News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
to the new club officers that were elected at the club meeting on
November 21. Club officers
include President Don Gambill KC8WAU, Vice President Anne Burchardt N8VIF,
Secretary Penny Seevers KD8PKY and Treasurer Joe Gosla KD8UJS. The Board Member at Large position went unfilled.
A special election will be held at the Christmas party to fill this
next club meeting will be
Thursday, January 16 at 7pm at the First United
Methodist Church, 45 N Manning in Hillsdale (map).
Park in city lot F and use the east entrance off the alley to the
Fellowship Hall in the basement.
month the Ham Breakfast will be held
on Saturday, December 14 at 8am at the Sidekick
Cafe, 4682 Hudson Road in Osseo (map).
Please come join us.
your calendars for Friday, December 20 for the club Christmas party
at the Fayette Street Church of Christ, 131 W Fayette in Hillsdale (map).
More information to follow.
Club membership currently stands at 19 as of November 30.
One ham joined at the November club meeting.
Membership application is available here
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.
club member Charlie Hinkle W8CFO is downsizing his station and has some equipment
for sale. Click here
for a list.
75 National Weather Service (NWS)
offices throughout the US are scheduled to participate in National
SKYWARN Recognition Day on December 7.
During the 24-hour period, radio amateurs will operate stations that
largely use call signs issued to local NWS offices for amateur stations at
the offices. The stations are
staffed by radio amateur volunteers and provide net control service during
weather emergencies and emergency training.
Contacts with amateurs throughout the world are invited.
QSLs will be available from a most of the NWS stations.
(NWS SRD webpage)
Sherman, a communications attorney with strong links to the Democratic
Party, has been named acting Wireless
Telecommunications Bureau chief.
The WTB oversees Amateur Radio within the FCC. (ARRL
Repeater Directory for Android beta version is available at Goggle
Play. It is free and fully functional until February 28.
After the beta period expires, you must upgrade to the Premium
version to retain full functionality. Click
to for more info or to download.
ABC comedy Last
Man Standing aired an episode on November 22 that featured a scene
with main character Mike Baxter KA0XTT, played by Michigan’s own Tim
Allen, in his basement ham shack. In
the scene, Mike heads to his shack with his grandson Boyd to escape a
houseful of guests waiting for Thanksgiving dinner to be served.
to watch the full episode. The
show’s producer John Amodeo NN6JA and several members of the production
crew are licensed amateur radio operators.
In a QRZ.COM
post dated November 17 states that scientists have revealed that the magnetic
field of the Sun is expected to reverse polarity within the next three
weeks, which could have a huge effect on our solar system.
The Sun's magnetic field changes polarity approximately every 11
years, at the peak of each "solar cycle."
in distress in Nevada is thankful that he had his hand-held transceiver
along when he found himself stranded in the hills near Henderson.
Western Intertie Network
(WIN) System member Jim Frederick KF6QBW in Arizona reports he was
monitoring the system November 3 around midday when he heard, “Mayday,
Mayday. Hiker in distress!”
from his WIN System repeater. (ARRL
ARRL has asked the FCC to delete the symbol rate limit in its Amateur
Service rules, replacing it with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of
2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz.
The ARRL Board of Directors adopted the policy underlying the
petition initiative at its July 2013 meeting.
The petition was filed November 15.
Coast Guard is using alternative methods to monitor marine radio
frequencies for possible mariners in distress due to extended communication
outages in the Great Lakes region. Due
to recent storm damage, the Coast Guard is experiencing "significantly
reduced radio coverage and communications" throughout northern Lake
Huron, northern Lake Michigan and all of Lake Superior.
Storms with strong winds swept through the region on November 17. (Mlive
out this nice story
and video from BBC News on amateur radio. The song in the background is called "CQ Serenade"
from the early '50s. Click here
ARRL published several stories about amateur radio activities in the
aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, which hit the central Philippines on
Radio Volunteers Ready as Strong Typhoon Hits Philippines
in Philippines Support Critical Communication in Typhoon’s Wake
Radio Aids Post-Typhoon Rescue and Recovery Effort
President Praises Ham Radio Efforts in Typhoon’s Wake
Radio Continues to Play Crucial Role in Typhoon Rescue and Recovery
Amateur Radio Volunteers Continue to Fill Communication Gap
Deploys Satellite Communication Equipment to the Philippines, Ham Radio
Up Their Game in Philippines Typhoon Response
Radio Remains a Communication Mainstay in Storm-Stricken Philippines
License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
re-introduced in the Michigan Senate on September 17. The bill would put state law in sync with FCC regulations
with respect to encumbrances to antenna structures.
A similar bill died in committee at the end of the last legislative
session in December. ARRL
Michigan Section Manager Larry Camp WB8R and State Government Liaison Ed
Hude WA8QJE issued a request to amateurs to contact members of the Energy
and Technology Committee requesting quick action on the bill.
to follow the progress of the Senate Bill 0493.
Centennial QSO Party is set to kick off January 1 for a year-long
operating event in which participants can accumulate points and win awards
in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ARRL.
During 2014 W1AW will be on
the air from every state (at least twice) and most US territories, and it
will be easy to work all states solely by contacting W1AW portable
operations. The event is open
to all, although only ARRL members and appointees, elected officials, HQ
staff and W1AW are worth points. (ARRL
electronic publication, The
Spectrum Monitor, will begin publication after the Monitoring
Times publishes its final issue in December.
Charter subscriptions are available until December 15 for $20 for
twelve issues, a $4 savings. (ARRL
story) Monitoring Times
announced earlier this year that it was ceasing publication after a 33 year
run and the retirement of its publisher, Bob Grove W8JHD.
commemorating the League’s 100th anniversary in 2014 now are available.
Members logged onto the League’s website can generate their own
certificates or cards online for printing.
5 – Board Meeting canceled
14 – Ham Breakfast
20 – Christmas Party
?? – Board Meeting
11 – Ham Breakfast
16 – Club Meeting
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