The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward — to $21.40 — its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term. The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register.
The Tryon Amateur Radio Club was asked to assist with radio communications at the 1st Annual CM5K Run/Walk.
The 5k road race will take place Saturday 30th in Northville, NY to benefit Open Hearts & Homes for Children.
For more information on this event visit this facebook event page.
For those who are interested, breakfast at 7:00am at Shelby’s Kitchenette on Main St.
Meet up at 8:00am at Waterfront Park, Main and Water St, Northville NY. Talk in on 146.520 simplex. For more information contact Don, WA2EZ.
Race check in is at 9:00am and will begin at 9:30am.
Finally hams are getting some love from Facebook. Officially licensed amateur (ham) radio operators may now use their call sign as their Alternate Name, or nickname, on their individual profiles.
Jeff KB1PNB, who works at the Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California found a petition on an amateur radio Facebook Group to which he belongs, and then did some research, wrote the necessary code, then got it reviewed and approved.
HUGE THANKS to everyone who supported this petition.
Instructions on how to do this can be found here.
Congratulations, Rocco WU2M, for your awesome performance during the event.
Thanks to everyone who participated and helped us succeed.
Special thanks to:
Rob & Crystals All American Family Restaurant for providing the amazing catering service that kept us going strong during the event.
Sheri Gifford for making sure our coffee and doughnut supply was running smoothly.
We will add all the bonus points and provide the final score soon.
New PIO Connie Cockrell
It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Connie Cockrell as the TRYON Armature Radio Club – Public Information Officer or PIO. This position has been vacant since Daniel Nadareski left and he has been sorely missed. Connie is a retired Air Force Master Sargent, she has a masters degree from Bowie State and has been involved with volunteer groups for nearly 10 years (Red Cross, 4-H, etc…). In her retirement she wears many hats and this is one more she has agreed to wear for us.
Radio supplier Baofeng has changed its product distribution name to Pofung for all sales outside China.
In an announcement on its website the company says that it feels it’s time to adapt its brand to the global stage.
It notes that the current name Baofeng is a literal translation of it’s Chinese character name, and as such it may be difficult for a hobbyist elsewhere in the world to pronounce.
The company say that its new product name of Pofung is easier to pronounce and more friendly to its customers, while maintaining the phonetic symbolism of its brand.
The company’s official web domain www.baofengradio.com will remain unchanged.
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With this map you can predict if a storm will bring lighting and unplug your antennas to protect your equipment.