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									M.E.T.E.R.S. Newsletter – July 2009
A monthly publication of the Middle East Tennessee Emergency Radio Service, Inc.
(METERS is a registered non-profit service organization based in Knoxville, serving all the
surrounding area.) Meetings are normally held at 7 PM, on the 4th Tuesday every month. Our
July meeting will be held on July 28th meeting will be at Citadel Broadcasting at 4711 Old
Kingston Pike. Licensed Amateur Radio Operators are invited to join METERS and assist in
meeting the needs of our served agencies. Our club call sign is KC4EM. Website:
www.metersinc.org -- Members‟ submissions are invited for this newsletter, in plain text format,
subject to space available and editing. Editor: John Randle K9RSQ; e-mail to K9RSQ”at
sign”TDS.NET ; Phone (865) 675-1293, or mail to: John Randle, 10625 Summit Mtn Ct,
Knoxville, TN 37922.


President’s Statement for July 2009
By Larry Osterman W8JYQ (w8jyq (at) metersinc.org)

Welcome to WNOX – Courtesy of Tim Berry, WB4GBI, our July 28th meeting will be at Citadel
Broadcasting at 4711 Old Kingston Pike. This should be an eye-opening intro to what a high
power radio station looks like. Along with the tour, we'll also have a business meeting with some
important topics on keeping METERS operating. One of these is giving members a quick review
of the revised Bylaws, which will allow a Yes/No vote at the August meeting. You will be asked
to examine the revised version on the website, and then have the intervening 30 days to review the
changes before having to vote. Another important topic is introducing the Nominating Committee,
which has responsibility of finding officers to serve next year (taking office after the September
election). Merle Growden KD6FBT is Chairman of both the Bylaws and Nominating Committees.
He welcomes your offer to serve in one of our officer positions, or suggestions on candidates who
you'd consider qualified (and willing) to have nominated.

Field Day – Going into the FD-09 planning phase, it was apparent that this effort would take a
true team effort to pull off. It turned out to be just that, and special thanks to all those who had
trust in the group to take care of their equipment that was loaned for this event. Equipment donors
included: Allan W1AEL, Connie K9GWB, Bill WR4MS, Dan K4DNG, Jerry KB4VEL, John
K9RSQ, Dick WI8X, Dave K4YRK, and Gary AG4XO. Many thanks to those others who brought
chairs, tables, good food, and drinks. And thanks to all who participated and/or just came by to
lend moral support. We are grateful to the city and State Health Dept. for the site, the local Fire
Chaplains for use of their air-conditioned portable rest room, and to KEMA management for use
of their MCP (mobile command post), all of which gave us credibility with the public. This is one
of our most visible annual efforts to share our activities with the community, and it seemed to
work out fine. We'll hope to have a video of WBIR-TV coverage at an upcoming meeting.

Hospital Teams and Field Teams – We have designated Hospital Teams to serve most of our
local and regional hospitals. These teams are to be ready when needed for possible emergency
activation. Some of our teams are testing their stations monthly, while others have run into either
scheduling or equipment challenges in doing these monthly checks. Your HTA (Hospital Team
Administrator) should be kept informed of barriers to getting these monthly radio checks done, so
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all of us can work together on resolving problems. Team Leaders should also be sending their
monthly reports to the HTA for submission to regional and state health officers. - In the event we
need to man field locations for logistics or other purposes, we will be initiating several Field
Teams who will be called on to do radio checks periodically from remote locations outside the
Knoxville city limits. An Eastern Team for example might assemble at Three Ridges Golf Course
parking area, a Western Team may be called to assemble at the Knox County Library parking area
in Farragut on Campbell Station Road, and a Southern Team could meet at Seymour Community
Park on Hwy 411 South. If you have interest in heading up or serving on any of these teams,
please send me an e-mail. As with all of our teams, members should have, or be working on
getting, certifications in EmComm and the FEMA ICS courses.

Please remember to check into METERS Nets. -73. –Larry W8JYQ

– Larry   W8JYQ (Ph. 865 690-5096 or E-mail to w8jyq (at) arrl.net)

Vice-President’s Statement for July 2009
By Dan Gainer K4DNG

                    A Practice Deployment: A Few Days at Boy Scout Camp
I thought I would share my experiences from my recent stay at Camp Buck Toms. The camp is
located at the end of a peninsula 12 miles east of Rockwood, on Watts Bar Lake (yes, exactly in
the middle of no where). Several activities occurred during camp that I believe are applicable to
deployment, METERS and Ham Radio in general.

Donated Batteries and My Home Made Battery Box.
Our great Member at Large, Sam Burgiss, has been fantastic at obtaining “used” batteries from the
hospitals. While these batteries must be replaced by the hospitals every year, they still have 9 to
10 years of useful life remaining. I had saved my batteries over the past 3 years and this year
finally built a battery box for emergency power use. My box has a 35 amp-hour circuit on one
side and a 26-amp hour circuit on the other. The cost to build my box was about $25 ($20 for the
heavy duty plastic tool box and about $5 for wire and electrical connectors and, of course, the free
batteries). By the way, the August 25th METERS meeting will be about building emergency
power battery boxes.

A few of us Hams brought our radios to camp. I teamed up with Eric KJ4KXU, a Scoutmaster
from Farragut (and graduate of the Spring 09 METERS Technician class, now a General class
operator) and we set up his portable Yaesu 897-D radio to use as a base station at camp. We strung
an 80-10 meter G5RV antenna through the trees (it wasn‟t pretty-but it worked). We also used the
roll up J-Pole antenna for 2 meters (the one we built at the May METERS Meeting). We powered
our radios with the battery box. We operated well over 30 hours and still had 12.5 volts left on
each circuit. I am guessing we could have operated another 12 to 20 hours before I would have
needed to recharge the batteries.

Message Passing and Simplex Net
One wonderful thing at Camp Buck Toms (among many) is that cell phones do not work there
(and there is only one land-line which is at the top of the hill and only for emergency use). We
established a message passing service to help with camp communications. I would contact Nora,
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N0RAS (METERS member and my wife) at 10:00 AM and 7:00 PM to pass messages and
requests to the families of Scouts in the Knoxville area via 2-meters and a repeater. Eric would
contact Dave PI4PJR (new METERS member) at other times to pass messages at well.

Using the roll up J-Pole antenna at about 10 feet off the ground and 50 watts of power, all
communications from camp were “full quieting” into the repeaters on Chilhowie Mountain-about
60 air miles from the camp. We also arranged times for families to communicate to their scout in
camp via “third party”/control operator. That little message passing service got several non-hams
excited about becoming Hams.

We also established a simplex net at camp. Several hams had brought their HTs along including a
few Scouts who were Hams and had their HTs. This simplex net functioned from 7:00 AM
reveille to 11:00 PM taps. Several times the net was used to look for lost boys (well not really
lost, just the ones who skipped merit badge class and weren‟t where they belonged) and to alert
leaders to injuries or other needs. Our camp was the last of the year and the first one to use
Hams/HTs in a simplex network. Our radios always worked where the camp‟s FRS radios were
often difficult to hear (or just didn‟t work) due to the low power of FRS radios, or hills and/or lots
of leaves blocking their signals. The camp directors and staff were impressed how useful the Ham
simplex net turned out to be. Several staff members toured our campsite station and asked a lot of
questions (just like Field Day).


Radio and Electronics Merit Badge
For many, many years Willard Sitton W4HZD, and Brice Umstead K0CSJ, of RACK have taught
the Radio and Electronics Merit Badges at Camp Buck Toms. Assisting them were Merle
Growden KD6FBT, Don Riley N4CZL of METERS (and RACK) and several other local Hams
including the funniest call sign “owner” , Cliff KD4GT, who said his vanity call stood for „Kill
Dogs for Georgia Tech” (apologies to Georgia fans). The boys loved that one!

The boys built a regenerative shortwave receiver in this class using Ten-Tec kit, learned what all
the components are, what work they did, and why they were needed as they were building their
radios. A few of the boys learned that soldering irons are hot -- the hard way. You should see
how these boys “beamed” when they walk back into their campsites with these “whistling and
hissing” radios. When these boys explained what the diodes, capacitors, and resistors were and
what they did to their buddies, well, a new level of respect was earned from their peers.

The dedicated Hams I mentioned above donate 6 weeks of their time every year going to Boy
Scout camp, every week day, to teach these classes. In past years, Dick Wolf WI8X donated his
time as well to this fine effort. Camp Buck Toms is the only Boy Scout Camp in the United States
with a dedicated Ham radio teaching facility and that offers these classes each week the camp is
held. Talk about the spirit of Ham radio! We are so fortunate to have Merle and Don as members
of METERS. Great Job Guys!

Nightly HF Demonstration
Eric and I would demonstrate HF communications each night (ok, we were chasing DX QSL
cards-but the boys didn‟t know that!). We had a great time. Each night boys and leaders would
come around, ask questions and listen to the radio with us. We made several DX SSB contacts
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including Antigua, Costa Rica, Calgary, Toronto and many US contacts in several states. When
our fellow Hams heard we were in Boy Scout camp, and operating on emergency power, they
would “rag chew” for a few minutes. The “magic” of radio came alive for those who stopped by
and listened.

I hope you found this informative and a little entertaining. Every time I participate in a METERS
training drill, learn to build something new at a METERS meeting or participate in other Ham
Radio/community service exercises that get me out of the comfort of my ham shack, I learn a lot.
The things we learn in METERS have many applications outside of emergency communications
and can be used as a recruiting tool to capture folk‟s interest, license new Hams, and hopefully get
new METERS members. I will be contacting several Scoutmasters when we schedule our next
Technician class for this fall. I believe from this years‟ Scout Camp experience that we will have
several leaders and boys sign up for the class.

73 de
Dan K4DNG

Ed. Note: When a local Civil Air Patrol unit would conduct training at Frozen Head State Park, the only source of
reliable emergency communications back to Knoxville was often via amateur HT’s and the PERTOS 2M repeater



Net Notes – July 2009
By John Randle, K9RSQ / Editor

A. Darrell Sperry, KA4TAR, TN ARES A.S.E.C., has invited our readers to visit the Sevier County
Emergency Radio Service web site at http://aresradio.webs.com/.

B. John Carlin, KJ4BEW, TN ARES (Jefferson EC), District 6 Coordinator for SKYWARN
has confirmed a streamlined SKYWARN event, four sentence, reporting format that is focused on
reducing extraneous chatter and facilitating the timely transfer of critical information. According
to KJ4BEW, the NWS at Morristown (WX4MRX) is requesting that the following four sentence
reporting format be strictly followed by amateurs submitting SKYWARN reports:
1. Initial one sentence report giving: County of Observation, Time of Observation, Reporting
Station's Call Sign, Break For Fill or QSL/ROGER.
2. Next one sentence follow on report giving additional details, Break for Fill or QSL/ROGER.
3. Third one sentence follow on report giving further details, Break For Fill or QSL/ROGER.
4. Final one sentence follow on report giving further details, Break For Fill or QSL/ROGER.
Each of the above four items should be given as a single sentence and given slowly, at writing
speed, and then the frequency is to be released for other reports.

ARRL Activities ….
By John Randle K9RSQ / Editor


The following is re-printed from The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No 25 (Friday, June 26, 2009),
copyright The ARRL Letter/American Radio Relay League.

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==> TENNESSEE TEEN HAM RESPONDS TO EMERGENCY, PERFORMS CPR

It was just another day, helping out at another event. It was the third year in a row that 16 year old
Cody Anderson, KI4FUV, of Harriman, Tennessee, had volunteered to help out the Roane County
Amateur Radio Club (RARC) with the Run for the Child event. But it was the first time that he
would help save a life.

May 30 dawned with fog in the sky. Not too hot, but the temperature would reach the mid-80s
before the Sun went down. All in all, a good day for a race. Anderson made his way to the race
site at the Roane State Community College, set up his equipment at Checkpoint #2 and waited for
the runners to pass by. "This year started off just like the past two years," he told his local
newspaper, the Roane County News. Twenty minutes later, that all changed.

Twenty minutes later as the runners started their second pass around the marked course, Anderson
saw one of the runners fall down. Unlike other runners who fall down on a course, this man did
not get up. After waiting about 20 seconds, Anderson left Checkpoint #2 and quickly made
his way over to the downed racer. As he did so, he used his handheld transceiver to notify his
fellow club members who were at the event, "Runner down."

Sheriff's deputies were also placed along the race route. One who was near Anderson and
Checkpoint #2 saw what was going on and came to assist. As Anderson raced on foot, the deputy
jumped in his patrol car and drove to the fallen runner. Both reached the fallen runner in about
20 seconds.

RARC Vice President Cliff Segar, KD4GT, said that they all heard Anderson racing toward the
runner, "but we just assumed someone just simply tripped and fell." But after hearing Anderson
say "Roll EMS" over the radio, he knew it was much more serious.

Another runner -- "I never got his name," Anderson said -- passed the area where the teen and the
sheriff's deputy were kneeling next to the runner lying on the ground. The man stopped to help,
checking out the man on the ground, who was still breathing. Anderson got back on the radio and
told Bill Farnham, KI4FZT, at the command center that the first responders who were on site
needed to get to where he was -- immediately. "The man who stopped, I just kind of let him take
over," Anderson told the ARRL. "He seemed like he had a bit of medical training, and he started
taking vital signs. I was talking to Bill on my radio, letting him know what was going on."

Then the fallen runner stopped breathing.

In February, Anderson took a CPR class that another RARC club member -- Phil Newman,
KE4LSH -- had organized. It was the skills he learned at that class that came into play on May 30.
He started giving the man mouth-to-mouth resuscitation; the other runner started chest
compressions. "We did about three sets of CPR before the Roane County Rescue guys got to us,
just a second or two later" Anderson told the ARRL.

"I'm just glad I was able to take the CPR training, else I don't know what I would have done or
how I would have reacted," Anderson told the County Times. Anderson efforts, along with those
of the unknown runner, kept the man alive long enough for EMS to arrive and use an electronic
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defibrillator to restart his heart. He was eventually transported to the University of Tennessee
Medical Center via Lifestar helicopter. "Last I heard," Anderson said, "was that he was doing
okay."

Anderson will begin his senior year at Rockwood High School this fall. When he was 11, he sat
for his Technician exam and passed; he is now a General. He likes to help out with the Boy Scouts
and give back to the community through his SKYWARN and ARES(r) activities: "I volunteer five
weeks every summer to help out at Camp Buck Toms, a Boy Scout camp located in Rockwood,
Tennessee. Along with a few other volunteers from the local area, I teach the radio and electronics
merit badge courses. Through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, I've personally helped out
with several severe weather outbreaks, the TVA Kingston ash spill in December 2008 and the
Kingston Smokin' the Water 4th of July festival a few times."

He is modest about the events of May 30. "I took my first training class for CPR and AED in
February 2009, thinking I would never have to use it," he told the ARRL. "On May 30, 2009 -- I
used it. I would highly recommend that everyone takes some type of medical training."

Segar calls Anderson a hero. "You never know when training will possibly be the difference
between life and death," he said. -- Some information from the Roane County News

Ed. Note: Please notice that that KI4FUV followed the three “C’s” (clear, concise, correct) in the “Runner Down”
and “Roll EMS” transmissions.



The following is re-printed from The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 20 May 22, 2009, copyright The
ARRL Letter/American Radio Relay League.

==> FCC LOOKS TO RAISE VANITY CALL SIGN FEES FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE
YEAR

The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (NPRM) on May 14 seeking to
raise fees for Amateur Radio vanity call signs
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-126A1.pdf>.
Currently, a vanity call sign costs $12.30 and is good for 10 years; the new fee, if the FCC plan
goes through, will go up to $13.40 for 10 years, an increase of $1.10. The FCC is authorized by
the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs
associated with that program. The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when
applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new term.
Instructions on how to comment on this NPRM are available on the FCC Web site
<http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/howtocomment.html>.

The vanity call sign fee has fluctuated over the 12 years of the current program -- from a low of
$11.70 in 2007 <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/08/31/105/> to a high of $70 (as first
proposed in the FCC's 1994 Report and Order). In 2007, the Commission lowered the fee from
$20.80 to $11.70. The FCC said it anticipates some 15,000 Amateur Radio vanity call sign
"payment units" or applications during the next fiscal year, collecting $201,000 in fees from the
program.
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The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying for a new vanity call sign,
but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new term. The first vanity call sign licenses issued
under the current Amateur Radio vanity call sign program that began in 1996 came up for renewal
three years ago.

Those holding vanity call signs issued prior to 1996 are exempt from having to pay the vanity call
sign regulatory fee at renewal, however. That's because Congress did not authorize the FCC to
collect regulatory fees until 1993. Such "heritage" vanity call sign holders do not appear as vanity
licensees in the FCC Amateur Radio database.

Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of their license expiration date.
All radio amateurs must have an FCC Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application
with the Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS
<http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/> and clicking on the "New Users Register" link. You must supply
your Social Security Number to obtain an FRN.

The ARRL VEC <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/> will process license renewals for vanity call sign
holders for a modest fee. The service is available to ARRL members and nonmembers, although
League members pay less. Routine, non-vanity renewals continue to be free for ARRL members.
Trustees of club stations with vanity call signs may renew either via the ULS or through a Club
Station Call Sign Administrator, such as ARRL VEC.

League members should visit the "ARRL Member Instructions for License Renewals or Changes"
page <http://www.arrl.org/fcc/memberlicenseinstructions.html>, while the "Instructions for
License Renewals or Changes" page covers general renewal procedures for nonmembers
<http://www.arrl.org/fcc/licenseinstructions.html >. There is additional information on the ARRL
VEC's "FCC License Renewals and ARRL License Expiration Notices" page
<http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/renewals.html>.

License application and renewal information and links to the required forms are available on the
ARRL Amateur Application Filing FAQ Web page
<http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/application-filing-faq.html>. The FCC's forms page
also offers the required forms <http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html>.

The following is re-printed from The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 19 May 15, 2009 copyright The
ARRL Letter/American Radio Relay League.

==> ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160

To support HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of
2009 -- the ARRL is asking its membership to contact their members of the US House of
Representatives with a request to become co-sponsors of this significant piece of legislation
<http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-
bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bill%20s&docid=f:h2160ih.txt.pdf >.


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"Getting a bill successfully through Congress is a formidable task -- one that is going to require
the involvement of every ARRL member," said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan
Henderson, N1ND. "Working with our Washington consulting firm Chwat & Co, we are laying a
dynamic approach that will allow us to make our case most effectively. We have developed a
strategy to maximize our impact when dealing with each member of Congress."

Since the anthrax scare that followed the 9/11 attacks, all incoming mail to Congress is delayed
anywhere from four to six weeks while it is screened. This means using normal US Mail is no
longer an effective method of letting Congress hear your voice. While e-mail is convenient, it is
also not effective, due to the large volume of e-mail that each Congressional office receives.

"To ensure that ARRL members' letters are quickly and expediently received by Congress, our
strategy is to ask ARRL members send their letters directly to Chwat & Co," said Henderson.
"Chwat's staff will sort the letters by Congressional district and hand-deliver them to the
appropriate House offices, providing a direct point of contact with the Congressman and their
staff. This personal contact gives us the chance to provide not only letters from constituents, but
information from the ARRL on why this legislation is important."

The ARRL has provided a sample letter for League members to personalize and send to their
Congressional representative
<http://www.arrl.org/news/files/DearMemberOfCongressHR2160.doc>. "Personalized letters
make a better impression than a standard form letter or petition," Henderson explained. You can
find the name and address for your member of Congress on the ARRL Members Only Web page
<http://www.arrl.org/members-only/>.

Once it has been personalized, ARRL members should send their letter to Chwat & Co using one
of three methods:
* As a signed attachment to an e-mail <arrl@chwatco.com>
* As a signed fax to 703-684-7594
* As a regular letter to John Chwat, Chwat & Co, 625 Slaters Ln, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA
22314

If you choose to e-mail your letter, please send it as an attachment to the e-mail instead of having
it be the text of the e-mail. This allows the letter to be easily printed and delivered. Should you
decide to draft your own letter supporting HR 2160 instead of editing the sample, Henderson
asked that you please remember a couple of things:
* Identify the bill by number and title: HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Enhancement Act of 2009
* Keep the letter brief and on topic -- one page at the most
* Ask your congressional representative to consider becoming a cosponsor
* Thank them for their consideration

"Simple is better when making this kind of request to a representative," said Henderson. "They
and their staff are looking to gauge interest and support for the bill. A lengthy letter that strays off-
topic can detract from the focus of asking for support for the legislation."


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Should you decide not to send your letter to Chwat & Co but directly to your Representative, it is
still important to send a copy of your correspondence to Chwat & Co. This allows Chwat to
discuss accurately with the Congressman and their staff the amount of support for the bill in each
individual district. "There is strength in numbers," Henderson added.

Aside from bill sponsor Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18), the ARRL is fortunate to
already have six additional members of Congress who have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 2160
-- Madeleine Bordallo (Guam), Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-
16), Blaine Luetkemeyer, (MO-9) and Bennie Thompson (MS-2).

"We congratulate ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, and his grassroots
legislative action team in Kentucky for securing the support of Representative Guthrie -- the first
new co-sponsor of the bill," Henderson said. "It shows that our grassroots effort can work!"

You may be asking yourself "What should I do if my Representative has already signed on as a
co-sponsor for HR 2160?" The answer is simple: Thank them for their support. If your
Congressman is one of those listed as a co-sponsor, please send them a letter thanking them for
their support. Use the same contact information for Chwat & Co. "It is important to convey your
appreciation to your Representative when they sign on as a co-sponsor or support the bill,"
Henderson explained. "That simple 'thank you' may help open the door the next time their help is
needed."

Once you have prepared and sent your letter supporting HR 2160, your job is not over: Feedback
is an important part of the process. "What your Congressman has to say in regards to your contact
can provide the ARRL with important information as we try to push our bill forward," Henderson
noted. "This feedback can possibly help us identify potential new support for the bill or a
weakness in the legislation we may need to address."

When you receive a response from your Congressman, please forward a copy to the Regulatory
Information Office at ARRL Headquarters via e-mail <reginfo@arrl.org> or hard copy to
Regulatory Information, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

"HR 2160 presents the Amateur Radio Service with a unique opportunity -- but also carries with it
the important responsibility of making your voice heard," Henderson summarized. "HR 2160
stands as the first step in trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections
afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and covenants
<http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/prb-1.pdf>. To be clear, passing HR
2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away. But it will help lay the ground work by
assessing the impact such restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters
and other emergencies."

And, as an update to the above previously reported article, the following is re-printed from The
ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No 28 (Friday, July 17, 2009), copyright The ARRL Letter/American Radio
Relay League.

==> HR 2160 GAINS MORE SUPPORT IN CONGRESS

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This week, four more Congressmen -- John Boozman (R-AR-3), Bob Filner (D-CA-51), Dennis
Moore (D-KS-3) and David Wu (D-OR-1) -- pledged their support for HR 2160, The Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 <http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-
bin/query/z?c111:H.R.2160:>. This brings the total number of cosponsors to 18.

Introduced by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX-18) in April
<http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/04/30/10792/?nc=1>, if passed, HR 2160 would "promote
and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and emergency communications
provided on a volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the
Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of Amateur Radio for emergency and
disaster relief communications, by identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the
deployment of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by making
recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so as to expand the uses of Amateur
Radio communications in Homeland Security planning and response." The bill has been referred
to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

If enacted into law, HR 2160, would instruct the Secretary of Homeland Security to undertake a
study and report its findings to Congress within 180 days. The study would spell out uses and
capabilities of Amateur Radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief. The study shall:

* Include recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary deployment of Amateur Radio
licensees in disaster and emergency communications and disaster relief efforts.
* Include recommendations for improved integration of Amateur Radio operators in planning and
in furtherance of the Department of Homeland Security initiatives.
* Identify unreasonable or unnecessary impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio communications
-- such as the effects of private land use regulations on residential antenna installations -- and
make recommendations regarding such impediments.
* Include an evaluation of Section 207 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-
104, 110 Stat 56 [1996]).
* Recommend whether Section 207 should be modified to prevent unreasonable private land use
restrictions that impair the ability of amateurs to conduct, or prepare to conduct, emergency
communications by means of effective outdoor antennas and support structures at reasonable
heights and dimensions for the purpose in residential areas.

The Secretary of Homeland Security shall utilize the expertise of the ARRL and shall seek
information from private and public sectors for the study.

"HR 2160 presents the Amateur Radio Service with a unique opportunity -- but also carries with it
the important responsibility of making your voice heard," said ARRL Regulatory Information
Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "HR 2160 stands as the first step in trying to address the long
standing problem of extending the protections afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1
<http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/prb-1.pdf>to deed restrictions and
covenants. To be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away. But it will
help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such restrictions have on our ability to train for
and respond to disasters and other emergencies."


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HR 2160 is also sponsored by W. Todd Akin (R-MO-2), Michael Arcuri (D-NY-24), Roscoe
Bartlett (R-MD-6), Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam), Bart Gordon (D-TN-6), Brett Guthrie (R-KY-
2), Michael Honda (D-CA-15), Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA-16), Blaine
Luetkemeyer (R-MO-9), Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI-11), Charlie Melancon (D-LA-3), Bennie
Thompson (D-MS-2) and Peter Welch (D-VT).

Check the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/05/12/10818> for information
on how to encourage your Congressional representative to sponsor HR 2160.

Ed Note: Unfortunately I have a long list of communications (both email and US Mail) that I have sent our local
congressional representative, Congressman John Duncan Jr., with nothing but radio silence in return.



Editor's Notes – July 2009
By John Randle, K9RSQ / Editor

Swap & Shop ….
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Wanted…
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