[bulletins] Amateur Radio NewslineT Report 1509 - July 14, 2006
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Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1509 with a release date of
Friday, July 14th, 2006 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a Q-S-T. Canada takes top honors at the 2006 World
Radiosport Team Championship in Brazil, hams in Ireland are concerned
about a new wireless public address service near 10 meters and Amateur
Radio Newsline names an 18 year old musician as Young Ham of the Year
in the USA. All this and more on Amateur Radio Newsline report number
1509 coming your way right now.
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YHOTY: KATHERINE FERRY, NC8F, NAMED ARNEWSLINE YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR
She is 18 years old, a concert musician and has devoted half of her
young life in service to ham radio. And now, Catherine Ferry, NC8F,
has been selected to receive this years Amateur Radio Newsline Young
Ham of the Year Award. Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, is here with a profile
of the young lady whose accomplishments helped to capture the judges
A long-term commitment to Amateur Radio - including public service,
promoting the hobby through hamfests and licensing classes, and work as
a news letter editor - pushed Catherine Ferry's nomination to the top.
Catherine, who prefers to be called Cathy, was stunned to learn she had
been selected to receive the prestigious honor. Here's her reaction
after being told by the "Young Ham of the Year" administrator, Bill
Pasternak: "Well, congratulations, you are the Young Ham of the Year."
Ferry: "I am?"
Pasternak: "You are (laugh)."
Ferry: "(gasping) Are you serious?"
Pasternak: "Would I be sitting here saying to you: 'Congratulations
Cathy, you are the Young Ham of the Year,' if I wasn't very serious?"
Ferry: "ahhh...I don't know..(laugh) probably not."
Pasternak: "I am very serious."
Ferry: "Oh my gosh! (gasp) Thank you!"
Cathy, who is from Silver Lake, Ohio, is the daughter of Bruce Ferry,
AK8B, and the late Joan Ferry. She was first licensed at the age of 10
and had her Extra Class ticket by age 13.
"I've been very involved with ham radio, almost for half my life,
actually," Ferry says. "I ended up getting my license when I was 10
years old. And, I've been involved with the Cuyahoga Falls Amateur
Radio Club pretty much since I first got my license.
"I've always participated in their Field Day. This year was one of the
best Field Days ever, actually. I had a great one-and-a-half-hour run
"I try to do as much public service as I can with them. I really, I
have a lot of fun with ham radio doing that. I'm also into computers
and I'm a big fan of reading, I love reading."
For the past two years, she's served as editor of the Cuyahoga Falls
Amateur Radio Club Newsletter and received an honorable mention in the
2004 ARRL Ohio Section Newsletter Contest. She's also serving as an
Assistant Emergency Coordinator and secretary of the Summit County Red
Cross Amateur Radio Club.
Cathy was asked before being told she was our winner, what it would
mean to her for her accomplishments to be recognized.
"To me, that shows that I'm somebody who like greatly represents ham
radio and like youth in the ham radio area and that's a very great
honor," Ferry says.
Cathy says using amateur radio for public service means a lot.
"I've been involved working with the Akron Road Runner Marathon, I've
volunteered with the All-American Soapbox Derby both the welcoming
committee and the race day events," Ferry says. "There's been a bunch
of local duo-athelons, the Belfur Run, Nardonia Hills, a bunch of local
ones I've done in the past few years."
Cathy has been ticket coordinator for hamfests by the club and also
promoted and help teach in the club's Technician Class licensing
And, she did all of this while attending Cuyahoga Falls High School
where she graduated with a 3.5 grade point average.
And, if school and ham radio weren't enough to fill her time, there's
her passion for music and the bassoon.
"Most of my performances have been with the local high school band. But
I have participated in two community groups - the first being the
Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra," Ferry explains.
"I played with them for two years and I got to perform six separate
times at the Renaissance Theater in Mansfield, Ohio. And, this past
year I was involved with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony.
"I performed twice at Severance Hall and then over the past week and a
half I've been touring with them in New Zealand and Australia. I
performed with them at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland.
"And in Sydney, I performed with them in the Town Hall and also in the
Sydney Opera House where I also got to perform with about 350 other
musicians when we were doing a world premiere piece of David
Gillingham's most recent piece, 'The Sails of Time.' "
Cathy says music has always been a big part of her life.
"Well, music is pretty much my life outside of ham radio," she says. "I
got involved in it in fifth grade when I first picked up the flute, you
know for the school band. And, then the next year I had switched over
to oboe, and the year after that I had switched over to bassoon where I
"And, I think part of the reason I'm so involved in music is because my
parents were both really into classical music. It seemed to always be
playing around the house. I think just my constant exposure to that is
what really connected me to music."
And, finally, what about the relevance of Amateur Radio to young people
"There's so many teen-agers who have the internet and chat rooms and
that's how they meet other people," she says.
"Well, ham radio is kind of like that for me, it's just a different way
of meeting other people and that's something I really enjoy doing.
"It's also another way to connect with people. It's something else you
have in common with other people and you can meet other people
Cathy plans to attend Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, this fall
where she will be majoring in, what else, music.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Mark Abramowicz, NT3V, in
Catherine will receive her award on Saturday August 19th at the
Huntsville Hamfest. Amateur Radio Newsline's Don Wilbanks, A-E-5-D-W,
will be on hand to emcee the festivities. He will be joined by Don
Allen, W9CW, of CQ Magazine and a yet to be named representative from
Vertex Standard Corporation. Vertex Standard which makes Yaesu brand
ham radio gear and CQ Publishing are the corporate underwriters of the
Young Ham of the Year Award. (ARNewsline)
From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
heard on bulletin stations around the world including the KA9EKG
repeater serving the Amateur Radio community of Delavan, Wisconsin.
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RADIOSPORTS - WRTC 2006: AND THE WINNERS ARE
A pair of Canadian hams are the winners of the 2006 World Radiosport
Team Championship. Amateur Radio Newsline's Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, has
the final scores:
They are celebrating up North. This with word that the Canadian team
of John Sluymer, VE3EJ, and Jim Roberts, VE7ZO, have landed first place
in WRTC 2006 with an amazing 2,593,940 points.
As the on-air portion of the event reached its climax it was almost
neck and neck between the Canadian team and their nearest competitors
the United States West team made up of Californian's Dan Craig, N6MJ
and Dave Mueller, N2NL. In the end Muller and Craig finished in 2nd
place with a very respectable score of 2,508,732 points. Rounding out
the top three was the Special United States Invitational team of Doug
Grant, K1DG, and Andy Blank, N2NT who logged 2,227,333 contact points.
All 47 teams were assigned special but non-descript calls using the PT
to PW series prefixes. The first place Canadian team operated as PT5M,
the US West team was PW5C and the United States Invitational team used
the call letters PT5Y.
A bit of controversy arose after the contest had ended. Initial
results had shown the Serbia-Montenegro team operating as PT5L as being
in 3rd place with 2,326,750 points. But a subsequent re-evaluation of
all logs by the judges moved their ranking down to number 11 with a
points total of only 1,937,647. The reason given was that the
operators had mistakenly set up their logging software for a location
in Europe rather than South America.
Speaking of logs, as in years past, those who could not make it to the
event were able to follow the action in almost real time. This, using
the on-line logging scoreboard provided by the WRTC sponsors. It
listed the scores of all 46 teams, was updated hourly and represented
the actual number of points each team had logged to the end of the
previous hour. A good way to vicariously follow the action of WRTC
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen, ZL2BHF, reporting.
WRTC was actually a six day celebration of Amateur Radio contesting
held in Florian¢polis, Brazil. It began on Wednesday July 5th with a
dinner and show and ended on Monday July 10th with a grand awards
banquet. The actual contest taking place on Saturday July 8th and
Sunday, July 9th. (WRTC 2006, ARNewsline, ZL2BHF, W6AQ, others)
HAM RADIO ALERTS: NEW IRELAND PA SERVICE COULD POSE PROBLEM FOR HAM
The Irish Amateur Society is reporting that on June 22nd, that nations
telecommunications regulator ComReg launched a Wireless Public Address
licensing service. One that will allow religious and community
organizations to be licensed to transmit services and events for the
benefit of people in communities throughout the country. But it also
could pose a threat to ham radio on 10 meters. WIA Newsman Graham
Kemp, VK4BB, is here with more:
Eighty 10 kHz channels are being made available between 27.6 MHz and
27.995 MHz. Base station power is to be 1 watt AM and 4 watts FM to a
The channel at 27.995 MHz is of concern to experimenters. This is
only 5kHz below the lower limit of the 28 MHz amateur band. Some of
the existing community broadcasts on the 27 MHz band occupy bandwidths
in excess of 10kHz so there is potential for interference from this
channel to the exclusive IARU CW allocation at the lower end of the 28
MHz band. At certain times the 28 MHz band is open worldwide so there
is a potential for interference to the amateur service in other
We would ask experimenters to listen out for these broadcasts
particularly in channels close to the lower end of the 28 MHz band. If
any of the transmissions encroach in any way on this band try to
establish the location and identity of the station concerned.
If you happen to run across one of these units interfering with ham
radio communications, please send a report Sean Nolan
ei7cd at gofree.indigo.ie (WIA News via IRTS NEWS)
RESTRUCTURING: MORE NEW REGS FOR UK HAMS
Still on the other side of the Atlantic pond, word of more sweeping
changes to the United Kingdom's Amateur Service rules by that nations
telecommunications regulator the Office of Communications. Jeramy
Boot, G4NJH, is in Nottingham with the details:
UK radio amateurs will soon not have to keep a log unless specifically
requested to by Ofcom. This, following a major revamp of the amateur
license announced by the communications regulator.
Other significant changes to the license include a substantial
relaxation of the regulations on unattended operation and remote
control. Amateurs will be able to use 10mW on any amateur band for
remote operation within a 100 milliwatt range. However, Internet
Gateway operation will be prohibited.
Interestingly, Ofcom appears to have formally recognized amateur radio
as a leisure activity as well as a self-training hobby. This latest
revamp of the license follows a raft of major changes unveiled in
February 2005. Then, Ofcom announced its intention to introduce a
lifetime license that could be renewed for free over the Internet.
The lifetime license and the new changes to the license Ofcom has just
announced are both due to come into force in October.
Jeramy Boot, G4NJH.
U-K hams are encouraged to read the Office of Communications
documentation on the format of the new license and respond with their
comments. The proposal is on-line at
RESCUE RADIO: NEW EAS PLAN PROPOSED BY DEPT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
The government's Department of Homeland Security will soon have the
ability to post warnings of impending disasters and other alerts to
cellular phones and many websites. This as the agency begins a total
revamping of the nations emergency alerting system that dates back to
the 1950's. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, has more:
According to news reports, by the end of 2007 Homeland Security expects
to be able to send emergency alerts to cellular telephones, portable
data assistants, wireless hand held computers and Internet sites.
This, as a means of reaching reach as many Americans as possible
before a catastrophe strikes.
Agency spokesman Aaron Walker said on Tuesday, July 11th that the they
will also will also seeks to transmit warnings on cable television,
satellite television and satellite radio. This, to supplement the
government's national alerts sent on network and local broadcast
television channels as well as AM and FM stations.
The Association of Public Television Stations is partnering with FEMA
to transmit the alerts to receiving networks - including telephone,
Internet and traditional broadcast outlets. Last week, FEMA
demonstrated a pilot of the new system at a public television station
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF
The new warning system is expected to cost $5.5 million to test and
nationally, and about $1 million dollars annually to maintain.
(Various published reports)
RESCUE RADIO: REPORT SAYS HAM RADIO MUST BE INCLUDED IN FUTURE E-COMMS
Hams have long known that the inability to communicate was major flaw
in storm response immediately after hurricane Katrina. Now, emergency
responders are speaking out on this failure and taking steps that they
hope will avoid a re[peat of the problem in the future. Amateur Radio
Newsline's David Black, KB4KCH, reports:
When hurricane Katrina hit, landline telephones became useless in the
storm ravaged areas. Cellular service was also completely gone. And
with these links to the outside world cut, the Internet became useless
One of the biggest problems facing first responders was the inability
of local, state and federal officials to talk to each other. Because
of this, there was little communication among local police, fire and
ambulance services except in those instances where hams showed up with
their own gear and provided the interoperability that the established
Even the Federal Emergency Management Agency itself was out of contact
with many of those in the field because it relied on a communications
infrastructure that literally was blown apart. And when the agency's
multi-million dollar portable interoperable system failed to perform as
advertised, the National Guard, state police agencies, Wildlife and
Fisheries, the numerous out-of-state police and ambulance crews that
came to aid victims were isolated from those they were sent to assist.
Only ham radio survived the rampage because it did not rely on any
central infrastructure that was vulnerable to mother natures wrath. It
went on to be the lifeline for many first responders in the storms
According to a report on discussion among emergency providers held in
the nine regions, participants recommended that land line, Internet,
commercial radio and television, fiber optic, fax, two-way radio,
cellular voice and text. Also, satellite telephone, the OnStar vehicle
system, and Amateur Radio should be considered in any integrated
The report says that system failures are hard to predict and that all
available channels of communications should be used to reinforce a
detailed common communications plan for each region. This includes ham
radio. A communications service that the report infers is not only
decentralized but because of this is a lot less vulnerable to damage.
And a communications tool that has proven its worth in the wake of
Katrina and other natural disasters that preceded that killer storm.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm David Black, KB4KCH, at the South-
East Bureau on Birmingham, Alabama.
Loosely translated the report seems to indicate that it is likely to
again fall to the Amateur Radio community to provide continued
emergency communications in times when all else fails. It's a job hams
will likely be doing for decades to come. (Various published reports)
HAM RADIO REMEMBERS: KCRA TO COMMEMORATE THE 911 TEWRRORIST ATTACKS
New York's Kings County Repeater Association will once again pay
tribute to those who lost their lives in the 911 terrorist attacks that
felled the World Trade Center and damaged the Pentagon building. This,
with a special commemorative event scheduled for Sunday, September 10th.
Chris Stafford KC2OLS is spokesman for the group:
Stafford: "We will have several stations set up. We will have some
guest speakers and we have a special QSL card especially for the event
that will be given out to any of the stations contacting our special
event station as well as members of the public who are hams and who are
going to be at the event."
This years venue is at Owl's Head Park on Shore Road and 68th street in
the Bay Ridge section of the New York City borough of Brooklyn. Using
the call sign KC2RA the Kings County Repeater Association will have
several stations setup for contacts with other Amateur Radio operators
around the world. Members of the public are invited to stop by to
discuss the 911 attacks and learn about the importance of Amateur Radio
in the post 911 world. They may also get to talk via ham radio to
someone thousands of miles away.
More information on this 911 commemorative event is on the web at
http://www.kc2ra.com/911_2006.shtml (KCRA, KC2OLS)
RADIO HAPPENINGS: HAM RADIO TO COMMEMORATE AIRVENTURE 2006
It's called AirVenture and it's the worlds biggest annual fly-in for
just about any kind of aircraft ever made. Now in 2006 ham radio will
be a part of this world class aviation event.
As in years past, the Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a
special event station operating from the grounds of the Experimental
Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. W-9-Zed-L will take to the
air with R-F rather than wings, from Thursday July 27th to Sunday July
30th. Operating hours will be 1300 to 2100 U-T-C on 7.250 and 14.270
MHz on the high frequency bands. Local contacts will also be sought
after on the 146.760 MHz repeater and 146.520 MHz simplex. The
repeater requires a sub audible access tone of 100.0 Hz.
Hams attending AirVenture are encouraged to stop by, say hello, sit
down and be a guest operator. And for those with the spirit of
adventure and who have some extra dollars to spend, AirVenture will
provide plenty of opportunities to take flights in three of the E-A-A's
distinctively different aircraft. These are the organizations World
War 2 B-17, a Bell 47 helicopter; and a truly vintage Ford Tri-Motor
built back in 1927.
On the ham radio side, all High Frequency QSO's will be sent a
commemorating certificate. If and when you work them, QSL with a 9" x
12" self addressed stamped envelope to the Fox Cities Amateur Radio
Club, Attention Bernie- N9YMC, PO Box 5233, Appleton, Wisconsin. The
Zipcode is 54912. Lots of information about AirVenture 2006 is on
line at www.eaa.org
(Do Not read. The Fox Cities Amateur Radio Club website is at
This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur. From the United
States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the
world from our only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio amateur:
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RADIO TECHNOLOGY: WINLINK GOES ANTI-SPAM
Our longtime friend Steve Crow, K4CPX, reports a significant change in
Winlink to help make it more secure. Steve quotes an e-mail from
Winlink's Steve Waterman, K4CJX, saying that no attachments will be
accepted by the system if there is nothing in the body of the message.
The subject line is unimportant but there must be something in the body
of the message even if its just a word or one alpha character.
According to Waterman's note, the change went into effect about a moth
ago. It was introduced as a way to minimize the amount of unwanted
spam mail getting relayed. A second notice of this change has now been
sent out to all current Winlink users. (K4CPX)
ON THE AIR: DXCC RECOGNIZES MONTENEGRO
And a new DXCC entity has come into being. According to an ARRL DX
bulletin, the United Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as
its 192nd member on June 28th and that action automatically makes the
tiny Balkan nation the 336th current DXCC entity. Effective June 28th
the ARRL has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC Countries
List and claims for DXCC credit will be accepted immediately. (ARRL)
ON THE BANDS: CALIFOENIA TO PORTUGAL ON 6 METERS
Another truly amazing 6 meter DX contact has been made. Chip Margelli,
K7JA, in Garden Grove, California, reports that he worked CT1HZE in
Portugal on Saturday, July 8th at 1617 UTC on 50.08 MHz using CW. Chip
says that probably represents five E-layer hops, and Joe was his first
European QSO ever on that band. K7JA says that the signal from CT1HZE
peaked a solid 5-7-9 the station in Portugal turned his beam toward
California. Chip's station in California consists of 200 watts from a
Yaesu FTV-1000 Transverter driven by a Mk-V FT-1000MP into a 6 element
beam with a 14 foot boom. The equipment being used by CT1HZE was not
EMERGING TECHNOLOGY: OUR LANGUAGE - GOOGLE NOW A VERB
The Merriam-Webster dictionary has finally decided to add the Internet
search engine Google as a verb in its 2006 edition, making the search
engine officially synonymous with the act of on-line searching itself.
To Google arrives in the revised dictionary along with other high-tech
terms like spyware and ringtone. (PVT)
HAM RADIO IN SPACE: AMSAT GETS SOFTWARE
AMSAT North America has announced that it is the recipient of several
expensive software design packages from industry. This includes Texas
Instruments Code Composer Studio Platinum Edition valued at $10,785 and
Cadence Design Systems P-C-B Designer that carries a price tag of
AMSAT President Rick Hambly, W2GPS, has been primarily responsible for
getting the organization its university educational status that enabled
the donations to be made. In a statement, Hambly said that with these
donations and the continuing financial support of our members the
momentum within the Eagle Project is growing every day. He also noted
that AMSAT is very appreciative of these gifts. (AMSAT)
RADIO IN SPACE: NASA NAMES NEW MOON ROCKETS ARES
NASA has named its new lunar spacecraft Ares I and Ares V, using a
Greek word for Mars. The rocket that takes the Mars bound crew into
Earth orbit will be called Ares I. That spacecraft will be stacked on
top of a single five-segment solid-rocket booster that can lift 55,000
pounds into low Earth orbit.
The vehicle that carries the mission's far bulkier lunar cargo will be
called Ares V, and is reminiscent of the old heavy-lift lunar rocket,
the Saturn V. The crew capsule will get yet another name that is yet
to be determined.
NASA says that it chose Ares over hundreds of other proposed names,
rejecting choices that included constellations and figures from ancient
mythology. The first Ares test flight could be as early as 2009.
WORLDBEAT - JAPAN: CLOTHING WITH FANS
If you get hot under the color slaving away in front of a computer
screen, listen up. Here is something really unique to make your day a
bit cooler., USB powered air conditioned clothes. No, we are not
kidding. Trevor Teague of the WIA News has more:
Everyone actually does have a natural air conditioner which is sweating
and these air conditioned clothes are designed to give that mechanism a
shot in the arm.
The clothes have two 10 centimeter fans located at right and left sides
at the back of clothing at waist level. These fans draw in a large
amount of air which helps to vaporize thus dissipating sweat and
bringing down the wearers body temperature.
The clothing comes with a switch to adjust the fan speed. Just connect
your shirt to the USB port and be cool.
This ingenious idea is the brain child of an ex Sony technician. At
present shirts for men and women are available only in Japan. (WIA
WORLDBEAT - COOK ISLANDS: E5 IS THE NEW PREFIX
And word from Victor Rivera, ZK1CG, that a callsign prefix change has
taken place for the North and South Cook Islands. Victor Says that as
of July 1st, the Cook Islands international radio callsign prefix Zulu
Kilo has been replaced by the letter number combo E 5. The
announcement was made in the Cook Islands News Daily on Monday, June
28th. As a result, Victors call has become E51CG. (ZK1CG)
In DX, Andy Dugny, G0JLX, reports he will be on the air from Ascension
Island until July 23rd. Operation is SSB and CW as ZD8AD. QSL as
directed on the air.
And F4CKP says that he will be on Martinique 2 months. He arrived on
from July 3rd and will remain through the end of August. His activity
is on 80 through 10 meters including the WARC bands on RTTY and SSB.
QSL direct via his home callsign or by via bureau.
Lastly, down the road a bit, N5KO, and several other operators will be
active from the Galapagos Islands as HC8N during the CQ World Wide DX
CW Contest on November 25th and 26th. They will set up as a Multi/Multi
entry. QSL them via W5UE.
(Above DX News from various DX sources)
THAT FINAL ITEM: THE PRINCE - THR GIRL FRIEND - THE RADIO
And finally this week, the story of a member of the British Royal
Family, his girlfriend and a hand held radio. What do all three have
in common? Again, W-I-A newsman Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
Prince William's girlfriend has been seen with a hand-held.
No, not a 2 meter handie, but a state of the art digital police radio.
The 24 year old brunette who has been dating William since the pair met
at a university was spotted carrying the high-tech equipment at a
recent polo match.
According to Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, Prince William, concerned
about his sweethearts safety has arranged that she carry the nearly
$2000 digital device which is linked to the police force.
As the line in Mel Brooks musical "The Producers" goes: "Its good to
be the king." Or, in this case -- the prince. (WIA News)
With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, the CGC Communicator, CQ
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