Pearl Harbor Commemorative Special Events on the Air

12/07/2017  Special event stations are on the air to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

The Azalea Coast Amateur Radio club (NI4BK) is sponsoring a special event to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day from the Battleship North Carolina (BB-45) Memorial in Wilmington, North Carolina. Two stations will be on the air on voice, digital, and CW modes (SSB on or about 14.227 MHz; CW on or about 7.050 MHz. A special QSL is available.

The Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum (K3NEM) is sponsoring special event station W2W until December 10, 1300-2200 UTC each day, from Baltimore, Maryland, to commemorate Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941. Frequencies are on or about 14.241, 14.041, 7.241, and 7.041 MHz. For a certificate and QSL, contact W2W Special Event Station, Box 1693, MS 4015, Baltimore, MD 21203.

The USS Midway (CV-41) Museum Ship will sponsor a special event for Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, December 9, 1700-2359 UTC, from NI6IW in San Diego, California. Listen for NI6IW on or about 14.320 and 7.250 MHz SSB, 14.070 MHz PSK31, and D-STAR on REF001C. QSL to USS Midway CV-41 COMEDTRA, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101.

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

SKYWARN RECOGNITION DAY

Friday Nov. 30th Evening to Saturday Dec. 1st 2018. December 1, 2018, from 0000z to 2400z.

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Everyone Welcome to Join us at WX4MRX Station at the National Weather Service, MorristownTn.

When the sky turns dark or the wind picks up, public service volunteers provide essential weather information as it’s happening. SKYWARN Recognition Day every first Saturday in December is a day to acknowledge their contributions to their communities.

The purpose of the observation is to recognize the vital public service contributions that Amateur Radio operators make during National Weather Service severe weather warning operations. It also strengthens the bond between Amateur Radio operators and the local National Weather Service.

HOW TO OBSERVE

If you are a SKYWARN radio operator, you can participate in SKYWARN Recognition Day by visiting a National Weather Service office or by contacting other radio operators. To learn more about becoming a SKYWARN spotter go to skywarn.org. Use #SkywarnRecognitionDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

SKYWARN Recognition Day was created in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to recognize the importance that amateur radio provides during severe weather. Many NWS offices acquire real-time weather information from amateur radio operators in the field. These operators, for example, may report the position of a tornado, the height of flood waters, or damaging wind speeds during hurricanes. All of this information is critical to the mission of the NWS which is to preserve life and property. The special day celebrates this contribution by amateur radio operators.

For more details go to:
http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/

Next Meeting

Where:

First Baptist Church Youth Center,
504 W Main St
Morristown, TN 37814.
Email for details or questions:
lakewayarcboard@gmail.com

Thursday, Nov. 29th.  2018
(4th Thursday of every month)
No VE Testing at this meeting!

@ 6:00 P.M.
Board Meeting in Room 1:
Social Gathering in Room 2

@ 7:00 P.M.
Meeting / Thanksgiving PotLuck Dinner

Where:
First Baptist Church Youth Center,
504 W Main St
Morristown, TN 37814.
Email for details or questions:
lakewayarcboard@gmail.com

All Day Study and Test Session

The All Day Study and Test Session held last Sat Sept. 15th. was very successful, we had folks from all professions, from all over East Tn. with the further-est away being from Birmingham, Al.

8 out of 9 passed Element 2, one passed Element 3, and Larc Member upgraded to Extra.

Thanks to all that attended, to those that could not make, get ready for the next one.

 

 

43rd Annual Mountain Makins Festival

Coming up is the 43rd Annual Mountain Makins Festival October 27-28, 2018

Celebrating 43 Years of Family Fun!

Mountain Makins is an award-winning festival which started in 1976 as a way to raise funds to save historic Rose School.  The festival continues to support the preservation of the Rose School building, provides Arts Education for residents of 5 counties, and serves to keep Appalachian history and culture vibrant and alive for generations to come.  Festival goers come year after year, from distances far and wide, to immerse themselves in the very best of Appalachian culture, food, music, dance, crafts, artwork, and fun!

The celebration begins with a Preview Party on Friday, October 26. Advance-only tickets for this special event are $25. Guests will be treated to a gourmet buffet and exclusive early-bird shopping.  Additionally, Preview guests are admitted to the festival free on both Saturday and Sunday. (Festival Hack–Preview Tickets bring best value and access to the festival.)

All weekend, artisans will exhibit throughout the historic building and the surrounding grounds.  Authentic craftspeople, carefully selected through a rigorous jury process, are on hand to demonstrate folk-life skills, giving guests -young and old- a chance to see traditional basket weaving, blacksmithing, apple butter making, broom making, beekeeping, woodturning and other necessities of frontier life in Appalachia.  The historic Rose Center and surrounding grounds are filled with high-quality, hand-made pottery, glasswork, jewelry, wood carving, soaps and lotions, fine art, fiber art, folk art, candles, wreaths, soft sculpture, baskets, toys and much, much more.

Walk To Remember….. For Those Who Forget!

Walk To Remember….. For Those Who Forget!
LARC will be assisting with comunications for the Alps Walk to Remember!

Saturday July 28th 2018 • 8:00 am

Will you Walk To Remember?

All money you raise stays in Morristown, providing affordable Adult Day Services for the Lakeway residents and caregiving support for their families.

GRAND PRIZE: For the individual who raises the most money! Prizes will also be awarded for the 2nd and 3rd place money raised.

TEAM PRIZES: The team that raises the most money receives the coveted Loving Cup to display for a year, plus a plaque to keep!

There will also be prizes for: Most Creative Team, and Most Enthusiastic Team.

Empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position. We may better understand if we take a moment and Walk A Mile In Their Shoes.

Will you Walk To Remember…..Those Who Forget?

T-Shirts will be awarded for everyone who raises $50 or more.

ARRL New Licensees Privileges Request!

ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

02/28/2018ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the ARRL Board of Directors’ Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.

“This action will enhance the available license operating privileges in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the Amateur Service,” ARRL said in its Petition. “It will attract more newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and development of communications skills.”

Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide Technician licensees, present and future, with phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz, plus RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of various digital modes over the past 2 decades. Under the ARRL plan, the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at 200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice licensees would gain no new privileges under the League’s proposal.

ARRL’s petition points to the need for compelling incentives not only to become a radio amateur in the first place, but then to upgrade and further develop skills. Demographic and technological changes call for a “periodic rebalancing” between those two objectives, the League maintains.

“There has not been such a rebalancing in many years,” ARRL said in its petition. “It is time to do that now.” The FCC has not assessed entry-level operating privileges since 2005.

The Entry-Level License Committee offered very specific, data- and survey-supported findings about growth in Amateur Radio and its place in the advanced technological demographic that includes individuals younger than 30. It received significant input from ARRL members via more than 8,000 survey responses.

“The Committee’s analysis noted that today, Amateur Radio exists among many more modes of communication than it did half a century ago, or even 20 years ago,” ARRL said in its petition.

Now numbering some 378,000, Technician licensees comprise more than half of the US Amateur Radio population. ARRL said that after 17 years of experience with the current Technician license as the gateway to Amateur Radio, it’s urgent to make it more attractive to newcomers, in part to improve upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education “that inescapably accompanies a healthy, growing Amateur Radio Service,” ARRL asserted.

ARRL said its proposal is critical to developing improved operating skills, increasing emergency communication participation, improving technical self-training, and boosting overall growth in the Amateur Service, which has remained nearly inert at about 1% per year.

The Entry-Level License Committee determined that the current Technician class question pool already covers far more material than necessary for an entry-level exam to validate expanded privileges. ARRL told the FCC that it would continue to refine examination preparation and training materials aimed at STEM topics, increase outreach and recruitment, work with Amateur Radio clubs, and encourage educational institutions to utilize Amateur Radio in STEM and other experiential learning programs.

“ARRL requests that the Commission become a partner in this effort to promote Amateur Radio as a public benefit by making the very nominal changes proposed herein in the Technician class license operating privileges,” the petition concluded.

Check it out here

http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-requests-expanded-hf-privileges-for-technician-licensees

 

VE Testing

If you are interested in attending a testing session
to obtain your FCC License. LARC host monthly testing before each meeting.
Please email to let us know for confirmation for Testing Sessions to: lakewayarcboard@gmail.com
You may also submit your info by using the Schedule Exam Testing Form to the right in the side column.