Information Net for January 14

Comment Deadline Set in WRC-07 Implementation Proceeding

Read by:NICKi KF4DHK

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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.

Read by:RANDY KJ4TFU

The FCC also seeks comments on whether, and how, an amateur low frequency (LF) allocation might be able to co-exist with Power Line Carrier (PLC) systems that are used by electric utilities to monitor and control the power grid. The Commission notes that while PLC systems do not have the status of an allocation, they carry “communications important to the reliability and security of electric service to the public.” WRC-07 created a new secondary allocation to the amateur service at 135.7-137.8 kHz that already has been implemented in a number of other countries.

The ARRL will be preparing comments supporting both of these allocations. Individuals wishing to comment directly to the FCC should carefully read paragraphs 13-24 of the NPRM and follow the instructions contained in paragraph 175.

Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR) Announces Winter Field Day 2013

Read by:JERRY KE4ETY

Not only during Field Day in June, do the bands come alive with improvised signals proving the ability to respond to emergencies. Since emergencies and natural disasters don’t always happen in the summer, during Winter Field Day, frigid winds, icy limbs and bitter cold replace the thunderstorms and blistering heat of summer. In 2007 SPAR established a Winter Field Day event and invited all Amateur Radio operators to participate. The event was repeated in 2008 and was considered a success, so it was then designated an annual event to be held the last full weekend each January. In 2007 – 2012 the event was enjoyed by many, but it is time to issue the invitation for the Sixth Annual SPAR Winter Field Day!

The 2013 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 26, 2013 through 1700 UTC (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 27, 2013. The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period.

Read by:RICK N9GRW

The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.

The official rules can be found at the SPAR web site. The event is open to all amateurs, although we encourage everyone to join in the discussions and other activities sponsored by SPAR. Information about SPAR can be found on the SPAR Home Page. Membership is free and open to all amateurs who want to encourage technical and operating skills. You can register by going to the SPAR Forum and registering, using your amateur callsign as your user name.

Please join with SPAR in promoting amateur radio and keeping our bands alive!

Surfin’: History That’s Worth Repeating

By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, ARRL Contributing Editor

Read by:ED KE4JWS

This week, Surfin’ gets historical about ham radio.

I’ve been interested in “old stuff” for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I collected old baseball cards, Matchbox cars, Mad magazines and radios, and I majored in history in college.

I still collect old stuff — and I’m still interested in history — so I was pleased to learn about a new website dedicated to the history of ham radio. Chris Codella, W2PA, created Ham Radio History, and although the site has been up for less than a month, it already features an interesting collection of articles related to the early days of ham radio. I enjoyed reading them, and I learned something in the process. I highly recommend the website.

Speaking of historical ham radio, my recent complaint about the dearth of Internet photos of a classic ham radio, the Cosmophone, brought a flood of e-mails from readers who knew where to look. Many readers pointed me to K0EOO’s photo of a Cosmophone. Other readers e-mailed me Cosmophone-related links — once I sort them all out, I plan to list them here.

Until next time, keep on surfin’!

ARRL Editor’s note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, seeks the unusual in radio. To contact Stan, send e-mail or add comments to the WA1LOU blog.

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