It's good for us to reflect upon the happenings of others sometimes in order
that we may make wise decisions and operate properly. This is not an
indightment of any of our local Hams, but just food for thought.
From the ARRL's "ENFORCEMENT" section Dec 03 2001
NEWINGTON, CT, Nov 29, 2001
--The FCC's Enforcement Bureau stepped in this month in an
effort to halt feuding over the use of some 75-meter
frequencies. The dispute had pitted the Alabama Traffic Net,
the Alabama SKYWARN Net and the Country Cousins Net against
an informal group of amateurs--all of whom wanted to operate
between 3.965 and 3.970 MHz.
In the end, the FCC declined to take any enforcement action
in the situation, but Special Counsel for Amateur Radio
Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth took all sides to task for
bringing their charges and countercharges to the FCC in the
first place. "This dispute appears to be largely a 'who's on
first' dispute, involving issues of proper operating
procedures, and not appropriate for enforcement action,"
Hollingsworth told the parties involved. "It is regrettable
that the parties cannot solve it, and it is unreasonable to
ask that the Commission use scarce enforcement resources to
In a two-page response sent to Jeremy Jackson, K9CNI, Henry
Willmon, WA4GQS, Sal Viglione, W4SAL, and Alabama ARRL
Section Manager Bill Cleveland, KR4TZ, Hollingsworth
recounted allegations of deliberate and retaliatory
interference, verbal harassment, frequency hogging, obscenity
and profanity and even a charge that one individual was
selling illegal linear amplifiers. Hollingsworth pointed out
that nets--regardless of their longevity, membership numbers
or public service benefit--"are not specifically regulated
under Commission rules and have no greater rights to any
frequency than any other licensee."
On the other hand, the informal group, Hollingsworth said,
"needs to consider whether it is good amateur practice to
deliberately start communications on a frequency widely known
to be used by a long-established net or a net that sometimes
handles emergency communications." Beyond that, he said the
informal group also needed to "consider the wisdom" of
raising power levels to be heard over the nets and whether
responding with profanity or verbal abuse "is in the overall
best interests of Amateur Radio."
He also wondered why--given the thousands of possible ham
radio frequencies--the informal group felt it had to operate
so close to frequencies used by nets whose members volunteer
"very long hours on a regular basis for humanitarian
purposes." Hollingsworth put all involved on notice that all
violating the rules were risking FCC enforcement action and
"We cannot, however, mandate courtesy, good and fair
operating practices or even common sense," he added.
Hollingsworth told the ARRL this week that the informal group
has informed him that it would find another frequency to meet
on 75 meters.
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- To all HARC members,The following article was taken from the ARRL website this morning.The Holland club will take part this weekend at Holland State Park, just across the channel from the "Big Red" lighthouse.We will be there from about 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM on Saturday and again on Sunday, weather permitting (Looks like it should be okay.)Come out to our site at the state park. You may even do some operating.Phil, K8PVH
Lighthouse Lightship Event Anticipating Record Participation08/09/2013
A record number of participating Amateur Radio stations are expected for the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) August 17-18, sponsored by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland. The annual event, now in its 16th year, aims to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and the need for their preservation and restoration, as well as to promote Amateur Radio and foster international goodwill. It sees hundreds of hams getting on the air from or in the vicinity of lighthouses and lightships.
So far more than 450 participants are registered and ready to activate and explain the history of their locations; many offer special QSL cards. Stations will be on the air from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania, and activations have taken place from 85 countries since the ILLW began in 1998. The ILLW, held on the third full weekend each August, is not a contest.
Registered stations and event guidelines are on the ILLW website. Theres still time for additional stations to register and activate a lighthouse, lightship or marine beacon August 17-18. The ILLW ham radio event coincides with the International Lighthouse Weekend, organized by the Association of Lighthouse Keepers, when many world lighthouses are open to the public. Thanks to Jim Linton, VK3PC; ILLW