*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 36 September 12, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Hurricane Ike Eyeing Galveston Island * + Tropical Storm Hanna Made Presence Known on Eastern Seaboard * + ARRL Presents New Membership Benefit * + 2008 Field Day Logs Received, Posted Online * + IEEE Section to Honor First Voice Transmission * + ARRL, TAPR Prepare for Digital Communications Conference * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + ITU Leadership Visits Asian Amateur Radio Exhibit + VHF Society to Hold Conference Next Month +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> ATTENTION ALL AMATEURS: With Hurricane Ike fast approaching landfall in the Gulf Coast area, Net operations in the upper portions of 80, 40 and 20 meters have been activated. The ARRL asks Amateur Radio operators to be considerate of these Nets -- if you are asked to change frequencies because you're on a Net for Hurricane Ike operations, please cooperate. =========================================================== ==>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> =========================================================== ==> HURRICANE IKE EYEING GALVESTON ISLAND Hurricane Ike -- currently a Category 2 hurricane, but expected to reach Category 3 status sometime today -- is poised to make landfall near Galveston Island around 3 AM early Saturday, if it keeps on its current track and speed. Hams in Texas and Louisiana have had a bit of a breather since Hurricane Gustav <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/09/03/10311/?nc=1> came through two weeks ago. ARRL Section leadership in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Arkansas reported in ongoing conference calls with ARRL Headquarters that they are ready for Ike. * South Texas According to ARRL South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Schwartz, KG5TL, the following counties in South Texas have received mandatory evacuation orders: San Patricio, Aransas, Matagorda, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers, Jefferson, Hardin and Orange. Calhoun, Victoria and Jackson have been issued voluntary evacuation orders, while certain ZIP codes in Harris County -- home of Houston, the country's fourth largest city -- received mandatory evacuation orders. Schwartz said that Emergency Management Officials in New Braunfels have requested Amateur Radio communications support. "People are heading out of town, up Interstate 45, out of Houston, and Interstate 290, to San Antonio," Schwartz said. Austin, the state capital, is in the South Texas Section, and Schwartz said that that city will serve as the State's marshalling center. Schwartz also reported that ARES and RACES groups have been working in tandem "very well" with each other. In September 1900, Galveston experienced the worst hurricane (a Category 4 storm in today's measurements) -- some say the worst natural disaster -- in US history; more than 8000 people perished in that storm <http://www.1900storm.com/>. * North Texas In ARRL's North Texas Section, Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Swan, K5MWC, said approximately 15 American Red Cross shelters are already open. "ARES members will be providing communications at these locations," he said. "Many coastal residents escaping from Ike are expected to head up to the North Texas Section." According to Swan, Emergency Management Agencies in the Section will move up to Condition 3 -- an alert status -- as soon as the storm comes through. "Right now, there are agreements in place throughout the area for county-to-county aid." Amateur Radio operators are providing support to FEMA Region VI during Hurricane Ike, Swan said, "through the establishment of a coordination communications link that state agencies can request FEMA support, as well as to respond to requests from FEMA for information that agencies can use in their response to those impacted by Hurricane Ike." FEMA Region VI covers the states of Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana. "FEMA has been very pleased with the activity and support of Amateur Radio here in the North Texas Section," Swan said. Swan said that the coordination link "will provide the basis for future interfaces with FEMA as the amateur community in Region VI seeks ways to provide support as a part of the National Response Framework, specifically to the Emergency Support Function #2 of that Framework that deals with communications. It will also serve to identify those areas where Amateur Radio can provide a service to FEMA. The role of Amateur Radio is still evolving, but it is clear that the amateur community can assist in providing interoperability between agencies at the local, state and national level." A 2 meter link has been opened to FEMA Regional Headquarters in Denton, just north of Dallas. * West Texas ARRL West Texas Section Manager John Dyer, AE5B, said that while his Section isn't expected to feel the storm as his counterparts in the other two Sections will, hams in West Texas are ready for whatever is needed. He said that three shelters for those with special medical needs are being set up in the West Texas Section in Lubbock, El Paso and Amarillo, as well as Oklahoma. "The State is considering using the airport in Midland as a way to get in and out of the area. With the storm coming in, they don't think that the airports in Dallas [NTX] or Houston [STX] will be very usable." Section Emergency Coordinator for the ARRL West Texas Section J. T. Caldwell, WA5ZFH, reported that portions of Presidio County are more than 11 feet above flood stage after persistant rains over the last few days. Presidio County sits on the banks of the Rio Grande, the natural border that separates Texas from Mexico. "Reservoirs in Mexico are 106 percent full," Caldwell said, "and authorities there are dumping water from their reservoirs that feed into the Rio Grande, and we are looking at that to cause some major flooding." Public Information Officer Steven Polunsky, KE5GDR, reported that the water being released into the Rio Grande is causing major problems. "We do not know at this point how long the release [from the reservoirs to the Rio Grande] will continue," he said. "It is creating a hazardous situation affecting Presidio and Brewster Counties. Redford, a town in Presidio County, has been isolated for three days. Food is being airdropped. The road to Lajitas is under five feet of water." Lubbock, Caldwell said, is being "inundated with remnants of Tropical Depression Lowell in the Pacific," and there is "some concern" how much rain the area will receive when the storms meet up with each other. "The ground here is completely saturated. We're in trouble if we get rains from Hurricane Ike. It could turn into a severe flooding event, since the water has virtually no place to go," he said. * Louisiana In Louisiana, Section Manager Gary Stratton, K5GLS, said that Cameron Parish is "completely underwater," and that mandatory evacuation orders have been issued for Cameron, Calcasieu, Lafayette, Iberia, Lafourche, Jefferson and St Bernard Parishes; Beauregard, Allen, St Martin, Iberville, St Mary, Livingston, Terrebonne and Plaquemines Parishes have receive voluntary evacuation orders. "Eighteen shelters, including a special needs shelter in Shreveport, have been opened," Stratton reported. "ARES is providing communications support in each of these shelters." * Arkansas Arkansas Section Manager Dave Norris, K5UZ, said his main concern is flooding. "The ground here is over saturated from Hurricane Gustav," he said. "In tracking the storm, we're on the 'bad side' of it. Tornados are a big concern, so SKYWARN is in a 'wait and see' mode and doing what we can to get everything prepared." Amateurs in the Arkansas Section are on standby, waiting to see if their assistance is needed in the Louisiana and South Texas Sections, Norris said. * Mississippi Mississippi Section Manager Malcolm Keown, W5XX, reported that there is one shelter open on the coast, but there has not been a request for Amateur Radio support for that shelter. "Hancock County - the county closest to Louisiana on the coast - has been issued mandatory evacuation orders, and the National Guard has been deployed to assist with anything needed down there," Keown said. "Highway 90, which runs parallel to the coast, has been closed." * Oklahoma Oklahoma Section manager John Thomason, WB5SYT, said he has been in contact with that state's Emergency Operations Center. "We have two concerns right now in Oklahoma," he said, "Flooding and preparations to host evacuees fleeing Ike. We're in a state of readiness." Saying that the governor has declared a state of emergency, Thomason said that Oklahoma Section leadership is in contact with the Salvation Army and American Red Cross. * Hurricane Ike's Progress At 10 AM (CDT) Friday, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) reported that Ike was heading toward the west-northwest near 12 MPH, with its center about 295 miles east of Corpus Christi, Texas and about 195 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. A turn toward the northwest is expected later today, with a turn toward the north expected on Saturday. Forecasters at the NHC said that Ike's center will be very near the upper Texas coast by late Friday or early Saturday. Because Ike is a very large tropical cyclone, weather will begin to deteriorate along the coastline soon. Isolated tornadoes are possible on Friday over portions of Southern Louisiana and extreme Southern Mississippi, the National Weather Service said. Isolated tornadoes are possible Friday night over portions of Southwestern Louisiana and Southeastern Texas. If Ike keeps on its current track, forecasters are calling for the storm to make landfall along the Central Texas coast early Saturday morning as a major hurricane. A hurricane warning is in effect from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Baffin Bay, Texas. A tropical storm warning remains in effect south of Baffin Bay to Port Mansfield, Texas. A tropical storm warning is also in effect from east of Morgan City to the Mississippi-Alabama border, including the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain. ==> TROPICAL STORM HANNA MADE PRESENCE ON KNOWN EASTERN SEABOARD Tropical Storm Hanna made its way up the East Coast of the United States, making landfall on the North/South Carolina border at 3:15 AM (EDT) Saturday, September 6. The storm produced tropical storm-force winds gusts, with some locations experiencing sustained tropical storm-force winds. Amateur Radio operators in the Carolinas and northward were prepared for the storm. According to ARRL North Carolina Section Manager Tim Slay, N4IB, hams in his state were ready for Hanna, with personnel in place at the Amateur Radio Station at the State Emergency Operations Center. Slay said plans called for the hams to start operating from there Friday evening, going until about mid-day on Saturday when the EOC was secured at 12:30 PM. The Tarheel Emergency Net, North Carolina's HF ARES Net that meets on 3.923 MHz, was on stand-by status Friday night, going active at 6 AM Saturday. North Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Bernard Nobles, WA4MOK, said the Net remained active "until Emergency Management [officials] release Amateur Radio. The Tarheel Net received reports from across the state, mostly about the amounts of rainfall, which are anywhere from 1 to 5 inches." Nobles said that the Amateur Radio station at the North Carolina Eastern Branch Emergency Operations Center in Kinston began operations at 6 AM Saturday. Later that morning, the EOC lost commercial power and the amateur station went on battery power until power was restored, about an hour later. Operations at the Eastern Branch were secured around noon. According to Nobles, Hanna has not been as bad as expected, but there were several thousand people without power in North Carolina's coastal region. "We have been incredibly fortunate," North Carolina Emergency Management spokeswoman Jill Lucas said. "We have had no significant damage. We have had some trees down and local flooding, but nothing significant." ARRL South Carolina Section Emergency Coordinator Charlie Miller, AE4UX, reported that on Friday evening, the South Carolina Emergency Management Division had the State Emergency Operations Center at Operations Condition 1 (OPCON 1) -- the highest level of alert -- with the SEOC manned 24 hours a day. "All normal communications modes are functioning," he said. At 9:30 AM on Saturday, the SEOC closed and all county EOCs returned to normal operations. "During Hanna, no communications outages -- beyond normal day-to-day outages -- were reported," he said. On Saturday, "Port buoys are being inspected by the Coast Guard, and all three South Carolina ports are anticipated to be opened this morning," Miller said. "During Hanna, 22 Red Cross shelters received 650 people; eight people sought shelter in a shelter designated for 'special medical needs.'" Miller said that there were no reports of injuries or "significant damage" in South Carolina. ARRL Sections up the coast to Maine were notified on Friday on reporting protocols if ARES was activated in response to Hanna. From Friday evening throughout Saturday, status reports were received from the Eastern Massachusetts, Eastern New York, New York-Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Southern New Jersey and Virginia Sections. ==> ARRL PRESENTS NEW MEMBERSHIP BENEFIT With just a mouse click or two, ARRL members can now access the online QST magazine archive <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/qqnsearch.html>. This new benefit -- a service of the ARRL Technical Information Service (TIS) <http://www.arrl.org/tis/> -- provides PDF copies of all QST articles from December 1915 through December 2004, enabling members to view and print their favorite article, project and more. For many years, the TIS has provided members with assistance researching ARRL periodicals and publications, as well as providing members and non-members with article reprints for a small fee. Access to the new online digital QST archive is free for ARRL members, and is for their personal use only -- material in the archive may not be freely distributed or copied. "Having access to every issue of QST through 2004 is absolutely incredible!" said ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI. "The best of the best of QST from every era is now at the fingertips of every ARRL member with a keyboard and an Internet connection. Members can research articles on any subject that interests them, or just browse the past issues. This will be a popular membership benefit that will be of special value to new and long-time hams alike. This valuable content will help radio amateurs who use QST as a technical resource -- for projects, equipment 'hints and kinks' -- and for other research contributing to the advancement of the radio art. We know many hams will simply enjoy perusing these pages of history, too." The ARRL Periodicals Archive and Search lists every article for QST from 1915 to the present, QEX from 1981 to the present, Ham Radio from 1968 to 1990 and NCJ from 1973 to the present (please note that beginning in 1998, each issue of QEX covers two months). Only ARRL members will be able to download and print copies of the QST articles. QST magazine is the official journal of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. An interest in Amateur Radio is the only essential qualification of membership. ARRL membership is $39 per year in the US. For a complete list of membership benefits and dues, please visit the ARRL Membership Web page <http://www.arrl.org/join>. ==> 2008 FIELD DAY LOGS RECEIVED, POSTED ONLINE All 2008 Field Day logs that have been received have been posted to the Claimed Scores page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/claimed> on the ARRL Web site. They reflect all applications sent from the b4h.net Web applet <http://b4h.net/cabforms/>, as well as those received via the US Postal Service and usable electronic submissions sent via regular e-mail (non-Web applet submissions). According to Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, "In some cases we did not receive sufficient information, so we can't post them at this time. A follow-up e-mail was sent to those concerned that included a blank summary sheet and a request to please complete the form and resubmit. In cases where we have not heard back from those requests, the entries are currently not on the list and can't be included until complete information is received back by the ARRL." Those with missing entries, who have questions or who find errors in their listing should contact Henderson via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> or by phone at 860-594-0236 after Tuesday, September 16. When you call, please have your receipt number available -- if sent via the b4h.net Web applet -- or other means to verify the submission was made before the July 29 deadline. ==> IEEE SECTION TO HONOR FIRST VOICE TRANSMISSION On Saturday, September 13, the Boston Section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) <http://www.ieee.org/> will commemorate the first wireless radio broadcast in 1906 by Reginald A. Fessenden at Brant Rock, Massachusetts. IEEE members will award an IEEE Milestone in Electrical Engineering and Computing in recognition of this landmark innovation <http://www.ieee.org/web/aboutus/history_center/milestones_intro.html>. IEEE President Lewis Terman will be on hand to award the IEEE Milestone Plaque during a one-day program honoring early radio innovations and commemorating the accomplishments at Brant Rock. The award ceremony will take place in Marshfield, close to where the original radio tower once stood. After welcoming remarks, there will be a presentation by radio historian Jack Belrose, VE2CV; Belrose, recipient of the Radio Club of America's Armstrong Medal for his contribution to the radio art and science, is with the Radio Sciences Communications Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. According to organizers, more than 100 people representing the radio broadcasting industry, local officials, historic communities, educators, students and Amateur Radio associations are expected to attend; a portion of the program will address the role of Amateur Radio enthusiasts in developing this great industry. While at the event, students between the ages of 10-12 will be able to build crystal sets during the afternoon session; they will be able to take these sets home with them. Attendance is free and open to the public. More information is available on the IEEE's Boston Section Web site <http://fessendenmilestone.quartomese.com/> or by calling the IEEE Boston headquarters at 781-245-5405. ==> ARRL, TAPR PREPARE FOR DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE Aficionados of digital communications are gearing up for the 27th annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference (DCC) September 26-28 in Chicago, Illinois <http://www.tapr.org/dcc.html>. The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is an international forum for radio amateurs to meet, publish their work and present new ideas and techniques. Presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn about recent hardware and software advances, theories, experimental results, and practical applications. The DCC is for all levels of technical experience -- not just for the expert. Not only is the conference technically stimulating, it is a weekend of fun for all who have more than a casual interest in any aspect of amateur digital electronics and communications; introductory sessions are scheduled throughout the conference to introduce new technical topics for both beginners and experts. Topics at the DCC include, but are not limited to: Software defined radio (SDR); digital voice (D-STAR, P25, WinDRM, FDMDV, G4GUO); digital satellite communications; Global Position System (GPS); precision timing; Automatic Position Reporting System (APRS); short messaging (a mode of APRS); Digital Signal Processing (DSP); HF digital modes; Internet interoperability with Amateur Radio networks; spread spectrum; IEEE 802.11 and other Part 15 license-exempt systems adaptable for Amateur Radio; using TCP/IP networking over Amateur Radio; mesh and peer-to-peer wireless networking; emergency and Homeland Defense backup digital communications; using Linux in Amateur Radio; updates on AX.25, and other wireless networking protocols. QEX Editor Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, will represent the ARRL at the Conference. He will also be giving a talk "Writing for Publication -- It's Not Rocket Science (Even if You Are Writing About Rocket Science!)." Retired ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, will also represent the League. Rinaldo will speak on "SDR Outlook." The DCC provides a separate (and lockable) room for participants to bring and show off their latest projects. Tables and power will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their own equipment and display for all to see, learn, and ask questions about, as well as a small sign and/or flyer naming and describing their project. D-STAR digital voice and data will be the focus of the DCC Friday evening session. Pioneers and leaders in D-STAR digital voice and data technology will be presenting the technical innovations in D-STAR and how it is being used worldwide. In addition to the Friday evening session, ICOM will be at the DCC demonstrating D-STAR radios in the demonstration room, and TAPR's 70 cm and 23 cm D-STAR digital voice and data repeaters (KT7APR) with Internet gateway will be on the air. WINMOR, an HF digital protocol designed for use with the Winlink 2000 network, is set to be unveiled at the DCC. According to developer Rick Muething, KN6KB, WINMOR will effectively eliminate the need for external PACTOR hardware. "This new protocol is implemented through a Windows application that uses a computer sound card for all the analog-to-digital conversion. It provides error-free ARQ transfers within 200, 500 or 2000 Hz bandwidths," Muething said. In terms of throughput, Muething said that the 200-Hz WINMOR mode appears to equal the performance of PACTOR I. In WINMOR's 2000 Hz mode, its performance rivals PACTOR III. "WINMOR is a work in progress," Muething said. "We won't be pulling the wraps off a finished application at the conference. We're close, though. I'd like to see on-air testing in 3 to 6 months." Each year, the DCC hosts an in-depth 4 hour seminar on Sunday. Past seminars have included such topics as Software Defined Radios, Spread Spectrum Design and Theory, RD Design and Deployment, PICmicro MCU Design and Development, Packet Radio Networks with Millions or Billions of Stations and others. Seminars are given by experts in their field -- this year is no different. Phil Harman, VK6APH, will present "Software Radio Through the Looking-Glass." Harman, licensed for more than 40 years, has worked on leading-edge RF techniques related to receivers and transmitters. His current passion is the development of fully digital HF radios. Harman co-writes the Software Defined Radio column in the "RSGB Radio Communications" journal and also co-authored the SDR chapter in the latest "RSGB Handbook." He will guide participants through the basics of SDRs right up to the very latest techniques that digitize signals directly at the antenna socket. Using diagrams and a minimum of math, Harman will cover such subjects as front end design, mixers, I and Q signals, digital up and down conversion, AGC techniques, noise blanking and high efficiency power amplifiers. The presentation will be highly interactive, so be sure to bring along that question that has been puzzling you for so long! Conference presentations, meetings, and seminars will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel Elk Grove Village, Illinois. It is highly recommended that participants book rooms prior to arriving. A block of rooms at the special DCC room rate of $89.00 single/double is available; this rate is good until the block is all sold out. The hotel provides a complimentary shuttle to and from O'Hare Airport. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Close bosom-friend of the maturing Sun" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: A new sunspot -- number 1001 -- emerged on Thursday, September 11. It is actually a single group with two small magnetic disturbances; we hope it is not another like the last sunspot, a weak one that barely emerged on August 21-22. That spot was so small that some observatories didn't count it, but it was a Solar Cycle 24 spot. August was much ballyhooed as the first time since 1913 that there was a month or more between the most recent sunspot appearances. Actually, it was the first time that a whole calendar month went by with no spots. Of course, this doesn't really mean anything more than any other 30 day period with no spots because the calendar is based on arbitrary beginnings and endings. Sunspot numbers for September 4-10 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 65.9, 65.2, 65.8, 66.6, 67.1, 67.1 and 67.2 with a mean of 66.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 33, 7, 7, 8, 8, 6 and 4 with a mean of 10.4. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 17, 7, 7, 7, 9, 4 and 2 with a mean of 7.6. The US Air Force predicts planetary A index for September 12-17 at 5, 8, 20, 12 and 8. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions September 12, unsettled September 13, unsettled to active September 14, unsettled September 15, quiet September 16, quiet to unsettled September 17 and quiet September 18. 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 John Keats' "To Autumn" <http://www.bartleby.com/126/47.html>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Weekend on the Radio: This weekend, check out the ARRL September VHF QSO Party on September 13-15. The NCCC Sprint is September 12 and the PODXS 070 Club 80 Meter Autumn Sprint is September 12-13. The FISTS Get Your Feet Wet Weekend is September 12-14. The Swiss HTC QRP Sprint is September 13. The WAE DX Contest (SSB) and the Arkansas QSO Party are both September 13-14. The North American Sprint (SSB), the SKCC Weekend Sprintathon and the ARCI End of Summer Digital Sprint are September 14. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is September 18. Next weekend is the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest and the ARRL International EME Competition on September 20-21. YLRL Howdy Days are September 18-20. The NCCC Sprint is September 19 and the Feld Hell Sprint is September 20. Be on the lookout for these contests on September 20-21: The Colorado QSO Party, the SARL VHF/UHF Contest, the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW), the CIS DX Contest, the South Carolina QSO Party, the Washington State Salmon Run and the QCWA Fall QSO Party. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and the 144 MHz Fall Sprint are both on September 22. The SKCC Sprint is September 24 and the BCC QSO Party is September 25. 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, September 21, 2008 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, October 3, 2008: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1 (EC-001); Radio Frequency Interference (EC-006); Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009); Technician License Course (EC-010); 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>. * ITU Leadership Visits Asian Amateur Radio Exhibit: For four days earlier this month, members of Asia's information and communications technology (ICT) sector convened at ITU Telecom Asia <http://www.itu.int/ASIA2008/>, focusing on core issues relating to ICT expansion across the region. The event featured the latest technologies and innovations -- including Amateur Radio -- as well as an extensive forum that explored key technologies, policies and applications. The IARU <http://www.iaru.org/>, in an effort to promote the benefits of the Amateur Radio Service throughout the region, participated in the event. The IARU booth was organized by IARU Region 3 <http://www.iaru-r3.org/> with assistance from the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) <http://www.qsl.net/rast/>, the IARU Member-Society in that country. IARU Region 3 Director Gopal Madhavan, VU2GMN, said that while at ITU Telecom Asia, ITU Secretary General Dr Hamadoun Toure, HB9EHT, and Dr Eun-Ju Kim, Head of the ITU Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, visited the IARU booth, staying and talking with hams and visitors for more than half an hour. * VHF Society to Hold Conference Next Month: The Pacific Northwest VHF Society (PNWVHFS) <http://www.pnwvhfs.org/> will host their 15th annual conference <http://www.pnwvhfs.org/administration/conference.htm> in Moses Lake, Washington, on October 3-5. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, will travel to the conference to represent the League. An avid 6 and 2 meter operator, he will give a general update on Contest Branch issues that affect VHF+ operators, speak about the ARRL's new Fred Fish Memorial Award <http://www.arrl.org/awards/ffma/> and check QSLs for VUCC <http://www.arrl.org/awards/vucc/> and other ARRL awards. 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