*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 21, No. 20 May 17, 2002 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +CC&R bill filed in Washington * FCC releases details on new band proposals * +ARRL has a full schedule of activities at Dayton Hamvention * +It's a wrap: Expedition 4 crew completes ARISS school QSO schedule * +ARRL says 2390-2400 MHz "unavailable" to relocate other services * +ARRL contest log checking reports available on the Web * +Past ARRL President Bob Denniston, W0DX/VP2VI, SK * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio FCC releases details of 5 MHz, 136kHz and 2400-2402 MHz proposals ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Correction +On-line ARRL November Sweepstakes SSB results available Canada authorizes special amateur prefixes Migrating RV TV amplifiers bringing interference with them +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== NOTE: Because of Dayton Hamvention, this week's editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News are being distributed Wednesday, May 15. The Solar Update by Tad Cook, K7VVV, will be available on the ARRL Web site and distributed to propagation bulletin subscribers Friday, May 17. =========================================================== ==>LANDMARK BILL COULD PROVIDE AMATEURS RELIEF FROM RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS A bill introduced in Congress this week could provide relief to amateurs prevented by private deed covenants, conditions and restrictions--CC&Rs--from installing outdoor antennas. Rep Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced the "Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act" on May 14. The bill has been designated H.R. 4720. Rep Greg Walden, WB7OCE (R-OR)--the only Amateur Radio operator in Congress--and Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX) have signed on as original cosponsors. With respect to ham antennas, the measure would subject private land-use regulations to the PRB-1 limited federal preemption that now applies only to governmental zoning and land-use regulations. It contains but one sentence: "For purposes of the Federal Communications Commission's regulation relating to station antenna structures in the Amateur Radio Service (47 CFR 97.15), any private land use rules applicable to such structures shall be treated as a state or local regulation and shall be subject to the same requirements and limitations as a state or local regulation." H.R. 4720 is expected to be assigned to the Telecommunications and Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Israel, whose father, Howard, is K2JCC, noted in a statement read into the Congressional Record that the FCC does not now apply PRB-1 consistently. "My bill addresses this issue and provides amateur radio licensees with the ability to negotiate reasonable accommodation provisions with homeowners' associations, just as they do now with public land-use regulators." After the ARRL ran into a brick wall trying to convince the FCC to include CC&Rs under PRB-1, the League's Board of Directors agreed to pursue a congressional remedy. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, and other League officials met with Israel, Walden, Sessions and others on Capitol Hill earlier this year to discuss the prospect of such a bill and how it should be worded. With the proposal now in the legislative hopper, Haynie urged ARRL members to write their members of Congress and voice support for the measure. Haynie said the important thing to point out is that the bill, if passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the president, would give amateurs living under CC&Rs an opportunity for reasonable accommodation they don't have now. Visit the US House of Representatives "Write Your Representative Service" Web page <http://www.house.gov/writerep/> for information on how to contact your representative. A sample letter is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2002/05/14/102/sample-letter.html>. ARRL requests those writing or e-mailing members of Congress to copy ARRL on their correspondence--via e-mail to email@example.com or via US Mail to CC&R Bill, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Include the bill number--H.R. 4720--your name and address on all correspondence. ==>FCC RELEASES DETAILS OF 5 MHz, 136 kHz AND 2400-2402 MHz PROPOSALS The FCC has released the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in ET Docket 02-98, which proposes to create new amateur allocations at 5 MHz and 136 kHz and to elevate the status of Amateur Radio at 2400 to 2402 MHz from secondary to primary. In response to separate petitions filed by the ARRL, the FCC voted unanimously May 2 to adopt the NPRM in ET Docket 02-98. The Commission announced in a Public Notice released May 9 that it would propose a new, secondary, domestic (US-only) HF allocation at 5.25 to 5.4 MHz and a new LF allocation 135.7 to 137.8 kHz. If eventually approved, the 5 MHz band would be the first new HF allocation since the early 1980s, when amateurs got 30, 17 and 12 meters. The LF allocation would be the first ever for US hams. The FCC said it received 87 comments on the 5 MHz proposal and 32 comments on the LF proposal. "We agree with ARRL that propagation and interference conditions in the 3500 kHz and 7000 kHz bands could hinder effective amateur HF communications," the FCC said in its NPRM. "In particular, as ARRL indicates, the nature of the ionosphere prevents communications during certain portions of the day because of increased atmospheric noise levels at certain times on certain frequencies." The FCC said ARRL's WA2XSY experimental operation "appears to support its contention" that the band could supplement 80 and 40 meters at certain times. The FCC has proposed letting amateurs operate at full legal limit on a new 5 MHz allocation, but it left open for further discussion whether to restrict the band to Amateur Extra Class licensees or make it available to General and higher class licensees. The FCC also invited further comment on whether the band should be broken down into mode-specific subbands. The ARRL had proposed opening the entire band to RTTY, data (including CW), phone and image emission types. Assuming the 5-MHz band eventually is authorized, it could be a few years before it actually becomes available. The band 5.250 to 5.450 MHz now is allocated to Fixed and Mobile services on a co-primary basis in all three ITU regions. On 136 kHz, the FCC has proposed mirroring technical limits suggested by Canada during World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 preparations to 1 W effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and with a transmission bandwidth of only 100 Hz. The ARRL has asked for than 2 W EIRP and a maximum transmitter power of 200 W PEP. The FCC proposed no restrictions on antenna size or design, saying it did not want to inhibit experimentation by hams. It proposed to limit access to the band to General and higher-class licensees, as ARRL had proposed. The FCC said it was reluctant to also propose allocating an amateur band at 160 to 190 kHz--as ARRL had requested--because of concerns about possible interference to unlicensed power line carrier (PLC) systems in that band. The FCC noted it had turned down a 1978 ARRL petition for the same reason. The FCC said ARRL's request to upgrade the 2400-2402 MHz band "has merit." It did not propose any changes in service rules or operational requirements. The NPRM is available on the FCC Web site <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-02-136A1.doc>. The FCC is expected to soon make this proceeding available for comments filed via its Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). Visit the ECFS site <http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html>, click on "Search for Filed Comments" and enter "02-98" in the "Proceeding" field. ==>FORUMS HIGHLIGHT ARRL'S 2002 DAYTON ACTIVITIES Dayton Hamvention 2002 gets under way Friday, May 17 and continues through Sunday, May 19. Again this year, ARRL will bring a significant presence to Hamvention. In addition to the ARRL concession in North Hall--where visitors can purchase ARRL publications and other products, ask questions or pick up free informational material--League personnel, officials and representatives of ARRL's extended family will be taking part in several Dayton forums and activities. ARRL Great Lakes Division Director George Race, WB8BGY, will moderate the ARRL Forum on Saturday, 8:15-9:45 AM, in Room 3. Featured speakers will include President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, and Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, who will also take questions from the floor. Other participants will include Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH; Great Lakes Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA; and Great Lakes Division Assistant Director for Development Gary Des Combes, N8EMO. ARRL Public Relations Committee member Jeff Reinhardt, AA6JR, will moderate the ARRL Public Relations Forum Sunday, 8:30-10 AM, in Room 1. The theme of this year's forum is "Emergency Response: Telling the Amateur Radio Story." This informative session will cover the many public relations issues hams face when emergency strikes--including how one Public Information Coordinator handled the press after September 11 in New York City. In addition: * ARRL Dakota Division Director Jay Bellows, K0QB, will participate in the Ham Radio and the Law Forum, Friday, noon-1:30 PM, in Room 3. * ARRL RF Safety Committee Chairman Greg Lapin, N9GL, will moderate the RF Safety Forum, Friday, 1:45-2:45 PM, in Room 4. Lapin will address the question, "How do we know what is safe?" Lapin also will discuss RF safety issues and the news media. ARRL Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI, will speak on the topic, "How do we keep our stations within the safety limits?" Hare will demonstrate how to perform the required RF safety assessment. * QEX Editor Doug Smith, KF6DX, who chairs the ARRL Digital Voice Working Group, will moderate the Digital Voice Forum, Sunday, 10:15 AM-noon, in Room 1. The session will feature discussions and live audio demonstrations plus presentations from world-renowned authorities on digital-audio hardware, software and other technical details. * QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will discuss "The Fascination of PSK31" at the PSK31 Forum, Friday, 8:15-10 AM, in Room 1. This year's Dayton Hamvention marks the event's 50th year and the 51st show. For more information, visit the Dayton Hamvention Web site <http://www.hamvention.org>. ==>EXPEDITION 4 CREW WRAPS UP SUCCESSFUL STRING OF ARISS SCHOOL QSOS Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts will be taking a break of several weeks. Astronaut Dan Bursch, KD5PNU, this week completed the last QSO in a string of largely successful ARISS school contacts by Expedition 4 crew members. Taking the controls of NA1SS on May 14, Bursch answered questions posed by 15 students from the Bordertown School in Bordertown, Australia. Bursch was able to answer all of the students questions. Near the end of the contact, he told the students to make the most of their education in order to achieve their dreams and goals. Hundreds of excited students and parents gave Bursch a huge cheer as the ISS went over the horizon and the contact ended. The event was covered on Australian radio and TV in prime time--at 8:30 PM local time in Bordertown. Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, in South Australia was the school mentor and the master of ceremonies for the event, which was made possible via a WorldCom teleconferencing circuit with Gerald Klatzko, ZS6BTD, in South Africa. ARISS School Contacts Coordinator Tim Bosma, W6ISS, took advantage of the occasion of the last Expedition 4 school contact to thank all involved for helping to make it--and the ARISS school contacts program--a success. "I want to thank everyone involved; the folks at NASA who support this program; the volunteer mentors who prepare the students and the schools; the telebridge station operators who frequently have to get up in the middle of the night to make these contacts; and the organizations--WorldCom, AMSAT and the ARRL," Bosma said. "Your support for this educational program makes it possible for students to talk to the astronauts and get excited about careers in science. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the students, teachers and the parents, and it does make a difference." ARISS school contacts will resume in late June after the Expedition 5 crew of mission commander and US astronaut Peggy Whitson, KC5ZTD, and Russian cosmonauts Valeri Korzun and Sergei Treschev settles in aboard the ISS.--Tim Bosma, W6ISS/ARISS ==>ARRL ASKS FCC TO PULL 2390-2400 MHz OUT OF PLAY AS "REPLACEMENT SPECTRUM" The ARRL has asked the FCC to pull the 2390-2400 MHz amateur band out of consideration as possible "replacement spectrum" for relocated 800-MHz Public Safety band users. But the ARRL did leave the FCC some wiggle room. A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (WT Docket 02-55)--released in mid-March--invited comments on either sharing the band with displaced Public Safety services or moving amateurs elsewhere. "The band is unavailable for relocation of Nextel or other CMRS services, and should not be under consideration in this proceeding," the ARRL told the FCC in comments filed May 6. The FCC had referred to 2390-2400 MHz as an "Unlicensed PCS Band," but, as the League reminded the Commission, "That band is allocated on a primary basis to the Amateur Service domestically." In 1995, the FCC accepted a proposal negotiated by ARRL and Apple Computer that involved a compatible sharing proposal for 2390-2400 MHz. Under the plan, the band was allocated on a primary basis to the Amateur Service and made available for use by asynchronous unlicensed Personal Communications Service (UPCS) devices regulated under Part 15. In the current proceeding, the FCC also sought comments on whether existing UPCS operations could continue in the band or be forced to cease. The FCC has said that increasing incidents of harmful interference to public safety systems in the 800-MHz band prompted the latest rulemaking proceeding, "Improving Public Safety Communications in the 800 MHz Band." The Commission said its discussion of 2390-2400 MHz and other segments in terms of replacement spectrum was intended to be "illustrative rather than exclusive" and that other bands "may also merit consideration." Last summer, the FCC invited comments on proposals to reallocate some spectrum in the 2390 to 2400 MHz amateur segment--as well as in the non-amateur 1.9 and 2.1 GHz bands--for possible use by unspecified mobile and fixed services. The Commission has proposed 2390 to 2400 MHz and other bands to support the introduction of advanced wireless services, including so-called third-generation (3G) mobile systems. The ARRL said it's not prepared to speculate on relocation spectrum for amateurs if the primary amateur allocation is modified in either proceeding and amateurs are displaced. The League suggested that "some reaccommodation" might be made if the FCC allocates 2300-2305 MHz to the Amateur Service on a primary basis. "While that would be, at best, an incomplete solution for the Amateur Service, it might contribute to the availability of some portion of the 2390-2400 MHz band for displaced 800 MHz licensees," the ARRL said. The ARRL already has petitioned the FCC for primary status at 2300 to 2305 MHz. The petition faces competition from AeroAstro, which wants co-primary status with the Amateur Service for its commercial satellite-based location service. The ARRL said it's "a simple matter" to conclude that there is no compatibility between displaced 800 MHz incumbents and amateurs in the band anymore than there would be to share it with advanced wireless services, as earlier suggested. "Sharing between the Amateur Service and commercial services, especially mobile commercial services, is extremely difficult generally," the ARRL concluded. The FCC recently proposed upgrading the adjacent Amateur Radio 2400-2402 MHz allocation from secondary to primary, mainly to protect satellite operations. The AO-40 satellite has been successfully using the band for downlink telemetry and transponder operation, and AMSAT plans a similar downlink for its next satellite project. The Amateur Service already is primary at 2402-2417 MHz. There's a secondary amateur allocation at 2417-2450 MHz. The complete NPRM and a copy of ARRL's comments are available via the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System Web site <http://www.fcc.gov/e-file/ecfs.html>. Click on "Search for Filed Comments" and enter "02-55" in the "Proceeding" field. ==>LOG CHECKING REPORTS FOR ARRL CONTESTS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE Log Checking Reports (LCRs) now are available for selected ARRL contests. These documents provide a detailed error analysis of a contest entry. LCRs will be available for selected events commencing with the 2001 ARRL November CW Sweepstakes. ARRL members may access the available reports on the ARRL Web site <www.arrl.org/members-only/contests/lcr.html>. To access your reports, you must be registered on the ARRL Web site as a League member. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, said that while the League recognizes that it's useful for participants to review errors found in their contest logs, the ARRL has established firm guidelines regarding how it will address inquiries. "Simply put, we will not enter into discussions or debates over individual QSOs," Henderson said. "All electronic log data is checked using custom software. All logs are judged by the same criteria." Henderson said the policy was dictated by the need to minimize staff time and avoid any inequities in the treatment of individual contest entries. Henderson said the log-checking software can--and does--perform a good job of impartially adjudicating the logs. While audio tapes or files of particular QSOs, e-mail confirmations from others or other types of "documentation" can be useful for a contester's research and learning, they "usually are not definitive and will not be considered" in the event of a dispute. The only exception might be in the rare event that a log file was corrupted during transmission to the ARRL. "We will deal with these problems as necessary," Henderson said. Reports may be accessed as soon as the results for the ARRL contest become available. For single operators, your log-in username (call sign) must be the same as the one that appears on the log submitted for the event. If you were a guest operator at another station or part of a multioperator entry, you may access the LCR for that entry if your call sign appears as an operator in the Cabrillo header (summary) for that log. ARRL members without Internet access may request their LCR free of charge by sending a request and an SASE to LCR Request, ARRL, Contesting Branch, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Non-ARRL members may obtain LCRs by mailing a request along with $3 and an SASE for each event (eg, the Phone and CW weekends of the ARRL November Sweepstakes count as separate events). For each request, include the name and year of the contest as well as the call sign of the entry. Henderson said the style and format for each LCR may differ from contest to contest, since the various operating events are checked and processed by different software. For more information, contact Henderson via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 860-594-0232. ==>PAST ARRL, IARU PRESIDENT ROBERT W. DENNISTON, W0DX/VP2VI, SK Past ARRL President and DXpedition pioneer Bob Denniston, VP2VI and W0DX, of Tortola, British Virgin Islands, died unexpectedly in his sleep May 12 or 13. He was 83. Denniston served as ARRL president from 1966 until 1972 and as International Amateur Radio Union president from 1966 until 1974. He later was elected an ARRL honorary vice president. "He was an Amateur Radio icon, and he will be missed," said ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP. "Our condolences go out to his family and many friends." ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said that Denniston traveled extensively during his years as IARU president to promote IARU membership and build support for Amateur Radio in anticipation of what eventually became the 1979 World Administrative Radio Conference. As a result of WARC-79, Amateur Radio gained allocations at 30, 17 and 12 meters. Denniston was a founding director of the IARU Region 3 Association in 1968 and served as chairman of the Second IARU Region 3 Conference in Tokyo in 1971. In 1972, he went to Managua, Nicaragua, to deliver equipment and to assist personally in providing communications in the aftermath of a major earthquake. Japan Amateur Radio League President Shozo Hara, JA1AN, called Denniston "a great leader" of Amateur Radio who would be long remembered. After heading up the "Gon-Waki" VP7NG DXpedition to the Bahamas during the 1948 ARRL International DX Contest, Denniston--then W4NNN--was credited with being the "father of the modern DXpedition." The DXpedition's name was a spoof on Thor Heyerdahl's "Kon-Tiki" expedition the previous year. (The full "Gon-Waki" story appeared in QST, Jul 1948, page 80.) Denniston has said he didn't realize at the time that he was inventing the concept, and he credited CM9AA with coining the expression "DXpedition." In recent years, he and a group of friends commemorated the 1948 "Gon Waki" milestone each March, setting up vintage equipment and using simple wire antennas and hand keys to replicate the flavor of the original DXpedition from his Tortola QTH. Long-time friend Jim Livengood, W0NB (ex-KP2L), operated with Denniston during some of the "Gon-Waki" recreations. "Bob was a treasure," Livengood said. Livengood credited Denniston with "lighting the fire" that led him into Amateur Radio and a career in broadcasting. "Bob was coaching new hams in the British and US Virgin Islands as late as this spring," he said."Bob loved our hobby, promoted its growth, and was an ardent supporter of the League as long as I knew him." Denniston's other firsts included Clipperton Island (FO8AJ) in 1954 and Malpelo (HK0TU) in 1969. His strategy of visits to rare prefixes helped earn him a world record ARRL International DX Contest score in 1960 from VP1JH (now Belize). "Bob Denniston was the operator's operator," said former ARRL staffer John Nelson, K0IO (ex-W1GNC), who lives in Denniston's hometown of Newton, Iowa. Nelson said Denniston promoted use of 160 meters years ago and always encouraged newcomers to get on the air during Field Day. "It was fascinating to watch him use a bug," Nelson said, "sending with an easy-rolling motion of his wrist, and we beginner's took note of how the rate went way up!" Denniston was first licensed some 70 years ago as W9NWX at the age of 13 and later held W4NNN and W0NWX. He served for four years in the US Army Signal Corps and was chief of the radio control section of radio station WAR at the Pentagon. It was at WAR that he met his wife, Nell--a Women's Army Corps CW operator. At the end of World War II, Denniston was the radio operator aboard the presidential train. Denniston was ARRL Midwest Division Director from 1956 until 1966, when he was elected as the League's sixth president. While in Iowa, he had been active in ARES and RACES. He was a Charter Life Member of the ARRL as well as a charter member and past president of the Potomac Valley Radio Club. He was the founder and president of the Virgin Islands Amateur Radio Club. In his professional life, Denniston was president of Denniston and Partridge, a firm that operated more than two dozen lumberyards at one point. When he retired to the British Virgin Islands, he ran Smugglers Cove Hotel in Tortola. Denniston's wife, Nell, died two years ago. A son, Matt, and daughter, Carol, are among his survivors. Funeral arrangements are incomplete. Denniston remained active on the ham bands until his death--including operation on 6 meters during the tremendous openings last year and early this year. VP2VI QSL Manager Rick Casey, W6RKC, says he will continue to handle requests for VP2VI cards. Send cards via W6RKC, 10640 Tabeaud Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665. _________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The Anatolian RTTY WW Contest, the His Majesty the King of Spain Contest (CW) and the Baltic Contest are the weekend of May 18-19. 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 for the Level III Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course (EC-003) and for the HF Digital Communications Course (EC-005) opens Monday, May 20, at 4 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Registration for the Level II ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course (EC-002) and for the Antenna Modeling Course (EC-004) will remain open through Sunday, May 19, or until all available seats are filled. Registration for Level I opens Monday, June 3, at 4 PM EDT. Emergency Communications courses must be completed in order, starting with Level I. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Web page <http://www.arrl.org/cce> and C-CE Links found there. For more information, contact Certification and Continuing Education Coordinator Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com. * Correction: In The ARRL Letter, Vol 21, No 19 (May 10, 2002), a report on Kenwood's donation of a TS-2000X transceiver contained some incorrect information on the transceiver's capabilities. The TS-2000X covers all Amateur Radio bands from 1.8 MHz through 1.2 GHz, with the exception of 902 MHz and transmit capability on 222 MHz. It was reviewed in the July 2001 issue of QST. * On-line ARRL November Sweepstakes SSB results available: On-line results for the 2001 ARRL November Sweepstakes (SSB) now are available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/results/>. Included with these are an expanded contest writeup by Kelly Taylor, VE4XT; a searchable database on the results of the Affiliated Club Competition for Sweepstakes; and other interesting sidebars and photographs. * Canada authorizes special amateur prefixes: All Canadian Radio Amateurs have been authorized to use special prefixes to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. From May 18 through July 18 2002, the following special prefixes are authorized on a voluntary basis: XM1 for VE1; XM4 for VE4; XM8 for VE8; XL1 for VA1; XM5 for VE5; XM9 for VE9; XM2 for VE2; XL5 for VA5; XN1 for VO1; XL2 for VA2; XM6 for VE6; XN2 for VO2; XM3 for VE3; XL6 for VA6; XO0 for VY0; XL3 for VA3; XM7 for VE7; XO0 for VY1; XL4 for VA4; XL7 for VA7; and XO2 for VY2.--Industry Canada * Migrating RV TV amplifiers bringing interference with them: As many recreational vehicle owners make their seasonal trek northward, unintentional radio interference may be hitchhiking. As reported in February 2001 <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2001/02/14/3/>, certain amplified TV antennas have been found to produce interference in the 400-500 MHz range that could cause problems for Public Safety and Amateur Radio systems. Winegard has been replacing its offending Sensar antenna units at no cost. See the Winegard Web site <http://www.winegard.com/products/mobile/sensar_customers.html> for details. The FCC's Dave Galosky in the Office of Engineering and Technology says Winegard estimates there still may be thousands of defective units in the field. Boat and RV owners using these antennas may experience interference to onboard systems, such as GPS. According to the FCC, similar antennas from three other manufacturers also produce interference. The RadioShack RS 1624--made by TDP Electronics--transmits a spurious emission at 468 MHz and at its second harmonic, 936 MHz. 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