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Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio 13-Apr-2017

OSCAR News - December, 2ии6

OSCAR Elections
December brings the hotly contested elections for OSCAR. The nominating committee has been busy. Cast your vote at the regular meeting on 09-Dec. Don't miss hearing the election promises and acceptance speeches.

SKYWARN Recognition Day
SKYWARN Recognition Day is a special event scheduled for 0000-2400 UTC on Saturday, December 2, 2006. Contact as many NWS stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 meter and 70cm bands. QSO exchange includes call sign, signal report, location and a one or two word description of the weather occurring at your site, such as sunny, partly cloudy and windy. See the Web page for a list and to learn more.

WT-Docket 04-140 Effective 15-Dec From AR Newsline
We reported the details of the docket in the November Newsletter. The document was published in the Federal Register on 15-Nov, meaning it becomes effective 15-Dec. The full R&O can be see in the Federal Register.

ARRL Auction Results From ARRL
The first ARRL On-Line Auction was an apparent success, grossing nearly $37,200. Auction proceeds will help support ARRL educational activities including licensing newcomers, strengthening Amateur Radio's emergency service training, offering online continuing education courses and creating new instructional and educational materials.

FM Modulators and NPR From CGC Communicator
The National Public Radio (NPR) asked the FCC to order evaluate FM modulators used to play satellite radios and iPods through their car stereos. Citing interference issues, the NPR suggested the FCC reexamine the certification of low power transmitters and ensure non-compliant products are removed from the market.

Suit-Sat 2?? From AR Newsline
A second disagreed Russian space suit loaded with ham radio gear may soon be orbiting the Earth. The planning for Suit-Sat 2 may include DSP and solar panels. It could be deployed next fall on an I-S-S spacewalk.

ARISS Contingency Network From ARRL Letter
The ISS Ham Contingency Network is a group of hams across the world capable of keeping reliable communications with the International Space Station (ISS). In a NASA first, Amateur Radio was called upon to provide an alternative communication path to the ISS, if needed. A Russian cargo rocket had problems docking with the ISS i nOctober. During the docking maneuvers, the ISS orientation was allowed to drift freely. During free-drift mode, the station's solar arrays may not directly face the sun. The result could be a loss of the systems handling communication between the crew and Mission Control in Houston. The ISS Ham Contingency Network provided Mission Control with an additional layer of security.

ARC Background Checks From AR Newsline
We reported the basic requirement in the October Newsletter and an ARRL advisory in the November Newsletter. The debate centers around volunteers authorizing a credit check by the ARC. The ARC issued a statement to the ARRL, suggests the minimum check only includes only a Social Security number verification and a search of the National Criminal File for the the past seven years. The credit check may be required when an individual will work with finances or fundraising or when an individual is suspected of illegal activities related to the Red Cross. Volunteers should question the chapter administrator if something beyond the minimum check is required.

Top 100 Hubble Photos From CGC Communicator
Go to www.spacetelescope.org to a collection of photos from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Open Source JAVA From AR Newsline
Sun Microsystems is making nearly all of Java's source code a free open-source software. The GNU General Public License is the same type of permit also covering the distribution of the Linux operating system. Programmers are now encouraged to examine, modify, fix bugs and contribute new features in Java's underlying code.

Badger Weather Net From eham.net
Weather buffs may want to check into the Badger Weather Net (BWN). BWN meets from 5:00 AM to 7:15 AM on 3.985 MHz collecting high and low temperatures, and precipitation. Weather information is passed on to the appropriate local National Weather Service Office.

Driving and Cell Phones From CGC Communicator
Several interesting articles showed up regarding cell phones and driving:

  • Toyota sponsored a 3-day program involving 500 high school students and parents. The results were a lot of orange cones being hit while drivers handled a cellphone, loud music and a loud instructor.
  • Psychologists at the University of Utah said drivers talking on phones are more likely to crash than drunken drivers.
  • Red Light cameras in Murrieta, CA suggest that 50% of those photographed running red lights were holding cellphones to their ears.

On The BPL Front From Multiple Sources
The FCC classified BPL internet access as an "Information Service", similar to cable modems and DSL service from a regulatory standpoint. The intent is to encourage faster deployment of BPL access to consumers despite its RFI drawbacks. On a related note, FCC Commissioner Copps suggested that slow broadband speeds are hurting the US economy.

In support of the ARRL appeal of FCC rules on BPL, the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) filed a joint motion for leave to intervene.