Monthly Archives: May 2015

Mini-Watt

June 2015                                                                                                                                                 Issue 84

 

    POOP FROM THE LOUP  June 2015..

   It’s time again for the news from the Loup.. This is a bit different, not much about radio.. I’ve never been in a dentists office in my life, it’s true, at least not for dental reasons anyway.. I guess I’ve depended on mouth wash and toothpicks for maintenance..  Last February, for no reason one of my front uppers seemed loose and it fell out.. A few days later  couple teeth broke, the caps came off..

    May has been LuEllens annual check up month, so I tagged along to get an appointment date set up.. First, I had to answer 8 sheets of questions describing my life history.. As it happens, the patient following LuEllen called in a cancelation so the dentist and (her) assistants, yep, two more ladies were available to check me out.. Next thing I know,  I’m flat on my back with 3 pair of eyes examining my oral cavity..

    Several of my uppers are in sad shape, the consensus here is a new plate so I was x-rayed from seven different directions, up side down and backwards.. They have taken several impressions already.. They were surprised that my uppers were so bad, and after a thorough  scrutinization , the lowers with a couple fillings and some flack chiseled off, I should be able to chew nails..

    Next time we have an eyeball, I’ll show you my new smile………. ejl..

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FCC News

(ARRL 05/22/2015) The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rule making, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is$21.40, the highest in several years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 “payment units” in FY 2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.In its 2014 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)regarding the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for FY 2014, the FCC had sought comment on eliminating several smaller regulatory fee categories, such as those for vanity call signs and GMRS. It concluded in the subsequent Report and Order (R&O) last summer, however, that it did not have“adequate support to determine whether the cost of recovery and burden on small entities outweighed the collected revenue or whether eliminating the fee would adversely affect the licensing process.”The FCC said it has since had an opportunity to obtain and analyze support concerning the collection of the regulatory fees for Amateur Vanity and GMRS, which the FCC said comprise, on average, more than 20,000 licenses that are newly obtained or renewed, every 10 and 5 years, respectively.“The Commission often receives multiple applicationsfor the same vanity call sign, but only one applicant can beissued that call sign,” the FCC explained. “In such cases, the Commission issues refunds for all the remaining applicants.In addition to staff and computer time to process payments and issue refunds, there is an additional expense to issue checks for the applicants who cannot be refunded electronically.”The Commission said that after it provides the required congressional notification, Amateur Radio vanity program applicants “will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments.

http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-eliminates-amateur-radio-vanity-call-sign-regulatory-fee

Don’t forget to make your reservations for Victory Springs. The latest motel listing are posted on the web site for those not camping.

 

 

Mini-Watt

 

2015 Victoria Springs Ham Fest & Steak Fry Update

Sherrie Jensen of The New Helena Country Club gals called me
and they plan to serve their barbecue at noon on the 25th of
July (this is a Saturday) rather than Friday evening. It will be served from 12:00 till 2:00 P.M. Ham sandwiches, Sloppy Joes and the usual salads and desserts. Eat early, ice cream social at 3:00 P.M.

Larry Curtiss reports there is a RC Fly In being planned but not
plans are not all completed at this time.

From KCØDA

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May 2015                                                                                                                                                      Issue 83

Poop from the Loup..     May 4, 2015

   Well, Spring has arrived in the North Loup Valley .. A rather mild Spring however, compared to some I recall in my advanced age..

   The migrating water fowl were especially interesting. We still  have a few around and we assume they are going to reproduce some new members along our creek..

    We are getting some nice rains, but could use much more.. The planters are getting started this week and with 24 rows at a time should by done in a few minutes.. We watched the neighbor plant to the end of the field, then had to make a u-turn (in reverse,) wind up on what he just planted, then pull  over and ahead where he lined up on new ground, backed up to the fence and kicked it all in gear and away he went.. I could have planted the whole field with my old 4 row lister and beat him home for supper..

    I think this is the neighbor who bought a new JD cap for $60,000 and the dealer threw in a new tractor..

    Bits of wisdom:  Never spit against the wind and always drink above the herd..     73  ejl..