*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 22, No. 26 June 27, 2003 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +ARRL becomes Citizen Corp affiliate * +Morse treaty requirement on the way out * +Hams help fire fighting efforts in US Southwest * +California antenna bill passes Senate * +Oregon's Section Manager recalled * +Bogus QST solicitor on the loose * First Cuba-US Field Day operation announced * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio Attention clubs participating in Field Day 2003! New Field Day Class F still attracting questions +Western Washington gets new Section Manager No joy for New York ham antenna bills ARRL's 2002 Annual Report is available Correction +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== NOTE: ARRL Headquarters is closed on Independence Day: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Independence Day, Friday, July 4. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on July 4 nor any editions of The ARRL Letter or ARRL Audio News. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, July 7, at 8 AM EDT. The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will return Friday, July 11. Have a safe and enjoyable Independence Day holiday! =========================================================== ==>AMATEURS "FIRST OF THE FIRST RESPONDERS," DHS OFFICIAL SAYS ARRL now is an official affiliate program of Citizen Corps <http://www.citizencorps.gov>, an initiative within the Department of Homeland Security <http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/> to enhance public preparedness and safety. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, signed the formal Statement of Affiliation between DHS and ARRL during the ARRL 2003 National Convention June 21. Chief Operating Officer of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate (FEMA) Ron Castleman represented Under Secretary for Emergency Preparedness and Response Michael D. Brown at the signing. Citizen Corps Liaison to the White House Liz DiGregorio called ham radio operators the "first of the first responders." "You are there. You are part of that very, very first response when it happens locally," especially in the initial stages of an emergency or disaster, DiGregorio told an overflow audience. She urged amateurs to explore ways to expand their role in the community beyond being the last resort when other communication systems fail. "You need to show your community that you're engaged," she said. "They need to know as a community that ARRL is there." Castleman said his agency really needs Amateur Radio's help. "Hams have a long and distinguished history of assisting and cooperating with FEMA," he said. He said FEMA wants to continue to work with Amateur Radio operators as partners and expand hams' community safety role. "We also want to help prepare every citizen across our country before disaster strikes," Castleman said. The League joins the National Safety Council, Points of Light Foundation, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, National Volunteer Fire Council, National Fire Protection Association, Save A Life Foundation and The Jaycees as Citizen Corps affiliate programs. The SoA calls on DHS and ARRL to raise public awareness of Amateur Radio as a safety resource. "That's what you are all about, and we need a safer America," DiGregorio said. In addition, DHS and ARRL will cooperate in providing training and accreditation for Amateur Radio emergency communications. They also will work together to promote the formation of local Citizen Corps councils and assist them with education, training and volunteer service opportunities "that support first responders, disaster relief organizations and community safety efforts." As an affiliate, ARRL will be linked from the FEMA and Citizen Corps Web sites. "We need you, and you need us, and we want to work together with you to make this all happen," DiGregorio concluded, "because we all share the same goal, and that goal is a better, stronger, more secure America." The ARRL National Convention 2003 was held in conjunction with Ham-Com <http://www.hamcom.org> in Arlington, Texas. FEMA announced the SoA signing on its Web site <http://www.fema.gov/nwz03/nwz03_138.shtm>. ==>NO MORSE CODE CONTROVERSY AT WRC-03 Whatever else happens at World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 (WRC-03), there's no mystery about the delegates' direction regarding the Morse code requirement. Morse code proficiency will disappear as a treaty obligation for high-frequency access when the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)-sponsored gathering under way in Geneva concludes July 4. "One matter on which there appears to be no disagreement is the Morse requirement," said International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Secretary (and ARRL CEO) David Sumner, K1ZZ, in a report <http://www.iaru.org/rel030623.html> on the second week of activity at WRC-03. "It is clear that the outcome will be to leave it to administrations' discretion whether or not to have a Morse receiving and sending requirement." He said no administration participating in the sub-working group spoke in favor of retaining the Morse code treaty requirement. The modification of Article 25.5 of the international Radio Regulations cleared Working Group 4C on June 24. Working Group 4C is dealing with this and other proposals relating to Article 25. The modified text says, "Administrations shall determine whether or not a person seeking a license to operate an amateur station shall prove the ability to send and receive texts in Morse code signals." It's possible but unlikely that the text would be tinkered with further at the committee level or even in the Plenary, which considers items for adoption. Sumner said delegates continue to wrangle over other aspects of Article 25, which defines Amateur Radio operation. Adoption of the Article 25.5 modification would not mean the immediate disappearance of the Morse requirement to operate on the amateur bands below 30 MHz. Each administration, including the FCC, would then decide whether or not to drop the requirement from its domestic regulations. Some countries have indicated a desire to retain a Morse code requirement. Sub-working groups this week funneled their reports to larger working groups assigned to tackle various pieces of the huge WRC-03 agenda. More than 2600 delegates and other participants are attending the four-week conference. For WRC-03, the IARU has fielded its largest team of observers at an ITU conference in more than a decade. There's less consensus on efforts to secure a "harmonized" 300-kHz-wide amateur allocation at 7 MHz. Sumner said initial discussions in Sub-Working Group 4C1 "were spirited and reflected sharp differences of opinion" between those advocating realignment and those favoring no change out of deference to the disruption that any realignment would cause broadcasting services now occupying 7.1 to 7.3 MHz in Regions 1 and 3, and the fixed services above 7.3 MHz that would be affected by any upward shift in broadcasting. Amateurs in the US and the rest of Region 2 enjoy a 300-kHz allocation from 7.0 to 7.3 MHz, but hams in the rest of the world, Regions 1 and 3, have only 7.0 to 7.1 MHz. Three alternative proposals have been passed on to Working Group 4C. "The largest group favored realignment in two stages," Sumner explained. That group included the US, CEPT, CITEL and the African Telecommunications Union. The two steps would expand the band in Regions 1 and 3 by 100 kHz in 2007 and add the remaining 100 kHz in 2015. Other plans put forth contained longer time lines. By week's end, Sumner said, the issue could be passed on to Committee 4 and then to the Plenary, where items need two readings for ultimate WRC-03 approval. The issue of an allocation for satellite-borne synthetic aperture radars (SARs) in the 70-cm band (432-438 MHz) also appears well on the way to resolution. "While it appears very likely that there will be an allocation, it will be secondary," Sumner explained. Full reports on WRC-03 activities are available on the IARU Web site <http://www.iaru.org/news-releases.html>. ==>AMATEURS RESPOND TO SOUTHWESTERN FIRES Amateurs in the vicinity of Sandoval County, New Mexico, had just wrapped up an activation to support emergency communication for personnel fighting the Virgin Mesa fire about 50 miles north of Albuquerque when they were notified to stand by for yet another fire right in the city. Meanwhile, hams in Arizona remain ready to aid the fight to douse the huge Aspen Fire north of Tucson. The Arizona fire is considered too dangerous for amateur volunteers, however. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in New Mexico activated to assist in the Virgin Mesa fire were released at midday June 24 and replaced by a Type 2 Forest Team, said Sandoval County District Emergency Coordinator Mike Scales, K5SCA. Hams could be called back in, however, if the fire blows up again. Fire officials in New Mexico have ruled the Virgin Mesa fire--burning since June 22--to have been human-caused. Some 200 firefighters were working the blaze, and no homes or developments were threatened. Aided by three members of the Los Alamos ARES team, Sandoval County hams set up at the Incident Command post at the La Cueva Fire Station, said Sandoval County ARES member Jay Miller, WA5WHN. Traffic was coordinated through a 2-meter repeater in Rio Rancho. A number of hams were deployed as fire-spotters and to support operating fire units. On June 24, a fire that broke out in a wooded area--called the Bosque--in the Albuquerque area caused some 600 residents to be evacuated and left an estimated 16,000 people without power. Some 20 Sandoval County ARES members stood by to assist Bernalillo County ARES if needed, Miller said. The City of Albuquerque was able to handle the blaze, which destroyed an upscale home under construction. North of Tucson, Arizona, progress was made this week to contain the Aspen Fire, which has destroyed more than 250 homes--and possibly more-since it broke out June 17. At mid-week, fire officials said the blaze was 25 percent contained. More than 1200 firefighters and support personnel are at the scene. ARRL Arizona Section Manager Cliff Hauser, KD6XH, said that Arizona ARES and RACES teams remain on-call, but that there is currently no organized Amateur Radio effort to support of the firefighters. "Fire fighting officials indicate that at this point it is still too dangerous in the fire's vicinity for Amateur Radio operators or other untrained volunteers to assist," Hauser explained. Hauser also pointed out that high winds have been causing the massive fire to spread in sporadic and unpredictable ways. Chuck Smallhouse, W7CS, reports that he and several other amateurs supported the Type I fire team brought in to contain and control the Aspen Fire. In addition to Smallhouse, the team included Chuck Michels, KB7RFI; Norm Martin, K7OLD; John Henderson, K7FCC; and John Glenn, K7RJR. "These hams took off their Amateur Radio caps at the door and donned fire team ones," Smallhouse said. He said the hams were needed to provide vital communications support to the just-arrived skeleton crew until the professionals showed up. Lost in the Arizona forest fire was the Cactus Intertie System's repeater equipment. The towers and repeaters were located very close to where the fire got its start atop Mount Lemmon. Also burned was the Zia Connection site, some 150 yards up the ridge from the Cactus site. ==>CALIFORNIA ANTENNA BILL MOVES CLOSER TO GOVERNOR'S DESK California's latest effort to pass an Amateur Radio antenna bill--Assembly Bill 1228--this week passed the state Senate on a unanimous 38-0 vote. Sponsored by freshman Assemblymember Bob Dutton (R-63rd), the bill received unanimous approval April 10 in the California Assembly on a 67-0 vote. It now returns to the Assembly for its approval of minor wording changes made in the Senate. Given the prior unanimous vote, Dutton's office expects Assembly approval to be routine, however. "Certainly the people seem to be speaking here," said ARRL staff member and antenna expert Dean Straw, N6BV, who lives in San Francisco. "Perhaps Gov Davis should be alerted that there are 100,000 Amateur Radio operators in California--and that we are also voters, should there be a recall campaign." An effort under way to recall Gov Gray Davis, a Democrat, is said to be gaining ground. The California legislature approved a nearly identical PRB-1 measure three years ago, but Davis vetoed it, because funds for required studies were not included in his budget. The new bill carries no price tag. ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, expressed elation at the measure's unanimous California Senate vote. "That's a vote of appreciation and confidence for Amateur Radio in California," he said. ARRL Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, spoke at an April 2 Assembly hearing on AB 1228. Dutton's office has recommended that amateurs who urge Davis to sign the bill stress its emergency communication benefits to the state, which has, by far, the largest number radio amateurs of any other state and nearly 15 percent of US total. AB 1228 would incorporate the language of PRB-1 into the statutes of California. It would require any ordinance regulating Amateur Radio antenna structures not to preclude but to "reasonably accommodate" Amateur Radio communications, to allow amateur station antenna structures "at heights and dimensions sufficient to accommodate Amateur Radio Service communications" and to constitute "the minimum practicable regulation to accomplish the legitimate purpose of the city or county." Senate-added language that the Assembly must now approve declares that the Legislature's intent in enacting the bill is to "codify in state law the provisions of specified federal regulations relating to amateur radio station facilities." To date, 19 states have incorporated the essence of PRB-1 into their laws. ==>OREGON SECTION MANAGER RECALLED IN RARE SPECIAL ELECTION For only the third time in League history, an ARRL Section Manager has been removed from office through a recall election. The audited vote to oust freshman Oregon Section Manager Marshall D. Johnson, KK7CW, of Albany, was 939 to 280, with eight invalid ballots. Members were asked to vote "yes" to recall Johnson and "no" to retain him. Ballots were counted June 24 at ARRL Headquarters, and the election tally was verified by a certified public accountant. Oregon's SM since last July 1, Johnson was recalled pursuant to the provisions of By Law 24 and Rule 5(g) of the ARRL Field Organization. The position is now vacant until a successor is appointed by ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO. According to the ARRL By Laws, a Section Manager removed through a recall election or by action of the Executive Committee may not run in the next election following removal from office. The last time an ARRL Section Manager was recalled was just over five years ago in 1998, when ARRL members in the New York City-Long Island Section voted to recall Section Manager Leonard Buonaiuto, then KE2LE. The first SM to be recalled was former Vermont SM Frank Suitor, W1CTM, in January 1990. ==>LEAGUE WARNS OF BOGUS QST SOLICITATIONS Someone has been attempting to sell "subscriptions" to QST, but it's not the ARRL. ARRL Customer Service/Circulation Manager Kathy Capodicasa, N1GZO, reports she's received several telephone calls and e-mails from members reporting the scam. "Apparently, there is some kind of bogus telephone solicitor out there trying to get people's names, addresses and credit card numbers," she said. "ARRL does not solicit for 'subscriptions' to QST." She warned that under no circumstances should a member give out a credit card number to someone trying to sell them QST over the telephone. As the official membership journal of the ARRL, QST is not available to the general public from a magazine distributor or outside publishing house. Capodicasa advises those getting calls from the phony solicitor to try to get the solicitor's name and to check the caller ID box, if they have one, to obtain the caller's number. She requested that members share any such information with her via e-mail to email@example.com or telephone, 860-594-0257. ==>FIRST JOINT CUBA-US FIELD DAY OPERATION SET Members of the Piña Colada Contest Club (KP2AA) will join forces with the Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba in the first-ever joint Cuba-US Field Day operation June 28-29. Operating as CO0US (and T42FD for the "Get On The Air" newcomer station), the team will operate from a location near Havana (Grid EL83) on 80 through 2 meters. Commemorative QSLs recognizing the two countries' common interest in emergency communication preparedness and international goodwill through Amateur Radio will be available via K7JA (include an SASE or SAE and other return postage). Participating Cuban operators will include Arnie Coro, CO2KK. Chip Margelli, K7JA, will be among the US operators. "All the operators and support people look forward to making as many QSOs as possible and testing our ability to provide a wide-area emergency communications link throughout the duration of Field Day," Margelli said. This marks the second year that Field Day welcomes participation by stations throughout International Amateur Radio Union Region 2--the Americas. Operators outside the US and Canada exchange operating class and "DX" as their "section" designator. No signal reports need be exchanged during ARRL Field Day, which begins at 1800 UTC June 28 and ends 2100 UTC June 29. Complete rules are on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2003/rules-fd-2003.html>.--Chip Margelli, K7JA ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar seer Tad "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: This week had somewhat quieter geomagnetic conditions compared to the previous week, but average daily solar flux was down a bit and average daily sunspot numbers remained about the same. Recent projections anticipate no truly quiet periods ahead. ARRL Field Day is this weekend, and I wish the geomagnetic conditions could be better. The predicted planetary A index for Friday through Monday is 20, 25, 20 and 20. Although an A index of 25 for Saturday doesn't look very promising, this prediction is made several days prior, and like weather forecasts, the real conditions could be different. In addition, a planetary A index of 20 or 25 doesn't guarantee a radio blackout on the high frequencies. Sunspot numbers for June 19 through 25 were 108, 121, 118, 94, 104, 131, and 115, with a mean of 113. 10.7 cm flux was 122.9, 116.9, 115, 110.2, 113.5, 114.5, and 116.3, with a mean of 115.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 18, 12, 23, 16, 20, 31, and 19, with a mean of 19.9. ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: ARRL Field Day <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2003/rules-fd-2003.html>, the Marconi Memorial HF Contest, the QRP ARCI Milliwatt Field Day and the His Majesty the King of Spain Contest (SSB) are the weekend of June 28-29. JUST AHEAD: The RAC Canada Day Contest is July 1. The Michigan QRP July 4th CW Sprint is July 4-5. The Venezuelan Independence Day Contest (SSB/CW), the DL-DX RTTY Contest and the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are the weekend of July 5-6. 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. * Attention clubs participating in Field Day 2003! ARRL asks clubs taking part in ARRL Field Day 2003 June 28-29 to share their Field Day tips and setup strategies with other clubs. Send items to Margie Bourgoin, KB1DCO <firstname.lastname@example.org>. This is your chance to claim bragging rights as well as to confess the ways that Murphy has graced your carefully-planned efforts! Also, visit the Club Companion Web site <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/> and check out "Our Club's Field Day" to see what other clubs are doing. * New Field Day Class F still attracting questions: ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, says he's still getting questions from clubs and groups planning to operate under the new Class F category in Field Day. The most popular of ARRL's operating events, Field Day takes place June 28-29. Henderson advises that unless clubs and individual operators have recently updated their logging software to accept Class F as a valid class, they may run into problems. "If this happens to your group," he said, "take manual notes about any problems and correct the log after Field Day, but before submitting it the to the ARRL." Henderson says most questions he's been getting already are covered in the Field Day rules <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2003/rules-fd-2003.html> and in the list of frequently asked questions, which is part of the Field Day packet <http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/03fdpack.pdf> (scroll down to Class F Station FAQs for information on that class). More than 1.4 million contacts were logged during Field Day 2002. Class F stations operate from an established emergency operations center (EOC) activated by a club or non-club group. Class F operation must take place from an established EOC site. Stations may utilize equipment and antennas temporarily or permanently installed at the EOC. A station may not enter Class F if operating from a mobile communications van deployed from an EOC, however. Those entries will be Class A or Class C (mobile), depending on the circumstances. An EOC is operated by a federal, state, county, city or other civil government, agency or administrative entity or by a chapter of a served agency (such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army) with which your local group has an established operating arrangement. Class F operation must take place in cooperation with the staff of the EOC being activated. The W1AW Field Day bulletin schedule is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/w1aw-fd-sked-2003.html>. For additional Field Day information or questions contact the ARRL Contest Branch <email@example.com> or call 860 594-0232. * Western Washington gets new Section Manager: Veteran ARRL Western Washington Section Manager Harry Lewis, W7JWJ, is stepping down as of July 1. Assistant Section Manager Ed Bruette, N7NVP, of Poulsbo--the only candidate who had filed to succeed Lewis in the fall--will fill the remaining three months of Lewis's term. ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, announced Lewis's early departure and Bruette's nomination June 26. "Your work as Section Manager for more than a dozen years has touched many people for the good of Amateur Radio," White said in praise of Lewis's tenure as SM. A ham since the 1940s, Lewis has served as Western Washington Section Manager since January 1991. Lewis will continue as Technical Coordinator. He had indicated earlier this year that he would not seek another term as SM, and Bruette was running unopposed for the Section Manager's seat. Lewis's wife, former Northwestern Division Director Mary Lewis, W7QGP, also is leaving her current post as a Western Washington Assistant Section Manager. Bruette has been an ASM since January 2003 and was Section Emergency Coordinator from 1998 through 2002. He is also the Washington State RACES officer. * No joy for New York ham antenna bills: ARRL Hudson Division Director Frank Fallon, N2FF, reports no success in the third effort to get a ham radio antenna bill through the New York Legislature. The current session wrapped up June 19. "Thanks for your support, but we were not successful," Fallon said in a statement to his Division. "We have a very difficult project here." The bills--A2662 in the Assembly and S63 in the Senate--were introduced in January. The bills went beyond simply incorporating the limited federal preemption, PRB-1, into state law. They would have prohibited municipalities from passing laws or ordinances to "restrict antenna support structure height to less than 95 feet above ground level or restrict the number of antenna support structures." Fallon noted that other states have been able to get antenna bills enacted, but very few of them include minimum regulatory heights. Fallon said the Hudson Division leadership remains committed to securing passage of a bill in both New York and New Jersey that specifies a height below which local governments may not regulate. Fallon said this session's bills died for lack of action, despite visits to the capital in Albany during the past two weeks of the session to meet personally with key lawmakers. "The legislature was very distracted this year with other issues and problems," Fallon said. That included the arrest of a key aide to Speaker of the House Sheldon Silver days before the session ended. "We are disappointed but not discouraged," Fallon concluded. "We will be working on gaining additional support between now and next January, when the next session opens." * ARRL's 2002 Annual Report is available: The League's 2002 Annual Report is currently available to members free of charge upon request. The report offers an overview of League activities for the year, messages from ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, and Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, along with ARRL's complete audited financial statements for 2002. Send requests--including your name, call sign and mailing address--to Media Relations Manager Jennifer Hagy, N1TDY, firstname.lastname@example.org. Due to the large number of requests for the 2002 Annual Report, individual replies to everyone who e-mailed may not be possible. All requests will be honored in the order they were received at ARRL Headquarters. The report also is available on-line as a PDF document <http://www.arrl.org/announce/annualreport/02ar.pdf>. * Correction: The story "Ham's Ticket Set Aside as FCC Investigates Allegations of False Distress Calls" in The ARRL Letter, Vol 22, No 25 (Jun 20, 2003) contained some erroneous information. FCC Special Counsel Riley Hollingsworth explains that the FCC Wireless Telecommunicaitons Bureau set aside Michael V. Swift's license grant for KG6QOB was set aside and his application has reverted to pending status while the investigation continues. The WTB has a 30-day window to set aside a license grant on its own motion, Hollingsworth explained, although the Universal Licensing System indicates Swift's ticket was canceled May 29. =========================================================== The ARRL Letter is published Fridays, 50 times each year, by the American Radio Relay League--The National Association For Amateur Radio--225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111; tel 860-594-0200; fax 860-594-0259; <http://www.arrl.org>. Jim Haynie, W5JBP, President. The ARRL Letter offers a weekly e-mail digest of essential news of interest to active amateurs. The ARRL Letter strives to be timely, accurate, concise, and readable. Visit ARRLWeb <http://www.arrl.org> for the latest news, updated as it happens. The ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/> offers access to news, informative features and columns. ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> is a weekly "ham radio newscast" compiled from The ARRL Letter. 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