The Northern Amateur Relay Council of California

Welcome to northern California's repeater coordinating body. The Northern Amateur Relay Council of California, Inc. (NARCC) is the Amateur Radio coordinating organization for the 10 meter band and higher in Northern California.

In cooperation with the FCC, ARRL, and the support of the hams in northern California, NARCC performs the repeater coordination function for the region. NARCC's region extends from California's coast to the Nevada border and from Tehachapi in the south to the Oregon border in the north. All amateurs with repeaters in the region are urged to file for Coordination and maintain their station data with NARCC. Having a station with a current Coordination helps should a dispute arise.  (Click Here for NARCC Service Area Map)

NARCC is made up of a board of directors elected by the membership. Frequency coordinators are appointed by the board. All are unpaid volunteers.

We encourage you to become a member of NARCC. By doing so you help support the cost of the service and receive certain members-only benefits.

See the navigation bar to the left for areas of interest.

Special Notices!

 NARCC Membership Actions (May 3rd):

Please take action on the following three items

To understand the reasons for the Proposed Bylaw Changes and the actions taken by the NARCC Rules Committee, please read over the NARCC Rules Committee Report.

Over the next week we will be mailing out the ballot for the Proposed Bylaw Changes. Once you receive the proposed Bylaw changes, please look them over carefully. Please fill out the ballot that will be mailed to registered NARCC Regular Members, using the address contained within each Organization Record. 

Important updates for you from the April 25th NARCC Board Meeting.:

There are three things that we need from you in the next several weeks.

First, in two weeks, we will be mailing you a ballot to vote on the proposed Bylaw Changes. We need these ballots returned.

Second, we have Board and Staff openings and need your help to fill them.

Third, the NARCC Newsletter with Board Election Ballot is coming to you in several weeks.

The first Bylaw Change Ballot covers the NARCC Bylaw changes that could allow for on-line meetings and voting. This particular issue we have been struggling with for years. The reason why we need this ballot returned to us quickly to allow for the General Membership Meeting to occur on-line if need be.

We do not know if we will have a lifting of the Shelter in Place Orders, or the venue will be open to a large gathering on July 18th. Frankly, with the lack of ability to hold on-line meetings for years and the challenges of meeting quorum, we must make these changes. On-line also allows us to be more inclusive for members who usually are not able to join the meetings.  Please read through the changes carefully and return the ballot as soon as possible

Every year, half of the NARCC Board comes up for election. This year we have six openings. Five Board Seats will be for the full two-year term and one that will be for about a year. Four of the existing Board Members are willing to re-run for office, leaving us with two open seats. Being a Board Member typically involves attending four Board Meetings and one Membership Meeting every year. We need your thoughts and opinions. Please send an email to election@narcc.net to sign-up.

The coordinators are also looking for additional help, validating stations, and coordinations. These roles are more involved and an essential function of NARCC. Please shoot an email to coord-chair@narcc.net.

The NARCC Annual Newsletter will contain the annual updates from the organization. The newsletter will also include the Board Election Ballot. Please fill out and return the Board Election Ballot as you get it.

The Membership meeting is still currently scheduled for July 18th, though several details remain in the air. The actions outlined above will help prepare us to be successful for this meeting and all future meetings.

NARCC Board Meeting Will Be On-Line:

With the Shelter In Place Orders still in place, we will be holding our next Board of Directors Meeting on April 25th, 2020 via Zoom Video Conferencing. We welcome and encourage you to join us from the comfort of your own home. We will likely be using the same platform for the General Membership Meeting in July.

Again NARCC Members are welcome to join us. The meeting information will be sent to your registered NARCC email address on Friday Morning, approximately 24 hours before the Board Meeting. We will not be providing the information on the meeting on-line as to prevent meeting crashers, as you may have heard about in the news.

The Proposed Meeting Agenda can be found here.

In the meantime, we encourage you to test your computer setup and to become familiar with the system by following the links provided here (special thanks to Santa Clara County ARES/RACES for the links)

General Guidelines

These guidelines apply to all types of webinars:

Zoom

The following information is specific to the Zoom.us platform.

Before attending one of our Zoom meetings or webinars:

General Information for All Users:

For All Attendees/Participants:

 

NARCC Board Meeting Location Canceled:

With the  events surrounding the COVID-19 response, it has temporarily and understandably cost us the venue for the next NARCC Board Meeting. Our plan now is to hold the meeting On-Line, as many corporations have been forced to do.  As soon as we have the details worked out, we will publish the details, should you wish to join the Board on-line.

General Membership Meeting Postponed to July 18th, 2020:

With the latest events surrounding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Board was beginning to have concerns about the April 25th General Membership Meeting. There are advisories from multiple agencies about meetings.

As an example, The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department as an example was recommending“postponing or canceling mass gatherings and large community events where large numbers of people are within arm’s length of one another”. Today The County of Santa Clara Public Health Department announced even stricter restrictions. As of March 11th, 2020 Santa Clara County will make it illegal for meetings of 1000 people or more. According to KCBS, Contra Costa County announced that they recommend canceling meetings of 50 or more people, (this has yet to be verified with a posting on the Contra Costa Health Services Website.

Many companies are allowing employees to work from home. Some companies are making working from home mandatory. Most companies are canceling international and in some cases domestic travel.

Most importantly the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) has outlined the people who are at a higher degree of risk fall into one or more of the following categories:

  1. Older adults (defined by many health organizations as 50 or older)
  2. People who have serious chronic medical conditions like:

Even the Silicon Valley Electronic Flea Market just canceled the first flea market of the season.

On Sunday, March 8th, 2020, at 3:00 pm, the NARCC Board of Directors held a conference call to discuss the urgent issue of whether or not to continue with the planned General Membership meeting on April 25th in light of the latest news about the novel Coronavirus (COVID-10).

The following directors were on the call:

The call was set up pursuant to NARCC Bylaws Article IV – Directors, Section 4.09 – Action Without Meeting:

“Issues of an exigent nature that, if held until a future Board meeting would cause significant harm or disruption to the operation of the Corporation, may be taken by the Board without a meeting, if a quorum of the Board consents in writing or by electronic mail to such action. Such action(s) shall be reviewed and ratified at the next Board meeting and the written consent or consents shall be filed with the minutes of the proceedings of the Board.”

At issue:  

Does the upcoming NARCC general membership meeting pose enough of a risk to the membership that the meeting should be postponed until we know more.  A decision was needed right away because meeting notices were about to go out to the printers to satisfy the notice period defined in the bylaws.

Discussion:

Recent medical guidance issued by the CDC and Public Health Departments suggest that those over 50 years of age and those with underlying medical conditions are at risk of greater complications if they were to contract COVID-19.  Their guidance is for those individuals to avoid large meetings where people are less than an arm’s length away from each other.

Scott Hensley shared the results of a quick online survey he did of the membership, which asked if the meeting should be postponed or not.

We know that a large portion of the NARCC membership falls into the “at risk” category.  So, there was discussion about whether the meeting could be held in a manner that does not increase the health risk to our membership.  The board also discussed whether a quorum would be possible with so much of the membership preferring to postpone the meeting.

Decisions:

The board voted on whether to postpone or go forward with the general membership meeting

The board also voted on whether to postpone or go forward with the Board of Directors meeting

The board also agreed to hold the Board of Directors meeting at the venue that was planned for the general membership and board meetings, in Concord.

The survey that Scott distributed also asked members which date they preferred for a postponed meeting.  First place was July 18.  Second place was July 25th.  Jack Kirk will check to see if the venue is available on those dates.

The board also considered whether the newsletter should be sent out as scheduled.  It was going to be sent to the printer tomorrow, 3/9, so that it would reach members at least 30 days in advance of the April 25th meeting.  Postponing the newsletter would provide the opportunity to work on amendments to the bylaws to address situations such as this.  If the board is able to agree on proposed bylaws changes, then they could be included in the newsletter when it is mailed out before the new meeting date.  The board decided 7-0, with one abstention, to delay the newsletter.

The board also considered whether elections for the Board of Directors should be held by mail with the same deadline as the previously scheduled membership meeting (4/25).  The general consensus was that there was not enough time to solicit nominations and candidate statements because the newsletter would need to go to the printer (on 3/9).  This would not be fair to those who wish to run for positions on the board.  The board decided 6-0 with two abstentions to not hold elections by mail.  

The conference call ended at approximately 4:30pm.

In Summary:

More Coronavirus COVID-19 information can be found at these sites

 

April 25th 2020 General Membership Meeting:

Given the concerns over the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), we would be interested in hearing from the membership, if we should consider postponing the April 25th, 2020 General Membership meeting.

We have created a survey on the NARCC Website but you can also take the survey here.

The Survey closed at 3:00PM on Sunday, March 8th.  The final results are . . . .

Yahoo Groups Update:

We have successfully uploaded the list of users from Yahoo into Groups.IO.  We have spent many hours cleaning up the list, and yet nothing is perfect. If you do not want to be a member of the Group, please feel free to unsubscribe. To login, simply browse to www.groups.io and click on the "email me a link to login" button on the Login page.

We are still working on providing the archived messages from the Yahoo Groups on-line. This will take some time as it is not a simple matter of storage, but formatting as well.

Technical Committee Update:

General announcement here pending full transition of our NARCC Yahoo group membership to the new system…

It's been awhile since the Technical Committee had anything to address and re-assemble for, but we now have some items of potential interest to explore.

To do that, we need to refresh the Committee - with hopefully an equal share of user interests and technical expertise.

Topics in general... a bit of this was addressed in a presentation at Pacificon…

If you're invested or interested in new and current spectrum use and preserving coordination and cooperation... please step-up!

As Yahoo groups are 'challenged' with interaction or not - please respond with your interest to no1pc@narcc.net

Yahoo Groups Update:

We have successfully downloaded what we think is all of the Yahoo data and will be uploading all of the users to the new system in the next few days. As there are over 20K address lines to parse through, it is taking a bit of time to glean the user information out to create the upload file. More data about the new system will be made available after we complete the upload.  All of the messages from the Yahoo system have also been downloaded, but we are still determining the best way to archive these for users. We hope to have the user upload complete by Jan 27, 2020.

Database (Planned) Outage:

The database will be down for maintenance on Friday, Jan 24th, from 9:00PM to approximately 12:00AM.  If we complete our maintenance early, we will notify users here.

Database (Planned) Outage:

The NARCC Database will be shutdown and unavailable from January 18th at 7:00AM to 9:00PM.  The NARCC Web Server will continue to function and operate as it normally does. Our hosting provider will be servicing their Transfer Switches during this outage. Once power has been restored our database will be back in service. No data will be lost in this shutdown as we will be gracefully bringing the server down and back up.

First 2020 NARCC Board Meeting:

Our First Board Meeting of 2020 will be held on Saturday, January 18th, 2019, at the Moffett Field - Airport Operations Building.  The address is 158 Cody Road, Moffett Field,  Mountain View, CA 94035. The start time is 10:00AM.  The Meeting Agenda can be found in this Proposed Board Meeting Agend.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Yahoo Group is Migrating:

Yahoo has made the decision to no longer allow users to upload content to the Yahoo Groups site. Beginning October 28 you won't be able to upload any more content to the site, and as of December 14 all previously posted content on the site will be permanently removed. As such we will be moving to a new platform to be announced in a few days. We will also publish information on how to register for this system here.  Finally we are working to transition all of the content from Yahoo to the new platform. In short stay tuned.  

For more information on what is happening with Yahoo Groups, please check out this link. https://help.yahoo.com/kb/SLN31010.html?impressions=true

NARCC Database is back On-Line:

Our Database has was found off-line this morning (10/20/2019 8:20AM). While we do not know the root cause yet, the Database is back on-line as of 8:38AM on 10/20/2019.  The data is backed up nightly so the data is safe. We will be going over the logs to find the root cause of the failure. As soon as we have something that we can share, we will.  Again the system is back On-Line. The system appears to have been taken off-line to an automatic Windows Update that was pushed from the Operating System Manufacturer. All services appear to have recovered onced the patch finished installing after a manual intervention of rebooting the system.

Fourth 2019 NARCC Board Meeting:

Our fourth Board Meeting of 2019 will be held on Saturday, October 12th, 2019, at the Moffett Field - Airport Operations Building.  The address is 158 Cody Road, Moffett Field,  Mountain View, CA 94035. The start time is 10:00AM.  The Meeting Agenda can be found in this Proposed Board Meeting Agend.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

Interactive NARCC Border :

You can now try out the interactive NARCC Border Map by clicking on this link.  We will be replacing the original, non-interactive, low resolution version in the coming few weeks.

Third 2019 NARCC Board Meeting:

Our third Board Meeting of 2019 will be held on Saturday, July 27th, 2019, at the Moffett Field - Airport Operations Building.  The address is 158 Cody Road, Moffett Field,  Mountain View, CA 94035. The start time is 10:00AM.  The Meeting Agenda can be found in this Proposed Board Meeting Agend.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC 2019 Newsletter:

The 2019 NARCC Membership Newsletter is now with the United States Postal Service, winging their way to your mailbox. Most users will start to see them in the next few days. Some people it may take up to a week to arrive in your mailbox.

A special thanks goes to Michael Fox N6MEF for editing the newsletter this year, and of course the NARCC Staff Members who submitted articles.

As a reminder the General Membership is a little over 30 days away. We encourage you to come support Amateur Radio and NARCC for one day out of the year. The meeting will be held in Concord at the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at

3700 Concord Blvd.

Concord, CA

Check-in will start at 9:30AM. Assuming that we will have quorum, the meeting will start at 10:00AM. It’s all up to you.

The newsletters should have arrived by now. If you would like the electronic version click here.

NARCC General Membership Meeting:

Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019. ALL are welcome to join us. In fact if you care about your users, your repeaters, and your coordination, we ask that you care about NARCC and join us.

The meeting will be held at the

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

3700 Concord Blvd.

Concord, CA

A link to the Map can be found here.

Here is the Proposed Membership Meeting Agenda 

NARCC Board Meeting:

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 27th, 2019, immediately following the General Membership Meeting. ALL are welcome to join us. The Proposed Board Meeting Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

3700 Concord Blvd.

Concord, CA   

A link to the Map can be found here.

NARCC Board Meeting:

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 26th, 2019. ALL are welcome to join us. The Proposed Board Meeting Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Moffett Field - Airfield Operations Building 158 Cody Road, Mountain View, CA 94035.  

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Database Updates:

All the latest security patches and renewed SSL Certificates were installed on Sunday, January 20th, 2019

NARCC Board Meeting:

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018. ALL are welcome to join us. The Proposed Board Meeting Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Moffett Field - Airfield Operations Building 158 Cody Road, Mountain View, CA 94035.   Limited Hangout Seats are available here. If you are unable to get in, we may have reached our virtual seat limit.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

Calling All Members to Rules:

We are looking for volunteers to help with the review and reforming of the NARCC Rules and Bylaws. With the recent retirements of David Coursey - N5FDL and Dave Adrus - K7DAA the Rules Committee needs some help. Michael Fox  - N6MEF has stepped up to help lead the Committee. Jack Kirk Sr. - W6KRK has also volunteered. I personally want to thank these gentlemen for taking this on. We need a few good members to join them. We live by the rules and wonder when the rules don’t cover all situations. Some even say that some of the existing rules need to be modernized.

We need fair-minded, level headed NARCC Members to join the Rules Committee to help walk through the issues before us.

Committee Members can join the meetings from home, via computer or phone. The output of the Rules Committee will be presented to the Membership and be voted upon.

If you are interested, please fill out this form or reach out to Michael Fox - N6MEF.  

NARCC August 11th, 2018 Board Meeting:

The August 11th 2018 Board Meeting has been posted. You can find the recording on our Minutes Pages. Alternatively you can click on this link which will take you right to it.  The typed meeting notes can be found on the old Agenda, which can also be found here.

420coord@narcc.net email issues found and resolved:

We discovered that a small setting among several dozen settings was set incorrectly. The issue allowed the email messages from any email address to flow into 420coord@narcc.net and ultimately to the 420MHz Coordinator. Basically that part is working as designed.

The problem comes when the coordinator replies to the message. The setting only allowed the Coordinator to reply to the group and not the original sender, who is not a member of the group. So the Coordinator had every indication that their messages went back to the user. In reality it simply went to the Group Email and all of the other coordinators on the Group Remailer.

It is unclear how the setting got set, however it has since been fixed. All of the other NARCC Groups have been checked and verified.

So if you have sent email to the 420coord@narcc.net and not received a reply, please contact the list again.  Looking at the logs, thankfully there are only a few users that may be affected by this now resolved issue.

NARCC Board Meeting:

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, August 11th, 2018. ALL are welcome to join us. The Proposed Board Meeting Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC.ORG Inbound Email Fixed:

At some point users sending from some email servers to @narcc.org email addresses, were not being delivered. A few years ago the NARCC Membership voted to implement Google’s G-Suite for all of NARCC’s Business Transactions. Mr. Sivils K6TRK/SK  setup the services and mail accounts with Google at @NARCC.NET. All is well and good there.

The older emails such as 144coord@narcc.org, 440cood@narcc.org, and others ending in @narcc.org were left on our service provider (Go Daddy) and setup to forward to their respective new accounts at @narcc.net.

Recently in an attempt to combat SPAM email providers such as AOL, Comcast, Hotmail, GMail (Google), and Yahoo have implemented DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance). In short any email server wishing to send email, needs to have a DMARC Record. Any email sent without a DMARC message is rejected or sent to SPAM.

While we have a DMARC record on @narcc.net, we did not have a record at @narcc.org. Users sending emails to our @narcc.org accounts from services with a DMARC Record, the messages were delivered all the way through to our staff email accounts. This was happening even though the domain in the middle (narcc.org) did not have a DMARC record.

We discovered however that there are a few email services out there that do not have a DMARC record set as of yet. As the sender’s service provider did not have a DMARC Record and narcc.org did not have a DMARC Record, the messages to our group mailboxes were rejected, without notifying the end user.

To solve this issue narcc.org now has a DMARC Record. While this may mean more SPAM for the team, it also means that your emails will get through.  Emails from a server without DMARC Record, will have one applied when the email reaches the @narcc.org address.

Emails from a server without DMARC Record to @narcc.net have and will continue to function.

The bottom line, if you have not heard from NARCC after a short period, please try sending your email again. All emails should be working.

NARCC Outbound Email Bouncing  Work in Progress:

There has been no new reports of email bouncing. The migration to no-reply@narcc.net is still progressing slowly.  

NARCC Board Meeting Recording Posted:

The recording from the January 27th, 2018 Board Meeting has been posted. You can find it under Minutes to the left. Then look for January 2018 under Board Meetings. Finally click on the mp3 link.  Alternatively you can find it here.

Draft NARCC Border Map:

In an attempt to make a higher resolution version of our existing border map, we overlaid the existing map onto Google Earth. While old graphical map does not fit exactly, every effort was made to align the eastern and southern borders.

Next we downloaded the official county boundaries from the  US Census Bureau website. With the boundaries imported, the only county that had an issue was Kern County. As it turns out our boarder bisects the county from the top to the bottom. 

With a modified version of Kern County, a Draft updated version of existing NARCC Boarders is now available for review.

NARCC New Proxy Forms:

Many of members have started to receive their newsletters. This year we chose a new printer based upon a few good solid recommendations. The printers did a great job for us, however they made one small, minor mistake. In short in the process of doing the mail-merge, they left several fields unchanged. Specifically affected are the fields that exist on the Proxy Forms, as highlighted below in yellow

A good judge of how good a company is can be measured by how they respond to a problem. The printer, acknowledging that they made a mistake, printed and mailed all new Proxy Forms. So in the next few days all voting members will be receiving a new Proxy Form in the mail. This extra mailing did not cost NARCC anything. More importantly the new forms have some key information that a few members have accidentally left out in the past.

When someone presents a proxy without the proper information, could result in an invalid proxy. With attendance at the General Membership Meeting being marginal as it is, invalid proxies only hurt the organization.

A big thank you to the Members, the Volunteers, and specifically Mr. Fox for following this process through.

I look forward to seeing you ALL at the Membership Meeting on April 21st, 2018.

NARCC General Membership:

Our next General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st 2018 at 10:00AM. The Proposed General Membership Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Board Meeting:

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, April 21st 2018, immediately following the General Membership Meeting. ALL are welcome to join us. The Proposed Board Meeting Agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC 2018 Newsletter:

The NARCC 2018 Newsletter has started to hit the streets. We used a new printer this year, per recommendation of a few other groups that have used them before. Unfortunately there was a small issue, despite our best efforts to communicate and verify the printing process was accurate. Over the last several editions, we have pre-populated the Proxy at the back of the Newsletter with your Organization Number as well as your name. This year the printer, for one reason or another, left those mail merge fields alone.

What this means to you . . . .  If you will not be joining us in Concord for the General Membership Meeting next month, we ask that you remember to manually write your Org Number, Name, and Callsign on the Proxy Form, before mailing it back to us.

The online version of the Newsletter can be downloaded here.

NARCC SSL Certificate Issue  RESOLVED:

The SSL Certificate issue has been resolved and will be valid for the next year.  Anyone with a stored password, may have to remove and re-store their password

Anyone having issues logging in, please send an email to webmaster at narcc dot net.

NARCC Audit Committee  :

It is time to complete the audit for the 2017 Finances. We are looking for one or two additional people to join Jim Siemons AF6PU and Jack Kirk Sr. W6KRK on the 2018 Audit Committee. The total commitment to the Audit Committee will be a few hours to pour over the books. If you are interested and/ or can help, please contact

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NARCC Board Meeting  :

Our next Board Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 27th 2018 at 10:00AM. The proposed agenda can be found here.  The meeting will be held at the Salvation Army. The address is 3950 Clayton Road, Concord, CA 94521.

You can access our Interactive Map here.

NARCC Board Meeting Minutes of November 18th, 2017:

The agenda and meeting minutes from the last NARCC Board Meeting can be found here.

NARCC Technical Committee  :

Jim Aspinwall NO1PC, our Technical Committee Chair has put together a list of technical resources. You can find these links by clicking on Technical Committee →  Resources.  You can also find the file here. If you have anything links that you found helpful, please contact Jim via the Who’s Who link to the left.

NARCC Audit Committee  :

I want to thank Jim Siemons AF6PU, Tim Barrett K6BIV, and Jack Kirk W6KRK for completing the audit of our books for 2014, 2015, and 2016. The full report can be found here. A few items have since been dealt with.  The outstanding $100 has been resolved. The board has also voted to write-off / remove the missing UT123 Option Board from the NARCC Inventory. I want to thank Jim and Jack for volunteering to perform the audit again next year.

NARCC General Membership Meeting  :

The most recent NARCC General Membership Meeting started an hour and a half late. We were delayed due to not having a quorum.  At the point of the meeting we had 262 voting members on the books. Quorum is 20% of the voting membership. I want to thank those members who emailed their proxies in to help us achieve quorum. This is the second time that we struggled to meet quorum.

The notes from the meeting can be found here.

A few staff changes occurred during the meeting. Bob Venditti W6AW decided not to run for the Board this term. Jim Aspinwall NO1PC nominated himself for the Board. These changes left us with a slate of five nominees (Jim + four incumbent members) for the Board.  The members voted to elect the entire slate into office.

Eric Homa N6NMZ from our IT Services Group, added the ability to download the NARCC directory to your NARCC On-Line Account. Simply login and look under Miscellaneous. There you should see Directory Download. Simply select the version that works best for you.

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Bob Warmke W6CYX has asked to step down as the 902MHz and Above Coordinator.  Scott Miles WB6PQM has volunteered to take on the role. Please give Scott and Bob a few weeks to exchange information and for Scott to get his feet under him. Please give Scott a big thank you for stepping up to fill this role. Please also give Bob a huge thank you for his many years of service.

NARCC 2017 Newsletter  :

The newsletters are in the process of being taken to the printers and ultimately mailed to each Org. There will be no deduplication, so if you have 4 Orgs, you will get four Newsletters.

Can’t wait for the newsletter to hit your mailbox, you can find the online version here.

The newsletters might be a little late, considering that we had to change venues at the last minute for the General Membership Meeting.

NARCC February 11th Board Meeting Minutes  :

The Preliminary Draft of the February 11th, 2017 Board Meeting is available here. The document can also be found on the Meeting Minutes to the left, under Minutes.

From the ARRL :

The Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301, died an unbefitting death as the 114th Congress of the United States drew to a close today. After having passed the House of Representatives on a unanimous vote, the bill stalled in the Senate due to the intervention of only one member, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL).

Over the course of the past year, Sen. Nelson has received thousands of emails, letters, and phone calls from concerned constituents asking for his support of H.R. 1301. Numerous meetings were held with his senior staff in an effort to move the legislation forward. Negotiations, which led to an agreement with the national association of homeowner’s associations and publicly supported by CAI and ARRL, were brushed aside by Sen. Nelson as irrelevant.

In a final meeting with the Senator’s staff earlier this week, it became clear that no matter what was said or done, the Senator opposed the bill and refused to allow it to move forward. Unfortunately, as the bill did not receive floor time, the only manner in which it could get passed in the Senate would be through a process that required unanimous consent, which means no one opposes the bill.

The legislation will be reintroduced in both houses of Congress after the 115th Session begins in January. We have already been in contact with the sponsors of the bill to allow for an early introduction, which will give us more time to obtain success. We believe that we can get his bill adopted given the fact that we were inches away from crossing the goal line. We will continue to need the support of the membership, particularly in Florida, as we go forward through the next year.

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