WEEKDAY EDITION: Is it still Trump vs.
Clinton?....HRO BUYS OUT AES, I wonder if the Feds
have to approve the merger for fear of a monopoly on
ham gear leading to higher prices, etc?.....The
Attorney General here in MA banned AR 15's
overnight, I am feeling a little safer today knowing
only criminals and crazies can still obtain them
FCC Notice of
Violation Alleges Malicious
Interference, Transmitting Music,
Failure to Identify.....
The FCC has issued a Notice
to a California Amateur Radio
licensee, alleging that he
caused willful and malicious
interference, transmitted music,
and failed to identify properly.
The FCC Enforcement Bureau said
in the Notice
, issued on
July 13 to Philip J. Beaudet,
N6PJB, of Burney, that agents
from the San Francisco,
California, and Portland,
Oregon, offices observed the
violations on four occasions in
August and October 2015. A
General class licensee, Beaudet
formerly held the call sign
You had a story on your site about the Marconi
museum acquiring a Creed tape reader.
I was stationed at Coast Guard Radio Boston (NMF).
We transmitted NOTAM's (Notice To All Mariners)
on CW at 18WPM.
They were prepared on punched tape and read by a
Bohme Keyer head. Some of the tapes were 50 to
80 feet long - they were looped on wooden pegs
along one wall and pulled through the head into
a trash can.
The video below shows the reader head - note the
Zerk fittings on the motor - we had a grease gun
on the back of the table. Part of my job was to
be sure that was greased on schedule.
Coast Guard Headquarters and Search
and Rescue were in Boston - the old
Customhouse ( along with the FCC) -
NMF was in Marshfield. We had a 250W
30 MHZ FM transmitter and receiver,
with 3 element beams, that
maintained 24/7 Teletype
communications between us.
One of our working frequencies on CW
was 466 KHZ and we monitored 500 KHZ
- the International distress freq -
We ran 500W CW on LF - all our HF
transmitters were 10KW - plate
modulated AM. We had fun a few times
after they gave 11 Meters to the
CB'ers. We would answer them on Chan
14 with 10 KW ! They could not
figure out why their S meters were
all against the pin!
Short story : We used to have to
patrol the transmitter sites for
parkers - I encountered a couple one
night, told them they were
trespassing on a Government
Reservation. The Guy was a real
certifiable jerk - started yelling
at me that he was a taxpayer, owned
the site, and could stay there if he
wanted, and I could go to Hell !
I suggested that if he wanted to
park next to these high powered RF
facilities and make himself sterile
then Good Luck. I think he burned
rubber all the way to Scituate to
get away from there.
P.S. I was there in 1958
When Jane first met Tarzan in the jungle, she
was instantly attracted to him and during her
questions about his life, she asked him if he
had ever had sex.
“Tarzan not know sex.”
Jane explained to him what it was.
Tarzan said, “Ohhh…Tarzan use knot hole in
trunk of tree.”
Horrified, Jane said, “Tarzan, you have it
all wrong, but I will show you how to do it
She took off her clothing and lay down on the
ground. “Here.” she said, pointing to her
privates, “You must put it in here.”
Tarzan removed his loin cloth, showing Jane
his considerable manhood, stepped closer to her
and kicked her right in the crotch! Jane rolled
around in agony for what seemed like an
Eventually, she managed to gasp for air and
screamed, “What did you do that for?!”
Tarzan replied, “Check for squirrel.”
FYI: How to Research an Old License or Callsign
With the recent change of rules by the FCC, many
amateurs are wondering, "How can I prove that I held
a Technician or greater license before 1987?".
QRZ has recently made available its oldest USA
Callsign database from the March 1993 QRZ Ham Radio
CDROM. This collection contains the issue dates of
many callsigns that go back into the mid 1980's and
may be use to those who are searching. Whether this
will eventually be accepted as proof by the FCC or
the VEC's remains to be seen.
We wish that the answer was a simple one. If only
there was a database of really old callsign
information it could be so easy. It would certainly
be nice to be able to look up the old callsigns
and/or names and find out all all about the history
of a given callsign.
Sadly, this isn't going to be possible any time
soon. Here's why:
Back in the early days of the FCC, from the
beginning of radio and up until the 1980's, the
Commission kept all of its records on paper.
Computers did emerge at the FCC at some point during
the 1980's however to the best of our knowledge,
little of none of the previous information dating
back to 1940's and 1950's was ever transcribed into
computer readable format.
For perhaps ten years or so after the FCC started
using computers the information that they had on
their systems was not routinely released to the
public. Finally, in the early 1990's, they started
distributing their data on mainframe-style magnetic
tape through an organization which was to emerge as
the National Technical Information Service (now
In 1992 one could purchase a copy of this mainframe
tape containing all of the current US callsign
information for about $1000. Needless to say, not
many copies were sold. QRZ started business around
that time and was one of the precious few that
actually purchased the government tapes. Our first
version of the QRZ Ham Radio database was made on
1/4 inch magnetic tape (not CDROM) and sent out to
about 100 people. Sadly, we no longer have a copy of
the original 1992 data. QRZ's original goal was
always to provide current and timely callsign
information for USA amateurs and because of this we
were never compelled to keep track of the changes
from one year to the next. Our current database does
not for example, contain the 1993 information - it
contains the latest data instead.
Since 1993, the FCC has changed their entire data
distribution system at least twice and as a result
it has never been easy to keep track of the current
information, let alone the old data.
In order to research callsigns which date back
several years, the only record which exists are the
old callbooks. Most unfortunately, these were not
sorted by name but only by callsign. Therefore, if
you're trying to find out what callsign a person
held in say, 1950, you're practically out of luck.
Strongest flare of 2016
The Space Weather site reports sunspot complex
AR2565-AR2567 erupted on July 23, twice, producing
two strong solar flares in quick succession
The first at 0211 UT registered M5 on the Richter
Scale of Flares.
The second at 0516 UT registered M7.6, making it the
strongest flare of 2016 so far.
Pulses of radiation from the two flares ionized the
top of Earth's atmosphere, causing a blackout of
shortwave radio transmissions over the Pacific side
of Earth. People who might have noticed the fading
signals include ham radio operators, mariners and
The explosions hurled an impressive CME into space.
The body of the cloud will not hit Earth. However,
Earth could experience a glancing blow from shock
waves on the outskirts of the cloud. This has
prompted NOAA forecasters to issue a minor
geomagnetic storm warning for July 26.
WEEKEND EDITION: Well, we have a heat wave
complete with humidity here on Cape Ann, but the
ocean beach is just walking distance away...poor
bastard delivering for UPS yesterday in town slumped
over in his non-airconditioned truck and was rushed
to the hospital dehydrated....North Korea’s state
radio has recently
broadcast strings of indecipherable numbers,
according to officials in Seoul, in a possible
resumption of a cold war-era method of sending coded
messages to spies operating in South Korea.
Maritime Center Acquires “Creed
Machine” from Georgia Radio Amateur
ARRL member Gene Greneker,
K4MOG, of Powder Springs,
Georgia, recently fulfilled a
dream for the
Chatham Marconi Maritime
formerly WCC on Cape Cod — to
add an important artifact to its
collection. Greneker spotted a
brief item in QST
year seeking a so-called “Creed
machine” for the museum. While
most ship-to-shore station
traffic was conducted by skilled
Morse operators at their keys,
the Creed machine — or keyer —
read a punched tape prepared in
advance that generated one-way
Morse code broadcasts to ships
“Ham-isms” We Should Retire Once and for All
By Don Keith, N4KC
In my book Get on the Air…NOW! , I identified and
tried to help with what I consider to be some of the
biggest obstacles that stand in the way of many
people who get their Ham tickets but then delay
actually getting more deeply involved. These were
things that discouraged them from getting on the air
and fully experiencing all the various aspects of
our hobby. One of those impediments was the jargon,
that specialized language that develops among all
groups or around most pursuits and that can scare
the whey out of newcomers. If you don’t agree that
it can faze folks, eavesdrop on conversations
involving computer game enthusiasts, antique car
restorers, hunters, fishermen, golfers, Makers...or
even fellow Amateurs who might have more exotic
interests within the hobby than you do.
To help new Hams not to be intimidated by the
specialized vocabulary of our hobby, I decided to
include a “dictionary” of terms as part of Get on
the Air...NOW! I had been collecting such a list for
years and got busy tracking down as many more as I
could find that might buffalo a newly-licensed
Amateur. But before I knew it, I had over 1,200
terms, over 1,600 definitions, and hundreds of
Internet links, and this did not include many
technical terms. I also realized that a surprising
number of the terms I found would be new even to
old-timers. That is because the hobby constantly
evolves and many of us silo ourselves, remaining
within our own narrow segment of the hobby.
(When I am at hamfests with my books [see you in
Nashville in July and Huntsville in August], I often
challenge those who proclaim, “Aw, I’ve been
licensed since before they invented AC. I don’t need
no Ham Radio dictionary!” I tell them I bet I can
stump them within three entries pulled from the
book. If I don’t, I’ll give them a free copy they
can pass along to someone not so enlightened. I have
never gotten past the second term and thus have
never had to give away a copy.)
I decided to not only include all that jargon in the
book but to also publish it separately as The
Amateur Radio Dictionary in both small-format
paperback and e-book. Frankly, I was surprised
nobody had done this before and the sales of the
book prove there is a decided need. It also became
clear that this would have to be an ongoing effort
to keep it updated. Just as with English and other
languages, our Ham terminology changes, too. I
regularly get suggestions for new terms to include
and I openly solicit and encourage such submissions.
More prolific contributors will even get their names
and callsigns in the book!
However, among the new entries contributed also come
phrases and lingo that do not necessarily fit into a
“dictionary.” And among them are even some that I
personally would like to see disappear altogether.
With a few exceptions, I left them out of the book
and dictionary simply because I did not want to
Thus the reason for this article. I want to
de-legitimize them by poking good-natured fun at
Here, then, are some expressions that I would vote
to shuffle off to the scrap heap of the Amateur
Radio lexicon. Not in a mean-spirited way, mind you.
Some have served their purpose and are ready for a
long-overdue rest. Others simply don’t make sense.
Others are just plain goofy. And I bet you can come
up with plenty more.
My favorite “ham-isms” I’d most like to deep-6:
“If I can hear ‘em, I can work ‘em.”
Well, excuse me for such a typical “slacker
generation” response, but, “Duh!” Although I know
some guys who try to bluff their way into a QSL by
logging some rare DX right off the cluster spot,
please explain how you can, in reality, work a
station you CAN’T EVEN HEAR!
Okay, I know some new digital modes allow copying
stations below the noise level that you can’t
discern by ear, but you know what I mean. This
expression is not even really bragging. The band may
be bursting with signals from all over the planet
for most people listening in but that ten-penny nail
you are using for an antenna only allows you to
hear—and make contact with—a precious few.
Continue working only what you can hear, but let’s
send this nonsensical phrase packing.
“I have destinated.”
The heady days when VHF/UHF operation first put
mobile operating within reach of us all inevitably
resulted in all sorts of new and creative terms,
many coined just to show how clever we all were. How
many remember when we first got on the repeater and
thought “full quieting” was a new punk band out of
San Francisco? Or “heard you on reverse split” could
have been some totally new kind of RFI best
diagnosed by a proctologist?
I actually heard a new op come back to the
“destinated” pronouncement with, “You’ve WHAT?” The
response was almost as puzzling to the new Ham: “I
just got to the home QTH so I’m gonna pull the plug,
get a cold 807, and see who’s modulatin’ on the Goat
Stomper Net on 75.”
Ahem. Let’s make the “home QTH” of “destinated” the
dust bin of antiquated Amateur Radio jargon.
“We don’t have propagation today.”
Then I say alert the media! Right now! A basic tenet
of physics has ceased to function. Just don’t try to
use your cell phone. If there is absolutely NO radio
frequency propagation, you see, then a large portion
of the media—like broadcast radio and TV—won’t be
able to relay the earth-shaking news. Because their
signals will not be able to propagate!
No, it’s all gone. 20 meters. WiFi. Cell phones. The
“Mutt and Joe Morning Radio Show” on Rock 107. What
will we do?
Look, you actually may not be able to chew the rag
with your buds on 40 because the ionosphere has not
been adequately tickled by the sun. But there is,
without doubt, some propagation. It may only be
lofting your little signal down to the end of the
block. Or launching it far out into space beyond the
usual layer that refracts such a thing, to a place
where only aliens can get the latest update on your
wife’s eczema. But, believe me on this. Some kind of
propagation is occurring.
Let’s stop propagating this dire but patently untrue
“We can have an eyeball at the hamfest.”
I have watched Chef Anthony Bourdain on TV as he
happily engorges himself on frog gizzards, duck
feet, and roasted roaches. He’s made a career—and a
small fortune—eating exotic fare. I have never seen
him have an eyeball!
I certainly have never seen anyone have an eyeball
at a hamfest. Bad hot dogs, gummy fries, and
charcoal-crispy brats (Dayton), yes.
Okay, I know what this phrase means and you likely
do, too. But imagine some potential new Amateur
programming in the local repeater channel into his
scanner and the very first thing he hears is, “Yep,
we’ll have to have an eyeball. Then we’ll go over to
the boneyard and see if we can find some tuning
slugs and bleeder resistors.”
Yummy! Ours is such a tasty hobby.
“Old man, you’re off frequency.”
I will readily admit that this terminology has
become something of a pet peeve for this particular
old man. I have it it from someone who answered my
CQ. And even once from a station that called me
after I wrapped up a nice QSO with another op.
“Old man, N4KC, what frequency you on?”
I check my VFO. “I’m reading 14 dot 250 dot 17,” I
inform him. That is likely close enough to the
actual frequency at which I have been emanating RF
for the past hour or so.
“Thought so. You’re off frequency. I’m on 14.250 on
the nose. Your audio sounds funny if you are off
frequency, you know.”
“But you called me. You should listen to me and call
me on the frequency on which I’m operating.”
“No, I can’t, because you’re off frequency. With
that fancy Extra-class call sign, seems like you
would know such a thing. I don’t even know how you
do that. My radio goes from 250 to 251 to 252.”
So I move down to 14.250. And I throw the “Sarcasm”
switch to ON.
“Gosh, I’m sorry. I sure hope the FCC or an Official
Observer didn’t catch me operating off frequency! I
worked hard for this license and I sure don’t want
to lose it for pulling such a dumb stunt as
operating off frequency.”
I might try to explain how he might want to look in
the manual and figure out how to change the
increment at which his VFO dial changes. Or assure
him we can transmit anywhere in the band, not just
on the even frequencies. But all the time I’m
squeezing the push-to-talk so hard I am in danger of
crushing the microphone.
“73 and see you on down the log book.”
This one is merely antiquated. I know. Some of you
still keep a paper-and-pencil log book. That’s fine.
But I believe it is time we retired this old saw
just on general principle. Sure, you can still “see”
me—or at least my fancy Extra-class call sign—on
down your computer log.
No, I’m not going to fuss at someone who tells me
this on the air. I appreciate the sentiment. But
this is just another of those expressions that
linger from the olden days when we worked hard to
come up with cute phrases to say stuff when plain
old everyday language would work better.
“Down the log book” could go down the disposal and
we would never miss it.
“My personal is…” “What’s your personal?”
It is also not my nature to get all sweaty and
bothered by phrases that have made the trek over
from CB to Ham Radio. I wholeheartedly welcome those
who first whetted their interest in wireless on 11
meters. And congratulate them for moving on over to
our swath of spectrum. Some of the best and most
interesting Hams I know cut their teeth on CB.
Not because it came from CB but because it is
usually better to say stuff in plain language, I
vote for dumping “personal” from the Amateur Radio
airwaves. What’s wrong with saying, “My name is
Bill?” Or, “What is your name?”
I don’t understand, though, why so many Bills out
there “love ladies” so much. Or why a considerable
number of Bobs are partial to bottles of beer. That
would require more study than this “Dumb Old Nut” is
“I’m good on QRZ.”
Stop the presses! This guy is good on QRZ!
I am aware that it is possible that someone’s
contact info can be outdated on the QRZ.com web
site. Maybe he has to move frequently, trying to
stay a step ahead of the law. Or bill collectors. Or
the Immigration and Naturalization Service. But if
he is on the lam, I doubt he has sufficient time to
do any serious hamming.
Unless somebody specifically tells me his data is
not correct, I believe I can safely assume it is
okay. I’d bet the web site keeps itself synched
pretty closely with the FCC database. We are
required by law to keep the info at the FCC up to
date. And any of us can correct errors on the QRZ
site in a few seconds if we really want to.
(To a point, that is. I live in a town called Indian
Springs Village. The FCC database lacks sufficient
spaces on their entry form for a town name with that
many characters. In their database as well as on QRZ,
I live in “Indian Springs Villa.” Sounds vaguely
South-of-France, doesn’t it? No matter. Mail to the
address as it appears at either source and I’ll get
your QSL. And I’ll return one to you. Providing, of
course, that you are “good on QRZ.”)
Swerz, “My swerz are too high.”
There are three sure ways to get a fistfight going
among Amateur Radio enthusiasts.
1 – Call “CQ contest” on a frequency that has been
used by the same bunch of rag-chewers for the past
quarter century, even if it is hours yet before they
2 – Give a negative review of any piece of gear,
either on the air, on a web site, or on an Internet
reflector dedicated to users of the aforementioned
piece of gear.
3 – Discuss standing wave ratio.
I don’t mean to discourage productive discussion of
any of the above. I do suggest we don’t resort to
fistfights but work out our differences and express
our opinions (regardless how stupid and unfounded
they may be) in a civil and positive manner. But
please, can we stop talking about SWR as “swerz?”
Look, it is a singular term. The last word is
“ratio.” While ratio can be plural, it would not
typically be so in this usage.
Worse, “swerz” sounds like a particularly
distressing gastro-intestinal condition that could
afflict anyone who might have eaten frog gizzards,
duck feet, or roasted roaches.
Or Dayton brats.
So there you have a few “ham-isms” I believe we
could remove from our hobby and not miss them one
bit. Now, how about you? Can you think of others?
Something tells me you can.
Please try to stay positive and good-spirited. I
hope I have. Ours is a hobby and we should not get
bent out of shape over small things. None of these
expressions is going to bring down civilization as
we know it. That’s what presidential politics is
But I hope we can still find some humor in our
foibles. And I hope that I have done that in this
article. As for me, I’m now going to pull the plug,
get a cold 807, and see what you guys come up with.
Future FAA Rules Could Affect
Some Amateur Radio Antenna Support
Aviation Administration (FAA
rules stemming from the recent
passage in Congress of
the FAA Reauthorization Act,
could pose additional marking
requirements for a small number
of Amateur Radio towers. The
bill instructs the FAA to enact
rules similar to state-level
statutes now in place that are
aimed at improving aircraft
safety in the vicinity of
meteorological evaluation towers
(METs) set up in rural areas. In
the wake of fatal crop dusting
aircraft collisions with METs,
often erected on short notice,
the National Transportation
Safety Board (NTSB) recommended
in 2013 that states enact laws —
sometimes called “crop duster”
statutes — requiring marking and
registration of METs. While some
state crop duster laws exempt
ham radio towers, the federal
legislation does not. ARRL
General Counsel Chris Imlay,
W3KD, said, however, that the
list of exemptions in the
federal legislation restricts
application of the new rules to
a very small subset of Amateur
BREAKING NEWS: CONCERN FOR TURKISH AMATEURS
JIM/ANCHOR: As this edition of Amateur Radio
Newsline went to production, we received conflicting
reports over the state of amateur radio licenses in
that politically troubled nation.
Early reports indicated that the airwaves had gone
silent after Turkish President Recep Erdogan had
ordered the Supreme Council of Radio and Television
to revoke 3,213 ham licenses along with those of
more than 20 TV and radio broadcasters. We were also
told that numerous websites were also shut down. The
news was reported in QRP World which claimed to
confirm its details from TRAC, the national amateur
radio nonprofit organization in Turkey, which
represents Turkey in the International Amateur Radio
Union. The IARU, however, had no immediate statement
in response on its website as of Thursday, July 21.
It was unclear at deadline time what changes
amateurs face, if any, under the latest severe
government actions. Word came to Amateur Radio
Newsline on Thursday, July 21, that Turkey's
sweeping restrictions against radio and TV
operations had not yet affected that nation's
One Turkish amateur, Tevfik TA1HZ, reported to us in
an email QUOTE "as of this time, there are is no
curfew imposed on amateur radio in Turkey. The
country is now under "extraordinary circumstances
law" but BTK The Communications Authority has not
released any announcement about ham radio
Tevfik, a Turkish physician, added: QUOTE "There is
no information about any restrictions for amateur
Turkey's president had earlier told Al Jazeera on
Wednesday, July 20 that he was not convinced the
coup attempt was entirely over. He said QUOTE "I
don't think we have come to the end of it." ENDQUOTE
BREAKING NEWS: COLORADO WILDFIRES REPORT
JIM/ANCHOR: We continue our breaking news report
with this update on the Hayden Pass Fire that has
burned more than 16,000 acres in Colorado's Fremont
County. Amateur Radio Newsline's Amanda
Alden-Carrier, K1DDN, the ARES Emergency Coordinator
for the county, sent an update to Newsline on
Wednesday, July 20 -- 12 days after lightning first
sparked the deadly wildfire. Amanda told us that
Colorado ARES amateurs remained active through
Friday, July 15 and handled all traffic via the DTR
system on 800 MHz. She said in an email that QUOTE
"these wildfires spready so quickly, that it reminds
us all to be ready to answer the call for help in a
matter of minutes - not hours." ENDQUOTE According
to various news reports, evacuees were allowed back
home Tuesday, July 19. Amanda told us, one day
later, that the second part of the ARES activation
remained on standby, with the possibility of
staffing the Red Cross shelters. With Amanda in the
field, Newsline will have more on this story as it
(AMANDA ALDEN-CARRIER, K1DDN; COLORADO 9NEWS; 7NEWS
LIGHTHOUSE EVENT'S POPULARITY SHINES
JIM/ANCHOR: One of the most popular events in ham
radio isn't a contest but a celebration of the
world's lighthouses. In New York's Hudson Valley,
one club is celebrating the distinction of being
registrant number 300 for this event, which takes
place next month.
NEIL's REPORT: Three hundred might just be a lucky
number for the QSY Society in Dutchess County, New
York. Organizers of the International Lighthouse and
Lightship Weekend have identified the ham radio club
as the 300th registrant for the annual two-day
August event. This year more than 36 countries are
represented so far, from Australia and Argentina to
Sri Lanka and Uruguay.
The QSY Society will be active on Saturday, August
20, operating with 100 watts and some wire antennas
at the pavilion in Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park
in Staatsburgh. The location gives them a great view
of the 19th century Esopus Meadows Lighthouse, an
octagonal wooden tower in the Hudson River,
according to Paul Bork, KD2CCW, one of the
organizers. The lighthouse is listed on the National
Register of Historic Places and operates as a
The club station K2QS will be working several HF
bands, both on phone and CW. Best of all, the event
is not a contest so there's no pressure. It may not
be a walk in the park, but it's definitely going to
be a TALK in the park.
DXCOFFEE EDITOR HOSPITALIZED AFTER ACCIDENT
JIM/ANCHOR: Pasquale La Gamba, IZ8IYX, chief editor
of DXCoffee, the Italian-based amateur radio
magazine, has been hospitalized following an
accident in which he was struck by a car while
enroute to work. Word of the accident was disclosed
on the Dxcoffee website as well as on the magazine's
Facebook page. Details about his condition were not
provided. Both web page reports indicated that
although Pasquale survived, he will have to undergo
The DXCoffee staff also indicated that readers
should expect less activity on the website for the
next several weeks -- until Pasquale is able to
We here at Amateur Radio Newsline would like to wish
Pasquale a swift and complete recovery.
GERMAN LICENSES CONTINUE A DECLINE
JIM/ANCHOR: In Germany, ham radio licenses continue
their steady decline. But if the German national
amateur radio society has its way, that may change
soon. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's
Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
JEREMY: With the number of licensed radio amateurs
reported to be shrinking in Germany, it appears that
members of the German national amateur radio society
have their work cut out for them; however the
Deutscher Amateur Radio Club seems to be up to that
task. A release of amateur radio licensing figures
earlier this year tells a story of this ongoing
slump in German licensees over the years. In 2002,
Germany had about 80,000 radio amateurs -- a number
that dropped steadily to 67,468 by the start of
Those figures made available by Gerrit Herzig
DH8GHH, however, also tell a story of hope. The DARC
noted that the numbers show a steady growth in the
number of DN call signs held by those training young
amateurs. By the start of the new year, 2015, those
training licenses had grown to 2,925, up from 2,126
counted only four years earlier. The number of exam
candidates had also increased.
The figures have presented a challenge that the DARC
has already risen to meet. The DARC makes a free
training course available on-line on its website,
and members have also become increasingly pro-active
in working with young hams and hopefuls of all ages.
The DARC provides information on correspondence
courses and its website features sample questions
from the licensing test. The idea is to get the
numbers back up again. Statistics for 2015 reflect
some growth, with 590 candidates taking the Class E
exam last year and 325 for the higher level Class A
exam. Compare that with the five years previously
when only 379 candidates sat for the Class E exam
and 147 for Class A.
LESSONS FROM AN UNLICENSED OPERATOR IN AUSTRALIA
JIM/ANCHOR: In Australia, one radio operator got a
stern reminder, and faces a hefty fine, after going
on the air as a commercial FM broadcaster. Here's
Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB, with
the story, which also serves as a cautionary tale to
GRAHAM: The latest reminder to radio operators from
one Australian court is this: No matter where in the
world you are, before you get on the air, whether
for amateur or commercial purposes, get a license.
Dan Morris, a pirate radio operator in the suburb of
West Wollongong in New South Wales was fined for
operating a reggae station in the commercial FM
According to published reports, the Australian
Communications and Media Authority discovered he was
operating from his home-based station, transmitting
about 150 watts on 99.4 MHz and raided his home
earlier in the year. In a published report in the
Illawara Mercury he did not deny operation, but
simply said he was filling community needs. He was
quoted as saying he believed he had about 800
The raid on his home in February, conducted with a
search warrant, brought his operation to a halt.
Court action followed earlier this
month. The local magistrate ordered that in addition
to paying the fine, he would have his broadcast
equipment confiscated. According to the
Illawara Mercury report.
Magistrate Michael Stoddart fined Morris a total of
3,000 Australian Dollars. He was charged with
possessing and operating
radiocommunications devices without a licence. He
told the court that he had looked into getting a
license in the aftermath of the raid. That
request was denied by the ACMA
(SOUTHGATE, RADIOINFO.COM, ILLAWARA MERCURY)
INDIA CULTIVATES A CROP OF FUTURE YLs
JIM/ANCHOR: In India, a group of undergraduate women
recently got an introduction to ham radio that
included a history lesson as well as a look to the
future. We hear more from Amateur Radio Newsline's
Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.
JASON: Nearly 4 dozen students from St. Francis
College for Women in Hyderabad, India, accompanied
their lecturers on a visit to the National Institute
of Amateur Radio in Hyderabad on Saturday, July 16,
to learn more about ham radio and to tour the
Amateur Radio Museum there. They were given a live
demonstration of operating on the VHF bands, and got
to watch videos as well as a Power Point
presentation about other aspects of the hobby.
The museum, which houses artefacts that tell the
history of wireless from the earliest inventions,
regularly presents these kinds of awareness programs
to schools and other organizations who want to know
more about the technology behind all modes of modern
So while the 43 undergraduates who attended the
program may be studying to earn their B.Sc degree,
it's likely some of them may also end up getting
their "YL" calls too.
SCOUTS' MICHIGAN CAMPOREE GETS ON THE AIR
JIM/ANCHOR: There's lots going on in radio scouting
in the week ahead, including a special event
station. Here's Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
BILL'S REPORT: This week in Radio Scouting in
addition to our 3 scout camps that are on the air
this summer as K2BSA and making the news, we have a
special event station coming on the air in Michigan
and updates on the National Jamboree.
Richard Zarczynski, AC8FJ, will be the control
operator for the portable 8 station at the Michigan
International Camporee at the Northwoods Scout
Reservation in Lupton, MI from July 24 to July 31.
This special camporee, occurring once every four
years, has scouts from over 20 countries as well as
from 14 U.S. states. The 1,000-scouters camp
will experience a miniature World Jamboree. Richard
will have a special event station set up to let
other amateurs know on various frequencies about the
Jim Wilson, K5ND, announced that K2BSA has secured
sponsorship for the National Jamboree in 2017 from
Icom America, DX Engineering, and MFJ Enterprises.
The volunteer roster is full and all leadership
roles are filled. We are all looking forward
to a successful event next summer.
Congratulations to the team at Camp Geiger on making
it on the news. Fox 26, KNPN, did a video
segment on the scouts finishing their week of radio
merit badge work at camp. Be sure to check it
Please help support this activity, and others
involving youth in amateur radio, by working and
spotting them on the air and online. For more
information on K2BSA and radio scouting, please
WEEKDAY EDITION: I have been wondering how our
Patriots are going to fare with Brady sidelined the
first four games. It will be interesting see how the
bookies figure it.....The Red Sox are playing (or
hitting) pretty good ball as of late. I am not a die
hard fan of the Red Sox but I like to see them win
obviously, I just never liked the way the players
seem to not play to their capability and act
unprofessionally on and off the field....
Is it really possible the Trump script
writers would let Melania Trump copy Obama's speech
almost word for word? This folly on both sides is
epic and makes us look like fools to the world. I
dislike both sides but you just can't vote....but
the choices are the worst in my lifetime.
Two Young Radio
Amateurs are First Americans to Take
Part in YOTA Camp
Two young ARRL members are among
the more than 100 attending the
Youngsters On The Air (YOTA
camp in the Austrian mountains
this week. Sterling Coffey,
N0SSC, of St Louis, Missouri,
and Sam Rose, KC2LRC, of
Syracuse, New York, are the
first two Americans to take part
in the week-long YOTA camp.
Participants not only enjoy a
variety of Amateur Radio
activities, they hone their
electronics and contesting
skills and make new
Thank God for my son's swimming pool....still
humid and hot just like it is supposed to be in the
summer here...I bought a Yaesu FT 7800r yesterday
from a member in the club. I have been reprogramming
it and getting it ready for the truck. It was
barely used and looks new, hopefully it will last a
while in mobile use....Only in India would
you drink cow piss.....How does this agitating
piece of shit get away with so much????......
Special about Fifty Ohms?
If you’ve worked with radios or other
high-frequency circuits, you’ve probably
noticed the prevalence of 50 ohm coax. Sure,
you sometimes see 75 ohm coax, but
overwhelmingly, RF circuits work at 50 ohms.
[Microwaves 101] has
an interesting article about how this
became the ubiquitous match. Apparently in
the 1930s, radio transmitters were pushing
towards higher power levels. You generally
think that thicker wires have less loss. For
coax cable carrying RF though, it’s a bit
First, RF signals exhibit the skin
effect–they don’t travel in the center of
the conductor. Second, the dielectric
material (that is, the insulator between the
inner and outer conductors) plays a role.
The impedance is also a function of the
dielectric material and the diameter of the
When you put all this together, you learn
that the loss of the cable is minimized at
77 ohms for a cable with air dielectric. Of
course, that’s not 50 ohms, right? It is
close to the 75 ohms used to carry weak
antenna signals in TV systems. According to
[Microwaves 101], this isn’t the reason — it
is related to using cheap steel for the
center conductor instead of copper.
Transmitting is different. You want to
handle the highest power you can manage. The
peak power handling of the same cable varies
with impedance. So a cable that has least
loss at 77 ohms, also has maximum power
handling capacity at 30 ohms. The mean
between 30 and 77 ohms is 53.5 ohms.
If you want to learn more about RF
design, you could do worse than watch [Michael
Ossmann’s] workshop (see below). If you
are more interested in coax terminations, we
got you covered there, too.
Live Tues - National Tribal Amateur Radio Assoc
Katie Allen WY7YL (pictured above) will be back with
us Tues night (July 19th) at 8 PMCT on Amateur Radio
Roundtable on W5KUB.COM.
This week we will be talking about the National
Tribal Amateur Radio Association with Nathan Nixon
N7NAN. Phone lines will be open for viewers to call
This program is also simulcast on famous
international shortwave station WBCQ on 5130. (for
our international guests the time is 0100 UTC Wed)
New England Hams you might
run across on 3864 or 3910.........
K1TP- Jon....Editor of As The World
KB1JXU- Matthew...75 meter
regular...our token liberal Democrat out of VT
Regular......residing on the Cape of Cod, flying planes and
Meter Regular....teaches the future of mankind, it's scary!
W1GWU-Bob....one of the Hosstrader's
original organizers, 75 meter regular, Tech Wizard!!!
K1PEK-Steve..Founder of Davis-RF....my
best friend from high school
K9AEN-John...Easy going ham found at
all the hamfests
going, computer parts selling, New England Ham..
K1JEK-Joe...Easy going, can be found
at most ham flea market ...Cobra Antenna builder..
Linux....fine amateur radio op ....wealth of experience...
KA1GJU- Kriss- Tower climbing pilot
who cooks on the side at Hosstrader's...
Low key gent can be found on many of the 75 meter
going, Harley riding kind of guy!
W1XER...Scott....easy going guy, loves to split cordwood
talented ham, loves his politics, has designed gear for MFJ...
W1KQ- Jim- Retired Air Force
Controller...told quite a few pilots where to go!
N1OOL-Jeff- The 3936 master plumber
Computer Tech of 3936...multi talented kidney stone passing
K1BGH- Arthur, Cape Cod,
construction company/ice cream shop, hard working man....
W1VAK- Ed, Cape Cod, lots of
experience in all areas, once was a Jacques Cousteus body
N1IOM- Paul.....3910 test
N1YSU- Bob, easy going, kind
of like Mr. Rogers until politics are brought up then watch
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....
W1TCS- Terry....75 meter
regular, wealth of electronic knowledge...
Mack....DXCC Master, worked them all!.. 3864 regular for
Hu....SK at 92... 3864 regular for many years...
N1SIE- Dave....Loves to fly
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!
W4NTI-Vietnam Dan....far from
easy going cw and ssb op on 14275/313
Loved ham radio........Ham Radio Ambassador!
Very colorful character!......self appointed "hambassador"
by Gordon West.....
Silent Key: N1GXW-Frank-Mellow
Silent Key:W1JSH-Mort- Nice
fellow to talk to on 3936 on the early afternoon session
K4WHO-Kerry-Mellow ham, professional
musician, one of the nice guys on14313....