SCARS Weekly Newsletter September 29, 2017

“Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist Puerto Rico,  
How You Can Help,
Gossip Net Needs Net Controllers,  
FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands; Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

New Radio Spectrum Pollution Threat,   
Regional Hamfests,   
Dates To Remember,   
The Doctor Is In,   
This Week’s ARRL Letter,   
ARRL DX Bulletin,   
Amateur Radio Newsline,   
Ham Nation,   
Odds and Ends,   
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles  _…_._

“Force of 50” Steps Up to Assist Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

Members of the Amateur Radio community have volunteered to assist in the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico and Dominica and, to a lesser extent, the US Virgin Islands. This week, 50 of the most accomplished US radio amateurs responded within 24 hours to a call from the American Red Cross (ARC) to deploy to Puerto Rico and provide emergency communications assistance there. At the ARC’s request, ARRL rallied the US Amateur Radio community to provide up to 25 two-person teams of highly qualified hams. ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said that more than 350 answered the call, from nearly every state.

“This generous outpouring of response represents the finest qualities of the Amateur Radio community,” he said. “These individuals are dropping whatever they are doing now, heading off to an extended hardship-duty assignment, and offering their special talents to Americans who have been cut off from their families, living amid widespread destruction and without electrical power since Hurricane Maria struck the Caribbean region last week.”

The group’s principal mission will be to move health-and-welfare information from the island back to the US mainland, where that data will be entered in the Red Cross Safe and Well system. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been asked to assist these operators when they check in with tactical, health-and-welfare (H&W), and Safe and Well messages.

SATERN and other active nets are not accepting incoming H&W inquiries. The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) is taking incoming H&W inquiries via e-mail for Dominica. The Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRFAA) is taking inquiries (only one per sender) via e-mail for Puerto Rico. Inquiries should include the full name and location of both the sender and the individual(s) being sought and the sender’s e-mail address.

Denis Santiago, WP4KJJ (right), and Raul Gonzalez, KP4RGD, organized the communication network in Puerto Rico and operate the station at American Red Cross’s temporary San Juan headquarters, “with a great number of hams who left their families to help Puerto Rico to recover,” ARRL Puerto Rico Section Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, told ARRL.

The group will be in Puerto Rico for up to 3 weeks. ARRL has equipped each team with an HF transceiver, software, a dipole antenna, a power supply and all connecting cables, fitted in a rugged waterproof container. In an unprecedented and crucial move, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) agreed to help get the Ham Aid gear to Puerto Rico.

The League also is sending two VHF repeaters, a dozen hand-held transceivers, five mobile radios, what Gallagher described as “5 cubic feet of batteries,” a number of small 2-kW portable generators, and solar-powered battery chargers. The hams and their equipment will be sent to Red Cross shelters extending from San Juan to the western end of the island.

In addition, ARRL has committed to purchasing up to $50,000 worth of new Ham Aid gear for this and for future emergencies.

Ham Aid kits are packed and ready for shipping at ARRL Headquarters.

ARRL’s Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said this was the first time in the nearly 75-year relationship between ARRL and the ARC that such a request for assistance had been made. “Hurricane Maria has devastated the island’s communications infrastructure,” Corey said. “Without electricity and telephone, and with most of the cell sites out of service, millions of Americans are cut off from communicating. Shelters are unable to reach local emergency services. And, people cannot check on the welfare of their loved ones. The situation is dire.”

The Yasme Foundation announced this week that it has made a grant to ARRL’s Ham Aid fund, in support of the Amateur Radio response to the recent hurricanes in the US and Caribbean. The Ham Aid fund was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma.

A September 27 CNN report documented the personal impact of the storm on Puerto Rico and Amateur Radio’s role in the recovery.

How You Can Help

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has asked for contributions to ARRL’s Ham Aid fund. “Equipment has been flying out the door since Hurricane Harvey struck the US mainland,” he emphasized. “From meeting requirements in aid of Hurricane Irma victims in the US Virgin Islands and Florida, our store of Ham Aid kits has been depleted.”

ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) groups and partner agencies during disaster responses, in order to establish Amateur Radio communication support. Ham Aid is supported by donations from individuals and corporations, including many of our ham radio industry partners.

ARRL has previously staged Ham Aid equipment in Texas as well as supplied kits to Florida, the US Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. With the Ham Aid inventory depleted, donations are needed now. Contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible. To donate online, select “Ham Aid” from the ARRL donation form. To donate by mail, print a donation form, and mail it with your check payable to ARRL, noting “Ham Aid” on the memo line of your check. Mail to ARRL, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111 USA.

Gossip Net Needs Net Controllers

Lucky, KG5MXA, sends the following:

The Gossip Net is looking for another Alternate Substitute Guest Host.  The Gossip Net is Tuesdays at 8:30pm on the SCARS VHF repeater.
If interested, please contact Lucky – KG5MXA, Victor – K5VL, or Denny -WA6DKD.

Editor’s Note: If you do not know what an “Alternate Substitute Guest Host” is, you should tune-in to the Gossip Net to find out!

FCC Opens 630- and 2200-Meter Bands;
Stations Must Notify UTC Before Operating

[Note: John, WB5Q, gave the heads-up on this. Others have also pointed this out, but the little-noticed issue is regarding “PLC” – Power Line Communications. Arguments aside, this is Broadband Over Powerline. John suggests, and I agree, that registering your geographic location for these two bands can very well help protect you from existing HF interference from this extremely noisy HF neighbor even if you never ever intend to use these bands. Take a little time and do it.]


The FCC has announced that the Office of Management and Budget has approved, for 3 years, the information-collection requirement of the Commission’s March 29 Report and Order (R&O) that spelled out Amateur Radio service rules for the two new bands — 630 meters and 2200 meters. Notice of the action appears in today’s edition of the Federal Register. Before using either band, stations must notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC), formerly the Utilities Telecom Council, that they plan to do so, and if UTC does not respond within 30 days, they may commence operation.

Last March 27, the FCC adopted the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) implementation Report and Order (ET Docket 15-99), amending its Amateur Radio rules to — in the FCC’s words — “provide for frequency-sharing requirements in the 135.7-137.8 kHz (2200-meter) and 472-479 kHz (630-meter) bands.”

Section 97.313(g)(2) of those rules requires that, prior to starting operation in either band, radio amateurs must notify UTC that they intend operate by submitting their call signs, intended band(s) of operation, and the coordinates of their antenna’s fixed location. The new rules do not permit any mobile operation.

“Amateur stations will be permitted to commence operations after a 30-day period,unless UTC notifies the station that its fixed location is located within 1 kilometer of Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems operating on the same or overlapping frequencies,” the FCC said. PLC systems are unlicensed. “This notification process will ensure that amateur stations seeking to operate [on 630 or 2200 meters] are located beyond a minimum separation distance from PLC transmission lines, which will help ensure the compatibility and coexistence of amateur and PLC operations, and promote shared use of the bands.”

The FCC announced that it is making effective immediately the Part 97 rule amendments, § 97.3, 97.15(c), 97.301(b) through (d), 97.303(g), 97.305(c), and 97.313(k) and (l), which do not require OMB approval

Click HERE to access the UTC notification website.

Original ARRL article here:

Regional Hamfests

HamEXPO – October 7, Belton, TX –
Texoma Hamarama – October 27, Ardmore –
Enid ARC Hamfest – November 4 –

Dates To Remember

Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put into your planner:

October 5 – SCARS VE Testing

October 14 – SCARS Monthly Meeting

The Doctor Is In

The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
Soldering and Unsoldering

The Doctor’s tips for success when working with molten metal, otherwise known as the art of soldering. It also helps to know the art of unsoldering, when things do not go as planned.

Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast

The Doctor’s Home page is here: The Doctor Is In

This Week’s ARRL Letter

Most Recent Headlines:

Read it all here: ARRL Letter

ARRL DX Bulletin

Always Latest version at the top here:  ARRL DX Bulletin

DX Bulletin 39  ARLD039
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  September 28, 2017
To all radio amateurs

ARLD039 DX news

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

Members of the Radio Club of Djelfa will be QRV as
7Y7AI from Ile du Cavallo, IOTA AF-104, from September 30 to October
10.  Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters.  QSL via 7X2DD.

Operators Zorro, JH1AJT, Kasu, VR2KF and Champ, E21EIC

are QRV as A5A until October 8.  Activity is on 160 to 6 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY.  The main objective of this visit is to
support the Bhutan Olympic Committee in its setup of a Paralympic
Committee.  QSL via JH1AJT.

Gust, ON6KE will be active from September 29 to

October 10 as FR/ON6KE on 80 to 10 meters using CW, JT65 and FT8.
QSL via ClubLog, LoTW or eQSL.

Stan, LZ1GC returns to Nendo Island as H40GC

from September 30 to October 20.  He will focus on the low bands
using SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK.  QSL via LZ1GC.

Oliver, DK7TX will be active holiday-style from

the islands Kos, Lalymos, Nisyros, and Telendos, IOTA EU-001, from
October 3 to 30 as SV5/DK7TX on 40 to 6 meters, with a focus on 20,
15 and 10 meters.  QSL via home call.

R60SAT will be QRV to commemorate the first

Sputnik from October 1 to 8.  An award is available as well.  QSL
via R4AS direct.

Chusuke, JR1FKR and Yutaka, JH1MLO will be QRV from

September 27 to October 2.  They will sign V63FKR and V63MLO on SSB
and RTTY.  QSL V63FKR via JR1FKR and V63MLO via JH1MLO.


QRV as AT7M from St. Mary’s Island, IOTA AS-096, from September 30
to October 1 on 40 and 20 meters and possibly other bands depending
on conditions.  QSL via VU3NPI.

Listen for Harald, DF2WO from September 29 to

October 30 as XT2AW on HF including 60 meters using digital modes
such as JT65 and FT8.  QSL via M0OXO.

Special event station YE72JB marks the 72nd

anniversary of the West Java Province.  They will be QRV on
September 29 and 30 on the HF bands using SSB, CW and digital modes.
QSL via LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog.

SP9FIH will be QRV at E44WE from October 18 to 29.

This will include a single-op single band 15 meter assisted low
power effort in the CQ WW DX Phone Contest.  Outside the contest
activity he will be on 30, 15, 12 and 10 meters using SSB, PSK and
possibly RTTY.  QSL via SP9FIH.

Gerhard, OE3GEA is now active as 9N7GE.  His length of

his stay is unknown.  His activity has been on various HF bands
using CW.  QSL via his home call sign, direct or by the Bureau.

Leo, PP1CZ will be active as PY0FW from

October 22 to 27.  Activity will be holiday style on 80 to 10 meters
with some tries on 6 meters if he has propagation, using CW, RTTY,
some SSB, and possibly JT65 and FT8.  QSL direct or to ClubLog’s

The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC Sprint CW

Ladder, Feld Hell Sprint, UK/EI SSB DX Contest, Russian World Wide
MultiMode Contest, UBA ON 80-Meter SSB Contest, Classic Phone
Exchange and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this

The IQRP Quarterly Marathon runs from October 2 to 8.  The German
Telegraphy Contest and ARS Spartan CW Sprint are scheduled for
October 3.  The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, 432 MHz Fall Sprint, UKEICC
80-Meter SSB Contest and Phone Fray are all scheduled for October 4.

Please see September 2017 QST, page 84, October QST, page 94, and
the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web Sites for details.

 Amateur Radio Newsline

Latest Headlines:




Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News

Ham Nation


Episode 319’s highlights:

“Hams helping Puerto Rico restore communications,
how you can aid in the aftermath of recent disasters,
George builds a DTMF decoder,
DIY QRP rig,
Smith charts
and more!

The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation

Go watch!

 Odds and Ends

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, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!

73 de Gary, WB5ULK …_._

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