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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 26, No. 05
February 2, 2007
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IN THIS EDITION:

* +League faults FCC chair on BPL comments
* +"Ham Radio . . . Getting the message through is new PR campaign theme
* +Ham-astronaut visits Florida school for ISS contact
* +Leonard, Knight award winners announced
* +FCC gives lapsed licensee 60 days to renew
* +Telephone outage prompts ARES activation
*  Solar Update
*  IN BRIEF: 
     This weekend on the radio
     ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
     ULS announces February 3 maintenance outage
    +New ARRL department gets official name
    +FCC issues "show cause" order to Washington licensee
     ISS crew members swear in US Navy re-enlistees
     ARRL Foundation Board of Directors meets
     DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit
     Amateur Radio volunteers needed for Boston Marathon
     Portugal now BPL-free, radio amateur reports

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

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==>LEAGUE CRITICIZES FCC CHAIRMAN FOR PERPETUATING BPL RURAL SERVICE MYTH

The ARRL this week took FCC Chairman Kevin J. Martin to task for telling the
US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation that broadband
over power line (BPL) technology is the answer to broadband deployment in
rural areas. Martin and the other four FCC commissioners testified February
1 during a committee hearing, "Assessing the Communications Marketplace: A
View from the FCC." In his prepared remarks, the chairman described BPL as a
"potentially significant player due to power lines' ubiquitous reach,
allowing it to more easily provide broadband to rural areas." ARRL Chief
Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, criticized Martin for repeating
"specious BPL industry claims" that suggest BPL has anything to offer rural
dwellers.

"The assertion that BPL can 'more easily provide broadband to rural areas'
is one of the big lies about BPL," Sumner said. "It has been debunked time
and time again, and it is beyond comprehension to hear it parroted by the
federal government's senior telecommunications regulator at this late date."

Martin's remarks, Sumner added, "should demonstrate to the committee why
legislation is needed to force the FCC to use technical studies, rather than
outdated industry propaganda and wishful thinking, as the basis for making
BPL-related decisions."

Martin cited United Power Line Council (UPLC) "reports" that there are now
at least 38 trial BPL deployments plus 7 commercial trials, apparently
deriving his figures by counting the dots on a UPLC map, since updated. The
most recent edition, dated January 19, appears to indicate just 25 BPL
trials, but that list includes some systems that do not appear in the BPL
industry database. The map also shows 9 commercial deployments, including
one in Pennsylvania believed to have been shut down.

The FCC's "High-Speed Services for Internet Access: Status as of June 30,
2006" report -- the most recent available -- shows that the number of
high-speed "lines" grew by nearly 13.5 million in the first six months of
last year. Of that number, nearly 640 were listed as "power line and other,"
an increase of some 14 percent in that category but about half the overall
growth in high-speed services.

"These latest FCC figures underscore just how far out of touch the
Commission itself is with marketplace reality," Sumner remarked. "How much
longer will the Commission continue to tout BPL as a viable consumer
broadband option in the face of its own contrary data?" 

In joint comments to the FCC in 2003 on the then-pending BPL rule making
proceeding, the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) and the
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) cited studies
indicating BPL would "not be a viable solution for most Americans in truly
rural areas any time soon."

"To date, no BPL system has been demonstrated to work, much less been
commercially deployed, on a long, sparsely populated rural electric power
line," the NRTC/NRECA comments said. "Even if BPL technology proves to be
reliable and does not cause unacceptable radio frequency interference in
rural deployment, the economics will likely be prohibitive for some time to
come. This is because signal repeaters or regenerators will be required at
intervals as small as one-fourth to three-fourths of a mile along lengthy
rural power lines" in addition to the numerous and necessary network access
points and backhaul lines. 

More recently, the NRTC last fall cited studies by Chartwell Inc, a research
company specializing in electric power topics, that found only 5 percent of
utilities were moving ahead with BPL projects while 13 percent were planning
or "considering" them. On the other hand, two utilities with more than a
million customers between them reported discontinued existing BPL programs,
according to a Chartwell member newsletter.

The League has suggested that potential investors in rural broadband
delivery would be better off considering wireless LAN or satellite
technology as more promising possibilities.

==>LEAGUE ROLLS OUT EMERGENCY RADIO PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN, WEB SITE

"Ham Radio . . . Getting the message through for your family and community"
is the theme of the League's 2007 public relations campaign. The "Emergency
Radio" Web site <http://www.emergency-radio.org/> debuted this week. ARRL
Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, says the 2007 PR
initiative picks up the momentum ARRL public information officers started
during the just-ended "Hello" campaign.

"As we begin launching the new emergency communications campaign, the
friendships and good will developed in Hello will aid in future promotions
of Amateur Radio," Pitts said. "For 100 years, radio in its many forms has
saved lives and aided in crises. We have a great legacy and a bright
future."

The new Web site is a partner to the "Ham Radio . . . Getting the message
through for your family and community" brochure now available and, in fact,
already starting to make the rounds. "If an emergency or disaster should
happen, the new 'Ham Radio . . . Getting the message through' site has the
capability to quickly upload current information, providing PIOs with words
and pictures to circulate to the media while the event is still news," Pitts
explained.

As both the brochure and the "Ham Radio . . . Getting the message through"
Web site note: "Amateur Radio . . . has consistently been the most reliable
means of communication in emergencies when other systems failed or were
overloaded." The campaign stresses that ham radio works and works well and
it doesn't require any external infrastructure, such as telephone lines or
even the Internet, to get the message through.

The Web site provides page space for emergency communication and disaster
relief organizations to tell about their work. "So far, SKYWARN, MARS,
SATERN and RACES have taken advantage of our offer, showing the versatility
of ham radio in disasters and emergencies," Pitts says, "and more are
expected."

The campaign also emphasizes that ham radio is fun and a good way to keep in
touch with friends or family. "You can have this capability for yourself and
your family," the campaign points out, inviting members of the general
public to get an Amateur Radio license and become active in emergency
communication through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) or other
organization. A "How to Get Started" tab on the Web site offers step-by-step
instructions.

==>ASTRONAUT'S VISIT ENHANCES SCHOOL'S HAM RADIO CONTACT WITH ISS

Having a real, live astronaut on hand for the occasion helped to make a
contact with the International Space Station's NA1SS even more special for
11 fourth and fifth graders at Romeo Elementary School in Dunnellon,
Florida. When the contact with Mission Specialist Suni Williams, KD5PLM, was
done, NASA Educator Astronaut Joe Acaba, KE5DAR, joined the students in
their enthusiasm. Acaba, who once taught at Dunnellon Middle School, made
several informational presentations to the entire school before and after
the January 17 event, says Larry Phelps, K4OZS, of the Silver Spring Radio
Club (SSRC), which handled Earth station duties.

"As he spoke to the student body after the contact, he conveyed the
excitement that everyone was feeling: 'How awesome was that?!'" Phelps
recounted. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
program arranged the direct VHF contact between K4OZS and NA1SS.

All of the participating youngsters -- one from each fourth and fifth grade
classroom -- had the chance to ask two questions over the course of the
approximately 7-1/2 minute, 20 degree pass. During the QSO, Williams
explained the role of the ISS in long-range plans for a human spaceflight to
Mars. 

"Well, the ISS is sort of like a test bed," she responded. "We can live up
here in microgravity and try out new processes like how to take care of each
other in case we have a medical problem, how to work out so, when we go to
Mars we can actually walk around and be productive."

Williams told another youngster that there is weather in space. "I would
have thought 'no,' but actually there is weather in space," she said. "We
got hit by a solar activity the other day, and it changed the attitude of
the space station." 

She also told the Romeo Elementary pupils that the ISS is constructed of
aluminum, and her favorite thing is being able to float in microgravity --
"being a bird without having to flap your wings."

All of the school's fourth and fifth graders got to witness the contact
firsthand in the school's cafeteria, while the school's other 800 youngsters
watched the proceedings via closed-circuit TV.

Reporters from two television stations and a local newspaper covered the
event for their viewers and readers.

Phelps described the entire undertaking an "amazing project" and "an
experience that will not be forgotten" by all involved. "Having Joe Acaba
present for the contact was a real knockout," he commented afterward, and
having the ham radio station, antennas and computers at the school helped to
raise the level of excitement.

"The students' faces told it all," he concluded. "Wow!"

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

==>ARRL BOARD NAMES LEONARD, KNIGHT AWARD WINNERS

The ARRL Board of Directors has named the recipients of the 2006 Bill
Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Award and the Knight Distinguished
Service Award.

The Board selected ARRL member RJ Harris, W3HP, of Mechanicsburg,
Pennsylvania, to receive the Leonard Award, which goes annually to a media
professional or group doing the best job of covering Amateur Radio in print,
photo essay, audio or video formats. Harris was recognized for "professional
coverage of Amateur Radio" on WHP Radio, in Harrisburg. As the 2006 winner,
Harris will receive a $500 check and an engraved plaque.

Licensed as WA3LIV in 1968, Harris is operations manager at WHP and the host
of its morning show. Harris said he was honored to receive the Leonard
Award. 

"Amateur Radio has been an important part of my life for nearly 40 years and
a catalyst for my career as a professional broadcaster, he said. "I'm
blessed to have a 5 kW signal with 148,000 listeners to be able to highlight
the fine work of a great group of Americans -- radio amateurs. Hams truly
are our country's stealth first responders."

Harris said he'll use a portion of his cash award to purchase a new 2-meter
transceiver to be the prize in an essay contest for students at the Trinity
High School Amateur Radio Club, N3THS. He says the club has been responsible
for helping more than 50 young people to earn their Amateur Radio licenses.
One lucky ham will win his first radio.

The award honors the late Bill Leonard, a former president of CBS News and
an avid Amateur Radio operator who was most active on the air during the
1960s and 1970s. In 1958, Leonard's contribution to Sports Illustrated, "The
Battle of the Hams," covered the "sport" of DX contesting. Leonard was
inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996. 

The ARRL Board named Jettie Hill, W6RFF, of Roseville, California, to
receive the Knight Distinguished Service Award, named for long-time New
Mexico Section Manager Joe Knight, W5PDY (SK). 

An active contester and DXer, Hill sports a long record of service within
the ARRL Field Organization. One of the few individuals to serve as an SM in
two different ARRL sections, Hill was Santa Clara Valley Section
Communications Manager from 1978 until 1982. Subsequently he held the post
of Sacramento Valley SM from 1989 until 2000 and again from 2002 until he
stepped down last December 1. Hill was ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director
from January 1982 through December 1983.

The Board recognized Hill for "his long and distinguished career, including
his years as an SM/SCM and his numerous contributions to the amateurs of his
community, section and the ARRL."

==>FCC LETS FORMER LICENSEE RE-APPLY FOR RENEWAL; REDUCES, AFFIRMS FINES

The FCC has cut a Michigan man a break. If he acts within 60 days, David H.
Norris of White Lake, who was W8WLU, may re-apply to the Commission to renew
his General class ticket, which expired in 2003. The FCC on January 29
released an Order on Reconsideration in the case, which dates back to
September 2005 when Norris attempted to renew his license at the eleventh
hour of the two-year grace period. The Commission dismissed his application,
however, because Norris checked the wrong box on the hard-copy FCC Form 605
that arrived in Gettysburg one day before the grace period expired. This
week, the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) reversed its stance
and granted Norris's Petition for Reconsideration to let him re-apply for
renewal.

"We believe such an outcome is consistent with previous actions regarding
amateur renewal applications," the FCC noted, citing a 2004 case. In its
Order, the Commission said that Norris "demonstrated a strong interest in
retaining his license by filing an application form, completed by hand, and
referencing the correct call sign on such application which the Commission
received before the grace period ended."

According to the FCC, Norris incorrectly marked the "purpose" of his Form
605 application as "Administrative Update" instead of "Renewal Only" or
"Renewal/Modification." Commission staff turned down the application,
however, because the license already had expired and couldn't be modified.
Norris told the FCC he completed his application based on his interpretation
of an ARRL information sheet that he claimed was misleading. In its Order,
the FCC reminded all Amateur Radio licensees that it's their responsibility
to be aware of and to comply with FCC rules and regulations.

The ARRL VEC says its instructions clearly state that licensees using Form
605 should choose "RO -- Renewal Only" when renewing without making other
changes or "RM -- Renewal/Modification" when renewing and making other
changes. "AU -- Administrative Update" only applies when filing a change of
address, ARRL VEC notes.

Ironically, had Norris been an ARRL member, the League not only could have
reminded him when his license was due for renewal, it could have renewed it
for him free of charge. The ARRL does charge a fee to renew vanity call
signs, however.

In other enforcement matters, the FCC agreed in a January 26 Memorandum
Opinion and Order (MO&O) to reduce drastically a $10,000 fine, levied in the
case of CB operator-turned-radio amateur Robert A. Spiry, KD7TRB, of Tacoma,
Washington. The Commission cited Spiry for unauthorized operation on 11
meters that involved the use of uncertificated equipment and an illegal RF
power amplifier. The alleged violations occurred in 2002, and the FCC
affirmed the fine in an October 2004 Forfeiture Order (NOF). Responding to
an FCC Notice of Apparent Liability in 2003, Spiry admitted the violations
but said he'd sold his CB equipment and had obtained an Amateur Radio
license, the FCC said. The Commission agreed to lower Spiry's fine to $1500
after he demonstrated an inability to pay the original fine.

The FCC said its agents committed "no impropriety" in discussing Spiry's
case and considering its possible implications on his Amateur Radio license.
"It is well established that a violation in one service can impact on other
licenses that an individual may have," the MO&O said.

In an MO&O released January 29, the FCC reduced from $1000 to $250 the
forfeiture it had levied on Mark A. Clay, N8QYK, of Huntington, West
Virginia, for operating an unlicensed FM broadcast station. The FCC's
Columbia, Maryland, Field Office initially proposed a $10,000 fine. The
Enforcement Bureau subsequently reduced it to $1000, but Clay had sought to
have the FCC dismiss the fine altogether, based on his inability to pay. The
FCC further reduced it instead. Clay holds a Technician class Amateur Radio
license.

In another MO&O released January 29, the Commission declined to lower the
$12,000 fine it had ordered a Portland, Oregon, taxi company to pay. The FCC
alleges that spurious emissions resulting from Portland Taxicab Company's
unauthorized operation resulted in harmful 70 cm interference to an Amateur
Radio station, AB7F. The Commission also cited the firm, licensee of
WPRJ576, for failing to properly identify. The taxi company did not dispute
the violations but asked for a reduction in the fine based on inability to
pay, the FCC said. 

==>AMATEUR RADIO STEPS IN FOLLOWING TELEPHONE SERVICE INTERRUPTION

When telephone cables were severed in two Texas locations January 29,
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers activated to fill the
communication gap during repairs, if necessary. ARRL South Texas Section
Emergency Coordinator Jerry Reimer, KK5CA, told ARRL Headquarters that the
two unrelated incidents affected public 911 and regular telephone service
from Midland to Alpine to El Paso. 

"The site near Alpine was cut by a road construction crew, not detected, and
buried," Reimer reported. 

ARRL South Texas Section Manager Ray Taylor, N5NAV, says an ARES net stood
by on 40 meters at the request of ARRL Brewster County Emergency Coordinator
David Cockrum, N5DO, who was at the Alpine Emergency Operations Center
(EOC). 

"West Texas has a great 2 meter linking system, but it didn't work in some
of the areas, so we activated HF on 7.285," Taylor explained. Volunteers
also stood by on 2 meters and, Taylor said, stations at several other EOCs
also checked into the net, with Roger Podsim, KD5OTH, serving as net control
station. 

At first it was thought the outage might last up to 18 hours, but the system
was back up and running in a little more than 90 minutes, and the ARES net
closed. 

"I want to thank all those that turned out to help," Taylor remarked
afterward. "One thing about ham radio operators -- they are always ready to
help when needed."

==>SOLAR UPDATE

Astral aficionado Tad "Sunshiny Day" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
reports: Might we see a high-bottom minimum at the end of this solar cycle?
January had a higher monthly average sunspot number than nine of the
previous twelve months. Looking at predicted smoothed sunspot numbers for
2007, they don't really go any lower this year than what is predicted for
this month and next.

The predicted smoothed sunspot numbers for August 2006 through December 2007
are 15.4, 15.2, 14.0, 12.4, 11.5, 11.2, 11.0, 10.9, 11.0, 11.1, 11.3, 12.0,
11.2, 13.3, 15.6, 18.3, and 21.3. As you can see, the lowest value is March
2007, at 10.9. Notice that it rises rapidly at the end of this year. 

A strong solar wind caused geomagnetic numbers to jump high Monday, January
29, when the planetary A index rose to 36. We see quiet geomagnetic indices
for next week, with higher activity centered on February 13 and again on
February 25-26. This is based on activity during the current and previous
solar rotation.

Sunspot numbers for January 25 through 31 were 11, 11, 11, 13, 27, 33 and
32, with a mean of 19.7. The 10.7 cm flux was 79.9, 79.7, 80.5, 81.7, 86.7,
87.5, and 89.2, with a mean of 83.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 1,
2, 3, 5, 36, 21 and 16, with a mean of 12. Estimated mid-latitude A indices
were 1, 3, 3, 2, 19, 17 and 13, with a mean of 8.3.

For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical
Information Service Propagation page
<http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.

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==>IN BRIEF:

* This weekend on the radio: The Delaware, Minnesota and Vermont QSO
parties, the 10-10 International Winter Contest (SSB), the AGCW Straight Key
Party, the YLRL YL-OM Contest (CW), the Mexico RTTY International Contest,
the North American Sprint (SSB) and the ARCI Fireside SSB Sprint are the
weekend of February 3-4. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (SSB) is
February 5. The ARS Spartan Sprint is February 6. JUST AHEAD: The CQ WW RTTY
WPX Contest, the Asia-Pacific Spring Sprint (CW), the KCJ Top Band Contest,
the Dutch PACC Contest, the YLRL YL-OM Contest (SSB), the British Columbia
QSO Challenge, the FISTS Winter Sprint, the RSGB First 1.8 MHz Contest (CW)
and the North American Sprint (CW) are the weekend of February 10-11. The
ARRL School Club Roundup runs from February 12 until February 16. The NAQCC
Straight Key/Bug Sprint, the AGCW Semi-Automatic Key Evening and the RSGB
80-Meter Club Championship (Data) are February 14. 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 Monday, March 5, for these ARRL
Certification and Continuing Education CCE online courses beginning Friday,
March 16: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2 (EC-002), Amateur
Radio Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003R2), 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
will also open for registration Friday, March 2, for classes beginning
Friday, April. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
<http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
<cce@arrl.org>;.

* ULS announces February 3 maintenance outage: The FCC has announced that
the Universal Licensing System (ULS) <http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/> will be
offline for maintenance Saturday, February 3, from 6 AM Eastern Time (1100
UTC) until 12 PM Eastern Time (1700 UTC). The outage will affect the
application search, license search, license manager and other ULS functions.

* New ARRL department gets official name: As a result of an ARRL
Headquarters reorganization announced in January, the Membership Services
Department and Field and Educational Services combined into a single unit.
The new department now has an official name: The Membership and Volunteer
Programs Department (MVP). Dave Patton, NN1N, is the MVP manager. The
reorganization also established a new position of Emergency Communications
Manager within MVP and created a new Education Department.

* FCC issues "show cause" order to Washington licensee: The FCC has asked
David L. Titus, KB7ILD, of Seattle, Washington, to justify why his General
class Amateur Radio license should not be revoked. The Commission
Enforcement Bureau's January 30 Order to Show Cause in EB Docket No. 07-13
initiates a hearing process to determine whether Titus "is qualified to
remain a Commission licensee" in light of a 1993 felony conviction for
"communicating with a minor for immoral purposes." According to the FCC
order, Titus received a 25-month prison sentence, and the Seattle Police
Department identifies him as a registered sex offender. The FCC says the
Communications Act of 1934 provides that it may revoke any license if
conditions come to its attention that would warrant a denial of the
licensee's original application. The Commission said felony convictions,
"especially those involving sexual offenses involving children," raise
questions regarding a licensee's character qualifications. While Titus's
conviction was some 14 years ago, "the nature of his criminal misconduct and
the fact the Amateur Radio Service is particularly attractive to children
call into serious question whether he should be permitted to retain his
Amateur Radio authorization," the FCC said. Titus has 30 days to respond.
The burden of proof in a hearing would be on the Enforcement Bureau. The
show cause order is on the FCC Web site
<http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-377A1.pdf>.

* ISS crew members swear in US Navy re-enlistees: International Space
Station (ISS) Expedition 14 crew members Michael Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and
Suni Williams, KD5PLB, swore in 16 re-enlisting sailors aboard the USS
Dwight D. Eisenhower during a special live link-up with the space station
January 29. Lopez-Alegria and Williams, both US Naval Academy graduates,
conducted the long distance ceremony as the ISS orbited 220 miles above the
southern Indian Ocean. Lopez-Alegria has been in orbit since last September
2006 and will return to Earth in April. Williams has been aboard the ISS
since December and will return to Earth in July. The Eisenhower is the
Navy's flagship for the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group. The Expedition 14
crew is continuing preparations for the first of three spacewalks beginning
Wednesday morning.

* ARRL Foundation Board of Directors meets: The ARRL Foundation Board of
Directors met January 23 for the Foundation Annual Meeting. During the first
six months of fiscal year 2007, contributions totaled $91,775, including
$375 in memorial contributions from eight donors, two unrestricted
contributions and contributions supporting the K2TEO Scholarship, The Dayton
Amateur Radio Association Scholarships, The Tom and Judith Comstock
Scholarship, The Seth Horen K1LOM, Memorial Scholarship, The Challenge Met
Scholarship, The Chicago FM Scholarship, The Mary Lou Brown Scholarship and
The Metzger Scholarship. New scholarship funding was received for the
Zachary Taylor Stevens Scholarship, The Richard W. Bendicksen Scholarship
and The Peoria-Amateur Radio Club Scholarship. FY 2007 operating expenses
through December 31, 2006, totaled $11,852, which was allocated to
scholarship funds for the first time. In 2006 the ARRL Foundation awarded 53
scholarships, including the William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship,
totaling $67,402. Goldfarb winners to date are Ben Schupack, NW7DX, set to
graduate from Whitman College in May; Jon Krenzel, KC0AMG; Tim O'Donnell,
AB2LE, and Mellissa Meye, KB0WZA. During the first half of FY 2007, the
Foundation awarded grants totaling $3530 to the Otsego County Amateur Radio
Association and the Walt Whitman ARC. The Foundation also awarded a
challenge grant to the Pentagon ARC to match local funding raised to install
a D-Star system at the Pentagon.

* DXCC Desk approves operation for DXCC credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has
approved this operation for DXCC credit: VU7LD - Lakshadweep Islands,
operation December 1-20, 2006. 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.

* Amateur Radio volunteers needed for Boston Marathon: Marathon Amateur
Radio Communications (MARC) is seeking Amateur Radio volunteers to provide
communication during the Boston Marathon, which takes place Monday, April
16. MARC is a consortium of the Boston Amateur Radio Club, the Framingham
Amateur Radio Association, and the Minuteman Repeater Association. These
organizations are working together to provide radio communication support
for the annual Hopkinton-to-Boston run, sponsored by the Boston Athletic
Association (BAA). This year marks the 111th running of the Boston Marathon,
which is expected to attract some 20,000 runners. Visit the MARC Amateur
Radio Volunteer Signup page to register
<http://mtfort.vh.primushost.com/marc/access.html>. -- Richard H. Wheeler,
N1KXR 

* Portugal now BPL-free, radio amateur reports: Citing news media accounts
in his country, Carlos Mourato, CT4RK, in Portugal says the
telecommunications corporation Oni withdrawn its investment in broadband
over power line (BPL), known in Europe as PLC (power line carrier or power
line communications). "With this fantastic news we are proud to proclaim
Portugal a free BPL/PLC country!" Mourato exclaimed. Oni reportedly has said
its decision was not a matter of technology but strictly a matter of good
business. The company says BPL/PLC performed well but failed to attract the
customer base the company felt it needed in the face of competition from
other broadband services. Utility EDP, which closely cooperated with Oni in
the BPL/PLC effort, now has severed its fiscal relationship with the
company.

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