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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 26, No. 37
September 14, 2007
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IN THIS EDITION:

* + Candidate for ARRL Southwestern Division Director Disqualified;
Norton Declared Re-Elected 
* + Hurricane Humberto Causes Havoc on Gulf Coast 
* + Look for the October Issue of QST in Your Mailbox 
* + Nominating Petitions for ARRL Section Manager Candidates Sought 
* + ARRL/TAPR Conference Lists Speaker Schedule 
* + 1296 MHz WAS #1 Awarded to Texas Ham 
*  Solar Update 
*  IN BRIEF: 
      This Weekend on the Radio 
      ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration 
    + Radio Appreciation Day is September 15 
    + Representative Ross (D-AR), WD5DVR, Attends ARRL Arkansas State
Convention 
      ARRL Helps MFJ Celebrate 35 Year Anniversary 
      ARISS Update 
      FCC Job Announcement 
      Let Us Know 


+Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> 

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==> CANDIDATE FOR ARRL SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION DIRECTOR DISQUALIFIED;
NORTON DECLARED RE-ELECTED 

Carl Gardenias, WU6D, the challenger seeking the position of ARRL
Southwestern Division Director, was declared disqualified Thursday by
the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee. Gardenias was running against
incumbent Richard "Dick" Norton, N6AA. Due to the disqualification, the
Committee has declared Norton re-elected. 

According to ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, writing on behalf of the
Committee, an e-mail signed by "Cathy K6VC, Newsletter editor" was sent
on behalf of Orange Section Manager Carl Gardenias to ARRL Orange
Section newsletter editors and Web masters, among others, on September 1
regarding the Southwestern Division election for Director and Vice
Director. The e-mail encouraged "ARRL Full members to vote and vote
wisely" in the upcoming election. Recipients were also asked to
encourage clubs to "post to their websites and into their newsletter
information regarding each candidate," and went on to list information,
including e-mail addresses and campaign Web sites, for the two Director
candidates and four candidates for Vice Director. Cathy Gardenias, K6VC,
is Assistant Section Manager for the ARRL Orange Section and the wife of
Carl Gardenias. 

The information given in Cathy Gardenias' e-mail was incorrect, in that
the e-mail address for Norton was wrong. The e-mail also stated that
Norton and Vice Director candidate Marty Woll, N6VI, did not have
campaign Web sites, when in fact they did. 

Cathy Gardenias' e-mail went on to say that "Since all candidates are
listed with e-mails and websites if they have one, there is no show of
favoritism or bias. Please vote. Approved by the ARRL k1zz." 

The ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee received a complaint regarding
the misinformation and concluded that the email violated the standard of
"truthful and not misleading" that applies to candidates' mailings. It
instructed Sumner to notify Carl Gardenias that "a correction must be
circulated to everyone who received the incorrect information, i.e.
everyone on the above distribution list and anyone else to whom it may
have been sent." Carl Gardenias was also told that should he "become
aware of any postings of the original, uncorrected item, you should
immediately endeavor to have them corrected or removed." 

Specific language for the correction was supplied by the committee. It
was to list correct e-mail addresses for each candidate, including
Norton, and to supply the Web site addresses for Norton and Woll that
had been missing from the original message. It was to further state,
"Finally, the item was NOT approved by the ARRL or K1ZZ, as incorrectly
stated," and that "The Orange Section regrets the errors and apologizes
to those affected." 

Carl Gardenias acknowledged receipt of Sumner's September 5 e-mail. On
September 7, having seen no evidence of compliance with the Committee's
directive, Sumner sent him another e-mail, asking for a copy of the
correction that Gardenias was supposed to have sent out. Gardenias
replied via e-mail, "OK on Monday we are at the convention," meaning the
ARRL Southwestern Division Convention. Since that response, Gardenias
has not communicated with Sumner, "nor has any evidence of your
compliance with the committee's orders been received," according to an
e-mail Sumner sent Gardenias September 13. 

In that e-mail, Sumner reminded Gardenias that he was previously advised
that "candidates' statements 'must be truthful and not misleading, which
matters will be conclusively determined by the Election Committee.' The
standard of truth applies to all mailings by a candidate. The email that
was sent on your behalf on September 1 violated this standard, as
documented in my September 5 message. You failed to follow the
instructions of the Ethics and Elections Committee to make a timely
correction, although you had ample opportunity to do so." 

Sumner advised Gardenias that he has "been disqualified as a candidate
for the office of Director of the Southwestern Division. Your name will
not appear on the ballot." Since Dick Norton is the only eligible
candidate, Sumner said, the Committee has declared him re-elected. 

==> HURRICANE HUMBERTO CAUSES HAVOC ON GULF COAST 

Hurricane Humberto, a Category 1 hurricane and the first hurricane to
make landfall in the US in two years, came ashore in Texas on Thursday,
September 13 not even 50 miles from where Hurricane Rita hit in 2005.
Stronger than initially expected, Humberto continued eastward toward
Louisiana and Mississippi, where flood warnings were in effect. 

In response to Humberto, several ARES groups were activated. According
to Brazoria County Emergency Coordinator Terry Bowersmith, W5SRG,
Brazoria County (Texas) ARES activated a complex Net at 6 PM Wednesday,
involving repeaters in Freeport and Alvin. One member was dispatched to
the Brazoria County Emergency Operations Center, and another to the
Pearland EOC, while others remained in "standby ready condition. By 9
PM, Humberto had cleared Brazoria County with little rain and no damage,
so we secured the operation," according to Bowersmith. 

ARRL Louisiana Section Emergency Coordinator Gary Stratton, K5GLS, said
Alan Levine, WA5LQZ, District Emergency Coordinator for Southwest
Louisiana, reported minimal flood damage in his area, and little wind
damage. "About three spans of power lines down in this area but should
be repaired within a few hours. The weather has cleared that area and
will continue along a projected path across central Louisiana and
Northwest Mississippi today," Stratton said. "We were lucky that the
system spawned offshore and moved inland quickly as a minimal
hurricane." 

Orange County (Texas) Emergency Coordinator Rocky Wilson, N5MTX,
reported that as of Thursday, Orange County had a "massive power
outage"; all schools are closed, as are most retail stores and
businesses, until power can be restored, expected sometime on Saturday,
September 15. "Most petrochemical facilities are shut down due to no
power," Wilson said. Many oil refineries are located on the Texas Gulf
Coast. 

Humberto didn't even exist until Wednesday, only becoming a tropical
storm that afternoon, strengthening from a tropical depression with 35
MPH winds, to a hurricane with 85 MPH winds in just 18 hours. Only three
other storms have pulled off a similar feat, growing from depression to
hurricane in 18 hours -- Blanche in 1969, Harvey in 1981 and Alberto in
1982 -- but all of them were out at sea at the time, not about to crash
ashore like Humberto. A Bridge City, Texas man died when the carport at
his home collapsed on him; Bridge City is between Port Arthur and
Orange. 

==> LOOK FOR THE OCTOBER ISSUE OF QST IN YOUR MAILBOX 

The October issue of QST is jam-packed with all sorts of things today's
Amateur Radio operator needs. From product reviews to experiments to
contesting, the upcoming issue of QST has something for just about
everyone. 

This issue features the results of the 2007 QST Photo Contest. The ARRL
Editorial and Production staff judged the nearly 50 entries and chose
the best ones to be published in the magazine and in other ARRL
products. 

Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, Assistant Manager for ARRL's Membership and Volunteer
Programs Department, reviewed the Yaesu FT-2000D HF and 6 meter
transceiver. According to the ARRL Lab test results, "The FT-2000D
offers 200 W of transmitter power or a cleaner 75 W in Class A mode.
It's similar to the base model FT-2000 in other respects, with a lot of
flexibility that rewards the operator who takes the time to learn about
and test its many features and settings." There is also a report from
the Lab describing the changes to the way ARRL conducts receiver
testing.

Robert Conway, KA0VAN, tells of ways to put retired public service
radios to use on 2 meters. Alan Applegate, K0BG, warns that using the
wrong size fuse can damage your rig, and offers ways to make sure you
have the correct fuse for the job. Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, finds a way to get
around antenna restrictions by putting up an all-band attic antenna.

For all you contesters out there, the results of the 2007 ARRL
International DX Phone Contest are in. Did you top your score from last
year? How did your closest rival do? Find out all this and more in the
recap by H. Ward Silver, N0AX. Also, find out about the upcoming School
Club Roundup and 2007 ARRL November Sweepstakes Contest.

Look for your October issue of QST in your mailbox. QST is the official
journal of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. QST is just
one of the many benefits of ARRL membership. To join or renew your ARRL
membership, please see the ARRL Web page <http://www.arrl.org/join>. 

==> NOMINATING PETITIONS FOR ARRL SECTION MANAGER CANDIDATES SOUGHT 

The ARRL Membership and Volunteer Services Department has announced that
nominating petitions for Section Managers are currently being accepted
until December 7 for the following Sections: Eastern New York, Eastern
Pennsylvania, Louisiana, North Carolina, Pacific, San Diego, South
Dakota and Virginia. 

To be considered a valid nominating petition, it must be signed by no
fewer than five full ARRL members who live in the Section concerned;
photocopied signatures are not acceptable. Any candidate for the office
of Section Manager must be a resident of the Section, an Amateur Radio
licensee of Technician class or higher and a full member of the League
for a continuous term of at least two years immediately preceding
receipt of a nominating petition. 

If more than one member is nominated in a single Section, ballots will
be mailed from Headquarters on or before January 2, 2008, to full
members of record as of December 7, 2007, which is the closing date for
nominations. Returns will be counted February 19, 2008. Section Managers
elected as a result of the above procedure will take office April 1,
2008. If only one petition is received from a Section, that nominee
shall be declared elected without opposition for a two-year term
beginning April 1, 2008. 

For more information on this election, please see page 76 in the October
issue of QST. 

==> ARRL/TAPR CONFERENCE LISTS SPEAKER SCHEDULE

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference, scheduled for September
28-30 in Hartford, Connecticut, has released its slate of speakers. The
three-day conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to
meet, publish their work and present new ideas and techniques.
Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and
learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories,
experimental results and practical applications.

Registration for the DCC is still open and will be available at the
door. 

Friday's speakers include Bob Bruniga, WB4APR, speaking about "The APRS
Local Voice Repeater Initiative"; Ev Tupin, W2EV, speaking about
"Growing APRS' Value within the Emergency First Responder Community";
Paul D. Wiedemeier, PhD, KE5LKY, will talk about "Performance Modeling
of TCP and UDP over Packet Radio Networks Using the ns-2 Network
Simulator"; ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, will speak
about "Results of HF Digital Protocol Survey"; Mel Whitten, K0PFX, will
speak about "DRMDV for HF"; Bob McGwire, N4HY, is talking about
"NUE-PSK31: A Digital Modem for PSK31 Field Operation Without Using a
PC," and Bill Tracy, KD5TFD, will give an HPSDR update.

Saturday's line-up starts off with Steven Bible, N7HPR, and Robert
McGwier, N4HY, giving an update on SuitSat-2; McGwier will also speak on
AMSAT's Phase IV and "On a Method for Automatic Image Balancing in IQ
Mixer Based Software Defined Receivers," as well as sharing presenting
duties with Gerald Youngblood, K5SDR, with "The Flex 5000 and SDR
Software." Roderick D. Mitchell, KL1Y, will speak about "The Integration
of Amateur Radio and 802.11"; Martin Ewing, AA6E, will present
"SurgeForge, Hamlib and Rigserve: Free Beer, Free Speech and Rig
Control"; Frank Brickle, PhD, AB2KT, will talk on "The FSM Virtual Radio
Kernel: Why, What and How (in that order)"; John A. Hansen, W2FS, will
speak about "The Nordic nRF2401 Single Chip Data Transceiver," and Hank
Javin and Jerry Newman will present "Transmission Lines, Parameters and
Application in Communications Systems."

Two introductory forums are also scheduled on Saturday: Intro to Eagle
CAD, given by Dan Welch, W6DFW, and Intro to HF Digital, given by Steve
Ford, WB8IMY. The TAPR annual meeting is scheduled for Saturday
afternoon.

Sunday's Seminar, a four-hour presentation led by McGwier on the topic
of "A Stroll through Software Radio, Information Theory and Some
Applications" will cover the basic building blocks of a simple software
radio system, as well as a discussion of information theory and its
practical use in communication systems. As time permits, McGwier plans
to demonstrate several software radio systems ranging from the
Softrock40 to the GnuRadio/USRP and the Flex5000. Attendees will receive
packages containing tutorials and software.

For more information on the ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference,
please see the conference Web site <http://www.tapr.org/dcc>. 

==> 1296 MHZ WAS #1 AWARDED TO TEXAS HAM 

Al Ward, W5LUA, of Allen, Texas, is the first person to achieve the
ARRL's Worked All States (WAS) on 1296 MHz, making him 1296 MHz WAS #1.
Ward first started on his pursuit January 25, 1977, with his first 1296
MHz contact with Leroy May, W5HN (SK). His 30 year quest ended last
week, with confirmed contacts with Wyoming, Utah and Idaho, giving Ward
his last three needed states, thanks to Paul Perryman's, WA5WCP, EME
DXpedition. 

"I couldn't have done this without Paul," Ward said. "Also, thanks to
Ron Roche, K0ALL, and Barry Malowanchuk, VE4MA, in North Dakota for
number 47 in August. Without them, it just wouldn't have been possible."
After collecting his 50th QSL card, Ward drove from his home in Texas to
Little Rock, Arkansas so ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, could
verify his cards and complete his WAS paperwork. "Verifying QSL cards
from 30 years of activity brought back a lot of memories of several
stations active on 1296, many who are Silent Keys now," Harrison said. 

==>SOLAR UPDATE

Tad "Sunspots Cast a Glare in My Eyes" Cook, K7RA, this week reports:
The sun has been blank, no visible sunspots, for the past seven days,
September 7-13. We may not see another spot until September 22, just
before the autumnal equinox. Thursday evening, September 13,
Spaceweather.com mentioned a coronal wind hitting earth this evening,
September 14. The Interplanetary Magnetic Field (IMF) points south,
making the Earth vulnerable to solar wind, but other sources don't call
for an increase in geomagnetic activity today. We might assume that a
solar wind from 27 to 28 days ago could return at this time, based on
the rotation of the Sun relative to Earth. But looking back four weeks
does not reveal any heightened activity. Of course, it could be that the
IMF pointed north, protecting earth from the coronal wind. Sunspot
numbers for September 6 through 12 were 12, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a
mean of 1.7. The 10.7 cm flux was 66.7, 67.1, 66.6, 66.7, 66.9, 66.1 and
65.9 with a mean of 66.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 13, 12, 6,
2, 2, 2 and 2 with a mean of 5.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were
8, 10, 3, 2, 2, 2 and 2 with a mean of 4.1. For more information
concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information
Service Propagation page
<http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.

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==>IN BRIEF:

* This weekend on the radio: This 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. Next week, the NCCC Sprint (CW) is September 21, while the AGCW
VHF/UHF Contest is September 22. The Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB)
and CIS DX Contest are September 22-23. The SKCC Weekend Sprint is
September 23 and the 222 MHz Fall Sprint is September 25. 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 23 for these online courses beginning on
Friday, October 5: 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 <cce@arrl.org>;.

* Radio Appreciation Day Is September 15: Amateur Radio operators around
the country really don't need a special day to promote Amateur Radio,
but Saturday, September 15 has been declared Amateur Radio Public
Awareness Day. As part of the Department of Homeland Security's National
Preparedness Month, ARRL Public Information Officers (PIOs) are using
the day as a way to make the media more aware of our Service and
especially its role in emergency communications. The purpose of Amateur
Radio Public Awareness Day, held the third Saturday in September, is to
make the public more aware of the existence, purposes and benefits of
Amateur Radio. ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts,
W1AGP, said, "Through events such as Amateur Radio Public Awareness Day,
hams can take the opportunity to tell not only their friends and
neighbors about the benefits of the Amateur Radio Service, they can take
the opportunity to let the general public know, too. People willing to
make face to face contacts are always the best ambassadors we have for
Amateur Radio." 

* Representative Ross (D-AR), WD5DVR, Attends ARRL Arkansas State
Convention: Arkansas congressman Mike Ross, WD5DVR, was a featured
speaker at the ARRL Arkansas State Convention on Saturday, September 8.
Ross, who represents Arkansas' 4th District, spoke about the ham radio
legislation he introduced in Congress, the "Emergency Amateur Radio
Interference Protection Act of 2007" (HR 462). ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare,
W1RFI, was also at the convention, speaking about BPL. Held at Queen
Wilhelmina State Park in Mena, the convention drew hams from several
nearby states including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi. Ross
is one of two licensed amateurs in congress; Greg Walden, W7EQI, of
Oregon's 2nd District, is the other.

* ARRL Helps MFJ Celebrate 35 Year Anniversary: MFJ Enterprises observed
their 35th anniversary with "A Day in the Park" open house September 7-8
at their Starkville, Mississippi headquarters. ARRL Chief Development
Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, was on hand to help MFJ celebrate, as were
Mississippi Section Manager Malcolm Keown, W5XX; ARRL Delta Division
Director Henry Leggette, WD4Q, and Starkville Mayor R. Dan Camp. This
two-day celebration was filled with tours of MFJ's facilities, a Friday
evening bar-b-que and a Saturday fried chicken picnic. MFJ makes Amateur
Radio equipment such as tuners, SWR wattmeters, antenna analyzers and
power supplies. Martin Jue, K5FLU, founded the company in 1972 while he
was still attending graduate school at Mississippi State University. A
ham since high school, Jue decided to build products for hams -- his
first products were active filters for CW and phone, selling for $9.95
and $12.95, respectively. Thirty-five years later, MFJ features more
than 1000 products.

* ARISS Update: According to ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White,
K1STO, Clay Anderson, KD5PLA, has started to make general QSOs with hams
after signing off after making school QSOs, even turning on packet radio
for a while. Anderson will continue making school QSOs until he returns
to Earth, currently scheduled for late next month. Due to the schedule
on the International Space Station, the crew will be "terribly busy" for
the next six months; White said that ARISS QSO totals might be low
during this time. The next contacts are scheduled for Monday, September
17 with Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Friday,
September 21 with Pueblo Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona. To date,
the ARISS program has had 315 Earth-to ISS QSOs. For more information on
the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program, please see
the ARISS Web page <http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm#ARISS%20Status>. 

* FCC Job Announcement: The Federal Communications Commission has
announced three job openings for Telecommunications Specialists in their
Columbia, Maryland office. Starting salaries range from
$55,706-$103,220; relocation assistance is not available. Knowledge of
high frequency propagation is a must. To be considered for these
full-time, permanent positions, successful applicants must pass a
background investigation, be eligible for a security clearance, have US
citizenship, pass a drug test and be available for shift work. For more
information, please send an e-mail to Diane Graham at the FCC
<Diane.Graham@fcc.gov>; and reference job number DEU-PSHS-2007-0006. The
application deadline for these positions is Thursday, September 27. More
about this opening can be found on the USAJOBS Web site
<http://jobsearch.usajobs.opm.gov/getjob.asp?JobID=61989717&jbf574=FC00&
brd=3876&AVSDM=2007%2D09%2D05+00%3A00%3A06&sort=rv&vw=d&Logo=0&FedPub=Y&
caller=%2Fagency%5Fsearch%2Easp&FedEmp=N&SUBMIT1.x=51&SUBMIT1.y=2&ss=0&T
abNum=1&rc=7>. 

* 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 k1sfa@arrl.org, with the subject line "ARRL
Letter Suggestions." All messages will be read and discussed, and we
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