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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 May.

Senators Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) and John McCain (R-AZ) introduced S 1040 -- The Broadband for First Responders Act of 2011 -- in the Senate. S 1040, unlike the similar HR 607, does not call for auctioning any portions of Amateur Radio spectrum.

Radio amateurs in Southwestern Missouri supported served agencies after the single deadliest tornado since 1953 destroyed much of the city of Joplin, Missouri.

Hams from Alabama and Georgia assisted served agencies after massive storms swept through the region. The ARRL, through its Ham Aid Program, provided much-needed equipment to amateurs in the affected areas.

ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, testified before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the US House of Representatives at a hearing on “Creating an Interoperable Public Safety Network.”

FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate called Amateur Radio “the last line of defense” during an FCC forum on earthquake communications preparedness.

The ARRL EXPO at the 2011 Dayton Hamvention® provided a wide range of activities, including DX-related activities and a rebuilt OSCAR 1 satellite.

NASA -- in conjunction with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program -- invited educators to apply to have an ARISS QSO with the space station.

ARRL Chief Technology Officer Brennan Price, N4QX, was part of the US delegation at the CITEL meetings in the Dominican Republic. Three more countries -- Ecuador, El Salvador and Costa Rica -- formally supported the Inter-American Proposal on WRC-12 Agenda Item 1.23 that proposes to allocate 461-469 and 471-478 kHz on a secondary Basis to the Amateur Radio Service. Price also attended a WRC-12 briefing for CITEL member states in the Dominican Republic and Working Party 1ABC in Geneva, Switzerland.

The ARRL began a new partnership with Hays Affinity Group to provide ARRL members with equipment protection and club liability insurance plans.

At the ANSI asc C63 Committee meeting in Texas, all three of ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare’s, W1RFI, proposals to measure distance extrapolation below 30 MHz were unanimously accepted by the Working Group. This group is tasked with developing a standard to measure the emissions from unlicensed intentional emitters.

ARRL RFI Engineer Mike Gruber, W1MG, traveled to Pittsburgh to teach FCC staff how to detect and locate power line interference using both a 400 MHz Yagi/AM receiver and an ultrasonic dish.

ARRL Headquarters hosted delegations from India, Vietnam and China.

The FCC is proposing to raise the vanity call sign fee by 90 cents.

Kenwood USA donated a TS-590S HF/6 meter transceiver to W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station.

The ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference is calling for technical papers.

Maine and Puerto Rico celebrate radio amateurs by proclaiming Amateur Radio Day.

The FCC upheld a $4000 forfeiture against a Pennsylvania ham who was operating on unauthorized frequencies.

FCC Commissioner Meredith Attwell Baker announced she would be leaving her post on June 3, just 27 days before her term expires.

Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center are calling for an “above-average” 2011 Atlantic hurricane season.

Entries are still being accepted for the 2011 ARRL Photo Contest.

The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for May 2011 is Jim Talens, N3JT, for his article “The W7JI Low or Lower Power 40 Meter Transmitter.”

The July issue of QST was 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 -- as well as TravelPlus Mobile GPS for the Garmin Nüvi GPS, were made available for sale.

Official Observer Desk: ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, handled complaints regarding interference to the International Handicapped net on 14.287 MHz; unidentified digital signals and an Over the Horizon radar on 17 meters, and repeater interference in Eastern Massachusetts, Northern New Jersey and Arizona.

Section News: ARRL members in Nevada re-elected Section Manager Joe Giraudo, N7JEH, of Spring Creek, to a new two-year term of office. Phil Steffora, K6TT, of Los Altos, California, was appointed as Santa Clara Valley Section Manager.

DXCC News: The ARRL DXCC Desk approved the 2011 4A4A DXpedition to Revillagigedo and the 2011 VU4PB DXpedition to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.