*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 47 November 26, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * ARRL President Emeritus George Wilson, W4OYI (SK) * IARU Region 1 Meets in Croatia * Dates Set for DXpedition to Desecheo Island * ARRL HQ to Close for Thanksgiving * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Weekend on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration Corrections =========================================================== ==>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> =========================================================== ==> ARRL PRESIDENT EMERITUS GEORGE WILSON, W4OYI (SK) George S. Wilson III, W4OYI, of Owensboro, Kentucky, passed away at his home on November 25. He was 76. Wilson served as the ARRL's 11th President from January 1992-July 1995. He resigned from the position after a stroke in 1995. Wilson's tenure in ARRL leadership included positions as Kentucky Section Emergency Coordinator, Kentucky Section Communications Manager, Vice Director and Director of the Great Lakes Division, as well as Vice President and First Vice President, eventually culminating in the position of ARRL President. Upon retirement from the League's top position, Wilson was named President Emeritus based on his lifelong commitment to Amateur Radio and the League -- one of only four people granted this honor. He also served as an Assistant Director in the Great Lakes Division. After his stroke, which left him completely paralyzed on his left side, Wilson stepped down after serving just over three years in the League's top volunteer position. He told the ARRL Board of Directors that while he felt had made progress in rehabilitation, his medical condition prevented him from travelling and from devoting the energy required to perform the demanding duties of the office. He expressed his appreciation to the members of the Board for the opportunity to serve. Wilson told the Board's July 1995 meeting that "The League has my undying love and support." To honor Wilson's service to the ARRL and to Amateur Radio as a whole, the Board named him ARRL President Emeritus. His legacy includes a near lifelong involvement in the League's emergency and public service communications programs. He remained active in public service and emergency communication until his death. Then-ARRL First Vice President Rod Stafford, W6ROD (ex KB6ZV), moved up to fill Wilson's shoes. Upon taking the position, Stafford said that Wilson "believe[d] in team building, in getting people involved and keeping them informed. That the ARRL was able to function so seamlessly while George was incapacitated is a testimony to his own management style." According to ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, Wilson suffered his stroke in February 1995 while on ARRL business in Washington, DC. "The stroke left George physically limited," Sumner said, "but he remained mentally active and stayed in touch with his friends, mainly by e-mail and some CW operating. The history of the ARRL is highlighted -- indeed, our history has been made possible -- by the extraordinary contributions of many volunteers. With George's death, we've lost one of the great ones." "George was a personable individual who preferred to look at things from a simple perspective," said current ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. "When I attended my first ARRL Board meeting as a young 28 year old Director, George was elected Vice President. During time on the Board afterward, he provided me with some valuable experience that allowed me to be an effective Director working within the great democratic process that we benefit from. After he experienced his terrible medical situation while serving as ARRL President, he displayed great resilience in moving forward; Amateur Radio not only played a part in his recovery, but a major part of his life afterward. His involvement in Amateur Radio will be missed, but his impact will remain. It is a sad loss." A lawyer by profession, Wilson, according to Sumner, "played the role of a simple small-town lawyer disarmingly well when he debated, right up to the point where he skewered his opponent with surgical precision. It was great fun to watch as long as you weren't the one being skewered!" Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips, K8QOE, fondly remembered Wilson, recalling a meeting he had with the ARRL President in the early 1990s: "I was seated at a table at the Findlay Hamfest in Ohio. I had ARRL President George Wilson, W4OYI, on one side of me and then-Great Lakes Division Director Al Severson, AB8P (SK) on the other. They were discussing problems within the ARRL. I was impressed at the depth of their concern for the future of the ARRL. Al left and George stayed behind; he gave me a quick lesson on ARRL service to the membership. He taught me the meaning of constituency service to the membership when you wore an ARRL leadership badge. I had only recently been appointed Ohio Section Public Information Coordinator and I never gave membership service any real thought. George Wilson redirected my thinking that morning. He was a real giant in ARRL leadership, with his greatest accomplishment being an inspiration to others. He was particularly effective because he had that 'plain old guy' appearance, while working with a keen mind and impressive spirit. I will miss him." In 2004, Wilson received the Special Achievement Award, sponsored by the Dayton Hamvention. Nominated by current ARRL Great Lakes Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA; former ARRL First Vice President Steve Mendelsohn, W2ML, and Amateur Radio Newsline's Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, they noted that Wilson "spent his entire ham radio career in devoted service to his community, to his country, to his hobby and in service with its only national representative body. He has given of himself because that's his nature." Johnston, Mendelsohn and Pasternak said that "those of us close to George knew [that resigning as ARRL President] was not an easy decision for him to make, but one that he had to face. He had so many ideas and plans for making ham radio a hobby and service to be shared with the world. Yet he knew that his physical condition was such that he must devote his every waking moment to 'rehab' if he would at some later date again be able to contribute to the service that he loved so much." The nomination continued: "When he took office [as ARRL President], George Wilson made it clear that he would do all he could to preserve our ham bands and make them more pleasant to operate. He has been at the forefront of efforts in both areas. The results can be seen in several areas of the hobby including the creation of the vanity call sign program and a major victory in retaining Amateur Radio access in the 902-928 MHz [33 cm] band." His nomination recounted Wilson's beginnings as a radio amateur. Licensed at 16, Wilson took to 40 meters with a home-brew transmitter consisting of a 6L6 oscillator tube driving an 807 running about 30 W of power, a simple receiver and wire antenna. "His first exposure to the world of emergency service communications came [when he was only 17] in December 1949 when the Green River overflowed its banks and flooded the town of Calhoun [Kentucky]," the application stated. "As the emergency crystallized, relief workers found stranded residents calling in for evacuation. Ferry boats would go get them, only to have to turn around [and] go right back because the next door neighbor had since also requested evacuation. What was needed was communications between the relief agency in Owensboro and the boats involved in the rescues. As there were no cellular telephones, 2 meter [handheld transceivers] or repeaters in that era, George and his comrades installed CW rigs on the two ferries and one at the local courthouse to act as a 'dispatch.' The system worked flawlessly and made rescue of those stranded by the flooding more efficient. In reality, it most likely saved lives. The die was cast and George Wilson, W4OYI, was hooked on public service." In the years since his stroke, Wilson used a wheelchair, making travel to hamfests and conventions a bit difficult. As a result, his ham radio public service activities were limited to those he could do from or near his home. As such, Wilson devoted much of his time to monitoring the local repeater for those in need of assistance and was active in the Owensboro Amateur Radio Club and ARES. In 2003, amateurs in the Great Lakes Division created the George S. Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award. This annual award is presented to a Division member who has "contributed greatly to the overall vitality of the Amateur Radio Service." Wilson was a member of the ARRL's A-1 Operator Club <http://www.arrl.org/awards/a1-op/> and held DXCC (CW and Mixed) with 200 countries confirmed on each <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/>. In addition to his wife Marian (of 51 years) and his children Berry and Jennifer, Wilson is also survived by two grandchildren, Meghan and Rachel. Visitation will take place Friday, November 28 from 2-7 PM at the James H. Davis Funeral Home in Owensboro; an online guestbook is available <http://davisfuneralhome.com/>. Services will be at 10 AM at the funeral home the following day. Wilson will be interred at Elmwood Cemetery, also in Owensboro. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations in Wilson's name be made to the American Red Cross. ==> IARU REGION 1 MEETS IN CROATIA Earlier this month, IARY Region 1 held its triennial conference in Cavtat, Croatia. Forty IARU Member Societies were present, with another 12 Member Societies represented via proxy. IARU Vice President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, and IARU Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, also attended the conference <http://www.arrl.org/news/files/CT08_Cavtat_Final_plenary_minutes.pdf>. Sunday, November 16, marked the opening of the five day conference that was hosted by. Hrvatski Radioamaterski Savez (HRS), Croatia's IARU Member Society <http://www.hamradio.hr/>. HRS President Kreso Kovarik, 9A5K, welcomed local and national officials and conferees. Kovarik said he was pleased that that the IARU chose to have the 2008 conference in Croatia, and expressed his view that this would be of great value to Croatia and to the HRS. Ellam spoke next, relaying greetings from IARU President Larry Price, W4RA, who was unable to attend. Ellam took this opportunity to briefly review the work done by IARU over recent years and said he "looked forward to WRC 11." He thanked Region 1 and the HRS for their excellent organizational arrangements for the conference. Region 1 President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, echoed Ellam's good wishes and noted that there were 50 delegations present for this conference, either in person or by proxy. The conference was formally opened by Kreso Antonovic, Director of Electronic Communications and Postal Service Directorate, Ministry of Sea, Transport and Infrastructure, Croatia. A postage stamp commemorating the conference was unveiled at a recption for heads of delegations and invited guests that followed. One of the highlights of the conference was the election of new officers. With 41 out of 49 votes cast, Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, of the Netherlands, was elected President. Mustapha Diop, 6W1KI, of Senegal, was unanimously elected Vice President. Dennis Green, ZS4BS, of South Africa, was elected Secretary and Andreas Thiemann, HB9JOE, of Switzerland, was elected Treasurer. Rounding out the Region 1 Executive Committee are Hani Raad, OD5TE, of Lebanon; Betty Magnon, F6IOC, of France; Nikola Percin, 9A5W, of Croatia; Panayot Danev, LZ1US, of Bulgaria, and Colin Thomas, G3PSM, of Great Britain. In preparation for the expansion of 40 meters in Region 1 on March 29, 2009, the HF Committee debated a band plan to incorporate the change from 7.000-7.100 to 7.000-7.200 MHz. The conference adopeted the following plan: * 7.000-7.025 MHz, CW, contest preferred (200 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.025-7.040 MHz, CQ, QRP Center of Activity to be 7.030 MHz (200 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.040-7.047 MHz, Narrow band modes (digimodes) (500 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.047-7.050 MHz, Narrow band modes (digimodes, unattended automatically controlled data stations) (500 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.050-7.053 MHz, All modes (digimodes, unattended automatically controlled data stations) (2700 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.053-7.060 MHz, All modes (digimodes) (2700 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.060-7.100 MHz, All modes, digital voice 7070, SSB QRP Center of Activity to be 7.090 MHz, SSB contest preferred (2700 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.100-7.130 MHz, All modes, Region 1 Center of Activity to be 7.110 MHz (2700 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.130-7.200 MHz, All modes, SSB contest preferred, Image Center of Activity to be 7.165 MHz (2700 Hz maximum bandwidth) * 7.175-7.200 MHz, All modes, priority for intercontinental operation (2700 Hz maximum bandwidth) The conference had an eye to both new and young radio amateurs. Delegates agreed unanimously to recommend to Member Societies the importance of the annual Jamboree on the Air and encouraged the organizations to assist Scouts with the event. By doing so, the delegates said, this will promote Amateur Radio to Scouts to where they will get their Amateur Radio license and become active on the air. The delegates also recommended that an additional category be introduced to Amateur Radio contests "wherever possible." Details for the "Youngsters and Newcomers" category will be left to individual contest organizers to develop. Delegates also encouraged contest organizers to replace signal strength reports required in contests with "some other less predictable exchange, so as to enhance the skill requirements of contest operators." Delegates had three choices for the next conference: South Africa, Spain or England. Sun City, South Africa was chosen as the venue for the 2011 meeting. ==> DATES SET FOR DXPEDITION TO DESECHEO ISLAND The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has notified a group of hams led by veteran DXpeditioners Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, that they will be able to mount a DXpedition to Desecheo Island (KP5, IOTA NA-095), February 12-26, 2009 <http://www.kp5.us/>. Desecheo currently sits at number 7 on the Most Wanted list, kept by "DX Magazine." Desecheo is a small uninhabited island in the Mona Passage, 14 miles off the western coast of Puerto Rico. It is part of the USFWS's national wildlife refuge system administered by the Caribbean National Wildlife Refuge Complex (CNWR). Per USFWS rules, only 15 operators will be allowed on the island at one time. "We have arranged with USFWS to allow a shift change about half way through the DXpedition," Allphin told the ARRL. "This has allowed a number of hams on our waiting list an opportunity to participate in this DXpedition." Johnson said the team will be running CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-6 meters. "We've had tremendous support from DX organizations all over the world and from numerous equipment and antenna manufacturers," he told the ARRL. "We are diligently working on the propagation studies to reach our hard to work areas of Asia and Europe. This and with our planned antennas, we should knock Desecheo off of the Most Wanted List for a long time to come." Desecheo is the second most-wanted DXCC entity in Asia and third most-wanted in Europe. According to DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, the lack of amateur activity on Desecheo is due to the USFWS not issuing the needed Special Use permits. "The USFWS has always claimed safety concerns as a reason to not issue the permits," he said. "Since the island was used as a bombing range, there is the possibility that unexploded, live munitions are still on the island. It is always a good thing when an entity that had activation difficulties in the past gets on the air again." On Friday, December 19, three DXpedition team members, USFWS personnel and an unexploded ordnance (UXO) expert will go out to Desecheo to sweep and clear the assigned area of unexploded ordnance and other hazards. "We are uniquely fortunate for a 'sneak preview' of our operating site the week before Christmas," Johnson said. "We will spend a day on Desecheo clearing hazards from our operating sites. Rarely does such a most-wanted entity have an opportunity for a sneak peak to optimally plan logistics, stations and antennas." There will be no radio operations on this trip. The KP5 DXpedition team will assemble in Puerto Rico on Sunday, February 8 for mandatory UXO training. They will spend the next few days training, preparing and staging the several tons of equipment for transport to the site and set out for Desecheo on February 12. Allphin said that as soon as they land on Desecheo, two stations will be "immediately activated. Stations will continue to operate until the final moments of departure on February 26." Allphin is an experienced DXer, having visited 80 DXCC entities and operated from 40, including Peter I Island, Howland Island, Kingman Reef, the South Sandwich Islands and South Georgia Island. Allphin and Johnson have both participated in DXpeditions to Heard Island and Bhutan. "For a team leader, the challenges are pretty much the same for Desecheo as they were for Peter I and other remote DXpeditions," Allphin told the ARRL. "Take logistics -- you still must make sure everything you need gets there. Although there is a Radio Shack 20 miles away, the boat trip is $1000! The team must be selected on compatibility, experience and operating skills; that never changes. The difference this time is that Glenn and I have been inundated with requests to join the team. The close proximity makes it look like an easy DXpedition, I guess!" ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager and experienced DXpeditioner Dave Patton, NN1N, said that both Desecheo and Navassa Islands (currently third on DX Magazine's Most Wanted list) saw frequent operations in the late 1970s through late '80s, but operations from the islands have been very limited since then. With the islands under the control of the US Fish and Wildlife Service, combined with decaying "infrastructure" on Navassa, there are more issues that must be dealt with than there were 25 years ago. "A well-organized and lengthy operation from Desecheo will be a nice treat for the world's DXers," Patton said. "With W0GJ and K4UEE leading the operation, I think we can all count on a first class effort that will give maximum exposure to Asia/Oceania and Europe where KP5 is most needed. I also think that Glenn and Bob can demonstrate to the Fish and Wildlife Service that a DXpedition can take place and not damage the environment or cause big problems amongst other hams or for other agencies. I hope hams will be invited back to Desecheo more frequently in the future and expand the places where hams may operate." In 1979, upon the recommendation of the DX Advisory Committee, Desecheo Island was added to the DXCC list for contacts made after March 1 of that year. KP4AM/D -- with operators N4EA, KP4Q, N4ZC, KP4DSD, KV4KV (now KP2A) and KP4AM (now W4DN) -- made the first DXpedition to Desecheo in March 1979. Various groups have made their way to Desecheo since the first trip, but other than a brief operation in December 2005, there has been no activity from the island since 1994. "It is so exciting that our DXpedition to Desecheo coincides almost exactly 30 years to the day of the first operation from Desecheo," Johnson told the ARRL. In June of this year, CNWR invited written proposals from hams who had previously made inquiries about an Amateur Radio operation from Desecheo; CNWR indicated that they would allow one group to activate the island. After reviewing the proposals, CNWR would then select a group and prepare to issue a Special Permit to the successful party, limiting the group to no more than 15 people staying no longer than 14 days. Applicants had 45 days to prepare and submit their proposals. According to Allphin, seven groups submitted proposals. "A panel of three Fish and Wildlife Service employees, from areas within the Service outside of the Caribbean refuge, spent September 24 and 25 reviewing and evaluating the [seven] proposals," Allphin said. "The selection criteria used were those outlined in the proposal invitation letter and points were awarded for how well criteria were addressed for thoroughness and documentation." "It was truly an honor to have our proposal and team selected from the stiff competition," Johnson told the ARRL. "This has been a true team effort on our part from the start. We look forward to activating an entity in the Top 10 Most Wanted that is located in our own back yard! We are most grateful to the USFWS for giving us this opportunity to activate this rare entity." ==> ARRL HQ TO CLOSE FOR THANKSGIVING ARRL Headquarters will be closed Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 in observance of Thanksgiving. There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice transmissions those days. The ARRL Letter will be distributed on Wednesday, November 26. There will be no ARRL Audio News on Friday, November 28. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Monday, December 1 at 8 AM Eastern Standard Time. We wish everyone a safe and bountiful Thanksgiving holiday. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "The Sun hath shed its kindly light, Our harvesting is gladly o'er" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: This is an early bulletin for the Thanksgiving holiday, as ARRL is closed on Friday, the regular day for release of this bulletin. We plan another brief regular propagation bulletin on Monday, December 1 that will contain the propagation numbers for November 20-26 in the regular format that normally appears at the end of the bulletin. On Friday, December 5, the propagation bulletin will be back on regular schedule, at least into spring 2009. We had our last glimpse of sunspot group 1008 as it was about to slip over our Sun's western horizon on November 18. No sunspots have emerged since then, but it seems a reasonable assumption that we will see more Solar Cycle 24 spots, but we do not know when. There is a prediction from USAF/NOAA that shows solar flux rising to 70 on December 8-9. This is just tracking a possible reappearance of the region that birthed sunspot group 1007 that we saw in the Sun's southern hemisphere from October 30 through November 6. Tonight ,high latitude regions may see some aurora caused by another solar wind stream from a coronal hole. But that same USAF/NOAA forecast mentioned earlier shows a planetary A index of just 12 for today, dropping to 8 on Thursday, then 5 (a very quiet level) until December 4-6 when they expect a planetary A index of 8, 15 and 10. The planetary A index is calculated with data from a collection of mid-latitude and higher magnetometers around the world, and 12 is a drop from Tuesday's (November 25) planetary A index of 17, when aurora was observed in Polar Regions. 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 Paul Laurence Dunbar's "A Thanksgiving Poem" <http://www.paullaurencedunbar.net/athanksgivingpoem.html>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, the SKCC Sprint and the RSGB 80 Meter Club Sprint (CW) are both on November 26. The CQ Worldwide DX Contest (CW) is November 29-30 and the ARCI Topband Sprint is December 4. Next weekend is the ARRL 160-Meter Contest on December 5-7. The TARA RTTY Melee and the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint are December 6. The TOPS Activity Contest is December 6-7 and the NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is December 10. 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, December 7, 2008, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, December 19, 2008: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2; Antenna Modeling; HF Digital Communications; and Radio Frequency Propagation. 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. 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