CANADA - Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

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Subject: Re: CANADA - Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment
Date: Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:18:58 -0500
From: Bill.Feist
To: HAMRADIOCANADA
CC: Dan_Millar, Jeff_Robertson, Andre VA3AGV, Andre VE3WZW, Perron_Goodyear

Folks:

I apologize for not having gotten back to you but it got a little hectic around here.

As I suspect you have already heard the standby is over and no one is going to be deployed at this point. The local Salvation Army units have been provided with satellite phones and there is no longer a need for the SATERN operators to be deployed.


If you have an interest in joining SATERN - assuming you are not already a member - I recommend that you contact your Territorial Disaster Coordinator, Perron Goodyear (VE3PSG).

I hope to see you on our Nets and enrolled as a member sometime.












Ontario distracted driving legislation and Amateur Radio

Ontario distracted driving legislation and Amateur Radio

Like I said in the writeup, the exemption remains in place until Jan. 1, 2018, so mobile operating is allowed.

Calling All Ontario-based Amateur Radio Clubs and ARES Groups

January 1, 2017 – (e-Laws currency date)
December 17, 2015 – December 31, 2016
January 1, 2013 – December 16, 2015
September 6, 2012 – December 31, 2012
October 26, 2009 – September 5, 2012
September 29, 2009 – October 25, 2009

January 1, 2017 – (e-Laws currency date) December 17, 2015 – December 31, 2016 January 1, 2013 – December 16, 2015 September 6, 2012 – December 31, 2012 October 26, 2009 – September 5, 2012 September 29, 2009 – October 25, 2009

As you may well know, Amateur Radio operators in Ontario are enjoying a time-limited exemption under the Highway Traffic Act's distracted driving regulations, allowing us the use of mobile 2-way communications apparatus until January 1, 2018.

However, that day is approaching faster than we think. Amateur Radio operators have been utilizing mobile communications equipment safely and responsibly since before cellular telephony was popular and affordable. In addition, the equipment that can be found in the vehicles of thousands of hams across Canada translates to an instantly available means of communications in time of disaster - a network of no cost to the served agencies who may depend on it.

Every other Province and Territory in Canada has recognized the value of this fact, amongst others, and have granted us permanent exemptions in their laws respectively. Now it's time to ensure that Ontario does the same.

I am spear-heading the effort to lobby the MTO to make the exemption under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) Regulation 366/09 permanent to all certified Amateur Radio operators, but I need help. I am looking to compile the following documentation from as many individual sources as possible:

FCC Changes to PRS Bands GMRS, FRS, CB & MURS

FCC Changes to PRS Bands – GMRS, FRS, CB & MURS

FCC Part 95 Rule Changes for 2017
On May 18th 2017, the FCC adopted parts of a long-standing Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that affects several of the PRS (Personal Radio Service) bands, which include GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service), FRS (Family Radio Service), and CB (Citizens Band), now called the CBRS (CB Radio Service). MURS (Multi-Use Radio Service) remains largely unchanged.


Implementation of the rules took effect 30 days after the new order was published on 08/29/17 (effective on 09/28/17), but some of the equipment changes required by the new rules won’t take place for 90 days to 24 months.
 
We’ll dive deeper into the changes and also what exciting new gear and programming configurations we’ll be offering to take advantage of the new GMRS capabilities in future posts, but in the meantime, here are some bullet points of the rule changes that might affect BetterSafeRadio customers and FRS/GMRS users in general:
  • Hybrid FRS/GMRS “Bubble Pack” radios will no longer be certified in the future by the FCC. Radios will now only be certified as either FRS, or GMRS (or MURS), etc.
  • FRS radios can now operate on the previously GMRS-only 462 MHz (GMRS ch. 15-22) Channels. Yes, these are the GMRS repeater output frequencies, which could cause even more repeater interference by FRS users (especially considering the next item below), but they will not be allowed to transmit on the repeater input channels, so no repeater use for FRS.
  • FRS radios will now be authorized to use up to 2 Watts ERP (Effective Radiated Power) on FRS 462 MHz frequencies (FRS ch. 1-7), and on the new shared FRS/GMRS 462 MHz frequencies (GMRS ch. 15-22). This means a kid with an FRS radio running 2W next door to you, might be able to mask your repeater reception if they are close to your antenna (although they’ve been doing this with the hybrid FRS/GMRS radios for years).
  • Existing FRS/GMRS hybrid radios that use 2W or less, will now be retro-reclassified as FRS radios, using the new expanded FRS capabilities.
  • Existing FRS/GMRS hybrid radios that put out MORE than 2W, will now be retro-reclassified as GMRS radios, will still require a GMRS license, and will allow the new expanded FRS/GMRS interstitial channels (previously FRS-only ch. 8-14 – see below).
  • GMRS will now become Part 95E (instead of Part 95A), FRS (Part 95B) and MURS (Part 95J) remaining the same.

Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment

Salvation Army Seeks Amateur Radio Operators for Possible Caribbean Deployment
09/29/2017

SATERN: Salvation Army Team Radio Network

The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) has been asked to recruit SATERN Amateur Radio operators for potential deployment to TSA’s Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands Division. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, emphasizes that this is a recruitment request to be on standby only.

“This will not be an easy deployment so operators interested in deploying on behalf of The Salvation Army should carefully read and ensure that they can meet the conditions and requirements,” Feist said.


****  NOT IN EFFECT FOR CANADA

QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918

QRP Rig Comparison , FT817 / X108G / X5105 / mcHF RS-918

Here is a video explaining the basic comparisons to each one of these radios. You may or may not have seen all of these HF radios, and a video of each one can be seen on my channel. If you are familiar with each one of these radios, and you are debating which one to get, then this video will give you a general idea as to which one may best fit your needs. 



Video Here:

Government of Ontario plans on introducing tougher distracted driving legislation

Distracted and careless drivers will soon face even more stringent penalties.

Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca and Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Eleanor McMahon announced plans to introduce new legislation in the fall that would “help protect pedestrians and cyclists and reduce the number of people killed or injured by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers.”

“Ontario is taking action to reduce the number of people killed by impaired, distracted and dangerous drivers,” said Del Duca, in a September 20th, 2017 media release. “These measures will help keep some of our most vulnerable road users safe and help us drive home the message that dangerous, impaired and distracted driving is unacceptable, and will not be tolerated.”

The new legislation will include stricter penalties for careless driving that results in death or bodily harm; “increased penalties” and “escalating fines” for drivers who commit more than one pedestrian-related offence; and, notably, “tougher penalties” for distracted driving, “including higher fines, more demerit points and license suspensions.”

Hytera Wins Trademark Infringement Case

Hytera Wins Trademark Infringement Case

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited has won a verdict, where Changsha Intermediate People's Court of Hunan Province ruled that Quanzhou TYT Electronics Co., Ltd. infringed Hytera’s trademark by adopting the brand name “Tytera.

The comnpany used the brand name Tytera for its products and promoting relevant products in the market. The court ordered Quanzhou TYT Electronics Co., Ltd. to pay Hytera RMB 2,800,000 as damages and ruled that they shall immediately cease all the infringement activities.

Hytera Communications Corporation Limited, used to be known as Shenzhen HYT Science & Technology Co., Ltd., launched “Hytera” as its new corporate brand and digital product line brand in March, 2010, while “HYT” remained as the analog product line brand. Since its foundation in 1993, Hytera has made lots of efforts in bringing the most valuable professional communications solutions to users by constant technological innovation. Synchronizing with the whole new line of digital two-way radios, including TETRA, DMR and PDT, the launching of “Hytera” brand in 2010 symbolized the company entering a new era.

Soldering Iron What's wrong with this picture?

Soldering Iron What's wrong with this picture?

Keep a wet sponge handy, and after the soldering iron is fully heated, softly scrape it against the sponge to remove old solder. The tip should be nice and shiny, or at least very close to it. Next, we're going to “tin” the tip. This will protect the tip and allow heat to conduct better via the presence of new solder.

Soldering Iron - What's wrong with these pictures?
Picture#1, Picture#2

Picture #1,

W4KKP Charles C Kayhart an 105-year-old

ARRL member, Cliff Kayhart, W4KKP, of White Rock, South Carolina, is claiming the title of “World’s Oldest Operating Ham.”


No official record of such milestones exists, but ARRL is not aware of any radio amateurs senior to Kayhart, and he is now quite likely the oldest active ham at least in the US.

Early this year, Charlie Hellman, W2RP, died at 106; he also may have been the longest licensed.
Hellman outlived the former “oldest US ham,” Harry Wolf, W6NKT, by 8 days.

Wolf was a couple of weeks shy of turning 108. Kayhart now lives at The Heritage at Lowman Home.

best 73 de IW2BSF - Rudy
73 VE3WZW Andre

Guglielmo Marconi, Father of Radio - London 1899

Guglielmo Marconi, Father of Radio - London 1899

blog:VE3WZW - Guglielmo Marconi, Father of Radio - London 1899

Guglielmo Marconi International Committee, Bologna, ITALY

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25
http://www.arrl.org/field-day
Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" PDF
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2017/6-2017%20FD%20Flier1.pdf

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2015/2015%20Rules.pdf