*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 26 July 2, 2009 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * It's Official: Julius Genachowski Sworn In As FCC Chairman * 2008 ARRL Annual Report Now Available * IARU HF World Championships: Coming to a Radio Near You * ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately? * Fresh Air, Friends, Food and Fun Abound for 2009 ARRL Field Day * What's New at Dayton 2009: The Unabridged Version * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Week on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration ARRL to Close in Observance of Fourth of July Michigan Ham Dies in Tower Accident Larry E. Price, W4RA, Honored at Ham Radio 2009 Convention in Germany John Miller, K6MM, Wins June QST Cover Plaque Award There is no ARRL Audio News for July 3. The ARRL Audio News will return July 10. =========================================================== ==>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> =========================================================== ==> IT'S OFFICIAL: JULIUS GENACHOWSKI SWORN IN AS FCC CHAIRMAN On Monday, June 29, US Supreme Court Justice David Souter -- in one his last official duties on the high court -- swore in Julius Genachowski as the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski, who clerked for Souter after finishing law school, will complete the four years remaining in the term of outgoing FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. On June 25, the US Senate confirmed both Genachowski and current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell -- Genachowski for his initial term and McDowell for his first full term <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/25/10913/?nc=1>. Adelstein has been nominated by President Obama to be the Administrator for the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/03/23/10716/?nc=1>; a nomination hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled for July 7. Genachowski praised Adelstein's record, thanking him for his more than six years of "outstanding public service" as an FCC Commissioner. "Throughout his tenure at the Commission," Genachowski said, "he has tirelessly championed the public interest. The FCC and the public have benefited greatly from his rich understanding of media and technology policy, and his devotion to the democratic process. While I regret that I won't have the pleasure of serving with Jonathan at the FCC, I look forward to forging a strong partnership with him in his future work." Commissioner Michael Copps, who had served as Acting Chairman since the resignation of then-Chairman Kevin Martin this past January <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/01/15/10566/>, welcomed Genachowski to the Commission, saying Genachowski begins "what promises to be a public-spirited and distinguished tenure as Chairman. He knows the FCC well, brings impressive private sector and technology experience with him, and enjoys deserved renown for innovative thinking and new approaches. I look forward to working with him on the many issues awaiting his attention." Copps also expressed his thanks for Adelstein's tenure on the Commission: "Jonathan and I have worked closely together on so many issues that it makes it hard for me to imagine a Commission without him. Our thoughts most often run in the same direction, whether the issue is media, broadband, rural America, the disabilities communities, reaching out to non-traditional stakeholders or upholding a shared vision of the public interest. His intelligence, good judgment, wide experience and invariably good humor combined to make him a highly productive Commissioner across a wide gamut of issues. I will miss him here but wish him all good things as he moves ahead in the confirmation process toward becoming Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service at the US Department of Agriculture. I look forward to our continuing work together and to our friendship through the years." Commissioner McDowell is expected to be sworn in for his new term on July 2. ==> 2008 ARRL ANNUAL REPORT NOW AVAILABLE The ARRL Annual Report for 2008, now available online and in print <http://www.arrl.org/announce/annualreport/>, reviews the major events of the year and documents the renewed growth of both the ARRL and the activities of the Amateur Radio Service. In 2008, the ARRL experienced a growth in membership, ending the year with 154,627 members, an increase of 0.7 percent from 2007. The growth was the greatest among International members and in the League's Northwestern, Rocky Mountain and Delta Divisions. "As ARRL began 2008, the main question facing us was whether the growth spurt that the Amateur Radio Service had enjoyed the previous year would continue," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. "It did, with the number of new amateur licenses issued by the FCC rising to 28,066 -- a 5 percent increase over 2007. The ten-year license term makes the total number of licensees a poor indicator of current trends, but after a period of annual declines beginning in 2003 this figure also increased by 1.2 percent during the year. Thus it appears that the regulatory changes that took effect in February 2007 are having more than a short-term impact." ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, said that through the ARRL's history, the League's strength has come from "the fact that its leaders have always had a clear understanding of our association's mission. Our mission has been expressed in different words by different generations but has remained fundamentally the same. Our current strategic plan states it in just six words: To advance and advocate Amateur Radio." Harrison further defined this strength, recalling that in 2005, "we identified four 'pillars' of our association: Public Service, Advocacy, Education, and Membership. Technology supports virtually everything we do, and as time went on we realized that it deserved its own pillar. So, with a bit of fanfare we unveiled technology as the 'fifth pillar' at the ARRL EXPO area of the 2008 Dayton Hamvention." Sumner said that 2008's "most gratifying development" was the April decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in the ARRL's appeal of the FCC's Broadband over Power Line (BPL) rules. "The Court panel found that FCC prejudice had tainted the rulemaking process and that the Commission had violated the Administrative Procedure Act by not disclosing in full the staff studies on which the Commission relied," he said. "The judges also found that the Commission had failed to justify its decision to apply to BPL systems an extrapolation factor that was designed for entirely different technologies and had summarily dismissed empirical data -- submitted at the Commission's invitation -- that supported a different conclusion. The Court even awarded the ARRL some of our costs; this reimbursed only a small fraction of the total cost of the appeal, but it was a moral victory and underscored the fact that we had substantially prevailed in our appeal. Remarkably, at yearend the FCC still had done nothing to comply with the Court's decision. Perhaps the change in administration will cause the FCC finally to meet its obligations." According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, "The Annual Report is not only useful for showing members the strength of the organization, but it is also a valuable tool in presentations to major public officials. At times they may know little about Amateur Radio, but when they see the quality of the annual report, even before they open it up, they know this is an organization to be taken very seriously. We are indeed a national association and very active." ==> IARU HF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: COMING TO A RADIO NEAR YOU Radiosport fans are gearing up for the summer's biggest competition: The IARU HF World Championships <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/iaru.html>. Calling the 24 hour long contest "an HF operator's delight," ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, explained that the contest will allow amateurs plenty of opportunity to work DX from all around the globe on CW and SSB, as well as make QSOs with many IARU Member-Society club stations and officials. "The IARU HF Championship is one of Radiosport's distinctive events," said Kutzko. "It's the only major contest that uses International Telecommunication Union (ITU) zones as part of the exchange, and it's the only contest that gives special multiplier status for IARU Member-Society stations and their officials." Kutzko said amateurs can get in on the fun in a variety of ways: "You may choose to enter as a single operator using SSB only, CW only or a mixture of both modes. Single operator stations can choose from three power levels: High Power (greater than 150 W), Low Power (between 5-150 W) or QRP (5 W or less). You can also get some friends together at one station and participate as a Multioperator station with a single transceiver." One of the fun things to do is see how many of the IARU special stations you can work during the event. "While most stations give their ITU zone <http://www.iaru.org/ituzonesc.gif> as part of the contest exchange, IARU Member-Society stations give the abbreviation for their IARU Member-Society's name: W1AW -- as W1AW/KL7 -- will be giving 'ARRL' as part of their exchange," Kutzko said. In addition, IARU officials can give one of four unique exchanges: AC if they are on the IARU Administrative Council, or R1, R2 or R3 for the ITU Region that official serves. For example, since Tim Ellam, VE6SH, is IARU President, he would give "AC" as part of his exchange. According to Kutzko, numerous IARU Member-Society stations will be on the air this year, including Germany's Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DA0HQ), France's REF-Union (TM0HQ), the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (9K9HQ), the Nigerian Amateur Radio Society (5N0OCH and others), the Japan Amateur Radio League (8N1HQ, 8N2HQ, 8N3HQ, 8N4HQ and 8N8HQ), the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (HS0AC), the Namibian Amateur Radio League (V51NAM), the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (OD5RAL), as well as dozens of other Member-Society stations from around the world. "It is always special to see so many nations represented on the air by their national organization," Kutzko said. "It reinforces the global nature of Amateur Radio and the common bonds that all amateurs have." The IARU HF World Championship begins at 1200 UTC Saturday, July 11 and goes until 1200 UTC Sunday, July 12. Complete rules may be found on the ARRL Contest Web page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2009/iaru.html>. Logs may be submitted via e-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>; paper logs should be mailed to IARU International Secretariat, Box 310905, Newington, CT 06111-0905 USA. All logs must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than 1200 UTC August 11, 2009. ==> ARRL IN ACTION: WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP TO LATELY? This feature -- including convenient Web links to useful information -- is a concise monthly update of some of the things ARRL is doing on behalf of its members. This installment covers the month of June. ARRL's legislative relations consultant Chwat & Co has received 786 letters to 278 different Members of Congress (267 House, 11 Senate) supporting HR 2160 <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/04/30/10792/?nc=1>. The bill -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 -- gained two new Congressional co-sponsors in June <http://www.arrl.org/?artid=8989>. The ARRL filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit asking the Court to order the Federal Communications Commission to comply with the Court's 2008 decision that remanded the FCC's ruling on Access BPL for further action <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/26/10915/?nc=1>. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, appointed Southern Florida Assistant Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, as Vice Director in the Southeastern Division, effective June 1 <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/04/10865/?nc=1>. He also appointed Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, as Pacific Division Vice Director <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/16/10889/?nc=1>. ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, was on the United States Delegation to the Inter-American Telecommunications Commission (CITEL) PCC.II meeting in Ottawa, Canada June 1-5. ARRL Technical Relations Manger Brennan Price, N4QX, attended Study Group 5 meetings in Geneva, where ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo, W4RI, chaired his final meetings of Working Group 5A-1 that handles amateur and amateur-satellite issues. ARRL Field Day was in the spotlight in both New York City's Times Square and Las Vegas <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/23/10904/?nc=1>. More than 1600 Field Day sites registered their locations this year with the ARRL Field Day Locator. W1AW was on the air with the help of League staffers <http://www.arrl.org/blog/2009%20Field%20Day>. ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME, and ARRL Teachers Institute Instructor Miguel Enriquez, KD7RPP, led the second and third 2009 sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institutes on Wireless Technology <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/18/10894/?nc=1>. ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, forwarded reports to the FCC regarding a well-known 75 meter frequency and IARU Region 3 forwarded a number of monthly Intruder Watch monitoring reports to Skolaut. The ARRL Contest Branch announced that the ARRL Sweepstakes log submission deadline will be reduced from 30 days to 15 days, allowing for results from both the CW and Phone portions of the contest to be posted to the ARRL Web site within 60 days of the deadline <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/10/10873/>. ARRL Laboratory Engineer Mike Gruber, W1MG, investigated a power line noise case in Northglenn, Colorado where he was able to locate two noise sources associated with the interference. Section Manager Election ballots and candidate statements for the South Texas and Los Angeles elections were mailed to members of those sections ahead of schedule. ARRL members have until August 14 to return filled-in ballots. ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, attended Ham Radio 2009 -- Europe's largest Amateur Radio convention -- in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where he provided DXCC card-checking services to ARRL's international members <http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/html/en/>. Along with a group of volunteers, ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, promoted Amateur Radio to the 70,000 people who attended Maker Faire, the world's largest do-it-yourself (DIY) festival in San Mateo, California <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/05/26/10835/?nc=1>. Inderbitzen also represented ARRL in Germany at Ham Radio 2009. The July issue of QST and the July/August issues of NCJ <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/18/10893/?nc=1> and QEX <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/09/10871/?nc=1> were mailed. The ARRL released the second edition of VoIP: Internet Linking for Radio Amateurs. <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=1431>. Three new products -- a hat, a reflective jacket and a maroon polo shirt -- have been added to the ARES(r) apparel line and are available from Barker Specialty <http://www.barkerstores.com/arrl>. ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, announced that the HZ1EA operation in Saudi Arabia has been approved for DXCC credit <http://www.arrl.org/?artid=8983>. ==> FRESH AIR, FRIENDS, FOOD AND FUN ABOUND FOR 2009 ARRL FIELD DAY It's an event that some groups take very seriously, planning all year long for. Still, others just use the date to get together, make a few contacts and enjoy each other's company. No matter how you view it, ARRL Field Day <http://www.arrl.org/fieldday> is fun! According to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, the Field Day Site Locator <http://www.arrl.org/contests/announcements/fd/locator.php> was a big hit this year. "We had 1602 groups listed -- 98 more sites than were listed in 2008," he said. "We had all 50 states, Puerto Rico and nine Canadian provinces registered on the Locator this year." Henderson said he was aware of at least one Field Day contact with the International Space Station <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/25/10910/?nc=1>, as well as several site visits by Members of Congress and local officials to various Field Day sites around the country. ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, agreed that it was a great Field Day. "Despite some propagation issues in the atmosphere," he said, "the PR propagation in the media has been more than I have seen before in prior Field Days." Pitts said that the emphasis on Field Day promotions began long before June -- the ARRL released media kits, fill-in-the-blank proclamations, news releases and tip sheets. Along with the introduction of the PR-101 course <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/05/15/10817/?nc=1>, Field Day was also the presentation theme at the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention. "The preparation appears to have paid off well," Pitts said. "Hundreds of hits have been relayed in by Google's news monitoring, plus more from PR Newswire and spotting by ARRL Public Information Officers around the country. Both of the video Field Day PSAs <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/03/28/10728/?nc=1> have seen good play on TV and cable. Field Day even got some play in New York City's Times Square" <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/23/10904/?nc=1>. Pitts said that many city and county officials -- as well as 28 states -- issued Field Day proclamations praising Amateur Radio: "Proclamations from the governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming, as well as Delaware's State Senate, are not just recognitions of the past, but keys for future political actions such as PRB-1 and legislative issues." These state proclamations range from Ohio declaring June 27 as Amateur Radio Day, to Florida, Delaware, Illinois, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania pronouncing June as Amateur Radio Month in those states, while other states have designated Amateur Radio Week in their states <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/24/10905/?nc=1>. Individuals and groups who participated in Field Day are invited to submit their pictures and stories to the Field Day Online Soapbox <http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/?con_id=176>. "Just a few days after Field Day, we've had almost 70 entries on the Soapbox," Henderson said. "It really is a thrill to read these stories and see all the pictures showing what a good time people had this year." Henderson encouraged Field Day participants to submit their entries via the Field Day Web Submission Applet <http://www.b4h.net/cabforms/fielddayentry.php>. "You can also submit your entries via e-mail <email@example.com> or by postal mail," he said. If submitting via postal mail, entries should be sent to Field Day Entries, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Entries must be postmarked, e-mailed or submitted by July 28, 2009. Late entries cannot be accepted. It's not too early to begin preparing for next year's Field Day -- go ahead and mark your calendars now for June 26-27, 2010. ==>WHAT'S NEW AT DAYTON 2009 -- THE UNABRIDGED VERSION The July 2009 issue of QST had a one page overview of some of the major pieces of equipment introduced at the Dayton Hamvention. There is no way a single person can track down everything on display that's new in the time available, but QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, did find quite a bit more -- much more than can be squeezed into the available QST page. "We reported on many other categories of interest, including new VHF and antenna-related equipment, as well as many categories of accessories," he said. "When you click on the link, you'll find a description of the rest of the new items I tracked down during a very busy three days at Dayton." Check it out on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/files/qst-binaries/QS0709NewatDayton.pdf>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "A summer's Sun is worth the having" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: It was a perfect Field Day weekend from where I stood. The weather was warm, skies clear, the space weather was calm and there was enough propagation to make a domestic contest interesting. I had no plans, so on Saturday I went to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator to find a Field Day site. The one I landed at -- W7AUX -- listed a contact number, a cell phone at the site. I inquired if they needed a CW op, was told, "We could use any operators," so I drove up to the site north of Seattle. I had a lot of fun on 20 meter CW. Sporadic-E even helped out, and the 6 meter station made a number of contacts with other Field Day stations in the Western US. You can get a taste of what happened at Field Day stations around the country via the Contest Soapbox <http://www.arrl.org/contests/soapbox/?con_id=176>. A shorter version with a photo is on page one of the 2009 Field Day Soapbox. Just search for KB6NU. Sunspot numbers for June 25-1 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 68, 66.8, 67, 67, 68.5, 68.2 and 67.5 with a mean of 67.6. The estimated planetary A indices were 7, 3, 3, 11, 10, 5 and 4 with a mean of 6.1. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 6, 2, 4, 8, 7, 5 and 3 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 an ancient French proverb <http://www.egreenway.com/months/summer.htm>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, the Digital Pentathlon is July 3. Check out the Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, the WLOTA Contest, the DL-DX RTTY Contest, the Original QRP Contest, the PODXS 070 Club 40 Meter Firecracker Sprint (local time) Michigan QRP July 4th CW Sprint on July 4-5. The ARS Spartan Sprint is July 7. Next week is the IARU HF World Championships on July 11-12. The NCCC Sprint Ladder is July 10. The FISTS Summer Sprint and the Feld Hell Sprint are July 11. The SKCC Weekend Sprint and the ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint are both July 12. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is July 16. 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 remains open through Sunday, July 26, 2009, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, August 7, 2009: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1; Antenna Modeling; Radio Frequency Interference; Antenna Design and Construction; Ham Radio (Technician) License Course; Propagation; 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 to Close in Observance of Fourth of July: ARRL Headquarters will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3. There will be no ARRL Audio News, W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. The ARRL Letter will be posted a day early on Thursday, July 2. League Headquarters will reopen Monday, July 6 at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and festive holiday weekend. * Michigan Ham Dies in Tower Accident: A tower accident during Field Day preparations around 11 AM EDT on Saturday, June 27 claimed the life of Larry Prelog, KE4PM, of Niles, Michigan. Prelog, a member of the Blossomland Amateur Radio Association (BARA) <http://www.blossomlandara.org/>, was airlifted from Watervliet to a Kalamazoo hospital where he passed away early Sunday morning. He was 57. BARA Public Information Officer Matt Severin, N8MS, told the ARRL that Prelog "...was very passionate about Amateur Radio and was very involved in club activities. He was the driving force behind the first high altitude balloon launch for our club. Larry was the kind of guy who would give you the shirt off his back even if he didn't have another one for himself. He will be dearly missed." * Larry E. Price, W4RA, Honored at Ham Radio 2009 Convention in Germany: Larry E. Price, W4RA, was honored at an evening reception following the first full day of Ham Radio 2009 convention activities in Friedrichshafen, Germany <http://www.hamradio-friedrichshafen.de/html/de/> on Friday, June 26. The reception was hosted by the convention sponsor, the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC), and was attended by officials and guests from dozens of IARU Member-Societies. In a presentation made by IARU Vice President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR -- who had served as President of the Norwegian Radio Relay League (NRRL) from 2000-2002 -- Price was honored with the highest NRRL award, the Knight of the Order of the Golden Key. The award was given for Price's many years of service to the IARU, the ARRL and Amateur Radio in general. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, then conferred the title of IARU President Emeritus upon Price. Price served as ARRL President from 1984-1992 and as IARU President from 1999-May 2009. For more on the convention, see the Friedrichshafen blog on the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/blog/Friedrichshafen%202009>. * John Miller, K6MM, Wins June QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for July is John Miller, K6MM, for his article "A No Excuses 160 Meter Vertical Antenna." Congratulations, John! The winner of the QST Cover Plaque award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/QSTvote.html>. Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the July issue by Friday, July 31. =========================================================== 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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