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Don Chelman, KB8LWL, SK

Don, KB8LWL, a Net Control Operator for the District Net for many years, became a Silent Key on Saturday, 11 September. In addition to his active participation with the West Central Ohio Amateur Radio Club, he was an also a member of the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management EMCOMM Team.  he will be sorely missed.

The following information was provided by his Son-in-Law, Mark,  KC8TZY:

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Site Update 7 September 2021

The District 3 ARES website is back online after experiencing issues associated with being transferred to a new hosting site and Domain Registrar. Unfortunately the updates means that a lot of the code used (WordPress Themes, Plug-ins and Widgets) no longer work.

So, please bear with us was we re-construct the site.

Fred Stone, W8LLY SK

Fred Stone, W8LLY, long time Greene County ARES EC, District 3 ARES EC, and a fixture of the Miami Valley amateur radio community became a Silent key on 26 July 2021.  He leaves a large gap in our community that will hard, if not impossible to fill.

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Nationwide Winlink Drill 13 Nov 2021

The EmComm Training Group will be holding another nationwide Winlink Communications Drill on Saturday, 13 November 2021.  In preparation for this drill they resumed their Winlink Thursday nets on 8 July.

A map showing participants will be available each weekend following the Thursday drill.

More details will be posted here as they become available.

Please send any questions about the Winlink Thursdays to:  WinLink.Technical.Team@EmComm-Training.groups.io

Preble County Repeater Back On The Air

The Preble county VHF repeater (145.470Mhz (-) 100pl) is back on air with a new Fusion repeater.  We are capable of analog and digital.

The backup repeater is on UHF (442.900Mhz (+) 100hz pl) and is a Fusion repeater also.

All ARES and Skywarn operations are to switch back to VHF.

We would appreciate some signal checks around the district.
73,
NJ8BB
Gary Hollenbaugh
ARES™ EMERGENCY COORDINATOR
PREBLE CO, Ohio

FCC Issues Enforcement Advisory: Radio Users Again Reminded Not to Use Radios in Crimes

From the ARRL Website:

04/20/2021

On April 20, the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau issued a new Enforcement Advisory, repeating the admonishments contained in a January Advisory that no licensee or user of the Amateur or Personal Radio Services may use any radio equipment in connection with unlawful activities of any nature.

The Commission specifically cautioned that individuals found to have used radios in connection with any illegal activity are “subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and in some cases, criminal prosecution.”

In addition, licensees should be aware that illegal operation in any service or band, including completely outside the amateur allocations, could potentially disqualify a person from holding any FCC license in any service, not just the Amateur Service.

Any amateur observing a suspicious infraction that might be of illegal or criminal nature should report it to their local law enforcement office or the FBI.

Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Become Effective on May 3

The ARRL released ARLB011 reminding amateurs that updated Radio Frequency Exposure rules become effective on 3 May 2021.

These are the same rules that have been in effect since 1997. The primary change is that amateur radio stations are no longer categorically exempt from performing an evaluation. The RF Exposure limits have not changed.

More details on the ARRL RF Exposure website.  Resources available on that page are links to an ARRL FAQ their RF Exposure and You document, an extract from the chapter on conducting a station evaluationforms you can use, and an online RF Exposure Calculator

Here’s another RF Exposure calculator by VP9KF that displays the info in a different way including discussion of duty cycle of different modes.

You do not have to submit any information with the FCC.  Simply complete the documentation and file it with your license documents. 

The ARRL states that they will be updating their site with any applicable changes as they are identified.