NEWSLETTER SEPTEMBER 2000 THE AMPLIFIER P.O. BOX 267 SHARPSBURG, NC 27878 President .................................... Jim Lewis, N4PE .......................................... 459-8003 Vice President ............................ Bobby Griffin, NF4C .................................... 443-6695 Secretary .................................... Wendell Peed, KC4UVT............................... 237-8753 Treasurer.................................... Lonnie Pridgen, WB4BZZ ............................ 446-3389 VE Director................................ Bill Thomas, N2BT ...................................... 442-6131 Newsletter Editor........................ Lonnie Pridgen, WB4BZZ ............................ 446-3389 WEB SITE: www.tarriverarc.com NEXT Mount, NC. Please use the catalog pick- up entrance. MEETING Please bring the following items when T he September meeting of the Tar River Amateur Radio Club will be held Monday, September 4th at RYAN’S attending a testing session. Ø Photo identification (drivers license) Ø Social Security Number FAMILY STEAK HOUSE located at Ø Original amateur radio license 1968 Stone Rose Drive in Rocky Mount. Ø Copy of amateur radio license The supper meeting will start at 6:30 Ø Original certificate(s) of successful p.m. completion Ø Copy of certificate(s) of successful V E EXAM UPDATE completion Bill, N2BT Ø Test fee of $ 6.65 payable to ARRL/VEC (checks preferred) T a.m. he next VE exam session will be held on Saturday, September 23rd at 9 The new license and exam structure is now in affect. The following are the new license exam elements: Exams will be held at J.C. Penney conference room, Golden East Crossing v Element 1 5 wpm code Mall, NC Hwy 43 and U.S. 301, Rocky 10 questions (or 1 minute copy) v Element 2 Technician written Upcoming Hamfests (No Code) 35 questions Bill, N2BT v Element 3 General written 35 questions Sept 2-3 Shelby Hamfest v Element 4 Extra written www.shelby.net/n4fan 50 questions Sept. 23-24 Va. Beach Hamfest www.vahamfest.com The Tar River ARC VE exam schedule Oct. 7 Rock Hill SC Hamfest for remainder of 2000 is as follows. Oct. 28 Sumter SC Hamfest September 23 www.geocities.com/capecanaveral/2695/sara.htm November 25 Nov. 4 Myrtle Beach Hamfest Nov. 19 Benson NC Hamfest LICENSE CLASSES Bill, N2BT CONTEST CALENDAR The Tar River Amateur Radio Club will Sept 9-10 ARRL VHF QSO Party hold amateur radio licensing classes Oct 28-29 CQ World Wide starting Tuesday, September 12th. Contest Phone Classes will be held from 7 pm to 9 pm Nov 4-6 ARRL Sweepstakes weekly, for 8 weeks at Boddie-Noell Contest CW Enterprises, Rocky Mount. The cost of Nov 18-20 ARRL Sweepstakes the class is $20 for textbook and other Contest Phone materials. For further information, contact Bill Thomas, at 442-6131. Check the latest issue of QST Magazine for further information or http:// CLUB ACTIVITY www.contesting.com. CALENDAR VEC's TO DROP September MULTIPLE CHOICE 2-3 Shelby Hamfest FORMAT FOR MORSE 9-10 ARRL VHF QSL Party 4 Tar River ARC Meeting CODE EXAMS 12 License Classes Begin The National Conference of Volunteer 21 RMARS Meeting Examiner Coordinators has voted to set 23 VE Exams Rocky Mount up revised standards for the 23-24 Va. Beach Hamfest administration of Morse code October examinations in the US. 2 Tar River ARC Meeting Under the revised standards, examinees 7 Rock Hill SC Hamfest 19 RMARS Meeting would have to show 25 character-count 28 Sumter SC Hamfest solid copy on test sheets or successfully 28-29 CQ World Wide DX Contest answer seven out of ten questions of a Phone fill-in-the-blank quiz on the sent text. The plan would bar multiple choice tests for The FCC action was adopted August 18. Morse code testing. The Order was released August 21. Morse examinations would specify use of The FCC said CB operators generally a Farnsworth "character speed" in the supported the proposal and stated that range of 13 to 15 WPM. Morse code the present rule was unenforceable. The audio pitch would have to be between ARRL commented in opposition to the 700 and 1000 Hz. Standard 5 WPM tests petition. "The Amateur Radio Service is with 5 WPM character speed could be the proper forum for the desired administered only as a special long-distance communications sought by accommodation. the Dixon petition," the League told the FCC. The new Morse testing standards are to be in effect by next July 1, but VECs may The National Association of implement them sooner. Broadcasters also opposed Dixon' s petition. The NAB said that the The NCVEC vote came July 21 during a restriction was necessary to deter CBers meeting of VECs in Gettysburg, from operating at excessive power levels Pennsylvania. and that consumers must be protected from illegal CB transmissions that FCC TURNS DOWN CB interfere with radio, TV and other consumer electronics. DX PETITION The FCC agreed with the ARRL and said The FCC has denied a petition that it did not intend to create a service would have amended the FCC's Part 95 paralleling the Amateur Service when it rules to permit DXing on the 11-meter authorized the Citizens Radio Service. Citizens Band. The petition sought to "Amending the rules to permit amend 95.413 of the rules that prohibits long-distance and international communications or attempts to communications would undermine the communicate with CB stations more than purpose of the CB Radio Service rules 250 km away and to contact stations in and compromise one of the core other countries. distinctions between the CB Radio Service and the Amateur Radio Service," Designated RM-9807, the petition was the FCC concluded. filed by Popular Communications Contributing Editor Alan Dixon, N3HOE. FCC TURNS DOWN KENWOOD "SKY "Dixon's request is inconsistent with the COMMAND" PETITION purpose of the CB Radio Service and could fundamentally alter the nature of The FCC has declared that use of the service," the FCC said in turning Kenwood's "Sky Command" remote town the petition. station control system does not comply with Amateur Service rules. In an Order The League has called Kenwood's Sky released July 28, the FCC also declined Command System "a fine product" that to grant a waiver of the rules to make would be of interest to many hams if Sky Command legal. designed for frequencies on which auxiliary operation is legally permitted. "We conclude that Sky Command does not comply with Section 97.201(b), and Paul Middleton, KD6NUH, Kenwood's that a waiver of the rules is not national sales manager for amateur and warranted," the FCC said. marine products, said the company has suspended shipment of the Sky Sky Command, which lets the user Command PG-4R interface cable, but control a fixed HF station via a pair of says that it "can't change product dual-band transceivers, has been on the software, manuals and literature." market for almost three years. The Middleton said the company has not yet ARRL has declined to permit Sky made a decision on the future of Sky Command advertisements in QST, Command or on future entreaties to the however, maintaining that the system FCC. was not legal to use as configured. Sky Command operates in full duplex, using a http://www.tarriverarc.com 70-cm frequency to transmit audio and control commands to a dualband Check out the Hurricane Link page on transceiver at the remote station and a 2- our web site. Bert, WA4TLI has been meter frequency to transmit received busy updating it. Great Job! audio via the remote station's Sky Command transceiver to the operator's "The Hurricane Net is up on 14.325. transceiver. The VHF channel also This usually goes by call W4EHW, and is contains a Morse code ID. coordinated with the NWS in Miami. You may also be able to monitor the The League has maintained that Hurricane Hunters (the planes that fly Kenwood's use of a 2-meter frequency into the hurricanes) of one of these would cause amateurs using the system frequencies: 4724, 6712, 6739, 8992, to violate Section 97.201(b), which limits 11175 (also NATO), 13200, 15016 all auxiliary operation to certain frequencies on USB. These carry military aviation above 222.15 MHz. traffic, but hurricane hunters are identified by TEAL and 2 numbers." The FCC agreed, saying the VHF link was integral to Sky Command and that Kenwood's view represented "at best a tortured interpretation" of the rules. The 73 Lonnie Commission also declined to issue Kenwood a requested blanket waiver of the applicable rules because it said the manufacturer failed to meet the standards required to grant a waiver.