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Len Morgan (K5
Len’s activity in amateur radio spanned more than 40 years
after he was first licensed as a Novice in 1955 as KN5
NEW LAW FORMALLY MAKES AMATEUR RADIO PART OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS COMMUNITY
Bob Hollister, N7INK from ARRL Letter October 6th
A section of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) 2007 Appropriations Act, HR 5441 <http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d109:h.r.05441:>, formally includes Amateur Radio operators as a part of the emergency communications community. Congress approved the measure before adjourning for its pre-election break. President George W. Bush signed the bill into law October 4.
Amateur Radio is included within the legislation's Subtitle D, Section 671,
known as the "21st Century Emergency Communications Act." Radio amateurs are among the entities with which a Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECC Working Group) must coordinate its activities. Included within the DHS's Office of Emergency Communications -- which the measure also creates -- RECC Working Groups attached to each regional DHS office will advise federal and state homeland security officials. The final version of the legislation incorporated language from both House and Senate bills and was hammered out in a conference committee. An earlier version of the 21st Century Emergency Communications Act, HR 5852, included Amateur Radio operators as members of the RECC Working Groups.
In addition to Amateur Radio operators, RECC Working Groups also will
coordinate with communications equipment manufacturers and vendors --
including broadband data service providers, local exchange carriers, local
broadcast media, wireless carriers, satellite communications services, cable operators, hospitals, public utility services, emergency evacuation transit services, ambulance services, and representatives from other private sector entities and non governmental organizations.
The RECC Working Groups will assess the survivability, sustainability and
interoperability of local emergency
communication systems to meet the goals of the National Emergency
Communications Report. That report would recommend how the
In light of the new legislation, the ARRL plans to follow up to determine
how it can interact with the DHS and its Office of Emergency Communications.
FCC RELEASES “OMNIBUS” AMATEUR RADIO REPORT & ORDER –
Ending a protracted waiting period, the FCC's Report and Order in
the so-called ''Omnibus'' Amateur Radio proceeding, WT Docket 04-140,
was adopted October 4 and released
adopted nearly all of the proposed changes in the Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking released back in 2004. The FCC has:
+ expanded the phone subbands in the 75 and 40 meter bands;
+ permitted auxiliary stations to transmit on portions of the 2
+ permitted the use of spread spectrum on 222-225 MHz;
+ permitted amateurs to retransmit communications from the
International Space Station;
+ permitted amateur licensees to designate a specific Amateur Radio
club to receive their call sign in memoriam;
+ prohibited an applicant from filing more than one application for
a specific vanity call sign;
+ eliminated certain restrictions on equipment manufacturers;
+ permitted Amateur Radio stations in
more flexibility in providing emergency communications;
+ clarified that ''amateur stations may, at all times and on all
frequencies authorized to the control operator, make transmissions
necessary to meet essential communication needs and to facilitate
+ deleted the frequency bands and segments specified for RACES
+ deleted the requirement for public announcement of test locations
In addition, the FCC took several other miscellaneous actions.
In ''refarming'' the frequencies currently authorized to Novice and
Technician Plus licensees, the Commission increased the voice
segments for General, Advanced and Amateur Extra licensees.
On 75 meters, Generals will be able to use voice from 3800-4000 kHz,
an increase of 50 kHz. Advanced class licensees will be able to use
voice from 3700-4000, an increase of 75 kHz, and Amateur Extras will
be able to use voice from 3600 to 4000 kHz, a generous increase of
On 40 meters, Advanced and Extra Class licensees will be able to use
voice from 7125-7300 kHz, an increase of 25 kHz. General class
licensees will be able to use voice on 7175-7300 kHz, an increase of
On 15 meters, General class operators will have phone privileges on
21275-21450 kHz, an increase of 25 kHz.
ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, expressed the ARRL's gratitude
to the FCC Commissioners in a letter dated October 11: ''On behalf of
the ARRL and the Commission's licensees in the Amateur Radio Service
I want to express appreciation for your release yesterday of the
Report and Order in WT Docket 04-140 (FCC 06-149) amending Part 97
of the Commission's Rules. The Commission's action in clearing this
pending proceeding will assist the Amateur Radio Service in meeting
its objectives, particularly with regard to providing emergency and
public service communications.''
The changes will go into effect 30 days after the R&O is published
in the Federal Register.
International Space Station on Wednesday September 27th. Teacher Miguel
they did not hear the station. The students are planning on upgrading
their satellite capability to increase their chances next time. They were one of four schools across the country that was given this opportunity. The class was flooded with TV crews and newspaper reporters all covering the story.
The ARES Registration website is alive and cooking right along. As of
This writing, we have
about 275 members in the system. The
Coordinator this type of database would provide immediate information when needed. With new liability concerns using volunteers and
background checks required by The
Salvation Army this would provide a great service to me personally in getting
members activated immediately. I
currently have to manually track this same information. EMCOMM training and NIMS training is also
becoming more and more important. Having
access to this info is great. Will this
be available to all states or just
YourARES registration database. Being a curious type that I am, I logged in using the 'demo' information. This tool is something that should not have been the last article included in the bulletin, in my opinion. It should have been one of the FIRST. Paul Cavnar - K7IN
If you haven't taken the few minutes to register, now's the TIME!!
One other quick note, the American Red Cross is requiring background
Checks for volunteers who are going to be in their tents & facilities. It's a
painless process, and the results are almost immediate (less than an hour
in my case). If you provide communications for the Red Cross, having the
background check will make volunteering easier. Send me an email if you
didn't see Kathi Bonnell's email on AzHamserve or ArizonaHam and I will
the instructions. Rick Aldom W7
2008 SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION CONVENTION IN
We are looking for a club to take on the 2008 Southwestern Division
Convention. We have a lot of volunteers but no one has stepped up to run
The convention. If you are interested or know someone who might be, let me know. Also if any of you have experience at running conventions or large meetings and would like to help also let me know.
Al Balius KD7
Michael Addis KE7IUJ, Kara Allred KE7IVI, Vanyel Amenhauser KE7IQV,
Danny Beck KE7
Virginia Richey KE7ITB, Todd Schumacher KE7IVO, Perry Shirley KE7ITK,
Stephen Worachek KE7IVL, Michael Zunino AD7JG,
Hualapai ARC Hamfest in Kingman had another great hamfest on Sept 9th.
The 2006 TAPR/ARRL Digital Communications Conference (DCC) was on
September15-17 at the Clarion Airport Hotel in Tucson, This was the 25th
Anniversary of the founding of
Southwestern Division Convention was last weekend in
Tucson Hamfest was
Cochise Amateur Radio Association Swapfest in
Contact Lee Ilse KD7OED email@example.com
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns about ARRL. If
Your club or group has an activity or event that would be of interest to other hams throughout our section please email me with the specifics.
73, Tom Fagan WB7NXH, ARRL Section Manager Arizona
Bob Hollister, N7INK
SV Christmas Parade - We have participated in this parade in the past.
I am looking for two volunteers to drive the MCU in the parade. Please
drop me an e-mail if you would like to be considered.
The night of Oct. 16th and early the next morning
we were deployed to rescue three severely injured folks off the south endof the
We saw first hand some of the repaired damage to the road over Montezuma. They still have some work to do but the MCU went over the hill quite well. Four Wheel Low got used.
We did have a problem with the camera control, could not
access the control. Not sure why as it worked on Saturday. We need to add a couple Border Patrol
Programming Cable back. We could have used it to set up a patch with Border Patrol.
We had to be flexible and move channels frequently to accommodate
each of the Medevac helicopters. That was interesting.
Reprogrammed Interagency on the FT 2800 so we could monitor CC-IA for one of the helicopters.
The laptop LCD screen quit again during the night. We used the new wide screen monitor in order to use the laptop computer. We have to get that replaced A S A P.
Had trouble getting enough people for the team. Tried calling some people on cell phones and still got no answer at all.
The night of Oct. 27th () we were paged out to assist in locating a
20 year old autistic male and his dog in Sunizona. He was located late the next afternoon after a long difficult search.
Additionally, a search for two overdue hunters was initiated
early Saturday morning in the
My thanks to Dale (NJ7C) and Lee (KD7OED) for taking the night shift with me and to Tom (K7KCX), Charles (K4AFN), and Bill (N7BIL) for relieving us this morning and taking the late morning and afternoon shift. Without these volunteers, the other RACES members and the SAR team we could not successfully perform this valuable service to the community.
My hat is off to you all. Thank You
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CARA GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MINTUES
October 2, 2006
Meeting was called to order by President KD7OED, other officers present were Treasurer KD7TDL, Member at Large WB6OTS, and Secretary KD7HAB.
Lee gave a presentation as to what is up at our site on Mule Mountain. This was a very good presentation.
Vice President no report from NJ7C he is out of town
Treasurer KD7TDL gave his report we have as of October 2, 2006 $1,837.25 in the antenna fund, checking balance is $5,083.07 and the saving account is $10,647.37 for a total of $15,730.44
Secretary Report a motion was made by WB6OTS and seconded by KK7NO to accept the minutes as printed in the SMOKE.
Member at Large WB6OTS General class is going we have 4 people in the class. Jamboree on the Air Oct 21, 2006 is the only joint event for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scout. Juanita will be taking care of the testing on November 4, 2006
Tech Report KB7RDG We are ok on Lighting protection on the hill. The reason for the trip to the hill is BLM is setting up building standards on the hill. We need to do better bounding to the equipment on the hill.
Material AF7HZ Gone through all of KF7TJ equipment. The list has gone to his YL and she will go over it, then when we sell we will only go with the asking price. The day of the sell the prices will be lower late in the day.
We have not made it out to Karen’s to look at KF7TJ antennas tower and rotor will go out some day when it is convenient for Karen she does not want us to take it down just yet.
RACES N7INK Fence is up and the MCU is out at CARA
3 missions call off before they even got started all three where involving UDA getting sick or lost. Last month Benson hospital did an emergency training for the hospital staff KE7HFA, Tom KE7KCX AND Al Hayes where there. KE7HFA reported that 14 tables were set up and that haz mat had the tent set and they explained what all you had to do when you where contaminated. KE7HFA explained what all they people had to do when they went through and said it was very interesting. Earlier in the month Bob did a courtesy visit and found they did not have the radio set up. And found a spot to but the radio.
Bike race on the 14th Oct and take the MCU over to the Cars in the Park the same weekend.
If you are a RACES member and have a pager respond to the page even if you can cot go out so they know the pager system is working
ARCA Report no report because we have not had an ARCA meeting since the last one the next ARCA meeting is October 21,2006 at the Tucson Hamfest
NET Report K4AFN Is doing a good job on the net on Thursday night.
Lease renewal nothing new on that.
Have had good clean up at Green Arcs on Saturday October 7 we will have a another clean up and do the back 40.
County if they can do it will have us sign a 99 year lease with BLM instead of a 20 year lease. As the county gets bigger the we may have additional county facility out at CARA. One more clean up in November and that will be the weekend after the swapfest.
KD7OED is going to get some emergency motion lights to put on the shed for the MCU
KF7TJ memorial the books have arrived K4AFN is making the labels to go in the books.
WD8DOM is not doing good health whys he has some form of Leukemia
His bones are brittle and they break easy.
Len Morgan K5BGG also has bladder cancer and he has had surgery and is in ICU at St. Joseph Hospital in Tucson he is not allowed to have visitor so if you want to send a card sent it to his house and I am sure his wife will get it to him.
Next meeting will be November 6, 2006
Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm