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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 27, No. 14
April 11, 2008
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IN THIS EDITION:

* + Ohio ARES Teams Lend Support to Hepatitis Vaccination Clinic 
* + ARRL EXPO at Dayton Hamvention -- the Countdown Is On! 
* + Kansas Becomes 26th State to Have PRB-1 Law 
* + Special Events to Commemorate 96th Anniversary of Titanic Tragedy 
* + 2008 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference: Call for Papers 
* + FCC Enforcement Actions 
*  Solar Update
*  IN BRIEF: 
      This Weekend on the Radio 
      ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration 
    + National Hurricane Center Director: Hams Give "Valuable" Reports 
    + Zapping Cancer Cells at 13.56 MHz on 60 Minutes This Weekend 
      ARRL VE Manual Now Available 
      Ham to Hike Pacific Crest Trail 
      William F. Buckley Meets Amateur Radio 

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

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==> OHIO ARES TEAMS LEND SUPPORT TO HEPATITIS VACCINATION CLINIC

When news of a hepatitis A outbreak alarmed residents of West Chester,
Ohio last month, local officials sprang into action to inoculate more
than 1200 people who had eaten at a local fast food restaurant; an
employee with a confirmed case of the virus worked at the restaurant in
March may have contaminated ice and other food items, health officials
said. Inundated with more people than expected, Butler County Health
Department and Emergency Management officials were overwhelmed with
traffic, communication problems and general logistics of the event. When
a second hepatitis A vaccination clinic was scheduled for April 5,
officials called on local Amateur Radio operators to assist with
communications, as well as traffic and crowd control.

"After the first vaccination clinic was swamped with people coming to
get their shots, both the Board of Health and the Emergency Management
Agency in Butler County realized they needed assistance," said ARRL Ohio
Section Emergency Coordinator Frank Piper, KI8GW. "They had the super
idea of bringing in the local ARES group and called on District
Emergency Coordinator Robert Spratt, N8TVU, to organize some hams to
come help out."

According to Spratt, officials at the first clinic could not communicate
on their cell phones due to lack of coverage in the area. "Officials had
only planned for about 800 people to show up to get inoculated. When
they had more than 1200 people show up, they tried using their cell
phones to call and get more vaccine, but they just wouldn't work." Calls
made to 911 for police back-up to deal with unruly persons also had
trouble getting through, Piper said.

Ohio has a statewide, secure, reliable public service wireless
communication for public safety and first responders in place -- MARCS
-- used by Emergency Management officials in times when traditional
communications systems fail. "When Butler County officials tried to use
it at the first clinic, the system displayed 'OUT OF RANGE' or 'NO
SIGNAL' messages on every channel," Piper said.

At the second clinic, eight hams from both Butler County and Hamilton
County were on site and ready to assist. The clinic, located at a
church, was scheduled to run from 10 AM-4 PM. The hams were ready for
early crowds; at the first clinic, people were standing in line more
than two hours before the doors opened.

"When the ARES team arrived, they established the parking lot area, the
traffic flow patterns into and out of the church area and set up the
required communications," Spratt said. "ARES members canvassing the
complex discovered several other events were ongoing at the facility,
including a funeral, fingerprinting for youth sports, a planning meeting
for a summer carnival and a planning meeting for the upcoming soccer
season. Soccer practice also added to the traffic and pedestrian
congestion."

More than 225 people received hepatitis A vaccinations at the second
clinic and ARES members directed more than 1200 cars to their correct
destinations on the property. The Butler County Health Department
officials, clinic staff, the Butler County Emergency Management Agency,
the West Chester Police Department and church officials thanked the ARES
team for a job well done, all without any reported incidents. Spratt
said that the Ohio District 4 ARES teams in Warren, Clermont, Hamilton
and Butler counties have had prior Volunteer Reception Center and
vaccination clinic operation training that "helped greatly in
understanding and knowing what would be needed in the way of
communications at the clinic, as well as security, traffic control and
crowd control." 

Spratt said that people coming to get inoculations "asked about who we
were and who we were working for. We made some new friends in the
community and recruited three or four people for the upcoming Technician
classes. They thought what we were doing as volunteers was great and
they want to become part of the team."

Piper concurred with Spratt. "In the Ohio Section, we have the Ohio
Section Emergency Response Plan (OSERP)
<http://www.trac-online.org/Docs/oserp.pdf>. This is a small document
compared to some ERPs I have seen. This document outlines how ARES is
activated in the Section, who reports to whom and how communication
flows. DEC Spratt and his team followed the OSERP pretty much to the
letter, and it worked well. Many ARES districts have participated with
their Regional Medical Response Systems in their assigned districts on
tabletop exercises, as well as actual call-up drills. In February,
District 3, under the command of ADEC Fred Stone, W8LLY, conducted a
Pandemic Flu activation that extended over several days in February,
including a real-time snow storm which affected the drill. This
vaccination clinic this past weekend proves to all of us that ARES is
vital to the emergency medical community."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, hepatitis A is a viral
infection that attacks the liver and is spread primarily by close
person-to-person contact or by consuming contaminated food.

==> ARRL EXPO AT DAYTON HAMVENTION -- THE COUNTDOWN IS ON! 

With just over a month to go, the final details for the ARRL EXPO at the
2008 Dayton Hamvention <http://www.hamvention.org/> are wrapping up and
the secrets are being let out! This year's EXPO is meant to not only
share in, but to embrace the Dayton Amateur Radio Association's (DARA)
-- host of Hamvention -- theme of "Amateur Radio + People = Fellowship"
<http://www.w8bi.org/>. With more open-air areas and interactive booths
within the ARRL EXPO, we hope to not only convey this message but
provide easier opportunities for fellowship within the EXPO, offering
more opportunities for interaction with the ARRL family. The Dayton
Hamvention will be held May 16-18 at Hara Arena.

ARRL Membership Manager Katie Breen, W1KRB, is overseeing the ARRL EXPO
at Hamvention. "A new area within the EXPO this year is the ARRL Movie
Room," she said. "We decided to try something a little different this
year and create a cozy area to sit back and relax and watch a movie on
the 10-foot screen. We are very pleased that Bob Allphin, K4UEE, Peter I
participant and producer of the DXpedition video, will be a featured
guest on Saturday in the movie room. This will be a unique opportunity
to come and meet Bob, listen to additional commentary on the many
DXpeditions he has been on and have some personal time to ask your
questions about going on a DXpedition." Allphin has visited 93 DXCC
entities, operated from 50 and been on 33 DXpeditions, of which 6 set
world records. He took 5th place at the 1996 WRTC with teammate James
Pratt, N6IG.

Breen said that the Youth Lounge, organized by 2007 Goldfarb Memorial
Scholarship recipient Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, will be up and running
again this year. "With a bevy of activity for our young hams, the youth
lounge is a full scale version of what every club and group can do to
entice young hams to their events. This is a perfect opportunity to
visit Andrea and the other volunteers in the areas and bring back ideas
to your home clubs."

The 2008 Youth Dinner will also be on Saturday night, but with one
change: Instead of being at a local restaurant, it will take place at
the DARA clubhouse. Breen said, "We're very excited by the generosity
the DARA Board of Directors has shown to us. They let me know that the
restaurant we've used the past couple of years for the youth dinner had
gone out of business. So while I was searching for a new location, the
DARA Board was meeting and decided to offer their clubhouse to the
kids." Hartlage said she was thrilled with this option this year. "Not
only can we enjoy a great pizza party at the clubhouse, but we can even
have time to get on the air together! I'm so thankful to DARA for
stepping up and helping us out in such a generous way."

Breen followed up, saying, "DARA's theme of fellowship extends into the
EXPO area with their partnership with us, including a new area within
EXPO that will be dedicated to the newer operators and future hams."

==> KANSAS BECOMES 26TH STATE TO HAVE PRB-1 LAW 

After an unsuccessful attempt eight years ago to get a PRB-1
<http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/local/prb-1.html> type
bill signed in Kansas, radio amateurs in that state have succeeded in
becoming the 26th state with a PRB-1 law on the books. Kansas Governor
Kathleen Sebelius signed HB 2805
<http://www.kslegislature.org/bills/2008/2805.pdf> into law on April 9.
The bill, written by Rep Arlen Siegfreid (R-15), passed unanimously in
both the Kansas House of Representatives and Senate. It takes effect
July 1, 2008.

Known as the "Kansas Emergency Communications Preservation Act," the new
law concerns federally licensed Amateur Radio Service communications.
According to the governor's office, the law "prohibit[s] a city or
county governing body from taking any action that precludes federally
licensed amateur radio service communications, or that does not conform
to federal regulations related to amateur radio antenna facilities."

The new law states that if a municipality takes any action that
regulates the placement, screening, number or height of a station
antenna structure, the action must "Reasonably accommodate federally
licensed amateur radio service communications; and constitute the
minimum regulation practicable to carry out the legitimate purpose of
the governing body." Antenna support structures constructed prior to the
bill's effective date "are exempted from subsequent changes in zoning
regulations...and may be repaired as required." 

JD Spradling, KC0NYS, of Olathe, Kansas, is chairman of the committee
<http://www.hamsforkansas.org/> that led the charge to get a PRB-1 law
on the books in that state. He commented: "Many local zoning boards
don't give FCC regulations adequate consideration when making zoning
decisions and across the country amateurs have found that state laws are
a more effective tool for influencing local zoning regulations. So
beginning in the 1990s, amateurs began lobbying for legislation that
would place PRB-1-type language into their state laws." 

Upon hearing the news that Governor Sebelius signed the bill into law,
Spradling said, "This venture has been successful because we have had a
great team effort all the way through the process, from all who stepped
up -- from our state and local representatives, to our subject matter
experts and the PRB-1 Committee members from Miami County, Kansas, as
well as everyone else who had been proactive in the 2008 Kansas
Legislative process for your fellow hams."

==> SPECIAL EVENTS TO COMMEMORATE 96TH ANNIVERSARY OF TITANIC TRAGEDY 

Several Amateur Radio special event operations are scheduled to mark the
96th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. The "unsinkable"
White Star Line passenger vessel was on its maiden voyage from
Liverpool, England, to New York City when it struck an iceberg and sank
early on April 15, 1912. More than 1500 people perished, while some 700
passengers in 19 lifeboats were rescued by the RMS Carpathia, whose
radio operator copied the frantic distress call (the still common "CQD"
signal, possibly coupled with the then-new "SOS") transmitted by MGY
radio operator Jack Phillips as the Titanic foundered.

Special event W0S <http://www.wzeros.com/W0S_Special_Event.html>, which
stands for "White Star Line," will be on the air from the Titanic Museum
in Branson, Missouri <http://www.titanicbranson.com/>. The W0S operation
will commence at 1300 UTC on Saturday, April 12, and conclude at 2400
UTC on Sunday, April 13. Members of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club and the
Southwest Missouri Amateur Radio Club (SMARC) will be among those at the
helm of W0S. Icom, Vibroplex, MicroLog, Rayfield Communications and MFJ
are corporate sponsors for the event.

Look for W0S on or around these frequencies: SSB, 3.850, 7.250, 14.250
and 21.350 MHz; CW, 3.550, 7.050, 14.050 and 21.050 MHz; PSK, 80 and 40
meters only. Operators will be listening 3 kHz up for calls. There will
also be activity on D-STAR, EchoLink and IRLP; please check the event's
Web page for information concerning these frequencies. Visitors are
welcome. E-mail the Nixa club for more information
<titanichams@wzeros.com>;. 

Special event station W1MGY will be on the air from the Titanic
Historical Society Museum in Indian Orchard, Massachusetts. Operation
will concentrate on 20 and 40 meters April 11-12 from 1400 UTC until
2030 UTC each day, although W1MGY may be on the air at other times,
bands and modes throughout the 96th anniversary weekend.

Look for W1MGY on or around: CW, 3.533, 7.033, 14.033, 18.099, 21.033
and 28.033 MHz; SSB, 3.860, 7.260, 14.260, 18.160, 21.360 and 28.336
MHz, conditions permitting.

To schedule a contact with W1MGY, contact Dave Isham, KB1MU
<kb1mu@charter.net>;, indicating a preferred date, time and frequency.
Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with QSL requests to Titanic
Historical Society, W1MGY, PO Box 51053, Indian Orchard, MA 01151-0053.

==> 2008 ARRL/TAPR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE: CALL FOR PAPERS 

Technical papers are solicited for presentation at the 27th annual
ARRL/TAPR <http://www.tapr.org/> Digital Communications Conference
(DCC), Friday-Sunday, September 26-28, in Chicago, Illinois
<http://www.tapr.org/dcc.html>. Papers will also be published in the
Conference Proceedings. Authors do not need to attend the conference to
have their papers included in the Proceedings. The submission deadline
is July 31. 

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international
forum for technically minded radio amateurs to meet and present new
ideas and techniques. Paper/presentation topic areas include -- but are
not limited to -- software defined radio (SDR), digital voice, digital
satellite communication, digital signal processing (DSP), HF digital
modes, adapting IEEE 802.11 systems for Amateur Radio, Global
Positioning System (GPS), Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS),
Linux in Amateur Radio, AX.25 updates and Internet operability with
Amateur Radio networks. 

Submit papers to Maty Weinberg, KB1EIB, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT
06111 or via e-mail <maty@arrl.org>;. Papers will be published exactly as
submitted, and authors will retain all rights. ARRL will provide
additional information on the 2008 DCC as it becomes available.

==> FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS 

Special Counsel in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division Riley
Hollingsworth sent a Warning Notice to Edward R. Drone, W0NYF, of
Sycamore Hills, Missouri alerting him that "the trustee of the St. Louis
and Suburban Radio Club repeaters K0STL (146.940 MHz), N0TYZ (146.910
MHz), W0FF (146.970 MHz) and W0SRC (146.850 MHz) has requested in
writing that you refrain from use of the repeaters." These requests, the
Commission, noted, were due to Drone's "failure to follow operational
rules set forth by the licensee/control operators of the repeaters for
their users." Hollingsworth reminded Drone about a past conversation
they had in which Drone "acknowledged that [he] had been directed to
stay off of the repeaters and stated that [he] would comply," but,
according to the Warning Notice, Drone "utilized the K0STL repeater on
March 31, 2008 and stated that [he] would not refrain from using it."
Drone was told he was expected "to abide by the request to stay off of
the above-listed repeaters and any other such request by a repeater
licensee, control operator or trustee." Drone was warned that the FCC
would initiate enforcement action against his license -- which could
include revocation, monetary forfeiture or a "modification proceeding to
restrict the frequencies on which [he] may operate W0NYF." Fines
normally range from $7500-$10,000.

Hollingsworth also sent a Warning Notice to David R. Henry, W2DRH, of
Cuddebackville, New York alerting him that "the K3TSA repeater system
operating on 145.350 MHz has requested in writing that you refrain from
use of the repeater." These requests, the Commission, noted, were due to
Henry's "failure to follow operational rules set forth by the
licensee/control operators of the repeater and FCC rules." Hollingsworth
reminded Henry that the trustees had "previously requested verbally [to
Henry that he] refrain from using the system, but [Henry has] apparently
ignored both verbal and written requests." Hollingsworth also noted that
Henry "complained that on February 13, 2008, the control operator of the
K3TSA repeater shut down the repeater while [he was] engaged in
emergency communications. [Henry] had previously been warned not to use
the repeater and, moreover, three of the five control operators of the
K3TSA repeater witnessed the communications and reported that there was
no emergency situation." Henry was warned that the FCC would initiate
enforcement action against his license -- which could include
revocation, monetary forfeiture or a "modification proceeding to
restrict the frequencies on which [he] may operate W2DRH." Fines
normally range from $7500-$10,000. Hollingsworth also pointed out that
Henry's Amateur Radio license was set to expire on April 21, 2009.
"Please be advised," Hollingsworth said, "that your license will not be
routinely renewed unless this matter is resolved."

Hollingsworth sent a Warning Notice to non-licensee residential owners
concerning interference from a flat screen television unit to a licensed
amateur in Edgewater, Florida.

Direct all questions concerning the Amateur Radio Service Enforcement 
Actions Web postings via e-mail only to Riley Hollingsworth
<fccham@fcc.gov>; in the FCC Spectrum Enforcement Division.

==>SOLAR UPDATE

Tad "Unless to see my shadow in the Sun" Cook, K7RA, this week reports:
As of Thursday, April 10, there have been no sunspots for seven days. We
may see sunspots return around April 21-28. This is based on recent
activity rotating out of view around the Sun and (we hope) reappearing
later this month. The predicted solar flux remains at 70 until April 20
when it reaches 75, then 80 on April 21. The predicted higher solar flux
should correlate with the return of sunspots. Geophysical Institute
Prague predicts quiet to unsettled conditions April 11, quiet April
12-13, quiet to unsettled April 14, unsettled April 15, quiet to
unsettled April 16 and back to quiet on April 17. 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/>. 

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==>IN BRIEF:

* This Weekend on the Radio: This weekend is the YLRL DX-YL to NA-YL
Contest (SSB) on April 11-13. The EU Spring Sprint (CW) is April 12. The
JIDX CW Contest, Radio Maritime Day and the Georgia QSO Party are April
12-13. Be sure to check out the SKCC Weekend Sprintathon and the UBA
Spring Contest (SSB) on April 13. The RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship
(SSB) is scheduled for April 16. The CQ WW WPX Contest (SSB) is March
29-30. Next weekend, look for the Holyland DX Contest, the TARA Skirmish
Digital Prefix Contest, the ES Open HF Championship, the Feld Hell
Sprint and the EU Spring Sprint (SSB) on April 19. The Michigan QSO
Party, the EA-QRP CW Contest, the Ontario QSO Party and the YU DX
Contest are April 19-20. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is April 21.
The SKCC Sprint is April 23 and the RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship
(Data) is April 24. 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, April 20, 2008, for these online course sessions
beginning on Friday, May 2, 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 <cce@arrl.org>;.

* National Hurricane Center Director: Hams Give "Valuable" Reports:
Director of the National Hurricane Center (NHC) Bill Read, KB5FYA,
praised Amateur Radio at the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando
earlier this month
<http://www.voipwx.net/local/Bill_Read_on_Ham_Radio_Hurricane_Conference
2008.wmv>. "Ham radio has always played a critical role in emergencies,"
Read said. "What goes out when you have a high wind event or major
flooding is the communications system, so you lose even cell phones,
landline phones, commercial radio and TV. In those cases, ham radio
operators that can put up emergency transmitters and antennas in the
wake of a storm can give us reports that are valuable. They also help in
the search and rescue efforts in the aftermath." The NHC has a dedicated
amateur station on-site -- WX4NHC -- and has worked closely with hams
for decades.  -- Thanks to Dan Musten, KD4RAA, and John Van Pelt, K4JVP,
for the information

* Zapping Cancer Cells at 13.56 MHz on "60 Minutes" This Weekend: John
Kanzius, K3TUP, of Erie Pennsylvania, has been working on an RF-based
treatment for cancer that is currently undergoing testing. According to
ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, Kanzius is
scheduled to be on the CBS news show "60 Minutes" on Sunday, April 13
(keep in mind that the line-up could change). "While there never is a
way to predict what shows and what ends up on the cutting room floor,
John gave as many plugs to his ham radio background as he could in being
the foundations of hands-on learning that led to his research and
invention," Pitts said. Kanzius, a very active Amateur Radio operator,
aided in the creation of the upcoming ARRL Technology and Amateur Radio
public relations campaign. Read more about Kanzius and his
ground-breaking idea to kill cancer cells with radio waves in the
February 2008 issue of QST. 

* ARRL VE Manual Now Available: The ARRL VEC leads the way when it comes
to licensing amateurs, thanks to the excellent work of thousands of
volunteer examiners who give so generously of their time, energy and
skill. Whether you have ever thought about becoming a Volunteer Examiner
or you are a seasoned VE, the "ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner Manual"
<http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=1328> is the complete guide to the
ARRL Volunteer Examiner program. Packed with everything new and
experienced ARRL VEs need to know, this book is loaded with information,
including chapters on becoming a Volunteer Examiner, the Volunteer
Examiner Team, preparing for the test session, Form 605; conducting the
test session, session report and returning documents, FCC Part 97 Rules
and more. To learn more about becoming an ARRL Volunteer Examiner,
please see the ARRL VEC Web Page
<http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/become-a-ve.html>. Order your copy of the
"ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner Manual" today.

* Ham to Hike Pacific Crest Trail: Bruce Prior, N7RR, a contributor to
QST, has announced plans to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) later
this month. The PCT is 2650 miles long, ranging from the
California-Mexico border all the way to the Canadian border and reaching
an altitude of 13,153 feet. On April 19, Prior will begin the journey
near Campo, California with hopes of reaching Manning Park, British
Columbia in late September or early October. Prior will bring along his
Elecraft KX1 with the 30 meter/80 meter module, as well as resonant
half-wavelength dipole antennas for the 80, 40, 30 and 20 meter bands.
While not planning to do any pedestrian-mobile contacts, Prior said he
will wait until he has set up camp for the evening before getting on the
air: "Occasionally I may decide to operate in the daytime, such as from
the summit of Mount Baden-Powell (9399 feet) or at the California-Oregon
border on the PCT." For more information on frequencies, times and nets
that Prior will be on, please visit his blog <http://www.n7rr.com/>.
According to the Pacific Crest Trail Association (PCTA), approximately
300 people attempt to hike the entire trail from end-to-end each year.
The trip usually takes between four and six months. Around 180 complete
the hike each year. The route is mostly through National Forest and,
where possible, protected wilderness areas. The trail avoids
civilization in favor of scenic and pristine mountainous terrain with
few roads, passing through the Laguna, San Jacinto, San Bernardino, San
Gabriel, Liebre, Tehachapi and Sierra Nevada ranges in California, and
the Cascade Range in California, Oregon and Washington.

* William F. Buckley Meets Amateur Radio: In a personal essay published
in the April 7, 2008 issue of "The National Review," the late William F.
Buckley Jr described a fascinating story involving himself, Senator
Barry Goldwater, K7UGA (SK), and of course ham radio. It seems that Mr
Buckley was part of a 12 man trip to Russia's Vostok station, a very
remote outpost at the magnetic South Pole. In addition to his brother,
Senator James Buckley, their old pal Barry Goldwater and his son Barry
Jr were also members of this expedition. Buckley described being in a
crowded Soviet igloo, entertained with "trays of caviar and tumblers of
vodka." After toasting his Russian host, he was suddenly taken aside by
Barry Jr. "Dad wants to see you" he said, pointing to the door. Buckley
was taken to another igloo, apparently the radio shack. "Thought you
might like to talk to your wife," the senior Goldwater said. Buckley
describes the prideful look on Goldwater's face, having maneuvered the
Soviet radio to contact his wife back home in Arizona! Although he was a
man famous for his complete control of the English language, Bill
Buckley said he was "speechless" as he heard the telephone ringing and
his wife answering the telephone! He said, "It's me darling" and his
wife responded, "It's three o'clock in the morning!" Buckley exclaimed,
"I'm calling from the South Pole!" This story reminded me of the many
nights back in the late 1970s when I gladly helped with phone patches
from the US Navy base at McMurdo, Antarctica. Just as Senator Goldwater
did, I awakened many people in the wee hours of the morning with a phone
call from their loved ones on the bottom of the world!  -- Bruce
Jackson, KA5ELC, Cordova, Tennessee

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Outlook Express

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OS X Mail (Mac)

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GMail

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