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OSCAR News - July, 2003
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Field Day
OSCAR gathered at the QTH of Charlie K0HNY. Thanks to Charlie and Judy for allowing us to invade. We had a very casual Field Day, operating from 13:00 to about 20:30 (local), when 20 meters started to fold up. Participating and stopping by were Charlie K0HNY, Willis KA0KEL, Tom N0UW, Bob KC0NB and Gary KC0KEW. Set-up began around 11:30 by taking the TV antenna off Charlie's rooftop tower and replacing it with a 2-meter yagi. The TV antenna did not have a safe trip to the ground, so I think the 2-meter beam is going to be a permanent fixture (HI-HI). KC0BXJ recorded 51 contacts on 20 meters, mostly out west (because that's the direction the beam was pointing) Willis worked a club station off the back of the beam in Maryland operating 37 transmitters (39A MD). The main objective was to break in Charlie's new Icom 706 MKII G. Willis was at the helm with the instruction manual, and we figured out maybe 25% of the rig's features. A sense of pride was felt when we accomplished changing from the "S" menu to the "Q" menu. A nice rig, and it performed flawlessly.

License Renewal
At the June club meeting, we began a discussion about license renewal. The FCC indicates you should file for renewal 30-60 days, but no more than 90 days, before your license expiration date. If your application for renewal has been received by the FCC on or before the license expiration date, your operating authority is continued until the final disposition of your application. If your license expires, you may apply for renewal of the license for another term during a two-year filing grace period. During the two-year grace period and until the license is renewed, no amateur operator or station operating privileges are conferred.

Bogus QST Solicitation
In April, we mentioned a scam regarding subscriptions for CQ magazine. The ARRL advises somebody out there is trying to "sell" subscriptions to QST, but it's not the ARRL. Apparently, there is some kind of bogus telephone solicitor out there trying to get people's names, addresses and credit card numbers. QST is not available to the general public from a magazine distributor or publishing house. The League is asking that you report the phony solicitor (name and caller ID) to them.

DX Eyeball
Willis KA0KEL, Charlie K0HNY, and Tom N0UW had an eyball QSO with Gabriel VE2KGH over breakfast on Saturday, 07-Jun. Gabriel passed through Owatonna on a business trip from his home QTH of St. David, Quebec. He spent Friday night in Owatonna and was driving to Des Moines on Saturday. Gabriel is a past president of the Radioamateur du Québec Inc. and presented a RAQI lapel pin to each. Gabriel explained the RAQI is the ARRL equivalent for Quebec.

60 Meters to Open on July 3
The new, restricted, amateur allocation on 5 MHz will be opened to hams as of July 3, 2003. The ARRL reports that the FCC Report and Order establishing the new band was published today (June 3) in the Federal Register. The ruling takes effect 30 days after publication in the Register, meaning that the 60-meter band becomes available to amateurs at midnight, local time, on July 3. This is a unique band, with operation limited to five specific channels, on which hams may operate only upper sideband with a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz. The assignment of these channels implies that amateurs now must adhere to certain frequency tolerances for their use. The NTIA says that hams planning to operate on 60 meters "must assure that their signal is transmitted on the channel center frequency." The NTIA advised users to set their carrier frequency 1.5 kHz lower than the channel center frequency. In order to operate on the assigned center frequencies of 5332, 5348, 5368, 5373, and 5405 kHz, hams should tune their radios in USB mode to the following readings: 5330.5, 5346.5, 5366.5, 5371.5, and 5403.5 kHz in order to compensate for the single sideband offset from center frequency. But there is more. A very strict power output limitation of 50 watts effective radiated. For the purpose of computing effective radiated power, the transmitter Peak Envelope Power will be multiplied by the antenna gain relative to a dipole or the equivalent calculation in decibels. A half-wave dipole is presumed to have 0 decibels of gain. Hams using other antennas must maintain records of either manufacturer data on the antenna gain or calculations of the antenna gain with their station. Compiled from various sources

ATM Interference?
I had to chuckle at this posting on eham.net : Stopped at local ATM this evening to get some cash. All went well until I reached for my cash card while chatting with a friend on local 2m repeater. As I reached for card I keyed up with 50 watts and the ATM pulled my card back in ! So I unkeyed and the card came out. Reached for the card again and keyed up again... card went back in machine ! Now, if I can only figure out what frequency will add $$$ to my account ... (posted by N9AVY). You may have to know Jerry (I do from IL) to really appreciate this. You may have the chance, as his daughter lives here in Owatonna.

If It Is Too True To Be Good ..
Also from eham.net , NA6M warns everyone to watch out for offers to buy your gear with a cashiers check. Someone claims they are owed money above and beyond the price of your sale and has a cashier's check in that higher amount. The person offers to send you the check if you will wire back the difference, while he or she arranges for someone to pick up the equipment you want to sell. You receive the cashiers check. It looks real so you deposit it and send the purchaser the difference. Within days you are informed that the check is forged and the lending institution holds you responsible for the entire amount. You are not only stuck with the gear you were trying to sell but a big bill owed to some bank as well. From Amateur Radio Newsline

Be Careful If You Run WI-FI
A sour note for hams running what some call high fidelity single sideband. An FCC advisory letter (which does not carry enforcement sanctions) went out to a list of licensed hams in April who favor what some call enhanced SSB, which is sometimes nicknamed upper wideband and lower wideband, characterized by extended low end response, a clean mid-range, and expanded treble or high-end crispness. Their experiments have been a flop with some other hams near their frequencies of operation.

The advisory letter intended to inform them that the complaints claim the bandwidth of these stations is wider than necessary and contrary to good engineering practice. The letter encouraged each operator to be aware that it can be "extremely inconsiderate of other operators" to employ wide-band overly processed audio. Hollingsworth has reportedly expressed his belief single side band was developed as a mode with space saving advantages, with necessary tradeoffs in audio quality as a presumption with its use in the amateur service.
Compiled from various sources

Federal Law, Ham Radio, and HIPPA
If you are a ham with a disability and are a member of a group any other organization that has knowlege of your problem, then listen up. In order to continue receiving most benefits from such a group you are now required under Federal law to fill out and return the new Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy guidelines forms that you may have already recieved or will recieved from each group. The Federal government requires the paperwork. Signing it will allow groups that must disclose disability information in the course of routine business to continue to serve you. For hams with disabilities it means that groups like the Handi Hams can continue to provided direct assistance with license renewal or license changes, publish news of individual license upgrades, and even send a birthday greeting by the ham radio's National Traffic System. What about individuals who do not sign the forms? They will still be able to receive some services offered by these groups, but limited to those which do not involve releasing information about their physical condition. However, in the case of the Handi Hams, a disabled ham could no longer be connected with the groups assistance community of other members and volunteers because of the new federal privacy regulations. Full information on the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is on-line at http://aspe.hhs.gov/admnsimp/. From Amateur Radio Newsline

Citizen Corp Affiliation
ARRL now is an official affiliate program of Citizen Corps. Amateur Radio operators were called "first of the first responders" at the signing ceremony. The affiliation statement calls on the Dept. of Homeland Security and ARRL to raise public awareness of Amateur Radio as a safety resource. In addition, DHS and ARRL will cooperate in providing training and accreditation for Amateur Radio emergency communications and promote the formation of local Citizen Corps councils. From ARRL

New 2-meter Beacon
A new 2-meter beacon operating under the K7XC call sign. It operates on 144.288 MHz located at 4900 feet on Lahotan Peak in grid square DM09. This is above the Lahotan Reservoir near Silver Springs, Nevada. The beacon consists of a 10 watt C-W transmitter into a single K-Q Loop at the 30' level on the tower. If you hear it you can send Q-S-N reports to K7XC by e-mail at mailto:timm@cccomm.net From Amateur Radio Newsline

Something to Sell or Buy? Something to Add?
Don't forget the "classified" section of the OSCAR web site. The editor is always looking for ideas and submissions for future newsletters. Send ideas, articles, event dates, and updates.