• Arkansas Section News

    From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Sun Apr 11 21:30:51 2021
    It's almost time for the Arkansas QSO Party! It's an easy 12-hour event
    on Saturday, May 8th, that allows for a full-day experience or drop-ins
    at your leisure that won't take up your entire weekend.

    It's getting more popular every year. In fact, for the past 10 years,
    the ARQP has had more participants than the year before.

    Many hams outside of Arkansas will be looking for Arkansas stations to
    add to their Worked-All-States list, grid square list, counties list,
    etc. This might be your chance to be on the other end of a pileup,
    perhaps for the first time!

    All the information you need can be found on the newly redesigned www.arkqp.com.

    Logs are due by May 22nd. Instructions on submitting your log can be
    found on the QSO Party website.

    Let's stay safe, have fun, and spread some good cheer via RF from The
    Natural State.

    - The Noise Blankers Radio Group, sponsors of the Arkansas QSO Party

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Sun Aug 8 23:08:21 2021
    This email is being addressed to person who may have a desire in
    participating in the planned Arkansas Northeast Districts Planned SET (Simulated Emergency Test). You can review the details of the planned
    set included in this email.

    The Cross County Amateur Radio Club will be sponsoring the 2021
    Simulated Emergency Test for Northeast Arkansas in cooperation with Bill Nicholson W5WPN the ARRL ARES DEC for the Northeast Arkansas District.
    This years SET is planned to be a severe weather system that moves
    through Northeast Arkansas in the early morning hours (7:30 to 9:30
    am).

    ! What: Severe weather system producing rain, strong winds and
    tornadoes
    ! When: October 2, 2021
    ! Time: 10am to 12pm

    S.E.T. Plan Details

    In this Simulated Emergency Test the severe weather system will begin to
    move through Northeast Arkansas early on Saturday morning at around
    7:30am and should clear Northeast Arkansas by 9:30 am. Due to the early
    morning event the normal Skywarn activation will not occur.

    The storms will not be a squall line but will pop up at different times
    and place during that time frame (this allowing for ARES groups to fit
    the time for their area). Most damage should occur between 8:30 and
    9:30am.

    Time Line

    % The storm system will begin to form and start to move through the
    area between 7:30 and 9:30am.

    % The ARES net will began at 10 am and will start taking check ins at
    that point, all stations are asked to use standard net & message
    handling protocols.

    % Damages should be limited to strong winds down bursts, flooding,
    tornadoes of EF-0 to EF-2 (winds of 70 to 165 mph), with damages top
    Trees, homes, closed roads (due to down trees, and flooding, lost of
    power due to down power lines, lost of phones due to damages to phone
    lines and Cell Towers.

    Note: ECs and ARES team members set up a more detailed plan for their
    areas as to which communities and what damages occur and what
    communications need will needed. Radio Communications should be held on
    local non impacted Repeaters or Direct if none are available. An 80
    meter Net should begin on or near 3987.5 KHZ and can be moved to a 40
    meter Net if needed.

    Contact Terry Busby (W5ARS) or Bill Nicholson (W5WPN) for more
    information:
    Written By: Terry Busby W5ARS
    Email: w5ars@hotmail.com

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Sat Aug 28 07:46:18 2021
    Greetings,

    I hope that this email finds you and your families doing well.

    As you know we are entering into that part of the year where not only
    Arkansas, but our sister Delta Division Sections (Mississippi,
    Louisiana, and Tennessee) can experience a need to activate Section and Division ARES Nets. These are mostly driven by weather related
    events.During these times we are frequently requested to provide support through the provisioning of Net Control Operators.

    Through the years our current list of Net Control Operators for the
    Section has been reduced to only a handful of operators.

    Thus the solicitation being sent now to see if you have interest and willingness to volunteer as a Section Net Control Operator.

    You should have established experience as a net control operator, and
    net control operations prior to submitting.

    Please complete the web form:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/ 18RBYHHhYbj_kJkF4IbecXcHdHmXhnJabFNAB9WIIF_4/edit?usp=sharing

    (above URL all on one line)

    (Note: you are confirming that you can and will support activations
    should they be required.)

    On behalf of the Arkansas ARRL Section thank you for your volunteerism!

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Aug 30 14:50:35 2021
    Due to an error on my part the URL Link to the Arkansas Net Control
    Operators Submission Form required updating. Please use this latest link
    as indicated below.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yJWpAmMrXv1AX5yN5439GQSez_66jt_LTlC5yhmIGME/ edit?usp=sharing

    (above URL on one line)

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    Greetings,

    I hope that this email finds you and your families doing well.

    As you know we are entering into that part of the year where not only
    Arkansas, but our sister Delta Division Sections (Mississippi,
    Louisiana, and Tennessee) can experience a need to activate Section and Division ARES Nets. These are mostly driven by weather related
    events.

    During these times we are frequently requested to provide
    support through the provisioning of Net Control Operators.

    Through the years our current list of Net Control Operators for the
    Section has been reduced to only a handful of operators.

    Thus the solicitation being sent now to see if you have interest and willingness to volunteer as a Section Net Control Operator.

    You should have established experience as a net control operator, and
    net control operations prior to submitting.

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1yJWpAmMrXv1AX5yN5439GQSez_66jt_LTlC5yhmIGME/ edit?usp=sharing

    (above URL on one line)

    (Note: you are confirming that you can and will support activations
    should they be required.)

    On behalf of the Arkansas ARRL Section thank you for your volunteerism!

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Wed Sep 1 21:45:35 2021
    09/01/2021

    The ARRL Board of Directors has formally endorsed a proposed program
    calling on ARRL to cover the $35 application fee for license candidates
    younger than 18 years old. The FCC is not expected to implement the
    $35 application fee schedule until sometime in 2022.

    The Board approved the "Youth Licensing Grant Program" at its July
    meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. The program concept, first raised
    at the Board's annual meeting in January, was reviewed by an ad-hoc
    committee, which expanded the scope of the original motion by ARRL
    Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB.

    Goals of the Program include expanding the reservoir of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts within the amateur radio community,
    and removing a financial obstacle to young people who wish to acquire an amateur radio license, as a means of encouraging potential careers in
    science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    Under the program, ARRL would cover a one-time $35 application fee for
    each qualified candidate who passes one or more amateur radio exams
    taken on the same day at a single examination session. Tests would have
    to be administered by a Volunteer Examiner (VE) team working under the
    auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC). Qualified
    candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL
    VEC.

    The new program also would "enhance ARRL's position as the leader in
    volunteer testing," the Board motion said. "The Board believes that
    the recruitment and training of young amateur radio operators is a
    necessary and proper mission of the ARRL, and that subsidization of the
    $35 fee will reduce the number of new amateurs that otherwise would be
    lost from these groups," the Board said.

    The Board said ARRL Headquarters staff would determine the method of
    qualifying applicants and instruct VE teams, giving the teams
    flexibility to determine that a candidate is eligible for reimbursement
    in the absence of documented proof. The Board envisioned that the VEC
    would pay the FCC directly. The new program initially would serve up to
    1,000 new license applicants younger than 18 years old.

    The motion gave ARRL staff "complete latitude" to determine how payment
    is delivered to the FCC or to reimburse eligible applicants.

    This program length is indefinite; it may be renewed or terminated by
    the Administration and Finance Committee or by the Board of Directors.
    The motion carried with applause from Board members.

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Sep 28 08:17:01 2021
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    Selected Arkansas Hamfests/Conventions as of Sep. 27, 2021 ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Here is a list of potential Arkansas Hamfests, updated as of the date
    noted above. Data is posted on the various websites around six weeks
    prior the hamfest. Note that due to COVID-19 restrictions, events may
    be cancelled or postponed at the last minute; call for verification.
    A general time of year is noted, if the event has not been confirmed. ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hamfest Date(s): Hamfest Location: Website:

    Oct. 9, 2021 Morrilton, AR k5boc.net (new domain)

    Mid-February Hoxie, AR w5wra.org

    Early March Russellville, AR arvarf.com

    Early April Fort Smith, AR hangingjudgehamfest.com

    Sept. 9-10, 2022 Mena, AR menahamfest.net -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Nov 1 18:28:23 2021

    Good Day to all:

    My name is J.M. Rowe N5XFW. Some of you know me already, I am looking
    forward to meeting the rest of you for the first time. Our Section
    Manager, Jay, N5LKE, has appointed me as the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC). If you are not interested in ARES, now is a good time to stop
    reading this email!

    I want to list some of my bona fides so the newer folks don't have to
    discover them on their own, but I promise I am not bragging. A lot of
    these came just because I have been around for a long time. I am an
    Extra Class operator, my first License was granted on the 5th of
    November 1991. I have been involved with and around Public Safety since
    1978, first with Fire and then EMS which led to Emergency Management. I
    got my Technician ticket because the Commo guy said they needed folks to
    do SkyWarn, which was very new in the Hot Springs area (no Radar!) I
    have been involved with EMCOMM ever since. Currently I am the Emergency
    Support Function 2 (ESF 2) liaison to Amateur, SHARES (https://www.cisa.gov/shared-resources-shares-high-frequency-hf-radio-program) and other auxiliary communications entities, for the Arkansas Division
    of Emergency Management. This is a volunteer position, and I am very
    honored that I'm allowed to work with these fine people. I am a
    member of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) Executive
    Committee and I am the Chairman of the Communications Unit Working
    Group. I am a trained Communications Unit Leader (COML) and a COML
    instructor. I have been through every class the ARRL has in reference
    to EMCOMM, some of them twice as a Beta tester. I am the Chair of the
    700 MHz Planning Committee for the State of Arkansas. I'm a member of
    SAFECOM (https://www.cisa.gov/safecom). I am very proud to be the
    recipient of both the Sonny Cox (https://www.dps.arkansas.gov/emergency-management/adem/awin/apsc-conference/) and the Joe Halsey (https://arkansas-ema.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/2020_Joe_Halsey_Award.pdf) awards.

    There will be a few of you that remember that I have am a past SEC and
    Section Manager. I want everyone to know there have been a lot of
    changes in the EMCOMM landscape since then. I know each of you wishes
    to be an asset to your community, and it is my job to help you. More on
    that later. As it is right now, the local Emergency Manager or
    Non-Governmental Organization needs volunteers they know and trust.
    Let's start there!

    Thanks to N5LKE for allowing me the opportunity of using the Section
    Email platform! I'll be sending more as time goes on. I have a
    couple of email addresses, mycall at arrl dot org and mycall at yahoo
    dot com. Contact me with questions or comments.

    73,
    J.M. N5XFW

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Mon Dec 13 03:44:44 2021
    Hello all,

    I am very grateful to report to those wondering that Mike Nettles, KB5WBH,
    was not injured when the tornado hit Monette, Arkansas. As you know, Mike
    is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the voice and WinLink ham stations at the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management. However, some
    of his family members lost homes and other items. Please keep them in your prayers.

    This very long track storm reminds me of the value of SkyWarn. While much
    of this storm damage happened at night, spotters gave valuable information
    in order for warnings to be issued far ahead of the storm's arrival. We
    can't save property, but if a life was spared because trained spotters
    provided ground truth then the time spent in training was worthwhile. Go
    to a SkyWarn class!

    Speaking of training, I have been asked to participate as a planning
    member for the RATPAC group. They have two weekly ZOOM sessions. Items
    of General Interest are presented on Wednesday night, and Thursday night
    is for EMCOMM. You do not have to be an ARRL member to watch. You may
    see the links to the presentations at this page:

    https://sites.google.com/view/ratpac/home

    They have a YouTube channel where all the programs are saved. If they
    haven't already covered a topic in which you're interested, you can make
    a suggestion. Even old guys like me can find interesting new things to
    learn!

    73,

    J.M. N5XFW SEC

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)
  • From Daryl Stout@432:1/112 to All on Tue Dec 14 13:47:16 2021

    Just FYI,

    This is not a drill. AWIN has experienced a total Network failure in
    the north half of Arkansas. It is unknown how long the outage will
    last. Please provide situational awareness to authorities as needed. We
    will be monitoring 3.9875 MHz for traffic. Since propagation is not the
    best, please use relays or move traffic to repeaters. I will send
    updates as I have them.

    Again, this is not a drill.

    J.M. N5XFW AR SEC

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    ARRL Arkansas Section
    Section Manager: James D Ferguson Jr, N5LKE
    n5lke@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (432:1/112)