ARRL Proposes FCC Waive Amateur Radio Fees

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5XS, Nov 19, 2020.

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  1. N1IPU

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    I get your letter but wonder if the latest incompetent disaster with the hurricane was to disprove our worth to emergency response. Think about how no one running the net or the ARRL doesn't have or didn't read the world radio handbook. I tend to think they knew that station would go live and did it anyways. People should resign but I doubt that will ever happen considering how much they CYA.
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  2. N1IPU

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    I care for both, I feel minors and those on fixed income should be exempt but took a lot of flak for suggesting it on a previous thread.
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  3. N0KEW

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    what happened? Details please.
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  4. N1FM

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    I think he's referring to the HWN disaster disaster. This, from ARRL NewsLetter:

    International Broadcast Station Interference Overwhelms Hurricane Watch Net

    As Category 4 Hurricane Iota neared landfall in Central America on November 16, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) was forced to suspend operations at 0300 UTC because of what HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, described as “deafening interference from a foreign AM broadcast station that came out of nowhere at 0200 UTC.” At the time, the net had shifted to its 40-meter frequency of 7.268 kHz, collecting real-time weather and damage reports via amateur radio.

    “This was heartbreaking for our team, as the eyewall of Iota was just barely offshore,” Graves said. “The storm had weakened slightly to a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 155 MPH.” After activating at 1300 UTC, the net was able to collect and forward reports from various parts of Nicaragua and Honduras via WX4NHC throughout the day for relay to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Iota was the most powerful storm on record to make landfall this late in the hurricane season.

    Graves said the very strong AM signal was on 7.265 MHz. “From my location, it was S-9,” he told ARRL. “You could not hear anything but the BC station.” Graves noted that other foreign broadcast stations were heard from 7.265 to 7.300 MHz and splattering close by.

    The offending signal appeared to be from a 500 kW broadcaster in Turkey. Graves said the HWN has a long history on 7.268 MHz, but that the net is now considering a 40-meter frequency below 7.2 MHz.

    Stations handling emergency traffic during the response to Category 5 Hurricane Iota had requested clear frequencies on November 16 to avoid interfering with the HWN and with WX4NHC, as well as with a Honduran emergency net operation on 7.180 MHz and a Nicaraguan emergency net operating on 7.098 MHz. It’s not known if those nets were also affected by interference from the numerous broadcasters on 40 meters.

    “Thank you to all who allowed us a clear frequency,” Graves said on behalf of the HWN.
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  5. WA2LXB

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    Anybody checked 60M lately? How quickly do you think hams would clear that band if needed in a national they FT-8 away...some of it quite likely unmanned and unmonitored?

    Leave the fee as-is for both first-time hams and renewals. It isn't don't keep trying to fix it until it is broken. Jack the fee for vanity signs if the FCC really feels it's warranted and needs to score some political points to fluff their resumes for future lobbyist jobs.

    20 hams in Tompkins County volunteer their time to drill, test radios, maintain repeaters and work with the county Director of Emergency Response to make sure that fire stations and the 911 call center are covered in the event of a tower strike or other single point failure vulnerability at our 911 dispatch center. We don't have an alternate 911 center or remote's bare bones and hams provide backup comms.

    If the FCC wants to hobble the RACES-active counties all over the USA by angering and losing hams and thus losing licensed RACES volunteers...go for it.
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  6. K4AGO

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    I support the ARRL and I would gladly pay a $50.00 fee every 10 years to be a ham. $5.00/year is a real bargain.
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  8. KV5J

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    I don't support the ARRL so I have plenty of $$ to pay the $50 every 10 years.
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  9. WA2LXB

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    I just want to be buried with my wife, Divine Liturgy, Bible, oscilloscope, antenna analyzer and Fluke DMM.

    Not sure what the above has to do with the FCC, but I wanted to get it on the record :D
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  10. WA2LXB

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    What I like about the ARRL: QST, W1AW, publications

    What I don't like about the ARRL: Everything else.
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