February, 1998 Page 2

What's Making News
Tnx: "The Hudson Loop"

 Is This A Sign of The Times


Bob Joseweit, WA3PZO, reports via internet e-mail this week that the famous amateur radio station at the Franklin Institute and Science Museum in Philadelphia may be done away with. According to Bob, plans call for the station floor space to be converted into office space sometime this coming summer.

The Museum station was reopened to amateurs and the public several years ago after a major reconstruction and refurbishment project. Completion of that project was heralded by a story in QST. The cover of that issue depicted none other than Ben Franklin himself at the station's reopening.


MIREX has created an Internet Web page containing information regarding Mir and the various amateur radio experiments taking place from the space station. The pages are still "under construction", but some good information can be gathered from what has been put together so far. The URLs are:

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DX News from the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin

JT, MONGOLIA. A group of Hungarians, members of the Hungarian Pannon DX Club, will operate from Ulan Bator, Mongolia in May. The team includes HA0HW, HA4GDO, HA6NL, HA7SK and HA7VK. It is planned to keep 2-3 stations simultaneously on the air 24 hours a day to maximize band openings. All HF bands will be activated on SSB, CW, RTTY and Satellites. The callsign and QSL Manager will be announced at a later date. The DXpedition is supported by the Hungarian Ambassador in Mongolia, the Hungarian Radioamateur Society and the "Radiotechnika" magazine. The DXpedition team includes experienced DX operators. The members of the expedition have already operated from Cambodia (XU0HW, XU95HA, XU7VK), Iraq (YI9SK, YI9VK) Liechenstein (HB0/HA0HW/p, HB0/HA4GDO/p, HB0/HA6NL/p etc), ITU Geneva (4U0ITU) and numerous Greek islands including SV5, SV8, SV9. The updates are available at the Web page of the Pannon DXC



"ShieldWorks in Durham, NC, makes a cap out of metallic fabric that's supposed to shield the wearer from the insidious "electrosmog" of wireless networks. The company claims the cap provides relief from the radio frequency signals "that flood our bodies and interfere with our mental processes." About 4,000 people have purchased the so-called CyberCap at a pricey $39.95 to achieve what the company calls a Radio Free Head." (Reprinted from "Computerworld" magazine, August 12, 1996, p 108.)
submitted by J P Kleinhaus, W2XX


The 16th Annual Northern Vermont Winter Hamfest will be held Saturday, February 28, from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Milton High School, US Route 7, Milton, Vermont. Known as the ultimate cure for cabin fever, the Milton Hamfest has created a band of loyal followers across Vermont and Northern New York.

Features at Milton include the flea market. Over 100 tables chock full of radio and computer goodies are anticipated. Dealers Ham Central, Radio Bookstore, and a number of large connector vendors are also expected.

If you don't see what you're looking for in the flea market, stick around for the North Country's only electronics auction. The forums have expanded this year and will include talks on RF Safety, Satellites, The Internet, APRS, and ARRL. VE Sessions and Commercial Radio Exams will be offered as well.

Admission is $3.00 and tables are free, while they last! For additional information, call 802.879.6589, or visit the Web page at