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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2171 for Friday June 7 2019:

James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on June 7, 2019
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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2171 for Friday June 7 2019 - Podcast

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2171 with a release date of Friday, June 7 2019 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams get the message out during Mexico's wildfires. A club in India creates a missing persons safety net - and get ready, Field Day is coming. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Number 2171 comes your way right now.


PAUL/ANCHOR: Our top story this week finds us in Mexico where amateur radio support on HF and VHF and across the border became part of the massive support network as firefighters and others fought to contain wildfires. Kent Peterson KC0DGY picks up this story.

KENT: Mexico has suffered a brutal fire season as hot, dry weather led to more than 100 wildfires in 17 states by the middle of last month. In one hard-hit region of Mexico, cooperation among hams on both sides of the U.S. border provided vital communication support in a remote area south of Monterrey, Mexico. By May 20, a small team of Mexican radio operators was being delivered by helicopter into the fire zone daily until storms rolled in.

The volunteers included Alfonso Tamez XE2O (X-E-Two-Oh), president of the FMRE, the IARU-member society in Mexico. He wrote on the WinLink for EmComm Google Group that the use of WinLink was particularly valuable because emails could be sent and received directly at the fire scene. Communication tools also included high-speed capable VARA HF, a weak-signal software. Team member Mike Burton XE2/N6KZB noted that Tom Whiteside, N5TW, just across the border in Texas, provided [quote] "an instrumental link for the mission" [endquote] by turning his 40 metre and 20 metre antenna arrays in the direction of the operators for their use.

The hams' involvement ended on May 31st. Alfonso noted in a meeting afterward that WinLink training will continue and there is a renewed commitment to increase the number of portable stations for deployment in future emergencies.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kent Peterson KC0DGY.


PAUL/ANCHOR: What are you doing on June 13th? Hams in the Czech Republic could use a helpful QSO with you that day, as we hear from Ed Durrant DD5LP.

ED: The Czech national radio society and the nation's regulator will be running an exercise on 50 MHz that is described as part-activity, part-contest. On June 13th, hams in the Czech Republic are being asked to be as active as they can on 6 metres between 07:30 and 09:00 UTC and again from 11:00 to 12:30 UTC. Stations are advised to adhere to the 25 watt ERP power limit for Czech hams. The exercise is being held to take advantage of the Sporadic E season when propagation may be greatly enhanced and even worldwide contacts can be possible. An earlier test was held in February when propagation conditions were flat.

One of the items on the ITU World Radio Communication Conference agenda in October is the consolidation and extension of the band in ITU Region 1. Organizers of the Czech event are hoping the increased activity will bolster the proposal. The exercise is designed to show that hams can co-exist and not interfere with other users of 6 metres including non-amateur stations such as those in the military.

The IARU would like to see as many logs as possible. Logs should be emailed by June 15 to rtty at crk dot cz (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP



PAUL/ANCHOR: Hams in West Bengal, India, have found their year-old internet portal a successful tool in helping families find missing relatives. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has those details.

JEREMY: When a soldier in India went missing from his camp in Nashik, Maharashtra, his family sought help from an amateur radio resource: A one-year-old internet portal operated by the West Bengal Radio Club in conjunction with a number of public agencies. It has become their source of hope, as it has for nearly 940 families in India looking for help in tracking down relatives who've gone missing. The portal, my ham dot in (, was launched after members of the West Bengal club were deployed to assist with reuniting people who'd gone missing during last year's Gangasagar Mela festival in West Bengal. Club president Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA told the Times of India that the festival became the impetus for a more formal network's creation and that gave rise to the portal. He told the newspaper that 689 people have since been successfully traced by the club's volunteeers. One of the more recent reunions was celebrated after a forest guard from Tadoba in Maharashtra was returned to his family after a quarter-century.

Meanwhile, the search for the missing soldier goes on. According to the newspaper report, he disappeared only three days before he was to have retired from the military.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.




PAUL/ANCHOR: A nation already grieving the recent loss of two World War II veterans known as Navajo Code Talkers is now mourning a third. Christian Cudnik K0STH has more.

CHRISTIAN: Serving in the United States Marine Corps during World War II, William Tully Brown was one of hundreds of Code Talkers who made use of his native Navajo language to thwart message decoding by the enemy. The decorated military veteran died on Monday June 3rd in Winslow, Arizona, becoming the third such Code Talker to die within the past month.

Navajo Nation Speaker Seth Damon said in a press release [quote]: "We will always honor and remember the sacrifices he made at Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima in the protection of freedom and liberty." [endquote] The president of the Navajo Code Talkers Association said that with his death, only five known Navajo Code Talkers remain. William Tully Brown was 96. His death comes shortly after that of John Pinto on May 24th and Fleming Begaye (BUH-GAY) Sr. on May 10th.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Christian Cudnik K0STH.




PAUL/ANCHOR: CQ magazine's USA-Counties Award has a new custodian. He is Brian Bird NX0X of Duluth, Minnesota, a veteran county hunter. Brian was a recipient of the award in 2004 and his wife, Shari KB0MHH won a year later. Brian's appointment was announced by CQ Magazine's editor Rich Moseson W2VU. Brian is successor to Ted Melinosky, K1BV, who served as the award's custodian and CQ Awards Editor for 21 years.

As Brian steps in, new rule updates also take effect. They include replacement of International Reply Coupons with Paypal to encourage more award applications to be emailed. A DX postage surcharge is also being added to cover the cost of certificates sent outside the United States. Additional details are available on the CQ website at cq dash amateur dash radio dot com (

We here at Newsline wish Brian the best.




PAUL/ANCHOR: For radio scouts, it's not just summer camp season it's summer radio season too, as we hear from Bill Stearns NE4RD.

BILL: This week in Radio Scouting we welcome June as the beginning of summer camp season, ARRL Field Day, and the World Scout Jamboree!

Let's begin with activations from summer camp:

Michael Grow, KD6OJV, will be activating KO6BSA from the Schoepe Scout Reservation At Lost Valley in Warner Hot Springs, CA from Jun 23rd through August 3rd for the SSRLV STEM Center - Radio Merit Badge program. On HF they'll have the IC-7300 (from the ICOM America Radio Station Loan Program), on VHF/UHF they'll be utilizing the Southern California interconnected repeater system and EchoLink capabilities. They also have a streaming radio station ( for the Broadcast elective, and a fox transmitter for the ARDF elective.

Thomas Barker, WA1HRH, will be activating W1M for the summer at the Moses Scout Reservation in Russel, MA from June 30th to July 26th. Four weeks of summer camp (ham radio in the woods), will operate as time allows between Sunday afternoons and Friday evenings as the camp is closed on Saturdays. Using commercial and battery power, hopefully on 80, 40, 30, and 20 meters, ssb and cw with some QRP cw thrown in.

Mike Miller, AC0BD, will be activating K2BSA/0 from Jester Park in Granger, IA from June 17th through July 14th. Troop 89 and others in the area will operate from portable stations using emergency power. Operation will take place from scout camping events as well as from daytime events focusing on families and younger siblings.

We have many other summer camp activations to share, so look out for those in future reports.

For Amateur Radio Newsline and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association, this is Bill Stearns, NE4RD.


BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the VK3HJQ repeater in Victoria, Australia on Sundays at 9 a.m. local time. Hear the newscast on EchoLink Conference Server 69556 and IRLP Node 9556.


PAUL/ANCHOR: On the ham radio calendar in North America, June 22nd and 23rd can mean only one big thing: ARRL Field Day. Neil Rapp WB9VPG tells us what's happening in the sky that weekend.

NEIL: AMSAT is taking Field Day to a higher level. While the ARRL sponsors the terrestrial version of the event, the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation will be operating its own Field Day, satellite style. The exchange is the same as for Field Day on the ground. Hams are encouraged to make use of analogue and digital satellites. Yes, that includes the International Space Station if it is operating voice at the time you're on the air - however, AMSAT is setting a limit of one QSO per FM satellite, and that includes the ISS, to avoid issues with congestion. No points will be given for contacts beyond the one allowed for each single-channel FM Satellite.

The AMSAT website has posted a table listing satellites that will be operational during Field Day. To see the list and a full set of rules, visit amsat dot org slash field hyphen day ( AMSAT also advises hams to keep an eye on Twitter for the status of AO-92. The satellite may be in L/v mode during the first part of Field Day.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG.



PAUL/ANCHOR: Of course, Field Day isn't always about scoring points. It's about education too. Here's Jack Parker W8ISH.

JACK: Although contacts made using internet-assisted modes don't count for points during ARRL Field Day, here's a way to score big points with Field Day visitors: make some Field Day contacts on DMR using the QuadNet Array, which is accessible by D-STAR, Brandmeister, DMR Plus and Fusion.

Jeff VE6DV said that traffic on the QuadNet Array during last year's Field Day was a big hit with lots of Field Day stations and provided nonlicensed visitors to Field Day activations in Canada and the United States a way to make their first on-air contatcts with the help of a licensed control operator.

Jeff wrote in an email: [quote] "Since Field Day is as much about public outreach as it is about the final point total, having a station that allows you to demonstrate all aspects of the hobby to the public is a great way to teach visitors about what we can do." [endquote]

Anyone with questions can contact the QuadNet administrators at admins at openquad dot net (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jack Parker W8ISH.




PAUL/ANCHOR: Another big weekend is coming up - this one in Australia on the 20th and 21st of July. It's a celebration of the Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969. Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us what's involved.

GRAHAM: Because any successful moon mission requires plenty of advance planning, organizers at the CSIRO Parkes Observatory in New South Wales, Australia are opening their doors to the public on the 50th anniversary weekend of the Apollo 11 moon landing. According to Karen VK2AKB of the Central Coast Amateur Radio Club, the observatory's Open Days activities will include tours of the CSIRO Parkes Radio Telescope itself and talks by astronomers and guest speakers. The Central West Astonomical Society will also conduct daytime viewings of the brightest planets and stars. All activities are free. If weather permits, the film, "The DISH," will be screened on that Saturday night in the field near the telescope.

It's not too early to mark your calendar and set those days aside. It's one small step you can take now to ensure you get there.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.



PAUL/ANCHOR: A ham radio operator - and veteran cosmonaut - recently became a television star on NASA TV. More from John Williams VK4JJW.

JOHN: In case you've ever wondered what it would be like having the whole world watch you while you're on the job, just think of this orbiting team of two cosmonauts, conducting the kind of walk outside the International Space Station that was anything but a walk-in-the-park. For amateur radio operator Oleg Kononenko RN3DX, it was 6 hours and 1 minute of intense work as the world watched on NASA TV. The veteran Russian cosmonaut, who is the expedition commander, and his collague, flight engineer Alexey Ovchinin ventured outside the International Space Station on May 29th to do routine maintenance on the orbiting lab and also to retrieve the results of some of its scientific experiments. Lest anyone have any doubts about the length of the duo's workday up there above the earth, NASA television gave an up-close and personal view of what was known as Expedition 59.

So next time you think the boss is looking over your shoulder, remember these two highly scrutinized colleagues whose high-level tasks, by the way, also included cleaning the spacecraft windows.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams VK4JJW.




In the World of DX, Operators Vasily R7AL, Vladimir RK8A and Albert UB9WLJ will be on the air as R205NEW from Bogoslova Island, Russia, between the 14th and 18th of June. Be listening on the various HF bands where they will be using CW and SSB. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS.

Ali, EP3CQ, will be active as 6O1OO (Six-Oh-One-Oh-Oh) from Somalia starting in mid-June until the end of July. The call sign 60100 (Six-Oh-One-Oh-Oh) has been accepted for DXCC credit. Listen for him on various HF bands on SSB and on 40 and 20 metres using FT8. QSL direct to his home call.

Be listening for Frans PA3CQE (D44LD), Gerard PE1BBI (D44KZ) and Rob PE1ITR (D44LA) operating under the main DXPedition call sign D44KZ from Cape Verde on the Island of Santiago between the 14th and 24th of July. This is a VHF DXpedition making use of tropo, meteorscatter and ionospheric radio propagation. The team will operate mainly on 50 MHz and 144 MHz. The team will be using CW/SSB and the Digital modes including FT8 and FSK441. Because the station is capable of EME the team will also do moonbounce on 2 metres and 6 metres at moonrise and moonset. QSL via their home call signs.




PAUL/ANCHOR: With all this talk of space exploration and the United States' Apollo program, we end this report with a space-travel history lesson. Here's Mike Askins KE5CXP.

MIKE: So you think you know the story of the first ham in space? You know his name, his call sign and you take a kind of pride in being part of that same radio fraternity, right? Well....guess again.

On January 31st 1961, a very courageous ham lifted off from Mother Earth aboard a Mercury-Redstone rocket, sent into suborbital flight from which he was later safely recovered following his 16 and a half minutes of weightlessness. He flew 157 miles above the earth.

He was, however, not an American astronaut. Born in Cameroon, he was not even an astronaut - nor was he the kind of ham to eventually lead to QSOs on board the International Space Station. Ham - the letters H A M - stood for Holloman Aero Medical - and this courageous creature was a chimpanzee who despite 18 months of technical training that left him competent for the trip, was nonetheless terrified. He was retired to zoo life where he lived another 22 years until his death in 1983.

A statement on the Save the Chimps website remembers Ham with gratitude. It says: [quote] "His courage and heroism paved the way for Alan Shepard, Jr., the first American in space." [endquote]

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.


** NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to the Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; the ARRL; Associated Press; CQ Magazine; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; NASA; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QuadNet Array; QRZ.COM; Save the Chimps; 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 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.

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