Letter 5/2015

TIME TO HEAD FOR THE BEACH:
Once again, the annual Northwestern Division Convention will be held at
Seaside Oregon on June 5, 6 & 7. As always, the convention is expected
to draw large crowds of Ham Radio enthusiasts and their families. With
lots of seminars to tons of equipment to buy – and of course flooding
the streets of Seaside with Ham Radio advocates, this year will be an
event not to miss.

ARRL Chief Operating Officer, Harold Kramer, WJ1B, will be in
attendance, along with Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI and Membership
Manager Diane Petrilli, KB1RNF. Stop by the ARRL Table and say hello.
There is still time to register online or at the convention desk. See
you at Seaside!

CHANGING EMAIL ADDRESSES:
From time to time, many of us change our email addresses. When the
primary email address changes, we need to remember to change our
forwarding settings in our reflector subscriptions and other forwarding
services, such as ARRL.net.

To continue to receive ARRL notices and e-letters, go to www.arrl.org
sign in with your username and password, then go to ‘edit your
profile’. You can now change your email address. It would be good
to bring this matter up at your club meetings, to remind others.

DIVISION/SECTION NEWSLETTERS:
At a couple of Hamfests, this year, I have heard the question “A
friend of mine said he gets newsletters from you, but I don’t; how do
I get them”?

Well if you are getting this newsletter, you can pass along the info at
your clubs and to your friends. To receive Division/Section Newsletters
and email, you have to ‘opt in’. Just like changing your email
address, sign in to your profile and select ‘subscriptions’ tab.
You can check the newsletters/emails you wish to receive.

AMATEUR RADIO POISED TO GAIN ACCESS TO TWO NEW BANDS:
The FCC has allocated a new LF band, 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, to the Amateur
Service on a secondary basis. Allocation of the 2.1 kHz segment, known
as 2200 meters, was in accordance with the Final Acts of the 2007 World
Radio Communication Conference (WRC-07). The Commission also has
proposed a new secondary 630 meter MF allocation at 472 to 479 kHz to
Amateur Radio, implementing decisions made at WRC-12. No Amateur Radio
operation will be permitted in either band until the FCC determines, on
the basis of comments, the specific Part 97 rules it must frame to
permit operation in the new bands. Amateur Radio would share both
allocations with unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems
operated by utilities to control the power grid, as well as with other
users. In addition, the FCC has raised the secondary Amateur Service
allocation at 1900 to 2000 kHz to primary, while providing for
continued use by currently unlicensed commercial fishing vessels of
radio buoys on the “open sea.”

See
http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-proposes-to-permit-amateur-access-to-2...
for more information.

ATTENTION VEC'S:
It has come to our attention that there may be some confusion in
regards to fees charged for license examination sessions. Please take
a look at: http://www.arrl.org/arrl-vec-exam-fees for rules regarding
testing fees.

WASHINGTON ESB 5656-2015:
ESB 5656, the most recent attempt at ‘hands free’ driving Bills,
seems to have passed and will become law on August 1, 2015. However,
because of the reference to "electronic data communication", someone
doing keyboarding on something like APRS or D-Star may have a problem,
but the run-of-the-mill voice communications does not appear to be
prohibited by SB 5656.

As we have reported in the past, the State Legislature has been
attempting to pass a Distracted Driving Bill that is in compliance with
the Federal MAP-21 guidelines. To that end, a Bill was finally passed
and becomes law on August 1, 2015.

Dan Henderson, ARRL Regulatory Information Manager, reports: “States
are taking a long look at their various distracted driving laws and
Washington is no exception. Recently, SB 5656 has been working its way
through the state legislature. The bill is geared towards regulating
things like texting, emailing, instant messaging, or engaging in any
other form of electronic data retrieval or electronic data
communication. This bill does not appear to focus on hands free
cell-phone usage and is addressing younger drivers, especially those
driving with an intermediate permit. While it does not appear to affect
those operating Amateur Radios while mobile, it is important to bear in
mind that all drivers - whether Amateurs or not - should pay close
attention to their driving when on the road”.

Using data entry devices such as computers, Tablets and even ham
equipment that require keyboard input, may be covered by SB5656.
Normal voice communications seems not to be covered because of the
MAP-21 definition of ‘wireless communication devices’.

NEW DIVISION STAFF APPOINTMENTS:
Please welcome Steve McKeen, W7QLO who has been appointed as a Division
Assistant Director, working with Faith Based Organizations –
especially in Emergency Communications. If you know of a Faith Based
group that wants to get involved in Ham Radio, contact Steve at:
w7qlo@arrl.net

Also Welcome Jay Townsend, who has been appointed as the Northwestern
Division representative on the DX Advisory Committee. To contact Jay,
send him an email at WS7I@arrl.net

Jay and Steve are great additions to the Division Staff and will serve
with experience and zeal.

US NAVY-MARINE CORPS MARS PROGRAM TO END:
The US Department of Defense is phasing out the US Navy-Marine Corps
Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) program. Its operational mission
will transition to the other MARS service branches by the end of
September. The announcement was from the head of the US Navy-Marine
Corps MARS program in Williamsburg, Virginia. The Navy-Marine Corps
MARS program also supports the US Coast Guard as well as the Federal
Emergency Management Agency, the US Department of Homeland Security,
and local emergency management agencies. A US Department of
Defense-sponsored program, MARS branches are separately managed by
their respective military service branches. MARS volunteers are Amateur
Radio operators who provide auxiliary or emergency communications to
local, national, and international emergency and safety organizations,
as an adjunct to normal communications.

For more information see:
http://www.arrl.org/news/us-navy-marine-corps-mars-program-to-end

NEW GENERAL LICENSE MANUAL AVAILABLE:
The new ARRL General Class License Manual (8th edition) now is
available in soft-cover, spiral-bound, or e-book versions.

With the optional academic-style spiral-bound edition (ARRL Item 1904,
retail $32.95), the manual lies flat, making it more convenient for
both students and instructors. It includes everything you need to
prepare for the 35-question General class Amateur Radio license exam,
so you won’t have any surprises on test day.

ARRL SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED:
The ARRL Foundation will award over 80 scholarships this year.
Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5000 a year, are awarded to
deserving students pursuing various disciplines at colleges,
universities and trade schools throughout the Country. Applicants need
to be licensed Amateur Radio Operators and enrolled in their institution
of choice and must file the ‘scholarship application and a copy of
their transcript’ between October 1 and January 31 of each year.
Applicants are rated on: need, community involvement including Amateur
Radio, grades and writing skills. Some scholarships are geographically
restricted such as the Wilse Morgan Memorial Scholarship, which is
restricted to applicants from the Northwestern Division.

Although the Foundation Board has just finished reviewing applications
to be awarded for the Fall of 2015 school year, it isn’t too late to
be gathering information and application material for the next round
beginning on October 1, 2015. Applications can be obtained at:
http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-program

ARRL TEACHERS INSTITUTE ON WIRELESS TECHNOLOGY:
Do you know a science teacher in the Jr or Sr High School or College
environment? Get this information in their hands for next year’s
round of classes.

As part of our educational outreach to schools through our Education &
Technology Program, each summer the ARRL offers multiple sessions of
the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, an expenses paid
professional development seminar, in locations through the U.S. The
Teachers Institute has provided teachers from elementary school to the
university level with tools and strategies to introduce basic
electronics, the science of radio, space technology and satellite
communications, as well as weather science, introduction to
micro-controllers and basic robotics in their classrooms. The
curriculum is designed for motivated teachers and other school staff
who want to learn more about wireless technology and bring that
knowledge to their students.

The application period for 2015 sessions closed May 1, but you or your
teacher candidate can check:
http://www.arrl.org/teachers-institute-on-wireless-technology for
updates about Teachers Institute activities and new offerings. If you
have questions or to request brochures contact us at: ead@arrl.org
Register with us to receive news about Education & Technology Program
activities and notification about future Teachers Institutes.

QST TURNS 100 YEARS OLD:
The monthly Journal for Amateur Radio, will turn 100 years old in
December of this year. To help celebrate 100 years of QST, ARRL will
introduce a commemorative reissue of the first QST -- the December 1915
issue -- during Dayton Hamvention®," said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob
Inderbitzen, NQ1R. "The special reprint is free when you join, renew,
or extend your ARRL membership at ARRL EXPO." Inderbitzen said ARRL
Life Members may obtain a free copy just by stopping in at the ARRL
EXPO store. Those unable to attend Hamvention may obtain copies
directly from ARRL for $9.95 each.

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ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
k7cex@arrl.org

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