*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 19 May 15, 2009 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * ARRL Seeks Member Support for HR 2160 * FCC Resumes Enforcement Actions * Scientists Predict Solar Cycle 24 to Peak in 2013 * PR-101 Course Introduced at ARRL National Convention * Look for the June Issue of QST in Your Mailbox * ARRL Public Relations Committee Honors PIOs * Explore Radio Scouting at the 2009 ARRL National Convention * National Hurricane Center's WX4NHC Sets on-the-air Station Test * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Week on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration No ARRL Audio News on May 15 Former Kentucky Section Manager Dave Vest, KZ4G (SK) Reminder: There is no ARRL Audio News for Friday, May 15. =========================================================== ==>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, K1SFA <email@example.com> =========================================================== ==> ARRL SEEKS MEMBER SUPPORT FOR HR 2160 To support HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 -- the ARRL is asking its membership to contact their members of the US House of Representatives with a request to become co-sponsors of this significant piece of legislation <http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bill s&docid=f:h2160ih.txt.pdf>. "Getting a bill successfully through Congress is a formidable task -- one that is going to require the involvement of every ARRL member," said ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "Working with our Washington consulting firm Chwat & Co, we are laying a dynamic approach that will allow us to make our case most effectively. We have developed a strategy to maximize our impact when dealing with each member of Congress." Since the anthrax scare that followed the 9/11 attacks, all incoming mail to Congress is delayed anywhere from four to six weeks while it is screened. This means using normal US Mail is no longer an effective method of letting Congress hear your voice. While e-mail is convenient, it is also not effective, due to the large volume of e-mail that each Congressional office receives. "To ensure that ARRL members' letters are quickly and expediently received by Congress, our strategy is to ask ARRL members send their letters directly to Chwat & Co," said Henderson. "Chwat's staff will sort the letters by Congressional district and hand-deliver them to the appropriate House offices, providing a direct point of contact with the Congressman and their staff. This personal contact gives us the chance to provide not only letters from constituents, but information from the ARRL on why this legislation is important." The ARRL has provided a sample letter for League members to personalize and send to their Congressional representative <http://www.arrl.org/news/files/DearMemberOfCongressHR2160.doc>. "Personalized letters make a better impression than a standard form letter or petition," Henderson explained. You can find the name and address for your member of Congress on the ARRL Members Only Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/>. Once it has been personalized, ARRL members should send their letter to Chwat & Co using one of three methods: * As a signed attachment to an e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org> * As a signed fax to 703-684-7594 * As a regular letter to John Chwat, Chwat & Co, 625 Slaters Ln, Suite 103, Alexandria, VA 22314 If you choose to e-mail your letter, please send it as an attachment to the e-mail instead of having it be the text of the e-mail. This allows the letter to be easily printed and delivered. Should you decide to draft your own letter supporting HR 2160 instead of editing the sample, Henderson asked that you please remember a couple of things: * Identify the bill by number and title: HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 * Keep the letter brief and on topic -- one page at the most * Ask your congressional representative to consider becoming a cosponsor * Thank them for their consideration "Simple is better when making this kind of request to a representative," said Henderson. "They and their staff are looking to gauge interest and support for the bill. A lengthy letter that strays off-topic can detract from the focus of asking for support for the legislation." Should you decide not to send your letter to Chwat & Co but directly to your Representative, it is still important to send a copy of your correspondence to Chwat & Co. This allows Chwat to discuss accurately with the Congressman and their staff the amount of support for the bill in each individual district. "There is strength in numbers," Henderson added. Aside from bill sponsor Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18), the ARRL is fortunate to already have six additional members of Congress who have signed on as co-sponsors of HR 2160 -- Madeleine Bordallo (Guam), Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16), Blaine Luetkemeyer, (MO-9) and Bennie Thompson (MS-2). "We congratulate ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, and his grassroots legislative action team in Kentucky for securing the support of Representative Guthrie -- the first new co-sponsor of the bill," Henderson said. "It shows that our grassroots effort can work!" You may be asking yourself "What should I do if my Representative has already signed on as a co-sponsor for HR 2160?" The answer is simple: Thank them for their support. If your Congressman is one of those listed as a co-sponsor, please send them a letter thanking them for their support. Use the same contact information for Chwat & Co. "It is important to convey your appreciation to your Representative when they sign on as a co-sponsor or support the bill," Henderson explained. "That simple 'thank you' may help open the door the next time their help is needed." Once you have prepared and sent your letter supporting HR 2160, your job is not over: Feedback is an important part of the process. "What your Congressman has to say in regards to your contact can provide the ARRL with important information as we try to push our bill forward," Henderson noted. "This feedback can possibly help us identify potential new support for the bill or a weakness in the legislation we may need to address." When you receive a response from your Congressman, please forward a copy to the Regulatory Information Office at ARRL Headquarters via e-mail <email@example.com> or hard copy to Regulatory Information, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. "HR 2160 presents the Amateur Radio Service with a unique opportunity -- but also carries with it the important responsibility of making your voice heard," Henderson summarized. "HR 2160 stands as the first step in trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and covenants <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/regulations/PRB-1_Pkg/prb-1.pdf>. To be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away. But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters and other emergencies." ==> FCC RESUMES ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS On May 13, the FCC posted the first list of enforcement actions <http://www.fcc.gov/eb/AmateurActions/Welcome.html> since Laura Smith took over as FCC Special Counsel. The 11 RFI-related letters to energy providers were sent between February 18 and April 1, 2009, and the 7 warning letters to individuals were sent between February 18 and March 30, 2009. ==> SCIENTISTS PREDICT SOLAR CYCLE 24 TO PEAK IN 2013 At the annual Space Weather Workshop held in Boulder, Colorado last month <http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/sww/index.html>, an international panel of experts led by NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) predicted that Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with 90 sunspots per day on average. If the prediction proves true, Solar Cycle 24 will be the weakest cycle since Solar Cycle 16, which peaked with 78 daily sunspots in 1928, and ninth weakest since the 1750s, when numbered cycles began. The panel predicted that the lowest sunspot number between cycles -- the solar minimum -- occurred in December 2008, marking the end of Solar Cycle 23 and the start of Solar Cycle 24. If December's prediction holds up <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/01/07/100/>, at 12 years and seven months Solar Cycle 23 will be the longest since 1823 and the third longest since 1755. Solar cycles span 11 years on average, from minimum to minimum. An unusually long, deep lull in sunspots led the panel to revise its 2007 prediction that the next cycle of solar storms would start in March 2008 and peak in late 2011 or mid-2012. The persistence of a quiet sun also led the panel to a consensus that Solar Cycle 24 will be what they called "moderately weak." Although the peak is still four years away, a new active period of Earth-threatening solar storms will be the weakest since 1928. Despite the prediction, the scientists said that Earth is still vulnerable to a severe solar storm. Solar storms are eruptions of energy and matter that escape from the Sun and may head toward Earth, where even a weak storm can damage satellites and power grids, disrupting communications, the electric power supply and GPS. A single strong blast of "solar wind" can threaten national security, transportation, financial services and other essential functions. The most common measure of a solar cycle's intensity is the number of sunspots -- Earth-sized blotches on the sun marking areas of heightened magnetic activity. The more sunspots there are, the more likely it is that solar storms will occur, but a major storm can occur at any time. "As with hurricanes, whether a cycle is active or weak refers to the number of storms, but everyone needs to remember it only takes one powerful storm to cause huge problems," said NOAA scientist Doug Biesecker, who chaired the panel. "The strongest solar storm on record occurred in 1859 during another below-average cycle." The 1859 storm shorted out telegraph wires, causing fires in North America and Europe and sent readings of Earth's magnetic field soaring. It also produced northern lights so bright that people read newspapers by their light, he said. Biesecker cited a recent report by the National Academy of Sciences that found if a storm that severe occurred today, it could cause $1-2 trillion in damages the first year and require four to 10 years for recovery, compared to the $80-125 billion of damage that resulted from Hurricane Katrina <http://www.nap.edu/nap-cgi/report.cgi?record_id=12507&type=pdfxsum>. The Space Weather Prediction Center is part of the National Weather Service and is one of the nine National Centers for Environmental Prediction. It is the nation's official source of space weather alerts, watches and warnings. SWPC provides real-time monitoring and forecasting of solar and geophysical events that impact satellites, power grids, communications, navigation and many other technological systems. ==> PR-101 COURSE INTRODUCED AT ARRL NATIONAL CONVENTION The ARRL Public Relations Committee unveiled the new ARRL's PR-101 <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=0133> course today at the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention. The course -- designed to give hams a quick course in public relations activities -- was quickly snapped up by ARRL Section Managers, Public Information Coordinators (PIC) and Public Information Officers (PIO) to bring back to their home sections. According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, the ARRL Public Relations Committee conducted a formal survey in December 2008 that confirmed what had long been suspected: Almost half of the people acting as PIOs have no training at all; others had "some training" or "very little training." Because of the importance of public relations to the future of Amateur Radio, Pitts said that the PR Committee felt it needed to do something to raise the level of skills and training of these volunteers. Using the skills of experts in various aspects of public relations, Pitts, assembled a team to create a basic course that will provide volunteer PIOs with the basic skills and expectations that a PIO needs to know. While remaining a basic level course, PR-101 covers everything from the basic news release to Web sites and video work. "This course is geared toward PIOs and others interested in Public Relations," Pitts said. "While the course is voluntary, all ARRL PIOs are strongly encouraged to take the course." Overall goals for the course are: * To clarify the role of the PIO in the Field Organization. * To establish a base set of expectations (job description) for a PIO to fulfill, and peer pressure to do the job well. * To establish, teach and verify that course graduates have the common basic skill set needed to accomplish expectations set forth in the PIO job description. * To create a pool of trained PIOs who can be confidently called upon to represent Amateur Radio in their region during breaking news events. * To create a spirit of pride in being a trained and active PIO. * To increase the productivity of PIOs and resultant positive media coverage. "There is a critical need to offer public relations training that addresses the 21st century media landscape," said ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Bill Morine, N2COP. "Since the last revision of the "ARRL PIO Handbook" in the mid 1990s <http://www.arrl.org/pio/handbook/>, domination of coverage has shifted from newspapers, magazines and broadcast stations to cable, satellite and Internet media outlets. The decentralization of media means there are many more ways and formats from which the public can access information. The PR-101 course will point ARRL PIOs in the direction where they can best take advantage of opportunities in both traditional and emerging media." The course is available on CD-ROM. People can complete it on their own schedule; when finished, it guides them to the Web for the final exam. "Participants who successfully complete the exam will be directed to a special area where they can create, print and save a certificate of completion," Pitts said. "It also automatically notifies ARRL staff with the name and call sign of the graduating student, allowing a list to be kept of PIOs with known skills." PR-101 course contributors include Bill Morine, N2COP; Don Carlson, KQ6FM; Walt Palmer, W4ALT; Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW; Jim McDonald, KB9LEI; Ted Randall, WB8PUM; Harold Kramer, WJ1B; Jeff Beiermann, WB0M; Brennan Price, N4QX; Pat Mullet, KC8RTW; Mike Langner, K5MGR, and Kent Sievers. PR-101 <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=0133> is available on the ARRL Web site for a cost of $19.95. ==> LOOK FOR THE JUNE ISSUE OF QST IN YOUR MAILBOX The June issue of QST -- our annual Field Day issue -- is jam-packed with all sorts of things today's Amateur Radio operator needs. From product reviews to experiments to contesting, the upcoming issue of QST has something for just about everyone. Go ahead and experience the great outdoors this Field Day, June 27-28. Make your Field Day a success -- have you registered with the Online Field Day Locater Service yet? This great feature allows you to promote your site so others looking for a Field Day site near them can find you! Check it out on the ARRL Field Day Web page <http://www.arrl.org/fieldday>. You might also want to take a look at five tips that will let you get the most out of your Field Day. From logging to safety to fun, make this your best Field Day ever! Howard "Skip" Teller, KH6TY, says that digital modes aren't only for SSB. He encourages readers to try one on FM in his article "A Sound Card Interface for FM Transceivers." Check out the article by Alan Bloom, N1AL "A Lightweight Homemade Keyer Paddle," and make some Morse magic with this light and easy-to build paddle. If you're looking to "hear" the stars, why not "Build a Homebrew Radio Telescope" using instructions by ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME. June is a great month for radiosport, with both the ARRL June VHF QSO Party and Field Day. While Field Day is more of an operating event than a contest, it is modeled after a contest in that points are earned for making contacts. ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, takes a look at Field Day and points out that the annual event is a great training ground for contesters. In "This Month in Contesting," Kutzko gives pointers on how to maximize fun for both operators and clubs. The results of the 2008 ARRL 160 Meter Contest and the 2008 ARRL November Phone Sweepstakes are in. Did you top your score from last year? How did your closest rival do? Also, find out about upcoming contests in Contest Corral. QST Assistant Editor Steve Sant Andrea, AG1YK, reviews the ICOM IC-7200 HF and 6 meter transceiver. According to Sant Andrea, "The IC-7200 is a compact, easy-to-operate HF and 6 meter transceiver that offers many features for voice, CW and digital mode operating. Rugged, water-resistant packaging makes it attractive for portable and emergency stations." Check out the review on the Micro-Node International IRLP/EchoLink node, also in the June issue. Of course, there are the usual columns you expect in the June QST: Hints & Kinks, The Doctor Is IN, How's DX, Vintage Radio, Hamspeak and more. This month also features Amateur Radio World and the ARRL VEC Volunteer Examiner Honor Roll. Look for your June issue of QST in your mailbox. QST is the official journal of ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. QST is just one of the many benefits of ARRL membership. To join or renew your ARRL membership, please see the ARRL Web page <http://www.arrl.org/join>. ==> ARRL PUBLIC RELATIONS COMMITTEE HONORS PIOS When the ARRL Public Relations Committee, led by Bill Morine, N2COP, met in April 2009, they discussed the recognizing those ARRL Public Information Officers (PIO) and Public Information Coordinators (PIC) whose actions are exemplary. From that meeting, The PIO Excellence Award came into being. This award is given when the committee believes an ARRL PIO has gone above and beyond in ensuring that the role of Amateur Radio is explained to media and the public, especially in unanticipated situations in the field. "While not of the same level as other PIO awards such as the Leonard or McGan Awards," said ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, "these recognitions are a way to say 'thank you' to people who put in the extra effort to make us all look good in a bad situation." Public Information Officer Joe Gadus, KD5KTX, of Porter, Texas, was commended for taking the lead to ensure that the media knew about the efforts of ARES and local amateurs who helped at Points of Distribution (PODs) in the Houston area following Hurricane Ike last year <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/09/16/10338/?nc=1>. Hams in Harris County supported at least six PODs who provided communications between the National Guard units at the PODs and the Harris County Office of Emergency Management to coordinate the delivery and resupply of food, water and MREs (meals ready to eat) to the victims of Hurricane Ike. Most of the participating amateurs were also victims of the storm], having suffered property losses and power outages. ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section Public Information Coordinator Bill Moffitt, AE6GS, of San Jose, California, was recognized for reporting to the Emergency Operations Center in Santa Cruz <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/06/18/10166/>. While there, he worked with the Santa Cruz County PIO to clarify the role of Amateur Radio. Volunteers from Santa Cruz ARES provided a vital layer of communications to support firefighters, law enforcement, Red Cross and even animal control during the Martin fire in the hills above Santa Cruz over Father's Day weekend in 2008. Pitts said that the committee took into account that Moffitt took time away from his job to handle this situation. Public Information Officer Steve Sanders, KE7JSS, of Hillsboro, Oregon, was praised for taking the lead to ensure that media in the Pacific Northwest knew about the vital role Amateur Radio played in supplying emergency communications <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/12/05/100/>. After other forms of communications were compromised in December 2007 by fierce storms, flooding and mudslides ravaged the area and shut down roads and highways, including Interstate 5. Other infrastructure, such as telephone lines and electricity, were obliterated. Pitts said that due to the actions of these amateurs, many media outlets ran stories about the response of Amateur Radio operators in each situation. "The role of the PIO is far more than club newsletters, or even press releases. Being at the right place at the right time, presenting our story to the media, is critical to the future of Amateur Radio. These three hams went above and beyond to ensure that our story was told in a way that was easy to understand in a critical situation." ==> EXPLORE RADIO SCOUTING AT THE 2009 ARRL NATIONAL CONVENTION Of the many exciting displays in the ARRL EXPO <http://www.arrl.org/expo> at the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention <http://www.hamvention.org/>, the Scout Radio Outpost is eagerly anticipated by youth and adults alike. According to Brian Walker, K9BKW, Scout Leaders will again be reaching out to ham radio operators to encourage them to provide Amateur Radio opportunities to Boy Scouts back in their home towns. Walker and a team of Scouters will host the Outpost, answering questions and provide amateurs with resources about Radio Scouting. "Ham Radio has such a huge impact on the quality of a Scouting program. From bringing Scouts around the world together, to providing event communications and safety, to building a Scout's foundation to become America's future technicians, engineers and scientists. You, the local elmer willing to help out, can really make a difference by getting involved with your local Scout organizations," said Walker, an Eagle Scout, past Scoutmaster, District Commissioner and currently Venturing Crew 272 Advisor (WB9SA). At the Outpost, amateurs can learn how to teach the Radio merit badge <http://www.scouting.org/boyscouts/advancementandawards/meritbadges/mb-R ADO.aspx> and help their local Scouts participate in Scouting's largest annual event, the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) <http://www.arrl.org/scouts/jota/>. "Each October, more than half a million Scouts around the world talk to each other via Amateur Radio," Walker said. "We will show hams Tips on how they can let Scouts in their hometowns participate in this exciting on-the-air event." Matthew Murphy, KC8BEW, of BSA's Muskingum Valley Council said that hams visiting the Outpost can also learn about a new program being developed for 2010's 100th birthday of the Boy Scouts of America: "Scout Camps on the Air (SCOTA) promises to be a fun way for hams to help encourage Amateur Radio operations at Scout camps and other large Scouting events. Murphy is coordinating the SCOTA program <http://kc8bew.net/scota.html>. Walker said that last year's Radio Scouting booth was well received. "Scouts and Scouters from around the world stopped by to share experiences and exchange ideas," he said. "Ham Scouters involved in the 2008 effort are excited to be sharing space with the ARRL and are hoping to make this year's activity an even greater success. So stop by the ARRL display area and visit the Scout Radio outpost to learn how you can help interested Scouts to become the next generation of hams." ==>NATIONAL HUURICANE CENTER's WX4NHC SETS ON-THE-AIR STATION TEST The annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami will take place Saturday, May 30, from 1300-2100 UTC. "The purpose of this annual Station Test is to test all of our radio equipment, computers and antennas using as many modes and frequencies as possible. This is not a contest or simulated hurricane exercise. New equipment and software will be tested, and we will also conduct some operator training," said WX4NHC Assistant Amateur Radio Volunteer Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. Ripoll said that WX4NHC also will be testing new computers and software, as well as conducting operator training. "NHC Director Bill Read, KB5FYA, will be at WX4NHC, making contacts," he said. WX4NHC will be on the air on HF, VHF and UHF, plus 2 and 30 meter APRS. Suggested SSB frequencies are 3.950, 7.268, 14.325, 21.325 and 28.525 MHz, +/-QRM; WX4NHC reports that they will mostly be on 14.325 MHz and will make announcements when they change frequencies. WX4NHC also will be on the VoIP Hurricane Net 1700-1900 UTC (IRLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK Conference) and on South Florida area VHF/UHF repeaters and simplex; APRS and e-mail will also be monitored. Stations working WX4NHC exchange call sign, signal report, location and name plus a brief weather report, such as "sunny," "rain" or "cloudy." Non-hams may submit their actual weather using the On-Line Hurricane Report Form. QSL to WD4R and include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Do not send cards to the NHC. Due to security measures, no visitors will be allowed at NHC during the test. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "The new leaves laugh in the Sun" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: After weeks of little or no sunspots, it is nice to have something to report. Following multiple false starts, quick-fading spots and knots of magnetic activity which never progressed into actual darkened sunspots, new sunspot group 1017 emerged on Wednesday, May 13. The daily sunspot number was 12, and the next day the size of the group approximately doubled, raising the sunspot number to 18. This is a Cycle 24 sunspot group. Sunspot numbers for May 7 through 13 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 12 with a mean of 1.7. 10.7 cm flux was 69.5, 70.8, 72.3, 71.8, 71.9, 73.9, and 73.8 with a mean of 72. Estimated planetary A indices were 10, 13, 6, 4, 4, 2 and 3 with a mean of 6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 12, 6, 3, 2, 0 and 2 with a mean of 4.6. 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 Sara Teasdale's "May" <http://www.poetry.com/LovePoems/lovepoem.asp?id=206>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, the Feld Hell Sprint is on May 16. The EU PSK DX Contest, His Majesty King of Spain Contest (CW) and the Manchester Mineira All America CW Contest are May 16-17. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is May 18 and the NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint and QRP Minimal Art Session are May 21. Next week is the NCCC Sprint on May 22. The MI QRP Memorial Day CW Sprint is May 25-May 26 and the SKCC Sprint is May 27. 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, May 24, 2009, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, June 5, 2009: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1; Radio Frequency Interference; Antenna Design and Construction; Ham Radio (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>. * No ARRL Audio News on May 15: Due to staff attendance at the ARRL National Convention and Dayton Hamvention, there will be no ARRL Audio News on May 15. ARRL Audio News will resume regular distribution on May 22. * Former Kentucky Section Manager Dave Vest, KZ4G (SK): Former Kentucky Section Manager Dave Vest, KZ4G, of Ashland, passed away April 27, 2009. He was 75. Vest served as Section Communications Manager/Section Manager from April 1981-March 1983. He also served as the first ARRL Section Traffic Manager in Kentucky prior to serving as Section Manager. According to current Kentucky Section Manager Jim Brooks, KY4Z, Vest supported numerous Amateur Radio groups in the Kentucky-Virginia-West Virginia area. He was a past president of the River Cities Amateur Radio Association and the Tri-State Amateur Radio Association and a founding member of the Bluegrass Chapter of the Quarter Century Wireless Association. 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