Ham Radio News(new updates)

It is with a heavy heart that we have learned of Mr. Bill Burnett – W4KOC becoming a Silent Key. 
Bill was active on the 145.49 Repeater until just the past few months.  He was the founder of the
49er’s Breakfast and very much enjoyed the fellowship that this gathering was all about.  We will
all miss him very much on the air, and are thankful he stopped by on the repeater to make our day
“a bit brighter.”  May we all have that humble, jovial, fun-loving spirit in each of us! I believe he is
enjoying a “honey bun” someplace in the beyond. W4KOC SK de AB4ZB.

The following is the obituary:

Bill Burnett Age 81 of White House, TN passed away Sunday, September 29, 2013 at the

White House Care and Rehabilitation. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday,

October 2, 2013 at Austin & Bell Funeral Home in White House with Bro. Morris Watson

and son-in-law Billy Duke officiating. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park

in Nashville, Tennessee. The Fire Department will serve as pallbearers. A Masonic Service

will be held Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. Visitation Tuesday 4:00 – 8:00 and Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00.

Mr. Burnett was born October 5, 1931 in Nashville, Tennessee to the late John and Nellie Burnett.

He worked as supervisor for Western Plastic. He was a faithful member of Concord Baptist Church

and he was awarded the honor of being Citizen of the Year of White House. He enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by two sons, William Clayton “Bud” Burnett, Jr.

and John Michael Burnett. He is survived by his wife Leola; son, Jamie Burnett of Madison; step-son,

Ronnie (Ellen) of Nashville; daughters, Dixie (Billy) of Greenbrier, Becky (Barney) of Greenbrier; step-

daughter, Patsy of Nashville; special granddaughter, Crystal of Nashville; cousin, Nancy of Chicago; ten

grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.

Austin & Bell Funeral Home, 533 Hwy 76, White House, TN 615-672-5000 in charge of these arrangements.

FCC “We Regret the Disruption.” Commission Shutdown Complete

The FCC appears to have ground to a complete halt for all intents and purposes beyond emergencies, as the

Federal Government shutdown continues. This includes functions at the Commission’s Gettysburg, Pennsylvania,

facility, which handles all Amateur Radio licensing transactions, as well as the FCC’s main website and the Amateur

Radio call sign database (ULS).

“We regret the disruption, but during the Federal Government-wide shutdown, the FCC is limited to performing duties

that are immediately necessary for the safety of life or the protection of property.” a message on the FCC website says.

“FCC online systems will not be available until further notice.” The Commission refers anyone calling regarding an emergency

“affecting the safety of life or the protection of property” to a Washington, DC, number, 202-418-1122, or an e-mail address.

Assistant ARRL VEC Manager Perry Green, WY1O, said October 1 that the FCC appeared to have accepted “a small number”

of modification and renewal applications, apparently as the shutdown was in process, but it took “far longer than usual” for

that to happen. The ARRL VEC did not attempt to file additional applications, and it will hold for filing any applications resulting

from Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner-administered examination sessions.

“We have not submitted any VE sessions, which require batch filing and are assigned an FCC filing number,” Green added.

“At this point, we are unable to file any applications with the FCC, because it has shut down its servers. We do not expect the

FCC to resume granting applications until it reopens.” Green stressed that the ARRL VEC remains open for business and continues

to monitor the situation. The ARRL VEC also is still processing International Amateur Radio Permit (IARP) applications.

While the FCC has stopped processing new, renewal or vanity call sign applications for the duration, it is still possible to reserve a 1 × 1

special event call sign, since that is not an FCC function.

Green points out that ARRL VEC exam sessions will go on as scheduled, at the option of the sponsors, but the ARRL VEC will not

be able to file session paperwork for processing until the shutdown ends and the FCC is back in business again.

Green notes that exam session candidates have to put an FCC Registration Number (FRN) on their applications, if they have one.

FRNs for current licensees are available via the ARRL’s “Call Sign/Name Search” utility on the League’s home page. If the FRN is

not available or has not yet been issued, applicants may use their Social Security numbers, which candidates must provide

to obtain an FRN.

“So in this time of shutdown, they will need to submit their SSN on the VE session paperwork and gain their password at a later time,

” Green explained. “If that is not to their liking, they will have to wait for the FCC to open up again, which I’m sure at some time it will.”

Radio amateurs whose licenses expire between October 1 and the day after normal FCC operations resume may continue to

operate until then, even if they have not yet filed a renewal application. Pending an official FCC announcement that states otherwise,

renewal applicants should apply no later than one day after the FCC reopens, if they want to continue to operate.

Amateur Radio applicants who passed an upgrade examination may still operate with their new privileges, even if their applications

have not been accepted for filing by the FCC. Applicants must have a Certificate of Completion of Examination (CSCE), issued by the VE

team. When using their new privileges, such applicants should continue to identify by appending the appropriate designator to their

current call signs, ie, /KT for Technician, /AG for General and /AE for Amateur Extra, as noted on the back of the CSCE.

If the closing date for comments on an open proceeding falls during the shutdown, comments will be considered timely filed on the day

after the Commission reopens for business.

In late September the FCC posted a “Plan for Orderly Shutdown” in the event of a federal government shutdown. Only a handful of

the FCC’s 1754 employees were scheduled to remain on duty, including eight employees “retained to conduct interference detection,

mitigation and disaster response operations.” Only one “senior management official” in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau —

which oversees Amateur Radio — was scheduled to be on duty for the extent of the shutdown. The Commission emphasized earlier

that it would not be open for normal operations “during any government-wide shutdown.”


FCC Makes Contingency Plans for Government Shutdown

09/30/2013The Federal Communications Commission has posted a “Plan for Orderly Shutdown”in the event that the US government should be forced to shut down at midnight “due to lapse of Congressional appropriations.”“Generally, during a shutdown, all FCC activities other than those immediately necessary for the protection of life or property willcease,” the FCC plan begins. All FCC employees will report for work on October 1, if necessary to conduct an orderly shutdown ofoperations, the Commission said. Only a handful of the FCC’s 1754 employees would remain behind after that. This would includeeight employees “retained to conduct interference detection, mitigation and disaster response operations.”

The Commission estimates that it will require about one-half day to shut down operations. Only one “senior management official”

in the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau — which oversees Amateur Radio — would be on duty during a shutdown.

FCC Issues Warnings for Amateur Radio Infractions, Unlicensed Operations

09/30/2013The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau recently made public warning letters to several individuals for alleged infractions of the Part 97Amateur Service rules or Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. On August 9, Special Counsel Laura L. Smithwrote Jack Hartley, K4WSB, of Tampa, Florida, citing evidence received from members of the Amateur Auxiliary (Official Observers)that Hartley had operated outside of his Advanced class privileges while attempting to work a station on Kwajalein Atoll in theSouth Pacific.“According to the OOs, the operator refused the contact noting that you were not authorized to be operating in the band,” Smith wrote.

“This was your 4th attempt to contact this operator. As a result of your three prior attempts to contact the operator, the OOs had sent

you three OO advisory cards for out-of-band operation. Rather than sending you a 4th advisory, they contacted the Commission and asked

us to remind you that your continued attempts to contact the operator on Kwajalein Atoll constitute a violation of our rules, as you are not

authorized to be operating in that band.” The three prior instances occurred in 2007 and 2008.

Smith cautioned Hartley that continued operation outside the parameters of his license could lead to enforcement action that could include

revocation or suspension and fines. “It could also jeopardize any attempts to obtain an upgraded Amateur Radio license,” she added.

In August, Smith sent identical warning notices to Charles W. Johnson and Mark W. Althaus, addresses withheld and unavailable, warning them

of unlicensed operation. “It has come to the attention of the Federal Communications Commission that at multiple times in the last several

months you have made radio transmissions on 26.735 MHz, in the so-called ‘freeband,’” Smith said. “Operation in this band is prohibited.”

Smith emphasized that transmitting outside of authorized frequencies violates Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,

and could lead to the imposition of substantial fines and seizure of radio equipment as well as possible criminal action. up to and including

imprisonment. “Because unlicensed operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communication services and may subject

the operator to severe penalties, this warning emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements,” she concluded.

On July 8, Smith warned James E. Richburg, address withheld and unknown, against unlicensed radio operation in the Amateur Radio bands. “

It has come to the attention of the Federal Communications Commission that at multiple times in the last several months you have made radio

transmissions in the amateur band, for which a license is required,” Smith wrote. “You have no such license.”

Smith pointed out that operating transmitting equipment without a valid FCC license violated Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1943 as

amended, “and may subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment,

and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.”

Unauthorized operation of this radio station must cease immediately,” Smith told Johnson, Althaus, and Richburg, giving each 10 days to respond to

the respective warning notices, stating specific actions taken to comply with the FCC’s rules. Copies of the letters to Johnson and Althaus went to

the FCC’s New York Field Office and the Northeast Regional Director. A copy of the letter to Richburg went to the Norfolk (Virginia) Resident Agent

and the South Central Regional Director.

On June 24, Smith sent identical warning notices to Eric J. Christianson, KNØCW, and Thomas E. Barnes, N7OVC, both of Reno, Nevada, to inform

them that the trustee of the WA7DG repeater in Sparks, Nevada, had requested that they refrain from using his repeater. “The written request was

issued as a result of your failure to follow operational rules set forth by the licensee/control operators of the repeater system for their users,” Smith

said. “The Commission requires that repeaters be under the supervision of a control operator and not only expects, but requires, that such control

operators be responsible for the proper operation of the repeater system. Control operators may take whatever steps they deem appropriate to

ensure compliance with the repeater rules, including limiting the repeater use to certain users, converting the repeater to a closed repeater or

taking it off the air entirely.”

Smith advised the licensees that the FCC expects them to abide by the repeater owner’s request and “any other similar requests to cease operations

on any other repeaters by any other repeater licensees, control operators or trustees.”

She said continued use of the WA7DG repeater could subject them to “severe penalties, including license revocation, monetary forfeiture (fine) or a

modification proceeding to restrict the frequencies upon which you may operate.”

All of Smith’s warning notices concluded with this advisory: “Fines normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.”