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


Compiled by S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
ARRL News Editor

This feature -- including convenient Web links to useful information -- is a concise monthly update of some of the things ARRL is doing on behalf of its members. This installment covers the month of April.

The FCC has given radio amateurs a partial victory in response to the ARRL’s challenge of a rules waiver that permits the certification and licensing of the Recon Scout

The California Supreme Court refused to hear the antenna zoning case brought forth by Alex Zubarau, WB6X, of Palmdale, California.

World Amateur Radio Day was April 18.

The ARRL announced that it would be changing the provider for its equipment protection and club liability insurance programs.

The ARRL Lab is back in its space at HQ after renovations were made to the area. Lab personnel are trying out the new kits that will be available in the kit building are of the ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention. The Lab is also investigating certain fluorescent light bulbs without proper FCC labeling.

W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, together with ARRL Lab Test Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, have resurrected the ARRL’s backup OSCAR 1 satellite. It will be on display in the ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention.

The antennas and antenna support structures at W1AW and W1HQ received their regular inspections. In addition, the weather satellite turnstile antenna was put back atop the North Tower, and each tower received new galvanized coating. All the hardline cables were tie-wrapped with #12 solid copper wire.

The ARRL Field Day Station Locator is up and running.

ARRL HQ staff members judged the entries for the first-ever ARRL Video Contest and announced the winners.

The ARRL held its Frequency Measuring Test.

With the assistance of ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, and noted antenna zoning lawyer Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, the ARRL West Gulf Division held a webinar on antenna zoning.

The June issue of QST and the May/June issues NCJ and QEX were released to the printer. Two new publications -- Hamspeak Dictionary by QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, and Small Antennas for Small Spaces by QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY -- were also sent to the printer.

New questions have been posted to the QuickStats page on the ARRL website.

The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for April 2011 is Lou Burke, W7JI, for his article “The W7JI Low or Lower Power 40 Meter Transmitter.”

The ARRL DXCC Desk approved two Tristan Da Cunha and Gough operations.

Official Observer Desk: ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, handled complaints from the FMRE -- Mexico’s IARU Member-Society -- regarding interference on their daily net on 76 meters. Skolaut also received complaints regarding operations on or near 14.272 and 147.435 MHz. Wisconsin Official Observers are getting reports of obscene language and hams not identifying on a 2 meter simplex frequency. Reports of Spanish-speaking phone stations operating in the CW portion of the 10 meter band were forwarded to the OO Desk.

Member Contact: Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, and ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, attended the International DX Convention in Visalia, California. ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, attended the ARRL Louisiana State Convention. ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, attended Communications Academy in Seattle, Washington. ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, attended the AES Superfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and ARRL Chief Operating Officer attended the ARRL North Carolina State Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina.