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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 26, No. 10
March 9, 2007
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IN THIS EDITION:

* +Diamond Terrace at ARRL a "rock-solid" opportunity to donate
* +ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, is "Amateur of the Year"
* +Three states mull Amateur Radio antenna legislation
* +Astronauts enhance youngsters' ISS ham radio contact experience
* +Deadly storms prompt Amateur Radio volunteers to activate
* +FCC reduces fine, issues short-term renewal in interference case
* +Software pioneer to be next civilian space traveler
*  Solar Update
*  IN BRIEF:
     This weekend on the radio
     ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
     ARRL releases statement on Red Cross background check policy
    +Advisory to Amateur Radio license/upgrade applicants: Use your FRN!
     ARRL 2006 Frequency Measuring Test results now available
     The SouthWest Ohio DX Association announces 22nd annual DX Dinner
     2007 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference issues call for papers
     Topbanders' DX Dinner set at Visalia
     Australia's WIA applies for 500 kHz amateur allocation

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

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==>DIAMOND TERRACE INVITES MEMBERS TO ENGRAVE THEIR CALL SIGNS IN STONE

The ARRL Diamond Club is offering members the opportunity to make their call
signs a permanent part of ARRL Headquarters by contributing an engraved
brick to The Diamond Terrace at ARRL. A project of the ARRL Diamond Club,
The Diamond Terrace will be constructed of personalized, 4x8-inch
laser-engraved bricks. Gracing the soon-to-be renovated entrance to ARRL
Headquarters, The Diamond Terrace will recognize donors wishing to venerate
their own call signs or to honor or memorialize the call sign of a family
member, club or "Elmer" (mentor).

"We already had plans to refurbish the Headquarters entrance area, so this
was an ideal opportunity to invite our members to participate in the project
and supporting League programs at the same time," said ARRL Chief
Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "We want to grow the Diamond Club,
which enables the ARRL to continue programs that require revenue above and
beyond what annual dues provide, ensuring their long-term health and
enabling the League to do more on behalf of Amateur Radio."

Diamond Club enrollment ($75-$249 per year for regular members; $50 annually
for Life Members) covers ARRL full-membership benefits, including QST.

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, was the first in line to buy a Diamond
Terrace brick, and another 20 bricks already are spoken for. Others can join
them with a $250 annual Diamond Club membership contribution. The Diamond
Club now has more than 2000 members, and the unrestricted funds it takes in
support such ARRL activities as spectrum defense, educational initiatives,
field services, DXCC, publications, contesting and the ARRL Volunteer
Examiner Coordinator among others, Hobart points out.

Donors may request up to three lines of 16 characters (including spaces and
punctuation) per line. Legends may consist of a call sign or a name -- or
both -- or a club name and call sign and even a year. Diamond Club members
contributing $250 or more each year may add a new brick, or bricks, to the
terrace. Especially generous donors may wish to donate a garden bench to The
Diamond Terrace at ARRL for an initial donation of $10,000.

The Diamond Terrace project will get under way this spring, and new bricks
will be put into place 50 bricks at a time each year during May and June.
Bricks will be set in sand and treated to withstand harsh New England
winters.

Hobart says the terrace ultimately will consist of 5000 bricks. "We hope it
will be a catalyst for growth, and that many members will support this
effort," she said.

Contact Hobart 860-594-0397; <mhobart@arrl.org>; or visit the Diamond Club
Web page
<https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/diamondclub/index.html> to
learn more or to sign up for your Diamond Club membership and Diamond
Terrace brick.

Visit The Diamond Terrace at ARRL page for additional information
<https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/diamondclub/terrace.html>.

==>ARRL PRESIDENT EMERITUS JIM HAYNIE, W5JBP, NAMED "AMATEUR OF THE YEAR"

Dayton Hamvention® <http://www.hamvention.org/> has named ARRL President
Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, as its 2007 Amateur of the Year. Hamvention says
Haynie's League leadership "helped define Amateur Radio's role in emergency
communication." Hamvention also announced this week that ARRL Laboratory
Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will receive Hamvention's Special Achievement Award
to recognize his technical expertise in documenting the threat of
interference from broadband over power line (BPL) systems. Internet Radio
Linking Project (IRLP) <http://www.irlp.net/> David Cameron, VE7LTD, was
named the recipient of the Technical Excellence Award.

"I was astonished, and I'm deeply honored," Haynie said after getting word
that he'd be receiving Hamvention's top award in May. "It's quite a
recognition -- and quite a surprise."

A ham for 34 years, Haynie, who lives in Dallas, was West Gulf Division
Director for eight years and an ARRL vice president for two years. He then
served three terms as the League's volunteer president, from 2000 until
2006, when he was succeeded by current ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN.
Haynie's award nomination cited his "energy, tenacity and attention to
detail that has transformed the American Radio Relay League from the service
organization it was prior to 9/11 into the proactive, vital emergency
service clearing house and educational operation that it is today."

During his tenure as League president, Haynie's effort to define Amateur
Radio's role in homeland security was among his top initiatives. In 2003, he
signed a formal Statement of Affiliation between the Department of Homeland
Security and ARRL. He has an abiding interest in emergency communication and
has promoted Amateur Radio's emergency communication value and contributions
on Capitol Hill and elsewhere.

Haynie also championed "The Big Project" -- now the ARRL Education and
Technology Program (ETP) -- to bring ham radio and wireless technology into
schools.

Special Achievement Award: Ed Hare, W1RFI

Dayton Hamvention will honor Hare for his extensive work calling attention
to the potential threat of BPL interference to licensed radio communication
services and in documenting it. A member of the ARRL HQ staff for more than
20 years, Hare said he's honored but feels the award really is one for
Amateur Radio.

"What I did would have had no meaning without the work of hundreds of hams
across the country working on BPL issues locally," he said. "They have put
in countless hours as volunteers, making a difference when a difference was
really needed."

Hamvention said Hare's modeling of BPL interference "made a convincing
argument" about the threat. "Hare even outfitted his own automobile so he
could travel the Northeast and conclusively document BPL interference," the
announcement added.

Hare said the award would have a place in the ARRL Lab "to honor and thank
all of those who have given their time to protect Amateur Radio."

Technical Excellence Award: David Cameron, VE7LTD

In announcing the recipient of its Technical Excellence Award, Hamvention
cited Cameron's instrumental role in developing IRLP to permit worldwide
radio and repeater linking.

"His work literally transformed FM repeater communication from a local
entity into a worldwide communication network that has been of immense value
in emergencies and has helped unite the world's radio amateurs over the
Internet and radio," the announcement said. "IRLP and its derivatives have
opened up a whole new world of communications in VHF/UHF repeaters with the
power of the Internet."

Dayton Hamvention 2007 takes place Friday through Sunday, May 18-20, at Hara
Arena near Dayton, Ohio. The theme of the 56th Hamvention is "Local Clubs:
The Heart of Ham Radio."

==>HAM RADIO ANTENNA BILLS IN PLAY IN THREE STATES

Lawmakers in three states -- Arizona, Maryland and Oklahoma -- are
considering Amateur Radio antenna bills that would put the essence of the
limited federal pre-emption known as PRB-1
<http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/prb-1.pdf> into each
state's statutes. The Arizona and Maryland bills go a step beyond most PRB-1
legislation. They not only would require that municipal land-use or zoning
regulations "reasonably accommodate" Amateur Radio communication per PRB-1,
spelled out in the FCC's Amateur Radio rules in §97.15(b), they would extend
the same protections to certain private communities where deed covenants,
conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) apply.

The Arizona amateur antenna bill, House Bill 2595
<http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/48leg/1r/bills/hb2595p.pdf> calls for
"reasonable heights and dimensions for accommodation of Amateur Radio
station emergency service communications antennae and structures." After
stripping a provision to exempt Amateur Radio licensees from the $25 vanity
license plate fee from the bill, the Arizona House Appropriations Committee
voted out the measure with a "do pass" recommendation. The bill already has
a Senate sponsor.

In Maryland, essentially identical bills are under consideration in both
legislative chambers: House Bill 941
<http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/bills/hb/hb0941f.pdf> and Senate Bill 68
<http://mlis.state.md.us/2007RS/bills/sb/sb0068f.pdf>. These measures would
require local zoning authorities to comply with the PRB-1 limited federal
pre-emption calling on municipalities to "reasonably accommodate Amateur
Radio communication." The bills' provisions also would apply to homeowners'
associations (HOAs) that have not already enacted antenna restrictions by
the time the bill becomes law.

Affected HOAs would not be permitted to "restrict or prohibit the design,
placement, screening, height or use of Amateur Radio equipment on the
property of lot owners." The measure would exempt HOAs having antenna
restrictions in place when the bill goes into effect, however.

Among other things, the Maryland bills' preambles cite the value of Amateur
Radio to the public welfare, pointing out its "invaluable emergency radio
communication services in the state and across the United States before,
during and after floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, forest fires, earthquakes,
blizzards, train accidents, chemical spills and other disasters."

In Oklahoma, House Bill 1037
<http://webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/2007-08bills/HB/HB1037_HFLR.RTF> has been
voted out of committee with a "do pass" recommendation and onto House floor
for a vote. The measure provides that municipal ordinances shall comply with
§97.15(b) by permitting Amateur Radio antennas or antenna support structures
"at a height and dimension sufficient to accommodate Amateur Radio service
communications." The measure already has a sponsor in the Oklahoma Senate.

To date, 23 states have adopted PRB-1 legislation
<http://www.arrl.org/field/regulations/statutes.htm>. PRB-1 does not specify
a minimum height below which local governments may not regulate but does
require reasonable accommodation, but four states -- Alaska, Wyoming,
Virginia and Oregon -- enacted legislation that specifies heights below
which municipalities may not regulate.

==>FORMER ISS CREW MEMBERS ON HAND FOR HAM RADIO CONTACT WITH ISS

Technical problems failed to dampen the enthusiasm of youngsters at Virginia
Run Elementary School in Centreville, Virginia, who spoke March 2 via ham
radio with International Space Station flight engineer Suni Williams,
KD5PLB. The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
arranged the direct VHF contact. For reasons still being looked into, the
space station's NA1SS and Earth station K4HTA failed to establish solid
communication until more than three minutes into the approximately
ten-minute pass. Nonetheless, not only did Williams answer all the students'
questions but had time to let the youngsters know how much she enjoyed the
opportunity.

"It's a great honor and privilege to be here and be talking to you guys,"
Williams said as the contact drew to a close. "I know you've done a lot of
work and a lot of research to get this contact done. I hope you've learned a
lot."

Food is a favorite topic for students when they speak with ISS crew members.
This contact was no exception. One youngster wanted to know how the ISS crew
members eat in space. Williams said it's not always easy.

"It is a little bit difficult to eat because everything flies around," she
responded. "But luckily it's stuff that's usually stuck together, like some
type of casserole, and we have it in a can so it doesn't get too far away.
Sometimes we have to catch it, though." Williams pointed out that the ISS
crew doesn't have to prepare its meals, just heat them up, if necessary.

Williams told another youngster that the biggest surprise she's had aboard
the ISS was discovering how difficult it is to relax in space and sleep
easily.

"I felt like I needed a bed or something to lay down on, but there's nothing
much to lay down on," Williams said. "We sleep in sleeping bags, and the
sleeping bags are tied to the wall so you don't go anywhere, but I had a
hard time relaxing my neck because I didn't have a pillow and didn't have
that sense of having a pillow or something I was laying down to."

Augmenting the ARISS experience for the Virginia Run pupils, ISS Expedition
4 crew member Carl Walz, KC5TIE, and Expedition 3 crew commander Frank
Culbertson, KD5OPQ, were on hand at the school, located some 20 miles west
of Washington, DC, to discuss their experiences and answer additional
questions. Both took part in ARISS school contacts while they were in space.

Members of the Vienna Wireless Society (VWS) set up the Earth station at the
school, and the club loaned its call sign for the occasion. Reporters from
two newspapers and a Washington, DC, TV station attended the event.

ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach,
with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA. -- ARRL Virginia PIC Randy
Sly, W4XJ, provided information for this report

==>SEVERE WEATHER PUTS AMATEUR RADIO VOLUNTEERS TO THE TEST

Severe weather that included tornadoes March 1 prompted activation by
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and SKYWARN volunteers in Alabama,
Georgia and Missouri. Twenty people died in the three states, including
seven in Alabama. A tornado destroyed the high school in Enterprise, and
five students died when the roof collapsed as they took cover inside.
Tornadoes wreaked extensive property damage in the affected communities.

"It was a very busy day for Alabama ARES," said ARRL Alabama Section Manager
Greg Sarratt, W4OZK. "Amateur Radio operators all across the state were busy
March 1 tending to a massive severe weather outbreak in most of the state."
Sarratt says Alabama was under multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm
warnings for a large part of the day.

Amateurs stationed at National Weather Service (NWS) offices, emergency
operations centers (EOCs) and elsewhere used HF and VHF to relay critical
weather information to served agencies, he reported. "The Alabama amateurs
performed as professionals," Sarratt said. "Many hams took off from work to
staff stations."

At week's end, Sarratt told ARRL Headquarters that Enterprise/Coffee County
Emergency Coordinator Jim Garrison, KL0LN, and local amateurs were still at
the Enterprise EOC assisting the local emergency management agency and the
city with recovery efforts.

In Georgia, ARRL Section Traffic Manager Charles Pennington, K4GK, said the
Georgia ARES Net activated during the afternoon of March 1 and continued
into the wee hours of March 2, as a series of severe weather watches and
warnings were posted. "Several tornadoes were reported, scattered mostly
through central and southern Georgia," he said.

"We had 82 stations reported on the statewide HF net. In addition, the
SKYWARN nets were active from 1:45 PM until around midnight, with extensive
coverage in the affected areas." Pennington said several VHF/UHF nets also
were up and running during the event. Georgia ARES stood down March 2 but
remained on standby if needed during recovery operations.

Georgia authorities blamed the storms for at least two deaths after a
tornado struck a hospital in Americus. Another person died and four were
injured when a tornado touched down in Taylor County, near Albany.

In Missouri, Section Traffic Manager Dale Huffington, AE0S, cited "many
reports of activation" March 1 on the 75-meter phone net. "Amateurs in over
half of Missouri's ARES districts reported activations due to the storm," he
said. In Howell County, in south-central Missouri, a tornado was blamed for
the death of a seven-year-old girl. An ARES net activated in Howell County.

In Boone County, in central Missouri, ARES teams activated at the request of
the Joint Communications Information Center. Ten weather spotters -- among
them Missouri Section Emergency Coordinator Don Moore, KM0R -- provided
real-time, ground-level weather observations to supplement NWS radars in
Kansas City and St Louis.

==>FCC LOPS FINE, ADMONISHES AMATEUR RADIO LICENSEE

The FCC has reduced from $11,000 to $2500 the fine it imposed in 2004 on
Daniel Granda, KA6VHC, of Whittier, California. In a Memorandum Opinion and
Order (MO&O) released March 1, the FCC said Granda intentionally interfered
with Amateur Radio communications and failed to respond to FCC
correspondence. Granda petitioned for reconsideration of the $11,000 fine in
2004.

"In his petition, Mr Granda does not dispute our finding that he caused
deliberate interference to Amateur Radio communications nor does he deny his
failure to respond to official Commission correspondence," recounted
Assistant FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief George R. Dillon, who signed the
MO&O. "He does contend, however, that imposition of the full forfeiture
amount would impose a financial hardship on him and his spouse."

The FCC agreed to reduce the fine to $2500 after reviewing Granda's federal
tax returns. "The reduction of the forfeiture amount, however, does not
lessen the severity of the violations cited in this proceeding, specifically
Mr Granda's intentional interference to radio communications," Dillon
cautioned. "For that reason, we will further admonish Mr Granda for his
violations."

Granda's license renewal has been in limbo since 2003, when the FCC's
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) set aside his renewal application.
As the MO&O noted, the Enforcement Bureau had asked the WTB to "consider
this violation in processing Mr Granda's pending license renewal application
for KA6VHC." Apparently it did. This week, the WTB renewed Granda's license
for just one year.

==>NEXT CIVILIAN SPACE TRAVELER IS AMATEUR RADIO-READY

The next civilian space traveler is Amateur Radio ready. Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> reports
that software pioneer and aviator Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP, plans to talk
with students at three schools during his stay in space. He also may make
casual contacts. Simonyi, 58, is set to head into space April 7 on a Soyuz
"taxi mission" to the ISS. He'll accompany Expedition 15 Russian cosmonauts
Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, and Oleg Kotov. They'll join US astronaut Sunita
Williams, KD5PLB. As a client of Vienna, Virginia-based Space Adventures Ltd
<http://www.spaceadventures.com/>, Simonyi will pay $25 million for the
privilege. He's been undergoing pre-flight training at Star City, Russia.
During his eight-day stay aboard the ISS, he will conduct experiments on
behalf of several international space agencies.

"I am fascinated by the technologies utilized by the American and Russian
space programs," Simonyi said. "As an engineer, I look forward to studying
the different engineering approaches." Simonyi obtained his Technician
ticket in December.

Space Adventures says Simonyi's mission goals are to advance civilian space
travel, assist with space station research and involve youth in the science
of space travel. He established his space flight Web site
<http://www.charlesinspace.com/> to chronicle his training experiences.

A native of Hungary, Simonyi earned a bachelor's degree in engineering and
mathematics from the University of California at Berkeley and a doctorate in
computer science from Stanford University. Over the years, he's been
associated with Xerox and with Microsoft, where he oversaw the teams that
developed the company's Excel, Multiplan, Word and other applications.

After leaving Microsoft in 2002, Simonyi founded Intentional Software
Corporation, a software engineering company. The following year, he founded
the Charles Simonyi Fund for Arts and Sciences to support arts
organizations, science programs and educational institutions.

Simonyi began his cosmonaut training in September. As part of his
multi-faceted training at Star City, he has learned how to use the ARISS
gear aboard the ISS.

Space Adventures organized the flights for the world's first private space
explorers, Dennis Tito, KG6FZX, Mark Shuttleworth, Greg Olsen, KC2ONX, and
Anousheh Ansari. "We wish Charles well and we look forward with great
anticipation to his launch," said Space Adventures President and CEO Eric
Anderson.

==>SOLAR UPDATE

Heliophile Tad "That Lucky Ol' Sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
reports: On March 1 Sunspot 944 was pointed straight at Earth. This small
sunspot was followed a few days later by another small one, Sunspot 945.
Both spots seemed to disappear a day or two later, before they would have
rotated off the visible solar disk. Now the sun is blank, and the sunspot
number is zero.

No solar activity is expected for the next few days, so we will probably see
at least several days with a sunspot number of zero.

Geomagnetic conditions are expected to remain quiet, at least until Monday
or Tuesday, March 12-13. The US Air Force predicts a planetary A index for
March 9-15 of 5, 5, 7, 15, 20, 15 and 10. Geophysical Institute Prague
predicts quiet conditions for March 9-10, quiet to unsettled March 11,
active geomagnetic conditions for March 12, unsettled to active March 13,
unsettled March 14 and quiet to unsettled March 15. A recurring solar wind
stream is predicted for Monday, March 12, and it should produce the expected
geomagnetic instability.

Sunspot numbers for March 1 through 7 were 11, 23, 11, 24, 27, 26 and 11,
with a mean of 19. 10.7 cm flux was 74.8, 75.5, 73.3, 72.5, 71.9, 71.9, and
72.9, with a mean of 73.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 11, 5, 2, 3,
8, 18 and 14, with a mean of 8.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7,
4, 0, 4, 6, 14 and 12, with a mean of 6.7.

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 RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is
March 5. The ARS Spartan Sprint and the AGCW YL-CW Party are March 6. JUST
AHEAD: The RSGB Commonwealth Contest, the AGCW QRP Contest, the Oklahoma and
Wisconsin QSO parties, the EA PSK31 Contest, the North American Sprint
(RTTY) and the UBA Spring Contest (CW) are the March 10-11 weekend. The RSGB
80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is March 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 Sunday, March 25, for these ARRL
Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) online courses beginning on
Friday, April 6: The ARRL Ham Radio License Course (EC-010), Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications Level 1 (EC-001), Radio Frequency Interference
(EC-006), Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009), Analog Electronics
(EC-012) and Digital Electronics (EC-013). These courses will also open for
registration Friday, March 23, for classes beginning Friday, May 4. To learn
more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
<http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
<cce@arrl.org>;.

* ARRL releases statement on Red Cross background check policy: ARRL -- the
National Association for Amateur Radio, has released a position statement
<http://www.arrl.org/announce/ARRL-ARC-bg-check.html>
<http://www.arrl.org/announce/ARRL-ARC-bg-check.html> regarding the
implementation of a background check procedure by the American Red Cross.
The statement was released to address ARRL members' concerns prior to a
March 31, 2007, compliance deadline the Red Cross has set. The application
of the background check policy to Amateur Radio operators providing
communication services to the Red Cross -- either as Red Cross volunteers or
as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) members -- is the subject of
continuing discussions between the ARRL and the Red Cross. Therefore, the
position statement is subject to change. The ARRL will announce any such
revisions and updates on its Web site.

* Advisory to Amateur Radio license/upgrade applicants: Use your FRN! ARRL
Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC) urges all Amateur Radio license
and upgrade applicants to use their FCC Registration Number (FRN)
<https://svartifoss2.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do>, if they have one, when
completing Form 605, not their Social Security number. The FCC asks
applicants to register via the FCC's COmmission REgistration System (CORES),
to obtain an FRN, and it requires applicants to use their FRNs when filing
Form 605. The FRN uniquely identifies an applicant in all transactions with
the FCC and avoids the need to provide a Social Security number on the
application form. ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, says that if her
department submits license data to the FCC using a Social Security number
when the applicant already has an FRN, the FCC rejects the data because an
FRN already exists. Somma also reminds applicants and Volunteer Examiner
teams to attach any Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination
(CSCE) for element credit to upgrade applications. Using your FRN and
attaching any needed CSCE to your Amateur Radio application in Form 605 will
eliminate delays in obtaining your license or upgrade.

* ARRL 2006 Frequency Measuring Test results now available: The results of
the ARRL's November 15, 2006, Frequency Measuring Test (FMT) now are
available <http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/fmt/2006/2006-fmt-results.html>. Of the
195 participants, 51 determined the frequency of W1AW or WA6ZTY with an
accuracy of less than 1 Hz. Certificates to all participants will be mailed
this week. Thanks to all who took part!

* The SouthWest Ohio DX Association announces 22nd annual DX Dinner: The
SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) has announced that tickets now are
available for the 22nd annual DX Dinner held in conjunction Dayton
Hamvention 2007. The dinner will be Friday, May 18, at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel in downtown Dayton. Tickets are $36 per person, payable in US funds to
SWODXA, (no PayPal or credit card payments), c/o Jay Slough, K4ZLE, 8183
Woodward Dr, West Chester, OH 45069. Seating is limited. Details are
available from the SWODXA Web site <http://www.swodxa.com/>.

* 2007 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference issues call for papers:
Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 26th annual ARRL/TAPR
Digital Communications Conference (DCC), Friday-Sunday, September 28-30, in
Hartford, Connecticut. Papers will also be published in the Conference
Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to have their
papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline is July 31. The
ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for
technically minded radio amateurs to meet and present new ideas and
techniques. Paper/presentation topic areas include -- but are not limited to
-- software defined radio (SDR), digital voice, digital satellite
communication, digital signal processing (DSP), HF digital modes, adapting
IEEE 802.11 systems for Amateur Radio, Global Positioning System (GPS),
Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS), Linux in Amateur Radio, AX.25
updates and Internet operability with Amateur Radio networks. Submit papers
to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 or via
e-mail <maty@arrl.org>;. Papers will be published exactly as submitted, and
authors will retain all rights. ARRL will provide additional information on
the 2007 DCC as it becomes available.

* Topbanders' DX Dinner set at Visalia: The Topbanders' DX Dinner held in
conjunction with the 58th annual International DX Convention in Visalia,
California, will take place Friday, April 27, at 6:30 PM in the banquet room
of the Sizzler Steak House, 2121 W Caldwell Ave, Visalia. Attendees will
order from the menu and pay individually, so there is no fee. Those planning
to attend should contact Earl Cunningham, K6SE <k6se@juno.com>;, to ensure
adequate seating. The International DX Convention, sponsored by the Northern
California DX Club, will be held April 27-29 at the Holiday Inn Hotel &
Conference Center -- Visalia. There's more information on the convention Web
site <http://www.dxconvention.org/>.

* Australia's WIA applies for 500 kHz amateur allocation: The Wireless
Institute of Australia (WIA) <http://www.wia.org.au/> has applied to the
Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) for experimental access
to a small band of frequencies near 500 kHz. Amateur Radio operators in the
United States, the UK, Sweden and Germany have recently been granted
experimental or provisional access to frequencies just above 500 kHz. The
New Zealand Amateur Radio Transmitters also has applied for access to the
band. The WIA requests a temporary/experimental amateur allocation of
505-515 kHz, in line with current medium-frequency allocations available to
radio amateurs and experimenters in Europe and the US.

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==>ARRL Audio News: <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> or call
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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.

Back issues published since 2000 are available on this page. If you wish to subscribe via e-mail, simply log on to the ARRL Web site, click on Edit Your Profile at the top, then click on Edit Email Subscriptions. Check the box next to The ARRL email newsletter, the ARRL Letter and you will receive each weekly issue in HTML format. You can unsubscribe at any time.

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Editorial questions or comments: Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, at ww1me@arrl.org.

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

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