*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 25, No. 19 May 12, 2006 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +League shifts BPL focus to US Senate * +Consent decree ends transceiver marketing case * +Inuit youngsters in northern Quebec speak with ISS via ham radio * +League's "Hello" campaign a hit with broadcasters * +New, returning and current staffers fill ARRL HQ openings * +ARRL member from Mississippi wins SBA award for Katrina efforts * +ARRL Level 3 EmComm course gets a facelift * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration +New Jersey Tech+ scores WAS on 40 CW in her first year on the air German experimental stations on 440 kHz AMSAT and ARISS staff museum Space Day 2006 exhibit Former Army MARS Chief Larry Warren, KF7TJ/AAV9ET, SK +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> =========================================================== ==>Delivery problems: First see FAQ <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/faq.html#nodelivery>, then e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, <email@example.com> =========================================================== NOTE: Because of Dayton Hamvention travel schedules, the May 19 editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News will be distributed Wednesday, May 17. See you in Dayton! =========================================================== ==>ARRL SHIFTS CONGRESSIONAL BPL FOCUS TO US SENATE With an amendment requiring the FCC to study BPL interference now included in Section 502 of the House telecom bill, HR 5252, the ARRL is shifting its focus to the Senate. The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee will conduct hearings on its own version of telecom legislation, S 2686, later this month and will begin consideration of the bill in early June. Between now and then, the ARRL is urging members in the 22 states with Senators on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee to write seeking support to include similar BPL study language in the Senate bill. "If we can protect Section 502 when the bill comes to the House floor for consideration, and if we can get similar language introduced on the Senate side, we'll be in a good position when and if the two bills go to a Conference Committee," observes ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. Proposed by Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), the amendment to the House bill, the Communications Opportunity, Promotion and Enhancement (COPE) Act of 2006, gained the support of Committee Chairman Joe Barton (R-TX), and House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 42-12 to send the COPE Act, amendment intact, to the full House for its consideration. The Ross amendment has received significant opposition from electric utilities. The United Telecom Council (UTC), a bulwark of BPL support and administrator of the Interference Resolution Web site, has referred to the amendment as a threat and is urging its members to contact their members of Congress regarding its inclusion. This week the League began getting out the word via e-mail to members in states with Senators on Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. The letter to members in targeted states asks League members to urge their Senators on the committee to support language addressing the BPL interference issue when the Senate bill is marked up in committee on June 8. The language the League wants to see in the Senate amendment to the telecom bill would call on the FCC to "conduct, and submit to the House Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, a study of the interference potential of broadband over power line systems leading to improved rules to prevent the deployment of systems having a potential to cause destructive interference to radio communication systems." The ARRL plea includes a sample letter <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/plc/files/BPL-Amendment-SenateSampleLette r0506-Rev2.doc>, which members are encouraged to personalize as much as possible. The League wants members to fax their letters to the number indicated in the e-mail to members plus a copy to ARRL's government relations firm Chwat & Company, ATTN: Eric Heis, KI4NFC, 625 Slaters Ln -- Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22314. Fax 703-684-7594. The sample letter points out the value of Amateur Radio's role in recent disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina. "The reason we need your help is that the FCC continues to resist growing evidence that its rules are inadequate to protect radiocommunication systems, including those relied upon by First Responders, from radio spectrum pollution caused by BPL systems," it says. "The FCC needs to objectively and carefully review this evidence and adopt rules that will keep interference from BPL within reasonable bounds." The sample letter notes that not only has the FCC shown no inclination to do that, it's so far failed "to enforce its existing rules in specific, well documented instances of harmful interference." "Remember that it is not BPL that we oppose, but BPL interference," Sumner emphasized this week. "Some BPL systems are designed not to cause widespread interference, but many are not. The problem is that the FCC rules don't distinguish between the two. This is unfair to licensed radio services that must deal with the consequences of spectrum pollution." ==>FCC, PILOT TRAVEL CENTERS CONSENT DECREE ENDS TRANSCEIVER MARKETING CASE A consent decree has finally ended an enforcement action against Pilot Travel Centers LLC that could have cost the company $125,000 in fines. In November 2004 the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) asserting that Pilot, despite multiple citations and warnings, continued to market CB transceivers labeled as Amateur Radio gear but intended for use on both Citizens Band and amateur frequencies. An FCC Order released May 11 adopts the attached consent decree between the agency and Pilot and terminates the forfeiture action. While Pilot agrees to make "a voluntary contribution" of $90,000 to the US Treasury "without further protest or recourse," the company does not admit any wrongdoing. "The parties further agree that this consent decree is for settlement purposes only and that by agreeing to the consent decree, Pilot does not admit or deny any liability for violating the [Communications] Act or the rules in connection with the matters that are the subject of this consent decree," the agreement stipulates. Under the terms of the consent decree, Pilot must refrain in the future from marketing as "Amateur Radio" gear any transmitting devices with built-in features to facilitate CB operation. The company also must determine in advance that any CB transmitting gear it offers for sale is FCC certificated. CB transmitters must receive FCC certification--formerly called "type acceptance." Amateur Radio transmitting equipment does not require FCC certification. Should Pilot plan to sell legitimate Amateur Radio transceivers, it must ensure before marketing or selling them that the ARRL Lab has reviewed the equipment in question and determined that it transmits only in the Amateur Radio bands. The ARRL Lab tests equipment both for QST "Product Review" articles as well as for compliance with QST advertising policy, which requires that items offered for sale meet FCC rules. Further, the consent decree requires Pilot to remove from sale certain Galaxy brand transceivers (models DX33HML, DX66V and DX99V) and any other "Amateur Radio" transceivers that have not passed ARRL Lab muster in the course of product review or advertising compliance testing. Pilot also will have to ensure that any CB transceivers on sale by entities leasing space on its premises are FCC certificated. The consent decree brings to a close an enforcement action dating back more than six years. In its 2004 NAL, the FCC cited 47 separate instances between 2002 and 2004 when Pilot allegedly had offered for sale various models of non-certificated Galaxy CB transceivers labeled as "amateur radios" that easily could be modified for CB operation. The Order and the consent decree are on the FCC Web site <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-53A1.pdf>. ==>INUIT STUDENTS JOIN THE SPACE PROGRAM VIA HAM RADIO Thanks to Amateur Radio and an international teleconferencing link, Inuit students attending Jaanimmarik School in Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada, joined the space program May 4. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged the contact between NA1SS and ARISS veteran Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, in Kingston, Australia. Verizon Conferencing donated a two-way audio link between the northern Quebec school and VK5ZAI. Speaking from NA1SS, US astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, told the students that it's very exciting to be in space. "To look at the earth from up here and to see the entire earth at one time is fabulous," Williams said. "Of course, being weightless is also fantastic, when you float around, and everything else floats around too, if it's not tied down." Williams reported that he and Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, are doing experiments involving crystal growth in a microgravity environment as well as fluid dynamics and growing plants. In what little spare time he has in his busy work week, Williams--like many ISS crew members before him--enjoys looking through the ISS window at Earth some 220 miles below. "The mountains are beautiful, the horizon is beautiful during a sunset or a sunrise," Williams said. "You see the different colors in the atmosphere." One youngster wanted to know if Williams had had a chance to use the Canadarm2--the robotic manipulator that was made in Canada. The astronaut said he had used it and would be using it again this week. "I use it fairly regularly," Williams added. "It's a fantastic piece of equipment." Accompanied by some tittering from his classmates, one youngster asked the somewhat indelicate question, "How do you go to the bathroom in space?" Responded Williams, "You go very carefully, very carefully." He went on to explain that the ISS is equipped with a special "air-flow" toilet "that helps things go where they need to go." ARISS mentor Steve McFarlane, VE3BTD, estimated the audience at approximately 450. The event attracted the attention of CBC North as well as local radio, which broadcast the contact live with a running translation into Inuktituk. APTN (Northern Canada TV Network) is producing a segment for later broadcast. Ottawa news media also reported on the contact because students from Manordale Public School in Ottawa were on hand in Kuujjuaq for the Jaanimmarik contact, McFarlane said. Youngsters at Manordale spoke with ISS Expedition 10 Commander Leroy Chiao, KE5BRW, in December 2004. ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an educational outreach of a nine-nation consortium, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>ARRL'S "HELLO" CAMPAIGN A HIT AT NAB, RTNDA CONVENTIONS When the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) met in Las Vegas for their annual conventions in late April, the ARRL was well represented. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, headed the League contingent. Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and Vice Director Andy Oppel, N6AJO, rounded out the delegation. The presence of thousands of broadcasters offered Pitts an ideal opportunity to promote the ARRL "Hello . . . -- Celebrating 100 Years of Voice over Radio Worldwide" public service announcements. Pitts gauged success on the basis of what he *didn't* end up taking home. "I carried 60 full 'Hello' press books containing news releases, information and PSAs to the NAB," Pitts said. "At the end of the three days only one was left, and that went to a radio station manager I met in the airport going home." Pitts reports he's been hearing from hams, engineers and radio station managers that the PSAs are airing on cable systems and radio stations. In addition, of the 4500 brochures he took to the convention, he had but 300 left. The highlight each year for radio amateurs attending the NAB convention is the ham radio operators' reception, sponsored this year by Bob Heil, K9EID, of Heil Sound Ltd. Some 2000 radio amateurs with broadcasting industry connections attended the April 26 affair. The big news at this year's reception was that Heil will be inducted next month into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. A veteran music industry soundman and sound reinforcement innovator, Heil has worked with some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, including Chuck Berry, The Who, the Grateful Dead, Joe Walsh, WB6ACU, and ZZ Top. NAB Vice President of Science and Technology John Marino, KR1O, co-hosted the event. ARRL President Harrison greeted the gathering on behalf of the League and spoke briefly about the changes and challenges Amateur Radio faces in the 21st century. Charlie Wooten, NF4A, was honored as Clear Channel Communications "National Engineer of the Year," and Heil presented him with a microphone bearing Wooten's call sign. Pitts credits Wooten with getting the "Hello" campaign PSAs on many Clear Channel radio stations. Pitts said he found a lot of interest in the "Hello" campaign among those attending the broadcasters' gatherings. "But it takes more than just passing out disks to make it on the air," he added. "It takes a personal contact, and that's why we need continued action by our public information officers nationwide." ==>ARRL WELCOMES NEW, RETURNING STAFFERS, ANNOUNCES STAFF SHIFT ARRL Headquarters has welcomed three new staff members. One current and one former staffer have filled other openings. ARRL Membership Manager Katie Breen, W1KRB, owned and operated a restaurant for three years before coming to Headquarters. A Connecticut native with a strong marketing, customer service, volunteer management and event planning background, Breen's also been an urban and regional planning professional. Outside of ARRL, she's actively involved with the Jaycees and other community activities. Breen is responsible for League membership recruitment and retention, and she says she'll focus on putting a personal touch on ARRL. As a result, she has an open-door policy and welcomes telephone calls (860-594-0297 and e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) from members. Customer Service Manager Amy Hurtado has filled the vacancy left by the departure of Kathy Capodicasa, N1GZO, to supervise membership application processing and product sales. Most recently she managed a large customer service team at a busy direct-mail facility and has prior experience in direct mail design and production. At ARRL Headquarters she oversees ARRL membership fulfillment operations and circulation for QST and all ARRL periodicals. She'll also handle the membership renewal process, the ARRL Life Membership program and Silent Key administration. She works closely with Breen and with Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, on target marketing, market concepts and direct mail campaigns. Members may contact Hurtado by telephone (860-594-0257) or e-mail (email@example.com). Assistant Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA, is relatively new licensee, but she's gleaned a lot of Amateur Radio knowledge from her husband Michael, K1MK, an ARRL Life Member and 30-year veteran ham. With an academic background in journalism, history, English and photography, Keane has led political campaigns, worked for the Boy Scouts of America and headed the news department for a local weekly. At ARRL, she prepares and edits news and feature articles for the Web site, QST and NCJ. Outside of Headquarters, Keane volunteers with the Cub Scouts and enjoys reading. "Working at the League is something I have wanted to do ever since I learned about the ARRL," she says. "You could say that this is a dream come true." A familiar face at ARRL Headquarters for 25 years, former ARRL Advertising Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ, will return to the fold in late May to take on the responsibilities of Business Services Manager for the ARRL Sales and Marketing Department. Jahnke left Headquarters in 2005 to become advertising director for a Wisconsin publisher, and she earned her ham radio license along the way. "I'm thrilled to be returning home and to be back at ARRL," Jahnke said. "I feel my job experience during the past year provided me with a new perspective and new ideas, and I can't wait to get started." At Headquarters, Jahnke will head the business services team, developing advertising opportunities for QST, QEX and NCJ and working with League clients who purchase ARRL publications and other services. Jahnke plans to spend at least one day at ARRL EXPO 2006 at Dayton Hamvention and will be on site at Newington starging May 24. Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, soon will shift gears after seven-plus years at ARRL to tackle new duties as Regulatory Information Specialist. He'll succeed John Hennessee, N1KB, who died in March. In his new job, Henderson will work with US amateurs on a wide range of topics relating to FCC rules and regulations governing Amateur Radio. He'll assist members in such areas as the PRB-1 limited federal preemption, antenna and zoning questions and the ARRL Volunteer Counsel and Volunteer Consulting Engineer programs. ==>MISSISSIPPI ARRL MEMBER WINS SBA AWARD FOR KATRINA EFFORTS A Mississippi radio amateur and broadcaster who braved the fury of Hurricane Katrina to keep his ham radio club's low-power FM (LPFM) broadcast station WQRZ-LP on the air was one of three recipients to receive the Small Business Administration (SBA) Phoenix Award. The SBA honored ARRL Member Brice Phillips, KB5MPW, of Bay Saint Louis, for "Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Volunteer." "We are proud to be the first Amateur Radio organization-owned broadcast facility in the US--and proud Mississippians--to serve our state and as a model to the country as the first broadcast station to be attached to an emergency operations center," Phillips says. He notes that the station lost everything to the storm except "our lives and our commitment to the community." Owned and operated by the Hancock County Amateur Radio Association, WQRZ-LP (103.5 FM) was built and is operated by volunteers with disabilities. Before Hurricane Katrina hit, Phillips and WQRZ-LP Program Director Christine Stach, KC5RIC, relocated the station from a small shed next to their house in Waveland to the Hancock County Emergency Operations Center (EOC), which was forced to move twice. As the storm surge waters reached the building's second level, Phillips braved the elements and rigged car batteries to power the station's broadcasts of search-and-rescue and other emergency information. WQRZ was one of only four of the more than three dozen Gulf Coast radio stations--and the only one in Hancock County--to stay on the air during the early days after Katrina struck. Phillips also was among the many radio amateurs providing emergency communication in the storm-stricken region. FEMA distributed 3000 FM radios to Hancock County storm survivors so they could tune to WQRZ-LP and learn where to get food, water, ice, tarpaulins, help from the Red Cross and The Salvation Army and other survival assistance. Phillips received his award in Washington, DC, during SBA National Small Business Week in mid-April. Normally solar-powered, WQRZ-LP serves the Bay Saint Louis, Waveland, Diamondhead and Kiln areas of Mississippi. WQRZ-LP's licensee, the Hancock County Amateur Radio Association, is a non-profit IRS 501(c)(3) organization. The station invites contributions to help it rebuild to WQRZ-LP, POB 1145, Kiln, MS 39556-1145. Contact the station for more information <WQRZ1035@yahoo.com>. ==>ARRL UPDATES AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS LEVEL 3 COURSE The ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) Program has revised and updated its Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (AREC) Level 3 course. The new top-level EmComm course, designated EC-003 Rev 2, has supplanted EC-003 in the program's list of online offerings. ARRL Online Course Development Coordinator Howard Robins, W1HSR, says the updated curriculum incorporates some major changes. "This update is very significant, because it brings the management training part of the AREC program into line with today's homeland security environment," Robins remarked. "This is the first revision of the AREC Level 3 course since it was originally introduced in December 2000. Needless to say, much has changed since then, and this revision reflects those changes." EmComm Online Course Editor Dave Colter, WA1ZCN, was the principal author of EC-003 Rev 2, Robins noted. He says a number of individuals with experience in the emergency communications arena beta-tested the updated course, and it underwent a thorough final review prior to its release. The AREC Level 1 (EC-001) and 2 (EC-002) courses are prerequisites for the Level 3 course. According to Robins, EC-003R2 includes significant information about how Amateur Radio emergency communication leadership must prepare and function in the post-September 11, 2001, era. He says the updated course takes into account the "many changes in the homeland security landscape--a term that did not exist when the original Level 3 curriculum was developed.--and how Amateur Radio fits into that landscape." New topics include: * National Incident Management System (NIMS) * National Response Plan (NRP) * Key NRP Emergency Support Functions * Department of Homeland Security Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Teams * National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) Communications Support * Hospital Emergency Communications * ARES Management and the Incident Command System (ICS) Robins points out that several other Level 3 units have been revised to better focus on leadership and management. Registration for EC-003 Rev 2 opens Monday, May 15 and will remain open through June 4. The inaugural class begins Friday, June 16. To learn more about this and other online educational offerings from ARRL, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department <firstname.lastname@example.org>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar Seer Tad "Sunny" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: This week saw higher geomagnetic activity and lower sunspot numbers than the previous period (our reporting week is Thursday through Wednesday). Average daily sunspot numbers declined more than 5 points to 54.3. Today, May 12, look for active geomagnetic conditions with a planetary A index predicted at 25, then declining to 12 and 10 on Saturday and Sunday. Sunspot numbers and solar flux should be a bit lower than the past week. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts active geomagnetic conditions for today, May 12, unsettled May 13, quiet to unsettled May 14, nice and quiet May 15-16, back to quiet to unsettled for May 17, and unsettled conditions on May 18. Many readers alerted us to a new long-range sunspot cycle prediction regarding the peak of Cycle 25, which should reach solar maximum around 2022 <http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/10may_longrange.htm?list15934>. For more information concerning propagation and an explanation of the numbers, see the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>. Sunspot numbers for May 4 through 10 were 50, 61, 69, 64, 53, 56 and 27, with a mean of 54.3. 10.7 cm flux was 91.8, 86.7, 87, 86.2, 84.7, 82.6, and 78.2, with a mean of 85.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 14, 13, 24, 19, 8, 4 and 4, with a mean of 12.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 10, 8, 14, 17, 5, 2 and 4, with a mean of 8.6. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The Mid-Atlantic QSO Party, the VK/Trans-Tasman 80-Meter Contest (phone), the VOLTA Worldwide RTTY Contest, the CQ-M International DX Contest, the F.I.S.T.S. Spring Sprint and the 50 MHz Spring Sprint are the weekend of May 13-14. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is May 15. The NAQCC 80-Meter Straight Key/Bug Sprint is May 18, the RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is May 18 and the Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is May 19 (UTC). JUST AHEAD: Armed Forces Day military/Amateur Radio communications tests, the US Counties QSO Party (SSB) His Majesty the King of Spain Contest (CW), the EU PSK DX Contest, the Portuguese Navy Day Contest (PSK31 and CW/SSB), the Manchester Mineira CW Contest and the Baltic Contest are the weekend of May 20-21. The QRP Minimal Art Session is May 25. 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, May 21, for these ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE). Program on-line courses: Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Level 1 (EC-001), Radio Frequency Interference (EC-006), Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009), Analog Electronics (EC-012) and Digital Electronics (EC-013). Classes begin Friday, June 2. 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 Jersey Tech+ scores WAS on 40 CW in her first year on the air: ARRL member Jane Tymko, KC2OBS, of Bartley, New Jersey, managed to work all states during her very first year as a radio amateur. The kicker is that Tymko, a Technician with Element 1 credit--what used to be called a "Tech Plus" ticket--worked all 50 states on the often broadcaster-plagued 40-meter Novice/Tech Plus band segment, 7100-7150 kHz. "I'm working on my General, now that I've accomplished this," Tymko told ARRL when she visited Headquarters to get her cards checked for the Worked All States (WAS) Award. ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, presented her WAS certificate on the spot (photo). Tymko says Alaska was her hardest state. Most of the time, though, she simply called "CQ," and says most ops slowed down to match her 12-14 WPM CW copying capability. Her setup is modest: 100 W to a dipole. She studied for her license entirely on her own, using a Morse training program to learn the code. In addition to the ARRL, Tymko is a member of the YLRL and F.I.S.T.S. Congratulations, Jane! * German experimental stations on 440 kHz: Geri Holger, DK8KW/W1KW, in Peine near Hannover, reports that German telecommunication authorities have issued him an experimental license to operate on the "medium wave" frequency of 440 kHz using the call sign DI2BO. He joins Walter Staubach, DJ2LF, in Dormitz near Nuernberg, who's been operating experimental station DI2AG on 440 kHz. Tests have been under way on that frequency since January 2005, Holger says, "to study the special propagation conditions on medium wave." Holger says CW beacon transmissions (which include call sign and grid square) will be sent on 440 kHz (Ī100 Hz), maximum 200 Hz bandwidth at a maximum power of 9 W ERP. "Both beacon transmissions will be coordinated in a way so that they can be observed simultaneously to study the propagation from both locations at the same time," Holger explained. "Also, two-way contacts between both experimental stations are planned." Further information is on the DK8KW Longwave Information Web site <http://www.qru.de/di2bo.html>. * AMSAT and ARISS staff museum Space Day 2006 exhibit: Representatives of AMSAT-NA and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program staffed a Space Day 2006 exhibit May 5 at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. The ARISS team exhibited various pieces of ISS hardware and AMSAT representatives explained the process of building small satellites. On display were the California Polytechnic Institute CubeSat model and several picosats. Popular with youngsters who stopped by was the opportunity to listen to recorded ARISS school contacts. Among those staffing the exhibit were ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Past AMSAT-NA President Perry Klein, W3PK, and Bill Boston, N3DCI. "We gave out several hundred ARRL and other brochures. There was so much interest, I lost my voice by the end of the day and still haven't gotten it back fully!" Klein quipped this week. Others assisting included APRS guru and satellite experimenter Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, Ken Nichols, KD3VK, Bob McCown, N3IYI, and AMSAT-NA Director of Education and Board member H. Paul Shuch, N6TX. * Former Army MARS Chief Larry Warren, KF7TJ/AAV9ET, SK: Robert L. "Larry" Warren, KF7TJ/AAV9ET, of Hereford, Arizona, died April 28. 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