18 May

Volunteers Needed For Triathlon – Saturday, July 5th

2008-05-18SCMARG is looking for volunteers to help with the Patriot Triathlon 2008.   This event is scheduled for Saturday, July 5th and is based out of Cathedral Camp in Freetown, MA.  Amateur radio operators are needed to monitor racers along a 1.2 mile swim, 58 mile bike and a 13.1 mile run.  The event lasts a large portion of the day from about 7am until 5pm.  All volunteers will receive a race tee-shirt and a free catered meal.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Antone D. Duarte, Jr., N1XRS.  Both SCMARG and the Acushnet EMA were contacted by Eric Averill (director of the event) and will be jointly participating.  Whether you are interested in volunteering for a portion of the day or full the full event, your participation is appreciated.

  • Find out more about this event by visiting the official Patriot Triathlon web site.
09 May

FCC Looks to Raise Vanity Call Sign Fees

2008-05-09The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Order (NPRM) on May 8 seeking to raise fees for Amateur Radio vanity call signs.  Currently, a vanity call sign costs $11.70 and is good for 10 years; the new fee, if the FCC plan goes through, will go up to $12.30 for 10 years, an increase of $.60.  The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program.  The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new term.