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NEXT MEETING:  Monday Night, January 9th, 2017
Guest Speaker:  Roy Rabey, AD5KZ
“Official Observer Program & Interpreting the FCC Rules”
Location:  Larry’s Pizza, 12911 Cantrell in west Little Rock
Pizza and Fellowship at 5:30 p.m. – Meeting and Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Roy Rabey, AD5KZOur first meeting of 2017 will be an interesting one.  Our guest speaker will be Roy Rabey, AD5KZ, from Carrollton, Texas. His presentation will be “ARRL Official Observer Program & Interpreting the FCC Rules for Amateur Radio”. Roy is an Official Observer Coordinator (OOC) and is a nationally recognized expert on this topic.  His presentation will provide an overview of the ARRL administered FCC Amateur Auxiliary and the duties of an Official Observer (OO).  You’ve never heard of the “Official Observer Program” and you don’t know who or what is an OO?  You need to educate yourself by attending this presentation.  This is all about compliance with FCC Part 97 rules and we all know, this is NOT optional.

In 1982 Congress passed the Communications Amendments Act of 1982 (Public Law 97-259). It authorizes the FCC to use volunteers to monitor the airwaves for rules violations.  As the result of an agreement between the FCC and ARRL, the Amateur Auxiliary and the Official Observer Program was created.

We are very proud to have a recent influx of many new hams.  Attend this meeting and you will leave as much more informed, regardless if you have been a ham for weeks or decades.

Raffle prizes include a new Baofeng GT-3WP waterproof dual-band handheld radio and several other nice prizes including Craftsman tools.

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New Officers for 2017, Elected at our October 2016 Meeting

We held our annual election for new officers on October 3rd.  The results are:

President:  Steven Hicks, W5NLR
Vice President:  Sam Baldwin, N5SRB
Secretary-Treasurer:  Margie Wofford, KG5EPM (re-elected for a 2nd term)
Board Member:  Ron Stailey, KG5RON (replacing N5SRB, who was elected VP)
Board Member:  Mike Clay, AC5XV (replacing N5QLC)
Immediate Past President:  Randy Wright, AE5RW
Trustee:  Tim Leet, K5TEL (Board Appointed)
Chief Engineer:  Joel Echols, N5QLC (Board Appointed)

These officers begin serving on January 1, 2017

NOTE:  Our next meeting will be on MONDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 9th, 2017 –NOT ON JANUARY 2nd.  This is due to January 1st falling on a Sunday, which causes January 2nd to be observed as a holiday for many.  Visit this page often for more details about upcoming meetings and events.

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443.000 (100.0) Repeater Back on the Air in a New Home:
The
Plaza West Building at Markham & University

update_flashThe 443.000+ (100.0) machine has been repaired and realigned by a Motorola Certified Technician and moved to the 12-story Plaza West Building, the second highest point in Little Rock.  The repair technician said the repeater is in remarkable shape.  This move was approved by the CAUHF Board on August 8, 2014.

Currently it is transmitting 32 watts on a temporary antenna until we can procure a high gain commercial antenna. Coverage could reach as far as Benton and Conway or about a 20 mile radius.

plaza_west_htThis repeater is the legendary Motorola MSF-5000 and it is NOT linked to the AR Links System. Use this repeater anytime you need LR/NLR Handie-Talkie coverage or you simply have no need to contact anyone on the AR Links System. The repair and re-location team for this project included Steven Hicks, W5NLR, Margie Wofford, KG5EPM and we were also assisted by a licensed electrician who holds a General Radio Operators License (GROL).

As stated above, the Motorola MSF-5000 is indeed a legendary repeater.  It’s reign spanned the era before and after the introduction of digital radios, from the early 1980’s until the mid-2000’s or about 25 years.  It was discontinued about 10 years ago and now, only used or surplus parts can be found.  Unfortunately, thousands of these (still working) repeaters have gone to scrap yards and landfills to make way for digital radios and repeaters.

Yet, hundreds of these solid state, analog repeaters–in many variations–still remain on 24 hour duty in small town police and fire departments across America and around the world.  Many remain in commercial service as well, dispatching plumbers, electricians and pest control operators to customer service calls.  It was undeniably, one of Motorola’s most successful, dependable and profitable products.  Only God knows how many thousands of lives and how many billions of dollars in property have been saved as the result of emergency communications routed through a Motorola MSF-5000.  We are fortunate to have this one collectors’ item, shined up, finely tuned and still serving those of us in amateur radio.     — W5NLR

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AR Links System Welcomes a New Partner, WD5B
146.685- (141.3) in Dardanelle

146685_smallThe Central Arkansas UHF Group and the AR Links System would like to welcome Richard Duncan, WD5B as a new linking partner.  Richard’s 146.685 (141.3) VHF repeater overlooks Lake Dardanelle and is linked 24/7 to the AR Links System through our main repeater 443.200 in Little Rock.  This repeater gives us great coverage in the Russellville and Dardanelle area AND it’s on a backup generator!  We have long wished for a repeater in this area.  We are very fortunate to have Richard come forward and offer to link to us!  Make sure this frequency is in your radio and give a shout anytime you travel I-40 through Russellville and Dardanelle  With a good mobile, you should hear this repeater from Pottsville to Ozark and beyond.

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Let’s All Get Together! 

baofeng_UV82For quite some time, we have considered establishing standard simplex frequencies for use within the CAUHF Group (and for anyone else who wishes to play along with us).  All of these frequencies fall within the ARRL Band Plan for VHF and UHF.  Here’s what we’ve come up with thus far.  We will not use PL tones on any simplex frequency (unless it becomes necessary in the future).  During special events, disaster drills, etc., we can refer to these as “tactical channels”.  These standard frequencies are taken from a similar plan developed by the New York City Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Service (ARECS).  They use far more than 10 frequencies and they also use PL tones, but these 10 should be enough for us, at least for now.  Please program all of these simplex frequencies into your mobile radios and HT’s.  You never know when you might need them.

VTAC Channel VHF UTAC Channel UHF
VTAC-1 National Simplex 146.520 MHz UTAC-1 National Simplex 446.000 MHz
VTAC-2 146.535 MHz UTAC-2 446.025 MHz
VTAC-3 146.550 MHz UTAC-3 446.050 MHz
VTAC-4 146.565 MHz UTAC-4 446.075 MHz
VTAC-5 146.580 MHz UTAC-5 446.100 MHz

Some folks just pick any old frequency for simplex but that really is not wise.  If you are not careful, you can accidentally pick a repeater frequency.  Also, you must remember that VHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 15kHz apart and UHF simplex frequencies need to be at least 25kHz apart (as shown above) to avoid interfering with each other.  From the ARECS plan, we used the VHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 146.520, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 15kHz.  We also used the UHF National Calling Frequency as the baseline at 446.000, then for each succeeding “channel”, we went up 25kHz.  At this point, this is merely a proposed plan–just a suggestion.  Let’s hear your thoughts.

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This is the place to come for the latest news and information about the CAUHF Group. Also, don’t forget to check-in to our regular Tuesday Night Net, held every Tuesday evening at 8:00 p.m. on all of the AR Links System Repeaters such as 443.200 in Little Rock, 444.700 in North Little Rock and a dozen or so more around the state. Click on the AR Links System tab above.

 

Main Repeaters

AR Links System
443.200 (114.8) - LIttle Rock
145.490 (114.8) - Little Rock
444.700 (114.8) - North Little Rock
443.600 (114.8) - Magnet Cove OFFLINE
147.120 (131.8) - Haskell
444.675 (114.8) - Arkadelphia NEW
145.330 (114.8) - Morrilton
146.685 (141.3) - Dardanelle (Russellville)
146.745 (107.2) - Bradford
146.640 (131.8) - Benton OFFLINE

Stand Alone
146.775 (162.2) - Little Rock, Shinall
444.850 (114.8) - Little Rock, Downtown
443.000 (100.0) - Little Rock,
Markham & University BACK ONLINE

For a complete list, click on the AR Links tab above.

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