*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 44 November 7, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + The ARRL On-Line Auction: Going Once, Going Twice, GONE! * + ARRL VEC Announces Exam Fee Increase * + Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, Back on Terra Firma * + ARRL ETP School Gets "Up Close and Personal" with Space * + Fred Fish Memorial Award #1 Presented to Lee Fish, K5FF * + ARRL NTS Second Region Net Expands to Include Eastern Canada * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + W1AW to Participate in Global Simulated Emergency Test + George Steber, WB9LVI, Wins October QST Cover Plaque Award Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Appointed Assistant Director + 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 <email@example.com> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: S. Khrystyne Keane, <firstname.lastname@example.org> =========================================================== ==> THE ARRL ON-LINE AUCTION: GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, GONE! Not with a whimper, but with a definite bang of the gavel, the Third Annual ARRL On-Line Auction closed on Friday, October 31 after nine days of frenzied bidding for almost 200 items <http://www.arrl.org/auction>. ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ, said that she was thrilled with the responses the Auction received during its run. The generosity of many donors, Jahnke says, made it possible for the auction to offer a diverse list of items that included transceivers, ARRL Lab-tested and reviewed equipment, exotic vacations, vintage gear and mystery "junque" boxes. This year's auction had more products than the 2006 or the 2007 auction. "Almost 1300 bids were placed this year on 197 items, auctioning off more than $43,000 worth of merchandise," Jahnke said. In 2007, more than 1100 bids were received for 181 items; in 2006, 1300 bids were placed for just over 100 items. "For the third time in a row, the ARRL On-Line Auction did not disappoint," said Jahnke. "Not only did we have an increase in the number of items to bid on, we were so pleased to see a dramatic increase in Business Partner donations to the Auction this year." While R4 Systems <http://www.r4systems.com/> -- developers of the Proteus Design Suite, a suite of tools for professional printed circuit board design -- was a new face to the ARRL Auction family, many old friends, such as ICOM <http://www.icomamerica.com/> returned. R4 donated a Proteus Suite software package that sold for $728; ICOM donated an IC-7000 HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver that eventually attracted 11 bids and sold for $1325. One of the more popular items in this year's auction included four "junque boxes," donated by the ARRL Lab. Garnering 77 bids between them, these Amateur Radio treasure troves went for more than $250 each, raising more than $1000. "We featured the 'junque boxes' in our first auction, and they proved to be so popular with our bidders," Jahnke said. "We brought them back last year, and once again, we couldn't believe how they were all the rage. I can't even begin to describe how well-received they were this year." The contents of each box are a mystery, Jahnke said, known only to the ARRL Lab staff. "And they won't tell!" she said. A lucky bidder won the chance for a little DX with the vacation spot on St Croix, donated by Vicky Thorland Oster and George Oster, NP2N (air and ground transportation not included). This villa -- located about 100 meters above sea level with wonderful antenna views to EU, USA and Asia -- has three operating stations equipped with multiple transceivers, amplifiers, antennas and on-site electrical generation capability. If you are interested in Emergency Communications, then the ARRL On-Line Auction had a great deal for you: Emergency Starter Go Kits. These kits include an abundance of everything today's amateur needs when heading out to assist served agencies. Each kit contains an ICOM IC-V82 Sport handheld transceiver, package of six AA batteries, a black tote bag to hold all your gear, a reflective vest, an "ARRL Repeater Directory" and an "ARES Field Resources Manual." Opening bids for each of the 13 kits was $105, and together they raised $2214. 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 create instructional materials. ==> ARRL VEC ANNOUNCES EXAM FEE INCREASE On November 6, The ARRL VEC <http://www.arrl.org/arrlvec/> announced that as of January 1, 2009, the fee to take an ARRL Volunteer Examiner (VE)-administered Amateur Radio license exam will increase by $1, from $14 to $15. According to ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, ARRL VE teams may retain up to $7 of this fee to directly reimburse their teams' out-of-pocket examination expenses; currently, VE teams keep $6. This is the first time in four years that the examination fee has been adjusted. Somma said that the FCC allows VECs to collect an examination reimbursement fee from each candidate who takes one or more exam elements. "VEs and VECs may be reimbursed by examinees for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in preparing, processing, administering or coordinating an examination for an amateur operator license (FCC Rule 97.527)," she said <http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2002/octqtr/pdf/47cfr97.527.pdf>. "These exam fees help the VEC recover its costs of providing its services." Saying that every examinee at each ARRL coordinated examination session is charged the same fee in accordance with the annually-established fee schedule, "Any person sitting for an exam, or having a new license or upgrade processed at a test sessions, must pay the exam fee applicable for the calendar year," Somma explained. "The ARRL VEC's exam fee for calendar year 2009 is $15. Each time a candidate pays one exam fee, they are entitled to take tests for Elements 2, 3 and 4 as needed, up to all three elements under the single exam fee. Each time an examinee retakes an exam element (assuming the VE Team has different exam design available), another exam fee is charged." VE teams may elect to keep a prescribed portion of each exam fee collected exclusively to offset expenses that are directly incurred in administering the VE program. "All out-of-pocket reimbursable expenses shall be necessary and prudent, and must relate to the examination process in some way," Somma said. "VECs and VEs are expected to use good business judgment with respect to reimbursement amounts. The examination reimbursement fee cannot be used to offset non-session related costs and must be kept separate from other accounts." Somma pointed out that business expenses such as postal, utility, fuel and printing charges, are increasing: "Our VE teams are feeling the effects of the current economy, too! Teams are retaining reimbursement at amounts considerably larger than previous years. The amount of out-of-pocket costs that our VEs and the VEC are expending to provide authorized services in connection with Amateur Radio operator examinations continues to rise." Recent ARRL VEC cost-cutting steps have included staff reduction, reduced printing charges of ARRL VE training material and exam software, renegotiating shipping and printing contracts and eliminating lesser-used services. "Only so many cost-cutting measures can be justified without cutting back significantly on services essential to our VE teams, our customers and our program," Somma said. "As a result, an adjustment was needed in the 2009 exam reimbursement fee if we intended to maintain the basic levels of service that our VEs, VE teams and candidates have come to expect." Somma said that the ARRL VEC permits its VEs to retain a portion of the exam fees they collect to directly reimburse themselves for out-of-pocket expenses incurred in setting up and conducting their examination sessions. "As long as the expense is warranted and has been prudently incurred -- and the expense is specifically related to exam administration -- then the fee can be retained," she said. "The team should keep a complete record of the expenses paid (with receipts) in team records for two years. Records must be made available to the ARRL VEC upon request. Costs not related to the exam session processes or paperwork are not reimbursable." "We believe that the ARRL VEC's level of assistance and services are outstanding," said ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B. "Exam supplies, such as paperwork and software, shipping costs both to and from the VEC and ARRL VE accreditation, as well as credentials, are all free of charge for our VEs. We maintain a toll-free number for our VEs and we even offer reimbursement to the VE team for their expenses. We appreciate the dedication and volunteerism of all our VEs in the field. This is why we offer so many services free of charge. This is why we have that same level of duty and commitment here. Every test fee we collect goes right back into the VEC program and to serving the Amateur Radio community." ==> RICHARD GARRIOTT, W5KWQ, BACK ON TERRA FIRMA After 10 days on the International Space Station (ISS), Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, returned to Earth October 23 on Soyuz TMA-12. Garriott is the son of Owen Garriott, W5LFL, who in 1983 was the first ham to make QSOs from space. While Richard was on board the ISS, he too made QSOs, furthering what has now become a family tradition. "This mission to the ISS fulfilled a lifelong dream to experience spaceflight, just as my father first did 25 years ago [on STS-9]," Richard said. "It's an honor to be the first American to follow a parent into space." Richard took off from Star City in Kazakhstan on October 12. While on board the ISS, Richard conducted scientific experiments and environmental research -- he also had a chance to do quite a bit of Amateur Radio, including sending slow-scan TV (SSTV) images <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/sstv.html>. Calling the chance to make QSOs from space a "great opportunity," he described speaking directly with hams and trading call signs to be an "unexpected joy" and said in his blog that he was pleased "to find so many enthusiastic hams who were so well informed and interested in my activities in orbit. When I began my transmissions with preplanned SSTV images, including 'pirate messages,' test patterns and family images, I did not know how they would be received. But it seemed that fellow hams really enjoyed seeing this beginning to my time on the International Space Station." Through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station program (ARISS) <http://www.rac.ca/ariss/oindex.htm>, Richard made numerous contacts via Amateur Radio with schoolchildren. He said he found speaking to students "most rewarding...Growing up in an astronaut family, I firmly believed that every person could go to space, and now I have. I took this opportunity to inspire [the students] with my adventure and let them know they can achieve their wildest dreams as well with hard work and perseverance." To date, there have been 379 ARISS ISS-to-Earth QSOs. Richard Glueck, N1MDZ, a teacher at Orono Middle School in Orono, Maine, said students in his classes were excited about making contact via Amateur Radio with Richard on the ISS. "Richard recorded our contact and wished us well," Glueck told the ARRL. "We returned the greeting. It made the afternoon for my Social Studies class. We made the contact using straight FM voice. Our contact was heavy on the static, and we were hearing Garriott respond to various hams in Iowa and Michigan, as well. We heard the data transmission of the SSTV during the early morning passes." Saying he "clearly remembers" Sputnik in 1957, Glueck said the "growth of space technology and human inhabitation impacts my life in a huge way. I firmly believe that while modern kids take space flight and satellites for granted, that this is a good thing, Amateur Radio is the most significant manner in which teachers can get kids to interact with spaceflight in a personal manner." The Liberal Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School in his hometown of Austin, Texas was one of the many schools that Richard made contact with. "It takes a lot to excite kids these days with the Internet and cell phones, but when you tell kids you're going to talk directly to the space station from our high school, with our own equipment, they're very excited," teacher Ronny Risinger, KC5EES, told an Austin television station. Student Jason Pan agreed: "Just come here and talk to an astronaut...it's just unbelievable. Like you can't even really think about it. It's just like something you can experience. I don't know, I don't really have any words for it." ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, had nothing but praise for Richard and his trip to the ISS. "We have all made history, starting with Richard, W5KWQ, and his father Owen, W5LFL, and continuing with all [who have] participated and/or volunteered in his ISS journey," Bauer told the amateur community. "Along the way, we have sparked the imaginations of thousands of students, and I understand [that Richard's journey has] excited some youths to the point where they are now licensed." Calling Richard "prolific on the ARISS ham radio system," Bauer said Richard made "hundreds of voice contacts, operating the packet system during the crew sleep times and transmitting hundreds of SSTV images throughout the day. He put the newest ARISS hardware, the Kenwood VC-H1, to good use, performing the vast majority of contacts with this hardware system coupled with the Kenwood D700 transceiver. The remaining SSTV downlinks were performed with the software-based SSTV system." Bauer said that given the limited availability of ISS computer systems, "the ARISS team will continue to utilize the VC-H1 well after Richard's flight. So don't be surprised if you see some VC-H1 SSTV operations from Mike Fincke, KE5AIT, during his stay as the commander of Expedition 18." Fincke is expected to return to Earth in late March 2009. Gregory Chamitoff, KD5PKZ, and Yury Lonchakov RA3DT, are currently on board the ISS, as well. Richard said that after his first QSOs with Earth, he understood how "well-networked" the global ham community really is: "I received specific reports back through Mission Control-Moscow about the technical aspects of my work and how the [amateur] community was enjoying the transmissions. This redoubled my enthusiasm to do quality work for the Amateur Radio legions around the world, as I realized how much it meant to those with whom I had the chance to talk. By late in my flight, I had contacted many hundreds of hams by voice and I have good records of these contacts." While in space, Richard performed a series of experiments for NASA that examined the physical impact of spaceflight on astronauts. He observed the reaction of the eyes to low and high pressure in a microgravity environment, the effects of spaceflight on the human immune system, and astronauts' sleep/wake patterns and sleep characteristics. He also photographed a number of ecologically significant places on Earth on behalf of The Nature Conservancy. The photographs will be compared to shots taken 25 years ago by Owen Garriott while he was in space and will be used to document how the Earth has changed in one generation. He also worked in cooperation with the European Space Agency to perform a series of experiments that observed early detection of osteoporosis, vestibular (inner ear) adaptation to G-force transitions and the occurrence of lower back pain. On his last day in space, Richard sent SSTV "goodbye" images down to Earth. "I also contacted many hams that had listened to or contacted my father from space 25 years ago," he said. "Some hams I contacted 2 to 4 times on my flight. On those last days, I was very moved, when [I was sent] sent many 'soft landing' messages from individuals and classrooms full of children as I passed by. The ham community has added greatly to my personal feelings of success on my flight. I can only hope that you enjoyed it as much as I did." ==> ARRL ETP SCHOOL GETS "UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL" WITH SPACE When Richard Garriott, W5KWQ, went onboard the International Space Station (ISS), one of his main goals was to make contacts with schoolchildren through the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. According to ARRL ARISS Program Manager Rosalie White, K1STO, Garriott requested that ARISS assist him in taking part in a whole slate of varied ham radio activities. "The ARISS Team tagged up on the air with Richard early on to check the radios and the schedule," she said. "Not only did he do a multitude of scheduled ARISS contacts, he got on the air for random QSOs with hams around the world." One of those scheduled contacts was to be on Sunday, October 19 with the LBJ High School Amateur Radio Club, K5LBJ, at the Liberal Arts and Science Academy at LBJ High School in Garriott's hometown of Austin, Texas. The school is an ARRL Education and Technology Program (ETP) school <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/>, formerly known as a "Big Project" school; the Amateur Radio club is guided by Ronny Risinger, KC5EES, a graduate of the ARRL's Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>. According to Risinger, K5LBJ had worked closely with several hams who had already completed at least one or more direct ISS contacts, preparing for the contact with Garriott. "Our group was confident in its preparation," Risinger told the ARRL, "but those doubts always linger: Did a rotator cable gain a gremlin as it was moved the morning of the contact? Will the rotator decide to fail? Most importantly, will our computer and software function correctly to track the ISS? But all of the stress and worry about such issues melted away as soon as we called 'NA1SS, this is K5LBJ' and heard the faint, but unmistakable reply, 'K5LBJ, this is NA1SS.' From that moment on, I knew that the crowd that had assembled in our school cafeteria in the early hours of a Sunday morning would leave happy." Risinger said that as soon as contact was established, "Richard began to answer the questions posed by the students from K5LBJ and the Deep Wood Elementary Amateur Radio Club, K5DWE." Calling the participating students "very professional," Risinger said that each student stood in line and eagerly awaited their turn at the mic. "Never demonstrating any sign of nerves, each of the students -- ranging in age from 8 to 18 -- carefully obtained the mic from the previous student and relayed their question to the ISS," he said. "As the club sponsor and liaison with the schools, I was extremely proud of the students' confidence and poise as they spoke with Richard. They knew that this was a 'failure is not an option' moment and they took their role seriously. No one got 'mic fright' or ad-libbed a 'shout out to the world.' This group of young people demonstrated the best of Amateur Radio: Working together as professionals to achieve great things. In this case, they created memories that will last a lifetime." Like a row of ducks, the students approached the mic in succession. As each asked their question, Richard gave a thorough but succinct answer. "Thanks to the work of Bryan Bible, N5BTB, the audio from the uplink/downlink was combined and fed into the school speaker system," Risinger said. "The audio from the contact was crisp and loud as it filled the entire cafeteria. While the contact was going on, satellite contact mentor Ron Parsons, W5RKN, treated the audience to the view from the ISS." Using software and Google Earth, Risinger said that Parsons projected the view of Earth from the ISS onto the wall. As the ISS approached Texas, flags denoting major cities were displayed on the projected view. "If one watched closely, they would have seen a small flag marked 'Liberal Arts & Science Academy,' showing our location as seen from the ISS," Risinger told the ARRL. "You can't but help to notice from the projection just how fast the ISS is traveling. In just a matter of minutes, the ISS 'view' showed several states crossing below." The contact between the Austin school clubs and Richard had a 10 minute window (ISS traveling horizon to horizon). Risinger said that after that first faint response from Richard, the audio was loud and clear: "For the next eight minutes, 11 students fired away a total of 20 questions ranging from space sickness to how Richard's own experience as a space traveler would affect his business model to promote private space travel." As the conversation took place, Risinger noted the time until LOS (loss of signal) and realized that they were going to finish earlier than planned. "While I had warned the audience that we may abruptly lose contact with Richard if we went too long, I had not anticipated having time to spare," he told the ARRL. "As the last student listened to Richard's response, I took the microphone. In that moment, I thought of all the things I could say. Something banal? Something witty? Instead, when I heard silence, I could only tell Richard thank you for taking his short time in space to contact our school. By my students' rough calculations, Richard spent $20,000 of his time -- not to look out the window at the glory of the Earth below, or to work on science experiments -- but to speak with children. This rare act of kindness and inspiration had to be noted. In response, Richard thanked our group and remarked that through education and perseverance, students in our room might also have the opportunity one day to travel to space. The wonder of space travel and its links to Amateur Radio became real as we heard him sign off, 'K5LBJ, this is NA1SS -- 73 from the International Space Station.' As K5LBJ signed off as well, the room erupted in cheers. A moment that had begun with butterflies ended in high-fives and a new generation of students was inspired by the possibility of space travel." According to Risinger, as the contact ended, the students beamed with pride as they discussed the contact. Comments such as "I was really nervous" and "It was cool!" echoed all around the cafeteria. "All conveyed a deep satisfaction in achieving something unique, something that only Amateur Radio could offer," he said. After the crowd dispersed, the crew of adults that made the contact possible began to tear down the equipment. "When I looked around the room," Risinger said, "I could not help but notice that the entire chain of command was standing before me. The people that worked together to make this opportunity happen for the students were right here: Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, from Johnson Space Center; ARISS Liaison Gene Chapline, K5YFL; Austin ARC Contact Coordinator Lee Cooper, W5LHC; Austin area satellite mentor Ron Parsons, W5RKN; classroom mentor Joe Fisher, K5EJL, and me, the classroom teacher. I reflected on the time and effort that went into this contact. While the students only saw '10 minutes of awesome!' I knew that it was due to the efforts of the people on this team. Along with Richard Garriott, they had sacrificed of themselves to benefit others -- they are Amateur Radio at its finest." ==> FRED FISH MEMORIAL AWARD #1 PRESENTED TO LEE FISH, K5FF The first Fred Fish Memorial Award (FFMA) plaque has been awarded posthumously to Fred Fish, W5FF (SK) <http://www.arrl.org/awards/ffma/index.html>. The award was presented by West Gulf Division Director Coy Day, N5OK, to Fish's widow Lee Fish, K5FF, at the ARRL Forum at the Texoma Hamorama in Ardmore, Oklahoma on October 25. The FFMA was created to honor Fred Fish, W5FF, a legendary VHF+ operator who became the first amateur to work and confirm all 488 Maidenhead grid squares on 6 meters in the 48 contiguous United States. According to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, plaques bearing Fred Fish's likeness will be awarded to any amateur who can repeat Fred's accomplishment. Several members of the Central States VHF Society (CSVHFS) were present for the ceremony; Fred and Lee were members of CSVHFS for many years. "Lee was visibly moved when she saw the photo of her late husband on the plaque bearing his name," Kutzko said, "and her voice broke as she spoke out loud, realizing that 'when award number 2099 is presented, Fred's picture will still be on the plaque.' Lee also thanked the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community for recognizing her husband's contributions to Amateur Radio." Both Lee and Fred were very active on the VHF bands, and earned Worked All States (WAS) <http://www.arrl.org/awards/was/> on 6 and 2 meters, as well as 222 and 432 MHz. Lee was the first person to get DXCC on 6 meters; Fred was the second. Kutzko said that the couple is remembered as generous with their time to VHF newcomers. More information on the Fred Fish Memorial Award, as well as other ARRL operating awards, can be found on the ARRL Awards Program portion of the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/awards/>. ==> ARRL NTS SECOND REGION NET EXPANDS TO INCLUDE EASTERN CANADA As of November 1, 2008, the Second Region Net (2RN) of the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) expanded its reach, providing regular network nodes for Canadian provinces in Eastern Canada <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/nts-mpg/>. In a joint announcement last week, NTS Eastern Area Chair Marcia Forde, KW1U, and Bill Thompson, W2MTA, NTS Second Region Net (2RN) Manager for Cycles 2 and 3, invited those Canadian radio amateurs who handle traffic to participate in Second Region Net operations as the Eastern Canada Net (ECN) is no longer active. According to Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) <http://www.rac.ca/>, the ECN, a CW Net, handled traffic for Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Price Edward Island and Newfoundland into the US for transcontinental transmission. "This expansion of 2RN operations is intended to allow Section Nets in the eastern provinces of Canada to have outlet to Eastern Area Net operations and to allow inbound traffic to flow to those provinces of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes," Thompson said. "This is much the same way as the more-western provinces in Canada currently interface with the NTS RN7 (Seventh Region Net) and TEN (Tenth Region Net) nets." Canadian operators are invited to participate in the 2RN operations in addition to those of their provincial NTS Section Nets. The Second Region Net operates four times daily on the 75 and 80 meter bands (3.925 and 3.576 MHz) in accordance with the NTS Four Cycle timetable using Cycles 2, 3 and 4. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "The sway of magic potent over Sun and star" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Sunspot 1007 is still there, but probably rotating off the visible solar disk sometime today. This is the eighth sunspot of the new solar cycle -- and also the largest. Sunspot numbers for October 30-November 5 were 13, 16, 16, 17, 18, 14 and 11 with a mean of 15. The 10.7 cm flux was 66.8, 68.1, 66.7, 69.1, 69.5, 68 and 67.7 with a mean of 68. The estimated planetary A indices were 11, 6, 1, 2, 1, 1 and 0 with a mean of 3.1. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 11, 5, 0, 2, 1, 1 and 0 with a mean of 2.9. 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 William Wordsworth's "Laodamia" <http://www.bartleby.com/41/393.html>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Weekend on the Radio: This week, look for the NCCC Sprint on November 7. The WAE DX Contest (RTTY), the JIDX Phone Contest, the OK/OM DX Contest (CW), the Kentucky QSO Party and the CQ-WE Contest are all November 8-9. The SKCC Weekend Sprintathon is November 9 and the RSGB 80 Meter Club Sprint (SSB) is November 13. Next week is the ARRL EME Contest on November 15-16 and the ARRL Sweepstakes Contest (SSB) on November 15-17. The NCCC Sprint is November 14.The JT Hamradio-50 Anniversary DX Contest and the Feld Hell Sprint are November 15. The SARL Field Day Contest, the All Austrian 160 Meter Contest and the RSGB 2nd 1.8 MHz Contest (CW) are November 15-16. The EU PSK63 QSO Party is November 16, the Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is November 17 and the NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is November 20. 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, November 23, 2008, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, December 5, 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/cep/student> or contact the Continuing Education Program Coordinator <email@example.com>. * W1AW to Participate in Global Simulated Emergency Test: On November 8, W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, will be participating in the 2008 Global Simulated Emergency Test (GlobalSET), sponsored by IARU Region 1 <http://raynet-hf.net/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=34>. The event runs from 0400-0800 UTC, but due to the W1AW transmission schedule, the ARRL station will be on the air from 0500-0800 UTC. ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Dennis Dura, K2DCD, and ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, will be on the air from W1AW. According to event organizer Greg Mossop, G0DUB, the GlobalSET is an exercise <http://www.iaru-r1.org/GlobalSETNov08Rules-English.pdf> for headquarters stations of IARU Member Societies and stations of emergency communications groups -- it is not a contest. Activity will be concentrated around the IARU Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies. Where permitted by their licensing administration, participating stations will use "/D" after their call sign, indicating distress or disaster. A list of participating stations can be found onine <http://www.raynet-hf.net/tiki-read_article.php?articleId=35>. * George Steber, WB9LVI, Wins October QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for October is George R. Steber, WB9LVI, for his article "Experimenter's RF Spectrum Analyzer." Congratulations, George! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/QSTvote.html>. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the November issue by Sunday, November 30. * Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, Appointed Assistant Director: On October 25, ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, announced that he had appointed Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, former Special Counsel for the Spectrum Enforcement Division of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, an Assistant Director for the Atlantic Division; Hollingsworth retired from the FCC earlier this year. Assistant Directors are personal appointees of Directors who are chosen to aid in the normal routine of administering the Division; they usually have knowledge or expertise in a certain area concerning Amateur Radio. 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