Postage Rates to Increase

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First US Postage Stamps, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, 1847 (credit: Wikipedia)

The USPS announced that the cost to mail first class letters, postcards and packages will increase this Sunday (Jan. 27). The cost to mail a first class letter will be 46 cents and it will be 33 cents to mail a postcard–an increase of 1 cent for each.

More information is on the U.S. Postal Service web site.

Information Net for January 21

Anderson Powerpole Connectors


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Anderson Powerpole connectors. (credit: Wikipedia)

The Anderson Powerpole® housings conform to the ARES and RACES standard and are designated 15, 30, and 45 amps. The rating of the connectors is by the wire gauge that the connector pins accept, and not the rating of the pins themselves.

A 15, 30 or 45 amp Powerpole® connector pin will actually withstand well over 100 amps without damage and close to 200 amps before actually causing permanent damage. The voltage drop of a Powerpole® 30 amp connector is approximately .016 volts at 37 amps.

The most commonly used Powerpole® is the 30 amp. Even though a 30 amp connector is rated for 12-14 gauge wire they will accept 10 gauge wire. Smaller wire may be used by doubling over the wire.

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Properly Adjust and Use a Vibroplex Bug

Jim WB8SIW has posted this YouTube video on a Vibroplex bug. He states:

The Vibroplex “Bug,” also known as a “semi-automatic” key or “speed key,” has gained a poor reputation amongst some radio amateurs because many who try to use the device have not learned how to properly adjust and manipulate it. When properly adjusted and manipulated, a bug is capable of producing good, clean, well balanced Morse. This video provides a brief set of instructions on how to properly adjust and use a bug.

If you are new to using a Vibroplex bug or an equivalent device, it is strongly recommended that you follow the adjustment steps and practice recommendations outlined in this video. This will aid you as you develop the proper technique needed to be a first-class radiotelegraph or Morse operator.

Information Net for January 14

Comment Deadline Set in WRC-07 Implementation Proceeding

Read by:NICKi KF4DHK

American Radio Relay League
American Radio Relay League (credit: Wikipedia)

As previously reported, the FCC has proposed to amend its rules to implement the allocation decisions of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) and to make certain other changes. Notice appeared in the December 27, 2012 issue of the Federal Register, which started the clock on a 60-day window for the submission of comments. Thus, comments are due no later than February 25, 2013, with reply comments due no later than March 27, 2013.

While most of the 130-page Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order does not directly affect the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services, two sections of the document are of particular interest to amateurs.

Specifically, the FCC proposes to upgrade the Amateur Service allocation in the upper half of the 160 meter band (1900-2000 kHz) from secondary to primary, while deleting the existing allocation to the Radiolocation Service. This is possible, because the reaccommodation of radiolocation stations displaced by the expansionof the AM broadcasting band to 1705 kHz has been completed and there are no non-federal radiolocation stations licensed to operate in the 1900-2000 kHz band.
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Weather Spotter Class

Skywarn logo (credit: Wikipedia)

There will be a weather spotter class on April 18 at the Lock Two Park clubhouse starting at 7:00 PM 6:00 PM. We encourage anyone to attend who is interested in severe weather, becoming a weather spotter, or SKYWARN in general. It is open to the public and no registration required.

More information, including training materials, can be found on the Nashville SKYWARN Training Schedule page.

[Jan. 17 UPDATE: The class has been moved from March 21 to April 18!]
[Apr. 4 UPDATE: The time was changed from 7:00 PM to 6:00 PM. (Thanks to Jim WA4VGZ)]

Information Net for January 7

ARRL UHF/Microwave Band Plan Committee Seeks Input on 6 and 3 Centimeter Bands


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microwave tower (credit: cyrusbulsara)

Last year, in recognition of the need to update the published band plans for our UHF and microwave bands, the ARRL Board of Directors formed the UHF/Microwave Band Plan Committee to develop revised national plans for the amateur bands between 902 MHz and 3.5 GHz. After receiving extensive user input, the committee completed its task and the resulting band plans were approved by the Board in July 2012. The committee has now received an additional assignment to conduct a similar update to the 6 and 3 centimeter bands.

In order to do this effectively, we need to know how various segments of these bands are now being utilized around the country. You can help us by sharing what you know about local usage in your area and by asking other users whom we may not have reached — both individuals and groups — to do the same.
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