April 22, 2010Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
Hamvention®: Experience the ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention
On May 14-16, hams from all over the world will make their way to the Hara Arena, located in Trotwood, Ohio for the 2010 Dayton Hamvention®. Held annually since 1952, Hamvention is one of the largest Amateur Radio gatherings in the world, and as we have been doing since 2005, the ARRL will bring the ARRL EXPO -- a showcase of ARRL exhibits and activities that celebrate the very best of Amateur Radio -- to thousands of radio amateurs. ARRL staff will also present a number of exciting, interactive forums throughout Hamvention weekend. Read more here.
Hamvention®: Dayton Hamvention Organizers Announce Forum Schedule
One of the many highlights at Dayton Hamvention® -- sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) -- is the myriad of educational and fun forums that take place the entire weekend at Hara Arena. DARA has coordinated 43 unique programs that encompass nearly 80 hours of programs and activities for the thousands of people expected to attend these programs. Hamvention, the largest event of its kind, will be May 14-16 at Hara Arena in Trotwood, Ohio. Please keep in mind that the schedule may change before Hamvention. Read more here.
ARRL Web Site: Find Your Way Around the New ARRL Web Site
By ARRL News Editor S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
When the new ARRL Web site launched on April 13, we received an overwhelming, enthusiastic response to it. But along with that, we have also received a few questions on how to find certain features on the new site. Click here for a quick guide to find some of the more popular features, such as the ARRL Periodical Archive Search and Logbook of The World, on the new ARRL Web site.
Have you forgotten your password? You can easily get a temporary password by clicking on the "Forgot Password?" link, located directly under the log-in box at the top of the page (see photo). You can either request a temporary password via e-mail (you must use the e-mail you originally used to register for the previous ARRL Web site), or you may retrieve a temporary password immediately by providing your user name (for hams, this is usually your call sign) and your ARRL member ID number (found on your QST mailing label). You must also provide either your call sign or your last name. Click here to receive a temporary password.
We have also received inquiries regarding the "Favorites" function on the new Web site. Once you successfully log in to the Web site, you will see a drop-down box that says "Your Favorites" right underneath your name (see photo). Go to any page on the new ARRL Web site. Would you like to find it in just one step? The "Your Favorites" feature will do just that! When you are on the desired page, just click on the "Your Favorites" drop-down menu, click "Add to Favorites" then click the "Go" button. Now you have stored that Web
page as one of your favorites; each time you wish to go to that page, you can just access it through the "Your Favorites" drop-down menu (see photo).
Of course, with a project as large as the new ARRL Web site, there are still some bugs to be worked out. Our IT Department is busy fixing them, so please know that we are trying to solve these problems as quickly as possible.
FCC News: ARRL Files Reply with FCC over ReconRobotics' Opposition to League's Petition for Reconsideration
Following the ARRL's March 24 Petition for Reconsideration of the FCC's grant of a waiver to permit the operation of a robotic video device in the 430-450 MHz band, ReconRobotics filed an Opposition to the ARRL's Petition, declaring that, among other things, the ARRL did not follow proper procedure when submitting it. On April 16, ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, filed a reply, asking the Commission to "reconsider, rescind and stay the ReconRobotics waiver and the effectiveness of the Order" in accordance with the ARRL's Petition for Reconsideration. Read more on the ARRL's reply here.
ARRL Foundation Awards Prestigious Goldfarb Scholarship to Kyle Ebersold, KB1MNN
The Board of Directors of the ARRL Foundation proudly awarded the 2010 William R. Goldfarb Memorial Scholarship to Kyle Ebersold, KB1MNN, of Holland, Massachusetts. Kyle is a senior at Tantasqua Regional High School in Fiskdale, carrying a 4.31 GPA. He was first licensed in August 2005, holds a General class license and is a member of several Amateur Radio organizations including the ARRL, the Hampden County Radio Association and FISTS. He operates SSB, CW and PSK31 with most contacts on 17, 20, 40 and 80 meters. Kyle's interest in ham radio began in December 2004 when he received an SWL radio as a gift. Inspired by stories from his grandfather -- who operated in the 1960s as a Novice -- Kyle was bitten by the bug! He plans to attend Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island where he will pursue studies in business. Applications for the Goldfarb Scholarship and other ARRL Foundation Scholarships are accepted each year beginning October 1 and ending February 1 for the academic year that starts the following August/September. Read more here.
ARRL Publications: QEX -- The May/June Issue
The May/June issue of QEX is coming soon, and it is full of theoretical and practical technical articles that you won't want to miss. QEX is the ARRL's "Forum for Communications Experimenters." Published bimonthly, it features technical articles, columns and other items of interest to radio amateurs and communications professionals. The mission of QEX is threefold: To provide a medium for the exchange of ideas and information among Amateur Radio experimenters; to document advanced technical work in the Amateur Radio field, and to support efforts to advance the state of the Amateur Radio art. QEX is edited by Larry Wolfgang, WR1B. Subscribe to QEX today. Read more here.
Tad "The early mist had vanished and the fields lay like a silver shield under the Sun" Cook, K7RA, reports: A haunting specter from the past -- a Sun with no spots -- returned this week. As of Wednesday, we've seen seven days with no spots, a quiet Sun unseen since early December. A spot may be emerging in the solar northeast quadrant, and NOAA and USAF predict a rising solar flux of 76, 78, and 78 for April 22-24, followed by 80 for nine days, so perhaps this will turn around. Look for more information on the ARRL Web site on Friday, April 23. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page. This week's "Tad Cookism" brought to you by Edith Wharton's Ethan Frome (Chapter 8).
ARRL Field Day : ARRL Public Relations Committee to Host Field Day Webinar
The ARRL Public Relations Committee -- in conjunction with the ARRL's Atlantic Division -- will host a "webinar" -- an interactive Web-based seminar designed to facilitate communication between a small number of presenters and a large remote audience using the Internet. On Thursday, April 22 at 9 PM EDT, join ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, along with ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, and members of the League's Public Relations Committee as they tell you how to use ARRL Field Day to bring attention to Amateur Radio in your area. Learn how to set up a Field Day publicity calendar, invite elected officials and dignitaries, get proclamations issued, post your Field Day event on local media outlets and community bulletin boards, get audio and video PSAs on local radio and TV stations, how to use newer social networks like Facebook and Twitter and more to draw people to your Field Day event. Click here to register for this informative, interactive Internet meeting.
This Week on the Radio
This week, the 10-10 International Spring Contest, the SP DX RTTY Contest, QRP to the Field, the Florida QSO Party and the Nebraska QSO Party are April 24-25. The SKCC Sprint is April 28. Next week, the Microwave Spring Sprint (local time) and the AGCW QRP/QRP Party are May 1. The 10-10 International Spring Contest (Digital), the 7th Call Area QSO Party, the Indiana QSO Party, the ARI International DX Contest and the New England QSO Party are May 1-2. All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest Branch page, the ARRL Contest Update and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar for more info. Looking for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Station Web page.
W1AW News: W1AW Offers Code Practice, Bulletins via EchoLink
Audio from W1AW's CW code practices and CW/digital bulletins is now available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server "W1AWBDCT." The 9:45 PM ET phone bulletin is currently unavailable via W1AWBDCT. The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently with W1AW's regular transmission schedule. According to W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, this server is currently at an experimental stage: "Since the server is located at ARRL -- and uses the ARRL's Internet connection -- there may be an issue as to how many users can connect to W1AWBDCT via EchoLink. The current number of connections is set to 350. If the current system can properly handle these connections without adversely affecting the performance of the conference server, this number will be bumped up higher." All users who connect to the conference server are muted. Please note that any questions or comments should not be sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please send any questions or comments via e-mail.
ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration
Registration remains open through Sunday, April 25, 2010, for these online course sessions beginning on Friday, May 7, 2010: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1; Antenna Modeling; Antenna Design and Construction; RF Propagation; Analog Electronics, and Digital Electronics. To learn more, visit the CEP Course Listing page or contact the Continuing Education Program Coordinator.
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