Girl Scouts Successful in Earning Radio Award
Officials from the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada have announced that as a result of a recent introduction to amateur radio 38 Las Vegas area girls have now been awarded the ARRL Radio and Wireless Technology Patch.
In late 2017 the Las Vegas based Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR) joined with the Girl Scouts to put together a program designed to introduce radio to area girls and to help them on their way towards meeting the many requirements necessary to receive the award.
SOAR put together a team of radio volunteers from several ham radio organizations and presented a unique "Mini Field Day" February 3rd on the campus of the Girl Scout headquarters. Roughly 60 girls and their leaders attended.
"Our event was a major success and I hope we can put on more events for the upcoming 2019 membership year" said Evan D'Angelo Operations Director for the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.
The Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio has also been invited by to establish a permanent amateur radio station at the Girl Scout headquarters.
Amateur Radio Parity Act Language Inserted in National Defense Authorization Act
ARRL is praising the work of US Representatives Joe Courtney (D-CT), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), and Mike Rogers (R-AL) for their successful efforts in securing language in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 that aids in the survival and growth of Amateur Radio by giving radio amateurs the right to install an outdoor antenna at their residences with the approval of their homeowners associations. This language — text from the proposed Amateur Radio Parity Act (HR 555) — formed the basis for the Courtney-Hartzler-Rogers Amendment to the NDAA.
The amendment, offered by the bipartisan trio and accepted by the House Armed Services Committee by voice vote, will ensure that Amateur Radio operators will continue to play a vital role in disaster communication, when called upon. Amateur Radio has long-standing relationships with the Department of Defense through both the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) as well as spectrum sharing.
The Armed Services Committee passed the NDAA by a 60-to-1 voice vote after a 14-hour markup that ran well into the night. The bill now awaits House floor action. The Senate will begin its markup of the NDAA during the week of May 21.
Representatives Courtney and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) spearheaded the effort to include the Parity Act language in the NDAA. Both are cosponsors of the Parity Act, which has passed the House by voice vote twice in the past 2 years.
Recognizing the long-standing relationship between Amateur Radio and the Department of Defense, Congressman Kinzinger — who served multiple tours for the USAF as a fighter pilot and is still a Major in the Air National Guard, and Courtney have been champions of the legislation in Congress.
“The steadfast support of the Amateur Radio community continually demonstrated by Congressmen Kinzinger and Courtney has been a godsend,” said Hudson Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB. “The Parity Act wouldn’t be anywhere close to this stage without their strong support, and our organization is extremely grateful.”
Lisenco, who serves as Chairman of the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee, also recognized other promoters of Amateur Radio, including House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), Energy and Commerce Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX). “We are deeply grateful for their continued understanding and support,” Lisenco said.
ARRL will continue to press for support to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act throughout the legislative process.
Netherlands Shortwave Listener (SWL) sends letter to 6 meter hams
Editors Note: Many of us came to the ranks of amateur radio by having been shortwave listeners (SWL's). Here is am open letter from one adherent to six meter operators.
Hello 6 meter enthusiasts.
Would you be so kind to forward this email to 6 meter radio clubs and anyone who is interested.
I'm SWL since 1971 and began listening in 1988 on 6 meter. Till now I've heard 176 countries (175 confirmed - waiting for the JW7QIA QSL).
I prefer to listen to SSB or CW contacts, but the last years more and more stations using the digital modes, so I can not stay behind.
Last year (2017) the Sporadic E season was super. I know it's easier to hear a rare country or locator, than to make contact with.
For me the real DX with SP/E started half May and the first time with the JT65 mode, I decode many JA stations and VU - A4 - A7 - E44 - 3A (rare one for northern Europe, because of mountains in 3A) - 9K - UN7 - DS - YI - BD0 - XE2JS (DL68) - PJ4 - OX - EK7DX - BV - HL. Last good DX (outside Eur.) opening was July 30. And of course all European countries.
The reason that I write this is to let you all know - don't think, it's not possible for me because of mountains or whatever. I got e-mails from stations ( who were giving CQ for a long time without making a contact) who were very surprised that I had decode them and some of them informed me that they have never made contact with Europe. I'm sure that KL7 and VE6 and 7 are possible via SP/ E.
One thing is for sure: you must be patient - need luck - it's a good help when you know where the ES clouds are, so check the sites, like: https://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php?&HF=N&ML=M&Frec=50&Map=EU and / or http://www.on4kst.com/chat/start.php and of course the sites in the USA and Canada.
I hope to hear / decode this year again more new DX stations on the Magic band and remember, keep 50.110 free for rare DX stations.
I'm using a homemade converter in a JRC NRD 545 DSP and the antenna is a 5 elem. dual yagi for 4 and 6 mtr. I hope to install the next month my new ant. the 6 elem. LFA Quad.
For all a good SP/ E season. I'm checking 6 meter 24 / 7 during the season.
All the very best,
Harry - PA3249
Governor Proclaims June as Amateur Radio Month
The State of Nevada has once again publicly recognized the value of her amateur radio operators in the form of a Governors Proclamation issued on April 30th by Governor Brian Sandoval naming June 2018 as "Amateur Radio Month in Nevada".
Public acclamations praising the service of ham radio operator's in the Silver State are not uncommon. A similar proclamation has been issued by Governor Sandoval during each of his eight years in office. The annual recognition of amateur radio dates back to several administrations preceding Governor Sandoval. In addition to the accolades bestowed by the State, Nevada hams frequently receive proclamations, declarations, and decree's from Mayor's, County Commissions, and the private sector.
Commenting on the newly issued document, ARRL Nevada Section Manager John Bigley N7UR said, "The proclaiming of June as "Amateur Radio Month in Nevada" resonates the appreciation which our state's leaders and citizens have for the ham radio community and it certainly reflects upon the confidence they have in our ability and commitment to service."
Bigley elaborated about the relationship that Nevada has with amateur radio. "On the state level The Nevada Division of Emergency Management and the ARRL Nevada Section maintain a formal relationship, the DEM recognizes the ARRL Field Organization as being an important resource." "Closer to home if you walk into the Situation Room at pretty much any county Emergency Operations Center around the state, you are going to see the vest of their local ARES/RACES Emergency Coordinator slung over the back of a chair. The presence of those vests are a testament to the trust that Nevada's professional Emergency Managers have in our ARRL volunteers."
A Proclamation by the Governor
WHEREAS, the State of Nevada is home to more than 8,900 specially trained and licensed amateur radio operators, who by virtue of their service in providing emergency communications, disaster relief, and support of public events, have demonstrated their value to the welfare of the citizens of Nevada; and
WHEREAS, these amateur radio operators provide such service, equipment, and expertise, without compensation, solely in the interest, and to the benefit of the citizens of the State of Nevada and the world; and
WHEREAS, for more than a hundred years, amateur radio operators have shown their dedication to emergency preparedness, disaster response, community support, and technical exploration; and
WHEREAS, Nevada's amateur radio operators continue in their commitment to promote and encourage young people in the pursuit of educational and career opportunities in the fields of science, engineering, and technology; and
WHEREAS, the State of Nevada extends appreciation for the licensed amateur radio operators and the role they play in the safety and security of the Silver State and in the promotion of education;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim June 2018 as
AMATEUR RADIO MONTH IN NEVADA
In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capital in Carson City, Nevada this 30th day of April, 2018
Brian Sandoval, Governor
Longtime Las Vegas amateur Patrick Murphy W6HXT now SK
Patrick Murphy W6HXT (89) a longtime member of the Las Vegas amateur radio community, passed away April 20th following several years of declining health. Patrick, has been a local ham radio operator for nearly 40 years, having arrived here in 1979 following his retirement, after 28 years of service, from the U.S. Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel.
A native of Hinsdale, Montana, Patrick graduated from High School in Sidney, Montana. After which he worked his way through the University of North Dakota as an engineer at broadcasting stations in Sidney, Montana and Grand Forks, North Dakota. While at the University of North Dakota he earned a Bachelor of Science degree and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.
A ham radio operator since the 1950's W6HXT was a long time member of the Las Vegas Repeater Association, the Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club, and the ARRL. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elk, and the Knights of Columbus.
Prior to his final retirement in 1989, Patrick was a manager for Computer Sciences Corp on the Weapons Testing Project for the Department of Energy.
W6HXT is survived by Mollie Murphy, his college sweetheart and wife of 66 years, along with his children; daughters Dr. Peggy Murphy of Honolulu, Hawaii, Colleen White, Esq. of Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and son Patrick J. Murphy III of Henderson, Nevada. Lt. Colonel Murphy also is survived by six grandchildren.
Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Davis Funeral Home, 6200 S. Eastern Ave. Service will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16, at Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 1900 Veterans Memorial Drive, Boulder City.
Well known ham Sandi Heyn WA6WZN is Silent Key
Members of the Nevada amateur radio community were saddened to learn of the passing of well known amateur radio operator Sandra Heyn WA6WZN of Costa Mesa, California.
Sandi Heyn succumbed at home on April 28th following a three year battle with cancer. She was 75.
A member and leader of many amateur radio groups, Sandi is remembered by Nevada hams for her long time participation with the ARRL booth and the Ham Radio Operators reception at the annual National Association of Broadcasters conventions in Las Vegas.
Sandi was a member of the Orange County Amateur Radio Club, the Palomar Amateur Radio Club, the Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Southern California DX Club, the Young Ladies Radio Club of Los Angeles, she was a past officer of the Young Ladies Radio League, a life member of the American Radio Relay League, a member of the Western Country Cousins, the Bishop Amateur Radio Club, and many other amateur radio groups.
Sandi played a big role in the organization of the 1992 ARRL National Convention in Los Angeles. She was also a member of the ARRL Maxim Society, where by way of her generous financial contributions she has helped to ensure that amateur radio continues for future generations.
Sandra Heyn was the bride of Fried Heyn WA6WZO for the past 57 years. Both Sandi and Fried were active skiing enthusiasts throughout her life, and could often be found on the slopes of Mammoth Lakes and other ski areas.
Fried Heyn is the Vice President Emeritus of the ARRL and past Director of the ARRL Southwest Division. Together Fried and Sandi Heyn continued as ambassadors for the ARRL and for amateur radio as a whole.
In a final act of giving, it was Sandi's wish that her body be donated science. No services have been planned at this time.
Amateur Radio featured at NAB Show 2018
Once again, broadcasting professionals from around the world made the trek last week to Las Vegas for the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention.
The massive 2.25 million square foot convention, boasted more than 1,800 exhibitors, over 100,000 attendees, and $20.3 billion dollars in trade. To the many participants who were also ham radio operators the event would not have been complete without their traditional visit to the ARRL booth.
In what has become somewhat of yearly pilgrimage, amateur radio operators from around the world, broke away from the hustle and bustle of the show floor and made their way to the lobby of the North Hall to talk over all things ham radio with the volunteer staff of the ARRL booth.
Ham operators from Australia, South Korea, Israel, Norway, Canada, England, Ireland, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Belgium, Tanzania, Greenland, U.S. Virgin Islands, Poland, South Africa, Bulgaria, and Spain were among the visitors to sign in at the ARRL booth.
The ARRL booth is managed by Nevada Section Manager John Bigley N7UR and was staffed by volunteers from various Nevada amateur radio groups. ARRL Second Vice President Bob Vallio W6RGG and East Bay Section Manager Elect Jim Siemens AF6PU were also on hand to assist in the booth and to greet visitors.
Booth visitors were able to gain assistance in licensing, renewing their ARRL memberships, accessing ARRL services and programs, and how to find classes and examination sites in their local communities. League members were able to discuss issues which they felt are important to their personal enjoyment of amateur radio.
Wednesday evening the NAB again hosted it's hugely popular Amateur Radio Operators Convention at the Westgate Hotel. Section Manager Bigley thanked the attendees for participating and welcomed them to Las Vegas. He also publicly acknowledged the ARRL volunteers for their work at the convention.
SM Bigley then introduced ARRL Vice President Bob Vallio who thanked NAB, Broadcast Supply Worldwide and Turner Engineering for sponsoring the reception. Vallio also thanked the NAB for once again endowing the ARRL with the booth.
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