Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2129 for Friday, August 17, 201

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    Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2129 with a release date of Friday, August 17, 2018 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
    The following is a QST. Packet radio is returning to the International Space Station. In India, hams help a family reunite - and a special report on NASA's newly launched solar probe. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2129 comes your way right now.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We begin this week with our eyes turned to the sun and NASA’s recently launched solar probe. With that special report, we welcome the newest member of our Newsline team, Science Editor Dr. Tamitha Skov WX6SWW.
    TAMITHA SKOV’S REPORT: The NASA Parker Solar Probe successfully launched on a Delta IV Heavy rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral on Aug. 12, 2018. The probe was named after one of the founding fathers of Space Weather science, Dr. Eugene Parker, who at a young 91 years old, was in attendance.
    Dubbed, “The mission to touch the Sun,” The Parker Solar Probe is viewed by many scientists as a miracle mission, as NASA has been flirting with the idea of a solar probe since the 1960s. Until recently the technology required to make the journey and survive while grazing the hot solar atmosphere meant the mission was too costly to design. Even today, the probe is poised to set many new records. It will be the closest we have ever come to the Sun, at 3.8 million miles, it will fly the fastest we have ever gone, at 430,000 mph, and it will survive temperatures over 3 million degrees Fahrenheit, the hottest environment we have ever known.
    Indeed the corona is hot, even 300 times hotter than the surface of the Sun.
    But the tenuous region called the “corona,” where the Sun’s atmosphere changes into a driving solar wind, is a mysterious place and it has refused to give up its secrets to the casual observer. Data from this region is critical to advancing models of the solar corona and the solar wind, and will extend scientists’ ability to predict the intensity of space weather.Events such as solar storms, solar radio bursts, and radiation storms can impact radio and satellite communications, causing radio blackouts, as well as disrupting emergency communications and GPS navigation on the ground.
    The probe’s first close pass of the Sun will be in November 2018, with 23 ever-closer passes over the next 7 years. When the probe finally runs out of fuel some 10-20 years in the future, it will fall into the Sun and burn up-- all except for the carbon-based heat shield. Long after the probe is gone, that carbon disk will continue orbiting the Sun for many generations to come.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Dr. Tamitha Skov, WX6SWW.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In just a few short months, something else will be heading into space: packet radio for the International Space Station. Robert Broomhead VK3DN has that report.
    ROBERT: It looks like APRS and packet radio will be back aboard the International Space Station sooner rather than later. NASA has given the go-ahead for the launch of a new packet module to replace the one that died aboard the space station in July of last year. The module has been outfitted with a new battery and given sufficient testing to verify that it is operational. A request has been made to send it up as part of the manifest for supply mission 71P, which could come as early as the 31st of October with a projected docking on November 2nd. Meanwhile, the ARISS hardware team has been working on the space station’s new Interoperable Radio System which it now hopes can be deployed in early 2019. As for the packet module, the crew will make an attempt to get that installed as time permits. ARISS reports that it is expected to be operational by late November.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Robert Broomhead VK3DN.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: A noted figure in amateur radio satellite operations has become a Silent Key, as we hear from Jack Parker W8ISH.
    JACK: William Tynan W3XO, who was known throughout the amateur radio satellite world, has become a Silent Key. The Washington, D.C. native had an early love of radio that led him to a career in broadcasting as well as an affinity as a hobbyist for VHF and ham radio satellites. He attended the first meeting of a group in 1969 that later became AMSAT, a group he would serve as president in 1991. For two decades he was also AMSAT’s volunteer OSCAR Number Administrator, designating the alphanumeric identities on amateur radio satellites. He stepped down from that role only last month.
    As AMSAT’s vice president for human spaceflight, Bill lobbied hard for NASA to allow space shuttles to permit ham radio operation. This launched the program known as Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment, or SAREX, which led eventually to the program known as ARISS, Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. He was a strong advocate too for the ARISS interoperable radio system project soon to get underway on the ISS. He served on AMSAT’s board of directors from 1986 to 2003 and was chairman for his final five years.
    Many amateurs also remember his column “The World Above 50 MHz” which ran in QST Magazine from 1975 to 1992. During that time he advocated for the adoption of a grid system for VHF/UHF operators which led to the option of the Maidenhead grid system and ultimately the ARRL’s VUCC operating award program for 50 MHz and above.
    A Life Member of ARRL, AMSAT and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Bill was Hamvention’s Amateur of the Year in 1996.
    Bill Tynan, who lived in Kerrville Texas, was 91. Vale Bill Tynan.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Jack Parker W8ISH.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: From the heights of space to the depths of the earth, hams are always seeking good QSOs. Neil Rapp WB9VPG spoke with one amateur who is mining for good contacts. Literally.
    NEIL: Portable operation is sweeping the planet. While some locations on the air events have been around for a long time, many have popped up after the success of National Parks on the Air. Some of them include Islands, Summits, Jamboree, National Parks, Walmart Parking Lots, Pubs, NASA, Lighthouses, Windmills, Beaches, and Moats. Craters is being planned for this fall. But today, we’re talking about Mines on the Air. John Fuller, WJ0NF took a few minutes to talk with me about the event.
    JOHN: Actually, I thought of it before I got my license. But then I did a lot of research online, watching YouTube and stuff, and I thought this would be great to combine with some of my other hobbies. I like to go ATV riding, and hiking, and do some exploring… and then there’s so many mines in this area that I was trying to research. I thought wow, this would be great. I could take my radio and I could talk to people. And I had been looking at that time, we had National Parks on the Air and it just seemed like a great idea… even if nobody else wanted to participate, I figured I’d have fun doing it as well. I like to do a little photography, so it really just combined a whole bunch of hobbies together and started me on this path to create Mines on the Air, which is basically going out to mines… whether they are current mines, abandoned mines, or historical mines and then setting up and activation just like you would a park or a SOTA type of activation.
    NEIL: While there isn’t an award program at least yet, you can score some very unique QSL cards working the mines.
    JOHN: If I activate a mine, I take a bunch of pictures and I document that mine. And, I create custom QSL cards and send those to like the first 20 people or how many ever that I’ve contacted. So they get a unique QSL card with a picture of that mine in the location, and then a little bit of information on it.
    NEIL: John encourages those who might be interested to go to for more information, including safety.
    JOHN: A couple of key things is obviously safety. Just like doing a SOTA activation or an island activation or anything, you want to be safe. You have to use some common sense and not go into mines and things like that. But I’ve got some documentation on the web site with some good ideas. Even if they’re just interested in seeing the pictures, there’s a lot of very cool pictures and locations on the site.
    NEIL: John says Mines on the Air is a great way to enjoy the outdoors along with ham radio.
    Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Neil Rapp WB9VPG.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Germany, the temporary allocation of 70.150 to 70.180 MHz in the 4 metre band comes to an end at the end of this month. In response to an email BNetzA, the government regulator, has told AR Newsline correspondent Ed Durrant DD5LP that no permanent allocations of frequencies in the 4 metre band to radio amateurs are currently being considered. So amateurs in Germany can only hope for another test period during next year's sporadic-E season.
    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 in Idaho Falls, Idaho on Tuesday nights at 9 following the Eagle Rock Emergency Practice Net.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you keep your 2-meter rig handy, this low-key special event is for you. Jim Damron N8TMW explains.
    JIM DAMRON: At 7 p.m. local time Sunday on the 26th of August, turn on your radio and listen to the sound of 2 meter FM simplex. Then -- key the mic. It’s that simple – and that’s what Joseph Durnal NE3R is hoping hams will do to mark an event he’s calling “Light Up Two Meters Night.” It’s an activity that he’s reviving after years of dormancy. He told Amateur Radio Newsline he’d discovered the event 14 or so years ago when it was promoted by a now-defunct yahoo group. Joseph told us “There are no points or awards, just the satisfaction that the QSO was something you made happen on your own.” Weather permitting, he’ll be out there operating mobile on a hilltop with a small yagi on a mast outside his car. But whether you use a handheld to have some ragchews or you go portable and try it in combination with Summits On the Air, Joseph says “light up the night.”
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Jim Damron N8TMW.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Hams in Austria are raising serious concerns about what might happen to amateur radio services if a set of proposed changes becomes law. Ed Durrant DD5LP has been following this story.
    ED: More than 500 amateurs in Austria have registered their objections to the unexpected announcement that the Austrian Government plans to remove the current Amateur Radio-specific laws and reallocate Amateur Radio under the TKG, or (Telecommunications Act). Officials report that as of the end of July 572 objections were filed including the continued objection from the national society the ÖVSV. The radio society has been fighting this and similar suggested changes since 2014.
    Many of those objecting have cited the following consequences from the proposed removal of the existing Amateur Radio laws and regulations:
    Amateur radio will lose its status as a service and be relegated simply to be a hobby which will impact its ability to cooperate with rescue organizations during disasters. Information transferred by radio amateurs during emergencies will also be restricted.
    The amateur bands will lose protection they now have from interference from unauthorised sources and the use of remote stations will become even more difficult legally than it is today.
    The process of amateur radio exams and licensing will no longer be defined and will require additional red-tape to be able to happen.
    There will also be no more reminders of expiry of licences every five years which will lead to call signs being reallocated to other amateurs. Licence extensions after five years will no longer be automatic, or could be refused or delayed
    Hearing these and other complaints, the Ministry of Infrastructure has agreed to talk with the ÖVSV and it is hoped a clearer picture will be available in around 4 weeks as to whether these changes can be avoided or not.
    From across the border in Germany, For Amateur Radio Newsline this is Ed Durrant DD5LP.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Amateurs in India have once again been able to help reunite a family with a missing member - in this case it was a woman missing for three years. Here's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
    JEREMY: Thanks to amateur radio operators in India, a mentally challenged woman got a big farewell from the hospital where she was being treated – and a big welcome home from the family she had not seen in three years. According to a Telegraph India newspaper report, Maziran Khatun had been admitted to a hospital in West Bengal in late July but was unable to recall very much about her life until after receiving psychiatric treatment. When the 25-year-old woman finally recalled where she was from, the hospital reached out to the West Bengal Radio Club which got in touch with Taheruddin Ahmed VU2TUO, vice president of the Amateur Radio Club of Assam. He contacted police and began seeking out her family members in a village in Barpeta district in lower Assam. According to news reports, the woman’s mother was able to identify her from photos and later spoke to her on the phone. The mother told authorities that her daughter, herself the mother of two children, had suffered a mental breakdown and went missing not long after her divorce. Hospital authorities bought her train tickets for the trip home and gave their former patient a grand farewell. She was reunited with her family on Saturday, August 11th.
    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
    In the world of DX, listen for Jose, NP4G, using the call sign CE0Y/NP4G from Rapa Nui, Easter Island between the 26th and 29th of August. He will be operating holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and FT8. Send QSLs via LoTW
    or NP4G.
    Members of the DX World team are joining with Norman/5B4AIF to activate the island Ayios Yeoryios in the Cyprus Coastal Islands Group between August 25 and 27th. They will use the callsign C4II. Listen on 80-10 meters and possibly 6m. They will be using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL via LoTW. QSL Manager will be announced later.
    Don't forget this weekend, it's the International Lighthouse and Lightship weekend, to see if there's an activation near you, check the list at ILLW. NET. This fun international event which promotes the conservation of lighthouses and publicises amateur radio has even attracted some of the Amateur Radio Newsline crew with Caryn KD2GUT and the Great South Bay Amateur Radio Club activating lighthouse US0019 on Fire Island, New York on Saturday/Sunday starting around 8:30 a.m. local time and over in Germany Ed DD5LP is activating DE0138 Westmole and DE0140 Mangturm in Lindau on Lake Constance in Southern Germany from around 11 a.m. local time on Sunday.
    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We end this week's report with the story of two rescues, 90 years apart - both made possible by radio. Here's Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
    JIM MEACHEN: It has been 90 years since the Zeppelin “Italia” crashed on the way home from an expedition to the North Pole, killing several members of the crew of explorers and leaving survivors stranded on an ice pack 120 km northeast of Svalbard.
    Ninety years later, a North Pole expedition sponsored by the Air Ship Italia Search Expedition and planned in tribute to that disaster met with a harrowing fate as well. On August 2nd, the expedition yacht Mea Lux with special event call sign II0PN/MM (India India Zero Papa November) encountered a serious storm off the south coast of Svalbard, Norway and waves measuring 5 to 6 meters high – or as high as 20 feet – left the craft rudderless as it caught fire and began to take on water. Neither cell phone nor satellite phone service worked but the 20 meter Marine Net heard the calls for help from Simone Orlandini IU5KUH and the Norwegian Coast Guard was dispatched. All on board were airlifted to safety by helicopter. The expedition and the yacht, however, were abandoned.
    Fortunately, there is also a rescue story associated with the historic zeppelin incident -- and it too came about because of radio. A Russian radio amateur ultimately heard signals from the stranded crew being transmitted by Giuseppe Biagi using the emergency transmitter and receiver he had salvaged from the airship. Using a makeshift quarter-wave antenna and a counterpoise he was able to get out a distress call. Although the support ship never received the signals, Russia’s Nikolai Schmit did, a dozen days later. An international rescue effort was launched. It became the first air and sea polar rescue. Those rescued included the airship’s commander Umberto Nobile but the Swedish meteorologist Finn Malmgren died before being rescued.
    As for the modern-day rescue from the yacht, crew member Alberto IT9MRM posted on DX-World.Net that it was sadly “ungovernable and at the mercy of the waves.”
    For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Labs; Amateur News Weekly; AMSAT; ARISS: the ARRL; CQ Magazine; DX-World.Net; Facebook; Hap Holly and the Rain Report; Irish Radio Transmitters Society; Ohio-Penn DX Bulletin; QST Magazine; Southgate Amateur Radio News; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show;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 Stephen Kinford N8WB in Wadsworth Ohio saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.
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