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ARES E-letter for February 20, 2019

Michael Callaham
 

The ARES E-letter for February 1620, 2019, is available at:
<http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2019-02-20>.

73,
--Mike NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

VA QSO Party 16-17 March

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

As mentioned on Tuesday night's net, the Virginia QSO Party will be held on 16 and 17 March. Operating hours are 10 am-12 midnight (local) on Saturday March 16, and 8 am - 8 pm (local) on Sunday March 17. Exchange is QSO serial number and three-character county or independent city abbreviation.

https://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party/2019_VQP/2019_VQP_Main.html

There are no rule changes from last year.

We always have strong showing with number of QSOs and logs submitted. If you are a club member, make sure you include "Arlington ARC" in the appropriate field of your submitted log.

I hope to operate for at least part of the day on Saturday and Sunday.

Last couple of years 80 meters has been the hot spot for in-state QSOs. Now that I have an outdoor VHF antenna I've upped my totals for 2m contacts. Calling frequency on VHF is 146.580 MHz simplex.

AMRAD meeting program on Montgomery County CERT and VERT

Michael Callaham
 

Not directly about Arlington or AARC, but I think of interest to some
in the AARC and/or Arlington CERT:

AMRAD has updated their home page at www.amrad.org with this info about
their March meeting:

8<- - - - -
At the March 16 meeting,  Steve Peterson will give a presentation on
Humanity Road/VERT presentation.  Mont Co CERT has developed a program
to retain members’ interest in serving their community. The
presentation discusses virtual activations by their VERT and includes
lessons learned and best practices.
8<- - - - -

I suppose VERT means Virtual Emergency Response Team, but I suppose
we'll have to see and hear the presentation to find out. The AMRAD home
page has full info, not only about where the meeting will be, but also
where to gather for tacos beforehand, which is how one learns when the
meeting will be starting.

Thanks to Al K4ZB for noting that the AMRAD home page has been updated.

I note that the March AMRAD meeting coincides with the first day of the
Virginia QSO Party:
<https://www.qsl.net/sterling/VA_QSO_Party/2019_VQP/2019_VQP_Main.html>
.

You may want to use this opportunity to operate as an expedition
(portable) or mobile station in Fairfax.

73,
--Mike nw3v
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

New ARRL podcast for beginners: So Now What?

Michael Callaham
 

The new ARRL podcast, So Now What?, is targeted at beginners--say,
those who have passed the Technician Class exam, and are wondering what
to do next. It debuted today. ARRL members and non-members alike may
visit <http://www.arrl.org/so-now-what> and subscribe to the podcast or
scroll down to the archive section and download .mp3 files of previous
podcasts, which is what I did this evening. The introductory podcast is
already available as an archive file for download. It is just over 10
minutes long. The podcast is produced biweekly, alternating with the
"The Doctor Is In" podcast.

Please download or subscribe and listen to it. Do you like it?

I had hoped that this might be something that the W4WVP news hosts
(KK4EBG, W2JWP, KD9XB, and sometimes others) could air, just as they
have aired ARRL Audio News, but I think the licensing is more
restrictive than for ARRL Audio News. The introductory podcast includes
a commercial from LDG, a maker of antenna tuners, and suggests that
future podcasts will also be sponsored by LDG. Airing such commercial
content over the air on Amateur Radio is prohibited by "Part 97,"
that is, Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 97. There is a
sentence at the end of the introductory podcast prohibiting
unauthorized reproduction etc. I do not yet see a means of requesting
authorization to air the podcast, less the ad. Perhaps that will not be
allowed.

In any case, the podcast is available for download or subscription by
new hams or aspiring-to-be hams or old-timers. I recommend it. You maylike it.

73 (Best Regards),
--Mike NW3V



--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: New ARRL podcast for beginners: So Now What?

John Person
 

Thanks, Mike

Jack.

We could probably plug the podcast orally during the net Portion/.

I will have the ARNewsline on the air Tuesday.

jack

On Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 10:12 PM Michael Callaham via Groups.Io <vze32sw5=
verizon.net@groups.io> wrote:

The new ARRL podcast, So Now What?, is targeted at beginners--say,
those who have passed the Technician Class exam, and are wondering what
to do next. It debuted today. ARRL members and non-members alike may
visit <http://www.arrl.org/so-now-what> and subscribe to the podcast or
scroll down to the archive section and download .mp3 files of previous
podcasts, which is what I did this evening. The introductory podcast is
already available as an archive file for download. It is just over 10
minutes long. The podcast is produced biweekly, alternating with the
"The Doctor Is In" podcast.

Please download or subscribe and listen to it. Do you like it?

I had hoped that this might be something that the W4WVP news hosts
(KK4EBG, W2JWP, KD9XB, and sometimes others) could air, just as they
have aired ARRL Audio News, but I think the licensing is more
restrictive than for ARRL Audio News. The introductory podcast includes
a commercial from LDG, a maker of antenna tuners, and suggests that
future podcasts will also be sponsored by LDG. Airing such commercial
content over the air on Amateur Radio is prohibited by "Part 97,"
that is, Title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 97. There is a
sentence at the end of the introductory podcast prohibiting
unauthorized reproduction etc. I do not yet see a means of requesting
authorization to air the podcast, less the ad. Perhaps that will not be
allowed.

In any case, the podcast is available for download or subscription by
new hams or aspiring-to-be hams or old-timers. I recommend it. You maylike
it.

73 (Best Regards),
--Mike NW3V



--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.



Arlington Amateur Radio Club -- March meeting announcement

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

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

Date and time: March 19, 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: to be determined.

Link to APRS presentation by Aaron, KN4GXC, is now on w4wvp.org Resources page

Michael Callaham
 

A link to the APRS presentation by Aaron, KN4GXC, is now on the
w4wvp.org Resources page. Thanks to Aaron for the presentation and for
providing the link.

--Mike NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Federal Regulations link to most current and updated Regs. Published in the Federal Register. Part 97 complete with changes. This was copied from Ian at the Alexandria Club Website.I am posting the link. It's content is current as of February.

DrZ1953
 

Here is the link for CFR 47 and complete Part 97 of interest to all Amateurs.
http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?c=ecfr&SID=29d07c524e7302d66780275fae519299&rgn=div5&view=text&node=47:5.0.1.1.6&idno=47
There are quite a few changes.
K4ZB / Al

ARRL Worked All States on 60m?

Paul Wilson
 

Following up on my comments on tonight's net, I pulled the
ARNewsline transcript. It reads:

*"JOHN: It took four years but Andre ZED-S-2-ACP finally worked all 50 of
the United States on 60 metres, receiving the Worked All States award from
the ARRL."*

But, ARRL says 60m contacts are not eligible for the WAS award.

1.


*"3) Two-way communication must be established on amateur bands with each
state. There is no minimum signal report required. Any or all bands may be
used (with the exception of 60 Meters). The District of Columbia may be
counted for Maryland."*

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/WAS_Rules_2015_with_fees.pdf

Re: Federal Regulations link to most current and updated Regs. Published in the Federal Register. Part 97 complete with changes. This was copied from Ian at the Alexandria Club Website.I am posting the link. It's content is current as of February.

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Hello Al,

This appears to be a link to 47 CFR Part 97 in its entirety. I see no notations about any changes, and I'm not aware of any significant changes to Part 97 that have made their way through the rule-making process recently.

Parties regularly offer petitions to the FCC re: Part 97, but very few are taken up by the Commission. ARRL is usually the best source--most of us don't have time to wade into the arcana the Federal Register.

You can track FCC actions in the Federal Register here:

https://www.federalregister.gov/agencies/federal-communications-commission

If you search under Part 97, the latest Commission action of any significance re: the Amateur Radio Service covers operations on the 2200m and 630m bands. It dates from 2017.

Text of proposal to change Technician licensing, accepted by FCC today

Benn Kobb
 

The FCC today accepted an ARRL petition to make changes to Technician Class amateur radio licensing.

Accepted doesn't mean the FCC has adopted the ARRL's proposals and changed the rules, but it does open a 30 day period for public comment.

The Petition is now known as RM-11828 and at the moment can be a bit difficult to find, but I found it:

https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1022823795806/2018%20Entry%20Level%20License%20PRM%20FINAL.pdf

Home page updated with info on meeting tomorrow

Michael Callaham
 

I have just updated the AARC home page <http://www.w4wvp.org> with
information on the meeting tomorrow, including the program to be
presented.

73,
--Mike nw3v
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Two notable FCC actions today (PDF files)

Benn Kobb
 

1. FCC releases spectrum above 95 GHz to new uses.
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-356588A1.pdf

2. FCC inspects amateur station and is not happy with amateur.
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-356614A1.pdf

ARES E-letter for March 20, 2019

Michael Callaham
 

The ARES E-letter for March 20, 2019, is available at:
<http://www.arrl.org/ares-el?issue=2019-03-20>.

73,
--Mike NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Ionospheric audio and image mixing

Benn Kobb
 

https://www.ghostsintheairglow.space

"Pairing air glow experiments in the ionosphere—false auroras creating soft, glowing spots in the sky—with SSTV images, audio and image signals articulated by artist Amanda Dawn Christie will be received and decoded via SDR (Software Defined Radio) equipment by amateur radio operators around the world, and streamed live online for audiences who do not have the equipment or expertise for reception. Viewing and listening gatherings will be organized for the final transmissions, in various cities, where audiences can experience the transmissions collectively."

Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test 2019

Paul Wilson
 

This year's event is scheduled for May 11. More details will be forthcoming.

Here are some photos from last year's activities, courtesy of the Pentagon
ARC's website.

http://www.k4af.org/2018_AFDCBT/2018_AFDCBT.htm

You might see some familiar faces.

Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test 2019

Michael Callaham
 

Thanks, Paul.

If you, dear reader, would like to operate there, at the Pentagon, this
year, 2019, please contact Gary KC5QCN <kc5qcn@...> as soon as
possible. Arrangements must be made in advance.

There are two other ways to participate: 1. as an amateur radio
operator transmitting an amateur radio frequencies and listening to
military stations on military frequencies, and 2. as a shortwave
listener (SWL).

The rules for 2019 may be announced at <http://www.usarmymars.org/event
s/armed-forces-day> and the form on that page for requesting a QSL card
may be restored.

73,
--Mike NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Nellie Ohr: Ham radio not used for Russia contacts

Benn Kobb
 

A transcript made public on Thursday by a GOP lawmaker in Congress shows that the wife of a top Justice Department official said she got a ham radio license as part of an effort to help with local community emergencies, not as part of any effort to communicate with anyone overseas, or to monitor broadcasts from Russia associated with the Steele Dossier.

https://www.ajc.com/blog/jamie-dupree/nellie-ohr-ham-radio-not-used-for-russia-contacts/BtpT616TGuaoEpMKDO9c6K/?fbclid=IwAR1zm6lcVd7FgYXNaoYaz-cQGcmUh_RzC-N7yJFMSCm0K7x8BJUMbW1CF-U

Re: Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test 2019

Rande Young
 

Please count me in for this year's event May 11.
Rande Young, KN4JVXry5058@...

On Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 11:13:52 AM EDT, Paul Wilson <dcmcrider@...> wrote:

This year's event is scheduled for May 11. More details will be forthcoming.

Here are some photos from last year's activities, courtesy of the Pentagon
ARC's website.

http://www.k4af.org/2018_AFDCBT/2018_AFDCBT.htm

You might see some familiar faces.

AARC April meeting notice

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

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

Date and time: April 16, 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: to be determined.