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- Meeting Notice
- Calendar of Events
- Notes from W6EJJ - Jay Holladay, W6EJJ
- February Club Meetings - Chris Zygielbaum, N6WEI
- JPL Scouts Need Help - Chuck Sarture, KG6NF
- DX News - Bob Polansky, N6ET
- W6VIO Work Parties - Bob Polansky, N6ET
- Licensing Classes - Jay Holladay, W6EJJ
- WB6IEA Repeater - Walt Diem, WA6PEA
- Classified Section
- ARRL News
The next regular JPL Amateur Radio Club membership meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 13, at noon in 238-543. Club Board of Directors meetings are held at noon on the fourth Wednesday of each month in 301-227. Everyone is welcome at both meetings; bring your lunch. n
Calendar of EventsMarch 2-3: [ARRL DX Contest - Phone] March 3: L.A. Marathon March 9: W6VIO Work Party 9:00 AM - trailer March 13: General Meeting, Noon - 238-543, Program: TBA March 13: Crescenta Valley ARC, License Class begins March 16: [Pomona Swapmeet, DeVry Institute] March 27: Board Meeting, Noon - 301-227 March 30: W6VIO Work Party, 9:00 AM - trailer March 30: [TRW Swapmeet, Redondo Beach] April 10: General Meeting, Noon - 238-543, Program: TBA April 20: W6VIO Work Party, 9:00 AM - trailer April 20: [Pomona Swapmeet, DeVry Institute] April 24: Board Meeting, Noon - 301-227 April 27: [TRW Swapmeet, Redondo Beach]
Notes from W6EJJ
By Jay Holladay, W6EJJ
Last month I touched on communications with the membership, including the Club's Web page and e-mail list. Not long afterward, I mentioned the e-mail list to a long-time friend (and club member). He responded. "Oh, does the Club have an e-mail list?" So, I would like to return to the subject of communication with, and among, our Club members.
I guess we need to regularly mention in these pages the various methods we have for communicating with the membership, both to inform new members and to remind the long time members about them. The e-mail list is a case in point. A single message to jplarc@kilroy (or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are off-Lab) will reach [nearly] every club member through the Club's e-mail forwarder (sometimes called an "exploder"). The list is maintained by Gerry Walsh (gwalsh@kilroy). If you have an e-mail address and are not on the list, send Gerry a message and you will be able to quickly receive the latest Club news.
It really is important to keep in touch with late-breaking news. Last month we were able to obtain a very fine speaker at our regular Club meeting, but it all came together at the last minute. (I only learned a week before the meeting that he was coming to JPL.) Only those who are on the e-mail list or check into the Monday net at noon on 224.70 were aware that we would have a very interesting guest from Russia as our speaker at the February meeting.
Speaking of the 220 net, I used to think we were a "220 club," since we maintain two repeaters on the 220 band (three, counting Table Mountain). Now we have various groups on 144, 220, and 440 MHz, which raises the question, How do we all talk to one another? But, that's a subject for another column.
My final item is a "Help Wanted" one. The Club needs a Publicity Chair. This need not be a major undertaking, since there will be a small committee to help. We do need to see that some of our accomplishments are recognized in the "Universe," and we need to have someone update the JPL ARC brochure (originally prepared by Randy Hammock) and make sure there are copies at ERC. Any volunteers? RW3DZ Being Welcomed by W6EJJ (Photo by N6ET) n
February Club Meetings
By Chris Zygielbaum, N6WEI
The regular meeting of the JPL Amateur Radio Club was held on February 14, 1996. The meeting was called to order by Jay Holladay.
Chuck Sarture, ARC Treasurer, presented the proposed 1996 budget. The planned expenditures for 1996 are summarized below:
High Frequency Equipment, etc.$415.
Field Day 760.
General Maintenance 385.
Other (Newsltrs, Awards, etc.)1069.
In addition to the General, Autopatch, and Emergency Preparedness Accounts, ERC requested that the club open a separate Capital Equipment Upgrade Account. Income for this account is based on the sale of obsolete equipment plus a 25% ERC grant.
It was moved to approve the budget; the motion was seconded and approved.
RW3DZ being welcomed by W6EJJ(photo by N6ET)
Jay then introduced Dr. Alexander (Alex) Zaitzev (RW3DZ), who spoke to us about amateur radio in Russia. Alex is from the Russian Academy of Sciences and was attending the Chapman Conference on Magnetic Storms at JPL. He received his first license (UA1ABZ) in 1959 and has been active since then. Alex compared amateur radio in Russia (about 20 repeaters - all 2-meter) to here, where he was amazed at the size of the Repeater Directory that he saw at Ham Radio Outlet. The talk was very interesting and pointed out the enormous differences between the U.S. and Russia. Alex can be reached on e-mail at email@example.com and on packet at RZ3AXO.ampr.org
Board of Director's Meeting
The regular Board of Directors meeting was held in Bldg. 301, Room 227, on Wednesday, February 28. The meeting was chaired by President Jay Holladay, W6EJJ, and a quorum was present. In the absence of the secretary, who was on business travel, notes were taken by Bob Polansky, N6ET, and Jay Holladay.
Emergency Communications Manager Walt Mushagian, K6DNS, reported on the emergency exercise held earlier that day. The Emergency Operations Center was activated, but the simulated emergency was designated as a "table top" (discussion) exercise rather than a full-up simulation, and the emergency communications net was not activated. Walt thanked all those who were monitoring that day and ready to support. He is compiling an updated list of Club members to be called in case of a real activation. The president requested that the Club's emergency communications plan be reviewed for possible update.
Chuck Sarture, KG6NF, presented the treasurer's report. The budget for the Club's 1996-1997 fiscal year has been submitted to ERC.
There followed a discussion of club repeater activities, including the recent temporary interruption of Shuttle audio on 224.08. The president expressed a strong desire for regular review of the status and plans for the Club repeaters by the Board of Directors. n
JPL Scouts Need Help
By Chuck Sarture, KG6NF
The JPL Space Exploration Post 509 is interested in having the JPL Amateur Radio Club provide communications support for its Space Settlement Design Competition (a.k.a. SpaceSet '96). This is an event for young people between the ages of 14 and 21 who are interested in science, engineering, and space, and has been hosted by the Post and JPL each of the past 10 years.
Six to ten amateurs are needed on Saturday, April 13, from 7 AM to 11 PM, and four to six people on Sunday, April 14, from 7 AM to 3 PM. A standard communications net will be set up with net control in von Karman auditorium and stations located around the lab. The need is based on the requirement for JPL employee escorts for all people moving around the lab and communications support among the groups situated in several conference rooms around the lab wherever phones are not conveniently located. At this point I would like to determine the number of people interested in supporting SpaceSet (not necessarily for the entire time) so that I know whether the club can actually support it or not. Shifts and support locations will be determined later.
Contact Chuck for more information. n
By Bob Polansky, N6ET
I am submitting this article a bit early, since I will be away from the Lab when my next "The DX Bulletin" arrives. Not to fear though, there is still some interesting stuff I've been able to identify in the one-week old issue. Here goes:
CHAD - DL7FT is currently operating as TT8FT, all modes, all bands. He will be there through 9 March. He is one of the few I still need on CW. No reports of his being worked in California yet.
CHAGOS - VQ9DX showed up this week on 40 CW, about 1500Z. He is not real strong, but is copyable in W6-land. His home call is AA5DX and he plans to be there for the next 4 months.
CROZET - FT5WE is frequently available around 7005 kHz from 1515Z for quick CW contacts. He is weak and sends very fast, but is relatively easy to work. Good luck!
FRANZ JOSEF LAND - R1FJZ has been reported from 1100 to 1300Z on both 7002 and 3790 kHz.
THE GAMBIA - C5/many DL calls will be populating the bands from 4 to 18 March. They plan on operating all bands, and all modes. 1822, 3505, 7005, 10115, 14005, 18073, 21005, 24893, and 28005 were advertised as CW frequencies with the usual SSB DX frequencies being all that was specified. Good luck. If you miss them, C53HG is quite active on most bands, both SSB and CW.
MAURITIUS - 3B8CF is frequently on 40 and 80 CW around 1500Z. Work him quickly while the long path remains open on those bands.
SIERRA LEONE - 9L1PG has been reported on most bands, both phone and CW. Look on the W6VIO trailer walls for specifics on times and frequencies.
SOUTH COOK ISLAND - ZK1DI operates nightly on the low ends of 40 and 80 CW. He puts in a moderate signal on both bands, and has only a few takers. Work him quickly, since he will be leaving in mid-March.
SVALBARD - JW6VDA will operate from this rare polar QTH from 1 to 10 March. No information is available on bands or modes, but I would try 20 and 40 CW in the late afternoon and early evening.
TURKEY - TA2BK has been worked just after 1500Z in California on 7003 kHz. Several Eastern Europeans, Western Asians have also been heard at about the same time on 40 CW.
That's enough for this month. The DX is there, just a bit weak due to the sunspot situation. n
W6VIO Work Parties
By Bob Polansky, N6ET
On 10 February, Jay Holladay, Walt Mushagian, Chris Carson, Warren Dowler, Nick Gautier, Jerry Hawkes, and myself got together and accomplished a whole bunch! The new battery that powers the shack was installed in a new waterproof container. A new battery charger was also installed and set up. Our battery power is now fully restored and operational. All element halves for the new TH7DXX were measured and assembled. They now await further assembly into TH7DXX "halves," an activity that will be accomplished at the water tower site so they can be readily installed on our new tower. Last of all, the hardline plumbing was completed and we are now ready to run pressure tests on all four hardlines.
Our next Work Party will take place on 9 March from 9 AM to Noon. Our goal will be to assemble element halves, and to run preliminary pressure tests on the hardlines. These are fun times! Hope you can join us. Further work parties are tentatively scheduled on three week centers from the 9th of March, but are subject to change as circumstances dictate. n
By Jay Holladay, W6EJJ
Know someone who is looking for a licensing class? Two local clubs are sponsoring beginners classes leading to the Technician (no-code) license:
Crescenta Valley Radio Club classes begin Wed., March 13, from 7:30-9:00 PM at the La Crescenta Sheriff's Station on Briggs Ave. The classes will be held for six weeks, with the test given on the seventh week. Contact Joe Sabutis, NW0A, at 818-247-1126, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Pasadena Radio Club classes will begin the first week of April at the Kaiser Permanente offices in Pasadena. Contact Al Wolff, KC7O, at 818-603-5682. n
By Walt Diem, WA6PEA
Users have been reporting significantly improved sensitivity and audio quality since the "backup" repeater was installed in December. They are now able to use the repeater from areas that they could not use the Kendecom. In fact, the reports indicate the coverage is like it used to be before the Kendecom was installed.
Soon after the "backup" repeater was installed, Merv MacMedan reported "I can bring up the new configuration with only 50 milliwatts and a rubber ducky inside the house, and I can now use my handy-talkie around the neighborhood which I had not been able to do for many years". Tom Bruegge, et al., have reported that they are now able to use the repeater from areas that they were unable to use it before. So, if you have not tried it lately, check it out.
The repeater is transmitting PL on its output so that users can use tone (CTCSS) squelch to monitor the repeater without having to listen to any co-channeled repeaters.
Bill Wood cleaned, modified and retuned the duplexer. He and I reinstalled it on 10 January. With the refurbished duplexer working properly, we were able to discontinue the use of split antennas and return to the use of the single higher antenna, further improving receive sensitivity.
The autodialer, donated by Greg LaBorde, was installed on 16 January after Bill Wood diagnosed the interface problem and modified the repeater interface. Since this was a different autodialer, I had to first program all the autodial numbers. I recommend that you try your autodialer number to verify it is programmed correctly. Notify me of any problems. Any autopatch member that does not yet have an autodial number may get one by contacting me by email, email@example.com, or phone 818-248-7525.
This "backup" repeater is actually the old repeater built by Bill Wood in 1978, which was replaced several years ago by the Kendecom repeater. The Board of Directors decided to purchase the Kendecom with the intent of getting a commercially built unit with good documentation and factory support. We have found it to be poorly designed and built with inferior parts. The drawings do not completely match the hardware and factory support is poor. It took two years, the work of many club members, and one return to the factory to get the repeater working well enough to put into service. Once in service, it was unreliable and had muddy audio. Bill Wood is now redesigning the transmitter audio circuits, replacing unreliable potentiometers, and reworking the repeater hardware to make it work properly and reliably.
The Kendecom repeater uses a 6502 processor. The program is usable, but poorly written. Is anyone willing to tackle rewriting the software? n
A 220 MHz FM transceiver, HT or mobile, preferably with PL, DTMF, and/or service manual. Contact Ross Snyder (N0GSZ) at 818-545-3973 or via Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A50-to-80-foot self supporting/telescoping/tilt-over tower or towers. Can be either tubular or triangular. Need to be in good condition. Motorized would be a big plus. Will pay for packaging and shipping to Prescott, Arizona. Contact Brian (KW6J) at 714-896-3514 (M-F, 8 AM to 4 PM) or via Internet at email@example.com.
New or used (but in good condition) HF large mono-band beams which were designed for high gain/good front to back ratio/good directivity etc. Contact Brian (KW6J) at 714-896-3514 (M-F 8 AM to 4 PM) or via Internet at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your want ad or article for inclusion in a future issue of W6VIO Calling. Submit either to Bill Wood, Mail Stop DSCC-33; or via Internet (email@example.com).
220 Mhz FM transceiver. Midland Model 13-513 in good condition with keypad mike, manual, and uninstalled PL kit. Contact Richard Mathison, KG6Y at 818-354-5747 days, 811-798-7660 evenings, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kenwood TS-430S HF transceiver. Kenwood TL-922A HF kW amplifier. MFJ 1500 watt HF antenna tuner. Create Designs 10-15-20-40 rotatable inverted, inverted V. Misc. microphones, keys and keyers, wattmeters, loads, etc. for the above equipment. Contact George Morris, W6ABW, (818) 432-4987.
Battery Packs for HT's, camcorders, cordless and cellular telephones, etc. at unusually low prices. Larsen mobile antennas also at a discount. Call Walt Diem at (818) 248-7525. n
Via the WWW ARRL Letter and Jan Tarsala
Solar Cycle Near Bottom
ARRL Letter, Volume 15, Number 2
Despite some earlier reports that the current sunspot cycle had bottomed out, it could be another year before things start looking up, depending on which data you use. Solar prognosticator Tad Cook, KT7H, reports that solar activity is still very low, and "we are very close to the solar minimum." The latest projections show 10.7-cm solar flux - actually a radio measurement of the amount of energy at that wavelength - reaching minimum around a year from now, during January and February 1997. Solar flux seems to correlate with density of ionization in the ionosphere and consequent HF propagation.
But other projections, based on direct telescopic observations of sunspots, show the sunspot number reaching minimum during April through June of this year, and a big increase starting late in 1997. The sunspot number is derived by counting visible dark spots on the sun and factoring in their area. Last summer, astronomers observed what they believe to be the first spots of the new cycle on the sun's polar regions. Spots shift in magnetic polarity from one cycle to another, Cook says, making it possible to differentiate the "new" spots from the current ones. In any case, just when Cycle 23 begins often is not "officially" determined until well after the event transpires. "There's some overlap" between cycles, he explains.
From Cook's point of view, the solar flux is a more reliable indicator of how solar activity will affect HF propagation on Earth. As most hams know already, solar disturbances, primarily solar flares, can disrupt radio (and other) communication. "These throw out huge amounts of protons," Cook explains about the flares. "If they're aimed right at the earth, they can be very disruptive." Among the most disturbed days in recent weeks was January 29, when the A index reached 18, and the K index was as high as five. Otherwise geomagnetic conditions were quiet over this period, Cook says. Solar flux should head down toward 70 by February 12 and then back above the mid-70s late in the month. Sunspot numbers in late January had a mean of 13.7.
Vanity Callsign Delay
ARRL Letter, February 16 Update
ARRL has learned that the FCC may delay until mid-1996 the announcement of when it plans to open the first gate or gates of the vanity call sign program. A Commission spokesman says the FCC first wants to deal with remaining Petitions for Reconsideration it has received. The FCC had been expected to announce opening dates early this year. FCC vanity call sign application Form 610V is now available, but the FCC will not accept completed forms until it opens the appropriate filing gates. Prospective applicants can get the FCC Form 610V package by writing ARRL, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111. Please include an SASE. Form 610V also is available from the FCC via the Internet at http://www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form610V or at ftp://ftp.fcc.gov/pub/Forms/Form610V/, or by fax at 202-418-0177. Ask for Form 006108. The FCC's Forms Distribution Center also accepts orders for Form 610V at 800-418-3676. n
CD-ROM Version of QST
ARRL Letter, February 23 Update
The new CD-ROM version of QST was the hit of the ARRL booth at the Miami Tropical Hamboree February 3-4. Here, QST Editor Mark Wilson, AA2Z, right, runs the demonstration disk through its paces for a pair of interested visitors. The CD-ROM - to be available in mid-March - features an entire year's worth of QST, plus QEX and NCJ (1995 issues for the initial offering), including full text, photographs, schematics and other graphics, and advertisements. Among other things, users can search for text and zoom in to schematics and diagrams to enhance detail. The text includes hypertext links. (Copies are $19.95 for members and $29.95 for nonmembers, plus $4 shipping. To order one, e-mail email@example.com or, read more about it at http://www.arrl.org/ads/cdrom/.) n
AMSAT On Discovery Channel
ARRL Letter, March 1 Update
Members of the Phase 3-D International Project Team are part of an upcoming Discovery Channel TV program, Eyes in the Sky. Keith Baker, KB1SF, AMSAT-NA executive vice president says the cable channel will present the two-hour-long special during multiple airings throughout March. The segment of the program containing the AMSAT footage runs for about six minutes. Actor Barry Corbin, who plays an ex-NASA astronaut on the TV show Northern Exposure, is the narrator.
US broadcast times (Eastern Time) on the Discovery Channel are 9 PM, Sunday, March 10, and 3 PM, Sunday, March 17. Repeat showings are at 1 AM and 9 PM, Wednesday, March 20.
Viewers will see shots of Baker as well as Dick Jansson, WD4FAB, AMSAT-NA vice president of engineering, and Stan Wood, WA4NFY, AMSAT-NA assistant vice president of engineering, shopping for "satellite parts" at an Orlando, Florida, surplus house. Jansson also is shown searching for "antenna parts" in the housewares section of a local department store. Various views and on-camera comments from all three individuals follow, along with shots of Phase 3-D team members actually working on the new satellite at AMSAT's Orlando Integration Laboratory.
Paul Gasek, the program's producer/director at Stonybrook Films in Brewster, Massachusetts, said the AMSAT segment demonstrates that "high tech doesn't need to be high cost." Baker said the AMSAT portion of the program provides "another opportunity for Amateur Radio and AMSAT to get national television exposure showing what we hams know how to do best, being creative, pushing the state of the radio art forward, and having some great fun in the process!"
On-location filming for AMSAT's portion of the segment was completed last October, just after AMSAT-NA's 1995 Space Symposium in Orlando.
For more information, call Keith Baker, KB1SF, 1324 Fairgrounds Rd, Xenia, OH 45385, 513-429-5325 (voice/FAX), or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. n
PRB-1 Change Sought
ARRL Bulletin 9
The ARRL wants the FCC to take additional steps to compel state and local governments to make reasonable accommodation for Amateur Radio under PRB-1 and apply the least restrictive means to regulate amateur antennas and activity. In a Petition for Rulemaking filed February 7, the League calls on the FCC to amend Section 97.15(e) to say that any state or local ordinances restricting ham radio antennas to heights below 70 feet would be presumed unreasonable, unless the state or local authority could show its restrictions support a clearly defined health, safety or aesthetic objective. State and local governments also could not impose substantial application costs on amateur service licensees.
The League also wants the FCC to acknowledge that it has an interest in the effective performance of Amateur Radio stations in areas regulated by deed restrictions or restrictive covenants rather than by local zoning ordinances.
The League says clarifying the preemption policy (PRB-1) would help guide municipalities to enact provisions that make fair accommodation for amateurs and avoid highly divisive litigation between hams and localities.
Under the suggested changes, state and local governments could apply to the Commission for a full or partial waiver of the amended rules in unusual circumstances. The FCC has not assigned a rule making petition (RM) number.
Here is the suggested wording of Section 97.15(e) the ARRL's petition requests:
(1) State and local regulation of a station antenna structure must not preclude amateur service communications. Rather, it must reasonably accommodate such communications; it must constitute the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish the state or local authority's legitimate purpose; and it must not impose substantial costs on amateur service licensees.
(2) Any state or local antenna restriction or regulation which, on its face or as applied, would limit amateur station antennas to heights below 70 feet is presumed unreasonable unless the promulgating authority can demonstrate that such regulation is necessary to accomplish a clearly defined, and expressly stated health safety or aesthetic objective; that there is no less burdensome alternative to the regulation; and that the Federal interest in efficient amateur radio communications from the amateur station at issue is otherwise reasonably accommodated.
(3) Any state or local authority, or other entity that wishes to maintain and enforce zoning, land use or other regulations or restrictions inconsistent with this section may apply to the Commission for a full or partial waiver of this section. Such waivers may be granted by the Commission in its sole discretion, upon a showing by the applicant that local concerns of a highly specialized or unusual nature create an overwhelming necessity for regulation inconsistent with this section. No application for waiver shall be considered unless it includes the particular regulation for which waiver is sought. Waivers granted according to this rule shall not apply to later-enacted or amended regulations by the local authority unless the Commission expressly orders otherwise. n
New Prefixes For New UK Hams
ARRL Letter, Volume 15, Number 2
Don't think it's the latest DXpedition when the new M-prefix call signs start showing up on the bands this spring. The United Kingdom is running out of the familiar G-series call signs the government there has issued since the 1920s for most UK stations. The Radiocommunications Agency will begin issuing the M-series calls starting April 1 to all new full licenses (both Class A and B). The first call sign, M0AAA, has already been awarded to the Reading and District Amateur Radio Club (on behalf of the Reading Novices Amateur Aerial Association). RADARC reports it will use the club-station version of the call, MX0AAA, beginning April 1 and offer a special QSL card to mark the occasion.
RADARC says the UK's Radiocommunications Agency will follow the same prefix pattern it's used for the G-series calls over the years: MW stations will be in Wales, MM will be Scotland, MI for Northern Ireland, etc. Existing G stations are not affected by the move to the new call sign block.
Peter Swynford, G0PUB, of RADARC explains that the RA in the United Kingdom issues four classes of "licence": A Class A Full Licence holder may operate all amateur HF and VHF bands with a maximum of 400 W, while a Class B Full Licence station may operate all bands above 50 MHz with a maximum of 400 W. A Class A Novice Licence holder has limited access to the HF and VHF bands with 3 W, while a Class B Novice License station has limited access to VHF bands only with 3 W. Novice station prefixes (issued since 1992) have call signs in the 2-series. So, an English Novice call might be 2E1AAA while a Scottish Novice call might be 2M1AAA. n
ARRL Letter, February 16 Update
The new Telecommunications Act of 1996 enacted 21 proposals to "reinvent" the FCC by streamlining or eliminating some of the agency's functions. One change will permit the modification of some of the rules governing Amateur Radio examinations. The new law "eliminates unnecessary conflict-of-interest provisions for publishers and equipment manufacturers to broaden the category of those authorized to administer amateur radio service examinations," the FCC said. The amendment also eliminates "burdensome" record keeping and annual financial certification requirements. To become official, the FCC still must incorporate the change into Part 97 of its rules. In theory, at least, the change could open the door to employees of ham equipment manufacturers to become VEs.
Other noteworthy changes in the new Telecommunications Act, signed by President Clinton February 8, would permit unlicensed domestic ship and aircraft radio operation by allowing the FCC to authorize "by rule" rather than through individual licenses. This is the same approach the FCC already has taken with the Citizens Band. The FCC estimates the amendment will eliminate more than 120,000 license applications each year. The law also permits the FCC to hire private contractors to inspect shipboard radio equipment.
The Commission seeks suggestions to upgrade its services and procedures by, among other things, eliminating some functions entirely, reducing paperwork, privatization and "outsourcing" and use of self-regulating organizations. The Commission says it also wants to hear about how it can improve customer service and make better use of computer technology, electronic filing and the Internet to streamline processing. - FCC n
Upcoming VEC Examinations
The following test session information is provided by the ARRL/VEC for the upcoming eight week period. For further information, please call the test session contact person at the telephone number listed. If necessary, you may contact the ARRL/VEC at 203-666-1541 x282 for additional information. Electronic mail may be forwarded to the ARRL/VEC via USENET at "email@example.com" or via MCI Mail to MCI ID: 653-2312 or 215-5052.
Although the test session information presented here does not indicate whether walk-ins are accepted or not, most test sessions do allow walk-ins. We encourage you, however, to always call the contact person at the telephone number provided so that the VE Team is aware that you be attending the test.03/08/96, Irvine, 714-824-8477, Jack C Lockhart WD6AEI 03/28/96, Colton, 909-825-7136, Harold Heydenfeldt 03/30/96, Culver City, 310-459-0337, Scott V Swanson 03/30/96, Pomona, 909-949-0059, Donald Warburg WA6HNC 04/01/96, Lancaster, 805-948-1865, Adrienne J Sherwood 04/13/96, Fontana, 909-823-6818, Louis Johnson 04/25/96, Colton, 909-825-7136, Harold Heydenfeldt n
FCC Issued Call Sign Update
The following is a list of the FCC's most recently issued call signs as of January 1:District Group A Group B Group C Group D Extra Adv. Tech/Gen Novice 0 AA0AO KI0AV ++ KB0VFH 1 AA1PL KE1EA N1WOJ KB1BWP 2 AB2AA KG2FN ++ KB2WXM 3 AA3NK KE3VY N3WTW KB3BNF 4 AE4QB KT4KE ++ KF4GNF 5 AC5GK KK5WI ++ KC5SQT 6 AC6SH KQ6DN ++ KF6BGO 7 AB7OR KJ7UK ++ KC7PBF 8 AA8VV KG8VF ++ KC8CGD 9 AA9RE KG9FK ++ KB9MOU Hawaii ++ AH6OK ++ WH6CZW Alaska ++ AL7QI ++ WL7CRO Virgin WP2V KP2CJ NP2IJ WP2AIA Puerto Rico ++ ++ ++ WP4NIR ++ All call signs in this group have been issued in this area n
Jet Propulsion Laboratory Amateur Radio Club
Attn: Bill Wood, Editor, Mail Stop DSCC-33
4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109-8099
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