Category Archives: ARRL

Commenting Electronically on FCC Proceedings

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ARRL Bulletin 9  ARLB009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 15, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

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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 .

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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement

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ARRL Bulletin 10  ARLB010
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 15, 2019
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB010 FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal

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.

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ARRL JANUARY VHF CONTEST 2019

The ARRL September VHF Contest starts January September 19th at 11:00 am and ends January 20th at 8:00 pm PST.

Club Competition

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.

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FCC Grants ARRL Temporary Waiver Request to Permit PACTOR 4 Use in Hurricane Relief

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.

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ARRL Contest Certificates

The ARRL contest branch is now providing certificates online. While not all certificates earned are yet available, various ARRL contests from 2016-2018 are ready for download in either a jpeg or PDF format.

ARRL Award Certificate

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 in order for the club to be eligible for awards? All C.A.R.P. members callsigns are submitted to the contest branch in advance. To qualify, a member must enter “Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers” in the club name of the log file they submit, should they wish to share their individual points along with fellow club members. Individual efforts 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 how far 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.

DX News — ARRL DX Bulletin #30

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DX Bulletin 30 ARLD030
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT July 19, 2018
To all radio amateurs

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ARLD030 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by KI1U, W3UR, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Gordon, K7TRB is QRV as 4W6VA from Dili, IOTA OC-148, until the middle of September 2018. Activity is on 20, 17 and 6 meters. QSL to home call.

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Eagles Guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, Promotes Amateur Radio in Media Announcements

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, of the Eagles is featured in a just-released set of ARRL audio and video public service announcements promoting Amateur Radio. ARRL will provide the 30- and 60-second PSAs to Public Information Officers (PIOs) to share with their Section’s television and radio stations. The ARRL Media and Public Relations Department also will provide these announcement files directly to interested television and radio outlets. The announcements are available for downloading from the ARRL website for members to use in promoting Amateur Radio at club meetings and public presentations, such as ARRL Field Day June 23 – 24 (PSAs specifically for ARRL Field Day also are available).

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ARRL Asks FCC to Protect Amateur Radio Millimeter-Wave Bands

ARRL has asked the FCC to avoid authorizing developmental technologies in two Amateur Radio bands above 95 GHz that some radio amateurs may not be unaware of. The ARRL commented on May 2 in response to a Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM&O) in ET Docket 18-21, released in February. The so-called “Spectrum Horizons” proceeding seeks to make the bands above 95 GHz “more readily accessible for new innovative services and technologies.” ARRL said that, while it agrees that “regulatory flexibility is justified” in the millimeter-wave bands above 95 GHz, due to the extensive frequency re-use possibilities, the FCC ought to make two primary Amateur/Amateur Radio Satellite bands in that part of the spectrum unavailable for deployment of unlicensed Part 15 or Part 5 Experimental Spectrum Horizons devices. Amateur Radio has primary allocation status in the bands 134 – 136 GHz and 248 – 250 GHz, both shared with the Radio Astronomy Service, which is secondary.

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NTIA Targets Portion of 3.4 GHz Band for Potential Wireless Broadband Use

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has identified 3450 to 3550 MHz for potential wireless broadband use. Amateur Radio has a secondary allocation of 3300 to 3500 MHz, sharing the spectrum with government radars; the popular “weak-signal” frequency is 3456.1 MHz. The NTIA oversees the use of spectrum by federal government agencies.

“America is the world’s leader in Wi-Fi and 4G LTE, and we have claimed an early lead in bringing 5G to reality,” NTIA Administrator David J. Redl said in making the announcement. “It’s essential to American competitiveness that we maintain our leadership in all of these areas.”

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