The ARRL has released a video about Field Day. It includes basic information and some specific for this year. The video is a bit over 8 minutes, and worth watching. This year Field Day will be June 26 to 27, as always the fourth full weekend in June. We will be planning our Field Day entry shortly, and hope to have an actual Field Day event like we have had historically. Be sure to attend the April and May club meetings if you are interested in helping with the planning. All ideas welcome!
Starting today the club has a new Post Office Box for receiving QSL cards, dues checks, etc. If you mail a dues check (hint, hint) please make it payable to Barstow Amateur Radio Club. Note the Zip Code. Our new mailing address is:
Barstow Amateur Radio Club
P.O. Box 2141
Barstow CA 92312-2141
Our goal is to have at least one Technician (entry level) licensing class per year, and hopefully more. Our next class will be starting on Monday, March First, and continue each Monday evening in March and April. If COVID restrictions are modified to allow, we will have in person sessions which will also be Zoom meetings.
We will also be watching the county COVID restrictions and hopefully be able to schedule an in-person test session shortly after the class ends. GLAARG will still be having online test sessions.
The FCC published a rulemaking notice that email addresses will be required on applications. When you include an email address they will send a link to an official copy of your license grant. You can also update your ULS listing with an email address when you log in.
Effective on June 29, 2021, amateur radio licensees and candidates must provide the FCC with an email address on all applications. If no email address is included, the FCC may dismiss the application as “defective.”
The FCC issued an update to the NPRM for license application fees. On a slightly positive note, they said the fees will not apply to administrative updates, and are reduced from $50 to $35 for application fees.
There is currently no implementation date, so fees will not start immediately.
Going forward, the FCC will impose a fee for each new license application and modification. So for example, someone getting their first license, upgrading their license class, or applying for a vanity callsign would be subject to the $35 fee.
Note that this is separate from the testing reimbursement charged by VECs. ARRL has said their maximum fee will remain $15. GLAARG, for the time being, will continue to charge $10 for online tests, and $5 for in person tests.
FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35 (arrl.org)http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-reduces-proposed-amateur-radio-application-fee-to-35?fbclid=IwAR2rcpdcDFj5MuKNzWYu4tfO3HRWeDV5OvAAXnDPr11wSQ-3Tbm85UZNAZ8
Barstow Amateur Radio Club would like to extend a hearty Happy New Year to our members, friends, and followers! We hope everyone is healthy, and look forward to more normal operation when it is safe and prudent.
The Calico Fun Run, scheduled for January 26, has been cancelled dues to COVID restriction. We hope to resume providing communication support in 2022.
The club will have a range day on December 1, 2020 at 10 AM. It will be held at the Silver Valley Gun Club in Newberry Springs. (See attached directions) For GPS purposes the range is located next to Rancho Peligroso at 30137 Ft. Cady Road, Newberry Springs, California.
No one should be arriving at the range with a loaded firearm. The firearms should be loaded on the firing line and not before. We will have a range safety briefing prior to any weapons being fired. I would encourage that you bring the following items;
1. Ear protection and eye protection.
2. Women should not wear low cut or open top shirts. Often hot brass may burn, if it is able to get underneath your shirt.
3. There is no water at the site, so I recommend bringing waterless soap or soap and water for cleaning your hands after firing. The gun powder is actually a carcinogen.
4. There are no restaurants close by, so I recommend bringing a lunch and any beverages to include water. No alcoholic beverages allowed.
5. Art Sachs Sr N6ZGF has offered to bring out some 22 caliber carbine‘s for people to shoot on the provision that they bring their own ammunition.
6. Family members are welcome to attend and participate. No one under the age of 18 will be able to participate without the parent being present.
7. PLEASE BRING A MASK AND OBSERVE SOCIAL DISTANCING in order to adhere to the Governor’s’ directive.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any other suggestions in reference to this event; Bob Smith-KO6BOB Email: K06bob@gmail.com.
ARRL will file comments in firm opposition to an FCC proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees. With the November 16 comment deadline fast approaching, ARRL urges members to add their voices to ARRL’s by filing opposition comments of their own. The FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) MD Docket 20-270 appeared in the October 15 edition of The Federal Register and sets deadlines of November 16 to comment and November 30 to post reply comments, which are comments on comments already filed. ARRL has prepared a Guide to Filing Comments with the FCC which includes tips for preparing comments and step-by-step filing instructions. File comments on MD Docket 20-270 using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS).
We have scheduled two online license classes in 2020 to help those interested prepare for the Technician class test. One class will be on for consecutive Monday evenings starting September 21. The other will be two consecutive Saturdays starting September 26. If you are interested, or know someone who is, there is more information and a registration form on the License Class Page. As always, there is no charge for the class.