The Barstow Amateur Radio Club WA6TST Special Event Station at the Newberry Springs Pistachio Festival held November 6th 2021 was a great success. The communications trailer was open to visitors to watch operations and learn about Amateur Radio. If you made a QSO with WA6TST during the event you should already have received a QSL, if not send an SASE to Pistachio Event P. O. Box 2141, Barstow, CA 92312
RT66 On the Air is now active and if you want a W6E Barstow QSL card for your collection be sure to include an S.A.S.E with your request. Send your envelope and QSL card to:
BARC RT66 OTA
P.O. Box 2141
Barstow, CA. 92312-2141
The RT-66 On the Air event will be held the 11th through the 19th of September. The special event call W6E has been approved for use by the Barstow Amateur Radio Club during the event. The event is to commemorate the “The Mother Road”. U.S. Highway 66, established in 1926, was the first major improvement to link the west coast with the nations heartland. The highway was officially decommissioned in 1986 having been replaced by the Interstate Highway System. Today small portions of the RT 66 still exist in towns and rural areas in several states.
This year marks the 21st year of this great radio event. Originally started by the Northern Arizona DX Association, and carried on by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio club, it is a way to allow amateur radio operators a way to “Relive the Ride” and celebrate the highway’s rich history.
Amateur radio clubs operate from cities on or near the route using special 1×1 callsigns. Hundreds of operators worldwide aim to contact as many radio club operators as possible who take part in the annual event.
We will be having a normal club Class A station this year. In addition, anyone with concerns over COVID, or other issues, can operate independently and have their score aggregated with the club score.
Jim Alvord, KK6UHN, has volunteered to host the club station this year.
Further details will be discussed on the Tuesday evening nets and Friday breakfasts until Field Day, which is June 26 to 27. See the Field Day page for details.
We will be holding actual meetings again, at the Barstow American Legion Hall, 2181 Armory Road. Hope to see everyone there!
We will continue to have breakfast meetings at 7AM on Friday mornings at Denny’s at 1200 E. Main in Barstow. All hams welcome!
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