July 23, 2017
Vol. 17, No. 28
The EVARC Events/Announcements will be off until August 13
- IN THIS EDITION -
Next meeting of the
Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
|Solar Eclipse QSO Party - August 21,
From 1400 - 2200 UTC (0900 - 1700 CDT) on August 21, 2017 there will be a Solar Eclipse QSO Party (SEQP). The objective is to flood the airwave with contacts, all measured by the automated receiver networks of the Reverse Beacon Network, PSKReporter, and WSPRNet. When combined with logs from individual stations, it will become one of the largest ionospheric experiments performed. For more information see the article in the August 2017 issue of QST.
|Northeast Nebraska Hamfest
club is planning on holding a flea market/one day convention on November
4. Called the "Northeast Nebraska Hamfest", it will be held at the
CHC Hall (KC Hall). You can see an earlier flier
here. Further details will be provided as plans are made.
For more information, contact Fred,
Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News
The latest Nebraska Sections news can be found on the Nebraska Section Facebook page.
Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE
07/25/2017 - Omaha, NE Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team Date: Jul 25 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
07/28/2017 - Sioux City, IA Sponsor: Siouxland ARA Date: Jul 28 2017 Time: 7:00 PM (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
08/03/2017 - Lincoln, NE
Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
Date: Aug 03 2017
Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Christopher W. Evens
Loction: Northside Cafe
2701 N 48th St.
Lincoln NE 68504-1425
08/08/2017 - Yankton, SD
Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
Date: Aug 08 2017
Time: 4:00 PM (No walk-ins)
Contact: Fred L. De Roos
Location: Christ the King Luthern Church
305 W 25th St
Yankton SD 5078-1317
08/12/2017 - Papillion, NE
Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
Date: Aug 12 2017
Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Robert F. McCoy
Location: Alegent Health Midlands Hospital
11111 S 84 Street
Papillion NE 68046-3920
08/12/2017 - South Sioux City, NE
Sponsor: Dakota County Amateur Radio Club
Date: Jul 08, 2017
Time: 2:00 PM
Contact: Louis De Vries, Jr.
Location: South Sioux City Public Library
Main Conference Room
2121 Dakota Ave
South Sioux City, NE 68776
08/16/2017 - Hastings, NE
Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
Date: Aug 16 2017
Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
Contact: Allen D. Harpham
Location: Central Community College
Easy Hwy 6
Hastings NE 68901-9999
08/28/2017 - Sheldon, IA
Date: Aug 28 2017
Time: 6:00 PM (No walk-ins)
Contact: Delmar E. Spronk
Location: Northwest Iowa Comm college (NCC)
603 West Park St
Bldg A room 117
Sheldon IA 51201-9999
08/29/2017 - Council Bluffs Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC Date: Aug 29 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
|For more testing locations see the ARRL Testing Web page and the W5YI-VEC page|
56th Annual Victoria Springs Hamfest & Steak Fry - Anselmo, NE
07/29/2017 Start Date: 07/29/2017 End Date: 07/30/2017 Location: Victoria Springs State Recreation Area 43400 State Highway 21A South Anselmo, NE 68813 Website: http://cnarc.club/ Sponsor: Central Nebraska Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 147.09+ Open Public Contact: Larry Lehmann , KCØDA 528 West Avenue Minden, NE 68959 Phone: 308-832-7016 Email: kcØda@arrl.net
AK-SAR-BEN Amateur Radio Club Flea-Esta - Springfield, NE
09/16/2017 Start Date: 09/16/2017 End Date: 09/16/2017 Location: Sarpy County Fairgrounds 4-H Building 100 Main Street Springfield, NE 68059 Website: http://www.aksarbenarc.org Sponsor: Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.940 Public Contact: David Rice , NØJSB 8002 Crown Point Avenue Omaha, NE 68134 Phone: 402-571-8915 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Iowa State Convention - Sergeant Bluff, IA
09/23/2017 Start Date: 09/23/2017 End Date: 09/23/2017 Location: Sergeant Bluff Community Center 903 Topaz Drive Sergeant Bluff, IA 51054 Sponsor: Sooland Amateur Radio Association & Dakota County Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Convention Talk-In: 146.97 (PL 110.9) Public Contact: Jim Rhodes , KØXU 429 East 26th Street South Sioux City, NE 68776 Phone: 712-898-2140 Email: KØXU@longlines.com
Northeast Nebraska Hamfest - Norfolk, NE
11/04/2017 Start Date: 11/04/2017 End Date: 11/04/2017 Location: CHC Hall 105 Elm Avenue Norfolk, NE 68701 Website: http://www.qsl.net/evarc Sponsor: Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.730/130 (PL 131.8) Public Contact: Fred Wiebelhaus , KØFJW 920 South 4th Street Norfolk, NE 68701 Phone: 402-992-7653 Email: email@example.com
For a complete listing of Hamfests go to the ARRL Hamfest Search page
From the July 20, 2017 ARRL Letter
Amateur Radio Parity Act is Introduced in US Senate
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner's association (HOA) or subject to any private land use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes. The Senate bill, S. 1534, is identical to H.R. 555, which passed the US House of Representatives in January.
"Amateur Radio continues to be a critical part of our emergency communications operations," Wicker said. "Mississippians learned firsthand after Hurricane Katrina how Amateur Radio operators can provide a resilient, distributed network to first responders and disaster relief organizations when other communications tools fail."
"Amateur Radio operators provide an invaluable service to their communities by assisting local emergency communication efforts when disasters occur and main lines are down," Blumenthal said. "This bipartisan measure ensures that operators have access to the tools they need to support our first responders when lives are at stake."
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai applauded the bill in late January, saying that it would "help Amateur Radio operators, and take several steps to promote public safety."
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, expressed the League's appreciation to the Senate sponsors. "ARRL is grateful for the support of Senators Wicker and Blumenthal for sponsoring this important piece of legislation, and for advocating this bill for the past 3 years," he said. "Their continuing support is critical to the success of our efforts." President Roderick also thanked Senator John Thune (R-SD), who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, for "championing the Parity Act in the Senate since the beginning of our effort."
The bill has enjoyed widespread, bipartisan support. In the 114th Congress, nearly 130 cosponsors signed onto the legislation in the House and the Senate. The legislation, which strikes a carefully crafted balance for all concerned parties, is the result of months of work culminating in the accord reached by ARRL and the Community Associations Institute (CAI). The measure provides for the guarantee of an effective outdoor antenna while protecting the aesthetic concerns of HOAs.
In a statement, ARRL said it looks forward to working with the bipartisan leadership of the Senate and the Commerce Committee to help move the Wicker-Blumenthal legislation through the Senate and to the President's desk.
A revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services — going into effect in September will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask “the felony question,” as it did on the old Form 610 and still does on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form 605, which has existed for years. Applicants’ responses and explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee. The FCC told ARRL that it’s still deciding whether to issue a public notice on the change.
“The Commission is revising the basic qualifications section of the form to include a question regarding whether an application has been convicted of a felony in any state or federal court,” the Office of the FCC Secretary explained in a May filing with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which must okay the revision. “Applicants answering YES must provide an explanation regarding the conviction. This item enables the FCC to determine whether an applicant is eligible under sections 310(d) and 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to hold or have ownership interest in a station license.”
The revision also will apply to NCVEC Form 605 — the unofficial Amateur Radio-specific version of the application that is completed and filed at volunteer examiner coordinator (VEC) examination sessions. VECs will have to start using the revised form on September 7. Responding to VECs’ questions, the FCC offered some guidance, with a particular focus on NCVEC Form 605.
ARRL VEC Manager and NCVEC Vice-Chair Maria Somma, AB1FM, thanked the FCC for honoring a request to amend the effective date of the change, initially in early August. “At the urging of the NCVEC leadership, the FCC took into consideration the undertaking to change and distribute all affected forms and update software and agreed to push back the execution date by 1 month,” she said. The NCVEC will create a revised NCVEC Form 605 and release it to VE teams before September 7.
Once the Form 605 update has been implemented, assuming all other information is correct, negative felony question responses will result in a license grant, the FCC said. A YES will place the application in the “pending file for review” category. Applicants answering YES would have to, within 14 days, provide the FCC with a statement explaining the circumstances, and a statement “giving the reasons why the applicant believes that grant of the application would be in the public interest, notwithstanding the actual or alleged misconduct,” the revised Form 605 instructions state. The FCC said an applicant’s answer to the felony question and explanation will be public via ULS, unless a separate request is made to the FCC that the applicant’s explanation be kept confidential. The FCC will review applications on which the felony question has been answered in the affirmative and decide whether to grant them or designate them for hearing.
“The applicant must provide sufficient information for the FCC to determine whether there exists any material and substantial question of fact regarding whether the applicant has the character qualifications to be a Commission licensee,” the FCC said. There is no set checklist of items, but useful information would include such information as details regarding the conduct that resulted in the conviction or guilty plea, including time and place; the date of the conviction or guilty plea; the penalty imposed and whether it has been satisfied, and “any efforts taken to remedy the wrongs committed and ensure that the applicant will not engage in such conduct in the future,” the FCC said.
The FCC said the only additional information that VECs will have to collect is the response to the felony question; any explanatory exhibits and confidentiality petitions will go directly to the FCC, and VECs will have no information as to the status of such applications.
The FCC said the felony question must be answered every time — even if previously answered — for New, Modification, Renewal/Modification, and Amendment applications. “Assuming that nothing has changed, the attachment to the subsequent applications can simply reference the file number of the application where the complete explanation was given, rather than having to set forth the complete explanation each time,” the FCC memo said. “Clubs are not exempt from the felony question. The question applies to the club as an entity and to the trustee, but not to any other individual officers.”
Individuals convicted of a felony and later pardoned or whose record has been sealed should answer YES, and include information regarding the pardon, “as that will be relevant to whether the conviction still presents any material and substantial question of fact regarding whether the applicant has the character qualifications to be a Commission licensee,” the FCC told VECs. “An overturned conviction need not be disclosed — but a conviction still on appeal must be disclosed.”
Last February, many HF listeners across North America and elsewhere were able to copy signals from Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) during its first scientific research campaign since it was taken over by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute in 2015. UAF Space Physics Group Assistant Research Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, told ARRL this week that the next HAARP research campaign, which will get under way in mid-to-late September, will carry on the experiments begun during the previous campaigns. This time, though, even more listeners may be able to hear HAARP.
"Similar to the February campaign, I plan to inform listeners of selected experiment activities, allowing hams and SWLers to tune in and collectively participate," Fallen said. "One notable difference from the previous campaign is that another column of transmitter shelters at HAARP will be operational, both increasing the HAARP net transmitted power to 80% of its nominal 3.6 MW and increasing its antenna gain."
In advance of the September scientific campaign, HAARP will hold an open house on August 19. "Throughout the day there will be talks by Geophysical Institute researchers on site about the HAARP facility and research, and other research topics pursued at the UAF Geophysical Institute," Fallen said. "As in the previous year, tours of the main transmitter array, control center, and power generation plant will be offered throughout the day. Hams and radio enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their equipment for photo opportunities or even to make contacts from the site."
Fallen's February experimental campaign at HAARP included an audio broadcast, transmitting AM carriers and even some music on or about 2.8 and 3.3 MHz, with the resulting skywave signal consisting of a mix of both frequencies. He followed that with an "artificial aurora" experiment. Fallen is working under a National Science Foundation grant. He has posted additional information on his "Gakona HAARPoon 2017" blog. Follow HAARP on its official Facebook page or via Twitter (@UAFHAARP).
Radio amateurs from several states will gather in southern Illinois on August 17-21 to operate special event station W9E, leading up to and during the 2017 solar eclipse on August 21. W9E, which will operate from Marion, Illinois, is one of several announced solar eclipse special events.
"This will be the first total eclipse on American soil since 1991, the first on the mainland United States since 1979, and the first to sweep across the entire country since 1918. It will be an event you do not want to miss!" the W9E announcement said. "The far southern tip of the state of Illinois is the only place viewers can see the totality of the eclipse."
W9E plans to operate on 80, 40, and 20 meters (and perhaps other bands, if conditions permit), on CW, SSB, and digital modes (JT65, JT9, and PSK31). All amateur operators visiting the area for the eclipse are invited to visit. A copy of your license and photo ID are required to operate. Amateur Radio license testing also will be offered during the event.
While the W9E special event is under way, organizers are planning a joint exercise with ARES® Illinois District 11 Emergency Coordinator W. Bruce Talley, WA9APQ, hoping not only to assist with local communication during the eclipse but to coordinate with other ARES groups as the eclipse travels from northwest to southeast.
"Our plan is to be proactive and ready to respond as needed," said Talley. "Local volunteers and those from outside the area are welcome to sign up in the database. We are especially interested if you are coming to the area to view the eclipse and know where you will be stationed."
Solar Eclipse QSO Party
As the August 2017 QST article "The Solar Eclipse QSO Party -- Are You Ready?" explains, "The objective...is to flood the airwaves with contacts, all measured by the automated receiver networks of the Reverse Beacon Network, PSKReporter, and WSPRNet. When those observations are combined with the logs from individual stations, the result will be one of the largest ionospheric experiments ever performed."
Other Total Eclipse Special Events
This may not be a comprehensive listing. Search the ARRL Special Events Calendar for total eclipse special event operations.
UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom has announced plans to auction access to 190 MHz of former Amateur Radio spectrum in two bands -- 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz -- to make more room for mobile broadband services. In 2014, Ofcom announced in the wake of a year-long "consultation" -- a rule making proceeding -- that it was ending Amateur Radio access to significant portions of the 2.3 and 3.4 GHz bands, where Amateur Radio is secondary. The consultation followed the release by the Ministry of Defence of 40 MHz of spectrum at 2.3 GHz and 150 MHz of spectrum at 3.4 GHz.
"The 2.3 and 3.4 GHz spectrum is needed to provide additional capacity to meet growing consumer demand for mobile broadband," Ofcom said in a statement. "It is important that the frequencies are made available as quickly as possible for the benefit of consumers and industry."
Ofcom also has published a decision to draft regulations allowing Wi-Fi use in the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services 5,725-5,850 MHz band. "To make connections faster, we are making regulations to open an additional 125 MHz of spectrum in a 'sub-band' within the 5 GHz frequency range for Wi-Fi -- while ensuring protection for other users, such as satellite services," Ofcom said. The additional sub-band increases the number of 80-MHz channels available for Wi-Fi from four to six.
In 2015, Ofcom said it was considering the Amateur-Satellite Service allocations at 10.475 GHz and 47.0 GHz for 5G use. Ofcom published an update on spectrum bands above 6 GHz that might be suitable for next-generation mobile, often referred to as "5G."
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 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
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.
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.