WEEKDAY EDITION: Camping trip next week at
Hancock Campground on the Kancamagus next week,
always a relaxing time.....Send this kid a
Radio hams mark Coast Guard
On Aug. 4, the United States Coast Guard celebrated
the 226th anniversary of its founding, the Easton
Amateur Radio Society commemorated this occasion by
operating a Special Event Station aboard the Coast
Guard Cutter Taney
The station operated under the call sign W3T from
the radio room of the Taney and communicated with
other Amateur Radio Stations all over the United
States, Canada, and Europe. Operating from 9 a.m. to
5 p.m., 231 Amateur stations were contacted.
Read the full Dorchester Banner story at
IC-7610 HF/50MHz Transceiver (Base Station)
The IC-7610 is the successor to the IC-7600 and will
be a dual-watch capable HF+50MHz 100W base station
with built-in antenna tuner.
The LCD will be touch screen and you will be able to
connect an external display.
Three Companies Agree to Plead
Guilty for Fixing Prices of
The US Department of Justice
announced this week that three
companies have agreed to plead
guilty for their roles in a
conspiracy to fix prices for
electrolytic capacitors sold to
customers in the US and
elsewhere. The companies are
Rubycon Corporation, Elna Co
Ltd, and Holy Stone Holdings Co
“The Antitrust Division
has now charged five companies
and one individual for their
participation in this
conspiracy,” Deputy Assistant
Attorney General Brent Snyder of
the Justice Department’s
Antitrust Division, said in an
August 23 Justice Department
“The electrolytic capacitors
conspiracy affected millions of
American consumers who use
electronic devices containing
capacitors every day.”
The division filed one-count
felony charges against each of
the three companies in US
District Court in San Francisco.
In addition to pleading guilty
to the charges against them,
each company has agreed to pay a
criminal fine and to cooperate
with the Division’s ongoing
investigation. The plea
agreements are subject to court
NEC TOKIN Corp and Hitachi
Chemical Co Ltd already pleaded
guilty earlier to participating
in the same worldwide
conspiracy. NEC TOKIN was
sentenced to pay a $13.8 million
fine in January, while a $3.8
million fine was levied on
Hitachi Chemical in June. In
March of 2015, a grand jury
indicted Takuro Isawa, a former
Global Sales general manager for
one of the capacitor
manufacturers, for his alleged
participation in the conspiracy.
That dumbass USA Olympic swimmer
who lied about being mugged should be barred from
any future games.......Video of new Hamvention site.
Tim Duffy, K3LR, from DX Engineering, recently
visited the new site/ venue for the 2017 Hamvention
at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Event Center in
Xenia, Ohio. In a YouTube video, Tim interviews
Michael Kalter, W8CI - Treasurer of the Dayton
Amateur Radio Association (DARA) as well as taking
and pictures of fairgrounds.
The purpose of the video is to show everyone what
this new site/venue has to offer and provide to hams
for this special event as well as all the hard work
and planning that goes on to make it happen.
look at the video and see what is coming for the
WEEKEND EDITION: Roger- K1PV is living large and
camping with the family in Maine I believe....
Olympics, USA- 105 medals to Russia's 45, that must
piss Putin off to no end....BC working had at
practice getting ready for another losing football
season......Red Sox still teasing us before the big
collapse, Big Papi a joy to watch, good thing he can
slam the ball because he is slower than shit running
the bases....Baofeng has just introduced a new
tri-band walkie, 2-220-440 based on the UV5R series
which is available for 65 bucks, comes with two
antennas. One for 2-440 and the other for 220...why
the frick didn't they just make a tri-band antenna,
who the hell is going to carry two antennas around?
Icom IC-R8600, new receiver by Icom
In this video, Adafruit's Limor 'ladyada'
Fried AC2SN interviews Dave Doherty
President of electronic component
distributor Digi-Key founded by
radio amateur Ronald Stordahl AE5E
Topics range from the death of the
physical catalogue, to the joy of
running an engineering company as an
Also discussed is Digi-Key's
Maker.io, which is an invaluable
service for makers to roadmap their
very own designs, from prototype to
Adafruit is proud to partner with
Digi-key and introduce Maker.io to
all our customers and fans. This
kicks off Adafruit's video series
Maker to Market, which will take you
on the journey that was the creation
of Circuit Playground, Adafruit's
all-in-one board, and the perfect
microcontroller for learning
Check out Circuit Playground over at
Maker.io now! -
Search is On for GPS Buoys
Intruding on 10 Meters
Radio amateurs in Portugal have
intensified the search for GPS
buoys that are illegally
operating and intruding on 10
meters. A recent International
Amateur Radio Union Region 1
Monitoring System (IARUMS-R1
report indicated that one such
buoy was operating 24/7 on
28.100 MHz, using F1B mode (RTTY),
51 baud, 270 Hz shift. IARUMS-R1
also has posted a lengthy and
intruding driftnet fisheries
buoys, transmitting CW in
various parts of 10 meters. A
group of Portuguese radio
amateurs has volunteered to
identify the location of GPS
buoy clusters that have been
transmitting “for years” on 10
meters, an exclusive Amateur
“So far, we
have had some success in
determining the location of the
few that we can receive when
propagation allows,” said Paulo
Teixeira, CT2IWW, the team
spokesperson. “The data suggest
that these clusters are located
in the Atlantic, alongside the
coasts of Africa and Europe, but
it’s possible that they are
The F1B transmissions consist
of 3 second RTTY bursts.
Individual transmissions are 10
seconds apart, and the cycle
repeats every 5 minutes.
Frequencies are between 28.000
and 28.120 MHz, at 5 kHz
“So far we detected them on
28,010, 28,025, 28,035, 28,050,
28,065, 28,075, and 28,101 kHz,”
Teixeira said, “but we believe
that other frequency ranges are
The group has asked radio
amateurs living along the
Atlantic coast, to look for
these transmissions and record
them. Teixeira said poor
propagation is making it
difficult to obtain additional
“More recordings are needed
in order to get greater
consistency of the decoded data
and, possibly, work on a
automated or semi-automated
decoding solution,” he said. He
stressed the importance of
indicating date, time (UTC),
frequency, and mode. Recordings
should be at least 10 to 20
minutes long. E-mail results to
CT2IWW via his QRZ.com address.
Meanwhile, Jose Francisco de
Almeida, CT4AN, reported that
agents from Portugal’s telecoms
regulator ANACOM and maritime
police inspected 30 fishing,
maritime tourism, and passenger
vessels in Madeira, Douro, and
Cascais, for illegal radio gear.
According to IARUMS-R1, the two
agencies have undertaken several
enforcement actions in
commercial fishing ports and
marinas. Violations detected
included the use of inadequate
equipment or radio equipment
operating outside the maritime
mobile service bands. Twelve
ANACOM and 14 maritime police
took part in the operations,
which were reported to have
resulted in a decrease in
Illegal buoys of all types —
fisheries, driftnet, GPS, and
Datawell “Waverider” wave
measurement buoys — remain very
active on 10 meters, according
to Wolf Hadel, DK2OM, the
IARUMS-R1 coordinator. The July
IARUMS newsletter included more
than three dozen reports.
SPECIAL REPORT: HAMS RESPOND TO LOUISIANA FLOODING
PAUL: We open this week's newscast with a special
expanded report, an indepth look at what's being
called the worst natural disaster in the U.S. since
superstorm Sandy: Louisiana's floods. Amateur Radio
Newsline's Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, has been following
that story closely.
SKEETER'S REPORT: The National Weather Service is
now calling it, “The One Thousand Year Rain.”
BOBBY: At this point, according to reports from
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, 30,000 people
and 1,000 pets have already been rescued. Forty
thousand people have registered with FEMA for
disaster assistance and at least 11 people
have died in the floods thus far.
SKEETER: That’s Alabama meteorologist Bobby Best
WX4ALA. Amateur Radio volunteers are springing into
action in the wake of flooding of historic
proportions that inundated parts of Louisiana and
Mississippi the weekend of August 13th and 14th.
BOBBY: Louisiana ARES was requested to be activated
by the Louisiana office of the American Red Cross.
There are shelters set up across the region. There
are at least, as of last word, 40 additional
shelters that are needing communications to be
connected. Everything is being run out of
headquarters at the Red Cross office in Baton Rouge.
That, according to Louisiana ARES assistant section
emergency coordinator John Mark Robertson, K5JMR.
SKEETER: Louisiana ARES Section Emergency
Coordinator Adam Tamplain KD5LEH tells Amateur Radio
Newsline how many residents displaced by the flood
waters are in the shelters.
ADAM: The latest number I had heard was between
12,000 and 13,000 in shelters. That may be off by
1,000 or 2,000. Flooding is still affecting some
newer areas as conditions change with some of the
backwaters coming down in the river basin.
SKEETER: Tamplain outlines the initial response by
ham operators in the Bayou State, and surrounding
ADAM: We activated the Louisiana section late Sunday
evening and unfortunately the response has not been
nearly what we were hoping for. Right now we
actively have around 15 or so hams at various
shelters. Some are affiliated with ARES, some are
not, and they are handling tactical communication
beween the shelters and the Red Cross headquarters
in Baton Rouge. Mississippi called and offered their
support to us. We also had Alabama call and offer
their support to us, and we are coordinating with
those sections to see if we can get some help from
them or not.
SKEETER: And what is the current state of
communications in the affected areas?
[Adam Tamplain cut 02 Q: “…those issues are
SKEETER: Tamplain says in addition to localized
repeater and simplex frequencies in Louisiana, 2 HF
frequencies may be utilized for urgent amateur radio
traffic related to this disaster.
[Adam Tamplain cut 05 Q: “…regional offices
for the Red Cross.”]
SKEETER: Bobby Best says, even though the storms
have moved out of the area, the effects have been
far-reaching, and residents who have lost their
homes need to be prepared for a long road ahead.
[Bobby Best cut 03 Q: “…could have to be
SKEETER: Hams outside of Louisiana are being asked
to not self-deploy. Those who would like to make
their availability known should coordinate through
the Louisiana ARES headquarters by contacting Steve
Irvin WA5FKF at area code 225-933-4993.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Skeeter Nash N5ASH,
reporting from Topeka, Kansas.
PAUL/ANCHOR: Amateur Radio Newsline will continue to
follow the radio response to this crisis.
FCC EMBARKS ON NOISE FLOOR STUDY
PAUL: Having trouble hearing that other station?
Sometimes it's the signal but sometimes it's also
the noise. The FCC, at long last, is moving ahead
with a look at noise, as we hear from Amateur Radio
Newsline's Jim Damron, N8TMW.
JIM: When it comes to managing the electromagnetic
spectrum, the FCC is hoping to hear the right kind
of noise -- and plenty of it. The FCC's
Technological Advisory Council plans a comprehensive
study of the noise floor and until earlier this
month, had been receiving input on how to conduct
the study - and what to look for along the way. Hams
and other interested parties were invited to comment
on where the problem exists, what devices make it
worse, what bands are most affected and how natural
propagation effects can be accounted for when
undertaking such a study. The agency was also
looking for suggestions on the study's methodology,
and ways to take meaningful measurements
When the study was announced earlier this year, the
ARRL responded to the news by calling it
encouraging, adding that the league hopes the
findings will provide guidelines for decisions on
band allocations, enforcement and other
The amateur radio community has been anticipating
such a study since the FCC first requested one in
1999. The comment period closed August 11 and the
amateur community now awaits the agency's next move.
TWO NEW MEMBERS JOIN EURAO
PAUL/ANCHOR: The global radio community just
welcomed two relative newcomers. Here's Amateur
Radio Newsline's Jeremy Boot, G4NJH.
JEREMY: The European Radio Amateurs' Organization
has added two organizations to its roster that are
also fairly new to the world of amateur radio. They
are the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League and the
Romanian radio club known as Clubul Sportiv Cafe
Gratis. The Romanian club was founded in 2015 and
the Ukrainian group was created just this year as an
effort by 13 regional clubs. According to the EURAO
website, about 1,500 members belong to this radio
league in the Ukraine.
The European organization itself comprises
independent radio amateurs' associations globally
for collaboration on projects, sharing activities
and when necessary, lobbying public officials on
THE RETURN OF RADIO CAROLINE, SORT OF
PAUL: It's been a long time since Radio Caroline's
offshore broadcasts were heard in the UK. But
special event station GB5RC recently brought back
the memory, it not the actual sound. Here's Amateur
Radio *Newsline's Ed Durrant, DD5LP.
ED'S REPORT: In the radio operators' own words, it
wasn't the Radio Caroline of old, but hams devoted
to the spirit of offshore broadcasting in the UK
still had an authentic thrill participating in the
GB5RC special event on Friday the 5th of August
through Monday the 8th of August. Amateur radio
organizers reported about 2,500 QSOs with 80
countries, all successfully breaking through what
were, at times, some massive waves of calls.
The ship was a busy place as described by Keith
G6NHU, writing on the Martello Tower Group's
website. He wrote QUOTE: "We heard many tales of how
people used to listen to Caroline back in the 60s
and 70s and we also spoke to a lot of people who had
worked on the Ross Revenge, both in her offshore
radio days and also in her days as a trawler."
Keith added: QUOTE "It was a great feeling for all
of us to know that for the first time in many years,
a lot of RF was being transmitted from the ship."
According to the blog, amateur radio stations have
worked on board the Ross Revenge before but not on
this scale. Indeed, Keith proclaimed the event
There was no 1960s rock and roll played, of course,
but the station itself became the biggest hit of the
IN TASMANIA, WHAT'S THE BRIGHT IDEA?
PAUL: At a recent celebration in Australia marking
National Science Week, amateur radio not
surprisingly took center stage. Here's more from
Amateur Radio Newsline's Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM: What's the Bright Idea? Well, in Tasmania,
organizers like to think it's the Festival of Bright
Ideas, part of the annual National Science Week. Not
surprisingly, amateur radio played a big role in
this celebration of all things scientific and the
Radio and Electronics Association of Southern
Tasmania enjoyed particularly active traffic at its
stand at the festival, with student groups stopping
by throughout the day on Friday, August 14th.
According to Justin, VK7TW, writing on the group's
Facebook page, the youngsters took a crack at Morse
Code decoders, tried out an SDR receiver, had
hands-on experience with microwave transceivers and
got some information on school amateur radio clubs
that they could take back to their classrooms.
Last year, the first such festival attracted more
than 5,000 visitors in search of creativity and a
little bit of science magic on subjects ranging from
space exploration to chemistry. The event serves as
a showcase for the nation's science sector in
general and the spirit of innovation that drives it
- even beyond that brightest of ideas, amateur
IN INDIA, A DAY OF PRACTICAL RADIO
PAUL: There's nothing like a full day's immersion in
amateur radio to help create the next generation of
hams. Students in India recently got to sample the
full range of the amateur experience. We hear again
from Graham Kemp, VK4BB.
GRAHAM'S REPORT: Some 250 engineering students in
the Indian state of Gujarat ended the month of July
with a practical lesson in radio science like no
other: It was a one-day session at the prestigious
Marwadi Education Foundation Rajkot, conducted by
Rajesh Vagadia VU2EXP, a regional coordinator in the
West India Zone for AMSAT-India and a life member of
the Radio Society of India.
Beyond the day's introductory sessions, the students
got a full day's experience, which also included a
look at SatCom, live demonstrations of SSTV and
Morse code, SDR and various events that round out
the varied ham radio experience on July 30
Rajesh's wife, Kiran, a short-wave listener,
assisted him, as did several other amateurs,
including Shailesh Nadiapara VU3HNT.
A member of a noted ham radio family in Gujarat,
Rajesh is a radio educator and lifelong ham who put
his best efforts that day into helping inspire a few
THE WORLD OF DX
In the world of DX, it's worth noting that the
website for the planned Bouvet 3Y0Z DXpedition has
gone live. Even though the activation in this second
most-wanted DXCC entity won't set out until early
2018, you can learn more about the team members and
their detailed plans for three weeks on what they
are calling QUOTE "the most remote island on Earth."
ENDQUOTE The island was last activated as 3Y0E
during the winter of 2007 to 2008. Visit
In Brazil, special event station ZY157CAT will be on
the air until the end of August to celebrate the
founding of the city of Catalao 157 years ago.
Listen for the station on the HF bands using CW, SSB
and various digital modes. Send QSLs directly
The CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition is under way, as
of August 19th, and will continue through August
29th. Log data will be posted live, using ClubLog
and OQRS. They will be working the HF bands using CW,
SSB and RTTY and will also work 6m, 2m EME and
Satellite. Send QSL cards directly to WA4DAN. For
more details, visit their website at
KICKER: SMALL POSTAGE STAMPS GO A LONG WAY
PAUL: And finally, in closing, we ask ALL of our
listeners: Do you have a couple of stamps laying
around from collecting all those QSL cards? A radio
club in the Philadelphia area can put them to good
use. Amateur Radio Newsline's Mark Abramowicz
(pronouncer - A-Brom-o-vich) NT3V has the story....
MARK: The Holmesburg Amateur Radio Club is ramping
up a drive to get hams across the country and around
the world to contribute to the "Stamps for the
Wounded" program supported by the Lions
International Stamp Club.
Bob Josuweit, WA3PZO, president of the Holmesburg
club says it's easy...
BOB: "Canceled stamps are collected and then
distributed to local V-A hospitals and other
convalescent facilities where our wounded warriors
can receive occupational therapy using the stamps
either to put into albums or to make decorative
items," Josuweit says. "It's a good way of passing
Josuweit says somebody brought the program to the
attention of the Holmesburg club a couple of years
BOB: "Each year, the club participates in several
special events," Josuweit says. "The most notable
one is the 13 Colonies Special Event which is held
over the Fourth of July. We get literally thousands
of QSL cards coming in to the club and we're looking
for what could we do with all these envelopes that
we're essentially throwing out.
"And we learned about the 'Stamps for the Wounded'
program. And that we've now been collecting the
stamps from those cards and are collecting them and
shippping them down to the program which is actually
located in Viriginia."
MARK: Josuweit says if you'd like to help out, send
an email to WM3PEN@arrl.net and someone from the
club will respond with where to send the stamps.
If you're thinking maybe this is project your club
might want to undertake, Josuweit says get in
BOB: "Send it to us or if they want to start their
own program, there are many special event stations
around the country or QSL managers," Josuweit says.
"Just drop us an email and we'll tell them where the
actual address is and they can start their own
MARK: Again, that email address is WM3PEN@arrl.net.
WEEKDAY EDITION: The Olympics have been enjoyable
to watch, that Jamaican 100M Bolt is one fast sob
and the women's volleyball team were slick....Red
Sox are still teasing us with wins including a 3
homerun game by Betts, getting ready to crumble in
September, about the same time BC football legends
begin another losing season.....Not much going on in
ham radio, band conditions have not been great and
it has been too hot to play hf radio......hamfest.....
Looks like Kenwood is alive and well with a new
handheld on the way..
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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