*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 24 June 17, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection bill now in US Senate * +"Get involved in the good things" in ham radio, Dayton forum urged * +ISS crew could be on for Field Day again this year * +The FCC proposes $21,000 in fines for K1MAN * +Hams activate in advance of first named Atlantic storm * +"SuitSat" moves closer to launch * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio: ARRL Kid's Day is June 18! ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration Field Day 2005 gear still available +President names Scott Redd, K0DQ, to head counter-terrorism center +K6KPH to transmit W1AW FD bulletin for West Coast ARRL warns against spurious, virus-infected e-mails +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> =========================================================== ==>Delivery problems (ARRL member direct delivery only!): email@example.com ==>Editorial questions or comments: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, firstname.lastname@example.org =========================================================== ==>US SENATE VERSION OF AMATEUR RADIO SPECTRUM PROTECTION ACT OF 2005 INTRODUCED A US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005 has been introduced in the 109th Congress with bipartisan support. Sen Michael Crapo of Idaho sponsored the measure, S 1236, on June 14. The wording of the bill is identical to the House version, HR 691, introduced earlier this year by Rep Michael Bilirakis of Florida. Joining Crapo as cosponsors of the Senate bill were Senators Christopher Bond of Missouri, Max Baucus and Conrad Burns of Montana, and Daniel Akaka of Hawaii. The bill has been referred to the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of which Burns is a member. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said the League is pleased that Crapo has agreed to once again sponsor this legislation at ARRL's urging. "We are grateful for Sen Crapo's demonstration of support by introducing the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005," Sumner said. "His sponsorship of this bill shows his appreciation for the value and utility of Amateur Radio to the US public, especially in times of emergency." Like previous versions of the proposal, the House and Senate measures would require the FCC to provide "equivalent replacement spectrum" to the Amateur Radio and Amateur-Satellite services in the event of reallocation to other services of primary amateur spectrum or the diminution of secondary amateur spectrum. The bill also would cover additional allocations within Amateur Radio bands that "would substantially reduce" their utility to Amateur Service licensees. In a letter this week, ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, also thanked Crapo for his continued support of the Spectrum Protection Act. "As you know, this legislation is vital for ensuring that the Amateur Radio Service, the only 100 percent fail-safe emergency communication capability, remains a viable public safety option," Haynie said, adding that the League also appreciates the work of Crapo's staff in getting the bill into play in the new Congress. "The ARRL looks forward to working with you on successfully passing this legislation during the 109th Congress," he said. The legislation references Amateur Radio's role in providing "voluntary, noncommercial radio service, particularly emergency communications," and it points out that hams have "consistently and reliably" provided communication support in the event of emergencies and disasters including tornadoes and hurricanes, chemical spills, forest fires and rail accidents. As the measure notes, FCC actions already have led to the loss of at least 107 MHz of spectrum to radio amateurs. Efforts will continue--now in both chambers of Congress--to attract additional cosponsors for S 1236 and HR 691. The League encourages its members to urge their congressional representatives and senators to sign aboard. A sample letter for HR 691 <http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr-691-sample-letter.html> and a sample letter for S 1236 <http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/s-1236/>--are available on the ARRL Web site for members to use as guides in writing their members of Congress to seek their support. To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of Congress--preferably as an attachment--to email@example.com or fax it to 703-684-7594. The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each Member of Congress for hand delivery. ==>RILEY HOLLINGSWORTH: "GET INVOLVED IN THE GOOD THINGS IN AMATEUR RADIO!" FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth told the Dayton Hamvention FCC Forum May 21 "all you need to know to enhance your radio service--in one simple lesson." Drawing upon his nearly seven years experience as the FCC's Amateur Radio enforcement point man, Hollingsworth told his audience "what I personally think you need to do to make the Amateur Radio Service thrive and to enjoy the incredible opportunity" to have fun and engage in public service activities. "Overall, amateur compliance, I think, is very, very good--I'm really happy with it," although, he said, "we still have a good distance to go" in certain areas. Complaints also have continued to decline steadily over the past year. "I think that's a good sign," he said, predicting the trend would continue. He advised hams to avoid ugly on-the-air situations and confrontations. "Just use the VFO and go somewhere else," he said. On the other hand, enthusiasm and happiness on ham radio are contagious, Hollingsworth asserted, and amateur licensees themselves are responsible for creating and maintaining a hospitable operating environment. Among the good things going on in ham radio, Hollingsworth elicited a round of applause by singling out Pennsylvania teacher Sean Barnes, N3JQ, whose classes have helped 60 youngsters to obtain Amateur Radio licensees over the past three years. The most high-profile recent enforcement case--involving former amateur licensee Jack Gerritsen in the Los Angeles--"is not technically an amateur case," Hollingsworth explained. He pointed out, however, that the FCC is looking to determine who supplied Gerritsen with Amateur Radio equipment and "encouraged him." His final admonishment: Good amateur practice means "not operating so that whoever hears you becomes sorry they ever got interested in Amateur Radio in the first place." He urged hams to look to the future and "get involved in the good things in Amateur Radio" and spread the word among to acquaint the public and even legislators, lawmakers and government officials. "It's not about enforcement. It's about your obligation," he said. Enforcement can't cure all Amateur Radio's ills. "It's all about you and what you're doing with [Amateur Radio]," he concluded. "Look beyond enforcement." ==>ISS ASTRONAUTS COULD BE ON THE AIR FOR FIELD DAY! International Space Station crew members John Phillips, KE5DRY, and Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, may be on the air for ARRL Field Day, June 25-26. ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, at Johnson Space Center, says the Expedition 11 astronauts plan to participate in Field Day 2005 on a limited basis. Previous ISS crew members have handed out contacts during Field Day from both NA1SS and RS0ISS. Ransom this week reviewed potential ISS pass times, and a few are favorable for US stations, although some will occur during the very early morning hours. Phillips and Krikalev will use the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) radio gear aboard the spacecraft. "Hams on the ISS will try to be on for ARRL Field Day," Ransom said. "The crew can make contacts anytime during the 1800 UTC June 25 to 1800 UTC June 26 period as time permits. Most activity will be over North and South America, but stations worldwide should be listening." Ransom says the pass times are only recommendations, and there is no guarantee that either Phillips or Krikalev will actually be on the air during any of them. Passes marked by asterisks (*) are recommended. Times are in UTC. Saturday, June 25 1826-1834 Hawaii 1852-1902 Southern Chile & Argentina Sunday, June 26 0743-0804 Canada and NW US 0847-0901 Central and eastern Australia 0919-0938 Southern Canada and NE US 1020-1035 Western Australia *1053-1115 Alaska, SW Canada and eastern US *1110-1130 Caribbean, NE South America 1211-1223 Eastern Japan *1226-1248 Alaska, Western US *1246-1306 Central South America 1346-1359 Western Japan 1428-1442 Central Argentina 1606-1617 Southern Chile and Argentina *1715-1725 Hawaii Phillips will operate as NA1SS and handing out "1 Alfa ISS" for a report. If Expedition 11 Commander Krikalev gets on the air too, he'll identify as RS0ISS and give the same exchange. In the past, crew members have operated from both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 ARISS stations using 2 meters and 70 cm. The standard ISS voice frequencies for contacts in ITU Region 2 are 144.49 MHz up and 145.80 MHz down, FM. If the astronauts can't get on the air to make voice QSOs, the RS0ISS packet station should be on and available for ground stations to work each other via the packet digipeater using "ARISS" as the alias for the call sign in UNPROTO mode. Frequencies are 145.99 MHz up and 145.80 MHz down. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, notes that ISS voice or direct packet contacts with the ISS do not count for bonus satellite contact points because the ISS is not an "Amateur Radio satellite" as event rules specify. Packet contacts relayed via the ISS are valid. "The ISS contacts do not count for satellite credit, since they are point-to-point, whereas the traditional satellite QSO is a relayed Earth-satellite-Earth two-way contact," he explained. Field Day has no specific rules relating to ARISS operation because there's no guarantee that the crew will be able to get on the air for the annual exercise. ==>FCC ISSUES $21,000 NOTICE OF APPARENT LIABILITY TO MAINE AMATEUR The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) proposing to fine Glenn A. Baxter, K1MAN, of Belgrade Lakes, Maine, $21,000. In the NAL, released June 7, the FCC alleges that Baxter has violated several sections of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. The list includes interfering with ongoing communications, transmitting communications in which he has a pecuniary interest, failing to provide information the FCC has requested, engaging in broadcasting, and failing to exercise control of his station. In the NAL, the FCC's Enforcement Bureau recounts past correspondence to and from Baxter--a registered professional engineer and executive director of the American Amateur Radio Association (AARA). "In response to numerous complaints of deliberate interference caused by transmissions from Mr Baxter's Amateur station K1MAN to ongoing radio communications of other stations, including stations participating in the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Net, the Bureau issued a Warning Notice to Mr Baxter on September 15, 2004," the NAL states. The Warning Notice requested that Baxter explain his method of station control and what action, if any, was being taken in response to the interference complaints. The FCC said its Warning Notice also recalled a written warning dated April 14, 2004, advising Baxter that enforcement action would be taken if he failed to correct the deliberate interference attributed to his station and if he continued to use his station for pecuniary interest by advertising his Web site. Baxter responded on October 14, 2004, stating "no corrective actions are necessary at K1MAN" and that his method of station control "is in full compliance with all FCC rules" and that K1MAN "is in full compliance with all FCC rules, state laws, and federal laws." Calling Baxter's response "insufficient," the FCC issued a second Warning Notice last October 29, spelling out his "obligations as a licensee to furnish the information requested by the Bureau." The Warning Notice also reported the receipt of two more complaints alleging deliberate interference. The FCC gave Baxter 20 more days to provide information regarding the identity of the control operator and his method of station control on the dates and times specified in the recent interference complaints. The FCC says Baxter responded last November 2 to indicate that his previous response had "provided all the information required by FCC rules and by federal law." He did not offer any information regarding the identity of the control operator or the method of station control, the FCC added. The NAL also cites monitoring of K1MAN by FCC personnel and asserts that last November 27, "K1MAN began transmitting on top of ongoing communications at 5:54 PM EST on 3.890 MHz, disrupting the communications by other licensees," the FCC reported. It alleged similar occurrences on December 8 and March 31. FCC personnel from Boston inspected K1MAN last November 30. During that visit, the FCC said, Baxter demonstrated that he could control his station's transmitter using a telephone interface. Last December 1, the FCC said, K1MAN transmitted "a pre-recorded program lasting nearly seventy minutes, which consisted of an interview by Mr Baxter with Mr Jeff Owens." The Commission contends that the transmission "consisted of a lengthy broadcast of the telephone interview with Mr Owens" during which, it says, Baxter explained how Owens could invest in franchises of Baxter Associates--a management consulting, executive search and executive career management enterprise--and how Baxter planned to market franchises of Baxter Associates. "Nothing in the program related to Amateur Radio, and no station call sign was given until the conclusion of the seventy-minute program," the FCC stated. The Commission said the transmission constituted a broadcast and an impermissible one-way transmission. On December 19, 2004, the Commission asserts, K1MAN "broadcast transmissions of an apparently defective pre-recorded audio tape, which resulted in the repeated transmission of a nine-word phrase, and segments thereof, without any intervention of a control operator and without the identification of the station's call sign." The transmission lasted some 46 minutes, the Commission reported, noting that Baxter's station shut down abruptly in mid-sentence. The FCC said this incident indicated that the control operator did not have sufficient control over his station. The Commission says on March 30, 2005, on at least four occasions on 3.890 MHz its monitoring personnel observed K1MAN advertising the AARA Web site, which "offers various products for sale." It concluded that those mentions and the transmission of the Baxter Associates interview violated FCC Amateur Service rules "by transmitting communications regarding matters in which he has a pecuniary interest." The FCC further concluded that Baxter failed to supply information it had requested in its warning notices of last September 15 and October 29. The Commission gave Baxter 30 days to pay the fine or file a written statement seeking a reduction or cancellation of the proposed fine. ==>HURRICANE WATCH NET, WX4NHC ACTIVATE IN ADVANCE OF TROPICAL STORM ARLENE The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center in Miami announced activations Saturday, June 11, around midday UTC, a few hours before Tropical Storm Arlene made landfall along the western Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. The storm, which produced considerable rainfall, never did reach hurricane status, although it had been expected to. After making landfall, the storm quickly dissipated into a tropical depression. Arlene caused scattered power outages affecting several thousand customers in the Florida Panhandle. The HWN activated on 14.325 MHz to gather ground-level weather data to relay via WX4NHC to hurricane forecasters. HWN Manager Mike Pilgrim, K5MP, reports the HWN secured operations at 1830 UTC on June 11. The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Arlene had been sporting maximum sustained winds near hurricane force--70 MPH--with higher gusts before coming ashore. WX4NHC monitored the HWN as well as EchoLink and IRLP 9219 via the WX_Talk Conference Room. Remnants of Arlene continued to drop heavy rains well into the US Midwest early this week. ==>FALL LAUNCH VIEWED FOR "SUITSAT" AS ARISS-US DELIVERS HARDWARE The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) US Team has delivered its hardware contribution to the "SuitSat" project to NASA's Johnson Space Center (JSC), where the ARISS-US Team had performed safety tests. If all goes according to plan, the ISS crew will deploy SuitSat--a surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit equipped with Amateur Radio gear, a DVD of school artwork and other experiments--this fall during a spacewalk. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said this week that NASA is in the process of shipping the ARISS-US hardware to Russia, where it will undergo final tests and certification and integration with ARISS-Russia's SuitSat gear. SuitSat will fly to the ISS aboard a Progress supply rocket in August or September. "On behalf of the ARISS International team, I want to congratulate the SuitSat hardware development team for their 'can do' spirit and ability to deliver the SuitSat hardware on such a very challenging schedule," Bauer said. He pointed out that NASA only gave the okay on May 10 for the ARISS-US team to go forward with the SuitSat project. "In the four short weeks since that letter was signed," Bauer said, "the US project team, has designed, built and tested a simple--yet fully featured--system that we hope will inspire hams and students around the world." Bauer says SuitSat will beam down special messages and an SSTV image from within the Orlan spacesuit as it floats in space. "The SuitSat radio system will allow hams and students to track the suit and decode special international messages, spacesuit telemetry and a pre-programmed Slow Scan TV image through its specially built digital voice messaging system and Amateur Radio transmitter," he said this week. The ARISS-US Team expressed its appreciation to Kenwood for its donation of--and assistance with--the radios that are embedded in the SuitSat system. The brainchild of the ARISS-Russia team headed by Sergei Samburov, RV3DR--SuitSat will have transmit-only capability operating from the suit's battery power. The concept came in for extensive discussion during the joint AMSAT Symposium/ARISS International Partner meeting last October. "Since October the SuitSat design concept matured and evolved due to the challenging development time constraints," Bauer said. On the ARISS-Russia side, SuitSat is being led by Project Manager A. P. Alexandrov and Deputy Project Manager A. Poleshuk. Satellite veteran Lou McFadin, W5DID, is heading up the hardware development for the ARISS-US Team. The SuitSat project has generated interest from several schools, which have contributed audio greetings in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese and Russian for transmission from SuitSat. Students at a NASA Explorer School, Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland, supplied the voice message for the US English contribution, Bauer said. The ARISS-Russia team is building a launch container and has assembled systems consisting a transmitter, digi-talker assembly, control box, dummy load, antenna cable and control cable. SuitSat's call sign, RS0RS, and voice greetings--along with educational materials solicited from schools--have been burned into memory. Among other things, SuitSat will carry voice greetings to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Russia's Bauman Moscow State Technical University. The SuitSat project already is attracting attention within the non-Amateur Radio world. ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO--who's ARISS-International Secretary-Treasurer--already has fielded questions from a reporter for NewScientist.com, and news stories have surfaced on Space.com and on Greensboro, North Carolina, TV station WFMY. Once deployed, SuitSat is expected to orbit the planet for several weeks before burning up when it enters Earth's atmosphere. A second Orlan space suit is expected to become available for possible deployment as a temporary satellite in 2007. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Propagation guru Tad "That Lucky Ol' Sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: If you look at the average of daily sunspot or solar flux numbers for the past week, you'll see hardly a change from the previous period. This does not mean there was no activity or zero sunspots, but the average daily solar flux is exactly the same the past week as the one previous, and the average daily sunspot number was down by less than one point. Sunspot counts rose in the earlier period, peaked at the end of that reporting week (Thursday through Wednesday) and declined over the next seven days. Last Friday, June 10, sunspots 775 and 776 were transiting the center of the visible solar disk, which meant they were in the best position for affecting Earth. A coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 9 caused a geomagnetic storm on June 12, when the arrival of the ejection and solar wind was met with a south-pointing interplanetary magnetic field. When the field points north, it helps protect the Earth from the effects of solar wind. But when it points south, Earth is vulnerable. On June 13 the field again pointed north. Currently we are experiencing effects from a CME that swept over Earth around 0900 UTC on June 16. This was a weak disturbance, but it was followed by a moderate solar wind. Expected planetary A index, a measure of geomagnetic stability worldwide, is expected around 25, 15, 10 and 8 for June 17-20. Solar flux is expected to remain below 100 until the end of this month. Sunspot numbers for June 9 through 15 were 99, 103, 85, 85, 73, 44 and 64 with a mean of 79. 10.7 cm flux was 116.1, 114.3, 108, 103, 91.8, 93.8 and 94.5, with a mean of 103.1. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 5, 6, 35, 33, 10 and 21 with a mean of 16.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 2, 6, 23, 17, 8 and 14, with a mean of 10.4. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: ARRL Kid's Day, The All Asian DX Contest (CW), the SMIRK Contest, the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, the West Virginia and Quebec QSO parties are the weekend of June 18-19. JUST AHEAD: The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (SSB) is June 23. The NCCC Thursday Sprint is June 24. ARRL Field Day, the ARCI Milliwatt Field Day, the Marconi Memorial HF Contest and His Majesty the King of Spain Contest (SSB) are the weekend of June 25-26. 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 Antenna Modeling (EC-004) and Radio Propagation (EC-011) on-line courses remains open through Sunday, June 19. Classes begin Friday July 1. For the Antenna Modeling course, computer-modeling 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. Propagation students 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 such as aurora and meteor scatter. 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, June 20, at 1201 AM EDT and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the June 25-26 weekend--whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, July 8. NOTE: This will not be a complete eight-week class. ***ACT NOW! THIS IS THE FINAL MONTH TO OBTAIN FEDERAL GRANT REIMBURSEMENT!*** 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 upgraded by their mentor to "Passed" on or before August 31. Radio amateurs 55 and up 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. For more information, contact Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, email@example.com; 860-594-0340. * Field Day 2005 gear still available: Field Day 2005 is just days away--the weekend of June 25-26. But, it's not too late to order your official ARRL Field Day 2005 T-shirts, participation pins and GOTA pins. The ever-popular Field Day Ts are available in sizes small through XXX for $12.95 each, plus shipping and handling. Field Day pins have become a treasured collectable for many in the amateur community. The 2005 edition is just $5, plus shipping and handling, while supplies last. The GOTA pins are an excellent gift for those participating in their first Field Day. They also are $5 each plus shipping and handling. Orders received by Sunday, June 19, are guaranteed delivery in time for Field Day the following weekend. You can your order for Field Day items via the ARRL Online Catalog <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=no-9548> or call toll-free, 888-277-5289. * President names Scott Redd, K0DQ, to head counter-terrorism center: President George W. Bush has again called on retired Vice Adm John "Scott" Redd, K0DQ, to take on an important assignment. Bush announced June 10 that he was tapping Redd, a well-known DXer and contester, to direct the new National Counter-Terrorism Center. A former commander of US naval forces in the Middle East and a 36-year Navy veteran, Redd, 60, was executive director of the Silberman-Robb presidential commission on US intelligence failures in Iraq. Redd previously served as deputy administrator and chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, for which he received the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Pending Senate confirmation, Redd will report to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. He'd replace interim director John Brennan. The National Counter-Terrorism Center is to be the central organization for analyzing and integrating all foreign and domestic intelligence on terrorism and will carry out "strategic operational planning" for domestic and foreign counterterrorism operations. * K6KPH to transmit W1AW FD bulletin for West Coast: For Field Day 2005 participants on the West Coast, the Maritime Radio Historical Society's K6KPH will again retransmit the W1AW Field Day bulletin this year on Field Day weekend, June 24-25. K6KPH CW frequencies will be 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975 and 21.0675 MHz. In addition to sending the bulletin on CW, K6KPH will make digital transmissions both days on RTTY and AMTOR on 40 meters only (7.095 MHz). A Field Day bulletin transmission schedule, which will be updated as necessary, plus full information on Field Day 2005 are posted on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/> (scroll down to "Field Day"). * ARRL warns against spurious, virus-infected e-mails: Some ARRL members have recently reported receiving e-mail messages that purport to be from ARRL. These messages suggest that the recipient's account has been used to send "a large amount of unsolicited commercial e-mail," that their password has been changed or some other action was going to be taken regarding their arrl.net "account." The e-mail may be signed by "The ARRL Support team" or "The arrl.net team." Some messages also may show up as e-mail bounces from "Postmaster" or "Mail Administrator." These messages, which include a file attachment, are bogus. They do not originate from ARRL, and recipients of such messages should never attempt to open the attached file. 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