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2017 Fresno VE Exam Schedule

The 2017 Fresno VE Team amateur radio license exam schedule:

  • February 18
  • May 20
  • August 19
  • November 18

Sponsor: Fresno VE Team

Time:  Saturdays @ 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Charles P. McConnell – (559) 431-2038  –  w6dpdcharles@yahoo.com

VEC: ARRL/VEC

Location:  Salvation Army Fresno Citadel, 1854 Fulton St, Fresno CA 93706

Theory exams are multiple choice. First Class 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 are posted to the FCC database by the end of the second week following the exam.

BRING: 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. Original and copy of Amateur License. Talk in on 146.94 repeater.

Commemorative Special Event Reenacts 1921 Amateur Radio Transatlantic Reception

Radio amateurs in the US and in Scotland have reenacted the first successful transatlantic reception of a shortwave Amateur Radio signal nearly a century earlier. Special event station N1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut, and GB2ZE in Ardrossan, Scotland, completed contacts on SSB and on CW during the December 11 event. ARRL, the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Radio Club of America (RCA) partnered to support the activity, organized by ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and Clark Burgard, N1BCG, who loaned his history-rich call sign for the occasion. On December 11, 1921, in Ardrossan, Scotland, reception of a radio signal transmitted from an RCA test station — located in a small shack on the Greenwich, Connecticut, property of Minton Cronkhite, 1BCG — helped to usher in the age of global communication. In Scotland, American Paul Godley, 2ZE, clearly heard the signal using a receiver of his own design.

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Mexico Not Yet Extending Operating Permission to Non-Mexican Radio Amateurs

Broad changes in Mexico’s radiocommunication regulatory environment 2 years ago continue to hinder Amateur Radio licensing there and still do not provide reciprocal permission for non-Mexican radio amateurs to operate South of the Border. Mexico’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society the Federation of Mexican Radio Amateurs (FMRE) has been working with the new regulator, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) to craft more Amateur Radio-friendly licensing procedures and regulations, and there has been a little positive movement. The new regulatory regime considers the radio spectrum as an exploitable resource, and all former Amateur Radio regulations have been deemed null and void. To help acquaint regulators with the nuances of Amateur Radio, all IFT administrative staff completed the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) Amateur Radio Administration Course last February, and this has yielded some positive results.

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Canada Telecoms Regulator Revises, Clarifies Amateur Radio Service Requirements

Canada’s telecommunications regulator Innovation, Science, and Economic Development Canada (ISED) — formerly Industry Canada (IC) — has issued a revised version of the Radiocommunication Information Circular 3 (RIC-3), “Information on the Amateur Radio Service,” replacing the previous 2005 version. According to ISED, RICs are issued for the guidance of those engaged in radiocommunications in Canada, and the information they contain is subject to change without notice.

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ARRL Vows Continued Pursuit of the Amateur Radio Parity Act in the 115th Congress

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.

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ARRL Foundation Board Approves Two New Scholarships for Young Radio Amateurs

ARRL LogoThe ARRL Foundation Board of Directors recently approved two new scholarships.

The Helen Laughlin AM Mode Memorial Scholarship

The Helen Laughlin AM Mode Memorial Scholarship — a scholarship intended for women Amateur Radio operators — is funded through the generosity of the Laughlin-Beers Foundation and is intended exclusively for educational use — to provide assistance with the costs of tuition, room, board, books, and/or other fees essential to the advanced education of the recipient.

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ARISS Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Plans for Future of Amateur Radio in Human Spaceflight

ARISS-International delegates met November 15-18 at the International Space Center Conference Facility in Houston, Texas, to celebrate 20 years of Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and to continue planning for the years ahead. More than 50 delegates and guests from Russia, Japan, Italy, German, the UK, and North America took part, and teleconferencing let individuals unable to attend in person to join the proceedings. Special guests at the conference included Astronauts Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, and Ken Cameron, KB5AWP, and Cosmonaut Aleksandr Poleshchuk, RV3DP. An international group interested in installing and operating an Amateur Radio station on the ISS first met in November 1996 at Johnson Space Center, and ARISS was born as a result of that gathering.

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ARRL Calls on Members to Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but if the Senate does not follow suit, the bill will die, and the entire process will have to be repeated. ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, said today, “The clock is ticking!”

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Ops needed for Skywarn Recognition Day 2016 at Hanford Weather Office

SKYWARN LogoSKYWARN Recognition Day 2016 gets underway at 4:00pm PDT on Friday , December 2. Co-sponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS), the 24-hour event recognizes the vital public service contribution that Amateur Radio operators make while working with NWS offices during severe weather events. It also is aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices.

Date/Time

Friday, December 2 @ 4:00pm to Saturday, December 3 @ 4:00pm PDT.

Location

Hanford Weather Forecast Office
900 Foggy Bottom Rd
Hanford, CA 93230

Operator Schedule

Click on the following link to see the current operating schedule for SRD 2015 at HNX:  HNX SRD Operating Schedule 2016.

Sign Up to Participate

Please be sure to sign up if you want to participate. This way we know who is coming. To sign up to participate use this form: SRD Operator Signup Form 2016.

 

 

Amateur Radio “Uniquely Situated” to be at Leading Edge Again, Conferees Told

The dawn of so-called “smart” — or cognitive — radio has presented Amateur Radio with an opportunity to regain the leading edge in radio technology in the near future. It will also alter our view of spectrum as a limited resource. Those points and others were part of a forward-looking, tag-team Sunday Seminar presentation, “Spectrum (It’s the frequency crunch for real),” by Michelle Thompson, W5NYV, and Bob McGwier, N4HY, at the 2016 ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC), September 16-18 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Thompson heads the AMSAT Ground Terminal Team, a component of the Phase 4B geosynchronous satellite project. McGwier is chief scientist at the Hume Center for National Security and Technology at Virginia Tech. This week, HamRadioNow made the entire 3-hour presentation available as part of its conference coverage: HamRadioNow Episode 276 Parts 1, 2, and 3.

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