The August 27, 2019 meeting for MCARC brings a
Presentation by K4ZDH, Riley Hollingsworth
The MCARC is very excited and privileged to welcome K4ZDH, Riley Hollingsworth. "Amateur Radio operators have provided the vital link time and time again, tirelessly and without fanfare, and you do so at your own expense. Your system is fail safe because it involves passionate individuals who have their own equipment and are dedicated to getting the job done and the message through." K4ZDH
I was first licensed in 1961 in SC as KN4ZDH, and I remember my first contact as if it were yesterday. Retired from FCC in 2008 (see QST magazine, September 2008, p. 48), and for the ten years prior to that it was my privilege to administer the FCC's enforcement program in the Amateur Radio Service. I enjoyed every day of my career at the FCC, but the Amateur Radio enforcement period was the greatest privilege of my life and gave me an opportunity to pay back in some way all of the joys and rewards Amateur Radio gave me.
From the ARRL
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, will oversee the development and implementation phases of ARRL's new Volunteer Monitors (VM) program, which will replace the Official Observers (OO) program. Hollingsworth, who once handled Amateur Radio enforcement for the FCC, has stepped down as ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest. The development phase of the program is already under way.
"I am grateful for the Atlantic Division ARRL members supporting me, but I think I can better serve the Atlantic Division and all ARRL divisions by working in the Volunteer Monitors program," Hollingsworth said in his resignation letter. A new Atlantic Division Vice Director will be appointed.
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH
ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said that Hollingsworth was the ideal person to lead ARRL's efforts in the development and implementation of this joint program with the FCC.
"I support Riley's decision to concentrate his efforts on this very valuable project on behalf of the ARRL," Roderick said.
Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors last July, the Volunteer Monitors will work in cooperation with the FCC. Volunteers trained and vetted by ARRL will monitor the amateur bands for possible instances of misconduct or to recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations or noncompliance will be directed to the FCC for action, in accordance with FCC guidelines. The program, which aims to re-energize Amateur Radio enforcement efforts, was proposed by the FCC following the closure of several FCC regional offices and reductions in field staff.
Hollingsworth has identified three phases to the program -- development, solicitation and training, and implementation. The development phase will include drafting a mission statement, clearly defining ARRL's and the FCC's requirements and needs as part of the program, drafting a Volunteer Manager job description, and developing a training manual for volunteers.
The solicitation and training phase will involve identifying the geographical locations where volunteer monitors will be most needed, soliciting applications, and screening applicants. Current Official Observers will be invited to apply for appointment as Volunteer Monitors (VMs). The ARRL Board has expressed its appreciation to the OOs for their dedicated volunteer service over the years.
Implementation will involve having the volunteers provide field reports, and ARRL staff offering guidance to volunteers to ensure that the information gathered meets FCC requirements. Continuing education will be provided to the volunteers as part of the program.
Hollingsworth has committed to ensure training adequacy for new VMs, to review the quality and utility of Volunteer Monitor submissions to the FCC for enforcement action, and to advocate for rapid disposition of cases appropriately submitted to the FCC.
Hope to see you at the MCARC meting - August 27
Elmer session starts at 6 PM.
The August Meeting at Sharpsville VFW
215 N Walnut St, Sharpsville, PA 16150
The Elmer session will start at 6 pm fellowed by the regular business meeting at 7 pm and a speaker.
August 27, 2019 Regular Meeting starts at 7pm
MCARC badges with logo are available from www.Jerichoprints.com / phone: 513-702-4641
This is the White Badge, W/LOGO
Wooden Call sign Badge may be ordered from:
The URL for the site http://www.gifts4hams.com/badges.htm
PLEASE be sure to include that you are with the Mercer County Amateur Radio Club.
Here are a few of the many activities planned for MCARC in 2019. Support your club by becoming a member.
Elmer Sessions - Ideas wanted. Step up show what you know - help others
Scouting Radio Merit Badge Saturday April 6th / Balloon Launch
PA Cyber Hosting a Balloon Launch in Somerset, April 27th / APRS tracking
Monthly Hospital Tests - Check in from home. Your signal report helps.
VE Sessions - Become a VE - Let candidates know where they can test
Fox Hunt - June Meeting @ Shelter 1 for Fox Hunt Demonstrations. Be the Fox June 30th 1:30pm
W3B Buhl Day - a great way to support the community
W3LIF Field Day - ELMER Classs. Bring friends, Picnic Food.
July Club picnic - July 23, 2019 at Buhl Park
W3LIF PA QSO Party - just outstanding radio fun.
Field Trips - Day trips coming your way. Need suggestions for the new year.
ACS Support for Events.
Balloon Launch and tracking from Somerset, PA on April 27 at 1 PM. NEW -The addition of a 440 repeater at W3LIF its happening.
NEW - The addition of a 2M (146.685) repeater in Grove City at the Grove City Medical Center
Amateur Radio Get together at Rosies in Greenville
Breakfast Saturdays @ Denny's 9:45am - 10am in Hermitage
November Sharpsville 5K on Nov. 9th
September 28th Penn State 5K Downtown Sharon at Penn State Shenango Club Picnic July 23ed at Shelter #4 in Buhl Park stating at 6:30 PM
Your Dues support expanding repeater operation and maintenance. Support your Club.
Thursday's at 9pm it's the W3LIF Soap Box Net 145.350. A friendly way to say hello. Early Check in for those on the go starts after 8pm ish.
+++++++++++++++++++ W3LIF expands coverage 145.350 and 442.675 repeaters are now linked full time. Thanks to KB3GRF, Jerry L Koewacich for his donation of the 442.675 repeater. For Mercer County Amateur Radio Club Local Nets Click the photo.
Mercer County Simplex Frequency is 146.550
Special Thank You to all who attended The MCARC picnic 2019 and to our Host Tim, K3LR for corrdinating the club supplying the Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, etc. To Carol, K3LEA for reservation of Shelter #4 and to all Club Members for their committment to be part of an event open to all Amateur Radio operators.
Mercer County ARC supports Radio Scouting. Our Club contact is Bruce, K3BEG. Want to learn more? Click on the Radio Scouting LOGO.
Monthly Test of Hospital Radios:
Dear MCARC members:
ACS/RACES/ARES conducts the monthly hospital tests on the last Friday the month, around 6:45pm.
Monthly, we need volunteers to go to the EOC for the test and at least one at each site committed to UPMC Horizon - Greenville, Grove City Medical Center, Sharon Regional and UMC Horizon - Farrell. It is good to have one better to have two available to go to a specific site. Then each month visit a different site so the operators know the location and operation of each radio at any of the hospitals.
ACS/RACES/ARES applications to be turned in ASAP
ARES Community Support of the Sharpsville Food Pantry November 9th - 5K Run/Walk.
Full Membership - $30
Family Membership - $40
Student Membership - $10
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Your Membership makes possible the operation and maintenance of the W3LIF repeater sites. - The Loan of Amateur Equipment - Voice and vote at meetings - Field Day Lunch and Sunday Breakfast. - The W3LIF Annual Picnic - Helps to off set the W3LIF Christmas Party Venu. Support Your Club.
Amateur Radio has so much to offer and as a MCARC member we want you to "own-it" as an ARRL Special Service Club (SSC). MCARC is recognized as a positive force to improve the visibility of Amateur Radio in the community, to assist in emergencies, to encourage training and to provide activities for the betterment of the membership and the Amateur Radio Service. The Club thanks all its members and what you do to become a ARRL Special Service Club. Lets keep moving forward in making Amateur Radio a positive force in our community.
Amateur Radio Exam:
Regular testing on the 2nd Saturday of the odd numbered month. September 14, 2019 @ 10:00am. Testing Location at McGonigle's 1615 E State St, Hermitage, PA 16148.
Walk-ins are welcome. There is a $15.00 testing fee due the day of the examination.
Anyone seeking a modification in testing procedures must contact VE Liaison Mike Varga, NR3C, prior to the exam session and provide him with a written doctor's excuse explaining the need for the modification requested.
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