*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 15 April 18, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + QST Contributing Editor H. Ward Silver, N0AX, Named Hamvention "Amateur of the Year" * + ARRL Teachers Institute off to a Great Start * + ARRL Diamond Terrace Grows * + Amateur Radio "Well Represented" at National Hurricane Conference * + Forum Schedule Announced for Dayton Hamvention * + International Marconi Day Event Is April 26 * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + New Apparel Items Now Available from ARRL + JARL Operating Award Checking Available at Hamvention Mexico Group On the Air for World Amateur Radio Day Notes from the DXCC Desk ARRL Discontinuing Web Classified Ads +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> =========================================================== ==> QST CONTRIBUTING EDITOR H. WARD SILVER, N0AX, NAMED HAMVENTION "AMATEUR OF THE YEAR" The 2008 Dayton Hamvention Awards Committee has named QST Contributing Editor and author H. Ward Silver, N0AX, as its 2008 Amateur of the Year. The committee said Silver's "books and teaching materials have helped many become hams." Tom McDermott, N5EG, will receive Hamvention's Technical Achievement Award to recognize his technical contributions that helped digital ham radio expand. Emery McClendon, KB9IBW, was named the recipient of the Special Achievement Award for starting Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD) in 2003 as a way for Amateur Radio to express support and appreciation for our service men and women. The winners will be feted at a dinner held May 17 at the Marriott Hotel in Dayton. Silver, an ARRL Life Member, was first licensed at age 17 in 1972 as WN0GQP and upgraded to Amateur Extra and changed his call sign to N0AX in 1976. A contester and DXer, he is on the DXCC Honor Roll. Silver's award nomination cited his "many contributions, including 'Ham Radio for Dummies,' his first effort to show that becoming a ham does not have to be a difficult challenge. His additional books, magazine articles and his 'Hands On Radio' column in QST have all helped many hams develop their knowledge and skills." Silver was awarded the ARRL's Bill Orr, W6SAI, Technical Writing Award in 2003. He is also the editor of the ARRL's Contester's Rate Sheet and the ARRL Antenna Design Course. Silver has also written feature articles and product reviews for QST and compiles QST's "Contest Corral" column. Silver, who lives on Vashon Island near Seattle, Washington, worked closely with community leaders and the Vashon-Maury Island Radio Club (W7VMI) to provide effective emergency communications. According to the awards committee, radio club members, along with the fire district and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), have created one of the "best local communications systems in the state of Washington." Calling it "really, really nice and a complete honor" to be named Amateur of the Year, Silver told the ARRL that "It's a humbling experience to even be nominated, much less be chosen. To whomever is responsible for the nomination and to the Hamvention Committee, thank you. Receiving the award would be impossible without readers, colleagues, mentors and friends -- so it's just as much for them as it is for me. Being recognized will keep my fires lit to go on producing, strive for better accuracy and clarity and figure out how to make it all be fun, too. I'll just try to act like I deserve it -- most of the time." The Hamvention Technical Achievement Award goes to Thomas C. McDermott, N5EG, for his "more than 20 years of involvement in projects which further the development of Amateur Radio." According to the awards committee, McDermott co-developed the TexNet packet switching network in 1986; based on datagram routing, it covered much of the South Central United States in the 1990s. McDermott, an ARRL Life Member, received ARRL's Doug DeMaw, W1FB, Technical Excellence Award in 2004. Licensed for almost 40 years, McDermott is a member of the IEEE and holds a bachelor's in electrical engineering. His Amateur Radio interests lie in HF digital communications, hardware and software design, and an occasional HF contest. McDermott was the founder of the Texas Packet Radio Society. As part of that group, he designed the hardware and some of the protocols for the TexNet packet switching network; he has been involved in numerous Tucson Area Packet Radio (TAPR) projects and has written a textbook on wireless communications. McDermott holds eight patents. Emery McClendon, KB9IBW, is to receive the Hamvention award for Special Achievement for his efforts in starting Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day (ARMAD) in 2003. He said he started ARMAD "as a way to have Amateur Radio serve as a tool for the people of our communities to be able to express 'live' support and appreciation for our troops, veterans, retired military and first responders." McClendon, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, became an Amateur Radio operator 16 years ago. His interest in organizing Military Special Events derives from his four years of service in the US Air Force and two years in the Indiana Air National Guard. Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day has become a popular event, spreading to other communities. Several military support groups have developed an interest in having Amateur Radio as a part of their activities. According to McClendon's award nomination, this has resulted in introducing Amateur Radio "to thousands of people worldwide who otherwise would have never known about our public service." McClendon is active with two local Amateur Radio clubs; he also gives presentations about Amateur Radio to community groups. His activities, including ARMAD, have resulted in many TV, radio and media stories during the past five years, giving exposure to the Amateur Radio community. Hamvention Chairman Carl Rose, K8CPR, praised the winners, saying: "On behalf of the Dayton Amateur Radio Association and Hamvention 2008, it is my pleasure to congratulate this year's award winners. I ask all hams to join me in recognizing the outstanding contributions and the many years of service the winners have given to the Amateur Radio Service." The world's largest Amateur Radio gathering, Hamvention attracts more than 20,000 people to the greater Dayton area each spring. Dayton Hamvention is May 16-18 at Hara Arena near Dayton, Ohio. ==> ARRL TEACHERS INSTITUTE OFF TO A GREAT START The first of six Teachers Institutes in 2008 -- hosted by the Museum of Science & Technology in Tampa, Florida -- wrapped up April 10. The 11 participating teachers came away from the experience with a multitude of ideas to improve their classroom instruction. According to Mark Spencer, WA8SME, Director of the ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology, the four-day institute "focuses on the science of radio, bringing space technology into the classroom, microcontroller basics and basic robotics with emphasis not only on the basic concepts, but also teaching strategies to bring those concepts into the classroom." Spencer said the Teachers Institute curriculum is an ever-evolving process; this year, a radio telescope project was added that can be used to demonstrate the fundamentals of radio astronomy. The "Soldering 101" unit was enhanced with the addition of a 24-hour clock kit that the teachers construct and learn how to solder in the process. Finally, a BOT Instructor's Board was added to enhance the teacher's ability to instruct basic robotics. Spencer said he designed and developed the BOT board to "tie all the different pillars of the Teachers Institute into one umbrella activity that teachers can use to pull the school year together. The board also can be used to instruct the individual components of robotics, as well as instruct TV remote technology." Spencer said he added an ATV component with the board: "There is a lot of stuff going on with this particular resource." The Teachers Institute isn't all inside classroom work. The teachers participate in a fox-hunt activity, take part in ham satellite QSOs and observe the collection of satellite imagery transmitted by NOAA satellites -- just as they can do in their classrooms. Here are a few of the comments from the first 2008 Teachers Institute participants that summarize their experience: "One of the other teachers in our Academy of Engineering and Design Technology class has applied to attend the Teachers Institute in Dayton this summer. She is excited about the class after hearing of it and seeing my show-and-tell session." "We are working on robots now in my class and will be well entrenched by the end of this school year. Next year promises to be fun and exciting for the students. The Teachers Institute was a great experience, and the personal tutelage was responsible for making it so." "Wonderful doesn't begin to describe it. I knew the basics of radio communications and transmission through electromagnetic waves, but I now understand it better than I ever have. The robot was very cool -- it reinvigorated my love of programming. It only took me four attempts to run the maze perfectly! I also made many contacts that I will use to help throughout my teaching career!" "The instructor is great, absolutely great -- proof that if you do what you love, you'll love what you do!" "Thanks again for the wonderful experience. I am looking forward to implementing what I learned in the classroom. Please let me know if you will be offering any follow up institutes." The remaining Institutes for 2008 are just about filled to capacity, Spencer said. "Though the application deadline is May 15, the available seats filled up fast. If you are a teacher, or know of a teacher who could benefit from the experience, don't wait to submit an application for the few remaining seats. If you can't make it this year, perhaps next year. We are adding two additional instructors in anticipation of expanding the program in the future." Five more Teachers Institutes are scheduled for 2008: June 16-19 in Rocklin, California at the Parallax Facility; June 25-28 in Tucson, Arizona at Pueblo Magnet High School; July 14-17 in Dayton, Ohio at P&R Communications, and July 28-31 and August 4-7 in Newington, Connecticut at ARRL Headquarters. Enrollment in these four-day expenses paid sessions is limited to 12 participants each. Application deadline is May 15, 2008. Applicants must be an active teacher at elementary, middle or high school level, or hold a leadership position in an enrichment or after-school program; an Amateur Radio license is not required. For more information, please visit the Teachers Institute Web site <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>. ==> ARRL DIAMOND TERRACE GROWS Spring is finally here and it's that time -- time to expand the Diamond Terrace at ARRL. "We've been waiting all winter for the opportunity to add new inscribed bricks and today's the day," said ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "Since the last installation in the fall of 2007, we've been accumulating bricks from Diamond Club donors who have donated generously to honor their own call sign or that of an Elmer, friend or family member." The 150 bricks were moved Thursday, April 17 to the Terrace area in preparation for the masons to arrive early Friday morning to begin work. Hobart said this installation is not the end of the project: "The Diamond Terrace project continues as long as members want to place bricks -- or we run out of space! We continue to receive requests from individuals as well as clubs to place bricks in the Terrace, so the project is still growing. Now is the perfect time to renew or join the Diamond Club -- or upgrade -- at the Brass Level so that we can install bricks over the next six months or so." The terrace ultimately will consist of 5000 bricks. "We hope it will be a catalyst for growth, and that many members will support this effort," she said. For a minimum donation of $250 to the ARRL Diamond Club, donors will receive one personalized brick to be placed in the Diamond Terrace. Donors may request up to three lines of 16 characters (spaces and punctuation included) per line on each brick, although the more lines, the smaller the characters. Legends may consist of a call sign or a name -- or both -- or a club name and call sign and even a year. Diamond Club members contributing $250 or more each year may add a new brick, or bricks, to the terrace. There is no limit to the number of bricks a Diamond Club member may place on the Terrace. Brick requests will be accumulated throughout the year and placed in the Diamond Terrace starting in late spring of each year. Bricks will be set in sand and are treated to withstand a harsh New England winter. The Diamond Terrace recognizes donors wishing to venerate their own call signs or to honor or memorialize the call sign of a family member, club or "Elmer" (mentor) bricks. "I have heard wonderful stories from donors who are honoring their Elmer or a family member, and clubs who are honoring a founder or influential leader. There is no limit to the reasons why bricks are placed to honor a call sign," Hobart said. Especially generous donors may wish to donate a garden bench to The Diamond Terrace at ARRL for an initial donation of $10,000. "Six garden benches of Vermont granite, the capstone of the Terrace, have been placed, thanks to the contributions of six incredibly generous hams," Hobart said. Bench donors include Frank Butler, W4RH; Larry Price, W4RA; Dick Isely, W9GIG; Paul Rinaldo, W4RI; Mike Zak, W1MU, and the Hollywood Hills QRP Contest Club. "We had plans to refurbish the Headquarters entrance area, so this was an ideal opportunity to invite our members to participate in the project and supporting League programs at the same time," said Hobart. "We want to grow the Diamond Club, which enables the ARRL to continue programs that require revenue above and beyond what annual dues provide, ensuring their long-term health and enabling the League to do more on behalf of Amateur Radio." When the ARRL Diamond Terrace was officially opened in July 2007, ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, said, "All of us who work here in Newington get to enjoy the Diamond Terrace every day when we come to work. We get to walk through a greatly enhanced entrance that sends the right message to staff and to our members, as well as visitors, about the character and tradition of our organization." ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, concurred: "When you talk to the average ham out on the street, and you ask him what's important to him in Amateur Radio, he will tell you, 'I want to go into my shack, I want to turn on my radio and I want to get on the air. I want to enjoy Amateur Radio. You take care of that for me. You are my organization, the ARRL; you handle that for me.'" Harrison continued that in order for that to happen, a lot of work takes place behind the scenes. "With all that we have going on in Washington, nationally, with all the attacks on Amateur Radio's resources, it takes people like you in Newington, it takes people like we have on the Board of Directors and most importantly, it takes people who donate to our development program to make that all happen. The Diamond Terrace is just one part of that, and it's a successful part. It adds a lot of meaning to Amateur Radio and to the ARRL. From the bottom of my heart, I want to say 'thank you' to every one of our donors." Diamond Club enrollment ($75-$249 per year for regular members; $50 annually for Life Members) includes ARRL full-member benefits, including QST. The Diamond Club now has more than 2000 members, and the unrestricted funds it takes in support such ARRL activities as spectrum defense, educational initiatives, field services, DXCC, publications, contesting and the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator among others, Hobart points out. "You pick an area that's near and dear to your heart, and Diamond Club revenue is very likely supporting it." The ARRL Diamond Terrace, built by Robert Antonello and Son, under the watchful eye of ARRL Building Manager, Greg Kwasowski, W1GJK, and Hobart, is a lasting tribute to Amateur Radio and the ARRL. "I hope that those who are fortunate to visit ARRL Headquarters will enjoy the new look of their Amateur Radio home. It has been a pleasure to work with each Diamond Club donor to craft the engraving for their brick, and I hope many can come and see the terrace personally," Hobart said. Contact Hobart by telephone (860-594-0397) or e-mail <email@example.com> or visit the ARRL Web site <https://www.arrl.org/forms/development/donations/diamondclub/diamond.ht ml> to learn more or to sign up for your Diamond Club membership and Diamond Terrace brick. ==> AMATEUR RADIO "WELL REPRESENTED" AT NATIONAL HURRICANE CONFERENCE More than 2000 people attended the 30th Annual National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida March 31-April 4. Conference Chairman Max Mayfield stated in his opening remarks that he was pleased to see such a turnout, despite the fact that the 2007 hurricane season didn't impact the United States as in past years. ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD, attended on behalf of the League. According to Dura, Amateur Radio was well represented in the pre-Conference training with a variety of presentations. The National Hurricane Center (NHC) maintains a fully equipped and functional Amateur Radio station at its headquarters, WX4NHC. Station coordinators John McHugh, K4AG, and Julio Ripoll, WD4R, provided a comprehensive overview of the activities of the NHC, emphasizing the interaction and importance of Amateur Radio in the forecasting of tropical events. McHugh further detailed the Caribbean Amateur Radio Meteorological Emergency Network (CARMEN) program, discussing how the program in its current stage can use revitalization and rebuilding to provide improved information to the NHC. Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net Rob Macedo, KD1CY, presented a detailed overview of the system that integrates EchoLink and the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP). "For the past few years," Dura said, "this operation has been building to become another reliable source of information for the National Hurricane Center." Dura and Macedo offered the final Amateur Radio presentation of the Conference, "Disaster Intelligence and Situational Awareness Utilizing Amateur Radio." This discussion went beyond the traditional uses of Amateur Radio into the areas of damage assessment, infrastructure monitoring, communications systems replacement and rapid situational analyses, Dura said. According to Dura, NHC Director Bill Read, KB5FYA, has had an active past using Amateur Radio at NWS facilities. "He personally utilized ham radio during SKYWARN activations dealing with severe weather. He completely understands and acknowledges the vital role we play in providing the National Hurricane Center through WX4NHC. He hopes to have some time in his new role to actually get on the air with the hams of WX4NHC and once again use our tremendous resource of information gathering," Dura said. During the Conference, Read praised Amateur Radio, saying, "Ham radio has always played a critical role in emergencies. 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." ==> FORUM SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR DAYTON HAMVENTION One of the many highlights at Dayton Hamvention is the myriad of educational and fun forums that take place the entire weekend at Hara Arena. The Dayton Amateur Radio Association has coordinated 46 unique programs that encompass nearly 80 hours of programs and activities for the thousands of people expected to attend these programs. Hamvention, the largest event of its kind, will be May 16-18 at Hara Arena in Dayton Ohio. Please keep in mind that the schedule may change before Hamvention. Friday, May 16 9:15-10:45 AM - TAPR Digital Forum (Room 1) 9:15-10:15 AM - ARRL Public Relations -- Making It Work for You Locally (Room 2) 9:15-10:15 AM - Lightning Protection for the Shack (Room 3) 9:15-10:15 AM - National Frequency Coordinators Council (Room 5) 10:30-11:30 AM - ARRL Member Forum (Room 2) 10:30-11:30 AM - Teachers Workshop (Room 3) 10:30-11:30 AM - SATERN -- Salvation Army Team Emergency Network (Room 5) 11 AM-1 PM - D-STAR Forum (Room 1) 11:45 AM-1 PM - Kit Building (Room 2) 11:45 AM-12:45 PM - The Evolution of the National Traffic System (Room 3) 11:45 AM-12:45 PM - SHARES Forum (Room 5) 1:15-2:15 PM - Balloon Forum (Room 1) 1:15-2:15 PM - APRS - Automatic Position Reporting System (Room 2) 1-2:30 PM - Ham Radio and the Law (Room 3) 1-2 PM - QRP Forum (Room 5) 2:15-3:15 - Young Ladies Radio League (Room 5) 2:30-3:45 PM - Drake Forum (Room 2) 2:45-3:45 - Gordon West -- Digital Signal Processing Speakers (Room 3) 3:30-5 PM - Test Equipment for Hams (Room 5) 4-5 PM - Amplitude Modulation Forum (Room 2) 4-5 PM - 10-10 International Forum (Room 3) Saturday, May 17 9-10 AM - How Ham Radio Meets Boy Scouts, or Adventures with Elmer Baden-Powell (Room 2) 9-10 AM - MARS Tri-Service Forum (Room 3) 9-11:30 AM - Software Defined Radio Forum (Room 1) 9-11:30 AM - AMSAT Forum (Room 5) 10:15-11:15 - Don't Tell Me It Can't Be Done! (Room 2) 10:15-11:15 AM - ARES Forum (Room 3) 11:30 AM-12:15 PM - ARRL Radiosport Forum (Room 2) 11:30 AM-1:45 PM - 2008 Ham Radio Town Meeting (Room 3) 11:45 AM-1:45 PM - ATV (Fast Scan Amateur Television) Forum (Room 5) 11:45 AM-2:15 PM - Contesting Forum (Room 1) 12:30-1:30 PM - RTTY Forum (Room 2) 1:45-2:45 PM - MIDCARS (Room 2) 2-3 PM - ARRL Technology Task Force (Room 5) 2-3:15 - FCC Forum with Riley Hollingsworth (Room 3) 2:30-5 PM - DX Forum (Room 1) 3-5 PM - UHF/VHF/Microwave Forum (Room 2) 3:15-5 PM - Youth in Amateur Radio Forum (Room 5) 3:30-5 PM - SSTV Forum (Room 3) Sunday, May 18 9:15-10:15 AM - ARRL and the Mars Desert Research Station (Room 1) 9:15-10:15 AM - Collins Radio Forum (Room 2) 9:15-10:15 - The Role of Ham Radio in Red Cross Chapter Communications (Room 3) 9:30-11:15 AM - Bicycle Mobile Forum (Room 5) 10:30-11:30 - ARRL Digital Forum (Room 1) 10:30-11:30 AM - Techniques of the Best Operators (Room 2) 10:30-11:30 AM - Ohio MARS Forum (Room 3) For more information on forums at the 2008 Dayton Hamvention, please visit the Dayton Hamvention Web site <http://www.hamvention.org/hv2008/forums/index.html>. ==> INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY EVENT IS APRIL 26 Special event stations will be on the air Saturday, April 26 (UTC), to mark International Marconi Day (IMD), a 24-hour Amateur Radio event commemorating the birth of wireless pioneer Guglielmo Marconi on April 25, 1874. Participants can qualify for awards by making contacts on 160 through 10 meters (CW, SSB and digital) with designated IMD stations operating on or near a site where Marconi carried out experiments or where Marconi equipment was used prior to his death in 1937. The sponsoring Cornish Radio Amateur Club (CRAC) will operate GB4IMD from Pendennis Castle, Falmouth, Cornwall, overlooking Falmouth Harbour where Marconi spent some 10 days aboard his yacht in April 1923. Additional IMD stations will be on the air from the UK, the US, Canada, South America, Australia and Europe. The IMD Web site has a list of IMD 2008 award stations <http://www.gb4imd.org.uk/awardstns.htm>. On the US side, the Marconi Cape Cod Radio Club, KM1CC, will participate at the Coast Guard Station on Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, Massachusetts, just south of Marconi's original 1903 station on Cape Cod. If you would like to operate an IMD 2008 award station, register your station prior to the event, providing full details <firstname.lastname@example.org>. More information on International Marconi Day can be found on the IMD Web site <http://www.gb4imd.org.uk/>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Wild men who caught and sang the Sun in flight" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: We saw a string of zero-sunspot days over the past couple of weeks, but this week saw a brief but significant sunspot that lasted only a couple of days. Sunspot 990 emerged as a tiny speck over April 14-15, but it was definitely a Solar Cycle 24 spot. Not only was the polarity of this region correct for the new Cycle, but it was far north above the Sun's equator, which is what we expect for a sunspot from an emerging solar cycle. The only previous Cycle 24 activity was close to the solar equator. Sunspot numbers for April 10-16 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 11, 12 and 0 with a mean of 3.3. The 10.7 cm flux was 67.9, 67.1, 68.2, 69.3, 68.5, 69.2 and 69.5 with a mean of 68.5. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 4, 11, 7, 2, 5 and 15 with a mean of 7.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 6, 3, 8, 6, 2, 3 and 9, with a mean of 5.3. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions April 18, quiet to unsettled April 19, quiet April 20, quiet to unsettled April 21, active April 22-23 and unsettled to active April 24. 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, 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. Next weekend, the SP DX RTTY Contest, the Helvetia Contest, the QRP to the Field contest and the Florida QSO Party are all scheduled for April 26-27. 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, May 4, 2008, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, May 16, 2008: 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). 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>. * New Apparel Items Now Available from ARRL: Show off your ham radio pride with ARRL's new line of HAM apparel. The new shirt, sweatshirt and ball cap feature the very popular oval Euro design with "HAM" emblazoned in the center and the ARRL Web site address centered underneath it. The T shirt is a pre-shrunk black Hanes beefy-T with white contrast stitching. The HAM oval is screenprinted on the left chest. This trendy T shirt comes in unisex sizes from small to 3X for only $12.95 each. The heavyweight black sweatshirt features a quarter-zip neckline with a brass metal zipper and leather pull. The HAM oval is embroidered on the left chest. This sweatshirt is perfect for the still chilly nights of spring and comes in unisex sizes from small to 3X for only $34.95 each. The black ballcap features the HAM oval embroidered in the center of the cap. With an adjustable Velcro tab closure, this cap is sure to fit just about anyone. Get yours for only $12.95. Receive a free HAM Euro sticker (a $2 value) <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=9595> when you order one of these three HAM items before May 31, 2008. Order your HAM items today <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=NO-HAM#top>. * JARL Operating Award Checking Available at Hamvention: A representative of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) will be available at Dayton Hamvention May 16-18 to check applications for JARL awards and to issue certificates for certain awards (AJD, WAJA, JCC, JCG, ADXA and ADXA-Half). Those with 10 JA QSL cards each of the 10 JA districts can apply for the All Japan District Award (AJD) at Hamvention. Former JARL executive director and renowned DXer Masa Ebisawa, JA1DM, will be at Booth 484 in the Ballarena of Hara Arena, near ARRL EXPO 2008. Applications for other JARL awards can be checked at the JARL booth, and awards will be mailed from JARL headquarters. Masa also will be ready to answer questions on JARL activities as well as reciprocal licensing in Japan. Applicants do not need to present QSL cards when applying for awards, but they must submit a QSL card list, sign a declaration that they possess all necessary QSL cards and be able to present any card at JARL's request. The QSL card list should include: call sign, date, band, mode and entity (or other data required by each award). Applicants may use a DXCC Record Sheet for their QSL card list. The fee for each award is $14. * Mexico Group On the Air for World Amateur Radio Day: Amateurs all over the world are getting into the spirit of the 83rd World Amateur Radio Day on April 18. Grupo DXXE <http://www.dxxe.org/> of Mexico will be on the air with a special call sign, XE83IARU, that day in honor of the IARU and World Amateur Radio Day. For those pursuing the DXXE award, organizers state this is a valid station for that award. Information on the DXXE Award (in both Spanish and English) is available on the DXEE Web site <http://www.dxxe.org/index6.html>. QSL via Richard Moen, N7RO, 2935 Plymouth Dr, Bellingham, WA 98225. * Notes from the DXCC Desk: ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, has announced that the following operations have been approved for DXCC credit: the 2007 operation to Uganda, 5X1NH; the 2007 operation to Western Sahara, S05A; the 2008 operation to Burundi, 9UXEV; the 2008 operation to Syria, YK9G, and the ongoing operation of HZ1PS in Saudi Arabia. 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