- Section Name:
- Garth Crowe WY7GC
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
- Rocky Mountain
Greetings Wyoming hams,
Affiliated clubs check your membership and be sure your members are
current with their ARRL memberships.
Also don't forget the new hams as ARRL membership has its benefits as
they get started.
I am passing the following info to all you great hams in Wyoming.
As you may know, ARRL recently worked with members of the United States
House of Representatives to successfully introduce a bipartisan bill
that would extend PRB-1 coverage to homeowners' association regulations
and deed restrictions (also known as "covenants, conditions, and
restrictions", or CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and
local zoning laws and ordinances. The next crucial step for H.R. 4969,
the "Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014", is to gain co-sponsors (*not*
votes) in the US House. The more co-sponsors, the more support the
legislation has, and the better the chances of its passing.
Details about this development can be found at:
This is a call to action for all ARRL members in Wyoming's At-Large
Congressional District to contact your Congresswoman -- Rep Cynthia
Lummis --, inform her of this bi-partisan legislation, and kindly
request that she sign on to it as a co-sponsor. Please cut and paste
the sample email below (or compose a similar one of your own, if
preferred) -- FIRST MAKING SURE THAT YOU ADD YOUR NAME TO THE
-- and email it to Rep Lummis using the Congressional email form at:
Within the page above, enter in your zip code (if requested), fill in
the required fields and paste the letter in the "Message Text" field.
If asked for the issue you're writing about, select
"Telecommunications", Science and Technology", or a related category.
In the Subject box, enter "Please cosponsor H.R. 4969".
Please forward a copy of your correspondence to me for my records and
so I can summarize the level of response from members of the Rocky
Mountain Division to ARRL's government relations firm on Capitol Hill
who is advocating on our behalf within the halls of Congress (please do
not CC me in your original email to your Congresswoman; forward me a
separate copy afterwards).
The sample email below concludes by inviting questions your
Congresswoman may have. If you are contacted by your Congresswoman or
her staff, and aren’t quite comfortable answering their questions
about the legislation, please contact me and I will be happy to provide
you with guidance.
Finally, if by chance you know your Congresswoman personally, or any of
his/her staff, please contact me immediately.
Thank you and 73,
ARRL Director, Rocky Mountain Division
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Dear Congresswoman Lummis,
I am a constituent in your District and wish to bring an important
issue to your attention. I am a federally licensed Amateur Radio
operator, one of over 280 whom reside in your District. We provide
wireless communications support for community events; provide public
service, search-and-rescue, severe weather, and disaster communications
for local governmental agencies and non-governmental agencies (NGO) such
as the Red Cross and Salvation Army; provide communications support to
the United States military through its Military Auxiliary Radio System
(MARS); for our neighbors when mainstream communications degrade or
become inoperable; and contribute towards the advancement of wireless
communications as developers and experimenters of new, novel, and
further efficient means of communicating and transferring information.
Our ability to conduct the above public services is hindered by
prohibitions that disallow the placement of even the simplest antenna
on our property.
Recently a bi-partisan Bill, H.R. 4969 (the "Amateur Radio Parity Act
of 2014"), was introduced by Rep Kinzinger (R-IL) and Rep Courtney
(D-CT) which would extend the ability to properly negotiate with
developments that have restrictions which routinely preclude Amateur
Radio operators from putting up even a barely visible wire antenna in a
tree. We already have this ability with local zoning ordinances;
however an extension of similar reasonable accommodation to federally
licensed individuals residing under land use restrictions remains
As your constituent, I am asking that you support H.R. 4969 by signing
on to it as a co-sponsor. Please contact Rep. Kinzinger's office to do
Should you have any questions about Amateur Radio or the importance of
this legislation, please contact me. Thank you.
(*** Add your full name here ***)
ARRL Rocky Mountain Division
Director: Brian P Mileshosky, N5ZGT
Bike Ride help needed
I have been contacted by Margaret Salisbury with Wyoming Cares. She is
in desperate need of assistance with the "Ride With The Wind" bike tour
on August 2-3 in Wheatland and
Guernsey, Wyoming. They may able to help with a gas stipend if needed
and possible overnight accommodations if you are willing to help with
both days. Food is also provided. She is looking for experienced Hams
for about 50 riders to monitor progress and assist with communications.
The first day is a ride in Sybille Canyon and return to Wheatland, the
second day is a ride to Guernsey, Her biggest need is Sunday August
3rd as the riders crosses the Highway several times. I am looking for
a point of contact willing to coordinate the effort to assist her. If
you are willing to coordinate this please contact me.
below is Margaret's contact information if you need further information
(866) 996-6564 (toll free)
Laramie County Emergency Management Agency
3962 Archer Parkway
Cheyenne, WY 82009
ARRL Wyoming Section
Section Manager: Garth L Crowe Sr, WY7GC
===== 2014 Rocky Mountain Division Convention: August 8-10 =====
The 2014 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention will be held August
8-10 in Albuquerque, New Mexico in conjunction with the annual
Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest. The Convention will be held at the
188-room Hotel Albuquerque, located a short walk from the city's
historic Old Town.
Planning is underway, and here is just a taste of what to expect:
New/used ham equipment sales, manufacturers and vendors, outdoor
tailgating, technical and non-technical forums, Friday night mixer,
Saturday morning DX and Contesting breakfast, Saturday evening banquet,
Sunday morning breakfast, notable speakers, special event station,
competitions, QSL card checking, amateur radio license exams, numerous
prizes, ARRL forum, midnight Wouff Hong ceremony, satellite QSO
demonstrations, a near-space balloon launch, specialized modes demos,
Rocky Mountain Division awards presentation, and much more.
Special guests include:
--- Mike Corey KI1U (ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager...and
--- Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH (retired FCC special counsel);
--- Bob Heil K9EID (owner of Heil Sound and co-host of HamNation);
--- Rob Sherwood NC0B (RF engineer), and;
--- Dave Jorgensen WD5COV (contester and DXpeditioner)
An extensive prize lineup has just been announced and online
registration is expected to open soon. (The hotel is currently
accepting reservations at the special Convention rate...see the
Convention website for details).
Visit the 2014 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention website at
Please mark your calendars and make plans with club members and friends
for a great weekend of ham radio fun this August.
===== ARRL Centennial Convention: July 17-19, Hartford CT =====
Come celebrate! Thousands of members and friends of ARRL will gather at
the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, ARRL's birthplace, to
celebrate the organization's 100 year anniversary of "Advancing the Art
and Science of Radio" with the help of members just like you.
The Centennial Convention will be packed with over 80 amateur radio
exhibitors and manufacturers, all-day training tracks (Leadership and
Training Tools for Amateur Radio, Public Service Communications
Academy, RFI-101, An Introduction to Amateur Satellites, DX University,
Contest University, and Amateur Radio Legal Seminar), tours of ARRL
headquarters and W1AW, nearly 70 technical forum presentations on the
latest and most relevant amateur radio topics, and more, banquet meals,
guest speakers, prizes, a special midnight Wouff Hong ceremony, and the
opportunity to meet fellow ARRL members and hams from across the
country and world.
Registration for the Centennial Convention is wide open, and more
details await you at
===== ARRL Field Day: Next month! =====
Field Day, one of ham radio's most recognized on-air activities, takes
place June 28-29 this year.
Whether it's to be enjoyed with a bunch of friends, your local club, or
a public service communications-oriented group, in the mountains or in
the city, or to introduce a new person to the magic of ham radio, we
hope you and your club are gearing up for an weekend of ham radio
enjoyment and skill building.
ARRL once again offers a useful feature on its website: A Google
Maps-based tool that displays Field Day sites and information across
the United States and Canada. While you or your club members may know
where your particular Field Day site will be located, OTHER hams around
your community may not. Hence the beauty of this feature: it informs
other hams, prospective hams, or visitors where Field Day efforts will
take place nearby so they can visit and join the action too. Is your
site listed on the map? If not, please add it when you determine where
your Field Day operation will take place this year; it's simple to do.
Head over to http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator to see what Field
Day sites are nearby, or add yours. This tool is only as good as the
information provided to it by hams and clubs, so please post your site
and spread the word to everyone you know.
All the details you need for 2014's ARRL Field Day is available at
http://www.arrl.org/field-day After the dust settles from a fun weekend
on the air, please post a summary and pictures of your operation on
ARRL's Soapbox (http://www.arrl.org/soapbox) for everybody's
===== ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Net =====
The next Rocky Mountain Division net takes place via IRLP. Anyone with
a VHF/UHF radio within range of an IRLP repeater can check in, hear the
latest Division news, and provide feedback to Division and Section
leadership who are on the net. Here are the details:
DATE: Wednesday, June 11
TIME: 7:30 PM mountain time
IRLP NODE: 9871 (link to this reflector from your local IRLP
Check out http://www.irlp.net (Node Info section) to find an
IRLP-capable repeater in your area. Generally all you need to do to
link into the reflector is enter "9871" with your DTMF keypad and wait
for the voice prompt indicating that the link is open. To unlink,
enter "73". However, to be safe, check with your local IRLP repeater's
trustee to confirm beforehand. Their contact information is found when
searching for IRLP repeaters in your area. If you've never used IRLP
before please experiment with linking/unlinking before the net.
This will be an interactive net, as well as an opportunity to ask your
Division and participating Section leadership questions, raise any
concerns, or suggest ideas. We hope you'll join us.
===== Upcoming Hamfests, Tailgates & Conventions =====
Jun 7 Montrose Radio Club Tailgate Party (Delta, CO)
Jul 26 Pike Peak Radio Amateur Association Megafest (Monument, CO)
Aug 8-10 2014 ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention (Albuquerque,
Aug 17 Denver Hamfest (Golden, CO)
Aug 30 Alamogordo Hamfest (Alamogordo, NM)
Sep 13 Pueblo Hamfest (Pueblo, CO)
Sep 28 BARCfest (Longmont, CO)
Oct 11 Bridgerland ARC Swaptoberfest (Logan, UT)
Oct 18 Socorro Hamfest (Socorro, NM)
Links to websites belonging to the above events are found on the Rocky
Mountain Division site: www.RockyMountainDivision.org
If you're organizing a Hamfest, convention, or tailgate we encourage
you to apply for ARRL-sanctioning. Sanctioning provides many benefits
(including your event being listed above), and details can be found at
===== Upcoming On-Air Activities =====
In addition to chewing the rag with fellow hams, here are some
additional on-air activities which await you on the airwaves.
Upcoming special event stations:
Upcoming contests: http://www.arrl.org/contest-calendar
Operating awards: http://www.arrl.org/awards
ARRL Wyoming Section
Section Manager: Garth L Crowe Sr, WY7GC
- Wyoming Section of the ARRL
Section ManagerGarth L. Crowe WY7GC
Assistant Section ManagerHailee Howery KF7CBC
Public Info CoordinatorTate E. Belden KA7O
State Government LiaisonDavid A. King WY7DK
Assistant Section ManagerJerry L. Pyle WB7S
Technical CoordinatorKarl E. Prinsen W7PN
Assistant Section ManagerKatie Allen WY7KRA
Assistant Section ManagerGregory L. Rix WB7GR
Section Traffic ManagerDuane V. Shillinger NN7H
Section Emergency CoordinatorJohn Steven Cochrane W7JSC