For Immediate Release to ALL Amateur Radio Operators
The W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention located in Pigeon Forge, TN starts September 26th and 27th, that’s in 30 days. This is our 10th year and it will be another great event.
The presentation schedule is full and packed with presentations. We have had two new arrivals, Heil Sound and Steppir Antennas. Our manufacturers are located in the lobby right outside of the conference hall allowing you easy access to all the gear. Come and have a one on one conversation with the manufacturers and twist the knobs.
Heil Sound will have two workshops called “The Science of Audio” on Saturday. Come learn how to improve your audio from Bob Heil himself.
We will conduct Amateur FCC License testing. It’s a great time to upgrade or get your spouse or friends licensed.
Pigeon Forge is a wonderful place for the family too, bring the family and they can enjoy the local attractions while you enjoy the convention.
Check out the details here W4DXCC > Home
Our August meeting has come and gone and we had 23 in attendance.
Gene N4FZ gave a report on the ARRL Centennial W1AW/4 Kentucky operations. For the week of July 31 – 5 August, there were 24,713 QSO’s made with 19 stations operating. The breakdown was CW: 7,728, SSB: 13,351, DATA: 3,634. The grand total for both weeks was 55,878 QSO’s made. Gene, N4FZ made 1,933 digi QSO’s signing W1AW/4 from his shack. Tim Totten, N4GN, and Glenn Petri, KE4KY coordinated the event. Kentucky was well represented and accessible in this ARRL Centennial. Happy Birthday to the ARRL!
Bruce KS4V did a fine presentation on “HF Signals in the 20M Band Plan”. This included modes such as CW, Hellschreiber, PSK31, Olivia, JT65, RTTY, Packet, Winlink, Pactor, SSTV and Digital Voice. Bruce noted the availability of freeware on the internet makes these modes very easy to use and afford. Thanks Bruce!
Net Control Operators have been set for the next 4 weeks. To view the NCO’s click here.
Monday night was our monthly meeting and we had another decent turnout with 21 in attendance.
Our 2014 W4NJA Field Day scores were passed around for everyone to view. Final FD score was 5,810, and we made 1,375 QSO’s. We also
achieved WAS this year, working the elusive Rhode Island! Congratulations and thanks to all who attended Field Day! If you haven’t seen this years scores you can check them out here.
Bruce Huyck VE, noted that those with expired Amateur licenses can take the Element 2 exam, or Technician Class, to regain their former Amateur Radio license, according to the new FCC rules. Also, the new question pool is out July 1st. Bruce added that the ARRL website has free practice exams you can take, that now refer you to the test manuals for more background theory on the questions.
Our website is now Ad-Free! On occasion our site would put an ad in the posts which was not control by the club. As of Wednesday, July 16th those ads should no longer appear.
Net control operators have been set for the next 4 weeks. To view the NCO’s click here.
Daniel, KG4JXH mentioned the 443.000 KD4DVI repeater is available and has great area coverage. All hams are encouraged to use the repeater. Also, starting this coming Thursday at 9PM on the W4NJA 147.060 repeater Daniel will be starting regular Thursday night nets. These will be general ragchew nets and any radio friendly topics are welcome.
Paul Smith also noted the second week of the ARRL Centennial and W1AW/4 Kentucky is coming up July 30, and those interested in operating in it should contact Tim Totten, N4GN via email.
Logan, KG4VKB gave an excellent presentation on Echolink. For those not familiar with Echolink it is a computer-based Amateur Radio system distributed free of charge that allows radio amateurs to communicate with other amateur radio operators using Voice over IP (VoIP) technology on the Internet for at least part of the path between them. For more information on Echolink visit their website at this location. Thanks again Logan, great job.
Get on the radio!
73’s Rob KC9VFV
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.