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Cancelled Event: Volunteer Event - CERA Fools Gold Enduro Communications Team - Sunday, 4 October 2020 #cal-cancelled

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Cancelled: Volunteer Event - CERA Fools Gold Enduro Communications Team

This event has been cancelled.

When:
Sunday, 4 October 2020
7:00am to 3:00pm
(UTC-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
El Dorado National Forest, Georgetown Divide

Organizer: Michael Perry - N6MRP mrprry2@... mrprry2@...

Description:
Volunteer Event - CERA Fools Gold Enduro communications team. A fun annual event providing communications for a motorcycle enduro event held near Georgetown, CA in the El Dorado Forest.  A great opportunity to use your VHF/UHF go kit or to hone or learn portable operation skills alongside experienced station operators. Some of the crew camp overnight and bring along their HF gear. Positions fill-up early. RSVP Today!


Canceled - CERA Fool's Gold Enduro October 4 #volunteer

Michael - N6MRP
 

Hello All,

The California Endurance Riders Association has canceled the October 4 Fool's Gold Enduro.

Their announcement is found on their website: http://cera.org/2020/09/fools-gold-and-crazy-miner-cancelled-for-2020/

The Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club, which has supported the CERA enduros for many years, had volunteers in place to staff all radio stations. Our thanks go to these people who were ready to support CERA by providing radio communications:

STATION NAME

OPERATORS

Net Control

Ed Morell W6OSC, Sal Trapani K6SAL

Relay

Mike Perry N6MRP

Gas

Jeff Morgan KM6RGO

Darling Ridge

Al Thearle N6ADT, Mike Mayne K6ZUG

Corral

Matt Pauly KK6YMJ


We look forward to CERA's 2021 events!

73

Mike Perry N6MRP
Volunteer Events Coordinator, Sierra Foothills Amateur Radio Club


Free O'scopes #forsale

Rich - KN6JLF
 

Free oscilloscopes  
JDR 2000 dual trace 20MHz scope -works very well
Tektronix 310A  5Mhz service scope  works well
EICO 460 basic scope for the restorer; displays and is clean but needs tweaking

Items are located in Foresthill - message me if interested. Pics available

Rich KN6JLF


Re: FCC Proposes to Reinstate Ham License Fees

Aaron K6ABJ
 

The $50 fee proposal is listed in the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-proposes-to-reinstate-amateur-radio-service-fees

Aaron, K6ABJ 

On Aug 30, 2020, at 2:49 PM, "carl.wf6j@..." <carl.wf6j@...> wrote:

This from North Hills… $50 fee? 

Begin forwarded message:

From: Lance Lewis <nhrc.secretary.treasurer@...>
Subject: FCC Proposes to Reinstate Ham License Fees
Date: August 30, 2020 at 2:47:25 PM PDT
To: North Hills Radio Club <k6is@...>

This week, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require hams to pay to a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application. This includes new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Learn more at www.k6is.org.

This is one of several news updates added to the new North Hills Radio Club website, www.k6is.org.  Check it out.

Lance (KM6SBB)
Secretary-Treasurer

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Re: FCC Proposes to Reinstate Ham License Fees

Nathan - K6NDC
 

I like the idea of lowering the cost for a GMRS license, but a $50 fee to renew my ham license isn't a pleasant thought.

I was thinking of changing to a 5 call, once I move to Texas, but I won't bother if it's going to cost me $50.


FCC Proposes to Reinstate Ham License Fees

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

This from North Hills… $50 fee? 

Begin forwarded message:

From: Lance Lewis <nhrc.secretary.treasurer@...>
Subject: FCC Proposes to Reinstate Ham License Fees
Date: August 30, 2020 at 2:47:25 PM PDT
To: North Hills Radio Club <k6is@...>

This week, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require hams to pay to a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application. This includes new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Learn more at www.k6is.org.

This is one of several news updates added to the new North Hills Radio Club website, www.k6is.org.  Check it out.

Lance (KM6SBB)
Secretary-Treasurer

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Re: Proposed New Fees for Amateur Radio and Reduction in GMRS Fees

Clyde Campbell
 

When,  I got my vanity call ten years ago the FCC charged $13.40 . The renewal this year was online and free.
73
Clyde AB4CC 


Some Californians Didn’t get Evacuation Alerts During Wildfires

Alan - W6WN
 

Sent to me by Greg Kruckewitt <kg6sjt@...>

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - When Debra DeAngelo went to sleep, she thought the flames chewing through Northern California wine country were too far away to be dangerous. Plus, she had signed up for all the alerts that emergency officials pressed on people after years of catastrophic wildfires.
 
A frantic phone call from her friend woke her up two hours later: The ranch where they both boarded their horses was ablaze. DeAngelo raced to rescue terrified animals that night last week, furious she got no official warning by phone, text or siren.
 
“They alert us about all kinds of crap, but this was life-threatening,” she said, adding that she got an alert in April about a bear sighting 15 miles away. “If fire’s going to be a way of life for California, we at least have to have an alert system.”


Re: Proposed New Fees for Amateur Radio and Reduction in GMRS Fees

Michael - N6MRP
 

Well, I just paid $70 for the GMRS license, but I did not have to pay for the vanity call early this year. C'est la vie.

Mike N6MRP

On Sat, Aug 29, 2020 at 5:46 PM Alan - W6WN <Alan.W6WN@...> wrote:
Citing the costs involved in the automated processes, routine maintenance of the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) and limited instances where staff needs to be involved in the application process, the FCC is proposing an across-the-board fee of $50 for new and modified licenses in the personal radio services, which includes Amateur Radio and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). For GMRS, this is a reduction of the current $70 fee.

The FCC also proposes these fees for license renewals and requests for vanity call signs, the latter which had its filing fee eliminated several years ago. The FCC is proposing to still not charge for administrative updates, such as mailing address changes on amateur or GMRS applications. Amateur Radio will remain exempt from annual regulatory fees under Section 9 of the "RAY BAUM'S Act." 

Section 8 of the RAY BAUM’S Act does not provide any kind of statutory exemption for filing fees in the Amateur Radio Service, which, historically has had no filing fees. 

https://www.kb6nu.com/fcc-proposes-new-fees-for-amateur-radio-licenses/

So..., if you're still thinking about getting your Ham License or Vanity Call Sign, save $50 and get started Now!


Proposed New Fees for Amateur Radio and Reduction in GMRS Fees

Alan - W6WN
 

Citing the costs involved in the automated processes, routine maintenance of the Commission’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) and limited instances where staff needs to be involved in the application process, the FCC is proposing an across-the-board fee of $50 for new and modified licenses in the personal radio services, which includes Amateur Radio and the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS). For GMRS, this is a reduction of the current $70 fee.

The FCC also proposes these fees for license renewals and requests for vanity call signs, the latter which had its filing fee eliminated several years ago. The FCC is proposing to still not charge for administrative updates, such as mailing address changes on amateur or GMRS applications. Amateur Radio will remain exempt from annual regulatory fees under Section 9 of the "RAY BAUM'S Act." 

Section 8 of the RAY BAUM’S Act does not provide any kind of statutory exemption for filing fees in the Amateur Radio Service, which, historically has had no filing fees. 

https://www.kb6nu.com/fcc-proposes-new-fees-for-amateur-radio-licenses/

So..., if you're still thinking about getting your Ham License or Vanity Call Sign, save $50 and get started Now!


SFARC Net - Thu, 08/27/2020 #cal-notice

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SFARC Net

When:
Thursday, 27 August 2020
7:30pm to 8:30pm
(GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:
W6EK Repeater - 145.430 -600, PL162.2

Description:
Check-in for Club updates from Officers and members, QSTs and more. Everyone is welcome!


Re: Interesting link from South Texas ARC on Red Cross & ARES

Jim - N6MED
 
Edited

Excellent stuff, Carl!

-- Jim


[pr:14987] New NASA video | Students Use Ham Radio to Call an Astronaut in Space

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

Information from ARRL PR Wire...

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Inderbitzen, Bob, NQ1R" <rinderbitzen@...>
Subject: [pr:14987] New NASA video | Students Use Ham Radio to Call an Astronaut in Space
Date: August 27, 2020 at 1:11:55 PM PDT
To: pr <pr@...>

Hello! Here are links to a new NASA video for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station, and a sample social media post. 73 Bob NQ1R / ARRL HQ
 
YouTube
NASA Johnson Space Center (YouTube), August 25, 2020
 
Intl. Space Station @Space_Sta (Twitter), August 25, 2020

Sample Facebook Post
New @NASA video includes students from the Airdrie Space Science Camp in Canada using #hamradio from home to communicate with Astronaut and #USNavy SEAL Chris Cassidy, KF5KDR, on the @ISS in May! https://youtu.be/1clACXLdDhs
#ARRL #ARISS #AmateurRadio


Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R – for ARRL Media and Public Relations
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111-1400 USA
Tel: (860) 594-0213 FAX: (860) 594-0303
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El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club August 2020 Monthly Meeting Tonight!

Alan - W6WN
 

Hi There, 
 
You are invited to our monthly meeting of the El Dorado County Amateur Radio Club Tonight!

Time: 6:30 PM Log In and Chat - 7:00 PM Meeting Begins


What:
 This is going to be a great meeting. 
We'll talk a bit about what's going on with the club.

 - Jay Harmor, KE6GLA is going to do a brief show-&-tell with a new antenna analyzer he just got.

 - Bob Hess, W1RH will do a quick photo tour of the fire devastation at the Mt Vaca communications site.
 - Jordan Heichman, WC6J, and Phil Mosbacher, KK6YYD will do a Summits on the Air presentation in advance of what we hope will be a club SOTA event in September.
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


HWN starting up

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

If you use SDR, try this:

Here is the look of the HWN section, you may need to choose chrome audio, 40m and click on the Hurricane Watch Net index marker.

73,
Carl, WF6J

Interesting information. Good educational experience for all...


Interesting link from South Texas ARC on Red Cross & ARES

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[pr:14986] Hurricane Laura | emergency communication resource links

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

SFARC,

Here is some of the PR Wire information being sent in preparation for the Hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico coming onshore soon. It is still a 4, but might go to a 5 before it makes landfall. Here are the HWN frequencies for your reference:

Hurricane Watch Net 40m (7.268) LSBHurricane Watch Net 20m (14.325) USB

73,
Carl, WF6J
ARRL PIO

Storm surge already inundating Texas coast:

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From: "Inderbitzen, Bob, NQ1R" <rinderbitzen@...>
Subject: [pr:14986] Hurricane Laura | emergency communication resource links
Date: August 26, 2020 at 5:50:06 PM PDT
To: pr <pr@...>

To: PIOs & PICs

This evening I joined members of the ARRL Headquarters Emergency Response Team with Division, Section, ARES®, and other emergency communication volunteers from throughout the region where Hurricane Laura is bearing down. During that meeting, I picked up a couple of additional online resources to share with PIOs and PICs who are closely following the preparations of EmComm volunteers. If you are in these regions, please keep safe. 73 Bob NQ1R
 
 
ARRL North Texas Section
https://www.arrlntx.org/
 
ARRL South Texas Section
http://www.arrlstx.org/
 
ARRL 2020 Hurricanes Page
 

Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R - Product Development Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio®
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[pr:14985] Amateur Radio Volunteers Prepare to Greet Dangerous Hurricane Laura

carl.wf6j@gmail.com
 

Info on Hurricane Ham Events/support

Begin forwarded message:
Subject: [pr:14985] Amateur Radio Volunteers Prepare to Greet Dangerous Hurricane Laura
Date: August 26, 2020 at 11:05:23 AM PDT
To: pr <pr@...>

ARRL News | 08/26/2020
Amateur Radio Volunteers Prepare to Greet Dangerous Hurricane Laura

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) teams along the Gulf Coast have plans in place to deal with Hurricane Laura, now expected to make landfall as a powerful and dangerous Category 4 storm. “Catastrophic damage will occur” in a Category 4 hurricane, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) warns. More than a half-million people in Louisiana and Texas have been ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, set to strike around the Louisiana-Texas border. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) updated its plans and has activated on both 14.325 and 7.268 MHz as Laura swirls in the Gulf’s warm waters.

Continued here…

ARRL NEWS ROUNDUP
Find the latest ARRL News at www.arrl.org/news and www.arrl.org/2020-hurricanes


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SFARC Monthly Breakfast - Sat, 08/29/2020 7:30am-8:30am #cal-reminder

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Reminder: SFARC Monthly Breakfast

When: Saturday, 29 August 2020, 7:30am to 8:30am, (GMT-07:00) America/Los Angeles

Where:Mel's Diner, 1730 Grass Valley Highway (Hwy 49 at Luther Road)

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Description: TEMPORARILY ON HOLD DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. 
NOTE: The breakfast is held on the LAST SATURDAY of every month, although the calendar may not reflect this due to programming limitations.


Re: Emergency Alert Difficulties, Again

Jef - N5JEF
 

Alan -

Thank you very much for sharing this.  In many ways, "the system" is broken or needing improvement, and it's important that we consider the challenges facing us in the bigger (and bigger…) picture rather than the immediate, knee-jerk, short-sighted responses that tend to commonly prevail.

- Jef

On Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 6:38 AM Alan - W6WN <Alan.W6WN@...> wrote:

It's not just the cell phone towers, it's the whole system...

In Napa County, a wildfire alert meant for cellphones would not connect because of a coding error. In Sonoma County, similar alerts were sent to areas that required no evacuation and linked to an evacuation map that was a year old. And in Solano County’s Vacaville, a city emergency operations employee missed a call to report to work because his phone was set to vibrate.

As fire crews battle a massive system of wildfires sparked by freak lightning storms, emergency officials are seeing the technological shortcomings of localized alert systems — and it’s far from the first time.

Despite heeding much of the emergency management guidance dispensed in the last year from Sacramento, counties dealing with the LNU Lightning Complex fire burning in Northern California have nonetheless encountered difficulties.

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