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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Petition That Seeks 80/75 Meter Adjustments

The FCC has put the ARRL's January Petition for Rule Making (RM 11759 - found on the FCC website), on public notice and invited interested parties to comment on what the League has called "minimal but necessary changes" to 80 and 75 meters. The ARRL petitioned the FCC to fix a "shortfall in … [Read more...]

New Amateur Extra Question Pool Puts Greater Emphasis on Digital, SDRs, Propagation

The new Amateur Extra class license examination question pool, effective from July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020, now is available at the National Conference of Volunteer Coordinators NCVEC website. The latest revision contains a few minor corrections that had been released in a February 5 errata … [Read more...]

FCC Proposes to Fine Ohio Radio Amateur for Malicious Interference, Failure to Identify

The FCC has proposed levying an $8000 fine on a Cincinnati, Ohio, radio amateur, Daniel R. Hicks, KB8UYZ, who, at one point, had volunteered to track down the interference he was causing on a number of primarily VHF repeaters. In a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) released on August … [Read more...]

Field Day – The Last Blast

It'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 … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Should we weep for amateur radio?

By Dan Romanchik, KB6NU On an amateur radio mailing list that I subscribe to, one fellow wrote, "I weep for the state of amateur radio in the US, since this dispatch is apparently necessary…" He then pointed to an article on the ARRL website that reminded hams that while their local time may be … [Read more...]

Calling MARC Casual Contesters

The next contest on the MARC Casual Contesters calendar is the North American SSB QSO Party, or NAQP, sponsored by the National Contest Journal. The contest runs from 1800 UTC Jan 17 to 0600 Jan 18. That's a 12 hours window that runs from 1 PM EST on Saturday to 1 AM EST on Sunday. What's a … [Read more...]

How Do We Promote Better Operating Practices?

A lament that I often hear is that many amateur radio operators either don't seem to understand the importance of good operating practices or just don't care about them. Just this morning, a reader sent me an e-mail saying, "I think there are too many hams out there that don't how to call a station … [Read more...]

ARRL Great Lakes Division Leadership Changes

Jim Weaver, K8JE, has announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors. Source: ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, has announced his retirement from the ARRL Board of Directors, effective at noon EDT on July 7. Great Lakes Division Vice Director Dale … [Read more...]