Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2119 for Friday, June 8, 2018

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    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2119 with a release date of Friday, June 8, 2018, to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

    The following is a QST. The Maritime Mobile Service Network helps a ham in distress at sea. Amateurs celebrate a modern-day Marconi message -- and we visit German's Ham Radio Friedrichshafen. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2119 comes your way right now.




    PAUL/ANCHOR: We open this week's report with news that someone named Marconi has successfully completed a contact by wireless across a body of water. But wait - this is almost 120 years after this transmission created unprecedented news - and this is, of course, a different Marconi. The event - with Marconi's daughter - was a big happening nonetheless as we hear from Kevin Trotman N5PRE.

    KEVIN: Imagine a QSO with a Marconi. If you had been at the Cape Cod National Seashore on Thursday May 31st you would not have needed your imagination. At the Wellfleet Marconi Station there, the rig was tuned to 14.224 MHz. At the microphone was Guglielmo Marconi's daughter, Princess Elettra Marconi. Shortly before noon another wireless Marconi message went out -- this time to the historic Signal Hill station in Newfoundland, Canada. The special event coordinator of the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs, Chris Hillier VO1IDX, had arranged for their station VO1AA to make the contact. At the microphone in Canada was 18-year-old Aaron Kent Abbott VO1FOX.

    Although Princess Elettra has visited both Marconi stations on previous occasions, the moment's significance was lost on no one - the radio pioneer himself first transmitted from this New England station on Jan. 18, 1903 sending the first two-way wireless message from the U.S. to Europe. It was at the Newfoundland station on Dec. 12, 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi had received that historic first translatlantic signal - the letter "S" sent in Morse Code from England.

    More than a century later, the event in May was no less remarkable, said Barbara Dugan N1NS, a trustee of KM1CC, the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club. She said "Marconi's magic was with us."

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE.


    PAUL/ANCHOR: To hear the QSO between Princess Elettra and the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs visit our website at and click on the tab that says "EXTRA."


    PAUL/ANCHOR: Fresh on the heels of the recent Museum Ships Weekend is International Museums Weekend - and in Ireland, one participating radio museum also has a Marconi connection. Here's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

    JEREMY: Although ships, castles, pumping stations and aviation museums qualify as locations for International Museum activations, one museum near Dublin, Ireland is a natural for the event. Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio will be participating on Saturday and Sunday 16th and 17th of June with the callsign EI0MAR. The museum is located in the Martello Tower the site of the first telegraphy station that connected Ireland to Great Britain in 1852. It was in this tower that America's Lee de Forest experimented with wireless telegraphy at the turn of the 20th century. The tower was also home to a Marconi receiving station that conducted experimental telegraphy communications with the HMS Monarch. Hams will be operating from that tower during the weekend and organizers say volunteer operators are needed for both SSB and CW. For details on how to participate, send an email to ei0mar at eircom dot net ( The station is customarily operated by the Howth Martello Radio Group on Sundays. The site opened as a museum in 2003.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: With Hamvention a memory, all eyes and ears turned recently the largest hamfest in Europe. Ed Durrant DD5LP was there - here's his report.

    ED'S REPORT: As most will know, Ham Radio Friedrichshafen is the largest Hamfest in Europe. This years theme was radio scouting (audio clip) of course, with lots of fun, that was the combined scout troops from several European countries who were attending Ham Radio Friedrichshafen this year. The theme extended into other youth orientated events including the hand-over of Youngsters on-the-air from the UK Organisers to the South African organisers.
    Attendance at the event was probably about 10% reduced due to the unfortunate coincidence that the date clashed with the IARU CW field day.

    There were several new dealers with new products, with Magnetic loop antennas practical for portable use to enormous, high power home station ones. One young Spanish company Komunica are designing and building HF and VHF mobile antennas in Europe, with new antennas due out in September. It's good to see not everything is being produced in the far east.

    SDR radios were very much in presence with several different companies displaying new or extended models. Of course the "big 5" were there and this was a chance to see the new Kenwood TS-890S and talk with its designer. As well as get a look at the Yaesu FTDX101D FT-818ND and the software update to the FT-2D Fusion handy to make it into a hot-spot.

    In general the slightly reduced numbers in the very large halls made it easier to get around. Only in the flea market was it as busy as ever. The addition of the Maker Faire with their Cosplay dressed people walking around added some flair and fun.

    Despite dire weather predictions, not one drop of rain fell over the three days of the event. rather it was sunny and in the high twenties Centigrade the whole time.

    So if you've never been to Ham Radio in Friedrichshafen, why not plan a visit for next year when it moves back to its usual weekend, which is June 21st to the 23rd 2019.

    That's Friedrichshafen for another year, now it's time to get ready for the WRTC in 6 weeks time. How did that go? "Dib di Dib Dib Dah Dah Di Dah"?

    For AR Newsline this has been Ed Durrant DD5LP.


    PAUL/ANCHOR: Here in the United States, radio scouts are getting busy with summer camp. Here's Bill Stearns NE3RD.

    BILL'S REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting summer camp season has started and scouts are breaking codes and sending CW in Oregon.

    William Coverdell, WD0BC, is activating K2BSA/0 at Camp Geiger in St Joseph, MO, from June 10th to July 21st. The camp will be offering radio merit badge classes throughout the six week period. Scouts will be getting on the air with a generous station that is completely scout owned through 100% donations.

    Ed Evans, WV8ED, is activating K2BSA/8 at Camp Arrowhead in Ona, WV, from June 17th to the 23rd. Ed will have a ham radio demonstration station located in the STEM area of the camp for the week.

    Richard Zarczynski, AC8FJ, is also activating K2BSA/8 at D-Bar-A Scout Ranch in Metamora, MI, from June 24th to the 29th. This event is the very successful Trail to Eagle program designed for the older Scout which gives them the opportunity to work on the merit badges they need to complete their Eagle Scout rank requirements in a timely manner. Michael Boensch/W8MKB and Richard will again be offering the radio merit badge course and maintaining the special event station making others on the airwaves aware of and promoting the long history of the Trail To Eagle program over the various amateur radio bands.

    We have many other activations at other scout camps over on our Scout Camps on the Air page at If you want to help out a local scout camp with donations of gear or your time and don't know who to contact, please contact us through our website.

    Finally, I received a report from Russ Mickiewicz, N7QR, about scouts out in Oregon that were having some fun with another popular merit badge: Signs, Signals, and Code.

    A new generation of code-breakers and communications experts was launched at Oregon’s Sunset Trail District Camporee in May, 2018. About 100 scouts learned the crafts that had once been vital for communications and survival: semaphore (flag) signals, Morse Code, and code ciphers.

    Scouts were broken up into teams after training. One team would be sending a coded message in semaphore, while the other team would decode the message and then send their response back with Morse Code using a flashlight. The semaphore team would record the message and confirm the correct decode by sending an R in semaphore back to the other team.

    For the rest of the story and 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



    PAUL/ANCHOR: A longtime amateur radio operator in Canada who trained for a career in radio before becoming a noted judge in Newfoundland and Labrador has become a Silent Key. Lloyd Wicks VO1PJ died on June 1. The earliest part of his career began at the Radio College of Canada in Toronto where he trained to become a radio technician. In his spare time, he devoted himself to various activities as a ham radio operator. As his interest in politics and public policy grew, he returned home and switched careers, becoming first a lawyer and then a judge. Lloyd eventually became Newfoundland and Labrador's first Child and Youth Advocate and the first youth court judge. He retired in 1993.
    Lloyd Wicks was 85.


    BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the K4LYL repeater at 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Bedford, Virginia.


    PAUL/ANCHOR: High seas emergencies have always gotten top priority for the Maritime Mobile Service Network since it began operations in 1968. So when the latest call for help came in late May, the net answered, as we hear from Christian Cudnik K0STH.

    CHRISTIAN: Timothy Henning KE7WMZ wasn't expecting to end his around-the-world sail with a distress call - but by the time the Arizona radio amateur's vessel, the Victory Cat, was about 200 miles south of Ensenada Mexico on May 23rd, he had developed a severe problem with his right eye and was having vision issues. He made a distress call on 20 meters at about 1530 UTC and it was picked up by Maritime Mobile Service Network Net Control Operator Harry Williams W0LS. Harry stayed on the radio with Tim while contacting the Coast Guard in California. The Coast Guard met Tim at Ensenada and he was taken from there to the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego.

    According to Net Manager Jeff Savasta KB4JKL, Tim got the diagnosis that he had suffered a severely detached retina. He was taken to Phoenix, Arizona for surgery.

    Following his surgery, Tim emailed the members of the 50-year-old net to express his gratitude for a response that was, his words "professional and invaluable." His voyage completed, he can now concentrate on recovery.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Christian Cudnik K0STH.



    PAUL/ANCHOR: As the weeks move closer to the World Radiosport Team Championship next month in Germany, it all comes down to logistics. Here's Ed Durrant DD5LP with an update.

    ED'S REPORT: Without 1300 broom handles it can't happen!

    Almost casually, Robby Pöschk, DM6DX, mentioned in our latest teleconference: "We have the 1300 broom handles and the more than 30 Kilometres of barrier tape along with the more than 65 Dixie portaloos in supplies." That caused some frivolity between the organizers of the WRTC 2018 and some disbelief. Surprised at the 1300 broom handles, the press spokesman asked why so many were needed. "Without sky hooks, I can not secure the operators area in the sites," was the answer of the logistics officer Robby Pöschk.

    The simple fence is the combination of 20 broom handles and 500 m of red & white barrier tape to surround the antennas and the station tents at the 65 locations. This avoids anyone tripping over the guy wires, having access to the antennas and tent and possibly causing damage. It still seems unusual though. Who would have thought of broom handles being required for the amateur radio world championship!

    Robby, DM6DX, talks about WRTC's small and big challenges in logistics: "There are 130 tables, lamps, fans and 198 chairs that are not available from the furniture store around the corner. So we had to order the lamps for the stations directly from the manufacturer. "
    Teleconferences take place in the areas of organization, Internet technology and public relations, and quickly reveal the immense effort involved behind the scenes for the WRTC. Logistics covers acquiring and transferring material such as antennas, masts, generators and station tents. There are intensive discussions with local authorities in Wittenberg and Jessen. In the technical area the IT conferences move up a level and those without IT knowledge understand nothing. Last of all, how the WRTC is portrayed to the public through words, pictures and films, and which news reports should be released is covered on the agenda and the discussions of the PR team teleconference.

    For every organizational group the clock is running and the countdown continues unimpeded to the start of the World Championship. It has a motivating effect on the organizers, the "To Do" lists show not only open actions but also many entries marked as "done." "As this continues, it creates a very positive adrenaline rush and more and more excitement for what is coming," said Chris Janßen, DL1MGB, President WRTC 2018. It's now less than 40 days until the start of the first ever German WRTC.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP


    PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile hams in the U.S. have Field Day on their minds. One group of hams, however, is adding a new element into the mix. Neil Rapp WB9VPG explains.

    NEIL: If you're looking for an educational activity bonus for this year's Field Day, maybe D-STAR is the thing for you! D-STAR is one of the several digital voice modes available on VHF and UHF that also makes linking between repeaters easier. The organizers of the Quadnet Array, a group of linked reflectors and smart groups around the world on D-STAR, are inviting groups that want to demonstrate D-STAR to join in as a central gathering place during Field Day. Tom Early, N7TAE explains.

    TOM: We are offering just to say, "Hey, we're here." If you want to demonstrate D-STAR on your Field Day, then we're here and you can talk to us or you can have people listen in. Hopefully it will be fairly busy, so you'll hear some people checking in from all over. But that's pretty much the standard way it is there anyway, because like I say we've got a couple of international reflectors in the array, and there's always someone interesting to talk to.

    NEIL: To connect to the Quadnet Array you will need to either login to one of the Smart Groups which include DSTAR1 in New York, DSTAR2 in San Francisco, or DSTAR3 in Ohio. Or, link to one of the reflectors: XRF757A in Atlanta, XLX049D in Northern Ireland, XLX307D in Wyoming, or XLX626D in New Zealand. If you have any questions about connecting to the array, email While you won't be able to use repeaters for scoring QSOs on Field Day, you can score some interest.

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


    PAUL/ANCHOR: We here at Newsline would also like to congratulate Eric Guth ("GOOTH") 4Z1UG on reaching the milestone of his 200th edition of his podcast "QSO Today."



    PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, what do public service announcements, also known as PSAs, have in common with the American rock band, the Eagles? Mike Askins KE5CXP has that answer.

    MIKE: The latest releases from rock legend Joe Walsh WB6ACU are no match for "Hotel California" or "Life's Been Good" which are staples for so many of his fans. For ham radio operators, though, the guitarist and songwriter has landed on the charts anyway - well, maybe more like the band plan. Joe has recorded a series of public service announcements for the American Radio Relay League explaining the importance of ham radio and the league's advocacy role. The video and audio messages are being made available to radio and TV outlets as well as ARRL affiliated clubs to use at meetings or public events.

    The recording artist's studio sessions were at league headquarters in Connecticut at W1AW. Joe's previous visits to the station included donations of some of his vintage equipment and some on-air operating that generated massive pileups.

    Joe's PSAs, however, are easily downloadable from the ARRL website. All you need Eagle eye.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Mike Askins KE5CXP.



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    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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