“Regulatory: FCC Proposes to Fine Texas Radio Amateur $7000 for Malicious Interference
The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to James R. Winstead, KD5OZY, of Coleman, Texas, after determining that Winstead “apparently willfully violated” FCC rules by interfering with Amateur Radio communications. The Commission proposed a $7000 fine. The action was in response to complaints from other radio amateurs of intentional interference on 7.195 MHz.
According to the NAL, released February 19, an agent from the Commission’s Dallas Office on January 21 used direction-finding techniques to positively identify the source of the interfering transmissions as Winstead’s address. After monitoring the transmissions from the station for about a half-hour, the agent heard Winstead, an Amateur Extra class licensee, “replay multiple times short sentences or conversations that had just been transmitted, and occasionally speak the word ‘George.’”
“Mr Winstead replayed recorded conversations so frequently that other licensees were unable to complete their conversations,” the NAL stated. The agent estimated that Winstead disrupted approximately 20 minutes of conversation over a 30 minute period by making up to 15 minutes of short transmissions. The agent subsequently inspected Winstead’s station, observing that his radio equipment was tuned to 7.195 Mhz.
“During the inspection, Mr Winstead showed the agent how he recorded and retransmitted other amateur licensees’ communications,” the FCC said. “He also admitted that he intentionally interfered with amateur communications on 7.195 MHz and had an ongoing disagreement with another amateur licensee named George.”
The FCC said the evidence in the case was sufficient to establish that Winstead had violated Section 333 of the Communications Act of 1934 and Section 97.101(d) of the FCC Amateur Service rules. Both sections prohibit willful and malicious interference to radio communications. Citing its Forfeiture Policy Statement and Section 1.80 of the rules, the FCC determined that Winstead was liable for a $7000 forfeiture. “We caution Mr Winstead, however, that future violations of this kind may result in significantly higher forfeitures,” the FCC stressed. Winstead has 30 days to pay or contest the fine.
On his QRZ.com page, Winstead describes himself as “an electronics technician for about 27 years” and a ham for about 12 years.”
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Feb 20 2014
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Feb 11 2014
Sat Jan 18, 2014 9:31 am (PST) . Posted by:
You probably already have most of the equipment needed to work SO-50 and to monitor the ISS as it flies overhead!
There’s a Web site just for you – http://www.work-sat.com/Home.html
The four-page tutorial on the front page is a good start. You are also shown how to find out when the sat will be overhead, and the frequencies involved.
PLUS there are plenty of helpful people here, too, for you!
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Dec 19 2013
"Milestones: Voice of Russia — Former "Radio Moscow" — to End Shortwave Broadcasts
Voice of Russia (VOR), the former Radio Moscow during the USSR era, will cease shortwave broadcasts as of January 1, 2014. From the 1950s through the 1980s, the station, as Radio Moscow, was a virtual beacon for short-wave listeners (SWLs), many of whom gravitated into Amateur Radio. Voice of Russia currently broadcasts to 160 countries in 38 languages for an aggregate 151 hours per day on short and medium waves, on FM, via satellite, and via the Internet. Earlier this year shortwave transmissions were cut to 26 hours a day in all languages, down from more than 50 hours a day in 2012.
VOR, which claims to be the first radio station to broadcast internationally, will continue to broadcast online and via three medium-wave transmitters. In 2003 VOR was among the first major international radio broadcasters to launch daily broadcasts to Europe in Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM).
As a result of a decree signed earlier this month by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Voice of Russia radio company officially ceased to exist on December 9 and merged with several other state-run news agencies as part of Rossia Segodnya, a Russia-based international news service. Putin’s decree also abolished the State Fund of Television and Radio Programs, placing it under control of All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company." ARRL Newsletter
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Dec 13 2013
If you are a ham you can enter the GigaParts sweepstakes. They just had another winner and it was:
I try to remember to enter the sweepstakes each day.
Their next give away will be on March 29th of 2014 and will be Icom IC-7100.
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Dec 07 2013
COWTOWN HAMFEST 2014 RETURNS
Attention vendors and attendees, Cowtown Hamfest wants to remind you of our upcoming event. We ask that you to set aside the following days in January.
Cowtown Hamfest & ARRL North Texas Section Convention
January 17-18, 2014 at Lockheed Martin Recreation Area, 3400 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth, Texas 76109.
Times: Friday the 17th at 3:00 pm and will remain open until 7:00 pm.Saturday the 18th it opens at 7:00 am and will close at 3:00 pm. (Please note these time changes).
Vendors should contact Kevin Vickers at email@example.com for table spaces. Previous vendors must request their tables early in December to guarantee their positions. Tables will be released to all comers after that time. Available tables released by previous vendors will appear on the Cowtown Website and will be available through Kevin. Payment maybe made through PayPal or by check.
Pre-event admission tickets are discounted one dollar if purchased before the event and online through the Cowtown web site.
Volunteers wanting to work should contact David Forbes at KC5UYR@compuserve.com .
We are currently selecting educational programs. Those wishing to present a program should contact David Forbes at KC5UYR@compuserve.com .
We are pleased to announce our major vendors have again agreed to come this year. Check our website for particulars.
Our Mission is to provide the very best for our area amateur radio enthusiasts. We wish to thank all the folks that come to the Cowtown Hamfest for making it a success. Your attendance is the reason we provide the Cowtown, thank you.
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Nov 20 2013
Frequency Chart by Mike Rupprecht DK3WN
For the latest news check the DK3WN satellite blog http://www.dk3wn.info/p/
Also see the AMSAT Bulletin Board (AMSAT-BB) http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/
Follow the launch day chat on the #cubesat IRC channel see
Minotaur-1 Launch: Keplerian Two-Line Elements (TLEs)
Doppler.sqf data at http://www.dk3wn.info/p/?p=38470
Satellite tracking http://amsat-uk.org/beginners/satellite-tracking/
Frequency list for amateur radio satellite deployments in November
The above information is from AMSAT-UK.
"A large number of CubeSats carrying amateur radio payloads were launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Va., on Nov. 19, 2013 at 0115 UT. In total 29 satellites were on the rocket of which 12 operate in Amateur Satellite Service frequencies.
Radio amateurs from around the world have reported receiving signals from the satellites."
Small correction on the above information. The launch was November 19th here in the United States but they put the UT and that would make the launch on November 20th.
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Nov 19 2013
If you read the blog post yesterday then you know about Fox-1. You do read Howard’s Notebook right?
If you read the article and if you watched that 27 minute video then you know all about Fox-1 and all about CubeSats. If someone at work tomorrow or at school talks about the 28 CubeSat satellites put in orbit last night you can tell everyone all about them.
"(CNN) — Look to the heavens along the East Coast on Tuesday night, and you might be able to see the Air Force blast 29 satellites into orbit at once.
The 29 satellites, the most ever launched at one time, will be aboard a single Minotaur I rocket scheduled to lift off from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia at 7:30 p.m. They include the main payload, the Air Force’s Space Test Program Satellite-3, and 28 tiny satellites called CubeSats.
The CubeSats are aptly named. Also called nanosatellites, they are small cubes, about 4 inches on each side, weighing about 3 pounds and with a volume of about a quart.
Among the CubeSats is the TJ3Sat, built by the students of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia. It will be the first satellite made by high-schoolers to go into space.
Once in orbit, the "TJ3Sat will allow students and amateur radio users the opportunity to send and receive data from the satellite. Students and other users from around the world will be able to submit text strings to be uploaded to the TJ3Sat website," according to Orbital Sciences Corp, the developer and manufacturer of the Minotaur rocket…"
The TJ3Sat will be transmitting in SSB or CW on 437.32 MHz. It is NOT the Fox-1 satellite.
The TJ3Sat will transmit it’s call sign, KK4PHU, in morse code every ten minutes.
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Nov 18 2013
Wow.. great scanners …but the price is $500.00 for the portable and $600.00 for the desktop. I would have to win a lottery to afford one of them.
“The world of digital scanners will have two new models in 2014.
Uniden Corporation, the leading manufacturer of scanners, CB radios and wireless devices, has unveiled two radios sure to keep scanner buffs drooling – the portable BCD-436HP and base-mobile BCD-536HP.
The radios will retail for about $500 and $600 respectively, and will combine the ease-of-us features of HomePatrol 1 with the cutting-edge features of the BCD-996 and BCD-396, which are considered Uniden’s flagship scanners…”
Permanent link to this article: http://hnbbs.net/8326/ham/new-uniden-digital-scanner-radios/
Nov 15 2013
Wow…Just got an email from MTC here in Paris (TX) about this new radio. First I have heard about this radio.
Full assembled and tested, ready to use.
New final transistor RD15
DDS controlled, Minature LCD display with frequency
TX/RX: 5-21MHz, covering 60m, 40m, 20m,17m and 15m band (No TX on 30m)
1Hz, 10Hz, 100Hz, 1KHz, 10KHz, 100KHz tuning rate availabe
Dual VFO with 40 memories
Memory transfer to VFO
One tuning knob plus 4 keys to realize all functions such as Step, Mode, A/B, Memory/VFO, Memory to VFO transfer, etc.
Built in speaker, mic and PTT
Lithium battery pack:1600mah with charger
Enclosure size: 195mm(L) x 68mm (w) x 38mm (T)
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Nov 07 2013
“This Feed will Host Several Amateur Radio HF Nets Around the Nation…. Most Of These Nets Will Occur During the Evening Hours EST You May ONLY Hear one sided conversations from MY Station due to Band Conditions This is NORMAL. Many More to Come when we find them… Even Though this Station is Located in Dillon County, South Carolina. Stations can be Heard WORLDWIDE including YOUR current location We are using an Icom IC-R75 Receiver ONLY Antenna is a Dipole Hung at @50 feet between some Pecan Trees
If You got or want to Hear a Net on HF That does NOT confilct with the nets below…Please email me the Frequency, Day and EASTERN Time that the Net takes place…This is a First come First Serve Basics…ONCE a time slot is filled its gone…We can’t host conflicting nets during the same time slot…
Follow me on Twitter @WW_HF_Nets. We Will Tweet The Frequency you are listening too…
Thanks For Listening. Feedback is Welcomed.
Email me with any questions or concerns @ WorldwideHFnets@gmail.com
All Times Are Eastern
3.915 mHz – 7pm / 0000 UTC – South Carolina Single Sideband Net
3.923 mHz – 6:30pm / 1130 UTC – North Carolina Traffic Net
3.923 mHz – 7:30pm Daily / 0030 UTC – Tar Heel Emergency Net
5.330.50 mHz – Mondays at 8pm / 0100 UTC – Piedmont 60 Meters Net
7.251 mHz – Daily 8am til 1pm / 1300 UTC til 1800 UTC – SouthCars
14.300 mHz – The Maritime Mobile Service Network …”
The above feed is from K4KNJ in Fork (SC).
“Follow him on Twitter @WW_HF_Nets. He will Tweet The Frequency you are listening too…Thanks For Listening. Feedback is Welcomed. Email him with any questions or concerns @ WorldwideHFnets@gmail.com”
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Oct 31 2013
I am posting this as a warning. I think a great many people think they can get away with unlicensed operations using radio equipment. This should be a warning. Be very careful.
“Regulatory: FCC Fines Former Radio Amateur for Unlicensed Operation on 20 Meters
The FCC has fined Jared A. Bruegman, ex-KCØIQN, of Bolivar, Missouri, $500 for transmitting on 14.312 MHz without a license. Last February, the FCC told Bruegman in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) that it intended to impose a $10,000 fine, but in a Forfeiture Order released October 23, the FCC reduced the fine.
“Based on the financial documents provided by Mr. Bruegman,” the FCC said in its Forfeiture Order, “we find that there is a sufficient basis to reduce (but not cancel) the forfeiture to $500.” Responding to the earlier NAL, Bruegman had claimed the $10,000 forfeiture would “bankrupt” him, and he requested the FCC cancel the sanction altogether.
The FCC cautioned Bruegman that inability to pay is only one factor in its forfeiture calculations. “In this regard, we have previously rejected inability to pay claims in cases of repeated or otherwise egregious violations,” the Commission said. “Therefore, future violations of this kind may result in significantly higher forfeitures that may not be reduced due to Mr. Bruegman’s financial circumstances.”
The FCC said it affirmed the finding outlined in the earlier NAL that Bruegman had violated Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934. FCC agents in December 2012 observed an unlicensed radio transmitter operating on 14.312 MHz from a residence in Bolivar. Bruegman, the only person at home at the time, admitted to owning the radio transmitting equipment. “Based on the record evidence, which Mr. Bruegman does not dispute, we conclude that Mr. Bruegman willfully violated Section 301 of the Act by operating radio transmission equipment without the required Commission authorization,” the FCC concluded.
The FCC gave Bruegman 30 days to pay or make arrangements to pay the fine or have his case referred to the US Department of Justice for enforcement.
Bruegman had held a Technician class license from 2000 until 2010, when it expired. Bruegman did not renew the license, and it was deleted in 2012.”
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Oct 31 2013
SB SPACE @ ARL $ARLS001 ARLS001 RS0ISS Active on SSTV from International Space Station ZCZC AS01 QST de W1AW Space Bulletin 001 ARLS001 From ARRL Headquarters Newington, CT October 31, 2013 To all radio amateurs SB SPACE ARL ARLS001 ARLS001 RS0ISS Active on SSTV from International Space Station Dmitry Pashkov, UB4UAD, reports that the Amateur Radio slow-scan television (SSTV) experiment onboard the International Space Station has been active for the past couple of days on 145.800 MHz FM, mainly while the ISS is above Moscow. UB4UAD says that on October 31, RS0ISS will transmit SSTV images showing images from the life and work of the first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. Stations can view the SSTV pictures from the ISS by making a simple audio connection between the receiver output and the computer soundcard input and using one of the free SSTV programs, such as MMSSTV (for Windows systems) or the SSTV app (for Apple iOS devices). Details are on the AMSAT-UK website at, http://amsat-uk.org/2011/08/01/1490/. Failing a hard-wired connection, just holding a microphone connected to the PC soundcard in front of the receiver's speaker should provide sufficient audio to decode the SSTV signal. SSTV images from the ISS typically are in Martin 1 format. The ISS Fan Club website at http://www.issfanclub.com/ indicates when the ISS is within range. The Energia page at http://www.energia.ru/eng/iss/researches/education-26.html has more information on the SSTV experiment, which is designated MAI-75. NNNN /EX
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Oct 26 2013
Update and Correction – 10/28/2013
Due to an unacceptable increase in the rental of 404 Main Street the Tri County Amateur Radio Club had to move to the VFW Hall on North FM 730. The new site is very easy to get to, go North on FM 730 at 199 for 3 miles. The VFW Hall is on the left just past the traffic light at FM1542 or Reno Road. The address is: 11875 Boyd Rd, Azle, Texas
You can find directions at:
Talk-in will be on the 147.16 +600 KHz and 110.9 CTCSS.
We are sorry for the confusion but the move was unavoidable.
W5SJZ Yahoo Group
NCTECH Hamfest – Azle
Saturday November 9, 2013
8:00 am – 2:00 pm (GMT-06.00) Central Time (US & Canada)
404 W. Main Street – Azle (near Ft Worth)
details at http://www.wc5c.org
by Tri-County ARC
Presentations, forums, Lockheed VE Team testing, RACES, ARES, Swap meet…cheap vendor tables, free tailgate set up, $5/person admission, lots of door prizes…
Talk -in on 147.16+ 110.9
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Oct 18 2013
“The 56th annual Boy Scout Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA, where Scouts from around the world are able to talk to each other via amateur radio) will be held this year from Friday, October 18th through Sunday, October 20th. Even if you do not plan to participate in Score-O (which is also being held at SR2 on the same day), everyone should still feel free, and in fact, everyone is strongly encouraged to participate in the JOTA activities that will be offered all day Saturday at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch on Lake Bridgeport (note that the roads are closed between 1:00PM & 5:00PM on Saturday for Score-O, so plan any arrivals and/or departures accordingly). If you do come out, look for the activities to be located on the porch in front of the dining hall. We will operate several HF stations throughout the day on Saturday, primarily on the HF 20M band, but you might also look for us on 17M & 40M as conditions allow.
Our JOTA activities this year are once again extra special: just like last year, we requested and were granted authority to make use of the special amateur radio callsign N5J, which stands for “Newmans at JOTA”. This year’s JOTA operations are once again being dedicated to the honor & memory of the three members of the Newman family (John KA5WAL/SK, Cyndy, and JW KD5YIK/SK) that we lost in the fatal accident involving the crash of their private airplane a little over five years ago in July, 2008.
In addition, as in prior years, there will be a variety of activities held at the National Scouting Museum in Irving.
Here is a link to the World Organization of the Scout Movement (headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland) JOTA 2013 page:
And here is a link with more info from ARRL:
Hope to either hear or see all of you for JOTA 2013 !!
Mark J Culross, KD5RXT”
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