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

10/02/2009

The ARRL Board of Directors adopted guidelines on the appropriate use of Amateur Radio on behalf of commercial, non-profit and government entities, as well as recommendations for additional steps to be taken by the ARRL to educate radio amateurs and others on how to prepare and train for public service and emergency communications while complying with the current FCC Rules.

The President of the National Safety Council responded to the ARRL, saying that they do not support bans or prohibitions on the use of Amateur Radios while driving.

Three more cosponsors signed on in support of HR 2160, The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009, bringing the number of Congressional supporters to 25.

The 2010 ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications became available. More than 60 authors and reviewers contributed over 70 percent of new or completely revised content to this 87th edition.

ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, reports that complaints of a constant carrier on 14.030 MHz have been resolved. Official Observers in California helped resolve a problem in that state concerning a 440 MHz repeater locked in transmit mode.

ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jonathan Siverling, WB3ERA, attended an ITU preliminary meeting in Geneva in preparation for WRC-12. He also attended a CITEL Conference Preparatory Working Group in Columbia.

With assistance from the ARRL, the FCC released a new Public Notice implementing changes in CEPT reciprocal operating arrangements for US citizens who hold FCC-issued General, Advanced or Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio licenses and wish to operate in countries governed by CEPT regulations.

The ARRL is now soliciting nominations for The ARRL International Humanitarian Award and the George Hart Distinguished Service Award. The deadline the ARRL International Humanitarian Award is December 31, 2009. The deadline for the Distinguished Service Award is November 1, 2009.

The ARRL and TAPR jointly hosted the 28th Annual Digital Communications Conference (DCC) September 25-27 in Chicago. ARRL Technical Relations Manager Brennan Price, N4QX, and QEX Editor Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, represented ARRL HQ.

Twelve newly elected Section Managers came to Newington for a weekend of orientation and training.

The League celebrated the 140th anniversary of the birth of ARRL Cofounder and first President Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, with a week-long Special Event.

The ARRL Letter and ARRL Audio News are now delivered on Thursdays.

The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for September is Paul Danzer, N1II, for his article "A Simple Transformer to Measure Your Antenna Current."

The November issue of QST and the 2010 ARRL Calendar were released to the printer.

The current Angola operation -- D2QMN -- has been approved for DXCC credit.

Compiled by S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
ARRL News Editor



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