*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 6 February 13, 2009 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Oklahoma Hams Warn of Oncoming Tornadoes * + NCVEC Question Pool Committee Begins Work on 2010 Technician Pool Revisions * + Get Ready for the 2009 ARRL International CW DX Contest * + IARU Member-Societies Ratify New Officers, Vote to Admit New Members * + Judge Rules in Favor of Amateur in Palmdale Antenna Support Structure Case * IEEE to Form Balloting Group on BPL EMC Standard * + Jim Smith, VK9NS (SK) * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Week on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + W1AW to QSY on 160 Meters + K5D Is On the Air! Radio Society of Bermuda Celebrates Founding of Island with Special Call Sign +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, K1SFA <firstname.lastname@example.org> =========================================================== ==> OKLAHOMA HAMS WARN OF ONCOMING TORNADOES A rare winter tornado struck Oklahoma around dinner time on Tuesday, February 10. According to various news reports, Oklahoma officials credited Amateur Radio operators with spotting the tornadoes and relaying the information to the National Weather Service. ARRL Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator Charles Goodson, KC5UEG, told the ARRL that the Southern Oklahoma ARES group (SOARES) <http://www.soaresss.org/> and other Amateur Radio operators from the Ardmore area served as SKYWARN storm spotters. "After the tornado passed Lone Grove and Ardmore, several hams went back to the Lone Grove area," Goodson said. "One ham went to the Red Cross building and set up a communication command post from the Red Cross radio room. It was amateur operators who had the first visual contact with the tornadoes. They started reporting the tornado to Neil Mayo, KC5AMX, the Emergency Coordinator for Murray County and our Net control for severe weather events; he in turn reports to the National Weather Service in Norman via Amateur Radio." The town of Lone Grove, population 4600 and located about 100 miles south of Oklahoma City, bore the brunt of the storm, with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) reporting eight deaths and more than 100 homes destroyed. Two other tornadoes hit the Oklahoma City metro area and the north-central Oklahoma region late Tuesday. No serious injuries were reported in the Oklahoma City storm, but at least six homes were destroyed and businesses were damaged there, ODEM officials said. ARRL Oklahoma Section Public Information Coordinator Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW, told the ARRL that his Ardmore home survived the tornado, but they are without power, water and other services. Other homes in his neighborhood were completely destroyed. Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported about 6000 customers are currently without power, with 3461 in Lone Grove. Well-known contester Tim Duffy, K3LR, told the ARRL that he lost 40 percent of his home as a tornado blew through his town of Edmond, a suburb of Oklahoma City: "We lost all the doors and windows in the house, all the power, just everything. The damage is amazing. The cell phone system is still 'on tilt' with emergency services taking most of the channels. We're making big progress on getting things sorted out here. We will rebuild and make it better than it was before. With the house in complete disrepair, we'll be staying in a hotel for a while." Duffy said that National Weather Service officials told him that the wind speed at his home was more than 150 MPH. While the family dog, a golden retriever, made it through the storm okay, Duffy said their pet cat is still missing. According to emergency management officials in Edmond, six homes were destroyed in the storm. This storm took many by surprise because even in tornado-prone Oklahoma, February twisters are rare. According to the NWS, since 1950, only 44 twisters have touched down in the state during the month of February. The Lone Grove tornado was the third to cause multiple fatalities in the state since March 2007, when a Panhandle couple became the state's first tornado deaths in almost six years. ==> NCVEC QUESTION POOL COMMITTEE BEGINS WORK ON 2010 TECHNICIAN POOL REVISIONS The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators' (NCVEC) <http://www.ncvec.org/> Question Pool Committee (QPC) <http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=333> is currently reviewing the Technician class (Element 2) question pool. According to QPC Chairman Rol Anders, K3RA, the review is part of a regular process: "Each question pool is reviewed on a four year rotation. The next Technician class pool will become effective on July 1, 2010." According to QPC Member and ARRL Assistant VEC Manager Perry Green, WY1O, the reason the QPC reviews the three question pools every four years is to ensure that the questions are asking for information relevant to that particular license class. "In the case of the Technician pool, the question set should provide for the new Technician licensee to be able to establish his or her station and operate it legally, courteously and safely. The Technician question pool and exam are intended to be the beginning of the journey into the Amateur Radio Service. It prepares the person for the enjoyment of operating, and that of preparing to learn electronics, the cornerstone of the education needed to obtain the further enjoyment that can come with the higher license classes." Green said that the QPC must rely on members of the Amateur Radio community to suggest questions and answers in a responsible manner to preserve a high level of legitimacy for our radio service, so the NCVEC QPC is seeking input from the amateur community concerning the revision. They are accepting input for new question topics and new questions, as well as suggestions for changes or deletions. Anders said that amateurs may submit questions for the QPC via the NCVEC Web site <http://www.ncvec.org/feedback.php>. If you choose to submit a question for the QPC's consideration, please be sure to observe the following procedure: * Questions must have no more than 210 characters, including spaces, or a maximum of three 70 character lines. * Answers must be no more than 140 characters, including spaces, or two 70 character lines in length. * Each question must be accompanied by four possible answers. The answers may be in any order, but the correct answer must be indicated. * Each question must be accompanied by a resource or Part 97 rule to support the correct answer or explanation of the correct answer. Green said that the most difficult part of writing the questions and answers is creating the incorrect answers. "We try to stay away from 'All of these answers are correct' and 'None of these answers are correct' for some obvious reasons," he said. "It is a more difficult task to find three incorrect answers that are plausible, but are absolutely incorrect!" The current Technician question pool <http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=349>, effective July 1, 2006, will expire on June 30, 2010. The General class question pool <http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=350> is effective July 1, 2007 and is valid through June 30, 2011. The Amateur Extra class pool <http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=351> became effective July 1, 2008 and is valid until June 30, 2012. If you have any comments or suggestions on the current Element 2 question pool, please contact Anders via e-mail <mailto:email@example.com>. ==> GET READY FOR THE 2009 ARRL INTERNATIONAL CW DX CONTEST The weekend of February 21-22 will be a busy one for CW operators as the 2009 ARRL International CW DX Contest takes center stage <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/intldx.html>. First started in 1929 as the ARRL International Relay Party, the ARRL DX CW Contest is the longest running contest in Amateur Radio. Stations from all around the world -- from Australia to Zimbabwe -- should be active for this great event that takes place on 160-10 meters (no contest QSOs are permitted on 12, 17, 30 or 60 meters). Stations in the US and Canada work only DX stations (Alaska and Hawaii are considered DX for this contest), and DX stations only work the US and Canada. DX stations will be trying to make as many QSOs with all US states and Canadian provinces as they can. The contest exchange is simple -- US and Canadian stations send a signal report and their state or province, while DX stations send a signal report and the amount of power with which they are transmitting. "If you've never operated a CW contest, now is the time to start," said ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X. "You can work a lot of DX with just 100 W and a simple dipole or vertical antenna. If your CW is a little rusty, this event is a great way to get your CW skills back up to snuff and get some new DX countries into your bag. If you live in one of the rarer states, such as Delaware, North Dakota, West Virginia or Wyoming, DX stations from all around the world will be looking for you. This is your opportunity to 'be the rare one!'" After the contest is over and you've had your fill of DX, Kutzko advises that you make sure to submit your QSOs to Logbook of The World (LoTW) <http://www.arrl.org/lotw/>: "You can get a lot of your DX QSOs confirmed with little effort, and the instant gratification of having those QSOs count toward your DXCC totals just can't be beat." The ARRL International CW DX Contest runs from 0000 UTC Saturday, February 21 through 2359 UTC Sunday, February 22, 2009. Complete rules and forms can be found on the ARRL Contest Web site <http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms>. Electronic logs should be e-mailed <mailto:DXCW@arrl.org>; paper logs can be sent to ARRL DX CW Contest, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Logs sent via postal mail must be postmarked no later than 2359 UTC Monday, March 23, 2009. ==> IARU MEMBER-SOCIETIES RATIFY NEW OFFICERS, VOTE TO ADMIT NEW MEMBERS On February 10, International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, counted ballots submitted by IARU Member-Societies. Proposals submitted to the Member-Societies in September 2008 (IARU Calendar 187) <http://www.iaru.org/cal187.pdf> included the election of a new IARU President and Vice President, and admission of two new Amateur Radio societies to the IARU. Per the IARU Constitution <http://www.iaru.org/iarucnst.html>, each Member-Society must submit its vote in writing; late votes will not be counted. According to Sumner, 73 Member-Societies cast votes or abstentions on the proposals; of these votes, 57 affirmative votes are required for the proposal to pass. Proposal Number 241 Proposal Number 241 concerned the ratification of the nomination of Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA, to serve as President of the IARU for a 5 year term to begin May 9, 2009: Ellam was declared elected, with 72 votes in favor and 1 abstention. Upon his election as the next IARU President, Ellam said he was "very honoured to have been elected as President of IARU and [I] look forward to working with all three Regions and the Member-Societies during my term in office. We no doubt will face many issues in the run up to the 2011 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-11), but I look forward to working as a team to meet the challenges ahead. I would like to thank Larry Price, W4RA, for his sterling work with IARU during his term as President. IARU is in a very strong position today as a result of Larry's leadership. His support and friendship to me has also been very helpful in fulfilling my former duties as Vice President." Ellam was a delegate to the 1998 IARU Region 2 Conference and was elected to the Region 2 Executive Committee in 2001, stepping down upon his election to IARU Vice President in 2004. He also served as an IARU Expert Consultant from 2000 until his election as Vice President. First licensed in 1977 as VE6CJR at the age of 16, Ellam credits a visit to the ITU in 1979 and the opportunity to operate 4U1ITU during his student years with contributing to his interest in the organizational side of Amateur Radio. He held executive positions in the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) and one of its predecessor organizations, the Canadian Radio Relay League (CRRL), starting in 1990. Ellam's extensive travel as IARU Vice President has included a particular emphasis on the ITU Development Sector. He is active on the air from his home in Calgary. Professionally, Ellam is a Barrister and Solicitor with the law firm of McCarthy Tetrault LLP. He is a partner in the firm's Calgary, Alberta, and London, UK, offices. Born in England, Ellam emigrated to Canada in 1972 and holds both Canadian and British/EU citizenship. He holds a BA in political science and economics from the University of Calgary and an LLB from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Law Societies of Alberta and England & Wales, as well as of the International Bar Association. In 2005, Ellam was made a Fellow in International Legal Practice - College of Law of England and Wales, the first Canadian lawyer to be awarded the designation. He is also qualified in the UK as a solicitor/advocate and was recently awarded higher rights qualifications (the right to appear in all courts) in that jurisdiction. His extensive legal experience includes intellectual property and corporate litigation, arbitrations involving communications, technology and energy matters, and utility regulations. Proposal Number 242 Proposal Number 242 concerned the ratification of the nomination of Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, to serve as Vice President of the IARU for a 5 year term beginning on May 9, 2009. Garpestad was declared elected, receiving 73 votes. "Congratulations to Ole Garpestad for his election as Vice President," Ellam said. "I am very pleased to have Ole as part of the officer team and know he will do an excellent job in his new position." Garpestad joined the Norsk Radio Relae Liga (NRRL) -- Norway's IARU Member-Society -- in 1972, one year before he was licensed as LA2RR. His service as an NRRL volunteer includes service as a member of the NRRL Board of Directors from 1981-1992. While on the NRRL Board, Garpestad served as Secretary, ARDF Manager, IARU Liaison Officer. He also served as Chairman of the Second ARDF World Championship's Organizing Committee and as a member of the IARU Region 1 Conference's Organizing Committee for that meeting in Lillehammer in 1999. Garpestad topped off his service to the NRRL Board of Directors when he served as NRRL President from 2000-2002. In 1999, Garpestad was elected to the IARU Region 1 Executive Committee, and was elected Chairman in 2002. He has represented Region 1 on the IARU's Administrative Council since 2001 and has attended IARU conferences in Regions 2 and 3. He has participated in CEPT preparations for WRC-03 and WRC-07, attending both conferences as a Norwegian delegate representing Amateur Radio interests. Garpestad is a telecom and radio engineer working with development, system design and program management of tactical communications systems for Thales Norway AS (formerly Alcatel). He holds an MSc in electronic engineering and radio technology from the Technical University of Norway in Trondheim. Proposal Number 243 Proposal Number 243 concerned the admission of Emirates Amateur Radio Society (EARS)<http://www.a62er.com/> as an IARU Member-Society. The proposal received 72 votes in favor and 1 abstention. Based in Sharjah, EARS was formally authorized by the Ministry of Social Affairs of the United Arab Emirates on February 5, 2008. There are 72 licensed Amateur Radio operators in the UAE; 28 are members of EARS. His Highness Abdulla Faisal Al Qassimi, A61AQ, is EARS President. Yousuf Ahmed Rafee, A61Y, is Vice President. Mohammad Hamza Darwish, A61M, serves as EARS General Secretary and IARU Liaison, and Qabila Shatter Al Bedawi, A61YL, is Treasurer. Proposal Number 244 Proposal Number 244 concerned the admission of Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosports and Radioamateur (KFRR) <http://www.cqun.kz/?lang=en>. The proposal received 73 votes in favor. According to the IARU, KFRR registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Kazakhstan and holds a general license from that country's Sports Committee, Ministry of Tourism and Sport. On May 17, 2008, KFFR held its first conference. The Chairman of the KFFR is Seitkul Assaubay, UN7BM; KFFR Vice Chairman is Igor Marchenko, UN7BF. Of the 617 licensed amateurs in Kazakhstan, 452 are KFFR members. With the addition of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society and the Kazakhstan Federation of Radiosports and Radioamateur, there are now 162 IARU Member-Societies. ==> JUDGE RULES IN FAVOR OF AMATEUR IN PALMDALE ANTENNA SUPPORT STRUCTURE CASE On Friday, February 6, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Yaffe issued a ruling in favor of Alec Zubarau, WB6X, of Palmdale, California, in Zubarau's case against the City of Palmdale <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/12/19/10512/?nc=1>. Last year, after Zubarau received a valid building permit from the City to erect an antenna support structure, the City of Palmdale revoked Zubarau's building permit after he had erected the tower. According to Zubarau's attorney, Len Shaffer, WA6QHD, the Court's ruling invalidates the actions of the City in revoking Zubarau's permit and requires the City to allow him to replace the tower. "Zubarau's case has drawn nationwide attention and financial support from the ARRL, Amateur Radio clubs and individual Amateur Radio operators from around the country," said ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI. "Although this ruling does not directly address the City's proposed zoning ordinance amendment, based on the Court's language, it should provide considerable support for those hams attempting to negotiate a more reasonable provision allowing antenna support structures in the Palmdale City Code." According to Woll, the Court also found that "unsubstantiated complaints by neighbors and anecdotal reports of transmissions interfering with other electrical equipment or posing health and safety concerns" did not constitute substantial evidence. Yaffe's ruling stated that Palmdale's ordinance requiring that amateur antennas be compatible with the surrounding neighborhood with respect to visual and other impacts is void, since it may not constitute the minimum practicable regulation as required under the California state statute <http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/03-04/bill/asm/ab_1201-1250/ab_1228_bill_ 20030714_chaptered.html>. The judge further found that the City's decision to eliminate the tower violates the express requirements of California's PRB-1 equivalent statute that was enacted in 2003, but had yet to be used in a court case. "While falling just short of invalidating Palmdale's current antenna ordinance," Woll said, "this language ought to put a damper on the City's Draconian proposed zoning ordinance amendment and its extreme limitations on Amateur Radio antennas. One hopes that the City of Palmdale will think twice in the future about using tactics -- such as the threat of large fines -- to force compliance with an order based on unsubstantiated findings." Shaffer told ARRL that the text of the Yaffe's ruling will be released after the service of notice on the City and expiration of the appeal period. He, Zubarau and Woll thanked the ARRL and the Amateur Radio community for what he called "the tremendous showing of support during this lengthy battle." ==> IEEE TO FORM BALLOTING GROUP ON BPL EMC STANDARD The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) <http://www.ieee.org/> has been developing standards <http://www.ieee.org/organizations/pubs/newsletters/emcs/spring08/standa rds.pdf> for Broadband over Power Line (BPL) use and deployment. According to ARRL Lab Manager and IEEE member, there are three IEEE standards in progress at this time. The first, P1675 <http://standards.ieee.org/board/nes/projects/1675.pdf>, covers installation and safety practices and should be published soon. The second, P1901 <http://standards.ieee.org/board/nes/projects/1901.pdf>, is focused mostly on BPL protocols and interoperability between various BPL systems. ARRL has no direct interest in either of these standards. The third standard -- P1775 <http://standards.ieee.org/board/nes/projects/1775.pdf> -- covers the electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) aspects of BPL emissions testing and the immunity of BPL systems. ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, as a member of the IEEE's P1775 BPL EMC Standards Working Group, has participated in the development of this standard from the very first meeting held in Denver, Colorado in 2004. "The IEEE Working Group developing the standard is heavily dominated by the BPL industry and its electric-utility and EMC testing partners," Hare noted. "The ARRL was the only radiocommunications stakeholder that regularly attended meetings. Although I did make a number of contributions to the standard that were included, most of the major points I made about what was needed in an EMC standard to achieve compatibility with licensed radio services were voted down by the Working Group. The end result does not offer any real protection to Amateur Radio, despite progress made in the industry in that direction elsewhere." Hare said that the major problem with the emissions testing part of this standard is that it offers little more than a parroting of the FCC rules on how to make measurements: "The test methods in this standard are overly complex and incomplete at the same time. By strongly parroting the FCC rules, the standard is promoting regulations that do not serve well to provide good test methods that enable BPL while protecting licensed services." Hare said that the risk to having an international industry standard that relies heavily on FCC regulations will increase the likelihood that these regulations will be adopted by other countries. Hare has prepared a report <http://p1k.arrl.org/~ehare/bpl/P1775Issues.htm> that outlines other problems he sees in the present draft of the standard. The IEEE has announced that the P1775 standard is ready for ballot. Hare explained that the balloting process is not only a vote, but it is part of the process to develop standards. "Stakeholders that cannot attend the meetings that develop these standards can join the balloting pool," Hare said. "The IEEE requires that 75 percent of the balloting pool vote to approve the standard. Even if it passes, the IEEE requires that an attempt be made to resolve all negative ballots. The ballot is not as much a vote as it is an important part of ensuring that all interests are represented in an IEEE standard." ARRL encourages those with a radio interest to join the IEEE balloting pool <http://p1k.arrl.org/~ehare/bpl/balloting_pool.htm> prior to February 22, 2009. Many amateurs are IEEE members; if they are also members of the IEEE Standards Association, they are able to ballot on IEEE standards at no cost. Hare reiterated that ARRL is not opposed to the development of BPL standards, but we realize that the best standards include the interests of all stakeholders. "There are a lot of good parts of this standard," Hare explained, "but it is lacking in areas that would make it a useful tool with good test methods and practices that offer significant protection to licensed radio services. Joining the balloting pool is the best way that amateurs can help develop a more useful and inclusive standard." ==> JIM SMITH, VK9NS (SK) Jim Smith, VK9NS (ex-P29JS), of Norfolk Island, Australia, passed away Tuesday, February 10, after a short illness. He was 80. A noted DXer and ARRL member, Smith was #81 on the Islands on the Air (IOTA) Honour Roll <http://www.rsgbiota.org/>. According to Bernie McClenny, W3UR, editor of "The Daily DX", Smith was first licensed in 1947 as VS1BQ in Singapore: "Through the years, Jim operated as CAR (VU4 Nicobar), VS1BQ, DL2TH, HZ1AB, MP4BER, 9V1PR, P29JS, VR4BJ, H44BJ, G3HSR, C21AA, T3KJ, T3AJ, VK9YS, VK9XS, VK9NS, VK0JS/VK9N, 9M8JS, VK0JS, ZL0AAB, ZM7JS, ZL1BUN, T30JS, T1JS, T32JS, T33JS, A35MR, A51JS, S21U, WR1Z, WR1Z/KH9, S21ZA, VK9WW, A35MR/p, A51MOC, VU2JBS, NO1Z/KH1, VK9WW, WR1Z/KH8, H40AB and A52JS, just to name a few." Smith was originally from Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland. McClenny said that in 1980, Smith founded the Heard Island DX Association (HIDXA) <http://www.hidxa.nlk.nf/>. Three years later, along with wife Kirsti, VK9NL, Smith put the rare VK0/H on the air as VK0NS and VK0NL. "Over the years, Jim put on several all time new countries -- as well as many rare ones -- from the Pacific and Asia," McClenny said. "In fact, he took part in the regulations for Amateur Radio in several DXCC entities. When not out on DXpeditions, Jim could usually be found on 14.222 MHz." Mike Tessmer, K9NW/VK9NW, who visited Norfolk Island for a week in November 2004, remembered Smith fondly on the Society of Midwest Contesters' e-mail reflector: "I spent three wonderful afternoons at Jim and Kirsti's house having tea -- coffee in my case -- and discussing all things DX. Jim showed me the old Collins gear he was restoring. I even picked up a few QSL cards from some of his past DXpeditions. Great memories!" In an e-mail to ARRL Membership and Volunteer Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, Andy Chesnokov, UA3AB, told how he first met Smith in Bhutan in 2000 while on the A52A DXpedition <http://www.qsl.net/bhutan2000/>. "Boy, Jim was quite upset with us operating from 'his territory,'" Chesnokov said. "But we went along quite nicely after few minutes, and he even allowed us to operate his tiny station there. I met him few times after that and he was a true gentleman." Calling him "a serious DXer," McClenny said Smith worked all countries on SSB, Mixed and only missing one on CW. In April 1986 Jim was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame. One of Smith's last big projects was writing his autobiography, "The Old Timer" <http://www.jimkirsti.com/books.html>. Smith is survived by his wife Kirsti, VK9NL, and his four children: Bruce, G3HSR, Stuart, Sheena and Fraser. Condolences may be sent to Kirsti via e-mail <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>. -- Some information provided by "The Daily DX" <http://www.dailydx.com/> ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "The red Sun flashes on village windows" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Sunspots returned this week, or rather, one did, but it is an old Solar Cycle 23 spot. Sunspot 1012 has been visible the last couple of days, February 11-12. It is down near the Sun's equator, typical for spots from a previous cycle. It's nice to have a sunspot, but it doesn't indicate activity from the new Solar Cycle 24, which has been so eerily quiet. Sunspot numbers for February 5-11 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 11 with a mean of 1.6. The 10.7 cm flux was 70.1, 70.1, 71.1, 71.2, 70.7, 67.6 and 70.3 with a mean of 70.2. The estimated planetary A indices were 7, 2, 3, 4, 4, 3 and 5 with a mean of 4. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 6, 1, 1, 0, 0, 0 and 2 with a mean of 1.4.. 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 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's "Afternoon in February" <http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/afternoon-in-february/>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, the Valentine's Day Sprint and the YL-OM Contest are February 13-14. The Asia Pacific Sprint and the FISTS CW Winter Sprint are both February 14. On February 14-15, look for the CQWW WPX Contest, (RTTY), the Northern New York QSO Party, the EU EME Contest, the New Hampshire QSO Party, the Dutch PACC Contest, the Louisiana QSO Party, the OMISS QSO Party and the RSGB 160 Meter Contest. The North American Sprint (SSB) is February 15 and the Classic Exchange is February 15-16. Next week is the ARRL International DX Contest (CW) on February 21-22. The AM QSO Party and the REF Contest are also February 21-22. 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, February 22, 2009 for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, March 6, 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 <email@example.com>. * W1AW to QSY on 160 Meters: Starting Monday, March 9, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, W1AW, will begin using a new 160 meter frequency for its CW transmissions. According to W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, there has been what he called "increasing activity" near the current bulletin frequency of 1817.5 kHz. "In order to reduce the possibility of interference, W1AW will move to 1802.5 kHz," Carcia said. * K5D Is On the Air!: Due to some heavy winds that delayed helicopter relays onto Desecheo Island, the K5D DXpedition <http://www.k5d.us/> got off to a late start. But according to reports received by the ARRL, as of around 12 noon (EST) on February 13, operators on the island are QRV on 17 and 20 meters; the team will be running CW, SSB and RTTY on 160-6 meters. The DXpedition, headed by Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, is expected to be on Desecheo until February 26. Desecheo Island currently sits at #7 on DX Magazine's Most Wanted list; the island is the second most-wanted DXCC entity in Asia and third most-wanted in Europe. Desecheo is a small uninhabited island in the Mona Passage, 14 miles off the west coast of Puerto Rico. It is part of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's national wildlife refuge system administered by the Caribbean National Wildlife Refuge Complex (CNWR). * Radio Society of Bermuda Celebrates Founding of Island with Special Call Sign: Four hundred years ago, Sir George Somers settled the island of Bermuda. To celebrate, the Radio Society of Bermuda (RSB) <http://www.bermudashorts.bm/rsb/> will use VP9400/xx (xx is the operator's call sign -- VP9LN would use VP9400/LN). Be aware that some Bermudian Novices have three-letter suffixes. =========================================================== 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. 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