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Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2296 for Friday October 29th, 2021

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2296 with a release date of Friday
October 29th, 2021 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a QST. The United States' FCC could get its first
woman at the helm. Hams take part in a worldwide earthquake drill ‚-"
and it's time to scare up some contacts for Halloween. All this and
more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2296 comes your way



DON/ANCHOR: Our top story this week takes us to Washington, D.C. where
President Joe Biden has made it official: He has nominated Jessica
Rosenworcel to become the 35th permanent leader of the FCC. With the
approval of the Senate on Capitol Hill, she would become the first
woman at the helm of the agency on a permanent basis. She has been
serving as acting chair since January, following the departure of Trump
appointee, Ajit Pai. Meanwhile, the president has nominated Gigi Sohn
to fill the vacancy created on the five-member commission when he chose
Rosenworcel to step in as chair at that time. Gigi Sohn had previously
served as a counselor to Tom Wheeler, who chaired the FCC during the
tenure of President Barack Obama.



DON/ANCHOR: Meanwhile, if you've ever thought about putting some of
your amateur radio knowledge to work for the FCC and you live near
northern Maryland, you may want to hear about this job opportunity.
Stephen Kinford N8WB has the details.

STEPHEN: The FCC is looking to hire a telecommunications specialist
reporting to their HFDF Center in Columbia, Maryland, just south of
Baltimore. Applicants should have sufficient technical expertise to
assist with radio interference complaints and problems. The job
requires the use of radio signal analysis equipment that studies HF,
VHF and UHF interference that impacts all radio signals including those
used for law enforcement or national defense. The specialist is also
responsible for investigating compliance with FCC rules and regulations
and represents the agency in internal meetings as well as those outside
the bureau. A link to a detailed job description can be found in this
week's text version of the newscast script at
Applications  will be accepted until the 10th of November.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Stephen Kinford N8WB.





DON/ANCHOR: Drilling for disaster is part of what amateur radio is all
about. Hams and other emergency responders around the world shared the
scenario of a simulated earthquake recently and Jim Meachen ZL2BHF
tells us how it all played out.

JIM: Amateur radio once again played a key rol	e in the worldwide
earthquake drill known as the Great Shakeout. Most of the drills were
held on Thursday, October 21st, with the majority of them happening on
the West Coast, the East Coast and in the Southeast region of the
United States. The drill also took place in Japan, New Zealand, the
Caribbean and many of the Canadian provinces.

According to the Great Shakeout website, 31.4 million people
participated and more than 3400 of them were involved as volunteers
with radio organisations such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service in
the US.

The drills are held around the world, traditionally on the third
Thursday of October, and help train people in earthquake-prone regions
to help ensure public safety at home, in schools or in the workplace.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jim Meachen ZL2BHF.



DON/ANCHOR: If you're a fan of classic old tube amplifiers and like to
spend time talking ABOUT them as much as you enjoy using them, there's
an online forum made just for you. Kevin Trotman N5PRE tells us how to
make that connection.

KEVIN: Mat Breton, N8TW, and Alan MacNabb II, W0ARM, share a love of
the classics‚-"in this case, the classic old Henry Radio tube
amplifiers. The amps add power, of course, but there's also a warm glow
partly because of the amps' treasured history that dates back to the
company's roots in 1927. Mat and Alan are co-owners of a
[Groups Dot I O] forum devoted to these beloved workhorses of the
shack. Although the Henry company is still in business, the advent of
solid-state amps has made owners of the oldtime models, such as the
3K-Classic and 3K-A, treasure them even TEUR FOR SATELLITE DECODING, TELEMETRY WORK

DON/ANCHOR: AMSAT-UK recently held its international space colloquium
and the program, which was held online, included a special honor for
one radio amateur. Jeremy Boot G4NJH tells us about him.

JEREMY: Congratulations to Daniel Estevez EA4GPZ who was presented with
the G3AAJ Trophy for outstanding service to AMSAT at the AMSAT-UK
International Space Colloquium by AMSAT-UK chairman Martin Sweeting,
G3YJO. Daniel was honoured for his development of satellite decoding
and telemetry tools used by the amateur radio community worldwide.

The space colloquium was held on Sunday, October 24th on Zoom. The
lectures and the awards ceremony are available for viewing on YouTube
at the link provided in the script for this week's newscast at

Presenters included Hans Blondeel Timmerman PB2T, the IARU's AMSAT
satellite coordinator; Peter G√ľlzow DB2OS, president of AMSAT-DL; and
Robert Bankston, KE4AL, president of AMSAT North America.


For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jeremy Boot G4NJH.


BREAK HERE: Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world, including
the VK8MA 2-meter repeater in Australia's Northern Territory on Sundays
at 7 p.m. local time.

listeners as well. For information on how to qualify, visit the link in
the text version of this week's newscast at


For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW. 

DON/ANCHOR: According to association secretary Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE,
special event station L21RCA had already made more than 100,000 QSOs by
October 25th.




In the world of DX, listen for the special event callsign CN46MS until
November 10th from Morocco. Hams will be marking the 46th anniversary
of the "Green March" for the annexation of the Spanish Sahara called
for by King Hassan the Second. Send QSL cards to CN8WW.

Members of the Belgian Air Force Amateur Radio Association are
operating three special event stations until the end of 2021. The
callsigns are ON75AF, ON75BAF, and ON75BFS. The activations are in
celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Belgian Air Force. Be
listening on various HF bands. Send QSLs to ON6KL.

Listen for Richard, NN2T, and other operators using the callsign C6AHB
until November 22nd from Bimini. Send QSLs via LoTW or ClubLog's OQRS.

Be listening for Jamie, M0SDV, using the callsign 3B8/KX7M from
Mauritius between November 22nd and December 1st. Jamie will be part of
the 3B8M team and will be operating on various HF bands. QSL via LoTW
or ClubLog's OQRS.




DON/ANCHOR: For our final story this week, we caution our listeners:
Halloween arrives on Sunday, October 31st and there's nothing you can
do about it‚-"except perhaps get on the air. Mike Askins KE5CXP offers
this idea.

MIKE: Be not afraid. Instead, be like Judy Cox, a Texas YL whose
callsign KC5BOO inspires her to look forward each year to the season of
ghosts and goblins when she can scare up some extra contacts on the
bands. For Judy, the holiday has always been sweet as the candy folks
hand out to costumed trick-or-treaters when they visit. But in her part
of Texas, children don't go door-to-door all that much so Judy gets
into the spirit by getting on the air and calling...."BOO" R Zed.

Judy told Newsline that her vanity callsign really has less to do with
Halloween than you might think: "Boo" is the nickname she was given by
her grandchildren. Her idea for an annual special event, called Boo To
You, took shape in 2018 and she sends special QSL cards to confirm that
the magic did indeed happen. She plans to be on the air...for a
spell...between 0001 UTC on October 31st until 0400 UTC on November
1st. Find her on the usual haunts on SSB. Best of all, she said, you
stand more than a ghost of a chance of making contact this year: a few
friends are helping out by operating CW and FT8. She invites Newsline
listeners to "come by and say 'boo.' " That is, unless the bands turn
out to be one big horror show.

For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm MIke Askins KE5CXP.


NEWSCAST CLOSE: With thanks to Alan MacNabb II, W0ARN; AMSAT-UK; the
ARRL; Binar Space website; CQ Magazine; Carlos Beviglia, LU1BCE; David
Behar K7DB; Henry Radio website; Judy Cox, KC5BOO; Long Island CW Club;
Ohio Penn DX;;; Radio Club Argentino; Radio Society of
Great Britain; Southgate Amateur Radio News;; the
Washington Post; and you our listeners, that's all from the Amateur
Radio Newsline. You can write to us at 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 and know that we appreciate you all.

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 2021. All rights reserved.

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