News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
The next club
meeting will be Thursday, February 19 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 and follow
the signs. As part of the meeting
we will conduct special elections to fill vacant leadership positions and
complete our annual meeting. The
program will feature Hillsdale County 911/Central Dispatch and Emergency
Management Director Doug Sanford N8WFB talking about the upcoming severe
weather season, as well as an update on activities at Central
Dispatch and Emergency
The January club meeting was attended by only six
members, not enough for a quorum. No
official business could be transacted, including the annual meeting as
required by our constitution
and leadership elections to fill two vacant positions.
The program was the year in review, a discussion of ham radio
activities in 2014.
Six hardy souls braved frigid temperatures to attend the January
ham breakfast at the Coffee Shop in North Adams.
Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 4 at 6pm at the First
United Methodist Church, 45 N Manning in Hillsdale (map).
Club membership stands at 20 as of January 31. One new member has joined for 2015 and 10 members have renewed. Nine members are in the grace period.
Membership Dues For 2015
Club membership dues for 2015 are due.
You must renew by March 31 to maintain your membership status.
Rates are unchanged from last year and are $15 for regular membership,
$5 for household membership (additional members in same household after first
member pays regular rate) and free for students.
All members are asked to fill out an updated membership
application as part of the renewal process.
Dues can be paid by cash or check at club events or mailed to club
treasurer Joe Gosla KD8UJS, 2175 Blackmer Drive, Jonesville, MI 49250.
Make checks payable to Hillsdale County Amateur Radio Club or HCARC.
Congratulations to two new hams in the county.
Donald Norment KE8ACP and Jacqueline Wilkins
Norment KE8ACQ were both granted Technician licenses on January 2.
Hillsdale County Active Licenses Increase in 2014
There were 135 active amateur radio licenses in
Hillsdale County at the end of the year, based on data pulled from the FCC
Universal Licensing System (ULS).
This is up five from last years total of 130 (corrected from 133).
Keep in mind that an active license doesn’t necessarily mean an
active ham. Active licenses may
include Silent Keys, hams that have moved out of the county and not updated
their address with the FCC and inactive hams.
Also included in the active total are 13 licenses that are within the
two-year grace period for renewal. Not
included in the total are any hams that moved to the county and did not update
their address with the FCC. Click
view a map of active licenses.
Michigan Passes Antenna Accommodation Legislation
Ten years of work within the ARRL Michigan
Section have culminated in an Amateur Radio antenna bill that mirrors the
“reasonable accommodation” provisions of the PRB-1
federal pre-emption policy. Michigan
Governor Rick Snyder signed Senate Bill 0493 into law on January 15, creating
Public Act 556. ARRL Michigan
Section Manager Larry Camp WB8R said Michigan is the 31st state to have a
PRB-1 bill on its books. (ARRL
FCC Paperless License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17
Starting February 17, the FCC no
longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio
applicants and licensees. The
Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio
license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal
Licensing System, although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard
copy licenses. The new procedures
will save at least $304,000 a year. (ARRL
ARRL Centennial “Most Extraordinary Event”
As the ARRL’s Centennial drew to
a close, ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN reflected that the year-long
celebration helped to rejuvenate Amateur Radio by including as many people as
possible, providing lots of on-the-air fun, and promoting learning and doing.
She also believes that the spirit of the Centennial will live on going
forward, as Amateur Radio enters its second century.
story) Approximately 3.5
million contacts were recorded for W1AW portable operations and the Centennial
Points Challenge during the Centennial QSO Party last year. (Another
ARRL Online Library Goes Live
ARRL Survey Underway
The ARRL has asked independent
research company Readex Research
to conduct a survey of Amateur Radio operators in the US.
This survey is being conducted by mail and e-mail and will include
representative populations of Amateur Radio operators from among ARRL members,
as well as non-member FCC licensees. While
not every member will receive a survey, participation from those individuals
who are selected is critical for the success of this project.
Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R if you have any questions about the
Hamvention Chair: “The Show Will Go On” at Hara Arena
2015 General Chairman Jim Tiderman N8IDS told the ARRL that he expects the
world’s largest Amateur Radio show to continue at Dayton’s Hara
Arena. Tiderman was reacting
to recent media accounts detailing the fiscal woes of the aging Hara complex.
Dayton Amateur Radio Association and Hamvention officials have been in
conversation with Hara’s owners regarding the future of the 165,000 square
foot, six-building complex. (ARRL
Ham Breakfast Getting Less Expensive
Lower prices for your favorite
cured pig product are on the horizon. The
Department of Agriculture said in its recent
hogs and pigs report that it expects hog prices in 2015 to be 18% below
those in 2014 because the effects of a swine epidemic have abated, increasing
American Legion Magazine to Feature Amateur Radio
Amateur Radio will be featured in
the March 2015 issue of The American
Legion Magazine. The article,
by best-selling author Don Keith N4KC will explain how ham radio remains
exciting, important, and relevant, even after more than a century in existence
and changes in technology. The
article also will talk about the American
Legion Amateur Radio Club, home to club station K9TAL at American Legion
Headquarters in Indianapolis. (ARRL
CQ Magazine Makes Publishing Changes
magazine announced that it will publish a combined January/February 2015
issue and cease publication of its CQ Plus digital supplement as of the March
2015 issue. Publisher Dick Ross K2MGA said that both moves are intended
to help restore the magazine’s normal schedule for its print edition and to
strengthen its foundations moving forward as it enters its 8th decade of
publication. CQ announced last
February that it was incorporating content from the magazine’s three sister
Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio
Online, into CQ Plus. The publisher also phased out the print editions of Popular
Communications and CQ VHF and said WorldRadio Online would no longer exist as
a separate online publication. (ARRL
RadioShack Struggles Continue
Street Journal reported on January 14 that RadioShack is preparing to file for
bankruptcy, possibly within a few weeks.
story) In a related story,
RadioShack said the New York Stock Exchange issued a warning that it could
delist the struggling electronics retailer as its average market
capitalization had stayed below $50 million for more than 30 consecutive
was warmer and dryer than last year. The
average daily high was 27.8 degrees compared to 23.4 last year.
The average daily low was 14.9 compared to 6.2.
No record lows were tied or broken, compared to five last year.
Total snow for the month was 8.6 inches, compared to 43.4 last year.
February is forecast to be warmer than last year by about 5 degrees for
the highs and 10 degrees for the lows. However,
the monthly forecast calls for more snow than last year, 25.5 inches verses
20.9. The table below shows
updated weather summary for Hillsdale city created with data from Accuweather.com
and local measurements.
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in northeast Ohio
activated on January 13 after 911 and other telephone services went down in
six counties due to a power failure at a major AT&T center in Akron.
The outage was blamed on a burst steam pipe.
Medina County Emergency Management Agency requested ARES communication
support with surrounding counties and with the Ohio Emergency Operations
Center in Columbus as a backup. At
the same time, EMA Directors in Stark, Summit, Portage, Mahoning, and
Columbiana counties alerted their ARES organizations.
teams and SKYWARN weather observers along the US Eastern Seaboard went on
alert January 26 as a winter storm began working its way into the Northeast.
The storm, which brought blizzard conditions to some areas, shut down
transportation and kept residents at home in several states.
Eastern Massachusetts and the City of Boston may have been hardest hit,
with record or near-record snowfall amounts and storm surge flooding in some
coastal communities. (ARRL
Members of Australia’s Wireless
Institute Civil Emergency Network in South Australia assisted an emergency
animal rescue and recovery organization in the wake of the so-called Sampson’s
Flat bushfire. Volunteers
installed a seven-unit hand-held communication system, complete with a
range-enhancing aluminum tower, at the control center.
Field teams assessed koalas, kangaroos, horses and sheep.
FCC Amateur Radio License Database Activity in Hillsdale
KD8WER Stephenson, Richard B, upgraded to General from Technician ***
WD8ARH, Brown, Elmer R, license renewed, address updated ***
KE8ACP, Norment, Donald, new licensee Technician
KE8ACQ, Wilkins Norment, Jacqueline, new licensee Technician
K8MSW, Ladd, Donald C, license status set to expired (SK 03/17/08)
N8OMC, McNutt, Barbara J, license status set to expired
*** Not previously reported.
FCC Enforcement News
Marriott International and its
subsidiary Marriott Hotel Services will pay $600,000 to resolve a
Federal Communications Commission investigation into whether Marriott
intentionally interfered with and disabled Wi-Fi networks established by
consumers in the conference facilities of the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and
Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The FCC Enforcement Bureau’s investigation revealed that Marriott
employees had used containment features of a Wi-Fi monitoring system at the
hotel to prevent individuals from connecting to the Internet via their own
personal Wi-Fi networks, while at the same time charging consumers and
exhibitors as much as $1,000 per device to access Marriott’s Wi-Fi network.
Enforcement Bureau has affirmed an $11,500 fine against a Pennsylvania ham
for deliberately interfering with other Amateur Radio communications.
The FCC had first proposed the fine last July in a Notice of Apparent
Liability for Forfeiture, and it released a Forfeiture Order on January 13.
has ordered an unlicensed California man, who
sometimes broadcasts on 40 meters, to shut down his station. The FCC’s Los Angeles District Office issued a Notice of
Unlicensed Operation. The FCC
said it issued the notice in response to a complaint of unlicensed operation
on multiple HF frequencies, including some allocated to aeronautical stations.
The FCC said its agents used radio direction-finding techniques to
confirm that signals were emanating from his residence.
broadcast on 40 meters) (recorded
broadcast on 9605 kHz)
County Emergency Management is always looking for volunteers, either to join the group or just to
monitor the monthly tornado siren test. Contact
Cindy at the HCEM office if you are interested. Meetings and siren tests are held on the first Monday of the
month (except September which is the second Monday), March through October.
training will not
be offered in Hillsdale County in 2015. The
nearest Spotter Training for the National
Weather Service Northern Indiana
Forecast Office will be held on March 17 in Coldwater.
for a complete schedule of training for the Northern Indiana office, including
Michigan Crossroads Hamfest, commonly referred to as the Marshall
Hamfest, is moving to a new location. This
year it will be held on March 14 at the Wings
Stadium Annex, 3600 Vanrick Drive in Kalamazoo (map).
Click here for
the SMARS hamfest page and click here
for the ARRL hamfest info page
The Question Pool Committee of the National
Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC)
has released the 2015-2019
Element 3 (General Class) question pool. The pool will take effect on July 1, 2015, and will remain
valid until June 30, 2019. The current
General question pool, released in 2011, is valid until June 30, 2015.
are always needed to run the Monday Night Ragchew Net.
Check the Net Control
Schedule on the club website for the
schedule and results. Contact a
member of club leadership
if interested. And don’t forget
to check in every Monday at 7pm on the 147.06 MHz repeater.
4 – Board Meeting
14 – Ham Breakfast
15 – Livonia
19 – Club Meeting
5 – SKYWARN
Training in Archbold, OH
9 – SKYWARN
Training in Angola, IN
14 – Michigan
15 – Toledo
17 – SKYWARN
Training in Coldwater
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