Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2127 for Friday, August 3, 2018

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  1. KB7TBT

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    Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2127 for Friday, August 3, 2018 Audio -

    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2127 with a release date of Friday, August 3, 2018 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
    The following is a QST. Hams step up as California wildfires burn. Dave Kalter Youth DXers in Curacao release their log's final tally -- and South Africa prepares for Youngsters on the Air. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2127 comes your way right now.
    PAUL: We begin this week with a report from California, where officials were tallying up the damage from one of California's most devastating wildfires. By August 1st, the Carr Fire consumed Shasta County, taking with it more than 1,000 homes and at least eight lives at the last count.
    As shelters opened and the Red Cross sought out communications help, hams with the Shasta Tahama Amateur Radio Emergency Services, assisted by hams from Sacramento ARES stepped in. One of them was Gary Sanda KI6OMU, the finance manager of Shasta Tahama ARES. As Gary's family was being evacuated to stay with friends, he deployed to help with what was being called the Carr Fire, the largest of the 17 blazes to have hit the state.
    GARY: Initially it was a callup of local people from the Shasta Tahama ARES or STARES and as the fire grew from one shelter to two shelters to maybe five or six now -- and one of the places people were sheltering was a casino 40 miles away -- we have been getting assistance from Sacramento ARES. So we have been covering most everything. We certainly could have used more people but we have all been scrambling to try and cover everything we can.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: By the first of August the Carr fire was declared 30 percent contained but people - including Gary's own family - were still displaced. The hams were busy providing communications between shelter managers and the Red Cross as needed since cell phone service remained largely intact, although spotty in some areas.
    GARY: The bulk of our communications is WINLINK because we are too far north to have any real VHF voice or UHF voice. So we are using WINLINK packet.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: As Newsline went to production, the fire had swept over more than 112,000 acres and the hams were continuing to work their shifts, sometimes for days. Gary said that any hams wanting to provide assistance can get details by visiting the state's Communications Reserve Unit website at acscalifornia dot org (

    PAUL/ANCHOR: In other areas of ham radio disaster response, the VoIP Hurricane Net has someone new to help guide it, as we hear from Bobby Best WX4ALA.
    BOBBY: The VoIP Hurricane Net has a new assistant director of operations. Debby Gray WX9VOR, has been a part of the operation since 2016 when she joined the VoIP Hurricane Net as a net control operator. Not long after coming on board, her skills were put to the test during the historic Atlantic hurricane season in 2017, when she worked numerous extended net control shifts and also managed to recruit additional net controls – newcomers and veterans – during hurricanes Irma and Maria.
    Debby fills the vacancy left after Jim Sellars N0UAM became a Silent Key in May. She will be working with Dennis Dura K2DCD.
    The announcement of her appointment was made by Rob KD1CY, the VoIP Hurricane Net’s director of operations. He noted that Debby’s background makes her ideally suited for the job. She has had more than two decades experience as an IT consultant, educator and mission critical support specialist, work that got her involved in disaster planning. She is also emergency coordinator for the ARES group of Kane County Illinois and a volunteer sergeant for the Naperville Illinois EMA Communications and Weather units.
    Debby also works as one of the senior members of the WX9LOT Ham Team supporting NWS Chicago and the NWS Chicago SKYWARN program.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Bobby Best WX4ALA
    (ROB KD1CY)
    PAUL/ANCHOR: The International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend has a real "OM" among lighthouses registered - it's from the 12th century! Here's Jeremy Boot G4NJH with details.
    JEREMY: Well before there was the discovery of radio, well before Marconi, well before Samuel F.B. Morse and well before such a thing as the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, there stood a lighthouse on Lindau Island in Lake Constance, Bodensee, Germany. The structure was built circa 1180 as a fortified tower to protect Lindau and, history reports, it also served as a lighthouse. That beacon’s job was replaced by a lighthouse on the West mole at the entrance to Lindau Harbour in 1856 but both structures are not only still standing – both are part of this year’s International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend which takes place on August 18th and 19th. They have the honour of constituting the 300th entry and, in the case of the 12th century structure, being the oldest in the worldwide event. On a personal note, our own Ed Durrant DD5LP will be part of the activation along with Thomas DK1TK – so be listening!
    Organisers for the event said momentum is building for this international celebration, which is not a contest. The current leaders for registrations are Germany with 55, Australia with 46 and the USA with 40. Other interesting lighthouse entrants are Namibia with 2, Mexico with 1, Latvia with 2 and Iceland and Gibraltar with 1 each. Many more registrations are expected in the next two weeks.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: In South Africa, there's a growing number of radio science citizen investigators. John Williams VK4JJW has that story.
    JOHN: If you haven’t yet heard of the Amateur Radio Science Citizen Investigation or HamSCI SA, expect to begin hearing more about it soon. It’s a new umbrella association being launched jointly by South Africa's AMSAT SA and the South African Radio League. It’s an ambitious partnership involving cooperation between radio amateurs and professional scientists in a variety of research disciplines, including physics and electronics. The organisation’s current project is to support research into propagation on 5MHz with respect to the noise floor and its causes and mitigation. HamSCI SA will not conduct the research itself but lend support to the relevant research of others where it can. The researchers’ concerns include the very real possibility that noise will ultimately disable the weakest of signals on the radio spectrum and then, perhaps, even stronger transmissions. The new organisation’s work is explained in greater detail in a July 26th online magazine story in EngineerIT, written by Hans van de Groenendaal ZS6AKV.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m John Williams VK4JJW.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: Young hams from the Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure have some numbers to share from their log, and Stephen Kinford N8WB has those numbers.
    STEPHEN: If you were among the lucky ones to work PJ2Y, the Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure in Curacao, you’re one of 6,261 contacts in the team’s log, according to the team’s website. As you can imagine it was a busy time for the four youngsters and four adults with them. They often didn’t get on the air until 10 in the morning and usually operated until about midnight. Team leader Jim Storms AB8YK reports that one of their major challenges was a power loss that cost them about eight hours on the air – but the rest of the time they were busy operating on SSB and CW. They also made an effort to get their FT8 station on the air as much as possible. Congratulations to Violetta Latham, KM4ATT of Greencastle, Pennsylvania; 13 year old Dhruv Rebba, KC9ZJX of Normal, Illinois; 14 year old David Samu, VE7DZO of Prince George, British Colombia; and 15 year old Mason Matrazzo, KM4SII of Clemmons, North Carolina. The DXpedition went off the air on July 23 and if you’re waiting for your QSL card, be patient. One is expected to be designed and sent soon. Meanwhile, the team’s log is now available on LoTW and Club Log.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Stephen Kinford N8WB.
    BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the K7EFZ repeater on Tuesday nights at 9 local time in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: CW operators are getting ready to pack up and head to a campground just outside Moscow and Jason Daniels VK2LAW tells us why.
    JASON: The outdoor assembly of Code enthusiasts in Russia, just outside Moscow, may look like Field Day but it’s not. It’s being called the International Convention of CW Operators and its organisers are members of the U-QRQ-C club. While the very casual three-day event from August 24th to 27th is free and open to whole families as well as individual operators, attendees are being asked to bring their own accommodation for sleeping outdoors – and of course, their radios. The location in Radograd is the same as for last year’s event. Anyone wanting to attend – or needing questions answered - can contact the club via email at uqrqc at mail dot ru (
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jason Daniels VK2LAW.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: Youngsters on the Air 2018 is coming to South Africa and Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us what the young hams' week will be like.
    JEREMY: Just as it happened in Great Britain last year, South Africa is about to become the home QTH for teams of young amateurs from throughout Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union. Starting on the 8th of August, participants in Youngsters on the Air from Europe and Africa will arrive for a week of activities that include building radio kits as well as building bridges and friendships between nations. The group of 70 includes hams as young as 16 and as old as 25 representing 30 or so different countries. The teams will create a mini Cube Sat and launch it into near space using a high-altitude balloon that they will track. They’ll build radio kits and, of course, they will put special event station ZS9YOTA on the air. There will also be an opportunity to sit for the South African Radio Amateur Examination and to work on their contesting skills. This is the first time any African nation has hosted this programme which will take place in South Africa’s central region of Gauteng.
    By the 15th of August it will all be done and everyone will be packed up for the return home. With the 8th YOTA programme complete, the planning begins for the ninth such gathering next year.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: Things just got even friendlier on the air with a new operating award from Here’s Kevin Trotman N5PRE.
    KEVIN: Awards are one of the extra benefits of being a skilled and effective radio operator. has recently announced its newest operating award in recognition of its own 25th anniversary. It’s called the World Radio Friendship Award. Unlike QRZ’s other awards, such as the DX World Award, the United States Award and the World Continents Awards, this award is based only on contacts made with other users of QRZ. It’s an international award – and to qualify, a ham must have successfully logged on-air contacts with 25 QRZ members.
    QRZ notes that as of its most recent statistics, its logbooks contain more than 245 million QSOs. That stands for a lot of good contacts in the three years since QRZ launched its operating awards program. In those three years, QRZ has issued more than 64,000 awards.
    To determine if you qualify for the World Radio Friendship Award, visit QRZ’s Awards Analyzer online.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Kevin Trotman N5PRE
    PAUL/ANCHOR: A big fundraising event in Malaysia is still a few months away but hams are already putting the pieces together, as we hear from Jason Daniels VK2LAW.
    JASON: With its long commitment to community service, the Sabah Amateur Radio Society is once again among those organizations supporting the Salt Trail Challenge, a fundraising run in its fifth year. A lot of planning is going into this massive event which will take place in October at the historic Crocker Range Park in Malaysia.This year’s challenge is the “Trail of Hope,” featuring a 16K and 25K run for both men and women. The event is a joint effort of the radio club, Sabah Parks and the Pacos Trust. The run supports the activities of the Mercy Malaysia Sabah Chapter, which has been a major healthcare provider since 2003, including helping with disaster relief and water and sanitation issues. The Sabah Amateur Radio Society was formed in 1978 and according to its website, has an established association with community service events such as this.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW
    Be listening through the end of the year for Mike VE2XB who is operating on Baffin Island in northern Canada. He is using the callsign VY0BRR. The IOTA reference is NA-047.
    Listen for Przemslaw SP7VC, visiting two of the British Channel Islands from Poland throughout the month of August. He will sign MU/SP7VC from Guernsey from 5th – 11th August and the move on to Jersey where he will operate as MJ/SP7VC from the 11th – 14th August. Be listening on all bands from 160 – 10m and some of the VHF bands.
    Listen for Roly, ZL1BQD, on the air as A35RR from Togatapu between the 8th and 17th of August. He'll be on 160 to 10 meters using mostly JT65 and FT8. He is not ruling out use of SSB or CW if conditions permit. Send QSLs via ZL1BQD.
    In Tonga, be listening for Hardy DL7JLL who will operate from the Kingdom of Tonga
    during the months of August and September. The callsign A35JLL will be what he uses in August. Listen on 40/20/15/10 meters. You can expect him to operate from August 8th to 15th from Nuku Alofa. QSL via DL7JLL direct or by the Bureau.
    PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, we end this week's report in a holiday mood. Ham Holiday descended upon Oklahoma City in late July - and Don Wilbanks AE5DW has the details.
    DON: There are holidays…and then there are Ham Holidays. One week before the YLRL convention touched down in Oklahoma City, 650 hams from Arkansas, Kansas, Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma took over the city’s Tower Hotel on July 27th and 28th. The educational forums were standing-room-only, whether the subject was DMR, youth involvement, programming radios or actitivies for YLs. And the banquets were, of course, eating-room-only. Special guest Jerry Rosalius WB9Z told attendees about his experiences during the recent Bouvet Island DXpedition and Valerie Hotzfeld NV9L shared her amateur radio journey through contesting, emergency service and her Hurricane Maria deployment to Puerto Rico.
    Yes, like all major holiday seasons, there were even important rituals to be observed, such as the Wouff Hong ceremony.
    Perhaps best of all, the crew of Volunteer Examiners oversaw 20 tests for 16 candidates -- all without fees. In fact there was a bonus to be had in this test session: candidates who passed their first exam got a full rebate on their admission ticket to the regional fest. Of course, there was one more holiday bonus they got to take home and keep: the ability to get on the air.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Don Wilbanks AE5DW.
    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; CQ Magazine; CNN; Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Irish Radio Transmitters Society; Kevin Mulcahy VK2CE; Mark Kleine N5HZR; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QRZ; Sabah Amateur Radio Society; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; Rob KD1CY; South African Radio League; Shasta Tahama ARES; 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 Paul Braun WD9GCO in Valparaiso Indiana saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.
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  2. KI4AX

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    OMG... Hams helping the Red Cross with emcomm? Where are their Cell Phones? Why call out the crotchety old Hams with their old out dated radio communications when there are Cell Phones to use?

    How dare they use Hams as an alternate communication network... How dare they...

    Dan KI4AX
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  4. K3FHP

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    Packet Radio.....That's so.....1980's...… could THAT possibly be of any use? Unless of course,


    But THAT could never happen, could it?
  5. WB6AMT

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    “How dare”???
    You just don’t get it, do you. In the early 60’s (while in high school) we trained at the
    Civil defense bunker at the police dept, so that the hams could provide communications service when needed.
    Last summer the cellular network in Las Vegas went totally down for a period of 4-5 hours and the city went nuts. I remember sending equipment to New Orleans when Katrina hit, there they lost all communication services, the only communications available was amateur radio for several days. Hams are an element used by first responders for a reason.
    Don’t believe...check Homeland Security and see how they feel about hams.
    The training, and the procurement of the equipment isn’t dependent on any city, county or federal budget, it is bought and paid for By the ham or a club/group like ARES/ Races.
    Obviously you need to catch up on amateur radio history.
    “How dare”...
  6. KM4ATT

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    It was a ton of fun! I think our final logs had 6,215 contacts, and thank you so much to everybody who worked us!
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