Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Director Woolweaver writes

West Gulf Division Newsletter May 2015

--- FCC Eliminates Vanity Call Sign Fee
--- Dave Sumner to Speak at HamCom
--- HamCom Ticket Sales
--- Grassroots Lobbying Course
--- LSDXA Dinner Tickets Going Fast
--- Planned Events for K5RAV and N5AUS
--- Hamfests and Conventions

--- FCC Eliminates Vanity Call Sign Fee

The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio
vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until
required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least
90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others),
released May 21, it's a matter of simple economics.

"The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory
fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee
payment," the FCC said. "As our costs now exceed the regulatory
fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category." The current
vanity call sign regulatory fee is $21.40, the highest in several
years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 "payment units" in FY
2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.

The FCC said it has since had an opportunity to obtain and analyze
support concerning the collection of the regulatory fees for Amateur
Vanity and GMRS, which the FCC said comprise, on average, more than
20,000 licenses that are newly obtained or renewed, every 10 and 5
years, respectively.

The Commission said that after it provides the required congressional
notification, Amateur Radio vanity program applicants "will no longer
be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no
longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments.
The revenue that the Commission would otherwise collect from these
regulatory fee categories will be proportionally assessed on other
wireless fee categories."

The FCC said it would not issue refunds to licensees who paid the
regulatory fee prior to its official elimination.

See more detail on the web site.

---Dave Sumner to speak at HamCom

Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, will be the keynote speaker at the ARRL Forum,
HamCom, Saturday, June 13th at 11:00 AM.   Sumner, known as "Mr.
Amateur Radio" is the Chief Executive Officer and Secretary of the
ARRL, the National Association for Amateur Radio.  Sumner is
responsible to the ARRL Board of Directors for managing the affairs of
the league including its headquarters staff and official journal, QST.
His presentation is entitled, "ARRL Today and Tomorrow".

First licensed as KN1ZND in 1962 at age 13, Dave has been active in
most phases of Amateur Radio operating with special emphasis on CW
contesting.  Active from the first as an ARRL volunteer, he joined the
Headquarters staff in 1968 for the summer, became a part of the
permanent staff in 1972, and was named Assistant General Manager four
years later. He was named Secretary and General Manager in 1982, with a
change in title to Executive Vice President in 1985 and the additional
title of Chief Executive Officer in 2001.

--- HamCom Ticket Sales

HamCom online ticket sales ends May 31st.  Don't miss your chance to
save $2.00 and a chance to win the preregistration prize, a Kenwood
TM-D710G, 2M/440 Transceiver capable of APRS/TNC, GPS and ECHOLINK .
That is a lot of "stuff" in one radio!

HamCom is celebrating its 37th year by moving to a new and larger
facility, the Irving Convention Center at Los Colinas, 500 W Las
Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039.  Telephone is 972-252-7476.

With the move to the new facility, the indoor flea market has increased
from 60 tables to more than 140 indoor, air conditioned tables.

Click on the link below for more information.

Sign up for your preregistration tickets and download the HamCom
brochure available on the above web site.

---Grassroots Lobbying Course

Immediately following the ARRL Forum in Room 3, a course on Grassroots
Lobbying will be presented by a representative of the Keelen Group,
Frank McCarthy.  Frank has had extensive experience in Grassroots
organization and training.  The Keelen Group is the political action
firm assisting the ARRL in Washington, DC.

If you ever wanted to be involved in political action to the assist the
ARRL or to influence your legislators on other matters, this is your
chance to learn what to do and what not to do from a professional.

Preregistration is desired, but not required.  The course is an open
course.  Anyone can attend.  For those who chose to preregister, a
Course Handbook on Grassroots Lobbying and a personalized Certificate
of Completion will be presented to those who do.  Course completion
qualifies participants to apply to become a Legislative Action
Assistant in the West Gulf Division.

In order to receive a Course Handbook on Grassroots Lobbying and a
personalized Certificate of Completion, you must preregister.

Send an E-Mail requesting preregistration to:

David Woolweaver, K5RAV

Include in the E-Mail your request to attend the Grassroots Lobbing
Course, your name as you wish it on the Certificate of Completion, your
call sign and your mailing address.

1.  Request to preregister for Grassroots Course
2.  Name as you wish it on the Certificate of Completion
3.  Call sign
4.  Mailing address

If you preregister, Director Woolweaver will have your Course Handbook
available at the beginning of the session and your Certificate of
Completion immediately after the session.

Deadline for preregistration is June 3, 2015.  Registrations received
after that date will not be honored.  No unassigned Course Handbooks
will be available at the Forum.

--- LSDXA Dinner Tickets going fast

The annual Lone Star DX Association's W5DXCC dinner will be held at
the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel at 4440 W. John carpenter FWY (TX 114),
Irving, TX

Dinner speaker will be Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, of the K1N Navassa
DXpedition.  Tickets are $49.00 .  Send check or MO to Rick Barnett,
N0RB, 657 Oakdale Drive, Plano, TX 75025.  If you have questions,
contact Rick at

You have to move fast as tickets are in short supply.  Send your check
or MO today.

---Planned events for K5RAV and N5AUS

Director Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice Director Stratton, N5AUS plan to
attend the following upcoming events:

---7290 Traffic Net Picnic, May 30th , for more
---West Gulf Division Convention, HamCom, June 12-13
---ARRL Board Meeting, Newington, CT, July 15-18
---South Texas Section Convention, Austin Summerfest 2015, Aug 7-8

---7290 Traffic Net Picnic, May 30th, for more
---West Gulf Division Convention, HamCom, June 12-13
---ARRL Board Meeting, Newington, CT, July 15-18
---Oklahoma Section Convention, Ham Holiday 2015, July 24-25
---South Texas Section Convention, Austin Summerfest 2015, Aug 7-8

ARRL Convention and Hamfest events are a great place to visit with the
Division and Section Leadership! Each event will also include an ARRL
forum where you can receive additional insight into Division and
Section matters.

At any time that you have a concern or just want to say hello, contact

Director Woolweaver at

 --- Hamfest/Convention

06/12/2015 | West Gulf Division Convention (Ham-Com)
Location: Irving, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Plano ARC, Dallas ARC, & Irving ARC

06/20/2015 | Big Spring Swapfest
Location: Big Spring, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Big Spring Amateur Radio Club

07/18/2015 | Tidelands Hamfest
Location: Texas City, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Tidelands Amateur Radio Society

07/24/2015 | Oklahoma Section Convention (Ham Holiday 2015)
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs

08/07/2015 | South Texas Section Convention (Austin Summerfest 2015)
Location: Austin, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Austin ARC and Texas VHF-FM Society

ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV

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