*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 21, No. 28 July 19, 2002 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +ARRL gets government grant for emergency communication training * +ARRL Board meets in Connecticut * +It's a WRTC "threepeat" for N5TJ, K1TO * +HR 4720 gains additional cosponsors * +FCC nomination goes to Senate * +Astronaut has kind words for ARISS * +Pop star set for space journey * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio Museum Ships event set for July 20-21 IARU HF World Championship administration is separate from WRTC 2002's Certification and Continuing Education course registration ARRL HQ job opening ARRL 2001 Annual Report is hot off the press! ARRL okays RTTY contacts with P5/4L4FN for DXCC credit Volunteer Examination Coordinators to meet in Gettysburg Vote on QST Cover Plaque Award ARRL Foundation grant aids SETI League radio telescope project +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== ==>ARRL RECEIVES HOMELAND SECURITY TRAINING GRANT The ARRL will receive a $181,900 homeland security grant from the US government to train Amateur Radio operators in emergency communication. The League was among several dozen nonprofit organizations designated to receive some $10.3 million in federal money to boost homeland defense volunteer programs. The grant, from the Corporation for National and Community Service special volunteer program, will provide free ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course training to 5200 volunteers nationwide, starting in 2003. "ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio and is the national leader in emergency communications by volunteers who operate their own equipment on their time at no cost to any government, organization, or corporation," said the July 19 announcement from Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge. The ARRL plans to revise and update the emergency communications curriculum to incorporate additional elements of emergency preparedness and homeland security. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, said he was extremely pleased by the news. "This adds legitimacy to the public service work Amateur Radio has been doing for years," he said. ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, applied for the funding in May, inviting the Corporation for National and Community Service to become "a partner with the nation's oldest volunteer radio communications organization." "I think this is an extraordinarily exciting day for Amateur Radio that the role of Amateur Radio in homeland security is recognized at the highest levels of government," Hobart said upon learning of the grant. The League's grant application characterized Amateur Radio as "the bedrock of communications when other outlets fail." Citing Amateur Radio's response in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Hobart said the federal grant "will help continue our work in providing public service and to protect lives, homes, businesses and our frequencies, as we have for decades." The League had sought a three-year grant of $541,750. The $181,900 grant covers the first year's direct program costs. The proposed budget includes the cost of a project coordinator who would be responsible for overall fiscal management of the grant. ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said he was pleased that the League would be able to extend its Amateur Radio Emergency Communications program to thousands of amateurs who might otherwise not be able to afford the program. "We hope all who are interested will get on board," he said. The grant announcement said that "expanding the opportunities for Americans to participate in meaningful volunteer service" is at the heart of President George Bush's USA Freedom Corps, of which the Corporation for National and Community Service is a part. "We are deeply grateful to Tom Ridge and to the Corporation for National and Community Service for providing Amateur Radio with a unique opportunity to serve our country," Hobart said. In June, the ARRL and United Technologies Corporation announced a partnership to provide free ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course training for up to 250 Connecticut amateurs. ==>ARRL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETS IN CONNECTICUT The ARRL Board of Directors convenes July 19-21 in Windsor, Connecticut, for its mid-year meeting. Among the issues up for consideration is whether to drop "Section News" and contest line scores from QST and move them to the ARRL Web site. A Board resolution in January said the moves were part of an effort to stem ARRL operating losses while retaining its commitment to "effectively and efficiently providing information of interest to all ARRL members." ARRL management and the ARRL Administration and Finance Committee proposed the QST change last winter. At its January meeting, however, the Board put off a decision on the controversial move saying it wanted members to first be "aware of the reasons for the proposed relocation and the enhanced capabilities available on the Web site." The Board also said it wanted to evaluate "variations and alternatives" to the proposal. Also up for discussion are preparations for World Radiocommunication Conference 2003, including an update on efforts to secure a 300-kHz worldwide amateur allocation at 40 meters. In addition to officer and committee reports, the Board also will hear a review from ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, of FCC regulatory and legal matters. ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, will report on the status of the League's fundraising efforts. Addressing Board members, guests and ARRL staff members July 18 prior to the formal Board session, FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth said that while complaints are down, he does not expect Amateur Radio to be in a maintenance mode until next year. "These are great times for Amateur Radio," Hollingsworth declared. Although enforcement will hold the course, he's hoping by year's end to take "a more aggressive stance" against 10-meter incursions by unlicensed individuals. He said that using 10 meters was among the best defenses against intruders. Hollingsworth also met with ARRL staff members July 19 to discuss specific areas of concern and cooperation. At their meeting, Board members also will consider nominees for several ARRL-sponsored awards, including the prestigious Hiram Percy Maxim award, the Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award and various instructor and recruiting awards. The Volunteer Resources, Membership Services and Administration and Finance committees met this week in advance of the formal Board session. Radio Amateurs of Canada President Bill Gillis, VE1WG, is a guest at the July Board meeting. ==>N5TJ, K1TO MAKE IT THREE IN A ROW AT WRTC 2002! It's final. The dynamic contesting duo of Jeff Steinman, N5TJ, and Dan Street, K1TO, took home the World Radiosport Team Championship gold for the third time. Operating as OJ3A, N5TJ and K1TO racked up 1,629,798 points to again earn the top spot. Grabbing the second-place silver was the Russian team of Igor Booklan, RA3AUU, and Andrei Karpov, RV1AW, with 1,619,226 points from OJ8E. Operating as OJ2V, the German team of Frank Grossman, DL2CC, and Bernd Och, DL6FBL, picked up the bronze with 1,608,673 points. Preliminary results had given the silver to the German team and the bronze to the Russians. "Some software used by teams did not count multipliers correctly," said a statement on the WRTC 2002 Web site <http://www.wrtc2002.org/>. "This is the reason why some claimed scores were changed just after the contest on the scoreboard." The on-line real-time scoreboard was a first for a WRTC. The winners at WRTC 96 in the San Francisco Bay area and at WRTC 2000 in Slovenia, Steinman and Street were considered the odds-on favorites to top the field at this year's international competition in Finland. The OJ3A station, on loan from host Timo Keskinen, OH2HXP, was the easternmost of the WRTC 2002 stations, located some 70 km from the Finnish capital of Helsinki. By and large, propagation was excellent for the event, which ran concurrently with the IARU HF World Championship. Although 10 meters never opened, others reported excellent conditions on 40 and 20 meters. The equivalently equipped WRTC competitors used antennas that were about 40 feet above ground, and all stations ran 100 W. WRTC 2002 was organized jointly by Contest Club Finland and the Finnish Amateur Radio League--SRAL. WRTC 2002 formally concluded July 16 with an awards banquet and presentation. Official results are posted on the WRTC 2002 Web site <http://www.wrtc2002.org/results.htm>. ==>CC&R BILL HR 4720 GAINS ADDITIONAL COSPONSORS The bill now in Congress aimed at providing relief to amateurs faced with private deed covenants, conditions and restrictions--CC&Rs--in erecting antennas has gained additional cosponsors. Freshman Rep Steve Israel (D-NY) introduced the "Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Consistency Act" on May 14. The measure--HR 4720--would require private land-use regulators--such as homeowners' associations--to "reasonably accommodate" Amateur Radio communication consistent with the PRB-1 limited federal preemption. PRB-1 now applies only to states and municipalities. Rep Greg Walden, WB7OCE (R-OR) and Rep Pete Sessions (R-TX) signed on as original cosponsors of HR 4720. Since its introduction, the bill also has attracted several additional cosponsors. These include Repentatives J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), Patrick Tiberi (R-OH), Patsy Mink (D-HI), Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rick Boucher (D-VA), Joseph Hoeffel (D-PA), John Duncan Jr (R-TN), Dennis Moore (D-KS), Charles Stenholm (D-TX) and David Price (D-NC). Visit the US House of Representatives "Write Your Representative Service" Web page, www.house.gov/writerep/ for information on how to contact your representative. The ARRL requests those writing or e-mailing members of Congress--whether or not they are supporting this legislation--to copy ARRL on their correspondence--via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or via US Mail to CC&R Bill, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Correspondents should include the bill number, HR 4720, as well as their name and address on all correspondence. ==>FCC INCHES CLOSER TO FULL STRENGTH The FCC moved closer to its full complement of five commissioners as the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a confirmation hearing on the nomination of Jonathan S. Adelstein July 16. A Democrat, Adelstein has been tapped by the White House to serve out the remaining term of former FCC Commissioner Gloria Tristani, which expires next June 30. Following the hearing, Adelstein's nomination was sent on to the full Senate, but no vote has been set. President George W. Bush announced his intention to name Adelstein in February, but the nomination subsequently became embroiled in political wrangling, with some Senate Republicans vowing to block the nomination. Adelstein was a longtime aide to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, who recommended Adelstein for the job and introduced him at the confirmation hearing. FCC appointments traditionally are divided along party lines, with the party holding the White House getting three of the five seats. Adelstein, 39, is from Rapid City, South Dakota. Before joining Daschle's staff, Adelstein served on the staffs of senators David Pryor and Donald Riegle. According to a White House statement, Adelstein has been a teaching fellow in Harvard College's Department of History and a communications consultant to Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Adelstein holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Stanford University. He's also completed graduate-level work in public policy at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. ==>VOSS CITES ARISS' VALUE IN SENATE TESTIMONY International Space Station Expedition 2 crew member Jim Voss got in a few good words for Amateur Radio when he appeared June 19 before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. A retired US Army colonel, Voss cited the value of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program in helping to inform and educate youngsters about space exploration and life aboard the ISS as well as to demonstrate scientific principles. ARISS is an international project, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. Voss said ARISS "offers the opportunity for students to experience the excitement of space flight by talking directly with crewmembers of the ISS via Amateur Radio." Voss also cited the enthusiastic comments of Allen White, WB4MIO, who helped to coordinate Voss' ARISS contact with Admiral Moorer Middle School in Alabama. "There is no way I can adequately describe the excitement this created in our school and community," White wrote in a letter to Voss. "I think this was the most exciting educational event of the year for these students." Although not an amateur licensee, Voss participated in several ARISS school QSOs from the controls of NA1SS, the ARISS station, during his duty tour aboard the ISS. The other Expedition 2 crew members were Crew Commander Yury Usachev, RW3FU, and Susan Helms, KC7NHZ. The crew spent 167 days in space aboard what Voss called "a permanent orbiting classroom that brings education and research out of textbooks and into real life." Voss said the in-flight education programs like ARISS "use the unique environment of space to inspire the next generation of explorers." Taking advantage of technological tools that include Amateur Radio, he concluded, "students are able to study and explore Earth from space, learn about life aboard an orbiting laboratory, and conduct demonstrations that illustrate scientific and mathematical concepts." ==>POP STAR LANCE BASS OF 'N SYNC GETS SET FOR SPACE According to media accounts, a deal has been struck with Russian space officials to put 'N Sync pop singing star Lance Bass aboard the International Space Station this fall. MSNBC reports that the 23-year-old singer now is in training at Russia's Star City cosmonaut facility near Moscow. Russian space agency officials reportedly are seeking formal approval from the ISS partners. One topic still at issue is whether there's enough time for Bass to undergo the requisite training--typically at least six months. At best, Bass will get somewhat more than three months to wrap up his training regimen. The arrangement, which followed months of negotiations, would mark the third visit by a paying guest to the ISS. Millionaire businessman Dennis Tito, KG6FZX, and South African entrepeneur Mark Shuttleworth each paid some $20 million for the privilege of spending about 10 days in space. A similar price tag is being suggested for the Bass journey. While in space, Tito and Shuttleworth made use of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station's NA1SS to communicate with family and friends and with schools on Earth. If all goes as planned, Bass would travel to the ISS aboard a Soyuz vehicle in October. He would become the youngest person ever to travel into space--and the first entertainer. Media deals--including a TV series covering Bass' space adventure--already are in the works. MSNBC says a formal announcement is pending. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar wonk Tad "Sunrise, Sunset" Cook, K7VVV, Seattle, Washington, reports: A huge sunspot has crossed the Earth-facing side of the sun this week. Sunspot 30 brought a nice short-term rise in the sunspot count and solar flux, but it also caused geomagnetic instability--and there's more to come. Sunspot 30 first peeked around the eastern limb of the visible solar disk about 10 days ago and was directly facing Earth around July 16. The sunspot number peaked at 209 on July 15, and on the same day the Penticton Observatory read a solar flux value of 323.6--clearly an off-the-scale anomaly. NOAA produced an adjusted value of 160 for the day, which is the official solar flux number. A full-halo coronal mass ejection blasted away from the sun on Tuesday, which caused unsettled to active conditions on Wednesday. On Thursday there was a solar flare at 0745 UTC. Average daily sunspot count for the week was up more than 16 points compared to the previous week's numbers, and the average solar flux rose by nearly 16 points. Without the downward adjustment of the flux value on July 15, the average for the week would have risen by nearly 40 points. For the next few days the estimated planetary A index is expected to rise--to 20 on Friday, then 15 on Saturday and back to around 20 on Sunday. Solar flux is expected to rise from 185 on Friday and Saturday to 190 on Sunday, then 195 on Monday and Tuesday. Sunspot numbers for July 11 through 17 were 99, 93, 141, 152, 209, 182 and 179, with a mean of 150.7. The 10.7-cm flux was 136.4, 133.2, 134.9, 143.8, 160, 171.5, and 180, with a mean of 151.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 9, 20, 8, 6, 8, 11, and 18, with a mean of 11.4. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The Colombian Independence Day Contest, the Pacific 160 Meter Contest, the AGCW QRP Summer Contest, the W/VE Islands Contest, the North American QSO Party (RTTY), the CQ Worldwide VHF Contest, the Georgia QSO Party and the CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush are the weekend of July 20-21. JUST AHEAD: the Venezuelan Independence Day Contest (CW), the Russian RTTY WW Contest and the IOTA Contest are the weekend of July 27-28. 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. * Museum Ships event set for July 20-21: The Museum Ship Special Event, sponsored by the USS Salem Radio Club-K1USN, will be held July 20-21. Stations located at more than 80 museum ships and submarines in the US and around the world will be on the air for the event, some using special event call signs. Vessels include warships, submarines and various other motor vessels from the World War II era and earlier. Operators at the battleship USS Wisconsin, berthed at the Nauticus Museum in Norfolk, Virginia, will be on the air as N4WIS from the deck of the ship for the first time. Suggested operating frequencies are 3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 18.160, 21.360, 24.960, 28.360 and 50.160 MHz on SSB and 3.539, 7.039, 10.109, 14.039, 18.099, 21.039, 24.899 and 28.039 MHz on CW. A certificate will be available from the USS Salem Radio Club for working 10 or more ships. Send a copy of your log and a list of the ships and call signs along with a 9x12 self-addressed, stamped envelope to KC1XI. For more information, including a list of vessels, visit the K1USN Web site <http://www.qsl.net/k1usn/event.html>.--Whitey Doherty, K1VV * IARU HF World Championship administration is separate from WRTC 2002's: ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, reminds contesters that the administration of the IARU HF World Championship is completely separate from that of World Radiosport Team Championship 2002. While many operators sent their IARU HF logs to the WRTC 2002 committee to assist in the adjudication of their event, these submittals should not be construed as entries for the IARU event and will not be forwarded to ARRL, which administers the contest for the IARU. "You must send in your IARU HF World Championship to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org in order for your results to be included in the official contest results," Henderson emphasized. The ARRL Contest Branch will not receive any logs from WRTC 2002. Entries are due by August 13. Henderson also explained that the "ARRL-SECTION" field is required in a Cabrillo log header for this event to determine award recipients. W/VE stations should provide the appropriate ARRL or RAC section. Non-W/VE stations must enter "DX" in that field. Complete IARU HF World Championship rules are on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2002/rules-iaru.html>. * Certification and Continuing Education course registration: Effective July 1, the registration fee for all on-line courses has increased by $5. Registration for the Level III Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (EC-003) and HF Digital Communications (EC-005) courses remains open through the upcoming weekend of July 20-21. Registration for the Satellite Communications course (EC-007) opens Monday, July 22. All registrations open at 4 PM Eastern Time. ARRL 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 the C-CE Links found there. For more information, contact Certification and Continuing Education Program Coordinator Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com. * ARRL HQ job opening: ARRL is seeking a full-time Assistant News Editor. The position is located at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The Assistant News Editor will write and edit news and feature articles for publication on the ARRL Web site and in QST. Responsibilities include: researching and developing news stories that describe ARRL's activities to promote and defend Amateur Radio; writing news items for publication in QST and on the ARRL Web site; writing feature articles for publication on the ARRL Web site; editing feature articles written by outside authors and preparing them for publication on the ARRL Web site; and preparing a monthly summary for the ARRL Web site that describes what ARRL has done on behalf of its members during the previous month. The successful candidate will demonstrate news writing ability, attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines. QUALIFICATIONS: A degree in English, journalism, public relations or related field; Amateur Radio license and on-the-air experience; familiarity with ARRL membership benefits and programs; some experience and familiarity with Microsoft Word, the Internet and digital photography. Applicants are invited to send a resume, cover letter and salary expectations to Assistant News Editor Position, Robert Boucher, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111-1494; firstname.lastname@example.org; fax 860-594-0298. No telephone calls, please. ARRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. * ARRL 2001 Annual Report is hot off the press! The ARRL 2001 Annual Report is now available free-of-charge by request. ARRL members can obtain a copy by sending a request to Media Relations Manager Jennifer Hagy, N1TDY, email@example.com; 860-594-0328. The Annual Report also is available for viewing via the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/announce/annualreport/01ar.pdf>. * ARRL okays RTTY contacts with P5/4L4FN for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has announced that it will now accept RTTY contacts with Ed Giorgadze, P5/4L4FN, for DXCC credit, effective with contacts made on or after November 1, 2001. P5/4L4FN QSL Manager Bruce Paige, KK5DO, reports some good news and some bad news. Giorgadze has repaired his Ameritron AL-80A linear, which had a blown rectifier bridge. But he has had to take down the Hex Beam he'd installed, because the mast he was using wasn't strong enough to support it and the rotor. "He is looking for something that will work better, and that might have to wait until he goes back to Beijing in four to five weeks," Paige said. "His work at the present time has kept him from doing as much operating as he would like, but he will be back on more as things settle down." Giorgadze was featured in a program about Amateur Radio in North Korea that aired July 5 on Radio Austria. RealAudio or MP3 files in either English or German are available on the Radio Austria Web site <http://roi.orf.at/roi/intermedia/im_aktuell.html>. Scroll down and click on "DIE P5-STORY / THE P5-STORY Amateur Radio in North Korea." The 25-minute program covers all previous P5 operations plus interesting interviews with P5/4L4FN about his activity. * Volunteer Examination Coordinators to meet in Gettysburg: New methods to transmit amateur exam test results to the FCC, amateur enforcement, and World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 will be among the topics on agenda the agenda when the National Conference of Volunteer Examination Coordinators (NCVEC) meets Friday, July 26, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The FCC's Bill Cross, W3TN, will be among those addressing the daylong gathering. Attendees at the NCVEC session also will talk about the effects of restructuring on Amateur Radio and hear a report from a subcommittee looking into issues surrounding Amateur Radio testing in sparsely populated areas, the Question Pool Committee and the Rules Committee. * Vote on QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for June was Ron Block, KB2UYT, for his article "Lightning Protection for the Amateur Station--Part 1." Congratulations, Ron! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award--given to the author of the best article in each issue--is determined by a vote of ARRL members. Voting takes place each month on the Cover Plaque Poll Web page, <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/qstvote.html>. As soon as your copy arrives, cast a ballot for your favorite article in the July 2002 issue of QST. Voting ends July 31. * ARRL Foundation grant aids SETI League radio telescope project: The ARRL Foundation has issued a $3000 grant to the SETI League to design and construct a next-generation radio telescope prototype. The SETI League says its Very Small Array (VSA), now under construction, will combine eight standard satellite TV dishes to form a radio telescope of unique flexibility. The 1296-MHz antenna system is slowly taking shape in the backyard of SETI League Executive Director H. Paul Shuch, N6TX, in Pennsylvania. It will be used to test reception of the SETI League's ham radio moonbounce beacon <http://www.setileague.org/eme/index.html>. Once the array becomes operational, Shuch says he hopes its success will enable the SETI League to attract major coprporate funding for a much more ambitious radio telescope array. The VSA will be used in the meantime to test engineering concepts, Shuch said. 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