*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 22 June 6, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + National Hurricane Center Director Joins WX4NHC Annual Test * + ARRL Foundation Announces 2008 Scholarship Recipients * + Hams Head into Space * + Field Day Locator Service Up and Running * + Army MARS Offers Free Father's Day Messages for Soldiers Overseas * + ARRL Welcomes Yaesu as Principal Sponsor of Logbook of The World Web Site * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + More Field Day T Shirts On the Way! + Morse Code Returning to MARS Toolbox Hein Hvatum, N4FWA (SK) Be Careful on 10 Meters +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> =========================================================== ==> NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER DIRECTOR JOINS WX4NHC ANNUAL TEST On Saturday, May 31, WX4NHC <http://www.wx4nhc.org/>, the Amateur Radio station at the National Hurricane Center (NHC), held their annual Communications Test from 1300-2100 UTC. According to WX4NHC Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R, this annual test has two purposes: To verify that ham radio equipment will not interfere with any equipment at the NHC, and to ensure proper performance of Amateur Radio equipment at the NHC. During the test, NHC Director Bill Read, KB5FYA, addressed the Amateur Radio community on the VoIP Hurricane Net and on the Hurricane Watch Net <http://www.wx4nhc.org/Bill-Read-QST.mp3>. Read spoke about the importance of Amateur Radio in hurricane-related disasters and thanked Amateur Radio operators for their support in past hurricanes. He encouraged hams to continue to provide that strong support as WX4NHC enters its 28th year of service and the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season begins. Read made several contacts with Amateur Radio operators during the test. "We all know how important it is to maintain communications during a hurricane to relay our hurricane warnings to those in the affected area which may have no other means to receive this vital information," Read said. "We are also very appreciative for the surface reports from those in the storm which add to our database and help our forecasters better visualize what is actually happening at the ground level in real time. As our own ham radio station, WX4NHC, celebrates its 28th year of volunteer service at the National Hurricane Center, we extend our thanks to all ham radio operators that continue to support our mission to help save lives." Ripoll, calling the annual test "very successful," thanked all the amateurs involved and called on them for their support as the hurricane season starts up. During the test Ripoll and his crew also completed antenna work in preparation for the season. Ripoll said that the WX4NHC Annual Station Test started very early on Saturday with three of the operators replacing the main HF dipole. "The dipole runs from the 100 foot tower to the top of the Hurricane Center Building and was reinstalled with a better orientation so that the main effective lobes run SE and NW," he said. "This will improve reception to the Caribbean, as well as the US Gulf area. It took three hours of bringing the dipole up and down to fine tune the SWR down to 1:1.2, but it was worth the effort. Stations monitoring our antenna tests reported improvements of 3 to 6 dB at their locations. We are very happy with the results of this new antenna installation." It was good timing for the test as the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season started on the same day, albeit one day earlier than it was scheduled: Tropical Storm Arthur formed from the remnants of Pacific Tropical Storm Alma over Central America. Arthur did weaken, but was responsible for very heavy rains and flooding over portions Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Mexico. This is the second straight year in which a tropical system formed prior to the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. WX4NHC made 346 contacts during this event: 291 on HF and 55 on EchoLink/IRLP. They heard from 23 states and US territories, as well as such foreign locales as Bermuda, Curacao, Jamaica, Cuba, Honduras, Estonia and Canada. "The WX4NHC Coordinators and Operators extend their thanks to all ham radio operators that participated in our Annual Station Test," Ripoll said, "and look forward to your continued support during the hurricane season." ==> ARRL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2008 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS In May 2008, the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors voted unanimously to award the prestigious William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship <http://www.arrlf.org/programs/scholarships> to Austin Evans Wilmot, KD5QKS, of Dallas, Texas. Wilmot will graduate from Richardson High School this year with a cumulative GPA of 97.64, placing him 19th in a class of 431. First licensed in 2001, Wilmot holds a Technician class license and was active in his elementary school's Amateur Radio club (W5SPS); he is currently active in the Richardson Wireless Klub, K5RWK. His commitment to volunteer service in his community included support for the Lone Star MS150 Bike tour and the City of Richardson's annual Christmas parade. He can be found on local repeaters and is currently studying for his General class license. Wilmot credits Amateur Radio with helping to develop leadership, organization and communication skills. Wilmot's studies at Washington University in St Louis will concentrate on medicine and will include his interest in mathematics and finance. "I envision a future as a scientist and economist where I can apply my analytic skills with compassion and curiosity," Wilmot said. The Goldfarb Scholarship is the result of a generous endowment from the late William Goldfarb, N2ITP. Before his death in 1997, Goldfarb set up a scholarship endowment of close to $1 million in memory of his parents, Albert and Dorothy Goldfarb. Awarded to one high school senior each year, the Goldfarb Scholarship assists the recipient to receive a four-year undergraduate degree in engineering or science or in the medical or business-related fields. The terms of reference of the generous Goldfarb scholarship award require that recipients demonstrate financial need and significant involvement with Amateur Radio, in addition to high academic performance. The sixth Goldfarb Scholarship winner, Wilmot continues the tradition of prior recipients, demonstrating superior academic performance, outstanding leadership and extraordinary Amateur Radio and community service. More information on the Goldfarb Scholarship is available on the ARRL Web site. Applications for the Goldfarb Scholarship and other ARRL Foundation Scholarships are accepted each year beginning October 1 and ending February 1 for the academic year that starts the following August/September. The ARRL Foundation awarded more than 50 scholarships -- ranging from $500 to $2500 -- for the 2008-2009 academic year. For a complete list of recipients, please see the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/05/31/10131/?nc=1> or the July issue of QST. ==> HAMS HEAD INTO SPACE On Saturday, May 31, the space shuttle Discovery launched into the heavens carrying a crew of one Japanese and six American astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS); of the seven crew members, two are Amateur Radio operators. NASA's Greg Chamitoff, KD5PKZ, is the ISS Flight Engineer and Science Officer on Expedition 17 and will spend six months living and working onboard the ISS, returning home on Endeavour (STS-126), currently targeted for November 10. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Akihiko Hoshide, KE5DNI, is a mission specialist. Chamitoff will replace Garrett Reisman, KE5HAE, who arrived on the ISS in March; Reisman will return to Earth when Discovery leaves the ISS. It is expected that the ISS Crew -- Commander Sergei Volkov, RU3DIS; Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX, and Chamitoff -- will conduct Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contacts while on the ISS. This mission, STS-124 -- the 123rd space shuttle flight and 26th shuttle flight to the ISS -- docked with the ISS at 2:03 PM (EDT) on Monday, June 2. Discovery carries with it the second component of JAXA's Kibo laboratory, the Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM). The 37 foot, 32,000 pound JPM will be attached to the left side of the Harmony connecting node by shuttle and station crew members during a series of three spacewalks. The JPM will join the first component of Kibo, the Japanese Logistics Module, which was launched on the last shuttle flight, STS-123 on Endeavour, in March. Kibo (which means hope in Japanese) is so heavy that only its primary set of avionics systems can be launched inside it. The second set was launched in the logistics module delivered on STS-123 so that it will be available, if needed, when Kibo is activated. "Kibo is just a beautiful piece of work," said lead shuttle flight director Matt Abbott. "I know the Japanese space agency had an element installed on STS-123, but this is really their pride and joy. This module is amazing." "It's going to be a world-class laboratory," said astronaut Mark Kelly, Discovery's commander. "It's its own little spacecraft, in the sense that it has an environmental system, electrical system, its own computer system, its own robotic arm. It's got a lot of capability, and I'm hopeful that over the years that the laboratory produces significant discoveries in the fields of chemistry, physics, material science and life sciences. It certainly has that potential." The Kibo laboratory complex includes two robotic arms that also will be delivered on Discovery. A third and final shuttle mission to complete the complex will launch an exterior platform for the Kibo laboratory complex that will allow experiments to be exposed to space. On Earth, STS-124 will mark the first time the JAXA flight control team will activate and control a module from Kibo Mission Control in Tsukuba, Japan. JAXA is scheduled to take over final activation of Kibo on the fifth day of STS-124, the day after the module is installed. "That's a big day for Japan," Hoshide said. "We'll be doing vestibule outfitting, which is basically hooking up all the jumper connections between Node 2 and the pressurized module for power signals, data cables, fluid lines, all that stuff. Once that's done we will be activating the main computer in the pressurized module from our laptop computer inside the station - we call that the initial activation. "Then, once the computer's activated, the Mission Control Center in Tsukuba Space Center can start commanding, so we'll hand it over to them. They will start doing the final activation of the module." In addition to Kelly, Hoshide and Chamitoff, the STS-124 crew consists of Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan and Mike Fossum. Discovery is due back to Earth on Saturday, June 14 at 10:45 AM (EDT) at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. -- Information provided by NASA ==> FIELD DAY LOCATOR SERVICE UP AND RUNNING This year, for the first time, the ARRL has put together a Station Locator to help amateurs or those interested in Amateur Radio find a Field Day site near them. According to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, many amateurs have been asking for something like this for many years. If your group would like to be a part of the Station Locator Service, it's easy to get started. Just go to the Field Day Station Locator Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/locator.php> and follow the instructions. To help you out, Henderson has prepared a FAQ for the Field Day Station Locator. Q) How does our Field Day site get listed on the map? A) A club official or Field Day Chairman needs to go to the Web site. Once there, click on the link for "Add a Station" and follow the instructions. Q) I put in the name of the park where we will be holding Field Day but got the message that the program can't find it. What do I do? A) You should use a street address for the location. Unfortunately, the mapping program doesn't have a 100 percent complete database of park names and public site names. You may also use a latitude/longitude - enter the values separated by a comma (e.g. 42.345N, 85.445W) and set the city to NONE). Q) I put in a street address but the map locator put me it in a wrong location on the street. What do I do? A) While in the data input or edit screen, use your cursor to move the red "pin" to the correct location on the map. Q) What if I put in the wrong information or something about our Field Day operation changes? A) The person who input the data will be able to edit the entry. Simply follow the "Add a Station" link and then select "Edit this entry" next to the one to correct. Q). I tried to enter my club's information, but I was denied access. What do I do? A) To help ensure that only one person is managing a club's entry, you must be logged onto the site with your ARRL member ID and password. If you are not an ARRL member, ask a member of the club who is to be responsible for adding the club's information to the site. Q) I am looking for a Field Day operation to attend. How do I use the site? A) Begin by typing in the city and state where you would like to search, something like "Brooklyn, New York" or "Anaheim, California." Depending on the geographic location, the map will take you to the area you list. If a Field Day operation has been registered for that general area, a red "pin" will show on the map. If you click on the red pin, the details for that site will appear in the box on the right hand side of the screen. If you don't see a red pin, scroll out a level to find one near the location you listed. It is also possible to drag the map to other areas by holding down the left button on your mouse and then moving the map around. You can also scroll in and out using the +/- buttons on the left side of the map. You may also zoom in and center by double-clicking with the mouse near the red pin. Q) I found a red pin near where I will be. Where do I find the information on that site? A) Each entry has a contact person with either an e-mail address or phone number who should be able to help you. It will appear on the right side of the box when you click on the red pin for an entry. Q) I found an entry with wrong information. What should I do? A) Please contact the person whose name appears as the contact person for that site. ARRL HQ does not have detailed information on the site. Q) I want to check on our club's information. What should I do? A) Type in the call sign that will be used and you will be taken to the location and club information. ARRL Field Day will be held June 28-29. For more information, please visit the Field Day Web page <http://www.arrl.org/fieldday>. ==> ARMY MARS OFFERS FREE FATHER'S DAY MESSAGES FOR SOLDIERS OVERSEAS If Jeff Hammer, N9NIC, gets his way, he'll be an awfully busy soldier in the run-up to Father's Day on June 15. Captain Hammer, who represents the Army Military Affiliate Radio System (Army MARS) in Iraq, has appealed to the families of troops deployed overseas to "shower down with Father's Day messages" for their loved ones. According to Army MARS Public Affairs Director Bill Sexton, AAA9PC/AAR1FP/N1IN, these free messages -- called MARSgrams -- date back to the Korean War when many thousands were delivered. The service continued during the Vietnam conflict and the first Gulf War, but had fallen off with the advent of e-mail and cell phones. As the military's Middle East operations continue, Sexton said that the responses from that area indicate that the soldiers treasure the printed MARSgrams as mementos of their deployment: "It's not just a greeting. E-mail just isn't the same." MARSgram traffic spurted last Thanksgiving and Christmas, and Captain Hammer reports that he is "100 percent set up" to handle MARSgrams for Father's Day. A National Guardsman from Indiana, Hammer arrived in Baghdad just this spring after previously serving in Afghanistan. In addition to volunteering for the MARS assignment, he is acting as station custodian for the Baghdad Amateur Radio Society. Hammer shipped in his own low-power ham station and began direct receipt of messages May 25; he has to shoehorn his volunteer Amateur Radio activity into his off-duty hours. On Sunday, June 1, five soldiers including Hammer gathered for a meeting of the Baghdad ARS. Besides Hammer, three Amateur Radio operators are part of the group: Warrant Officer 2 Edward Mendez, N3BZA, who also operated the military MARS station ABM4USS in Korea for an Aviation Maintenance Company; Barry Coronado, KC8RTK, a Department of Defense employee, and Wayne Gale, W0GTO, a contractor. The subject of Sunday's meeting was preparing for the hoped-for Father's Day surge. After a period of instruction on MARS procedure during which the participants wrote their own MARSgrams, Hammer took the members to his personal MARS station to attempt transmission despite difficult propagation conditions. "We are only running 5 W on a Yaesu 817, but we wanted to give it a try if for no other reason than to see the equipment and demonstrate the procedure," Hammer messaged afterward. "God must have been smiling down on us because after only a few attempts we connected to AEN3QT in Qatar on 40 meters and got all the messages through without any problems." Family members can easily send free MARSgrams overseas by entering their message on the MARSgram Web site <http://www.mymars.org/>. The Army MARS WinLink system will automatically relay the Iraq-bound messages to Hammer and his helpers; they will produce printouts and envelopes and hand them off to the Military Postal Service for final delivery. A MARSgram travels much faster than ordinary mail and can be delivered wherever American troops serve. Army MARS is a Department of Defense-sponsored organization of more than 2700 Amateur Radio operators who provide emergency communications backup for government agencies in times of civil calamity; active-duty service personnel are welcome to join. Parallel MARS units serve the Air Force and Navy-Marine Corps, making the three-prong program more than 5000 members strong. ==> ARRL WELCOMES YAESU AS PRINCIPAL SPONSOR OF LOGBOOK OF THE WORLD WEB SITE The ARRL welcomes Yaesu as the principal sponsor of the Logbook of The World (LoTW) <http://www.arrl.org/lotw/> Web site. LoTW is a repository of log records submitted by users from around the world; when both participants in a QSO submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is a QSL that can be used for ARRL award credit. With almost 21,000 amateurs registered on LoTW, more than 170 million QSO records have been entered into the five year old system, resulting in more than 13.4 million QSL records. "Yaesu is absolutely delighted to be the Principal Sponsor supporting the extremely popular ARRL Logbook of The World Web site," said Yaesu's Executive Vice President for Amateur Radio Sales and Marketing Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV. "It provides Yaesu with an opportunity to serve the Amateur Radio community. We hope LoTW users will note our support and judge this action for what it is intended to be -- a 'Thank You' to the thousands of avid DXers and other active operators worldwide." In return for its sponsorship of the LoTW Web site, Yaesu will receive promotional consideration in QST and on the LoTW Web site. Motschenbacher said he understands that hams have felt the "pain" of postal price increases around the world: "I am certain that a huge number of hams have had to give up their dream of having prestigious ARRL certificates and plaques on their wall simply because they could no longer afford the postage costs associated with exchanging QSL cards to verify contacts. Those QSO verifications are, however, absolutely essential for maintaining the integrity of ARRL's DXCC and other awards. LoTW, with its global acceptance, now allows nearly everyone interested in the excitement that goes along with chasing DX and awards to provide most if not all of the required all-important QSO verifications without burdensome postage expenses. LoTW provides a very valuable service for both the individual users and ARRL." ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, thanked Yaesu for their ongoing support of the ARRL. "We look forward to working with them on the Logbook of The World Web site." ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: We had seven days of no sunspots this week, but a sunspot was emerging on Thursday, June 5. Helioseismic holography revealed a high latitude sunspot on the opposite side of the Sun. Until recently, we had no idea what was happening on the far side of the Sun, the side directed away from Earth. The NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center sees a constant and quiet geomagnetic planetary A index of 5 through June 14. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions for June 6, quiet to unsettled June 7-8 and quiet again June 9-12. Sunspot numbers for May 29-June 4 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 68.1, 67.1, 66.9, 66.6, 67.1, 66.3 and 65.2 with a mean of 66.8. Estimated planetary A indices were 9, 11, 8, 8, 5, 4 and 4 with a mean of 7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 7, 8, 6, 4, 3 and 2, with a mean of 5.3. 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 Ladder and the Digital Pentathlon are both June 6, and the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint is on June 7. On June 7-8, look for the DigiFest, the SEANET Contest, the UKSMG Summer Contest, RSGB National Field Day - IARU Region 1 Field Day (CW) and the Alabama QSO Party. The SKCC Weekend Sprintathon is June 8. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint and the RSGB 80 Meters Club Championship (CW) are both June 11. Next weekend is the ARRL June VHF QSO Party on June 14-16. Look for the NCCC Sprint Ladder and the Digital Pentathlon on June 13. The Portugal Day Contest and Asia-Pacific Sprint (SSB) are June 14. Look for the ANARTS WW RTTY Contest, the GACW WWSA CW DX Contest, the REF DDFM 6 Meter Contest and the West Virginia QSO Party on June 14-15. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and the SARL Youth for Amateur Radio Event are June 16. The RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship (SSB) is June 19. All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/>, the ARRL Contest Update <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, June 22, 2008 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, July 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 <email@example.com>. * More Field Day T Shirts On the Way! During the last couple of weeks, a surge of demand for 2008 ARRL Field Day T shirts had exhausted the supply much earlier than previous years. "It's clear that this year's Field Day logo and slogan -- Ride the Waves -- is a big hit!" said ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. "We want to assure our valued members and clubs that more shirts are on the way. Until today, we weren't certain we could restock the shirts in time for delivery before Field Day. But our manufacturer has promised to re-supply the shirts as early as next week." ARRL Field Day is June 28-29. To order Field Day T shirts, participation pins and other items, as well as information on this year's Field Day, including the Field Day Locator Service, please go to the ARRL Field Day Web page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/>. The ARRL regrets any inconvenience with order delays. Inderbitzen added, "Since February, we've encouraged clubs to place their orders early. But this good news means there's still time to Ride the Waves!" * Morse Code Returning to MARS Toolbox: After more than a dozen years, Morse code will soon be returning to Military Affiliate Radio System (MARS) nets. In the mid-1990s, the Department of Defense (DoD) did away with CW operation across the board -- including MARS nets -- as automatic systems such as the Internet, SATCOM, cell phones and e-mail became available and the payroll cost of manual operators escalated. Army MARS launched a limited test of CW nets in four Midwestern states in late 2007. During a DoD interoperability test this past March, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) station used it to communicate with Fort Huachuca. In announcing the return of CW to MARS nets, Navy-Marine Corps MARS Chief Bo Lindfors cited an emergency where CW was sorely missed: "I remember the  Northeast Ice Storm shortly after I became [Navy-Marine Corps MARS] Chief and the unnecessarily lengthy effort by all of southern New England to receive one voice EEI [Essential Elements of Information Report] from a northern New England member whose antenna was covered in ice and lying on the ground. It took more than an hour when CW could have handled it in a few minutes. As more and more of our members enter MARS with no Morse code experience, I am afraid that we will soon lose that skill set if we don't do something." Army MARS Chief Carter said the imminent return of CW will not replace modes such as WinLink, Pactor 3 and MT63. "Our CW nets will focus on maintenance of skills and will necessarily be limited by the shortage of available frequencies and trained members," he said. "But if members want to add CW to their skills, the nets will be available for training." * Hein Hvatum, N4FWA (SK): Hein Hvatum, N4FWA, who in the 1970s and '80s supervised construction of one of the world's most powerful radio observatories, died of cancer May 22 at his home in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was 85. In 1974, Hvatum assumed responsibility for construction of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array (VLA), an arrangement of radio telescopes near Socorro, New Mexico. The VLA has made key observations of black holes and protoplanetary disks around young stars, discovered magnetic filaments and traced complex gas motions at the Milky Way's center, probed the Universe's cosmological parameters, and provided new knowledge about the physical mechanisms that produce radio emission. The observatory is perhaps best known to the general public for its appearance in the 1997 movie "Contact" with Jodie Foster; it has also appeared in Carl Sagan's documentary "Cosmos," in the movie "Independence Day," in a Bon Jovi music video and on the cover of a Dire Straits album. The VLA was completed in 1982. Hvatum, an ARRL member since 1981, was responsible for computing, antenna design and electronics for the $78 million project, the largest the National Science Foundation had funded at the time. Hvatum became acting director at NRAO in 1984 and project manager for the Very Long Baseline Array the next year. He retired in 1987. Hvatum, as a member of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club, organized a number of community emergency preparedness drills. He was active with both national and international groups seeking to protect radio frequencies for radio astronomy. Calling Hvatum a "friend, mentor and Elmer," the Albemarle ARC said Hvatum will be missed "by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him and calling him a friend." According to the Albemarle ARC Web site, a memorial service for Hvatum is planned for 2 PM on June 27 at NRAO Headquarters. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont or to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. * Be Careful on 10 Meters: With recent band openings beginning on 10 meters, ARRL has received word that a number of US amateurs have been heard using SSB below 28.300. "We urge everyone to remember that 28.000 to 28.300 MHz is reserved for RTTY and data, including CW," said ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG. "Phone is permitted from 28.300 to 28.500 for Novice and Technician class licensees with a maximum power of 200 W. Phone and image are allowed from 28.300 up to 29.700 for General, Advanced and Extra class license holders." 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