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 FEBRUARY 2017 

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NEWS FROM THE COLORADO SECTION

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Jack Ciaccia, WMØG
ARRL COLORADO SECTION MANAGER

PO Box 21362

Boulder, CO 80308

303-587-0993  (Cell)  

Email: wm0g@arrl.org

WMØG Bio 

ARRL Section Manager Responsibilities

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ARRL Activities, Hamfests & Convention

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

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CONGRATULATIONS! Job Well Done

HAMCON COMMITTEE

2016 HamCon Colorado Committee

(Left to Right) Dick K8ZTT, Jack WØJMC, Gerry WØGV, Emit WØUAW, Cathy NØCRZ, Don WA9WWS, Scott WØKVA (Rear), Jocelyn KDØZVA, Dan NØPUF, Veronika, Tim WBØTUB, Eileen WDØDGL, John WØVG, Jeff KØRM, Doug N7LEM, Lisa KØLMH, Jack WMØG, Dan NØHF, Greg N1GEP, Ken KV5Y, Randall KDØSPP, Paul AAØK, Ben KBØUBZ, Diana KDØNPP, Dick ABØCD, Ann KAØZFI, Larry W9INE.

Not Pictured – Carol KØCVH, Bob KBØBS, Rob KCØUUO, Amanda K1DDN, Jeff KØJSC, Mike NØVBY, Dave KBØWVH, Perry W6AUN, Robert NØESQ, Joan KBØYRX, Wayne NØPOH

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Jeff Ryan, KØRM Appointed as Rocky Mountain Division Vice-Director

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(L-R) Dwayne Allen, WY7FD Rocky Mountain Division Director and Jeff Ryan, KØRM Newly Appointed Rocky Mountain Division Vice-Director

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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

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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
STATE OF COLORADO
INTRODUCED
LLS NO. 15-0339.01 Gregg Fraser x:4325

SENATE BILL 15-041

 Senate Committees House Committees
Local Government

SENATE SPONSORSHIP
Holbert,
HOUSE SPONSORSHIP
Van Winkle,

A BILL FOR AN ACT CONCERNING A REQUIREMENT THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENTS REGULATE AMATEUR RADIO COMMUNICATIONS IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN EXISTING FEDERAL PREEMPTION ESTABLISHED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION.

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 engrossed 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 fail 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.

NO LOCAL GOVERNMENT SHALL ENACT OR ENFORCE AN  ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION REGULATING AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNAS THAT FAILS TO CONFORM TO THE LIMITED PREEMPTION SET FORTH IN THE  MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER PRB-1 ENTITLED “FEDERAL PREEMPTION OF STATE AND LOCAL REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO AMATEUR RADIO FACILITIES”, 101 FCC 2d 952 (1985), ISSUED BY THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION AND FURTHER CODIFIED IN 47 CFR 97.15 (b). AN ORDINANCE OR RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY A LOCAL GOVERNMENT THAT REGULATES AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNAS SHALL CONFORM TO THE LIMITED FEDERAL PREEMPTION WHICH PROVIDES THAT LOCAL GOVERNMENT REGULATIONS INVOLVING THE PLACEMENT, SCREENING, OR HEIGHT OF ANTENNAS MUST:

 (a) BE BASED ON HEALTH, SAFETY, OR AESTHETIC CONSIDERATIONS;
(b) BE CRAFTED TO REASONABLY ACCOMMODATE AMATEUR COMMUNICATIONS; AND
(c) REPRESENT THE MINIMUM PRACTICABLE REGULATION

REQUIRED TO ACCOMPLISH THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT’S LEGITIMATE PURPOSE.

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.

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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

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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 

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AN EXCELLENT HOMEBREW BOOK

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

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DENVER RADIO CLUB COLORADO NET LIST 

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

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CURRENT SOLAR PREDICTIONS

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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 of 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

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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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