Letter 2/2017

ARRL SCHOLARSHIPS:
The deadline is Tuesday, January 31 (at 11:59 PM ET), to receive
completed ARRL Foundation scholarship applications from eligible radio
amateurs pursuing post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 academic
year.
Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships
that the ARRL Foundation manages, with awards ranging from $500 to
$5,000. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs
and must complete and submit the online application. Students applying
for 2017-18 academic year awards should review the eligibility
requirements and scholarship descriptions.

One application per applicant is required, but applicants may ask to be
considered for as many of the scholarships for which they are eligible
(some scholarships have geographic criteria or other requirements).
Applications without accompanying transcripts will not be considered.

Talk it up with your families, clubs and students. The ARRL Foundation
will award over 80 scholarships during this cycle.

60 METER CHANGES:
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 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.

FROM THE FROZEN NORTH:
Members of the North Country DX Association (NCDXA) will be on the
air during March 2017 from locations in Alaska, Yukon Territory,
Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Greenland using RST-suffix
fixed-station call signs. Expected to be active are KL7RST, VY1RST,
VE8RST, VY0RST, and OX7RST. The goal is to promote Amateur Radio in
northern North America.

The 2017 event, the second annual RST operation, will feature the
addition of OX7RST, as well as more rovers and fixed stations, new QSL
cards, and certificates. Activity will be on all modes, 160 through 6
meters, including 30, 17, and 12 meters. SWLs may participate too.

The object is to work or log as many NCDXA RST stations as possible
from their various locations. Plans call for operation from a Canadian
research station near the North Pole on Ellesmere Island, a diamond
mine in Northwest Territories, an Alaskan bush school, and many other
locations. Logs will be uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW).

More information is available on the K7ICE QRZ.com profile page.

CW OPS ARISE
: CWops is seeking candidates for its annual Advancing the Art of CW
Award, which recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations that have
made the greatest contributions toward advancing the art or practice of
radio communication by Morse code. Candidates may include:

Authors of publications related to CW
CW recruiters, trainers, mentors, coaches, and instructors
Public advocates of CW
Organizers of CW activities
Designers and inventors who advance the art or practice of CW
Other contributors to the art or practice of CW.

The award is not limited to Amateur Radio operators and organizations.
Nominations may be made by anyone and should be submitted via e-mail
(with a copy to secretary@cwops.org) by April 15. These should include
name(s) and call sign(s), if applicable, and complete contact
information of the nominee(s), including mailing address, e-mail
address, and telephone number(s).

Submit a detailed explanation supporting nominee qualifications. Those
submitting nominations should include their name, e-mail address,
telephone number, and call sign (if applicable). A plaque will be
presented at Hamvention®.

NOT TO SOON TO BE THINKING ABOUT SEAPAC/SEASIDE CONVENTION:
Tne of the workshops scheduled for the ARRL Northwestern Division
Convention this year will one titled "A Pi In Your Shack and Go Kit"
during which attendees will gain hands-on keyboard experience with the
ultra-portable Raspberry Pi computer, and at the end of the day be able
to walk away with a unit which is fully configured for ham radio use.

To facilitate this workshop, Elmers will be needed who can assist the
attendees, as needed, with their RPi units. So, if you are using a
Raspberry Pi for ham radio, are knowledgeable in one or more RPi
applications, and enjoy helping people, please consider becoming an
Elmer at this event. There is no "Workshop Admission" for the Elmers
who are accepted, and there will be an opportunity to participate in
the group buys of RPi and RPi-related hardware.

If you are interested in being an Elmer (or even a topic presenter) at
this workshop, please email "workshops at seapac.org" for more
information. Additional details are available on the
http://seapac.org/workshops.html web page.

For more Info, contact: Steve Aberle, WA7PTM, Raspberry Pi Workshop
Coordinator SEA-PAC 2017.

COMM ACADEMY 2017:
A weekend-long training workshop for Volunteer Emergency Communicators.
South Seattle College, Seattle, WA. There is a plenary session each
morning followed by a series of multi-track breakout sessions on:

radio communications
emergency management
technical communications
radio communications for new hams
Keynote speaker: Bruce Richter, Office of Emergency Communications,
Dept. of Homeland Security for Region X, Anchorage, AK.
Emergency Communications vehicles display Saturday only.
Registration for one or both days includes lunch. Web page for further
details: www.CommAcademy.org. Registration opens Sunday, February 26,
2017.
Please notify members of your group about CommAcademy 2017.
For additional information contact:Alan Jones, KD7KUS, CommAcademy 2017
Publicity, 17629 NE 138th Street, Redmond, WA 98052-1226, T: (425)
883-0405, C: (425) 736-4697. E-Mail: AlanBJones@frontier.com

FIRST ARRL BOARD MEETING OF 2017:
The ARRL Board will meet the weekend of January 20, in Hartford
Connecticut. Director Pace and Vice Director Altus will be attending;
if you have any subjects that you would like them to take to the
meeting, please let them know, by Monday January 16.

2017 HAMFESTS/CONVENTIONS: For an active list of Hamfests/Conventions,
check out: www.n7cfo.com

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