ISS upcoming event

“borrowed from ABC action news website”

 

 

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Do astronauts text their moms? Do astronauts work out? Have astronauts ever seen little green men?

In early March 2020, students at River Ridge High School in New Port Richey could ask NASA astronauts these very questions.

The school is one of just nine in the entire country that will communicate with the International Space Station using amateur radio.

“Space is one of those things that, no matter if you’re in chess club or a football player or a cheerleader, it brings us all together,” said teacher Linda Nowicki, who says almost every facet of River Ridge played a part in winning this special opportunity.

The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will supply the school with the expertise and equipment to make contact with the ISS.

Students will submit questions to win a chance to directly chat with the astronauts.

 

 

 

Elections at Nov. Meeting

 

This is it. ALL Gulf Coast members need to come to this meeting. This is the meeting where you will be electing people to fill the available positions in the club.

President
Secretary
Board member – 1 year term
Board member – 2 year term

Do not sit back and wait. this is the most important meeting of the year. YOU can cast your vote ONLY if you attend the meeting.

Any questions or comments about the elections please emai;
elections@gulfcoastarc.org

see you there.

Club Christmas Party Info

 

 

The December 2019 Board Installation meeting will be held on SATURDAY December 7th 2019 at 14:00, with the Christmas lunch to follow. This year the meeting will be held at, and the lunch catered by, the River Ridge Country Club 11022 Tee Time Cir, New Port Richey, FL 34654. As always family members are invited. The lunch will be a traditional turkey dinner with several sides. Each table will include 1 bottle of wine. There will be a cash bar available for those who desire.

Since this is a catered affair, and we need to provide a count to the Country Club, we will need to get your response if you will attend and with how many by November 17th 2019. Anyone who doesn’t respond, by the deadline, that they will attend the lunch will able to attend the meeting prior to the lunch, but will NOT be able to attend the lunch. Please reply to this email

secretary@gulfcoastarc.org

(meaning don’t send response to other email accounts you may have for me) if you are attending and how many guests will accompany you. If you do reply please include your full name as some people do not have their names in their email settings. We do not need a response if you will not attend.

For those who were in attendance at the meeting please note, River Ridge made contact after the meeting ended and advised there was a conflict on Sunday so we had to change to Saturday.

Frank Kaleyias

Secretary

GCARC

FCC Seeks to Streamline its Hearings Process

ARLB019 FCC Seeks to Streamline its Hearings Process
The FCC is asking for public comments on procedural changes that, if
adopted, would streamline many administrative hearings under the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended.
“Currently, these hearings typically are conducted like trials in
civil litigation and include, among other things, live testimony
before an administrative law judge, cross-examination of witnesses,
and an initial decision by the administrative law judge that is
subject to review by the Commission,” the FCC said in a Notice of
Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in EB Docket 19-214. The FCC said its
proposals “are designed to supplement the Commission’s current
administrative law judge referral process and promote more efficient
resolution of hearings.”
The NPRM can be found in PDF format at,
If adopted, the proposals would:
* Codify and expand the use of a process that would rely on written
testimony and documentary evidence in lieu of live testimony and
cross-examination.
* Enable Commission staff to act as a case manager that would
supervise development of the written hearing record when the
Commission designates itself as the presiding officer at a hearing.
* Dispense with the preparation of an intermediate opinion, whenever
the record of a proceeding can be certified to the Commission for
final decision.
According to the FCC, the proposed procedures would expedite its
hearing processes, consistent with the requirements of the
Communications Act and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) while
ensuring transparency and procedural fairness.
The FCC’s current hearing rules provide that “any hearing upon an
application shall be a full hearing in which the applicant and all
other parties in interest shall be permitted to participate.” The
FCC noted that it has, on numerous occasions, curtailed the use of
oral testimony and cross-examination in particular proceedings, in
order to expedite the hearing process.
“In our experience, disputes in Commission proceedings typically
involve criticisms by one party of the evidence proffered by another
party or the legal significance of that evidence, not actual
conflicts in testimony between two witnesses concerning
outcome-determinative facts,” the FCC said.
“We contemplate codifying and expanding the use of a written hearing
process that can be used in most adjudicative proceedings, including
those conducted by an administrative law judge. In particular, we
propose to authorize the presiding officer to conduct a written
hearing whenever factual disputes can be adequately resolved on a
written record.”
Among other proposed changes, the FCC would prohibit staff members
who have taken an active part in investigating, prosecuting, or
advocating in a case from serving as a case manager and from
advising or assisting the case manager in the same case.
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2019 Melbourne Hamfest

                                                                                              ;                                                                   ;

 54th Annual Melbourne Hamfest

and

ARRL Florida State Convention

sponsored by the

Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS)

Melbourne, Florida

October 11-12, 2019

Friday 1PM – 7PM
Saturday 9AM – 3PM

The Hamfest is Friday and Saturday ONLY!

Melbourne Auditorium

  625 E. Hibiscus Blvd

Melbourne, Florida

Talk in:  W4MLB on 146.85 -600KHz repeater – NO PL Tone

Prizes Every Hour

Major Prize drawing at 2 PM Saturday

Hamfest Table and Ticket Order Form

Auditorium Table Layout

Plenty of Inside Swap Tables

If you have just a few items to sell, PCARS will sell them for you On Consignment.
We will also accept donated items for sale by PCARS

Use this Form to Submit Items on Consignment or Donated Items

Amateur Radio Exams Saturday

Excellent Forums and Meetings

DXCC QSL Card Checking at the ARRL Table

Local Motels and Lodging in the Melbourne Area

Send us your request for more information

Via email to: hamfest@pcars.org

 U.S. Mail to:

PCARS Melbourne Hamfest

P.O. Box 1004

Melbourne , FL 32902-1004

ARES Summer meeting

WCF SECTION ARES LUNCHEON – SUMMER 2019
July 13 @ 11:00 – 12:30
Talkin: 145.330 MHz – W4HEM/R – PL 100.0 Hz.
Date: July 13 Time:11:00 – 12:30
Website: arrlwcf.org
ARRL West Central Florida Section
Website: http://www.arrlwcf.org
Sebring Diner
4040 U.S. 27 South
Sebring, FL 33870
WCF SECTION ARES MEETING – SUMMER 2019
July 13 @ 13:00 – 15:00 TalkIn: 145.330 MHz – W4HEM/R – PL 100.0 Hz.
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Highlands County EOC
6850 W. George Blvd. Sebring, FL 33875

Update Technician Privileges in a Digital World

ARRL Reply Comments Stress Need to Update Technician Privileges in a Digital World

05/01/2019In reply comments to the FCC (comments on comments already filed) on its Petition for Rule Making (RM-11828), ARRL has stressed that updating HF privileges for the entry-level Technician license “is the sole subject and intent” of the petition. ARRL filed its reply comments on April 29, urging the FCC to disregard comments irrelevant to its petition and maintaining that Technician privileges must be relevant within the context of today’s technological environment.

 

“[T]he increasingly rapid pace of change in communications technologies, coupled with the national need for self-training in science, technology, engineering, and math” necessitate the rule changes requested, ARRL asserted. “ARRL made its request because of the gap between today’s digital technologies and the privileges accorded the current entry-level Technician license.” ARRL characterized its proposal to update the rules as “balanced and modest.”

 

“If adopted, there would be no change to the operating privileges for all licenses classes other than those of the Technician class,” ARRL said. ARRL in 2018 asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, and 15 meters. The FCC invited comments on the proposal in April.

 

ARRL pointed out that some comments filed on its petition address subjects related to other open proceedings rather than expanding Technician privileges, citing comments cross-filed in such proceedings as WT Docket 16-239, RM-11708, RM-11759, and RM-11831. “Those filings should be considered in the proceedings that they address, rather than here,” ARRL said.

 

ARRL said some opposition appears based on fears of increased interference potential due to additional digital operation by Technicians. “It is improbable that all, or even a majority, of Technician licensees suddenly would develop a passion for the same digital technology,” ARRL said. “Our hope and expectation is that many will engage with digital modes on the high-frequency spectrum at issue, but it is unrealistic to suggest that every Technician licensee blessed with new privileges would suddenly appear on the same band.”

 

The comments note the development of very efficient digital modes such as FT8, which occupies just 90 Hz of spectrum per signal. “The experience with FT8 clearly demonstrates the attraction of the digital modes and the spectrum efficiencies that can be achieved,” ARRL said. “This is why opening up limited digital opportunities to new radio amateurs so clearly would serve the broad public interest as well as the specific purposes of Amateur Radio in experimentation and innovation, as enumerated in the governing FCC rules.”

 

ARRL further said that comments regarding disagreement on the definition of encryption for masking the content of certain digital transmissions also are “out of place in this proceeding” and “should not delay initiation of a proceeding” proposing to update Technician privileges.

 

“Technology has changed dramatically in the Amateur Radio domain, and the ARRL believes the requested Technician license enhancement would foster the regulatory goals for the Amateur Service and continue to increase amateurs’ historical experimentation and service in a meaningful way,” ARRL concluded.

Citrus Tour 2019

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

The 2019 Citrus Tour will be on May 4th and 5th, 2019.
We are in need of amateur radio volunteers, if you are an amateur radio operator come on out and help us with the event.
This is the closest you can get to emergency communications training, without the emergency.

go to their website for more info

http://www.citrustour.org/