• ARRL Regular Bulletin

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Aug 20 17:34:39 2020

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    ARLB019 Rene Fonseca, NP3O, Elected as Puerto Rico Section Manager

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    ARRL Bulletin 19 ARLB019
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT August 20, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB019 Rene Fonseca, NP3O, Elected as Puerto Rico Section Manager

    Challenger Rene Fonseca, NP3O, has been elected as ARRL Puerto Rico
    Section Manager, defeating two other candidates including incumbent
    Oscar Resto, KP4RF. Fonseca, of Fajardo, received 85 votes, Juan
    Sepulveda Mercado, KP3CR, garnered 48 votes, and incumbent Section
    Manager Oscar Resto, KP4RF, got 31 votes. Resto has been Puerto
    Rico's Section Manager since 2016. An ARRL Life Member, Fonseca is
    returning as SM, having served two previous terms from 2012 to 2016.
    His new term begins on October 1, 2020.

    The Puerto Rico Section Manager election was the only contested
    election in the Summer round of SM elections. Ballots were counted
    on August 18 at ARRL Headquarters.

    In Minnesota, Bill Mitchell, AE0EE, of Minneapolis, will become the
    new Section Manager this fall. Mitchell was the only nominee when
    the nomination deadline arrived in early June. Incumbent Skip
    Jackson, KS0J, chose not to run for a new term after a 16-year run
    that began in 2004.

    In North Dakota, Richard Budd, W0TF, will begin a full 2-year term
    of office after being appointed in June to succeed Nancy Yoshida,
    K0YL. She stepped down to become vice president of the YL
    International Single Sideband System.

    The following incumbent SMs ran unopposed and were considered
    elected. Chuck Motes, K1DFS (Connecticut); Dan Marler, K7REX
    (Idaho); Scott Yonally, N8SY (Ohio); Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW (Oklahoma);
    Barry Porter, KB1PA (Southern Florida); Fred Kleber, K9VV (Virgin
    Islands); Laura Mueller, N2LJM (Western New York).
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Aug 24 23:02:34 2020

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    ARLB020 James Armstrong, NV6W, Named Santa Clara Valley SM

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    ARRL Bulletin 20 ARLB020
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT August 24, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB020 James Armstrong, NV6W, Named Santa Clara Valley SM

    James Armstrong, NV6W, of San Jose, California, has been appointed
    to the post of Santa Clara Valley (SCV) Section Manager (SM),
    following the untimely death on July 28 of incumbent Bill Ashby,
    AA6FC, just 4 weeks after he took office. An ARRL Life Member,
    Ashby, also of San Jose, was 66 and the only nominee for the
    position when nominations closed in March. Ashby had earlier served
    as the Affiliated Club Coordinator from 2007 to 2010. Armstrong will
    fulfill the remainder of the term, which expires on June 30, 2022.

    His appointment by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart
    Jahnke, W9JJ, followed consultation with ARRL Pacific Division
    Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT. Armstrong served as an Assistant SM in
    the SCV Section since 2013. A ham for more than 40 years, Armstrong
    also holds a Second Class Radiotelegraph Operator certificate, a
    General Radiotelephone Operator license, and a GMDSS Radio
    Operator/Maintainer license, all with ship radar endorsements.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 3 18:00:55 2020

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    ARLB021 FCC Application Fee Proposal Proceeding is Open for Comments

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    ARRL Bulletin 21 ARLB021
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 3, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB021 FCC Application Fee Proposal Proceeding is Open for Comments

    Comments are being accepted on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which proposes application fees for
    radio amateurs. Formal deadlines for comments and reply comments
    will be determined once the NPRM appears in the Federal Register.
    Comments may be filed now, however, by using the FCC's Electronic
    Comment Filing System (ECFS), located at,
    https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings , and posting to MD Docket No.
    20-270. The docket is already open for accepting comments, even
    though deadlines have not yet been set.

    The NPRM can be found online in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-116A1.pdf .
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Sep 16 12:57:19 2020

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    ARLB022 5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires and
    Hurricane Sally Response

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    ARRL Bulletin 22 ARLB022
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 16, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB022 5-MHz Interoperability Channels Designated for Wildfires and
    Hurricane Sally Response

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced that
    two 60-meter channels have been made available, as necessary, for interoperability between US Government stations and US amateur radio
    stations involved in emergency communications related to the
    wildland firefighting response in California, Oregon, and
    Washington, and to Hurricane Sally. These interoperability channels
    will remain active until the need for these channels no longer
    exists:

    * Channel 1 - primary voice traffic 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5
    kHz USB voice.

    * Channel 2 - digital traffic 5348 kHz channel center, 5346.5 kHz
    USB with 1.5-kHz offset to center of digital waveform.

    Frequencies may be modified or added to by FEMA Region 10 for their
    area or operations due to existing 5-MHz/60-meter interoperability
    plans for their region.

    Amateur radio is secondary on the 5-MHz band and should yield to
    operational traffic related to wildland firefighting and hurricane
    response. Although the intended use for these channels is
    interoperability between federal government stations and licensed US
    amateur radio stations, federal government stations are primary
    users and amateurs are secondary users.

    The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS -
    https://netcom.army.mil/mars/ ) is following FEMA's lead on the interoperability channel designations for the wildfire and hurricane
    response. Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, says he
    has alerted all MARS members of the FEMA channel designations and
    MARS members are prepared to support response efforts as needed.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Sep 16 19:32:09 2020

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    ARLB023 Northern Florida ARES Requests Clear Frequencies for HF Nets

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    ARRL Bulletin 23 ARLB023
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 16, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB023 Northern Florida ARES Requests Clear Frequencies for HF Nets

    Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Karl Martin, K4HBN,
    is requesting that stations not directly involved in the Amateur
    Radio Emergency Service (ARES) response to Hurricane Sally please
    avoid 3.950 MHz (primary) and 7.242 MHz (backup).

    ARES has activated in four Northern Florida counties. Shelters are
    open, and power and telecommunications outages are widespread,
    Martin reports.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Sep 18 01:23:44 2020

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    ARLB024 FCC Grants ARRL Rules Waiver Request for Fire Emergencies,
    Hurricanes

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    ARRL Bulletin 24 ARLB024
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 18, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB024 FCC Grants ARRL Rules Waiver Request for Fire Emergencies,
    Hurricanes

    The FCC has granted ARRL's request for a temporary waiver to permit
    amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently
    permitted by section 97.307(f) of the FCC Amateur Service rules. The
    FCC acted to facilitate hurricane and wildfire relief communications
    within the US and its territories.

    Section 97.307(f) limits the symbol rate - the rate at which the
    carrier waveform amplitude, frequency, and/or phase is varied to
    transmit information - for HF amateur radioteletype (RTTY)/data
    transmissions to 300 bauds for frequencies below 28 MHz (except for
    60 meters), and 1,200 bauds in the 10-meter (28 - 29.7 MHz) band.
    The digital signal must use one of the codes specified in section
    97.309(a) of the rules, but an amateur station transmitting a RTTY
    or data emission using one of the specified digital codes may use
    any technique whose technical characteristics have been publicly
    documented.

    In 2016, in response to an ARRL petition for rulemaking, the
    Commission proposed to remove the symbol rate limitations, which it
    tentatively concluded had become unnecessary due to advances in
    modulation techniques and no longer served a useful purpose.
    However, the FCC did not include the ARRL proposal to limit signal
    bandwidth to that which the Commission had said it intended when it
    originally adopted the 300-baud limit. The proceeding is currently
    pending.

    ARRL sought the waiver for amateur radio licensees directly involved
    with hurricane and wildfire relief via HF using PACTOR 4 modems for communication within the US and its territories, relative to several
    impending hurricane situations and wildfires in the western US.
    ARRL's petition noted that Section 97.307(f) of the amateur rules
    prevents the use of PACTOR 4, a data protocol that permits
    relatively high-speed data transmission. ARRL noted that past FCC
    temporary waivers have allowed this protocol during similar events.
    ARRL also stated that trained amateur radio operators with
    communications equipment are actively preparing to assist radio
    amateurs involved with the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
    working with federal, state, and local emergency management
    officials to assist with disaster relief communications.

    "We conclude that ARRL's request should be granted," the FCC said.
    "ARRL stands ready to assist the area potentially impacted by the
    impending hurricanes and ongoing wildfires to conduct disaster
    relief communications. ARRL asserts that the higher data rates
    offered by PACTOR 3 and PACTOR 4 emissions are critical to sending
    relief communications. We conclude that granting the requested
    waiver is in the public interest." The waiver is limited to 60 days
    and applies only to stations in the continental US and Puerto Rico
    using PACTOR 3 and PACTOR 4 emissions and who are directly involved
    with HF hurricane and wildfire relief communications.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 24 13:51:49 2020

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    ARLB025 Phil Temples, K9HI, Appointed as New England Division Vice
    Director

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    ARRL Bulletin 25 ARLB025
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 24, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB025 Phil Temples, K9HI, Appointed as New England Division Vice
    Director

    ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has appointed Phil Temples,
    K9HI, of Watertown, Massachusetts, as New England Division Vice
    Director. He succeeds Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, who was elected earlier
    this year as ARRL First Vice President. President Roderick made the
    appointment after consulting with New England Director Fred
    Hopengarten, K1VR, and the region's Section Managers.

    "I want to thank all of those who forwarded their recommendations to
    Director Hopengarten," Temples said. "Mike Raisbeck left some big
    shoes to fill. I look forward to working with Fred, and to advise
    and assist him with various tasks and board committee assignments.
    One task I'm especially eager to tackle is launching a New England
    Division website."

    An ARRL Life Member, Temples has been licensed for 50 years,
    initially as WN9EAY in Indiana. He has written articles for QST and
    contributed articles for the ARRL website. He also recently
    co-authored a chapter in the Amateur Radio Public Service Handbook.

    Temples served three terms as Eastern Massachusetts Section Manager
    and now is an Assistant SM and an Assistant New England Division
    Director. He's also held ARRL field appointments as Affiliated Club
    Coordinator and Public Information Officer and currently serves as
    program chair for the ARRL New England Division Convention.

    Temples has been active in MARS, the National Traffic System, and as
    an Emergency Coordinator, and he enjoys CW. He holds a degree in
    electrical engineering from Purdue University.

    Temples has actively promoted instruction and licensing and is a
    Volunteer Examiner under the ARRL, W5YI, and Greater Los Angeles ARG
    Volunteer Examiner Coordinators. He's currently involved with New
    England Amateur Radio, Inc. in administering remote exam sessions
    during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Temples is employed at Boston College as a computer systems
    administrator.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Sep 28 12:51:47 2020

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    ARLB026 ARRL Seeks Changes in FCC Proposal to Delete 3.4 GHz Amateur
    Band

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    ARRL Bulletin 26 ARLB026
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 28, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB026 ARRL Seeks Changes in FCC Proposal to Delete 3.4 GHz Amateur
    Band

    ARRL met via telephone with FCC staff members this week to emphasize
    its opposition to the FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in
    Docket 19-348 to delete amateur radio from the 3.3 - 3.5 GHz band.

    The FCC will take final action in the proceeding when it meets on
    September 30.

    The NPRM can be found online in PDF format at, https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/121661888341/FCC-19-130A1.pdf .

    In comments filed earlier this year, ARRL urged that the secondary
    status for amateur radio in the band be continued. In a series of
    meetings with Commissioner legal advisors and staff members, ARRL
    explained how continued secondary use by radio amateurs will not
    impair or devalue use of this spectrum by future primary licensees,
    including those intending to provide 5G or other services. ARRL also
    stressed the various public-benefit uses of the spectrum by
    amateurs, including ongoing use of television and mesh networks on
    the west coast of the US as part of efforts to contain wildfires.

    With regard to interference potential, ARRL stated that amateur
    radio operators using these bands are technically proficient and
    have a long history of sharing with primary users in this and other
    bands without causing interference.

    FCC staff expressed concern that because amateur operations in the
    band are less clearly defined than those of other services also
    operating on a non-interference in the band, they would be difficult
    to locate should interference occur. ARRL Washington Counsel David
    Siddall, K3ZJ, noted that Section 97.303(g), an existing amateur
    rule, could be amended or used to craft a notification requirement,
    if the FCC concluded that relying on other methods would be
    insufficient.

    The FCC participants indicated that such a requirement, in place of
    deleting the secondary allocation, would be given serious
    consideration. (Section 97.303(g) contains specific
    frequency-sharing requirements for the 2200- and 630-meter amateur
    bands.)

    Siddall also pointed out that the Amateur Television Network (ATN)
    filed an email with the Commission that included a letter from the
    California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES)
    describing amateur radio's contributions, specifically calling out
    the need for 3.4 GHz access and explaining why other bands are not
    sufficient.

    ARRL also argued that, in any event, continued operation in the band
    should be permitted until and unless an actual potential for
    interference exists in a specific geographic area. ARRL said the FCC
    should not intentionally leave spectrum capacity unused during a
    build-out period that the Commission's own proposal indicates will
    last for at least 12 years in some areas.

    The record in the proceeding is now closed. Please be reminded that
    there can be no calls, emails, or filings to the FCC with regard to
    the issues under consideration until a final FCC Report and Order
    and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking is released.

    Release is currently expected to be within a few days after the
    Commission's September 30 meeting. At that time, ARRL will evaluate
    the impact on amateur radio of the Commission's decisions and
    consider what further action, if any, may be merited.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 1 18:44:38 2020

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    ARLB027 Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, Appointed South Texas Section Manager

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    ARRL Bulletin 27 ARLB027
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT October 1, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB027 Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, Appointed South Texas Section Manager

    Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, has been appointed ARRL South Texas Section
    Manager. He succeeds Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, who has
    stepped down as Section Manager to become ARRL Director of Emergency Management.

    Wolfe, of Rockdale, Texas, will complete the remainder of Gilbert's
    term. Wolfe's appointment as Section Manager begins on October 1 and
    extends until September 30, 2021. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services
    Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made the appointment after consulting
    with ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS,
    and receiving recommendations from Gilbert, West Gulf Division Vice
    Director Lee Cooper, W5LHC, and others in the South Texas Section.

    Stuart Wolfe currently serves as South Texas ARRL Affiliated Club
    Coordinator and Emergency Coordinator. He is the founding member and
    President of the Milam Amateur Radio Club. He is also active as a
    Volunteer Examiner and teacher of amateur radio licensing classes.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 8 19:06:05 2020

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    ARLB028 FCC Orders Amateur Access to 3.5 GHz Band to "Sunset"

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    ARRL Bulletin 28 ARLB028
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT October 8, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB028 FCC Orders Amateur Access to 3.5 GHz Band to "Sunset"

    Despite vigorous and continuing opposition from ARRL and others, the
    FCC has ordered the "sunsetting" of the 3.3 - 3.5-GHz amateur radio
    secondary spectrum allocation. The decision allows current amateur
    activity on the band to continue, "grandfathering" the amateur
    operations subject to a later decision. The FCC proposed two
    deadlines for amateur operations to cease on the band. The first
    would apply to the 3.4 - 3.5 GHz segment, the second to 3.3 - 3.4
    GHz. The FCC will establish the dates once it reviews additional
    comments.

    "We adopt our proposal from the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to
    remove the amateur allocation from the 3.3 - 3.5 GHz band," the FCC
    said in its R&O. "[W]e adopt changes to our rules today that provide
    for the sunset of the secondary amateur allocation in the band, but
    allow continued use of the band for amateur operations, pending
    resolution of the issues raised in the Further Notice."

    The Report and Order (R&O) and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    in WT Docket No. 19-348 adopted on September 30 followed a 2019 FCC
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in which the FCC proposed
    re-allocating 3.45 - 3.55 GHz for "flexible-use service" and
    auctioning the desirable "mid-band" spectrum (generally defined as
    between 1 GHz and 6 GHz) to 5G providers. These and other recent spectrum-repurposing actions stem from the MOBILE NOW Act, enacted
    in 2018, in which Congress directed the Commission to make
    additional spectrum available to auction for mobile and fixed
    wireless broadband. The FCC action is consistent with worldwide
    allocations adopted by the ITU for these frequencies.

    The Report and Order can be found online in PDF format at, https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1002214202488/FCC-20-138A1.pdf .

    In the run-up to the Commission's decision, ARRL met with the FCC's professional staff to explain its concerns and to answer questions. Subsequently, ARRL met with the wireless advisors to the FCC
    Chairman and two Commissioners. In those meetings, ARRL reiterated
    that continued secondary status for amateurs will not impair or
    devalue use of this spectrum by the primary licensees intending to
    provide 5G or other service. ARRL noted amateur radio's long history
    of successful coexistence with primary users of the 9 cm band,
    sharing this spectrum with the federal government users and
    secondary, non-federal occupants.

    ARRL pointed out that vital links in amateur television and amateur
    radio high-speed mesh networks using the band have been especially
    valuable during such emergency situations as the wildfires currently
    raging on the west coast. Deleting the amateur secondary allocation
    will result in lost opportunities for experimentation and public
    service with no public interest benefit to make up for that.

    ARRL argued that deleting the secondary allocation would waste the
    scarce spectrum resource, particularly in areas where commercial
    services often do not construct full facilities due to small
    populations. The FCC action means that amateur radio will lose
    access to the 3.5-GHz secondary allocation even where commercial
    operations do not exist. ARRL told the Commission that it should not intentionally allow this spectrum to be vacant and unused, wasting
    the public resource, when amateurs can use some portion of it in
    many geographic areas with no detriment to any other licensee, just
    as it has in the past. ARRL argues that amateur operations should be
    permitted until and unless an actual potential for interference
    exists.

    Deletion of the 3.3 - 3.5 GHz secondary amateur allocation will
    become effective on the effective date of the FCC's order, but
    amateur radio operation as of that date may continue while the FCC
    finalizes rules to license spectrum in the 3.45 - 3.55 GHz band and
    establishes deadlines for amateur operations to cease. The FCC
    proposed allowing amateur operation in the 3.3 - 3.4 GHz portion of
    the band to continue "pending further decisions about the future of
    this portion of the spectrum," the timing for which is unknown. The
    Commission proposed to mandate that operations cease in the 3.4 -
    3.5 GHz portion when commercial licensing commences for the new 3.45
    - 3.55 GHz "5G" band, which is predicted to begin in the first half
    of 2022.

    "[W]e seek comment on whether it is in the public interest to sunset
    amateur use in the 3.3 - 3.55 GHz band in two separate phases, e.g.,
    first above 3.4 GHz, which is the focus of [the R&O] and later in
    that portion of the band below 3.4 GHz," the FCC said.

    ARRL expressed gratitude to the many members and organizations that
    joined ARRL in challenging the FCC throughout this nearly year-long
    proceeding. They included multiple radio clubs, weak signal
    enthusiasts, moonbounce participants, and the Amateur Radio
    Emergency Data Network (AREDN), the Amateur Television Network
    (ATN), AMSAT, and Open Research Institute (ORI).

    ARRL will continue its efforts to preserve secondary amateur radio
    access to 3.3 - 3.5 GHz. Members are invited to share comments by
    visiting http://www.arrl.org/3-GHz-Band .

    "We recognize that any loss of our privileges will most directly
    impact radio amateurs who use the frequencies to operate and
    innovate," said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. "Such instances
    only embolden ARRL's role to protect and advocate for the Amateur
    Radio Service and Amateur Satellite Service. There will be continued
    threats to our spectrum. So I urge all amateurs, now more than ever,
    to strengthen our hold by being ceaseless in our public service,
    experimenting, and discovery throughout the radio spectrum."
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Oct 14 09:28:30 2020

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    ARLB029 Bob Buus, W2OD, Appointed as Northern New Jersey Section
    Manager

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    ARRL Bulletin 29 ARLB029
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT October 13, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB029 Bob Buus, W2OD, Appointed as Northern New Jersey Section
    Manager

    Bob Buus, W2OD, of Holmdel, has been appointed as Northern New
    Jersey Section Manager to succeed Steve Ostrove, K2SO (SK), who
    stepped down on September 22 due to failing health. Buus will serve
    out the current term of office, which concludes on June 30, 2021.

    An ARRL Life Member, Buus had been serving as an Assistant SM and an
    Emergency Coordinator. He is also an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and
    Life Member of ARRL. Ostrove had recommended Buus to be appointed to
    replace him, and ARRL Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ,
    agreed with his choice. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager
    Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made the appointment, which is effective
    immediately.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Oct 14 09:28:39 2020

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    ARLB030 Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, Appointed as New Delaware Section
    Manager

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    ARRL Bulletin 30 ARLB030
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT October 13, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

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    ARLB030 Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, Appointed as New Delaware Section
    Manager

    Mark Stillman, KA3JUJ, of Newark, Delaware, has been appointed as
    ARRL Delaware Section Manager. He succeeds Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH,
    who had served since 2014. Duveneck has moved out of the Delaware
    Section.

    ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ,
    appointed Stillman after consulting with ARRL Atlantic Division
    Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM. The appointment is effective
    immediately and extends through the end of Duveneck's term on
    December 31, 2021.

    Stillman is a member of the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service
    (ARES), an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, and an American Red Cross
    volunteer. He serves as treasurer of the Delaware Repeater
    Association.
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Oct 29 06:13:02 2020

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    ARLB031 ARRL Urges Members to Join in Strongly Opposing FCC's
    Application Fees Proposal

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    ARRL Bulletin 31 ARLB031
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT October 28, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB031
    ARLB031 ARRL Urges Members to Join in Strongly Opposing FCC's
    Application Fees Proposal

    ARRL will file comments in firm opposition to an FCC proposal to
    impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees. With
    the November 16 comment deadline fast approaching, ARRL urges
    members to add their voices to ARRL's by filing opposition comments
    of their own. The FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) MD Docket
    20-270 appeared in the October 15 edition of The Federal Register
    and sets deadlines of November 16 to comment and November 30 to post
    reply comments, which are comments on comments already filed.

    The NPRM can be found online at, https://tinyurl.com/yyk8f2yp .

    ARRL has prepared a Guide to Filing Comments with the FCC which
    includes tips for preparing comments and step-by-step filing
    instructions. File comments on MD Docket 20-270 using the FCC's
    Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). The instructions can be
    found online at, http://www.arrl.org/FCC-Fees-Proposal .

    Under the proposal, amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for
    each amateur radio application for new licenses, license renewals,
    upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. The
    FCC also has proposed a $50 fee to obtain a printed copy of a
    license. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such
    as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees. Amateur Service
    licensees have been exempt from application fees for several years.

    The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
    (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions
    of the "Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern
    Services Act" of 2018 - the so-called "Ray Baum's Act." The Act
    requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee
    structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC
    proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the
    FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio
    Service. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual
    regulatory fees, but not from application fees. The FCC proposal
    affects all FCC services and does not single out amateur radio.

    ARRL is encouraging members to file comments that stress amateur
    radio's contributions to the country and communities. ARRL's Guide
    to Filing Comments includes "talking points" that may be helpful in
    preparing comments. These stress amateur radio's role in
    volunteering communication support during disasters and emergencies,
    and inspiring students to pursue education and careers in
    engineering, radio technology, and communications.

    As the FCC explained in its NPRM, Congress, through the Ray Baum's
    Act, is compelling regulatory agencies such as the FCC to recover
    from applicants the costs involved in filing and handling
    applications.

    In its NPRM the FCC encouraged licensees to update their own
    information online without charge. Many, if not most, Amateur
    Service applications may be handled via the largely automated
    Universal License Service (ULS). The Ray Baum's Act does not exempt
    filing fees in the Amateur Radio Service, and the FCC stopped
    assessing fees for vanity call signs several years ago.

    See also "FCC Proposes to Reinstate Amateur Radio Service Fees,"
    reported by ARRL in August, at, http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-proposes-to-reinstate-amateur-radio-service-fees
    .

    A summary page of the proceeding can also be found online at, http://www.arrl.org/FCC-Fees-Proposal .
    NNNN
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Nov 2 11:46:22 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB032
    ARLB032 W1AW 2020/2021 Winter Operating Schedule

    ZCZC AG32
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 32 ARLB032
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 2, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB032
    ARLB032 W1AW 2020/2021 Winter Operating Schedule

    Morning Schedule:

    Time Mode Days
    ------------------- ---- ---------
    1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri
    1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu

    Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

    1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
    1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

    (Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

    Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

    2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    2100 " " CWs Tue, Thu
    2200 " (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
    2300 " (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
    0000 " (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
    0000 " " CWf Tue, Thu
    0100 " (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
    0200 " (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
    0245 " (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
    0300 " (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    0300 " " CWs Tue, Thu
    0400 " (11 PM EST) CWb Daily


    Frequencies (MHz)
    -----------------
    CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555 DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
    VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555

    Notes:

    CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
    CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
    CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

    CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
    bulletins.

    DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving
    schedule.

    Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
    given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
    alternate speeds.

    On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
    Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
    digital frequencies.

    A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
    0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

    Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
    bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
    named "W1AWBDCT." The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
    here as well. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
    with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

    All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please
    note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
    sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
    or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

    In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
    follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
    CW on the half hour.

    All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
    UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
    to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring your
    current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

    However, please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions,
    W1AW is not open for visitor operations at this time.

    The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 87 in the
    November 2020 issue of QST or on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .
    NNNN
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Nov 9 17:46:53 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB033
    ARLB033 Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, is New ARRL Pacific Division
    Director

    ZCZC AG33
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 33 ARLB033
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 9, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB033
    ARLB033 Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, is New ARRL Pacific Division
    Director

    Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, of San Jose, California, has assumed the
    office of ARRL Pacific Division Director following the recent
    vacancy in the office. The ARRL Articles of Association stipulate
    she will serve as Director for the remainder of the current term,
    which expires on December 31, 2022. She will join the ARRL Board
    which is comprised of the organization's 15 Directors - each
    representing a geographical area.

    McIntyre was appointed as the Division's Vice Director in 2018, and
    was unopposed as a candidate for the position in 2019. She was first
    licensed in the late 1970s while a student at Massachusetts
    Institute of Technology. She holds an Amateur Extra class license.

    She has served as ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay
    Section, and is a member of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club.
    McIntyre also is licensed in Japan, her second home, as JI1IZZ. She
    is a senior software engineer at Apple.
    NNNN
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Nov 16 23:56:25 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB034
    ARLB034 Clear Frequencies Requested for Caribbean Hurricane
    Emergency Traffic

    ZCZC AG34
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 34 ARLB034
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 17, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB034
    ARLB034 Clear Frequencies Requested for Caribbean Hurricane
    Emergency Traffic

    Stations handling emergency traffic during the response to Category
    5 Hurricane Iota, just off the eastern coast of Nicaragua, are
    requesting clear frequencies.

    Radio amateurs not involved in the emergency response are asked to
    avoid (plus/minus 5 KHz) the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC
    (National Hurricane Center) frequencies of 14.325 and 7.268 MHz, as
    well as a Honduran emergency net operation on 7.180 MHz (net control
    station is HR1JFA), and a Nicaraguan emergency net operating on
    7.098 MHz.

    With maximum sustained winds of 160 MPH, Hurricane Iota is expected
    to bring catastrophic winds, life-threatening storm surge, and
    torrential rainfall to Central America.
    NNNN
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Nov 19 12:24:04 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB035
    ARLB035 ARRL Seeks Waiver of Proposed FCC Amateur Application Fees

    ZCZC AG35
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 35 ARLB035
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 19, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB035
    ARLB035 ARRL Seeks Waiver of Proposed FCC Amateur Application Fees

    ARRL has urged the FCC to waive its proposed $50 amateur radio
    application fee. The Commission proposal was made last month in a
    Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD 20-270. The proposal
    already has drawn more than 3,200 individual comments overwhelmingly
    opposed to the plan. The fees, directed by Congress and imposed on
    all FCC-regulated services, are to recover the FCC's costs of
    handling and processing applications.

    The NPRM can be found in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-116A1.pdf .

    "Amateur radio applications were not listed when the Congress
    adopted its 1985 fee schedule for applications, and therefore
    amateur license applications were excluded from the collection of
    fees," ARRL said on November 16 in its formal comments on the
    proposal. "Similarly, a decade later when regulatory fees were
    authorized, the Amateur Service was excluded, except for the costs
    associated with issuing vanity call signs." The new statutory
    provisions are similar. Amateur radio license applications are not
    addressed in the application fees section and explicitly excluded
    from regulatory fees," ARRL said, and there is "no evidence of any
    intent by Congress to change the exempt status of amateur
    applications and instead subject them to new fees."

    ARRL's formal comments can be found online at, https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filing/111762316365 .

    ARRL argued that the FCC has explicit authority to waive the fees if
    it would be in the public interest, and should do so for the Amateur
    Radio Service. Unlike other FCC services, the Amateur Radio Service
    is all volunteer and largely self-governing, with examination
    preparation, administration, and grading handled by volunteers, who
    submit licensing paperwork to the FCC, ARRL pointed out.

    "Increasingly, the required information is uploaded to the
    Commission's database, further freeing personnel from licensing
    paperwork as well as from day-to-day examination processes," ARRL
    said. "The addition of an application fee will greatly increase the
    complexity and requirements for volunteer examiners."

    The Communications Act, ARRL noted, also permits the FCC to accept
    the volunteer services of individual radio amateurs and
    organizations in monitoring for rules violations. In 2019, ARRL and
    the FCC signed a memorandum of understanding to renew and enhance
    the ARRL's Volunteer Monitor program, relieving the Commission of
    significant time-consuming aspects of enforcement.

    These volunteer services lessen the regulatory burden - including
    the application burden - on the Commission's resources and budget in
    ways that licensees in other services do not, ARRL said.

    Amateur radio's role in providing emergency and disaster
    communication, education, and other volunteer services also
    justifies exempting radio amateurs from FCC application fees. For
    example, ARRL noted, last year more than 31,000 participated as
    members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), and
    local ARES teams reported taking part in more than 37,000 events,
    donating nearly 573,000 volunteer hours, providing a total value of
    more than $14.5 million.

    Amateur radio also has motivated many students to develop critical
    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills.
    ARRL noted that the Amateur Radio Service contributes to the
    advancement of the radio art, advances skills in communication and
    technology, and expands the existing reservoir of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts - all expressed bases and
    purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.

    "Accomplishing these purposes entails working with young people,
    many of whom may have difficulty paying the proposed application
    fees of $50, $100, or $150," ARRL said. "The $150 fee would be the
    cost of passing the examinations for the three amateur license
    levels in three examination sessions," ARRL said. "Such multiple
    application fees to upgrade would dampen the incentive to study and
    demonstrate the greater proficiency needed to pass the examinations
    for the higher amateur classes."

    ARRL concluded that the FCC should exercise its authority to exempt
    amateur radio from application fees generally. If the FCC cannot see
    its way clear to waive fees for all amateur radio license
    applications, the fees should be waived for applicants age 26 years
    and younger. Such individuals, ARRL contended, have the most to
    contribute to the future of radio technology and other STEM-related
    activities and are the most likely to find the proposed application
    fees burdensome.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Nov 23 17:48:15 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB036
    ARLB036 ARRL Announces Director, Vice Director Election Results

    ZCZC AG36
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 36 ARLB036
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 23, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB036
    ARLB036 ARRL Announces Director, Vice Director Election Results

    The ARRL Dakota Division will have a new Director, and the Great
    Lakes and Midwest Divisions will have new Vice Directors on January
    1. The results of four contested elections for Director and Vice
    Director in three ARRL Divisions were announced on November 20,
    after ballots were tallied at ARRL Headquarters.

    In the Dakota Division, incumbent Matt Holden, K0BBC, lost his
    re-election bid to challenger Vernon ''Bill'' Lippert, AC0W. The vote
    was 982 to 485. Holden had served as Director since 2018.

    In the Great Lakes Division, incumbent Director Dale Williams,
    WA8EFK, retained his seat in a challenge from Michael Kalter, W8CI.
    The vote was 1,840 to 1,398. In a three-way contest for Great Lakes
    Division Vice Director, Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY,
    received 1,670 votes to outpoll Jim Hessler, K8JH, with 975 votes,
    and Frank Piper, KI8GW, who received 611 votes. Incumbent Vice
    Director Tom Delaney, W8WTD, did not run for another term.

    In the Midwest Division, Dave Propper, K2DP, will become the new
    Vice Director in January. He received 1,164 votes to 623 votes for
    challenger Lloyd Colston, KC5FM. Current Vice Director Art
    Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, will become the new Director in January. He was
    unopposed to succeed incumbent Director Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, who
    did not seek a new term.

    Declared Elected without Opposition:

    * In the Atlantic Division, Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, who has
    held the seat since 2015, and Vice Director Bob Famiglio, K3RF,
    elected to a 3-year term (2015 - 2018) and then appointed in 2019 to
    fill a vacancy when the incumbent stepped down.

    * In the Dakota Division, Vice Director Lynn Nelson, W0ND, in office
    since 2018.

    * In the Delta Division, Director David Norris, K5UZ, who's served
    in that office since 2012, and Vice Director Ed Hudgens, WB4RHQ,
    appointed in 2013.

    * In the Midwest Division, current Vice Director Art Zygielbaum,
    K0AIZ, will become the new Director in January, succeeding incumbent
    Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, who is stepping down. Zygielbaum has been Vice
    Director since 2014.

    All newly elected officials take office at noon on January 1, 2021.
    NNNN
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Nov 25 17:48:03 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB037
    ARLB037 New York City-Long Island Section Manager Re-Elected in Fall
    Balloting

    ZCZC AG37
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 37 ARLB037
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 25, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB037
    ARLB037 New York City-Long Island Section Manager Re-Elected in Fall
    Balloting

    New York City-Long Island Section Manager Jim Mezey, W2KFV, has been
    re-elected in the Fall election cycle. Mezey, of Carle Place,
    received 527 votes to 136 for challenger Donnie Katzovicz, W2BRU.
    The race for NYC-LI SM was the only contested election. Mezey begins
    a new 2-year term of office on January 1, 2021. He has served as New
    York City-Long Island Section Manager since 2013.

    In the West Central Florida (WCF) Section, Michael Douglas, W4MDD,
    of Wauchula, Florida, will become Section Manager starting on
    January 1, 2021. He was the only nominee for the post. Douglas is
    currently Affiliated Club Coordinator, a Technical Specialist, and
    an Official Emergency Station. Incumbent WCF Section Manager Darrell
    Davis, KT4WX, did not run for a new term after serving for the past
    6 years.

    These incumbent Section Managers were the only candidates for
    re-election and will begin new terms of office on January 1: Tom
    Walsh, K1TW (Eastern Massachusetts); Cecil Higgins, AC0HA
    (Missouri); Matt Anderson, KA0BOJ (Nebraska); Thomas Dick, KF2GC
    (Northern New York); Marc Tarplee, N4UFP (South Carolina); Tom
    Preiser, N2XW (Southern New Jersey), and Joe Shupienis, W3BC
    (Western Pennsylvania).
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Dec 2 18:41:25 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB038
    ARLB038 FCC to Require Email Addresses on Applications

    ZCZC AG38
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 38 ARLB038
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 2, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB038
    ARLB038 FCC to Require Email Addresses on Applications

    Amateur radio licensees and candidates will have to provide the FCC
    with an email address on applications, effective sometime in
    mid-2021.

    If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application
    as defective.

    The FCC is fully transitioning to electronic correspondence and will
    no longer print or provide wireless licensees with hard-copy
    authorizations or registrations by mail.

    A Report and Order (R&O) on "Completing the Transition to Electronic
    Filing, Licenses and Authorizations, and Correspondence in the
    Wireless Radio Services" in WT Docket 19-212 was adopted on
    September 16. The new rules will go into effect 6 months after
    publication in the Federal Register, which hasn't happened yet, but
    the FCC is already strongly encouraging applicants to provide an
    email address.

    When an email address is provided, licensees will receive an
    official electronic copy of their licenses when the application is
    granted.

    The Report and Order can be found in PDF format online at, https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-electronic-licensing-report-and-order
    .

    Under Section 97.21 of the new rules, a person holding a valid
    amateur station license "must apply to the FCC for a modification of
    the license grant as necessary to show the correct mailing and email
    address, licensee name, club name, license trustee name, or license
    custodian name." For a club or military recreation station license,
    the application must be presented in document form to a club station
    call sign administrator who must submit the information to the FCC
    in an electronic batch file.

    Under new Section 97.23, each license will have to show the
    grantee's correct name, mailing address, and email address. "The
    email address must be an address where the grantee can receive
    electronic correspondence," the amended rule will state. "Revocation
    of the station license or suspension of the operator license may
    result when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable
    because the grantee failed to provide the correct email address."
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Dec 22 13:53:06 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB039
    ARLB039 FCC Posts Email Address Reminder On ULS Landing Page

    ZCZC AG39
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 39 ARLB039
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 22, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB039
    ARLB039 FCC Posts Email Address Reminder On ULS Landing Page

    The FCC is encouraging users of the Universal Licensing Service
    (ULS) to have an email address on file with the FCC.

    The ULS Landing Page can be found at, https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/systems-utilities/universal-licensing-system
    .

    "Applicants are strongly encouraged to provide an email address on
    their license application(s), which will trigger the electronic
    issuance of an official copy of their license(s) to the email
    provided upon application grant. Per the timing specified in
    Rulemaking FCC 20-126, the FCC will no longer print, and licensees
    will no longer be able to request, hard copy license authorizations
    sent by mail."

    The Rulemaking can be found online in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-126A1.pdf .

    The FCC has not yet established the date by which an email address
    will be required on all applications. ARRL VEC already has begun
    including email addresses on FCC applications for as many applicants
    as possible.
    NNNN
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Dec 22 13:53:23 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB040
    ARLB040 Tom Sly, WB8LCD, Appointed as Ohio Section Manager

    ZCZC AG40
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 40 ARLB040
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 22, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB040
    ARLB040 Tom Sly, WB8LCD, Appointed as Ohio Section Manager

    Tom Sly, WB8LCD, of Kent, has been appointed as the Ohio Section
    Manager, effective January 1, 2021. Sly will assume the seat that
    incumbent Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, is vacating to become
    Great Lakes Division Vice Director, after serving as Ohio Section
    Manager since 2014.

    Sly was appointed by ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart
    Jahnke, W9JJ, after consulting with Great Lakes Division Director
    Dale Williams, WA8EFK. The Section Manager appointment extends
    through September 30, 2022.

    Sly is an ARRL Life Member and has served as Ohio Section Affiliated
    Club Coordinator since 2017. He is past president of the Portage
    County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) and has been a radio amateur
    since 1968.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Dec 31 18:03:45 2020

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB041
    ARLB041 FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

    ZCZC AG41
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 41 ARLB041
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 31, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB041
    ARLB041 FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

    The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed
    $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was "too high to
    account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications."

    In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled
    back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special
    temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license
    renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees
    are per application. There will be no fee for administrative
    updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.

    The R&O can be found online in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-184A1.pdf .

    This fall, ARRL filed comments in firm opposition to the FCC
    proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and
    application fees and urged its members to follow suit.

    As the FCC noted in its R&O, although some commenters supported the
    proposed $50 fee as reasonable and fair, "ARRL and many individual
    commenters argued that there was no cost-based justification for
    application fees in the Amateur Radio Service." The fee proposal was
    contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket
    20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the "Repack
    Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act" of
    2018 - the so-called "Ray Baum's Act."

    Information on Ray Baum's Act can be found online in PDF format at, https://www.congress.gov/115/plaws/publ141/PLAW-115publ141.pdf .

    "After reviewing the record, including the extensive comments filed
    by amateur radio licensees and based on our revised analysis of the
    cost of processing mostly automated processes discussed in our
    methodology section, we adopt a $35 application fee, a lower
    application fee than the Commission proposed in the NPRM for
    personal licenses, in recognition of the fact that the application
    process is mostly automated," the FCC said in the R&O. "We adopt the
    proposal from the NPRM to assess no additional application fee for
    minor modifications or administrative updates, which also are highly automated."

    The FCC said it received more than 197,000 personal license
    applications in 2019, which includes not only ham radio license
    applications but commercial radio operator licenses and General
    Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licenses.

    The FCC turned away the arguments of some commenters that the FCC
    should exempt amateur radio licensees. The FCC stated that it has no
    authority to create an exemption "where none presently exists."

    The FCC also disagreed with those who argued that amateur radio
    licensees should be exempt from fees because of their public service contribution during emergencies and disasters.

    "[W]e are very much aware of these laudable and important services
    amateur radio licensees provide to the American public," the FCC
    said, but noted that specific exemptions provided under Section 8 of
    the so-called "Ray Baum's Act" requiring the FCC to assess the fees
    do not apply to amateur radio personal licenses. "Emergency
    communications, for example, are voluntary and are not required by
    our rules," the FCC noted. "As we have noted previously, '[w]hile
    the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary
    noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to
    providing emergency communications, is one of the underlying
    principles of the amateur service, the amateur service is not an
    emergency radio service.'"

    The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated
    fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. The FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC's
    Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio
    Service, which had been excluded previously. The 2018 statute
    excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not
    from application fees.

    "While the Ray Baum's Act amended Section 9 and retained the
    regulatory fee exemption for amateur radio station licensees,
    Congress did not include a comparable exemption among the amendments
    it made to Section 8 of the Act," the FCC R&O explained.

    The effective date of the fee schedule has not been established, but
    it will be announced at least 30 days in advance. The FCC has
    directed the Office of Managing Director, in consultation with
    relevant offices and bureaus, to draft a notice for publication in
    the Federal Register announcing when rule change(s) will become
    effective, "once the relevant databases, guides, and internal
    procedures have been updated."
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Jan 4 17:57:27 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB001
    ARLB001 W1AW 2021 Winter Operating Schedule

    ZCZC AG01
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 1 ARLB001
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT January 4, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB001
    ARLB001 W1AW 2021 Winter Operating Schedule

    Morning Schedule:

    Time Mode Days
    ------------------- ---- ---------
    1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWs Wed, Fri
    1400 UTC (9 AM EST) CWf Tue, Thu

    Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

    1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
    1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

    (Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

    Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

    2100 UTC (4 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    2100 " " CWs Tue, Thu
    2200 " (5 PM EST) CWb Daily
    2300 " (6 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
    0000 " (7 PM EST) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
    0000 " " CWf Tue, Thu
    0100 " (8 PM EST) CWb Daily
    0200 " (9 PM EST) DIGITAL Daily
    0245 " (9:45 PM EST) VOICE Daily
    0300 " (10 PM EST) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    0300 " " CWs Tue, Thu
    0400 " (11 PM EST) CWb Daily


    Frequencies (MHz)
    -----------------
    CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555 DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
    VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555

    Notes:

    CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
    CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
    CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

    CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
    bulletins.

    DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving
    schedule.

    Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
    given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
    alternate speeds.

    On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian
    Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular
    digital frequencies.

    A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
    0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

    Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone
    bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server
    named "W1AWBDCT." The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented
    here as well. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently
    with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

    All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please
    note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
    sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
    or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

    In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
    follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
    CW on the half hour.

    All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700
    UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM
    to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring a reference
    copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.

    The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on
    the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin transmissions. West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590
    kHz.

    Please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions, W1AW is
    not open for visitor operations at this time.

    The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 85 in the
    January 2021 issue of QST or on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Jan 4 17:57:36 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB002
    ARLB002 FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on
    June 29, 2021

    ZCZC AG02
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 2 ARLB002
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT January 4, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB002
    ARLB002 FCC to Require Email Address on Applications Starting on
    June 29, 2021

    Effective on June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates
    must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If
    no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as "defective."

    On September 16, the FCC adopted a Report and Order (R&O) in WT
    Docket 19-212 on "Completing the Transition to Electronic Filing,
    Licenses and Authorizations, and Correspondence in the Wireless
    Radio Services." The R&O was published on December 29 in the Federal
    Register. The FCC has already begun strongly encouraging applicants
    to provide an email address. Once an email address is provided, the
    FCC will email a link to an official electronic copy of the license
    grant. An official copy will also be available at any time by
    accessing the licensee's password-protected Universal Licensing
    System (ULS) account.

    The R&O is available online in PDF format at, https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-adopts-electronic-licensing-report-and-order
    .

    Licensees can log into the ULS License Manager System with their FRN
    and password at any time and update anything in their FCC license
    record, including adding an email address. For questions or password
    issues, call the CORES/FRN Help Line, (877) 480-3201 (Monday -
    Friday, 1300 - 2300 UTC) or reset the password on the FCC website.

    The only way to refrain from providing an email address on an
    application would be to submit a request to waive the new rule,
    providing justification for the request. (The FCC would not be
    obliged to grant such a request.)

    Under Section 97.21 of the new rules, a person holding a valid
    amateur radio station license "must apply to the FCC for a
    modification of the license grant as necessary to show the correct
    mailing and email address, licensee name, club name, license trustee
    name, or license custodian name." For a club or military recreation
    station license, the application must be presented in document form
    to a club station call sign administrator who must submit the
    information to the FCC in an electronic batch file.

    Under new Section 97.23, each license must show the grantee's
    correct name, mailing address, and email address. "The email address
    must be an address where the grantee can receive electronic
    correspondence," the amended rule will state. "Revocation of the
    station license or suspension of the operator license may result
    when correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable
    because the grantee failed to provide the correct email address."
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 8 17:54:26 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB003
    ARLB003 FCC Invites Comments on Expanding the Number of Volunteer
    Examiner Coordinators

    ZCZC AG03
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 3 ARLB003
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT January 8, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB003
    ARLB003 FCC Invites Comments on Expanding the Number of Volunteer
    Examiner Coordinators

    In a January 5 Public Notice, the FCC requested comments on whether
    the current 14 Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) are sufficient
    to facilitate the efforts of their accredited Volunteer Examiners
    (VEs) in administering amateur radio examinations. The ARRL VEC is
    the largest of the 14 VECs in the US. Comments are due by February
    5, and reply comments are due by February 19. After Congress
    authorized it to do so, the FCC adopted rules in 1983 to allow
    volunteers to prepare and administer amateur radio examinations, and
    it established the system of VECs and VEs.

    The Public Notice can be found online in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-9A1.pdf .

    "VECs introduced consistency into the volunteer examiner program by centralizing accreditation of volunteer examiners, coordinating the
    dates and times for scheduling examinations, and managing the
    various administrative tasks arising from examinations," the FCC
    said. Authorized VECs may operate in any of the 13 VEC regions but
    must service at least one region. The FCC pointed out that some VECs
    now offer remote examinations.

    "The Commission has long maintained 14 VECs and now seeks to
    consider whether they continue to serve the evolving needs of the
    amateur community, or whether there are unmet needs that warrant
    considering expanding the number of VECs."

    The FCC Public Notice provided questions for framing comments:

    * Are the existing 14 VECs sufficient to coordinate the efforts of
    Volunteer Examiners in preparing and administering examinations for
    amateur radio operator licenses, or are additional VECs needed?

    * What needs are currently being met, and which needs, if any, are
    not?

    * If the FCC were to allow additional VECs, how many more would be
    needed to satisfy existing Amateur Radio Service license examination
    needs? (The FCC indicated that it will likely cap the number of
    additional VECs at five.)

    * Given that VECs use a collaborative process to create examination
    question pools and volunteer examination administration protocols,
    would additional VECs enhance or hinder this process?

    * How would increasing the number of VECs address the unmet needs,
    if any, of the amateur radio community, and what obstacles or
    complications could result from increasing the number of VECs?

    Interested parties may file short comments on WT Docket No. 21-2 via
    the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing Service (Express) at, https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings/express .

    Visit the FCC's "How to Comment on FCC Proceedings" page for
    information on filing extended comments at, https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/how-comment .
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Mar 15 03:18:38 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB004
    ARLB004 W1AW 2021 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule

    ZCZC AG04
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 4 ARLB004
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 14, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB004
    ARLB004 W1AW 2021 Spring/Summer Operating Schedule

    Morning Schedule:

    Time Mode Days
    ------------------- ---- ---------
    1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWs Wed, Fri
    1300 UTC (9 AM ET) CWf Tue, Thu

    Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

    1400 UTC to 1600 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM ET)
    1700 UTC to 1945 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM ET)

    (Station closed 1600 to 1700 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM ET))

    Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

    2000 UTC (4 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    2000 " " CWs Tue, Thu
    2100 " (5 PM ET) CWb Daily
    2200 " (6 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily
    2300 " (7 PM ET) CWs Mon, Wed, Fri
    2300 " " CWf Tue, Thu
    0000 " (8 PM ET) CWb Daily
    0100 " (9 PM ET) DIGITAL Daily
    0145 " (9:45 PM ET) VOICE Daily
    0200 " (10 PM ET) CWf Mon, Wed, Fri
    0200 " " CWs Tue, Thu
    0300 " (11 PM ET) CWb Daily


    Frequencies (MHz)
    -----------------
    CW: 1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675 28.0675 50.350 147.555 DIGITAL: - 3.5975 7.095 14.095 18.1025 21.095 28.095 50.350 147.555
    VOICE: 1.855 3.990 7.290 14.290 18.160 21.390 28.590 50.350 147.555

    Notes:

    CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
    CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM
    CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

    CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW
    bulletins.

    DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving
    schedule.

    Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is
    given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of
    alternate speeds.

    On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2230 UTC (6:30 PM ET), Keplerian Elements
    for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital
    frequencies.

    A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between
    0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Thursdays and 0000 UTC (8 PM ET) Fridays.

    Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, and CW/digital/phone bulletins
    is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named
    "W1AWBDCT." The monthly W1AW Qualifying Runs are presented here as
    well. The CW/digital/phone audio is sent in real-time and runs
    concurrently with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

    All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please
    note that any questions or comments about this server should not be
    sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions
    or comments to w1aw@arrl.org .

    In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as
    follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and
    CW on the half hour.

    FCC licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1400 UTC to 1600
    UTC (10 AM to 12 PM ET), and then from 1700 UTC to 1945 UTC (1 PM to
    3:45 PM ET) Monday through Friday. Be sure to bring a reference
    copy of your current FCC amateur radio license.

    The weekly W1AW and monthly West Coast Qualifying Runs are sent on
    the normal CW frequencies used for both code practice and bulletin transmissions. West Coast Qualifying Run stations may also use 3590
    kHz.

    Please note that because of current COVID-19 restrictions, W1AW is
    not open for visitor operations at this time.

    The complete W1AW Operating Schedule may be found on page 77 in the
    March 2021 issue of QST or on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-operating-schedule .
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Mar 17 14:16:11 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB005
    ARLB005 Incumbent Section Managers Begin New Terms in April

    ZCZC AG05
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 5 ARLB005
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 17, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB005
    ARLB005 Incumbent Section Managers Begin New Terms in April

    Eight incumbent ARRL Section Managers who were unopposed for
    re-election in the winter election cycle will begin new terms on
    April 1.

    They are Rick Paquette, W7RAP (Arizona); James Ferguson, N5LKE
    (Arkansas); Lelia Garner, WA0UIG (Iowa); Steve Morgan, W4NHO
    (Kentucky); Malcolm Keown, W5XX (Mississippi); Paul Stiles, KF7SOJ
    (Montana); Steven Lott Smith, KG5VK (North Texas), and Rick
    Breininger, N1TEK (Wyoming).

    Because no nominating petitions were received from the ARRL Orange
    Section by the December 4, 2020 deadline, candidates for the office
    of Orange Section Manager will be re-solicited. Notices will appear
    in the April and May issues of QST to elicit candidates for an
    18-month term starting October 1, 2021.

    Incumbent Orange Section Manager Carl Gardenias, WU6D, decided not
    to run for another term after serving since 2003.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Mar 23 13:41:14 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB006
    ARLB006 Amateur Radio Gets a Partial Reprieve on 3.5 GHz

    ZCZC AG06
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 6 ARLB006
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 23, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB006
    ARLB006 Amateur Radio Gets a Partial Reprieve on 3.5 GHz

    Pending future FCC action, amateur radio secondary use of the 3.3 -
    3.45 GHz band segment may continue indefinitely. The FCC, as part of
    a lengthy Second Report and Order (R&O) for commercial licensing of
    3.45 - 3.55 GHz adopted on March 17, agreed with ARRL that continued
    access by amateur radio to 3.3 - 3.45 GHz should be allowed until
    consideration of the 3.1 - 3.45 GHz spectrum in a later proceeding.

    The FCC action in WT Docket 19-348 represents a partial "and
    temporary" reprieve from the FCC's December 2019 proposal to remove
    amateur radio from the entire band, and it makes available an
    additional 50 Megahertz than an FCC proposal last fall to allow
    amateur temporary use of 3.3 - 3.4 GHz.

    The Second R&O can be found in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-21-32A1.pdf .

    Amateur secondary operation in the 3.45 - 3.50 GHz band must cease
    90 days after public notice that the spectrum auction has closed and
    licensing has begun. That is expected to happen early in 2022. The
    FCC announced the opening of 3.45 - 3.55 GHz for auction to
    commercial 5G interests on March 17.

    The FCC stated that "While we adopt our proposal to bifurcate the
    band, we adjust our proposal and set 3450 MHz as the frequency at
    which the band will be split." It agreed "with the ARRL's
    assessment that the guard band is not necessary from a technical
    standpoint. We also recognize that the nature of amateur equipment
    realities makes the 50 Megahertz at 3400 - 3450 MHz particularly
    valuable to amateur operators because it means existing equipment
    can continue to operate in the band for the time being."

    This allows "amateur operations to continue in the lower portion of
    the band while the FCC and federal government users continue to
    analyze whether that spectrum can be reallocated for flexible use,"
    the FCC said. The FCC had proposed splitting the band at 3.4 GHz,
    permitting amateur use in 100 Megahertz of spectrum "while also
    providing a buffer to protect flexible-use operations at the lower
    edge of the 3.45 GHz band."

    "We therefore allow secondary amateur operations to continue in the
    3.4 - 3.45 GHz portion of the band," the FCC said. "We emphasize,
    however, that amateur licensees remain secondary users, and those
    that operate on frequencies close to the 3450 MHz band edge must do
    so with particular caution to avoid causing harmful interference to flexible-use licensees in the 3.45 GHz Service, which hold primary
    status.

    "In light of these considerations, while amateur operations between
    3450 MHz and 3500 MHz must cease within 90 days of the public notice
    announcing the close of the auction for the 3.45 GHz Service, as
    specified in the Report and Order; amateur operations may continue
    between 3300 MHz and 3450 MHz while the Commission, NTIA, and the
    DoD continue to analyze whether that spectrum can be reallocated for
    commercial wireless use."

    "There is no expectation that such operations will be accommodated
    in future planning for commercial wireless operations in this
    spectrum, or that amateur operators will receive more than a short
    period of notice before their operations must cease," the FCC said.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Mar 23 13:41:17 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB007
    ARLB007 FCC Not Yet Collecting $35 Application Fee

    ZCZC AG07
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 7 ARLB007
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 23, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB007
    ARLB007 FCC Not Yet Collecting $35 Application Fee

    The FCC Part 97 rules establishing a new $35 amateur radio
    application fee go on the books on April 19, but the FCC won't start
    collecting the fee "until the requisite notice has been provided to
    Congress, the FCC's information technology systems and internal
    procedures have been updated, and the Commission publishes notice(s)
    in the Federal Register announcing the effective date of such
    rules."

    When effective, the fee will apply to new, modification (upgrade and
    sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign
    applications, as well as applications for a special temporary
    authority (STA) or a rule waiver. Fees will be collected per
    application. The FCC exempted from the fee applications for
    administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email
    address. The FCC proposed a schedule of application and other fees
    for all services last year.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Mar 24 18:47:13 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB008
    ARLB008 Cooperative Effort Under Way to Resolve Potential
    70-Centimeter Interference Issue

    ZCZC AG08
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 8 ARLB008
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 24, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB008
    ARLB008 Cooperative Effort Under Way to Resolve Potential
    70-Centimeter Interference Issue

    ARRL, the FCC, and the US Department of Defense are cooperating in
    an effort to eliminate the possibility of amateur radio interference
    on 70 centimeters to critical systems at White Sands Missile Range
    (WSMR) in New Mexico. The Defense Department's Regional Spectrum
    Coordinator contacted the FCC in March, seeking information on whom
    to contact regarding detected amateur transmissions it believed
    could pose a threat to a critical WSMR system operating on 70
    centimeters. The FCC, in turn, asked ARRL to be involved in the
    discussion and any necessary remedial efforts. It is to be noted
    that the Amateur Radio Service is a secondary service on the band.

    Investigation revealed that the potential problem was not with
    individual operators or repeaters, but with RF control links at 420
    - 430 MHz used to establish a linked repeater system within New
    Mexico. "Based on the investigation, and with the support of the
    FCC, the owners of the RF control links being used in the 420 - 430
    MHz portion of the amateur allocation within a certain proximity to
    WSMR are being asked to re-coordinate the link frequency to a new
    one above 430 MHz," explained ARRL Regulatory Information Manager
    Dan Henderson, N1ND.

    ARRL enlisted the assistance of the state's designated repeater
    frequency coordinator for information on specific links in that part
    of the band. New Mexico Repeater Frequency Coordinator Bill
    Kauffman, W5YEJ, agreed to work with the control link operators to
    find new frequencies that will meet the needs of the link operators.

    "Time is a factor in this request," Henderson said. "The new systems
    at WSMR are in advanced testing now and will become fully
    operational by early summer 2021." The FCC-imposed deadline for the
    affected control links to change frequencies is set for May 31,
    2021.

    "It appears a total of 32 control links will have to be addressed,"
    Henderson said. ARRL has mailed letters to each of the RF control
    link operators, based on the recordkeeping of the frequency
    coordinator, to advise them of the DoD's request as the primary user
    on the band. "Any links with the potential to affect the identified
    systems at WSMR still in operation after May 31, 2021 will be
    subject to action by the FCC."

    Henderson said the changes should have no direct impact on the use
    of any local repeater, but until all the affected RF control links
    are transitioned to new frequencies, certain links may be
    temporarily inoperative. Links unable to be relocated by May 31 will
    have to be shut down until the situation can be resolved. ARRL will
    be in contact with the FCC after the May 31 deadline to advise it of
    the status of the remediation effort.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Mar 26 10:50:52 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB009
    ARLB009 NCVEC Question Pool Committee Seeks Input for Updated
    Technician Question Pool

    ZCZC AG09
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 9 ARLB009
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 26, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB009
    ARLB009 NCVEC Question Pool Committee Seeks Input for Updated
    Technician Question Pool

    The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC - http://www.ncvec.org/ ) Question Pool Committee (QPC - http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=333 ) is requesting input from the
    amateur radio community on new or modified questions for the 2022 -
    2026 FCC Element 2 Technician Pool, which goes into effect on July
    1, 2022. This may include suggestions for new questions, changes to
    current examination topic areas, or changes to existing questions in
    the current Technician Question Pool.

    The QPC offered guidelines that said it's seeking input that focuses
    on topics that enhance public interest, understanding, and use of
    amateur radio, or focus on STEM hands-on learning and education, as
    well as questions on new technology, digital modes, station setup
    and operation, antennas, and emergency and non-emergency operation.

    To submit suggested questions for QPC review, the committee asks
    that questions have no more than two 70-character lines, including
    spaces. Distractors should be no more than 70-character lines long,
    and shorter if possible. Each multiple-choice question must be
    accompanied by four possible distractors and only one correct
    answer. The answer choices may be in any order, but the correct
    answer must be indicated by the letters A, B, C, or D at the
    beginning of the question. Those submitting suggestions should
    provide the resource information that supports the correct answer or
    the FCC Part 97 rule.

    The QPC will accept question comments, revisions, and submissions
    from the amateur radio community via email through June 30, 2021.
    This email address is a bulk forwarding mailbox, so no
    acknowledgement will be sent by return email. The NCVEC QPC will
    take all comments into consideration as it updates the Technician
    Question Pool for 2022 - 2026.

    The email address is, QPCinput@ncvec.org .
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.13-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Apr 6 21:48:27 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB010
    ARLB010 Oklahoma SM Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW, Stepping Down; Mark Kleine,
    N5HZR, Appointed as OK SM

    ZCZC AG10
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 10 ARLB010
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 6, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB010
    ARLB010 Oklahoma SM Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW, Stepping Down; Mark Kleine,
    N5HZR, Appointed as OK SM

    Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW, Oklahoma's long-serving Section Manager (SM) -
    serving two terms from 2010 to 2014 and again serving since 2016 -
    has decided to step down effective April 9, 2021. Although he is
    stepping down as Oklahoma SM, O'Dell will continue to serve amateur
    radio and ARRL as a member of ARRL's Public Relations Committee.
    Prior to becoming SM, O'Dell served as both a Public Information
    Officer and as the Public Information Coordinator for the Oklahoma
    Section for many years.

    Mark P. Kleine, N5HZR, a resident of Norman, Oklahoma, has been
    appointed to replace O'Dell as Oklahoma Section Manager effective
    April 9, and will serve out the balance of O'Dell's term, which
    extends to September 30, 2022.

    Kleine has been a very active member of the Oklahoma amateur radio
    community for many years, currently serving as an Oklahoma Assistant
    Section Manager, a leader of the South Canadian Amateur Radio
    Society (SCARS), and as President of the Central Oklahoma Radio
    Amateurs (CORA), a group of nine amateur radio clubs that host the
    Oklahoma City Hamfest "Ham Holiday." An ARRL Life Member, Kleine is
    also an amateur radio license class instructor and Volunteer
    Examiner for three different Volunteer Examiner Coordinators.

    ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made
    the appointment based on the recommendations of ARRL West Gulf
    Division Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS; O'Dell, N0IRW; West
    Gulf Vice Director Lee Cooper, W5LHC, and leaders of the Oklahoma
    Section.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.13-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Apr 21 10:16:27 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB012
    ARLB012 Clear Frequencies Requested for Net Providing 24/7 Coverage
    of Saint Vincent Volcanic Eruption

    ZCZC AG12
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 12 ARLB012
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 21, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB012
    ARLB012 Clear Frequencies Requested for Net Providing 24/7 Coverage
    of Saint Vincent Volcanic Eruption

    The Caribbean Emergency and Weather Net (CEWN) has been providing round-the-clock coverage during the La Soufriere volcanic eruption
    on the island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Several
    neighboring islands are also being affected by the disaster. When
    responding to disasters and emergencies such as this, the CEWN
    utilizes 3.185 MHz LSB and 7.188 MHz LSB. CEWN is requesting that
    radio amateurs not involved in the volcano response to keep these
    frequencies clear.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Apr 21 10:16:33 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB013
    ARLB013 FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Again Reminded
    Not to Use Radios in Crimes

    ZCZC AG13
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 13 ARLB013
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 21, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB013
    ARLB013 FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Again Reminded
    Not to Use Radios in Crimes

    On April 20, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a new Enforcement
    Advisory, repeating the admonishments contained in a January
    Advisory that no licensee or user of the Amateur or Personal Radio
    Services may use any radio equipment in connection with unlawful
    activities of any nature.

    The Enforcement Advisory can be found online in PDF format at, https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-21-453A1.pdf .

    The Commission specifically cautioned that individuals found to have
    used radios in connection with any illegal activity are "subject to
    severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the
    offending equipment, and in some cases, criminal prosecution."

    In addition, licensees should be aware that illegal operation in any
    service or band, including completely outside the amateur
    allocations, could potentially disqualify a person from holding any
    FCC license in any service, not just the Amateur Service.

    Any amateur observing a suspicious infraction that might be of
    illegal or criminal nature should report it to their local law
    enforcement office or the FBI.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Apr 28 17:34:10 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB014
    ARLB014 FCC Auto-Registration Feature for Exam Applicants to be
    Discontinued

    ZCZC AG14
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 14 ARLB014
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 27, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB014
    ARLB014 FCC Auto-Registration Feature for Exam Applicants to be
    Discontinued

    Auto-registration in the FCC Commission Registration System (CORES)
    amateur radio exam for candidates using a Social Security number
    will be discontinued on May 20, 2021. Applicants must use an FCC
    Registration Number (FRN) for all license transactions with the FCC.
    Examinees must register in CORES and receive an FRN before exam day.
    Starting on May 20, electronic batch filed applications that do not
    include a candidate's FRN will be rejected. The Social
    Security/Licensee ID Field will be disabled.

    The CORES website can be accessed at:

    https://apps.fcc.gov/cores/userLogin.do .

    An instructional video provides step-by-step instructions on how to
    establish a CORES account, which is necessary for licensees to make administrative updates and download electronic license
    authorizations.

    The instructional video can be found at, https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn .

    After June 29, all filers must provide an email address on all
    applications. When an email is provided, applicants will receive an
    official electronic copy of their licenses once granted (allow
    incoming email from authorizations@fcc.gov). If no email is provided
    when filing on or after June 29, applications will be rejected. ARRL
    VEC suggests that those without access to email to use the email
    address of a family member or friend.

    Further information about providing an email address can be found
    at,

    http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-to-require-email-address-on-applications- starting-on-june-29-2021

    (above URL all on one line).

    Licensees need to log in to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) to
    download their authorizations. The FCC no longer issues paper
    copies.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - tbolt.synchro.net (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu May 20 19:27:46 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB016
    ARLB016 Amateurs' Email Addresses Will Continue to Be Kept Private,
    FCC Says

    ZCZC AG16
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 16 ARLB016
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 20, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB016
    ARLB016 Amateurs' Email Addresses Will Continue to Be Kept Private,
    FCC Says

    Starting on June 29, all applications filed with the FCC must
    include an email address for FCC correspondence. After receipt of
    the initial announcement that all future applications would require
    an email address, ARRL was concerned for the privacy of its members
    and requested that amateurs' email addresses not be made public.
    This week, the FCC agreed, stating in an email to ARRL counsel that
    it will continue to "mask" amateurs' email addresses from public
    view in the Universal Licensing System (ULS). The FCC will use the
    email address supplied by amateurs to correspond with applicants,
    including to send a link to the official electronic copy of the
    license when an application is granted.

    The FCC is transitioning to fully electronic correspondence and no
    longer mails hard-copy licenses. Amateurs are able to view,
    download, and print their official license grant, using the ULS.
    When a license is first granted, each applicant will receive an
    email with a direct link to the license. Although the link expires
    in 30 days, the license itself will remain available in the ULS and
    may be downloaded at any time by signing into the licensee's account
    using their FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password.

    On or after June 29, a valid email address must be provided with
    each application, and must be kept current by filing a modification
    application as necessary. Under the amended Section 97.23, "The
    email address must be an address where the grantee can receive
    electronic correspondence. Revocation of the station license or
    suspension of the operator license may result when correspondence
    from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the grantee failed
    to provide the correct email address."

    Applicants lacking an email address should consider using the email
    address of a friend or family member on their FCC applications.

    Reminder: Due to changes the FCC has made to its licensing system,
    starting today, Thursday, May 20, all amateur exam applicants must
    provide their FRN to the Volunteer Examiners (VEs) before taking an
    amateur exam. Prospective new FCC licensees will be required to
    obtain an FRN before the examination and provide that number to the
    VEs on the Form 605 license application. An FCC instructional video
    provides step-by-step instructions on how to obtain an FRN through
    the FCC's COmmission REgistration System (CORES) can be found at, https://www.fcc.gov/rofrn .

    The FRN is used afterward by the applicant to download the official
    license document from the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS), to
    upgrade a license, apply for a vanity call sign, and to submit
    administrative updates (such as address and email changes) and
    renewal applications.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon May 24 15:29:57 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB017
    ARLB017 Spring ARRL Section Manager Election Results Announced

    ZCZC AG17
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 17 ARLB017
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 24, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB017
    ARLB017 Spring ARRL Section Manager Election Results Announced

    In the only contested election this spring, Utah ARRL members
    elected Pat Malan, N7PAT, as their new Section Manager (SM) for a
    2-year term commencing July 1. Malan, of South Jordan, received 419
    votes, while incumbent Mel Parkes, NM7P, garnered 339 votes. Parkes
    had served as Utah Section Manager for 22 years.

    ARRL Headquarters counted and verified the ballots on May 18.

    In New Hampshire, Pete Stohrer, K1PJS, of Concord, was the only
    nominee for Section Manager when nominations closed on March 4.
    Stohrer, having previously served as SM from 2013 until 2019, will
    succeed John Gotthardt, K1UAF, who decided not to seek a new term.

    Six incumbent Section Managers faced no opposition and were declared re-elected, effective July 1: Marty Pittinger, KB3MXM (Maryland-DC);
    John Bigley, N7UR (Nevada); Bob Buus, W2OD (Northern New Jersey);
    Bob Beaudet, W1YRC (Rhode Island); John Litz, NZ6Q (San Joaquin
    Valley), and Dale Durham, W5WI (West Texas).
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Jul 1 11:18:30 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB019
    ARLB019 New Section Managers Appointed in Orange and Eastern
    Washington

    ZCZC AG19
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 19 ARLB019
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT July 1, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB019
    ARLB019 New Section Managers Appointed in Orange and Eastern
    Washington

    Carl Gardenias, WU6D, of Perris, California, is retiring as ARRL
    Orange Section Manager after serving in the position since 2003. His
    term of office had expired at the end of March, but he agreed to
    continue serving as SM until a successor was chosen.

    A re-solicitation for Section Manager nominations in the Orange
    Section was issued this past spring. The only nominee responding by
    the June 4 deadline was Bob Turner, W6RHK, also of Perris,
    California. Turner's elected 2-year term of office does not
    officially begin until October 1, and Gardenias has said he wished
    to step down as Section Manager at the end of June.

    In accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the ARRL Field
    Organization, ARRL Field Services Manager Mike Walters, W8ZY, has
    appointed Turner to start his term of office as the Orange Section
    Manager earlier than scheduled, with the appointment effective July
    1. Walters made his decision after consulting with ARRL Southwestern
    Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, and Gardenias. Turner has been
    the Section Emergency Coordinator for the past 10 years.

    ARRL Eastern Washington Section Manager Jack Tiley, AD7FO, will be
    stepping down early from his term of office that concludes on
    September 30, 2021. Tiley, of Spokane Valley, has been Section
    Manager for 2 and a half years.

    Jo Whitney, KA7LJQ, was the only nominee when the June 4 nomination
    deadline arrived, and she was declared elected. Whitney initially
    was scheduled to start her term of office on October 1, but because
    Tiley is stepping down before the end of his term, Walters, after
    consulting with ARRL Northwestern Division Director Mike Ritz, W7VO,
    has appointed Whitney to start her term of office on July 1

    Whitney, of Yakima, has been an ARRL Emergency Coordinator since
    2003, and she served as a District Emergency Coordinator in 2018 and
    2019.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Aug 30 14:46:23 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB022
    ARLB022 FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate
    Data Transmissions for Hurricane Ida Traffic

    ZCZC AG22
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 22 ARLB022
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT August 30, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB022
    ARLB022 FCC Grants Temporary Waiver to Permit Higher Symbol Rate
    Data Transmissions for Hurricane Ida Traffic

    The FCC has granted an ARRL emergency request for a temporary waiver
    intended to facilitate relief communications in the wake of
    Hurricane Ida. The waiver was orally granted on Saturday, August 28,
    and immediately permitted amateur data transmissions related to
    Hurricane Ida traffic to employ a higher symbol rate for data
    transmissions than the current limit of 300 baud.

    ARRL pointed out in its request that Amateur Radio Emergency Service
    (ARES) members are working with federal, state, and local emergency
    management officials to assist with disaster relief. Many use radio
    modems and personal computers capable of using digital protocols and
    modes that would permit faster messaging rates than normally
    permitted under the FCC's rules. ARRL pointed out that higher data
    rates can be critical to timely transmission of relief
    communications, such as lists of needed and distributed supplies.

    In 2016, in response to an ARRL petition for rulemaking, the FCC
    proposed to remove the symbol rate limitations, which it tentatively
    concluded had become unnecessary due to advances in modulation
    techniques and no longer served a useful purpose. That proceeding,
    WT Docket 16-239, is still pending. ARRL sought the waiver for radio
    amateurs directly involved with hurricane relief on HF using
    high-speed data transmissions, and the FCC orally granted the
    emergency temporary waiver for traffic related to Hurricane Ida. The
    temporary waiver is good until a written decision is made on ARRL's
    request that would cover the remainder of the hurricane season.

    Pursuant to ARRL's request and similar to written waivers granted by
    the FCC in earlier years, to qualify, a protocol or mode exceeding
    the 300 baud symbol rate limit must (1) be publicly documented, (2)
    use no more bandwidth than the currently permissible slower
    protocols (generally accepted to be the bandwidth of an SSB signal,
    or 2.8 kHz), and (3) be used solely for communications related to
    Hurricane Ida. ARRL is hopeful that the FCC will grant a longer-term
    waiver this week to enable planning and communications for any
    additional hurricanes this season.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 9 14:45:35 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB023
    ARLB023 FCC Extends Filing Deadlines for Affected Louisiana Parishes
    and Mississippi Counties

    ZCZC AG23
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 23 ARLB023
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 9, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB023
    ARLB023 FCC Extends Filing Deadlines for Affected Louisiana Parishes
    and Mississippi Counties

    In the wake of the disruption caused after Hurricane Ida struck the
    Gulf Coast of the US as a Category 4 storm on Sunday, August 29, the
    FCC has announced that it is extending certain filing deadlines for
    those in Louisiana and Mississippi unable to meet them due to the
    storm. President Joseph Biden issued an emergency declaration for
    Mississippi on August 28 and a major disaster declaration for
    Louisiana on August 29.

    Pursuant to its authority to waive rules for good cause and to
    alleviate any additional burden that may be caused by FCC filing
    requirements and regulatory deadlines, the FCC has extended certain
    deadlines occurring August 29 - September 30, 2021, inclusive, for
    affected licensees and applicants in the affected areas.

    The FCC is defining "affected areas" as the Louisiana parishes and
    Mississippi counties that the Federal Emergency Management Agency
    (FEMA) has designated as eligible for Individual or Public
    Assistance for the purposes of federal disaster relief as of Friday,
    September 3, which includes all parishes and counties in those
    states. The deadline extension does not apply to individuals living
    elsewhere in the US.

    For affected licensees and applicants in Louisiana and Mississippi,
    the FCC has extended until October 1 any deadlines currently set
    within the period August 29 - September 30, 2021, inclusive, with
    respect to Wireless Radio Service applications, notifications, and
    reports pursuant to Parts 1 (Subpart F only), 13, 20, 22, 24, 27,
    30, 74 (excluding Subparts G, and L), 80, 87, 90, 95, 96, 97, or 101
    of the Commission's rules, including, but not limited to, filings
    regarding certain minor license modifications, license renewals, and notifications of construction.

    Licensees and applicants making delayed filings in accordance with
    this extension must include with those filings a certification made
    under penalty of perjury that the deadlines could not be met within
    the time otherwise provided in the Commission's rules because of
    Hurricane Ida.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Thu Sep 23 09:05:11 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB024
    ARLB024 The 2021 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is Just Ahead

    ZCZC AG24
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 24 ARLB024
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 23, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB024
    ARLB024 The 2021 ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET) is Just Ahead

    The weekend of October 2 - 3 is designated for holding the annual
    ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), although local and
    Section-level exercises may take place throughout the Fall. The SET
    is ARRL's primary national emergency exercise and is designed to
    assess the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency
    Service (ARES) volunteers, as well as those affiliated with other
    organizations involved in emergency and disaster response.

    The SET encourages maximum participation by all radio amateurs,
    partner organizations, and national, state, and local officials who
    typically engage in emergency or disaster response. In addition to
    ARES volunteers, those active in the National Traffic System (NTS),
    Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES), National Weather
    Service (NWS) SKYWARN, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and
    a variety of other allied groups and public service-oriented radio
    amateurs are needed to fulfill important roles in this nationwide
    exercise.

    The SET offers volunteers an opportunity to test equipment, modes,
    and skills under simulated emergency conditions and scenarios.
    Individuals can use the time to update a "go-kit" for use during
    deployments and to ensure their home station's operational
    capability in an emergency or disaster. To get involved, contact
    your local ARRL Emergency Coordinator or Net Manager.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Sep 29 09:23:26 2021

    SB QST @ ARL $ARLB025
    ARLB025 Georgia Gets a New Section Manager; Re-Elected SMs Begin New
    Terms on October 1

    ZCZC AG25
    QST de W1AW
    ARRL Bulletin 25 ARLB025
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 29, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB QST ARL ARLB025
    ARLB025 Georgia Gets a New Section Manager; Re-Elected SMs Begin New
    Terms on October 1

    Jim Millsap, K9APD, will become the ARRL Georgia Section Manager
    (SM) on Friday, October 1. Millsap, of Acworth, was the only
    candidate who applied by the June 4 nomination deadline. Millsap has
    been an ARRL Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency
    Coordinator. He also served as the ARRL Southeastern Division Vice
    Director from 2012 to 2014. Outgoing SM David Benoist, AG4ZR, of
    Senoia, decided not to run for a new term after serving since
    November 2016.

    These incumbent SMs faced no challengers in the Summer election
    cycle and will also begin new 2-year terms of office on October 1:
    Robert Wareham, N0ESQ (Colorado); Diana Feinberg, AI6DF (Los
    Angeles); Carol Milazzo, KP4MD (Sacramento Valley); Bill Hillendahl,
    KH6GJV (San Francisco); Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX (South Texas); Monte
    Simpson, W7FF (Western Washington), and Dan Ringer, K8WV (West
    Virginia).

    Eastern Washington Section Manager Jo Whitney, KA7LJQ, was also the
    only nominee when the June 4 nomination deadline arrived. Whitney,
    of Yakima, was initially scheduled to start her elected term of
    office on October 1. However, she was appointed to start her term of
    office on July 1, when outgoing SM Jack Tiley, AD7FO, stepped down
    before the completion of his term.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)