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Meeting Schedule and Location

Field Day 2017 Report!!!

ARCS's Ham of the Quarter Award Index Page!!
NEW 2 Bands in USA:
630meters (472-479 kHz) and 2.200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz ).....
ARCS 2017 Field Day Images are up! See the HOME page!
Technician Class

Folks, If you have news for the club, drop me a line at [email protected].

September 7th, 2017 - Thursday

Testing : 6 PM
Regular : 7 PM

We will now be meeting at the Mayo Methodist Church (325 Third Street) in Paintsville. 
If you are not sure how to get to the meeting,
Click here for the directions!

If you and/or anyone you know wishes to take any of the licensing exams, you and/or that person will need to bring a photo ID and the $15 exam fee. Contact the Volunteer Examiner : Ross Leedy, KJ4GRJ (606)-483-1115.

When there is a scheduled test session will start at 06:00 PM, just before the regular meeting, which starts at 07:00 PM).

President :
Ben Welch
Vice-President :
T. J. Hoover
Secretary :
Ron Grossl
Treasurer :
Austin Denyer

We are monitoring the 147.225+(127.3)Paintsville Repeater and the link system.
The Agenda

Meeting will be called to order at 7:00 pm
Pledge to The Flag of The United States of America

Regular business :
  • Reading of the minutes from last regular scheduled meeting :

  • Reading of the minutes of any special meeting :

  • Treasurer's report :
  • Old Business:
    • Committee Reports :
      • Hamfest :
        • HamFest preparations.

      • Repeater :
        • Repeater repair and their Statuses
        • Digital Repeater Report.

  • Special Speaker(s)(if any) :
    • Yet to be announced
  • New Business :
    • None
  • Open Floor to all that want to talk :
    • Any Discussions to be made?
      • --
Close the meeting

Field Day 2017

Well, as most of you know, our group headed out to Paintsville Lake on June 24th for our annual outing known as Field Day. This is a nationwide event for ham radio operator to practice setting up stations that aren’t our normal operating stations. The real reason it was started, was to make sure we have the equipment and know how to create a communications operation for any kind of emergency that may need it. Hams have always helped during natural or man made disasters to provide much needed help when the normal lines of communication were down or uncertain. Field Day helps show us what we need to provide this service in unexpected circumstances. This can be a bigger undertaking than it might seem. We had four operating positions available, so we had to have power for those four stations, four radios, and four antennas, plus all the other gear that goes along with each station. Fortunately, several of our members have equipment for handling our needs at Field Day. It must seem a strange sight to people in the park when we start arriving with trucks filled with camping equipment, wires, antennas, radio equipment, computers, camping equipment and even an antenna tower. Our group started arriving at our reserved picnic shelter at 10:00 that Saturday morning. After carrying our equipment and supplies to the shelter, we then started our setup. The antennas took most of our time. We assembled the tower, set up a vertical near the water’s edge and used an air powered “spud gun” to shoot a line over a big pine tree. We used progressively bigger lines to haul a wire antenna to a good height for operating. We also had plenty of members bring food and drinks.

With everything set up and ready to go, we awaited the hour of 2:00 pm, the official start of Field Day operations. The object of the operations is to contact as many stations anywhere and to exchange our location and a number that indicates our class of operation and number of operators at any one time. These are logged into the operator’s computer and sent to a master computer, so that we know if a heard station has been worked previously on that mode and band. The bands were not in best shape, but they weren’t terrible. Most of our contacts were on 80, 40 and 20 meters. But we did get a 6 meter band opening and a guest ham from Tennessee, made quite a few good contacts on it. Our official computer total contacts were as follows:
Single Sideband contacts = 258
CW (morse code) contacts = 81
Total contacts = 339

Due to some computer technical difficulties and a power interruption, we think that some of our log entries were lost, but the above totals are at least what we worked. This is at least 3 times better than we did in 2017.

We had a good showing of our members and other hams18 people sign in on our attendance sheet, but there was quite a few there that didn't sign in. Quite a few hams did get a chance to operate, while others just wanted to watch or visit with others. We also had a number of non-hams come by to see what we were doing, which is another goal of Field Day. We hope some of them were interested enough to want to become hams. Several of the non-hams did pass their Technician class tests a few weeks after Field Day, but they were already taking a class when Field Day arrived.

After a few hours of operating, our chefs, Ben (N4RLG) and John (N4KJU), started the grill to fix hamburgers and hot dogs. We fed anyone who wanted something and had enough food to go around.

About five of us stayed the entire night and kept up the operating, with a few breaks when nothing much was happening on the bands. Many stayed late and left for a while, but returned in the morning. About 11:30 Sunday morning, a park official came by to tell us our camping spot needed to be cleared out for another camper coming in. So, we started breaking down and got everything loaded and left around 1:00pm.

Some ham clubs operate Field Day just like it was a contest, to rack up as many points and contacts as they can. There definitely is nothing wrong with that. But our club goes at it with the attitude that it is a training and learning experience. But most of all, we look at it as an enjoyable fellowship of like minded individuals that want to do what we like to do most, setup and talk on radios!!

Congratulations to Fred Jones - WA4SWF whom is the
recipient of the ARCS's Ham of the Quarter Award!

Click the crown to go to the Ham of the Quarter Awards Page


"We just started this as a way to recognize a club member and his accomplishments each quarter.",
 stated by Rin Grossl - N4RLG - ARCS Secretary - 20161007!

NEW 2 Bands in USA: 630meters (472-479 kHz)
and 2.200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz ).....

NEW 2 Bands in USA: 630meters (472-479 kHz) and 2.200 meters (135.7-137.8 kHz ).....

The FCC on March 28 adopted rules that will allow secondary Amateur Radio access to 472-479 kHz (630 meters) and to 135.7-137.8 kHz (2,200 meters), with minor conditions.

It allocates 472-479 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis and amends Part 97 to provide for Amateur Service use of that band as well as of the previously allocated 135.7-137.8 kHz band. The R&O also amends Part 80 rules to authorize radio buoy operations in the 1900-2000 kHz band under a ship station license. Just when the new Part 97 rules will go into effect is difficult to determine just yet; more on that below.

“It’s a big win for the Amateur community and the ARRL,” ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, said. “We are excited by the FCC’s action to authorize Amateur Radio access for the first time on the MF and LF spectrum. As amateurs begin using these new allocations in the next few weeks, we encourage the entire Amateur Radio community, as secondary users, to be especially attentive to the rules.”

It has not been an easy win, however. ARRL has been trying since the 1970s to convince the FCC to allow amateur access to parts of the spectrum below the Standard Broadcast Band. Through the Utilities Telecoms Council (UTC), electric power utilities have opposed Amateur Radio use of the MF and LF spectrum, raising unsubstantiated fears of interference to unlicensed Part 15 power line carrier (PLC) systems used to manage the power grid. The FCC said the Amateur Radio service rules it has adopted for 630 meters and 2,200 meters allow for co-existence with PLC systems that use the two bands.

Here are the highlights:

  • Amateurs operating on 472-479 kHz will be permitted a maximum equivalent isotropically radiated power (EIRP) of 5 W, except in parts of Alaska within 800 kilometers (approximately 496 miles) of Russia, where the maximum would be 1 W EIRP. [EIRP is the product of the power supplied to the antenna and the antenna gain in a given direction, relative to an isotropic antenna (absolute or isotropic gain). EIRP is equal to ERP multiplied by 1.64.]
  • Amateurs operating in the 135.7-137.8 kHz band will be permitted to run up to 1 W EIRP.
  • The FCC is requiring a 1-kilometer separation distance between radio amateurs using the two new bands and electric power transmission lines with PLC systems on those bands. Amateur Radio operators will have to notify the UTC of station location prior to commencing operations.The FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau will provide details on the notification process later, but ARRL is urging radio amateurs interested in operating on either band to register at the earliest opportunity, to avoid having to protect any “post-notification” PLCs.
  • The FCC placed a 60-meter (approximately 197 feet) above-ground-level (AGL) height limit on transmitting antennas used on 630 meters and 2,200 meters.
  • The bands would be available to General class and higher licensees, and permissible modes would include CW, RTTY, data, phone, and image. Automatically controlled stations would be permitted to operate in the bands.

In an unrelated action, the FCC allocated 1,900-2,000 kHz to the maritime mobile service (MMS) on a primary basis for non-Federal use in ITU Regions 2 and 3, and limited the use of this allocation to radio buoys on the open sea and the Great Lakes.

“We are persuaded by ARRL’s comments to adopt final rules that are better tailored to the places where the commercial fishing fleet can make reasonable and productive use of radio buoys,” the FCC said.

Amateur Radio was upgraded from secondary to primary in the 1900-2000 kHz segment in 2015. The FCC said it believes Amateur Radio and radio buoys “can continue to share this frequency band as they have done for many years.” It declined to make additional spectrum available for radio buoy use.

Effective Date

The fact that the new rules contain a new information-collection requirement — notification of operation to the UTC — makes it difficult to guess at an effective date. The FCC R&O says the Office of Management and Budget (under the Paperwork Reduction Act) must first approve the information-collection requirements (in §97.303[g][2]). Once that happens, the revised Part 97 rules sections will become effective after the FCC publishes a notice in The Federal Register “announcing such approval and the relevant effective date.”

Source: ARRL

73 de IW2BSF - Rudy

Technician Training Class

The Technician Training Class will soon be schedualed!

Keep checking here for the time and date.

If anyone wishes needs more information, they should call
Ken Robinson (606-769-0265) or Ross Leedy (606-483-1115).

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