Category Archives: Amateur Radio

Kern County Parks on the Air Event Website

 Amateur Radio operators from Kern County helps celebrate Kern County Parks and Recreation 65 years of……
 Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) will be visiting and operating their radio equipment from Kern county parks and lakes.  Starting April 28 thru July 1, 2017 they will be talking to people over the air waves all thru Kern County.  On July 1st, the anniversary, they will operate a Special event station at (TBA) And invite the public to stop by for a (TBA)
 Attention Clubs and area hams – From April 28 thru July 1st we would like to invite you to join in as we activate 65 Kern County Parks in 65 days.
The rules, check list and destinations are available on the Kern County Parks on the Air KCPOTA.com website. It doesn’t matter if you have a ht, base or mobile you can join in on the fun.
 For more information: N6AJ@arrl.net

Parachute Mobile Mission 26 is set for May 13, 2017

Make a contact with a skydiver and receive a one-of-a-kind QSL card.

WHERE: We will be conducting our Mission from Bay Area Skydiving, Byron Airport, Byron, CA.

TIME: We hope to have our first jump sometime between 9:30 and 10:30 A.M.  We are usually able to make 3 to 5 jumps for the day.

FREQUENCIES: QSO frequency will be 146.430 MHz simplex.
We will also be dedicating one jump for D-star.  Locally, D-Star will be via the W6CX C repeater on Mount Diablo, output 145.000, input 147.500, reflector REF014 C.  Plans are to conduct an HF jump as well on 20 meters at 14.250MHz

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Kern County Parks on the Air 65 Years 7-1-1952 – 7-1-2017

 Amateur Radio operators from Kern County helps celebrate Kern County Parks and Recreation 65 years of……
 Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) will be visiting and operating their radio equipment from Kern county parks and lakes.  Starting April 28 thru July 1, 2017 they will be talking to people over the air waves all thru Kern County.  On July 1st, the anniversary, they will operate a Special event station at (TBA) And invite the public to stop by for a (TBA)
 Attention Clubs and area hams – From April 28 thru July 1st we would like to invite you to join in as we activate 65 Kern County Parks in 65 days. The rules, check list and destinations will be sent out and on line at W6LIE.org. It doesn’t matter if you have a ht, base or mobile you can join in on the fun.
 For more information: N6AJ@arrl.net

California AB-1222 ammended to exclude Specialized Mobile Radio Devices from Current Law

With the passing of California AB-1785 there has been a lot of confusion and concern that use of amateur radio devices in a mobile setting was now outlawed.

Existing law makes it a crime to drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless communications device, as specified. Existing law defines an electronic wireless communications device as including, but not limited to, a broadband personal communication device, a specialized mobile radio device, a handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or a two-way messaging device.

Recently California Assembly Bill 1222, introduced by Assembly Member Quirk, was amended in Assembly on April 17, 2017 that looks to allow for use of mobile commercial radio systems.

This bill would remove a specialized mobile radio device and a two-way messaging device from the list of devices specifically included as an electronic wireless communications device.

Specialize Mobile Radio device

The Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) service is defined by 47 CFR, Part 90. and utilizes the 800/900 MHz spectrum.

Two-way Messaging device

Two-way messaging device is a vague term and open to much interpretation by the public and authorities. One could argue that texting is using a two-way messaging device.

Again just was when the original Bill was passed, it looks like non-technical, legislators and staff that have no real knowledge of the basic technical aspects of radio are writing these laws.

Text of the Bill can be viewed here:  http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB1222

Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

by James Careless

Hams standing by and ready to help during disasters or other events.

More Americans than ever have been licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as amateur radio operators, and those in the know say that emergency communications is driving their passion to be “hams.”

“There has been a tremendous amount of interest in emergency preparedness since 9/11 and Katrina, and this is true for the amateur radio community as well,” said Mike Corey, the emergency preparedness manager for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). “Emergency communications is a gateway into amateur radio, and many join our ranks through an interest in being better prepared themselves and as a way to serve their community.” Continue reading Emergency Communications Driving Increase in Amateur Radio Operators

New Bands! FCC Issues Amateur Radio Service Rules for 630 Meters and 2,200 Meters 03/31/2017

It’s been a long time coming, but the Amateur Service will get two new bands in the near future. The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions. The FCC Report and Order (R&O) spells out the details. It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

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The Netherlands Modifies 5 MHz Amateur Radio Privileges to Conform with WRC-15 Global Allocation

Telecommunication regulators in The Netherlands have scaled back considerably the liberal 60-meter privileges announced for radio amateurs in that country just days after the conclusion of World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15). Since December 2015, amateurs in The Netherlands have had access to a 100-kHz wide amateur band at 5 MHz, with a maximum power of 100 W.

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Two-Way Radio Users Worried California’s Cellphone Ban Is Too Broad

by: Macy Jenkins

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change.

“I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act while driving is a $20 ticket.”

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