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Field Day – The Last Blast

2015 Field Day Logo Red Design 1It’s not too late to decide to come to the Milford ARC Field Day.

If you are coming and didn’t respond to either the online survey or the survey at the June meeting and plan to stay for the dinner on Saturday let us know so we can adjust the headcount. Bring a covered dish or dessert, the club is providing burgers, brats and hot dogs.

We will be running Class 4A, with two SSB stations that will also run RTTY, one CW station and one PSK-31 station.

There will be a GOTA station for those licensed since Field Day 2014 or for those without a license.

We’ll also have a station working satellites and 2m/6m SSB.

Location: Mulberry Elementary School, 5950 Buckwheat Rd, Milford. Look for us at the back of the school. Directions / MAP

Talk In: Milford ARC repeater 147.345+, PL 123

Friday, June 26, 2015. Setup starting at 9:00 AM EDT..

Saturday, June 27, 2015. Setup starting at 9:00 AM. On the air operation starts at 2:00 PM and runs for 24 hours.

Sunday, June 28, 2015. 2:00 PM, start tearing down.

Goal is to maximize the number of participants that get on the air. If you want to log or operate let the station captains know, don’t be bashful.

If you come out bring a lawn chair. If you plan to be onsite after dark bring a flashlight. If you have an HT bring it. Don’t forget the sunscreen and rain gear.

If you come onsite be sure to sign the participants log.

Stay tuned to the Milford ARC repeater for the latest Field Day updates.

Bill WS6K
Cell: 513 607-2270

H.R. 1301- The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

By Kay, N3KN
President, ARRL

At the time I’m writing this, H.R. 1301 has 64 co-sponsors, with a few
more expected by the end of the week. That’s excellent, but we need
more. A lot more.

Some of you have done e-mail bulletins encouraging members to meet with
and write to their members of Congress. Thank you! Please repeat the
message periodically. Although we don’t want to spam members and
irritate them, keeping the issue fresh in their minds is necessary. The
ARRL’s national media do stories about the bill, but the message needs
reinforcement from someone whom members know personally. They know

Please mention the bill when you speak at conventions and club
meetings, too. Do you carry information about the bill when you visit
these events?

We have been told quite bluntly by some Congressional offices that they
want letters from constituents, that they will be interested in what the
ARRL has to say only if they know that voters care about this issue. Why
should the Congressman care, they ask, if the voters don’t? There are
tens of thousands of ARRL members who have not written yet. You can do
a lot to persuade them to write, because they know you.

The ideal way for members to contact their Congressmen is to write
personalized, signed paper letters based on the sample letter on theARRL web site at and send them c/o ARRL.

The address is

Attn HR 1301 grassroots campaign
225 Main St
Newington CT 06111

Why is this the best way? For one thing, we able to keep track of how
many communications are going to which Congressional districts. More
importantly, when letters are hand-delivered to the Hill, there’s an
opportunity to speak with Congressional office staff people. The stack
of letters is proof that voters care about the bill. We have to
convince the staff people, so they’ll advise the Representative to
co-sponsor. That’s how it works on Capitol Hill.

One more thing. When you see that a member of Congress in your Section
has become a co-sponsor, urge your members to call or e-mail a message
of appreciation. Good manners, good strategy.

The list of co-sponsors is updated regularly at
This is the URL that gives members the information they need in order
to be effective advocates.

We are working on having a companion bill introduced in the Senate, but
there is nothing to report on that yet. Members often ask about this.
Until we have a bill in the Senate, we do not need letters to members
of that body.

I have a Twitter feed, @KayCraigieN3KN, which I use only for advocacy
about this legislation with the hashtag #hr1301. I’m not doing this as
an ego trip to develop a personal fan club but rather to get
information, encouragement, and reminders out there rapidly. When there
is an amateur radio news story that I can reasonably tie to the issue of
antenna privileges, I tweet about it and use the phrase “Can’t do it
without antennas.”

Please keep your Director well informed about your activities on behalf
of the bill. This is a full-team effort.

Thanks for all you do.

73, Kay N3KN
President, ARRL

Paddlefest Volunteers Needed

Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club | June 20th / 5:30 AM to 2 PM

Provided by Toni Petri, KB8QXQ

The local amateur radio community has been asked to provide communicators for this event. The Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club is asking for additional volunteers to assist their group.

Volunteers are asked to ride on a boat on the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Coney Island. The primary task is to monitor the river for emergencies. Additionally, volunteers will be able to provide communications interoperability if needed.

Each boat Captain will contact volunteers with a boarding location and time frame. Life jackets will be provided by the boat captains. Start and stop times for assignments will vary. They will all start after 5:30 AM until end before 2 PM.

VHF (2M) handheld communications capability is a requirement.

Some notes of interest.

* Positions are all “on the water” on a boat.
* Restroom facilities may not be available depending on the individual boat
* This is a rain or shine event

Anyone interested in volunteering or wanting additional information can contact me via telephone (513) 553-1651 (home), (513) 304-9929 (portable), or via E-Mail – Alternatively, you can contact the Northern Kentucky Amateur Radio Club Vice President, Cecil Dennis, directly via E-Mail –

Feel free to list any concerns or participation requirements you may have (time limits, restroom concerns, fair weather, etc.). Every effort will be made to match individual needs to boat assignments . You will have the ability to decline participation in advance if a good “fit” is not possible.

Thanks for your consideration.

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