Call to Arms – PA House Bill 37

Bob Famiglio, (Delaware County) who is the Atlantic Vice-Director of the American Radio Relay League (The National Association of Amateur Radio) has brought HB-37 to my attention. There is a serious flaw in the draft as it now stands. By omission, it prohibits the operation of VHF or HF amateur radio equipment in Pennsylvania moving vehicles.

Link to HB-37: https://www.legis.state.pa.us

Amateur Radio, using ARES-RACES, has provided Disaster Communications to millions of citizens since the 1930s. Ham Operators have provided reliable communications out of the affected areas during Hurricane Agnes in 1972, the Johnstown Flood in 1977, Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant melt down, 1999, Flight 93 Crash, Shanksville, 2001, Tropical Storm Henri, 2002, the Quecreek Mine Disaster in 2002, Cambelltown Tornado 2004, dozens of weather and natural disasters on I-80, I-376, I-81, I-95, I-476, I-99, I-76, , and the 2017 PA Turnpike Snow event, where Ham Operators assisted PEMA??in maintaining communications to WPA.??

In order to perform this function, it is imperative that these trained and FCC licensed radio operators are permitted to communicate by radio while operating their vehicles.

Often times, during an incident, cars and trucks provide the only power and antenna platforms available.?? These volunteers, who act as operators and repair technicians, can provide both voice and digital communications completely devoid of any commercial infrastructure such as cell phone towers or the Internet.

Amateur Radio has mutual aid agreements with dozens Fire Companies, PA County Departments of Emergency Services as well as PEMA, CAP, FEMA and the PA State Police, who rely on the back-up communications provided by amateur radio ARES-RACES operators.

For over 20 years, ARES-RACES operators have contributed to the bi-annual drills of the Peach Bottom and Limerick Nuclear Power Plants, plus the drills at the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia International Airports.

I propose that a specific exemption be made in the bill to enable these public service radio operators to to operate their equipment within their vehicles while in motion.

Many thanks.
Lloyd Bankson Roach – K3QNT
RACES Officer, Bedford County Department of Emergency Services.

You can find your legislators on the General Assembly website:
https://www.legis.state.pa.us/cfdocs/legis/home/findyourlegislator/#address

The new “Youth Nets” page on the ARRL website is designed to serve as a clearing house for information about Amateur Radio nets aimed at youth participation. During those dry spells between bigger operating events such as School Club Roundup, Kids Day, and Field Day, regular participation in a net helps to develop operating skills and confidence, and it builds connections within the community of young hams.

A few nets are already listed, but ARRL invites any nets aimed at young radio amateurs to post and share their information on the ARRL “Youth Nets” web page.

Check Out The Youth Nets Webpage:
http://www.arrl.org/youth-nets

World Championship High Speed Morse

The 17th International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) High Speed Telegraphy (HST) World Championship will take place August 20 – 24 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

Europe’s HST Cup and Balkan HST Championships will take place May 8 – 12 in Elbasan, Albania. Although not an IARU-recognized event, this international competition is widely accepted by the HST community as an opportunity for top competitors to check their form before the world championship, for teams to test new candidates for a national team, and for those unable to participate at the World Championship to still enjoy top-level competition. 

— Thanks to IARU Region 1

More Information: http://www.highspeedtelegraphy.com/HST-news

Winter FD Jan 25&26

Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) is a dedicated group of Amateur Radio Operators who believe that emergency communications in a winter environment is just as important as the preparations and practice that is done each summer but with some additional unique operational concerns.

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian, and DX Hams. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!

When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2020 the dates are January 25th and 26th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on the Friday before. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

For more information:
https://www.winterfieldday.com/

Straight Key Night

About:

Objective:

This 24-hour event is not a contest; rather it is a day dedicated to celebrating our CW heritage. Participants are encouraged to get on the air and simply make enjoyable, conversational CW QSOs. The use of straight keys or bugs to send CW is preferred. There are no points scored and all who participate are winners.

Contest Details
Dates:
Straight Key Night is held every January 1 from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC.Bands:All authorized Amateur frequencies, but activity has traditionally been centered on the HF bands.
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New Years Eve Digital Net

During  the Sunday night net on the Keystone West Digital Net we had a guest speaker on from Texas ( N8IQT – Doug ) who had a lot of good info about the Fusion/WiresX system. One comment was on room ( 21493 ) the MnWis Room there will be a New Years net on around the world starting on the 31st. The MnWis room he said has a lot of knowledgeable hams who are glad to help out with any of your questions about the Yaesu Fusion system and more.
Tnx The Tech Team Happy New Year

Check Out Our New Radios!

Drake 2C – Receiver

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JRC NRD-535D

Want something a little more modern and with an digital display.  Check out this Japan Radio Company NRD-535D receiver.  It has all the modern functions like bandpass filtering, and notch filtering.  Click on the image below for it specifications.