*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 37 September 19, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Hams in Texas and Surrounding States Active as Ike Pounds Gulf Coast and Inland Areas * + Areas Not Directly in Storm's Path Also Affected by Ike and Lowell * + W1AW Supports EchoLink Operations During Ike * + Third Annual ARRL On-Line Auction Set for October * + Brennan Price, N4QX, Returns to ARRL Staff * + ARRL Welcomes USTTI Students * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + ARISS Update +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> =========================================================== ==> HAMS IN TEXAS AND SURROUNDING STATES ACTIVE AS IKE POUNDS GULF COAST AND INLAND AREAS As Hurricane Ike weakened and became a tropical storm and then a tropical depression after slamming ashore near Galveston, Texas early Saturday morning, hams in several ARRL sections were supporting agencies with their communications needs. Although the final word on all the locations where ARES was providing communications support has yet to be reported, it was clear that Amateur Radio played a part in the response to the massive storm. In a conference call with ARRL Headquarters staff the morning of Sunday, September 14, ARRL section leadership reported that ARES was supporting Emergency Operations Centers throughout the region, and that equipment shipped to the Gulf Coast under the Ham Aid program was either being put to use or held for possible use as requests arrive. * Texas South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Schwartz, KG5TL, whose section took the brunt of Ike's wind and rain, reported that he had spoken earlier to 9th District Emergency Coordinator Brian Cater, KC5YSM. Cater said his district, located to the east of Houston and Galveston, had lost power, but some food was available at hotels and other venues that were using backup generators. Electric utility poles were holding up well, since many had been replaced with newer ones after 2005's Hurricane Rita. Schwartz reported that ARRL North Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Bill Swan, K5MWC, sent two communications vehicles and a couple of ham radio operators from his section to the Orange area in South Texas. Hams in the Houston and the surrounding area responded to calls earlier this week to assist served agencies with Points of Distribution (POD) around the Greater Houston area. These PODs are set up to distribute water, ice and food to area residents dealing with Ike and that storm's aftermath. According to Joe Gadus, KD5KTX, an ARRL Public Information Officer in the South Texas Section, members of ARES South Texas District 14 -- under the leadership of District Emergency Coordinator Jeff Walter, KE5FGA -- were manning at least six PODs. "These hams provided communications between the National Guard units at the PODs and the Harris County Office of Emergency Management to coordinate the delivery and resupply of food, water and MREs (meals ready to eat) to the victims of Hurricane Ike," he said. "Most of the participating amateurs are also victims [of the storm], having suffered property losses and power outages expected to last approximately three weeks." Late Sunday, the Texas State Operations Center released a Situation Report that included the following: "Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES): State emergency communications operations began at 1800 Thursday, September 11, with the activation of the State RACES network. Operations consisted of monitoring joint emergency frequencies. These were operated by RACES and ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) and other civil/Amateur Radio Clubs. "Military Affiliated Radio Service (MARS): Texas MARS operators activated AAN6ETX (Texas SOC MARS station) at 0800 local on September 13, 2008. AAN6ETX was put into 24/7 operation beginning at 1900 local on September 13. The MARS and RACES have been actively teaming together to solve problems and get information to the appropriate parties. Increased activity began on Saturday after the storm made landfall and damage assessments were in progress. Five reports were received from Houston Transtar, which had no other means of submission, other than Winlink. Messages and critical information regarding safe routes were relayed to a relief group heading into the Orange County area. At one point contact between the SOC and the City of Port Arthur was lost and the MARS station was able to connect them with a Navy MARS/ARES/RACES person in the area. The MARS is also supporting and monitoring Task Force IKE's recon team via AAR6NAC. As of Sunday, September 14, 2008, the combined RACES/ARES/MARS nets received and relayed multiple emergency communications reports to the SOC, and local jurisdictions." * West Texas Meanwhile, remnants of Tropical Storm Lowell are still affecting residents of the West Texas Section. Section Emergency Coordinator J.T. Caldwell, WA5ZFH, reported that the levees in the town of Presidio -- a town on the banks of the Rio Grande of about 5000 people -- are holding, "but water is close to the top." Even before Ike hit, that town was more than 11 feet above flood stage resulting from rains left by Lowell. Mexican authorities have been dumping water from their reservoirs that feed into the Rio Grande, causing that river to flood, affecting Texas towns in the region. "Additional water is being released from Luis Leon dam in Mexico," Caldwell said; a portion of the levee broke on the Ojinaga, Mexico side Tuesday night at approximately 11 PM CST. Presidio's lowest areas have been evacuated. Emergency workers also shut down the Presidio-Ojinaga International Bridge connecting the city to Ojinaga, Chihuahua, Mexico, which was in danger of flooding as the Rio Grande continued to rise Tuesday. "Do not travel down here if your intent is to get to Ojinaga," Presidio City Administrator Cynthia Clarke warned travelers, adding that there had been three breaks in a levee. "There's no way to get across." "The forecast calls for the river level to rise sequentially each day," Caldwell said. "No one currently expects the levees to hold... [and] residents have been advised that if they hear sirens, immediately leave and seek higher ground -- hundreds of residents have [already] been evacuated. The shelters here have since been combined into one shelter at the Presidio Elementary School with about 120 people in it," with more expected as the levees breech or overtop. * Louisiana From Louisiana, where residents are recovering from the effects of Hurricane Gustav, Section Manager Gary Stratton, K5GLS, reported to those on the conference call that Amateur Radio volunteers have had constant telephone communications through the Ike emergency, and there have been no problems at all with VoIP systems <http://www.arrl.org/qst/2003/02/VoIP.pdf>. There is supplemental sheltering for Hurricane Gustav and additional shelters for Ike. Most shelters are supported by local clubs and ARES groups around the state, working with EOCs. Section Emergency Coordinator Jim Coleman, AI5B, is participating in Louisiana VOAD conference calls <http://www.nvoad.org/>. * Arkansas From Arkansas, Section Manager David Norris, K5UZ, reported via e-mail that SKYWARN nets in the state were busy Saturday and Sunday. "Several tornados were spotted and tracked with some causing damage in Cabot and possibly Apin. There has been quite a bit of straight-line wind damage in the state, and as of 10 PM September 14, approximately 20,000 customers were without power. Many trees are down in my area and both of my 75/80 meter arrays have fallen victim to the storm. No tower collapses here, just a lot of mangled wire." * Illinois After the remnants of Ike and Lowell brought 9 inches of rain to the Chicago area, Illinois Section Manager Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, reported Monday morning that "Grundy County ARES activated in support of county EMA efforts in flood control. One shelter is activated at this time. Additionally, both Kane and Kendall Counties have been especially hard hit with numerous road closures and evacuations. It was a real character-builder for Kane County, as their EOC also flooded yesterday." * ARRL Headquarters Maintaining Coordination Efforts Following Sunday's conference call, the group of ARRL section leaders and Headquarters staff who had been participating in conference calls that spanned three major storms on three consecutive weekends agreed to suspend them. They can be reestablished on short notice, however. In addition, W1AW suspended its monitoring and coordinating operations as of 6 PM Eastern Time Sunday. Coordination of Amateur Radio's response to the recent hurricanes continues, and ARRL Headquarters continues to participate in national conference calls coordinating the response efforts on an as-needed basis, as do volunteers in Texas and Louisiana. Only on September 15, were many of the VOAD and other supporting agency crews beginning to be able to move in to areas that have seen the most destruction. ARRL Headquarters will be receiving further reports of the exact contributions hams are making in the recovery effort, and we will share them as information arrives. ==> AREAS NOT DIRECTLY IN STORM'S PATH ALSO AFFECTED BY IKE AND LOWELL While Hurricane Ike, as well as Tropical Storm Lowell, caused severe damage in and around the impact zone of the Texas Gulf Coast, the storm's aftermath was felt as far north as Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Just like their counterparts on the Gulf Coast, ARES members in the Midwest are assisting served agencies in their area. While Ohio was not in the direct path of Hurricane Ike, that state is definitely feeling the aftermath of the storm as more than 2 million homes -- 18 percent of the population -- in the southwest portion of that state and neighboring Kentucky have been without power since Sunday, according to a story on ohio.com, an online service of the Akron Beacon Journal. On Wednesday, ARRL District Emergency Coordinator for Ohio District 4 Robert Spratt, N8TVU, reported that the Butler County Emergency Management Agency had requested ARES assistance to "move a shelter trailer that can support up to 450 clients from the Hanover Township Fire Department to the City of Hamilton," a distance of about 5.5 miles. Spratt said that the shelter was being established to house those residents whose homes had been structurally damaged or deemed unsafe. Hurricane-force winds of up to 78 MPH blew through Ohio on Sunday, causing damage in 84 of the state's 88 counties, said Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. The governor declared a State of Emergency, allowing the Ohio Department of Transportation to help local communities remove debris from roads. Calling the power outage "the worst and widespread I have seen," a spokesman for the Dayton Power & Light Company said that 50 transmission poles that support larger voltage lines were down and some utility poles "were snapped in two." A spokesman for Duke Energy (which serves Ohio and Kentucky) said that even with the influx of electrical crews from outside the area, "We're still looking at some customers being without [electrical] service until Saturday or Sunday." In Illinois, Governor Rod R. Blagojevich declared seven counties -- Cook, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, LaSalle and Will -- disaster areas. With the state proclamation, state assets and personnel will be provided to affected communities to help them respond and recover from the floods. On Monday, September 15, the Grundy County ARES team was activated at 11:30 AM, said DEC Bob Cockream, AA9EE. "The KB9SZK VHF repeater was closed to all but flood-related and emergency traffic. We supplied a person to assist with communications to the Red Cross shelter at the Coal City High School, and another two hams to the village hall to help with both radio and phones. We had seven other EMA/ARES members working the field delivering sand bags and checking in on residents, as well as checking water levels, and reporting back to the village hall." Neil Ormos, N9NL, DEC for Cook County/Chicago, reported that he hasn't heard of any ham radio activations in Cook County yet, "but if people have been activated, they may be too busy to report. In general, conventional communications systems are working. The Red Cross has four shelters open in Cook County, but they are using conventional communications and have not sought ham radio assistance." In Indiana, only one county -- Harrison County in the southern part of the state -- has had an official ARES activation. According to AEC Scott Taylor, K9SET, the area had no phones -- either landline or cell -- or electricity. "I recorded several 70 MPH gusts on Monday, and there are many, many trees and power lines down, as well as major structural damage to homes and business here in my town of Corydon. It may be three to five days for some to get power. Only a few businesses seem to have power, but no residences have it at this time." In Dearborn County and Southeastern Indiana, there has been "much storm damage," said Dearborn County EC Ken Courtney, WA9BLA. "On Tuesday, we had winds here from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM; on Sunday, we recorded gusts of 70 to 80 MPH across the area wide -- hurricane Category 1 strength. A mobile home rolled over and a semi was blown over on the I-275 bridge to Kentucky. There have been four fatalities in the Greater Cincinnati area, all with trees falling on people; one fatality was in Ohio County, Indiana." Courtney said that several hams will be doing disaster damage surveys later this week for the Dearborn County Homeland Security Agency. The ARRL is still receiving reports from the field concerning recovery efforts from these states. We will be updating our information as it becomes available. To catch up on the latest information, please visit the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/>. ==> W1AW SUPPORTS ECHOLINK OPERATIONS DURING IKE Throughout the course of Hurricane Ike, operators at W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, hooked into the HF radio of ARRL West Gulf Vice Director David Woolweaver, K5RAV, via EchoLink <http://www.echolink.org/>. According to W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, the link enabled hams in Newington to monitor the Texas Emergency Net. "Through Dr Woolweaver's initiative, we could use EchoLink in this fashion to assist ARRL HQ staff monitor critical Net operations using HF -- a capability we have never taken advantage of before." Carcia said that the reason the HF/EchoLink connection was used was due to the frequency the Texas Emergency Net was using. "The Net was on 75 meters," Carcia said, "and propagation did not favor us here in New England to be able to hear the transmissions. By using Dr Woolweaver's link, we could hear everything on the Net." During the monitoring sequence, Woolweaver changed the frequencies on EchoLink to enable ARRL HQ to stay on top of and monitor conversations related to message relays, Coast Guard contacts and Health and Welfare traffic from across Texas and the surrounding states. According to ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD, this capability will be critical to future emergency communication response at ARRL Headquarters: "Without the EchoLink/HF connection, we here at ARRL would not have able to be in contact with ARRL South Texas Section Leadership." Woolweaver is working on getting more Texas stations involved in the EchoLink network to help out with future emergencies. He said that EchoLink can be successfully utilized to monitor and to engage stations on VHF and HF. "Using stations with EchoLink node capabilities and access to VHF and HF equipment, W1AW and other personnel at HQ will be able to become active participants and consultants in local and regional operations," he said. "You cannot underestimate the value of first hand information. The EchoLink to remote HF connection allows W1AW and ARRL staff to monitor and participate in local and regional operations any where any time. It does not get much better than that!" ==> THIRD ANNUAL ARRL ON-LINE AUCTION SET FOR OCTOBER The Third Annual ARRL On-Line Auction kicks off October 23, running until November 1 on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/auction>. This is your chance to pick up one-of-a-kind Amateur Radio items. To see what the Auction will offer this year, be sure to check out the Auction preview that begins October 16. Last year, the Auction attracted more than 3000 registered bidders from more than 40 countries. While the majority of buyers were from the USA, Canada and the UK, there were buyers from Australia, Malaysia, Grenada, Vietnam and Tanzania. According to ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, "Last year's on-line auction -- our second -- proved to be a successful and enjoyable event for both hams and ARRL staff members alike. When the bidding ended, we realized that we had sold 162 items and raised just over $50,000." Proceeds from the auction benefit ARRL education programs including activities to license new hams, strengthen Amateur Radio's emergency service training, offer continuing technical and operating education, as well as creating instructional materials. ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, encouraged everyone to come and peruse the wide variety of offerings: "Browse through the Web site frequently, as items will be added on a daily basis. We also encourage you to look through the 'Help' and 'About Us' sections. You'll find useful information about bidding, FAQs and a host of other facts. To ensure an enjoyable experience, please be sure to read all policies under the 'About Us' section." This year's auction will again include many transceivers and other items that have appeared in the QST Product Review column and have thus been thouroughly tested by the ARRL Lab. There will be many vintage items offered, as well. Also, returning by popular demand will be four ARRL Lab unique "junque" boxes. These boxes have a starting bid of $50 and have almost anything you could ever possibly imagine in them. No one -- except the ARRL Lab staff -- knows what exactly is inside each box, but each is guaranteed to be full of things that the Lab staff consider valuable (but keep in mind that they collect just about anything). Jahnke said that due to many requests last year, "all product review items in the On-Line Auction include a link to a PDF file of the actual Product Review, as well as a reference to the QST issue that the review appeared in." ==> BRENNAN PRICE, N4QX, RETURNS TO ARRL STAFF Brennan Price, N4QX, returned to the ARRL Staff as the League's Technical Relations Manager on September 15, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, earlier this summer. From 2000-2004, Price served as Field and Regulatory Correspondent and Assistant Technical Editor at ARRL Headquarters. As Technical Relations Manager, he will be responsible for representing the ARRL's interests to federal government agencies, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other international organizations, and regional telecommunications organizations, personally and through the supervision of other Technical Relations Office staff. Saying that his goal is to "defend Amateur Radio spectrum, and if the opportunity presents itself, help gain some," Price is currently preparing for a meeting of United States Working Party 5A -- which considers issues in the Amateur Radio and Land Mobile services -- in Washington next week. Price holds a BA in chemistry from Vanderbilt University, an MS in chemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), and a JD with honors from the University Of Connecticut School Of Law, where he was appointed Executive Editor of the "Connecticut Law Review." Admitted to the Connecticut bar in 2005, he had been in private practice with a firm in Hartford. Price was first licensed in 1997 as KF4UZB, earning his Amateur Extra class license by 1999, acquiring the call signs KU4WJ and N4QX in the process. He is an ARRL Volunteer Counsel <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/local/vci.html> and has stayed current with regulatory issues affecting the ARRL and Amateur Radio. While at the "Law Review," Price was invited to publish a scholarly summary of case and statutory law related to PRB-1, the FCC's limited preemption of Amateur Radio antenna and antenna support zoning restrictions <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/Price.pdf>. This 29 page summary is designed to inform amateurs and their counsel, as well as municipal counsel, of the state of the law before any party adopts an unwise strategy "We are fortunate to have filled this key position with someone with Brennan's experience, training and passion for Amateur Radio," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. "His strong regulatory background and knowledge of the ARRL as a former staff member and active volunteer will help him come up to full speed very quickly. He jumped into preparations for the 2011 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-11) on his first day back." Price said he welcomes the chance to return to ARRL and join its Technical Relations staff: "The League's Technical Relations efforts have paid tangible dividends to Amateur Radio operators over the years: Our allotment at 60 meters and more broadcaster-free space on 40 meters are but two examples. I am pleased to have the chance to advocate for Amateur Radio on the national and international stage. Although WRC-11 is three years away, preparatory work is well underway, with Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, representing the ARRL at a meeting of a Permanent Consultative Committee of the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) in Argentina this week." When not at work or on the air (he especially enjoys operating CW on 10 meters), Price enjoys officiating football and playing chess. ==> ARRL WELCOMES USTTI STUDENTS Next month, the ARRL will welcome students from various countries from all over the world who want to learn how to administer and regulate Amateur Radio programs in their home countries. This course, offered by the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) <http://ustti.org/>, will help participants create, administer and foster an Amateur Radio Service in their countries. Designed for those in developing countries who regulate and manage their country's Amateur Radio Service, this course will help participants learn just who radio amateurs are. ARRL staff instructors will help course participants discover the ever-expanding universe of Amateur Radio communication. They will explain why Amateur Radio operators -- upwards of three million individuals in virtually every country of the world -- have earned licenses to operate stations in the Service and why they are recognized, both by their governments and internationally, as a valuable voluntary telecommunications resource. Course participants will also discover how a telecommunications administration can bring the benefits of a healthy Amateur Service to its nation. Now in its 26th year, USTTI is a nonprofit venture involving leading US-based communications and information technology corporations and leaders of the federal government cooperating to provide tuition-free management, policy and technical training for talented professionals from the developing world. This is the 24th year the ARRL has participated in the program. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "To taste the luxury of sunny beams" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Last week saw another brief sunspot appearance followed by a quick fade. This was an old Solar Cycle 23 spot -- number 1001 -- resulting in a sunspot number of 12 for September 11. Sunspot numbers for September 11-17 were 12, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 1.7. The 10.7 cm flux was 66.9, 66.3, 66.4, 66.8, 67.5, 69.4 and 67.1 with a mean of 67.2. Estimated planetary A indices were 2, 2, 0, 6, 15, 9 and 3 with a mean of 5.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 1, 0, 0, 4, 11, 7 and 3 with a mean of 3.7. For the near term, nothing indicates any emerging sunspots. The geomagnetic indicators should remain quiet with a planetary A index of 5 until the end of the month. From September 30-October 2, the planetary A index is expected to be 8, 30 and 8. Eight is a low number, but 30 indicates a geomagnetic storm, probably expected from a recurring coronal hole spewing a strong solar wind. 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' "I Stood Tip-Toe upon a Little Hill" <http://www.bartleby.com/126/2.html>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Weekend on the Radio: This weekend, the ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest and the ARRL International EME Competition are 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. Next weekend is the NCCC Sprint on September 26 and the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest on September 27. Look for the CQ Worldwide DX Contest (RTTY), the Texas QSO Party and the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB) on September 27-28. The UBA ON Contest (CW) is September 28 and the 222 MHz Fall Sprint is September 30 (local time). The RSGB 21/28 MHz Contest is October 1. 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 October 5, 2008 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday October 17, 2008: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2 (EC-002); Antenna Modeling (EC-004); HF Digital Communications (EC-005); VHF/UHF -- Life Beyond the Repeater (EC-008), and Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011). 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>. * ARISS Update: On September 13, Prairielands Council Scouts attending the Space Jamboree at Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois participated in an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff, KD5PKZ. Telebridge station WH6PN in Hawaii assisted with the contact. Thirteen Scouts were able to ask Chamitoff 17 questions during the pass. Scout leaders replayed the question and answer session later in the day for all 3000 Scouts attending the Jamboree. The audio was fed into the EchoLink AMSAT server and Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) Reflector 9010. Currently, ISS Expedition 17 has three ham astronauts on board: Chamitoff, Commander Sergei Volkov, RU3DIS, and Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko, RN3DX. Chamitoff is scheduled to return to Earth next month when the space shuttle brings Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus, KE5FYE, part of Expedition 18, to the ISS; Commander Michael Fincke, KE5AIT, will lead Expedition 18, arriving on the ISS via a Soyuz flight with Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov. ARISS notes that school contact approvals have been delayed due to the closure of Johnson Space Center for Hurricane Ike. To date, ARISS has supported 360 ISS-to-Earth school contacts and 10 terrestrial contacts. =========================================================== 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. The ARRL Letter offers a weekly e-mail digest of essential and general news of interest to active radio amateurs. 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