*************** The ARRL Letter Vol. 28, No. 33 August 21, 2009 *************** IN THIS EDITION: * + Santa Cruz Hams Provide Support During Wildfires * + Hurricane Bill Downgraded to Category 2; Amateur Radio Hurricane Nets Ready * + HPM/140 Birthday Celebration Event Coming Next Month * + ARRL Section Manager Election Results * + The Local Club Resource * + ARRL Membership Newsletters, Bulletins and Notifications * Solar Update * IN BRIEF: This Week on the Radio ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration + 7O1YGF Now on Logbook of The World + FCC Blogs, Twitters +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> =========================================================== ==> SANTA CRUZ HAMS PROVIDE SUPPORT DURING WILDFIRES As wildfires threaten the central California coast near Santa Cruz -- located between San Jose and Monterey -- area radio amateurs have been providing support to law enforcement and fire authorities. According to Santa Cruz County Public Information Officer Bill Conklin, AF6OH, the Santa Cruz County Emergency Operations Center requested support from ARES on Wednesday, August 12: "We activated and established an informal Net to provide fire support resources." Just two days later, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a State of Emergency for Santa Cruz County. On Thursday, three amateurs staffed the County's Emergency Operations Center for the ARES Net, beginning at 5 AM and going for 16 hours. Monterey County ARES District Emergency Coordinator Dave Burbidge, W6IIQ, also helped to provide coverage. "Once we were activated, about 30 amateurs signed in to a Resource Net on a local repeater managed by Bob Wolbert, K6XX," Conklin said. "These hams were assigned various duties, including providing support for animal rescue operations. Some were assigned to specific locations in order to support law enforcement and fire authorities. The Santa Cruz Chapter of the American Red Cross initiated staffing and evacuation centers on Wednesday night, and we deployed the ARES Step-Van to support a shelter in Davenport, about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz on Highway 1. Due to the low volume of shelter clients, these facilities did not require further staffing by local ARES team members." Officials declared a mandatory evacuation in the affected area on Thursday, namely for the towns of Swanton and Bonny Doon; an estimated 2500 people were evacuated from their homes. On Sunday, officials allowed residents from Bonny Doon who had been evacuated to return to their homes, but warned them to be on a state of alert and to be ready to move as needed. Dubbed the Lockheed Fire, the blaze was 90 percent contained on Friday, August 21. More than 7500 acres are affected by the blaze; the cause of the fire is under investigation. Approximately 2000 firefighters -- equipped with almost 300 fire engines, 14 helicopters, 30 bulldozers, six air tankers and 21 water tenders -- were trying to get the fires under last weekend. As of August 21, there are 1595 fire personnel on site with 125 engines and five helicopters. To date, no homes have been destroyed by the fire, but 13 outbuildings were burned to the ground. The damage is estimated at $21.4 million. Conklin said that the Santa Cruz County Equine Rescue Team was activated in response to the fire, providing large animal rescue support. "In the past year, many members of the team received their Amateur Radio license," he explained. "They were instrumental in organizing and rescuing horses, llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks, as well as arranging transport for 100 head of cattle. Working in conjunction with County of Santa Cruz County Animal Services, they were able to transport and relocate the animals to safety at two sites within the county." Volunteers staged an equine and large animal rescue at the cement plant in Davenport. A shelter for smaller animals was established at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds in Watsonville, about 15 miles south of the City of Santa Cruz. The weather continues to be a major concern, as do the steep terrain and limited access to the fire's perimeter, Conklin said: "Conditions continue to be very fluid and may change quickly based on weather factors. Firefighters will continue to construct fire line around the perimeter of the fire." Governor Schwarzenegger visited the Fire Operations Center in Watsonville and thanked all of the firefighters for their assistance. "Once again, Amateur Radio and ARES proved to be an essential resource in times of emergency," Conklin said. "The citizens of Santa Cruz County are fortunate to have this trained, technical resource available to provide these essential communications resources." ==> HURRICANE BILL DOWNGRADED TO CATEGORY 2; AMATEUR RADIO HURRICANE NETS READY Now that Tropical Storms Ana and Claudette have dissipated, Hurricane Bill -- downgraded from a Category 4 storm to a Category 2 storm -- is churning its way across the Atlantic with sustained winds near 110 miles per hour. Even though the storm's projected path does not make landfall in the US, hams affiliated with the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and the VoIP Hurricane Net (VoIPWX) are ready to provide communications support. Hurricane Watch Net As Bill approached, HWN Manager Dave Lefavour, W7GOX, told the ARRL that Net members are "limbering up their microphones and checking their antennas. We're all very carefully watching the storm. We could activate sometime during the next few days, based on the forecast tracks and intensity. We always ask all of our Amateur Radio friends and any new stations that might have data for us in the Atlantic, Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf coastal areas to dust off their weather instruments. We'll probably need to establish communications with them very soon." The HWN -- operating on 14.325 MHz -- relays real-time weather observations to WX4NHC <http://www.wx4nhc.org/> at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) <http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/>. "We want all of our reporting stations, especially those closer to the US, to keep in mind that we're also prepared to operate the HWN on 7.168 MHz or 3.668 MHz," Lefavour explained. "If propagation is such that we cannot maintain contact with reporting stations on 14.325 MHz, we'll open a Net on one or the other of those frequencies. Plans are to try 40 meters first, with 80 meters as our last choice of bands." Lefavour encouraged hams to monitor the HWN Web site <http://www.hwn.org/> for Net activation plans: "We have placed data products from the NHC on the HWN Web site, including maps and charts of tropical storm activity." VoIP Hurricane Net The VoIP Hurricane Net -- which meets weekly during the hurricane season months of June-November and monthly from December-May -- has also been monitored Tropical Storms Ana and Claudette last week and is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Bill this week <http://www.voipwx.net/>. "We are continuing to closely monitor the storm's progress," said VoIP Hurricane Net Director of Operations Rob Macedo, KD1CY. "Since 2002, we have been gathering surface reports to help WX4NHC save lives," he said. "The Net activates whenever there is a landfalling hurricane and will review any and all sources to gather surface data for WX4NHC as required." The weekly VoIPWX Net had a surge in activity last week as Tropical Storms Ana, Bill and Claudette formed almost right on top of each other. Macedo told the ARRL that hams, many of whom are in hurricane-prone areas, were informed of the advisories for each tropical system. "The Net also informally activated as Claudette made landfall as a tropical storm in the Florida Panhandle," he explained. "The VoIP Hurricane Net Activation Policy <http://www.voipwx.net/node/235> is to activate during hurricanes, but will sometimes activate in the event of strong tropical storms that are near hurricane strength." The VoIP Hurricane Net meets every Saturday evening at 8 PM EDT (0000 UTC Sunday) on the *WX-TALK* EchoLink Conference Node: 7203/IRLP Reflector 9219 system. When hurricanes threaten land, the Net meets and stays active as long as required on the system with listen-only EchoLink conferences and IRLP systems and streaming audio systems available. From the National Hurricane Center At 1800 UTC on Friday, August 21, the center of Hurricane Bill was located about 290 miles (465 km) south-southwest of Bermuda and about 695 miles southeast of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Bill is moving toward the northwest at a speed near 18 MPH (30 km/hr). This track is expected to continue through Saturday. The core of Hurricane Bill is expected to pass over open waters between Bermuda and the East Coast of the United States early Saturday. Large swells generated by this hurricane are affecting Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, the Bahamas and Bermuda, moving to East Coast of the US and the Atlantic Maritimes of Canada during the next day or two. These swells will likely cause extremely dangerous surf and life-threatening rip currents. The Bermuda Weather Service has issued a hurricane watch and a tropical storm warning for Bermuda. A hurricane watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area, generally within 36 hours. ==> HPM/140 BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION EVENT COMING NEXT MONTH The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday celebration is back! This year, the ARRL is honoring the 140th anniversary of the birth of the League's first president and cofounder. Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, was born September 2, 1869 and died February 17, 1936, in a Colorado hospital of complications stemming from a throat infection; his widow died just nine days later. The operating event is open to all amateurs, and the goal is straightforward: Find the stations adding /140 to their call signs, and contact as many as possible during the event period, September 2-9. Who is eligible to sign /140? ARRL members who hold ARRL appointments, ARRL elected volunteers (such as ARRL Directors and Section Managers), ARRL Life Members, ARRL Headquarters staff and VEs, AECs, QSL bureau workers and awards managers (who are ARRL members). The complete list of eligible positions can be found on page 20 of the September 2009 issue of QST. If you work at least 25 /140 stations, an attractive certificate can be yours! The certificate can be endorsed in increments of 25 QSOs, up to 100. Time Period: 0000 UTC September 2 until 2400 UTC September 9. Exchange: All stations signing /140 send RS(T), their appointment and their name; others send RS(T) and their name. Eligibility: All amateur stations may participate. ARRL Life Members, and those persons holding ARRL appointments, elected positions or ARRL HQ staff, may add /140 to their call signs for the duration of the celebration. Volunteer Examiners, Assistant Emergency Coordinators, QSL Bureau workers, Registered Instructors and Awards Managers who are ARRL members are also invited to participate. Miscellaneous: /140 stations may be contacted on any band or mode for credit. You can work a station once per band and mode. Repeater contacts are valid for credit, but please be considerate of the users during a repeater's busy periods. All /140 stations are encouraged to be as active as possible on local repeaters and nets. The certificate is available for making at least 25 contacts with /140 stations, with endorsement increments of 25, and a maximum endorsement of 100. To receive the award, send in a log extract with the date, time, band, call sign worked and exchange for each /140 contact. Include your name, call sign and address, and tell us how many /140 stations you worked. Mail everything to HPM/140 Celebration, c/o W1AW, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111-1494. You can also send in your entry on a disk or CD in regular text format. All entries must be accompanied by a check or money order for $5 (US) payable to ARRL. Please make sure your entry is postmarked by October 9, 2009. ==> ARRL SECTION MANAGER ELECTION RESULTS Of the nine Sections holding Section Manager elections this month, three will be getting new Section Managers: Los Angeles, South Texas and Georgia. The Sacramento Valley, Eastern Washington, Colorado, Western Washington, West Virginia and San Francisco Sections will keep their incumbent Section Managers. The new terms of office start October 1, 2009. Ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters on Tuesday, August 18. In Los Angeles, David Greenhut, N6HD, of Woodland Hills, was elected as the new Section Manager with 838 votes. He defeated incumbent Phineas Icenbice, W6BF, who received 149 votes. Icenbice has been the Los Angeles Section Manager for 11 straight terms of office since October 1, 1987. Greenhut, a licensed radio amateur for 35 years, has a strong interest in ARES and emergency communications; he has served as the District Emergency Coordinator for the Northwest District of the Los Angeles County since 2006. With 647 votes, Lee H. Cooper, W5LHC, of Leander, was elected Section Manager of the South Texas Section. Challengers Lou Everett, Sr, WA5LOU, of Kennard, received 601 votes and Gary Tangrady, K5GST, of San Antonio, received 142 votes. Cooper, presently the South Texas Section Public Information Coordinator, is active in emergency communications, representing ARES on the newly formed State Communications Coordination Group. He was also the Travis County Emergency Coordinator from 2000-2004. Cooper will be taking on the Section Manager's role from Ray Taylor, N5NAV, of San Antonio. Section Manager since 1997, Taylor decided not to run for another term of office. In Georgia, Eugene "Gene" Clark, W4AYK, of Albany, will be stepping into the Section Manger's position. He will be taking over from Susan Swiderski, AF4FO, who has been Section Manager since 2002. Swiderski, co-recipient of this year's Joe Knight Distinguished Service Award, decided not to run for another term of office. Clark has been the Georgia Section Emergency Coordinator for the last year and was a District Emergency Coordinator prior to that appointment. The following incumbent ARRL Section Managers did not face opposition and were declared elected for their next two year terms of office beginning October 1, 2009: Ron Murdock, W6KJ, Sacramento Valley; Mark Tharp, KB7HDX, Eastern Washington; Jeff Ryan, K0RM, Colorado; Jim Pace, K7CEX, Western Washington; Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY, West Virginia; and Bill Hillendahl, KH6GJV, San Francisco. ==> THE LOCAL CLUB RESOURCE Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, shares his views on how clubs play an important role in Amateur Radio. Fusaro is Assistant Manager of the ARRL's Membership and Volunteer Programs Department. He is also the ARRL Affiliated Club/Mentor Program Supervisor. I am very fortunate to be in a position at ARRL which allows me significant interaction with our members. It is very fulfilling to be able to put a smile on someone's face by helping them find a solution to their problem, regardless of the complexity. Sometimes it is not possible to be as helpful over the telephone or with e-mail, so I will try to direct the individual to a local club where they may be able to get some side-by-side coaching. The local radio club is without a doubt the place where most of us received our ham radio education. The club is where we learned the jargon and techno-speak used on the air and where we met folks to emulate and folks whom we swore we would never be like. Everything that we know about ham radio that didn't come from a book was probably learned at club meetings or late night Field Day chats over burnt coffee. Personally, I have made many longtime friendships from my involvement in local radio clubs and I am sure many others can say this as well. Clubs, by definition, are groups of like-minded people who share a common interest. In reality a club is an eclectic assembly of individuals, each with a unique perspective of their activity. The dynamic of a club is no different than that of a large family. Think of your last family get-together and then take a look at your radio club. If everybody was the same, life would be very boring. In every club, there is the usual cast of characters who add their distinctive flavors to the stew and make things interesting. It is diversity that makes a club work well. I have seen that no matter how varied the personalities are in a club, most of these personalities are also eager to help. Helping each other is characteristic of radio amateurs. How often have you experienced something like this? Two hams will be in QSO -- perhaps discussing an antenna installation or radio repair -- when another radio operator will break in with a helpful suggestion. This situation may have happened to you, or you may have even been the breaking station. The same thing happens (or should happen) at club meetings. If you need help with something, the closest resource is your local club. On the surface, the club may appear to be dysfunctional, but once you are involved, you will find that it is actually very productive. The Pareto principle, commonly known as the 80-20 rule is a simple expression that 80 percent of the effects come from 20 percent of the causes. As applied in the business world, this would be 80 percent of the sales are driven by 20 percent of the customers. In a club, the percentages may be slightly different, but the fact remains that a small percentage of the membership is responsible for making things happen. This is not to suggest that 80 percent of the members do not participate, but without a "sparkplug," some things would never get started. These people are the doers. The doers don't take no for an answer and are always willing to take on more responsibility. But where is the fun in jump-starting a project without someone telling you it would never work? Of course, it would be much more fun without the negative comments, but that goes against human nature. Ever since man tried to open a coconut with a rock, someone was right beside him offering a thousand excuses why it won't work: "You'll smash your thumb." "The rock will break." "You should invent a wheel and roll it over the coconut." "Let's just eat the bananas." The cynics of the world are an essential part of society -- and of our clubs. They challenge us and make us work harder to prove them wrong. Learn to accept these people but never let them distract you from moving forward. You only get as much from a club as you put into it. A majority of the club bashers tend to be long time hams with a "been there, done that" attitude, asking what a club has to offer them for them. To borrow from President John F. Kennedy, "ask what you can do for your club." Of course, we took more than we had to offer when we were younger and inexperienced. But over the years, we have gathered knowledge that we can share with the newcomers. Based upon my countless interactions with hams of all levels of experience, the novice has much to offer the old-timer, even if it is just reliving the joy of discovery. The local radio club has something for everybody who is willing to get involved. Don't know where you local club is? Use the ARRL Affiliated Club search <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/club/clubsearch.phtml>. You can reach Fusaro by e-mail <email@example.com>. ==> ARRL MEMBERSHIP NEWSLETTERS, BULLETINS AND NOTIFICATIONS Did you know the ARRL offers more newsletters than just The ARRL Letter? One of the many ARRL membership benefits includes other newsletters, such as the ARRL Contest Update (a bi-weekly contest newsletter), the ARES E-Letter (sent monthly, containing public service and emergency communications news), the ARRL Club News, the ARRL Instructor/Teacher E-Letter and the VE Newsletter, just to name a few. You can also elect to receive news and information from your Division Director and Section Manager (keep in mind that not all Divisions/Sections send notices), as well as W1AW bulletins that relate to DX, propagation, satellites and Keplerian reports. The ARRL also offers a free notification service to members, letting them know when their membership and license are due to expire. Sign up for these newsletters, bulletins and notifications on the Member Data page of the ARRL Web site <http://www.arrl.org/members-only/memdata.html>. ==>SOLAR UPDATE Tad "Suspended in the blinding, sunlit blue" Cook, K7RA, this week reports: The quiet Sun continues to baffle us. If there are no sunspots today -- and I don't expect any to emerge -- this will be the 42nd day in a row with no sunspots; July 10 was the last day we saw any spots. There is really no way to predict when the next sunspot will appear. If we see no sunspots through the end of the month, then nearly 80 percent of 2009 so far will have been spotless. Sunspot numbers for August 13-19 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 67.2, 67.6, 68.1, 68.8, 68.1, 67.4 and 67.1 with a mean of 67.8. The estimated planetary A indices were 5, 4, 3, 3, 3, 4 and 10 with a mean of 4.6. The estimated mid-latitude A indices were 3, 2, 1, 0, 2, 2 and 8 with a mean of 2.6. 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 Dana Gioia's "California Hills in August" <http://www.danagioia.net/poems/californiahills.htm>. __________________________________ ==>IN BRIEF: * This Week on the Radio: This week, look for an NCCC Sprint on August 21. Check out the Hawaii QSO Party and the Ohio QSO Party on August 22-23. The SKCC Sprint is on August 26. Next week, there is another NCCC Sprint on August 28. The Kansas QSO Party is August 29-30. 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, August 23, 2009, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, September 4, 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>. * 7O1YGF Now on Logbook of The World: ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L reports that the logs for the 2000 DXpedition to Yemen, 7O1YGF, have been uploaded to Logbook of The World (LoTW) <http://www.arrl.org/lotw>. Last week, Moore announced that after more than an eight year delay, the DXCC Desk approved the operation after a review of "recently received information," as well as "additional dialogue" with the DXpedition leader <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/08/12/11022/?nc=1>. Moore outlined the process to receive credit via LoTW for 7O1YGF: * As with paper applications, if you submitted 7O1YGF in the past and had it rejected, we will accept an e-application via LoTW; you will not be charged a submission fee for the 7O1YGF submission only. * Make sure you have uploaded your QSOs. DXCC cannot open and search the logs for your QSO, since doing this will not show the match that is required for an LoTW confirmation. * Access your account and begin the application process. * If you select only 7O1YGF QSOs, you will not be assessed the fees that LoTW will report back to you. If you choose other QSOs, a regular submission fee will apply; * Complete the application (all four parts) and DXCC will place your e-application on the list for processing. * A special note for 7O1YGF applications only: On Part 4 of the LoTW application, click "Payment by mail." This step is very important to assure proper handling. If you clicked on Part 1 for any QSOs other than 7O1YGF you must make proper payment. This is only for 7O1YGF submissions. Applications with other QSOs will be handled and charged as a regular submission. * DXCC will not acknowledge completion of the application. When finished, your numbers in LoTW will reflect the completion of your e-application. * If you achieve Honor Roll or Top of the Honor Roll from this submission and you would like to order the wall plaque, send Moore an e-mail <email@example.com>, or you can fax your order or send the order form by regular mail. * FCC Blogs, Twitters: On Tuesday, August 18, the Federal Communication jumped on the technological bandwagon and began "Twittering." Twitter <http://twitter.com/> allows text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers; to date, the FCC's Twitter page has almost 1900 followers. The FCC has also started a blog called Blogband <http://blog.broadband.gov/>. According to Chairman Julius Genachowski (who made the first post), "Blogband is part of the FCC's commitment to an open and participatory process. Blogband will keep people up-to-date about the work the FCC is doing and the progress we're making. But we want it to be a two-way conversation." Readers may leave comments after each post, but comments will be monitored during normal business hours and will be reviewed as "speedily as possible" before posting. "As this blog demonstrates, the Internet is changing and expanding the way Americans communicate, providing them with unparalleled access to information." Genachowski wrote. "So visit Blogband often to keep up with the latest news and -- more importantly -- get involved." The FCC pointed out that commenting in the blog "is not a substitute for submitting a formal comment in the record of a specific Commission proceeding." Find the FCC's Twitter page at <http://twitter.com/fccdotgov>. =========================================================== 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/>. 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