2017 Guest Speaker Schedule

Updated: 02/10/2017
All Presentations are Scheduled to Coincide with General Meeting Dates
2017 Scheduled Upcoming Presentations:

1/06/17 – We had a guest speaker for the Friday January 6th meeting.   Steve Wilson, W6SDY, presented on Direction Finding Methodologies and eccentric uses for AM broadcast receivers.

2/03/17 – Dr. Uhrhammer, WA6VEX, presented on earthquake early warning. He was research seismologist with the UCB Seismology Lab and is now retired after 30 years with the Working Group for California Earthquake Probabilities and the California Integrated Seismic Network. He updated us on earthquake prediction and preparedness.

3/03/17 – Bill Buzzbee will present on homebuilt 16-bit computer and rebuilding a teletype. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

4/07/17 – Our own Rob Rowlands, NZ6J, will present Software Defined Radio (SDR). PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

5/05/17 – Leighton Hills will present on West Marin WISP. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

6/02/17 – To be Announced. We have a tentative speaker (NOT YET CONFRIMED). Michelle Paquette is scheduled to present on Antenna Basic Principals. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

7/07/17 – To be Announced. No Scheduled Speaker. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

8/04/17 – Our own Alan Bowker, WA6DNR, will present on current operating availilities for working ham radio satellites. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

9/01/17 – To be Announced. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

10/06/17 – To be Announced. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

11/03/17 – To be Announced. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming to the pre-meeting dinner.

December TBD 2017 Our annual Holiday Party will be our December General Membership Meeting.  No presentation in December. We charge a fee to attend our Holiday Party, which includes dinner and door prizes.  Paid members and guests are welcome. PLEASE RSVP to rsvp@w6sg.net if you are coming.

Posted in Club Events, Education, Uncategorized

How to Use Your Radio Class Scheduled

Will be on Feb 25 at the public service thank you meeting, there will a break out session for new operators and any one interested . 11:00 AM.
RSVP to Kris Backenstose, KK6AYC

Posted in Club Events, Education, Uncategorized

Public Service Thank-You Lunch 2/25/17

The thank-you lunch for 2016 public service volunteers and an orientation for returning public service volunteers has been set for Saturday, February 25 at 11:00 AM at the clubhouse at 27 Shell Road in Mill Valley.

Flier: PS-February-17

Reserve your space at: RSVP@W6SG.NET.

Posted in Club Events, Public Service, Uncategorized

Next Monthly Meeting Date

Updated: 02/10/2017
The next regular monthly meeting of the Marin Amateur Radio Society will be Friday, March 03, 2017, and will be held at the Alto Clubhouse. We have a guest speaker for the meeting.   Steve Wilson, W6SDY, who will be exploring Direction Finding Methodologies and eccentric uses for AM broadcast receivers. Please RSVP if you want attend the pre-meeting dinner. Members and guests are welcomed. Please RSVP to: rsvp@w6sg.net/ if you plan to attend the pre-meeting dinner, so we have enough food. (Meetings are normally held on the first Friday 7:30 PM, monthly; except July and December.) See: Guest Speaker for more information.

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 09, 2017, 7:30PM, at the Alto Clubhouse.  Members and guests are welcomed.  (Normally held the second Thursday 7:30 PM, monthly.)

There is an informal get together at the Alto Clubhouse, weekly on most Sunday mornings; 08:30 – 11:30ish.  If there is a holiday that falls on Sunday, no one opens up the clubhouse.  The CW practice group and the repair group meet Sundays at the Clubhouse around 10:00am.

The HF Sunday Morning Net is scheduled at 09:00 am, the VHF Sunday Morning Net is scheduled at 10:15 am. See: Nets for more information.

There is a Technician Class starting on Date TBD, 2017.   More details at: MARS Education Page

(Directions to the ClubhouseMARS Alto Clubhouse

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Our New Website is Here!

If you are seeing this, it means our new website is live!  Take a look around.  Is there something missing?  Is something not working quite right?  Use the new contact form to send us feedback.  This is a work in progress, so be patient, but let us know what you think.

Posted in Club Events, Uncategorized

Next Exam Date: March 05, 2017

Interested in getting your license, or upgrading your current license?  Exams will be administered at the MARS clubhouse on Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 14:00 (2 PM).  (sorry, exams only, no instruction).  Click here for more information.
Updated: 12/29/16

Posted in Club Events, Regulatory

Board Recommends Proposed By-Laws Changes

The Board of Directors has recommended proposed By-Laws changes to voted on by the membership at the June meeting.

Click to download the changes: Changes 2017v6

Full Document: Proposed ByLaws2017v6

By-Laws Proposed Changes in 2107

We have gone through the By-Laws and updated them, according our current practices. We have also added provisions for mailed and electronic balloting to transact business, since we rarely get 25% of the members at a meeting (a quorum).
There was discussion among the Board of Directors about reducing the size of the Board of Directors.   There was discussion among the Board of Directors about the dues structure.

Proposed existing language to be deleted is in Strikethrough type, proposed language to added is in red type.

<Update Logo; Article 3 S1, S3, S4, S13, Notations; Article 5 S2; Article 9 S1; Article 12 S1, S2, S4, S9; Article 13 S2, S3, S5 as Amended 2017>

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ARTICLE 3
DIRECTORS
Please see notations at the bottom of ARTICLE 3-DIRECTORS
SECTION 1. NUMBER
The corporation shall have nine (9) seven (7) directors and not more than two Trustee(s) of License, and collectively they shall be known as the Board of Directors. The number may be changed by amendment of this bylaw, or by repeal of this bylaw and adoption of a new bylaw, as provided in these Bylaws. It shall be the intent of this provision to have a number less than 10% of the membership serve on the Board of Directors, but not less than the number of Officers mentioned elsewhere in these By-Laws. (see notations) <Amended 03/31/2000> <Amended 01/15/2014> (SEE NOTATIONS) <Amended 2017>
The Trustee(s) of License shall be permanent members of the Board of Directors as long as he or she continues to hold that capacity (subject to the provisions of Section 4, Paragraph b, below), or until such time as the Board of Directors removes that person from that capacity. The corporation shall have not more than two (2) Trustee(s) of License, who may vote in the Board of Directors meetings, on matters affecting club held licenses. In the event that a Trustee of License also serves as an elected Director or Officer of the Corporation, then that position shall be considered as one and the same.
<Amended 03/31/2000> <Amended 01/15/2014> <Amended 2017>
All directors of this corporation shall be members of the corporation in good standing and must possess a current, valid and renewable amateur radio operator’s license recognized or issued by the Federal Communications Commission. AMENDED NOVEMBER 1990: <Amended 03/31/2000>
SECTION 3. DUTIES
It shall be the duty of the d Directors and Trustee(s) of License to: <Amended 2017>
(e) Register their mailing addresses and their electronic addresses with the secretary of the corporation, and notices of meetings mailed or communicated to them at such addresses shall be valid notices thereof. <Amended 03/31/2000> <Amended 2017>
SECTION 4. TERMS OF OFFICE
a) Each director shall hold office for a term of two (2) years until the next annual meeting for election of the Board of Directors as specified in these Bylaws, and until his or her successor is elected and qualifies. No board member may serve more than three (3) consecutive terms. <Amended 03/31/2000> <Amended 01/15/2014> <Amended 2017>
b) The Trustee(s) of License shall be appointed by the Board of Directors, to be confirmed by a vote of the general membership, with a majority of the ballots cast, every two years, and may serve until his / her resignation, death, or removal by the Board of Directors. (Trustee of W6SG to be confirmed in even numbered years, Trustee of K6GWE to be confirmed in odd numbered years.) All Trustee(s) of License of this corporation shall be members of the corporation in good standing and must possess a current, valid and renewable amateur radio operator’s license recognized or issued by the Federal Communications Commission. <Amended 01/15/2014> <Amended 2017>
SECTION 13. QUORUM FOR MEETINGS
A quorum shall consist of five (5) four (4) directors, except as otherwise provided in these Bylaws or in the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, or by law. No business shall be considered by the board at any meeting at which a quorum, as hereinafter defined, is not present, and the only motion which the chairperson shall entertain at such meeting is a motion to adjourn.<Amended 03/31/2000> <Amended 2017>
NOTATIONS: It is understood and agreed prior to the 2017 amendment to these bylaws, to reduce the number of serving directors from nine to seven, that the currently serving directors shall serve until the end of their respective elected terms. The appointed Trustees of License will not be considered voting members of the Board of Directors in 2018 or after, except for license matters, unless elected by the membership to an open position on the Board. One director slot shall be eliminated in 2018 and an additional slot shall be eliminated in 2019. In 2018 this corporation shall have 8 elected directors. In 2019 this corporation shall 7 elected directors.

ARTICLE 5
COMMITTEES
SECTION 2. OTHER COMMITTEES
(a) The corporation shall have such other committees as may from time to time be designated by resolution of the Board of Directors. Such other committees may consist of persons who are not also members of the board. These additional committees shall act in an advisory capacity only to the board and shall be clearly titled as “advisory” committees.
(b) Standing committees shall be:
1. Club Station and Facilities
2. Membership <Amended 03/31/2000>
3. Education
4. Repeater Technical Committee <Amended 03/31/2000>
5. Public Service Committee <Added 2017>

ARTICLE 9
AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS
SECTION 1. AMENDMENT
Subject to any provision of law applicable to the amendment of Bylaws of public benefit nonprofit corporations, these Bylaws, or any of them, may be altered, amended, or repealed and new Bylaws adopted as follows:
(a) Subject to the power of members to change or repeal these Bylaws under Section 5150 of the Corporation Code, by approval of the Board of Directors unless the bylaw amendment would materially and adversely affect the rights of members as to voting or transfer, provided, however, if this corporation has admitted any members, then a bylaw specifying or changing the fixed number of directors of the corporation, the maximum or minimum number of directors, or changing from a fixed to variable board, or vice versa,
may not be adopted, amended, or repealed, except as provided in subparagraph (b) of this section; or
(b) By approval of the members of this corporation, by a majority vote of the membership at any general membership meeting at which a quorum is present, or by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next membership meeting. <Amended 2017>

ARTICLE 12
MEMBERS
SECTION 1. DETERMINATION AND RIGHTS OF MEMBERS
The corporation shall have five (5) six (6) classes types of members. Each dues-paying member is entitled to one vote. No members shall hold more than one membership in the corporation. Except as expressly provided in or authorized by the Articles of Incorporation or Bylaws of this corporation, all dues-paying memberships shall have the same rights, privileges, restrictions, and conditions. <Amended 2017>
SECTION 2. QUALIFICATIONS OF MEMBERS
The qualifications for membership in this corporation are as follows: Any person with expressed interest in amateur radio. Membership in this corporation shall not have any regard for the gender, race, creed, political affiliation, religious belief, ethnic origin, nationality, or licensed status of the member; other than the restrictions on Serving Directors in Article 3, Section 1. <Amended 2017>
SECTION 4. FEES, DUES, AND ASSESSMENTS
(a) The following fee shall be charged for making application for membership in the corporation: None.
(b) The Board of Directors of Marin Amateur Radio Club Society shall establish dues for each type of membership, subject to the approval of the majority vote of the members present at a regular general membership meeting, or by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next membership meeting. Dues for the various membership types shall be published in the club’s monthly publication, the QSA-5. Dues shall be due and payable on the first day of the fiscal year as specified in ARTICLE 8, and shall be considered delinquent 180 days following that date. Dues payments accepted after October 31 of any year, shall applied to the subsequent year’s payment of dues, and the payee shall be considered as a member-in-good-standing, until dues payment is due again. <Amended 1/15/2014> <Amended 2017>
(c) Memberships shall be non-assessable. <sp>
(d) The Board of Directors of Marin Amateur Radio Society may wave payment of dues by any group of members (other than themselves), for good cause, subject to the approval of a majority vote of the members present at a regular general membership meeting, or by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next membership meeting. Any member who is exempted from paying annual dues shall be classified as an Honorary Member as listed in sub-paragraph (e)(5) below, unless otherwise specified in the motion by the Board of Directors and ratified by the membership.<Added 2017>
(d e) There shall be five (5) six (6) types of memberships as follows: <Amended 2017>
1. Individual membership. Members who submit individual applications and pay annual dues for one member. As previously approved by the membership, individuals who take any class for getting any class of license, taught by our instruction team; and subsequently pass an examination to obtain a license or upgrade their license, within 90 days of the conclusion of the class; shall be granted individual membership, for the remainder of the current calendar year. If the examination occurs after October 31 of any year, the individual shall granted the subsequent year’s membership, and the individual shall be considered as a member-in-good-standing, until dues payment is due again. <Amended 2017>
2. Family membership. Limited to members who submit their entire family, regardless of number, on one application form and pay annual membership dues. “Families” shall be defined as persons desiring membership who reside at the same mailing address. <Amended 1/15/2014>
3. Senior/Student membership. Senior membership is available to members who are fully retired. The dues rate shall be set by the Board of Directors according the provisions of paragraph (b) above. If the Board of Directors fails to set a different rate for Senior members, they shall pay the rate set for Individual members, or as appropriate the rate, set for Family membership. A student who is enrolled in a recognized school or college may enroll at the same dues as senior members. <Amended 2017>
4. Life membership. Life membership may be conferred as an honor on any member who has served the Marin Amateur Radio Society in an exemplary fashion. The Board of Directors may nominate a member for Life Membership. A majority vote of the membership at an annual meeting at which a quorum is present can confer this honor on any regular member, or may be conferred by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the December membership meeting. Life members shall be entitled to vote and/or hold office and are exempt from paying dues. <Amended 2017>
5. Honorary membership. Awarded to nonmembers who have rendered distinguished service to Marin Amateur Radio Society, or be considered an asset to have in the membership roll. Honorary membership shall be offered and continued at the discretion of the Board of Directors and be approved by the majority of the voting members present at a regular board meeting. Honorary members shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.
6. Student membership. A full-time student who is enrolled in a recognized, accredited school or college may enroll at the rate determined by the Board of Directors, according the provisions of paragraph (b) above. If the Board of Directors fails to set a different rate for Student members, they shall pay the rate set for Individual members, or as appropriate the rate, set for Family membership. Student members shall be entitled to vote and/or hold office. <Added 2017>
7. SECTION 9. TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
(a) Grounds for termination. The membership of a member shall terminate upon the occurrence of any of the following events:
(3) If this corporation has provided for the payment of dues by members, upon a failure to renew his or her membership by paying dues on or before their due delinquent date, such termination to be effective thirty (30) days after a written notification of delinquency is given personally or mailed to such member by the secretary of the corporation or the Membership Chair. A member may avoid such termination by paying the amount of delinquent dues within a thirty-day (30-day) period following the member’s receipt of the written notification of delinquency. All memberships, when is this corporation has provided for the payment of dues by members, shall expire at the end of the of the fiscal year as specified in ARTICLE 8 . <Amended 2017>

ARTICLE 13
MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
SECTION 2. ANNUAL AND OTHER REGULAR MEETINGS
Regular meetings of the membership of this club shall be held on the first Friday of each month at 7:30 p.m. or at such alternate time and date as approved by a majority vote of the Board of Directors. <Amended 03/31/2000>
Regular meetings of the membership may be cancelled from time to time as need and necessity determine with the approval of the Board of Directors. <Amended 03/31/2000>
The membership regular meeting scheduled for the month of November of each year shall be designated as the annual meeting, for the purposes of presentation of candidates for election to the Board of Directors, and transacting other business as may come before the meeting. Voting for the election of directors shall be by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the December membership meeting.
All other business that comes before the Annual Meeting, if a quorum is present, may be decided by a vote of the majority of the members present; or may be decided by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the December membership meeting. The November meeting of members for these stated purposes shall be deemed a regular meeting, and any reference in these Bylaws to regular meetings of members shall also refer to this annual meeting. <Amended 1/15/2014> <Amended 2017>
If the day fixed for the annual meeting or other regular meetings falls on or near a legal holiday, such meeting shall be held at the same hour and place on a day as determined by the Board of Directors.
SECTION 3. SPECIAL MEETINGS OF MEMBERS
(a) Persons who may call special meetings of members: Special meetings of the members shall be called by the Board of Directors or the president of the corporation. In addition, special meetings of the members for any lawful purpose may be called by five (5) percent or more of the members. Any business that comes before a Special Meeting, if a quorum is present, may be decided by a vote of the majority of the members present; or may be decided by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next membership meeting. <Amended 2017>
SECTION 5. QUORUM FOR MEETINGS
A quorum shall consist of twenty-five percent (25%) of the voting members of the corporation. The members present at a duly called and held meeting at which a quorum is initially present may continue to do business, notwithstanding the loss of a quorum at the meeting due to a withdrawal of members from the meeting, provided that any action taken after the loss of a quorum must be approved by at least a majority of the members required to constitute a quorum, or may be decided by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next membership meeting. <Amended 1/15/2014> <Amended 2017>
In the absence of a quorum, any meeting of the members may be adjourned by the vote of a majority of the votes represented in person at the meeting. No business shall be transacted at such meeting. Any business that is presented at any meeting, that requires a vote of the membership, if a quorum is not present, may upon a vote by the Board of Directors, may be submitted by a vote of the membership; to be decided by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next scheduled membership meeting. <Amended 2017>
SECTION 6. MAJORITY ACTION AS MEMBERSHIP ACTION
Every act or decision done or made by a majority of voting members present in person at a duly held meeting at which a quorum is present is the act of the members, unless the law, the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, or these Bylaws require a greater number. Any business that is presented at any duly held meeting, that requires a vote of the membership, if a quorum is not present, may upon a vote by the Board of Directors, may be submitted by a vote of the membership; to be decided by either mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, and the vote tabulation shall be published in the club publication and announced at the next scheduled membership meeting. Any such act or decision done or made by a majority of voting members voting by mail ballot or electronic balloting of the membership, is an act of the members, unless the law, the Articles of Incorporation of this corporation, or these Bylaws require a greater number. <Amended 2017>

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Mega VE Session at Cal March 15

VE’s are needed. We expect almost 80 candidates from the EE Department and the Solar Car Department. Candidates must preregister for this session Soda Hall, Wozniak Lounge starting about 6:30PM – 10:00PM. Contact Sharon, AA6XZ, if you are available.

Posted in Education, Regulatory, Uncategorized

Cal Balloon Launch March 14.

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Hi-Alt. Balloon Launch

Mission: EBARC-HENRY-1 (Named after the late Henry Primbsch, KK6PH)
Date: Pi Day, Tuesday, March 14th 2017
(Depending on weather)
Location: Memorial Glade – UCB Time: 10AM

Cal Amateur Radio Club invites students to plan, and launch (and retrieve) a high altitude balloon. Your enthusiasm is all that is required. Chasers are needed, contact Martin Rothfield, W6MRR at: dcmk1mr2 at gmail.com

For more information, join list: supernode-ham@lists.berkeley.edu

Posted in Education, Uncategorized

California Mobile Cellular Statute Revision AB.1785

From ARRL:

California has revised its State statutes addressing mobile wireless
operation. This was done without any advance notice to ARRL
Headquarters from radio amateurs in California. This new statute has
raised serious concerns since its passage by the State legislature and
enactment by the Governor of California for one principal reason: There
was included in the prior mobile cellular statute in California a
complete exemption for licensed Amateur Radio operators, which was not
included in this new legislation. The new legislation completely
replaces the earlier legislation. The new legislation reads as follows:

(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding and
operating a handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless
communications device unless the wireless telephone or electronic
wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured
to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation, and it is used in
that manner while driving.
(b)  This section shall not apply to manufacturer-installed systems
that are embedded in the vehicle.
(c)  A handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless
communications device may be operated in a manner requiring the use of
the driver’s hand while the driver is operating the vehicle only if
both of the following conditions are satisfied:
(1)  The handheld wireless telephone or electronic wireless
communications device is mounted on a vehicle’s windshield in the
same manner a portable Global Positioning System (GPS) is mounted
pursuant to paragraph (12) of subdivision (b) of Section 26708 or is
mounted on or affixed to a vehicle’s dashboard or center console in a
manner that does not hinder the driver’s view of the road.
(2)  The driver’s hand is used to activate or deactivate a feature
or function of the handheld wireless telephone or wireless
communications device with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the
driver’s finger.
(d)  A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a base
fine of twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense and fifty dollars
($50) for each subsequent offense.

Here is the definition of an electronic wireless communications device
in the Bill:

(f)  For the purposes of this section, “electronic wireless
communications device” includes, but is not limited to, a broadband
personal communication device, a specialized mobile radio device, a
handheld device or laptop computer with mobile data access, a pager, or
a two-way messaging device.

While AB 1785 does eliminate the mobile exemption for Amateur Radio
from the prior statute, there is no indication in this definition of
any intention to preclude either two-way private land mobile voice
communications or Amateur Radio communications. The specific reference
to SMRs and pagers is exclusionary rather than inclusive. They are CMRS
facilities, as are broadband PCS devices and two-way messaging devices.
It would be impossible to include Amateur portable transceivers in the
category of “electronic wireless communications device” as defined
in the Statute unless those were actually being used for mobile data
access while the control operator was driving a motor vehicle. Of
course, the principal use of Amateur portable transceivers is for
two-way voice communications.

The legislative record on this Statute indicates that it was intended
to apply to non-voice, non-text services now available on “smart
phones” (such as streaming video), which the former law did not
prohibit explicitly. However, due to some rather poor draftsmanship in
the text of the legislation defining what constitutes an “electronic
wireless communications device,” it is impossible to determine the
universe of such devices that are included in the definition. This is
because the definition above includes the words “but not limited
to” in giving examples of electronic devices that cannot be operated
while also operating a motor vehicle in California.

Furthermore, the foregoing analysis is very technical. ARRL is
concerned that law enforcement officers might interpret the new
statutory language in the Vehicle Code more broadly than we believe was
intended.  Law enforcement officers are not necessarily skilled enough
in telecommunications technology to be able to make the fine
distinctions that radio amateurs are capable of, and they should not be
expected to do so, where the legislative intent is not clearly
expressed.

While there is a risk that licensed Amateur Radio operators in
California using portable transceivers in their cars while driving may
be subject to sanctions from police officers, the intent of the
legislation clearly is to address handheld phones and mobile data and
not private land mobile, dispatch radios, or mobile radios for voice
communications with handheld mics.

The definitions in state mobile cellular and mobile texting laws do
make a difference. There are two ways to protect Amateur Radio in the
drafting of those statutes: one is by sufficiently narrowly defining
prohibited activity so as to exclude Amateur Radio. The other is to
create specific exemptions where the definitions are confusing. This
statute is an example of poor legislative draftsmanship. It creates a
motor vehicle law with citations issued for certain activity that
includes the words “but is not limited to” in the language defining the
violation. However, what is included does not proscribe use of mobile
Amateur Radio equipment for voice communications.

There are several ways to respond to this. Perhaps the most difficult
is to obtain a legislative amendment that either restores the Amateur
Radio exemption from the prior legislation. Obtaining curative
legislation so soon after enactment of a state statute is not
politically the most simple of tasks, and State legislatures are not in
session for long periods each year. That fix could take some time.
Another option is to attempt to obtain a favorable exclusionary
interpretation of the new Statute from the California Attorney
General’s office, which we understand has already been attempted
unsuccessfully by some California radio Amateurs, though the effort
could be renewed). Finally, if there is an instance of a radio amateur
being cited for violating the statute, a successful defense of that
citation could be used as a precedent for precluding subsequent
instances of application of the Statute to licensed radio Amateurs.

ARRL monitors state legislation in two ways; one is via a legislative
monitoring service that responds to key word searches and which did
identify this legislation, which when originally introduced was not in
the form ultimately enacted. The second is through ARRL’s section
level State Government Liaisons who monitor state and local
legislation. However, these efforts are not foolproof; mobile cellular
legislation is often introduced and passed on very short notice, and
State legislative sessions are very short. Proposed legislation during
those sessions change often. In this case, some retroactive advocacy is
called for, but the legislation is not as disruptive of mobile Amateur
Radio operation as the current level of concern would indicate. Nor are
the sanctions particularly severe for first or even subsequent offenses.
ARRL expects to pursue a fix for this through its advocacy efforts.

Posted in Regulatory, Uncategorized

Several CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from ISS

From ARRL:

SB SPACE ARL ARLS003
ARLS003 Several CubeSats with Amateur Radio Payloads Deployed from
ISS

Several CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads were placed into
orbit on January 16 from the International Space Station (ISS). Six
CubeSats delivered to the ISS in December were deployed from the
Kibo airlock using the new JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
(J-SSOD).  Information on J-SSOD can be found on the web at, http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kiboexp/jssod/
.

Satellites carrying Amateur Radio payloads included ITF-2,
Waseda-Sat-3, AOBA-Velox-3, and TuPOD (including Tancredo-1).
University of Tsukuba designed and built ITF-2, with a downlink of
437.525 MHz. Waseda-Sat-3, a project of Waseda University, downlinks
CW and FM telemetry on 437.29 MHz. AOBA-Velox-3 downlinks GMSK
telemetry on 437.225 MHz. Tancredo-1, a Brazil middle school
project, will transmit AFSK on 437.200 MHz.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has posted a video on
the launches and related activities.  Further information can be
found on the JAXA website at, http://global.jaxa.jp/ .

Posted in Operating Events, Uncategorized

New “Amateur Radio Parity Act” Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

From ARRL:

SB QST ARL ARLB005
ARLB005 New “Amateur Radio Parity Act” Bill Introduced in US House
of Representatives

H.R. 555 – a new “Amateur Radio Parity Act” bill – has been
introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill’s language
is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which passed in
the House late last summer but failed in the waning days of the US
Senate to gain the necessary support. As with H.R. 1301, the new
measure introduced on January 13 in the 115th Congress was sponsored
by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), with initial co-sponsorship by Rep.
Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Walden now
chairs the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, to which the new
bill has been referred. H.R. 555 will get an initial airing in the
Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. When H.R. 1301 came
up in committee, Walden spoke forcefully in favor of the measure,
which ultimately attracted 126 House cosponsors.

Information on H.R. 555 can be found on the web at, https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/555?r=27 .

“Rep. Kinzinger has again stepped forward to introduce this
important legislation,” said ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF.
“Kinzinger’s commitment stems from exposure to what the Amateur
Radio community brings to the service of all communities. The ARRL
and radio amateurs nationwide owe Rep. Kinzinger a resounding ‘Thank
You!’ for his efforts on their behalf.”

H.R. 555 calls on the FCC to establish rules prohibiting the
application of deed restrictions that preclude Amateur Radio
communications on their face or as applied. Deed restrictions would
have to impose the minimum practicable restriction on Amateur Radio
communications to accomplish the lawful purposes of homeowners
association seeking to enforce the restriction.

The ARRL Board of Directors is expected to discuss the pending
legislation when it meets January 20-21.

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Marin / Redxa Field Day Site

The Marin ARS / Redwood Empire DX Association (REDXA) Field Day will return to last year’s site, Monkey Ranch south of Petaluma.
More details later.

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AMSAT reports that the launch date for RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has been moved to August

From ARRL:

ARLS002 RadFxSat (Fox-1B) Launch Moved to Late August

AMSAT reports that the launch date for RadFxSat (Fox-1B) has been
moved to August 29, 2017. RadFxSat is one of four CubeSats making up
the NASA ELaNa XIV mission, riding as secondary payloads aboard the
Joint Polar Satellite System JPSS-1 mission.

Information on ElaNa can be found on the web at, https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/smallsats/elana/index.html
.

RadFxSat features the Fox-1 style Amateur Radio FM U/V repeater,
with an uplink on 435.250 MHz (67.0 Hz CTCSS) and a downlink on
145.960 MHz. Satellite and experiment telemetry will be downlinked
via the “DUV” subaudible telemetry stream and can be decoded with
the FoxTelem software.

JPSS-1 will launch on a Delta II from Vandenberg Air Force Base,
California. RadFxSat is a partnership with Vanderbilt University
ISDE and hosts four payloads for the study of radiation effects on
commercial off-the-shelf components.

RadFxSat construction and testing was completed in the fourth
quarter of 2016, and the CubeSat is currently in clean storage at
Fox Labs, awaiting delivery and integration, now scheduled for June.

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ARLB004 ARRL Asks FCC to Allocate New 5 MHz Band

From ARRL:

SB QST ARL ARLB004
ARLB004 ARRL Asks FCC to Allocate New 5 MHz Band, Retain Channels
and Current Power Limit

ARRL has asked the FCC to allocate a new, secondary contiguous band
at 5 MHz to the Amateur Service, while also retaining four of the
current five 60-meter channels and current operating rules,
including the 100 W PEP effective radiated power (ERP) limit. The
federal government is the primary user of the 5 MHz spectrum. The
proposed action would implement a portion of the Final Acts of World
Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (WRC-15) that provided for a
secondary international allocation of 5,351.5 to 5,366.5 kHz to the
Amateur Service; that band includes 5,358.5 KHz, one of the existing
5 MHz channels in the US.

“Such implementation will allow radio amateurs engaged in emergency
and disaster relief communications, and especially those between the
United States and the Caribbean basin, to more reliably, more
flexibly and more capably conduct those communications [and
preparedness exercises], before the next hurricane season in the
summer of 2017,” ARRL said in a January 12 Petition for Rule Making.
The FCC has not yet acted to implement other portions of the WRC-15
Final Acts.

The Petition for Rule Making can be found on the web in PDF format
at, http://www.arrl.org/attachments/view/News/87580 .

The League said that 14 years of Amateur Radio experience using the
five discrete 5-MHz channels have shown that hams can get along well
with primary users at 5 MHz, while complying with the regulations
established for their use. “Neither ARRL, nor, apparently, NTIA is
aware of a single reported instance of interference to a federal
user by a radio amateur operating at 5 MHz to date,” ARRL said in
its petition. NTIA – the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration, which regulates federal spectrum – initially
proposed the five channels for Amateur Radio use. In recent years,
Amateur Radio has cooperated with federal users such as FEMA in
conducting communication interoperability exercises.

“While the Amateur Radio community is grateful to the Commission and
to NTIA for the accommodation over the past 14 years of some access
to the 5-MHz band, the five channels are, simply stated, completely
inadequate to accommodate the emergency preparedness needs of the
Amateur Service in this HF frequency range,” ARRL said, adding that
the five 2.8-kHz wide channels “have not provided sufficient
capacity to enable competent emergency preparedness and disaster
relief capability.”

Access even to the tiny 15-kHz wide band adopted at WRC-15 would
“radically improve the current, very limited capacity of the Amateur
Service in the United States to address emergencies and disaster
relief,” ARRL said. “This is most notably true in the Caribbean
Basin, but the same effect will be realized elsewhere as well, at
all times of the day and night, and at all times of the sunspot
cycle.”

In its Petition, ARRL also called upon the FCC to retain the same
service rules now governing the five channels for the new band. The
WRC-15 Final Acts stipulated a power limit of 15 W effective
isotropic radiated power (EIRP), which the League said “completely
defeats the entire premise for the allocation in the first place.”

“For precisely the same reasons that the Commission consented to a
power increase on the five channels as recently as 2011 [from 50 W
PEP ERP to 100 W PEP ERP], the Commission should permit a power
level of 100 W PEP ERP, assuming use of a 0 dBd gain antenna, in the
contiguous 60-meter band,” ARRL said. “To impose the power limit
adopted at WRC-15 for the contiguous band would render the band
unsuitable for emergency and public service communications.”

ARRL pointed out that the ITU Radio Regulations permit assignments
that are at variance with the International Table of Allocations,
provided a non-interference condition is attached, limiting the use
of such an assignment relative to stations operating in accordance
with the Table.

The League asked that General class or higher licensees be permitted
to use the band. The FCC will not invite comments on the League’s
Petition until it puts it on public notice and assigns a Rule Making
(RM) number.

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