In late April, ARRL had announced that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, would be on the air at W1AW on Monday, May 13, giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. An issue was raised, however, that this event may be a potential FCC rule violation.
The particular rule is §97.113: “A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer.” Given that ARRL is Michel’s employer and that an effort was made to publicize an event at which members of the organization could chat with the CEO, such an event could be perceived as a benefit to the organization. So, out of an abundance of caution and to avoid any potential violation of FCC rules, or even the appearance of a violation, Michel decided to cancel plans for the “Put Howard to Work” event.
“I’ve operated W1AW before and will continue to do so in the future,” Michel said. “I hope to meet many of you on the air, but only as part of my regular ham radio activities and not as part of an ARRL-promoted event.”
* ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will operate W1AW to help members of the amateur radio community get to know Howard Michel, WB2ITX, the relatively new chief executive officer of the American Radio Relay League, a little better, the organizers of the “ICQ Amateur / Ham Radio Podcast” are putting on an event that will give ham radio operators the opportunity to chat with him in a very natural setting for all hams – on the air!
Michel will be at ARRL’s Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Monday afternoon, May 13, at 2 p.m. EDT, operating on 20 meters (around the 14.250 MHz frequency on SSB) and will be ready to talk to anyone who wants to “work” him. Also, to commemorate this event, ARRL is creating a special QSL Card for those who connect with Michel via Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. Organizers hope that this card will become a prized part of most hams’ collections.
* Source: April 2019 – Eastern Massachusetts (EMA) Section News
Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) members will support a Department of Defense HF radio communication exercise on October 24 through 26, 2018. The readiness exercise will test the ability to communicate via voice and military standard communication protocols, simulating the loss of conventional communication systems.
MARS members will interface with the Amateur Radio community to collect information at the county level regarding publicly available information. At 0001 UTC on October 24, Amateur Radio operators are asked to monitor 60-meter channel 1 (5330.5 kHz, USB) for a high-power broadcast of updated information regarding this exercise and how the Amateur Radio community can participate.
During the exercise, MARS members will communicate with Amateur Radio operators on all five 60-meter channels, as well as on other Amateur Radio bands.
Contact MARS for more information regarding this exercise. As a simulation, this exercise will not affect any public or private communications or infrastructure. The exercise will end at 2359 UTC on October 26.
Additionally, MARS members will participate in the HF automatic link establishment (ALE) on-the-air exercise taking place on October 12 – 22.
Activity does not need to take place inside the structure itself.
A Field Day-style setup at the light or other building adjacent to the light is sufficient.
The intent is to make the station visible to visitors.
Perhaps SEMARA could activate one of the lighthouses near us — just an idea. What say?
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I would like to thank everyone who came to SEMARA and made contacts for Field Day. I would also like to personally thank some key people who helped made this event a success. Scott, KE1CN helped get the weekend started, since I was unable to kick it off. Marty, KA1YFV got things in order outside and helped to break things down. JP, AG1Y worked his magic on the grill and with a late night pizza surprise. Mike, KB1NB donated his heavy duty extension cord. We had a total of 11 operators during the event.
It was a pretty successful “contest” and we got to see what bugs have to be worked out with the new vertical. All in all, the antennas played well with each other with minimal interference, especially running 3 stations at once. There were a lot of antenna switching between different stations which got confusing at times, but it worked out pretty well. Once I go through the log, do corrections and calculate bonus points, I will post the break down and raw scores.
Thanks again and hopefully we can add more contacts next year.
The new Hustler 6-BTV vertical antenna is now up and running. It is good from 10 to 80-meters. It needs a little tweaking on 80-meters, but it is more than usable. This antenna is now hooked up to the Kenwood. We will put it through its paces next weekend, but I received good reports with it today.
Here is an update for ARRL Field Day 2018. SEMARA will be participating from the club grounds this year on Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday, June 24th. We will run a 2E station with both CW and SSB. I will be running CW and my wife Melissa, KC1BXY will be doing SSB. We are looking for more operators for SSB and another possible CW operator. We also need someone to take care of the 3rd station, which we hope to run as Get On The Air (GOTA). With that said, we are looking for unlicensed or newly licensed operators for the GOTA or any licensed operators who have not operated in a year or more. We will have my grill there with burgers, hot dogs and more. If you are planning to operate with us or plan to stop by, please send me a email, that way I can plan ahead food-wise. Field Day runs 2:00 PM ET Saturday through 2:00 PM ET Sunday. I plan on being at the club near the start, as my daughter has a dance recital that day.
Thanks! Hope to see some new faces operating from club.
Twice per year in January and June for five hours, ARRL Kids Day promotes Amateur Radio to our youth. Kids Day is designed to give the on-the-air experience to young people and foster interest in getting a license of their own. It is also intended to give older hams a chance to share their station and love for Amateur Radio with their children. Share the excitement with your kids, grand-kids, a scout troop, a church or the general public. Suggested initial exchange is name, age, location and favorite color. You can work the same station again if an operator has changed. To draw attention, call “CQ Kids Day.” All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate and feedback on your experiences are also welcome at the ARRL Kids Day page.