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The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 26 (Jun 30, 2006)

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  • Tom VanderMel
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      > ***************
      > The ARRL Letter
      > Vol. 25, No. 26
      > June 30, 2006
      > ***************
      >
      > IN THIS EDITION:
      >
      > * +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 gear
      > * +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 Championship
      > 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/>
      >
      > ===========================================================
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      > ==>Editorial questions or comments: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, n1rl@...
      > ===========================================================
      > NOTE: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for the
      > Independence
      > Day holiday. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin transmissions
      > that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Wednesday, July 5, at 8 AM EDT. We
      > wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
      > ===========================================================
      >
      > ==>ARES/RACES TEAMS HANDLE FLOOD DUTY IN MIDDLE ATLANTIC STATES
      >
      > 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 several
      > states claimed at least a dozen lives. ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania PIO Bob
      > Josuweit, WA3PZO, says ham radio volunteers in 10 counties in his Section
      > 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 slowly
      > drop below flood stage," Josuweit told ARRL June 29. The Delaware River --
      > which separates New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- crested June 29, and the
      > Susquehanna River a day earlier.
      >
      > A mandatory evacuation order affecting some 200,000 residents of the
      > Wilkes
      > 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 that
      > area. "In areas where the water has already receded, many utilities are
      > still out of service and local officials are advising residents to stay
      > away
      > from the their homes until at least Saturday [July 1]," Josuweit said.
      >
      > 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, W3AHR,
      > reported the Schuylkill River receding as of June 29. He said Bucks County
      > ARES had been on alert status since June 28. Members established a VHF
      > repeater net and have been staffing several EOCs and shelters. Bucks
      > County
      > 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
      > weekend.
      > 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 Bucks
      > County and in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. ARRL Hunterdon County District
      > 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, KB2EGI,
      > 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 and
      > April 2005 floods," and said officials evacuated the same locations -- an
      > area called "The Island" -- in Trenton as well as parts of Titusville.
      > Conventional communication systems remained intact.
      >
      > In Binghamton, New York, and surrounding Broome County authorities ordered
      > the evacuation of some 15,000 residents as the Susquehanna and Chenango
      > rivers overflowed their banks, putting some neighborhoods under several
      > feet
      > of water. Parts of Interstates 81 and 88 as well as State Route 17 were
      > closed.
      >
      > 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 time
      > providing road and medical crews to the affected areas due to the high
      > water," Kates told ARRL. The weather event also disrupted conventional
      > communication systems.
      >
      > While formal activation was unnecessary, Amateur Radio volunteers remained
      > poised to supply any needed communication assistance. A SKYWARN activated,
      > however, and volunteers relayed rainfall reports as well as road and
      > highway
      > reports.
      >
      > ==>UN MAKES IT OFFICIAL: MONTENEGRO NOW NUMBER 336 ON THE CURRENT DXCC
      > LIST
      >
      > A new ARRL DXCC entity came into being this week! As expected, the United
      > Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June 28,
      > and
      > that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th current
      > DXCC entity.
      >
      > "According to the ARRL DXCC List criteria, entities on the UN list of
      > member-states qualify as political entities," said ARRL Membership
      > Services
      > Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. "Therefore, effective June 28, 2006 (UTC), ARRL
      > has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC List. Claims for DXCC
      > credit will be accepted immediately."
      >
      > The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com> this week quoted Ranko Boca, YT6A,
      > 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
      > Festival
      > Montenegro <http://www.yu6scg.cg.yu/international-dx-festival.html> has
      > been
      > set for July 20 until August 12. That's when several international
      > operators
      > - with Boca as DXpedition leader and well-known DXer Martti Laine, OH2BH,
      > as
      > radio operations leader - will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur Radio
      > 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 Entity.
      > 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
      > amateurs.
      > Another goal is to establish an Amateur Radio Club of Montenegro
      >
      > Others scheduled to take part in the DX Festival include ARRL CEO David
      > Sumner, K1ZZ, and XYL Linda, KA1ZD; 3Y0X team member Bob Grimmick, N6OX;
      > IARU Region 1 Executive Committee member Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T;
      > 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
      >
      > ==>EUROPEAN SPACE CAMPERS QUIZ ASTRONAUT ON SPACE LIFE, RESEARCH
      >
      > A group of British space campers at the Euro Space Center (ESC) in Belgium
      > went right to the source via ham radio and teleconference to get answers
      > to
      > their questions about life and work aboard the International Space
      > Station.
      > 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
      > practical
      > 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 and
      > 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,"
      > Williams
      > responded. "The earth is a beautiful planet from above, and it definitely
      > 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 have
      > 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 Santa
      > Rosa Junior College in California. Verizon Conferencing donated a
      > teleconference link to handle two-way audio between the ESC and
      > California.
      > Contact audio was distributed worldwide via EchoLink and IRLP.
      >
      > Some 60 teenaged students and their teachers from Gillingham School,
      > Dorset,
      > England, were at the ESC Space Camp the week the contact took place.
      > According to ARISS-Europe's Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, youngsters from many
      > European countries visit the space camp, which includes a permanent Space
      > 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. A
      > teacher translated the questions and the answers into French for their
      > benefit.
      >
      > After the contact, an ARISS member conducted a half-hour
      > question-and-answer
      > session with the students. Six of their questions focused on ARISS
      > activities.
      >
      > ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is a nine-nation international educational
      > outreach, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
      >
      > ==>FCC AFFIRMS FINE FOR MARKETING NON-CERTIFICATED CBs AS HAM TRANSCEIVERS
      >
      > The FCC has affirmed a $7000 fine it proposed to levy on TravelCenters of
      > America in Troutdale, Oregon, for marketing uncertificated Citizens Band
      > (CB) transceivers as 10-meter Amateur Radio transceivers. In a Forfeiture
      > Order (NoF) released June 29
      > <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-06-1334A1.pdf>, the
      > FCC turned away TravelCenters' argument that the transceivers in question
      > were not CB transceivers, which require FCC certification, but Amateur
      > Radio
      > transceivers, which do not. The Commission says its Office of Engineering
      > and Technology (OET) determined that the radios in question --
      > manufactured
      > 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 transmitters
      > pursuant to Section 95.603(c), regardless of the signs TravelCenters
      > placed
      > near the point of purchase." The signs advised that the units were Amateur
      > 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 to
      > 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 Treasury
      > "without further protest or recourse," but did not admit to any
      > wrongdoing.
      > Pilot further agreed to refrain from marketing as "Amateur Radio" gear any
      > transmitting devices with built-in features to facilitate CB operation.
      >
      > The FCC required Pilot to remove from sale Galaxy transceiver models
      > DX33HML, DX66V and DX99V. Those units also were among the radios the FCC
      > 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 digital
      > 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 FCC's
      > Office of General Counsel (OGC) on the importation and marketing of ham
      > 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 or
      > 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 Public
      > 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
      > models
      > in question. The Commission further noted that §95.655(a) of its rules
      > states that no transmitter will be certificated for CB use if "equipped
      > with
      > a frequency capability" not listed in Part 95 as CB transmitter channel
      > frequencies.
      >
      > The TravelCenters case dates back to the fall of 2001, when an FCC agent
      > visited the TravelCenters' retail store in Troutdale and observed six
      > models
      > of "CB transceivers" that had not received FCC certification. The FCC's
      > Portland, Oregon, Field Office issued a Citation to TravelCenters'
      > Troutdale
      > store later that fall for selling non-certificated CB transceivers. It
      > warned TravelCenters that future violations could lead to fines and
      > seizure
      > of equipment.
      >
      > In July 2005 the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Apparent
      > Liability (NAL) proposing the $7000 fine for "apparently willfully and
      > 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."
      >
      > ==>ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO ARES TEAMS KEEP CLOSE EYE ON WILDFIRES
      >
      > As firefighters gained the upper hand with the Brins Fire near Sedona,
      > 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
      > midweek.
      >
      > "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
      > highway
      > 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 the
      > Coconino National Forest, resulted from an escaped campfire. "The
      > firefighters who responded to this fire have done an incredible job of
      > saving not only one of the more scenic areas of Arizona, but nearly 500
      > 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 Mike
      > 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 scene.
      >
      > By 7 PM, Scales and Vance Loen, WV5L, were in Sandoval County's Emergency
      > Communication Vehicle - "Command 7" - en route to assist with any
      > evacuations and to coordinate communication among Sandoval and Rio Arriba
      > 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
      > ponderosa
      > and full containment was expected by June 29. A downed power line
      > apparently
      > caused the fire, but the circumstances remain under investigation. At one
      > point, the fire threatened the communities of Gallina Plaza and Bear Paw,
      > prompting a mandatory evacuation order for Gallina Plaza and a voluntary
      > 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 Bill
      > 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 New
      > Mexico. "Fire season is not over," New Mexico SEC Rick Sohl, K5RIC, has
      > reminded all ARES members nonetheless. Although several of the state's
      > 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
      >
      > ==>POST YOUR FIELD DAY 2006 PHOTOS AND EXPERIENCES ON THE CONTEST SOAPBOX
      >
      > ARRL invites participants in ARRL Field Day 2006 to post photos and
      > narratives to its Contest Soapbox <http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/>
      > for all to see. It's not only fun and easy, but your photos and writeup
      > could become part of the annual Field Day summary that appears in December
      > QST.
      >
      > Several participants have already taken the opportunity to tell their
      > Field
      > Day tales on the ARRL Contest Soapbox, which is open to ARRL members and
      > non-members alike. Narratives should focus on your or your club's or
      > group's
      > 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 material
      > rests solely with the author, and the ARRL staff assumes no responsibility
      > for errors, omissions or accuracy of items appearing in the Contest
      > Soapbox.
      >
      >
      > 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
      > Contest
      > Branch <contests@...>.
      >
      > ==>FOLLOW WRTC-2006 VIA THE NCJ WEB SITE BLOGS
      >
      > 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
      > <http://www.iaru.org/contest.html>.
      >
      > 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
      > basis,
      > since the contributors do have WRTC-2006 responsibilities -- until
      > WRTC-2006
      > wraps up.
      >
      > Blog contributors are: Doug Grant, K1DG; Randy Thompson, K5ZD; Jeff
      > Briggs,
      > K1ZM; Ann Santos, WA1S; Tim Duffy, K3LR; Eric Scace, K3NA; Glenn Johnson,
      > W0GJ; Ward Silver, N0AX; Dean Straw, N6BV; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Rusty Epps,
      > 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
      > community.
      > 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
      > special
      > WRTC-2006 July/August NCJ issue to Brazil.
      >
      > ==>SOLAR UPDATE
      >
      > Solar swami "You Are My Sunshine" Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
      > reports: There were no sunspots for Field Day weekend, but a big new
      > sunspot
      > (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
      > 6.
      >
      > A solar wind stream caused elevated geomagnetic numbers on June 28 and 29,
      > and this may happen again around July 3-5. Geophysical Institute Prague
      > 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 Service
      > 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, and
      > 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. The
      > Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, the DL-DX RTTY Contest, the Original
      > 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 Sprint
      > 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 World
      > Championship, the FISTS Summer Sprint, the Six Club Contest and the ARCI
      > 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 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 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
      > (EC-008)
      > 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
      > <cce@...>.
      >
      > * ARRL, IARU HQ mults will be on the air for IARU HF World Championship:
      > During the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World Championship
      > Contest July 8-9, W1AW/4 will provide the ARRL Headquarters multiplier
      > from
      > Tennessee, with the Tennessee Contest Group hosting the operation.
      > Supplying
      > the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HQ multiplier will be
      > NU1AW/8,
      > 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 place
      > 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
      > <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2006/iaru.html>.
      >
      > * 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 the
      > event's end. The WRTC-2006 competition among 47 top contesting teams from
      > 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
      > complete
      > 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
      > <http://www.wrtc2006.com/release52.html>.
      > Note that submission of IARU contest logs does not constitute an official
      > entry for the IARU HF World Championship. That is an entirely separate
      > entry, and the usual deadline and submission requirements apply.
      > [WRTC-2006-logo.jpg]
      >
      > * ARRL "DXCC Dialog" blog debuts: The ARRL DXCC Desk has inaugurated the
      > "DXCC Dialog Weblog" <http://www.arrl.org/blog/DXCC%20Dialog> - containing
      > news and notes about the ARRL DXCC program. "This page will have
      > up-to-date
      > information about the DXCC program," says ARRL Membership Services Manager
      > Wayne Mills, N7NG. "It does not provide for users to post responses, but
      > 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 produced
      > during Field Day 2006 by ARRL Web/Software Development Manager Jon Bloom,
      > 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
      > inside
      > W1AW for those who have never visited. "The slide show is presented using
      > Adobe Flash format. Adobe Flash Player 7 or later and a compatible Web
      > browser are needed to play the slide show," he notes, adding that most
      > computers already have a copy of Flash Player installed. If not, Flash
      > Player is a free for download from Adobe
      > <http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer>. The show can be played
      > directly from the Web site in either a large format - suitable for
      > broadband
      > Web users - or in a smaller format more attuned to dial-up Internet
      > connections.
      >
      > * Educator astronaut gets on the air for Kids Day: NASA Educator Astronaut
      > 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 with
      > about a dozen kids and ham radio operators from W5RRR at the Johnson Space
      > Center in Houston. Assisting her at the microphone was Kent Castle, W5OJ,
      > 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.--Kenneth
      > Ransom, N5VHO
      >
      > * New IRC available July 1: The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has announced
      > 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 return
      > 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
      > painting
      > 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 valid
      > 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 requirements
      > are four years of continuous full membership and four years of continuous
      > holding of a valid authorization as a radio amateur in accordance with the
      > applicable laws and regulations of the United States immediately preceding
      > nomination.
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