May 2000 Newsletter


Presidents Column

Submitted by Corey Badgley, KC7MRQ, Vice President.

As we continue through the Year, it’s a given we’ll see our fair share of famous Montana weather. You know the type, one minute it's sunny,
next minute it's raining, half an hour later you look up to the Bridgers and see new snow. IN JULY!! There is a lot we can do as Hams when it comes to weather. We can offer radio communication to Search and Rescue when hikers are caught off guard by a storm and need help. Another example might be a disaster that knocks out area phone systems. We are a reliable resource when it come to providing communication when it is needed. The government is now recognizing the amateur radio community as a valuable commodity and is tapping into our communication skills to pass along up-to-date weather that is happening across the state.

Joseph Goudsward of the Nation Weather Service will be with us on the June 1st meeting. He will be training us on weather spotting and weather safety.
The session will also be attended by many area public and government officials such as the BLM, National park service, DES and local law enforcement. There should be a good turnout of people and will give GHRC good publicity to public. I hope everyone will be able to attend this meeting. It should be a good one.

Fix for Magnetic Fields

Submitted by Walt Baxter, WB7USV


Having problems with stray magnetic fields? Try this solution from BOSE CORPORATION.

A customer may complain that the picture on their large screen television is distorted and the color is incorrect. The cause of this distortion is usually the placement of the BOSE ACOUSTIMASS bass module in a position that is less than two feet away from the television. The customer usually does not realize that magnets inside the bass module can play havoc with the electron beam in the set. They are also usually unable or unwilling to relocate the bass module.

Solution: The ideal solution is to move the bass module away from the television to a distance of at least two feet. If the bass module cannot be relocated, then you must put a magnetic shield between the television set and the bass module.

The bass module contains magnets, which create a magnetic field. Modem larger screen sets have an increased sensitivity to this field and need to be shielded from it. Placing a flat sheet of high permeability metal between the bass module and the television usually resolves this issue.

MuMetal, which is a nickel alloy, has the best permeability (ability to absorb magnetic fields) and will provide a high performance solution. It is available in a foil form from the company listed below, and can be molded to line the inside shelves or walls of an entertainment center between the television and the bass module. The typical cost for the MuMetal solution to this problem is typically $100 to $250. A less expensive, but somewhat less effective alternative is to use sheet steel available at your local hardware store (22-28 gauge). This alternative usually resolves the problem for about $10 to $20. Whether you are using the MuMetal or the sheet steel, you should have a piece at least as large as the bass module that you are shielding. It is not necessary to ground the metal shield.

Contact Info: MuShield Company at 1-888-669-3539.

Minimum order = $100.

Source: BOSE Service Link, 01/2000

Reprinted by permission, Jim Kiggins, BOSE CORP

Meeting Minutes April 6th, 2000

submitted by KD7FVR, Ron Schimpf


The April meeting was held at Sacajawea Middle School. President Jim AA8Y called the meeting to order at 7:00 PM. 23 members were in attendance.

Minutes of the March 2, 2000 meeting were approved as printed in the newsletter.


Harley KI7XF reported that the club balance is $1220.00. Treasurer’s report was accepted by unanimous vote.


Jack N7ODN announced a VE Session Saturday, April 15 at 9:00 AM. All new exam elements will be available. Administrative paperwork will be available.

New question pools are available for $5.00 each. Jack can order study manuals with explanations; Technician $11.95, General $12.95, and Extra $14.95.

Jack N7ODN announced that the GHRC will be administering ARRL exams at the Glacier/Waterton Ham Fest July 14, 15, and 16.


Don KC7EWZ requested an $850.00 budget from the Search and Rescue for four digital pagers, a TNC for the Courthouse, and repeater batteries. The request was approved.

The Search and Rescue rendezvous this July 28 through July 30 will cover the use of GPS and maps as well as radio protocol. Dinner is included and will be free for GHRC members.

The Sheriff’s Dept. may want some auxiliary amateur communications for the Rainbow People event. The event will run from two weeks before July 4 through two weeks after, at a yet undetermined location.


Harley KI7FX has all the forms for the Glacier/Waterton Ham Fest.

Jeff AA7GK announced that Kenwood and ICOM have both given their approval to sell equipment at the GHRC Ham Fest. Members approved a suggestion told hold a Dutch Auction for an H.T. Door prizes were discussed.

Ron KD7FVR will be coordinating programs for the Ham Fest, with the assistance of Glenn KD7AZT. Suggestions are welcome.

Lyndel N7LT updated the club on the Montana Ham Fest 2000. He announced the Northern Rockies Weak Signal Group Net, Tuesday evening at 8 PM on 144.20 simplex.

Ron KD7FVR will take over web administration for the Club web site with the assistance of Corey KC7MRQ.

Glenn KD7AZT said that the High School Radio Club now has radios and antennas. School officials have to approve mounting before antennas can be installed. He will be asking for volunteers to assist with the project.

The meeting adjourned at 7:58 PM.

Upgrade Honor Roll


This is a new column to honor all who receive or upgrade their license! Those who upgrade will remain on this list for the rest of the year.

Congratulations to all who upgraded!

Tech class (new licensee)

Vikki Bohlman KD7HGY

Scott Graber KD7HGZ

Andy Macrae KD7HXA

Shelley Peterson KD7HXB

Melody Schimpf KD7HXC

Ross Snider KD7IEV

Kim Snider

Joshua Alzheimer

General Class

Andrew Jesaitis KD7EMO

Wendy Reeser KD7DYW

James Sweaney KD7DYU

Ron Schimpf KD7FVR
Darrell Berreth KC7NHF

Don Wilson KC7EWZ
Pat Sands N7SVI

Don Bissell K7DRB

Kurt Borge KC7PFG

Gordon Lister KD7HHA

William Loman N7PWC

Kent Rudolph N7WHL

Extra Class

Robert Williams N7ODM

Walt Baxter WB7USV

Ralph Bergantine KC7PFH

Ric Helvey KB7KB

John Nash K7YXU

Doug Peterson KK7VC

Don Regli KI7OJ

Larry Cronenwett KA7WXN

Dale Heidner W7NAV

Theodore Hundtoft KA7QCY

Willard Cox N7FMT

Greg Estep KC7SK

Jim Fuller N7VMR

Jerome McDonald W7FVB

Albert Zoller W6OTE

Darrell Berreth KC7NHF

Harley Leach KI7XF


Element definitions:

1A=5WPM 3A=Tech written

1B=13WPM 3B=General written

1C=20WPM 4A=Advanced written

2=Novice written 4B=Extra written

VE Test Sessions

Test sessions are held at 9 am in room 632 at

Cobleigh Hall on the MSU Campus the first Saturday AFTER the first Thursday during the following months: December, March, June, September. This schedule may be revised. Make sure to check your newsletter each month for any changes to the VE Testing Schedule.

For more info: Contact Jack, N7ODN

2000 Schedule


June 3rd

September 9th

December 9th


Happenings Page

Schedule of Events

bulletMay 2nd. — 146.88 Net at 8 PM.
bulletMay 4th. — Club meeting 7 PM.
bulletMay 6th. — Ham & eggs at 4-corners café 7:30 AM
bulletMay 9th. — 146.88 Net at 8 PM
bulletMay 13th. — Ham & eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
bulletMay 16th. — 146.88 Net at 8 PM.
bulletMay 20th. — Ham and eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
bulletMay 23rd. — 146.88 Net at 8 PM.
bulletMay 27th. — Ham and eggs at 4-corners cafe 7:30 AM.
bulletMay 30th. — 146.88 Net at 8 PM.

May 2000









2 Net 146.88


4 Club Meeting


6 7:30am Breakfast Korner cafe



9 Net 146.88




13 7:30am Breakfast Korner cafe



16 Net 146.88




20 7:30am Breakfast Korner cafe



23 Net 146.88




27 7:30am Breakfast Korner cafe



30 Net 146.88


If you have any events you would like to see posted here, please email or mail them to the Editor for inclusion in the June newsletter. Deadline is May22nd.

ARRL and GHRC W7ED Out Going QSL

Service For Members

Don’t forget to get your outgoing DX QSL cards to Lyndel N7LT for inclusion in the next shipment of cards to the ARRL outgoing DX bureau. The club is picking up the shipping costs so save some money and get your DX cards in!


Mics and Manuals Needed

K7BZN Sacajawea Middle School Ham Club needs power cords and hand mics for their Kenwood TS-430s and a TS-120S. The TS-430S uses a standard 8 pin mic connector and the TS-12S uses a standard 4 pin mic connector. They also need a service manual for the TS-430S.

Montana Amateur Radio History

10 years ago – May 1990

Pete Peters W7OW was the Section manager. No Montana report. The Anaconda ARC gets it’s picture of the 147.02 "Lady of the Rockies" repeater site in the "Up Front" section of QST. The "Dove" Satellite is being received with handhelds. Packet Cluster is just beginning to take hold. RG-213 costs $0.39/foot. Butternut HF6VX costs $160. ARRL subscription was $30. MFJ 1278-9 mode TNC was $280.

20 years ago – May 1980

Bob Leo W7LR was the Section Manager. Prairie Electronics ARC sets June 14 & 15 for hamfest at Lewis & Clark Bridge south of Wolf Point. N7ANR and WB7WFY made a snowmobile expedition to Steamboat Mtn to get WR7ANC repeater back on air by shoveling snow from the building. Bozeman club provided 2 and 40 meter communications for the annual Bozeman to W. Yellowstone snowmobile race.W7HAH 6 meters WAS award. Glacier-Waterton hamfest at Ft. McLeod Alberta July 18-20th. CDE Ham IV rotor was $175, Dentron GLA-1000B amp was $279, ICOM IC-255A 25 watt., 5 channel mobile was $389, 100 plain QSL cards cost $14, Cushcraft A3 was $170, Kenwood TS-120S HF rig was $700, Yeasu FT-901DM cost $1535

50 years ago – May 1950

Fred B. Tintinger, W7EGN was the Section Manager. The Butte Club paper, T1’R is good for plenty of chuckles. MHQ and ED were in QSO with KUX in Manhattan when a terrific explosion shook the shack at KUX. Erv (KUX) ran outside in time to see a fast freight train piling up. Thirty-four cars were derailed and emergency procedures for amateur traffic were immediately set up but none was necessary. However, the net did supply rapid on–the-spot news reports of the wreck to the local b. c. station. Ed is the EC for that area and an emergency drill had been run just few weeks prior to the wreck. The Gallatin Valley Amateur Radio Club is conducting a novice class in radio. Montana State College Navel Reserve Unit is licensed with the call K7NAV. CAL has abandoned n.f.m. and is back on a.m. The RCA WR-67A signal generator costs $50. A 6 volt Dynamotor costs $10. The Johnson Viking 1 costs $210. The WRL 400 Globe King costs $300. The Precision Series 40 multi-meter costs $25. The Millen 90651 Grid Dip Oscillator costs $55.

News From Around The State


Capital City Amateur Radio Club

The 2000 Governor's Cup Races will be held Saturday, June 3 here in Helena. CCARC has again been asked to provide amateur radio support for health and safety aspects of the event. Using voice and packet, we will be needing about 30 operators to cover the races and the tasks that we carry out. If any Butte hams are interested in helping out, have them contact me by e-mail or by telephone at 442-6118. We start radio work at about 0600 on a limited basis, and then really get busy after 0700 until about 1400, depending on the particular operator assignments.

Best always..73 Bob

Northern Rockies Weak Signal Group (NRWSG)

Bob, N7CZ of Great Falls has organized a new group dedicated to weak signal work on the VHF/UHF bands. They hold a net on 144.200 USB at 8:30Pm local time. Their web page can be viewed at:

Yellowstone Radio Club

Vince, KB7ADL and Bob, WB6EHV, gave a packet demonstration for the club and answered questions about the clubs linked repeaters.

From Jackson Hole WY

Wayne Mills, N7NG, to Join ARRL HQ Staff

NEWINGTON, CT, Apr 14, 2000--ARRL Executive Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, has announced that noted DXer Wayne Mills, N7NG, will join the Headquarters staff as Membership Services Manager, effective May 2. He succeeds Bill Kennamer, K5NX, who retired from the League last month.

First licensed in 1953 at age 10, Mills has served as the Rocky Mountain Division DX Advisory Committee representative since 1996 and as chairman of the ARRL DXAC since March 1997. He also served on the DXCC 2000 Committee. He is best known for his operating on DXpeditions over the past 15 years, most recently from the Chesterfield Islands TX0DX DXpedition.

Mills holds BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of California-Davis and just sold his two-way radio communication sales and service business in Jackson, Wyoming.

Hamfests & National Amateur Radio Events






Talk in: 146.88/146.52/447.7

Hours 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Contact Don Wilson, KC7EWZ for more information




JULY 14, 15, & 16 2000 Essex MT.
Talk In: 146.520

Hamfest Registration:
Florence MT 59832

Fathers Day Picnic

Fort Peck, MT

June 18th. 2000



May 19-21 ARRL National Convention, Dayton, OH

June 3 Governor's Cup

June 1-4 NW Division Convention, SEAPAC,

Seaside, OR

June 24-25 Field Day

Oct 14 GHRC Hamfest


Prizes Pledged in Frequency

Promotion Competition


NEWINGTON, CT, Apr 13, 2000--An ICOM IC-746 HF-VHF transceiver is among the prizes pledged by manufacturers for the club that does the best job of promoting Amateur Radio at a local theater screening the movie Frequency. The ham radio-related sci-fi thriller debuts April 28. Local show schedules could vary.

Other prizes and donors--to date and in no particular order--include a Heil Sound GOLDLINE studio microphone from Heil Sound; a KT-36 tribander from M2; an AR-147+ 2-meter mobile transceiver and PMC-100 desk mike from ADI; coaxial cable from Cable X-Perts; a Delta 4C desktop console coax antenna switch and video/book, Basic Technology for the Amateur Radio Enthusiast from Alpha Delta; a 40-meter double bazooka antenna from International Antenna Corp; and a DJ-V5TDC (clear-blue) dualband H-T from Alinco.

In addition, the ARRL will donate the choice of a 2000 edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs or Handbook CD-ROM to each participating club.

Premier/ADI Marketing Director Ken Collier, KO6UX, is enthusiastic about the movie's promotional potential. "As an Amateur Radio operator, it is exciting to see our hobby so prominently featured in a major studio movie like Frequency, and I see it as an incredible opportunity," he said.

Winners of the competition will be selected based on each club's written description of its promotional activity. The awarding of the prizes will be determined by a panel consisting of representatives of the manufacturers and suppliers who donated to the prize pool. The League has agreed to receive submittals for the competition.

The activity descriptions must be submitted no later than 5 PM Eastern Time on June 30, 2000, to Marjorie Bourgoin, KB1DCO, Field and Educational Services, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Clubs are encouraged to include a letter from their local theater attesting to how many people may have been reached through the promotion, but this is not an absolute requirement. Decisions of the awards panel are final.

Some clubs also may be able to get free passes to a sneak preview of the film. A field publicity representative for the film's distributor, New Line Cinema, said that select clubs in the top 50 markets where early screenings are being held will be offered the opportunity to get passes to sneak preview during the week of April 24. Clubs contacted may also be asked about their promotional activities for the weekend of the movie's release.

Clubs selected to attend a Frequency sneak preview will be contacted during the week of April 17. If available, passes would be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, at the discretion of New Line Cinema.

Clubs are being urged to contact their local theaters to inquire when Frequency will show in their area and about the possibility of on-site promotion on behalf of Amateur Radio. ARRL Public Relations Manager Jennifer Hagy, N1TDY, says some clubs are exploring or already have arranged promotional events. She notes that theaters sometimes don't have more than a week's notice of when a movie will be coming to town and advised clubs to be "geared up and ready to go" if an opportunity presents itself.

Frequency was directed by Gregory Hoblit. The movie uses ham radio as a plot device that lets a long-dead father (Dennis Quaid) and his adult son (John Caviziel) meet up on the airwaves--during the mother of all sunspot cycles. Eventually, father and son conspire in efforts to change the past. The ARRL was consulted in the interests of accuracy, but no League representatives have viewed the film.

For more information on "Frequency," visit


No Partial Calls Anymore (Newsline report)

Submitted by Mal Goose, N7GS


United States hams may not identify using only the suffix of their callsign, even if it is in the heat of battle trying to work a rare and exotic DX station. So says FCC ham radio rules enforcer Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. Newsline's Bill Burnett, KT4SB, in Miami has this report:
"Our position is that the practice of stations ID'ing with only the last two letters of their callsigns is not legal under Part 97." - Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH.
The not so gentle reminder of how the FCC expects United States hams to identify their transmissions comes in a letter to Alan Strauss, WA4JTK, of Carol City Florida. Strauss is a regular net control operator for the 14.247 MHz DX Group.
Hollingsworth recently wrote Strauss concerning complaints the 14.247 DX Group. The FCC has received complaints that this net monopolizes that frequency and interferes with ongoing communications when starting its net operations.
Hollingsworth's letter was primarily to tell Strauss that the case will remain open, and that the FCC will continue to monitor operations of the net.
Hollingsworth also reminded WA4JTK that Amateur frequencies are shared spectrum and a net has no greater rights than any other licensed operator on any given frequency. As such, a net has no right to take over a frequency from legitimate ongoing communications unless the frequency is voluntarily relinquished. If the frequency is not so relinquished, and the net changes frequency, it must exercise good Amateur practice in choosing an adjacent frequency that does not

disrupt the existing communications.
But it was in closing his letter to Strauss that Hollingsworth

has set the stage for another major change in the way all United States licensed hams operate. Since the advent of DX spotting nets in the 1970's, it has become common practice for hams to use only their callsign suffix when getting onto net list or contacting a DX station. This is especially true in pile-up conditions and most contest operations. Speaking on the RAIN Enforcement Log report, Hollingsworth and the FCC are saying no more:
"The problem with identifying by the last two letters of the callsign is that if the station is not acknowledged and the contact made with the DX station, then you have the station making a transmission, or maybe several transmissions, without a full identification." Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth says that the practice of identifying using only the last two or three letters of an Amateur callsign is a violation of Part 97 of the Commission's rules. That a station identifying by only part of its assigned callsign is not complying with the clearly written rules regarding station
identification, and such practice must not be condoned by Strauss or his group.
In other words, the FCC is ordering Strauss, and by inference, all other net operators to ignore any station that identifies by using only his or her callsign suffix. The FCC is also telling the rest of the ham community that there could be severe penalties if this warning is ignored.

>From Miami, Bill Burnett, KT4SB reporting for Newsline.


Hams Needed For Sweet Pea And Bridger Ridge Run

Submitted by Kay Newman, N7ZHN

The Big Sky Wind Drinkers will again be asking Ham Operators for help with communications in their upcoming summer events. The sweet Pea Run will be held Saturday, August 5th. Your help would be needed from 7 AM until about 9:30 AM or whenever the last runner gets in. About 4 operators would be sufficient. The Bridger Ridge Run is August 12th and most positions involve a longer period of time. Six operators are probably enough. Some of the Bridger Ridge Run volunteers will have to do some hiking. Call Kay, N7ZHN, at 586-5543 if you can help.


News From The ARRL


ARRL Web Access Disrupted by Cyber-Vandal

NEWINGTON, CT, Apr 25, 2000--Access to the ARRL Web site ( was disrupted early Monday by an unknown individual when those attempting to connect to the site were shunted to another site, apparently in Canada. Some who attempted to access the site today were greeted by an obscene message and the statement "Pirate radio 4 life baybee."

ARRL Information Services Department Manager Don Durand said the League's "" domain name was illegally modified at Network Solutions--which registers domain names--and redirected to the bogus site. "Network Solutions was promptly notified of the illegal change, and they, in turn, returned our record to the correct settings," Durand said.

While Network Solutions was alerted to the problem yesterday morning, Durand said it takes up to 48 hours for the various name servers on the Internet to update their records. "At this time, we're simply waiting for that propagation to be completed," he said.

The ARRL Web site itself was not "hacked," and no ARRL files were damaged as a result of the vandalism. "Our domain was hijacked at Network Solutions," Durand emphasized. "At no time was our Web server compromised."

The vandalism did disrupt e-mail service to League staff and officials, however. Mail service was returning as servers were updated. The ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service was not affected.

ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, said the League intends to investigate the disruption through all possible means. Haynie promised that the perpetrators, if caught, would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


FCC Invites Closer Partnership with Official Observers

NEWINGTON, CT, Apr 5, 2000--ARRL Official Observers will be encouraged to play a more regular role in Amateur Radio enforcement, now that the FCC has established a credible Amateur Radio enforcement presence.

"It's really up to the Amateur community and to the OOs as to how much we want them to come in and start playing a role," Special Counsel for Amateur Radio Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth said.

His remarks this week followed a discussion on the role of Official Observers during a recent meeting of the ARRL Enforcement Task Force. The League invited Hollingsworth to attend the meeting to compare notes with him and to stress that the League wants enforcement to remain an important FCC initiative.

Since taking over the amateur enforcement helm some 18 months ago, Hollingsworth has said he first wanted to re-establish the FCC's enforcement credibility before encouraging greater participation by the OOs. Hollingsworth told the Task Force that when the ARRL felt the FCC's credibility was re-established, the FCC would be ready to ask the OOs for more help. The Task Force concurred that the time was right to gradually fold the Official Observers back into the enforcement blend.

"The FCC is in this with them--we're all in the same boat," Hollingsworth said this week. He said he's been able to make good use of information supplied by Official Observers in amateur cases and described one recent submittal as "the best-prepared complaint that I've seen in 10 or 15 years."

Hollingsworth has told the Enforcement Task Force that OOs can often help him to fill the gaps in cases he's already familiar with. He said he plans to more actively seek OO information and expects to further supplement his efforts with assistance from the FCC's High-Frequency Direction Finding facility in Columbia, Maryland.

"Those out there who insist on violating the rules are starting to realize that 99.9% of the amateur community want it straightened out and they want a good solid, healthy enforcement program," he said


Newsletter Articles Needed!

As your newsletter editor, I’d like to ask the age old plea for articles and information. Anything you might have that would be of interest to other hams is what I’m looking for to include in our monthly newsletter.

If each of you could contribute just one thing once a year, I’d have enough material to fill every page of this newsletter.

Some of the things you could write about are: Antennas, Dxing, Emergency Services, Public Service, License upgrade experiences, Operating experiences, Contesting and the list goes on.

Contributions from magazines and other electronic media are also welcome. If you find something that you feel would be of interest to our club from the Internet, please forward it to me and I’ll see if we can get it in the Newsletter for everyone to enjoy.

Please send your newsletter articles and information to:

Newsletter Editor,

Lyndel Thiesen N7LT



New GHRC web page host found


After a short look for a new web page host, one has be located! Ron Schimpf, KD7FVR, has graciously accepted the title of "The Gallatin Ham Radio Club, W7ED, web page host."

Ron, who is also the secretary for the club volunteered to learn how to do web pages! We should all be so generous to the club! Vise President Cory, KC7MRQ, has volunteered to help Ron create web pages and give pointers along the way as Ron learns all about designing web pages for the first time. Thanks Ron for stepping up to such a large task!

For all of you who are wanting to know where the April issue of the newsletter is? It was printed and mailed to those who request paper versions of the newsletter a long time ago. Due to the changing of the guard on the web page, it’s going to take some time for all of us to adjust to some new changes. Please be patient with us as we get the electronic version of the newsletter back on line. Keep checking the clubs web site, it’ll show up soon.

73 Lyndel, N7LT


FCC to General Licensees: Stay Out of Advanced Subbands!

NEWINGTON, CT, Apr 19, 2000--The FCC says a lot of newly upgraded General class licensees have begun asking if they may operate in the current Advanced class subbands now that the new amateur rules are in place. "The answer is: Absolutely not," said the Bill Cross, W3TN, of the FCC's Public Safety and Private Wireless Division. "No privileges changed for any license class."

Cross pointed out that the Advanced class license did not cease to exist under restructuring, which went into effect April 15, although the FCC no longer accepts applications for Novice or Advanced class licenses. He said current Generals do not earn Advanced class privileges until they upgrade to Amateur Extra class, at which point they earn both Advanced and Extra privileges.

The FCC also says General class operators may hold only Group C (1x3) or Group D (2x3) call signs, as it was under the old rules. Generals are not entitled to apply for or hold Group B (2x2) call signs under the new rules.

Cross cautioned newly upgraded licensees to check the revised Part 97 rules carefully to make sure they're not operating beyond their privileges. "Now that they've gotten the license, it's time to look at the real rules," he said.

Amateurs further are reminded that in order to apply for upgraded volunteer examiner privileges or for a vanity call sign reflecting new license status, a licensee first must have been issued an upgraded license grant by the FCC. Interim privileges conveyed by a Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination--or CSCE--are insufficient for these purposes.

Revised FCC Part 97 rules are available on the ARRL Web site at

The FCC today released the Errata to its December 30, 1999, Report and Order on restructuring. The Errata incorporate minor errors contained in the original R&O and already made in the version of the new rules that appeared in The Federal Register earlier this year.


May 2 N7ODN July 4 (open)
May 9 KC7EWZ July 11 KC7EWZ
May 16 WA7U July 18 (open)
May 23 KC7PEM July 25 (open)
May 30 W7OIQ

June 6 (open)
June 13 KC7EWZ
June 20 WA7U

June 27 (open)

If you’ve not signed up as a net control operator yet, please do so! As members of the GHRC, each of us should take at least half an hour each month to help run the net. This is a very small sacrifice of time which greatly enhances the quality of our net and club.

If you’ve never run the net before, contact either KC7EWZ, Don or N7LT Lyndel for an outline on how to run the net. All you have to do is substitute your call sign and you’re ready to be net control. Running the net is a great experience which will help prepare you for participating in emergency communications.

The net is every Tuesday evening at 8PM on 146.88.