Happy World Amateur Radio Day 2021!

IARU and Amateur Radio are Reaching “an Inflection Point”

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

The theme for this year’s World Amateur Radio Day is, “Home, but Never Alone!” It speaks to the wonderful bond that we amateur radio operators have had through the world. In the last year this has manifested in dozens of local “checkin” nets whose purpose was have us keep an eye on each other on a daily or weekly basis. It was a wonderful example of Amateur Radio keeping all of its members safe, and together…no matter what the physical distance!

Club PayPay System Back UP!

The Club PayPal system has been restored! All praise and thanks for this goes to Joe Harris, N1QD. We had a perfect storm over here where the person who normally dealt with the site was unavailable, and I myself was in Somerville Hospital for a diagnostic test.

Again, many, many thanks to N1QD, and we’re back on the Net (as it were)!

News from our New England Vice Director

New England Vice Director, and BARC member, Phil Temples, K9HI, reminds us of the new FCC Notice for Proposed Rulemaking about increased/reinstated fees that are being considered for the Amateur Service.

We need to have a flood of high-quality comments in response to the FCC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking to reinstate fees for amateurs. The story linked here supplies some strong talking points, courtesy of ARRL Washington Counsel K3ZJ, that should be included in our individually filed comments.

We encourage all BARC members to file comments to FCC 20-116, MD Docket No. 20-270.