*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 27 July 10, 2009 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + ARRL Board of Directors, Standing Committees to Meet in Connecticut Next Week * + ARRL Teachers Institute: "It Is Elementary, It Is Advanced, It Is Something for Everyone" * + August QST on the Way to Your Mailbox * + IARU Member-Societies On-The-Air for IARU HF World Championship * + 500 kHz Experimenters in North America, Europe Get Active * + New Section Manager Appointed in Ohio * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Week on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + Six New Co-sponsors Pledge Support for HR 2160 Tenth Annual "Night of Nights" On-The-Air July 12 NTS Official Jim Leist, KB5W (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 <email@example.com> ==>Editorial questions or comments only: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA <firstname.lastname@example.org> =========================================================== ==> ARRL BOARD OF DIRECTORS, STANDING COMMITTEES TO MEET IN CONNECTICUT NEXT WEEK The ARRL Board of Directors holds its second meeting of 2009 July 17-18 in Windsor, Connecticut, with Directors, Vice Directors and ARRL Board officers in attendance. The meeting will be preceded on Thursday, July 16 with meetings of the Administration and Finance Committee and the Programs and Services Committee. The Administration and Finance Committee is chaired by Northwestern Division Director Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF. This committee will review the League's financial performance for the first half of the year and will receive the report of the outside auditors. The Programs and Services Committee, headed by Midwest Division Director Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, studies, advises and makes recommendations for all programs and services provided by the League, including operating activities and the Field Organization. "All three Advisory Committees -- DX, Contest and VHF/UHF Contest -- have been busy since the last board meeting," Frahm said. "The PSC appreciates their deliberations on behalf of their stakeholders. Through a number of annual ARRL award programs, we have the pleasure of presenting motions to the board to recognize hams for their superior instruction, technical excellence, outstanding publicity and other achievements. The Emergency Preparedness and Response program, and EmComm issues in general, are taking more of the committee's time as we work to ensure maximum effectiveness of staff and volunteer efforts to work with served agencies. The PSC is excited about the upcoming release of the Advanced ARECC EmComm course (replacing Levels II and III) <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> with a new syllabus and some innovative presentation methods. We also look forward to the availability of a couple more awards via Logbook of the World (LoTW) <http://www.arrl.org/lotw/>. This online QSO confirmation tool is ever more popular. These are some of the interesting and challenging issues the committee will discuss." The second day of the meeting will be devoted to a review and updating of the ARRL Strategic Plan. Per the Articles of Association <http://www.arrl.org/aabl.html>, the ARRL Board of Directors meets twice a year, in January and July. ==> ARRL TEACHERS INSTITUTE: "IT IS ELEMENTARY, IT IS ADVANCED, IT IS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE" Four sessions of the ARRL's Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology wrapped up in June <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/ti.html>. These sessions -- in Tucson, Arizona; Rocklin, California; Viera, Florida, and Berrien Springs, Michigan -- saw 52 educators complete the four day course. The California and Arizona sessions were held simultaneously, marking the first time that the ARRL has offered simultaneous sessions of the popular summer program for teachers. According to Education and Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME, the addition of two new TI instructors made it possible to hold two sessions at the same time. "With Miguel Enriquez, KD7RPP, and Nathan McCray, K9CPO, on board," Spencer said, "we are able to hold more sessions, and in turn, involve more teachers in the process of bringing wireless technology into their classrooms." Tucson, Arizona -- June 15-18 At Pueblo Magnet High School in Tucson, Enriquez led a group of 16 local teachers through the four day curriculum that includes basic electronics, the science of radio, space in the classroom, microcontroller programming and basic robotics. The class included nine math teachers from Pueblo, three special education teachers from Pueblo, one 4th grade teacher from a feeder elementary school to Pueblo, two graduate students/teaching assistants in fields involving electronics from University Medical Center (University of Arizona teaching hospital) and one University of Arizona employee commissioned to work with area schools and recruit high school students into space, science and mathematics programs at the University of Arizona. "The majority of the participants had expressed an interest in learning electronics," Enriquez said. "In the coming year, I plan on following up the introduction they received at the TI by teaching electronics as part of a professional development program." Enriquez said that each of the teachers will refer students whom they believe will be interested in ham radio to his "Radio, Space and Wireless Technologies" class he will begin teaching this fall: "Several teachers who have that period as their planning period also stated they would drop by to see the students in action and perhaps even help teach!" Enriquez said that there are 16 "really excited teachers in Tucson right now. I intend to do everything I can to get them all involved in the application of the knowledge and procedures they learned this week. The only way we can really make the Teachers Institutes ultra successful is to coordinate a cadre of teachers who understand and apply the knowledge and tools the Teachers Institutes provides. Teacher collaboration is essential toward this endeavor." Rocklin, California -- June 15-18 Spencer conducted the Teachers Institute held at the Parallax facility in Rocklin. "This group is more geographically diverse than the Tucson group," he said, "with teachers from nine states from coast to coast." Since the Tucson and Rocklin sessions were held at the same time, Spencer said "we tried to connect the teachers in the Tucson session with the teachers in the California session via an AO-27 contact; satellites are part of the space in the classroom unit. Unfortunately, this was not successful due to unforeseen complications with accessing the satellite; however, a later attempt to demonstrate ham radio space technology was successful." Viera, Florida -- June 23-26 Fourteen educators took part in the Teachers Institute in Florida, also led by Spencer. "This group was predominantly from the Southeastern US, but a few participants joined the group from Missouri and Virginia," he said. "The class was evenly split between male and female teachers. All grade levels were represented and six participants were either old-time hams or recently licensed in preparation for the Teachers Institute." Spencer said to make the AO-27 satellite contact, they used call sign W1AW/4. "The weather even cooperated, and though hot and humid, the fox hunt outdoor activity went off without a hitch -- including a tornado warning that occurred the morning of the outdoor activities," he said. "Thanks for everything. It was elementary it was advanced, it is something for everyone," one educator told Spencer. "I know I will be incorporating many of your topics into the classroom." One of the participants summarized the experience simply: "This was the best in-service course that we have ever attended -- and we have attended a lot!" Berrien Springs, Michigan -- June 29-July 2 McCray led 10 educators through the Teachers Institute at the Berrien Regional Education Service in Michigan. "I had a class that was half men and half women," he said. "Most were from the Midwest, but we did have two from New York State, one from California and one from South Carolina. We had representatives from all walks of the education world: Two elementary teachers, five junior high teachers, two high school teachers and one college professor. Only four were hams and two of them have expired licenses. The electronics knowledge level was low, but they were motivated and proved to be a joy to teach all week." McCray said that the highlights of the week included a successful AO-27 contact and multiple contacts on 2 meters with local children who were attending a camp. "The work with the VOMs, protoboard and building the boe-bots were also big hits," he said. "We also went quite deep with the 'What's a Microcontroller?' unit." One of the teachers told McCray that the Teachers Institute has changed the way she will present her curriculum. "I have been inspired to pursue my Technician license and to add more hands-on electronics activities into my 9th grade physical science class," the teacher said. "I would also like to set up a ham station in my school." Another teacher called the Teachers Institute a "most rewarding experience. There is so much I learned about robotics, weather and ham radio operation. I have so much information to take back to the classroom and share with my students and fellow staff members. Thank you for this opportunity!" A session of the ARRL Teachers Institute wrapped up Thursday, July 9 in Dayton, Ohio. The last session will take place at ARRL Headquarters on July 27-30. ==> AUGUST QST ON THE WAY TO YOUR MAILBOX The August issue of QST is jam-packed with the news and information that today's Amateur Radio operator needs. From product reviews to experiments to contesting, the upcoming issue of QST has something for just about everyone. This issue also features the 2008 DXCC Honor Roll. Allen Baker, KG4JJH, doesn't let the lack of sunspot activity get in the way of chasing DX. Find out his solution in his article "A 10 Meter Moxon Beam." Larry Cicchinelli, K3PTO, shows a compact way to power your equipment in his article "Four Output Bench Supply." If you like to operate from your car, you won't want to miss "The Ignition Switch" by Wayne Mahnker, WA5LUY. Is your Amateur Radio club looking to get for publicity for your events? Check out "Putting Ham Radio in the Cable Spotlight" by ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, for some tips. In August, QST goes to new heights with two articles featuring high altitudes: "QRP from the Top of the Maritimes" by Mark Volstad, AI4BJ, and "Ham Radio in the Air" by Eskil van Loosdrecht, AB6BC/SM5SRR. In his monthly column "This Month in Contesting," ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, discusses club participation in contests: "There are several reasons to join a contesting club," he tells readers. "Making new friends, meeting people to operate contests with and maybe even finding a little extra muscle when it's time to put up your tower are just a few. Contest clubs also combine their members' individual scores and enter many events in the Club Competition, hoping to win a commemorative gavel for their efforts." The results of the 2009 ARRL International DX CW Contest are also in the August issue. Find out about upcoming contests in this month's Contest Corral. QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, reviews the Alinco DJ-175T 2 meter FM handheld transceiver. Ford said that the "Alinco DJ-T175T is a compact handheld with more than enough power (and features) to satisfy the needs of most hams. At around $99, it's a standout among low-cost handhelds." QST Product Review Editor Mark Wilson, K1RO, reviews four switching power supplies, saying "all of these supplies effortlessly deliver high current for your transceiver and accessories and include voltage and current metering and protection circuits. Although all of them have low conducted emissions (which can cause interference to your receiver) in the amateur bands, there are some significant differences at low frequencies." Of course, there are the columns you know and expect in the August QST: Hints & Kinks, The Doctor Is IN, Amateur Radio World, How's DX, Vintage Radio, Hamspeak and more. Look for your August 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>. ==> IARU MEMBER-SOCIETIES ON-THE-AIR FOR IARU HF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP In this weekend's IARU HF World Championship Contest <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/07/02/10934/?nc=1>, IARU Member-Societies from all around the globe will be active and operating with special call signs. According to ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, many of these call signs end in HQ, designating a national headquarters station; these can be worked as special multipliers in the contest. Kutzko said that IARU Administrative Council members will also be on and can also be worked for special multiplier credit: "If you hear a station giving R1, R2, R3 or AC as their contest exchange, that station represents part of the IARU Administrative Council or regional Executive Committee." The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com/> has compiled a chart listing all of the known IARU Member Society call signs that are scheduled to be on-the-air for the contest: PREFIX CALL SIGN/IARU MEMBER SOCIETY COUNTRY 4L 4L0HQ (NARG) Georgia 5N 5N0HQ (NARS) Nigeria 9K 9K9HQ (KARS) Kuwait 9Y 9Y4HQ (TTARS) Trinidad and Tobago 9Y 9Y4NED (EC R2) Trinidad and Tobago AT AT1HQ (ARSI) India BV BV0HQ (CTARL) Taiwan BY B1HQ (CRSA) China BY B3HQ (CRSA) China BY B4HQ (CRSA) China BY B5HQ (CRSA) China BY B7HQ (CRSA) China CE CE3HQ or XR3HQ (RCC) Chile CO T40C (FRC) Cuba CT CR5HQ (REP) Portugal CX CX1AAA (RCU) Uruguay DL DA0HQ (DARC) Germany DU DX1HQ (PARA) Philippines E7 E7HQ (BA) Bosnia-Herzegovina EA8 AO8HQ (URE) Canary Islands (Spain) EM EM5HQ (UARL) Ukraine F TM0HQ (REF) France G/GM/GW G3PSM (EC R1) Great Britain G/GM/GW GB7HQ (RSGB) Great Britain HB9 HB9HQ (USKA) Switzerland HB9 HB9JOE (EC R1) Switzerland HL HL0HQ (KARL) South Korea HR HQ2W (RCH) Honduras HS HS0AC (RAST) Thailand I IU1HQ (ARI) Italy I IU2HQ (ARI) Italy I IU4HQ (ARI) Italy I IU5HQ (ARI) Italy I IU8HQ (ARI) Italy I IU9HQ (ARI) Italy JA 8N1HQ (JARL) Japan JA 8N2HQ (JARL) Japan JA 8N3HQ (JARL) Japan JA 8N4HQ (JARL) Japan JA 8N8HQ (JARL) Japan JY JY6HQ (RJRAS) Jordan KH6 NU1AW/KH6 (IARU) USA (Hawaii) KL7 W1AW/KL7 (ARRL) USA (Alaska) LA LA2RR (AC) Norway LA LN2HQ (NRRL) Norway LU L4RD (RCA) Argentina LU LU2AH (EC R2) Argentina LX LX0HQ (RL) Luxembourg LY LY0HQ (LRMD) Lithuania LZ LZ1US (EC R1) Bulgaria LZ LZ7HQ (BFRA) Bulgaria OD OD5TE (EC R1) Lebanon OE OE1A (OVSV) Austria OH OH2HQ (SARL) Finland OK OL9HQ (CRC) Czech Republic ON OP0HQ (UBA) Belgium OZ OZ1HQ (EDR) Denmark P4 P40HQ (AARC) Aruba PA PA6HQ (VERON) Netherlands PY PT2ADM (EC R2) Brazil R R0HQ (SRR) Russia S5 S50HQ (ZRS) Slovenia SM SK9HQ (SSA) Sweden SP SN0HQ (PZK) Poland SV SX0HQ (RAAG) Greece TG TG9AGD (EC R2) Guatemala UN UN1HQ (KFFR) Kazakhstan VE VE6SH (AC) Canada VK VK7WI (WIA) Australia VR2 VR2HK (HARTS) Hong Kong W K1ZZ (AC) USA W W6ROD (EC R2) USA XE XE1KK (AC) Mexico XE XE1LM (FMRE) Mexico XX9 XX9A (ARM) Macau YL YL4HQ (LRAL) Latvia YO YR0HQ (FRR) Romania YV YV5AJ (RCV) Venezuela YV YV5AMH (EC R2) Venezuela Z3 Z30HQ (RSM) Macedonia ZL ZL2AZ (EC R3) New Zealand ZL ZL6HQ (NZART) New Zealand ZP ZP5AA (RCP) Paraguay ZS ZS0HQ (SARL) South Africa ZS ZS4BS (EC R1) South Africa AC = IARU Administrative Council, EC = Regional Executive Committee With HQ stations from each continent on-the-air for the contest, this would be a great time to get your Worked All Continents Award <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2008/09/20/10346/?nc=1>. Some stations have provided QSL information <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/07/06/10947/?nc=1>. The IARU HF World Championship runs from 1200 UTC Saturday, July 11 to 1200 UTC Sunday, July 12. For complete rules and forms, you can visit the IARU Contest Web page <http://www.iaru.org/contest.html> or the ARRL Contest Web page <http://www.arrl.org/contests>. ==> 500 KHZ EXPERIMENTERS IN NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE GET ACTIVE In the 500 kHz Experiment <http://www.500kc.com/> quarterly report for the period ending May 2009, Experiment Coordinator Fritz Raab, W1FR, reported that 21 stations are currently active. The FCC's Office of Engineering and Technology granted the WD2XSH experimental license to the ARRL in September 2006. In this quarter, the FCC only issued one new experimental license for 500 kHz, WF2XAU to Roy Croston, AB4OM. The FCC renewed WD2XGI to Mike Reid, WE0H. In the spring of 2009, hams in the WD2XSH experimental group made one contact, bringing the total number of contacts to 336. Almost 500 reports were made to the 500 kHz Experiment's Web site, documenting 1051 hours of activity. Raab said more than 34,000 hours of activity has been logged on the Web site since the experiment's inception. Stations do not have to be members of the experimental team to post reception reports. Raab said that due to increasing noise levels, activity has slowed some on the band, but "propagation conditions have remained generally good with a number of long distance receptions." He said that most of the quarter's activity came from WD2XSH/6, run by Pat Hamel, W5THT, of Long Beach, Mississippi, and WD2XSH/12, run by Mike Mussler, AI8Z, of Nederland, Colorado. Individuals in nine other countries hold licenses to experiment in the 500 kHz band: Sweden, Germany, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Romania and Denmark. To celebrate International Marconi Day on April 25, a Marconi official station using Marconi equipment completed a radio contact that was similar to those Marconi himself achieved many years ago. GB4FPR was operated from the Fort Perch Rock Marine Radio Museum near Liverpool <http://www.gb4imd.org.uk/fortperch.htm>. The operators used Marconi marine equipment and CW, receiving a 539 report from VO1MRC in St John's, Newfoundland <http://www.ucs.mun.ca/%7Ejcraig/mrcn.html>. GB4FPR was transmitting 1 W ERP on 502 kHz and receiving the Canadian station on 3566 kHz in this transatlantic crossband QSO. On June 18, Norwegian coastal station LGQ in Rogaland and LM500LGN in Bergen made a QSO on 500 kHz. LM500LGN is a special heritage license arranged by the NRRL, Norway's IARU Member-Society, and Norkram. According to Raab, this is the first issuance of a license specifically for heritage operations. Find out more information on the ARRL's 500 kHz Experiment in the July/August 2007 issue of QEX <http://www.arrl.org/qex/2007/07/raab.pdf>. ==> NEW SECTION MANAGER APPOINTED IN OHIO Frank Piper, KI8GW, of Pickerington, has been appointed Section Manager of the ARRL Ohio Section. He will serve the balance of the term of Joe Phillips, K8QOE; Phillips passed away on June 20 <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/06/22/10901/?nc=1>. Piper has moved up the ranks in ARES leadership positions by first serving as Emergency Coordinator from 2002-2003 and then as District Emergency Coordinator from 2003-2006. He was promoted to Section Emergency Coordinator, serving in that position until 2008. Piper has also served as an Official Emergency Station in the ARRL Field Organization since 1997. According to the Rules and Regulations of the Field Organization, when a vacancy in the office of Section Manager occurs between elections, the position is filled by appointment. Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, in consultation with Great Lakes Division Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, made the appointment effective July 7. His term of appointment continues through September 30, 2010. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "If it happens the Sun is shining bright" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: Finally, some sunspot activity to report -- and not one of those phantom spots that appear one day and vanish the next. Sunspot group 1024 first emerged a week ago on July 3 with a daily sunspot number of 17 and the magnetic signature of a new Solar Cycle 24 spot. Over the next few days, it grew more rapidly and became larger than any sunspot group in the past two years. Today, July 10, it should pass over the Sun's western limb and disappear. Sunspot numbers for July 2-8 were 0, 17, 24, 26, 23, 21 and 18 with a mean of 18.4. The 10.7 cm flux was 66.5, 67.3, 71, 71.6, 68.9, 71.3 and 70.8 with a mean of 69.6. The estimated planetary A indices were 3, 5, 3, 6, 4, 5 and 6 with a mean of 4.6. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 3, 2, 4, 3, 3 and 3 with a mean of 2.9. 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 T.S. Eliot's "The Song of the Jellicles" <http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/789/>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, the IARU HF World Championship is 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. Next week is another NCCC Sprint Ladder on July 17. The North American QSO Party (RTTY), the DMC RTTY Contest and the CQ Worldwide VHF Contest are July 18-19. The CQC Great Colorado Gold Rush is July 19. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is July 20 and the SKCC Sprint is July 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 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 <email@example.com>. * Six New Co-sponsors Pledge Support for HR 2160: Earlier this week, HR 2160 -- The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 -- gained six new Congressional co-sponsors, bringing the total number to 14: W. Todd Akin (MO-2), Michael Arcuri (NY-24), Michael Honda (CA-15), Thaddeus McCotter (MI-11), Charlie Melancon (LA-3) and Peter Welch (VT). Originally sponsored by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18), HR 2160 is also sponsored by Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6), Madeleine Bordallo (Guam), Bart Gordon (TN-6), Brett Guthrie (KY-2), Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16), Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) and Bennie Thompson (MS-2). Check the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/05/12/10818> for information on how to encourage your Congressional representative to sponsor HR 2160 <http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=111_cong_bill s&docid=f:h2160ih.txt.pdf>. * Tenth Annual "Night of Nights" On the Air July 12: The Maritime Radio Historical Society's 10th annual CW-only Night of Nights <http://www.radiomarine.org/non10.html>, commemorating the history of maritime radio, is scheduled for Sunday, July 12 at 1701 PDT (Monday, July 13 at 0001 UTC). Years ago, the maritime mobile bands were populated edge-to-edge with powerful coast stations that operated from virtually every country on every continent. The ships of world trade and the great passenger liners filled the air with their radiograms, as well as their calls for help when in danger on the sea. Now those bands are largely silent. But once a year, the MRHS returns stations KPH, KSM and KFS to the air. Other stations, including WLO, KLB, NMC, NOJ and NMN, often join in. Calls from ships at sea make the event seem like the golden age of maritime radio has returned. The MRHS's club station, K6KPH, will be on-the-air on several frequencies, receiving signal reports from other amateur stations. The K6KPH operators are seasoned commercial operators with years of experience "sitting the circuit" and will give amateur stations the experience of what it was like to work a real coast station. More information regarding the event, including suggested frequencies, is available on the Night of Nights Web page <http://www.radiomarine.org/index.html>. * NTS Official Jim Leist, KB5W (SK): Jim Leist, KB5W, a longtime leader of the ARRL National Traffic System (NTS) <http://www.emergency-radio.org/what_nts.pdf>, passed away after a long illness on June 22. He was 74. Leist, who lived in Gautier, Mississippi, was Chair of the NTS Central Area Staff, as well as a longtime ARRL Net Manager; he also served as the Mississippi Section Traffic Manager (STM) from 1987 to 1998. "Jim was an elite CW op and Manager of Region Net 5, Cycle 4, for most of the last 20 years and probably longer," said Phil Sager, WB4FDT, Manager of the NTS Third Region Net, Cycle 4. "I worked him several times each week for the six years I lived in Louisiana, and have enjoyed working him again the past five or so years on my Alpha TCC sked." 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