*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 22 June 3, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Dayton Hamvention plus ARRL 2005 National Convention a hit * +League inks cooperative pact with US Power Squadrons * +ARISS invites schools to participate in SuitSat project * +Texas BPL bill withers on the vine * +Nebraska legislation short circuits BPL * +Special broadcast to mark FM anniversary * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration +University students' first Amateur Radio balloon mission a success New Mexico ARES members end river watch Ward Silver, N0AX, wins May QST Cover Plaque Award +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 =========================================================== ==>DAYTON HAMVENTION AND ARRL 2005 NATIONAL CONVENTION A WINNING COMBO By all accounts, Dayton Hamvention and the ARRL National Convention/ARRL EXPO 2005 represented the best of times for all involved--perhaps especially for the Amateur Radio community. The League's 2005 convention was like no other that came before. For the first time, the ARRL virtually took Headquarters on the road, making available in the ARRL EXPO 2005 area all of the League's core activities, plus live demonstrations and mini-forums on a variety of topics. To those who've never made the trek to Newington, ARRL EXPO 2005 was a chance to see the League in action firsthand, showcasing public service, advocacy, education and membership. Perhaps ARRL Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, said it best when she called it "an unconventional convention." "This was the most exciting ARRL National Convention I've attended in my 22 years as a League member," said Craigie, adding that ARRL EXPO showed members what the League has to offer in a fresh, dramatic, participatory way. Craigie was not alone in her hope that the 2005 ARRL National Convention represented the beginning of a trend. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, put it another way in his "It Seems to Us . . ." editorial set to appear in the July 2005 QST: "A common comment was along the lines of, 'Now I understand the scope of what the ARRL is doing for me and other amateurs,'" he wrote. All in one place--in the ARRL EXPO 2005 area in Hara Arena's Ballarena--visitors could come face-to-face with HQ staffers and volunteers representing the ARRL Education and Technology Program, youth activities, clubs and mentoring, DXCC, development, spectrum defense, the ARRL Technology Task Force, the ARRL VEC and much more. And they did! Of course, they also could sign up to become League members, renew or extend current memberships and--as a few did--become ARRL life members. This year, more than 900 visitors--a record number--joined ARRL during Dayton Hamvention. The League's "retail center"--a large, square counter space that greeted visitors as they entered ARRL EXPO 2005--remained busy throughout the weekend. ARRL Customer Service/Circulation Manager Kathy Capodicasa, N1GZO, said it was fortunate she and her staff thought to pack additional inventory for the convention. "That area was busier than I ever remember over my last 17 Hamventions!" she said. "The crowds on Friday and parts of Saturday were perhaps the largest I have ever seen." The retail center itself was double the size of what the League typically sets up at Dayton Hamvention. "We pulled into the sales booth every available ARRL official, staffer and volunteer for staffing assistance," Capodicasa noted. At its usual concession area in North Hall, the League maintained a sales counter and "Relaxation Station," where Hamventioneers could socialize or just sit down and take a break. The mini-forums on the ARRL Stage at ARRL EXPO 2005 proved popular. Running about 20 minutes each, the illustrated talks covered virtually every interest area within the broad spectrum of Amateur Radio. One big hit--and something entirely new and different for ARRL--was being able to get your picture on the cover of QST for a modest fee. ARRL staffer Dan Wolfgang and Lieska Motschenbacher--wife of Dennis, K7BV--paired up, shooting upward of 200 faces to place on one of several QST front-cover formats--from vintage to modern. "Everybody told us what a wonderful idea this QST cover photo booth was, that they hoped we would do it again, and how nice the result was," Wolfgang recounted afterward. "It was definitely a big hit." The weather cooperated by and large. Fog and drizzle early on opening day gave way to merely overcast skies with occasional sunshine throughout the remainder of the weekend. Moderate temperatures made things comfortable and congenial outside and inside Hara Arena. Every year, Dayton Hamvention visitors speculate on the size of the crowd, typically in the vicinity of 25,000. Hamvention General Chair Gary Des Combes, N8EMO, says attendance was up. "We have done a second rough count on the tickets sold alone, and we definitely were up from last year," Des Combes told ARRL this week. "Virtually everywhere I turned people were happy." Manufacturers typically take advantage of Dayton Hamvention to debut their new gear. Some highlights: * Yaesu (Vertex-Standard) had the three versions of its FTdx-9000 series of high-end transceivers on display. * Icom featured its new IC-7000, which resembles the extremely popular--and still available--IC-706, although it's a bit shorter and features IF DSP filtering and a multicolor TFT display. * SGC showed off its "Mini-Lini," a 500 W class-E amplifier that fits in your hand and weighs approximately four pounds with the ac supply! It uses plug in band modules and comes with one for 20 meters. * Brian Wood, W0DZ, who made the real cover of QST in January 2004 with his DX-100, has formed a new company selling Heathkit-style kits that flatter the originals right down to the yellow-covered manuals. His first major offering is the Sienna high-end HF transceiver. Sumner expressed the League's gratitude to the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and HamventionR Committee for hosting the 2005 ARRL National Convention. "This event has exceeded our expectations in so many ways, due in large part to the volunteers that make Hamvention the 'Greatest Amateur Radio Show on Earth,'" he said. "We thank each and every one of you." ==>ARRL AND UNITED STATES POWER SQUADRONS JOIN FORCES IN EDUCATION The ARRL and the United States Power Squadrons (USPS), a national boating and educational organization, will formally ratify a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 4. The MoU spells out areas where the two organizations can work together in educational activities of overlapping or mutual interest to their respective memberships. "ARRL and USPS have long and distinguished histories, both dating back to 1914, but both organizations have their focus on the future," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. "It is a pleasure to be working together." Sumner signed the MoU on behalf of the League, while Chief Commander G. Leslie Johnson signed for the USPS. Among other things, the MoU calls for the League and USPS to assist each other in marketing, developing and promoting educational materials specific to the dual interests of the recreational boater and the Amateur Radio operator. In addition, the two organizations have agreed to collaborate in the development and distribution of promotional materials and to develop products to serve boaters who are also Amateur Radio licensees. With a mission of promoting safe boating through education, USPS--"America's Boating Club"--has more than 50,000 members organized into 450 squadrons across the continental US, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Japan. Local squadrons offer public boating safety courses on a regular basis. Successfully completing a USPS boating course qualifies boaters to meet the educational requirement for boat licensing and operation in most states. It's also a requirement to become a local Power Squadron member. Organized in 1914 as a non-profit boating organization, USPS is a world leader in speaking out for and promoting the needs of all recreational boaters. USPS teaches classes in seamanship and navigation to help our members improve their boating skills, confidence and performance on the water. In addition, through a cooperative program with the US Coast Guard, squadron members conduct vessel safety checks to make sure boaters have all Coast Guard-required equipment aboard. "This is a great way to introduce boating education to the thousands of ARRL members," said Don Stark, a ham radio operator and USPS member. "Many hams are also boaters and see the value of continuing boating education. The USPS advanced and elective courses are a natural for this kind of study." Stark says USPS on-the-water events often are coordinated using Amateur Radio, so the match of boating and Amateur Radio operations is a good fit. "It's also a great way to introduce boaters to Amateur Radio," said ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP. "Time and again hams have shown that Amateur Radio gets emergency messages through when other systems fail or are overloaded. The ability to have such a resource on board would make any skipper safer and better able to render aid if needed." A new Amateur Radio Learning Guide for boaters--a cooperative effort by USPS and ARRL--has just been released. The publication will be available from USPS and ARRL as well as through major book retailers. "This new publication is a great reference for anyone interested in ham radio operation, ashore or on the water," said Darrell Allison of USPS. He cited GPS, APRS, radar and marine electronics among the common interests between hams and boaters. US Power Squadrons representatives were a part of ARRL EXPO 2005 at Dayton Hamvention in May. A copy of the MoU is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/mou/ARRLmouUSPS.pdf>. The USPS/CPS Amateur Radio Net meets Saturdays, 1700 UTC, on 14.287 MHz. A once-a-month 10-meter net takes place on the first Saturday of each month at 1800 UTC on 28.357 MHz. ==>ARISS SEEKS SCHOOL PARTICIPATION IN "SUITSAT" PROJECT Plans are on the fast track to deploy a surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit this fall as a non-traditional satellite. Dubbed "SuitSat," the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) project could become the most unusual Amateur Radio satellite ever orbited. Now, an ARISS-US proposal will provide an opportunity for schools to participate in the SuitSat enterprise. To be launched during a spacewalk, SuitSat will carry an Amateur Radio transmitter that will send voice greetings to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Russia's Bauman Moscow State Technical University. Other message possibilities remain under discussion. ARISS got permission from the ISS Program Office in May to go forward with delivery of the SuitSat project, and schools now will have the chance to take part through what's being called "School Spacewalk." ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, says the idea is to have schools around the globe provide a page of artwork that will fly inside SuitSat. "The ARISS team has received permission to include a special compact disk onboard this spacesuit with school artwork included," Bauer said. "As a result, participating schools will have an opportunity to 'fly' their artwork as part of the spacewalk." Schools that want to get onboard must act fast, however. ARISS wants a single 8-1/2 by 11-inch page of artwork that "uniquely represents your school" by June 15--so time is tight. Schools may deliver their artistic contributions electronically in JPEG format, with the file size not to exceed 2 MB. No other file formats can be accepted. "This could be an artist's representation of the school, a list of student names, student signatures, a school science project summary or a school mission patch," Bauer explained. "This artwork should be primarily developed by the students. The goal is for you to use your imaginations." Hard-copy artwork can be mailed to School Spacewalk, c/o AMSAT, 850 Sligo Ave, Suite 600, Silver Spring, MD 20910-4703. JPEG images using the naming format <schoolname_location.jpg> may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Artistic contributions to fly aboard SuitSat will be put onto a compact disk that will be delivered to Russia later this month. It will go into space as part of the cargo on a Progress supply rocket flight now set for August. "The ARISS team looks forward to your artwork and is pleased to provide this opportunity to school students around the world," Bauer said. "On behalf of the ARISS team, we look forward to some real excitement as SuitSat gets ready for deployment this fall." Bauer says ARISS will be releasing additional details about SuitSat in the near future. ARISS-Russia's Sergei Samburov, RV3DR, proposed the SuitSat concept at last fall's ARISS International Team meeting, quickly sparking a wide-ranging brainstorming session among the delegates. With diminishing stowage space aboard the ISS, several Russian Orlan spacesuits used for spacewalks have been declared surplus. Samburov's notion was to have an ISS crew equip one of them as an Amateur Radio satellite--possibly including a camera in the helmet area--and launch it during a space walk. A second Orlan space suit is expected to become available for possible deployment as a temporary satellite in 2007. ARISS says plans call for launching SuitSat during a spacewalk currently planned for mid-September. Once deployed, SuitSat is expected to orbit the planet for several weeks before burning up when it enters Earth's atmosphere. A summary of the "School Spacewalk" project is available on the AMSAT Web site <http://www.amsat.org/amsat/ariss/Papers/School Spacewalk Suitsat Final.doc>. ==>TEXAS BPL INITIATIVE DEAD; ANTENNA BILL EXEMPTS AMATEUR RADIO Despite some eleventh-hour political wrangling, Texas legislation that would have encouraged the deployment of BPL by electric utilities has failed to pass. After the original measure, Texas Senate Bill 1748, got stalled in the Texas House of Representatives, its language was grafted onto two other bills in an effort to ease it through the legislative session that wrapped up May 31. The various measures died when House and Senate leaders were unable to resolve their differing versions. Meanwhile, wording to exempt Amateur Radio has been restored to a potentially restrictive antenna bill, HB 843. North Texas ARRL Section Manager Tom Blackwell, N5GAR, says time simply ran out for the supporters of the BPL measure, which was to have served as a model for bills in other states. "The Texas BPL bill is dead," Blackwell commented on his Texas BPL Web site <http://www.n5gar.info/>. "The winners are the Texas Constitution and the people of Texas, who have imposed strict time limits on actions by the Texas Legislature." By law, legislative sessions run 140 days. A collateral benefit of the legislative battle, Blackwell says, is that the BPL bill motivated people not normally engaged in the political process to get involved--some for the first time. Many members of the Amateur Radio community in the Lone Star State contacted their lawmakers to voice their opposition to the original bill and its various successors, he said. "Potential investors in BPL should be reminded that because of the conduct of the lobbyists they hired and the elected officials they influenced, we were energized," he said. "Because of them we are now better organized and prepared to address interference complaints to the FCC and respond to any other attempt to effectively convert any of our amateur bands to commercial use." Blackwell suggests it's not too soon to start thinking about the 2007 legislative session. "We expect to see the same kinds of bills filed again," he said. Blackwell, Bill Lawless, W5WRL (now West Texas SM-elect), Gene Preston, K5GP, and Skip Cameron, W5GAI, testified in opposition to the original BPL bill--SB 1748--while it was under consideration by the House Regulated Industries Committee. Blackwell says a representative of the Texas Coalition of Cities for Utility Issues who also testified against the measure called it unconstitutional. Radio amateurs in Texas also contacted their lawmakers regarding antenna-related legislation--HB 843--giving certain Texas counties the authority to regulate "communication facility structures." The House version included an exemption for Amateur Radio antenna support structures, but the Senate version stripped that provision. South Texas State Government Liaison Jim Robinson, K5PNV, said, however, that he got assurances from House and Senate sponsors of the bill that the language would be reinstated when the measure went to conference. The bill now includes wording exempting "a communications antenna, antenna facility, or antenna tower or support structure located in a residential area that is used by an Amateur Radio operator exclusively for Amateur Radio communications or public safety services." "Looks like our work is done, insofar as the 79th Legislature is concerned," Robinson told ARRL West Gulf Director Coy Day, N5OK, and Texas ARRL section leadership this week. "Thanks to all of you for the excellent job you collectively did in getting contacts made with key legislators. This reflects a great team effort." ==>NEBRASKA BILL WOULD EFFECTIVELY PROHIBIT BPL Nebraska's unicameral legislature has passed a bill supported by telecommunications interests to ban "agencies, political subdivisions and public power suppliers" from providing any broadband, Internet, telecommunications or video services. This would include broadband over power line (BPL). The "Unicam," as it's called, approved the measure, LB 645, by a vote of 37-8-4. "So it's time for rejoicing, ARRL Nebraska State Government Liaison Bob Mitchell, WB0RJJ," said. "BPL is dead in Nebraska for this year!" ARRL Nebraska Section Manager Matthew Anderson, KA0BOJ, hailed the bill's passage as "great news." He also extended congratulations to the Nebraska Section team for its work in securing passage for the measure. "All of our contacts, letters, e-mails, phone calls and personal visits have paid off," he said. "This is indeed a great day for ham radio in Nebraska." Mitchell said even if LB 645 is overturned next year, he believes BPL by then "will have been superseded by superior technology that will not pollute the RF environment." The measure now goes to Gov David Heineman for his signature. Mitchell said it's unlikely that the governor would veto the bill. The legislation also creates a Broadband Services Task Force to study--among other things--"The need and necessity for the provision of wholesale broadband services, Internet services, telecommunications services or video services by agencies or political subdivisions of the state an d public power suppliers." The task force will report to the legislature, the governor and the Unicam's Natural Resources and Transportation and Telecommunications committees by December 1, 2006. The "final reading" text of the bill is available via the Unicam's Web site <http://www.unicam.state.ne.us/>. ==>SPECIAL COMMEMORATIVE BROADCAST TO MARK DEBUT OF FM Broadcasting history buffs mark your calendars! A special commemorative FM broadcast Saturday, June 11, at noon EDT will mark the 70th anniversary of Maj Edwin H. Armstrong's first public demonstration of wideband frequency modulation (FM). The broadcast will emanate from Armstrong's 400-foot-tall experimental tower in Alpine, New Jersey, overlooking the Hudson River. An area landmark that also served several New York City broadcasters in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that destroyed the World Trade Center, the gigantic structure now is owned by CSC Management Inc, headed by Charles Sackerman Jr. He and Steve Hemphill, WA3ZAE, owner of Solid Electronics Laboratories--a Pennsylvania broadcast equipment manufacturer--have secured a Special Temporary Authority (STA) from the FCC to conduct the FM broadcast on Armstrong's original frequency of 42.8 MHz at a power of 250 W ERP. They'll use the experimental/STA call sign WA2XMN, reminiscent of Armstrong's W2XMN call sign. The program itself will consist of David Ossman's dramatic production of "Empire of the Air," based on the book by Tom Lewis. They also plan to air excerpts from a 1941 test broadcast between member stations of the original New England Yankee Network, featuring actual voice recordings of Armstrong, Yankee Network Chief Engineer Paul deMars and others. They'll also rebroadcast the final signoff of Armstrong's pioneer FM station W2XMN/KE2XCC. The station went silent February 25, 1954, following Armstrong's death by suicide. For those lacking an FM radio that can tune to 42.8 MHz, the broadcast will be simulcast via WFDU(FM) 89.1 MHz, which also will provide a streaming webcast <http://alpha.fdu.edu/wfdu/wfdufm/index2.html>. The entire program will be rebroadcast on the Web at 7 PM EDT on June 14 and 16. A recording of the complete broadcast will be available for download at <http://www.cscmgt.com/>. Additional information about the commemorative broadcast and the Alpine tower site is available on the CSC Management Web site <http://www.cscmgt.com/index.html>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar scion Tad "That Lucky Ol' Sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Both sunspot numbers and solar flux were higher this week, with the average daily sunspot number nearly doubling to 71.3, and average solar flux up by more than 10 points to 93.8. These numbers are compared to the average for the previous reporting week, May 19-25. Conditions were good at least for most of the first day of last weekend's CQ Worldwide WPX Contest (CW), but Earth passed through a solar wind stream, sparking auroras. By Monday the planetary A index was 67, indicating a strong geomagnetic storm. The effect was not as large as the storm of mid-May, however. The predicted planetary A index for Friday, June 3, is 15, dropping to 10 for Saturday through Monday, June 4-6. After today predicted solar flux should drop below 95 and possibly stay there until around the end of the month. The Prague Geophysical Institute forecast shows active conditions on June 5-6, unsettled on June 3, 4 and 7, quiet to unsettled on June 8, and quiet on June 9. Sunspot numbers for May 26 through June 1 were 72, 51, 71, 55, 76, 79 and 95, with a mean of 71.3. The 10.7 cm flux was 90.4, 95.5, 92.5, 92.7, 94.9, 96.3 and 94.3, with a mean of 93.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 4, 13, 22, 67, 17 and 8, with a mean of 19.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 1, 1, 9, 16, 32, 10 and 5, with a mean of 10.6. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The VK/Trans-Tasman 80-Meter Contest (CW), the IARU Region 1 Field Day (CW), the RSGB National Field Day, the QRP TAC Sprint and the Worldradio Friends' Day QSO Party are the weekend of June 4-5. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is June 6. JUST AHEAD: The ARRL June VHF QSO Party, the ANARTS WW RTTY Contest, the Portugal Day Contest, the Asia-Pacific Sprint, SSB, the GACW WWSA CW DX Contest, and the REF DDFM Contest are the weekend of June 11-12. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is June 15. SARL Kid's Day is June 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. * Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration: Registration for the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level I on-line course (EC-001) opens Monday, June 6, 2005, at 1201 AM EDT and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the June 11-12 weekend--whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, June 24. ***ACT NOW! THIS IS THE FINAL MONTH TO OBTAIN FEDERAL GRANT REIMBURSEMENT!*** Radio amateurs 55 and older are strongly encouraged to participate. Thanks to the Corporation for National and Community Service, the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed to students who complete the course requirements and are granted "Passed" status by their mentors on or before August 31. 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. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com; 860-594-0340. * University students' first Amateur Radio balloon mission a success: Members of the University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club (AA4UT) launched their first balloon carrying Amateur Radio equipment on May 14. The team used APRS to track the balloon--designated UX-1--which had ATV equipment on board to provide a video feed back to Earth. The balloon reached an estimated altitude of approximately 52,000 feet (the GPS units would not read above 32,000 feet) and covered some 90 miles before bursting and descending by parachute. The balloon payload was recovered intact. Mike Coffey, KJ4Z, and Dan Bowen, K2VOL, were the prime movers behind the project. "This is an outstanding effort by young Amateur Radio operators in pursuit of their hobby," commented Tennessee Assistant Section Manager David Bower, K4PZT. Bower says the UT ham club has greatly benefited from the support of local radio amateurs dedicated to promoting Amateur Radio to younger licensees and prospective licensees. "Thanks to these local hams, they have an excellent HF amateur radio station at the University of Tennessee, including a tower and HF beam," Bower said. Another launch in the works for this weekend--June 4--may get media coverage by CNN. There's much more information, videos and photos on the UX-1 Web site <http://sunsite.utk.edu/~mcoffey/ux-1/>. * New Mexico ARES members end river watch: With water levels in the rivers of northern New Mexico finally falling, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) monitoring activities have ended. Members of several ARES teams sacrificed Memorial Day weekend plans to monitor the swollen rivers. New Mexico Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Kauffman, W5YEJ, was in the area May 27 to synchronize ARES activities with those of state and local emergency officials. An emergency operations center in Espanola provided a base of operations for radio amateurs and other emergency responders. Of special concern was the Embudo River. As of May 29, the water level was down another inch compared to the previous day, and ARES operations stood down. ARES members thus were able to enjoy the last day of the long holiday weekend with family and friends. New Mexico ARES groups from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Bernalillo, Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties provided emergency communication support and spotters at the request of the Rio Arriba County Emergency Manager.--Sandoval County ARES * Ward Silver, N0AX, wins May QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for May is H. Ward Silver, N0AX, for his article "Beyond the VOM--Test Equipment for the Ham Shack." Congratulations, Ward! 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