• Other Ham Radio News

    From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Mon Feb 13 06:00:00 2017
    From John Davis, WB4QDX...and Ed Woodrick, WA4YIH:

    Mark your calendars for March 11 and D-STAR Live.

    It will be a live event held at Georgia Gwinnett College in
    Lawrenceville, Georgia, if you would like to attend, but will be
    streamed live on the Internet.

    D-STAR Live will feature a live panel of D-STAR experts on various
    subjects, and will take questions live for the panel.

    More details are coming at www.dstarinfo.com.

    Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Net Control
    Arklatex D-Star Net

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Feb 17 20:52:00 2017
    I have DELETED the D-Rats Training Session files from the BBS, as
    the author, Lew, KB5HPT, has found several errors in them, with a
    D-Rats Class he is teaching.

    At the moment, the D-Rats Training Session #1 has been updated.
    However, I was instructed by KB5HPT to delete the other files for

    I will post updated files on the BBS, and in my D-Rats shared folder
    as soon as I get updates. The filenames are as follows:

    D-Rats Shared Folder:

    D-Rats Training Session 1.PDF

    D-Star/D-Rats Files Area on the BBS:


    In both cases, you will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or
    print the files. If you're downloading and installing the Adobe
    Acrobat Reader for the first time, be sure that you UNCHECK the
    program that you do NOT want. In other words, if you already have
    a virus scanner or a password manager, you do NOT need the other
    ones, as they'll crash your system.

    You will usually find me on D-Rats on Sunday evenings on the
    Southeast US D-Star Weather Net Ratflector at sewx.ratflector.com
    between 7pm and 9pm Central Time...with the net starting at 8pm
    Central Time.

    Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Net Control
    Southeast US D-Star Weather Net

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Sat Feb 18 09:10:00 2017
    For those ham radio operators who had checked into the Trains and
    Railroads Net for nearly the last nine years, I have some sad news
    to report. The net has reached "the end of the line", according to
    the following email received from Jim, K9QLP:


    Hi Daryl. I am sorry to inform you that the Railroad Net has been
    terminated, due to Ted's inability to continue the EchoLink node.

    The reason is "for conditions beyond his control". He gave no other
    reasons. Please notify the regular participants of this action.


    Please retract the article that you were writing for the Railroad Net.
    It doesn't look like it will resume in the future. Sorry.

    73 de Jim K9QLP


    While I am saddened that the Trains Net is now history...like so many
    steam locomotives before it, it will allow me to check into other ham
    radio nets on Monday evenings, and be able to stay around for the entire
    PCL Packet Net on the N0KFQ BBS in Branson, Missouri.

    Daryl, WX1DER

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Mar 24 14:12:00 2017
    There is an ERROR in the dates on the Houston, Texas hamfest in the
    release of Amateur Radio Newsline on March 24, 2017.

    The dates ARE March 24 and 25 (today and tomorrow), but the days
    should have been Friday and Saturday.

    Sorry for the error.

    Daryl, WX1DER

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Fri Apr 7 09:42:00 2017
    There will be a DELAY in posting ham radio items in these echoes
    during the week of April 9-15, as The Thunderbolt BBS will be OFFLINE
    for these reasons:

    1) Thunderstorm potential. Arkansas is entering the height of its spring Tornado Season, and that sometimes can mean several days of thunderstorms.
    No amount of surge protection will protect you from a direct or nearby lightning hit. Lightning can strike from 10 to as much as 200 miles away
    from the parent thunderstorm...and each bolt is 5 miles long, 50,000
    degrees Fahrenheit (5 times hotter than the surface of the sun), with
    300,000 volts, and 30,000 amps of electricity. In short, it's no contest.

    2) The last of the batteries with the UPS units from American Power
    Conversion have failed. Because of the weight of each (over 50 pounds),
    the cost of each (nearly $500), and that I had 3 units, with being on a
    fixed income, as well as numerous medical expenses this year, I can no
    longer afford to replace them. So, instead, I will be putting a General Electric Premium surge protector power strip on the BBS computer and its related devices. If the power goes out, it's likely the internet goes
    out as well.

    3) I am to have emergency surgery on April 13, to remove 3 stones from
    my urinary bladder. Two of them are just over 2 centimeters (1 inch)
    in diameter, with a third one just over 2 millimeters (1/10 inch) in
    diameter. I obviously can't pass the big ones on my own. So, I will be
    going in OUTPATIENT, and will spend the night at my elderly Mom's
    residence. She herself, at 90 years young, was recently diagnosed with
    atrial fibrillation, and congestive heart failure...and also had a
    pacemaker put in. Needless to say, I'm not going to feel much like doing
    any computer, ham radio, or BBS work for a few days after the surgery.
    Prep work will start the day before the surgery is to be done...and I
    likely won't eat or drink much, if at all, for a few days. The thing is,
    once you've had one kidney stone, or if you have a family history of
    kidney stones, you are at risk for them (or more of them) as well.

    My apologies for any inconvenience...your understanding is appreciated.

    Daryl, WX1DER

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Sat Apr 8 09:51:00 2017
    From Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director of Operations for the VoIP Skywarn
    Hurricane Prep Net -- see www.voipwx.net for more details.


    The National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Workshop sessions
    (this year being held in New Orleans, Louisiana) will be livestreamed
    on Wednesday April 19th, 2017. The livestream links will be as follows:


    Wednesday, April 19 -- 08:30-10:00 CDT*

    8:30 Opening Remarks (5 Minutes - Presented by Rob Macedo - KD1CY)

    8:35 Canadian Hurricane Centre and Hurricane Meteorological Topics
    (30 Minutes - Presented by Bob Robichaud-VE1MBR, Canadian Hurricane Centre)

    9:05 WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the NHC (30 Minutes - Presented
    by Julio Ripoll - WD4R)

    9:35 The Hurricane Watch Net, Personal Weather Stations, Backup Power,
    and Antenna Overview (30 Minutes - Presented by Bobby Graves - KB5HAV)

    10:05 ARRL Update (15 Minutes - Presented by Matt Anderson - KD5KNZ /
    Louisiana ARRL Assistant Section Manager)

    NOTE: Speakers will be on a break from 10:20-10:30 CDT

    Wednesday, April 19 -- 10:30-12:00 CDT*

    10:30 Importance of Amateur Radio / Spotter Surface Reports (25 Minutes - Presented by NHC Director Dr. Rick Knabb)

    11:00 The VoIP Hurricane Net and Best Practices in SKYWARN for Tropical
    Systems (30 Minutes - Presented by Rob Macedo - KD1CY)

    11:30 SATERN Presentation (30 Minutes - Presented by Bill Feist - WD8BZH)

    11:50 Q&A Panel with Door Prizes (20 Minutes - Presented by all members
    of the panel)

    NOTE: Sessions end at 12:15 CDT

    We hope folks can join the livestream Wednesday 4/19/17. If people cannot
    make the livestream, the presentations will be archived and information
    will be sent out once that occurs. Thanks to all for their continued
    support of the VoIP Hurricane Net!

    Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/THUNDER to All on Sun Apr 16 15:24:00 2017
    Sorry for the delay in posting data from April 9-15, 2017 in these
    echoes. With a combination of thunderstorms during the first part of
    the week, then surgery and resulting hospitalization (there were some complications), and not coming back to the apartment until today, April
    16, delayed the postings. However, I have posted the back bulletins
    from W1AW at ARRL HQ, as well as the latest Amateur Radio Newsline,
    and the callsign updates from the FCC ULS as of April 15, 2017.

    Arkansas is in the height of its tornado and thunderstorm season now,
    so there may still be a few days at a time, when the BBS has to go down,
    due to weather. But, I hope not to have an extended downtime for a long time...especially for the surgery and hospital bills that will eventually
    be due.

    Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Sysop
    The Thunderbolt BBS, Little Rock, Arkansas

    Posted by VPost v1.7.081019
  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/TBOLT to All on Wed Nov 8 10:28:23 2017
    2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Arkansas DX Association.

    ADXA is Arkansas's only 100% ARRL member affiliated club and has
    enjoyed great success since it began in 1967.

    With a charter to support DXÆers in Arkansas and the pursuit of DX,
    its foundation is laid in encouraging, mentoring and developing the
    technical skills of radio amateurs and promoting first class operator
    talent and efficiency.

    Among its members over these past 50 years have been several world
    renowned DX'ers at the top of the DXCC Honor Roll, DX'ers who have
    traveled to and activated some of the most remote countries in the
    world as well as three ARRL Directors, two ARRL Vice President's
    and two ARRL President's!

    To mark our 50th anniversary, ADXA will host a 50th Anniversary
    Convention on Saturday, December 2, 2017, at the Wyndham Riverfront
    Hotel in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

    Speakers at this event include world renowned DXPeditioner Bob Allphin,
    K4UEE, radio propagation and solar expert Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA,
    and ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR.

    We are also honored to have ARRL Delta Division Director Dave Norris,
    K5UZ attending.

    The event will run from 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM with technical topics of
    special interest not only to DX'ers, but every radio amateur as well.

    ARRL DXCC card checking will also be available thanks to Earl Smith,
    N5ZM, and Roger Gray, N5QS.

    All radio amateurs and interested parties are invited to attend;
    however, pre-registration is required, and must be completed no later
    than November 27, 2017. There will be no walk-ins or registration
    available at the door.

    The registration fee is $30 and includes a very nice luncheon meal.

    Convention Details, program agenda and registration information is
    located on the ADXA website.


    We look forward to seeing you Saturday, December 2, 2017!

    73 Joel Harrison, W5ZN
    ADXA President

    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN/TBOLT to All on Mon Nov 13 21:26:49 2017
    Update on my Packet Setup for the BBS:

    1) I thought the initial Astron R-4L power supply was dead, but it
    turned out I had the power strip turned off (blush!). But, a fellow
    ham who came over to assist, had a switching power supply that I
    previously had, which provided more power to the radio, which we
    thought would be better (the TNC has its own power supply). So, I
    let him take that lower output power supply with him.

    2) I got everything hooked up, and using the EZ Packet Program, I
    was able to connect into it, and enter the correct data, reset the
    callsign, etc. However, the BBS door program still thinks that "a
    packet connect is in progress"...and thus, the user can't access the
    TNC. But, if I run it from the command prompt with EZ Packet, it will
    respond, and it would allow me to set up a TNC mailbox.

    I might have to get a workaround with the Doorway program and the
    other deal, though, if I want it to work on the BBS. The author for
    the door, W4KGU, became a Silent Key several years ago, so obviously,
    getting help that way is out of the question. But, if I can't use it
    as a door, I will be able to use it as a TNC mailbox...and ham radio
    operators will be able to leave a message to me in there.

    3) The magmount antenna and coaxial cable isn't long enough to go from
    the front window of the apartment to where the power supply is for the
    radio (provided by N3TSZ), and the cables to the TNC (bought from KB4HJQ)...plus the TNC has a hard time hearing weak signals.

    Yet, my Baofeng UV-5R HT was able to copy packets on both frequencies (144.390 simplex for APRS, and 145.590 for the Little Rock Packet Node); however, the TNC couldn't hear them, from where the antenna was.

    So, I'm going to have to either buy a new magmount antenna with longer coaxial cable, and a PL 259 connector -- or I'll have to buy separate
    PL-259 connectors and coaxial cable...and have a fellow ham prepare them
    for me.

    I'll keep everyone posted...but for the moment, the VHF Packet Door
    is offline. If it comes online, one will need a valid Amateur Radio
    License of U.S. Technician Class, or above, to access it.

    Also, I have REPLACED the QRZ Ham Radio Callsign Door, with the
    Buckmaster Callsign CD Door. I can get updates on it once a month.
    Note that if data is updated in the door (such as for a wrong grid
    square, etc.), the data will note ** USER UPDATED DATA **. A valid
    amateur radio license of U.S. Novice Class or above, is required to
    access this door...and the Worked All States Door.

    Users on The Thunderbolt BBS, who are also licensed amateur radio
    operators, can get an access level upgrade, by leaving Feedback To
    Sysop, telling where and when you "worked me".

    Note that these other ham radio doors do NOT require the user to
    have a valid amateur radio license:

    1) Ham Radio Glossary
    2) Ham Radio Information
    3) Local Area License Exams (in central Arkansas)
    4) Part 97 FCC Rules
    5) Selected Arkansas Hamfests
    6) U.S. Ham Radio License Question Pool Information
    7) Solar Information (displayed at logon)

    And, the following weather doors do NOT require the user to have
    a valid amateur radio license:

    1) Today In Weather History
    2) Little Rock 7 Day Forecast
    3) Weathercaster
    4) Weather Glossary
    5) Weather Information
    6) Your Local Weather (displayed at logon, but NOT for Guest Users)

    Daryl Stout, WX1DER, Sysop

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  • From Daryl Stout@HURRICAN to All on Sun Oct 18 19:34:19 2020
    The following is from several ARRL Division Directors, and from
    Courage Kenny Handi-Hams. There likely will be a similar message
    on the ARRL website soon.


    It is time to protest the imposition of fees for Amateur Radio Licensing.

    The fees Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in this morning's
    Federal Register (https://tinyurl.com/yyk8f2yp). The deadline for comments
    is November 16, and the Reply comment deadline is November 30.

    With this in mind, I am extending the following suggestions you might
    consider using in writing to the FCC in response to the NPRM. Our thanks
    to Dave Siddall K3ZJ, ARRL Counsel, for these guidelines. Be sure to
    carefully review the paragraphs; "Some Suggestions" as the information
    therein will assist with much of the applicable background.

    This subject is critical, the timing is critical. I urge you to contact
    the FCC. Address and related information is contained in the article
    referenced in the Federal Register. Please use your own words to express
    your objections to the proposed fees.

    (Good) Arguments Against FCC Fees for Radio Amateurs

    Amateurs contribute to the public good. In many areas, they provide an emergency communications backbone capability at no taxpayer cost.
    Consistently, we have witnessed storms and natural disasters completely
    wipe out internet, cellular, and other means of communication. Radio
    amateurs often fill that void on an unmatched, flexible basis when needed.
    One recent example is the California wildfires.

    Unlike operators in other FCC licensed services, Amateur Radio operators
    by law - domestic and international -- must eschew using their license
    for any pecuniary interest. Amateurs are prohibited from earning or
    charging any money for any communications activity. The expenses for
    their equipment and activities come out of their own pockets, with no opportunity for reimbursement or payment of any kind.

    The United States is experiencing a severe lack of RF engineers and
    expertise at the very time it is needed by the burgeoning wireless
    industries. Amateur radio is helping to meet the deficit, but much
    more is needed, and youngsters (High School and College-aged) are
    least able to afford licensing fees. RF knowledge and related digital
    expertise is needed to maintain U.S. leadership in wireless industries.
    At a minimum, young people (below the age of 26) should be exempt from
    the proposed license fees.

    Amateur radio is self-regulating. (a) Amateur examinations are written
    and administered by radio amateur volunteers. (b) Examination results
    and paperwork most often are submitted electronically to the FCC.
    Electronic submission could be required if there would be a cost savings
    to the Commission. (c) Amateur radio educational classes are conducted
    by volunteers who by-and-large do not charge fees or tuition for teaching.
    (d) The amateur service, in cooperation with the FCC's Enforcement Bureau,
    has a volunteer corps that monitors the amateur airwaves, and has programs
    that try to prevent their misuse before FCC involvement might be needed.
    The amateurs also observe non-amateur signals both within amateur spectrum
    and outside it, and report unusual or suspicious signals.

    Amateur radio continues to be a source of significant technological
    innovation that should be encouraged, not discouraged.

    Some Suggestions

    We do not recommend arguing that the $50 fee every 10 years, which amounts
    to $5.00 a year, will "Kill" amateur radio, even though as proposed, this
    is for each covered application, which includes upgrade applications. Tech-General-Extra could be $150. If exams taken at different sessions, a substantial amount. But it "rings the wrong way to say the whole service
    turns on $5/year for each licensee. If that's all it would take".

    The Commission argues that the charges are required by the statute. The
    word used is "shall", which is mandatory, not optional. But the statute
    does not set the amount, nor does it prohibit reasonable exceptions -
    evidenced by the Commission's proposal to exempt from fees administrative update applications based on policy grounds.

    This is not "aimed at amateur radio to kill it." There is a long history
    and precedent on charging fees for the licensing service involved, just
    as there is for passports, green cards, drivers' licenses (issued by
    states), etc. Better to make pertinent arguments on why the fees would
    impair the public benefits of the amateur radio service than argue that
    the whole service might die as a result of a fee that, in fact, is less
    than the fee many of us paid in the 1960's and 1970's.

    For background: this proceeding is being handled by staff unfamiliar
    with amateur radio. It is being handled in the FCC's Office of Managing Director (OMD), not in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, where the amateur-specific Part 97 matters are handled. The focus of OMD is
    accounting - budgets and the like for the entire Commission. The fee
    proposals cover every FCC license and service across the board, and the consideration was directed by Congress. It is recommended keeping "ham
    jargon" out of comments, it won't be understood by the intended

    Thank you.

    ARRL Great Lakes Division
    Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK

    ARRL Central Division
    Director: Kermit A Carlson, W9XA

    Comments to the Federal Communication Commission may be filed
    online at:


    FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) reference - posting to
    MD Docket No. 20-270
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