Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1881 - August 30 2013

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1881 with a release
date of August 30 2013 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  The NTIA to lead a two year pilot
study of all spectrum in the United States, hams respond to
Colorado Flooding and the western states wildfires; hams in
Ridgecrest California get some good news concerning tower
installations and a Virginia radio club begins a computer
loan out program to help needy high schoolers.  All thiis
and more on Amateur Radio NewslineT report number 1881
coming your way right now.


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RADIO LAW:  NTIA TO INITIATE PILOT SPECTRUM MONITORING
PROGRAM

The National Telecommunications and Information
Administration or NTIA is planning a two year pilot program
to determine the benefits of an automated spectrum
measurement and data collection system.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Norm Seeley, has the details:

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The National Telecommunications and Information
Administration or NTIA has filed a budget request to
Congress for fiscal year 2014 seeks an initial $7.5 million
for a research and development investment.  This, for a two-
year pilot program to determine the benefits of an automated
spectrum measurement and data collection system to better
analyze actual spectrum usage.
  
In addition, the NTIA has issued a Notice of Inquiry to seek
public comment on this proposed spectrum monitoring pilot
program that, if funded, would develop and deploy a
prototype system to monitor spectrum usage in up to ten
metropolitan areas throughout the United States.

The Notice of Inquiry requests input from all interested
stakeholders on the measurement system's design, its
features, deployment options, operational parameters,
expected utility, potential benefits, and other issues.
  
Subject to the availability of funds, NTIA will design,
develop, validate, and field this prototype system and
evaluate whether a more comprehensive monitoring program
would create additional opportunities for more efficient
spectrum access through, for example, increased and more
dynamic sharing. NTIA intends to use the input received in
response to the Notice of Inquiry to help design and
implement such a spectrum monitoring program.
  
If this project goes forward it means that the ham bands
from the lowest to the highest in frequency, along with that
assigned to all other current users will come under the
scrutiny of such a program.  So to coin a phrase made
popular by 73 Magazines Publisher Wayne Green, W2NSD, back
in the 1980's, when it comes to our bandspace we had better
use it or we might just loose it.
  
For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Norm Seeley, KI7UP, in
Scottsdfale, Arizona.

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In his June 2013 Executive Memorandum on Expanding America's
Leadership in Wireless Innovation, President Obama directed
the National Telecommunications and Information
Administration to design and conduct such a pilot spectrum
monitoring program.  More on this is in the Federal Register
at tinyurl.com/ntia-spectrum-monitor.  (Southgate,
rrmediagroup.com, FCW.com, Federal Register)

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAMS ASSIST IN WAKE OF COLORADO FLOODING

The ARRL Letter reports that on August 9th that Pikes Peak
ARES  volunteers provided communication support to several
organizations during the Waldo Canyon flood in Manitou
Springs, Colorado.  Hams assisted at the El Paso County
Emergency Operations Center, the Colorado Springs Emergency
Operations Center, the National Weather Service Pueblo
SKYWARN, the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross
and one Red Cross shelter.

Some two dozen operators checked in with reports on rainfall
rates, creek and roadway water levels, traffic and shelter
populations. Pikes Peak ARES activated again on August 12
and 14 to support the EOCs and the National Weather Service
in Pueblo, Colorado by providing rainfall rates, street
flooding information, creek levels, and hail occurrences.
ARES also supported the flow of information from Red Cross
evacuation shelters to the main Red Cross chapter, to help
facilitate the flow of supplies, emergency needs, and
shelter utilization.

More on this story is on line at tinyurl.com/arrl-Colorado-
floods

(ARRL)

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RESCUE RADIO:  HAMS RESPOND TO WESTERN WILDFIRE

Ham radio operators have been called out to assist in
communications efforts associated with a massive wildfire in
the Western United States.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill
Pasternak, WA6ITF, is in the newsroom with what's known so
far:

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Its called the Rim Fire and the situation surrounding its
containment is so fluid that it literally changes from
minute to minute.

As we go to air the statistics are literally staggering.
Currently the burned area stands at close to 200,000 acres.
This is about equal to the size of the city of New York.  It
has already destroyed 111 structures and was last reported
to be threatening 5,500 more.  According to the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection 90 percent of
these residences.

USA Today reports that ham radio was first called upon when
communications assistance was required when the towns of
Tuolumne and Mi-Wuk Village and several smaller communities
between them were placed under voluntary evacuation alert.
Operators associated with the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service were providing information in Sonora, California
where evacuees were being housed and fed.

Carol Logue, KG6SGL, is with the Tuolumne County Amateur
Radio Electronics Society.  She told USA Today that the
smell of the fire was all around and that one can get on the
hilltops around here and see the fires.  Other reports say
that Officials in Tuolumne County soon asked that ARES and
RACES volunteers to help fill a communication void in areas
that could not otherwise be reached by two-way radio.

In another USA Today interview Larry Brown, KJ6WHR, of
Sonora, California, said that ham radio operator with the
Tuolumne County Amateur Radio Electronics Society are
manning phones at the Sonora community information line for
those affected by the fire.

Another source of news on ham radio involvement came from
Sabrina Ambler who is a reporter for MML news.  She
interviewed Phil Fish, WB6GGY, who is the Tuolumne County
RACES Radio Officer.  Fish told Ambler that radio amateurs
volunteer to assist the county in any way they are needed.
He noted that hams have the ability to provide radio
coverage over a large area much more reliably than cell
phones and that amateur radio has the ability to fill in
communications dead spots.  For this reason alone ham radio
could be involved in the fire-fighting effort, as needed,
for some time to come.

This is not the only blaze that the Western United States is
facing.  There are dozens of smaller fires burning the
largest of which being the Beaver Creek Fire in Idaho, which
has scorched 111,387 acres.  Thankfully this one is now over
90% contained, according to a federal fire tracking website.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the Newsroom in Los Angeles.

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More on this in future Amateur Radio Newsline reports.  (USA
Today, MNL News, Southgate, other published news reports)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE: NEW HAM VIDEO GEAR IS ON THE ISS

The ARISS Ham Video transmitter is now on board the
International Space Station and located in the in the
Columbus Module.  The transmitter was delivered by Japanese
cargo spacecraft which launched in early August.
Installation will be done by astronaut ham Michael Hopkins,
KF5LJG, who has been trained for the commissioning of the
ARISS Ham Video equipment.  This could take place as early
as sometime in October.  When the new S-Band transmitter
becomes operational, it will be used mainly for ARISS
educational school contacts. Video will be for downlink
only.  Uplink will continue to be VHF FM audio and we will
have more ham radio and space related news later on in this
weeks newscast.  (ARISS, ON4WF)

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BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station. We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W5HTK and WA5QYE Linked repeater system
serving Enid Oklahoma.

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RADIO LAW:  FIRST STEP ACHIEVED IN HIGHER TOWERS FOR
RIDGECREST CA HAMS

Some good news for hams in the city of Ridgecrest,
California.  By a 4 to 0 vote preliminary approval of an
ordinance has signaled a small step forward for amateur
radio operators in that community.  This in the area of
installing towers and antennas that exceed the current city
limit.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Stephan Kinford, N8WB,
reports:

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At a City Council meeting on Wednesday's August 21st
Ridgecrest California City Planner Matthew Alexander
presented a request by the city staff to amend municipal
code.  This, to allow towers higher than 35 feet to be built
in residential parts of the city on a conditional basis.

Alexander provided background to the council, indicating
that in late 2012 that Steven Rainey, N6MVX, had requested
to build a 55-foot tower, with an additional 15-foot antenna
attached.  Under the current municipal code, residents
cannot install structures larger than 35 feet in residential
areas.

Alexander said the zoning changes will apply to single-
family residential areas, estate-zoned areas and the city's
agriculture-zoned areas.  He added that the language should
be modified to include just the word tower, instead of
signaling out any other particular type of structure.  He
also said that it has been suggested the council consider a
lower fee for the permit process to reflect actual costs
based on the time it takes to review, research and process
applications.  Currently the coat is $1200.

In his presentation, Alexander conceded that the structure
that Rainey proposed would tower over most single-story
homes in Ridgecrest.  However, Alexander added that ham
radio operators provided a great service to the community,
especially during emergencies.  He went on to say that the
city does not don't want to discourage them and if newer
towers are higher, we want to be able to let them to move
forward and allow them to be built.

Vice Mayor Chip Holloway appeared supportive of the idea of
waiving or reducing fees.  He noted that he would actually
want to encourage more ham radio operator in Ridgecrest
after experiencing Hurricane Katrina, and knowing how
effective and prevalent such towers are in the South where
he grew up.  Holloway added that knowing the city's
isolation, the state we live in and the lack of resources we
already have, if we get into trouble we are going to need
ham operators to be available.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB.

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Currently the way Ridgecrest handles such structures is with
the issuance of a conditional use permit.  Alexander
explained that this process requires applicants to notify
neighbors within 300 feet of the residence, to pay for costs
of mailers and of a public notice in the newspapers in
addition to the $1200 conditional use application fee.  You
can read more on this story at tinyurl.com/ridgecrest-ham-
towers.
(ridgecrestca.com)

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RADIOSPORTS:  WRTC-14 TEAM LEADER APPLICATIONS DUE BY
SEPTEMBER 13

Organizers of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship or
W-R-T-C competition are accepting applications for team
leaders.  There will be 54 two person teams in the contest,
scheduled to be held next July in New England.

Team leaders will be selected from the top qualifiers in 29
regions around the world, based on applications and a
qualification formula that considers 12 scores selected from
55 qualifying events between October 2010 and March 2013.

The team leader application is online at tinyurl.com/wrtc-
leader. The deasdline for filing the completed application
filing is September 13th.
(CQ)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC CITES TEXAS CB STORE FOR UNCERTIFIED
AMPLIFIER

The FCC appears to be hot on the trail of anyone who is
selling uncertified gear capable of operation on the 11
meter Class D Citizens Radio band.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Heather Embee, KB3TZD, has more:

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As we reported last week, the FCC already had cited DNJ
Radio for selling uncertified equipment capable of 11 meter
operation.  Now comes word of a citation having been issued
to the Radio Master CB Shop for similar violations.

According to the Citation and Order to Radio Master, this
past February 14th agents from the FCC's Dallas office
inspected the Radio Master CB Shop at a TravelCenters of
America truck stop in Rockwall, Texas.  At that time they
observed a used Palomar model 250 external RF amplifier
offered for sale.  The agents noted that the unit did not
have an FCC identification number to confirm that the
particular amplifier had been granted an FCC certification.

In its Citation released on Friday, August 20th, the FCC
says that under its rules, any external RF power amplifiers
capable of operating in that spectrum may not be offered for
sale unless they have first been authorized in accordance
with the agency's rules.  The unit in question was not so
authorized.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

--

As in the case of DNJ Radio, Radio Master CB Shop was
ordered to immediately stop selling the uncertified
equipment.  The FCC also gave the company thirty days to
provide in writing certain information concerning Radio
Masters online store.  (FCC)

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ON THE AIR:  COLLINS RADIO 80TH ANNIVERSARY SEPT 21-23 AND
28-30

Four club stations honoring the famed Rockwell Collins
collaboration will be celebrating the 80th anniversary of
the Collins Radio Company with a special event operation the
last two weekends of September.

Stations W0CXX and N0CXX Cedar Rapids, Iowa; W5ROK
Richardson, Texas; W4CRC Melbourne, Florida and  W6CXX
Tustin, California will be on the air September 21st to the
23rd and again on September 28th to the 30th to take part in
the event.  Operation is from 9AM to midnight local time for
each station based on operator availability.

A special QSL card for the overall event will be available
to all making contact with any of the stations.  A
commemorative certificate will be obtainable for those
working 3 or more club stations on any combination of bands
and modes.  More information on the operation and QSL
instructions is on the web at www.w0cxx.org.  (Collins ARC)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  EMCOMM EAST CONFERENCE SEPT 29 IN PITTSFORD
NY

Registration is now open for the EmComm East emergency
communications conference slated for Sunday, September 29th
near Rochester, New York.  This is an action packed one-day
meeting where amateur operators involved in disaster
response and emergency communications can attend training
sessions, interact with those from served agencies, and
exchange information with  other operators from the area.

This years keynote speaker will be ARRL Chief Operating
Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B.  Kramer was one of the ham
radio volunteers working at the finish line of the Boston
Marathon when the terrorist bombings took place.  As such he
will likely have a very gripping story to tell.

EmComm East will be held at St. John Fisher College is
located six miles southeast of Rochester, NY, in the suburb
of Pittsford.  More information is on the web at
www.emcommeast.org  (Emcommeast)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  FORMER ASTRONAUT STEVE NAGEL N5RAW, TO
SPEAK AT ARRL MIDWEST CONVENTION

Former NASA Astronaut Steve Nagel, N5RAW, will be speaking
to students and the public at the ARRL Midwest Division
Convention on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 2013 in
Lebanon, Missouri.

Highlights of Astronaut Nagel's visit will include a special
event for science and technology students from public
schools on Friday November 8th.  It will be hosted by Nagel
along with Carole Perry, WB2MGP, who is a former Dayton Ham
of the Year and ARRL Instructor of the Year.  The two will
also host a 2 hour Youth Forum at 2 pm on Saturday, November
9th.

The target audience and programs focus is on youth and are
open free of charge to all young people.  The event will be
held at the Cowan Civic Center with other guest that include
ARRL Executive Vice President Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, Ham Nation
hosts Bob Heil, K9EID, and Gordon West, WB6NOA and Newsline
producer Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF.


More about this event is on the web at
arrlmidwestconvention.org or by e-mail to k4sx (at)
centurytel (dot) net.  (ARRL Midwest Convention)

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HAM HAPPENINGS: DAYTON RTTY CONTESTING DINNER TO RETURN IN
2014

After a 10 year interruption, the Dayton RTTY Contesting
Dinner will be back next year.  Fred Dennin, WW4LL, of
Sharpsburg, Georgia, plans to host the dinner.  He says that
it will be held Thursday evening, May 15, 2014, at
the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Dayton, Ohio.  He adds
that is in the process of locating a featured guest speaker
and additional door prize donors.  Any individual,
organization or merchandiser wishing to contribute is
invited to contact him by e-mail to fdennin (at) numail
(dot) org.  (OPDX, Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  9M6DXX TO DEPART MALAYSIA NOV 1

Steve Telenius-Lowe, 9M6DXX, says that after more than eight
years in Malaysia, that he and his wife Eva, 9M6EVA, have
decided to move on to another part of the world.  They will
depart Malaysia on November 1st so 9M6DXX will go QRT some
time in October.  Lowe notes that they are moving to the
Caribbean island of Bonaire, and hope to be active with PJ4
prefix callsigns before the end of the year.  (9M6DXX)

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BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  We are
the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our
only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio
amateur:

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RADIO FROM SPACE: NASA TO RETIRE KEPLER TELESCOPE FROM
PLANET-HUNTING

NASA's Kepler space telescope has had to give up its prime
mission of searching the universe for new habitable planets.
This after mission engineers failed to find a fix for its
pointing system after the observatory lost the second of its
four reaction wheels.  Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl
Lasek, K9BIK, reports:

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The $600 million dollar Kepler space observatory was
launched in March 2009.  Its primary mission was to try to
locate planets orbiting their home stars in the so-called
habitable zone and then radio its findings back to Earth.
The habitable zone is the region where, given the right
conditions that water might exist on in a liquid state.
These planets are considered as having the best chance of
supporting some form of life.

Kepler's method of planet detection involved looking for the
tiny dips in light as a planets passes in front of its star.
Because of this the space observatory must be held
absolutely motionless during these observations which is
something that requires a minimum of three operating
reaction wheels to achieve.

The space observatory was launched with four operating
reaction wheels, and experienced its first failure in the
hardware set in July 2012. A second wheel failed last May.

Kepler had so far confirmed 135 planets beyond our Solar
System but still had over 3,500 more in its database that
have yet to be fully investigated. The observatory had
already identified a number of worlds slightly bigger than
Earth in several stars habitable zones and researchers were
confident they will soon be able to confirm the existence of
more planets that enjoy Earth-like conditions.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois.

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More on this story can be found at several websites covering
space science including tinyurl.com/kepler-to-retire.
(Published news reports)

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WORLDBEAT:  VOICE OF RUSSIA TO CEASE SHORTWAVE RADIO SERVICE
TO GO QRT

It appears the Voice of Russia will cease shortwave radio
service on January 1st, 2014. According to this article on a
major S-W-L website, the shortwave service is closing due to
government mandated funding cuts.  The Voice of Russia was
known as Radio Moscow in the Cold War era but actually first
took to the shortwave bands back in 1922 with a single
transmitter located in Moscow.  (swling.com)

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WORLDBEAT:  RSGB TO FUND RF NOISE FLOOR STUDY

A proposal for funding to support the long term
understanding of the RF noise floor has recently been
approved by the Radio Society of Great Britain's Legacy
Trustees managing the legacy provided by the late Ken
Rowell, G5RL.

The funding provides for web support for the Noise
Measurement Campaign, announced in the July 2012 edition of
the RSGB's publication Radio Communications Magazine, and
data collection for one or more such projects at the
University of Leicester. The combined projects are expected
to be run in conjunction with assistance from a small number
of amateurs in suitable locations.

Further information is on the Notices section of the RSGB
website at www.rsgb.org.uk  (GB2RS)

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY:  NEW DIGITAL 2 METER BEACON ON THE AIR
FROM EUROPE

The new generation digital and analog 2 meter beacon in grid
square IN87KW near Bubry, France, became operational on
Sunday evening, August 25th.  Signing the call F5ZRB, the
new propagation alert device operates on 144.405 MHz and
transmits both analog telegraphy and digital JT65B with its
sequences of emissions are controlled by the Global
Positioning System.  To decode the JT65B data your receiver
must show 144.4035 MHz Upper Sideband.  More about this new
propagation alert is on the web at tinyurl.com/F5ZRB-Beacon.
(F6ETI)

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ON THE AIR:  CYCLING EVENT STATION IN SPAIN

On the air, keep a lookout for EG5VCE will be operational
through September 15th.  This, while the annual Vuelta
cycling race is under way in Spain.  Operation is all bands
using various modes.  QSL EA7HBC via the bureau.  More
information can be found on the world wide web at
www.europeanrosclub.com  (Euro ROS)

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ON THE AIR:  GERMAN SPECIAL EVENT STATION

DL600WW is a special event German station run by amateurs
from the town Willingen to celebrate their city's jubilee.
More is on the web in the German language at
tinyurl.com/osam587. QSL's go via the bureau.  (DL News)

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DX

In DX, CE0ZOL is active from Juan Fernandez Island.  He will
be on there for about six months in the role of manager of
the local airport.  Activity will take place mainly on
weekends.  QSL as directed on the air.

HB9IQB is reported to have begun his Palestine as E44PM on
August the 18th .  He is using 100 watts and vertical
antennas.  QSL to HB9IQB using Logbook to the World.

R100RQA continues to celebrate the beginnings of
professional radio operations 100 years ago in the region
Arkhangelsk, Russia.   He will be on through November 15th.
QSL via RN1ON direct or electronically using Logbook to the
World.

PA1FJ will be active from Chios Island through September  9
operating portable SV8.  He will operate 40 through 6 meters
using QRP level SSB.  QSL via his  home call.

JJ8DEN will be operational from Reao Atoll from September
18th to the 25th signing  F Oh slash K-H-Zero-P-R.  Listen
out for him using CW, SSB, PSK31 and JT65A on 80 through 10
meters and QSL via JJ8DEN

E78A  is now active as JY9FC from Amman, Jordan.  As during
his activity will be during his free time, mostly on CW with
some SSB and Digital operations.  QSL via E73Y.

Lastly, the ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the 2013 operation
of D2CT in Angola and TX5K DXpedition to Clipperton Island
for DXCC credit.  If a previous request credit for theses
operations has been rejected contact ARRL Awards Branch
Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, to get placed on the list for an
update to your record.  Please include the submission date
and/or reference number of your application in order to
expedite the search for any rejected contacts.  His e-mail
is bmoore (at) arrl (dot) org.

(Above from various DX news sources)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  VA AMATEUR RADIO CLUB CREATES LAPTOP
LOANER PROGRAMS TO NEEDY STUDENTS

And finally this week, the Floyd Amateur Radio Society of
Floyd, Virginia, has created a new program to supply loaner
laptop computers to high school aged students.   The club
purchased surplus laptops, installed Windows 7 on most of
them along with Open Office.  It then provides these
computers to those students who show a need.

Dee Wallace, KG4MVI, is part of the committee that handles
the computer loan out program.  She says that the
application process is fairly simple:

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KG4MVI:  ".Basically its just an affirmation by the students
and their families that they are eligible according to the
program and that they do agree to receive the computer on-
loan and that they will use them for the proper uses and
take advantage of what computers offer related to their home
and school studies."

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The program also applies to home schoolers as well as those
in public education.  The only stipulation is that the loan
out computers go to those who can provide a need for them
and that they do not show up for resale on Ebay or any other
auction site.  Rather, they are to be treated as text books
and returned at to the organization at the end of the school
year.

The club has provided a video describing the program and
posted it to YouTube.  It can be seen at tinyurl.com/ham-
computer-loan.  More about the Floyd Amateur Radio Society
is at www.floydamateurradiosociety.com. (KG4MAV)

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