04/01/95 Please Send Updates to The Roy
Hobbs BBS in Moonachie NJ 201-641-7307
February 1995 Information Pack
If you have any users interested in
Amateur Radio, SWL, Scanners or
Citizen Band this is the net for you!!
We cover these topics and more.
QWK & FTS(FIDO) distributions avail.
Currently echoing in North America and
Allows Land-Line BBS users to use
Packet Radio online. Includes HELP
and CHAT modes. Works with any BBS
package that will generate a
DORINFO1.DEF file. Simple to setup
and requires no maintenance.
FREEWARE from W4KGU / PTB Software.
V1.31 - Helpful utility for
county hunters earing the
first time around award.
Bug-Fix. Replaces CCATS130.ZIP
Shareware - $10
Author: Andy Birkhead KB9CAT
telemetry received from OSCAR-17 (aka Dove)
satellite using Packet TNC and simple
terminal program to store data into a text
from paper to computer
logging program for use in
the ARRL Field Day contest.
Commissioned by the Downey
Amateur Radio Club and
written by programmer Kevin
Myers, version 3.0 packs
more punch than ever before.
The major new feature is
built in error tracking to
nail those few mistakes that
still slip through due to
human error. Minor improve-
ments are 2 real time clocks
(UCT, and Local time), better
time setting functions, fewer
keystrokes to log a call
sign, better editing, and
more. The FDDCLP is a
powerful and sophisticated
RADIODESK 1.1 - Database program for SWLs (shareware):
Now the mess on your desktop should finally stop! RADIODESK is the ideal
tool for everybody who is already engaged or interested in this amazing hobby.
With RADIODESK you can file your logbook and QSL card collection. You are
able to record addresses of broadcasting stations and are allowed to use
our standardised reception report forms in five different languages!
The more RADIODESK offers you many practical help screens of things you need
almost everyday when you are in this hobby (Q-codes, sunspots chart, DX-
And a glossary rounds up the complete package of useful tools.
RADIODESK requires MS-DOS with EGA/VGA. Its surface is a 100% SAA standard
with mouse support, screensaver and a context sensitive help system.
The shareware version you have got is not crippled and you are asked and also
authorised to copy and distribute the full package (see: contents.lst!).
Please remember that distribution must not be for commercial purposes.
Only a small copy fee (less that $2) should be allowed.
Registration fee for the full featured version is $20 in total!
Thousands of radio frequencies and codes
for Southern California. Frequencies for
Police, Fire, Sheriff, Medical, CHP, and
Government. Includes Amateur Radio, CB,
Public Attractions/Amusements, Colleges,
Schools, Security Firms, Hotels/Inns and
Restaurants. Also lists frequencies for
Sporting Events, Newspapers/Media, Drive
Thrus, Emergencies, Disasters, Trucking,
Marine Band, & Cellular/Cordless phones.
new Windows 3.1 control program for the Drake
R8 receiver. Now includes better logging and
brand new Memory Mgmt. Windows v3.1, color
VGA display required.
Real-time directory of programs and stations
for Short Wave Listeners (SWLs). SWL GUIDE
displays program and station information
alongside a world map that shows transmitter
sites and signal paths to your location.
Displays can be customized to include data
such as receiver memory settings. Requires
256K and EGA or VGA display.
The ONLY program shortwave
listeners will ever need. This
program is just loaded with
-Extensive_Search of Database.
-Report Script Writer.
(Writes Reports for you)
-MUF Ploting on WorldMap.
-Sun Rise/Set times.
-VGA/EGA World Maps.
-Import Export Records.
-Shortwave Stations Address
-Many More options to come.
-Script exporting added.
-Search between two dates.
-GREATLY increased speeds in
-TX Sites added to the logger.
-Lots of Cosmetic changes.
=-=-=-=- Created by David Toste -=-=-=-=-
Released Mar 12, 1995
ħħħħħ SWLOGit is Shareware ħħħħ³
Build a sensitive shortwave receiver for
less than $5. Complete info, including
schematics and parts sources. Also other
info of interest to Shortwave Listeners,
such as freq. band descriptions, pirate
radio, how 2 on QSL cards, & a complete
reading list. $1 to register.
* Effective - December 20, 1994, prospective licensees and upgraders
can call the FCC at 1-800-322-1117 to learn whether or not their pending
FCC Form 610 license application has been processed, and if a new
license has been granted. If a new license has been granted, the person
can begin immediate on-the-air operation (using their FCC-issued call
sign) with the privileges of the new license as indicated by the FCC
(during the telephone inquiry). The hardcopy (printed) license would
follow shortly after the license grant is indicated in the FCC Amateur
Service data base.
* News Flash * Effective December 1, 1994, FCC began accepting
Form 610 data electronically from the ARRL, W5YI and Sunnyvale VECs.
Four more VECs should also be doing so shortly.
If your test was coordinated through the ARRL/VEC, license turnaround
time will be approximately 23-26 days. This includes 5 days between the
VE team and the VEC; 1-2 days at the VEC (in some cases the same day);
and 16-19 days at the FCC.
AMATEUR RADIO EXAMINATION OPPORTUNITIES
Special Note: Amateur Radio licenses usually arrive between 8 and
10 weeks after the test session. The FCC recently has been taking
just under 4 weeks to issue a license after the application (or
application data) arrives at the FCC.
The FCC considers their processing time to be 90 days--from the date
they receive the application. The FCC usually receives the application
one to two weeks after the test session (once the VE Team and the
coordinating VEC have completed their processing).
Note: Codeless Technician to Technician w/HF upgraders (who pass a
Morse code test) will effective 6/8/94 receive a new license from
the FCC that reads "TECH PLUS." Such upgrades before that date
would not receive a new license but would need to retain the
existing Technician license plus the CSCE conveying the Morse
code test credit as the only documentation issued for use of
the additional HF privileges.
The following test session information is provided by the
ARRL/VEC for the upcoming eight to twelve week period. For
further information, please contact the test session CONTACT
PERSON at the telephone number provided. If necessary, you
may contact the ARRL/VEC at 203-666-1541 x282 for additional
information. Electronic mail may be forwarded to the ARRL/VEC
via USENET at "email@example.com" or via MCI Mail to
MCI ID: 653-2312 or 215-5052.
Although the test session information presented here does
not indicate whether walk-ins are accepted or not, most test
sessions do allow walk-ins. We encourage you, however, to
always contact the CONTACT PERSON at the telephone number
provided so that the VE Team is aware that you be attending
the test session.
STILL NEED TO PREPARE FOR YOUR EXAM?
If you would like information on how to become licensed; or
how to locate Amateur Radio clubs, instructors, licensing
classes and/or Novice examiners in your area; please contact
the ARRL Educational Activities Department (EAD) at 203-666-
1541 x219. The EAD can also provide information on
recommended study materials. Electronic mail may be forwarded
to the ARRL EAD via USENET at "firstname.lastname@example.org" or via MCI Mail to
AFTER THE EXAM - HOW LONG WILL IT BE BEFORE MY LICENSE ARRIVES?
If you've recently passed your initial examination for an
Amateur Radio license, or if you've just upgraded, please
accept our warmest congratulations! Now that you've
passed the test, receiving your license in the mail is the
The FCCs current license processing time has recently been
at upwards of 14 weeks. In addition, there will be extra time
required within the volunteer examiner system of two weeks
or so allowing your VE Team and VEC (if for Technician class
or higher) time to process your application, your license
might not arrive for up to 16 weeks.
To keep your wait for that new license or upgrade as
short as possible, we are taking the following steps to give
you the fastest possible service.
We have begun providing our VE Teams with express OVERNIGHT
mailers for the return of applications from ARRL/VEC exam
sessions to us at the VEC--and we at the VEC have begun
sending our daily packages to the FCCs Licensing Facility
via an express OVERNIGHT service.
We are also encouraging our VEs, and imposing
the same emphasis upon ourselves, to process examination
packages as quickly as possible to expedite your license.
Having implemented the above procedures, the ARRL/VEC
wants your wait for your new license to be as short as
If you have any other suggestions about the program, or
services we provide, please feel free to contact us.
You can help keep the processing time as short as possible
by ALWAYS bringing all ORIGINAL CSCEs (plus copies of them) and
your ORIGINAL FCC license (and a copy), plus your identification
documents (photo-ID emphasized), to every test session you attend.
THINGS TO BRING TO THE EXAMINATION
Be prepared to bring the following items with you to VEC
examinations: Your original current FCC-issued Amateur
Radio license (and a copy of it)--if you are licensed; Any
original Written or Code Element credit documents (CSCEs)
which are currently valid; Two forms of identification
(e.g., a photo-ID or drivers license and another item
indicating your current name and address); A calculator (if
necessary); A pen and two pencils; and, the applicable
examination test fee ($5.75 for 1994 test sessions).
TECHNICIAN CLASS GRANDFATHER CREDIT
If you hold a Technician class license which was issued
prior to 3/21/87, you are not required to take the Element
3B (General class written) examination if you can provide a
copy of your FCC-license dated before that date. If your
licensed has since been renewed, and if you don't have a
copy of the pre-3/21/87 license, you must seek a
verification letter from the FCC.
To do so, write to FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA
17325-7245 and request a letter of "Verification of Technician
License Held Prior to 3/21/87"--verifying that you were licensed
as a Technician class licensee before that date (the date the
Technician Question Pool was split off from the General class
Question Pool -- March 21, 1987). After you receive that letter
from the FCC, bring it to the test session with you in order
to claim your deserved credit.
If you have lost your license, be aware that VECs are not
permitted to submit any upgrades to the FCC without a copy of your
current license attached to the 610 form. In order to
expedite your upgrade, you must write the FCC and request a
replacement license. Since that can take several weeks to
arrive, we recommend that you also request a Form 1010-B
License Verification Letter from the FCC which will arrive in a
couple of weeks--and is legally binding license document.
You may use that form as a license until your Form-660
license arrives. The original and a copy of your License
Verification Letter must be brought to the test session to verify
that you are currently licensed--the copy of which will be attached to
your upgrade application (in lieu of an actual Form-660
license copy). To request the Form 1010-B License Verification
Letter, write to: FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd, Gettysburg PA
17325-7245; indicating that you lost your license and that
you are requesting that a replacement license be issued to
you--also be sure to request that they send you a License
Verification Letter verifying that you are licensed.
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR THE HANDICAPPED OR DISABLED
The FCC requires that the administering VEs must accommodate
an examinee whose physical disabilities require a special
examination procedure. To do so, the administering VEs may
require a physician's statement indicating the nature of the
disability before determining which, if any, special
accommodative procedures must be used.
The VEs may accommodate handicapped/disabled examinees by
administering the examination at a place convenient and
comfortable for the examinee--even at bedside; for the
hearing impaired the Morse code may be sent using flashing
lights or a vibrating surface; for the visually impaired,
VEs may read or write for the examinee; where warranted, the
VEs may pause the Morse code message after each
sentence/phrase, or each word, or even after each character
to allow the examinee additional time to absorb and
interpret what was sent--also the VEs may substitute a
sending test for a receiving test where the examinee's
VE Teams may need advanced notice in order to provide the
necessary accommodations to examinees who require them. If
you will require accommodations, please contact the VE Team in
advance to advise them of your needs.
EXEMPTION OF THE 13/20 WPM MORSE CODE REQUIREMENTS
If you are a severely handicapped or disabled individual and
have already passed at least a 5 WPM Morse code examination
(or hold a license which meets that requirement), you may be
eligible for exemption from the 13/20 WPM Morse code
examination requirements. For information and applicable
forms, send a SASE to the ARRL/VEC, 225 Main St, Newington
CT 06111, and request our Handicapped Information Package.
EXAM LISTINGS - DEFINITION OF FIELDS
Test Date,VEC,City,,Contact Phone,Contact Person
The SECOND field in the following listing specifies th