Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – January 18th Edition


- HR 555 Introduced
- Ransomware Making News Again
- Notable Special Event
- Upcoming Hamfests
- Getting this Newsletter
- Got Questions
- Final – Friday the 13th


New "Amateur Radio Parity Act" Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives
(from the ARRL)

H.R. 555 - a new "Amateur Radio Parity Act" bill - has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill's language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US Senate to gain the necessary support. As with H.R. 1301, the new measure introduced on January 13 in the 115th Congress was sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Walden now chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which the new bill has been referred. H.R. 555 will get an initial airing in the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. When H.R. 1301 came up in committee, Walden spoke forcefully in favor of the measure, which ultimately attracted 126 House cosponsors.

Information on H.R. 555 can be found on the web at,

"Rep. Kinzinger has again stepped forward to introduce this important legislation," said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. "Kinzinger's commitment stems from exposure to what the Amateur Radio community brings to the service of all communities. The ARRL and radio amateurs nationwide owe Rep. Kinzinger a resounding 'Thank You!' for his efforts on their behalf."

H.R. 555 calls on the FCC to establish rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude Amateur Radio communications on their face or as applied. Deed restrictions would have to impose the minimum practicable restriction on Amateur Radio communications to accomplish the lawful purposes of homeowners association seeking to enforce the restriction.

The ARRL Board of Directors is expected to discuss the pending legislation when it meets January 20-21.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, our numbers are growing, we now have 563 ARES Members with various certs turned in. We can also brag on the fact that we have 358 that have completed all 4 of the needed classes and 3,640 total classes registered in the statewide database. Here’s a link to the database 

I’m pushing hard on all of you to not only get this training, but to get those so valuable certificates turned in to me so that we can get you added to the database as well. Yes, we have a lot of folks in there, but we know that we don’t have yours. How do we know that? Everyone that has the 4 basic courses (IS 100, 200, 700 & 800) and has shared those certificates with us are now listed on the Ohio Section NIMS Roster.

If you don’t see your name on the list we don’t have all 4 of your needed certificates, and we definitely need and want them! This list shows those who have all 4 certificates turned in. If you don’t see your name on the list, send them to me   Now even if you haven’t gotten all 4 of these courses in, we still need you to get what you do have turned in to us so that we can get you started on your way.

The Ohio Section has taken a lead in the country with this and really dug its heals in and has done a great job of completing this training. Let’s keep it going for 2017!!   


Security in 2017: Ransomware will remain king

2016 was the year of ransomware, with hackers focusing their attention on exploiting Internet users and businesses around the world for profit. The latest research shows no sign of this security nightmare slowing down in 2017. Hackers are becoming more advanced, and ransomware remains an incredibly easy, lucrative way for them to make money.

In a new scam that is going around, authors give users a choice between two evils: pay up on time or infect two new people and you can get your files back.

Don't think just because you own a Mac you're not susceptible to hacking, Tech support scam page triggers denial-of-service attack on Macs running Safari.

Please folks, keep a good malware program going in your computer at all times. Also, make sure that you have a good anti-virus program going at all times too.


Notable Special Event..

Inauguration Special Event Set: Radio amateurs in the Washington, DC, area, will operate special event station W3T January 19-21 to mark the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, of Round Hill, Virginia, has announced. A group of more than 20 operators will staff the operation, and a commemorative QSL card will be available.

Jim Nitzberg, WX3B -- who participated in the 2009 inaugural commemorative station -- recalled the special event was swamped by callers. Lonneke and Nitzberg are making their own stations available for the operation, and teams of seasoned contesters will be taking the helm for the W3T event. Richard Maylott, W2YE, will oversee the distribution of the anticipated thousands of commemorative QSL card requests.

QSL direct with a self-addressed, stamped envelope ($2 for non-US requests) to 20732 Furr Rd., Round Hill, VA 20141-1803 or via the W3 QSL Bureau

Upcoming Hamfests in Ohio..

01/29/2017 | TUSCO Amateur Radio Club Hamfest
Location: Strasburg, OH
Sponsor: Tusco Amateur Radio Club

02/19/2017 | Mansfield Mid Winter Hamfest
Location: Mansfield, OH
Sponsor: Intercity Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://W8WE.ORG 


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Finally..  Hump Day

Wednesday, or the hump of the week, the absolute BEST day of the week, the day of maximum hope that maybe, you might make it out of this week alive. A particularly good hump day can last you the rest of the week, and by Doomsday morning (Monday) you survive by anticipating hump day. Nothing goes wrong on hump day!!!

Have FUN..!!


Scott, N8SY..