Tom Samacicio KB4HQA Involved in an Accident
Read by: JERRY KE4ETY
Dayton contest festivity-goers, Contest University attendees, and those who watched at home will be sad to learn that the guy who made the Internet audio-video feeds sing – Tom Samacicio KB4HQA – was in a serious automobile accident on his way home from the Hamvention and suffered significant injuries. Cards to Tom’s home address (3740 Wake Robin Way, Cumming, GA 30040). Your editor and members of the Spurious Emissions band in particular wish him a speedy recovery along with the readership of the Contest Update. On line posting of the Dayton contest activity videos are a far lower priority than Tom’s recovery. (Thanks, Tim K3LR)
Amateurs Asked to Listen for HORYU-2 Satellite
Read by: ADAM W8IFG
Bulletin 003 ARLS003
From ARRL Headquarters
NewingtonSpace , CT
May 18, 2012
To all radio amateurs:
SB SPACE ARL ARLS003 ARLS003
The Japanese HORYU-2 research satellite was launched May 17 at 1639 UTC as part of a mission that included the JAXA climate observation satellite Shizuku. HORYU-2 was built by students at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT) and it carries the call sign JG6YBW. The satellite will conduct a variety of experiments including high-voltage power generation and space debris measurements. Amateurs have been asked to monitor HORYU-2’s Morse code and 1200-baud AX.25 packet telemetry at 437.375 MHz. Telemetry decoding software is available for downloading from KIT and hams are encouraged to submit reports. Details can be found at, http://kitsat.ele.kyutech.ac.jp/index_e_new.html.
ARRL Responds to FCC Request for Comments on Impediments to Amateur Radio Communications
Read by: NICKI KF4DHK
On Wednesday, May 16, 2012, the ARRL filed comments in response to the FCC’s Public Notice seeking comments on Emergency Communications by Amateur Radio and impediments to Amateur Radio communications. Known as Docket 12-91, the Commission is soliciting comments from the public as it writes the report they were directed to present to Congress as part of Public Law No. 112-96.
At the direction of ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and the ARRL Board’s Executive Committee, the document was drafted by ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, assisted by ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, as well as ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX and several ARRL Headquarters staff members.
Over 1500 e-mails were received at ARRL from amateurs, sharing the details of their various deed restrictions. An additional 350-plus e-mails were also received detailing actual Emergency Communications participation in various events from almost every state in the US as well as several US territories.
Read by: DENNIS KF4CSR
“The information provided to the ARRL by its members has provided a strong statement of how the various deed restrictions have negatively impacted the ability of Amateur Radio licensees to maximize their participation in disaster and emergency support communications,” said Henderson. “The information provided by the membership not only helps us make the best case to the FCC in this docket, but also begins to lay a good foundation for considering possible rule changes that would enhance Amateur Radio communications beyond this proceeding. I want to thank the hundreds of concerned amateurs who made the effort to provide the ARRL with the facts of their personal set of circumstances. What you shared with us has helped us make a strong argument to present to the Commission,” he added.
A copy of the ARRL’s filing to the FCC may be found on the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System website.
New “PRB-1” Law Now in Effect in Ohio
On May 15, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed a bill into law granting comprehensive rights to Amateur Radio operators in that state. Several key players in the successful effort to enact a “PRB-1” law in Ohio were present for the signing, including Section Manager Frank J. Piper, KI8GW; Rick Swain, KK8O; Bill Carpenter, AA8EY; Steve Katz, N8WL, and Constance Barsky, WD8ODC. ARRL Great Lakes Division Director James Weaver, K8JE, was also at the signing.
Read by: RICK N9GRW
Ohio SM Frank Piper provided some background: “In the past three years, we have had four versions of this bill in the Ohio Statehouse. In the last State Assembly, these bills died in Committee. In this current Assembly, everything lined up for us, and House Bill 158 made the entire journey from Introduction to the Governor Kasich’s signature.
“We had to make a few revisions to HB 158 during its travels through committee hearings, but in the end we finished with an Act that places the full language of CFR 47, Part 97.15 into the Ohio Revised Code. In addition, language at the end of the law states: ‘Any legislative authority that denies an application for approval of an amateur station antenna structure shall state the reasons for the denial and shall, on appeal, bear the burden of proving that the authority’s actions are consistent with this section.’ This language removes the burden of proof from the Amateur Radio operator and places it on the legislative authority.
Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ
“State Government Liaison Nick Pittner, K8NAP, did a tremendous job over the past several years, staying on top of the status of bills that were running their course on both sides of the Statehouse. Nick knew when to call in key people to testify to Committees, and was instrumental in the process of negotiating the required revisions when requested.
“My thanks go out to all the Amateur Radio operators in the Ohio Section who called, wrote and e-mailed their State Representatives and Senators to support this legislation. Without their grass roots work, this victory would not have been possible.”
NES Contractor to Survey Transmission Lines via Helicopter
Read by: Larry KC4ZOA
For the next few weeks starting Wednesday, Nashville residents may notice a helicopter hovering suspiciously close to the ground, particularly along Nashville Electric Service transmission lines.
Through June 15, an NES contractor will be surveying transmission lines both on the ground as well as from a helicopter. The survey is meant to inform NES on the condition of such power lines and help determine the need for possible system improvements.
According to NES, one helicopter will fly approximately 1,000 feet above the ground along the transmission line paths allowing onboard cameras to record and capture data.
The flights are set to occur — weather permitting — across the power utility’s entire 700-square-mile service area. NES claims “every attempt will be made to keep the noise level and distractions to a minimum.”