Free Training – AWR-343 Hurricane Awareness

Hendry County Emergency Management is proud to partner with FEMA and the University of Hawaii’s National Disaster Preparedness Training Center in delivering a FREE four (4) hour presentation of AWR-343 – Hurricane Awareness at the EOC on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 0900.

This training will discuss the latest hurricane science in forecasting and warning in addition to ways to better mitigate the impacts of high winds, heavy rain, and storm surge.

See the flyer below for details or go here to register. A minimum of 20 people must register for the class to occur. All are welcome to attend.

AWR-343 Hurricane Awareness

April Meetup

Pretty much sums it up. We’ll be discussing what we’d like to do for third and fourth quarter; lessons learned from first quarter festival activity, and other hammy stuff. Hope to see you at Beef’s in Labelle.

New 630 & 2200 Meter Allocations

You know things are getting serious when you measure your antenna in kilometers…

The FCC has published FCC-17-33A1 that adopts rules to implement certain radio frequency allocation decisions from the World Radiocommunication Conference 2012 and 2007, including adding two new bands to the Amateur Radio Service. It allocates 135.7-137.8 kHz and 472-479 kHz to the amateur service on a secondary basis for General, advanced, and Extra class licensees.

TL;DR: from the Order:

EIRP is limited to five watts on 630 meters, except for that portion of Alaska that is within 800 kilometers of the Russian Federation’s borders, where the maximum EIRP is limited to one watt. Maximum antenna height is 60 meters.

EIRP on 2200 meters is one watt.

The amateur service will share this band with power line communication (PLC) signals (among other users) which electric utility companies use under Part 15 (unprotected and noninterference basis). The Utilities Telecom Council (UTC) objected to the proposal, citing interference potential.

The FCC sided with the Amateur Radio Research and Development Corporation that a secondary amateur service allocation to the bands will provide new opportunities for amateur operators to experiment with equipment, techniques, antennas, and propagation.

“Amateurs wishing to operate on the band will need to notify the Utilities Technology Council (UTC) and be separated at least 1km from electric transmission lines that carry power line communication (PLC) signals that use the same band.” — Wikipedia

Click here for the full Report and Order: FCC-17-33A1

— h/t to the East Pennsylvania ARRL