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K4PEW Mount Juliet Simplex Net

posted Jul 14, 2018, 7:37 PM by Stones River   [ updated Jul 14, 2018, 7:47 PM ]

K4PEW (Paul) founder of the Mount Juliet Simplex is fondly know as "Baby Bob The Tennessee Cat Wrangler" is live streaming the net for the purpose of letting participating stations hear how their signal sounds on his end. This is a very useful tool for anyone who has ever wondered how they may sound to other stations out there. Thanks Paul for what you are doing.
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ki4ndn


Click Here > Tennessee Senate Bill Vote #1588 Passed April 24, 2018 Amateur Radio Emergency License Plates Related

posted May 30, 2018, 10:35 PM by Stones River   [ updated May 30, 2018, 11:12 PM ]


I'm not sure exactly what all has been done here. According to the video it suggest that it enables all FCC licensed HAMS to be able to purchase an Emergency tag for their vehicle, waiving the specialized fee. As I understood it was already Federal Law all you needed was an active FCC issued Amateur Radio License. The local County Clerk had some additional hoops that had to be jumped through to be eligible for waiver of the specialized fee. I was required to have FCC License, ARES identification, ARRL membership id for the fee waiver. I'd gladly pay the extra $20 not to have to go thru that hassle. I didn't have all documentation as I was sure all I needed was my FCC issued Ham Radio License. So it took lots of time and another trip to renew my registration. It appears now that specialized tags with your call are no longer available in Tennessee.
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ki4ndn



Tennessee Senate Bill Vote #1588 Passed April 24, 2018




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Some links to my research below:



https://law.justia.com/codes/tennessee/2010/title-55/chapter-4/part-2/55-4-229/

http://wapp.capitol.tn.gov/apps/BillInfo/Default.aspx?BillNumber=SB1588&GA=110

Tennessee General Assembly

Fiscal Summary

Decrease State Revenue - $28,500/Highway Fund $1,500/General Fund



Bill Summary <click here for info>

This bill makes any person licensed as an amateur radio operator eligible to purchase an amateur radio special license plate, rather than allowing only certain persons to purchase such plates.

Under present law, an owner or lessee of a motor vehicle who is a resident of this state and who holds an official amateur radio station license issued by the federal communications commission may apply to the department of revenue, through the county clerk, for issuance of an amateur radio license plate. The issuance of such special purpose license plate is made upon payment of the regular registration fee for plates, and the required additional $25.00 fee for such special plate, if applicable. To be eligible for the plate without paying the additional $25.00 fee, the registrant must furnish proof to the commissioner of revenue, through the county clerk, that the registrant:

(1) Is a member of a squad or group that actively participates in needed services during any and all emergencies, as determined by the civil defense, rescue squads or other organizations that are engaged in volunteer emergency services; or
(2) Is a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) or has credentials approved by the county emergency management director.

This bill deletes the requirements in (2) above, and specifies instead that for a registrant to be eligible for an amateur radio license plate without paying the additional $25.00 fee, the registrant must provide proof of:

(1) Credentials approved by the county emergency management director; or
(2) A class license as an amateur radio operator issued by the federal communications commission.

ON APRIL 24, 2018, THE HOUSE SUBSTITUTED SENATE BILL 1649 FOR HOUSE BILL 1599, ADOPTED AMENDMENT #2, AND PASSED SENATE BILL 1649, AS AMENDED.

AMENDMENT #2 specifies that the department of economic and community development will administer the qualified work-based learning student grant program and removes the provisions for a program operator.



FiscalNote for SB1588/HB1558 filed under SB1588 PDF


TENNESSEE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
FISCAL REVIEW COMMITTEE
FISCAL NOTE
SB 1588 - HB 1558
February 11, 2018
SUMMARY OF BILL: Authorizes an amateur radio motor vehicle license registrant
that holds an amateur radio operator class license issued by the Federal Communications
Commission (FCC) to purchase an amateur radio special license plate without the imposition of
the additional annual fee of $25.
ESTIMATED FISCAL IMPACT:
Decrease State Revenue - $28,500/Highway Fund
$1,500/General Fund
Assumptions:
 Pursuant to Tenn. Code Ann. § 55-4-203(a)(4)(A), persons applying for an amateur
radio motor vehicle license are required to pay an annual fee of $25 in addition to all
other regular fees, unless such persons meet the qualifications established in Tenn. Code
Ann. § 55-4-229(e).
 Tennessee Code Annotated § 55-4-229(e) establishes that the following persons are
exempt from paying the additional $25 fee: members of the Amateur Radio Emergency
Service (ARES); registrants with credentials approved by the county emergency
management director; and members of a squad or group that actively participates in
needed services during any and all emergencies as determined by the civil defense,
rescue squads or other organizations that are engaged in volunteer emergency services.
 This legislation would exempt the $25 fee from all individuals holding a class license as
an amateur radio operator by the FCC, rather than just those that are members of the
ARES.
 The DOR reports that at least 3,878 motor vehicles are currently registered with an
amateur radio license specialty plate, of which approximately 1,200 individuals pay the
additional $25 fee each year.
 It is assumed that all 1,200 of such individuals will become exempt from paying the fee
upon passage of this legislation.
 The recurring decrease in state revenue is estimated to be $30,000 (1,200 x $25).
 Approximately 95 percent of motor vehicle registration fees is allocated to the Highway
Fund; the remaining 5 percent is allocated to the General Fund.
SB 1588 - HB 1558 The recurring decrease in revenue to the Highway Fund is estimated to be $28,500
($30,000 x 95%); the recurring decrease in revenue to the General Fund is estimated to
be $1,500 ($30,000 x 5%).
CERTIFICATION:
The information contained herein is true and correct to the best of my knowledge.
Krista M. Lee, Executive Director
/tdb
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Daggerrose Homeless Hams

posted May 20, 2018, 5:31 PM by Stones River   [ updated May 30, 2018, 8:26 AM ]

Now that I have your attention! Play all and sit back and enjoy. "Don't Forget Where You Came From"
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Daggerrose "Don't Forget Where You Came From"




Make Simplex Great Again K4PEW

posted Mar 22, 2018, 8:28 AM by Stones River   [ updated May 15, 2018, 6:22 AM ]

K4pew (Paul) founder of Mount Juliet Simplex Net in middle Tennessee had the "Make Simplex Great Again" opportunity to be a guest on Twit Tv as a guest of K9EID Bob Heil. Ham Nation Episode #343
Tune in around the 56 minute portion of the podcast for K4PEW and K9EID, or better yet get your coffee and kick back and enjoy the entire episode.
Great Job Paul, and a big ole Southern Yee Haw to Bob and the Group for featuring the Mount Juliet Simplextons founder on Ham Nation.
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Mar 21st 2018

Ham Nation 343

Meet The Simplexton

Bob Heil interviews Paul Wieloszynski K4PEW from the Mount Juliet Simplex Society.
Records live every Wednesday at 9:00pm Eastern / 6:00pm Pacific / 01:00 (Thu) UTC.


"Evil Repeater Councils"

posted Mar 5, 2018, 6:15 PM by Stones River   [ updated May 15, 2018, 6:17 AM ]

Ran across a very good article about Repeater Coordination Groups.
Info can be found
@ http://arsrepeaters.com/Evil_Repeater_Councils.php   seems site went away, you can view article below.

https://web.archive.org/web/20170926164255/http://arsrepeaters.com/Evil_Repeater_Councils.php





Did You Say Interference ? I Can't Hear You. Say Again

posted Feb 21, 2018, 8:19 AM by Stones River

What is that hum? Not all interference is intentional, however there are many forms of intentional interference. This video below lets us know that this is nothing new at all. Just recently I installed 2 4' led lights that replaced the normal florescent tubes. The ballast was removed and wired direct to 120v ac. I like the instant light source and the cost efficiency, however it is a rf menace on the am band for sure. In the same room I have a am radio tuned on 650 am the famous WSM Radio in Nashville Tennessee. When I flip on the led lights the am radio signal is full of hash and could not be tolerated very long at all. Flip the led's off and the radio does 90% better. So after having bought some very good quality led lights for each room of my home I began to install. Keep in mind this was before I made the am radio discovery. I began putting up the lights, as I progressed I noticed new interference in my am radios. I flip light on and there it is again. Flip it off and noise level dropped at least 90%. So I got the packaging out and of course the small print plainly says.
" This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications."
That over the horizon hum, what is that? Could it be? There are unlimited sources of radio interference in today's world. Something as simple as loose connections on the ground wire of the electrical pole, via the staples on the pole.
Enjoy this wealth of information below.
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ki4ndn

Empire Of Noise


Puppet On A String

posted Feb 1, 2018, 1:45 PM by Stones River


Quite Humorous and you see it all the time.
"It's hard to push a rope." But easy on a string.
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ki4ndn

Puppet On A String




Ham Radio (Down South) Playlist KI4NDN

posted Jan 13, 2018, 11:46 AM by Stones River   [ updated Jan 13, 2018, 11:56 AM ]


This playlist is a Shout Out to Real Hams, the kind that Live & Let Live. The kind that Elmer new members and not Ostracize them. The ones that allow you to make mistakes and learn. The ones that don't try to control your every move in Ham Radio. A few of these videos in this list is really intended to alert the Narcissistic Radio Club members that we really just don't have much time for their BS. Every club has them.
You try to figure out whats what or who's who?
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You've Been Thunderstruck
Turn it up and press link below
Ham Radio Down South Ki4ndn





https://youtu.be/YZtgZ5fHOuU  Thunder Struck
https://youtu.be/gsC4kf6x_Q0 Dueling Banjos
https://youtu.be/MWFAEpx8Hh4 The Sound Of Silence - Disturbed [US
Military Video]
https://youtu.be/gsVt6-PgdNc Better World
https://youtu.be/D-r_VuyG7nI "Be Careful Of Stones That You Throw"
https://youtu.be/epnqisvSCwo I'm A White Boy
https://youtu.be/ALGkQq3RJ7k Big Bad Don
https://youtu.be/C-okDJA5CVw "little old man its a great day to whoop
somebodys @ss"
https://youtu.be/tj7Ae5FHwpg The Night Our Paw Got Hung in that Electric
Fence Bluegrass
https://youtu.be/kQjRxdMEGds The Outlaws Prayer
https://youtu.be/eRalJveqbvQ The Stanley Brothers, Rank Stranger
https://youtu.be/zXRLozwejDk Old Violin
https://youtu.be/S2hJLa0T-Sw The Ride
https://youtu.be/sMmTkKz60W8 Simple Man
https://youtu.be/3aF9AJm0RFc Hurt
https://youtu.be/JOIo4lEpsPY Fire And Rain
https://youtu.be/5MGBEbo1gmA Foghorn Leghorn Wisdom
https://youtu.be/ZI-aPHeUDlk Fire Away
https://youtu.be/DmeUuoxyt_E Rockstar
https://youtu.be/1rHbmUexRBI Knocking On Heavens Door
https://youtu.be/4E9ydw_aDMg I Drink Alone
https://youtu.be/0U-ermF-tQA Gear Jammer
https://youtu.be/7CHiUN8XTWs Wooly Bully Vietnam Background
https://youtu.be/bqszfdqL8F4 Freedom Against Tyranny
https://youtu.be/VZgXH8IJGgg I Sang Dixie
https://youtu.be/oUyid7OImrg A thousand miles from nowhere
https://youtu.be/I16YOPmmZbs Rank Strangers
https://youtu.be/_nLmM9kcBKs Ring That Bell Abby
https://youtu.be/6CNB5OLUPM0 Iron Horse
https://youtu.be/NFUZ5d_ukxc Puddles Pity Party
https://youtu.be/LRP8d7hhpoQ Hallelujah - Pentatonix
https://youtu.be/QlFFJ3j-QXc HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN
https://youtu.be/GKeDcF1v_Y4 The Last Cowboy Song
https://youtu.be/zGvbjfHTy2Y Jamey Johnson - Rebel Soldier
https://youtu.be/aLWkwV-nmho Jamey Johnson - Mental Revenge
https://youtu.be/GONmFCkCGCc Turn The Page
https://youtu.be/7OqwKfgLaeA Cat's In The Cradle
https://youtu.be/_Gbtm-93oqE A Boy Named Sue
https://youtu.be/L7XK_zNq930 That's My Job
https://youtu.be/p4c9Iyu4feg sawyer brown the walk
https://youtu.be/Ta0DTKZWVJc I don't call him daddy
https://youtu.be/BjO1F6oCab8 He Didn't Have To Be
https://youtu.be/FVjbo8dW9c8 Don't Laugh At Me
https://youtu.be/eSdItuvBxc8 This Ain't Nothin
https://youtu.be/lBDN8yWyNYU You're Gonna Miss This
https://youtu.be/X5z-jjWyAJQ Believe
https://youtu.be/w6pCKGdroho If You Get There Before I Do.
https://youtu.be/7gV3g9LCvPc whiskey lullaby
https://youtu.be/JqPcXhqQHQ8 Tennessee Whiskey
https://youtu.be/hMk2fClfOjg Only God Knows Why
https://youtu.be/8IEQpfA528M Behind Blue Eyes
https://youtu.be/An2a1_Do_fc Old Man
https://youtu.be/vb2uHPk3BKA See Right Through

"Some Things Matter. some things don't"
   KI4NDN

The Ultimate Fox Hunt by KI4NDN

posted Aug 23, 2017, 7:03 PM by Stones River   [ updated Aug 23, 2017, 7:47 PM ]

Food For Thought
Safety Fox


On April 30, 2015 there was a balloon launch by fellow Ham KI4NHK. With very little info, I began to see if I could track or even locate the balloon launch on aprs. The info is @ https://sites.google.com/site/stonesriveramateurradioki4ndn/news/balloonlaunchthisweekendmtrasmiddletennesseeroboticsartssociety

The following year on April 23, 2016 KI4NHK launched another balloon. This time there was aprs beacon malfunction and the payload was lost.
https://sites.google.com/site/stonesriveramateurradioki4ndn/news/mtrasnearspaceamateurradioballooninfoapril92016Balloon Launch April 26 2016
Having done a pre-launch prediction, there was a general idea of where the payload would land. The previous year when I had run a pre-flight prediction, it missed 13 miles. This time around it missed approximately 8 miles. I had a little more input information this go round. After about four days of searching it was finally discovered, KI4NHK, K4MCD and myself and others participated in the hunt. KI4NHK ultimately found the payload. It was up 40-50' in a tree. We tried with dusk fast approaching to retrieve the load. No luck. KI4NHK arranged for the payload to be retrieved by a climber with gear and experience.

Several balloons were launched this year leading up to the Eclipse event on 08/21/2017.  As I was tracking via aprs and hf/vhf/uhf it was at times confusing as I watched three or more balloons at once. The aprs signals were intermittent on one or more of the balloons. One of the last beacons on aprs was @

2017-08-19 12:56:09
7 MPH 86° alt 4689 ft

You would think this would be easy to locate, right? Wrong. Even with aprs tracking, the terrain, heat, access, property owners, dogs, snakes, horses, cows, spiders, sweat, the list goes on. ad-infinitum. It's a great challenge to locate and retrieve a balloon and it's payload, however there are lots of lesson you learn every time out. So here goes.

1. Safety Safety Safety
2. Is it worth it?
3. Liability
4. Trespass Laws
5. Wrong end of the GUN
6. Poisonous Critters
7. Crevasses/holes
8. Daylight
9. Where am I, exactly?
10. How long will it take for help to arrive if something happens?
11. I have a radio and a net control station, but what if battery fails, no signal, rainstorm pops up, I trip on log and sprain my ankle and cannot get to my radio. There is no phone signal here. I'm down in extreme pain and at least 3/4 miles deep into the woods. I'm bleeding pretty badly.
Okay you get the idea. Right

Now another scenario. There are 4 of you circling around in the wide open field, the Johnson grass is head high and above. No luck looks like it may be over there and we all head off to the woods where there is a drop off by the river. It's extremely hot. We are in contact with Net Control, they know the general vicinity of our hunt. All hunters are off on their own hurriedly trying to be the finder of the GREAT Prize. Payload discovered.
Payload up in a tree about 30', Somebody very quickly grabs tree and begins to climb. Just about the time she reached out to grab payload she was stung in the neck by a couple yellow jackets. As she reacted the half rotten limb she was standing on gave way. Down she went being mangled by each limb on the way down. Oh but she managed to hang on to the payload.

So Guys and Gals the message here is Use Your Hat Rack. Is it worth it? There's lots of ways to do things, and there are consequences to the steps that we take. Who is responsible for YOU? No not Net Control. You are responsible for YOU.

SAFETY SAFETY SAFETY
Think Think Think

So you got the balloon, how much did it cost you? So Net Control is sitting back in the comfort of a nice air conditioned shack looking at an aprs screen sipping a cool drink and you are in the woods dealing with everything from a loaded shotgun with an angry land owner to rattlesnakes in search of water, chiggers, ticks, spiders, caves, sinkholes, other hams racing to find the PRIZE.
The responsibility falls on the individual ham or hunter.
Be careful and move slowly. Now that's what could happen. But then again everything may work out perfectly and the payload makes it back home to its launcher and everyone lives Happily Thereafter.
KI4NDN

Here is some compiled screenshots of aprs tracking/multitasking.  PDF File APRS Screenshots by:ki4ndn

Solar Radiation Management / Geo Engineering

posted Aug 2, 2017, 5:53 PM by Stones River   [ updated Aug 7, 2017, 9:52 AM ]

Geoengineering / Solar Radiation Management / Drought

What if there were a monumental environmental threat that you didn’t even know was happening? What if you found out it is affecting your health and that of people you know and love? What if you knew it was such an enormous problem that it has the potential to destroy our crops and trees, the soil they are grown in, our entire water supply, and whole ecosystems – and that if you didn’t act, we could never turn back?

We are not talking about fracking, nuclear energy, or the oil industry. We’re not even talking about climate change.


Readyville, Tennessee 08/05/2017


What if it came into use in an insidious way, just as GMO foods have come into our food supply without our knowledge? What if it appeared to be harmless, but it wasn’t? And what if it were so cleverly woven into our culture that we didn’t even see it anymore? What if it were so masterfully stigmatized and wrapped in controversy that if you thought it strange or concerning, you’d be scorned or ignored?

It sounds like science fiction, but it’s not. It’s happening right above you, and it’s called “geoengineering”.

You can find articles and debates in which scientists are proposing to “dim” the sun to slow down climate change, using a technique called “Solar Radiation Management” (SRM). Their concept is to mimic the dimming and cooling effects of a volcanic eruption and existing particulate pollution made by human activity. However, it has been out of the proposal stage for quite some time, and even though officials will not admit it, SRM is already in full-scale operation.

SRM sounds like a viable solution to slowing climate change, and scientists have repeated how “cheap” it is over and over again. But it comes with a price. In fact, it comes with many.

Global climate engineering/geoengineering programs are radically disrupting weather patterns, disrupting the hydrological cycle (causing drought in some areas, flooding others), destroying the ozone layer, and contaminating the entire planet with the toxic fallout from these atmospheric spraying operations.

Climate engineering programs have been fully deployed for many years. There is a mountain of hard science data and film footage to back up this statement of fact. All available data indicates that the ongoing global geoengineering programs are mathematically the greatest single assault against the web of life ever launched by the human race. To interfere with Earth's life support systems is insanity beyond comprehension and this is exactly what the completely out of control military industrial complex has done. There are no regulations on these atmospheric spraying programs, and no oversight whatsoever. We are all currently being subjected to these ongoing tests.

You can learn more at:

www.geoengineeringwatch.org


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