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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2323 for Friday May 6th, 2022
Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2323 with a release date of Friday May
6th, 2022 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a QST. Ham radio assists in a human-trafficking rescue.
Testing continues for wireless transmission of electrical power -- and
Belgium studies the feasibility of a new amateur band. All this and more as
Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2323 comes your way right now.
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HAM RADIO ASSISTS IN HUMAN-TRAFFICKING RESCUE
PAUL/ANCHOR: We begin this week with a harrowing tale of abduction that
ended with amateur radio assistance. According to the United Nations Office
on Drugs and Crime, human trafficking is on the rise in South Asia. In
India, one woman was rescued from that fate thanks to amateur radio. Jim
Meachen ZL2BHF brings us that story.
JIM: Amateur radio operators in West Bengal, India, helped police locate and
rescue a woman who told them she had been abducted and tortured as part of a
human trafficking operation. News accounts in The Times of India and The
Hindu newspaper both reported that the woman, who is in her 20s and from
Bangladesh, had arrived for a visit in Kolkata when she was forcibly taken
to a train station for transport. The news reports did not say how she found
her way to a telephone but said that she contacted her brother, an amateur
radio operator in Bangladesh. Members of the West Bengal Radio Club then
received a call from the woman's family. Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA of the
radio club, said that police in Pendurthi (pen-DOOR-Tee) in Andhra Pradesh
state were called. Other hams, including those with the National Institute
of Amateur Radio, aided the search for her. A member of the Dolphin Amateur
Radio Repeater Club, who was not identified in news reports, told The Hindu
newspaper that the woman was soon located and following her rescue May 2nd
through a window, police took a man and woman into custody. Ambarish Nag
Biswas said another ham, Sai Likhit, VU3EFN accompanied the young woman to
the police station.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.
(THE HINDU, THE TIMES OF INDIA)
NEW TEST OF WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER CALLED A SUCCESS
PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in the United States, military researchers' latest
test of wireless power transfer over microwave frequencies has been called a
success. Kent Peterson KCØDGY brings us the update.
KENT: The still-experimental practice of beaming power over microwave
frequencies to transfer electrical power using so-called "ground bounce" has
completed its most successful test to date. The United States Naval Research
Laboratory recently completed a trial in which 1.6 kilowatts of power was
transmitted terrestrially using a 10-GHz beam over a distance of 1
kilometer, or six tenths of a mile. This kind of point-to-point transfer of
electrical power is an emerging technology that is becoming increasingly
favorable for scientists looking to expand its application. An IEEE (I
Triple E) paper published late last year said the use of the ground-based
transmitter is part of ongoing exploration that researchers hope will
eventually open the door to space-to-earth wireless transmission of power.
Scientists believe that limiting the frequencies in use to those below 10GHz
will lessen the loss of power during transmission.
Paul Jaffe, KJ4IKI, the project lead, said in an April 20th press release
that the systems have been developed keeping safety limits in mind for
animals and people.
The 10 GHz band is already well-used by the amateur radio community on a
secondary basis. Amateurs may operate between 10 and 10.5 GHz with amateur
satellites operating at frequencies between 10.45 GHz and 10.5 GHz.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson KCØDGY.
(US NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY, IEEE)
BIG RESPONSE TO LATEST AUSTRALIAN BALLOON LAUNCH
PAUL/ANCHOR: Ham radio experimenters in Australia have reported great
success with their latest balloon launch, despite a last-minute adjustment
to their gameplan. Jason Daniels VK2LAW has more.
JASON: There was a slight change in plans for the high-altitude balloon
launch in Australia by Project Horus, a part of the South Australia-based
Amateur Radio Experimenters Group. The weather balloon had a successful
launch on Sunday the 1st of May but this was a telemetry-only trip. The
imagery portion of the flight was postponed for another weekend. According
to the AREG website, the forecast and the expected cloud cover did not make
for ideal conditions for imagery. The experimenters' group said the flight's
goal was to provide receivers in the Central South Australia region with a
chance to receive the telemetry using the ‘Horus-GUI’ software. The balloon
carried a single 70cm beacon on board.
The experimenters' group noted on their website: [quote] "Every piece of
telemetry data is valuable to the flight tracking and recovery teams."
Despite the adjustment in plans, organisers proclaimed the flight a success.
An enthusiastic Mark Jessop VK5QI, the lead member of Project Horus,
announced on Twitter: [quote] "Great to see so many stations receiving!"
For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW.
ILLEGAL OPERATION OF FT8 REPORTED IN BELGIUM
PAUL/ANCHOR: In Belgium, the regulator has received reports of FT8 being
used illegally on a band being eyed for ham radio use. Ed Durrant DD5LP
brings us that report.
ED: The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications, that
nation's communications regulator, reports that amateur radio operators have
been spotted operating using the FT8 mode illegally on 40.680 MHz. Belgian
hams are not permitted access to the 40 MHz (8 metre) band available in some
other countries. Word of the illegal transmissions comes at a crucial time:
The regulator has been studying whether to allocate a portion of the band
for use by amateur radio operators. At present, only short-range ISM,
remotely controlled models and devices to open garage doors are authorized
there. According to a report by the Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union, there
are concerns that the illegal operation by some hams could have a negative
impact on the regulator's determination.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.
(SOUTHGATE, ROYAL BELGIAN AMATEUR RADIO UNION)
PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, in New Zealand, hams have been granted a one-year
extension on their access to 60 meters. This is a continuation of sub-
licenses already held by amateurs for operation between 5351.5 and 5366.5
kHz. Those licenses were due to expire on May 4th. The extension gives the
regulator time to develop a new General User Radio License.
INDIANA RADIO GROUP RECEIVES GRANTS FOR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS
PAUL/ANCHOR: An amateur radio club in Indiana will be able to upgrade its
emergency response equipment thanks to two generous gifts. Stephen Kinford
N8WB tells us about them.
STEPHEN: The emergency response work by hams in the Northeastern Indiana
Amateur Radio Association just got a big boost from more than ABFSL2HM$3,000 in
grants to buy additional equipment, including a trailer. The club's Go Box
project, a key tool for efficient response in disasters, has received a
grant of nearly ABFSL2HM$,000 from the ARRL Foundation. The club's other project is
to buy a trailer and furnish it with an analog and digital repeater, radios
and an array of software including Winlink and FLDIGI. That effort has just
been given a grant of nearly ABFSL2HM$0,000 from San Diego-based Amateur Radio
Digital Communications. When the trailer is not in use supporting the
activity of Amateur Radio Emergency Services, it will be taken to public
events to be part of various amateur radio demonstrations and public
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB.
AMANDA ALDEN, K1DDN, BECOMING NEW ARRL COLORADO SECTION MANAGER
PAUL/ANCHOR: Congratulations to Newsline's own Amanda Alden K1DDN who will
be taking up the responsibility of serving as the ARRL Colorado Section
manager starting on July 1st. Amanda will succeed Robert Wareham, NØESQ,
whose resignation takes effect on June 30th. The ARRL announced the change
in leadership on Friday, April 29th on its website. Robert cited time
constraints as his reason for stepping down following his long period of
service within the league. He has been public information coordinator,
section emergency coordinator and state government liaison. In addition to
being well-known to Newsline listeners and HamNation viewers, Amanda has
been assistant section manager and regional emergency coordinator for the
south and southeast All-Hazards Regions of Colorado.
BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world including the VK8MA
repeater in Australia's Northern Territory on Sundays at 7 p.m. local time.
YOUNG HAM AWARD NOMINATING WINDOW TO CLOSE SOON
PAUL/ANCHOR: The clock is ticking on the time you have left to send in your
nominations for the Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio Newsline
Young Ham of the Year award. Amateur Radio Newsline’s Mark Abramowicz
(pronouncer Abram-a-vich) NT3V is chairman of the award committee and has
MARK: We’re looking for candidates - 18 years or younger from the
continental United States.
Details under the awards tab at our website: arnewsline.org.
We’re looking for someone who has a real love of the hobby - perhaps
through a public service role in amateur radio. Maybe that young ham you
know serves as a net control for a local net.
Or they like working with other young people, helping expose them to the fun
and excitement of ham radio.
Maybe – thanks to Elmers or other mentors - they really have developed a
love of contesting or chasing DX and sharing those experiences with others.
Are they active in your radio club?
Have they ever been to Dayton or made a presentation there or someplace
How about introducing amateur radio at school?
Maybe establishing a school radio club.
Or have they helped set up and taken part in a contact with the
International Space Station?
Time to act now.
Deadline for nominations is May 31st.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Mark Abramowicz, NT3V.
HAM STATIONS WARMING UP FOR INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR RACES
PAUL/ANCHOR: If you're getting revved up for the annual special event
station at the Indianapolis Speedway, you're not alone. Jack Parker W8ISH
takes us for a test drive.
JACK: As spring temperatures warm up so do the radios at W9IMS, the official
special event station at the Indianapolis 500 Motor Speedway. Starting early
Monday May 9th, you can make contact with the special event station for the
Indy Grand Prix race the following weekend. That’s seven days of continuous
access on 20 and 40 meters.
This is the first of three races and the special event stations for the
racing season at the famed two-and-one-half-mile oval in Speedway, Indiana.
Later this month, beginning May 23rd, you can make a second contact with
W9IMS for the 106th running of the Indianapolis 500 mile race. They will be
logging contacts until race day. According to station coordinator Bill
Kennedy, WY9T, this is the 19th year for the Indy 500 special event station.
After a short breather, the W9IMS men and women will rev up the radios again
for the NASCAR 200 race beginning July 25th.
Each contact will receive a custom designed QSL card for each race. Those
hams logging all three special event stations are eligible for a special
three-race certificate this fall.
You can find more details of the times and dates by logging onto W9IMS at
Reporting from Indianapolis, for Amateur Radio Newsline, this is Jack
YOUNGSTERS PREP FOR DX ADVENTURE IN CURAÇAO
PAUL/ANCHOR: The three youngsters who were scheduled for a big DX adventure
in 2020 are two years older – and two years more eager to get going and get
on the air. They're ready for the Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure
that will land them in CURAÇAO as PJ2T between July 14th and 19th. Created
in 2008, the adventure group provides a DX experience, education and some
travel experience for young licensees between the ages of 12 and 17 at no
cost to them. It is supported entirely by donations from individuals, clubs
and other organizations. If you're heading to Hamvention later this month,
stop by booth number 2602 and meet the trio of young operators and their
team. Tickets will also be sold for a raffle drawing on an HF rig to help
support their trip. The trio of young radio amateurs are the same ones
chosen for the 2020 trip before it was cancelled because of the pandemic.
The youth DX group's last adventure was held in 2019 and set a program
record of 6,569 QSOs.
(DAVE KALTER MEMORIAL YOUTH DX ADVENTURE)
SCOUT CAMP ACTIVATION AT WEST POINT RETURNS AFTER 2 YEARS
PAUL/ANCHOR: A special event station for young Scouts in the United States
is back after two years, and it logged an impressive array of contacts. For
that story we turn to Newsline's newest correspondent, George Zafiropoulos
GEORGE: You might consider special event station W2P the official station of
the Comeback Kids. The 58th annual Scout Camporee at the West Point Military
Academy in New York had to be cancelled for two consecutive years because of
the COVID-19 pandemic. On the weekend of April 22nd to 24th, it returned and
got on the air, making 577 contacts on CW and phone, covering 41 states and
25 DXCC entities on three continents. James Gallo, KB2FMH, one of the
organizers, told Newsline that organizers and the West Point Scoutmaster's
Council saw that the camporee itself made up for lost time, even with the
usual number of 6,000 attendees reduced to 4,000 as a COVID precaution. The
radio station had about 13 operators working in rotation on five stations on
Saturday and three stayed on with James to finish up the activation the next
day. James said the contacts were devoted to mini-ragchews, giving everyone
a chance to share memories of being in Scouting or the military. Many of the
operators, who were from the Fair Lawn Amateur Radio Club in New Jersey,
handled the pileups and engaged their contacts in a lively conversation. He
said the most memorable contact was logged in the middle of the night on 20
meters: a 5-watt station with the call sign R5AJ. The operator told James
he'd been a Scout as a boy and when he found the listing on QRZ he had to
make the call. He gave the Scouts a signal report of 5 and 8.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm George Zafiropoulos KJ6VU.
(JAMES GALLO, KB2FMH)
PAUL/ANCHOR: If you worked W2P or heard it as a shortwave listener, QSL with
a stamped, self-addressed envelope to the mailing addresss of W2TMR no later
than May 9th.
WORLD OF DX
In the World of DX, be listening for Gustavo, HC2FG, operating as HD8FG from
Santa Cruz island, Galapagos Islands, SA-004. He will be on the air until
the 8th of May, operating only on 6m FT8 and satellites. QSL to his home
Reiner, DL2AAZ will be active from Guadeloupe as TO2AZ from May 27th to June
10th. Be listening on 40-10m where Reiner will be using CW and SSB. Send
QSLs to his home call.
Listen for Roland, F8EN, on the air from Libreville, Gabon as TR8CR during
the middle of May until July. Be listening on 40, 30 and 20 where he will
be using CW. Send QSLs to F6AJA.
Be listening for Paul, ZS2PS, who will be operating mobile as he visits
Namibia in early May. He will be on the air through the middle of June,
operating from various grids and doing some POTA activations. Be listening
on 80, 60, 40, 30, 20 and 10m. QSL via LoTW.
KICKER: THROUGH MUSIC AND MUSINGS, A RADIO DOCUMENTARY ABOUT HAMS
PAUL/ANCHOR: Finally, we end with a story about hams reflecting on being
hams. It's the sum and substance of a new radio documentary that made its
premiere at an arts festival in the UK. Jeremy Boot G4NJH brings us the
JEREMY: Radio celebrates radio in a half-hour audio documentary that made
its debut last month at an arts festival in Dublin. It is a mixture of
interviews with amateurs based in Ireland, actual on-air contacts made by
the hams and - because this was for an arts festival - there is also music
by the Ficino String Quartet, an ensemble also based in Ireland. Dublin's
Five Lamps Arts Festival presented the half-hour programme, "Ham," as a
broadcast on Dublin Digital Radio in early April. The documentary is the
creation of Craig Cox, a composer and an active contributor to the city's
experimental music community. All those musical notes are complemented by an
array of technical notes provided in interviews with Annard Brower, EI4IQB;
Ana Canizares Bejarano, EI5IXB; Tony Breathnach, EI5EM; and Joe Guilf,
EI2JZ. The hams talk about moonbounce, signal reports, bandwidth and the
music inherent in the dits and dahs of Morse Code.
Though the Five Lamps Festival is a community-based event traditionally
focusing on local arts, culture and theatre, the addition of the drama and
culture of amateur radio transported the celebration across continents, if
only for a few moments.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
PAUL/ANCHOR: The documentary can be heard now on demand on SoundCloud. See
the text version of this week's Newsline script for the link.
[FOR PRINT, DO NOT READ: soundcloud.com/craigcoxsound/ham ]
(FIVE LAMPS FESTIVAL, SOUNDCLOUD)
NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group; ARRL;
BBC; CQ Magazine; Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure; David Behar K7DB;
DXWorld.net; EMFCamp; Five Lamps Festival; The Hindu newspaper; the IEEE;
James Gallo, KB2FMH; KPC News; New Zealand Association of Radio
Transmitters; Ohio Penn DX; QRZ.com; the Radio Society of Great Britain;
Royal Belgian Amateur Radio Union; SoundCloud; Southgate Amateur Radio News;
shortwaveradio.de; The Times of India; the United States Navy; YouTube; and
you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. You can write
to us at email@example.com. We remind our listeners that Amateur Radio
Newsline is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that incurs expenses
for its continued operation. If you wish to support us, please visit our
website at arnewsline.org and know that we appreciate you all.
For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT at the news desk in New York, and our
news team worldwide, I'm Paul Braun WD9GCO in Valparaiso Indiana saying 73.
As always we thank you for listening.
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