August Meeting

WHEN: Monday, August 14, 2017.
             6:30 PM - Ragchew
             7:00 PM – Business Meeting

WHERE: Aiken Regional Medical Center
               302 University Pkwy
               Aiken, SC 29801
               6th Floor - Classroom A & B

TALK-IN: 146.73 Mhz (-)

PROGRAM: Kevan Nason, N4XL, will give a presentation on antenna take-off angles.

And wait...there's more !!!! Dave Kjellquist , WB5NHL, will be demonstrating the new Smart-Link SDR software from Flex Radio Systems. He will attempt to remote operate his Flex Radio 6500 HF radio , which is at his home, using his laptop over the Internet.

Field Day was a great success!

If you have not had a chance, visit our photo gallery at https://k4nab.org/photo-gallery/nggallery/field-day/field-day-2017/. If you have any photos from Field Day you want included in this gallery, please send them to Greg, K5CVD at godseygreg@gmail.com. 

Results will be coming shortly. 

ARRL President Issues Call for Members to Reach Out to their Senators to Support S. 1534

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, is calling on League members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, S. 1534. ARRL has opened a RallyCongress page to simplify the task.

"[W]e are at a crossroad in our efforts to obtain passage of The Amateur Radio Parity Act," Roderick said. He said the campaign to secure passage of the bill scored a major victory earlier this year when H.R. 555 passed unanimously in the US House of Representatives. Obtaining passage of the companion Senate bill, S. 1534, is the final legislative hurdle.

"Now is the time for all hams to get involved in the process!" Roderick said. "Many of you already live in deed-restricted communities, and that number grows daily."

He urged radio amateurs now restricted by a homeowners association from installing effective outdoor antennas to visit the RallyCongress site and e-mail their two US senators. He also encouraged those not currently affected by deed covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) to support their fellow radio amateurs by doing the same.

"If you want to help create an opportunity -- not available before now -- for Amateurs who live in deed-restricted communities to install effective outdoor antennas on property that you own or lease, send these e-mails today!" Roderick said. "We need you to reach out to your senators today. Right away."

S. 1534 was introduced in the US Senate on July 12, marking another step forward for this landmark legislation. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) are the Senate sponsors. The measure will, for the first time, guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowners association (HOA) or subject to any private land-use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes, while protecting the aesthetic concerns of HOAs.

From The ARRL Letter for July 27, 2017.

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