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Camping Option for FDIM/Dayton Hamfest

Camping Option for FDIM/Dayton Hamfest

If you enjoy the prospect of a quiet, wooded campground in conjunction with your visit to the QRP ARCI FDIM/Dayton Hamvention, I would personally recommend the Frontier Campground in Waynesville, OH.  The campground has sites for both RV’s and tents, as well as some cute little log cabins for those who prefer not to tent camp.

As of March 26th, the owner told me that there are still plenty of open spots for the FDIM weekend. Full information on Frontier Campground may be found at


AA4XX Tent Campsite Frontier Campground 2012

The campground provides a no frills shower house and bathroom facility, which I found to be clean and entirely adequate for my needs during my last visit in 2012.  It’s not the Hilton, but for $25 per day for a tent site, I think the campground’s rates are quite reasonable.

Frontier Campground is also conveniently located with respect to the FDIM venue in Fairborn (24 miles) and the Dayton Hamfest in Xenia (13 miles).

What really draws me to this campground is it’s proximity to the Spring Valley Wildlife area.  Spring Valley Lake is a short walk from the campground.


Spring Valley Wildlife Area Historical Marker


Nature lovers are free to hike the area around lovely Spring Valley Lake


There is ample opportunity to observe waterfowl and songbirds all around the lake


The lake is full of fish, and you’ll probably encounter a few fisherman on your walk

I have no relationship with Frontier Campground–I’m just a satisfied customer…If you decide to stay at Frontier during FDIM/Dayton Hamvention 2017, please look me up at tent campsite #2.

72 es CU at FDIM,  Paul  AA4XX



Background on ARRL Petition RM 11708 / FCC Docket 16-239 NPRM

In November, 2013, the ARRL filed a Symbol Rate Petition with the FCC, requesting that a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz be established for all data emissions below 29.7 MHz.  The FCC assigned RM (Rulemaking) number 11708 to this petition and subsequently requested comments from the public.  From March 2014 to present (Sep 2016), 80% of the amateur radio operators who have sent comments to the FCC on this RM have expressed opposition to RM 11708.  You can view comments that have been posted to the FCC regarding the ARRL’s petition RM 11708 here.  

The FCC issued Docket 16-239 NPRM (July, 2016) in response to ARRL’s RM 11708.  NPRM stands for Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.  The FCC is currently requesting comments on its soon-to-be-enacted Docket 16-239 NPRM , but anyone interested in filing a comment on RM 11708 / Docket 16-239 NPRM must do so prior to the Oct 11, 2016 filing deadline.  Of the approximately 100 comments that have been filed with the FCC to date, 89% of those responding  have expressed opposition to Docket 16-239 NPRM.  The majority of amateur radio operators who responded to this NPRM cited the need for a bandwidth limit in the RTTY/data subbands in order to protect the narrow band modes from unlimited bandwidth  transmissions.   You can view comments that have been posted to the FCC regarding Docket  16-239 NPRM here.

The Issues

In RM 11708 / Docket 16-239 NPRM, the FCC is requesting comments on two issues relating to data communications:

  1. Should the 300 baud limit be eliminated, thereby removing all limitations on baud rate?
  2. Should there be any bandwidth limit for RTTY and data emissions in the MF and HF bands?

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Why Should CW/RTTY Ops Care About ARRL RM 11708 / FCC Docket 16-239 NPRM?

Why Should CW/RTTY Ops Care About ARRL RM 11708 / FCC Docket 16-239 NPRM?

The FCC has recently announced a Notice of Proposed Rule Making, RM 11708 / Docket 16-239 NPRM, which will have significant implications for those amateur radio operators who enjoy CW and RTTY modes. The impetus for this proposed new rule was a petition from ARRL (2013) that all RTTY and data transmissions below 29.7 MHz be limited to a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz.

In their response to ARRL’s petition, FCC has stated that,

“We decline, however, to propose to add a 2.8 kilohertz bandwidth limitation for RTTY and data emissions in the MF/HF bands as requested by the ARRL Petition.”

FCC further states that,

“We tentatively agree that a baud rate restriction has become unnecessary due to advances in modulation techniques, and no longer serves a useful purpose. Our rules do not impose a symbol rate limit on data emissions in any other amateur bands or in any other radio service. In addition, removing the baud rate restriction could encourage individuals to more fully utilize the amateur service in experimentation and could promote innovation, more efficient use of the radio spectrum currently allocated to the amateur service, and the ability of the amateur service to support public safety efforts in the event of an emergency…”

What does this mean for CW and RTTY operators?

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