I hope that everyone has had a great summer so far.
Many things have been happening since my last newsletter so let’s get to it.
HR 1301 Amateur Radio Parity Act
HR 1301 continues to gain support in the House of Representatives, yet Tennessee has only one co-sponsor. That is Marsha Blackburn R-D7. We thank her very much for her support. If you are a constituent in her district, please consider sending her a letter of thanks for her support of the bill. Her contact information can be found on the Internet by searching for Tennessee Congressional Delegation. Currently the resolution has 94 co-sponsors.
In a recent lengthy interview on HamNation, Chris Imlay, W3KD, rebutted assertions, “that the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 would represent an unlawful intrusion into ‘private contracts’—“. Here is a link to the written summary posted on the ARRL webpage: http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-would-not-void-private-contracts-arrl-general-counsel-says. You can also listen to his full discussion with Gary Pearce, KN4AQ of Ham Radio Now, and Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco N2YBB: http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0213.html.
S-1685 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015
Last month, it was announced that S 1685 Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 had been introduced in the US Senate. The wording in S 1685 and HR 1301 are identical. Senator Roger F. Wicker (R-MS) introduced S 1685 into the US Senate. As of August 3rd, there is only 1 co-sponsor, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), who is the original co-sponsor of the Bill. For comments by Senator Wicker on the benefits of S 1685, see http://www.arrl.org/news/senate-sponsor-of-amateur-radio-parity-act-of-2015-said-bill-promotes-regulatory-transparency-equali
Colorado to host US ARDF Championships 27-30 August 2015
Registration is open for the 15th USA and IARU Region 2 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) championships, to be held August 27-30, in Elbert, CO. An optional “training camp” will take place on Monday through Wednesday, August 24-26, just before the Championships. Additional information may be found in this article: http://www.arrl.org/news/colorado-to-host-us-amateur-radio-direction-finding-championships-in-august.
Huntsville Hamfest 15/16 August 2015
The Huntsville Hamfest, billed as the “Friendliest Hamfest” around is coming this weekend. I hope that many of you will be able to attend this year. This Hamfest for many in Tennessee is like a second state convention and great fun for all attending. I will be going and hope to see many of you there.
Cedars of Lebanon Tailgate Party 29 August 2015
The Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest/Tailgate has been moved from Saturday 8/22 to the following Saturday 8/29. Please see the info below. There will be no pre-registration, just come early & find your spot. If you have any questions, please contact Cactus at email@example.com.
Please be sure to let all your friends know of the schedule change. We don’t want anyone coming out on the wrong day!
The gate opens at 6 AM for tailgaters. The fun starts at 7 AM. The Stones River Amateur Radio Club sponsors this year’s party. ALL IS FREE and there will be free ice water to drink. Hope to see as many there as can come.
W4DXCC/SEDCO Convention 25-26 September 2015
The 11th annual DX and Contest Convention will be held at the Mainstay Suites in Pigeon Forge again this year. A new addition has been added to the convention this year called “Ham Radio Bootcamp”. Information for the convention and registration can be found here: http://w4dxcc.com/index.html
The Bootcamp will be a day long series of classroom sessions taught by experienced Amateur Radio Operators dealing with the aspects of setting up your HF station and learning to operate it properly to work DX and contests. For additional information go to the W4DXCC website at this link: http://www.w4dxcc.com/ham-radio-bootcamp.html.
Tennessee QSO Party (TNQP) 6/7 September 2015
The Tennessee QSO Party will be held on 6 September 2015 1800z – 0300z 7 September. All rules can be found on the Tennessee Contest Group website who sponsor the party each year.
Rules can be found here: http://tnqp.org/rules/
Active Counties can be found here: http://tnqp.org/counties-active/
If you would like additional information about the Tennessee Contest Group, it can be found by clicking on the TCG logo on the TNQP home page: http://tnqp.org.
FCC INVITES COMMENTS ON PROPOSED RULES FOR NEW LF AND MF AMATEUR ALLOCATIONS (8/31, 9/30)
The FCC is requesting comments on its recent proposals to authorize Amateur Radio operations on two new bands: 135.7 to 137.8 kHz (LF, 2200 meters); and, 472 to 479 kHz (MF, 630 meters). Amateur radio operations would be secondary on both bands. Please note that comments are due by August 31, 2015. Reply comments – in other words, comments on comments filed – are due by September 30, 2015. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-invites-comments-on-proposed-rules-for-new-lf-and-mf-amateur-allocations
JOTA: JAMBOREE ON THE AIR (10/16-18)
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America, will be held on October 16-18, 2015. If you, or your club, are planning on participating in JOTA, please send information on your plans so that it can be included in the September Newsletter, which will be published at the end of that month. The national JOTA organizers request that those stations planning to participate register online at http://jotajoti.info/sign-up-for-jota-joti/ Those interested in JOTA should visit the K2BSA web site and sign up for their e-mail alerts, see http://www.k2bsa.net/ Their newsletter has lots of links to tips, mentoring, etc.
For those who join the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association Membership ($12 for life), you can purchase K2BSA branded merchandise and wear Radio Scouting logo badges for JOTA and other Scouting events, see http://www.thesignman.com/clubs/radsct.html The BSA JOTA page has a link to ARRL’s “find a club” page, as well as a link to the BSA “find a council” tool, see http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx.
Here is a link to the JOTA August newsletter: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=56ce1526bb2372707f5868e21&id=b03612eccc&e=fcf6326941. At this website, one can subscribe to the JOTA newsletter and learn about membership in the K2BSA Amateur Radio Association.
ARRL BOARD APPROVES DUES HIKE, HF BAND PLAN, AND 2016 NATIONAL PARKS CENTENNIAL EVENT
During its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved a $10 increase in the League’s annual dues rate, effective January 1, 2016. In addition, the Board adopted amendments to the ARRL HF Band Plan; approved a National Parks On The Air (NPOTA) operating event in 2016; began the search for a successor to ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, who will retire next May; and, named several ARRL award recipients. For further information on these and other Board actions, see:http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-approves-dues-hike-hf-band-plan-2016-national-parks-centennial-event.
INTERNATIONAL DX ASSOCIATION ENCOURAGES HUMANITARIAN DIMENSION TO DXPEDITIONS
The International DX Association (INDEXA) has announced plans to make additional funding available to DXpeditions that carry out pre-approved plans to provide humanitarian aid and services benefiting the communities visited. For further information, see: http://www.arrl.org/news/international-dx-association-encourages-humanitarian-dimension-to-dxpeditions.
Tennessee Senior Statesman Award
I was recently contacted by some of the Middle Tennessee Amateurs and alerted to the fact that an Amateur in Maury County was about to celebrate his 100th birthday. His call is W5SRR. His name is Carey Nettles. Cary has been a life long amateur but is also an avid narrow gauge railroad enthusiast and helps to build as well as run narrow gauge trains in Columbia, Tennessee in the community park where there are several miles of track that have been laid and is regularly maintained. You can’t put one of these in your basement and run it!!!
It prompted me to think that there is not an award to recognize our longtime amateurs here in Tennessee. I decided that we would create one and begin searching out, with your help, all of the amateurs who are at least 100 years of older. I know of one other in the state as I write this article.
If you know of someone who has been an active ham and who is currently 100 years or older, please forward that information to me firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will have a certificate prepared and make arrangements to present it at the earliest convenience.
When I am satisfied that we have recognized all of the centenarians, we will then start recognizing active amateurs from the age of 95 and above. There will be no requirement for any of them to be a member of ARRL. Their consistent contribution to the hobby and fun of amateur radio are all that is necessary. I hope my email box gets filled up. Please remember that these folks are the ones who helped to give us their enjoyment and passion for this great hobby.
Tennessee Fall Emergency Exercise 1-3 October 2015
The TEMA-AUXCOM 2015 Fall Exercise will be held October 1, 2 and 3, beginning at 8 AM CST Thursday, and ending at 3:30 PM CST on Saturday. This exercise will be conducted from multiple sites throughout the state of Tennessee. The following sites have been identified:
Middle TN Site – Tennessee Fire Service and Codes Enforcement Academy, 2161 Unionville-Deason Road, Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020. (Those in need of meals and/or lodging are encouraged to place their reservation in advance. Call the business office at: 1.931.294.4111 or 1.800.747.8868 More Info here: http://tn.gov/commerce/section/fire-service-codes-enforcement-academy-tfaca
Southwest TN Site – Shelby County Office of Preparedness, 1075 Mullins Station Road, Building C, Memphis, TN 38134
Northwest TN Site – Gibson County Emergency Management Agency, 1246 Manufacturers Row, Trenton, TN 38382
East TN Site – Knoxville Emergency Management Agency, 605 Bernard Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
Additional sites may be added as the level of participation is evaluated.
This will be a combination exercise including training in field deployment, Winlink operation, Incident Command System best practices, emergency (exercise) communications capabilities, along with potential classroom training and equipment demonstrations. The operational periods will continue the earthquake scenario from the spring TEMA-AUXCOM exercise.
Please submit your registration form no later than September 17th, 2015. The link to sign up is: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KpH-qNuhHuoEOoAVJTpOfONiQznWsoogoc9ST58d4G8/viewform?usp=send_form
A Participant Survey will be distributed approximately a month before the event. You will also be contacted by a site coordinator with additional information.
Questions and/or concerns may be directed to:
David Wolfe, TEMA
Mike Harris, TEMA
For questions specific to the Memphis site, contact Howard “Jelly” Thompson at: Jelly@germantown-tn.gov
For questions specific to the Trenton site, contact Tom Beilmann at: email@example.com
For questions specific to the Knoxville site, contact Jim Snyder at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions specific to the Middle TN site, contact Elizabeth St. Vincent at: email@example.com
ARRL ARES SET 2015
This exercise will also be used as a statewide ARRL Simulated Emergency Test for the 2015 year. All ARRL Emergency Coordinators EC’s, District Emergency Coordinators DEC’s and Assistant Emergency Coordinators ASEC’s should make plans accordingly for your respective areas to participate. SET Reports should be made by each EC to your DEC after the event.
AUXComm Course set in Knoxville 5-6 September 2015 **Deadline for Registration, 15 August 2015**
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) will be in Knoxville Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6, 2015 to conduct its nationally-recognized, NIMS/ICS-compliant Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) course. Over 1,000 amateur radio operators from around the country have taken this course. The purpose of this course is to train qualified amateur radio operators so they may assist their local, county and state governments with emergency backup communications if requested to do so. This course also introduces the auxiliary communicator to the Communications Unit Leader (COML) function and the process of provisioning emergency communications in a public safety context. The course also goes deeper into the National Incident Management framework. This workshop will be held September 5-6, 2015 at the Knoxville/Knox County 911 facility.
Registration for this course will begin on July 27, 2015. Students wishing to attend the DHS Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) Course (TRG-AUXCOMM) must meet all prerequisites and provide electronic/scanned images of required documents prior to August 15, 2015. Specific details on how to complete registration for this class will be provided to successful registrants no later than August 20, 2015.
The OEC workshop is designed for auxiliary emergency communicators who volunteer to provide backup emergency radio communications support to public safety and emergency response professionals and their agencies. Typically this includes amateur radio emergency communicators from groups such as MARS, ARES, RACES, SATERN, etc. Volunteer emergency communications operators/groups have been providing back-up emergency communications to the public safety community for over a century. They are routinely used by event planners and emergency managers at all levels of government. Their contributions to public safety are discussed in the 2014 edition of the National Emergency Communications Plan, which can be found at OECs Public Safety Tools website at: https://publicsafetytools.info Frequently, the public safety community relies on the amateur radio service when they need additional communications support for situations like sporting events, festivals and especially when telecommunications have collapsed or have been severely disrupted during a natural or manmade disaster. A significant number of States/Territories, regions, county and local governments have incorporated some level of participation by amateur radio operators into their communications plans including Statewide Communications Interoperability Plans and Tactical Interoperability Communications Plans.
AuxComm candidates must have the current revisions of the following prerequisites to attend the course:
· General Class FCC license or above (Provide amateur call sign with registration information)
· Past experience in auxiliary emergency communications
· A desire to learn how to work with COMLs in a NIMS/ICS environment Only students whose registration is approved will be allowed to attend this training. The course is limited to 30 students, and registration will close when that number of qualified students has been selected. Registrants will be notified no later thanAugust 20, 2015 of their registration status. OEC will notify the Statewide Interoperability Coordinator (SWIC) for those attendees who successfully complete this training.
1) The Communications Unit and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
2) AUXCOMM Roles and Responsibilities
3) Interoperable Communications
4) Incident Communications
5) Incident Radio Communications Plan
6) Incident Communications Center (ICC)
7) Team Management and Accountability
9) Best Practices
10) Intrastate and Interstate Radio Networks
11) Final Exercise Exam
This will be an intensive two day course with facilitated lectures and student exercises. To register for this course please email the following information to: firstname.lastname@example.org prior to: August 15, 2015. NAME
CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER
AMATEUR CALL SIGN
SCANNED IMAGES OR PHOTOS OF REQUIRED DOCUMENTS (ICS certificates and amateur license)
Substitute courses/documentation cannot be accepted.
Questions regarding this course should also be sent to email@example.com .
Attendees will not wear any logos or symbols associated with any amateur radio organization during the course. No hats, t-shirts, name badges etc.. This requirement is a reflection of the fact that auxiliary communicators leave their amateur radio affiliations at the door when they are deployed in support of public sector agencies.
Special Event Stations
08/22/2015 | 35th Annual Cedars of Lebanon Hamfest Special Event Station Aug 22, 1300Z-1930Z, K4C, Lebanon, TN. Short Mountain Repeater Association. 14.275 7.275. Certificate & QSL. Mark Perry, K4EZS , PO Box 148813, Nashville, TN 37214. Send 9 x 12 SASE for the certificate and QSL. Station will be on generator power at the Cedars of Lebanon State Park. firstname.lastname@example.org
It is with regret that we report the passing of the following of the following operators in the Tennessee Section: 20 June 2015 – N1WI Teri Barer; 7 August 2015 W4HPG McKinley Byrge; 7 August 2015 K4ZQX Thomas Cash.
QUA is an international Q signal (prosign) meaning, “Have you news of _____?” In the absence of a question mark, QUA means, “I have news of ____.”
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or want to provide input on our Section. I can be reached via email at email@example.com or via cell phone. As always, thank you for sending your emails – they keep me informed about your activities and programs! I look forward to seeing you at an upcoming hamfest or club meeting.
Finally, thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community!
Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK
ARRL Tennessee Section Manager, 615-631-9952 (cell)