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Source: The ARRL Letter
: If there's one
television trend that seems here to
stay, it's adapting TV shows from
popular movies. We've already seen it
with CBS' Limitless
and SyFy's 12 Monkeys
and now The CW is also getting in on the
The CW just released a "first look"
a new series based on the 2000 Dennis
Quaid movie of the same name. The sci-fi
flick is a twist on a classic time
travel story: a man named
John discovers that he can communicate
with his late father Frank across time
via a ham radio
, and in doing so,
alter the past and present. John is able
to save his father — a firefighter —
from dying on the job, which creates a
new timeline with its own series of
how will the
Frequency TV show be different from
Bustle spoke to
star Riley Smith at The CW Upfronts
about how the series will diverge from
the original film.
According to Smith,
who stars on the series as the father
character Frank, the show maintains a
premise very similar to the original,
but won't have the exact same formula.
One of the bigger differences is that
the John character is played by a woman
— Peyton List stars in the series as
Raimy, Frank's daughter. Smith told
Bustle at the CW Upfronts:
[I]nstead of a son I have a daughter
and that dynamic is always different
than a father/son. And then the
major difference is it’s a series,
so it’s gonna be ongoing, we’re
going to get to follow these
characters longer, see where it
would have went, could have gone. So
there are differences, but the
foundation is still the same.
Fans of the original film can look
forward to seeing the unique device that
propels the action of this time-changing
Well the HAM radio stuff is pretty
much the same, in fact some of the
scenes are literally almost the same
dialogue. That was the most touching
part for me in the movie, and it
definitely was the most touching
part to perform in the show.
It seems that the TV series is
staying true to the heart of its source
material, even though it will ultimately
follow a different trajectory than the
original film did.
Arrrr, Mateys! Pirates Abound:
Hassan the Pirate from Baghdad,
Iraq, continues to plague the
Amateur Radio bands. According
The Daily DX
this individual has been
pirating and bootlegging
multiple call signs for several
years. He’s been heard
bootlegging YI1HR, YI1H, YI1HRP,
and YI1HI, and pirating the call
signs YI1BGD, YI1IRQ, YI1DZ,
and, most recently TA7/YI1RZ.
Telecommunication enforcement in
Iraq appears to be lax to
non-existent, so it’s unlikely
the government there will do
anything about the situation.
Hassan operates on 20 meters SSB,
usually around 14.178 to 14.188
MHz. The best policy here: Do
not engage, do not spot.
Elsewhere, pirate 1A0KM
Sovereign Military Order of
Malta operations continue and
have been spotted. All bona fide
1A0KM activities are publicized
in advance on the 1A0KM QRZ.com
page. — Thanks to The
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Online membership and renewal
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SATERN COFOUNDER BECOMES SILENT KEY
JIM/ANCHOR: We open this week's report with news
that hams throughout the Salvation Army's
international emergency response network known as
SATERN, are grieving the loss of one of SATERN's
founding fathers, Maj. Patrick E. McPherson, WW9E.
Here's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.
PAUL: Maj. Patrick E. McPherson, WW9E, who cofounded
the disaster response and relief arm of the
Salvation Army has become a Silent Key. SATERN, or
the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network,
began in 1988 as a project McPherson undertook with
three other radio amateurs. It has long since grown
to be an international emergency communication and
assistance organization, and an official program of
the Salvation Army.
In fact, barely two months after its creation,
SATERN already secured a prominent place on the
disaster-assistance map by facilitating
communications between Jamaica and the United States
during 1988's Hurricane Gilbert.
McPherson had been SATERN's director for more than
23 years, leaving the post only 5 years ago. He died
on May 14 in St. Joseph, Michigan. His legacy
continues, however: The SATERN Net meets weekdays on
14.265 MHz at 1500 UTC. McPherson is also slated for
a posthumous honor: He will be given the Salvation
Army Certificate in Recognition of Exceptional
Service — a national-level award he was scheduled to
have been presented with later this year.
JIM/ANCHOR: SATERN has grown to have a global
presence in North America, Asia, the Caribbean and
elsewhere. McPherson's reach has not only touched
the world, but influenced his own family. We should
note that his wife, Carmella, is also a ham, with
the call sign KB9YSQ, as is his brother Larry, call
sign KA0QEO. Maj. Patrick E. McPherson was 70 years
NPOTA: A BRIDGE TO GOOD CONTACTS
JIM/ANCHOR: Our next story follows up on a recent
special event station operating as part of the
year-long National Parks on the Air celebration.
This one was set up in West Virginia and I'm happy
to say I was a part of it. But I did take time out
to file this report for Amateur Radio Newsline.
JIM'S REPORT: The National Parks on the Air Special
Event Station under the New River Gorge Bridge in
Fayetteville, West Virginia on Saturday, May 15, was
a great success. Ten hams were part of this unique
event, using the West Virginia DX Association call
W8AH. I was privileged to be one of the operators
and took time out to talk to event organizer Randy
RANDY: (N8XEA Sound Bite)—Well, today we’re known as
amateur radio trolls, because we are indeed under
the bridge! It’s been a great day for us.
It all started with an idea back in December.
I happened to catch the ARRL website about promoting
the partnership with the National Park Service 100th
anniversary, and they were encouraging amateur radio
operators to pick their favorite national park.
In West Virginia, we have two—one up in the
panhandle and, of course, the New River Gorge
National River….and over the New River Gorge
National River is the New River Gorge Bridge that is
3036 feet long and the middle of the arch is 876
feet off the river. It’s a very unique
structure. We’re very proud of it here in the
state. It’s also featured on our state
quarter. It seemed to make sense not just to
be under the bridge for our station—but the unique
thing about our station today is that we’re
suspending two end-fed antennas under the catwalk of
the bridge. That makes us pretty unique.
We’re running 20 meters, 40 meters…we’re also
running VHF on two meters, and we’ve had some six
meter contacts as well.
JIM: Randy says over 300 contacts were made during
the six-hour event -- a successful day, in spite of
the wind, rain and cold!
(WEST VIRGINIA DX ASSOCIATION)
40M CONTEST BEATEN BY THE BAND
JIM/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, hams in the UK had high
expectations for the recent 40 meter Counties
Contest. But the forces of nature had other plans.
We hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot,
JEREMY: Amateurs in Ireland had been hopeful for
good scores in the 40 meter Counties Contest held on
8 May by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society. But a
geomagnetic storm that hit earlier that morning
changed everything. During the three-hour period of
contesting, hams struggled, especially the ones
operating EI and GI stations. And the valuable
contest multipliers suffered as they worked for
contacts with one another.
There were better results with signals from overseas
stations however - and those contacts did improve
toward the final hour. But organizers report that,
in the week following the contest, submission of
contact logs was sparse. The IRTS urges all hams who
participated to submit their logs by the deadline of
Sunday 22 May. Yes, even logs with limited results.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jeremy Boot, G4NJH,
in Nottingham, the UK.
(IRISH RADIO TRANSMITTERS SOCIETY
A VETERAN HAM'S DAYTON DREAMS
JIM: Amateur Radio has gone the distance for 76 of
his nearly 94 years, and that's partly what's
sending Arthur Kunst, W3WM, from his Pennsylvania
shack back to Ohio this year for yet another Dayton
Hamvention. Shortly before making the trip with his
son, Don, W3LNE, he spoke with Amateur Radio
Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GC0.
PAUL: Ever wonder what it was like in the old days
of Amateur Radio? Arthur Kunst, W3WM, was actually
there in those days! Arthur was first licensed in
1939 and has remained active as a ham all through
the years. In fact, as he approaches 94 years old,
he's getting ready for another trip to Dayton.
ARTHUR: I've been interested in Dayton for a long
time. So I've had the opportunity to go there, in
fact, I've probably been there at least 20 times. I
can tell you that on one occasion, my wife, who
always went with me, went with a ladies' group to
keep herself interested and happy, and she won the
Grand Prize for the ladies in that particular year.
It was a big outdoor roadshow-type thing. And we had
difficulty bringing it back in the automobile. I've
been a longtime member of QCWA, and in one of the
chapters in Florida I learned we had we had one of
the original founders of the Dayton hamfest. And he
would tell us about how it all got started a long
time ago. He said initially it was a very small
thing, a small concept, a local type of a thing, and
he said they would make all the plans around the
kitchen table. And that was all that was necessary
to do in those days. Well, it grew and grew and grew
and the kitchen table did not suffice anymore.
PAUL: Amateur radio has always been a family affair
ARTHUR: My wife is involved, my grandson is
involved, my son, who is W3LNE, which is a call sign
I had about 50 years ago before I became a
two-letter call, and a brother of mine was a radio
amateur. And so we have had amateur radio disease
running through our family for many years.
PAUL: And he certainly hasn't let technology pass
him by. He was an electrical engineer by profession
- and that kept him experimenting with radio!
ARTHUR: I'm very interested in the newer
technologies, all modes of communication, simple
devices compared to the devices we had a long time
ago -- or it was impossible to appreciate them a
long time ago.
PAUL: Arthur Kunst is a ham with a fascinating story
to tell and a lifelong fascination with amateur
radio. We can all hope that we're still going strong
when we turn 94. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm
Paul Braun, WD9GCO.
BACK TO THE FUTURE AT CERATODUS
JIM/ANCHOR: The Australian hams who spent part of
Easter weekend on the banks of the Burnett River in
Queensland weren't there for a day of operating
outdoors. They had come in search of something even
more adventurous. John Williams, VK4JJW, explains:
JOHN: For the radio amateurs in central Queensland,
Australia, it was a once-in-a-lifetime gathering.
Well actually, for some, it was a
TWICE-in-a-lifetime gathering because most reunions
are that, at the very least. And this was a 50-year
reunion of hams and friends and family. It took
place at Ceratodus, on the banks of the Burnett
River near Eidsvold, the meeting point of 5 decades
ago. As before, it happened on Easter weekend, and
it was a time for eyeball QSOs, camping and
Geoff Bonney, VK4GI, who was there at the first
gathering, told Amateur Radio Newsline he was in
good company at the reunion weekend: There was Dave
Maclean, VK4EE, and Kev Blanch, VK4MKB. And lots of
first-timers who perhaps have a 50-year reunion in
their own future someday. Bonney declared the
gathering to be QUOTE "fantastic." ENDQUOTE
Ultimately, the weekend, which marked the enduring
bonds people forge from being on the air together,
turned out to be more of a terrestrial celebration.
Bonney said most of the on-air activity took place
at 7.060 MHz and 146.500 MHz for reunion attendees
enroute the reserve - and on their way back home.
He said QUOTE "when all participants arrived,
face-to-face conversation quickly took over."
But with all the changes in the last 5 decades -
from SSB outpacing AM in popularity, to changes in
Australia's Foundation License - it left little
doubt as to what all the conversation was about.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, this is John Williams,
(GEOFF BONNEY, VK4GI)
PARTNERSHIP IN SEARCH AND RESCUE
The exercise held by the Ellis County Amateur Radio
Club, WD5DDH, wasn't just a simulated search-and
rescue session. It was a real-life
question-and-answer session too.
Working with the Ellis County Amateur Radio
Emergency Services group, hams deployed microwave,
mobile and WinLink modes throughout the Texas
county, simulating search and rescue, along with
damage assessment. Hams also got answers to their
questions about how things are done, and learned the
drill. The Dallas-area radio club and the Ellis
County ARES are close partners, working together in
emergencies and simulations, such as this one in
late April. The amateur radio club is also
interested in learning more about the use of search
dogs in a crisis. They have been receiving an
introduction to this phase of search and rescue work
by local businessman Jerry Seevers.
The club meets in Waxahatchie at 7:30 p.m. every
third Thursday of the month at the Sheriff's office
(WAXAHATCHIE, TEXAS, DAILY LIGHT)
THE WORLD OF DX
John, W5JON/V47JA, will be active from Calypso Bay,
St. Kitts as V47JA from June 14 to July 15. He will
work 160-6 meters, including 60m, using SSB. He will
also be a Single Op/All band entry during the IARU
HF World Championship Contest on July 9th and 10th.
Send QSL cards to W5JON direct or via LoTW. He is
not accepting bureau QSLs.
Merv N6NO is using the call sign VK9OL while working
from Lord Howe Island. He will be there through May
29. He is using mainly CW and focusing on the WARC
bands. QSL direct to N6NO.
Look for Phil, TN2MP and Joe TN2BJ, operating from
the Congo, considered a semi-rare DX. They will be
operating there until May 23. QSLs go via F5MVB and
On May 28 and May 29, be listening for members of
the Lough Erne Amateur Radio Club, working from the
Marble Arch Caves Geopark in County Fermanagh,
Ireland to celebrate European Geoparks Week. They
will be using the call sign GB2MAC and operating SSB
on all the HF bands. Send QSL cards via LoTW, eQSL
(SOUTHGATE ARC, IRTS)
New England Hams you might
run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter
regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and
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
going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found
at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot
who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
going, Harley riding kind of guy!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood
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
Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing
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
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test
N1YSU- Bob, easy going, kind
of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch
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...
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling and Dealing......keeping
the boys on there toes....
W1TCS- Terry....75 meter
regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
Big Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and owner
of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO
Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from
easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Very colorful character!......self appointed "hambassador"
by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice
fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session
K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional
musician, one of the nice guys on14313....