SCARS Weekly Newsletter, March 23, 2015

SCARS Meeting Highlights (from last weekend) . . .
Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1957 March 20 2015 . . .
HR 1301 – Amateur Radio Parity Act . . .
K3KN – “It’s All About Fairness” . . .
OKC Marathon Volunteers . . .
2015 WGD Annual Awards  . . .
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._

SCARS Meeting Highlights (from last weekend)

We had 25 brave souls on a miserable Saturday morning at Fire Station #7 Saturday. WAIT! It was anything BUT a miserable Saturday! It was a GREAT day! Where were you?

Anyway, President Phil noted several things: we are in secondary negotiations with the potential tower crew, the County is installing an entirely new backup power system at the County Barn where the repeater is located, Ham Holiday is pretty much locked-in at the Bricktown Hotel again, almost everyone with a handy-talkie got up and talked about what they liked and didn’t like about theirs. A link was shared (I forgot who – sorry) which has LOTS of info on HTs and programming of same.

Here it is:  Go give it a look!

You missed a great meeting.

Oh, and we argued a bit and had lots of donuts left over.  But it’s all good. Don’t miss April’s meeting. There’s stuff going on here.

I added two Solar Weather links in the “Nets, Links, and Other Stuff” page. Don’t forget the Gossip Net on Tuesday night after the ARES Net. Lan, KC7RUN (new call coming), is going to start a CW Practice Net on 10m immediately after Fred’s Net on Wednesday Night. Don’t worry – it’ll be around 7-8 wpm. Get those keys out!

There’s stuff going on here. Show up – be a part!

Gary, WB5ULK

 AR Newsline – News – Amateur Radio Newsline Report 1957 March 20 2015

News Desk

  • Sunspot AR-2297 hurls a massive solar flare toward Earth
  • Cyclone Pam devastates Vanuatu cutting it off from the world
  • Dayton Hamvention names its 2015 award winners
  • GAREC 2015 to take place this June in Finland
  • Colorado hams now have their own tower and antenna protection law
  • Proof that wireless power can be transmitted using microwaves




AR Newsline 1957 direct link

HR 1301 – Amateur Radio Parity Act

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:

Attn:  HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main
Newington CT 06111

via HR-1301. (ARRL)

Link to The Bill at US House of Representatives

 K3KN – “It’s All About Fairness”

Read what ARRL President, Kay Craigie, K3KN, says about HR1301:

OKC Marathon Volunteers

Mike, OKC Marathon comms chair, talked with us Saturday about the needs for communications volunteers for the April 26 OKC Memorial Marathon. They need 80 ops.  ALL the info can be found at The specific Volunteer code to be a communications op is PSC15, but this link will take you directly to the volunteer form and pre-fill that code for you:

 2015 WGD Annual Awards

See the note below from the WGD Director. There are a number of folks in Oklahoma and perhaps even SCARS which would merit a nomination for this. 3 or more of you get together and nominate some worthy of this and then say why!

It is time to start working on your submissions for the WG 2015 Divisional Awards which will be presented at the ARRL Regional Centennial Convention at HamCom in June.   Nominations for 2015 Award Winners will be accepted until May 1, 2015.  Nomination forms for each nominee (by category) must be supported by at least three ARRL members on the award nomination form, a minimum 150-word statement and any available supporting documentation.  Other rules do apply and can be found on the nomination forms.

The Division Awards judging panel consists of four (4) ARRL members, selected by each of the Section Managers in North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and West Texas Sections.  The Section Manager may opt to appoint his/herself to the committee.  The fifth judge is selected by the Division Director and may reside anywhere within the West Gulf Division.   Neither the Division Director nor the Vice Director will participate in the vote.

Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles

Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.

As always…Nets, Links, Other Stuff in the link at the top AND in the sidebar. Have a great week!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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