*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 36 September 7, 2007 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + FCC to Lower Vanity Call Sign Fees September 17 * + NATO Group Releases Report on BPL * + Hurricane Felix Downgraded; Amateur Radio Nets Stand Down * + New ARRL Contest Manager to Begin in October * + ARRL Delta Division Director Receives Lifetime Achievement Award * + ARRL in Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately? * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + Pentagon ARC to Host Special Event Station Commemorating 9/11 + The September/October NCJ Hits the Streets ARISS Update From the ARRL DXCC Desk CONTACT! Is Out ARRL Employment Opportunity ARRL Introduces New Clothing Items for Women Let Us Know What You Think +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 TO LOWER VANITY CALL SIGN FEES SEPTEMBER 17 The FCC will reduce the regulatory fee to obtain or renew an Amateur Radio vanity call sign by more than 40 percent starting September 17. In a Report & Order (R&O) released August 6, "Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2007," in MD Docket 07-81, the Commission will cut the fee from its current $20.80 to $11.70. This marks the lowest fee in the history of the current vanity call sign program. The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program. The vanity call sign fee has fluctuated over the 11 years of the current program -- from a low of $12 to a high of $50. The FCC says it anticipates some 14,700 Amateur Radio vanity call sign "payment units" or applications during the next fiscal year, collecting $171,990 in fees from the program. The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new term. The first vanity call sign licenses issued under the current Amateur Radio vanity call sign program that began in 1996 came up for renewal last year. Call signs issued prior to 1996 are not considered vanity call signs, even if the holder was able to request a specific call sign. Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of their license expiration date. All radio amateurs must have an FCC Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application with the Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS <http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/> and clicking on the "New Users Register" link. You must supply your Social Security Number to obtain an FRN. The ARRL VEC will process license renewals for vanity call sign holders for a modest fee. The service is available to ARRL members and nonmembers, although League members pay less. Routine, non-vanity renewals continue to be free for ARRL members. Trustees of club stations with vanity call signs may renew either via the ULS or through a Club Station Call Sign Administrator, such as ARRL VEC. License application and renewal information and links to the required forms are available on the ARRL Amateur Application Filing FAQ Web page <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/application-filing-faq.htm l>. The FCC's forms page <http://www.fcc.gov/formpage.html> also offers the required forms. ==> NATO GROUP RELEASES REPORT ON BPL The Information Systems Technology group, part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) Research and Technology Organization (RTO), released their report, "HF Interference, Procedures and Tools" (RTO-TR-IST-050), in June. This report "address[es] the concerns raised by the potential for unintentional radio interference to be caused by the widespread operation of broadband wire-line telecommunications systems." BPL, also called Power Line Telecommunications (PLT) in Europe, uses existing power lines for telecommunications with data rates higher than 1 MBit per second. NATO said that since existing power lines were not designed for such transmissions, "they will cause unintentional RF emissions which may adversely affect the established radio noise floor directly, or by cumulative propagation from many such sources. The existing HF background noise possibly may be increased via ground wave and/or sky wave propagation." Not only could this be a problem for Amateur Radio operators, but NATO said that military users would be affected as well: "Increase of the existing HF noise floor by widespread use of PLT...will bring up problems for Military Radio Users as well as for HF Communication Intelligence (COMINT) in all NATO countries. The signal-to-noise ratio thus may be reduced for tactical and strategic HF radio as well as for fixed sensitive COMINT sites." Saying that "PLT will produce the most problems regarding HF interference,"the report makes the assertion that ambient noise levels in Europe have not increased in the last 30 years. This was proved using measurements made by the ITU in the 1970s compared with noise levels today, with the report saying that the "ITU Recommendations for natural and man-made noise in the HF-range are still valid in Europe." The NATO report said "[r]ecent measurements carried out in Germany and Great Britain indicated that there is no remarkable difference between these measurements, specifically no increase of the ambient noise in quiet rural zones within the last 30 years. Based on these measurement results, the cumulative interference field strengths far away from telecommunication networks should not be higher than -15 dBuV/m (9 kHz bandwidth) across the entire HF range, if no measurable increase in minimum noise levels are to be tolerated." Conversely, some European PLT proponents "in presentations and discussions have argued (without being able to prove it) that ITU recommendations based on measurements carried out in the 1970s are no longer valid, as the man-made and the ambient noise levels have increased since that time to considerable higher values (by up to 30 dB)." The NATO report also indicated the following: A high probability that PLT would cause increased noise levels at sensitive receiver sites given the projected market penetration; and the percentages are highly influenced by assumptions on transmitter EIRP (equivalent, or effective, isotropic radiated power), PLT market penetration and duty cycle. ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, was pleased to see the report. "The findings described in this paper are based on good science. NATO has concluded that protection levels well below 0 dBuV/m are needed to prevent interference to sensitive HF operation. They studied distance extrapolation and concluded that 40 dB/decade is not the correct factor to use to make measurements at one distance, and related the measured values to other distances. They also have advanced the state of the art and determined that the aggregate noise from large scale deployment of BPL will increase worldwide noise levels by skywave propagation." Hare points out that NATO's report "pretty much echoes the ARRL's pleadings during the BPL rulemaking." The ARRL has constantly argued against the 40 dB/decade extrapolation factor that, while recommended by the FCC, the report found, "was not confirmed by measurements carried out by other organizations." The report acknowledges that there are no commonly accepted regulatory emission limits from PLT and recommends that countries work together to limit these emissions. "While it is highly desirable that the regulatory limits on PLT emissions be harmonized throughout the NATO countries, the RTG recognizes that NATO, by itself, has no regulatory authority over the emission limits. Therefore, it is recommended that NATO seek the implementation of this goal by working together with the national and international regulatory authorities." The full report, "HF Interference, Procedures and Tools," can be downloaded in pdf format <http://ftp.rta.nato.int/public/PubFullText/RTO/TR/RTO-TR-IST-050/$$TR-I ST-050-ALL.pdf>. ==> HURRICANE FELIX DOWNGRADED; AMATEUR RADIO NETS STAND DOWN As Hurricane Felix weakened rapidly over the mountains of Central America earlier this week, both the Hurricane Watch Net and VoIP Hurricane Net secured operations. According to the National Hurricane Center, Felix could produce total rainfall accumulations of 6-10 inches across northern Nicaragua and El Salvador, with 8-15 inches over much of Honduras. Up to of 25 inches of rain was possible in mountainous areas, with these rains likely to have produced life-threatening flash floods and mud slides. On Tuesday evening, September 4, the Hurricane Watch Net secured operations on 14.325 MHz after more than 20 hours of operation with Hurricane Felix. Initially commencing operation on Sunday evening, September 2, HWN gathered names, calls and specific locations of stations that would be able to report real-time weather conditions in the affected area and forwarded them to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Getting this information beforehand ensured accurate reporting of a station's location when the storm actually arrived. Two of the regular Net Control Stations -- Herman Cueva, HR1CP, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, and Hector Godoy, HR3HGB, in La Ceiba, Honduras -- felt direct effects of the storm, but remained on the air available to help. In addition to getting real-time reports of conditions in the affected area, the HWN also put out advisories in English and Spanish so that stations in the area of Felix's path could know what to expect. These reports were often relayed to the local authorities and media, since oftentimes HWN was the only source of information; all power, telephone and Internet were down. Butch Pieniek, NC4G (ex-WB4CKO), put in long hours sending out advisories in Spanish. The Hurricane Watch Net normally commences operation when a hurricane comes within 300 miles of shore, or at the request of the NHC. It operates with designated Net Controllers who are experienced in taking these specific reports, net operations and especially working with the NHC in Miami. HWN provides the latest storm advisories in English and Spanish to those in the path of storms. The Hurricane Watch Net is a directed Net, and requests that non-member stations not in the affected area refrain from transmitting unless requested to do so by Net Control. A clear frequency is appreciated, since reporting stations in the affected area(s) may be utilizing temporary or makeshift antennas, battery power or operating under conditions that don't allow the transmission of a reasonably strong signal. The VoIP Hurricane Net was active from 0800 UTC, standing down at 0000 UTC Tuesday, September 4, to gather reports for WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center. The President of Honduras lauded Amateur Radio on the Voice of Honduras radio station: "The President of Honduras, Senor Manuel Zelaya Rosales, says thanks to the community of radio hams for the aid." Andoni Axpe Soto, EB1FGO, and a team of translators from the International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) brought this news to the VoIP Hurricane Net. IRESC also relayed a report to the VoIP Hurricane Net from Nicaragua TV that 5500 homes were destroyed, 13,000 people had officially been evacuated and 38,000 total people were affected by Hurricane Felix. WX4NHC, the Amateur Radio Station at the National Hurricane Center, monitored the VoIP Net and other systems to gather reports and information. Julio Ripoll, WD4R, Assistant WX4NHC Coordinator, said, "Felix was the second Category 5 Atlantic hurricane to make landfall as a Category 5 this year. This has never happened before in recorded history. The ham radio reports will be part of this historic hurricane's official NHC archives. WX4NHC extends its sincere thanks to all the ham radio operators from many countries and Nets for being the link between NHC and those in the path of this extremely powerful and dangerous hurricane. We hope that our continued efforts to spread the hurricane warnings will help save lives. Our thoughts and prayers are with those people who were affected by Hurricane Felix, and hope that they can rebuild their lives quickly." -- Tnx to John Ellis, NP2B, HWN Liaison to ARRL, and Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director of Operations, VoIP Hurricane Net ==> NEW ARRL CONTEST MANAGER TO BEGIN IN OCTOBER The ARRL is pleased to announce that Sean Kutzko, KX9X, will be assuming the duties of ARRL Contest Manager beginning October 1. First licensed in 1982 as KA9NGH, Kutzko developed a taste for contesting after winning the Illinois section in the 1988 ARRL Novice Roundup. Since then, he has been active in both HF and VHF contesting, as well as HF DXing and VHF weak-signal communications. A long-standing member of the Society of Midwest Contesters (SMC) and a strong advocate of mentoring new contesters, Kutzko has won several contest and DX awards, including several Top Ten finishes in the ARRL Sweepstakes SSB contest as a QRP entrant. He has been on two HF contest DXpeditions, including 6Y7M in the 1994 CQ WPX CW contest, and V26NA in the 1997 ARRL International DX CW Contest. Kutzko also enjoys activating rare grid squares by going on "Grid DXpeditions" in the continental US for the VHF/UHF community. In the late 1990s, Kutzko published a regular column in the National Contest Journal (NCJ) that focused on DX locations available for hams to rent for contests or DXpeditions. Kutzko holds a BA in communications from the University of Illinois at Springfield and worked as an announcer and jazz host at National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates in Illinois and Indiana throughout the 1990s. Most recently, he was the Advertising and Marketing Director for Area Diesel Service, a diesel parts company based in Carlinville, Illinois. When he's not involved in Amateur Radio, Kutzko is an active musician, playing guitar, drums and ethnic percussion, and is working on his first solo CD. He enjoys studying music history and has a diverse musical appetite, ranging from classic rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, West African highlife and even classical. He is a rabid baseball fan and follows the Chicago Cubs religiously. ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, said, "I am very pleased to have Sean onboard. He is enthusiastic, bright, and an active contester, with VHF/UHF contesting and operating among his favorite activities." Kutzko replaces Tom Hogerty, KC1J, who resigned as ARRL Contest Manager in early August to pursue other opportunities. ==> ARRL DELTA DIVISION DIRECTOR RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ARRL Delta Division Director Henry Leggette, WD4Q, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Valley State University National Alumni Association in June 2007. Leggette, a native of Kemper Springs, Mississippi, graduated from then-Mississippi Valley State College in 1967 with a BA in automobile mechanics. After graduation, he was the first MVSC graduate to receive an Amateur Radio license; there are only two other MVSU alumni amateurs in the country. Leggette completed all the undergraduate courses for a BSEE degree at Memphis State University (now University of Memphis), and in 1987, he earned an MSEE from that institution. Leggette served three years in the US Army Signal Corps as a radio repairman. He was stationed at Fort Gordon, Georgia and Lenggries, Germany. Granted a Top Secret clearance, Leggette repaired radios and cryptographic electronic equipment. Leggette had a distinguished US Civil Service career. He has served as an electronics technician for the Federal Aviation Administration at the Memphis Air Traffic Control Tower and Memphis Air Route Traffic Center. He has received extensive training at the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City and at Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He has held management positions, including managing flight data processing and supervising electronics technicians in charge of the Telecommunications and Communication Unit at the Memphis ARTCC. First elected Vice Director of the ARRL Delta Division in 1989, he has served on Volunteer Resources, Membership Services, National Emergency Response Planning and Public Relations committees. In 2005, he chaired the ARRL Toy Drive. This nationwide project sent more than 5000 toys and $10,000 to children in areas affected by hurricanes Rita and Katrina. A Life Member of the ARRL, Leggette became Director in January 2006, succeeding Rick Roderick, K5UR, on his ascension to ARRL Vice President. He serves on the Administration and Finance, and Ethics and Elections committees. An ARRL Volunteer Examiner and Certified Instructor, Leggette also holds many ARRL awards, including Worked All States (WAS), 5 Band Worked All States (5BWAS), DXCC, Worked All Continents (WAC), as well as CQ magazine's Worked All Zones (WAZ). ==> ARRL IN ACTION: WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO LATELY? The 2007 ARRL National Convention, held in conjunction with the Huntsville Hamfest, attracted thousands of visitors to its wide variety of activities, exhibits and presentations. The centerpiece of the Convention was ARRL EXPO. The 2007 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference (GAREC-07), supported by the IARU, took place just before the National Convention. With graphics and public relations assistance from the ARRL staff, Cliff Segar, KD4GT, has installed a ham radio message on an unused billboard on his property bordering Interstate 40 in Rockwood, Tennessee. The ARRL is sending "specific mitigation reduction numbers" to 122 repeater owners in Massachusetts and California regarding the PAVE PAWS radar system, as requested by the US Air Force and Department of Defense. Michigan's Genesee County ARES and SKYWARN were activated due to a severe thunderstorms and a tornado touchdown near Fenton. A command post at the Seneca County (Ohio) Emergency Operations Center was activated after a week of heavy rains inundated several Northwest Ohio communities. Editorial and production work has wrapped up on several new and revised ARRL publications: The 2008 Handbook, The HF Digital Handbook, Low Power Communication, The ARRL Antenna Compendium Volume 4 and FCC Rules and Regulations. All are either available now or are expected by early October. The October issue of QST, and the September/October issues of NCJ and QEX, were released to the printer. In addition, the August edition of CONTACT! for public information volunteers was posted. The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for July is Jim DeLoach, WU0I, for his article "Balloon-Lifted Full-Wave Loop Antennas." Robert McGwier, N4HY, will present "A Stroll through Software Radio, Information Theory and Some Applications" at the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Sunday Seminar in Hartford, Connecticut on September 30. In the only contested Section Manager race this summer, Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, was re-elected as the ARRL San Francisco Section Manager. The final two ARRL Teachers Institutes were held at ARRL Headquarters. In all, 48 teachers representing 45 schools from around the country attended the four 2007 Teachers Institutes. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed Brent Zitting, KB4SL, of Huntsville, Alabama, to serve on ARRL's ElectroMagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Committee. All 2007 Field Day logs have been received and posted to the Claimed Scores page on the ARRL Web site. A record number of logs were received this year. Earlier this summer, FEMARA made a $5000 donation to the ARRL Foundation to fund their New England FEMARA scholarships. Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, compiled and forwarded the monthly ARRL Monitoring System report to the IARU Region 2 coordinator. The ARRL UHF Contest and 10 GHz and Up Contest were held. ARRL membership will exceed 152,000 at the end of August. The ARRL Letter now distributes to more than 65,000 ARRL members each week. The number of candidates who took ARRL VEC exams from January 1 through July 30 nearly doubled between 2006 and 2007, from 16,954 to 32,373. A number of ARRL staff, Board members, officers and volunteers traveled to the Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference and the ARRL National Convention in Huntsville, Alabama. Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, traveled to Hamfair in Tokyo, while Ed Hare, W1RFI, attended the West Virginia State Convention in Weston. In addition, Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, took part in the Kansas State Convention in Salina. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Little Miss Sunspot" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: In little more than two weeks the Northern Hemisphere will see the autumnal equinox, marking the start of fall north of the equator and the beginning of spring south of the equator. The exact time when both northern and southern hemispheres are bathed in equal sunlight is 0951 UTC, September 23, 2007. Even with few sunspots, this is the best time for long distance communications between hemispheres. Sunspot numbers for August 30-September 5 were 15, 14, 26, 14, 15, 14 and 15 with a mean of 16.1. The 10.7 cm flux was 71.6, 70.8, 70.8, 69.4, 68, 68.2 and 67.6 with a mean of 69.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 7, 11, 23, 12, 6 and 12 with a mean of 11. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 7, 9, 17, 8, 4 and 10 with a mean of 8.4. . 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, don't forget the ARRL September VHF QSO Party, scheduled for September 8-10. The NCCC Sprint (CW) and the AGCW Straight Key Party are September 7. Another NCCC Sprint (CW), the SOC Marathon Sprint and the Swiss HTC QRP Sprint are September 8. The WAE DX Contest (SSB) and the Arkansas QSO Party are scheduled for September 8-9. The North American Sprint (CW) and the ARCI End of Summer Digital Sprint are both September 9. The Tennessee QSO Party is September 9-10, while the YLRL Howdy Days are September 11-13. Next weekend, the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest is September 15-16. The NCCC Sprint (CW) is September 14 and 15. The SARL VHF/UHF Contest is September 14-16. QRP Afield is September 15. Look for these contests the weekend of September 15-16: Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW), South Carolina QSO Party, Washington State Salmon Run and the QCWA Fall QSO Party. The North American Sprint (SSB) is September 16. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and the 144 MHz Fall Sprint are September 17. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is September 20. 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 Continuing Education course registration: Registration remains open through Sunday, September 9, 2007, for these online courses beginning on Friday, September, 21: 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). 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>. * Pentagon ARC to Host Special Event Station Commemorating 9/11: On Sunday, September 9, the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will operate a Special Event station commemorating the 6th anniversary of the attacks that occurred on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and over Pennsylvania in 2001. They will be operating on 10, 15, 20, 40 and 80 meters, both phone and CW where and when possible, with plans to operate on a 12 hour basis (1200-2400 UTC). There will be a special QSL card available for stations that work K4AF. For more information, please contact Claude Hennessey, KG4TVN. QSL via PARC, PO Box 2322, Arlington, VA 22202. In addition, club members will operate from the station on Tuesday, September 11 as part of the commemoration * The September/October NCJ Hits the Streets: The current issue of NCJ is loaded with everything today's contester needs. A review of Elecraft's new K3 transceiver is inside, as well as a look at the ergonomic tools contesters can use to make their time in the chair a bit more comfortable. Take a look at the 80 and 160 meter antennas at the contest station of John Evans, N3HBX, and the SO2R set-up of Andrew Ross, ZS6AA. Stroll down NCJ-memory lane with a glimpse back to the beginnings of NCJ, as each of NCJ's editors talk about their stint and the mark they left on both the magazine and the sport. All this and more in the September/October issue of NCJ. NCJ is published by the ARRL and is a bi-monthly publication; it is edited by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA. Subscribe at <http://www.arrl.org/ncj/>. * ARISS Update: ARRL's Nebraska Section Manager Matt Anderson, KA0BOJ, was at the radio controls initiating an ARISS QSO on August 29 between astronaut Clay Anderson, KD5PLA (no relation), and students of the Ashland-Greenwood School District in Ashland, Nebraska. Matt Anderson, a past president of the Ashland Amateur Radio Club, handled radio ops with Jim Shorney, NU0C; Art Zygielbaum, K0AIZ, and Carl Morones, N0ORL; ARISS Mentor Keith Pugh, W5IU, assisted in setting up the contact. The school district formed a committee of teachers from grades K-12 to promote technology and space science, and the AARC's educational talks fit in perfectly. A half-dozen area TV and radio stations credited Amateur Radio for the educational event with Matt being featured in a video from KFAB 1110 news radio <http://www.kfab.com/cc-common/news/sections/newsarticle.html?feed=15937 7&article=2577691>, as well as an article in Lincoln's Journal-Star newspaper <http://journalstar.com/articles/2007/08/30/news/local/doc46d60ab04e8641 09929910.txt>. NASA, ARRL and AMSAT co-sponsor the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program in the US, giving students an opportunity to experience the excitement of Amateur Radio by talking real-time directly with ISS crew members. - Tnx Rosalie White, K1STO, ARRL ARISS Program Manager * From the ARRL DXCC Desk: When sending cards to confirm 1x1 call signs, the ARRL QSL Service requests you note somewhere on the card the person who requisitioned the call sign. This will expedite routing to the proper station and may result in quicker processing of cards handled through the ARRL US Incoming Bureaus. To locate the person responsible for a 1x1 call sign, please visit the NCVEC's 1x1 Special Event Call Sign Web page <http://www.ncvec.org/1x1.php> and enter the 1x1 call sign. When the screen appears, select the 1x1 call sign based on the event you worked. Click "Details" on the right-hand side of the page to determine the person responsible for the operation (see "Requisitioned By"). Remember, call signs may be issued more than once, so following the above procedure will allow the QSL Service to direct it to the proper person. For more information on frequently asked questions concerning the ARRL DXCC program, please see the DXCC FAQ page <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/faq/>. * CONTACT! Is Out: Are you an ARRL Public Information Officer (PIO) in need of information? Check out the September issue of CONTACT!, the monthly online newsletter designed to be a resource for PIOs, Public Information Coordinators (PICs) and anyone with an interest in Amateur Radio public or media relations activities. Each issue contains helpful articles and tips to help you spread the good word about Amateur Radio. September's issue features articles on National Preparedness Month, Public Relations and Emergency Communications, ways to find out haw many licensed amateurs are in your community, Information on Scouting's Jamboree on the Air, how to speak to your "internal" audience and press release sites. You can view this month's edition at the CONTACT! Web page <http://www.arrl.org/pio/contact/>. * ARRL Employment Opportunity: The ARRL's Sales and Marketing Department is currently seeking a Product Marketing Specialist. The successful candidate will play a key role in marketing ARRL books, CDs, supply items and services. Direct marketing background and/or experience required. Responsibilities include copywriting for products, sales literature, catalogs and e-store; conducting direct mail and e-mail campaigns; mailing list segmentation, and regular reporting and sales analysis. A more complete job description can be found on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/announce/jobs/>. Resumes and related correspondence should be sent to LouAnn Campanello, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111, FAX 860-594-0298, or via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * ARRL Introduces New Clothing Items for Women: Barker Specialties, the League's clothing supplier, and the ARRL have introduced new apparel items made especially for women. The ladies' line includes a yellow pima polo with a navy blue banded cuffs and a feminine Johnny collar, and a slate blue ring-spun pima polo with a Y-collar and 2-button placket. There is also a women's colorblock jacket, featuring a polyester mesh lining and piping on inside seams, a zipper windguard, a hidden front zip pockets, adjustable cuffs, a drawcord hem and weather-stopping shell. All three of these items are embroidered with the ARRL logo. Check out these new items, as well as the new items in the men's line at Barker Specialties ARRL Web page <http://www.barkerspecialty.com/arrl>. * Let Us Know: What's your favorite part of The ARRL Letter? What kind of stories would you like to see in the Letter? Would you prefer the Letter in an HTML format? This is your Letter and your chance to let your voice be heard. Please send your suggestions to ARRL News Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA, at email@example.com, with the subject line "ARRL Letter Suggestions." 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