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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 25, No. 33
August 18, 2006
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IN THIS EDITION:

* +"Radiation Belt Remediation" plan raises eyebrows
* +Second Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference held
* +US, Australian youngsters talk with ISS via ham radio
* +Icom will again be ARRL November Sweepstakes principal awards sponsor
* +"Music jammer" QSYs on 20 meters
* +IARU Administrative Council meets in India
* +DXCC posts new "Accreditation Criteria" rule
* +Solar Update
*  IN BRIEF: 
     This weekend on the radio
     ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
     ISS Expedition 12 commander to keynote AMSAT Space Symposium
     Paul J. Graziani, W5ZK, wins July QST Cover Plaque Award
     DXCC Desk approves operations for DXCC credit
     Setting the record straight

+Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> 

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==>"RADIATION BELT REMEDIATION" PLAN COULD AFFECT HF PROPAGATION, STUDY
SUGGESTS

A New Zealand university research group believes a US Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA) "Radiation Belt Remediation" (RBR) plan
could cause major worldwide disruptions to HF radio communication and GPS
navigation. DARPA reportedly envisions RBR as a way to protect low-Earth
orbiting (LEO) satellites from damage caused by severe solar storms or even
from high-altitude nuclear detonations. The New Zealand-based research group
suggests, however, that policymakers need to carefully consider the
implications of the project. Headed by Craig Rodger of the University of
Otago Physics Department, the research group says RBR could significantly
affect radio propagation from several days to a week or longer.

"We've calculated that Earth's upper atmosphere would be dramatically
affected by such a system, causing unusually intense HF blackouts around
most of the world," Rodger said. "Airplane pilots and ships would lose radio
contact, and some Pacific Island nations could be isolated for as long as
six to seven days, depending on the system's design and how it was
operated." GPS would likely also be disrupted on a large scale, he added.

System tests would employ extremely high-intensity, very low frequency (VLF)
radio waves to "flush" particles from radiation belts and dump them into the
upper atmosphere. The disruptions would result from the deluge of dumped
charged particles temporarily changing the ionosphere from a "mirror" that
bounces HF radio waves around the planet to a "sponge" that soaks them up,
Rodger explains.

The group's paper, "The atmospheric implications of radiation belt
remediation" <http://www.physics.otago.ac.nz/research/space/ag-24-2025.pdf>,
appears in the August edition of the international journal Annales
Geophysicae. University of Otago researchers collaborated with UK and
Finnish scientists in its preparation.

ARRL Propagation Report Editor Tad Cook, K7RA, contacted Rodger to learn
more about the RBR proposal. Rodger told him that RBR "is a serious project,
that 'money is starting to appear to investigate it in more detail,' and 'US
scientists with military connections are treating it seriously'," Cook said.

Unclassified US Department of Defense budget documents from earlier this
year have proposed using Alaska's High Frequency Active Auroral Research
Project (HAARP) "to exploit emerging ionosphere and radio science
technologies related to advanced defense applications." HAARP is jointly
operated by the US Air Force and the US Navy. The project appears to be
included under a program called "Sleight of HAND" (SoH).

"The effects of High Altitude Nuclear Detonations (HAND) are catastrophic to
satellites," the budget report explains. "HAND-generated charged particles
are trapped for very long periods of time, oscillating between the earth's
north and south magnetic poles. This enhanced radiation environment would
immediately degrade low-earth orbiting (LEO) spacecraft capability and
result in their destruction in a short period of time."

The military budget documents refer to the SoH program as "a proof of
concept demonstration" of technology and techniques to mitigate the
HAND-enhanced trapped radiation, with the goal of accelerating "the rate of
decay of trapped radiation from the LEO environment by a factor of 10 over
the natural rate of decay."

==>ARRL FIRST VP CHAIRS GLOBAL AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS
CONFERENCE

ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, represented the League at the
Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference 2006 (GAREC-2006)
<http://www.rientola.fi/oh3ag/garec/index.html>. She also was chosen to
chair the event, held June 19-20 in Tampere, Finland, concurrently with the
International Conference on Emergency Communications (ICEC 2006) and the
International Telecommunication Union's (ITU) Working Group on Emergency
Telecommunications (WGET). GAREC-2006 participants primarily followed up on
items first raised during GAREC-2005. Representatives of than 20 countries
were on hand, and Craigie said it was beneficial to have a chance to get to
know amateurs from other countries who are involved in emergency
communications.

"It is easy for American amateurs to assume that Amateur Radio emergency
communications work in other countries is the same as what we are familiar
with in the USA; however, for historical, cultural and regulatory reasons
this is not necessarily the case," she said. "We have much to learn from one
another."

Establishing emergency communications center-of-activity frequencies was
among the GAREC 2005 agenda items carried over to this year's gathering.
Center-of-activity frequencies provide common spots on various bands for
operators in disaster areas to congregate -- after making initial contact --
to carry out necessary communications and pass emergency traffic. GAREC 2006
participants recommended selecting global center-of-activity frequencies on
15, 17 and 20 meters, with regional frequencies considered more appropriate
on 40 and 75 meters.

Further refinement of the International Amateur Radio Union Emergency
Communications Handbook and a proposal to produce a brochure about Amateur
Radio communication also came in for discussion. Craigie cited the challenge
of producing a book that is useful worldwide -- neither too generalized nor
dominated by a few countries' practices. GAREC-2006 participants shared
views on what the handbook should include as well as its purpose and
audience. 

Conferees concurred to support the efforts of the IARU Emergency
Communications Handbook working group and to make copies of the publication
available in their respective languages. International Coordinator for
Emergency Communications Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP/HB9AQS, has spearheaded the
handbook effort.

One conference session was devoted to discussion of special and innovative
emergency communication concepts. Participants also debated the various
advantages and disadvantages of newer digital modes and networks.

Craigie stressed that Amateur Radio needs to avoid "being dazzled by our own
press clippings into thinking that we are the big dog in emergency
telecommunications."

"The point of the Tampere Convention is to remove regulatory impediments to
the swift deployment of modern emergency telecommunications equipment and
competent personnel," she said, "especially to disaster zones in those parts
of the world where communications infrastructure may not have been much to
talk about before the disaster struck and where regulatory environments may
be hostile."

In the US, Craigie pointed out, there's been a post-Katrina emphasis to
speed up deployment of sophisticated communications systems after disasters,
so that government and non-government organizations can get to work quickly.
"As the emergency telecomm world as a whole speeds up its reaction time, we
hams must be better organized, more capable and on the scene as quickly as
possible after our help is requested," she commented. 

"Given ham radio's dependency on emergency communications as our reason to
exist in the US, it would be suicidal to assume that what we have always
been able to do -- at the speed we have always been able to do it -- will be
just fine to maintain our relevance into the indefinite future."

Craigie predicted there will always be a role for Amateur Radio in
disasters. "The question is whether we will suitably prepare ourselves to
play it," she concluded.

Additional materials, including a presentation by Craigie, are available on
the GAREC-2006 Web site
<http://www.rientola.fi/oh3ag/garec/material2006.html>.

==>INDIANA, AUSTRALIAN YOUNGSTERS STEP UP TO THE MICROPHONE TO SPACE

Pupils at Robinson Elementary School in Anderson, Indiana, and at
Teven-Tintenbar Public School in New South Wales, Australia, learned more
about life in space when they spoke via ham radio earlier this month with
ISS crew member Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ. The Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) program arranged both direct VHF
contacts. During the August 2 QSO between W9VCF at Robinson Elementary and
NA1SS in space, one youngster offered a new twist on the typical "food
question." He wanted to know how the space station crew was able to eat
without their meals floating away.

"Well, it does float if you let it go," Williams allowed. "Wet food, if you
fish it out of the container with a spoon, will stick to the spoon.
Sometimes dry food you can let float and catch it in your mouth." He said
moist food is easier to consume because it will stick to a utensil or the
container. "We are well supplied with food," he said in reply to another
pupil's question.

Williams told the youngsters he enjoys being an astronaut because "we do
some pretty cool things, and that's what my passion is." He said he became
an astronaut because he believes in space exploration that eventually will
take human beings outside of Earth orbit and on to the planets.

Responding to another question, he told the youngsters that all three space
travelers now onboard the ISS get along very well. There are three crew
members on the ISS: Williams, ISS Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov,
RV3BS, of Russia, and Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, of Germany. 

On August 11, an audience of nearly 400 was on hand at Teven-Tintenbar
Public School to witness the contact between VK2ZTY and NA1SS. The youngest
student, Amy, VK2FCAT, a recent Foundation licensee, had the honor of
establishing contact with NA1SS. Williams told one youngster that there's no
single most-important experiment under way aboard the ISS.

"We have a whole bunch of experiments that we're doing that will help us
understand what it takes to counter the weightless environment for people in
long-durations in space," Williams explained, "primarily in preparation for
going back to the moon and staying there and on to Mars, because it takes a
long time to get to Mars, do the mission and come back." 

Williams said he misses his family most of all during his space mission. "I
also miss the smells of Earth," he continued, "the smells of nature --
flowers, the wind. I miss quietness."

After the ISS went out of range, ARISS mentor Tony Hutchison, VK5ZAI, picked
up where Williams left off, answering a half-dozen questions that the
students weren't able to fit in during the nearly eight-minute pass. He also
took more questions from the audience. Just after sunset, those gathered at
the small school were treated to a clear view of the ISS passing overhead on
its next orbit.

ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach,
with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

==>ICOM TO BE 2006 ARRL NOVEMBER SWEEPSTAKES PRINCIPAL AWARDS SPONSOR

Icom has generously agreed to serve for a second year as principal awards
sponsor for the ARRL November Sweepstakes. The Amateur Radio equipment
manufacturer first took on that role for the 2005 events. This week, the
company announced it would do the same this year. The 2006 CW Sweeps takes
place November 4-5, while the phone Sweeps is November 18-19. Under its
agreement with ARRL, Icom will be the principal sponsor for nearly 150
unsponsored contest plaques that recognize various levels of operating
achievement in the popular annual competition.

"We are pleased to continue our role as principal awards sponsor for the
2006 November Sweepstakes," said Icom Amateur Radio Products National Sales
Manager Ray Novak, N9JA. "It's a mutually beneficial arrangement and
enhances the contesting experience for everyone."

ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said the agreement with
Icom will permit the League to recognize the accomplishments of many more of
Sweepstakes participants, not just the very top scorers. Contest award
plaques lacking club or individual sponsorship typically cost their winners
$60 to $70 apiece.

The 2005 ARRL-Icom Sweepstakes pact marked the first-ever corporate awards
sponsorship for ARRL November Sweepstakes awards. Kramer has assured members
-- in particular, regular ARRL contest participants -- that Icom's
sponsorship will not in any way affect the integrity of the League's overall
program of operating events. Individuals and non-commercial organizations
already sponsor many plaques, and ARRL and Icom encourage their continued
participation in the awards program.

==>REPORTED "FIREDRAGON" JAMMER/INTRUDER SHIFTS FREQUENCY

A Chinese-language "intruder" signal first spotted earlier this summer on
14.260 MHz this week shifted frequencies. International Amateur Radio Union
Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) Vice coordinator Uli Bihlmayer, DJ9KR,
says the powerful jammer -- dubbed "Firedragon" -- had been transmitting
solely Chinese music on 14.260 MHz since August 5.

"This offender is active day and night -- all day, every day -- and causing
very harmful interference to the Amateur Radio Service," Bihlmayer informed
ARRL Monitoring System/Intruder Watch Liaison Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, and IARU
Region 2 Monitoring System Coordinator Bill Zellers, WA4FKI, on August 15.
In an August 17 update, however, Bihlmayer said the music jammer had moved
to 14.050 MHz. That part of the 20-meter band is allocated to the Amateur
Radio Service on an exclusive basis throughout the world.

Prior to August 5, Skolaut said, reports indicated that the transmission
contained both talk and music and was more intermittent, but "now it's
pretty continuous and entirely music."

According to Bihlmayer, German telecom authorities pinpointed the
transmitter's location as Hainan Island in Hainan Sheng Province, Peoples'
Republic of China (PRC), located south of the mainland in the Gulf of
Tonkin. Hainan Island also was the apparent source of an over-the-horizon
radar signal heard on 75 meters in Region 3. Bihlmayer said.

Citing complaints from members, Skolaut has reported the intruder to the
FCC, although as he and Zellers point out, the Commission has no authority
to make intruder stations outside the US stop transmitting on Amateur Radio
frequencies. Such situations typically are dealt with through diplomatic
channels.

Skolaut says he was able to hear the jammer for himself this week -- on its
new frequency -- from W1AW. Until earlier this week, the same jammer also
was appearing on 18.160 MHz. In July, Bihlmayer alerted telecom authorities
in Germany and Hong Kong, as well as IARU Region 3 and the PRC embassy in
Berlin to the situation. The 17-meter band also is a worldwide exclusive
Amateur Radio allocation.

According to reports filed this month with DX Listening Digest
<http://www.worldofradio.com/index.html>, the 14.260 MHz Firedragon signal
was an effort by the PRC to jam the clandestine "Sound of Hope" transmission
beamed to the Chinese mainland from Taiwan, with Amateur Radio operators
being caught in the crossfire. The "parallel" signal on 18.160 MHz
apparently disappeared earlier this week, and the jammer now has been
appearing on 17.330 MHz. The signal also has been heard on 7.130 MHz, which
is allocated to broadcasters in much of the world outside of Region 2 (the
Americas).

Short wave listeners said the AM carrier, heard earlier this summer on
various 20-meter phone band frequencies, would occasionally drop out at the
top of the hour, apparently for a monitoring check, then reappear five
minutes later.

Skolaut says he's received reports about the music jammer from all over the
US. "I have one ham reporting it regularly from New Zealand," he said. 

==>ADMINISTRATIVE COUNCIL REVIEWS IARU'S ROLE AND STRUCTURE

Meeting in Bangalore, India, August 12-14, the International Amateur Radio
Union (IARU) <http://www.iaru.org/> Administrative Council heard a progress
report from an ad hoc panel that's looking into the IARU's future role and
structure. The Council wants the committee to provide a recommendation by
year's end addressing the feasibility, budget and possible timetable to put
a revised organization into place.

The Council also reviewed and tentatively agreed with the recommendations
and conclusions of a study aimed at improving coordination on
electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) matters. Final approval of the report,
prepared by the ARRL in its role as IARU International Secretariat, is
subject to additional input from the IARU EMC adviser. The study includes
several suggestions to improve information flow among radio amateurs
worldwide who are working on this important topic.

Turning to other matters, the Council determined to continue its strategic
planning initiative begun in 2003, and it reviewed progress on a three-year
plan to develop support for Amateur Radio frequency allocations. The plan
provides for the IARU, working through its regional organizations, to
maintain -- and increase -- contact with regional telecommunications
organizations.

The Council also identified International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
meetings requiring an IARU presence over the coming year and reviewed plans
for representation. The principal focus continues to be on preparations for
the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07).

Council members also went over plans for IARU participation in Telecom World
2006 and the accompanying forum. Telecom World 2006 will take place December
4-8 in Hong Kong.

A report on the 2006 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Conference (GAREC 2006),
held in June in Tampere, Finland, was reviewed. It was agreed to publish the
"Statement of GAREC-06" on behalf of the conference to call it to the
attention of IARU member-societies. The Council thanked International
Coordinator for Emergency Communications Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP/HB9AQS, for
his continuing work in this important area, which includes preparation of an
IARU Emergency Communications Handbook.

Three humanitarian aid workers and radio amateurs were named as the initial
honorees for inclusion in the IARU "Memorial for Amateurs Killed in
Humanitarian Service." They are Pero Simundza, 9A4SP, Carlos Luis Caceres,
KD4SYB, and Nadisha Yassari Ranmuthu, 4S7NR. Simundza and Caceres were among
a group of United Nations workers killed by a mob in West Timor in 2000.
Ranmuthu, an International Red Cross aid worker from Sri Lanka, was shot to
death near Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003.

The Council reviewed a working document describing the requirements for
radio spectrum allocations to the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite services.
Delegates strengthened references to the need for an amateur allocation in
the vicinity of 5 MHz.

The International Secretariat presented -- and the Council reviewed -- the
IARU's 2007-2009 budget. The spending plan provides for financial
contributions from the three IARU regional organizations to defray a portion
of the expenses, in accordance with previously adopted policy.

In additional actions, the Administrative Council:

* created an IARU exploratory committee to investigate ways to move forward
with plans for a commonly adopted Amateur Radio license that would permit
amateurs to operate in countries other than their own without the need to
obtain a permit from the host country.

* discussed problems facing QSL bureaus operated by IARU member-societies,
recognizing that the cost of forwarding of QSL cards is substantial for some
member-societies.

* received and discussed reports from the three IARU regional organizations,
acknowledging that member-societies in all regions face financial
challenges.

* received reports of the other IARU international coordinators and
advisers.

Additionally, the International Secretariat agreed to undertake efforts to
increase the visibility of IARU activities within the worldwide Amateur
Radio community.

This month's Administrative Council meeting followed on the heels of the
IARU Region 3 Conference, also held in Bangalore. The next IARU
Administrative Council meeting is set to take place next May in Boston,
Massachusetts.

Attending the Bangalore gathering were IARU President Larry Price, W4RA;
Vice President Tim Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA; Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ;
regional representatives Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, Don Beattie, G3BJ, Rod
Stafford, W6ROD, Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AMH, Chandru Ramchandra, VU2RCR, K. C.
Selvadurai, 9V1UV, and Peter Lake, ZL2AZ; and recording secretary Paul
Rinaldo, W4RI. 

==>DXCC ANNOUNCES ACCREDITATION CRITERIA RULE CHANGE

ARRL's DXCC program has added language to its Accreditation Criteria to
minimize difficulties stemming from online DXpedition logs. The change,
recently approved by the ARRL Board of Directors Programs and Services
Committee, limits the level of QSO detail that DXpeditions may provide on
Web-based log sites, search engines or other public forums and still qualify
for DXCC accreditation. ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG,
notes that it's become accepted practice for DXpeditions to post QSO
information on the Web.

"Although this information is generally limited to call sign, band and mode,
it has been useful in reducing the number of duplicate contacts in the
DXpedition log," Mills points out. "Publishing complete QSO information or
information from which full QSO information can be derived, on the other
hand, threatens the integrity of the QSLing process, and is unacceptable."

Mills says at least some key information a station provides when submitting
a DXpedition contact for DXCC credit must be obtained solely by actually
making the QSO. "If complete contact information can be derived from
information based on the DXpedition log, the QSL manager's job can be much
more difficult if busted calls are involved," he says.

Section III, Accreditation Criteria, Rule 5, of the DXCC rules states:

"The presentation in any public forum of logs or other representations of
station operation showing details of station activity or other information
from which all essential QSO elements (time, date, band, mode and call sign)
for individual contacts can be derived creates a question as to the
integrity of the claimed QSOs with that station during the period
encompassed by the log. Presentation of such information in any public forum
by the station operator, operators or associated parties is not allowed and
may be considered sufficient reason to deny ARRL award credit for contacts
with any station for which such presentations have been made. Persistent
violation of this provision may result in disqualification from the DXCC
program."

"In almost every case, the new accreditation rule will change nothing," said
Mills, calling the new rule a "reasonable compromise" in terms of its impact
on the program's integrity. "Publishing band and mode information for each
call sign -- as is now done -- is perfectly acceptable. It is only the rare
case where complete QSO information is published or can be derived from
published data that we are concerned about."

==>SOLAR UPDATE

Propagation guru Tad "Sunshine Superman" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
reports: Solar flux and sunspot numbers were up a bit this week, with the
average daily sunspot number rising by 25 points to 33.6. Friday, August 11,
had a daily sunspot number of 39. With more sunspots, the higher HF bands
exhibit better propagation than they did nearly two weeks ago when the
sunspot number was zero for four days in a row. 

A coronal mass ejection (CME) August 16 could cause geomagnetic disturbances
this weekend. The predicted planetary A index for August 18-21 is 10, 25, 15
and 8.

We are still anticipating the upcoming solar minimum, but a large amount of
e-mail arrived this week regarding news from NASA of what could be the first
spot of Cycle 24
<http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/15aug_backwards.htm>. The sunspot
appeared briefly, then disappeared. The clue was the short-lived sunspot's
magnetic polarity, which was the opposite of sunspots during the current
Cycle 23. As time goes on, there will be more Cycle 24 spots and fewer Cycle
23 spots.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical
Information Service at http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html. For a
detailed explanation of the numbers used in this bulletin, see
http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/k9la-prop.html. An archive of past propagation
bulletins is at http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/prop/.

Sunspot numbers for August 10 through 16 were 37, 39, 27, 26, 45, 32 and 29,
with a mean of 33.6. 10.7 cm flux was 80.3, 83.9, 84.7, 85.9, 86.4, 85.6,
and 86, with a mean of 84.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 6, 8, 2,
4, 3 and 3, with a mean of 4.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 3,
4, 2, 2, 2 and 2, with a mean of 2.7.

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==>IN BRIEF:

* This weekend on the radio: 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, as well as the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend
are the weekend of August 19-20. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is August
21. JUST AHEAD: the Ohio and Hawaii QSO parties, the ALARA Contest, the
Keyman's Club of Japan Contest, the YO DX HF Contest, the SCC RTTY
Championship, the SARL HF CW Contest and the CQC Summer VHF/UHF QSO Party
are the weekend of August 26-27. See the ARRL Contest Branch page
<http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
<http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for more info.

* ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
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
<cce@arrl.org>;. 

* ISS Expedition 12 commander to keynote AMSAT Space Symposium: AMSAT has
announced announce that ISS Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR,
will be the keynote speaker at the 2006 AMSAT Space Symposium this fall in
the San Francisco Bay area. The Space Symposium takes place October 6-8.
During his six months aboard the ISS -- from October 2005 until April 2006
-- McArthur became the most active radio amateur ever to serve in space,
logging more than 1800 QSOs and picking up several honorary operating
awards, including Worked All States and Worked All Continents. He also
established an impressive new milestone of 37 Amateur Radio on the
International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts. In addition, he put 130
DXCC entities into the NA1SS log and now is in the process of collecting the
cards for DXCC. A veteran of four spaceflights and spacewalks, McArthur will
speak during the annual banquet the evening of Saturday, October 7. The 2006
Space Symposium will be held jointly with the ARISS International and IARU
Satellite Advisory Panel annual meetings and an AMSAT International
Delegates meeting. Additional information and Space Sysmposium online
registration are available on the AMSAT Web site <http://www.amsat.org/>.

* Paul J. Graziani, W5ZK, wins July QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of
the QST Cover Plaque Award for July is Paul J. Graziani, W5ZK, for his
article "Tune in a Beacon Station." Congratulations, Paul! The winner of the
QST Cover Plaque award -- given to the author or authors of the best article
in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover
Plaque Poll Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/QSTvote.html>. Cast a
ballot for your favorite article in the August issue by Thursday, August 31.


* DXCC Desk approves operations for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has
approved these operations for DXCC credit: KH8SI, K1ER/KH8, KS6FO/KH8,
WH7S/KH8, K8YSE/KH8, AH7C/KH8 and KH6BK/KH8 -- Swain's Island, for contacts
made from July 28 through August 2, 2006. The DXCC Desk will begin accepting
QSL cards for Swain's Island on October 1. For more information, visit the
DXCC Web page <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/>. "DXCC Frequently Asked
Questions" can answer most questions about the DXCC program.

* Setting the record straight: The brief obituary for Don Newcomb, W0DN,
that appeared in The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 32 (Aug 11, 2006), contained
incomplete information. Newcomb, who died July 27, co-founded the Butternut
Company with Pat Tice, WA0TDA. "We started the company in the basement of an
old country schoolhouse Don was using as a home," Tice recalled this week.
"It happened to be in Butternut Township, Blue Earth County, Minnesota --
hence the 'Butternut' name."

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The ARRL Letter also is available to all, free of charge, from these
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The ARRL Letter

The ARRL Letter offers a weekly summary of essential news of interest to active amateurs that is available in advance of publication in QST, our official journal. The ARRL Letter strives to be timely, accurate, concise and readable.

Much of the ARRL Letter content is also available in audio form in ARRL Audio News.

Material from The ARRL Letter may be republished or reproduced in whole or in part in any form without additional permission. Credit must be given to The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League.

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Plain-Text

The ARRL E-Letter e-mail is also available in plain-text version:

Outlook Express

1. From the Inbox view, select the Tools menu and the Options selection.

2. Click the Read tab

3. Check the Read All Messages In Plain Text box.  When you open the e-mail, it will be in plain text without images. Other e-mail programs may be able to make a Mail Rule for e-mail received from the address memberlist@www.arrl.org so that the plain-text-only display is selected automatically.

Outlook 2007

Use the same procedure as for Outlook Express, although the global option is under "Tools/Trust Center/E-mail Security".

Thunderbird

Use the menu item "View/Message Body As/Plain Text" or "View/Message Source" options.

OS X Mail (Mac)

Use the "View/Message/Plain Text Alternative" menu item.

GMail

Use the "Message text garbled?" link in the drop-down menu at the upper right of the displayed message block. pine, alpine Set "prefer-plain-text" in your ~/.pinerc configuration file: feature-list=..., prefer-plain-text, ...