EVARC Events/Announcements

January 15, 2017
Vol 17, No 02
 

 

- IN THIS EDITION -

 

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
Hamfests/Conventions
From the ARRL Letter - January 12, 2017
     Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere with Air Traffic Control, ARRL Complaint Asserts
     FCC Dismisses Two Petitions from Radio Amateurs
     Nevada ARES Standing Down as Flood Threat Abates
     New Digital Modes Gain Traction for Moonbounce, but Occasionally Show Up on HF
     Radio Club of America Announces New "Wireless Women" Section on Website
     Winter Field Day is Just Ahead
    
In Brief
Education and Training
Closing Items

   

l

EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements

   

Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time:  08:30 AM
Location
First Choice Catering & Party
                
1110 S. 9th St.
                
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)


Minutes from the December 2016 meeting are available and can be read on the EVARC Web page

This meeting is the annual officer election meeting.  Please plan on attending.

Visitors and guests are always welcome to the meeting.

For more Information see the EVARC Web Page

 

·

Club Dues - 2017

2017 Club Dues are due January 2017.  Please send in your dues as soon as possible.  You can send your dues to Club Secretary/Treasurer Fred Weibelhaus, KØFJW, c/o EVARC, PO Box 1033, Norfolk, NE  68702-1033 or bring them to the next club meeting on January 14.

·

Training Programs

Club members are reminded of the need for training to be able to become a Rostered Volunteer in Nebraska.  This training includes four courses available on the FEMA web site.  These are Independent Study courses, and are often required courses for additional training.  These courses take about an hour each and include a short test.  If you are interested in being part of disaster response in Nebraska, please take some time and take these courses.  See the Education and Training section, below.

 

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for January 2017 is available on the EVARC Web site.

The Nebraska Sections news from December 26, 2016 has been posted.

 

 

Top

 
l

Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page

 
 
01/28/2017	
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Jan 28 2017 
     Time: 11:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                     (712) 223-3164
     Email: nfØn@longlines.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: South Sioux City Law Enforcement Center
                     701 W 29th St
                     South Sioux City NE 68776-3167
 
01/31/2017
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Jan 31 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                    2912 S 80th Avenue
                    Near 84th and Center
                    Lower Level West Side
                    Omaha	NE	68124-3250
 
02/02/2017
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Feb 02 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                    (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                    2701 N 48th St.
                    Lincoln	NE	68504-1425
 
02/10/2017	
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Feb 10 2017 
     Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Conact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                (712) 223-3164
     Email: nfØn@longlines.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     4200 War Eagle Dr
                     Phone call is preferred
                     Sioux City IA 51109-1700
 
02/28/2017
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Feb 28 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                    705 N 16th St
                    Council Bluffs	IA	51501-0105
 
03/02/2017	
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Mar 02 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                     (402) 613-3484
     Email: webmaster@cvctrailblazers.org
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Northside Cafe
                     2701 N 48th St.
                     Lincoln NE 68504-1425
 
03/18/2017	
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Mar 18 2017 
     Time: 11:00 AM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Michael E. Nickolaus
                     (712) 223-3164
     Email: nfØn@longlines.com
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     4200 War Eagle Dr
                     Phone call is preferred
                     Sioux City IA 51109-1700
 
03/28/2017	
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Mar 28 2017 
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed) 
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                     (712) 566-2698
     Email: Greg.Ross@BHMI.COM
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: American Red Cross
                     2912 S 80th Avenue
                     Near 84th and Center
                     Lower Level West Side
                     Omaha NE 68124-3250
  04/04/2017
     Sponsor: Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
     Date: Apr 04 2017
     Time: 5:30 PM
     Contact: Sue Askew
                     
     Email: Sue Askew
     VEC: ARRL/VEC
     Location: Norfolk Public Library
                     308 W. Prospect
                     Norfolk NE 68701
 

Top

l Hamfests/Conventions

 

 
Southwest Iowa ARC Flea Market
03/04/2017	
     Start Date: 03/04/2017
     End Date: 03/04/2017
     Location: McClelland Iowa City Hall
                     117 Main Street
                     McClelland, IA 
     Website: http://www.swiradio.org
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.82-
     Public Contact: Greg Ross , NØGR 
                               22106 320th Street Minden, IA 51553
                               Phone: 712-566-2698
     Email: NØGR@arrl.net
 
Nebraska State Convention 
03/11/2017	
     Start Date: 03/11/2017
     End Date: 03/11/2017
     Location: Lancaster County Event Center
                     4100 N 84th Street
                     Lincoln, NE 68501
     Website: http://www.kØkkv.org
     Sponsor: Lincoln Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval
     Talk-In: 146.76
     Public Contact: Marlene McLaughlin , KDØHYM 
                               P.O. Box 84352 Lincoln, NE 68501
     Phone: 402-217-9252
     Email: kdØhym@gmail.com
 
Heartland Hams Hamfest
04/29/2017	
     Start Date: 04/29/2017
     End Date: 04/29/2017
     Location: Glenwood American Legion Hall
                     104 N. Pine Street
                     Glenwood, IA 51534
     Website: www.heartlandhams.org
     Sponsor: Heartland Hams Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.29
     Public Contact: Donald Brown , WØAF 
                               53243 260th Street Glenwood, IA 51534
     Phone: 712-526-2080
     Email: wØaf@arrl.net
 
2nd Annual Greater Midwest Radio Show
05/13/2017	
     Start Date: 05/13/2017
     End Date: 05/13/2017
     Location: Adams County Fairgrounds
                     947 S. Baltimore Avenue
                     Hastings, NE 68901
     Website: http://greatermidwestradio.org/
     Sponsor: Amateur Radio Association of Nebraska - WØWWV.org
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 145.13 (PL 123)
     Public Contact: Bart Jones , KBØHAW 
                          P.O. Box 235 Bladen, NE 68928
                          Phone: 402-756-1270
     Email: kbØhaw@juno.com

 

 

3900 Club Hamboree 2017

05/13/2017
     Location: Boone County Fir Grounds Community Building
                   1601 Industrial Park Road
                    Boone, IA
     Website: http://www.3900club.com/hamboree-2017.html
     Email: HAMBOREE@3900CLUB.COM

 
 

For a complete listing of Hamfests go to the ARRL Hamfest Search page

Top

 

From the January 12, 2017 ARRL Letter

l

Illegal Drone Transmitters Could Interfere with Air Traffic Control, ARRL Complaint Asserts

In what it calls an "extremely urgent complaint" to the FCC, ARRL has targeted the interference potential of a series of audio/video transmitters used on unmanned aircraft and marketed as Amateur Radio equipment. In a January 10 letter to the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, said the transmitters use frequencies intended for navigational aids, air traffic control radar, air route surveillance radars, and global positioning systems.

"This is, in ARRL's view, a potentially very serious interference problem, and it is respectfully requested that the products referenced...be investigated and removed from the marketplace immediately and that the importers be subjected to normal sanctions," ARRL's letter said. Some of the transmitters operate on frequencies between 1,010 and 1,280 MHz. "These video transmitters are being marketed ostensibly as Amateur Radio equipment," the League said, "but of the listed frequencies on which the devices operate, only one, 1,280 MHz, would be within the Amateur Radio allocation at 1,240-1,300 MHz." Even then, ARRL said, operation there would conflict with a channel used for radio location.

ARRL said the use of 1,040 and 1,080 MHz, which would directly conflict with air traffic control transponder frequencies, represented the greatest threat to the safety of flight. The use of 1,010 MHz, employed for aeronautical guidance, could also be problematic.

ARRL cited the Lawmate transmitter and companion 6 W amplifier as examples of problematic devices being marketed in the US. Each costs less than $100 via the Internet. The device carries no FCC identification number.

"[T]he target market for these devices is the drone hobbyist, not licensed radio amateurs. The device, due to the channel configuration, has no valid Amateur Radio application," ARRL told the FCC. "While these transmitters are marked as appropriate for amateur use, they cannot be used legally for Amateur Radio communications." In the hands of unlicensed individuals, the transmitters could also cause interference to Amateur Radio communication in the 1.2 GHz band, ARRL contended.

The League said it's obvious that the devices at issue lack proper FCC equipment authorization under FCC Part 15 rules, which require such low-power intentional radiators to be certified.

"Of most concern is the capability of the devices to cripple the operation of the [air traffic control] secondary target/transponder systems," ARRL said. "These illegal transmitters represent a significant hazard to public safety in general and the safety of flight specifically."

The surge in sales of drones has been dramatic. The FAA has predicted that combined commercial and hobby sales will increase from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million by 2020.

In Exhibit A of the January 10 letter, "Illegal Drones Threaten Public Safety," the League noted that some of the drones and associated equipment it has come across "are blatantly illegal at multiple levels," with some drone TV transmitters described as "particularly alarming."

"Rated at six times over the legal power limit, and on critical air navigation transponder frequencies, these devices represent a real and dangerous threat to the safety of flight, especially when operated from a drone platform that can be hundreds of feet in the air," the exhibit narrative asserted.

  Top

l

FCC Dismisses Two Petitions from Radio Amateurs

The FCC has turned down two petitions filed in 2016, each seeking similar changes in the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. James Edwin Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, had asked the Commission to amend the rules to reduce the number of Amateur Radio operator classes to Technician, General, and Amateur Extra by merging remaining Novice class licensees into the Technician class and all Advanced class licensees into the Amateur Extra class. In a somewhat related petition, Jeffrey H. Siegell, WB2YRL, of Burke, Virginia, had requested that the FCC grant Advanced class license holders Morse code operating privileges equivalent to those enjoyed by Amateur Extra class licensees.

“Thus, Mr. Siegell’s proposed rule change is subsumed within the changes Mr. Whedbee requests, so our analysis is the same for both proposals,” the FCC said in dismissing the two petitions on January 5.

The FCC streamlined the Amateur Radio licensing system into three classes — Technician, General, and Amateur Extra — in 1999. While it no longer issues new Novice or Advanced class licenses, existing licenses can be renewed, and Novice and Advanced licensees retained their operating privileges.

“The Commission concluded that the three-class structure would streamline the licensing process, while still providing an incentive for licensees to advance their communication and technical skills,” the FCC recounted in its dismissal letter to Whedbee and Siegell. It specifically rejected suggestions that Novice and Advanced class licensees be automatically upgraded to a higher class, concluding that it would be inappropriate for these licensees to “receive additional privileges without passing the required examination elements.” The FCC cited the same reason in 2005, when it denied requests to automatically upgrade Technician licensees to General class and Advanced licensees to Amateur Extra class, as part of a wide-ranging proceeding.

The FCC said the two petitions “do not demonstrate, or even suggest, that any relevant circumstances have changed that would merit reconsideration of those decisions.”

Whedbee had argued that automatically upgrading current Novice and Advanced classes would simplify the rules and reduce the Commission’s costs and administrative burden, but the FCC said Whedbee provided no evidence that an administrative problem exists. “Moreover, such benefits would not outweigh the public interest in ensuring that amateur operators have the requisite incentive to advance their skill and technical knowledge in order to contribute to the advancement of the radio art and improvement of the Amateur Radio Service,” the FCC said.

“The Commission has already concluded that it will not automatically grant additional privileges to the discontinued license classes,” the FCC said. “Consequently, we conclude that the above-referenced petitions for rulemaking do not warrant further consideration at this time.”

  Top

l

Nevada ARES Standing Down as Flood Threat Abates

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) volunteers and emergency operations centers (EOCs) in Nevada are now standing down as the threat of additional widespread flooding damage diminishes. Over the weekend, ARES members in Nevada stood ready to support the disaster response effort. Recent heavy rainfall, sparked by a weather system called the Pineapple Express, caused flooding along rivers and forced evacuations in some areas of Nevada and neighboring California. The flooding prompted Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval to declare a state of emergency. In Reno the Truckee River crested above 12 feet on January 9, and at 19.5 feet in Sparks. The river is now below flood stage and, despite a forecast of more rain and snow, was expected to remain so.

Carrying moisture-laden warm air from Hawaii, the Pineapple Express “atmospheric river” flowing across a narrow band of the Sierra Nevadas brought snow followed by rainfall of up to 15 inches to northern Nevada and California. While the rainfall may have broken the back of the region’s lengthy drought, it caused the snowpack in the Sierras to melt, initiating avalanches and mudslides, washing out roadways, and causing heavy flooding.

Because forecasters were able to detect and predict the magnitude of the storm well in advance, the Reno, Nevada, area had time to prepare, and sandbagging and other operations were in full force on Friday. County EOCs such as the Regional Emergency Operations Center (REOC), which serves as a joint facility for Washoe County and the cities of Reno and Sparks, began activating early on Friday morning.

ARES volunteers took up positions at the REOC as well as in Storey, Lyon, and Douglas counties. Under the direction of Section Emergency Coordinator Glenn Hale, KB7REO, ARES volunteers in the rest of Nevada’s counties began monitoring emergency activations on HF, Echolink, IRLP, and DMR. Shelters were opened in two Reno high schools, and voluntary evacuations were begun.

Throughout the weekend ARES communicators remained on duty. On Sunday the fire station at Truckee Meadows experienced a power failure and lost communication. Washoe County Emergency Coordinator Bob Miller, WA6MTY, dispatched an ARES volunteer to the station to provide communication.

A statewide ARES resource net supported the response, with 60 meters and Winlink added to the toolbox. The statewide net included the California counties of Alpine, Mono, and Inyo, which operate by prior agreements within the Nevada Section as the Sierra East District because the Sierra Nevada mountain range makes it impossible for them to communicate with their own California sections.

ARRL Nevada Section Manager John Bigley, N7UR, praised the ARRL Field Organization volunteers for standing ready to support the flooding response. — Thanks to John Bigley, N7UR/The Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire

  Top

l

New Digital Modes Gain Traction for Moonbounce, but Occasionally Show Up on HF

In December, Joe Taylor, K1JT, released the latest version (1.7) of his WSJT-X software suite, designed to facilitate basic Amateur Radio communication using very weak signals (WSJT stands for “Weak Signal communication by K1JT”). Version 1.7 included the new modes MSK144 and QRA64, as well as ISCAT (ionospheric scatter). MSK144 and QRA64 (and QRA64A) are finding a home within the VHF Earth-Moon-Earth (EME, or moonbounce) and meteor-scatter communities, but QRA64A signals also have turned up on 160 meters, which poses its own challenges to weak signals.

“QRA64A QSOs are being made nightly on 160 meters, of all places, and QRA64 activity on 2-meter EME is becoming significant, especially on weekends,” Taylor remarked in a January 9 update posted to the Moon-Net reflector, pointing out that QRA64 is decoding signals down to about –28 dB signal-to-noise.

But Taylor does not advise a wholesale shift to the use of QRA64 on the HF bands — at least just yet. “It’s okay to play with and test QRA64 at HF, if you wish,” he commented recently on the WSJT Development discussion group. “Some of our earliest tests of the mode were done on the 20-meter and 30-meter bands.” He suggested, though, that HF operators stick with JT65, “not least because, at present, we have included no ‘multi-decode’ capability for the QRA64 decoder. It’s made to decode just one signal in the passband.”

In the WSJT-X Version 1.7 User Guide, Taylor pointed out QRA64’s several advantages over JT65, including better performance on the very weakest signals. “We imagine that, over time, it may replace JT65 for EME use,” he wrote. “JT9 was originally designed for the LF, MF, and lower HF bands. Its submode JT9A is 2 dB more sensitive than JT65, while using less than 10% of the bandwidth.”

Taylor told ARRL that he expects JT65 and JT9 to remain the preferred modes for making “minimal QSOs” at HF for some years to come. “QRA64 is 1-3 dB more sensitive than JT65 or JT9; this is important for EME, but much less so at HF, because one can usually run 20 W instead of 10 W, when the going gets rough.”

These modes use 1-minute timed sequences of alternating transmission and reception, so a basic contact can take up to 6 minutes — two or three transmissions by each station, one transmitting on odd UTC minutes and the other on even.

Taylor said that MSK144 “is quickly becoming the mode for meteor scatter,” at least in North America and Europe. “Unlike FSK441 — the older standard mode for meteor scatter — MSK144 uses strong error correction and JT65-like messages. Messages are displayed in complete form or not at all, and false decodes are rare. Last week, we introduced an ‘SWL’ feature that allows decoding of MSK144 ‘Sh’ (short) messages directed to someone other than yourself.”

Top

l

Radio Club of America Announces New "Wireless Women" Section on Website

In an effort to encourage more participation of women and girls in the wireless industry, the Radio Club of America (RCA) has created a new "Wireless Women" section on its website, designed to assist women considering careers in wireless and encouraging them to get involved in technology. Information includes resources such as "Notable Women in Wireless," "RCA's Vivian Carr Award," and "Professional Wireless Organizations for Women," as well as web resources for women and girls interested in wireless. There's also a list of universities that have an engineering focus and significant enrollment by women.

"RCA has a long history of recognizing the achievements of women in wireless," RCA President Tim Duffy, K3LR, said. "Three former RCA presidents are women, and we have many female officers, directors, and committee members. We created the Vivian Carr award in 2014 to recognize women who have contributed significantly to the wireless industry, and Director Carole Perry [WB2MGP] has led RCA's effort to educate youth about wireless for decades."

Duffy credited the efforts of several female RCA members, including Secretary Margaret Lyons P.E., Executive Committee member and Marketing & Development Committee Chair Elaine Walsh, former RCA president Mercy Contreras, and others, for assembling the information that might be useful to women and girls who are interested in wireless. "We welcome additional ideas or input from the wireless community to help this section of our website become more useful," Duffy said.

Top

l

Winter Field Day is Just Ahead

Field Day is not just for summertime anymore. Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA), will take place over the January 28-29 weekend, and it can be a terrific time to prep for ARRL Field Day in June. The annual event's stated purpose is to encourage emergency operating preparedness in the winter, but it's also an excuse to get out of the house and enjoy the great outdoors. According to the WFDA, getting ready for emergency communication in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that take place each June during ARRL Field Day, and -- let's face it -- it's not cold and snowy everywhere during the winter months. Your local climate could be quite the opposite.

"Don't let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house," the WFDA says. "Get out and play some radio!" The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.

The event, which got its start in 2007, is not restricted to North America. All Amateur Radio operators around the world are invited to participate, and there are three entry categories -- indoor, outdoor, and home. The rules are similar to those for ARRL Field Day. Operation will take place on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters, as well as on VHF, UHF, and satellite. The event runs 24 hours. US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section.

The WFDA encourages both group and solo operation, and if you're not up for an outdoor winter adventure involving Amateur Radio, you can operate from the comfort of your shack. As the WFDA says on its Facebook page, "The object is winter fun!"

Top

l IN BRIEF
  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: No sunspots are currently visible, and none have been seen since January 3, when just one sunspot appeared. There were none on January 1-2. The Daily Solar Data from NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center is full of zeroes. Average daily solar flux this week was 72.5, down from 73.1 a week earlier. The average planetary A index rose 5 points to 14.3, while the average mid-latitude A index increased from 6.3 to 10.6. Predicted solar flux is 74, 73, and 75 on January 12-14; 78 on January 15-19; 76 on January 20-25; 74 on January 26-28; 73 on January 29-February 1; 72 on February 2-7; 74 on February 8, and 76 on February 9-21. The predicted planetary A index is 10 on January 12; 8 on January 13-14; 5, 8, and 16 on January 15-17; 12 on January 18-19; 18 on January 20; 20 on January 21-22; 10 on January 23; 5 on January 24-26; 12, 15, 7, 10, and 12 on January 27-31; 16, 18, 20, 16, 12, and 5 on February 1-6; 12, 15, 10, and 8 on February 7-10; 5 on February 11-12; 25, 20, 25, and 18 on February 13-16, and 20 on February 17-18. Sunspot numbers for January 5-11 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 73.3, 72, 72, 71.5, 71.2, 72.7, and 74.5, with a mean of 72.5. The estimated planetary A indices were 18, 16, 20, 16, 12, 10, and 8, with a mean of 14.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 15, 14, 14, 11, 8, 5, and 7, with a mean of 10.6.  Send me your reports and observations!

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!: "Long Delayed Echoes" is the topic of the latest (December 29) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn! Sponsored by DX Engineering, "ARRL The Doctor is In" is an informative discussion of all things technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone -- whenever and wherever you like! Every 2 weeks, your host, QST Editor in Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR, will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also e-mail your questions to doctor@arrl.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast. Enjoy "ARRL The Doctor is In" on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for "ARRL The Doctor is In"). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or at Stitcher (free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you've never listened to a podcast before, download our beginner´s guidee.

  • ARRL Foundation 2017-2018 Scholarship Application Deadline Looms: The deadline is Tuesday, January 31 (at 11:59 PM ET), to receive completed ARRL Foundation scholarship applications from eligible radio amateurs pursuing post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 academic year. Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships that the ARRL Foundation manages, with awards ranging from $500 to $5,000. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application. Students applying for 2017-18 academic year awards should review the eligibility requirements and scholarship descriptions. One application per applicant is required, but applicants may ask to be considered for as many of the scholarships for which they are eligible (some scholarships have geographic criteria or other requirements). Applications without accompanying transcripts will not be considered. For more information, contact the ARRL Foundation (860-594-0348).

  • Inauguration Special Event Set: Radio amateurs in the Washington, DC, area, will operate special event station W3T January 19-21 to mark the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, of Round Hill, Virginia, has announced. A group of more than 20 operators will staff the operation, and a commemorative QSL card will be available. Jim Nitzberg, WX3B -- who participated in the 2009 inaugural commemorative station -- recalled the special event was swamped by callers. Lonneke and Nitzberg are making their own stations available for the operation, and teams of seasoned contesters will be taking the helm for the W3T event. Richard Maylott, W2YE, will oversee the distribution of the anticipated thousands of commemorative QSL card requests. QSL direct with a self-addressed, stamped envelope ($2 for non-US requests) to 20732 Furr Rd., Round Hill, VA 20141-1803 or via the W3 QSL Bureau. -- Thanks to Mike Lonneke, W4AAW

Top

l Education and Training
 
  • ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration - The ARRL has many ways to continue your education in things Amateur Radio.  For more information go to the ARRL Training web pagee.

  • FEMA Online Training - FEMA has numerous Independent Study Program courses available for Ham Radio Operators and others interested in emergency support and are recommended by ARES.  For a list of courses check the FEMA ISP training web site.  Look for the 100, 200, 700 and 800 series courses.

  • Weather Spotter Training - To be a certified Weather Spotter in the State of Nebraska, you must attend a weather spotter training session, take two on-line courses, and pass a written exam provided by your local Emergency Coordinator.  The on-line courses can be found on the ucar.edu web site.
     

  • Did you know you can practice code on-line? The ARRL posts their code practice files on the web. These audio files can be played on line or downloaded for later play back on your own computer. Practice files are available for 5, 7.5, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20, 25, 30, 35, and 40 Words per Minute. To find the files click the following link: http://www.arrl.org/code-practice-files

    Top

  • lCLOSING ITEMS

    The EVARC weekly net meets every Monday evening at 7:30 PM on the club 2 meter repeater (146.73 -). Check-in to the net to hear an update on activities of other club members,  announcements of local interest, and any late breaking information. Everyone is welcome to check in.

    Top

    The purpose of this newsletter is to provide information to local hams with items of interest.  It is compiled from local, regional, and national sources an includes national, regional, and local news items and events.  Created by Monty Wilson, NRØA. Contact  NRØA with comments or questions.