Information Net for October 22

LST-325 Runs Aground On Its Way Back to Evansville


LST-325 on the Cumberland River (credt: James DeVillez)

KENTUCKY (WFIE) – On Tuesday, LST 325 remains stuck on the Cumberland River after running aground Monday night.

The ship was supposed to be back to its home port of Evansville on Tuesday, but crews say it’s taking longer than expected to tow the ship into deeper water.

Officials say the ship is still located near Kuttawa, Kentucky where the Coast Guard tried to free the ship by using a tugboat.

Crews worked throughout the night until about three Monday morning.
There are authorities still monitoring the ship, but it’s the locals that are just trying to get a glimpse of something they say they’ve never seen before.

“It’s huge. How could he miss the channel that much and it’s heartbreaking to see it out there,” Evansville resident Mike Sanford said.

“You just don’t see this type of boat out here,” Richard Sinnett, a local resident, said.

Sinnett was one of many locals that took their boat out to get a closer look of the grounded LST 325. He says according to the depth gauge on his boat, the ship is likely in four feet or less of water.
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FCC Proposes Price Hike for Vanity Call Signs

On May 4, the FCC released Notice of Proposed Rulemaking FCC 12-48 to propose the collection of $339,844,000 in regulatory fees for the 2012 fiscal year. One of the proposed changes is the regulatory fee to obtain or renew an amateur radio vanity call sign. Currently, the fee is $14.20 and is good for 10 years; the FCC proposes to increase this to $15.

Those holding vanity call signs issued prior to 1993 are exempt from having to pay the vanity call sign regulatory fee at renewal as Congress did not authorize the FCC to collect regulatory fees until 1996. In the past 14 years of the current program, the fee fluctuated from a low of $11.70 in 2007 to a high of $70 when it was first proposed in 1994.

The FCC anticipates to collect $214,500 this fiscal year from the 14,300 amateur radio operators applying for or renewing their vanity call signs.

For more information, see the ARRL news announcement.

Deadline to Send FCC Your Comments

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As mentioned in the April 9th Information Net, the FCC has been soliciting public comments regarding the impact of private land restrictions, or CC&Rs, to the amateur radio community. The ARRL is collecting and collating this information from members and non-members in order to support its filing with the FCC. All amateur radio operators who wish to comment must send their input, and received by the ARRL, no later than WEDNESDAY APRIL 25, 2012.

“This is the best opportunity that amateurs have had to address the impact of overly burdensome private land use restrictions. If Amateur Radio is to succeed in this effort, it is going to take all of us working together.” — ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND

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