*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 29 July 25, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * ARRL Board of Directors Plans the League's Future at Second 2008 Board Meeting * Hiram Percy Maxim's Telegraph Key Returns to ARRL HQ * AMSAT-UK Colloquium to Take Place Later this Weekend * FCC Issues Citation to Georgia Company for Selling, Importing Unauthorized RF Devices * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: In Virginia, ARES = RACES Hams Active as Hurricane Dolly Strikes Caribbean then Texas This Weekend on the Radio W1AW/KL7 On the Air July 26-August 10 ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration No ARRL Audio News July 25 FAR Scholarship Winners Announced =========================================================== ==>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> =========================================================== ==> ARRL Board of Directors Plans the League's Future at Second 2008 Board Meeting The ARRL Board of Directors held its Second Meeting of 2008 July 18-19 in Windsor, Connecticut, under the chairmanship of President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. Radio Amateurs of Canada President David Goodwin, VO1AU/VE3AAQ, was a guest of the Board. The Board considered and acted on a number of organizational and Field Organization issues as well as regulatory and operating matters. Organizational Issues ARRL Strategic Plan: The Board voted to develop a timeline to review and revise the ARRL Strategic Plan. The Board directed Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, to release the Plans long-range goals to the membership and to solicit comments from members on the future direction and priorities of their national organization. Member input will be considered by the Board at its Annual Meeting in January 2009. At the Second Meeting in July 2009, the Board will review and revise the Plan. The current Strategic Plan was adopted by the Board in October 2006. 2009 ARRL National Convention: The Board voted to hold the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention(r). Carl Rose, K8CPR, chair of the Dayton Hamvention Committee, extended an invitation to the League to hold its convention at Dayton May 15-17, 2009. The last ARRL National Convention was in 2007 at the Huntsville Hamfest. ARRL Web Redesign: Fathom, a Web Development company based in Hartford, presented their plans for a new design for the ARRL Web site. Field Organization Improvements to Resources Available to Section Managers and SM Candidates: Following a report by the Boards Programs and Services Committee, which included the results of a Section Governance Study and survey, the Board voted to direct staff to implement a Section Manager candidate nomination package that is similar to the current Board nomination package. The Board also voted to direct the Membership and Volunteer Services Department to review the three surveys of Section Managers conducted as part of the Section Governance Study to attempt to identify beneficial and practical modifications to resources available to Section Managers and Field Organization processes. The Board defeated a motion that would have extended Section Manager terms to three years and begin all terms on January 1. The Board directed ARRL HQ staff to implement an online method for Official Observers to file reports that could then be delivered from ARRL headquarters on behalf of the OO. Operating Issues The Board voted to create a Triple Play Award. This new award, set to be implemented by January 2009, will be given to those amateurs who achieve Worked All States (WAS) on voice, CW and digital modes. All 150 QSLs must be exclusively via Logbook of The World (LoTW). Only those contacts made after the awards start date will be eligible. The Board also acted on the Programs and Services Committee report, voting to eliminate Rule 5 from Section III of the DXCC Rules. The Committee realized that while publishing log data can have a detrimental effect on operating awards, it was not possible to control such actions and the rule cannot be enforced. As part of an effort to maintain the integrity of operating awards programs, the Board called on staff to create resources and guidelines for QSLing and for QSL managers. These guidelines will help people who QSL to understand the "best practices" and help to support the work of the QSL manager so that access to log data won't degrade Amateur Radio's long tradition of the honor system. Regulatory Matters The Board voted to establish an ad hoc study committee to review Part 97 of the rules governing the Amateur Radio Service to ascertain what rule change(s) would be beneficial to promote wideband digital modes, while at the same time minimizing potential interference to narrowband modes. Other Items Awards Hiram Percy Maxim Award: The Board selected Jim Fagan, KE7IDC, of Tucson, Arizona, as the recipient of the 2007 Hiram Percy Maxim Award. Technical Excellence Award: The Board chose John Stanley, K4ERO, of Rising Fawn, Georgia, as the recipient of the 2007 Doug DeMaw, W1FB Technical Excellence Award. Instructor of the Year Award: The Board selected Doug Loughmiller, W5BL, of McKinney, Texas, as the recipient of the 2008 Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year Award. Technical Innovation Award: The Board chose Dave Bernstein, AA6YQ, of Wayland, Massachusetts, as the recipient of the 2008 ARRL Technical Innovation Award. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award: The Board selected Walter Palmer, W4ALT, of Lewes, Delaware, as the winner of the 2008 Philip J. McGan Memorial Silver Antenna Award for excellence in public relations. Technical Merit Award: The Board conferred the ARRL Technical Merit Award on Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Laboratory Manager. Partnership with VanityHQ: The Board decided to partner with the VanityHQ Web site to get the ARRL Silent Key data that was published in QST included in the VanityHQ Web site history project in an electronically searchable format. The complete Minutes of the 2008 Second Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors is available at <http://www.arrl.org/announce/board-0807/>. The next meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors is scheduled for January 16-17, 2009. ==> HIRAM PERCY MAXIM'S TELEGRAPH KEY RETURNS TO ARRL HQ At the ARRL Board of Director's meeting this past weekend, the telegraph key that once belonged to Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, was returned to ARRL Headquarters. According to ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, the key had been in the collection of the Antique Wireless Association's Electronic Communication Museum near Rochester, New York for more than 20 years. Craigie said that the AWA decided to return Maxim's key to the organization he co-founded almost 100 years ago. At the ARRL Atlantic Division Convention in May 2008, the museum's former curator, Ed Gable, K2MP, presented the key to Craigie and Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR. Craigie and Edgar then presented the key to ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, and ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, on Friday, July 18. "The key will find a prominent place in the League's collection of historical artifacts," Craigie said. "The Old Man's key has come home". ==> AMSAT-UK COLLOQUIUM TO TAKE PLACE THIS WEEKEND The 23rd Annual AMSAT-UK International Space Colloquium will be held July 25-27 at the University of Surrey in Guildford, about an hour's drive from London <http://www.uk.amsat.org/content/view/32/42/>. The Colloquium is a chance to talk to satellite designers and builders, as well as a place to discover how to use Amateur Radio satellites. A beginner's session on satellites is held prior to the formal opening on the first day of the event. Chairman of AMSAT-UK Sir Martin Sweeting, G3YJO, will open the Colloquium on Friday, July 25. This will be followed by the keynote speech, given by Coordinator of the UK Lunar Penetrator Consortium Rob Gowen of University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory. He will present on "Science Penetrators for the UK MoonLITE mission." There will be presentations from AMSAT-DL on both the eagerly awaited P3E High Earth Orbiting Satellite and the pioneering Mars Orbiter P5A during the event. According to colloquium organizers, the P5A is the first private venture spacecraft to travel to the Mars, providing radio amateurs with some true DX signals. The Delfi-C3 team will also be giving presentations on their new satellite. Its SSB/CW 435/145 linear transponder is due to be activated soon. The IARU Satellite Forum -- chaired by the IARU Satellite Adviser and President of AMSAT-SA Hans van de Groenendaal, ZS6AKV -- will also take place during the Colloquium. The Colloquium will be streamed live on the Internet, thanks to the British Amateur Television Club (BATC) <http://www.batc.org.uk/>. According to BATC President Peter Blakeborough, G3PYB, the club will facilitate streaming video of the presentations live to the Internet so that radio amateurs and shortwave listeners can watch from anywhere in the world. As well as the live Webcast, BATC will also be providing a "live chat" Web page, enabling viewers to post messages. Interested viewers can find the streaming video at <http://www.batc.tv/>. More information about AMSAT-UK's 23rd Annual Colloquium can be found on the AMSAT-UK Web site <http://www.uk.amsat.org/content/view/32/42/>. ==> FCC Issues Citation to Georgia Company for Selling, Importing Unauthorized RF Devices On July 21, the Federal Communications Commission issued a Citation <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-08-1685A1.pdf> to the owner of a Georgia company for selling unauthorized radio frequency devices (specifically wireless video transmitters) and importing radio frequency devices without filing the proper FCC forms with the US Customs office and the US Border Patrol. The FCC found that Vladimir "Vova" Reznik, owner of RangeVideo <http://www.rangevideo.com/>, was "marketing in the United States unauthorized radio frequency devices, specifically, wireless video transmitters." The Commission sent Reznik a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) regarding this and noting the following specific items he had for sale on the RangeVideo Web site: 900 MHz 100 mW audio/video transmitters; 900 MHz 500 mW audio/video transmitters; 1.3 GHz 300 mW audio/video transmitters; 2.4 GHz 200 mW audio/video transmitters; 2.4 GHz 500 mW audio/video transmitters; 2.4 GHz 1000 mW audio/video transmitters, and 2.4 GHz 1000 mW cased audio/video transmitters. According to the FCC, the 900 MHz devices are capable of operation on 980 MHz, 1010 MHz and 1040 MHz; the 1.3 GHz device is capable of operating on 1240 MHz, 1320 MHz and 1360 MHz, and the 2.4 GHz devices are capable of operating on 2490 MHz. "Thus, these transmitter devices cannot comply with the FCC's technical standards and therefore cannot be certified or marketed," the Citation reads. Reznik responded to the LOI, admitting that he first imported the devices in 2006 and that he continues to import the devices. The FCC noted that he admitted to selling more than 2600 of the transmitters since 2006. Reznik also admitted to not filing the proper forms with the US Customs Office or the Border Patrol. The FCC also noted that Reznik stated that before he ships a transmitter device, he "switches" it to operate only in the Amateur Radio Service ('ARS') bands. While radio transmitting equipment that transmits solely on ARS frequencies is not subject to the equipment authorization requirement prior to manufacture or marketing, it appears that the seven transmitter devices marketed on your website are equipped with external toggle switches on the unit, which if engaged would allow operation of the device on the restricted frequencies." In 1996, the FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) released a Public Notice "to clarify the Commission's Rules regarding equipment intended to operate in various radio services in the high frequency radio spectrum, including 10 meter Amateur Radio Service equipment" www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Engineering_Technology/Public_Notices/1996/pnet6023.txt The Notice states that transmitters intended for operation on non-amateur frequencies "must be approved prior to manufacture, importation or marketing." The Notice specifically includes Amateur Radio Service transceivers to be designed "such that they can easily be modified by the users to extend the operating frequency range into the frequency bands" of other non-Amateur Radio Services among those devices, subject to equipment authorization procedures. The Notice also states that the FCC considers these transceivers as intended to be operated on frequencies where the use of type accepted equipment is required "because of the simplicity of modifying them to extend their operating frequency range." According to the Citation, "the transmitter devices listed on `Reznik's` website require a grant of equipment certification prior to the initiation of marketing in the United States, but, as noted above, cannot be certified because they operate on restricted frequencies." Reznik has the following legal disclaimer posted on the RangeVideo Web site: "high power video transmitters operate in the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) frequency band, and according to FCC regulations users must obtain proper licensing for legal operation. There are no restrictions on the sale of this equipment, however RangeVideo urges users to become familiar with and observe all laws and regulations governing ARS licensing and the operation of ARS equipment. Please visit the FCC's Website for more information <http://www.rangevideo.com/index.php?main+AF8-page=page+ACY-id=5>. He then gives the FCC's Web site address that discusses how to receive an Amateur Radio license <http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/amateur/licensing>. The FCC warned Reznik that if he violates the Communications Act or the Commission's Rules "in any manner described herein" after receipt of the Citation, "the Commission may impose monetary forfeitures not to exceed $11,000 for each such violation or each day of a continuing violation." Reznik was given 30 days to reply to the Citation, either through a personal interview at the FCC's Atlanta Field Office or via a written statement. Through the Citation, Reznik was told that his response "should specify the actions that you are taking to ensure that you do not violate the Commission's Rules governing the marketing of radio frequency equipment in the future." ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Turn thy wild wheel through sunshine, storm, and cloud" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: For several days over the past week, we saw a couple of sunspots -- but just like other recent dying Solar Cycle 23 spots, they faded quickly. This group, lasting from July 18-20, was number 1000. No sign of Solar Cycle 24 in recent memory, just a couple of false starts. There are no predictions indicating more sunspots for the upcoming week. Predicted planetary A index for the near future is 5, with a slight increase to 8 on August 1 and a large increase to 20 on August 8. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet geomagnetic conditions through the end of the month, except July 27, which is quiet to unsettled. Sunspot numbers for July 17-23 were 0, 11, 12, 11, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 4.9. The 10.7 cm flux was 65, 65.3, 66.4, 65.9, 66.2, 65.8 and 65.5 with a mean of 65.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 5, 3, 3, 6, 11 and 16 with a mean of 7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 5, 1, 2, 5, 9 and 12 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/>. This week's "Tad Cookism" brought to you by Alfred, Lord Tennyson's "Idylls of the King." __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * In Virginia, ARES = RACES: On July 3, Virginia officials, along with representatives from that state's ARES and RACES groups, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) <http://www.aresva.org/pdf/VDEM_ARES_MOU_3_July_2008.pdf> uniting the three groups. State Coordinator, Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) Michael M. Cline; State RACES Officer Mac McNeer, K4YEF; ARRL Virginia Section Manager Carl Clements, W4CAC, and ARRL Virginia Section Emergency Coordinator Ron Sokol, K4KHZ, signed what ARRL Emergency and Preparedness Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD, called a "precedent setting" document. * Hams Active as Hurricane Dolly strikes Caribbean, then Texas: The Hurricane Watch Net wound up about 19 hours of operation, experiencing some of the worst band conditions we've seen in many years. Most of the traffic to the National Hurricane Center on 14.325, was relayed off of 40 meter frequencies by Bob, K5SIV. The Net also put out regular advisories to those in the affected area in English and Spanish. -- tnx John Ellis, NP2B, Section Manager, Virgin Islands Section Later, as Hurricane Dolly made landfall near Brownsville, Texas, on July 23, the VoIP Hurricane Net was active for a 24-hour period, reports Rob Macedo, KD1CY, of the VoIP Hurricane Net. We had N5CCW on the air from the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, Texas, and W5DCH from the Driscoll Childrens Hospital EOC and several other Amateurs from the Corpus Christi, Texas area. They assisted with relaying reports from their area as well as from the affected area of Brownsville, Texas which included sustained hurricane force winds with gusts to 105 MPH. We owe a debt of gratitude to these stations for being on the system with us despite their pressing issues locally, said Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net. The Driscoll Childrens Hospital briefly went to a code black emergency mode as a tornado, related to the outer rain bands of Dolly, was sighted near the hospital. The code black was lifted after it was determined the hospital would not be affected by the tornado. Lloyd Colston, KC5FM, relayed rainfall reports in excess of 10 inches from the Texas Emergency Net. Those reports were then relayed through the VoIP Hurricane Net to the National Hurricane Center. * This Weekend on the Radio: This weekend, the NCCC Sprint Ladder is on July 25 and the RSGB IOTA Contest is on July 26-27. Next weekend, the TARA Grid Dip Shindig and the European HF Championship are on August 2. On August 2-3, look for the 10-10 Int. Summer Contest (SSB), the National Lighthouse Weekend QSO Contest, the ARRL UHF Contest and the North American QSO Party (CW). The RSGB RoPoCo 2 and the SARL HF Phone Contest are both August 3. 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. * W1AW/KL7 QRV: Special event station W1AW/KL7 will be on the air from grid square BP56 July 26-August 10 on all bands from 160-6 meters. This ARRL 2008 Alaska State Convention Special Event Station plans to run two HF stations operating CW, SSB and digital, one satellite station and one station devoted to 146.52 MHz. * ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration: Registration remains open through Sunday, August 3, 2008 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, August 15, 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). Registration remains open through Sunday August 24 2008, for these on-line course sessions beginning on Friday September 5, 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. 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