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Many Attend Amateur Radio Operator Event:
by on July 30, 2016
WAYMART -- The Wayne County Amateur Radio Club held its second annual field day with local Boy Scouts. It provides attendees with the opportunity to see how amateur radio stations work. The field days are also open to the public. The club is part of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the national association for Amateur Radio. ARRL Field Days have been taking place since 1933. The Get On The Air Station (GOTA) allows the club to communicate with amateur radio operators around the world. This year the event was held at the Valleyview Farms Campground. There were eight amateur radio stations on the air. “Amateur Radio Operators provide a both a public service and reliable communications when the normal infrastructure is offline,” Joseph Cieciorka, president of the Wayne County Amateur Radio Club, previously stated. According to the ARRL, the field day “demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network.” “If there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. “Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter and communicate halfway around the world. “In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines, and is a huge asset to any community during disasters if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”

Ham Radio Club Sees Antenna Towers:
by on July 30, 2016
On a semi-cloudy evening July 7, instead of having an inside meeting of the Clearwater Valley A.R.C. Ham Radio Club, our President and Emergency Management Coordinator, Don Gardner, led us up around crooked and steep roads to the top of a local mountain. Once there, we had a wonderful encircling view of the surrounding valley area. After arriving there and stumbling out of our vehicles from the windy and bumpy ride, we hiked outside and up to the tall antenna towers and a small building at the base. That structure housed the various transmitter and repeaters used for all local, emergency and ham communications in the valley. It is amazing what equipment it takes to properly get radio signals to and from the various entities that make transmissions between their companies, and the emergency services of our community through that site.

FCC Proposes Rule Changes in Response to ARRL's 'Symbol Rate' Petition:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 29, 2016
The FCC has proposed to revise the Amateur Service Part 97 rules in response to the ARRL's so-called "Symbol Rate" Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), filed in late 2013, and it has invited comments on its recommended changes. The Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 16-239, released on July 28, had been making the rounds at the FCC since May. ARRL had asked the FCC to change the Part 97 rules to delete the symbol rate limits in Part 97.307(f) and replace it with a maximum bandwidth for data emissions of 2.8 kHz on amateur frequencies below 29.7 MHz.

Propagation Forecast Bulletin #31 de K7RA:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 29, 2016
Reporting this week from the Hill Country of West Texas, Kerrville, northwest of San Antonio. Happy to report that the food is delicious, the locals very friendly and hospitable, and gas costs only two bucks a gallon. Speed limit on the highways is 75 MPH, and it seems almost like the 1970s again.

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by (KJ4YIO) on July 29, 2016
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FCC Seeks Comments on Waiver Request from Expert Linears:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 29, 2016
The FCC is inviting comments on a June 11 request from Expert Linears America LLC to waive Part 97.317(a)(2) of the Amateur Service rules to permit it to import, market, and use its model 1.3K FA amplifier in the US. The Texas company is seeking the waiver pending resolution of its earlier Petition for Rule Making (RM-11767), which called on the Commission to eliminate the 15 dB gain limitation on Amateur Radio amplifiers altogether. Expert said the version of the model 1.3K FA amplifier it now imports has been modified to comply with current rules.

Dayton Hamvention 2017 News Update -- (Hamvention Moving):
by email from Ron Cramer on July 29, 2016
The Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) regrets to inform our many vendors, visitors and stakeholders that, unfortunately, HARA has announced the closing of their facility. We have begun execution of our contingency plan to move Hamvention 2017 to a new home.

Amateur Radio Newsline Report 2022, July 29, 2016:
by James Pastorfield (KB7TBT) on July 29, 2016
The following is a QST. News reports again raise questions about Hamvention's future at Dayton's Hara Arena. Amateurs discover different ways to help in wildfire country. Get ready for a one-man National Parks marathon -- and at long last, Thailand administers its Advance Class radio test. All this and more in Amateur Radio Newsline Report Number 2022 coming your way right now.

Chatting It Up Ham Radio Style:
by on July 29, 2016
Lee Collins spends hours chatting with friends and acquaintances each week as he is nestled in a second floor room at his comfortable and secluded home in the Lime Rock section of Lakeville. No, he’s not talking to his buddy about a game of golf the next day, or what another pal thinks about allowing Sunday racing at nearby Lime Rock Park. The world is his oyster as he communicates with individuals scattered around the country and, indeed, the world. You see, Collins is what is known as ham radio operator, one of the most interesting, enlightening and complicated hobbies a person can have. The origins of amateur radio are said to be traced to the late 19th century, although amateur radio that is practiced today began in the early 20th century. The term “ham radio” apparently was first used to mock amateur radio operators with a 19th-century term for being bad at something, like “ham-fisted” or “ham actor.” It had already been used for inept wired telegraph operators. But the ham radio community adopted it as a fun tag. Amateur radio enthusiasts run the gamut. Many amateurs begin with a love of radio communication. Amateur radio operators use various modes of transmission to communicate; the two most common modes for voice transmissions being frequency modulation and single sideband. FM offers quality audio signals, while SSB is better at long distance communication when bandwidth is restricted. Computer-based (digital) modes and methods have, to a large part, replaced CW Mode (Morse code), although many amateur radio operators still enjoy CW Mode because of its signal-to-noise ratio advantages. Morse code, using internationally agreed message encodings such as the Q code, also allows communication between those speaking different languages. Linked repeater systems allow transmissions of VHF and higher frequencies across hundreds of miles. Repeaters are usually located on high points of land or tall structures and allow operators to communicate over many miles using hand-held or mobile receivers. Amateur radio operators make contact with individual hams, as well as participate in discussion groups or “rag chew sessions,” as they are called. Some join in regularly scheduled on-air meetings with other amateur radio operators, called “nets” that have a moderator station. Nets allow ham operators to learn procedures for emergencies, serve as informal round tables, or cover interests shared by a group. Some amateur radio operators participate in contests, during which an individual, or team of operators, seek to contact and exchange information with as many other amateur radio stations as possible in a pre-determined window of time. In addition to contests, a number of amateur radio “game” activities exist, such as, such as Summits in the Air, Islands in the Air, Worked All States, and Band Jamboree on the Air.

Hamfest Takes Place in Merley in August:
by on July 29, 2016
Radio amateurs from across the region will be converging on the Cobham Sports and Social Club at Merley on Saturday 14th August for Hamfest 2016.Hamfest was conceived by a group of local enthusiasts in 1983 as a way to bring face to face contact between people with an interest in all forms of radio communication. From humble beginnings in the Air Weapons range at the Cobham Sports and Social Club -- in semi darkness -- Hamfest evolved into the largest event of its kind along the South Coast, attracting visitors from UK and EU countries.

Video: Ham Radio Operator Points to Streetlight for Interference in Croydon
by on July 29, 2016
Charles Dillenbeck believes new LED streetlights are interfering with his ham radio. He is working with Croydon to resolve the issue.

DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #31:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on July 28, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by SV1EJD, 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.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on July 28, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

FCC Proposes Rule Changes in Response to ARRL's 'Symbol Rate' Petition:
by The ARRL Letter on July 28, 2016
The FCC has proposed to revise the Amateur Service Part 97 rules in response to the ARRL's so-called "Symbol Rate" Petition for Rule Making (RM-11708), filed in late 2013, and it has invited comments on its recommended changes.

The ARRL Board Announces Award Winners:
by The ARRL Letter on July 28, 2016
At its second annual meeting on July 15-16, the ARRL Board of Directors conferred several League awards.

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