AND THE WINNERS FOR THE HANDBOOKS ARE...
Thanksgiving >> Jacquelyn Swinehart, KE8EVU and the End of the month winner is >> Gregg Russel, KB8USO
Wow.. What a month we had! The response from all of you was absolutely FANTASTIC..!! We had over 2,600 respond this past month. Traffic on our website really tells the tale for sure. I’d say we had a very successful drawing for sure. We almost doubled the traffic on the website. I’ve got some really neat ideas for a special Christmas drawing, but you’ll just have to wait for the BIG Red Arrow to appear back on the website to get the full low down on just what I am planning. Trust me, you won’t want to miss out in this one for sure!!!!
FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith Says Amateur Enforcement Will Be Aggressive
FCC Special Counsel Laura Smith told a standing-room-only audience at the ARRL Pacific Division Convention (Pacificon) in October that, despite FCC cutbacks, Amateur Radio enforcement will not be compromised. Smith spoke for nearly an hour and a half on a variety of FCC issues related to Amateur Radio, and the entire presentation is available on YouTube, thanks to Bob Miller, WB6KWT, and his son Robert, KA7JKP, who recorded the forum. Smith said that with the FCC set to shut down 11 field offices across the country in January, the Enforcement Bureau has reorganized into three US regions, and she does not anticipate any significant issues for the Amateur Service as a result.
“The amateur community will go forward,” she said, noting that amateurs have “an incredible ability to self-police.” In light of the field office closings, she has been working with ARRL to revamp the Official Observer (OO) program.
“We are going to redo the entire program,” she told the Pacificon forum. Given that the field office cutbacks have left the FCC short staffed, the OO program will step into the gap, with OOs serving as the first line of defense in Amateur Radio enforcement, she explained. Working more closely with the OOs, Smith said, will get information on problems to the field staff more quickly, so they can follow up.
Smith praised the OOs for contributing their time and effort to monitor the bands and to alert licensees both to problematic and positive behavior on the air.
She also said the FCC is more aggressively policing the Amateur Radio bands, and she cited the case of an unlicensed individual in New York, who was arrested and assessed a fine for interfering with Amateur Radio repeaters as well as with public service communication systems.
“We’re aggressively going after people who are cutting into your frequencies,” Smith assured her audience. So far this year, she said, the FCC has proposed some $60,000 in fines to Amateur Radio licensees, for various alleged infractions. She said her office continues to receive complaints about intentional interference, and, she allowed, “Sometimes…okay, maybe all the time…we don’t get to [these] as quickly as you might like.”
Smith said there are “band neighborhoods” on the bands, and, typically, offenders tend to stick together, and “you can avoid that neighborhood,” she said. “If you know a frequency is a ‘problem frequency,’ don’t go there.” Those who do engage troublemakers on the air, however, become part of the problem. “Spin the dial,” she advised. “Walk away. Don’t allow that ugliness to seep in. Avoid it at all costs.”
“It bothers me that we have amateurs out there who are misbehaving,” she said, “when the bulk of you are incredible people.”
Smith returned as FCC special counsel to Amateur Radio enforcement in June after being detailed to another enforcement assignment for 2 years. Her position is now in the Spectrum Enforcement Division, which, she pointed out, gives her access to field engineers as well as to attorneys, engineers, and analysts in the Division.
She noted that it is now possible to file Amateur Radio-related complaints online and said doing so expedites handling.
ARRL Expands Initiative to Fire Up Collegiate Amateur Radio Clubs
A growing number of campus radio clubs and student radio amateurs have begun to share ideas and suggestions on the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI) Facebook page, which is aimed at sparking renewed participation, activity, and idea-sharing among this special sector of the Amateur Radio community. The now-expanded initiative stemmed from two well-attended ARRL New England Division Convention forums for radio amateurs attending college, one hosted by the Amateur Radio clubs at Harvard (W1AF) and Yale (W1YU). As the forum explained, the activity level at campus Amateur Radio club stations can vary wildly from one year to the next, as students graduate and newcomers arrive.
“The most common difficulty stems from uneven interest over time,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, in his “Second Century” editorial, “Cheers for College Amateur Radio: Sis-boom-bah!” in December 2016 QST. “Even the strongest leaders in college Amateur Radio graduate every 4 years, sometimes leaving their clubs without adequate continuity or leadership succession.”
Gallagher pointed out that “recognized” student activities require students in order to maintain that status. However, even officially recognized college club stations may find themselves at the mercy of administrations in terms of space for a station and antennas, and some clubs have had to move more than once to accommodate their schools’ space requirements. Issues involving safety and security can also affect college radio clubs.
In a recent post, Kenny Hite, KE8CTL, a graduate teaching assistant at West Virginia University, said the university’s Amateur Radio club, W8CUL, has been unable to participate in recent on-the-air events “due to lack of working equipment and questionable antenna setups,” as he put it. “We are working to identify working equipment/coax lines.” Another poster, Dennis Silage, K3DS, who’s associated with the Temple University Amateur Radio Club (K3TU), said, “A key to a successful and long-running college club seems to be faculty involvement for stability and recognition.” He invited other CARI participants to check out the club’s website to see what members have been doing.
“It occurred to us that, if college Amateur Radio could galvanize [mutual interests], then colleges might just provide the ideal bridge between youthful interest in the subject and lifelong participation in our community,” Gallagher wrote.
Some ideas are already being suggested, and the Facebook page has spurred communication among an ever-widening network of those involved or interested in Amateur Radio on campus, from students, faculty members, and administrators to college radio club alums. One suggestion has been to harness the competitive nature of colleges to organize operating events — perhaps with “conferences” resembling those for sports — to keep interest alive.
ARRL received permission to rebrand the Collegiate Amateur Radio Operators Facebook group, initially organized by Sam Rose, KC2LRC, as the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative. All collegiate radio amateurs, clubs, and alumni are invited to participate and to get involved in activities that advance the art and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. All suggestions are welcome.
Ohio Amateurs in Action..
Hey Gang, I haven’t heard much lately from any of you.. Now I know that every club has done events this year, so send me those pictures of your events.. Field Day, bike races, marathons and all those fun activities that you’ve found yourself involved in where Amateurs are in Action!!
You can find a photo gallery of what I’ve received so far at:
http://arrl-ohio.org/action_pics/action.html as well as there is a link to this page right from the main page of the Ohio Section website..
I’m sure you all of pictures that you could send. Send your pictures to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and include a brief explanation of the event and I’ll get the pictures added to the gallery.. I’m looking for new pictures that I might be able to use in the next Ohio Section Banner, so make sure that you get your pictures to me.. I want a great representation of ALL of the Ohio Section.
C’mon gang.. send me those action pictures! I’m sure that there are a lot of them out there and I want them ALL!! Don’t be bashful.
** NEW.. One Question Survey has now been posted.. Have you taken the survey yet? If you http://arrlohio.org and answer it.. You’ll find it on the left side about half way down. It’s only one question and after submitting your answer, it will show you how you stack up with all the others who have answered.haven’t go to:
Are you getting those emails from me? If not, all you have to do is to “Opt-In” to receive them. Just send me an email at: email@example.com and let me know that you want to be added.. It’s really that easy.
I urge all of you to make sure that everyone, regardless of whether they are a League member or not, get signed up to receive these emails.
You can always “Opt-Out” at any time if you feel this is not what you were expecting.
Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..
12/03/2016 | Fulton County Winter Fest
Location: Delta, OH
Sponsor: Fulton County Amateur Radio Club Website:
>> 2017 <<
01/15/2017 | Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation Hamfest
Location: Nelsonville, OH
Sponsor: Sunday Creek Amateur Radio Federation
01/29/2017 | TUSCO Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Strasburg, OH
Sponsor: Tusco Amateur Radio Club
Got questions, concerns or would just like to sit and chat awhile?
Give me a call at (419) 512-4445 or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to sit and just chat awhile? I’m available.. Heck, I’ll even buy!! And no, it doesn’t have to be coffee.. I’m up for other things as well.