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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2272 for Friday May 14, 2021

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2272 with a release date of Friday May 
14, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. Hams bring compassion and critical supplies to 
COVID-ravaged India. A solar probe unlocks mysteries of a planet's 
ionosphere -- and a shipboard amateur delivers some very rare grid squares. 
All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2272 comes your 
way right now.




STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our top story this week is a tale of compassion and 
community service arising out of a landscape in India ravaged by the deadly 
pandemic. John Williams VK4JJW brings us those details.

JOHN: As COVID-19 continues to devastate India, amateur radio operators in 
West Bengal are helping health care workers and patients by providing a 
network of support. Club secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas VU2JFA told Newsline 
that the West Bengal Radio Club and the students of the Indian Academy of 
Communication and Disaster Management are providing access to food as well 
as to lifesaving medicines, plasma and oxygen, assisting the neediest with 
admission into health care facilities. The academy is an amateur radio 
training institute headed by Rinku Nag Biswas VU2JFB. He said other hams in 
these two groups are also arranging for mental health support to be provided 
online for those who need it. Meanwhile, club members Arnab Roy Chowdhury 
VU3JWN, Arub Bhattacharya (Botta-Charr-Ya) VU3ZIB, Debdutta (deb-DUTTA) 
Mukherjee (Mook-Er-Gee) VU3JXA and Jayanta (Jiy-YONTA) Baidya (BYE-DEE-YA) 
VU3YJB have been working around the clock, even as two other members of the 
club became stricken with COVID and are now receiving treatment. Ambarish 
Nag Biswas told Newsline: "We are happy to help people in this crisis 
period. We believe 'ham' stands for Help Always Mankind.' "

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm John Williams VK4JJW.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: In Brazil, hams are renewing their efforts to have taxes 
eliminated on amateur radio equipment, as we hear from Jeremy Boot G4NJH.

JEREMY: Brazil's national amateur radio society has intensified its ongoing 
efforts to have ham radio equipment declared exempt from import tax and the 
tax on industrialized products. The exemption being sought by the Liga de 
Amadores Brasileiros de Rßdio Emissão would be granted to any qualified 
amateur radio operator and participant in Rener, the National Amateur Radio 
Emergency Network or member of Sindec, the National Civil Defense System.

The bill was introduced in 2009 but there has been no action on it since 
2018 when it was given to lawmakers in the Finance and Taxation Committee. 
LABRE is asking hams in Brazil to push for a renewal of the effort to get 
parliamentarians to vote on the measure. LABRE is collecting signatures on a 
petition on its website to send to the National Congress.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Although China successfully launched the first module for 
that nation's space station, the mission launcher re-entered Earth's 
atmosphere along an uncontrolled path. We hear more about its fate from 
Jason Daniels VK2LAW.

JASON: The uncontrolled low orbit of a Chinese Long March rocket ended in a 
flare of light over the Arabian Peninsula before the rocket plunged into the 
Indian Ocean near the Maldives. The dramatic re-entry into Earth's 
atmosphere came late on Saturday May 8th, quieting nervous speculation that 
the space debris from the empty core of the Long March 5B would land in a 
populated region. The Chinese space agency said much of the rocket was 
consumed during re-entry. At 22 tons, it was considered one of the largest 
objects to re-enter the atmosphere with an uncontrolled trajectory. Its path 
had been followed by the US Space Command's Space-Track Project and  
European Space Surveillance and Tracking. There had been concern that the 
rocket's fate might have been similar to that of the first Long March 5B. 
During a similar uncontrolled re-entry in May of last year, debris from that 
rocket fell in an area of Ivory Coast in Africa where it damaged several 

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Much farther out in space, a probe has unlocked some 
mysteries that will surely pique the interests of watchers of solar weather. 
Paul Braun WD9GCO gives us the details.

PAUL: As it moves through its solar cycle, the activity of the sun causes 
changes in the ionosphere of the planet–but the planet we're talking about 
here is Venus. The Parker Solar Probe, in a flyby of the planet last summer, 
picked up a naturally occurring low-power radio signal and determined that 
the Venusian ionosphere is thinner during solar minimum than during solar 
maximum. Last summer's flyby happened six months after solar minimum. The 
probe found changes that had occurred in Venus' upper atmosphere since data 
collection nearly three decades ago by the Pioneer Venus Orbiter in 1992 
during a high activity period. 

Although the Parker probe's primary mission is to study the sun, it does 
interact with Venus because it uses gravity assist from the planet to bend 
th orbit of the probe and bring it closer to the sun.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Paul Braun WD9GCO.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There's good news in New Zealand for hams who have been 
hoping to make contacts on the 5 MHz band. Jim Meachen ZL2BHF has that 

JIM: Amateurs in New Zealand have won the right to use 60 meters on a 
secondary basis operating as sub-licencees of the New Zealand Association of 
Radio Transmitters. NZART's president Mark Gooding ZL2UFI announced the 
decision, which followed successful talks with the regulator, RSM. This 
approval is being treated as the precusor to adding the 5 MHz band to the 
General User Radio Licence at the end of 12 months. This would eliminate the 
need for any further sub-licences for use of the band. In the interim, RSM 
will assess interference issues before moving forward.

Hams who hold the old sub-licence are being advised that it will not be 
grandfathered in under the new agreement and they must complete the new 
application and send it to NZART headquarters. All hams are being asked to 
review a list of frequently asked questions which can be found on the NZART 
website, nzart dot org dot nz (

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The website of the Radio Society of Great Britain has added 
new material to guide hams in two areas of their biggest concerns: safety 
and licensing. Jeremy Boot G4NJH has been following that development.

JEREMY: New resources are available on the website of the Radio Society of 
Great Britain to help amateurs with upcoming examinations and to assist as 
well with the new requirement to measure their stations' electromagnetic 

Two new videos assist with measuring a station's electromagnetic radiation 
as is now required by Ofcom for public safety and which explain the reasons 
behind the new rules. Stations with power of more than 10 watts must perform 
these measurements and calculations as part of their licence requirement. 
Both videos feature EMC Chairman John Rogers, M0JAV, who explains the 
procedure in one video – and in the other, demonstrates how to use the 
downloadable calculator.

Meanwhile, the Society's Examinations and Syllabus Review Group has updated 
its collection to include two new mock exams for the Full licence, adding 
PDFs that show the questions' answers and explanations for each. The Society 
notes that these are not the same questions that would appear in a Full 
licence exam and are provided merely as a study aid. Mock exams for 
Foundation and Intermediate level licences will be added later.

Links to both videos as well as the mock exams can be found in the print 
version of this script on our website

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.
PRINT ONLY: To see both videos go to

PRINT ONLY: For exams,



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: We here at Newsline want to take time out to congratulate 
our colleague Christian Cudnik K0STH at 100 Watts and a Wire. The show, 
which began in 2015 as an audio podcast, is marking Episode Number 300 on 
Saturday, May 15th. The show can be seen on YouTube or heard on the website.

BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur Radio 
Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including the KD2SL 
repeater in Syracuse, New York at 8 p.m., following the Monday Night Hobby 
and Information Net.


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: When the Highland Amateur Radio Association got together 
recently for brunch in a local park in southern Ohio, they were marking two 
occasions: it was the first time members were able to be together in a long 
time for a "meet and greet"—and they were receiving special recognition from 
the ARRL as a Special Service Club. ARRL officials attended the event too 
and presented the honor formally. Special Service Clubs are defined as 
groups leading the way in training, publicity and community support to 
improve the interests of amateur radio. The club in southern Ohio is one of 
only a dozen in the state to be given this designation.



STEPHEN/ANCHOR: The Arizona Historical Society has an online history lesson 
scheduled. Its topic is a lawmaker who was also one of the most high-profile 
American hams. Kevin Trotman N5PRE explains.

KEVIN: The late United States Senator Barry Goldwater was also known by his 
callsign K7UGA. History has recorded his many contributions as a lawmaker to 
the evolution of amateur radio in the US. The Arizona Historical Society is 
presenting a virtual event on Wednesday, May 19th that explores the life of 
the state's most notable amateur radio operator who, during the war in 
Vietnam, was instrumental in organizing volunteers to connect families via 
ham radio with their relatives serving overseas during the conflict. The 
Society, based in Tucson, houses much of the senator's longtime shack in its 
collection. The presentation by Arizona State University history professor 
Eric Nystrom will be held from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific Time – or 0100 UTC. 
A donation to the museum is requested for anyone attending the discussion, 
which will be held on Zoom.

A link to register for the event can be found in the script of this week's 
newscast at

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Kevin Trotman N5PRE.




STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Just a reminder that we are fast approaching the May 31st 
deadline to nominate the next Bill Pasternak WA6ITF Memorial Amateur Radio 
Newsline Young Ham of the Year. If you know a dedicated radio operator 18 or 
younger who embodies the spirit of experimentation, community service and 
communication, they are eligible. Think of nominating them for this honor. 
The award will be presented in August at the Huntsville Hamfest. Candidates 
should be living in the United States, its possessions or any Canadian 
province. Downloadable forms are available on our website



In the World of DX, members of the Korean Amateur Radio League are using the 
special callsign HL41GDM to mark the 41st anniversary of the Democratic 
Uprising in South Korea, which occurred between May 18th and 27th in 1980. 
Operators will be calling on all bands and modes through May 31st. QSL via 
HL4CCM, direct, by the Bureau, ClubLog, or eQSL.

In Germany, operators are marking the 25th anniversary of the German DX 
Foundation using the special event callsign DL25GDXF. The station will be on 
the air until the 31st of July. Send QSLs to DL6DH. A contact with this 
station or DF0GDX and club members are needed to be eligible for the GDXF 25 
years certificate. 

Operators Ennio, IW1RBI, Alessandro, IZ1AZA, Gianluca, IU1KBL and Andrea, 
IU1JXW will be on the air with the callsign 3A/IW1RBI from Monaco and will 
identify a weekend between the end of May and mid-June that works with the 
current COVID-19 restrictions. Be listening for them on 80-6 meters using 
CW, SSB and FT8 in fox-hound mode. QSL via the address on or LoTW.


STEPHEN/ANCHOR: OK grid hunters: Our final story of this week is for you. If 
you are a ham on the prowl for the rarest grids, your ship came 
in–literally–earlier this month. Neil Rapp WB9VPG explains.

NEIL: It's a long journey by ship between Florida and Saipan and merchant 
mariners like Jim Clary who make the trip often face a seven-day work week. 
On the trip he made this month, however, Jim, whose call sign is ND9M, also 
faced a unique opportunity: Using the passes of about a dozen satellites and 
two Yaesu rigs for full duplex operation, he activated some of the rarest 
grid squares on Earth. Jim, who is his ship's communications officer, told 
Newsline that operating maritime mobile in his spare time helps him keep his 
wits together on long runs like this one. The real gift, however, is the one 
he's been giving hams around the world — an opportunity to work so-called 
"wet grids," many of which he said are rarely, if ever, activated.

He told Newsline in an email: "Since these grid squares that I'm sailing 
through are so rare, it would be a shame not to make them available to VUCC 
chasers." VUCC is the VHF-UHF Century Club of the ARRL, which issues awards 
for confirmed contacts with 100 or more grid squares on UHF, VHF or via 
satellite. Grid squares themselves measure a modest 1 degree latitude by 2 
degrees longitude, so on this big planet of ours there are plenty out there. 
There's an abundance of satellites too: from the oldest one, AO-7, to the 
RS-44 with its huge footprint.

For Jim, this may have been just one more supply cruise, but for the hams 
who intercepted his rare cargo on this trip, he surely delivered.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Neil Rapp WB9VPG.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; the ARRL; Arizona 
Historical Society; CQ Magazine; CNN; David Behar K7DB; Highland County 
Press; New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters; Ohio Penn DX 
newsletter;; Radio Society of Great Britain; Reuters; Southgate 
Amateur Radio News;; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; 
Washington Post; WTWW Shortwave; Wireless Institute of Australia; YouTube; 
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 100 Watts and a Wire. Search for the 
video segment with the title "Two Stories."

For now, with Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT at the news desk in New York, and our 
news team worldwide, I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB in Wadsworth Ohio saying 73. 
As always we thank you for listening.

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