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Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio 13-Apr-2017

OSCAR News - November, 26

OSCAR Meeting
The next regular OSCAR meeting is 11-Nov: 9: AM (local time) at the Happy Chef near WalMart in Owatonna.

ARRL Auction
ARRL On-Line Auction opened 23-Oct and continues until 03-Nov. Auction items include HF and VHF transceivers, exotic vacations, antennas, Amateur Radio jewelry, robot kits, rare books, vintage gear and more. Auction proceeds will benefit a wide range of ARRL education programs.

Camp Courage From AR Newsline
Handi Hams is planning its gala 40th anniversary celebration at Camp Courage North. This venue is located deep in the pines of Minnesota's beautiful lake country. The 2007 dates are 24-Aug to 31-Aug.

WARN Update From AR Newsline
In the October News we mentioned the Senate adopting the Warning, Alert and Response Network (WARN) system. Congress has apparently changed the bill, creating the the "Commercial Mobile Service Alerts" bill. The proposed National Alert Office and the multi-mode National Alert System are gone. The role of public TV stations is downplayed in favor of using cellular telephones for alerts. (ARNrewsline)

North American Overlay Mapper From ARRL Contest Rate Sheet
The latest version (v1.2) of North American Overlay Mapper (NAOMI) is a fully Windows-compatible program. It is now available for free download.

Amateur Radio R&O Released From ARRL Bulletin
The FCC Omnibus Amateur Radio proceeding (Docket 04-140) was adopted October 4 and released October 10, 2006. The FCC has:

  • expanded the phone subbands in the 75 and 40 meter bands;
  • permitted auxiliary stations to transmit on portions of the 2meter band;
  • permitted the use of spread spectrum on 222-225 MHz;
  • permitted amateurs to retransmit communications from the International Space Station;
  • permitted amateur licensees to designate a specific Amateur Radio club to receive their call sign in memoriam;
  • prohibited an applicant from filing more than one application for a specific vanity call sign;
  • eliminated certain restrictions on equipment manufacturers;
  • permitted Amateur Radio stations in Alaska and surrounding waters more flexibility in providing emergency communications;
  • clarified that ''amateur stations may, at all times and on all frequencies authorized to the control operator, make transmissions necessary to meet essentialcommunication needs and to facilitate relief actions'';
  • deleted the frequency bands and segments specified for RACES stations;
  • deleted the requirement for public announcement of test locations and times.
  • adjusted the frequencies currently authorized to Novice and Technician Plus licensees, the Commission increased the voice segments for General, Advanced and Amateur Extra licensees.
    • 75 meter phone: General operate 3800-4000 kHz, Advanced use 3700-4000, and Amateur Extra have 3600 to 4000 kHz.
    • 40 meter phone: Advanced and Extra Class utilize 7125-7300 kHz, and General operate 7175-7300 kHz.15 meter phone: General operate 21275-21450 kHz.

SSTV On A Light Beam From AR Newsline
A SSTV QSO was completed over a 13 mile path in Tamania. The optical contact included a number of objectives set for those involved, including voice contact with about seven people achieving a QSO.

Joint US/Canadian SE Station From AR Newsline
An international special events station is scheduled for early March 2007. The joint effort between Radio Amateurs of Canada and the American Radio Relay League will take place at the historic Marconi Memorial station in Newfoundland. The two day event is expected to cover all modes.

Civil Air Patrol Chooses EF Johnson From AR Newsline
E F Johnson has received a $2.6 million order to provide the Civil Air Patrol with its Project 25 compliant mobile radios and accessories.

Red Coss Background Checks From ARRL Letter
In the October News, we mentioned a new Red Cross requirement of background checks for volunteers. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, is advising ham radio volunteers to be cautious about the required American Red Cross background checks. The requirement extends to ARES volunteers who support Red Cross disaster relief efforts. A statement from ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, indicates "The Red Cross is requiring volunteers to grant permission for more than just a criminal background check," Harrison asserted. "They are also requiring permission to draw a consumer and/or investigative consumer report on the volunteer." Although the Red Cross stated they will not use credit reports, the authorization by volunteers is inconsistent with this assurance.

On The BPL Front From Multiple Sources
Observations in Australia suggest that BPL interference is a two-way street. Not only can a BPL system interfere with radio reception, but a low power transmitter can interfere with BPL operations. A mobile station running less than 5 watts within 250 feet of a clients modem can be adversely affected. This suggets the degree of susceptibility a BPL subscriber might expect if a ham drove by the power pole providing his B-P-L signal.

The ARRL announced it is appealing certain aspects of the FCC's Part 15 rules governing BPL systems. The League seeks review on the ground that the rules exceed theCommission's jurisdiction and authority; are contrary to the Communications Act of 1934; and otherwise not in accordance with law.

The New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) adopted a policy statement on deployment of BPL systems. NYPSC asserted that BPL technology may provide a benefit," but also has acknowledged that BPL involves technical and regulatory challenges. The NYPSC policy affirmed its decision that electric utilities should not be BPL providers.