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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2271 for Friday May 7, 2021

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2271 with a release date of Friday May 
7, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. A pre-eminent ham convention gets a virtual 
replacement. Fences get good shortwave reception -- and were microwaves used 
as weapons in Washington, DC? All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline 
Report Number 2271 comes your way right now.




PAUL/ANCHOR: In Germany, hams are getting a virtual event as a substitute 
for Ham Radio Friedrichshafen, which was called off for the second year in a 
row. Ed Durrant DD5LP tells us about its digital replacement.

ED: Hams disappointed by the cancellation of Ham Radio Friedrichshafen are 
being offered Ham Radio World, an industry trade show, as a virtual meeting 
place from Friday June 25th to Sunday June 27th. The CEO of Messe 
Friedrichshafen, Klaus Wellmann, called the event "a digital version of 
Europe's leading amateur radio trade show." The three-day replacement event 
is free and is being coordinated with the DARC to schedule a variety of ham 
radio topics presented on the virtual stage and a showcase of cutting-edge 
products. Simulating an in-person environment as much as possible on the 
platform, the event will feature opportunities for video chat and 
customizable avatars representing visitors.

For additional details, visit the website in the Newsline script for this 
week's report.


For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.

PAUL/ANCHOR: Meanwhile in the US, Virtual Contest University and the 2021 
Virtual Hamvention FOrums are accepting registration for sessions being held 
live through Zoom. Separate registration is required for each event. Visit 
contestuniversity dot com and hamvention dot org for more details or to 


PAUL/ANCHOR: A probe in the United States is studying the latest in a series 
of reported attacks transmitting high-powered microwaves—with one such 
incident occurring on the south side of the White House late last year. US 
lawmakers heard recently about that incident and another one in a nearby 
Virginia suburb, according to news reports. The suspected attacks on 
American soil appear to be similar to incidents reported by US personnel in 
China and Cuba, who reported an array of symptoms later termed "Havana 
Syndrome." The agencies are particularly disturbed about the more recent 
microwave-related incident reported on the south side of the White House 
across the oval lawn known as the Ellipse.

According to CNN, probes by the Pentagon and other agencies have reached no 
conclusions. Lawmakers in Washington were briefed recently on the progress 
of the investigation.



PAUL/ANCHOR: In Maine, hams are getting ready for a special event this month 
that will share the tragedy of an American submarine and honor those who 
died. Kevin Trotman N5PRE brings us the details.

KEVIN: Eighty-two years after the submarine USS Squalus sank during a test 
dive in the Gulf of Maine, a group of amateur radio operators is devoting 
the anniversary date to remembering the tragedy. Although 33 survived the 
accident on May 23, 1939, 26 died.

Members of the Maine Ham Radio Society will be calling QRZ as special event 
station W1S and a certificate will be awarded to hams making successful 
contacts with them. According to the Naval History and Heritage Command 
website, the sinking was attributed to a mechanical failure within the 
engine that caused the state-of-the-art submarine to begin taking on water. 
It took until the 13th of September of that same year for the Squalus to be 
raised. It was brought to the Portsmouth Navy Yard and decommissioned that 
November. In May of the following year it was recommissioned as the USS 

The hams are hoping the special event will help everyone remember the 
Squalus, its crew and the civilians on board.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE.



PAUL/ANCHOR: The Wireless Institute of Australia wants to see hams gain 
greater access to more frequencies. Graham Kemp VK4BB explains.

GRAHAM: The Wireless Institute of Australia is pressing for increased 
amateur access to the spectrum in the range between 3 and 10 MHz, saying  
the expansion will enhance what it calls "frequency agility." That's an 
option the WIA says amateurs need as they battle congestion, high-power HF 
radar systems and overwhelming interference. The WIA is also advocating 
study of the bands between 2300-2302MHz and 3300-4200MHz. This 
recommendation comes in the wake of the WIA's attendance at the ACMA’s 
Technical Liaison Group meetings for frequencies between 3400-3475MHz. The 
WIA committed itself to be involved in all other groups relevant to UHF and 
SHF bands as needed.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Graham Kemp VK4BB.

PAUL/ANCHOR: The WIA has made the request to the Australian Communications 
and Media Authority in its Five Year Spectrum Outlook.



PAUL/ANCHOR: If you've been on the fence about what kind of antenna is best 
for your operations, you might want to have a talk with Hanna Kemp-Welch 
M7HKW. The London YL is on the fence too; in fact, she and a group of fellow 
artists recently connected their shortwave radios to some fences with some 
interesting results. Here's Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: There are dipoles, Yagis, delta loops and multi-band verticals but 
Hanna Kemp-Welch prefers to connect her radio to a fence. She and a group of 
like-minded artists demonstrated recently how good fences can make good 
connections. On Saturday, May 1st, the women went to various locations in 
the UK and France as part of a virtual performance by their year-old group, 
the Shortwave Collective.

The project was called Fencetenna. Its goal was to use the receiving 
properties of their chosen fence to scan the shortwave bands. Whether it was 
a fence at a former railway station in London or part of a sheepfold fence 
in France, they obtained respectable reception. As seen and heard in a video 
posted on YouTube, in one demonstration, they picked up everything from a 2-
metre beacon to a variety of voices from China, Russia and Spain. One member 
of the video audience remarked in the accompanying chat: [quote] "If someone 
could pick up the Wednesday game for me, that would be great." [endquote]

To watch the video, see the link in this week's Newsline script on our 

Although it's often said that fences can divide, it's clear these fences 
succeeded in making a series of new connections— and all through the power 
of radio.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



PAUL/ANCHOR: The youngest hams in IARU Region 1 are taking their online 
format to a new level by introducing an interactive environment. Ed Durrant 
DD5LP fills in the details.

ED: The shape of YOTA Online, the virtual gathering spot for young amateurs 
in IARU Region 1, is changing: It's making the move  from livestream to 
interactive forum. The format, which goes into effect in July, was outlined 
in late April by Region 1 Youth Working Group leaders during an online 
meeting. The April 29th session was, in fact, identified as the last such 
meeting under the old format, which was streamed live on YouTube, Facebook 
and Twitch.

Claudia Grober DC2CL, a member of the public relations team, said the simple 
livestream meetings are giving way to interactive sessions with voice and 
chat capability. She said the experience will be more like a BarCamp style, 
referring to the fluid, open environment often called the "un-conference." 
The point of shifting to a new format is, in true ham radio spirit, better 

She said to young viewers who tuned in: "See you in July." 

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Ed Durrant DD5LP.



PAUL/ANCHOR: A recent Earth Day event in California became a showcase for 
the public safety role radio can play and one group of hams made the most of 
it. Here's Jack Parker W8ISH with more.

JACK: As residents in Pollock Pines, California celebrated the spirit of 
Earth Day at a four-hour community event, the El Dorado County Amateur Radio 
Club joined in to celebrate the spirit of communications. The club showcased 
its Neighborhood Radio Watch program, which gives non-hams an important 
public safety role in emergencies through their use of affordable General 
Mobile Radio Service handhelds as well as pagers and scanners. According to 
the club's public information officer, Alan Thompson W6WN, this technology 
is especially important in a region so prone to deadly wildfires. He said 
the club started three such programs in northern California last year and is 
preparing to launch three more before wildfire season takes hold this year.

Alan said residents clearly got the club's message during the Earth Day 
event and a few former radio amateurs stopped by, expressing interest in 
becoming active in radio again and joining the club. Alan said everyone — 
even the club itself — benefits from partnering with non-hams in 
Neighborhood Watch. He said: [quote] "These Neighborhood Radio Watch 
programs have had the unexpected benefit of generating tremendous local good 
will and PR for our club, expanded our membership, and dramatically 
increased donations. Community radio programs like these could be key in 
helping ensure the future of many clubs, and even amateur radio itself." 

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Jack Parker W8ISH.



BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio 
Newsline heard on bulletin stations around the world including the W3NTT 
repeater in Palmerton Pennsylvania at 9 p.m. on Sundays.


PAUL/ANCHOR: If you enjoy sending — or simply receiving — in the digital 
modes, there's a radio show you might want to tune into. Benn Kobb AK4AV 
brings us this report.

BENN: You've probably heard the sound of MFSK32 in the ham bands. But if you 
hear it in the shortwave broadcast bands, chances are you're hearing 
Shortwave Radiogram.

It's a radio show that transmits text and images using digital modes 
familiar to radio amateurs, but the digital sounds are broadcast in AM. The 
weekly half-hour show airs on shortwave stations WRMI in Florida and WINB in 

Shortwave Radiogram just celebrated its 200th episode with broadcasts April 
15 through 18. The project began in 2012 on the Voice of America, as VOA 
Radiogram. Producer Kim Andrew Elliott, KD9XB, explained why he created this 
unique program:

KIM: With more and more countries finding more and more ways to block the 
internet, we can use radio to get uncensored news into denied areas. Digital 
text modes via old analog shortwave radio transmitters can do this job. The 
content gets through even in reception conditions where voice content is 
difficult to understand.

BENN: When Kim retired from VOA in 2017, he moved the show to WRMI and WINB, 
and changed the name to Shortwave Radiogram.

Every week, listeners from all over the US and the world decode the text and 
images and post them on social media for discussion.

Kim posts information and the show schedule online at swradiogram dot net. 
That’s swradiogram dot net.

I’m Benn Kobb, AK4AV for Newsline.


PAUL/ANCHOR: The regulator in the Falkland Islands has set a deadline for 
non-residents seeking revalidation  of their VP8 callsigns. Here's Robert 
Broomhead VK3DN with that story.

ROBERT: Hams holding a non-resident lifetime licence in the Falkland 
Islands, a VP8 callsign, need to have those callsigns revalidated by the 
Falkland Islands Communications Regulator.

In making the announcement on the 27th of April, the regulator said the 
revalidation is also open to hams who previously held such a licence. This 
is the third and final opportunity hams will have at revalidation and any 
licence not properly revalidated will be considered terminated as of the 1st 
of September.

The regulator has set a deadline of August 13th for all applications. The 
form is available as a download from the regulator's website, which appears 
in the print version of this week's newscast script at

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Robert Broomhead VK3DN. 




PAUL/ANCHOR: Amateurs in the UK are getting a chance to have input with 
planners of a workshop this fall on ham radio's future. Jeremy Boot G4NJH is 
following that story.

JEREMY: To assist the IARU Region 1 with the strategic workshop it has 
planned on the future of amateur radio, the Radio Society of Great Britain 
is asking hams in the UK–and even UK radio enthusiasts who do not have a 
licence–to participate in a short survey.

The questions ask for views on threats to amateur radio, opportunities that 
exist in amateur radio and any strengths and weaknesses they see in amateur 
radio. The information will be provided to Region 1 organisers of the 
workshop who have asked the region's national societies to provide this 

The workshop, which will be held in the autumn, hopes to address how 
national societies can increase their memberships and how the IARU can 
improve its services to the ham radio community.

If you're interested in sharing your views you have until the 23rd of May. 
Visit the website at rsgb dot org slash survey (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.




PAUL/ANCHOR: A decorated military veteran and a longtime member of the 
Military Auxiliary Radio System has become a Silent Key. Larry Tristan 
Walker K4LLQ died at home in Ogden, Utah on the 25th of April. According to 
his obituary, Larry was an Army career officer and recipient of many medals 
during his 23 years of military service. He received the Bronze Star, the 
Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, 
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry 

His career in amateur radio began as a youngster in Georgia where he got his 
license and became the state's youngest ham at the time. Larry later became 
active in MARS which he served for 58 years. He was also a member and past 
president of the Fauquier [pronounced FAWK-ee-yer] Amateur Radio Association 
in Warrenton Virginia.

Larry was 83.



PAUL/ANCHOR: A new video highlights ways that the Radio Society of Great 
Britain kept amateur radio vibrant during the 2020 pandemic and lockdown. 
Newsline is especially proud that we were able to honor the "Get on the Air 
to Care" campaign by presenting it with our International Newsmaker of the 
Year Award. The GOTA2C campaign was conceived of by Paul Devlin G1SMP and 
put into action by the RSGB and the UK’s National Health Service. For a look 
at the various initiatives the RSGB accomplished in spite of pandemic 
conditions, watch the five-minute video on YouTube. We have provided a link 
in the script of this week's newscast at





In the World of DX, be listening for Ed, ES2TT, operating as ES2TT/8 from 
Kihnu Island in the Baltic Sea between the 29th and 30th of May. Listen on 
40, 30 and 20 meters where he will be using CW and SSB. QSL via his home 
callsign, direct or via the Bureau.



PAUL/ANCHOR: In a Newsline report that aired in October of 2019, we told the 
story of two older hams and an enduring friendship between them: an American 
heart surgeon in his 80s and a retired TV engineer in his 90s. The engineer 
became a Silent Key last month. Kent Peterson KC0DGY has that story, which 
concludes this week's report for Newsline.

KENT: In the logbook of a radio amateur's life, there are endless contacts, 
but perhaps few more valid than the ones logged by Ted Trowell G2HKU during 
his 98 years. The retired TV engineer, who became a Silent Key on April 
13th, was a respected member of the UK's ham radio community for his long 
lifetime on the air. He'd been a ham since before the Second World War, 
using the callsign 2HKU. Two years ago he received the highest honor from 
the First Class Radio Operators Club, presented to him personally by 
American heart surgeon, Bill Maxson N4AR, who flew from the US to hand it 
personally to Ted, a cherished friend he'd first met on the air in the late 
1950s. The occasion marked their second eyeball QSO during the pair's seven 
decades of countless ragchews.

Edward Harry "Ted" Trowell was described in one UK newspaper as one of 
Britain's oldest and longest-serving radio amateurs. He had been a member of 
the FOC and the CDXC. He died just weeks after marking his 98th birthday. 

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kent Peterson KC0DGY.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan Thompson W6WN; Amateur News Weekly; the 
ARRL; Bob Ringwald K6YBV; CBS; CNN; CQ Magazine; David Behar K7DB; DX News; 
Ham Radio Friedrichshafen; Kent Online; the Leavenworth Times; Maine Ham 
Radio Society; Naval History and Heritage Command; Ohio Penn DX newsletter;; Radio Society of Great Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News;; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; WTWW Shortwave; Wireless 
Institute of Australia; YouTube; YOTA Online; and you our listeners, that's 
all from the Amateur Radio Newsline. Please send emails to our address at More information is available at Amateur Radio 
Newsline's only official website at Be sure to follow some 
of these stories as they get a more indepth look on the YouTube Channel of 
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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.

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