News for Amateur Radio Operators In and Around Hillsdale County
next club meeting will be
Thursday, February 20 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. The program will be
“ARRL at 100 — A Century of Ham Radio”, a video that explains the
League’s history and mission over the past century.
Club membership stands at 19 as of January 31.
So far 5 members have renewed for 2014.
Club membership dues for 2014
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
part of the renewal process. Dues
can be paid by cash or check at the monthly meeting 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.
Thanks for your support.
member Logan Crook has a new vanity call sign. His new call sign is K8LRC.
His previous call sign was KD8OMD.
to new ham Richard B Stephenson KD8WER of Hillsdale who was granted
his technician license on January 7. Be
sure to say hi if you hear him on the air.
are always needed to run the Monday Night Ragchew Net.
Check the Net
Control Schedule on the club
website for the schedule and results.
And don’t forget to check in every Monday at 7pm on the 147.06 MHz
was a rough month for club meetings.
The board meeting was canceled twice and the club meeting was
canceled, all due to weather. It
even snowed on breakfast Saturday, but those who made it had a good time.
Check the club website for February meeting schedule.
club member Charlie Hinkle W8CFO is downsizing his station and has some equipment
for sale. Click here
for a list.
The Amateur Radio population in the US
continues to show steady growth, according to statistics
compiled by Joe Speroni AH0A. As
of the end of 2013, the FCC database showed 717,201 licenses
in its Universal Licensing System (ULS).
That's the greatest number of US hams ever, and it's up from 709,575
in December 2012. The volume
of Amateur Radio applications slowed somewhat to 141,943 from its zenith of
176,826 in 2007, the year the FCC dropped the Morse code requirement.
In Hillsdale County there were 130 active
amateur radio licenses at the end of the year, based on data pulled from
the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS).
Keep in mind that an active license doesn’t mean an active ham.
Active licenses may include Silent Keys, hams that have moved out of
the area and not updated their address with the FCC and inactive hams.
Also included in the active total are 10 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 have not
updated their address with the FCC.
The FCC has invited comments by February
18 on the latest batch of draft
recommendations of its Advisory Committee for World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-2015).
At its January 27 meeting, the Advisory Committee approved draft
recommendations on a number of issues that will be considered by WRC-2015.
Some items, including one which could possibly lead to changes to 60
meters in the long term, could affect the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite
services. ARRL Chief Technology
Officer Brennan Price N4QX, is a member of the WAC, which is chartered to
allow non-federal government entities to “provide to the [FCC] advice,
technical support, and recommended proposals for the 2015 World
Radiocommunication Conference.” (ARRL
out this story and video about the beginnings of the Internet.
This San Francisco newscast from 1981 begins "Imagine, if you
will, sitting down to your morning coffee and turning on your home computer
to read the day's newspaper", chronicling how newspapers are starting
to send newspapers over the Internet. Someone
is even credited as a "home computer owner."
Post article and video)
Cuba’s Ministry of Communications
is reported to have made available to its radio amateurs a 12 kHz segment of
60 meter spectrum, as opposed to a channelized plan as the US and other
countries have done. Access is
not immediate. Hams in Cuba
must obtain approval and a license modification.
Access to 5418 to 5430 kHz will be on a secondary basis, with
emphasis on its use during emergencies, especially hurricanes.
Radio Classified magazine has announced that it will resume monthly
publication starting with the February 2014 issue, but with some changes.
The last issue published was the March/April 2013 issue.
“The antique radio community as well as the magazine publishing
market is changing," said ARC Publisher Jon Kummer WA2OJK, “and we
are changing what we do and how we do it in order to continue providing the
number one magazine in world for collectors of antique and vintage radios
FCC License Database Activity in Hillsdale County
KD8WER, Stephenson, Richard B, New licensee technician
KB9AMI, CAROBINE, JOSEPH A, License renewed, address updated
KQ8R, KING, DAVID M, License renewed
K8LRC, CROOK, LOGAN R, Issued vanity call sign, previously KD8OMD
SKYWARN training will not be offered in Hillsdale County this
year. 2014 Spotter Training for
Indiana Forecast Office Northeast
Region will be held on March 6 in Archbold, Ohio.
Online Spotter Training is recommended prior to attending this training
for a complete schedule of training for the Northern Indiana office.
PRB-1 legislation was re-introduced in the Michigan Senate on
September 17. 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 2012. 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.
ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked 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.
story) Lots of addition
information about the centennial QSO party is available here.
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
Repeater Directory for Android beta version is available at Goggle
Play. It is free and fully
functional until February 28. After
the beta period expires, you must upgrade to the Premium version to retain
full functionality. Click here
to for more info or to download.
8 – Ham Breakfast
February 16 - Livonia
20 – Club meeting
15 – Marshall
16 – Toledo
20 – Club meeting
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