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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1802 February 24 2012
Amateur Radio Newsline report number 1802 with a release date of
February 24th, 2012 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a QST. Ham radio could have another new band a few
years from now; The Republic of South Sudan gets its callsign block; the
FCC asks Congress for more funds in fiscal year 2013 and the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration asks for voluntary rather than
mandatory compliance by car makers in combating distracted driving from
automotive electronics. Find out more on Amateur Radio Newsline report
number 1802 coming your way right now.
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RADIO LAW: A PERMANENT 5 MHZ HAM ALLOCATION TO BE DISCUSSED AT WRC-15
Some more good news out of Geneva, Switzerland. Somewhat overshadowed by
last weeks announcement of the approval of a new ham radio band from 472
to 479 kHz at the now concluded WRC-12 comes word that yet another
possible new ham radio allocation near 5 MHz. One that could become a
reality at the next World Radio Communications Conference to be held in
2015. Amateur Radio Newsline's Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, has the
The band being proposed is from 5.250 to 5.450 MHz. According to ARRL
Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, who attended WRC-12, the
original proposal came from Cuba.
In the ARRL Letter Sumner is quoted as saying that the International
Amateur Radio Union team worked hard to line up support for this item.
He said that the factor that worked most in their favor was that at
W-R-C 07, a proposal for a 5 MHz agenda item for WRC-12 failed to gain
enough support. As such, there was a feeling that the Amateur Service
deserved better treatment this time around.
Sumner noted that there was active support from a number of
administrations in Latin America which helped a lot, but a lot of others
also had to agree to get it on the agenda. The coordinators of future
Agenda Items on behalf of the regional telecommunications organizations,
such as CITEL and CEPT, eventually agreed on a package of Agenda Items
that included this item.
Tim Ellam, VE6SH, is the President of the International Amateur Radio
Union. He noted that it always a challenge to have things placed on the
agenda for future World Radiocommunication Conferences. As such Ellam
says that that he is pleased that we were successful in having an Agenda
Item for a potential allocation at 5 MHz on a secondary basis on the
Ellam does however caution that there will be a lot of work to do over
the next International Telecommunications Union study group cycle. He
adds that there is much appreciation is owed to the International
Amateur Radio Union and the national delegation teams in Geneva for
their hard work on this issue.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Butera-Howell, KB3TZD, near
The permanent 5 MHz amateur band proposal will be Agenda Item 1.4 at
WRC-15. More about it and the rest of what took place at the 2012
conference is on line at the ARRL website. A direct link to the story is
at tinyurl.com/wrc-2012-wrapup. (ARRL)
RADIO LAW: REPUBLIC OF THE SOUTH SUDAN AWARDED Z8A TO Z8Z CALL SIGN BLOCK
The International Telecommunication Union has announced the official
callsign allocation prefix block for the newly crated nation of the
Republic of South Sudan will be Z8A through Z8Z. The Republic of South
Sudan joined the United Nations on July 14, 2011 at which time it became
the 193rd member of that august world body. (Facebook DX Forum)
RADIO FUNDING: FCC ASKS $346,000,000 BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR 2013
The Federal Communications Commission is asking Congress for more money
to ramp up its operations including enforcement. Its also talking new
license fees. Amateur Radio Newsline's Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, has the
The FCC has asked Congress to approve a 2013 fiscal year budget of $346
million. That compares to an approximate $6 million increase over the
approximate $340 million the agency received for fiscal year 2012.
If approved as is by Congress, there would be 141 new FCC staff members,
bringing the total to 1,917 over the current 1,776. The number of
full-time staffers at the Media Bureau would increase from 197 to 213.
The Enforcement Bureau would go from 276 to 299 and the Office of
Engineering & Technology would increase from the current 81 to 87 staffers.
Part of the money would also be used for eight new vehicles and to
replace obsolete signal analysis equipment with new direction-finding
and wireless monitoring gear in existing vehicles. These are the mobile
units that field agents use to detect unauthorized transmissions and
resolve interference issues.
The commission would also have new authority to set user fees on
un-auctioned spectrum licenses as a spectrum management tool. Fees would
be phased in over time to determine the appropriate application and the
The FCC tentatively plans to begin levying such fees sometime this year,
and estimate those could total $4.8 billion through 2022. Its unknown if
such licensing fees would or even could be applied to Amateur Service,
FRS or 11 meter Citizens Band operations. The latter two would be highly
unlikely due to the non-licensed nature of operations on those bands.
Amateur Radio is already bringing in a profit through the Vanity
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bruce Tennant, K6PZW, in Los Angeles.
The agency's budget request is part of President Obama's total budget
submission of $3.8 trillion for fiscal year 2013, which begins October
RADIO FUNDING: BROADCAST BOARD OF GOVERNORS SUBMITS REDUCED BUDGET
The United States Broadcasting Board of Governors which oversees
government supported broadcasts to other parts of the world has sent its
2013 fiscal year budget request to congress. The $720 million request is
lower than its 2012 budget and includes program, transmission and
staffing reductions at the Voice of America, Office of Cuba
Broadcasting, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and the
Middle East Broadcasting Network. Four broadcast language services are
proposed for elimination including both Greek and Chechen. The 2013
request also calls for another $21 million in cuts in administrative and
technical support services costs across the agency and of the board itself.
But what's not going into on the air operations has another destination.
Referring to the so called new media, the 2013 budget request contains
$9 million in increases for elevated social media and building out the
agency's digital infrastructure. It also asks for $11.6 million in
fighting Internet censorship.
The Broadcasting Board of Governors estimates the five government funded
civilian broadcast networks it oversees currently reach 187 million
people each week. Its 2013 budget request contains an overall 4 point 2%
decrease over current spending levels that the Board hopes will be
enough to meet the approval on Capitol Hill in this era of extreme
economic austerity. (B&C)
COMMUNICATIONS LAW: NHTSA PROPOSES VOLUNTARY ANTI DISTRACTED DRIVING
Ham radio operators and other two-way radio users can breathe a
proverbial sigh of relief. At least for now. This with word that the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will not seek mandatory
regulations regarding what types of technology controls will be placed
on auto makers to help thwart distracted drivers. Instead they are
issuing voluntary guidelines to the auto makers as we hear from Amateur
Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed
voluntary safety guidelines for auto manufacturers, including a
recommendation that they design dashboards so that distracting devices
are automatically disabled unless the vehicle is stopped and the
transmission is in park.
The guidelines, which are directed at passenger cars and sport utility
vehicles, would exempt safety devices such as electronic warning systems
that alert drivers to potential collisions or lane changes. GPS and
other navigation devices that provide directions also would be permitted
while driving, but the safety administration is asking that the systems
be designed so drivers can't manually enter a destination unless the car
is in park.
Other dashboard technologies recommended for automatic disabling include
text-messaging, Internet browsing, social media browsing, phone dialing
and computer screen messages of 30 characters or more that are unrelated
The guidelines would make exceptions for these devices if they are
designed only for use by passengers and can't be accessed or seen by the
driver. Also there is no mention of any cutoff to external power
receptacles such as cigarette lighters which are used by many hams,
CB'ers and G-M-R-S operators to power low-power two way transceivers.
David Strickland is the groups Administrator. He told the press that
while his agency recognizes that manufacturers want to build vehicles
that include the tools and conveniences expected by today's American
drivers, that the guidelines they are proposing would offer real-world
guidance to automakers. Also that it would help them develop electronic
devices that provide features consumers want without disrupting a
driver's attention or sacrificing safety.
Manufacturers also are urged to take steps to improve the safety of
technologies that drivers are allowed to use while driving. That
includes reducing to two seconds or less the amount of time drivers must
divert their eyes from the road to use a device. Devices should be
designed so drivers don't have to use more than one hand or glance
through extraneous information.
According to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, one reason National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration decided to pursue voluntary
guidelines instead of mandatory rules is that officials wanted to do
something quickly. He noted that the process for writing federal rules
often takes years to complete.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, near Zion
The final impact these new guidelines on the ability of hams to
permanently install after-market two way radio gear in their vehicles
will not be known until the new designs appear in car showrooms. And
that's likely several years away. (NHSTA release, other published reports)
>From the United States of America, We are the Amateur Radio Newsline,
heard on bulletin stations around the world including the WD0FFV
repeater serving Colorado Springs Colorado.
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YHOTY: NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2012 AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE YOUNG HAM OF
The nominating season for the 2012 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of
the Year Award is now open.
Created in 1986, this award is offered to recognize the accomplishments
of a radio amateur age 18 or younger for his or her accomplishments in
service to the nation, his or her community or to the advancement of the
state of the art through amateur radio.
Nominees must reside in the United States 50 states or its possessions
or in any of the 10 Canadian provinces.
As in years past, Yaesu USA will transport the winner to the Huntsville
Hamfest in Huntsville , Alabama, where the award will be formally
presented. Yaesu will also provide Hotel accommodations as well as
convention tickets and a prize of amateur radio equipment to the winner.
CQ Magazine will again treat this year's recipient to a week at
Spacecamp-Huntsville. Heil Sound Ltd. will be presenting this year's
winner with an additional prize. Amateur Radio Newsline will present the
winner with the official Young Ham of the Year Award plaque which again
this year is underwritten by Dave Bell, W6AQ, of DBA Entertainment in
If for some reason the person selected is unable to travel to the
Huntsville Hamfest, Amateur Radio Newsline will attempt to arrange a
special award ceremony where the recipient resides, such as at his or
her school or amateur radio club.
Please note that the prizes given to the recipient are second in nature
to the actual Young Ham of the Year Award. All nominations and materials
required by the official rules must be received by ARNewsline before May
Complete details, rules and a required nominating form in Adobe .pdf
format are available on our website at www.arnewsline.org/yhoty.
Nominating forms can also be obtained by sending a self addressed
stamped envelope to Amateur Radio Newsline Inc., Young Ham of the Year
Award, 28197 Robin Avenue, Santa Clarita California, 91350.
Please note tat all nominating forms and support materials become the
property of the Amateur Radio Newsline and cannot be returned.
Again the cutoff date for nominations is May 30, 2012. Nominating forms
are on-line at www.arnewsline.org/yhoty. (ARNewsline)
ENFORCEMENT: FCC WANTS ANSWERS ABOUT WISCONSIN FM TRANSLATOR
The commission's Media Bureau wants answers from Radio Power Inc. about
W250BN, a translator on 97.9 MHz in Wisconsin. The translator started
out in the city of Beloit is now living on the air in West Allis. This
after a series of moves in the last two years. Amateur Radio Newsline's
Don Carlson, KQ6FM, is in Reno, Nevada, where Power Radio has its
Last November the Milwaukee Free Radio Group wrote to the FCC, calling
Radio Power's actions in relocating its translator from site to site a
preconceived scheme to move a translator a distance of 69 miles from
Beloit to Milwaukee. It insinuated that Radio Power was trying to
accomplish this by using minor changes so as to circumvent the
requirement to wait for a window for filing a major change.
Now the FCC is acting. Peter Doyle is the chief of the FCC's Audio
Division of the Media Bureau. He has sent what is described as a
strongly worded, certified letter to Radio Power in Reno, Nevada. In
part the letter states that the Media Bureau is investigating potential
statutory and rule violations and related instances of potential
misrepresentation and/or lack of candor on the part of Radio Power Inc.
Specifically, it is alleged that the licensee abused commission
processes by effectuating a major change in the facilities of Station
W250BN, now licensed to West Allis, Wisconsin by a succession of serial
minor change applications.
The FCC told Radio Power to answer its questions within 30 days. It
wants to know if Radio Power had a reasonable assurance that the
specified sites would be available for the intended use. It demanded a
copy of all documents relating to the securing of reasonable assurance
of site availability; and it wants to know the precise length of time
during which the licensee broadcast from each of the facilities.
The FCC also wants a copy of any documents relating to the station's
operation for each of the locations The FCC also wants to know the
precise length of time during which the station was silent for more than
30 days, and why.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Don Carlson, KQ6FM, in Reno.
The FCC also wants to know what community the licensee of W250BN
ultimately intends to serve, the primary station it intends to
rebroadcast along with copies of all documents relating to the
relocation of the station away from the city of Beloit. (FCC, RW)
RADIO LAW: CONGRESS TO INVESTIGATE FCC OVER LIGHTSQUARED FAST TRACK
The FCC appears to be on the hot seat with congress over the way its
been handling the entire matter of the licensing of LightSquared's
proposal to create its high speed Internet service in spectrum adjacent
to that used by the Global Positioning System or GPS.
In an e-mailed press statement, Iowa Senator Charles Grassley who has
been investigating the FCC's interactions with LightSquared, said that
the agency put this project on a fast track for approval with what
appears to have been completely inadequate technical research. As a
result, Grassley is blocking two Obama administration Commission
nominees until he gets more documents about the matter from the FCC.
Now the House of Representatives is also about to look at the
LightSquared matter. Oregon Representative Greg Walden, W7EQI, chairs
the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He has said
that he plans a hearing on how the agency's handling of the LightSquared
application for its broadband network led to a year of dispute.
ENFORCEMENT: SOME PEOPLE DO NOT LEARN THE FIRST TIME
>From the some people never learn file comes a story you may find hard
to believe. It's about a person to who after being accused of running an
unlicensed station and then paying a reduced fine apparently went right
back on the air again. Jim Damron, N8TMW, reports:
ENFORCEMENT: FCC ISSUES A FLURRY OF FLORIDA FINES
There's been a lot of unlicensed radio station fines issued by the FCC's
Enforcement Bureau to Florida residents in recent weeks.
The Commission has issued a new $25,000 Notice of Apparent Liability
against Whistler Fleurinor of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. This for
allegedly operating an unlicensed transmitter on 99.5 MHz in 2011.
The agency says that it raised the fine by $15,000 over the base amount
because Fleurinor continued operating an illegal station on the same
frequency from the same commercial property after he was issued an
earlier fine of $20,000. In that instance, the FCC lowered the penalty
to $500 based on Fleurinor's proof of inability to pay the higher
In issuing the new forfeiture order the FCC noted that the fact that
Fleurinor had again committed the same violation, and did so multiple
times after he had already been found to be in serious violation in the
first N-A-L. It said that this action by Fleurinor demonstrated not only
the egregiousness nature of the violations, but also his deliberate
disregard for the Communications Act and for the FCC's rules.
For the amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Damron, N8TMW, reporting.
Fleurinor was given the customary 30 days to pay the fine or to file an
appeal. If he does the latter and basses his appeal on his inability to
pay, it will be very interesting to see the FCC's response this time
HAM HAPPENINGS: W7W CELEBRATES ARIZONA STATEHOOD CENTENNIAL FEB 25
Arizona's Superstition Amateur Radio Club will be operating a special
event station W7W on February 25th as in the city of Mesa. This is the
annual celebration of The Lost Dutchman Mine story at the museum in
Apache Junction. It is also in observance of the Arizona Statehood
Centennial . More information can be found on line at WB7TJD.org. (K2DFE)
HAM HAPPENINGS: SEVHFS CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPEN
Registration is now open for the 2012 Southeastern VHF Society
Conference slated for Charlotte, North Carolina, from April 20th to the
21st. The meeting will feature technical programs, noise figure and
antenna gain testing, banquet prizes, vendor displays, and an equipment
auction. ARRL President Kay Cragie, N3KN, will be the banquet speaker. A
downloadable registration form in Adobe .pdf format is on-line at
tinyurl.com/southeastern-vhf (WA2ODO, VHF Reflector)
HAM HAPPENINGS: IOTA DINNER AT THE INTERNATIONAL DX CONVENTION
The 17th annual Islands on the Air or IOTA Dinner will be held in
conjunction with the 63rd annual Visalia International DX Convention on
Friday evening April 20th. The venue will be the Plaza Room of the
Holiday Inn Hotel on Airport Drive in Visalia, California
This dinner is open to all who are active in the Islands on the Air
program or who just want to see beautiful pictures of far away islands.
Also, as at previous IOTA dinners, admission is free for those wishing
to watch the programs without dining but paid attendees will receive
At this time, buffet service is set for 50 attendees. The cost is $33
per person. Reservations must be prepaid by April 10th and go to Ray
Benny, N6VR, 462 South Reed Road, Chino Valley, Arizona, 86323.
More about this years International DX Convention is on-line at
NAMES IN THE NEWS: ZL1TGC ASCENDS TO NZART PRESIDENCY
Some names in the news: First up is Vaughan Henderson, ZL1TGC, who has
assumed the presidency of New Zealand's national society, the NZART.
This following the resignation of Roy Symon ZL2KH on Monday, February 20th.
According to a press release, Symon had served as NZART President for
the last three years and was completing his last term. He was due to
finish at the 2013 Annual General Meeting where he had planned to hand
over to his successor. Instead he tendered his resignation to the NZART
citing personal reasons.
In accordance with the organization's constitution, ZL1TGC who was
serving as Vice-President became the new President. The NZART Executive
Council will now have to elect a new Vice-President. (NZART)
NAMES IN THE NEWS: WA6ILE AND KG6YPI TO SPEAKER MONTEREY RADIOFEST
Back in the United States, Scott Avery, WA6LIE and Brandon Hansen,
KG6YPI will be guest speakers at the New Ham Forum at his years
Radiofest being held in Monterey, California, on March 3rd. The two will
be discussing remote radio operations and its applications. More
information is on-line at www.raiofest.org. (WA6LIE)
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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WORLDBEAT: D-STAR COMES TO NAMIBIA
D-Star is truly going places where it has never been before. This with
word that radio amateurs in Windhoek, Namibia now have their own D-Star
repeater operational and on the air.
Reportedly, the biggest challenge to getting the system operational was
obtaining a stable data connection to the internet. This was solved with
a 3G connection and the help of the biggest cellular telephone service
provider in Namibia.
Right now the system is at a temporary low level location. According to
V51JP, the Repeater will be moved to its final site as soon as everyone
is satisfied that it is performing correctly. V51JP also says that he
thanks DL1YBL and DL5DI for their assistance in getting the new D-Star
repeater up and running.
More about this new D-Star system in Namibia is on-line
WORLDBEAT: QF RADIO TO SWITCH FORMATS ON FM
QF Radio will launch an all-English broadcast on 91.7 FM in Quatar. The
station is an operation of the Qatar Foundation, a social and
educational foundation based in Qatar. It delivers its programs across
all segments of society by means of on-air broadcasts, the Internet,
smart-phones and other developing technologies. In addition to music and
news, the station airs programs for students, featuring cultural and
scientific issues. The station will also switch to an all Arabic format
on 93.7 FM, where it currently airs a mix of Arabic and English-language
WORLDBEAT: ITU ENACTS NEW RULE TO STOP SATELLITE JAMMING
The International Telecommunication Union has called upon the world's
nations to take all 'necessary actions to stop intentional interference
with satellite transmissions. The change in regulations, which was
approved at the just concluded World Radiocommunication Conference came
after numerous complaints that international satellite TV programs in
the Persian and Arabic languages were suffering from deliberate
The new rule says that administrations shall ascertain the facts and
take the necessary actions when they encounter jamming. What actions
these might be were not spelled out in the document.
The two satellite operators that have been targeted are Eutelsat and
Arabsat. They claim that the jamming signals originate from Iran and
Syria. The interference, which has increased since September, 2011, has
affected numerous broadcasters including programming from the British
Broadcasting Corporation, Germany's Deutsche Welle, and RFE's Radio Farda.
Joining in backing the revised ITU anti-jamming rule to fight this
willful and malicious interference to satellite transmissions were Radio
Netherlands Worldwide and the European Broadcasting Union. (MN)
WORLDBEAT: PHILIPPINE ARC CELEBRATES GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY
The Philippine Amateur Radio League is celebrating its Golden
Anniversary in 2012. To commemorate this milestone the organization is
sponsoring an on-the-air operation that will award a special
commemorative certificate to hams world-wide who make contact with its
Also throughout 2012 the club will be operating with the special event
call sign of 4G0LD. QSL information along with the rules to qualify for
the Golden Anniversary award can be found at
www.dx1l.dxhams.net/Awards.htm (DU1XX, NZART)
RADIOSPORTS: SARL DIGITAL CONTEST FEBRUARY 26
>From the Radiosports file comes word that the first in the series of
South African Radio League sponsored digital contests will be held on
Sunday, February 26 from 13:00 to 16:00 UTC with PSK and RTTY activity
on 80, 40 and 20 meters. The exchange is a simple R-S-T report and a
serial number starting at 001. Stations maybe contacted twice per band,
once on PSK and once on RTTY. Other contests date will be announced in
the future. More is on-line at www.sarl.za. (SARL)
HAM TECHNOLOGY: COLORADO 6 METER BEACON BACK ON FREQUENCY
Dave Clingerman, W6OAL, reports that the Colorado 6 meter beacon is back
up and running on its published frequency of 50.065 MHz. The beacon had
gone into wander mode for a few days after a suspected crystal oven
failure had it sliding around its normal operating frequency.
According to W6OAL, a spare local oscillator unit can sometimes come in
handy. Installing it apparently was the fix. Dave adds that beacon
reports are appreciated whenever the band is open. (VHF Reflector)
In DX, word that W5JON will once again be active as V47JA from his
vacation home at Calypso Bay, St. Kitts from February 28th through March
28th. His activity will be on 80 through 6 meters using SSB. While on
the island he plans to operate during the ARRL International DX Contest
on March 3rd and 4th and the CQ WPX SSB Contest March 24th through the
25th. ALL QSL's to W5JON either direct
ON4AVT will be on the air as C5AVT from Gambia from February 28th to
March 20th. He will be active mostly on 15 meters using the digital PSK
mode. QSL via home call.
G3SWH and G3OLU will be operational from western Swaziland as 3DA0PW
through February 29th. Their main objective is to work as many European
and North American stations on as many different bands as possible and
hope to make at least 15,000 QSOs. QSL via G3SWH, either direct, via the
bureau or using the facility on www.g3swh.org.uk.
Members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society and the
9M4SDX Team will be active as 9M0L from Pulau Layang Island from April
10th to the 24th. If you work them QSL direct to 9M2TO either direct or
via the bureau to Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter's Society. More
details will be forthcoming shortly.
DF7ZS, will be on the air from Aruba stroke P4 from P40V's QTH between
March 21st to the 27th. Activity will be casual but he will operate
during the CQ WPX SSB Contest using the callsign P41P. QSL P4/DF7ZS via
DF7ZS. QSL P41P via W3HNK.
Nine members of the 'A DX Group' will be active from Coloane Island
between May 17th and the 23rd. Operations will be on 160 through 6
meters, including the 30, 17 and 12 meter bands. Modes used will be CW,
SSB and RTTY. There will be at least three stations on the air at the
same time on different bands and modes. The group's callsign will not be
announced until the beginning of their operations. QSL via EB7DX, direct
or by the Spanish Bureau. All QSO's will be confirmed electronically via
Logbook of the World.
Lastly, DL1NL will be operational portable OA4 from Lima, Peru, until
early March. His activity is only in his spare time on 160-10 meters CW,
with some SSB, from the Radio Club Peruano station. QSL via DL1NL,
either direct or via the bureau. No electronic QSL's are accepted by
(Above from various DX news sources)
THAT FINAL ITEM: THE AMPLION SPEAKER FROM 1926 VIDEO
And finally this week, the history of the early 20th century Amplion
loudspeaker is a story told in a recently released video by Trilith
Films in the United Kingdom. Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom
Titled "A Tale Retold" the video tells the story of UK radio amateur
Frank Marshall who in 1998 told Trilith pictures about a collection of
old motion picture films that had been stored under his workbench for
decades. He thought that among them might be one film he had
particularly enjoyed as a boy. It was an advertisement for an early
loudspeaker called the Amplion. One that had been used in local cinemas
in the 1920's and by his father's pioneering radio business on the Isle
When rescued from the pile of rotting nitrate film it was discovered
that the film entitled "The Tale of the Amplion" was a here to fore
unknown work by the famous illustrator William Heath Robinson. It is
almost certainly the only animated cartoon that Robinson ever made.
The tale is retold by Frank Marshall who preserved the film, Gerry Wells
of the Vintage Wireless Museum in London and Geoffrey Beare of the
William Heath Robinson Trust. Included is the film as it originally
appeared but with a especially composed musical sound track created by
composer Stephen Deutsch.
A very interesting 20 minutes indeed.
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, in the
Newsroom in Los Angeles.
This video was shot and edited by John Holman for Trilith and now
appears on Transition Vision's Heritage Channel. Its available for
world-wide viewing on-line at YouTube. It can be found at
tinyurl.com/amplion. (Southgate, ARNewsline, others)
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 and Australia's WIA News, that's all from
the Amateur Radio Newsline. Our e-mail address is newsline(at)
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For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors desk, I'm Don
Wilbanks, AE5DE, saying 73 and we thank you for listening.
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