*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 27 July 06, 2007 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + FCC Responds to ARRL's BPL Brief * + Huntsville to Host Global EmComm Conference in August * + ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately? * + Amateurs Play Key Role in Tennessee Earthquake Exercise * + North Carolina Eagle Scout Named 2007's Young Ham of the Year * + New Section Manager Appointed in Sacramento Valley * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Course Registration + Solar Flux to Bottom Out This Month as Cycle 24 Gets Closer + Get Ready for the IARU HF World Championship, July 14-15 Walt Legowski, WA1KKM, wins June QST Cover Plaque Award ARRL VEC Team Keeps Busy! Emma Berg, W0JUV/AAR7AX (SK) Let Us Know Corrections and Clarifications +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: S. Khrystyne Keane, <firstname.lastname@example.org> =========================================================== ==> FCC Responds to ARRL's BPL Brief On Monday, July 2, the FCC filed its reply brief with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The FCC attempted to rebut the ARRL's challenge to the FCC's Broadband over Power Line (BPL) rules enacted in late 2004 and affirmed by the agency in 2006. According to ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, "The FCC's brief does not accurately describe ARRL's arguments concerning harmful interference." Given what is in essence a 100 percent probability of interference from BPL systems to fixed and mobile HF facilities at significant distances from power lines, Imlay said Section 301 of the Communications Act does not allow unlicensed BPL systems to operate in the HF bands. "Basically, Section 301 says you can not operate a radio frequency emitting device without a license. The legislative purpose of Section 301 is clearly to avoid interference. FCC's Part 15 rules have assumed that certain very low power devices and systems can operate without predictable interference, thus allowing them to operate without a license, notwithstanding Section 301. But with BPL, the FCC has ignored conclusive record evidence which shows that there will be, and in fact our experience conclusively demonstrates, that BPL causes severe interference to licensed services," Imlay said. The FCC claims that it has the authority to permit unlicensed BPL under Section 302 of the Act; this section allows the FCC to regulate the interference potential of RF devices. What Section 302 does not do, Imlay said, is to create a loophole in, or modify, or invalidate Section 301. "It is the ARRL's position," Imlay said, "that the FCC can regulate and authorize BPL with certain safeguards, consistent with the terms of Section 301; however, the FCC simply cannot honestly maintain the position that BPL has an inherently low interference potential. It has a high interference potential, and the rules they have enacted to date are woefully inadequate and insufficient to address it." The ARRL has long maintained that BPL, when not adequately "notched," causes harmful interference to Amateur Radio operations. In its brief, the FCC claims BPL does not cause significant interference and the Courts must defer to the FCC's expertise to decide this issue. ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said, "The FCC misrepresents the ARRL's position as being that the FCC has no authority to allow unlicensed devices that pose any risk whatsoever of causing interference to licensed services. That's not our position at all. Our position is that the FCC possessed clear evidence, at the time it made its BPL decisions, that the limits it was adopting would allow the deployment of BPL systems with a near-100 percent probability of causing harmful interference to radio receivers hundreds of feet from the power lines. Yet, despite this evidence it characterized the likelihood of harmful interference as 'low.'" The brief goes on to say that, in the FCC's view, mobile stations and fixed stations are protected against harmful interference from BPL. But with respect to mobile stations complaining of interference, the FCC requires only that BPL operators reduce the radiated emission levels to 20 dB below the Part 15 maximum levels for radiated emissions. This, in the HF bands, still permits BPL noise at levels that preclude communications entirely. It offers mobile stations no protection whatsoever, Imlay stated. Sumner explained, "The FCC claims that it continues to protect mobile stations from harmful interference, but it does so simply by defining whatever interference a mobile station might encounter from a notched BPL system as not harmful! None of the steps to limit the interference potential of BPL systems that the FCC took in this rulemaking proceeding reduce the likelihood of interference to the amateur service, and to this day the FCC has declined to enforce its rules even when protracted violations and interference have been documented." The FCC's brief also attempted to justify its presumption that a BPL radiated interfering signal decays at a rate of 40 dB per decade of distance. "A 'decade of distance' is a factor of 10," Imlay explained. "For example, if a victim receiver moves from 3-30 feet from the power lines (10 times farther away), that is one decade of distance. For each decade of distance, the FCC believes that there is a 40 dB signal decay. In the HF bands, however, the evidence in the record shows that the signal decay is closer to 20 dB than 40 dB per decade of distance from the power lines. The FCC's brief claimed that there was conflicting evidence on the subject, but ARRL's view is that the FCC merely avoided consideration of the overwhelming evidence favoring the more conservative decay factor." Imlay said the ARRL has asked the Court to order the FCC to "rethink the rules governing BPL and for the first time to take into account the evidence on the record concerning harmful interference to Amateur Radio." ARRL's reply brief is due for filing with the Court July 28, 2007. There is no date set yet for oral argument before the three-judge panel in Washington, DC. ==> Huntsville to Host Global EmComm Conference in August The 2007 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC-07) is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, August 16-17 in Huntsville, Alabama. GAREC-07 registrants will participate in emergency communications-themed presentations, discussions and demonstrations. The conference will be held just before the 2007 ARRL National Convention and annual Huntsville Hamfest, which take place on Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19. In 2005, current IARU Region 1 Emergency Communications Coordinator Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR, organized the first GAREC meeting in Tampere, Finland. Tampere was the site of a 1998 intergovernmental meeting where the Tampere Convention was adopted -- an international treaty that facilitates the use of telecommunications in humanitarian assistance. In 2006, GAREC met in Tampere for the second time, in connection with the International Conference on Emergency Communications (ICEC-2006) and the United Nations Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications. According to IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP/HB9AQS, "...GAREC wants to be a forum for the exchange of information. Many IARU Member Societies and specialized emergency communications groups have developed and implemented emergency concepts. Many others want to benefit from their technical, operational and, not the least, their administrative or even 'political' experiences when establishing the necessary cooperation with partners in emergency and disaster response. GAREC also developed new concepts, such as the 'Center of Activity Frequencies,' meanwhile adopted by the IARU Region 1 and 3 conferences." The packed GAREC-07 agenda includes reviews of advanced digital technologies and their applications to emergency telecommunications. The ARRL Alabama Section, Zimmermann said, "leads the way" with respect to D-STAR repeater systems, activities and users. There will also be a demonstration of the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), another capability of the Amateur Radio Services. Zimmermann noted, "A demonstration of [APRS'] capabilities found much interest among the delegates of the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Turkey last November." Zimmermann added that EchoLink and eQSO are "yet more such tools, and specialized groups have developed emergency applications for these modes. More technologies are being developed or have become available already. The two days in August will be packed with practical information, and experts will arrange demonstrations of the capabilities of 21st century Amateur Radio!" Emergency communication vehicles and equipment will be on hand throughout the conference. Details for GAREC-2007 are now being finalized. Information about GAREC-07 and the related events is available at these Web sites: <http://www.arrl-al.org/GAREC07.htm> and <http://www.iaru.org/emergency/. The sites will be updated as more information becomes available. To register for GAREC-07, please see the registration page <https://www.arrl.org/forms/misc/garec07.html>. GAREC-07's tentative agenda <http://www.arrl-al.org/garec_schedule.htm>is also available. ==> ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately? In June, ARRL HQ staffers, officers and directors were busy. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, expressed his appreciation to Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor after the senator introduced a BPL-related bill in the US Senate. ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, oversaw the installation of the Diamond Terrace at ARRL Headquarters. Several members of the ARRL HQ staff, area hams and out of state visitors activated W1AW during Field Day weekend. The ARRL sent out more than 100 letters to repeater owners/trustees who have repeaters affected by the Pave Paws radars. The letters provided an update on the ongoing negotiations with the US Air Force. In response, most have reported that they have voluntarily reduced power. The ARRL Worked All States (WAS) award has been redesigned. The August issue of QST and the July/August issues of QEX and NCJ have been printed and mailed. The 2006 Annual Report is available electronically or, upon request, in printed form. ARRL Field and Regulation Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, compiled and forwarded the ARRL Monitoring System/Intruder Watch report to the IARU Region 2 Coordinator. US Virgin Islands Section Manager John Ellis, NP2B, is serving as the main liaison between the Hurricane Watch Net and ARRL HQ staff during the 2007 hurricane season. ARRL Education Project Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME, led two Teachers Institutes, one in Rocklin, California and one in Spokane, Washington. Mark and his wife Doris spent a good part of a week in EmComm support for a local wildfire emergency in Coleville, California, including offering their home as shelter. The Executive Committee has approved seven new grants to Education & Technology Program schools. The new editions of The ARRL General Class License Manual and General Q&A are available for sale. Jon Bloom, KE3Z, managed the process of switching the massive Logbook of The World QSO repository over to a more robust server. Several staff members helped reorganize the ARRL HQ lobby publications and apparel display. ARRL HQ staff traveled internationally and domestically promoting and advocating on behalf of Amateur Radio. On behalf of the IARU, ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, took part in a meeting of International Telecommunication Union-Radio Communication Sector (ITU-R) Working Party 1A in Geneva, Switzerland. IARU President Larry Price, W4RA, ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, and Sumner also took part in a meeting of ITU Working Party 8A in Geneva. Dan Henderson, N1ND, took part in the ARRL Forum at the Georgia State Convention/Atlanta Hamfest, as well as the Iowa State Convention in South Sioux City, Nebraska. Mary Hobart took part in the Northwestern Division Convention at Seaside, Oregon. Katie Breen, W1KRB, attended the New York State Convention in Rochester. David Sumner, Dave Patton, NN1N, and Maria Somma, AB1FM, Joel Harrison, W5ZN, and Rod Stafford, W6ROD,represented the ARRL at HAM RADIO 2007 at Friedrichshafen, Germany. Steve Ewald, WV1X, attended the National Citizen Corps Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. ARRL News Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA, gave a presentation at the West Gulf Division Convention/HamCom 2007 in Plano, Texas. ==> Amateurs Play Key Role in Tennessee Earthquake Exercise Almost 100 radio amateurs participated in TNCAT '07, the largest and most comprehensive exercise ever conducted by the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). The exercise, conducted over a 3 day period from June 19-21, was based on a presumed 7.7 magnitude earthquake along the New Madrid Seismic Zone. TEMA's Operations Chief Hank Koebler, Jr, N3ORX, said he was very impressed with the response from the amateur community. "I anticipated a top-notch performance from them, but they exceeded those expectations by far." Throughout the exercise, ARES and MARS continued to provide the bulk of the emergency communications. At the State Emergency Operations Center in Nashville, ARES and MARS operators were set up side-by-side to handle the communications load -- ARES handled voice on VHF/UHF and HF links into the disaster area, while MARS handled all Winlink traffic via HF. In the affected counties in West Tennessee, ARES operators performed damage assessments, provided the sole means of communications for the county Emergency Operations Centers and were the communications workhorses for TEMA's Regional Center in Jackson, Tennessee. ==> North Carolina Eagle Scout Named 2007's Young Ham of the Year Grant H. Morine, W4GHM, a 17 year old from Wilmington, North Carolina, has been named the 2007 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY), announced YHOTY Award Administrator Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, and Award Committee Chairman Mark Abramowicz, NT3V. Grant was selected based on his commitment to Amateur Radio, along with his work in public service and his promotion of the Amateur Radio Service to others through the Boy Scouts of America. Grant will receive his award as part of the Huntsville Hamfest, held in conjunction with the 2007 ARRL National Convention. The son of Bill, N2COP, and Pamela Morine, and the brother of Reid, W4RSM, Grant was first licensed in June of 2001 when he was 10; he holds a Technician class license. His nomination told of the public service project that he spearheaded to earn the rank of Eagle Scout -- the construction and donation of 30 220-MHz J-pole antennas to the Carolinas Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CARES). The antennas are indoor back-ups for the CARES network of hospitals, located in some of the storm-prone coastal areas of the Carolinas. To complete his project, Grant successfully solicited the donation of the needed raw materials from a local hardware store. He then organized a group of three adults and 10 Scouts to assemble the antenna systems at his home. After each antenna was completed, it was tested for proper performance before being handed over to CARES managers in October 2006. Grant's antennas were recently tested by CARES when they were utilized in a test run in South Carolina. Antenna design and construction are not new to Grant. In 2006, he won first place in the North Carolina Science Fair with an environmentally inspired project that he called "Can Homemade Antennas Made from Recyclable Materials Work As Well As Commercially Made Antennas?" He proved that they could by designing and constructing a dual-band 2 meter and 70 cm antenna from a steel can, a soda can and a wire coat hanger. Grant won county and regional science fairs when he was in 7th and 8th grades using ham radio antenna projects. Aside from ham radio, Grant served as a Page in the North Carolina legislature in the summer of 2006. He was also appointed to serve on the Junior Crime Prevention Council of New Hanover County in 2006 by the County Commissioners. During his tenure, he was the sole representative under age 18 on this government panel. Grant is currently in his senior year at the Lyceum Academy. Grant hopes to enroll in the United States Naval Academy, after which he plans to attend Duke University's School of Law with an eye toward a long-term career as a military Judge Advocate General (JAG). The 2007 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award will be presented on Saturday, August 18, 2007 at the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville, Alabama. As the 2007 Young Ham of the Year, Grant will receive a trip to the Huntsville Hamfest, ham radio equipment, various books and magazines and an all-expense-paid week at Spacecamp in Huntsville. Amateur Radio Newsline will award Grant with a commemorative plaque at the ceremony. The presentation of the YHOTY award is a regular feature of the Huntsville Hamfest and has been made possible through the generosity and kindness of the event's Planning Committee. In addition to the 2007 ARRL National Convention, the International Amateur Radio Union's Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC-07) will take place at the Huntsville Hamfest. This year's YHOTY award ceremony will be co-hosted by Pasternak and Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, of Amateur Radio Newsline, along with representatives of corporate underwriters Vertex-Standard and CQ Communications, Inc. The Amateur Radio Newsline "Young Ham of the Year" award program (formerly the Westlink Report Young Ham of the Year Award), is now entering its 21st consecutive year. It is presented annually to a licensed radio Amateur Radio operator who is 18 years of age or younger and who has provided outstanding service to the nation, his/her community or the betterment of the state of the art in communications through the Amateur Radio hobby/service. ==> New Section Manager Appointed in Sacramento Valley Ron Murdock, W6KJ, of Yuba City, California, has been appointed Section Manager of the Sacramento Valley Section. Dave Patton, NN1N, Manager of ARRL's Membership and Volunteer Programs Department, made the appointment effective July 2 since outgoing Section Manager Casey McPartland, W7IB, will be moving out the section soon. Murdock was scheduled to become Section Manager on October 1. "I have been looking forward to this for some time," Murdock said after getting the word that his term is starting three months early. He comes to the position with strong recommendations from McPartland, as well as former Sacramento Valley Section Manager Jettie Hill, W6RFF. Murdock is active with the Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club, and has also served as ARRL Bulletin Manager and ARRL Emergency Coordinator. Licensed since 1967, he has been involved in public service events and emergency communications since 1969, helping out with earthquakes, wildfires and floods. Murdock and his wife Jo Anne, N6YLO, have two grown sons. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "You Are the Sun(spot) of My Life" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: The average daily sunspot number for this week rose nearly 18 points from the previous seven days. On July 4, the A index was moderately elevated due to a solar wind stream. Expect to see a similar increase around July 11, and a much greater increase in geomagnetic activity from July 16-19. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions for July 6-9, quiet to unsettled July 10, and unsettled conditions for July 11. Monthly averages of daily sunspot numbers for April 2006 through June 2007 were 55.2, 39.6, 24.4, 22.6, 22.8, 25.2, 14.7, 31.5, 22.2, 28.2, 17.3, 9.8, 6.9, 19.8 and 20.7. Monthly averages of daily solar flux for the same period were 88.9, 80.9, 76.5, 75.8, 79, 77.8, 74.3, 86.3, 84.4, 83.5, 77.7, 72.2, 72.4, 74.4 and 73.7. Sunspot numbers for June 28 through July 4 were 27, 29, 36, 30, 13, 12 and 13 with a mean of 22.9. 10.7 cm flux was 74.9, 75.3, 74, 74.3, 72.6, 71.7, and 72.4, with a mean of 73.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 13, 6, 5, 3, 9 and 16 with a mean of 8.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 5, 5, 4, 4, 2, 6 and 13, with a mean of 5.6. 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: This weekend, look for the VK/Trans-Tasman 160 Meter Contest (SSB) on July 7. The Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, the DL-DX RTTY Contest and the Original QRP Contest are scheduled for July 7-8. On July 8, look for the DARC 10 Meter Digital Contest and the ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint. Later in the week on July 11, the SKCC Sprint and RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship (SSB) are on the air. Next weekend, the big event is the IARU HF World Championship, from 1200 UTC July 14-1200 UTC July 15. On July 13, the NCCC Sprint Ladder is on the air, and on July 14, look for the FISTS Summer Sprint. The Colorado QSO Party is on July 15-16, while the Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is on July 16. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint and the RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship (Data) are on July 19. See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/>, the ARRL Contester's Rate Sheet <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rate-sheet/> 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, July 22 for these online courses beginning on Friday August 3: Technician 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). To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the Continuing Education Program Coordinator <email@example.com>. * Solar Flux to Bottom Out in July as Cycle 24 Gets Closer: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Space Environment Center (SEC) released their monthly forecasts of sunspot number and 10.7 cm radio flux, including high and low bounds to their forecasts. The SEC forecasts that the smoothed sunspot number reached its low value of 11.7 in March 2007, and predicts that the solar flux will reach its low of 75.4 this month. This is the fourth month in a row that the SEC predicts the solar flux will bottom out in July. Based on the SEC predictions, this is probably at the bottom of Cycle 23 and extremely close to the beginning of Cycle 24. Two events will mark the beginning of the next sunspot cycle: The observation of the first opposite magnetic polarity sunspots compared to Cycle 23 sunspot polarity, and the observation high solar latitude sunspots -- the Cycle 23 sunspots are now very near the solar equator. The SEC predictions table <http://www.sec.noaa.gov/ftpdir/weekly/Predict.txt> and sunspot number and solar flux prediction graphs <http://www.sec.noaa.gov/SolarCycle/> are available on the SEC's Web site. * Get Ready for the IARU HF World Championship, July 14-15: Participation in the IARU HF World Championship has grown steadily for the past four years, despite solar activity trending in the wrong direction. The creation of Low Power and QRP categories has contributed to increasing both the popularity and the competitiveness of the event. The ARRL administers the HF World Championship on behalf of the IARU. At its May 2007 meeting the IARU Administrative Council discussed various issues related to the event and asked that the ARRL devote the resources necessary to maintain a high standard of adjudication. A condition of entry in the IARU HF World Championship is that each entrant agrees to be bound by the provisions of the announced rules, by the regulations of his/her licensing authority, and by the decisions of the ARRL Awards Committee acting for the IARU International Secretariat. Leading competitors should expect their entries to be carefully scrutinized. If exceptional results are claimed, entrants must be prepared to explain how they were achieved. Reminder: In addition to the zone and "HQ station" multipliers there are four additional multipliers available per band by contacting members of the IARU Administrative Council and the regional IARU executive committees. Administrative Council members may send "AC" instead of their zone, while regional executive committee members may send "R1," "R2" or "R3" as appropriate. See <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2007/iaru.html> for more information. * Walt Legowski, WA1KKM, wins June QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for June is Walt Legowski, WA1KKM, for his article "AARA 1, Murphy 0: Our Linux Logging Program at Field Day." Congratulations, Walt! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/qstvote.html?pidx=1>. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the July issue by Tuesday, July 31. * ARRL VEC Team Keeps Busy!: July 23 marks the 5 month anniversary of the FCC's elimination of the 5 WPM Morse code exam requirement. Since February 23, the ARRL VEC reports that test session registration and attendance has been steady and strong. The average number of test sessions per month is up from last year (602 in 2007 compared to 472 in 2006), as is the average number of examinees per session (8 candidates in 2007 compared to 5 candidates in 2006). Of the nearly 700 test sessions registered for June, more than 600 sessions have been received and processed by the VEC staff. ARRL booth traffic was brisk at the International Ham Radio Exhibition held June 22 to 24 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. More than 18,000 people from 36 countries attended. An ARRL VEC exam session was held on Saturday morning at the convention. Thirty-one exams were given, with 25 achieving an upgrade or new license. Packages were mailed last month to more than 900 ARRL VEC volunteer examiner teams. These teams have now been provided with test materials. The packages contained the new General Class Element 3 exams to be used at test sessions beginning July 1. For ARRL VE teams who are using the ExamWin Software, the updated version was released on June 18 and is available on our ExamWin Web page <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/examwin>. A VE Express Newsletter was emailed on June 18 to more than 5500 subscribers. To view the current VE Newsletter or to view previous editions, visit the "ARRL VEC News Briefs, Announcements, Newsletters" Web page <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/announcements.html>. * Emma Berg, W0JUV/AAR7AX (SK): Emma Berg, 102, died June 7 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor in Lawrence, Kansas. Mrs Berg remained active in the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) on a daily basis. A member of the Douglas County Amateur Radio Club since 1942 and a member of the American Radio Relay League as well as Army MARS, "She was very spry for her age," said Kansas State MARS Director John Halladay, AAA7KS. "Always busy -- a person we could be proud to emulate in our own aging." Over the years, Mrs Berg served as net control operator on Kansas CW nets and was a First Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol. Mrs Berg edited the Sunflower Seeds, the Kansas MARS quarterly newsletter, in her younger years -- when she was in her 90s - and later penned the publication's "Fun & Relaxation" articles. Outside of radio, Mrs Berg was a teacher and administrator in Douglas County before she retired in 1962. She also taught and was principal at several rural schools, and served as Douglas County superintendent of public instruction from 1949 to 1959. Survivors include two nieces, Jane Semple Cox of Phoenix, Arizona, and Nancy Semple Menchen of Las Vegas, Nevada. The family suggests memorials to Heart of America Hospice, 1420 Wakarusa, Suite 202, Lawrence, KS 66049. * Let Us Know: What's your favorite part of The ARRL Letter? What kind of stories would you like to see in the Letter? 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