The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 18
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> The ARRL Letter
> Vol. 25, No. 18
> May 5, 2006
> IN THIS EDITION:
> * +BPL interference complaints keep coming in Manassas, Virginia
> * +ARRL Education and Technology Program "a force for the future"
> * +ISS astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, has successful first school
> * +Some WRC-03 ham radio rule changes now in effect; no decision on Morse
> * +California high school offering Amateur Radio/EmComm-related class
> * +Lone mine disaster survivor KC8VKZ remembers details of tragedy
> * Solar Update
> * IN BRIEF:
> This weekend on the radio
> ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
> +AMSAT issues first call for papers for 2006 symposium
> +Astronaut Eileen Collins completes career of space firsts
> James T. Hanson, W1TRC, wins April QST Cover Plaque Award
> Former RSGB President John Case, GW4HWR, SK
> +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/>
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> ==>NEW BPL COMPLAINT ARRIVES AS ARRL NUDGES FCC TO ANSWER EARLIER FILINGS
> Another Manassas, Virginia, radio amateur has joined the growing list of
> those filing formal complaints about disruptive interference from the
> broadband over power line (BPL) system. The May 4 letter from ARRL member
> Arthur R. Whittum, W1CRO, went to the FCC's Spectrum Enforcement Division
> just one day before the ARRL again prevailed upon the same office to act
> several earlier--and similar--complaints of BPL interference. Whittum
> reported that BPL interference to his mobile station on April 25 and May 3
> made 40-meter SSB operation impossible "during a transit of streets in
> Manassas" covering about two miles.
> "The digital hash from BPL obliterated even strong signals on 7255 kHz to
> the point of unintelligibility," Whittum wrote the FCC. "Since I couldn't
> identify who was transmitting or who was net control, I couldn't check
> the nets and couldn't even identify whether or not there was any radio
> message traffic destined for this area."
> Whittum said his latest complaint is the third he's attempted to submit.
> "The first two seem to have gone astray, even though they were introduced
> advance by e-mail," he told Spectrum Enforcement Division Chief Joseph
> Casey. "I hope this one finds its way to you."
> On May 5, the ARRL wrote Casey to ask when the FCC planned to respond to
> longstanding interference complaints from four other Manassas radio
> amateurs. The League said it also wants to know when it can expect the FCC
> to require BPL system operator COMTek, equipment maker Main.net and the
> of Manassas "to comply with the Commission's rules governing radiated
> emissions and the non-interference requirement of §15.5 of those rules."
> On March 7, Casey called on the city and COMTek to follow up on the
> 19 complaint of Dwight Agnew, AI4II, citing harmful BPL interference along
> Virginia Business Route 234. The Commission instructed the city to conduct
> measurements to ensure its system complies with FCC Part 15 rules and to
> "resolve any continuing harmful interference." In another letter the same
> day, Casey asked George Tarnovsky, K4GVT; Donald Blasdell, W4HJL; William
> South, N3OH and Jack Cochran, WC4J, to provide additional information
> regarding their longstanding interference complaints or the FCC would not
> consider them further. All four provided the requested addenda by early
> "Since then, no action has been taken by the Spectrum Enforcement
> the League said in its May 5 letter to Casey. "An investigation of these
> complaints is now long overdue and amply justified by the responses of
> Messrs Cochran, Tarnovsky, Blasdell and South to your March 7, 2006,
> On April 6, COMTek filed a report with the FCC in response to Agnew's
> interference complaint. The company said it did not believe the Manassas
> system caused the interference Agnew and other Manassas ham radio
> have heard. Agnew told the ARRL a few days after COMTek's report that the
> BPL interference continues.
> In a consolidated complaint on behalf of Tarnovsky, Blasdell and South
> October 13, the ARRL asked the FCC to order the BPL system shut down
> the operator can demonstrate compliance with the requirement that it not
> cause harmful interference to licensed radio services."
> ==>A FORCE FOR THE FUTURE: EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM NEEDS YOUR
> To those who wonder--or worry--about what the League is doing to ensure
> future of Amateur Radio, ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart,
> offers a prompt response: the ARRL Education and Technology Program (ETP).
> More familiar to many as "The Big Project," the program has provided
> Amateur Radio stations and educational materials to more than 170 schools
> across the US. More important, Hobart says, the ETP each year exposes many
> youngsters and their teachers to Amateur Radio, wireless technology,
> electronics and even robotics--something that likely wouldn't happen if
> program didn't exist. With the ETP kicking off its 2006 fundraising
> this month, Hobart emphasizes that the program depends entirely on
> individual donations.
> "The Education and Technology Program is unique among ARRL's programs in
> that it is totally funded by voluntary member contributions, so the onus
> continue to put stations in schools and to grow the program rests on those
> willing to contribute," she says. "This is an awesome responsibility for
> Amateur Radio community."
> Campaign revenue not only covers the cost of placing stations in schools,
> Hobart notes. It also funds a burgeoning schedule of Teachers Institutes
> each summer as well as ongoing efforts to guide national educational
> standards in science and mathematics. Hobart called the Teachers
> "a powerful tool" to inspire educators and to help them develop confidence
> in teaching about wireless technology and electronics through Amateur
> Generous gifts helped the ETP to expand to five the number of free
> Institutes it's offering in 2006, its third year, and Hobart is optimistic
> that the program will be able to afford additional sessions in the years
> ahead. Some, but not all, of those who attend are Amateur Radio licensees,
> while others become hams as a result of attending the week-long sessions.
> any event, Hobart points out that Teachers Institute alumni influence
> thousands of youngsters each year.
> In fact, the "poster boy" for the 2006 campaign is Ronny Risinger, KC5EES,
> teacher at LBJ High School in Austin, Texas--an ARRL "Big Project"
> participant. Risinger attended the first ETP Teachers Institute in 2004 at
> ARRL Headquarters. His success with the program became the centerpiece of
> this year's ETP fundraising effort.
> "Ronny's story is a powerful one," said Hobart. "He's a teacher and a ham
> who's taken advantage of all the ETP resources at his disposal. This is
> we tell his story."
> Risinger credits the ETP and the Teachers Institute with his success in
> inspiring and teaching his students. He says the League program gave him a
> strong sense of confidence that allows him to be a better teacher,
> presenting his classroom material in unique and engaging ways--and
> especially hands-on projects that captivate his students.
> Hobart says Risinger is just one example of how ETP participation and
> attendance at a Teachers Institute can inspire educators and help their
> students to embrace both wireless technology and Amateur Radio.
> "Supporting the ARRL Education and Technology Program is an opportunity to
> do something about the future of Amateur Radio and attracting the younger
> generation," Hobart says. "Outside of the League's ongoing and essential
> effort to defend our spectrum, I can think of no other initiative that
> prepares ham radio for its future."
> Contribute to the ARRL Education and Technology Program by July 31 via the
> secure donation Web site
> Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
> ==>JROTC CADETS AT ALABAMA SCHOOL QUERY ISS ASTRONAUT
> US Air Force Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (JROTC) cadets at Bob
> Jones High School in Madison, Alabama, got the first shot at speaking with
> new ISS crew member Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. The Amateur Radio on the
> International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged the May 1 contact
> NA1SS, which marked the inaugural school QSO of Williams' duty tour as
> of Expedition 13. Posing the first question was Williams' nephew, Adam
> Williams, who wanted to know if his uncle found it difficult to adapt to
> living in space.
> "It takes a little bit of adaptation to get used to living in space, no
> matter times you've been here, but after you've been here the first time,
> you know what to expect, so it's a lot easier to adapt," Williams told his
> nephew. "It still takes a little bit of time to adapt to the weightless
> environment and to know your way around--in this case, in a new
> the space station."
> Williams flew aboard the shuttle Atlantis in May 2000 on a 10-day space
> station assembly mission. During that flight, he performed a spacewalk
> lasting almost seven hours. He told the Bob Jones students that he's
> looking forward to his next spacewalk, set for later in his mission. As
> opposed to the initial jolt of a shuttle launch, Williams told the cadets,
> the Russian Soyuz rocket launch is easier the first couple of minutes but
> gets rougher as it continues its flight into space.
> Williams also described the science experiments he and Expedition 13
> Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, have under way. "We do a variety of
> experiments," he explained, adding that some projects deal with fluid
> dynamics, to help understand how fluids behave in a weightless
> In addition, the crew is growing crystals to study materials science,
> "because crystals will grow more uniformly and precisely in a weightless
> environment without the force of gravity."
> Other research is investigating the effects of weightlessness on the body
> "so that we understand how to counter the impact on the body for future,
> long-duration missions--especially to places like Mars or living on the
> for a long period of time," Williams said.
> Replying to a later question, Williams said he expects astronauts to again
> land on the moon, but he added that he doesn't expect that to happen
> 2010. "Nothing goes as quick as we want it to, but we will go back to the
> moon--I'm confident of that."
> The school's senior aerospace science instructor, Lt Col Randy Herd (Ret)
> served as the master of ceremonies for the event as students and other
> faculty members looked on. Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, served as the Earth
> station for the event. Verizon Conferencing donated a teleconference link
> provide two-way audio between the school and Hutchison's QTH in Kingston,
> Australia. The contact Dieter Schliemann, KX4Y, served as the ARISS mentor
> for the Bob Jones High School contact, which was the 238th school QSO
> the first crew arrived aboard the ISS in 2000.
> ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an educational outreach of a
> consortium, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
> ==>FCC WRC-03 AMATEUR RULE CHANGES NOW IN EFFECT
> Several FCC Part 97 Amateur Radio rule revisions to implement changes
> to at the international level during World Radiocommunication Conference
> 2003 (WRC-03) went into effect May 3 upon their publication in The Federal
> Register. The FCC Order
> in January, affects §97.111, Authorized transmissions; §97.113, Prohibited
> transmissions; §97.115, Third party communications, and §97.117,
> International communications. The FCC has yet to deal with the so-called
> "Morse code proceeding," WT Docket 05-235, which also stemmed from
> made at WRC-03. The Commission has proposed deleting the Element 1 5 WPM
> code test as a requirement to obtain any Amateur Radio license.
> "These amendments will ensure that the Commission's Amateur Radio Service
> rules conform to Article 25 of the international Radio Regulations adopted
> at the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference, and will further the
> Commission's ongoing efforts to streamline its Amateur Service Rules," the
> FCC Order said.
> The FCC Order revises:
> * §97.111(a)(1) to permit "transmissions necessary to exchange messages
> other stations in the Amateur Service, except those in any country whose
> administration has notified the ITU that it objects to such
> The FCC will issue public notices of current arrangements for
> communications." The old language permitted communication among amateur
> stations in different countries "except those in any country whose
> administration has given notice that it objects to such communications."
> The FCC said the change does not prejudice its consideration of comments
> rule changes it's proposed to §97.111(a)(2) in WT Docket 04-140--the
> so-called "Omnibus" proceeding that covers a wide range of rule changes
> proposals. The Commission wants to amend that rule section to clarify that
> amateur stations may at all times and on all authorized channels transmit
> communications necessary to meet essential needs and to facilitate relief
> * §97.115(a)(2) to facilitate the transmission of international
> communications on behalf of third parties in emergency or disaster-relief
> situations, whether or not a third-party agreement is in place between the
> US and the countries involved. The revision now permits communication with
> any non-US station "when transmitting emergency or disaster relief
> communications" as well as with any non-US station "whose administration
> made arrangements with the United States to allow amateur stations to be
> used for transmitting international communications on behalf of third
> The revised rule further provides that no station may transmit third-party
> traffic other than emergency or disaster relief communications to a
> whose government has not made a third-party arrangement. Still excepted
> the prohibition is any third party eligible to be the control operator of
> amateur station.
> * §97.113(a)(4) to prohibit amateur stations exchanging messages with
> amateur stations in other countries from making transmissions that are
> encoded for the purpose of obscuring their meaning, except for control
> signals exchanged between Earth command stations and space stations in the
> Amateur-Satellite service, something Part 97 already provides for. The old
> rule referred to the use of "codes and ciphers."
> The same rule also already prohibits transmitting music, communications
> intended to facilitate a criminal act, obscene or indecent words or
> and false or deceptive messages, signals or identification.
> * §97.117 to state that amateur stations may transmit communications
> incidental to the purposes of the Amateur Service and to remarks of a
> personal character.
> The FCC also revised §97.3 and 97.309 to update the definition of
> International Morse code and of various digital codes in the amateur rules
> to reflect changes in the Radio Regulations.
> The WRC-03 Final Acts revising the international regulations that apply to
> the Amateur and the Amateur Satellite services became effective July 5,
> 2003. These latest Part 97 revisions now bring the FCC's Amateur Service
> rules into conformance with the international Radio Regulations.
> ==>HIGH SCHOOL TO OFFER "RADIO AMATEURS AND DISASTER OPERATIONS" CLASS
> A California high school that's participating in the ARRL Education and
> Technology Program (ETP--also known as "The Big Project") will offer a
> year-long elective course, "Radio Amateurs and Disaster Operations"
> starting this fall. Moorpark High School math and meteorology teacher Tom
> Baker, NC6B, says the course is the first of its kind anywhere in the US.
> The class curriculum was created in conjunction with the ARRL, the
> Red Cross and various Ventura County agencies. ARRL ETP Coordinator Mark
> Spencer, WA8SME, gives the new course high marks and says it has a great
> chance to succeed.
> "This program has in place all three components that will be necessary for
> success: a motivated teacher, supportive school administration and strong
> support and involvement by the local ham community," Spencer said. He
> attended an April 4 meeting at the school to discuss its "Learn and Serve
> Program," and he believes the support shown at that session will greatly
> boost the RADIO initiative.
> "The meeting was well attended, and the attendees included representatives
> of all the emergency management participants in the program, the mayor's
> office, the school and district office, school support staff and the ARRL
> Division and Section," Spencer said. Among those on hand were ARRL
> Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, and Santa Barbara
> Emergency Coordinator Jennifer Roe, AA6MX.
> The elective RADIO course is open to students in grades 9 through 12, and
> will feature instruction from certified experts in their respective
> After studying, testing and meeting any practical skills requirements, all
> RADIO students will come away with an Amateur Radio license (at least
> Technician class), American Red Cross First Aid Training Certification,
> American Red Cross CPR Training Certification and American Red Cross AED
> Training (Automated External Defibrillator) Certification.
> Students will learn about and how to seamlessly interface with the
> Incident Management System (NIMS), Incident Command System (ICS) and local
> government infrastructure. They'll also learn search-and-rescue techniques
> among other disaster and emergency preparedness skills. RADIO participants
> will even learn peer mediation skills.
> The RADIO course not only will provide service-learning opportunities for
> students but will make them prime candidates as volunteers for service
> organizations and, later, as potential service professionals.
> Moorpark High School, which has an enrollment of approximately 2700,
> established its Amateur Radio club, W6MHS, last August, and it became an
> ARRL-affiliated club in October. In December, W6MHS won an ARRL ETP grant
> and received station equipment through the program (some 170 schools now
> participate in the "Big Project"). This August, Moorpark High School will
> host one of the ARRL ETP Teachers Institutes.
> "We are very excited about this program," said Baker of the RADIO course.
> has offered to help other schools in the US to establish RADIO curricula.
> "This will be quite a challenging and enjoyable class. It will give
> skills to become positively and directly involved with their community,
> it gives this high school a pool of talented, trained individuals who can
> assist with many on-campus situations."
> Contact Baker (805-378-6305) for more information or visit the RADIO page
> the school's Department of Meteorology Web site
> ==>MINE DISASTER SURVIVOR KC8VKZ RECALLS DETAILS OF TRAGEDY
> Randy McCloy, KC8VKZ--the lone survivor of the January 2 Sago Mine
> in West Virginia--has expressed his sorrow to the victims' families and
> shared his personal recollections of the tragedy.
> "I cannot explain why I was spared while the others perished," McCloy
> April 26, the Associated Press reports. The letter publicly revealed for
> first time McCloy's memories of the incident that almost took his life.
> Following weeks of hospital treatment and rehabilitation, McCloy, 26, is
> still recovering from the ordeal.
> While he does not remember the explosion that trapped 12 colleagues and
> himself in the mine, he said he does recall the mine's filling quickly
> fumes and thick smoke," making breathing difficult. He said at least four
> the emergency air packs failed to function, so the miners shared the units
> that did and there were not enough to go around.
> The trapped miners also tried to signal their location by beating on mine
> roof bolts and plates with a sledgehammer, McCloy told the victims'
> in his letter. As they began to accept their fate, he said, the group
> and wrote letters to their loved ones. He says as his co-workers lost
> consciousness one by one, he just sat and waited, "unable to do much
> McCloy, who did not testify during a public hearing into the Sago disaster
> this week, said he didn't know how long it was before he also fell
> unconscious from the gas and smoke. He was rescued after 41 hours
> The McCloys and their two children live in Simpson, West Virginia.
> ==>SOLAR UPDATE
> Heliophile Tad "Seasons in the Sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
> reports: This was a nice, quiet week with no notable geomagnetic activity.
> In fact, the middle latitude K index was zero for a 36-hour period
> on April 30. At approximately the same time the high latitude college K
> index was zero for 51 hours straight. Average daily sunspot numbers were
> nearly double those of the previous seven days, rising by more than 29
> points to 59.7.
> As of early May 5, the IMF was pointing south, leaving Earth vulnerable to
> solar wind. The planetary A index reached five on Thursday, May 4, and
> predicted to hit 20, 30, 20 and 12 for May 5-8. Geophysical Institute
> gives a forecast until May 11 of active geomagnetic conditions on May 5
> 6, unsettled May 7, quiet to unsettled May 8, quiet on May 9, back to
> unsettled on May 10, and unsettled to active on May 11.
> Sunspot numbers for April 27 through May 3 were 63, 68, 64, 62, 51, 58 and
> 52, with a mean of 59.7. The 10.7 cm flux was 100.7, 100.1, 101.2, 99.9,
> 93.4, 89.4, and 89, with a mean of 96.2. Estimated planetary A indices
> 5, 12, 3, 1, 2, 4 and 3, with a mean of 4.3. Estimated mid-latitude A
> indices were 3, 10, 2, 0, 2, 4 and 2, with a mean of 3.3.
> ==>IN BRIEF:
> * This weekend on the radio: The New England, Seventh Call Area and
> QSO parties, the MARAC County Hunter Contest (CW), the 10-10 International
> Spring Contest (CW), the Microwave Spring Sprint, and the ARI
> DX Contest are the weekend of May 6-7. The RSGB 80-meter Club Championship
> (Data) is May 10. The Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is May 12 (UTC). JUST
> AHEAD: The Mid-Atlantic QSO Party, the VK/Trans-Tasman 80-Meter Contest
> (phone), the VOLTA Worldwide RTTY Contest, the CQ-M International DX
> Contest, the F.I.S.T.S. Spring Sprint and the 50 MHz Spring Sprint are the
> weekend of May 13-14. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is May 15. The
> 80-Meter Straight Key/Bug Sprint is May 18, the RSGB 80-Meter Club
> Championship (CW) is May 18 and the Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is May 19
> (UTC). See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/>
> 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, May 21, 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), Analog
> Electronics (EC-012) and Digital Electronics (EC-013). Classes begin
> June 2. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
> <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
> * AMSAT issues first call for papers for 2006 symposium: AMSAT-NA has
> a first call for papers and presentations for its 2006 Space Symposium
> October 6-8 near San Francisco, California
> <http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2006CallForPapers.php>. Speakers
> are invited to submit and present papers dealing with the science of
> Radio satellites and associated technologies. Speakers originally
> to present at the cancelled 2005 Symposium are encouraged to resubmit
> papers for 2006. Recommended topics include--but are not limited to--AMSAT
> Phase 3E, AMSAT Eagle, microsatellites, cubesats and nanosatellites,
> antennas, ground stations and more. The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors will
> meet October 5-6, and the annual general membership meeting will be
> 6. AMSAT International will meet October 8. In addition, the IARU
> Committee will hold a public roundtable discussion on frequency
> October 8. The ARISS International Delegates Meeting takes place October
> 9-10. Applications to present papers must be submitted by July 15, and
> papers are due August 1. An online registration system is available to
> submit and track abstracts
> <http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/2006PapersProcedure.php>. This
> system lets users submit papers and subsequent changes online. Complete
> information on the 2006 Symposium is available on the AMSAT Web site
> * Astronaut Eileen Collins completes career of space firsts: Astronaut
> Eileen Collins, KD5EDS, is leaving NASA. The first woman to command a
> shuttle and the leader of the shuttle Discovery return-to-flight mission
> last year, Collins plans to pursue private interests and spend more time
> with family. "Eileen Collins is a living, breathing example of the best
> our nation has to offer," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. A
> of four space flights, Collins' career at NASA has been punctuated by
> firsts. She was the first woman selected as a pilot astronaut, the first
> woman to serve as a shuttle pilot and the first woman to command a US
> spacecraft. Mike Coats, director of NASA's Johnson Space Center called
> Collins "a true pioneer in space and on Earth." Collins was selected as an
> astronaut in 1990. She served as the shuttle pilot on Mir space station
> rendezvous missions in 1995 and 1997. In addition to the 2005 Discovery
> mission, Collins commanded the shuttle Columbia on the 1999 flight that
> launched the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. NASA Flight Crew Operations
> Ken Bowersox, KD5JBP, described Collins as "a gifted leader who knows what
> it takes to get a team through the most difficult of times."
> * James T. Hanson, W1TRC, wins April QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of
> the QST Cover Plaque Award for April is James T. Hanson, W1TRC, for his
> article "A Home-made Ultrasonic Power Line Arc Detector." Congratulations,
> James! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award--given to the author or
> authors of the 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 May issue by Wednesday, May 31.
> * Former RSGB President John Case, GW4HWR, SK: The Radio Society of Great
> Britain (RSGB) reports that a past society president, John Case, GW4HWR,
> died. Case served as RSGB President in 1991 and continued to be active in
> Society affairs until the mid-1990s. Case was the longtime chairman of the
> RSGB Training and Education, and he led the team responsible for the
> introduction of the Amateur Radio Novice license and was the author of a
> number of RSGB training guides and other publications. A service was held
> April 24 in Cardiff.--RSGB
> * Corrections: In The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 17 (Apr 28, 2006), the news
> brief "Armed Forces Day 2006 military/amateur activities set," contains an
> incorrect or incomplete hyperlink to the detailed Armed Forces Day
> communication test information. The tentative schedule of Armed Forces Day
> on-the-air events--including a list of participating stations, the
> of Defense's message transmission schedule and more information--is on the
> US Army MARS news page <http://www.netcom.army.mil/mars/news/>. Click on
> "Armed Forces Day" link. In the same issue, the story "Supply and Demand:
> VU4AN Andamans Operations Create a Clamor," contained some incorrect
> information: (1) Indian telecommunications authorities granted licenses to
> approximately 30 foreign licensees for the Andamans event (ie,
> 70 operators total). (2) Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, won the 2005 Dayton
> Hamvention Special Achievement Award. (3) Individual participating
> will announce QSL routes. Only a few stations are accepting QSL requests
> VU2JOS at NIAR.
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