“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).

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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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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).

Celebrating the ARRL’s centennial year


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Celebrating the ARRL’s centennial year

From 26 November to 2nd December 2014 look for the following stations to be active to celebrate ARRL’s centennial year:

W1AW/3 will be operated by Karl N8NA, located in Wilmington, New Castle County, State of Delaware.

W1AW/5 will be operated by Scott W5WZ, located in Calhoun, Ouachita County, State of Louisiana.

W1AW/KP4 will be operated by Felipe NP4Z, located in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

QSLs preferred via LoTW

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W1AW will be transitioning to three new suffixes for the latter portion of the 2014 Centennial year.  W1AW will be operating from Louisiana, Delaware, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico between 26 November 2014 and 02 December 2014.  The W1AW portable operation is part of the ARRL Centennial QSO Party.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

W1AW Centennial Operations Moving to Delaware, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico


W1AW Centennial Operations Moving to Delaware, Louisiana, and Puerto Rico

TAGS: 50 states, appointees, Arkansas, ARRL Centennial QSO, ARRL Centennial W1AW, arrl members, Centennial QSO Party, Connecticut, evening, Florida, hq staff, leader boards, Logbook, lotw, Louisiana, participants, place, plaque, portable operations, puerto rico, QSO Party leader, QSO Party points, time zones, utc, W1AW Award, Wednesday, work W1AW, Working W1AW/x, year-long operating event

11/24/2014

The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Florida and Arkansas. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, November 26 (the evening of November 25 in US time zones), to Delaware (W1AW/3), Louisiana (W1AW/5), and Puerto Rico (W1AW/KP4). So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week, and by year’s end W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice.

The ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked off January 1 for a year-long operating event in which participants can accumulate points and win awards. The event is open to all, although only ARRL members and appointees, elected officials, HQ staff and W1AW are worth ARRL Centennial QSO Party points.

Working W1AW/x from each state is worth 5 points per mode/contact, even when working the same state during its second week of activity.

To earn the “Worked all States with W1AW Award,” work W1AW operating portable from all 50 states. (Working W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut does not count for Connecticut. Participants must work W1AW/1 in Connecticut.) A W1AW WAS certificate and plaque will be available.

An ARRL Centennial QSO Party leader board shows participants how many points they have accumulated in the Centennial QSO Party and in the W1AW WAS operations. Log in using your Logbook of The World (LoTW) user name and password, and your position will appear at the top of the leader boards. Results are updated daily, based on contacts entered into LoTW.

 

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The final push for the ARRL Centennial Award is underway, with W1AW Centennial stations shifting to Delaware (W1AW/3), Louisiana (W1AW/5), and Puerto Rico (W1AW/KP4), beginning 0000 UTC, 26 November 2014. The event is part of a year-long ARRL Centennial QSO Party, which began on 01 January 2014.  Results and standings are being posted daily to The Logbook of The World (LoTW).  Good luck!

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 27-28


ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed on November 27-28

TAGS: arrl audio news, arrl headquarters, arrl letter, edition, enjoyable holiday, Friday, thanksgiving holiday, Thursday

11/24/2014

ARRL Headquarters will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 27-28. The ARRL Letter will not be published on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 27, and there will be no edition of ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 28.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday!

 

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ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

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Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

DX News from the ARRL


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The American Radio Relay League’s round-up of the forthcoming week’s DX activity

on the amateur radio bands

DX News from the ARRL

21 November, 2014

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by AJ9C, VU3DSI, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. Tony, KM0O will be QRV as 3W3O from Da Nang from November 25 to December 24. Activity is on all bands. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Operators Vadim, R9DX, Serge, UA8DX and Igor, UA9CDC will be QRV as 8Q7DV from Sun Island, IOTA AS-013, from November 24 to December 4. Activity is on the HF bands with a main focus on the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via R9DX.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, A6. Dave, N4QS is QRV as A6/N4QS from Dubai until November 26. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

EASTER ISLAND, CE0. Gerben, PG5M will be QRV as CE0/PG5M from November 23 to 28. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW. QSL via operator’s instructions.

JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND, CE0. Felipe, CE5WQO is QRV as CE0Z/CE5WQO until November 27. QSL direct via KA3LKM.

NEW CALEDONIA, FK. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ is QRV as FK/JA0JHQ from Noumea, IOTA OC-032, until November 23. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters depending on conditions. QSL to home call.

GRENADA, J3. Rob, DL7VOA is QRV as J34O until December 6. Activity is holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using mainly CW. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL to home call.

ANTARCTICA. Ron, K6REF is currently QRV as K6REF/KC4 from the US Yesterday Camp on the Ross Ice Shelf, Antarctica for about two weeks. QSL via operator’s instructions.

AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Masa, JH3PRR will be QRV as KH8B from Tutuila Island, IOTA OC-045, from November 24 to December 1. Activity will be mainly on 160 meters but on all bands during the upcoming CQ  World Wide DX CW contest. QSL direct to home call.

ANTIGUA, VP2E. Rich, KE1B and Anna, W6NN will be QRV as VP2EAQ and VP2EAR, respectively, from November 23 to December 1. Activity will be holiday style on 40 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home calls.

INDIA, VU. Datta, VU3DSI is QRV as special event station AU2JCB until December 9 to commemorate the birthday of Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters using SSB and FM. QSL to home call.

INDONESIA, YB. Juergen, DL7UVO and Burkhard, DL3KZA are QRV as YB9/home calls from Komodo Island, IOTA OC-151m, until November 27.

Activity is on the HF bands using CW and SSB. The islands are part of the Komodo National Park, WWFF YBFF-027. QSL to home call.

NICARAGUA, YN. Mike, AJ9C will be QRV as YN2CC from November 25 to December 3. Activity will be on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide DX CW contest. QSL via operator’s instructions.

SOUTH SUDAN, Z8. Massimo, IZ0EGB is currently QRV as Z81B from Juba. He is active on 40 to 6 meters using SSB. His length of stay is unknown. QSL to home call.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS

W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/4 in Florida and W1AW/5 in Arkansas are QRV until 2359z on November 25. In addition, W1AW/3 in Delaware, W1AW/5 in Louisiana and W1AW/KP4 in Puerto Rico will be QRV starting at 0000z on November 26. They will be active until 2359z on December 2

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO

The NCCC RTTY Sprint, QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC Sprint, YO International 80-Meter PSK31 Contest and the LZ DX Contest are all on tap for this upcoming weekend.

The SKCC CW Sprint and CWops Mini-CWT CW Test are scheduled for November 26.

Please see November QST, page 86 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

 

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Another good source of DX information is the ARRL’s “DX News.”  Among the tempting DX targets this week are:  Viet Nam (3W), Maldives (8Q), United Arab Emirates (A6), and New Caledonia (FK).  Those pursuing the DXCC Award will find this weekly list most helpful.

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

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

Working Red Badge Holders Could Be Key to Boosting Your Centennial QSO Party Totals


Working Red Badge Holders Could Be Key to Boosting Your Centennial QSO Party Totals

 

11/19/2014

It’s getting down to crunch time: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party ends in just about 6 weeks! If you’ve been procrastinating about building your point totals to the certificate level, two more major opportunities to put some serious points into your log lie just ahead. Red Badge Days will take place Saturday, November 22, and on Wednesday, December 31.

The final point levels for Centennial QSO Party awards have been established. Participants will need 1000 points to qualify for a first-level certificate, 3000 points for a second-level certificate, 7500 points for a third-level certificate, and 15,000 points for a top-level award certificate.

As of November 13, 13,000 participants had attained 1000 points in the QSO points Challenge, and 7000 ops had reached the 3000-point level. Two DXpeditions hold first and third places, respectively, in the Challenge. The FT5ZM DXpedition garnered 217,410 points, Mark Wilson, K1RO, in New Hampshire, has 170,114 points, and the recent VK9DLX operation accumulated 149,633 points.

The next ARRL “Red Badges on the Air” activity gets underway at 0000 UTC on Saturday, November 22 (starting on the evening of Friday, November 21, in US time zones). ARRL officers, elected officials such as Director or Section Manager, as well as Headquarters staffers and volunteers, and other members of the ARRL family will be out in force on both occasions. Contacts with red badge wearers are worth as much as 300 points per contact for working ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. Many stations will try to keep their contacts short; the minimum exchange is a signal report, and any ARRL office, appointment, or member abbreviation is optional.

These events are considered activity days, not contests, and operation is permitted on all bands. Participants can call “CQ ARRL Centennial QSO Party” on phone or “CQ CENT” on CW or digital modes. While the focus is to encourage ARRL red badge holders to hand out Centennial QSO Party points, all activity is welcome, regardless of point value.

ARRL members are worth at least one point in the Centennial QSO Party. Participants get credit for each band/mode contact, regardless of point value. ARRL Centennial QSO Party participants can use the leader board to determine how many points they have accumulated.

Other high-value contacts include: President Emeritus (PE) or Past President (PP), 275 points; Honorary Vice President (HVP) or ARRL Vice President (VP), 250 points; Director (DIR), Director Emeritus (DE), or Past Vice President (PVP), 225 points; Vice Director (VD), 200 points; Section Manager (SM), 175 points; ARRL officer (OFF) or Past Director (PD), 150 points, and Past Vice Director (PV), 125 points. W100AW, Charter Life Member (CLM), or Past Section Manager (PSM) contacts are worth 100 points.

ARRL Headquarters department managers (DM), 75 points; ARRL Headquarters staffers/volunteers, (HQ), 50 points; Assistant Director (AD), 40 points, and NCJ Editor and QST columnists, 30 points.

 

 

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The ARRL Centennial QSO Party  ends in 6 weeks.  You still have an excellent chance to snag some valuable points for your certificate if you work ARRL staffers, directors, section managers, or other ARRL personnel during two “Red Badge” operating days.  Those days are Saturday, 22 November 2014 and Wednesday, 31 December 2014.  It’s not too late to get that once-in-a-lifetime ARRL Centennial QSO Certificate.

For the latest Amateur Radio news and events, please check out the blog sidebars.  These news feeds are updated daily.

Aloha es 73 de Russ (KH6JRM).

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