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The Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club normally meets the first Thursday of each month (except July and August) from 7:00 to 9:00p at the Medford Police Department Community Room, 219 S. Ivy St., Medford.
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Swapmeet 2019

The RVARC Swapmeet will be held Saturday, September 7, 2019 starting at 8:00 AM. See the flyer.

Antique Equipment Auction – May 11, 2019

The Tube Collectors Association will hold an auction for radio collectors, tube enthusiasts, and book collectors on Saturday, May 11.  This’ll be at the Old Sams Valley School (KB2EVN QTH), starting at 9 AM.  Lunch fixings are included.  Address is 102 McDonough Rd., where it joins Old Sams Valley Rd.

The gear totals 150 lots.

There are ‘20s vintage broadcast radios, including eight Atwater Kent sets, early Fada Neutrodynes, a Westinghouse RA-DA and Aeriola Jr. crystal set, a Rogers (Canadian), an RCA Radiola III two-tuber, etc.  A total of eleven ‘20s horn and cone speakers are offered.

Tubes include a fine De Forest Spherical Audion, groups of baby CRTs, a set of De Forest “Specialist Audions,” a group of Rogers spray-shielded types, a scanning-disc neon TV lamp, a set of ‘20s early AC-powered tubes, a bunch of Western “tennis-ball” types, early Eimac transmitting tubes, and a raft of others.

Literature includes 18 issues of the “AWA Review,” and years of AWA, CHRS, and Tube Collector magazines.  There is a mass of tube data and other literature, plus early radio service data.  There is a bunch of books on Thomas Edison and his inventions, on phono-graph-related topics, and early light bulbs.  A full set of the original MIT Radiation Laboratory 28-volume books on radar, two full Western Electric data binders, and other references..

Two crank-powered disc phonographs are offered, plus an Edison Gem cylinder player. There are about 450 78-RPM phono records, most from the ‘20s.

There are three “violet ray” medical machines, an oak-and-glass store-fixture display cabinet, a bunch of early test gar including a National CRO oscilloscope from the ‘30s, and other early scopes.  There’s even a Viking (Canadian) 14” portable B&W VHF TV set.

All gear is in a catalogue, on the web at, under the “Archive” button.

A few seats are still available.  Please contact me ( (or 541-855-5207) to reserve a place.  No charge for bidding or lunch..

Lud Sibley


The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015

ARRL Bulletin 14  ARLB014US_Capitol
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  March 9, 2015
To all radio amateurs


The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 Introduced in Congress

“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 March 4 with 12 original co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle – seven Republicans and five Democrats. Kinzinger also sponsored “The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014, which died at the end of the 113th Congress. H.R. 1301 is an essentially identical piece of legislation.

“The introduction of H.R. 1301 with so many original co-sponsors, so early in this session of Congress, is very encouraging,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “Several additional members of Congress already have agreed to be co-sponsors. This bill has momentum, but introduction is only the first step. Many of the next steps will be taken as ARRL members contact their US Representatives urging co-sponsorship and thanking them as they sign on to the bill.”

If Congress approves the legislation, and it is signed by the president, H.R. 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.

Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQIR-Oregon

Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI


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. The League had worked with Walden on the 2014 bill during the 113th Congress. Among H.R. 1301 initial co-sponsors is Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT), who attended the ARRL National Centennial Convention last summer to speak with League officials and those attending the event about the earlier bill.
Craigie encouraged ARRL members to urge their US House members to sign on to the bill as a co-sponsor. The ARRL has an H.R. 1301 resources page on its website at:

If the House member is already a co-sponsor, call the member’s local office or send an e-mail via the member’s official website to express their thanks. She called on League members to encourage other hams to do the same, and to be sure to refer to the bill by its number, H.R. 1301.

“Remember what those pile-ups on the W1AW portable stations sounded like last year?” Craigie said. “Let’s be that avid in calling for even greater support in Congress for this essential legislation.”


A Ham’s Night before Xmas


 A Ham’s Night before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the town,
The snowstorm was raging, the phone lines were down;
The wind it did howl, the tree limbs did crack,
I hope that St. Nick isn’t forced to turn back.

XYL making cookies, the kids making noise,
While away in the shack, by my rig I was poised.
The finals were glowing, the mike gain was set,
I was chasing DX to see what I could get.

The bands were all empty, the frequencies clear,
Except one lone station that sounded quite near.
He was calling CQ and my interest did pique,
When he answered me with “Old St. Nick.”

I answered back quickly, I used great dispatch,
If this were St. Nicholas, good God, what a catch!
We exchanged information, it was really quite graphic,
When I heard through the static, “I’ve emergency traffic!”

His reindeer were tired, his elves in a grump,
If he didn’t land soon, then his sleigh he would dump.
I thought very carefully, I thought very hard,
Then I gave him directions to my snow covered yard.

As he flew past my window, his hair like a mane,
He reined in his chargers and called them by name:
“Whoa, Anode! Whoa, Cathode! Whoa, Zener! Whoa, Diode!
Stop, Z Match! Stop, Grid Leak! Stop, Bias! Stop, Triode!

You’re flying too low! you’re flying too fast!
Look out, you dumb reindeer, his antenna mast!”
So into the backyard the reindeer did drop,
St. Nick, the elves, and the sleigh went kerplop!

Then at the back door, I heard this loud knocking,
“Open up in there, or I won’t fill your stocking!”
As I turned off the light and was leaving the shack,
Into the house Saint Nicholas came from the back.

His two-meter rig held to his hip with a strap,
“Hams do it in the shack” on the front of his cap.
The sack that he carried made his aged brow furrow,
And he handed me a card that read, “QSL Via Bureau”.

His clothes were all sooty, from his shoes to his vest;
I felt like a novice just taking my test.
His fingers were calloused and from what I could tell,
This came from a straight key that I’ll bet he used well.

I offered him coffee, I offered him smokes,
I tried making merry by telling ham jokes.
Then he nodded his head and raised up his thumb,
He smiled like an Elmer, did I ever feel dumb.

He grabbed up his sack and went straight for the tree,
And placed in it a new rig for me.
When he finished his work, he stood up, took a bow,
Then out the back door to his team he did plow.

But I heard him exclaim as he flew o’er the land,
“Fear the FCC, Lid, you were way out of band!”

By Whiskey Ø Foxtrot Uniform November

New D-Star Repeater at the Rogue Valley Manor

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This is from Bill Anderson of the Rogue Valley Manor Amateur Radio Club (RVMARC):

“The Rogue Valley Manor has installed a new DSTAR repeater system, KG7FOJ operating on mode “B”, on 444.650 Mhz (no PL). This repeater is operational and open for use by the local hams. It is not yet connected to the internet gateway but will be during the first quarter of 2014. This installation will include a “full stack” of equipment from ICOM with both voice and data (on 1.2Ghz) capabilities. We’ve installed the 1.2Ghz, 70cm and 2 meter modules but have only activated the 70 cm unit. Antennas have yet to be installed on the “A” and “C” mode frequencies. ORRC is coordinating the frequencies being used. B station only on 443.775 Mhz with a Gateway connection. This is the second repeater in the Rogue Valley. KE7MVI operates a node.”

The Rogue Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC) will have a presentation on D-Star technology at one of its regular forthcoming meetings: first Thursday of each month, 7:00-9:00, at the Red Cross Building on Hawthorn Street in Medford. In the meantime, you can click on the image above for more information.

Gumption Traps

Navel gazing.No, this has nothing to do with hunting, golf, or multiband antennas. In his much-revered novel, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig wrote of “gumption traps”–those psychological pits into which one can fall in the steps between intention and completion. One’s gumption to move forward gets caught  by sometimes-minor realities. Here’s three of my gumption traps.

1. Not being able to find the tools I need to work on a project. “Where’s my hammer . . . the big hand sledge?”! “I saw that damn wrench somewhere! Where did I leave it?”!! “Oh no! I don’t have to dig through all those boxes, do I?”!!!! “Nuts!! I forgot to pick my sander from continue reading Gumption Traps →

Deoxit and My Wallet

Deoxit and CRC cleaner

Does size matter? Actually I’ve always found that saying (and its derivatives) to be bad taste, at least when used gratuitously. In this case though, it’s irresistable. In trolling the web for advice on how to resurrect an old rig, I read one glowing endorsement of Deoxit after another. Indispensable! Magic! A gift of the gods! And it could be had locally at Radio Shack! Yeah!

Not so yeah as it turned out. continue reading Deoxit and My Wallet →

A New Old Rig

YaesuI thought I’d kick off this news section with the first installment of my account of troubleshooting, refurbishing, cleaning, and aligning my latest acquisition–a Yaesu FT-101EX.

Yes, it was an eBay purchase. I paid a good but not fabulous price, and it looked to be in excellent shape. Relatively dust and dirt free inside, no rust, and no coating of cigarette tar. The outsides are in even better shape: the factory film covering the front panel was still protecting it after nearly four decades of . . . life? Existence?

Don’t worry, I’m not going to get philosophical. But since this is the first HF rig I’ve owned, I’m happy to be messing with it. After dithering and putting it off for more than forty years, continue reading A New Old Rig →