*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 21 May 25, 2007 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * +League files federal appeals court brief in BPL review petition * +Bill McArthur, Riley Hollingsworth are Hamvention hits * +FCC leans on Ambient to demonstrate compliance with BPL license conditions * +ARRL Senior News Editor inducted into CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame * +Oklahoma poised to be next state to adopt amateur antenna legislation * +ARRL announces Section Manager election results * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This weekend on the radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration ARRL and MetLife® team up for new membership benefits! ARRL approved as 2007 Combined Federal Campaign participant FCC cites distributor for marketing unauthorized RF device +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 <email@example.com> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: Rick Lindquist, N1RL, <firstname.lastname@example.org> =========================================================== NOTE: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Monday, May 28, to observe the Memorial Day holiday. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Tuesday, May 29, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday. =========================================================== ==>ARRL FILES FEDERAL APPEALS COURT BRIEF IN PETITION FOR REVIEW OF BPL RULES The ARRL has filed a federal appeals court brief outlining its case and requesting oral arguments in its petition for review of the FCC's broadband over power line (BPL) rules. The League has petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit to review the FCC's October 2004 Report and Order (R&O) in ET Docket 04-37 and its 2006 Memorandum Opinion and Order. In its brief filed May 17, the ARRL contends, among other things, that the FCC's actions in adopting rules to govern unlicensed BPL systems fundamentally alter the longstanding rights of radio spectrum licensees, including Amateur Radio operators. "For the first time ever, the FCC has permitted new unlicensed devices to operate in spectrum bands already occupied by licensees, even if the unlicensed operations cause harmful interference to the licensees," the League said in stating its case. "The orders under review reverse nearly seven decades of consistent statutory interpretation and upset the settled expectations of licensees without so much as acknowledging the reversal, let alone justifying it." The ARRL argues that the FCC's approach to adopting rules to govern BPL flies in the face of Section 301 of the Communications Act, which requires that operators of devices that emit radio frequency energy first obtain an FCC license. "For years, the FCC has consistently read Section 301 to apply to unintentional radiators, such as BPL devices, and has expressly embodied that interpretation in its rules," the League's brief recounts. The Commission then compounded its error by asserting that BPL devices do not fall within Section 301 at all, the League said. "This hail-Mary attempt at justification is another unexplained departure from prior policy that independently requires invalidation of the orders," the ARRL remarked in its brief. The ARRL contends that the FCC orders under review "jeopardize the license rights of ARRL's members and other license holders by authorizing providers of a new device -- Access Broadband over Power Lines, or 'BPL' -- to send radio signals across the electric grid in the frequencies the license holders occupy, but without having to obtain an FCC license." The League's brief further asserts that the FCC "has failed to discuss or disclose significant information in the record that potentially contradicts its key interference findings," and seeks to have the FCC produce the information. The ARRL alleges that the Commission not only withheld its internal studies until it was too late to comment but has yet to release portions of studies that may not support its own conclusions. The FCC has claimed that these are "internal communications" that it did not rely upon in reaching its decision to adopt the BPL rules. "If, as seems more likely, the Commission actually considered and rejected the information contained in the redacted portions of its studies, then it had a duty to disclose the information and reasons for rejecting it. Either way, the FCC acted improperly." The League also takes issue with what it argues is the FCC's "arbitrary and capricious" adoption of a BPL emission measurement standard that's unsupported by the record in the proceeding and ignores contrary evidence. Additionally, the ARRL says, the FCC rejected a proposed alternative without even considering it. Said ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, in his "It Seems to Us . . ." editorial for July QST: "The Commission's penchant for ignoring contrary evidence is illustrated even more vividly with regard to how quickly RF emissions are assumed to decay as one moves away from the source. This is important because if the signal is assumed to decay more quickly than it really does, the interference potential of the emissions will be underestimated." As Sumner notes, the FCC has claimed that "many parties" have presented experimental data supporting a 40 dB per decade (10 times increase in distance) rate. "In fact, there is no such evidence in the record -- and empirical evidence supporting a lower number was ignored," he asserts. The League maintains that the Commission failed to consider the ARRL's sliding-scale alternative that would have avoided what Sumner calls "the logically indefensible situation that now exists in the rules: the extrapolation factor is 20 dB/decade at 30.001 MHz and 40 dB/decade at 29.999 MHz." In addition, the ARRL wants the court to determine if the FCC was arbitrary and capricious in failing to limit BPL providers "to frequencies where interference was less likely to occur without materially harming BPL deployment." The League argues that the FCC ignored evidence that restricting BPL to the 30-50 MHz frequency range would have obviated interference to long-distance HF communications without causing problems for public safety services. The ARRL brief asserts that, for the first time ever, the FCC "has authorized the operation of unlicensed devices that it concedes interfere with licensed devices" and has declared that such devices "may continue operating even where proven to cause interference." The FCC, ARRL contends, has concluded that BPL's acknowledged interference risks are manageable, but it bases that conclusion -- which ARRL calls "the linchpin of the challenged orders" -- on FCC studies the Commission has declined to make public in unedited form. "It is clear," the ARRL contends in his brief, "that the withheld pages contain information" that is at odds with the FCC's conclusion to adopt the current rules governing BPL deployments. "ARRL is not trying to stop the deployment of BPL," the League's brief concludes. ARRL and other commenters have provided the FCC with alternative proposals -- ones that have been demonstrated to work in the real world -- that would have allowed BPL to prosper without harm to licenses or to Congress's licensing regime." "What is perhaps most unfortunate about the FCC's radical actions in this case is that they were entirely unnecessary." The FCC's response to the League's brief is due July 2. ==>ASTRONAUT, FCC ENFORCER ATTRACT SRO CROWDS AT UPBEAT 2007 HAMVENTION Enthusiasm was the order of the day at the 56th Dayton Hamvention® <http://www.hamvention.org/>, May 18-20, near Dayton, Ohio. Business was brisk among the hundreds of vendors in the indoor areas, despite generally excellent weather outside, which tends to draw hordes to the outdoor flea market area. At ARRL EXPO, the sales staff was kept hopping as visitors from around the US and around the world stopped by to join the ARRL, purchase publications or just say hello. On the ARRL Stage, the lineup of 15-minute presentations proved to be popular again this year. Highlights were presentations by NASA astronaut and ISS Expedition 12 Commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR. He packed them in for a talk about his ham radio experiences from space. Special Counsel in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division Riley Hollingsworth also attracted an SRO crowd with his commentary on the state of the Amateur Radio Service. McArthur, the ARRL's Guest of Honor at Hamvention 2007, also gave an animated and informative talk at the annual Donor Recognition Reception Thursday evening. The variety of questions he was asked following his talk reflected the enthusiasm that greeted his presentation. About 120 donors to various ARRL programs and scholarships attended the dinner, which was sponsored by the ARRL Development Office. Despite an Internet outage that affected the entire Hara Arena, QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, uploaded his personal Dayton musings, including his entertaining "alt" observations, photos and videos. Internet access was never restored, so Steve was forced to leave the Arena premises to find WiFi hotspots for uploading to the ARRL Web. His Hamvention blog remains available <http://www.arrl.org/blog/Dayton%20and%20ARRL%20Expo>. The ARRL EXPO area in the Ballarena featured exhibits that again this year drew many thousands of Hamvention attendees. They included the US Power Squadrons, Section Managers and other section officials, the International Amateur Radio Union, Regulatory Information, National Association of Radio and Telecommunications Engineers (NARTE), TravelPlus for Repeaters software demos, Media and Public Relations, Education Services, the ARRL Development Office and ARRL Foundation, Great Lakes Division officials, the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator and QST/NCJ/QEX – in short, something of practical value to just about every ham. But wait -- there's more. Other ARRL EXPO booths featured DXCC card checking, Youth Activities and commercial license exams sponsored by NARTE. In addition, ARRL staff members and officers took part in nine different Hamvention forums throughout the weekend. At the awards dinner Saturday night, ARRL President Emeritus Jim Haynie, W5JBP, was honored as Ham of the Year, while ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, received the Special Achievement Award. The Technical Excellence Award went to David Cameron, VE7LTD. Perhaps it was partly due to the uncharacteristically pleasant weather, but for whatever reason, visitors to this year's Hamvention seemed as enthusiastic, upbeat and just plain glad to be there, as any Hamvention in recent memory. Hamvention officials have not yet released an official head count. ==>FCC DEMANDS AMBIENT DEMONSTRATE COMPLIANCE WITH BPL LICENSE CONDITIONS The FCC has called on BPL equipment manufacturer Ambient Corporation to demonstrate that it's complying with all terms of its Part 5 Experimental license or face possible enforcement action. Ambient operates the Briarcliff Manor, New York, BPL pilot program under Experimental license WD2XEQ. In a May 21 letter to Ambient Chief Engineer Yehuda Cern, FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division Chief Kathryn S. Berthot noted that the FCC is investigating ARRL complaints dating back to 2006 that Ambient's Briarcliff Manor BPL system has caused and continues to cause harmful interference to Amateur Radio stations. She said Ambient's most recent six-month report failed to address one condition of its Part 5 license relating to emission measurements to prove compliance. "Access BPL systems are generally required to meet the pertinent radiated emission requirements specified in Section 15.611(b) of the Commission's rules," Berthot wrote. "However, Ambient's facility, operating under an experimental license, is subject to the operating conditions contained on its license." Condition 4, Berthot pointed out, requires a progress report six months from the date of grant, which was last August. Condition 5 provides that the progress report "should include, but is not limited to, a description of measurements and results demonstrating compliance" with the radiated emission limits of §15.109. Ambient's most recent six-month report indicated that the company had notched out BPL signals on Amateur Radio bands, "demonstrating significant advancements," the FCC noted. Still lacking, the Commission contends, is information to satisfy Condition 5. Berthot gave Ambient 20 days from the date of this month's letter to submit the results of any measurements it conducted before its most recent progress report to demonstrate compliance with §15.109. "Any measurements made in the areas addressed in the ARRL complaint should be highlighted," she continued. "If any area included in the ARRL complaint was not previously subject to measurements, measurements must now be taken in that area to test for compliance with §15.109." Further, Berthot said, Ambient must note any measurements that reveal any non-compliance with §15.109, and, in that case, it must include a description of its plans to bring the system into compliance with the conditions of its Experimental license. "Furthermore," Berthot concluded, "Ambient must submit to the Commission a follow-up report confirming compliance, once it has completed the necessary system modifications. We caution you that failure to respond to this letter may result in enforcement action." Ambient operates the BPL system on power lines owned and operated by Consolidated Edison, under an experimental FCC authorization. In January 2006, in the wake of continued FCC inaction in response to several previous complaints, the ARRL filed a renewal of its complaint against Ambient's BPL system in Briarcliff Manor. Without adjudicating ARRL's repeated complaints about interference throughout the amateur 20 meter band, the FCC renewed Ambient's experimental license for an additional term, from August 1, 2005 to August 1, 2007. ==>ARRL SENIOR NEWS EDITOR NAMED TO CQ AMATEUR RADIO HALL OF FAME ARRL Senior News Editor Rick Lindquist, N1RL, has been inducted into the 2007 CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. CQ magazine, which sponsors the honor, cited Lindquist for keeping the amateur community updated on new developments via The ARRL Letter, ARRL Audio News and the ARRL Web news pages. He will retire June 1. Commented QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY: "Rick Lindquist started as the ARRL 'Product Review' editor, but he quickly made the transition to news reporting, which was his true calling. In a remarkably short time, Rick became the most recognized name in Amateur Radio journalism." ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said, "Rick has been our news editor and reporter through many of the major events in Amateur Radio, including 9/11, Katrina and No-Code Licensing. He has been the print and audio voice of the ARRL during these events and he has reported them accurately, incisively and engagingly." Kramer said Lindquist is "an active contester and DXer with an encyclopedic knowledge of Amateur Radio. He has been especially effective at writing Product Reviews and both writing and editing articles on all aspects of Amateur Radio." For his part, Lindquist said he was "very surprised and honored" to be inducted into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. Other 2007 inductees included: * Roy Lewallen, W7EL, for the development of the EZ-NEC antenna modeling software. * Don Miller, W9NTP. An SSTV pioneer, he developed (with KB9VAK) the first high-definition digital SSTV protocol and program. * Durward J. Tucker, W5VU (SK), who helped promote and popularize RTTY in the 1950s. * Ade Weiss, W0RSP (ex-K8EEG), for being a leading proponent and promoter of QRP (low-power communications) in the 1970s and 80s. * Farrell Winder, W8ZCF, for sending the first SSTV signals to the Russian Mir space station. * ISS Expedition 12 commander Bill McArthur, KC5ACR, ARRL's guest of honor at the 2007 Dayton Hamvention and the most active radio amateur aboard the ISS to date. * Phillip Catona, W2JAV (SK), an RTTY pioneer and inventor of the modern-day terminal unit. * Paul Flaherty, N9FZX (SK), co-inventor of Alta Vista search engine. * John Geloso, I1JGM, an Italian Amateur Radio manufacturer. * Michael Griffin, NR3A, NASA Administrator. * James Hillier, ex-VE3SH (SK), co-inventor of scanning electron microscope and former head of RCA Labs. * Herb Johnson, W6QKI (ex-W7GRA) (SK), founder of Swan Electronics. * Copthorne MacDonald, VY2CM, author and developer of slow-scan TV (SSTV). * Louis Tristao, KG6VY (SK), inventor of the crank-up tower. The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors individuals who, whether licensed or not, "have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio" and/or "have made significant contributions either to Amateur Radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect of life on our planet." Inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame were QST author Roger Western, G3SXW, and Nigel Cawthorne, G3TXF. Both are avid DXpeditioners, activating many rare locations with their two-man, CW-only, expeditions. To date, Cawthorne has operated from 44 DX locations, while Western has been on the air from 37. Western is also a member of the CQ Contest Hall of Fame. Other CQ DX Hall of Famers include Mauro Pregliasco, I1JQJ. He and his wife Valeria, IK1ADH, are co-editors of 425 DX News. He's also a very active DXer. The CQ Contest Hall of Fame inducted three new members this year: Fred Capossela, K6SSS, a past CQ World Wide DX Contest director. For the past 40 years, he has maintained and annually updated the CQWW All-Time Records List. Phil Goetz, N6ZZ (SK), who held the distinction of having operated the CQ WW DX Contest from each of the world's 40 CQ zones -- one of only two amateurs ever to do so (ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, is the other). Tom Taormina, K5RC, has been contesting since 1959 and holds several records and won several national and divisional championships. He has also mentored a string of world-class contesters, who have themselves gone on to record-setting performances. ==>LEGISLATIVE END RUN NETS WIN FOR OKLAHOMA AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA BILL An Amateur Radio antenna bill has made it through the Oklahoma legislature and now awaits the signature of Gov Brad Henry. Securing passage of the essence of the limited federal preemption known as PRB-1 <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/prb-1.pdf> was no mean feat, however. Proponents of the legislation had to switch to Plan B after House Bill 1037 (HB 1037) failed to make the House calendar for a vote after getting a "do pass" recommendation in the General Government and Transportation Committee. Supporters of the measure were successful, however, in getting the language of HB 1037 attached to Senate Bill 426, which involves municipal annexations. SB 426 passed the Senate 45-2 and the House 90-5. "We expect Gov Henry to sign the bill soon and are networking with his office to ensure his approval," said ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager John Thomason, WB5SYT. "The Oklahoma Section members really rose to the task to communicate our need to legislators, key community members including emergency managers and the general public who benefit from Amateur Radio emergency communications." Thomason said the bill's supporters reminded lawmakers that some Oklahoma Section members have been among those supporting emergency communication in Kansas in the wake of the tornado that recently devastated the town of Greensburg. Thomason expressed particular appreciation to several key players who helped make the antenna bill a reality. They include David Johansson, KA5GLT, who set the legislative process into motion, Joe White, K5BQG, who advised Section leadership, Assistant SM Eddie Manley, K5EMS, who tracked and reported on the bill's progress and initiated a letter-writing campaign, Melinda Jones, KE5IGK, for researching, composing and networking, and Hal Deitz, W5GHZ, for spending "significant hours at the capitol, meeting, greeting and informing" and keeping the SM apprised. "It's a good day for Amateur Radio in Oklahoma," Deitz told ARRL this week. "We're excited." Thomason also offered "a special word of thanks" to Oklahoma State Rep Guy Liebmann, K5GL, who provided support and served as a knowledgeable point of contact at the State Capitol. In addition, he thanked ARRL Field Organization Team Leader Steve Ewald , WV1X, for his help and encouragement. Elsewhere ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Eric Olena, WB3FPL, reports that Amateur Radio antenna legislation, Senate Bill 884, was introduced May 18, but the measure has not yet been posted on the General Assembly's Web site, nor has it been referred to committee, likely to be either the Senate Local Government Committee or the Senate Communications and Technology Committee. "We are not ready for you to contact your Pennsylvania state Senators and Representatives yet, but we are getting closer," Olena said on the Section's Web page. SB 884 would incorporate language from PRB-1 into the state's statutes. Olena has credited the efforts of George Brechmann, N3HBT, of Bucks County who has been working with Pennsylvania Sen Stewart Greenleaf, the bill's sponsor. The proposed bill would restrict municipalities from adopting "an ordinance, regulation or plan or take any other action that precludes Amateur Service communications" or that fails to comply with PRB-1. In the North Carolina General Assembly, an Amateur Radio antenna bill, House Bill 1340 (H 1340) was reported favorably out of the House Ways and Means Committee and received the unanimous approval of the full House in early May. The measure has moved to the Senate, where it's under consideration by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Small Business and Entrepreneurship. H 1340 calls on municipalities to require ordinances based on health, safety, or aesthetic considerations regulating placement, screening or height of Amateur Radio antennas or antenna support structures "must reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communications and must represent the minimum practicable regulation necessary to accomplish the purpose" of the city or county. Beyond that, however, the measure would establish a minimum regulatory height of 90 feet "unless the restriction is necessary to achieve a clearly defined health, safety, or aesthetic objective" of the city or county. To date, 23 states have adopted PRB-1 legislation. While PRB-1 requires municipalities to "reasonably accommodate" Amateur Radio communication, 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. ==>SECTION MANAGER ELECTION RESULTS ANNOUNCED In the only contested Section Manager race in the spring election cycle, Sterling Eanes, AK1K, has been elected to a second term as ARRL New Hampshire Section Manager. He received 277 votes, while challenger Russell Santos, K1TSV, polled 236 votes. Ballots were counted May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Elsewhere, John Dyer, AE5B, of Cisco, Texas, will be returning to the West Texas Section Manager's post he held previously when he succeeds outgoing SM Bill Lawless, W5WRL. Lawless did not run for a new term. Dyer, who ran unopposed in the current election cycle, served as West Texas SM from October 2002 through June 2005. Several sitting ARRL Section Managers faced no opposition in their bids for new terms and were declared elected. They are: Bob Beaudet, W1YRC, Rhode Island; Jim Cross, WI3N, Maryland-DC; Dick Flanagan, K7VC, Nevada; Charles McConnell, W6DPD, San Joaquin Valley, and Mel Parkes, NM7P, Utah. Terms for all successful candidates in the current election cycle begin July 1. The ARRL will re-solicit nominations for Section Manager in Northern New Jersey in the July and August editions of QST. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Solar Seer Tad "Little Miss Sunshine" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: This week saw a return to active geomagnetic conditions after a period of relative quiet. The planetary A index reached a high of 42 on Wednesday, May 23, and the mid-latitude A index that day was 28. At the same time, sunspot numbers are dropping -- from a high of 56 on May 16 to 44, 23, 15, 14, 12 and 0 on May 19-24. Currently the interplanetary magnetic field points south, making Earth susceptible to geomagnetic upsets from solar wind. We could see a blank sun through the end of May. Geomagnetic indices should remain active for the next few days, with predicted planetary A index for May 25-29 at 25, 25, 20, 10 and 5. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts active conditions for May 25-26, unsettled May 27, quiet to unsettled May 28, and quiet May 29-31. During the CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest this weekend, expect no sunspots and declining but still active or unsettled geomagnetic conditions. Sunspot numbers for May 17 through 23 were 30, 45, 44, 23, 15, 14 and 12, with a mean of 26.1. The 10.7 cm flux was 76.5, 75.8, 74.8, 74.1, 73.2, 72, and 70.1, with a mean of 73.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 18, 12, 6, 6, 11 and 42, with a mean of 14.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 15, 10, 6, 6, 10 and 28, with a mean of 11.3. 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 CQ World Wide WPX Contest (CW), the VK/Trans-Tasman 80-Meter Contest (CW), the SKCC Weekend Sprint, the ARCI Hootowl Sprint and the Michigan QRP Memorial Day CW Sprint are the weekend of May 27-28. JUST AHEAD: The NCCC Sprint Ladder is June 1, the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint is June 2. The SEANET Contest, the RSGB National Field Day, the IARU Region 1 Field Day (CW) and the Alabama QSO Party are the June 2-3 weekend. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Data) is June 4. The ARS Spartan Sprint is June 5. The NCCC Sprint Ladder is June 8. 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, June 3, for these ARRL Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) online courses beginning Friday, June 15: 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, June 1, for classes beginning Friday July 20. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department <email@example.com>. * ARRL and MetLife® team up for new membership benefits! The ARRL inaugurated a partnership with MetLife® at Dayton Hamvention to provide new membership benefits. An announcement to ARRL members went out last week outlining the program, which offers group automobile and home insurance as well as banking products. This program also makes available insurance for renters, boats, condos, recreational vehicles (RVs) and fire. "I am very excited to see this program launched after nearly a year of planning and development," ARRL Membership Manager Katie Breen, W1KRB, said. At Hamvention, MetLife representatives set up at ARRL EXPO where they held a giveaway for a giant Snoopy -- MetLife's marketing mascot -- and handed out nearly 8000 Snoopy toys. All ARRL members are eligible for this new program, which offers a wide range of policies. For a free, no-obligation quote, just call toll-free 800-GET-MET8 (438-6388). When calling, have your ARRL membership number ready, and explain that you're inquiring as a group member. * ARRL approved as 2007 Combined Federal Campaign participant: The ARRL has once again been approved as a participant in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) <http://www.opm.gov/cfc/> for 2007. Similar to the United Way, the CFC encourages contributions from federal government civilian employees, US Postal Service workers and members of the military on behalf of various organizations. By designating the League as the donation's recipient, contributors can support ARRL's efforts to represent its members and all radio amateurs. Last year the CFC attracted more than $22,400 in contributions to the League. The ARRL urges eligible radio amateurs to consider the League when designating CFC donation recipients. To select the ARRL to receive all or part of your payroll deduction, designate organization 10099 (this is a new identifying number!) when completing the 2007 CFC donor form. Donations to ARRL can be designated for Diamond Club contributions, the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund or the ARRL Education & Technology Program. Or, donors may make unrestricted contributions to the League. One important note: Since the CFC does not provide the ARRL with the names of individual donors, the ARRL Development Office would appreciate a copy of the donor form to ensure that each contribution is applied according to the donor's wishes and the contribution or pledge can be properly acknowledged. * FCC cites distributor for marketing unauthorized RF device: The FCC has sent an official Citation to Tower Products Inc of Saugerties, New York, for marketing an unauthorized RF device capable of operating on 70 cm Amateur Radio frequencies. The FCC contends that the product in question, the "Laird Telemedia model LTM-WAVE-AG Wireless Monitoring System (LTM-WAVE-AG), requires FCC certification. As an "intentional emitter," the device cannot be operated legally under Part 15 rules. The device is not a Part 97 transmitter, which would not require FCC certification, because it can transmit on spectrum not allocated to the Amateur Radio Service. Additionally, the devices, the FCC said, bore an FCC identification number assigned to another device. The FCC said Tower has acknowledged that the LTM-WAVE-AG is not certified and that it marketed the device in the US, apparently in violation of §302(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and §2.803(a) of the FCC rules. In addition, the FCC asserts, Tower apparently violated §2.2304(a) of the rules by importing an RF device that did not meet one or more of 10 specified import conditions, and §2.1204(b) by being unable to document compliance with import conditions. 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