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Bus Trip to ARRL HQ – 9/11

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Visit ARRL & W1AW on Sept. 11, 2017

The Pottstown Area Amateur Radio Club (PAARC) welcomes area amateur radio operators to take a bus trip to the ARRL in Newington, CT on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. The bus departs at 5:30 am from St. James Lutheran Church, Swamp Pike and Kugler Rd., in Limerick, PA, retuning about 9:30 pm. The cost is $55 per person. Payment must be received by Aug 15th.  Pay the the Aug. 4th ice cream social, or send your check to PAARC, PO Box 1485, Pottstown, PA 19464. Write “bus trip” in the memo field and include your callsign and phone number. You can also pay with PayPal. If you plan to operate, bring a copy of your license. PAARC organizers are Wes/N3HWH and John/KB3KWJ.  For more information, visit the bus trip web page, or write to paarc at paarc.net.

House Passes Amateur Radio Parity Act

From ARRL News: Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR). Read more: http://www.arrl.org/news/amateur-radio-parity-act-speeds-to-u-s-house-passage-heads-to-u-s-senate

ARRL EPA Interim Appointment

Bob Wiseman, WB3W, of Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, has been
appointed as the Interim Section Manager for the ARRL Eastern
Pennsylvania Section. He is fulfilling the current term of office
that was declared vacant by the ARRL Executive Committee of the ARRL
Board of Directors this past June. Wiseman’s interim appointment
continues through March 31, 2018. Visit the updated website:
http://www.epa-arrl.org

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ARRL Contest Rule Change for Clubs

The ARRL recently announced they were making changes to the club competition rules, effective with the November CW Sweepstakes and affecting all 9 ARRL HF and VHF contests that offer a club competition category. Basically they’ve set up a new web site where the club rosters can be uploaded, they’ve changed the deadline for updating the rosters to the start time of the contest instead of 30 days after, and they’re going to use member’s grid squares instead of lat/long to determine eligibility. So, if you’re thinking of entering any of the ARRL contests this season, and you’d like to help the PAARC results as well, contact Ed, N3WXW, has your details (name, call, 6 digit grid square) so he can keep the club’s contest roster up to date. Find your 6 digit grid square here: Amateur Radio Ham Radio Maidenhead Grid Square Locator Map 

ARRL Relieves EPA Section Mgr. of Appointment

From ARRL News on 6/21:
“The Executive Committee of the ARRL Board of Directors has relieved ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joe Ames, W3JY, of his appointments in the ARRL Field Organization, including his position as Chairman of the ARRL National Traffic System™ (NTS™) Eastern Area. The vote came as a result of a June 16 recommendation from the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, which oversees NTS. In addition, the Executive Committee voted to declare the Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager position vacant, effective immediately.”  Read the rest of the article…

Mr. Ames’ response can be found here: http://www.epa-arrl.org/w3jy-fired-by-arrl-board-of-directors/

World Amateur Radio Day is April 18

04/07/2016 – Article reposted from the ARRL: http://tinyurl.com/worldamateurradioday2016

World Amateur Radio Day (WARD), observed every April 18, marks the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in 1925. As they do every year, radio amateurs worldwide will take to the airwaves to celebrate Amateur Radio’s contribution to society.

“April 18 is the day for all of Amateur Radio to celebrate and tell the world about the science we can help teach, the community service we can provide, and the fun we have,” the IARU said in announcing World Amateur Radio Day 2016. “We hope you will join in the fun and education that is World Amateur Radio Day!”

Taking note of the increased activity around the world for WARD 2016, ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, pointed out that WARD 2016 coincides with National Parks Week in the US, so listen for amateurs on from NPS units for National Parks on the Air. “ARRL is happy to list coordinated activity from WARD stations worldwide. Send me your activity information, and I will post it to the IARU WARD page.”

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Pottstown, PA 19464