Category Archives: ARRL

2010 Digital Communications Conference
September 24-26, 2010

2010 Digital Communications Conference

Mark your calendar and start making plans to attend the premier technical conference of the year, the 29th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference to be held September 24-26, 2010, in Portland, Oregon. The ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work, and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications. Topics include, but are not limited to: Software defined radio (SDR), digital voice, digital satellite communications, Global Position System (GPS), precision timing, Automatic Position Reporting System® (APRS), short messaging (a mode of APRS), Digital Signal Processing (DSP), HF digital modes, Internet interoperability with amateur radio networks, spread spectrum, IEEE 802.11 and other Part 15 license-exempt systems adaptable for Amateur Radio, using TCP/IP networking over amateur radio, mesh and peer to peer wireless networking, emergency and Homeland Defense backup digital communications, using Linux in amateur radio, updates on AX.25 and other wireless networking protocols.

The Theme for Dayton Hamvention® 2011
August 9, 2010

Dayton Hamvention® Committee Announces 2011 Theme

When the Dayton Hamvention® opens May 20, 2011 for its 60th consecutive year, its theme — Global Friendship — will reflect an important part of ham radio, said 2011 Hamvention General Chairman Michael Kalter, W8CI: “The theme emphasizes how the technology continues to bond Amateur Radio operators from all over the world.”

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Fresno EMCOMM Report for June 2010

ARES/RACES June 2010

May 26, 2010- May was quite busy with EmCommWest in Reno, a Search and Rescue exercise in Hanford (a major media event) that is to be continued in Fresno.  All this and the regular training made for an exhausting month.  ARRL Website brings new training opportunity with the addition of the ADVANCED AREC course.  Now June is here and that means Field Day!

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Fresno VE Exams for 2010 – Updated Schedule

Amateur Radio Exams in Fresno
Unlicensed Thru Extra Class

Sponsored By:
The Fresno VE Team
The Fresno Amateur Radio Club
American Radio Relay League

Testing info for 2010 – Updated Schedule

Exams for all Amateur license classes will be conducted on the following dates in Fresno California.  All exams are given on Saturday and begin at 9:30 AM.

  • February 20
  • May 8
  • August 14
  • November 13

Bonaventure Mobile Home Park
1724 Minnewawa Ave
Clovis CA 93612-2545

Exams are held in the community room.


  • Google Map Directions
  • From Highway 99 South of Fresno – exit Clovis Ave. Go north to Shaw and turn left on Shaw to Minnewawa.  Turn right on Minnewawa and then left to the Mobile Home Park.
  • From Highway 41 or Highway 99 North of Fresno –  take Shaw Ave. exit, turn right (East), to Minnewawa Ave and turn left. Then turn left into the Mobile Home Park.

Theory exams are multiple choice. Priority mail is used to send paperwork to ARRL, who sends data to FCC via electronic mail, thus assuring the fastest possible service on new licenses, which typically arrive in about two weeks.


  • Two ID’s, one with photo
  • Taxpayer ID Number (Social Security Number),  or FCC Registration Number (preferred)
  • Fee $15.00 per test session.  Bring Exact change please
  • Original and copy of Amateur License
  • CSCE’s if upgrading

Talk in on 146.94 repeater.
Walk in’s only, no pre-registration.

More Info:
Charles – W6DPD,  (559) 431-2038

FCC Proposes Additions, Changes to 60 Meters
May 8, 2010

FCC Proposes Additions, Changes to Amateur 5 MHz Allocation

Acting on a 2006 Petition for Rulemaking filed by the ARRL, the FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), ET Docket No 10-98 to modify the rules that govern amateurs’ secondary use of five channels in the 5 MHz frequency range known as 60 meters. The proposed changes would substitute a new channel for one that is seldom available because of occupancy by the fixed service, which is primary in this range. Also proposed is an increase in power from 50 to 100 W effective radiated power (ERP) and the addition of CW, PSK31 and PACTOR-III modes with provisions to ensure that such operations would be compatible with the primary service. The proposed changes can be found beginning on page 8 of the NPRM.

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A Close Encounter for AMSAT-OSCAR 51
March 3, 2010

A Close Encounter for AMSAT-OSCAR 51

While many in North America were fast asleep Monday morning, March 1, the AMSAT-OSCAR 51 satellite had a potentially dangerous encounter with another spacecraft known as Formosat 3D. OSCAR 51 is a popular Amateur Radio satellite that often functions as a crossband FM repeater, relaying brief conversations over hundreds of miles. Formosat 3D is part of a constellation of six remote sensing microsatellites that collect atmospheric data for weather prediction and for ionosphere, climate and gravity research. Both orbit at an altitude of approximately 500 miles.

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FCC Seeks Comments for Blanket Waiver to Allow Amateur Radio in Hospital Emergency Drills
March 4, 2010

FCC Seeks Comments for Blanket Waiver to Allow Amateur Radio in Hospital Emergency Drills

In February 2010, the American Hospital Association (AHA) filed a request with the FCC for a blanket waiver of Section 97.113(a)(3) of the Commission’s Rules “to permit hospitals seeking accreditation to use Amateur Radio operators who are hospital employees to transmit communications on behalf of the hospital as part of emergency preparedness drills.” On March 3, the FCC issued a Public Notice — WP Docket 10-54 — seeking comments if the Commission “should grant AHA’s request for a blanket waiver of Section 97.113(a)(3) to permit amateur operators who are hospital employees to participate in emergency drills that are conducted by hospitals for accreditation purposes and that are not government-sponsored.”Section 97.113(a)(3) specifically prohibits amateur stations from transmitting communications “in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer.”

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MARS Now a Military Auxillary
December 24, 2009

MARS Gets New Name As It Fine Tunes Mission

On Wednesday, December 23, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued an Instruction concerning MARS, effective immediately. This Instruction gives the three MARS services — Army, Air Force and Navy/Marine Corps — a new focus on homeland security and a new name: Military Auxiliary Radio System. The Instruction is the first major revision to MARS since January 26, 1988 — as such, the first revision since the 9/11 attacks and Hurricane Katrina, two major events that changed the way Amateur Radio dealt with emergency communications.

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ARRL Appropriate Use Guidelines and Waivers
By David Sumner, K1ZZ, ARRL Chief Executive Officer
December 01, 2009

It Seems to Us: Appropriate Use: Guidelines and Waivers

For the final time this year, we again take up the issue of the appropriate use of Amateur Radio: the extent to which radio amateurs may (and should) provide communications on behalf of others, particularly their employers.

The Amateur Radio Service has a well-deserved reputation for taking the FCC rules seriously, so it is not surprising that the subject of “pecuniary interest” has attracted a lot of attention and discussion. The relevant rules have not changed since 1993, but recent years have seen growing interest in the use of Amateur Radio as an alternative, supplemental, or backup communications medium by commercial, non-profit and government entities. When those rules changes were adopted, that was not the expectation. Continue reading ARRL Appropriate Use Guidelines and Waivers