ARRL Virginia Section Emergency Coordinator Ed Krom, WD4KHP, invites you to visit the ARES Virginia Web site and the ARES/RACES of Virginia Web site.
Virginia Section Report 06/08/15
Virginia Section Mission Theme---"Moving Forward with Amateur Radio for our Future"
For those who missed last months announcement, Ed Krom, WD4KHP, has accepted the appointment as our new Section Emergency Coordinator. Ed has significant ARRL experience and had held this position some years ago. Ed is making significant progress with filling numerous EC and DEC vacancies that have open for the sometime. This is extremely import ant to our rebuilding process. Roger Pieace, N1XP has been appointed DEC for District 15.
I have received numerous emails from members who have renewed their interest in ARES, RACES and EMCOMM groups around our state. In addition a number of members have sent emails with questions as well as recommendations for our sections future. This type of communications is very important to our members as to our current and future success. This type of communications is critical to correct any current problems as well as prevent future problems. My dedication to this section is build the section in this term and hopefully future terms as your manager.
We are full swing of Hamfest season now. Dayton is behind us and quite a number of new products were seen as well as a number of yearly relationships were renewed. A number of forums were held and our education was enhanced as usual. Now we look forward to upcoming Virginia Hamfests in Manassas as well as Berryville.
Field Day is upon us this month, June 27/28. This is the time for our clubs and groups to set up their emergency gear in all sorts of locations and operate off of numerous type of emergency power to make as many contacts as possible on as many different bands as possible. While this is a good time to test out ability to set up communications, it is also a great time for fellowship of all hams, young and old, new and experienced. And as some point out, it is a great time for big picnic’s
IMPORTANT----------The following is an important note from our ROANKE DIVISON DIRECTOR:
Since I was elected as South Carolina Section Manager in 2003, it has been my pleasure and privilege to spend each Field Day on the road,visiting those operating Field Day at multiple locations throughout the
Section. As Vice Director and now Director, I am continuing that tradition, although now my focus is much more widespread, encompassing the entire Roanoke Division.
Fortunately, ALL of your elected Roanoke Division ARRL officials will be traveling to Field Day sites this year. If you are one of the planners of your Field Day event, your location is reasonably close to one of our routes, and you would like us to visit, we would like to hear from you as soon as possible! What we need is your club name, location, driving directions and a personal contact, with preferably a cell number. Our contact information is listed with our route information below:
Roanoke Division Director (ME!) Jim N2ZZ and navigator Charlie AE4UX (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com ): The route will be travelling in SC and NC.
Roanoke Division Vice Director-Bill N2COP (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ):Bill will concentrate on Eastern Virginia, with goals to visit the RATS Field Day site, metro Washington and/or the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area. He will be coordinating his visits with VA SM Joe K3WRY.If you are in Virginia and would like Joe and Bill to visit, please send him an e-mail at K3WRY@arrl.org.
All of your ARRL Roanoke Division elected officers look forward to seeing you on one of the most (if not THE most!) enjoyed operating events of the year!
’73 de JIM N2ZZ
Director – Roanoke Division
Serving ARRL members in the Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and North Carolina sections
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LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS----This is an important item for all amateurs to contact national legislators
HR 1301 AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT OF 2015 – The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 – known as H.R.1301 – was introduced in the US House of Representatives on March 4th. The Bill would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners' association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress. H.R. 1301 was introduced by Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and as of March 28th, it has 31 co-sponsors, including Representative David Price (D-NC-4). The Bill has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Representative Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel's Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure. ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/hr-1301
FCC SEEKS COMMENT ON RADAR SHARING SCHEMES THAT COULD DISPLACE AMATEUR RADIO AT 76-81 GHZ (REMINDER) – The FCC is seeking comment on issues involving expanded use of various radar applications in the 76-81 GHz band, which Amateur Radio shares with other services. For further information, see http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-seeks-comment-on-radar-sharing-schemes-that-could-displace-amateur-radio-at-76-81-ghz
DXing-The following is a list of some DX opportunities
Old Virginia Hams Hamfest, Manassas, VA June 14, 2015, www.4ovh.net
Roanoke Hamfest 2015, Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club, http://w4ca.com
65th Annual Berryville Hamfest, Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club, http://www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest
Virginia Beach Hamfest (Virginia Section Convention) 09/12/2015, Tidewater Radio Conventions, http://vbhamfest.com
Virginia Section Manager
Dr Joe Palsa K3WRY
State Government Liaison
Official Observer CoordinatorDavid C. Fletcher K4DCF
Technical CoordinatorHoward E. Wood WA4PGI
Section Traffic ManagerJohn D. Johnson K0IBS
Section Emergency Coordinator,
Assistant Section Manager
Affiliated Club CoordinatorWilliam D. Collins N4WDC