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July 15, 2018
Vol. 18, No. 25

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EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements
Test Sessions
News From the ARRL
     FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur's Long-Standing License Renewal Application
     ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum
     Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition in the Record Books
     World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open
     Radio Technology Designed by Radio Amateur Used in Thailand Cave Rescue
     In Brief...

 Education and Training
Closing Items



EVARC Upcoming Events/Announcements

Next meeting of the Elkhorn Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date:  Saturday, July 21, 2018
Time:  08:30 AM
First Choice Catering & Party
1110 S. 9th St.
Norfolk, Ne.
                 (The old Brass Lantern Restaurant)

Minutes from the June 09 meeting are available and can be read on the EVARC Web page

NOTE: The July meeting has been rescheduled so members can attend the Pioneer ARC Flea Market in North Bend, NE on July 14.

Visitors and guests are always welcome to the meeting.

For more Information see the EVARC Web Page

Midwest Division / Nebraska Section News

The Midwest Division ARRL Newsletter for July 2018 is available on the EVARC Web site.

The latest Nebraska Sections news can be found on the Nebraska Section Facebook page or the ARRL Nebraska Section news web page.


The EVARC EVENTS/Announcements will be on vacation for the next month. The next edition will be published August 12.



Test Sessions within 100 miles of Norfolk, NE

07/17/2018 - Hastings, NE
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Jul 17 2018
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Central Community College
                    Easy Hwy 6
                    Room 132
                    Dawson Bldg
                    Hastings NE 68901-9999
07/20/2018 - Sioux City, IA
     Sponsor: Siouxland ARA
     Date: Jul 20 2018
     Time: 7:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gary L. Johnson
                    (712) 898-7631
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: American Red Cross
                    4200 War Eagle Dr
                    Phone call is preferred
                    Sioux City IA 51109-1700
07/31/2018 - Omaha, NE
     Sponsor: AksarbenARC/Omaha Area VE Team
     Date: Jul 31 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: American Red Cross
                    2912 S 80th Avenue
                    Near 84th and Center
                    Lower Level West Side
                    Omaha NE 68124-3250
08/02/2018 - Lincoln, NE
     Sponsor: Lincoln ARC
     Date: Aug 02 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Christopher W. Evens
                    (402) 613-3484
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: American Red Cross Center
                    220 Oakcreek Dr
                    Lincoln NE 68528-1587
08/11/2018 - Papillion, NE
     Sponsor: Bellevue ARC
     Date: Aug 11 2018
     Time: 1:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Robert F. McCoy
                    (402) 871-5077
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Alegent Health Midlands Hospital
                    11111 S 84 Street
                    McArdle Suite
                    Papillion NE 68046-3920
08/14/2018 - Yankton, SD
     Sponsor: Prairie Dog Amt Radio Club
     Date: Aug 14 2018
     Time: 4:00 PM (No walk-ins)
     Contact: Fred L. De Roos
                    (605) 665-2590
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Christ the King Luthern Church
                    305 W 25th St
                    Yankton SD 57078-1317
08/21/2018 - Hastings, NE
     Sponsor: Amt Radio Assoc Nebraska
     Date: Aug 21 2018
     Time: 6:00 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Allen D. Harpham
                    (402) 462-4619
     Email: [email protected]
     Location: Central Community College
                    Easy Hwy 6
                    Room 132
                    Dawson Bldg
                    Hastings NE 68901-9999
08/28/2018 - Council Bluffs, IA
     Sponsor: Southwest Iowa ARC
     Date: Aug 28 2018
     Time: 6:30 PM (Walk-ins allowed)
     Contact: Gregory S. Ross
                    (712) 566-2698
     Email: [email protected]
     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




07/28/2018 - 57th Annual Victoria Springs Ham Fest & Steak Fry - Anselmo, NE
     Start Date: 07/28/2018
     End Date: 07/29/2018
         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: [email protected]
08/04/2018 - Midwest Division Convention
     Start Date: 08/04/2018
     End Date: 08/05/2018
     Location: Linn County Iowa Fairgrounds
                    201 Central City Road
                    Central City, IA 52214
     Website: http://www.w0gq.org
     Flyer: http://w0gq.org/hamfest/
     Sponsor: Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Convention
     Talk-In: 146.505
     Public Contact: Tim Busch , NØCKR
                              3244 70th Street 
                              Atkins, IA 52206
     Phone: 319-373-3971
     Email: [email protected]
09/08/2018 - AK-SAR-BEN ARC Flea-Esta
     Start Date: 09/08/2018
     End Date: 09/08/2018
     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: [email protected]
09/29/2018 - Iowa Great lakes ARC Hamfest
     Start Date: 09/29/2018
     End Date: 09/29/2018
     Location: Milford American Legion
                    1709 Okoboji Avenue
                    Milford, IA 51351
     Website: http://gt9650.wixsite.com/iglarc
     Flyer: https://gt9650.wixsite.com/iglarc/hamfest-swap-meet
     Sponsor: Iowa Great Lakes Amateur Radio Club
     Type: ARRL Hamfest
     Talk-In: 146.610 (PL 110.9)
     Public Contact: Eric Hinshaw , KBØLOX
                              103 Hinshaw Street Arnolds Park, IA 51331
     Phone: 712-330-2259
     Email: [email protected]


  11/03/2018 - Northeast Nebraska Hamfest - Norfolk, NE

     Start Date: 11/03/2018
     End Date: 11/03/2018
     Location: CHC Hall
                    105 Elm Avenue
                    Norfolk, NE 68701
     Website: http://www.qsl.net/evarc
     Flyer: http://www.qsl.net/evarc/HamfestFlier.pdf
     Sponsor: Elkorn 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 protected]



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



News From the July 12 ARRL Letter


FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur's Long-Standing License Renewal Application

A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary C. Harold. Sippel's Order followed Crowell's refusal to appear in Washington, DC, for a hearing to consider not just his license renewal but related enforcement issues dating back 15 years or more.

FCC Logo with Gavel"Crowell's decision not to appear at the hearing has the same practical effect as if he had initially failed, pursuant to Section 1.221(c) of the Rules, to file a written notice of appearance or otherwise signal his intent to participate in the hearing on his pending renewal application, i.e., he has waived his right to prosecute that application," Harold said in the Enforcement Bureau's June 12 motion to dismiss Crowell's license renewal application.

In his Order, Sippel said he agreed with Harold's determination. Crowell had asserted that the FCC was obliged to hold field hearings in the city nearest to a licensee's residence, but Sippel said that was incorrect. Crowell invoked financial hardship rules, but Sippel said those would not apply in an Amateur Radio case. Dismissal of the renewal application was "with prejudice."

It has been 10 years since the FCC set Crowell's license renewal application for hearing, which was to center on whether he had violated FCC Part 97 rules in the early 2000s, in part by causing intentional interference, transmitting music, and "using indecent language," and whether he was qualified to have his renewal application granted.

Crowell raised the lengthy delay in his response to Harold's June 12 motion. "The more-than-10-year delay in holding a hearing herein (that's only since the Hearing Designation Order [was] issued; the pre-HDO part of the case goes back to 2000) violates my administrative due process rights," claimed Crowell, who is an attorney.

Crowell further claimed that most of the witnesses who might testify at a hearing are now deceased, and "the evidence is terribly stale." He said the Enforcement Bureau "has no excuse for not having taken this case to a hearing at a much earlier date, and, at this point, my ability to elucidate the truth has been fatally compromised."

Crowell was fined $25,000 in 2016 for intentionally interfering with the transmissions of other radio amateurs and transmitting prohibited communications, including music. The FCC said Crowell did not deny making the transmissions but argued, in large part, that those transmissions were protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution. The FCC turned away that assertion.

Sippel said he had stayed the renewal case on the basis of the pending Forfeiture Order proceeding, but said he was later informed that the US Department of Justice had decided not to prosecute the case.



ARRL Urges Regulatory Regime to Keep Non-Amateur Satellites off Amateur Spectrum

ARRL wants the FCC to facilitate bona fide Amateur Satellite experimentation by educational institutions under Part 97 Amateur Service rules, while precluding the exploitation of amateur spectrum by commercial, small-satellite users authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules. In comments filed on July 9 in an FCC proceeding to streamline licensing procedures for small satellites, ARRL suggested that the FCC adopt a “a bright line test” to define and distinguish satellites that should be permitted to operate under Amateur-Satellite rules, as opposed to non-amateur satellites that could be authorized under Part 5 Experimental rules.

ARRL Flag picture“Specifically, it is possible to clarify which types of satellite operations are properly considered amateur experiments conducted pursuant to a Part 97 Amateur Radio license, and [those] which should be considered experimental, non-amateur facilities, properly authorized by a Part 5 authorization.”

ARRL said it views as “incorrect and overly strict’ the standard the FCC has applied since 2013 to define what constitutes an Amateur Satellite, forcing academic projects that once would have been operated in the Amateur Satellite Service to apply for a Part 5 Experimental authorization instead. This approach was based, ARRL said, on “the false rationale” that a satellite launched by an educational institution must be “non-amateur” because instructors were being compensated and would thus have a “pecuniary interest” in the satellite project. ARRL said well-established Commission jurisprudence contradicts this view.

ARRL told the FCC that justification exists to expand the category of satellite experiments conducted under an Amateur Radio license, “especially those in which a college, university, or secondary school teacher is a sponsor.” But, ARRL continued, a compelling need exists to discourage Part 5 Experimental authorizations for satellites intended to operate in amateur allocations by non-amateur sponsors, “absent compelling showings of need.”

“There is no doubt but that Amateur Radio should be protected against exploitation by commercial entities, and there should be a compelling justification for a Part 5 Experimental license issued for a satellite experiment to be conducted in amateur spectrum,” ARRL said. “A defining criterion for this latter category should be that there is no other spectrum practically available in lieu of Amateur Radio allocations.”

ARRL noted that International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) policy regarding satellites operated in Amateur Radio spectrum is only to coordinate satellites where licensees and control operators are radio amateurs and having a “mission and operation” consistent with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Radio Regulations’ definitions of the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.

Resolution 659, adopted at World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) 2015, included protective language against non-amateur satellites operating in Amateur-Satellite spectrum, and the exclusion of any amateur bands from spectrum that might be considered at a future WRC for allocation to the Space Operation Service.

IARU announced in 2017 that it would no longer coordinate non-amateur satellite operations and adopted new satellite frequency coordination guidelines. Under that policy, educational and university satellites may be coordinated only when an identified amateur component exists, and the mission is to teach and train students in satellite communication and building and launching satellites. The individual responsible for the satellite’s communications must be an Amateur Radio licensee. IARU will also continue to coordinate space stations operating under an amateur license and having “a clear amateur mission,” as well as satellites where a licensing administration directs the use of an amateur band.

ARRL asserted that incorporating Amateur Radio in experiential learning using small satellites — e.g., CubeSats — is good for Amateur Radio, for students, and for the advancement of technology, and it urged the FCC to adopt a regulatory paradigm that encourages this approach.

AMSAT-NA also filed comments in the proceeding. The AMSAT remarks reflect several of the same concerns expressed by ARRL, including the suitability of authorizing certain satellites built by universities and non-profit organizations in the Amateur Satellite Service, and expressing opposition to satellites licensed as experimental under FCC Part 5 rules operating in the Amateur Satellite bands. Interested parties may file reply comments in the proceeding, IB Docket No. 18-86, by August 7, 2018.


Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition in the Record Books

Baker Island DXpedition LogoAll Baker Island KH1/KH7Z DXpedition operating positions went silent at 1200 UTC on July 5, and all logs are believed to have been uploaded to Club Log. The final contact was on FT8 with JA2FJP on 80 meters. The 14-member team, accompanied by a US Fish and Wildlife Service escort left the island on July 6 for the 6-day voyage across the International Date Line to Fiji.

"The team is very tired but proud of QSO totals, over 17,300 unique calls [28%] in the log, and the successful deployment of the new DXpedition version of FT8 that showed over 6,000 unique calls in our log," reported team member Don Greenbaum, N1DG. He said the team celebrated Independence Day with hot dogs and burgers.

The 9-day stay on Baker yielded 64,434 contacts, including more than 1,200 on 160 meters under midsummer conditions. Greenbaum said the DXpedition's use of FT8 allowed many hams with modest stations to put KH1/KH7Z in the log. The team began tearing down the stations and equipment on July 4.

KH1/KH7Z completed 15,289 contacts (28% of the total) on FT8 DXpedition Mode. Nearly 41% of all contacts were made on 20 meters, the "bread-and-butter band."

The team focused on giving out as many all-time new one (ATNO) contacts as possible.

Full band-by-band, mode-by-mode statistics are on Club Log, where several stations posted their observations.

Bob Chortek, AA6VB, in California, commented, "Thank you all for hard work and sacrifice (time, money, time away from loved ones, having to endure 100+ degree heat, etc.) to make this DXpedition a reality. Great job!" Timothy Marek, K7XC, in Nevada, remarked, "What better way to finish off nine-band DXCC than to work Baker island on 160 for [the] last one! Thank you very much." Bob Marsh, K2RU, in Virginia, said, "Many thanks for an ATNO. Propagation looked bleak for the first couple days, but then SSB and CW within 55 minutes of each other! Nicely run operation."

The KH1/KH7Z DXpedition team was headed to Fiji on the first leg of its trip home. The Dateline DX Association (DDXA) sponsored the Baker Island DXpedition.



World JOTA-JOTI Registration Now Open

Registration is open worldwide for Scouting's Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) and Jamboree on the Internet. JOTA-JOTI take place October 19 - 21 -- always the third weekend of October. JOTA Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, encourages JOTA groups to register as soon as possible.

"The sign-up system this year is much simpler," Wilson told ARRL. "There is no need to first register an account at scout.org before signing in." Wilson said JOTA-JOTI will generate "an explosion of communication across the Amateur Radio airwaves and the internet." He anticipates that more than 1 million Scouts and Guides will take part in more than 150 countries. A JOTA-JOTI Participant's Guide is available.

"JOTA began in 1957 following the World Jamboree that year, when the ham radio operators gathered over coffee and thought about doing the on-the-air part of Jamboree every year," Wilson recounted. This year will mark the 61st JOTA (and the 22nd year of JOTI). "Many JOTA Amateur Radio stations are also starting to use JOTI channels, like ScoutLink, to more readily connect with Scouts around the world," Wilson told ARRL. "Other channels include Skype, YouTube, and social media."

Wilson said once groups have registered, other locations around the world will know to look for them. "Likewise, you'll be able to see at a glance all the rest of the locations from across town to the other side of the Earth," he added.



Radio Technology Designed by Radio Amateur Used in Thailand Cave Rescue

An early version of the HeyPhone in a Pelican caseUK radio amateur John Hey, G3TDZ (SK), was the original designer of special low-frequency radio equipment — the HeyPhone — used in the recent cave rescue in Thailand. Al Williams, WD5GNR, reported in Hackaday that the British Cave Rescue Council (BCRC) was asked for its help and equipped the rescuers with HeyPhones. The HeyPhone is “now considered obsolete, but is still in service with some teams,” Williams wrote. The radio transmits on USB at 87 kHz, which can penetrate deep into the ground, typically via electrodes driven into the ground.

In a 2018 update, the British Cave Research Association (BCRA) Cave Radio & Electronics Group (CREG) HeyPhone Cave Rescue Communication page called the HeyPhone “a pioneering development in cave radio” that “can no longer be recommended for construction.” Several successor products — including the Nicola Mark III, which has been tested by the BCRC — have been developed.



In Brief....

  • The K7RA Solar Update - Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: No sunspots have been visible for 15 days (as of July 11). According to Spaceweather.com, to find an equally long stretch of no sunspots, we have to look back about 10 years, when we were emerging from the deepest solar minimum in a century and the sun was blank for 52 consecutive days. Spaceweather.com did report "a relatively small spot" on August 11-12, 2008, however, and it may have been so small that NOAA didn't record it. Despite the lack of sunspots last week, solar flux rose from an average of 68.2 in the previous week to 71.5 in the July 5-11 period. Average daily planetary A index increased from 4 to 7.3, while average daily mid-latitude A index increased from 4 to 7.9. Predicted solar flux is 73 on July 12-19; 76, 74, 72, 72, and 70 on July 20-24; 68 on July 25 - August 2; 70 on August 3; 72 on August 4-6; 74 on August 7; 76 on August 8-16; 74, 72, 72, and 70 on August 17-20, and 68 on August 21-25. Predicted planetary A index is 5 on July 12-19; 15, 8, 10, 18, and 8 on July 20-24; 5 on July 25 - August 4; 12 and 8 on August 6-7; 5 on August 8-10; 16 and 8 on August 11-12; 5 on August 13-15; 15, 8, 10, 18, and 8 on August 16-20, and 5 on August 21-25. Sunspot numbers for July 5 through 11, 2018 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 0. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 68.1, 70.5, 72, 71.6, 72.9, 72.1, and 73.3, with a mean of 71.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 17, 7, 5, 4, 3, 7, and 8, with a mean of 7.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 11, 8, 6, 6, 5, 11, and 8, with a mean of 7.9.    Send me your reports or observations. For more information see The K7RA Solar Update

  • The Doctor Will See You Now!! "Mailbag" is the topic of the latest (July 5) 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 email your questions to [email protected], 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 guide.

  • AMSAT has issued its first call for papers for its 2018 Annual Meeting and Space Symposium. The event is set for November 2 - 4 at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Proposals for papers, symposium presentations, and poster presentations are invited on any topic of interest to the Amateur Satellite community. AMSAT requests a tentative presentation title as soon as possible. Final copy must be submitted by October 15 for inclusion in the printed proceedings. Send abstracts and papers to Dan Schultz, N8FGV. -- Thanks to AMSAT News Service

  • Hungary has regained access to 60 meters. The Hungarian National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has published an update to the National Frequency Allocation Table to provide Amateur Radio access to the band 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz at a maximum power of 15 W EIRP, per World Radiocommunication Conference 2015. Previously, 3-month permits were available to allow access to 5,350 to 5,450 kHz at 100 W, but these were discontinued in 2017. -- Thanks to Paul Gaskell, G4MWO/The 5 MHz Newsletter

  • A new Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) node is now operating in Liberia at the station of Richmond Harding, EL2BG. The new node was established with funding from the Yasme Foundation, as part of the RBN's effort to fill coverage gaps in its coverage in the developing world, following in the footsteps of VU2PTT and ET3AA. -- Thanks to Pete Smith, N4ZR



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 page.
  • 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:
         IS-100b - Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
         IS-200b - ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
         IS-700.a - National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction
         IS-800.b - National Response Framework, An Introductionn
  • 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..