Tag Archive: Spectrum Threat

Mar 04 2011

RFC Show Notes Episode 050

00:00 Notice HR-607 has been introduced into Congress which will reallocate most of the 440MHz amateur radio band to Public Safety broadband network. Please read this and take action!
02:04 Song “Dropping Out of School” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
04:20 Introduction In the studio to answer a lot of feedback and start a new series.
04:56 Feedback Corey, KB9JHU, responds to Richard’s call for podcast topics by pointing us to Bryce and Brent Salmi’s website, CollegeARC.com. Thanks, Corey.
06:57 Bill, KA9WKA, sends Richard compliments on the introduction to Ubuntu video on the website. Keep an eye on the Video page for more!
07:49 Ray, KO4RB, expresses his appreciation for the return of Resonant Frequency and looks forward to future episodes.
08:52 Tim, KI6BGE, wonders where the log-in link is on the new website. Sorry, Tim, but the new website does not have a separate user contribution area, so no login is needed. Tim also said he likes the new website.
10:08 Jerry, KD0BIK, of The Practical Amateur Radio Podcast, also writes to say he’s glad Resonant Frequency is back. Thanks, Jerry, and we’re glad you’re back, too!
11:51 Tim, KI6BGE, sent his compliments on Resonant Frequency Video Edition 1, an introduction to Ubuntu Linux for hams. (See the Video link above.)
Tim also commented that he thinks the ads on the website are fine. He says, “If it helps the cause, it’s worth the pause.” Thanks, Tim. Every little bit helps.
14:14 Take a look at the introduction to DX cluster video on the website, too.
15:00 Ted made a donation to the podcast toward server fees. Thanks very much, Ted! If any episode has helped you, it should be worth a dollar, so please click the Donate link on the website.
16:44 We had a few Twitter mentions in response to episode 48. Thanks!
17:47 Bruce, VE2GZI, sends his appreciation for the podcast. Thanks, Bruce.
19:45 Joe, NE3R, left a comment on Richard’s article “So That’s Your Best Argument Against D-Star”. At the moment, his biggest issue with D-Star is a lack of a repeater in his area. He agrees that ham radio and Linux is a good fit.
24:36 Paul, KE5WMA, made a donation to the podcast. Thanks, Paul!
25:05 Tim, KI6BGE, also commented on the D-Star article. He thinks D-Star is just another tool in the ham radio toolbox, and should be used when necessary and appropriate for the task at hand. Good point, Tim.
30:24 Don, WS4E, replied to the D-Star article, saying he’d prefer to use a Yaesu radio, rather than Icom. He also wonders why, if proprietary systems are acceptable, aren’t we using digital APCO 25? Richard discusses.
35:08 Please visit our advertising sponsors by clicking through the Go Daddy and Amazon links on the website. Even better, click the Donate button and help with the operating expenses of the podcast.
39:14 Song “Out of It” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
42:54 Topic We begin a new series on installing ham radios in your vehicle. 

For most new hams, their first project is installing a radio in their car. This can be as simple as a magnet mount antenna on the roof, a hand-held radio and cigarette lighter power adapter.

First, of course, is planning. Decide what bands you wish to use while mobile. If you have a larger vehicle, you probably have the luxury of more space for an HF or HF/VHF/UHF radio.

If you have a small car, you may be limited to a UHF/VHF dual band or a single band radio. You should also consider if it is important to be able to easily remove the radio to move it to another vehicle.

Consider the available mounting locations.

Next, you should evaluate how you will provide power to the radio. If you wish to run a 100W HF rig, you may need an alternator with higher output. In any case, you’ll need a good ground for the system, too.

Generally, the best way to provide power is to run wires directly from the battery to the radio. This will minimize electrical noise from other electronics in the vehicle.

If you have room, you may wish to add a second battery, which will prevent your primary battery from being discharged to the point that it cannot restart the engine. For that, you’ll need a battery isolator.

It’s also a good idea to fuse both the hot and ground leads.

If you do add a second battery, do not place it in the passenger compartment as it can generate hydrogen gas during charging. Make sure, too, the battery is properly ventilated, contained and secured. Optima deep cycle batteries are recommended as they are designed to be discharged further than conventional automotive starting batteries.

1:01:41 Song “Total Breakdown” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
1:03:58 Conclusion Check out the website, make a donation to the podcast, use Go Daddy for your web hosting, and click the Amazon link for your purchases. Send your feedback! 

Email Richard at kb5jbv@gmail.com
Twitter: twitter.com/kb5jbv
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Friendfeed: http://friendfeed.com/kb5jbv
KB5JBV on D-Star via the NT5RN repeater.
Fan pages at Facebook for Resonant Frequency and Linux in the Ham Shack.

1:06:48 Song “Certain Death” by Brad Sucks, from the album “Out of It”.
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Mar 04 2011

Danger! Spectrum threat to 70 cm band

From:ARRL Members Only Web site www.arrl.org>
To: andycarstarphen@yahoo.com
Sent: Wed, March 2, 2011 7:26:30 PM
Subject: March FLASH Newsletter

Attention all Radio Amateurs!

A FLASH message from the West Gulf Division Director, David Woolweaver,

Your assistance to defend one of our amateur bands is urgently
requested. Please read and follow through on the requested action
described below. This is an important issue for every Amateur Radio
Operator in the nation.

You may have already heard that our 440 MHz band is being threatened by
a bill introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives. In its
current form, HR 607 provides for the creation and maintenance of a
nationwide Public Safety broadband network. As a part of that network,
the bill proposes to allocate the so-called “D-Block” of frequencies
in the 700 MHz range. The “D-Block” consists of two, 5 MHz wide
segments of spectrum (758-763 MHz and 788-793 MHz) that became
available when the FCC ended analog television broadcasts in June 2009.
It was initially expected that the “D-Block” would be auctioned for
commercial use.

HR 607 provides for the reallocation of other spectrum for auction to
commercial users in order to offset the loss of revenue that will occur
as the result of the allocation of the “D-Block” to Public Safety
instead of commercial auction. Among the bands to be reallocated for
commercial auction within ten years of passage of HR 607 are the paired
bands of 420-440 MHz and 450-470 MHz.

The concept for this proposed network has merit. Everyone wants first
responders to have the radio systems they need in order to protect
themselves and us. However, there is absolutely no need to reallocate
for auction the 440 MHz band to make it happen. We must let our U.S.
Representatives know we oppose the current wording of HR 607.

What can I do? A web site to automatically prepare a letter opposing
HR 607 has been created to assist you. Go to


Insert your call sign where indicated and follow the simple
instructions. The name and address of your U.S. Representative will
automatically be inserted into the letter along with your name and
address. The letter will then be displayed ready to be printed and

IMPORTANT: Please be certain to observe the following once you have
printed your letter:

- Be sure to sign it. Letters without a handwritten signature are not

- Signed letters can be sent by fax or postal mail to -

John Chwat
Chwat & Co.,
Suite 103, 625 Slaters Lane, Alexandria, VA 22314
Fax number: (703) 684-7594

- The letter can also be signed and scanned into .pdf format and then
E-Mailed as a file attachment to: john.chwat@chwatco.com. Chwat and
Co. is the ARRL’s legislative relations firm in Washington, D.C.

- Do not send this letter or any letter about HR 607 to your U.S.
Senators at this time. The bill has only been filed in the U.S. House
of Representatives. .

-WHY should the letter be mailed to John Chwat and NOT your
Representative? There are two reasons. First, all postal mail
addressed to members of the U.S. Congress is delayed 6 to 8 weeks to
search for the inclusion of hazardous materials. Remember the Anthrax
incident? Second, Mr. Chwat will increase the value of your individual
letter by combining it with others. He will then hand carry the stack
of letters directly to your Representative’

s office. This manner of
delivery makes a particular impact on members of Congress.

Share the web site information with your amateur radio friends. It is
not necessary to be an ARRL member to use the site. The more letters
sent to Representatives the better.

This is your opportunity to make a stand against this legislation.
Help save the 70cm band by completing and mailing the opposition letter
as requested.

Thank you for your help and support in this important effort. Please
let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV

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