*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 09 March 4, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +FCC Morse, restructuring proposals could be out by mid-year * +ARRL asks FCC to invalidate new Florida RFI law * +ISS crew commander gets to "phone home" via ham radio * +Utility airs BPL plans for San Diego hams * +Ham radio in the limelight at emergency management conference * +Free basic electronics presentation available from ARRL * +Act now! Emergency communications course tuition subsidies ending * +Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award for 2004 goes to N1II * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio: ARRL International DX Contest (SSB) and more! ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration Amateur Radio workshop set for National Hurricane Conference New Mexico emergency planners to learn about Amateur Radio resource ARRL member's suggestion leads to on-line FCC Forms Problems with delivery of ARRL e-mail products often on recipient's end Correction DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit +Available on ARRL Audio News =========================================================== ==>Delivery problems (ARRL member direct delivery only!): firstname.lastname@example.org ==>Editorial questions or comments: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, email@example.com =========================================================== ==>FCC MORSE, RESTRUCTURING PROPOSALS COULD HIT THE STREET BY MID-YEAR The FCC continues to work toward developing a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) that will spell out what the Commission has in mind with respect to possible changes in the current Morse code requirement and Amateur Radio licensing. A total of 18 petitions have been filed, including one from the ARRL, seeking Part 97 rule changes addressing the future of the 5 WPM Morse requirement (Element 1) and revisions to the overall Amateur Radio licensing structure. The FCC is planning to tackle all 18 rulemaking petitions within the framework of a single proceeding. As far as the code issue is concerned, petitions--and comments in response to them--run the gamut from retaining or even beefing up the Morse requirement to eliminating it altogether. (The ARRL's proposal would retain the 5 WPM Morse examination for Amateur Extra class applicants only.) The League and others have also put forth proposals for a new entry-level Amateur Radio license class. At this point, personnel in the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau are continuing to review the thousands of comments filed on the 18 petitions. While the FCC appears unlikely to release an NPRM any sooner than mid-2005, the issue still may be a major discussion topic during the FCC Forum at Dayton Hamvention, May 20-22. Once public, the NPRM will initiate yet another round of public comments--this time on what the FCC has proposed. An FCC Report and Order to implement any new rules regarding Morse code and license restructuring is unlikely before the second half of 2006, although it's possible the Commission could wrap up the proceeding before then. ==>LEAGUE ASKS FCC TO VOID FLORIDA RFI STATUTE The ARRL has asked the FCC to invalidate a Florida law that prohibits anyone making radio transmissions without a license or Commission "exemption" from interfering with licensed broadcast stations. In a Request for Declaratory Ruling to the Commission February 25, the League maintains that only the FCC has authority to regulate radio stations and RFI. By prohibiting interference to broadcasters, the ARRL contends, the Florida law could have the apparently unintended consequence of affecting ham radio licensees as well as operators of certain unlicensed Part 15 devices, such as cordless telephones. "What is clear is that no radio transmissions, licensed or not, are permitted if they result in interference to public or commercial radio stations licensed by the Commission," the League said. "Thus, it would appear that Commission-licensed Amateur Radio stations in Florida are subject to felony prosecution if their transmissions interfere with interference-susceptible broadcast or other radio receivers used in listening to public or commercial radio stations." The law also could subject operators of Part 15 unlicensed intentional radiators that interfere with broadcast stations to felony criminal prosecution, the League said, adding that it "could be interpreted to prohibit operation of Part 15 devices entirely." Citing case law and legal opinions dating as far back as the 1930s, the ARRL requested a declaratory ruling from the FCC that the Florida statute "exceeds the jurisdiction of the State of Florida and intrudes on the exclusive jurisdiction afforded the Commission by the Communications Act of 1934 as amended, to regulate radio stations and to address interference phenomena." The Florida Legislature enacted the law, §877.27 of the Florida Criminal Statutes (under "Miscellaneous Crimes"), last year. It took effect July 1, 2004. Violations would be considered third-degree felonies in Florida. The ARRL says it's not clear that Florida lawmakers intended the law to be as broad in its application as it reads, but that the new law--apparently aimed at unlicensed "pirate" broadcasters--"nonetheless on its face prohibits any person from causing interference" with an FCC-licensed broadcast station. Although the Communications Act of 1934 does not specifically preempt state regulation of RFI matters, Congress clarified in 1982 that all telecommunications are interstate and subject to exclusive regulation by the FCC, the ARRL pointed out. It cited the Communications Amendments Act of 1982, Public Law 97-259 to support its stance. "The legislative history of the Communications Amendments Act of 1982 demonstrates that Congress intended to completely preempt the regulation of RFI," and leave it solely in the hands of the FCC, the ARRL said. The League also noted that courts "likewise have refused to allow private lawsuits against commercial broadcasters to abate RFI problems." In a 2003 case, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, the FCC "held clearly that all attempts by states and municipalities to regulate RFI are void as preempted by the supremacy clause of the Constitution," the ARRL said. The League's petition concludes that the Florida statute "is void as preempted by federal communications law." ==>SOYUZ A SMOOTHER RIDE THAN SHUTTLE, ASTRONAUT TELLS STUDENTS Youngsters attending St John's School in Houston, Texas, used ham radio to pose 15 questions about life in space to International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW. For Chiao, the contact February 23 between NA1SS and W5RRR--the club station at the Johnson Space Center (JSC)--was a way to "phone home," in a manner of speaking. The QSO was arranged through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. One student was curious about the differences between traveling into space aboard the Russian Soyuz vehicle and the US space shuttle. "The Russian rocket, because it doesn't use solid-rocket boosters, is actually much smoother. It's liquid engines the whole time and just feels a little bit different," Chiao explained. "Also, because it's a missile--not a winged vehicle like the shuttle--the actual trajectory is a little bit different that than of the shuttle, so we actually pull a few more Gs. We get up to about four and a half Gs as opposed to three Gs on the American space shuttle." So-called "G" forces refer to the force of gravity during acceleration. Both spacecraft convey crews into space--the Soyuz can hold three passengers, while the shuttle can accommodate a crew more than twice that size, and both take the same amount of time to get into space--about eight and a half minutes, Chiao pointed out. The Soyuz vehicles have been the sole means of transporting crews to and from the ISS since NASA grounded its shuttle fleet following the 2003 shuttle Columbia tragedy. As a result, ISS crew complements dropped from three to two members. NASA hopes to return the shuttle to flight this summer. Chiao said haircuts and shaving in zero gravity present minor challenges to the ISS crews. "For haircuts we do have an attachment we hook up to the vacuum cleaner to keep the hairs from flying all over the place when we cut each other's hair, and so we've both become amateur barbers," he told the students. Chiao said that for shaving, the crew has a choice of electric razors or blades. The Expedition 10 Commander also said humans are naturally curious and explorers. "We want to know what's on the other side of that mountain," he said. St John's teacher Rene Wright thanked Chiao for selecting the school for an ARISS school group contact. "For us it has been the experience of a lifetime," she said. Chiao allowed that the contact was a real pleasure for him and that it was "great to be talking to home again." Ten St John's students ranging from elementary through high school age participated in the QSO. Looking on were some 400 students, teachers and parents. The Johnson Space Center's Nick Lance, KC5KBO, served as control operator for the contact. ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss/> is an educational outreach with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>UTILITY INFORMS HAM RADIO CLUB OF PRELIMINARY BPL PLANS Staff members of San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) in California announced during a February 23 presentation to the San Diego DX Club that the utility plans to deploy multiple broadband over power line (BPL) test sites in San Diego County. Locations for the BPL pilot projects have not yet been specified. Several BPL equipment vendors are expected to be involved in the trials, each with its own test area and frequency plan, and the first system could be in place as early as this June, with others following soon after. The SDG&E staffers said they were unimpressed by early BPL equipment, but were encouraged by a December visit to the Cinergy BPL system in Cincinnati--said to pass some 50,000 homes reportedly without generating any interference complaints so far. Cinergy has partnered with Current Technologies in its BPL venture. ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, says that while Current Technologies' BPL equipment does reduce emissions in most spectrum used by Amateur Radio, it operates at full strength on other HF spectrum--such as the international shortwave broadcast bands--and it uses low-VHF on medium voltage lines. "The Current Technologies' BPL HF emissions are from the 120/240 V wiring only, so it is not likely that the signals will propagate along a line as well as systems that put HF signals directly onto overhead medium-voltage distribution lines," Hare said. But he added that even with the best "notching" techniques, interference is still possible from a nearby BPL system. "ARRL's concern is that if the degree of protection this BPL equipment provides proves inadequate for such circumstances and interference occurs, there are no additional solutions to apply," Hare said. ==>ARRL SPOTLIGHTS HAM RADIO AT EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE The ARRL promoted Amateur Radio at the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) Mid-Year Conference February 12-15 in Washington, DC. With help from Maryland-District of Columbia Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Carr, WA1QAA, and Assistant Section Manager and Emergency Coordinator Jim Cross, WI3N, ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, staffed an Amateur Radio exhibit booth at the gathering. "This event provided excellent exposure for Amateur Radio to the larger emergency management community," Miller said. "Interaction with those representing many diverse levels of emergency management is a win-win proposition." Miller said the ARRL's presence further established the League as a national point of contact to answer questions about Amateur Radio's emergency communication capabilities. At the same time, he said, it gave League representatives a chance to hear the concerns of emergency managers for followup with local ARES teams. The conference also offered an opportunity for NEMA members--ARRL included--to discuss the many challenges facing the emergency management world, to share solutions, grow professionally, network with peers and strengthen relationships with partner organizations. NEMA also shared with federal officials its views on emergency preparedness for all hazards. Individuals and organizations involved in shaping the future of homeland security and emergency management offered presentations and forums. Miller said many of the nearly 350 attendees representing federal and state emergency management and other agencies around the US stopped by the ARRL booth to complete a short questionnaire and to discuss Amateur Radio--with a focus on emergency communications. ==>ARRL OFFERING FREE BASIC ELECTRONICS PRESENTATION The ARRL Education and Technology Program is offering schools and clubs a CD-ROM presentation on basic electronics. The instructional presentation is available free of charge upon request. "The Basic Electronics Course is intended for teachers and instructors who want a ready resource they can adapt to their instruction of electronics fundamentals," says ARRL Education and Technology Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME. "The materials include a PowerPoint presentation and instructor's script." Spencer says the course is designed around affordable components, a prototyping board and a volt-ohmmeter (VOM). The recommended text is Understanding Basic Electronics <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?category=&words=3983>. "The course covers the very basics up to Ohm's Law and then touches on other components like capacitors, coils, diodes and transistors--components common to virtually all electronic circuits," Spencer explains. He says teachers or instructors can use the presentation "as is" with the script or "cut and paste and roll their own" course. "The course should take on the order of 10 hours to present," he notes. The PowerPoint presentation is on the order of 19 MB, so it is being made available on CD-ROM by request. Spencer has included a parts list and source. Those with high-speed Internet connections may wish to download the PowerPoint presentation <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/Basic-Electronics-for-the-New-Ham.ppt> and the Instructor's Script MS-Word document <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/Basic-Electronics-Script.doc>. For ARRL Education and Technology Program-participating schools, Spencer says he's kitted up the necessary parts, VOM, prototyping boards and text. That package is available by request to program schools as part of their progress grants. For more information or to request a copy of the presentation, contact Mark Spencer, WA8SME, firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-594-0396. ==>GRANT-SPONSORED EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS COURSE REIMBURSEMENTS ENDING The last Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course seats available for tuition reimbursement under the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) grant will open in June. After that, only a few reimbursable seats in each course will be offered through October under a United Technologies Corporation (UTC) grant. "This has been a very successful program, thanks chiefly to the support and participation of the ARRL Field Organization," said ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG. "We sincerely appreciate your efforts and hope that with your continued support, these grants will conclude on a successful note." By the time the CNCS and UTC grants end, it's expected that some 8000 radio amateurs will have taken advantage of the tuition subsidies and received training in Amateur Radio emergency communication. At this time, no further grant-sponsored reimbursements for Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course students are on the horizon. The CCE Online Course Schedule is available on the ARRL Web site. <http://www.arrl.org/cce/calendar.html>. Students may register online during the applicable registration window <https://www.arrl.org/forms/cce/> or via US Postal Service mail. Applicants should indicate the desired course, age group, gender, veteran status, preferred e-mail address and telephone number. For more information, visit the C-CE Web site <http://www.arrl.org/cce> or e-mail the C-CE Department, email@example.com. ==>N1II IS 2004 BILL ORR, W6SAI, TECHNICAL WRITING AWARD WINNER The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors has selected Paul Danzer, N1II, as the 2004 recipient of the Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award. Acting upon a recommendation from the QST editorial staff, the Foundation Board recognized Danzer for his article "Open Wire Feed Line--A Second Look," which appeared in the April 2004 edition of QST (p 34). "I am surprised and proud to be named in the same sentence as Bill Orr, who was a major contributor to the ARRL goal of providing practical technology to radio amateurs around the world," Danzer reacted. "I am grateful that the editors of QST have allowed me to make a small contribution toward that goal." QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, noted that the award pays tribute to the winning author's ability to explain technical topics in a manner that is easy for relatively non-technical people to understand. "I believe Paul's article was a well-done explanation of balanced feed lines," he added. Danzer's article concluded that "with a little care," open-wire feed lines can allow using one dipole on many bands. A resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, Danzer is a former ARRL Headquarters staff member and served as a book editor for several years, during which he wrote the ARRL books Your Ham Antenna Companion and co-authored PCs in the Ham Shack. First licensed in 1953, Danzer says Amateur radio played a large part in his 30-plus year career as an engineer. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering and is a Life Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Danzer authored one of the first children's books on computers in 1981, A Young Person's Guide to Computers. He is also the author of more than 200 magazine articles on Amateur Radio and computers and holds 11 patents. He is currently a professor of computer science at Housatonic Community College in Connecticut. The award's namesake, Bill Orr, was best known for his voluminous publications for radio amateurs, including such reference gems as The Radio Handbook, The Beam Antenna Handbook, The Quad Antenna Handbook, The VHF-UHF Manual and The W6SAI HF Antenna Handbook, some written in collaboration with Stu Cowan, W2LX. From the 1940s through the 1980s, Orr was a frequent contributor to QST, for which he authored dozens of articles, tips and pieces of correspondence. Additionally, Orr constructed some of the amplifiers once used at ARRL Maxim Memorial Station W1AW. He died in 2001. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar sage Tad "Sunny" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: This week saw a quiet sun, which will be a frequent observation over the next few years. The average daily sunspot number was down nearly 31 points to 14.9, and average daily solar flux was off 21 points to 76.3. Planetary geomagnetic activity was down just slightly, and mid-latitude activity was just about the same as the previous reporting week. Over the next week expect a rising sunspot count and solar flux, with flux values peaking above 100 around March 11-14. March 6-9 could see some unsettled to active geomagnetic conditions based on activity during the previous solar rotation. This weekend is the ARRL International DX SSB Contest. Don’t expect great conditions like when the sunspot cycle was higher, but at least we are moving toward the spring equinox, and the geomagnetic conditions should be quiet. Sunspot numbers for February 24 through March 2 were 17, 15, 27, 12, 11, 11 and 11, with a mean of 14.9. The 10.7 cm flux was 80.3, 78.2, 76.6, 75.8, 75, 73.7 and 74.6, with a mean of 76.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 9, 9, 8, 12, 11 and 12 with a mean of 9.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 9, 9, 6, 8, 10 and 8, with a mean of 6.6. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The ARRL International DX Contest (SSB), the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint and the Open Ukraine RTTY Championship are the weekend of March 5-6. The DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest is March 6, the RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is March 7, the ARS Spartan Sprint is March 8, and the Pesky Texan Armadillo Chase is March 10. JUST AHEAD: The RSGB Commonwealth Contest (CW), the AGCW QRP Contest, the Oklahoma and Wisconsin QSO parties, the North American Sprint (RTTY), the UBA Spring Contest (CW) and the NSARA Contest are March 12-13. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is March 16. 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 Certification and Continuing Education course registration: Registration for the ARRL RFI (EC-006), Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009) and Analog Electronics (EC-013) courses remains open through Sunday, March 6. Classes begin Friday, March 18. Antenna Design and Construction students will, among other things, learn about basic dipoles and ground planes and how to assemble combinations of these into more complex antennas. Students also learn about transmission lines, standing wave ratio, phased arrays and Yagis. Students participating in the RFI course will learn to identify various interference sources. Analog Electronics students will learn about instrumentation, Kirchhoff's Laws, diodes, rectifier circuits, bipolar and field effect transistors, various amplifier configurations, filters, timers, op amps, and voltage regulators. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (C-CE) 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 I on-line course (EC-001) opens Monday, March 07, 2005, at 1201 AM EST and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the March 12-13 weekend--whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, March 25. Radio amateurs 55 and up are strongly encouraged to participate. Act now! This is the final year of the grant-subsidized classes! Thanks to our grant sponsors--the Corporation for National and Community Service and 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. * Amateur Radio workshop set for National Hurricane Conference: The 27th annual National Hurricane Conference March 21-25 will include an Amateur Radio workshop, "Preparing for a Communications Blackout." The ham radio session will take place Tuesday, March 22, 1:30 until 5 PM. The 2005 National Hurricane Conference--the national forum for education and professional training in hurricane preparedness--will be held at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. Workshop speakers will include Florida EMS Communications Engineer Randy Pierce, AG4UU; the Florida Emergency Communications Center's John Fleming, WD4FFX; Hurricane Watch Net Manager Mike Pilgrim, K5MP; Dan Sullivan, KO1D, of the WMD Exercise Support Team for Community Research Action, Alexandria, Virginia, and ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG. Jerry Herman, N3BDW, will serve as moderator. Amateur Radio operators are welcome to attend this workshop at no charge; conference registration is not required. ARRL's presence at the National Hurricane Conference is made possible through a grant from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). The ARRL's Amateur Radio booth will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of the conference, and radio amateurs will be on hand to discuss Amateur Radio emergency communication and answer questions. Conference details and directions are found on the conference Web site <http://www.HurricaneMeeting.com/>. * New Mexico emergency planners to learn about Amateur Radio resources: A Federal Emergency Management Agency sponsored workshop, entitled "Emergency Management: Amateur Resources," will be held March 21, 2005, in Santa Fe to acquaint emergency planners with the value of ham radio during disasters. Anyone associated with emergency planning and response is encouraged attend. Franklin Warren, AB5WJ, an adjunct instructor for the New Mexico Emergency Management Office, is leading the workshop. Bill Kauffman, W5YEJ, the state RACES Officer and state ARES Emergency Coordinator, will also be presenting information about RACES and ARES in New Mexico. To register for the workshop, contact Kennie Warren, W5KLW, ODP Training and Development Specialist, PO Box 1628, #13 Battaan Blvd, Santa Fe, NM 87504, e-mail KWarren@dps.state.nm.us; tel 505-476-9690, or fax 505-276-0650.--Charlie Christmann, K5CEC * ARRL member's suggestion leads to on-line FCC Forms: ARRL Life Member Bill Harris, W7KXB, of Mesa, Arizona, recently wondered if there wasn't some way the League could make it possible for members to fill out online some of the various forms on the ARRL Web site. ARRL VEC Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, took the idea and ran with it. As a result, it's now possible for Amateur Radio Service applicants to complete two major forms online: NCVEC Quick Form 605 and ARRL VEC Form 605C. The NCVEC Quick Form 605 permits filing an Amateur Radio application via a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC), such as ARRL VEC. Like the official FCC Form 605, it can be used to apply for an Amateur Radio Operator/Primary Station License, to renew or modify a license (free for ARRL members) or to prepare an application for a volunteer examination session sponsored by any VEC. ARRL VEC Form 605C is used for new club or military recreation station licenses, modifications, renewals or duplicate requests of a club or military recreation station license. These applications also go to ARRL VEC, which is authorized to handle club station applications. The only part of Harris' suggestion that the ARRL could not implement was to permit the applicant to use an electronic signature. "For our purposes, original signatures received and on file are needed," Jahnke explained in an e-mail reply thanking Harris for his suggestion. This means applicants must first print and sign the completed form before mailing it to ARRL VEC. Links to both NCVEC Quick Form 605 and ARRL VEC Form 605C plus more information on Amateur Radio licensing forms are on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/fcc/forms.html>. * Problems with delivery of ARRL e-mail products often on recipient's end: ARRL has been hearing from more and more members who are not receiving The ARRL Letter, W1AW/ARRL bulletins, membership renewal reminders and other automatically delivered e-mail products they've subscribed to. More often than not, the problem is on the recipient's end, not at ARRL's. For example, members with new e-mail addresses must update this information via their Member Data Page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/memdata.html> (users must first be logged onto the site). Click on "Modify Membership Data." While on the Member Data Page, make sure you are subscribed to the e-mail products you want and that you have not inadvertently checked the box "Temporarily disable all automatically sent email." 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