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  1. With the expansion of membership with the Emergency Communications Group, I have created a few new ECG emblems. If you would like an ECG emblem for your group, please send me a private message Click Here: I will be working on emblem magnets over the next few days.
  2. The following ARRL article explains the embedding of the Amateur Radio Parity Act into the "National Defense Authorization Act" (NDAA). Members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, National Defense Appropriations Committee (NDAC), recognized the direct relationship between the Department of Defense and amateur radio operators within the realm of civil defense. As such, the same legislators used ingenuity to piggy-back or embed in the NDAA which is annually voted upon and ratified by the NDAC. The current NDAA iteration, embedded with amateur radio parity language, has been approved by the NDAC and codified. This eliminates the ability of an HOA to deny the erection of amateur radio antennas but authorizes an HOA board to restrict the antenna style being erected. So, to me, it sounds to me verticals and wire antennas may be acceptable, but Hex-Beam or huge beam antennas may be a deal breaker. Please read the article and form your own opinion. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [UPDATED 2018-05-16 @ 2213 UTC] ARRL has praised the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT[2]), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO[4]), and Mike Rogers (R-AL[3]) for their successful efforts in securing language in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that asks the FCC to grant radio amateurs living in restricted communities the right to install effective outdoor antennas. Text from the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) formed the basis for the Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA. “The bill does entitle each and every Amateur Radio operator living in a deed restricted community to erect an effective outdoor antenna. Full stop. That is the principal benefit of this legislation,” ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, stressed. “There are tens of thousands of ham radio licensees who now, absent the legislation, cannot erect any outdoor antenna at all. This enables them in the same way PRB-1 has enabled hams to address unreasonably restrictive zoning ordinances during the past 33 years.” Imlay points out, though, that certain conditions apply. Prior to erecting an antenna in a deed-restricted community, an applicant for an outdoor antenna may have to apply to the homeowners association (HOA) for prior approval of the particular antenna system proposed by the ham. The Act would not empower an HOA to deny approval of all outdoor antennas. But neither does it entitle radio Amateurs residing in deed-restricted subdivisions to erect whatever antennas they want. “This legislation is a good solid balance that favors hams and, as I say, allows tens of thousands of hams to erect effective antennas that they have no right to erect now,” Imlay said. The amendment, offered by the bipartisan trio and accepted by the House Armed Services Committee by voice vote, will ensure that Amateur Radio operators will continue to play a vital role in supporting communications in a disaster or emergency. Amateur Radio has long-standing relationships with the Department of Defense through the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) and spectrum sharing. The Armed Services Committee passed the NDAA by a 60-to-1 voice vote after a 14-hour markup that ran well into the night. The bill now awaits House floor action. The Senate will begin its markup of the NDAA during the week of May 21. Representatives Courtney and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL/16) spearheaded the effort to include the Parity Act language in the NDAA. Both are co-sponsors of the Parity Act, which has passed the House by voice vote twice in the past 2 years. Recognizing the long-standing relationship between Amateur Radio and the Department of Defense, Congressman Kinzinger — who served multiple tours for the USAF as a fighter pilot and is still a Major in the Air National Guard, and Courtney have been champions of the legislation in Congress. “The steadfast support of the Amateur Radio community continually demonstrated by Congressmen Kinzinger and Courtney has been a godsend,” said Hudson Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB. “The Parity Act wouldn’t be anywhere close to this stage without their strong support, and our organization is extremely grateful.” Lisenco, who serves as Chairman of the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee, also recognized other promoters of Amateur Radio, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR/2), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ/6), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX/13). “We are deeply grateful for their continued understanding and support,” Lisenco said. ARRL has pledged to continue pressing for support to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act throughout the legislative process. http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-language-inserted-in-national-defense-authorization-act
  3. PDF version of this briefing: NWSBriefing_20March2018_AR_2.pdf
  4. A popular landing spot for most new amateur radio operators is the two-meter band. With the popularity of inexpensive handheld radios like this one and the proliferation of two-meter repeaters, it’s no wonder this is the new Technician’s first experience with ham radio. But the 2-meter band isn’t all voice and repeaters. Today we are going to talk about band plans, how they organize the two-meter band, and what you can expect to find in between 144 and 148 Mhz.
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  6. Ham Talk Live! Feb 27, 1:36 PM  Thursday (3/1) at 9 pm Eastern (0200Z) on Ham Talk Live!, you'll have a chance to call in and talk to Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR from the ARRL Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative (CARI). CARI is a group that is helping universities to revitalize their campus groups and stations, and share ideas to maintain more continuity from year to year. Tune into Ham Talk Live! Thursday night at 9 pm Eastern time (0200Z) by going to hamtalklive.com. When the audio player indicates LIVE, just hit the play button! If you miss the show live, you can listen on demand 24/7/365.25 also at hamtalklive.com; or a podcast version is on nearly all podcast sites a few minutes after the live show is over. Some sites include Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play, SoundCloud, and iHeart Podcasts; and it's also available on YouTube. Be sure to CALL in with your questions and comments by calling 812-NET-HAM-1 live during the show, or by Skype. Our username is hamtalklive. You can also tweet your questions before or during the show to @HamTalkLive.
  7. From: NWS-San Diego Weather Support [mailto:sgx.forecasters@noaa.gov] Sent: Sunday, February 25, 2018 3:48 AM Subject: NWS San Diego - Winter Storm Monday Evening into Tuesday Hello Partners, A winter storm will affect the region Monday evening into Tuesday. Please see the attached weather briefing (PDF) and graphics for details. Weather Summary: Another cold storm system will sweep through the region Monday evening into Tuesday. This system is expected to produce low elevation snows, wet conditions for the commutes on Tuesday, rough seas in the coastal waters and strong winds in the deserts. Impacts from snowfall are possible in the Cajon Pass and along Interstate 8 through the San Diego County Mountains. Cold Storm System.pdf ...Please give us a call if you have any questions or need further assistance... 1. For latest watches, warnings, and advisories, visit the Detailed Hazards Viewer 2. For the latest precipitation totals forecast, see our QPF 3. Sign up for iNWS (free) to get text message/e-mail notifications 4. The FEMA app NOAA - National Weather Service - San Diego Direct: 858.675.8705 Weather.gov/SanDiego Twitter: @NWSSanDiego Facebook: NWSSanDiego YouTube: NWSSanDiego Skype: NWSSanDiego
  8. Miklor.com Review New 40w FM and Digital Amps including Tier II DMR 2-6w in, 20-40w out A cross between an amp and a mobile. Link Here Miklor was created in May 2012 to assist with the operation, software, drivers, FAQs, and programming of radios. Miklor Mailing List Miklor is Not a manufacturer, vendor or dealer Your Support
  9. Written by Mike Sawyer, Linkedin CERT News Group https://goo.gl/fB6twc Each time we teach Unit 6 of the CERT program, we get some students who plan on filling a huge binder with dozens of copies of each CERT form. We discourage this since it makes the pack much heavier and harder to carry, and it takes up a good chunk of room in the pack. CERT Basic Training Instructor's Guide for Unit 6: "Reinforce with participants that scribes can produce useful, high-quality documentation without using the forms as long as they take detailed notes of all activities." So, we took this idea and ran with it. The final result is what we call "UnForms," a handy reference guide to use while writing on any type of paper (we recommend a cheap, spiral-bound, ruled school notebook). The UnForm sheet lists each form by number and abbreviation, along with a list of fields each form should include. In this way, CERTs can "free form" their forms, using one notebook paper form type, or one line per event (with form abbreviation used on the left). In practice, I tell them to trim the page down and tape it to the inside front cover of their notebook for easy reference. If you think you can get some use out of it, download the most current version from: unforms.pdf -ms 33 2018-02-20
  10. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) will phase out the traditional ARES report forms later this year in favor of an online system called ARES Connect, a volunteer management, communications, and reporting system. The new system will allow information to be logged by ARES members and managed through the Field Organization. The advent of ARES Connect was among other highlights in “The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) 2017 Annual Report,” released this week. “ARES Connect is a volunteer management system that covers event signup, reporting, and roster management,” ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, said. “It does not change how ARES operates when serving a partner entity; it is simply a system that will make managing volunteers and events easier.” Beta testing of ARES Connect will begin in March. ARES made changes to its report forms last year to make it easier to process information at ARRL Headquarters and to standardize the format for all forms. ARES Monthly Reports have been posted to the ARRL website, providing regular information on Amateur Radio public service communication activity, the report noted. According to the 2017 report, ARES membership stands at 31,332, up by nearly 13% from 2016. The number of emergency operations events reported was up by 665 from the previous year, with 1,913 reported in 2017. The top three states in terms of ARES membership in 2017 were California (2,265), Texas (1,930), and Ohio (1,858). Reported ARES events amounted to 51,673 in 2017 — a 4% increase — accounting for 718,930 volunteer hours at a calculated value of more than $17.3 million. “There was a noticeable increase in reported activity during August through November,” the ARES 2017 Annual Report said. “During this period there was Amateur Radio response activity for hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria; wildfires in the western states, and the total solar eclipse that occurred on August 21.” According to the report, 26 states gained ARES members, while 13 lost members. Source:ARRL Clipped from: http://qrznow.com/amateur-radio-emergency-service-transitioning-to-new-online-reporting-system/
  11. CLAREMONT AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETYPresentsAn Amateur Radio Swap MeatThird Saturday of each monthTime: 6 AM – 11 AMLocation: Granite Creek Community Church parking lot.1580 N. Claremont Blvd. Claremont, CA 91711Entry is FREE to visit. Sellers; $10 per spaceAdditional info; KG6ABF@ YAHOO.COM Rick KK6CTT & Carrie KM6LOO, will be meeting at the swap meet around 7:00 A.M. (ish), on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
  12. Banning Pass Riverside Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is pleased to offer to our communities Amateur Radio Technician Class, two-day course. This course is being offered free to anyone interested in getting involved in Amateur Radio. We are offering a two-day class to assist in providing interested parties the opportunity to gain their entry into the fascinating hobby of Amateur Radio. Amateur Radio Operators come from all walks of life from many different professions to create what is known as the largest and most diverse groups with many specialty backgrounds. Amateur Radio is not only a hobby but it also provides direct public service to its community by serving your communities Office of Emergency Management, Public Safety communities as well as Hospitals and National Weather Service to name a few. They also provide direct support of State Government and Non-Government agencies as well as Federal Agencies like the Department of Defense and Homeland Security. There is a little something for everyone. The biggest draw is being there for your neighbors when the power goes out or when disaster strikes. How will you communicate when there is an earthquake, the power goes out, cell towers fail, internet stops working? Amateur Radio is best used “When All Else Fails” because it doesn’t rely on commercial infrastructure to make it work. If you want to learn how to help your community or learn how you can communicate off the grid or when all else fails, come to our course and learn how. All are welcome to attend. The Course if free, however; you must pay a FCC Fee ($15.00) to take the FCC test. Classes will be held on Saturday and Sunday, February 17th and 18th. Times as follows: Saturday, February 17th, 2018 9:AM to 5:PM Sunday, February 18th, 2018 9:AM to 5:PM Location: San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, Building C 600 N Highland Springs Ave, Banning, CA 92220 License testing being offered Sunday Afternoon To register, please contact Larry Williams, N6LPW@arrl.net , class is limited to 25 so RSVP is required. This course will use the Amateur Radio Level 1 Technical License Syllabus by Jack Tiley (AD7FO) which can be downloaded at: http://www.vhfclub.org/downloads/License study Syllabus's/Technician-rev1-7.pdf Optionally, the Student may wish to purchase the ARRL Ham Radio License Course Manual 3rd Edition which is available from Amazon in Hardcopy ($29.95) or Kindle editions ($19.95). Recommended, but not required. ARRL VEC Exam Fees: The ARRL VEC Exam Fee for 2018 is $15.00 (for one attempt at all three license elements). If a candidate fails an element at an exam session and wants to re-test for the same element, an additional fee will be required.
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