Saturday, May 4, 2019

Put Howard to work at @W1AW event canceled #ARRL #hamradio

The "Put Howard to Work" event, which was to be presented on Monday, May 13, by the ICQ Amateur Radio Podcast and feature ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, has been cancelled. Here is the official statement:

Earlier this week an announcement was made that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, was going to be on air at Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Monday afternoon, May 13, with the intent of giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. However, an issue was raised about this being a potential violation of FCC rules, in particular, Section 97.113 which states that "A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer."

Given that the ARRL is Michel's employer, and that there was an effort to publicize an event at which members of the organization could chat with the CEO, such an event could be perceived as a benefit to the organization.

So out of an abundance of caution and to avoid any potential violation of FCC rules, or even an appearance of a violation, Michel has decided to suspend plans for the "Put Howard to Work" event that was scheduled for Monday, May 13.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Who is up for #SelfPlaceSelfie?

Do you know where your "safe place" is while you are at work, at home, or traveling?   In early April we will be launching a 4-day #safeplaceselfie campaign over social media to encourage everyone across the country to take the #1 preparedness action when extreme weather threatens.  Below are images we encourage our WRN Ambassadors to promote over the next month as we draw closer to April.  Participate using your organization social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) or even your personal accounts.  Below are some talking points that provide more details on how you and your organization can contribute. It is fun. It is free. And it will go a long way to building a Weather-Ready Nation!

#SafePlaceSelfie is a grass roots campaign as part of NOAA's Weather-Ready Nation to get individuals, businesses, and all organizations ready, responsive, and resilient to extreme weather events.  
Knowing your "safe place" when extreme weather threatens is the #1 preparedness action anyone can take.  To this end, a social media campaign will be launched the week of April 3, culminating in a TweetChat on Thursday, April 6.  
This action can be fun, is free, and doesn't require a lot of time commitment, but can open the door to greater preparedness actions (creating a family emergency plan, emergency kit, etc.)
Encourage other accounts on social media by tagging them and asking "Where is your safe place?"
Focus is broad across the spectrum of hazards, and not just tornadoes.  Hazards to consider: lightning, severe (tornadoes, high winds), extreme heat/cold, flooding, rip currents, wildfires, hurricanes, tsunamis...
And your safe place may be very different for the various hazards.  For instance, a car may be a safe place from lightning, but is a dangerous place during flash flooding.  
Get creative!  Is there a beach nearby or are locals planning vacations to warmer climates?  Help spread rip current awareness by focusing on where your safe place would be (hint: between the lifeguard flags).

Thank you.

And if you aren't already...
Follow us on Twitter @WRNAmbassadors

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Remote on the air. Free to MARS and EM volunteers. #ARRL #hamradio

Thanks to Michael, N5AFR Alex, N0AMT and Dale, N5VX,  WX5EM is on RemoteHams.

The remote will be up and down during the testing season.  Please know that not all hands get Administration (A) or Transmit (X) approvals.  The remote is centered around members of the club, i.e. those who are involved in emergency management or the Military Auxiliary Radio System.

If you wish transmit privileges, EMAIL verification of your involvement with your local emergency management office or Military Auxiliary Radio System.

Known issues:

1. The node quits transmitting at random times.  Keep the mouse over the TX button, just in case.
2.  Low audio.
3.  When using the memory channels, the software does not put the mode into the radio.  For example, ten meter FM memory defaults to 29.6 Upper Sideband.  Please change the mode when changing frequencies.  This is particularly important when operation is on MARS nets.
4.  There is no tuner required.  The broadband doublet allows 160 through six meter operation.

If you cause interference or violate Part 97 regulations, your transmit privileges will be reduced or eliminated.

If you wish to join this effort, reach out on the local radio, email, text, Skype, Twitter, etc.  Our current list of membership ranges from very active to very inactive.

In the mean time, enjoy the fact that WX5EM is on RemoteHams.