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Amateur Radio Newsline 2168 for Friday May 17, 2019:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on May 17, 2019
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Amateur Radio Newsline 2168 for Friday May 17, 2019

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2168 with a release date of Friday, May 17, 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. After Hamvention, it's the Wireless Institute of Australia's turn. A much-loved podcast, the RAIN Report, is no longer in active production -- and a trio of SOTA activators operates briefly on Mount Etna. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2168 comes your way right now.


JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a reminder that just as the excitement over Dayton Hamvention starts to become a memory, hams will be heading to Sydney Australia for their own excitement. Graham Kemp VK4BB has some of that agenda.

GRAHAM: Attendees at the Wireless Institute of Australia's conference who are gathering May 24th to 26th in Sydney, will have an opportunity to learn in greater depth about operating on the microwave bands. David Minchin VK5KK, who has been active in the millimeter part of the spectrum since 1979, will be presenting a look at microwave operation around Australia. If you don't catch up with him at the AGM, you can otherwise find him calling QR Zed between 1.296 MHz and 122 GHz and also on 10 GHz EME. Another presenter on the agenda is John Buckley VK2LWB, who will share the podium with Peter Twartz, principle of a company specialising in RF management at large-scale events. The two will discuss spectrum management and the challenges of managing RF in areas that the ACMA already has declared as "high density."

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.

JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile as Newsline went to production, Hamvention plans included an appearance by John Amodeo AA6JAX producer of TV's "Last Man Standing" on Friday at the D-STAR gathering at 6:30 p.m. at the Drury Inn and Suites Dayton North -- and on Sunday free admission to the Greene County fairgrounds for the public.


JIM/ANCHOR: If the Radio Amateur Information Network report - or RAIN report - has been a big part of your ham radio life, you have one man to thank for all those good years. Don Wilbanks AE5DW speaks for all of us as he presents this tribute to the podcast's creator, who is retiring from the production studio.

DON: Since the mid 1980s Hap Holly, KC9RP has been producing weekly news bulletins. The RAIN Report, for Radio Amateur Information Network, began as part of The BEAR Information Service, a Chicago based ham radio program on the Broadcast Employees Amateur Repeater. His weekly 10 to 15 minute magazine-style reports have been a staple of ham radio news reporting for decades. Now, as time marches on, Hap has decided to hang up the headphones and turn off the mic. If you don't know about Hap Holly, his story is worthy of some research. Born to blind parents, Hap is also blind. One morning at age 7, Hap Holly woke up totally sightless. His family story was the subject of a 420-page book "What Love Sees." That book became a made-for-tv movie airing on CBS in 1996. He got his ham ticket in 1965 and a year later served as a phone patch and net control for the Westcars traffic net. Hap credits Amateur Radio Newsline founder Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF as inspiration for the RAIN Report. That friendship continued until Bill's passing in 2015. Over the decades Hap shared his Hamvention booth space with Newsline and we shared stories and audio between the two reports. Although Hap is no longer recording new RAIN Reports, the archives will remain online. There is so much more to Hap's inspiring story whan we have time for here, so I encourage you to visit the website, to learn more about this amazing gentleman and listen to the archived Rain Reports. It will be time well spent. All of us at Amateur Radio Newsline wish you well in your retirement, Hap. Thank you for the decades of friendship! For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW.


JIM/ANCHOR: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane - wait, it's a ham radio operator! Andy Morrison tells us about some high-flying hams beneath those parachutes.

ANDY: We all know there are stars in the sky - but what about AllStar in the sky? The radio link network is expected to add a whole new dimension to Mission 35 of the Parachute Mobile hams at their next skydiving-with-a-radio adventure in California. The hams are jumping off into the high altitudes above earth on Saturday May 25th, parachutes and radios at the ready. According to Rob KC6TYD, the team's AllStar node, built by Fred W6BSD, will be making its debut as another means of making contact. It will be available as will EchoLink. The hams taking that leap of faith out of the airplane are also looking to make 2 meter QSOs on 146.430 simplex and 20 meter QSOs on 14.250 MHz, all beneath the canopy of their parachutes - and of course, the sky.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Andy Morrison K9AWM.


JIM/ANCHOR: Members of the W9IMS Amateur Radio Club are revved up for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. For the past 16 years this official Amateur Radio Club of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has made contacts globally during the time leading up to each race. The special event station goes on the air May 20th and will take check-ins until after the race on May 28th. The operators can be worked on 20 and 40 meters SSB and on FT8. This is the second special event station this year for W9IMS. They were most recently on the air during the Indy Grand Prix, which was held May 11. QSL information is available at


JIM/ANCHOR: Whether you're a ragchewer or a contester, you'll want to try this noncompetitive way of testing your antenna's performance. Heather Embee KB-3-T-ZED-D has more details.

HEATHER: Wherever your antenna happens to be pointed, you can be sure of one thing: It's going to be pointed in the direction of fellowship and fun on the weekend of June 7th through 9th. The ‘100 Watts and a Wire’ online community is hosting its first Antenna Tune-Up Event. A way to welcome spring, celebrate antennas in all their variety and glory, and provide an opportunity to give true signal reports. A way to enjoy a non-competitive activity and explore what the antenna at your home QTH, or even at a portable location can do - on any band and any mode, at any time between 00:00 UTC (zero-hundred UTC) on Friday, June 7th through 23:59 UTC on Sunday, June 9th. Details are posted at 100wattsandawire-dot-com.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD.



JIM/ANCHOR: Another member of the Native American Navajo tribe who served in a special mission during the Second World War has died. Jack Parker W8ISH tells us about him.

JACK: Fleming Begaye (BUH-GAY) Sr., who was among three Navajo Code Talkers honored at the White House in November of 2017, has died. He had been one of hundreds of members of the Navajo tribe who assisted the U.S. military during World War II confusing the Japanese by using a code based on the Navajo language. The Navajo Nation said that Fleming Begaye (BUH-GAY) fought in the Battle of Tarawa and the Battle of Tinian and was wounded during his service. His service as a Code Talker in the U.S. Marine Corps lasted from 1943 to 1945.

He died on Friday May 10th in Arizona at the age of 97.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jack Parker W8ISH.




JIM/ANCHOR: Hams involved in the ARRL's School Club Roundup have been shaken by the loss of a devoted and beloved supporter. Neil Rapp WB9VPG has that story.

NEIL: An amateur radio operator who combined his commitment to teaching with his love of being a ham has become a Silent Key. David Paul Von Dielingen AD8B is perhaps best remembered not just as a booster of School Club Roundup, but a ham who used his talents to make this activity for school radio clubs even better. The retired teacher had been the author of a logging program dedicated specifically for the roundup - his earliest versions were for Microsoft DOS and Apple formats and later versions were written for Windows and Mac. He notes on his profile page on [quote]: "School Club Roundup became my favorite venue for putting students on the air as third-party operators." [endquote] Indeed, the back of his classroom was outfitted for a time with his personal rig, an IC-735. During his retirement, he always took the two weeks of School Club Roundup each year to contact as many schools as possible, spot them, and list them in a chat box he also created for the event so that schools could more easily find each other on the air.

The Missouri native died on Tuesday, May 7th at his home in Garber, Oklahoma. Dave VonDielingen was 71.

Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp, WB9VPG in Bloomington, Indiana.



BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the WC8VOA repeater of the West Chester Amateur Radio Association in West Chester, Ohio on Monday nights at 8.



JIM/ANCHOR: In the schools and elsewhere, the next generation of amateurs will carry the future of our hobby. 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 to be Amateur Radio Newsline's next Young Ham of the Year. The honor is named in memory of Bill Pasternak WA6ITF. Information about candidate eligibility is available on our website,, under the YHOTY tab. You can download a nomination form there as well. Don't forget, the deadline is May 31st - and that's coming up fast.


JIM/ANCHOR: It seems that Mount Etna was particularly active recently - but no worries, there was no lava involved at this volcanic site. Ed Durrant DD5LP explains.

ED: This trio of hams only had a short time on the summit -- but this summit happened to be Mount Etna, site of an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, so they made the most of their time. Beppe EYE-ONE-W-K-N (I1WKN) and his friends Riccardo EYE-ZED-ONE-G-D-B (IZ1GDB) and Fabrizio EYE-ZED-ONE-D-N-Q (IZ1DNQ) hiked up with all their gear on the 12th of May but did not go to the very top. Beppe told Newsline that inclement weather and the park rules at this UNESCO World Heritage site only permitted them a short time for their activation. They set up a distance of 20 meters below the top, on the south west border of the crater and operated between the rocks for protection against the winds. According to Riccardo, wind speeds reached as much as 80 or 90 kilometres per hour - or more than 50 miles per hour. The team managed to have a few QSOs on 40 metres and 20 metres - contacting Italian operators and hams elsewhere in Europe, including Spain and the Czech Republic. Beppe told Newsline he hoped to return to Etna but he plans to wait for better weather and warmer temperatures.

For AR Newsline this is Ed Durrant DD5LP.


JIM D/ANCHOR: Members of the South African Radio League are prepping for a workshop that will help shape the future of beacons they have planned. For those details we turn to Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

JIM M: The South African Radio League is putting up two new 2-metre beacons and the project's final shape will be discussed on Saturday the 25th of May when SARL and AMSAT SA hold a joint VHF workshop. Issues on the agenda include the debate over whether horizontal or vertical polarisation would be better utilised for long distances on VHF. The project is considering whether an assortment of Yagi antennas would be the best choice to get the widest coverage possible.

One beacon will cover Karoo and the other will serve the Bethlehem area. The workshop at the SARL National Amateur Radio Centre is expected to last about five hours and will conclude with a presentation by SARL President Nico van Rensburg ZS6QLX on the future of VHF and UHF in amateur radio.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.



JIM D/ANCHOR: The Radio Society of Great Britain has conferred honors on some of the hams who played major roles in the Oscar 100 satellite mission.

JEREMY: The Qatar (KAT-R) Oscar 100 mission already made big news last year when it was launched as the first geostationary satellite with amateur radio transponders on board. Now some of the hams behind the project have landed in the spotlight by being honoured at the annual general meeting of the Radio Society of Great Britain for their work on the mission.

They include satellite expert Peter Gülzow, DB2OS, who received the Louis Varney Cup for Advances in Space Communication. He was recognized as a team leader on the project. Another award - the Fraser Shepherd Award for Research into Microwave Applications for Radio Communication - went to four British hams. They are: Dave Crump, G8GKQ; Phil Crump, M0DNY; Noel Matthews, G8GTZ, and Graham Shirville, G3VZV. The quartet was recognised for its development and installation of a WebSDR to receive the narrow band transponder WebSDR and wide-band transponder spectrum monitor. Both allow listeners to use a standard web browser to receive communications on QO-100.

The satellite, a joint project between the Qatar (KAT-R) Satellite Company, the Qatar (KAT-R) Amateur Radio Society and AMSAT Deutschland was launched last November from the Kennedy Space Centre in the United States.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.




In the World of DX,

Members of the Slovak Amateur Radio Association are operating special event stations OM83IHWC and OM2019IIHF during the 83rd Ice Hockey World Championship. The games began May 10th and continue through to May 26th. The stations have been on the air since the start of May and will operate until the 31st. Be listening on various HF and VHF bands. A special award is available. QSL Manager for OM2019IIHF and OM83IHWC is OM2FY. All logs will be uploaded to ClubLog. You can request a QSL card via OQRS or by the Bureau.

Members of the Old House Radio Club, including Toni OH5CY, Niko OH5CZ and Juha OH5CW, will be active as OG0C from Åland Islands between May 22 and May 28th. Be listening on 160 through 2 metres where they will be using CW, SSB, FT4, FT8 and MSK144. The group will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest taking place May 25th and 26th. ASL via OH5C, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.



JIM D/ANCHOR: Our final story reminds us that school shootings have, sadly, become a common reality -- but so too has the fact that radio can make a difference even in the face of such horror. Here's Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE: Administrators at one high school outside Denver, Colorado, are true believers in what amateur radio operators have known for years: radio helps save lives. The school is the STEM School Highlands Ranch where on Tuesday May 7th, two students with guns killed one teenager and injured eight other people. It was radio, however, that was credited with getting quick police response. Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a recent NBC News report that the school's use of their on-premises police radio got word out about the active shooter situation immediately. That frantic message was, in effect, a broadcast to local law enforcement.

The fact that one of the suspects was in custody within minutes was attributed by experts to a healthy two-way radio link from the campus to the cops. Curtis Lavarello of the School Safety Advocacy Council told NBC that fewer than 10 percent of school agencies have such radio links. He said providing them is as easy as adding police channels to existing radios a school may have or giving the schools unused police radios.

Whether it's cyclones ravishing Asia or hurricanes trouncing the U.S. Atlantic Coast or nightmare situations in schools, radio remains the wireless lifeline for us all. Ask any ham.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.


** NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to the Associated Press; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Beppe I1WKN; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Lew Malchick N2RQ,; NBC News; New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QRZ.COM; Riccardo IZ1GDB; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Radio Society of Great Britain; South African Radio League; 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 Jim Damron N8TMW in Charleston West Virginia saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

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

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