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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 21, No. 28
July 19, 2002
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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

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==>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 ccr-bill@arrl.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.

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==>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 iaruhf@arrl.org or iaruhf@iaru.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, dmiller@arrl.org.

* 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; rboucher@arrl.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, jhagy@arrl.org; 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. The SETI League promotes and
supports a privatized search for extraterrestrial intelligence. For more
information, visit the SETI League Web site <http://www.setileague.org>.


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