ZCZC AS04 QST de W1AW Space Bulletin 004 ARLS004 From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT June 27, 2019 To all radio amateurs
SB SPACE ARL ARLS004 ARLS004 LightSail 2 Launches, Will Transmit CW Beacon
The Planetary Society’s LightSail 2 CubeSat, launched on June 25, will transmit Morse code from space. LightSail is a citizen-funded project to send a small spacecraft, propelled solely by sunlight, into Earth’s orbit. The innovative satellite is due to be deployed on July 2 from Prox-1, a Georgia Tech student-built spacecraft the size of a small washing machine. Once deployed, LightSail 2 will automatically transmit a beacon packet every few seconds, which can be decoded into 238 lines of text telemetry describing the spacecraft’s health and status, including everything from battery status to solar sail deployment motor state. Every 45 seconds, the spacecraft will transmit “LS2” on the spacecraft’s frequency of 437.025 MHz, within the Amateur Radio 70-centimeter band.
A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules by operating on frequencies licensed to the Borough of Highland Park for public safety communication.
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.
The FCC has placed three Amateur Radio-related Petitions for Rule Making (PRMs) on public notice and has invited comments.
Jerry Oxendine, K4KWH, of Gastonia, North Carolina, wants the FCC to clarify that state and localities should have no authority to regulate Amateur Radio with respect to enacting “distracted driving” statutes. In his Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11833, Oxendine contends that such statutes violate FCC rules on scope and operation of equipment by licensees; violate the intent of the FCC and Congress with respect to Amateur Radio’s role in disasters, and hinders emergency operations using mobile equipment.
ZCZC AG09 QST de W1AW ARRL Bulletin 9 ARLB009 From ARRL Headquarters Newington CT March 15, 2019 To all radio amateurs
SB QST ARL ARLB009 ARLB009 Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings
Those interested in posting brief comments on Petitions for Rulemaking (PRMs) to the FCC, such as the ARRL Technician Enhancement proposal (RM-11828) using the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) should access FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Express at, https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express .
The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL’s 2018 Petition for Rule Making, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.
The ARRL September VHF Contest starts January September 19th at 11:00 am and ends January 20th at 8:00 pm PST.
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be participating in the Club Gavel Competition for the contest. All club members are encouraged to operate the contest from their home, portable or mobile station as they would normally during the contest. When submitting your logs, add “Club: Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” to the log file and let us know that you participated in the contest. Your scores will count towards your normal individual or group awards and also be added to the club’s score to compete with other clubs in the area.
The FCC has granted an ARRL request for a temporary waiver of Section 97.307(f) of the FCC’s Amateur Service rules to permit the use of PACTOR 4 digital mode for Amateur Radio communication within the continental US related to Hurricane Florence relief. The grant extends through Tuesday, September 18, and a formal order addressing the request for a 30-day waiver will be issued next week, the FCC said.
The ARRL contest branch is now providing certificates online. While not all certificates earnedare yet available, various ARRL contests from 2016-2018 are ready for download in either ajpeg or PDF format.
If you are interested in contesting, the ARRL sponsored contests are a good way to start. Review the contest calendar to see what upcoming event you may want to have some fun participating in. Details and rules for each contest can be found by selecting a particular contest link from the calendar. A handheld, mobile, or home station can get in on the fun.
Did you know that at least three participants must submit a log with their respective club name inorder for the club to be eligible for awards? All C.A.R.P. members callsigns are submitted to the contestbranch in advance. To qualify, a member must enter “Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” in the club name of the logfile they submit, should they wish to share their individual points along with fellow club members. Individualefforts are still recognized. Submitting the log is easy too. Nothing to mail by post; a formatted text file log is uploaded via a web page. N1MM, a popular logging program, easily creates the log as you contest and allows you to export it when done.
Why contest? To test your gear. The VHF/UHF contest held three times a year is a good way to find out howfar and how well your equipment receives and transmits. Whether from home or your a favorite camping spot,it is easy to get in on the fun. The two things you will need to know are your callsign and the first four characters of your current grid square, such as DM06 for the Fresno/Clovis area.
Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California