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New IC-7300 for sale

Robin Amundson
 

Owner says it is in original unopened box with warranty, asking $950. If interested, contact Walt, K7ZQ, 425-641-9670.

73,
Robin, WA7CPA

FW: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

Rowland
 

If you are a Winlink user and have not seen this please read.

Thank You,

Rowland

Subject: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

All,

If you are a US-licensed station that routinely connects to a foreign gateway, or a non-US-licensed station that connects with a US gateway, you may be affected by new CMS behavior. The Winlink CMS now will enforce US Third-Party Message rules.

Because Winlink is being severely criticized for allowing US client and gateway operators to violate US amateur radio third-party traffic rules, we are today starting to test automatic enforcement of these rules. Part 97.3(47), 97.115 and 97.117 apply.

If you attempt to send or receive a third-party message between a US-licensed station and another station the US does not have a third-party communication agreement with, you may receive a service message saying the message will violate the applcable rules and that the message is refused (if you're sending) or being held at the CMS (if you are receiving). Alternative means to successfully send or receive the message will be explained. The US has treaties with most countries in the North and South America, but not most European, Asian and Pacific countries.

If you are a US-licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect with another US-licensed gateway, or one licensed in Central or South America — as long as the US has a third-party agreement with the licensing country.

If you are a non-US licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect to non-US licensed gateways.

We wish this was not necessary, but we have relied on US client and gateway operators to know the rules and obey them—and most have ignored them, unfortunately for all of us. In order to clean up the violations we are taking these measures to keep US Winlink operators legal. All licensees have an obligation to study, know, and obey the Amateur Radio Rules.

New monitoring and enforcement measures are coming into play with the establishment of a new Volunteer Monitor Program, now being set up by the ARRL at the request of the US FCC. We're doing this to make it easier for US operators to avoid loosing their licenses!

We will be tweaking the behavior of this new mechanism to make it as friendly and informative as it can be. Please bear with us as we make changes.

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA
Winlink Development Team

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Re: FW: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

Martin Tuip
 

So would this affect the pigate software?



On Sat, Jul 20, 2019 at 4:15 PM -0700, "Rowland" <k7rwb@...> wrote:

If you are a Winlink user and have not seen this please read.

Thank You,

Rowland 

Subject: US THIRD-PARTY MESSAGES RULES NOW ARE ENFORCED BY CMS

All,

If you are a US-licensed station that routinely connects to a foreign gateway, or a non-US-licensed station that connects with a US gateway, you may be affected by new CMS behavior. The Winlink CMS now will enforce US Third-Party Message rules. 

Because Winlink is being severely criticized for allowing US client and gateway operators to violate US amateur radio third-party traffic rules, we are today starting to test automatic enforcement of these rules. Part 97.3(47), 97.115 and 97.117 apply.

If you attempt to send or receive a third-party message between a US-licensed station and another station the US does not have a third-party communication agreement with, you may receive a service message saying the message will violate the applcable rules and that the message is refused (if you're sending) or being held at the CMS (if you are receiving). Alternative means to successfully send or receive the message will be explained. The US has treaties with most countries in the North and South America, but not most European, Asian and Pacific countries. 

If you are a US-licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect with another US-licensed gateway, or one licensed in Central or South America — as long as the US has a third-party agreement with the licensing country. 

If you are a non-US licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect to non-US licensed gateways.

We wish this was not necessary, but we have relied on US client and gateway operators to know the rules and obey them—and most have ignored them, unfortunately for all of us. In order to clean up the violations we are taking these measures to keep US Winlink operators legal. All licensees have an obligation to study, know, and obey the Amateur Radio Rules. 

New monitoring and enforcement measures are coming into play with the establishment of a new Volunteer Monitor Program, now being set up by the ARRL at the request of the US FCC. We're doing this to make it easier for US operators to avoid loosing their licenses!

We will be tweaking the behavior of this new mechanism to make it as friendly and informative as it can be. Please bear with us as we make changes. 

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA
Winlink Development Team

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Big Beautiful Big Rock Gathering is ON for Thursday evening: FT8!

Robin Amundson
 

I will be setting up a station Thursday at 6 p.m. for running FT8 digital mode at Big Rock Ball Fields. If you are new to ham radio, this is a good chance to see and talk about basic components of station setups. See how easy it can be tuning a Tarheel screwdriver antenna mounted on car roof using a simple YouKit analyzer. See band changes in the field at a touch of a button. 40-10. We will focus on 30, 20, 17. Take a look at WSJT-x software for decoding digital mode signals. My components: Elecraft KX3 (15 watt), SignaLink (TNC), ThinkPad with Win10, KXPA100 (power amp to 100 watts driven by about 2-3 watts out of KX3, external speakers, and an assortment of 4 Bioenno batteries, and a whole bunch of wires and connectors. Let's hope there is good propagation with some interesting stations decoded and worked. And if a "problem" is encountered, that is definitely a part of this hobby too! 🤣 Kirt White will be net control for the 7 p.m. Newbie net on 441.825+ (all licensed hams invited) and at 8 p.m. is the traditional SnoVARC net check-in. All hams welcome. Bring yourself a chair and some water. Questions happily answered.
73,
Robin, WA7CPA

For Sale (Cross posting)

Robin Amundson
 

From Robin, WA7CPA: Looks like some good items for building a station...

Ham Radio Items for Sale - July 24, 2019

 

The following items are for sale. I am no longer using these and they need a new home.  -  John Owens  -  N7TK

 

 

Gap Titan 80-10M Vertical Antenna - $250  (installed, you have to take it down). No radials required.

 

Drake TR-3 Xcvr (bought new in 60's) - $250 w/ac and dc power supplies

 

Cushcraft A3WS (w/ 30M) - $375

 

ICOM IC_2KL S/S 500W Linear Ampl -  $1000

 

Top Ten Devices Antenna Relay Box - $70

 

Hy Gain T2x with Controller - $425

 

New Hy Gain T2X without controller (never installed) - $450

 

Astron 35A Power - $100

 

Astron 50A Power Supply - $175

 

MFJ 1275 S/C I/F - $50

 

Kenwood TS-440 SAT XCVR - $400

 

Heil DSP Clear Speech speaker console - $100

 

TE Systems 445TG 440 MHz Hi Pwr Ampl - $400

 

Vibroplex CW Hand Key - $100

 

ICOM SM-8 Station Mike - $110

 

Yaesu VX-5 UHF/VHF Handheld Xcvr - $150

 

PSF-432 425-450 Bandpass Filter - $60

 

MFJ 941D Versa Tuner - $75

 

B&W 300W Antenna Tuner - $75

 

Kenwood PC-1 Phone Patch - $30

 

West Mountain Rigblaster - $65

 

ICOM CI-V Level Converter - $30

 

ICOM CT-16 I/F UNIT - $25

 

Knight P-2 PWR/SWR Meter - $20

 

Kenwood TM-241A Mobile 2m Xcvr's (3 @ $60 ea)

 

All sales are via my PayPal account for N7TK. 

 

John Owens -  N7TK

 

Listen NOW to our UK friend Robin on Malta

Robin Amundson
 

http://sdr.loginto.me:8073/

Our biannual visitor Robin Thompson can be heard over above Internet link operating as 9H6YB in the IOTA contest. Islands on the Air. Fun listening for anyone. Contest ends 5 am our time Sunday.

Re: Listen NOW to our UK friend Robin on Malta

Robin Amundson
 

There are several Rx channels. Select Malta.

Fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Lindy KG7IFA
 

Are you ready? In a large-scale emergency or disaster, professional emergency responders may well be stretched beyond their capacity. Fortunately we have local citizens who are preparing to assist themselves and their neighbors by learning basic disaster response skills. Citizens train in skills such as personal emergency preparedness, disaster medical operations, basic fire suppression, disaster psychology, light search and rescue, and team organization.

Carnation Duvall Citizen Corps’ mission is to train citizens like you to support their communities before, during and after an emergency. Join us and become a responder. Over 500 of your neighbors have already trained to become CERT members. Graduates have the opportunity to become registered as temporary emergency workers who can aid in local and regional disaster responses.

Class is held every Monday evening between September 16th and November 4th.

Click here for more information and to sign up:

https://fallcertclass.eventbrite.com/?aff=snovarc

 

Good Document

Rowland
 

Hi All,

 

This is a good document to have when driving and talking on your radio and getting puled over for such.  Always be polite when you show this to the police officer and realize it is not a get out of jail free pass as they may still write you up.  Then you take this document to court and present it.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

Polarity Tester

Rowland
 

Here is the info on the power pole polarity tester the Lynn was showing us last week at the meeting.  Would be a fun “club meeting Elmer event” to build some of these.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

Re: Good Document

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

RCW 46.61.667 appears to have been repealed in 2017 and replaced.  So probably handing that to the nice police officer is not going to get you much.  But if the cop insists it’s still in effect I would suggest pointing out that it applies to holding a communications device to your ear, which you probably didn’t do with your HT or hand mike.

The replacement appears to be RCW 46.61.672.  Note that it very specifically excludes amateur radio equipment, citizens band radio, and two way radio from the definition of ‘personal electronic device’.  Notwithstanding this exclusion I expect that if you are chatting away on your radio and your driving suffers, you’ll get ticketed for negligent driving or for reckless driving.

Notwithstanding the legality of using ham radio while driving I want to remind everyone that, emergencies aside, if simultaneously talking on the radio and driving is a challenge due to weather, traffic, or whatever, it’s always, always, always fine to tell someone you need to put the mike down and concentrate on driving.

Please be safe.  All the time.

-p

RCW  46.61.672
Using a personal electronic device while driving.
(1) A person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must pay a fine as provided in RCW  46.63.110(3).
(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:
(a) A driver who is using a personal electronic device to contact emergency services;
(b) The use of a system by a transit system employee for time-sensitive relay communication between the transit system employee and the transit system's dispatch services;
(c) An individual employed as a commercial motor vehicle driver who uses a personal electronic device within the scope of such individual's employment if such use is permitted under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 31136 as it existed on July 23, 2017; and
(d) A person operating an authorized emergency vehicle.
(3) The state preempts the field of regulating the use of personal electronic devices in motor vehicles while driving, and this section supersedes any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by any political subdivision or municipality to regulate the use of a personal electronic device by the operator of a motor vehicle.
(4) A second or subsequent offense under this section is subject to two times the penalty amount under RCW  46.63.110.
(5) For purposes of this section:
(a) "Driving" means to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. "Driving" does not include when the vehicle has pulled over to the side of, or off of, an active roadway and has stopped in a location where it can safely remain stationary.
(b) "Personal electronic device" means any portable electronic device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle. "Personal electronic device" includes, but is not limited to, a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game. "Personal electronic device" does not include two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio equipment.
(c) "Use" or "uses" means:
(i) Holding a personal electronic device in either hand or both hands;
(ii) Using your hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data; however, this does not preclude the minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the device;
(iii) Watching video on a personal electronic device.


-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 5, 2019, at 3:08 PM, Rowland <k7rwb@...> wrote:

<RCW 46.docx Driving with HAM.docx>

Re: Good Document

W7ABD
 

Thanks Roland!

Also good idea to have a paper copy of your FCC License to show the cop as well.

Jim
W7ABD


On 8/5/19 15:08, Rowland wrote:

Hi All,

 

This is a good document to have when driving and talking on your radio and getting puled over for such.  Always be polite when you show this to the police officer and realize it is not a get out of jail free pass as they may still write you up.  Then you take this document to court and present it.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 


Re: Good Document

Rowland
 

Thanks for the info and the update.  I made a pdf document that is attached if someone wants to down load and print.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

From: snovarc@groups.io <snovarc@groups.io> On Behalf Of Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2019 4:13 PM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [snovarc] Good Document

 

RCW 46.61.667 appears to have been repealed in 2017 and replaced.  So probably handing that to the nice police officer is not going to get you much.  But if the cop insists it’s still in effect I would suggest pointing out that it applies to holding a communications device to your ear, which you probably didn’t do with your HT or hand mike.

 

The replacement appears to be RCW 46.61.672.  Note that it very specifically excludes amateur radio equipment, citizens band radio, and two way radio from the definition of ‘personal electronic device’.  Notwithstanding this exclusion I expect that if you are chatting away on your radio and your driving suffers, you’ll get ticketed for negligent driving or for reckless driving.

 

Notwithstanding the legality of using ham radio while driving I want to remind everyone that, emergencies aside, if simultaneously talking on the radio and driving is a challenge due to weather, traffic, or whatever, it’s always, always, always fine to tell someone you need to put the mike down and concentrate on driving.

 

Please be safe.  All the time.

 

-p

 

RCW  46.61.672

Using a personal electronic device while driving.

(1) A person who uses a personal electronic device while driving a motor vehicle on a public highway is guilty of a traffic infraction and must pay a fine as provided in RCW  46.63.110(3).

(2) Subsection (1) of this section does not apply to:

(a) A driver who is using a personal electronic device to contact emergency services;

(b) The use of a system by a transit system employee for time-sensitive relay communication between the transit system employee and the transit system's dispatch services;

(c) An individual employed as a commercial motor vehicle driver who uses a personal electronic device within the scope of such individual's employment if such use is permitted under 49 U.S.C. Sec. 31136 as it existed on July 23, 2017; and

(d) A person operating an authorized emergency vehicle.

(3) The state preempts the field of regulating the use of personal electronic devices in motor vehicles while driving, and this section supersedes any local laws, ordinances, orders, rules, or regulations enacted by any political subdivision or municipality to regulate the use of a personal electronic device by the operator of a motor vehicle.

(4) A second or subsequent offense under this section is subject to two times the penalty amount under RCW  46.63.110.

(5) For purposes of this section:

(a) "Driving" means to operate a motor vehicle on a public highway, including while temporarily stationary because of traffic, a traffic control device, or other momentary delays. "Driving" does not include when the vehicle has pulled over to the side of, or off of, an active roadway and has stopped in a location where it can safely remain stationary.

(b) "Personal electronic device" means any portable electronic device that is capable of wireless communication or electronic data retrieval and is not manufactured primarily for hands-free use in a motor vehicle. "Personal electronic device" includes, but is not limited to, a cell phone, tablet, laptop, two-way messaging device, or electronic game. "Personal electronic device" does not include two-way radio, citizens band radio, or amateur radio equipment.

(c) "Use" or "uses" means:

(i) Holding a personal electronic device in either hand or both hands;

(ii) Using your hand or finger to compose, send, read, view, access, browse, transmit, save, or retrieve email, text messages, instant messages, photographs, or other electronic data; however, this does not preclude the minimal use of a finger to activate, deactivate, or initiate a function of the device;

(iii) Watching video on a personal electronic device.

 

 

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



On Aug 5, 2019, at 3:08 PM, Rowland <k7rwb@...> wrote:

 

<RCW 46.docx Driving with HAM.docx>

 

NW DX Convention Saturday in Everett: info

Robin Amundson
 

Passing this along:

Here’s the word for those of you who didn’t register for the PNW DX Convention this weekend, but will be showing up at the door:

 

The banquets are sold out.  There’s no way for us to sell you a Saturday dinner or a Sunday breakfast since the hotel is purchasing the food based on the numbers they wanted from us on August 1st.  Lunches will still be available for purchase.

 

Day Passes for Saturday are still available at the door.  $50 gets you the 8 presentations during the day, a single Door Prize ticket (with > 25% chance to win something) and a single Grand Prize ticket toward one of the 8 Grand Prizes.  You can buy as many more Grand Prize tickets as you wish for $1 each or 11 or $10. 

 

73 and see ya in Everett!

 

John W7CD & Rich W6RS


From Robin:
http://pacificnwdxconvention.com/
Check out the prizes!! Best-ever lineup of speakers: Dr. Joe Taylor, Dr. Tamitha Skov, Ward Silver, etc. Elecraft and SteppIR there. Look at the vendor page, too. That's a lot of value for $50. Hope to see you there...
73,
WA7CPA

Re: Polarity Tester

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Powerwerx makes a little tester - functionally the same as the one Lynn showed us, but much smaller as it just has a single dual color LED and the LED is mounted right through a weather hood on the back of the powerpole connectors:

after browsing dual color LEDs at Mouser and powerpole bits at powerwerx I reckon we could make the same thing out of about 3 bucks worth of parts.

I was pretty impressed with the idea of a set of test leads for a multimeter with powerpoles installed.  That’s just a no brainer, I can’t believe I never thought of that.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 5, 2019, at 3:39 PM, Rowland <k7rwb@...> wrote:

Here is the info on the power pole polarity tester the Lynn was showing us last week at the meeting.  Would be a fun “club meeting Elmer event” to build some of these.
 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Rowland 
 
<Polarity tester.pdf>

Re: Polarity Tester

Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Yeah I picked up a lot of good ideas from the talk. I'll probably end up going Powerpole crazy soon especially on all my lead acid stuff. Great talk!


Sent from ProtonMail mobile



-------- Original Message --------
On Aug 7, 2019, 9:03 AM, Paul Butzi (W7PFB) < w7pfb@...> wrote:

Powerwerx makes a little tester - functionally the same as the one Lynn showed us, but much smaller as it just has a single dual color LED and the LED is mounted right through a weather hood on the back of the powerpole connectors:

after browsing dual color LEDs at Mouser and powerpole bits at powerwerx I reckon we could make the same thing out of about 3 bucks worth of parts.

I was pretty impressed with the idea of a set of test leads for a multimeter with powerpoles installed.  That’s just a no brainer, I can’t believe I never thought of that.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Aug 5, 2019, at 3:39 PM, Rowland <k7rwb@...> wrote:

Here is the info on the power pole polarity tester the Lynn was showing us last week at the meeting.  Would be a fun “club meeting Elmer event” to build some of these.
 
 
 
Thanks,
 
Rowland 
 
<Polarity tester.pdf>

Re: Polarity Tester

Benjamin Thompson
 

I priced out some parts on Digi-Key: for ordering parts to make 10 of these, the per assembly cost is $2.63 without the boot. Glue could probably be used to hold the assembly if a boot is not readily available.

The cart: www.digikey.com/short/p57vd9

Re: Polarity Tester

Benjamin Thompson
 

After considering shipping and taxes, the cost per assembly goes up to $3.64.

-Ben KG7BTU

Re: Polarity Tester

Rowland
 

Lynn constantly amazes me on the ideas he comes up with on many ham projects.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

From: snovarc@groups.io <snovarc@groups.io> On Behalf Of Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2019 9:04 AM
To: snovarc@groups.io
Subject: Re: [snovarc] Polarity Tester

 

Powerwerx makes a little tester - functionally the same as the one Lynn showed us, but much smaller as it just has a single dual color LED and the LED is mounted right through a weather hood on the back of the powerpole connectors:

 

after browsing dual color LEDs at Mouser and powerpole bits at powerwerx I reckon we could make the same thing out of about 3 bucks worth of parts.

 

I was pretty impressed with the idea of a set of test leads for a multimeter with powerpoles installed.  That’s just a no brainer, I can’t believe I never thought of that.

 

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!



On Aug 5, 2019, at 3:39 PM, Rowland <k7rwb@...> wrote:

 

Here is the info on the power pole polarity tester the Lynn was showing us last week at the meeting.  Would be a fun “club meeting Elmer event” to build some of these.

 

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland 

 

<Polarity tester.pdf>

 

DMR Class

Rowland
 

Hi All,

 

I have had several conversations with different club members on the possibility of having a DMR (digital mobile radio) class locally.  I would want to start at the basics and then work up the knowledge level. I have two questions on this subject…..

 

  1. Does anyone in the club presently have the level of DMR knowledge to teach this class?
  2. If the answer to question 1 is no, then should I look around the area for someone that would be willing to teach this class
  3. And the most important question is how many others would like to sit in this class?

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland