*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 25, No. 30 July 28, 2006 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Accommodate ham radio's BPL concerns, congressman, ARRL ask FCC * +New EmComm bill passes US House, includes role for ham radio * +Much-heralded CubeSat launch attempt fails * +Ham and astronaut Chuck Brady, N4BQW, SK * +ARRL planning first online auction * +Yet another new DXCC entity! * +Wildlife researchers seek help from hams, monitor enthusiasts * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration +FCC says Katrina Panel recommendations apply to all types of disasters +SSTV tests planned from ISS, school contacts set for German astronaut Indonesian radio amateurs assist in tsunami response Radio amateurs in India fill communication gap following terror bombings Robert M. Richardson, W4UCH, 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> =========================================================== CONGRESSMAN, ARRL APPEAL TO FCC TO ACCOMMODATE BPL INTERFERENCE CONCERNS US Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), and the ARRL have appealed to the FCC to accommodate the Broadband Over Power Line interference concerns of Amateur Radio operators. Ross's letter to FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin and the League's plea to individual commissioners and a face-to-face meeting with one FCC member come in advance of the Commission's consideration of two significant BPL-related actions. "As you reconsider the BPL rules, please accommodate the very reasonable interests of Amateur Radio operators in avoiding interference in residential and mobile deployment," Ross asked Martin. "It is in the best interest of our emergency preparedness efforts to do so." The FCC will meet in open session Thursday, August 3, to consider the United Power Line Council's Petition for Declaratory Ruling (WC Docket 06-10) regarding the classification of BPL Internet access service as an "information service." The FCC also will consider a Memorandum Opinion and Order in response to petitions for reconsideration -- 17 in all, one from the ARRL -- of the rules that apply to BPL systems (ET 04-37). In letters to each FCC member on the League's behalf July 26, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, spelled out what he called "a win-win solution" to the BPL interference issue. "Fortunately, as the result of extensive field studies and measurements conducted by ARRL, the Commission has an opportunity now to fix the rules before BPL deployment becomes widespread," Imlay said, "and before interference becomes an impossible enforcement burden and a substantial threat to the public service, emergency and disaster relief communications provided by the Amateur Service." Imlay asserted the FCC does not have to choose between permitting BPL and protecting licensed radio services. The FCC only needs to do two things: Require that BPL providers only utilize frequencies above 30 MHz on overhead medium-voltage power lines, and make no use of Amateur Radio spectrum on underground lines and lines to customer premises. If the Commission does, Imlay said, any remaining interference issues "become manageable on a case-by-case basis." Imlay explained that BPL systems using DS2 chipsets or Main.net architecture have caused untenable instances of harmful interference to Amateur Radio operators. "Unfortunately, the Commission's Enforcement Bureau has been unresponsive in addressing a substantial number of BPL interference cases," he said. "By notable contrast," Imlay continued, BPL systems that don't make use of HF spectrum on overhead lines avoid interference problems. He pointed out that the Current Technologies BPL system, which uses spectrum above 30 MHz, "has proven relatively benign toward Amateur Radio." The Motorola BPL system makes no use of HF at all on medium voltage lines "and is completely benign toward Amateur Radio," Imlay said. In his letter, Ross noted that Amateur Radio was "instrumental in providing interoperability communications in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma last year." Infrastructure-free long-distance communication is provided "on a volunteer basis and cannot be duplicated," the congressman told the FCC chairman. In their respective communications, Ross and Imlay emphasized that Amateur Radio operators are not opposed to BPL per se. They are opposed to interference and to the rules the FCC adopted in 2004 that "did not do anything to prevent inevitable, harmful interference from BPL systems" that employ HF spectrum on unshielded, overhead medium-voltage lines, Imlay said. "This is the crux of the problem, and it is a very substantial one," Imlay maintained. Earlier this week, Imlay was able to meet with FCC commissioner Robert McDowell and members of his staff to express Amateur Radio's concerns about interference problems the current Part 15 rules governing BPL fail to adequately address. "The Amateur Radio Service and ARRL -- the National Association for Amateur Radio needs your support in arriving at a solution that meets the needs of all interested parties," Imlay concluded. ==>NEW EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS BILL INCLUDES ROLE FOR HAMS A bill to enhance emergency communication at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) includes Amateur Radio operators as part of an overall effort to provide interoperability among responders. The 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006 (HR 5852), an amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, passed the US House this week on a 414-2 vote and has gone to the Senate. Its sponsor, Rep David G. Reichert (R-WA) -- who chairs the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Science and Technology -- says his legislation is designed "to improve the ability of emergency responders to communicate with each other" -- interoperability. "Until the events of September 11, 2001, many people in this nation believed and assumed that first responders from different disciplines and jurisdictions could actually talk to each other," Reichert -- a former police officer -- told the House in support of his bill. "It wasn't happening. It is still not happening today. Unfortunately, that was not the case then, and, as demonstrated by the inadequate responses to Hurricane Katrina, that is not the case today." Reichert told his colleagues that the inability of first responders to communicate with each another effectively led to the loss of many lives along the US Gulf Coast last year. "This is simply unacceptable," he said. His measure also would require the DHS to strengthen its efforts to improve emergency communications. HR 5852 calls for Amateur Radio operators to be part of a "Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group" (RECC Working Group) that would be attached to each regional Department of Homeland Security office. The RECC Working Groups would advise federal and state homeland security officials. In addition to radio amateurs, membership in the RECC Working Groups would include state and local officials; law enforcement, first responders such as fire departments; 911 centers; hospitals; ambulance services; communications equipment vendors, telephone, wireless satellite, broadband and cable service providers; public utilities; broadcasters; emergency evacuation transit services; state emergency managers, homeland security directors or representatives of state administrative agencies; local emergency managers or homeland security directors, and "other emergency response providers or emergency support providers as deemed appropriate." Federal government representatives to the RECC Working Groups would include representatives from the DHS "and other federal departments and agencies with responsibility for coordinating interoperable emergency communications" with state, local, and tribal governments. According to the bill, the RECC Working Groups would function to assess the survivability, sustainability, and interoperability of local emergency communications systems to meet the goals of the National Emergency Communications Report. That report would recommend how the US could "accelerate the deployment of interoperable emergency communications nationwide." The RECC Working Groups also would be tasked with ensuring a process to coordinate the establishment of "effective multi-jurisdictional, multi-agency emergency communications networks" that could be brought into play following acts of terrorism, natural disasters and other emergencies. HR 5852 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. ==>MASSIVE CUBESAT LAUNCH FAILS A much-heralded attempt to launch 15 CubeSats built by 11 universities and one private company failed this week. Fourteen of the tiny spacecraft carried Amateur Radio transmit-only payloads. The Dnepr-1LV rocket lifted off from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1943 UTC on July 26. Various accounts indicate that the mission went awry less than two minutes after liftoff when the first stage failed to separate on time, causing an emergency shutdown of the rocket's main engine. Reports vary on how far downrange -- and just where -- the vehicle fell. One said the Dnepr dropped to Earth some 15 km from the launch site, while another put the distance at 190 km. A third account said the Dnepr dropped into the Indian Ocean. Originally set for June 28, the launch had been postponed until July 26. The CubeSat project was a collaboration between California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and Stanford University's Space Systems Development Laboratory. All of the CubeSats were designed and built by students at various universities in the US and elsewhere in the world. The CubeSat roster included AeroCube-1, CP-1, CP-2, ICE Cube-1, ICE Cube-2, ION, HAUSAT-1, KUTESat, MEROPE, nCube-1, RINCON, SACRED, SEEDS, PiCPoT and Voyager. Thirteen of the satellites were to have downlinks in the Amateur Radio satellite allocation between 435 and 438 MHz, and one was to operate on 145.980 MHz. None of the spacecraft carried a transponder. Transmitter power outputs ranged from 10 mW to 2 W. The Dnepr was the second to launch this month from Baikonur's Area 109. Other payloads included BelKA, the first Belarusian satellite, and three other microsatellites. According to Satellite Launch Report, the original Dnepr launcher was replaced by a different one in June after a problem was detected in the original vehicle's digital flight control system. The Dnepr launch failure was said to be the first in seven orbital launch attempts. The Dnepr vehicle is a repurposed SS-18 "Satan" three-stage intercontinental ballistic missile, originally designed in the 1980s to compete with the US Peacekeeper missile. The START 2 treaty allowed up to 150 of the missiles to be converted for use as space launchers. The Russian space agency has convened a special commission to look into the cause of the malfunction. ==>DR CHARLES E. "CHUCK" BRADY JR, N4BQW, SK Retired space shuttle astronaut and DXer Chuck Brady, N4BQW, of Oak Harbor, Washington, died July 23 following a lengthy illness. He was 54. During his years as an active astronaut in the 1990s, Brady was among the pioneers of SAREX (Shuttle Amateur Radio EXperiment). An ARRL member, he was active on ham radio during the 16-day STS-78 shuttle mission in 1996, then the longest ever. In 1997 he became NASA's chief for space station astronaut training. ARRL Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program liaison Rosalie White, K1STO, says Brady was a radio amateur long before he took part in SAREX. "During his shuttle flight, he spent more hours on the ham airwaves than probably he should have, much to the pleasure of hams worldwide," she said. "He joked that he'd rather make ham radio contacts than take part in the shuttle's scheduled daily medical tests, such as providing saliva samples." Following his career as an active astronaut, Brady went on to take part in several popular DXpeditions. According to The Daily DX and QST "How's DX?" Editor Bernie McClenny, W3UR, Brady activated some of the rarer American Pacific islands including Kure Island, Palmyra and Jarvis Island, Midway Island, Wake Island, Baker and Howland Island and Kingman Reef. "Probably Chuck's most notable operation was that of 3Y0C from Bouvet Island," McClenny recounts. "This one was kept totally secret until he showed up on the air in January 2001. Later that year Chuck was the speaker at the Dayton DX Dinner." "Chuck will surely be missed by his many friends around the world, and many will remember him as a kind a loving human being," McClenny said. A physician, Brady held the rank of captain in the US Navy. A native of North Carolina, he packed a lot of activities into his all-too-short lifetime. In addition to ham radio, he enjoyed canoeing, kayaking, tennis, and cycling. Brady graduated from Duke University Medical School in 1975. He received his training as a flight surgeon after joining the US Navy in 1986, and he was flight surgeon for the Blue Angels Navy flight demonstration squadron from 1989 until 1990. In 1992, NASA selected Brady as an astronaut candidate, and he qualified as a mission specialist for shuttle flights, ultimately logging more than 405 hours in space. White notes that compared to today's long-term missions aboard the ISS, shuttle missions such as Brady's were quite short. "But he saw into the future," she said, "and he predicted that Amateur Radio would be a very important means for astronauts to feel as though they were in touch with the world while staying on-orbit for months on end -- and so it is." Survivors include Brady's fiancé Susan, their four-year-old son Charlie, and a sister. A military service is planned. ==>FIRST ARRL ONLINE AUCTION PLANNED FOR OCTOBER The ARRL may be giving eBay and the other auction sites a little competition in the Amateur Radio arena this fall when the first ARRL Online Auction gets under way. Auction proceeds will help to support the League's educational services and programs. The event now is in the planning stages, says ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ. "We will soon embark on an exciting new venture," Jahnke said in providing the broad strokes of the online auction to ARRL Headquarters staff members. Jahnke and her Business Services team will organize and manage the event, which is planned for late October -- the exact dates haven't been set yet -- and she promises it will be lots of fun. "This will not be just another boring auction, because we plan to include many unique and special items related to Amateur Radio," she said. "We are hoping to offer items that will interest our audience, ranging from DXpedition vacation rentals to restored Collins 75A4s." Jahnke says this inaugural online auction will be limited to 100 items. The auction will be open to all -- ARRL members and otherwise. Bidders just need online access to take part. "With an online auction, we can reach potential bidders across the nation and around the world," Jahnke pointed out. Jahnke says she anticipates that the online auction will be open for about two weeks, and participants will need to register in advance. At this stage, she says, the auction planners are seeking additional ideas but no auction booty as yet. Contact Jahnke via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. ==>SWAIN'S ISLAND IS NEWEST DXCC ENTITY A recent addition to the DXCC rules has led to the designation of Swain's Island (KH8) as the 337th DXCC entity. A brief inaugural DXpedition operating under the call sign KH8SI was to get under way soon. In June, the ARRL DXCC Desk announced the addition of a Paragraph (c) under Section II, DX List Criteria, 1. Political Entities of the DXCC Rules: "The Entity contains a permanent population, is administered by a local government and is located at least 800 km from its parent. To satisfy the 'permanent population' and 'administered by a local government' criteria of this subsection, an Entity must be listed on either (a) the US Department of State's list of 'Dependencies and Areas of Special Sovereignty' as having a local 'Administrative Center,' or (b) the United Nations' list of 'Non-Self-Governing Territories.'" The new language effectively reclassified American Samoa as a political entity for DXCC purposes. Subsequently, the DX Advisory Committee and the Awards Committee concurred with a request, accompanied by substantiating evidence, and added Swain's Island to the DXCC List as the first "separation entity" from American Samoa. "The distance between American Samoa and Swain's Island has been determined to be in excess of 350 km as required by DXCC Rules Section II, Paragraph 2, Section b)," the DXCC Desk said. Contacts made with Swain's Island on or after 0001 UTC on July 22, 2006, will count for DXCC credit. For more information, including the DXCC Reference Number for Swain's Island, contact the DXCC Desk <email@example.com>. ==>HAMS, MONITORING ENTHUSIASTS INVITED TO AID WILDLIFE RESEARCHERS Wildlife researchers are asking radio amateurs and VHF monitoring enthusiasts to help listen for radio tag signals from migrating birds. A non-profit organization in New Mexico wants to find the wintering grounds of the burrowing owl, which summers in the grasslands of Kirtland Air Force Base. "Twenty-eight of the birds have been fitted with pulsing radio-tags near 172 MHz, and attempts will be made to track them by aircraft to see if they go east toward Texas, west to California, or south to Mexico," says ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV. "It's likely that aircraft will lose contact with most of the owls, so volunteers throughout southwestern states and northern Mexico are being asked to listen for them." Moell said July 25 that the birds "will start moving any day now." Meanwhile, researchers at two Toronto universities are radiotagging 20 young purple martins at a breeding colony in Edinboro, Pennsylvania. "These beautiful birds are expected to start flying south in mid-August, probably to winter grounds in South America," Moell says. "Hams in southern states from Texas through Florida are asked to be listening and possibly detect the flyovers." He says those living in the migration zones and can receive 172 MHz signals can help. "If you have radio-direction finding equipment for VHF, so much the better," he adds. Moell's "Homing In" Web site <http://www.homingin.com/> has much more information on these projects. The site includes frequencies and equipment suggestions as well as a descriptions of the unique characteristics of wildlife tags to help listeners distinguish them from other signals they may encounter at 172 MHz. The site also tells how to join the BIOTRACKERS mailing list for the latest updates and discussions of wildlife-tracking topics. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Sunspot seeker Tad "Who Let the Spots Out?" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: There wasn't much change from last week to this week, with average daily sunspot numbers down by less than five points to 14.6. This doesn't result in high enough MUF (maximum usable frequency) values to see much propagation on the highest HF bands, such as 10, 12 and 15 meters. But even with a low MUF, there is still occasional long-distance propagation on 10 and 6 meters. Over the next week, don't expect any huge increase in sunspot numbers. We are near the bottom of the solar cycle and in the summer season, which is not as interesting as fall or spring for working long distances. But if the predictions are correct, a little more than a year from now the sunspot count should be heading higher than it is now, and the MUF will rise with it. Currently, early Friday, July 28, there is a strong solar wind stream hitting Earth, and the planetary K index is at 6. This should decline over the next couple of days, but then come back again on Tuesday. Lower geomagnetic indices generally mean better HF propagation, or at least not as poor as it is commonly when the K index is high. The predicted planetary A index for Friday through Tuesday, July 28 to August 1 is 15, 5, 5, 12 and 20. For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>. Sunspot numbers for July 20 through 26 were 14, 12, 0, 21, 19, 16 and 20, with a mean of 14.6. 10.7 cm flux was 72.2, 72.6, 73.6, 76.5, 77, 75.5, and 74.7, with a mean of 74.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 4, 4, 4, 6 and 6, with a mean of 4.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 1, 3, 4, 7, 5 and 5, with a mean of 3.9. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The North American QSO Party (CW), the ARRL UHF Contest, the TARA Grid Dip Shindig, the 10-10 International Summer Contest (SSB), the European HF Championship, the RSGB RoPoCo 2 and the SARL HF Phone Contest are the weekend of August 5-6. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is August 9. JUST AHEAD: The WAE DX Contest (CW) and the Maryland-DC QSO Party are the weekend of August 12-13. The ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, the North American QSO Party (SSB), the SARTG World Wide RTTY Contest, and the New Jersey QSO Party are the weekend of August 19-20. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is August 21, 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, September 3, for these ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) online courses. Classes begin Friday September 15. 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). These courses also will open for registration Friday, September 1, for classes beginning Friday, October 20. 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>. * FCC says Katrina Panel recommendations apply to all types of disasters: The FCC advises commenters on its Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-83A1.pdf> regarding Hurricane Katrina's impact on communication systems (EB Docket 06-119) that the Katrina independent panel's recommendations apply to all types of disasters, natural or otherwise. "Parties should also discuss whether the panel's recommendations are broad enough to take into account the diverse topography of our nation, the susceptibility of a region to a particular type of disaster, and the multitude of communications capabilities a region may possess," the Commission said July 26 in a public notice. Some of the Hurricane Katrina Independent Panel's recommendations concern possible changes to Amateur Radio Part 97 rules. The NPRM further offers three specific areas for consideration: Waiver of Amateur Radio and license-exempt rules, permitting transmissions necessary to meet essential communications needs; waiver of application filing deadlines, something the FCC did last fall for amateurs living in hurricane-stricken states; and a streamlined STA process. Comments are due Monday, August 7. Reply comments (comments on comments filed) are due by Monday, August 21. Interested parties may file comments and view the comments of others via the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) <http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/>. In either case, enter "06-119" in the "Proceeding" field (without quotation marks but including the hyphen). * SSTV tests planned from ISS, school contacts set for German astronaut: The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> reports that ISS Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, has set up a camera to use for slow-scan television (SSTV) from the ISS. Vinogradov plans to soon test the system over Moscow on 144.49 MHz — perhaps as early as this weekend — and radio amateurs within range are encouraged to receive the SSTV images. For now, the SSTV system will only be used to transmit. Due to various issues with 144.49 MHz in Europe, the European and US ARISS teams will be recommending frequencies for use over other countries. Responding to a request from the European Space Agency (ESA), ARISS has scheduled school group contacts at three ESA-organized events for new Expedition 13 astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR (photo). The Greek Minister of Education asked for a QSO with Reiter during the ESA Space Camp in Greece July 29. This is expected to be a major event, with the minister asking an interview question, and Greek national TV covering the occasion. A QSO with visitors at the Museum of the Swiss Air Force is set for September 22, while Reiter will speak via ham radio with visitors to Germany's Mannheim Museum on November 20. The first German astronaut to be a part of an ISS crew, Reiter likely will use the space station's German call sign, DP0ISS. * Indonesian radio amateurs assist in tsunami response: Amateur Radio volunteers in Indonesia assisted authorities in West Java and Central Java provinces in recovery efforts following an earthquake and subsequent tsunami along Java's southern coast July 17. Wyn Purwinto, AB2QV, a native of Java who's been visiting his homeland this month, said he was in his car when the earthquake struck. "Only those in top levels of Jakarta's towers felt things shake a bit," he said. He reports that Halim Dani, YC2TJV, led a volunteer group in Central Java Province, to work with local authorities and the government to evacuate and aid victims along the beaches of South Kebumen. Residents of nearly 200 miles of south-facing coastal areas were affected by the tsunami. Hundreds of people were reported dead, many still are missing and upward of 10,000 left homeless as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. Purwinto says he and his family are safe in the capital city of Jakarta. He reports ORARI -- the International Amateur Radio Union member-society -- prepared to send Amateur Radio teams to several beaches along the south coast. * Radio amateurs in India fill communication gap following terror bombings: After terrorists set off explosions on packed commuter trains in Mumbai (Bombay) during the evening rush hour July 11, Amateur Radio operators helped pass health-and-welfare messages to family members and fill other communication needs. News accounts say that with 8.5 million cell phones competing for the same spectrum, circuits quickly became overwhelmed with passengers calling family members or vice versa. Ham radio operators stepped in to make the connection and, working with the Bombay Municipal Corporation, helped to keep authorities informed as well. They also were able to provide information to hospitals on medical needs. Nearly 200 people were killed by the blasts, and hundreds more were injured. Police have arrested three people in connection with the attacks. An IBN-CNN report quoted Mumbai Amateur Radio Society Disaster Communications Team member Zyros Zend, VU2ZRS, as saying, "I love Mumbai. We consider it a moral duty to sign on to the air when disaster strikes. In fact, we carry our handhelds and rush to the nearest spot of crisis." In 2001, Zend -- who bakes fortune cookies for a living -- was among the many Mumbai radio amateurs responding to help in the aftermath of a major earthquake in Gujurat. * Robert M. Richardson, W4UCH, SK: Robert M. "Bob" Richardson, W4UCH, of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, died June 29. He was 79. An aviation executive, fighter pilot and inventor, Richardson contributed several articles to QST and to Ham Radio magazine between 1959 and 1986. He also authored The Gunnplexer Cookbook, published in 1981 by Ham Radio Publishing. After World War II service as a fighter pilot, he was assigned to work on "Operation Ivy" hydrogen bomb test in the Marshall Islands. He holds several patents including one for a "battery-free remote radio transmitter," a precursor to today's RF identification tags used in retail security and inventory control. He also holds a patent for the first bacteria-powered radio transmitter, an accomplishment featured by Life magazine in a 1961 article, "Will Bugs Generate Our Future Power?" In 1962, Richardson's contribution "First Biological Cell Application Powers Six-Meter Transmitter" appeared in QST's "Technical Correspondence." 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