*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 46 November 16, 2007 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Directors and Vice Directors Elected in Five ARRL Divisions * + WRC-07 Wraps Up in Geneva; Will Likely Meet Again in 2011 * + FCC "Admonishes" Ambient over BPL Issues * + The ARRL Is Looking for a Few Good Instructors * + Look for the December QST in Your Mailbox * + FCC Enforcement Bureau Actions * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + ARRL Headquarters Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays + Iraq Back on the Air Next Week Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, Wins October QST Cover Plaque Award Irish Amateurs Now Able to Apply for Permission to Operate on 5 MHz ARRL Says "Thank You" To Veterans Support Spectrum Defense through the Pension Protection Act Don't forget - ARRL November Sweepstakes (Phone) is this weekend! Are you ready to make a clean sweep? +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> =========================================================== ==> DIRECTORS AND VICE DIRECTORS ELECTED IN FIVE ARRL DIVISIONS ARRL staff members started opening ballots for Director and Vice Director races in the Pacific, Rocky Mountain, Southeastern, Southwestern and West Gulf Divisions, while a representative from an independent auditor, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, and members of the League's Ethics and Elections Committee looked on. In the end, the Rocky Mountain has a new Director and Vice Director and the Southeastern Division has a new Director, as well; a new Vice Director was elected in the Southwestern Division. The leadership team in the Pacific and West Gulf Divisions will remain the same. Both ARRL Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, and Southwestern Division Director Richard "Dick" Norton, N6AA, ran unopposed and were declared the winner of the election by the League's Ethics and Elections Committee. Incumbent Andy Oppel, N6AJO, of Alameda, California received 1654 votes to defeat Rob Brownstein, K6RB, of Santa Cruz, California, who received 1180 votes for Vice Director in the Pacific Division. The incumbent ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director, Edward J. "Ned" Stearns, AA7A, of Scottsdale, Arizona, did not seek re-election this term. Of the four candidates for this office, Marty Woll, N6VI, of Chatsworth, California, with 1191 votes, defeated Tom Fagan, WB7NXH, of Tucson, Arizona (1054 votes); Tuck Miller, NZ6T, of National City, California (710 votes), and Joseph Madas, AE6JM, of Banning, California (342 votes). Current Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, with 1393 votes, defeated Jeff Ryan, K0RM, of Westminster, Colorado (915 votes) in the race for Director of that Division. Current ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Warren G. "Rev" Morton, WS7W, did not run for re-election this term. Dwayne Allen, WY7FD, of Devil's Tower, Wyoming, with 1332 votes, defeated Chris Howard, W0EP, of Fort Collins, Colorado, who received 938 votes. With the retirement of ARRL Southeastern Director Frank Butler, W4RH, after more than 50 years of elected service to the ARRL, four people threw in their hats to become the new Director of that Division. Current ARRL Alabama Section Manager Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, of Harvest, Alabama, with 2053 votes, handily defeated Sherri Brower, W4STB, of Vero Beach, Florida (1143 votes); Carl Zelich, AA4MI, of Chuluota, Florida (1079 votes), and Rudy Hubbard, WA4PUP, of Milton, Florida (498 votes). Incumbent Vice Director Sandy Donahue, W4RU, of Dothan, Alabama, with 2555 votes, defeated challenger Jeff Beals, WA4AW, of Loxahatchee, Florida, who received 2117 votes. As in the Pacific Division, leadership in the West Gulf Division remains unchanged. West Gulf Division Director Coy Day, N5OK, of Union City, Oklahoma, received 2649 votes to defeat Ed McGinley, W5ETM, of Fort Worth, Texas, who received 751 votes. Incumbent Vice Director for the West Gulf Division, Dr David Woolweaver, K5RAV, of Harlingen, Texas, received 2592 votes to defeat Dr John Teer, AK5Z, also of Harlingen, who received 780 votes. President Harrison said, "I am so pleased to see such a large turn-out of voters in these elections, and the interest and desire of the candidates to serve. It is through this electoral process that the members truly have a voice in the growth and advancement of the ARRL and the Amateur Service. I look forward to welcoming our new and returning Board members in January." ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said, "It is always a pleasure to see literally tens of thousands of ARRL members participating in the electoral process. It's from the participation of these members that our elected Directors derive the authority to act for the benefit of Amateur Radio." ARRL Delta Division Director and member of the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee Henry Leggette, WD4Q, said he could sum up today's experience in one word: "Interesting. This was a new experience that I thoroughly enjoyed. Seeing how this process works from the inside makes me appreciate all the more the election process." The newly elected and returning Directors and Vice Directors will begin their new three year term at noon on Tuesday, January 1, 2008. The next scheduled Division elections are next fall in the Atlantic, Dakota, Delta, Great Lakes and Midwest ARRL Divisions. According to League Bylaws, ballots will be counted on November 21, 2008. ==> WRC-07 WRAPS UP IN GENEVA; WILL LIKELY MEET AGAIN IN 2011 The final working session of the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-07) in Geneva drew to a close Thursday afternoon, November 15. The signing ceremony for the Final Acts will take place Friday. According to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, the principal achievements and disappointments, as they relate to the Amateur Services, of the conference are: Achievements * Maintenance all existing amateur allocations, including the 7.200-7.300 MHz allocation in ITU Region 2 (the Americas) that had been somewhat at risk in connection with consideration of additional allocations for HF broadcasting (see below). * A new worldwide secondary allocation at 135.7-137.8 kHz with a maximum radiated power limit of 1 W e.i.r.p. (given the low efficiency of practical antennas for this frequency range, this limit is not as severe as it may sound). * Inclusion of an item, "to consider an allocation of about 15 kHz in parts of the band 415-526.5 kHz to the Amateur Service on a secondary basis, taking into account the need to protect existing services" on the provisional agenda for WRC-11 (set for 2011). * Avoidance of future agenda items that pose serious threats to key amateur allocations. * Some improvement in the so-called "country footnotes" that provide for different allocations by country in all or part of the 1.8, 3.5, 50 and 430 MHz amateur bands. Disappointments * No new allocation for the Amateur Service in the vicinity of 5 MHz, and no agenda item to consider such an allocation at a future conference. * No future agenda item to consider an amateur allocation at 50 MHz in ITU Region 1 (Europe, the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, Africa and parts of the Middle East). The amateur issues were of course a minor part of the WRC-07 agenda, but the Amateur Service was involved in one of the most contentious agenda items dealing with allocations between 4 and 10 MHz. A series of European Common Proposals had proposed changes to allow for an increase of 350 kHz in HF broadcasting allocations, with a footnote for administrations to allow the Amateur Service to use 5.260-5.410 MHz on a secondary basis and with a radiated power limit of 250 W; however, HF broadcasting had no support from the other regional organizations and no compromise acceptable to all parties could be found. Ultimately the European administrations had to accept "no change" for broadcasting, effectively scuttling our chances for a 5 MHz allocation. The IARU had hoped that if an allocation could not be achieved at WRC-07, an appropriate agenda item could be included for WRC-11. The 2007 conference, however, had little interest in taking up HF issues at the next conference, tentatively set for 2011, having little to show for a great deal of effort expended on HF in preparing for WRC-07. The only HF issues on the provisional WRC-11 agenda have to do with oceanographic radar applications and the implementation of new digital technologies for the maritime mobile service. The International Telecommunication Union's planning for the next World Radiocommunication Conference begins on Monday in Geneva, with the convening of a two-day Conference Preparatory Meeting for WRC-11. Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, will attend on behalf of the IARU. ==> FCC "ADMONISHES" AMBIENT OVER BPL ISSUES The FCC, in a letter to Yehuda Cern, Chief Engineer for Ambient Corporation, concluded their investigation into whether Ambient's BPL operation caused "harmful interference" to Amateur Radio stations in Briarcliff Manor, New York. The Commission found that "Ambient's BPL operation has violated the radiated emission limits of Section 15.109" of the FCC Rules "and the terms of its experimental license, call sign WD2XEQ." The FCC's letter went on to say that "we hereby admonish Ambient." No findings were made, however, as to whether or not the system actually caused interference to Amateur Radio, and the Enforcement Bureau left open the issue of future experimental BPL operations at Briarcliff Manor. Since Ambient's Briarcliff Manor facility is operating under an experimental license, the FCC says Ambient "is subject to the operating conditions contained on its license. Condition 4 of its license requires that Ambient file a progress report six months from the date of the grant. Additionally, Condition 5 provides that the progress report '... should include, but is not limited to, a description of measurements and results demonstrating compliance...' with the radiated emissions limits of Section 15.109." Ambient submitted a progress report on February 5, 2007. The report indicated that Ambient "[h]as notched out its signals on the Amateur Radio bands, demonstrating significant advancements..." but the report did not address Condition 5, according to the FCC. The FCC's Spectrum Enforcement Division sent letters to Ambient in March and May 2007, directing Ambient to "provide the results of any measurements made prior to the filing of its February 5, 2007 report to demonstrate compliance with the radiated emission limits of Section 15.109." The Division also directed Ambient to "submit a follow-up report confirming compliance once it had completed any necessary system modifications." Ambient's attorneys filed responses to the FCC's March and May letters in June. Ambient's response, the FCC said, indicated that Ambient "had made compliance measurements as required by the Division." Ambient's response further stated that they had found "an older, first generation BPL unit in its network was malfunctioning, causing the device to exceed the applicable Section 15.109 emission limits," and that it "immediately took the equipment out of service." Ambient, the FCC said, "indicated that [they] would soon replace the remaining first generation equipment in its network with newer equipment." In August, Ambient told the FCC that it has replaced all its first generation BPL equipment with second generation equipment. The FCC's letter to Ambient goes on to say that Ambient has completed and submitted results of on-site testing that demonstrates compliance with the Commission's regulations. In the time since Ambient replaced all their equipment, "neither Ambient or the [Spectrum Enforcement] Division has received complaints indicating continuing interference to Amateur operations from Ambient's BPL system," the FCC's letter said. The FCC made no findings about the interference that had been previously reported, however, nor did the Commission undertake any on-site investigation or inspection of the facility at Briarcliff Manor. The FCC found that Ambient's BPL operation in Briarcliff Manor "has operated in violation of Section 15.109 of the Commission's Rules. Accordingly, we admonish Ambient for violating Section 15.109 of the Commission's Rules and the terms of its experimental license, call sign WD2XEQ." The FCC cautioned Ambient that any violations of future license provisions "may result in additional sanctions." ARRL first filed a complaint with FCC concerning the radiated emission violations at Briarcliff Manor on October 12, 2004. Subsequent complaints were filed on December 17, 2004; January 7, 2005; March 17, 2005; January 6, 2006; March 29, 2006, and June 1, 2007 each of which reported ongoing harmful interference caused by the unlawful operation of Ambient's BPL system at Briarcliff Manor. The complaints included technical reports on the result of tests conducted by ARRL staff. Each of the complaints requested that the Ambient system be required to cease operation immediately. The FCC took no action on any of these complaints, and it did not address any of them in its letter to Ambient. Still before the Commission is the question of whether or not Ambient's experimental authorization should be renewed for a further period. Ambient has had an experimental authorization in Westchester County, New York since June of 2002. The most recent experimental authorization expired August 1, 2007. On July 24, Ambient filed an application to extend their authorization for an additional two-year period. ARRL filed an informal objection to that application on July 25, arguing that Ambient should be held to the same standard as the other BPL companies that are subject to the rules governing BPL, such as inclusion of the BPL system in the public database, so that victims of BPL interference can determine its source. ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said, "It is gratifying that the FCC finally has recognized that Ambient's BPL operation in Briarcliff Manor violated both the FCC rules and the terms of its experimental license, has made these violations a matter of public record and has admonished Ambient; however, this action comes three years and one month after the ARRL first brought Ambient's violations to the Commission's attention. This is hardly the speedy resolution that the Commission has promised, and to which its licensees are entitled." ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, concurred with Sumner, saying "The FCC's admonishment to Ambient was 'too little, too late' from the FCC's Enforcement Bureau. It continues the disappointing inaction that we have come to expect from FCC in addressing blatant cases of harmful interference. Must Amateur Radio operators wait more than three years for some relief after filing legitimate complaints of harmful interference? The FCC has consistently refused to even acknowledge, much less investigate, the complaints of harmful interference at Briarcliff Manor, because it wants no bad news about BPL." ==> THE ARRL IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD INSTRUCTORS Teachers who have participated in ARRL's popular summer professional development workshops, the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>, continue to spread the word about this exceptional experience and the unique value that Amateur Radio and the wireless technology curricula bring to their classrooms. The Teachers Institute is one outreach component of ARRL's Education & Technology Program, which has received strong donor support to bring Amateur Radio and the exploration of radio science to schools and classrooms. Building on our success, the League is making plans to expand the Teachers Institute next year, and needs instructors to lead the Institute sessions. Contingent on funding, the ARRL plans to offer six four-day sessions in 2008 to provide opportunities for 72 teachers, and is looking for additional qualified instructors to support this expansion of the program. The Teachers Institute Instructor position is a part-time contract position that will require lead instruction at a Teachers Institute workshop during the Spring/Summer of 2008 as a paid associate instructor, under the direction of the Teachers Institute Program Manager. Successful performance may lead to a follow-on contract to provide continuing teacher support throughout the year, as well as instruction at future Teachers Institutes. If you have an Amateur Extra class license as well as a current teaching credential or equivalent college/university teaching experience, the ARRL would like to hear from you. Applicants should also have experience using ham radio in a school curriculum and an extensive familiarity with electronics and wireless technology. Qualified applicants should also be able to connect with teachers working in a variety of classroom environments and with a variety of age groups. If you are interested in applying for this exciting opportunity, please visit the information page <http://www.arrl.org/es/ti-instructor.html> to learn more about the positions and application instructions. ==> LOOK FOR THE DECEMBER QST IN YOUR MAILBOX The December issue of QST is jam-packed with everything today's Amateur Radio operator needs. From product reviews to experiments to contesting to Field Day results, the December issue of QST has something for just about everyone. Our annual holiday issue features an article by Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, and Jeff Damm, WA7MLH, "The Hybrid Cascode - A General Purpose AGC IF Amplifier." If you're looking forward to your next receiver project, this article on a simple, high performance automatic gain control system is something you don't want to miss. If you have ever wanted to try operating your station remotely, be sure to check out the article by Daniel Crausaz, HB9TPL, "A Remotely Controlled Station for HF Digital Modes." Geoff Haines, N1GY, presents "The Octopus - Four Band HF Antenna for Portable Use." This simple multiband antenna would be great to build in anticipation for next year's Field Day. If you're interested in the latest ham radio gear, be sure to check out December's Product Review. ARRL Contributing Editor (and former ARRL Senior News Editor) Rick Lindquist, N1RL, test drove the Yaesu FT-450 HF and 6 Meter Transceiver. He says, "The FT-450 is a lightweight, compact -- but not too compact - multimode 100 W transceiver that will do yeoman's duty in a variety of Amateur Radio applications, including portable (but not too mobile) operation and HF or 50 MHz beacon service." ARRL Contributing Editor Rich Arland, W3OSS, reviewed the M3 Electronix FPM-1 Frequency Counter/Power Meter Kit. These are two Product Reviews you definitely do not want to miss. If you've been anxiously awaiting the 2007 Field Day results, wait no more, because they are here in the December QST. ARRL Field Day Manager, Dan Henderson, N1ND, presents the results and stories from this year's Field Day. Rick Rosen, K1DS, wraps up the 2007 ARRL June VHF QSO Party in his results article. Are you wondering what upcoming contests to mark on your new 2008 calendar? The December QST has announcements for the 2008 ARRL International DX Contests, the 2008 ARRL RTTY Roundup, the 2008 ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes and the 2008 Straight Key Night. Of course, there are the usual columns you know and love in the December QST: Hints & Kinks, The Doctor Is IN, How's DX, Old Radio, Hamspeak and more. Look for your December 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>. ==> FCC ENFORCEMENT BUREAU ACTIONS Late last month, Special Counsel in the FCC's Enforcement Bureau Riley Hollingsworth sent notification to Brandon M. Duke, KD0BSH (ex KC0UWS), notifying Duke that he has "submitted [his] license to the Commission to be held for one year, retroactive to July 1, 2007, during which time [Duke] will have no authority to operate radio transmitting equipment." In January 2007, the FCC told Duke that they had information showing he had been operating on frequencies not allowed by his Technician class license; Duke admitted this was true. The FCC reminded him "that such operation is a violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 United States Code Section 301, and would subject you to fine and imprisonment. Additionally, we noted that you have ignored requests to cease operation on repeaters in your area. You were advised of the requirement to heed those requests in a Commission letter dated January 9, 2006." Duke, in order to resolve the FCC's case against him, agreed to turn in his license, retroactive to July 1, 2007. Hollingsworth warned Duke that "operation of Amateur Radio transmitting equipment during this period (until June 30, 2008) would result in enforcement action against your license, which may include revocation and monetary forfeiture (fine). Fines normally range from $7500 to $10,000." ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "There's a Reason for Sun, Shiny Sky" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Another quiet week, but strangely, like the previous week there was just a single sunspot appearing for one day, and it was also on a Tuesday. Just like the previous week, the daily sunspot number was 11, and then it went back to zero when the spot disappeared. No spots are expected in the near future. Geomagnetic indices have been quiet, but may become unsettled in the near term. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet to unsettled conditions for November 16, quiet November 17, quiet to unsettled November 18, quiet November 19, quiet to unsettled November 20, unsettled to active November 21 and unsettled November 22. The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center sees a planetary A index of 10 for November 16, 5 for November 17-19, 10 for November 20, 15 for November 21 and 10 for November 22. Sunspot numbers for November 8 through 14 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 11 and 0 with a mean of 1.6. The 10.7 cm flux was 69.7, 69.5, 69.8, 69, 69.7, 69.9 and 70.4 with a mean of 69.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 3, 1, 2, 8 and 9 with a mean of 4 Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 2, 2, 1, 2, 7 and 9 with a mean of 3.7. . For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>. To read this week's Solar Report in its entirety, check out the W1AW Propagation Bulletin page <http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/prop/>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This weekend on the radio: This weekend, be sure to check out the ARRL November Sweepstakes (SSB) on November 17-19. The YO International PSK31 Contest is on November 16 and the Feld Hell Sprint is November 17. The SARL Field Day Contest, LZ DX Contest, All Austrian 160 Meter Contest and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest (CW) are all scheduled for November 17-18; the NA Collegiate ARC Championship (SSB) is November 17-19. The EU PSK63 QSO Party is November 18, the Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is November 19 and the NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is November 22. Next weekend, the ARRL International EME Competition is November 24-25, as is the CQ Worldwide DX Contest (CW). The SKCC Weekend Sprintathon is November 25 and the ARCI Topband Sprint is November 29. 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, December 9, 2007 for these online courses beginning on Friday, December 21, 2007: 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>. * ARRL Headquarters Closed for Thanksgiving Holidays: ARRL Headquarters will be closed November 22 and 23 in observance of Thanksgiving. There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice transmissions those days. There will also be no "ARRL Letter" or "ARRL Audio News" on Friday. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, November 26 at 8 AM Eastern Standard Time. We wish everyone a safe and bounteous Thanksgiving holiday. * Iraq Back on the Air Next Week: Diya Sayah, YI1DZ, President of the Iraqi Amateur Radio Society (IARS), announced November 13 that effective November 20, all Amateur Radio activity will be "back to normal" in Iraq. Sayah said, "All Amateur Radio operators in Iraq who carry a valid Iraqi license will be able to use their radios according to regulations of IARU Region 1 and the IARS." Amateur Radio activity in Iraq was suspended in March of this year, with the suspension affecting both Iraqi citizens as well as any foreigners -- including military personnel and contractors -- who have been on the air from Iraq. The request to halt all ham radio activity and the issuance of licenses in Iraq originated with a letter from the Iraqi Ministry of Defense to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki as part of a new security plan, Sayah said. * Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, Wins October QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for October is Kai Siwiak, KE4PT, for his article "An All-Band Attic Antenna." Congratulations, Kai! 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 October issue by Friday, November 30. * Irish Amateurs Now Able to Apply for Permission to Operate on 5 MHz: Four 3 kHz channels at 5 MHz are being granted to Irish amateurs, according to the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS), Ireland's IARU Member-Society. These frequencies are centered on 5.280, 5.290, 5.400 and 5.405 MHz (the suppressed-carrier frequency for USB is 1.5 kHz lower). This follows extensive contacts with the military authorities and with the Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg -- Ireland's equivalent of the FCC) by the IRTS. The facility will be available for an initial trial period of a year and individual application is required. The power allowed will be 23 dBW (200 W) to an antenna with not more than 0 dBd gain (e.g. a dipole). Some or all of these channels are also in use in the UK, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Canada and the US. Some administrative details remain to be attended to by ComReg but it is anticipated that the first variations of licenses could be issued at the end of November or early December. The IRTS stresses that individuals must apply to operate at these 5 MHz frequencies. Permission for a 5 MHz beacon has been granted; a call sign and frequency are in the works. * ARRL Says "Thank You" to Veterans: Veterans Day, called Remembrance Day or Armistice Day outside the US, was celebrated all over the world on November 11. The ARRL would like to take this opportunity to thank our service veterans. Whether they served on active duty or reserve, during peace time or time of conflict, they served their county with honor. We also would be remiss if we did not remember the families of those veterans who kept the homefires burning bright; without their love and support, our veterans would have indeed been alone. ARRL Headquarters has its share of service veterans: ARRL Contributing Editor Al Brogdon, W1AB (Army); ARRL Publications Sales Associate Mark Dzamba, KB1FMY (Air Force); ARRL Assistant VEC Manager Perry Green, WY1O (Army); ARRL Volunteer Archivist Charles Griffen, W1GYR (Air Force); ARRL Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR (Army); ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Walt Ireland, WB7CSL (Army); ARRL News Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA (Coast Guard); ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L (Army); ARRL Reprints Specialist Tony Nesta, AA1RZ (Navy); ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N (Navy); ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI (Army); ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA (Army); ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG (Air Force); ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME (Air Force), and ARRL Archivist Perry Williams, W1UED (Air Force). Thank you for your service - your sacrifice and the sacrifice of your fellow service members is not forgotten. * Support Spectrum Defense through the Pension Protection Act: The ARRL Development Office notes that a provision of the Pension Protection Act (PPA) of 2006 offers an opportunity for certain IRA holders to give something back to Amateur Radio by donating to the Spectrum Defense Fund, the ARRL Education and Technology Fund or the ARRL Diamond Club -- which provides flexible funding for a variety of programs not supported by member dues. "Individuals who are at least 70-1/2 and support nonprofits of their choice may use IRA or Roth IRA assets as a convenient, tax-efficient source to make contributions while conserving non-IRA assets," ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, points out. "Contributions must be made directly from the IRA to the organization, not to a donor-advised fund, gift annuity or trust."Hobart says contributions of up to $100,000 may be made by December 31,2007: "A direct contribution from an IRA to a qualified organization is excluded from income," she emphasizes. "We have received significant support through this program. I hope you are considering a year-end gift to the ARRL." This two-year program expires December 31, 2007. Hobart urges prospective donors to consult with a financial advisor before taking advantage of this opportunity. Contact Hobart <firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information or call 860-594-0397. 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