*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 24, No. 50 December 23, 2005 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Response to BPL complaints an "illusion," League charges * +Two down, one to go in filling FCC vacancies * +Astronauts don't spend much time in space, ISS commander says * +The toys have landed! Holiday Toy Drive is a wrap for 2005 * +Get ready for Kids Day on January 8 * +Vanity call sign processing set to resume January 4 * +ARRL Northwestern Division Director Greg Milnes, W7OZ, SK * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: On the radio: ARRL RTTY Roundup, January 7-8; ARRL Kid's Day, January 8! ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration New Maryland Section Manager named ISS crew sends holiday greetings from space ARISS-Russia "Space Patrol" holiday operating event set Leap second to be introduced as new year arrives +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 =========================================================== + NOTE: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Monday, December 26, for the Christmas holiday, and Monday, January 2, for New Year's Day. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on those days. ARRL Headquarters will reopen after Christmas on Tuesday, December 27, and after New Year's Day on Tuesday, January 3, at 8 AM Eastern Time. THERE WILL BE NO EDITIONS OF THE ARRL LETTER OR ARRL AUDIO NEWS ON DECEMBER 30. The next editions will be January 6, 2006. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday! =========================================================== ==>RESPONSE TO BPL COMPLAINTS AN "ILLUSION" OF RESOLUTION, ARRL SAYS In a strongly worded letter to the FCC, the League has once again asked the Commission to shut down the Manassas, Virginia, BPL system because it's still causing harmful interference to Amateur Radio and otherwise does not comply with FCC Part 15 rules. The December 19 letter from ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, was in response to a November 30 letter from Spectrum Enforcement Division Chief Joseph Casey, who suggested further cooperation between the complaining radio amateurs and the city-owned BPL system. Imlay said more meetings and discussions about ongoing interference are no longer productive while "this hopelessly flawed BPL system" is allowed to continue operating. "These meetings have not produced any solution to the interference problem but have, instead, created the illusion that the problem is being addressed," Imlay wrote. Ham radio complaints of interference from the BPL system date back to early 2004. "This system should have been taken off the air long ago, pending reconfiguration or re-engineering of it," he added, "and the only operating that it should be doing is for purposes of interference testing." Communication Technologies (COMTek) operates the BPL system over the municipally owned electric power grid using Main.net equipment on frequencies between 4 MHz and 30 MHz. The League said the FCC has not discharged its "most fundamental obligation" to prevent or resolve interference issues involving the Manassas system, which, the League charged, only remains operating "because the Commission, for political reasons, has consistently refused to enforce its rules with respect to BPL." The League told Casey that the only solution at this point is to order the Manassas BPL system--an unlicensed RF emitter permitted to operate only on a non-interference basis--to cease operation except to test for interference. The Part 15 BPL rules the FCC adopted in October 2004 require a BPL operator informed of harmful interference to "investigate the reported interference and resolve confirmed harmful interference . . . within a reasonable period," Imlay pointed out. "No reasoned examination of this case could produce a finding that this rule has been complied with in Manassas," he added. Imlay says that at a December 13 meeting, COMTek and the City of Manassas "openly acknowledged the interference to amateur stations" but claimed that until a month or so earlier, they had been unable to "notch" amateur allocations because they didn't yet have the equipment to do so. "By the admission of COMTek, the capability of reducing interference in this system does not exist," Imlay noted. Previous meetings between the complaining radio amateurs and the BPL operator "produced no measurable results," Imlay contended, referring to the response of Donald Blasdell, W4HJL, to Casey on December 9. At one point in the system, interference was reported at S9 plus 40 dB on typical ham gear. "That level precludes virtually all Amateur Radio communications," he asserted. Imlay took the opportunity to again point out that the Manassas BPL system is out of compliance with §15.615(a) because its operator failed to provide full information to the public BPL database by the November 19 deadline. "ARRL again requests that the BPL facility at Manassas, Virginia, be instructed to shut down immediately," the League's letter concluded, "and that it not resume operation unless the entire facility is shown to be in full compliance with Commission rules regarding radiated emissions; with the non-interference requirement of Section 15.5 of the Commission's rules; and not in any case until thirty days subsequent to full compliance with Section 15.615(a) of the rules." Field tests conducted by Manassas radio amateurs established that the city's BPL system "was an interference generator at distances of hundreds of feet from the modems on overhead power lines," the ARRL told the FCC October 13. "It was also, incidentally, determined that the system was susceptible to interference from nearby radio transmitters operating between 4 and 20 MHz," the League added. ==>SENATE CONFIRMS FCC APPOINTEES The US Senate this week confirmed the White House nomination of Republican Deborah T. Tate and the reappointment of Democrat Michael J. Copps to the FCC. News reports say the Senate approved the nominations of Tate and Copps by voice vote December 21 during a late-night session. Tate, 49, most recently served as director of the Tennessee Regulatory Authority. She will fill out the remainder of the term of former FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell, which expires June 30, 2007. Powell departed the FCC last March. A former Senate staffer, Copps, 65, has been on the Commission since 2001. His new term will expire in 2010. Under Powell's successor, Chairman Kevin J. Martin, a Republican, the FCC has been operating with four members for most of 2005 and with just three members since the December 9 departure of Republican Kathleen Q. Abernathy. President George W. Bush still must fill the remaining opening on the five-member FCC with a Republican nominee to succeed Abernathy, who never was appointed to a full term. During confirmation hearings before the Senate Commerce Committee earlier this month, Tate reportedly offered few specifics on key issues facing the FCC but touted herself as a mediator. Copps said his objective would be to "help bring the best, most accessible, and cost-effective communications system in the world to all of our people" wherever they live and whatever their status.--media reports; FCC ==>ASTRONAUTS DON'T SPEND MUCH TIME IN SPACE, ISS COMMANDER TELLS STUDENTS International Space Station Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, really enjoys being an astronaut. But he told students at Sanderson High School in Texas December 8 that, although he's been an astronaut for a while now and really enjoys it, he really hasn't spent all that much of his career in space. "I've been an astronaut for 15 years now, and this is only the fourth time I've flown in space," McArthur told the students via the space station's NA1SS. "So it's a great job, but there's much more to it than just being in space." But being in space and navigating by floating around in microgravity is "just really neat" he told another questioner. Still, being part of a two-person crew for six months aboard the ISS does put astronauts on the spot, McArthur explained in another reply. "We're under a lot of pressure to be able to complete our work up here," McArthur said. "It's so expensive to send people into space that we want to be successful at everything we do." He went on to say that being away from their families for so long also is a source of stress for the ISS crew, although he noted that the crew members can stay in daily touch with their families via telephone and e-mail. Down the road, he said--perhaps as soon as next year--ISS crews may again consist of three people and perhaps, eventually, as many as six. The ISS has been limited to two-person crews while the shuttle fleet remains grounded. Despite the downsides of long-term space travel, McArthur made it clear that he loves being aboard the ISS. "I love it in space, if it wasn't for the fact that my family was on the ground I would never want to leave," he said. Ten high schoolers took part in the event, and Sanderson math teacher Amy Carman, KD5HYB, served as the control operator for the nearly 10-minute direct VHF contact. In all, McArthur answered 18 of the students' questions. Before the contact, the students got to see a videotape of a recent space walk and discussed it in their science classes. Four members of the Big Bend Amateur Radio Club provided and set up all the equipment needed to make the contact a reality. An audience of approximately 25 students, teachers, parents, local dignitaries and others looked on, and reporters from four newspapers covered the ARISS contact. On December 15, students at Mt Carmel High School in San Diego, California, had the opportunity to interview McArthur via Amateur Radio. Replying to one question, McArthur said most movie portrayals about life in space have not been very accurate because they don't capture what it's like to work in microgravity. He also said the astronauts and cosmonauts themselves are the most important research subjects. "We ourselves are the experiments," he said. McArthur told the California high schoolers that the danger of meteorite damage to the ISS is low, although he said the ISS has encountered them. "They have, fortunately, been very, very small and never penetrated the skin of the vehicle," he pointed out. "There is a certain amount of 'space dust,' so we see it more in erosion or in delicate equipment like our solar panels." Students yelled "Thank you!" to McArthur as the ISS went out of radio range. The direct VHF contact between KG6EQU and NA1SS ran about six and one-half minutes. Both school group contacts were arranged by the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. ARISS is an educational outreach, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>THE TOYS HAVE LANDED! 2005 HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE GIFTS GET TO GULF COAST "Mission accomplished!" That was the word on the 2005 Holiday Toy Drive from ARRL Delta Division Vice Director Henry Leggette, WD4Q, and assistant warehouse volunteer coordinator Joe Lowenthal, WA4OVO, on the US Gulf Coast after they'd completed unloading some 5000 toys contributed by generous Amateur Radio clubs and individual radio amateurs from all over. In addition, the second ARRL Holiday Toy Drive benefited from more than $8000 in cash donations, which permitted the purchase of gifts for older recipients and helped defray the costs of transporting the toys. "The 2005 ARRL/Salvation Holiday Toy Drive is about completed with the exception of the cleanup," Leggette reported this week. The toys headed to Mississippi following a December 15 sendoff ceremony in Memphis. ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP--who spearheaded the drive from the League Headquarters side--says Lowenthal, a former FedEx employee, did such a professional packing job that he only needed one truck--instead of the anticipated three--to transport the toys to coastal Mississippi from Memphis, saving even more money to purchase additional toys. "The overwhelming response of hams around the country was clear as thousands of toys, games, bikes and stuffed animals headed south," he added. The ARRL Toy Drive partnered with The Salvation Army, whose distribution network throughout the Gulf Coast remains intact. "The Salvation Army has the ability to screen recipients and will assure that the toys are used where they are truly needed most," Pitts explained. A big rental moving van took the full load directly to Gulfport and Biloxi, Mississippi. Representatives of The Salvation Army and the League were on hand in Memphis December 15 to see the truckload of toys southward. Holiday Toy Drive national chairperson and country music singer Patty Loveless, KD4WUJ, joined Amateur Radio volunteers, the news media, dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus for the occasion. "For those who couldn't be here, I'm sure they're here in spirit and giving from their hearts, and I just want to thank them--from all around--for collecting," Loveless told ARRL. Bill Feist, WB8BZH, The Salvation Army's disaster services director for the Alabama-Louisiana-Mississippi division, represented his organization for the occasion. "We are certainly very appreciative of what all the Amateur Radio operators around the country and the ARRL have done for the people of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi," he said. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, summed it up simply in thanking Pitts for his role: "It was a great, great project." ==>KIDS' TURN AT THE RADIO: FIRST KIDS DAY OF 2006 IS SUNDAY, JANUARY 8 The second Sunday in January is the day to turn your shack over to the kids for some ham radio fun with a purpose. The first running of Kids Day 2006 begins Sunday, January 8, at 1800 UTC and continues until 2400 UTC with no limit on operating time (the second Kids Day will be Saturday, June 17). Kids Day provides a terrific opportunity to show youngsters what Amateur Radio is all about--and that includes its role in emergency communication. ARRL Education and Technology Program ("The Big Project") Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME, says Kids Day can be a great opportunity spark change and get kids and families thinking about emergency preparedness. "While you are coaching the youngsters who visit your shack--and their parents too--on how to make contacts and new friends via ham radio during Kids Day, why not take a few moments to ask them about their family's plans to deal with emergency challenges?" he says in December 2005 QST (see "Kids Day 2006" on p 45). "Why not use the opportunities offered by Kids Day to show the youth in your neighborhood that ham radio can be loads of fun, and that ham radio is a way that they can contribute something very valuable to their communities?" Call "CQ Kids Day." The suggested exchange for Kids Day contacts is first name, age, location and favorite color. It's okay to work the same station more than once if the operator has changed. Suggested frequencies are 14.270-14.300, 21.380-21.400 and 28.350-28.400 MHz. Contacts via VHF repeaters are okay too, with permission from the repeater owner. Observe third-party traffic restrictions when making DX QSOs <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/io/3rdparty.html>. All participants are eligible to receive a colorful certificate, which becomes the youngster's personalized "sales brochure" for ham radio, Spencer says. The League asks everyone taking part in Kids Day to complete a short survey and post comments afterward <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/kids-day-survey.html>. Doing this provides access to download the certificate page, or participants can send a 9x12 self-addressed, stamped envelope to Boring Amateur Radio Club, PO Box 1357, Boring, OR 97009. Spencer notes that this year's hurricane season highlighted one of the real values that ham radio brings to the community--a spirit of resilience. "By their very nature, ham radio operators are interested in personal preparedness and community service…this is resilience," he says. Spencer suggests that Kids Day sponsors take advantage of the opportunity to show how ham radio offers a way for participants to contribute something very valuable to their communities. "A very effective advertising strategy is to get kids hooked on an idea," he says. "The kids in turn go home and 'bug' their parents about the idea. You plant the seed in a young mind, and they will take care of the rest!" Spencer believes Kids Day activities can result in a family emergency plan campaign that could save lives, and future community planners who know communication and how to communicate. "Make that personal connection that may result in a new licensee and, perhaps, more resilient individuals by opening your station and inviting kids and neighbors to share in your hobby," Spencer urges. "You just might find yourself re-infected with that enthusiasm that you once had." Visit the ARRL Web site for full information on Kids Day <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/kd-rules.html>. ==>AMATEUR RADIO VANITY CALL SIGN PROCESSING WILL RESUME JANUARY 4 The FCC has announced that routine processing of Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications will resume Wednesday, January 4, 2006. The Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) suspended vanity processing in September as an indirect result of its hurricane-related extensions of certain regulatory and filing deadlines. The Commission said licensees or applicants needing relief beyond the initial extension periods should follow the process for submitting waiver requests provided in §1.925 of the Commission's rules. "The Bureau will consider additional relief related to the hurricanes on a case-by-case basis," the FCC said December 19 in a public notice. Earlier this year, the FCC announced it would extend filing and regulatory deadlines for licensees in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida directly affected by hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. During the extension periods, the WTB temporarily suspended certain automated licensing functions. These included dismissing applications that are returned and not amended on a timely basis, changing the status of a call sign from active to expired if a license is not renewed within the two-year grace period for Amateur Radio licensees, and issuing vanity call signs. In September, the FCC said it had to suspend routine vanity call sign processing because the extensions included the two-year grace period and could conceivably affect the vanity program. ==>ARRL NORTHWESTERN DIVISION DIRECTOR GREG MILNES, W7OZ, SK ARRL Northwestern Division Director Greg E. Milnes, W7OZ (ex-W7AGQ), of Hillsboro, Oregon, died December 17 as a result of a heart attack he'd suffered earlier while returning from a trip. He was 66. "It's a great sadness that we all feel here at the League at the passing of Greg Milnes, our Northwestern Division Director," ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, said. "I've worked with Greg for a number of years, and I know he was conscientious and tried to do the best for Amateur Radio, and it's going to be a real loss on our Board of Directors." Northwestern Division Vice Director Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, of Vancouver, Washington, has assumed the position of Director and will fill the remainder of Milnes' term, which runs through 2006. Haynie is expected to appoint someone to fill the vacant Vice Director's chair prior to the ARRL Board of Directors meeting January 20-21. An ARRL Life Member and a retired Oregon Circuit Court judge, Milnes had served as Northwestern Division Director for seven years. He acceded to the post in December 1998 after then-Director Mary Lou Brown, NM7N, died unexpectedly, and he had since been re-elected to new terms. Milnes was known to many in his Division as the long-time master of ceremonies for the SeaPac Northwestern Division Convention banquet. During the past year, he had served on the ARRL Board's Administrative and Finance and Elections and Ethics committees, and he previously chaired and was a member of the Volunteer Resources Committee. Milnes also was a member of the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors. A member of DXCC, he belonged to the Western Washington and Willamette Valley DX clubs. He also was a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and the International Friendship Amateur Radio Society. Survivors include Milnes' wife, Loretta. A memorial service will be held December 30 in Hillsboro, Oregon. The family has invited memorial contributions to the ARRL Foundation, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Heliophile Tad "Mr Nutcracker Suite" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Average daily sunspot numbers dropped about five points, and average solar flux was down about three points compared to the previous week. Geomagnetic indexes also were down. Sunspot 838 currently looks to be the most interesting as it is expanding rapidly and not quite in the center of the visible solar disk--the area where it would have the most effect on Earth. The predicted solar flux for the next few days is around 90--slightly higher than it has been recently, but only by a few points. Sunspot 838 is growing rapidly, but it probably will not emit any solar flares. Planetary A index for December 23-26 is predicted at 7, 7, 10 and 7. Sunspot numbers for December 15 through 21 were 47, 47, 45, 45, 63, 53 and 45, with a mean of 49.3. The 10.7 cm flux was 87, 85.8, 85.2, 85.6, 89.5, 87.8, and 86.5, with a mean of 86.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 5, 5, 3, 8, 16 and 8, with a mean of 6.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 3, 2, 2, 6, 11 and 5, with a mean of 4.4. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * On the radio: The RAEM Contest is December 25 and the DARC Christmas Contest is December 26. ARRL Straight Key Night (SKN) <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2006/skn.html> is January 1 (UTC). Also, the SARTG New Year RTTY Contest and the AGCW Happy New Year Contest are January 1. The AGCW VHF/UHF Contest is January 1-3. The WQF QRP Party is January 6. The ARRL RTTY Roundup, the Midwinter Contest (CW), the Original QRP Contest, the EUCW 160-Meter Contest, the Midwinter Contest (SSB), the DARC 10-Meter Contest are the weekend of January 7-8. ARRL Kid's Day is Sunday, January 8 <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/kd-rules.html>. JUST AHEAD: The North American QSO Party (CW), Hunting Lions in the Air, the 070 Club PSKFest, the Michigan QRP January CW Contest and the NRAU-Baltic Contest (CW and SSB are separate events) are the weekend of January 14-15. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is January 16. The NAQCC 80-Meter Straight Key/Bug Sprint is January 19. See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for more info. * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration: Registration remains open through Sunday, January 8, for these ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) Program on-line courses: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2 (EC-002), Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003), Antenna Modeling (EC-004), VHF/UHF Beyond the Repeater (EC-008), Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011) and HF Digital Communications (EC-005) Classes begin Friday, January 20. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department <email@example.com>. * New Maryland Section Manager named: ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, has announced the appointment of Jim Cross, WI3N, of Laurel, Maryland, to succeed Tom Abernethy, W3TOM, as ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager. Abernethy was elected ARRL Atlantic Division Vice Director in November. Both Abernethy and Cross will assume their new offices January 1. Patton consulted with outgoing ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bernie Fuller, N3EFN, and incoming Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, in making the appointment. Cross, who's been serving as the Maryland-DC Section Emergency Coordinator, will complete the remainder of Abernethy's term as SM, which ends in July 2007. A member and a past president of the Laurel Amateur Radio Club, Cross has served as Prince Georges County ARES Emergency Coordinator and RACES Radio Officer. * ISS crew sends holiday greetings from space: "What a wonderful place to spend Christmas!" That was the word this week from Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, and his crewmate and Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev on the International Space Station. Wearing Santa hats, the astronaut and the cosmonaut extend Christmas and new year's greetings to everyone on Earth in a video clip available from NASA TV during which they take turns at the microphone <http://anon.nasa-global.speedera.net/anon.nasa-global/ccvideos/jsc/windows/ holiday05_iss.asx>. In it, McArthur says that this is his favorite time of year, and he regrets not being able to spend it with his family this year. "As we look down on the earth, especially during this timeof year, it really strikes us how fortunate mankind is to live on such a wonderful, beautiful planet," McArthur goes on to say during the greeting, which runs about almost four minutes. "And also we realize we have great responsibilities as stewards of this planet." McArthur and Tokarev will return to Earth in April. * ARISS-Russia "Space Patrol" holiday operating event set: ARISS-Russia's Sergey Samburov, RV3DR, has announced that his team and Russian Space Agency Roscosmos/Energia will sponsor "Space Patrol," a space-related operating event, December 25 and 26. The activity will be both space-based and ground-based and on HF as well as VHF. International Space Station Flight Engineer Valery Tokarev will take part from space via RS0ISS. Special pass times are December 25 at 2056 UTC, and December 26 at 1947 UTC. Western Europeans should listen 10 minutes prior. RS0ISS will use 145.99 MHz FM simplex (145.55 MHz FM simplex will be a back-up frequency). ARISS-Russia has asked to put NA1SS into crossband repeater mode beginning some time on December 27 and continuing through 0912 UTC on December 31, when Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, will be speaking via NA1SS to Boy Scouts in Thailand. The repeater will be available worldwide, and the crew may join in at anytime. The worldwide repeater downlink is 145.80 MHz, and the uplink is 437.80 MHz. All frequencies are subject to Doppler shift. Worldwide earthbound ham radio operations on HF will begin December 25 at 1200 UTC and continue through the following day. Frequencies are on or about 7.080-7.090 MHz (transmit) listening on 7.290 MHz, 14.180-14.290 MHz and 21.280-21.390 MHz. Hams and cosmonauts will be on the air from Energia's R3K in Korolev and from RK3DZB at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City. Participating cosmonauts include Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR; Yuri Usachev, RW3FU; and Alexander Kaleri, U8MIR. The event commemorates the first anniversary of the death of cosmonaut Gennady Strekalev, U6MIR. "Space Patrol" participants are eligible for a certificate and a commemorative QSL card. Details on obtaining these will be announced. * Leap second to be introduced as new year arrives: The International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) has announced the introduction of a "time step" at the end of December to add a "leap second" as 2006 arrives. Leap seconds are needed to keep clocks in step with Earth's rotation, which varies by several thousandths of a second per day. Slowing down the clocks every year or two keeps them in sync. As 2005 transitions to 2006, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) will be retarded by 1.0 second. This essentially means that the last minute in 2005 will be 61 seconds long: December 31, 2005, 23:59:59; December 31, 2005, 23:59:60; January 1, 2006, 00:00:00. This adjustment will affect UTC and all time scales based on UTC. Loran-C and GPS will not be adjusted physically, however. Times of Coincidence for LORAN-C are available on the Time Service Web Page. For GPS, the leap second correction, contained within the UTC data of the navigation message transmitted by satellites, will change. After the leap second GPS will be ahead of UTC by 14 seconds. =========================================================== 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. The ARRL Letter offers a weekly e-mail digest of essential news of interest to active amateurs. 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