*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 23, No. 03 January 16, 2004 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Haynie wins third term as ARRL president * +FCC chairman promotes BPL in Press Club talk * +Ham-Congressman asks FCC to wait for NTIA studies * +ISS air leak causes cancellation of ARISS school group QSO * +It's Chiao in for McArthur on next ISS crew * +AMSAT-NA auctions AO-40 sculpture as ECHO fundraiser * +ECHO, VUsat set to launch this year * ARRL seeks multimedia presentations, videos * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Emergency Communications course registration ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration ARRL Foundation scholarship deadline looms Pacific Section Manager change takes place early ARRL to sponsor emergency communications seminar in Oklahoma AO-7 turns 30! Certificates for Roy Neal, K6DUE, commemorative event Bennett R. "Ben" Adams Jr, K4EZ, SK +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== ==>ARRL PRESIDENT WINS THIRD TERM ON UNANIMOUS VOTE ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, has been elected to a third two-year term. There were no other nominees, and the ARRL Board of Directors expressed its confidence in Haynie January 16 with a unanimous vote. The Board was scheduled to meet January 16 and 17 in Windsor, Connecticut. Haynie, who lives in Dallas, Texas, succeeded Rod Stafford, W6ROD, as the League's volunteer leader in 2000. The Board also voted unanimously to re-elect ARRL First Vice President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, of Judsonia, Arkansas, and Second Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Board members agreed with a proposal to eliminate the third vice president's position being vacated by Fried Heyn, WA6WZO. Major discussion at the weekend session will involve draft proposals to implement changes in US Amateur Radio rules in the wake of World Radiocommunication Conference 2003. Among other significant changes, WRC-03 delegates agreed last summer to leave up to individual countries whether to require a Morse code test for access to amateur high-frequency allocations. The ARRL Board is expected to discuss in detail recommendations in response to WRC-03 that were developed during last November's ARRL Executive Committee meeting. Board members also will review Amateur Radio-related matters still in the FCC pipeline, including the League's 2002 "omnibus" Petition for Rule Making that called for elimination of the current Novice bands and "refarming" the spectrum. The subject of Broadband over Power Line (BPL) also is on the Board's agenda. The Board also was scheduled to elect members to the Executive Committee and appoint three directors to the ARRL Foundation Board. ==>FCC CHAIRMAN TOUCHES ON BPL INTERFERENCE ISSUE IN PRESS CLUB SPEECH FCC Chairman Michael Powell has cited the Commission's promotion of Broadband over Power Line (BPL) technology as an example of a government policy that supports expansion of broadband technology to all Americans. At the same time, Powell said, the FCC needs to ensure BPL doesn't interfere with licensed radio services. In his January 14 speech before the National Press Club, Powell mentioned BPL among "new emerging platforms" for broadband delivery. "With BPL you theoretically reach every American with broadband to every power plug in America," Powell said. "Our goals of universal service will be substantially advanced if that service were fully deployed." Powell also acknowledged interference concerns that have been dogging BPL and raised by the Amateur Radio community and by at least two federal agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency--now a part of the Department of Homeland Security--and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), which manages spectrum allocated to government users. "We will continue to explore ways to support this technology while protecting services from interference," Powell pledged. In the next breath, Powell pointed out that the FCC also is looking to increase the feasibility of broadband delivery via satellite. "Because satellite technology has the ability to reach the entire country," he said, "it holds tremendous potential as an effective Internet solution for many parts of the nation, especially rural and remote areas, at affordable rates." When it issued its BPL Notice of Inquiry (NOI), ET Docket 03-104 <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-100A1.doc>, last April, the FCC suggested that BPL technology would be one way to provide broadband service to rural dwellers. Some technology experts suggest that, because of the equipment needed to deliver BPL broadband to rural customers, BPL would not be cost-effective for such residents. In a bit of unintended irony, Powell's speech, "The Age of Personal Communications," bore the subtitle "Power to the People." Since BPL applies high-frequency RF to parts of the power grid, one aspect of the NOI was to gather information on potential interference to authorized spectrum users. To date, the NOI has attracted nearly 5150 comments, many from the amateur community. The FCC has indicated that providers of BPL equipment "are free to continue to deploy their networks in conformance with existing Part 15 rules." BPL providers already are setting up BPL systems in several communities. NTIA Acting Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information Michael D. Gallagher recently told a gathering of the Power Line Communications Association <http://www.plca.net/> that the risk of interference to government or other spectrum users provides an incentive to BPL operators to "design and operate their systems to avoid such interference." He said the NTIA has been studying interference risks and the potential "for making risks more tolerable." He said the objective is "to accommodate BPL with acceptable risk." The ARRL anticipates completing an independent BPL engineering evaluation early this year. The study will explore how BPL might affect HF and low-VHF amateur operation as well as how Amateur Radio operation could affect BPL systems. Additional information about BPL and Amateur Radio is on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/>. To support the League's efforts in this area, visit the ARRL's secure BPL Web site <https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/bpl/>. ==>CONGRESSMAN-HAM ASKS FCC TO WAIT FOR NTIA STUDY BEFORE ACTING ON BPL US Representative Greg Walden, WB7OCE, has called on the FCC to put off any further action in its Broadband over Power Line (BPL) proceeding until the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) releases the results of its BPL study and the public has had a chance to comment. "I feel that it is important to give the NTIA study thorough consideration before proceeding further with BPL technology, in view of the importance of avoiding interference to federal government HF communications," Walden said in a January 15 letter to FCC Chairman Michael Powell. An Oregon Republican, Walden is one of two Amateur Radio licensees in the US House. The FCC released a BPL Notice of Inquiry in ET Docket 03-104 <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-100A1.doc> last April. In comments <http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ntiahome/fccfilings/2003/bplcomments_08132003.htm > filed last August, the NTIA expressed "broad concern" about BPL. The agency--which administers spectrum allocated to federal government users--has said the FCC "must ensure that other communications services, especially government operations, are adequately protected from unacceptable interference." The NTIA, which is part of the US Department of Commerce, subsequently undertook evaluations of BPL field test sites, in part to gauge the technology's interference potential. Walden noted that the NTIA's field work was scheduled to wrap up this month, and that its observations and conclusions would be released sometime during the first quarter of this year. Walden told Powell that, given its interference potential to federal and nongovernment radio services in the HF and low-VHF range, the issue of BPL is "of great concern to me." He did not indicate in his letter that he was an Amateur Radio licensee. "It is important that the commission give serious consideration to both the NTIA study and the subsequent round of public comment on the study results," Walden asserted. While agreeing with the goal of increased competition in broadband delivery, Walden encouraged the FCC to "give sufficient attention" to concerns raised regarding BPL's potential to interfere with other radio services. He also asked Powell to respond outlining how the FCC intends to proceed in the matter. ==>ARISS SCHOOL GROUP CONTACT FALLS VICTIM TO SPACE STATION AIR LEAK NASA this week postponed an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) <http://www.rac.ca/ariss/> school group contact as the space agency and the station crew continued efforts to pin down what was causing air pressure to decay aboard the ISS. Students at Armstrong Middle School in Flint, Michigan, had been scheduled to speak with Expedition 8 commander Mike Foale, KB5UAC, at NA1SS early on January 12. Space agency officials now believe the culprit was an air leak in the US Destiny Lab module. "The pressure loss was traced to a braided flex hose on an observation window in the Destiny module," NASA said. The hose reportedly helps keep air and condensation out of the Destiny module's Earth-facing window. Foale and flight engineer Alex "Sasha" Kaleri, U8MIR, detected the hose leak using ultrasound equipment, and Foale reported the hissing sound stopped after the hose was disconnected. As of January 15, air pressure aboard the ISS continued to hold steady. Although the leak may now be fixed, NASA has announced that Foale and Kaleri--along with flight controllers--will carry out an ISS air pressure test over the weekend. "The crew will close the hatches to divide the space station into three separate sections for leak checks and to gather data on air pressure fluctuations," NASA said. Foale and Kaleri will remain in the Zvezda Service Module from the evening of January 16 until the morning of January 18. The space agency said the earlier decline in air pressure had amounted to only a few hundredths of a pound per square inch each day and did not endanger the crew. ARISS team member Scott Lindsey-Stevens, N3ASA, said ARISS "looks forward to the ISS crew's resumption of their inspiring conversations with the schools." ==>CHIAO TO SUB FOR McARTHUR AS NEXT ISS COMMANDER Veteran NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao will replace William McArthur Jr, KC5ACR, as the commander of Expedition 9, the next mission aboard the International Space Station. NASA says the change in crew assignment resulted from "a temporary medical issue" related to McArthur's qualifications for the long-duration flight. Chiao will join Russian cosmonaut and flight engineer Valery Tokarev for the six-month mission. "Because we are very cautious in our approach to crew health, we train backups for this kind of situation," said Astronaut Office Chief Kent Rominger. He indicated that NASA plans to assign McArthur to another ISS crew increment. For his part, McArthur expressed disappointment in the turn of events but said he understood the necessity of the medical criteria in place for long-duration space flight. "I know that Leroy will ensure all of the Expedition 9 objectives are met," McArthur said, "and I look forward to flying soon on another space station mission." As a member of the Expedition 9 backup crew, Chiao has been training with McArthur for months. He will also serve as NASA ISS Science Officer. Since the switch would leave the ISS without an Amateur Radio licensee aboard during the next crew's tour, it's anticipated that Chiao will become licensed before he goes into space. The Expedition 9 crew is scheduled for launch aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft in April. European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers of the Netherlands will round out the three-member Soyuz crew. He will return to Earth a week later with the Expedition 8 crew of Mike Foale, KB5UAC, and Alex "Sasha" Kaleri, U8MIR. An astronaut since 1990, Chiao, 43, has had prior flight experience aboard space shuttle missions in 1994, 1996 and 2000. On his last shuttle flight, Chiao helped to prepare the ISS for its first resident crew. Tokarev, 51, has been a cosmonaut since 1987. He flew on a 1999 shuttle mission that delivered four tons of logistics and supplies to the ISS in preparation for the arrival of the Expedition 1 crew.--NASA ==>AUCTION OF AO-40 SCULPTURE TO HELP FUND AMSAT ECHO SATELLITE LAUNCH The bidding begins January 21 on a handsome original sculpture of the AO-40 satellite as AMSAT-NA auctions off the work of art on eBay to help fund the AMSAT-OSCAR ECHO (AO-ECHO) satellite launch campaign. The auction will run for 10 days, and the winning bid will be recognized as a donation to the launch campaign. "This bronze is one of only four pieces, created by long time AMSAT member Floyd Thorn, N5SVP, now a Silent Key," said AMSAT Marketing Manager Jim Jarvis, N2EA. "It has been donated to AMSAT by his family to support the AO-ECHO launch campaign." Jarvis said the sculpture measures 11x4 inches and weighs just over a pound. The wooden base bears a brass plaque with the sculptor's name and call sign. Visit the AMSAT-NA Web site <http://www.amsat.org/> for details and to link to the auction. The AO-ECHO fund currently stands at nearly $49,000. AMSAT-NA says it will need $110,000 for the launch--currently scheduled for March 31, although the launch window remains open until May. Visit the AMSAT AO-ECHO Web page <http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/echo/index.html> for additional details. ==>TWO AMATEUR SATELLITES EXPECTED TO LAUNCH IN 2004 AMSAT-NA President Robin Haighton, VE3FRH, says he's looking forward to the 2004 launches of AMSAT-NA's ECHO satellite <http://www.amsat.org/amsat/sats/echo/index.html> and AMSAT-India's VUsat (also known as "HAMSAT"). In his last President's Letter for 2003, Haighton reported that ECHO is passing final integration and testing with flying colors. "I am looking forward to the end of March, when we expect the ECHO launch to take place," he said. With less than three months until the anticipated launch, AMSAT-NA still needs to raise more than $60,000 for the launch campaign. The new microsat-class satellite is undergoing integration and testing at SpaceQuest in Fairfax, Virginia. Jim White, WD0E, and Mike Kingery, KE4AZN, are heading up the integration process. Among its other capabilities, AO-ECHO will enable satellite voice communication using handheld FM transceivers. The satellite will incorporate two UHF transmitters, each running from 1 to 8 W and capable of simultaneous operation, four VHF receivers and a multiband, multimode receiver capable of operation on the 10 meter, 2 meter, 70 cm and 23 cm bands. ECHO will feature V/U, L/S and HF/U operational configurations, with V/S, L/U and HF/S also possible. FM voice and various digital modes--including PSK31 on a 10-meter SSB uplink--also will be available. Haighton reported that VUsat <http://www.amsat-india.org/official/vusat.htm> experienced some problems in testing but these are being resolved. A VUsat launch could come as soon as late summer. VUsat will incorporate two linear transponders, with a UHF uplink and VHF downlink and CW, USB and FM capabilities. "An exciting year is ahead," said Haighton, who's already announced that he does not intend to seek another term at the AMSAT-NA helm when his current term expires in October. By then, he said, ECHO should be in orbit, but, paraphrasing Yogi Berra, he added, "It ain't up and working till it's up and working." ==>ARRL SEEKS COMPUTER-BASED MULTIMEDIA PRESENTATIONS AND VIDEOS ARRL Field and Educational Services (F&ES) continues to seek Amateur Radio presentation programs or slide shows that utilize Microsoft PowerPoint or similar slide-viewing software. F&ES also is interested in VHS and digital video programs for the ARRL Video Series <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/materials/videos.html>. Topic choice can be any Amateur Radio subject of interest to hams or targeted for a non-ham community, including demonstrations and tutorials on various topics. The ARRL Web site's Multimedia Frequently Asked Questions page <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/materials/visuals.html> has further information. The League's video library needs media in forms that are easily portable, easily presented and up-to-the-minute. As file size and download speed may be an issue for downloading submissions from the ARRL Web site, F&ES wants to offer the best submissions by topic collection in CD-ROM format. Presentations and slide shows submitted should be placed on disc or CD-ROM. Videos should be in VHS or DVD format and not exceed 20 minutes in length. Submissions must contain original material and should not use music, video clips or copyrighted materials owned by others without appropriate permissions. Submissions should include a cover sheet describing the program, system requirements and file sizes and noting any use of materials used with the permission of others. ARRL will require a signed release form provided by ARRL. CDs selected for distribution would be made available to clubs and interested individuals for the cost of duplicating, shipping and handling. Send presentations or slide shows on disc, CD-ROM, VHS tape or DVD to: Multimedia Project, c/o Mary Lau, N1VH, ARRL Field and Educational Services, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Contact Lau <firstname.lastname@example.org> for additional information. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Sun gazer Tad "Let the Sunshine In" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Both average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux were up just a few points this week over last. Average daily planetary A index--a measure of geomagnetic stability--dropped from 23.4 to 15.9. HF radio operators prefer conditions when the A index is low, and the solar flux and sunspot numbers are high. Solar flux has been around 118 to 120, but it's expected to rise over the next few days. Solar flux for Friday through Sunday, January 16-18, is predicted to be 125, 130 and 135. Solar flux values should peak around 140 from January 19 until January 21 before dropping again. As of January 15, there were only two sunspot groups visible, and helioseismic imaging showed only a small sunspot group on the sun's far side. When the daily sunspot number reached 118 on January 8, it marked the first time the number had risen above 100 since December 23, and it hasn't been above 100 since. Earth is moving into a solar windstream from a coronal hole, and geomagnetic conditions could become active. Predicted planetary A index for January 16-19 is 18, 25, 18 and 15. Conditions on January 17 may be similar to those of January 10, except the hours of daylight will be slightly longer, and the solar flux and sunspot count should be slightly higher. Sunspot numbers for January 8 through 14 were 118, 88, 66, 53, 77, 53 and 58, with a mean of 73.3. The 10.7 cm flux was 120.1, 118.4, 119.2, 118.5, 118.3, 117.9 and 121.1, with a mean of 119.1. Estimated planetary A indices were 9, 21, 24, 17, 10, 18 and 12, with a mean of 15.9. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The North American QSO Party (SSB), the 070 Club PSKFest, the LZ Open Contest (CW), the Michigan QRP January CW Contest and the Hungarian DX Contest are the weekend of January 17-18. JUST AHEAD: The ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes, the CQ 160-Meter Contest (CW), the REF Contest (CW) and the BARTG RTTY Sprint are the weekend of January 24-25. 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 opens Monday, January 19, 12:01 AM Eastern Daylight Time (0501 UTC), for the Level III Emergency Communications on-line course (EC-003). Registration remains open through the January 24-25 weekend or until all available seats have been filled--whichever comes first. Class begins Tuesday, February 3. Thanks to our grant sponsors--the Corporation for National and Community Service and the United Technologies Corporation--the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed after successful completion of the 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 (C-CE) Web page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/>. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com, 860-594-0340. * ARRL Foundation scholarship deadline looms: The February 1 deadline is fast approaching to apply for ARRL Foundation-sponsored scholarships. Individual awards range from $500 to $5000 for single-year scholarship awards and up to $10,000 annually for the multi-year William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship. Information and applications for all ARRL Foundation scholarship awards is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/arrlf/scholgen.html>. Don't delay! Send scholarship applications with academic transcripts (and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid Student Aid Report--FAFSA-SAR--<http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/>for the Goldfarb Scholarship) to The ARRL Foundation, 225 Main St, Newington CT 06111. The February 1, 2004, postmark deadline is firm. There are no exceptions! * Pacific Section Manager change takes place early: Kevin Bogan, AH6QO, of Honolulu, is the new ARRL Pacific Section Manager. Bogan replaces veteran Pacific SM Bob Schneider, AH6J, who decided to step down two and half months early. Bogan was the only nominee to succeed Schneider in the last election cycle and was declared elected. His term normally would begin April 1. ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, announced the appointment, which was effective January 15. Schneider served three terms as SM--from 1992 until 1996 and from 2002 until the present. Bogan has been an ASM since last October and an Amateur Radio Emergency Service District Emergency Coordinator for Oahu since 2002. He's also involved in the Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service program on Oahu. * ARRL to sponsor emergency communications seminar in Oklahoma: In conjunction with the Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (SATERN) <http://www.satern.org/> Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, ARRL will offer a free Amateur Radio Emergency Communications seminar Saturday, February 21. The seminar will not include the Level I course itself. A PowerPoint presentation will include background information, group discussion of multiple disaster scenarios as well as testimony from emergency communications leaders, ARECC mentors and students, discussion about the ARRL emergency communications courses and a quiz to determine personal preparedness. Senior citizens are strongly encouraged to participate. ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, says the seminar will explain the importance of every team player with emphasis on using lessons learned to effectively move Amateur Radio emergency communications to the next level. All SATERN and ARES/RACES volunteers, ARECC course participants, ARRL Field Organization leaders, course participants at every ARECC level, mentors, certification instructors and examiners and interested amateurs are invited to share their experiences and ideas. "We will focus on coordination between ARECC volunteers and students and their integration into the Field Organization," Miller said. The seminar will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, 2808 SE 44th, Oklahoma City, from 9 AM until 1 PM. Seating may be limited. Those planning to attend should contact Dan Miller, K3UFG, firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-594-0340; FAX 860-594-0259. For more information on the SATERN conference, contact ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager John Thomason, WB5SYT, email@example.com. * AO-7 turns 30! The oldest working satellite, AO-7, will mark its 30th year in space during 2004. The satellite, which came back to life in mid-2002, was launched November 15, 1974, and it remained operational until 1981, when it went dark due to battery failure. It remained dormant--and largely forgotten--until it suddenly and unexpectedly sprang back to life. AO-7 is in a 1460 km orbit, and AMSAT-NA considers the satellite "semi-operational." Jan King, W3GEY reports AO-7 <http://www.amsat.org/amsat/news/wsr.html#ao-7> is running solely from its solar panels, so it will only work when in sunlight. It has a Mode A uplink passband at 145.850 to 145.950 MHz and a downlink passband at 29.400 to 29.500 MHz (CW/USB). Beacons are at 29.502, 145.972, 435.1 and 2304.1 MHz. Ground controllers have only been able to activate some command functions. It also contains a Mode B transponder. To mark the satellite's 30th anniversary, AMSAT-NA will make available a special commemorative QSL card. AMSAT-NA Board Member and Awards Manager Bruce Paige, KK5DO, reports additional information will be available on the AMSAT-NA Web site <http://www.amsat.org/>. * Certificates for Roy Neal, K6DUE, commemorative event: Astronaut Mike Foale, KB5UAC, was active from NA1SS on the International Space Station during various weekend passes in December. The activity was part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station Roy Neal, K6DUE, commemorative special event. Those who heard or worked NA1SS qualify for a special ISS commemorative certificate. Here's how to get one: (1) Send a 9x12-inch (minimum) envelope with adequate return postage or international reply coupons (IRCs). Smaller envelopes will result in your certificate getting folded. (2) Include your name and call sign and indicate whether you worked NA1SS or heard NA1SS. (3) Send QSL/SWL information with the envelope to the ARISS QSL Manager for your area: US: ARRL Headquarters, ARISS QSL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111-1494; Canada: Radio Amateurs of Canada, ARISS QSL, 720 Belfast Rd, Suite 217, Ottawa, ON K1G 0Z5, Canada; Europe: ARISS-Europe QSL Bureau, c/o AMSAT-France, 16, rue de la Vallée, 91360 Epinay sur Orge, France; Japan/ITU Region 3: ARISS QSL, Mitsu Sugawara, JN1LQH, JARL International Section, Tokyo 170-8073, Japan. ARISS says it could take several weeks to process certificate requests. * Bennett R. "Ben" Adams Jr, K4EZ, SK: ARRL Headquarters has learned that former ARRL Southeastern Division Director Ben Adams, K4EZ (ex-W4APU and ex-W4EV), of Cincinnati, Ohio, died November 28, a few days shy of his 95th birthday. While living in Alabama, Adams served as Southeastern Division Director from 1935 until 1940. First licensed as 4EV in 1926, Adams attended Georgia Tech, where he was president of the school's Amateur Radio club. After graduation, he worked for AT&T in a variety of capacities. An ARRL Life Member, Adams in his younger years was a very active DXer, contester and traffic handler. He served three terms as president of the Birmingham Radio Club. Following service in World War II, Adams moved to Decatur, Georgia, and subsequently was named a member of the Southeastern DX Club's <http://www.sedxc.org/> DX Hall of Fame. A DXCC Honor Roll member, he had belonged to the ARRL for almost 70 years. In 1995 Adams moved from Georgia into a long-term care facility in Cincinnati.--Some information from Dave Thompson, K4JRB, and Sandy Donahue, W4RU =========================================================== 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. 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