Announcements

The RI SWAP & SELL NET will be running the net on the Cumberland 145.170 repeater until further notice and until the link issues are cleared up. Pl tone is 67

After a lengthy absence from the airwaves, the RIAFMRS 223.760 repeater is back on air from Chopmist Hill!  Please pass the word!

Repeater Output: 223.760 MHz
Repeater Input: 222.160 MHz
PL Tone: 67.0Hz.

Thanks, and Enjoy!

Roland – N1JOY

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Greetings ARRL members and friends:
Once more, we made it through the holiday season, probably tired and in
a little debt from our generous giving. But I hope you all feel good and
grateful for the many gifts that we have received in our many years.
This wonderful hobby of ours is second to none. Most of us realize that
without the need to be told. Newer Amateurs need to be told at least
until they have experienced enough to realize that fact to be so.
Amateur radio and all the spectrum and privileges which we enjoy were
not granted to us because we were entitled to them. The only entitlement
we may claim is the right to take an examination at any VEC coordinated
session to earn our Amateur license. ARRL is the largest by far, but we
have 16 VEC organizations that provide licensing service in the USA. Our
license grants us certain privileges within the Part 97 rules which we
must never take for granted.
We enjoy our operating spectrum because of the negotiating and deal
making that took place between the nations of the world, large and small
at the various World Radio Conferences held in Geneva under the auspices
and leadership of the ITU. Such a conference will take place later this
year and your and my representatives, the ARRL team of technical, legal
and diplomatic experts will once again demonstrate the value that
Amateurs bring into the world community. These efforts have maintained
our privileges and earned us the WARC bands in the early 1980s which we
enjoy greatly and new space in the microwave and ULF range to conduct
experimentation. In the early 1950s, we gained the 15 meter band. The
added privileges that ARRL earns at these conferences are earned for ALL
Amateurs, not only ARRL members, even though they were the only ones who
financially supported the team or the effort. Remember to renew your
ARRL membership. It’s important.
An operating award called the Five Band DXCC or 5BDXCC recognizes
stations that obtained confirmations for 100 or more entity contacts on
each of the legacy bands; 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. Some folks
mistakenly think they might work 100 entities on any five bands and
qualify, but the bands must be the original five; 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10
meters. This award is not an easy one to obtain. Getting 100 entities
for a simple mixed DXCC requires a fair amount of dedication and effort.
But, doing it five times on each of five different bands is very
challenging, especially when propagation isn’t cooperative. You may
see full details of this 5BDXCC award at
http://www.arrl.org/5-band-dxcc-application.
One of the oldest clubs in the country, The Providence Radio Association
operates a station, W1OP, in their club house in Johnston. Just before
New Year’s Day, they were awarded a 5BDXCC certificate to recognize
this achievement. This award recognizes having confirmed contacts with
100 or more entities on each of the five legacy bands; 80, 40, 20, 15
and 10 meters. Congratulations PRA! That’s a great piece of work by
your members. The PRA will celebrate its Centennial anniversary in 2019.
Dave Tessitore, K1DT was elected President at their recent annual
meeting. Further details may be found at www.w1op.com .
Bob Elliot, K1RI recently earned his 5BDXCC award also and received a
nice plaque for his wall. Bob’s award is endorsed to add the 2, 6, 12,
17, 30 and 160 meter bands to the required basic five legacy bands. That
makes it an 11 band DXCC!! Good Grief Charlie Brown! Talk about an
achievement! I can see many of you wondering how the heck Bob worked 100
entities on 2 meters. Something called EME or moon-bounce and a lot of
skill and patience will do the trick.
Our new New England Director, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR has taken the reins
from Tom Frenaye, K1KI. Tom has been our Director for 28 years, since
1985 with a four-year interruption when he served as Vice President.
Thank you for your service, Tom. We’ve worked well under your
leadership. Fred held his first Cabinet meeting with club leaders and
Section Managers on January 12 which I attended. It was held at the
Springfield Sheraton Hotel, the site of several similar meetings in the
past. Outgoing Director Frenaye attended and contributed significantly
to the content of the discussion, something which many saw as very
positive and constructive. The meeting was well attended. Club leaders
should plan to attend these meetings. The next one will probably be held
on July 13 and will likely be at a facility near the New
Hampshire-Massachusetts border in order to spread the driving burden
fairly for attendees. Hope I will see club leaders there.
Earlier in this report, I mentioned Providence Radio Association’s
receiving their 5BDXCC award. This year, 2019, marks PRA’s 100th year
of serving Amateurs of our state and section. They plan several special
Centennial year activities for its members. Their club call, W1OP, is
active just about every day on FT8 being operated currently by Vic,
NE1Y, a PRA member spending the winter in Naples. So, you’ll see W1OP
giving its grid square as EL96 and not FN41 for Providence. I did a
double take when I worked them just before Christmas. Best wishes to the
PRA and its members for a fun Centennial year and the launch of your
second century in our state.
I should mention the importance of keeping your license information
current. I regularly run across situations where someone has moved,
possibly months earlier and his or her license still shows the old
address. Part 97 of the FCC rules which govern everything that we have
privileges to do, states in §97.23 that “Revocation of the station
license or suspension of the operator license may result when
correspondence from the FCC is returned as undeliverable because the
grantee failed to provide the correct mailing address.” This is
serious! The Friendly Candy Company expects us to always keep the address listed
on your Amateur license as your correct mailing address. You could lose
your license for failing to do that. They aren’t kidding, either.
Changing your address is very easy. You may do it yourself at no cost
on-line by following instructions found at
http://www.arrl.org/universal-licensing-system . If necessary, ARRL
members may call the ARRL/VEC office and ask for help from one of the
fine staff members. The direct phone number for the VEC office is
860-594-0300. The VEC Manager is Maria Somma at 860-594-0202. Changing
your address on your ham ticket is something that must be done when you
move. It’s the law. Don’t forget or ignore it. Consequences are
serious.
As I’m writing this report on January 17th, I’m listening to weather
reports telling us that a major storm is heading our way. Depending
where we live, we may see snow, rain or freezing rain or ice. Ice does
the most damage to our antennas. Let’s hope that we see snow in this
first major storm of the winter. Being in RI, of course, we must be sure
to stock up on bread and milk.
ARRL January VHF Contest is this weekend. See
http://www.arrl.org/january-vhf for detailed information. Also, the
International Grid Chase is rolling into its second year with great
enthusiasm. Some 45,000 participants are listed world-wide. In RI, our
leader is Russ, KA1ERL in 316th place with W1LY, N1NK, KS1J, W1XX, K1VI,
WB4SON, K1RI, K1GND and yours truly rounding out the top ten. The object
is to work as many different grid squares as possible in each month. See
http://www.arrl.org/international-grid-chase-2018 for details. The new
mode, FT-8 is plainly responsible for much of the activity contributing
to the IGC scores. It’s all designed to encourage folks to get on the
air and it’s succeeding.
Clubs are working right now in snow season planning for Winter Field Day
as well as the traditional Field Day in June. Please plan on
participating in FD this year. Your club will welcome your help and so
will I. Not a club member? You’re missing out on a lot of what ham
radio is all about. Join a club. See http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club to
help you find a club. You’ll enjoy it also. Let’s hope and pray for
above average propagation at Field Day. We deserve it, don’t you
think? 73,

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ARRL Rhode Island Section
Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC
w1yrc@arrl.org
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