Section Notes 12/30/2015

Happy New Year

Good Day to everyone,

I am sure you are preparing for your New Years celebrations or getting ready to start. I wanted to take a few minutes to bring everyone up to speed on coming activities and happenings around the Section.

I want to wish each and every one of you a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

Lakeway ARC Hamfest

This year will be the 24th annual LARC Hamfest. It is always held on the first full Saturday after the New Year. I plan to be there and look forward to seeing all who are able to make it to Morristown/White Pine. Additional information can be found on the ARRL website at this link: http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/24th-annual-larc-hamfest .

SKN, RTTY Roundup, Kids Day

Straight Key Night will be held New Years Night (Jan 1) followed by the RTTY Roundup (Jan 2-3) and Kids Day will also be held on (Jan3); so the weekend will be packed full of activities to kick off the New Year with a bang. Enjoy your favorite activity.

National Parks on the Air (NPOTA)

Not to be outdone, Saturday will start the yearlong joint celebration of the centennial celebration of the National Park System. If you are still thinking about your part in the activity, you can check out all of the great information at:https://npota.arrl.org .
There is also a special face book page that has been set up for folks to get additional information from. The page is “ARRL National Parks on the Air”, Take a look to see where you fit in to the fun.

Annual Dues Increase Effective January 1, 2016

Just a reminder that annual membership dues will increase to $49/year beginning tomorrow. Please plan accordingly for your upcoming membership needs.

New Tennessee ARRL Face Book Page

We now have a new Face Book page for the Tennessee Section. The title is ARRL Tennessee Section. We will be posting news, links and other information for the Section as time goes along including coming Hamfests and group visits as time allows.

New Tennessee Section Web Page

We have been working for some time now to launch a newly designed web page for the Tennessee Section. It should be ready soon. It will have the same link information that you are used to accessing now so that will make your access to the page easier. I thank you for your patience as the IT team has work hard to get us here. We appreciate Jay Daniel KG4DCI and Sam Davidson KK4RGU for their diligent efforts in helping accomplish these tasks.

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Section Notes Special Edition

Skywarn Recognition Day Update

I wanted to give everyone an update on Section wide operations for the coming Skywarn Recognition Day starting this Friday at 6 PM CST/7 PM EST.

We have updated information for Middle Tennessee. There will be operations on 80-10 Meters, 2 Meters, 440 MHz, Echolink Node 258417/WC4EOC-R and IRLP Node 4940.

Memphis NWS (MEG) will also be operating. I received an email from Gary Woodall, I am including it below:

NWS Memphis will be participating in Skywarn Recognition Day. Here are the details:
In West Tennessee, the Memphis NWS MEG office will be operating station WX4MEM for the 2015 Skywarn Recognition Day on Saturday, December 5, from 0800 to 1600 CST. Corey Chaskelson N0VQR and Gary Woodall KD5WUT will be on the air intermittently on 80m, 40m, 2m, and 70cm. Skywarn Recognition Day is an annual event to recognize the dedicated amateur radio operators for the vital public service they provide. Contact Corey at corey.chaskelson@noaa.gov for additional information.

There no changes to report for NWS Morristown (MRX).

I hope everyone has a great 24 hours of fun. Let’s build those relationships even stronger.

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Section Notes Nov-Dec 2015

Section Notes

Nov.-Dec. 2015 

Good Day to All,

I trust that everyone has had a great and warm Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with family and friends. This starts the beginning of the annual holiday season and my wife Ann and I certainly want to wish one and all a very joyous season.

All have been very busy with major contests and DXpeditions this fall I am sure. I do hope that many of you were able to contact Willis Island as the DXpedition just closed, a bit early I might add, because of incoming weather that hastened their shutdown. The QSO numbers were quite large, as I understand from their posts. Many more are coming up. I hope you will consider supporting them in any way you can as the DXpeditions are becoming much more costly to put on each year.

Fall Cycle Elections

The Fall cycle elections have concluded with the counting of ballots for the Santa Barbara Section, and the information has been posted on the ARRL website. It reads in part:

“These incumbent Section Managers faced no opposition in this fall election cycle and will continue with new terms of office starting January 1, 2016: Bill Duveneck, KB3KYH (Delaware); Jim Latham, AF6AQ (East Bay); Ron Cowan, KB0DTI (Kansas); Larry Camp, WB8R (Michigan); Edward James, KA8JMW (New Mexico); Keith Miller, N9DGK (Tennessee), and Ed Emco, W1KT (Western Massachusetts).”

The full article is available at this link: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-members-in-santa-barbara-elect-new-section-manager

Amateur Radio Parity Act

The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has cleared Senate Bill S-1685 and referred it to the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. It now awaits consideration by the full Senate. The full Article can be found at this link:

http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-senate-sponsor-praises-bill-s-committee-passage .

It is imperative that we make contact with our US Senators to solicit their support of the bill and it’s passage. If you have not yet sent a letter to your Senator, please do so right away. You can download a copy of the letter on the ARRL webpage at this link: http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act .

Look at the question “Is there a sample letter I can use?”. You will be able to download a copy to fill out. Please send it to ARRL headquarters % Dan Henderson N1ND – Legislative Coordinator. He will see that it is sent straight to Capitol Hill to the proper office.

If you choose to send one yourself, please send a second copy to Dan so we insure that it is received and reviewed.

On the Congressional side: HR-1301 now has 114 Cosponsors and to date, only Rep. Marsha Blackburn R-TN-7, has committed to support the bill. We have received favorable response recently from Rep. Jim Cooper D-TN-5 but he has not yet signed on as a cosponsor. There is much work to do here. This is your opportunity to get involved in a positive way to insure that our hobby and passion to support our communities is heard and will be able to continue.

Nominations are being solicited for 6 ARRL Awards

The ARRL is inviting nominations for awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio. Nominations are also open for the League’s premier award to honor a young licensee.

The awards are as follows:

The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL member under age 21, whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio activities. Nominations for this award need to be made through your ARRL Section Manager, who will then forward the nomination to ARRL Headquarters by March 31, 2016.

The ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award honors an ARRL volunteer Amateur Radio instructor or an ARRL professional classroom teacher who uses creative instructional approaches and reflects the highest values of the Amateur Radio community. The award highlights quality of and commitment to licensing instruction. Nominations are due by March 15, 2016.

The ARRL Microwave Development Award pays tribute to a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who contribute to the development of the Amateur Radio microwave bands. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2016.

The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a licensed radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or training to others. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2016.

The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who develop and apply new technical ideas or techniques in Amateur Radio. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2016

The Knight Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize exceptionally notable contributions by a Section Manager to the health and vitality of the ARRL. The nomination deadline is April 30, 2016.

The ARRL Board of Directors selects recipients for these awards. Winners are typically announced following the Board’s July meeting. More information about these awards is on the ARRL website, or contact Sean Kutzko, KX9X, tel (860) 594-0328.

Here is the link to the ARRL article: http://www.arrl.org/news/nominations-solicited-for-six-arrl-awards-1 .

National Parks On The Air

Beginning January 1, a new operating event similar to the Centennial QSO Party will begin. It is the NPOTA to be run through the year during the centennial celebration of the National Park System of the United States and the Department of the Interior. It will be an exciting yearlong event. The full information is located on the ARRL website at this link: https://npota.arrl.org .

A special map, available through CQ Maps is available for the contest in two sizes. You can learn more about them at this link:

http://www.arrl.org/news/national-parks-on-the-air-npota-map-now-available .

This looks to be as much fun as the centennial QSO party. If you decide to work as an activator, you may want to do some additional homework with the National Park you want to activate by talking with Park personnel in advance of your operation. We want all to have a safe and fun time during the year.

ARRL DUES INCREASE TO BEGIN JAN 1

During its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved a $10 increase in the League’s annual dues rate, effective January 1, 2016. If you are considering renewing your membership at the current rate, you must have it into ARRL Headquarters no later than December 30, 2015. Headquarters closed for the Major holidays so be aware that your request must be received before closing for New Years.

Redesigned FCC Website ready soon

The FCC has announced that its large-scale website redesign will be completed by December 10. The switch to the new site is set to begin on December 10 at 0100 UTC and will be completed about 4 hours later.

“While the transition to the revamped site is expected to be completed almost instantaneously, there will be an ongoing process following this transition that will continue to involve user feedback, fixes by the FCC’s Information Technology team, and content updates by policy bureaus and offices,” the FCC said in a November 24Public Notice.

The link for the rest of the article is here:

http://www.arrl.org/news/revamped-fcc-website-expected-to-debut-on-december-10 .

Article on working DX pileups now available

An article by legendary DXer and DXpeditioner Martti Laine, OH2BH, on how to work DXpedition pileups now is available. The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) has published the article, “The DX Chase: It Takes Two to Tango,” in a special of the NCDXF Newsletter. The article was written in cooperation with the DX University founded by Wayne Mills, N7NG, and the “original” edition appears on the DX University website.

The link for the rest of the article is here:

http://www.arrl.org/news/martti-laine-oh2bh-article-on-working-dx-pileups-now-available.

New TN ARRL Webpage under development

The new TN ARES webpage was published last year. Work is still being done to insure that each county’s information is accurate and complete. It does take time and much labor to accomplish that task.

This coming year, we will be launching a redesigned TNARRL webpage that we hope will meet the section needs going forward. We have not set a launch date yet. We will be keeping the same URL to minimize any confusion.

In conjunction with the web page, we will be launching a new TNARRL Face Book page as well. We have not decided all of the details on this effort so stay tuned for more information later.

Coming Hamfests

These are the coming Hamfests I have information for beginning January 1, 2016. If your club plans to host an event this year, please contact ARRL as early as possible to insure it gets published so everyone in the section will have an opportunity to plan to attend in your area.

Hamfest Convention

01/02/2016 LARC Hamfest
Location: Morristown, TN
Sponsor: Lakeway Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.lakewayarc.org

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

03/12/2016 | TULLAHOMA HAMFEST

Location: Tullahoma, TN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS)
Website: http://www.qsl.net/mtars/

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

03/26/2016 | Ides of March Hamfest

Location: Union City, TN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club
Website: http://www.reelfootarc.com

HAMFEST/CONVENTION

04/09/2016 | Memphis FreeFest

Location: Bartlett, TN
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association
Website: http://www.maraonline.org/

Special Event Stations

December Special Event W1Q Will Mark QST Centennial

Special Event station W1Q will be on the air December 1-15 to celebrate QST’s 100th anniversary. The first QST was published in December 1915.

ARRL COO Harold Kramer, WJ1B, and volunteer operators will be on the air. This is not an official ARRL operation, and Kramer will handle all details, QSL cards, and LoTW entries.

He will post additional information on his QRZ.com page under WJ1B. — Thanks to Harold Kramer, WJ1B

There are no currently scheduled Special Event Station Operations in Tennessee for the month of December.

Silent Keys

It is with regret that we report the passing of the following operators in the Tennessee Section: 23 August 2015 Charles “Charlie” Evans W4EO, 29 August 2015 Jerry Elkins N4LZY, 3 September 2015 John Thatcher III W4DIJ.

QUA?

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
n9dgk@arrl.org 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!

73,

Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK

ARRL Tennessee Section Manager, 615-631-9952 (cell)

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SkyWarn Recognition Day Dec 5 2015

The 17th annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) on-the-air event is set forSaturday, December 5, from 0000 UTC to 2400 UTC. Cosponsored by ARRL and the National Weather Service, SKYWARN Recognition Day pays tribute to Amateur Radio operators for the vital public service they perform. Registration is now open for stations planning to participate from the National Weather Service Office in Nashville (Old Hickory). The link below will take you to a registration form for the event.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19nvxz_zdKjgPVPXUR_5TJD1maxgTd_QKNR9e79SCbWM/viewform

During the 24 hour event, Amateur Radio operators set up at NWS offices contact other hams across the country.  Amateur Radio stations exchange contact information with as many National Weather Service-based stations as possible. This event is also aimed at strengthening the bond between Amateur Radio operators and local NWS offices. Trained and experienced operators will be on-site for the entire event to help new Amateur Radio operators or others who need help or feel they lack experience.

The radios, antennas, and other equipment will be provided for the event.  Operators only need to bring a positive attitude and their favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

if you have questions, you may direct them to:

Keith Miller – N9DGK
ARRL Tennessee Section Manager
n9dgk@arrl.net

or

Paul Carr – N4AAN
ARRL Middle Tennessee ASEC
n4aan@arrl.net

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Section Notes August 2015

Good Day,
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 k4ymb@scottsboro.org.
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 n9dgk@arrl.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
wolfemail@bellsouth.net
dwolfe@tnema.org
Or,
Mike Harris, TEMA
mharris@tnema.org

Site Coordinators:
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: kteb@pobox.com
For questions specific to the Knoxville site, contact Jim Snyder at: aj4no@comcast.net
For questions specific to the Middle TN site, contact Elizabeth St. Vincent at: estvincent@secureidea.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.
Prerequisites:
AuxComm candidates must have the current revisions of the following prerequisites to attend the course:
· IS-100b
· IS-200b
· IS-700a
· IS-800b
· 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.

Course Content:

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
8) Resources
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: cickes@knoxvilletn.gov prior to: August 15, 2015. NAME
MAILING ADDRESS
E-MAIL ADDRESS
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 cickes@knoxvilletn.gov .

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. markperry46@gmail.com

Silent Keys

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?

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 n9dgk@arrl.org 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!
73,
Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK
ARRL Tennessee Section Manager, 615-631-9952 (cell)

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Section Notes June 2015

Good Day to Everyone,

 

Field Day 2015

It is 4 days until Field Day, the weather is hot and sticky and the largest ARRL operating event of the year is nearing go-time!!! The bulletin schedule is now out. You can access it at this link: http://www.arrl.org/news/w1aw-announces-field-day-bulletin-schedule.

If your group is planning to participate, please take the time to register your activity on the Field Day locator page at this link: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator. Tennessee currently has 26 locations registered. After Field Day is finished, make sure you publish some of your pictures and comments about your activity on the ARRL Soapbox page at this link: http://www.arrl.org/soapbox.

If you are still looking for the published packet of Field Day materials: you can find them at this link: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2015/2015%20Field%20Day%20Packet%20ver%201.pdf.

Governor Haslam has signed an Amateur Radio Week and Field Day for this year. I have placed it on the ARRL TN Webpage as well as the Tennessee Section Webpage http://www.tnarrl.org for your group to access for your activities. FD Proclamation 2015

I will be traveling in Middle Tennessee this year. You may send your Section Manager and SEC messages via winlink or via the 3980 nets being held during the operating period. I plan to check into at least one of the HF nets during the weekend. I hope all have a great time.

H.R. 1301 Amateur Radio Parity Act

Tennessee now has their first co-sponsor for H.R. 1301 this year. That is Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn TN 7th District. We appreciate her support. If you are a constituent in her District, please send a letter of thanks to her expressing you appreciation for her efforts on her behalf.

Many of you have already signed letters to your congress person asking for their support at the Hamfests that have been held in our section this year and I want to say my thanks to all of you for your efforts. There are many more letters that need to be written and forwarded to Dan Henderson N1ND, our Field Regulatory Manager, to be personally forwarded to the respective offices of our representatives on Capitol Hill.

Please consider doing so at your earliest convenience. This is probably one of the best opportunities that we will have for quite some time to have a large impact on any legislation relating to our hobby and our service to our communities. More and more, our abilities to practice our hobby and art are being encroached by a public that cannot and will not look to see the benefit of what we have to offer on their behalf. We have to be more vocal in telling our story to insure that we preserve this legacy for the next generation.

Licensing Classes and VE Exams

There are many licensing classes and VE Exams that are being given in our section. I get inquiries from time to time asking where these sessions are being held because there is no published information that can be found.

We have a list of several but not all club newsletters with links that can be offered to folks in the Tennessee section. We offer that information to the inquiries that are made.

In addition to those newsletters, is a service from ARRL to have posted your local class sessions as well as VE sessions for the entire year. Please consider doing that along with your local publicity to help serve as many folks as we can who are interested in entering our hobby or upgrading to another license.

TN Section ARES Simulated Emergency Test Oct 1-3

The Tennessee Section Amateur Radio Emergency Service Simulated Emergency Test will be held in conjunction with the Fall Tennessee Emergency Management Agency Statewide Exercise. It will include served agency partners as well as other auxiliary communicators from across the state. The exercise is a continuation of the spring exercise using an earthquake scenario on the New Madrid fault. Additional information will be provided in the coming months as planning goes forward.

US Navy-Marine Corps Program to END

On May 13th and 14th, it was announced that the US Department of Defense is phasing out the US Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program. The MARS operational mission will transition to the other MARS service branches by the end of September. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/us-navy-marine-corps-mars-program-to-end.

Updated Amateur Radio Emergency Service Manual Now Online

The latest edition (March 2015) of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service(r) (ARES) Manual now is online. This edition includes various ICS forms for ARES use, clarifies the role of the RACES, contains an improved chapter on ARES training, and includes all current ARRL memoranda of understanding/agreement. ARES consists of amateur radio licensees who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communication duty in the public service, when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of ARRL membership, is eligible to apply for ARES membership. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/updated-amateur- radio-emergency-service-manual-now-online.

NTS Section Traffic Report

TN Section Report:  Sessions = 107, QNI= 8229, QTC= 5, ARES= 1764. Have you made a Station Activity Report (NTS) or a Public Service Honor Roll report (FSD-210) to your Section Traffic Manager? Let us know what you are doing. We would like to hear from you.

Silent Keys

With deep sadness, the passing of the following amateur radio operators is reported: Sam Shields, WB4CSG, Jon Conner KG4QVJ, K9IMI Bob Buenger, Trena Willann Braswell Curtis KD4ESF.

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 n9dgk@arrl.org or via cell phone. As always, thank you for sending your emails and club newsletters – 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!

73, Keith Miller, N9DGK

ARRL Tennessee Section Manager

(615) 631-9952 (cell)

 

*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 ____.”

 

Until next time, best 73 es DX!!

 

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Section Notes February 2015

Good Day to Everyone,

Here it is the 5th Day of March and another round of winter weather has again blanketed Tennessee. Some are having less this time but all have been impacted. It is a priority for everyone to insure that family, friends and neighbors are well and have heat, food and water. It sometimes such a simple thing, but it is so necessary that we all take the small amount of time to talk to and make sure folks will be cared for, especially the elderly and the sick.

ARRL SOLICITING NOMINATIONS FOR 6 AWARDS – The ARRL is soliciting nominations for 6 awards: the Hiram Percy Maxim Award, the key award honoring a young amateur radio operator (deadline, 3/31); the ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award (deadline, 3/15); the ARRL Microwave Development Award (deadline, 3/31); the ARRL Technical Service Award (deadline, 3/31); the ARRL Technical Innovation Award (deadline, 3/31); and, the Knight Distinguished Service Award (deadline, 4/30).  For further information on these awards, including the nomination procedures, see http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-solicits-nominations-for-six-awards. We have many fine amateurs in our section who would qualify for one of these awards. Please take a few minutes to think about recommending them. Send the information to the league and copy me so that we are aware of the submission and can make any additional recommendations necessary.

Our time is beginning to run short for nominations, and though the deadlines vary, the first will be March 15 for the Herb s. Briar instructor of the year due March 15. I hope that you will take the time to say thanks you and reward our deserving Amateurs in the Tennessee Section you believe fit the criteria above.

ARISS CONTACT PROPOSAL WINDOW FOR 2016 NOW OPEN – The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is now accepting applications from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations in the US – either individually or working together – that would like to host an amateur radio contact with an International Space Station crew member between January 1 and June 30, 2016.  The application window closes on April 15th.  For further information, see:
http://www.arrl.org/news/ariss-contact-proposal-window-for-2016-events-now-open

ARRL FIELD DAY 2015 PACKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE – On February 10th, it was announced that the packets for ARRL Field Day 2015 are available online.  There are no rule changes for 2015.  ARRL Field Day 2015 will be held on the June 27th and 28th.  For further information, see
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-field-day-2015-field-day-packet-now-online

FCC “PAPERLESS” AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE POLICY NOW IN EFFECT –As of February 17th, the FCC no longer routinely issues paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees.  For further information, see
http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-paperless-amateur-radio-license-policy-now-in-effect

ARRL SEEKS MEMBER INPUT ON DRAFT HF BAND PLAN PROPOSALS – The ARRL is asking Members to comment by April 19 on possible changes to the ARRL HF Band Plans, which have been suggested by the HF Band Planning Committee.For further information, see
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-seeks-member-input-on-draft-hf-band-plan-proposals

FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON RADAR SHARING SCHEMES THAT COULD DISPLACE AMATEUR RADIO AT 76-81 GHZ – The FCC is seeking comment on issues involving expanded use of various radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band, whichAmateur Radio shares with other services.  For further information, see
http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-seeks-comment-on-radar-sharing-schemes-that-could-displace-amateur-radio-at-76-81-ghz

DX – K1N NAVASSA ISLAND DXPEDITION 2015 COMPLETED SUCCESSFULLY – The K1N Navassa Island DXpedition 2015 has been completed successfully.  K1N was QRV on February 1st and QRT on February 15th at 1130 UTC.  K1N logged more than 140,00 QSOs with at least 30,000 unique call signs. For further information, see http://navassadx.com/ and
http://www.arrl.org/news/k1n-navassa-island-dxpedition-is-ham-radio-history

Contesting – The ARRL International DX SSB Contest will run this weekend 0000UTC Saturday through 2359 Sunday. Additional details can be found at this link: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-dx

READY TO COPY SOFTWARE AVAILABLE FOR NTS TRAFFIC HANDLERS – The software program, Ready To Copy, developed my Lane Kendall, WK4WC of Mount Pleasant, NC is now available for use by NTS traffic handlers.  Lane WK4WC was asked to provide information on Ready To Copy and here is his report:  “Ready to Copy (RTC) is message management software for NTS traffic handlers.  Radiogram text as well as received / sent information is stored in a database with automatic date time recording.

The heart of the program is a free form editor much like Notepad.  No
individual text boxes to tab through.  The RTC “check” feature formats the free form message with five words per line and compares the actual word count of the message to the check in the message preamble. Features include: small screen footprint and minimal computer requirements; station activity reports (SAR) available instantly; radiogram forms can be printed; clone feature for receiving book traffic; standard text (canned message) support; generates and tracks outgoing message numbers; internet call sign and phone number lookup as well as maps (when on line); and, NTSD features, import messages from AirMail 2000.

The program was designed to be used in real-time, with the user typing as messages are received.  However, some users prefer to take traffic on paper and transfer to RTC after the fact.  Doing this is typically less effort than compiling a station activity report (from paper) each month.  More information and free download at http://www.qth.net/wk4wc/rtc

Licensing Classes – The only ARRL listed license class is a general class session that is being presented in Memphis, TN through 04/11/2015. If you are currently presenting a class or plan to present one later in the year, please consider registering your sessions on the ARRL web site or you can send the information to me and I will be sure it is posted in this newsletter.

ARRL Clubs – Our Affiliated Club Coordinator Jim Goodrich, WA4VGZ has just posted his monthly club report on the TNARRL.org webpage. Be sure to check the information to insure it is correct. If it needs to be corrected please contact Jim directly. His contact information is on the Affiliated Club webpage.

IN THE NEWS – The recent storms have generated news information to the ARRL headquarters from our SEC Dan O’Donovan, W4DOD. From an article titled: “US Southeast ARES Teams on the Job as Severe Winter Weather Strikes” dated 02/26/2015 and reads in part:

02/26/2015 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in the US Southeast remained on alert on February 26, as the region faces an unaccustomed ration of severe winter weather. Tennessee, which as seen at least 30 winter storm-related fatalities, was placed on a Level II state emergency operations center activation level, indicating a major disaster — an event likely to exceed local capabilities and require state and federal assistance. Tennessee Section Emergency Coordinator Daniel O’Donovan, W4DOD, said February 26 that Tennessee ARES volunteers in several counties were on standby, monitoring established nets, or actively staffing shelters and other locations. He said the American Red Cross has six shelters open in five counties, with 224 occupants.

“There are 19,700 customers without power in Tennessee over five counties,” O’Donovan said on February 26. “This is down from around 36,000 without power last night.”

The full article can be seen at this link: http://www.arrl.org/news/us-southeast-ares-teams-on-the-job-as-severe-winter-weather-strikes

Teachers Institute Schedule for 2015 – Debra Johnson, K1DMJ  ARRL Education Services Manager sends the following:

The March issue of QST includes an announcement of the Teachers
Institute schedule for 2015 on page 83.  Included in this article is a
sidebar asking members to consider funding a seat at the Teachers
Institute.  I hope you might encourage clubs in your section to
consider this as a possible fundraising activity.   The Teachers
Institute depends on donations to the Education & Technology Fund.  We
now have brochures with information about the 2015 Teachers Institute
available.  If you would like to have some on hand to provide to
educators in local schools please send me an email with your request.

Also in the March issue you’ll see an article about a recent Teachers
Institute grad’s efforts to integrate Amateur Radio into his high
school’s electronics curriculum with the support of a local ham radio
club.    You’ll find that story on page 81.

You may contact Debra for more information by writing to her at
225 Main Street,
Newington, CT 06111-1494
Or call at
Office:(860) 594-0296
Fax: (860) 594-0259
Email: djohnson@arrl.org

Special Event Stations – There are currently no special event activities scheduled for the Tennessee Section. If your club or group is interested in information about how to register a special event station please check the following link: http://www.arrl.org/special-event-stations

Coming Hamfests – These are the coming Hamfests for the spring and early summer of this year. You will also find a complete list of ARRL Hamfest listings on the TNARRL.org Hamfest Schedule page. Here is the link: https://tnarrlorg.wordpress.com/section-hamfest-schedule/

TULLAHOMA HAMFEST
03/14/2015
Location: First Methodist Church
208 West Lauderdale Street
Tullahoma, TN 37388
Website: http://www.qsl.net/mtars
Sponsor: Middle Tennessee Amateur Radio Society (MTARS)
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.700 -600 (PL 114.8)
Public Contact: Ed Hohenthaner , W7LGD
717 McKown Street Cowan, TN 37318
Phone: 931-967-0545
Email: w7lgded@gmail.com

Ides of March Hamfest
03/28/2015
Location: Tennessee Army National Guard Armory
2017 East Reelfoot Avenue
Union City, TN 38261
Website: http://www.reelfootarc.com
Sponsor: Reelfoot Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Talk-In: 146.70/10 (PL 100)
Public Contact: Robert Bob Miles , K9IL
113 Green Acres Drive Martin, TN 38237
Phone: 731-588-2840
Email: greenacres113@charter.net

Delta Division Convention (Memphis FreeFest)
Start Date: 04/10/2015
End Date: 04/11/2015
Location: Bartlett Station Municipal Center
5868 Stage Road
Bartlett, TN
Website: http://maraonline.org
Sponsor: Mid-South Amateur Radio Association
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.030 (PL 107.2)
Public Contact: Anthony Tony Brignole , WA4KHN
2444 Lacosta Drive Bartlett, TN 38134
Phone: 901-216-3263
Email: abrigno@comcast.net

Silent Keys – It is with deep regret that we received information of the passing of these Tennessee Section members: James F. Hull W4YGM; John Babbitt W4MV; Charles W. “Chuck” Mills Jr. K4CM; Jerry Sharp K4BWL; Hans P. Hassemer KK4CIO; Toby Pennington III K4NH; Vonn R. Murell K4HHA;

Delta Division Ham Of The Year Award (HOTY)
The ARRL Delta Division Ham of Year Award for 2014 is now accepting nominations.

The requirements are five years continuous ARRL membership and doing something noteworthy that promotes amateur radio on air or off air.  This is not limited to public service operating but any aspect of amateur radio such as contributions in contesting, DXing, experimentation, design, education or public relations.   Please submit your nominations to your Section Manager by March 15, 2015. We will make the announcement during the Delta Division Convention at Free Fest in Memphis, TN April 11 regarding the recipient for 2014.

DELTA DIVISION AWARD NOMINATION

Page 1

************************* Amateur Of The Year *************************

Nominator Data:

Name _________________________Call Sign ________________
Address_______________________________________________
City _____________ State __________ Zip ____________
Phone _______________  Email____________________________

Nominee Data:

Name _____________________________ Call Sign____________
Address_______________________________________________
City _____________ State __________ Zip ____________
Phone _________________  Email__________________________

Instructions for making a nomination:
1)      Please follow these instructions.  The Award Selection Committee
will only see page 2 on each individual with nothing to identify the
nominee.
a) On page 2 please use only BULLET statements to document the
nominee’s accomplishments.
b) Please keep the font at 10 point.
c) Do not use a name or call sign in the bullet statements.

2)      Mail the completed nomination to the ARRL Delta Division Director
(Mailing address available on ARRL website or latest issue of QST.

3)      The Director will appoint an independent selection committee to make
the final selection.

4)      Additional support documents (pictures, news articles) may be
attached, but will not be used unless there is a tie or verification is
required.

    Number ____

DELTA DIVISION AWARD NOMINATION

Page 2

Number ____

 

*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 ____.” Do you have news to be shared?

 

In closing, 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 n9dgk@arrl.org or via cell phone.  Thanks for everything you are doing for amateur radio and your community.  Best wishes for 2015!  73, Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK, ARRL Tennessee Section Manager, 615-631-9952 cell.

 

Until next time, best 73 es DX!!

 

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