ZCZC AG14 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT April 17, 2019 To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB014 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.”
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Saturday May 4, 2019. Time: varies between 0600~1700hrs
To provide health and safety communications between rest stops and event coordinator.
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers is offering a series of educational classes to help you get your Amateur Radio License.
This is the first level license class designed to help prepare you to take the Amateur Radio FCC exam. This class is not mandatory but is a great way to learn for the exam and hear real world experience.
Some home work will be required (Pre-Study Guide Homework) as to help prepare students for the test and also shorten the number hours in class. Those that attend ALL CLASSES in the past have a high percentage of passing their first time.
Information provided will be from the Gordon West Technician Class 2018-2022 FCC Element 2 Radio License Preparation, 9th Edition. While not necessary, it is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED that you purchase a copy BEFORE the class. Copies can be purchased online at Amazon.com or directly from W5YI.org.
Saturday, April 13 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, April 20 – 8:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday, April 27 – 8:00am to 4:00pm*
*Exam will be held the last day of class from 1:00pm to 4:00pm