• Delta Division News

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Mar 22 10:00:46 2021
    Greetings Delta Members and Amateurs.

    Contrary to what you may have heard or read, the collection of
    application fees for the amateur radio service and a number of other
    services will NOT begin on April 19, 2021. I repeat, the collection of application fees for the amateur radio service and a few other services
    will NOT begin on April 19, 2021.

    Although April 19, 2021 is the date the rules in the FCC Report and
    Order adopted last December generally take effect, i.e., one month after
    the FCC Report and Order (R&O) was published in the March 19, 2021
    Federal Register. Certain parts of those rules, including the collection
    of application fees for the amateur radio service, will NOT begin on
    that date. Anything you may have heard on the April date is erroneous information which was based on a tentative target date named in the R &
    O, or at worst "fake news".

    The effective date for new amateur radio fees has not yet been
    established. The FCC explicitly states in the published Notice that the
    fees will not take effect until:

    * the requisite notice has been provided to Congress;

    AND

    * the FCC's information technology systems and internal
    procedures have been updated;

    AND

    * the Commission publishes [FUTURE] notice(s) in the Federal
    Register announcing the effective date of such rules.

    None of the above are yet completed nor are they approved for release;
    hence, we do not have a firm date on the collection of any amateur radio licensing fees.

    The League's counsel for FCC matters estimates that the effective
    start date for collecting the fees will be some time this summer, but regardless of the exact timing we will have advance notice.

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    Upcoming events this weekend and 30-days out:

    8th Sevier County 2021 Hamfest

    03/27/2021
    Location: Sevier County Fairgrounds & Exhibit Hall
    754 Old Knoxville Hwy
    Sevierville, TN 37862
    Website: http://seviercountyars.com
    Sponsor: Sevier County Amateur Radio Society
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 146.94 - No Tone
    Public Contact: Richard Sawaya , N4JTQ
    2005 Spence Mountain Loop Sevierville, TN 37876
    Phone: 606-207-7349
    Email: n4jtq@live.com

    AJARC Hamfest 2021
    04/17/2021
    Location: Greene County Fair Grounds
    123 Fairgrounds Cir
    Greeneville, TN 37743
    Website: https://greenevillehamfest.com/
    Sponsor: Andrew Johnson Amateur Radio Club
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Talk-In: 145.390 MHz-88.5 Tone, 443.200 MHZ-100 Tone
    Public Contact: Lawrence Whiteside , KN4MVH
    103 Blue Bell Street Greeneville, TN 37743
    Phone: 810-240-1806
    Email: KN4MVH@greenevillehamfest.com

    CU in Sevierville Saturday!

    73

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 4 11:33:10 2021
    Greetings Delta Division Members and Amateurs!

    We are coming out of the pandemic now and we are seeing more in person
    club meetings, events, and gatherings with our fellow amateurs. I had a wonderful in person visit with the members of the Batesville ARC at
    their May meeting and it felt normal. Not a new normal, but simply
    normal. That is a great feeling! We also have an in person ARRL Board
    meeting scheduled for July 15-17 in Connecticut for the first time since January 2020. Through all of this, for many, they have reconnected to
    amateur radio and our numbers have grown within the ARRL. Let's not
    let the momentum slip, let's run those classes, conduct those exam
    sessions and grow the hobby and the Amateur Radio Service! Vice
    Director Hudgens, WB4RHQ and I will be out and travelling to meetings
    and hamfests for the remainder of 2021 and it will be good to see all
    our friends. QRZ?

    I would like to congratulate past ARRL Delta Division Director, ARRL VP
    and ARRL President Joel Harrison on his recent election to the office of Secretary for the International Amateur Radio Union- IARU. This is
    indeed another honor for our Division having both the ARRL President and
    the IARU Secretary! Joel succeeds Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, the past ARRL CEO
    as IARU Secretary. We look forward to working with Joel again in the
    coming years.

    On the subject of in person events, we have one this weekend:
    The 2021 Carter Strong Swap-Fest in West Monroe, LA. Everyone is
    invited to attend but remember, Covid -19 measures may be in effect per
    local ordinances, and all participants must be checked in. There is a
    $5.00 Admission Fee at the gate – Kids 12 and under free with an
    adult! Tent Area $5.00 for one 10X10 Spot. Spots are limited, this is a
    bring your own tent and table. Tailgating $10.00 per 10X10 spot.. sell
    right out of the back of your vehicle. Flea Market Tables $5.00 PER
    table and Vendor Tables are available. Raffle tickets will be sold at
    $5.00 each or 5 for $20.00. We will see you there!

    As we are aware, the FCC has made changes to the RF-exposure rules that
    change the ways that radio stations can determine whether they are
    exempt from the need to do a routine RF-exposure station evaluation. To
    answer the questions HQ staff are receiving about these changes, ARRL
    has prepared an RF-exposure FAQ to help hams understand the new rules.
    Please use the ARRL webpage link below to explore the topic.

    http://www.arrl.org/rf-exposure

    Hurricane Season is here. We will be having a Delta Division ARES/Emcomm Leadership meeting in a few days to discuss the matter and make our
    contingent plans for 2021. We will get the word out on the exact date
    and time shortly. Please check your equipment and go-kits. PPPPP!

    Until next time,

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Nov 2 08:18:48 2021
    Attention Delta Division Members,

    If you have or know a student amateur radio operator, here is a
    tremendous opportunity to help further their education. I bring
    greetings from The ARRL Foundation and pass the following from our
    foundation board and K5RAV:

    The ARRL Foundation scholarship application period for the academic year 2022-2023 opens on November 1st and ends on December 31, 2021. I am
    asking you as a Director to notify your Division membership of this opportunity. The Foundation issued $550,000 in scholarships for
    2021-2022 and for the academic year 2022-2023 there has been a
    significant increase in the number of large dollar scholarships
    available thanks to a generous contribution from Amateur Radio Digital Communications, Inc. (ARDC).

    For the academic year 2022-2023, 130 scholarships will be offered
    totaling $900,000! There are twenty $25,000 scholarships, four $15,000, seventeen $10,000 scholarships, nine $5,000 scholarships as well as
    dozens of $1,000 and $500 scholarships.

    The descriptions of the scholarships available are on line.

    http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions

    It is also very easy to apply as the scholarship application is on line.

    http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-application

    Since only amateur radio operator students may apply, the chances of
    being selected for a scholarship are good. It would be a shame for your members to miss this opportunity. Please place a notice in your
    Newsletter or send a separate E-Mail to your Division to let your
    members know that the ARRL Foundation offers over 130 scholarships and
    it only takes a simple online application to apply.

    Since 1973, the ARRL Foundation, with the generosity of many donors and
    the hard work of a long line of dedicated Foundation Directors, has had
    a positive impact on the lives of many young amateur radio operator
    students. To ensure that this positive impact does not wane, I ask each
    of you to timely notify your members of this opportunity. Being awarded
    an ARRL Foundation scholarship could mean the difference in whether a
    student can pursue their education in 2022-2023 or not.

    Please pass this information on to anyone you think might benefit from
    the ARRL scholarships.

    73

    DE K5UZ

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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jan 14 12:26:36 2022
    Greetings Delta Members and Amateurs and Happy New Year!

    We have the Annual Meeting of ARRL Board of Directors next week, January
    19 - 22, 2022, and Vice Director Hudgens and I seek your further input
    as to any issues that you might wish the Board to address. One such
    issue of concern is the US Forestry Service proposal of use fees. We
    will be discussing this as it may cause a hardship on may clubs, ARES organizations and members repeaters. These repeaters tend to be in
    strategic locations and critical for emergency communications. The ARRL
    will be addressing this issue on behalf of the membership. Also, the
    Board will be addressing several issues to better serve our local clubs, Elmering/mentoring help for new amateurs and more resources/services for
    the rank-and-file member. Please give us your feedback and we will
    bring it up to the Board.

    Reminder: Your club can get money back if you renew ARRL memberships
    through the club. This one key point of per capita rebates to an ARRL Affiliated club that can benefit both the club and the members. Please
    consider this option at your club meetings and take advantage of the
    program.

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    Hammond Hamfest this Weekend

    Date: January 15, 2022

    Time: 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM

    Admission: $5.00 per person - includes 1 raffle ticket - Raffle
    Tickets: $5.00 each

    Location: Pennington Student Activity Center
    1350 North General Pershing Street
    Hammond, LA 70401

    VE Session: 8:00 AM $15.00 + Photo ID and copy of license or CSCE

    Forums: ARRL, LCARC, ARES

    Swap Tables: 1st table $15.00 - additional tables $10.00 each, limit 3
    tables per person.

    75% of items on tables must be Amateur Radio or Computer related !! You
    may setup your tables on Fri. evening, after 4:00 pm!!

    Go to website to download "Swap Table" application form.

    Main Prizes: Because of the limited availability of new radios from
    various vendors, we have opted for cash prizes!!
    1st Prize - $500.00
    2nd Prize - $250.00
    3rd Prize - $125.00
    4th Prize - $100.00

    Hourly Door Prizes - Main Prize Drawing @ 2:00 PM - Winners need not to
    be present to win these prizes.

    Website: https://cms.selarc.org/about/hammond-hamfest

    A link to the hamfest flyer (PDF format) is on the website.

    Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

    Talk-In: 147.000 -600 KHz - 107.2 pl

    Public Contact:
    Tyrone Burns N5XES
    P.O.B 1324
    Hammond, LA 70404
    Phone: 985-687-2139

    Email: n5xes@arrl.net

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    Upcoming Hamfests & Conventions:

    Jackson MS Capital City Hamfest 2022, ARRL Delta Division Convention

    Start Date: 01/28/2022
    End Date: 01/29/2022

    Location: Mississippi Trademart
    1200 Mississippi St.
    Jackson, MS 39201

    Website: http://www.msham.org

    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club

    Talk-In: 146.76- 77hz

    Public Contact: Ben Waltman, KE5JKD
    118 Harmony Circle Crystal Springs, MS 39059
    Phone: 601-892-3209
    Email: jarctreasurer@outlook.com

    ***

    Winter-Fest 2022

    Date: 02/12/2022

    Location: Hoxie Service Center
    500 SW Lawrence
    Hoxie, AR 72433

    Sponsor: Lawrence County ARC

    Talk-In: 147.045

    Public Contact: Glendal Floyd, W5WEC
    104 Larkspur St. AR Walnut Ridge, AR 72476
    Phone: 870-759-2626
    Email: w5wec@suddenlink.net

    73 ES DX

    DE K5UZ
    WB4HRQ

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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Fri Jun 17 20:41:34 2022
    Greetings Delta Member and Amateurs.

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    ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program

    The ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interests of Amateur
    Radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically
    have recruited, licensed and trained new radio amateurs and have
    provided the community setting for radio amateurs to continue their
    education and training. The ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program, funded
    by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), will make
    $500,000 available to clubs, enabling them to more easily provide and
    expand these important services. The program will provide up to $25,000
    for worthy club projects, while requests for more than that will be
    referred back to ARDC.

    The deadline for the First Round of applications is June 30, 2022.

    An informational webinar about the ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program
    was held on May 4, 2022.

    Slides from that presentation can be viewed here (PDF):

    http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Foundation/Club%20Grant%20Presentation%20 5-4-2022%20pdf.pdf

    (above URL all on one line)

    ARRL Club Grant Program at a glance:

    Clubs do not need to be ARRL-affiliated clubs to submit proposals
    Looking to fund projects that create significant impact beyond the
    applying club: transformative impact on Amateur Radio; create public
    awareness and support for Amateur Radio; educational and training
    impact.

    Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

    ! Get on the air projects; ham training and skills development through
    mentoring;

    ! STEM and STEAM learning through Amateur Radio;

    ! Station resources for use by the ham community;

    ! Emergency communications and public service projects that emphasize
    training;

    ! Club revitalization projects

    Grant funds may not be used for commercial or for-profit projects.

    Questions about the ARRL Foundation Club Grant Program can be sent to clubgrants@arrl.org.

    For more information on the Club Grants Program go to http://www.arrl.org/club-grant-program

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    73 ES DX


    DE K5UZ WB4RHQ

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    Director: David A Norris, K5UZ
    k5uz@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)