Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2128 for Friday, August 10, 2018

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2128 for Friday, August 10, 2018 Audio –

Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2128 with a release date of Friday, August 10, 2018 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.
The following is a QST. Indonesian hams help after a deadly quake. No new building for next year’s Hamvention – and it’s time for a QSO with TV’s “Last Man Standing.” All this and more as Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2128 comes your way right now.
JIM/ANCHOR: We begin this week with breaking news. As an Indonesian earthquake’s death toll climbs, hams deploy to assist communications. John Williams VK4JJW tells us more.
JOHN: Members of the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organisation, known as ORARI, were deployed not long after a deadly 6.9 magnitude quake rocked Indonesia on Sunday August 5th, leaving a death toll that was fast approaching 100 as Amateur Radio Newsline went to production. Hardest hit were the resort areas on Lambok where tourists emerged from a landscape of massive debris and swarmed the beaches. The quake could be felt as far away as the island of Bali. More than 300 were reported injured. The hams established counter-disaster communications on 7110kHz and a call was issued to amateurs worldwide to keep the frequency clear. Stations within the immediate region were being asked to monitor emergency traffic and assist where they could. ORARI also established radio operations on VHF at 145.5 MHz and 147 MHz. The quake came on the heels of an earlier one, on July 29th, which hit the same area with a magnitude of 6.4, killing 16 and injuring several hundreds, many of them hikers who were at the summit of a mountain in Lombok that collapsed into the mouth of a volcano.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m John Williams VK4JJW.
(NEWS.COM.AU, CNN, Greg G0DUB and Ewan VK4ERM)
JIM/ANCHOR: In the U.S., hopes for a new building in time for next year’s Dayton Hamvention have been dashed. Andy Morrison K9AWM has that report.
ANDY: There will be no new building after all for Hamvention 2019 when it opens in Xenia, Ohio next spring. Hamvention General Chairman Jack Gerbs WB8SCT announced on Aug. 5 that negotiations have failed to reach an agreement on a contract between Hamvention organizers and the Green County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. He said the county and the fair’s board still have a good relationship with Hamvention at this point but there will not be a building in time for the next gathering. Jack made the announcement jointly with Hamvention assistant chair Rick Allnutt WS8G, noting that the improvements attendees saw at the 2018 Hamvention site will continue into next year: tent shelters will be improved, there will be another forum room and the flea market area will feature permanent paths.
Both Rick and Jack expressed hope that the amateur radio community would continue to give Hamvention their full support.
For Amateur Radio Newsline I’m Andy Morrison K9AWM
JIM/ANCHOR: Further west in the U.S., a successful gathering of YLs wrapped up recently in Oklahoma City. We turn to Heather Embee KB3TZD for those details.
HEATHER: For attendees at this year’s Young Ladies Radio League Convention in downtown Oklahoma City, it’s all over now but the memories. YLRL president Marilyn Melhorn AF7BI welcomed the group of 43 YLs and 22 OMs who traveled from 21 states and the Canadian provinces. The local SCARS club sent five OMs to work as volunteers at the event,

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