We have moved…Post #4754

Effective 30 December 2014, “KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog” has moved to a new URL.

The blog title remains the same.

The new URL is http://kh6jrm.net.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.  Reconstructing a blog after a mysterious hacking incident is never pleasant.  But, with the new blog running successfully, things are returning to “normal.”

Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

I’ll see you on the new site (http://kh6jrm.net).

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

“Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress

TAGS: additional support, Amateur Radio Parity, arrl board, ARRL CEO David, arrl members, ARRL Regulatory Information, ARRL Section Managers, bipartisan support, federal pre-emption policy, legal protections, limited PRB-1 pre-emption, Manager Dan Henderson, municipal land-use ordinances, private land-use, private land-use agreements, private land-use restrictions, Radio Parity Act, reasonable accommodation, Rep Adam Kinzinger, three-part test


Largely as the result of a grassroots campaign, “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” (H.R. 4969) attracted the support of 69 members of the US House of Representatives in addition to that of its sponsor, Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). While the soon-to-adjourn 113th Congress did not enact the bill, the effort to gain passage of the legislation will resume anew when the 114th Congress convenes in January. Introduced with bipartisan support last June, H.R. 4969 called on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas. The limited PRB-1 pre-emption currently applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances. The FCC has indicated its reluctance to provide the same legal protections from private land-use agreements — often called covenants, conditions, and restrictions or CC&Rs — without direction from Congress. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, this week stressed that the fight is not over.

“While we are disappointed that the bill did not make it through the process during the session, the effort was extremely energized by the efforts of thousands of ARRL members who participated in our grassroots lobbying effort,” Henderson said. “In just 6 short months we gained tremendous traction for the Amateur Radio Parity Act.”

Henderson explained that sometime after the new Congress is called into session in January, a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill with a new number will be introduced into the US House. “Once this happens, the ARRL will gear up for a fresh effort to push this legislation forward,” he added.

In a note to ARRL Section Managers this week, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, thanked Section leaders and Field Organization volunteers on behalf of the ARRL Board of Directors and Headquarters staff for their help in garnering legislative support for H.R. 4969. “We had hoped to gain 30 co-sponsors for the bill and ultimately ended up with 69, plus the sponsor,” Sumner noted. “The overwhelming majority of these 70 supporters are returning in January, which gives us a good base on which to grow additional support.”

Sumner said the objective for 2015 is to continue the momentum, gathering enough support to move the bill through the Energy and Commerce Committee. “We have received expressions of interest from the Senate side and are hoping to have the bill introduced there as well,” he added.

Henderson said the bill would not have attained its current level of support in the US House without the thousands of letters and phone calls made by ARRL members to their congressional representatives. “The success of this crucial issue relies on the efforts of all radio amateurs and ARRL members,” he said. “We know you will step forward in the new year, when we renew our efforts on Capitol Hill.”

The ARRL has developed an H.R. 4969 web page that provides additional information on this subject.

via “Amateur Radio Parity Act” Campaign Will Resume in New Congress.


Although the 113th Congress failed to pass “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969), the measure gained the support of 69 congressional sponsors–many of whom are returning to the 114th Congress.  The ARRL will support the re-introduction of the bill, which would ask the “FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” clause of PRB-1 to private property owners.  The measure would permit licensed amateur radio operators more leeway in erecting antennas in areas governed by HOAs and CC&Rs.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Classified ads you may have missed in the January 2015 QST – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog

Classified ads you may have missed in the January 2015 QST

December 13, 2014 by Dan, KB6NU.

For a while there, the classified ad sections in ham magazines were getting kind of sparse. After all, it makes little sense to sell your used gear   through a classified ad in QST when it’s cheaper and quicker to sell that gear online. Lately, though, I’ve been noticing that the classified ad section in QST has been growing. In the January 2015 issue that I received the other day, there were nearly four columns of ads.

There are a lot of  cool products, services, and organizations who advertise there. Here are some that you might want to look up in the January issue:

Antique Wireless Association (AWA). I belonged to the AWA for a while, and found them to be a great organization. I enjoyed getting their newsletter, and they run a museum in upstate NY that I’d like to visit one of these days.

Southern Appalachian Radio Museum. I used to have a friend who lived in Asheville, NC, where this museum is located, and I have actually visited this museum the last time I was in Asheville, which was at least five years ago. I enjoyed my visit then, and I’m sure the museum’s gotten even better since then.

HamRadioKids.Com. This is the first time I’ve seen the ad for HamRadioKids.Com. According to their website, “Ham Radio Kids.com is a program of Albert Partlow Science Foundation. Our mission is to support the science departments of small and underprivileged schools.” It certainly seems like a mission worth supporting. I just wish they had more “case studies” on their website.

These are the ads that caught my eye this month. If I’ve left off one of your favorites, please comment below.

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via Classified ads you may have missed in the January 2015 QST – KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog.


Dan Romanchik (KB6NU) always has something interesting in his amateur radio blog.  This article is no exception.  Dan believes you can learn a lot about what’s new in Amateur Radio by reading the classified ad in “QST”, the journal of the ARRL.  He cites three ad campaigns that are worth further attention:  The Antique Wireless Association, The Southern Appalachian Radio Museum, and HamRadioKids.com  Happy hunting!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Blog relocation is complete, 10 December 2014.

Effective 10 December 2014, “KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog” has a new URL:


The change was necessary because the old URL (http://kh6jrm.com) was hacked, rendering most of the blog features inoperative.

Most of the archives and search features are good and can be used if you desire.

Thanks for your patience and understanding.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

New QSO Today Podcast – Dean Mertz – K0MKT – DMR Radio web based audio meter

New QSO Today Podcast – Dean Mertz – K0MKT – DMR Radio web based audio meter

Join Eric, 4Z1UG in his QSO Today with Dean Mertz, K0MKT. Dean and Eric have been friends for almost 40 years after meeting at the local ham radio club, in Southern California. While their lives have taken them around the World, there is always an opportunity, a few times a year, to catch up on ham radio projects and personal lives. As a software engineer and hardware tinkerer, Dean always has an inspiring project to discuss. This time its a web based audio adjustment meter, using the Beaglebone Black, for the local DMR mobile radio system.

Show Notes: http://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/k0mkt

Podcast Link:http://goo.gl/PObX19

iTunes Store: http://goo.gl/CvLNmV

Stitcher: http://goo.gl/uhf1XZ




via New QSO Today Podcast – Dean Mertz – K0MKT – DMR Radio web based audio meter.


The QSO Today Podcasts are always interesting and educational. Dean’s project is intriguing and worth investigating further.

For the latest Amateur Radio News and Events, please check out the blog sidebar.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Thanks for joining us today!

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

EP6T Iran – Kish Island DXpedition | Southgate Amateur Radio News

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Page last updated on: Tuesday, December 9, 2014



EP6T Iran – Kish Island DXpedition

The Rockall DX Group has been very busy the past few weeks and by the looks of it you have been too!

Thanks in advance to all the clubs and especially to the Northern

California DX Foundation for your confidence in the EP6T project!

The individual donor list is growing longer each day, that made us decide

to send a direct QSL card for contacts made with EP6T to all individual

contributors without any cost.

Meanwhile, Dr. Azim Fard, General Director of Radio Frequency Planning

and Licensing of the C.R.A in the Islamic Republic of Iran has given this

project a real boost. Sixty students have already passed their ham radio

exams with flying colors and will be able to receive an EP call in the

near future. 160m and 30m are not allocated to amateur radio service in

Iran, but Dr. Fard allowed us to use these bands during the EP6T Dxpedition. Unfortunately 6m shall not be used. This band is allocated to fixed, mobile and broadcasting services.

It’s fantastic to see such a high level of interest towards this project,

but on the other hand we are concerned by the small time frame in which we can work NA. Propagation predictions made for us by K6TU, tells us that the path from Iran to North America is very difficult. In contrast to other continents, the NA openings are of short duration and the signals on various frequencies are extremely weak. On low bands it might be possible that signals from W6, 7 are arriving over the long path.

Stu’s predictions will be the guiding principle for our beam direction,

but this will not be enough to get a fair continental balance.

We will keep this in mind in order to prepare a plan and to share this

with the DX community so everyone knows in advance what the appropriate time is to contact us. By doing so, YOU will hopefully give us the opportunity to work with other continents during “their opening”.

We will do our best by all means to revert your feedback to our pilots

to fit our plan the best way possible.

QRX, more info available soon on http://www.Rockall.be.

The Rockall DX Group

via EP6T Iran – Kish Island DXpedition | Southgate Amateur Radio News.


Thanks to the support of the Northern California DX Foundation and Dr. Azim Fard, General Director of Radio Frequency Planning in the Islamic Republic of Iran, the EP6T DXpedition to Kish Island is on schedule. Dr. Fard says 60 students have passed their licensing exams and are ready to operate the Kish Island amateur radio station with their own EP call signs.  Propagation to the United States could be difficult, but it’s worth a try to snag this fairly rare country on the amateur radio bands.  Good luck to everyone!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Cook Islands special 1×1 callsign | Southgate Amateur Radio News

Page last updated on: Wednesday, December 10, 2014



Cook Islands special 1×1 callsign

Andy, E51AND, says: “Cook Island’s RESIDENT hams will be allowed a special 1×1 callsign in the form E50x for use during the 50th anniversary of Self Governance in 2015.

Visitors to the island will be issued a callsign in accordance with current practice in the form E51xxx. The special call is available for use at the operator’s discretion ONLY during the period January 1st, 2015 to December 31st, 2015.”

Andy adds, “There are only 7 resident licensed hams in the entire country – 15 TINY islands in 2.25 MILLION square kilometres of the Pacific!”

Look for the following callsign to be active [no licenses issued yet, but they have verbal confirmation and expect the licenses next week]:

In the North Cooks Islands:

E50W – Warwick Latham, E51WL, on Penrhyn Atoll AKA Tongareva Atoll

(OC-082). Warwich is manly active on 6 and 10m and 10m WSPR.

In the South Cooks Islands:

E50A – Andy Duncan, E51AND, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013). He has

160-10 meters capability and operates on SSB and QRS CW.

Andy is hoping to make at least one portable operation during the year either to Palmerston Atoll (OC-124) or Pukapuka Atoll (OC-098). Both are difficult and expensive to reach (esp Puka) with VERY uncertain in/out transportation . . . . RSGB IOTA will be notified if it comes together.

E50B – Bob Walker, E51BQ, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013); SSB.

E50D – Desmond Clarke, E51DD, on Aitutaki Island (OC-083). Des’

antennas were recently destroyed in a Category 5 Cyclone, but he hopes to be on the air in the New Year with a Butternut vertical mainly on the low bands.

E50J – Jim Ditchburn, E51JD, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013); SSB.

E50K – Kat Cheval, E51CK/E51KC, the only resident YL on Rarotonga

Island (OC-013); SSB. Kat is rarely on due to the “instant on” and overwhelming pile-ups she routinely experiences — multiplied exponentially when a YL gets on the air. Kat is also the XYL of Andy, E51AND.

E50V – Victor Rivera, E51CG, on Rarotonga Island (OC-013). Activity will be on SSB; he does have 6 meters capability.

ADDED NOTES: Andy, E51AND, states [edited], “NONE of the residents are DXers/Contesters, but rather more ‘rag chewers’ LOL — and none of us (except possibly E50W) have digital mode capability — so be patient with us!!! LOL… It is noteworthy that the islands are VERY isolated, internet bandwidth is VERY limited and very expensive, and tech support unheard of . . . . so, at the moment, none of us use LoTW or eQSL — though I (Andy) am working on getting DX Lab up and running and connecting to LoTW — sure could use an Elmer though!!!! LOL — IF I can make it work, E50A and E50K will have LoTW and eQSL capability at some time in the New Year.”


via Cook Islands special 1×1 callsign | Southgate Amateur Radio News.


This could be an exciting radio adventure for both the seven licensed hams on these tiny islands and the thousands of worldwide hams trying to reach them.  As the article points out, none of the amateur radio operators in the Cook Islands is a contester or has access to high speed internet. So, each contact must be done the old fashioned way–listen, listen, listen, and then call.  The temporary call signs will be used between 01 January-31 December 2015, commemorating the 50th anniversary of self-governance.  Good luck!

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Aloha es73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

The January Issue of Digital QST is Now Available

The January Issue of Digital QST is Now Available

TAGS: amateur radio, centennial, Enjoy Content, issue, new technology, Print Edition…, qst, video overview




QST celebrates the first month of its centennial year with an issue devoted to DIY—Do It Yourself – featuring four fascinating projects:

• Build a five-way remote antenna switch

• Try a hybrid HF transmitter that mixes old and new technology

• Build a 1.25 kW solid-state amplifier for 160 through 2 meters

• Discover the magic of WSPR with an innovative 30-meter transmitter

Enjoy Content You Won’t Find in the Print Edition…

• A video overview of the Beko-Elektronik HLV-1100 70-centimeter amplifier

• A video overview of the MFJ-223 vector impedance antenna analyzer

Every issue of QST is filled with the news and features you need to keep active in Amateur Radio. Enjoy this issue!


via The January Issue of Digital QST is Now Available.


The January 2015 digital edition of “QST” focuses on four do-it-yourself (DIY) projects:

A remote antenna switch; a HF hybrid transmitter; A 1.25 KW solid state amplifier covering 160 through 2 meters; and a 30 meter WSPR transmitter.

The digital edition also contains videos and extended articles not found in the print edition of “QST.”  ARRL members can subscribe to the digital edition by visiting http://www.arrl.org.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check the articles on the blog sidebar. These news feeds are update daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

New URL for KH6JRM’s Amateur Radio Blog.

This blog has a new URL  address, effective 07 December 2014:




Because this blog was hacked, I’ve been unable to restore many administrative functions, including deletion of the old URL (http://kh6jrm.com).  So, I’ve moved as much of my data as possible to the new URL address.  You can still search this site for old posts and antenna articles.  Thanks for your patience and understanding.


Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Web blog update. Post #4745, dated 05 December 2014.

Over the past few months, this blog has experienced considerable difficulty in publishing posts.  I was informed in late November that “the author” had deleted this blog.  I never deleted this blog.  Apparently, my website was “hacked”, eliminating much of my ability to post updates or retrieve archived files.

Until I get the situation resolved, I’m using my Amateur Radio Antenna Topics site (http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com) to carry my Amateur Radio and antenna news.

Most of the features carried by this blog will be found in link form on my antenna blog.

You can continue to view Amateur Radio news and events by checking on the blog sidebars.

You can still use the site search function for past news and antenna articles.

So, for now, you can find me at–http://kh6jrm.blogspot.com.

I’m working to restore this site as soon as possible.

‘Never a dull moment.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).





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