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Press for US Senate Passage of Amateur Radio Parity Act

ARRL once again is calling on its members to urge their US Senators to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act (H.R. 1301) when it comes up in the Senate during the “lame duck” session of Congress that adjourns in mid-December. The House of Representatives approved the bill in September, but if the Senate does not follow suit, the bill will die, and the entire process will have to be repeated. ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, who chairs the ARRL Board’s Legislative Advocacy Committee and has been heavily involved in efforts to move H.R. 1301 forward, said today, “The clock is ticking!” [1]

2016 SET Results

The ARRL Simulated Emergency Test (SET), conducted on October 1st and 2nd, 2016, was a national emergency exercise “aimed at testing the skills and preparedness of Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and other organizations that are called into action in actual emergency situations.”[1]

During the 2016 SET the Red River Radio Amateurs (RRRA) conducted tests of HF and VHF coverage in the Red River Valley. The Net Control Stations periodically polled the W0ILO repeaters, the VHF National Calling Frequency, and 3.860MHz, logging the call-signs and locations of check-ins. No logs are available for the HF portion of the SET. However, according to a statement by KC0DCF at the October 2016 RRRA business meeting, HF operations were not conducted at NDSU as planned due to equipment issues. Mark KK0V operated HF from home and logged 5 contacts.