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**Most important this month is the reintroduction of the Amateur Radio Parity Act into the House of Representatives. The number is HR1301, and again Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois leads the charge. This will be a nearly identical drill to last time. No representative from Illinois are on board as co-sponsors at this time. However, our Division Director, Dick Isely W9GIG is in DC as this is being written. He'll be making the rounds and asking representatives in the Division to co-sponsor this measure. We need to contact our reps and ask them to co-sponsor HR1301. If you check the ARRL resources page and your rep is already on-board, a thank-you letter is in order. All the information that you'll need, including how to find your Representative and a sample letter can be found at www.arrl.org/hr-1301.
**This measure is not before the Senate at this time, so you needn't bother with including them. Yet.
**In this week's ARRL Letter, we hear that the FCC Field Enforcement Bureau is intending on closing two thirds of its field offices and cutting half of its field agents. It's really bad enough that enforcement is next to nil in the Amateur bands. A true cynic would offer the opinion that we're really not losing anything as there is very little enforcement going on. If there was something truly egregious occurring, we had at least an outside chance of getting it rectified. Now, I honestly do not know what recourse that we'd have.
**Which brings up a popular misconception which occupies a good deal of my admin time. The Official Observer program is the FCC's Amateur Auxiliary. The League administers it for the FCC. Our OOs put in countless hours of monitoring. However, their only recourse is the once-dreaded "yellow card", which is mailed to the alleged violator. The theory was that the wayward soul would respond to this display of peer pressure. Yellow cards carry no weight of official sanction, nor is any notice given to the FCC. It's just a gentle nudge back onto the straight and narrow path. Once upon a time, to receive the yellow card was a major calamity in a ham's existence, and cause to rectify the offending behavior immediately, if not sooner. Now, these cards have very little meaning, and are quite liable to be thoroughly ignored. We still have our overmodulated and overdriven potty mouthed "free 'mericuns" on HF, the kerchunkers and jammers on the repeaters, the slobs in the weak signal and DX window portions of the bands, and deliberate interference everywhere. And now, we really have no recourse. Not only is the FCC pulling in its horns, but the League is not nor ever has been the Radio Police. We have no greater standing than an individual ham. We only have a central collection point for our complaints, which get forwarded to DC in bulk. And lately, those pretty much sit on the corner of a desk somewhere in the bowels of the FCC.
**Which all seems pretty bleak when described. And, it is fairly bleak. People are people, and there is a certain type of which there is a certain percentage in our population that is going to flaunt the Rules, do what they please, and thumb their collective noses at anyone who complains. This is not a new phenomenon, either. There will be a chorus who blames the bad behavior on relaxed licensing standards, or no-code operators or (insert your pet gripe here). I am here to tell you that, as a puppy shortwave and VHF/UHF listener in my teens, I heard the same grade of slob operating then as now. Only now, it's not funny.
Around the Section...
**Heartwarming story in this month's Spectrum Monitor (the successor to Popular Communications). The W9GRS school station, ably guided by Troy Simpson W9VKR, participated in the School Club Roundup last month. During the event, they heard K1N from Navassa and decided to give it a shot. They were able to make contact. The operator in that moment was Jerry Rosalius WB9Z, and these kids are practically from his back yard. So, Jerry quieted the pileup and kept it so until all of the kids were in the log. What a wonderful thing to do!
**From several different sources, we hear of the possibility of an upcoming operation from P5...North Korea...the current Holy Grail of DXCC. Dom 3Z9DX is negotiating with Short Round's military. He has gotten preliminary approval for a very limited operation from a secured operating point supervised 24/7 by government officials. He's trying to get permission for a second op for CW as well. With the current climate there and the generally schizophrenic nature of that particular leadership, this is probably even money on its happening. If it does, it would be for five days only on 20, 15 and 10 meters, SSB only at this writing. Target date is February 2016. A lot can and will change before this is a done deal.
**During this year, QST celebrates its 100th anniversary. As part of that celebration, some vintage articles of note are being reprinted. In the February issue, the article was from February of 1953 and called "On the Air With Single Sideband". It gave an outline of the rise of that mode in Amateur usage. In the article, there was a reference to the Hamfesters Radio Club having two members with operational SSB stations. In the current issue of the Hamfesters RC Ham Gab newsletter, that sentence is amplified and explained with a very concise but detailed article on one of those members. It also includes a brief history of Central Electronics and its early SSB equipment.
**As of this writing, there are 189 sited on the League's Field Day Locator. Which tells me that it's not too early to put your FD site on the map. It will be June before you know it!
Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...
Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 338 QTC 56 Sessions 28
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0810 local time - right after the Illinois Emergency Net
QNI 250 QTC 29 Sessions 25
Illinois Emergency Net - Net Manager K9HEZ
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 78 QTC 7 Sessions 4
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 267 QTC 3 Sessions 20
Illinois CW Net (ILN) Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time
QNI 41 QTC 4 Sessions 18
Effective March 1, 2015 the Illinois Emergency Net was retired. This net only met once a week at the same time and frequency as the Illinois Phone Net. Both of these nets had the same roll call list and served the same purpose and function. I want to thank all those who have served as Net Managers over the years, the most recent being Robert Wolfe K9HEZ.
I would like to thank Jim Hudson WB9QPM for maintaining an extensive set of spread sheets of the Illinois Section Traffic Nets activity.
Roy KA9MZJ STM Illinois Section
Section ManagerThomas T. Ciciora KA9QPN
Affiliated Club CoordinatorC Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
State Government LiaisonCharles L. Richey K9DUE
Assistant Section ManagerRon Morgan KB9NW
Official Observer CoordinatorTimothy C. Childers KB9FBI
Assistant Section ManagerSharon Harlan N9SH
Technical CoordinatorJohn R. Dinnella WA9IL
Public Info CoordinatorFrederic M. Bock WD9FMB
Section Traffic ManagerRoy R. Eades KA9MZJ