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Amateur Radio Newsline 2167 for Friday May 10, 2019:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 10, 2019
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Amateur Radio Newsline 2167 for Friday May 10, 2019

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2167 with a release date of Friday, May 10, 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams step up when a cyclone bears down on India. A beloved DXer in Greece becomes a Silent Key - and are you headed to Hamvention? All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2167 comes your way right now.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week finds us in India, where hams showed their strengths amid a raging cyclone. Here's Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

JASON: Cyclone Fani, the deadly storm that swept into coastal India and Bangladesh on the third of May is history. Although at least 34 people in the Indian state of Odisha and 15 more in Bangladesh were reported to have been killed, authorities say the high level of emergency preparedness in the region kept the death toll from going higher as winds reached up to 127 miles (or more than 200 kilometres) per hour. That preparedness included the amateur radio operators of southeast Asia. One ham, Nilkantha Chatterjee VU3ZHA, was credited with crafting a website in cooperation with the Climate Resilient Observing Systems Promotion Council enabling storm victims to help track persons who had gone missing during the cyclone. The lost-and-found portal of the Amateur Radio Development Society included two toll-free numbers linking people to disaster control operators. Meanwhile, Arunava Dey VU3XRY, Debdutta Mukherjee and Avrajit Das VU3YDA of the West Bengal Radio Club traveled to help the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority establish communication links using VHF and HF radios, braving wind speeds of as much as 118 miles (or 190 kilometres) per hour. In Kolkata, Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA and others assisted in relaying messages to Delhi.

With the storm now gone, those remaining in its wake have been wrestling with power outages and shortages of water.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW.



PAUL/ANCHOR: The DXing community has lost a beloved friend who called QR Zed from a Greek monastery. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has the details.

JEREMY: The noted DXer, Monk Apollo SV2ASP/A, known to hams around the world for operating from Mount Athos in northern Greece, has become a Silent Key. One of the earliest reports of his death was made by Masa JE1LET on his page on QRZed dot com. Masa said in an email to Newsline that he learned of Apollo's death on the 5th of May from a Greek friend visiting Mount Athos. An Orthodox Christian monk since 1973 and a resident of the Holy Monastery of Dochiariou (DOH HEE AR EE YOU) since 1980, Apollo received his amateur licence in 1988, becoming the first active ham radio operator on Athos.

On his QRZed page, Apollo said he was inspired to become a ham after one of the brothers became seriously injured in a gardening accident in 1986. One of the physicians at the hospital in Thessalonica, who also happened to be chairman of the Radio Amateur Union of Northern Greece, recommended that the monastery have a resident ham radio operator for reasons of safety as well as security. Masa told Newsline Apollo had most likely not been on the air since last December and that his condition had deteriorated since his first surgery on his head. Masa said he'd been unable to speak, see or walk.

Masa said that following Apollo's death in the monastery, a funeral was held at noon local time on the 6th of May.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Are you packed for Dayton Hamvention yet? Well don't forget your app. Organizers have rolled out the first Dayton Hamvention event mobile app, compatible with both Apple and Android platforms. Use it to track activities, events and exhibits and even winners of all those coveted prizes. The free app was developed by TripBuilder Media in a collaboration between Dayton Hamvention and the ARRL. The Hamvention App is called "ARRL Hamvention 2019" but if you search for "Hamvention" you'll find it. If you are going to Hamvention, be sure to look for the Newsline booth between the Heil Sound and ICOM and say hello. We love to meet our listeners.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, as everyone seems to be prepping for the opening of Hamvention on May 17th, hams Down Under have their own final details to tend to. Here's Graham Kemp VK4BB.

GRAHAM: As the weeks wind down to the May 25th opening of the Wireless Institute of Australia's AGM and conference, attendees can expect to hear from a number of leaders in the hobby who will speak at the gathering in Sydney. Speakers will cover regulatory issues as well as technical matters. Dale Hughes VK1DSH will discuss the intricacies of the regulatory provisions that are the foundation of the nation's amateur service. Dale has served as part of the Australian delegations to WRC-12, WRC-15 and a number of regional meetings. Hams will also hear from David Rowe VK5DGR, developer of the FreeDV HF digital voice mode which recently concluded its second worldwide QSO Party. There will also be a presentation by Anthony Monger VK2KZ who will explain the important roles hams can play in scientific Cubesat missions. To register click on the link on the WIA website at wia dot org dot au (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB



PAUL/ANCHOR: Arizona hams and their home owners association recently reached an important agreement: Antennas are OK! Here's Skeeter Nash N5ASH.

SKEETER: Some 75 amateur radio operators living in Surprise, Arizona, outside Phoenix are celebrating a big win last month when the board of directors of the Sun City Grand community voted 6-1 to permit certain outdoor antennas for amateur shacks. These include flagpole antennas no taller than 16 feet - and unlike other antennas, these are permitted in the homes' front yards. Vertical antennas are also allowed but must be in the back yard, reaching no more than 5 feet above the home's peak. This height restriction also applies to wire antennas such as G5RV, Off-Center-Fed and standard dipoles but wire antennas may not have traps. Towers are still forbidden.

In announcing the hams' victory following lengthy negotiations with the board, the May newsletter of the Sun City Grand hams stated [quote]: "We have achieved a great win for Amateur Radio and now it will be time to give back to our community by being able to provide emergency communications in the time of need." [endquote] The group's facilitator, Mark N1MAE, noted that successful talks centered on the public safety value the hams will have when emergencies arise in the sprawling community of 10,000 homes.

The newsletter noted that Hams still need to apply to the Architectural Review Committee's Standards Office to get approval for an antenna.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Skeeter Nash N5ASH.


** BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K4EX repeater in Dade City Florida, Tuesdays following the 7 p.m. net.


PAUL/ANCHOR: New Zealand amateurs are about to put their CW savvy to the ultimate test, as we hear from Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

JIM: Hams in New Zealand know it as the longest-standing amateur radio contest held by the New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters. It is the Ralph Sangster Shield Contest, where the action on 80 meters is the ultimate test of an operator's mastery of CW. This year's contest begins Saturday May 18th and concludes the next day. Ralph Sangster presented the shield to the nation's hams in 1927 with the challenge that it be awarded each year to the most efficient, proficient telegrapher operating no more than 5 watts PEP. Contestants from overseas are allowed to operate up to the maximum power their licence permits. For more details, visit the website nzart dot org dot nz (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF



PAUL/ANCHOR: In New York State, the memory of a beloved Elmer is being honored with a scholarship. Geri Goodrich KF5KRN has that story.

GERI: Thomas Cantine (Can-TEEN) W2TQF is remembered in upstate New York as a teacher of hopeful amateur radio candidates, a volunteer examiner at their tests, an active participant in ARES and RACES and a charter member of the Fulton Amateur Radio Club, which he eventually served as president for a number of years. What matters most, however, is that he is remembered - and remembered well - with a scholarship in his name. At a recent meeting of the Fulton club, a memorial donation was presented to his widow Pamela Cantine, a licensed amateur who now has her late husband's call sign. Tom became a Silent Key on Oct. 18 2010.

He got his license in 1957 at the age of 13 and his ham radio career spanned more than 50 years. The $500 scholarship that bears his name can be granted to one or more young licensed hams in the New York state counties of Oswego, Onondaga, Cayuga and Jefferson. The students must be planning a career in electronics, engineering, communications, broadcasting, computer science, medical or business-related fields. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Geri Goodrich KF5KRN.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Don't forget this other way to honor young radio operators: Amateur Radio Newsline's Young Ham of the Year Award named in memory of Bill Pasternak WA6ITF. If you know a bright young U.S. or Canadian radio amateur who gives of himself or herself to the hobby and the community, nominate them by May 31st. Information about candidate eligibility is available on our website,, under the YHOTY tab. You can download a nomination form there as well. The award will be presented on August 18th at the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville Alabama.


PAUL/ANCHOR: On the island of Oahu, the transmitter was hidden but the fun wasn't -- as we hear from Robert Broomhead VK3DN.

ROBERT: Fox hunting, Oahu style, became a memorable occasion for the hams in pursuit of the elusive transmitter last month in West Oahu. Never mind that it was over pretty fast: Some found the fox within 20 minutes and others found it within the first hour. It was a competitive yet friendly field comprising eight Extras, four Generals and five Technicians, with some bringing along family members so as not to be outfoxed. Although some hunters wielded "rubber duck" antennas a few got creative and used home-made tape measure Yagis and even satellite antennas. Yes, there were awards. The individual first place winner was Lynn WH6ERV, who rode to victory on a bicycle. First place winners in the team category were husband and wife -- Mark KH6LT and Rita WH6FUL. The last amateurs to flush out the fox - Alexander KH7CX and Glenn KW4TO - won the broken antenna award. Turns out the team's honor was appropriately named. When the duo exited their car at the end of the exercise, their antenna was actually bent.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Robert Broomhead VK3DN



PAUL/ANCHOR: Are you feeling even a little rebellious? If so you'll have plenty of company early next month when one club in Maryland marks the 225th anniversary of a historic American rebellion by operating a special event station. Here's Jim Damron N8TMW with the details.

JIM: On June 8th if you hear the call W-3-W - or Whiskey Three Whiskey - you may want to get into the spirit and key your mic. The relevant spirit here is good old American moonshine and whiskey -- and the call sign you'll hear is from the special event station of the Mountain Amateur Radio Club in Cumberland, Maryland. The club will be marking the 225th anniversary of the Whiskey Rebellion, the famous uprising by farmers in the Appalachian Mountain region who were pushing back against taxation of alcohol imposed by the then-new American government. The club members will be calling Q-R-ZED during Cumberland's Heritage Days & Whiskey Rebellion Festival and operators expect to be on 75, 40 and 20 meters SSB as well as other bands, depending upon conditions.

There will be a commemorative QSL card. The station will also confirm contacts via Logbook of the World. For the QSL card send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the club at Post Office Box 234, Cumberland Maryland 21501.

For Amateur Radio Newsline this is Jim Damron N8TMW saying 73 -- and cheers!



PAUL/ANCHOR: A group of interference-busting hams in Australia is helping others tackle those troublesome sources of RFI, as Ed Durrant DD5LP tells us.

ED: The latest addition to the Australia-based qrm (dot) guru website is a list of parts to make up a "Kill QRM" kit that will enable a Radio Ham to seek out and hopefully reduce if not remove sources of RFI. While the references are made to buying from a local Australia-wide electronics retailer, the list will be of value no matter where you live.

For clubs in Australia they are suggesting a combined bulk purchase of the items to reduce costs.

The article on qrm (dot) guru states: This QRM GURU Kill-QRM-Kit is an excellent starting point for the equipment needed to find and resolve interference issues. It would be useful to supplement this kit with other items, such as a general coverage portable receiver, an audio recording device and a camera. Many operators already have these items at their disposal. The kit includes the parts needed to create a simple Direction Finding loop antenna which should only take 10-15 minutes to prepare. There is no one universal solution to resolving interference issues. The way forward may require a combination of the kit items, or more specialised items not listed here. It is a starting point that will allow the investigation to proceed.

The list can be found at the reference in our text script located at

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I am Ed Durrant DD5LP.


In this week's World of DX, Andrey "Andy" R9YU, is active from Mongolia as JT9/R9YU until the 12th of May. Listen on 40/20/15 meters where Andy will be using SSB. Send QSL cards to EB7DX.

Be listening for Bernd, DL9LBR, operating as OZ/DL9LBR from Fano Island until the 11th of May. QSLs will be confirmed via the DARC QSL Bureau.

Be listening on the 17th of May as hams in Australia call QR Zed using the "AX" prefix in their call signs, marking the 50th anniversary of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day.

Fans of the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, which was held on April 28th, can still work Special Event Station 4JF1EU until the 31st of May. The QSL manager is 4 J 3 DJ.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Our final story is about a homebrew device that created some havoc - and a fox-hunting ham hero who resolved it. Here's Stephen Kinford N8WB.

STEPHEN: There's nothing to match the skills of an amateur radio fox-hunter when it comes to outfoxing some of life's stranger mysteries. In this case it was a bizarre spate of garage door openers and car key fobs that suddenly stopped working, or worked intermittently in two small cities just outside of Cleveland Ohio.

AT&T, the cable company and the electric company failed to solve it. Enter the hunter: Dan Dalessandro WB8ZQH, a professional TV, antenna and satellite technician and enthusiastic ham radio operator. Dan told Newsline in an email that research helped him determine this was a case of interference occurring on 315 MHz, the part of the spectrum utilized by keyfobs and garage door openers. Gathering up some of the equipment he uses in his job, he drove off into the area, listening with the hope of measuring the signal's strength as he got closer to the source. He soon found the signal and notified authorities. Media reports said the problematic device turned out to be a homebrew battery-powered unit built by an area resident who's an electronics buff. Its job was to let the man know if someone was upstairs while he was in his basement by turning on a light.

Local officials determined there was no malicious intent and the battery was removed. The inventor simply didn't know the chaos it caused -- but even in a world of modern conveniences, the mystery couldn't outfox a ham radio operator with good old fashioned problem-solving skills.

For Amateur Radio Newsline in beautiful Lake Norris, Tennessee, I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; Amateur Radio Experimenters Group; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; Darren Holbrook KH6OWL; FCC; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Joshua Shelton KD8SLQ: New York Times; New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; Oswego County Today; Pamela Cantine W2TQF; QRZ.COM; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Sun City Grand Amateur Radio Group; 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 Valparaiso Indiana saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2019. All rights reserved.

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