NEW MEETING LOCATION…
September meeting will be held on the 11th at the Spies Public Library
on 1st St. in Menominee. It is located right next to the marina
in downtown Menominee. We will be using their nice conference room on
the lower level, just behind the main desk. Thanks to Val KC8WAI, for
securing this location. We will be using it throughout the winter
months, and hopefully longer. We must be out by 9pm when the library
closes, but that should not present a problem. For those that would like
a longer time for QRM, we can always adjourn to a local restaurant for
items will include the annual election of officers. We hope you can attend
this important meeting.
SLATE OF OFFICERS TO BE PRESENTED AT SEPTEMBER MEETING…
following slate will be presented to the membership in September.
President: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
Vice President: Dwight Bosselman, W9YQ
Secretary: Jim Callow, K8IR
Treasurer: Tom Rynish, N8LHB
will also be accepted from the floor prior to the vote.
would like to see a "full house" for the September meeting.
ANOTHER GREAT AUGUST PICNIC…
annual summer picnic was held on August 17th at Henes Park. There were
approximately 35 in attendance, with several driving over from Door County ...
KA9HFA, W9MFS, and KA9ARZ.
AA9JH enjoying the picnic.
to Lynne, N8OSK for the organization and her crew of Jim and Joan Callow, and
Paul and Maxine Drees.
addition Tom, N8LHB prepared the chicken and with a little help from WC9E and
K8IR, grilled it over hot coals much to the gastronomical delight of everyone.
was delicious and all had a great time under sunny skies and warm
WAUSAUKEE REPEATER SIGNAL MUCH IMPROVED…
WA8WG repeater is now operating with a commercial 4 bay antenna at 100 feet.
As a result, signals throughout Marinette, Menominee and adjacent counties are
now markedly better. The antenna went up on August 28th culminating many
months of effort by Bill, WA8WG.
next step is to make a frequency move to 146.880
very soon...within several weeks. In fact, crystals have already been
ordered, and the move approved by WAR (Wisconsin Assn. of Repeaters).
The repeater will have both PL encode and decode soon. Bill is planning
to change the PL to the 107.2 standard for this area. But until then,
the current PL of 136.5 will be used.
being planned for the very near future is a receive site in Marinette, which
will make the repeater accessible to everyone with a hand-held within the tri
city area. Mobile coverage is already very good throughout the
twin cities, ranging from a few poor locations to full scale readings.
That will be vastly improved once the remote site becomes active.
free to use the repeater as Bill would appreciate reports from various areas
within northeast Wisconsin and the southern UP.
final step is to complete the link between the Wausaukee and Abrams repeaters.
The Wausaukee site is finished with both the 2 meter and 440 link antennas up.
All that's needed now is the 440 link antenna on the 146.835 tower site.
months of planning, construction, and encounters with Murphy are finally
coming to fruition. But more is yet to come to make the Abrams/Wausaukee
link system second to none for all ham communication needs and services within
NE Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
BPL AND CW IN THE NEWS…
K8IR with excerpts from the ARRL Website and ARRL Letter
There are currently two issues that are the subject of a lot of comment on the Internet reflectors these days.
first is Broadband over Power Line, or BPL, which was the subject of an
article in last month’s Ground Wave.
FCC on August 20th closed the reply comment period on Docket 03-104
which seeks input on whether Part 15 rules should be changed to accommodate
BPL, which is a system for transmitting data over powerlines using the 2-80
MHz spectrum. Proponents say BPL
is another way to provide broadband internet access to millions of Americans.
Even under current Part 15 standards, there exists the potential for strong
interference to Amateur and other HF communications, as shown by Field tests
conducted by the ARRL in BPL test areas.
The eye-opening video is available on the web at :
you don’t have Internet access, you’ll be able to see it at the September
4500 comments have been filed in this FCC proceeding, many coming from
individual amateurs. The FCC will
now digest the comments it has received and will decide what, if any changes
to Part 15, are warranted.
the meantime, the ARRL is continuing to raise money to fund the BPL fight. Up
to this point, many hams have donated thousands of dollars to a special BPL
Defense Campaign. Now ARRL
has asked some 2100 ARRL-affiliated clubs to consider donating to the
campaign. They still need to raise an additional $55,000 to fund the field
measurements and document filings necessary to defeat this threat. To help,
visit ARRL's secure BPL
campaign donation site or mail your contribution to BPL Special Spectrum
Defense Campaign, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111.
The other hot
issue that is even more emotional to amateurs is whether the FCC should drop
the CW requirement for HF operating privileges.
Many feel the time has come to eliminate the code test, which they feel
blocks many otherwise qualified people from entering our hobby.
CW enthusiasts fear eliminating the code test will lead to the
elimination of the CW subbands, and the death of CW.
From the ARRL Letter, 8/29/03:
FCC has invited public comments on six separate Morse code-related petitions
for rule making, some of which would altogether eliminate Element 1, the 5 WPM
Morse test, from the Amateur Service rules (Part 97).
World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) made optional the requirement to prove the ability to send and receive Morse signals to operate below 30 MHz.
A petition from Peter M. Beauregard, KI1I, designated RM-10781, would give all Technician licensees current Novice/Tech Plus CW privileges on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters and limited phone and image privileges on 80, 40 and 10
meters. Beauregard said the CW privileges would "encourage Technician class licensees to upgrade to General" by giving them a "practice area." He has proposed new Tech phone/image privileges on 3850-3900 kHz and
7225-7300 kHz. His petition would not eliminate Element 1, however.
Pete V. Coppola, KG4QDZ, and family--Tina Coppola, KG4YUM, and Pete A. Coppola, KG4QDY--have asked the FCC to eliminate Element 1 from the rules. The Coppolas' petition, designated RM-10782, would grant Tech Plus HF privileges to current Technician licensees. It also would retain the current CW-only subbands.
Kiernan K. Holliday, WA6BJH, has asked the FCC simply to "remove all requirements for knowledge of Morse code" from the Amateur Service rules. Holliday said there is less reason to require Morse code in the Amateur
Service today. In his petition, designated RM-10783, Holliday also said the code requirement limits the ability of handicapped individuals to get ham tickets.
Dale Reich, K8AD, petitioned the FCC to delete Element 1 for General class applicants but keep it in place for Extra class applicants. Under Reich's scheme, "no-code" Techs wanting HF privileges would have to upgrade to
General first. Reich's petition is designated RM-10784
Eric Ward, N0HHS, seeks immediate elimination of "proficiency in telegraphy using Morse code." The "immediate removal of the telegraphy requirement from Amateur Radio licensing is appropriate and clearly in the public interest," Ward contended in his petition, designated RM-10785.
In a detailed, nine-page petition, the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) is calling on the FCC to delete Element 1 and give "Tech Plus" privileges to current Technician licensees. The NCVEC also asked the FCC to "take expedited action" to allow volunteer examiner coordinators (VECs) to discontinue administering Element 1 "as soon as possible."
The organization, the umbrella group for the 14 VECs in the US, said there's "no longer any reasonable justification for requiring an applicant to demonstrate this antiquated skill," and that most applicants never use Morse after they pass the test. The NCVEC petition is designated RM-10787.
The ARRL-VEC abstained from voting on the NCVEC's petition question when it came up during the NCVEC's July 25 meeting in Pennsylvania. At its own July meeting in Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors affirmed its
interest in reviewing members' input on the Morse issue as well as on other possible revisions to Part 97 arising from WRC-03. The Board's current position is to retain the Morse requirement for HF access.
Two more recently filed petitions--one from No Code International and another from two amateur licensees--are expected to be put on public notice in the near future.
Interested parties may file comments on any or all of these petitions using the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/ , which also permits users to view the petitions and all comments on file. There is a 30-day comment window.
To file a comment, click on "Submit a Filing" under "ECFS Main Links." In the "Proceeding" field, type the full RM number, including the hyphen, and complete the required fields. "RM" must be in capital letters, and you
must include the hyphen between "RM" and the five-digit number. You may type your remarks into a form or attach a file. ECFS also accepts comments in active proceedings via e-mail, per instructions on the ECFS page.
While a Morse code exam element remains on the books in the US, Canada and elsewhere, a handful of countries--including Switzerland, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Norway and the Netherlands--already have moved to drop their Morse requirements. Austria and New Zealand are expected to do so
OF THE M&M AMATEUR RADIO CLUB MEETING AUGUST 17, 2003
The Meeting of the M&M Amateur Radio Club was called to order by President Jim Callow, K8IR during the club’s annual picnic held at Henes Park in Menominee.
NS9R reported for the Nominating Committee. They are proposing the following
slate of officers:
President: Dave Cunningham, NS9R
Vice President: Dwight Bossellman, W9YQ
Secretary: Jim Callow, K8IR
Treasurer: Tom Rynish, N8LHB
will also be taken from the floor before the election at the September meeting.
thanked the nominating committee of NS9R and W9YQ for their work.
N8OSK reported that Val, KC8WAI, has secured the meeting room at Spies Public
Library for our monthly meetings through the winter months.
N8OSK suggested the club schedule the annual picnic in place of the July
meeting. She noted the difficulty
in getting a quorum for the July meeting, and the many conflicting events in the
busy month of August.