(Updated January 12, 2021)
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Dayton Hamvention will not take place for the second year. “Unfortunately, several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic make necessary the difficult decision to cancel Hamvention 2021,” a January 11 announcement from the Hamvention Executive Committee said. Sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA), Hamvention was set to take place May 21-23 in Xenia, Ohio. The committee said the show would return in 2022 and hinted at a QSO party for Hamvention weekend. (ARRL story)
There is a new ham (back) in the county. Craig Moore KD8TKR recently updated his FCC ULS address to Jonesville from Jackson. Please welcome him when you hear him on the air.
Congratulations to Patrick Bernklau KE8PPT of Jonesville for passing the element 3 test and being granted General privileges on January 7.
The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address. The effective date of the fee schedule has not been established, but it will be announced at least 30 days in advance. (ARRL story) The FCC originally proposed in August to impose a $50 fee. (ARRL story)
Effective on June 29, amateur radio licensees and candidates must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as “defective.” Licensees can log into the ULS License Manager System with their FRN and password at any time and update anything in their FCC license record, including adding an email address. The FCC is fully transitioning to electronic correspondence and will no longer print or provide wireless licensees with hard-copy authorizations or registrations by mail. (ARRL story) The FCC has also added a reminder message on the Universal Licensing Service (ULS) landing page. (ARRL story)
There is a new ham in the county. Joey Craig KG5SUW recently updated his FCC ULS address to Reading from Coldwater. Please welcome him when you hear him on the air.
Congratulations to new county ham Jason Kirkingburg KE8PYK of Quincy. He was granted his General license on November 13.
The FCC has ordered the “sunsetting” of the 3.3-3.5 GHz amateur radio secondary spectrum allocation. The decision allows current amateur activity on the band to continue, “grandfathering” the amateur operations subject to a later decision. The FCC proposed two deadlines for amateur operations to cease on the band. The first would apply to the 3.4-3.5 GHz segment, the second to 3.3-3.4 GHz. The FCC will establish the dates once it reviews additional comments. (ARRL story) (FCC Report and Order) Although the FCC has announced plans to delete the secondary amateur radio 3.3 - 3.5 GHz allocation, that amateur allocation will remain in place right across the northern US border. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) said that the FCC action has raised concerns among Canadian amateurs. (ARRL story)
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