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February 28, 2022

NEW DESIGN - By Michael K2SHF

I have redesigned the newsletter to be easier to read and a bit prettier on the eyes.  Hopefully everyone likes the new format.  Comments can be submitted to me at k2shf(at)arrl(dot)net.



MORNING BREW Q&A - By Michael K2SHF

Thank you to all who checked in to the Morning Brew last week.

We asked the following questions.   As always, only answers with a tally of 2 or more were included below.  Thanks to Derby Dan (KD2VNU) for tallying the results after each net.










ALLSTAR TECH NOTES VOLUME 7 - By Pres W2PW

I can't connect my node 12345 to my other node 12346. What gives? They're both on the same LAN network, they should be fine, ya?

When an Allstar call is made, your node seeks out the last-reported IP of the other node, either by Allstar's downloaded tables or HamVOIP's DNS lookup. If your router isn't good at hairpin (where it can route from "room-to-room" without going out to the real world), you'll have a failure to communicate between nodes.

To solve this, go to the bottom of /etc/asterisk/rpt.conf in each node and make an entry for the other node.

[nodes]
; Note, if you are using automatic updates for allstar link nodes,
; no allstar link nodes should be defined here. Only place a definition
; for your local (within your LAN) nodes, and private (off of allstar
; link) nodes here.

in 12345
12345 = radio@127.0.0.1/ 12345,NONE
1999 = radio@127.0.0.1/1999,NONE
12346 = radio@192.168.1.101/12346,NONE <-add this in 12345, where 12346 is the other one on 192.168.1.101

then in 12346
12346 = radio@127.0.0.1/ 12346,NONE
1999 = radio@127.0.0.1/1999,NONE
12345 = radio@192.168.1.102/ 12345,NONE <-add this in 12346, where 12345 is the other one on 192.168.1.102

What this does is say "don't bother looking for this particular node, it is THERE"

VERY IMPORTANT: If either of your nodes are on an odd IAX port such as 4567 or 4568, add that port to the end of the IP address like this:
12345 = radio@127.0.0.1:4567/ 12345,NONE
1999 = radio@127.0.0.1:4567/1999,NONE
12346 = radio@192.168.1.102:4568/ 12346,NONE
If no port is specified, 4569 is assumed.

73

-Pres W2PW



ECR BIRTHDAYS

The following hams are celebrating a birthday this week.  Happy Birthday to you all!

AB2OQ, Tom of Lackawanna, NY, has a birthday on February 28th
WD3NA, Terry of Plainview, TX, has a birthday on February 28th
KC4WEB, Web of Collierville, TN, has a birthday on February 28th
VE3BZ, Kevin of Ontario, Canada, has a birthday on February 28th (Feb 29th)
K2EAG, Matt of Amherst, NY, has a birthday on March 1st
WA2UUS, Joel of Buffalo, NY, has a birthday on March 1st
KM4IDP, Hector of Lake Mary, FL, has a birthday on March 2nd
W9DWH, David of Owensboro, KY, has a birthday on March 5th



FCC: AMATEUR SERVICE LICENSEES MAY NOT USE THEIR RADIOS TO COMMIT CRIMINAL ACTS
Taken from The ARRL Letter dated  February 24, 2022

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has re-issued its earlier Enforcement Advisory that licensees in the Amateur Radio Service and licensees and operators in the Personal Radio Services are prohibited from using radios in those services to commit or facilitate criminal acts.

"The Bureau recognizes that these services can be used for a wide range of permitted and socially beneficial purposes, including emergency communications and speech that is protected under the First Amendment of the US Constitution," the FCC said. "Amateur and Personal Radio Services, however, may not be used to commit or facilitate crimes."

As it did in advisories in 2021, the Enforcement Bureau is reminding amateur licensees that they may not transmit, "communications intended to facilitate a criminal act" or "messages encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning."

"Likewise, individuals operating radios in the Personal Radio Services, a category that includes Citizens Band radios, Family Radio Service walkie-talkies, and General Mobile Radio Service, are prohibited from using those radios "in connection with any activity which is against Federal, State, or local law.

"Individuals using radios in the Amateur or Personal Radio Services in this manner may be subject to severe penalties, including significant fines, seizure of the offending equipment, and, in some cases, criminal prosecution.

"To report a crime, contact your local law enforcement office or the FBI, the FCC said."

[EDITOR'S NOTE:  I posted the above article in the hopes that our readers will find this as humerous as I did.]



AMATEUR RADIO IN UKRAINE ORDERED OFF THE AIR IN STATE OF EMERGENCY
Taken from The ARRL Letter dated February 24, 2022

A state of emergency was declared in Ukraine just prior to the Russian military invasion. Among other things, the February 24 decree from President Volodymyr Zelensky will remain in effect at least for 30 days and may be extended. As published on the website of the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's unicameral legislative body, the state of emergency includes regulation of TV and radio activities and "a ban on the operation amateur radio transmitters for personal and collective use."

The decree also imposes a ban on mass events and on strikes and authorizes checking the documents of citizens, and if necessary, conducting searches on persons, vehicles, cargo, office space, and housing. A curfew could be imposed. "The situation changes rapidly," IARU Region 1 Secretary Mats Espling, SM6EAN, said. "IARU Region 1 continues to monitor the development and expect all radio amateurs to follow their national laws and regulations."



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