Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1824 – July 27 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1824 – July 27 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1824 with a release date of July 27 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. The International Amateur Radio Union to vote on admitting two new members; Solar Cycle 24 heats up with a massive East coast VHF band opening; the London 2012 Olympics ham radio stations take to the air and four new ham radio CubeSats go skyward. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1824 coming your way right now.
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HAM POLITICS: IARU VOTING ON TWO PROPOSED NEW MEMBERS
The International Amateur Radio Union could have two new members before years end. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, is here with the details:
The Federation of Radio Sport of Azerbaijan or FRSA and the St. Vincent & Grenadine Amateur Radio Club are being proposed for membership in the International Amateur Radio Union.
The FRSA based in Baku. It so far has 50 members. The St. Vincent & Grenadine Amateur Radio Club has 21 members. Both have made their proposals through IARU Region 2 for membership.
The International Amateur Radio Union Calendar notes that the groups have declared that they can satisfy the requirements of the IARU Constitution and Bylaws. As such, their proposed membership has been put up to the vote by all International Amateur Radio Union member societies who have until November 1st to cast a ballot.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, near Berwick, Pennsylvania.
Meantime, Jim Linton, VK3PC reports on two International Amateur Radio Union member certifications that have been rescinded. Linton says that despite a request, no proof has been provided that the former PNGARS of Papua New Guinea and BARTS in Burma or Myanmar still exist and have been withdrawn from membership. (VK3PC)
VHF DX: BIG VHF OPENING ALONG THE EAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL USA
They are calling it one of the best VHF band openings since the late 1950’s. This as hams along the Eastern seaboard and South-Central states report what appears to be both a tropospheric duct and some double-hop E layer skip that permitted QSO’s from Vermont south to Tennessee and Texas on bands as high as 220 MHz on Tuesday, July 24th.
One interesting report came to us from Kevin Duplantis, W4KEV. He says that at about 5:30 pm EST in Knoxville, Tennessee that he was tuning around the FM broadcast band when he stopped on WRJK 106.7. That’s when he heard a commercial that seemed out of place so he kept listening. It turned out that instead of WRJK he was hearing a station identifying as 106.7 the Wizard, Burlington, Vermont. After a number of fades happened and the Vermont station came back so strong that it totally wiping out the local Knoxville station that was only 15 miles away.
At that point W4KEV reports that he took to the 2 meter band where he made what he describes as a ton of contacts into the northeast and southeast and Canada. Some well over 1000 miles distant. He then switched to the 222 MHz band where he noted a definite E-skip opening that lasted a solid half hour. During this time he hears Canadian stations make contact with the lower parts of Alabama and Mississippi.
W4KEV hays that they do not get many tropo openings in his area so this was a thrill to say the least.
Meantime the dxworld.com Propagation Logger for 2 meters shows several likely record breaking contacts in sheer numbers if nothing else. By way of example, Mike Larsen, KC0CF in Stanhope, Iowa posted that he worked 32 stations from Florida to Virginia during the opening and his report was just one of many.
In all, it appears as if July 24th, 2012, is one that will go down in the VHF and UHF record books and operators world wide are hoping its only a precursor of what may be still soon to come in DX in the world above 50 MHz. (ARNewsline™, 2 Meter Prop Logger)
RADIOSPORTS: 2O12L AND 2O12W ON THE AIR TO COMMEMORATE THE LONDON OLYMPICS
The 2012 Summer Olympics are on the ham radio airwaves. On Wednesday, July 25th, two special event call signs were activated in the United Kingdom to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Take a listen:
Audio of Opening: “Many thanks for you coming along to the opening ceremonies of 2O12L. This is the special event call sign of the Cray Valley Radio Society to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
As previously reported here on Newsline, 2O12L will operate from London, while 2O12W was to take to the ham bands from Barry in Wales. Both stations will be on the air through August 12th for the games themselves and will continue operations through September 9th.
Updates on both operations will be available on the Twitter social networking site using the screen names of @2012L and @GW0ZANA respectively. Organizers hope to make 80,000 or more contacts during the time that 2O12L and 2O12W are on the air. (RSGB, Audio bite from YouTube)
BANDSHARING: THE AMERICAN UHF WOODPECKER STRIKES AGAIN
Its yakety-yak time on the 70 centimeter band near San Diego, California. This as a new radio system takes to the air on a military base. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Bruce Tennent, K6PZW, has the rest of the story:
Southern California’s Fallbrook Amateur Radio Club reports that it recently began receiving a random ticking interference superimposed over weak incoming signals on its 440.600 MHz repeater inputs channel. Club members have tentatively located the signal as originating at the nearby Marine Corps Camp Pendleton.
It now appears as if the base has deployed a number of Enhanced Position Location Reporting System radios, or EPLRS devices that use the entire 420 to 450 MHz band in a spread spectrum mode. As hams share the 420 to 450 MHz band with the U.S. Government, and the government has priority its likely that the Fallbrook ham community will likely have to live with the problem until such time as the devices are turned off, if that ever occurs.
Hams are secondary users in the 420 to 450 MHz band and must accept any and all interference from those designated as primary users. Also, the amateur community must not in any way interfere with the operations of those assigned as primary users. In this case the United States military.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles.
According to the Southgate News, it’s believed that at least two dozen EPLRS systems are slated for deployment or are already deployed across the continental United States as well as in Alaska and on Hawaii. (CGC, Southgate)
RADIO REGULATION: VANITY CALL SIGN FEE TO INCREASE BY 80 CENTS
The price of a Vanity ham radio callsign is going up. On July 20th the FCC announced that the cost of a set of amateur radio vanity call letters will increase 80 cents to $15 for a 10 year license term. That works out to 8 cents a year for anyone applying for or renewing a Vanity ham radio call. The new fee goes into affect 30 days after notice of the increase is published in the Federal Register. As we go to air, that publication is still pending. (FCC)
RADIO REGULATION: FCC PROPOSES RE-EVALUATING ITS FEE SYSTEM
The FCC wants to overhaul its entire regulatory fee system and is asking for public input on that effort through MD Docket 08-65.
According to the agency, extensive changes have occurred in the communications marketplace since its current system for assessing and collecting regulatory fees for all of the entities it regulates was enacted in 1994. Commissioner Robert McDowell calls the reform long overdue, adding that the agency should update its fee structure to ensure that they are levied not only in a fiscally prudent manner, but in a nondiscriminatory and competitively neutral way.
Comments to MD Docket 08-65 are due 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. What impact such a re-evaluation might have on regulatory fees imposed on radio amateurs is impossible to assess at this time. (FCC, RW)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: 4 CUBSATS TAKE THEIR FIRST STEPTS TOWARD ORBIT
Japan’s HTV-3 cargo vessel carrying five satellites blasted off on an H-IIB rocket to the International Space Station in the early hours of Saturday, July 21st. Onboard were four amateur radio CubeSats, along with a scientific satellite known as Raiko. The ham radio birds are the F-1, We-Wish, FitSat-1 and TechEdSat CubeSats.
By way of background The F-1 CubeSat carries a pair of Yaesu VX-3R handheld transceivers to provide communications on 145.980 MHz and 437.485 MHz FM using AX.25 packet radio data.
FITSAT-1 is an optical communications experiment that as previously reported will attempt to write Morse Code across the night sky, although only when in range of Japan. It will also transmit CW on 437.250 MHz, FM AX.25 data on 437.445 MHz and high speed data on 5840.00 MHz.
We-Wish will transmit on 437.505 MHz FM AX.25 data while TechEdSat will transmit on 437.465 MHz and will also communicate via the Iridium and Orbcomm satellite phone networks. This is a first for a CubeSat.
The CubeSats will remain on the International Space Station until September. Thats when they will be deployed to orbit by Japan astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, using the ISS robot arm. And we will have more ham radio space related news later on in this week’s Amateur Radio Newsline report. (AMSAT)
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ENFORCEMENT: ALASKA CB OPERATOR ISSUED PROPOSED $12500 FINE
The FCC has issued a $12,500 Notice of Apparent Liability to Monetary Forfeiture to Glenn S. Yamada, of Kenai, Alaska. This based on allegations that he essentially operated his C-B station in a manner that interfered with international aviation traffic. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Norm Seeley, KI7UP, has the details:
This story goes back to last January. Thats when the FCC received a complaint regarding interference to an authorized user on 21.964 MHz in the aeronautical band. According to the regulatory agency, the problem concerned a male subject talking and interfering with the control and monitoring of air traffic over the North Atlantic.
The FCC’s High Frequency Direction Finding Center was called into action. On January 31, its operators observed a subject matching the details of the compliant transmitting on 21.965 MHz using the call sign 1600 Alaska. Of even more interest, the actual operating frequency was 27.025 better known as CB channel 6. Direction finding techniques placed the transmissions were coming from Kenai, Alaska. Subsequently, an agent from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau in Anchorage used direction finding techniques and found the source of the interfering signal to be coming from the residence of one Glenn S. Yamada.
The agent, accompanied by an officer from the Kenai Police Department, inspected Yamada’s station on February 6th. At that time the agent found a non-certificated CB transmitter and a linear amplifier as part of Yamada’s CB station. During questioning, Yamada admitted to the agent that the linear amplifier was capable of generating a power output level of 200 watts. The agent observed that the transmitter and the linear amplifier were connected to a transmission cable and ultimately to the directional antenna in the back of Yamada’s residence. Yamada told the agent that this was his hobby setup and that he had been operating it for the last several weeks using the made up call of 1600 Alaska.
Now, in its July 14th finding authorizing the proposed $12,500 fine, the FCC says that Yamada apparently willfully and repeatedly violated Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934 and Sections 95.409(a) and 95.411(a)(1) and (b) of the FCC Rules. This by operating his CB radio without requisite Commission authorization. In simpler terms, it means that his station equipment was not FCC certified and he was running power in excess of the maximum allowed on the 11 meter band.
And when it issued the Notice of Apparent Liability, the regulatory agency also stated that given the public safety concerns of the violations that it was directed Yamada to submit a statement signed under penalty of perjury confirming whether he is still engaged in CB operations. If so, he is to state whether he is using a certified CB transmitter. Also, to certify that he has not attached any linear amplifiers to his CB station.” Yamada must submit this statement to the FCC Office in Anchorage no later than August 17th. That’s the same day when payment of the $12,500 Notice of Apparent Liability is also due.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As is usual in these cases, Yamada was given the customary 30 days from issuance of the proposed fine to file an appeal. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC PROPOSES A PAIR OF BROADCAST TOWER RELATED FINES
The FCC levied two unrelated fines for tower violations. In the first action, the agency says that Equity Communications, licensee of WCMC AM located in Wildwood, New Jersey failed to enclose its tower in a locked fence.
In issuing the proposed $17,000 fine, the FCC noted that during an inspection in 2011, agents with the Philadelphia Enforcement Bureau determined the tower was in a residential neighborhood but what it called the remnants of a fence would not restrict access to it. At a later date when they re-inspected, the agents found the fence in the same condition. As such, the FCC has proposed a the to fine for the ongoing infraction.
The other case involves JMK Communications, which was fined $7,000 for not having a locked fence around the four-tower array for WPWC AM in Dumfries, Virginia. The FCC says that during an inspection in 2011, the Enforcement Bureau agents found no fencing around the base of one structure and only partial fencing around the base of the other three. There was also no perimeter fence around the property, according to the commission.
In this matter the FCC has proposed a $7,000 fine. It has also directed the licensee to submit a sworn statement telling the commission the broadcaster is now in compliance with the tower regulations.
Both companies were given the customary 30 days from the date the Notices of Apparent Liability were issued to pay or file a response. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC LEVIES $55000 FINES TO UNLICENSED FLORIDA BROADCASTERS
The FCC issued a total of $55,000 in proposed fines to three men whom it says operated unlicensed broadcast station in the state of Florida. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is here with more:
In the first two cases, the regulatory agency alleges that Michael Downer and Damian Allen operated an unauthorized station together on the FM broadcast band in the city of Pompano Beach. According to the FCC, it used direction finding techniques to trace a signal to an FM transmitting antenna located atop the storage room of a commercial property.
The property owner told agents he rented the space to Downer and Allen. The owner called Downer and handed the phone to an agent. Shortly thereafter the other renter, Damian Allen, came and removed the equipment.
Now its tike to pay the piper. While the base fine for operating an unauthorized station is $10,000 per person, the FCC proposed a $20,000 fine for Downer and Allen each. This is because the commission had previously issued several Notices of Unlicensed Operation to both men for operating unlicensed stations from other Florida locations. The FCC says that the fact that they continued operating constitutes a deliberate disregard for the commission’s rules.
In the third case, the commission has proposed a $15,000 fine against McArthur Bussey. This for operating an unlicensed station on 89.1 MHz in the city of Fort Lauderdale.
In this matter the agents not only traced the signal to a residence leased by Bussey but also found a fan page on Facebook ad for the illegal station and a picture that matched Bussey’s Florida driver’s license photo. The domain name for a website: www.891radio.net, was found to be registered to Bussey’s residence.
Bussey’s fine was also over the $10,000 base amount because the Miami Office of the Enforcement Bureau had previously issued a Notice of Unlicensed Operation to him for operating an unlicensed station on the same frequency from a different Florida location.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the newsroom in Los Angeles.
All three have the customary 30 days from the date the fines were proposed to pay them or to file appeals. (FCC)
HAM HAPPENINGS: PERMANENT AMATEUR STATION AT THE OLD BETHANY OHIO VOA RELAY STATION
Ohio’s West Chester Amateur Radio Club has set up a working ham radio station at the closed down Voice of America relay station in Bethany Ohio. A temporary, single position has been activated in the VOA building. It is connected to a temporary trailer mounted beam antenna.
The Bethany site is located not far from Dayton Ohio. According to the club website, more funding is needed to complete the project. Information about this project can be found on-line at www.wc8voa.org. The history of the Voice of America Bethany Relay Station is at www.voamuseum.org. (KC9VZA)
HAM HAPPENINGS: EMCOMM EAST POSTPONED TO 2013
The EmComm East emergency communications conference will not be held in 2012. According to an announcement from the Board of Directors for Monroe County ARES which hosts the event, they have decided to postpone EmComm East until the fall 2013 due to circumstances beyond their control..
According to their news release the group is running into a fist-full of scheduling conflicts that are making it difficult to plan an emergency communications conference that is of the same quality as the past conferences that they have hosted in years past. This is because they have several competing events in the region that will significantly take away from normal attendance. Also their call for programs did not have enough responses to fill all of the slots needed for this year’s conference.
Monroe County New York ARES says that it will be announcing its plans for 2013 early next January. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them by e-mail to info (at) emcommeast (dot) org or simply keep an eye on www.emcommeast.org for updates. (Monroe County ARES Inc.)
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD: LEGENDARY HAWAII VHF – UHF EXPERIMENTER LAID TO REST IN CALIFORNIA
Hawaii’s legendary VHF/UHF experimenter Paul Lieb, KH6HME, has been laid to rest following a Catholic Mass on Saturday, July 21st. The service was attended by Lieb’s family, friends, and several dozen ham radio operators. Many of the latter were members of California’s San Bernardino Microwave Society of which Lieb was a long time member. A number of the radio amateurs drove many hours to attend the service.
According to his longtime friend Gordon West, WB6NOA, Lieb’s ham radio activities played a major part in the memorial service. This included the front cover of a written remembrance program showing KH6HME at the Mona Loa beacon site door that was etched with visiting ham radio call signs. Below his name was his KH6HME call.
At the end of the Mass, each of the 6 candles surrounding Lieb were extinguished one-by-one. West says that this signified the end of an era when Paul would head for the 8200 foot site on the Mona Loa Volcano. From there he would switch from beacon mode to voice and CW , and complete the 2500 mile path on every VHF and UHF band from 6 meters up through 5 GHz .
KH6HME was buried at the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Orange, California. West says that the very last line of the memorial program read – and we quote: “He will never be forgotten, and his beacon will continue to delight and amaze us all. 73 Paul. "
As reported last week, Paul Lieb, KH6HME passed away on Sunday night July 15th while visiting his sister and other relatives on the U.S. mainland. (WB6NOA)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: BAOFENG REPEATER TO THE EDGE OF SPACE
Spanish radio hams have used two low cost handheld FM transceivers to build a cross-band repeater which they then launched to the edge of space on a high altitude balloon. The radios used in the experiment were identified as Luther TL-44 but appear identical to the popular Baofeng UV-3R available on E-Bay from many online dealers world-wide at a cost of between $30 to $45 each.
The balloon flight lasted 2 hours 44 minutes during which 179 contacts were made. The furthest was over a distance of 670 km. You can read the entire story in electronically translated English at tinyurl.com/Baofeng-Repeater (G6UIM)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: KE5DAR TO BE ON-ORBIT DJ AUGUST 3
NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, will play Disk Jockey in space on Friday, August 3rd. That’s when he will do a live remote from the International Space Station as a part of a two-hour music and talk show to be streamed over Internet station Third Rock Radio.
Third Rock Radio is calling this outing “The Joe Show.” It describes it as a blend of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and art.
For those not aware, Third Rock Radio is a project of Houston, Texas radio veterans. It is produced under a NASA Space Act Agreement with RFC Media.
The “Joe Show” is mainly aimed at younger Americans. It can be heard as an audio stream at ThirdRockRadio.net with Acaba’s appearance beginning at 4 p.m. Eastern time, as we said, on Friday, August 3rd. (Third Rock Radio)
ON THE AIR: HONEYMOON TRIP TO MARITIUS IN SEPTEMBER
On the air, Alex Landi, IW5ELA, says that he will be on the air stroke 3B8 from hotel Le Cannonier on Maritius between September 6th and the 12th. This as a part of an extended honeymoon trip with his wife Michela that will take them through Corsica, Mongolia, Finland and Africa. From Maritius his operation will be on 20, 17, 15 and 12 meters using CW and SSB. Because of the nature of this trip all operation is holiday style. QSL via his home callsign either direct or via the bureau. And less we forget, the couple does have a web page. You can visit it on-line at honeymoonafrica2012 (dot) jimdo (dot) com. (OPDX)
ON THE AIR: WORK PROGRESSES ON NEW TRANS-ATLANTIC 2 METER BEACON
A new trans-Atlantic 2 meter propagation beacon is well on its way to becoming a reality. RSGB news reader Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has the latest:
Brian, WA1ZMS, is making the final preparations to ship the GB3WGI 144MHz transatlantic beacon transmitter over to Northern Ireland.
Thanks to the kind donation of antenna parts and clamps from G4CQM at Powabeam Antennas, beacon keeper Gordon, GI6ATZ, is in the process of building the antenna system for the beacon, and installing the emergency shutdown system. It is hoped to have the beacon up and running before the end of the year.
Im Jeramy Boot, G4NJH, in Nottingham.
Once the beacon is placed into service it will act as a marker to tell hams in the America’s when a 2 meter path is open to the UK and possibly beyond. (GB2RS)
In DX, F4EZG will be active between September 1st and the 3rd from Madagascar as 5R8VE. Operations will only be on 20 and 15 meters. QSL via F4EZG.
EA2BD will be active from Malta as 9H3BD until July 30th. His operations are low power on 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home EA2BD callsign.
WB6OJB is on the air from Botswana as A25JB through the end of July. He can be heard on 40 through 10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. Again, QSL this station also direct to his WA6JOB home callsign.
JJ2NYT will be active as stroke FK from Grande Terre New Caladonia between July 29th and August 2nd. His operation will be on 40 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Like the last two, QSL this one also via his home callsign.
G3SWH will activate the special callsign M0RSE on CW only over the weekend of August 18th and 19th. As you might expect, this is a CW only operation with QSOs to be uploaded to Logbookof the World immediately after the weekend operation concludes. Special QSLs will be available via the bureau or direct with Self Addressed Envelope and adequate return postage or even via the traditional bureau route.
Lastly, members of the Gemilang Amamteur Radio Club and the Mediterraneo DX Club will team-up to sponsor a DXpedition to Brunei. The multi-national team will be on the air as V-84-S-M-D between November 11th and the 23rd. Operations will be on 160 through 10 meters, including the 30, 17 and 12 meter bands. Modes to be supported are CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via IK2VUC, direct or via the bureau.
Above from various DX news sources
THAT FINAL ITEMS: WIND FARMS MAY CONTRIBUTE TO CLIMATE WARMING
And finally this week, word that’s what some call green power might not be so green after all. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, reprts:
Research in the United States has shown that large wind turbine farms used to generate so-called green power might have a warming effect on the local climate, and there-by casting a shadow over the long-term sustainability of wind power.
Its been long believed that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels contribute to the so-called global warming effect. Some scientists believe this could lead to the melting of glaciers, sea level rise, crop failure and other devastating effects. So in an effort to cut such emissions, many nations are moving towards cleaner energy sources such as wind power.
Now, researchers at the State University of New York at Albany have analyzed over the period 2003 to 2011 the satellite data of areas around large wind farms in Texas, where four of the world's largest farms are located,. The results, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, showed a warming trend of up to 0.72 degrees Celsius per decade in areas over the farms. This as compared with nearby regions without the farms.
The study attributed this warming primarily to wind farms. It says that the temperature change could be due to the effects of the energy expelled by farms and the movement and turbulence generated by turbine rotors. It concluded that these changes, if spatially large enough, may have noticeable impacts on local to regional weather and climate. That said, the researchers say that more studies are needed at different locations and for longer periods, before any firm conclusions could be drawn.
Previous research in 2010 by other U.S. scientists found wind farms could make the nights warmer and days cooler in their immediate vicinity, but those effects could be minimized by changing turbines rotor design or by building the farms in areas with high natural climatic turbulence.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in Zion, Illinois.
According to the Global Wind Energy Council in 2011 the world's wind farms had the capacity to produce 238 gigawatts of electricity at any one time. That was a 21 percent rise over 2010 and capacity and is expected to reach nearly 500 gigawatt by the end of 2016 as more, and bigger wind farms are built. More on this story is on-line at http://tinyurl.com/wind-farm-warming. (UK Telegraph, CS Monitor, Forbes, others)
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Too bad the old VOA antennas aren't there anymore, especially the 300' high x 300' wide Sterba Curtain (with 20 dB gain!). There were also several full-size rhombics, pointed in different directions, but the Sterba was by far the one with the most gain. IIRC, it was pointed at Europe.
Originally Posted by WA6ITF
When we visited it back when it was in operation, the hams --who were also employees of VOA-- told us some incredible DX stories about using those huge antennas on the ham bands.
Great. Got it downloaded to my phone and will listen when I get time.
Iberville Parish, La.