*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 23, No. 10 March 5, 2004 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +NTIA spectrum initiative no threat to amateurs * +League critical of Wall Street Journal BPL article * +Michigan, Ohio youngsters talk to ISS via ham radio link * +Hamvention 2004 moving full speed ahead * +Hams' surprise leaves West Virginia governor at a loss for words * +ARRL Foundation approves new officers, scholarships * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications course registration +Hollingsworth issues interference reminder Bogus ARRL.net messages circulating via e-mail Musical pioneer Alvino Rey, W6UK, SK Clifford E. Fay, K7BQ, SK Hawaii Amateur Radio antenna bills advance New 241-GHz distance record claimed Vote on QST Cover Plaque Award +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== ==>NTIA SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT INQUIRY POSES NO DANGER TO HAM RADIO Apparently not to be outdone by the FCC's Spectrum Policy Task Force (SPTF) and resulting proceedings, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has initiated its own spectrum management Notice of Inquiry <http://spectrumreform.ntia.doc.gov/notice.htm>. The NTIA administers spectrum used by the federal government and advises the White House in telecommunications matters. Comments on the NOI--which carries the somewhat unwieldy Docket No 040127027-4027-01--are due by March 18. Some in the amateur community believe the NOI represents a threat to Amateur Radio. ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, says the League is taking a hard look at the NTIA NOI and its potential impact on the Amateur Radio Service and will comment formally by the filing deadline. "In a nutshell, there is no specific threat to the Amateur Radio Service in this proceeding," Rinaldo said, "unless one considers opening spectrum management to scrutiny as the US government does every so often." As it did with the FCC's SPTF, the League's Washington office is participating in meetings related to the NOI. On February 12 Rinaldo delivered a presentation on Amateur Radio spectrum management at an NTIA Forum on Spectrum Management Policy Reform, sponsored by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of The National Academies. Among other things, Rinaldo noted that amateurs are concerned about potential interference from unlicensed Part 15 devices, "particularly those that are broadband and distributed throughout residential areas." Such devices, he asserted, should have "globally harmonized bands and standards" designed to preserve a low-noise environment needed for scientific uses and to avoid power escalation in radio services as the noise level rises. The NTIA released the NOI February 2 in response to a May 29, 2003, executive memorandum from President George W. Bush called "United States Spectrum Policy for the 21st Century." The NTIA NOI now is being viewed as a counterweight to the FCC's SPTF. The NTIA proceeding is broader than the FCC's SPTF initiative, however, and it poses some fundamental questions--including whether the FCC and NTIA spectrum management functions should be combined in a single entity. "The League sees this NOI as a healthy opportunity for the airing of views on spectrum management and not a threat aimed at the Amateur Radio Service," Rinaldo concluded. "We appreciate an opportunity to hear members' views." FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Acting NTIA head Michael Gallagher met February 27 to plan and coordinate the efforts of the FCC and the NTIA on spectrum policy. The meeting included senior spectrum policy teams from both government agencies. ==>ARRL RESPONDS TO WALL STREET JOURNAL ARTICLE ON BPL The ARRL this week responded to a March 2 Wall Street Journal article, "The Web's New Outlet," that presented a one-sided, rosy picture of Broadband over Power Line while avoiding any mention of its interference potential. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, faxed a letter to the editor of the New York-based business and financial publication to point out some of BPL's shortcomings, which were largely missing from the WSJ report. "Any listing of the pros and cons of using power lines to deliver broadband services must mention its major disadvantage: it pollutes the radio spectrum, interfering with nearby radio receivers," Sumner said. "The only known exception is a microwave system being developed by Corridor Systems of Santa Rosa, California." Sumner pointed out that BPL involves sending wideband RF "over unshielded wires that were not designed for the purpose." Owing to the laws of physics, Sumner continued, these power lines function much like antennas, and BPL signals passing through wires in the vicinity can interfere with radio reception. "The frequencies in question are used by public safety agencies, the military, aeronautical and maritime services, broadcasters, radio astronomers, radio amateurs, and others," Sumner noted. He said BPL system designers have had only limited success in resolving the interference issue by notching certain frequencies. "Yet BPL implementation cannot go forward without solving it, because for very good and obvious reasons it is a violation of FCC regulations for a BPL system to cause radio interference," he went on. "If BPL causes interference--and it does--the BPL system must be shut down." Sumner included references to the ARRL's BPL Web page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc#video>, which documents HF interference the League monitored at four BPL field test sites last fall. The WSJ article, in the paper's "Marketplace" section, focuses on the announcement this week of what's said to be the largest rollout to date of BPL by Cincinnati-based utility Cinergy Corp and its BPL partner Current Communications. Cinergy and Current Communications hope to be offering the service to between 60,000 and 1.5 million Cincinnati-area customers by year's end and eventually to some 24 million potential customers elsewhere who are served by smaller utilities. While the article concedes that BPL "is unproven in wide use," it also cites FCC Office of Engineering and Technology Chief Ed Thomas, who called the technology "ready for prime time." Thomas stopped short of saying that the same was true for the BPL industry, however. It also quotes Cinergy Executive Vice President Bill Grealis, who called BPL "the last-mile solution" and said the service--at between $30 and $40 a month--would be "cheaper and faster than DSL or cable." A March 5 article about the Cinergy/Current Communications BPL rollout appearing in the Cincinnati Enquirer <http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2004/03/05/biz_cinergy05.html> cites Amateur Radio's concerns, although it also includes comments by FCC and industry sources saying that interference is not a major worry. Featuring a photo of ARRL Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips, K8QOE, the report quotes the League's comments to the FCC in response to last April's BPL FCC Notice of Inquiry (ET Docket 04-104). Phillips expresses his concerns that interference from RF on unshielded power lines could interfere "with all types of radio transmissions," including emergency agencies. Sumner, in his letter to the Wall Street Journal, suggested that there are better choices than BPL, even from the standpoint of business and economics. "Potential investors in broadband delivery alternatives to DSL and cable would be far better off considering the various methods of delivering fiber-to-the-home in densely populated areas," he concluded. "For rural areas, adaptations of wireless LAN technology are generally recognized as offering far more promise than BPL." ==>HAM RADIO CONNECTS MICHIGAN, OHIO YOUNGSTERS WITH ISS Youngsters at schools in Michigan and Ohio were the latest to have an opportunity to interview International Space Station Expedition 8 Commander Mike Foale, KB5UAC, via Amateur Radio. The contacts March 1 with Armstrong Middle School in Flint, Michigan, and February 20 with Glenwood Elementary School in Perrysburg, Ohio, were arranged via the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Foale was at the controls of NA1SS for both QSOs. Originally set for January 12, the Armstrong Middle School contact had to be rescheduled because of the ISS air leak earlier this year. That now-resolved problem was the topic of the first question from an Armstrong student. "Yes, we did fix it. We found the leak using a special detector that listened for hiss--ultrasound," Foale replied. The leak was from a hose used to keep condensation from building up on a window. "Since then, we've replaced the hose that went to that window, so we don't have the leak anymore." Another youngster wanted to know what it was like to take off into space from Earth. Foale said the space shuttle offers a harder ride than the much-smaller Russian Soyuz vehicles the crews use now that the shuttle fleet remains grounded. "It's very very rough," Foale said, describing the shuttle take-off, which he compared to lying on a washing machine in spin cycle with a pair of sneakers inside. "On the Soyuz rocket--the Russian rocket--it's a lot smoother," Foale continued, "but you still feel the same pressure on your chest as the Gs build up. In fact, it's like having three people sitting on your chest at the very end--after eight minutes." Foale said that during his spare time, he enjoys using the NA1SS station for casual contacts, and he likes taking pictures of Earth--so he'll have something to remember his ISS experience. Armstrong Middle School Science Coordinator Nannette Wolak selected the students who participated in the contact. Local amateur and ARRL member Duane Fischer, W8DBF, worked with the school and ARISS to make the ISS contact a success. The school, which opened in 1970, was named for astronaut Neil Armstrong--the first human to walk on the moon. The ISS was over the US West Coast at the time, and W6SRJ at Santa Rosa College handled the direct uplink and downlink, and the students were linked via an MCI teleconference circuit. Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, was the W6SRJ control operator. Glenwood Elementary School Science Coordinator Linda Cutler, KC8RWJ, has been waiting about three years for her students to have a chance to speak with the ISS via ham radio. Among other things, the Glenwood pupils wanted to know about ongoing research aboard the ISS. "I'm working on experiments that grow plants that make new medicines to fight cancer," Foale said, "and also we're studying how we might make metals stronger." He noted that plants that can grow in space grow toward the light. He also said that cells grow differently in the zero-gravity of space than they do on Earth. Space exploration is part of the curriculum at the kindergarten through grade six school, Cutler said. Glenwood pupils were involved with polishing mirrors for the Starshine 3 satellite project a few years ago. Technical support for the direct contact came from the Wood County Amateur Radio Association and other local amateurs--among them James French, W8ISS, an AMSAT member and ham radio-in-space enthusiast. Larry Reitz, WA8CWD, was the primary liaison between the school and ARISS, and his call sign was used for the Earth station. ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach program with US participation from ARRL, NASA and AMSAT.--some information provided by NASA, AMSAT, Duane Fischer, W8DBF, and Bill Chaikin, KA8VIT. ==>HAMVENTION PLANNING, PREPARATIONS GOING FULL TILT Hamvention <http://www.hamvention.org/> General Chairman Gary Des Combes, N8EMO, reports all is going smoothly as the 2004 show approaches. Hamvention will take place Friday through Sunday, May 14-16, at Hara Arena in Trotwood, near Dayton, Ohio. The theme for the 53rd Hamvention is "The Year of the Contact." "Things are going well, and my team is outstanding," Des Combes said in summing up Hamvention's preparations to date. "I really am fortunate to have the best volunteers in the world." Des Combes says all forum slots have been filled, and about two-thirds of the inside exhibit spaces have been spoken for--which, he points out, is ahead of last year. Des Combes says advanced ticket sales and flea market signups appear to be strong. "We are compiling data now, but demand is very high," he said. Hamvention has another mailing in the works in an effort to attract additional exhibitors. Des Combes also notes that the Hamvention Web site has been upgraded and now provides for on-line, credit card ticket purchases. Under the banner of its Great Lakes Division, the ARRL will offer a Hamvention forum, "How Grassroots Action Gets Lawmakers' Reaction," on Friday, May 14, 12:15 PM. Moderated by ARRL Great Lakes Division Vice Director Dick Mondro, W8FQT, the forum will feature an introduction by ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, and participation by ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, who will discuss "How to Influence Congressional Representatives," ARRL New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, on "Getting State Legislators to Work with Us" and ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, who's titled his remarks "ARRL: Tighten that Cinch, and Go Do It!" The annual ARRL Forum gets under way at 8:30 AM on Saturday, May 15. Check the Hamvention Web site <http://www.hamvention.org/> for additional details. ==>WEST VIRGINIA HAMS SURPRISE GOVERNOR It's not often one sees a state governor at a loss for words. Upon learning that the call sign of his late father, Robert Wise Sr, WA8AYP, was going to be used by the ham radio station in the new Kanawha County Metro Emergency Operations Center in Charleston, West Virginia, Gov Bob Wise quietly said, "I don't know quite what to say." In a February 17 ceremony, Gov Wise prepared to present a $50,000 check to Kanawha County officials to purchase Amateur Radio gear for the new EOC--set for completion next spring. However, he was interrupted by a voice calling him on the ham radio set up in his office for the event. Control operator Bill Hunter, K8BS, identified the station as WA8AYP. When he handed over the mike, the surprised governor responded, "This is the son of WA8AYP." It was then that Gov Wise learned that the call sign of his father, who died in 1986, had been secured for the ham station at the new EOC. It was an emotional moment. "Thank you very much for remembering Dad," he said. "I can't think of anything that would make him happier." Then he quipped, "Do I get a QSL card for this?" To the governor's surprise, officials then unveiled a specially designed WA8AYP QSL card and passed out copies, later signed by the governor for the eager hams in attendance. Kanawha County Commission President Kent Carper, W8CHS, said Amateur Radio operators provide the county with $25,000 to $30,000 a year in free services during disasters. Some of the state funds also will provide ham gear for a new Mobile Command Center. On hand was the West Virginia Legislature's only ham radio operator, Kanawha County Delegate Sharon Spencer, KC8KVF, who also serves as the section's ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator.--Jim Damron, N8TMW ==>ARRL FOUNDATION ELECTS OFFICERS, APPROVES SCHOLARSHIP The ARRL Foundation <http://www.arrl.org/arrlf/> elected the following officers during its annual meeting, held via teleconference on February 12. President: ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI; vice president: ARRL Dakota Division Director Jay Bellows, K0QB; treasurer: ARRL Treasurer Jim McCobb, W1LLU, who succeeds Roger W. Franke, K9AYK; and secretary: ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, who succeeds Mary Lau, N1VH. The change in secretary reflects the first step of a plan to shift the administration of the ARRL Foundation from Field and Educational Services to the ARRL Development Office over the coming months. This will help to align ARRL and Foundation efforts to provide a single contact point for fund-raising activities. The Foundation Board recognized and expressed its appreciation for the exceptional service and support that outgoing secretary Mary Lau has provided to the Foundation over the past 15 years. In other action, the board approved the adoption of the new Indian River Amateur Radio Club (IRARC) Memorial Joseph P. Rubino Scholarship. Existing funds were transferred to the foundation from the Florida club, which has asked the Foundation to administer the pre-existing scholarship. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Sun watcher Tad "Sunshine On My Shoulders" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Propagation should be good for the ARRL International DX Contest (SSB). Geomagnetic conditions are expected to be quiet, with predicted planetary A index at 10 for Friday, March 5, and just 8 for the following three days. Solar flux is expected to rise to 105 for Friday and 110 for the following three days. Solar flux is currently expected to stay above 100 until March 17. Average daily sunspot numbers for the past week were up nearly 15 points to 76.9, compared to the earlier week, and average daily solar flux increased more than 5 points. Geomagnetic indices were about double this week over last. A solar wind stream caused this, but no geomagnetic storm erupted. Around March 10-11, Earth should enter another solar wind, and this could cause a geomagnetic storm, possibly lasting until March 12. Sunspot numbers for February 26 through March 3 were 105, 90, 104, 81, 66, 50 and 42, with a mean of 76.9. The 10.7 cm flux was 120.8, 122.2, 115.8, 110, 101.8, 98.8 and 90.4, with a mean of 108.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 11, 20, 21, 18, 17 and 15, with a mean of 15.3. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The ARRL International DX Contest (SSB), the Makrothen RTTY Contest, the Open Ukraine RTTY Championship, the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are the weekend of March 6-7. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is March 10, and the Pesky Texan Armadillo Chase is March 11. JUST AHEAD: The YL-ISSB QSO Party (SSB), the RSGB Commonwealth Contest, the AGCW QRP Contest, the Oklahoma and Wisconsin QSO parties, the SOC Marathon Sprint, the North American Sprint (RTTY) the UBA Spring Contest (CW) and the NSARA Contest are the weekend of March 13-14. 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, March 8, 12:01 AM Eastern Time (0501 UTC), for the Level II Emergency Communications on-line course (EC-002). Registration remains open through the March 13-14 weekend or until all seats are filled--whichever occurs first. Class begins Tuesday, March 23. 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 60 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) <http://www.arrl.org/cce/> Web page and the C-CE Links found there. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com, 860-594-0340. * Hollingsworth issues interference reminder: FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth says no Amateur Radio stations are exempt from the requirement to avoid unnecessarily interfering with ongoing communications. "It is very important for all stations, including automated ones, to realize that they are responsible for any interference caused when they come on top of existing communications," Hollingsworth said in response to a recent inquiry. 'There are no exemptions for automated stations." FCC Part 97 <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/news/part97/> Amateur Service rules generally address interference with other communications in ß97.101(d): "No amateur operator shall willfully or maliciously interfere with or cause interference to any radio communication or signal." An amateur had written to Hollingsworth alleging that what appear to be automated PACTOR stations routinely start transmitting atop PSK31 QSOs on 40 and 30 meters. The amateur also contacted one of the PACTOR stations in an effort to "dialogue about it not just complain." Hollingsworth expressed the hope that all involved could work things out. He also points out that stations responding to automated interrogations are equally responsible for not causing interference. "It doesn't mean the frequency is clear merely because they were interrogated by another station," he told ARRL this week. "It's a two-way responsibility." * Bogus ARRL.net messages circulating via e-mail: Several members have notified ARRL that they have received e-mail messages alleging to be from the ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/emailfwd.html>, "The ARRL.net team" or some variation. The messages, which often carry a subject line along the lines of "Warning about your e-mail account," indicate that the recipient's ARRL E-Mail Forwarding Service <call sign>@arrl.net address will be closed within three days because of an alleged violation of acceptable practices. These messages are false and did not come from The ARRL Forwarding Service. They are the result of one of the variants on a number of viruses now permeating the Internet. A file usually is attached to these messages. As always, do not open any attachments that you cannot identify. Opening the file could result in your computer being infected by a virus. This is only one of the several virus-laden messages currently propagating across the Internet. The ARRL advises its members to be cautious in opening any message and/or attachment, even if it appears to be from someone you know. All of these viruses use e-mail addresses from the address book of an infected computer to falsify the "From:" address in the header to make it appear that the message is from someone the recipient knows. * Musical pioneer Alvino Rey, W6UK, SK: Alvino Rey, W6UK, of Sandy, Utah, died February 24. He was 95 and had been in failing health. An ARRL member, Rey was a well-known musician for several decades and was considered "the father of the pedal steel guitar." Born Alvin McBurney in California and raised in Cleveland, Rey was an inveterate tinkerer who gained a reputation both as a musician and an electronics whiz who got his ham ticket at an early age. During the Big Band era he was a star of the Horace Heidt and his Musical Knights and later formed his own ensemble. The Alvino Rey Orchestra's biggest hit, "Deep in the Heart of Texas," came in 1942, but his trademark was novelty music and creating new sounds. At one point during World War II, however, he found himself out of the music business and working as a mechanic in an aircraft factory. He subsequently joined the US Navy and led a service band. Rey and his orchestra were featured during the 1960s' "The King Family Show" on TV, and he was married to Luise King, who died in 1997. An active amateur, Rey and his "talking guitar" performed at more than one ARRL Southwestern Division convention in past decades. "He was great and a lot of fun as well as a long-time League member," recalled ARRL Honorary Vice President and former Southwestern Division Director Fried Heyn, WA6WZO, who also remembers hearing Rey talking to his friends on HF. * Clifford E. Fay, K7BQ, SK: Cliff Fay, K7BQ, of Peoria, Arizona, died February 28. One of the oldest members of the Amateur Radio community, Fay turned 100 last December 2. An ARRL member, Fay remained active on the air until very recently. He was an active DXer and a regular participant in the Lions Club's annual Hunting Lions in the Air contest. First licensed as 9ARG in 1919 when he was 16 and living in St Louis, Fay had held a ham ticket continuously since then--nearly 85 years. "Cliff was a truly great person," said his friend Ken Hopper, KD7KH. "His mind was sharp as a tack to the very end of his life." Hopper said Fay made arrangements for him to donate his Amateur Radio gear to an organization that encourages young people to become licensed. Survivors include a son, Ted, and a daughter, Barbara. Fay's family requests memorial donations in Cliff Fay's name to the Sierra Winds Charitable Foundation, 17300 N 88th Ave, Box PL 2, Peoria, AZ 85382. * Hawaii Amateur Radio antenna bills advance: Two Amateur Radio antenna bills under consideration in the Hawaii State Legislature soon will move from a House to a Senate committee, according to their sponsor, Rep Ken Hiraki. House bills 2773 and 2774 would provide for Amateur Radio antennas in housing developments, condominiums and subdivisions governed by covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs). HB 2773 would allows condominium apartment owners who are licensed Amateur Radio operators to install antennas on their apartment units. HB 2774 would permit the installation of amateur radio equipment in subdivisions. Following a March 1 hearing in the Hawaii House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce, committee members amended the bills to have an effective date of 2099, unanimously approved them and advanced them for consideration by a Senate committee. The 2099 effective date will permit additional time for the committees to amend the bills and integrate them with other CC&R-related legislation. The ARRL submitted written testimony on behalf of the measures (see "ARRL Submits Testimony Supporting Hawaii Antenna Bills" <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/02/27/4/>). * New 241-GHz distance record claimed: Perennial microwave-band record seeker Brian Justin, WA1ZMS, has claimed a new world and North American DX record for the 241 GHz band. On February 17, WA1ZMS/4 in EM96wx worked W2SZ/4 in FM07fm at a distance of 79.6 km (49.35 miles). The two stations used slow-speed CW (QRSS). Pete Lascell, W4WWQ, was the W2SZ operator. Both stations used Spectran <http://www.qsl.net/padan/spectran.html> software to aid in receiving the slow-speed CW, in which a dit lasted about one second and each dah lingered for three. "The entire QSO took well over an hour to complete, with both stations having to send the exchanges several times," Justin said. "Some portions of the CW were copied by ear, but the DSP software came through in the end to help make the QSO happen." Justin says the QSO marked the fifth grid W2SZ needed for the ARRL VUCC Award <http://www.arrl.org/awards/vucc/> for 241 GHz--the first VUCC on that band. Additional details are on the Mount Greylock Expeditionary Force Web site <http://www.mgef.org/zms_241_vucc.htm>. * Vote on QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for February is Dan Clark, W9VV, for his article " A Historic Receiver from a Radio Pioneer--Fred Schnell." Congratulations, Dan! 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