ARRL Speecial Services ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  December 2004
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackGreetings one last time from the Oval Shack. Since this will appear in the December Watts News, this is my last installment as President of the Olympia Amateur Radio Society. I'm sure Ken Dahl, the guy that I relieved and who is relieving me, will continue again to be a fine president of this club for 2005. Hope you enjoyed the year off, Ken!

I did enjoy the ham radio aspects of 2004, and I hope I did contribute some modicum of leadership and wisdom through my day-to-day amateur radio activities, and contributions to the club. I do know that I wasn't able to be as active in the second half of the year as I would have liked, but with my XYL still in the hospital after five months, I didn't have much control over that. She's still having a few problems with infections, but the fine doctors at UWMC seem to be on top of her care, if not ahead of it.

Like I said last month, on to the future. Amateur radio has a lot of issues that will continue to be important in 2005, and some that will newly appear.

Field Day should continue to be an important part of OARS in 2005, but Lee KI7SS, and I will not be able to participate this year. I will probably be back in 2006. Interesting point of fact that Duane pointed out to me a few weeks ago: digital contacts count just as much as CW contacts...

BPL, of course, continues to be huge. We can't talk to 'em in an emergency if we can't hear 'em. My line noise is about the same as it was two years ago...

Antenna restrictions all over the country continue to get slowly worse.

One item that just broke through the noise level is bandwidth regulation and/or legislation. We'd better pay attention to that one. The ARRL is bringing this issue to the attention of the FCC now, and I think changes will eventually come that will affect us for the next fifty years.

Software-controlled radios intrigue me a lot. That one's also going to amaze a lot of people in the decades to come.

Most importantly, I think OARS should continue doing what it has been doing. The members -- that would be you -- have always shown the best support for our club in particular and amateur radio in general that I have seen in any community in the past thirty years as a ham radio operator. Volunteer work is never easy to put together, and this club is amazing.

One last message to the membership of OARS: thank you for allowing me to be President of this fine organization in 2004. It's been an honor and a pleasure.

Keep a steady keel, Ken. You have the helm.


-- Leroy, N7EIE, President, Olympia Amateur Radio Society 2004

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Holiday Potluck

The OARS 2004 (2005?) Holiday Potluck will be held beginning at 17:00 on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at the Olympia Search and Rescue (OSAR) building at 9111 Yelm Highway SE, Lacey. This is on the right hand side of the road about 3.3 miles past the intersection of Yelm Highway and Ruddle Road.

Bring your favorite dish and we will provide paper plates and silverware. OSAR will provide hot coffee and tea. If you would like other beverages, please bring them.

As in past years, bring a small gift(s) which can be auctioned off to bring some additional revenue into the club treasury.

See you there.


-- Ken Dahl, K7TAG

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net on one or more of the dates November 9, 16. 23, or 30:


The net meets at 7:30 every Tuesday evening on the 3 linked OARS repeaters: 147.36, 224.46, and 441.40 MHz. All Hams are invited to check in.

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Blond Christmas Story

There were two blondes who went deep into the frozen woods searching for a Christmas tree. After hours of sub-zero temperatures and a few close calls with hungry wolves, one blonde turned to the other and said,"I'm chopping down the next tree I see. I don't care whether it's decorated or not!"

-- from ZL3AI, via packet

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Ham Gear for Sale in Local Area

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Treasurer's Report

As of 11/30/04

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance     $316.81

            Income               .04

            Expenses          147.65

        Ending balance        169.20

    REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

        Previous balance    $ 978.61

            Income              0.00

            Expenses            0.00

        Ending balance        978.61

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Merry Christmas

to all OARS members!

Major ISP Tells FCC BPL Not a "Commercially Viable Alternative" to Cable, DSL

Officials of Internet service provider EarthLink told the FCC that broadband over power line (BPL) cannot compete with the dominant cable or DSL technology today or in the near future. A BPL industry spokesperson subsequently criticized the ARRL apparently for reporting the company's statements. EarthLink President and CEO Garry Betty and other company officials met November 16 with FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Commission attorney Aaron Goldberger to deliver an ex parte presentation on several Wireline Competition Bureau and Common Carrier Bureau proceedings.

"EarthLink discussed that it has invested in and is in trials with several potential 'third wire' broadband transmission paths to the home, including WiFi, WiMax, MMDS and broadband over power lines," EarthLink Counsel Mark J. O'Connor informed FCC Secretary Marlene Dortch in a November 17 letter. "However, EarthLink pointed out that cable and DSL still account for virtually all consumer broadband connections and that none of these alternative technologies offer a commercially viable alternative today or in the near future."

An EarthLink analysis indicated that BPL is the most expensive of the broadband technologies it evaluated. In a chart titled "Next generation broadband," EarthLink said that wireless and BPL "are not likely to be competitive in cost and performance with cable and DSL over the last mile to the home."

EarthLink judged as "not successful" one unspecified BPL technical trial using Amperion equipment in a "wireless/BPL combo." In discussing other trials using Ambient and Current Technologies equipment -- in one of which EarthLink had invested -- the ISP's assessment was that the high cost per household passed -- $125 in both instances -- would require a better than 15 percent market penetration to attain a competitive cost.

EarthLink said its assessment determined that ADSL2+ technology is the "best option" and can offer VoIP as well as high-speed broadband (at 6 to 10 Mbps) and video over copper wire and using on-premise consumer equipment. The company also indicated that it plans to invest in ADSL2+ technology. The company's ex parte submission is available on the FCC Web site.

ARRL's reporting of EarthLink's submission to the FCC apparently struck a nerve at Ambient, with which EarthLink has a business relationship. In a classic case of shooting the messenger, Ambient CEO John J. Joyce took the League to task on behalf of the BPL industry in a statement posted via Market Wire on the CBS MarketWatch.com Web site. Joyce seemed to suggest that the League itself had provided the EarthLink information and was spinning the company's remarks to advantage.

"The release by the ARRL clearly takes the statements of EarthLink's attorney out of context and conveniently ignores many developments in the industry that contradict ARRL's conclusions," Joyce said, adding that 2005 promises to be "the year of BPL."

Among other things, Joyce said that "the ARRL perception of BPL's economics fails to consider that consumer broadband is only one application for a BPL-enabled utility system." He said there are other industrial applications that may augur in BPL's economic favor. He also emphasized that the projects with which his company and EarthLink have collaborated were demonstrations "never intended to be competitive installations" and are "in no way representative of BPL economics."

ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said the League stands by its account, which Joyce characterized as a "claim" on the ARRL's part. "ARRL's report on the document was accurate in every way, and we stand by our report," he said. "The conclusions given are not ours, but EarthLink's. Anyone who wishes to do so can read the submission for themselves."

-- from the ARRL Letter

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Name That Christmas Carol!

  1. Bleached Yule
  2. Castaneous-colored Seed Vesicated in a Conflagration
  3. Singular Yearning for the Twin Anterior Incisors
  4. Righteous Darkness
  5. Arrival Time 2400 hrs - Weather Cloudless
  6. Loyal Followers Advance
  7. Far Off in a Feeder
  8. Array the Corridor
  9. Bantam Male Percussionist
  10. Monarchial Triad
  11. Nocturnal Noiselessness
  12. Jehovah Deactivate Blithe Chevaliers
  13. Red Man en Route to Borough
  14. Frozen Precipitation Commence
  15. Proceed and Enlighten on the Pinnacle
  16. The Quadruped with the Vermillion Proboscis
  17. Query Regarding Identity of Descendant
  18. Delight for this Planet
  19. Give Attention to the Melodious Celestial Beings
  20. The Dozen Festive 24 Hour Intervals

-- from ZL3AI via packet

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Time to Pay Your Dues

All OARS members' dues for 2005 are payable on January 1. The annual amount is $20, or $25 for a family membership.

As you can see from the Treasurer's report, our bank balances are getting low, so please do it now -- make out your check to OARS and bring it to a meeting or mail it to the OARS P.O. Box listed at the top of this newsletter.

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OARS Email Addresses

Larry Alvar KD7TQW kd7tqw@yahoo.com
Fred Baker W7SIX bakerf@wsdot.wa.gov
Jack Barber W1PRT HAMPRT@aol.com
Ruth Barber K1IIF K1IIF@juno.com
Ben Bennett N7IVM n7ivm.2@olywa.net
Duane Braford WB7ROZ duane.a.braford@intel.com
Harold Burchards KD7YOE PeniNHal@netzero.net
Mick Bush N7ZTU rmickbush@attbi.com
Chris Chambers KA7BNS ki7ss@arrl.net
Kristopher Chambers KC7ZWN ki7ss@arrl.net
Lee Chambers KI7SS ki7ss@arrl.net
Marie Chambers KC7MNM KC7MNM@hotmail.com
Morgan Chambers KC7VNY ki7ss@arrl.net
Ray Chenhall AA7ET chenhall@olywa.net
Thomas Christian W7IOM ztomcat@att.net
Marc Cote KD7MHC kd7mhc@arrl.net
Daniel Crane KB7DFL KB7DFL@arrl.net
Ken Dahl K7TAG k7tag@arrl.net
Rick Damitio W7DOY charickd@aol.com
Tom Dennis KA4VVA JohnD10496@aol.com
James Elliott AA7OH jellio4@comcast.net
Bill Fill KD5IC wlfill@msn.com
Dora Anna Fill NI5D daefill@juno.com
Ed Fitzgerald N7WW fitzgeraldsphoto@comcast.net
Dave Gates KD7YXY davelgates@msn.com
Robert Goodnow N7JHJ RWGoodnow@msn.com
Helen Hannigan KB7JDL MEHANNIGAN@comcast.net
Gerald Julian KD7CZN jbjulian@comcast.net
John Kennedy KD7ISO kd7isojohn@yahoo.com
George Lanning KB6LE kb6le@arrl.net
David LeFevre KC7FEC DaveLeFevre3@comcast.net
Paul Leach N7GGX n7ggx@aol.com
Lee Lininger W7RLL w7rll@wmconnect.com
Vaunn Litchfield KD7UJH vaunn@mindspring.com
Chuck Lund K7VRE k7vre@arrl.net
Robert Lyon AA7YD ab7ps@arrl.net
Sara Lyon AB7PS ab7ps@arrl.net
Keith McDonald N7JSK sarcapt1@hotmail.com
Lawrence McKnight KD7MBP llmcknight2@cs.com
John Moore N7GMC melakid@iglide.net
Kathleen Moore KC7RHK melakid@iglide.net
Tim Nairn KB7UKX airbus@aol.com
Klaus Neubert AC7MG ac7mg@comcast.net
David Palmer AC7PT ac7pt@arrl.net
Brian Parsons
Jeff Parsons KC7GBQ parsodj@juno.com
Don Shields KJ7NV dfskj7nv@juno.com
Leroy Smith N7EIE n7eie@arrl.net
Thom Solberg N7KJG tomatwcp@aol.com
Paul Taylor KC7LA paultkc7la@hotmail.com
Owen Ticknor WA7JZM ticknor1@juno.com
Bill Tilton K7OKC k7okc@i-link-2.net
Deloise Tilton KB7GEG k7okc@i-link-2.net
Bill Waesche KE7CG wwaesche@cs.com
Steve Ward WC7I WC7I@comcast.net
Larry Watkinson KC7CKO LWatkinson@olywa.net
Al Williams K7PUC alwilliams@olywa.net
Jeff Withers W3GE W3GE@worldnet.att.net

Please send any changes or corrections to this list to OARS@att.net or call me (George kb6le) at 360-866-2185.

Also, if you are on this list and not receiving Watts News via email, and would like to, please let me know and I will add you to the email distribution. If the email copy satisfies your needs, let me know that also and I will remove you from the U.S. mail distribution. Our bank balances are low, and every 37 cent savings helps.

-- George, KB6LE, Editor

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