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

06/01/2013

Compiled by S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
ARRL News Editor
news@arrl.org

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

More than 100 volunteers, officers and staff represented the ARRL in the ARRL EXPO at the 2013 Dayton Hamvention®. The event -- which ran on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (May 17-19) -- featured forums, DX activities, a “Meet the Authors” area and more.

Members of the ARRL Field Organization in Oklahoma assisted served agencies in the wake of a deadly tornado.

The ARRL filed comments on an FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that calls for an expansion of unlicensed broadband on 5 GHz.

Former QST Managing Editor Joel Kleinman, N1BKE, was one of eight inductees into the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

ARRL Development Office: The ARRL Development Office hosted its 11th Annual Donor Reception just prior to the Dayton Hamvention, with more than 160 guests in attendance. In addition, the Dayton Amateur Radio Association presented ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, and ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, with a $25,000 check to sponsor the Teachers Institute II, and an individual donor gave $1500 to support a “seat” at a Teachers Institute I. ARRL Individual Giving Manager Lauren Clarke, KB1YDD, reported that the ARRL Diamond Club is at 40 percent of its 2013 goal (551 donors), the Spectrum Defense Fund is at 12 percent of its goal (263 donors) and the Education & Technology Fund is at 21 percent of its goal (72 donors). Click here to make your contribution to the fund of your choice.

Logbook of the World -- the ARRL’s online QSO confirmation system -- logged its 500 millionth QSO at 0140 UTC on May 22.

The ARRL Public Relations Committee is sponsoring an “I Am the ARRL” video contest.

ARRL Contributing Editor Ward Silver, N0AX, was elected President of the Yasme Foundation.

Section Manager Election Results: ARRL members in Nebraska, New Hampshire and Wisconsin will get new Section Managers, while members in Utah, Maryland-DC, Nevada, New York City-Long Island, Northern New Jersey, Rhode Island, San Joaquin Valley and West Texas will keep theirs.

W1AW News: W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, repaired the 2 meter antenna used for the W1HQ D-STAR system and a power supply used for one of the broadcast transmitters.

ARRL Education Services manager Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, along with representatives from NASA’s Teaching from Space Office and AMSAT, reviewed 17 proposals for the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program. They selected 10 applications for contacts to take place during May-November 2013, including the National Boy Scout Jamboree. So far in 2013, ARISS partners have supported 25 international contacts.

DXCC Desk: The February 1984 operation to TI9CCC (Cocos Island) has been approved for DXCC credit.

A new Quick Stats Poll was posted to the ARRL website.

The winner of the May QST Cover Plaque award Padraig Lysandrou, KC9UUS, for his article “A Crazy Idea: DXpedition to Cyprus.

The July print issue of QST was released to the printer, and the digital edition was released to the digital publisher. The June digital edition of QST was made available to ARRL members. Second printings of Ham Radio for Arduino and PICAXE and Emergency Power for Radio Communications were released to the printer.

Official Observer Desk: ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, handled complaints regarding interference on 3.840 MHz in California, a report of questionable operation on 7.275 MHz, radio amateurs operating outside of license privileges, a broadcast station heard on 6 meters, unidentified VoIP operation, unlicensed individuals in San Francisco using Amateur Radio frequencies, problems on an Arkansas repeater, unidentified Russian digital signals on 20 meters and radio amateurs experiencing interference on 10 meters from CB operators in Missouri. He also answered questions concerning antenna restrictions, operating overseas, a club offering a prize in a fox hunt, proper identification while cross-banding and a possible bogus call sign in Florida.



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