past Cape Horn and Cape Agulhas and aiming in the direction of Australia and New Zealand.

Jeanne is keeping in good contact with other hams on the radio - including recent QSOs with some in South Africa and on the West Coast of the United States. She is also uploading posts to her blog, svnereida dot com (

On her post of Friday the 15th of February she noted she had sailed, not surprisingly, into the next time zone. With luck, at the end of her journey of many months, she will also sail into history.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.




PAUL/ANCHOR: In the U.S., the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Bureau has reminded electronics retailers that as of the 15th of February there are new compliance requirements for devices known as "unintentional radiators." These are defined as devices that transmit RF signals not used for any communications purposes. The agency's announcement puts retailers on notice that it is now enforcing what is known as Supplier's Declaration of Conformity procedures and is also requiring certification.

The FCC notes that devices subject to the Supplier's Declaration include "equipment that does not contain a radio transmitter and contains only digital circuitry such as computer peripherals, microwave ovens, Industrial, Scientific, and Medical equipment, switching power supplies, LED light bulbs, radio receivers, and TV interface devices. The agency noted that if equipment contains both types of radiators, the unintentional radiator needs to be authorized under either SDoC or certification and the intentional radiators such as transmitters, require certification.

The FCC has also advised makers of signs containing LED illumination that they need to comply with FCC rules, reminding them that LED sign panels are subject to a Supplier's Declaration of Conformity.




PAUL/ANCHOR: The ham radio community lost two of its longtime members, amateurs whose hard work leaves a lasting legacy. We begin with the story of 'Andy' Anderson as told by Kent Peterson KC-ZERO-DGY.

KENT: In Washington state, Herbert "Andy" Anderson K7GEX has become a Silent Key. Andy was a strong proponent of Latvian amateur radio activity and was present at every World Radiosport Team Championship, attending primarily to coach and encourage the teams who had come from Latvia. A life member of the ARRL, he was credited with having founded the Latvians Worldwide Roundtable Net and was considered the "godfather" of the Latvian Amateur Radio League according to his friend Andy Neimers VA7FJT. Andy Neimers told the ARRL that in the early 1990s, Andy Anderson helped the Latvian league evolve by sending thousands in funding to purchase all sorts of equipment for the league's amateurs. There is even a 2-meter repeater in one Latvian province that bears his name. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served as a Green Beret after enlisting in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He had come to the U.S. as a political refugee while still a youngster. Andy Anderson K7GEX died on the 5th of February following a lengthy illness. He was 84.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kent Peterson KC-ZERO-DGY.

PAUL/ANCHOR: A final radio call went out over the Arapahoe (Uh-RAPPA-Hoe) County ARES and state ARES nets recently in memory of Tim Armagost WB-ZERO-T-U-B, former Colorado Section Manager for the ARRL. Tim, who was a life member of the league, died on the 4th of February after a length illness. He had been Section Manager for Colorado for a decade and in 2001, after leaving that post, became assistant section manager. He had also been a delegate to the Colorado Council of Amateur Radio Clubs and served, for a time, as chairman.

According to his page on QRZ.Com, Tim was a retired master electrician who was first licensed as a ham in 1976 as WNTUB.

Tim Armagost was 75.

Vale (vah-lay) Tim Armagost and Andy Anderson.

(ARRL) **


PAUL/ANCHOR: The national conference of the Wireless Institute of Australia is still months away but if you're among those hoping to present a technical session there, you only have a few days left to submit papers. John Williams VK4JJW tells what you need to do.

JOHN: If you're looking to present on a topic at the Wireless Institute of Australia's National Conference in May, you have until March 1st to submit your abstract. The organising committee has asked that the papers contain 200 words or less, describing what the technical session would cover in the 30 minutes allotted. The technical presentations are scheduled to be held on the 25th of May following the annual general meeting and after lunch. Organisers are also hoping to review two additional papers for a presentation to take place at the Amateur Radio New South Wales field day to be held in Dural on the 26th of May. All abstracts submitted for either event should use a template available on the Abstract/Call for Papers form 2019 available on the WIA website. They should be emailed to Presenter and author details should be included. Presenters who are chosen will be notified by April 1st.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams VK4JJW.



PAUL/ANCHOR: British YLs have a lot of celebrating going on this year and they're looking for some company for an on-air party. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has the details on how to send an RSVP and book your time.

JEREMY: You only turn 40 once in a lifetime and so members of the British Young Ladies Amateur Radio Association, or BYLARA, are inviting YLs to sign up for a year-long party. BYLARA members are marking their 40th anniversary with a special event station and have asked all interested operators to contact BYLARA and also to file the OFW 287 document -- Notice of variation for a special event call sign -- with Ofcom. You can find the document at ofcom dot org dot uk ( Search for it by name.

To participate in the special event, YLs must be a full licence holder or have a partner or husband who has a full call and plans to be present while the YL is on the air. The Ofcom document must be filed at least a month before your planned date of operation. Email the form to spectrum dot licencing at ofcom dot org dot uk (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Skill and inventiveness in the fields of engineering and science are the hallmarks of the modern maker fairs and there's one coming soon to Cincinnati, Ohio. Jack Prindle AB4WS filed this report for the Amateur News Weekly podcast and we share it here.

JACK: The Cincinnati Mini-Maker Faire has announced the 2019 date. The Faire returns to the Cincinnati Museum Center at the restored Cincinnati Union Terminal for one day only on Saturday April 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The OH-KY-IN amateur Radio Society hosted a booth last year and was very successful. if you are interested in volunteering to man the booth please contact Cesi at kd8oob at gmail dot com(

Covering your Amateur Radio News in the Greater Cincinnati Area and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, this is Jack Prindle AB4WS normally in Big Bone Kentucky by tuning in this week from sunny Clearwater Florida.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Our thanks to our friends at Amateur News Weekly for that report. For more news in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky visit amateurnewsweekly dot com (


BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K7MMA repeater in Spokane, Washington on Fridays at 5 p.m. local time.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Imagine the excitement of a receiving signals from the first geostationary amateur radio satellite. Well, there's a ham in South Africa who didn't use his imagination -- just his rig. Jason Daniels VK2LAW tells his story.

JASON: The Qatar (KAT-R) OSCAR 100 transponders on-board the Es'hail (S-HAIL) Two satellite create the first geostationary amateur radio satellite and is covering the Middle East, Europe and Africa and indeed there's one ham in South Africa who is mighty glad for that: Rickus de Lange ZS4A is credited with being the nation's first amateur radio station to monitor QSOs on the OSCAR 100 after his dish received the satellite's signals on the 13th of February, on the eve of its official Feb. 14 inauguration. The satellite became available for amateur use on an experimental basis on the 12th of February.

Rickus told Newsline in an email: [quote] "What an experience it was, eventually running around in the rain at night to quickly put up the Dish on a Tripod and getting it aimed correctly." [endquote] He had received the LNB as a gift from his friend Leon ZED-S-ONE-MM and Leon had converted it to a lower Local Oscillator frequency. Rickus told us [quote] "I started playing with it and searching for the Engineering beacon for 2 weeks but with no luck." He told Newsline that contributing to the lack of initial success was the fact that he was unaware the first dish was an offset-fed one too. But he was encouraged. He said: [quote] "The first signals that I could hear on the WebSDR was the kick in the backside that encouraged me further to put more effort in." [endquote] He switched to a normal DSTV Offset 60cm Dish and from inside his shack, where his laptop was using an SDR dongle, he could see the signals on the waterfall and hear the SSB signals clearly.

That's when he ran outside in the rain and put up the station outside. He said it felt great hearing hams operating out of Europe and surrounding countries instead of just hearing OSCARS flying past. Two days later Rickus and Leon shared another "first" - Leon called him in CW, becoming the first ZS station to transmit over the satellite.

Rickus said [quote] "This is a fantastic Bird that they have put up and this will help a lot of hams to be able to DX on UHF which is otherwise only possible via EME and not so easy to do." [endquote]

We think Rickus speaks for many hams who welcome OSCAR 100 to the sky.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in India spent two days recently preparing for the cyclone they hope will never come. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF shares this report.

JIM: The gathering of hams in the Indian state of Odisha was part Field Day and part amateur radio camp. Members of the Amateur Radio Society of Odisha spent two days on an uninhabited island unreachable by conventional communications and simulated a scenario of natural disaster. The exercise on February 16th and 17th was designed to sharpen the operators' readiness in case of such calamaties as cyclones, which are not uncommon in that region.

The drill did not go unnoticed by public officials. Officials from the Puri district administration visited the island to observe the hams in action. They had a stake in the outcome of the exercise too: During Cyclone Titli in October of last year, Gajapati district was cut-off from the outside world for a few hours but communications stayed intact because of ham radio.

Meanwhile, the hams had a very proud showing by the end of the exercise on Sunday evening. Using solar power and their radios, the eight operators were able to contact 130 hams - many from elsewhere in India but also in Denmark, Russia, Australia, Thailand and Indonesia.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF




In the World of DX, amateurs in Turkey are using the special call sign TC10GITRAD to mark the 10th anniversary of the radio group GITRAD. They are on the air all year through the 31st of December. The log will be uploaded to eqsl and LoTW regularly. For any mis-copied callsigns, please send an e-mail to TA7AZC. No cards are required. However, if you need a paper QSL card please mail yours directly to TA7AZC and include a stamped self-addressed envelope and money for postage.

Jean, VE2FDJ, is using the call sign 5J0JC from Providencia Island, Colombia, through the 27th of February. Listen on 80/40/20/6 meters for him using SSB. QSL via VE2FDJ, direct or by the Bureau.

Kazu, JK3GAD, will be on the air as MJ0CFW from Jersey between the 15th and 17th of March and especially during the Russian DX Contest on the 16th and 17th of March. In that contest, listen for him using the call sign MJ5Z. QSL via LoTW, M0CFW or via ClubLog's OQRS.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, remembering the great pride the late Bill Pasternak WA6ITF took in talented young amateurs, we open the nomination period once more for Young Ham of the Year. Here's Don Wilbanks AE5DW.

DON: For those of us on the Newsline staff the months of March, April and May are filled with anticipation. March 1st is the day the nominating period for the Young Ham Of the Year award, renamed several years ago as the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham Of The year Award to honor Newsline's late founder. Quite the mouthful, so we just call it "YHOTY" or Y-Hottie for short.

Bill Pasternak was a fanatic for education and getting kids involved in ham radio. I suppose you could say Bill was into STEM before STEM was cool. STEM, of course, refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Way back in 1986 a young amateur from Oklahoma, Shawn Allen Wakefield, WK5P, was named our first YHOTY. Since then it has been a 33-year line of one incredible young ham after another, each one more amazing than the one before.

The premise of the Young Ham Of The Year award is simple: Radio amateurs under the age of 18 residing in the United States, its possessions and Canada are eligible. The young radio amateur has to have done something extraordinary with amateur radio to further the state of the art, or in service to the community. Other than that, it's wide open. Past winners have been recognized for running nets during forest fires and tornado outbreaks, training astronauts how to use amateur radio equipment for school contacts, launching the mailing tube that contained an acceptance letter from MIT to over 90,000 feet with a helium balloon, documenting the construction, launch and recovery via a YouTube video, setting up a personal DXpedition to Cypress then writing a QST cover article on the experience, manning a shelter during Hurricane Andrew and keeping everyone safe when the roof blew off. The list of achievements is as varied as the recipients. To say we are humbled by our Young Hams Of The Year is truly an understatement.

So on March 1st we will open nominations again in anticipation of the award ceremony to be held at the Huntsville, AL hamfest on August 18th. The Huntsville Hamfest has been the home of the award since 1993. If you have not attended the Huntsville Hamfest you really are missing out on a great one. Arguably one of the top 5 hamfests in the United States, the venue is truly top notch and the hospitality is off the scale. To find out more about the Huntsville Hamfest please visit their website. It's easy to remember...

So, you know of a deserving young radio amateur and you want to know more about the nomination process? That's easy as well. Go to our website, and look for the YHOTY tab. There you'll find all you need to know including a downloadable nominating form. Fill it out and get it back to us before midnight on May 31st.

We are excited to see the nominations come in and believe me, the nomination committee always has their hands full. We would also like to recognize and thank our corporate sponsors for all their assistance. CQ Publishing, Yaesu, Heil Sound and RadioWavz antennas. Of course, our thanks to the Huntsville Hamfest for letting us have a home for the last 26 years. And we would like to thank you, our listeners. Without you we could not have a Young Ham Of The Year award. And of course, Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF. We continue to do our best to follow along in his footsteps and we share his passion for youth in amateur radio. The next generation is waiting in the wings and we are honored to be but the first to welcome them in.

See you in Huntsville!

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.

** NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT-South Africa; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; the FCC; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; the Hindu newspaper; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QRZ.COM; South African Radio League; 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 Paul Braun WD9GCO in Valaparaiso Indiana saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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