*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 33 August 17, 2007 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * Hurricane Dean Slams Caribbean Islands * Hawaii Hams Heed the Call of Hurricane Flossie * September QST Hits the Streets * ARISS Contact with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children * Canadian Special Event Planned for September * Upcoming Special Events * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Certification and Continuing Education Course Registration Field Day Logs Received are Posted First Chinese ARISS Contact Scheduled Jim DeLoach, WU0I, wins July QST Cover Plaque Award BPL Industry Representative Appointed to ARRL EMC Committee International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend 2007 No ARRL Audio News This Week Let Us Know What You Think There is no ARRL Audio News this week. ARRL Audio News will return next week, Friday, August 24. =========================================================== ==>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: S. Khrystyne Keane, <email@example.com> =========================================================== ==> Hurricane Dean Slams Caribbean Islands The VoIP Hurricane Net activated Friday morning, August 17, at 2 AM EDT/0600 UTC in response to Hurricane Dean's impact on St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique and other surrounding Caribbean islands. Reports of damage along with wind estimates and measurements were relayed to WX4NHC, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. "We've received reports of wind damage. The most significant damage reports include the roof blown off of a children's hospital in Castries, St Lucia, two homes with roofs blown off and a banana plantation flattened in St Vincent. We've also had a few homes with steel roofs blown off in Trafallgua, Dominica, and a measured wind gust out of the East-Northeast of 68 knots at the Canefield Airport in Dominica," said Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net. Clem James, J73CI, and Joseph Russell, J73RJ, on the island of Dominica and Julien Deider, 9Z4FZ, on the island of Trinidad have been extremely helpful in relaying reports from the affected area. They are obtaining these reports through the 75 Meter Caribbean Weather Net and through local repeater systems where operable and relaying them via EchoLink and IRLP. "We owe them a huge gratitude. They have a lot going on in their local areas yet they are relaying any information they can get to us for the benefit of the National Hurricane Center and the mission to help save lives," Macedo said. Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, manning the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida reported that the Meteorological Office in Martinique had a measured wind gust of 88 MPH before Hurricane Center forecasters lost the phone connection to the Martinique weather office. "We need any stations that have relays into Martinique by HF or any other means to get in touch with someone there and relay reports of meteorological data and damage to the Hurricane Center," Ripoll said. Cell phone service was knocked out to portions of the western and southern parts of Dominica as reported by Joe, J73RJ. Power and phone outages were also reported in St Lucia. Hurricane Dean will move away from the Caribbean islands and potentially affect Jamaica and other parts of the Western Caribbean Islands. The VoIP Hurricane Net and WX4NHC secured operations at Noon EDT as Dean moved away from the islands. "We expect to reactivate WX4NHC some time Sunday Morning for Dean as it approaches Jamaica though things could change," said Ripoll. The VoIP Hurricane Net is also preparing activation plans for Sunday. -- Thanks to Rob Macedo, KD1CY The Hurricane Watch Net has temporarily secured operations following 6 hours of net operations for Hurricane Dean on 14.325 MHz. According to Net Manager Dave Lefavour, W7GOX, the net will resume at 2200 UTC on Saturday, August 18, and remain on the air until the band closes as the storm heads closer to Jamaica. On Sunday, the net will commence at 1200 UTC. "We provided storm information to the affected area in the Windward Islands and passed local weather conditions and initial damage reports from the area to the National Hurricane Center in Miami as Dean moved through the islands," Lefavour reported. "We appreciate the excellent cooperation of all amateurs in remaining clear of the frequency and allowing us to communicate with those stations in the path of Dean." As of 1500 UTC, Friday, a hurricane warning remained in affect for Martinique, Dominica and Guadeloupe, and a tropical storm warning remained in effect for the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico and a number of islands in the Lesser Antilles. A tropical storm warning and a hurricane watch has also been issued for Haiti form the Haiti/Dominican Republic border to Port-Au-Prince. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area and within 36 hours. Hurricane Dean was located near 14.6 North, 62.6 West and it was moving toward the west at 18 knots with maximum sustained winds at 90 knots with gusts to 110 knots. ==> Hawaii Hams Heed the Call of Hurricane Flossie The VoIP Hurricane Net activated as Hurricane Flossie approached Hawaii August 14. Flossie was at one time a Category 2 hurricane that passed 75-100 miles offshore of the Big Island of Hawaii. On Tuesday, while Flossie weakened and was downgraded to a tropical storm, tropical storm-force winds spread over Hawaii around mid-morning local time (1700-1900 UTC). If Flossie had deviated to the north, Hawaii would have been at risk for hurricane force conditions, with a change of as little as 50 miles north or south making a huge impact to the Big Island. The other islands in Hawaii were not seriously impacted. The VoIP Hurricane Net assisted with obtaining reports from Hawaii SKYWARN and RACES and fed it back to National Hurricane Center Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R, and his team at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. The VoIP Hurricane Net uses the EchoLink Conference WX-TALK Node 7203/IRLP Reflector 9219 for its operations. Connie McCurdy, NH7IE (using NWS Honolulu call sign KH6SW), acted as Net Control for an informal SKYWARN Net that became more formal on Tuesday as Flossie approached. "The Big Island has declared a State of Emergency, all schools are closed and many roads have been closed. The Coast Guard has ordered small vessels to return to harbor on the Big Island and large ships over 200 tons to leave. We did have an earthquake near the volcanoes, but no damage. Everything will be closed up tomorrow; folks are hunkered down to ride out the storm. Also, nine people from FEMA were sent over and arrived today just in case things turn out bad for the Big Island," she said. She said an alert was sent out to Honolulu that high winds and rain were expected on the Big Island. "We are advised to get supplies and stand by to be called out to shelters if needed. A net will be set up on our local repeater 146.880," she said. ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager and Assistant Director of the VoIP Hurricane Net Dennis Dura, K2DCD, said on Tuesday: "We are monitoring the activity of the VoIP Hurricane Net and the activities of ARES and RACES is Hawaii. At this time, no assistance is needed, but we will be prepared to assist the Amateur Radio community and the government of Hawaii with any communication needs." A 5.3 earthquake also rocked the Big Island Monday evening at 7:38 local time (0038 UTC Tuesday morning) centered about 25 miles south of Hilo, according to a preliminary report from the US Geological Survey. There were no reports of injuries, structural damage or a tsunami, although the quake did cause a small landslide, according to Tom Brown, a spokesman for Hawaii County Civil Defense. Island of Hawaii Mayor Harry Kim issued a state of emergency Monday afternoon for the volcanic island's population of 160,000. "We're taking this all very seriously," said Janet Snyder, Kim's press secretary. The VoIP Hurricane Net activates when a hurricane affects a land area that has EchoLink and/or IRLP nodes in the affected area, and a request to activate comes from local area served agencies such as an EOC, NWS Forecast Office/SKYWARN program or the National Hurricane Center Amateur Coordinators in Miami. You may listen to VoIP Hurricane Net on one of the listen-only IRLP reflectors, which are New England IRLP Reflector 9129 and Australia IRLP Reflector 9508. The listen only EchoLink Conference is VKEMCOMM node 270177. For more information on the VoIP Hurricane Net, visit the VoIP Hurricane Net Web page <http://www.voipwx.net/>. -- Some information from Rob Macedo, KD1CY ==> September QST Hits the Streets If you haven't received the September issue of QST, just wait a bit, because it's on its way! QST, the official journal of the ARRL, is the members-only magazine featuring all the latest Amateur Radio news and technology. The September issue is our first-ever Emergency Communications issue. Learn how the ARRL is promoting effective, coordinated responses to emergencies. Look for an exciting article on D-STAR, a new way to transmit digital voice and data at VHF and UHF. Have you ever wondered just how emergency communications began? Read about its rich and varied history in September QST. Learn how the Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) is now integrated into one unit that emphasizes digital communication. The ARRL Diamond Terrace is just about complete. Check out the progress that has been made to this new must-see feature of ARRL Headquarters and learn how you can become a lasting part of this great legacy. On the technical side, the September issue offers articles on how to get a maximum gain portable HF Yagi antenna and a remote power controller. Be sure to read about a way to pack power to bring with you for emergencies. Learn about a way of determining resonant frequency of a tuned circuit. QST Product Review Editor Mark Wilson, K1RO, reviews the Tokyo Hy-Power HL-1.5KFX linear amplifier, ARRL Lab Test Engineer Mike Tracy, KC1SX, reviews the Gamma Research HPS-1a switching power supply and Rich Arland, W3OSS, reviews the Hendricks QRP Kits FireFly transceiver. If you're looking for upcoming operating events, don't miss Jamboree on the Air and the 2007 Simulated Emergency Test, both of which are covered in the September issue. As in each and every QST, you will find a wide variety of articles and columns for all hams, covering DXing, vintage gear and cutting edge technology, public service, special events, as well as a schedule of upcoming hamfests, conventions and contests. ==> ARISS Contact with Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children For 11 kids at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida, July 17, 2007 was quite a memorable day. These children had the unique opportunity of questioning astronaut Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, onboard the International Space Station (ISS) via ham radio as it made a 9 minute 30 second pass over the United States. This Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact was made possible due to the initial efforts of John Rothert, KC4IYO. After applying for the contact, John became ill and was unable to continue helping. Through the sponsorship of the Lake Monroe Amateur Radio Society and combined efforts of Northern Florida Section Public Information Coordinator Mike Welch, KF4HFC; Bob Pollack, KF4IMF; Lou McFadin, W5DID; the Child Life Department of Arnold Palmer Hospital and many other supporters, the event went off without a hitch. Just prior to the ISS pass, the Child Life personnel established phone contact with Will Marchant, KC6ROL, and Graham Lawton, G7EVY. These hams helped prepare everyone for the contact and coordinated the telebridge connection between the hospital and the ISS via W6SRJ, the host ground station located at Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, California. At approximately 2:28 PM, Bill Hillendahl, the operator at W6SRJ, began calling, "NA1SS, NA1SS, this is W6SRJ." Soon, applause erupted from the hospital conference room as a voice over the speaker answered, "NA1SS, over!" This began a lively 9 minute question-and-answer session between eager children and Anderson. By the end of the pass, the children had asked 33 questions, possibly setting a record for any ARISS contact. "We're very excited about ARISS bringing their program to our patients as it will be a fun activity that will lift their spirits," said Sheri Mosely, child life manager for the hospital. "Talking with an astronaut is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity and one we hope they'll never forget." Once the contact was finished, local media from three television stations, one newspaper and one radio station began interviewing the children and hospital personnel, adding greatly to the excitement of the day. This was truly a successful ARISS contact that will not be soon forgotten by the children at Arnold Palmer Hospital. Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, supported by the Arnold Palmer Medical Center Foundation, is a 158-bed facility dedicated exclusively to the needs of children. It offers comprehensive, specialized programs and services for children including acute care, adolescent medicine, a Congenital Heart Institute in partnership with Miami Children's Hospital, pediatric intensive care, emergency medicine, nephrology, neurology and trauma services. -- Some information from David Jordan, AA4KN ==> Canadian Special Event Planned for September A demonstration of cooperation in emergency communications preparedness between Canadian radio amateurs and those in the United States is planned for September 29-30 with a special event station VO1ARES <http://www.rac.ca/fieldorg/aresjointevent.htm>. It will be located at the Marconi memorial station on historic Signal Hill, St John's, Newfoundland, where reception of the first transatlantic wireless transmission occurred in 1901. Sponsored by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT) and Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the facilities are provided by Parks Canada and coordinated by the Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA). The objectives of the special event are threefold: To highlight the capabilities of Amateur Radio in providing emergency communications in times of crisis, to illustrate the cooperation between Canada and the United States on emergency preparedness within the context of the Security and Prosperity Partnership signed by the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada in 2005, and to create a database of communications "first responders" that the Government of Canada could contact for emergency communications assistance in times of crisis. Radio amateurs from across Canada and the US are being invited to participate in this first-time official activity, with opening festivities scheduled September 29 from 1430-1730 UTC. In particular, ARES units in both countries are encouraged to take part and to "talk up" the value of Amateur Radio as a community resource. Officials from the Canadian government have been invited, and ARRL Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has confirmed his intention to attend. Operations will feature virtually all transmission modes on most HF bands over the two-day period. Times and frequencies are yet to be determined. A commemorative QSL card will be issued. QSLs may be sent direct to VO1ARES via VE9GLF, G. L. Friars, 35 Upper Quaco Rd, Baxters Corner, NB E25 2S2, Canada. All replies from VO1ARES will be via the bureau. Those wishing a direct reply, including Short Wave Listeners, must include an envelope and sufficient postage. Within Canada, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope. If outside of Canada, please include sufficient International Reply Coupons (IRCs) to cover the cost of a letter from Canada to your country. This is imperative in order to receive a card directly; otherwise it will go via the bureau. Listen for VO1ARES both before and after the special event. The call sign will be active September 27-October 1. Upcoming issues of RAC's The Canadian Amateur (TCA) magazine and the RAC Web site <http://www.rac.ca/> contain further details of the event. -- Information provided by Bob Cooke, VE3BDB ==> Upcoming Special Events Several upcoming Special Event operations were inadvertently left out of the September 2007 QST "Special Events" column. They appear below, as well as on the Special Events Web page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/spev.html>. Aug 15-Aug 26, 0000 UTC-0400 UTC, Columbus, Ohio. John D. Kraus Memorial Amateur Radio Club, W8JK/WOW. 30th anniversary of the "WOW Signal." 7.045 14.045 7.200 14.250. QSL: Bruce Lerner, KC8VEB, 734 Suntree Dr, Westerville, OH 43081 <http://www.w8jk.org/>. Aug 17-Aug 19, 0000 UTC-2359 UTC, Cheboygan, Michigan. Oakland County ARPSC, K8S. Celebration of International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend. 7.270 14.270 21.270 28.370. Certificate: Gary Sklar, 7296 Green Farm Rd, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. The event will be held in cooperation with Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association, local Michigan Branch, Mackinaw City, Michigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Aug 17-Sep 13, 1700 UTC-1700 UTC, Illinois River, Illinois. USS LST325 Radio Club, WW2LST. USS LST325 Summer Cruise Up Through the Illinois Heartland. 14.300 14.040 7.040 3.540. QSL: USS LST325 Memorial Ship, 840 LST Dr, Evansville, IN 47713 <http://www.lstmemorial.org/>. Aug 27-Sep 1, 1600 UTC-2359 UTC, Woodstock, Connecticut. Eastern Connecticut Amateur Radio Association, K1MUJ. 50th anniversary of the founding of Eastern Connecticut ARA. 3.825 7.175 14.125 21.215. QSL: ECARA, PO Box 63, Dayville, CT 06241 <http://www.qsl.net/K1MUJ>. Aug 28-Aug 29, 1400 UTC-0659 UTC, Sacramento, California. Amateur Radio Emergency Communication Volunteers, N6S. California State Fair. 146.195 147.555 14.250 7.250. QSL: Patrick Schamun, N6ARO, 8237 Tiki Ln, Sacramento, CA 95828 <email@example.com>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "We Had Joy, We Had Fun, We Had Seasons in the Sun(spot)" Cook, K7RA, this week reports from the road in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, that solar activity continues low. The sun is currently spotless, but sunspots may return around August 20. This week's average daily sunspot numbers were down about a point from last week's, from 12.4 to 11.3. Expect quiet geomagnetic conditions over the next week, according to a forecast from the US Air Force, which predicts planetary A index for August 17-23 of 8, 5, 10, 5, 5, 10 and 8. But Geophysical Institute Prague has quite a different prediction for August 18. They predict quiet conditions for August 17, unsettled to active on August 18, unsettled August 19, quiet August 20-21, unsettled August 22, and quiet to unsettled August 23. Sunspot numbers for August 9 through 15 were 14, 14, 13, 11, 13, 14 and 0 with a mean of 11.3. 10.7 cm flux was 67.4, 67.5, 67.6, 68.1, 67.7, 68.5, and 67.6, with a mean of 67.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 13, 12, 6, 3, 6 and 8 with a mean of 7.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 10, 7, 5, 2, 3 and 6, with a mean of 5. 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, the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest is on August 18-19. The NCCC Sprint (CW) is August 17 and 18. The ARCI Silent Key Memorial Sprint is August 18, while the SARTG WW RTTY Contest is August 18 and 19. The North American QSO Party (SSB), the Keyman's Club of Japan Contest and the Russian District Award Contest are August 18-19. The New Jersey QSO Party is August 18-19 and August 19-20. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is August 20. Next week, look for the CCC Sprint (CW) on August 24. The ALARA Contest, the Hawaii QSO Party, the SCC RTTY Championship, the YO DX HF Contest and the Ohio QSO Party are all on August 25-26. The SKCC Weekend Sprint and the SARL HF CW Contest are both August 26. 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 information. * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration: Registration remains open through Sunday August 19, for these on-line courses beginning on Friday, September 7: 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * Field Day Logs Received are Posted: All 2007 Field Day logs have been received and posted to the Claimed Scores page on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/claimed/>. They reflect all applications sent from the b4h Web applet, as well as those received via the US postal service and usable electronic submissions sent via regular e-mail (non-Web applet submissions). According to Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, "In some cases we did not receive sufficient information, and those entries are not allowed to be used at this time. A follow-up e-mail was sent to those concerned that included a blank summary sheet and a request to please complete the form and resubmit. In cases where we have not heard back from those requests, the entries are currently not on the list and can't be included until complete information is received back by the ARRL." Those with missing entries, who have questions or who find errors in their listing should contact Henderson via e-mail <email@example.com> or by phone at 860-594-0236 after Tuesday, August 28 when he returns from vacation. If you call before that date, Henderson asks that you "please leave a message and please be patient. I will work with you to resolve any problems." * First Chinese ARISS Contact Scheduled: ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, reports that the first-ever Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between China and the International Space Station (ISS) will take place August 26. American astronaut Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, will chat with students at the Nanjing No. 3 High School in Nanjing, Jiangsu in the People's Republic of China. The radio coordinator is Michael Chen, BD5RV. The school has been around for more than 100 years and has 3000 students in 64 senior and junior grade classes on three campuses. The school is well known for its Amateur Radio club and its 6-time-national-winner women's volleyball team. The Amateur Radio club has completed more than 20,000 QSOs with other stations from all over the world. There have been a total of 308 school-to-ISS contacts to date. * Jim DeLoach, WU0I, wins July QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for July is Jim DeLoach, WU0I, for his article "Balloon-Lifted Full-Wave Loop Antennas." Congratulations, Jim! 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>. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the August issue by Friday, August 31. * BPL Industry Representative Appointed to ARRL EMC Committee: ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed Brent Zitting, KB4SL, of Huntsville, Alabama, to serve on ARRL's ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Committee. Zitting, a 25-year ARRL member, is employed by IBEC, a BPL manufacturer and integrator located in Huntsville, Alabama. The EMC Committee, chaired by Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, consists of representatives from various industries that are interested in helping ARRL effectively and appropriately work with industry on interference issues. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, said he is pleased to see Zitting serve on the committee. "Brent has carried his ham radio experience to the BPL industry, quietly working behind the scenes to help it better understand Amateur Radio. Having his industry occupy a seat at our table is a positive step that will improve communication significantly." Zitting said he is enthusiastic about serving as a member of the committee. "I look forward to helping the ARRL on this committee. BPL technology has made great progress in its ability to mitigate interference, which is good news for hams. I want to help the ARRL more fully understand the BPL industry so that both can be 'good neighbors.' I am pleased to be part of the solution." * International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend 2007: More than 380 lighthouses in more than 48 countries -- from Argentina to Wales -- will be on the air for 2007 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) organized by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group, Scotland. The event, held for the ninth year in a row, takes place Saturday, August 18 0001 UTC-Sunday, August 19 2359 UTC. While not a contest, the ILLW is more of a QSO Party and Amateur Radio demonstration. The ILLW aims to raise public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and the need for their preservation and restoration, promote Amateur Radio and foster international goodwill. Stations at more than 40 US lights are expected to be on the air for the event, and several stations will identify with special event call signs. Participating lighthouse/lightship stations do not have to be inside the structure or on the vessel itself; a Field Day-type setup at or adjacent to the light is sufficient. More information about the event, including a registration form, is available on the ILLW Web site <http://illw.net/2007_list.htm>. * No ARRL Audio News This Week: There will be no ARRL Audio News Friday, August 17. Please adjust your calendars and programming accordingly. The ARRL Audio News will return next week on Friday, August 24. * Let Us Know What You Think: 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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