Olympia Amateur Radio Society

ARRL Special Service ClubWatts News

Monthly Newsletter of the

Olympia Amateur Radio Society

P.O. Box 2861, Olympia, WA 98507

  June, 2005
Edited by George Lanning  KB6LE 

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From the Oval ShackPresident's Message

June is here and it is another busy, event filled month for Amateur Radio here in the Pacific Northwest. We have already provided radio support for the Dryad Quest and Shitepoke road rallies.

Coming up the 18th and 19th is the Annual SEA-PAC Convention in Seaside Oregon, where OARS will have a table to sell both equipment donated to the club and also allow members to sell their own equipment. The table is in a very good location at the top of the stairs from the entry lobby. We are looking for members who can volunteer some time to man this table. If you are available, either call or email me to let me know when you are available. If we can get many volunteers, then the time required from each is much shorter.

Then, on the weekend of June 25 and 26, we will again be conducting our yearly ARRL Field Day Operations from the Capitol Campus on the diagonal at the corner of 14th and Capitol Way. We will begin set up at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday with a 3A station using the Thurston County Sheriff''s Office Comm Van and the Intel Mobil EOC. We welcome everyone to stop and participate or just visit.

We will be having our usual potluck from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Saturday evening with families welcome to attend. This year we have invited the units from the Thurston County Search and Rescue to participate in the potluck. It is our goal to encourage more of them to become licensed Hams.

The SAR Council will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs which we will be grilling on a mobile grill loaned to us by Larry, KC7CKO. Because of this, we would like all of you to let us know if you are attending and how many family members will be with you by June 21, so that we can get the food purchased.

For the potluck itself, I an requesting that call sign suffixes A-G bring a desert, H-O bring a main dish, and P-Z bring a salad. Please remember to bring enough to share so that we will have enough for everyone.

If you get a chance, congratulate Fred, W7SIX on getting his Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington this month.I look forward to seeing as many as possible at the Meeting on the 22nd and at Field Day on the 25th and 26th.

-- 73, Ken, K7TAG

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House Resolution 230 "A Fair Request," ARRL President Says

ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, says House Resolution 230 (HRes 230) represents "a fair request" to the FCC and deserves the support of the US House of Representatives. Sponsored by Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR, of Arkansas, HRes 230 calls on the FCC to comprehensively evaluate BPL's interference potential incorporating "extensive public review and comment," then to "reconsider and review" its new BPL rules in the light of that public input.

Renewing his call for League members to contact their congressional representatives to sign on as cosponors of the non-binding measure, Haynie said Ross's resolution only asks the FCC to do what it should have done in the first place regarding BPL.

"What this basically asks the FCC to do is to take another look at their methodology and how they arrived at the conclusions they did," Haynie said.

The FCC adopted rules to govern so-called Access BPL last October 14 in ET Docket 04-37. "I think that's a fair request and something that we should do as amateurs to make sure this is done right and without a lot of haste."

Haynie says Motorola's announcement of its Powerline LV system suggests the FCC rules can provide much greater protection to radiocommunication services without preventing properly engineered BPL systems from going forward.

Ross, who is one of two amateur licensees in the US Congress (the other is Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI, of Oregon), introduced HRes 230 on April 21. He told Broadband Over Power Line World (BPLW) recently that he's concerned about potential interference that BPL deployment could generate. (The interview is on the BPLW Web site http://www.etopiamedia.net/bplw/pages/bplw33-5551212.html.)

"Based on my own knowledge of the unique nature of the high-frequency radio spectrum, I was concerned about the evidence submitted to the Federal Communications Commission that I believe demonstrates the need to postpone any rules regarding BPL deployment," Ross said. He explained that passage of HRes 230 would put the House on record as "supporting a more careful study by the FCC of the radio interference issue, especially as it relates to public safety communication, and reconsideration of the adequacy of the rules in light of this study."

While HRes 230 does not specifically address the BPL concerns of the Amateur Radio community, Ross said those concerns were what led him to look more closely at BPL's implications for the public safety community. He noted that the federal interagency emergency SHARES (SHAred RESources) network uses HF, and many states and localities still use the 30-50 MHz "low-VHF" band for public safety communications -- spectrum that some BPL pilot projects also have occupied.

Ross said BPL interference on HF would be proportional to the extent of the technology's deployment using medium-voltage power lines. "Broadband energy cannot be put on these lines without causing interference to radio receivers using the same frequencies," he explained to BPLW's Marc Strassman. He also said the existing emission limits are "much too high" and never were intended to apply to systems like BPL. Existing BPL systems should be made to conform to future limits, he added.

He said BPL's potential to disrupt aviation operations is so great that the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) successfully argued to prohibit Access BPL via medium-voltage power lines on frequencies used by commercial aeronautical communications.

Ross also wants the Commission to address "without further delay" the "substantial number" of BPL interference complaints now pending at the FCC. And while he'd like to see his colleagues eventually approve HRes 230, he hopes the FCC will "take the interference issue to heart, whether or not the resolution is adopted."

He further expressed the hope that BPL companies will "realize it's in their interest to treat the interference issue as a technical and engineering challenge, not as a political issue."

Speaking at Dayton Hamvention in May, Haynie urged individual amateurs to begin participating in the political process. "We've got to ratchet up our presence," he told a forum audience. Haynie said that while ARRL can serve as the unified voice of the national association for Amateur Radio, individual licensees are voters, and lawmakers are quite aware that there are radio amateurs in their districts.

Regarding HRes 230 specifically, Haynie said this week that the task at hand is to encourage other House members to sign on as cosponsors of the resolution as the first step toward House adoption. And that's where League members come in, he said.

"I really encourage you to contact your congressional representative," Haynie said. "It's listed in the front of almost every phone book who your congressman is. If not, you can go to the United States House of Representatives Web site http://www.house.gov/ and find out by typing in your ZIP code. I really encourage you to do this because it's important to the future of Amateur Radio."

The full text of HRes 230 http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/filings /hres230/HRes230.pdf and a sample letter http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/filings /hres230/HRes230-SampleLtr.doc are available on the ARRL Web site. Haynie called on members to express their support for the resolution in their own words.

To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of Congress -- preferably as an attachment -- to hres230@arrl.org or fax it to 703-684-7594. The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each Member of Congress for hand delivery.

-- from the ARRL Letter

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New Book Titles

To add to your summer reading list

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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Treasurer's Report

As of 5/31/05

    GENERAL FUND (checking account)

        Previous balance     $1,587.22

            Income              165.36

            Expenses              0.00

        Ending balance        1,702.58

    REPEATER / PACKET FUND (savings account)

        Previous balance      $ 984.20

            Income                0.00

            Expenses              0.00

        Ending balance          984.20

-- Ed Fitzgerald, N7WW, Treasurer

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Isn't the Web Great?

Back in September 1996, I returned from Russia after living there nearly two years. One of the biggest changes during my absence was the advent of the Internet. My sister decided to surprise me by creating "welcome home" signs in Russian. She went to a website that offered translations and typed in "Welcome Home, Cole." She then printed the translated phrase onto about 20 colored cardboard signs.

When I got off the plane, the first thing I saw was my family, excitedly waving posters printed with a strange message. My sister gave me a big hug, and pointed proudly to her creations. "Isn't that great?" she said. "Bet you didn't think I knew any Russian." I admitted that I was indeed surprised -- and so was she when I told her what the signs actually said: "Translation not found."

-- from "Joke of the Day" via Internet

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OARS Net check-ins

The following stations checked in on the OARS General Information Net one or more times in the month of May, 2005:


Net control stations for the month were WB7ROZ and K7VRE. Thank you for your support!!

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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My busy mother sometimes accidentally left pots and pans on the stove with the burners on, so she resorted to posting this reminder on the kitchen door: STOVE?

My sister, back for a visit from university, noticed Mother's new sign. Beneath it she carefully taped her reply: No -- DOOR. Trust me. I went to university.

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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ARRL Encouraged by New Motorola BPL Technology

The ARRL this week said it was encouraged to learn of Motorola's just-announced Powerline LV system -- a BPL system that takes radio interference concerns into consideration from the outset. The Powerline LV system avoids using medium-voltage power lines and introduces broadband signals only on the low-voltage side of the power transformer, greatly reducing the system's radio interference potential.

"We know that medium-voltage power lines are no place for broadband energy, since there is overwhelming technical evidence that radio interference from BPL is unavoidable if MV lines are used," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. "By confining their Access BPL system to low-voltage lines and by adding hardware notch filters for additional protection to Amateur Radio frequency allocations, Motorola has addressed our interference concerns."

Sumner explained this week that until Motorola Powerline LV came along, opposing BPL and opposing BPL interference were essentially one and the same. During product development, Motorola invited ARRL's suggestions and welcomed its input. Sumner said he hopes other BPL system providers now will see the benefit of cooperating with the ARRL that Motorola is now enjoying. "However, we can and should remain critical of the FCC's Report and Order, which makes no effort to distinguish between good and bad ways of pursuing BPL," he added.

Sumner says the League is looking forward to seeing the first Powerline LV system in operation. The ARRL will continue to work with Motorola "to ensure that their new product is indeed the first BPL system that is a solution, not a problem," he said.

There's more information about Motorola's Powerline LV system on the company's Web site


-- from the ARRL Letter

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The Golfer and the Caddy

Golfer: "I think I'm going to drown myself in the lake."

Caddy: "Think you can keep your head down that long?"

Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course."

Caddy: "Try heaven, you've already moved most of the earth."

Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?"

Caddy: "Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now."

Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?"

Caddy: "Eventually."

Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world."

Caddy: "I don't think so sir. That would be too much of a coincidence."

Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."

Caddy: "It's not a watch -- it's a compass."

Golfer: "How do you like my game?"

Caddy: "Very good sir, but personally, I prefer golf."

Golfer: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?"

Caddy: "The way you play, sir, it's a sin on any day."

Golfer: "This is the worst course I've ever played on."

Caddy: "This isn't the golf course. We left that an hour ago."

Golfer: "That can't be my ball, it's too old."

Caddy: "It's been a long time since we teed off, sir."

-- from "Joke of the Day" via Internet

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2005 Pacific Northwest DX Convention

Willamette Valley DX Club is pleased to announce the 2005 Pacific Northwest DX Convention.

The convention includes many technical sessions, a banquet and breakfast, door prizes, raffle prizes, and provides a great opportunity to meet old friends and make new ones. And Wayne Mills, N7NG, from the ARRL will be present to check DXCC submissions with no restrictions on dates or bands.

August 5-7,2005

Monarch Hotel, Portland, Oregon

12566 SE 93rd Ave

Clackamas, OR 97015

(800) 492-8700 or (503) 652-1515

www.monarchhotel.citysearch.com (for online reservations) Ask for the DX Convention Rate.

Oregon is a wonderful vacation destination! August is warm and little chance of rain. The beach is 60 miles away. You can be at 8,000 feet on Mt Hood within 40 miles. Check out the Oregon tourism website at www.traveloregon.com

If you have any questions concerning the convention, please contact Al Rovner, K7AR, k7ar@arrl.net

The convention website is at http://www.wvdxc.org/convention.php where you can find the registration form, latest information on program, door prizes and a list of those already registered.

Registration forms received before June 15 will receive a free raffle ticket for a $1000.00 gift certificate redeemable at HRO.

-- Press release from AC7ZG

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Don't delete this because it looks weird. Believe it or not you can read it ...

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Anzamig huh? Yaeh, and yuo awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt

Makes me wonder why I spend all that time proofreading! -- Ed.

-- from Ken Fox

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Navy Wisdom

Just before their first long deployment two Navy buddies were talking about the stress of leaving their families. A senior officer, a veteran of many deployments, overheard the conversation and offered the following advice:

"You must be sensitive to your wives' emotional needs," he said. "Never, ever, whistle while you pack!"

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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A couple drove several miles down a country road, not saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument, and neither wanted to concede their position.

As they passed a barnyard of mules and pigs, the wife sarcastically asked, "Relatives of yours?" "Yep," the husband replied, "In-laws."

-- from David, ZL3AI, via packet

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