ARRL General Bulletin ARLB016 (2014)

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.


Here’s the official ARRL Bulletin concerning the new FCC fee for a 10-year vanity call sign.  According to the ARRL, the $5.30 increase “represents the largest raise vanity fee hike in many years.”  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for HR 4969 – ARRL

Webinar Helps to Build Ham Community Cohesion, Momentum for HR 4969
An August 13 webinar on “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” — H.R.


According to the ARRL, the 13 August 2014 Webinar on “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (H.R. 4969) attracted 450 online participants who wanted to learn more about the bipartisan measure and how they could help get the bill passed.  During the webinar, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay (W3KD) and ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco (N2YBB) discussed the measure and what it would mean to ARRL members and local communities.  According to Lisenco, getting the bill passed is a matter of building consensus, and he feels that the time to act is now.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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Radio World: Five Questions: Cris Alexander

Radio World TechBytes talks to Cris Alexander about broadcast engineering’s future and its challenges


Thanks to reporter David Hall for sending me to this story.  As a former broadcast technician and news director for Pacific Radio Group (Hawaii Island), the challenges outlined by Cris Alexander, the director of engineering for Crawford Broadcasting Company, certainly ring true.  According to Alexander, these are some of the challenges broadcast engineers are now facing:

1.  The integration of the personal computer into the broadcast infrastructure.

2.  Finding qualified personnel in the RF field.

3.  The disappearance of “Legacy Technologies” and the full integration of computer and IT into the broadcast plant.

4.  Finding competent and available tower contractors.

5.  Keeping employees current in terms of training and technologies.

6.  Becoming more professional in dress, speech, and communications skills.


When I first started working in commercial and university radio back in 1967, I was fortunate to have experienced, licensed engineers (remember the 1st phone license from the FCC?) guide me in the art of maintaining a commercial and nonprofit radio station.  Some of my engineering mentors were amateur radio operators and proved valuable later on when I needed help in getting my novice amateur radio license.  These early mentors in my commercial and amateur radio “careers” emphasized the need for continuous training, updated equipment, and basic electronics skills.   Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).




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Hilariously Useless Comments About Science from the US Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is not composed of scientists. We’ve seen this before. But they do end up hearing a lot of cases that involve science, and are forced to describe the concepts and technology before them. They do not always rise to the challenge.


This article on the technological and scientific shortcomings of the U.S. Supreme Court is both humorous and, sadly, frightening.  Author Katharine Trendacosta does a good job of explaining  how Supreme Court Justices try to understand and rule on the rapid technological developments that are changing society.  Sometimes, their arguments involve convoluted arguments that could better be expressed with plain English.  Other times, their view reflects a scientific naivete that is simply astounding.  All of this could be funny until you realize the court’s decisions will affect science, technology, and even Amateur Radio.  Take the “Amateur Radio Parity Act 2014 (HR.4969)” for instance.  Legislators with little or no knowledge of physics, propagation, or basic communications technology will try to force the FCC into rewriting the rules regarding ham antennas on private property.  While many of us amateur radio operators consider this a good thing, considering the presence of TV antennas, satellite dishes, and even broadcast antennas on some privately-owned buildings, the average citizen has no interest in amateur radio and relegates hams into the same group as CB operators.  For many citizens outside the orbit of amateur radio, any amateur radio antenna is considered an “eyesore” that will reduce property values. I’ve seen this NIMBY (not in my backyard) attitude  on Hawaii Island where people oppose cell phone towers, while complaining about poor cell phone reception in their neighborhoods.  These people have no understanding of how communications systems operate, and, more frequently, just don’t care as long as the antenna isn’t near them.  So, when this kind of attitude results in lawsuits, amateur radio operators have to spend a lot of time educating  people who should know better.  I’m amazed that our judicial system functions as well as it does, considering the scientific ignorance that pervades daily life. Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR … – ARRL

Centennial Convention Provides Springboard for “Amateur Radio Parity Act,” HR …


The “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 (HR.4969)  got a final send off during closing ceremonies of the ARRL National Centennial Convention in Hartford, Connecticut.  The bi-partisan measure would mandate the FCC to extend the “reasonable accommodation” clause of PRB-1 to private land-use restrictions regarding antennas.  Currently, PRB-1 applies only to state and municipal land-use ordinances.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 could help homeowners erect antennas

The National Association for Amateur Radio (ARRL) is asking for immediate grassroots support of H.R.


Some more background information on the bipartisan House Resolution known as the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.”  ARRL President Kay Craigie has asked amateur radio operators to support the measure, which could give some relief from restrictive antenna regulation in HOAs and CC & R-controlled housing.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

HOW RADIO WORKS – 1943 – YouTube

The theory and operation of early radio


Thanks to reporter David Hall for sharing this outstanding, if somewhat dated, tutorial on basic radio.  This video would be nice to show at  amateur radio license classes–to show them how far radio has come since the mid-point of World War II.  At the very least, this video is worth adding to your library.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur … – ARRL

ARRL President Issues Call to Action to Gain Support for HR.4969 Amateur …
How can Amateur Radio thrive, if more and more Americans cannot have reasonable antennas at home?


ARRL President Kay Craigie (N3KN) has made a video appeal to all amateur radio operators in the United States to support the bi-partisan HR4969, which would require the FCC to extend coverage of PRB-1 to restrictive housing and property covenants, such as HOAs and CC&Rs.  Currently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Paul Hadlow – Don’t forget, if your an amateur radio… | Facebook

Don’t forget, if your an amateur radio operator, Facebook now allows you to have your call sign as your nickname and show up on your profile.

So if your…


This is another way to show your involvement in Amateur Radio.  Thanks to Paul Hadlow and Richard (NW7OR)  for making this possible.  When I opened my Facebook account, I included my amateur radio call sign as part of my bio.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

Amateur Radio Parity Act – ARRL

Amateur Radio Parity Act
… HR 4969 – the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” – was introduced into the 113th Congress.


ARRL Headquarters is asking amateur radio operators in the United States to support bipartisan House Resolution 4969–the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014.”  The measure would mandate that the FCC extend “reasonable” provisions for amateur radio antennas to include “all land use regulation, including deed regulations and restrictive covenants“–better known as HOAs and CC & Rs.  Aloha de Russ (KH6JRM).

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