*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 18 May 6, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Accused LA-area radio jammer arrested * +Texas BPL bill moves to the House * +India launches its first ham radio satellite * +Australian youngsters "over the moon" after space QSO * +California ARES team makes SSTV part of its communication arsenal * +Radio amateurs, ARES team named NOAA Environmental Heroes * +Armed Forces Day event set * +Ron Broadbent, G3AAJ, SK * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration +AO-51 to be configured in Mode V/S for Field Day Employment opportunity at ARRL Headquarters Guinness World Records recognizes radio amateur +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> =========================================================== ==>Delivery problems (ARRL member direct delivery only!): firstname.lastname@example.org ==>Editorial questions or comments: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, email@example.com =========================================================== ==>FEDERAL AGENTS ARREST, DETAIN ALLEGED CALIFORNIA JAMMER Reputed Los Angeles-area repeater jammer and former Amateur Radio licensee Jack Gerritsen was taken off the air and into custody this week. Acting on a criminal complaint, FBI special agents, accompanied by personnel from the FCC Los Angeles Field Office, arrested the 68-year-old Gerritsen without incident early May 5 at his home in Bell, California. Federal agents also confiscated Gerritsen's radio equipment. "A criminal complaint filed Wednesday afternoon charges Gerritsen with a felony charge of malicious interference with a communications system operated by the United States and a misdemeanor count of transmitting radio signals without a license," said a May 5 statement from the office of Debra W. Yang, US Attorney for the Central District of California. "The two charges carry a potential penalty of 11 years in federal prison." At an initial court appearance May 5, bond was set at $250,000 "fully secured." A spokesman in the US Attorney's office explained that Gerritsen will have to post property or cash to be released, but that it will be several days before the necessary paperwork is ready--assuming that Gerritsen is able to make bail. Once released on bond, Gerritsen would be subject to home detention and barred from possessing any radio equipment, the spokesman said, adding that Gerritsen's house would remain subject to search to make sure. Unless Gerritsen is indicted beforehand, a preliminary hearing in the case is set for May 25, with arraignment to follow on May 31. The criminal complaint says an FCC investigation revealed that Gerritsen "transmits his prerecorded political messages and real-time harassment and profanity for hours at a time, often making it impossible for licensed radio operators to use the public frequencies." Gerritsen already faces a total of $52,000 in FCC-imposed or proposed forfeitures for alleged interference. In March, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration and upheld a $10,000 fine against Gerritsen for interfering with Amateur Radio communications. Gerritsen has yet to pay the fine. An FBI affidavit sworn out this week in advance of obtaining a search warrant of Gerritsen's residence indicates that FCC agents have been investigating multiple instances of unlawful radio transmissions and malicious interference attributed to Gerritsen over the past four years. FCC agents on a regular basis have been monitoring radio transmissions said to be coming from Gerritsen. They've also spoken with him in person and asked to inspect his station, although earlier FCC documents say he refused that request. In addition to Amateur Radio repeater communications, Gerritsen is alleged to have interfered with Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) transmissions. The FCC also reported that it has received complaints from other government agencies that Gerritsen interfered with local and state police and fire agencies, the American Red Cross, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and other radio services. A MARS training exercise in March had to be canceled as a result of interference attributed to Gerritsen. Earlier this week, Gerritsen, who briefly held the call sign KG6IRO as a Technician licensee and still uses it on the air, was taken into custody by Bell, California, police officers on an unrelated contempt of court citation after violating the terms of a temporary restraining order (TRO) a local radio amateur had obtained to keep Gerritsen off a local repeater. He was released without bond after being held for a few hours and was reported back on area repeaters not long afterward. Radio amateurs on the West Coast have been complaining for months about the slow pace of enforcement action in the Gerritsen case. Los Angeles-area repeater owners have taken to shutting down their machines to avoid the nearly constant barrage of malicious interference attributed to Gerritsen. Five years ago, Gerritsen was convicted in state court of interfering with police radio transmissions and sentenced to 38 months in prison. Following his release in July 2003, the FCC soon began receiving complaints about Gerritsen's activity on the airwaves, according to this week's criminal complaint. Yang's office said the FBI "received substantial assistance" from the FCC in the case. ==>TEXAS BPL BILL NOW IN HANDS OF HOUSE COMMITTEE The fate of a bill aimed at amending the Texas utilities code to "encourage the deployment of BPL" by electric utilities now rests with members of the Texas House of Representatives Regulated Utilities Committee. The measure, SB 1748, sailed through the Texas Senate following an April 21 hearing announced on short notice. The bill's sponsor, Sen Troy Fraser, told the Dallas Morning News April 29 after the measure cleared the Senate that utility officials have assured Texas lawmakers that BPL won't interfere with other services. North Texas ARRL Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, says he and a representative of the West Texas Section visited for about two hours April 29 with senior staffers in the office of the Speaker of the House. They also met with most members of the Regulated Industries Committee, which could hold a hearing on the bill as early as May 10. "We delivered petitions signed by amateurs to legislators in several other House districts," Blackwell said. "We are putting our best foot forward with facts about this bill." Blackwell says he's been promised "courteous treatment" by the House committee, something he says was absent on the Senate side, where he contends that radio amateurs' views were "summarily ignored." Radio amateurs huddled with lawmakers while the bill was still in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee, which Fraser chairs. As a result, new language was tacked onto the legislation. The additional language says, "BPL operators are required to comply with all applicable federal laws, including laws protecting licensed spectrum users from interference by BPL systems." Blackwell maintains that radio amateurs are doing BPL interests a favor by opposing the bill and "keeping them out of risky and uncertain investments that are based on a technology that is apparently faulty, uncertain and misrepresented." SB 1748 would allow electric utilities to lease out their power lines to other businesses to operate BPL systems or services. Fraser asserts that his measure, introduced March 11, will be "great for Texas" and "especially important to rural Texas, where high-speed Internet service is not readily available." But he concedes that BPL "is still in the early stages of development." BPL proponents rarely raise the notion of rural service these days because it's uneconomical in sparsely populated areas. An Irving, Texas, BPL pilot project that was the target of an ARRL complaint shut down in March and removed its equipment. The ARRL's March 15 filing to the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, its Office of Engineering and Technology, system operator TXU and equipment manufacturer Amperion supported an Amateur Radio complaint. The League has since withdrawn its complaint. TXU, which has indicated it's still interested in BPL, did not indicate why it shut down the system and removed its equipment. The text of the bill is available via the Texas Legislature Web site <http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/>. Blackwell has posted more information on his "Comments on the New Texas BPL Bill" Web site <http://www.n5gar.info/>, which includes contact information for lawmakers. ==>NEW AMATEUR RADIO SATELLITE IN ORBIT HAMSAT is the latest Amateur Radio satellite in orbit. Launched this week, it is India's first. Although it doesn't yet have an OSCAR designation, several stations--including W1AW--already have completed contacts through its SSB/CW transponder. "We congratulate all who have worked for the HAMSAT and its successful launch," said AMSAT-India Treasurer Sandip Shah, VU3SXE, who was among more than a dozen radio amateurs at the control center in Bangalore, India, for the May 5 launch. With several dignitaries--including India's president--on hand to watch, the satellite went aloft from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR in Sriharikota. Going into space along with the 42.5 kg HAMSAT was the primary payload--the 1560 kg Indian remote sensing satellite, CARTOSAT-1, intended for mapping applications. The spacecraft were placed into polar sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 632 x 621 km with an equatorial inclination of 97.8 degrees. The microsat will provide two new linear mode U/V transponders for SSB and CW use only. Only one transponder will be active at any given time. The uplink passband is 435.225-435.275 MHz (LSB), and the downlink is 145.875-145.925 MHz (USB). An unmodulated carrier has been reported on 145.936 MHz, and a CW telemetry beacon on 145.860 MHz. Dutch graduate student William Leijenaar, PE1RAH, who designed one of HAMSAT's transponders, saw the PSLV-C6 vehicle carry the satellite skyward from SDSC SHAR. "It was very interesting to see how my radio finally went into space," he said afterward. "It is the best ham radio experience in my life." There's more information on the AMSAT-India Web site <http://www.amsatindia.com/hamsat.htm>. ==>EXPEDITION 11'S KICK-OFF SCHOOL QSO PUTS AUSSIE YOUNGSTERS "OVER THE MOON" NASA International Space Station Science Officer John Phillips, KE5DRY, deftly fielded questions via Amateur Radio from youngsters in Queensland, Australia, May 4. The contact with Albany Hills State School near Brisbane marked the first Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school group QSO for Expedition 11 as well as the first from NA1SS for Phillips, who was licensed only last February while training for the mission. Phillips came back on the first call from NN1SS in Maryland, which handled Earth-station duties. MCI donated a teleconferencing link between the US and Australia. Responding to one question, Phillips said he has no problems sleeping aboard the ISS--at least in terms of comfort. But one unusual space occurrence does sometimes wake him up. "We have an interesting phenomenon that happens where energetic atomic particles can enter the back side of our eyes and cause bright flashes," Phillips explained. "And once in a while--maybe once per night or less--those flashes will wake me up." In greeting the students at the start of the contact, Phillips noted that Expedition 11 Commander and seasoned space veteran Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, was nearby to help out if needed. Phillips and Krikalev relieved Astronaut Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW, and Cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov on the ISS in April. They'll remain aboard the space station until October. By that time, Krikalev--an avid radio amateur--will have logged more time in space than any other human. Like other ISS crew members, Phillips said he thoroughly enjoys gazing down on Earth during his free time. He also said he's been exercising a little more than an hour a day. One thing he misses, he told the Australian youngsters, is really cold things like ice cream or cold drinks, because the ISS lacks a refrigerator. Phillips noted that while the ISS does get hit by micrometeorites, they don't do any serious damage. "These are really tiny pieces of dust or rock in space that are smaller than a grain of sand," Phillips explained. "What they can do is cause minor pitting or minor blemishes on the metal or the glass, but the space station has never been hit by anything big enough to penetrate the hull or to cause a leak, and, in fact, we're very well protected up here." He noted that the ISS is equipped with shields on all sides. Albany Hills has an enrollment of 950 students in years two through seven, and astronomy is a part of the school's science curriculum. In all, the Albany Hills pupils got answers to 15 questions before turning the microphone over to teacher Cheryl Capra, who asked if Phillips had any advice to pass along to her students. Unfortunately, the ISS went out of range of the Earth station about the time the astronaut started to reply, but that didn't deter the students and onlookers from closing out the event with a hearty round of cheering and applause. "Everyone here is all smiles and over the moon," said Mark Phillips, VK4AW--no relation to the astronaut--who assisted at the school. He was joined via the teleconference by veteran Australian ARISS mentor Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI. Handling Earth station duties at NN1SS was Dave Taylor, W8AAS. Audio from the contact also was relayed around the world via IRLP and EchoLink. ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>CALIFORNIA EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SEE ADVANTAGES OF SSTV IN DRILL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in California made slow-scan TV part of the communication mix when they participated in a voluntary wildfire evacuation drill April 30. The exercise involved residents of nearly 400 homes in a high fire hazard area of Santa Barbara County, and ARES' use of SSTV definitely caught the eye of emergency officials. "ARES provided us with the only continuous, real-time information on traffic flow and conditions in the incident area," said Jay McAmis of the county's Office of Emergency Services. "It was great!" Santa Barbara South County ARES Emergency Coordinator Lou Dartanner, N6ZKJ, says communicators with SSTV gear deployed at three locations along a narrow, winding road out of the canyon and in two locations along the evacuation route to a reception center some five miles away. Three additional ARES members provided voice reports on traffic flow, while four other team volunteers supported the field activity at the command post and reception center. Since the county's inaugural test of its new "reverse 911" system failed to reach everyone, many residents were alerted instead by sheriff's units using public address systems and by search-and-rescue team members going door to door. "As a result, instead of the traffic jam with fender-benders and finger-wagging, an orderly trickle of vehicles moved out of the area," Dartanner reports. "An SSTV station was set up at the reception center, and a crowd of about three dozen jostled around the monitor all morning, watching the near-continuous stream of pictures coming in from the field. A second, portable system was set up in back of a car at the Command Post, and the Incident Commander was able to see exactly what was--or was not--occurring in the incident area." More than 200 residents participated, as did personnel from 21 agencies and organizations. "Local fire officials are excited about using SSTV capability in the future," Dartanner says, "and ARES will continue to play an important role in their activities." ==>RADIO AMATEURS, ARES GROUP AMONG NOAA'S 2005 "ENVIRONMENTAL HEROES" The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has recognized four Amateur Radio operators and an Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) group among its list of 2005 Environmental Heroes. Given in conjunction with Earth Day celebrations, Environmental Hero awards honor NOAA volunteers for their tireless efforts to preserve and protect the nation's environment. "NOAA and the nation are fortunate to have such dedicated people volunteer so much of their time," said retired Navy Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher Jr, undersecretary of Commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. "They set a perfect example for others to follow in their communities. America needs more environmental heroes like them." Established in 1996, the Environmental Hero award is presented to individuals and organizations that volunteer their time and energy to help NOAA carry out its mission. Among this year's honorees are ARRL member Charles T. Byars, W5GPO, and the Wichita County Amateur Radio Emergency Service of Wichita Falls, Texas. Byars is an ARES District Emergency Coordinator in the ARRL North Texas Section. For more 30 years, he and Wichita County ARES members have volunteered their time, expertise and resources to help the National Weather Service (NWS) detect and track dangerous storms. "Their tireless efforts, long hours and dedication to helping to protect the citizens of Wichita Falls and the surrounding area have led to more accurate and detailed weather information being disseminated, more timely warnings and quite possibly lives being saved," NOAA said in recognizing Byars and his ARES team. Wichita County Emergency Coordinator Dave Gaines, N5DHG, says the City of Wichita Falls will host an awards presentation on May 10. Three Florida radio amateurs, all ARRL members, also were recognized for their efforts as Amateur Radio net control operators for the NWS office in Ruskin, Florida, during hurricanes Charley and Frances. NOAA says Paul Toth, NA4AR, of Seminole, Robert M. Stanhope, W3RMS, of Valrico and Sean C. Fleeman, N4SCF, of New Port Richey volunteered a total of 125 hours during the two storms last year. "They gave up time with their families to gather real-time reports during the hurricanes to enhance NWS warnings and also provided up-to-the-minute weather information for recovery operations in west central and southwest Florida," NOAA said in commending the trio. NOAA recognized 34 individuals and three organizations across the US as Environmental Heroes. The complete list of 2005 award recipients is on the NOAA Web site <http://www.noaa.gov/earthday/>. ==>ARMED FORCES DAY ON-AIR EVENT SET FOR MAY 14-15 The 2005 Armed Forces Day military/amateur crossband communications test will take place May 14-15. The US Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual event in celebration of the 55th anniversary of Armed Forces Day, which is Saturday, May 21. The Armed Forces Day radio event is scheduled a week earlier to avoid conflicts with Dayton Hamvention, May 20-22. The annual Armed Forces Day on-the-air celebration features the traditional military-to-amateur crossband communications SSB voice test and the Secretary of Defense message-receiving test. QSL cards will be provided to those making contact with the military stations. Special commemorative certificates will be awarded to anyone who receives and copies the digital Armed Forces Day message from the Secretary of Defense. Full details, including stations and frequencies, are on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/af-day/AF-Day-2005-SKED.pdf>. ==>RON BROADBENT, G3AAJ, SK Well-known Amateur Radio satellite personality Ron Broadbent, G3AAJ, died April 24. He was 80. Broadbent became involved with amateur satellites in the 1970s, and by 1978 he was serving as secretary of AMSAT-UK--a post he held for 16 years. AMSAT-UK Chairman Martin Sweeting, G3JYO, says Broadbent became known to many as "Mr AMSAT-UK," and he called Broadbent's energy and robust character "a driving force" in AMSAT as well in as the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) and the International Amateur Radio Union. "Ron believed passionately in the principles of Amateur Radio as a hobby," Sweeting commented, "and his commitment and effort given willingly over many years and supported by his wife, Beryl, were greatly appreciated by amateurs worldwide." Broadbent was a 61-year veteran member of the RSGB, which he joined as a teenager. In 1994, he was named as an Honorary Vice-President of the RSGB. He was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 1995 for his services to Amateur Radio. "Not one to suffer fools gladly," Sweeting said, "Ron's sometimes gruff exterior hid a deeply generous personality and one who was always ready to roll up his sleeves and get to work rather than just talk." ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, notes that Broadbent was the first Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) supporter from Great Britain. In 1996, he traveled to Johnson Space Center at the request of ARRL and AMSAT and voted in favor of the historic agreement that established the fledgling ARISS international team. Until retiring in 1985, Broadbent worked for Trinity House--the general lighthouse authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar--attending to the UK's lighthouses and lightships. Following retirement, he went to work "12 hours a day, seven days a week and virtually for free for the amateur satellite movement," the RSGB reports. For more than a decade, Broadbent organized the AMSAT-UK Colloquium. Concluded Sweeting, "We have lost one of amateur radio's real characters and a gentleman." ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar flash Tad "I Wear My Sunglasses At Night" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Over the past week sunspot numbers increased, recovering from days of no visible sunspots. Average daily sunspot numbers rose 35 points to 60.9, and average daily solar flux rose nearly 24 points to 107.7. Currently solar flux is expected to remain above 100 for the next couple of days, then decline to below 90 after May 12. Geomagnetic conditions should remain quiet this weekend, becoming unsettled to active May 9-11. Predicted planetary A index for May 6-13 is 10, 5, 10, 25, 20, 15, 12 and 8. Sunspot numbers for April 28 through May 4 were 71, 46, 53, 61, 55, 79 and 61, with a mean of 60.9. The 10.7 cm flux was 98, 105, 106.4, 111.6, 112.2, 112.3 and 108.7, with a mean of 107.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 12, 21, 26, 7, 10 and 7, with a mean of 12.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 1, 8, 13, 14, 6, 6 and 4, with a mean of 7.4. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The New England, Nevada, Indiana and Oregon QSO parties, the MARAC County Hunter Contest (CW), the US IPARC Annual Contest (CW). the 10-10 International Spring Contest (CW), the Microwave Spring Sprint, the ARI International DX Contest and the US IPARC Annual Contest (SSB), are the weekend of May 7-8. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is May 11. JUST AHEAD: The Portuguese Navy Day Contest (CW/SSB), the CQ-M International DX Contest, the VOLTA Worldwide RTTY Contest, the Mid-Atlantic QSO Party, the FISTS Spring Sprint and the 50 MHz Spring Sprint are the weekend of May 14-15. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is May 19. 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 Technician Licensing course (EC-010) remains open through Sunday, May 8. Class begins Friday, May 20. 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 Web page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/> 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 II on-line course (EC-002) opens Monday, May 9, at 1201 AM EDT and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the May 14-15 weekend--whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, May 27. 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. ***ACT NOW! THIS IS THE FINAL YEAR OF THE GRANT-SUBSIDIZED CLASSES!*** Radio amateurs age 55 and older are strongly encouraged to participate. 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. * AO-51 to be configured in Mode V/S for Field Day: For Field Day 2005, the AMSAT "Echo" (AO-51) satellite will be configured as an FM repeater in Mode V/S. The uplink will be 145.920 MHz with the 67 Hz tone enabled. The downlink will be 2401.200 MHz. To give users the opportunity to test their Field Day stations, AO-51 will be configured in Mode V/S during two periods leading up to Field Day. From May 19 until May 24 the satellite will be in Mode V/S in support of satellite demonstrations at Dayton Hamvention. From June 18 until June 26 (ie, the weekend and entire week before Field Day) AO-51 also will be in Mode V/S. These operating sessions will give Field Day participants an opportunity to check out their Field Day satellite stations ahead of time. The AO-51 team says working the Mode S downlink on AO-51 does not require expensive equipment nor even a satellite dish. Some operators have successfully copied the AO-51 S band downlink with minimal antennas, such as patch antennas, dipoles with corner reflectors or a simple 3.5-turn helix. If your down converter's IF is on VHF (which most are), a handheld transceiver or mobile FM rig will work fine as a downlink receiver. The uplink antenna can be any good omnidirectional mobile system. If you have not worked the S band downlink on AO-51 previously, a few passes monitoring the downlink and practicing Doppler correction will be very helpful. The Doppler shift on an AO-51 pass is approximately Ī50 kHz. There's more information available on setting up to use Echo on Field Day on the Web site of AMSAT Vice President for Operations Mike Kingery, KE4AZN. * Employment opportunity at ARRL Headquarters: ARRL Headquarters invites applications for the position of supervisor of the Outgoing QSL Service within the Membership Services Department. The position may be either part time or full time, depending upon the candidate selected. This individual will supervise all aspects of the Outgoing QSL Service, including sorting and mailing of members' cards; ensure that the service remains current; manage the operation of the volunteer Incoming QSL Service (ie, QSL bureaus), and provide efficient service to ARRL members. This opening requires a high school diploma, basic computer skills and solid communication skills. AN AMATEUR RADIO LICENSE IS PREFERRED. The individual should be familiar with general postal regulations. 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