*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 32 August 15, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION (our first ever back-to-school issue): * + Educators Go "Back to School" at ARRL's Teachers Institutes * + ARRL's "Big Project" Makes a Big Impact on Youth * + FCC to Raise Vanity Call Sign Fees * + The ARRL VC and VCE Programs: Hams Helping Hams * + ARRL Executive Committee Approves Nine Education & Technology Program Grants * + ARISS Team Looking for Ground Stations * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + No ARRL Audio News August 29 + Harry Mills, K4HU (SK) + Nebraska Ham Couple Killed at Home ARRL Lab Manager to Serve as Technical Session Chair at IEEE EMC Conference DXCC Yearbook Includes Corrected DXCC Honor Roll Chinese Olympic Special Event Stations On the Air +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> =========================================================== ==> EDUCATORS GO "BACK TO SCHOOL" AT ARRL'S TEACHERS INSTITUTES During a record six ARRL Teachers Institutes this summer -- Tampa, Florida; Rocklin, California; Tucson, Arizona; Dayton, Ohio, as well as two sessions at ARRL HQ in Connecticut -- instructors and participants found new ways to bring the excitement of wireless technology to classrooms across the country <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>. The ARRL Teachers Institute is a four day, in-service training opportunity for teachers to learn about wireless technology, including the science of radio, space technology, microcontrollers and basic robotics. It focuses on how to integrate these vital technologies into their regular classrooms. For the first time, the number of Teachers Institutes offered was expanded from four to six sessions that included 77 participants from 29 states. To help out with the expanded course load and number of sessions, two additional instructors were brought on board: Miguel Enriquez, KD7RPP, and Nathan McCray, K9CPO. According to Education and Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME, "These new instructors will allow the program to continue to expand in coming years. They also bring new perspectives and talent to the instructional staff." Enriquez was first licensed as a Novice in 1976 and learned about electronics by building a Heathkit; he upgraded to an Amateur Extra class license in 2002. He teaches mathematics, statistics and psychology at Pueblo High School in Tucson, Arizona, and has 10 years of experience teaching at the community college and university levels. In 2005, Enriquez established an Amateur Radio club at Pueblo High School. Through donations of equipment and support from individuals and the ARRL, the club grew to 26 members and five licensed students exploring satellite communications, ATV, robotics, HF, EchoLink and weather satellite imagery. McCray, a former sixth grade teacher in Zion, Illinois, starts the 2008 academic year as an assistant principal at West Elementary School in the same town. As a teacher, he integrated Amateur Radio, electronics and robotics into his science and math curriculum. He plans to start an Amateur Radio club in his new school and is looking forward to developing clubs in his district's junior high and high school. McCray's knowledge areas include electronics, computer programming, communications, Amateur Radio, computer systems, leadership and teaching; his background includes instruction at the community college level, as well experience as a senior instructor at a US Navy technical school. McCray has been licensed for 24 years and holds an Amateur Extra class license. The teachers who participated in this year's Teachers Institutes came from very diverse backgrounds: 63 percent were hams. The gender mix included 64 percent males and 36 percent females. The participants came from schools across the grade levels: 17 percent were elementary, 39 percent middle school/junior high, 40 percent high school and 4 percent university level instructors. During the Institutes, 10 participants studied for and obtained either their first ham license or upgraded their existing ham tickets. Spencer said that the Teachers Institute curriculum is always being refined and improved: "This year, a new robotics instructor's activity board was added to the robotics unit, and a 24-hour clock kit was added to the Soldering 101 unit. We also added a new, more flexible seismometer that can be used not only to study earthquakes, but also to control the movements of the robot the participants build during the class. This component was added to connect the Science of Radio unit to the Robotics unit. A radio telescope and a sudden ionospheric disturbance (SID) exploration resource were also added, expanding the Space Technology unit. The 24-hour clock kit was a very popular 'homework' assignment that was completed during the first day of the Institute." Funding for the ARRL Teachers Institutes for Wireless Technology and for the ham radio station grants for schools are supported solely by contributions from ARRL members and others in the Amateur Radio community. According to ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, in 2008 the educational mission of ARRL has expanded to provide additional support for volunteer instructors and the development of additional online courses, as well as curricula and tools for teachers. "If you are one of the thousands of hams who has helped ARRL expand its education horizons, thank you!" Hobart said. "You may wish to make your contribution to ensure a bright future for the next generation of radio amateurs. Please do so by phone or mail to ARRL Headquarters, or on the Web <http://www.arrl.org/education>. Your generosity will make a big difference." ==> ARRL'S "BIG PROJECT" MAKES A BIG IMPACT ON YOUTH Since 2001 when the Education & Technology Program -- also known as the "Big Project" -- started, ARRL has expanded the scope of its educational outreach programs by providing grants of station equipment and instructional resources for professional development to more than 300 schools (with more schools added each year) <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/>. The Education & Technology Program has expanded the highly successful teacher development program in electronics, robotics and space -- the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>. From humble beginnings in 2003, a single gathering of 12 educators came together at ARRL Headquarters to become the Teachers Institute, with the goal to promote wireless technology literacy. Since then, the Teachers Institute has provided teachers from elementary schools to the university level with the basic tools and teaching strategies to introduce the science of radio, space technology, weather, microcontroller basics and robotics in their classrooms. In 2008, the Teachers Institute program has expanded to six four-day sessions that now include ATV and radio astronomy, more hands-on instruction of project kits -- such as a seismometer, a 24-hour clock and A BOT Instructor's Board -- to enhance the teachers' ability to instruct basic robotics, a fox-hunt activity and satellite contacts. Each year, the League receives gratifying reports from the schools that participate in the Education & Technology Program. The schools tell us that the resources we offer are bearing fruit -- both in terms of licensing students and teachers and engaging them in wireless technology, both in the classroom and in after-school activities. "The Education & Technology Program is truly one of ARRL's most significant projects," said ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "The contributions of ARRL members make a direct connection to teachers and their students, opening the door to Amateur Radio and other exciting areas of science." ==> FCC TO RAISE VANITY CALL SIGN FEES On August 11, the FCC announced that the cost of an Amateur Radio vanity call sign will increase 60 cents, from $11.70 to $12.30 <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-08-182A1.pdf>. The fee will increase 30 days after notice of the increase is published in the Federal Register <http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html>; no date has yet been set for publication. The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program. The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new 10 year term. The vanity call sign fee has fluctuated over the 12 years of the current program -- from a low of $11.70 to a high of $50. The FCC said it anticipates some 15,000 Amateur Radio vanity call sign "payment units" -- or applications -- during Fiscal Year 2009, collecting $184,734 in fees from the program. The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign for a new term. The first vanity call sign licenses issued under the current Amateur Radio vanity call sign program that began in 1996 came up for renewal two years ago. Those holding "personalized" call signs issued prior to 1996 are exempt from having to pay the vanity call sign regulatory fee at renewal, as Congress did not authorize the FCC to collect regulatory fees until 1993. Such "heritage" vanity call sign holders do not appear as vanity licensees in the FCC Amateur Radio database. Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of their license expiration date. All radio amateurs must have an FCC Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application with the Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS and clicking on the "New Users Register" link <http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/>. You must supply your Social Security Number to obtain an FRN. The ARRL VEC will process license renewals for vanity call sign holders for a modest fee. The service is available to ARRL members and nonmembers, although League members pay less. Routine, non-vanity renewals continue to be free for ARRL members. Trustees of club stations with vanity call signs may renew either via the ULS or through a Club Station Call Sign Administrator, such as ARRL VEC. League members should visit the "ARRL Member Instructions for License Renewals or Changes" page <http://www.arrl.org/fcc/memberlicenseinstructions.html>, while the "Instructions for License Renewals or Changes" page covers general renewal procedures for nonmembers <http://www.arrl.org/fcc/licenseinstructions.html>. There is additional information on the "ARRL VEC's FCC License Renewals and ARRL License Expiration Notices" page <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/renewals.html>. License application and renewal information and links to the required forms are available on the "ARRL Amateur Application Filing FAQ" Web page. The FCC's forms page also offers the required forms <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/application-filing-faq.htm l>. ==> THE ARRL VC AND VCE PROGRAMS: HAMS HELPING HAMS Invariably, when an amateur wants to erect a tower and more antennas, there will be questions about zoning and building ordinances. According to ARRL Regulatory Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, some questions are simple, while others may lead to a long battle with town officials. "Rule number one in any of these cases," Henderson said, "is to make sure you know the legal landscape you are facing before you start any project." Henderson said there are many tools to assist amateurs in navigating the perils of zoning and restrictions: "Among the most important resources are fellow amateurs who have stepped forward to serve as either an ARRL Volunteer Counsel (VC) or an ARRL Volunteer Consulting Engineer (VCE)." ARRL VCs are fellow amateurs who are attorneys. They have agreed to provide a free initial consultation to hams facing town zoning issues related to the erection of Amateur Radio towers and antennas. ARRL VCEs are registered Professional Engineers (PE) who have likewise agreed to give hams an initial consultation when facing antenna support installation issues required by the town. Henderson notes that VCs and VCEs provide their initial consult for free: "If you do need to retain them further to help you navigate through the 'red tape,' you need to be prepared to pay them for their professional services, though many VCs and VCEs do provide discounted rates if they assist long term." The role of the VC and VCE is to assist amateurs with antenna and zoning issues, but Henderson said that some provide advice on other topics, such as helping a club through the process of incorporating, or a VCE serving as an expert witness before a town zoning meeting. "When facing an antenna fight, remember that VCs and VCEs -- along with other resources -- are there to assist you, but their role is secondary to yours," Henderson advised. "The amateur seeking to erect the tower has to take the lead, making sure that all required information from the town is provided promptly and as required. This includes bearing any costs associated with the permitting process or legal fees. If you follow the steps required by the city or town, and you don't take any shortcuts and are reasonable in your approach, you should end up prevailing in the end." The ARRL is looking for qualified and interested attorneys and registered Professional Engineers to step forward to serve as VCs and VCEs. "There is no better time to consider serving in these important but unsung volunteer positions than now," Henderson said. Right now, the ARRL has VCs in only 44 states and VCEs in 33 states. Applications for VCs <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/local/vcapp.html> and VCEs <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/local/vceapp.html> can be found online on the ARRL Web site. For more information on how you can assist as a VC or VCE, contact Henderson via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If you need the services of a VC or VCE to help with your zoning problem, contact the Regulatory Information desk via e-mail <email@example.com>. "We are happy to help you sort through the first steps or try to hook you up with a nearby VC or VCE. The ARRL VC/VCE programs are here to serve you, but we need your help." ==> ARRL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE APPROVES NINE EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM GRANTS In May, the ARRL Executive Committee reviewed grant applications for the ARRL's Education & Technology Program (ETP), awarding nearly $14,000 to nine schools <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/>. More than 300 schools across the country have received support from the ETP in the form of grants for equipment, curriculum and resources, as well as teacher in-service training through the Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>. The Executive Committee reviews applications for equipment and resource grants twice each year, in December and May. The following schools recently received equipment grants: * Hamburg High School, Hamburg, New York: The lead teacher for this program is a recent graduate of the ARRL Teachers Institute and has some experience with practically applying ham radio in her classroom. * Pioneer High School, Yorkshire, New York: The program articulated in the grant application has an EmComm theme and is an extension of an existing program. * Pell City High School, Pell City, Alabama: The lead teachers for this program were participants in this summer's Teachers Institute. The program articulated in the grant application was thought to be aggressive and far reaching, and is supported by the local ham community, as well as by long term financial commitments on the part of the State and local governments. * Washington Technical Middle School, St Paul, Minnesota: The lead teacher for this program attended the Teachers Institute this summer. The program in the grant application is supported by the local ham community, including a retired Vice Director, Twila Greenheck, N0JPH. The school has already started on their program development by obtaining and using the Soldering 101 24-hour Clock Kit that is part of the ETP resource portfolio. * Glenn Raymond School, Watseka, Illinois: The program suggested in this application is more broad and general, and suggests using ham radio as a support to other curricular areas. The Executive Committee felt this was a healthy approach to the use of ham radio and indicates a well thought out use of ham radio as a resource. * Sayreville Memorial High School, Parlin, New Jersey: This application articulates a program that is based on setting up a ham radio station in the school that is part of an EmComm component of the school's county Office of Emergency Management. The following schools received Progress Grants. These grants consist of resources, curriculum materials and instructional materials such as software or building kits: * Egg Harbor Township High School, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey: The lead teacher for this program has taken a different approach to making the connection between the science of radio and robotics fundamentals by focusing on basic electronics. He requested the parts and pieces to make a robotic arm resource for use in his class. * Emanuel County Institute, Twin City, Georgia: The lead teacher for this program is a recent Teachers Institute graduate. He wants to expand the use of the activity board resources he learned about during the Institute into his regular curriculum. * Gateway Technical Community College, Sturtevant, Wisconsin: This applicant is requesting assistance in obtaining licensing resource materials for the college radio club. The resources obtained through this grant will be housed in a club library for multiple users. ETP participants continue to sing the praises of the ARRL and the Education & Technology Program. Here is what a few of them had to say: * The ARRL has made our year! Words cannot express the gratitude that we feel because of the ARRL grant so generously provided to us. On behalf of the Rambler Radio Club of LaFayette Middle School, thank you. By the way, we are hosting Field Day for our sponsor club (Tri-State ARC). This will be their first Field Day in three years. They plan to have a GOTA station to encourage more people to get involved. Thanks to you and the thousands of ARRL members who have made the entire year seem like Christmas for us! * Today, I received a phone call from our calculus teacher who introduced me to one of our senior students. She has been accepted to the University of Arizona and will be taking courses for electrical engineering; her ultimate plan is to someday work for NASA and become one of the astronauts. She was excited when I told her about being able to talk to the space shuttle -- sounds like she came to the right place for the "right stuff." I happened to have the "Hello Radio" pamphlet available for her and also gave her an old copy of the Radio Amateurs Astronomy book. I wanted you to know how grateful I am to you and the ARRL for all you have done in helping Mohave High School get this off the ground, and as always, thank you for the great satellite images you send to us. One of the kids at school is using them to do an Independent Study course on weather. * I just demonstrated the BOE-BOT's telemetry powers to my math students and BINGO! They were excited. One of them immediately demonstrated how the data on the spreadsheet could be graphed using three dimensional graphics, a lesson she had just had in her computer class last week. Another student set up different barricades to test the BOT's ability to get out of the maze. The BOT did it and then they started accusing each other that the BOT was smarter than them. The radio club members in the math class wanted to know what the schematic looked like for the design. The goal of the Amateur Radio Education & Technology Program is to improve the quality of education by providing an educationally sound curriculum focused on wireless communications. The project emphasizes integration of technology, math, science, geography, writing, speaking and social responsibility within a global society. ==> ARISS TEAM LOOKING FOR GROUND STATIONS Do you want to be part of the international network of ground stations that help support Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) operations? ARISS is looking to add numerous ground stations capable of relaying ISS Amateur Radio sessions with schools and also serve as back-up communications relays should they be needed. Locations all over the world will be considered, but the greatest need for stations is in Central America, South America, Falkland Islands, Western Australia, Canada and Alaska. The following are guidelines for stations wanting to be considered: Third Party agreement with United States or waiver from their telecom agency; ability to speak and understand English; minimal horizon obstructions; 24/7 access and availability of station; operator(s) willing to support scheduled contacts at various times; phone patch; AZ/EL tracking satellite system, preferably an auto tracking system with the capability for manual override; multi-element Yagis for 2 meters and 70 cm (circular polarization preferred); pre-amps and transmit output greater than 70 W. If you can specify your station's EIRP and receive sensitivity (thereby taking into account cable losses, pre-amps and antenna gain), it would be greatly appreciated. Stations that can support the following will be given special consideration, but these items are not required: Auto Doppler adjustment of frequencies; ability to speak and understand languages other than English; 1.2 and 2.4 GHz satellite hardware; Packet; SSTV; Digital ATV; redundant power system, and high-speed Internet. If you or your club would like to be considered for selection as one of the new ARISS ground stations, send an e-mail to ARISS with details about your station and contact information <ARISSfirstname.lastname@example.org>. -- Information provided by Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, ARISS International Chairman ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Under the light of five hundred Suns" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Our Sun is still not producing any sunspots. As mentioned in previous bulletins, the peak of the last Solar Cycle was a double peak, so perhaps we are in the midst of an extended bottom. Sunspot numbers for August 7-13 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 66.1, 65.5, 65.5, 65.6, 65.7, 65.2 and 65.3 with a mean of 65.6. Estimated planetary A indices were 4, 4, 18, 13, 7, 6 and 5 with a mean of 8.1. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 3, 16, 9, 6, 6 and 3 with a mean of 6.6. 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 Allen Ginsberg's "America." __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Weekend on the Radio: This weekend, be sure to check out the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest on August 16-17. The NCCC Sprint is August 15. The Feld Hell Sprint and the ARCI Silent Key Memorial Sprint are August 16. On the weekend of August 16-17, look for the SARTG WW RTTY Contest, the Russian District Award Contest, the Keyman's Club of Japan Contest and the North American QSO Party (SSB) to be on the air. The New Jersey QSO Party is August 16, 17 and 18. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is August 18. Next weekend, the NCCC Sprint is August 22. The Hawaii QSO Party and Ohio QSO Party are August 23-24. The SKCC Sprint is August 27. 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. Looking for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Station Web page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/spev.html>. * ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration: Registration remains open through Sunday, August 24, 2008 for these online 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. 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>. * No ARRL Audio News August 29: There will be no ARRL Audio News on Friday, August 29; ARRL Audio News will resume production on Friday, September 5. The ARRL Letter will be distributed as usual. * Harry Mills, K4HU (SK): Harry Judd Mills, K4HU, passed away Saturday, August 9 at the Cardinal Care Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina after a period of declining health. He was 100 <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/09/20/102/>. Mills was a resident of Hendersonville since his retirement in 1971 after a 30 year worldwide career with RCA as an engineer and manager. First licensed in 1922 as 8VHX, he was a 72 year member of the ARRL, a founder and past president of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) Chapter 76 of Hendersonville and a fellow of the Radio Club of America (RCA). Mills was active on the air up until his death. He could be heard twice weekly checking into the AM net on 3810 kHz, as well as the Chapter 76 QCWA SSB net on Saturday mornings on 3930 kHz. Mills credited a crystal receiver project from "The Boy Scout Handbook," given to him by his parents when he was 12, for his interest in wireless and radio. Featured on the NPR program "All Things Considered" in 2001, Mills had this to say about the magic of radio: "To me it is difficult to describe the fascination of it. I know I use it all the time. How does it happen? Can't see the fella. There are no wires going from here to there. But you can talk to him. It was a phenomenon that interested me from the beginning. I presume that it is safe to say I've never gotten over it" <http://www.radiodiaries.org/transcripts/OtherDocs/conrad.html>. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, remembered Mills fondly: "I can't remember a time in Amateur Radio when I didn't know Harry. A visit to his shack was always a learning adventure. He could regale you with stories of his own hands-on experiences from spark gap to today's modern equipment. His shop was a veritable wonderland of learning. If you needed work done on your radio, he was the man. Whenever Harry was the speaker at a radio club meeting, the attendance would always swell. You would never know what trinket or treasure he would bring with him. I have frequently said that Harry had forgotten more about radio and electronics than I ever knew. I will miss his knowledge and friendship. He was the best of the best." No memorial services are planned. An online register book is available for those wishing to express condolences <http://www.thosshepherd.com/>. * Nebraska Ham Couple Killed at Home: Carolyn, N0LAL, and Steven Baily, N0US, were found dead in their home -- located in a rural area just north of Lincoln, Nebraska -- on Sunday, August 9 <http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10403953>. Police believe the deaths occurred after a string of home invasions; a suspect, Brandon Crago, is in custody on suspicion of murder. In a court appearance on August 14, a judge set Crago's bail at $5 million for robbery, use of a weapon to commit a felony and being a felon in possession of a firearm; murder charges are pending <http://www.omaha.com/index.php?u_page=2798&u_sid=10405594>. According to the "Omaha World-Herald," authorities believe Crago, a man with a history of drug abuse, acted alone. The Bailys, who helped found the Ashland Amateur Radio Club (AARC), served as storm spotters and helped out with club events; Steven maintained the club's repeater. Neighbor Linda Graham, KC0IOQ, told the ARRL, "We're going to be lost without Steve. He was our repeater guy. He had just bought a new power supply and ammeter for the repeater." The Bailys have two daughters, Jennifer and Heather, KL2AK. A memorial service is still being planned. * ARRL Lab Manager to Serve as Technical Session Chair at IEEE EMC Conference: ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will chair a Technical Session at this year's Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) <http://www.emc2008.org/>. It will be held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan, August 18-22. Mark Steffka, WW8MS, a member of the ARRL EMC Committee <http://www.arrl.org/announce/reports-2008/july/>, invited Hare to chair the session due to Hare's involvement with a number of international committees on EMC standards. The session, covering the topic of EMC emissions and immunity, will take place on Thursday afternoon, August 21. Hare said he was pleased to receive the invitation: "ARRL has been an active and regular participant in a number of industry EMC committees, ensuring that Amateur Radio is represented and has a seat at the table. I've helped at most of the Symposium events held over the past few years, peer reviewing submitted papers and providing support to the ham radio luncheon that is held there every year." The IEEE EMC Society's Standards Development Committee (SDCom) is also meeting at the event on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Hare serves as the elected Secretary of SDCom. Hare said the event is not just meetings -- "There is a fun part of the event, too. The Motor City Radio Club <http://www.w8mrm.org/> will activate W8MRM August 19-21, giving Amateur Radio a special presence at this industry event. Look for them starting at 1500 UTC on 7.040, 7.240, 14.040 and 14.240 MHz." * DXCC Yearbook Includes Corrected DXCC Honor Roll: According to DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, the 2007 Honor Roll list published in the August 2008 issue of QST was inadvertently produced from a "corrupted report feature" in the DXCC software. "Since the DXCC Honor Roll report is too large for a line-by-line review, random samplings [of the list] were checked and many [listings] were found to be okay," Moore said. "It was not until the complete report was published that we found the report had more errors than originally thought. Publishing a simple correction in an upcoming issue of QST is not possible. We have expanded the 2007 DXCC Yearbook to accommodate a complete reprint of the 2007 Honor Roll list. This is something many of you have suggested in previous years. The 2007 Honor Roll list will also be published on the DXCC Web site and this list will be separate from the current 'live' online Honor Roll list. We regret any inconvenience caused by this and we appreciate your patience and understanding." The 2007 DXCC Yearbook is the largest ever, with an additional 16 pages, and features articles about the year's DXing activities, the Clinton B. DeSoto Cup and DXCC Challenge standings. The DXCC Yearbook is mailed free to all ARRL members who have submitted a DXCC application between January 1 and December 31 of the prior year or are current on the DXCC Honor Roll. Copies are also available for $5 plus postage. To get your issue, please send an e-mail to the ARRL DXCC desk <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * Chinese Olympic Special Event Stations On the Air: Special Event stations for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games began operating on May 18 and are scheduled to continue through September 17 <http://www.bj2008ses.com.cn/>. Five special calls -- representing the five official mascots of the 2008 Beijing Olympic games -- are on the air: BT1OB, BT1OJ, BT1OH, BT1OY and BT1ON. The last letter of the call sign corresponds to the first letter of the name of each mascot -- Beibei (fish), Jingjing (panda), Huanhuan (flame), Yingying (Tibetan antelope) and Nini (swallow). A QSL card <http://www.bj2008ses.com.cn/bt1ox.jpg>, reserved for special use incorporating all five symbols, has also been designed. Zheng Feng, BA4EG, will be the QSL manager for all stations. QSLs can be sent either direct or via the bureau and will begin to be answered in October. A Web site supporting the Special Event stations include an online log search and QSL card received and sent status, as well as other information. An award for contacting each of the five stations on 10-160 meters a minimum of five times (using CW, SSB or RTTY, as well as SWL) is also available. 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