*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 15 April 13, 2007 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +Youth in the spotlight for World Amateur Radio Day 2007 * +Billionaire space traveler on the air from space * +Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, wins the 2007 William Goldfarb Scholarship * +FCC invites public comments on two ham radio-related petitions * +Arizona's chances of ham radio antenna legislation dim * +President recognizes California radio amateur's volunteer service * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration +ARRL HQ seeks Assistant Editor +Swains Island DXpedition logs available FCC Amateur Radio enforcement correspondence posted Dayton Hamvention contesting-related activities noted +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> =========================================================== ==>Delivery problems: First see FAQ <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/faq.html#nodelivery>, then e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, <email@example.com> =========================================================== ==>WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2007 SPOTLIGHTS YOUTH Wednesday, April 18, is a special day for radio amateurs around the globe. That's when the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) <http://www.iaru.org/> and its member societies representing more than 150 countries around the world celebrate World Amateur Radio Day 2007, commemorating the founding of the IARU 82 years ago. The theme for this year's celebration is "Amateur Radio: Allowing youth to connect the world." Despite the Internet and cellular telephones, Amateur Radio continues to attract people worldwide by providing free international communication and friendship. Because it does not rely on, nor need, established telecommunication infrastructure, Amateur Radio can reach every corner of the world -- and even into space! The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> program offers an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by allowing them to converse with ISS crew members about their scientific research, the space station, the human spaceflight program and everyday life in space -- a unique educational experience. With the help of Amateur Radio clubs and individual operators, orbiting astronauts and cosmonauts speak with young people around the world via ham radio, showing schools, teachers, students, parents and communities how Amateur Radio energizes youngsters about science, technology, and learning. IARU member societies, Amateur Radio satellite organizations and a sizeable contingent of Amateur Radio operators -- including those from clubs at Johnson Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center and Marshall Space Flight Center -- work behind the scenes to make these educational experiences possible. Youth programs also are available through Scouting, as many thousands of Scouts in the US and elsewhere get together over the airwaves each year during the third weekend of October for Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/ead/jota.html>. Participating Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other via Amateur Radio, offering these young people the exciting opportunity to make friends, exchange experiences and share ideas with their peers in other countries, sometimes without leaving home. Since 1958 when the first JOTA took place, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. Many JOTA contacts foster pen-pal relationships and links between Scout troops that last for years. Numerous scouts and leaders hold Amateur Radio licenses, while others participate in JOTA at stations provided by local Amateur Radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Young radio amateurs also form organizations of their own. One example is the World Wide Young Contesters (WWYC) <http://www.wwyc.net/>, made up of radio amateurs under age 30 who enjoy participating in international contests. Several members of the club qualified to compete in the World Radiosport Team Championship last July in Brazil. While radio amateurs have been in the news repeatedly for providing communication during disasters and emergencies, the lion's share of their activities remains the excitement and joy of contacting distant and remote areas of the world, learning directly about each others' regions and lives and trying different ways to contact other hams in far-flung places. In addition, some leading engineers and technologists have cited lessons learned through their practical, hands-on experiences as Amateur Radio operators for inspiring their career paths. MK QTC, the Polish Radio Amateurs' Journal, sponsors the international World Amateur Radio Day Award with the support of PZK, the Polish Amateur Radio Union -- that country's IARU member society. Radio amateurs qualify for this award by making at least 10 QSOs on HF or 5 QSOs on VHF between 0000 and 2400 UTC on April 18. Send a log extract, including a list of QSOs, to The Radio Amateurs' Journal MK QTC, Suchacz-Zamek - Wielmozy 5b, 82-340 Tolkmicko, POLAND, by June 30. Include $5 (US) or 5 Euros. Shortwave listeners may obtain this full-color award by submitting the same numbers of reports. Since 1925, the IARU has been instrumental in coordinating and representing Amateur Radio activities around the world. Learn more by visiting the IARU Web site <http://www.iaru.org/>. -- The IARU E-Letter ==>CIVILIAN SPACE TRAVELER ALREADY MAKING HAM RADIO CONTACTS FROM SPACE After less than a day in space, civilian space traveler Charles Simonyi, KE7KDP/HA5SIK, was already making contacts with the earthbound ham radio community from NA1SS. The billionaire software pioneer and aviator arrived April 10 at the International Space Station with the Expedition 15 crew of Russian cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin, RN3FI, and Dr Oleg Kotov. The trio launched two days earlier in a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Ron Hashiro, AH6RH, in Honolulu was among the lucky ones. He tells ARRL that after putting out a blind call, he spoke not only with Simonyi but with Expedition 14/15 Flight Engineer Suni Williams, KD5PLB. "I mentioned to her that I had listened to her earlier contact with the school in India and it was a thrill to speak with her directly," Hashiro recounted. "She said that Hawaii was her favorite place and had some relatives in Hawaii." Then, Hashiro says, Williams told him someone else was interested in talking with him, and Simonyi came on a few minutes later. "I welcomed Charles to ham radio and asked him if he was the author of the "Hungarian notation" of Windows programming, which he acknowledged," said Hashiro. He told Simonyi that he was involved in Windows programming more than 20 years ago, and was glad to meet its creator. Hashiro deemed the occasion "a fabulous and eventful evening." Flying under contract with the Russian Federal Space Agency, Simonyi also has been running through a list of four scheduled Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) school contacts, including one with a school in his native Hungary. On April 12, Simonyi responded via Amateur Radio to upward of 30 questions posed by students at Fairborn High School in Ohio, telling them he's enjoying microgravity now that he's become used to it. Simonyi also talked about why he wanted to go into space. "I wanted to make a contribution to civilian space flight and assist in space station research, and also to have a fantastic experience," he said. As to why he flew with Russian cosmonauts and not with NASA, Simonyi said, "NASA doesn't fly space tourists yet, so the Russians are the only game in town." Simonyi paid a reported $25 million for his space adventure. While in space, Simonyi will do some maintenance on the ham radio gear aboard the ISS as well as testing to isolate an antenna problem, and he'll reprogram the Phase 2 NA1SS transceiver to correct a configuration problem. He'll also conduct some research before returning home April 20 with the Expedition 14 crew of Michael Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT, who have been in space since last September. Williams is scheduled to return home this summer on the shuttle Endeavour. Frequencies in use for ARISS general QSOs: Voice and packet downlink: 145.80 MHz (worldwide); Voice uplink: 144.49 MHz for Regions 2 and 3 (the Americas, and the Pacific) and 145.20 MHz for Region 1 (Europe, Central Asia and Africa). All frequencies are subject to Doppler shift. ==>GEORGIA TEENAGED HAM WINS 2007 WILLIAM GOLDFARB SCHOLARSHIP Seventeen-year-old Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, of Grayson, Georgia, is the winner of the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship for 2007. The ARRL Foundation Board voted unanimously to name Andrea, who will graduate from Grayson High School next month with a 96.05 grade point average. Awarded to one high school senior each year, the Goldfarb Scholarship enables the recipient to receive a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering or science or in the medical or business-related fields. Andrea says she was "excited, honored and a little surprised" to be this year's Goldfarb Scholarship recipient. "More important, winning the Goldfarb Scholarship has motivated me to be even more involved in Amateur Radio and the ARRL," she said this week. "My desire to live up to the expectations of Mr. Goldfarb gives me all the more reason to excel in college while remaining as involved as possible in ham radio. Now, more than ever, I am particularly thankful for all of the hams who have mentored and, in a sense, helped raise me." Licensed since 2000 and an Amateur Extra class licensee since 2003, Andrea is the daughter of Scott (KF4PWI) and Lisa Hartlage. She plans to attend Georgia Institute of Technology this fall to pursue an undergraduate degree in aerospace engineering. She hopes to co-op with NASA with a long-term goal of working for the space agency and perhaps joining the Astronaut Corps. Her academic plans also include graduate school. She hopes to be active in the Georgia Amateur Radio Club if her schedule permits. The fifth Goldfarb Scholarship winner, Andrea, an ARRL Life Member, continues the tradition of prior recipients, demonstrating superior academic performance, outstanding leadership and extraordinary Amateur Radio and community service. For the past few years, Andrea has been an ARRL contributing editor, responsible for the "Youth @ HamRadio.Fun" Web column <http://www.arrl.org/news/youth/>. ARRL Georgia Section Manager Susan Swiderski, AF4FO, has appointed Andrea as Georgia Assistant Section Manager for Youth. But that's only the tip of the iceberg! She also boasts an impressive resume of Amateur Radio honors and accomplishments. In 2003, the ARRL Board of Directors honored Andrea by naming her to receive the ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award; the following year, she was Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY). Andrea coordinated youth activities and the Youth Lounge for ARRL EXPO at Dayton Hamvention in 2005 and 2006, and also was a forum presenter and participant. She also coordinates youth activities for the Georgia State Convention. She's active in two Amateur Radio clubs, operating CW and phone on HF during contests whenever she can. Her emergency training includes CPR certification, CERT and SKYWARN training as well as three FEMA courses. Over the past two years, Andrea has logged more than 400 volunteer community service hours. She participates in Simulated Emergency Tests and Field Day. In addition, she volunteers for the Georgia Teen Institute and as Administrative Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Response Team Leader for Gwinnett County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). She is a member of her radio club Hamfest Committee and volunteers as a communicator for parades, walks, marathons and other events. Despite her hectic schedule, she still finds time to prepare her Web column for ARRL and to serve as editor in chief of her school newspaper and on the Youth Leadership Conference Youth Advisory Board. She also has served on the National Association of Teen Institutes Board of Directors and on the Governor's Cooperative Agreement Advisory Committee for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention. For more information about ARRL scholarships, visit the ARRL Foundation scholarships Web page <http://www.arrlf.org/programs/scholarship>. ==>FCC INVITES "OPPOSITIONS" ON TWO "MORSE PROCEEDING" RECONSIDERATION PETITIONS The FCC has invited opposition comments ("oppositions") to two petitions for reconsideration filed in the wake of the Commission's Report & Order (R&O) in WT Docket 05-235. That R&O altogether eliminated any Morse code examination element to obtain an Amateur Radio license. One petition calls on the FCC to reinstate the 5 WPM Morse code requirement for Amateur Extra class applicants. The second cites problems with the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and seeks to have the Commission reopen the proceeding for an additional round of comments. Oppositions are due April 27 (comments in support of either petition are not welcome). Replies to oppositions - ie, comments on the opposition comments - are due 10 days later. Petitioner Anthony R. Gordon, KG6EQM, of West Covina, California, contends that "significant national security implications" require that the Commission take another look at the issue. "As a federal government agency during the ongoing War on Terrorism, it is only prudent that the critical skill of Morse code telegraphy be kept as a hedge against unanticipated national security events and for emergency communication requirements, even if the consensus view or technological trend is in the opposite direction at the present time," Gordon said in his petition, filed February 23. He characterized Morse code proficiency as a "core competency" of the Amateur Radio Service. In its R&O last December 15, the FCC cast aside arguments that Morse ability was advantageous in emergency communication situations. "The Commission previously addressed the essence of this argument and concluded that most emergency communication today is performed using voice, data, or video techniques," the FCC said. Gordon asked the FCC to restore the Element 1 Morse code examination element for Amateur Extra class applicants. In a second petition the FCC put on public notice earlier this month, Russell D. Ward, W4NI, of Nashville, Tennessee, argued that the FCC "improperly deleted and suppressed comments received by the e-mail system of the FCC, ECFS." Ward said the FCC was "arbitrarily deleting and suppressing public comments" on the basis of the sender's e-mail address - especially if it contained an Amateur Radio call sign - and charged that the Commission "is discriminating against radio amateurs." As a result, he contends, the process of commenting on the FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) in WT Docket 05-235 "was flawed," in part because the Commission did not have the advantage of all comments members of the public may have attempted in vain to post. Ward's petition, filed February 12, asks the FCC to do one of four things: Stay WT Docket 05-235, fix the "flawed ECFS," reopen the proceeding for comment or reconsider the "after a valid comment period." The FCC received more than 3500 public comments in the Morse code proceeding. Neither Gordon nor Ward addressed the issue of how the FCC should deal with licensees who qualified for Amateur Extra under the new "no-code" rules that became effective on February 23. Both petitions are on the FCC Web site: Gordon's is at <http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/retrieve.cgi?native_or_pdf=pdf&id_docume nt=6518808553>. Ward's is at <http://gullfoss2.fcc.gov/prod/ecfs/retrieve.cgi?native_or_pdf=pdf&id_docume nt=6518808784>. Interested parties may file oppositions and replies on these petitions for reconsideration via the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) <http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/> and by serving a hard copy on the petitioner at his current mailing address. Comments supporting one petition or another are not welcome, however. Instructions for filing electronic comments are on the ECFS page. Under "ECFS Main Links," click on "Submit a Filing" and type "05-235" (without the quotation marks) in the "Proceeding" field, being sure to include the hyphen. All statements must be specific to one or more arguments in the reconsideration petition with which the person filing disagrees. They should not simply say, "I oppose this petition." Only individuals who have filed oppositions may file replies to oppositions. ==>POLITICAL MANEUVER DIMS CHANCES FOR ARIZONA HAM RADIO ANTENNA LEGISLATION A political maneuver has ended chances that Arizona lawmakers will adopt an Amateur Radio antenna bill that was in play this session. Proponents of "the Emergency Communications Preservation Act," House Bill 2595 (HB 2595) haven't given up, however. They're still trying, as one put it, "to pull a rabbit out of a hat" and have the bill's language attached to another piece of legislation. HB 2595 called on both municipalities and communities governed by deed covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs) to reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio antennas. It passed the Arizona House on a 56 to 2 vote. An eleventh-hour bid to keep HB 2595 alive failed, however, after Senate Government Committee Chairman Jack Harper (R-4), declined to move the bill forward for consideration, effectively killing it. During an e-mail exchange with a bill supporter, Harper attempted to explain why he derailed the measure. "I just cannot allow the radio operaters [sic] to put up 40' towers over the objection of their neighbors," Harper told Dustin Deppe, K7DTD. "They were not open to negotiating the height, so I could not allow the bill to go forward. Jack." April 3 was the cutoff date for bills to be heard this session. Harper has not responded to an ARRL request to explain why he held the bill. HB 2595 did not specify any particular minimum height beyond saying that homeowners' associations (HOAs) in CC&R-governed communities "shall provide for reasonable heights and dimensions for accommodation of amateur radio station emergency communications antennae and structures." City of Page Mayor Dan Brown, NA7DB -- perhaps HB 2595's biggest supporter -- and former state representative Ted Downing, W7KEY, are in the forefront of the effort to pull off the magic trick. Brown has advised Arizona radio amateurs not to send "hate mail" to Harper, however. "It's important to educate," he said, not get angry. If the effort isn't successful, he says, bill proponents will return better prepared next session. Amateur Radio antenna bills in Maryland and Oklahoma also failed to gain approval of lawmakers. In Maryland, essentially identical bills were under consideration in both legislative chambers: House Bill 941 (HB 941) and Senate Bill 68 (SB 68). "Our bill was voted down by the Senate committee, and we had it withdrawn from the House committee," ARRL Maryland-DC Section Manager Jim Cross, WI3N, told ARRL. "We will introduce it next year." The bills would have required local zoning authorities to comply with the PRB-1 limited federal pre-emption calling on municipalities to "reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communication." Their provisions also would have applied to homeowners' associations (HOAs) that had not already enacted antenna restrictions by the time the bill became law. In Oklahoma, House Bill 1037 (HB 1037) moved out of the General Government and Transportation Committee with a "do pass" recommendation, but it failed to be placed on the House calendar for a vote. Eddie Manley, K5EMS, who tracks FCC and governmental actions for the Oklahoma Section, has told ARRL the measure is likely dead for this year, although he left open the "very remote possibility" that it could be attached to another bill. In North Carolina, an Amateur Radio antenna bill has been introduced in the state Senate this session, and a House bill is "in the works," ARRL North Carolina Section Manager Tim Slay, N4IB, told ARRL. "We're hoping to make some headway on it this year." To date, 23 states have adopted PRB-1 legislation. While PRB-1 requires reasonable accommodation, it does not specify a minimum height below which local governments may not regulate. Four states -- Alaska, Wyoming, Virginia and Oregon -- have legislation in place that specifies antenna support structure heights, below which municipalities may not regulate. ==>PRESIDENT RECOGNIZES RADIO AMATEUR'S DEDICATION TO VOLUNTEER SERVICE President George W. Bush has honored ARRL member Randy Hatfield, AG6RH, of Victorville, California, with the President's Volunteer Service Award. A volunteer with the City of Victorville Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and Emergency Communication Service, Hatfield met briefly with the president April 4 to receive the award. President Bush honors local volunteers as he travels throughout the United States. When a call came from the White House, Hatfield at first thought he was the victim of an April Fool's Day prank by ECS Coordinator Robert Barton, W7OES, who nominated Hatfield for the award a few days earlier. "Friday, March 30, I was contacted by a woman saying she was calling from the White House, and I was interviewed over the phone," Hatfield recounted. "I thought Robert was pulling a very elaborate joke!" A year earlier, Hatfield had volunteered to help Barton rebuild the ham radio communication group for ECS. "He didn't really know me that well but decided to give me a shot," Hatfield said of Barton. "I told him I would do everything I could to assist him in getting ECS going. My condition was that I not be made a leader of anything. I was to remain in the background." Barton, in turn, believed Hatfield should be recognized for his successful efforts. On April 1, Hatfield got another call from the same White House staff member telling him he'd won a Presidential Service Award. "I was nice to her and played along but knew this was a prank," he says. Nonetheless, he went to the airport meeting place at the appointed hour on April 4 and learned it was for real. Hatfield greeted the president as he disembarked from Air Force One. President Bush shook Hatfield's hand and presented him with an award pin. Then, they chatted for a few minutes while photos were taken. He'll receive the official award document and a signed photo of their meeting in a couple of weeks. "I'm supposed to be the behind-the-scenes guy," protested Hatfield, who has logged more than 500 hours of volunteer service over the past 12 months. The award recognizes his volunteer work with CERT, a Citizen Corps program that trains volunteers in basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue and disaster preparedness. In his volunteer work with ECS, which uses Amateur Radio volunteers to assist city and county personnel in the event of a disaster or emergency, Hatfield has taught ham radio classes to community members. Over the years, Hatfield estimates, he's helped some 350 individuals to get their ham radio tickets. Hatfield says he and his wife have been active with the Victorville CERT and ECS for a little more than a year. The couple had been involved in CERT previously when they lived in Marysville, Washington. In his nomination letter, Barton praised Hatfield for inspiring others by example to also volunteer their time and receive CERT and Amateur Radio training. "His classes provide hands on and practical applications to the materials taught," Barton said. "Randy has made service to his community a priority in life by volunteering his time and talents," Barton concluded. "He is always there when needed to provide support and resources to accomplish any task requested." ==>SOLAR UPDATE Spotmeister Tad "Saved By Zero" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: So far this month we've observed nine days in a row with zero sunspots. Based on predicted smoothed sunspot numbers, if this month and the next are truly the solar minimum, we should probably see several weeks in a row with no sunspots. The prediction for the next period of unsettled geomagnetic conditions is for around April 20, with an expected planetary A index of 20. After that, a planetary A index of 25 is predicted for April 28. This same forecast (from the US Air Force, via NOAA) shows solar flux of 70 until April 16, when it rises to 75. This is a small shift, but it may signal the period during which we could see another sunspot, April 16-27. Sunspot numbers for April 5 through 11 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with, a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 70.9, 71, 71.2, 71.1, 69.9, 69.4, and 69.1, with a mean of 70.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 4, 3, 3, 9, 7 and 4, with a mean of 4.9. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 2, 2, 2, 8, 6 and 3, with a mean of 3.7. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: The Georgia and Montana QSO parties, the JIDX CW Contest, Radio Maritime Day, and the EU Spring Sprint (CW) are the April 14-15 weekend. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is April 16 (UTC). The 222 MHz Spring Sprint is April 17 The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (data) is April 19. The NCCC Sprint Ladder is April 20. JUST AHEAD: The TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest, the Holyland DX Contest, the ES Open HF Championship, Kids Roundup, the EU Spring Sprint (SSB), the Michigan and Ontario QSO parties, the EA-QRP CW Contest, the YU DX Contest, and the SKCC Weekend Sprint are the weekend of April 21-22. The 432 MHz Spring Sprint is April 25. The NCCC Sprint Ladder is April 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, April 22, for these ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CEC) program <http://www.arrl.org/cce/> online courses beginning on Friday, May 4: 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, April 20, for classes beginning Friday, June 1. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * ARRL HQ seeks Assistant Editor: The ARRL is accepting applications for the position of Assistant Editor. The successful candidate for this full-time position at ARRL HQ in Newington, Connecticut, will prepare material for publication in QST, other print publications and the ARRL Web site, and will write material for publication. Paid work experience and a college degree in a related field preferred. Ham radio license and on-the-air experience required. Send resume and cover letter to LouAnn Campanello, c/o ARRL HQ, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111, <email@example.com>. ARRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. * Swains Island DXpedition logs available: The Swains Island N8S DXpedition logs now are available online <http://logsearch.de/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=73>. As of week's end, the N8S crew was approaching 100,000 QSOs, most available via the online log search engine. In the "Online-Logsearch" window, click "Search" and scroll down to N8S (the site provides access to the logs of many DXpeditions). Click "Search" a second time, and at "Online Log: N8S" you'll be prompted to enter your call sign. FYI: The DXpedition reports that due to a power failure, QSOs made April 7 between 0856 and 0938 UTC on 17 meters SSB were lost. YT1AD will handle cards for N8S. The DXpedition is set to shut down Sunday, April 15. * FCC Amateur Radio enforcement correspondence posted: The FCC has posted new Amateur Radio enforcement correspondence on its "Amateur Radio Service Enforcement Actions" page <http://www.fcc.gov/eb/AmateurActions/Welcome.html>. In mid-March, the FCC Enforcement Bureau began publicly posting such correspondence -- with some exceptions -- on its own Web site. Special Counsel in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division Riley Hollingsworth sent letters to William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, Diamond Springs, CA, and Kevin M. Bednar, K2KMB, Newton, NJ, on April 3. Direct all questions concerning the Amateur Radio Service Enforcement Actions Web postings via e-mail only to Riley Hollingsworth <firstname.lastname@example.org> in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division. * Dayton Hamvention contesting-related activities noted: Contesters planning to attend Dayton Hamvention <http://www.hamvention.org/> won't want to miss these activities and social gatherings: Wednesday-Saturday, May 16-19, Contest Super Suite at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, hosted by Contest University (don't forget the midnight pizza parties Thursday, Friday and Saturday). Thursday, May 17, all day, Contest University <http://www.contestuniversity.com/> at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Space is limited. Friday, May 18, 2:30-4:45 PM, Antenna Forum, Hara Arena, Room 1, Tim Duffy, K3LR, moderator/presenter with Dave Leeson, W6NL, James Breakall, WA3FET, Ted Rappaport, N9NB, and Dean Straw, N6BV, presenters. Saturday, May 19, 11:15 AM-1:45 PM, Contest Forum, Hara Arena, Room 1, Doug Grant, K1DG, moderator, with Atilano Oms, PY5EG, Randy Thompson, K5ZD, John Laney, K4BAI, Charlie Wooten, NF4A, Dick Norton, N6AA, Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC, and Tim Duffy, K3LR, presenters. Saturday, May 19, 15th annual Dayton Contest Dinner <http://www.contestdinner.com/>, Crowne Plaza Hotel, hosted by the North Coast Contesters. Space is limited. 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