News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
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, January 11 at 8am
at the Coffee Shop, 119 W Main in North Adams (map).
come join us. Six hearty souls
braved the snowy weather to attend the breakfast last month.
club members and guests attended the club Christmas party on December
20 at the Fayette Street Church of Christ in Hillsdale. The club provided ham, chicken and drinks, and attendees
brought pot-luck dishes that provided a plentiful selection of food.
After dinner there was a gift exchange.
Many thanks to Brenda Sprow for her help in organizing the party.
a special election held at the Christmas party, Dan Sprow KC8RYF was
elected as 2014 Board Member at Large.
The position was not filled during the annual elections held in
Club membership stands at 19 as of December 31.
Club membership dues for 2014
are due. You must renew by
March 31 to maintain your membership status.
Rates are unchanged from last year and are $15 for regular
membership, $5 for household membership (additional members in same
household after first member pays regular rate) and free for students.
All members are asked to fill out an updated membership
part of the renewal process. Dues
can be paid by cash or check at the monthly meeting. Make checks payable to Hillsdale County Amateur Radio Club or
HCARC. Your club appreciates
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 every Monday at 7pm 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.
SKYWARN training will not be offered in Hillsdale County this
year. 2014 Spotter Training for
Indiana Forecast Office Northeast
Region will be held on March 6 in Archbold, Ohio.
Online Spotter Training is recommended prior to attending this training
for a complete schedule of training for the Northern Indiana office.
village in New York recently passed law regulating the placement of
amateur radio antennas that includes a $1,000 application fee for a
special-use permit. According
to the village clerk there previously were no regulations pertaining to HAM
operators and local law prohibited such antenna structures.
This local law represents the Village’s efforts to expand the
rights of HAM radio operators. (qrz.com
thread) This puts the
spotlight on pending PRB-1 legislation that was introduced in the Michigan
Senate in September. The bill
would put state law in sync with FCC regulations with respect to
encumbrances to antenna structures. 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.
Back in November, the ARRL has asked the FCC to
delete the symbol rate limit in the 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
was filed November 15. (ARRL
FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station W1AW to also use the
call sign W1ŘŘAW during 2014, the ARRL’s centennial year. Contacts made from the Maxim Memorial Station in Newington,
from regional Centennial conventions, and during the IARU
HF Championship will use W1ŘŘAW, with portable designators as
appropriate. The “W1AW WAS”
operations throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states will use W1AW, not W1ŘŘAW.
The US House Communications and Technology
Subcommittee has announced
plans for a multi-year effort to examine and update the Communications
Act of 1934, the overarching law under which the FCC functions.
ARRL CEO David Sumner K1ZZ noted that the most recent significant
update of the Communications Act was in 1996.
“The subcommittee and its staff are well equipped to take up the
challenge,” Sumner said. “The ARRL will be monitoring the work closely as it goes
forward next year and beyond.” (ARRL
The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner
Question Pool Committee has released the new 2014-2018 Technician Class question
pool (Element 2) to the public.
This pool will take effect on July 1, 2014, and will remain valid
until June 30, 2018. The current
Technician question pool, released in 2010, is valid
until June 30, 2014.
has acquired Force
12 antenna company and product line and has moved the Force 12
factory from Bridgeport, Texas, to Grand Junction, Colorado, into a facility
shared with InnovAntennas America. (ARRL
Tokyo Hy-Power, a manufacturer
of Amateur Radio amplifiers, antenna tuners, and other equipment, is in
bankruptcy. Its plant near
Tokyo has been shuttered. The
company was founded in 1975. The
company president blamed “the recent depression in the industrial RF power
products area [which] has led to the very difficult financial position.” (ARRL
a few articles regarding the solar activity cycle.
Activity Cycle Is Weakest in a Century (qsl.com
has 'flipped upside down' magnetically (qsl.com
Flux Record High Could Herald Better Conditions (ARRL
The ARRL-sponsored medium-frequency experiment,
operating as WD2XSH,
continues apace in an effort to demonstrate the viability of 472
to 479 kHz as a secondary Amateur Radio allocation.
At the same time, the FCC has been silent regarding the ARRL’s
November 2012 Petition
for Rulemaking that asked the Commission to make this
segment of the spectrum available to radio amateurs in the US.
Delegates to the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference approved
a 7 kHz-wide secondary allocation between 472 and 479 kHz for the Amateur
Radio Service, with a power limit of 5 W EIRP (or 1 W EIRP, depending on
FCC License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
KB8OXK Bruce A. Van Wieren,
license renewed, address changed to out of county.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked 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.
membership certificates 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. (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 here
to for more info or to download.
11 – Ham Breakfast
16 – Club Meeting
8 – Ham Breakfast
February 16 - Livonia
15 – Marshall
16 – Toledo
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