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Introducing the NEW BCH-220 Handheld Radio

QRZ - Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:56
July 14 2015
BridgeCom Systems, Inc
Phone:(816)532-8451 E-Mail: tim@BridgeComSystems.com
Contact: Tim King


Introducing the BCH-220Handheld Radio


Bridgecom Systems, Inc ispleased to announce the availability of a 220 MHz Handheld radio tothe amateur radio market.

Introducing the BCH-220Handheld radio. It operates between 222-225 MHz, 1.25m, and features userselectable 5 or 2 Watts. Other features included: LCD Display, DTMFKeypad, 199 channels, 50 CTCSS/105 DCS, durable, good battery life,light weight at 230 grams and it is a perfect size to fit in the palmof your hand. For a full list of features and a specs visithttp://www.bridgecomsystems.com/products/bch-220 or call816-532-8451.


Bridgecom Systems, Inc. wasestablished in 2004 and is located in Smithville, MO. We specializein the development of communications equipment for land mobile radioand remote monitoring industries. Our first product to market was ananalog FM community repeater available in both UHF and VHF. Sincethat time, we developed an LTR controller and a new repeater seriescalled the BCR available in UHF, 220 MHz and VHF. Bridgecom Systemssignature product is called TL-NET. TL-NET is a multi-site wide arealinking product that links RF sites including: LTR, conventional,digital, P25 and more. As a third-party developer for MOTOTRBOproducts, TL-NET also allows for various enhancements to MOTOTRBOdigital repeaters operating in IP-Site connect mode.


In addition, we offerconcept to reality engineering for your design and manufacturingneeds. Our services include electronic and software engineering andcomplete turn-key communication solutions.
As the industry evolves weare committed to developing outstanding products that meet ourcustomers' needs.


BridgeCom Systems, Inc
102 NE State Route 92 Hwy,Ste C
Smithville, MO 64089
www.BridgeComSystems.com
(816)532-8451

Episode 4: 100 Watts and a Wire with Christian Cudnik, K0STH is Posted!

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 14:46
In this episode we re-cap a week chock-full of on-air activity, the trials and tribulations of Christian's antenna work and Katie's upcoming trip to W1AW.

http://100wattsandawire.com/100-watt...of-the-willing

73!

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Fans of 'Ham Nation' may recognize Christian, KØSTH from his work as the host of the "New Ham" segment.

'100 Watts and a Wire' is a program celebrating amateur radio through the eyes of a 'new' ham.

The show will feature topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at the adventures of a ham trying to figure it all out. We'll explore the interesting layers of this diverse hobby and service.

'100 Watts and a Wire' is perfect for those who are new to ham radio, their Elmer’s, the seasoned radio operator and the technically curious crowd.

You don't have to spend a fortune to get on the air and have fun!

Join Emmy winner Christian Cudnik, KØSTH and Katie Allen, WY7YL for an inside a look at the world of amateur radio.

Episode 4: 100 Watts and a Wire with Christian Cudnik, K0STH is Posted!

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 14:46
In this episode we re-cap a week chock-full of on-air activity, the trials and tribulations of Christian's antenna work and Katie's upcoming trip to W1AW.

http://100wattsandawire.com/100-watt...of-the-willing

73!

---------

Fans of 'Ham Nation' may recognize Christian, KØSTH from his work as the host of the "New Ham" segment.

'100 Watts and a Wire' is a program celebrating amateur radio through the eyes of a 'new' ham.

The show will feature topical conversation and interviews, news and an entertaining look at the adventures of a ham trying to figure it all out. We'll explore the interesting layers of this diverse hobby and service.

'100 Watts and a Wire' is perfect for those who are new to ham radio, their Elmer’s, the seasoned radio operator and the technically curious crowd.

You don't have to spend a fortune to get on the air and have fun!

Join Emmy winner Christian Cudnik, KØSTH and Katie Allen, WY7YL for an inside a look at the world of amateur radio.

QSO Today Podcast Ep 49 - Glen Popiel - KW5GP - Arduino for Ham Radio

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 14:04
When it comes to building ham radio projects using the Arduino microcontroller, the best person to call is Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of Arduino for Ham Radio, published by the ARRL. Like many hams, Glen was into computers early and now applies those computer skills to new and fascinating ham radio projects. KW5GP is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kw5gp
Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/9hXSNb
iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV
Stitcher: http://goo.gl/uhf1XZ

QSO Today Podcast Ep 49 - Glen Popiel - KW5GP - Arduino for Ham Radio

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 14:04
When it comes to building ham radio projects using the Arduino microcontroller, the best person to call is Glen Popiel, KW5GP, author of Arduino for Ham Radio, published by the ARRL. Like many hams, Glen was into computers early and now applies those computer skills to new and fascinating ham radio projects. KW5GP is Eric, 4Z1UG’s, guest on QSO Today.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/kw5gp
Podcast Link: http://goo.gl/9hXSNb
iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV
Stitcher: http://goo.gl/uhf1XZ

Episode 6 of Podcast YHAMRADIO, enjoy!

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 07:30
It is with great pleasure We present one of the legends in Amateur Radio here in New Mexico for episode 6 "YHAMRADIO". Don Grab (K5BIS) talks about "Y" He got into Ham Radio. Enjoy!


You can find it at http://www.w5mhg.com/yhamradiio/

or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC3e9jyh500

Episode 6 of Podcast YHAMRADIO, enjoy!

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 07:30
It is with great pleasure We present one of the legends in Amateur Radio here in New Mexico for episode 6 "YHAMRADIO". Don Grab (K5BIS) talks about "Y" He got into Ham Radio. Enjoy!


You can find it at http://www.w5mhg.com/yhamradiio/

or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC3e9jyh500

ICQPODCAST - Friedrichshafen Review Part Two

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 06:31
Series Eight Episode Fifteen -Friedrichshafen Review Part Two
In this episode, Martin M1MRB /W9ICQ is joined by Ed Durrant DD5LP ,Martin Rothwell M0SGL and ChrisHowards (M0TCH / N4CTH) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radionews. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodesfeature is the second part of our Ham Radio Friedrichshafen Review.
  • Ham Radio Skills for Dresden Students
  • Thai Licenses Invalidated
  • Ofcom take action in Cambridge
  • Disabled Teen Helped by Ham Radio
  • WSPR station with RF Board and Raspberry Pi
  • New World Distance records on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Amateur / Ham Radio Bands
  • Ham Radio Deluxe Team Grows - UK Member Added
  • AREN Honoured by Cork County Mayor


The ICQPODCAST can be downloadedfrom http://www.icqpodcast.com

ICQPODCAST - Friedrichshafen Review Part Two

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 06:31
Series Eight Episode Fifteen -Friedrichshafen Review Part Two
In this episode, Martin M1MRB /W9ICQ is joined by Ed Durrant DD5LP ,Martin Rothwell M0SGL and ChrisHowards (M0TCH / N4CTH) to discuss the latest Amateur / Ham Radionews. Colin M6BOY rounds up the news in brief, and this episodesfeature is the second part of our Ham Radio Friedrichshafen Review.
  • Ham Radio Skills for Dresden Students
  • Thai Licenses Invalidated
  • Ofcom take action in Cambridge
  • Disabled Teen Helped by Ham Radio
  • WSPR station with RF Board and Raspberry Pi
  • New World Distance records on 2.3 and 3.4 GHz Amateur / Ham Radio Bands
  • Ham Radio Deluxe Team Grows - UK Member Added
  • AREN Honoured by Cork County Mayor


The ICQPODCAST can be downloadedfrom http://www.icqpodcast.com

AmateurLogic 80: A Country Field Day

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 00:24
AmateurLogic 80: A Country Field Day

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 80 is now available for download.
George, Tommy and Wayne head back to the country for Field Day. We tried a few new things this year that worked out pretty well. Plus your viewer emails and more.
1:16:20
Download
YouTube

AmateurLogic 80: A Country Field Day

QRZ - Mon, 07/13/2015 - 00:24
AmateurLogic 80: A Country Field Day

AmateurLogic.TV Episode 80 is now available for download.
George, Tommy and Wayne head back to the country for Field Day. We tried a few new things this year that worked out pretty well. Plus your viewer emails and more.
1:16:20
Download
YouTube

AMSAT to be featured on w5kub.com at 8 PM CT Tuesday night July 14.

QRZ - Sun, 07/12/2015 - 23:04
AMSAT to be featured on w5kub.com at 8 PM CT Tuesday night July 14. (0100 UTC Wed) Tune in to hear history and future plans which include Fox -1C. This weekly live ham radio program is seen on w5kub.com and also simulcast on powerful shortwave station wtww on 5085 KHz. Ask questions via our chat room or call in phone lines. Hosts Tom Medlin W5KUB and Ted Randall WB8PUM

AMSAT to be featured on w5kub.com at 8 PM CT Tuesday night July 14.

QRZ - Sun, 07/12/2015 - 23:04
AMSAT to be featured on w5kub.com at 8 PM CT Tuesday night July 14. (0100 UTC Wed) Tune in to hear history and future plans which include Fox -1C. This weekly live ham radio program is seen on w5kub.com and also simulcast on powerful shortwave station wtww on 5085 KHz. Ask questions via our chat room or call in phone lines. Hosts Tom Medlin W5KUB and Ted Randall WB8PUM

Twin Typhoons - Yet Again

QRZ - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:18
The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Mexico. Tropical depression Five-E has formed today and forecast to become a hurricane by 7-14-15.

NHC: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac

The JTWC is tracking this and two western Pacific Typhoons:

JTWC: http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

Twin Typhoons - Yet Again

QRZ - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 12:18
The National Hurricane Center is tracking two systems in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of Mexico. Tropical depression Five-E has formed today and forecast to become a hurricane by 7-14-15.

NHC: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac

The JTWC is tracking this and two western Pacific Typhoons:

JTWC: http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC/

Amateur Radio Newsline is Back! Report #1967 is online!

QRZ - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 01:11
Amateur Radio Newsline is Back! Report #1967 is online!

I am happy to announce that Amateur Radio Newsline is back and it feels good!!

We're hoping to come in around 18 minutes each week in 2 segments instead of nearly 30 minutes in 3 segments. We're a little shorter than that this week at around12 minutes, Bill, Skeeter and Don talked about making ARNewsline a bit shorter and more modern sounding in a conversation before Bill passed, Bill was in agreement.

The entire newsline team would like to remind you that there are many ways to listen and/or read the weekly news reports, you can go straight to the ducks mouth and visit www.arnewsline.org where you can get the Text, RSS, iTunes and the MP3 version of the weekly newscasts.

Another way is to become a member of the Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/ARNewsline/
Not only do you get the weekly newscasts but you get up to date, current, breaking news along with many other amateur radio news bulletins that may be time sensitive. The ARNewsline Facebook page is "all the news all the time". Member posts are moderated for a specific criteria.

Yet another great way is to subscribe to the weekly ARNewsline Yahoo Groups E-Mail list at arnewsline-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
The weekly ARNewsline reports will be sent to your email or you can read it on the Yahoo Groups page.
The email group posting is closed for members, the email list is for "the reports, only the reports and nothing but the reports".

Don't forget the "Old Skool Way"!!
Do a search within your area to listen to the ARNewsline reports on your local repeater.
There are many, many repeaters out there that play the weekly ARNewsline audio reports, ask around and/or tune around!

From all of the ARNewsline team, thank you all for your patients thru these difficult times, the ARNewsline reports are back and that was a "BIG" wish from Bill before we lost him...

Spread the word, share this post/email and help keep Bills vision, dreams and memory alive.

{ WA6ITF/sk de KB7TBT, it is only a flesh wound, 73 .. }

73
James
KB7TBT

Amateur Radio Newsline is Back! Report #1967 is online!

QRZ - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 01:11
Amateur Radio Newsline is Back! Report #1967 is online!

I am happy to announce that Amateur Radio Newsline is back and it feels good!!

We're hoping to come in around 18 minutes each week in 2 segments instead of nearly 30 minutes in 3 segments. We're a little shorter than that this week at around12 minutes, Bill, Skeeter and Don talked about making ARNewsline a bit shorter and more modern sounding in a conversation before Bill passed, Bill was in agreement.

The entire newsline team would like to remind you that there are many ways to listen and/or read the weekly news reports, you can go straight to the ducks mouth and visit www.arnewsline.org where you can get the Text, RSS, iTunes and the MP3 version of the weekly newscasts.

Another way is to become a member of the Facebook Group at www.facebook.com/groups/ARNewsline/
Not only do you get the weekly newscasts but you get up to date, current, breaking news along with many other amateur radio news bulletins that may be time sensitive. The ARNewsline Facebook page is "all the news all the time". Member posts are moderated for a specific criteria.

Yet another great way is to subscribe to the weekly ARNewsline Yahoo Groups E-Mail list at arnewsline-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
The weekly ARNewsline reports will be sent to your email or you can read it on the Yahoo Groups page.
The email group posting is closed for members, the email list is for "the reports, only the reports and nothing but the reports".

Don't forget the "Old Skool Way"!!
Do a search within your area to listen to the ARNewsline reports on your local repeater.
There are many, many repeaters out there that play the weekly ARNewsline audio reports, ask around and/or tune around!

From all of the ARNewsline team, thank you all for your patients thru these difficult times, the ARNewsline reports are back and that was a "BIG" wish from Bill before we lost him...

Spread the word, share this post/email and help keep Bills vision, dreams and memory alive.

{ WA6ITF/sk de KB7TBT, it is only a flesh wound, 73 .. }

73
James
KB7TBT

Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1967 July 10 2015

QRZ - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 00:47
Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1967 July 10 2015

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1967 with a release date of Friday, July 10, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Heightened recognition comes for radio amateurs in the days before Field Day. Some new QSOs make their mark aboard the International Space Station. Changes are coming on 160 meters. In Europe, young hams are packing for a one-week radio camp in Italy for amateurs. And the FCC seeks additional comments for new usage on lower and medium frequency bands. All this and an update on our Young Ham of the Year Award in the Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1967 coming your way right now.

(Billboard Cart Here)

[INTRO TO CHANGES IN ARNEWSLINE FORMAT, REMARKS ABOUT BILL PASTERNAK, SHORT INSERT INTRODUCING NEW STAFFER]

BILL PASTERNAK WA6ITF (SK)/NEWSLINE 2.0
Many of you listening are by now aware that Amateur Radio Newsline lost our Co-founder, Executive Producer, Lead News Writer and friend, Bill Pasternak WA6ITF. Bill became a Silent Key on June 11th, after a series of health setbacks over the previous six months. For more than thirty-seven years, Bill was at the helm of these news bulletins, and led an all-volunteer team of amateur radio enthusiasts—many with a background in broadcasting—who were dedicated to distributing the latest news about the hobby and service of ham radio. Just days before his passing, Don Wilbanks AE5DW and I shared a conference call with Bill to discuss the future of Newsline. I told Bill about an email I received from a ham who was very interested in volunteering to take on the task of writing each week’s newscast script; something Bill had done almost exclusively since its inception as Westlink Amateur Radio News in September of 1977. After hearing her qualifications and background, Bill’s words were—and I quote—“Hire her!”
So now, please join the entire Newsline staff in welcoming aboard Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT as our new Lead News Writer. Caryn lives on Long Island, New York, and holds a General Class ham license. As her QRZ.com profile says, she is a writer, editor, and an equestrian and wildlife rescuer. Now, we'll let Caryn tell you more about herself...


[Caryn's audio]


Thanks, Caryn! And welcome to the Amateur Radio Newline family! Now, with more of this week's news, here is Don Wilbanks AE5DW. Don...?


REGULATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS

Amateur radio has just come off of a very productive couple of weeks, culminating in Field Day, with recognition by local and national government. Governors in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Washington State were joined by officials in various counties and cities around the nation honoring the hobby with proclamations recognizing hams' public service and emergency response roles. At the same time, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were also turning a sharper focus on hams' service in natural disasters, as Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, presented that chamber's equivalent of the Amateur Radio Parity Act already under consideration in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, addresses the land-use restrictions that often prohibit amateur radio antennas from being installed, especially in areas where homeowners associations exist and set standards for neighborhood aesthetics. In sponsoring the bill, Wicker noted the role hams had played during Hurricane Katrina, which had left more conventional forms of communication disabled. The bill, which is now on the floor of the Senate, seeks to protect the rights of radio amateurs to install antennas and towers for communication. (ARRL, eham.net)


QSO WITH THE COSMONAUTS

In little more than a month, elementary school students in Bunker Hill, Indiana will be experiencing the ultimate QSO: Sometime in August, they get to work the International Space Station. The students were chosen earlier this year for the program, which is known as Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. Maconaquah Elementary School was among those approved for the coveted DX, which will take shape as a 10-minute QSO on FM. The school district plans to provide a live feed to each of the school district's buildings as well as make the contact available for listeners to hear online. As in years past, hams aboard the space station have been busy connecting with students this year, and recently completed a scheduled radio contact with Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma. On July 1, students there connected with one of the Russian cosmonauts on board. (www.ariss.org, KSL-TV, Tulsa World, Kokomo Tribune)




REGULATION: UPGRADE ON 160 METERS

Amateur Radio will gain primary status in part of the 160 meter band, starting Aug. 5, following an action by the FCC that the agency said reflects an uptick in usage on the band. The FCC decision affects amateur use on the band’s range between 1900 khz and 2000 khz. David Sumner, CEO of the ARRL, said he expected hams would likely have to contend with radio buoys operated on 160 meters out of fishing vessels. But according to the FCC, the buoys are mostly low power and occupy a narrow portion of the band and they are expected to have negligible effect on hams using those frequencies. (ARRL, QRZ.NOW)


AMATEUR RADIO GOES TO CAMP

In Europe, 76 amateur radio operators from more than 22 nations in the International Amateur Radio Union are getting ready to share their youthful enthusiasm for the hobby with one another at the fifth session of YOTA, Youngsters On The Air. The amateur radio summer camp, which attracts hams under the age of 25 in Region 1 of the radio union, is taking place this year in Tuscany, from July 18 through July 25. Its host is Italy's official organization of radio amateurs, the ARI. The annual, week-long event has been held, in previous years, in Finland, Estonia and in Belgium in 2012, the year it made its debut. The program, which is a mix of educational and intercultural events, is expected to feature a presentation on PSK, a workshop on soldering cable connectors and a session on how to build HF wire antennas. There will also be foxhunting and a contest with 70cm handhelds. (Ham.yota.com, Southgate Amateur Radio News)

BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the N9MCS Repeater Group serving Rockford Illinois.

(5 second pause)









NEW BANDS FOR HAMS

The FCC will continue to receive comments until Aug. 31 on its proposal to establish amateur radio on Low Frequency and Medium Frequency bands. Although amateur radio would have secondary status on the new bands, it would mark the first time hams were permitted on these frequencies, which are identified as 2200 meters on LF and 630 meters on MF. The LF band was previously allocated by the FCC but the MF allocation is still in proposal status.
For amateur radio to operate on either band, operational and technical rules must be added to Part 97. The frequencies are presently in use by utilities using power line carrier systems to control the power grid. The FCC contends that, based on experimental radio operations on these frequencies, particularly on the MF band, the two uses can coexist without interfering with one another. The FCC is seeking input on power limits, antenna height and other relevant limitations that would apply to amateur radio users. The ARRL expects to file comments with the FCC. Others are asked to use the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System and refer to ET Docket No 15-99. (ARRL, FCC)

THE WORLD OF DX

Friday, July 10, is the last opportunity to work Zorro, JH1AJT, who has been QRV as KH0/KH8Z since Monday, July 6 from Saipan, where the noted DXpeditioner has traveled on business. As such, Zorro has been working holiday style on 10, 15 and 20 meters, single sideband. QSL via JH1AJT. (dxworld.net, QRZNOW)

IARU World Championship

The International Amateur Radio Union’s HF World Championship gets under way on Saturday, July 11 at 1200 UTC and challenges operators to contact as many amateurs as they can worldwide in as many ITU zones as possible, with a special emphasis on IARU member society HQ stations. The event concludes on Sunday, July 12 at 1200 UTC. Most activity will be on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB. Find detailed information at http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship and http://www.iaru.org/contests.html

3B8, MAURITIUS
Jean-Paul, HB9ARY, is working Mauritius (AF-049) as 3B8HC until July 25. Activity will include some slow CW but mainly SSB on all HF bands, from 80 to 6 meters. QSL via NI5DX direct.

5B, CYPRUS
You have until July 15 to work Tony, RT9T, who is active in Cyprus as 5B4ALB. QSL 5B4ALB only direct via RT9T.

5Z4, KENYA
Until July 20, Giuseppe, IK2YDJ, will be active from Rongo, Kenya as 5Z4/IK2YDJ, working frequencies between 40 and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION PV70, BRAZIL
A World War II special event commemorative station has been set up in Brazil by Ronaldo, PS7AB, and will continue through July 30. Station PV70FEB celebrates the 70th anniversary of World War II and honors the importance of peace. The special callsign also honors the Brazilian Expeditionary Force on Italy’s battlefields, and pays tribute to all others who participated in the war. Certificates will be sent in 2016 via email to all stations who complete contacts with at least 10 special event stations on SSB, digital or CW. QSL via PS7AB, direct (2 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

This week’s DX news courtesy of Ohio-Penn DX newsletter .

NEWSCAST CLOSE

With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, CQ Magazine, The FCC, Southgate News, Youngsters on the Air, KSL-TV, the Tulsa World, eham.net, the Ohio-Penn DX newsletter, TWiT TV, the Kokomo Tribune and you our listeners. Our email address for news tips and comments is arnewslinetips@gmail.com. More information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official website located at www.arnewsline.org. You can also write to us or support us at Amateur Radio Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.

For now, with our news team worldwide, I’m Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Topeka, Kansas and from New Orleans, Don Wilbanks AE5DW.saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.

Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.

Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1967 July 10 2015

QRZ - Sat, 07/11/2015 - 00:47
Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) Report 1967 July 10 2015

Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1967 with a release date of Friday, July 10, 2015 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Heightened recognition comes for radio amateurs in the days before Field Day. Some new QSOs make their mark aboard the International Space Station. Changes are coming on 160 meters. In Europe, young hams are packing for a one-week radio camp in Italy for amateurs. And the FCC seeks additional comments for new usage on lower and medium frequency bands. All this and an update on our Young Ham of the Year Award in the Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1967 coming your way right now.

(Billboard Cart Here)

[INTRO TO CHANGES IN ARNEWSLINE FORMAT, REMARKS ABOUT BILL PASTERNAK, SHORT INSERT INTRODUCING NEW STAFFER]

BILL PASTERNAK WA6ITF (SK)/NEWSLINE 2.0
Many of you listening are by now aware that Amateur Radio Newsline lost our Co-founder, Executive Producer, Lead News Writer and friend, Bill Pasternak WA6ITF. Bill became a Silent Key on June 11th, after a series of health setbacks over the previous six months. For more than thirty-seven years, Bill was at the helm of these news bulletins, and led an all-volunteer team of amateur radio enthusiasts—many with a background in broadcasting—who were dedicated to distributing the latest news about the hobby and service of ham radio. Just days before his passing, Don Wilbanks AE5DW and I shared a conference call with Bill to discuss the future of Newsline. I told Bill about an email I received from a ham who was very interested in volunteering to take on the task of writing each week’s newscast script; something Bill had done almost exclusively since its inception as Westlink Amateur Radio News in September of 1977. After hearing her qualifications and background, Bill’s words were—and I quote—“Hire her!”
So now, please join the entire Newsline staff in welcoming aboard Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT as our new Lead News Writer. Caryn lives on Long Island, New York, and holds a General Class ham license. As her QRZ.com profile says, she is a writer, editor, and an equestrian and wildlife rescuer. Now, we'll let Caryn tell you more about herself...


[Caryn's audio]


Thanks, Caryn! And welcome to the Amateur Radio Newline family! Now, with more of this week's news, here is Don Wilbanks AE5DW. Don...?


REGULATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS

Amateur radio has just come off of a very productive couple of weeks, culminating in Field Day, with recognition by local and national government. Governors in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Indiana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Washington State were joined by officials in various counties and cities around the nation honoring the hobby with proclamations recognizing hams' public service and emergency response roles. At the same time, lawmakers on Capitol Hill were also turning a sharper focus on hams' service in natural disasters, as Senator Roger Wicker, a Mississippi Republican, presented that chamber's equivalent of the Amateur Radio Parity Act already under consideration in the House of Representatives. The bipartisan bill, cosponsored by Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, addresses the land-use restrictions that often prohibit amateur radio antennas from being installed, especially in areas where homeowners associations exist and set standards for neighborhood aesthetics. In sponsoring the bill, Wicker noted the role hams had played during Hurricane Katrina, which had left more conventional forms of communication disabled. The bill, which is now on the floor of the Senate, seeks to protect the rights of radio amateurs to install antennas and towers for communication. (ARRL, eham.net)


QSO WITH THE COSMONAUTS

In little more than a month, elementary school students in Bunker Hill, Indiana will be experiencing the ultimate QSO: Sometime in August, they get to work the International Space Station. The students were chosen earlier this year for the program, which is known as Amateur Radio on the International Space Station. Maconaquah Elementary School was among those approved for the coveted DX, which will take shape as a 10-minute QSO on FM. The school district plans to provide a live feed to each of the school district's buildings as well as make the contact available for listeners to hear online. As in years past, hams aboard the space station have been busy connecting with students this year, and recently completed a scheduled radio contact with Tulsa Community College in Oklahoma. On July 1, students there connected with one of the Russian cosmonauts on board. (www.ariss.org, KSL-TV, Tulsa World, Kokomo Tribune)




REGULATION: UPGRADE ON 160 METERS

Amateur Radio will gain primary status in part of the 160 meter band, starting Aug. 5, following an action by the FCC that the agency said reflects an uptick in usage on the band. The FCC decision affects amateur use on the band’s range between 1900 khz and 2000 khz. David Sumner, CEO of the ARRL, said he expected hams would likely have to contend with radio buoys operated on 160 meters out of fishing vessels. But according to the FCC, the buoys are mostly low power and occupy a narrow portion of the band and they are expected to have negligible effect on hams using those frequencies. (ARRL, QRZ.NOW)


AMATEUR RADIO GOES TO CAMP

In Europe, 76 amateur radio operators from more than 22 nations in the International Amateur Radio Union are getting ready to share their youthful enthusiasm for the hobby with one another at the fifth session of YOTA, Youngsters On The Air. The amateur radio summer camp, which attracts hams under the age of 25 in Region 1 of the radio union, is taking place this year in Tuscany, from July 18 through July 25. Its host is Italy's official organization of radio amateurs, the ARI. The annual, week-long event has been held, in previous years, in Finland, Estonia and in Belgium in 2012, the year it made its debut. The program, which is a mix of educational and intercultural events, is expected to feature a presentation on PSK, a workshop on soldering cable connectors and a session on how to build HF wire antennas. There will also be foxhunting and a contest with 70cm handhelds. (Ham.yota.com, Southgate Amateur Radio News)

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NEW BANDS FOR HAMS

The FCC will continue to receive comments until Aug. 31 on its proposal to establish amateur radio on Low Frequency and Medium Frequency bands. Although amateur radio would have secondary status on the new bands, it would mark the first time hams were permitted on these frequencies, which are identified as 2200 meters on LF and 630 meters on MF. The LF band was previously allocated by the FCC but the MF allocation is still in proposal status.
For amateur radio to operate on either band, operational and technical rules must be added to Part 97. The frequencies are presently in use by utilities using power line carrier systems to control the power grid. The FCC contends that, based on experimental radio operations on these frequencies, particularly on the MF band, the two uses can coexist without interfering with one another. The FCC is seeking input on power limits, antenna height and other relevant limitations that would apply to amateur radio users. The ARRL expects to file comments with the FCC. Others are asked to use the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System and refer to ET Docket No 15-99. (ARRL, FCC)

THE WORLD OF DX

Friday, July 10, is the last opportunity to work Zorro, JH1AJT, who has been QRV as KH0/KH8Z since Monday, July 6 from Saipan, where the noted DXpeditioner has traveled on business. As such, Zorro has been working holiday style on 10, 15 and 20 meters, single sideband. QSL via JH1AJT. (dxworld.net, QRZNOW)

IARU World Championship

The International Amateur Radio Union’s HF World Championship gets under way on Saturday, July 11 at 1200 UTC and challenges operators to contact as many amateurs as they can worldwide in as many ITU zones as possible, with a special emphasis on IARU member society HQ stations. The event concludes on Sunday, July 12 at 1200 UTC. Most activity will be on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB. Find detailed information at http://www.arrl.org/iaru-hf-championship and http://www.iaru.org/contests.html

3B8, MAURITIUS
Jean-Paul, HB9ARY, is working Mauritius (AF-049) as 3B8HC until July 25. Activity will include some slow CW but mainly SSB on all HF bands, from 80 to 6 meters. QSL via NI5DX direct.

5B, CYPRUS
You have until July 15 to work Tony, RT9T, who is active in Cyprus as 5B4ALB. QSL 5B4ALB only direct via RT9T.

5Z4, KENYA
Until July 20, Giuseppe, IK2YDJ, will be active from Rongo, Kenya as 5Z4/IK2YDJ, working frequencies between 40 and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

SPECIAL EVENT STATION PV70, BRAZIL
A World War II special event commemorative station has been set up in Brazil by Ronaldo, PS7AB, and will continue through July 30. Station PV70FEB celebrates the 70th anniversary of World War II and honors the importance of peace. The special callsign also honors the Brazilian Expeditionary Force on Italy’s battlefields, and pays tribute to all others who participated in the war. Certificates will be sent in 2016 via email to all stations who complete contacts with at least 10 special event stations on SSB, digital or CW. QSL via PS7AB, direct (2 USDs), by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

This week’s DX news courtesy of Ohio-Penn DX newsletter .

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