SMRA 40th Year Anniversary Banquet

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145.43 Repeater Net on 2016-08-01 Canceled

As Cumberland County EOC has asked SMRA to provide EMCOMM for tomorrow night’s political rally. I am cancelling the regular Monday night net on the 145.43 repeater so as to keep the frequency clear.
The 146.46 repeater is available in case anyone would like to convene an informal net.


The SMRA Adventure day Wrap-up

Well Gang,
The first SMRA Adventure day was fun! Scott, N3SW and I started our hike to the Flat Rock Overlook at08:00 Saturday morning. The weather was partly sunny with some humidity and a temperature of about 75 degrees. We were concerned that it was going to be a bit buggy but that never manifested itself.
The hike to Flat Rock is very steep with several long climbs. There are places that are so steep that you have to really watch your footing. The distance to the top is only 2.2 miles but it is very slow going. It took us just a bit more then an hour.
Once at the top, Scott used his Elecraft KX-1 QRP rig and made three contacts on 20 Meter CW using a telescopic whip antenna and a counterpoise. I set up my Yaesu FT-817 and Laptop computer in preparation for the SSTV and digital transmissions that we were going to make.
AT 9:00 AM, right on schedule, we started making contacts on the 145.43 repeater. Then for the next hour we made contacts on 2 meter simplex, 70 cm simplex, and successfully made our SSTV and digital transmissions.We had folks receive both of these.
Scott moved off the overlook proper and set up his Black Widow vertical in the forest about 25 yards away. There he made 2 additional CW contacts on 40 meters.
Since this overlook is very popular with hikers, we didn’t stay long. We had several hikers who were very interested in what we were doing and had an enjoyable chat with them. At about 1 PM, we broke down our equipment and hiked back down to our cars. I hope that everyone had as much fun as we did. Our contact log is attached to this message. I will have certificates ready at the next meeting.

Dick, WA3USG & Scott, N3SW

SMRA Breakfast Report for 14 Feb 15

Hi Guys and Gals…..we had 12 stations today that encompassed the following hams: KB3VID, WA3USG, W0BR, KC3EFN, KC3CAS, KC3CEK, W3SMF, KC3APE, KC3DXL, N3ACP, KC3CDL, and me W3HMS.

We measured several dummy loads brought by K3SWZ all of which showed fine SWR curves indicating a good load for a transmitter.

We will measure the rubber duck of KC3EFN with and without radials before/after the 17 Feb regular SMRA meeting.

KC3CAS and I continued the measurement of Matt’s fine new 2 m. J pole at my QTH and it now functions under SWR 1.6 from 144-148 MHz.

I have two J poles in my van that I can loan for abt 2 months, if that will help you, so pls see me at the Tues meeting.

Pls calendar 14 March for the next breakfast.

For Brandon…come try out rigs!!

For Ed…tnx tip on Romance, AR station with big signal….romance is not dead, HI!!

73, John, W3HMS, 14 Feb 15

SMRA Repeater information

Here is a link that allows you to check the terrain between two points –
Here are the coordinates of our three repeater sites:
  • Mt Holly Springs   145.43:  40.077940, -77.223794
  • Three Square Hollow  146.46:  40.221411, -77.532345
  • Lambs Gap   443.30:  40.305550, -77.007076
The 443.300 repeater is currently off the air. The repeater is located at a county facility on Lamb’s Gap – several years ago the antenna tower was snapped in half by a wind burst.  They determined the lower half was still safe to use.  Just last summer, we had new antennas / feedlines installed.  A couple of weeks ago, we checked the repeater and found it had no output.  Given the age of the repeater (70’s vintage), we decided to upgrade to a Motorola MSF-5000.   We expect to have it back on the air late spring.

FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy

ARLB004 FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into
Effect on February 17

Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper
license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The
Commission has maintained for some time now that the official
Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that
exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has
continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the
FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official
electronic authorizations, as it had proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as
part of its “process reform” initiatives.

Under the new procedures, licensees will access their current
official authorization (“Active” status only) via the ULS License
Manager. The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to
all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive
one. Licensees also will be able to print out an official
authorization – as well as an unofficial “reference copy” – from the
ULS License Manager.

“We find this electronic process will improve efficiency by
simplifying access to official authorizations in ULS, shortening the
time period between grant of an application and access to the
official authorization, and reducing regulatory costs,” the FCC
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) said. According to the WTB,
the new procedures will save at least $304,000 a year, including the
cost of staff resources.

In comments filed November 5, the ARRL had strongly recommended that
the FCC “give serious consideration to continuing a default
provision for sending an initial paper license document to new
licensees in the Amateur Radio Service, along with detailed, simple
instructions for how to make the elections set forth in the notice
relative to future modified or renewed licenses.”

The FCC said that applicants or licensees who include a valid e-mail
address under “Applicant Information” in the ULS will receive an
official electronic authorization via e-mail. New license applicants
who do not provide a FCC Registration Number at the examination
point will receive a printed license as well as an FRN and a
temporary password to access the Commission Registration System

The ARRL and other Amateur Radio commenters also worried that unless
a license document is printed on distinctive paper stock, its
authenticity could be questioned in such situations as obtaining
vanity call sign license plates. To address this, the FCC said the
watermark “Official Copy” will be printed on each page of an
official authorization that a licensee prints out from the ULS. The
WTB recently stopped using distinctive paper stock to produce hard
copy licenses and has been printing these on “standard, white
recycled paper.” The Bureau noted that the distinctive paper stock
it had used was six times more expensive than the plain recycled
paper it now uses.

The ULS License Manager now includes settings that allow licensees
to notify the WTB that they prefer to receive official
authorizations on paper. Once the final procedures go into effect
designating electronic access as the default, licensees can change
the ULS License Manager setting so that the Bureau will print and
mail a license document. Licensees also may contact FCC Support via
the web at, , or via
telephone or mail to request paper licenses.

The FCC rejected as “outside the scope of this proceeding” an ARRL
argument that Section 97.23 of the Amateur Service rules be amended
to replace “licensee mailing address” with other alternatives,
including e-mail, for use in Commission correspondence. The rule,
which requires that any licensee mailing address be in an area where
the licensee has US Postal Service access, has precluded FCC
issuance of location-specific call signs in such areas as Navassa
Island (KP1) and some Pacific islands.