MONDAY EDITION: Enjoy today in New England because we have a rain storm forecasted for the rest of the week.....Joe-JEK is looking for a few good men to join him at HRO on Thursday for Chinese food.....
Most hams in
the late 20's and early 30's seemed to be using simple
transmitters by Steve VE7SL...one or two tubes at
the most. No doubt the poor economics of the time made
it difficult to build anything really elaborate but it
didn't seem to stop them from getting on the air with
whatever they could put together.
New rules for amateur radio signal stability came into effect in 1929, making that a pivotal year for amateurs, resulting in several new ideas for 'modern' transmitters hitting the publications of the day.
All of the simpler, one-tube transmitters, were self-excited oscillators capable of pretty good sounding signals when operated correctly and when the wind wasn't blowing the antenna around. Being directly-coupled to the antenna meant that any variations in antenna impedance caused by antenna wire movements, would result in the note rising or falling in frequency by several hertz with the resultant 'musical-sounding' note. You can usually hear lots of these during the windy winter BK Party!
From what I can determine, the most popular first-time transmitter was the one-tube TNT (Tuned-Not-Tuned) style as it could usually be built with parts stripped from an old broadcast receiver.
With a low parts-count, it was easy on the pocketbook. The grid coil was broadly resonant near the plate circuits frequency, resulting in enough feedback to sustain oscillation. The grid coil really needs to be optimised (a simple procedure) for peak efficiency and note quality. You can listen to the note quality on my own TNT while transmitting on 40m.
The Hartley oscillator is just as easy on the pocketbook as the TNT, and in the opinion of most, capable of an even better-sounding note once properly optimized.
is optimized for best note-quality and plate efficiency
by finding the correct tap point on L1.
The third common transmitter of the early 30's was the TPTG (Tuned-Plate-Tuned-Grid).
The TPTG style is a step-up from the TNT and similar in design. Although the added expense of a second variable capacitor made it less popular than the previous two styles, optimizing performance was somewhat easier since the grid circuit could be more readily adjusted for the oscillator's 'sweet-spot' without having to add or remove turns on the grid coil.
All of the triodes mentioned in my previous blog will work well in the above circuits. Keying is normally accomplished as shown below, by connecting the balanced filament resistor on the directly-heated cathode to ground
accepting proposals to host scheduled ISS contacts in
Message to US Educators: Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Contact Opportunity
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) Program is seeking formal and informal education institutions and
organizations, individually or working together, to host an Amateur Radio contact with a crew member on board the ISS. ARISS anticipates that the contact would be held between May 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Crew scheduling and ISS orbits will determine the exact contact dates. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, ARISS is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL IS DECEMBER 15, 2014.
Crew members aboard the International Space Station will participate in scheduled Amateur Radio contacts. These radio contacts are approximately 10 minutes in length and allow students and educators to interact with the astronauts through a question-and-answer session.
An ARISS contact is a voice-only communication opportunity via Amateur Radio between astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the space station and classrooms and communities. ARISS contacts afford education audiences the opportunity to learn firsthand from astronauts what it is like to live and work in space and to learn about space research conducted on the ISS. Students also will have an opportunity to learn about satellite communication, wireless technology, and radio science. Because of the nature of human spaceflight and the complexity of scheduling activities aboard the ISS, organizations must demonstrate flexibility to accommodate changes in contact dates and times.
Amateur Radio organizations around the world, NASA, and space agencies in Russia, Canada, Japan and Europe sponsor this educational
opportunity by providing the equipment and operational support to
enable direct communication between crew on the ISS and students
around the world via Amateur Radio. In the US, the program is managed
by AMSAT (Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation) and ARRL (American
Radio Relay League) in partnership with NASA.
Interested parties can find more information about the program at
www.ariss.org and www.arrl.org/ARISS.
More details on expectations, audience, proposal guidelines and proposal form, and dates and times of Information Sessions are available at
Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
WEEKEND EDITION: W1PNR service this morning, RIP Mac from all of us on 3864......Congrats to Freemont, NH on their first homicide ever....
The current new
car sales boom could result in trouble down the road .
This year's surge in new car sales could make for
cheaper used cars down the road.
Morgan Stanley auto analyst Adam Jonas told Business Insider that "...we take seriously the growing signs of dealer concerns over the sustainability of practices meant to lower the monthly payment and the risk that we are taking consumers out of the normal trade cycle, pulling forward demand from the future."
Translation: longer-term loans with lower monthly payments and automaker incentives are luring used car buyers into new car show rooms. Leasing has also become more attractive -- 26 percent of vehicles are leased these days, up from 18 percent in 2008. And all of those new -- soon-to-be used -- cars have to go somewhere. Used cars could end up piling up on dealer lots in the next few years, driving the supply up and prices down. Jonas warns this could lead to the largest decline in second-hand vehicle prices in U.S. history.
While that seems to be a boon for the consumer, the lending practices leading to this rise in new car buying have some in the industry worried. In an effort to find more customers, there has been much more subprime lending, which now amounts to about $46.2 billion, an eight-year high, according to a recent study by Equifax. These subprime loans account for about 12 percent of all auto loans, according to The Detroit News.
"It could be a disaster later on," Jonas told The Detroit News. "We're clearly robbing Peter to pay Paul."
RUSSIAN RADAR AND VOICE OF IRAN ON 21 MHZ The IARU Region 1 Monitoring System newsletter reports a Russian high power Over the Horizon radar system centered around 21 MHz recently affected the entire 15 meter band. Added to this a Russian voice scrambler nicknamed Yakhta has been transmitting daily on 21 dot zero MHz on USB voice encryption that also contains a Frequency Shift Keyed synchro signal with a 100 baud rate and 150 Hz shift. That transmitters location is believed to be at Nizhny Tagil. Meantime, a spurious emission from Voice of Iran is also causing interference on 21.249 MHz. An in depth report including charts compiled by DK2OM can be found at tinyurl.com/k3nskk8 (IARU-R1)
4M LXS MOON ORBITER TO LAUNCH OCTOBER 23 The 4M LXS ham radio moon mission now has a definite launch date as we hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD: -- The launch of China's Chang'e 4 mission carrying the 4M LXS moon orbiting ham radio payload is expected to take place on Wednesday, October 23rd from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. According to China's State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, the soon-to- fly craft is a backup probe of Chang'e 3. This was that nation's first moon lander and rover, which successfully touched down on Earth's nearest neighbor in December 2013. But Chang'e 4's job is not to land but to circle the moon. More important its hoped that the capsule will return its payload safely to Earth without burning up in the atmosphere during descent to our home planet. As previously reported, the on-board amateur radio payload will transmit a JT65B signal on 145.990 MHz which can be decoded by radio amateurs here on Earth using the free WSJT software. Its builder, LuxSpace is encouraging radio amateurs around the world to receive the transmissions and send in data to it. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Heater Embee, KB3TZD, in Berwick, Pennsylvania. -- Complete details on the role of amateur radio can be found beginning on page 14 at tinyurl.com/lux-space-moon. The file is in PDF format. Reports can also go via the missions Facebook page. (AMSAT-UK, LuxSpace, IrelandNews)
FCC WAS TO DISCUSS APRIL 2014 911 OUTAGE The FCC is scheduled to hold an open meeting as this newscast goes to air on October 17th. Among the topics that were scheduled for discussion was a presentation regarding an inquiry into a major 911 service outage that affected seven states this past April. The presentation was to include findings from a report on the causes and effects of the outage The panel was also to look at recommendations on actions that the industry, state governments and the Commission can take to strengthen the reliability and resiliency of 911 services as the nation transitions to what's being titled the Next Generation of 911. Additionally, the Commission was to consider a Notice of Inquiry to explore innovative developments in the use of spectrum above 24 GHz for mobile wireless services. It also will look into how the regulatory agency can facilitate the development and deployment of those technologies. (FCC) **
COMMUNICATIONS LAW: FCC COMPLETES REVIEW OF COMPLAINTS In an October 9th post at the FCC website, Special Counsel to the Chairman, Diane Cornell noted that the Enforcement Bureau has largely completed its review of its pending complaints, leading to almost 700 license renewals granted within the past few weeks. At the same time, the Media Bureau disposed of 55 competition rulings requests dealing with a March omnibus ruling. Simultaneously the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau has so far closed over 760 dockets with another 750 on track to be completed by years end. (All Access) **
NEW FROM THE NET: MORSE CODE KEY FOR APPLE IOS8 If you have a device running Apple's new iOS 8 operating system, you can now add an app that will permit sending Morse code from that unit. Morse Code Telegraph Keyboard plugs directly into your iPhone's keyboard and lets you send dots and dashes from right within iMessage or your favorite e-mail. The most interesting feature of the keyboard app is its relative lack of keys. It only includes the bare essentials of a J-38 looking key and a handy Morse Code alphabet and numbers guide. If you want to give it a try, "Morse Code Telegraph Keyboard" is available for only 99 cents at the App Store. (Business Insider) **
K9EID INTRODUCES PRO 7 HEADSET Something new for
your ears courtesy of Bob Heil, K9EID of Heil Sound.
This as he introduces his new PRO 7 headset that applies
some of the knowledge Bob gained from audio engineering
pioneer Paul Klipsch back in the early 1970's. The new
Pro 7 earphones feature a very specialized electrical
and mechanical design that uses a very specialized tuned
headphone enclosure that Bob says really eliminates
usual distortion while producing greater sensitivity and
a gorgeous response. Also included in the design is a
balanced control that's usually absent from most
headsets. On the microphone boom, you can get either a
newly developed dynamic that is as articulate as the
original Heil HC 5. Also available is an electret
capsule for the early low level input iCOM rigs. These
mic elements are interchangeable in the field. For more
on the new Pro 7 headset and other of Bob's inventive
products go to heilsound.com slash amateur ad click on
the photo of the headsets you will see at the top of the
page. (Heil Sound)
K6H HOLLYWOOD SALUTES HAM RADIO QSL CARDS READY FOR DISTRIBIUTION According to a posting on Facebook, QSL cards for the recent K6H, Hollywood Celebrates Ham Radio operating event have arrived from the printers and forwarded to the California- based PAPA System for distribution. The event was held on September 28th and originated from the historic Stage 9 of the CBS Studio Center facility in Studio City, California. Stage 9 is currently the home of ABC's hit TV show "Last Man Standing." In the past it has been the production facility for such shows as "Seinfeld" and "Spin City" to mention only two. If you worked this special event station please QSL direct to the PAPA System address found at www.qrz.com/db/K6H. There is no other mailing address or electronic QSL service associated with this event. (Facebook, PAPA System) **
TECHNOLOGY VS. ECOLOGY: ENDANGERED TREE SNAILS STOP HPR OVER THE AIR BROADCASTS Hawaii Public Radio says its signal to parts of Kauai and Oahu will be out until further notice because of endangered tree snails. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW reports: -- According to the broadcaster, recent storms knocked out power lines to the radio station's relay facility at the summit of Mount Ka`ala relay transmitters beam signals to the east and south sides of Kauai as well as to Oahu's North Shore. A separate microwave relay also sends signals to KIPL 89.9 in Lihue. Station generators carried the signal for several days, but ran out of fuel on Sept. 30th. Normally the power company would have been able to fix the electrical line with little delay, but not this time. That's because the location where the required repair is needed has been identified as the habitat of endangered species of tree snails that are currently in mating season. For now, listeners on Kauai and the North Shore are asked to tune in via live Internet streaming using Hawaii Public Radio free mobile app or to cable broadcasts. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles. -- At airtime there is no word when the snails mating season will end and the power line can be repaired. (VK3PC) **
TECHNOLOGY: MORE GADGETS THAN PEOPLE You may find
this next item a bit strange, but apparently its true.
And depending how you look at it can be funny, scary or
a little of both. Here's WIA Newsman, Graham Kemp,
VK4BB, with the details: -- For the first time ever
there are more gadgets in the world than there are
people, including a growing number that only communicate
with other machines, according to data from digital
analysts at GSMA Intelligence.com. The number of active
mobile devices and human beings crossed over somewhere
around the 7.19 billion mark. GSMA's real-time tracker
put the number of mobile devices at 7.22 billion whilst
the US Census Bureau says the number of people is still
somewhere between 7.19 and 7.2 billion. Gadgets like
tablets, smartphones and not-so-smart phones are
multiplying five times faster than we are, with our
population growing at a rate of about two people per
second, or 1.2% annually. For the Amateur Radio Newsline,
I'm Graham Kemp, VK4BB, of the WIA News in Australia
EDITION: The November edition of Digital QST is
now available. This is our special Product
Review issue with 22 pages of informative
reviews! .....Ever wondered what
I&Q are? .....I wonder when Amazon will
start selling Ebola body suits, I am not
worried because Obama told me he had things
under control. Maybe we should
worry about this?...Remember when you could
get cool shit inside a cereal box as a kid or
neat stuff to mail away for?....
This unit has not as of this date been FCC Approved and is not for sale in the US at this time. This data is preliminary information only.
The FT-991 Transceiver is capable of operating SSB, CW , AM, FM Packet and System Fusion C4FM Digital.
The legendary tradition of Yaesu design is a legacy of excellence established decades ago, providing quality, stability and durability.
The FT-991 is designed for the most competitive operating situations, with a suite of new features to enhance the experience. Whether you primarily operate at home, mobile or in the field, the FT-991 will provide outstanding fundamental performance and an inviting expansion into a full featured base station.
WEDNESDAY EDITION: My 9-1 balun arrived from Balun Designs and I am going to try a measured longwire with it with a counterpoise and see how it works....Wacky ideas for books........What would happen if we got hit by nukes in our big cities....Binge drinking can alter your genes and is a 'cluster bomb' for health issues.
Anniversary. We give
away the IC-7100
Tommy talks about Dynamic DNS and when to use it.
Peter prepares for his balloon flight.
George presents his CheapoDuino scaled down Arduino Uno clone.
Plus what we’ve been up to…
10 watt VHF/UHF
On the Essex Ham forum Jakub 2E0FTX reports on a new handheld FM rig for under $80 that can deliver up to 10 watts output
The Topsung TS-689 is claimed to cover 136-174 MHz, 350-400 MHz and 400-470 MHz. The output power is said to be selectable at 1, 5 or 10 watts with CTCSS, DTMF and 1750 Hz toneburst.
Further details on the Alibaba page at
TUESDAY EDITION: Joe-JEK is looking for campers this Friday and Saturday on the Kancamagus Highway and he will also be going to SK Mac's-PNR service. I unfortunately will be not going due to the GOTA commitment in Ipswich, MA on Saturday with the club. We will be setting up antennas and radios in the town square and we will be trying to attract young kids into ham radio....
EMF 2014 videos
Videos of the dozens of presentations given at the Electromagnetic Field EMF 2014 event near Bletchley Park are now online
Among the videos are:
• High Altitude Ballooning by Adam Greig M0RND
• Amateur Radio: The Original Nerd Hobby! by Ryan Sayre 2E0RYS
BBC reports EMF 2014 about “Getting kids involved”
Pay It Forward: Jeff Martin, Ham Radio Hero
When natural disasters strike conventional means of communication can often fail.
For more than 100 years a special group of hobbyists, affectionately called "Hams," have used amateur radio to help others in need.
This week's Pay it Forward starts in North Chattanooga, a little over a month after Hurricane Odile made landfall on Mexico's Baja, California, peninsula.
Lanette Stratton recalls the fear she felt when the massive storm slammed into the coast on September 14th, 2014, carving a wide path of destruction through the town of Pescadero.
Lanette tells me, "My mom was house sitting down there. She's still down there. Several days went by, of course, she had no way to reach us and let us know whether she was alright or not, so my dad suggested that I call someone with ham radio."
She describes those agonizing hours saying, "We were pretty frantic, not knowing whether or not mom could be laying there hurt and not be able to reach help, not knowing if she was alive or dead."
Desperate for answers Lanette reached out to Chattanooga Ham Radio President, Jeff Martin.
"Within an hour he had called me back and he had already been in touch with someone down there... As it turned out my mom was fine. She got word through another stranger once they got through to where there was cell phone service they contacted me and let us know she was okay."
She goes on to say, "I called and asked him if there was some way we could repay him for his time and his effort and he said, 'no, this is what we do, help people in distress and need.'"
Today Lanette and one of her four sisters get the chance to thank their hero.
Jeff walks in to a north Chattanooga business where other ham operators are meeting and is greeted by an unfamiliar face.
Lanette walks toward him and says, "It's nice to meet you, finally."
She introduces herself and he replies, "It's nice to meet you, as well. What a surprise!"
Lanette laughs and says, "Yeah. I was hoping to surprise you... You did a wonderful thing trying to make contact with my mother and I just wanted to thank you for it. You wouldn't take repayment, so on behalf of McMahan Law Firm and NewsChannel 9 I'd like to Pay it Forward."
As she counts out the cash he tells her, "Thank you. you don't have to do that. Thank you so much."
"Our family really appreciates you," she assures him.
I ask Jeff how he felt knowing that he'd helped the family find peace.
"I was brought to tears, I really was. It's a mission for me as it is for many hams. When someone calls and requests help that's when we jump into action."
Jeff exudes the Pay it Forward spirit saying with a smile, "It just gives you the opportunity to meet a lot of folks you might not put a face with, but sometimes we do, and to help your fellow man - that's what I enjoy."
To learn more about the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club, you can click the link to see the group's Facebook page.
MONDAY EDITION: Nearfest will be free next year....no charge for admission....I like that, they still will be charging for inside parking and camping. The attendance again was down and organizers blame the holiday weekend and good weather. I blame Ebay and QTH.net for a platform to sell gear at a good price. The shit left over goes to Nearfest with some exceptions of course. The event is basically a place to meet and greet your ham friends and purchase connectors, etc, and that is enough of a reason to keep it going!
and Voice of Iran on 21 MHz
The IARU Monitoring System newsletter reports a Russian radar covered the entire 21 MHz amateur radio band and a spurious emission from Voice of Iran is also causing interference
The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring System (IARUMS) Region 1 September 2014 newsletter can be read at
Reports of Amateur Band intruders can be logged on the IARU Region 1 Monitoring System Logger at
Monitor the short wave bands on-line with a web based SDR receiver at
IARU Monitoring System (IARUMS)
UNDER $13 UHF HT BEING SOLD INTO THE UK The price of a bare bones entry level 70 centimeter hand held has fallen to a new low. At least it has over in the United Kingdom where you can how get one for about 8 Pounds which equates to around $13 in United States currency. The radio in question is the Baofeng/Pofung model BF-888S that covers 400 to 470 MHz that is being sold on eBay by one retailer for just a few pennies under the $13 mark and shipped to the purchaser from Singapore. Unlike the slightly more expensive UV-3R dual band series, the BF888S is limited to only16 programmable channels within the 70 centimeter frequency range. However it does come with a 1500 milliamp hour battery, a battery saver function, an emergency alarm, VOX function, a built-in flashlight and is computer programmable. So as to ask a rhetorical question: Who ever thought we hams would be around to see what amounts to a throw away when it breaks, HT. (Southgate)
RADIO AMATEUR ONE OF THREE RESEARCHERS TO WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY A ham radio operator is one of three scientists named by the Royal Swedish Academy to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The Stanford University news says that William Moerner, who holds the call WN6I and who is a chemistry professor at Stanford will share the award for his work in high- resolution nanoscopy with fellow researchers Eric Betzig of Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Stefan Hell of the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Germany. The article notes that the ability to dive deeper and deeper into human biology and visualize the inner workings of cells at a molecular level is central to modern research and medicine. It also quotes Stanford President John L. Hennessy as saying that the path-breaking work of Professor Moerner and his colleagues has made a major contribution to the ability to observe molecules at the smallest scales, opening up new possibilities for discovery in areas ranging from disease management to drug development. More on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry winners is at tinyurl.com/nobel- 2014-chemestry. The winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics was also announced and we will have that story later on in this weeks newscast. (Nobelprize.org, Stanford University News)
HAM RADIO BALLOONING: 8 APRS LAUNCHED AT ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FESTIVAL Jay Miller, W5WHN, reports that eight gas filled balloons departed the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta on Monday, October 6th. Each balloon carried an APRS beacon with the call signs K5GAS-1 through K5GAS-8 respectively. Jay said that tracking of each of the balloons was accomplished in part using the apr.fi website and entering the callsign of each of the individual balloon. The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta ran from October 4th to the 12th. ( W5WHN via QRZ.com) **
DX UP FRONT: LAMU ISLAND THROUGH OCTOBER 19 In DX up-front, word that DJ4EL will be operational stroke 5Z4 from Lamu Island, Kenya, until October 19th. Activity will be on 40 through 10 meters using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau or electronically using Logbook of the World. (OPDX) **
DX UP FRONT: MARCUS ISLAND THROUGH MID DECEMBER JG8NQJ plans to operate portable JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima group from mid-October until mid- December. Activity will be limited to his spare time concentrating on 17 meters but he does plan to also use 15, 10 and 12 meters as well. All of his airtime will be CW only. QSL via JA8CJY direct or via the bureau. (OPDX) **
DX UP FRONT: GUATAMALA OPERATION JANUARY TO FEBRUARY 2015 And VE7BV will once again be active stroke TG9 from Guatemala between January 22nd and February 17th of 2015. He plans a holiday style operation on 20, 17 and 15 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the bureau or electronically using Logbook of the World. (OPDX)
HAM RADIO IN THE YUKON WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS A pair of radio amateurs in the Yukon Territory recently used ham radio to get information from a Search and Rescue campsite to the command center in one of those situations where all else failed. The situation was that Terry Hauff, VY1MAP, was a member of a Search and Rescue team that was on an active hunt for a missing teenager. The command center they had setup was approximately 22 miles north of the city of Whitehorse at Lake Laberge. The location put them out of cellphone coverage and the satellite phone they had with them was not working. As such, there was no way to call for additional resources or send status reports. Enter ham radio. At this point VY1MAP used his mobile ham station to contact Ray Fugard VY1RF, in Whitehorse using a local 2 meter repeater that covered both areas. During that QSO Hauff was able to pass some important traffic to and from the Search and Rescue command center. Soon after the missing young man was found and all ended well. (RAC, YARA, VE3XU) **
RESCUE RADIO: VOIP HURRICANE WATCH NET CHANGES Some changes and non-changes are coming to an important rescue radio information net. Here are the details. While much of the U.S. returns to Standard Time at 2 am local on Sunday, November 2nd the VoIP Skywarn Hurricane Prep Net won't make any time change. Because of this, in both Arizona and for those stations that use UTC, starting with the November 8th gathering the start time will be one hour later. All the rest of the U.S. time zones that observe Daylight Savings Time will not see a change in the start time for the net. There will be a single one exception. On Saturday December 6th the start time for the net that night only will be one hour earlier beginning immediately at the conclusion of Skywarn Recognition Day activities. Also from December, through May the net will meet only on the first Saturday of the month. Weekly nets will resume in June, 2015, when the new hurricane season begins. (Daryl Stout, WX1DER) **
ENFORCEMENT: MARRIOTT TO PAY $600,000 FOR BLOCKING WI FI The FCC says that Marriott International Corporation will pay a $600,000 forfeiture. This, to resolve an investigation by that agency into whether a hotel's employees blocked customers from using their personal Wi-Fi networks and then charged them to use the hotel network. Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB, has more: -- The FCC claims that employees at Marriott's Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee disabled Wi-Fi networks established by consumers at its conference facilities. They then allegedly charged guests from $250 to $1,000 per device for access to the hotel network. The investigation began after a March 2013 on complaint from someone who attended a function at the resort. According to the FCC, that person alleged that the hotel was jamming mobile hotspots. The FCC says its investigation found that employees used features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the Gaylord Opryland to contain and or de- authenticate guest created Wi-Fi hotspot access points in the conference facilities. In addition to paying the fine, the FCC says that Marriott must institute a compliance plan and file compliance and usage reports with the regulatory agency every three months for the next three years. These reports must include information documenting any use of access point containment features at any United States property that Marriott manages or owns. For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB, reporting. -- While Marriott apparently will pay the fine, the company contends that it believes the actions of employees were lawful. It adds that it will continue to encourage the FCC to pursue a rulemaking in order to eliminate the ongoing confusion resulting from action taken and to assess the merits of its underlying policy. (FCC, published news reports) **
ENFORCEMENT: PUERTO RICO COMPANY FINED $25000 FOR INTERFERING WITH FAA WEATHER RADAR A follow-up on a story we first reported earlier this year. The FCC has affirmed a penalty of $25,000 against CMARR, Incorporated of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This for its alleged willful interference to with Federal Aviation Administration weather radar in San Juan, by operating radio transmitters without a license. This past June 24th the Enforcement Bureau's San Juan Office issued the Notice of Apparent Liability to CMARR for operating an intentional radiator without a license. To date, CMARR has not filed a response to the proposed fine. Based on the information before it, the FCC now says the proposed fine stands and has given the company the customary 30 days to pay or to file an appeal. In its October 1st order affirming the fine, the FCC noted that given the risk to public safety created by CMARR's unlicensed operations, and the fact that the company had already received a warning for similar violations, that these actions warrant a significant penalty. (FCC) **
THREE RESEARCHER AWARDED NOBEL PRIZE IN PHYSICS FOR DEVELOPING BLUE LED Three researchers, one from the United States and two from Japan, have been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. This for their roles in developing light emitting diodes that produce a blue glow. Isamu Akasaki, with Meijo University and Nagoya University, Hiroshi Amano, of Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura, with the University of California at Santa Barbara California are the 20 14 recipients. They will be sharing the $1.1 million prize for choosing materials and developing the techniques that have made possible the blue toned Light Emitting Diode. The trio's collective breakthrough have led to lamps that last for decades and consume far less power than either incandescent or fluorescent bulbs to provide the same amount of light. The blue LEDs have made possible today's flat- panel, full-color computer monitors and TV screens, and are used in lasers for Blu-ray DVD players and higher density data storage using Blu-Ray DVD units. It was also noted that Blue-emitting LED's combined with storage batteries and solar charging panels could eventually allow more than 1 billion people worldwide to move from no lighting at all to electric lighting without using local gas or diesel generators or regional power plants to provide it.
In DX, VK3GK is currently on the air as A35RT from Eua Island and will be there through October 13th. His time to operate is limited due to his involvement in a Rotary International Humanitarian project. As time permits you will find him on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. JA8COE will be active portable 5 from Shodo Island October 16th and the 19th on 80 through 10 meters using CW, SSB and the digital modes. QSL via JA8COE, direct, via the bureau or the oQRS on ClubLog. F4HEC will be active as JD1BOX from Chichijima Island Tokyo Prefecture, between December 4th and the 12th. Reports indicate that he is one of very few European operators to ever receive a JD1 callsign. Operations will take place on 80 through 10 meters using SSB only. QSL via F4HEC, by the bureau or direct. Lastly, JR3MVF, F5RPB, ET9ESZ and DJ6US will be operating as V84YL from Darussalam, Brunai starting on November 5th and running through until the 10th or the 12th. Their activity will be on all High Frequency bands using CW and SSB. QSL via DJ6US either direct or via the bureau.
NEARFEST EDITION: I was sitting at the CAARA Club table trying to peddle some 50 year old test equipment Friday morning at Nearfest when I heard this loud crash...I thought we were under attack! Who would want to terrorize a group of 60 year old + overweight hams walking around aimlessly looking at electronic shit that should be in a dumpster, not for sale. I grabbed my camera and headed out in the direction of the crash.....it seemed to be in the area that the 3910 crowd hangs out. I followed the smell of tobacco and liquor and sure enough, Big "Dick"-K1DPM had crashed his Porsche convertible into a pine tree while backing up at breakneck speeds.....it was something you had to see to believe, it would be like failing to negotiate a straightaway! How he did it nobody knows, but a Porsche to Dick is just a disposable item and it will be replaced by another vehicle in no time. Nobody was hurt, a few older hams were startled, and Dick was humiliated but seemed to take it in stride......Paul-IOM and Chicopee Bill didn't make it to the fest as predicted...
3910 attack dog ....
A few of the 3910 crew, "Crash" Dick- K1DPM in the middle
Craig managed to park his jeep without driving over or into anything! Nice job on the Jeep!
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..........