*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 1 January 11, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Wisconsin ARES Members Activated to Assist with Tornado Aftermath * + Newly Elected Board Members Visit Newington * + Cycle 24 Here, Experts Say * + Oregon Governor Allocates $250,000 for Digital Communications Network * + New Prefix for Bosnia-Herzegovina Officially Announced * + EmComm Software for Windows Now Available for Beta Testing * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + Classic Gil Cartoon Book Now Available + New Amateur Extra Class Question Pool Released Geoff Haines, N1GY, Wins December QST Cover Plaque Award ARRL QSL Bureau Sees Rise in Number of Cards Sent IARU HF Championship Results in March QST ARRL Warehouse Experiencing Shipping Delays +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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: S. Khrystyne Keane, <email@example.com> =========================================================== ==> WISCONSIN ARES MEMBERS ACTIVATED TO ASSIST WITH TORNADO AFTERMATH A rare January EF3 tornado in Wisconsin destroyed houses and knocked out power shortly after 4 PM (local time) Monday, January 7, displacing about 160 people. The Red Cross activated members of the Kenosha County and Racine County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups to provide logistical communications at the two relief shelters in Kenosha County, as well as from a communications station at the Kenosha County Emergency Operation Center. Riding along with Red Cross teams, ARES members helped relay damage assessments back to the Red Cross building in Racine. "Providing communications is essential," said Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the Racine County ARES Alex Voss, N9RGX. "We set up a communications network at the Red Cross building in Racine, outside of the affected area. We were ready to go when activated. I couldn't be more proud of our volunteers. We will work with the responding agencies as long as they need us. We'll take what we've learned this time and use it to improve our response in the future." According to ARRL Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator William M. Niemuth, KB9ENO, Wheatland, Somers and the city of Kenosha were hardest hit by the storm. "In Wheatland, 20 homes were destroyed and at least 50 homes had some kind of damage. In Kenosha, six homes were destroyed and almost 30 were damaged. There were a handful of homes in other parts of the county with minor damage." An unknown number of cars were blown off the road on Highway 50 near Highway O, said Sgt Gil Benn of the Kenosha County Sheriff's Department. "It was a severe storm with a lot of damage," Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said. "In all my time here, I have never, ever, seen any damage to this degree. This is something I've only seen on TV that happens in other places, but during the middle of January this is something absolutely incredible that happened for us." Until the storms on Monday, there has been only one tornado in January since 1844, according to data from the National Weather Service. Twelve people were treated at area hospitals for storm-related injuries, but none of the injuries was major. There were no fatalities. The tornado disrupted legal proceedings as at least 300 people evacuated to a courthouse basement as a precaution. A Kenosha County Circuit judge who was presiding over opening testimony in a high-profile murder trial said he couldn't believe it when the deputy told him that he and the 50 or so people in the courtroom had to be evacuated because of a tornado warning. He said he wasn't scared. "It's a first," he said while waiting in the basement. "I've actually had...warnings occur during jury trials before and frankly I just ignored them, but not in January." Niemuth thanked the 18 ARES and RACES members who responded. "I bet this morning that [the 18 responders] never thought they would be responding to help their community recover from an EF3 tornado by evening! But, the reality is emergency and disaster situations most always catch us by surprise. That is why we train and prepare." Sherriff Beth concurred: "It was heart-wrenching to see how most of these people are volunteers...and they just strap on their clothes, they leave their loved ones at home and they go running to help others. Usually we're used to an incident that happens here in one spot, and this happened over miles. This happened from southwestern Wisconsin all the way over to Kenosha and everybody did their job. Everybody did what they had to do." -- Some information provided by Racine County Emergency Coordinator Jim Markstrom, KB9MMA; Racine County Assistant Emergency Coordinator Alexander Voss, N9RGX; ARRL Wisconsin Section Emergency Coordinator William M. Niemuth, KB9ENO; David Voss, WB9USI, and KenoshaNews.com. ==> NEWLY ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS VISIT NEWINGTON The four ARRL Board members new to the Board family -- ARRL Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK; ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director Dwayne Allen, WY7FD; ARRL Dakota Division Vice Director Greg Widin, K0GW, and ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI -- journeyed to ARRL HQ earlier this week for two days to learn the "ins and outs" of the ARRL Board and ARRL Headquarters operation in preparation for the Board's 2008 Annual Meeting on January 18-19 in Houston, Texas. According to ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, "The new Board members came to Newington to learn not only how the Board functions, but to see what each department does and how it interacts with and serves both Amateur Radio and ARRL members, through our four pillars: Public Service, Advocacy, Education and Membership. I am pleased they came to see how we support Amateur Radio each and every day here at ARRL HQ." One of the highlights of the group's visit to Headquarters was a tour of the ARRL Lab. Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Laboratory Manager, explained the function of the Lab and its staff: "We showed them how we support Amateur Radio through the Technical Information Service, product review testing, RFI issues such as power line noise, and support for spectrum defense, including BPL issues." Sarratt said, "It was a pleasure visiting ARRL headquarters in Newington to attend an orientation for new ARRL Directors and Vice Directors. This orientation was beneficial covering numerous facets of what the ARRL does for Amateur Radio and ARRL members. We met many of the staff members and learned more about what they do. All the ARRL folks are knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic about their jobs." Widin concurred: "I've been a member of ARRL for more than 40 years, but I still discovered great things going on at ARRL HQ that I wasn't aware of. I was impressed by the level of commitment to ham radio that was evident in everyone I met. I was also a little surprised that so many staffers are licensed -- truly ARRL is an organization 'by and for hams.' ARRL HQ is not just a bunch of people who work for the League -- it is an organization of colleagues of all members. I've always been proud to be a League member, but I left with a renewed appreciation of the great organization we share." The group joined the Newington Amateur Radio League (NARL) for their annual awards banquet on Monday evening. ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, gave the keynote address, "Not Your Grandfather's Amateur Radio," focusing on the emerging technologies and activities that the Amateur Radio Service has to offer. Incoming NARL President Mary Hobart, K1MMH, said "It was an honor to welcome Dave and four of the new ARRL Board Members to NARL's annual awards dinner. They added both stature and luster to the evening!" Woll summed up the two fast-paced days, saying, "I enjoy spreading the ARRL message to radio clubs and other groups, and I can now do so with even greater confidence that our members -- and indeed, all hams -- are being very well served by the ARRL. I am delighted to have had the opportunity to meet so many of the ARRL staff in Newington during the recent orientation for new Directors and Vice Directors, and I appreciate the warm welcome I was given. The high caliber of the team members at Headquarters is a real asset to our members, and to the League as a whole. What impressed me most was that the HQ staff view their responsibilities not just as jobs, but as a shared mission to grow and improve Amateur Radio. This common vision is reflected in their enthusiasm and in their eagerness to work together in a collaborative way. I've been inside hundreds of businesses in my career, and I can't think of anywhere where the collective attitude was more positive." ==> CYCLE 24 HERE, EXPERTS SAY With the appearance of Sunspot 981 -- a high-latitude, reversed polarity sunspot -- on Friday, January 4, experts at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that Cycle 24 is now here. "This sunspot is like the first robin of spring," said solar physicist Douglas Biesecker of the Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC), part of NOAA. "In this case, it's an early omen of solar storms that will gradually increase over the next few years." Solar physicist David Hathaway of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama concurred, saying that new solar cycles begin with a "modest knot" of magnetism, like the one that appeared on December 11 on the east limb of the Sun: "That patch of magnetism could be a sign of the next solar cycle. New solar cycles always begin with a high-latitude, reversed polarity sunspot." The region of magnetism that appeared back in December achieved high latitude (24 degrees North) and was magnetically reversed, but no supporting sunspot appeared until 25 days later. Reversed polarity describes a sunspot with opposite magnetic polarity compared to sunspots from the previous solar cycle. High-latitude refers to the Sun's grid of latitude and longitude. Old-cycle spots congregate near the Sun's equator; new-cycle spots appear higher, around 25 or 30 degrees latitude. Sunspot 981's high-latitude location at 27 degrees North and its negative polarity leading to the right in the Northern Hemisphere are clear-cut signs of a new solar cycle, according to NOAA experts. The first active regions and sunspots of a new solar cycle can emerge at high latitudes while those from the previous cycle continue to form closer to the equator. While experts vary in their predictions on when the solar cycle will peak and how strong it will be, NOAA, in April 2007, in coordination with an international panel of solar experts, predicted that the next 11-year cycle of solar storms "would start in March 2008, plus or minus six months, and peak in late 2011 or mid-2012." In the cycle forecast issued in April 2007, half of the panel predicted a "moderately strong cycle of 140 sunspots, plus or minus 20, expected to peak in October 2011. The other half predicted a moderately weak cycle of 90 sunspots, plus or minus 10, peaking in August 2012. An average solar cycle ranges from 75 to 155 sunspots. The late decline of Cycle 23 has helped shift the panel away from its earlier leaning toward a strong Cycle 24. The group is evenly split between a strong and a weak cycle." NASA's Hathaway, along with colleague Robert Wilson at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco last month, said that Solar Cycle 24 "looks like it's going to be one of the most intense cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago." They believe the next solar maximum should peak around 2010 with a sunspot number of 160, plus or minus 25. "This would make it one of the strongest solar cycles of the past fifty years -- which is to say, one of the strongest in recorded history." Four of the five biggest cycles on record have come in the past 50 years. "Cycle 24 should fit right into that pattern," Hathaway said. According to Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, "As for improvement in propagation on the higher bands, we still have a way to go before that happens, and it depends on the magnitude of Cycle 24. The Solar Cycle 24 Prediction Panel has published predictions for Cycle 24, but unfortunately the panel did not reach one consensus prediction. If the larger of the two predictions comes true, we should expect consistent F2 propagation on 10 and 12 meters to start toward the end of 2009. If the smaller prediction comes true, this will be delayed about one year." Luetzelschwab, who writes the column "Propagation" for the National Contest Journal (NCJ), continued: "While we wait for improved high band conditions, don't forget the low bands. Around solar minimum and for the next year or so, the Earth's geomagnetic field is at its quietest. This is good for low band propagation. Thus, right now is the time to start (or add to) your 80 and 160 meter DXCC efforts." According to NASA's Tony Phillips, many forecasters believe Solar Cycle 24 will be big and intense. "Solar cycles usually take a few years to build to a frenzy and Cycle 24 will be no exception. We still have some quiet times ahead," says Hathaway. ==> OREGON GOVERNOR ALLOCATES $250,000 FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK The State of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) received $250,000 from Governor Ted Kulongoski's Strategic Reserve Fund to further develop and enhance a statewide Amateur Radio digital communications network, announced ARRL Oregon Section Manager Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ. "This network, the Oregon ARES Digital Network (OADN), already uses a combination of different radio equipment and spectrum segments, computers and the Internet to provide a robust backup communications system in times of disaster. With its enhancements, all Oregon counties will be able to communicate with the state OEM," she said. "In December, this system proved its usefulness in the storms and floods by utilizing Winlink stations in Lincoln and Clatsop Counties to communicate with OEM. Early in that activation, the OEM's Amateur Radio Unit found they were not able to keep up with maintaining a complete log of communications when using voice communications, but Winlink activities maintained an automatic log for them." According to Altus, the primary purpose of the OADN is to provide back-up digital communications capabilities between county Emergency Operations Centers and Oregon Emergency Management and other state agencies in Salem, in the event that normal communications systems fail in an emergency. During the December storms, Amateur Radio operators were there to help. After a visit to one of the severely affected towns, Governor Kulongoski said, "I'm going to tell you who the heroes were from the very beginning of this...the ham radio operators. These people just came in and actually provided a tremendous communication link to us." Oregon's OEM said the radio operators were "tireless in their efforts to keep the systems connected. When even state police had difficulty reaching some of their own troops, ham radio worked, setting up networks so emergency officials could communicate and relaying lists of supplies needed in stricken areas." Through an Intergovernmental Agreement between the individual county Emergency Managers and Oregon's Office of Emergency Management, ARES/RACES groups in each county will be responsible for installation, maintenance and operation the network. ==> NEW PREFIX FOR BOSNIA-HERZEGOVINA OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED In response to a request from the Ministry of Communications and Transport of Bosnia and Herzegovina in August, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) withdrew the call sign prefix allocation T9A-T9Z for Bosnia and Herzegovina and made a new allocation, E7A-E7Z. The change was made initially on a provisional basis under authority of the ITU Secretary-General and was confirmed by the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference to be effective November 17, 2007. According to International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, the Ministry of Communications and Transport (BiH) held a press conference in Sarajevo on December 18 to formally announce the change. Minister Dr Bozo Ljubic explained the desirability of changing a prefix that initially was allocated during wartime and how it was now being replaced with one that has no connection to that troubled time; similar steps have been taken with regard to passports, drivers' licenses and automobile registrations, he said. Ljubic also observed that the costs associated with the change were minimal compared to the benefits. Amateur Radio station licenses bearing E7 prefixes will be issued beginning in January 2008, and the use of other prefixes will be phased out. Sumner and IARU Region 1 President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, of Norway, were invited to speak at the press conference. Accompanying them was IARU Region 1 Executive Committee member Nikola Percin, 9A5W, of Croatia. They expressed congratulations and support for the change, eliminating an issue that has complicated relations among the radio amateurs of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Also invited to speak was Miroslav Nikse, President of the Union of Radioamateur Associations of Bosnia and Herzegovina (URAS), a recently formed umbrella organization of Amateur Radio associations based in different parts of the country. He thanked those involved in promoting the change. In his remarks, Dr Ljubic pledged support from the Ministry of Communications and Transport to the umbrella organization for the development of Amateur Radio repeater and digital networks that would cover the whole of the country, enhancing emergency communications capabilities. ==> NEW EMCOMM SOFTWARE FOR WINDOWS NOW AVAILABLE FOR BETA TESTING The NarrowBand Emergency Messaging System (NBEMS) development team announced earlier this week that a Windows NBEMS software suite for beta testing is now available. NBEMS for Windows is a suite of software programs designed for point-to-point, error-free emergency messaging up to or over 100 miles distant. According to developers Skip Teller, KH6TY and Dave Freese, W1HKJ, the NBEMS system is designed primarily for use on VHF and up, or on HF with Near Vertical Incidence Skywave (NVIS) antennas. The system uses the computer soundcard as the modem. Other than a simple interface connection between the computer and transceiver, no additional hardware is needed. Composing and sending emergency messages on NBEMS is no more difficult than sending e-mail via the Internet. All forwarding is done by stations manned by live operators on both ends who can confirm that a frequency is clear locally, or negotiate a frequency change to avoid causing interference. The NBEMS software can also be used for daily casual communications on PSK31, PSK63, RTTY or MFSK16 and is capable of sending flawless, high resolution, passport photo-sized color images in less than 10 minutes over any path that can sustain PSK250 without excessive repeats. Radio amateurs are invited to participate in the beta test of the NBEMS. The NBEMS suite can be downloaded for beta testing from the NBEMS Web site <http://w1hkj.com/NBEMS/>. Send comments and bug reports via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "He Loves to Lie a-Basking in the Sun" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: We just saw eight days of sunspots, but now the solar disk is spot-free. The big story this week is the sighting of the first spot of Solar Cycle 24. The sunspot -- Sunspot 981 -- has now faded away, but a new spot is emerging near the solar equator and it has the same polarity as the Cycle 24 spot last week. This is odd, because the spots from the new cycle should emerge at high latitudes, like last week's did. Sunspot numbers for January 3 through 9 were 13, 26, 12, 12, 14, 16 and 0 with a mean of 13.3. The 10.7 cm flux was 79.3, 79, 79.7, 79.2, 77.7, 75.5 and 76.5 with a mean of 78.1. Estimated planetary A indices were 1, 2, 18, 13, 12, 13 and 6 with a mean of 9.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 1, 2, 13, 12, 10, 11 and 6 with a mean of 7.9. 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, the 070 Club PSKFest and the Midwinter Contest (CW) are January 12. The Hunting Lions in the Air Contest, the Michigan QRP January CW Contest and the North American QSO Party (CW) are January 12-13. The NRAU-Baltic Contest (CW), the Midwinter Contest (Phone) and the DARC 10 Meter Contest are scheduled for January 13. The NRAU-Baltic Contest (SSB) is January 14 and the NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is January 17. Next weekend, check out the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes on January 19-21. The LZ Open Contest on January 19. The UK DX Contest (RTTY), the Hungarian DX Contest and the North American QSO Party (SSB) are January 19-20. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is on January 21. 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, January 20, 2008 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, February 1, 2008: 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). Each online course has been developed in segments -- learning units with objectives, informative text, student activities and quizzes. Courses are interactive, and some include direct communications with a Mentor/Instructor. Students register for a particular session that may be 8, 12 or 16 weeks (depending on the course) and they may access the course at any time of day during the course period, completing lessons and activities at times convenient for their personal schedule. Mentors assist students by answering questions, reviewing assignments and activities, as well as providing helpful feedback. Interaction with mentors is conducted through e-mail; there is no appointed time the student must be present -- allowing complete flexibility for the student to work when and where it is convenient. 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>. * Classic Gil Cartoon Book Now Available: "Gil: A Collection of Classic Cartoons from QST" is more than a book of illustrations -- it is a tribute to a legend, a man who, over a span of 40 years, created more than 1500 cartoons and drawings for QST and the ARRL. The work of Philip "Gil" Gildersleeve, W1CJD, became a tradition. In tribute to this talented, creative and devoted artist and ham, the ARRL presents in this book a reprint of a portion of the best of his work. Gil was an avid radio amateur, devoted family man and exceptionally active in the community. For several years he worked as a radio operator aboard merchant ships, later becoming News Editor of the Middletown (CT) Press. Although he became a Silent Key in 1966, his characters live on. Still today, Gil's conceptions remain alive in the minds of both old-timers and newcomers to Amateur Radio. Get your copy today at the ARRL Online Store <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=0364>. * New Amateur Extra Class Question Pool Released: The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) has released a new pool of 741 questions and 12 graphics <http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=338> for the Amateur Extra class license. This pool will become effective for examinations given on or after July 1, 2008, and should be in service until June 30, 2012. It can be downloaded from the NCVEC Web site in Word, PDF or RTF formats. If you have any questions concerning the new Amateur Extra question pool, please contact the NCVEC's Question Pool Committee via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * Geoff Haines, N1GY, Wins December QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for December is Geoff Haines, N1GY, for his article "The Octopus -- Four Band HF Antenna for Portable Use." Congratulations, Geoff! 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 January issue by Thursday, January 31. * ARRL QSL Bureau Sees Rise in Number of Cards Sent: Despite the fact that sunspots have been virtually non-existent, the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service is doing a brisk business. "We are seeing bigger numbers this year as compared to last year," says ARRL Outgoing QSL Service Manager Sharon Taratula. "It's amazing, considering where we are in the sunspot cycle." In 2007, the Outgoing QSL Service sent out 1,035,225 QSL cards, she says, compared with 1,000,475 cards sent during 2006 -- a difference of 34,750 QSLs. The volume of outgoing QSL cards reflects the trend, although not all cards received -- especially those destined for rarer DXCC entities -- go out right away in the monthly mailings to foreign bureaus. In 2005, the Bureau sent out 1,137,550 cards. "Now that the new solar cycle is here, we should see even more cards," Taratula said. In the last solar cycle (Cycle 23), the number of cards shipped via the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service topped 1.9 million cards in the 2001-2002 period. The Outgoing QSL Service sorts and forwards QSLs received from US radio amateurs to bureaus in more than 220 countries. For more information on the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service, please visit their Web site <http://www.arrl.org/qsl/qslout.html>. * IARU HF Championship Results in March QST: The 2007 results article, which normally appears in the February issue, will be in the March 2008 issue instead. You will also be able to find a complete report online at the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/results>. * ARRL Warehouse Experiencing Shipping Delays: Due to the exceptionally high demand for new ARRL books, as well as our annual inventory audit, the ARRL Warehouse experienced some delays for orders placed on or after December 25. ARRL Marketing and Sales Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said, "Our staff is working extended shifts and we are quickly re-approaching our service standard. Most of the orders being processed today (Friday) were received on Monday and Tuesday this week. We'll likely be all caught-up early next week. 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