LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018

  • LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018
    SILENT KEYS
    Norbet Newby WA5CFW
    Elizabeth Denton KA5MTG
    Charles Winder, Jr. K5FNN
    Frank Thrash W4DLZ
    Henry P. Forbes KC5KJ
    Sam L. Richardson W5SMH
    Carl Beck W5BEK
    NEW HAMS
    Report for 2018-11-02
    Jared A Mayeaux, KI5BVA
    Donnis H O’bryan, KI5CBV
    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW
    T J Taplin, KI5CBW
    Rex A Schuttler, KI5BUE
    LICENSE UPGRADES
    Report for 2018-11-02
    Camille J Guidry, KG5SWD
    David J Cantrelle, KF5WMS
    Michael J Decossas, KB5OZE
    Gregory Speyrer, KE5DEU
    Michael A Carmouche, KG5TGG
    Dorothy L Minor, KF5YNM
    Richard L Cutrer, KF5TQT
    Shirley M Jordan, KI5BFH
    Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH
    NEW ARRL MEMBERS
    Report for 2018-11-02
    James P Marra, N5HZ
    Divini Luccioni, N3DI
    Ted F Vander Wiede, KB1NDX
    Nathan A Cooper, K5ZFC
    Steven D Brinkley
    William J O Donnell, W5VPM
    Susan Anderson, KE5FMX
    Timothy Sonnier, N5RKK
    Abbigail Wilson, KF5BEW
    Kendra Wilson, KF5FYS
    Galen D Wilson, KF5BET
    John B Maylard, KC6MNO
    David W Ables, KE5NIJ
    Kevin J Abshire, KE5RKT
    Paul J Maia, KB5AIF
    Leonard W Martin, WD5DNQ
    Keith A McDavid, KF5WTK
    Kevin N Boykin, N5CDB
    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW
    Terry J Peek, KD5BIO
    Charles H Edwards, WC5K
    Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ
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    FROM THE ARRL
    Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK
    11/01/2018
    The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing
    what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his
    life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim
    Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and
    retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure
    within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer.
    His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events,
    and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death
    and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him
    best.
    “No one was more generous, loving, and encouraging to others than the
    Reverend Paul Bittner,” said Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, in a post to the
    Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). “He called me last week to chat
    about what he and Mary were up to, like getting material together for
    their always long and hilarious Christmas newsletter. He also knocked me
    out with the latest of his funny experiences in his ‘Rent-a-Rev’
    sideline.” Bittner officiated at the June 2 wedding of two well-known
    midwestern contesters.
    Bittner was licensed in 1949 and held the same call sign ever since. He
    and his wife, Mary, WB0PXM, moved in 2000 to “The Farm,” a 120-acre
    spread in west-central Wisconsin. The first of the more than 50 towers
    began sprouting there before their arrival in 1982. As a ham, he enjoyed
    multi-multi contesting and DXing. His favorite band was 160 meters, and
    his favorite contest was the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest. Bittner’s
    son-in-law — Paul Husby, W0UC — operated VHF contests from The Farm
    and was a multi-multi regular as well.
    “His station stands as a great monument to a selfless man of great
    grace and remarkable achievements,” Lonneke said. “Paul once told me
    that AIH stands for ‘already in heaven.’”
    Contester and former ARRL staffer Dave Patton, NN1N, described Bittner
    as “such a good man and truly great ham.” W1AW Station Manager Joe
    Carcia, NJ1Q, noted that Bittner had volunteered to operate as W1AW/9 as
    a headquarters station in the 2019 IARU HF Championship to celebrate his
    decades in ham radio.
    NCJ Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, said that Bittner helped to build
    stations for many midwestern hams. “He was a mentor to hundreds of
    hams, and his enthusiasm for contesting was infectious,” Wright said.
    Bittner had said he wanted to be buried with a bible, a telegraph key,
    and a climbing belt.
    “Thank you for giving so much of yourself to me and the rest of the
    ham community,” said contester Scott Neader. “We will never forget
    you.”
    FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM
    Station
    11/01/2018
    In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson,
    New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of
    $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio
    station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A.
    Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed an April
    2018 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture(NAL) issued to Tulloch
    for alleged “willful and repeated violation” of Section 301 of the
    Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating an unlicensed FM
    radio station on 90.9 MHz in Paterson. Tulloch did not respond to the
    NAL, the FCC indicated.
    “Commission action in this area is essential because unlicensed radio
    stations do not broadcast Emergency Alert Service messages and therefore
    create a public safety hazard for their listener,” the FCC said in the
    Forfeiture Order. “Moreover, unlicensed radio stations create a danger
    of interference to licensed communications and undermine the
    Commission’s authority over broadcast radio operations.”
    Following up on February 2015 complaints regarding pirate radio
    operations in Paterson, FCC agents spotted a signal on 90.9 MHz that
    “appeared to be an unauthorized radio station.” Agents determined
    the signal was emanating from a multi-family dwelling and noticed an FM
    antenna on the structure. The measured field strength exceeded the
    limits allowed for Part 15 unlicensed devices.
    Through a solicitation broadcast on the station for advertisers and a
    vehicle parked outside the building, the FCC agents were able to
    determine that the telephone number in the announcement belonged to
    Tulloch, and the car was registered in his name. FCC agents made several
    visits to Paterson in late 2015 and early 2016. In October of 2016,
    agents returned to Paterson and determined that the signal source had
    relocated to another nearby multi-family structure. A Notice of
    Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) was posted on the door of the building and
    the following month, the FCC mailed an NOUO to Tulloch.
    Subsequent visits revealed that the station was still in operation, and,
    at some point, had moved back to its prior location. Additional NOUOs
    were issued. Finally, on September 15, 2017, two agents returned to
    Paterson and determined that the station no longer was on the air.
    In the Forfeiture Order, the FCC incorporated by reference the details
    of the investigation spelled out in the earlier NAL.
    The Tulloch case is among dozens that the FCC Enforcement Bureau has
    initiated in the past couple of years in efforts to shut down pirate
    broadcasters across the US, the vast majority of which are not FCC
    amateur licensees.
    New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests
    11/01/2018
    Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill
    side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL
    Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey
    native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since
    meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an
    eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and
    services in the same direction.
    “I’m still trying to understand what is working and where the
    challenges are,” Michel said. “Once I understand where the
    challenges are, I need to understand why. Before I make any changes in
    what we’re doing, I need to make sure the change is a step in the
    right direction and for the right reasons, and not kind of a random
    process.”
    Michel would like to see ARRL focus on the future of Amateur Radio and
    not become the redoubt of a particular generation of radio amateur or
    interest group. He said, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old
    guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new
    things that appeal to people who have different interests and different
    passions.”
    Ham radio appears currently entrenched with opposition often expressed
    to FT8 and other digital modes and protocols that bend Amateur Radio
    traditions and conventions, Michel observed. However, as he sees it,
    technology for the whole of Amateur Radio has been changing, and
    detractors to advances have always been present. He’d like ARRL to
    encourage more technological diversity without creating controversy.
    “My kick is seeing the technology advance,” the former IEEE
    president and CEO said. “I want to see hams embrace the new technology
    — as long as we do that in a way that those who don’t adopt the new
    technology won’t feel abandoned.” In his view, the real reason
    behind the continued enthusiasm for CW “is not the technology; it’s
    the legacy.”
    At the same time, resources should reflect usage and interest, with
    respect to the spectrum and with respect to how many pages QST devotes
    to a particular interest area. “Everything should reflect the growth
    and change, without abandoning the legacy interests.”
    Acknowledging the incessant push to get more young people into Amateur
    Radio, Michel wants to explore ways “to morph some of the League’s
    processes and services and products into something that would appeal to
    the newer generation of hams.”
    “Young people in general don’t join organizations, but they join
    causes,” he said. “With that kind of attitude, how do we develop the
    same kind of ability for people interested in Amateur Radio to
    self-organize around causes? And if we can design the infrastructure
    around that, maybe they’ll see value in ARRL and become a new type of
    member — not one who necessarily comes to ham club meetings once a
    month but finds the League can facilitate what they want to do.”
    Michel said he’s always enjoyed tinkering with ham gear, building it,
    modifying it, and repairing it, and then making it do something new or
    different. He concedes that while he has not had an opportunity to do
    much hamming as he’s moved around with the military and for academic
    and business pursuits, he’d like to become more active, and he is
    presently exploring his options as an apartment dweller. As for FT8,
    he’d like to try it, if for no other reason than the novelty.
    Michel said he definitely wants to encourage partnerships with other
    organizations with which ARRL might share some common ground, including
    IEEE.
    “We can’t do everything ourselves. We have to find partnerships,”
    he said. Some IEEE operating units would be applicable to Amateur Radio,
    and he’s already heard from two unit heads that are both hams.
    Michel also feels that radio amateurs need to extend their gaze beyond
    the everyday nuts and bolts of Amateur Radio operating. “What we need
    to do is protect the spectrum from competition, develop interest in the
    various facets of Amateur Radio, and not try to pick fights ‘in
    house,’” he said. “Spectrum is the gold of the 21st century.”
    Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication
    Development Director
    11/02/2018
    ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director
    of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication
    Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a
    three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018
    Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU
    executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Sustainable Digital
    Development for All,” Bogdan-Martin said she would work toward a
    Telecommunication Development Bureau that helps its members benefit from
    the drivers of innovation and economic development.
    “We must help governments integrate ICTs into their national
    development frameworks, actively support[ing] their ministries to ensure
    digital development strategies emphasize human capacity, digital skills,
    and empowering people,” she said. “I envisage the BDT redoubling its
    efforts on digital inclusion, working to bring online the remaining 3.9
    billion people still offline.”
    Her candidacy had strong support from US officials, including Secretary
    of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FCC Chairman
    Ajit Pai.
    “Ms. Bogdan-Martin is a true leader and professional who has dedicated
    more than 25 years to ensuring that all people can benefit from
    information and communication technologies,” Pompeo wrote in endorsing
    her candidacy. “I have no doubt that Ms. Bogdan-Martin will be a
    driving force to ensure connectivity for all.”
    FCC Chairman Pai extended congratulations to Bogdan-Martin, who, he
    said, “has deep expertise in development issues and will play a
    pivotal role in accelerating the spread of digital communications
    throughout the globe.”
    Bogdan-Martin has more than 20 years of experience at the ITU. During
    the past decade she has headed the ITU General Secretariat Strategic
    Planning and Membership Department for the Secretary-General. Her
    responsibilities have included developing the ITU’s strategic and
    operational plans in the context of ICT trends and the global
    information economy, representing the ITU in engagement with other
    bodies, and directing and managing all ITU global conferences.
    She launched Equals Global Partnership, a multi-stakeholder
    evidence-based network bringing women to technology, and technology to
    women. She also directed the first ITU global youth summit that featured
    700 participants and 3,000 remote participants, and she established the
    ITU office to the United Nations where she has been serving as ITU
    Representative to the UN High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP).
    2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day
    December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z
    SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather
    Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the
    contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the
    National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS
    offices and contact other radio operators across the world.
    SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions
    1. Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as
    many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15,
    10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via
    repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate
    the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators
    during threatening weather.
    2. Date NWS stations will operate December 1, 2018, from 0000 – 2400
    UTC.
    3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two-word
    description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly
    cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).
    4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM,
    RTTY, CW, FT8 and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event
    stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).
    5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a
    non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.
    6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide
    event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again
    be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion
    of SRD.
    7. Log Submission: To submit your log summary for SRD use the online
    submission form.
    Deadline for log submission is January 31, 2019.
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    ***2019 ARRL Field Day is June 22-23
    2019 Field Day will be held June 22-23, 2019.  Field Day is always held
    on the 4th full weekend in June.
    The 2019 Rules will be updated/released in March 2019.
    2018 Field Day results will appear in December QST
    LA SECTION RESULTS:
    LOUISIANA SECTION 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY RESULTS
    (PER DECEMBER 2018 QST)
    TOTAL ENTRIES: 24
    Score listings are grouped according to the number of transmitters in
    simultaneous operation and their entry class. The listings show club or
    group name, call sign(s) used, total number of QSOs, number indicating
    power output used, number of participants, and total score including
    bonus points and ARRL Section.
    THREE OR MORE PERSON CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE
    1A-COMMERCIAL
    WESTSIDE ARC  W5ABD  32/2/6/314 LA
    2A
    LA DELTA RC  KC5DR(+WA5WX)  395/2/45/1,982  LA
    SOUTH LAKE CHARLES HAM GRP  KI5EE  431/2/4/1,646  LA
    3A
    BATON ROUGE ARC  W5GIX(+K5LSU)  731/2/60/3,142  LA
    SPRINGHILL ARC LLC  N5II  240/2/6/698  LA
    3A COMMERCIAL
    SE LA ARC  WM5T  218/2/7/522  LA
    ACADIANA ARA  W5DDL(+W5EXI)  1,365/2/20/3,836  LA
    5A COMMERCIAL
    CENTRAL LA ARC  N5I  1,216/2/35/4,254  LA
    ONE OR TWO PERSONS/CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE
    1B-1 OPERATOR
    K5BIU  219/2/1/1,024  LA
    N5JSC  118/2/1/386  LA
    K5TAE  28/2/1/206  LA
    1B-1 OPERATOR BATTERY
    K5SL  515/5/1/5,400 LA
    HOME STATIONS COMMERCIAL POWER
    1D
    K1DW  175/2/1/750  LA
    AA5AU  318/1/1/636  LA
    K2ZP  57/2/1/164  LA
    KG5GJT  45/2/1/140  LA
    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER
    1E
    KA5M  406/2/1/1,774  LA
    3E
    W5GAD  1,085/2/57/4,878  LA
    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER-BATTERY
    EOC STATIONS
    2F
    BAYOULAND EMERGENCY ARC  W5BMC  12/2/11/474  LA
    5F
    OZONE ARC  W5SLA  102/2/25/808  LA
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    ARES:  LA Section
    October 2018
    ARES Members:  352
    Active nets: 53 / with NTS Liaison:  3
    Number of Exercises/Training:  41 / 361 hours
    Number of Public Service Events:  2 / 432 hours
    Number of Emergency Operations:  0 / 0 hours
    Number of Skywarn Events:  3 / 34 hours
    Total:  46 / 827
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    Louisiana Traffic Report October 2018
    SESSIONS    QNI    QTC    QTR
    16                105    20      1.5 HOURS
    LOUISIANA HF ARES NET
    SSESSIONS QNI QTC  QTR
    4                110  0      2 HOURS
    73,
    Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS
    LOUISIANA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER
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    Subject: LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Nominations now being accepted
    All LA Section ARRL Members,
    Nominations for the LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Award are now being
    accepted thru December 31, 2018.  The award will be announced at the
    Hammond Hamfest January 19, 2019.
    The nomination procedure is as follows:
    1)    Please follow these instructions.  Complete the form and attach your
    documentation. The Award Selection Committee will only see your attached
    documentation for each individual with nothing to identify the nominee.
    a)    Minimum requirements for a nominee – 5 years uninterrupted ARRL
    membership.  (Committee may waive this for a new Ham who is an ARRL
    member and has shown exemplary participation and accomplishments.)
    b)    On an attached page please use only BULLET statements to document
    the
    nominee’s participation and accomplishments.
    c)    Do not use a name, call sign or any statement information that would
    identify the nominee in the bullet statements.
    2)    Mail or email the completed nomination to the ARRL Louisiana Section
    Manager (Mailing address available on ARRL website or latest issue of
    QST).
    3)    The Section Manager will appoint an independent selection committee
    to make the final selection.
    4)    Additional support documents (pictures, news articles) may be
    attached, but will not be used unless there is a tie or verification is
    required.
    To obtain the nomination form please email me at K5JMR@ARRL.ORG and I
    will email you the nomination form.  Please return to me no later than
    December 31, 2018.
    Thank you!
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    ARRL Louisiana Section
    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
    UPCOMING HAMFESTS:  LA SECTION
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest
    Location: Minden, LA
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association
    Website: http://n5rd.org
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest
    Location: Hammond, LA
    Type: ARRL Hamfest
    Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club
    UPCOMING HAMFESTS: DELTA DIVISION
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    12/01/2018 | Arkansas DX Association Annual Conference
    Location: North Little Rock, AR
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Sponsor: Arkansas DX Association
    HAMFEST/CONVENTION
    01/25/2019 | Mississippi State Convention (Capital City Hamfest)
    Location: Jackson, MS
    Type: ARRL Convention
    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club
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    ARRL Louisiana Section
    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR
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  • Nicholas Frederick <djnick7@gmail.com>
    To:John Mark Robertson
    Nov 28, 2018 at 12:08 PM

    Hey John Mark,

    I don’t really care, but I wanted you to know that I was left off the list of license upgrade. I upgraded at the same time as the rest of those guys. Like I said, I don’t care that I was left off, so don’t worry about it. I just wanted to make sure that you knew that I am now a full Amateur Extra.

    73,

    Nicholas Frederick – W4NDF

    District Emergency Coordinator – LA Region 1 ARES

    ARES Official Emergency Station

    Member – ARRL, ARES, JARC, DDXA, SELCOM, SKYWARN

    Vice Commander – USCG Aux Flotilla 47

    Email: W4NDF@arrl.net

    Phone: (504) 430-6018

    Hamshack Hotline: 618

    Fax: (504) 459-9300

    Emergency Line: (504) 383-4382

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    From: ARRL Members Only Web site <memberlist@www.arrl.org>
    Date: Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at 10:51 AM
    To: <w4ndf@arrl.net>
    Subject: Louisiana Section Managers Newsletter November 2018

    LOUISIANA SECTION MANAGERS NEWSLETTER NOVEMBER 2018

    SILENT KEYS

    Norbet Newby WA5CFW

    Elizabeth Denton KA5MTG

    Charles Winder, Jr. K5FNN

    Frank Thrash W4DLZ

    Henry P. Forbes KC5KJ

    Sam L. Richardson W5SMH

    Carl Beck W5BEK

    NEW HAMS

    Report for 2018-11-02

    Jared A Mayeaux, KI5BVA

    Donnis H O’bryan, KI5CBV

    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW

    T J Taplin, KI5CBW

    Rex A Schuttler, KI5BUE

    LICENSE UPGRADES

    Report for 2018-11-02

    Camille J Guidry, KG5SWD

    David J Cantrelle, KF5WMS

    Michael J Decossas, KB5OZE

    Gregory Speyrer, KE5DEU

    Michael A Carmouche, KG5TGG

    Dorothy L Minor, KF5YNM

    Richard L Cutrer, KF5TQT

    Shirley M Jordan, KI5BFH

    Patrick L Widner, KG5AAH

    NEW ARRL MEMBERS

    Report for 2018-11-02

    James P Marra, N5HZ

    Divini Luccioni, N3DI

    Ted F Vander Wiede, KB1NDX

    Nathan A Cooper, K5ZFC

    Steven D Brinkley

    William J O Donnell, W5VPM

    Susan Anderson, KE5FMX

    Timothy Sonnier, N5RKK

    Abbigail Wilson, KF5BEW

    Kendra Wilson, KF5FYS

    Galen D Wilson, KF5BET

    John B Maylard, KC6MNO

    David W Ables, KE5NIJ

    Kevin J Abshire, KE5RKT

    Paul J Maia, KB5AIF

    Leonard W Martin, WD5DNQ

    Keith A McDavid, KF5WTK

    Kevin N Boykin, N5CDB

    Ronald D Porter, AG5RW

    Terry J Peek, KD5BIO

    Charles H Edwards, WC5K

    Jeffrey W Hall, KA5YZQ

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    FROM THE ARRL

    Well-Known Contester, “Antenna Farmer” Paul Bittner, W0AIH, SK

    11/01/2018

    The Reverend Paul Bittner, W0AIH, of Fall Creek, Wisconsin, died doing

    what he loved on October 31, when a tower-climbing mishap claimed his

    life at his well-known antenna farm. The ARRL Life Member and Maxim

    Society member was 84. A member of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame and

    retired Lutheran pastor, Bittner was a well-known and respected figure

    within the Amateur Radio community and a prolific contester and DXer.

    His call sign was nearly always present in most major operating events,

    and even in a few lesser-known contests, and news of his tragic death

    and condolences and accolades quickly spread among those who knew him

    best.

    “No one was more generous, loving, and encouraging to others than the

    Reverend Paul Bittner,” said Mike Lonneke, W4AAW, in a post to the

    Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC). “He called me last week to chat

    about what he and Mary were up to, like getting material together for

    their always long and hilarious Christmas newsletter. He also knocked me

    out with the latest of his funny experiences in his ‘Rent-a-Rev’

    sideline.” Bittner officiated at the June 2 wedding of two well-known

    midwestern contesters.

    Bittner was licensed in 1949 and held the same call sign ever since. He

    and his wife, Mary, WB0PXM, moved in 2000 to “The Farm,” a 120-acre

    spread in west-central Wisconsin. The first of the more than 50 towers

    began sprouting there before their arrival in 1982. As a ham, he enjoyed

    multi-multi contesting and DXing. His favorite band was 160 meters, and

    his favorite contest was the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest. Bittner’s

    son-in-law — Paul Husby, W0UC — operated VHF contests from The Farm

    and was a multi-multi regular as well.

    “His station stands as a great monument to a selfless man of great

    grace and remarkable achievements,” Lonneke said. “Paul once told me

    that AIH stands for ‘already in heaven.’”

    Contester and former ARRL staffer Dave Patton, NN1N, described Bittner

    as “such a good man and truly great ham.” W1AW Station Manager Joe

    Carcia, NJ1Q, noted that Bittner had volunteered to operate as W1AW/9 as

    a headquarters station in the 2019 IARU HF Championship to celebrate his

    decades in ham radio.

    NCJ Editor Scott Wright, K0MD, said that Bittner helped to build

    stations for many midwestern hams. “He was a mentor to hundreds of

    hams, and his enthusiasm for contesting was infectious,” Wright said.

    Bittner had said he wanted to be buried with a bible, a telegraph key,

    and a climbing belt.

    “Thank you for giving so much of yourself to me and the rest of the

    ham community,” said contester Scott Neader. “We will never forget

    you.”

    FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM

    Station

    11/01/2018

    In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson,

    New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of

    $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio

    station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A.

    Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed an April

    2018 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture(NAL) issued to Tulloch

    for alleged “willful and repeated violation” of Section 301 of the

    Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating an unlicensed FM

    radio station on 90.9 MHz in Paterson. Tulloch did not respond to the

    NAL, the FCC indicated.

    “Commission action in this area is essential because unlicensed radio

    stations do not broadcast Emergency Alert Service messages and therefore

    create a public safety hazard for their listener,” the FCC said in the

    Forfeiture Order. “Moreover, unlicensed radio stations create a danger

    of interference to licensed communications and undermine the

    Commission’s authority over broadcast radio operations.”

    Following up on February 2015 complaints regarding pirate radio

    operations in Paterson, FCC agents spotted a signal on 90.9 MHz that

    “appeared to be an unauthorized radio station.” Agents determined

    the signal was emanating from a multi-family dwelling and noticed an FM

    antenna on the structure. The measured field strength exceeded the

    limits allowed for Part 15 unlicensed devices.

    Through a solicitation broadcast on the station for advertisers and a

    vehicle parked outside the building, the FCC agents were able to

    determine that the telephone number in the announcement belonged to

    Tulloch, and the car was registered in his name. FCC agents made several

    visits to Paterson in late 2015 and early 2016. In October of 2016,

    agents returned to Paterson and determined that the signal source had

    relocated to another nearby multi-family structure. A Notice of

    Unlicensed Operation (NOUO) was posted on the door of the building and

    the following month, the FCC mailed an NOUO to Tulloch.

    Subsequent visits revealed that the station was still in operation, and,

    at some point, had moved back to its prior location. Additional NOUOs

    were issued. Finally, on September 15, 2017, two agents returned to

    Paterson and determined that the station no longer was on the air.

    In the Forfeiture Order, the FCC incorporated by reference the details

    of the investigation spelled out in the earlier NAL.

    The Tulloch case is among dozens that the FCC Enforcement Bureau has

    initiated in the past couple of years in efforts to shut down pirate

    broadcasters across the US, the vast majority of which are not FCC

    amateur licensees.

    New CEO Wants ARRL to Serve All Ages and Amateur Radio Interests

    11/01/2018

    Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill

    side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL

    Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey

    native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since

    meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an

    eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and

    services in the same direction.

    “I’m still trying to understand what is working and where the

    challenges are,” Michel said. “Once I understand where the

    challenges are, I need to understand why. Before I make any changes in

    what we’re doing, I need to make sure the change is a step in the

    right direction and for the right reasons, and not kind of a random

    process.”

    Michel would like to see ARRL focus on the future of Amateur Radio and

    not become the redoubt of a particular generation of radio amateur or

    interest group. He said, “Ham radio shouldn’t abandon the old

    guardians of the hobby, but at the same time, it needs to have new

    things that appeal to people who have different interests and different

    passions.”

    Ham radio appears currently entrenched with opposition often expressed

    to FT8 and other digital modes and protocols that bend Amateur Radio

    traditions and conventions, Michel observed. However, as he sees it,

    technology for the whole of Amateur Radio has been changing, and

    detractors to advances have always been present. He’d like ARRL to

    encourage more technological diversity without creating controversy.

    “My kick is seeing the technology advance,” the former IEEE

    president and CEO said. “I want to see hams embrace the new technology

    — as long as we do that in a way that those who don’t adopt the new

    technology won’t feel abandoned.” In his view, the real reason

    behind the continued enthusiasm for CW “is not the technology; it’s

    the legacy.”

    At the same time, resources should reflect usage and interest, with

    respect to the spectrum and with respect to how many pages QST devotes

    to a particular interest area. “Everything should reflect the growth

    and change, without abandoning the legacy interests.”

    Acknowledging the incessant push to get more young people into Amateur

    Radio, Michel wants to explore ways “to morph some of the League’s

    processes and services and products into something that would appeal to

    the newer generation of hams.”

    “Young people in general don’t join organizations, but they join

    causes,” he said. “With that kind of attitude, how do we develop the

    same kind of ability for people interested in Amateur Radio to

    self-organize around causes? And if we can design the infrastructure

    around that, maybe they’ll see value in ARRL and become a new type of

    member — not one who necessarily comes to ham club meetings once a

    month but finds the League can facilitate what they want to do.”

    Michel said he’s always enjoyed tinkering with ham gear, building it,

    modifying it, and repairing it, and then making it do something new or

    different. He concedes that while he has not had an opportunity to do

    much hamming as he’s moved around with the military and for academic

    and business pursuits, he’d like to become more active, and he is

    presently exploring his options as an apartment dweller. As for FT8,

    he’d like to try it, if for no other reason than the novelty.

    Michel said he definitely wants to encourage partnerships with other

    organizations with which ARRL might share some common ground, including

    IEEE.

    “We can’t do everything ourselves. We have to find partnerships,”

    he said. Some IEEE operating units would be applicable to Amateur Radio,

    and he’s already heard from two unit heads that are both hams.

    Michel also feels that radio amateurs need to extend their gaze beyond

    the everyday nuts and bolts of Amateur Radio operating. “What we need

    to do is protect the spectrum from competition, develop interest in the

    various facets of Amateur Radio, and not try to pick fights ‘in

    house,’” he said. “Spectrum is the gold of the 21st century.”

    Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, Elected as ITU Telecommunication

    Development Director

    11/02/2018

    ARRL member Doreen Bogdan-Martin, KD2JTX, has been elected as Director

    of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication

    Development Bureau (BDT). Her election, on the first ballot in a

    three-way race, came on November 1 at the ITU’s Plenipotentiary 2018

    Conference in Dubai. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first woman on the ITU

    executive team. Running on a campaign theme of “Sustainable Digital

    Development for All,” Bogdan-Martin said she would work toward a

    Telecommunication Development Bureau that helps its members benefit from

    the drivers of innovation and economic development.

    “We must help governments integrate ICTs into their national

    development frameworks, actively support[ing] their ministries to ensure

    digital development strategies emphasize human capacity, digital skills,

    and empowering people,” she said. “I envisage the BDT redoubling its

    efforts on digital inclusion, working to bring online the remaining 3.9

    billion people still offline.”

    Her candidacy had strong support from US officials, including Secretary

    of State Mike Pompeo, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and FCC Chairman

    Ajit Pai.

    “Ms. Bogdan-Martin is a true leader and professional who has dedicated

    more than 25 years to ensuring that all people can benefit from

    information and communication technologies,” Pompeo wrote in endorsing

    her candidacy. “I have no doubt that Ms. Bogdan-Martin will be a

    driving force to ensure connectivity for all.”

    FCC Chairman Pai extended congratulations to Bogdan-Martin, who, he

    said, “has deep expertise in development issues and will play a

    pivotal role in accelerating the spread of digital communications

    throughout the globe.”

    Bogdan-Martin has more than 20 years of experience at the ITU. During

    the past decade she has headed the ITU General Secretariat Strategic

    Planning and Membership Department for the Secretary-General. Her

    responsibilities have included developing the ITU’s strategic and

    operational plans in the context of ICT trends and the global

    information economy, representing the ITU in engagement with other

    bodies, and directing and managing all ITU global conferences.

    She launched Equals Global Partnership, a multi-stakeholder

    evidence-based network bringing women to technology, and technology to

    women. She also directed the first ITU global youth summit that featured

    700 participants and 3,000 remote participants, and she established the

    ITU office to the United Nations where she has been serving as ITU

    Representative to the UN High-Level Committee on Programmes (HLCP).

    2018 SKYWARN Recognition Day

    December 1, 2018 from 0000z to 2400z

    SKYWARN™ Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather

    Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the

    contributions that volunteer SKYWARN™ radio operators make to the

    National Weather Service. During the day SKYWARN™ operators visit NWS

    offices and contact other radio operators across the world.

    SKYWARN Recognition Day Operating Instructions

    1. Object For all amateur stations to exchange QSO information with as

    many National Weather Service Stations as possible on 80, 40, 20, 15,

    10, 6, and 2 meter bands plus the 70 centimeter band. Contacts via

    repeaters are permitted. SKYWARN™ Recognition Day serves to celebrate

    the contributions to public safety made by amateur radio operators

    during threatening weather.

    2. Date NWS stations will operate December 1, 2018, from 0000 – 2400

    UTC.

    3. Exchange: Call sign, signal report, QTH, and a one or two-word

    description of the weather occurring at your site (“sunny”, “partly

    cloudy”, “windy”, etc.).

    4. Modes: NWS stations will work various modes including SSB, FM, AM,

    RTTY, CW, FT8 and PSK31. While working digital modes, special event

    stations will append “NWS” to their call sign (e.g., N0A/NWS).

    5.Station Control Operator: It is suggested that during SRD operations a

    non-NWS volunteer should serve as a control operator for your station.

    6. Event and QSL Information: The National Weather Service will provide

    event information via the internet. Event certificates will once again

    be electronic and printable from the main website after the conclusion

    of SRD.

    7. Log Submission: To submit your log summary for SRD use the online

    submission form.

    Deadline for log submission is January 31, 2019.

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    ***2019 ARRL Field Day is June 22-23

    2019 Field Day will be held June 22-23, 2019.  Field Day is always held

    on the 4th full weekend in June.

    The 2019 Rules will be updated/released in March 2019.

    2018 Field Day results will appear in December QST

    LA SECTION RESULTS:

    LOUISIANA SECTION 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY RESULTS

    (PER DECEMBER 2018 QST)

    TOTAL ENTRIES: 24

    Score listings are grouped according to the number of transmitters in

    simultaneous operation and their entry class. The listings show club or

    group name, call sign(s) used, total number of QSOs, number indicating

    power output used, number of participants, and total score including

    bonus points and ARRL Section.

    THREE OR MORE PERSON CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE

    1A-COMMERCIAL

    WESTSIDE ARC  W5ABD  32/2/6/314 LA

    2A

    LA DELTA RC  KC5DR(+WA5WX)  395/2/45/1,982  LA

    SOUTH LAKE CHARLES HAM GRP  KI5EE  431/2/4/1,646  LA

    3A

    BATON ROUGE ARC  W5GIX(+K5LSU)  731/2/60/3,142  LA

    SPRINGHILL ARC LLC  N5II  240/2/6/698  LA

    3A COMMERCIAL

    SE LA ARC  WM5T  218/2/7/522  LA

    ACADIANA ARA  W5DDL(+W5EXI)  1,365/2/20/3,836  LA

    5A COMMERCIAL

    CENTRAL LA ARC  N5I  1,216/2/35/4,254  LA

    ONE OR TWO PERSONS/CLUB/NON-CLUB PORTABLE

    1B-1 OPERATOR

    K5BIU  219/2/1/1,024  LA

    N5JSC  118/2/1/386  LA

    K5TAE  28/2/1/206  LA

    1B-1 OPERATOR BATTERY

    K5SL  515/5/1/5,400 LA

    HOME STATIONS COMMERCIAL POWER

    1D

    K1DW  175/2/1/750  LA

    AA5AU  318/1/1/636  LA

    K2ZP  57/2/1/164  LA

    KG5GJT  45/2/1/140  LA

    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER

    1E

    KA5M  406/2/1/1,774  LA

    3E

    W5GAD  1,085/2/57/4,878  LA

    HOME STATIONS EMERGENCY POWER-BATTERY

    EOC STATIONS

    2F

    BAYOULAND EMERGENCY ARC  W5BMC  12/2/11/474  LA

    5F

    OZONE ARC  W5SLA  102/2/25/808  LA

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    ARES:  LA Section

    October 2018

    ARES Members:  352

    Active nets: 53 / with NTS Liaison:  3

    Number of Exercises/Training:  41 / 361 hours

    Number of Public Service Events:  2 / 432 hours

    Number of Emergency Operations:  0 / 0 hours

    Number of Skywarn Events:  3 / 34 hours

    Total:  46 / 827

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    Louisiana Traffic Report October 2018

    SESSIONS    QNI    QTC    QTR

    16                105    20      1.5 HOURS

    LOUISIANA HF ARES NET

    SSESSIONS QNI QTC  QTR

    4                110  0      2 HOURS

    73,

    Jimmy Lewis/AB5YS

    LOUISIANA SECTION TRAFFIC MANAGER

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    Subject: LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Nominations now being accepted

    All LA Section ARRL Members,

    Nominations for the LA Section 2018 Ham of the Year Award are now being

    accepted thru December 31, 2018.  The award will be announced at the

    Hammond Hamfest January 19, 2019.

    The nomination procedure is as follows:

    1)            Please follow these instructions.  Complete the form and attach your

    documentation. The Award Selection Committee will only see your attached

    documentation for each individual with nothing to identify the nominee.

    a)            Minimum requirements for a nominee – 5 years uninterrupted ARRL

    membership.  (Committee may waive this for a new Ham who is an ARRL

    member and has shown exemplary participation and accomplishments.)

    b)            On an attached page please use only BULLET statements to document

    the

    nominee’s participation and accomplishments.

    c)            Do not use a name, call sign or any statement information that would

    identify the nominee in the bullet statements.

    2)            Mail or email the completed nomination to the ARRL Louisiana Section

    Manager (Mailing address available on ARRL website or latest issue of

    QST).

    3)            The Section Manager will appoint an independent selection committee

    to make the final selection.

    4)            Additional support documents (pictures, news articles) may be

    attached, but will not be used unless there is a tie or verification is

    required.

    To obtain the nomination form please email me at K5JMR@ARRL.ORG and I

    will email you the nomination form.  Please return to me no later than

    December 31, 2018.

    Thank you!

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    ARRL Louisiana Section

    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS:  LA SECTION

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    12/15/2018 | MARA Christmas Hamfest

    Location: Minden, LA

    Type: ARRL Hamfest

    Sponsor: Minden Amateur Radio Association

    Website: http://n5rd.org

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    01/19/2019 | 38th SELARC Hammond HamFest

    Location: Hammond, LA

    Type: ARRL Hamfest

    Sponsor: Southeast Louisiana Amateur Radio Club

    UPCOMING HAMFESTS: DELTA DIVISION

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    12/01/2018 | Arkansas DX Association Annual Conference

    Location: North Little Rock, AR

    Type: ARRL Convention

    Sponsor: Arkansas DX Association

    HAMFEST/CONVENTION

    01/25/2019 | Mississippi State Convention (Capital City Hamfest)

    Location: Jackson, MS

    Type: ARRL Convention

    Sponsor: Jackson Amateur Radio Club

    Website: http://msham.org

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    ARRL Louisiana Section

    Section Manager: John Mark Robertson, K5JMR

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