Amateurs in Concord, MA are closely monitoring plans by the Town’s electric utility to implement a Broadband over Power Line (BPL) system supplied by PowerGrid Communications of Meridian, Idaho. See complete story by Phil Temples, K9HI at the Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Web.
The ARRL is suing the Federal Communications Commission. Here is what led to this decision, why it is the right thing to do, and how you can help. Good reading for those of you following the BPL controversy. Click here to read the story.
Reginald A. Fessenden 100th Anniversary Event, Hull, Massachusetts.
Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the First Voice Broadcast.
W1AA (Marconi Radio Club) will represent and operate from near the Station Point Allerton Life Saving Station in Hull, Massachusetts on December 30, 2006. The W1AA operation will recognize the contributions to marine safety at sea made by Reginald A. Fessenden’s invention of voice communication.
Operation will be from 7:00 AM EST(2000 UTC) to 4:00 PM (2100 UTC). W1AA will start on 80 SSB, check 3996.0. Look for W1AA between the nets, most likely below 7270, down to 7225. Check “7234”. 20 phone later in the morning above 14310, or 17 meters above 18150. We will return to 40 phone about 1530 to 1600 UTC, about noon local time. CW operation will be conducted roughly on the half hour but could happen any time, 7035, 10116, 14035 and 18080 kHz, plus or minus QRM.
A special Point Allerton Life Saving Station photo QSL will be provided.
Watch the live DX Cluster (HF DX Spots) and look for W1AA spots
Listen to Fessenden’s first voice transmission on December 23, 1900 — he says,
“Hello! Test, 1, 2, 3, 4. Is it snowing where you are Mr. Thiessen?”
The club’s internet service has been restored as of December 23rd. Internet access is now available again from the club computer in the meeting hall as well as in the radio shack. Echolink and IRLP have not been restored due to a problem encountered with the Ethernet card of the link computer (Ethernet was tested down to the repeater hut OK). As soon as the holiday activities subside, we’ll have a closer look. 73 & Happy Holidays.
Solar cycle 24, due to peak in 2010 or 2011 “looks like its going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago,” says solar physicist David Hathaway of the Marshall Space Flight Center. He and colleague Robert Wilson presented this conclusion last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco. Click here to read more.
FCC MODIFIES AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE RULES, ELIMINATING MORSE CODE EXAM REQUIREMENTS AND ADDRESSING ARRL PETITION FOR RECONSIDERATION
The FCC has decided to drop all Morse code testing requirements for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States. This means that Technician and Technician Plus will have identical privileges, and there will be no code exam required for General and Extra Class. Presumably, those who now have General Class theory CSCE’s will be allowed to upgrade to General. This change brings the United States into line with many other countries worldwide that have eliminated a Morse requirement. In addition, the FCC affirmed its recent expansion of phone privileges on the 75 meter band.
Received several reports of messages bouncing on the DISCUSSION list. Mail list is working fine according to Jaguar (our internet host). Have been working on setting up list alternatives avoid the spam blocks. Visit this page for future announcements regarding changes to the list.
Incoming Officers for 2007 are:
President – Louis, W1CH
Vice President – Bob, K1KVV
Secretary – Armand, W1BUG
Treasurer – Mike, KB1NB
Official tally will be available in the January edition of Zero Beat
An amendment to the SEMARA Constitution was presented at the November business meeting. Voting on the amendment will take place at the December business meeting. To view this proposal in its entirety, see the December issue of Zero Beat.