*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 27 July 15, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +ARRL bolsters BPL reconsideration petition with new filing * +Article by Spectrum Bill sponsor promotes ham radio * +Desire to explore inspired career, astronaut tells students * +Ham radio volunteers deal with Dennis; Emily in the wings * +Vanity call sign fee to rise slightly * +FCC revises Form 605 * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration ARRL to sponsor emergency communications seminar at Huntsville +Logbook of the World reaches milestone Trinity Site special event to commemorate A-bomb anniversary Joseph R. Littlepage, WE5Y, wins June 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 =========================================================== ==>ARRL CITES "ADDITIONAL AUTHORITIES" TO BUTTRESS BPL RECONSIDERATION PETITION The ARRL has cited the conclusions of a UK study and of the FCC itself to further support its call for the Commission to "reconsider, rescind and re-study" the broadband over power line (BPL) rules it adopted last October. In its Petition for Reconsideration last February in the BPL proceeding, ET Docket 04-37, the League argued that in permitting unlicensed Part 15 devices such as BPL, the Commission's main obligation is to establish a radiated emission level low enough so that the devices "will predictably not interfere" with licensed services. "Unless this conclusion can be fairly reached, the Commission has no statutory authority to permit the facilities to operate on an unlicensed basis," the League maintains in a Citation of Additional Authority (Citation) filed July 8. Furthermore, the League says, the FCC itself affirmed the ARRL's argument in another proceeding. The League cited a Commission conclusion in last December's Second Report and Order and Second Memorandum Opinion and Order in the Ultra-Wideband (UWB) proceeding, ET Docket 98-153. The FCC held in its UWB Order that a reasonable reading of Section 301 of the Communications Act would limit licensing to "any apparatus which transmits enough energy to have a significant potential for causing harmful interference." The FCC, the League asserts in its Citation, cannot authorize BPL--although it's an unintentional radiator--due to "acknowledged (and field-proven) substantial interference potential to licensed services." The solution, the ARRL said, is to establish radiated emission limits at a level that would make the chances of interference negligible. Accompanying the Citation are studies of BPL systems in Scotland conducted by Ofcom, the UK's telecommunications regulator. Ofcom says concern over signal leakage is one reason for BPL's small UK market share compared with DSL and cable. "Although efficient for their primary purpose, electricity supply cables are not designed, screened or balanced for high frequency use, and in this application they produce significant leakage emissions," the Ofcom study said, adding that the emissions potentially can interfere with radio communication services "including short wave broadcasts." In its Citation, the ARRL again argues that the FCC "incorrectly rejected" the League's recommendation for a 20 dB extrapolation factor in measuring BPL signal decay on HF based on distance from the signal's source. Instead, the FCC opted to apply the existing--and less stringent--40 dB/decade factor in Part 15. "The existing Part 15 standard is clearly inapplicable and underestimates the BPL field strength by up to 11.5 dB," the ARRL said, pointing to the Ofcom studies to support its assertion. The League called the FCC's adopted 40 dB/decade factor "inappropriate." The ARRL also said the Ofcom studies clearly show that notching is ineffective to mitigate interference and that certain BPL systems cannot even meet the FCC's "overly liberal" Part 15 field strength. The League further noted that the FCC already applies a 20 dB/decade standard to measure signal decay of Part 18 Industrial, Scientific and Medical devices that can operate below 30 MHz. In last October's BPL Order, the League pointed out, the FCC stated that if new information became available auguring in favor of alternative emission limit/distance standards or extrapolation factors, it would revisit the issue. "There is no time like the present," the ARRL urged. A copy of the ARRL's Citation is on the League's Web site <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/filings/BPL-Reconsideration-Citation- of-Additional-Authority.pdf>. ==>SPECTRUM PROTECTION BILL SPONSOR'S ARTICLE PROMOTES AMATEUR RADIO'S VALUE Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005 sponsor Sen Michael Crapo (R-ID) this week promoted the value of Amateur Radio and his bill's efforts to preserve ham radio spectrum in a July 13 article in The Hill--a magazine for and about Congress. Crapo introduced the US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005, S 1236, in June with bipartisan support in the 109th Congress. It's identical to the House version, HR 691, introduced earlier in the session by Rep Michael Bilirakis of Florida. In his article, "Amateur Radio: a voice in the storm," Crapo says that in an era of increasing demand for spectrum, Amateur Radio's allocations must be preserved. "Today, Amateur Radio still serves a vital purpose, especially in our post-Sept. 11 world," he wrote. "Acting as volunteers, Amateur Radio operators provide assistance in numerous disaster-relief efforts, from the terror attacks in New York and Washington to floods in Texas, hurricanes in Florida, earthquakes in Seattle and California and fires in the West and in my home state of Idaho." Crapo points out that since 1982, Amateur Radio has lost 107 megahertz--"the equivalent of 18 television channels"--and another 145 megahertz "is in danger of being reallocated." Calling Amateur Radio "one of the pioneers of modern communications," he notes that even today's communication systems, such as cellular telephones, can fail or may be primary targets, while ham radio operators have a demonstrated history of being able to provide vital communication under adverse circumstances. "The Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act will ensure the success of this vital link in our security communications infrastructure while continuing to encourage the innovation and creativity that is the hallmark of this field," Crapo asserts. The Senate and House legislation 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. "It maintains spectrum allocation flexibility by only requiring that the basic amount of spectrum allocated to Amateur Radio operators be maintained," Crapo explained. "Together with my colleagues Sens Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Kit Bond (R-MO), Max Baucus (D-MT) and Conrad Burns (R-MT), I look forward to working toward this bipartisan solution to the problem of lost spectrum for Amateur Radio operators." S 1236 has been referred to the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee of which Burns is a member. HR 691 has been referred to the US House Committee on Energy and Commerce. "Amateur Radio: a voice in the storm" appears on The Hill Web site <http://www.thehill.com/thehill/export/TheHill/News/Frontpage/071305/ss_crap o.html>. The Hill circulates to all members of Congress and their staff members as well as to much of "official Washington." Efforts continue 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. More than 100 lawmakers in both houses agreed to cosponsor similar legislation in the 108th Congress. A sample letter <http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr-691-sample-letter.html> for HR 691 and a sample letter <http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/s-1236/> for S 1236--are available on the ARRL Web site. Members may want to use these 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to 703-684-7594. The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed to each Member of Congress for hand delivery. ==>AN EXPLORER AT HEART, ASTRONAUT TELLS JAPANESE STUDENTS US Astronaut John Phillips, KE5DRY, took a short break from celebrating Independence Day July 4 to speak with youngsters at Yokohama Elementary School in Kochi, Japan. The contact between NA1SS on the space station and 8N5ARISS at the school was arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. Phillips said he decided to become an astronaut because he felt inspired to explore. "I became an astronaut because I wanted to take part in one of the great programs of exploration," Phillips told the youngsters. "If I had lived 200 years ago I probably would have wanted to be a polar explorer." Phillips told the Yokohama Elementary pupils that he and crewmate (and Expedition 11 Commander) Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, get an early start each work day, arising at 6 AM for breakfast and not quitting for the day until around 8 PM. They hit the sack around 11 PM (the ISS maintains UTC as its standard time). A typical work day, he said, revolves around scientific experiments, routine station repair and maintenance, and work in support of other space vehicles, such as the space shuttle. NASA had to postpone the planned launch of the shuttle Discovery due to problems with fuel sensors. Phillips said the view of the heavens from the ISS is very similar to what one sees from Earth on a clear night from a mountaintop, except that the station crew can see both Southern and Northern Hemisphere stars and the planets and stars twinkle against a black background even during the day. "I looked at Saturn's rings about two weeks ago when Saturn was aligned with Mercury and Venus," Phillips reported. "I used binoculars, and I could just barely see the rings." As other astronauts before him have said, Phillips described the view of Earth from the ISS as "very beautiful" and exhibits the same colors one sees on the ground. "The oceans are blue, the snow is white, the forests are green, the deserts are tan and the cities are gray," he said. "And at night you can see lightning and city lights." The control operator for the contact was Ikuko Omura, JA5GSG, and Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ, served as mentor for the ARISS QSO. Eighteen youngsters at the Kochi school each asked a single question during the approximately 10-minute pass. Looking on were nearly 300 classmates and other visitors. Yasuda says representatives of several news media covered the event. ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an educational outreach program with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>AMATEUR RADIO DEALS WITH DENNIS; EMILY EMERGES WITH NEW STRENGTH Following four days of operation as Hurricane Dennis swept through the Caribbean before making landfall along the US Gulf Coast, the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz secured operations July 10. The net worked in concert with WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center to relay real-time, ground-level weather data from net members to assist NHC forecasters in determining the storm's behavior. HWN Manager Mike Pilgrim, K5MP, said the net racked up more than 50 hours of activation time for Hurricane Dennis July 7-10. But even as he was sounding "Taps" for Dennis, he was already anticipating the net's next activation. "As we awaken on this sunlit morning in South Florida, it is with a surprised awareness that there is yet another tropical storm on the horizon out in the eastern Caribbean," Pilgrim said July 11. Tropical Depression 5 quickly ramped up to Category 3 Hurricane Emily by the end of the week--fulfilling Pilgrim's prophecy and threatening Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Haiti and, perhaps eventually, Mexico and southern Texas. Property damage from the winds and flooding Dennis spawned was still being assessed at week's end. Before heading toward US shores, Hurricane Dennis left behind a path of death and destruction in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Cuba. Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) reports from areas along the US Gulf Coast were still coming in at week's end. Northern Florida Section Manager Rudy Hubbard, WA4PUP, rode out the storm at the emergency operations center (EOC) in Santa Rosa County, which includes Pensacola. The Florida Panhandle and the Alabama Gulf Coast appear to have taken the brunt of Dennis, a Category 3 hurricane as it came ashore. Hubbard said ARES teams in the Panhandle District of Northern Florida handled necessary communication assignments, including communication between a shelter and the EOC. He said coordination among the various county EOCs and the State EOC in the capital of Tallahassee also worked smoothly. Hundreds of residents in the Florida Panhandle and elsewhere along the storm's expected landfall point took advantage of Red Cross shelters. Thousands were without power in the affected area in the storm's immediate aftermath. Dennis hit the region less than a year after a series of devastating hurricanes ravaged Florida last year, and that point was not lost on Northern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Joe Bushel, W2DWR, who noted that many ARES members were among those still recovering from 2004. "For most of us outside the isolated severe damage areas, Dennis was a great drill which provided much-needed experience," Bushel said. "Unfortunately, Florida has had its share of 'experience' over the last two years." West Panhandle District Emergency Coordinator Bobby Tyree, KG4KGX, said Santa Rosa County ARES stood down July 13. "The Santa Rosa emergency manager made the statement that she could not have done it without ARES," he reported. Although ARES members were at the ready all along Florida's western coast, Southern Florida Section Emergency Coordinator Jeff Beals, WA4AW, said Dennis was "primarily a rain event" in most of the section's counties. Special sessions of the Southern Florida ARES Net were called up as the storm moved into the Gulf. In Mississippi, the West Gulf ARES net activated Sunday afternoon, and ARES teams invoked the memorandum of understanding with the Louisiana and South Texas ARRL sections regarding assistance with net control duties. Mississippi SM Malcolm Keown, W5XX, said the net secured July 11 as Dennis exited the state. "Early reports indicate that as Dennis approached, ARES responded very quickly in counties along the Gulf Coast and along the Mississippi/Alabama line," Keown said, thanking everyone who took part. The Alabama Emergency Net and the Alabama EOC activated July 8. Alabama SM Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, traveled to Escambia County, Alabama, to assist with ARES activities there. He noted July 12 that ARES teams were assisting with damage assessment. Pilgrim said he was pleased to report that participants in the IARU HF World Championship contest July 9 and 10 posed no problems for the HWN, although less-than-optimal band conditions and solar flares did complicate things. "We received total and complete cooperation from the contesting community and were left with virtually a clear frequency on which to conduct our business," Pilgrim said. "Thanks to all those who demonstrated their respect for and belief in the ultimate value of Amateur Radio Service--our ability and dedication to render support and assistance during times of emergency." The HWN reactivated for Hurricane Emily on July 15. ==>VANITY CALL SIGN APPLICATION FEE TO RISE The regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign will go up slightly later this year, an FCC Order indicates. A Report and Order and Order On Reconsideration (R&O) in the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for fiscal years 2004 and 2005 released July 7 increases the fee for FY 2005 to $21.90 for the 10-year license term. The FCC said it had adjusted FY 2004 "payment units" for each service to better reflect expected FY 2005 payment liabilities. "We tied to obtain verification for these estimates from multiple sources and, in all cases, we compared FY 2005 estimates with actual FY 2004 payment units to ensure that our revised estimates were reasonable," the FCC said in the R&O. "Where appropriate, we adjusted and/or rounded our final estimates to take into consideration the fact that certain variables that impact on the number of payment units cannot be estimated exactly." In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in the proceeding last February, the Commission had proposed keeping the vanity call sign fee at its current $20.80. The fee rose from $16.30 to $20.80 last August. A reevaluation in the number of anticipated vanity call sign applications--or "payment units"--accounts for the latest fee hike. In its February 2005 NPRM, the Commission had estimated it would receive 8000 vanity applications during FY 2005. This month's R&O reflects a downward recalculation to an anticipated 7600 vanity applications--up only slightly from a year earlier--so the fee had to be raised to meet FY 2005 revenue requirements. While the R&O does not specify the effective date of the change, this generally occurs 30 days after the R&O's publication in The Federal Register, which hasn't happened yet. In past years, the effective date has been in August or September. More information on vanity call signs is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/vanity.html>. ==>FCC ISSUES REVISED FORM 605, OBSOLETES PREVIOUS EDITIONS A revised FCC Form 605, "Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services," has gone into effect. The new form must be used for all receipts as of July 18. "Applicants can avoid filing outdated editions by submitting their applications through the Universal Licensing System (ULS) <http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/>, given that changes to the paper forms will be incorporated into the system automatically," the FCC said. The new Form 605 is available online from the FCC Web site <http://www.fcc.gov/Forms/Form605/605.html>. The revised form includes a new Question 13 (subsequent questions have been appropriately renumbered) that will affect amateurs applying for an administrative update (AU) to reflect a change in licensee name. Question 13 now asks: "If the licensee name is being updated, is the update a result from the sale (or transfer of control) of the license(s) to another party and for which proper Commission approval has not been received or proper notification not provided?" Amateur Radio Service applicants should always answer "no" to Question 13. Not answering the question--which has nothing to do with the Amateur Radio Service--could result in dismissal of an application. For additional information or assistance, visit the FCC Help and Support Web page <http://esupport.fcc.gov/index.htm>. This change does not affect the NCVEC Form 605 that VECs and VE teams use. ==>HAMS PACK COURTROOM AT GERRITSEN SENTENCING Radio amateurs turned out in force July 13 as reputed Los Angeles-area radio jammer Jack Gerritsen, who was briefly licensed as KG6IRO, was sentenced on state charges of threatening another amateur and his daughter via a local repeater. He was convicted July 8. Some 50 radio amateurs showed up for the sentencing, and many more mailed or e-mailed the court. Superior Court Judge Craig J. Mitchell gave Gerritsen 120 days in jail and three years probation. He also barred Gerritsen from any contact with those who had testified against him and from operating ham gear without a valid FCC license. Gerritsen was arrested in May on a contempt citation for allegedly violating the terms of a temporary restraining order the victimized radio amateur had obtained to keep Gerritsen off a local repeater. That radio amateur and two others subsequently testified against Gerritsen. Serving as his own attorney, Gerritsen contended he was falsely accused and that his First Amendment rights were being violated. Mitchell told Gerritsen the case was not about the First Amendment but about Gerritsen's threatening and bullying behavior. The 69-year-old Bell, California, resident still faces federal charges following his May 5 arrest and seizure of his radio equipment by FBI agents accompanied by FCC personnel. Released on bond in that case, he's been subject to monitored home detention and barred from possessing or using any radio equipment. The federal criminal complaint cited an FCC investigation revealing that Gerritsen "often 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." The FCC has affirmed a $10,000 fine against Gerritsen for unlicensed operation and proposed another $42,000 in forfeitures for alleged interference-related infractions.--some information provided by Burton Brink, N6USO ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar flash Tad "Sunny" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: The big patch of sunspots that energized activity less than two weeks ago has drifted around the edge of the sun. The result has been falling daily sunspot numbers and solar flux. The average daily sunspot number dropped a little more than 63 points to 91.3. At the same time, geomagnetic disturbances increased. On July 10 a coronal mass ejection (CME) from a day earlier hit Earth, and caused a geomagnetic storm. The same day it hit, the planetary A index jumped to 47, and another CME began its journey from the sun. As a result, the planetary A index went back up--this time to 48 on July 12. All this as sunspot numbers and solar flux dropped. Solar activity is currently increasing, but only from some sunspots that are drifting from view. They may deliver an indirect hit to Earth in the next couple of days. The interplanetary magnetic field, or IMF, is pointing south, which means Earth is vulnerable. Currently the planetary A indices for Friday through Monday, July 15-18, are predicted to be 25, 25, 20 and 12. Sunspot numbers and solar flux should reach a short-term minimum around July 16-19, and another maximum around August 2-5. Sunspot numbers for July 7 through 13 were 149, 111, 126, 78, 68, 52 and 55, with a mean of 91.3. The 10.7 cm flux was 124.9, 110.4, 106.6, 101.8, 93.3, 95.3 and 91.7, with a mean of 103.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 5, 19, 47, 23, 48 and 30 with a mean of 25.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 6, 5, 13, 28, 14, 17 and 20, with a mean of 14.7. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The CQ Worldwide VHF Contest, the North American QSO Party (RTTY) and RSGB Low Power Field Day, are the weekend of July 16-17. JUST AHEAD: The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is July 21. The NCCC Thursday Sprint is July 22 (UTC). The Great Lakes Sweepstakes and the VK/Trans-Tasman 160-Meter Contest (CW) are the weekend of July 23-24. The RSGB IOTA Contest and the ARS Flight of the Bumblebees are the weekend of July 30-31. 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 course remains open through Sunday, July 17. Classes begin Friday July 29. For the Antenna Modeling course, computer-modeling expert and 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--including aurora and meteor scatter. Registration for the new ARRL Digital Electronics course (EC-013) will remain open through July 24. Students will learn about Boolean essentials, basic gates, latches, buffers and drivers, encoders and decoders, serial interfaces, input devices, displays, logic families, microprocessor basics, interfacing with analog devices, understanding data sheets and design resources. 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 email@example.com. * Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration: Registration for the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level III on-line course (EC-003) opens Monday, July 18, 1201 AM EDT, and will remain open until all available seats have been filled or through the July 23-24 weekend--whichever comes first. Class begins Friday, August 5. Thanks to a grant from United Technologies Corporation (UTC), 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" within the 8-week course period. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-594-0340. * ARRL to sponsor emergency communications seminar at Huntsville: The ARRL will offer a *free* Amateur Radio Emergency Communications seminar in conjunction with the ARRL Southeastern Division Convention in Huntsville, Alabama. The seminar will take place Friday, August 19, from 1 until 5 PM. THIS SEMINAR IS NOT AN EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS COURSE. ARRL Emergency Communications Course Manager Dan Miller, K3UFG, says the seminar will focus on ways to better meet the increasing demand for ham radio operators to assist in emergency communication activities. ARES/RACES leadership, ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications course graduates, mentors, instructors and prospective students are encouraged to attend. Seating may be limited. If you plan to attend, contact Miller (email@example.com/860-594-0340/fax 860-594-0259). Seminar attendance does not include admission to the convention, which runs August 20-21. * Logbook of the World reaches milestone: The ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) now has surpassed 10,000 registered users worldwide! LoTW, which went on line September 15, 2003, provides a global repository of participants' logs. When both participants in a QSO submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is a "QSL credit" that can be eventually applied toward many awards. To date, more than 75.1 million QSO records have been entered into the system, resulting in nearly 3.5 million QSL records or matches among uploaded logs. At present ARRL LoTW QSO credits are applicable only toward DXCC, but plans call for supporting other awards, such as WAS and VUCC, in the future. To ensure system integrity, LoTW users first must obtain a free digital certificate, which is used when submitting log data to the database. Users incur a fee only when they apply QSL matches from LoTW toward a particular award. The specific fee varies depending on the number of credits purchased at one time. The LoTW Web page <http://www.arrl.org/lotw> has complete information on how to register and use the system. * Trinity Site special event to commemorate A-bomb anniversary: The Trinity Site special event station W5MPZ will mark the 60th anniversary of the world's first atomic bomb. Various New Mexico hams, sponsored by the Sandia National Laboratories Amateur Radio Club will operate from the Trinity Site as part of the anniversary activities. Culminating The Manhattan Project, the first A-bomb was detonated before sunrise in the New Mexico desert 35 miles east of Socorro. The Trinity Site is now part of the White Sands Missile Range, which has given permission for the event. Full information is on the Trinity Site Special Event Station Web site <http://www.zianet.com/QRP/Special/TRINITY_PR.jpg>. * Joseph R. Littlepage, WE5Y, wins June QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for June is Joseph R. Littlepage, WE5Y, for his article "A Portable Inverted V Antenna." Congratulations, Joseph! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award--given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue--is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/QSTvote.html>. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the June issue by July 31. =========================================================== The ARRL Letter is published Fridays, 50 times each year, by the American Radio Relay League--The National Association For Amateur Radio--225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111; tel 860-594-0200; fax 860-594-0259; <http://www.arrl.org/>. Jim Haynie, W5JBP, President. 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