In This Issue…
Link of the Week,
Dates To Remember,
The Doctor Is In,
This Week’s ARRL Letter,
ARRL DX Bulletin,
Amateur Radio Newsline,
Odds and Ends,
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles _…_._
In This Issue
“Rain, Rain, Rain, Rain”,
Can “THEY” tell I’m using a non-certified radio?
Picnic after next week’s meeting,
“Peggy Sue” SK (In Brief, ARRL Letter),
and all the usual stuff!
“Read all about it” below.
The BIG NEWS for about a week now has been the FCC applying Thor’s Hammer to “Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers”. For many of us the example of such we have in-hand (literally) is the Baofeng UV-5R (and the various iterations of that line). I always include the ARRL Letter as a part of our weekly Newsletter, but in this case I’ll excerpt the entire write-up about this topic from this week’s “Letter” because The League has taken exception to one minor, but important to Amateurs, provsision – the use of existing equipment by licensed Amateurs.
ARRL has taken a minor exception to the wording of a September 24 FCC Enforcement Advisory pertaining to the importation, marketing, and sale of VHF and UHF transceivers and is in discussion with FCC personnel to resolve the matter. The Enforcement Advisory was in response to the importation into the US of certain radio products that are not FCC certified for use in any radio service, but identified as Amateur Radio equipment.
“While much of this equipment is actually usable on amateur bands, the radios are also capable of operation on non-amateur frequencies allocated to radio services that require the use of equipment that has been FCC certified,” ARRL said. “Such equipment is being marketed principally to the general public via mass e-marketers and not to Amateur Radio licensees.”
ARRL said the upshot is that the general public has been purchasing these radios in large quantities, and they are being used on the air by unlicensed individuals.
“Radio amateurs have complained of increased, unlicensed use of amateur allocations by people who are clearly unlicensed and unfamiliar with Amateur Radio operating protocols,” ARRL said. But while it supports the general tenor and intent of the Enforcement Advisory, ARRL said it disagrees with the FCC on one point.
“In several places, the Enforcement Advisory makes the point that ‘anyone importing, advertising, or selling such noncompliant devices should stop immediately, and anyone owning such devices should not use them,'” ARRL pointed out. “The Advisory broadly prohibits the ‘use’ of such radios, but our view is that there is no such prohibition relative to licensed Amateur Radio use — entirely within amateur allocations — of a radio that may be capable of operation in non-amateur spectrum, as long as it is not actually used to transmit in non-amateur spectrum.
ARRL has had extensive discussions about this issue with FCC Wireless Bureau and Enforcement Bureau staff, and those discussions are ongoing.
“It is important to protect the flexibility of the Amateur Service as essentially an experimental radio service, but it is also very important to stop the unlawful importation and marketing of illegal radios in the United States and the use of those radios by unlicensed persons,” ARRL maintained. “We will keep our members informed as our discussions with FCC on this subject continue.”
I haven’t heard from anyone about Jim Harvey’s, KF5NRW, request for help. If you’ve contacted him directly, GREAT, but if you have info that you think would help him, let me know and I’ll share his email with you.
I have a bit of an off-the-wall question. I am a previous member, but due to health problems, retirement tasks, etc., I have been unable to attend the meetings or even to keep my membership up to date. I have an old Heathkit AR-1500 receiver that has a channel on the blink. I can’t find my original assembly manual for the AR-1500. I was hoping that you or some club member might help me by:
1. Allowing me to use and/or photocopy their AR-1500 assembly manual until I can locate mine.
2. Recommending a local supplier of electronic supplies and parts where I can buy some Deoxit or other contact cleaners. Sending off to Mouser or Digi-Key is such a pain.
3. Suggesting any other club members who are into audio electronics.
It’s not Ham, I know, but I have got to figure out a way to ease back in while solving my other electronics problems. Thanks.
Jim Harvey, KF5NRW
Link of the Week
The Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation – AMSAT
AMSAT as stated is “a worldwide group of Amateur Radio Operators (Hams) who share an active interest in building, launching and then communicating with each other through non-commercial Amateur Radio satellites” and was founded over 40 years ago. AMSAT itself is a conglomerate of a number of Amateur Satellite groups worldwide. There is a LOT of great AMSAT stuff “up there”, and some of it has been “up there” for many, many years.
Lots of really great stuff here with links to all over the Amateur Satellite world.
Online Ham Stuff
New This Week:
The Running List
The Amateur Amateur
KE2YK’s Special Events Page
Route 66 On The Air
W8JI’s “Noise” Page
Maritime Mobile Radio
SCARS Youtube Channel
SCARS Field Day Page
KSARRL’s DeepLink Page
KB6NU’s Ham Radio Blog
Amateur Radio Education & General Learning Resources
Ham Radio Horizons Magazine
Listen to The Bands Online
Heathkit Virtual Museum
Ham Radio 2.0
Charts, Propagation, Antenna Patterns, LOTS of stuff:
Foothills ARS. Also, Lots of Stuff, but good Technical Presentations:
K7AGE’s Youtube channel. How-tos here by the score
ARRL’s “Identify noise source by sound” links (this is good!)
Dragnet Radio: https://youtu.be/fgTyfwuhThU
Share your favorite online Ham resources! I Want Your Links!
Dates To Remember
October 13 – SCARS October Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
October 13 – SCARS Fall Picnic, 4PM, WA6DKD QTH
October 26-27 – Texoma Hamarama – http://hamarama.org/
November 3 – Enid Hamfest – http://www.enidarc.org/enidhamfest/
The Doctor Is In
The Doctor’s Latest Podcast is titled
“Volt Ohm Meters“
This episode’s synopsis:
“These meters have been around for decades and remain one of most useful pieces of test equipment you can own.“
Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
The Doctor’s Homepage is here: The Doctor Is In
This Week’s ARRL Letter
- ARRL, FCC Discussing Issue of Uncertified Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers
- Amateur Radio Volunteers in Indonesia Link Earthquake Zone with Outside World
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- ARRL Updating its Website Security Software
- “Black Swan 18” to Test Government/Amateur Interoperability on 60 Meters
- AMSAT’s Fox-1Cliff CubeSat Ready for Launch
- AMSAT-DL Symposium Hears Update on Es’hail-2 Geostationary Satellite
- Spray-On Antennas Could Be the Wave of the Future, University Researchers Believe
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 41 ARLD041
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT October 4, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD041
ARLD041 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
KE1R, 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.
LIBYA, 5A. Elham, 5A0YL has been active on 20 meters using SSB
around 1200 and 1300z. QSL to home call.
UGANDA, 5X. Anders, SM0HPL is QRV as 5X7W from Kampala until
October 13. Activity is in his spare time on 20 meters only using
CW, JT65 and FT8 with QRP power. QSL to home call.
CAPE VERDE, D4. Harald, DF2WO will be QRV as D44TWO from Praia
Baixo, Santiago, IOTA AF-005, from October 6 to 21. Activity is on
the HF bands, with a preference for 160 and 80 meters, using CW,
SSB, JT65 and FT8. QSL via M0OXO.
NIUE, E6. Members of the Quake DXpeditioners will be QRV as E6Y
from the Makefu area from October 6 to 15. Activity will be on the
HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8 in DXpedition mode. This
includes being an entry in the Oceania DX Phone contest. QSL direct
CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Ben, DL1RNT is QRV as EA8/DL1RNT from El
Hierro. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using mainly CW
with some digital modes. QSL to home call.
BELARUS, EU. Special event station EV890G is QRV until October 20
to celebrate the 890th anniversary of the city of Grodno. QSL via
FRANCE, F. Emil, DL8JJ is QRV as F/DL8JJ/p from Ile de la
Tradeliere, IOTA EU-058, until October 6. Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
REUNION ISLAND, FR. Stephan, DL9HAL will be QRV as FR/DL9HAL from
October 9 to 27. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands.
QSL via M0OXO. In addition, Willi, DJ7RJ will be QRV as FR/DJ7RJ
from October 9 to 21. Activity will be on the HF bands, with a
focus on 160 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
ISLE OF MAN, GD. Tom, KE1R is QRV as MD/KE1R until October 7.
Activity is holiday style on 80 to 10 meters, around 1300 to 1700z,
using FT8. QSL via LoTW.
AMERICAN SAMOA, KH8. Darren, VK4MAP is QRV as KH8/VK4MAP from
Tutuila Island, IOTA OC-045, until October 10. Activity is on 80 to
10 meters. This includes being an entry in the Oceania DX Phone
contest. QSL to home call.
DODECANESE, SV5. Wolf, DL3DRN is QRV as SV5/DL3DRN from Rhodos
Island, IOTA EU-001, until October 10. Activity is on the HF bands.
QSL to home call.
PALAU, T8. Ichy, JH7IPR, Hirotaka, JA6KYU and Kouko, JQ6FQI are QRV
as T88UW, T88HS and T88WM, respectively, from Koror Island, IOTA
OC-009, until October 10. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW,
SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct to home calls.
CHAD, TT. Ken, LA7GIA will be QRV as TT8KO from N’Djamena from
October 9 to 21. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW and
SSB. QSL direct to home call.
NORFOLK ISLAND, VK9N. Takao, JO7GVC and Hirokazu, JK7LXU will be
QRV as VK9/home calls from October 9 to 14. Activity will be on 40
to 10 meters using CW, PSK and FT8. QSL to home calls. In
addition, Joe, N7BF, Everett, W6ABM, Russ, N7QR and Peter, ZL2HM
will be QRV as VK9BF, VK9EV, VK9QR and VK9PM, respectively, from
October 9 to 20. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and
FT8. QSL to home calls.
CHRISTMAS ISLAND, VK9X. Martin, A65DC, Paul, A65DR, Thomas, SM0CXU
and Delia, VE7HDW are QRV as VK9XT until October 6. Activity is on
160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes, including
FT8 as band conditions warrant. QSL direct to N4GNR.
VIET NAM, XV. William, WA7WJR is QRV as XV9WJR from Vung Tau until
October 27. Activity is on 40, 20 and 15 meters using CW, with some
SSB and PSK31. He also plans to visit Con Son Island, IOTA AS-130,
and Phu Quoc Island, IOTA AS-128. QSL direct to home call.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The NCCC RTTY Sprint, NCCC CW Sprint,
TRC DX Contest, Oceania DX Phone Contest, Microwave Fall Sprint,
Russian World Wide Digital Contest, YLRL DX/NA YL Anniversary
Contest, California QSO Party, International HELL-Contest, FISTS
Fall Slow Speed Sprint, SKCC CW QSO Party, RSGB DX Contest, UBA ON
SSB Contest and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this
The RSGB 80-Meter Autumn CW Series is scheduled for October 8.
The CWops Mini-CWT Test, Phone Fray, 10-10 International 10-10 Day
Sprint and NAQCC CW Sprint are scheduled for October 10.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see October QST, page 91, and the ARRL and WA7BNM Contest Web
Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hyperlinks. Click to read or listen!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
“CHARLIE WOOTEN BROADCAST ENGINEER
ON HURRICANE RECOVERY“
Episode 370’s highlights:
“Bob Heil on Duke City Hamfest,
HRO Superfest Milwaukee with Dan Vanevenhoven,
Portable HF antennas with Gordo,
George Thomas talks with broadcast engineer Charlie Wooten
about his emergency response team,
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Where We Are On The Web
Homepage, News / Updates, On The Air Resources, Facebook, Twitter, Email
Odds and Ends
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
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 …_._