TAKEN from The ARRL Letter, Vol. 22, No. 13 March 28, 2003 In other enforcement news, the FCC has notified the Cadet Amateur Radio Seminar at the US Military Academy at West Point that its repeater appears to interfere with a coordinated repeater, NA1RA, in New Milford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Spectrum Management Association (CSMA) coordinated the NA1RA repeater, operated by the Northville Amateur Radio Association, on January 31, 2001. The FCC says the request was cross-coordinated--and "no objection received"-- with the Upper New York Repeater Council (UNYREPCO), the coordinating entity for W2KGY.
Hollingsworth wrote March 10 that UNYREPCO apparently did not coordinatewith CSMA before issuing coordination to W2KGY, although the coordinationrequest went to seven other adjacent repeater coordinating bodies. In light of the "failure or refusal" to inform CSMA of W2KGY's request, he said, "it is apparent that the Northville repeater, NA1RA, is thecoordinated repeater" for 146.73, the channel both
repeaters share Hollingsworth said, that according to the FCC rules, the licensee of an uncoordinated repeater has a primary responsibility to resolve the interference. He also asked the W2KGY owners to furnish any proof of coordination prior to 2001. If the FCC determines that both repeaters arecoordinated, W2KGY's owners still would have to detail steps taken tominimize or eliminate interference to NA1RA, Hollingsworth explained.
Selected FCC correspondence related to Amateur Radio enforcement and provided by the FCC is posted on the ARRL Web site at: http://www.arrl.org/news/enforcement logs/
Dan (W2AU) and I spent another contest weekend in Peru (Peru, Mass. that is), at the QTH of David Robbins K1TTT. This was the ARRL International DX SSB contest.
There were a total of 9 operators (5 full-time and 4 part timers) keeping the 6 stations operating during the 48 hour contest.
Although band conditions were marginal we still managed 3546 Q's with a total of 5.5 million points Great bunch of guys and lots of fun. Dave has a web page at www.K1TTT.net which contains pictures and descriptions of his station along with past contest results.