August 2015

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Jack Ciaccia, WMØG

ARRL CO Section Manager

PO Box 21362

Boulder, CO   80308-4362

303-587-0993  (Cell)  

Email: wm0g@arrl.org


ARRL Section Manager Responsibilities




Denver Radio Club Hamfest – The BIG ONE!

Thanks for supporting our 2014 Hamfest!
We had over 500 Attendees.

Please join us for the 2015 D.R.C. Hamfest:

Sunday, August 16th, 2015, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Jefferson County Fairgrounds
15200 West 6th Avenue
Golden, CO 80401

View Map

Talk-In on 145.49- 100Hz. tone; and 448.625- 100 Hz. tone

Admission: Only $6.00 (Children under 13 are free with a paid adult).

Sellers’ Tables: $12.00 prepaid by Aug. 9th, or $16.00 at the door – if any tables are still available. (Sellers may start setting up at 7:15 am)

Click Here for the Sellers’ Table Reservation Form and Site Location Map
(in Adobe PDF file format, 104 kB download size)

Click here for the proposed Table Layout Plan.
(in Adobe PDF file format)
This layout is subject to change prior to the hamfest.

Get your first F.C.C. Amateur Radio License, or upgrade your existing license.

10 AM – VE Testing Session, by the DRC VE Team

Technical Forums: We are presenting a number of exciting technical forums during the 2015 Hamfest. These forums are open to all attendees showing proof of paid admission (hand stamp).

The Tech. Forums will be announced here as the topics & schedule are determined. Please check back. 

The Technical Forums and VE Testing sessions will be held in the conference rooms on the north lower level.  Access is via the stairs at the north east corner of the building. Follow the arrows.

For more information contact: Bryan Steinberg, KBØA 303-987-9596
E-Mail to: drcfest@w0tx.org


USA / IARU Region 2 Direction Finding Championships — August 27-30 

Another high-profile amateur radio event will be taking place within our Rocky Mountain Division this summer!  If you are involved with or have been interested in radio direction finding (also known as transmitter hunting, fox hunting, etc.) then this nearby opportunity is for you.

Registration is open for the 15th USA and 8th IARU Region 2 Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) championships, August 27-30, in Elbert, Colorado. The event will take place at the Peaceful Valley Scout Ranch, a 3300-acre site at 7000 feet elevation, about 40 miles southeast of Denver.

An optional ARDF “training camp” will take place on Monday through Wednesday, August 24-26, just prior to the competition, with separate morning and afternoon sessions planned for each day. Participants may attend as many sessions as they wish. Training sessions will concentrate on how to take reliable bearings, interpret reflected signals, and determine likely transmitter locations, as well as on course strategies, route choices, and other essentials for success.

The championship competition begins on Thursday, August 27 with foxoring — a combination of RDF and classic orienteering on 80 meters, in which participants navigate to marked locations on their maps where very low power transmitters can be found nearby. A 10-transmitter short-course sprint competition on 80 meters will take place the next day.

The classic full-course 2 meter main event gets under way on Saturday morning, with five transmitters in a very large forest. The banquet and awards presentation follows that evening. A similar full-course 80 meter main event takes place Sunday morning, with an awards presentation to follow.

ARDF championship rules are set by the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). Participants are divided into 11 age/gender categories. In classic ARDF championships, competitors start in small groups made up of different categories. Working independently, they navigate through the course — a distance of between 4 and 10 kilometers — seeking hidden transmitters. They plot their direction-finding bearings on provided orienteering maps that show terrain features, elevation contours, and vegetation type.

The USA ARDF Championships are open to anyone of any age who can safely navigate the woods by themselves; a ham radio license is not required. Participants compete as individuals and bring their own direction-finding gear to the events.

Early registration ended on June 30, but there is still time and space to be a part of this event.  Visit http://www.homingin.com/farsnews.html#colo15 for more information and
to register.

For the latest updates about this event, participants and others interested in these championships can subscribe to an email reflector by sending a blank e-mail tousa2015ardf-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.
Direct inquiries to the event organizers can be sent to ardf2015@homingin.com.

(Thanks to ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding Coordinator Joe Moell, KØOV)


Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Senate Companion Bill Introduced 

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 continues to gain steam, now with equivalent bills introduced and referred to committees in both the US House as well as the US Senate.  More than ever, ARRL members and all hams are needed to throw their support behind these bills by contacting their Representatives and Senators and requesting that they co-sponsor this legislation.

As of this writing, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R.1301) presently has 87 co-sponsors in the House, due in no small part to ARRL members across the nation writing and emailing their Representatives to request their support.

With the Senate companion bill (S. 1685) now introduced, it is now time to contact our Senators and request that they too co-sponsor the Act.

For background, Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R.1301 and S. 1685), both bi-partisan bills, would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.  These bills would accomplish that.

This is a critical issue to the future health of Amateur Radio.  While you personally may not be subject to CC&Rs, many amateur radio operators are, and the number of those affected is increasing significantly.  In 1970, there were approximately 2.1 million residents affected by CC&Rs.  By 2011, a mere four years ago, 62.3 million were affected.  Whether or not you are currently affected by CC&R’s, I ask that you to support this effort on behalf of all amateur radio operators in the United States.

If you have not already written or emailed your Congressman or Senators, please spare a few minutes to do so.

ARRL staff, officers, Directors, and Vice-Directors have been busy personally visiting members of both Congress and their staff in Washington DC to convey the importance of this legislation and to seek their support as co-sponsors.  An equally strong grassroots effort fueled by these Representatives’ and Senators’ constituents (that is,
You and every ARRL member back at home) is the other crucial part of the equation needed for H.R. 1301 and S. 1685 to gain the visibility and support it needs and move through the political process on Capitol Hill.

How can you help?  By sending (1) a signed hard-copy letter to ARRL for personal delivery to your Representative and Senators, and (2) a follow-up email directly to your Representative and Senators.  A suggested template is available on the Rocky Mountain Division website (www.RockyMountainDivision.org), or you may certainly compose your own personal correspondence.

(Note: Letters and emails do not need to be sent to Rep. Ed Perlmutter or Rep. Mike Coffman since they are already co-sponsors of H.R. 1301.)

Because it takes an extremely long time for snail-mail to be delivered to Congress due to security screening, and because ARRL officers, Directors, and staff who are making personal visits to Congressional offices in Washington DC can personally deliver packets of constituent letters directly, we recommend sending your hard-copy letter to:

Attn: Amateur Radio Parity Act grassroots
225 Main Street
Newington, CT 06111

If you don’t know your Representative or Senators, or to locate the web form for sending your follow-up email, please refer to these links:


More information about these bills can be found on ARRL’s website at

Thank you for doing your part to make this important amateur radio legislation a reality for our amateur radio community.


What will HR 1301 do?

Most importantly, it will ensure that every ham in the US, regardless of the community they live in, will have the opportunity to practice their avocation from their own homes without breaking any rules or fear of reprisal.

If enacted, it would direct the FCC to extend the the reasonable accommodation protections to those amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities. Known as “CC&Rs” (covenants, conditions and restrictions) these are the prohibitions and limitations placed on properties by builders or homeowner associations (HOAs) which prevent licensed Amateurs from erecting even modest antennas.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act would not give Amateurs “carte blanche” to do whatever they wished. It would require HOAs and other private land use regulations to extend reasonable accommodation to Amateurs wishing to erect antennas.

Now we need to work on getting Congressmen Ken Buck (R-04), Mike Coffman (R-06), Douglas Lamborn (R-05), Jared Polis (D-02), Scott Tipton (R-03) and Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-01) to sign on as well. So, if you are a constituent of any one of these legislators, please drop them a note or call them or visit them to tell them of your concern.

Also, please drop a note, email or call Congressman Perlmutter thanking him for his support on this important Bill. Especially those of you in his District (Jefferson County). His contact info is:

Office: 303-459-4729
Fax: 303-233-3530

Mailing Address:
3440 Youngfield St. #264
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033


Colorado’s PRB-1 Bill

Colorado’s PRB-1 Bill – SB 15-041 presented by Senator Chris Holbert and Rep. Kevin Van Winkle, passed House and Senate Government committee unanimously without amendments. The Bill went on to a second and third reading and again passed unanimously without amendments. The Bill was signed into Law on March 13, 2015 by Governor Hickenlooper. Special thanks to Robert B. Wareham NØESQ, our ARRL Colorado State Government Liaison for getting the Bill written and introduced by Senators Holbert and Van Winkle as well as testifying in committee.

Summarized History for Bill Number SB15-041

(The date the bill passed to the committee of the whole reflects the date the bill passed out of committee.)

01/07/2015 – Introduced In Senate – Assigned to Local Government
01/20/2015 – Senate Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended – Consent Calendar to Senate Committee of the Whole
01/23/2015 – Senate Second Reading Passed – No Amendments
01/26/2015 – Senate Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
01/26/2015 – Introduced In House – Assigned to Local Government
02/12/2015 – House Committee on Local Government Refer Unamended to House Committee of the Whole
02/18/2015 – House Second Reading Laid Over Daily – No Amendments
02/19/2015 – House Second Reading Passed – No Amendments
02/20/2015 – House Third Reading Passed – No Amendments
03/04/2015 – Sent to the Governor

The full text of this legislation can be found HERE


Here is the bill formulated by our ARRL Colorado Section Government Liaison, Robert Wareham, NØESQ that has been passed by the Colorado Senate and recommended without amendments and will now be presented shortly to the House for their approval. Thanks to Senator Chris Hobart (R) and Rep. Kevin Van Winkle (R) House District 43. The ARRL Legal Counsel, Chris Imlay has also presented legal case precedents to be introduced as well. This should help hams considering tower installation to have the state adoption of PRB-1 pre-empt onerous local city and county antenna rulings. This will allow PRB-1 to be introduced and decided at County Court proceedings versus having to be brought before the much more expensive Federal Court to be argued. Similar bills like this have been passed in 31 other states, so far.

First Regular Session
Seventieth General Assembly
LLS NO. 15-0339.01 Gregg Fraser x:4325


 Senate Committees House Committees
Local Government

Van Winkle,


Bill Summary
Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced and does not reflect any amendments that may be subsequently adopted. If this bill passes third reading in the house of introduction, a bill summary that applies to the reengrossed version of this bill will be available at http://www.leg.state.co.us/billsummaries.
The federal communications commission (FCC) currently limits the authority of local governments to regulate amateur radio communications. Any local government regulation must be based on health, safety, or aesthetic considerations, must be crafted to reasonably accommodate amateur radio communications, and must represent the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish a legitimate purpose of the local government. This federal preemption is contained in a memorandum opinion and order from the FCC known as “PRB-1”. The bill specifies that no local government shall enact or enforce an ordinance or resolution regulating amateur radio antennas that fails to comply with the restrictions contained in the PRB-1.

 Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Colorado:
SECTION 1. In Colorado Revised Statutes, add 29-20-109 as follows:

29-20-109. Local government regulation of amateur radio antennas.




SECTION 2. Act subject to petition – effective date. This act takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on the day following the expiration of the  ninety-day period after final adjournment of the general assembly (August 5, 2015, if adjournment sine die is on May 6, 2015); except that, if a referendum petition is filed pursuant to section 1 (3) of article V of the state constitution against this act or an item, section, or part of this act within such period, then the act, item, section, or part will not take effect unless approved by the people at the general election to be held in November 2016 and, in such case, will take effect on the date of the official declaration of the vote thereon by the governor.


Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 introduced

Call to Action

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 (H.R.1301) has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 of the original co-sponsors from last year’s H.R. 4969 legislation immediately signing on.

H.R. 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal preemption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

This is a call to action for all ARRL members to once again contact your US House member and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor.

ARRL staff, officers, and board members are planning to personally visit members of Congress and their staff in Washington DC to convey the importance of this legislation and seek their support as co-sponsors. An equally strong grassroots effort from each Representatives’ constituents (that is, every ARRL member and ham back at home) is the other much needed part of the equation for H.R. 1301 to gain the visibility and support it needs to move through the political process on Capitol Hill.

To learn who your Representative is and obtain their contact information (email or mail), please visit http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/ and enter your zip code.

Additional details about H.R.1301 including talking points, a list of current co-sponsors, sample email or letter text, and more can be found at www.arrl.org/hr-1301

If you wish to express your support for H.R. 1301 to your Representative by signed letter, please read the sections pertaining to letter writing and delivery on the ARRL web link provided above carefully.

(ARRL is currently engaging members and staff in the US Senate to develop support for a companion bill. Please do not reach out to your Senators quite yet.)

Finally, if you happen to know your Representative or Senators (or any of their staff) personally, please contact Brian Mileshosky N5ZGT immediately.

ARRL Rocky Mountain Division
Director: Brian P Mileshosky, N5ZGT

What will HR 1301 do?

Most importantly, it will ensure that every ham in the US, regardless of the community they live in, will have the opportunity to practice their avocation from their own homes without breaking any rules or fear of reprisal.

If enacted, it would direct the FCC to extend the the reasonable accommodation protections to those amateurs who are living in deed-restricted communities.  Known as “CC&Rs” (covenants, conditions and restrictions) these are the prohibitions and limitations placed on properties by builders or homeowner associations (HOAs) which prevent licensed Amateurs from erecting even modest antennas.

The Amateur Radio Parity Act would not give Amateurs “carte blanche” to do whatever they wished. It would require HOAs and other private land use regulations to extend reasonable accommodation to Amateurs wishing to erect antennas.

Here are the names and addresses of our legislators here in Colorado:

Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO)
1433 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-2161

Sen. Michael Bennett (D-CO)
458 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5852

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO)
B40B Dirksen Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5941






Dear Representative _____________:

I am a constituent in your District and I want to bring an issue to your attention. I am a federally licensed Amateur Radio operator, one of nearly three-quarters of a million licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the United States.

We provide communications support for, and participate in public service events on behalf of our communities. During and in the aftermath of disasters and emergencies, when other forms of communications are unavailable, we provide communications for first responders and Federal, state and local governmental agencies and non-governmental agencies, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army; for the United States Military through the Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS); and to our neighbors when communications systems are overloaded or fail. Radio Amateurs contribute to the future of telecommunications as we participate in the development of innovative technology in this digital age. Amateur Radio is non-commercial, and we provide our services at no charge to anyone.

We cannot do any of these things, however, unless we can erect an outdoor antenna at our residences.

Recently, a bi-partisan Bill, H.R. 1301 – “The Amateur Radio Parity Act”, was introduced by Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) with Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) and eleven additional original co-sponsors.  HR 1301 directs the FCC to extend their existing PRB-1 regulations of “reasonable accommodation” of Amateur Radio communications to include private land use regulators. This would afford us the ability to negotiate with homeowner’s associations in residential developments. Private land use regulations routinely include restrictions that completely preclude Amateur Radio communications operators from installing any type of outdoor antenna system. The “reasonable accommodation” policy has for 30 years applied to municipal zoning ordinances. This Bill would extend the policy to operators living under private land use restrictions. The FCC has asked Congress for guidance in this area and this Bill provides it.

As your constituent, I am asking that you support the bill by signing-on as a cosponsor. Please contact Rep. Kinzinger’s office to do so. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, attention Dan Henderson, at 860.594.0236. Thank you.




Q. Where should I mail my signed letter to my Congressperson?

A. Once you have your letter written and signed they can be mailed to ARRL for hand-delivery to your Representative’s office.  The mailing address is:


ATTN: Legislative Action Letters

225 Main St

Newington, CT 06111

Q. Why are we asked to send letters to the ARRL Consultant to deliver to our members of Congress?  Why should I do that instead of contacting my member directly?

A. There are several reasons.  First, when letters from constituents are hand-delivered to a Congressional office, it gives our Washington team the opportunity to have some direct “face time” with the Congressperson and/or their key staff. Hand delivering a stack of letters supporting a bill makes a greater impact than having those letters trickle in through the US mail system.

Because of security concerns, when you mail a letter to your member of Congress, it is automatically directed to a warehouse in Maryland for security screening, including tests for possible dangerous substances.  This can delay delivery of even routine letters by up to six weeks.


5 Year old passes Technician Class Exam

Recently, 5 year old Colton Ragsdale became the youngest ham in Colorado… He is now officially licensed as KEØCRD. He also has become a Life Member of the ARRL!! Check out this video from our local NBC News Affiliate KUSA, Channel 9 in Denver…

Colton Ragsdale KEØCRD Interview


Youth in Amateur Radio

The August issue of WorldRadio Magazine has a great article featuring Carole Perry’s (WB2MGP) Youth in Amateur Radio Forum this year at the Dayton HAMvention. This was Carole’s 25th year of presenting the Youth Forum and for that I congratulate her. Once again, one of the Youth Forum presenter’s was from the BARC Juniors (Boulder Amateur Radio Club). Gary Bailey, KDØTRO, age 10 was the youngest speaker at the Forum and he WOW’d them with his presentation on “Radio’s and Components I have built and tested”. See the link below on this year’s Youth Forum and the talented young hams.

 World Radio Magazine – August 2013


The Internet hasn’t buried amateur radio, but some wonder:

Will young people keep the hobby alive?

Ham radio alive and well in Boulder County

By: Tony Kindelspire – Longmont Times-Call 



There is an excellent book called “From Crystal Sets to Sideband” written by long time Boulder Amateur Radio Club member, Frank Harris, KØIYE in 2002 and last updated in 2011. It’s a wonderful work of more than 400 pages starting with basic electricity working all the way up to design considerations for homebrew sideband rigs and beyond. Full of great photos, diagrams and humorous cartoons, it’s an entertaining read as well as a great reference sourcebook…and it’s FREE! KØIYE graciously and generously donated it to the public. Thanks to Four State QRP and QRPARCI it’s available to be downloaded and printed freely at http://www.wa0itp.com/crystalsetsssb.html 

A very nice write up about the author, Frank, KØIYE appeared in this World Radio Magazine Article in May 2011


ARRL Activities, Hamfests & Convention

Links to websites belonging to the above events are found on the Rocky Mountain Division site: http://www.RockyMountainDivision.org 
If you’re organizing a Hamfest, convention, or tailgate we encourage you to apply for ARRL-sanctioning. Sanctioning contains many benefits, and details can be found at http://www.arrl.org/hamfest-convention-application


is on line

The DRC posts a complete list of local ham nets on their site. The link is: http://www.w0tx.org/netlist.htm




In case you were wondering….

The Boulder A-Index Explained:

The geomagnetic A-index is derived from the K-index, which quantifies disturbances in the horizontal component of earth’s magnetic field, using a 0-9 integer scale.  K and A indices are indicators of ionospheric radio propagation conditions.

A value of 1 on the K-index indicates calm and 5 or more indicates a geomagnetic storm.  The K-index is derived from the maximum fluctuations of horizontal components observed on a magnetometer, during a three-hour interval.

The A-index provides an average level for geomagnetic activity.  Because K scale magnetometer fluctuations are non-linear, quasi-logarithmic, it is not meaningful to take averages for a set of K-indices.  Instead, each K is converted back into a linear scale called the equivalent three hourly range “a”-index (lower case “a”).  The daily A-index is an average of eight “a”-indices.

For many years, local hams had access to an A-index published for Boulder, Colorado.  Although the formal “Boulder A-Index” is no longer officially published, the magnetometer used to provide it is still operational.  Below, are web links to current Boulder A-index data.

12-Hour Boulder Magnetometer Monitor (USGS)

Planetary K index


One Response to Home

  1. Ulrich Hauser says:

    Thanks Jack for all the help. Especially in crisis but also throughout the year as a steady companion of knowledge.
    Ueli HB9TTI

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