SCARS Groundhogs Day Newsletter Topics
- N5MAF, SK
- Amateur Radio Newsline from 1-30-15
- “Paper License Policy” effective date and options
- K7RA Solar Update
Earl Mixon, N5MAF, Silent Key
Earl LeRoy Mixon, 85, of Norman, passed from this life Thursday, January 29th, 2015 at the Norman VA Center after a long struggle with diabetes and Parkinson’s Disease. Mr. Mixon was born September 5th, 1929, in Sand Springs, OK to parents Albon Roy and Nina Jewell (Martin) Mixon. Upon graduating from Sand Springs High School, Earl enlisted in the Oklahoma Army National Guard and later graduated from Officer’s Candidate School as a 2nd Lieutenant. Pursuing his passion of flying, he earned his wings as an Army fixed wing and helicopter pilot. Over the course of 39 years, his military assignments included multiple tours of Active Duty, command of an Army Reserve Company in Tulsa, command of the 356th Transportation Company in Norman, part of the 95th Division in Oklahoma City, and finished his service with the 122nd Division in Little Rock, AR in 1989 as a full Colonel.
From 1967 to 1988 he was supervisor of the Army Aviation Facility at Max Westheimer Airport in Norman. In addition, two other facilities were added to his position in Arkansas and Louisiana. He retired in 1988 of Federal Civil Service as a GM-14. His retirement years with family and friends included travel, ham radio, fishing, computers, and aiding his grandchildren attending OU. Earl is survived by his wife Jo Ann of almost 47 Years, his daughter Donna Jean McCollam and husband Michael McCollam, four grandchildren, Kevin McCollam of Moore, Bryan, Cathy and Stephen McCollam of Tulsa, brother Kenneth and his wife Jessie Mixon, and nephew Stephen Mixon of Tulsa. His family expresses a special thank you to the caretakers at the Norman VA Center who cared for and especially cared about Earl. They are deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten. Visitation will be from 1 pm to 4 pm Sunday, February 1st, at Havenbrook Funeral Home. Services for Earl will be at 2 pm on Monday, February 2nd, at Havenbrook Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jesse Bufford, a very special friend, officiating. Interment will be in the Fort Smith National Cemetery in Arkansas.
Amateur Radio Newsline from Friday, January 30, 2015
BULLETIN: FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio license policy to take effect in February
Radio politics in Thailand has ham radio caught in the middle
Two more world-circling pico balloons are launched from Australia
The ARRL announces some DXCC and VHF contest rules changes
Ham radio featured on New York City “Save A Life” television program
And this just in: scientists launch sounding rockets during surprise auroras over the Arctic
FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17
[UPDATED 2015-01-29 1939 UTC] Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official electronic authorizations, as proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as part of its “process reform” initiatives.
Under the new procedures, licensees will access their current official authorization (“Active” status only) via the ULS License Manager. The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive one. Licensees also will be able to print out an official authorization — as well as an unofficial “reference copy” — from the ULS License Manager.
K7RA Solar Update
Average daily sunspot numbers for the January 22-28 period rose from 61.9 on the previous seven days to 89.1. Average daily solar flux rose from 126.2 to 136.8 over the same period.
There were two new sunspot regions on January 22, another one on January 23 and again on January 25, four more on January 26, another two on January 28 and one more on January 29.
The average daily solar flux for the following seven days, January 29 through February 4 is predicted to be 163.6, nearly 27 points higher than the previous week.
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73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._