News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
This month the Ham Breakfast will
be held on Saturday, July 13 at 8am at the Hillsdale Rural Fire Department,
2323 W Bacon Rd just west of Hillsdale (map).
The fire department is hosting their second annual car show and
benefit breakfast. The cost for
breakfast is $5 for all-you-can-eat either sausage and biscuits or pancakes
and sausage. Drinks included. In
case the HRFD breakfast is postponed due to weather, we will move our
breakfast to Tastes
of Life (formally Warners Family Restaurant), 3380 Beck Rd in Hillsdale
Another Field Day has come and gone.
We had 25 participants total, 15 hams and 10 others.
We made 191 total contacts, including 156 phone and 35 digital.
Special congratulations to eleven-year-old Rachel Sprow, who made 23
contacts. Thanks to Dan and
Brenda for allowing the use of their home for our event.
Thanks to everyone that brought equipment, donated food and money and
contributed in so many other ways. A
special thanks to Brenda, Angie and Kerry for all the work they did
preparing the food. It was
great! Be sure to mark your calendar for next year, when Field Day
will be held on June 28-29, 2014.
Club membership stands at 18 as of July 1.
Two hams joined during Field Day.
Membership application is available here.
Volunteers 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 at 7pm every Monday on the
147.06 MHz repeater.
ARRL Section Outing will be held on July 11-14 at the Woodlands
Conference Center & Campgrounds in Hale (map).
It's a 4-day fun-filled event hosted by your ARRL
Michigan Section Staff involving fun events for the whole family.
Camping, RVing, canoeing, horseshoes, volleyball, softball, boating,
swimming facilities are available all day every day of the outing for your
pleasure. The event is free to
attend, although campsites and beds in the Bunkhouse have a nominal charge.
Motels and Bed-and-Breakfasts are available just a short drive away.
Meals are potluck but a main course will be provided.
Donations are accepted to help cover costs. You can stop by for just a day or stay for the entire event.
Click here for more information.
Michigan Amateur Radio Club is holding their outdoor hamfest
on Saturday, July 27 at 8am at the Holt
Christian Church, 2424 S Washington in Lansing (map).
I don’t usually plug hamfests, but they asked real nice! (hamfest
The FCC is seeking comments regarding a proceeding to
reassess the limits and policies governing exposure to radio frequency (RF)
electromagnetic fields. The
comment period includes a special 60 day extension until November 1, due to
the complexity of the proceeding and underscores the Commission’s desire
for specific information on the costs and benefits related to the RF
exposure issue. (ARRL
A portion of the 33 centimeter band (902-928 MHz ) may
become less useful to amateurs in urban areas as a result of an FCC Order.
The FCC has given Progeny
LMS, LLC consent to begin commercial operation of its
multilateration location and monitoring service (M-LMS) in the upper portion
of the band. According to the
FCC, Progeny’s location service is designed to operate on approximately 4
megahertz, about one-half of the M-LMS portions of the band between 919.750
and 927.750 MHz, where Progeny holds licenses.
144 years after Samuel Morse sent the first telegram in
Washington, the world’s final telegram will be sent in India on
July 14, 2013. Telegraph
services ended in the United States seven years ago, but in India the
century-and-a-half old communication medium is still widely used to send
messages. Once the world’s
fastest form of communication, telegrams can no longer compete with text
messaging and smartphones. (Fox
The FCC this week extended until July 24 the deadline to file
reply comments in its proceeding to allow unlicensed National Information
Infrastructure (U-NII) devices at 5 GHz (ARRL
story). The FCC in
February sought comment on making available an additional 195 megahertz of
spectrum in the 5.35-5.47 GHz and 5.85-5.925 GHz bands for U-NII use (ARRL
comments are responses to comments already filed in the proceeding.
A new version of Trusted QSL (TQSL) software for
Logbook of The World (LoTW) is available to users.
TQSL v. 1.14.1 may be
downloaded from the LoTW page. (ARRL
story) The software
had previously been released in May as v1.14 (ARRL
story), but problems surfaced that are corrected in newest version (ARRL
The FCC is inviting public comments on a proposal from a
Massachusetts ham to amend Amateur Service rules to permit encryption of
certain amateur communications during emergency operations or related
training exercises. It will
remain open for comment until July 7. (ARRL
The GB3WGI Transatlantic 144MHz amateur radio beacon
went live at 1600 GMT on the 4th of June in time for the peak of the 2013
Sporadic E season. The beacon
runs 100 Watts EIRP in CW and JT65b modes on 144.487MHz and is located in
the West of Northern Ireland (IO64bl).
The plan is to apply for an increase in EIRP in due course. The beacon's function is to provide an early warning of
144MHz Transatlantic propagation on the Europe to USA path as a complement
to the existing 144MHz Transatlantic beacon network in the USA which
provides alerts on the USA to Europe path.
FCC License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
None in June
FCC Enforcement News
The FCC cited an Omaha, Nebraska based online retailer
for marketing unauthorized RF devices, including 10 and 12 meter amplifiers
capable of putting out up to 8200 watts, in violation of FCC rules.
An FCC Citation and Order dated June 6 orders Enterprise Group Inc,
doing business as ePowerAmps, to immediately stop advertising, marketing and
selling “all unauthorized radio frequency devices, specifically modified
Citizens Band (CB) radios and non-certified radio frequency (RF) amplifiers
for use in the 10-12 meter bands.”
The FCC has assessed Remel Inc and its parent company
Thermo Fisher Scientific Company Inc $30,000 for “willful and repeated”
unlawful radio operations on a General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) frequency
for more than 9 years. GMRS is
a land mobile radio service available to individuals for “short-distance,
two-way communication to facilitate the activities of licensees and their
immediate family members.” GMRS
licenses are only available to individuals.
11-14 – Michigan
Summer Family Outing
July 13 – Ham Breakfast at Hillsdale Rural Fire Department
July 18 – Board Meeting
21 – Van
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