*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 49 December 12, 2008 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Congressional Committee Members Release Report Lambasting FCC Chairman Kevin Martin * + ARRL 10 Meter Contest Means HF Fun for Technicians, Too! * + "The Doctor Is IN" the ARRL Letter * + FCC Calls on Amateur Radio Service for Assistance with Digital TV Conversion * + FlexRadio Donates Software Defined Radio to W1AW + ARRL Thanks Donors with Publication Gift Certificates * + ARRL Membership Newsletters, Bulletins and Notifications * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Week on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + ARRL Headquarters Closed for Christmas, New Year's Holidays Former Wisconsin Section Manager Roy Pedersen, K9FHI (SK) Former Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Allen Breiner Sr, W3TI (SK) +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> =========================================================== ==> CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS RELEASE REPORT LAMBASTING FCC CHAIRMAN KEVIN MARTIN On Tuesday, December 9, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce -- the congressional committee that oversees the Federal Communications Commission -- released its majority staff report "on the bipartisan investigation of the FCC's regulatory processes and management practices." The report -- "Deception and Distrust: The Federal Communications Commission under Chairman Kevin J. Martin" -- stated that the investigation was prompted "by allegations to the effect that [FCC] Chairman Kevin J. Martin has abused FCC procedures by manipulating or suppressing reports, data and information" <http://www.arrl.org/news/files/FCC_Report120908.pdf>. "Our investigation confirmed a number of troubling allegations raised by individuals in and outside the FCC," said Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. "The Committee staff report details some of the most egregious abuses of power, suppression of information and manipulation of data under Chairman Martin's leadership. It is my hope that this report will serve as a roadmap for a fair, open and efficient FCC under new leadership in the next administration." Representative John D. Dingell (D-MI), Chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce echoed Stupak's concerns: "Any of these findings, individually, are cause for concern. Together, the findings suggest that, in recent years, the FCC has operated in a dysfunctional manner and Commission business has suffered as a result. It is my hope that the new FCC Chairman will find this report instructive and that it will prove useful in helping the Commission avoid making the same mistakes." The report said that "in an investigation of this nature," the Committee would usually hold hearings "to receive testimony from witnesses and to further examine the issues." But due to what the Committee called "the climate of fear that currently pervades the FCC," the report said the Committee found that key witnesses "were unwilling to testify or even have their names become known." For that reason, they issued a report in place of a hearing "to protect the many honest people who came forward under a promise of protection or anonymity." Chairman Martin was invited to meet with the Committee to discuss matters addressed by the investigation, but the report said he "ignored [the Committee's] invitation," as did his Chief of Staff Daniel Gonzalez and Chief of Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau Derek Poarch. In its 110-page report, the Committee described 12 allegations, ranging from retaliation against FCC employees who differed with the Chairman's policies to enhanced 911 wireless services to broadband over power lines (BPL). To go along with the 12 allegations, 22 exhibits were attached to the report, such as internal e-mails, e-mails from FCC commissioners to their staff, statements made by FCC commissioners and letters to and from commissioners (including Chairman Martin). Not all 12 allegations were substantiated by the Committee. * Broadband over Power Lines Concerning BPL, the report alleges that FCC officials "ignored complaints of radio frequency interference caused by BPL high-speed Internet technology, delayed an enforcement investigation for two years and improperly withheld engineering data regarding BPL from the public." The report found that in October 2004, as then-Chairman Michael Powell issued his final rule "defining BPL access and setting technical and administrative requirements to protect licensed radio operators from harmful interference," the FCC "withheld from the public certain engineering reports on which it relied in promulgating the rule" from the final rule and order. Even though the BPL rules were adopted during Powell's tenure, the report found that "it was under Chairman Martin that the Enforcement Bureau and the General Counsel continued to withhold the redacted engineering reports and insisted on doing so in the course of the ensuing litigation [with the ARRL]" <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/04/25/10064/>. The report goes on to say that on April 25, 2008, the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit found that the FCC, in the case filed by the ARRL, "violated the Administrative Procedure Act when it played 'hide and seek' with engineering data used in its support of the order and 'cherry-picked' a study on which it had relied" <http://pacer.cadc.uscourts.gov/common/opinions/200804/06-1343-1112979.p df>. "The fact that the FCC withheld the required engineering reports in this matter," the report concluded, "indicates poor judgment and an attempt to hide critical weaknesses in its decision. Ironically, the FCC's attempts to hide this information only served to provoke suspicion and its handmaiden, litigation. This case [filed by the ARRL] illustrates the extent to which a culture of secrecy has developed at the FCC that is as counterproductive as it is unnecessary." The report states that this "particular situation" has been corrected by the courts and technological issues arising from BPL have been "rendered largely moot over time due to improvements" in BPL technology. "It is distressing, but unfortunately not surprising," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, "to read that the FCC's mishandling of the BPL issue was simply a part of a broad pattern of dysfunction at the Commission. This is a relatively recent development and is unprecedented in the ARRL's long experience with the FCC -- an association that dates back to the very creation of the agency, 20 years after the founding of the ARRL. While the marketplace failure of BPL and the steps taken voluntarily by the few companies that have deployed BPL systems have combined to minimize interference, the regulatory issue is by no means moot. The rules remain inadequate." Sumner continued: "More than seven months after the Court remand, the FCC has done nothing to correct its errors, nor has it complied with the very specific instructions from the United States Court of Appeals. These instructions included the disclosure of the studies that it intentionally withheld from the public, but upon which it relied in adopting its rules. Indeed, the only step the Commission has taken since the Court's remand order is to mount an unsuccessful effort to oppose our claim for reimbursement of the printing costs for the briefs in the case -- a small fraction of the expenses incurred by the ARRL in our appeal -- expenses that would not have been necessary had the Commission followed the law in the first place" <http://www.arrl.org/?artid=8338>. * Other Findings by the Committee The report also showed instances of where Chairman Martin "manipulated, withheld or suppressed data, reports and information," and said Martin's "manipulation [of another report] may have damaged the credibility of the Commission, and certainly undermined the integrity of the staff. Moreover, it was done with the purpose of affecting the congressional decision-making, in that it was issued as a report to Congress." Saying that FCC matters have not been handled in an "open or transparent manner," the report said the FCC "rais[ed] suspicions both inside and outside the Commission that some parties and issues are not being treated fairly." The report stated that the Committee's impressions were "confirmed" when it discovered that Chairman Martin made a "preemptory reversal" of [a report's] conclusions and that Martin did not seek "further public comment or conduct further studies" thus giving the impression "that the issue was not handled fairly or openly." The report also found that Chairman Martin's "heavy-handed, opaque and non-collegial management style has created distrust, suspicion and turmoil among the five current Commissioners." The report states that Martin does not afford his fellow Commissioners "direct and unfettered access to the Commission staff and their expert advice, thereby hindering the ability of other Commissioners to carry out the duties of their offices and the work of the Commission." The report also found that Commission staff have not been "effectively managed." When Martin first became Chairman, he "imposed a major reshuffling of FCC staff throughout the agency." While the report said that a "certain amount of reorganization is not unprecedented" when a new Chairman begins his term, the reorganization "was highly unusual in both its breadth (nearly every senior position at the agency changed hands) and its depth (even a number on non-management line staffers found themselves inexplicably reassigned)." Calling it a "waste of resources, the report pointed out that senior employees with "extensive experience and expertise" were reassigned to junior-level positions; as a result, "it appears that some important Commission proceedings were delayed." * Committee Methodology Over the course of its investigation, the Committee staff reviewed "several hundred thousand documents, including 95 boxes of paper documents; conducted 73 interviews of current and former FCC employees and individuals associated with the telecommunications industry; solicited and received e-mails from FCC employees and contractors at a secure e-mail address established for this purpose, and reviewed dozens of allegations." The report pointed out that since the investigation, Chairman Martin has taken "some small steps" to address some of the problems outlined in the report. The Committee also emphasized that not everything they found is included in its report: "A few allegations were received so recently that they have not been investigated and are not included [in the report]. We have also excluded matters that seemed trivial per se. Still, other allegations have not been adequately investigated because the FCC has not yet produced all of the records requested by the Committee." ==> ARRL 10 METER CONTEST MEANS HF FUN FOR TECHNICIANS, TOO! This weekend brings an opportunity for Technician licensees to exercise their HF privileges and have fun at the same time. The ARRL 10 Meter Contest is set to begin at 0000 UTC on Saturday December 13 (this is Friday evening in the US) and runs through 2359 UTC on Sunday, December 14 <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2008/10-meters.html>. "Anyone having tuned across 10 meters lately might think the band is uninhabited," said ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, "but on Friday afternoon, activity will increase dramatically. We're at the bottom of the solar sunspot cycle, so the worldwide band openings of a few years ago won't be happening, but the 10 Meter Contest brings hundreds -- or more! -- of stations to the band." Kutzko said that the contest "concentrates the activity, so all sorts of interesting contacts take place via local line-of-sight, sporadic-E and all kinds of scatter modes -- even meteor scatter!" If you would like to try your hand at HF operating, Kutzko recommends a radio that can operate SSB (and CW, if you know Morse code) from 28.000 to about 28.500 MHz, as that's where most of the contest activity takes place; SSB activity will be between 28.300-28.500 MHz (listen to beacon stations located between 28.200-28.300 MHz to check for band openings). If you need an antenna for 10 meters, ARRL Contributing Editor H. Ward Silver, N0AX, suggests using a full-size CB mobile whip trimmed to about 98 inches in length, but a dipole is also easy to make, he explains: "Cut two pieces of wire (any size from #12 to #20) to a length of 98 inches and strip the end of a piece of RG-8X or RG-213 coax. Solder the shield braid to one length of wire and the center conductor to the other. Stretch out the wires and attach each free end to an insulator, such as a piece of PVC pipe or Plexiglass. You've just made a dipole!" You should then attach some thin cord or rope to the opposite side of each insulator and then hoist the dipole up in the air between a couple of trees or whatever supports you have -- it doesn't have to be very high. Check out this article on how to make dipoles on the ARRL Web site. Once you tune into the contest, Kutzko said, you'll hear stations calling "CQ Contest" and giving their call sign. Another station will call them and they'll transmit a short message called the exchange. US and Canadian amateurs give a signal report (just "59" will do fine) and their state. If you hear a DX station, likely to be from South America or the Pacific -- they'll give the signal report and the sequential serial number (starting with 001) of the QSO in this contest (if you are their 187th QSO, you will receive "187" as part of their exchange to you). For example, if K7CEX hears W5KFT, the sequence might go like this: CQ Contest from W5KFT W5KFT from K7CEX K7CEX you are 59 in Texas W5KFT from K7CEX you are 59 in Washington Thanks, CQ Contest from W5KFT "Your best chances of making a contact are during the middle daylight hours of Saturday and Sunday, due to propagation considerations," Kutzko advises. "But I do have to warn you -- this simple contest can keep you busy for hours as you chase new states and even different countries! There is no need to sit on the sidelines for this fun event -- get on the air and enjoy your Technician license to the fullest!" ==> "THE DOCTOR IS IN" THE ARRL LETTER This week, ARRL Letter readers are in luck! The ARRL's very own Doctor, author of the popular QST column "The Doctor Is IN," answers a question from his mailbag: Dave Wright, KB9MNM, of Montgomery, Illinois, asks: I would like to try CW using my PC. I have an all mode 2 meter radio with VOX (voice operated transmit switching) How would I wire this up to the sound card of a computer? Can I use the same configuration for low power radio projects, such as the Tuna-Tin 2 transmitter or the SoftRock receiver, or will I need a special interface device? The Doctor Answers -- The radio-to-sound card interconnect requires two audio connections: A pair out of the radio (speaker or line out) to the sound card mic (or line in), and a pair from the sound card speaker or line out to the radio mic in, (or line in if it has one). In both cases, the line level connections are preferred (if they are available) because they don't change in level every time you adjust your volume control. If you get tired of listening to the data tones, you can turn down your speaker volume and still have enough signal from your line out to drive the sound card. In addition, you need to have a way of switching the radio from receive to transmit. That can be using the VOX (but be careful of strange computer voices (You've Got Mail!) that can also go out over the air. In the absence of VOX, you could even use a manual switch on your push to talk (PTT) line, but that would get cumbersome. A sound card interface provides transformer isolation on the mic line, to help avoid hum pickup. Most importantly, it picks up the transmit command from the PC serial port and switches the radio PTT line for you, so you don't need to use the radio VOX function. Some allow you to switch between mic and sound card, and also provide a separate gain control, so you don't have to change everything every time you go back to voice mode. So you can start out with the simple connections, but if you use it a lot, you will likely want an interface eventually. All of the above applies to your 2 meter set, as well as most HF radios. The tuna tin I'm thinking of is just a CW transmitter and thus doesn't do sounds at all, so you're kind of stuck. The soft rock is a receiver, so you can use a single cable from the receiver audio output to your sound card input and monitor what's going on while you have a chance to get used to the software choices. I recommend starting there, in any case. Do you have a question or a problem? Send your questions via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> or to "The Doctor," ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 (no phone calls, please). Look for "The Doctor Is IN" every month in QST, the official journal of the ARRL. ==> FCC CALLS ON AMATEUR RADIO SERVICE FOR ASSISTANCE WITH DIGITAL TV CONVERSION Earlier this month, the ARRL received a request from the FCC asking that ARRL members provide technical educational assistance to their communities concerning the FCC-mandated digital television (DTV) conversion scheduled for February 17, 2009 <http://www.dtv.gov/>. According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, Amateur Radio clubs across the country are being asked to develop and implement plans to provide information throughout January and February about the DTV conversion in their areas. The FCC is leaving it up to the clubs to decide how to do this, as local groups understand the communities in ways that the FCC does not. Each community is a little different, Pitts said, so plans carried out by the clubs will vary from community to community. Interested groups should contact their ARRL Section Manager. Pitts stressed that hams should not make "house calls," sell any equipment or do actual installations; the request is only to distribute technical information and FCC materials. He commented: "As we all know, some folks just never get the message until too late. Materials for presentations, education and many other activities are available online <http://www.dtv.gov/outreach.html>. Beginning early January, FCC staff will contact Section Managers and leaders of interested clubs and, where possible, arrange to meet to share even more information, audio, visual and printed materials, as well as training aids, with the clubs involved this effort. We know the time is short, but your aid in this now will be appreciated." In early January, Pitts said that the FCC will ask Section Managers for the names and contact information of the volunteering groups. The FCC staff will then make contact with the groups, learn their plans and provide them with the media, brochures or other materials groups may need in this effort. FCC regional staff members may even come and visit with larger groups to aid in implementation of the group's plans. "I really appreciate the willingness of the ARRL to actively participate in helping Americans with the transition to DTV and your helpful suggestions," said George Dillon, FCC Deputy Bureau Chief for Field Operations. "The DTV transition will be an historic moment in the evolution of TV. Broadcast television stations can offer viewers improved picture and sound quality and new programming choices. All-digital broadcasting also will allow us to significantly improve public safety communications and will usher in a new era of advanced wireless services such as the widespread deployment of wireless broadband. Our goal is to engage the amateur community on a cooperative basis to help with the DTV outreach and to educate consumers." Dillon continued that local Amateur Radio clubs might consider offering technical advice to consumers via telephone to those consumers who may encounter difficulty with the installation and setting up of their converter box. "Any assistance...will greatly help in the efforts of the FCC to ensure a smooth transition to DTV on February 17, 2009." Pitts advises interested groups to keep in mind that they are to provide technical educational help only: "At no time should the hams enter someone else's home or install equipment. They should not broker or sell conversion boxes in any way. Clubs can provide such things as a call-in telephone number for technical help, make presentations at meetings, do demonstrations at malls or give talks to other groups -- whatever works in their community." ==> FLEXRADIO DONATES SOFTWARE DEFINED RADIO TO W1AW Thanks to the generosity of the crew at FlexRadio Systems <http://www.flex-radio.com/>, W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, now boasts a software-defined radio (SDR) -- a FLEX 5000A <http://www.flex-radio.com/Products.aspx?topic=F5Ka_details>. FlexRadio Vice President John Basilotto, W5GI, visited ARRL Headquarters on December 8 to present the radio. "We are delighted that FlexRadio's generosity makes it possible for visitors to W1AW to experience the exciting direction in which SDR technology is taking radio communication," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. The radio, located in one of the three W1AW operating suites, will be available for guests to use when they visit W1AW. According to Basilotto, the 5000A at W1AW is the first prototype (or beta unit) of the radio. Although the hardware in current production units is nearly the same as the first unit, Basilotto said that the beta 5000 is "a much better performer because of a continued stream of software updates." W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, said he is excited to receive this new piece of equipment: "I really want to thank John and all the folks at FlexRadio for donating this nifty rig to W1AW. I know those hams who make the trek here to Newington will be lining up to use this new radio, especially when they can see what it is capable of doing. It will definitely be used a lot and I know our visitors will enjoy using the latest in ham radio technology." Basilotto said that in recognition of what he called the ARRL's "considerable influence on Amateur Radio," FlexRadio Systems felt that W1AW should be equipped with the latest in software defined radio technology. "We believe that the FLEX 5000A will provide an enjoyable experience for the ARRL staff and guest operators for many years to come," he said. ==> ARRL THANKS DONORS WITH PUBLICATION GIFT CERTIFICATES It's that time of year when we remember those people and organizations that are important to us all year long. "The generosity of members who support the ARRL with contributions to fund programs not covered by member dues are vital to the financial strength of the ARRL," said ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "Thank you if you've made a recent contribution. If you've already made a contribution in 2008, I hope you'll consider making an additional gift before December 31." "When you make a contribution of $25 or more to any ARRL fund before December 31, we will express our thanks and appreciation with a $10 ARRL Gift Certificate* that you can apply toward your next publication sales purchase," Hobart said. She noted that in these final weeks of 2008, a contribution of $25, $50, $100 or more will have a significant impact on the ARRL. Place your contribution on our secure Web site <http://www.arrl.org/donation>, by mail or phone at 860-594-0397, and we'll send your $10 ARRL Gift Certificate right away; you can also click on the "Donate Today" button, located on the ARRL home page <http://www.arrl.org/>. However you choose to make your donation, you can designate your contribution to be allocated to any of the following ARRL funds: * The ARRL Diamond Club <http://www.arrl.org/diamondclub> * The Spectrum Defense Fund * The Education and Technology Fund * The Lab Fund * The Historic Preservation Fund * The ARRL General Fund If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Hobart via e-mail <email@example.com> or by phone at 860-594-0397. * About ARRL Gift Certificates: After making your contribution of $25 or more, your $10 ARRL Gift Certificate will be promptly mailed to you. Certificates must be redeemed by April 30, 2009. It is easy to redeem your certificate online, by mail or phone! This offer is valid on all sale and regular-priced ARRL publications. ==> ARRL MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTERS, BULLETINS AND NOTIFICATIONS Did you know the ARRL offers more newsletters than just The ARRL Letter? One of the many ARRL membership benefits includes other newsletters, such as the ARRL Contest Update (a bi-weekly contest newsletter), the ARES E-Letter (sent monthly, containing public service and emergency communications news), the ARRL Club News, the ARRL Instructor/Teacher E-Letter and the VE Newsletter, just to name a few. You can also elect to receive news and information from your Division Director and Section Manager (keep in mind that not all Divisions/Sections send notices), as well as W1AW bulletins that relate to DX, propagation, satellites and Keplerian reports. The ARRL also offers a free notification service to members, letting them know when their membership and license are due to expire. Sign up for these newsletters, bulletins and notifications on the Member Data page of the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/memdata.html>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "The Sun to me is dark and silent as the moon" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Finally! A sunspot group appeared this week, about three weeks since the last group disappeared. The first spotless day after sunspot group 1008's last appearance was Tuesday, November 18; the last spotless day before group 1009 emerged was Tuesday, December 9. As expected, this was another Solar Cycle 24 group, emerging far south of our Sun's equator. Sunspot numbers for December 4-10 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 13 with a mean of 1.9. The 10.7 cm flux was 69.6, 68.8, 69.1, 69, 68.5, 68.7 and 70.8 with a mean of 69.2. The estimated planetary A indices were 6, 10, 7, 6, 5, 0 and 2 with a mean of 5.1. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4, 7, 14, 6, 1, 1 and 2 with a mean of 5. 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 Milton's "Samson Agonistes" <http://www.dartmouth.edu/~milton/reading_room/samson/drama/index.shtml> . __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, the ARRL 10 Meter Contest on December 13-14. The NA High Speed Meteor Scatter Winter Rally is December 11-15. The MDXA PSK DeathMatch is December 13-14 and the SKCC Weekend Sprintathon is December 14. Next week, the AGB-Party Contest and the Russian 160 Meter Contest are on December 19. The OK DX RTTY Contest and the Feld Hell Sprint are December 20. On December 20-21, look for the International Naval Contest and the Croatian CW Contest to be on the air. The Lighthouse Christmas Lights QSO Party starts December 20 and goes through January 4. The ARCI Holiday Spirits Homebrew Sprint is December 21, the Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is December 22 and the SKCC Sprint is December 24. 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 21, 2008, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, January 2, 2009: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1, Radio Frequency Interference, Antenna Design and Construction, Technician License Course, Analog Electronics and Digital Electronics. 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>. * ARRL Headquarters Closed for Christmas, New Year's Holidays: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year's Day. There will be no W1AW bulletins or code practice transmissions those days. There will be no ARRL Letter or ARRL Audio News on Friday, December 26 or January 2. Headquarters will be open during regular business hours on Friday, December 26 and Friday, January 2. We wish everyone a safe and joyful holiday season and a prosperous 2009. * Former Wisconsin Section Manager Roy Pedersen, K9FHI (SK): Former Wisconsin Section Manager Roy A. Pedersen, K9FHI, passed away on December 3 from lung cancer. He was 84. Pedersen served as Section Manager from 1973-1984 and from 1996-1999. First licensed as KN9FHI in 1961, he loved camping and visiting hamfests and swapmeets around Wisconsin and going to meetings of the Wisconsin Nets Association to promote Amateur Radio and the ARRL. A QCWA member, Pedersen was active on many Wisconsin phone nets and served as a Net Control and traffic handler. He also served as Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the ARES group in Dodge County, as well as an Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station and ARRL Volunteer Examiner. Pedersen is survived by his wife Beryl, KA9BAC, and sons Gary, KA9BAE, and Michael, N9QMV. -- Information provided by former Wisconsin Section Manager Richard Regent, K9GDF * Former Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Allen Breiner Sr, W3TI (SK): Former Section Manager in the ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Allen R. Breiner Sr, W3TI, passed away on November 19, 2008. He was 88. Breiner was first elected as Section Communications Manager -- as the SM job used to be known -- in 1959 and held that post for 12 years. He was elected as SM in 1995 and re-elected in 1998 and 2000, but stepped down in December 2000. Breiner also served as EPA Public Information Officer from 1999-2000, Official Observer from 2001-2002 and Official Emergency Station from 1996-2000. 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