Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2111 for Friday, April 13, 2018

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    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2111 with a release date of Friday, April 13 2018 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
    The following is a QST. The ARRL's seeking new leadership. The radio world loses a beloved historian -- and ham radio's back in the movies. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2111 comes your way right now.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week with word that the search is on to fill the vacant top spot at the ARRL. Neil Rapp WB9VPG tells us more.
    NEIL: The search has officially begun for the next chief executive officer of the American Radio Relay League. According to, applications are now being accepted for the position until May 31. The CEO will oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization. ARRL has 159,000 members, 90 paid employees, and an annual budget of $15 million. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree, 10 years of management experience and have demonstrated the ability to provide effective leadership. The ARRL prefers candidates who have a master's degree and 15 years of experience and are active amateur radio operators. Preferred candidates should have been an ARRL member for at least four years.
    Barry Shelley, N1VXY, was named CEO after the March 2nd retirement of Tom Gallager, NY2RG, who served in the position for 2 years. Shelley had been the chief financial officer at ARRL for nearly 30 years, and plans to retire himself within the next 18 months.
    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Oklahoma, one ham has won top honors for taking his emergency preparedness to a new level. We hear more from Mike Askins KE5CXP.
    MIKE: It was not quite a year ago that a deadly tornado ripped through Elk City, Oklahoma after leaving the Texas panhandle. While no one can ever be fully prepared for what devastation follows such events, the skill and dedication of one amateur has won him recognition from his peers. Lonnie Risenhoover N5CH has been named emergency management director of the year for the Southwest Oklahoma Region. Lonnie is the emergency management director for Beckham County but those who nominated him pointed out that his hard work doesn't stop where the county line ends.
    Tillman County Emergency Manager Randy Hasley nominated Lonnie for his work to safeguard residents most particularly during the tornado that swept through the region in May 2017. He noted that Lonnie was already hard at work well before the tornado arrived, coordinating with first responders and partner agencies. He remained active with search and rescue in the aftermath.
    We here at Newsline congratulate Lonnie for a job well done.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in the UK are getting ready to mark an important double anniversary. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has that story.
    JEREMY: An anniversary celebration doesn't get much better than this: The Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society is marking the 80th year since its formation and on April 1st, the Royal Air Force itself marked its centenary. If ever there were an occasion for a special event station, this is it. So be listening for the call sign GB100RAF anywhere and everywhere you can. Operators intend to mark the double commemoration at as many locations and events as is possible. If you are fortunate enough to make contact with the station and want to receive one of the RAF100 QSL cards, you'll need to send your card first with a postal fee, if you are a DX station, or a stamped, self-addressed envelope if you are local. If you miss the chance to work this station in April, don't worry: operation continues well into the summer months and you have twice as many reasons to try for a contact. For more details on the operating schedule, visit the club's page at rafars dot org (
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Canada, one well-planned anniversary celebration took an unplanned turn recently, as we hear from Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT.
    CARYN: WHen he first set out to commemorate the anniversary of an event known as the Bell Island Boom, Christopher Hillier VO1IDX didn't expect his special event station to become a camping trip. He just wanted to mark some Canadian history.
    CHRISTOPHER: I knew they were coming up on 40 years since an electrical phenomenon occurred on Bell Island Newfoundland that became known as the Bell Island Boom. There is skepticism as to whether it was a military plane with electromagnetic weapons or if it was superlightning. There have been various stories throughout history.
    CARYN: With the special callsign VD1BOOM and the Canadian Coast Guard's permission, he plans to activate the lighthouse as much as possible until the end of April.
    CHRISTOPHER: Because of the logistics I didn't opt to go there every day. It's a little bit expensive as well and it's difficult to get off the island sometimes.
    CARYN: Little did he know how true those words would ring on Friday April 6 when he headed out with Aaron Abbott VO1FOX, who was to operate CW while Christopher made contacts on SSB.
    CHRISTOPHER: It was kind of bad weather that day when we set out over there and when we arrived the lighouse keeper had actually mentioned "you guys are crazy for coming over here today" and he left early to go home.
    CARYN: The winds kicked up to 80 to 90 kilometers and so.....
    CHRISTOPHER: We didn't get out that night, we had to spend the night in the lighthouse.
    CARYN: So what happens when you have two hams, 100 watts going into a G5RV that's radiating across the ocean into the U.S. and Europe -- and you're stuck there all night?
    CHRISTOPHER: There's two nice recliners that we could lay back in and relax but instead of doing that we decided to use our time on the island for what we came to do. We did that until about 1:30 in the morning and when band conditions finally drifted away we had nothing left to do. we went out there and tore the antenna down and packed everything away. We wanted to make sure we got off the island the next morning.
    CARYN: VD1BOOM will be back on the air April 16 through April 20th and again on the weekend of the 28th and 29th. So at least until the end of this month, that's no mysterious noise you may hear coming from Bell Island. That's Christopher Hillier booming out at 100 watts as VD1BOOM.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: What's better than marking the 1st anniversary of your license than running a net for the first time? Paul Braun WD9GCO met up with a 14-year-old who did just that.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: We here at Newsline like to highlight our young hams whenever we can. Last week we were tipped off that a young ham was about to run his first net that Friday, and I wanted to know more about him.
    Connor Lovell, K7CBL is 14 and has been licensed a little over a year. He and his father, Donn Lovell, K8DLL are involved in the KZ6BSA Boy Scouts club and are members of the Mad Scientist Amateur Radio Club in San Mateo, California. However, the club’s president is 89 years old, the vice-president is 96. In fact, the youngest member is 51 - until you get to Lovell at 14.
    I asked Lovell how the 37-year age gap affected him:
    LOVELL: It doesn’t honestly affect me at all. I know that they have a lot more knowledge because they’ve been around a lot longer than me. It’s better going to a fellow member than going to Google and possibly getting an incorrect question. And the age gap - everyone kinda of treats each other the same so it’s not that big of a deal.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: Last Friday evening was Lovell’s first turn as net control for the club’s weekly net. I asked him how things went:
    LOVELL: I feel like it went smooth. In fact, there were no real issues on Friday night, and I feel like it was a pretty easy thing to do.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: Lovell’s next goals are to get his General ticket and start an amateur radio club at his high school - the same school where his father attended and also got interested in radio:
    LOVELL: The club is something I’ve been looking forward to doing since it hasn’t been at my school for a while now.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: I asked Lovell what he thought was needed to attract more young people to the hobby:
    LOVELL: I would honestly say that people need to show especially the digital side of things and using computers and whatnot and possibly the Technician Class exam be looked at again by the FCC because some of those questions, basically, you’re never going to need to know them no matter how far you go, even if you’re an Extra Class.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: So, congratulations to young Connor Lovell on a successful first stint as net control and we here at Newsline wish him well in his efforts to start a club at his school. Young hams are the future of our hobby, and we need all we can get.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Paul Braun, WD9GCO
    Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K7UGE repeater atop the Westgate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Nevada on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. local time.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The broadcast and amateur communities are mourning the loss of a Cincinnati area radio historian. Heather Embee KB3TZD.
    HEATHER: The radio world has lost a treasured figure in America's broadcast history. Veteran broadcast engineer Clyde Haehnle (HANE-ly) was often described as the living embodiment of Cincinnati area broadcasting. Clyde had a role in building some of the Crosley broadcast innovations during his tenure at W-L-W, the big station just down the road from what is now the Voice of America Museum in West Chester, Ohio.
    He was 95 years old at the time of his death on Sunday, April 8, but as a story on W-V-X-U-dot-org noted "his eyes always glowed like an old radio tube" when he walked about the Voice of America complex or W-L-W's transmitter, which sent out 500,000 (five-hundred-thousand) watts during World War II. He had been a board member of the National Voice of America Museum, which named a meeting space in his honor in 2016. He was one of the biggest bolsters of the V-O-A museum's ‘Bethany Relay Station.’
    He will be missed by hams and non-hams alike.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, K-B-3-T-Z-D.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Because young hams are important to us, we remind you again that the Bill Pasternak/Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year award is an honor for radio operators 18 and younger who hold licenses in the U.S. or Canada. We are accepting nominations until May 31. If you know of a deserving candidate, submit his or her name for consideration. You can find the nomination forms on our website at arnewsline dot org ( under the YHOTY tab.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Radio Scouting has a big week ahead. Bill Stearns NE4RD tells us more.
    BILL: This week in Radio Scouting we have one activation of the K2BSA callsign, one special event callsign activation, and we're getting back on the countdown to JOTA 2018.
    Richard Zarczynski, AC8FJ and Michael Boensch, W8MKB, will be activating K2BSA/8 at the International Friendship Camporee in Commerce Township, MI from April 27th through the 29th. They will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Camporee between U.S. and Canadian scouters, spreading camaraderie, goodwill and understanding of our scouting heritages. Richard and Michael will be getting scouts on the air making contacts on the VHF/UHF/HF frequency bands all over the world. Check out the camporee website at
    The special event station, W2P, will be operating from the midway at the 56th Annual Boy Scout Camporee at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, on April 28th. The West Point Military Academy has been hosting an invitational Camporee for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts since 1962, offering skill training and challenges to Scouts and their volunteer leaders unequaled anywhere else. Many of the challenge stations are scaled down versions of what the Cadets experience daily in their training as tomorrow's leaders. This will be the very first Amateur Radio Station operating at this event.
    We're six months out from the worlds largest international scouting activity, Jamboree on the Air. In this month we're thinking about Field Day. We're only two months away from the ARRL's Field Day which is a great opportunity to invite scouts to your club's activation or for scouters to start looking for registered Field Day events to attend with your Pack, Crew, or Troop! Get these scouts on the air with your GOTA station to earn some extra points. Demonstrate radio sport and portable operations to your local youth.
    For more information on radio scouting, please visit our website at
    For Amateur Radio Newsline and the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association, this is Bill Stearns, NE4RD
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Whether you call it summer camp or winter camp, a program for young amateurs is in need of your support. Jim Meachen ZL2BHDF has those details.
    JIM MEACHEN: The South African Radio League's upcoming summer radio camp for young amateurs is actually a winter radio camp because it's in the southern hemisphere! Whatever you call it, it's still one of the most prestigious international youth events in amateur radio and it's a "first" for Africa - indeed, for South Africa! The International Amateur Radio Union member society conducts the week-long programs for young participants who represent more than 30 nations in Europe and Africa. It takes planning and equipment and expertise but most of all it takes financial support. The South African Radio League is hosting visitors between the ages of 16 and 25 through its Youth Working Group and is accepting donations online at zs9yota dot co dot za ( August 8th through the 15th promises to be a groot ervaring of radio comms and goodwill - a memorable winter experience at a top-rated radio summer camp!
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
    In the world of Dx, Oleh, UR5BCP, will be active as E51BCP from Rarotonga Island in the South Cook Islands between April 15 and April 20th. Listen for him on the Digital and SSB modes on all HF bands including the WARC bands. You will also be able to hear E51BCP during some SOTA activations. QSL via KD7WPJ.
    In Micronesia, Sho, JA7HMZ will be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island between April 18-24th, focusing on 160 meters FT8. He is looking in particular for European stations. QSL via his home callsign direct or LoTW. He is not accepting Bureau QSLs.
    Listen for operators Hendro/YB3LZ, Bimbo/YB3MM and Tety/YB3TET on the air using their home calls slash 8 (/8) from Tinabo Island between April 28th and May 1st and then from Selayar Island on May 1st and 2nd. Send QSLs via IZ8CCW, ClubLog or LoTW.
    If you were hoping to work Franz, DC4CQ from Senegal, please note that he has cancelled his operation as 6W/DC4CQ this month due to illness.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We close this week's newscast with word that ham radio has gone Hollywood again - in a new sci-fi movie. Here's Don Wilbanks AE5DW.
    DON: Now here are some words to live by: "If they can't hear you, they can't hunt you." Sounds like some great advice for radio operators trying to pick up some DX contacts using a QRP signal under bad band conditions. But no, guess again: These words are the tagline for a new movie called "A Quiet Place." It's a futuristic horror flick in which aliens invade the earth and kill people for making noise.
    That's right, even space aliens sometimes find QRM unbearable.
    So why should we care? Well, the main character, a New England farmer portrayed by actor-writer-director John Krasinski, has something in his basement we should all care about. He's got a ham shack down there which he uses to listen for signs of life beyond Planet Earth where if you want to stay alive, there's no talking aloud. There's not even noisy walking allowed!
    Ham radio perhaps has one of the few speaking roles in a film that is largely devoid of dialogue. The movie, however, has been causing quite a bit of chatter among amateur radio operators who are always happy to see some of their favorite rigs get some on-screen time. You might even say that among hams "A Quiet Place" is raising the noise floor - but in a good way.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Don Wilbanks AE5DW
    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; the ARRL; CQ Magazine;; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; the Philadelphia Inquirer; the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society; South African Radio League; 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 Jim Damron N8TMW in Charleston West Virginia saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.
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    Thank you for posting the text version. MUCH better than watching a video.

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