Upcoming Meeting

Just over one week away is the EARS March meeting.  Our meeting is Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m. at the Springfield Justice Center in the EOC Room.

Speaking to us at our March meeting is Steve Moreen, KA6UGS.  The topic is a FCC Rules Update — RF Hazard Assessment.

This information is from Steve:

Effective June 1, 2020, the FCC revised rules and regulations concerning assessing human exposure to radio transmitting stations. However, changes to the existing rules were delayed until May 3, 2021 and existing stations have until May 3, 2023 to comply. New stations (including new hams) must comply after May 3, 2021.

Before the new rules went into effect, most amateurs were able to use a Categorical Exclusion to the FCC requirement to revaluate if a station fell under the Maximum Permissible Exposure limit. The revised rules revision replaced Categorical Exclusions with a new mechanism called Exemptions to Routine Evaluation. The Exemptions are based upon frequency, power, and distance.

Along with his presentation, Steve created an on-line Exemption Calculator worksheet which allows amateur radio station operators to determine if the FCC’s new exemption applies.  It also generates the associated documentation. If the station does not meet the exemption qualification, the presentation provides a step-by-step guide in how to use existing on-line resources to calculate if a station falls within exposure limits set by the FCC.

Steve was first licensed as an amateur in 1966. He holds an Extra Class Amateur license, a General Class Radiotelephone license and recently retired from a 53 year career in radio/television/satellite communications technology.

In addition to the presentation, we will have our regular business meeting, 50/50 drawing, mini for sale table, and snacks!  I hope you can join us.  Maybe invite another Ham operator that you know to come along.

Last Updated on March 15, 2023 by Web Manager

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