Information Net for August 27

FCC Denies Petition Seeking to Designate Nationwide Emergency Calling Frequency

Read by:ED KE4JWS

Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (credit: Wikipedia)

Saying that it believes that the Amateur Service “allows flexibility to provide emergency communications in a way that takes into account channel availability and other local conditions,” the FCC denied a Petition for Rulemaking to create a nationwide emergency calling frequency. The Petition — filed by Bryan Boyle, WB0YLE, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and Jim Dixon, WB6NIL, of Alhambra, California — called upon the FCC to designate 146.550 MHz as a “non-exclusive nationwide Amateur Radio Service emergency communications channel using FM wideband modulation.”

Doyle and Dixon noted in their Petition that other services, such as the Citizens Band Radio Service, the Aviation Service and the Maritime Service have specific channels set aside for emergency communications. They claimed that use of these channels “to good effect by those in distress [and that this] is a testament to the need for individual services to have a readily accessible and publicized” emergency communications channel. In denying the Petition, the FCC said in part that Boyle and Dixon “had not shown an existing problem that would be addressed by a rule change designating a nationwide Amateur Service emergency calling frequency.”

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Invitation to the Helena, Alabama Hamfest

David Ihle WB5MSB with the Shelby County ARC sent an invitation for Nashville ARC members to attend the Helena, Alabama hamfest. It is an ARRL sanctioned hamfest held on October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Helena Amphitheater (map).

More information along with flyers for distribution can be found on the Helena Hamfest web site.

Dear Mr. Nutter,

I am writing to invite you and the members of Nashville ARC to a growing hamfest in Central Alabama. It will be held in Helena, Alabama, which is a suburb of Birmingham. The date is October 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please announce the hamfest on your local nets, club meetings, and on the air QSO’s.

What will be there you ask. The event is sponsored by the City of Helena and the Shelby County ARC. It is located in an outdoor amphitheater which you can check out at http://www.cityofhelena.org/helenaamphitheater/ . The amphitheater is located beside Buck Creek in downtown Old Town Helena. It has over 100 vendor areas with 120 volt electrical outlets. The location makes it very much a family affair with a large Kiddy Playground located in the middle of the park.

There will be over $900.00 in prizes given away. Prize tickets will only cost $0.50 each if you purchase $20.00 or more. Admission is only $2.00. More information on prizes will be sent later.
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USS LST-325 Memorial Event

USS LST-325 (left) and USS LST-388 unloading
USS LST-325 (left) and USS LST-388 unloading (credit: Wikipedia)

The USS LST-325 (Landing Ship, Tank) will arrive in Nashville on Sept. 17th and will be open for the day after it has been inspected by the Coast Guard. It will be docked at the Metro Riverfront Park (map) and departs for Clarksville on Sept. 25th. The ship’s current location can be tracked via GPS after Sept. 15th.

The Radio Room of the USS LST-325 will be available for licensed amateur radio volunteers and is a great opportunity to work with vintage radio equipment. If you would like to volunteer to work the USS LST-325 Memorial Event, complete the following form to notify Jerry Hedgcoth KE4ETY of your availability.

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Information Net for August 20

Army MARS expands HQ

Read by: RANDY KJ4TFU

Fort Huachuca, AZ—Army MARS headquarters operations will be expanded with recruiting of a fulltime senior MARS Program Officer, it was disclosed Friday (Aug. 10) by Stephen G. Klinefelter, Chief of the Army Military Auxiliary Radio Service.

The Program Officer position is the first fulltime staff expansion at MARS headquarters in at least a decade. “This is a significant change of affairs,’ Klinefelter said. “We are going to strengthen processes and communications to meet our future challenges.”

In another sign of the auxiliary’s response to growing need for its services, the 10 volunteer Region Directors are being summoned to a three-day planning conference with headquarters staff at Dallas Sept. 11-13.

Defense Department spending on its three ham radio auxiliaries (Army, Air Force and Navy-Marine Corps) had been steadily cut back in recent years as more and more communications switched from HF to satellite and combat operations in the Middle East drained available funds. Army MARS formerly operated three area gateway stations in the continental U.S. all with fulltime administrators and military operators. Only one remains, here at Ft Huachuca, operated by civilian contract employees. The Chief’s job had been fulltime until 2007.
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Last Minute Sign-Ups for Technician Class

The regular signup date has passed but we are accepting last minute sign ups for the Technician level class!

Pre-study homework is required to be completed prior to the start of class. The book we are using is Technician Class 2010-2014 by Gordon West WB6NOA, ISBN 978-0945053620 and is available in most Radio Shack stores or Amazon.com.

The class will be held at the ITT Technical Institute campus (map) on September 8 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and September 9 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The Exam will be given at the end of class on September 9th at 4:00 PM. There is no charge for the class but the cost of the exam is $15.

Sign ups will be taken until August 18th! To sign up, email your name, address, and phone number to sarahque@gmail.com.

Information Net for August 6

Heathkit Declares Bankruptcy,
Closes for Good (Again)

Read by: JERRY KE4ETY

English: Heathkit SB-101 transceiver
Heathkit SB-101 transceiver (credit: Wikipedia)

The July 19 edition of The Herald-Palladium — a newspaper serving the communities of Benton Harbor and St Joseph, Michigan — is reporting that Heathkit Education Company has declared bankruptcy and has officially closed its doors after defaulting on its lease. According to the paper, Heathkit employed more than 1800 people in its heyday after World War II; when it finally closed, its workforce totaled fewer than six people. This is the second time since 1992 that Heathkit Educational Services has shuttered its doors. In August 2011, Heathkit announced it was returning to the kit building business, and in September, that it would once again be manufacturing Amateur Radio kits.
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