The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 22 (Jun 2, 2006)
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> The ARRL Letter
> Vol. 25, No. 22
> June 2, 2006
> IN THIS EDITION:
> * +Ham radio provides emergency communication following earthquake
> * +Robert McDowell makes it a full house at the FCC
> * +Ham radio lets youngsters in Italy learn more about space travel
> * +Mobile T-hunters die in vehicle mishap
> * +Ham radio gears up for the hurricane season
> * +WA5TMC appointed Delta Division Vice Director
> * +SKYWARN volunteers are environmental heroes
> * +ISS astronaut honored for ham radio accomplishments
> * Solar Update
> * IN BRIEF:
> This weekend on the radio
> ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
> US Power Squadrons, ARRL join forces for W1AW operating event
> Ham-Com 2006 set for June 9-10 in Plano, Texas
> Staten Island ARES participates in storm rehearsal
> Radio amateurs take part in National Communications System training
> Revised DXCC awards fee schedule becomes effective July 1
> +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@...
> ==>AMATEUR RADIO VOLUNTEERS RESPOND FOLLOWING INDONESIAN EARTHQUAKE
> Amateur Radio operators in Indonesia are providing emergency communication
> for relief operations in the wake of a 6.3 magnitude earthquake May 27
> affecting Yogyakarta and surrounding area. The quake has left more than
> people dead, injured more than 30,000 and leveled entire communities. Some
> 650,000 people are reported homeless. Indonesia's International Amateur
> Radio Union (IARU) member-society, the Organization of Amateur Radio for
> Indonesia (ORARI) has been coordinating an emergency communication network
> comprised of so-called "Zulu Stations" and individual volunteer radio
> amateurs. As is the practice in Indonesia, ORARI has designated several
> zulu-suffix emergency communication stations to handle disaster-related
> traffic on HF and VHF.
> "Beside several local emergency zulu stations and operators, there is an
> emergency zulu station portable from Jakarta, YC0ZRA, operated by Achmad
> Sanusi, YCOLJH, and Budi Sabara, YCOCSR," reports Wyn Purwinto, AB2QV. A
> native of Indonesia, Purwinto has been gathering information on the
> response from his home in New York. He says the portable station also
> supports the Indonesian Offroad Federation (IOF) with its heavy-duty all
> wheel drive vehicles. IOF volunteers transported food and supplies
> the 2004 tsunami.
> Purwinto reports that several radio amateurs and their families in the
> Yogyakarta area were among the thousands affected by the earthquake,
> hindering their ability to help with any emergency operations. "But more
> hams coming from other districts day by day," he said this week.
> Soejat Harto, YB6HB, a physician, has joined a ham radio emergency medical
> team in Yogyakarta. Purwinto notes that Dr Harto was among the Amateur
> volunteers who helped in the tsunami disaster relief effort in Aceh and
> North Sumatra.
> Praharto, YB2BFZ, of the ORARI branch in Banyumas, 200 km west of
> Yogyakarta, has deployed his emergency radio communicator (ERC) team to
> Yogyakarta with generators. Several ERC teams from the Indonesian capital
> Jakarta, Bekasi and the W Java provincial capital of Bandung headed to
> Yogyakarta this week to offer additional support.
> Deta, YB2VTO, just back from Bantul to check on family and friends,
> that local emergency communication is taking place on two ORARI VHF
> repeaters that cover the whole disaster area. Zulu stations YC2ZEB in
> Bantul, YC2ZEJ in Yogyakarta and YC2ZES are handling whatever traffic
> is. Zulu station YC2ZEB is on HF from Bantul, where local radio amateurs
> installed an 80-meter dipole.
> Purwinto is updating his "Emergency Communication in Yogyakarta" Web page
> <http://www.qsl.net/ab2qv/yogya.htm> with information he's compiled on the
> Indonesian ARES response to the earthquake.
> Relief volunteers still in Indonesia since the 2004 tsunami have shifted
> their efforts to aiding earthquake victims. The United Nations and various
> relief agencies, including the Red Cross and the Global Rescue Network,
> begun transporting food, water and other basic supplies to the affected
> region. Electrical power and telecommunication services are said to be
> ==>IT'S OFFICIALLY A FULL HOUSE AT THE FCC
> Robert M. McDowell has been sworn in as an FCC commissioner by FCC
> Kevin J. Martin, returning the agency to its full five-member complement
> the first time in more than a year. Earlier this week, after some delay
> to political maneuvering, the US Senate confirmed the nomination of
> McDowell, of Virginia, to fill the seat vacated last December by Kathleen
> Abernathy. His term will expire June 30, 2009.
> "I am honored and humbled to be joining such a distinguished group of
> commissioners as well as the fine career public servants at the FCC,"
> McDowell said in a statement. "I am confident that our efforts will help
> bring the most advanced and efficient communications systems in the world
> all American consumers."
> Martin applauded McDowell's arrival, which gives him a Republican majority
> on the FCC for the first time in his tenure as chairman. Since Martin--an
> FCC member during Michael Powell's tenure as chairman--took over the
> chairmanship, the political balance on the Commission has been split
> between two Republicans and two Democrats. Members of a president's
> political party hold a majority on the FCC.
> In addition to Martin, McDowell--a telecommunications attorney--will join
> fellow Republican Deborah T. Tate, who officially came aboard January 3.
> Commission's two Democrats are Michael J. Copps, who is in his second
> and Jonathan Adelstein.
> McDowell brings to the FCC nearly 16 years of private-sector experience in
> the telecommunication industry. Prior to his FCC appointment, he served as
> senior vice president and assistant general counsel for the Competitive
> Telecommunications Association (COMPTEL).
> ==>ITALIAN PRIMARY SCHOOLERS GET FRONT ROW SEAT TO SPACE VIA HAM RADIO
> Youngsters attending the Virgilio Primary School in Mestre, near Venice,
> Italy, got to hear firsthand about life in space from US Astronaut Jeff
> Williams, KD5TVQ. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station
> (ARISS) program arranged the direct VHF contact May 22 between NA1SS in
> space and IW3GPO at the school in northern Italy. Control operator Paolo
> Rosin, IW3GPO, posed all questions, including one asking if language
> problems ever arose between crew members from different countries.
> said the language barrier still exists aboard the ISS.
> "I've been studying Russian language for almost four years. Pavel
> [Vinogradov, the Expedition 13 commander] studies English--he has studied
> for several years as well," William explained, "but still it takes a long
> time to learn a foreign language, as you know. So there's always a little
> bit of a struggle with foreign languages."
> Unfortunately, the youngsters couldn't ask their own questions because the
> US does not have a third-party traffic agreement with Italy.
> During the approximately eight-minute contact--conducted entirely in
> English--Williams said he enjoys observing and photographing Earth, doing
> scientific experiments and even his two hours of mandatory daily exercise.
> But there are some tasks he doesn't much care for.
> "They're similar to jobs we don't like doing on the earth," Williams
> responded. "Cleaning things I don't like doing. Going into the equivalent
> a closet to try to find things or collect things for a job--that sometimes
> is very tedious, and I don't like doing that very much. But, of course, we
> have to do jobs that we like, and we have to do jobs that we don't like."
> In several of his answers, Williams referred to the pending arrival of the
> space shuttle in July, when European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas
> Reiter, DF4TR, of Germany will join ISS crews over a period of several
> months. The shuttle is the only vehicle capable of transporting the
> components remaining to complete the ISS, including the ESA's Columbus
> module. Williams noted that the shuttle will bring water to the ISS when
> arrives this summer.
> He also said space walks are one of the hardest jobs astronauts and
> cosmonauts undertake, but it's not scary to work in space. On June 2,
> Williams and Vinogradov completed a 6-1/2 hour spacewalk to make repairs
> retrieve experiments, among other tasks.
> "The most enjoyable thing that we do is do a spacewalk," Williams said,
> "because to be able to go outside and see the entire Earth--not through a
> window but through the visor of your helmet--it is fantastic!"
> In later remarks, Williams paid tribute to the beauty of Italy as seen
> space. "I love your country," he said. "I've flown over Venice many times
> and I love to take pictures of the seashore and the cities, Mt Etna on
> Sicily--there are many, many beautiful things on the planet Earth to see
> from space."
> Virgilio Primary School has an enrollment of 210 pupils. A town of about
> 150,000, Mestre is connected to Venice some six miles away via a long
> on the lagoon. Local radio amateurs Francesco De Paolis, IK0WGF, Kira
> Collevati, IW3EXQ, Giorgio Pagan, IW3IBG, and Stefano Mannelli, IZ5ENH,
> assisted in the ARISS event. The technical team set up a satellite station
> as well as a vertical backup antenna.
> Reporters for two newspapers and four TV outlets were on hand to cover the
> ARISS event. Peter Kofler, IN3GHZ, served as the ARISS mentor for the QSO.
> ARISS is a nine-nation international educational outreach with US
> participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
> ==>TWO RADIO AMATEURS DIE DURING MOBILE HIDDEN TRANSMITTER HUNT
> Two ARRL members from California are dead after the vehicle in which they
> were riding during a mobile hidden transmitter hunt May 27 went over a
> in rugged terrain near Lake Isabella in Kern County. They were identified
> Michael G. Obermeier, K6SNE, of Anaheim, and David A. Gordon-Ross, N6IDF,
> Yucaipa. Obermeier, an ARRL Official Observer in Orange County, was 46.
> Gordon-Ross was 35.
> "Mike and Dave were some of the best T-hunters in the biz," said Scott
> Press, N6SAP, calling both "true assets to this hobby." In his role as an
> OO, Obermeier reportedly had participated in the infamous Jack Gerritsen
> radio jamming case in the Los Angeles area.
> According to media accounts, a Kern County Sheriff's Department
> search-and-rescue team located the victims early Monday, May 29. Obermeier
> was driving the 1991 4-wheel-drive Jeep Cherokee that apparently went out
> control on Cook Peak Road while the pair was proceeding to the next hidden
> transmitter site. After caroming off a rock wall, the vehicle crossed the
> road and plunged down a 900-foot cliff. They were reported missing after
> failing to check in with T-hunt organizers.
> Greg Pitta, KF6DBJ, reports Obermeier and Gordon-Ross were on a half-day
> multiple-transmitter T-hunt. "Both K6SNE and N6IDF were expert transmitter
> hunters, each with hundreds of hunts completed, ranking with top scores in
> most," he said.
> ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV,
> knew both men. He notes that Obermeier had suffered a sports-related
> cord injury that left him a paraplegic. "He did all the adaptive work on
> vehicles, of which he had quite a few that he used over time for RDF,"
> said. Despite his physical limitations, Obermeier also enjoyed foxhunting
> from his wheel chair.
> Moell says Gordon-Ross had been a proficient mobile T-hunter for many
> He took a brief hiatus after his first child was born in April 2005 (his
> wife, Melanie, is KF6GWV), but he recently became active again.
> According to Moell, the mobile transmitter hunts take place on the fourth
> Saturday of each month on 2-meter FM simplex, starting out from a hilltop
> Rancho Palos Verdes. He says it's not uncommon for the main hidden
> transmitter to be hundreds of miles away--175 highway miles in this
> The 147.435 Amateur Radio Repeater System is collecting donations to help
> Melanie Gordon-Ross, a stay-at-home mom. It also will donate all proceeds
> from its 16th annual 435 Chili Cook-off June 10. Visit the 147.435 Web
> <http://www.435online.com> for additional information.
> ==>2006 NORTH ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON OFFICIALLY UNDER WAY
> Scientists within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
> predict an 80-percent chance of an above-normal 2006 north Atlantic
> hurricane/tropical storm season, which runs from June 1 through November
> A repeat performance of the devastating 2005 season is unlikely, however.
> Weather experts at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, National Hurricane
> Center and Climate Prediction Center produced this year's outlook
> "For the 2006 north Atlantic hurricane season NOAA is predicting 13 to 16
> named storms, with eight to 10 becoming hurricanes, of which four to six
> could become 'major' hurricanes of Category 3 strength or higher," says
> Administrator Conrad Lautenbacher.
> The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) <http://www.hwn.org> activates on 14.325 MHz
> when major tropical storms threaten the US. It works in concert with
> <http://www.wx4nhc.org> at the National Hurricane Center to relay
> ground-level weather data to forecasters.
> On average, the north Atlantic hurricane season produces 11 named storms,
> with six becoming hurricanes, including two major hurricanes. In 2005, the
> Atlantic hurricane season experienced a record 28 storms, including 15
> hurricanes. Seven were "major," and a record four hurricanes hit the US.
> While NOAA is not forecasting a rerun of last year's season, the potential
> for hurricanes to strike the US is "high," Lautenbacher said.
> The first named storm of the 2006 season will be "Alberto." The name
> "Katrina" has been removed from the list of storm names.
> ==>KARL BULLOCK, WA5TMC, APPOINTED DELTA DIVISION VICE DIRECTOR
> ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed Karl W. Bullock, WA5TMC,
> to be Delta Division Vice Director. Bullock, of Ripley, Mississippi, will
> complete the term of Henry Leggette, WD4Q, who took over as Delta Division
> Director in January after the ARRL Board of Directors elevated past
> Rick Roderick, K5UR, to be an ARRL Vice President.
> "I'm honored to have been chosen by President Harrison," Bullock said,
> I look forward to serving the fine folks in the Delta Division and
> representing Amateur Radio in general."
> First licensed at age 14 as WN5TMC in 1967, Bullock, 53, has remained an
> active radio amateur ever since. He now holds an Amateur Extra class
> as well as an FCC commercial license. He's active on all bands and modes
> from 160 meters through 70 cm.
> His ham radio career has included starting up the Mississippi Training and
> Traffic net--later the Mississippi Slow Net. He's also a member of the
> Pounder's League, the recipient of several public service awards, a past
> officer of the Northeast Mississippi Amateur Radio Club and, most
> ARRL District Emergency Coordinator for North Mississippi as well as
> Emergency Coordinator for Tippah County.
> He's a Life Member of the ARRL, a charter member of the Tippah Amateur
> Association and a control operator for a local 2-meter repeater. He also
> enjoys telling others about his Christian faith and about Amateur Radio.
> On the professional side, Bullock has operated his own telecommunications
> consulting company, Bullock & Associates, since 2001 and is involved in a
> startup dedicated to residential fiber connectivity. His consulting
> focuses on competitive local exchange carriers--CLECs.
> His wife Amy is N5TBB, the ARRL Public Information Coordinator for the
> Mississippi Section and current president of the Tippah Amateur Radio
> "We both love DX, contests, and going to hamfests," Bullock says. "Amy
> in love with hamfests after the first one I carried her to, and soon
> afterward passed her exam. We still like to make the Dayton trip whenever
> Bullock's current term as Vice Director will end January 1, 2009.
> ==>SKYWARN VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE NOAA ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARD
> South Florida SKYWARN Coordinator Don Morris, KG4JHH, of Miami, and his
> South Florida SKYWARN team have received a 2006 NOAA Environmental Hero
> Award for outstanding volunteer service during the 2005 hurricane season.
> Morris and his SKYWARN team volunteered more than 100 hours to staff
> Radio station WX4MIA, located at the NOAA National Weather Service (NWS)
> Weather Forecast Office in Miami. The volunteers gathered real-time
> hurricane damage and weather reports, disseminated NWS information and
> warnings and verified NWS warnings with on-the-spot information.
> "The intent of the award is to recognize all of us who have worked on
> SKYWARN and/or WX4MIA," said Morris, who accepted the plaque during a May
> presentation. "Local Amateur Radio is the main infrastructure we depend on
> for SKYWARN. It is way cool to be part of it." Morris also credited those
> who filed reports by telephone, Internet or fax or who have "just been
> if needed."
> Along with other SKYWARN volunteers and even family members, Morris kept
> WX4MIA severe weather net in constant operation as Hurricane Katrina moved
> ashore near Hallandale Beach and then southwest across Miami-Dade County.
> did the same thing for Hurricane Wilma, staying all night right through
> landfall around 6 AM in Collier County and through noon when Wilma finally
> moved off the Palm Beach County coastline near Jupiter.
> Over the years, NOAA said, Morris has volunteered hundreds of hours as
> voice" of WX4MIA, soliciting storm reports and disseminating the latest
> warnings and statements for hurricanes and severe storms.
> Established in 1995 and given annually in conjunction with Earth Day, the
> Environmental Hero Award is presented to individuals and organizations
> volunteering their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its
> mission.--NOAA; Evelyn Gauzens, W4WYR
> ==>ISS ASTRONAUT HONORED FOR WORKING ALL STATES, INSPIRING OTHERS FROM
> International Space Station Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR,
> has been honored as the first astronaut to work all states from space and
> for inspiring others through his ham radio activities from NA1SS.
> who returned to Earth in April, received an ARRL Worked All States (WAS)
> plaque during a May 25 ceremony at Johnson Space Center in Houston. During
> his six-month duty tour, McArthur became the most active radio amateur
> to serve aboard the ISS. His track record from NA1SS is impressive: In
> addition to WAS, he handled a record 37 Amateur Radio on the International
> Space Station (ARISS) school contacts, worked all continents, including
> Antarctica, on both VHF and UHF--and racked up QSOs with some 130 DXCC
> "The Amateur Radio on the ISS program was developed to inspire
> next generation of explorers--through Amateur Radio communications with
> ISS crew," remarked ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, who
> presented the WAS plaque to McArthur. "Using Amateur Radio, the Expedition
> 12 crew took the worldwide community of radio amateurs, the school
> and the general public to unprecedented heights."
> The last QSL McArthur needed to confirm WAS--from Wyoming--arrived at ARRL
> Headquarters not long before the end of his ISS duty tour. McArthur also
> logged a phenomenal number of casual contacts with earthbound radio
> amateurs--more than 1800 in all. Bauer noted that McArthur "was very
> approachable" with students during the ARISS school contacts. "He inspired
> them with his vision, quick wit and sense of humor."
> Bauer said McArthur motivated hams and non-hams alike through his
> activity. He told of hearing from a teacher in Orlando who said one of his
> students added Advanced Placement Physics to her course schedule after
> participating in an ARISS school contact. In another inspirational
> When a prospective licensee learned he could speak to the ISS via ham
> he studied and passed his Amateur Radio examination and made a contact
> McArthur at NA1SS in March, Bauer said.
> "Throughout this expedition, Bill McArthur's enthusiasm for the ham radio
> hobby kept bubbling to the surface," Bauer said, calling McArthur's ham
> radio accomplishments from NA1SS "a testament of success."
> "All who have been touched by your efforts will remember their special ISS
> connection for the rest of their lives," Bauer concluded.
> ==>SOLAR UPDATE
> Ra the Sun god Tad "I Saw the Sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
> Solar activity continues to be low as we head toward the bottom of the
> sunspot cycle. With fewer sunspots, the higher frequencies aren't as
> There is a direct correlation between the maximum usable frequency (MUF)
> the number of sunspots. That's why 10 meters is much more usable at the
> of a solar cycle than at the bottom. We received several e-mails this week
> about sporadic E (Es) propagation.
> For the next few days, it looks like solar wind from coronal holes could
> mildly disruptive. The planetary A index forecast for June 2-3 is 20, then
> settling down to quiet conditions a couple of days later. Average daily
> sunspot numbers were up this week over last and are expected to rise
> slightly over the next few days.
> Sunspot numbers for May 25 through 31 were 33, 51, 69, 78, 54, 51 and 44,
> with a mean of 54.3. 10.7 cm flux was 83.7, 81.6, 83, 84.7, 81.1, 80, and
> 78.4, with a mean of 81.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 5, 3, 7,
> 9 and 6, with a mean of 5.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 1,
> 5, 1, 7 and 4, with a mean of 3.3.
> For more information concerning propagation and an explanation of the
> numbers used in this bulletin see the ARRL Technical Information Service
> Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.
> ==>IN BRIEF:
> * This weekend on the radio: The SEANET Contest, RSGB National Field Day,
> IARU Region 1 Field Day (CW) and the QRP TAC Sprint are the weekend of
> 3-4. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is June 5, the ARS Spartan
> Sprint is June 6, and the Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is Jun 9. JUST
> The ARRL June VHF QSO Party, the ANARTS World Wide RTTY Contest, the
> Portugal Day Contest, the Asia-Pacific Sprint (SSB), the GACW WWSA CW DX
> Contest and the REF DDFM 6-Meter Contest are the weekend of June 10-11.
> NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint and the RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW)
> are June 14. The Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder and SARL Youth Day are June
> 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, June 25, for these ARRL
> Certification and Continuing Education (CCE). Program on-line courses:
> Amateur Radio Emergency Communications 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
> July 7. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
> <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
> * US Power Squadrons, ARRL join forces for W1AW operating event:
> Representatives of the United States Power Squadrons (USPS)
> <http://www.usps.org/> are joining ARRL Headquarters staffers this weekend
> for a special W1AW operating event to mark National Safe Boating Week.
> Operation commenced Friday and will continue Saturday, June 3, starting at
> 1200 UTC. Look for W1AW on HF plus 6 meters as well as on satellites and
> digital modes. A special QSL card will be available. All contacts will be
> uploaded to Logbook of the World (LoTW) <http://www.arrl.org/lotw> after
> event. At a W1AW reception prior to the on-air activities. ARRL CEO David
> Sumner, K1ZZ, presented Don Stark, N3HOW of the USPS with a welcoming
> from ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN.
> * Ham-Com 2006 set for June 9-10 in Plano, Texas: ARRL President Joel
> Harrison, W5ZN, will address the ARRL West Gulf Division forum during
> Ham-Com 2006 <http://www.hamcom.org>, Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, at
> Plano Centre in Plano, Texas. In addition, ARRL Chief Development Officer
> Mary Hobart, K1MMH, will discuss the importance of the League's
> activities to Amateur Radio, while HQ Staffer Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, will
> talk about ARRL Headquarters' response to Hurricane Katrina. The doors
> be open from 7 AM until 6 PM both days. Talk-in is on the 147.18 MHz
> repeater (CTCSS 107.2 Hz), and parking is free. In conjunction with
> 2006, the Lone Star DX Association will host W5DXCC 2006, which features a
> banquet Friday, June 9, at the Southfork Hotel. Featured speaker will be
> Allphin, K4UEE, co-leader of the recent 3Y0X DXpedition to Peter I Island.
> Complete details are in the "Ham-Com Flyer"
> Goldblatt, WA5KXX
> * Staten Island ARES participates in storm rehearsal: Lessons learned
> last year's devastating hurricanes on the US Gulf Coast have not been lost
> on the New York City emergency response community. In preparation for the
> upcoming storm season, Staten Island and New York County Amateur Radio
> Emergency Service (ARES) members participated May 21 in an American Red
> Cross drill dubbed "The Staten Island Storm Rehearsal." The exercise was
> designed to prepare volunteers by providing a hands-on experience in
> emergency shelter operations. "ARES is relied upon by our clients, like
> Red Cross, to be able to quickly, adequately and professionally set up and
> run a portable communications system to help those affected by a
> said ARRL New York City District Emergency Coordinator Mike Lisenco,
> "ARES members participate in drills such as this to hone our skills." ARES
> participants served as primary communicators for most of the drill, for
> which the scenario included outages of both cell phone service and
> electrical power. During the "blackout" scenario, ham radio volunteers
> able to provide a seamless transition to battery power to maintain
> communication with the Red Cross EOC in Manhattan. Ten ARES volunteers
> part in the exercise. ARRL Staten Island Emergency Coordinator Joe Nieves,
> N2TEE, said, "We need to be prepared at all times should we be called upon
> to support our community."
> * Radio amateurs take part in National Communications System training:
> members Gary Sessums, KC5QCN, Dale Stauffer, W4DS, and Jim La Follette,
> WB4WBL, last week demonstrated digital and voice capabilities of a Shared
> Resources (SHARES) Transportable Auxiliary Radio Station (STAR) at a
> National Communications Systems (NCS) training session. The week-long
> Emergency Support Function 2 (ESF-2) training session at Homestead Air
> Reserve Base in Florida was developed in the aftermath of Hurricane
> It was specifically designed to prepare ESF-2 responders at the federal
> level to function effectively when called into action to support the
> National Response Plan. SHARES stations are NCS assets that deploy with
> "fly-away" HF radio packages to disaster scenes to provide communication
> support to the federal government. Sessums, Stauffer and La Follette are
> SHARES stations through their involvement with the Military Affiliate
> System (MARS) and the Civil Air Patrol (CAP). They set up portable HF
> stations operating on generator power, erected near-vertical incidence
> skywave (NVIS) wire antennas and made voice and digital HF radio contacts
> around the US as part of the program. Sessums and La Follette are members
> the Hillsborough County, Florida, ARES/RACES team that deployed to Hancock
> County, Mississippi, last August to support Hurricane Katrina recovery
> operations. Sessums is Hillborough County ARRL Emergency Coordinator.
> * Revised DXCC awards fee schedule becomes effective July 1: The ARRL DXCC
> Desk has announced DXCC program fees will rise slightly when a new awards
> fee schedule
> goes into effect July 1. The fee for a basic DXCC application (including
> certificate and pin for initial applications only, 120 QSO maximum) and
> first endorsement applications within a year will increase to $12 for ARRL
> members and to $22 for foreign nonmembers. Second and subsequent
> endorsements (120 QSO maximum) within a year will be $22 for ARRL members
> and $32 for foreign nonmembers. The $10 fee for a basic DXCC application
> (120-credit maximum) was established in 1990, and the current overall fee
> schedule has been in effect since 1998. "It costs us to provide this
> service," explains ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. "We
> don't make any money from DXCC." The cost of other DXCC-related items such
> as plaques and pins also will go up July 1. Mills advised that DXCC fees
> will increase further in the years ahead--possibly at two-year
> least to catch up with the Consumer Price Index, which has risen 49
> since 1990. He estimates the active population of DXCC members at between
> 15,000 and 18,000.
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