Status updated: 17th Aug, 2017
Wichita Hams, in preparation for the up coming Yaesu fusion Program, we would like to know how many hams are using the local UHF Fusion repeater and how often do you use it? If you have a C4FM radio and use the repeater please respond here with how much you use it. - View Post


Status updated: 9th Aug, 2017
CONVERSATION Making the Tent Bigger vs. Finding a New Tent Nowadays when DXers or Contesters gather, there's always talk about how "we should find ways of getting younger people involved in DXing or Contesting" because looking around the room, there just aren't a lot of people that aren't eligible for AARP. But wait, there are over 743,000 total Amateur Licenses as of this writing, the largest number of US Amateurs, ever. If there were ever a time to be able to 'find younger amateurs' that were interested in contesting, that would be now. It's easy to determine that newly licensed Amateurs are predominantly of the Technician class. Technicians comprise over half of the current licensees. We should be appealing to this influx. In polite company when I bring this up I sometimes hear that all of the newly licensed amateurs are "going to EMCOMM" or "going to ARES" or the dismissive "Oh, you mean the shack-on-the-belt crowd?" All of these new Technicians that are interested in "those things" take the same license examination as those that turn into contesters. Do non-contesting interests somehow disqualify them from contesting? They already have their license! Many say "If they only knew about contesting, they'd surely want to do it!" It is difficult to capture the essence of why contesting is fun. It's hard to make a YouTube video of exciting contest action. There are no energy beverage companies sponsoring and publicizing our 48-hour single op "iron-butt" events. This smacks of being a marketing problem. Thinking about it from that angle, we can easily figure out who is newly licensed (potential customers) from FCC public records, and it would be feasible for contest clubs to reach out to every newly licensed Amateur in their area, inviting them to an event tailored specifically to them. Clubs would be challenged to have their most enthusiastic members providing this specialized program. Yes, the attendees would have to be "sold" on contesting. Based on feedback from attendees that were and weren't interested in contesting, content would need to be refined. It would be a reproducible process, with measurable results. Marketing funnels could be constructed, conversion rates could be tracked, and changes tested. If we do treat this issue more seriously by developing a process using proven resources to "market" contesting to these younger "customers," we're going to have to be prepared for feedback on our "product" that is contesting, and be willing to try changes that don't fit with some of the customs, traditions, and barriers of what we today view as contesting. We'll need to find the equivalent of a 'contest on the belt' that will engage populations of Amateurs that don't look, think, or operate like current contesters. Are we as Amateur Radio Contesters 1.0 confident and flexible enough to accept and encourage Amateur Radio Contesting 2.0? - View Post


Status updated: 6th Aug, 2017
Have you read this? Please delete if not allowed. On Wednesday, August 2, 2017 5:52 PM, Marty Woll N6VI wrote: Now that I am a former ARRL Vice Director, I am free to speak my mind on this matter. As a long-time proponent of antenna rights, it is with great disappointment that I say I do not favor passage of HR-555. I should add up front, by way of disclaimer, that I am not an attorney. I was a big supporter of the original Amateur Radio Parity Act - the PRB-1 version. The ability to put up outdoor antennas and the structures necessary to support them on your property is crucial to being an active Ham for many licensees. Since 2010 I have visited the offices of numerous elected officials, sent over a thousand e-mail messages, spent entire convention weekends generating letters from Hams to their elected representatives and spoken at countless club meetings to drum up support for this legislation. It's fair to say that I invested a major chunk of my time in support of the original Parity Act, and I certainly respect ARRL leadership for its persistence in seeking relief for all impacted Amateurs, whether League members or not. However, in February of 2016 the language that mirrored PRB-1 was removed from HR-1301 (now HR-555), and this is a critique of the result, not of the intent or effort. Last year, ARRL found itself at odds with one senator over the bill and was required to negotiate compromise language with CAI, a national trade association of homeowner associations (HOAs) and similar groups. While I had some major misgivings at the time, I did not object to the compromise language because I believed it would help at least those Amateurs who live in homes with developer-imposed deed restrictions not within the purview of an active HOA. Since that time, however, some high-profile, competent and very knowledgeable attorneys (all of them Hams but none associated with the ARRL Board) have evaluated the compromise language and found that it may do more harm than good. They have pointed out some serious shortcomings in HR-555 that significantly restrict how many Hams may benefit from its passage and that, if uncorrected, could actually diminish the rights of some Amateurs and grant the right to regulate Amateur antennas to HOAs that do not now have that right. What follows is an abbreviated description of the issues surrounding HR-555, the current version of the Parity Act. For those who want to dig deeper into the matter, I have a version I can e-mail you separately that include attachments containing (1) the original bill language, (2) the compromise language in the current bill, and (3) an analysis prepared by former FCC attorney and active Amateur Radio operator Jim Talens N3JT for the Potomac Valley Radio Club. Many of the points in Jim's critique were also made by Fred Hopengarten K1VR (author of Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur) at his presentation to the Legal Forum at the May 2017 Dayton Hamvention. Suffice it to say that the expert Ham-attorneys are NOT all lining up in support of HR-555 in its current form. The original bill pretty much paralleled PRB-1, the Federal Preemption Statute. It required the FCC to revise its regulations to prohibit private deed restrictions that preclude or fail to reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communications or that do not constitute the minimum practicable restriction on such communications to accomplish the legitimate purpose of the private entity seeking to enforce such restriction. On the other hand, the compromise bill that CAI insisted on does the following: 1) It grants HOAs the right to use aesthetics as a basis for antenna decisions, even to those associations whose rules do not now have any provisions concerning antennas. This grant of power to HOAs is unprecedented in Federal law, and it adds a right - as a matter of Federal law - for HOA's that has never been previously approved in Federal law. That right cannot be undone by state law. 2) It requires a deed-restricted Amateur to notify and seek prior permission from the HOA before installing any outdoor antenna, with no grandfathering for those already installed. 3) It does not establish a time frame within which the HOA must render a decision; an HOA can stall indefinitely and do so without adverse consequence. 4) It does not grant or guarantee to an Amateur the right to operate on the band(s) of his or her choice. 5) It permits but does not require the HOA to establish written rules regarding antenna size, type and location. 6) It does not establish or require an HOA administrative process for redress if an HOA denies a Ham's requested antenna. The decision of the HOA is final. Under HR-555, if passed, Hams who have existing "stealth" antennas, even with the concurrence of their immediate neighbors, would now be in violation of Federal law and FCC regulations. HOAs will be legally able to write their own rules with no objective criteria and no standards, and they will have the unrestricted power of Federal law to back them up. The band(s) on which the Amateur wishes to operate need not be a consideration in any HOA decision; they could limit you to a small UHF whip a few inches long on your gutter and say that have accommodated Amateur Radio. An HOA that previously existed only to conduct limited activities, such as maintaining roads, utilities and exterior landscaping, one that has never held any power to regulate Amateur Radio, would be granted the power to demand the removal of existing antennas and to demand that an Amateur seek its approval to install any Amateur antennas or supports. Imagine having moved into a neighborhood because the HOA had no regulatory power over Amateur Radio antennas, only to have Federal law now grant the HOA that power! The compromise bill expressly disconnects itself from PRB-1. Unfortunately, that means that none of the Ham-friendly court decisions interpreting PRB-1 would be binding on an HOA. It has been argued that the FCC, in writing the regulations required by HR-555, could eliminate some of the above risks. However, the FCC has opposed restricting the rights of HOAs for over thirty years, and I don't think it is prudent to count on the Commission to reverse itself and interpret the law in our favor. Neither can we count on CAI, having won the rights it demanded, to sit by and make no attempt to influence the post-enactment regulatory process in its favor. Wishful thinking to the contrary is hardly a sound basis on which to make our decisions. Because of the aforementioned shortcomings of HR-555 and the likely adverse consequences of its passage, I cannot support it any longer. There may be a better path than the one the League is now pursuing; I don't know if we can ever get there, but I certainly don't want us to make things worse for a significant number of Amateurs or expose them to being found in violation of Federal law and FCC regulations. Please consider these points when you are asked to write letters of support for HR-555 to your legislators. As an aside, I want to remind you that some licensees have been successful in selling the advantages of Amateur Radio-based disaster communication capability to their HOA boards. Offering benefits can be much easier and less costly than demanding one's rights. 73, Marty N6VI - View Post


Status updated: 5th Aug, 2017
The WARC August 2017 Ground Grid news letter is now available at the following link. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B6g9MLAzKIdkSmlFOVdvc0lWVkE/view?usp=sharing - View Post


Status updated: 2nd Aug, 2017
8/2/17 The link from the Bartlesville OK repeater to Beaumont has been repaired and it should now be back on the Kan-Okla system. Independence Ks is still down due to repair work being done by the tower owner. - View Post


Status updated: 30th Jul, 2017
Update July 30 2017 As we shared on 25 July, Yaesu has postponed the Fusion presentation that was previously scheduled for the August 2nd, WARC general club meeting. While the presentation for the August 2nd is postponed, Yaesu has asked us to gather a list of questions to help make the most efficient use of the presentation time and question/answer session for the newly scheduled date of October 4th. Even though the new date for the presentation is October 4th, we ask everyone to still make plans to attend our August 2nd meeting if possible as we will be devoting time to compose the list of questions about System Fusion that Yaesu has asked for. We would like the everyone planning to attend make sure their questions get submitted in the consolidated list we will composing. The August 2nd and September 6th meetings would also be a great time to connect with other individuals in the area who are into or considering getting into Yaesu System Fusion and share any knowledge you may already have. - View Post


Status updated: 26th Jul, 2017
Dear ARRL member, I am writing to you today because we are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act. Our legislative efforts scored a major victory in our campaign when The Amateur Radio Parity Act, S. 1534 now moves to the Senate, where we need every Senator to approve the bill. This is the companion Bill to H.R. 555, which passed in the House of Representatives in January. You are one of over 730,000 licensed Amateur Radio Operators living in the United States. Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily. NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL HAMS TO GET INVOLVED IN THE PROCESS! • If you want to have effective outdoor antennas but are not currently allowed to do so by your Home Owner’s Association, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!! • If you already have outdoor antennas, but want to support your fellow hams, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!! • If you want to preserve your ability to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own, SEND THESE EMAILS TODAY!! We need you to reach out to your Senators TODAY! Right away. Help us in the effort. Please go to this linked website and follow the prompts: Thank you. - View Post


Status updated: 25th Jul, 2017
July 25 Yaesu has postponed the Fusion presentation that was scheduled for the August WARC meeting. While that is disappointing we expect to have them rescheduled in a few months. Watch for further updates. - View Post


Status updated: 8th Jul, 2017
In early June the club board had discussed having a work day at the Derby repeater site to put a coating on the roof and add some paint to the exterior walls on July 9 However between field day, kids day, and the sidewalk sale planning for the repeater site fell thru the cracks. A few people are going to meet at the site about 3 PM July 9 and see if we can work out planning details to reschedule a work day for another time. - View Post


Status updated: 8th Jul, 2017
I just received this video from back in June, receiving a Proclamation on behalf of the Wichita Amateur Radio Club. from the City of Wichita KS. Presenting the Document Is Mayor Jeff Longwell along with Fire Chief Ron Blackwell In attendance for the WARC , were Press. Marc Hammann KØVFW & the Club Spokesperson Joseph Pajor KBØKFH. See Video link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVcW_cEu07k&feature=youtu.be - View Post


Status updated: 7th Jul, 2017
Second Saturday Ham Lunch at Ourrs cafeteria on E Harry at 12 noon July 8 2017. Informal gathering for food and conversation. - View Post


Status updated: 7th Jul, 2017
I understand the K-Link system has added a repeater in the KC area. - View Post