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The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 18

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  • Tom VanderMel
    ... From: ARRL Letter Mailing List To: Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 6:50 PM Subject: The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 18
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      > ***************
      > The ARRL Letter
      > Vol. 25, No. 18
      > May 5, 2006
      > ***************
      > * +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
      > contact
      > * +Some WRC-03 ham radio rule changes now in effect; no decision on Morse
      > code
      > * +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
      > Corrections
      > +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/>
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      > ==>Editorial questions or comments only: Rick Lindquist, N1RL,
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      > ===========================================================
      > Another Manassas, Virginia, radio amateur has joined the growing list of
      > those filing formal complaints about disruptive interference from the
      > city's
      > 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
      > on
      > 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
      > into
      > 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
      > in
      > 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
      > City
      > 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
      > January
      > 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
      > April.
      > "Since then, no action has been taken by the Spectrum Enforcement
      > Division,"
      > 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,
      > letter."
      > 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
      > BPL
      > system caused the interference Agnew and other Manassas ham radio
      > operators
      > 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
      > filed
      > October 13, the ARRL asked the FCC to order the BPL system shut down
      > "until
      > the operator can demonstrate compliance with the requirement that it not
      > cause harmful interference to licensed radio services."
      > HELP
      > To those who wonder--or worry--about what the League is doing to ensure
      > the
      > future of Amateur Radio, ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart,
      > K1MMH,
      > offers a prompt response: the ARRL Education and Technology Program (ETP).
      > More familiar to many as "The Big Project," the program has provided
      > turnkey
      > 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
      > the
      > program didn't exist. With the ETP kicking off its 2006 fundraising
      > campaign
      > 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
      > to
      > 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
      > the
      > 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
      > Institutes
      > "a powerful tool" to inspire educators and to help them develop confidence
      > in teaching about wireless technology and electronics through Amateur
      > Radio.
      > Generous gifts helped the ETP to expand to five the number of free
      > Teachers
      > 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.
      > In
      > 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,
      > a
      > 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
      > why
      > 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
      > <https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/education/education.html>.
      > Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
      > 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
      > with
      > NA1SS, which marked the inaugural school QSO of Williams' duty tour as
      > part
      > 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
      > spacecraft,
      > 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
      > already
      > 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
      > environment.
      > 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
      > moon
      > 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
      > before
      > 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
      > to
      > 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
      > since
      > the first crew arrived aboard the ISS in 2000.
      > ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an educational outreach of a
      > nine-nation
      > consortium, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
      > Several FCC Part 97 Amateur Radio rule revisions to implement changes
      > agreed
      > 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
      > <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-79A1.pdf>,
      > released
      > 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
      > decisions
      > 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
      > with
      > other stations in the Amateur Service, except those in any country whose
      > administration has notified the ITU that it objects to such
      > communications.
      > The FCC will issue public notices of current arrangements for
      > international
      > 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
      > to
      > 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
      > and
      > 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
      > actions.
      > * §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
      > has
      > made arrangements with the United States to allow amateur stations to be
      > used for transmitting international communications on behalf of third
      > parties."
      > The revised rule further provides that no station may transmit third-party
      > traffic other than emergency or disaster relief communications to a
      > station
      > whose government has not made a third-party arrangement. Still excepted
      > from
      > the prohibition is any third party eligible to be the control operator of
      > an
      > 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
      > language
      > 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.
      > 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"
      > (RADIO),
      > 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
      > American
      > 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
      > Section
      > Emergency Coordinator Jennifer Roe, AA6MX.
      > The elective RADIO course is open to students in grades 9 through 12, and
      > it
      > will feature instruction from certified experts in their respective
      > fields.
      > 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
      > National
      > 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.
      > He
      > 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
      > students
      > skills to become positively and directly involved with their community,
      > and
      > 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
      > on
      > the school's Department of Meteorology Web site
      > <http://www.mhsweather.org/pages/10/index.htm>.
      > Randy McCloy, KC8VKZ--the lone survivor of the January 2 Sago Mine
      > disaster
      > 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
      > wrote
      > April 26, the Associated Press reports. The letter publicly revealed for
      > the
      > 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
      > "with
      > fumes and thick smoke," making breathing difficult. He said at least four
      > of
      > 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'
      > families
      > in his letter. As they began to accept their fate, he said, the group
      > prayed
      > 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
      > else."
      > 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
      > underground.
      > 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
      > centered
      > 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
      > it's
      > predicted to hit 20, 30, 20 and 12 for May 5-8. Geophysical Institute
      > Prague
      > gives a forecast until May 11 of active geomagnetic conditions on May 5
      > and
      > 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
      > were
      > 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
      > Indiana
      > QSO parties, the MARAC County Hunter Contest (CW), the 10-10 International
      > Spring Contest (CW), the Microwave Spring Sprint, and the ARI
      > International
      > 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
      > NAQCC
      > 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/>
      > 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, 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
      > Friday,
      > June 2. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
      > <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
      > <cce@...>.
      > * AMSAT issues first call for papers for 2006 symposium: AMSAT-NA has
      > issued
      > 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
      > Amateur
      > Radio satellites and associated technologies. Speakers originally
      > scheduled
      > to present at the cancelled 2005 Symposium are encouraged to resubmit
      > their
      > papers for 2006. Recommended topics include--but are not limited to--AMSAT
      > Phase 3E, AMSAT Eagle, microsatellites, cubesats and nanosatellites,
      > ARISS,
      > antennas, ground stations and more. The AMSAT-NA Board of Directors will
      > meet October 5-6, and the annual general membership meeting will be
      > October
      > 6. AMSAT International will meet October 8. In addition, the IARU
      > Satellite
      > Committee will hold a public roundtable discussion on frequency
      > coordination
      > 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
      > <http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/>.
      > * Astronaut Eileen Collins completes career of space firsts: Astronaut
      > Eileen Collins, KD5EDS, is leaving NASA. The first woman to command a
      > space
      > 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
      > that
      > our nation has to offer," said NASA Administrator Michael Griffin. A
      > veteran
      > 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
      > Director
      > 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,
      > has
      > 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
      > crossband
      > communication test information. The tentative schedule of Armed Forces Day
      > on-the-air events--including a list of participating stations, the
      > Secretary
      > 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
      > the
      > "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,
      > approximately
      > 70 operators total). (2) Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, won the 2005 Dayton
      > Hamvention Special Achievement Award. (3) Individual participating
      > stations
      > will announce QSL routes. Only a few stations are accepting QSL requests
      > via
      > VU2JOS at NIAR.
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