*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 22, No. 28 July 18, 2003 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Hams greet Claudette in Texas * +More cosponsors sign aboard Spectrum Protection Act bills * +ARISS logs European school group QSOs * +Cosmonaut's planned wedding a space first * +California PRB-1 bill makes it 20! * +FCC opinion bolsters federal preemption over RFI * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Emergency Communications course registration ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration +The W5YI Report to QRT Hams support communications in Arizona forest fire Harmonics Web pages open up the possibilities of ham radio for youngsters ARRL Instructor's Manual Supplement now available Active Club Online Primer now live! Vote on QST Cover Plaque award +Hold that AMSAT-NA ballot! +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== ==>HAMS AID CLAUDETTE RELIEF, CLEANUP EFFORTS Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams and other ham radio volunteers continue to aid relief organizations in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Claudette. The Category 1 hurricane surprised the Texas coast July 15 by its earlier-than-predicted arrival and its unexpected ferocity. Winds were reported at 80 to 85 MPH, and at least two people died as a result of Claudette's fury. ARRL South Texas Section Manager Ray Taylor, N5NAV, says solar weather hampered Amateur Radio emergency and relief traffic via HF nets. "Communications have really been bad due to solar flares," Taylor said earlier in the week. "We're using relays out of Mississippi and Alabama." Taylor also praised the hams who volunteered and pointed out that some were on duty for more than 20 hours at a stretch. Taylor said the ARES station at the Texas State Emergency Operations Center went on the air July 13. ARES volunteers have been helping the Southern Baptist Convention Men's Kitchen, the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army relief efforts. An FCC-declared general communications emergency for the Texas coastal area for 7285 kHz (days) and 3873 kHz (nights) was rescinded July 17. South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Bob Ehrhardt, W5ZX, says 176 ARES members contributed to the storm response in South Texas. The Western Gulf Emergency Net activated from July 13 as Claudette headed for the Texas coast and shut down July 17. Emergency operations centers and several county emergency coordinators used the net to provide weather and damage reports from their areas. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) relied on Amateur Radio HF and VHF communications to support its shelter and canteen operations in the afflicted areas. Ehrhardt says ARES volunteers used VHF to assist The Salvation Army and the Red Cross. The Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club earlier this week interconnected repeaters and concerned agencies using EchoLink to aid in the relief effort. Deep East Texas SKYWARN Coordinator Kevin Anderson, KD5CCH, said the system tied together the National Hurricane Center, the National Weather Service, the Texas Department of Public Safety and most coastal emergency operations centers, making it easy for ham radio storm spotters to provide first-hand reports to forecasters. At the height of the storm, NARC Public Information Officer Tim Lewallen, KD5ING, said, traffic was "almost constant" on the link--dubbed WX_TALK--mainly between the National Hurricane Center and field observers. Claudette sparked some thunderstorms and heavy rains in already rain-soaked portions of South Texas. Property damage in coastal communities was greater than had been expected and included beach erosion, undermined foundations and roadways and roofs blown away, Taylor said. "Galveston was hard hit with houses along the coast very heavily damaged." Many residents had fled in advance of the storm's arrival. Taylor said power and telephone service was knocked out in nearly all areas along the coast from Galveston to 20 miles north of Corpus Christi--and some residents remained without electricity or phone service by week's end. According to Taylor, the area from Matagorda. to Calhoun counties suffered the worst damage. "Hams have been the only communication and still are in most of the areas," he added. The storm inflicted heavy damage and caused power and telephone outages in the City of Victoria, Taylor reported. "The EOC had no power and operated on batteries with hams radio as the only outlet," Taylor said. When the backup power failed District Emergency Coordinator Larry Barton, WB5NIC, re-established communication via his HF mobile rig. While Claudette was still in the Gulf of Mexico, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center activated to gather observed or measured weather data and storm damage reports to aid forecasters. ==>ADDITIONAL COSPONSORS SIGN ABOARD AMATEUR RADIO SPECTRUM PROTECTION ACT Additional cosponsors have signed aboard the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2003. Identical versions of the measure, an ARRL initiative, have been introduced in both the US House and Senate. The House version, HR 713, now has 44 cosponsors, while the Senate version, S 537, has five. Now on their third try on Capitol Hill, both measures would require the FCC to provide "equivalent replacement spectrum" to Amateur Radio if the FCC reallocates primary amateur frequencies, reduces any secondary amateur allocations, or makes additional allocations within such bands that would substantially reduce their utility to amateurs. Florida Republican Rep Michael Bilirakis filed the House version of the bill, HR 713, on February 12. The measure's most recent cosponsors include US representatives JD Hayworth (R-AZ), Paul Gillmor (R-OH), Greg Walden, WB7OCE, (R-OR), Rick Boucher (D-VA), John M. Spratt Jr (D-SC) , Sherwood L. Boehlert (R-NY), Robert Wexler (D-FL), Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Ken Calvert, (R-CA), Joe Wilson (R-SC), John T. Doolittle (R-CA), Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Frank Pallone Jr (D-NJ). Idaho Sen Michael Crapo introduced the Senate version of the bill on March 6. Original cosponsors were senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI) and Larry Craig (R-ID). Other S 537 cosponsors are US senators Conrad Burns (R-MT), Sen Susan M. Collins (R-ME) and Max Baucus (D-MT). Burns chairs the Senate Communications Subcommittee. ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, continues to encourage ARRL members to urge their senators and representatives and to cosponsor the bills, which lends support to legislation while it's in committee. The House bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet; the Senate bill will be considered by the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. According to Haynie, letters and e-mails are the key to getting legislation passed. A sample letter is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/arspa.html>. Those writing their lawmakers are asked to copy their correspondence to the League via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. On June 11, Haynie testified on Capitol Hill on behalf of HR 713. He was the last of 11 scheduled witnesses to speak during the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet hearing, "The Spectrum Needs of Our Nation's First Responders." Haynie told the subcommittee that hams have lost more than 100 MHz of VHF and UHF spectrum over the past 15 years and that another nearly 360 MHz of VHF and UHF spectrum "has been substantially compromised." The text of HR 713 and S 537 is available via the Thomas Web site <http://thomas.loc.gov/>. ==>ARISS LOGS TWO SUCCESSFUL EUROPEAN CONTACTS The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program recently completed two contacts with school groups in Europe. ISS NASA Science Officer and Flight Engineer Ed Lu, KC5WKJ, spoke on July 1 with students aboard a Russian sailing-training vessel in France and on July 7 with space campers at the Euro Space Center in Belgium. The July 1 Amateur Radio QSO from the deck of the training vessel Mir marked the ship's second involvement in a space contact. In 1999, students onboard the ship Mir exchanged greetings with French astronaut Jean-Pierre Haignerť, FX0STB, and Russian cosmonaut Victor Afanassiev onboard the Russian space station Mir. This year, students of the nearby Val Saint Denis College greeted Lu with "Happy birthday to you" to acknowledge the astronaut's 40th birthday on the day of the contact. Lu then proceeded to answer 13 questions. Among other topics, students wanted to know about the crew's voyage on the Soyuz rocket to the ISS, how long it takes the ISS to orbit Earth and the main differences between the ISS and the Russian Mir space station. Since there were no favorable ISS passes over France, two-way audio for the contact was handled via a MCI teleconferencing circuit. With the ISS over the Pacific at the time, Nancy Rocheleau, WH6PN, handled Earth station duties from Honolulu. On the morning of July 7, Lu answered questions from space campers during a scheduled ARISS school group contact with youngsters at the Euro Space Center's ON4ESC in Belgium. One student wanted to know what Lu would change or add to the space program if he had the choice. "I would love to go to Mars, and I hope that at some point we do have a mission which goes to Mars, Lu responded. No human mission to the Red Planet now is in the works. Some 150 children gathered in the auditorium. The group included 45 Americans living in Europe, explained ARISS Vice Chairman Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, who was on hand for the contact and introduced the juvenile audience to ham radio and the ARISS program. Lu answered ON4ESC's call on right on schedule as well as the 17 questions from the youngsters during the nearly eight-minute pass. The ARISS contacts from France and Belgium were the 104th and 105th school group QSOs, respectively. ARISS is an international project with participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. For more information, visit the ARISS Web site <http://www.rac.ca/ariss>. ==>COSMONAUT-HAM PLANS TO WED WHILE IN SPACE International Space Station Expedition 7 crew commander Yuri Malenchenko, RK3DUP, plans to get married next month while still in orbit. If it happens, the wedding--which would have to take place by proxy--would be a space first. Fort Bend, Texas, County Clerk Dianne Wilson told ARRL that she issued a marriage license July 17 to Malenchenko and Ekaterina Dmitriev. "The commander, through his attorney Harry Noe, presented communication of his status, proper photo identification and a power of attorney in order for me to issue the license," she said. "Texas law permits one or both applicants to be absent for the issuance of the marriage license and one or both applicants to be absent from the marriage ceremony by having a proxy stand in for one or both." While Wilson said false rumors have been circulating that the wedding has been called off, she has confirmed with the couple's attorney that the ceremony will take place August 10 in Clear Lake, Texas. There's no word yet on whether Malenchenko's crewmate, US astronaut Ed Lu, KC5WKJ, will serve as best man in space. Wilson said she and her staff celebrated the event with the bride by dressing in red, white and blue and decorating with similarly hued balloons to represent the colors of the Russian, US and Texas flags. "This is the first time a marriage license has been issued in the world to a person 'not on this Earth,'" she added. "I had the honor yesterday of meeting the beautiful bride and hope someday to have the honor of meeting the groom." The news service Reuters quoted NASA spokesperson Rob Navias as saying that Malenchenko had assured space officials that no ISS resources would be used for the event, so an exchange of vows via telephone may not be possible. Reuters reported that after Malenchenko returns from space in October, the couple have a church wedding in Russia followed by a honeymoon in Australia. Malenchenko is 41; Dmitriev, who lives in the Houston area, is 26. ==>CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS AMATEUR ANTENNA BILL Recent efforts by proponents of California's Amateur Radio antenna bill apparently paid off July 14 when Gov Gray Davis signed Assembly Bill 1228. The measure, which cleared both legislative branches with unanimous votes, incorporates the essence of the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1 into California law. "Amateur Radio's message got through 'the pileup' in Sacramento," said ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD. "Thanks to all the hams in California who wrote cards, letters and e-mails urging their representatives and their governor to pass this legislation." In a statement <http://tinylink.com/?xzrT4PAls9>, Davis cited the "thousands of hours of volunteer service" Amateur Radio operators donate in support of state and local government. Davis said ham radio volunteers play a crucial role in times of disasters or emergencies. "By providing a reliable communication system during an emergency situation, such as a terrorist attack, Amateur Radio stations provide an invaluable service to the state of California," he added. AB 1228 was sponsored by freshman Assembly member Bob Dutton (R-Rancho Cucamonga). Mike Mitchell, W6RW, spearheaded the Amateur Radio community's efforts to promote the bill. "Great news that Governor Davis signed AB 1228!" a delighted Mitchell reacted. "Congratulations to the hams of California!" Goddard expressed similar elation. "This bill will give hams in California a fighting chance to have a reasonable antennas," he said. He also congratulated Dutton and his staff for shepherding the bill through committees and both legislative chambers without a single dissenting vote and thanked Mitchell for being "our sparkplug" on the bill. He also cited ARRL staffer Dean Straw, N6BV, and Pacific Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, for speaking on behalf of the bill in committee hearings. The bill went to Davis for his signature on July 3, and Goddard and Vallio promptly mounted a campaign to have amateurs contact Davis and urge him to sign it. Davis had vetoed a similar bill in 2000, in part citing the cost for studies the legislature had required. The 2003 bill contained no such provisions. Davis now is facing the possibility of a recall election. The new law requires 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." The most ham-populated state in the US, California becomes the 20th state to adopt PRB-1 legislation. The state is home to some 100,000 amateur licensees--almost 15 percent of the US total. A copy of the measure is available on the California Legislature Web site <http://info.sen.ca.gov/pub/bill/asm/ab_1201-1250/ab_1228_bill_20030630_en rolled.html>. ==>FCC OPINION BOLSTERS FEDERAL PREEMPTION OVER RF INTERFERENCE MATTERS An FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released earlier this month bolsters the doctrine of federal preemption over local efforts to regulate radio frequency interference (RFI). The ARRL had commented in the proceeding, WT Docket 02-100, which could have implications for Amateur Radio. The proceeding stemmed from efforts by Anne Arundel County, Maryland, to require telecommunication service providers to certify their facilities would not interfere with the county's public safety communication system. "We find that federal law preempts provisions of the Anne Arundel County, Maryland, zoning ordinances involving radio frequency interference," the FCC declared in granting Cingular Wireless' Petition for a declaratory ruling and denying the county's motion to dismiss. ARRL had supported Cingular's position in the proceeding. Cingular asserted in its petition that Congress had established a "pervasive regulatory scheme" that grants the FCC exclusive jurisdiction to regulate RFI, and that the Anne Arundel zoning amendments conflicted with the Commission's rules regarding resolution of RFI cases. The FCC also said it expected all parties to continue cooperating to resolve remaining RFI issues. Anne Arundel County in January 2002 adopted zoning amendments requiring commercial telecommunication providers to demonstrate that their facilities would not degrade or interfere with the public safety radio system. The amended ordinance gave the county the authority to revoke a zoning certificate if such interference or degradation occurred or if telecommunication service providers did not certify their systems to be in compliance with FCC standards and guidelines. The FCC said it found that the county's zoning provisions went beyond traditional zoning functions and attempted to regulate RFI. The FCC Memorandum Opinion and Order is available on the FCC Web site <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-03-2196A1.doc>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Propagation prophet Tad "Tequila Sunrise" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Stormy space weather returned this week. The average daily planetary A index is over twice the value we reported last week! The quietest day was July 10, with a planetary A index of 8. The most active days were July 11, 12 and 16, when the planetary A index was 46, 46 and 48, respectively. The planetary A index was expected to quiet down for Friday, July 18, then rise to 15, 20 and 25 for July 19-21. Solar flux is expected to remain around 135 to 145 through the rest of July with a somewhat higher value possible July 24. On the morning of Saturday, July 12 (Friday night in North America), Earth was inside a strong solar wind coming from a coronal hole on the sun. The resulting geomagnetic storm produced auroras seen from Canada and the northern US. Then on July 16 another solar wind--weaker than the earlier one--caused a moderate geomagnetic storm, although the planetary A index was marginally higher. The mid-latitude A index though was much lower on July 16 compared to July 11. Sunspot numbers for July 10 through 16 were 137, 127, 102, 137, 159, 154 and 164, with a mean of 140. The 10.7-cm flux was 122.8, 122, 121.5, 126.5, 127.2, 125.8 and 133.1, with a mean of 125.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 46, 46, 14, 15, 27 and 48, with a mean of 29.1. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The North American QSO Party (RTTY), the Pacific 160-Meter Contest, the CQ World Wide VHF Contest, the Museum Ships Special Event and the CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush are the weekend of July 19-20. JUST AHEAD: The IOTA Contest, the Russian RTTY World Wide Contest, the Kentucky QSO Party and the Black Sea 2-Meter VHF FM Contest are the weekend of July 26-27. 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 Emergency Communications course registration: Registration for the United Technologies Corporation Grant-sponsored Level II ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications on-line course (EC-002) that begins July 29 will remains open through Sunday, July 20 or until all seats are filled. Registration opens Monday, July 21, 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time (0401 UTC), for the Level III Emergency Communications on-line course (EC-003). Registration remains open through the July 26-27 weekend or until all available seats have been filled--whichever comes first. Class begins Tuesday, August 5. Thanks to a grant from United Technologies Corp, the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed after successful completion of the Level III course. During this registration period, approximately 50 seats are being offered to ARRL members on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com; 860-594-0340. * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration: Registration for the new ARRL VHF/UHF--Life Beyond the Repeater (EC-008) and the High Frequency Digital Communications (EC-005) courses opens Monday, July 21, 12:01 AM EDT (0401 UTC). Registration remains open through Sunday, July 27. Classes begin the afternoon of Tuesday, July 29. Registration for the ARRL Antenna Modeling (EC-004) course remains open through Sunday, July 20. Those interested in taking an ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (C-CE) course in the future can sign up to be advised via e-mail in advance of registration opportunities. To take advantage, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. On the subject line, indicate the course name or number (eg, EC-00#) and the month you want to start the course. In the message body, provide your name, call sign, and e-mail address. Please do not send inquiries to this mailbox. 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 Howard Robins, W1HSR, email@example.com. * The W5YI Report to QRT: The W5YI Report, dubbed "America's Oldest Ham Radio Newsletter," has announced that it's ceasing publication with its July 15 issue. Begun some 25 years ago by Fred Maia, W5YI, as a service to the Richardson (Texas) Wireless Club, The W5YI Report evolved into a twice-monthly paid-subscription compilation of ham radio and--more recently--electronics industry and Internet-related news printed on distinctive pink paper. Maia, 68, sold his company, W5YI Group <http://www.w5yi.org>, which included The W5YI Report and the W5YI-VEC, to Larry Pollock, NB5X, in 2000. Maia agreed to continue editing the newsletter for another three years, but now he wants to give it up, although he will continue his monthly column in CQ. Current subscriptions to The W5YI Report will be fulfilled with CQ subscriptions starting with the August issue. * Hams support communications in Arizona forest fire: Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and Radio Amateur Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers have been providing communications support during the Kinishba Fire <http://www.fireground.com/> in the White Mountains of Arizona. Some 1000 firefighters have been battling the 20,100-acre Kinishba Fire, approximately 20 percent contained at week's end. Navajo County Emergency Coordinator Cris McBride, KB7QXQ, says Navajo County DEC and RACES Officer Dave Epley, N9CZV, is heading the Amateur Radio response at a Red Cross evacuation Center in Snowflake, the Navajo County emergency operations Center in Holbrook and the Whiteriver Red Cross communications center. McBride credits Epley with working into the early hours of July 17 to set up repeater links so Red Cross personnel in Snowflake could communicate with their colleagues in Whiteriver. "Until that time, the Red Cross workers could not communicate effectively, as their cell phones would not work with the cell phone company's system out of Whiteriver," McBride said, adding that Whiteriver--in the heart of White Mountain Apache tribe territory--sits in a "communication hole." Some 5000 Whiteriver residents evacuated to safe zones were allowed to return home at week's end. The fire, ignited by lightning, remained some two miles from a trigger point that would result in further evacuations, however. * Harmonics Web pages open up the possibilities of ham radio for youngsters: An eight-year-old kid's first crystal set, built with the help of his grandfather. Hearing radio signals without electricity. That was how many veteran Amateur Radio operators were introduced to the magic of radio in past eras. The new century offers many avenues--including the Internet--through which youngsters can experience the same magic. With that in mind, ARRL Field and Educational Services introduces the Harmonics Web pages <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/youth/>. "The mission of the new Harmonics kids' pages is to expose children to the possibilities of Amateur Radio, not clobber them over the head with a pile of technical information," said Educational Programs Coordinator Jean Wolfgang, WB3IOS. The Web pages currently feature the first of a number of age-appropriate activities for kids. Web visitors can play games, download informative printouts to color, read news articles about other kids involved with ham radio, work puzzles, click on live links, listen to audio samples of Morse code and space station contacts and much more. Throughout the site, kids are greeted by colorful cartoon "ham-sters" who explore the world of Amateur Radio along with the young people visiting the site. The pages target kids aged 5 to 15. Harmonics invites them to get acquainted with the basic concepts of Amateur Radio through immediate personal interaction and by discovering how other kids are using ham radio for personal communication and to expand their exploration of science and technology. Wolfgang says Harmonics will include more games and a QSL card template with drag-and-drop interactive design in the near future. * ARRL Instructor's Manual Supplement now available: The ARRL Instructor's Manual Supplement, edited by Jan Carman, K5MA, this 32-page booklet provides lesson plans, student assignments and review questions that are compatible with the new Technician exam pool that became effective July 1. The Instructor's Manual Supplement also is designed for use with the new fifth edition of the popular Now You're Talking! study guide. The supplement will accompany all copies of the ARRL Instructor's Manual shipped after August 1. It's also available separately ($5.00 plus shipping) via the ARRL on-line catalog <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=8039> for those who already have a current edition of the Instructor's Manual, and it's free for downloading in PDF format from the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/instructor/InsMan.pdf>. For additional information, visit the ARRL Volunteer Instructor Support Program Web page <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/instructor/>. * Active Club Online Primer now live! If your club is looking for loads of helpful information to keep things moving, check out the Active Club Online Primer <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/cpw/>. Combining the best of the completely updated Club President's Workbook and the Special Service Club Manual, this online resource permits quick access to hundreds of pages that can enhance your club's functioning and help it to attract new members. Need to know how to get your club more involved in public service? How to present programs that make meetings more lively? How to help hams with disabilities? Find it fast on the Active Club Online Primer! * Vote on QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for June was Bill Wageman, K5MAT, for his article, "The Transverter--An Introduction to a Useful Device." Congratulations, Bill! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award--given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue--is determined by a vote of ARRL members. Voting takes place each month on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/qstvote.html>. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the July issue of QST. 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