Officer Elections

Below is the current elected officers. It was a close race, heh.

President – W0GRY, Gary

Vice President – W9UPK, Colin

Secretary – WB0WSE, Bob

Treasurer – KA9IVP, Loren

Trustee – KJ4HYJ, David

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Officer Nominations

Below is the current nominations for officers .

President – W0GRY, Gary

Vice President – W9UPK, Colin

Secretary – WB0WSE, Bob

Treasurer – KA9 IVP, Loren

Trustee – KJ4HYJ, David





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Stupid People Own Guns Too

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Just Say NO! To Java

In Cisco’s 2014 Annual Security Report, they examine several different security threats. They point out that Java, or mostly it’s browser plug-in, is responsible for 91% of exploits in 2013. Krebs on Security, has suggested either unplugging Java from the browser or removing it all together. Steve Gibson, a security researcher and owner of, has also suggested disabling the browser plug-in or removing Java completely as well.

How-to Geek has recently posted an article that echoes the preceding advice titled – Oracle Can’t Secure the Java Plug-in, So Why Is It Still Enabled By Default? In the post there is information about the issues with Java and details for disabling Java in the browser. The post also does an excellent job of pointing out that Oracle, the makers of Java, blatantly install crap-ware like the ask toolbar and others by default.

If for what ever reason you decide to keep Java installed on your PC, make sure you are using the latest version and installing the updates when the Java updater pops up.


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Local radio station needs tower.

A local group is ready to put a Low Power FM Catholic radio station on the air. They could use a little local expertise in getting the aluminum up in the air.  Message below.

Bill Haxmeier KF0L


From: ACI-KSedlacek <>

Subject: Re: Website for The Great River Amateur Radio Club Date: October 7, 2014 at 3:59:55 PM CDT

To: William Haxmeier <>

We (Aquinas Communications, Inc.) – Catholic radio for DBQ, have a need to find a tower to install our LPFM (low-power FM) 98.3 antenna & transmitter.  We need a tower to install our antenna up P80′-100′. We need power for the transmitter (100 watts). We need access to the internet (we would open our own internet account). We need space for our rack for the transmitter, etc. We are looking for this tower location fairly quickly (next 2 months or less). We already have the Catholic Radio Association also looking but, I thought you might have knowledge of where a suitable tower might be? Might you know of any towers within a 5-mile radius of the St. Columbkille church please send me an email. Thanks for your input.

KEN SEDLACEK engineering/technology committee (563) 552-9150 P.O. Box 3306 | Dubuque, IA 52004- 3 306 | KCRD-LP 98.3 FM


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Stanford engineers aim to connect the world with ant-sized radios

Interesting article, link to it below.

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FCC Enforcement Bureau Warns Two Hams for Failure to Identify Properly

The FCC Enforcement Bureau has released Warning Notice letters it sent in July to two radio amateurs, advising them that it had monitored transmissions during which the licensees had failed to identify properly. The Bureau posted the correspondence earlier this month on its Amateur Radio Service Enforcement Actions web page. The two notices from FCC Enforcement Bureau Special Counsel Laura L. Smith, both dated July 21, contain essentially the same wording.

Read more @

Smith pointed out that Section 97.119(a) of the Amateur Service Rules requires each amateur station to “transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each communication, and at least every 10 minutes during a communication.”

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Sept. – Oct. Newsletter

Thanks again to Mike Jozefowicz (NS0U) we have another great newsletter!

Download your copy at

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Club Meeting, September 8, 2014

The next club meeting is Monday, September 8, 2014 at the American Red Cross in Dubuque, IA. The meeting will start at 7:00pm and is open to anyone interested in electronics, ham radio and technology in general. You do not have to be a ham or club member to attend.

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New Vanity Call Sign Fee – $21.40

The FCC has adjusted very slightly downward — to $21.40 — its proposed Amateur Service vanity call sign regulatory fee for Fiscal Year 2014. In a June Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), the Commission said it was planning to hike the current $16.10 vanity fee to $21.60 for the 10-year license term. The FCC released a Report and Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (R&O) in the proceeding on August 29, in which it recalculated the fee to $21.40 for the 10-year license term. The $5.30 increase still represents the largest vanity fee hike in many years. The new $21.40 fee does not go into effect until 30 days after the R&O is published in The Federal Register.


Saving $2.14 a year over a 10 year period will net you the $21.40.
Saving $.18 a month over a 10 year period will net you $21.60.
Saving $.o1 a day over a 10 year period will net you $36.50.

Doesn’t really seem like a big deal when you break it down.

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wind: 3mph NNW
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G.R.A.R.C VEC Testing Dates

August 9

October 10