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If you like ham radio videos try Ham Nation. Bob Heil (K9EID, Heil Sound) has put together a great team of talent to make video news and information about ham radio. With the support of Leo Laporte (W6TWT) at TWit.tv they have made a wonderful ham video site.

From TWit.tv/wiki Ham Nation

Ham Nation is the TWIT show about ham radio. Bob Heil, with various co-hosts and guests, will cover the excitement and importance of ham radio – from tossing an antenna wire in a tree allowing you to talk to the world, to the importance of ham radio operators in time of disasters. Ham Nation premiered on May 24, 2011. The show currently airs live on Wednesday at 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET with the on demand download available within 24 hours.

 

Field Day again!

2015_Field_Day_Logo_333_X_220Well it’s field day time again (Last full weekend of June – 25 -28 June). Field Day is fun and exciting, it gets your the taste of of fast paced contesting with the commoradory of your club or friends. Field Day shows us how well we can get out and setup in a time of need. This aspect is very important, how fast can you set up a station in the event of an emergency. You can find all the rules about Field Day¬†from the ARRL.

The Objective of Field Day is:

To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands) and to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field Organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit, but are not eligible to submit entries.

Hope to see/hear you on Field Day.

Hurricane Watch Net Sets On-Air Anniversary Celebration:

Hurricane Watch Net

The HWN_Logo-new_8 (HWN) will hold a 2-day, on-air special event on June 13-14 to celebrate its 50th anniversary. HWN members will be using the call sign WX5HWN, operating on 14.325 MHz but with stations active on or near 7.268 MHz as well. “Our net control stations located around the continental US, eastern Canada, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Honduras will all use WX5HWN as we pass the virtual baton from member to member,” explained HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. This will mark HWN’s first on-air activity using WX5HWN. Electronic certificates are available by request (by June 30) for valid contacts. Visit the HWN website for more information. — Thanks to HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV

FCC Eliminating Vanity Call Sign Fee

The FCC is dropping the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.

“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 “payment units” in FY 2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.

In its 2014 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) regarding the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for FY 2014, the FCC had sought comment on eliminating several smaller regulatory fee categories, such as those for vanity call signs and GMRS. It concluded in the subsequent Report and Order (R&O) last summer, however, that it did not have “adequate support to determine whether the cost of recovery and burden on small entities outweighed the collected revenue or whether eliminating the fee would adversely affect the licensing process.”

The FCC said it has since had an opportunity to obtain and analyze support concerning the collection of the regulatory fees for Amateur Vanity and GMRS, which the FCC said comprise, on average, more than 20,000 licenses that are newly obtained or renewed, every 10 and 5 years, respectively.

“The Commission often receives multiple applications for the same vanity call sign, but only one applicant can be issued that call sign,” the FCC explained. “In such cases, the Commission issues refunds for all the remaining applicants. In addition to staff and computer time to process payments and issue refunds, there is an additional expense to issue checks for the applicants who cannot be refunded electronically.”

The Commission said that after it provides the required congressional notification, Amateur Radio vanity program applicants “will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments. The revenue that the Commission would otherwise collect from these regulatory fee categories will be proportionally assessed on other wireless fee categories.”

The FCC said it would not issue refunds to licensees who paid the regulatory fee prior to its elimination.