QST NFL for January 2022 is on the NFL Website

QST NFL January 2022

What’s inside….
Page 2 Calling All PIOs
Page 3 From the SEC
Page 4 Jacksonville Radio News
Page 5 ATU100 Automatic Antenna Tuner Kit-Part 2
Page 7 Getting a Foot into the Schools
Page 8 QCWA Chapter 62 Elects Officers
Page 9 Playground Amateur Radio Club
Page 10 NWFL Hams Participate in Fox Hunt
Page 11 Alachua Co NFARC/ARES® Adds Key Protection to Pricey Go-Boxes
Page 12 Alachua NFARC/ARES® Moves to Groups.io
Page 13 What’s Happening? Santa Rosa County
Page 14 FCC Testing Locations
Page 15 NFL Officials

A very Happy New Year to everyone! Thanks for all the input. Looking forward to more exciting news in 2022.

73,
Marty Brown, N4GL
Editor, QST NFL

Okaloosa ARES Announcement

ALL OKALOOSA COUNTY LICENSED RADIO OPERATORS/HAMS, CLUB MEMBERSHIP NOT REQUIRED.   ALL OPERATORS INTERESTED IN PUBLIC SERVICE AND BECOMING  A MEMBER AND WORKING WITH THE OKALOOSA ARES GROUP, FORWARD YOUR NAME, CALL SIGN, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL ADDRESS TO W4KKJ@COX.NET.  PLEASE SEND THIS INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOR AN UPCOMING MEETING.    THANK YOU

CAPT. JOHN JOHNSTON/W4KKJ

ARES/EC  OKALOOSA COUNTY

850-651-4545 / W4KKJ@COX.NET

Exam Results at NOARC Hamfest

Hello All. The results follow for the exam session on Saturday, 10/9/2021:

  1. Steve Schlemback, N4SFS is now Extra, and kept his callsign.
  2. D’Artagnan Fabean is now a Tech with call KC3SWO. (not a typo; from Pennsylvania).
  3. Matthew Funk is now a General with call KO4TXJ.
  4. Andrew Grundle is now a Technician with call of KO4TXK
  5. Gregory Robards is now an Extra with the call of KY4KJ.

Please join us at a NOARC club meeting, the next one is next Thursday, and check us out here at w4aaz.org. 

Thanks again to the other VEs that assisted (W4BZM, KM4OZK and KJ4RWD).  Be sure and give each upgradee a shout when you hear them on the air!

Bruce 

JIM MORRISON, AJ4XK, IS A SILENT KEY

The following message was posted on Facebook on September 22 by Ron, KI5FR about member Jim Morrison, AJ4XK.  Jim had recently retired; assisted with local public service events and was active as a Volunteer Examiner.   Rest in Peace Jim!

I (Ron Mahn) received some sad news yesterday. James “Jim” Morrison AJ4XK became a Silent Key (SK) on August 17th. Jim was a particularly active member of the club for public service events where he could be seen taking any role that was asked. His combination of friendly voice but imposing presence helped the folks at the LOBC Fall Festival feel secure during our work there. Jim’s biggest passion was motorcycles and he was an active member of the Sandollar Motorcycle Club. He also enjoyed cars. He always had something a little different including one of those little mini cars which was always funny when this tall person got out of that tiny car. He was always a very nice person.

His sister found me on Facebook and told me the news. There was no service at his request, and his sister looks to get out an obituary at some point. Please give a thought and a prayer for Jim today.

YL Net Forming

The first area net by women for women, the Sunday Evening YL net! Even if you don’t have your license, if you know another ham you can join the net using third party traffic.

This net is hosted on the K4SRC 146.700 repeater which covers Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Escambia counties. The repeater is also linked to the KN4JEA Jay repeater which covers Escambia County, AL. You can also join via EchoLink on K4SRC-4 or AllStar Link Node 515591.

FCC Reduces Proposed Amateur Radio Application Fee to $35

12/30/2020

The FCC has agreed with ARRL and other commenters that its proposed $50 fee for certain amateur radio applications was “too high to account for the minimal staff involvement in these applications.” In a Report and Order (R&O), released on December 29, the FCC scaled back to $35 the fee for a new license application, a special temporary authority (STA) request, a rule waiver request, a license renewal application, and a vanity call sign application. All fees are per application. There will be no fee for administrative updates, such as a change of mailing or email address.

This fall, ARRL filed comments in firm opposition to the FCC proposal to impose a $50 fee on amateur radio license and application fees and urged its members to follow suit.

As the FCC noted in its R&O, although some commenters supported the proposed $50 fee as reasonable and fair, “ARRL and many individual commenters argued that there was no cost-based justification for application fees in the Amateur Radio Service.” The fee proposal was contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”

“After reviewing the record, including the extensive comments filed by amateur radio licensees and based on our revised analysis of the cost of processing mostly automated processes discussed in our methodology section, we adopt a $35 application fee, a lower application fee than the Commission proposed in the NPRM for personal licenses, in recognition of the fact that the application process is mostly automated,” the FCC said in the R&O. “We adopt the proposal from the NPRM to assess no additional application fee for minor modifications or administrative updates, which also are highly automated.”

The FCC said it received more than 197,000 personal license applications in 2019, which includes not only ham radio license applications but commercial radio operator licenses and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) licenses.

The FCC turned away the arguments of some commenters that the FCC should exempt amateur radio licensees. The FCC stated that it has no authority to create an exemption “where none presently exists.”

The FCC also disagreed with those who argued that amateur radio licensees should be exempt from fees because of their public service contribution during emergencies and disasters.

“[W]e we are very much aware of these laudable and important services amateur radio licensees provide to the American public,” the FCC said, but noted that specific exemptions provided under Section 8 of the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act” requiring the FCC to assess the fees do not apply to amateur radio personal licenses. “Emergency communications, for example, are voluntary and are not required by our rules,” the FCC noted. “As we have noted previously, ‘[w]hile the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications, is one of the underlying principles of the amateur service, the amateur service is not an emergency radio service.’”

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. The FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service, which had been excluded previously. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees.

“While the Ray Baum’s Act amended Section 9 and retained the regulatory fee exemption for amateur radio station licensees, Congress did not include a comparable exemption among the amendments it made to Section 8 of the Act,” the FCC R&O explained.

The effective date of the fee schedule has not been established, but it will be announced at least 30 days in advance. The FCC has directed the Office of Managing Director, in consultation with relevant offices and bureaus, to draft a notice for publication in the Federal Register announcing when rule change(s) will become effective, “once the relevant databases, guides, and internal procedures have been updated.”