News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
On Thursday, August 23 the Club Potluck Picnic was held at Owens Memorial Park on Baw Beese Lake. The event was originally scheduled for August 16 but weather concerns postponed it a week. The Club provided hamburgers and hot dogs and there were plenty of good side dishes on hand. Everyone that was there had a good time.
House Bill 5027, aka PRB-1, is still stuck in committee with no
action. The bill would put state law in sync with FCC regulations with
respect to encumbrances to antenna structures.
According to Michigan ARRL Section Manager Larry Camp WB8R, a similar
bill will be introduced soon in the Michigan Senate. Hillsdale County’s Senator Bruce Caswell has signed on as a
co-sponsor. Once the bill is
assigned to committee, Amateurs will be encouraged to write their senator
requesting continued support. ARRL
Michigan leadership has a form letter ready for this purpose and will advise
when the letters should be utilized. Click
to follow the progress of House Bill 5027.
months ago Congress charged the FCC to conduct a study into the uses and
capabilities of Amateur Radio Service communications in emergencies and
disaster relief, and into the existence of impediments, including the
effects of unreasonable or unnecessary private land use restrictions on
residential antenna installations. Click
to view the FCC report that was recently released.
The cost of an Amateur Radio vanity call sign will
increase 80 cents, from $14.20 to $15 starting September 4. The vanity
call sign fee is payable when applying for a new vanity call sign and when
renewing a vanity call sign for a new 10 year term.
Managing Editor Joel P. Kleinman N1BKE died August 18 from injuries
received during a house fire. He
was 64. Kleinman was
responsible for the coordination, organization, control and completion of
all aspects of QST’s editorial content each month. (ARRL
ARRL Board voted to change the Field Day rules to permit Class A and
B stations to begin setting up earlier.
Under the new rules setup may begin Thursday night at midnight UTC
(Thursday 8pm EDT). However,
cumulative setup time shall not exceed 24 hours.
Field Day 2013 will be
the weekend of June 22-23.
National Football League is switching from analog to digital
technology for coaches to relay plays to quarterbacks.
The system was tested during the preseason and Pro Bowl last year
before getting rolled out in every NFL stadium permanently this year.
U.S. Coast guard recently reported multiple waterspouts on Lake Michigan
three to five miles from the coast of Manistee. The NWS in Marquette also
received reports of waterspouts on Lake Superior. (Stories with pictures: story
1 - story
townships are upgrading tornado sirens to be narrowband compliant by
January. The FCC is enforcing
the narrowband radio transmission requirement on all state and local public
safety agencies. According to
Hillsdale County Emergency Manager and 911 Director Doug Sanford N8WFB, the
process of converting sirens in Hillsdale County to narrowband is close to
completion with only two sites remaining in wideband. (story)
Army MARS headquarters operations will be expanded with recruiting of a
full-time senior MARS Program Officer.
The Program Officer position is the first full-time staff expansion
at MARS headquarters in at least a decade.
TV show “CBS News Sunday Morning” recently aired a piece on the National
Radio Quiet Zone (NRQZ), a large area of land surrounding the National
Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia.
The NRQZ was set up to protect the observatory, a very large and very
sensitive radio telescope listening for the faintest of signals from space.
In the NRQZ the federal government bans most gadgets that transmit.
Video Report – NRQZ
International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has expressed public support for a .radio
top-level domain name. Under
the proposal as put forth by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU),
registration will be available to all eligible radio representative
organizations and broadcasters, Internet radios, radio amateurs, radio
professionals and their respective representative organizations, as well as
companies providing radio-specific products and services in order to create
a worldwide radio community. (story)
Amateurs of Canada (RAC) announced that it would split the Ontario
Section into four new sections. The
new Section boundaries went into effect on September 1 and will affect ARRL
contests and Field Day. (RAC
bulletin - ARRL
story – map)
Betty Ona, wife of club member Bill Ona
KA8WBR, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, August 8.
forget to check in to the Monday night net, held weekly at 7pm on the
next Ham Breakfast will be Saturday, September 8 at 8am at The Coffee
Shop, 119 W Main St in North Adams. (map).
Please come join us.
next club meeting will be Thursday, September 20 at Hillsdale High
School (map) in room 131. Take
Bacon Street to Hornet Drive, then turn left at the top of the hill into the
parking lot that long ago was the tennis courts.
Use the north entrance by the generator.
The next board meeting will be Thursday, September 6 at
7pm at McDonald's in Hillsdale (map).
Board meetings are open to all club members.
September 6 - Board Meeting
September 8 - Ham Breakfast at North Adams Coffee Shop (map)
September 9 - Findlay Hamfest (info
September 16 - Adrian Hamfest (info
September 20 - Club Meeting
October 4 – Board Meeting
October 13 – Ham Breakfast
October 18 – Club Meeting
October 21 – Kalamazoo Hamfest (info
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