ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer Monitor Program

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ARRL Bulletin 14  ARLB014
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  April 17, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB014 ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer
Monitor Program

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer
Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors
as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current
OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program.

“We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with
the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of
protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands,” said ARRL
President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “This Memorandum of Understanding
will serve as the foundation for a new level of partnership on this
very important issue.”

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ARRL “Radio Communications” Billboard Promotes Ham Radio on I-40

A new billboard on Interstate 40 in Tennessee promotes ARRL and Amateur Radio. Working with ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Graphic Designer Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, completed a design for a the new 10 × 20 billboard, owned by ARRL Life Member Cliff Segar, KD4GT. Segar says the average daily traffic count for the area along I-40 west bound, mile marker 336, is on the order of 6 million vehicles per year.

Source: ARRL.org

Engineers need to preserve amateur radio growth and transparency

Theodore S. Rappaport, Director NYU WIRELESS

As a veteran educator and research center director, I’ve had the thrill of seeing more than 10 generations of students obtain electrical and computer engineering degrees and pursue technical careers around the world. A common trait I’ve seen in these students has been an appreciation for the engineering process built on integrity, the open exchange of ideas, and accuracy in solving problems.

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Skylab and Space Shuttle Astronaut Owen Garriott Dies at 88

Astronaut Owen Garriott at the Apollo Telescope Mount console

Scientist-Astronaut Owen K. Garriott, science pilot of the Skylab 3 mission, is stationed at the Apollo Telescope Mount (ATM) console in the Multiple Docking Adapter of the Skylab space station in Earth orbit. From this console the astronauts actively control the ATM solar physics telescope. (sl3-108-1288)Credits: NASA

Former astronaut and long-duration spaceflight pioneer Owen Garriott, 88, died today, April 15, at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. Garriott flew aboard the Skylab space station during the Skylab 3 mission and on the Space Shuttle Columbia for the STS-9/Spacelab-1 mission. He spent a total of 70 days in space.

“The astronauts, scientists and engineers at Johnson Space Center are saddened by the loss of Owen Garriott,” said Chief Astronaut Pat Forrester. “We remember the history he made during the Skylab and space shuttle programs that helped shape the space program we have today. Not only was he a bright scientist and astronaut, he and his crewmates set the stage for international cooperation in human spaceflight. He also was the first to participate in amateur radio from space, a hobby many of our astronauts still enjoy today.”

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VE Examiners Needed – Fresno – April 27, 2019

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is offering  an amateur radio VE Exam Session. Amateur Radio Volunteer (VE) Examiners are needed. If available please email Rob AE6GE ae6ge@k6arp.org.

Date/Time:

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location

Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Contact for More Info:

Rob  AE6GE – ae6ge@k6arp.org

Hams try to re-carve the amateur radio spectrum in fight over open or encoded transmissions

Radio enthusiasts argue signals must travel in the open, for the sake of national security

By Thomas Claburn in San Francisco 

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Some people have been using ham radio frequencies for communication that’s encrypted or difficult to decipher and others argue that’s a threat to national security and a violation of the spirit and rules of amateur radio. Really, it’s a fight over whether the amateur radio spectrum remains a hobbyist space or develops as a medium for data traffic.

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VE Session – Fresno – April 27, 2019

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers (CARP) is offering  an amateur radio VE Exam Session.

Date/Time:

Saturday, April 27, 2019 from  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location

Police Science Institute/ The Range Pistol Club
5133 N Gates Ave #102
Fresno, CA 93722

Sponsored by:

What to Bring:

  1. A legal photo ID (driver’s license, passport)
  2. Students/minors may bring any of the above items and/or a school ID,  minor’s work permit, report card, or a legal guardian may present a photo ID.
  3. Social Security Number (SSN) or your FCC issued Federal Registration Number (FRN).
  4. If applicable, bring either a photocopy of your current Amateur Radio license or a reference copy printed out from the FCC website, the license information printed from ARRL website
  5. If applicable, the original(s) and photocopy(s) of any Certificates of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) you may hold from previous exam sessions.
  6. Bring $15.00 cash to cover the exam session fee(s).

Contact for More Info:

Rob  AE6GE – ae6ge@k6arp.org

Kirch Flat Century 2019 Comm Volunteers Needed

Kirch Flat Century – Communications Support

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers along with amateur radio operators of the Central Valley help provide communications support for the Fresno Cycling Club’s Kirch Flat/Cinco de  Mayo century bicycle ride.

If you can help, please signup using the link at the bottom of the post.

When

Saturday May 4, 2019. Time:  varies between 0600~1700hrs

Where

Fresno, CA

Mission:

To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.

Manpower needed:

8-15+ amateur radio communications volunteers.

Contact:

Contact Rob Mavis for more details and if you wish to volunteer. Sign up online by clicking: Kirch Flat Century Amateur Radio Comm Volunteer Signup

Rob Mavis AE6GE – ae6ge@k6arp.org

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California