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AARC May Meeting program

Michael Callaham
 

The next regular meeting will be May 21 at the St. Thomas More
Cathedral School starting at 7 pm. Don Lewis, KI4D, Vice President of
the Alexandria Radio Club and planner for the W4HFH Field Day
operation, in which Arlington Amateur Radio Club members will
participate, will describe plans for the W4HFH Field Day operation,
including a new and timely emphasis on digital operations. Don will
also describe the need to sign up for operating time, and he'll mention
the importance (especially for new hams) of participating in the set-
up, before operation begins at 2 pm ET Saturday, June 22. (Field Day is
always the fourth full weekend in June.) 

Thanks to AARC Activities Chairman Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, for arranging
this presentation.

The AARC home page <http://www.w4wvp.org> has been updated with this
information.

Ramp access for mobility devices will be available.

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

AARC April Meeting program

Michael Callaham
 

The next regular meeting will be April 16 at the St. Thomas
More Cathedral School starting at 7 pm. Activities Chairman Gary
Sessums, KC5QCN, will give a presentation on "Shortwave Listening." 

At this time, it is still uncertain whether ramp access for mobility
devices will be available.

--Mike NW3V, President, AARC

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

Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded broadcasts

Dave Shaw
 

Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded broadcasts
Radio enthusiasts argue signals must travel in the open, for the sake of national security
By Thomas Claburn in San Francisco 5 Apr 2019 at 07:30 47

Some people have been using ham radio frequencies for communication that's encrypted or difficult to decipher and others argue that's a threat to national security and a violation of the spirit and rules of amateur radio. Really, it's a fight over whether the amateur radio spectrum remains a hobbyist space or develops as a medium for data traffic.

In a letter [PDF] (https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1040322516387/FCC%20Letter%20RM%2011831%20final.pdf) submitted earlier this week to the US Federal Communications Commission, NYU professor Theodore Rappaport, who runs the NYU Wireless research center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, voiced support for RM-11831 [PDF], a proposed radio rule revision that, among other things, would require radio transmissions be open to public scrutiny.

"RM-11831 allows ACDS [Automatically Controlled Digital Stations] to continue to operate in ham radio, but simply requires them to use openly decodable transmissions in compliance with FCC rules," Rappaport says.

That means difficult-to-decipher, proprietary automatic repeat query (ARQ) traffic, using radio signal modulation modes like Pactor 3, WINMOR, STANAG, and ARDOP would have to be open source or make easy decoding available to ham radio operators who wish to examine the traffic.

Federal rules ban amateur radio stations from transmitting "messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning," with some exceptions. Despite this, evolving technology has given rise to a number of services that, some argue, violate these rules, such as Winlink and D-Star.

If the rule change is adopted, it might mean the end of these services, or reduced functionality, and might make it harder for innovative services like New Packet Radio to emerge.

RM-1183, argues Rappaport, "assures national security by providing transparency and self-monitoring by the public of all amateur radio transmissions in the HF spectrum that routinely cross international borders."

At the same time, Rappaport urges the FCC to reject other proposed rules, NPRM 16-239, RM-11828, RM-11759, and RM-11708, that he claims would allow more obscure or effectively encrypted communications over public radio spectrum.

Others offering their opinions to the FCC disagree. "RM-11831 is yet another effort by a small circle of US amateur radio operators wanting to cripple the use of data modes on the amateur radio bands," writes Stephen Williams of Bakersville, North Carolina, in a comment submitted to the agency.

"If enacted, the changes proposed will NOT promote transparency and will NOT prevent the use of the bands by commercial interests. There are no proven cases of commercial use of modes like Pactor on the amateur bands. This RM-11831 effort is simply an attempt to kill the use of Pactor in the US as a communications mode supporting emergency communications operations."

In a letter [PDF] to FCC chairman Ajit Pai last December, Loring Kutchins, president of the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation (ARSL), which oversees Winlink, pushed back against Rappaport's characterization of the service.

"Theodore Rappaport and the opponents he informs offer an emotional, layman's conjecture in their assertions that hard-to-monitor, advanced digital protocols used in the amateur radio service will encourage crime, terrorism, and are a threat to national security," said Kutchins. "They clearly do not know or appreciate what monitoring and inspection routinely occurs, and are thus not qualified to judge."

Kutchins claims Winlink sysops inspect system traffic. "All communications are logged in detail and messages are archived, and available to the FCC and anyone else on request," he insists, pointing to a separate set of comments intended to rebut Rappaport's claims.

Dan White, of Granbury, Texas, is both an ARSL member and critic. He claims the organization is backing proposed rules like RM-11708 "to provide free encrypted email and bypass commercial maritime services under the guise of 'emergency communications' while exhibiting total disregard for incumbent spectrum users."

The FCC will consider input on RM-11831 until April 29 this year. ®

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/05/amateur_radio_spectrum/

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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."

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.



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.