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WEEKEND EDITION: There is a new shortwave radio broadcaster on the block - Global 24 Radio - an around-the-clock, fixed-frequency, commercial shortwave radio broadcaster, transmitting via WRMI. The new Global24 will begin broadcasting on Friday, October 31, 2014 at 19:00 EDT (0000 UTC November 1st) on 9395 kHz. Details and updates here: http://wp.me/pn3uc-2TN .....
In one Amazon tribe, a boy does not become a man until he can put his hands into gloves lined with angry bullet ants. Meanwhile in America he just has to learn how to work a washing machine before going to college.....Australia is full of things that can kill you. But it's also home of a rare berry that can cure you.....Put this on your bucket list......

 

X CLASS FLARE CAUSES RADIO OUTAGE If the ham bands seemed to suddenly disappear from your radio on October 22nd, you can blame it on the sun. According to a report posted to Facebook by Thomas David Hood, NW7US, a strong, level X 1 point 7, sunspot x-ray flare was produced by active sunspot region AR 2192 peaking at 14:28 UTC. This caused an R3-level radio blackout on the sunlit side of the Earth, during the flare event. NW7US said that if a Coronal Mass Ejection or CME was released, it is likely heading toward Earth and would arrive in anywhere from two and four days. Hood, who writes the propagation column in CQ Magazine notes that if that occurs, it would result in Aurora along with degradation of shortwave radio propagation. You can follow Hood's solar activity reports at facebook.com/spacewx.hfradio. Updates are also available at spaceweather.com (NW7US via Facebook) **

HAM RADIO IN SPACE: HAM RADIO PAYLOAD ON ITS WAY TO CIRCLE THE MOON China has launched its robotic moon circling mission that carries a ham radio payload. The main purpose of this flight is to test of re-entry technology for the country's future lunar sample-return mission. Complete details on the role of amateur radio can be found beginning on page 14 of the mission outline at tinyurl.com/lux-space-moon. The file is in PDF format. A wed-based report on the actual launch provided by NASA is at www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/10/china- lunar-sample-return-test-mission (LUX Space, NASA)

CQ MAGAZINE REVISES POLICY ON CRIMEA IN CQ SPONSORED CONTESTS CQ Magazine says that it has reconsidered an earlier decision regarding contact credit made with stations in the Crimea. This after receiving requests from contesters world- wide. On September 17th, CQ announced that logs will not be accepted for any CQ contest from stations in Crimea operating with Russian-issued call signs. Also, contacts made by others with those stations will be removed from contestants' logs without penalty and that no contact or multiplier credits will be given. This brought on some highly heated debate both on the air as well as in web-based discussion groups. Now, in its October 21st response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision. As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, a large portion of the contesting community felt that CQ was unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Ross went on to say that since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, CQ will amend its policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy. With this latest decision the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian- issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia. If they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. According to Ross, this change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee. (CQ) **

 DX UP FRONT: ZD9 TRISTAN DA CUNHA OPERATION CANCELLED. In DX up front, the Italian DXpedition Team has announced that its ZD9TT DXpedition to Tristan Da Cuna originally planned for September 2014, but later postponed until September 2015 due to transportation issues, has now been canceled. The group also says that it will no longer advertise its plans in advance and that it regrets that this decision might affect the plans of other teams. However, it feels compelled to adopt this policy due to the course of events. (OPDX) **

DX UP FRONT: CHRISTMAS ISLAND THROUGH OCTOBER 31 A team of operators from Poland should be active as VK9XSP from Christmas Island through October 31st. Operation will be on 160 through 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with two to three stations on the air 24 hours a day. Special attention is being paid to the lower bands and to areas where Christmas Island is the most difficult to work. QSL's go via SP6EQZ. (OPDX) **

DX UP FRONT: DXCC APPROVED FOR E30FB ERITREA The ARRL has announced that last the September 17th to the 22nd E30FB from Eritrea sponsored by the Foundation for Global Children has been approved for DXCC credit. This was the operation by JH1AJT reported on extensively in past Amateur Radio Newsline reports. (OPDX) ** BREAK 1 Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the Pacific Maritime Net serving the needs of the sailing community in the Pacific Ocean.

RESCUE RADIO: VETERANS ADMINISTRATIONS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ALE BASED HF RADIO NETWORK The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to establish its own High Frequency radio network to link up medical facilities in case of an emergency that damages or destroys other normal lines of communications. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has more: -- NextGov.com has reported on a plan by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs Strategic Acquisition Center to award a five year firm fixed price Indefinite Delivery and Indefinite Quantity contract for the creation of a new high frequency radio network for its exclusive use. The contract will include equipment, installation, testing, certification, warranty and training to guarantee that the network will be a fully functional turnkey and resilient emergency communications system. As outlined, this HF Network shall be made up of a yet to be determined number of 400 watt backbone stations. These will work in tandem to receive and automatically relay communications 125 watt fixed and mobile stations located at approximately 200 Veterans Health Administration facilities. This High Frequency Network would operate somewhere in the 3 to 30 MHz spectrum though no exact frequencies have been mentioned. As outlined it would provide emergency two-way radio communication, along with an interconnect to the existing public switched telephone network as well as cellular and Internet Protocol telephone networks. This would allow for radio-to-telephone communication and Automatic Link Establishment better known in ham radio circles as ALE. The Veterans Administration plans to issue a formal request for proposals by October 31st.

FCC ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH INDUSTRY CANADA FOR CROSS-BORDER PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS A new pack will permit cross border hand-held radio communications between the United States and Canada between those involved in public safety issues in both nations. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and Industry Canada Senior Assistant Deputy Minister Kelly Gillis have signed an agreement allowing public safety officials who cross the U.S.-Canada border to use their hand-held radios in either country. The agreement called a Statement of Intent between the FCC and Industry Canada expands roaming privileges originally granted to public safety officials in a 1952 Treaty. The big difference is that the new Statement of Intent allows public safety officials to operate hand-held radios in the other country whereas the 1952 agreement only contemplated the cross-border operation of radios installed in public safety vehicles. The Statement of Intent also eliminates the need for the host country to issue permits to public safety officials crossing the border provided the radios used by such officials are licensed in their country of origin. (FCC) **

 ENFORCEMENT: FCC AFFIRMS $24000 FINE FOR INTERFERING WITH SHOPPING CENTER RADIO SYSTEM The FCC has denied a Petition for Reconsideration filed by Kevin W. Bondy and at the same time has affirmed a forfeiture of $24,000 against him. This, for engaging in unlicensed operation, intentionally interfering with licensed radio operations, and refusing to allow an FCC inspection of his radio equipment. Back in 2009 the FCC received a complaint about interference to the operations and security frequency for a shopping center in Thousand Oaks, California. The security manager told the Enforcement Bureau someone was interfering with the center's 461.375 MHz and 466.375 MHz frequencies after which the FCC traced the interference to Bondy. According to the FCC, Bondy admitted he was trying to force the shopping center off its frequencies by transmitting NOAA Weather Radio on their radio channels. The agency said Bondy also refused to allow an inspection of his transmitting equipment and eventually issued the $24,000 Notice of Apparent Liability to him. Bondy did file an appeal but on October 14th the FCC ruled that it was procedurally defective because it was filed to late. It then upheld and affirmed the fine and gave Bondy fifteen calendar days to pay the amount in full or to contact the agency to arrange a time payment schedule. (FCC) **

COLLECTING COSMIC RAYS ON A SMARTPHONE Scientists at two campuses of University of California are looking to get voluntary public support in their efforts to measure and track what they term as the unimaginable number of cosmic ray particles that bombard the Earth every second of the day. And all anyone needs to participate in this research is a smart-phone with a camera and the researchers' new Cosmic Rays Found in Smartphones or CRAYFIS app. According to a news release, the app works by recording and tracking every time one of these particles hits a smart- phone camera's sensor. This effectively turns the device into a pocket based detector, computer and data recorder. By creating the app and making it available to the general public, the scientists believe that they can remotely gather data and build a larger database than they could ever possibly compile on their own. Right now what's being called the CRAYFIS group is letting people sign up for beta versions of the app that's available for both Android and iOS platforms in an attempt to gather a sufficient number of volunteers. They say that the challenge is to create a willing user base within a dense enough area to gather all the required data. The complete proposal which includes graphical representations of the research is available at the Cornell University Library in several formats at www.arxiv.org/abs/1410.2895 (petapixel.com)

DX In DX, DG1BH is reported to be operating stroke 5B from Cyprus and will be there through November 9th. Activity will be QRP holiday style using a FT-817 on 20 meters on PSK and some SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. DL1WH will be operating stroke P from Pellworm Island until October 28th. Activity is holiday style and mainly CW. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or by the bureau. KL7SB will be active from Raratonga as E51RAT between late November and early December. He will operate only as time permits but is definite for November 29th and 30th. QSL via NI5DX. KK6BT will be operational as TX5W from Raivavae Island in the Austral Islands group between January 5th and the 11th of 2015. His operation will be on 40 through 10 meters including 17 and 12 meter bands, operating exclusively SSB. His primary objective is to work as many amateurs in Central and Northern Europe as possible. QSL information will follow shortly. Lastly, a multi-national team of operators from Belgium, The Netherlands and Greece will be active likely using the call EP6T from Kish Island in January 2015. Reportedly, it took nearly 3 years of negotiations and a reconnaissance trip by ON4HIL, to Tehran which finally resulted in obtaining a legal license to operate with a team of ten people for fourteens days. The group plans to have at least four stations on the air around the clock for at least 10 days. Activity will be on 160 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. More information will as well as a Web page for this DXpedition will be available in the near future. (This weeks DX news brought to you courtesy of the Ohio-Penn DX Newsletter)

 ENFORCEMENT: FCC AFFIRMS $20000 FINE TO UNLICENSED FLORIDA BROADCASTER The FCC has affirmed a penalty of $20,000 against Marc-Nus Charles for operating an unlicensed radio station in Pompano Beach, Florida. This past June 2nd , the Enforcement Bureau's Miami Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture to Charles for his alleged operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on the frequency 92.5 MHz in Pompano Beach. Before issuing the proposed fine the regulatory agency had warned Charles in writing that such operations are illegal. When the stations broadcasts continued the FCC proceeded to issue the $20,000 Notice of Apparent Liability but Charles did not filed a response to the proposed fine. In affirming the fine the FCC stated on October 16th that the fact the Charles ignoring the agency's warnings demonstrated a deliberate disregard for the Commission's authority and its rules, warranting a significant penalty. As such, and based on the information before it, the FCC affirmed the $20,000 forfeiture and gave Charles the thirty calendar days to pay in full. (FCC) **

NAMES IN THE NEWS: JEAN L. KIDDOO JOINS FCC WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU AS DEPUTY BUREAU CHIEF Some names in the news. The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau has announced that Jean L. Kiddoo has been named as its Deputy Bureau Chief. Ms. Kiddoo is a graduate of Colgate University and earned her law degree from the Catholic University of America. For more than 30 years she has represented telecommunications, media and technology companies before federal agencies, courts and state regulatory commissions. She is a longtime member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and served as its President from 1999 to 2000. (FCC)
 

WEEKDAY EDITION: What a NorEaster we got last night, blowing 50 mph, power outages, tree's down.......Don't forget lunch meeting at HRO in Salem, NH  on Thursday. Good day for Chinese food.....

 



New England Hams you might run across on 3864 or 3910.........

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
connoisseur,
NIEDU- Dave.... ex-Asst. manager at HRO's Salem store and for some unknown reason rides his cycle year round..
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT

KA1BXB-Don....75 meter Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and playing radio
KMIG-Rick....75 Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1PNR-Mack....75 meter Regular...wealth of ham knowledge....
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school 

K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..

W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
K1JEK-Joe.........Easy going, can be found at every ham flea market in New England ...Cobra Antenna builder..
K1BXI- John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
KB1CJG-"Cobby"- Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter nets.........
N1XW.....Mike- claims to have been abducted by aliens......Temper!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy
K1BQT.....Rick....very talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim-  Retired
Air Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing ham...
WB1AAZ- Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod, construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body guard....
KD1ZY- Warren....3910 regular
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test king....testing......
N1YSU- Bob,  easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for a bottled gas company-we think he has been around nitrous oxide to long .
Silent Key WIPNR- Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key WILIM
- Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
Silent Key N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Silent Key:
N1WBD- Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
Silent Key: W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
Silent Key: W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Silent Key:K1FUB-Bill- Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Silent Key: K1GAR- John- Very colorful character!......claims to an appointed "hambassador" by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow Mainer..........
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session

Silent Key: K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional musician, one of the nice guys on 20 meters..........