*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 23, No. 37 September 17, 2004 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Ham radio volunteers again aid hurricane relief, recovery * +ARRL kicks off 2005 campaign for Spectrum Defense * +No shower, no bath, no problem, astronaut tells students * +ARRL plays role in Maryland antenna victory * +FCC swaps ham's license for big fine * +Registration opens for new ARRL Propagation course * +Mike Anuta, W8HKY, SK * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration ARRL seeks Community Education Program Coordinator +Cayman Islands emergency traffic exempt from third-party traffic rules +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== ==>AMATEUR RADIO SWINGS INTO ACTION IN STORM-STRICKEN GULF REGION Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) teams were ready and waiting as Hurricane Ivan devastated entire sections of the US Gulf Coast early September 16. Packing 115 MPH winds as it made landfall, Ivan zeroed in on the Mobile Bay area of Alabama, but because of its huge girth, the storm wrought widespread death and destruction in the Florida Panhandle and also affected Mississippi. Below-sea-level New Orleans was spared major flooding, however. Alabama Section Emergency Coordinator Jay Isbell, KA4KUN, said ham radio has been helping relief agencies, especially in the hard-hit southernmost counties. "Right now the adrenaline's still up," he said September 16 of volunteers staffing a statewide ARES communication network--an HF net with liaisons to local repeaters and including all of the state's emergency operations centers. "Most everybody south of us is operating on emergency power." In Baldwin and Mobile counties--which straddle Mobile Bay--telephone service was out, so ham radio was providing a substantial communication link, Isbell said. "We're giving their messages priority." Most traffic has been logistical--requests for shelter cots, tarpaulins and generators--"but they've also asked for three four-wheel drive vehicles and a helicopter for search and rescue as well as damage assessment," he said. ARES teams along the Gulf have been providing communication support for the Red Cross, The Salvation Army and the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization. ARES already is assisting with damage assessment activity, for the first time using Global Positioning System units and computerized mapping as an aid. ARRL Alabama SM Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, praised Isbell's efforts and said he's proud of Alabama's radio amateurs. "Many amateurs stepped up to provide communications and assistance," he said. "Several amateurs traveled to Southern Alabama before Ivan to help get ready for the hurricane." He said others traveled to the Mobile area to help emergency managers "and people they don't even know." In Northern Florida, Western Panhandle ARES District Emergency Coordinator Bill Hayden, WY8O, reported damage assessment was under way in Okaloosa County, where the storm took out several repeaters and telephone service. In southern Santa Rosa County, massive flooding and several fatalities were reported, and refugees were forced to take shelter. In Escambia County, five shelters and four hospitals sustained storm damage, and several people died. The hurricane destroyed the Interstate 10 bridge connecting Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, cutting off residents and relief workers alike. At week's end, Northern Florida Section Traffic Manager Dale Sewell, N4SGQ, was working up a list of relief personnel and waiting on how to get them into the affected area. "Having lived in Pensacola for 35 years, I know the complications of being surrounded on so many sides by water," Sewell said. "I just never imagined that all the routes would be cut off simultaneously." He said Escambia County was left virtually without power, which utilities say could take three weeks to restore. In Mississippi, ARRL SM Malcolm Keown, W5XX, reported that outside of some "significant interference" the West Gulf ARES Net operation went smoothly. Most traffic was tactical, he said, to help the Red Cross with needed equipment and supplies. The net, on 7285 and 3873 kHz, operates in accordance with a memorandum of understanding among the ARRL Louisiana, Mississippi and South Texas sections. Keown says ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, stepped in to restore the fallen dipole antenna of West Gulf ARES Net National Traffic System Coordinator Carolyn Womack, KC5OZT, who's also North Texas Section Traffic Manager. "He went over and fixed it, and by 4 o'clock she was back on the air, so chalk one up for the ARRL president!" Keown said. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) <http://www.hwn.org/> on 14.325 MHz secured operations for Hurricane Ivan September 16, but only to take another breather before an anticipated reactivation for Hurricane Jeanne in a few days. The nearly continuous activations over the past four weeks have taken a toll on HWN members, HWN Manager Mike Pilgrim, K5MP, told ARRL, and several were affected by storm-related damage. The HWN coordinates its activities with WX4NHC <http://www.wx4nhc.org/> at the National Hurricane Center to gather real-time ground-level weather data and damage reports from Amateur Radio volunteers in a storm's path and relay these to forecasters. This hurricane season WX4NHC has been taking advantage of IRLP and EchoLink via the new VOIPWX Net <http://www.voipwx.net/>, which also provides streaming audio. The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) <http://www.satern.org/> on 14.265 MHz has been handling health-and-welfare inquiries in the wake of the recent round of hurricanes. The net also handles emergency communications from storm-affected areas. SATERN also takes health-and-welfare inquiries via its Web site. The National Weather Service was warning areas still in the path of the remnants of Hurricane Ivan that they could be in for heavy rainfall and possible tornadoes. ==>"MORE THAN JUST BPL!" LEAGUE KICKS OFF 2005 SPECTRUM DEFENSE CAMPAIGN The ARRL this week kicked off its 2005 Spectrum Defense Fund campaign with the slogan "more than just BPL!" ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, says that while interference from BPL--broadband over power line--technology is the most prominent and immediate threat to amateur spectrum, generous donations from ARRL members and supporters make it possible for the League to face it and other spectrum challenges. Haynie says that not all of ARRL's advocacy efforts necessarily involve taking defensive measures, such as with BPL, but all of them are essential. "Forty meters, Little LEOs some years back, the work that the League's Technical Relations Office in Washington does--all this makes the spectrum available to us," Haynie said. "And without spectrum, the license that we have in our pocket or hanging up on the wall is pretty much useless." Haynie says that, as he sees it, the League's job is to look out for the best interests of Amateur Radio and make sure that we have spectrum to operate on. "And that's a big job, it's a huge job that we've undertaken. It becomes very important because spectrum is so precious." It's also a job whose cost and complexity have risen considerably in the past decade, as new technology-driven demand for spectrum has put increasing pressure on Amateur Radio frequencies. World Radiocommunication Conferences, at which ARRL and International Amateur Radio Union personnel represent Amateur Radio's interests, now occur every two or three years instead of once a decade. As ARRL CEO David Sumner pointed out in a fundraising letter <https://www.arrl.org/forms/fdefense/> to League members, in such an environment, the League no longer can cover the cost of its operations and advocacy efforts with dues revenue and the sale of publications and QST advertising. "The whole philosophy of spectrum management is being rethought, with the objective of easing access for new products for consumers and industry," Sumner wrote. "But as the rules for their introduction and use are developed, we in the Amateur Radio Service need an advocate to ensure that our interests are safeguarded. With your help, the ARRL will continue to be that advocate, for ourselves and for future generations of radio amateurs." In 1985, the League spent perhaps $200,000 on advocacy and spectrum defense. The League's Washington office at the time consisted of one staff member. As 2005 looms, it's a much different picture. "Today we spend close to $900,000, and I know it's something that hams can't see, touch or feel, but it's just as important as those things that they can--like QST and the Handbook," Haynie said, "because we would not have all those things if it were not for the fact that we have a place to operate." The 2005 Spectrum Defense Fund depends on membership support and is essential to the League's continued success. Radio amateurs may contribute online via the ARRL's secure donor Web site <https://www.arrl.org/forms/fdefense/fdefense.html>. Those contributing at or above the $50 level may request a gift as a token of the League's appreciation. For more information about the 2005 Spectrum Defense Fund or to discuss other ways you can support the ARRL's continuing work on behalf of Amateur Radio, contact ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. <firstname.lastname@example.org>; 860-594-0397. ==>SIX MONTHS WITHOUT A SHOWER OR BATH? NO PROBLEM, ASTRONAUT TELLS YOUNGSTERS NASA astronaut Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, told students at Kingston Community School in South Australia that keeping oneself clean in space is not that much of a problem, despite the lack of a shower or bathtub. During a September 10 Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school group contact, Fincke suggested that no one will run the other way when he and ISS Expedition 9 Commander Gennady Padalka, RN3DT, return to Earth--even though neither will have had a real bath or shower during their six-month stay. The ISS crew washes up instead using wet towels and special shampoo, Fincke explained. "We have some special space shampoo that doesn't require water, and it does a pretty good job," Fincke said. "So at the end of the mission, even though it's six months without a bath, we're still pretty good, and we don't smell too bad." Fincke said keeping clean is important, but the crew doesn't really get that dirty to start with. He also said he keeps his hair very short to make it easy to shampoo. As for space food--it's "pretty good," he said, responding to another favorite question. But the astronauts can't just pop into the kitchen when they feel hungry and grab a cold drink from the fridge or whip up something on the stove. "Now, we don't have a refrigerator, and we don't have any kind of oven or a microwave, but we can warm up our food," he explained. Meals--there's both American and Russian cuisine aboard--come dehydrated, and the astronauts just add water and wait a few minutes for a food warmer to do its job. Fincke said he and Padalka also take advantage of mealtime to discuss their activities. "We certainly enjoy three meals a day, and that's the time when the commander and I, we have a chance to talk about our day and go over our plans," Fincke said, "so mealtime is one of my favorite times." One topic they've likely been discussing the past few days has been recurring problems with the space station's primary oxygen-generation system. Russian engineers on the ground spent last weekend analyzing the intermittent problem. NASA says the crew is in no danger, however. The Elektron oxygen system initially shut down September 8. It works by separating water into oxygen for ISS use and hydrogen, which is vented overboard. International Space Station Amateur Radio Club NN1SS in Greenbelt, Maryland, served as the Earth station for the contact with NA1SS in space. A two-way teleconference link, donated by MCI, made it possible for the students to ask questions and hear Fincke's replies. Dave Taylor, W8AAS, served as the control operator at NN1SS. ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, and Mark Steiner, K3MS, assisted. ARISS veteran Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, worked with Kingston Community School to make arrangements for the contact. ARISS is an international educational outreach with US participation from ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>ARRL HAS ROLE IN MARYLAND AMATEUR TOWER CASE VICTORY ARRL member John Evans, N3HBX, says he'll go forward with plans to erect four 192-foot towers on a 44-acre farmland tract he owns near Poolesville, Maryland. ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, testified as an expert witness on Evans' behalf September 9 when a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge denied a request for a preliminary injunction brought by Evans' neighbors in an effort to have his building permits for the structures rescinded. "Thank you for your sterling support today!" Evans e-mailed Imlay after the ruling by Circuit Court Judge DeLawrence Beard. "I am sure it made a difference." While another court proceeding to deal with the interpretation of Montgomery County's zoning ordinance lies ahead, Evans' attorney, Steve Van Grack--a former Rockville mayor--has told him he's free to put up his towers--even at the risk that they might have to come down later if the courts ultimately rule against him. "And that is what I plan to do," Evans said. Imlay says Judge Beard was not convinced by the assertions of Evans' neighbors that installing the four antenna support structures would result in irreparable harm, and he declined to grant an injunction to stop the project until its legality could be established in court. "The issue was whether or not a special exception--like a conditional use permit--is required or just the building permits that were issued by the County," Imlay explained. A conditional use permit would have required a public hearing. "Evans is not out of the woods yet, but this allows him to put up the towers," he said. Judge Beard ruled only on the preliminary injunction request, however. The neighbors earlier had attempted to get a temporary restraining order, but that was denied by the Circuit Court August 30. In turning down the injunction request, Judge Beard said the towers could come down just as they went up--if that was his final decision--so any harm to the neighbors would not be irreparable. The county granted Evans a building permit to construct the towers as accessory use structures on June 23. Evans reportedly paid just over $1 million for the property in March on the condition that a building permit for the towers be approved. He's also built a house on the property, which is within Montgomery County's agricultural reserve. Evans' neighbors have strenuously opposed the DXCC Honor Roller's plans to put up the towers for his new contest station, and they told reporters the latest setback will not halt their efforts. Contending the tower project will destroy the "rural character of the area," more than 200 area residents signed a petition requesting a public hearing. According to The Gazette newspaper, Evans has met with delegations of neighbors in an effort to accommodate their complaints--including an offer to plant trees to obscure the view of the towers. He also offered to remove the towers in 15 years when he'll be in his mid-80s and "probably no longer interested in pursuing the hobby," the news report said. The Washington Post this week reported that neighbors didn't learn of Evans' plans until construction trucks began showing up at the site. Several neighbors have ceded their own development rights to the county to keep the area as agricultural open space. They suggest that Evans' tower project makes a mockery of the agricultural easements. ==>LET'S MAKE A DEAL: FCC AGREES TO TRADE AMATEUR'S LICENSE FOR BIG FINE The FCC has agreed to write off a $12,000 fine it levied against an Iowa man in exchange for his giving up his Amateur Radio license for five years. The FCC last year affirmed a $12,000 fine against Technician licensee Scott E. Kamm, N0UGN, of Sioux City. Kamm later filed a Petition for Reconsideration that proposed the license-for-fine quid pro quo. The Commission formally granted his petition in a September 7 Memorandum and Order (M&O). "In support of his petition, Mr. Kamm offers to immediately withdraw his pending application for renewal of his license for amateur radio station N0UGN, and to refrain from applying for any other license for a period of five years," the M&O said. "Accordingly, we conclude that cancellation of the $12,000 forfeiture is warranted." The FCC said its Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) would process the withdrawal of Kamm's license renewal application concurrently with its order. FCC Enforcement Chief David Solomon signed the M&O, which was released September 9. Following up on Amateur Radio complaints in the fall of 2002, agents from the FCC's Kansas City field office tracked interfering signals to Kamm's station--which was in Waterbury, Nebraska, at the time. Several months earlier, however, the FCC had granted Kamm's application to change his mailing address to a location in Sioux City. In January 2003, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability to Kamm alleging willful and repeated interference to ongoing amateur communications, broadcasting of music, and failure to identify by call sign while operating on a 2-meter repeater. During 2002, Kamm was the target of several letters and an FCC Warning Notice from FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth. In the fall of that year, the WTB set aside Kamm's renewal application based upon complaints about the operation of his station and questions regarding his qualifications to be a licensee. Kamm's license expired September 29, 2002, and his renewal application reverted to pending status while the matter was referred to the Enforcement Bureau. ==>ARRL ANNOUNCES NEW RADIO FREQUENCY PROPAGATION COURSE A new course, "Radio Frequency Propagation" (EC-011), is the latest in the League's catalog of Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) courses. Registration for the propagation course will remain open through Sunday, September 26, and the first class will begin Friday, October 15. The course curriculum was written by Ian Poole, G3YWX, and edited by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, and Terry Dettmann, WX7S. A noted DXer, Luetzelschwab writes the "Propagation" column for WorldRadio magazine and occasionally fills in for Tad Cook, K7RA, to write the weekly ARRL propagation report. Dettmann is the CCE program's mentor coordinator and also a propagation expert. Those signing up for EC-011 will study the science of RF propagation, including the properties of electromagnetic waves, the atmosphere and the ionosphere, the sun and sunspots, ground waves and sky waves, and various propagation modes--including aurora and meteor scatter. Over the course of 15 learning units they'll also engage in various listening and logging activities and visit several Web sites that deal with solar phenomena related to radio wave propagation. The course runs 12 weeks and students can earn 2 Continuing Education Units. Tuition for the course is $65 for ARRL members and $95 for nonmembers. RF Propagation students will need to have an HF receiver to complete the various course-related activities. All on-line CCE courses also require access to a computer with an Internet connection as well as e-mail and Web navigational skills. Poole's text, Radio Propagation--Principles & Practice, is the optional reference manual for the course. Published by the Radio Society of Great Britain, the 112-page book offers a practical understanding of radio propagation and serves as a guide to choosing the right band at the right time for the desired communication path. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Web page <http://www.arrl.org/cce> or contact the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Program Department <email@example.com>. ==>MICHAEL J. ANUTA, W8HKY, SK One of the oldest radio amateurs in the US has become a Silent Key. Michael J. "Mike" Anuta, W8HKY, of Marinette, Wisconsin, died September 9. He was 103. After leaving school following the eighth grade and working as a Western Union delivery boy and a railroad telegrapher, Anuta went on to become an attorney and enjoyed a 67-year legal career in Michigan. "We are deeply saddened to hear of Mike's passing," said Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG. "He was truly a fine gentleman, and we'd like to think that Amateur Radio contributed to his long and happy life." First licensed as WN8HKY in 1952 during the early days of the Novice program, Anuta quickly upgraded to General and remained active through the 1970s. When he moved into a retirement apartment, he sold his ham gear but kept his ticket current. After reading a newspaper account of the 50th anniversary of the Marinette and Menominee Amateur Radio Club in 2000, he decided to get back into ham radio. He rejoined the club, bought a 2-meter hand-held and--until his failing eyesight and hearing prevented him from doing so about a year ago--he regularly checked into the club's Sunday night 2-meter net. Anuta also rejoined the ARRL, and in 2001, when he turned 100, the League sent a special greeting to Anuta and congratulated him on attaining centenarian status. Survivors include Anuta's wife of nearly 83 years, Marianne. A service will be held September 21, 11 AM, at First Presbyterian Church in Menominee. The family invites memorial contributions to the Presbytery Point Camp, c/o Presbytery Point Board, G. Christopherson, Ishpeming, MI 49849, or to the Bay-Lakes Council, Boy Scouts of America, PO Box 267, Appleton, WI 54912. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Sol man Tad "Let the Sunshine In" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Solar flux and sunspot numbers rose over the past week. The average daily sunspot number--at 77.6--was more than 20 points higher than the average for the previous week. The highest sunspot count was 87 on September 10 and 11. The daily solar flux averaged 13 points higher at 119.1. Predicted solar flux for the near term is 110 for September 17-19 and down to 100 by September 21-22. Predicted planetary A index for the next few days is 20 and 15 for September 17-18, then around 10 for September 19-21. September 22-23 is supposed to be quieter. The higher A index predicted for September 17 is because of a weak coronal mass ejection. The high A index on September 14 was from a solar flare coming out of sunspot 672 on September 12. Currently sunspot 672 is squarely facing Earth. Sunspot numbers for September 9 through 15 were 82, 87, 87, 85, 65, 70 and 67, with a mean of 77.6. The 10.7 cm flux was 131, 130, 116.4, 114.6, 117.7, 114.7 and 109.6, with a mean of 119.1. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 5, 6, 4, 8, 28 and 14, with a mean of 9.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 1, 1, 1, 5, 17 and 9, with a mean of 5.3. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The North American Sprint(SSB), the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, the SARL VHF/UHF Contest, the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW), the Collegiate QSO Party, the Mediterranean Islands Award Contest, the South Carolina QSO Party, the QRP Afield event, the Washington State Salmon Run and the QCWA QSO Party are the weekend of September 18-19. The 144 MHz Fall Sprint is September 20. JUST AHEAD: the CQ World Wide DX Contest (RTTY), the Tesla Cup (SSB), the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB), the Arkansas, Texas and Alabama QSO parties, the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, the Tesla Cup (CW) and the UBA ON Contest (6 meters) are the weekend of September 25-26. The Fall QRP Homebrewer Sprint is September 27, and the 222 MHz Fall Sprint is September 28.See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/> for more info. * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration: Registration for the ARRL Antenna Modeling (EC-004) on-line course remains open through Sunday, September 19. Classes begin Friday October 1. This course is an excellent way to learn the ins and outs of computerized antenna modeling. Antenna expert and noted author L.B. Cebik, W4RNL, has combined the expertise of his long career as a college professor with his love and antennas and antenna modeling to offer a comprehensive, yet practical, course of study. Registration for the Technician Licensing course (EC-010) also remains open through Sunday, September 26. Classes begin Friday, October 8. With the assistance of a mentor, EC-010 students learn everything they need to know to pass the FCC Technician class license examination. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education <http://www.arrl.org/cce/> Web page or contact the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Program Department <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration: Registration for the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level III on-line course (EC-003) opens Monday, September 20, at 1201 AM EDT and will remain open through the September 25-26 weekend or until all available seats have been filled. Seniors (age 55 and older) are strongly encouraged to participate. Class begins Friday, October 8. 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, 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>. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com; 860-594-0340. * ARRL seeks Community Education Program Coordinator: The ARRL has a position opening for a Community Education Program (CEP) Coordinator. This is a one-year, grant-funded position, and the individual hired need not be based at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. The successful candidate will be responsible for the development and execution of a pilot program for community education on Amateur Radio. The overall objective is the creation and presentation of an interactive forum on the basics of Amateur Radio to Citizen Corps councils in 12 locales across the US. The CEP Coordinator will be responsible for follow up and measurement to ensure that the program's goals for Amateur Radio's inclusion in local emergency planning are met. This position requires a broad knowledge of Amateur Radio, especially of public service; at least five years experience as an Amateur Radio licensee; excellent presentation, oral and written communication skills and the ability to travel extensively. The anticipated pay range is $35,000-$40,000. Send resumes to: Human Resources, American Radio Relay League, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111; e-mail: LouAnn Campanello <firstname.lastname@example.org>; fax 860-594-0298. Please read the official job announcement <http://www.arrl.org/announce/jobs/#cepc> before applying. The ARRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. * Cayman Islands emergency traffic exempt from third-party traffic rules: Because of changes to the international Radio Regulations at World Radiocommunication Conference 2003, the FCC will not enforce third-party traffic rules contained in ß97.115 of the FCC Amateur Radio Service rules for the passage of emergency and health-and-welfare traffic. The FCC continues to evaluate necessary revisions to the wording of Part 97 to reflect the WRC-03 changes, but Commission staff has assured ARRL that it will not sanction amateurs passing appropriate emergency-related traffic with stations in the Cayman Islands, with which the US has no third-party traffic agreement. =========================================================== 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. 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