Co-sponsor HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014”

HR.4969 would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs).  PRB-1 states that local governments cannot preclude Amateur Radio communications; they must “reasonably accommodate” amateur operations, and the state and local regulations must be the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate governmental interest.

Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.  Since PRB-1 was enacted, the FCC has said several times that it would prefer to have some guidance from Congress before extending the policy to private land-use regulations.  HR.4969 will provide that guidance, and give PRB-1 the force of Federal law.

Radio amateurs, while providing a valuable and necessary service to their communities, are frequently and increasingly precluded from installing necessary equipment (antennas, coax, etc) by unreasonable private land-use restrictions, including restrictive CC&R covenants.  The net effect of HR.4969 passage will be to suppress those unreasonable restrictions and allow licensed amateurs to install reasonable equipment for practicing our hobby and having the means to serve our communities.

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Field Day Update

W4NJA Field Day Score Update

Our 2014 Total Estimated Score will be:

Bonus Points                      1,230

QSO Score                           4,468

GOTO Score                          112

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Total 2014 Estimate         5,810

Historical Analysis

Year                       QSOs                     Score

2014                       1,375                     5,810

2013                       1,965                     7,380

2012                       1,317                     5,118

2011                       1,292                     4,748

2010                       1,281                     4.402

2009                          921                      3,762

Field Day 2014 Submission Summary

Our Field Day 2014 activity summary has been submitted to the ARRL along with the supporting ADI/Cabrillo/Field Day Message files.

Last year we had 1,965 QSOs with a score total of 7,380.

This year we had 1,375 QSOs with a score total of 4,468.

The results are usually published in the December issue of QST.

To view the submission summary click the link below.

Field-Day-2014-Submission-Confirmation

73′s

Paul – ND4X

Field Day 2014 Starts Saturday June 28th

Hello Everyone,

Please remember that this Saturday and Sunday is Field Day !!!

We need some members to show up at around 6 AM Saturday (yea – I know that is early Ha Ha), to secure the covered shelters that we will use.  Mike Newman is one of the early risers, and will help lead that effort.

Some of the other members are meeting at Cracker Barrel by the mall around 6 AM.  Contact AB4IQ if you wish to join the group there.

The main setup effort will start around 8 AM.

Please come out and join us for 30 minutes anytime or the entire operating period.  Everyone is welcome.

Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC (1:00 PM Central Time)Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday. Field Day 2014 is June 28-29.

We really, really, really  need a couple of people to copy the ARRL Bulletin Friday night.  It is worth 100 Points (which is equal to 100 SSB QSOs, or 50 CW QSOs.)  The schedule follows:
W1AW Field Day Bulletin Transmission Schedule
Day    Mode      Pacific      Mountain        Central         Eastern        UTC
FRI     CW        5:00 PM     6:00 PM        7:00 PM       8:00 PM       0000 (Sat)
Digi         6:00 PM     7:00 PM       8:00 PM       9:00 PM       0100
Ph          6:45 PM      7:45 PM       8:45 PM       9:45 PM       0145
CW         8:00 PM     9:00 PM       10:00 PM      11:00 PM     0300
CW frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975, 21.0675, 28.0675, and 147.555 MHz.
Digital frequencies are 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095, 28.095, and 147.555 MHz.
Phone frequencies are 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390, 28.590, and 147.555 MHz

We will be at the same location we have used for the last several years.  Keiler Park, Broadway, Paducah, KY

We hope to see you there.  We will have 4 stations on the air, and at least 2 of them will be in air conditioning…..

73′s

Paul-ND4X

June Monthly Meeting

The June monthly meeting was another success with 19 in attendance with 2 guests.

Field Day is the 28th and 29th of this month.  For those not familiar with Field Day it is an annual amateur radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators.  In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and running through 2059 UTC Sunday.  A great resource for Field Day can be found at the ARRL website.  For more information about W4NJA’s Field Day click on this month’s meeting minutes.

Starting this month all VE testing will be done on the EVEN numbered months directly after the monthly club meeting.  So the next testing session will be after the meeting in August.  If you are interesting in testing or upgrading please contact Bruce KS4V here.

Net control operators were set for the next 4 weeks.  To view the NCO’s please click here.

WA9WJL  asked about log submission of check ins on Sunday’s Weather Net. New info: Check in logs should
be submitted to Garry Wheatley, EC, then to Jim Brooks, KY4Z, but only when there is an actual emergency or
weather event.  On a side note, W5CPT asked about the Echolink connection to the 147.060mHz W4NJA repeater, and KG4VKB
mentioned the EM protocol says “No Echolink per RF connection”, which means connection by computer only.
PC, MAC, Android and IOS is supported.  For more information on Echolink check out there website.

We really hope to see many of you at Field Day this year.  Operators are always needed and it’s a great time to forget everything else and play radio all day.  Hope to see you all there!

73′s

Rob – KC9VFV

CW Op schedule for Field Day

Hi Everyone,

Dave – N4QS asked me to forward this to the group for Field Day CW operator planning.

If you want to sign up for one of the available CW slots, please send a message to Dave at ( n4qs@comcast.net), so that he can update the master list.  The master schedule list can be seen at the bottom of this e-mail.

Dave – N4QS and Gene – N4FZ are CW co-captains this year.

Also, we are always looking for Alternate Ops for all slots to help fill in during drink and food breaks.  If you don’t want to be a primary, but willing to be a CW alternate, please let them know that also.

Their goal is to have the CW station manned 100% of the time this year.  Gene, thanks for taking the really difficult slot to fill.  The first few hours are always brutal, Dave thanks for taking that shift.

Remember – there will be lots more Field Day planning Monday night at the June club meeting.  That will be the last club meeting before the big event.  Come on out for suggestions, questions, and comments on Field Day setup and operations.

Remember, Field Day is for everyone.  We will have a station set up for those who just got their license and never made a contact before or those who very seldom get on HF (GOTA station, with clubs members to help you out and answer your questions) to stations for the most experienced contesters, and stations in-between.  Out goal is to have 4 stations on the air at all times.
w4nja cw 2014

73′s

Paul – ND4X

CW Operators Needed For Field Day

The Field Day team has asked me to put out a call for CW operators at Field Day.

If you want to operate CW, please email Ed here.  10 minutes or 10 hours, just let Ed know.

Of course, we will have plenty of operator openings at the GOTA, SSB, and Mixed Mode (SSB/RTTY/CW) stations.  Come on out and enjoy the fun at the end of this month.

More planning will occur at Monday’s regular monthly club meeting.

Thanks

Paul – ND4X

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