WEEKDAY EDITION: Let's see here, perfect
fall wx here this morning, 65 and sunny....Nearfest
approaches, BC runs score up on hapless
non-conference Wagner liberal pussy college, some
things never change, but next weekend Clemson will
kick their ass bigtime to make it up....I suggest
renting a movie, trimming your toenails, or braiding
your armpits tonite to avoid the Clinton-Trump lying
MIT FLEA MARKET
Once a month
in the summer, a small parking lot on
Massachusetts Institute of
Technology's campus transforms into a
high-tech flea market known for its
outlandish offerings. Tables overflow
with antique radio equipment, some of it
a century old. Visitors can buy a
telescope that's the size of a cannon.
One man has hauled in a
NASA space capsule he owns.
It's known as
Swapfest, a place where tinkerers from
across New England go to buy and sell
the gadgets they can't find in stores.
Some arrive searching for parts to build
robots. Others are amateur radio
enthusiasts adding to their collections.
For some, it's simply an outdoor museum
of the strange and surprising.
pretty much find all things nerdly,"
said Steve Finberg, an MIT alumnus and
longtime organizer, who arrives every
month wearing a cowboy hat and a bushy
beard. "The flea is where you go to buy
the stuff you didn't know you needed."
started 30 years ago as a campus
fundraiser for student radio clubs at
MIT. It still supports those groups, but
it's grown far bigger. Sellers now drive
from hours away to hawk their goods,
some arriving the night before to claim
marquee spots for their tables. Hundreds
of shoppers come to browse every month.
hosts other flea markets with a
high-tech spin, but this one has a
reputation for drawing the rare and
obscure. Some credit it to the market's
location, surrounded by MIT and
technology companies around Boston,
whose retired equipment sometimes
filters down to the sale tables.
high-tech community in Boston that makes
it unique," said Finberg, who's also an
engineer at an MIT-affiliated research
lab. "People will bring surplus runs
from production at some facility which
dumped a project, and you'll find
resistors that cost big bucks being sold
for a dime apiece."
Some of the
vendors are professionals, there to buy
and sell electronics for a living.
Others are amateurs, mostly there to
clear out their garages. They all get
the same warning: It's considered taboo
to sell furniture, clothes or other
typical yard-sale fare. The Swapfest has
a charter explicitly barring it from
becoming a general flea market.
beginning, the event been held the third
Sunday of the month, from April through
October. Its tables fill a surface lot
next to an MIT power plant, with dozens
more in a nearby parking garage.
crowd last Sunday were Neel Shah and
Sasha Berisheva, two juniors at
Northeastern University who are building
a car that runs on chemical reactions.
It's part of an annual competition at
their university, and they came to
rummage through boxes of electronic
baubles, hoping to find capacitors for
Purrington brought his 10-year-old son,
Alec, to check out radio gear, a shared
hobby between the father and son from
"My dad has
gotten me into ham radio," Alec said,
adding that he was in good company at
the sale. "I would definitely call this
items for sale at the latest gathering:
an ultrasound machine, like those used
to capture images of unborn infants, and
a dish antenna, said to be plucked from
a 1960s fighter jet.
One man, Tom
Perera, routinely brings his collection
of Engima machines, the ciphering
devices that Germans used to pass coded
World War II.
Chuck Ochs has
been a regular seller since 1991,
stacking his table high with vintage
radios and electronic testing equipment.
His rarest item up for sale last week
was a Crosley Model 51 radio from 1921,
going for $100.
years, Ochs has taken his collection to
dozens of other sales, but he says none
quite compare to MIT's flea.
"A lot of this
stuff was thousands and thousands of
dollars when it came out," said Ochs, of
East Bridgewater, Massachusetts. "If it
exists in the city, this is where you'll
The Geomagnetic Blitz of September
Seventy-five years ago, on 18–19 September 1941, the
Earth experienced a great magnetic storm, one of the
most intense ever recorded.
It arrived at a poignant moment in history, when
radio and electrical technology was emerging as a
central part of daily life and when much of the
world was embroiled in World War II, which the
United States had not yet officially entered.
The illuminated night sky exposed an Allied convoy
to German attack.
Auroras danced across the night sky as voltage
surged in power grid lines. A radio blackout
interrupted fan enjoyment of a baseball game, while
another radio program was interrupted by private
phone conversations. Citizens, already on edge,
wondered if neon lights were some sort of
antiaircraft signal. And far away in the North
Atlantic, the illuminated night sky exposed an
Allied convoy to German attack.
These effects raised awareness within the scientific
community and among the public of the societal
significance of the effects that the Sun and outer
space can have on the Earth—what we now call space
Read the full article - The Geomagnetic Blitz of
ARRL Outgoing QSL Service to
Although ARRL believes it’s
important to maintain the
long-standing tradition of the
ARRL Outgoing QSL
membership benefit, increased
administration costs will
require an increase in rates, in
order to keep the Service
available and viable.
Service has been a member
benefit for decades,” an ARRL
statement said. “Since its
official formation in November
1976, tens of millions of QSL
cards have been shipped from
ARRL Headquarters to Amateur
Radio QSL bureaus of other
national societies worldwide. At
one time, this benefit offered a
safe, reliable, and inexpensive
way to exchange QSL cards for a
fraction of the cost of the
postal service. What Amateurs
saved in financial cost,
however, was made up for in
time; it could take months, or
even years, to send and receive
a QSL through the bureau.”
Effective November 1, the
rate for 1 ounce of outgoing
QSLs via the Service will
increase to match the 1 ounce
USPS international postage rate.
As of September 2016, this rate
is $1.15 per ounce — about 10
cards. An additional service fee
of $7 will be charged per
individual transaction, to cover
WEEKEND EDITION: Well, NE Patriots played well
Thursday night as well as the Red Sox....no wonder
the rest of the country hates us. A bunch of whining
liberals with winning teams, almost enough to piss
me off.....BC plays patsy liberal arts college
Wagner today, a bunny in their schedule. Wagner, who
the hell ever heard of Wagner College?.....and screw
Angelina and Brad, who gives a damn...Wouldn't it be
something if Ortiz could reach 40 homeruns in his
final season?....New England Nearfest coming up
“RF Seismograph” Improved to
Better Reflect Band Activity
Scanning RF Seismograph
a real-time HF
and Alex Schwarz, VE7DXW, now
can show both combined band
noise and activity and just band
activity. The RF Seismograph,
which covers 80, 40, 30, 20, 15,
and 10 meters, is a project of
the North Shore Amateur Radio
“We were able to extract signals
from the noise and display the
results in gray scale vertical
lines — white is best
propagation,” Schwarz said.
“This separate display does not
indicate changes in noise
The site is in Lynn Valley
(CN89li), North Vancouver,
British Columbia, at 500 feet
ASL. A transceiver connected to
an omnidirectional multiband
antenna monitors JT-65
frequencies on six HF bands (for
8 seconds each, repeating the
scan every 52 seconds).
Recorders monitor signals and
background noise on a given band
and display the results in six
color-differentiated (one color
per band), long-duration graphs
covering 6 hours of scans.
Vertical movement of the primary
graph traces is caused by
changes in noise level and by
the reflection of noise off the
D Layer off the ionosphere,
Amateur Radio Credited with
Helping Injured Cyclist
Members of the Huntsville
Amateur Radio Club (HARC
in Alabama had a role in getting
help for a Louisiana cyclist
injured in a September 17 group
ride in Madison County, Alabama.
A representative of the
Spring City Cycling Club
told WHNT-19 News that a number
of riders, including Brian
Guerrero, fell as a motor
vehicle was passing in the
opposite direction. The club
spokesperson said it was
unlikely that the motorist
caused or contributed to the
accident, and an investigation
continues. The club praised the
action of first responders and
first aid from fellow cyclists —
a trauma surgeon and a nurse.
RECORD BREAKER ON 630 METERS
STEPHEN: We open this week's report with word of an
amateur radio first - one that went the distance of
several thousand miles. We hear more from Amateur
Radio Newsline's John Williams, VK4JJW
JOHN'S REPORT: Despite the 7,000 or so miles between
them -- or perhaps because of it -- Roger Crofts
VK4YB in Queensland, Australia and Steve McDonald
VE7SL in British Columbia were able to accomplish a
"first." On September 15, on 475.300 kHz -- that's
the 630 meter band -- the Australian and the
Canadian completed an unprecedented contact on the
air using JT9 digital mode.
The QSO was called "historic" by John Langridge,
KB5NJD, who holds an FCC Part 5 Experimental license
WG2XIQ. John, who was in touch with both amateurs,
called it the longest two-way QSO ever conducted on
That's not the only encouraging sign of success for
630 meters. In California, another amateur, Joe
Lowe, NU6O, reported that Roger VK4YB had heard his
WI2XBQ Experimental Service beacon on September 14,
just a day earlier, while he was running very low
power and a 43-foot vertical on WSPR mode.
Although both Canada and Australia can operate on
630 meters, that frequency is not available for use
in the U.S. -- a proposed new secondary allocation
for 630 meters was proposed in an April 2015 FCC
report. Action is still pending.
HAWAII GETS REAL ABOUT TSUNAMI SIMULATION
STEPHEN: In Hawaii, it's only a test but it's a
disaster could really happen, as we hear from
Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM: Imagine this: An earthquake with a magnitude
of 9.2 sets off the The Great Aleutian Tsunami,
putting the Hawaiian Islands at risk. The time it
all unfolds is 9 a.m. local time. The date is
Saturday, October 1st. That's right. October 1st,
which means it hasn't happened yet, but that's the
whole point: It could, if not on that date, then at
some other time. So at 9 a.m. on October 1st, a
Simulated Exercise Test will be held as if the
tsunami were bearing down on Hawaii, a likelihood
that has about a 9 percent chance of actually
occurring in the next 50 years, according to the
University of Hawaii.
All hams are encouraged to be a part of the
exercise, which concludes at noon local time. The
exercise is designed to sharpen amateurs' ability to
work with state and county officials supporting
their emergency communications both on Oahu and the
other Hawaiian Islands. Hams will pass damage
reports, situation reports and requests for
Obviously this will only be a test and, as if to
underscore that, life will go on afterward: The
Koolau Amateur Radio Club will hold its monthly
meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 8th and
the Emergency Amateur Radio Club of Honolulu plans
to hold its monthly meeting a little later in the
month, on October 18th at 7 p.m. For more
details, contact Clement Jung KH7HO, emergency
coordinator for the ARRL's Pacific Section, at
VOICE OF AMERICA'S BETHANY RELAY STATION MARKS
STEPHEN: The Voice of America Bethany Relay Station
will mark its 72nd anniversary on Saturday,
September 24th with Special Event station WC8VOA
operated by the West Chester Amateur Radio
Association. Be listening between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Eastern Time in the U.S. The station in Bethany,
Ohio, will be on SSB on a number of HF bands if
conditions permit. Send QSL cards to the bureau or
directly to the club in West Chester, Ohio. The
historic relay station, one of three that had been
used by the Voice of America, was closed Nov. 14,
AIR SHOW SPECIAL EVENT PUTS TECHS ON 10 METERS
STEPHEN: Another special event station is taking to
the air - this time at a Sonoma County, California,
air show. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Skeeter
SKEETER'S REPORT: On September 24th and 25th, the
air over California's wine country in Sonoma County
will be alive with planes doing acrobatic feats, jet
demonstrations, vintage aircraft and warbirds. This
year, it will also carry the voices of Technician
class amateurs working their portion of the 10 meter
band at Special Event Station K6W. The station is
being operated by the Sonoma County Radio Amateurs
at the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport where
the airshow takes place.
The hams will be operating on 28.402 MHz to allow
techs elsewhere to work them on HF, if propagation
permits. Darryl Paule KI6MSP, the club's outreach
coordinator, says although the club has had this
Special Event station at the airshow for the past
six years, this is the first time the Technician
portion of 10 meters is part of the frequency
lineup. It's a frequency familiar to the club's Tech
class licensees because they've been using it for
their new Tuesday night 10 meter Net, started
earlier this year.
Darryl says that everyone's hoping that once the
Technicians get a taste of working a Special Event
station on HF, they might just think about upgrading
and joining everyone on the rest of the bands.
Be listening for K6W on 20 meters and 40 meters,
too. The station will be on the air from 10 am to 4
pm Pacific Time.
SILENT KEYS: PATRICK DOHERTY VE3PD AND TERRY BARNES
STEPHEN: Two more losses hit the global amateur
community. We hear from Amateur Radio Newsline's
Jeremy Boot, G4NJH:
JEREMY'S REPORT: A former president of the Radio
Amateurs of Canada, Patrick George Doherty, VE3PD,
has become a Silent Key.
The Ontario native became a licensed ham in 1974 as
VE3HFS and over the years, as he changed call signs
and pursued related interests, he used amateur radio
as a ticket to travel, especially to places such as
Siberia or the South Pacific and for DX vacations.
Patrick died on Sept. 5 at the age of 81. Radio
Amateurs of Canada plan a tribute article about him
in the November/December issue of Canadian Amateur
Meanwhile, in the UK, hams are mourning the death of
Terry Barnes, GI3USS, who had been president of the
Radio Society of Great Britain in 1992. His
election, which followed an extended period as a
volunteer for the group, marked the first presidency
by a GI amateur in 25 years. Terry had also worked
as a radio technician for the police in Northern
Ireland, where he had been Zonal Council member for
Peter Chadwick, G3RZP, who was Terry's vice
president and succeeded him as president, recalled
how he and Terry pulled off a Radio Society "first"
by going together to Dayton Hamvention. He wrote, on
the RSGB website, that their presence at the Ohio
gathering was such a success that it set a precedent
for subsequent years.
"LAST MAN STANDING" STARTS SEASON 6
STEPHEN: As ABC TV's "Last Man Standing" enters its
sixth season Friday, Sept. 23, news comes that the
popular show is now in national syndication and seen
in markets around the country. Episodes featuring
Tim Allen as a ham radio operator are now available
on The Hallmark Channel, Country Music Television
and Freeform, formerly known as ABC Family. Our
thanks to the show's producer John Amodeo NN6JA for
this good news. Now we have more ways to tune in and
copy Mike Baxter KA0XTT.
FALLING OUT with 100 WATTS AND A WIRE
STEPHEN: The leaves may be coming down in some parts
of the U.S., but the antennas are going up. Amateur
Radio Newsline's Neil Rapp, WB9VPG, tells us how
some amateurs are seizing this change of seasons.
NEIL's REPORT : If you enjoy operating at 100 watts
or even less here's a high-powered event to enjoy
with your low-power operation: The 100 Watts and a
Wire ham radio community wants everyone to grab
their portable radios and head outdoors on October
8th and 9th and get on the air.
The event is called FALLOUT. Operators are being
encouraged to call "CQ 100 Watts and a Wire FALLOUT"
on any and all bands. Whether the location is a
city, state or national park, or somewhere else
outdoors - and whether hams operate solo or as a
group or club - the idea is to get outdoors while
the temperatures are still friendly and listen for
some friendly voices as well.
If you're a member of the 100 Watts and Wire
community, exchange your 100 Watts ID numbers with
one another. If you're not a member of the
community, participate anyway and collect QSOs with
members. Fall will be getting under way - what
better time to harvest a bumper crop of QSL cards?
DATV QSO KICKS OFF 6TH ANNUAL QSO PARTY
STEPHEN: A 6-year-old global tradition continues
with yet another Digital Amateur TV QSO Party.
Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Paul Braun, WD9GCO.
PAUL'S REPORT: The sixth annual DATV QSO Party kicks
off on Friday the 23rd of September from Melbourne
with VK-only contacts. This includes VK2, VK3, VK4
VK5 and VK7. VK3RTV will again be streamed in
Standard Definition on YouTube courtesy of Ralph
Parkhurst, VK3LL, who will advise on the link
address beforehand. The YouTube link is considered
the best way for viewing beyond VK3RTV's own
coverage area. VK3RTV will also be streamed on the
BATC website to provide additional coverage. The QSO
Party will begin at 1000 UTC.
Then, at 0000 UTC on Saturday, the 24th of September
-- which is 8 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on September
23rd and 5 p.m. Pacific Time -- the QSO Party will
continue through the DATV repeater WR8ATV in
Columbus Ohio. Shortly afterward, following a break,
the W6ATN network in Southern California will join.
If you are in Australia or the U.S. and wish to
participate via Skype, send requests to the Skype
name 'datvqsoparty.' Please only send requests and
do not place any phone calls. Your call will be
returned during a designated time slot.
DATV QSO parties have been held since 2011, when the
first one was organized to mark the 100th
anniversary of Amateur Radio Victoria.
UK PREPS FOR ITS LARGEST HAMFEST
STEPHEN: Throughout the UK, hams await opening day
for National Hamfest. It's a big deal, as we hear
once again from Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
JEREMY'S REPORT: Final preparations are under way
for the UK's largest radio rally, the National
Hamfest, which begins on the 30th of September and
runs through the 1st of October. Attendees will
gather at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground
from around the UK, Europe and the Far East.
The Camb-Hams, part of the Cambridgeshire Repeater
Group, will again be on site operating their special
event station GB16NH, operating this year from their
Flossie Mk2 which was built this past winter to
replace the original aging vehicle. Anyone attending
the hamfest is welcome to operate with the club as
GB16NH. If you wish to operate under your own
callsign, you'll need to bring a copy of your
For more details, visit nationalhamfest.org.uk
K2BSA ACTIVATING IN 3 MORE STATES
STEPHEN: Back home the United States. Boy Scouts
have three more activations of K2BSA and are
prepping for Jamboree on the Air next month. We hear
more from Newsline's Bill Stearns, NE4RD.
BILL's REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting we have 3
activations of the K2BSA callsign in HI, NY, and OR,
and a chance for a prize for sending in your
Evan Esaki, WH6ECG, will be the control operator for
the portable KH6 station at the Ko'olau KapioLani
District Camporee at Bellows Air Force Station on
the island of Oahu, HI on October 1st from 1830 to
2130 UTC. Scouts at the camp will be able to
carry on conversations on IRLP (node 3197) or on DMR
(TAC 310 and local Hawaii talk groups) through
nearby UHF repeaters, courtesy of Carter, KH6FV.
Michael Hartling, N8YHC, will be the control
operator for the portable 2 station at the Twin
Rivers Council 25th Anniversary Camporee in
Schatighticoke, NY, on October 1st from 13:00
- 20:00 UTC. Karen KS2O, Mac W2VLT, members of
the Troy Amateur Radio Association and Mike, will be
operating 20 and 40 meters at the event where they
are expecting around 3000 scouts..
Russ Michiewicz, N7QR, will be the control operator
for the portable 7 station at the Webelos Woods
event at Camp Meriwether in Cloverdale, OR, on
October 1st. Russ will have a GOTA station
likely on 20 and 40 meters.
JOTA is the weekend of October 14th through the
16th. Last year we had about 50% of the
registered stations send in a post-JOTA report.
In an effort to encourage this follow-up to the
event, Icom America and Ray Novak, N9JA, have
incentivized BSA registered stations with a chance
to win an ID-51A for their station for completing
For more information on K2BSA, JOTA resources, and
radio scouting, please visit http://www.k2bsa.net/.
KICKER: OKLAHOMA HAMS SEEK HELP WITH STORM REPAIRS
STEPHEN: We end this week's report with a plea from
Oklahoma hams seeking help restoring a tower and
antenna following some serious storm damage. This
isn't just any tower and antenna: They belong to the
amateur radio club aboard the historic USS Oklahoma
and USS Batfish in Muskogee War Memorial Park.
Here's Newsline's Mike Askins KE5CXP.
MIKE: The USS Batfish, a World War II submarine that
sank numerous enemy vessels in battle, stood strong
against one storm last July when it swept through
Oklahoma, but the same cannot be said for the
amateur radio tower near the vessel's home in
Muskogee War Memorial Park. Winds, clocked at times
at 140 miles an hour, took down the tower used by
the USS Oklahoma & USS Batfish Amateur Radio Club,
and also damaged the vertical antenna on the
Batfish. The club uses the call signs WW2SUB and
WW2OK for the Batfish and the Oklahoma,
respectively, and is looking to get repairs done
before December 7th and the 75th anniversary of the
attack on Pearl Harbor. The club's president, Mitch
Hull KE5H asks that hams respond to the club's "Go
Fund Me" page or contribute via PayPal to treasurer
Gary Burch W5ODS. You'll find both links in this
week's newscast script on the Amateur Radio Newsline
Mitch says that donations are NOT tax deductible but
they would most certainly be appreciated.
Links are: PayPal.Me/BatfishTowerProject and
New England Hams you
might run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter
regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying
planes and playing radio
Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's
the Hosstrader's original organizers, 75 meter
regular, Tech Wizard!!!
of Davis-RF....my best friend from high school
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham
found at all the hamfests
WB1DVD- Gil....Gilly..Gilmore.....easy going,
computer parts selling, New England Ham..
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be
found at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna
John.........Dr. Linux....fine amateur radio op
....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot who cooks on
the side at Hosstrader's...
key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
going, Harley riding kind of guy!
guy, loves to split cordwood and hunt...
talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear
Force Controller...told quite a few pilots where to
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master
plumber and ragchewer...
K1BRS-Bruce- Computer Tech of 3936...multi
talented kidney stone passing ham...
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream shop, hard working
W1VAK- Ed, Cape
Cod, lots of experience in all areas, once was a
Jacques Cousteus body guard....
Paul.....3910 test king....testing......always
easy going, kind of like Mr. Rogers until politics
are brought up then watch out...
K1BNH- Bill- Used to work for
a bottled gas company-we think he has been around
nitrous oxide to long .
K1PV- Roger....75 meter
regular, easy going guy...
Mike, Antrim, NH, auto parts truck driver-retired
W1OKQ- Jack....3936 Wheeling
and Dealing......keeping the boys on there toes....
meter regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular
for many years...
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many
Silent Key:N1WBD- Big
Bob- Tallest ham, at 6'10", of the 3864 group and
owner of Peanut (silent key)- mascot....
W1FSK-Steve....Navy Pilot, HRO
Salesman, has owned every radio ever built!
from easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
K1GAR- John- Very colorful
character!......self appointed "hambassador" by
Nice fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early
professional musician, one of the nice guys