News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
next club meeting will be
Thursday, September 19 at 7pm at a location to be announced. The board is investigating moving the meetings to a different
location. A meeting notice will
be sent out via email and updated information will be posted on the club
Club membership currently stands at 18 as of September 1.
Membership application is available here
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.
Tastes of Life restaurant in
Hillsdale got a nice
review on Mlive.com, which was published soon after we visited there for
breakfast on August 10. The
proceeds from the nonprofit establishment benefit Life
Challenge of Michigan, a Christian-based organization that works to help
adults overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol.
The Club Potluck Picnic that was originally scheduled for August 15 was
canceled due to a low number of RSVPs.
There were 9 respondents total and the committee felt that this was
not enough to justify the effort of putting on the event.
County ham John Sanger W8QGP, of
Litchfield, became a Silent Key on August 9.
to view the obituary.
membership certificates commemorating the League’s 100th anniversary in 2014 now are
available. Members logged onto
the League’s website can generate their own certificates or cards online
for printing. (ARRL
ham avoided serious injury or
worse in Edmonton, Alberta, after falling from a ham radio tower he was
disassembling. The man was
wearing a harness and fell backward from the tower and became trapped about
35 feet in the air. (ARRL
Obama has nominated Republican Mike O’Rielly to fill a vacant seat on the Federal
Communications Commission. O’Rielly
would fill the remainder of the term expiring June 30, 2014, that had been
held by Robert McDowell, who resigned.
predict that the sun’s magnetic
field is about to flip, according to a NASA Science article.
The celestial event may mark the midpoint of the current solar cycle
24. “It looks like we’re no
more than 3 to 4 months away from a complete field reversal,” the article
quotes solar physicist Todd Hoeksema, the director of Stanford
University’s Wilcox Solar Observatory.
“This change will have ripple effects throughout the solar
system.” As the article
explains, the sun’s magnetic field switches polarity approximately every
11 years at the peak of each solar cycle.
The pending reversal means we’re halfway through the current cycle.
fee for an Amateur Radio vanity call
sign rose from $15 to $16.10 effective August 23. The FCC had previously proposed to raise the fee to $15.20,
but when the final Report and Order in MD Docket 13-140 was released on
August 12, the Commission offered no explanation for the higher fee. (ARRL
story) Earlier, the FCC had
said that the fee would go into effect in Mid-September.
Michiana ARC Hamfest, originally
scheduled for September 7 in South Bend, has been canceled according to a
posting on the ARRL hamfest search webpage.
Radio in Space
Japanese cargo spacecraft delivered an Amateur
Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) digital TV transmitter
to the ISS on August 9. Installation
will be done by US astronaut Michael Hopkins KF5LJG. The gear will be commissioned this fall, possibly at the end
of October. (ARRL
CubeSats, carrying SSB/CW and FM
voice transponders are scheduled to be launched into a 600 km orbit during
the first half of 2014. The
QB50 project team has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AMSAT-UK,
AMSAT-Francophone and AMSAT-NL to enable two Amateur Radio payloads to fly
on two yet-to-be-named CubeSats. (ARRL
FCC License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
FCC Enforcement News
FCC cited DNJ Radio of Fremont, California, for violating its rules by
marketing non-certified amplifiers and kits via its Internet website.
The FCC’s San Francisco office investigated complaints and
confirmed that DNJ Radio was offering for sale non-certified RM Italy linear
amplifiers and amplifier kits capable of operation with both 10 & 11
meter transceivers. (ARRL
story) The FCC also cited
Radio Master, a Texas CB shop catering to truckers, for illegally marketing
unauthorized RF devices. (ARRL
5 – Board Meeting
7 – Grand
Rapids Area Hamfest
7 – Michiana
ARC Hamfest ***CANCELED***
8 – Findlay
15 – Adrian
19 – Club Meeting
20 – Kalamazoo
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