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If you want to be part of the OSCAR organization, contact Charlie KØHNY. Dues are only $10 per calendar year.
Kid's Day 2004
Kid's Day is not a contest, and patience is the byword on both sides of each contact. The role of the licensee and control operator is to help youngsters with the basics, keep an eye on the technical aspects of the operation, observe third-party traffic restrictions when making DX QSOs and ensure station identification at proper intervals. In this event, it's quality of the contacts that counts, not quantity.
Kid's Day will run from 1800 to 2400 UTC, and there's no limit on operating time. The suggested exchange is name, age, location and favorite color. Stations may work the same station again if an operator has changed. Call "CQ Kid's Day." Suggested frequencies are 14.270-14.300, 21.380-21.400 and 28.350-28.400 MHz plus 2 meter repeater frequencies, with permission from the repeater's sponsor). Guidelines for this event are available on the ARRL Web site.
All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate. Visit the ARRL Kid's Day Survey page to complete a short survey and post your comments. You will then have access to download the certificate page. Or you can send a 9x12 SASE to Boring Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1357, Boring, OR 97009. From ARRL
FEMA Comments on BPL
"FNARS radio operators normally conduct communications with signals that are barely above the ambient noise levels." FNARS HF stations, FEMA said, typically are in residential areas of the sort that BPL might serve. FEMA said BPL also could render useless such "essential communications services" as the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) and the Civil Air Patrol.
The agency advised the FCC to beef up its Part 15 rules to ensure no increase in interference levels to existing FCC or NTIA-licensed communication systems. Otherwise, FEMA predicted, "any noise increase inevitablywould diminish the ability to maintain essential communications" and would "directly impair the safety of life and property." Likewise, FEMA pointed out, amateur HF transmitters could possibly interfere with and interrupt BPL service, leading consumers not familiar with Part 15 to blame licensed radio services. Concluded FEMA: "The purported benefits of BPL in terms of expanded services in certain communications sectors do not appear to outweigh the benefit to the overall public of HF radio capability as presently used by government, broadcasting and public safety users." From ARRL
The newer standard being adopted is the Anderson PowerPole (shown at left). These connectors are rated for 30 Amps and are "genderless". You use the same connector for the power side and load side. They are sturdier than the Molex connector and readily accept 12 gauge wire. About the only concern in using them is making sure you orient the red and black connectors properly. The orientation in the picture the ARES standard. See the Misc. Info section of the OSCAR web site for additional information on assembly of PowerPole connections.
A set of 10 pairs (one red and one black) of the PowerPole conenctors is $10.95 from AES. A bulk source for housings and contacts is H.M. Cragg in Bloomington. For the $25 minimum, you can get 30 pairs. They are certainly also availble at many hamfests.
A suggested power cable is the paired cable from Cable Experts. The cable is similar to "zip cord", but is red and black. It has similar ratings as automotive wire. The insulation on conventional house wiring may fail in an automotive applications (e.g., temperature, moisture, gasoline, oil). The AZ10 (10 gauge) is $0.39 per foot and AZ12 (12 gauge) is $0.29 per foot from AES. Buying a 100 foot spool saves about $9.00.
Consider adopting the PowerPole standard if you are doing any wiring of rigs or accessories.
Morse Code Isn't Dead
How a Bug Key Works
Free Subscription to ATVQ
To take advantage of this one time offer, send a letter by U-S mail requesting a free subscription and stating that you are temporarily out of work. The address is Holiday Offer - ATVQ, 5931 Alma Dr. Rockford, IL 61108. Sorry, the magazine will not accept e-mail subscriptions for this one time offer. From Amateur Radio NewsLine
73 Magazine archives
A Bug in Your Car?
A federal appeals court has ruled that the FBI and other police agencies may not eavesdrop on conversations inside automobiles equipped with dashboard communications systems, but not due to privacy grounds at all. Since the FBI monitoring required parts of the system to be made inoperable (e.g., auto alert if the air bags activated), the court deemed that the FBI was actually interfering with the contractual relationship between the service provider and the customer. If the surveillance had been done in a way that was seamless and undetectable, the court may not have a problem with it. Compiled From Various Sources
New Atlanta VHF/UFH Beacons
ULS System Makeover
ULS License Manager will be compatible with most, if not all, major Web browsers and computer platforms and no longer will require downloading Java and Java Script files. Screens also will be compliant with Web screen-to-voice reader software. The ULS will require all filers to log into the system using an FCC Registration Number (FRN) and Commission Registration System (CORES)password. The FCC said it would no longer accept a Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN)--a Social Security Number for most individuals--for log-in purposes.
There's also a new paper version of FCC Form 605, dated December 2003. One change is that Form 605 no longer requests a date of birth and will only accept an FRN and CORES password. There are no Amateur Service-related changes to any Form 605 schedules. The FCC says Amateur Service applicants may continue to use the March 2001 (or later) edition of Form 605, although it encourages use of the newest version. The new FCC Form 605 now is available via the FCC Web site. From ARRL
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