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Friday, November 21, 2014
Homeland Security Plan includes Ham Radio
The US Department of Homeland
Security’s 2014 National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) has
incorporated Amateur Radio in its mix of media that could support and
sustain communications in a disaster or emergency
The ARRL reports the 2014 NECP is the first update
since the original plan was released in 2008. The NECP is “the nation’s
over-arching strategic plan for enhancing emergency communications
capabilities and interoperability nationwide,” DHS said in announcing
the updated plan on November 12.
“[A]mateur radio operators…can be important conduits for relaying
information to response agencies and personnel when other forms of
communications have failed or have been disrupted,” the NECP states.
The NECP also describes changes that lie ahead for emergency
communication systems, such as 9-1-1 systems. “In the future, Next
Generation 9-1-1 will enhance the capabilities of current 9-1-1
networks, allowing the public to transmit pictures, videos, and text
messages that will provide additional situational awareness to
dispatchers and emergency responders,” the NECP says.
Information Regarding FCC Expired License Rule Changes
The FCC now offers partial credit for expired General, Advanced or Extra Amateur Radio licenses. A license that has expired and gone beyond the two year grace period will be canceled in the FCC system. The licensee will not automatically qualify for a new license. At a minimum, previous license holders must take the current 35-question Technician exam at a VE exam session to return to Amateur Radio. The FCC will issue a new call sign and a new license when the Technician exam is passed.
From our friends across the pond – At Southgate
December is YOTA month!
During the month of December many
countries will be on the air with the YOTA (Youngsters On The Air)
suffix. It is being used to encourage young people to get on the air with the
help of licensed operators or indeed to use their own callsign to gain experience.
Mentor operators from EI are
encouraged to use the EI0YOTA callsign, with a young person to operate.
All modes & bands will be used with lots of awards available to stations
working the YOTA stations. QSL manager for the event is Brani OM2FY.
If you would like to book a slot to
operate EI0YOTA, or need more details, please contact Ger McNamara EI4GXB via
email on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 087 2532512.
are many things we have to be thankful for in our country. The men and women
who have served in the United States military to preserve and protect our
country deserve our thanks. This announcement is one example how amateur radio
can honor those who have served and I encourage every ham to participate next
The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) website at http://www.legion.org/hamradio will operate Special Event
Station W9L on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11 from 0900
to 1600 EST from The American Legion’s National HQS in Indianapolis. An
attractive full color commemorative certificate will be available with an SASE.
“Veterans Day is more than just a holiday,” said Marty Justis, W9WMJ –
president of TALARC. “It is a time for all Americans to recognize the honorable
nature of military service and the men and women who have sacrificed so much in
defending our nation through the years.
“This special event operation serves to underscore the importance of Veterans
Day via the amateur radio community, to salute the men and women who have
served our country honorably in uniform, and to recognize the contributions of
so many military personnel who served as radio technicians, engineers and
members of MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System), passing messages from war
zones, at sea and other overseas locations to loved ones back home.”
Frequencies will be 14.275 MHz USB +/- 5 KHz, IRLP Node 4816, and in Central
Indiana 146.46 MHz simplex or the 145.17 MHz repeater in Hamilton County.
After working W9L, send a 9X12 inch self-addressed-stamped-envelop to The
American Legion Amateur Radio Club, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis,
With a short report, SWL certificates will be issued also.
ARRL Indiana Section
Section Manager: Joseph D Lawrence, K9RFZ
New General Class Question Pool will be released soon
The new General Class Question Pool will be released soon... to take effect on exams begining July 1, 2015. So, if you're a Technician, and want to upgrade, you might want to consider studying, and upgrading before the pool changes. At this time, it is not known, the ratio of questions with schematic diagrams to those without...but, suspect there will be more schematics in the new pool. But, nobody will know until the new pool is released, and "approved as final". NCVEC.org
It is that time of year again - Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 am (local time) - Turn your clocks BACK one hour (Fall Back). We go from Eastern Daylight Saving Time to Eastern Standard Time.
UTC (GMT or Zulu Time) does NOT change.
So, follow me on this..... at 2:00 am (0200) local it will be 0600 UTC or 4 hours behind UTC.
We turn our clocks back one hour and that makes it 1:00 am EST (0100). It will still be 0600 UTC. We are now 5 hours behind UTC time.
You get to sleep in one more hour on Sunday morning. But don’t worry, they will take that hour back again in Spring when we turn our clock ahead one hour (Spring Forward). 73, PCARS- Tom, KB8UUZ
IRCC Vice Chairman, Jim Rinehart, K9RUmade the presentation citing the club for outstanding service to the amateur radio community for holding the series of One-Day Technician Classes. The eight hour classes have produced over fifty new Tech Licensed hams in the past three years.
57th Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) Takes Place October 18-19
10/08/2014 (From ARRL News at www.ARRL.org)
Scouting's 2014 Jamboree On The Air
(JOTA) is set for the October
18-19 weekend. The annual event links Scouts and Guides around the world via
Amateur Radio each third weekend of October. According to the World Scout
Bureau, JOTA is the largest Scouting event in the world, with nearly 750,000
Scouts participating from 6000 stations in 150 countries around the world.
Scouts of any age can participate, from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts and Venture
crew members. Not a contest, JOTA’s goal is to foster Scout-to-Scout
communication across borders and oceans.
“The idea is to contact other Scout
stations and allow as many Scouts as possible to talk to other Scouts and learn
about who they are and what they are doing,” the Boy Scouts of America says in its JOTA guidelines, which offer suggested frequencies.
On-the-air exchanges typically
include such information as name, location, Scout rank, age, and hobbies, but
the conversation can certainly go beyond that. Amateur Radio licensees should
be aware that international third-party traffic agreements may prohibit direct person-to-person communication
between unlicensed individuals in certain other countries. In those cases, the
station control operator may serve as an intermediary.
Licensed mentors often open their
stations to Scouts on JOTA weekend, serving as control operators. Radio
operation will be on 80 through 6 meters, all modes, and 2 meters and 70
centimeters FM simplex. Upward of 14,000 stations were on the air for JOTA
A JOTA participant patch is
available, as is a certificate/log sheet that can also be used to fulfill a
Radio merit badge requirement.
JOTA 2014 gets underway on Saturday,
October 18, at 0000 local time and concludes on Sunday, October 19, at 2400
local time. The ARRL website also has information
on JOTA. More at:http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx
Scouting JOTA Founder Les Mitchell, G3BHK, SK
10/08/2014 (From ARRL News at www.ARRL.org)
2014 a little more than 1 week away comes word that its “founding father,” Les
Mitchell, G3BHK, died on October 6. Mitchell started JOTA in 1958, after
launching the idea a year earlier at the World Scout Jamboree. That was the
first year the Jamboree had an Amateur Radio station on site, and it’s had one
every year since.
“Little did I think when I drew up
the plans and rules for the first event in 1958 that its popularity would
increase and spread around the world,” Mitchell reminisced in 2000. “Even more
astonishing is the fact that after all this time it still holds its popularity.
In fact it has become the largest international Scout event ever.”
Mitchell said that far fewer Scouts
were licensed in 1958, but over the years Scouts taking part in JOTA got so
interested that they became radio amateurs themselves.
Annual Meeting Remote Participation via EchoLink
Posted on October 5, 2014 by WA4SCA
The 2014 AMSAT Symposium will be
held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Oct 10-12 in Baltimore. The Annual
Meeting will be held Saturday afternoon from 15:45 – 17:15 EDT (19:45z –
21:15z) and will be broadcast via EchoLink on the *AMSAT* channel. The
Annual Meeting includes a report to the membership by the President and Senior
Officers and includes a question and answer session where members may ask
senior officers and BoD members questions. Echolink participants may send
questions using the text messaging feature of EchoLink.