Old News & Events 

FCC Issues Notice of Proposed Rule Making on Government Disaster Drills and Amateur Radio (Mar 24, 2010)

(Link to The ARRL Web Site: Thursday, March 25, 2010)

Arlington County Office of Emergency Management

(Link to Arlington, Virginia Site (RACES)

OEM Takes ARRL to Task for Regulatory Mischief

(Link to FCC - April 14, 2010)

CQ Magazine's 97.113 Petition

(Link to N5FDL's Website)

Read the actual Petition

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

ARRL to Seek 97.113 Change

(Link to N5FDL's Website)

ARRL's 97.113 Wording

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Update on the New ARRL Emergency Communications Course in development

(Thursday, October 29, 2009)

Check out N5FDL's Web Site - Petition Filed with FCC to change 97.113(a)3

(Click the above to read the full report and view the Petition)

Amateur Radio Policy Committee Petitions FCC to Change 97.113(A)3

(Click the above link to listen to The Rain Report - Oct 23rd, 2009)

FCC Issues Public Notice on Amateur Service Communication During Government Disaster Drills

(Click above for the FCC Public Notice - issued Oct 20, 2009)

ARRL Link to the FCC Public Notice Story

Board Discusses Inappropriate Use of Amateur Radio, Strategic Planning, Other Issues at Second 2009 Meeting

(link to ARRL Web Site)

April 2009 - RACES Newsletter

DAYTON Hamvention 2009

FCC Forum in its entirety.

(Click to Listen or Save)

J. John Thomason, WB5SYT

Appointed West Gulf Division Vice Director

John (WB5SYT), has been appointed as the new Vice Director in the West Gulf Division. He replaces Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV, who moved up to Director with the retirement of Division Director Coy Day, N5OK. We wish John all the best and know he will be a very capable and competent Vice Director.

Congratulations John !     Ken NUØB

       (Oklahoma City Hamfest 2008 - Ty, John, Kyle)

(Full story available on the ARRL Web Site)

Home of the Ted Randall show and "QSO" the ham radio interview and talk show!

We invite you to listen on WBCQ 7415 kilohertz Saturday nights
11PM EDT, 10PM CDT, 9PM MDT, 8PM PDT, 0300 UTC. Now heard on 9339 kilohertz Sunday at 3pm to 5 pm.
Targeted to the USA and Mexico

Podcasts (mp3 files) are available from their Home web site. Examples:

An interview with Dennis Dura, K2DCD. Dennis is the ARRL's Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager. Date: June 14th, 2008.

An interview with Ronnie Milsap, WB4KCG. Ronnie tells a spellbinding story of his beginnings in amateur radio and his early life. Date: May 25th, 2008.

(The above listed audio files are just links to their own web sites! Note- You need a 56 kbit/s or faster connection to play these files on-line.)

News from the ARRL:

Planning for the ARRL's Second Century


ARRL Board of Directors Plans for League's Future

(Minutes of the 2008 Second Meeting ARRL Board of Directors)
July 18-19, 2008

(link to ARRL Web Site)

HAM Holiday, Okla City - July 2008

(June 2, 2008: Independence, Ks)

Montgomery County Kansas


NOW, THEREFORE, I, BILLIE L. LEWARK-WOODS, Chairperson of the Montgomery County Commissioner's, do hereby proclaim the days of June 28th and 29th, 2008, as:

Amateur Radio Operator Recognition Days

From left to right: BOB MARTIN - N0RDM (Coffeyville ARC & SATERN), JAMES TUGGLE - KC0NYK (SKYWARN & Independence ARC), BILLIE L. LEWARK-WOOD Chairperson Montgomery County Commissioner's and KEN COLLINS - NU0B (Montgomery County Ks RACES - Radio Officer)

(A full copy of the actual Proclamation file - PDF)

Discovery Channel TV Series

The Discovery Channel will present a 13 part series on the Greensburg, Kansas Tornado and the recovery efforts. Schedule for the Greensburg Episode's, on the Discovery Channel (COX local channel 42), check your local channel guide for the time. 


(Click the above photo for a link to Planet Green / Discovery TV)

Link to ARRL Web Site: MP3 file of the Dayton 2008 FCC Forum

Interesting Forum, over an hour long.

(Link to the ARRL Web Site)

 New ARRL Volunteer Examiner Manual Now Online

Green Country Hamfest Pictures

The Quiet Zone


A link to : Wired Science . Videos | PBS

(Requires Abode Flash Player - FREE)

(Clip from Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1587:)



One of the nations most respected hams says that the new code free licensing system is a failure.  Writing in the January issue of  Worldradio Magazine, former FCC rules man John B. Johnston, W3BE, says that its looking as if the wonder cure to the so-called C W barrier was just old fashioned medicine show snake oil and about as effective.

Johnston, is currently President of the QCWA and won the Radio Amateur of the Year award for his plain language rewrite of the Part 97 rules while employed at the FCC.   He quotes two reports made at last summers conference between the nations Volunteer Examination Coordinators and the FCC that shows almost no growth that can be directly attributed to dropping Morse testing.  He says that the month to month influx of newcomers has remained relatively constant.  He also says that the factual result is internal to the hobby where there has been an upgrade movement by Technician class hams to General and Extra now that the Morse test has gone away.

Johnston offers no cure for the slow growth trend in today's ham radio.  He just notes that dropping Morse has not had any significant impact on drawing newcomers in.  His complete article begins on page 18 of the January issue of Worldradio Magazine.  (Worldradio)

Amateur Radio Newsline™ is Copyright 2008.  All rights reserved.

Link to: Amateur Radio Newsline

An FCC petition to re-establish narrowband

RTTY/Data sub-bands has been filed.

A petition for Rule Making RM-11392 was filed by Mark Miller N5RFX and "asks the FCC to re-establish the narrowband nature of the RTTY/Data subbands in the 80 through 10-meter bands".  The 30 day comment period started 18th December and the petition can be seen at:

RM-11392 Part 1:

RM-11392 Part 2:

You can search for filed comments enter RM-11392 in the
"1. Proceeding" field at:

To file comments go to:

http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/upload_v2.cgi and follow the directions


JOINT STATEMENT BY COMMISSIONERS COPPS AND ADELSTEIN ON CHAIRMAN MARTIN'S CROSS-OWNERSHIP PROPOSAL. News Release. News Media Contact: Rick Chessen at (202) 418 2000 or Rudy Brioch at (202) 418 2300 CMMR, CMMR


A clip from the "The ARES E-Letter October 17, 2007"

Rick Palm, K1CE, Editor

+ New EmComm Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD, Speaks at Great Lakes
Division Convention

On September 22, the ARRL's new Emergency Preparedness & Response
Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD, spoke at the Great Lakes Division
Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. The following summary of Dura's
remarks is based on the notes of attendee Walt Heeney, N8LJM. 

For his presentation, Dura was wearing a Blackberry (telephone,
e-mail, SMS, IM) and a Skytel 2 way pager, and a H-T. He said that
ARES members should not rely on ham radio alone to maintain a
heightened level of situational awareness. Emergency communicators
must be able to use multiple tools so they can use what works best at
a particular scene.

Dura's final comment was that the days are almost over when ARES will
accept volunteers who say "call me if you need me," but fail to be
trained, attend meetings and participate in drills.
[Thanks to Walt
Heeney, N8LJM, for this report.]

Past issues of The ARES E-Letter are available at
http://www.arrl.org/ares-el/. Issues are posted to this page after
- Ken NU0B

Repeater News 


October 21, 2007: This weekend we adjusted the audio and the deviation on the 146.610 machine (91.5 tone) and finished installing the battery backup unit. It will switch to battery power in about 20 seconds when the powers goes off, It will reset itself when the power comes back on. We are using a deep cycle marine battery, the battery should power the repeater for about three days (normal usage) without any charge. We also installed a temperature controlled switch to activate the fans inside the building, if the temperature gets over 80 degrees.

When we add the CAT250 controller to the unit, I will have the controller change the courtesy tone when it is on battery power. There is no indication now, when it is on battery power.

We still need to get the insulation installed inside the tower building (hopefully some time latter this week or early next week). The repeater (146.610) seems to be doing really well, even thou the antenna is only 30 feet high on the tower. We are trying to get everything together to move it on up to about 90 feet. We still need to get a mount that will hold the commercial DB antenna. We have the Heliax feedline and connectors.

Thats about it, Have A Good Week ! - Ken - NU0B 

New Hams and Upgrades !

September 26, 2007:  Friday, September 21st the Coffeyville Amateur Radio Club held a 3 Day Technician Class.  Brenda Smith (KE5QVX - Delaware, Ok.), Joe Palmer (KD0BQY - Coffeyville, Ks.) and Ken Vest (KD0BQZ - Coffeyville, KS.) are to be congratulated for passing the Technician Class test. Jim Miller (KC0WAA) and Charlie Vest (KC0WYW) are also to be congratulated for upgrading to General Class. It was a very good Sunday afternoon in Coffeyville ! - C.A.R.C. ARRL VE Team - Thank you James (KC0NYK) for assisting the Team. -- Ken NU0B

Repeater News

September 19, 2007:  Both VHF repeaters 147.300 + & 146.610 - are back online. 146.610 has the tone turned on (91.5) temporary because of interference (band opening, etc.). We have several other things to do on the 61 machine, right now we are operating on the low antenna for the time being. Our South Tower site is sporting a new building and is working out quiet nicely. Thank you Ed -  KB5FUP.   - Ken NU0B

 June 28, 2007: Bruce Bailey (DBA: Bailey's Corner - Coffeyville, Independence, Altamont, Neodesha, Chanute and Chetopa) was awarded a mounted Certificate of Appreciation from the Coffeyville Amateur Radio Club at his Office in Independence this mourning. Bruce has been an active supporter of the Radio Club for the last several years, providing fuel and Ice during the Field Day weekend. Thank You Bruce. --   Ken - NU0B

Commissioner's Meeting June 11th, 2007

  Commissioner Gene Tucker (DBA: Eagle Security Services) was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Coffeyville Amateur Radio Club at the County Commissioner's meeting this mourning. Robert Eastman (DBA: Coffeyville Title & Abstract Co.) was also awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Coffeyville Amateur Radio Club. Bob and Gene have always been a friend to the Radio Club personnel. Their continued support made it much easier for the Club to deploy a Second Team to the Greensburg, Kansas incident. Thank You Bob & Gene. --   Ken - NU0B

Released: 04/19/2007. FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION TO HOST SUMMIT ON SPECTRUM POLICY AND MANAGEMENT: BUILDING INTEROPERABLE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS. (PDF File link: Abobe reader is required) PSHSB. Contact: PSHSB at (202) 418-0946 or by e-mail: leon.jackler@fcc.gov or Sue Gilgenbach at (202) 418-0639. News Media Contact: Robert Kenny at (202) 418-2668, email: Robert.Kenny@fcc.gov  A live web cast will be available at www.fcc.gov

FEMA to Take Lead Role in Coordinating

Disaster Aid

(A Washington Post Article Wednesday, April 18, 2007)

(Link to Google search)

By David Sumner, K1ZZ
April 1, 2007

(Link to ARRL)

Op Ed: EmComm — What’s It All About?

By Dewayne Siddon, KE4IDH

April 5, 2007

National Emergency Response

Planning Committee

Report to the ARRL Board of Directors

 January 2007

(Link to ARRL)

A very lengthly report, but well worth reading !

March 28, 2007


(Clip taken from the ARRL ARES E-Letter, January 17, 2007)

Rick Palm, K1CE, Editor

Local government often calls on nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) for assistance. NGOs are non-profit entities working cooperatively with government. Such organizations serve a public purpose, not a private benefit. Examples of NGOs include faith-based charity organizations, the American Red Cross, and ARES (ARRL).

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) enables responders from different communities with a variety of job responsibilities to better work together. NIMS uses a systems approach to integrate the best of existing processes and methods into a unified national framework for incident management.

The NIMS Integration Center recommends 14 activities for NGOs that support NIMS implementation. The IC recommends that NGOs formally adopt NIMS, and identify a Point of Contact for local emergency management authority. Other recommendations include use of the Incident Command System (ICS), an excellent organizational tool. The use of ICS aligns the NGO with all other responding entities so that deployment is accomplished in a consistent, efficient and effective manner. ICS implementation must include the consistent application of Incident Action Planning and Common Communications Plans.

The IC also recommends supporting "Integrated Multi-Agency Coordination Systems (MACs)" to ensure the NGO is able to communicate with local Incident Command Posts (ICPs), local 911 Centers, and EOCs.

Other recommendations include establishing a public information system, revising plans and SOPs with NIMS, promoting Mutual Aid, exercising NIMS by participating in NIMS-based exercises, inventorying Response Assets using the Resource Typing standards found at: < http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/mutual_aid.shtm >, and sharing this inventory with local emergency management authority. 

Training may include IS-700 NIMS: An Introduction, and IS-800 NRP: An Introduction; Incident Command System (ICS-100) and Incident Command System (ICS-200). For guidance, refer to: < http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims/nims_training.shtm >

A Fact Sheet, "NIMS Implementation Activities for Nongovernmental Organizations" is available at < http://www.fema.gov/emergency/nims NIMS-Integration-Center@dhs.gov >

The ARES E-Letter is an e-mail digest of news and information of interest to active members of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

(Link to full ARRL ARES E-Letter, January 17, 2007)

ARRL Midwest Director visits the Montgomery County E.O.C.

Jim - KC0WAA, Chuck - KC0EH, Bruce - K0BJ

   BRUCE FRAHM (K0BJ) the ARRL Midwest Director visited the Montgomery County E.O.C. over the Holiday weekend. It was a pleasure meeting Bruce and discussing some of the current ideas in the EMCOMM field. (Ken-NU0B)

RePost: Scanner Law - Federal Preemption of State and Local Laws Concerning Amateur Operator Use of Transceivers Capable of Reception Beyond Amateur Service Frequency Allocations.

FCC: Released September 3, 1993

RePost: Is IRLP/EchoLink Legal, on a 2 Meter Repeater ?

Read this report from The SERA Repeater Journal, then make up your own mind. SERA is the largest Amateur Radio Repeater Coordinating organization in the United  States. The SouthEastern Repeater Association, Inc. www.sera.org

Failure Of Initiative

The Final Report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate the Preparation for and Response to Hurricane Katrina

The Federal Response To Hurricane Katrina


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