Letter 3/2016

Kim Komando on Ham Radio: Tech commentator Kim Komando interviews Idaho
Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Mier, WB7RBH. Go to:
http://www.komando.com/listen/komando-on-demand to listen to the

Mike Corey; on the importance of ARES:

Member’s Input Requested: ARRL HF Band Planning Committee Seeks
Suggestions on IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan

The ARRL Board of Directors' HF Band Planning Committee is inviting
input from the US Amateur Radio community regarding possible changes to
the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan.
The band plan can be found on the web at,
http://www.iaru-r2.org/band-plan/ .

That band plan and other significant Amateur Radio spectrum issues will
be high on the agenda at this fall's IARU Region 2 General Assembly in
Chile. Leading up to that gathering, the ARRL and other IARU member
societies in the Americas will be seeking comments and suggestions
regarding the Region 2 HF Band Plan. The HF Band Planning Committee
will review the current plan, consider comments from the US Amateur
Radio community, and recommend any changes to the ARRL Board for
submission to IARU Region 2.

"The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee wants to stress that the IARU
Region 2 Band Plan is a voluntary guideline and does not supersede FCC
regulations related to spectrum usage," Committee Chairman and ARRL
Second Vice President Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, noted. He also pointed
out two other issues for radio amateurs to consider.

* Most Region 2 countries outside the US do not have the sort of
detailed sub-band regulations contained in the FCC's Part 97. For radio
amateurs in these countries, the Region 2 Band Plan may serve as the
only source of guidance on spectrum usage.

* The designation of a calling frequency or band segment for a
particular purpose or mode in any IARU band plan does not convey any
special rights or exclusivity of use. On the other hand, the absence of
a calling frequency or band segment associated with a particular purpose
or mode should not suggest that these have been overlooked or are viewed

The Committee is urging US radio amateurs who are considering
suggesting revisions to the IARU Region 2 Band Plan first to study the
existing IARU Region 2 Band Plan. They then should formulate a clear
statement of any proposed changes, including a brief explanation of why
each particular change would benefit all IARU Region 2 spectrum users.
Participants should include name and call sign. Submit input via e-mail
by June 1, 2016 to, bandplan2016@arrl.org . Messages will be
automatically acknowledged.

Radio amateurs licensed in Region 2 countries other than the US should
contact their own IARU member society for information on how to
participate in the band-planning process. A list of societies can be
found on the web at, http://www.iaru-r2.org/directory/ .

The 19th IARU Region 2 General Assembly will take place in mid-October
in Vina del Mar, Chile. Held every 3 years, the Region 2 Conference is
attended by delegations from IARU member societies in throughout the

Communications Academy 2016, Saturday & Sunday - April 9th & 10th 2016
: The Theme for this year's Academy is: "Are We Ready – for The Big
One? "

Two days of training and information on various aspects of emergency
communications. Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES©); Auxiliary
Communications Service (ACS); EOC Support Teams; Radio Amateur Civil
Emergency Service (RACES), Civil Air Patrol, Coast Guard Auxiliary,
REACT, CERT and anyone interested in emergency communications should
attend. Learn, network, and share your experiences with others. *Online
registration is now Open! *

Northwestern Division Convention: ARRL Northwestern Division
Convention, the Northwest's Largest Ham Convention, June 3, 4 and 5,
2016 at the Seaside Convention Center, Seaside, OR.

Commercial Exhibits, Giant Flea Market, Seminars,
Banquet/Entertainment, VE Testing and DX & YL Luncheon. Get your
reservations now. For more info go to: https://www.seapac.org/

K1JT DR. Joe Taylor Named Amateur of the Year: Nobel Laureate Joe
Taylor, K1JT, of Princeton, New Jersey, has been named as the 2016
Dayton Hamvention® Amateur of the Year. Frank Beafore, WS8B, chairman
for the 2016 ® awards program, announced recipients of the Amateur of
the Year, Technical Achievement, Special Achievement, and Club of the
Year awards on March 18.

Taylor won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1993 for the discovery of the
first orbiting pulsar, leading to observations that established the
existence of gravitational waves. Licensed in 1954 as KN2ITP, Taylor
served as a professor of astronomy at the University of Massachusetts
from 1969 to 1981, and later as a professor of physics at Princeton
University, serving as Dean of the Faculty for 6 years. Since his
retirement, Taylor has been developing and enhancing digital protocols
for weak-signal communication by Amateur Radio, including JT65 and
WSPR. He chases DX from 160 meters through the microwave bands.

Busy Hamfest Season in 2016: There are lots of new and old hamfests
schedule for this year. Plan ahead by keeping up-to-date on the
various classes, events and other hamfests by checking www.n7cfo.org
If you don’t find your event listed, contact Lynn Burlingame,

73 and good Hamming

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX

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