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Virginia Section Report   04/09/15


Virginia Section Mission Theme-----“Moving Forward with Amateur Radio for our Future”


First, I wish to thank all of our section members who sent emails of good wishes and those who had questions, ideas, and complaints.  This type of communications is critical to our “Moving Forward” mission for our section.  Your cooperation is critical to our future successes in all areas of our section. We cannot fix problems unless we know when, where, and why these problems exist.


VE Testing-I have been receiving many great reports of successful testing sessions around the state. As an example Allan Johnson WA3J reports that he monitored upwards of 190 tests in 8 sessions in the Richmond area and assisted the SWVA Club in Roanoke with another 12 last year.  This year another 2 sessions in Richmond with 43 tests and the SWVA in Roanoke with 14 tests at the Red Cross in February and a Laurel VEC session in Botetourt County with one test (snow held down the crowd).  Field Day is on again this year and is a great time for VEC’s to offer testing. As an example last years count was 29 at Field day in Richmond area and the fifth for testing.



I  have  received a number of e-mails and messages concerning the appointment of a new SEC as well as  vacancies of DEC and EC positions around the state.  Discussions are in progress to fill the SEC position at this time and it is expected to be announced shortly.  With respect to the vacant DEC and EC positions, I would welcome input from former DEC’s and EC’s, and especially recommendations from the field.         


We are well aware of the many levels of EMCOMM and ARRL training and experience we have in Virginia.  I am also aware of the many ideas and convictions that abound within our section as well as the differences of opinions. This is actually a good thing because it shows the dedication to amateur radio emergency communications. However, it is my wish to develop ideas, plans, and educational experiences between all of our groups be they ARES, RACES, or non-affiliated EMCOMM groups in our state.  It is to all of our advantages to exchange ideas, plans, thoughts, and efforts and come together as a team, rather than push forward on individual or regional basis. We do not want to stifle the enthusiasm of individuals or groups, but we simply want and need to take advantage of every groups experience and knowledge. 


We welcome information and announcements from all groups for publication of their meetings, accomplishments, training, etc.. so we can share it with all groups on our section  web page.


Congratulations to the following appointees:  N4KIT-Chris Peters-EC-Isle of Wight County, KE5BM-Ross Comstock-DEC-District 8, W5ODJ-John Westerman-EC-Loudoun County, KI4LYP-Justin Wylie-EC-Portsmouth.  Please keep me apprised of field appointments so they can be recogonized on our section web page.  Credit must be given where credit is deserved.



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




ARRL-FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 15 – The deadline to apply for 2015-2016 academic year scholarships administered by the non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio has been moved to April 15th.  These scholarships, sponsored by individuals and amateur radio clubs throughout the US, are available to licensed Hams worldwide.  Applicants must hold a valid amateur radio license and be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at an accredited university, college, or technical school.  Individual scholarships may have additional requirements.  For further information, see


ARISS CONTACT PROPOSAL WINDOW FOR 2016 NOW OPEN (REMINDER) – The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program is now accepting applications from formal and informal educational institutions and organizations in the US – either individually or working together – that would like to host an amateur radio contact with an International Space Station crew member between January 1 and June 30, 2016.  The application window closes on April 15th.  For further information, see


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


“The Southeastern VHF Society is proud to announce the upcoming 2015 Spring Technical Conference will be held at the Space Science Center of Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky on April 24th and 25th.
In addition, this conference has just been upgraded to an Operating Specialty Convention by the ARRL.  Two days of various VHF-UHF-Microwave technical presentations covering weak signal work, VHF-UHF-Micro contesting, construction technique, demos, antenna testing, preamp testing, vendor displays, flea market, and a Saturday evening banquet with its history of valuable door prizes.  The SVHFS website and links to the conference registration, program, and hotel info are at   Thanks to Ron Rogers, WW8RR, Technical Specialist, ARRL Georgia Section, for providing this report.



DXing-The following is a list of some DX opportunities


PW2C – IOTA SA024 Cambtiu – The island of Cambriu is located on the southern coast of San Paulo Brazil. Activation is scheduled for May 1,2,3, 2015.


HI3/N3SY – Dominican Republic – April 9-22, 2015


JA0JHQ/VK9X – Christmas Island, Australia – IOTA OC-002 May 7-10, 2015


A52AEF A52ARJ A52IVU Bhutan – April 30-May 6, 2015


P4/VE7NX – Aruba – April 12-24, 2015


AS-051- Pagasa Island –IOTA-051 -  Spratly Islands DX0P  April 14-20, 2015                                                             




Culpeper Amateur Radio Swapfest  04/11/2015, Culpeper Amateur Radio Association,


Spring Hamfest  04/12/2015, Chesapeake Amateur Radio Society,


Manassas Hamfest & Maker Technology Show 06/14/2015, Ole Virginia Hams Amateur Radio Club,


Roanoke Hamfest 2015,  Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club, 


65th Annual Berryville Hamfest, Shenandoah Valley Amateur Radio Club


Virginia Beach Hamfest (Virginia Section Convention) 09/12/2015, Tidewater Radio Conventions


Virginia Section Manager

Dr Joe Palsa  K3WRY
(804) 350-2665




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