News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
next club meeting will be
Thursday, November 21 at 7pm at the First United Methodist Church, 45 N
Manning in Hillsdale (map).
Park in city lot F and use the east entrance off the alley to the
Fellowship Hall in the basement. This
is an important meeting because we will be electing officers for next year. We need to have a quorum (at least 1/3 of membership) present
in order to hold the elections.
Club officer elections will be held at the November 21 club meeting.
If you are interested in becoming a club officer, check the club
constitution for information about officer duties and the election
procedures. Feel free to
contact me or any of the current club officers for more information.
New faces, ideas and energy are always welcome.
your calendars for Friday, December 20 as the tentative date for the club Christmas
party. More information
will be forthcoming.
Club membership currently stands at 18 as of October 31.
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.
activities ground to a complete halt as the federal government shut down
on October 1. This included
functions at the commission's Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, facility, which
handles all Amateur Radio licensing transactions, as well as the FCC's
main website and the Amateur
Radio call sign database (ULS). The
FCC sprang promptly back to life October 17 after Congress resolved the
government funding crisis. (ARRL
PRB-1 legislation was recently re-introduced in the Michigan
Senate. The bill would put
state law in sync with FCC regulations with respect to encumbrances to
antenna structures. A similar
bill died in committee at the end of the last legislative session in
December. ARRL Michigan Section
Manager Larry Camp WB8R and State Government Liaison Ed Hude WA8QJE issued a
request to amateurs to contact members of the Energy
and Technology Committee requesting quick action on the bill.
to follow the progress of the Senate Bill 0493.
November 5 is Election Day. Although
there are no county-wide races or issues, there may be other items to vote
on depending on your precinct. Visit
Voter Information Center to check if you are registered and find other
election information, including a map to your polling place and a sample
ballot. Be sure to get out and
exercise your right to vote.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party is set to kick off January 1 for a
year-long operating event in which participants can accumulate points and
win awards in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the ARRL. During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every state (at
least twice) and most US territories, and it will be easy to work all states
solely by contacting W1AW portable operations.
The event is open to all, although only ARRL members and appointees,
elected officials, HQ staff and W1AW are worth points.
new electronic publication, The
Spectrum Monitor, will begin publication after the Monitoring
Times publishes its final issue in December.
Charter subscriptions are available until December 15 for $20 for
twelve issues, a $4 savings. (ARRL
story) Monitoring Times
announced earlier this year that it was ceasing publication after a 33 year
run and the retirement of its publisher, Bob Grove, W8JHD.
October 15, the ARRL.net email forwarding service was transitioned to
a new provider. POBox.com, with
headquarters in Philadelphia, PA, has taken over operations for this popular
ARRL member benefit. (ARRL
FCC has dismissed a petition that sought to expand Technician privileges
in the 10 meter band. The Toledo
Mobile Radio Association, sponsors of the Toledo
hamfest, had asked the Commission last June to expand the spectrum
available to Technician licensees on 10 meters to include operating
privileges in the FM portion of the band.
Novice and Technician licensees now may operate on 10 meters from
28.000 to 28.500 MHz. (ARRL
US Senate confirmed the White House nomination of venture capitalist and
industry insider Thomas Wheeler, a Democrat, to be FCC chairman.
He succeeds Julius Genachowski, who stepped down in June.
The Senate also confirmed Michael O'Rielly as a commissioner to one
of the two Republican seats on the commission.
The confirmations bring the commission up to its full complement of
five commissioners. (ARRL
Weather Channel, for
the second year, will name snowstorms and blizzards.
The storm-naming criteria are based on National Weather Service
thresholds for winter-weather warnings.
The criteria also are based on the storm’s expected impact on
highly populated metro areas or over a large geographic region.
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
FCC License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
N8DCC TROMBLEY, EDMOND R upgraded to Extra from Technician
FCC Enforcement News
FCC fined a Missouri man $500 for transmitting on 14.312 MHz without a
license. The FCC said it
affirmed that the man had violated Section 301 of the Communications Act of
FCC fined an Alaska CBer $500 for “willfully and repeatedly” operating a
non-certificated CB transmitter with an RF linear amplifier which, the
Commission said violated federal law and its rules. (ARRL
7 – Board Meeting
9 – Ham Breakfast
16 & 17 – Fort
21 – Club Meeting & Officer Elections
5 – Board Meeting
14 – Ham Breakfast
20 – Christmas party
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