• Amateur Radio Newsline (D)

    From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 31 19:49:34 2020
    WORLD OF DX

    In the World of DX, hams in Poland and in England are running special
    event stations to welcome the new year. Until January 10th, listen for HF2021HNY from Poland. QSL direct or via Clublog or if using the
    Bureau, QSL via SP2PBM. In England, Paul, M0XZT, will activate the
    special New Years station with the call sign GB0NY. He will be on the
    air through January 7th a few hours a day on 160-10m, 2m/70cm and 4m,
    using SSB, FT8/FT4, SSTV, FM, D-STAR, DMR and C4FM modes. QSL only
    using eQSL. He will upload logs after January 7th.

    In Slovenia, members of the Radio Club Elektron Brezice (BRAY-zuh-chuh)
    will be using the special event call sign S520SAFE until January 31st
    to promote the campaign of "Be Safe, Stay Safe," emphasizing a safe
    lifestyle during the COVID-19 pandemic. QSL cards via eQSL and LotW. If sending direct via S56IPS including a self-addressed envelope and $3 in
    US currency. Bureau cards will not be accepted.

    Hams in Japan are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Niiza City with
    special event station 8N1IZA until March 31st. No QSL requests are
    needed! All QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX)

    **

    KICKER: PARADE OF A LIFETIME HONORS NY AMATEUR

    PAUL/ANCHOR: As hams we know that there are many things that can get in
    the way of making a good contact: poor propagation, the wrong antenna,
    bad SWR - or just too much distance. In Rochester, New York, however,
    nothing stopped one contact from happening after more than a year of
    planning. Randy Sly, W4XJ, tells us about it in this week's final
    story.

    RANDY: A lifetime achievement award comes along, literally, once in a lifetime. In the hearts of the Rochester DX Association and the
    Rochester VHF Group, Irv Goodman, AF2K, was ready for his. Now well
    into his 80s, Irv's more than 50 years of radio service has included
    providing hospitality at Hamvention, taking overnight shifts at Field
    Day, being part of the local Breakfast Club net and being one of the contesters in the annual New York QSO Party.

    Chris Shalvoy, K2CS, president of the Rochester DX group, told Newsline
    that Irv was to have received his lifetime achievement plaque from the
    two groups at their annual banquet this year, but COVID restrictions
    cancelled it. There was also a challenge in getting the plaque made
    after the original company shut its doors because of the pandemic.
    Meanwhile, Irv himself had relocated recently to a care facility. He'd
    had a stroke some years ago while helping raise a tower.

    Despite a snowfall and sub-freezing temperatures, conditions were right
    for a good contact on December 20th. A parade of 32 cars set off with
    more than 50 hams aboard to pay tribute from a distance. The award was
    handed off and given to Irv by a ham who works inside the care
    facility.

    Still, this wasn't going to be a one-way contact for this veteran radio operator. Irv was handed an HT and gave thanks to his friends the best
    way he knows how: by getting on the air.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Randy Sly, W4XJ.

    (CHRIS SHALVOY K2CS)

    **

    NEWSCAST CLOSE:

    With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Amazon; the ARRL; Chris Shalvoy,
    K2CS; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; Facebook; Hideo Kambayashi,
    JH3XCU; Ohio Penn DX newsletter; the Radio Society of Great Britain;
    South African Radio League; shortwaveradio.de; Southgate; the SOTA
    Reflector; Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show; the Verge; WTWW
    Shortwave; Youngsters on the Air; and you our listeners, that's all
    from the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    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, and happy New Year to you all. As always, we thank
    you for listening.

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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Jan 8 00:45:07 2021
    WHEN THE DX FINDS THE DXer IN FINLAND

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: There are many of us who like to go off in search of
    some good DX - but what happens when the DX unexpectedly finds YOU? Ed Durrant, DD5LP, tells us.

    ED: As she gave her "good morning" greetings to local listeners from her
    radio studio in Canada's Yukon territory, CBC program host Elyn (ELLEN)
    Jones recently gained a new fan. It was Jorma (YORMA) Mäntylä (MON-too-
    lah), who was listening on 560 kHz, the station's AM frequency, from his
    home 7,000 km away in Finland. He was somewhat surprised to hear the programme, "Yukon Morning," as it arrived last fall via the long wire
    antenna he'd directed toward North America. Jorma is no stranger to DX
    though. He's been at it since getting his amateur radio licence in 1967,
    with some of his proudest DX contacts being New Zealand, Israel and
    Japan.

    Still, he believed some kind of special QSL card was in order, so he
    emailed the CBC and attached an mp3 file of what he'd heard. It was a multimedia e-qsl card of sorts. The file revealed a signal of varying
    quality but it was still a valid contact. "Yukon Morning" is one of many
    CBC radio shows that are available via streaming and on demand but I'm
    sure Jorma would tell you RF is best!

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ed Durrant, DD5LP.

    (SOUTHGATE, CBC)

    **

    WORLD OF DX

    In the world of DX, Hams are honoring the work of Lions Clubs
    International with special event tation GB4BLC in England. Members of
    the Bedworth Lions Club and operators from the Coventry Amateur Radio
    Society will be operating through January 28th on most of the HF bands.
    The operation will include the digital modes. There will be no QSL
    cards.

    Another special event station is operating from Poland. Members of the
    SEDINA Contest Club will activate the special event station SQ0MORSE
    through April 30th, marking the 230th anniversary of the birth of Samuel
    F.B. Morse. Operations will be on various HF bands. Send QSLs to SP1EG,
    direct or by the Bureau.

    (OHIO PENN DX, QRZ)

    **

    KICKER: FOR HUNTING DECOY MARKETER, THE COST OF RFI IS DEAR

    STEPHEN/ANCHOR: Our final story is about an FCC action against a company
    it has charged with radio interference. The government agency, it seems,
    is making some noises involving - of all things - animal noises. Kent Peterson, KC0DGY, has more.

    KENT: Can the grunt or snort or a bleat of a deer be considered QRM?
    Probably not, but instructions being transmitted wirelessly, directing a hunting decoy to utter those noises is quite another matter. The FCC and
    a US company called Primos have entered into a consent decree over its product, the Waggin' Whitetail Electronic Deer Tail Decoy, for what the
    FCC has called noncompliance with Part 15 of its rules. The FCC believes
    the decoy's remote, which users report has a transmission range of
    between 40 and 60 yards, exceeds authorized field strength emissions
    limits and could interfere with nearby electronics. According to the
    FCC, the company acknowledged that it had marketed six such models that
    exceed those limits.

    Primos has agreed to embark on a plan for compliance and has begun a
    voluntary recall.

    The company will also pay a civil penalty that could be considered somewhat.....dear: $55,000.

    Primos noted that it had received no complaints of interference
    occurring with any other devices. As for interference complaints from
    any of the local wildlife -- no bucks or does were available to grunt,
    snort, bleat or otherwise comment for this report.

    For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Kent Peterson, KC0DGY.

    (FCC, PRIMOS)

    **

    Newsline closes this week by congratulating Richard, G4TUT, on the 50th edition of the CQ Serenade program, which carries Amateur Radio Newsline weekly on the shortwave dot de transmitters in northern Europe.

    NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Amateur News Weekly; Andy Meyer, N2FYE;
    ARRL; the BBC; the CBC; Clean Technica; CQ Magazine; David Behar, K7DB; Facebook; the FCC; John Bignell, VE1JMB; Ohio Penn DX newsletter;
    Popular Mechanics; Primos; Radio Amateurs of Canada; the Radio Society
    of Great Britain; Southgate; Space.com; Ted Randall's QSO Radio Show;
    the US Air Force; WTWW Shortwave; and you our listeners, that's all from
    the Amateur Radio Newsline.

    Please send emails to our address at newsline@arnewsline.org. More
    information is available at Amateur Radio Newsline's only official
    website at arnewsline.org.

    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, and happy New Year to you all. As always, we thank you
    for listening.

    Amateur Radio Newsline(tm) is Copyright 2021. All rights reserved.
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