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WEEKEND EDITION: Enjoy the summer, it's slipping by....

Ham Radio Operators On Standby as Erika Approaches:
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1974 August 28 2015:
DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #34:
Launch Date Set for AMSAT Fox-1A:
Just Ahead In Radiosport:
In Brief...
ARRL President Expects Parity Act House Bill Cosponsorships to Top 100 Soon
Volunteers Face Fire Threat While Supporting Emergency Communication:
FCC Universal Licensing System to be Down for Maintenance:
FCC Proposes to Fine OH Ham for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify

 

Inside the world of pirate radio
The BBC TV show Newsnight reports that pirate radio is still going strong despite the rise of internet radio
Watch Inside the world of pirate radio
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-34073940


BREAKING NEWS:
We begin with breaking news out of Washington State, where the largest wildfires in the state's history have left three dead, consumed more than half a million acres and destroyed at least 200 homes. The fires surrounding the central Washington town of Twisp, where three firefighters died, were considered among the hardest to contain. Amateur Radio Newsline's Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, spoke with two hams in the Town of Twisp -- Dave Corrigan, KB7SVP, and Police Chief Paul Budrow, KG7PTU - about how a collective of relatively new hams in the police department, working with hams in the community, has allowed residents to help one another by keeping those all-important channels of communication open.

AIRSHOW ASSISTANCE:
In another example of radio amateurs performing critical services under daunting and dangerous circumstances, a team of British hams stepped in to help restore order and assure public safety after an air show demonstration turned deadly. Fourteen were injured and as many as 11 died perhaps more, according to news reports -- after a Hawker hunter aircraft, doing a demonstration for thousands of spectators on Saturday, Aug. 22, crashed into cars traveling on a busy road near the Shoreham Airport grounds. The South Sussex RAYNET group joined with members of the South Kent RAYNET, to assist emergency services, directing people and equipment where needed. The RAYNETS are part of their respective counties Radio Amateur Emergency Network. At the time of the crash, they had already been on site, providing communications support to the event's organizers.
(SOUTHGATE, CNN, TELEGRAPH NEWSPAPER)

OHIO HAM CENSURED:
Ohio radio amateur Daniel R. Hicks, K-B-8-YOU-Y-Z (KB8UYZ), is being charged by the FCC with malicious interference with other radio operators communications and failure to properly identify, subject to a combined fine of $8,000. The agency said that, beginning last year, the Cincinnati ham's actions disrupted activity primarily on a number of VHF repeaters. The FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture on Aug. 20, citing complaints dating to April 2014. Tom Delaney, W8WTD, speaking on behalf of the Greater Cincinnati Local Interference Committee, said the interference was initially described as a nuisance but later escalated into racist and obscene remarks. The enforcement bureau's initial investigations did not succeed in locating the source of the transmissions but according to the FCC, ongoing disruptions prompted a return visit some months later and verified Hicks address as the source. The NAL document said the agent heard several recorded messages for about 90 minutes, with the station identifying itself with another licensee's call sign.

Delaney told the that short transmissions, sent across several repeaters, used he called a "sophisticated" synthesized voice. The proposed fine is $7,000 for malicious interference, with an additional $1,000 for failure to identify properly.

BOSTON ON THE MOVE:
Hams are hitting the road in Boston to assist with two important public events for the benefit of that city's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The first event, the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk, steps off on Sunday, September 27. The all-day trek, along the 26-mile route, follows the same path as the Boston Marathon, with hams providing administrative communications as well as emergency communications for medical tents and the sweep vehicles deployed to them. Hams are needed to operate on 2 meters and 440. To participate, send an email to Bob at W-A-ONE-EYE-D-A at arrl.net (WA1IDA@arrl.net).

Just a few weeks later, on Sunday, Oct. 11, the Boston Athletic Association's annual Half-Marathon, which also raises funds for the cancer institute's Jimmy Fund, will set out along the Emerald Necklace in Boston. Amateur radio volunteers are needed to provide communications at medical and water stations until early afternoon. Registration can be done on the athletic association's website. For questions, contact the ham radio team's captain, Brett Smith, of the Boston Amateur Radio Club, A-B-ONE-R-L, (AB1RL), at ab1rl@brettcsmith.org.
(BOSTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB)

BRIGHT LIGHTS:
Registration for International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend can be described in one word: Shining. Organizers say the numbers topped 500 this year: A total of 506 registrants from 32 countries took part in the annual event on August 15 and 16, and the greatest participation was seen in England, Australia and Germany. Other nations showing increased growth in participants included Canada, Cuba, Bulgaria, France, Portugal and Scotland.

In the United States alone, there were 70 lighthouses and lightships registered for the event. Thirteen sites were registered from Cuba, which has been normalizing its relations with the United States. Although the numbers were good, organizers said that 2014 was still the best year, when 544 entrants signed up to operate.
The next Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend will be held on August 20 and 21 in 2016. The event is off to a good start: It already has 30 registrations.
(ARRL)

TENNESSEE SET TO PARTY:
Tennessee is ready to get this party started, and on Sept. 6 and Sept. 7, all antennas around the world will be rotated in the direction of that state or so the hams there have been hoping. The Tennessee QSO Party, organized by the Tennessee Contest Group, operates in CW, phone and digital modes as well as VHF/UHF. And yes, there will be party favors. The contest group awards plaques and certificates for different categories, as well as magazine subscriptions and even radio kits. For more information visit the QSO party's website at tnqp.org

RELIVING HAMS HEYDAY IN INDIA:
India's world class science museum, the Visvesvaraya (VIZ-VEZ-VER-AYAH) Industrial and Technological Museum in Bangalore, is marking its 50th year with special exhibits, one of which pays tribute to ham radio's popularity in that city. In addition to new displays of a meter gauge steam locomotive engine and Nobel Prize milestones, the museum devotes space to the history of amateur radio in India. The museum has had a radio station on the premises since the 1970s, when licensed amateurs were a rapidly growing community in the region, and many hopeful hams took classes, and then their licensing exams, at the museum.

The display includes transmitters and other equipment that is now considered hard to come by. Museum curator Madan Gopal tells the Bangalore Mirror the acquisition of those radios was quite a feat for its time. "Back then, even to import an international magazine on science took at least three months and we had to seek several clearances from the government. You can only imagine how hard it was to import a transistor."

The museum, which is part of India's Ministry of Culture, draws 1 million visitors annually.
(BANGALORE MIRROR)

HOMEBREW SWEET HOMEBREW:
Elsewhere in India, hams from the South India Amateur Radio Society were marking a historic first: Hams from the South India Amateur Radio Society gathered on Aug. 22 and 23 for a home-brewers meetup and field day at the YMCA Camp in Yelagiri, not far from the capital city of Chennai. The focus was on home-brewing but activities eventually moved into a night of chasing DX using some of the hams own home-brew antennas. There was also a bit of Elmering, with the help of Dev Rama Prabhu, VU2DEV, from Bangalore.

Two home-brews projects were in the spotlight: OM Prabin, VU3MJF, from Bangalore, shared the creation of his transmitter and another ham from Bangalore, OM Sudhindra Rajaurs, VU3PWT, spoke about the automation system he designed and built.
Of course, the gathering wasn't complete without at least one more important project befitting the occasion: a good strong cup of tea home-brew, of course.
(SOUTHGATE AMATEUR RADIO NEWS)

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?:
With this month already gone, the ARRL is already looking toward next August, specifically to spark new interest in its August UHF Contest. The ARRL's Ad Hoc Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization is asking the amateur community to suggest ways to boost involvement in the annual late-summer competition and want input no later than October 1. The committee is seeking details about hams involvement on the UHF/VHF bands and thoughts on how to increase participation in the contest. Submit ideas, suggestions or other comments via email to V-H-F-DASH-INPUT-AT-ARRL-DOT-ORG (vhf-input@arrl.org)

THE POLITICS OF RADIO:
Election season is in high gear in the ARRL's Northwestern Division, where both the current director and vice director face challengers. James Pace, K7CEX, presently the director from Centralia, Washington, is being challenged by William Balzarini, KL7BB, of Auburn. Meanwhile, Vice Director Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ, of Sheridan, is facing rival Delvin Bunton, N7QMT, from Vancouver, Washington. The election is for the term running from 2016 to 2018. Ballots will go into the mail on Oct. 1 to all division members in good standing as of Sept. 10. Only paper ballots will be used. Winners will be announced on Nov. 20. All other remaining division office-holders were unchallenged and have been declared re-elected.
(ARRL)

HUNGARY PUTS 5MHz TO THE TEST:
Hungarian radio amateurs can now apply for permits to operate in the band from 5350 kHz to 5450 kHz, on a secondary basis. The National Media & Infocommunications Authority, Hungary's telecommunications register, is granting the three-month permits largely for propagation research, with support from the Hungarian National Amateur Radio Society.

The temporary permits, which are renewable, permit power of as much as 100 watts with a maximum bandwidth of 3kHz. Although the permits are issued by the telecommunications register, hams apply through the amateur radio society, which is coordinating the details. The band already has a CW beacon at 5357 kHz, using the call sign H-A-7-S-OH (HA7SO).
(SOUTHGATE ARC NEWSLETTER) 

THE WORLD OF DX:
Pedro, OH-N-7-W-P (ON7WP), has been operating as C5WP in Buntu, Gambia where he is working with the private charity group, Smile Gambia, supporting a small remote village in the central part of the nation. He is focusing on WARC band operation but will also be active on 6 meters. He is hoping for 40 and 80 meters as well until he concludes his operations on Sept. 1. QSL directly to his home address in Belgium.

David F-ZERO-C-R-S (F0CRS) and Freddy F-FIVE-EYE-R-O (F5IRO) will be in French Guyana for the next four months, active on the HF bands, CW and PSK. Both operators can be sent QSL cards via F5KIN.

The Manx Kippers will be on the air from the Isle of Man, on 80 through 10 meters, during SSB Field Day on Sept. 3 and 4, using the call sign G-D-ZERO-E-M-G-SLASH-P (GD0EMG/P). If time permits, they will try to be active on 30 meters as well. Send cards to M-ZERO-B-E-W (M0BEW).

The Amateur Radio Club at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm is marking its 50th anniversary and using a special call sign for the event. They will take part in the Scandinavian Activity Contest on SSB from Sept. 24 to Sept. 25 using the call sign SA50L. QSLs should be sent via S-K-ZERO-B-U (SK0BU)

Alan Rovner, K7AR, is heading to Rarotonga Island (IOTA OC-013) where he will be on the air from Sept. 24 to Sept. 29 as E-FIVE-ONE-A-A-R (E51AAR). He will be on 80 meters through 10 meters, participating in the CQ Worldwide RTTY contest on Sept. 26 and 27. Send QSLs via his home call sign, K7AR, Logbook of the World, or the Online QSL Request System.

K2HVN returns to Iceland, and is operating as TF/K2HVN between Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, holiday style. He'll be on 30 meters through 10m, using CW and SSB. Send QSL cards via his call sign. He is not accepting Logbook of the World or eQSLs.
(OHIO PENN DX NEWSLETTER, DXCOFFEE)


KICKER: 10 YEARS AFTER KATRINA;
As this newscast goes to air Hurricane Katrina was coming ashore in Buras, LA and later on the Louisiana-Mississippi border exactly 10 years ago.  It was a storm that claimed, by some estimates, at least 2,000 lives, and forever changed the shape of life for tens of thousands more, including mine.  We lived in Chalmette, about a 10 minute drive from the New Orleans Superdome in 2005.  I evacuated my family to Little Rock, Arkansas for what we thought would just be a long, unscheduled weekend trip, like so many other storms before.  Two weeks later we departed for our then-weekend home in Picayune, Mississippi, 50 miles northeast of New Orleans.  That has been our home for the last 10 years.  While in Little Rock Bill Pasternak asked me to file a report.  He said just say what you want.  I picked up a microphone and just started talking.  No script, no editing, just my thoughts while the flooding was unfolding.  There was no cell service, only this new fangled thing called texting.  Finding satellite maps online was tedious at best, but I had a Yaesu FT-817 that I had bought just the week before at the Huntsville Hamfest.  That little radio allowed me to get on the local repeaters and, more importantly, listen to what was happening back in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  Here is that report:
 

TUESDAY EDITION: Wow, summer is on the way out and fall is on the way. You better get your antennas up if you have any to get up before winter. We are installing a new tower at the local club with new 2 and 6 meter beams and a new 220 antenna on the other tower for our 220 repeater. .....For those of you whose refrigerator is  connected to the internet....Booze arrives at Space station......Science at it's best....watch what you eat from Japan....Solid state batteries....

Innovative IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver launched at Tokyo Ham Fair 2015

Icom Inc. had a huge amount of interest on its stand at last weekend's Tokyo Ham Fair 2015 with the unveiling of the IC-7300 HF/50/70MHz Transceiver.

The launch, which caught most people by surprise, saw the manufacturer introduce a new base station transceiver incorporating the latest RF direct sampling system, a first for an Amateur radio transceiver*.

The IC-7300 transceiver, an aesthetically, attractive looking base station, features a 4.3 inch touch screen colour TFT LCD screen with a high performance real time band scope.

A first for an Amateur radio transceiver, the IC-7300 uses a RF Direct Sampling System, a technology normally seen in Software Defined Radios. RF signals are mostly processed through the FPGA (Field-Programmable Gate Array), rather than by physical devices enabling high performance real-time spectrum scope in a compact body.

The IC-7300 includes a built-in integrated wide-frequency Automatic Antenna Tuner making ideal for field operation. The radio provides 100 watts output power on HF/50MHz bands and 50 watts on 70MHz (European versions only).

Icom Inc. has produced a pre-release leaflet for the IC-7300 which you can download from this page. This information is preliminary and a full document will be made available nearer to the product's launch. So far, we have no details about pricing and availability


 

WEEKEND EDITION: I finally got my ass out of Rockport on Saturday and enjoyed the day at Boxboro Hamfest. I managed to sell some excess stuff and run across a few dozen ham friends. I setup nect to Cobra antenna run by Joe-K1JEK manned with Roger- K1PV ( the million dollar man). Roger has spent more money on Medical exams, tests, and prescriptions than I have earned in my lifetime. Thankfully he was alive and well and smoking a cigar. Antenna sales are brisk as Joe has just bought a new camper with 7 foot headroom, I loved it. on my left was a Rusisan named Igor selling beautiful morse code keys made in the Ukraine. Igor has an accent that was so thick you could walk on it.....and JEK was all over his accent all day.....The main hall was 75 percent full with vendors, remember when you could not get a spot? The flea market section was fairly full but I though attendance was average to below average. Word has it that they are going to run the event every year now, not every other. I think it is a bad idea as it will possibly have an effect on New Hampshires NearFest but time will sure tell. The usual amount of peculiar people in the ranks in great outfits.....where the hell do these people come from?

Yes those are ears sewn to the baseball cap....

What's with the Doctors outfit?

Ham radio numbers fall in Korea...real trivia...

The Korean Amateur Radio League (KARL) has submitted a report to the 16th IARU Region 3 conference which will take place October 12-16

They say the total number of amateur radio stations has fallen from 45,999 in 2009 to 35,944 in 2015, a drop of 22%.

In July 2013, a new Fourth Class Amateur Radio License was introduced to promote the hobby in Korea. To obtain this licence it is necessary to participate in eight hours of lectures designed to introduce amateur radio to beginners. Holders are permitted to use 10 watts output on the VHF/UHF bands. In the two years since its introduction 5669 people have taken the new licence.

Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network in Research Project

A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) data to study how solar flares impact HF radio propagation over the entire dayside — the time Earth is in sunlight — with communication loss related to both flare intensity and distribution. Carson Squibb, KM4MBQ, recently summarized his findings in a poster presentation, “Dayside Ionospheric Response to X-Class Solar Flare Events Observed with Reverse Beacon Network High Frequency Communication Links.” As most HF operators understand, higher-intensity flare events can cause complete signal loss on HF, while weaker flares may only partly inhibit radio propagation.   ARRL

NEWS

Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network In Research Project:
Sunspot AR2304 Could Generate Big Solar Flares this Weekend:
Staying Connected at the State Fair:
Veterans Introduced to Amateur Radio in Sauk Center:
Propagation Forecast Bulletin #34 de K7RA:
UK's Amateur Radio Enthusiast Contacts Worldwide Space Station from Garden:
Limerick Radio Makes Waves In a Lighthouse:
Drones Are Not Exactly New:
Lions, Tigers and Ham, Oh My-- a $22K Penalty:
DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #33:
Just Ahead In Radiosport:
ARISS International Delegates Meet In Tokyo:
Subcommittee on VHF and Above Revitalization Seeks UHF Contest Suggestions:
Home of Well-Known Contester K0RF Badly Damaged By Fire:
Talk of Pending P5 Operations So Far Remains Just Talks:
ARRL Summer Section Manager Election Results Announced:
Employment Opportunity -- Chief Executive Officer:
ARES Supports 60,000 Runners for Peachtree Road Race In Atlanta:
Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network In Research Project:
International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend Registration Topped 500:

We begin with breaking news. Fire swept through the Colorado home of well-known contester, Chuck Cullian, K-ZERO-R-F (K0RF), on Tuesday, Aug. 18, gutting the home and leaving the Boulder County radio amateur and his family homeless. Local media accounts and the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office reported that the damage was extensive, but no injuries were reported.

A fellow ham, George Schultz, W-ZERO-U-A, told the ARRL that he has operated often from Cullian’s shack, which occupies two bays of the ranch style home’s six-bay garage. He said fire officials believe the blaze originated in the laundry room, possibly the clothes dryer. Latest reports said the Red Cross was assisting the family in finding temporary shelter.

(Boulder County Sheriff, ARRL, Times Call of Colorado)

FILTERED OUT FOREVER


For many radio amateurs, it’s the end of an era: Rockwell Collins, which designed and manufactured mechanical filters for more than two generations of hams, has discontinued the filters’ production.

The company posted on its website: QUOTE “Over the past several years, we have seen a dramatic reduction in demand for narrowband analog filters. Due to this and other economic reasons, Filter Products will be discontinuing its mechanical filter products in the near future.” ENDQUOTE.

The company acknowledged that the filters have since been eclipsed by digital signal processing, and this was a significant factor in its decision. Highly popular mainstays for many hams, the mechanical filters were valued for being able to achieve bandwidths of between 0.05 percent and 5 percent, with input and output transducers converting the electrical signal to and from mechanical vibrations. Rockwell Collins has not yet announced a date for the final production run.

A HEALTHY DOSE OF HAM RADIO


A Mississippi hospital administrator has come to believe that the best remedy for some emergencies may well be a reliable prescription of ham radio. Harold Murphy, assistant safety director for the George Regional Health System, expects to improve on the hospital system’s emergency response abilities by tapping into radio communications. The system operates two hospitals, two nursing homes and a number of medical clinics and other health-related centers.

Murphy’s extensive career as a safety professional, both in hospitals and as a volunteer firefighter, has landed him the thick of earthquakes, mudslides, ice storms and tornadoes. His skills were especially tested recently in Hurricanes Katrina and Ivan. He said recently, QUOTE “Throughout all of my experiences, one thing stands out – the integral piece in the response process: communication.” ENDQUOTE

Toward that end, Murphy has thrown himself wholeheartedly into his new management strategy: This past spring, he got his technician’s license, then wasted no time upgrading to general class. He’s still studying, and hopes to pass his next test no later than December.

WAITING ROOM


The Wireless Institute of Australia is advising applicants who are awaiting reciprocal license recognition to wait just a little bit longer. The institute put all applications on hold earlier this year, pending a review process. They are now anticipating word soon from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, which needs to issue its findings on the review process.

The institute recently said progress was being made, stressing that these reciprocal licenses are different from the free visitors’ licenses that are issued to permit amateurs visiting Australia to operate for as long as 90 days while in the country.

The wireless institute has said that the changes are being driven by modifications of overseas standards of Amateur License levels.

(Wireless Institute of Australia, Southgate Amateur Radio News)

FIELD DAY WITH A TWIST


In Ireland, radio amateurs are gearing up for Field Day which, this year, offers new options for hams who’d rather not lose sleep over the contest. Instead of operating overnight, they have other options.

On Sept. 5 and Sept. 6, Single Sideband Field Day will proceed as always, but this year hams can register for a restricted 6-hour section which the organizers hope will draw more operators. Although hams still need to register for the 24-hour open and restricted sections, the 6-hour portion of Field Day does not require registration. For more details and to see the rules, visit the website at triple-w-dot-irts-dot-ie-slash-contests (www.irts.ie/contests)

For those who can’t wait until Field Day, Sunday Aug. 30 will provide more immediate gratification: hams in Ireland will compete in a Two Metres Counties Contest, which offers opportunities to operate from portable as well as fixed locations, as well as from activated locations for the Summits on the Air program.

(Irish Radio Transmitter Society)

SCHOOL’S OUT – SCHOOL’S BACK IN


Even though it's back-to-school season for students around the country, some public school teachers and other educators returned to the classroom already this summer. They enrolled in ARRL's Teachers' Institute on Wireless Technology where ARRL's team of trainers taught them how to be more effective radio science instructors for their returning young students. Let’s hear from Larry Kendall, K6NDL, one of the institute’s instructors, who spoke recently with Amateur Radio Newsline's Hap Holly, KC9RP, about how and why he teaches these teachers how to teach – everything from robotics and electronics to satellites and weather.

(00:01) “The interesting part of this for me is. . . .the important thing is the content, the presentation.” (01:24)

Kendall told Holly that the institute, already planning for next year, meets the challenge of teacher enrollment by doing some effective communication of its own, this time off the air:

(01:25) “Each year, around January, the League puts out a very nice color brochure . . . .through the mail and through the Internet.” (TO END)

To hear Kendall talk more about the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, check out this week’s RAIN Report, available on demand from therainreport.com; via Twitter at hashtag therainreport; and via iTunes.

BREAK HERE
Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur Radio Club repeater W8VPV in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

HUNTSVILLE HAMFEST YHOTY


Just about one week ago, the Huntsville Hamfest was setting records, and setting the amateur radio community on course for a weekend of prizes, fellowship, forums and yes, even a little foolishness. Huntsville lived up to its reputation, whether you were there in person, or watched from afar via live webcam.

One special event that has called Huntsville home for over 20 years now is the Newsline Young Ham Of The year award, now renamed in honor of Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF.  It was my very special privilege to present the 2015 award to Anna Veal, W0ANT.  Due to an audio glitch we don't have any of Anna's remarks but we do have some words from our corporate sponsors CQ Communications, Yaesu and RadioWavz antennas.  First up, Charlie Payne from CQ:  (audio) Next up, RadioWavz:  (audio)  And finally, Chris Wilson from Yaesu:  (audio).  The good news is they found an 817 so Anna went home with her radio.  Next it was my turn, and it was emotional:  (audio).  Again, our unending thanks to corporate sponsors Yaesu, CQ, RadioWavz and HeilSound, and to the Huntsville Hamfest for giving us a home for the last 20-odd years.  We hope to be there another 20 and beyond.  Mark your calendars for the 3rd weekend in August and we'll  introduce you to another very special young person doing amazing things with amateur radio.

A SHINING BEACON


British radio amateurs now have a new UHF beacon to guide them: On Sunday, August 9, at 1225 UTC, GB3LEU became operational, transmitting on 432.490 MHz. The beacon, which is near Markfield, Leicestershire, is operated by the Leicestershire Repeater Group. The beacon keeper, Geoff, G3TQF, welcomes comments, reports and suggestions from hams. The beacon was established with assistance from the Emerging Technology Coordinating Committee and the Propagation Studies Committee of the Radio Society of Great Britain. Comments can be sent via the repeater group’s website, triple-w-dot-leicestershirerepeatergroup-dot-org-dot-uk.
 
THE POLITICS OF RADIO


Election season is over in the various ARRL Sections, and the office-holders now have a few weeks to prepare for the start of their 2-year terms on Oct. 1.
In the Sacramento Valley Section, a new manager takes office: Dr. Carol Milazzo, KP4MD, of Citrus Heights, California, who is presently Assistant Section Manager. She was the only nominee for the position.

In the Los Angeles Section, David Greenhut, N6HD, was re-elected 601 to 213, over challenger Philip A. Minch, K6MUG. Greenhut has been section manager since 2009.

Other incumbents, who ran unopposed will stay on as section managers: Mark Tharp, KB7HDX, in eastern Washington State; Monte Simpson, AF7PQ, in western Washington State; Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, in San Francisco; Jack Ciaccia, W-M-ZERO-G (WM0G) in Colorado; Gene Clark, W4AYK in Georgia, and Lee Cooper, W5LHC in South Texas.

DX UP FRONT


In Turkey, members of GITRAD -- the Giresun Radio Amateurs -- and TCSWAT -- the Special Wireless Activity Team -- will be on the air between Aug. 28 and Sept. 4 for the Victory Day celebrations, using the special call sign T-C-THIRTY-A-Z-B (TC30AZB). The group will work on all HF bands on all modes. Immediately after the event, logs will be uploaded to E-Qsl and Logbook of the World, and the operators ask that no hardcopy QSL requests be made. Victory Day, on Aug. 30, is celebrated as the final step to Turkey’s modern day independence.

THE WORLD OF DX


CY0, SABLE ISLAND

Aaron, VA1AXC, is staying active and on the air as C-Y-ZERO/VA-ONE-A-X-C (CY0/VA1AXC) on Sable Island (NA-063) until September 23rd. He is concentrating only on SSB on 20 meters. You can find him operating around 2300 UTC. Direct QSL via J-E-ONE-L-E-T (JE1LET) only.

E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS

Milan, OH-K-1-D-W-C (OK1DWC), is still operating from the Rarotonga Islands as E51DWC and he plans to stay until at least through September. While working on getting RTTY in operation, Milan is active every day on SSB and CW and can be found on 160-10 meters. QSL information is on QRZ.COM.

7UO, Algeria

Members of the Algerian Amateur Radio Union will be active as 7-U-OH-A-R-U (7UOARU) between September 1st and 30th to celebrate the creation of the Algerian Amateur Radio Union. Operators will be using CW, SSB and digital modes on all HF bands. For information about the award that is available, see QRZ.com. Send QSL cards via SM4VPZ.

NH0, MARIANA ISLANDS

And finally, despite his best intentions to operate as N-H-ZERO-D-X from Saipan between Oct. 24th and 25th, Koji, JL3RDC, has had to scrap his plans. Typhoon Soudelor, which left the area a major disaster, has collapsed the radio room Koji had planned to use. There is no other information about any alternate operation.

(Ohio-Penn DX newsletter, TCSWAT, Irish Radio transmitters society, DX coffee)
 

WEDNESDAY EDITION: I guess it is time to work on the page, I am tanned and relaxed and have not lifted a hammer all summer. Boxboro Hamfest this coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, weather looks loke it will be good enough to make a go of it......It is sad that TenTec and Alpha are on the way out of business. I personally own gear from both and they are nice units. The Alpha is refined and the TenTec Omni V7 has its quirks like all TenTec equipment and the appearance leaves a lot to be desired....but on top of performance they were built in the USA. I am glad TenTec finally dropped their prices to make an attempt at staying in business but sorry it lessened my gear resale value. I also wonder if I should sell my Omni V7 while the getting is good.....I don't think TenTec will be in business in another year. The problem with USA stuff is engineering costs and manufacturing setup doesn't justify the amount of ham gear sold.....so the Japanese gear wins, cheaper labor and engineering, and they sell greater quantities...I wish we could find the answer before we lose more icons in American ham radio gear.

THE RANGER RIDES AGAIN....Rick-K1BQT

Taxation Inc

 The ideologues who represent big business in Washington say we need huge government cuts to rescue America from debt. But, in reality, Wall Street loves debt because it's a highly marketable and richly profitable commodity. What they hate are federally sponsored social programs that preclude the private sector from getting their hands on your money. Privatizing resolves that issue.

 For Wall Street, privatizing is the elixir of the gods. However, for folks on the receiving end, it's almost always bad medicine. Sooner or later, added fees, hidden charges, deductibles, exceptions, cherry-picking, and fine-print exclusions undercut what you get for your dollar. And, don't forget corporations are mandated by law to skim liberal amounts of profit off the top to "enhance shareholder value". They may tell you competition lowers costs, but after deregulation, most companies prefer to conspire, "partner", or merge rather than compete. In the end, all privatization really does is change the address of the tax collector and alter the manner of collection. So, get ready for sticker shock when Taxation Incorporated comes to town!

 With this disquieting though in mind, it's fair to ask each candidate running for office where they stand on privatization. Would they prefer to slash non-profit programs intended to serve the public good, or would they make a Herculean effort to streamline and improve each one to work more effectively?

 I have my personal bias on this matter. In my book, when a candidate for "public office" advocates "privatizing" responsibility, it's tantamount to admitting he or she isn't up to the demands of serving the public and might prefer sipping drinks at a corporate fundraiser. Certainly not a person I'd hire to do the people's work! Hope you agree.

 

Rockwell Collins to End Mechanical Filter Production

“Over the past several years, we have seen a dramatic reduction in demand for narrowband analog filters,” the company said on its website. “Due to this and other economic reasons, [Rockwell Collins] Filter Products will be discontinuing its mechanical filter products in the near future.”

Rockwell Collins makes two different types of mechanical filters, many of which have found their way into Amateur Radio products and applications. In a mechanical filter, input and output transducers convert the electrical signal to and from resonant mechanical vibrations, respectively.

“For frequencies between 100 kHz and 700 kHz, we create filters made from rods resonating in a torsion mode,” the company explained on its website. “For frequencies below 100 kHz, we use flexure mode bar resonators.”

Collins has made mechanical filters for more than 6 decades, and their initial application was in telephone circuits. The filters gained favor for Amateur Radio use because of their excellent selectivity, especially in IF applications. It is said to take about 12 weeks to manufacture a single unit.

Art Collins, W0CXX (SK), founded Collins Radio Company in 1933 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That same year Collins supplied the equipment to establish communication with the Byrd South Pole expedition. Over the years, Collins produced a line of Amateur Radio equipment, and its products remain popular among radio amateurs and collectors. Rockwell International purchased the company in 1973, and Rockwell Collins was spun off in 2001. Today, the company has focused its market on electronic communications, avionics, and in-flight entertainment systems. — Thanks to Mike Morris, WA6ILQ; Rockwell Collins

ARRL Teachers Institutes Chalk Up Another Successful Summer

Educators from several states expanded their electronic horizons this summer in three ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology sessions. The 2015 ARRL Education & Technology Program (ETP) offered two introductory (TI-1) and one advanced (TI-2) Teachers Institute sessions this summer.

“I am the only teacher in my building who teaches Ohm’s Law and basic electricity, along with breadboard circuits, because of what I learned at the first TI,” one advanced student commented afterward. “From this TI, I feel like I have ‘upped’ my game.”

The expenses-paid Teachers Institute sessions offer educators a professional development opportunity that equips them with training and resources to explore a variety of applications in radio science and wireless technology and — in the advanced seminar — remote sensing and data-gathering techniques.

 




 

 



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!
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- 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 .

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..........