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  • Tom VanderMel
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      Subject: The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 23 (Jun 9, 2006)

      > ***************
      > The ARRL Letter
      > Vol. 25, No. 23
      > June 9, 2006
      > ***************
      > * +House-passed telecoms bill keeps BPL study requirement
      > * +FCC Citation issued in ham radio power line interference case
      > * +June 28 set as launch date for 13 CubeSats
      > * +Vermont becomes the 23rd PRB-1 state
      > * +ARRL to be represented at international EmComm conference
      > * +Newest DXCC entity is waiting in the wings
      > * +AMSAT-UK cites potential threat from wireless broadband
      > * Solar Update
      > * IN BRIEF:
      > This weekend on the radio: The ARRL June VHF QSO Party!
      > ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
      > Spratly Islands operation reported imminent
      > +Dayton Hamvention 2006 attendance nearly even with last year's
      > +Ebbing sunspots fail to stanch flood of QSL cards
      > W1AW/0 special event set for Rocky Mountain Division Convention
      > K6KPH to transmit West Coast Qualifying Run June 17, Field Day message
      > Marv Loftness, KB7KK, wins May QST Cover Plaque Award
      > New Air Force MARS chief announced
      > DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit
      > Correction
      > +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/>
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      > On a 321 to 101 vote, the US House of Representatives on June 8 passed the
      > Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006.
      > The House-passed bill, HR 5252, leaves intact language that would require
      > the FCC to study the interference potential of BPL systems. US Rep Mike
      > Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), one of two radio amateurs in Congress, sponsored the
      > BPL study requirement, "Study of Interference Potential of Broadband over
      > Power Line Systems," contained in Title V, Section 502 of the complex
      > bill.
      > HR 5252 now goes to the US Senate, where a separate--and very
      > different--telecoms bill, the Communications, Consumer's Choice, and
      > Broadband Deployment Act of 2006 (S 2686) is still in committee.
      > "We were concerned that a representative might be persuaded by BPL
      > interests
      > to introduce an amendment to delete or dilute Section 502," said ARRL CEO
      > David Sumner, K1ZZ. "As it turns out that didn't happen, although we had
      > taken steps to counter it if it had. So for now our focus returns to the
      > Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee." Sumner says that
      > if
      > similar language were introduced on the Senate side, it would be more
      > likely
      > to remain when and if the House and Senate versions go to a conference
      > committee.
      > Section 502 calls on the FCC to "conduct, and submit to the Committee on
      > Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives and the Committee on
      > Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate, a study of the
      > interference potential of broadband over power line systems," within 90
      > days
      > of the bill's enactment.
      > Ross proposed including the study wording while the bill was still in the
      > Energy and Commerce Committee. With the support of Committee Chairman Joe
      > Barton (R-TX), the panel agreed by voice vote to include it when it
      > reported
      > the bill out.
      > The BPL study requirement reportedly has received significant opposition
      > from electric utilities. The United Telecom Council (UTC), a bulwark of
      > BPL
      > support and administrator of the Interference Resolution Web site, last
      > month referred to the study requirement as a threat and urged its members
      > to
      > contact their members of Congress regarding its inclusion in the House
      > measure.
      > A year ago, Ross sponsored House Resolution 230 (H Res 230), which calls
      > on
      > the FCC to "reconsider and revise rules governing broadband over power
      > line
      > systems based on a comprehensive evaluation of the interference potential
      > of
      > those systems to public safety services and other licensed radio
      > services."
      > That non-binding resolution has eight cosponsors.
      > In an April 27 statement, Ross said including the FCC study requirement in
      > the House bill "would guarantee that valuable public safety communications
      > and Amateur Radio operators are not subject to interference." He said
      > infrastructure-free Amateur Radio, "often overlooked in favor of flashier
      > means of communication," can maintain communication in disasters that
      > bring
      > more vulnerable technology to its knees. Ham radio operators "are often
      > the
      > only means of communication attainable in a devastated area," Ross said.
      > "I believe it is imperative that the interference potential [of BPL] is
      > thoroughly examined and comprehensively evaluated to ensure that
      > deployment
      > of BPL, which I do support, does not cause radio interference for Amateur
      > Radio operators and first responders who serve our communities," Ross
      > added.
      > The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will consider S
      > 2686 in a markup session later this month. The ARRL has e-mailed members
      > in
      > the 22 states with Senators on the committee, urging them to write seeking
      > support to include similar BPL study language in the Senate bill.
      > The FCC has issued a Citation to Lakeland Electric, a municipally owned
      > utility in Lakeland, Florida, for violating Part 15 rules by interfering
      > with a local radio amateur. §15.5(c) of the FCC rules requires that the
      > operator of an "incidental radiator" must cease operating the device after
      > an FCC representative notifies the operator that the device is causing
      > harmful interference. The "incidental radiator" in this case is overhead
      > power lines. Under an agreement, the ARRL and the FCC cooperate in
      > resolving
      > cases of line noise interference to Amateur Radio licensees.
      > "Power line noise continues to generate the bulk of interference
      > complaints
      > that ARRL receives," says ARRL Electromagnetic Compatibility Engineer Mike
      > Gruber, W1MG, who says the League reviews hundreds of such complaints each
      > year. About half of them are resolved promptly by the utilities, in some
      > instances with assistance from the ARRL Laboratory. Gruber says he
      > believes
      > this is the first time the FCC has issued a Citation to a utility in a
      > case
      > involving power line interference to ham radio.
      > The radio amateur involved, J. C. Flynn, W4FGC, told ARRL that Lakeland
      > Electric has been good about fixing routine problems, but he doesn't think
      > the utility personnel know how to resolve cases of power line noise. "I
      > have
      > been 10 years trying to get something done," he said, adding that the
      > noise
      > affects all HF bands. "It is terrible!"
      > Flynn first noticed the power line noise around 1995. Subsequent
      > complaints,
      > assurances from the utility that it was addressing the problem--or that it
      > couldn't find one--and even some FCC warnings followed before the FCC
      > issued
      > its Citation to Lakeland Electric on May 16. Flynn, who's now 84, told the
      > League that as of June 7, nothing had been done to fix the severe line
      > noise
      > at his location, which he demonstrated over the telephone on several
      > bands.
      > He said he especially enjoys getting on 40 meter SSB with a large
      > roundtable
      > of friends.
      > Commented Gruber: "There has been no activity by the utility in resolving
      > this problem in over a year, and Mr Flynn's noise case now appears to be
      > at
      > a standstill." The League's involvement in the case goes back to January
      > 2001, when Flynn requested the League's assistance. Gruber says the
      > League's
      > role is to provide technical information and guidance to utilities "to
      > keep
      > a complaint from reaching the point of a Citation."
      > In late 2005, Gruber had a chance to check the line noise at Flynn's QTH
      > firsthand. He had taken RFI gear to a Florida ham radio convention for a
      > talk and demonstration. Afterward, on his own time, Gruber--with help from
      > ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager Dee Turner, N4GD--took some
      > noise
      > measurements of his own.
      > Gruber submitted the results of his on-site inspection to the FCC.
      > Personnel
      > from the Commission's Tampa field office followed up with their own
      > inspection before issuing the Citation, which lays the groundwork for a
      > possible Notice of Apparent Liability proposing to fine the utility if the
      > interference problem is not resolved.
      > "I hope this case serves as a precedent for FCC enforcement, where
      > appropriate, in power line noise cases," said Gruber, who's compiled
      > various
      > reports and correspondence relating to the Lakeland Electric power line
      > interference case into a booklet of approximately 60 pages. "While the
      > League will work with amateurs in such cases for as long as it takes," he
      > added, "we hope the FCC Citation will serve as a warning to electric
      > utilities that it's not acceptable to take months or years to fix the
      > problem causing the interference."
      > In what AMSAT-NA is calling the largest deployment ever of Amateur Radio
      > satellites, 13 "CubeSats" carrying ham radio payloads are set for launch
      > June 28. If all goes according to plan, a Dnepr-1LV rocket will carry the
      > CubeSats into space from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. A
      > fourteenth
      > satellite in the package will not carry an Amateur Radio payload.
      > The CubeSat project is a collaboration between California Polytechnic
      > State
      > University-San Luis Obispo and Stanford University's Space Systems
      > Development Laboratory. All of the CubeSats set to launch this month were
      > designed and built by students at various universities in the US and
      > elsewhere in the world.
      > Cornell University, Cal Poly, and the University of Arizona each will send
      > two CubeSats into space. Other US schools participating in the mass
      > CubeSat
      > launch are the University of Illinois, the University of Kansas, Montana
      > State University and the University of Hawaii. In addition, schools in
      > Norway, S Korea and Japan have built CubeSats for this month's launch.
      > One of the CubeSats, known as SEEDS, was built by students at the Nihon
      > University in Japan. It contains a CW beacon, Digi-Talker and other
      > experiments. The CW beacon will be on 437.485 MHz and use the call sign
      > JQ1YGU. The Digi-Talker experiment will be activated later. All 13
      > CubeSats
      > will identify using Amateur Radio call signs.
      > According to AMSAT-NA, the satellites will be put into a 500-by-566 km
      > (310
      > by 351 miles) orbit with a 97-degree inclination. Each tiny satellite is a
      > 10 cm (4 inch) cube weighing just 1 kg (2.2 lbs) into which the battery,
      > transmitter and various experiments are packed.
      > Twelve of the satellites have downlinks in the Amateur Radio satellite
      > allocation between 435 and 438 MHz, and one will operate on 145.980 MHz,
      > so
      > there will be lots of signals to listen out for after launch. None of the
      > spacecraft will carry a transponder. Transmitter power outputs range from
      > 10
      > mW to 2 W.
      > Handling the complex job of frequency coordination was International
      > Amateur
      > Radio Union (IARU) Amateur Satellite Advisor Hans van de Groenendaal,
      > ZS6AKV, and a panel of experts who assist in frequency coordination and
      > advise satellite builders.
      > Ralph Wallio, W0RPK, maintains a Web page
      > <http://showcase.netins.net/web/wallio/CubeSat.htm> with up-to-date
      > CubeSat
      > status (scroll down).--AMSAT News Service
      > Vermont Gov Jim Douglas has signed Amateur Radio antenna legislation that
      > puts the language of the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1 into
      > the
      > Green Mountain State's statutes. Vermont is the 23rd state to adopt an
      > Amateur Radio antenna law.
      > "Today we reached a milestone in Vermont Amateur Radio history," exulted
      > David Cain, W1DEC, on May 30. "PRB-1 is now officially codified into
      > Vermont's statutes." Cain chaired the PRB-1 Committee and serves as
      > Vermont
      > ARRL State Government Liaison. "To all of you who worked so hard on this a
      > hearty 'thank you' and 'well done!'"
      > ARRL New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, offered his
      > congratulations to all involved in seeing the bill through. "This is a
      > major
      > achievement for Vermont, the New England Division and the hobby," he said.
      > The legislation, H.12, cleared Vermont's General Assembly on May 10.
      > The new law requires local ordinances to comply with §97.15(b) "by
      > allowing
      > for the erection of an Amateur Radio antenna or an Amateur Radio antenna
      > support structure at a height and dimension sufficient to accommodate
      > Amateur Radio Service communications."
      > Cain notes that a PRB-1 bill has been in the General Assembly hopper in
      > Vermont for more than three years. "Hard work and persistence paid off,"
      > he
      > said, noting that lawmakers "recognized the value of ham radio and the
      > need
      > for reasonable accommodation."
      > Section 1 of the bill declares it Vermont policy "that Amateur Radio use
      > and
      > Amateur Radio antennas and support structures protect and promote the
      > public
      > interest by providing important communications support to both government
      > and the public during times of emergency when other communications
      > infrastructure is disabled or overburdened and by presenting the public
      > with
      > an opportunity for public service, self-training, communications and
      > technical investigation."
      > Language in the original Vermont antenna bill outlined a schedule of
      > minimum
      > regulatory heights, below which localities could not impose restrictions.
      > That language did not survive the legislative process, however.
      > The legislation that did pass also provides for the Department of Housing
      > and Community Affairs (DHCA) to report to the House and Senate committees
      > on
      > government operations "concerning municipal permitting and siting of
      > Amateur
      > Radio antennas and Amateur Radio antenna structures and municipal
      > compliance
      > with state statutes."
      > In developing its report, DHCA "shall consult with representatives" of
      > Vermont's Amateur Radio community and include their recommendations and
      > input in its report to the General Assembly.
      > ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, will represent the League at
      > the second Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC)
      > Conference.
      > GAREC 2006 will take place June 19-20 in Tampere, Finland, in parallel
      > with
      > the International Conference on Emergency Communications (ICEC 2006).
      > "Many new experiences resulted from dramatic events over the past 12
      > months,
      > new lessons have been learned, and new concepts have been developed," said
      > IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications Hans
      > Zimmermann,
      > F5VKP/HB9AQS.
      > Continuing the work begun during GAREC 2005, this year's conference will
      > consider the latest developments in the application of Amateur Radio to
      > emergency communication and cooperation with institutional partners in
      > emergency response and disaster relief, Zimmerman said. It will also
      > review
      > progress made on concepts developed during last year's conference and
      > formulate additional proposals.
      > Zimmerman noted that the concurrent ICEC 2006 will review the application
      > and implementation of the Tampere Convention on the Provision of
      > Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations.
      > "Holding the two events at the same time in the same location allows us to
      > give high visibility to the important role of Amateur Radio in emergency
      > communications," he said.
      > The Republic of Montenegro, which declared its independence June 3, has
      > applied for United Nations membership, according to The Daily DX
      > <http://www.dailydx.com>. The move paves the way for the tiny Balkan
      > nation
      > to join the ARRL DXCC list.
      > "Once Montenegro is accepted into the UN or obtains a call sign prefix
      > block, DXers will have a new DXCC entity," says ARRL Membership Services
      > Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG.
      > The division of Serbia and Montenegro eliminates what remained of
      > Yugoslavia. Serbia's parliament this week declared Serbia a sovereign
      > nation
      > as heir to the former Serbia-Montenegro union. Assuming that Serbia
      > continues to hold its current seat in the UN, it will remain on the DXCC
      > list as a pre-existing and continuing DXCC entity, Mills explained.
      > A decision on whether to admit Montenegro into the UN must go before the
      > UN
      > Security Council and then to the UN General Assembly. A UN spokesperson
      > could not say how long the process might take, The Daily DX said.
      > AMSAT-UK warns that proposals under consideration in the UK to provide
      > wireless broadband in rural areas could pose a threat to Amateur Radio and
      > Amateur-Satellite services there. A recently published report from
      > telecoms
      > regulator Ofcom
      > <http://www.ofcom.org.uk/research/technology/overview/ese/exempt/>
      > explores
      > various options to bring broadband to countryside communities. One option
      > calls for the use of wireless broadband. The systems would require high
      > power to cover the large geographical areas involved, however. The Ofcom
      > report proposes power levels of up to 80 W EIRP in the 2.4 GHz band and
      > 200
      > W EIRP in the 5 GHz band.
      > "It is hard to see how amateurs would be able to continue using these
      > frequencies when faced by the high levels of interference from the high
      > power applications envisaged by this report," an AMSAT-UK spokesperson
      > said.
      > Ofcom notes that unlicensed broadband operators now may run 100 mW on 2.4
      > GHz and 2 W EIRP on 5.8 GHz. Both bands have Amateur Radio allocations,
      > and
      > AMSAT-UK worries that the high power levels outlined in the report could
      > cause serious interference to radio amateurs operating in those bands. The
      > problem could be particularly severe on the 2400 to 2450 MHz band, used by
      > "weak-signal" amateur satellites and amateur TV repeaters. The report
      > makes
      > no mention of Amateur Radio operation on the 2.4 GHz band.
      > AMSAT-UK notes that four amateur satellites currently under construction
      > will use 2.4 GHz to provide worldwide communications. The Amateur Radio
      > P5-A
      > Mars orbiter, due to launch in 2009, will rely on 2.4 GHz as well. Also
      > under threat would be a planned 2.4 GHz Amateur Radio video link from the
      > International Space Station to schools as part of the Amateur Radio on the
      > International Space Station (ARISS) educational outreach.--RSGB
      > ==>SOLAR UPDATE
      > Propagation prognosticator Tad "Sun King" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
      > reports: Sunspot counts were lower this week, but it's surprising what has
      > been happening on the ham bands. Operators are still having fun, and still
      > working long distances, even on VHF, during this low part of the sunspot
      > cycle. Most of this is due to seasonal sporadic E propagation. There were
      > also reports of great HF conditions during the CQ WPX contest over the
      > Memorial Day weekend.
      > Average sunspot numbers dropped by 35 points to 19.3 between the last week
      > of May and the first week of June. Geomagnetic indexes were a little
      > higher.
      > 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>.
      > Sunspot numbers for June 1 through 7 were 11, 0, 0, 17, 23, 36 and 48,
      > with
      > a mean of 19.3. 10.7 cm flux was 77.2, 75.3, 75.9, 75.6, 77.9, 78, and
      > 82.7,
      > with a mean of 77.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 13, 8, 4, 2, 4, 23
      > and 24, with a mean of 11.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 10, 5,
      > 2,
      > 1, 2, 15 and 18, with a mean of 7.6.
      > __________________________________
      > ==>IN BRIEF:
      > * This weekend on the radio: 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. The 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 16. JUST AHEAD: ARRL Kids Day, Council of Europe RC
      > 20th
      > Anniversary Challenge 0800Z, Jun 16 to 1000Z, Jun 18, All Asian DX
      > Contest,
      > CW 0000Z, Jun 17 to 2400Z, Jun 18, SMIRK Contest 0000Z, Jun 17 to 2400Z,
      > Jun
      > 18, West Virginia QSO Party 1600Z, Jun 17 to 0200Z, Jun 18, AGCW VHF/UHF
      > Contest 1600Z-1900Z, Jun 17 (144), 1900Z-2100Z, Jun 17 (432), Quebec QSO
      > Party 1700Z, Jun 17 to 0300Z, Jun 18, Kid's Day Contest 1800Z-2400Z, Jun
      > 17,
      > DIE Contest 0600Z-1200Z, Jun 18, Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
      > 0100Z-0300Z,
      > Jun 19, RSGB 80m Club Championship, SSB 1900Z-2030Z, Jun 22, Thursday NCCC
      > Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Jun 23, 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
      > Friday,
      > July7. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
      > <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
      > <cce@...>.
      > * Spratly Islands operation reported imminent: The Daily DX
      > <http://www.dailydx.com> quotes Toshi Kusano, JA1ELY, who provides details
      > of an imminent--and brief--operation from the Spratly Islands. According
      > to
      > the report, Tex Izumo, 9M2TO, will commence operation from Layang Layang
      > Island, Spratly Islands (AS-051) starting at about 1200 UTC, Friday, June
      > 9,
      > through 2200 UTC on Monday, June 12. He is said to have all necessary
      > documentation in order and will be on the air as 9M0/9M2TO on CW only. The
      > one-person operation will cover all bands from 80 through 6 meters at 100
      > W.
      > QSL via JA0DMV, via the bureau (JARL) or direct to Tex Izumo, 2C-10-03
      > Mutiara Apt, Jalan Sungai Emas, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Is, Malaysia.
      > * Dayton Hamvention 2006 attendance nearly even with last year's: Dayton
      > Hamvention? 2006 General Chairman Jim Nies, WX8F, reports that the
      > estimated
      > attendance for the May 19-21 event was very nearly the same as last
      > year's.
      > "Our best estimates for attendance at 2006 Hamvention put the number at
      > 20,324, a slight drop from 2005, but still within the ballpark for the
      > three
      > latest all-volunteer Hamvention years," Nies told ARRL. In 2005, an ARRL
      > Convention year, 20,411 visitors attended Hamvention. The number of
      > attendees in 2004 was calculated at 19,869. Nies said the Dayton Amateur
      > Radio Association's Hamvention Committee will conduct a critique meeting
      > June 13 to identify areas of Hamvention that need improvement and to
      > discuss
      > possible solutions, although Nies says that process already has begun
      > informally. "Some committee chairmen have begun planning their timelines
      > and
      > their recruiting for next year," he adds.
      > * Ebbing sunspots fail to stanch flood of QSL cards: Despite the fact that
      > the current sunspot cycle is nearing its low point, the ARRL Outgoing QSL
      > Service is doing a brisk business. "We are seeing bigger numbers this year
      > as compared to last year," says ARRL Outgoing QSL Service Manager Sharon
      > Taratula. "It's amazing, considering where we are in the sunspot cycle."
      > By
      > late May, the Outgoing QSL Service had received 66,150 QSL cards, she
      > says.
      > That compares with 54,850 cards received during the entire month of May
      > 2005--a difference of 11,200 QSLs. "In 2006 so far, we have received
      > 60,025
      > more cards than we had by this time in 2005," Taratula said. The volume of
      > outgoing QSL cards reflects the trend, although not all cards
      > received--especially those destined for rarer DXCC entities--go out right
      > away in the bi-monthly mailings to foreign bureaus. "This year so far, we
      > have shipped 530,250 cards," she says. "That's 5400 more cards than we'd
      > shipped by this time last year." The 2005 total was 1,137,550 cards. In
      > the
      > current solar cycle, the number of cards shipped via the ARRL Outgoing QSL
      > Service topped 1.9 million cards in the 2001-2002 period. The Outgoing QSL
      > Service sorts and forwards QSLs received from US radio amateurs to bureaus
      > in 225 countries.
      > * W1AW/0 special event set for Rocky Mountain Division Convention: ARRL
      > Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be on the air as special event station
      > W1AW/0 June 9-11 during HAMCON Colorado--the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division
      > Convention. HAMCON will be held at the Holiday Inn-Rocky Mountain Park
      > Convention Center in Estes Park, Colorado. Two HF stations will be
      > available
      > for conventioneers to operate throughout the event. Look for W1AW/0 on
      > SSB,
      > 3.875, 7.255, 14.245 and 21.320 MHz. QSL W1AW/0, 225 Main St, Newington,
      > CT
      > 06111.--Wes Wilson, K0HBZ
      > * K6KPH to transmit West Coast Qualifying Run June 17, Field Day message:
      > The Maritime Radio Historical Society's K6KPH will transmit the "W1AW"
      > West
      > Coast Qualifying Run session Saturday, June 17, 2100 UTC (1400 PDT). K6KPH
      > will use the normal W1AW CW frequencies of 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475 and
      > 21.0675 MHz. This information was inadvertently omitted from the W1AW
      > schedule appearing in June's QST. The following weekend, K6KPH will
      > complement W1AW's Field Day 2006 message on CW and digital modes for the
      > benefit of West Coast stations. K6KPH frequencies for the Field Day
      > transmissions: CW, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475 and 21.0675 MHz; Teleprinter
      > (RTTY and FEC AMTOR), 7.095 and 14.095 MHz. The K6KPH schedules are
      > subject
      > to change. The W1AW and K6KPH Field Day schedules are on the ARRL Web site
      > <http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/06-fd-w1aw-sked.html>.
      > * Marv Loftness, KB7KK, wins May QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the
      > QST Cover Plaque Award for May is Marv Loftness, KB7KK, for his article
      > "That Noise--When to Call the Power Company." Congratulations, Marv! 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 June issue by Friday, June 30.
      > * New Air Force MARS chief announced: The Air Force Communications Agency
      > (AFCA) has announced the appointment of MSgt Donald Poquette as Chief of
      > Air
      > Force Military Affiliate Radio System (AF MARS). Poquette, who holds the
      > Amateur Radio call sign KE9XB, will assume his duties and the AF MARS
      > chief's call sign AGA3C immediately. He succeeds AF MARS Chief Ray
      > Collins,
      > AGA3C, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Poquette has more
      > than 20 years of radio communications experience. He has maintained
      > high-power HF global stations, managed several radio work centers, and
      > served as quality assurance inspector and frequency manager. Additionally,
      > he has gained valuable experience as installation MARS director and with
      > assisting the previous AF MARS chief with associated responsibilities. The
      > Air Force MARS office is located at AFCA Headquarters, Scott Air Force
      > Base,
      > Illinois.
      > * Three radio amateurs on next ISS crew: NASA astronauts Michael
      > Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and Sunita Williams, KD5PLB, and Russian cosmonaut
      > Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT, have been named as the 14th crew of the
      > International
      > Space Station. Expedition 14 is scheduled to begin this fall.
      > Lopez-Alegria
      > will serve as Expedition 14 commander and as NASA ISS science officer for
      > the six-month mission. Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin--who was on the ISS
      > Expedition 3 crew--are now training to launch aboard a Russian Soyuz
      > spacecraft in September. Williams' arrival on the ISS depends on NASA's
      > shuttle fleet being back in operation. She's scheduled to travel to the
      > ISS
      > via shuttle--her first space flight--and join Expedition 14 in progress.
      > If
      > all goes according to current plans, Williams will replace European Space
      > Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, whose duty tour is scheduled to
      > bridge part of expeditions 13 and 14--the first time that's happened in
      > the
      > history of the ISS. Unclear at this point is whether Reiter will return on
      > the shuttle or aboard a Soyuz, so there could be some additional crew
      > overlap. Plans call for Reiter to go into space when the NASA space
      > shuttle
      > returns to flight in July, and he'll join Expedition 13's Pavel
      > Vinogradov,
      > RV3BS, and Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, whose mission began in April.
      > * DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has
      > approved this operation for DXCC credit: T61AA, Afghanistan, current
      > operation effective May 23, 2006. For more information, visit the DXCC Web
      > page <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/>. "DXCC Frequently Asked Questions"
      > can answer most questions about the DXCC program.
      > * Correction: In the story "2006 NORTH ATLANTIC HURRICANE SEASON
      > UNDER WAY" in The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 22 (Jun 2, 2006), we should have
      > said: "The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) <http://www.hwn.org> activates on
      > 14.325 MHz when a hurricane is forecast within 300 miles of landfall in
      > the
      > Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf Coast regions."
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