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ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?

09/01/2009

The Central and Roanoke Divisions will hold elections for Vice Director on November 20. The incumbent Directors in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern and Roanoke Divisions faced no opposition and were declared elected.

The ARRL responded to the FCC's Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), ET Docket 09-36, concerning implanted medical devices that operate on 413-457 MHz (70 cm).

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, wrote a letter to the National Safety Council (NSC), highlighting issues regarding the use of Amateur Radio emergency communications devices in vehicles.

The DXCC Desk approved the 2000 DXpedition to Yemen, 7O1YGF, for DXCC credit. Amateurs may also apply for DXCC credit for 7O1YGF via Logbook of The World.

ARRL Technical Relations Manager Brennan Price, N4QX, attended meetings for United States Working Party 5A (the Land Mobile Service excluding IMT, plus the Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Services). He also worked on a proposal for the 500 kHz agenda item for WRC-12. ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, attended meetings of US Study Group 1 (regulatory) and chaired a session of the FCC's WRC-12 Advisory Committee. He is preparing for ITU-R meetings, scheduled for later this month in Geneva.

Come October, there will be new Section Managers in the Los Angeles, South Texas and Georgia Sections.

The ARRL announced that it will honor the 140th birthday of co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim by authorizing eligible amateurs to add /140 to their call signs from September 2-9.

All 2009 Field Day logs that have been received have been posted to the Claimed Scores page on the ARRL Web site.

The ARRL Executive Committee reviewed grant applications for the ARRL's Education & Technology Program (ETP), awarding nearly $9000 to eight schools.

The ARRL Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology wrapped up. During 2009, 93 teachers from 29 states attended eight sessions -- including two at ARRL HQ -- and a new TI-2 for previous TI graduates.

W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station, changed over to new digital modes.

The October issue of QST, the September/October issues of QEX and NCJ and the 2010 edition of The ARRL Handbook were released to the printer.

The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for August is Allen Baker, KG4JJH, for his article "A 10 Meter Moxon Beam."

Staff Travel: Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, and Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, traveled to Tokyo for Ham-Fair; Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, represented the ARRL at the Kansas State Convention; Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, traveled to the New Mexico State Convention; Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, attended the West Virginia State Convention and the IEEE Electromagnetics Compatibility Society EMC Symposium in Texas; Field and Public Service Team Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, represented the League at the National Conference on Community Preparedness, and Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Dennis Dura, went to the Texas State Convention.

Compiled by S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
ARRL News Editor



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