News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
club members and guests attended the HCARC Christmas party held on
December 14 at the Fayette Street Church of Christ in Hillsdale.
Many thanks to Brenda Sprow (wife of club treasurer Dan KC8RYF) for
catering the event, bringing several door prizes and providing the
entertainment. Attendees, many
who brought additional door prize items, enjoyed a great meal that included
a veggie platter, garden salad, ham, fried chicken, mashed potatoes,
stuffing, gravy, green beans, corn, baked beans, rolls and an outstanding
table of desserts. After the
meal we played a few games and drew for door prizes.
We had enough door prizes, including packaged leftovers from the
meal, that everyone walked out with two or three things.
Thanks to the church for letting us use the facility.
A good time was had by all.
to Brian Zimmerman KD8TLC, who was elected as 2013 Board Member at Large
during a special election that was held at the Christmas party.
The position was not filled during the annual elections held in
November due to a lack of candidates. 2013
Officers elected in November are President Don Gambill KC8WAU, Vice
President Milt Bowers N8BFD, Secretary Brett Smith KC8ZDA and Treasurer Dan
Club membership dues for 2013 are due. Rates 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 the monthly meeting or
mailed to club Treasurer Dan Sprow KC8RYF, 3671 Bankers Rd, Hillsdale, MI
49242. Make checks payable to
HCARC or Hillsdale County Amateur Radio Club.
Remember also that there is a 3 month grace period during which your
2012 membership allows you to maintain your standing as a member until March
Senate Bill 1244 (PRB-1) was not voted on before the end of the
legislative session. The bill
have would have put state law in sync with FCC regulations with respect to
encumbrances to antenna structures. According
to ARRL Michigan Section Manager Larry Camp WB8R, "this was not
unexpected as a result of the timing within the legislative calendar as well
as some very high visibility, high priority legislation that eclipsed any
opportunity for our bill to come to the top of the pile".
Larry expressed disappointment about the low number of licensed hams
that took the time to email their senators, but speculated that this may
have been due to the short time window.
The Michigan ARRL PRB-1 Implementation Team is making preparations to
get the bill re-introduced in the new legislative session that starts in
January. For more information
visit the PRB-1 update website.
Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the Postal Service’s proposal
to discontinue outbound International
Reply Coupons (IRCs), while retaining inbound IRC service.
The PRC acknowledged that the small number of consumers, such as
amateur radio operators, who purchase outbound IRCs, will no longer be able
to do so, but they will still have options.
article for more information.
December 12 and 13 the FITSAT-1
CubeSat sent Morse code by flashing its array of super-bright LEDs.
Depending on local conditions, the lights were visible to the naked eye and
were easily visible through binoculars.
Story published prior to event)
World Radiocommunication Conference delegates approved a 7-kilohertz-wide secondary
allocation between 472-479 KHz for amateur radio. Before amateurs in the United States can utilize these
frequencies, the FCC must first approve its use and amend its rules to
reflect the change. The ARRL
filed a Petition for Rulemaking on November 29, asking the FCC to amend its
rules accordingly. (ARRL
FCC was busy levying a couple of substantial fines for illegal
operations. A Kansas ham issued
a $10,000 fine for operating an unlicensed broadcast station and a New
Jersey ham was fined $16,000 (reduced from $20,000) for violating the
Communications Act of 1934. (Kansas
story from ARRL) (New
Jersey story from ARRL)
January 1 the US Senate confirmed the nomination of Mignon Clyburn to serve
a second term as FCC Commissioner.
Clyburn’s five-year appointment is retroactive to July 1, 2012,
when her first term expired. (ARRL
FCC is seeking comments on a proposal to amend its rules to implement
the allocation decisions of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference and
to make certain other changes. Specifically,
the FCC proposes to upgrade the Amateur Service allocation in the upper half
of the 160 meter band (1900-2000 kHz) from secondary to primary.
The FCC also seeks comments on whether, and how, an amateur low
frequency allocation might be able to co-exist with Power Line Carrier
systems that are used by electric utilities to monitor and control the power
grid. Comments are due by
February 25. Read the ARRL
story for more details.
to new ham Mark Brooks KD8TUK who was granted his technician license
on January 3. Be sure to say hi
if you hear him on the air.
next club meeting will be Thursday, January 17 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.
forget to check in to the Monday night net, held weekly at 7pm on the
January 12 – Ham Breakfast at the Sidekick Café
January 17 – Club Meeting
February 7 – Board Meeting
February 9 – Ham Breakfast at North Adams Coffee Shop
February 21 – Club Meeting
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