ARRL Executive Board Hears Updates on Parity Act, FCC Petitions, Baby Satellites
Meeting on April 21 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Executive Board (EC) heard a cachet amend on the Abecedarian Radio Parity Act and on authoritative affairs from ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD. Imlay arise that ARRL continues to assignment assorted avenues in its efforts to defended access of the bill. He said ARRL continues to accept solid abutment from House leadership, and best conspicuously from Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), who, Imlay noted,
US Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL).
has formed endlessly to see the Parity Act become law.
The EC additionally discussed the FCC’s contempo Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) apropos the deployment of “small satellites” by colleges, universities, and bartering entities appliance beginning licenses on Abecedarian Radio spectrum. The EC was told that the International Abecedarian Radio Union (IARU) has afflicted its antecedent action apropos the allocation of baby satellites (CubeSats), and that FCC action is ever akin in some respects and comparatively careful adjoin bartering corruption of abecedarian spectrum in added respects. AMSAT has requested ARRL’s input.
The EC agreed that ARRL’s comments should reflect our abutment for World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 Resolution 659 and IARU policies. In addition, ARRL (a) will abutment and animate academy and university Abecedarian Radio abstracts breadth the sponsor of the agreement is an abecedarian licensee and all operation is in abecedarian spectrum, and (b) will abash bartering or Allotment 5 beginning operations appliance Abecedarian Radio spectrum.
The EC asked Imlay to book ex parte comments in abutment of Petition for Rule Authoritative RM-11775 apropos to accepted alteration of vanity alarm signs, and to book ex parte comments on ARRL’s Petition for Rule Making, RM-11785, acquainted that the Canadian government has implemented a new, aing 5 MHz bandage and acceptable a ability akin of 100 W. The EC additionally requested that Imlay abutment a appeal by assertive ARRL associates for an STA or beginning allotment for college earthbound and EME ability levels in the 76 – 81 GHz band, to admittance Abecedarian Radio experimentation.
ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD.
The EC asked Imlay to allotment with the Civic Telecommunications and Advice Agency (NTIA) ARRL’s apropos apropos an NTIA abstraction to use 3450 – 3550 MHz for adaptable wireless applications. That includes a allocation of the 9-millimeter Abecedarian Radio band.
Updated OO Affairs Progress
ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, the new armchair of the Abecedarian Abetting Abstraction Working Group, arise via teleconference that he’d met with the FCC’s Laura Smith apropos accomplishing of an adapted and bigger Official Assemblage (OO) program. Several attorneys accept advised the ARRL’s abstract announcement of understanding, and several Commission attorneys who accept advised the new chiral for Beforehand Monitors will be accouterment acknowledgment on the proposal. Once the FCC’s comments are accustomed and addressed, the Working Accumulation will present its final abode and recommendations to the EC.
The EC directed CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY, to assignment with the Abecedarian Abetting Abstraction Working Accumulation and Headquarters agents to amend the abounding Board and associates on the cachet of the OO affairs and abeyant changes. In the interim, the ARRL Acreage Organization may resume authoritative a bound cardinal of OO appointments.
The EC discussed a advanced ambit of options to best finer amend ARRL’s Accessories of Association and Bylaws and to accompany proposed additions or revisions to the abounding Board for its appliance in July. The Board in January adopted new accessories 15 and 16 to accomplish the accent of the Accessories of Association constant with Connecticut nonprofit association approved language, but filing these with the accompaniment was adjourned for added accomplished tuning.
Article 15 addresses the affair of claimed accountability on the allotment of Directors, Vice Directors, agents officers, or volunteers apropos aperture of assignment in their corresponding roles, provided the aperture did not absorb a “knowing and culpable” abuse of law, abnormal claimed bread-and-er gain, a abridgement of acceptable faith, and acquainted apathy or abiding and unexcused arrangement of apathy amounting to abdication of duty.
Article 16 would atone beforehand and agents officers, Directors, and Vice Directors for any action taken or any abortion to booty action, with altitude agnate to those spelled out in Article 15.
Pursuant to action at the January Board meeting, the EC accomplished accord to beforehand a revised Action on Board Governance and Conduct of Associates of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors (“Code of Conduct”), appliance a arrangement from the Civic Council of Nonprofits and an edited adaptation of the accustomed conduct code. An ad hoc board was formed to abstract a angle to be presented at the abatement Executive Board affair and, subsequently, to the abounding Board.
ARRL will broadcast white affidavit to explain changes to the Accessories of Association, Bylaws, and Cipher of Conduct, in beforehand of the July Board meeting. Read more.
ARRL Asks FCC to Protect Abecedarian Radio Millimeter-Wave Bands
ARRL has asked the FCC to abstain acceding adorning technologies in two Abecedarian Radio bands aloft 95 GHz that some radio amateurs may be blind of. ARRL commented on May 2 in acknowledgment to a Notice of Proposed Rule Authoritative and Order (NPRM&O) in ET Docket 18-21, arise in February. The alleged “Spectrum Horizons” proceeding seeks to accomplish the bands aloft 95 GHz “more readily attainable for new avant-garde casework and technologies.” ARRL said that, while it agrees that “regulatory adaptability is justified” in the millimeter-wave bands aloft 95 GHz, due to the all-encompassing abundance re-use possibilities, the FCC care to accomplish two primary Amateur/Amateur Radio Accessory bands in that allotment of the spectrum bare for deployment of actionable Allotment 15 or Allotment 5 Beginning Spectrum Horizons devices. Abecedarian Radio has primary allocation cachet in the bands 134 – 136 GHz and 248 – 250 GHz, both accumulated with the Radio Astrochemistry Service, which is secondary.
“The abecedarian allocations crave aegis adjoin increases in the babble attic due to accumulated radio abundance devices,” ARRL said. “The bands are acclimated ubiquitously and unpredictably, typically, but not always, at aerial elevations for analysis and development purposes and advancement studies, for earthbound point-to-point, satellite, and Earth-Moon-Earth communications experimentation.”
ARRL said it would argue “any angle to admittance actionable accessories or abundantly able beginning operations” in the two primary Abecedarian Radio allocations in the ambit of spectrum the FCC is considering. “It is analytical to bottle for Abecedarian Radio analysis the accustomed almost quiet babble floor, and the absolute RF ambiance that now exists in those two almost baby bandage segments,” ARRL told the FCC. The League’s comments acclaimed that the accessory Radio Astrochemistry Account in those two bands additionally requires a quiet RF environment.
ARRL said it additionally would argue the allotment of Spectrum Horizons beginning authorizations in the two primary Amateur/Amateur Accessory allocations, operating beneath a new subpart for “Spectrum Horizons Beginning Radio Licenses” in the spectrum at issue.
“Overall, the Commission is on the appropriate clue in this proceeding,” ARRL allowed. “Opening the millimeter-wave bands to broadcast actionable operation is not unreasonable. Some, but not all, of the bands aloft 95 GHz can be removed from the Allotment 15 belted bandage account afterwards cogent concern.” But, ARRL concluded, “the Abecedarian Radio primary allocations at 134 – 136 GHz and 248 – 250 GHz, which are accumulated with radio astronomy, should be bare for either Allotment 15 operation or for added bartering development.” Read more.
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ARRL Announces 2018 QST Antenna Architecture Competition
The 2017 QST Antenna Architecture Antagonism was such a success that ARRL is accomplishing it afresh this year, with a appropriate twist. The 2018 antagonism claiming is to architecture the best LF, MF, or HF antenna for bound amplitude applications. Entrants should accelerate their best designs for appraisal according to the antagonism rules. Even designs that don’t win a award-winning ability still be acceptable for advertisement in a approaching affair of QST. Alone one access per actuality (or team) can be accepted. The acquiescence borderline is September 1, 2018, which allows affluence of time to body and analysis designs.
ARRL is alms three banknote prizes for this competition. Aboriginal abode is $600, additional abode is $250, and third abode is $150.
Design and Acquiescence Requirements
Antennas allegation be advised for one or added bands amid 2200 meters and 10 meters, allegation fit aural a 30 × 50 bottom area, and angle no taller than 30 anxiety at any point.
Participants allegation submit:
Drawings with ambit (hand assets are okay)
List of materials
Description and arbitrary of any abstracts taken, including clay and files (modeling is not a requirement)
Discussion of empiric on-the-air after-effects and any comparisons with added antennas
Submitter’s name, postal address, and email address
All antennas based on submitted designs allegation be the sole creations of the entrants and not accessible for sale. Winners will be alleged based on adeptness of design, automated and electrical safety, accepted performance, and durability. The judges’ decisions are final.
Entrants allegation be ARRL members. ARRL staffers and QST advertisers are not eligible.
Mail entries to:
ATTN: Antenna Architecture Competition
225 Main St.
Newington, CT 06111
Participants additionally may email their entries, including alarm assurance and accountable bandage of “2018 Antenna Architecture Competition.” Those who allegation to abide added than 6 MB of absolute should use abstracted email messages. Do not accelerate aeroemism ZIP files, as these will be rejected.
Full capacity will arise in the June 2018 affair of QST.
Third Accessible Analysis of FT8 DXpediton Approach Deemed a Success
The third accessible analysis of FT8 DXpedition Approach on May 5 is actuality alleged a success. The ambition of the exercise was to simulate a attenuate DXpedition blow on FT8 by accepting abounding stations (“Hounds”) calling and aggravating to acquaintance a appointed bogus DXpedition base (“Fox”).
“A cardinal of participants and ambitious participants arise that advancement was spotty, at best,” said Joe Taylor, K1JT, on account of the WSJT development group, which is allotment the tests. “Nevertheless, at AA7A, G4WJS, K1JT, and K9AN, we affected 405 altered alarm signs of stations acting as Hounds, and at atomic one Fox was formed by 305 of them. Abounding Hounds formed two or three of the Foxes.”
Taylor said a about-face from the appear operating abundance to 14.115 MHz was all-important afore the analysis got beneath way to abstain RTTY challenge activity. “Soon afterwards 1400 UTC, they additionally abstruse that W1/KH7Z had some abrupt bureaucracy problems and was clumsy to continue,” he added. As a result, appropriately W7/KH7Z took over as the Fox at 1425 UTC and connected operating until 1600. K1JT was the Fox amid 1600 and 1700 UTC, and G4WJS stepped in for a abbreviate benefit run amid 1710 and 1750 UTC, Taylor recounted.
FT8 DXpedition Approach permits a DXpedition base (Fox) to assignment several stations at a time, utilizing altered “slots” for ceremony contact. The downside is that the greater the cardinal of alongside slots, the beneath ability for ceremony slot, with a amends of 14 dB for bristles slots.
Taylor said the bureaucracy at W7/KH7Z is commensurable to what will be acclimated during the KH1/KH7Z Baker Island DXpedition in June. “We operated in means accepted to accommodate the best absolute tests of the DXpedition Approach software,” Taylor said. “The low-power, simple-antenna bureaucracy at K1JT may be apocalyptic of what can be done from KH1/KH7Z back bandage altitude are poor.”
The WSJT development accumulation advised the agnate alternate acquaintance amount for ceremony 5-minute breach at W7/KH7Z. “This analysis run has apparent that aiguille QSO ante with FT8 DXpedition Approach can access 400 per hour, and that abiding ante able-bodied aloft 200 per hour will be readily accomplished in acceptable conditions,” Taylor concluded.
He said the analysis additionally helped the aggregation to analyze “a few almost accessory software bugs” that allegation to be fixed. Read more.
Historic NSS Alarm Assurance to be Reactivated for Naval Radio Station’s 100th Anniversary
Historic US Navy alarm assurance NSS will be reactivated during the 100th ceremony of the aloft Naval Radio Base in Annapolis, Maryland. Associates of the US Naval Academy Radio Club (W3ADO) and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (W3GRF) will acknowledgment the celebrated alarm assurance to the air during the Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Analysis this weekend.
NSS operations from the armpit of the aloft Naval Radio Base on Greenbury Point will run from 1300 UTC on Saturday, May 12 to 0200 UTC on Sunday, May 13. Transmissions on CW and SSB will booty abode on 4,038.5; 5,330.5; 7,533.5; 9,447; 14,487, and 17,545 kHz. NSS will accept for callers on appear frequencies in adjoining Abecedarian Radio bands. Commemorative QSL cards will be beatific for all contacts.
NSS began operation in 1918 as the Annapolis Aerial Ability Radio Base appliance two Federal Telegraph Company 500 kW Poulson arc transmitters and four 600-foot towers, operating in the absolute low-frequency (VLF) arena of the radio spectrum. At that time, VLF was believed to be the alone allotment of the radio spectrum able of acknowledging adopted radio communication; it would be a few added years afore radio amateurs accepted the aloft long-distance communications allowances of frequencies able-bodied aloft 1 MHz.
The brace of Federal Telegraph Company 500 kW Poulson arc transmitters installed at NSS-Annapolis in 1918. [US Navy photo]
NSS began approved operation in the HF bands about 10 years later, and that connected until 1976, back the station’s HF mission was transferred to Naval Radio Base (call assurance NAM) in Norfolk, Virginia. The 1,200-foot axial belfry and dozens of added building and masts were burst in 1999, although three iconic 600-foot Eiffel building abide at the southern tip of Greenbury Point.
A abrupt video history of NSS is accessible on YouTube. The website of radio history addict Jim Hawkins, WA2WHV, additionally offers a basic bout of NSS.
Iowa Civic Guard Exercise Pushes Communications Interoperability Boundary
An Iowa Civic Guard exercise in backward April for the aboriginal time saw the use of a accepted agenda approach amid military, Abecedarian Radio, and Aggressive Abetting Radio System (MARS) participants on the 60-meter interoperability channels. Aggressive accepted communications approach MIL-STD 188-110 was apprenticed into account to canyon agenda letters during Exercise Stable Mercury. Because Abecedarian Radio operators on 60 meters are not sym-rate limited, all parties were able to use a accepted agenda approach at a college abstracts amount to canyon traffic. For RTTY or agenda operation, radio amateurs allegation address on the centermost abundance of 60-meter channels with a bandwidth no added than that of a USB signal.
The April 23 – 24 advice exercise complex the deployment of Guard units beyond abundant adventure command posts to accomplish cooperatively with federal, state, local, and abetting units. The book for the assignment was based on an absolute astringent acclimate accident that occurred 20 years ago, and the April exercise acclimated alarm feeds and storm anchor letters taken from the June 29, 1998, Iowa derecho to acquaint this training event. A derecho is an continued straight-line windstorm associated with a fast-moving array of astringent thunderstorms.
Exercise artist and retired Colonel Rob Hedgepeth, KE0GSN, declared that a aloft training cold for Exercise Stable Mercury was to alternation in sending articulation and agenda letters amid the assorted exercise participants via HF radio. The account was that introducing a accepted agenda agreement would access bulletin throughput over what could be accomplished appliance alone articulation modes.
MARS volunteers Mitch Winkle, AB4MW, and Steve Hajducek, N2CKH, able an Abecedarian Radio adaptation of the software amalgamation that MARS associates use to interoperate with aggressive units employing the MIL-STD 188-110 consecutive PSK.
Amateur Radio rules appoint a attribute amount absolute of 300 baud beneath 29.7 MHz, akin the types of agenda modes that may be used. No such limitation applies on the 60-meter interoperability channels, however, acceptance the Abecedarian Radio association to use the higher-rate Consecutive PSK approach that MARS and the aggressive use.
The FCC proposed alteration the Abecedarian Account Allotment 97 rules in acknowledgment to the ARRL’s alleged “Sym Rate” Petition for Rule Authoritative (RM-11708), filed in backward 2013. ARRL had asked the FCC to change the Allotment 97 rules to annul the attribute amount banned in §97.307(f), replacing them with a best bandwidth for abstracts emissions of 2.8 kHz on abecedarian frequencies beneath 29.7 MHz. Read more. — Thanks to Army MARS Affairs Manager Paul English, WD8DBY
ARRL Foundation Announces New Able Scholarship. The ARRL Foundation has appear a new scholarship, the Joel R. Miller (W7PDX) and Martha C. Miller STEM Scholarship. The ARRL Foundation will administrate the scholarship, able through the generosity of Joel R. Miller, W7PDX, and Martha C. Miller, of Portland, Oregon. The scholarship is advised to accommodate allotment against the educational costs of an Abecedarian Radio licensee residing in the ARRL Northwestern Division (Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, or Washington) advancing college education. Applicants allegation be US citizens but afterwards attention to gender, race, civic origin, or affliction status, and be advancing an associate’s or college amount in the fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) at an accepted academy of college education. Applicants allegation accept a 3.0 GPA or college at a aerial academy or an accepted academy of college apprenticeship for the bookish year anon above-mentioned to the appliance period. The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Board will abide its best of appointee to the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors to accept by majority vote. The scholarship will be able with an antecedent allowance of $25,000, with balance allotment the anniversary accolade of $1,000 annually. The aboriginal scholarship will be awarded in 2019.
Show me the money! For the additional year, the Barry Abecedarian Radio Society (BARS) of South Wales in the UK has acquired permission to accomplish aural the Royal Mint, and regulator Ofcom has accepted the alarm assurance GB4RME (“Royal Excellent Experience”). The affair of the June 1 – 2 accident is “Covert Radio as acclimated in World War II.” At the aforementioned time, The Royal Excellent will absolution a new 10-penny bread address a James Bond 007 theme. “They asked for our abutment in ambience up a World War II buried radio affectation in befitting with James Bond exploits in the movies,” said ARRL affiliate Glyn Jones, GW0ANA. “Shame we can alone ‘play with our toys’ for 2 days, but the excellent is a absolute active place, acute bill and awards for about 82 countries, 24 hours a day.” The building’s advance roof “RF killer” and razor-wire “Faraday cage,” additional cyberbanking alarms, accord the radio amateurs “loads of abstruse problems to overcome,” Jones said. GB4RME will accomplish on SSB, CW, agenda modes, and satellite. QSL via GW0ANA with SAE. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World.
The K7RA Solar Update
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspots reappeared this week, afterwards none showed from April 28 through May 3. Boilerplate circadian sunspot numbers over the May 3 – 9 advertisement anniversary added 3.6 to 14.6. So far this year, 56% of the canicule accept been spotless. For all of 2017, the amount was absolutely bisected — a absolute of 104 days. In acutely counterintuitive, yet not unusual, fashion, boilerplate circadian solar alteration beneath by 1 point, from 69.3 to 68.3.
The sunspots are the best arresting affection of this SOHO accessory MDI (Michelson Doppler Imager) angel for May 10. This angel shows the alluring acreage in the solar photosphere, with atramentous and white advertence adverse polarities.
Solar action continues to decline, and over the accomplished few years we’ve been assured solar minimum to access about 2 years from now. Some assemblage accept suggested, however, that the abatement may be added accelerated than anticipated.
Predicted solar alteration is 70 on May 10; 69 on May 11-12; 68 on May 13-15; 67, 69, and 70 on May 16-18; 72 on May 19-25; 70 on May 26; 68 on May 27 – June 8; 70 on June 9; 72 on June 10-21, 70 on June 22, and 68 on June 23.
Predicted all-embracing A basis is 12 on May 10; 5 on May 11-16; 42, 12, and 8 on May 17-19; 5 on May 20-31; 18, 25, 20, 16, 12, and 8 on June 1-6; 5 on June 7-12; 42, 12, and 8 on June 13-15, and 5 on June 16-23.
Sunspot numbers for May 3 through 9 were 0, 13, 14, 14, 14, 25, and 22, with a beggarly of 14.6. The 10.7-centimeter alteration was 66.5, 67.8, 67.6, 67.2, 69.6, 69.6, and 69.6, with a beggarly of 68.3. Estimated all-embracing A indices were 4, 4, 20, 31, 17, 14, and 16, with a beggarly of 15.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 4, 12, 24, 14, 12, and 13, with a beggarly of 11.7.
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Just Ahead in Radiosport
May 12 — FISTS Spring Unlimited Sprint (CW)
May 12-13 — CQ-M International DX Challenge (CW, phone)
May 12-13 — VOLTA WW RTTY Contest
May 12-13 — SKCC Weekend Sprintathon (CW)
May 12-13 — Arkansas QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
May 12-13 — 50 MHz Spring Sprint (CW, phone, digital)
May 13 — WAB 7 MHz Phone
May 14 — 4 States QRP Accumulation Additional Sunday Sprint (CW, phone)
May 16 — RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (digital)
May 17 — NAQCC CW Sprint
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Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
May 18-20 — Great Lakes Division Convention (Hamvention®), Xenia, Ohio
June 1-2 — Arizona Accompaniment Convention, Prescott, Arizona
June 1-3 — Northwestern Division Convention (SEA-PAC), Seaside, Oregon
June 2 — Georgia Accompaniment Convention (Atlanta Hamfest), Marietta, Georgia
June 2-3 — Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, Prospect, Pennsylvania
June 8-10 — West Gulf Division Convention (Ham-Com), Plano, Texas
July 13-14 — Indiana Accompaniment Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
July 20-22 — Nevada Accompaniment Convention, Reno, Nevada
July 27-28 — Oklahoma Section Convention, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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