Amateur Radio NewslineT Report 1894 - November 29 2013
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Amateur Radio NewslineT Report 1894 - November 29 2013
Ladies and gentlemen, with a short message here's our producer Bill
As we here in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving 2013, I just want
to pause for a moment and on behalf of all who make up the Amateur Radio Newsline production family to say thanks to all who have been so generous
this past month after we put out our call for financial assistance.
Because of you we are likely financially OK at least through the month of
March and possibly into April.
I only wish there was a way to thank each of you individually, but as we
do not have the resources, please accept this sincere and heart felt thank
you to all who have contributed to keeping Amateur Radio Newsline in
operation. And along with that my personal wish for a truly Happy
Thanksgiving and a wonderful holiday season to follow.
I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, and now here's this weeks newscast.
Thanks Bill. Now Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1894 with a release
date of November 29 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a QST. Ham radio relief efforts continue in the
Philippines; the long awaited United Kingdom FUNcube One ham satellite is
now on-orbit; a new 76 Gigahertz record is set in Great Britain; lots of
FCC enforcement action and the Consumer Electronics Association issues its Annual Trends to Watch. Find out the details are on Amateur Radio
NewslineT report number 1894 coming your way right now.
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RESCUE RADIO: HAM RADIO CONTINUES TO ASSIST IN THE PHILIPPINES
Even though it's been more than three weeks since Typhoon Haiyan laid
waste to many parts of the Philippines, much of that nations
telecommunications infrastructure is still not operational. As such, ham
radio operators continue to be a primary information conduit into and out
of those areas stricken by the storm. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim
Meachen, ZL2BHF, has the latest:
The Philippine-based Ham Emergency Radio Operation or HERO stations are
still at work providing help and communications after deadly Typhoon
Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda wreaked its destruction in the
The current official death toll of 5,200 puts the Category-5 storm that
landed on November the 8th as the worst typhoon in the archipelago, with
its 314-km/h winds generating storm surges in coastal villages and
devastating main cities.
As previously reported, in anticipation of the arrival of the super storm
the Philippines Amateur Radio Association or PARA activated its HERO
network. This after having already faced many storms this year and an earthquake in October.
PARA's Vice Chief Operating Officer is Ramon Anquilan, DU1UGZ. He reports
that in some areas mobile phone service is now available, but is patchy
and unreliable. The same is true with electric mains power. DU1UGZ says
that he knew that amateur radio emergency communications was effective,
and the results saw many tearful moments when local people were able to
get their message through to loved ones elsewhere.
Meantime, HERO stations have worked with the National Disaster Risk
Reduction and Management Council, the National Telecommunications
Commission, communities and non-government organizations. The frequency
of 7 dot 095 MHz and several others are still in use and PARA thanks the world's ham radio community for keeping them clear for emergency traffic.
As we go to air, PARA continues to work closely with authorities and
hopefully obtain increased recognition of the HERO network. A very good
job continues to be done by a group of truly dedicated ham radio
With much of the information in this report provided by Jim Linton VK3PC,
who is the Chairman IARU Region 3 Disaster Communications Committee, I'm
Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, reporting from the South Island in Nelson, New
Zealand for the Amateur Radio Newsline.
It appears as if ham radio assistance in the aftermath of this killer
typhoon will be ongoing for some time to come. (VK3PC)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: UK FUNCUBE 1 HAMSAT NOW IN SPACE
When the FUNcube-1 satellite was first reached orbit its beacon
transmitting just 30 milliwatts. And in a time compressed recording, it sounded like this:
Actual FUNcube-1 audio (time compressed)
That was recorded on Fun Cube-1's very first pass over Croatia by Adam Alicajic, 9A4QV and posted to YouTube not long after the United Kingdom
built ham radio satellite was declared to be on-orbit. We removed the
long pauses between telemetry tones and did some noise reduction so you
can get an idea as to what those first signals sounded like.
For its first two orbits FUNcube-1 was in this Safe Mode with the beacon transmitting low power just of only 30 milliwatts. The satellite was then commanded into Educational Mode which increased the power to 300
milliwatts. This enabled it to be copied on a SSB handheld with just a
By way of background, a Russian Dnepr launch vehicle carried FUNcube-1 and
18 other ham radio payloads successfully to orbit at 07:10 UTC on
Thursday, November 21st. Approximately 8 minutes later, FUNcube-1 was
deployed into orbit. Soon after the first telemetry was successfully
received, decoded, and uploaded to the FUNcube Data Warehouse by ZS1LS and ZS6BMN in South Africa. Needless to say that there was a huge cheer and
the FUNcube-1 Project team toasted the successful launch. Soon afterward
the new bird was given the official designation of AMSAT-OSCAR-73 but it's expected to be known as FUNcube-1 by the ham radio public.
FUNcube-1's telemetry downlink is on 145.935 MHz running in the BPSK mode.
The control team is encouraging all stations who may receive the
telemetry to record it and upload it to the Data Warehouse at tinyurl.com/funcube-data. More about the overall Funcube -1 mission and
its objectives can be found on the web at funcube.org.uk. The full length unedited audio clip is at tinyurl.com/fun-cube-sound (FUNcube-1,
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: WREN NOT HEARD SINCE LAUNCH
Meantime another new hamsat has not been as lucky. The WREN microsat team reports that it has had no confirmed reception of the signal from its Slow
Scan TV Pocket Qube satellite which was launched on November 21st. The
tiny bird is supposed to be transmitting on 437.405 MHz +/- 10 kHz for
Doppler shift. The length of the beacon is 1.6 seconds and it is AFSK modulated. The team says that it needs help from every amateur radio
operator and ground station operator it can get. More is at tinyurl.com/wren-in-space and at www.facebook.com/StaDoKo. (Southgate)
RADIO RECORDS: UK RADIO AMATEURS EXTEND 76 GHZ DISTANCE RECORD
Another new United Kingdom distance record of 80 miles has been achieved
on 76 GHz. This on Saturday November 23rd with contacts between Brown
Clee Hill in Shropshire and Winter Hill, Lancashire
Operating on three separate millimeter bands of 24, 47 and 76 GHz, were
Ian Lamb, G8KQW, and John Hazell, G8ACE, at Brown Clee Hill. At the other
end of the path at Winter Hill were Roger Ray,G8CUB, with John Wood G4EAT
who was operating the 76GHz station.
Contacts on all three bands were made using narrow-band FM. Signals on
76GHz were exchanged for one hour with some QSB. This likely due to
changes in atmospheric conditions along the path.
This success follows closely on the heels of the previous distance record
that was set by Lamb and Hazell on September 14th with a contact over a 63 point 3 mile path. (Southgate)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC ORDERS KANSAS HAM TO PAY $4000 FINE FOR OPERATING AN UNLICENSED RADIO STATION
The FCC has ordered a ham to pay a $4000 monetary forfeiture but not for violating any of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. Rather the FCC says
that Glen Rubash, KC0GPV, operated the unlicensed radio transmitter on
88.3 MHz in the city of Manhattan, Kansas and Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, is here with the details:
According to the FCC, on December 5, 2012, the Enforcement Bureau's Kansas
City Office issued a Notice of Apparent Liability to Monetary Forfeiture
in the amount of $15,000 to Glen Rubash, KC0GPV. As reflected in the
order there was no mention of any Part 97 violation. Rather, on September
26 and 27, 2012, agents from the Kansas City Office determined that an unlicensed radio station was operating from a detached garage in
Manhattan, Kansas. The agents determined that Rubash had secured space
and operated the unlicensed radio station.
On September 27, 2012, the FCC says that Rubash admitted over the
telephone to its agents that he installed and owned the station's radio transmitting equipment. He also demonstrated control over the station by stating that he would refuse to surrender the equipment to the agents from
the Kansas City Office if required to do so.
In his subsequent written response, the regulatory agency says that Rubash requested cancellation or reduction of the proposed forfeiture. The FCC
said that even though Rubash admitted via telephone interview to making
the admissions, he later asserted that his statements were based on
incorrect information. More specifically, in his written response he
stated that he owned and installed a low power FM radio transmitter but
that it operated within Part 15 unlicensed limits. He also claimed that
it was only able to reach 300 feet beyond the garage housing the station.
Also that its purpose was to teach a small group of college and high
school students how to operate a community radio station.
Rubash want on to say that he attached his transmitter to a home-built
antenna supplied by one of the students. He claims no knowledge of the
radio transmitter that was in place when the agents inspected the station
on September 27, 2012, because he was absent from the station from late
July until September 29, 2012, due to illness. He went on to assert that someone must have replaced the transmitter while he was recuperating and
claims that he should not be held responsible for unlawful actions which occurred during his absence. Finally, as an alternative, Rubash claimed
that he is unable to pay the original forfeiture and requests a reduction.
But in denying most of Rubash's requests the FCC said that it affirmed the Notice of Apparent Liability finding that he violated Section 301 of the Communications Act by using equipment without the required Commission authorization.
However based on the financial documents provided by Mr. Rubash, the FCC
said it found sufficient basis to reduce the forfeiture to $4,000 and
that's the amount that he has been ordered to pay.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, reporting.
As is usual in these matters, Rubash was given the customary thirty days
from the November 21si affirmation of the fine to pay in full or make arrangements with the FCC to pay on an installment plan. If he fails to
do one or the other the matter will be turned over to the Department of
Justice for enforcement of the forfeiture. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: OKLAHOMA CB OPERATOR FINED $15000 FOR USING LINEAR AMP
The FCC has issued a $15,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture
to Carlton Lewis, of Enid, Oklahoma. This for his alleged operation of a Citizens Band radio operator with an external power amplifier in violation
of the Commissions Part 95 rules.
Back this past May 14th an agent from the Enforcement Bureau's Dallas
Office T-hunted down a strong signal on 27.1850 MHz which is CB Channel
19. He found it was coming from Lewis' residence in Enid. The agent
observed an antenna mounted on the roof of the home and traced a coaxial
cable from the antenna into the residence.
The agent knocked on the door of the residence but no one answered the
door for over 30 minutes. A person eventually answered the door and
claimed that Mr. Lewis was not at home. However a few minutes later
Carlton Lewis appeared and showed the agent his CB transmitter, which was
warm to the touch.
The agent observed that no coaxial cables were connected to the CB
transmitter but also noted the coaxial cable coming into the residence and traced it to a linear amplifier hidden behind a sofa. The linear
amplifier was also warm to the touch. Lewis did not respond when asked
whether he had used the linear amplifier.
Now in making its determination to issue the $15,000 proposed fine the FCC notes that prior to its May 14, 2013 inspection Lewis CB station that he
had been issued two written warnings from the Dallas Office. Both advised
him that using a linear amplifier with his CB transmitter voided his
authority to operate. Also that it violated the Communications Act and
the FCC's Part 95 Rules.
The FCC says that the fact that Mr. Lewis operated overpower and used a
linear amplifier despite being twice warned in writing that such actions violated the Act and Rules demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the Commission's requirements and authority. As such a proposed fine of
$15,000 is warranted in this case.
Lewis was given the customary 30 days from the November 26th issuance of
the Notice of Apparent Liability to pay or to file an appeal. (FCC)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC UPHOLDS $14000 FINE FOR SELLING NON CERTIFIED GEAR
A California company has been dinged $14,000 by the FCC for making and
selling unauthorized radio gear. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has the details:
The FCC has issued a monetary forfeiture in the amount of fourteen
thousand dollars to Custom Interface Technologies, a Division of Thornstar Corporation, in Joshua Tree, California. This for willfully and
repeatedly violating rules against manufacturing and marketing of
unauthorized radio frequency devices in the United States.
Back on November 17, 2011, the Enforcement Bureau's Los Angeles Office
issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for fourteen thousand dollars to Custom Interface Technologies for manufacturing and marketing uncertified video assist transmitters. In response to the proposed fine
Custom Interface Technologies, did not deny the violations, but requested cancellation of the forfeiture based on its inability to pay.
However in affirming the forfeiture amount the FCC says while Custom
Interface Technologies did provide the Commission with three years of tax returns and a bank statement to support its claim of an inability to pay,
after reviewing of these financial documents that the FCC says that it
declines to reduce the forfeiture amount and that the $14,000 fine is warranted.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in Los
Custom Interface Technologies was given the customary 30 days from the
November 13th release date of its order affirming the fine to pay the
amount in full. If it fails to do so the case may be referred to the U.S. Department of Justice for enforcement of the forfeiture pursuant to
Section 504(a) of the Communications Act. (FCC)
RESTRUCTURING: BROADCASTERS AND DOD AGREE ON NEW SHARING OF 1755 TO 1780
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton and Communications
and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, W7EQI, say that they
welcome the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's endorsement of an important agreement. This between the Department of
Defense and the National Association of Broadcasters on the relocation of
a parcel of government spectrum to shared use.
The agreement was reached after bipartisan committee leadership worked
with the Department of Defense, the National Telecommunications and
Information Administration and the Federal Communications Commission. It
paves the way for the Department of Defense to move systems out of the
1755 to 1780 MHz band by creating a sharing arrangement between it and the broadcast community in the shared use of the Broadcast Auxiliary Service.
This spectrum is used by news organizations to originate material such as breaking news stories from outside of studio facilities. More is on the
web at tinyurl.com/DOD-BROADCAST-SHARING.
(House Energy & Commerce Committee release)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: FCC CHAIRMAN ADDS FOUR TO HIS SENIOR STAFF
Some names in the news. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced four new
members to his Senior Staff. Those named are Shannon Gilson, who comes on board as Communications Director and Head of the Office of Media
Relations; Jonathan Chambers as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning
and Policy Analysis; Gary Epstein, as Special Advisor to the Chairman on Incentive Auctions and John Leibovitz who will serve as a Special Advisor
to the Chairman for Spectrum Policy. (FCC)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: VE3PU AND VE6NM INDUCTED TO THE CANADIAN AMATEUR RADIO
HALL OF FAME
The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has
announced the induction of the late Ken Pulfer, VE3PU, and the late Earle Smith, VE6NM, to the Hall of Fame for 2013 year. The families of the two inductees will be receiving this award in their loved ones honor in early
2014. A summary of their contributions to amateur radio will be published
in an upcoming issue of "The Canadian Amateur" magazine. (VE7EF)
D-STAR NEWS: HF TESTING CONTINUES FROM NORTH AMERICA
Kent Hufford, KQ4KK, reports that the International D-STAR HF Testing Net
is continuing in North America with its just issued winter schedule. Net sponsors say that they routinely have two way communications coast to
coast, north to south, and have had two way contacts to Europe and Japan.
The net is on each band only for 5 minutes and will spend less time if a
given band is dead. The net also may need to move early or if the
frequency is busy. It's also wise for D-STAR operators to monitor
reflector REF030C to coordinate.
Also, please keep an eye on hf.dstar-relay.net for the latest information.
A video demonstration of how all this comes together is on YouTube at tinyurl.com/DSTAR-ON-HF. (KQ4KK, VHF Reflector)
HAM HAPPENINGS: CALL FOR PAPERS AT THE 2014 SOUTH AFRICA RTA SYMPOSIUM
The South African Radio League has put out a call for papers to be
presented at the Radio Technology in Action symposium or to be included in
the symposium CD. The event is slated for July of 2014 and if you have a subject that you would like to present at the Radio Technology in Action
please send a synopsis by not later than December 15th to rta
(at)sarl.org.za. Be sure to include your e-mail and other contact
RADIO IN SPACE: MAVEN MISSION TO EXPLORE MARS PAST
A NASA spacecraft is headed toward Mars where its study of the upper
atmosphere of the Red Planet. This in the hope of finding out how what
was ione believed to be a warm planet became what it is today. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jeff Clark, K8JAC, has the details:
The multi million dollar Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution or Maven mission began its 10-month voyage on Monday, November 18th atop an Atlas
Five launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with the mission spacecraft deploying 53 minutes after liftoff. After separating from the launch rocket, the mission spacecraft successfully set out its solar
arrays with radio telemetry showing that all systems were reportedly functioning well early in into the flight. Maven is expected to arrive at
Mars on September 22, 2014 after which it is expected to drop into an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet flying between 78 miles and 3,900
miles above the planets surface.
Previous missions have found evidence that water once flowed on the
surface of Mars indicating conditions that would have required a warmer,
denser atmosphere than exists today. Mars now is a cold, dry desert with
a very thin atmosphere. These are conditions under which liquid water
would freeze or evaporate. Scientists want to know where the water and
gasses from Mars' early, thicker atmosphere went and they hope that data radioed back from the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission will provide an answer.
As an aside, maven is a Yiddish term meaning a trusted expert in a
particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. It was derived
from the Hebrew language where it related to one who understands, based on
an accumulation of knowledge. Kind of very apropos name for this mission
into Mars past.
I'm Jeff Clark, K8JAC.
More is on the web at tinyurl.com/maven-to-mars. (NASA, Wikipedia)
ON THE AIR: CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF SIR JAGADEESH CHANDRA BOSE
On the air, keep an ear open for special event station AU2JCB to be active through December 10th. This is to celebrate the 155th anniversary of the
birth of Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose.
Activity for this event will be on 80 through 6 meters SSB, SSTV, PSK and
FM. If higher frequency bands are open, operations will be on those as
well. The operator will be VU2DSI. QSL direct with 2 International Reply Coupons to VU2DSI at his callbook address.
And as a historical note, Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose is considered to be India's greatest scientist and inventor. He is also considered to be
India's "Father of Wireless Communication." More about his life and his
work in communications and other sciences can be found on Wikipedia.com.
In DX two more operations have been approved by the ARRL Awards desk for
DXCC credit. These are the current 2013 through May 2014 operations of
ZS8C and ZS8Z from Prince Edward and Marion Islands. If your request for
DXCC credit for these operations has been rejected in an earlier filing,
please contact Bill Moore, NC1L, at ARRL headquarters to be placed on the
list for an update to your record. His e-mail is bmoore (at) arrl (dot)
And less we forget to mention, Bill notes that two student hams are
expected to join this operation upon completion of their licensing, which
will make it four operators. NC1L says that he will update this approval
when he has more information.
SM6JBC and SM6GOR are on the air from Mauritius Island signing as 3B8JB
and 3B8 stroke SM6GOR, respectively. They will be there until December
16th. Activity is on 20 through 10 meters operating CW, SSB, PSK31 and
PSK63. QSL via their home callsigns.
F5AHO is operating stroke FR Reunion Island through December 4th.
Activity is on 20, 17, 15 and 10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes.
QSL via F5AHO, either direct or via the bureau.
F6ICX is active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island and will be there until December 15th. Operations are holiday style using CW, RTTY, and PSK63.
QSL via his home callsign.
VK3XPT is operating from Raratonga and neighborinh islands as E51XPT. Hes
on the air holiday style running only five watts on 40, 20, and 10 meters.
QSL only via his home call.
Lastly, OH6EI, will again show up from Aland Islands a OH0Z on all bands.
No exact dates or operational times were given. QSL via W0MM.
(Above from various DX news sources)
THAT FINAL ITEM: CES FIVE TECHNOLOGY TRENDS TO WATCH
And finally this week a look into this future. This as the Consumer Electronics Association releases the 2014 edition of "Five Technology
Trends to Watch." This is an annual publication that examines five
prominent technology movements that will influence the consumer
electronics industry in the years ahead. Amateur Radio Newsline's Norm
Seeley, KI7UP, takes a look at what lies ahead:
According to a press release, this year's "Five Technology Trends to
Watch" examines key developments from the Internet to things like
driverless cars, digital health care, robotics to the future of video distribution and consumption.
Geared toward industry professionals, the publication provides in-depth analysis and outlines related issues and market forecasts for the coming
year. Each section also explores consumer perspectives, partnerships, key players and public policy issues. For example, a chapter titled "A
Hundred Billion Nodes" looks at how the Internet is using the Web to
"learn" consumer habits and needs.
The Consumer Electronics Association Senior Manager of Business
Intelligence is Jack Cutts. He looks at where the major auto makers are
in testing and refining their driverless vehicles. He also expounds on
the legal and social implications of ceding the open road to science in
"On the Road to Driverless Cars."
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, Im Norm Seeley, KI7UP, watching emerging technology from Scottsdale, Arizona.
The publication was released during a panel discussion at Consumer
Electronics Association Industry Forum in Los Angeles in October. (RW)
With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC Communicator, CQ
Magazine, the FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the RSGB, the Southgate News, TWiT-TV and Australia's WIA News, that's all
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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk, I'm Jim
Damron, N8TMW, wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving holiday from the
Amateur Radio Newsline. And as always, 73 and we thank you for listening.
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