*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 36 September 16, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +ARRL President's testimony attests to Amateur Radio's value in disasters * +Hams, donated radio equipment making a difference in Katrina response * +Astronaut hopefuls speak with ISS via ham radio * +"Ham Aid" reimbursement procedure for volunteers detailed * +Question Pool Committee shifts schedule * Emergency Power Operating Event is September 17 * +Hugh A. Cassidy, WA6AUD, SK * +Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course registration Correction +ARRL graphic designers win national award ESA announces SSETI Express telemetry download competition +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 PRESIDENT SUBMITS CONGRESSIONAL TESTIMONY ON HAMS' KATRINA RESPONSE ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, has provided written testimony on Amateur Radio's response in the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the US House Government Reform Committee. Haynie submitted the testimony to the congressional panel September 15 "on the successful efforts of Amateur Radio operators providing communications for first responders, disaster relief agencies and countless individuals in connection with the Hurricane Katrina relief effort" on behalf of the League. "As has been proven consistently and repeatedly in the past, when communications systems fail due to a wide-area or localized natural disaster, Amateur Radio works, right away, all the time," Haynie's statement said. "This report is not, therefore, a statement of concern about what must be changed or improved. It is, rather, a report on what is going right, and what works, in emergency communications in the Gulf Coast and what can be depended on to work the next time there is a natural disaster, and the times after that." The congressional committee, chaired by Virginia Republican Tom Davis, is holding hearings on the Hurricane Katrina response. Haynie told the panel that upward of 1000 Amateur Radio volunteers were or have been serving in the stricken area to provide communication for served agencies such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army and to facilitate interoperability among agencies. "Trained volunteer Amateur Radio operators are also providing health-and-welfare communications from within the affected area to the rest of the United States and the world," Haynie said. "In the past week, the Coast Guard, the Red Cross, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency all put out calls for volunteer Amateur Radio operators to provide communications, because phone lines and cell sites were inoperative, and public safety communications facilities were overwhelmed due to loss of repeater towers and the large number of first responders in the area." Haynie pointed out that the main reason Amateur Radio works when other communication systems fail during natural disasters is that it's not infrastructure-dependent and is decentralized. "Amateurs are trained in emergency communications. They are disciplined operators, and their stations are, in general, portable and reliable," he told the panel. The ARRL President also put in a good word for the FCC's Enforcement Bureau for what he called "its efficient and successful efforts" during the hurricane response in monitoring HF nets to minimize incidents of interference. "The Committee should be aware that this vast volunteer resource is always at the disposal of the federal government," Haynie concluded. "The United States absolutely can rely on the Amateur Radio Service. Amateur Radio provides immediate, high-quality communications that work every time, when all else fails." Haynie's complete testimony is available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2005/09/15/100/#statement> ==>AMATEUR RADIO EARNING PRAISE, RESPECT IN HURRICANE KATRINA RELIEF Amateur Radio is continuing to earn praise and respect as the Hurricane Katrina relief effort moves forward. Donated Amateur Radio equipment and supplies arriving at the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief staging area in Montgomery, Alabama, have been turned around as quickly as possible to accompany volunteers into the field. A team headed by Alabama ARRL Section Manager Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, now has been on duty for some three weeks, overseeing Amateur Radio volunteer intake and registration and trying to satisfy the ever-changing requirements of the Red Cross and other served agencies. "The American Red Cross and other served agencies are very thankful and appreciative that we are helping them out," Sarratt said this week. "I have talked with several ARC folks who said they could not operate without us!" ARES and MARS member Matt Hackman, KB1FUP, was among a Rhode Island contingent processed through the Montgomery marshaling center. The New England volunteers were able to take advantage of the newly donated handheld transceivers, HF transceivers and antennas for use in and around Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Hackman said Red Cross personnel were using VHF simplex to keep in contact with each shelter. "We still have no potable public water and no land-line telephones," Hackman said this week, adding that cell phone service was intermittent. "I hope I am helping in some small way," he went on to say. "People further west still have no power, no water--even for flushing toilets--and the emergency workers are in tents with no washing facilities, living on MREs. I have it good." Sarratt said his staging area has been slowing down the pipeline of available Amateur Radio volunteers because the need for operators is decreasing. He reports the Montgomery marshaling center has registered more than 100 Amateur Radio volunteers. Those still in the pipeline will replace operators already on the ground in affected areas when they rotate out, he said. Sarratt rescinded an urgent call for operators put out over the September 10-11 weekend. The best estimate is that some 1000 Amateur Radio volunteers have helped out or are still serving in hurricane-ravaged Gulf Coast communities and at evacuee centers there and in other states. While prospective volunteers have been told to stand by for now, that situation could change as restricted areas are reopened and as replacement operators are needed. Amateur Radio has been the primary means of contact with the outside world for shelters that still lack reliable communication. An HF station at the Montgomery Red Cross staging area, N4AP, has been frequenting 3.965 and 7.280 MHz to keep in touch with other Red Cross shelters and kitchens throughout the region. "We have deployed many great Amateur Radio operators to the field," Sarratt remarked. "Guys have traveled from all over the USA on their own dime to do the right thing and help others. I'm very proud of them." Sarratt said several "shining stars" in the field have made the volunteer effort work well and "kept Amateur Radio looking great." ARRL Louisiana Acting Section Emergency Coordinator Al Oubre, K5DPG, reports that telephone and cell service around the state is slowly being restored, and Louisiana does not need additional help at this time. A Red Cross marshaling center remains open in Covington. Oubre said when St Bernard and Jefferson parishes dry out sufficiently, the Red Cross will then be able to move into that area and set up support services. At that point, he anticipates that more Amateur Radio volunteers may be needed. Radio amateurs from Florida have been helping at the temporary Hancock County, Mississippi, emergency operations center at Stennis Airport. The county lost its EOC in the hurricane. Randy Pierce, AG4UU, said radio amateurs are serving as communicators and dispatchers for all the services at the EOC--including the fire department and emergency medical services. County officials and agencies have been very complimentary about Amateur Radio, he said. South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Jerry Reimer, KK5CA, reports Amateur Radio is continuing to support sheltering operations at the Houston Astrodome, but other shelters in Houston have closed or been consolidated. In Rains County, Texas, some 60 miles east of Dallas, ARES/RACES member T.W. Ivey, K5IJT, reported his team has been keeping in contact with the county EOC via VHF repeater. In Tullahoma, Tennessee, Jimmy Floyd, NQ4U, has been among a group of operators helping to staff a communications/command center for an operation housing 170 evacuees. "We have also been active in communicating with other shelters on HF and attempting to locate family and friends of the evacuees," Floyd said. Amateur Radio operators concluded a shelter support operation at Oklahoma's Camp Gruber. "We were the communications backbone between responding agencies," said Mark Conklin, N7XYO. "We also passed tons of traffic, ranging from requests for water and food, supplies and bedding. In fact, Amateur Radio was the 911 system on Camp Gruber for many days." Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) Liaison Officer Jeff Schneller, N2HPO, says TSA canteens are holding with their present complement of ham radio volunteers and may not rotate them out of service. "As operators need to leave, we may just scale down," he told ARRL. "We thank all those who are assisting and were willing to assist." He also thanked the American Red Cross for referring radio operators to SATERN. SATERN volunteers Steve Hicks, N5AC, and John Beadles, N5OOM, are supporting a canteen operation in Waveland. "We drove up and down several streets, and everyone we talked to said they had not had a hot meal in a while," Hicks said in a PACTOR dispatch to Schneller. Hicks said they continue to ask about H&W traffic, "but based on what we have seen, I think it unlikely that we will have any traffic to run." SATERN has continued monitoring 7.288 MHz and 3.965 MHz each half hour throughout the day and evening. In addition, the SATERN Net activates daily at 1400 UTC on 14.265 MHz. Jim Aylward, KC8PD, just returned to Ohio this week from volunteering in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. "Even though we all prepare for events we hope never occur, the hams I worked with from all over the country demonstrated that 'When all else fails, Amateur Radio is there' is a lot more than a slogan," he said. "It was the reality for thousands of people who needed effective emergency communication. When my shelter manager, who had never worked with hams before, told me that I had been a godsend, I was moved." ==>YOUNG JAPANESE ASTRONAUT HOPEFULS DISCUSS ET, OTHER TOPICS Thirteen Japanese youngsters had the opportunity earlier this month to speak via Amateur Radio with NASA International Space Station (ISS) Science Officer John Phillips, KE5DRY. The contact was arranged via the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. The contact between NA1SS aboard the ISS and 8J9YAC, at the Japan Red Cross Radio Corps in Wakasa took place September 9. Putting the questions to Phillips were members of the JRC Radio Corps-Wakasa branch and the Wakasa Branch of the Young Astronauts Club-Japan. One youngster asked Phillips whether the ISS crew could see the center of large storms on earth. "If we fly near a hurricane or typhoon, yes, we can see the center very easily. In fact, I saw and photographed Typhoon Nabi about four days ago," Phillips replied. The crew this past week also took photographs of Hurricane Ophelia. Another youngster wanted to know what Philips would do if he met an extraterrestrial. "I hope we can find some method of communication, so I can tell him we are friendly, we mean him no harm, and that we can start to build a friendly relationship," he responded. Asked about the time difference between the ISS and the Earth, Phillips responded: "Some scientists predict that there is a very small slowing of time due to the effect of relativity in fast moving objects, but at our speed this would be a change in time of only a fraction of a second during our six months onboard." Masayuki Tsuda, JR9INQ, was the control operator for the contact. A crowd of about 100 onlookers included several members of the news media, parents of the participants and others. The Expedition 12 crew of Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev is set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan October 1 in a Soyuz transporter. They'll arrive at the ISS October 3. ARISS is an international educational outreach with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.--Photos and information courtesy Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ ==>ARRL SPELLS OUT "HAM AID" REIMBURSEMENT PROCEDURES The ARRL has established a set of "Ham Aid" reimbursement procedures so radio amateurs volunteering to provide emergency communication in the field during the Hurricane Katrina disaster can recover some of their out-of-pocket expenses. The procedures are on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/forms/cncs/>. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided a $100,000 grant supplement to ARRL to help fund Ham Aid, a new League program to support Amateur Radio volunteers deployed in the field in disaster-stricken areas. Ham Aid also has benefited from some individual donations. ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, says the Ham Aid reimbursement program for the Katrina disaster will be limited. "In an effort to distribute funding to as many hams as possible, expense reimbursement will be $25 per day for a maximum of four days for a total reimbursement per radio amateur of $100," Hobart said. "Hams will only be permitted one expense reimbursement during Katrina operations." The CNCS grant funds will go toward helping volunteers defray such expenses as gasoline, meals, lodging and other necessities while they're in the field. Hobart says the money should not be misconstrued as compensation for operating, however. For now, the program only covers per-diem reimbursements between September 1 and December 31, 2005. The period may be extended based on the availability of funds. Besides providing emergency communication within and outside the affected areas, Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members and individual radio amateurs are supplementing the communication needs of emergency management and relief agencies, including the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. Hobart said it's only due to the scope of the unprecedented and tragic Katrina disaster that CNCS agreed to help support dedicated Amateur Radio volunteers. Hams seeking expense reimbursement must complete an on-line application form with the required information. The form also solicits some optional information, such as license class, whether the applicant has completed any of the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications courses and if the applicant is an ARES and/or RACES member. The Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator on site during the radio operator's service in the field then will review and e-mail validated electronic forms to ARRL Headquarters. Hobart says the League will accept reimbursement request applications on a first-come, first served basis for as long as funds are available. Reimbursement checks will be mailed to the address the radio amateur provides on the form. The CNCS grant is an extension of ARRL's three year Homeland Security training grant, which has provided certification in emergency communication protocols to nearly 5500 Amateur Radio volunteers over the past three years. This grant extension does not cover additional ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications training program reimbursements, however. ==>NCVEC QUESTION POOL COMMITTEE ANNOUNCES NEW SCHEDULE The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has announced that the Question Pool Committee (QPC) has adjusted its schedule for revising Amateur Radio examination question pools. This decision was prompted by recent FCC announcements, changes in radio communication technology and recommendations from VECs. "The QPC feels it is imperative to produce a new Technician class pool now to better position the Amateur Radio Service for growth in the years ahead," the QPC said in a statement released September 9. "The new schedule impacts previously announced release dates for all three question pools." The new Technician class (Element 2) pool now tops the schedule and is due for release January 1, 2006, effective July 1, 2006. General class (Element 3) pool updates, previously scheduled to become effective on July 1, 2008, will be released December 1, 2006, and become effective July 1, 2007. The Extra class (Element 4) pool originally scheduled for 2005, will be released on December 1, 2007, and will become effective July 1, 2008. Barring any major rules changes, subsequent updates to all pools will follow the traditional four-year cycle, the QPC said. Selected by representatives of the 12 VECs attending the NCVEC's annual conference, the QPC consists of Chair Jim Wiley, KL7CC, Anchorage VEC; Perry Green, WY1O, ARRL VEC, and Larry Pollock, NB5X, W5YI VEC. A team of associates representing various VEC organizations as well as experts selected from the amateur community will assist the QPC. Interested persons are encouraged to submit questions to the NCVEC QPC via the NCVEC Web site <http://www.ncvec.org/>. ==>REMINDER: EMERGENCY POWER OPERATING EVENT IS SEPTEMBER 17 To mark Amateur Radio Awareness Day, Saturday, September 17, the ARRL is sponsoring an Emergency Power Operating Event (EPOE) to highlight Amateur Radio's ability to communicate worldwide without commercial mains, the Internet or a cellular telephone system. The EPOE is especially pertinent in light of Amateur Radio's response in the Hurricane Katrina disaster. "When we planned this event we couldn't have imagined that it would be so timely in the aftermath of Katrina," said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ. "I've seen publicity from other parts of the country about groups' plans to participate. I hope their experience will include a contact with W1AW." The ARRL invites home stations to operate from generator or battery power or other emergency power source. Portable and mobile stations also may participate. ARRL Maxim Memorial Station W1AW will be on the air for the event, running from its 60-kW emergency backup diesel generator. An announcement in September QST (page 49) spells out the details. The event kicks off at 1300 UTC on Saturday, September 17, and wraps up at 0400 UTC on September 18. The EPOE dovetails with the Department of Homeland Security's designation of September as National Preparedness Month. The 15-hour EPOE is not a contest but a demonstration of what Amateur Radio can do without having to rely on the commercial mains, and what Amateur Radio does whenever the need arises. A special QSL will be available to stations contacting W1AW while running from an emergency power source during the EPOE. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with all QSL card requests, and indicate on your card the emergency power source used. (Address cards to W1AW, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.) ==>HUGH A. CASSIDY, WA6AUD, SK Past ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director and San Francisco Section Communications Manager Hugh "Cass" Cassidy, WA6AUD, of San Rafael, California, died September 9. He was 88. Cassidy, who coined the expression "DX IS," was perhaps best known as editor of the West Coast DX Bulletin (WCDXB), which he published from 1968-1979. A World War II veteran and US Postal Service employee (he once served as postmaster of San Rafael), Cassidy established the Marion DX Club Audio and soon renamed it the West Coast DX Bulletin. Throughout his 11 years of publishing the bulletin Cassidy, with the help of his wife Virginia, created, edited, typed, printed, circulated advertised and more. The WCDXB quickly became one of the leading DX bulletins in an age before the Internet and e-mail. Noted Finnish DXer Jarmo Jaakola, OH2BN, called Cassidy "a truly towering figure in DX, a source of great inspiration." ARRL Midwest Division DXCC Advisory Committee member Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, recalls that Cassidy's bulletin vignettes were "not only fun to read, but taught us much about the qualities necessary to be a good DXer." Many of Cassidy's stories and poems were collated into a book in the early 1980s called "DX IS! The Best of the West Coast DX Bulletin," now out of print. Cassidy served as Pacific Division Vice Director from 1970 until 1973 and was San Francisco SCM (now SM) from 1964 until 1970. He has been inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame. Survivors include his wife and a daughter. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Propagation maven Tad "(The mornin' sun is shining like a) Red Rubber Ball" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: This week the sun has given us a tremendous amount of activity in the form of large solar flares. A geomagnetic storm is still in progress, and the planetary A index from Saturday through Thursday, September 10-15, was 30, 105, 66, 51, 25 and 43. These are high numbers. The average planetary A index for this week more than doubled to 43.1. Compared with week-earlier statistics, average daily sunspot numbers more than quadrupled to 71.1. Next week is the Northern Hemisphere's autumnal equinox. This period could be a good one for HF propagation, but only if solar flares quiet down and the sunspot count doesn't sink back toward zero. The sunspot number rose above 100 on Sunday, September 11, the first time it's done that since August 3. The source of all this excitement is the large sunspot group 798, which, by September 14-15, was aimed squarely at our planet. Although not aimed at Earth at the time, it produced an X17 solar flare on September 7, and over the next week it produced eight more flares--each causing HF radio blackouts. Over the next few days look for declining geomagnetic numbers, but fairly good sunspot and solar flux values. Predicted solar flux for Friday through Monday, September 16-19 is 115, 110, 110 and 105. Predicted planetary A index for those same days is 25, 15, 10 and 10. Sunspot numbers for September 8 through 14 were 36, 59, 59, 101, 62, 95 and 86, with a mean of 71.1. 10.7 cm flux was 94.1, 99, 116, 109.7, 118, 114, and 116.6, with a mean of 109.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 17, 30, 105, 66, 51 and 25, with a mean of 43.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 12, 15, 53, 32, 26 and 13, with a mean of 22.3. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The Emergency Power Operating Event, the North American Sprint (SSB), the ARRL 10 GHZ and Up Contest, the SARL VHF/UHF Contest. the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW), the South Carolina QSO Party, the Washington State Salmon Run, the QCWA Fall QSO Party are the weekend of September 17-18. The 144 MHz Fall Sprint is September 19. JUST AHEAD: the CQ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY), the Tesla Cup (SSB+CW), the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB), the Texas QSO Party, the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest (144+432 MHz) and the UBA ON Contest (6 m) are the weekend of September 24-25. The Fall QRP Homebrewer Sprint is September 26. The 222 MHz Fall Sprint is September 27. 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: Register is open through Sunday, September 18, for these ARRL Certification and Continuing Education courses: Antenna Modeling (EC-004); VHF/UHF Beyond the Repeater (EC-008); Propagation (EC-011), and HF Digital Electronics (EC-013). All classes begin Friday, September 30. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) Web page <http://www.arrl.org/cce> or contact the ARRL C-CE 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, September 19, 1201 AM EDT, and remains open until all available 56 seats have been filled. Please note: Students must have completed Level I and II before registering for Level III. During this registration period, seats are being offered to ARRL members on a first-come, first-served basis. Mail-in registrations cannot be accepted. Classes begin Friday, October 7, and Friday, November 4. Thanks to a grant from United Technologies Corporation, the $45 registration fee paid upon enrollment will be reimbursed to students who complete the course requirements and are upgraded by their mentors to "Passed" within the eight-week course period. To learn more, visit the ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) Web page <http://www.arrl.org/cce>. For more information, contact Online Course Coordinator Jean Wolfgang, WB3IOS <email@example.com>; 860-594-0200. * Correction: The In Brief item ""When All Else Fails" graphic available" in The ARRL Letter, Vol 24, No 35 (Sep 9, 2005) contained an error. The correct URL to obtain this graphic is <http://www.arrl.org/logos#waef>. * ARRL graphic designers win national award: A nationwide panel of judges has selected ARRL Headquarters graphic designers Sue Fagan and Diane Szlachetka as winners of the 2005 American Graphic Design Award. The award was a result of their design contributions to a special advertising section in May 2005 QST. The award sponsor, Graphic Design USA is entering its 43rd year, and this competition is considered among the most prestigious, as well as open and democratic. Fagan and Szlachetka were among the 10 percent of nominees honored this year. The award-winning piece will appear in the 300-page Graphic Design Annual, which will circulate in December to a national audience of influential creative decision makers, with thousands more distributed through the year at events, shows and conferences. "We're all proud of Sue and Diane," said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. "Having such talent in-house is invaluable for producing quality material enjoyed by ARRL members." Earlier this year, Fagan and Szlachetka collaborated on the design elements depicted in the graphic themes for ARRL EXPO at the 2005 Dayton Hamvention. Inderbitzen says the exhibits earned high praise from convention attendees. * ESA announces SSETI Express telemetry download competition: The European Space Agency (ESA) education department has announced an award to the radio amateur who submits the largest number of valid telemetry and payload packets from the student-built SSETI Express satellite. Telemetry may be received on any band to qualify for the award. SSETI Express is scheduled for launch September 27 from Plesetsk in northern Russia. It will downlink telemetry and payload data in AX.25 format at 9k6 bps on 437.250 MHz and at 38k4 bps on 2401.835 MHz. The satellite later will also be available as a single-channel Amateur Radio FM transponder All radio amateurs interested in competing for this award are encouraged to download the necessary software from the SSETI Express Web site <http://www.sseti.org/express> and to use the SERACC system to forward the telemetry and payload data to SSETI Express Mission Control. Submissions will be automatically recorded, and the Web site will display a leader board, and the winner will be the amateur at the top of the leader board at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2006. The winner will be offered the opportunity to visit the Student Technology Education Conference and Exhibition next spring in Germany. 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