*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 27 July 11, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Sacramento Valley Area Hams Respond when Fires Sweep across Northern California * + ARRL Teachers Institutes Near Halfway Point for 2008 * + "The Doctor Is IN" The ARRL Letter * + The July/August QEX Is Here * + Kansas Teen Named 2008 Young Ham of the Year * + Two New Coordinators Appointed in IARU Region 2 * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + No ARRL Audio News July 25 + International Space Station Goes Live with ARISS Field Day Fun at W1AW IARU Member Societies On-The-Air for IARU HF World Championship +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> =========================================================== ==>Delivery problems: First see FAQ <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/faq.html#nodelivery>, then e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: S. Khrystyne Keane, <email@example.com> =========================================================== ==> SACRAMENTO VALLEY AREA HAMS RESPOND WHEN FIRES SWEEP ACROSS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA With the California fires showing little signs of abating, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Manager Ron Murdock, W6KJ, says that ARES members in his Section are actively involved in supporting the agencies they serve. According to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), more than 330 fires covering almost 200,000 acres are active in the Sacramento Valley Section. While most fires are at least 50 percent contained, some are less than 30 percent under control. According to Murdock, too little rainfall over the winter and hot, dry winds contributed to the fires' fast spread. Due to the weather conditions, ARRL Sacramento Valley Section Emergency Coordinator Richard Cloyd, WO6P, put ARES leadership on a standby alert in early June. "On June 11, a fire started that eventually consumed 24,000 acres," said Murdock. This fire, called the Humboldt Fire, burned for almost one week. "At mid-June, our wildlands -- so full of tinder dry fuel -- began to burn. Fire threatened the City of Paradise in Butte County for several days. Paradise doesn't have many evacuation routes, so when people returned to their homes, they had a new appreciation for evacuation plans." According to CAL FIRE Public Information Officer Mary Ann Aldrich, no cause has been determined for this fire which destroyed 74 residences and damaged 20. The high winds soon dissipated, but then dry thunderstorms -- storms with very little rain but lots of lightning strikes -- made their way to the area. "First we heard of over 400, then 800, then over 1000 wildland fires. People in other mountain communities were advised, and then directed, to evacuate their homes and seek shelters set up by the Red Cross," Murdock said. With activation requests from both the Paradise Emergency Operations Center and the American Red Cross, Butte County Emergency Coordinator Steve Kaps, N6NPN, opened the ARES net on the Golden Empire ARS W6RHC Repeater. Murdock said that it was opened first as a precautionary measure, but as the shelters opened, help was needed. Paradise residents Chuck Orgovan, KF6YKQ, and Anna Horn, KG6ZOA, manned the shelter at a local school. "The W6RHC repeater did not have good coverage in the shelter area, so we relayed communications between the shelter and Kaps (who was running the Net Control Station) via the Sutter County WD6AXM repeater and we were able to make things work. Placing a better antenna at the shelter seemed to help for a while, but eventually operations shifted entirely to the WD6AXM repeater," Murdock said. Cloyd relayed information to Murdock that shelters in other parts of the area were being opened: "I told Red Cross in Yuba City. They realized they did not know where and when these other shelters were opening. We then opened KG6WGQ -- the club station at the Three Rivers Chapter of the American Red Cross in Yuba City -- so that we had a better chance of communicating with the multiple outlying shelters. Since the station was to be open when the ARC response group was operating, we had to work in shifts, so we went to three 5 hour shifts per day for a week. At one point, Ken Miller, KF6JRE, volunteered to take a shift in Yuba City from his home in West Sacramento." A radio and power supply at KG6WGQ had to be replaced; luckily, Herb Puckett, W6HBU, had an extra one in his go-kit. Paul Johnson, N6XVL, developed a list of volunteers to staff all the shifts for the Red Cross operation. "We were in the process of scheduling relief for Butte County operators on the evening of June 27, when the Red Cross decided to move from Yuba City to Chico to better use the resources they had in place," Murdock said. "At that point, further Net operation by ARES was not needed and so it was suspended for the weekend." On Monday morning June 30, fire suppression efforts were making headway and most of the sheltered population was allowed to return home. On Sunday, June 29, Yuba/Sutter Emergency Coordinator Art Craigmill, K6ALC, heard a fire call on his scanner. "The location was nearby so he gathered his equipment and went to check on the situation," Murdock said. "On his way there, he saw another fire -- this one at a home construction site -- and notified the incident commander." Craigmill took action to stop the spread of this new fire. "Thankfully, the home had water pressure, and this aided Art in his firefighting efforts until the engine company arrived to put it out." Throughout the Sacramento Valley Section and beyond, smoke from wild fires dangerously contaminated the air with particulate matter. "The air stank of smoke and things burned. With air quality values as bad as we have seen them in 25 years, many clubs in the section had to cancel their Field Day operations," Murdock said. "First to do so was the Nevada County Amateur Radio Club. Not only did they not get to do Field Day, but their site -- the Nevada County Fairgrounds -- was used as a fire fighting staging area." The Golden Empire Amateur Radio Society in Chico and the Yuba-Sutter Amateur Radio Club also cancelled their respective Field Day operations, due to poor air quality. Murdock said that both clubs had many members who manned ARES shifts during this emergency. The Oroville Amateur Radio Society had many operators involved in the shelter operation. Bill Cross, K6DYT, volunteered as an animal shelter worker. Virginia Paschke, KI6COL, deployed to Butte County from her home in Sutter County, also helped out at the animal shelter. According to Murdock, Paschke got her Amateur Radio license last year for this very reason: The domestic animal rescue group provides assurance for people who need to evacuate that they can do so without leaving their pets behind. It speeds the evacuation process and keeps people from getting into more dangerous situations. CAL FIRE's Aldrich said that this fire complex originally had many fires: "We started with 38, but 15 of the fires merged together so now we are down to 11 fires covering 27,600 acres." She said that lightning caused these fires. Two residences have been destroyed so far by fires in this cluster. Murdock said that many of the clubs that held a Field Day event could see a slight clearing of the thick smoke that plagued more northern locations: "It serves as a reminder that fires remain burning and that we should all remain ready for the next phase of this emergency." ==> ARRL TEACHERS INSTITUTES NEAR HALFWAY POINT FOR 2008 The first rounds of Teachers Institutes <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html> for this summer have been completed at the Parallax facility in Rocklin, California and at Pueblo Magnet High School in Tucson, Arizona. According to Mark Spencer, WA8SME, who coordinates the Education and Technology Program, there were a few specific goals and objectives that were tried during these two Teachers Institutes that were beyond the normal training curriculum: the new 24-hour clock kit for the Soldering 101 unit, the radio telescope unit and the BOT instructor's board. These first Teachers Institutes had another first: a new instructor. "All of the technical things worked out well," said Spencer, "and new instructor Miguel Enriquez, KD7RPP, did a great job during his first Teachers Institutes as the lead instructor. He will be a much needed and welcome addition to the team." Spencer said that 25 participating teachers from nine states attended these two Teachers Institutes. These teachers represented four elementary schools, 10 middle schools, 10 high schools and one university. Of the 25, 14 were hams and 11 were non-hams. "This number will shift because a number of non-ham participants are planning to, or will be taking their ham license examinations in the near future," Spencer said. Here are a few comments taken from what participants had to say about their experience at the ARRL Teachers Institute: * In the 34 years I've been teaching, I'd place this workshop as one of the top two (the other being a really cool National Science Foundation program in chemistry education at University of Oregon) that I've been to. [The Teachers Institute] has inspired me to incorporate new material in some of my classes. It has inspired me to broaden my own interests. * Thanks again for ARRL support in the education gift department -- I have new ideas on how to excite the kids as I go through the next year. * Thanks for making a successful Institute experience for myself. You are an excellent instructor. I hope the ARRL knows what they have in you. Miguel was terrific also. Since I have come back [to my school], I have two teachers who have expressed interest in attending one. I am sure there will be several high school teachers in my district who certainly would be interested in attending one. We have about 10 high schools in the district and the TI is the institute for all of them. * I appreciate all you've done for me through the Teachers Institute. It has been a great learning process for me so far! I can't wait to share this new knowledge with my students. The next Teachers Institute is in Dayton, Ohio and is sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). The Teachers Institute season will wrap up with two sessions in Newington at ARRL HQ during the first week in August. Another instructor, Nathan McCray, K9CPO, will join Spencer in Newington. The Teachers Institutes are just one part of the ARRL Education and Technology Program, also known as "The Big Project." For more information on this exciting program, please visit the ETP Web site <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/>. ==> "THE DOCTOR IS IN" THE ARRL LETTER This week, ARRL Letter readers are in luck! The ARRL's very own Doctor, author of the popular QST column "The Doctor Is IN," answers a question from his mailbag: Question -- Don Christensen, W8WOJ, of Midland, Michigan, asks: I am not a frequent user of 2 meters yet; however, I do want to be available for emergency activity. I have a 2 meter handheld transceiver at the ready, but wonder what the preferred procedure is to ensure that my transceiver's nickel-cadmium (NiCd) batteries are charged and ready for service. The Doctor answers -- Unfortunately, NiCds might not be the best choice for such an application with intermittent use. If you run down a NiCd battery pack too low, any strong cells may reverse charge the weaker cells, damaging the weak cells. On the other hand they also don't like being constantly topped off without actual hard use -- this promotes crystal formation, which can short out the cells. They are most happy in applications in which they are used until they discharge significantly, but not all the way and then are just charged until fully recharged. Thus, the idea of having a spare pack that is just kept charged up, but never actually used, is not a good plan. If you have two packs, they will both last longer if one is used until it runs down and then you switch to the other and promptly recharge the depleted one. Perhaps you can have the radio turned on a few days a week monitoring the local repeater. Many handheld radios offer battery cases for non-rechargeable Alkaline cells that can be used in place of the rechargeable battery. These are a good choice since they have long shelf life, generally have a longer operating life than a charge with similar sized NiCds, and are usable in field situations in which charging sources are not available. Another choice, if you must have a rechargeable battery, is to use sealed lead acid or gel cell batteries -- they love to be kept on a float charge until needed, but are bulky and require a separate cable to the handheld. Be sure to read "The Doctor Is IN" every month in QST, the official journal of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. QST is just one of the many benefits of ARRL membership. To join or renew your ARRL membership, please see the ARRL Web page <http://www.arrl.org/join>. ==> THE JULY/AUGUST QEX IS HERE The July/August issue of QEX is out, and it is full of theoretical and practical technical articles that you don't want to miss. In this issue, John Post, KA5GSQ, describes a crystal controlled 145 MHz oscillator in "VHF Frequency Multiplication Using the SA602 IC." Wes Hayward, W7ZOI, returns to the pages of QEX with an article about "Oscillator Noise Evaluation with a Crystal Notch Filter." James Koehler, VE5FP, shares "Some Thoughts on Crystal Parameter Measurements" as he describes an automated system he built using a new DDS signal generator and microcontroller circuit to make the measurements and perform calculations. Al Christman, K3LC, expands on the investigations in his July/August 2005 QEX article with "Ground System Configurations for Phased Vertical Arrays." Contributing Editor L.B. Cebik, W4RNL (SK), looks at the characteristics of one wavelength loops in "Antenna Options," and Ulrich Rohde, N1UL, takes us on a tour of early RF oscillators in "From Spark Generators to Modern VHF/UHF/SHF Voltage Controlled Oscillators." Would you like to write for QEX? It pays $50 per printed page. Be sure to check out the Authors Guide <http://www.arrl.org/qex/#aguide> for more information. If you prefer postal mail, please send a business-size self-addressed, stamped envelope to QEX Authors Guide, c/o Maty Weinberg, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111-1494. QEX is edited by Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, and is published six times a year. The subscription rate for ARRL members in the US is $24. For First Class US delivery, the rate is $37 for members, $49 for nonmembers. For international delivery via air mail, including Canada, the subscription rate is $31 for members, $43 for nonmembers. Subscribe to QEX today <http://www.arrl.org/qex>. ==> KANSAS TEEN NAMED 2008 YOUNG HAM OF THE YEAR Emily Stewart, KC0PTL, a 17 year old from Leavenworth, Kansas, has been named the 2008 Young Ham of the Year (YHOTY), announced YHOTY Award Administrator Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF. Emily was selected based on her commitment to Amateur Radio, along with leadership, outreach, and her technical and public service achievements of the Amateur Radio Service to others. She will receive her award as part of the Huntsville Hamfest. More than two dozen young people were nominated for this award, now in its 22nd year. The daughter of Mike, K0MDS, and Sharon Stewart, Emily was first licensed in August of 2003 when she was 12; she holds a General class license. She said she was "so excited" when she got her ticket that she wanted to share Amateur Radio and made presentations while in middle school about ham radio. That led to getting active in her local radio club and contributing articles to the club newsletter. Through her local activities, Emily was appointed in 2006 as the first Assistant Section Manager for Youth in the ARRL Kansas Section. Emily has lived in Kansas for eight years. Prior to that, home was in Germany, where her father was serving in the US military. She credits her dad for sparking interest in Amateur Radio when they moved back to the United States: "I thought it was really cool when he started talking to people overseas in Europe. And Germany was still kind of home to me, so when he started talking to people in Germany, I said I wanted to do that, too." Last August, while attending the ARRL Kansas State Convention, Emily conducted a survey of attendees, asking how many had persuaded their children or grandchildren to get involved in Amateur Radio. The slim response led her and Brian Short, KC0BS, to develop the Kansas Legacy Project. This project has three prongs: Pass the spirit and knowledge of the Amateur Radio Service to a new generation; build ties between family members using ham radio activities, and increase youth participation in ham radio. Through her efforts, Emily hopes to encourage hams to get the younger members of their families to get their ham licenses and get involved. The project has netted good results so far, including one of the youngest hams in the region to be licensed -- 7 year old Lucie Goodhart, KD0DMO, who took a license class with her dad and passed her Technician test last March. Emily is also interested in the public service and storm spotting portion of Amateur Radio: "My dad would sometimes take me out with him to go storm spotting. I decided that I wanted to have some training, so I took a couple of online courses in emergency communications. I will either go out with my dad when we get called out to do some storm chasing or I will stay at home and do spotting from home -- just in case something really nasty does happen. Then that way I'm home with my mom." Emily also has a deep interest in spaceflight and astronomy. One of her cousins, US Astronaut Robert L. Stewart, was a crewmember onboard the space shuttles Challenger and Atlantis. She has been attending Spacecamp since she was in the 6th grade. "I'm also into astronomy and that's another thing my dad and I do," said Emily. "We volunteer at an observatory about an hour away from Leavenworth. We work on public access nights." This fall, Emily heads into her senior year at Leavenworth High School where she is a member of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and is a copy editor for the school yearbook. Already a Registered Pharmacy Technician with the state of Kansas, she is considering making pharmacy her career. Emily is a member of the ARRL and the Kickapoo QRP Amateur Radio Club. She's also a regular participant in Field Day, Kids Days and QRP events. The 2008 Amateur Radio Newsline! Young Ham of the Year Award will be presented on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at the Huntsville Hamfest in Huntsville, Alabama. As the 2008 Young Ham of the Year, Emily will receive a trip to the Huntsville Hamfest, ham radio equipment, various books and magazines and an all-expense-paid week at Spacecamp in Huntsville. Amateur Radio Newsline will award her with a commemorative plaque at the ceremony. The presentation of the YHOTY award is a regular feature of the Huntsville Hamfest and has been made possible through the generosity and kindness of the event's Planning Committee. This year's YHOTY award ceremony will be hosted by Don Wilbanks, AE5DW, of Amateur Radio Newsline, along with representatives of corporate underwriters Vertex-Standard and CQ Communications, Inc. The Amateur Radio Newsline "Young Ham of the Year" award program (formerly the Westlink Report Young Ham of the Year Award), has been presented annually since 1986 to a licensed radio Amateur Radio operator who is 18 years of age or younger and who has provided outstanding service to the nation, his/her community or the betterment of the state of the art in communications through the Amateur Radio hobby/service. ==> TWO NEW COORDINATORS APPOINTED IN IARU REGION 2 IARU Region 2 President Reinaldo Leandro, YV5AMH, has appointed Dr Cesar Pio Santos A., HR2P, of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, as IARU Region 2 Emergency Communications Coordinator; Santos will be taking over from Rick Palm, K1CE. According to Leandro, Santos is a well-known emergency expert in the region who helped to provide emergency communications and medical relief in Honduras in the wake of Hurricane Mitch. He remains active as a volunteer in his country's governmental emergency communications institution and as a member of the Emergency Communications Advisory Group (ECAG) for Area D (Central America) in IARU Region 2. Leandro also appointed Juan Munoz, TG9AJR, of Puerta Parada, Guatemala, to succeed Bill Zellers, WA4FKI (SK) as the Region 2 Monitoring System Coordinator. Munoz started as a shortwave listener in 1984 and obtained his current license in 1989. Leandro said he is an active amateur on nearly all bands and modes. As an avid contester, Munoz was a referee during WRTC 2002 in Helsinki, Finland and has participated in the IARU Monitoring System with Martin Potter, VE3OAT, since 2001. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "The Sun bursts through in unlooked-for directions" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Another week and still no sunspots. The 3-month moving average for daily sunspot numbers that we began reporting toward the end of Solar Cycle 23 seemed to retrospectively suggest that solar minimum occurred last fall. The daily average for the 3-month period centered on last October was nearly 3 -- or 2.967 to split some hairs. This is an average of the 91 daily sunspot numbers from September 1-November 30. Following that low, November was 6.85; from December 2007-April 2008, the 3-month average drifted from 8.14-8.89. With remaining Solar Cycle 23 spots becoming increasingly rare -- and barely any Solar Cycle 24 spots -- this suggested solar activity was stalling out. Then, at the end of June, a further decline when the 3-month average centered on May dropped to 5.04. Sunspot numbers for July 3-9 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 65.5, 65.4, 65.1, 66.1, 65.5, 65.5 and 66 with a mean of 65.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 4, 7, 4, 3, 2 and 4 with a mean of 7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 3, 7, 5, 2, 1 and 3 with a mean of 3.4. 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 is July 11 and the FISTS Summer Sprint is July 12. The IARU HF World Championship is July 12-13. The SKCC Weekend Sprintathon and the ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint are July 13. The RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship (SSB) is July 16 and the NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is July 17. Next weekend is the NCCC Sprint Ladder on July 18. The Feld Hell Sprint and the VK/Trans-Tasman 160 Meter Contest (CW) are July 19. Look for the DMC RTTY Contest, the North American QSO Party (RTTY) and the CQ Worldwide VHF Contest on July 19-20. On July 20, check out the RSGB Low Power Field Day and the CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is July 21, the SKCC Sprint is July 23 and the RSGB 80 Meter Club Championship (Data) is July 24. 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/update/> 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, July 20, 2008 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, August 1, 2008: Technician License Course (EC-010), Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1 (EC-001), Radio Frequency Interference (EC-006), Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009), Analog Electronics (EC-012) and Digital Electronics (EC-013). Each online course has been developed in segments -- learning units with objectives, informative text, student activities and quizzes. Courses are interactive, and some include direct communications with a Mentor/Instructor. Students register for a particular session that may be 8, 12 or 16 weeks (depending on the course) and they may access the course at any time of day during the course period, completing lessons and activities at times convenient for their personal schedule. Mentors assist students by answering questions, reviewing assignments and activities, as well as providing helpful feedback. Interaction with mentors is conducted through e-mail; there is no appointed time the student must be present -- allowing complete flexibility for the student to work when and where it is convenient. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the Continuing Education Program Coordinator <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * No ARRL Audio News July 25: There will be no ARRL Audio News on Friday, July 25. The ARRL Letter will be available that day. ARRL Audio News will return on Friday, August 1. * International Space Station Goes Live with ARISS: July looks to be a busy month for Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) <http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm>. On Friday, July 4, members of the Austin Amateur Radio Club (AARC) facilitated a successful ARISS contact between the International Space Station (ISS) and Cub Scout Pack #304 and Blackland Prairie Elementary School in Round Rock, Texas. Before an audience of 100, 10 Cub Scouts asked nearly 20 questions of Greg Chamitoff, KD5PKZ. Chamitoff launched into space on May 31 on the space shuttle Discovery and took over on the ISS for Garrett Reisman, KE5HAE. Chamitoff is scheduled to return to Earth in November. An ARISS contact took place with the National Agriculture Museum in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on Wednesday, July 9. Telebridge station W6SRJ in Santa Rosa, California assisted with the contact. The museum is a large research facility in the City of Ottawa covering more than 1000 years of major contributions to agricultural progress. A public camp is part of the overall operation of the farm. Another ARISS contact has been scheduled with the Department of Astronomy and Space Sciences (DASS) at the Kuwait Science Club in Safat, Kuwait on Monday, July 14 at 17:05 UTC. Telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii will assist with the contact. DASS aims to spread scientific awareness in the fields of astronomy and space sciences by actively engaging the public in exploring the cosmos. This educational activity will educate young people about space stations, satellites and ham radio. To date, there have been 352 ARISS contacts. If a school in your area is interested in participating in an ARISS contact, please visit the ARISS Web page for more information on how to apply <http://www.rac.ca/ariss/ARISSapp16_Instructions.htm>. * Fun at W1AW for Field Day 2008: Another Field Day has come and gone, and just like amateurs all over the country, those who activated W1AW not only took part, but had lots of fun during the 24 hour event. According to W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, W1AW made 1079 contacts using CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-2 meters. "The last time W1AW broke the 1000+ QSO mark on Field Day was back in 2005 when 1100 QSOs were made. But band conditions were slightly better then and we had more operators on hand," Carcia said. Along with Carcia, ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X; DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L; DXCC Assistant Carol Michaud, KB1QAW, and Membership Manager Katie Breen, W1KRB, put W1AW on the air for Field Day. Michaud's 9 year old daughter Lexie got her first taste of ham radio, getting over a case of "mic fright" to get on the air, too. This was Kutzko's first Field Day at W1AW. "Field Day is always fun," he said, "but to be a part of W1AW during the ARRL's biggest on-air event was a real honor. The mixture of experienced and newly licensed operators sharing the fun and working hundreds of stations is the essence of Elmering in Amateur Radio." Field Day is always the fourth full weekend in June. In 2009, it will be June 28-29. * IARU Member Societies On-The-Air for IARU HF World Championship: In this weekend's IARU HF World Championship Contest, IARU Member Societies from all around the globe will be active and operating with special call signs <http://www.iaru.org/contest.html>. According to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, many of these call signs end in HQ, designating a national headquarters station; these can be worked as special multipliers in the contest. Kutzko said that IARU Administrative Council members will also be on and can also be worked for special multiplier credit. If you hear a station giving R1, R2, R3 or AC as their contest exchange, that station represents part of the IARU Administrative Council or regional Executive Committee. "The Daily DX," edited by Bernie McClenny, W3UR <http://www.dailydx.com/>, has compiled a chart listing all of the known IARU Member Society call signs that will be on-the-air for the contest; this listing is also available on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/10203>. The IARU HF World Championship runs from 1200 UTC Saturday, July 12 to 1200 UTC Sunday, July 13. =========================================================== 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. 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