Tony’s 10 Metre Band Report


Tony’s 10 Metre Band Report.

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Tony (G4CJC) has done another outstanding job of putting 10 meters in the Amateur Radio spotlight.  His report is thorough, easy to read, and most fascinating.  According to Tony, the week’s top DX draw was the K1N Navassa Island operation.  Other tasty DX catches included E41MT (Palestine), VU2CPL (India), JW9JKA (Svalbard), 9K54NLD (Kuwait), and EH5ANT (Spain).

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Propagation de K7RA


Propagation de K7RA.

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No trip to your ham shack would be complete without checking the propagation forecast from Tad Cook (K7RA).  Tom and his worldwide network of volunteers deliver an accurate and timely report of solar weather conditions, so you can make the most efficient use of your time behind the mic or key.

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Please excuse the lack of reports this week–my trusty HP Pavilion Slimline PC lost a power supply earlier this week and I’ve been using an older Compaq PC to maintain my various Hawaii news and Amateur Radio blogs.

Thanks for joining us today!

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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

12/15/2014

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.

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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.

Share this!

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

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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:

http://kh6jrm.net.

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).

EP6T Iran – Kish Island DXpedition | Southgate Amateur Radio News


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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.

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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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