AT&T’s New “AirGig” Not Your Father’s BPL

bpl-imageRecalling the earlier efforts of the FCC and telecommunications and utility interests to roll out “Broadband over Powerline” (BPL), the Amateur Radio community has been buzzing with questions about AT&T’s just-announced “AirGig” BPL plan to make broadband available via apparently similar technology. ARRL’s earlier anti-BPL campaign, and market forces, eventually led to the demise of the prior BPL initiative. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, who spearheaded the earlier effort to quantify BPL’s threat to Amateur Radio’s HF spectrum and remains the resident expert on the subject, said this newest BPL incarnation should not pose an interference issue for radio amateurs.

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ARRL Announces Club Competition Eligibility Changes

Earlier this year, following a challenge that resulted in the realignment of several club scores in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, it became clear that the Club Competition rules were not being enforced as consistently as they should have been. In order to make sure club results are accurate and fair to all, the ARRL Contest Branch is renewing its effort to help clubs comply with the rules (See Section 8 of the “General Rules for All Contests.”) The Contest Branch has announced changes in three areas: Online uploading of club rosters, the use of six-character grid locators, and the deadline for submitting eligibility.

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FCC Updates Notice on Amateur Radio Operation in CEPT Countries

The FCC has updated its Public Notice on Amateur Radio operation in European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) countries that have adopted certain recommendations regarding the US. The updated notice, in English, German, and French, includes some additional countries where operation is permitted. Licensees operating in CEPT countries must have a copy of the Public Notice, proof of US citizenship, and evidence of an FCC Amateur Radio license grant. These must be shown to “proper authorities” upon request.

Subject to regulations in force in the country visited, a US citizen holding an FCC General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra Class Amateur Radio license grant “is authorized to utilize temporarily an Amateur Station in a [CEPT] country that has implemented certain recommendations with respect to the United States,” according to the notice.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Swapmeet – September 24, 2016

Sponsored by the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers

Mark your calendars! The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Fall Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet will be held in Clovis, CA on Saturday September 24th. Ham radio and electronics enthusiasts from the Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley area are invited to attend.

Admission is FREE for sellers and buyers.

Time/Date:
Saturday September 24, 2016 – 8:00am to 11:00am
Sellers setup at 7:30am

Location:
New Hope Community Church
4620 E Nees Ave
Clovis, CA

Contact:
info@k6arp.org
559-492-7675

Clovis Amateur Radio Swapmeet – September 24, 2016

Sponsored by the Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers

Mark your calendars! The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers Fall Amateur Radio and Electronics Swap Meet will be held in Clovis, CA on Saturday September 24th. Ham radio and electronics enthusiasts from the Fresno, Clovis and the Central Valley area are invited to attend.

Admission is FREE for sellers and buyers.

Time/Date:
Saturday September 24, 2016 – 8:00am to 11:00am
Sellers setup at 7:30am

Location:
New Hope Community Church
4620 E Nees Ave
Clovis, CA

Contact:
info@k6arp.org
559-492-7675

FCC Proposes Substantial Fine for Unlicensed Amateur Operation, False Police Call

A New York City man faces a fine of $23,000 for operating on Amateur Radio frequencies without a license and for transmitting a false officer-in-distress call on a New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio channel. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on August 31 to Daniel Delise of Astoria. It details a history of complaints and alleged illegal radio operation on Delise’s part that dates back to 2012.

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Ham Radio Outlet Refurbishes, Reopens Former AES Milwaukee Location

HRO Milwaukee (former AES Location)
HRO Milwaukee (former AES Location)

Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) opened its latest Amateur Radio retail outlet at the site of the former Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) headquarters store at 5710 West Good Hope Road in Milwaukee on August 27. AES closed its Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Cleveland, and Orlando outlets on July 28, following a surprise announcement 4 weeks earlier that it was going out of business after 59 years as a ham radio equipment supplier. A couple of weeks later, HRO announced plans to make over the Milwaukee outlet and reopen it as its “superstore” — now HRO’s largest. Several former AES Milwaukee employees now are working for HRO, which undertook a rapid remodeling project to make the store over in its own brand. Dan Vanevenhoven, N9LVS, visited the HRO Milwaukee location on opening day, camera in hand, and he posted video of his brief tour on YouTube.

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Turlock Auction Date set for October 29, 2016

The Turlock Amateur Radio Club Fall Estate Auction will be held on  Saturday October 29, 2016 at the Crossroads Church in Turlock, California.

Large Estate Of Collector and equipment restorer. LOTS of tubes, parts and test equipment.  Restored Ham & Commercial Broadcast Radios.

Date/Time

Saturday October 29, 2016
Doors Open 8:00 am — Auction Starts at 9:00 am

Location

Crossroads Church
1360 North Johnson Road
Turlock, CA.

Website

www.w6bxn.org/auction

 

T-Hunt Re-cap July 16

Start Point: Hwy 180 & McCall
End Point: Tollhouse & Lodge Road (Sierra Elementary School Lot)
Shortest Route: 27 miles (approx.)
Number of Teams: 4
Fox: Marty (K6KTP) & Dave (NQ6S)
Number of TX: 1

The central valley hunters were back at it again on July 16. An early start at 10:00 AM kept the heat at bay for a while. Four teams made the effort this round, and around and around they went at the start point. Mike (KG6MSV) was able to break away at the starting location and kept the lead. He was the first to arrive with a 45 minute travel time. Next to find the fox was Rick (W6KKO) after a 95 minute duration. The next to arrive was John (K6MI) at three hours and 25 minutes, with Ron (N6MTS) just five minutes behind John.

A short discussion of “what if” and “almost” was followed up with some well needed food and beverages. Norm (WB6LLW) met with the group as we were in his neck of the woods. Of course the ever present voice of direction (YEP) called out bearings to provide a hint to the teams.

The fox for the next hunt, Mike (KG6MSV), has asked that the hunters advise on the difficulty level for the upcoming hunt on Saturday, September 17. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being very difficult, send an email to rick@w6kko.com with your level number. The results will be passed along to the fox.

 

DX Engineering’s Tim Duffy, K3LR: New Fairgrounds Venue “Perfect for Hamvention”

DX Engineering Chief Operating Officer Tim Duffy, K3LR, says he’s enthusiastic about the new Dayton Hamvention® venue at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia, Ohio — both as a vendor and as an individual radio amateur. DX Engineering recently produced a short video tour of the new Hamvention location, which includes an interview with Hamvention spokesperson Mike Kalter, W8CI.

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Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers – Fresno County California