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WEEKEND EDITION: I bet you are smart enough to not be at any mall today trying to scoop up bargains you do not need. I finally figured out I could do all my shopping by Amazon Prime and relax instead of cursing in a jammed parking lot. Enjoy a turkey sandwich today and play a little radio....Jeeze, just noticed the silent key hams are mounting up at the bottom of the page....

DX Engineering Acquires InLogis, Exclusive Rights to Make and Market Active Magnetic Loop Antenna

DX Engineering of Tallmadge, Ohio, has acquired the assets of InLogis and the exclusive right to manufacture and sell the Inlogis (formally Pixel) Active Magnetic Loop Antenna, model RF-PRO-1B. All manufacturing operations and equipment for the RF-PRO-1B have been moved from Golden, Colorado, to Tallmadge, Ohio.

DX Engineering says it will serve all existing RF-PRO-1B customers with replacement or service parts and expert advice.

The DX Engineering Active Magnetic Loop Antenna is a receiving antenna for HF with “figure 8” directivity and rotating capability, without occupying the space needed for a typical Beverage system.

If you are in the UK: Black Friday deals at Waters & Stanton

Waters & Stanton are giving 10% Discount on everything bought on line this Black Friday including all Elecraft equipment. As Electraft has single-digit margins, it is not often that discount on any Elecraft purchases are seen so this is the first and perhaps also the last time this will happen!

Waters & Stanton are UK importers for all your favourite brands so the party does not stop with Elecraft. MFJ, Flex Radio, GAP, Butternut, DX engineering and many more too so take a good look online, even the new DV1 is available with this discount too!

The Black Friday deals extend all weekend so there is ample chance to grab yourself a bargain/



Out of New Jersey comes an update on the tragic killing of an elderly amateur radio operator earlier this year. A grand jury in Essex County has indicted the suspect, 25-year-old Ray Cooley, of Nutley, New Jersey on charges of murder, robbery and other offenses related to the death of William Fitzsimmons this past spring.

Fitzsimmons, who was 85 years old and lived alone, was found badly beaten and bloodied outside his Belleville, New Jersey house the day after a May 16 home invasion and assault. He died of his injuries about two weeks later in a Newark hospital. Police arrested Cooley, then upgraded the charges after Fitzsimmons’ death. Cooley was indicted on Nov. 13.

Fitzsimmons, whose call sign was N2LMU, was a retired captain with the Army National Guard, and a member of the Roseland Amateur Radio Club, the Military Auxiliary Radio System and the American Legion. Published news reports said that, because he was by himself, he would often leave one of his doors open to enable neighbors to check on him.

Cooley's arraignment is set for Dec. 14.



[ANCHOR/DON]: They call themselves the Young Hamsters, but this busy, friendly group of radio amateurs in Great Britain has nothing to do with pet rodents. Instead, this growing collective has a pet project: to provide a resource that caters specifically to hams under the age of 30 throughout the UK. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, has more:

[JEREMY]: Although they believe conventional radio clubs to be fine for most amateurs, Mark, M-ZERO-NCG, and Adam, M-M-ZERO-KFX wanted something more for the radio operator under the age of 30. That’s how Young Hamsters was born. They believed that, just as the popular Youngsters on the Air program attracts youthful hams worldwide and in Europe, something specific to the UK could be a great success.

In a recent email to Amateur Radio Newsline, Mark described the group’s mission: He said “We have a focus on operating on the air - be it by promoting contesting and DXpeditions or just by being active on the bands!”

Because members are scattered across the UK, the group makes use of Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp accounts to allow everyone to express their opinion on issues and to build community. The sites are also a resource for announcing the Young Hamsters’ plans. Mark added “Not only do we hope to promote contesting and DXpeditioning, we actually hope to run DXpeditions and work together in contests to build a name for ourselves as the future of our hobby!”

Mark also wrote that the club fulfills some of the social needs that younger operators have: “We decided to set up Young Hamsters instead of incorporating into an existing club as we feel the people best placed to showcase our hobby and retain the interest of young people in our hobby are young people themselves. It can seem quite lonely at times, especially in the UK, with so few young radio amateurs, and by bringing as many of us together, we can share our common interests and really help to further our hobby via innovative ideas and social networking.”

Membership is free. And the club call sign is M-ZERO-YHC. Be listening! For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jeremy Boot, G4NJH, reporting from Nottingham in the UK.

[ANCHOR/DON]: You can find the Young Hamsters on Twitter with the handle younghamsters – one word – or on Facebook at facebook.com/groups/younghamsters. Or email the organizers at younghamsters@gmail.com


According to the calendar, we’re heading into December, but to European amateur radio operators in their early 20s -- or even younger – the next 31 days that lie ahead are really known as YOTA Month. December is being set aside for the program, Youngsters on the Air, a large group of youthful hams from Region 1 of the International Amateur Radio Union who support one another’s projects and engage in QSOs with one another, and around the world.

Throughout December, YOTA members will be active on the bands, using Y-O-T-A as the suffix in their call sign. Young South African hams participating will be using the call sign, Z-S-9-YOTA. And in the UK, the special call sign, G15YOTA will be on the air for 22 days during December, many from school amateur radio clubs and some from the RAF Air Cadets.

Proponents of the event remind amateurs around the world that in many cases, a YOTA operator might be having his or her first experience on radio when giving a call, so try to make that QSO happen! And make it friendly.



Speaking of Youngsters on the Air, a good many of them are already looking toward the summer, when YOTA 2016 gathers in the Austrian Alps as guests of the Austrian Amateur Radio Society, OeVSV. The Austrian group is marking its 90th anniversary.

Applications are now being accepted for the event, and the deadline is coming up fast – it’s December 31. The program, which is set for July 16 through 23, will accept 75 youngsters. Email any questions to Austria@ham-yota.com

[ANCHOR/DON:] When it comes to telling stories about radio that were once designed to engage and inspire kids, Mike Adams wrote the book. In fact, his book is called “The Radio Boys and Girls: Radio, Telegraph, Telephone and Wireless Adventures for Juvenile Readers, 1890 – 1945.” Amateur Radio Newsline’s Christian Cudnik, K0STH, spoke to Adams recently:



AMSAT-North America is now the proud owner of its first CubeSat.

The Fox-1A satellite, AO-85, has joined AMSAT Operations, after being formally commissioned and determined to be ready to go. AMSAT will now be responsible for its scheduling and modes.

AMSAT Vice President for Engineering Jerry Buxton, N-ZERO-JY, said in a statement:  QUOTE“Many new techniques are incorporated, and lessons will be learned, as with any new ‘product.’ We will incorporate changes from what we learn in each launch, to the extent possible, in subsequent Fox-1 CubeSats. To our members, we want to say that the Fox Team is very proud and pleased that our first CubeSat is very successful and hopefully will be for some time.”


Sixty meters became a new reality at the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva, which agreed on Nov. 18 on a secondary allocation of the band for the amateur service, setting regional power limits of 15 watts to 25 Watts measured in effective isotropic radiated power. The allocation was a hard-won accomplishment following years of preparation by the International Amateur Radio Union. The last step is the signing of the Final Act at the conference’s Nov. 27 closing, and is considered a formality.

(WIA, Southgate Amateur Radio)


Mats, who holds the call signs SM6LRR and RM2D, is operating holiday style in Vietnam as XV2D until Dec. 6 and is participating as well in the CQWW CW Contest on the weekend of Nov. 28 and Nov. 29. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.

Marko, N5ZO, is operating in Mozambique until Dec. 1 and will also enter the CQWW CW Contest using the call sign, C92ZO. Before then, find him on 30m, 17m and 12m. QSLs can be sent to Logbook of the World or directly to OH-ZERO-XX.

Donald, KD4UDU, will be working until Dec. 17 as EL2DW from Monrovia, Liberia. Look for him on 20m, 15m and 10m on SSB. Send QSL cards to his home call.

Nick, G3RWF, is working from Rwanda until Dec. 2 as 9X0NH and can be found on all bands from 80m to 10m. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World and QSLs should be sent to his home call sign.


[ANCHOR/DON:] We conclude this week's report with a Christmas story that begins, as all good Christmas stories must, with the wish of a child. What started as a staged report from Santa's Sleigh during an amateur radio Net on 80 meters nine years ago has grown. And grown. More from Amateur Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY:

If you take an 80 meter rag chew net, add a bit of holiday cheer and Pete Thompson, KE5GGY, explains what comes next.

{PETE]: It really goes back to a year where I had a young child at home I was checked into one of the 3916 nets on Christmas Eve A number of us were looking for a way for our kids to talk to Santa.  So we pieced together something for a couple of us that one night and it worked really well. I could be a Santa net relay for a station in Kansas City then he could facilitate the contact with Santa for me and my son, so we had sort of a primitive dress rehearsal and I think it occurred to a number of us that hey this really is neat and it has grown from there. I think we had five people that first year now in 2015 we are expecting 250 and 300 kids to talk to Santa

[KENT]: Thompson says running the net has its rewards.

[PETE]: Connecting kids to Santa at Christmas time just makes their Christmas. We get emails every year from parents and grandparents  that say this was the highlight of our holiday season.  This brought our family together.  That and the fact we're using the magic radio to do it. makes it very rewarding on another level.  We know a number of these kids who have been on the Santa net have gone on to get their ham radio tickets. Its a win win.  Kids get the spirit of Christmas connecting with Santa through the magic of ham radio they experience this great hobby its a great way for us to end the year on the 3916 nets.

[KENT]: Thompson fired up his ham rig to demonstrate the quality of the Santa connection.

[PETE]: Right now I've got a connection with Santa so we could close this interview  with a couple comments from Santa. Let me see if i can get him on my phone patch in Dallas.  Santa Santa, this is KE5GGY from Denton County calling, Santa can you come on and give a couple of comments to the Amateur Radio Newsline. Calling Santa.  [“SANTA”]: HO HO HO Hello There Merry Christmas to everyone listening to the amateur radio newsline.  And ho ho ho and I know you've all been very good boys and girls this year and I just want to invite you to join the hams on 3916 every night at 7:30 for the Santa net. And yes I could talk to you so we'll see you then. And until then 73 from Santa Ho Ho Ho!

In case you just missed that info, the 80 meter Santa Net meets every night on 3916 KHz at 7:30PM US Central time.  For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY

[DON’s TAGLINE]: This year Thompson will stream the audio for a live feed on the Internet and it will be archived. So anyone who is on the Santa Net, through Christmas Eve, will be able to find their contact from a YouTube page, just do a hashtag and a call sign and you'll find that particular contact.


Pacific Ham Radio Club Starts Website:
The Second Activation of VI0ANZAC at Casey Station:
DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #47:
ARRL Members in Santa Barbara Elect New Section Manager:
Revamped FCC Website Expected to Debut on December 10:
Ham Operators Signal Discontent:
The First Radio Sets: a Spark Gap and a Coherer:
Broadcast: Major Edwin H. Armstrong, the Inventor of Frequency Modulation:
Amateur Radio Roundtable:
Reaching Out to Santa with Technology:
VI0ANZAC to Be Heard from Casey Base:
Hello? Any Allied Unit? Is Anyone Out There?
Preparing for Emergencies: Amateur Radio Operators Ready to Help Out:
Department of Conservation Approve Trip to Antipodes Islands:
Ham Radio Operators Agree to Work as One Group in Times of Disasters:
Just Ahead In Radiosport:
Amateur Radio Parity Act Passes Senate Committee, Gains Cosponsors:
World Radiocommunication Conference Approves Global 60 Meter Allocation!
FCC Not Processing License and Exam Session Files Again:
ARRL Reiterates Call for FCC to Make Historical Licensee Data Available:
VY1AAA Hopes for Better Conditions In Phone Sweepstakes:
National Parks On the Air (NPOTA) Map Now Available:
AO-85 Commissioned and Turned Over to AMSAT-NA Operations:
New UK/EI DX Contest to Launch in December:
Willis Island VK9WA DXpedition Going Smoothly:
Oregon SM Pledges Continued Cooperation With Office of Emergency Management
Ham Radio Accessory Dealer, Publisher Idiom Press Changing Hands:
Past Pacific Division Director Bradley W. 'Brad' Wyatt, K6WR, (SK):
In Brief...
Press Release: Radio Deluxe Version 6.3.448 Released:
Thanet Pupils on Shortlist for a Chat with ISS Astronaut Tim Peake:
State Ousts Leader of Oregon Amateur Radio Service:
Amateur Radio Roundtable:
Amateur Radio: Not A Hobby For Everybody Now In Portuguese:
Special Event Station W6W:
Stolen 70 cm Digi Repeater GB7HM:
QSO Today Episode 66 John Thompson, K3MD:
Call Signs, Not Names, ID Hams:

WEEKDAY EDITION:Happy Thanksgiving to all, this is my my favorite holiday- food and family. Thought you would enjoy some data from the ARRL website stating some facts about how they spend our money...


Salaries, compensation and benefits-   7,181,166

Administrative expenses-  441,813        Travel-    431,401           

Revamped FCC website expected to debut on December 10
The FCC has announced that its large-scale website redesign will be completed by December 10. The switch to the new site is set to begin on December 10 at 0100 UTC and will be completed about 4 hours later

Happy Thanksgiving, From Space!
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 45 Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren KO5MOS send Thanksgiving wishes to all on Earth

Listening around 75 the other night and listened in on 3910 for a few, looks like they are feuding with the 4-landers who think the frequency is for tuning up their amplifiers. ..On another note, it strikes me funny that the AM guys on 75 have such shit quality audio signals. Throw all that junk out and buy a Flex and you will sound great and cut your electric bill in half......Well sports fans, you know how I despise the "legend in their own mind" BC football team....well, they lost to Notre Dame the other night in Fenway Park but I have to give a lot of credit to the BC defense, it was good, very good. If they only could generate some offense they would be a very decent team..... Tonight, Rex Ryan is in town and we know he always presents problems with his defense schemes for the Patriots. I would hate to lose to this loudmouth but it should be a good game to watch.

NASA orders SpaceX crew mission to International Space Station

NASA took a significant step Friday toward expanding research opportunities aboard the International Space Station with its first mission order from Hawthorne, California based-company SpaceX to launch astronauts from U.S. soil.

This is the second in a series of four guaranteed orders NASA will make under the Commercial Crew Transportation Capability (CCtCap) contracts. The Boeing Company of Houston received its first crew mission order in May.

"It’s really exciting to see SpaceX and Boeing with hardware in flow for their first crew rotation missions," said Kathy Lueders, manager of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. "It is important to have at least two healthy and robust capabilities from U.S. companies to deliver crew and critical scientific experiments from American soil to the space station throughout its lifespan."

Determination of which company will fly its mission to the station first will be made at a later time. The contracts call for orders to take place prior to certification to support the lead time necessary for missions in late 2017, provided the contractors meet readiness conditions.

Commercial crew missions to the space station, on the Boeing CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, will restore America’s human spaceflight capabilities and increase the amount of time dedicated to scientific research aboard the orbiting laboratory.

SpaceX’s crew transportation system, including the Crew Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket, has advanced through several development and certification phases. The company recently performed a critical design review, which demonstrated the transportation system has reached a sufficient level of design maturity to work toward fabrication, assembly, integration and test activities.

"The authority to proceed with Dragon's first operational crew mission is a significant milestone in the Commercial Crew Program and a great source of pride for the entire SpaceX team," said Gwynne Shotwell, president and chief operating office of SpaceX. “When Crew Dragon takes NASA astronauts to the space station in 2017, they will be riding in one of the safest, most reliable spacecraft ever flown. We're honored to be developing this capability for NASA and our country.”

Commercial crew launches will reduce the cost, per seat, of transporting NASA astronauts to the space station compared to what the agency must pay the Russian Federal Space Agency for the same service. If, however, NASA does not receive the full requested funding for CCtCap contracts in fiscal year 2016 and beyond, the agency will be forced to delay future milestones for both U.S. companies and continue its sole reliance on Russia to transport American astronauts to the space station.

Orders under the CCtCap contracts are made two to three years prior to actual mission dates in order to provide time for each company to manufacture and assemble the launch vehicle and spacecraft. Each company also must successfully complete a certification process before NASA will give the final approval for flight. Each contract includes a minimum of two and a maximum potential of six missions.

A standard commercial crew mission to the station will carry up to four NASA or NASA-sponsored crew members and about 220 pounds of pressurized cargo. The spacecraft will remain at the station for up to 210 days, available as an emergency lifeboat during that time.

“Commercial crew launches are really important for helping us meet the demand for research on the space station because it allows us to increase the crew to seven,” said Julie Robinson, International Space Station chief scientist. “Over the long term, it also sets the foundation for scientific access to future commercial research platforms in low- Earth orbit.”

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program manages the CCtCap contracts and is working with each company to ensure commercial transportation system designs and post-certification missions will meet the agency’s safety requirements. Activities that follow the award of missions include a series of mission-related reviews and approvals leading to launch.


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

K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World Turns....
W1STS- Scott...philosopher, hat
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!
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
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..

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-easy going, Harley riding kind of guy!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
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 .

K1PV- Roger....75 meter regular, easy going guy...

Silent Key W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
Silent Key W1TCS- Terry....75 meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
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..........