Friday, January 03, 2020

Our use of Spectrum is again under attack

FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments

At its December 12 meeting, the FCC formally adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 and invited comments on its plan to remove “existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations” in the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The FCC said it’s seeking comment on appropriate “transition mechanisms” to make that happen. ARRL has indicated that it will file comments in opposition to the proposal. The amateur 9-centimeter allocation is 3.3 – 3.5 GHz

Our use of the Spectrum is again under attack

If we sit by and don’t speak up in defense and or support the ARRL through donations to the Spectrum Defense Fund, we will again loose frequencies that we are using.
While I know many of you do not personally use the 3.5 GHz band
Many of the clubs and organizations in larger Metropolis areas do use this band,
They use it to help protect you and I during Severe Weather by the way of  Mesh Networks known as AREDN,  you may live in an area where 3.5 GHz is in use by fellow amateurs to help protect you, your loved ones and your property and not even know it.

The Bottom line is they are after more of our Spectrum
without Spectrum to operate we will all be off the air

There are several ways you can help prevent this……

File Comment on the notice of proposed rule making on the FCC website

If you file comment and I encourage you to do so,
be professional in your comments, no rants and definitely no cuss words
Stick to the facts as you know them.

Donate to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund, even small amounts will help
please donate what you can reasonably afford and/or encourage your Ham Club to do the same

For more info go to the ARRL website  Regulatory & Advocacy Tab

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

January 2020 ARRL North Texas Section Newsletter

Happy New Year fellow North Texas Communicators!

Events This Month:

The ARRL North Texas Section Convention will be held at the Cow town Ham fest
Date 17-18 January 2020  Friday from 3 PM - 7 PM  and Saturday from 7 AM - 3PM
Complete Details may be found at
This is a great ham fest, with a great flea market and seminars, I look forward to seeing you all there. 

The CW OPS Group is Celebrating it's Tenth Year
with an on the air event throughout January.
More info may be found here on their website
CW OPS members pride themselves in slowing down when someone wants a QSO, so don't be shy.
Non members are welcome to join in the fun and work member stations that will be signing with CW10 before or after their call sign, There will also be members such as myself using a One x One Call signs, mine is K5N.     

Don't forget to take a glance at National news headlines from the ARRL website by clicking on the News and Features Tab Near the Top of  the page.
In fact if you have not visited the ARRL.ORG website in awhile I encourage you to do so, and browse around it, you might find something new you were over looking.

Awards from the ARRL and Certificates of Merit from your Section Manager:

Certificates of Merit from your Section Manager:
In the last two newsletters I called for your help in providing me info of those in your community that deserve recognition for what they are doing for their fellow amateur radio ops and or their community, I received one such nomination and promptly created a certificate and citation letter to accompany the certificate of merit. We have over 4,480 ARRL members in North Texas, I am sure you all can help me find more than one deserving person in two months.

Submitting someone from your local club or even a non club member
is not hard to do.  Just drop me an email with a half a dozen bullet points
on what they do that merits a certificate from their Section Manager
If,  I get over whelmed with Nominations I will pick several, each month
and get the certificates mailed.  I will give priority to nominations from Club officer/members,  that does not mean you can't nominate who you want if they are a member of the league.

I will announce last months Section Manager Certificate of Merit recipient at the Cow town ham fest.

ARRL Awards:
We should have many of our fellow North Texas ARRL members getting nominated for awards that are provided by the League each and every year, details may be found on the ARRL website with a simple search  string "Nominations Solicited for 6 ARRL Awards"
It would be great if club's in our section would each form a nomination committee
to get select amateurs from their club or community nominated for these awards.
I know folks this kind of stuff takes time,  but if we don't nominate someone,  none of us will get recognition that we all deserve. Pay it forward, one day you may get an award.

Mentor Fest
Mentor Fest this year will be held on the Third Saturday of April
April the 18th, this is an all day event that you should plan on attending.
If your a Mentor, if you do presentations I really would like to have a conversation with you

Now !!!  Telephone 318-470-9806  Email KG5VK@ARRL.ORG

New....  Hella Ham's Flea Market/Side Walk Sale

Starting February 29, 2020 at the Hella Shrine in Garland.
This will be an ongoing event each month of the year that has a 5th Saturday
Just like February 2020 has a 5th Saturday on the 29th
Shriner Clowns that are Ham Radio Ops,  hoisting a side walk sale
what could be more fun !!!

ARRL NTX Section Manager