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> The ARRL Letter
> Vol. 25, No. 09
> March 3, 2006
> This weekend: The ARRL International DX Contest (SSB)!
> IN THIS EDITION:
> * +Ham Aid funds disaster communication "Gear Ready to Go"
> * +Federal post-Katrina reports favorable to Amateur Radio's role
> * +ISS commander continues his record-breaking streak of school QSOs
> * +ARRL National Emergency Response Planning Committee named
> * +ARRL "Hello" campaign to kick off in April
> * +Recovering mine tragedy survivor making progress
> * Solar Update
> * IN BRIEF:
> This weekend on the radio: THE ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST (SSB)!
> ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
> +Hams help following mud slide
> +W1AW 160-meter frequency change put on hold
> David A. Rosenthal, N6TST, wins February QST Cover Plaque Award
> Dayton 2006 Contest Dinner tickets now available
> Tim Chen, BV2A, SK
> DXCC Desk approves operations 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@...
> ==>ARRL HAM AID "GEAR READY TO GO" AWAITS NEXT DISASTER
> When another disaster on the scale of Hurricane Katrina comes along, the
> League will be able to deploy "ham gear ready to go," thanks to
> manufacturers' donations of Amateur Radio gear, ARRL members' generous
> monetary contributions and a federal grant. The ARRL Ham Aid-sponsored "Go
> Kits" now being assembled at League Headquarters are the third leg of a
> program that's already reimbursed certain out-of-pocket expenses for ham
> radio hurricane zone volunteers and helped restore Amateur Radio backbone
> infrastructure along the US Gulf Coast.
> "To me, this is a first step in ramping up ARRL's ability to support
> Radio volunteers in the field before the next big disaster hits," says
> Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "It won't replace or
> anything that's already on the ground and working well, but it will
> strengthen it and add flexibility to Amateur Radio's overall response
> capabilities." The equipment and cash donations, coupled with a grant from
> the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), will mean
> Radio Emergency Service (ARES) field volunteers will never go without in
> terms of equipment. Hobart says $25,000 in Ham Aid funds have been set
> for the Go Kits.
> The Go Kits will enable the League to loan out needed equipment on a
> moment's notice. Emergency Communications Specialist Harry Abery, AB1ER,
> spends his days at ARRL Headquarters securely stowing various equipment
> complements in rugged, waterproof Pelican 1650 containers.
> "The idea is that this makes it easy to ship," explains Abery, "and since
> they're less than 50 pounds apiece, they'll be able to go by air if
> necessary." Flooding won't be an issue. "You can throw them in the water,
> and they'll float," he adds.
> So far, Abery says, there's an HF Kit, a VHF/UHF Kit, a Handheld
> Kit and a Support Kit--seven of each, and more on the way. He and other
> League staffers consulted with volunteers who'd been in the field during
> Hurricane Katrina to find out what gear served them best or what they
> they'd had but didn't.
> The HF Kit contains a 100-W HF transceiver, a microphone and a power
> The VHF/UHF Kit includes a dualband mobile transceiver, power supply,
> headset, 10 handheld transceivers and a supply of alkaline batteries. In
> Handheld Transceiver Kit are eight dualband handheld transceivers and
> antennas plus a stock of extra batteries. The Support Kit includes a
> of BuryFlex 213 coaxial cable, rope, 15-foot jumper cables with battery
> clamps at one end and an Anderson Powerpole on the other. The kit includes
> various fittings and adapters to connect to the power distribution unit
> to make RF feed line connections. All kits contain any necessary manuals.
> Packed in a separate container, appropriate antennas and antenna
> will accompany a given kit.
> More than two dozen members of the Amateur Radio industry and individual
> radio amateurs contributed equipment last year for use in the Hurricane
> Katrina relief effort <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/09/09/105/>.
> Citing Amateur Radio's favorable treatment in recent US House Subcommittee
> and White House reports on the Hurricane Katrina response (see below),
> Hobart said it's imperative to sustain and enhance ham radio's emergency
> communication capabilities for the future. "Disasters happen to be one
> Amateur Radio can shine," she pointed out. "We need to maintain a high
> of readiness to do those things that are second nature to ARES members but
> that the public is just coming to recognize."
> Making the Go Kits available to ARES teams, Hobart says, will help to
> Amateur Radio's position as a community resource. "We want to be able to
> ensure that we have the personnel and the equipment," she said. "With a
> disaster of this magnitude we need to be ready."
> ARRL continues to solicit Ham Aid donations to help maintain and sustain
> League's ability to support Amateur Radio volunteers in the field. League
> members can contribute to Ham Aid via the secure ARRL Development Office
> donation Web site
> Simply click "Ham Aid" and complete the on-line form.
> ==>AMATEUR RADIO GETS FAVORABLE MENTIONS IN FEDERAL KATRINA REPORTS
> Ham radio received positive mentions in post-Katrina reports from the US
> House of Representatives and the White House. References to the Amateur
> Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS)
> and the HF digital e-mail system Winlink 2000 appear in "A Failure of
> Initiative"--the final report of the Select Bipartisan Committee to
> investigate the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina (see
> "Like all levels of government," noted the 364-page report released
> 15, "the National Communication System (NCS) "was not able to address all
> aspects of the damage to the communications infrastructure of the Gulf
> MARS was cited for its role as part of the Shared Resources High Frequency
> Radio Program (SHARES), a federal emergency communication system. The
> says that "within days" of Katrina's landfall, NCS called upon more than
> SHARES stations across the US to, among other things, assist first
> responders conducting search-and-rescue missions by relaying information
> government agencies, by relaying logistical and operational information
> among FEMA EOCs in Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana, and by handling
> health-and-welfare messages between volunteer agencies in Georgia and the
> American Red Cross national headquarters.
> "Additionally, the NCS coordinated the frequencies used by the nearly 1000
> Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers across the nation who
> served in the Katrina stricken area providing communications for
> agencies, the Red Cross and The Salvation Army," the report continued.
> "Emergency communications were conducted not only by voice, but also by
> high-speed data transmissions using state-of-the art digital
> software known as Winlink."
> The report further noted, "In Mississippi, FEMA dispatched Amateur Radio
> operators to hospitals, evacuation centers, and county EOCs to send
> emergency messaging 24 hours per day. Cited were comments by Bay St Louis
> Mayor Eddie Favre that Amateur Radio volunteers "were especially helpful
> maintaining situational awareness and relaying Red Cross messages to and
> from the Hancock County EOC."
> According to the report, radio amateurs at airports in Texas and Louisiana
> "tracked evacuees and notified families of their whereabouts," while the
> Cross "deployed Amateur Radio volunteers at its 250 shelters and feeding
> stations, principally in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida."
> The Salvation Army, the report pointed out, operates its own system of
> Amateur Radio volunteers known as SATERN (Salvation Army Team Emergency
> Radio Network). "During the Hurricane Katrina response and recovery
> SATERN joined forces with the SHARES program and received over 48,000
> requests for emergency communications assistance utilizing federal
> frequencies made available via the SHARES program," the report noted.
> "A Failure of Initiative" asserted that the loss of power and the failure
> various levels of government "to adequately prepare for the ensuing and
> inevitable loss of communications" hindered the hurricane response "by
> compromising situational awareness and command and control operations."
> "Despite the devastation left by Katrina, this needn't have been the
> the report stressed. "Catastrophic disasters may have some unpredictable
> consequences, but losing power and the dependent communications systems
> after a hurricane should not be one of them."
> The White House report, "The Federal Response to Hurricane Katrina:
> Learned" <http://www.whitehouse.gov/reports/katrina-lessons-learned.pdf>
> released February 22 also cast Amateur Radio in a favorable light--in its
> Appendix B, "What Went Right."
> "Amateur Radio Operators from both the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and
> the American Radio Relay League monitored distress calls and rerouted
> emergency requests for assistance throughout the US until messages were
> received by emergency response personnel," the report said. "A distress
> made from a cell phone on a rooftop in New Orleans to Baton Rouge was
> relayed, via ham radio, from Louisiana to Oregon, then Utah, and finally
> back to emergency personnel in Louisiana, who rescued the 15 stranded
> The report also points out that Amateur Radio volunteers were on duty at
> National Hurricane Center, the Hurricane Watch Net, Waterway Net, SKYWARN
> and the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN).
> The report's Appendix B cites specific reports in the general news media
> about Amateur Radio activities following Hurricane Katrina and points to
> several news stories that appeared on the ARRL Web site.
> ==>SPACE QSOs A HIT IN DC, JAPAN
> Sixteen youngsters attending the Discover Engineering Family Day event
> February 18 in Washington, DC, had the rare opportunity of talking to
> International Space Station Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, via ham
> Operating from the space station's NA1SS a few days later, McArthur also
> answered a series of questions from pupils at Itaki Elementary School in
> Japan. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
> arranged both events. During the Engineering Day contact, one participant
> wanted to know if the Expedition 12 crew had "learned anything really
> during its science experiments.
> "One of the biggest experiments is just the crew members on board, just
> human beings on board, so we learn how our bodies change in space,"
> said, noting that ISS research centers on finding out what's needed for a
> journey to Mars. On other fronts, he's growing crystals in space, while
> crewmate Valeri Tokarev is growing seeds.
> As for the really cool stuff: "I think the coolest thing I've learned is
> that living in space is a very pleasant, very nice thing to do," McArthur
> For the Discover Engineering Family Day contact, Verizon donated a two-way
> teleconferencing link between the Sacred Hearts Academy WH6PN Earth
> operated by Dick Flagg, AH6NM, in Honolulu, and the National Building
> in Washington. Children and questions for the contact were solicited via
> museum's Web site.
> McArthur told the Engineering Day participants that it's possible to get
> headaches in space, especially when the carbon dioxide level gets too
> Crew members sometimes sneeze, too, he said, and the result in
> can illustrate Newton's Third Law.
> "I think a good sneeze really feels good, and it feels really good in
> space!" McArthur enthused. "Of course, if you're not holding yourself
> securely when you sneeze, y'know, just that kind of violent motion can
> you spinning off in a strange direction."
> The contact got some publicity in the Washington Post and on local TV
> stations. Some 7000 people turned out for Discover Engineering Family Day,
> and an AMSAT team supported an ARISS booth during the event.
> On February 20, youngsters at the Itaki Elementary School Fathers' Club
> part in a direct VHF contact between NA1SS and 8J4I in Japan. McArthur
> them that he became an astronaut because he's an aerospace engineer and a
> pilot, "and being an astronaut seemed to be the most interesting way of
> doing both things." He said his current stint as commander of ISS
> 12 marked his fourth--and by far his longest--trip into space.
> "To me, space represents the ultimate challenge for mankind, to show that
> can grow and eventually leave our home planet," McArthur told another
> Asked which star was the most beautiful, McArthur replied, "our sun." But,
> he went on to say, he thinks all the stars in the sky are beautiful. "They
> are no bigger for us than they are for you," he explained, "but we do not
> have clouds or dust in the air to look through, so they are very clear."
> At the 8J4I controls was Kei Fujimura, JJ4RJE. In all, 13 students
> participated in the event, and McArthur answered 19 of their questions
> before the ISS went over the horizon and signal was lost. The event
> attracted media coverage from TV and newspapers. An audience of about 100
> people was on hand for the occasion.
> McArthur has completed 29 ARISS school contacts during his five months in
> space--far more than any previous ISS crew member. ARISS
> <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach, with
> participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
> ==>PRESIDENT HARRISON NAMES ARRL NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING
> ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed 13 individuals to serve
> the ARRL National Emergency Response Planning Committee. The League's
> of Directors resolved to establish the panel during its annual meeting in
> January "to appropriately prepare for future large-scale disasters." The
> committee will develop a comprehensive recommendation for ARRL responses
> regional, national and international disasters.
> "This group reflects a nationwide assembly of individuals with direct
> experience in all aspects of emergency communications at various levels
> disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods and terrorist
> activity to name a few," Harrison said. "There were many excellent
> recommendations for this committee, which is quite encouraging in itself
> speaks highly of Amateur Radio's productive involvement in emergency
> ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, will chair the ad hoc
> committee. Appointed to serve on the committee were:
> Delta Division Director Henry Leggette, WD4Q, (Programs and Services
> Committee liaison); Pacific Division Vice Director Andy Oppel, N6AJO;
> Atlantic Division Vice Director Tom Abernethy, W3TOM; Alabama Section
> Manager Greg Sarratt, W4OZK; Western Washington Section Manager Ed
> N7NVP; South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Jerry Reimer, KK5CA;
> Southern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Jeff Beals, WA4AW; NYC-Long
> Island Section Emergency Coordinator Tom Carrubba, KA2D; Mississippi
> District Emergency Coordinator Karl Bullock, WA5TMC; Colorado Net
> Manager/State Government Liaison Gene McGahey, AL7GQ; IARU Region II
> Emergency Coordinator Rick Palm, K1CE, (IARU liaison) and ARRL Field and
> Educational Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N (ARRL staff liaison).
> Harrison said the committee will begin its work immediately under
> direction. Among other things, the National Emergency Response Planning
> Committee will thoroughly evaluate the responses and actions of ARRL and
> Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) during Hurricane Katrina as well as
> lessons learned.
> The Board's resolution establishing the committee noted that the emergency
> communications resources and organization needed for national and
> international disasters "are markedly different" from what's required at
> regional and local levels. Given the unprecedented scope and devastation
> the 2005 hurricane season in general and of Hurricane Katrina in
> ARRL Headquarters was placed into a leadership coordination role through
> national-level requests for help from served agencies such as the American
> Red Cross.
> The ARRL Board will consider the committee's recommendations at its 2007
> annual meeting next January.
> ==>"HELLO" CAMPAIGN TO PUT FRIENDLY, INVITING FACE ON AMATEUR RADIO
> A new ARRL public relations campaign set to launch this April will cast
> Amateur Radio in the light of the 21st century and focus on its universal
> appeal, even in today's already technology-rich society. At the same time,
> the "Hello" campaign will note the 100th anniversary of what many
> consider the first voice radio broadcast in 1906 by Reginald Fessenden.
> "It is quite simply the largest PR campaign that ham radio has ever
> attempted," says ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts,
> Built around the word "Hello," the coordinated campaign will set "a
> positive, upbeat tone that highlights the international capabilities of
> Amateur Radio," he explained.
> One aim of the "Hello" campaign will be to reframe Amateur Radio within a
> contemporary context. "ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, was correct in
> stating that the Main Street of today is not the same as the Main Street
> yesteryear," Pitts went on to say. "To reach out today, the very first
> requirement is that Amateur Radio operators be perceived as friendly and
> trustworthy. That's a true public relations goal and the prime focus of
> Pitts says it's not helpful to lament the time in decades past when
> Radio grew pretty much on its own, without too much effort on the part of
> clubs and individuals. "Only our combined, effective action will do that
> today," Pitts says. "This campaign will give hams the tools they need to
> reach out in their communities to non-hams and influence their perception
> Amateur Radio."
> The national "Hello" campaign can bring curious people into contact with
> radio groups, but it will be up to local radio amateurs to make them truly
> welcome, Pitts maintains.
> The "Hello" campaign is designed to gain momentum as the year progresses.
> Components will include the release of public service announcements for
> by radio and TV broadcasters and a video for meetings, presentations and
> even broadcast. Other highlights will include a "Hello" campaign Web site
> and special operating events. The high point of the "Hello" campaign will
> come in December on the centennial of Fessenden's first radio broadcast.
> History recalls that the Canadian-born and educated Fessenden, using an
> early alternator, transmitted the first audio radio broadcast from his
> laboratory in Brant Rock, Massachusetts. Radio operators aboard ships at
> sea--tipped off in advance to be listening for something special--were
> astounded to hear Fessenden's broadcast that included the scientist and
> inventor playing "O Holy Night" on the violin and reading a Bible passage.
> The campaign will show that despite the Internet and other technologies,
> possibility of being able to talk with everyday people around the world
> sometimes in exotic locales--coupled with the surprise, art and
> of DXing--remains a major attraction for Amateur Radio. The "Hello"
> also will take advantage of likely FCC action this year to drop the Morse
> code requirement at least for General class applicants.
> "We all say we want to make a change for the better for Amateur Radio and
> get others interested," Pitts said. "This is the time, this is the chance.
> Stay tuned! More to come!"
> ==>INJURED MINER RANDY MCCLOY, KC8VKZ, TALKING, JOKING
> Randy McCloy, KC8VKZ--the lone survivor of the January 2 Sago Mine
> in Upshur County, West Virginia--is continuing to recover. Speaking on The
> Early Show on CBS TV March 2, McCloy's wife Anna told co-anchor Hannah
> that her husband is talking again and even telling jokes.
> "He'll listen to jokes and understand," Anna McCloy told Storm. "He'll
> to me and the kids--just regular conversation."
> She also said McCloy has told her he remembers "bits and pieces" of the
> mining disaster that left 12 of his co-workers dead of carbon monoxide
> poisoning. McCloy, 26, who's been in a rehabilitation facility since
> 26, also answers questions appropriately, recognizes his family and can
> "move quite well," Anna McCloy said. She has remained at her husband's
> since his rescue.
> McCloy eats with assistance and has expressed distaste for institutional
> cuisine, instead preferring the restaurant and fast food fare his wife
> Anna McCloy says she's "not quite sure" if her husband realizes he was the
> only survivor of the mine mishap. "I don't question him about it. When he
> wants to talk about it, I listen to him, but I don't push him, and I don't
> question him," she said.
> One of Randal McCloy's physicians, Dr Julian Bailes, told Storm that
> has "improved beyond our expectations" during rehabilitation. "I think we
> see his old personality coming back."
> Well-wishers have been sending cards and QSLs to McCloy at PO Box 223,
> Philippi, WV 26435. A fund has been set up to accept donations for
> benefit: The Randal McCloy Jr Fund, c/o Clear Mountain Bank, 1889 Earl
> Rd, Morgantown, WV 26505.
> ==>SOLAR UPDATE
> Solar sage Tad "Fall Out Boy" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports:
> activity continues with another string of zero-sunspot days. Average daily
> sunspot numbers for this week were down by 4 points from the prior week to
> 3.1. Average solar flux declined by 1 point to 76.4.
> Average sunspot numbers plummeted in February--far below any other month
> the second half of Cycle 23.
> This weekend is the ARRL INTERNATIONAL DX CONTEST (SSB)
> <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2006/intldx.html>. Although solar
> activity is low, geomagnetic conditions should remain quiet, which is
> Sunday, March 5, could see some unsettled activity. The predicted
> A index for March 3-7 is 8, 5, 12, 5 and 5. Sunspot and solar flux levels
> should remain very low.
> Sunspot numbers for February 23 through March 1 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 11, 11
> 0, with a mean of 3.1. 10.7 cm flux was 75.1, 76, 76, 76.5, 77, 77.1, and
> 77, with a mean of 76.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 6, 1, 5, 3,
> and 7, with a mean of 4.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 4, 1,
> 2, 2 and 5, with a mean of 3.
> ==>IN BRIEF:
> * This weekend on the radio: 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
> AGCW YL-CW Party are March 7. JUST AHEAD: The North American Sprint
> the RSGB Commonwealth Contest, the Idaho, Oklahoma and Wisconsin QSO
> parties, the AGCW QRP Contest, the UBA Spring Contest (CW) and the NSARA
> Contest are the weekend of March 11-12. 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. JUST
> 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 19, for these ARRL
> Certification and Continuing Education (CCE). Program on-line courses:
> Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Level 1 (EC-001), Radio Frequency
> Interference (EC-006), Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009),
> Licensing (EC-010), Analog Electronics (EC-012) and Digital Electronics
> (EC-013). Classes begin Friday, April 7. To learn more, visit the CCE
> Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE
> Department <cce@...>.
> * Hams help following mud slide: The RSGB reports that radio amateurs
> coordinate rescue operations after a devastating mud slide on the
> island of Leyte buried an entire village February 17. More than 1800
> are believed to have died when the village of Guinsaugon was engulfed by
> following a week of torrential rain and a small earthquake. The
> International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC)
> <http://www.iresc.org/> supported the relief effort by providing
> communication links between the disaster scene and the International Red
> Cross. The IRESC specializes in connecting traditional ham radio
> transceivers and VHF/UHF repeaters--with Voice over Internet Protocol
> technology via EchoLink. The EchoLink net set up for the Leyte disaster
> reportedly went on the air within hours of the mudslide, and Philippine
> amateurs used it to pass lists of missing people and survivors. Other
> messages included requests for food, water, mats, clothing, stretchers,
> medical kits and digging tools.
> * W1AW 160-meter frequency change put on hold: QRX on that W1AW QSY! W1AW
> has rescinded plans to change its 160-meter CW frequency and will remain
> 1817.5 kHz for the time being. An announced change to 1807.5 kHz was aimed
> at reducing the possibility of interfering with DX stations that have
> showing up in the vicinity of 1817.5 kHz. "Lately we have received more
> complaints about W1AW interfering with weak DX signals," said ARRL CEO and
> W1AW Trustee David Sumner, K1ZZ. "After what we thought was due diligence
> decided that it made sense to shift below 1810 kHz, since that is the
> band edge in Region 1 and would pretty much eliminate the conflict with
> DXers." Monitoring showed that 1807.5 appeared to be generally clear.
> "Unfortunately," Sumner continued, "we failed to pick up the fact that
> operators appear to have adopted 1807 kHz as their 160-meter frequency,
> we don't want to conflict with any established activity centers." Under a
> tight deadline to announce the W1AW operating schedule 30 days in advance,
> the League has called off the frequency shift for now. The question will
> revisited over the summer.
> * David A. Rosenthal, N6TST, wins February QST Cover Plaque Award: The
> winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for February is David A. Rosenthal,
> N6TST, for his article "Polar Bear Portable." Congratulations, David! The
> winner of the QST Cover Plaque award--given to the author or authors of
> best article in each issue--is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the
> QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page
> <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/QSTvote.html>. Cast a ballot for your
> favorite article in the March issue by Friday, March 31.
> * Dayton 2006 Contest Dinner tickets now available: The North Coast
> Contesters have announced that tickets now are on sale for the 14th annual
> Dayton Contest Dinner. DX Engineering is sponsoring the tickets. The
> will take place Saturday, May 20, 6:30 PM, in the Van Cleve Ballroom of
> Crowne Plaza Hotel, Fifth and Jefferson streets, next to the Convention
> Center in downtown Dayton. John Dorr, K1AR, will emcee the event, which
> feature the 2006 CQ Contest Hall of Fame inductions. Tickets are $34. To
> obtain Contest Dinner tickets, contact Craig Clark, K1QX
> <jcclark@...>, Radioware and Radio Bookstore, PO Box 209, Rindge,
> NH 03461; call weekdays, 10 AM until 6 PM Eastern, 800-457-7373;
> 603-899-6957; fax (24/7) 603-899-6826. Credit card orders are welcome.
> Include name and call sign. Tickets will be mailed no later than May 10.
> tickets will be available at the door.--Tim Duffy, K3LR
> * Tim Chen, BV2A, SK: Taiwan's first radio amateur, Tim Chen, BV2A,
> and first president of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League (CTARL),
> February 22. He was 92. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, said Chen's
> passing was sad news. "Tim was always kind, friendly and willing to allow
> you to operate BV," said Harrison, who became acquainted with Chen when
> traveling frequently to Taiwan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. "I'll
> never forget our first meeting on a dark, rainy night in Taipei. Tim
> know who I was, other than a fellow radio amateur, but he came out to meet
> me at the BV2B station." ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Dave
> Patton, NN1N, said Chen--for years the only radio amateur on the air from
> Taiwan--was more famous than he knew. "He was the first BV QSO for most
> DXers who got their start between 1970 and about 1990 and was a guy you
> could count on to call in during contests--BV2A on CW and BV2B on phone,"
> observed. A memorial service was held February 28 in Taipei. Chen was a
> long-time ARRL member. E-mail condolence messages to Chen's family via
> * DXCC Desk approves operations for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has
> approved these operations for DXCC credit: TS3A, Tunisia, March 24-28,
> T6X, Afghanistan, current operation effective March 8, 2005; TT8PK, Chad,
> December 27, 2005 through February 11, 2006; XW1A, XW1LLR5, XW1X and XW1M,
> Laos, current operation effective October 29, 2005; D2DX, Angola, current
> operation effective December 15, 2004 (a previous announcement accredited
> the D2DX operation effective December 15, 2005). For more information,
> the DXCC Web page <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/>. "DXCC Frequently
> Questions" can answer most questions about the DXCC program. ARRL DX
> bulletins are available on the W1AW DX Bulletins page
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