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FMI call Ron @ 325-854-1982,
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The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 — H.R.1301 — has been introduced in the US House of Representatives. The measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions. US Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) introduced the bill on March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle — seven Republicans and five Democrats.

HR 1301 would require the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply the three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). At present, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances. The FCC has been reluctant to extend the same legal protections to include such private land-use agreements without direction from Congress.

H.R. 1301 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will consider the measure.

ARRL members are urged to contact their US House members and ask them to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. We recommend sending the letter to your member of Congress to:


Attn  HR 1301 grassroots campaign

225 Main St

Newington CT 06111


Billy RobertsWest Texas Section News
March 3, 2015
News From Around West Texas

This has been the most unusual winter in my memory!  The ice storms just keep coming, with the possibility of yet another on Wednesday night and Thursday.  I don’t know about you, but I am ready for spring. The March winds I usually dread, I am now looking forward to.  Yes I know, my next newsletter will have a comment from me wishing the winds would stop, followed by another complaint about the heat.  But for now, I amready for relief from ice storms, with whatever change occurs.

—Skywarn Training Underway—

Skywarn Training is underway in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. National Weather Service personnel will be traveling extensively through the middle of April with presentaions including weather event anticipation based on cloud formations, wind conditions etc., and safety instructions for those who are involved as storm chasers. Skywarn schedules that I am aware of are as follows:

Midland-Tuesday March 3, 7:00-9:00 PM-Midland College, Marie Hall Bldg, Rm 101
Seminole-Thursday March 5, 7:00-9:00 PM-Seminole Old City Hall, 101 E Ave A
Levelland-Thursday March 5, 7:00 PM-Levelland Civic Center, 1900 McKinley St.
Lubbock-Saturday March 7, 1:00 PM-Science Spectrum, 2579 S. Loop 289 (Severe Weather Awareness Day)
Brownwood-Saturday March 7, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon-Howard Payne University, Newman Hall Rm 136

Monahans-Monday March 9, 7:00-9:00 PM-Monahans Convention Center, 400 E 4th St.
Haskell-Monday March 9, 7:00 PM-Volunteer Fire Department
Memphis-Monday March 9, 7;00 PM-City Hall/FD Bldg, 721 Robertson St.
Alpine-Tuesday March 10, 7:00-9:00 PM-Sul Ross, Warnock Science Bldg, Rm 201
Ozona-Tuesday March 10, 7:30 PM-EMS/Fire Department
Fort Davis-Wednesday March 11, 6:30-8:30 PM-Fire Department, 201 W Court St.
Big Spring-Thursday March 12, 7:00-9:00 PM-City Council Chambers, 307 E 4th St.
Paducah-Thursday March 12, 6:00 PM-702 Easly ST. (East Side Fire Station)

Eunice, NM-Monday March 16, 7:00-9:00 PM-Eunice Community Center, 1115 Ave I
Littlefield-Monday March 16, 7:00 PM-City Council Chambers, 525 Phelps Ave
Lovington, NM-Tuesday March 17, 7:00-9:00 PM- Chamber of Commerce, 201 S Main
Quitaque-Thursday March 19, 7:00 PM-Hope Center

Colorado City-Monday March 23, 7:00-9:00 PM-Colorado City Conference Rm, 2nd & Elm
Mason-Monday March 23, 6:00-8:00 PM-Eckert Civic Center, 1024 McKinley Ave.
Floydada-Monday March 23, 7:00 PM-Lighthouse Electric Bldg. (East side of town intersection of 62/70 and 207)
Garden City-Tuesday March 24, 7:00-9:00 PM-Garden City Community Center, 117 S Myrl
Sweetwater-Tuesday March 24, 6:00 PM-Texas State Technical College, Temple Dickson Engineering Bldg., Room 120
Muleshoe-Tuesday March 24, 6:30 PM-Police Department, 210 E Ave C
Marfa-Wednesday March 25, 7:00-9:00 PM-Marfa City Hall, 113 S Highland Ave.
Plainview-Wednesday March 26, 6:00 PM-Museum of Llano Estacado, Wayland Baptist University, 1900 W 8th St.
Odessa-Thursday March 26, 7:00-9:00 PM-Central Fire Station, 1100 W 2nd St.
Grape Creek/San Angelo-Saturday March 28, 9:00-1130 PM, Texas A&M Agrilife Research & Extension Center

Synder-Monday March 30, 7:00-9:00 PM-Synder Fire Station, 1911 27th St.
Post-Tuesday March 31, 6:30 PM-Sheriff’s Office, 412 W 15th St.
Saragosa-Wednesday April 1, 7:00-9:00 PM-Saragosa Multi-Purpose Center, 204 W Main
Fort Stockton-Thursday April 2, 7:00-9:00 PM-Fort Stockton Fire Station, 180 A St.
Dimmitt-Thursday April 2, 6:30 PM-Fire Station, 100 East Bedford ST.
San Angelo-Saturday April 4, 9:00 AM-12:00 Noon-Trinity Lutheran Church
Iraan-Monday April 6, 7:00-9:00 PM-Iraan Community Center, 100 W 6th St.
Carlsbad, NM-Tuesday April 7, 7:00-9:00 PM-County Commission Office,101 W Greene St.
San Saba, Tuesday April 7, 6:00 PM-EMS Bldg.
Artesia, NM-Wednesday April 8, 7:00-9:00 PM-3300 W Main St.

Kermit-Monday April 13, 7:00-9:00 PM-Kermit Community Center, 118 N Poplar
Rotan-Monday April 13, 7:00 PM-Volunteer Fire Department
Pecos-Tuesday April 14, 7:00-9:00 PM-Odessa College Pecos Center, 1000 S Eddy
Junction-Tuesday April 14, 6:00 PM-Volunteer Fire Department
Hobbs, NM-Wednesday April 15, 7:00-9:00 PM-County Commission Chamber, 200 E Broadway

Wall-Thursday April 23, 7:00 PM-Volunteer Fire Department

Skywarn Training in Abilene was also scheduled for February 28th, but
was cancelled due to icy conditions.  It will be rescheduled at a later

—West Gulf Division Awards Nominations—

West Gulf Division Director David Woolweaver has announced that nominations are now open for WDG Ham of the Year and WDG Excellence Award.

Winners will be announced at HamCom 2015 at Irving, with presentations to be made by Dave Summner K1ZZ, ARRL Chief Executive Officer.  Many ham radio operators across the West Texas Section fail to get the recognition they deserve and the WDG Awards provide an opportunity for that recognition to occur.  It is requested that all Amateur Radio Clubs give thought to these upcomings awards and nominate deserving individuals.

More information will be forthcoming.

—West Texas Section Manager Nomination/Election Scheduled—

I decided earlier in the year that this would be my last term as Section Manager.  I was elected for my first term in 2011, my second in 2013, and this term will expire the last day of June, 2015.  In April I will celebrate my 76th birthday and have decided not to run for a third term. I have enjoyed my time as Section Manager, and the new acquaintances I have developed over the last 4 years.  I just think it is time to turn the reins over to someone else.

The nomination process is underway at this time, and all nomination paperwork must be in hand at ARRL by March 6, 2015.  This includes anomination form, a 150 word statement of qualifications, and a printable picture.

—Midland St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest—

The annual St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest and West Texas Section Convention is scheduled for Saturday March 14th at the Horeshoe Arena in Midland.

Hosted by the Midland ARC, all the details about the Hamfest can be found at

Hope to see you there.

—HamCom 2015 is Scheduled for June 12th-13th Irving Convention Center—

HamCom 2015 is coming up on June 12th and 13th at the Irving Convention Center.  Please note that this is a location change from Plano, where Hamcom had been located for the last several years, to the Irving Convention Center.  I understand that the change presents an increase in space and promises to be a bigger and better event.  HamCom is already the biggest hamfest in Texas and promises to be even bigger this year and in the future.  Details can be found at

—Silent Keys—

None reported.

—Section Emergency Coordinator Report—

In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Report for January 2015 can be seen in its entirety by scrolling to the bottom of the ARRL West Texas  Section Page.  Once there, click on the link for the January SEC Report.

Signature: Howard Collier Call sign: WB5EKW
Title: West Texas Section Emergency Coordinator

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Thanks again for all you do for the West Texas Section.  Hope to see
you soon.

ARRL West Texas Section
Bill Roberts W5NPR
Section Manager


Due to the weather, the Abilene Skywarn school scheduled for 2/28/2011 has been cancelled.

From the President

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2015. I sure hope Santa was good to you. Has anyone spotted any tricked out DeLorean’s yet? As we move into the new year there are several things that I want to remind you of…

First: If and I mean a really large if, the weather turns nasty, I will consider canceling the club meeting. I don’t want anyone hurt trying to make it to the club meeting. Listen to the 76 repeater and watch the web page for any cancellation notices. I will only do this if the weather is nasty or predicted to get nasty before the meeting is over.

Second: Dues are due…say that 3 times fast without biting your tongue…Dues are $15.00 for an individual or $20.00 for a Family (more than one Ham living in the same home). See Peg at Monday night’s meeting or you can mail it into KCARC, P.O. Box 2722, Abilene, TX, 79604

Third: I would like to see the KCARC continue to grow. How can we (notice I said we) generate interest among the 300 plus, already licensed, local Hams? Let’s talk about this at the meeting.

Also I have already had several inquiries about a Technician class. We have one in the works. Has anyone asked you about a class? How many of you would like to upgrade? We would love to set up a General or Amateur Extra Class. Let me know. Are there some activities that we, as a club can do. I’ll need people to volunteer to chair those committees.

I am personally excited to see what 2015 will bring…Even if we don’t have any visitors from the past… or future.

CU at Monday night’s meeting

Bring a friend!


de RJ

Officers for 2015

Ron Harden, KB5HGM, President
Kendall Thomas, KC5FFQ, Vice President
Tammy Harden, KB5NLP, Secretary
Peg Richard, KA4UPA, Treasurer

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