Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2073 for Friday, July 21, 2017
Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2073 with a release date of Friday,
July 21, 2017 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
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The following is a QST. Remember Dayton Hamvention? We offer you a tour
of Germany’s Ham Radio Friedrichshafen. In Australia, a beacon is back
in business — and we talk to Brian Lloyd WB6RQN, who’s been recreating
Amelia Earhart’s historic flight.All this and more as Amateur Radio
Newsline Report 2073 comes your way right now.
AMELIA EARHART TRIBUTE FLIGHT: SUCCESS AND SETBACKS
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We open this week’s report with an update on an American
pilot’s tribute to famed flyer Amelia Earhart. Brian Lloyd WB6RQN was
about to begin the final leg of his journey when he turned back recently
to New Zealand where Kent Peterson KC0DGY was able to connect with him.
KENT’S REPORT: On June first Brian Lloyd WB6RQN departed Florida on a
flight to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s famous
attempt at circumnavigating the world. I caught up with Brian for an
update on his flight.
BRIAN Greetings from Hamilton NZ where its 10 degrees Celsius that is
and it looks like another beautiful day. I wish I were flying.
KENT That’s right, Brian can explain why he’s on the ground
BRIAN A couple days ago I departed from new Zealand heading to Pago Pago
and got 50 miles north and my engine began to have problems I got the
airplane turned around but the engine quit several times and it wasn’t
clear I was going to make it back and I stood a chance that I was going
to go swimming.
KENT By adjusting the throttle the mixture control and the electric fuel
pump Brian was able to make it back to New Zealand.
BRIAN There were some moments there where I was a little concerned but
it all turned out OK.
BRIAN It has been an amazing experience. I’ve gone through some 20
countries now. Everyone everywhere has been supportive and helpful .
Everywhere I’ve gone either a ham or an aviation person has put me up
in their home, its just been great.
KENT Using his on board HF rig, Brian was able to make ham contacts
during the first part of his flight.
BRIAN I’d say I’ve made a hundred or 150 contacts and there have been a
lot of times when I’ve gone out there and called and no one has
responded. Its been a little hit and miss. When I’m making contacts its
a bit interesting on the receiving end of a pile up. That’s not
something I”m used to. I am not a big gun, I have wire antennas and
100 watts. Flying an airplane with a note pad on your lap while taking
down calls and writing down the time is a bit of a challenge. Not being
a contester I can’t run a contact in 6 seconds or 10 seconds. I just
plug along taking each call as it comes until I have to do something
else like fly the airplane or talk to air traffic control.
KENT But he had some problems with his HF radio and ended up getting the
radio replaced so he’s once again on the air and hopes to make ham
contacts on his Pacific leg of the trip.
BRIAN If I can get the fuel pump fixed in the next three days there is a
good chance I can make it to Oshkosh. Not on the first day but chances
are good I can make it. The bottom line is safety security and
schedule. I do care if I”m able to safely and security complete this trip
BRIAN It’s all about completing Amelia Earhart’s flight and it would be
nice icing on the cake if I can make it to Oshkosh but just completing
it all is a significant achievement from my point of view. I’ve had a a
few road blocks thrown up but all I can do is put one foot in front of
the the other and eventually I’ll get to my destination and that ‘s my
Reporting for Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Kent Peterson KC0DGY.
LOTTERY WINDFALL FOR DX GROUP IN UK
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When a group of DXers in the UK got a grant for ten
thousand pounds – approximately 13,000 U.S. dollars – they didn’t shout
it from the rooftops – they shot it right up into space, via satellite.
Here’s Jeremy Boot G4NJH with that story.
JEREMY: The Bittern DXers have won big as recipients of a National
Lottery grant in the UK. The grant they’ve received for ten thousand
pounds is already earmarked for them to continue work on their
Educational Outreach initiatives. The DXers make it a priority to teach
the public about radio science and getting on the air by taking
equipment to community events. Their radio demonstrations have enabled
members of the public to listen in as the hams receive signals from
weather satellites and even the International Space Station.
The North Norfolk-based DXers had a message of their own however,
shortly after receiving the good news: They announced their big lottery
gift by transmitting the announcement via the FunCube1 satellite. The
FunCube1 has been in orbit since November of 2013 when it was launched
by the ham radio community that also built it.
The Bittern DX group also celebrated by posting a message a little
closer to Earth – on their website. That message says, in part: [QUOTE]
“Our priorities are to get out in the field, to get on the air and to
spread the word about amateur radio without the restraints of lectures
and evening meetings. There are a number of very good clubs in Norfolk
offering that kind of club environment and we work with them wherever
possible.” [ENDQUOTE] The group’s message encourages anyone wanting the
Bittern DXers to set up a station at their next event to contact them at
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
(EASTERN DAILY PRESS)
BUILDING A BETTER BEACON
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: If you want to take the pulse of HF propagation, you
can’t beat using a beacon — but what happens when older hard-working
beacons need refurbishing? Graham Kemp VK4BB tells us.
GRAHAM: Can you build a better beacon? The West Australian Repeater
Group did, and now the international HF beacon, VK6RBP, is better than
ever – or so it’s hoped.
This is one of 18 beacons around the world that operates as part of the
International Beacon project established as a propagation tool in 1995
by the Northern California DX Foundation. Time has passed, however, and
with the equipment’s advancing age, the repeaters have been growing less
and less reliable.
Enter “Beacon Version 2.0,” which completed its successful installation
on Sunday the 9th of July, after a safe shipment from the California
group to VK6. The rollout has begun! The beacon operates by transmitting
CW in 10-second blocks across five bands, repeating the process every
The West Australian group asks that amateurs listen for the beacon and
send signal reports along. You can email secretary@warg-dot-org-dot-au
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Of course, if your QTH is right there in VK6,
send your report by joining the group’s technical and general net. They
meet on Sundays at 02:30 UTC using the local VK6RLM repeater on 146.750
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Graham Kemp VK4BB.
Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the
Silvercreek Amateur Radio Association’s 2 meter repeater, W8WKY,
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM local time in Doylestown, Ohio, celebrating their
fortieth year as an amateur radio club.
DELBERT RAPP WB9UKG BECOMES SILENT KEY
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We deliver our next report with a heavy heart as we
report that Delbert Rapp WB9UKG of Vincennes Indiana has become a Silent
Key. He is the father of Newsline’s own Neil Rapp WB9VPG. We’ll let Don
Wilbanks AE5DW tells us about this devoted radio operator who served as
his son’s inspiration.
DON: Delbert Rapp’s love of anything and everything electronic began in
high school, where he was introduced to ham radio. He did not get his
license right away, however. Instead, his studies led to a job after
graduation with Thordarson Meissner in Mount Carmel, Illinois, a company
that assembled and manufactured electronics parts. Delbert had also
served as a field radio technician in the U.S. Army during the Korean
conflict. Much later, a job at Good Samaritan hospital found him fixing
radios, pagers, heart monitors and other devices as a staff biomedical
electronic technician. It was his tinkering with an old Morse Code
oscillator given to him by one of the doctors there that rekindled for
Delbert the magic of the amateur radio world. He was soon studyiing for
his license and took along his 5-year-old son, Neil, when it was time
for the exam. The rest, as his son says, is history, as father and son
gained their licenses together – with Neil becoming the nation’s
youngest ham, inspired by his father’s faith and encouragement.
Delbert was a member of the Old Post Amateur Radio Society, the American
Radio Relay League. He was also instrumental in starting the Good
Samaritan Employees Investors Club. He was a Certified Electronic
Technician, and an avid genealogist. He was an Extra class licensee and
held a First Class Radiotelephone license as well. He spent a lot of his
time helping with the local 2 meter repeater, and improving the station
at his home QTH to be able to reach missionary friends in Africa.
Delbert Rapp WB9UKG died of acute leukemia. He was 84. We extend to our
colleague and our friend Neil our sympathies on this profound loss.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Don Wilbanks AE5DW.
A TASTE OF HAM RADIO FRIEDRICHSHAFEN
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: So you didn’t get to Ham Radio Friedrichshafen this
year? It’s one of the world’s largest hamfests – not to be missed – and
thanks to Ed Durrant DD5LP, we here at Newsline didn’t miss it either.
Sit back and listen for just a few minutes as Ed gives you a tour of the
best of this year’s event, which took place July 14th, 15th and 16th.
ED’S REPORT: In this report, I don’t intend to give a list of the new
equipment releases, I’d like to just bring a little bit of the sounds
and my commentary of what I saw going on at this, the worlds third
largest ham-fest after Tokyo and Dayton.
Being indoors the rain on Friday had no impact on the event. Indeed the
only presentation outside was that of an example station for next years
World Radio Team Championship and they have to be able to work in a
little rain HI.
So here we go with my audio blog of HAM RADIO Friedrichshafen 2017.
The first shuttle bus has just arrived from the ferry so a few people
are waiting to collect their tickets and get in, but it’ll be another
hour almost before they can do that. All are waiting to see what’s new
And now we are inside the hall, got in very early so it’s just as the
people are coming in. I’m down at the end of the hall A-1 at the moment
and looking at the DARC and WRTC2018 exhibits. There are still people
setting up. As always at Friedrichshafen, we are amazed at the size of
It’s now half past ten, the hall has filled up, as you can hear from the
background noise, there are quite a few people walking around. There’s
work going on. I’m actually stood next to somebody who is embroidering
t-Shirts and hats. Across from me is the Lupo tower site with the masts
and the two young ladies in Japanese Kimonos. Looking across we have the
Austrian radio amateur group to the left and behind them, the German one
in the biggest space of course. Next to me is actually an English
company, Total Mast solutions they’ve been here the last few years and
they seem to be doing quite a lot of business a lot of people
interested, they’ve got some special offers on some pneumatic towers
here. I can see the Thailand Amateur radio Society, the YL groups and
then all the other different societies around here so things are buzzing
along. It’s still Friday morning, it’s still early in the event but
everything’s working. There’s people walking around selling tombola
tickets for the WRTC and generally lots of room between the stands and
smiling faces or confused faces going past a mixture of the two. So I’ll
get on and see what else I can find, I’ve already spent some money �
I’ve bought myself a mobile antenna and hopefully not spend too much
more but who knows at this place?
Today we intend to have a look around the maker faire from the Bodensee
group, so the regional Maker Faire here.
Well as you can hear, nobody would say that the maker faire was quiet.
They’ve got a children’s play area here, with cycling go-karts, that
they cycle around. a beer garden of course and a play castle and they’ve
even got a band up on a stage at the end here. These are actually
robotic players, metal characters that they’ve built up, playing
different things – quite crazy.
OK after that robotics show outside, we are inside and things have
calmed down a little. Looking through the maker faire here, there are
the things you expect electronics and modding of computers and such like
but we’ve also got things like laser cutting, 3D printing and then we
have quite a few people dressed up in sort of medieval like costumes
walking around and there’s also costume making here. There’s jewelry
making and all other kinds of crafts, so all very interesting. Parts and
bits you need for making things are for sale as well so actually quite a
parallel to the amateur radio side. Oh, there’s actually somebody here
with his mini-bakery baking fresh bread. We’ve also got the gardeners
with their strimmers and then around the corner we’re straight into the
shalls and the belts and the jewelry, hats and a bit of everything
that’s like a crafty kind of thing here at the Bodensee makers faire. A
nice refreshing expansion to the HAM RADIO.
OK so that was Friedrichshafen for another year. A successful visit. If
any of you are thinking about getting over to Germany, see if you can
time it with the HAM RADIO in Friedrichshafen. Next year it’ll be June
the first to the third but well worth the visit if you can get here.
What did I find of most interesting? Not the new ICOM IC-7610 which was
there to actually touch and try although still awaiting some software
changes before a rumored Tokyo ham show release date. Not the new Yaesu
DR-2X repeater using it’s new infrastructure technology. Not even all
the displays around the World Radio Team Championship whose tombola
raised over 19,000 Euros for the event. I’d have to say I found the
robotic Rock Band at the Maker Faire on Sunday impressed me the most.
It’s really interesting what these maker groups are doing technically
and that combining both the Hamfest and the regional maker faire into
one event was a good idea.
For Amateur Radio Newsline, this was Ed Durrant DD5LP on-site at Ham
KICKER: RADIO RENEWS FAMILY TIES FOR ABANDONED ELDERLY
STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our final story looks at what may well be the highest
and best use of amateur radio – helping people in distress. One amateur
radio club in India has begun serving the community under especially
poignant circumstances: they are helping elderly men and women who’ve
been abandoned to find their way back home. Jason Daniels VK2LAW has
JASON: For amateur radio to help save lives, as it often does, sometimes
even a transceiver and an antenna alone prove insufficient. In India,
the best equipment for this task now comes in the form of something
called an Aadhaar card. It’s a government-issued card that uses the
biometrics of fingerprints and iris scans to identify people, linking
them as well to a unique 12-digit ID number.
The West Bengal Amateur Radio Club is finding that card even more useful
than a linear amplifier or digital signal processor for their latest
project – assisting the abandoned elderly. Media reports in India show
that, tragically, such cases are on the rise in a nation of more than 90
million older adults.
Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA told the News 18 India newspaper that
fingerprinting the elderly and finding a residential address in the
records helps make reunions easier. The club has been assisting police
with these reunions.
The West Bengal hams have helped bring about other reunions, including
one earlier this year in which a 35-year-old woman who’d spent four
years in a psychiatric hospital was returned to her family 900 miles away.
With abandonment of elderly family members on the rise however, Ambarish
Nag Biswas said working with the police has proven especially satisfying
work in helping bring the very oldest family members back home, often
across state borders. He told News 18 India that two of the most
memorable cases involved older women abandoned by their families two
For Amateur Radio Newsline, I’m Jason Daniels VK2LAW
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and our news team worldwide, I’m Stephen Kinford N8WB in Wadsworth, Ohio
saying 73 and as always we thank you for listening.
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