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Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Fails

slick
 

Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Unable to Overcome Florida Senator's Objections

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, suffered an unbefitting demise on December 9 as the 114th Congress drew to a close. After passing the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote earlier this fall, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). The measure would have directed the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land-use restrictions, such as covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) imposed by homeowners associations.

"[During 2016] Nelson received thousands of e-mails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward," ARRL said in a news release. "Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the Community Associations Institute (CAI), the national association of homeowner's associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant."

In a final meeting with Nelson's staff as the 114th Congress neared adjournment, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator would oppose the bill and refuse to allow it to move forward. Because the measure had not been put on the floor schedule, the only way it could have passed the Senate would have been through a process called "unanimous consent." A Senate member may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside rules and expedite proceedings. If any single Senator objects, though, the request is rejected.

The unhappy ending followed nearly 2 years of intense effort on the part of ARRL and thousands of its members, who contacted their Congressional representatives to urge their support of the measure on Capitol Hill. The ARRL Board of Directors is expected to discuss the future of the initiative at its January meeting.



SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters, Thursday, 15 December 2016

KE7GFZ@...
 

"SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters" reminder
When
Thursday, 15 December 2016
08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
(GMT) Monrovia / Reykjavik
Notes
Net meets on the Club Repeater. 441.825 + shift w/tone 103.5 If the 441 repeater fails then go to one of the following repeaters: Duvall: 443.250 + shift w/tone 103.5 Carnation: 145.590 no shift w/ tone 103.5 If Repeater(s) fail then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net! Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
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Re: Repeater Coverage

Bengt-Erik Norum
 

This particular software isn't very useful at HF frequencies.  It will simulate light tropospheric ducting, but no ionospheric propagation.

You might try the HFTA (High Frequency Terrain Analysis) package.  But even with this, it'll only be simulating the 'first hop' and doesn't take into account transmitted departure angles or angle of arrival for DX signals.  (PDF warning - http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Product%20Notes/Antenna%20Book/hfta.pdf)

What antenna are you using?

73, K7ADD
 


SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters, Thursday, 15 December 2016

KE7GFZ@...
 

"SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters" reminder
When
Thursday, 15 December 2016
08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
(GMT) Monrovia / Reykjavik
Notes
Net meets on the Club Repeater. 441.825 + shift w/tone 103.5 If the 441 repeater fails then go to one of the following repeaters: Duvall: 443.250 + shift w/tone 103.5 Carnation: 145.590 no shift w/ tone 103.5 If Repeater(s) fail then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net! Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
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New file uploaded to KE7GFZ

KE7GFZ@...
 

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Repeater Coverage

Bengt-Erik Norum
 

I have access to some pretty remarkable propagation simulation software, at work.  It's used to give good predictions of coverage for indoor, outdoor, and mixed RF systems, during design.  When fed with good terrain data and "clutter" data, as well as accurate data describing the RF equipment at both ends of a system, the results are shockingly accurate.


Terrain data describes the surface of the earth's elevation above sea-level, just like a traditional topo map, but far more accurate.  I used both data from the space shuttle "SRTM" data and USGS digital elevation map "DEM" data for these examples.  "Clutter" data describes the environment above the surface and how far up it extends.  By way of example, there are 6 different attenuation values for "forest."  Clutter data is "for pay" data and I won't have access to it for our area going forward (but if I wanted to repeat the simulation for Kigali Rwanda, I'm set!).


As the Imgur album says, I produced what I believe are good predictions for 2-way coverage with a person standing at ground level and a typical HT and stock antenna.  Higher gain antenna and elevation extend this footprint pretty significantly.


If you have interest in a close up of your area or a simulation of coverage with your antenna (higher gain or elevation) setup, just ask!  It'll be very easy for me to run these through Friday and will only take a day or two, after that.


73, K7ADD



KE7GFZ Repeater coverage



Re: Google Earth IRLP

Bengt-Erik Norum
 

Another KMZ that I've been using a lot recently, shows the FCC registered towers, including elevation and transmitter info.

73, K7ADD


FCCInfo - Now on Google Earth!

 






Interesting Article

slick
 

Interesting article about Ham Radio usage.

 

http://hackaday.com/2016/12/12/my-beef-with-ham-radio/

 

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 


Google Earth IRLP

kenkosters@...
 

If anyone is interested this is a quick KLM that can be added to Google Earth to see all the active IRLP nodes and reflectors that are online and given proper data location. Our node is 7079 and shows up on the map at the Cougar site, when linked via IRLP the line will be shown on the map if accessed via EchoLink in number will be yellow rather than blue with no linking information.

http://www.irlp.net/setup-irlp.kml

Feel free to ask questions.

Ken W7ECK


SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters, Thursday, 08 December 2016

KE7GFZ@...
 

"SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters" reminder
When
Thursday, 08 December 2016
08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
(GMT) Monrovia / Reykjavik
Notes
Net meets on the Club Repeater. 441.825 + shift w/tone 103.5 If the 441 repeater fails then go to one of the following repeaters: Duvall: 443.250 + shift w/tone 103.5 Carnation: 145.590 no shift w/ tone 103.5 If Repeater(s) fail then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net! Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
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Re: KE7GFZ ? Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Snow Net on Thursday 12/08/16

slick
 

I have net control tomorrow night at 20:00 hrs.  I will proceed accordingly unless the snow comes in and the snow net is running.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

From: KE7GFZ@... [mailto:KE7GFZ@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 1:20 PM
To: KE7GFZ@...
Subject: KE7GFZ ? Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Snow Net on Thursday 12/08/16

 

 

To all SnoVARC club members.

I will be conducting an Informal Snow Information Net on the clubs Cougar Mt Repeater 441.825 + PL 103.5 on Thursday 12/08/16.  The net will start when the snow does in the valley.

The purpose of this net will be to disseminate snow, weather and road conditions in the valley for use by members and visitors, with hourly updates by net control (myself). 

This will be an informal net, so side conversations will be permitted.  With net control providing condition updates at the top of the hour. 

Members and visitors are encouraged to check-in anytime with net control when they have information to share about this snow event.  I will be compiling this information and relaying it to all at the top of the hour.

You my friends are net controls eyes and ears out in the field.  So please do let me know what is going on out there so I can share with everyone else.

Thanks!
Jim Myers
W7ABD

 

 


Re: KE7GFZ ? Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Snow Net on Thursday 12/08/16

slick
 

Great Idea…..hopefully the snow will not impact things too bad.

 

Thanks,

 

Rowland

 

From: KE7GFZ@... [mailto:KE7GFZ@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 1:20 PM
To: KE7GFZ@...
Subject: KE7GFZ ? Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Snow Net on Thursday 12/08/16

 

 

To all SnoVARC club members.

I will be conducting an Informal Snow Information Net on the clubs Cougar Mt Repeater 441.825 + PL 103.5 on Thursday 12/08/16.  The net will start when the snow does in the valley.

The purpose of this net will be to disseminate snow, weather and road conditions in the valley for use by members and visitors, with hourly updates by net control (myself). 

This will be an informal net, so side conversations will be permitted.  With net control providing condition updates at the top of the hour. 

Members and visitors are encouraged to check-in anytime with net control when they have information to share about this snow event.  I will be compiling this information and relaying it to all at the top of the hour.

You my friends are net controls eyes and ears out in the field.  So please do let me know what is going on out there so I can share with everyone else.

Thanks!
Jim Myers
W7ABD

 

 


Re: KE7GFZ ท Snoqualmie Valley Amateur Radio Club (SnoVARC) Snow Net on Thursday 12/08/16

Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

Excellent plan! 

-p KG7STV
73, don’t forget to smile and have fun



On Dec 7, 2016, at 1:19 PM, jem5e@... [KE7GFZ] <KE7GFZ@...> wrote:

To all SnoVARC club members.

I will be conducting an Informal Snow Information Net on the clubs Cougar Mt Repeater 441.825 + PL 103.5 on Thursday 12/08/16.  The net will start when the snow does in the valley.

The purpose of this net will be to disseminate snow, weather and road conditions in the valley for use by members and visitors, with hourly updates by net control (myself).  

This will be an informal net, so side conversations will be permitted.  With net control providing condition updates at the top of the hour.  

Members and visitors are encouraged to check-in anytime with net control when they have information to share about this snow event.  I will be compiling this information and relaying it to all at the top of the hour. 

You my friends are net controls eyes and ears out in the field.  So please do let me know what is going on out there so I can share with everyone else.

Thanks!
Jim Myers
W7ABD

 





Snow Net on Thursday 12/08/16

Jim KI7ELP
 

To all SnoVARC club members.

I will be conducting an Informal Snow Information Net on the clubs Cougar Mt Repeater 441.825 + PL 103.5 on Thursday 12/08/16.  The net will start when the snow does in the valley.

The purpose of this net will be to disseminate snow, weather and road conditions in the valley for use by members and visitors, with hourly updates by net control (myself). 

This will be an informal net, so side conversations will be permitted.  With net control providing condition updates at the top of the hour. 

Members and visitors are encouraged to check-in anytime with net control when they have information to share about this snow event.  I will be compiling this information and relaying it to all at the top of the hour.

You my friends are net controls eyes and ears out in the field.  So please do let me know what is going on out there so I can share with everyone else.

Thanks!
Jim Myers
W7ABD

 



SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters, Thursday, 08 December 2016

KE7GFZ@...
 

"SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters" reminder
When
Thursday, 08 December 2016
08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
(GMT) Monrovia / Reykjavik
Notes
Net meets on the Club Repeater. 441.825 + shift w/tone 103.5 If the 441 repeater fails then go to one of the following repeaters: Duvall: 443.250 + shift w/tone 103.5 Carnation: 145.590 no shift w/ tone 103.5 If Repeater(s) fail then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net! Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
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SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters, Thursday, 01 December 2016

KE7GFZ@...
 

"SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters" reminder
When
Thursday, 01 December 2016
08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
(GMT) Monrovia / Reykjavik
Notes
Net meets on the Club Repeater. 441.825 + shift w/tone 103.5 If the 441 repeater fails then go to one of the following repeaters: Duvall: 443.250 + shift w/tone 103.5 Carnation: 145.590 no shift w/ tone 103.5 If Repeater(s) fail then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net! Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
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SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters, Thursday, 01 December 2016

KE7GFZ@...
 

"SnoVARC weekly Net on Club Repeaters" reminder
When
Thursday, 01 December 2016
08:00 PM to 08:30 PM
(GMT) Monrovia / Reykjavik
Notes
Net meets on the Club Repeater. 441.825 + shift w/tone 103.5 If the 441 repeater fails then go to one of the following repeaters: Duvall: 443.250 + shift w/tone 103.5 Carnation: 145.590 no shift w/ tone 103.5 If Repeater(s) fail then we go to 145.590 simplex. Be sure and check the Net Controllers list as it might be your turn to run the Net! Note: There will be no Net on the first Thursday of the month as that is meeting night.
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Echo/IRLP

kenkosters@...
 

Good Morning all and hope the Holiday weekend way good for everyone. I just wanted to say the Echo/IRLP project has made great progress and just needs some minor adjustments. It’s a learning curve for all involved and will be documented as we go.

With that said I have been monitoring the repeater over an old scanner and noticed lots of DTMF tones going over the repeater early this morning at shortly after midnight. I don’t have a problem with people trying to use the system but not call sign was being used. Due to this fact I temporarily disconnected the link function and called for the station to identify. No ID was given and station operator decided to quit operations. If anyone thinks interference of this nature please let Shawn of myself know and we can temporally disable functions as needed.

Text for me is fine at 425-260-1215

Ken W7ECK   


Blue Heron Dinner on the 1st

Lindy KG7IFA
 

I have 29 people currently reserved for our holiday dinner at the Blue Heron restaurant in Carnation on December 1st at 6:30 pm.  These are:


Kathy Brash

Rowland Brasch

Rick Burns

Joe and Nancy Carpenter

Andrew Dahlgaard (+ 1)

Bob Decker (+1)

Lindy Friedlander

David Jam

Ken Kosters

Gene Laughlin

Ralph Lease (+1)

Jeannette Mandanas

Irvina Mizell

Tom Needham

Dan Pflugrath (+1)

Barb Powrie

Chuck Powrie

Gerard Repko (+1)

Shawn Somers (+1)

Fred and Susan Telewski

Chuck Woolfolk


If any of the rest of you would like to attend, I MUST have your RSVP ASAP because I have to confirm the final reservation count with Blue Heron on Monday (since they will be reorganizing their tables to accommodate us).


Looking forward to the event!


Lindy, KG7IFA



Re: Update EchoIRLP

kenkosters@...
 

We had a problem with some changes to the system on the mountain and with Shawns K7ATA skills it was corrected from remote location.

Big thanks to Shawn on this holiday!


Ken W7ECK

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