January 31, 2013Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
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+ ARRL Board of Directors Convenes in New Orleans for 2013 Annual Meeting
The ARRL Board of Directors held its 2013 Annual Meeting January 18-19, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana, under the chairmanship of President Kay Craigie, N3KN. The Board welcomed two newly elected members to the Board family: Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, and Northwestern Division Vice Director James Pace, K7CEX; Lisenco and Pace were elected in November 2012. At its meeting, the Board set its legislative objectives for the 113th Congress, approved the organization's amended financial plan, elected members to the Executive Committee and ARRL Foundation, bestowed awards and more. Read more here.
+ NASA to Honor Fallen Astronauts this Friday
On Friday, February 1 -- the 10th anniversary of the Columbia accident -- NASA will pay tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia with a Day of Remembrance. Flags across the agency will be flown at half-staff in their memory.
On January 27, 1967, Virgil "Gus" Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee were killed in the Apollo 1 fire during a launch pad test. On January 28, 1986, Greg Jarvis, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, Michael Smith, Dick Scobee and Christa McAuliffe were killed when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just 73 seconds into its flight. On February 1, 2003, Rick Husband, William McCool, Michael Anderson, Kalpana Chawla, KD5ESI, David Brown, KC5ZTC, Laurel Clark, KC5ZSU, and Ilan Ramon -- were killed when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated. According to ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, Chawla served as the Astronaut Interface -- the liaison between NASA and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program -- before being selected for her mission on board Columbia.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other NASA senior officials will hold an observance at Arlington National Cemetery on Friday morning, while NASA Television will provide live coverage of a wreath-laying ceremony at the Space Mirror Memorial, located in the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida, beginning at 10 AM (EST). You can watch live online on the NASA TV Public and Media channels, or on your television. Contact your local provider for the NASA TV channel in your area.
+ FCC Denies Missouri Ham's Petition Regarding CC&Rs
On January 28, the FCC denied a Petition for Reconsideration (PFR) filed by James E. Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri. Whedbee filed the PFR in May 2012 in response to the FCC denying his Petition for Declaratory Ruling (PDR) filed in April 2012 that urged the FCC to address covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs).
In his PDR, Whedbee argued that CC&Rs restrict Amateur Radio facilities in violation of Section 310(d) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. He also asserted that there is a "controversy of CCR enforcement against Amateur Radio operators," and "requested a declaratory ruling terminating the controversy by holding that such CC&Rs are unenforceable."
The FCC concluded that the Mobility Division "properly acted" on Whedbee's PFR: "Given the opportunity for public comment already afforded by the Public Notice and the opening of GN Docket No. 12-91, and in light of the pendency (and later release) of the Commission's report to Congress and the statutory purpose of that report, your Petition was moot, premature, repetitive and frivolous." Read the FCC's letter to Whidbee here.
Tad Cook, K7RA, reports: The sunspot numbers and the solar flux barely changed this past week: The average daily sunspot numbers were 55.7, down slightly from 56.4 the previous week, while the average daily solar flux was 98.7, down from 110.7. Geomagnetic conditions continued their quiet spell. The most active day was Saturday, January 26, when both the mid-latitude and planetary A index were 18, and Alaska's College A index was 46. The predicted solar flux is 100 for January 31-February 1, 105 on February 2-5, then 110, 120, 130 and 125 on February 6-9, 120 on February 10-11, then 115, 110 and 105 on February 12-14, 110 on February 15-18, and back down to 105 on February 19-23. The predicted planetary A index is 5 on January 31-February 4, 8 on February 5-6, 5 on February 7-8, 8 on February 9-10, 5 on February 11-18, 8 on February 19, 5 on February 20-21, then 15, 10 and 8 on February 22-24. Look for more on the ARRL website on Friday, February 1. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page.
+ Silent Key: Former ARRL New England Division Director John Sullivan, W1HHR (SK)
John "Sully" Sullivan, W1HHR, of Columbia, Connecticut, passed away November 12, 2012. He was 83. An ARRL Life Member, Sullivan served as ARRL New England Division Director from 1975-1985. He was a veteran of the US Navy. A private service was held November 16 in Willimantic, Connecticut.
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