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Amateur Radio Newsline #913

Amateur Radio Newsline #913 11 Feb 1995

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                    The following is a QST
   Tech class hams have taken the lead position in ham radio
 licensing, more on the ARRL sponsored meeting of repeater
 coordinators and a big announcement about Newsline's Young
 Ham of the Year Award.  It has a new home.  Find out where on an
 extended Newsline report number 913 coming your way right now!
                     STARTLING STATISTICS
   Technician class hams are literally on their way to ruling the
 world of Amateur Radio in the United States.  This according to
 some startling 1994 year end statistics recently released by the
 FCC.  The commission sez that forty percent of all radio amateurs
 licensed by that agency hold Technician or Technician Plus
 licenses with the Tech Plus leading the no-code Techs by a slight
 margin.  Put into numbers, this means that some 186,000 of the
 estimated 250,000 hams in the United States and its possessions
 are Technician class operators, with up to 5000 new Techs joining
 the ham radio ranks every month.
   Even more startling is the overall increase in the total growth
 in ham radio over the last ten years.  We are up a bit over 62%
 from where we were in 1884.  An increase of almost 250,000 from
 the half million figure the FCC's licensing computer put out a
 decade ago.
   Looked at in dollars and cents the numbers are really
 astounding.  If each ham licensed today were to buy only five
 hundred dollars in equipment over the next twelve months, the net
 income to the ham radio support industry would be in the order of
 $375,000,000 -- that's million dollars.  More realistically, if
 only 10% of that figure or 75,000 hams spend $500 on gear the net
 to the industry by this time next year that would be $37,500,000
 or there about.
                     ELECTRONIC FILING UPDATE
   We have an update on the status of electronic filing of license
 applications.  According to ARRL VEC Administrator Bart Jhanke,
 KB9NM tells us that Newsline #909 has an incomplete quote
 regarding the ARRL VEC's handling of electronic Form 610
 application filing.
   Bart says that the complete information is that, regardless of
 whether a VE team enters application data and mails or
 Electronically mails that data to the ARRL VEC, he must still
 receive the actual hardcopy Form 610 applications and hardcopies
 of other pertinent test session documents, and must screen them,
 before he can forward the successful applicant data electronically
 to the FCC.  Bart emphasizes that the ARRL cannot simply bounce
 data received from a VE team to the FCC without screening the exam
 documents first.
   KB1NM also says that electronic filing is now very alive and
 well for two of the 18 VEC's.  Five more VEC's will be coming on
 board in the near future.
                     NEW ASTROHAMS FOR STS-67
   And electronic filing of license applications has resulted in
 two more U.S. astronauts joining the ranks of Amateur Radio
 licensees.  Both will fly aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour
 during mission STS-67.
   The two new astrohams are Pilot William Gregory, KC5MGA and
 Payload Commander Tamara Jernigan, KC5MGF.  Both took examinations
 with ARRL volunteer examiners on January 19 and were issued call
 signs on January 25.
   The 16 day STS-67 mission is scheduled for launch in March.
 Six of Endeavour's seven crew members now have Amateur Radio
 licenses.  School groups in 26 places around the world are
 scheduled to make voice contacts with the STS-67 crew using the
 Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment radio system to communicate.
                       ARRL HELPS DISABLED
   Some good news for handicapped hams.  Word that the new ARRL
 Sourcebook for the Disabled is available in electronic form from
 several sources.  This includes Compuserve, America Online, the
 ARRL's own Hiram BBS, and the InfoServer via Internet at  The Sourcebook describes sources for those helping
 the disabled both with licensing and operating needs.  It's
 development and publication was funded by the ARRL Foundation.
                    HAMS WIN IN REALLOCATION
   In Los Angeles word that ham radio is the biggest winner in the
 FCC's reallocated 50 MHz of spectrum, including 2390 to 2400 and
 2402 to 2417 MHz, from government use to unlicensed, low power
 devices.  This is because the commission has also elevated Amateur
 Radio's status in those band segments from secondary to primary.
 This means that amateurs will no longer have to protect any other
 user of those bands, and amateur stations are entitled to
 protection against interference from other users.
   Looking at the specific allocations, the Commission has made
 2390 to 2400 MHz available for use by the unlicensed Personal
 Communications Services.  It has also provided for continued use
 of 2402 to 2417 MHz by traditional unlicensed Part 15 electronics.
 This includes wireless networking and data transfer devices, with
 everything being governed by the same rules that apply to devices
 operating in the 1910 to 1920 MHz band.
   But the important news for hams is that our service is now the
 primary user.  In case you did not know, you can thank the
 American Radio Relay League for making this big win for ham radio
 take place.
                      ARRL REPEATER MEETING
   More information is now known about the ARRL's decision to hold
 a meeting of the nations repeater frequency coordinators.
 According to the minutes of the January 20th Board of Directors
 meeting, the stated purpose of the meeting will be to discuss
 several key points with coordinators.  These include establishing
 what the ARRL calls a single point of contact between the FCC and
 the coordinators through which the commission would recognize and
 support both local and regional coordination efforts.  In simpler
 terms, what the ARRL wants to know if whether or not the nations
 coordinators are willing to take their problems and complaints to
 the League instead of the FCC in much the same way as the ARRL's
 Amateur Auxiliary handles the investigation of other kinds of
 regulatory violations.
   And there is good reason for this.  As Newsline learned late
 last year, a ham here in Alabama who was asked to vacate a
 repeater contacted the FCC to find out if barring him from the
 repeater was legal.  He was basically told that the FCC is sick
 and tired of hearing what it considers the whining and petty
 complaints of repeater owners and users.  The commission does not
 have the resources nor the interest to handle what it views as
 petty complaints.  As a result, a fairly high ranking FCC
 official told this ham that if ham radio could not solve these
 problems with repeaters, they definitely would not like the action
 taken by the FCC.
   If we know this, the ARRL has to know it too.  And if becoming
 a buffer between the repeater problems and the FCC is a way of
 avoiding some hard handed re-regulation, the ARRL appears to be
 ready to take on the job.  A job that most repeater people will
 tell you that the ARRL has avoided for almost three decades.
   But there is a lot more on the agenda than just buffering
 complaints to the FCC.  Also to be discussed will be setting
 standards for service by coordinators, how appeals of coordination
 decisions should be handled, establishing a method of recognition
 and succession of coordinators and how frequency coordinators
 should respond to the needs of new technologies coming to ham
 radio in need of spectrum.
   Finally, the League will also use the meeting to determine the
 level of support among coordinators for a return to separate
 repeater licensing.  This is something many coordination councils
 have been wanting for a long time.  Also, the ARRL wants to
 determine the extent to which coordinators should be involved in
 accommodating the needs of other modes and if coordinators should
 attempt to resolve interference between repeaters and other types
 of amateur operations.
   While no date or location for this meeting has yet been
 announced, it is beginning to look as if the outcome of this
 gathering may well impact on more than repeater owner operators
 and their frequency coordinators.  Decisions made at this meeting
 will assuredly lead to regulatory changes that will affect the day
 to day operations of the majority of the nations radio amateurs,
 most of whom operate on repeaters every day.  This means you!
                    W1ALT BECOMES SILENT KEY
   Some sad news.  Word has just been received of the passing last
 summer of Frank Caswell, W1ALT in Beverly, Massachusetts.  Caswell
 was first licensed in the 1920's.  He spent much of his spare time
 collecting, recording and documenting the history of the Marconi
 Wireless Station on Cape Cod.  He also built the replica rotary
 spark gap and model of the Marconi station that are on display at
 the headquarters of the Cape Cod National Seashore at South
                      NEW PHILIPPINES PREFIX
   From overseas, the DX News Letter reports that the Philippines
 began to issue its new 4E7 prefixes as of January 1st.  So far
 there have been no contacts reported on this new prefix, but
 VS6VW reports hearing SM0CNS/4E7 active on 160 meters.
   The International Amateur Radio Union International
 Secretariat has announced the appointment of Bruce Lockhart,
 SM0TER as the new IARU Satellite Frequency Coordinator.  Bruce
 main task will be to provide a service to enable any group to
 coordinate frequencies and emissions of a planned amateur
 satellite with existing and any other planned amateur satellites.
 The appointment was made after consultation with major AMSAT
 groups in Europe and North America.
   While this is a technical position, the IARU Satellite
 Frequency Coordinator also has an important role in assisting in
 the protection of bands allocated to the amateur satellite
 service.  Bruce will work closely with the IARU Satellite
 Adviser, Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV.
   In DX word that Frank Smith known as AH0W and OH2LVG, will be
 active in early March from the Northern Marianas Islands and from
 Saipan.  His planned operation includes participation in the ARRL
 SSB DX Contest as a single op entry.  Frank will also stop for a
 few days on business in Malaysia and will activate East Malaysia.
 Both operations will be on 20 meters and WARC bands.  You may
 remember Frank as one of the operators of the XF4M DXpedition to
 Revillagigedos back in October of 1994.  There is another story
 about the aftermath of that operation which we will have for you
 in a future report.
                      DX Spots now at WWW
   Also, Jukka Salomaa, OH2BUA reports that DX spots, DX
 announcements and WWV information retrieved from PacketClusters
 is now available at World Wide Web.  The information update is not
 true real time.  Updates take place every half hour in Europe and
 hourly in the United States.
                         YHOTY AT HSV
   Newsline in association with Yaesu U.S.A. Corporation and CQ
 Magazine is proud to announce an agreement with the Huntsville
 Hamfest Inc. for Huntsville and the Hamfest to become the
 permanent home of our "Young Ham of the Year Award."
   For those of you not aware, the Huntsville Hamfest is one of
 the nations largest and most popular Amateur Radio conventions.
 It is held at the Von Braun Civic Center in downtown Huntsville
 and attracts some 7000 attendees each August.  And this year, it
 will probably be even bigger since it has been designated as the
 official site of the ham radio industry's national show.
   Besides being one of the nations friendliest places, the city
 of Huntsville, Alabama has many attractions of interest to young
 people including the nearby Marshall Spaceflight Center and NASA's
 Spacecamp.  And the youngster selected as 1995 Young Ham of the
 Year will receive an expense paid trip to Huntsville and the
 Hamfest along with possible other gratuities courtesy of Yaesu
 U.S.A. Corporation.  This includes transportation to Huntsville,
 hotel accommodations, admission to the Hamfest and banquet.
   And while in Huntsville, the winner will also be treated to a
 V.I.P. tour of the Spacecamp facility and the Marshall Spaceflight
 Center.  This, courtesy of CQ Magazine.  Then on Saturday night
 August 19th he or she will be presented the 1995 Young Ham of the
 Year Award at the Huntsville Hamfest Grand Banquet, hopefully
 making it an experience that some deserving young radio amateur
 will never forget.
   As we have said before, the nominating period for 1995 "Young
 Ham of the Year Award" is now open any continental United States
 radio amateur, age 18 or younger holding a valid FCC license.
 Nominees will be judged on the way in which they have used ham
 radio to significantly contribute to the benefit of the Amateur
 Radio service, or to the state of the communications art, to their
 community or the nation.
   All nominations must be submitted before April 30th, 1995 on an
 official application.  These are available for a self addressed
 stamped envelope to the 1995 Young Ham of the Year Award,
 c/o Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue, Saugus, California 91350.  These
 nominating applications are also available electronically with an
 E-Mail request to: BILLWA6ITF on America Online; B.PASTERNAK on
 GEnie or via the Internet.
   The Huntsville Hamfest takes place the weekend of August 19th
 through the 20th.  Many of the members of the Newsline staff will
 be there.  We hope you will be there too.
   And for this week, that's all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.
 You can write to us at Post Office Box 660937 in Arcadia, CA
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