Technician Class Offered By PEMA
“In June, the Providence Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) will offer classes for the Technician Class Amateur Radio license on Thursdays 6-7, 6-14, and 6-21 from 6PM-9PM with a test session held at PEMA on June 23. There is no cost for the classes, however students must purchase the Gordon West Technician Class manual on their own prior to the first class session as it will be used during the course. There will be a fee for the test session with the cost to be determined by the examiners but will likely be in the $15-$20 range. Students do not need to be a member of PEMA or a resident of the City of Providence to participate in these classes.
BVARC Consortium Sessions
Greetings ARRL members and friends:
On May 1st, we lost a very significant driver of Amateur radio in Rhode Island. Dick Bromley, W1XJ and better known by his formerly call, K1ABR, passed away at age 88. Dick founded and managed the Ocean State Amateur Radio Group back in the days prior to cell phones and their changing force to the world. “Back in the day”, we used an “auto-patch” capability in OSARG’s 146.70 repeater by punching up the touch tone pad in our mobile or hand-held radio to make local non-commercial phone calls. The .70 repeater had state wide coverage, down to exit 5 on I-95. Several hundred OSARG members paid a modest annual fee for this desirable telephone service. Just about every active ham in RI knew Dick or at least claimed to know him. He was a good friend of mine as well as many other hams. I thoroughly enjoyed the Visalia International DX Convention. This was my fifth consecutive year to visit that event. I met many old friends. To get a feeling for being there, look through the photos taken by “TV Bob” N6TV at https://bit.ly/Visalia2018. Most folks look happy, don’t they? Photos have call signs at the bottom to tell you who is in the photo. Will I see you at Visalia 2019? Honestly, if you are primarily a DXer, you’ll love the Visalia convention, but if you are not a DXer or at least a contester, you will likely not enjoy it. Dayton may be more to your liking. The venerable Official Observer program has been offering help to the Amateur radio community for more than 90 years and has recently been reviewed and will possibly be modernized. FCC has not revealed what changes will be made. It has been looking at the program for three years and will release the changes when it chooses to do so. A status report is given on the ARRL website, http://www.arrl.org/news/status-report-of-arrl-official-observer-program-review. Our OOs are hard-working, generous volunteers who watch how the rest of us operate our stations. Ideally, they’ll hear and advise us of a problem in our signal before the friendly candy company does it with one of their pink mailings. The OO notice advises us of an unintended problem such as splatter, harmonics, distortion, key clicks, etc. Sometimes, OOs would like to send notices to stations that plainly violate rules such as using foul language, transmit music or interfere with another station. I must wonder how much of it was “unintended”. I feel that some poor operators are very well aware that they are violating Part 97 rules. In my opinion, an OO notice sent to them is a waste of time, paper and postage. We have six OOs in RI working under the leadership of Russ KA1ERL, our OO Coordinator. We also have a total of 33 RIers who hold one or more ARRL appointments. Thank you all for the sacrifice of your operating time for the benefit of everyone of us. Want to serve your fellow hams and hold an ARRL appointment? Please contact me and I’ll help you find a post that will meet your and our needs. Field Day 2018 is only a few weeks away. Use the Field Day Locator http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator to find a Field Day site close to you. If you are not signed up to participate with a club, pick one and drop in. You should be welcome and probably meet some hams you didn’t know. As I do every year, I plan to visit each of the Field Day sites I know about and see your set-up. Band conditions are what they are. Sorry, but I cannot change that. We’re close to the minimum of Cycle 24 and the start of Cycle 25. The bands hardly get worse. Will you be using FT-8 at Field Day? It’s a weak signal mode. Should offer some advantages. Mike Cullen and the All Saints STEAM Academy is going strong. One of the newest hams just made her first on-air contact. See it at https://youtu.be/P7oJS4W5rYY . Thanks to Mike and all the different coaches and “Elmers” that we have. This unsung group is responsible for many new hams and upgrades that happen every month. Reach out and help the new hams. Doing it will make you both feel good and you’ll both learn from doing it. The Tour de Cure event takes place on June 3rd. Go to http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?pg=entry&fr_id=12297 Volunteer Registration is at http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=informational&fr_id=12297&type=fr_informational&sid=24660 Routes are at http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR?pg=informational&fr_id=12297&type=fr_informational&sid=24656 . This is always a great event and to a large measure because of the volunteer work done by the Amateurs who donate so selflessly. Thank you in advance, gals and guys. Enjoy the spring and get those antenna projects done before the summer heat convinces you to wait for fall when cooler weather will prevail
ARRL Rhode Island Section Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC firstname.lastname@example.org