News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
The Club Potluck Picnic will be held on Thursday, August 15 at 6:30pm at
Owens Memorial Park on Baw Beese Lake (map).
All area Hams and their guests are invited.
The club will provide burgers and hot dogs.
Attendees are asked to bring a passing dish, drinks (no alcohol
please), table service and lawn chairs.
Suggested passing dishes include potato salad, macaroni salad, garden
salad, other salads, coleslaw, baked beans, deviled eggs, fresh fruit or
vegetables and desserts. An
online signup sheet has been established at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8ZN95N5.
Please use it to RSVP so that we have an idea of how many people are
coming. If you have problems
accessing the online signup or need to make changes after you submit it just
send me an email at DRGambill@aol.com.
Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, August 14.
This month the Ham Breakfast will
be held on Saturday, August 10 at 8am at the Tastes
of Life (formally Warners Family Restaurant), 3380 Beck Rd in Hillsdale
Please come join us.
The next club meeting
will be Thursday, September 19 at 7pm at a location to be announced.
The board is investigating moving the meetings to a different
Club membership currently stands at 18 as of August 1.
Membership application is available here
One of our Field Day
participants is missing a gray hoodie.
If you happened to pick it up by mistake, please let me know by
replying to this email and I will put you in touch with the owner.
August 6 is an Election Day. At
the county level there is a 911 operating surcharge renewal on the ballot.
Depending on your precinct there may be other items to vote on.
Visit the Michigan
Voter Information Center to check if you are registered and find other
election information, including a map to your polling place and a sample
ballot. Be sure to get out and
vote and make your voice heard.
A message from Mike Horn WB8TQZ, Michigan Amateur
Communications System Net Manager
Communications System (MACS) finds itself facing the same situation many
other nets do, namely low participation.
Our good news recently is that traffic is up but the number of people
handling it has remained pretty static.
Traffic handling can be an enjoyable facet of the hobby and is a
useful skill to have. Contrary
to popular belief, it isn’t as easy as picking up a microphone and talking
but, on the other hand, it’s not rocket science either.
The net members have done some brainstorming and have come up with a
few ideas we’d like to try. Starting
August 1 we’re going to move the net sessions from 1100 local to 1000
local with the frequency remaining 3.952 MHz with our alternate of 7.232
MHz. The thinking is that it
might be a little easier for more people to find time to participate at that
time of day and conditions might be a little more favorable.
Propagation has not been consistently friendly to us for a while.
We’re also going to have member comments first and follow them up
with the traffic handling portion of the net.
We’re hoping that this will make people feel a little more relaxed
about stopping by to take a look in the first place.
The curious can stick around to see how it’s done.
The first time you take a piece of traffic it can seem pretty
intimidating. I can’t
remember the rest of the particulars but I do recall that from my first
experience, and that was in the Fall of 1976!
Rest assured that we’ve got time to take the time to break in new
operators. You may receive a
lot of comments and information regarding your technique at first but it’s
all based on long experience and is designed to make the process easier for
both the sending and receiving operators.
We’re also looking for Net Control stations and 8th Region
representatives for Thursday and Saturday as well as an 8th Region rep for
Monday. The 8th Region sessions
take place at 1230 and 1630 local on 7.235 MHz.
If you think you’d like some of that action just let me know.
Mike Horn WB8TQZ MACS Net Manager
Volunteers are always needed to run the Monday Night
Ragchew Net. Check the Calendar
page on the club
website for the schedule and results. And don’t forget to check in at 7pm every Monday on the
147.06 MHz repeater.
The ARRL is calling on the FCC to deny a Petition for Rule
seeking to permit the encryption of
certain amateur communications during emergency operations or related
training exercises. A
Massachusetts amateur petitioned the Commission in March to suggest an
additional exception to amateur radio rules, which currently prohibit
“messages encoded for the purpose of
obscuring their meaning.” (ARRL
has proposed creating a new medium frequency Amateur Radio band at 472-479
kHz. The 7-kilohertz sliver of spectrum would be available to hams
on a secondary basis. The new
630 meter band was proposed in a Consultation
released in June by Industry Canada,
the nation’s radiocommunication regulator.
It proposed numerous revisions to Canada’s table of allocations
warranted in the wake of World
Radiocommunication Conference 2012 (WRC-12). Last year the ARRL asked the FCC to carve out the same band
for US hams. (ARRL
Science History Museum in New Jersey plans to make a 60
foot tracking dish antenna available to hams for moonbounce, secondary
to its function as a radiotelescope. Daniel
Marlow, K2QM, an InfoAge board member who teaches physics at Princeton,
wants to use the dish, currently under rehabilitation after being dormant
since the 1970s, to pursue radio astronomy for instructional purposes.
He also wants to observe radio pulsars, and since that activity can
be performed at 70 centimeters, the TLM-18 will be made available to the
Amateur Radio community for EME at 432 MHz on a secondary basis.
The dish, adjacent to the Ocean Monmouth Amateur Radio Club’s (OMARC)
N2MO at InfoAge, offers a gain of 35 dBi at 465 MHz.
Socrates, KC2IOV, a 70-year-old sailor and retired math teacher, completed
an around-the-world nonstop, solo
sail on July 8. Socrates
took off October 22 from Victoria, British Columbia, in her 38 foot sailboat
Nereida. Ham radio was
her link to terra firm during her voyage, which ended where it began.
“My ‘email team’ of cheerful, helpful Amateur Radio operators
are now out of a job,” Socrates quipped in her blog
after she arrived in port. (ARRL
Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, a subject of fascination
for many hams and the target of conspiracy theorists and anti-government
activists, has closed down. HAARP’s
program manager, Dr James Keeney, told ARRL that the sprawling 35-acre
ionospheric research facility in remote Gakona, Alaska, has been shuttered
since early May. “Currently
the site is abandoned,” he said. “It
comes down to money. We don’t
have any.” Keeney said no one is on site, access roads are blocked,
buildings are chained and the power turned off.
you proud of your ham radio shack?
Most of us are, and a few among us have put together installations
that are worthy of special mention. This
summer, the folks at QRZ will choose a few
of the best ham shacks around and schedule a personal visit for an interview
and feature article on their front page.
to read the QRC.com article.
ARRL has reiterated its argument to the FCC that any decision to authorize
unlicensed National Information Infrastructure (U-NII) devices at 5 GHz “should await a full and complete
evaluation of interference potential and interference mitigation techniques
among the varied and incumbent users.”
The Amateur Service has a secondary allocation at 5650-5925 MHz in
the US. (ARRL
story) Earlier this year
the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, seeking comments
on making available an additional 195 megahertz of spectrum in the 5.35-5.47
GHz and 5.85-5.925 GHz bands for U-NII use.
cease publication with the December issue, after 33 years of service to the
radio community. A
full-spectrum monthly magazine for the radio listener, Monitoring Times
covers scanning, shortwave and other radio topics from below 500 kHz to 900
MHz and above.
Wheeler, President Obama’s nominee for chairman of the Federal
Communications Commission, received the approval of the Senate Commerce
Committee by voice vote on July 30. It’s
expected that he will be confirmed by the full Senate after Congress returns
from its August recess. Wheeler
would replace former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
FCC License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
KB8PNO Miller, Cathy B – License renewed, address changed
N8YBA Zalesny, Donald J – License renewed
August 10 – Ham Breakfast at Tastes
15 – Potluck picnic
5 – Board Meeting
September 7 – Grand
Rapids Area Hamfest
September 7 – Michiana
September 8 – Findlay
September 15 – Adrian
19 – Club Meeting
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