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Foxhunt in Maryland November 2

Michael Callaham
 

The AARC email account has received an announcement of a Fox Hunt on November 2, 9:30 am - 1:30 pm. The fox den is somewhere in St. Mary's County, Maryland. The event is hosted by the Saint Mary's County Amateur Radio Association, SMCARA. Details are at
http://www.k3hki.org/event/fox-hunt/


Pre-registration is required, and individuals and teams ("hunting parties") may register.
--Mike nw3v

Yahoo Groups Changing

Michael Callaham
 

Paul,
Thank you. I agree.
I remember Geocities. I stood up the first W4WVP website on Geocities, when it was free. Yahoo acquired Geocities and started tacking Javascript onto the end of my XHTML 1.0 pages, so that the XHTML could no longer be verified as compliant by the World Wide Web Consortium (w3c.org). Then, as you said, Yahoo Geocites ended rather suddenly.
--Mike, nw3v

Re: Yahoo Groups Changing

Paul Wilson
 

We don't really use the features being phased out, however, it doesn't bode
well for the long-term viability of Yahoogroups. They've done this
before--they shut down Geocities with very little notice.

On Thu, Oct 17, 2019 at 6:53 AM Benn Kobb <bkobb@...> wrote:

Yahoo is making major changes to the functioning of Yahoo Groups:

https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN31010.html

Hat tip to KD9XB who found this.



Yahoo Groups Changing

Benn Kobb
 

Yahoo is making major changes to the functioning of Yahoo Groups:

https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN31010.html

Hat tip to KD9XB who found this.

The ARES E-Letter for October 16, 2019

Michael Callaham
 

The ARES E-Letter for October 16, 2019, has been published and is available "for non-commercial or educational purposes, with attribution" at:
http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/ares-el/?issue=2019-10-16

--Mike, nw3v

AARC October Meeting Notice

Paul Wilson
 

Please join us for the October meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

Date/time: October 15, 2019, 7:00-8:30
Location: St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St. (Enter from
the parking lot.)
Program: Fast-scan Amateur Television (ATV)

Talk-in: W4WVP/R: 145.470 MHz, -600 kHz offset, PL 107.2 Hz.

$17K Fine for NY Amateur

Benn Kobb
 

"Because amateur radio frequencies are shared, amateur radio licensees may not monopolize any frequency for their exclusive use. Deliberate interference undermines the utility of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing communications among licensed users that comply with the Commission’s rules.

"Harold Guretzky, an amateur radio licensee, was previously warned regarding deliberate interference in writing by the Enforcement Bureau but continued interfering with other amateur radio licensees’ radio communications. Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation warrants a significant penalty. Therefore, we propose a penalty of $17,000 against Guretzky for causing intentional interference on amateur radio frequencies."

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-989A1.pdf

Re: FCC Won't Preempt Laws on Handheld Use when Driving

Dave Shaw
 

That's unfortunate.
I guess vox or Bluetooth headsets like the truckers on cb use, will have to
be used.

On Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 1:27 PM Benn Kobb <bkobb@...> wrote:

"The record before us does not demonstrate that state and local laws that
prohibit talking on handheld devices while driving stand as an obstacle to
amateur communications or actually conflict with federal law in any way."

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-997A1.pdf



FCC Won't Preempt Laws on Handheld Use when Driving

Benn Kobb
 

"The record before us does not demonstrate that state and local laws that prohibit talking on handheld devices while driving stand as an obstacle to amateur communications or actually conflict with federal law in any way."

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-997A1.pdf

FCC Rejects More Callsign Petitions

Benn Kobb
 

Once again the FCC has declined to connect amateur callsigns strictly to geographic areas. These petitions concern vanity calls.

https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-998A1.pdf

Marine Corps Marathon stll needs volunteer operators

Michael Callaham
 

Yesterday after 9 pm, Howard Cunningham, WD5DBC, who is coordinating Amateur Radio support for the 44th Marine Corps Marathon on October 27, emailed volunteer operators to say, "...we are short about 20 operators. Please pass the word that we are looking for more operators. All that is needed is a dual-band talkie."

If you would like to volunteer, please email:
wd5dbc@...

Howard hopes to announce assignments this evening for those who have volunteered.
Best regards,--Mike nw3v

Marine Corps Marathon to Use W4WVP Repeaters

Michael Callaham
 

Marine Corps Marathon to Use W4WVP Repeaters
The W4WVP 2-meter and 70-centimeter repeaters may be used for communications support of the Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 27, 2019, from 4 am until 5 pm ET, as needed by the Amateur Radio Support leadership team. If intending to use one of the W4WVP repeaters, please listen first, to discern whether the the repeater is in use. If it is, please wait. If the repeater is in use by a controlled net, such as one of several Marine Corps Marathon nets, please listen for the net control station and wait for an opportunity to call. Many thanks in advance.
This notice has been posted on the W4WVP.org home page. Please check it for updates.
--Mike NW3V, W4WVP Trustee

Re: Would you like to be Net Control Station this Tuesday, September 10?

John Person
 

Mike


thanks for covering for me.

Jack Person

On Sun, Sep 8, 2019 at 10:57 AM Michael Callaham via Groups.Io <vze32sw5=
verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

As Arlington County Net Co-Manager, I am seeking a volunteer to be Net
Control Station this Tuesday, September 10, on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater.
If you would like to volunteer, please email me at nw3w [at] arrl.net .
If you have never been Net Control Station before, this is a great
experience. I will provide advice and back-up. A sample preamble (script)
is at

http://www.w4wvp.org/net.php
Beyond this, I am also seeking volunteers to be Net Control Station on the
second Tuesdays of October, November, and December, and on the fifth
Tuesdays of October and December.
73,--Mike nw3v



Would you like to be Net Control Station this Tuesday, September 10?

Michael Callaham
 

As Arlington County Net Co-Manager, I am seeking a volunteer to be Net Control Station this Tuesday, September 10, on the W4WVP 2-meter repeater. If you would like to volunteer, please email me at nw3w [at] arrl.net . If you have never been Net Control Station before, this is a great experience. I will provide advice and back-up. A sample preamble (script) is at

http://www.w4wvp.org/net.php
Beyond this, I am also seeking volunteers to be Net Control Station on the second Tuesdays of October, November, and December, and on the fifth Tuesdays of October and December.
73,--Mike nw3v

2019 Amsat Symposium in Arlington

Benn Kobb
 

AMSAT is the Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation, now headquartered in Kensington MD.

The 50th Annual AMSAT Space Symposium will convene at the Hilton at Ballston in Arlington VA, Oct. 18-20.

The event includes an optional tour of the Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum.

https://www.amsat.org/50th-anniversary-amsat-space-symposium-banquet-speakers-announced-tickets-now-available/

AARC August meeting notice

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Please join us for the August meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

Date and time: August 20, 2019, 7 p.m.

Place: St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St, Arlington, Va.

Talk-in: W4WVP/R, 145.470 MHz, -600 kHz offset, PL 107.2

Program: 220 MHz, "The Forgotten Band," by Gary Sessums, KC5QCN.

FCC Fines North Carolina Man for Public Safety Radio Misuse

Benn Kobb
 

The FCC fined a North Carolina man more than $39,000 for impersonating a first responder by radio. While the FCC will often reduce a fine upon documented inability to pay, it refused to lower the fine in this case.

https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-fines-hinson-dangerous-misuse-public-safety-radio-system

Nationwide Emergency Test today at 2:20 p.m. ET

Benn Kobb
 

The next Nationwide Test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) is scheduled for today, Aug 7 2019, at 2:20 p.m. ET.

All radio and TV stations must participate. The test will not be transmitted via Wireless Emergency Alerts (mobile phones). Moreover, the test will not be distributed via the Internet so stations will have to get the originating signals directly by radio from assigned sources.

These tests tend to expose audio impairments and transmission glitches, which is why the government keeps scheduling them. Some stations 'forward' (rebroadcast) the tests immediately, some delay it and some don't do anything at all, though required by law. Stations must report their readiness and test results via three FCC forms.

The equipment required to create, obtain and forward EAS alerts is complex and requires periodic, expensive upgrades. Few manufacturers produce these devices. Among non-profit community stations, there is a desire to open-source these products, which would require approval of FCC and FEMA and, apparently, issuance of cryptographic keys to device makers.

This is only a test and no action is required of the radio and TV audience. However, the FCC has stated:

"Members of the public and interested stakeholder organizations that are in a position to observe test results in their communities can provide useful feedback on the nationwide test, including any problems observed or any complications in the delivery of the EAS message during the nationwide test by reporting their observations to the Public Safety Support Center at https://www.fcc.gov/general/public-safety-support-center."

Benn AK4AV

Re: ARISS SSTV transmissions ongoing through 18:15 UTC August 4

Zane Phipps
 

Thanks for the great heads-up, Mike.
If I can make one of the next few passes, I plan on using the "air gap" method that Gary KC5QCN demonstrated a few meetings back.
Zane - KN4MIB

On Saturday, August 3, 2019, 12:49:35 PM EDT, Michael Callaham via Groups.Io <vze32sw5=verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

As a memorial event to honor Astronaut Owen Garriott W5LFL (now Silent Key), ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is transmitting memorial slow-scan television (SSTV) images on 145.8 MHz FM through 18:15 UTC August 4. This will include several passes over Arlington. Kim KD9XB and I have decoded several images. Two of mine are at
https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/55945.png

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/58360.png

There will be several more passes of the ISS over Arlington. If you want to receive the signal, all you need is a 2-m FM receiver or transceiver (an HT will do) and an antenna, preferably with a clear view of most of the sky. To decode and display the images, you may use free software such as MMSSTV (for Windows), qsstv (for Linux), or...there's an app for Android (ask Paul KI4PW).
More information about the event is at

https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

You may view a gallery of high-quality images received by hams and shortwave listeners (SWLs) around the world at

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

There will be a pass over Arlington (NW3V) today starting 18:53:49 UTC (about 2:53 pm EDT), rising at azimuth 221 degrees, reaching a maximum elevation of 56 degrees at azimuth 136 degrees, and setting at azimuth 56 degrees at 19:04:04 UTC (about 3:04 pm EDT).

There will be six additional passes before the scheduled shutdown time for this event, but the 2:53 pm EDT pass will be the longest and highest.
73,--Mike NW3V

ARISS SSTV transmissions ongoing through 18:15 UTC August 4

Michael Callaham
 

As a memorial event to honor Astronaut Owen Garriott W5LFL (now Silent Key), ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) is transmitting memorial slow-scan television (SSTV) images on 145.8 MHz FM through 18:15 UTC August 4. This will include several passes over Arlington. Kim KD9XB and I have decoded several images. Two of mine are at
https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/55945.png

https://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/uploads/58360.png

There will be several more passes of the ISS over Arlington. If you want to receive the signal, all you need is a 2-m FM receiver or transceiver (an HT will do) and an antenna, preferably with a clear view of most of the sky. To decode and display the images, you may use free software such as MMSSTV (for Windows), qsstv (for Linux), or...there's an app for Android (ask Paul KI4PW).
More information about the event is at

https://ariss-sstv.blogspot.com/

You may view a gallery of high-quality images received by hams and shortwave listeners (SWLs) around the world at

http://www.spaceflightsoftware.com/ARISS_SSTV/index.php

There will be a pass over Arlington (NW3V) today starting 18:53:49 UTC (about 2:53 pm EDT), rising at azimuth 221 degrees, reaching a maximum elevation of 56 degrees at azimuth 136 degrees, and setting at azimuth 56 degrees at 19:04:04 UTC (about 3:04 pm EDT).

There will be six additional passes before the scheduled shutdown time for this event, but the 2:53 pm EDT pass will be the longest and highest.
73,--Mike NW3V