NC Senate Bill 364

  1.  NC SENATE BILL 364 AND AMATEUR RADIO EXEMPTION –

NC Senate Bill 364
has has been introduced in the North Carolina Senate to curtail use of
mobile communications while driving. There is no language in the
current draft to exempt Amateur Radio. This is of tremendous concern,
much like a similar bill enacted in Delaware without an Amateur Radio
exemption. It became technically illegal to operate mobile in Delaware
until an Amateur Radio exemption was later added as an amendment.

You are urged to send the following suggested email draft to your State
Senator. Time is of the essence. Now is the time to alert your State
Senator that an Amateur Radio exemption is needed. Please insert you
name and contact information in the draft email (see below) and forward
it to your State Senator. To find your State Senator, see
http://www.ncleg.net/ representation/ WhoRepresentsMe.aspx Thanks to
Bill Morine, N2COP, ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director, for providing
this information!

TO: The Honorable
NC Senate District

RE: Amateur Radio exemption in SB 364, the Brian Gorlack Act

Dear Senator

On behalf of North Carolina’s 20,000 federally licensed Amateur Radio
operators, I am writing to ask for your consideration to insert in SB364
an exemption for Amateur Radio operators. Amateur Radio operators, or
“Hams” as they have been nicknamed for the past century, have a
long and rich history of public service in times of disaster. A
strategic partner with North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) and
NGOs like North Carolina Baptist Men’s Relief, Hams have been
deployed as recently as Hurricane Matthew to aid affected North
Carolinians. Amateur Radio is a volunteer, tax-free resource and
service, saving the state millions of dollars if their services had to
be replicated commercially. The NCDOT recognizes Amateur Radio
operators as First Responders, and issues license plates, which
designate them as such. Much of what Hams accomplish in public service
must be done while mobile. The safety record of Amateur Radio use while
mobile is pristine. Please insert an Amateur Radio exemption in SB364
so Amateur Radio operators can continue to be a tax-free service to the
State of North Carolina and its citizens. I am grateful for your
consideration.

Sincerely,

<your name and call sign>
<your mailing address>
<your city, NC, zip code>
<your telephone number>

The Ultimate Guide To DIY Off Grid Solar Power

Tonight on the Jars Preparedness net John stopped by to tell us about a great guide to solar power and getting up to speed. Always a great subject.

Hopefully it helps with any solar questions you may have. Thanks for another great net! We appreciate all the contributors and listeners.

WQ4RP going solar

WQ4RP going Solar

There is an interesting article about WQ4RP going solar. Since that is the Knightlites contest station perhaps we could get some more details from one of our local Knightlite that checks in on the Jarsprep net.

https://aa4xx.com/wq4rp-goes-100-solarbattery-power/

There are some great pictures on that site and a detailed explanation on how they hooked it up. I know JJ (nc4jj) who is a silent key and a prep net stalwart was running his shack on solar and we have several others that are doing the same. If you have not thought about solar then you may want to review the article.

Looking forward to hearing you on the radio tonight at 9:00 PM on the AK4H repeater as we have our weekly rag chew about preparedness. Whether you enjoy listening on your radio, scanner, or even echolink it is a check in driven net so if you have your technician license or higher feel free to hit the PTT button. If you have not gotten your ticket yet please let us know what we can do to help.

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I know I have mentioned brushbeater.wordpress.com several times and enjoy reading the information that he puts out. He is located somewhere here in North Carolina. He does a great job of talking about radio and prepping. A lot of operational security in his posts.

https://brushbeater.wordpress.com

Hope you enjoy! Looking forward to hearing you on the radio tonight at 9:00 PM on the AK4H repeater as we have our weekly rag chew about preparedness. Whether you enjoy listening on your radio, scanner, or even echolink it is a check in driven net so if you have your technician license or higher feel free to hit the PTT button. If you have not gotten your ticket yet please let us know what we can do to help.

Ares Go Box

At the Jars Field Day we saw a Johnston County ARES Go box that had been put together by nc0j. Jamey did an excellent job and with the solar panels. He was able to operate on HF and still be fully charged. Obviously it was a sunny day but still he was operating late into the evening and had enough battery to last.

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ARES go Box with agm battery and wiring

As you can tell from the pictures it is a solid design and works well. There are many features that he implemented and is a very nice package. Certainly designed to get out in the field and maintain the communication when all else fails.

Looking forward to hearing you on the radio tonight at 9:00 PM on the AK4H repeater as we have our weekly rag chew about preparedness. Whether you enjoy listening on your radio, scanner, or even echolink it is a check in driven net so if you have your technician license or higher feel free to hit the PTT button. If you have not gotten your ticket yet please let us know what we can do to help.