Attention All Club Members!
FCC announces that ULS and other databases will be taken offline for scheduled maintenance for a five-day period beginning Wednesday, September 2 and continuing through the Labor Day weekend. The Commission said that during the ULS outage, it will not be possible to file any Amateur Radio applications.
During the outage, no license applications can be filed, no license modifications will be accepted, and no new licenses will be granted. It is expected that the vanity callsign licensing & renewal fee will be eliminated as part of this action. A search revealed that only two Group A (1×2 and 2×1) callsigns become available during that time period, but since applications may be made early on 9/2 for K4JE, and late on 9/8 for KE9B, careful applicants can successfully apply for those callsigns.
If your license is set to expire during this period, it is recommended that you submit your renewal application now to avoid a lapse in your license.
The current American Radio Relay League Special Service Club renewal certificate was received at the August meeting of the QCARC. Members can be proud of the Club’s continuing involvement in Public Service, Training, VE Exams, Mentoring, etc. that enable the Club to continue to maintain the Special Service Club designation.
What is Special Service Club?
With vacation time in full swing, regardless of the over abundance of rain, lightning is a very big factor that needs to be considered. As of August 1, 2015, 22 people have died from lightning strikes in the United States — ALL of these deaths were avoidable.
“Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ and the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ logo are trademarks of the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, used with permission.”
The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R.1301) & (S 1685)
Attention all amateurs, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 ( H.R. 1301) has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. Now a Senate Bill has been introduced (S 1685). Both bills pertain to amateurs obtaining permission to erect antennas where an HOA, or other covenant prohibits an antenna outside. If passed the FCC would amend part 97 rules to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Even if you do not currently live in such an environment, you may encounter this issue some day. Support for this bill will assist your fellow amateurs who may live with such constraints and even restrictions at your QTH that you may be unaware.
Remember to submit your letter to your representative the quickest, file it through the available ARRL links.
To read all the details and how you can assist in this very important issue to all amateurs, go to the updated web site: http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act
Check this ARRL page for the latest information as of August 25, 2015. : http://www.arrl.org/news/view/arrl-president-expects-parity-act-house-bill-cosponsorships-to-top-100-soon
America’s PrepareAthon! is a nationwide, community-based campaign for action to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises conducted at the national level every fall and spring. Please consider taking 5 minutes to view the video, “IT STARTED LIKE ANY OTHER DAY.”, attached to the America’s PrepareAthon! link below. It could have […] […]
[ May 3, 2015; 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. 8:30 am to 12:00 pm. ] Tri-State Radio Fest 10th Annual Antique Radio Flea Market and Auction Vintage TV, Amateur Radio, Audio & Phonograph (No Computers.) Open to buyers from 8:30 am – 12:00 noon -Entrance fee $5.00 Check-in for auction items 9:00 am to 11:00 am Auction to begin at 12:00 noon Auctioneer: Richard Estes-www.estesAuctions.com Raffle Prize—restored Atwater-Kent 206 Featured: Contest – Atwater-Kent radios Center Stage Banquet Hall 1495 Old […] […]
As of approximately 2:00 PM, 4/8/2015 the analog only UHF repeater was replaced with a Yaesu System Fusion Analog/Digital repeater. This is the same type repeater as used for the 147.315 repeater. You can still communicate as you have in the past, you will not have to buy a new radio, your radio will not be […] […]
It is official, the Quad-County Amateur Radio Club is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. You may ask, what does this mean for the Club. Basically the Club […] […]
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