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This weeks Local, UK and World NEWS

 

Congratulations to WADARC UKAC competitors, who finished in

3rd Place overall for 2022.. (up 1 place from 2021)

Well done to everyone .. a truly great result !

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RSGB Construction Competition

Friday 27th January 2023

Have you been busy making something recently? Don’t forget that you have just five weeks left to enter the RSGB Construction Competition.

The four categories are: Beginners; Construction excellence; Innovation; and Software.

The judges will give special recognition to entries submitted by radio amateurs under the age of 24 and also to those who have just gained their Foundation licence. There are cash prizes in every category.

The RSGB Communications Manager chatted to last year’s winners and runners-up and shared their stories in the January and February editions of RadCom, so take a look and be inspired!

RSGB

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RSGB Elections

Friday 27th January 2023

If you are interested in helping to see amateur radio, and the RSGB, continue to thrive over the coming years, this is a final reminder that the closing date for RSGB President, Elected Director and Regional Representative roles is this Tuesday 31 January.

Candidate packs, forms and further details can be found on the RSGB website

RSGB

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Aged 26 or under? Love amateur radio?

Friday 27th January 2023

Aged 26 or under? Love all things radio?

Why not join the RSGB Youth Team?

The team currently has over 30 members across the UK, who work together to encourage young people into the hobby. You’ll be involved in planning events, attending shows and writing articles. Get involved, gain skills and make new friends!

See the new youth video “Try it!” on the RSGB YouTube channel and find out how to get involved in the Youth Team via our website.

RSGB

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Special RSL for Coronation celebrations

Friday 27th January 2023

We are delighted to announce that, as part of our Coronation celebration activities, Ofcom has approved “R” as the optional Coronation regional secondary locator prefix for all radio amateurs.

You will be able to use this for the whole of May and June 2023. More information will be reported closer to the date of the Coronation.

RSGB

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Sunday 12 February – MIDCARS Radioactive Fair

Friday 27th January 2023

Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich CW5 5DG

Doors open 10am and admission is £5. A wide variety of trader stalls covering every aspect of the radio hobby, new and old radios, computers and electronics and a Bring & Buy platform. Raffles throughout the rally. Refreshments and snacks available in the hall and parking is immediately adjacent to the hall.

RSGB

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2361 for Friday January 27th, 2023

Friday 27th January 2023

The following is a QST. Innovative antenna technology makes its debut on a student CubeSat. A well-loved radio museum reopens in Ireland - and a radio telescope receives a signal from a record-breaking distance. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2361 comes your way right now.

BILLBOARD CART

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TELESCOPE LOGS A RECORD-BREAKING RADIO TRANSMISSION

Friday 27th January 2023

We begin this week's report with a report of a record-breaking signal from a galaxy far, far away. Here's Graham Kemp VK4BB.

Scientists have captured a faint radio signal from the most distant galaxy yet - a signal they believe created a chance to look back 8.8 billion years in time when the universe was 4.9 billion years old.

Arnab Chakraborty, a post-doctoral researcher at McGill University, said the signal was received at a "record-breaking distance."

A news release from McGill university said the signal, which was received by the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope in India, had a wavelength called the 21 cm line.

The researchers credit a naturally occurring phenomenon known as gravitational lensing. When that happens, another galaxy that exists between the radio signal and the telescope bends the signal which magnifies it, enabling the telescope to detect it. Scientist Nirupam Roy at the Indian Institute of Science said this process shows great potential for further study of distant galaxies.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.

(CBS NEWS, MC GILL UNIVERSITY)

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SILENT KEY: ARRL WESTERN PENNA SECTION TRAFFIC MGR, BOB KETZELL, KB3IN

Friday 27th January 2023

Amateurs in Western Pennsylvania are grieving the loss of a valued friend, mentor and top traffic handler. For that story, we turn to Kevin Trotman N5PRE.

There was to be a final call and moment of silence for Bob Ketzell, KB3IN, on Friday evening, January 27th, at the start of the Western Pennsylvania Phone Traffic Net on 80 meters. Bob became a Silent Key on Tuesday, January 24th following a long illness.

According to his close friend, Eddie Misiewicz KB3YRU, Bob took great joy handling the daily Radiogram traffic on the National Traffic System in western Pennsylvania and serving as net control for the Western Pennsylvania Phone Traffic Net.

First licensed in 1961 as a junior in high school, Bob most recently had been Western Pennsylvania section traffic manager for the ARRL and the Western Pennsylvania representative for the 3rd Region Net Cycle 2 Traffic Net. A member of the Washington County Amateur Communications Club, he was a former ARES emergency coordinator for Washington County.

According to Eddie, Bob was well-known for his generosity as a mentor, having taught traffic-handling and Radiogram classes to fellow amateurs. He was a retired dispatch supervisor for the Washington County Department of Public Safety in Pennsylvania.

Eddie said of him: "Our next section traffic manager is going to have big shoes to fill. There will never be another Bob."

Bob was 76.

(EDDIE MISIEWICZ, K B 3 Y R U)

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HAMS JOIN CELEBRATION OF WORLD RADIO DAY

Friday 27th January 2023

A group of hams in Europe will be joining the on-air festivities in February recognizing the role radio can play as a tool of peace among nations. Andy Morrison K9AWM brings us that report.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO, declared World Radio Day to be a celebration of the contributions this communications medium can make towards peace. This year marks the 12th such World Radio Day on the 13th of February. Although there is a separate day set aside to mark World Amateur Radio Day later this spring, hams with the EA Digital Federation are celebrating the medium with several special event stations.

Operators plan to be on the air this year with special callsigns between Friday, the 10th and Monday the 13th of the month. The callsigns are AO (A OH) one through nine W-R-D. QSL cards will be available for any single contact and qualify the operator for the Radio Clubs of the World Award, EANET.

Meanwhile, on the commercial side of the spectrum in the US, KDKA News Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is receiving the 2023 World Radio Day Award for US stations, as the country's oldest licensed broadcast station. Previous winners include 1010 WINS (TEN-TEN Wins) in New York City, college radio station WRHU at Hofstra University on Long Island, New York and the first winner, WTOP in Washington, DC.

This is Andy Morrison K9AWM.

(UNESCO, EA DIGITAL FEDERATION, WIA)

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CUBESAT WILL USE INFLATABLE ANTENNA SYSTEM

Friday 27th January 2023

Innovative antenna technology is being featured as part of a CubeSat project under way in Arizona. Jack Parker W8ISH gives us those details.

Students at the University of Arizona have finished their work on a CubeSat project that will be launched into low Earth orbit later this year. One of the innovations the CubeSat will use is inflatable antenna technology developed by one of the school's astronomy professors.

By striving to stay in a sun synchronous orbit around Earth, the small satellite, known as CatSat, will remain in daylight through most of the length of its mission. Its inflatable antenna system was developed by professor Christopher Walker, who serves as the team's science principal investigator. The inflatable antenna will be used for high bandwidth transmission. According to the website of Freefall Aerospace, where Walker developed the antenna, the system makes use of an ultra-lightweight inflatable structure that provides a large aperture high-gain antenna that can be deployed in orbit.

The CatSat's mission will also include detection of HF signals from amateur radio operators around the world through its use of a WSPR antenna. Those transmissions will be downlinked to a receiver at the school's Biosphere 2 facility on the Arizona campus. CatSat will also be collecting high-resolution images of Earth and providing data on the ionosphere.

The project is part of NASA's CubeSat Launch Initiative.

This is Jack Parker W8ISH.

(ARIZONA PUBLIC MEDIA, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA)

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SWISS STUDENTS' SATELLITE PREPARES FOR LAUNCH

Friday 27th January 2023

An educational satellite built by Swiss students is being prepared for an important launch in February, as we learn from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

With the help of a ham radio antenna donated by the Vaudois Amateur Radio Club, HB9MM, high school students in Switzerland will be learning how to download telemetry data and photos from a satellite they have helped build in a laboratory at Orbital Solutions in Monaco.

The RoseyCubesat-1 is the first educational satellite of its kind to be created through the company’s STEMSAT programme. Le Rosey is the name of the Swiss learning institute that the students attend. They will be able to send commands to the CubeSat to select telemetry and picture download or to switch it into its VU transponder mode so that amateurs around the world will be able to communicate over the small satellite. The downlink using BPSK and AX25 is on 436.825 MHz and when the transponder is enabled, its uplink will be on 145.850 MHz. The launch is expected to take place on the 14th February at the Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

(ORBITAL SOLUTIONS MONACO, AMSAT, IARU)

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AMSAT NEEDS NEW MANAGER FOR GRIDMASTER HEAT MAP

Friday 27th January 2023

Are you a satellite enthusiast hoping to go for the big prize with your contacts? There's an opening at AMSAT for a capable volunteer who can help with an important tool for chasers. Sel Embee KB3TZD tells us what's involved.

AMSAT's Gridmaster Heat Map has served as an invaluable guide to grid-chasers using satellites, for those activating hams who need to be aware of which grids are in greatest need. AMSAT says in a recent weekly service bulletin that the map may be going away unless a replacement manager can be found.

Paul Overn, KEØPBR, will be stepping down after three years at the helm of the project in which he tracked grid rarity based on crowdsourced data from hams who updated him. Paul's Twitter feed, atgridmasterheat (@GridMasterHeat) displays a color-coded map of grid rarities ranging from green - the most common - to red, for rare.

The map plays an especially important role in the pursuit of AMSAT's prestigious GridMaster Award. This honor is conferred on any amateur around the world who works all 488 Maidenhead grid squares in the 48 contiguous United States via satellite and has those contacts confirmed in writing.

AMSAT is looking for a volunteer to assume Paul's post. The candidate should be capable of collecting crowdsourced data and transferring it to a spreadsheet or some other format and providing updates every week to satellite users.

For details visit www.amsat.org

This is Sel Embee KB3TZD.

(SEAN KUTZKO, KX9X)

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VINTAGE RADIO MUSEUM REOPENING IN IRELAND

Friday 27th January 2023

A beloved museum for fans of antique radio and gear is finally reopening its doors in Dublin. We have more details from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

The doors are reopening at Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum, a vintage collection of radios and radio-related items housed in a Martello Tower near Dublin, Ireland. On the weekend of January 14th, the first visitors were able to step inside after the museum had been closed for two months for renovation work. Though the initial opening provided some limited access while the remainder of the work was completed, full access was expected to be available after January 21st.

The well-loved museum was opened by Pat Herbert in 2003 and the radio aficionado brought much of his collection to its displays. The museum continues to have the support of his family and friends following Pat's death in 2020 at the age of 83

The museum is the home of amateur radio station EIØMAR, which is operated by the Howth Martello Radio Group. There is more history to this museum than just the collection it holds: In the mid-19th century, the tower itself housed the first telegraphy station connecting Great Britain and Ireland. Lee de Forest, the pioneering radio scientist from the US, visited the tower in 1903 to conduct experiments in wireless telegraphy.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

(WIA, FACEBOOK, QRZ)

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WORLD OF DX

Friday 27th January 2023

In the world of DX, there's good news for Bouvet Island Dxpedition 3YØJ (Three Why Zero Jay) watchers: Despite earlier reports to the contrary, team members are operating /mm from the ship as they make their way to the island. Be listening for them using their home calls plus /mm using CW and SSB. Team co-leader Ken LA7GIA said the group has a dipole with capability of 17m and 20m.

Juan, LU8DBS, is on the air in his spare time as LU1ZV at Esperanza Base, Antarctica, IOTA number AN-016. Listen for him on 40, 20 and 10 metres where he is using SSB through to the end of January. In February, he will be adding CW and digital modes. Send QSLs direct to LU4DXU.

Be listening for Robson, PY6TV, who will be using CW and SSB with the callsign PT6D from Ilha da Mare, IOTA Number SA-023 from the 2nd to the 5th of February. QSL direct to his home call and see his QRZ.com page for PayPal details. Robson will upload his log to Club Log.

Adam, VK2YK, Chris, VK5FR, Ivan, VK5HS and a team of other VK hams will be using the callsign VK5TIL from Troubridge Island, IOTA number OC-139, on the 7th, 8th and 9th of February. They will operate CW, SSB and digital modes on various bands. QSL via MØOXO's OQRS, LoTW and eQSL.

Be listening for John, W5JON, who will be on the air as V47JA from St. Kitts, IOTA number NA-104, from the 31st of January to the 15th of February. He will be using SSB and FT8 on the HF bands and 6 metres. QSL via LoTW, or direct to W5JON.

(425 DX Bulletin)

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STILL TIME TO PLAN FOR DXPEDITION BOOTCAMP

Friday 27th January 2023

Speaking of chasing DX and DXpeditions, a group of amateurs is hosting a DXpedition bootcamp in the South Pacific offering the expertise of experienced ops to help those who hope to do it for real sometime. The station on Norfolk Island offers CW and SSB from 160m through 10m with dedicated stations for FT8 and 6m along with a variety of dipole and vertical antennas. A short drive from the DXpedition station is Mount Bates where interested operators can try their hand at a SOTA activation. Norfolk Island National Park is also adjacent to the DXpedition station. The camp will take place from March 17th to the 31st. For information about costs or other details, visit the website dxpeditionbootcamp - that's one word - dot net. Yes, meals are included.

(WIA, DXPEDITION BOOTCAMP)

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KICKER: WHEN 'THANK YOU' IS A SPECIAL EVENT

Friday 27th January 2023

Finally, we end with a story about gratitude. There are lots of ways to say thank you of course but in amateur radio some gestures go beyond mere words or even certificates. Here's Ralph Squillace KK6ITB to tell us about a group of hams here in the US who turned a "thank you" into a special event.

How exactly do you say thank you to your mentor, the ham who patiently answered your questions - all of them - helped with your studies, guided you with your shack, handled questions about on-air protocol and.....well, you name it. The simple answer is: you get on the air. For a group of radio operators in New England that translated into creating a special event thank you to their Elmers late last year. Using the callsign W1E/ELMER, six of them got on the air for a few days late last year, telling stories - and hearing stories - about those all-important hams who made a difference in their lives. In all, there were a little more than 300 QSOs, each one an audio thank-you card offered as a tribute.

However, the Elmer event doesn't end there. Two of the organizers, Bill W1FMX and Rich KB1FGC, know there are more stories out there and lots of thank yous to share. This year it will be happening again, starting on September 29th, and Rich hopes that hams everywhere - not just in New England - will join them on the air. So if you've been thinking about "why" and "how" of where you are now in amateur radio, now is the time for Rich to hear from you. His email address is in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

Rich's first special event was a few years ago in honor of his father who had owned a trucking business and was on the board of the Department of Transportation in Connecticut -- but at the time Rich had never heard of a special event that let hams honor other hams. He believed that an on-the-air event honoring radio mentors would provide an appropriate means for celebrating those who made it possible for many of us to get on the air in the first place.

As the participants' certificate states clearly, Elmers help to keep ham radio strong.

This is Ralph Squillace KK6ITB.

(RICH GUERRERA KB1FGC)

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NEWCAST CLOSE - DO YOU HAVE NEWS?

Friday 27th January 2023

Do you have a piece of Amateur Radio News that you think Newsline would be interested in? We are not talking about advertising your club's upcoming hamfest or field day participation, but something that is out of the ordinary. If so, send us a brief overview via the contact page at arnewsline.org. If it's newsworthy and we would like to cover it, we'll get back to you for more details.

NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur Radio Weekly; AMSAT News Service; the ARRL; CBS News; CQ magazine; David Behar K7DB; DXPedition Bootcamp; Eddie Misiewicz, KB3YRU; 425 DX News; EA Digital Federation; Jenny Tupper; Mc Gill University; Rich Guerrera, KB1FGC; Sean Kutzko, KX9X; shortwaveradio.de; UNESCO; Wireless Institute of Australia; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. 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. We also remind our listeners that if you like our newscast, please leave us a 5-star rating wherever you subscribe to us. For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG in Union Kentucky saying 73. As always we thank you for listening. Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2023. All rights reserved.

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Keplerian Data - 24th January 2023

Friday 27th January 2023

Keplerian Bulletin 6  ARLK006
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  January 24, 2023
To all radio amateurs

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM


0 AO-07
1 7530U 74089B   23024.86632346 -.00000039  00000-0  47276-4 0  9995
2 7530 101.9334  10.6553 0012189 339.0240  84.5769 12.53660497205458
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A   23024.86609220  .00024425  00000-0  43305-3 0  9999
2 25544  51.6453 318.4386 0004806 275.3528 188.4572 15.50095477379567
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C   23024.15166773  .00002799  00000-0  39915-3 0  9991
2 27607  64.5572 346.3182 0079278 252.6995 106.5424 14.76654401 81167
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE  23023.80944531  .00007933  00000-0  91513-3 0  9998
2 39444  97.6541 353.3056 0055888  30.3164 330.1264 14.84772496494798
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E   23024.71161135  .00099444  00000-0  81781-3 0  9999
2 40903  97.1453  90.0648 0006328  19.8533  97.8307 15.70085302413746
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B   23024.41030053  .00001595  00000-0  13186-3 0  9999
2 40931   5.9979  32.7120 0013410  58.0357 302.1300 14.76997418396069
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B   23024.56947866  .00008964  00000-0  49379-3 0  9996
2 42759  43.0153 192.2139 0011475 255.7026 217.4662 15.14171385309845
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D   23024.58689493  .00011651  00000-0  63513-3 0  9993
2 42761  43.0150 190.7399 0012064 257.6007 187.5154 15.14316758309850
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E   23024.11550730  .00009143  00000-0  66428-3 0  9992
2 43017  97.6510 274.2144 0241359 183.6874 176.2572 14.83560990279801
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H   23024.57414954  .00002744  00000-0  27154-3 0  9998
2 43678  97.9970 165.9286 0008527 278.8549  81.1671 14.92707754230839
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A   23024.75692061  .00000138  00000-0  00000+0 0  9990
2 43700   0.0135  78.8529 0002174 265.9055  77.3336  1.00269825 15491
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX  23023.40809184  .00008170  00000-0  68362-3 0  9993
2 43803  97.5952  89.7624 0012225 246.7832 113.2104 14.98661689225994
0 CAS-6
1 44881U 19093C   23024.51598825  .00001837  00000-0  23741-3 0  9990
2 44881  97.8757 105.3808 0014627 181.3806 178.7372 14.82077038167517
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E   23022.64824090  .00000040  00000-0  11272-3 0  9993
2 44909  82.5197  84.6580 0217836 166.9862 193.6987 12.79717891143593
0 XW-3
1 50466U 21131B   23024.49441913  .00000863  00000-0  29625-3 0  9999
2 50466  98.5636 106.4631 0004438 197.3348 162.7689 14.38643457 56695
0 IO-117
1 53106U 22080B   22354.08419093 -.00000003  00000-0  00000+0 0  9990
2 53106  70.1702  21.9397 0008914 226.9685 182.2049  6.42557326 10248
0 FO-118
1 54684U 22167C   23024.47976875  .00015293  00000-0  94921-3 0  9997
2 54684  97.5389 163.6878 0015367 106.9889 327.0138 15.09693322  6967
0 OBJECT UR
1 55124U 98067UR  23024.22320559  .00144489  00000-0  20210-2 0  9993
2 55124  51.6414 321.1213 0001113 170.1078 189.9935 15.55821713  4065

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW

The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, January 27, 2023, at 2330z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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   The American Radio Relay League's
round-up of the forthcoming week's DX
activity on the amateur radio bands

Friday 27th January 2023

DX Bulletin 4  ARLD004
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  January 26, 2023
To all radio amateurs  

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by GU4YOX, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

BOUVET, 3Y.  A large group of operators will be QRV as 3Y0J. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

SRI LANKA, 4S.  Peter DC0KK and Wolfgang DK9DR will be QRV as 4S7KKG and 4S7DRG, respectively, from the Sri Lanka Broadcast SLBC transmitting site from January 29 to February 7.  Activity will be in their spare time on 80 to 10 meters using mostly SSB with FT8 and FT4.  QSL to home calls.
 
TIMOR-LESTE, 4W.  Satoshi, JH2EUV is QRV as 4W/JH2EUV.  Activity of late has been on 17, 15, and 10 meters using FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

TOGO, 5V.  Filippo, IK4ZHH is QRV as 5V22FF.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB.  QSL to Club Log.

KENYA, 5Z.  Rick, M0LEP is QRV as 5Z4/M0LEP from Nairobi until January 30.  Activity is in his spare time on 20 to 6 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL to home call.

LESOTHO, 7P.  Yuris, YL2GM is QRV as 7P8WW until February 4. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, and FT8.  QSL via YL2GN.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Andre, ON7YK is QRV as C5YK from Bijilo until February 24.  Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using all modes.  QSL direct to home call.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW.  Jean-Gabriel, F4CIX, is QRV as FW1JG and expects to be here until January 2024.  He is active on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

FRENCH GUIANA, FY.  Contest station FY5KE will be QRV as TO1A in the CQ World Wide 160-Meter CW and French CW contests.  QSL via operators' instructions.

JERSEY, GJ.  Bob, GU4YOX will be QRV as MJ5E in the CQ World Wide 160-Meter CW contest.  QSL direct to home call.

LIECHTENSTEIN, HB0.  Operators DL1MGB, DL2JRM, DL3DXX and DL7CX plan to be QRV as HB0DX in the CQ World Wide 160-Meter CW contest as a Multi/Single entry.  Outside the contest they are active as HB0/home calls.  QSL HB0DX via DL3DXX and all others to home calls.

PANAMA, HP.  Members of the Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association will be QRV as 3E30PCARA from February 1 to 28 to celebrate the club's 30th anniversary. 
QSL direct.

ALASKA, KL.  Brandon, KL7BSC will be QRV from Denali State Park, POTA K-1641, during Winter Field Day.  QSL via LoTW.

ANTARCTICA.  Juan, LU8DBS is QRV as LU1ZV until February from the Argentine Esperanza Antarctica Base located at Hope Bay, Trinity Peninsula while on work assignment.  Activity is in his spare time on 40, 20, and 10 meters using SSB, and soon with CW and FT8.  QSL via LU4DXU.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  Alberto, P29LL has been QRV on 20 meters using CW around 0800z, and then around 1400z.  QSL via EA7FTR.

SEYCHELLES, S7.  Kazik, DL2SBY is QRV as S79/DL2SBY until February 4.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using some CW, FT8, and possibly SSB.  QSL to home call.  In addition, Peter, G4HSO will be QRV as S79/G4HSO from February 1 to 21 as a holiday operation from three different locations.  QSL via LoTW.

ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4.  John, W5JON will be QRV as V47JA from St, Kitts, Calypso Bay, IOTA NA-104, from January 31 to February 15. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.
 
CANADA, VE.  Special event station VB3CAM50 will be QRV from February 1 to 15 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the city of Cambridge in Ontario. 
QSL via operator's instructions.

MEXICO, XE.  Garcia, XE1CIC will be QRV from Bicentenario State Park, POTA XE-0252, on January 28 and 29.  Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters using SSB. 
QSL direct to home call.

 ALBANIA, ZA.  Ron, NS5K is QRV as ZA15K from Lushnje until November 15 while performing missionary work.  Activity is in his spare time on 40 and 20 meters. 
QSL via operator's instructions.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ World Wide 160-Meter CW Contest, Winter Field Day, BARTG RTTY Sprint, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, REF CW Contest and the UBA DX SSB Contest will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, QCX CW Challenge, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops CW Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40, Mini-Test 80 and the UKEICC 80-Meter Contest are on tap for January 30 to February 1.

Please see January 2023 QST, page 74, February QST, page 69, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

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RSGB Elections

Friday 20th January 2023

Could you help to shape the future of amateur radio?

The RSGB is looking for volunteers who are willing and able to give their time and enthusiasm to ensure that amateur radio and the Society continue to develop and thrive.

There is still time to stand for the eight elected roles. Would one of these roles suit your skills, experience and enthusiasm?

You can stand for RSGB President, elected Board Director or for one of the five Regional Representative roles.

The closing date is the 31 January 2023 and the results of the elections will be announced at the AGM on the 15 April 2023.

Candidate packs and information about the nomination process can be found on the RSGB website

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RSGB 2023 Band Plans

Friday 20th January 2023

The 2023 RSGB Band Plans are now available online and in the February edition of RadCom.

Whilst there are no formal changes compared to 2022, an accompanying background article explains what may be in prospect in the year ahead, which has both major IARU and World Radio Conference events.

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RSGB Convention videos for members

Friday 20th January 2023

As a benefit for our members, we have released two Convention 2022 videos just for members to view.

1.  Peter Duffett-Smith, GM3XJE talks about the input impedance of feeder

2. ‘Sprinkles or Mirrors’, the presentation by Chris Deacon, G4IFX, discovers the true nature of six-metre sporadic-E

Both videos are available in the RSGB online members’ portal.

Over the next few weeks we will release more videos into this portal so RSGB members have the benefit of watching these presentations first.

Log into the RSGB website, go to the videos tab and then choose the Convention lectures section. You will also find links to all of the Convention 2022 videos we have made available on YouTube.

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RadCom February 2023, Vol. 99, No. 2

Friday 20th January 2023

Portable VHF Operating:
A rough guide to VHF operating from a vehicle

News and reports

Around Your Region – Club events calendar 76
Around Your Region – Events roundup 80
Essex CW Amateur Radio Club, Boot Camp 2022 50
Andy Kersey, G0IBN
New products 14
News 12
RSGB Band Plan 40
RSGB Honour Roll 32
RSGB Matters 6
RSGB Trophy Winners for 2021/22 72
Special Interest Groups News 15

Regulars

Advertisers’ index 85
Antennas, Matthew Smith, M0VWS 18
Contest Calendar, Ian Pawson, G0FCT 23
Contesting, Chris Tran, GM3WOJ 66
Data, Andy Talbot, G4JNT 28
GHz bands, Dr John Worsnop, G4BAO 64
HF, Daimon Tilley, G4USI 60
LF, Dave Pick, G3YXM 59
Members’ ads 86
Propagation, Gwyn Williams, G4FKH 88
Rallies and events 87
The Last Word 89
VHF/UHF, Paul Marks, G8FVK 62

Reviews

Book Review 70
Comet CAT-300 ATU, Tim Kirby, GW4VXE 55
MYDEL Windcamp Gipsy HF antenna, Steve Nichols, G0KYA 51

Features

Amateur radio in the media 2022, Heather Parsons, RSGB Communications Manager 52
A rough guide to portable VHF operating from a vehicle, Andy Gilfillan, G0FVI 24
Radio blackouts and solar storms, Peter DeNeef, AE7PD 22
RSGB Construction Competition Heather Parsons, RSGB Communications Manager 16
Wokingham u3a open day, Colin Ashley, M0XCA 35

Technical features

A lightning detector, Erich Heinzle, VK5HSE 68
An improved Antenna Rotator Controller: Part two, Tim Forrester, G4WIM 56
Design Notes, Andy Talbot, G4JNT 36
EMC, Dr David Lauder, G0SNO 30
Wireless Morse Keys: Part two, Ray Scrivens, G3LNM 46

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2360 for Friday January 20th, 2023


Friday 20th January 2023

The following is a QST. Ten meters wakes up in time for popular events. Puerto Rico gets new tools for disaster communications -- and get ready for Bouvet Island on the air. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2360 comes your way right now.

BILLBOARD CART

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BOUVET ISLAND ON THE HORIZON

Friday 20th January 2023

We begin this report with encouraging and long-awaited news for DXers. The latest report from the Bouvet Island DXpedition, 3YØJ [THREE WHY ZERO JAY], is that radio operations could start sometime between the 27th of January and the 4th of February. The team intends to stay on the remote island for three weeks. According to a post on DX-World.Net, Kenneth Opskar, LA7GIA, has reported that the sail from Port Stanley began on the 17th of January, just one day behind schedule. The operators said they are not planning any /MM activity on the way; however you can track them using the Garmin link shown on the Newsline website.

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THINKING AHEAD TO THE 2026 CHAMPIONSHIP

Friday 20th January 2023

Meanwhile, even with the big world radio championship coming to Italy later this year, the event's organizing committee is already looking for host venues for 2026. Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us what's involved.

While much of the amateur radio world awaits the start of the World Radiosport Team Championship in Bologna, Italy this coming July, the WRTC Sanctioning Committee is already looking forward to hearing from prospective host sites for this prestigious event to be held in 2026.

Groups interested in serving as hosts for WRTC 2026 should submit a summary proposal and a letter of intent. The information should include details about principals in the committee making the proposal and a description of how the competition will be conducted, including the number of entrant teams to be allowed and the means by which competitors will be chosen. Details must also be provided about housing arrangements available, travel options and a tentative schedule. Although it is not yet necessary to submit a budget, prospective hosts should provide an outline of expenses and their fundraising plan. The proposal should also discuss the means by which the event will be publicized and what kind of regional support the event will have from regulators as well as amateur radio organisations in the area.

The deadline to submit letters of intent is March 31st. Send details directly to Tine Brajnik, S5ØA, by email. The address is tine dot brajnik at gmail dot com (tine.brajnik@gmail.com)

The committee hopes to announce the venue for the 2026 event at the conclusion of the competition in Bologna.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.

(WRTC)

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TWO PROMINENT INDIAN AMATEURS ARE SILENT KEYS

Friday 20th January 2023

In India, the ham radio community has lost two well-respected veteran hams who became Silent Keys this month. Jason Daniels VK2LAW tells us about them.

Two amateurs in the Indian radio community have become Silent Keys. S, Venkataraman, VU2SV, was described in many online tributes as a "homebrew legend." People posting their condolences in a number of online forums expressed their gratitude for the assistance he gave them in many of their own projects and for serving as an inspiration. A ham since 1962, he died on January 3rd at the age of 88.

Amateurs in India and Sri Lanka were also grieving the loss of "Sun" Shanmugasundram, VU2FOT. A well-known amateur, he was part of the team that created a popular Sunday morning net in 1988. In the beginning it was known as the SWL DX Net but on its tenth anniversary was renamed the BC DX Net, a name that continues to this day. He died on January 12th at the age of 61.

This is Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

(YOUTUBE, QRZ.COM, FACEBOOK)

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FROM DRILL TO REAL-LIFE DISASTER

Friday 20th January 2023

Disaster drills are supposed to prepare radio operators for the real thing - so imagine how hams felt in one California county when one of their more recent drills played out as a real-life emergency. Randy Sly W4XJ shares that experience.

When Sacramento County ARES was invited to participate in an in-person training exercise last summer, they had no idea that a few months later the drill would play out as a real-life event. Most in-person emergency training had come to a halt nationwide over the past few years due to the pandemic, but Sacramento County emergency managers wanted to return from table-top scenarios to in-person training with deployed incident command posts. This in-person drill focused on the levee system of the delta for the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers. At one point, there was a simulated communications blackout and ARES was called in to establish contact between the EOC, command posts and people in the field using FM and Winlink.

Now fast forward to early January. This time, what was happening was not a training exercise: a winter storm with pounding rain was wreaking havoc throughout the coastal counties of central and southern California. Sacramento County activated and included ARES to assist in reporting flooding of the rivers, particularly in the delta region. Sacramento County EC, Jay Ballinger, N6SAC, told AR Newsline that, thanks to the drill, the familiarity the hams had gained with roads around the river region as well as with county emergency management allowed ARES to effectively deploy and report.

This is Randy Sly, W4XJ

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IN THE US, FIELD DAY: IN THE WINTER?

Friday 20th January 2023

So have you started planning for this year's Field Day? You may be thinking to yourself, there’s plenty of time for that. Right? But that’s not what Amateur Radio Newsline’s Mark Abramowicz (Abram-o-vich) tells us as US ham clubs and groups are already planning for a different kind of Field Day – Winter Field Day.

I’d be willing to wager a lot of hams listening to this report haven’t ever heard about Winter Field Day.

Sure, maybe a few have read stories in the magazines over the years about groups of amateurs going out somewhere in the woods during the winter – especially in snow - and setting up tents with one or two stations, wire antennas and gathering a hardy group of “polar bears,” I mean operators, to activate them.

But there really is a Winter Field Day and it’s coming up fast – Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29.

You may be surprised to know it’s an activity that dates back to 2007. That year, a group of Texas hams came up with a plan to stir up some activity on the bands during the winter while challenging operators to set up stations similar to those activated for the ARRL’s Field Day in June.

A loosely knit group calling itself The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio was behind the first few Winter Field Day events. But, its small group of members quickly realized they needed some help and handed over the activity in 2015 to the newly formed Winter Field Day Association.

That group set up some basic rules and categories that have led to a blizzard of competition that has spread across the U.S. and beyond.

The Winter Field Day Association’s mission is simple: It believes hams should practice portable emergency communications in winter environments because of the special challenges presented by freezing temperatures, snow, ice and other hazards. WFD is designed to sharpen preparedness under those subpar conditions.

Last year, more than 2,500 logs were submitted. This year, the 16th year for the event, the organizers are hoping for at least that or more.

You can find more at the Winter Field Day website included in the script for this story at our website, arnewsline.org.

Oh, and one more thing. As with the ARRL’s Field Day, you don’t have to actually leave your home shack to take part.

Make yourself a nice cup of hot chocolate or your favorite hot beverage, fire up the HF radio, and get on the air and contact those stations that are “out there in the cold” looking for you and other “polar bears” during this 24-hour event.

I’m Mark Abramowicz, NT3V.

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KFF MARATHON CHALLENGE GETS IN THE RUNNING

Friday 20th January 2023

Hams operating in natural settings or chasing QSOs there have just embarked on a year-long challenge to score big. Stephen Kinford N8WB tells us about this radio marathon.

The fourth annual KFF Marathon Challenge kicked off on the first of January, encouraging participants in the Worldwide Flora and Fauna awards program to strive for their best scores once again this year, either as activators or hunters. KFF is the designation of the WWFF program for activation sites within the United States and its territories. Awards are available for the Top North American Hunters, Top DX Hunters, and Top Activators. Some of the more interesting sites include the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, the Guam National Wildlife Refuge, Yukon Flats National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and Choctaw National Wildlife Refuge in Puerto Rico. Other parks, islands, caverns and protected areas are located throughout the United States mainland.

For details visit the WWFF-KFF page on Facebook.

This is Stephen Kinford N8WB.

(WWFF)

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WEST BENGAL HAMS ENSURE PILGRIMS' SAFETY

Friday 20th January 2023

A massive religious pilgrimage in India has just concluded and as always the safety of the thousands attending was assured with the help of amateur radio as we hear from Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

A record number of pilgrims turned out this year for the largest religious gathering in India, the Gangasagar Mela, and the West Bengal Radio Club was there as always to assist with public safety, communications and coordination for individuals who fell ill and needed airlifting from the island to area hospitals. More than a dozen people were reported missing at the massive gathering and the hams assisted in reuniting them with their families on the island. Officials told the Hindu newspaper that they had the support of about 42 amateur radio operators.

The mela began on the 5th of January and ended on the 17th.

While they were there, the hams were also able to make contacts as part of Islands on the Air from the island, which is in the Bay of Bengal and has the designation of AS-153. They used the callsign AT2WBRC.

This is Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

(AMBARISH NAG BISWAS, VU2JFA, THE HINDU)

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BBC FEATURES THE LEADING VOICES OF CW EDUCATORS

Friday 20th January 2023

In the UK, broadcast radio isn't about to start getting rid of its voice programming and replacing it with CW but this month, the BBC embraced the mode gladly. Twice, in fact. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us about it.

The BBC has run programming before that examined Morse Code as a form of communication but this month the broadcaster revisited the subject with one ham from the United States who is a leading CW educator. On the afternoon current affairs programme, PM on BBC Radio 4, Howard Bernstein, WB2UZE, cofounder of the Long Island CW Club, spoke with presenter Evan Davis about the mode's growing popularity in the United States and people's efforts to learn it. The LICW has membership around the world availing themselves of the club's free instruction.

Meanwhile, the voice of CW enthusiast Mervyn Foster, G4KLE, can be heard on BBC Three Counties Radio. Mervyn, a volunteer at the National Radio Centre, appeared on the breakfast programme of Andy Collins on the 13th of January. A lifelong fan of CW, Mervyn told Andy about its resurgence in the UK and its usefulness even outside amateur radio.

To hear either or both of these interview, visit the links that appear in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

[Howard interview: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m001h638 ]

[Mervyn interview: https://tinyurl.com/h9ny9dsp ]

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RADIO RELAY INTERNATIONAL EXPANDS ITS REACH

Friday 20th January 2023

Puerto Rico just got another safety net to protect the island when disaster strikes, as we hear from Christian Cudnik KØSTH.

The global ham radio emergency-response network known as Radio Relay International has expanded to provide crisis communications in Puerto Rico. RRI announced that the expansion of its Digital Traffic Network infrastructure into the island comes after a year of working with volunteers there to upgrade emergency preparedness through training courses. The area digital coordinators for RRI have also been giving the volunteers one-on-one assistance and technical support.

RRI's Digital Traffic Network is a modified hybrid mesh network that uses primarily HF but is also involved in creating VHF and UHF gateways for local support. The system has the advantage of universal interoperability between voice and CW and digital platforms. RRI handles traffic as radiograms in voice, CW and digital modes via the Digital Traffic Station function. Message traffic can also be routed between Winlink and RRI's own system.

James Wades, WB8SIW, RRI's emergency management director, credited Victor Rivera, WP4QZH, and Emmanuel Cruz, NP4D, for their work in Puerto Rico, along with numerous other team members. Puerto Rico becomes part of a larger service of RRI's Digital Traffic Network connections that also include Asia, Oceania and Europe.

This is Christian Cudnik KØSTH.

(JAMES WADES, WB8SIW)

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YOUTH DX ADVENTURE GROUP RETURNING TO CURAÇAO

Friday 20th January 2023

Is there a trip to Curaçao in the future for a young hopeful DX adventurer you may know? If so, you will want to hear this report from Andy Morrison K9AWM.

The Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure group is returning to Curaçao this year and is inviting young amateurs to be part of the operation. The application period has opened. The trip will take place between July 13th and 18th with the goal of forming a DX team of amateurs between the ages of 12 and 17.

This year, the timing of the trip has an added bonus: Because this year's DX adventure overlaps somewhat with the Youth on the Air Camp taking place in Canada in July, the young hams in Curaçao can expect to have some scheduled contacts with the YOTA campers as well. The PJ2T site in Curaçao will once again be the QTH for the Caribbean activation. According to the Youth DX Adventure website, the team is applying to once again use the call sign PJ2Y

Application forms can be downloaded from the website that appears in this week's text version of Newsline.

This is Andy Morrison K9AWM.

[JIM STORMS, AB8YK]

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TEN METERS PUTS OUT ITS WELCOME MAT

Friday 20th January 2023

A stretch of days with great conditions on 10 meters has provided a bonus for a number of events on the band lately. In Germany, the DARC held its 10-meter contest on January 8th with hams getting on the air using CW and SSB. The Nordic Radio Amateur Union's 10m activity contest will be held on February 2nd, with CW ops on the air from 1800 to 1900 UTC; SSB users on from 1900 to 2000 UTC; FM users competing between 2000 UTC to 2100 UTC and Digital competitors getting in on the action from 2100 to 2200 UTC.

Just two days later, entrants in this year's Ten-Ten International Winter QSO Party will hope to make good use of favorable band conditions for operators using SSB on February 4th and 5th. The nonprofit organization, the Ten-Ten International Net, was created in 1962 to encourage activity on the 10m band and promote good operating practices.

(TEN-TEN INTERNATIONAL NET, NORDIC RADIO AMATEUR UNION)

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KICKER: SQUIRRELING AWAY SOME GREAT QSOs

Friday 20th January 2023

We end this week's newscast with the story of a net that puts squirrels on the air. Not flying squirrels on the air. These are radio squirrels. Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us about their chatter.

As anyone who lives in Australia knows, there are no native squirrels living here. Or.....are there? If you ask Linda GØYLM, a member of the North West Fusion Group in the UK, she might insist there are - and for good reason: She has had plenty of QSOs with them. Linda and her husband, Ian, GØVGS, participate in the group's daily morning Squirrel Net, where Linda is net control. The squirrels are all the hams who check in starting at 0700 UTC from New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, Ireland, Sri Lanka and even the United States.

Ian told Newsline that the net was inspired by early-morning walks the couple would take in the local park in the early days of the pandemic. Radios in hand, they would chat with friends as they strolled. Ian said: [quote] "From time to time we would see a squirrel and mention it on the air. This moved to logging the first squirrel sighted each morning, and the Squirrel Net was born." [endquote]

Conversation topics vary from day to day and the chatter often gets as lively as the group's furry little namesakes. Because hams are almost always in danger of timing out, the award of the Golden Acorn is conferred virtually on any ham who passes the conversation along just in time.

You can find the Squirrel Net in WIRES-X room 41755 and on the GB-NWFG reflector, YSF 26499. As Ian told Newsline, everyone is welcome to join the peanut gallery - even those elusive Australian squirrels.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.

(NORTH WEST FUSION GROUP)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur Radio Weekly; Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA; the BBC; CQ magazine; David Behar K7DB; the 425 DX News; The Hindu newspaper; Ian Maude, GØVGS; Jim Storms, AB8YK; North West Fusion Group; shortwaveradio.de; 3YØJ (THREE WHY ZERO JAY) Website; Wireless Institute of Australia; Winter Field Day Association; Worldwide Flora and Fauna; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. 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. We also remind our listeners that if you like our newscast, please leave us a 5-star rating wherever you subscribe to us. For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Jim Damron N8TMW in Charleston West Virginia saying 73. As always we thank you for listening. Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2023. All rights reserved.

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Keplerian Data

Friday 20th January 2023

Keplerian Bulletin 4  ARLK004
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  January 17, 2023
To all radio amateurs

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM


0 AO-07
1 7530U 74089B   23017.19396057 -.00000012  00000-0  21429-3 0  9991
2 7530 101.9323   2.9433 0012254 353.6164  17.9285 12.53660295204499
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A   23017.68978009  .00020572  00000-0  36302-3 0  9993
2 25544  51.6437 353.9657 0004830 297.5015  56.1209 15.50340685378446
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C   23017.10824546  .00003237  00000-0  45858-3 0  9998
2 27607  64.5565   7.8897 0079624 254.0641 105.1678 14.76612106 80127
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE  23016.86785247  .00009023  00000-0  10419-2 0  9990
2 39444  97.6525 346.6410 0056559  52.5771 308.0572 14.84661032493760
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E   23017.44438994  .00100923  00000-0  87787-3 0  9998
2 40903  97.1464  82.6489 0007202  48.6459  78.3737 15.68705701412601
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B   23016.98242265  .00001485  00000-0  11652-3 0  9996
2 40931   5.9941  85.6806 0014038 312.7438  47.1541 14.76981110394965
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B   23017.50444653  .00010059  00000-0  55454-3 0  9997
2 42759  43.0156 231.2920 0010733 213.6312 224.8947 15.14044504308778
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D   23017.46013969  .00010491  00000-0  57626-3 0  9990
2 42761  43.0150 230.1629 0010731 216.7662 213.6137 15.14140872308771
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E   23017.43779931  .00009083  00000-0  66307-3 0  9994
2 43017  97.6516 267.8069 0241132 205.6767 153.2315 14.83439735278818
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H   23017.66961515  .00002381  00000-0  23670-3 0  9996
2 43678  97.9963 158.9126 0008669 302.9281  57.1164 14.92662752229808
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A   23017.29774720  .00000164  00000-0  00000+0 0  9993
2 43700   0.0183  55.4966 0001893 293.4271 260.4997  1.00270364 15413
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX  23016.73104205  .00010294  00000-0  86252-3 0  9991
2 43803  97.5958  83.2593 0012055 270.8601  89.1240 14.98542459224991
0 CAS-6
1 44881U 19093C   23017.49445060  .00001664  00000-0  21577-3 0  9994
2 44881  97.8762  98.4717 0014182 204.6519 155.4052 14.82048599166471
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E   23016.70628340  .00000002  00000-0 -37756-4 0  9998
2 44909  82.5205  88.6071 0217602 180.8670 179.2086 12.79717689142780
0 XW-3
1 50466U 21131B   23017.60893884  .00000924  00000-0  31621-3 0  9999
2 50466  98.5647  99.5929 0004072 218.6835 141.4061 14.38630645 55705
0 IO-117
1 53106U 22080B   22354.08419093 -.00000003  00000-0  00000+0 0  9990
2 53106  70.1702  21.9397 0008914 226.9685 182.2049  6.42557326 10248
0 FO-118
1 54684U 22167C   23017.58439083  .00016059  00000-0  10024-2 0  9998
2 54684  97.5402 156.9031 0015416 130.5151 294.0701 15.09477956  5926
0 OBJECT UR
1 55124U 98067UR  23017.21741272  .00122105  00000-0  18416-2 0  9999
2 55124  51.6418 356.0800 0000828 348.8887  11.2086 15.53857662  2974

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW.

The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, January 20, 2023, at 2330z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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   The American Radio Relay League's
round-up of the forthcoming week's DX
activity on the amateur radio bands

Friday 20th January 2023

DX Bulletin 3  ARLD003
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  January 19, 2023
To all radio amateurs  

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by JI3DST, LU7AA, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

TANZANIA, 5H.  Ferdy, HB9DSP will be QRV as 5H3FM from Zanzibar Island, IOTA AF-032, from January 21 to 31.  Activity will be on 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL to home call.

THE GAMBIA, C5.  Andre, ON7YK is QRV as C5YK from Bijilo until February 24.  Activity is on 20 to 10 meters using all modes.  QSL direct to home call.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0.  Mario is QRV as CE3WB/CE0 from Isla de Pascua until the end of January.  Activity is holiday style on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB. 
QSL to home call.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW.  Jean-Gabriel, F4CIX, is QRV as FW1JG and expects to be here until January 2024.  He is active on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and FT8.  QSL via LoTW.

ITALY, I.  Operators S50O, S50X, S51V, S52OT, S54W, S56N, S57DX and S59A will be QRV as IG9/home calls from Lampedusa Island, IOTA AF-019, from January 23 to 31.  Activity will be on all bands and modes.  They plan to be QRV as IG9/S59A in the upcoming CQ World Wide 160 CW contest.  QSL IG9/S59A via S59A, and all others via operators' instructions.

JAPAN, JA.  Take, JI3DST will be QRV as JI3DST/6, JS6RRR, JJ5RBH/6, and JR8YLY/6 from Miyako Island, IOTA AS-079, from January 24 to March 7.  Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, FM, and FT8.  When using FT8, the numeric suffix will be replaced with the letter /P.  This includes being active as JS6RRR in the
upcoming CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW contest.  QSL to home call.

GUAM, KH2.  Henry, N7JVJ is QRV as N7JVJ from Hagatna until April 28.  Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB and FT8 with QRP power. 
QSL via operator's instructions.

ARGENTINA, LU.  Members of AMSAT Argentina will be QRV as LU7AA from January 21 to 29 to commemorate the 33rd anniversary of the launch of Satellite LO-19.  Activity will be on the HF, and V/UHF bands using CW, SSB, SSTV, and FT8, and FM/SSB on various Satellites.  QSL via LU7AA.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  David, VK4FABN is QRV as P29DT from Tabubil in the Star Mounts in the North Fly District of the Western Province.  Activity is holiday style on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

POLAND, SP.  Special event station HF7SIEMA is QRV until February 5 recognizing a nationwide Polish charity event.  QSL via operators' instructions.

PALAU, T8.  Operators JH3LSS, JA3HJI, JA3IVU, JA3ARJ and JA3AVO are QRV as T88DK, T88DN, T88ED, T88EF, and T88MB from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until January 27.  Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4.  QSL to home calls.

TURKEY, TA.  Special event stations TC100TC, TC100TA, TC100TR, and TC100YEAR are QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the centenary of the Turkish Republic. 
QSL via bureau.

CONGO, TN.  A group of operators are QRV as TN8K until January 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, FT8, and FT4.  This includes being active on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via OK6DJ.

GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR from Libreville until March 15, 2023.  Activity is on 30 to 10 meters using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.

EL SALVADOR, YS.  Roberto, I2JIN is QRV as YS3CW from Corinto, Morazan until January 29.  Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW and FT8.  QSL direct to home call.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL January VHF Contest, North American SSB QSO Party, North American Collegiate SSB Championship, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, Hungarian DX Contest, PRO Digi Contest, RSGB AFS SSB Contest and the Feld Hell Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, SKCC CW Sprint, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, Mini-Test 40, Mini-Test 80, UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest and Australia Day Contest are on tap for January 23 to 26.

Please see January 2023 QST, page 74, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2359 with a release date of Friday January 13th, 2023 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

Friday 13th January 2023
The following is a QST. An Indonesian ham satellite scores a first for the nation. The FCC studies spectrum space for drones -- and hams in Australia prepare to pay higher fees. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2359 comes your way right now.

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INDONESIAN SATELLITE IS NATION'S FIRST BY STUDENTS

Friday 13th January 2023

An achievement by Indonesian students is being celebrated as a "first" for that nation. Jason Daniels VK2LAW has those details.

Congratulations to the students of Surya University in Indonesia following the deployment of their first satellite from the International Space Station. Known as SS-1, for Surya Satellite 1, the CubeSat was sent into space on its own successfully on Friday, January 6th. SS-1 is also Indonesia's first student-built satellite. The university undergraduates undertook the project with the support of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, which recognised it in a design competition in 2018. That achievement awarded it the chance to be deployed from the ISS.

The CubeSat's mission is to test communication between an Automatic Package Reporting System payload and the ground using the amateur radio frequency 145.825 MHz. The university students were inspired to undertake the project after seeing a presentation on amateur radio by the Indonesian Radio Amateurs Organization, known as ORARI.

This is Jason Daniels, VK2LAW.

(AMSAT News Service)

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FCC EYES 5GHz BAND FOR AERIAL VEHICLES

Friday 13th January 2023

In the US, the FCC is taking yet another look at spectrum allocation, this time in the 5GHz band. Kent Peterson KCØDGY tells us what they have in mind.

A portion of the 5GHz spectrum could become available to unmanned aerial vehicles, such as drones, under a proposal being considered by the US Federal Communications Commission.

FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel issued a statement saying that an assessment of spectrum resources dedicated to remote-piloted aircraft was long overdue. The FCC is studying the range between 5.03GHz and 5.091GHz - frequencies that are below the range typically used in the US and other countries for other low-power, unlicensed wireless devices
using frequencies that start at 5.15GHz. In the US, the FCC limits the maximum channel width used by unlicensed devices to prevent interference with users on the licensed portion of the spectrum. The frequencies being looked at by the FCC are not within the amateur band between 5.65 and 5.85 GHz.

The agency is seeking input on the proposal, which takes on added importance as the commercial use of drones continues to surge in the United States. The chairwoman said that the FCC also acknowledges that unmanned aircraft are also vital to first responders and in disaster-recovery and wildfire situations. She said the proposal was developed with input from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration.

This is Kent Peterson KCØDGY.

(THE REGISTER, FCC)

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LEND YOUR VOICE TO THE AM RALLY

Friday 13th January 2023

It's time to get on the air and celebrate the first voice mode used by amateur radio. Here's Andy Morrison K9AWM to tell us how.

Anyone who uses Amplitude Modulation on the bands knows the warm sound it brings to casual conversation and the historical importance of keeping alive the first amateur voice mode. The AM Rally, an annual celebration of this mode, is returning to HF and 6 meters from February 3rd through to the 6th. It's not necessary to have a boat anchor for full carrier amplitude modulation. Modern radios, including software-defined rigs, as well as military radios, modified broadcast radios and home brew models are capable of helping operators take part in this event.

Information about logging your contacts and noting your rig and your output power class, can be found on the website amrally dot com (amrally.com). There are suggestions on how to prepare as well as a guide to where and when you can find the most active AM action going on, from 6 to 160 meters. AM cannot be used on 60 meters in the United States, however.

As organizer Clark, N1BCG, says: [quote] "It's a great opportunity for newcomers to try the first phone mode and for experienced ops to be AM Ambassadors." [endquote]

This is Andy Morrison K9AWM.

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AUSTRALIAN AMATEURS FACING HIGHER FEES

Friday 13th January 2023

A fee increase is about to have an impact on amateur radio operators Down Under. Graham Kemp VK4BB explains what's happening.

Hams in Australia will begin paying higher fees for amateur radio services from the Australian Maritime College starting on Monday, February 6th. The Australian Communications and Media Authority approved a fee increase of 5 percent to cover callsign services and amateur qualification procedures. The fees have been implemented in keeping with the government's Cost Recovery Guidelines, which permit authorities to charge nongovernment entities for part or all of the costs involved in certain government activities, such as regulation or services. The Australian Maritime College manages amateur radio exam services for the ACMA at the proficiency levels of Foundation, Standard and Advanced licence classes.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.

(WIA)

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TECH CLASS OPERATORS WELCOME IN WINTERHEAT EVENT

Friday 13th January 2023

An event known as Winterheat started on January 1st and is going on all month here in the US. If you have a Technician class license, you're especially welcome to join in, as we hear from Jack Parker W8ISH.

The very word itself - Winterheat - would suggest a name that contradicts itself. Instead Winterheat has grown to stand for an event that presents increasing opportunities for all amateur radio operators in the United States, most especially those with a Technician class license.

Now in its fourth year, the month-long Winterheat challenges amateurs to become active in the FM simplex band segments on VHF and UHF. The activity also attracts operators on simplex DMR, D-STAR and Fusion. One of the organizers, John Fulton, K9AI, told Newsline that Winterheat started modestly in Illinois in 2019 but has since spread to other midwestern states and outward toward both coasts. John said that last year's event drew amateurs' participation in 38 states for a total of 134,000 contacts.

Winterheat makes its web-based logging and reporting system available to registered operators and those operators can also view real time statistics and propagation.

Licensed hams who are interested in being a part of Winterheat can register to participate by signing up at www.hamactive.com.

This is Jack Parker W8ISH.

(JOHN FULTON, K9AI)

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SILENT KEY: CONTEST HALL OF FAMER FRED LAUN, K3ZO

Friday 13th January 2023

A well-known contester and leader in the amateur radio community has become a Silent Key. We hear more about him from Kevin Trotman, N5PRE.

Known worldwide for personal contributions to groups advancing amateur radio, Fred Laun, K3ZO, was also an accomplished contester who was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 1993. Fred, a resident of Temple Hills, Maryland, became a Silent Key on January 3rd, after falling ill in mid-December. According to various reports, at the time of his death he had been diagnosed with an infection and COVID.

A member of the ARRL's Maxim Society and a Life Member of the league, Fred had been a director of the Yasme Foundation, which helps fund projects advancing amateur radio. His lifelong commitment to ham radio began in 1952, when he got his first license and was assigned WN9SZR as his call. A retired foreign service officer, Fred was a member of the First Class CW Operators' Club and the A1 Operator Club. He was also president of the National Capitol DX Association and the Potomac Valley Radio Club.

RAST, the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand, penned a tribute on its website to Fred, who also held the callsign HSØZAR. Fred had been a longtime advisor to RAST. He became one of the young organization's earliest supporters after its creation in the late 1960s when his work as a United States Foreign Service Officer assigned him to a post in Thailand.

Tributes poured in on other websites too. Writing on the Reflector of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, Ken K4ZW, said: "There was just something about tuning the bands during a contest and hearing K3ZO. You knew everything was right with the ham radio world." [endquote]

Fred was 85.

(K8CX HAM GALLERY, ARRL)

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SILENT KEY: CUBAN JOURNALIST, BROADCASTER ARNIE ANTIC, CO2KK

Friday 13th January 2023

A noted Cuban journalist and amateur radio operator has also become a Silent Key. Arnaldo Coro Antich, CO2KK, died on January 8th. According to the Shortwave Listening Post, his death was the result of complications of various chronic illnesses. Hams around the world also knew him as Arnie Coro.

Arnie was active in amateur radio since the age of 12 when he joined an organization that was then known as the Radio Club de Cuba. He pursued a career in journalism and carved out a strong reputation in both radio and in print media. Even at his current age of 80, he remained an active part of the team at Radio Habana Cuba with an English-language program known as DXers Unlimited, which had a worldwide amateur radio listenership. In addition to teaching journalism at two institutes in Cuba, he was active in the Cuban Radio Amateurs Federation, which was formed in 1966.

Committed to emergency response work, he was the emergency coordinator for Area C of Region 2 of the International Amateur Radio Union. Arnie was 80.

(SHORTWAVE LISTENING POST)

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ARDC HOLDING COMMUNITY MEETING ON JAN. 21

Friday 13th January 2023

Amateur Radio Digital Communications invites everyone to its next community meeting, which is being held on the Zoom platform on Saturday, January 21st. Attendees will meet the new advisory committee members, learn about grants given in 2022 and hear about the recently concluded 44Net Assessment. To attend, you must register. See the link in the text version of this week's Newsline script for the registration link.

(ARDC)

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INTERNATIONAL ATTENDANCE AT HAM RADIO UNIVERSITY

Friday 13th January 2023

The popular annual event known as Ham Radio University returned this year as an online event and attracted international attendance. Paul Braun WD9GCO has the wrap-up on that.

Saturday, January 7th, was a back-to-school day for more than 1,000 radio amateurs who signed up for a seat in the virtual classrooms of Ham Radio University. The day of education and fellowship marked the third time this event has been held online since the first one was held on Long Island, New York 23 years ago. The fact that it was held in a virtual space meant it could open its doors to visitors beyond the New York metropolitan area and welcome amateurs from Bulgaria, Germany, Lebanon, Greece, Thailand and Korea as well as many other nations.

Organizers said that in all, 1,662 hams registered and of those, 1,082 attended the free event, taking advantage of the various forums, which included Software Defined Radios, Parks on the Air, grounding in the ham shack and the role of Raspberry Pi Computers in amateur radio.

Did you miss a forum or perhaps you weren't available to attend at all? This year's presentations were recorded and will soon be available for viewing on Ham Radio University's YouTube Channel. Meanwhile, the hard work has already begun on next year's event, which organizers hope will be available as a combination of virtual and in-person classes.

This is Paul Braun WD9GCO.

(DIANE ORTIZ, K2DO, TOM CARRUBBA KA2D)

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POTA REPORTS A ROBUST YEAR FOR 2022 ACTIVATORS

Friday 13th January 2023

Parks on the Air administrators have spent the past few days tallying up activator totals for 2022. Matt Heere, N3NWV, is here to share the final numbers.

Howdy POTA Folks I'm Matt, N3NWV and this is the December 2022 monthly POTA update which is our 2022 year-end wrap-up so instead of December statistics let's talk about how 2022 stacked up against 2021. In terms of total activations there were 141,477. That's 195 percent increase over the previous year. Seven thousand one hundred eighty-seven activators participated in these activations, which is 171 percent increase over 2021.

In total, 14818 parks were activated, a 134 percent increase over 2021. These parks are spread out across 72 DXCC entities, a 147 percent increase over 2021.

And drum roll please; we logged over 6.26 million QSOs in 2022. That's a 220 percent increase, more than double what we logged in 2021.

And as you might expect with the maturity of the POTA program a lot of the growth is happening outside of the United States. In IARU Region 1 we had 5,940 activations. That's a 418 percent increase over 2021. Fantastic numbers for Region 2 outside of the Continental US as well. Eleven thousand six hundred thirty activations represents a 267 percent increase over 2021.

Last, but by no means least, Region 3's 8,780 QSOs represents a 283 percent increase over 2021.

(POTA)

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KING'S CORONATION INSPIRES OPERATOR AWARD IN BRITAIN

Friday 13th January 2023

Amateur radio operators in the UK have become very involved in planning for the coronation of the next king. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us about one award group that has launched an event that continues right through to the end of the year.

The Coronation of King Charles III in Westminster Abbey in May has inspired the Worked All Britain awards group to create a year-long event honouring the new monarch of the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth realms. The King Charles III Coronation Award is open to any amateur radio operator who is able to log contacts within the various geographical squares inside the UK throughout 2023. Hams may operate on all licenced frequencies and modes, to qualify. According to the group's website, the initial certificate will be awarded for 10 points. There are endorsements for each 10 after that. Finally, each multiple of 100 points earns the operator a new certificate and a trophy.

Details about the scoring methods are available on the website at the address that appears in the text version of this week's newscast at arnewsline.org

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

(WORKED ALL BRITAIN)

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ACTIVATORS PLAN SUMMIT CAMPING TRIPS

Friday 13th January 2023

In some parts of North America, where winter has taken hold, many people are making plans to go into the mountains for a weekend of hiking or skiing. Then there are the hams who activate summits and look at those same mountains as places they'll activate this spring and summer. Sel Embee KB3TZD tells us what they've got planned.

We may only be in January, but two clubs in the northeastern United States are already deep in the planning stages of campouts that combine eyeball QSOs with summit activations. The Northeast SOTA Club has scheduled its first campout for this spring. Hams will be meeting up in Woodstock, New York, which is nestled in the Catskill Mountain region. The campout will take place between May 19th and May 22nd; amateurs will be able to use one of the 45 campsites available at the Woodland Valley Campground. There is also an option to bring an RV. The club is advising early reservations for those planning to attend. Contact AJ at the email address found in the text version of this week's newscast.

Meanwhile, east of the Catskills, campers are looking forward to returning to the White Mountains of New Hampshire for the sixth annual W1 SOTA campout. These SOTA enthusiasts will be gathering from June 1st to June 5th. One of the organizers, Bob, A-C-one-Zed, writes on the SOTA Reflector: [quote] "Join in for the entire four-night campout or for as many nights as you can or just stop by for a while!" [endquote] Email Bob for details or to let him know your plans. His email address can be found in the text version of this week's newscast.

This is Sell Embee KB3TZD.

This is Sel Embee KB3TZD.

(SOTA REFLECTOR)

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WORLD OF DX

Friday 13th January 2023

In the World of DX be listening for AT18BSG, a special event station that will be on the air until the 15th of January in India. The station is marking the 18th National Jamboree of the Bharat Scouts and Guides. According to the event's page on QRZ.com, thousands of scouts, guides and adult leaders will be active. QSL via VU2NRO.

Whether or not you are a soccer fan, be listening for special callsign 7U7C being used by operators who belong to the Great Desert Djelfa Radio Amateur Club 7X2VFK. The club is on the air marking the seventh African Nations Championship taking place in Algeria from the 13th of January until the 4th of February. This biennial football tournament is organized by the Confederation of African Football. See QRZ.com for details.

In central Africa, Roland F8EN is operating as TR8CR from Gabon until March 15, 2023. He is on the air using CW on 30 to 10 meters. QSL via F6AJA.

Many special event stations are on the air announcing the upcoming World Radiosport Team Championship to be held in Italy. Here are two in particular to listen for as they operate in Indonesia and New Zealand. Listen for 8BØRARI and ZL6WRTC on various HF bands where operators will be using CW and SSB. See QRZ.com for QSL details.

(DX WORLD, 425 DX BULLETIN, QRZ.COM)

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KICKER: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT

Friday 13th January 2023

For our final story we ask: how does a radio operator pursue 3 SOTA summits, 6 island activations and 2 lake activations in the space of seven days? Answer: he goes with the flow - in this case, the flow of a river in New Zealand. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF takes us on that ride.

It was a seven-day journey along the length of the Clutha River in New Zealand and Matt ZL4NVW was more than up to the challenge. He had his packraft, his kayak, his radio and his gameplan. Writing on the SOTA reflector later, Matt shared the details of how he collected peaks and some summit-to-summit contacts along the way. He battled band conditions as well as scrub from the wild landscape. Entering the river south of Alberttown with his gear safely packed and waterproofed, he braced for the river equivalent of a solar storm: rapids, whirlpools and boils. The trip afterward was marked by alternating moments of extreme peace and temperamental waters -- though he suffered a wrist injury at one point.

He advised readers to file his story [quote] "under the lengths someone will go to activate a 1-point summit." [endquote] That would be one of the stops he made to climb Tyrwhitt Peak on Mou Waho island in Otago, the summit designated ZL3/OT-493.
Perhaps just a single point earned here, but the total adventure points for this trip were off the charts.

This is Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.

(SOTA REFLECTOR)

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NEWCAST CLOSE - DO YOU HAVE NEWS?

Friday 13th January 2023

Do you have a piece of Amateur Radio News that you think Newsline would be interested in? We are not talking about advertising your club's upcoming hamfest or field day participation, but something that is out of the ordinary. If so, send us a brief overview via the contact page at arnewsline.org. If it's newsworthy and we would like to cover it, we'll get back to you for more details.

NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur Radio Weekly; AMSAT News Service; the ARRL; ARDC; CQ magazine; David Behar K7DB; Diane Ortiz, K2DO; the K8CX Ham Gallery; FCC; the 425 DX News; John Fulton, K9AI; Parks on the Air; the Register; Shortwave Listening Post; shortwaveradio.de; the SOTA Reflector; Tom Carrubba, KA2D; Wireless Institute of Australia; Worked All Britain; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. 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. We also remind our listeners that if you like our newscast, please leave us a 5-star rating wherever you subscribe to us. For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT at the news desk in New York, and our news team worldwide, I'm Don Wilbanks AE5DW in Picayune Mississippi saying 73. As always we thank you for listening. Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2023. All rights reserved.

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Keplerian Data

Friday 13th January 2023

QST de W1AW 
Keplerian Bulletin 3  ARLK003
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  January 13, 2023
To all radio amateurs

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 AO-07
1 07530U 74089B   23013.54622965 -.00000025  00000-0  13009-3 0  9995
2 07530 101.9320 359.2769 0012288   0.6450 115.0259 12.53660098203794
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A   23013.75672454  .00014894  00000-0  26669-3 0  9997
2 25544  51.6445  13.4824 0004570 263.6558  85.3468 15.50182049377837
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C   23013.51872801  .00002408  00000-0  34652-3 0  9995
2 27607  64.5565  18.8828 0079805 254.7738 104.4531 14.76588084 79381
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE  23013.43054873  .00006080  00000-0  70532-3 0  9997
2 39444  97.6530 343.3411 0056745  63.4956 297.2063 14.84600745492660
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E   23013.48850860  .00077228  00000-0  69564-3 0  9992
2 40903  97.1468  78.6181 0007717  57.8045  69.5161 15.67918947411983
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B   23013.13338889  .00001348  00000-0  97633-4 0  9990
2 40931   5.9948 113.1318 0013751 259.9364  99.7696 14.76974010394390
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B   23013.54490310  .00007797  00000-0  43397-3 0  9996
2 42759  43.0171 253.1883 0009816 189.0735 243.2396 15.13953794308177
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D   23013.50093608  .00008080  00000-0  44804-3 0  9994
2 42761  43.0169 252.0604 0010496 190.3090 234.3748 15.14047487308177
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E   23013.18807145  .00008148  00000-0  59713-3 0  9995
2 43017  97.6510 263.7302 0241076 219.7187 138.6160 14.83358374278180
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H   23013.64745917  .00001515  00000-0  15278-3 0  9999
2 43678  97.9968 154.8270 0008906 319.3227  40.7333 14.92639635229208
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A   23012.49214928  .00000162  00000-0  00000-0 0  9998
2 43700   0.0166  39.5749 0001954 302.8700 332.2796  1.00272475 15124
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX  23013.05842436  .00007608  00000-0  64009-3 0  9999
2 43803  97.5949  79.6829 0012300 284.0866  75.8989 14.98469698224440
0 CAS-6
1 44881U 19093C   23013.44350395  .00001204  00000-0  15806-3 0  9999
2 44881  97.8769  94.4865 0013886 218.7345 141.2879 14.82032204165870
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E   23013.50075338  .00000030  00000-0  73641-4 0  9999
2 44909  82.5209  90.7374 0217488 188.3518 171.3942 12.79717748142375
0 XW-3
1 50466U 21131B   23013.57499223  .00000644  00000-0  22484-3 0  9996
2 50466  98.5652  95.5677 0003874 232.3087 127.7749 14.38622120 55123
0 IO-117
1 53106U 22080B   22354.08419093 -.00000003  00000-0  00000+0 0  9990
2 53106  70.1702  21.9397 0008914 226.9685 182.2049  6.42557326 10248
0 FO-118
1 54684U 22167C   23013.61301219  .00010959  00000-0  68858-3 0  9999
2 54684  97.5391 152.9974 0015142 143.0455 315.0671 15.09329697  5329
0 OBJECT UR
1 55124U 98067UR  23013.29292538  .00113659  00000-0  17837-2 0  9999
2 55124  51.6419  15.6189 0001680 323.4718  36.6157 15.52797320  2368

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW.

The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at 2330z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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   The American Radio Relay League's
round-up of the forthcoming week's DX
activity on the amateur radio bands

Friday 13th January 2023

DX Bulletin 2  ARLD002
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  January 12, 2023
To all radio amateurs  

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by W2APF, The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

UGANDA, 5X.  Anders, SM0HPL is QRV as 5X7W from Kampala until January 23.  Activity is on the HF bands using QRP power.  QSL via M0OXO.

ALGERIA, 7X.  Members of radio club 7X2VFK are QRV with special event call sign 7U7C during the Africa Cup of Nations football tournament.  QSL direct.

QATAR, A7.  Tony, RN1B is QRV as A75GC from Doha until the end of January.  QSL via RW3RN.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO is QRV as D44TWO from Sao Tiago, IOTA AF-005, until January 21.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4, as well as on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via M0OXO.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event station DR100XRAY is QRV until June 30 to commemorate the 100th anniversary since the death of Wilhelm C. Roentgen, the physicist whose discovery of X-rays revolutionized diagnostic medicine.  QSL via bureau.

ETHIOPIA, ET.  Ken, K4ZW, Bob, W9XY, and Nodir, EY8MM plan to be QRV from the Ethiopian Amateur Radio Society's club station ET3AA from January 14 to 21.  As part of their activity, they will also try to mentor newcomers to amateur radio.  QSL via N2OO.

GUADELOUPE, FG.  Herve, F5HRY will be QRV as FG/F5HRY from Marie Galante Island from January 19 to February 2.  Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters, including 30, 17, and 12 meters, using CW, with SSB on request.  QSL direct to home call.

SAINT BARTHELEMY, FJ.  Phil, K2LIO is QRV as FJ4WEB until August 15. Activity is on 40 to 10 meters using SSB.  QSL to home call.

CROZET ISLAND, FT/W.  Station FT8WW is QRV until January 26.  QSL via OQRS.

THAILAND, HS.  Jack, F5LIT will be QRV as HS0ZPU from January 17 to February 6.  From January 17 to 20, he will be active from Krabi Island, IOTA AS-053. 
QSL direct to home call.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P2.  David, VK4FABN is QRV as P29DT from Tabubil in the Star Mounts in the North Fly District of the Western Province.  Activity is holiday style on 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL via LoTW.

ARUBA, P4.  Jeff, VA3QSL is QRV as P4/VA3QSL until February 8. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  QSL via LoTW.

PALAU, T8.  Operators Mike, JA6EGL, Kuzo, JH6WDG, and Mune, JR6DRH are QRV as T88SM, T88AQ, and T88RH, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA OC-009, until January 19.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, and various digital modes.  QSL to home calls.

CONGO, TN.  A group of operators are QRV as TN8K until January 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, FT8, and FT4.  This includes being active on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via OK6DJ.

MONTSERRAT, VP2M.  Thaire, W2APF is QRV as VP2MDX until March 28. Activity is on 80, 40, and 30 meters using CW and SSB.  QSL direct to home call.

UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS on CYPRUS, ZC4.  Garry, 2M1DHG is QRV as ZC4GR.  Activity is on 40, 30, and 10 meters using FT8.  QSL via EB7DX.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The North American CW QSO Party, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, YB SSB DX Contest, UBA PSK63 Prefix Contest, WAB 1.8 MHz Phone, NRAU-Baltic SSB Contest, NRAU-Baltic CW Contest, RSGB AFS Data Contest and the Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for this upcoming weekend.

The K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test 40 and the Mini-Test 80 are on tap for January 16 to 18.

Please see January 2023 QST, page 74, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

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Marconi international amateur radio award

Friday 6th January 2023

Marconi Was Here! is an international amateur radio award organised by ARI Fidenza Radio Club.

The main objective of the award is to commemorate historically some of the most important and significant Italian cities where Marconi performed scientific experiments in radio engineering, long distance communications, radio direction-finding and others; experiments that, in the following periods, revealed themselves to be crucial for technical and scientific advancement and the progress of wireless communications.

The award period lasts the whole of 2023.

Each month is dedicated to a specific Italian city connected to the story of Guglielmo Marconi and is paired to a different special callsign.

Further details, special callsigns and award rules can be found on the ARI Fidenza Radio Club website.

RSGB

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Tonight @ 8 spring programme

Friday 6th January 2023

The Spring 2023 series of Tonight @ 8 webinars kicks off Monday, 9 January 2023 when Ben Lloyd, GW4BML talks about portable operating in his presentation Radio and Rucksack.

As well as explaining briefly the definition and benefits of portable operating, Ben will also share a little about his amateur radio adventures.

These focus mainly on SOTA, working DX and contesting, but all by operating portable.

Ben will run through everything that is packed away in his rucksack to enable successful activation.

You can watch and ask questions live on our YouTube channel or the special BATC channel.

You can also watch the presentation live, and find further information about this and other webinars, on the RSGB website at rsgb.org/webinars.

RSGB

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Direct to Full exam bookings to open

Friday 6th January 2023

Following the introduction of the Direct to Full syllabus in July 2022, bookings for the Direct to Full exam begin next week.

You can only take the exam online but you can book as an individual or through your club on the RSGB website.

The first exam slot will be on Saturday, 21 January 2023 and the exam will last for two-and-a-half hours.

The bookings page will be updated with the Direct to Full information on Wednesday 11 January 2023, when you will be able to make a booking on the RSGB website.

RSGB

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Sunday 12 February – MIDCARS Radioactive Fair

Friday 6th January 2023

Nantwich Civic Hall, Market Street, Nantwich CW5 5DG

Doors open 10am and admission is £5. A wide variety of trader stalls covering every aspect of the radio hobby, new and old radios, computers and electronics and a Bring & Buy platform. Raffles throughout the rally. Refreshments and snacks available in the hall and parking is immediately adjacent to the hall.

RSGB

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Sunday 26 Feb – Red Rose Rally

Friday 6th January 2023

St. Joseph’s Hall, Leigh WN7 2PJ

Free parking, café services and a raffle are among the attractions on offer. For further information visit: www.wmrc.co.uk/rally.htm

RSGB

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Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2358 with a release date of Friday January 6th, 2023

Friday 6th January 2023

The following is a QST. There are two more callsigns to listen for from Bouvet Island. Smartphones are gaining increased satellite capability -- hams in Ohio get an exemption from a new distracted-driving law. All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2358 comes your way right now.

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BOUVET DXPEDITION ADDS TWO MORE CALLSIGNS

Friday 6th January 2023

We begin this week with a Bouvet Island Dxpedition update. As if the 3YØJ team itself weren't generating enough buzz in the ham radiosphere, two additional callsigns are expected to be on the air from that coveted DX location. John Williams VK4JJW gives us those details.

The long-awaited Bouvet Island Dxpedition team has a new twist to its plans. Two Norwegian radio operators who are part of the Dxpedition team intend to operate from the island under their own calls for a limited time. It is intended to happen toward the end of the 3YØJ team's expected 22-day activation late this month. The development was reported on January 1st on the website DX-WORLD.NET, which gave confirmation from Ken, LA7GIA, co-leader of the main Bouvet activation. Ken said that this would be the first time any Norwegian with an LB callsign activated from Bouvet. The gameplan is apparently to have the 3YØJ pilot stations inform eager DX hunters when the pair get on the air. Be listening for the callsigns used by Gjermund, 3Y/LB5GI, and Erwann, 3Y/LB1QI.

This is John Williams VK4JJW.

(DX-WORLD.NET, 3YØJ WEBSITE)

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NEW SMARTPHONE MODELS GAIN SATELLITE ACCESS

Friday 6th January 2023

In this new year, sat-phone users and amateur radio operators won't be the only ones who can bounce radio signals off satellites. Here's Kent Peterson KCØDGY with that story.

Some smartphones are gaining a new capability in the new year: direct satellite access. Text-messaging that uses satellite communications will be possible for some consumers using Hauwei and Apple devices, according to a recent report in the IEEE Spectrum. While Apple and Hauwei expect to use older satellites that are already in orbit by putting new chips in their flagship handsets, new low-Earth-orbit satellite networks are also being built. Those are in the works from startup companies Lynk Global and AST SpaceMobile, which hope to provide service to 5G phones in areas without terrestrial coverage.

Observers note that this satellite functionality on smartphones will not include the ability to make phone calls or to stream data but its added capacity of texting will provide another means of calling for help in an emergency in regions where the caller has a clear view to the sky.

Working in partnership with Globalstar, Apple devices have offered a service called Emergency SOS via satellite since last November. Huawei however has not yet announced the date of its rollout. Meanwhile, Lynk Global expects to begin operations in the new year and AST SpaceMobile expects to launch five of its satellites later this year.

This is Kent Peterson KCØDGY.

(IEEE SPECTRUM)

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STRAIGHT KEY MONTH GETS GOING FOR SKCC

Friday 6th January 2023

It's not just a new year, it's Straight Key Month, according to the calendar of the Straight Key Century Club. Randy Sly W4XJ keys in on the action for us.

With the ARRL's Straight Key Night, a January 1st event, already in the books, the Straight Key Century Club is keeping the fun going for CW operators around the world through to the end of the month. On January 2nd, operators who are club members began calling CQ with various callsigns starting with K3Y from the 10 US call areas, as K3Y/Ø through K3Y/9. Outside of the continental United States, club members are calling as K3Y/KH6, KL7 and KP4.

Across six continents, operators will be on the air with stations for the special event, You will hear them calling "CQ SKM," using their own callsigns. These are stations in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania and South America.

This annual event celebrates the founding of the SKCC in 2006 and pays tribute to the earliest telegraphy keys - the straight key, the bug and the sideswiper, also known as the cootie.

This is Randy Sly W4XJ.
 

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AMSAT'S ANNUAL CW ACTIVITY DAY HONORS A PIONEER

Friday 6th January 2023

Another popular CW activity has just been given a new name. We have those details from Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

What began as AMSAT Straight Key Night eventually became AMSAT's CW Activity Day, an event devoted to amateurs who enjoy CW operating via linear satellites. The event was held this year on January 1st - but even while it was still in the planning stages, it underwent yet another name change: This year it became the W2RS Memorial AMSAT CW Activity Day. The new name honors satellite pioneer Ray Soifer, W2RS, who became a Silent Key in March 2022 at the age of 79. The CW activity day had been his project and he organized the New Year's Day event for AMSAT with great enthusiasm. He encouraged hams to make good use of their straight keys and bugs and report their progress on the AMSAT Bulletin Board mailing list. As always, this activity is held at the same time the ARRL holds its own Straight Key Night.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG.

(AMSAT)

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OHIO HAMS EXEMPT FROM DISTRACTED-DRIVER LAW

Friday 6th January 2023

Amateur radio operators are getting a break in Ohio under a new law restricting the use of handheld electronic devices by drivers. Jack Parker W8ISH has those details.

Under a new law taking effect in Ohio, if you are holding a cellphone or similar device in your hands while operating a motor vehicle, that is sufficient reason for you to be stopped by the police: It is considered a primary offense.

Hams, however, needn't worry. The distracted-driving law exempts radio amateurs as well as utility workers and first-responders, such as police.

Penalties are increasing for those drivers found to be engaged in so-called distracted driving but with the new law, the next six months will provide a grace period. Drivers who are not eligible for the exemption will only be issued warnings while the state launches a public-education campaign about the change in enforcement.

With this law, Ohio joins the ranks of other states where exemptions were granted for amateur radio use while driving, including Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Washington state.

This is Jack Parker W8ISH.

(SPRINGFIELD NEWS-SUN)

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NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR 'YOUNG HAM LENDS A HAND' CONTEST

Friday 6th January 2023

If you know a young amateur radio operator who's been especially generous in giving time to assist an older person, a military veteran or the community-at-large, you might know a candidate for the Radio Club of America's "Young Ham Lends a Hand" award. Candidates may also be youth involved in recruiting others to get their licenses. Carole Perry, WB2MGP, is accepting nominations until April 1st for the award, which will be presented, along with a $100 stipend, at the Youth Forum during Dayton Hamvention. Email your nominee's name, callsign, age, address and phone number to her at wb2mpg@gmail.com. Be sure to include your reasons for the nomination.

(RADIO CLUB OF AMERICA)

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NEW LEADERSHIP AT AMPLITUDE MODULATION INTERNATIONAL

Friday 6th January 2023

AM enthusiasts who belong to Amplitude Modulation International have welcomed a new leader. Andy Morrison K9AWM tells us about him.

The torch has been passed at Amplitude Modulation International: John McGrath N9AMI has become executive director, succeeding Dale Gagnon, KW1I, (K W One Eye). In 1993, Dale was one of the group's founders who announced AMI's formation during Dayton Hamvention. The founders created a group that would both celebrate and advocate for AM, the original voice mode on the amateur bands. According to the AMI website, members are encouraged to participate in all kinds of activity within the group's 10 regions and to be active in annual operating events and contests. AMI also monitors all FCC and ARRL activity that could have an impact on operators using AM.

Writing on the recently updated website, Dale tells members that there are some new changes in the works. An online forum has been added to the website to give amateurs a greater voice in the issues they care about. He writes that the forum is open to anyone interested in AM operation and not limited to AMI membership only. He will also be introducing a new program called AMI On Ten and intends to bring back the Thanksgiving Jamboree.

Dale is encouraging visitors to the website. You can visit AM International at aminternational dot club (aminternational.club)

This is Andy Morrison K9AWM.

(QRZ FORUMS, AM INTERNATIONAL)

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NOMINATIONS NEEDED BY RADIO SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN

Friday 6th January 2023

With a new year, comes the change in leadership at the Radio Society of Great Britain. The nomination period continues this month, as we hear from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

Although the window has closed for nominations for board director of the Radio Society of Great Britain, the nomination period continues through to the end of January for other roles, such as regional representative, elected director and president. The current president, Stewart Bryant, G3YSX, is completing his two-year term in April. There are nine volunteer roles in all that need to be filled. Regional representatives are needed for England South-West and the Channel Islands, England North-West, East Midlands, Northern Ireland, South Wales. Details can be found on the Society's website at rsgb dot org stroke election. (rsgb.org/election).

The Society will be holding its annual general meeting on April 15th and the results of the election will be announced then.

Only members of the RSGB are able to nominate candidates.

This is Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

(RSGB)
 

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SPEAKERS NEEDED FOR QSO TODAY VIRTUAL EXPO

Friday 6th January 2023

The next QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo takes place on March 24th through to the 26th, asking the question: "New Ham radio license, now what?" Organizers are looking for speakers who can address this topic in particular, whether the new license is at entry level, such as Technician class here in the United States, or perhaps at a higher level with more privileges.

Organizer Eric Guth 4Z1UG is asking amateurs with expertise in certain areas of amateur radio to consider newcomers in particular and to offer presentations at the Expo this spring. There is a link to an online application form and additional details in the text version of this week's newscast script at arnewsline.org.

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INNOVATIVE ANTENNA DEVELOPER GETS LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP

Friday 6th January 2023

A celebrated antenna expert from West Bengal, India, has just been granted yet another honor. We hear more about him from Graham Kemp VK4BB.

Srikanta Pal, the scientist who was recently granted a patent for the world's smallest antenna has been given an honorary life membership in the West Bengal Radio Club. Born in West Bengal, he is a research professor at Birla Institute of Technology in Kolkata.

He was presented with the honour on Wednesday, December 28th, by the club's secretary, Ambarish Nag Biswas, VU2JFA, who told Newsline in a text message that the professor has taken a keen interest in amateur radio antennas. After learning more details about the kind of work the club is involved in, he said that, as an honorary life member, he would study some useful types of antennas that hams could use for emergency response in disasters.

In 2009, the professor was credited with having helped solve satellite signal interference problems at the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank telescope at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in West Virginia. Later, he assisted astronomers in solving interference issues at the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope site in the UK.

This is Graham Kemp VK4BB.

(WBRC, BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY)

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WORLD OF DX

Friday 6th January 2023

In the World of DX, be listening for VI10SOTA (VEE EYE TEN SOTA) which is on the air in Australia to celebrate the 10th year of Summits on the Air in the VK1 region. The station will be active through to the end of the year and any amateur with an Australian licence who is activating a VK1 SOTA peak may use it.

Logs of all activators will be found under each activator’s log in their account.

Be listening for Harald, DF2WO, using the call sign D44TWO from Sao Tiago (AF-005), Cape Verde until the 21st of January. He is on 160 through 6 metres, using FT8 with some SSB and CW. He is also using the QO-100 satellite. QSL via MØOXO's OQRS.

Listen for Darren, VK4MAP, who is working holiday style as FW/VK4MAP from Wallis & Futuna in the South Pacific through the first half of January. Listen for him on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 metres where he will be operating SSB. QSL direct to his home call.

The special call sign DB100RDF is on the air to mark 100 years of broadcasting in Germany. This commemorates the fact that the first official radio entertainment in Germany went on the air on the 29th of October, 1923. QSL direct to DO2PZ or via the bureau.

You can hear the special call sign EG1NMP from the 7th to the 10th of January. The station is on the air to remember the wreck of the Monte Palomares, a Spanish freighter that sank in the North Atlantic on the 10th of January, 1966. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL.

(425 DX NEWS)

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SAYING 73 TO THE OLD YEAR AROUND THE WORLD

Friday 6th January 2023

Our final story has a little bit of magic in it. Some of it is amateur radio magic and the rest is simply New Year's magic -- because we can't put a final ribbon on the holiday season without this story of a QSO that happened in two countries across the change of the year. John Williams VK4JJW explains.

With poor conditions on the bands, the 10-minute QSO between one ham in Australia and another in Thailand might have felt more like it lasted for a year. Well....in a way, it actually did.

Supoj (Sue Podge) E25JRP was on 20 metres at 2130 local time in Bangkok in the final hours of the old year, but very few CW operators responded to his call in that first half-hour. At 2200 local time, someone more distant came back to him - like the others, his call began with a V - perhaps it was VR, from Hong Kong, or VU, from India. Battling serious QSB, Supoj asked for a repeat - and then another.

He told Newsline: [quote] "After a couple of question marks and 'again,' I got all of his callsign." [endquote] It was VK5PL, Dave, a colleague from the Long Island CW Club in the United States. Dave was at home in Australia and recognised Supoj's callsign when he heard it on the air. Two thousand twenty-three was already well underway at his QTH. The year-change had started two hours earlier.

Riding the fickle QSB, the two had just enough time to exchange new year's wishes - and for Dave to log his first QSO of the new year and Supoj to log one of his final ones of the old year.

Dave wrote on the club's forum on groups.io: [quote] "I had a great start to the year." [endquote]

Supoj told Newsline: [quote] "I turned off my rig with a big smile." [endquote]

Now, of course, with everyone properly settled into 2023, the only thing that needs to get in sync are those band conditions.

This is John Williams VK4JJW.

(SUPOJ, E25JRP; GROUPS.IO)

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NEWCAST CLOSE - DO YOU HAVE NEWS?

Friday 6th January 2023

Do you have a piece of Amateur Radio News that you think Newsline would be interested in? We are not talking about advertising your club's upcoming hamfest or field day participation, but something that is out of the ordinary. If so, send us a brief overview via the contact page at arnewsline.org. If it's newsworthy and we would like to cover it, we'll get back to you for more details.

With thanks to the Alexanderson Association; Amateur Radio Weekly; the ARRL; Birla Institute of Technology; CQ magazine; Dave, VK5PL; David Behar K7DB; the 425 DX News; IEEE; Radio Society of Great Britain; shortwaveradio.de; Springfield News-Sun; Supoj, E25JRP; Straight Key Century Club; 3YØJ Website; West Bengal Radio Club; Wireless Institute of Australia; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. 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. We also remind our listeners that if you like our newscast, please leave us a 5-star rating wherever you subscribe to us. 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. Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2023. All rights reserved.

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Keplerian Data

Friday 6th January 2023

Keplerian Bulletin 1  ARLK001
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington, CT  January 3, 2023
To all radio amateurs

Special thanks to AMSAT-NA (AMSAT.ORG) for the following Keplerian data.

Decode 2-line elsets with the following key:
1 AAAAAU 00  0  0 BBBBB.BBBBBBBB  .CCCCCCCC  00000-0  00000-0 0  DDDZ
2 AAAAA EEE.EEEE FFF.FFFF GGGGGGG HHH.HHHH III.IIII JJ.JJJJJJJJKKKKKZ
KEY: A-CATALOGNUM B-EPOCHTIME C-DECAY D-ELSETNUM E-INCLINATION F-RAAN
G-ECCENTRICITY H-ARGPERIGEE I-MNANOM J-MNMOTION K-ORBITNUM Z-CHECKSUM

0 AO-07
1 07530U 74089B   23002.85283750 -.00000022  00000-0  15122-3 0  9997
2 07530 101.9304 348.5298 0012358  20.8067  94.1660 12.53659826202452
0 ISS
1 25544U 98067A   23003.52502237  .00016767  00000-0  30219-3 0  9999
2 25544  51.6453  64.1711 0005004 218.5032 238.7671 15.49892242376259
0 SO-50
1 27607U 02058C   23003.56266476  .00001465  00000-0  21908-3 0  9996
2 27607  64.5552  49.3717 0080215 256.6162 102.5989 14.76544680 78123
0 AO-73
1 39444U 13066AE  23003.18543697  .00003780  00000-0  44197-3 0  9997
2 39444  97.6505 333.5085 0056930  96.1399 264.6306 14.84499916491731
0 XW-2A
1 40903U 15049E   23003.45155417  .00061749  00000-0  58927-3 0  9996
2 40903  97.1503  68.4050 0008278  95.1829 322.5712 15.66534682410413
0 IO-86
1 40931U 15052B   23003.67854831  .00001033  00000-0  54333-4 0  9999
2 40931   6.0006 180.6453 0012231 124.3268 229.4532 14.76959431392980
0 CAS-4B
1 42759U 17034B   23003.32967458  .00007539  00000-0  42214-3 0  9994
2 42759  43.0182 309.6646 0008729 115.5758  19.8308 15.13784030306627
0 CAS-4A
1 42761U 17034D   23003.35520428  .00007573  00000-0  42276-3 0  9998
2 42761  43.0184 308.1613 0009154 118.0918  25.4789 15.13886856306635
0 AO-91
1 43017U 17073E   23003.13642344  .00005037  00000-0  37295-3 0  9992
2 43017  97.6527 254.0868 0241186 252.9639 104.5024 14.83208534276698
0 PO-101
1 43678U 18084H   23003.59187133  .00001002  00000-0  10307-3 0  9991
2 43678  97.9957 144.6117 0009686 353.5551   6.5549 14.92600444227707
0 QO-100
1 43700U 18090A   23003.31125247  .00000156  00000-0  00000+0 0  9996
2 43700   0.0187  30.9438 0001812 287.5872 281.9579  1.00272220 15272
0 JO-97
1 43803U 18099AX  23003.10831767  .00003866  00000-0  32874-3 0  9996
2 43803  97.5963  69.9961 0013460 318.8991  41.1217 14.98349327222958
0 CAS-6
1 44881U 19093C   23003.51854201  .00000905  00000-0  12051-3 0  9997
2 44881  97.8778  84.7190 0013519 253.9251 106.0482 14.82007464164400
0 RS-44
1 44909U 19096E   23002.71142441  .00000016  00000-0  21100-4 0  9997
2 44909  82.5217  97.9065 0217061 213.6080 145.1096 12.79717477140997
0 XW-3
1 50466U 21131B   23003.62915367  .00000357  00000-0  13099-3 0  9996
2 50466  98.5665  85.6426 0003534 268.2014  91.8768 14.38609959 53697
0 IO-117
1 53106U 22080B   22354.08419093 -.00000003  00000-0  00000+0 0  9990
2 53106  70.1702  21.9397 0008914 226.9685 182.2049  6.42557326 10248
0 FO-118
1 54684U 22167C   23003.46724219  .00009491  00000-0  60065-3 0  9991
2 54684  97.5384 143.0245 0014711 177.8422 271.1454 15.09113273  3794

Keplerian bulletins are transmitted twice weekly from W1AW. 

The next scheduled transmission of these data will be Friday, January 6, 2023, at 2330z on Baudot and BPSK31.

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   The American Radio Relay League's
round-up of the forthcoming week's DX
activity on the amateur radio bands

Friday 6th January 2023

From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  January 5, 2023
To all radio amateurs  

ARLD001 DX news

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by The Daily DX, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.  Thanks to all.

KENYA, 5Z.  Scott, WA5A is QRV as 5Z4/WA5A and is active on 40, 20, 17, and 10 meters.  QSL to home call.

QATAR, A7.  Anton, RN1B is QRV as A75GC from Doha until the end of the month.  Activity is in his spare time on the HF bands using CW and SSB.  QSL direct to RW3RN.

CHINA, BY.  Special event station BY1CRA/WRTC is QRV during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event.

CAPE VERDE, D4.  Harald, DF2WO is QRV as D44TWO from Sao Tiago, IOTA AF-005, until January 21.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, FT8, and FT4, as well as on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via M0OXO.

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, DA.  Special event call sign DB100RDF is QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the 100 years of radio broadcasting in Germany QSL via bureau

PHILIPPINES, DU.  Marc, ON5SM is QRV as DU9/ON5SM from Mindanao, IOTA OC-130, until January 21.  Activity is on the HF bands using SSB, SSTV, and FT8. QSL to home call.

KYRGYZSTAN, EX.  Bob, WT3A is QRV as EX0ET from Bishkek.  Activity is on 20 to 10 meters.  QSL direct to home call.

FRANCE, F.  Special event station TM80NT is QRV until January 15 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the death of inventor, engineer, and futurist Nikola Tesla QSL via F8GGZ.

CROZET ISLAND, FT/W.  Station FT8WW is QRV until January 26.  QSL via OQRS.

WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS, FW.  Darren, VK4MAP is QRV as FW/VK4MAP until the middle of January.  Activity is holiday style on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters using SSB.  QSL direct to home call.

SCOTLAND, GM.  Special event station GB2KW is QRV until January 28 near Inverness using vintage equipment.  QSL via LoTW.

SAUDI ARABIA, HZ.  Samir, HZ1SK plans to be QRV as HZ1WRTC during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event.

NORWAY, LA.  Special event station LA100K is QRV from Trondheim during all of 2023 to commemorate 100 years of the Akademisk Radioklubb, one of the oldest ham clubs in the country.  QSL via bureau.

LITHUANIA, LY.  Special event station LY700VLN is QRV during all of January to celebrate 700 years of the capital city of Vilnius.  QSL via bureau.

BONAIRE, PJ4.  Jeff, WA2BOT is QRV as PJ4/WA2BOT.  He will also be active as PJ4JP during the ARRL RTTY Roundup.  QSL both calls via LoTW.

SWEDEN, SM.  Special event station 8S80AA is QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Vasteras Radio Klubb, SK5AA.  QSL direct to SM5FUG.

CONGO, TN.  A group of operators are QRV as TN8K until January 21. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, FT8, and FT4.  This includes being active on Satellite QO-100.  QSL via OK6DJ.

GABON, TR.  Roland, F8EN is QRV as TR8CR from Libreville until March 15, 2023.  Activity is on 30 to 10 meters using CW.  QSL via F6AJA.

AUSTRALIA, VK.  Special event station VI75G is QRV during all of 2023 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Geelong Amateur Radio Club.  QSL via LoTW.

INDIA, VU.  Special event station AT18BSG is QRV until January 15  celebrating the 18th National Jamboree of the Bharat Scouts and Guides.  QSL via VU2NRO.

INDONESIA, YB.  Special event station 8B0RARI is QRV during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL.  Special event station ZL6WRTC is QRV during the January 2023 WRTC 2023 special event.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO.  The ARRL RTTY Roundup, ARRL Kids Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP 80-Meter CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, PODXS 070 Club PSKFest, Marconi Club ARI Loano CW QSO Party Day, SKCC CW Weekend Sprintathon, World Wide PMC Contest, RSGB AFS CW Contest, Original QRP Contest, EUCW 160-Meter CW Contest and the DARC 10-Meter Contest are all scheduled for this upcoming weekend.
    
K1USN Slow Speed CW Test, 4 States QRP Group Second Sunday Sprint, ICWC Medium Speed CW Test, OK1WC CW Memorial, Worldwide Sideband Activity Contest, QRP 40-Meter CW Fox Hunt, Phone Weekly Test, A1Club AWT, CWops Test, VHF-UHF FT8 Activity Contest, Mini-Test CW 40 and Mini-Test CW 80 are all on tap from January 9 to 11.

Please see January 2023 QST, page 74, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest web sites for details.

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