*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 25, No. 20 May 19, 2006 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +FCC still mum on Morse code ruling * +Ham radio volunteers make a difference during New England flooding * +M2 to be Principal Awards Sponsor of June 2006 VHF Party * +Elementary school pupils in Japan use ham radio to talk with ISS crew * ARRL EXPO 2006 at Dayton Hamvention to feature mini-forums * +Tragic tower accident claims life of well-known Oregon DXer * +Logbook of the World reaches another milestone * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration +Dayton 2006 Weblog to add personal touch to Hamvention experience ARRL's next-generation ham radio study guides now available JARL awards representative will be at Dayton Position opening at ARRL Headquarters Jambo Scoutfest 2006 Boy Scout special event set +Tide comes in for SSTV DXCC Desk approves operations for DXCC credit +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 =========================================================== NOTE: Because of Dayton Hamvention travel schedules, the May 19 editions of The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News are being distributed Wednesday, May 17. K7RA's Solar Update will be available Friday, May 19. See you in Dayton! =========================================================== ==>FCC WON'T SAY PUBLICLY WHEN IT WILL ACT ON MORSE CODE ISSUE All bets appear to be off as to when the FCC might make a final decision on deleting the Morse code requirement. Last July, an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order (NPRM&O) in WT Docket 05-235 proposed to eliminate the Element 1 (5 WPM) Morse code requirement for all license classes. Most observers expected the Commission to release a Report and Order (R&O) to that effect by the end of this year, but even that timetable could prove optimistic, based on what the Commission will say publicly. Before tackling the Morse proceeding, the FCC wants to wrap up another important Amateur Radio proceeding, WT Docket 04-140, the so-called "omnibus" or "phone band expansion" proceeding. Responding to an ARRL inquiry, FCC personnel would not go on the record and declined even to hazard a ballpark guess on when the FCC might act on either Amateur Radio proceeding. "They're at different points in the process," an FCC staffer said, refraining from saying anything that might suggest a commitment. "One is farther along in the review chain than the other." The staff member indicated that the "omnibus" proceeding is "way ahead" of the Morse proceeding in the WTB pipeline. The FCC staffers attempted to assure ARRL that the WTB has not been sitting on its hands. "It takes a while to plow through 4000 comments," one said, referring to the huge volume of opinions filed in the Morse docket. "It's not being neglected." The staff member did allow that WTB staff had completed its comment review in the Morse proceeding but wouldn't say when it might see the light of day. "I'd hesitate to say," one staff member demurred. Neither would even say whether the WTB expected to conclude either proceeding by the end of 2006. "They should probably start learning code," one staffer advised those waiting for the FCC to drop the Morse requirement before upgrading, noting that a Certificate of Successful Completion of Exam (CSCE) for a written exam element is only good for a year. Even after the FCC goes public with its decision on Morse code, still more time is likely to pass before any new rules go into effect, the staff member pointed out. Earlier this year an WTB staffer, speaking without attribution, told ARRL, "We certainly hope to release WT Docket 05-235 sometime this year, but we're not making any predictions at this time. We certainly are not saving up any big announcements for Dayton Hamvention." Bill Cross, W3TN, the FCC Public Safety and Critical Infrastructure Division staff member who typically addresses Amateur Radio-related proceedings during Dayton Hamvention's FCC forum, won't be attending this year's show. When the FCC does act , no one's expecting any major surprises: The Commission appears poised to simply drop the Morse requirement for all Amateur Radio license classes as it proposed last summer. Beyond that, the FCC turned away several other petitions, including proposals to create a new entry-level license class. Any FCC decision to eliminate the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for HF access would have no impact on either the current HF CW-only subbands or on the CW privileges of Amateur Radio licensees. Current Technician licensees who have not passed Element 1 will not gain HF access if the FCC drops the Morse requirement. The "omnibus" Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 04-140, released in April 2004, consolidated a dozen petitions for rulemaking, some dating back to 2001. The Commission has proposed to go along with the ARRL's Novice refarming plan aimed at reallocating the current Novice/Tech Plus subbands to expand portions of the 80, 40 and 15 meter phone bands. The FCC also agreed with an ARRL proposal to extend privileges in the current General CW-only HF subbands to present Novice and Tech Plus licensees (or Technicians with Element 1 credit). Among other things, the FCC also proposed to essentially do away with its rules prohibiting the manufacture and marketing to Amateur Radio operators of amplifiers capable of operation on 12 and 10 meters. And it further proposed to adopt a rule to limit the number of applications a licensee may file on a given day for the same vanity call sign. The NPRM&O in WT Docket 05-235 is on the FCC Web site <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-143A1.pdf>. More information on WT Docket 04-140 is on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2004/04/15/102/>, and the NPRM is on the FCC Web site <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-04-79A1.pdf>. ==>AMATEUR RADIO VOLUNTEERS HANDLE FLOOD DUTY IN NEW ENGLAND Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers at mid-week were wrapping up operations in the wake of major flooding that occurred in southeastern New Hampshire and northeastern Massachusetts. The flooding has been called New England's worst in 70 years. Eastern Massachusetts ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator and SKYWARN Coordinator Rob Macedo, KD1CY, says formal SKYWARN activation for the National Weather Service office in Taunton, Massachusetts, ended late on May 15. "We kept SKYWARN in a 'self-activated' mode at the discretion of local ARES and SKYWARN coordinators to check out flooded areas and report updates as the flooding recedes," Macedo told ARRL. "Additional flood warnings were issued for a small part of central Massachusetts and parts of two counties in southern New Hampshire, but checks with Amateur Radio SKYWARN Spotters indicate no flood issues are occurring in those areas." The heavy rainfall caused several major New England rivers to rise above flood stage this week, in some cases setting new records. Macedo reports that Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES) volunteers were at Region 1 headquarters and the Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center (WC1MA), supporting communication via Amateur Radio and other means. Massachusetts State RACES Radio Officer Tom Kinahan, N1CPE, said EOC operations would end as emergency managers shift from response to recovery phase. Total rainfall amounts of 6 to 12 inches occurred in the hardest-hit areas with isolated higher amounts, while 2 to 6 inches of rain fell over other parts of New England throughout a period of several days. ARES volunteers delivered several hundred reports of road closures, flood damage to homes, some evacuations and even a problem at a sewage treatment plant in Haverhill, Massachusetts, Macedo said. There were also reports of road and bridge washouts and, in one instance, a railroad bridge was knocked off its foundation in Peabody, Massachusetts. According to Macedo, Amateur Radio volunteers used VHF/UHF repeaters as well as 6 meters, HF and the New England VoIP Integrated Conference Reflector. Town EOCs had Amateur Radio and other communication support, but other than the telephone Amateur Radio was the only direct link to the NWS-Taunton office. On May 15, the Ipswich EOC, through Emergency Management Director Charlie Cooper, K1CHC, requested information on the Ipswich River as it threatened businesses in the downtown area. "We were able to facilitate third-party traffic between Cooper and Bob Thompson, the meteorologist-in-charge at NWS-Taunton, so he could get the information directly," Macedo said. "Charlie was very happy that we could perform this function." Macedo reported at least one communication infrastructure issue May 16. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Region 1 headquarters found that while its outgoing telephone service was working okay, it could not receive incoming calls. RACES operator Dennis Brothers, N1DB, on duty at the MEMA EOC, was able to get a message through to Region 1 via ham radio. Kinahan said state emergency managers complimented RACES on its efforts to back up the overloaded telephone circuits. Rumors of dam failures abounded over the course of the flooding. Using Amateur Radio NWS-Taunton worked with the MEMA EOC to dispel the gossip. "We had no fewer than four instances of possible dam failures reported by various sources," Macedo said. "Through Amateur Radio at NWS-Taunton and at the MEMA EOC, we were able to learn the facts--that the dams were not failing but were being monitored for stress, and action was being taken to regulate the stress the significant rainfall had caused." Due to the severity of the flooding, Eastern Massachusetts ARES was on standby starting May 14, but there were no calls for ARES assistance to backup RACES or to staff shelters for towns or Red Cross were received as of May 17. In addition ARES backed up SKYWARN by checking out flooded areas. Eastern Massachusetts ARES was scheduled to stand down May 17. "More than 100 Amateur Radio volunteers took part in ARES/RACES operations and weather spotting across the region," Macedo said. "Everyone did a tremendous job during this stressful time in our region." ==>ANTENNA MAKER M2 TO BE 2006 JUNE VHF QSO PARTY PRINCIPAL AWARDS SPONSOR M2 Antenna Systems <http://www.m2inc.com/> has generously agreed to be Principal Awards Sponsor for the 2006 ARRL June VHF QSO Party <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2006/june-vhf.html>. For many years, the Fresno, California, company has been a popular source of high-performance antennas for VHF/UHF/microwave contesters and DXers and especially customized array systems--although M2 also makes antennas for HF work. "As M2 Antenna Systems continues to capture more of the Amateur Radio and commercial antenna markets, we are delighted it has agreed to support an operating event that so many of its customers pursue with a great deal of passion," said ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B. M2 Antenna Systems Sales and Marketing Manager Wyatt Lyzenga, KF6VMW, says Amateur Radio makes up nearly two-thirds of his company's business. "M2 is a family owned and operated business with old-time values," he says. Its owners are Mike and Myrna Staal, K6MYC and K6MYM. "We enjoy our work and the time we spend designing and building products and finding solutions to customers' requirements. We're one of the last customer-oriented manufacturers." After 32 years in the antenna business, M2 has a good handle on both technical expertise and real-world experience, Wyatt says. "Our goal is to produce the best, highest performance products possible within cost and time limits," he adds. "We strive for customer satisfaction in our products." M2 Antenna Systems will be Principal Awards Sponsor for all unsponsored plaques for the June event. As Principal Awards Sponsor, M2's name will appear on all plaques it sponsors, and its name and logo on all certificates that go out to top scorers in the various event categories. Agreeing to be Principal Awards Sponsor for the 2006 ARRL June VHF QSO Party is one way to let the amateur community know that M2 is interested in contests and let participating hams "know that we're there for them and can help them out," Wyatt says. "Over the long haul, it helps us help our customers better." ==>ISS ASTRONAUT FIELDS QUESTIONS FROM ELEMENTARY SCHOOLERS IN JAPAN Thanks to the magic of Amateur Radio, ISS Expedition 13 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, on May 11 helped to satisfy the curiosity of youngsters attending Yoneda-Nishi Elementary School in Tagasako, Japan, about life in space. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged the direct VHF contact between NA1SS in space and 8N3Y at the school. Williams told the Yoneda-Nishi pupils that it's "quite an honor and a privilege" to be an astronaut. But he noted that it can be dangerous work, even aboard the ISS. "Well, of course, space has a lot of dangers, and we have a good team on the ground and we are well prepared in our training to mitigate the risks associated with spaceflight," Williams said. Responding to another youngster's question, Williams said he'd love to be one of the astronauts to return to the moon or to travel to another planet. Asked why he decided to become an astronaut in spite of the possible dangers, Williams said he does it for the exploration. "It's very exciting work to explore new frontiers and new things that we haven't done before, and it's something I think we want to do throughout the history of mankind." Williams said he can see Japan from the ISS, and it "looks wonderful day or night" from 220 miles up in space. "It's got fabulous views during the day of course with the terrain, and at night all the major cities are lit up--the islands of Japan are all lit up where there are cities and where people live," he said. "It is absolutely breathtaking." The astronaut allowed that it took a good deal of training in several fields to prepare for life aboard the ISS. That included learning Russian, becoming familiar with both the US and Russian segments of the space station, doing spacewalks, learning how to use the Canadarm2 remote manipulator, and all about the Russian Soyuz transporter. The hardest job for an astronaut, Williams said, is doing spacewalks, which can run six hours or longer. Williams is scheduled to do a spacewalk in a few weeks. "It's very difficult, very hard work," he explained. "You get very tired, especially in the hands and the arms." In all, the youngsters had 19 questions asked and answered during the event, which attracted about 215 parents and fellow pupils as well as one TV and one newspaper reporter. Control operator for the ARISS contact was Yoshio Maeda, JG3RWX. ARISS-Japan veteran Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ, served as mentor for the contact, which was Williams' third since he came aboard the ISS in April, and the 240th since the first ISS crew arrived in late 2000. ARISS is an educational outreach of a nine-nation consortium, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. ==>ARRL EXPO 2006 STAGE TO FEATURE WIDE RANGE OF MINI-FORUMS Visitors to ARRL EXPO 2006 at Dayton HamventionR Friday, May 19, through Sunday, May 21, will be treated to a wide variety of mini-forums on the ARRL Stage. Topics will range from the educational to the entertaining. These live presentations will begin every half hour on the ARRL Stage, located in the ARRL EXPO in the Ballarena of Hara Arena. "The wide array of short presentations lined up for the ARRL stage depicts a showcase of League programs and services," says ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, who's overseeing much of the League's Hamvention presence. "This is opportunity for ARRL members and prospective members to experience, firsthand, the very best of ARRL and Amateur Radio." Kicking off the schedule of approximately 15-minute presentations will be QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, talking on "Getting Started with HF Digital." Other presentation topics (see the full schedule on the ARRL EXPO 2006 Web site <http://www.arrl.org/announce/nc/2006/Dayton-2006-ARRL-Stage.pdf>) include "A New Look for QST Product Review" by QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, "DXing for Beginners" by ARRL Affiliated Club/Mentor Program Manager Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, and "QSL! QSL! How to Send Them So You'll Get Them" by ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN. In all, the ARRL stage will offer presentations on upward of two dozen different topics. Speakers will do encore performances throughout the weekend. The ARRL EXPO 2006 mini-forums complement the schedule of ARRL Hamvention forums. "ARRL: Main Street USA," Friday, 10 AM in Room 1, will give Hamventioneers the opportunity to meet and hear ARRL's new President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. Harrison says he'll focus his remarks on how we have to change our approach toward today's prospective radio amateurs because of the demographic changes on the Main Street of today. "I believe Amateur Radio's future is at least as bright as its past," Harrison said in the March 2006 QST , "It Seems to Us . . ." editorial. "Radio is still magic, and always will be. But Main Street USA has changed. The Average Joe changed. And so Amateur Radio, too, must change if we are to share our passion for the magic of radio with future generations." In all, the League will sponsor 10 Hamvention forums, with topics ranging from antennas, public relations and ham radio in the classroom to broadband over power line, grassroots legislative lobbying and League membership. The complete schedule of ARRL forums and a brief description of each is available on the ARRL EXPO 2006 Web page <http://www.arrl.org/announce/nc/2006/> (scroll down to "ARRL Forums"). See you at Dayton Hamvention! ==>OREGON RADIO AMATEUR DIES IN TOWER MISHAP Well-known DXer Ron J. Spears, W7IX, of Klamath Falls, Oregon, died May 14 when an Amateur Radio tower he was working on in Northern California broke and toppled. He was 44. News accounts say Spears, an ARRL DXCC Honor Roll member (CW), was attempting to retrieve a 40-meter beam from atop a 170-foot tower near MacDoel, California, when the structure collapsed and fell to the ground with Spears still attached by his safety belt. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His father, Aubrey, was assisting on the ground and witnessed the accident. Spears had built the tower for its previous owner, Ray Balch, K6VX (SK), and used to do all of Balch's antenna work, so he had prior experience working on the structure. According to his father, Spears had first inspected the tower for safety. Spears earlier had bought the antenna from the current property owner and was attempting to bring it down in pieces. The heavy-duty support structure broke as Spears was about 10 feet from the top. One unofficial report says that when Spears removed the antenna, it slipped and struck one of the top guy wires, starting the tower swaying until the guy broke. Another account says the beam "got away from" Spears and its huge boom struck and broke the tower guy. All but the lower 40 feet of the structure reportedly fell. In addition to his father, survivors include his mother, Oletta, N7OHO, and a sister. Spears was a member of the ARRL and of the Southern Oregon Amateur Packet Radio Association.--News media reports; The Daily DX; Rod Ingram, WC7N ==>LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD REACHES 100 MILLION QSO MARK ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, has announced that the Logbook of the World (LoTW) now contains more than 100 million individual QSO records. "With the end of the solar cycle upon us, I think this is just great," Kramer said. "It is exciting to see this level of activity in what is supposed to be a 'dead' period. It is gratifying to see so many people uploading their QSOs, and we hope it continues." LoTW is a repository of log records submitted by users from around the world. When both participants in a QSO submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is a "QSL" that can be used for ARRL award credit. There have been more than 5.6 million QSO matches since LoTW began operation on September 15, 2003. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: 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. JUST AHEAD: The CQ World Wide WPX Contest (CW), the VK/Trans-Tasman 80-Meter Contest (CW), the ARCI Hootowl Sprint and the Michigan QRP Memorial Day CW Sprint are the weekend of May 27-28. The Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is June 2. 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, June 4, 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), HF Digital Communications (EC-005), VHF/UHF -- Life Beyond the Repeater (EC-008), and Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011). Classes begin Friday, June 16. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * Dayton 2006 Weblog to add personal touch to Hamvention experience: A new ARRL blog, "Dayton 2006 Weblog -- Notes and news from the 2006 Dayton Hamvention and ARRL EXPO," will be part of an experimental effort to provide the day-to-day flavor of Dayton Hamvention, Friday through Sunday, May 19-21. QST Editor and ARRL Publications Manager Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will be posting personal observations and impressions of the 2006 Hamvention, which annually attracts upward of 25,000 visitors. "The idea is to put a more human face on the League," says Ford. "If it proves popular this year, we may expand the concept in the future." At least this time around, the Dayton blog will not offer any means for readers to post their own comments. The blog is at <http://www.arrl.org/blog/Dayton%202006>. * ARRL's next-generation ham radio study guides now available: The keys to passing the Amateur Radio Technician license examinations starting July 1 now are available. The ARRL has produced The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual--a brand-new publication that includes all the information a prospective ham needs to get licensed, including the significantly revised Technician class (Element 2) question pool going into effect at mid-year. Also just out: the fourth edition of ARRL's Tech Q & A. These new publications will supplant the popular and familiar Now You're Talking! (5th edition) and ARRL's Tech Q & A (3rd edition) for those not planning to sit for the Technician examination any sooner than July 1. Both study guides will be available at Dayton Hamvention. The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual (Order No 9639) retails for $24.95. The new fourth-edition ARRL Tech Q & A (Order No 9647) sells for $15.95. Both are available via the ARRL online products catalog <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/>. Anyone aiming to take the Technician class (Element 2) Amateur Radio examination *before* July 1 of this year should study Now You're Talking! (5th edition) and ARRL's Tech Q & A (3rd edition), which remain available. This summer, a new online class, "The ARRL Ham Radio License Course" will replace the current Technician License Course (EC-010). Along with a 100-percent risk-free guarantee, registration will include a copy of the new ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, a one-year ARRL membership and post-graduate support. * JARL awards representative will be at Dayton: DXers working on Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) awards take note: CQ DX Hall of Famer Masa Ebisawa, JA1DM, will be at Dayton Hamvention in the JARL booth (#483). The JARL will be checking the following awards: ADXA, ADXA-HALF, AJD, JCCs, JCG, WAJA, WASA, Satellite-FUJI and others. In addition, he can check cards for ARRL DXCC. Ebisawa also will be available to answer questions on JARL activities as well as reciprocal licensing in Japan. For more information visit the JARL English-language Web site <http://www.jarl.or.jp/English/4_Library/A-4-2_Awards/Award_Main.htm> (URL is case-sensitive). * Position opening at ARRL Headquarters: ARRL is seeking a qualified radio amateur to fill the position of Contest Branch Manager within the Membership Services Department. This is a full-time position at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. This individual will manage all activities of the Contest Branch, including employee supervision and volunteer coordination. Primary responsibilities include promotion and encouragement of Amateur Radio contest activity, receiving and processing contest logs, writing and preparing articles about contesting activity for ARRL publications, preparing results of ARRL contests for publication and Web posting, assisting in budget preparation and providing a high level of customer service. Candidates must have a college degree or equivalent and an Amateur Radio license and be very familiar with ARRL's contest program (preference will be given to applicants with considerable personal contesting experience). Other requirements include solid interpersonal, writing and speaking skills; familiarity with the DXCC program and with ARRL sections and divisions, knowledge of the Microsoft Office software suite, and strong attention to detail. As a representative of the ARRL, the Contest Branch Manager may need to undertake some weekday and weekend travel. ARRL is an equal opportunity employer. Send a resume and cover letter to LouAnn Campanello, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 or via e-mail <email@example.com>. ARRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. * Jambo Scoutfest 2006 Boy Scout special event set: Boy Scout Venture Crew 59 in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, will offer more than 5000 Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Venture Crew members an up-close look at Amateur Radio during Jambo Scoutfest 2006, Friday through Sunday, May 19-21, on the campus of Kutztown University. ARRL Headquarters staffer Larry Wolfgang, WR1B--an enthusiastic scouting supporter and leader--will be among those on hand for the occasion. The scouts will be operating under their KC3BSA call sign as a special event station during Jambo Scoutfest. Battery-powered and solar-powered stations will be on the air on or near the World Scout Frequencies <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/jota.html#frequencies>. Look for SSB and CW activity on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters as well as SSB on 6 and 2 meters and FM on 70 cm. The scouts also will demonstrate slow-scan television (SSTV), PSK31 and EchoLink. Visiting youth are invited to sit in as guest ops. A certificate is available for a QSL to Edward R. Breneiser, WA3WSJ, ATTN: KC3BSA, 775 Moonflower Ave, Reading, PA 19606 (write "Jambo Scoutfest" on the envelope). There's more information on the Venture Crew 59 Web site <http://www.wa3wsj.com/VC59/VC59Home.html>. * Tide comes in for SSTV: Slow-scan television (SSTV) enthusiasts and fans of the world's largest ocean tides will have a unique opportunity to combine those interests on Friday, May 26. QST author and mobile HF operator David Rosenthal, N6TST, will set up what he calls an "Interesting Event Station" at a dock beside Nova Scotia's Bay of Fundy. There he plans to systematically photograph and transmit hourly SSTV images of one of the year's largest tides. He will be using the call sign N6TST/VE1. Rosenthal's wharf-side location near Hantsport is known for the many super-high tide photos taken there. Propagation permitting, the progressive tide images should be copyable throughout North America on 20 meters; look for him on or near 14.235 MHz. High tide is scheduled for 1559 UTC that day. Using an ICOM IC-7000, a laptop and a 20 meter vertical antenna, he plans to shoot photos throughout the day. * DXCC Desk approves operations for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved these operations for DXCC credit: YI9AQ (Iraq), current operation, effective September 21, 2004; YI9LZ (Iraq), current operation, effective May 8, 2005; D6/WB4MBU (Comoros), operation from May 24 to October 27, 2001; D68JC (Comoros), operation from October 23 to November 8, 2001, and 4W2AQ (Timor-Leste), operation from June 18 to December 17, 2003. For more information, visit the DXCC Web page <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/>. 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