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  • Tom VanderMel
    *************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 25, No. 26 June 30, 2006 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Ham radio volunteers ready as floods hit Eastern US *
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 30, 2006
      The ARRL Letter
      Vol. 25, No. 26
      June 30, 2006


      * +Ham radio volunteers ready as floods hit Eastern US
      * +Montenegro becomes the 336th DXCC entity
      * +Space campers in Belgium query ISS crew member via ham radio
      * +FCC levies fine for marketing non-certificated CBs as ham radio
      * +Fires keeping Southwestern ham radio volunteers on alert
      * +Contest Soapbox ready for your Field Day writeups, photos
      * +NCJ to offer WRTC-2006 blogs
      * Solar Update
      * IN BRIEF:
      This weekend on the radio
      ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
      +ARRL, IARU HQ mults will be on the air for IARU HF World
      WRTC-2006 requests IARU HF World Championship logs
      ARRL "DXCC Dialog" blog debuts
      Field Day at W1AW slide show available
      Educator astronaut gets on the air for Kids Day
      New IRC available July 1
      Correction regarding Director/Vice Director eligibility

      +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,
      NOTE: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for the
      Day holiday. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin
      that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Wednesday, July 5, at 8 AM
      EDT. We
      wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!


      Amateur Radio volunteers this week supported communication or
      remained on
      alert to assist relief organizations and local emergency managers in
      flood-stricken regions of the Eastern US. Widespread flooding in
      states claimed at least a dozen lives. ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania PIO
      Josuweit, WA3PZO, says ham radio volunteers in 10 counties in his
      actively aided local law enforcement, emergency management agencies
      and the
      Red Cross, which set up about a dozen evacuation centers.

      "Hams in some areas may be on duty for several days as river levels
      drop below flood stage," Josuweit told ARRL June 29. The Delaware
      River --
      which separates New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- crested June 29, and
      Susquehanna River a day earlier.

      A mandatory evacuation order affecting some 200,000 residents of the
      Barre area in Luzerne County was lifted June 29. Josuweit reports
      that the
      Susquehanna crested at nearly 34 feet, 12 feet above flood stage for
      area. "In areas where the water has already receded, many utilities
      still out of service and local officials are advising residents to
      stay away
      from the their homes until at least Saturday [July 1]," Josuweit

      Despite flooding in the area, Josuweit says the Wilkes Barre hamfest
      <http://www.qsl.net/k3ytl> sponsored by the Murgas Amateur Radio
      Club will
      go on as scheduled Sunday, July 2, at the Luzerne County
      Fairgrounds, Route
      118, Lake Lehman.

      ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Emergency Coordinator Al Rabenau,
      reported the Schuylkill River receding as of June 29. He said Bucks
      ARES had been on alert status since June 28. Members established a
      repeater net and have been staffing several EOCs and shelters. Bucks
      EC Harris Stein, NY3H, says ARES/RACES was trimming down some
      operations at
      week's end but will continue Red Cross support through the holiday
      He anticipates needing operators to assist with damage assessment
      July 1 and
      to replace shelter operators.

      Due to topography, flooding along the Delaware typically is worst in
      County and in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. ARRL Hunterdon County
      Emergency Coordinator David Kanitra, WB2AZE, this week placed
      Hunterdon ARES
      on a Level 1 alert for possible deployment to assist RACES.

      In Mercer County, New Jersey, Emergency Coordinator Kip Burnett,
      reported his ARES/RACES team was on standby and no longer staffing
      the EOC,
      which remains active. "We may be needed later to assist with water
      deployment or some other situation," he said. ARES/RACES personnel
      at the
      EOC this week monitored river levels.

      Burnett called the flooding "basically a repeat of the October 2004
      April 2005 floods," and said officials evacuated the same locations -
      - an
      area called "The Island" -- in Trenton as well as parts of
      Conventional communication systems remained intact.

      In Binghamton, New York, and surrounding Broome County authorities
      the evacuation of some 15,000 residents as the Susquehanna and
      rivers overflowed their banks, putting some neighborhoods under
      several feet
      of water. Parts of Interstates 81 and 88 as well as State Route 17

      In Delaware last weekend, Justin Kates, KB3JUV, says ARES volunteers
      diverted their attention from Field Day and prepared to support
      communication in the wake of flooding in Sussex County, which
      received 15
      inches of rain in some areas. "Emergency management had a difficult
      providing road and medical crews to the affected areas due to the
      water," Kates told ARRL. The weather event also disrupted
      communication systems.

      While formal activation was unnecessary, Amateur Radio volunteers
      poised to supply any needed communication assistance. A SKYWARN
      however, and volunteers relayed rainfall reports as well as road and


      A new ARRL DXCC entity came into being this week! As expected, the
      Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June
      28, and
      that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th
      DXCC entity.

      "According to the ARRL DXCC List criteria, entities on the UN list of
      member-states qualify as political entities," said ARRL Membership
      Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. "Therefore, effective June 28, 2006
      (UTC), ARRL
      has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC List. Claims for
      credit will be accepted immediately."

      The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com> this week quoted Ranko Boca,
      that current Montengrin radio amateurs may use their current
      Serbia-Montenegro call signs until the International
      Telecommunication Union
      (ITU) designates a call sign block for the new country.

      In anticipation of Montengro's new nation status, International DX
      Montenegro <http://www.yu6scg.cg.yu/international-dx-festival.html>
      has been
      set for July 20 until August 12. That's when several international
      - with Boca as DXpedition leader and well-known DXer Martti Laine,
      OH2BH, as
      radio operations leader - will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur
      operators from at least three different stations using a common call
      sign in
      an effort to meet the DX community's need to work the newest DXCC
      Festival organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts
      for the
      event, which will use all HF bands.

      The event also will include several basic courses on ham radio
      operating and
      CEPT license examinations aimed at new and less-experienced radio
      Another goal is to establish an Amateur Radio Club of Montenegro

      Others scheduled to take part in the DX Festival include ARRL CEO
      Sumner, K1ZZ, and XYL Linda, KA1ZD; 3Y0X team member Bob Grimmick,
      IARU Region 1 Executive Committee member Hans Blondeel Timmerman,
      Carsten Esch, DL6LAU, and Vladan Kecman, YT3T/YU1AO.

      Montenegro declared its independence on June 3 following a national
      referendum May 21.--The Daily DX; ARRL DXCC Desk


      A group of British space campers at the Euro Space Center (ESC) in
      went right to the source via ham radio and teleconference to get
      answers to
      their questions about life and work aboard the International Space
      The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
      arranged the June 13 contact with US Astronaut Jeff Williams,
      KD5TVQ, at
      NA1SS. One camper wanted to know whether a human space flight to
      Mars would
      be possible by 2020, as has been projected.

      "Oh, I think it's realistic," Williams replied. "It depends upon the
      countries that are involved and how committed they are to the
      programs to
      make them happen by 2020."

      Answering another space camper, Williams outlined some potentially
      benefits of the scientific research occurring onboard the ISS.

      "You never know when you're doing research what the benefits are
      going to be
      until way off in the future," Williams qualified. "We are working on
      research to prevent kidney stones -- renal stones. That's very
      important for
      us in a weightless environment, and that will have direct
      application to
      those on the ground."

      Williams said he and Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov,
      RV3BS, also
      are conducting studies on bone density. Experience has shown that the
      weightless environment appears to affect bone density of astronauts
      cosmonauts on long-term duty in space.

      As other ISS crew members before him have said, viewing Earth from
      the ISS
      is awe inspiring. "It definitely changes your vision of the world.
      It's a
      very humbling experience to see the earth from this vantage point,"
      responded. "The earth is a beautiful planet from above, and it
      makes you more aware of what we've been given in our world and that
      we need
      to be good stewards of it."

      One questioner wanted to know if Williams saw the flashes of light
      in his
      eyes -- believed due to cosmic rays -- that other space travelers
      reported. Williams said he does see them, especially when he closes
      his eyes
      to sleep, but they're not very bothersome. "It's just a very quick
      flash out
      of the corner of your eye," he explained.

      Serving as the Earth station for the contact with NA1SS was W6SRJ at
      Rosa Junior College in California. Verizon Conferencing donated a
      teleconference link to handle two-way audio between the ESC and
      Contact audio was distributed worldwide via EchoLink and IRLP.

      Some 60 teenaged students and their teachers from Gillingham School,
      England, were at the ESC Space Camp the week the contact took place.
      According to ARISS-Europe's Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, youngsters from
      European countries visit the space camp, which includes a permanent
      Expo and an Amateur Radio club station, ON4ESC.

      Twenty questions were asked and answered, and there was time left
      over for
      Bertels to express thanks on behalf of the students, and the
      youngsters gave
      a resounding applause. Williams signed off by encouraging the
      students to
      make the most of their space camp experience and suggested that some
      of them
      might contribute to space exploration in the future.

      Also visiting on the day of the event were 50 French schoolchildren.
      teacher translated the questions and the answers into French for

      After the contact, an ARISS member conducted a half-hour question-
      session with the students. Six of their questions focused on ARISS

      ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is a nine-nation international
      outreach, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.


      The FCC has affirmed a $7000 fine it proposed to levy on
      TravelCenters of
      America in Troutdale, Oregon, for marketing uncertificated Citizens
      (CB) transceivers as 10-meter Amateur Radio transceivers. In a
      Order (NoF) released June 29
      1334A1.pdf>, the
      FCC turned away TravelCenters' argument that the transceivers in
      were not CB transceivers, which require FCC certification, but
      Amateur Radio
      transceivers, which do not. The Commission says its Office of
      and Technology (OET) determined that the radios in question --
      by Galaxy -- could be easily modified to operate on CB channels.

      "TravelCenters provides no evidence to show that the Galaxy models it
      offered for sale were not easily modified," the FCC said in its NoF.
      "Therefore, we find that the subject Galaxy models were CB
      pursuant to Section 95.603(c), regardless of the signs TravelCenters
      near the point of purchase." The signs advised that the units were
      Radio transceivers, not CB radios, and a license was required.

      In May, an FCC Order concluded a similar case in which the
      Commission had
      imposed $125,000 in fines on Pilot Travel Centers LLC for continuing
      market CB transceivers labeled as Amateur Radio gear but intended
      for use on
      both CB and amateur frequencies. Under the terms of a consent
      decree, Pilot
      agreed to make "a voluntary contribution" of $90,000 to the US
      "without further protest or recourse," but did not admit to any
      Pilot further agreed to refrain from marketing as "Amateur Radio"
      gear any
      transmitting devices with built-in features to facilitate CB

      The FCC required Pilot to remove from sale Galaxy transceiver models
      DX33HML, DX66V and DX99V. Those units also were among the radios the
      cited in the TravelCenters proceeding. Some of the Galaxy
      transceivers at
      issue in the TravelCenters' case have only CB-like channel knobs and
      indicators for tuning, although the more expensive models sport a
      frequency readout. Most of the units transmit only in AM and FM mode.

      In affirming the $7000 fine, the FCC cited a 1999 letter from the
      Office of General Counsel (OGC) on the importation and marketing of
      radio transceivers. The OGC's letter clarified that transmitters
      having "a
      built-in capacity to operate on CB frequencies and can easily be
      altered to
      activate that capacity, such as by moving or removing a jumper plug
      cutting a single wire" fall within the definition of a CB
      transmitter and
      must obtain FCC certification prior to importation or marketing.

      The FCC also turned away TravelCenters' argument that Commission
      efforts 10
      years ago to clarify the definition of a CB transceiver in an OET
      Notice violated the Administrative Procedures Act. The FCC countered
      that it
      had relied on the OGC's letter and its interpretation of §95.603(c)
      as well
      as the OET's recent determination regarding the specific transceiver
      in question. The Commission further noted that §95.655(a) of its
      states that no transmitter will be certificated for CB use
      if "equipped with
      a frequency capability" not listed in Part 95 as CB transmitter

      The TravelCenters case dates back to the fall of 2001, when an FCC
      visited the TravelCenters' retail store in Troutdale and observed
      six models
      of "CB transceivers" that had not received FCC certification. The
      Portland, Oregon, Field Office issued a Citation to TravelCenters'
      store later that fall for selling non-certificated CB transceivers.
      warned TravelCenters that future violations could lead to fines and
      of equipment.

      In July 2005 the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Apparent
      Liability (NAL) proposing the $7000 fine for "apparently willfully
      repeatedly" violating §302(b) of the Communications Act and §2.803(a)
      (1) of
      its rules "by offering for sale a non-certified CB transceiver."


      As firefighters gained the upper hand with the Brins Fire near
      Arizona, and some evacuation orders have been lifted, Amateur Radio
      Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers were in a holding pattern at
      week's end.
      The fire burned more than 4300 acres and was 90 percent contained by

      "We are essentially just in a standby mode if something should
      change," ARRL
      Arizona SEC Rick Aldom, W7STS, told ARRL Headquarters. Two Red Cross
      evacuation centers closed over the June 24-25 weekend.

      Evacuations for some Oak Creek Canyon residents remained in effect at
      midweek, impacting nearly 600 homes and 40 businesses. State Rte 89A
      remained closed to the general public, but authorities reopened the
      to residents, business owners, service providers and emergency
      vehicles June
      27. Individuals entering the area must provide identification.

      Officials believe the Brins Fire, some two miles north of Sedona in
      Coconino National Forest, resulted from an escaped campfire. "The
      firefighters who responded to this fire have done an incredible job
      saving not only one of the more scenic areas of Arizona, but nearly
      structures that were threatened," Aldom commented. "Had this fire
      jumped the
      fire lines, it would have become really ugly, really fast."

      In New Mexico, Sandoval County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
      (SCARES) was
      well into its Field Day exercise on Saturday, June 24, when Sandoval
      County's emergency manager notified District Emergency Coordinator
      Scales, K5SCA, of a forest fire north of Cuba, near Gallina, in the
      Santa Fe
      National Forest. The SCARES Field Day ended abruptly, and members
      went on
      standby until Scales could assess the needs at the Bear Paw fire

      By 7 PM, Scales and Vance Loen, WV5L, were in Sandoval County's
      Communication Vehicle - "Command 7" - en route to assist with any
      evacuations and to coordinate communication among Sandoval and Rio
      counties and the US Forest Service. Until then Command 7 had been
      used for
      Field Day.

      By June 28, the Bear Paw Fire had consumed 3200 acres in sage and
      and full containment was expected by June 29. A downed power line
      caused the fire, but the circumstances remain under investigation.
      At one
      point, the fire threatened the communities of Gallina Plaza and Bear
      prompting a mandatory evacuation order for Gallina Plaza and a
      evacuation advisory for Bear Paw. State Road 96 was closed, and an
      evacuation shelter was set up in Cuba.

      SCARES members remained on stand-by at the scene in Command 7, while
      Kauffman, W5YEJ, and Marlin Allison, K5MHA, kept an ear on the SCARES
      repeater on Pajarito Peak from Rio Rancho.

      At week's end, no ARES/RACES personnel were on active fire duty in
      Mexico. "Fire season is not over," New Mexico SEC Rick Sohl, K5RIC,
      reminded all ARES members nonetheless. Although several of the
      forest and range fires have been doused with rains over the past
      week, new
      ones continue to break out.-Charlie Christman, K5CEC; National Fire
      Information Center


      ARRL invites participants in ARRL Field Day 2006 to post photos and
      narratives to its Contest Soapbox
      for all to see. It's not only fun and easy, but your photos and
      could become part of the annual Field Day summary that appears in

      Several participants have already taken the opportunity to tell
      their Field
      Day tales on the ARRL Contest Soapbox, which is open to ARRL members
      non-members alike. Narratives should focus on your or your club's or
      involvement in Field Day.

      The League reserves the right to edit or even to decline postings it
      considers inappropriate for this forum. The potential audience for
      your post
      is broad, so good taste is a must. Responsibility for all posted
      rests solely with the author, and the ARRL staff assumes no
      for errors, omissions or accuracy of items appearing in the Contest

      Direct any questions and comments on to the author of the post. If
      you have
      questions or comments about using Contest Soapbox, contact the ARRL
      Branch <contests@...>.


      The year's premier global contesting event, World Radiosport Team
      Championship 2006 (WRTC-2006)
      <http://www.wrtc2006.com/site/home.asp>, takes
      place July 8-9 in conjunction with the IARU HF World Championship

      Via Web logs (blogs), the National Contest Journal (NCJ) is giving
      you a
      front-row seat as top-notch contesters in two-person teams from
      around the
      world compete on HF from Brazil on as level a playing field as
      possible. The
      contest period is 1200 UTC Saturday, July 8, until 1200 UTC Sunday,
      July 9.
      Winners will be announced Monday, July 10, at the awards dinner.

      The NCJ WRTC-2006 blogs will include the musings and general
      comments of
      WRTC-2006 competitors, referees and log checkers. We invite NCJ
      readers to
      post their comments as well.

      Access the blogs from the NCJ home page <http://www.ncjweb.com/> or
      from the
      WRTC-2006 coverage section <http://www.ncjweb.com/wrtc2006blogs.php>.
      Postings have already begun and will continue -- on a time-available
      since the contributors do have WRTC-2006 responsibilities -- until
      wraps up.

      Blog contributors are: Doug Grant, K1DG; Randy Thompson, K5ZD; Jeff
      K1ZM; Ann Santos, WA1S; Tim Duffy, K3LR; Eric Scace, K3NA; Glenn
      W0GJ; Ward Silver, N0AX; Dean Straw, N6BV; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Rusty
      W6OAT, and Dale Green, VE7SV.

      The National Contest Journal thanks these contributors for being
      willing to
      share their personal WRTC-2006 experiences with the Amateur Radio
      Also, thanks to Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, for suggesting this blog and
      putting it
      on the NCJ Web site, and to the ARRL for shipping 300 copies of the
      WRTC-2006 July/August NCJ issue to Brazil.


      Solar swami "You Are My Sunshine" Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle,
      reports: There were no sunspots for Field Day weekend, but a big new
      (897) rotated into view this week. Followed by sunspot 898, it looks
      like a
      moderately rising solar flux and sunspot number will be with us
      through July

      A solar wind stream caused elevated geomagnetic numbers on June 28
      and 29,
      and this may happen again around July 3-5. Geophysical Institute
      predicts quiet conditions over June 30 to July 3, quiet to unsettled
      on July
      4, unsettled to active on July 5, and unsettled on July 6.

      For more information concerning propagation and an explanation of the
      numbers used in this bulletin see the ARRL Technical Information
      Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.

      Sunspot numbers for June 22 through 28 were 0, 0, 0, 13, 14, 33 and
      38, with
      a mean of 14. The 10.7 cm flux was 72.1, 71.8, 73.6, 74, 76.4, 78.5,
      83.5, with a mean of 75.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 2,
      4, 5, 3,
      6 and 18, with a mean of 6.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were
      6, 1, 2,
      3, 1, 7 and 12, with a mean of 4.6.


      ==>IN BRIEF:

      * This weekend on the radio: The RAC Canada Day Contest is July 1.
      Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, the DL-DX RTTY Contest, the
      QRP Contest, the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are the weekend of
      July 1-2.
      The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is July 3. The ARS Spartan
      is July 4. The MI QRP July 4th CW Sprint is July 4-5. JUST AHEAD: The
      VK/Trans-Tasman 160-Meter Contest (phone) is July 8. The IARU HF
      Championship, the FISTS Summer Sprint, the Six Club Contest and the
      Summer Homebrew Sprint are the weekend of July 8-9. The RSGB 80-
      Meter Club
      Championship (SSB) is July 12. The Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is
      July 14.
      See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and
      WA7BNM Contest Calendar
      for more info.

      * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
      Registration remains open through Friday July 7, for these ARRL
      Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) program on-line courses:
      Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2 (EC-002) Amateur Radio
      Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003R2) Antenna Modeling (EC-
      004) HF
      Digital Communications (EC-005) VHF/UHF -- Life Beyond the Repeater
      and Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011) Classes begin Friday, July
      21. To
      learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
      <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department

      * ARRL, IARU HQ mults will be on the air for IARU HF World
      During the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World
      Contest July 8-9, W1AW/4 will provide the ARRL Headquarters
      multiplier from
      Tennessee, with the Tennessee Contest Group hosting the operation.
      the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HQ multiplier will be
      operating from sites in Michigan and Ohio, hosted by Dave Pruett,
      K8CC, and
      friends from the Mad River Radio Club and the North Coast
      Contesters. The
      World Radiosport Team Championship 2006 (WRTC 2006) in Brazil takes
      concurrently with the IARU HF World Championship, although WRTC
      rules differ
      in some respects from those of the IARU event, and scoring is
      separate. IARU
      HF World Championship Contest rules are on the ARRL Web site

      * WRTC-2006 requests IARU HF World Championship logs: World
      Radiosport Team
      Championship 2006 (WRTC-2006) <http://www.wrtc2006.com/> officials
      want as
      many logs as possible from IARU HF World Championship
      <http://www.iaru.org/contest.html> participants within six hours of
      event's end. The WRTC-2006 competition among 47 top contesting teams
      around the globe takes place in Brazil July 8-9, coinciding with the
      IARU HF
      World Championship event. Because WRTC-2006 winners will be
      announced on
      July 10, event organizers want IARU contest logs enhance the
      accuracy of
      WRTC-2006 log checking. WRTC-2006 is especially interested in logs
      from HQ
      stations, since these serve as multipliers for both events. E-mail
      IARU HF World Championship logs in Cabrillo format by 1800 UTC
      Sunday, July
      9, to <logs@...>. WRTC-2006 has announced a lottery and
      prizes for
      early receipt of IARU contest logs
      Note that submission of IARU contest logs does not constitute an
      entry for the IARU HF World Championship. That is an entirely
      entry, and the usual deadline and submission requirements apply.

      * ARRL "DXCC Dialog" blog debuts: The ARRL DXCC Desk has inaugurated
      "DXCC Dialog Weblog" <http://www.arrl.org/blog/DXCC%20Dialog> -
      news and notes about the ARRL DXCC program. "This page will have up-
      information about the DXCC program," says ARRL Membership Services
      Wayne Mills, N7NG. "It does not provide for users to post responses,
      authors and e-mail addresses are listed." The blog will be updated
      as needed
      to inform and update the DXing community regarding news of interest.

      * Field Day at W1AW slide show available: A slide show, "Field Day
      at W1AW,"
      now is available on the ARRL Web site
      <http://www.arrl.org/contests/FD2006-W1AW/>. Photographed and
      during Field Day 2006 by ARRL Web/Software Development Manager Jon
      KE3Z, the 4-1/2 minute presentation "was created to give members a
      feel for
      what happens at W1AW on Field Day," he says. It also provides a peek
      W1AW for those who have never visited. "The slide show is presented
      Adobe Flash format. Adobe Flash Player 7 or later and a compatible
      browser are needed to play the slide show," he notes, adding that
      computers already have a copy of Flash Player installed. If not,
      Player is a free for download from Adobe
      <http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer>. The show can be
      directly from the Web site in either a large format - suitable for
      Web users - or in a smaller format more attuned to dial-up Internet

      * Educator astronaut gets on the air for Kids Day: NASA Educator
      Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, KE5DAT, spent an hour or so on the air
      June 17
      talking to youngsters around the US during ARRL Kids Day. She spoke
      about a dozen kids and ham radio operators from W5RRR at the Johnson
      Center in Houston. Assisting her at the microphone was Kent Castle,
      who spent several hours on 20 meters before and after KE5DAT's visit,
      chatting with youngsters taking part in the twice-a-year activity.
      Metcalf-Lindenburger joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 2004.--
      Ransom, N5VHO

      * New IRC available July 1: The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has
      that a new International Reply Coupon (IRC) design
      <http://www.dailydx.com/2007irc.jpg> has been selected. Radio
      amateurs often
      enclose IRCs when QSLing DX stations directly to cover the cost of
      postage. The new design, known as "Beijing Model No. 2," was
      submitted by
      Volodymyr Taran, a graphic artist from Ukraine. Chosen by a jury of
      40 UPU
      member countries, the coupon design was inspired by Michelangelo's
      on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel -- two fingers about to touch
      framed in
      a postage stamp, representing the notions of communication and
      exchange. The
      new IRC will be valid until December 31, 2009. The current IRC is
      through December 31, 2006. For more information on IRCs, see the
      June 1999
      issue of QST (page 83).--The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com>

      Correction regarding Director/Vice Director eligibility: The July
      QST "It
      Seems to Us . . ." editorial misstates the eligibility requirements
      to run
      for ARRL Director and Vice Director. The membership/licensing
      are four years of continuous full membership and four years of
      holding of a valid authorization as a radio amateur in accordance
      with the
      applicable laws and regulations of the United States immediately

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    • k8mhz@k8mhz.com
      Hello Skip, Duplicate e-mail is not Spam. The actual definition of spam is UCE or unsolicited commercial e-mail. Forwarding the ARRL newsletter does not
      Message 2 of 2 , Jul 2, 2006
        Hello Skip,
        Duplicate e-mail is not Spam.  The actual definition of spam is UCE or unsolicited commercial e-mail.  Forwarding the ARRL newsletter does not consititute commercial e-mail.
        I really don't know the ARRL's view on forwarding their newsletter but I think that their preference should be in the forefront.  They may wish to have all hams read it, or they may not.  But it is their copyrights that we need to consider.
        Just how hard do you work to find the delete button?  Sorry, that little tidbit made me chuckle.
        I fear it's a moot point.  Tom probably won't continue the practice here, but I hope he does on MCARES.  I think that the statement that the lives of many would be simpler if Tom stopped forwarding the ARRL newsletter is a bit of an embelishment.  Tom did so as a service to the hams and we need to look at his intent.  I personally thank him for doing it as long as he did.
        I don't know how the other moderators feel but if anyone wants to post the ARRL newsletter here I certainly have no problem with it.
        I would hope that the ARRL members would see this as an opportunity to entice hams to join.  The newsletter outlines many things and much of that is the work the ARRL does to help the hobby.  For the record, I am not an ARRL member.  I don't have to be a member to want to know what they are up to.  I am under the impression that they are proud of their work and would like all hams to know about it.
        Keeping the newsletter here is a better means of getting more ARRL members than not having it.
        And I do not hate it when there are dissenting voices.  It helps see other points of views.
        Mark K8MHZ
        ----- Original Message -----
        Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2006 4:47 PM
        Subject: Re: [WestMichiganHams] Re: ARRL Letter

        Sorry Hank, Mark, (et al) who prefer to put Tom to work forwarding the newsletter.
        Great concept Tom has to whet our whistle for the material,
        I agree with Tom [perhaps for a different reason]...

        Tom has duplicated the letter in my mailbox - therefore it is SPAM from a trusted source.
        No filter works for that circumstance - so far.
        Tom works hard to get it to me - I work hard finding the delete button.
        My life, Tom's, and potentially many others, would be simpler if Tom retired the practice of forwarding.
        Unless of course he has editorial comment - then cut-and-paste works like a dream.

        For those who want to see the letter like I do - do like I do / subscribe directly.
        It gets here earlier, the service is free, and it promotes ham radio.
        It comes from: ARRL Letter Mailing List <letter-dlvy@...>
        And the good news - you only get it once...
        There is no down side.

        Not a member?  Join.
        To promote ham radio by reading the letter while not a member of the publishing group is an oxymoron.
        When you find an ARRL issue to bitch about, you get heard just a little better as a member...

        Don't you hate it when there is this dissenting voice out there?

        On Sun, 2006-07-02 at 17:53 +0000, Hank Greeb wrote:

        I 2nd the sediment that says we should post the ARRL letter, etc.,
        here on the reflector. Lettuce promote the ham radio institution
        which has fought for our frequencies since 1914. Without it we
        wouldn't have the amateur radio service.

        73 de n8xx Hg

        --- In WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com, <k8mhz@...> wrote:
        > "Is it really necessary to post it on here?"
        > Referring to the ARRL newsletter please remember that only a
        minority of hams are ARRL members (30 percent of active hams or
        something like that). The others would possibly like to see it. I
        encourage Tom to post it here as long as he wishes and as long the
        ARRL does not have a problem with it.
        > 73,
        > Mark K8MHZ

        de Skip k8rra k

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