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> The ARRL Letter
> Vol. 25, No. 08
> February 24, 2006
> IN THIS EDITION:
> * +ARRL wants FCC to order halt to BPL database access limits
> * +Regulation-by-bandwidth petition "a reasonable middle ground," League
> * +Space station commander educates, inspires via ham radio
> * +SuitSat-1 now QRT
> * +New ARRL Section Managers start April 1 in four sections
> * +Revised ITU recommendation on ham radio in disasters in effect
> * +Lifetime licenses established for hams in Great Britain
> * Solar Update
> * IN BRIEF:
> This weekend on the radio: The North American QSO Party (RTTY)!
> ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
> +3Y0X DXpedition logs more than 87,000 contacts
> Dayton Hamvention® announces theme for 2006 show
> Revised, corrected Element 2 question pool released
> DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit
> +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/>
> ==>Delivery problems (ARRL member direct delivery only!):
> ==>Editorial questions or comments: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, n1rl@...
> ==>LEAGUE TO FCC: ORDER AN END TO ARBITRARY ACCESS LIMITS TO BPL DATABASE
> The ARRL has demanded that the FCC order the United Telecom Council (UTC)
> "cease its arbitrary limits" on access to the public BPL Interference
> Resolution Web site <http://www.bpldatabase.org/>. UTC administers the
> which FCC Part 15 rules require to be "publicly available." In a complaint
> 2-06.pdf> filed February 23 with the FCC Office of Engineering and
> Technology, the FCC Enforcement Bureau and UTC, the League charged UTC
> "arbitrarily and unlawfully" preventing some individuals and
> organizations--including ARRL--from utilizing the BPL database.
> "Quite simply, UTC's 'management' of this database has in a very short
> proven a shambles," ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, wrote on the
> League's behalf. "The Commission has taken no action in response to any
> interference complaints, but UTC's restricting access to the database is
> directly and overtly contrary to the specific language of both the Report
> and Order (R&O) and §15.615 of the Commission's rules."
> According to the complaint, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, found himself
> locked out of the BPL database February 14 after attempting to search a
> particular ZIP code. An "error" message warned: "The System has determined
> that this line of searching constitues [sic] unauthorized use of the
> database. Cease operations immediately."
> "There was no unauthorized use of the database," Imlay said, adding that
> ARRL staff member got the same message after trying to search two ZIP
> from an "arrl.org" domain address. "It was apparent thereafter that anyone
> using an 'arrl.org' domain name was unilaterally shut out of the database
> UTC for an indeterminate amount of time," the complaint continued.
> Imlay also cited the experience of Gary Zabriskie, N7ARE, the secretary of
> the Dixie Amateur Radio Club in Utah. On February 15, he attempted a
> covering several ZIP codes in his club's membership area to report any BPL
> trials or rollouts to members. After entering the third ZIP code, he
> received the same "error" message. The next week, Imlay noted, a member of
> the ARRL Laboratory staff conducted a series of searches to determine if
> previously noted discrepancies in the database had been corrected. After
> entering his seventh ZIP code search, he received a message indicating
> he had exceeded his search limit, "though you may try again later," it
> A advisory on the BPL Interference Resolution Web Site page states:
> via scripted or automated programs is prohibited. Each individual is
> to search a limited number of times. Individuals are advised not to
> random searches of the database, or their access to the database may be
> further restricted."
> "The limits placed unilaterally and apparently variably on searches of the
> database are each and all improper," the ARRL complaint asserted. "There
> nothing in any Commission document that authorizes UTC to limit access to
> the database whatsoever. Worse, UTC has decided to limit public access
> arbitrarily by IP address or by domain name, and apparently as few as
> ZIP code searches trigger the cutoff mechanism." The League said there is
> technical reason to limit the search function.
> The League maintains that the design of the database and the restricted
> access are "clearly intended to frustrate the Commission's purpose" in
> requiring the database in the first place and "to inhibit complaints of
> interference" from BPL systems. As a result, the ARRL says, the FCC should
> immediately rescind UTC's appointment as the BPL database administrator or
> order UTC to end its arbitrary limits on access to the database.
> ==>REGULATION-BY-BANDWIDTH PETITION "A REASONABLE MIDDLE GROUND," LEAGUE
> The ARRL says its Petition for Rule Making (RM-11306) to regulate the
> amateur bands by necessary bandwidth rather than by mode represents "a
> reasonable middle ground in a difficult regulatory area." In reply
> filed with the FCC February 21, the League said it was gratified to see
> than 900 commenters responded to the admittedly "controversial" petition
> noted that many "show the investment of a good deal of thought about the
> proposal." ARRL said it would have been concerned if the amateur community
> had not responded with a loud voice on all facets of the League's
> regulation-by-bandwidth proposal.
> "ARRL continues to believe that its petition is a measured response to
> progress in digital telecommunications technology and successfully
> the interests of all, regardless of which of the polarized opinions in
> proceeding, if any, constitutes a 'majority' view," the League's reply
> comments said. "To the extent that the success of this philosophy
> necessitates the participation and cooperation of all amateurs in the
> development of, and increased reliance on, modernized voluntary band
> ARRL is optimistic that such participation and cooperation will be
> available" as it has in past "transitional phases" in Amateur Radio's
> The ARRL is asking the FCC to replace the table at §97.305(c) with a new
> that segments bands by necessary bandwidths ranging from 200 Hz to 100
> Unaffected by the ARRL's recommendations, if they're adopted, would be 160
> and 60 meters. Other bands below 29 MHz would be segmented into subbands
> allowing maximum emission bandwidths of 200 Hz, 500 Hz or 3.5 kHz, with an
> exception for AM phone.
> The ARRL says the changes it's proposing constitute a balance "between the
> need to encourage wider bandwidth, faster digital communications and the
> need to reasonably accommodate all users in crowded bands."
> The League's reply comments countered criticism that its petition
> "overregulation wrapped in a different cloak," that increased
> confidence--in the ability of voluntary band plans to substitute for
> regulation by emission mode is misplaced, or that the ARRL's proposal
> to a small minority of digital enthusiasts and experimenters. Many of
> who commented expressed a desire to leave things as they are, some because
> they feel the advent of digital technology may threaten their favorite
> "They are comfortable with the status quo, because the current regulations
> are not encouraging toward digital modes and, therefore, the current
> regulatory scheme, they feel, 'protects' them," the League said. "The
> comfort level with the status quo is high for these licensees, and they
> not hesitated to tell the Commission so."
> The League emphasized, "All should be accommodated by the regulatory
> structure of amateur subbands, and technology changes demand regulatory
> changes in this instance." Its plan, the League said, "attempts to segment
> emission modes of similar bandwidths in a manner that accommodates the
> varied needs and interests of all, while insuring compatibility by
> like-bandwidth emissions together."
> Citing repeated efforts to gather input from the Amateur Radio community
> large and from its members since its regulation-by-bandwidth concept was
> first aired in 2002, the League called the petition "the most thoroughly
> vetted regulatory proposal" it's ever developed.
> "The ARRL petition does not favor one mode at the expense of another," the
> League reiterated in concluding its reply comments. "It merely allows
> expansion of the repertoire of options that amateurs may pursue
> The ARRL petition is available on the FCC Web site
> nt=6518181567>. The League's reply comments are on the ARRL Web site
> ==>NO LOLLIES ON SPACE STATION, COMMANDER TELLS YOUNGSTERS IN SPACE QSO
> International Space Station Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR,
> this month educated and inspired youngsters in Florida and the Australian
> outback during separate Amateur Radio contacts. McArthur spoke from NA1SS
> with youngsters attending Collier County, Florida, public schools on
> February 8, and at the Charleville Cosmos Centre in Queensland on February
> 17. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
> arranged both events. Students at Florida's Pine Ridge and Immokalee
> schools posed several questions on the subject of robotics aboard the ISS,
> and McArthur discussed use of the space station's robotic arm, Canadarm 2.
> "We use the robotic arm only occasionally onboard the ISS," McArthur
> explained. "It's used to either relocate people or equipment on the
> which happens only occasionally. Also, we will sometimes use the cameras
> installed on the robotic arm to do video surveys of the exterior of the
> McArthur told the students that it took extensive training to learn how to
> properly manipulate the Canadarm 2, used mostly to move equipment and
> that's too large for the astronauts to handle during space walks.
> Twice during the contact, McArthur offered some words of inspiration and
> encouragement to those contemplating careers as astronauts. "Do not be
> afraid to follow your dreams," he advised. "Reach high, because even if
> fall a little bit short you will have accomplished so much more than if
> you're afraid to even try."
> Members of the Amateur Radio Association of Southwest Florida (ARASWF) set
> up and operated the equipment necessary for the direct VHF contact between
> NA1SS and K4YHB at Pine Ridge Middle School, a NASA Explorer School.
> Coordinating Teacher Sharon Lea, who once met McArthur, took a moment at
> end of the QSO to express gratitude on behalf of the schools for making
> contact possible. "This was a wonderful experience for us all," she said.
> Some 150 school officials, teachers, parents and students were on hand,
> two TV stations, a local radio station and the Naples Daily News reported
> the space contact.
> Nine days later, youngsters attending the Charleville School of Distance
> Education gathered at the Cosmos Centre in the Australian outback to hook
> with McArthur via ham radio and a Verizon Conferencing teleconferencing
> from WH6PN at Sacred Hearts Academy in Honolulu to the Queensland
> McArthur told the students that he's been an astronaut for 15 years, and
> duty tour aboard the ISS marked his fourth flight into space. "Prior to
> this, my longest mission was 14 days--two weeks," McArthur responded to
> question, noting that he enjoyed being in space very much. "This one will
> a little more than a half-year, and, to me, it's the difference between
> visiting a wonderful place and living there."
> Looking ahead to longer-duration space flights, one student wanted to know
> how long it would take to get to Mars. "It would take somewhere between
> and nine months depending on the technology used and also depending on how
> the planets are aligned," McArthur replied.
> "Do you eat chocolate bars and lollies?" another student wanted to know.
> "Well, we have no lollies," McArthur answered, "but that's only because
> Valeri [Tokarev] and I didn't ask for them. Yes, we do have chocolate
> chocolate candy, other candy, and if a crew wanted lollies they could ask
> for them, and they would have them up here."
> Beyond that, McArthur said, the cuisine aboard the ISS largely consisted
> foods familiar on Earth, although all meals come already prepared and
> usually dehydrated.
> The school waited nearly two years for its contact to be scheduled, and
> 12 hours before the event a thunderstorm knocked out telephone service
> throughout the town. Earth station operator and ARISS veteran Tony
> Hutchison, VK5ZAI, said a repair crew managed to get the telephone system
> back up with only two hours to spare.
> National TV and radio and local media joined the audience on hand to
> on the contact. The Charleville Cosmos Center is an observatory in outback
> Queensland some 800 km west of Brisbane.
> ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach
> with US participation from ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
> ==>ARISS MAKES IT OFFICIAL: "TREMENDOUSLY SUCCESSFUL" SUITSAT-1 IS SK
> SuitSat-1 is now a confirmed "Silent Key." So says its sponsor, the
> Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. In operation for
> more than two weeks, SuitSat-1--designated AO-54--easily outlasted initial
> predictions that it would transmit for about one week. ARISS International
> Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, says the mission captured imaginations
> the world, despite a much-lower-than-expected signal strength.
> "The outreach, press requests and visibility of SuitSat were absolutely
> amazing and appear to be unprecedented for a ham radio event," Bauer said.
> "While the press requests are just now starting to wane, we expect that
> will continue to see SuitSat status reports and pictures in magazines, Web
> sites and other literature over the next few months." The more than nine
> million hits at the SuitSat Web site attest to the level of interest in
> SuitSat-1 experiment, Bauer noted, calling the tally "quite impressive
> Bob King, VE6BLD, in Alberta posted the last confirmed reception of
> SuitSat-1's voice audio, Saturday, February 18, at 0332 UTC. Richard Crow,
> N2SPI, in New York received the last confirmed telemetry, which indicated
> the battery voltage dropping precipitously to a low of 18.3 V before the
> novel satellite ceased to transmit.
> Hearing SuitSat-1's puny signal strength generally required gain antennas,
> but Bauer says he heard SuitSat with a 3-element Arrow antenna and a
> handheld radio. Bauer's daughter Michelle recorded the English-language
> voice identification. Another challenge to signal reception, he said, was
> the very deep fading due to the suit's rotation in orbit.
> "One great positive that came from these issues is that it challenged the
> ham radio community worldwide to improve their station receive
> so that they could pull every bit of signal from SuitSat," Bauer remarked.
> Bauer says reports that SuitSat-1 was non-operational and that the battery
> was frozen shortly after deployment are false. "This never occurred," he
> stressed. "As the telemetry has shown, temperatures within the suit were a
> somewhat comfortable 12-16 degrees C during the entire mission."
> So, he adds, is the tale of SuitSat-1's early demise and resurrection. "It
> was alive and operated flawlessly, except the signal strength issue, from
> the time the crew flipped the switches until the battery power was used
> he said.
> Bauer says he's also not ready to buy into an AMSAT calculation that the
> transmitter may have been putting out between 1 and 10 mW. "It is entirely
> possible that the radio output could have been at 500 mW, and the feed
> connector or the antenna caused the problem," he said, adding that the
> SuitSat team has only just begun studying what might have caused the weak
> The AMSAT/ARISS team already is looking forward to a SuitSat-2.
> the signal strength issue would be a top priority for this flight," Bauer
> said. "So would be a longer-term power generation device, like solar
> Although no longer transmitting, SuitSat-1 could continue orbiting Earth
> another 70 to 120 days, depending on atmospheric drag, Bauer said.
> More information on the SuitSat-1 project, including QSL information, is
> available on the AMSAT Web site <http://www.amsat.org/> and on the SuitSat
> Web site <http://www.suitsat.org/>.
> ==>VIRGINIA MEMBERS ELECT NEW SECTION MANAGER IN CONTESTED RACE
> In the only contested Section Manager race this winter, Glen Sage, W4GHS,
> outpolled incumbent Virginia SM Carl Clements, W4CAC, 720 to 656. Ballots
> were counted February 21 at ARRL Headquarters. Clements has served as
> Virginia's SM since May 2001.
> Sage, who lives in Hillsville, has been licensed since 1976 and has a
> interest in--and commitment to--emergency communication, teaching
> classes and serving as a volunteer examiner.
> Three other ARRL sections are getting new SMs. In North Carolina, Tim
> N4IB, of Mooresville, was the only candidate to succeed John Covington,
> W4CC, who decided not to run for another term after serving for six years.
> Bob Schneider, AH6J, of Keaau, Hawaii, will return to the Pacific SM post
> when he takes over the reins from Kevin Bogan, AH6QO, who did not seek a
> term. Schneider has served three separate, earlier terms as Pacific SM,
> beginning in 1992.
> Tuck Miller, NZ6T, will once again become San Diego SM, a post he'd held
> previously for nearly two terms. Incumbent Pat Bunsold, WA6MHZ, decided
> to run again.
> Four incumbent ARRL SMs faced no opposition and were declared re-elected.
> They are Pete Cecere, N2YJZ, Eastern New York; Eric Olena, WB3FPL, Eastern
> Pennsylvania; Mickey Cox, K5MC, Louisiana, and Richard Beebe, N0PV, South
> New two-year terms for all successful candidates begin April 1.
> ==>REVISED ITU RECOMMENDATION ON USE OF AMATEUR RADIO IN DISASTERS IN
> A revised International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecommunication
> Development Sector (ITU-D) Recommendation is now in force to promote
> "effective utilization of the amateur services in disaster mitigation and
> relief operations." Initially developed in 2001, the document, known as
> Recommendation ITU-D 13, was brought up to date last year through the
> efforts of an ITU-D study group and circulated to administrations around
> globe for adoption.
> "This is an updated version of a Recommendation that administrations
> the amateur services in their national disaster plans, reduce barriers to
> effective use of the amateur services for disaster communications, and
> develop memoranda of understanding with amateur and disaster relief
> organizations," explained ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. ITU-D 13 further
> advises cooperation among all parties in making available model agreements
> and "best practices" in disaster telecommunications.
> The revised Recommendation takes into account changes adopted at World
> Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03) to Article 25 of the
> international Radio Regulations. One change provides that Amateur Radio
> stations may be used to transmit international communications on behalf of
> third parties in case of emergencies or for disaster relief. Another
> encourages administrations "to take the necessary steps to allow amateur
> stations to prepare for and meet communication needs in support of
> relief." The FCC recently adopted changes to its Part 97 Amateur Service
> rules to reflect these and other WRC-03 actions.
> The revised Recommendation ITU-D 13 recognizes that effective Amateur
> disaster communication depends "largely on the availability of amateur
> operators located throughout a country," and that post-disaster
> international humanitarian assistance "often includes the provision of
> amateur operators and of equipment from an assisting country."
> It further acknowledges that barriers in terms of gaining permission to
> operate and to move equipment and operators into a disaster zone "in many
> cases hindered the full use of telecommunications capabilities available
> from outside an affected country."
> "The Tampere Convention on the Provision of Telecommunications Resources
> Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations," adopted in 1998 by the
> Intergovernmental Conference on Emergency Telecommunications in Tampere,
> Finland, established a framework for the reduction and/or removal of such
> barriers. Revised in 2003, ITU-Radiocommunication Sector Recommendation
> M.1042-2, "Disaster Communications in the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite
> Services," encouraged "the development of such services and of making such
> networks robust, flexible and independent of other telecommunication
> services and capable of operating from emergency power."
> The revised Recommendation ITU-D 13 is expected to be available soon--in
> several languages and in MS-Word and PDF formats--from the ITU Web site
> ==>GREAT BRITAIN TO INSTITUTE LIFETIME AMATEUR RADIO LICENSES
> Telecommunications regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans to reform Amateur
> Radio licensing in Great Britain. The main change is that Amateur Radio
> licenses will be issued for life, although licensees will have to confirm
> their license details every five years. The Radio Society of Great Britain
> (RSGB) says it welcomes the Amateur Radio licensing reforms.
> "The RSGB are reasonably comfortable with Ofcom's recent announcement,"
> General Manager Peter Kirby, G0TWW, told ARRL. "We never had an argument
> with electronic delivery. We had a big argument with regards to a
> license with no checks and balances. Our concerns have been satisfied
> inasmuch as it is a lifetime license that has to be effectively renewed
> every five years or it lapses."
> Paper licenses are going away too, for all intents and purposes, and Ofcom
> instead will provide an on-line service to issue electronic licenses.
> Hard-copy licenses will remain available for those lacking Internet
> but there will be an administrative charge. Starting October 1, Ofcom will
> take over from the Royal Mail the role of issuing, renewing and amending
> Amateur Radio licenses.
> The RSGB's Kirby notes that while Ofcom announced it was deregulating the
> Amateur Radio license, the RSGB is quick to point out that the changes to
> the licensing system "do not add up to deregulation" of ham radio. "Ofcom
> continue to shoot themselves in the foot with the liberal use of the word
> 'deregulate'," Kirby said. "Every time it appears they get deluged with
> letters from angry hams and Members of Parliament, and even our Patron,
> Duke of Edinburgh, has taken them to task in recent months."
> The RSGB last year went on record as being "strongly opposed" to any steps
> by Ofcom to deregulate Amateur Radio in Great Britain, fearing that it
> lead to the elimination of amateur licensing altogether. "There is no
> that the RSGB's robust stand last year influenced Ofcom's change of mind
> a number of areas," Kirby said. "However, these are early days yet, and I
> have serious doubts that they will be able to provide the electronic
> in the time scale they have laid down."
> Ofcom said its new approach to Amateur Radio licensing will "reduce
> unnecessary bureaucracy." Additional details are on the Ofcom Web site
> ==>SOLAR UPDATE
> Sol Man Tad "Who Let the Spots Out?" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
> reports: More zeroes! A string of zero-sunspot days reappeared this
> pattern we'll likely see repeated over the next year, but for longer
> periods. Average daily sunspot numbers compared to last week dropped by
> nearly two points to 7.1. On February 20 and 21 a gust of solar wind hit
> Earth, causing a moderate rise in geomagnetic indices and visible aurora
> up north. A small coronal hole on our sun's equator was the source.
> Over the next week don't expect sunspot numbers to rise. A solar wind from
> coronal hole is expected to cause unsettled conditions for Friday and
> Saturday, February 24-25. Geophysical Institute Prague expects unsettled
> conditions for February 24, quiet to unsettled on February 25, quiet
> February 26-27, and quiet to unsettled on February 28-March 2.
> Sunspot numbers for February 16 through 22 were 27, 23, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0,
> with a mean of 7.1. 10.7 cm flux was 79.2, 79.2, 78.5, 76.5, 76.2, 75.9,
> 76, with a mean of 77.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 4, 2, 6,
> 17 and 12, with a mean of 9.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 2,
> 2, 5, 9, 15 and 11, with a mean of 7.3.
> ==>IN BRIEF:
> * This weekend on the radio: The North American QSO Party (RTTY), the CQ
> 160-Meter Contest (SSB), the Russian PSK Worldwide Contest, the REF
> (SSB), the UBA DX Contest (CW), the Mississippi and North Carolina QSO
> parties, the CZEBRIS Contest, the High Speed Club CW Contest and the CQC
> Winter QSO Party are the weekend of February 25-26. JUST AHEAD: The ARRL
> International DX Contest (SSB), the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint, the Open Ukraine
> RTTY Championship, the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are the weekend of
> March 4-5. The ARS Spartan Sprint and the AGCW YL-CW Party are March 7.
> the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the
> Contest Calendar <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for
> info. JUST AHEAD: See the ARRL Contest Branch page
> <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
> <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for more info.
> * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
> Registration remains open through Sunday, March 5, for these ARRL
> Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) Program on-line courses:
> Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2 (EC-002), Amateur Radio
> Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003), Antenna Modeling (EC-004), HF
> Digital Communications (EC-005), VHF/UHF Beyond the Repeater (EC-008) and
> Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011). Classes begin Friday, March 17. To
> learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
> <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
> * 3Y0X DXpedition logs more than 87,000 contacts: This month's 3Y0X
> DXpedition to Peter I Island managed to put 87,034 contacts into its
> during two weeks of operation before it shut down February 19 at 1813 UTC.
> The lucky last contact was with K8LTG. The 3Y0X DXpedition surpassed the
> 82,000 QSOs achieved by A52A (Bhutan), but it fell a bit short of the
> contacts logged by K1B (Baker Island). The 22-member 3Y0X team, headed by
> led by Ralph Fedor, K0IR, and Bob Allphin, K4UEE, now is safely aboard its
> ship, the DAP Mares and plans a stop in the South Shetlands on the way
> Because of its remote location in the Bellinghausen Sea near Antarctica
> the severe weather conditions, Peter I has been activated but rarely and
> remains one of the most-wanted DXCC entities. For additional information,
> visit the Peter I DXpedition Web site <http://www.peterone.com/>.
> * Dayton Hamvention® announces theme for 2006 show: "Ham Radio is Public
> Service" is the theme for Dayton Hamvention 2006--reflecting the renewed
> awareness by the public of the service Amateur Radio operators provided
> after the Gulf Coast hurricanes and other disasters. In announcing the
> theme, Hamvention 2006 General Chairman Jim Nies, WX8F, said that it
> to remind the public and the ham radio community that one of the reasons
> radio exists is to provide communication in emergencies when all else
> Several forum sessions are expected to deal with emergency
> communication-related topics, including how Amateur Radio performed after
> the hurricanes wiped out communications in a wide segment of the south.
> more information, visit the Dayton Hamvention Web site
> <http://www.hamvention.org>. More than 25,000 visitors are expected to
> attend the three-day event Friday through Sunday, May 19-21. The ARRL has
> announced that it will present ARRL EXPO 2006 during Hamvention
> * Revised, corrected Element 2 question pool released: The Question Pool
> Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner
> Coordinators (NCVEC) has announced the release of a revised and corrected
> Element 2 (Technician) question pool. The new Element 2 question pool
> becomes effective for all Technician-class Amateur Radio examinations
> administered on or after July 1, 2006. Changes from the initial Element 2
> question pool include elimination of some questions (T5D06, T6B09 and
> and rewording of others to increase clarity. "We thank those users who
> reported the errors and made other suggestions for ways to improve the
> product," the committee said. "The QPC reviewed all submissions and
> incorporated the changes that were appropriate." The QPC warned that only
> the Element 2 question pool dated February 6, 2006, is valid. The new
> Element 2 database is available for download from the NCVEC Web site as a
> PDF, MS-Word, Rich Text Format (RTF) or ASCII text file
> <http://www.ncvec.org/ama_news_article.php?id=82>. The QPC says subsequent
> changes will be handled by deletion of the affected question. The QPC
> invites additional input via e-mail <qpcinput@...>.
> * DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has
> approved this operation for DXCC credit: K3LP/KP5 and N3KS/KP5, Desecheo
> Island, December 16-17, 2005. For more information, visit the DXCC Web
> <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/>. "DXCC Frequently Asked Questions" can
> answer most questions about the DXCC program. ARRL DX bulletins are
> available on the W1AW DX Bulletins page <http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/dx/>.
> * Correction: The story "Onboard Fires, Safe Grounding Question Topics for
> NA1SS School Contacts" in The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 04 (January 27,
> incorrectly identified Aquebogue Elementary School in Riverhead, New York.
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