*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 10 March 14, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + 2008 Global EmComm Conference to Be Held in Friedrichshafen, Germany * + Idaho Amateurs on Hand for Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games * + Texas to Host USA's ARDF Championships * + Michigan Amateurs Team Up with State * + FCC Slams Pennsylvania Ham with Forfeiture Order * + FCC Fixes Typographical Errors in Part 97 * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + ARRL to Close in Observance of Good Friday + KH6 Incoming QSL Bureau Address Change "Spirit of Knoxville" Sees Successful Launch Exhibit Kits Now Available for Field Day Amateur Radio Exempt from California's New "Hands Free" Law Notes from the DXCC Desk Snake Update +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> Reminder: Next week, the ARRL Letter will be posted on Thursday, March 20, one day earlier than usual. There will be no ARRL Audio News on Friday, March 21. =========================================================== ==>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> =========================================================== ==> 2008 GLOBAL EMCOMM CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY The fourth annual Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference <http://www.iaru.org/emergency/GAREC2008Program.pdf> is scheduled for June 26-27, 2008 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, just prior to HamRadio 2008 <http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/html/en/>. That event, called "the Dayton of Europe," is scheduled for June 27-29. GAREC's schedule is continuously being updated and is subject to change. Dr Hamadoun Toure, HB9EHT, Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), is scheduled to present the opening remarks at GAREC-08; Dr Toure received his Amateur Radio license in 2007. Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, President of IARU Region 1, is scheduled to participate in the opening remarks, too. GAREC will take a look at the state of EmComm preparedness in each of the IARU regions, as well as discuss experiences of the 2006 and 2007 EmComm Parties-on-the-Air and the future of the Global Simulated Emergency Test (SET). Delegates will also discuss implementation of the WRC-03 modifications to Article 25 of the Radio Regulations, in respect to third-party traffic during emergencies and exercises. The part of Article 25 concerning Emergency Communications says "Amateur stations may be used for transmitting international communications on behalf of third parties only in case of emergencies or disaster relief. An administration may determine the applicability of this provision to amateur stations under its jurisdiction" (RR 25.3), and "Administrations are encouraged to take the necessary steps to allow amateur stations to prepare for and meet communication needs in support of disaster relief" (RR 25.9A). GAREC delegates will also have the opportunity to look at and discuss the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), as well as the MOU between the IARU and the ITU. IARU Vice President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, with assistance from IFRC Secretary General Markku Niskala and IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications Hans Zimmermann, HB9AQS/F5VKP, will lead the discussion. A representative from the ITU will also be on hand. Each of the three IARU Region Presidents will speak on the status of EmComm in their respective region. Seppo Sisatto, OH1VR, and Juha Hulkko, OH8NC, will present on the possibility of Emergency Communication Centers around the world. There will also be a talk on D-STAR in emergency communications. Case studies of emergency communication practices will also be presented. Those wishing to attend GAREC-08 are encouraged to register online <http://www.korkee.net/Garec2008/>. For those registering prior to June 12, the fee is 55 euros; after June 12, the fee is 75 euros. GAREC will take place in the Conference Center of the Friedrichshafen Messe in the Oesterreich Room. Travel and lodging information for GAREC and HamRadio 2008 is available online at the HamRadio 2008 Web page. ==> IDAHO AMATEURS ON HAND FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS INVITATIONAL WINTER GAMES More than 20 Amateur Radio operators wrapped up technical and operational support for the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games in Boise, Tamarack and Sun Valley, Idaho the last week in February. Approximately 365 athletes from 10 countries competed in five sports -- Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding and Snowshoeing. The Invitational Games were seen as the practice run for the 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games to be held in Idaho February 6-13, 2009. The Department of Defense provided Motorola VHF analog and P25 handheld radios and temporary repeaters to support the Games. Covering all of Southwestern Idaho, the ARES VHF repeater was instrumental in providing Games radio communications and critical communications for athlete transportation to and from Bogus Basin and Boise. Crossband links were used to coordinate and provide communications to the KX7ID Boise ARES repeater from the Tamarack Snowboarding venue near the Cascade/Donnelly area, about 100 miles north of Boise. "It was a privilege to work with the Idaho State Police, Boise Police, Ada County Sheriff, Ada County EMS, Blaine County Sheriff and others within the Public Safety community," said Chuck Robertson, KX7ID, Technical Director for Games Radio Communications. "We are grateful for the relationships built during these test Games which will improve cooperation and teamwork as we work together toward support of the 2009 Games and public service initiatives beyond the Games." The 147.380 MHz ARES repeater was the primary system used for the event, but the KX7ID UHF repeater, D-Star VHF simplex and P25 VHF simplex were also used. In addition, D-Star VHF low speed data using D*Chat <http://nj6n.com/dstar/dstar_chat.html> was tested from the Boise National Weather Service to Boise area hospitals. "Communications are a vital component to any successful event, especially one as complex as the 2008 Special Olympics Invitational Winter Games and the upcoming 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games, which are both multi-sport and multi-venue events with a lot of moving parts," said Kirk Miles, 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games Chief Operating Officer. "We are grateful to all the Amateur Radio operators that have worked or will be working to make the 2009 Games a great success." The 2009 Special Olympics World Winter Games <http://www.2009worldgames.org/> will be held in Idaho, February 6-13, 2009 and will include up to 3000 athletes from as many as 85 countries and 6000 volunteers. Competition will take place in seven winter sports -- Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Figure Skating, Floor Hockey, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing and Speed Skating. Competition and activities will be in communities and venues throughout Idaho, including Bogus Basin, Boise State University, Qwest Arena, Idaho Ice World, Sun Valley Resort and Tamarack Resort. ==> TEXAS TO HOST USA'S ARDF CHAMPIONSHIPS Bastrop State Park in Central Texas will be the site for this year's USA championship of on-foot hidden transmitter hunting. Fans of this international sport -- also called foxhunting or Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) -- are making travel plans now. Interest and participation in ARDF has been growing every year since stateside hams first competed at the World Championships in 1998. Beginning in 2001, there has been an annual national championship to see who is best at the sport and to select team members for the World Championships. The Texas ARDF group and the Houston Orienteering Club are combining to host this year's events, to be held the second weekend of May. Thursday, May 8 is scheduled for arrival and equipment testing; 2 and 80 meter transmitters will also be on the air near the event headquarters. There will also be a get-acquainted meeting and drawing for the starting order. The 2 meter contest will take place Friday morning. Competitors will start in small groups made up of different age and gender categories, in the drawn order. The 80 meter event will be early Saturday morning with starts in reverse order, highest numbers first. After everyone returns from the woods and the results are tallied, medals will be presented for first, second and third place in each category. There will be ample time for everyone to return home in time for Mother's Day activities. On both bands, each of the five foxes transmits for 60 seconds at a time in numbered order on one frequency, and then the cycle repeats. Fox #1 continuously sends "MOE" in Morse code, then #2 sends "MOI," #3 sends "MOS" and so forth. Knowledge of Morse code isn't necessary, because the number of dits reveals which fox is on. Find your required foxes in any order and then head for the finish, following your map or the continuous beacon transmitter on a second frequency. As always, the USA ARDF Championships are open to anyone of any age who can safely navigate the woods. A ham radio license is not required, so encourage your unlicensed-but-athletic friends and family members to join in. Each person competes as an individual; there is no teaming or person-to-person assistance allowed on the courses. Using GPS as a navigation aid is also forbidden. The annual ARDF championships are an ideal opportunity to watch and learn from the best radio-orienteers in the country, as well as visitors from around the world. Previous USA championships have drawn experts from Australia, China, the Czech Republic, England, Germany, Hungary, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Registration for the 2008 USA championships is now open. A $70-per- person package includes the practice session, both competitions, Friday dinner and a T-shirt. Check out the Texas ARDF Web site <http://www.texasardf.org/> for detailed schedules, frequencies, lodging information and registration forms. An e-mail reflector <http://lists.texasardf.org/mailman/listinfo/texasardf> is available for Q&A, as well as for coordinating transportation and arranging equipment loans. If you have never participated in an international-style transmitter hunt, you will find all the basics at ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding Coordinator Joe Moell's, K0OV, Web site <http://www.homingin.com/intlfox.html> including the rules and signal parameters. You will get equipment ideas for 2 meters and 80 meters. You can also determine your own age category. The pages of photos from our previous championships will help you decide what gear to carry (the lighter, the better) and what to wear. -- Information provided by ARRL ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV ==> MICHIGAN AMATEURS TEAM UP WITH STATE ARRL Michigan Section Manager Dale Williams, WA8EFK, and Michigan Section Emergency Coordinator John McDonough, WB8RCR, have been working with the Homeland Security Division of the Michigan State Police Emergency Management to align the capabilities of the Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) more closely with the communications needs of the state's public service agencies. ARPSC -- Michigan's integrated ARES/RACES program -- also participates in the Michigan State Department Emergency Management Coordinators Quarterly meetings at the State Emergency Operating Center. It is here, Williams said, that discussion of the Public Safety communications grants are discussed and their investment justifications are detailed. "We have been afforded the opportunity to discuss Amateur Radio's involvement with communications interoperability, as well as our ability to fill gaps in disparate networks and outages. As a result of these conferences, I was asked to include a list of ARPSC's needs for the next three years." To further that end, Williams told the ARRL that they have been successful in incorporating the ARPSC Program into the Michigan State Preparedness Priorities. Michigan intends to develop the ARPSC into a fully integrated communications team operating under common standards and procedures, including maintaining and enhancing the statewide Amateur Radio communications system; establishing suggested standards for Amateur Radio capabilities in local Emergency Operations Centers, and developing a public awareness and education program to bolster the ranks of Amateur Radio participants. The hope, Williams said, is to have all this implemented by 2010. Williams said, "Since the early 1980s, Michigan has operated an integrated ARES, RACES and NTS program referred to as the Michigan Amateur Radio Public Service Corps. By combining the forces of these normally separate structures, these valuable resources are pulled together to form an active trained and unified organization. The Section Emergency Coordinator also holds the positions of Section Traffic Manager and RACES Radio Officer. Membership in ARPSC is open to all amateurs and is structured to allow a beginning ham to progress from an entry-level position to a RACES-qualified operator by meeting specific training milestones." "There is no doubt that by presenting a unified organization, the Michigan ARPSC has demonstrated the effective use of resources, training and our unique capabilities so that we have become a well respected public service organization in the state," Williams said. ==> FCC SLAMS PENNSYLVANIA HAM WITH FORFEITURE ORDER On March 6, the FCC announced that it has issued a "Forfeiture Order" <http://fjallfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-498A1.pdf> in the amount of $4300 to Ronald Mondgock, KA3OMZ, of Honeybrook, Pennsylvania, "for willfully and repeatedly violating Section 301 of the "Communications Act of 1934, as amended" (Act), by operating radio transmitting equipment on the frequencies 439.850 MHz and 147.560 MHz without a license." Section 301 states a federal license is required to "operate any apparatus for the transmission of energy or communications or signals by radio." Mondgock's Amateur Radio license expired in December 2005. Mondgock, who held a Novice class license, first received an "Advisory Notice" in February 2001 warning that he had been heard operating on the 75 meter band. He was told that he was not authorized to use that portion of the band and to review the Commission's rules relating to Amateur Radio Service frequencies. In July 2004, Mondgock, received a "Citation" from the FCC's Philadelphia Field Office "related to failure to identify, transmissions involving obscenity and indecency and operating on a frequency not authorized for your Novice Class license." He was issued a "Warning Notice" in November 2004 for not replying to the "Citation" within the 20-day period. In the Warning Notice, Mondgock was warned by the Commission that if "a reply is not received by December 15, 2004, a 'Notice of Apparent Liability for Monetary Forfeiture' will be issued against you. We note also that your license expires December 14, 2005. No renewal or upgrade will be granted until this matter is resolved." Also in July 2004, Mondgock received a letter from the FCC stating that the Commission "received an anonymous complaint alleging that several operators on the Amateur Radio Service frequency 146.55 MHz were using profane or obscene words or language and were failing to transmit their amateur license call signs. On June 2, 2004, between 7:30 p.m. and 8:45 p.m., an FCC agent with the Philadelphia Office investigated the complaint and monitored radio communications on the frequency 146.550 MHz allegedly between William Chapman (KB3IXS) and you. Based on your alleged radio communications that the FCC agent monitored, you may have violated the following FCC rules: Failing to transmit an amateur license call sign, in violation of Section 97.119(a) of the rules; Transmitting obscene and indecent words and language, in violation of Section 97.113(a) of the rules, and Operating on an unauthorized frequency, in violation of Section 97.301(e) of the rules. (A Novice class amateur licensee does not authorize operation on any frequency in the 2-meter Amateur Radio Service frequency band, 144-148 MHz, including 146.55 MHz." Mondgock was given 20 days to respond and told that his response "must address each alleged violation and include a statement of the specific actions taken to preclude a recurrence." In February 2006, the Commission sent Mondgock a letter telling him that his application for renewal of his Amateur Radio license "cannot be routinely granted and has been referred to the Enforcement Bureau for review." He was advised that this was because he had never submitted responses to the Commission's correspondence or never claimed a letter sent via certified mail. Mondgock was given yet another 20 days to respond to this letter, and warned that if he chose not to do so that "your application for renewal will be dismissed and a 'Notice of Apparent Liability for Monetary Forfeiture' will be issued against you." In December 2006, the FCC's Field Office in Philadelphia sent Mondgock another "Letter of Inquiry" to "follow up on a recent investigation, of the operation of your Amateur Radio Service station, on the frequencies 147.560 MHz and 439.850 MHz. in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As discussed more fully below, agents determined the operation of your Amateur Radio Service station on the frequencies 147.560 MHz and 439.850 MHz violates Section 1.903(a) of the Rules and your operation on those frequencies must cease immediately. In addition, you are required to submit a detailed written response to the questions below regarding the operation of your station." The FCC received information that Mondgock was operating radio transmitting equipment on the frequencies 147.560 MHz and 439.850 MHz. In response, the Philadelphia Field Office conducted an investigation between August-October 2006. "An agent used direction finding techniques to determine that you apparently operated radio transmitting equipment on the frequency 439.850 MHz from your residence on September 19, 2006, between 8:45 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. and from your vehicle on October 24, 2006, between 5:30 p.m. and 6:02 p.m. In addition, on September 12, 2006, the agent used direction finding techniques to determine that you apparently operated a repeater station on the frequency 147.560 MHz from One Commerce Square in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania." The FCC asked Mondgock 11 detailed questions concerning his operations, directing him to "provide a complete explanation to the following questions and should provide copies of any relevant documents." He was told that his answers must be accompanied by a signed, sworn statement attesting to the truth and accuracy of the response. He was given 20 days to respond with answers to the questions and provide the sworn statement. On August 15, 2007, the Commission's Philadelphia Field Office issued a "Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture" (NAL) to Mondgock in the amount of $10,000 for operating radio transmitting equipment on the frequencies 439.850 MHz and 147.560 MHz without a license. Mondgock responded to the NAL and did not dispute the findings of the Commission, but requested a cancellation of the Forfeiture based on his inability to pay. In examining Mondgock's response, Section 503(b) of the "Act" requires that the Commission take into account "the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the violation and, with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, any history of prior offenses, ability to pay, and other such matters as justice may require." When considering someone's inability to pay a fine, the FCC has determined that, in general, gross revenues are the best indicator of an ability to pay a forfeiture. The FCC examined Mondgock's financial documentation that he provided. The Commission declined to cancel the forfeiture but reduced the amount from the original $10,000 to $4300, based on Mondgock's demonstrated inability to pay the full forfeiture amount. ==> FCC FIXES TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS IN PART 97 On March 12, in an effort to correct typographical errors in the Commission's Rules (including rules affecting Part 97, the Amateur Radio Service), the FCC released a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MOO) <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-530A1.pdf>. According to the FCC, these changes in the MOO are "non-substantive editorial revisions" and do not introduce new rules or change old rules applicable to Amateur Radio operators. In this MOO, the FCC is updating the Allocation Table and service rules for the Amateur Radio Service with regard to the band 75.5-81 GHz. In 2003, the Commission released a Report & Order (R&O) <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-03-248A1.pdf>, commonly called the "70/80/90 GHz R&O," that adopted a transition plan for the amateur use of the segment 75.5-76 GHz. The Commission concluded that moving Amateur Radio operations out of the 75.5-76 GHz band would not pose a major inconvenience to the Amateur Radio Service, but would "substantially benefit future fixed services, because it would eliminate the possibility of harmful interference from amateurs." Accordingly, the primary allocations to the Amateur and Amateur Satellite Services in the 75.5-76 GHz band were downgraded from primary to secondary status, with secondary use ceasing on January 1, 2006. After that date, the band 75.5-76 GHz was no longer available for use by the Amateur Service or the Amateur Satellite Service. This transition plan was codified in footnote US387 and in Section 97.303(r)(3) of the Commission's Amateur Service rules. Because the transition period has concluded, the Commission "removed expired footnote US387 from the list of U.S. footnotes and we are amending Part 97 of the Commission's Rules to reflect this allocation change by: (1) revising the entry "75.5-81.0" GHz in Section 97.301(a) to read "76-81" GHz; (2) removing paragraphs (r)(2) and (r)(3) from Section 97.303; and (3) renumbering paragraph (r)(1) as paragraph (r)." In October 2006, the FCC released another Report & Order (R&O) <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-149A1.pdf>, the "Amateur Phone Band Expansion R&O," that expanded the phone bands. With the release of the MOO, the FCC is making two changes. The first change to the October 2006 R&O is simply a correction of a typographical error in the Rules for the General phone allocation on 15 meters. In the Amateur Phone Band Expansion R&O, the Commission revised 21.30-21.45 MHz to read 21.275-21.45 MHz, but the current codification of the rule does not reflect this change. All the Commission did was to bring the Rules into alignment with the R&O. The second change fixed an omission in the Novice/Technician allocation on 40 meters. The FCC found that when the Amateur Phone Band Expansion R&O was released, "the Commission expanded the frequency segment authorized for amateur voice communications within the 40 meter band by correspondingly reducing a band segment used for narrowband emission types by 25 kHz, from 7.100-7.150 MHz to 7.100-7.125 MHz." The revised frequency table in Section 97.301(e) of the FCC's Rules that lists authorized frequency bands for Novice and Technician Class inadvertently omitted 7.100-7.125 MHz from Regions 1 and 3. "Because the Amateur Phone Band Expansion R&O addressed the division of amateur frequencies among permissible emission types and not between geographic ITU Regions, we must further amend Section 97.301(e), as set forth in Appendix C, to implement the Commission's decision. Specifically, we are revising the 40 meter band by reinserting the segment '7.100-7.125' MHz in the Region 1 and Region 3 columns." The FCC also took the opportunity to remove a double negative from Section 97.303(b). Before the release of the MOO, this Section read: "No amateur station transmitting in the 1900-2000 kHz segment, the 70 cm band, the 33 cm band, the 23 cm band, the 13 cm band, the 9 cm band, the 5 cm band, the 3 cm band, the 24.05-24.25 GHz segment, the 76-77.5 GHz segment, the 78-81 GHz segment, the 136-141 GHz segment, and the 241-248 GHz segment SHALL NOT cause harmful interference to, nor is protected from interference due to the operation of, the Federal radiolocation service." The FCC chose to take out the word "NOT" to bring the rule's words in line with the spirit of the rule. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Saw in the Sun a mighty angel stand" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: With just a few scattered sunspots in the past two weeks -- February 28-March 12 -- it isn't meaningful to ponder the change in weekly averages. There were just four days with sunspots during that time: February 28, March 5-6 and March 10. Sunspot numbers for March 6 through 12 were 12, 0, 0, 0, 12, 0 and 0 with a mean of 3.4. The 10.7 cm flux was 70.3, 70.5, 69.8, 69.5, 70.3, 70.2 and 69.4 with a mean of 70. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 3, 11, 25, 18, 12 and 14 with a mean of 12.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 1, 6, 14, 12, 7 and 9 with a mean of 7.3. 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 NCCC Sprint is March 14. The AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, Feld Hell Sprint and the 10-10 International Mobile Contest are on March 15. The Russian DX Contest is March 15-16 and the Virginia QSO Party is March 15-17. The UBA Spring Contest (6 meters) and the 9K 15 Meter Contest are both March 16. On March 17, look for the Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and the Bucharest Contest. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint and the RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship (SSB) are scheduled for March 20. Next weekend is the ARLHS Annual Spring Lites QSO Party from March 21-30. Another running of the NCCC Sprint is March 21. The BARTG Spring RTTY Contest is March 22-24. The UBA Spring Contest (2 Meters) is March 23 and the SKCC Sprint is March 26. See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/>, the ARRL Contester's Rate Sheet <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rate-sheet/> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for more info. * ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration: Registration remains open through Sunday, March 23, 2008, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, April 4, 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * ARRL to Close in Observance of Good Friday: ARRL Headquarters will be closed in observance of Good Friday on March 21. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. "The ARRL Letter" will be posted a day early on Thursday, March 20; there will be no "ARRL Audio News" that week. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, March 24 at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. * KH6 Incoming QSL Bureau Address Change: As of April 1, 2008, Barbara Darling, NH7FY, will assume management of the Hawaiian KH6 Incoming QSL Bureau. All card shipments should now be sent to KH6 QSL Bureau, Big Island ARC, Attn: Barbara Darling, NH7FY, PO Box 1938, Hilo, HI 96721-1938. Any concerns regarding this bureau's operation should be directed via e-mail to Barbara Darling, NH7FY <email@example.com>. The ARRL would like to thank former KH6 Incoming QSL Manager Wayne Jones, NH6K, for his years of service. * "Spirit of Knoxville" Sees Successful Launch: The trans-Atlantic balloon flight of the "Spirit of Knoxville IV" <http://www.spiritofknoxville.com/> launched into orbit on March 11 at 0200 UTC (10 PM EDT March 10). The balloon, designed to stay aloft for more than 24 hours, was successfully inserted into the current jet stream at normal flight altitudes of 30,000-40,000 feet. On Wednesday, March 12, it had made two-thirds of its journey and crossed the tectonic plate to Europe. Organizers hoped the balloon would make to Europe, but after 40 hours and 3300 miles, the balloon lost altitude late Wednesday and went into the ocean as it neared Ireland. Using radio frequencies, the balloon transmitted data detailing its current location, distance traveled, speed, height and health of the balloon. The balloon's payload consisted of hand-made computers and radios, along with a GPS and self-authored software. The onboard computer gathered such information from the GPS as altitude, speed and temperature; the computer then determined whether the balloon needed to drop weight to maintain its altitude and sent this information, via Amateur Radio frequencies, to volunteers around the globe. * Exhibit Kits Now Available for Field Day: Please visit our Field Day information page <http://www.arr.org/fieldday> for all the details on Field Day rules, frequencies, forms, pins, logos and T shirts. The complete Field Day packet can be downloaded from the site as well. If you have unanswered questions about Field Day, contact ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at 860-594-0236. If you want to order exhibit kits containing printed flyers about Amateur Radio, you may order these materials <http://www.arrl.org/brochures/> on the ARRL Web site. The cost of the exhibit kits ranges from $8-$12 depending on shipping. To make sure you'll have the display material in time for Field Day, your order must be received before June 13. * Amateur Radio Exempt from California's New "Hands Free" Law: On July 1, the State of California will have new laws on the books to deal with the use of wireless telephones while driving. There has been some confusion as to whether California amateurs who operate in their car will be affected by the new law. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicle's Web site <http://www.dmv.ca.gov/cellularphonelaws/dl208_03cell_phone.pdf>, "the use of dedicated two-way radios such as walkie-talkies or Citizen Band (CB) radios is not affected by the new law" for drivers 18 or older. * Notes from the DXCC Desk: ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, reports that the 2007 ZL1GO/8 DXpedition to Kermadec Island has been approved for DXCC credit. "If you had cards rejected for this operation, please send an e-mail <email@example.com> to the ARRL DXCC Desk to have your DXCC record updated," Moore said. * Snake Update: E-mails to name the W1HQ snake <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/02/21/100/> keep coming in to ARRL HQ. According to ARRL News Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA, more 600 names have been submitted. "I am sorting through the names and soon the W1HQ team will go through all of them and choose the name for our mascot." =========================================================== The ARRL Letter is published Fridays, 50 times each year, by the American Radio Relay League: ARRL--the National Association for Amateur Radio, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111; tel 860-594-0200; fax 860-594-0259; <http://www.arrl.org/>. Joel Harrison, W5ZN, President. The ARRL Letter offers a weekly e-mail digest of essential and general news of interest to active radio amateurs. 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