The FARS Relay
Volume 30, Number 5 MAY 2000
May 19, 2000 7:30 THIS IS THE THIRD FRIDAY
Lawrence Pizzella WR6K, will return to finish his talk on the subject
of crystal radios. This will be the advanced part and deal more with the
technology. See the biography in the March issue of the Relay on the web
site if you haven't saved wait a minute you are saving these words of wisdom,
Field day, Field day, Field Day
We need your help. We are going to be operating at 2 Alpha this year
and will have some changes that will be announced at the next meeting.
If you have or know of anyone with a 1/2 or 3/4 ton pickup we need there
help in getting the Red Cross tower trailer to Arv's house and then to
the Field Day site.
All of our equipment that has been stored at Arv's ;house will be stored
after Field Day at Charles Arney's house and we need to give him a big
thank you for doing this.
We have had many members upgrade and special congratulations to each
May Board Meeting Minutes
The FARS Board held its monthly meeting on the evening of Tuesday, May
2, 2000. Present were Jack, WA6YJR, David, KD6WRG, Herb, KF6BKL, Howard,
KE6PWH, Dick, N6ATD, Mikel, KN6QI, Shel, N6RD, Charlie, KF6CUU, Omri, AA6TA,
and Martin, KD6WJW. The Board elected Omri, AA6TA, to be Radio Officer.
He replaces Mikel, KN6QI, who resigned from that position, but who will
remain on the Board as an at-large member.
Most of the meeting dealt with plans for Field Day.
Again, it was agreed that the size of the operation will depend upon
the number of members who sign up to participate.
FCC RULING IS "MOST SIGNIFICANT SINCE ADA"
Promotes Independence in the New Millennium
Today the FCC adopted rules and policies to implement Section 255 of
the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and Section 251(a)(2) of the Communications
Act of 1934, that require manufacturers of telecommunications equipment
and providers of telecommunications services to ensure that such equipment
and services are accessible to and usable by persons with disabilities,
if readily achievable. These rules will give people with disabilities access
to a broad range of products and services - such as telephones, cell phones,
pagers, call-waiting, and operator services, that they cannot use today.
Today's action represents the most significant opportunity for people
with disabilities since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities
Act in 1990. The rules adopted today require manufacturers and service
providers to design telecommunications equipment and services with the
needs of people with disabilities in mind.
The disability community has told the FCC of the frustration of not
being able to check the balance of a checking account using telecommunications
relay service, or not being able to tell if a wireless phone is turned
on, or not being able to use a calling card because of inadequate time
to enter in the appropriate numbers.
The FCC has received numerous reports from relatives of senior citizens
saying that their elderly parents could live on their own, if only they
had telecommunications equipment that they could use.
The benefits of increased accessibility to telecommunications are not
limited to people with disabilities. Just as people without disabilities
benefit from the universal design principles in the ADA and the Architectural
Barriers Act (for example a parent pushing a stroller over a curb-cut),
many people without disabilities will also benefit from accessible telecommunications
equipment and services. Indeed, many of us already benefit from accessibility
features in telecommunications today: vibrating pagers do not disrupt meetings;
speaker phones enable us to use our hands for other activities; increased
volume control on public pay phones allows us to talk in noisy environments.
We all benefit when people with disabilities become more active in our
communities and in society as a whole.
Statistically, most Americans will have a disability, or experience
a limitation, at some point in their lives. While 5.3% of persons 15-24
years of age have some kind of functional limitation, 23% of persons in
the 45-54 age range experience functional limitation. The percentage of
those affected by functional limitations increases with age: 34.2% of those
aged 55-64; 45.4% of those aged 65-69; 55.3% for those aged 70-74 and 72.5%
for those aged 75 and older.
Diverse telecommunications tools such as distance learning, telemedicine,
telecommuting, and video conferencing enable Americans to interface anytime
from anywhere. Congress intended the 1996 Act to provide people with disabilities
access to employment, independence, emergency services, education, and
Congress recognized the importance of creating employment opportunities
for people with disabilities with Title I of the ADA, which addresses the
employer's responsibilities in making the workplace accessible to employees
At a time when Americans are experiencing the lowest unemployment rate
in years, unemployment among people with severe disabilities is roughly
73%, and when employed they earn only one-third of [what] people without
disabilities [earn]. The rules the FCC adopted today give employers expanded
tools with which to employ and accommodate persons with disabilities.
Action by the Commission July 14, 1999, by Report and Order (FCC 99-181).
Chairman Kennard, Commissioners Ness, and Tristani, with Commissioners
Furchtgott-Roth and Powell approving in part and dissenting in part and
five issuing separate statements. Commissioner Furchtgott-Roth statement
will be issued at a later date.
Common Carrier Bureau contact: Ellen Blackler at (202) 418-0491, TTY
President: Jack Eddy, WA6YJR
Vice President: Howard Califf, KE6PWH
Treasurer: Shel Edelman, N6RD
Secretary: Martin Liberman, KD6WJW
Training Officer: Steve Stearns KF6OIK/AE
Radio Officer: Omri Serlin AA6TA
Newsletter: David Wilkes KD6WRG (See address below)
Board members: Dirk Thiele KE6ZUY, Dick Baldwinson N6ATD; Hans Neumann
KE6TGA; Herb Davidson KF6BKL, Omri Serlin AA6TA, Larry Moore KM6IU, Charles
Arney KF6CUU, Steve Stearns KF6OIK, David Wilkes KD6WRG.
K6YA Station Trustee: Stan Kuhl, K6MA
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Amateur Radio Newsline
FCC: Use Your Call -Not the Phonetics
The nation's top ham radio cop is putting the Amateur Radio Community
on notice. He says that you must use your full callsign -- not just phonetics
to identify your station. And in his weekly audio column on RAINREPORT.COM,
FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement, Riley Hollingsworth says that there
is a proper way to identify and the FCC expects everyone to abide by the
"We have been getting some questions, and I think you have too about
identifying with phonetics. Now I just wanted to point out that phonetics
are to assist the intended operator in understanding the callsign. They
are not a substitute for identifying. The identification rule is very simple,
and requires that the callsign be used in English. But now phonetics are
not callsigns, they are just facilitators. And it is particularly disturbing
to hear signals that are 30 and 40 over and the operator is using phonetics
that are repeated. Or only phonetics." Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth says that not only does identifying only with phonetics
not comply with the Amateur Service Rules, but excessive use of phonetics
is entirely unnecessary. This is not the first time that Hollingsworth
has brought the matter of proper identification to the attention of the
nations ham community. Last year a number of DX net operators became openly
agitated after Hollingsworth told them that partial callsign recognition
was OK -- but only if all stations identified properly according to the
FCC's rules. (FCC)
ARRL TO LOS ANGELES COUNTY: NO CHOPPERS AT 2.4 GHZ
Meanwhile the American Radio Relay League has reiterated its opposition
to a request for a declaratory ruling to the FCC by Los Angeles County.
This, to operate air to ground television links in the 2.4 GHz ham radio
band. Rick Lindquist, N1RL, of the ARRL Audio News has more: The ARRL is
continuing its opposition to attempts by Los Angeles County, California,
to obtain an experimental license permitting airborne microwave TV downlinks
(TVDL) in the 2402-2448 MHz range. Amateurs have a primary domestic allocation
at 2402-2417 MHz. In a filing with the FCC, the ARRL again asked the Commission
to deny the County's application. The LA County proposal, filed last August
9, seeks FCC authorization to develop a TVDL system for public safety purposes
using four 10-MHz channels at 2.4 GHz to transmit video images from helicopter
borne cameras for use by public safety agencies. The ARRL has called the
application a "foot in the door" toward gaining a permanent berth in the
2.4 GHz band. The League also has filed a Petition for Reconsideration
of the granting of a similar experimental application filed by the City
of Los Angeles. In a Reply to Opposition to Informal Objection filed in
late April, the ARRL reiterated that Los Angeles County has failed to justify
its experimental authorization request. The League said the County has
not provided any assurance that the TVDL system would not cause harmful
interference to amateur users. The ARRL also contends that it would be
impractical, if not impossible, to use frequency coordination, frequency
agility, directional antennas and other technology, as the County has suggested,
to cooperatively share amateur spectrum and still prevent unintentional
interference. The LA County proposal characterizes the 2402-2448 MHz band
as "underutilized" and asserts that current occupants, including Amateur
Radio and industrial, scientific and medical instrumentation, would not
suffer harmful interference. The League called the LA County monitoring
studies "fatally flawed" and said they don't reflect current band occupancy.
Citing ATV repeaters and video links as well as the impending Phase 3D
amateur satellite operation, the League said the 2.4 GHz band enjoys significant
use by the LA area Amateur Radio community. The League's Reply points out
that TVDL operation already is permitted in the public safety frequency
pool at 2450 to 2483.5 MHz. LA County is licensed for video operations
on a single 2.4 GHz channel but says it encounters conflicts with broadcasters.
I'm Rick Lindquist N1RL As we go to air there has been no comment on the
latest ARRL position statement from Los Angeles County or any of the other
cities that have signed the declaratory ruling request. You can hear the
complete ARRL Audio News in Real Audio or MP3 at: www.arrl.org
And now, with thanks to the ARRL, AMSAT, the CGC Communicator, the FCC,
The Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, RAIN, the Radio Society of Great Britain, the
VHF Reflector and Australia's Q-News, that's all from the Amateur Radio
Newsline. Our e-mail address is:
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Newsline is copyright 2000 & all rights are reserved.
Do visit the Newsline website. There are many interesting domestic and
international links and information about lightning and powerline safety.
NOTE: The newsletter is skimpy this month. I really did not have a
lot of input and I had to spend a lot of time cleaning up after a virus.
It was not the lovebug virus. This one went past McAfee and Norton. The
problem was it was an old virus not supported in the antiviral software
How to get to meetings:
(Visitors always welcome)
FARS meets at the Covington School District building, 201 Covington
Road, Los Altos. Take the El Monte exit (The same exit as for the Foothill
Fleamarket) off of I-280 and go East on El Monte. Cross Foothill Expressway
and turn right at the next light on to Covington (Note Saint William church
on corner). Stay to your left as the road forks. Just past the fork, turn
left into the school parking lot. Walk through the center hallway and turn
right. The meeting room is the first door on the left. Talk in on 145.23
or 145.27, negative offset, 100 PL.