Government Shutdown Prompts Changes In National Wildlife Refuge Week:
The ARRL Letter
October 10, 2013
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Government Shutdown Prompts Changes In National Wildlife Refuge Week Special Event:
Due to the partial US Government shutdown, the National Wildlife Refuge
Week Amateur Radio special event
scheduled to run October 12 until October 20 has suspended rules
http://www.nwrweek-radio.info/rules.htm that confine NWR Week
stations operations within the boundaries of national wildlife refuges
and wildlife areas. The government shutdown has closed some, if not
all, federal wildlife refuges, so stations may operate from any
location for this year's event. Although rules 1, 2, 3, and 4 have been
suspended; all others remain in effect.
"The action was taken to allow participants to begin planning now
for alternative locations, if they decide it's necessary, since it is
unclear how long the government shutdown will last," said 2013 NWR Week
special event coordinator Brad Farrell, K4RT. "While we are
disappointed that refuges have closed, we believe that the suspension
may encourage individual hams and clubs who wish to help celebrate
National Wildlife Refuge Week to operate from their home or club
stations," Farrell said. "During QSOs, hams may share information about
the features of a refuge or wildlife area in their state or province as
a way to mark National Wildlife Refuge Week."
The goal for participants is to combine their communication skills with
their enjoyment of the outdoors to help others learn about the National
Wildlife Refuge System. Contact
email@example.com the NWR Week
Amateur Radio coordinator for more information.
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