November 30, 2009
ARLB035 FCC Looks to Revise, Clarify Vanity Call Sign Rules
On Wednesday, November 25, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) — WT Docket No. 09-209 — seeking to amend the Commission’s Amateur Radio Service rules to clarify certain rules and codify existing procedures governing the vanity call sign system, as well as revise certain rules applicable to club stations.
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Happy Birthday, Hiram!
This week, the League celebrates the 140th anniversary of the birth of ARRL’s co-founder and first President, Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW! Maxim — born September 2, 1869 — decided a national organization for Amateur Radio was in order after he needed a “relay” station in Agawam, Massachusetts to pass a message he was sending from Hartford to Springfield, Massachusetts. In honor of The Old Man’s (TOM) birthday, the ARRL is holding a week-long Special Event, where eligible amateurs may add /140 to their call signs. A complete list of who may add /140 can be found on page 20 of the September 2009 issue of QST. Hams who work at least 25 /140 stations can earn an attractive certificate; this certificate can be endorsed in increments of 25 QSOs, up to 100.
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August 12, 2009
ARRL Responds to FCC’s Proposed Allocation for Medical Devices in 70 cm Band
ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, on behalf of the ARRL, filed comments on August 11 regarding a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), ET Docket 09-36, issued by the FCC in March 2009. In the NPRM, the FCC proposed to allocate spectrum and adopt service and technical rules for the utilization of new implanted medical devices that operate on 413-457 MHz (70 cm). Continue reading ARRL Responds to Proposed Allocation for 70 cm Medical Devices
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Amateur Radio Station WX4NHC Featured in National Commercial
WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, Florida, is featured in a 60 second radio spot for Duracell batteries. The commercial, which begins airing this month, highlights the efforts of an all-volunteer army of ham radio operators for WX4NHC. Narrated by actor Jeff Bridges, it describes the important role that radio amateurs play during severe weather conditions — enabling communications with emergency medical teams, police and fire departments — when the power goes out. The narration underscores the importance of a reliable battery to power the portable ham radios, which are crucial to WX4NHC’s work.
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ARRL President Presents League’s Views on Distracted Driving Laws to Safety Advocacy Group
To ensure that Amateur Radio is not an unintended victim of the growing public debate over what to do about distracted drivers, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has written a letter to the National Safety Council (NSC), highlighting issues regarding the use of Amateur Radio emergency communications devices in vehicles. Many states have outlawed the use of cell phones while driving; some states with these laws have ambiguous wording (such as “mobile communication devices” or “mobile electronic devices”) concerning the use of Amateur Radio while driving.
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March 19, 2009
FCC Denies Petition to Increase Size of Amateur Radio Question Pools
In April 2008, Michael Mancuso, KI4NGN, of Raleigh, North Carolina, filed a petition with the FCC, seeking to increase the size of the question pools that make up the Amateur Radio licensing exams. Mancuso sought to increase the question pool from 10 times the number of questions on an exam to 50 times more questions. On March 19, 2009, the Commission notified Mancuso that it was denying his petition.
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Volume 28, Number 11
Marh 20, 2009
ARRL YOUTH EDITOR: YOUNG PEOPLE CAN HELP WITH EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS, TOO!
ARRL Youth Editor Duncan MacLachlan, KU0DM, of Prairie Village, Kansas, says many young hams want to help out with Emergency Communications and ARES activities, but really don’t know where to start. “One disadvantage of being younger hams is the fact that legal guardians are a must for most situations,” MacLachlan said. “While a young ham may not be able to go out and save the day with a handheld transceiver after a large storm, there are many ways they can aid in emergency operations.”
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February 25, 2009
ARRL Continuing Education Online Course Registration
Registration remains open through Sunday March 8, 2009 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, March 20, 2009: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2, Antenna Modeling, and Radio Frequency Propagation.
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February 19, 2009
John Kanzius, K3TUP, of Erie, Pennsylvania, passed away February 18 in Florida from pneumonia. He was 64. Kanzius was best known for his research into finding a cure for cancer using radio waves, specifically 13.56 MHz.
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ARRL Executive Committee Issues
Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy Statement
On January 30, at the instruction of the Board of Directors at its January 2009 meeting, the ARRL Executive Committee adopted a policy statement on mobile Amateur Radio operations. The statement addresses the growing number of proposed state and local laws and ordinances regulating the use of cellular telephone and text messaging, inadvertently affecting Amateur Radio mobile communications.
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