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Vol. 24, No. 24
June 17, 2005
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IN THIS EDITION:

* +Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection bill now in US Senate
* +"Get involved in the good things" in ham radio, Dayton forum urged
* +ISS crew could be on for Field Day again this year
* +The FCC proposes $21,000 in fines for K1MAN
* +Hams activate in advance of first named Atlantic storm
* +"SuitSat" moves closer to launch
*  Solar Update
*  IN BRIEF: 
     This weekend on the radio: ARRL Kid's Day is June 18!
    +President names Scott Redd, K0DQ, to head counter-terrorism center
    +K6KPH to transmit W1AW FD bulletin for West Coast
     ARRL warns against spurious, virus-infected e-mails

+Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/> 

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==>US SENATE VERSION OF AMATEUR RADIO SPECTRUM PROTECTION ACT OF 2005
INTRODUCED

A US Senate version of the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005
has been introduced in the 109th Congress with bipartisan support. Sen
Michael Crapo of Idaho sponsored the measure, S 1236, on June 14. The
wording of the bill is identical to the House version, HR 691,
introduced earlier this year by Rep Michael Bilirakis of Florida.
Joining Crapo as cosponsors of the Senate bill were Senators Christopher
Bond of Missouri, Max Baucus and Conrad Burns of Montana, and Daniel
Akaka of Hawaii. The bill has been referred to the US Senate Commerce,
Science and Transportation Committee of which Burns is a member. ARRL
CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, said the League is pleased that Crapo has agreed
to once again sponsor this legislation at ARRL's urging.

"We are grateful for Sen Crapo's demonstration of support by introducing
the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005," Sumner said. "His
sponsorship of this bill shows his appreciation for the value and
utility of Amateur Radio to the US public, especially in times of
emergency."

Like previous versions of the proposal, the House and Senate measures
would require the FCC to provide "equivalent replacement spectrum" to
the Amateur Radio and Amateur-Satellite services in the event of
reallocation to other services of primary amateur spectrum or the
diminution of secondary amateur spectrum. The bill also would cover
additional allocations within Amateur Radio bands that "would
substantially reduce" their utility to Amateur Service licensees. 

In a letter this week, ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, also thanked
Crapo for his continued support of the Spectrum Protection Act. "As you
know, this legislation is vital for ensuring that the Amateur Radio
Service, the only 100 percent fail-safe emergency communication
capability, remains a viable public safety option," Haynie said, adding
that the League also appreciates the work of Crapo's staff in getting
the bill into play in the new Congress. "The ARRL looks forward to
working with you on successfully passing this legislation during the
109th Congress," he said.

The legislation references Amateur Radio's role in providing "voluntary,
noncommercial radio service, particularly emergency communications," and
it points out that hams have "consistently and reliably" provided
communication support in the event of emergencies and disasters
including tornadoes and hurricanes, chemical spills, forest fires and
rail accidents. As the measure notes, FCC actions already have led to
the loss of at least 107 MHz of spectrum to radio amateurs. 

Efforts will continue--now in both chambers of Congress--to attract
additional cosponsors for S 1236 and HR 691. The League encourages its
members to urge their congressional representatives and senators to sign
aboard. A sample letter for HR 691
<http://www.arrl.org/govrelations/hr-691-sample-letter.html> and a
sample letter for S 1236
<http://www.arrl.org/announce/regulatory/s-1236/>--are available on the
ARRL Web site for members to use as guides in writing their members of
Congress to seek their support.

To expedite delivery, send all correspondence bound for Members of
Congress--preferably as an attachment--to research.assistant@chwatco.com
or fax it to 703-684-7594. The ARRL will bundle correspondence addressed
to each Member of Congress for hand delivery.

==>RILEY HOLLINGSWORTH: "GET INVOLVED IN THE GOOD THINGS IN AMATEUR
RADIO!"

FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth told the Dayton
Hamvention FCC Forum May 21 "all you need to know to enhance your radio
service--in one simple lesson." Drawing upon his nearly seven years
experience as the FCC's Amateur Radio enforcement point man,
Hollingsworth told his audience "what I personally think you need to do
to make the Amateur Radio Service thrive and to enjoy the incredible
opportunity" to have fun and engage in public service activities.

"Overall, amateur compliance, I think, is very, very good--I'm really
happy with it," although, he said, "we still have a good distance to go"
in certain areas. Complaints also have continued to decline steadily
over the past year. "I think that's a good sign," he said, predicting
the trend would continue. He advised hams to avoid ugly on-the-air
situations and confrontations. "Just use the VFO and go somewhere else,"
he said.

On the other hand, enthusiasm and happiness on ham radio are contagious,
Hollingsworth asserted, and amateur licensees themselves are responsible
for creating and maintaining a hospitable operating environment. Among
the good things going on in ham radio, Hollingsworth elicited a round of
applause by singling out Pennsylvania teacher Sean Barnes, N3JQ, whose
classes have helped 60 youngsters to obtain Amateur Radio licensees over
the past three years.

The most high-profile recent enforcement case--involving former amateur
licensee Jack Gerritsen in the Los Angeles--"is not technically an
amateur case," Hollingsworth explained. He pointed out, however, that
the FCC is looking to determine who supplied Gerritsen with Amateur
Radio equipment and "encouraged him."

His final admonishment: Good amateur practice means "not operating so
that whoever hears you becomes sorry they ever got interested in Amateur
Radio in the first place." He urged hams to look to the future and "get
involved in the good things in Amateur Radio" and spread the word among
to acquaint the public and even legislators, lawmakers and government
officials.

"It's not about enforcement. It's about your obligation," he said.
Enforcement can't cure all Amateur Radio's ills. "It's all about you and
what you're doing with [Amateur Radio]," he concluded. "Look beyond
enforcement."

==>ISS ASTRONAUTS COULD BE ON THE AIR FOR FIELD DAY!

International Space Station crew members John Phillips, KE5DRY, and
Sergei Krikalev, U5MIR, may be on the air for ARRL Field Day, June
25-26. ISS Ham Radio Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, at Johnson
Space Center, says the Expedition 11 astronauts plan to participate in
Field Day 2005 on a limited basis. Previous ISS crew members have handed
out contacts during Field Day from both NA1SS and RS0ISS. Ransom this
week reviewed potential ISS pass times, and a few are favorable for US
stations, although some will occur during the very early morning hours.
Phillips and Krikalev will use the Amateur Radio on the International
Space Station (ARISS) radio gear aboard the spacecraft.

"Hams on the ISS will try to be on for ARRL Field Day," Ransom said.
"The crew can make contacts anytime during the 1800 UTC June 25 to 1800
UTC June 26 period as time permits. Most activity will be over North and
South America, but stations worldwide should be listening."

Ransom says the pass times are only recommendations, and there is no
guarantee that either Phillips or Krikalev will actually be on the air
during any of them. Passes marked by asterisks (*) are recommended.
Times are in UTC.

Saturday, June 25
1826-1834          Hawaii
1852-1902          Southern Chile & Argentina

Sunday, June 26
 0743-0804         Canada and NW US
 0847-0901         Central and eastern Australia
 0919-0938         Southern Canada and NE US
 1020-1035         Western Australia
*1053-1115         Alaska, SW Canada and eastern US
*1110-1130         Caribbean, NE South America
 1211-1223         Eastern Japan
*1226-1248         Alaska, Western US
*1246-1306         Central South America
 1346-1359         Western Japan
 1428-1442         Central Argentina
 1606-1617         Southern Chile and Argentina
*1715-1725         Hawaii

Phillips will operate as NA1SS and handing out "1 Alfa ISS" for a
report. If Expedition 11 Commander Krikalev gets on the air too, he'll
identify as RS0ISS and give the same exchange. In the past, crew members
have operated from both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 ARISS stations using 2
meters and 70 cm. 

The standard ISS voice frequencies for contacts in ITU Region 2 are
144.49 MHz up and 145.80 MHz down, FM. 

If the astronauts can't get on the air to make voice QSOs, the RS0ISS
packet station should be on and available for ground stations to work
each other via the packet digipeater using "ARISS" as the alias for the
call sign in UNPROTO mode. Frequencies are 145.99 MHz up and 145.80 MHz
down.

ARRL Contest Branch Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, notes that ISS voice or
direct packet contacts with the ISS do not count for bonus satellite
contact points because the ISS is not an "Amateur Radio satellite" as
event rules specify. Packet contacts relayed via the ISS are valid.

"The ISS contacts do not count for satellite credit, since they are
point-to-point, whereas the traditional satellite QSO is a relayed
Earth-satellite-Earth two-way contact," he explained. Field Day has no
specific rules relating to ARISS operation because there's no guarantee
that the crew will be able to get on the air for the annual exercise.

==>FCC ISSUES $21,000 NOTICE OF APPARENT LIABILITY TO MAINE AMATEUR

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL)
proposing to fine Glenn A. Baxter, K1MAN, of Belgrade Lakes, Maine,
$21,000. In the NAL, released June 7, the FCC alleges that Baxter has
violated several sections of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. The list
includes interfering with ongoing communications, transmitting
communications in which he has a pecuniary interest, failing to provide
information the FCC has requested, engaging in broadcasting, and failing
to exercise control of his station. In the NAL, the FCC's Enforcement
Bureau recounts past correspondence to and from Baxter--a registered
professional engineer and executive director of the American Amateur
Radio Association (AARA).

"In response to numerous complaints of deliberate interference caused by
transmissions from Mr Baxter's Amateur station K1MAN to ongoing radio
communications of other stations, including stations participating in
the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Net, the Bureau issued a Warning
Notice to Mr Baxter on September 15, 2004," the NAL states. 

The Warning Notice requested that Baxter explain his method of station
control and what action, if any, was being taken in response to the
interference complaints. The FCC said its Warning Notice also recalled a
written warning dated April 14, 2004, advising Baxter that enforcement
action would be taken if he failed to correct the deliberate
interference attributed to his station and if he continued to use his
station for pecuniary interest by advertising his Web site.

Baxter responded on October 14, 2004, stating "no corrective actions are
necessary at K1MAN" and that his method of station control "is in full
compliance with all FCC rules" and that K1MAN "is in full compliance
with all FCC rules, state laws, and federal laws."

Calling Baxter's response "insufficient," the FCC issued a second
Warning Notice last October 29, spelling out his "obligations as a
licensee to furnish the information requested by the Bureau." The
Warning Notice also reported the receipt of two more complaints alleging
deliberate interference. The FCC gave Baxter 20 more days to provide
information regarding the identity of the control operator and his
method of station control on the dates and times specified in the recent
interference complaints.

The FCC says Baxter responded last November 2 to indicate that his
previous response had "provided all the information required by FCC
rules and by federal law." He did not offer any information regarding
the identity of the control operator or the method of station control,
the FCC added.

The NAL also cites monitoring of K1MAN by FCC personnel and asserts that
last November 27, "K1MAN began transmitting on top of ongoing
communications at 5:54 PM EST on 3.890 MHz, disrupting the
communications by other licensees," the FCC reported. It alleged similar
occurrences on December 8 and March 31.

FCC personnel from Boston inspected K1MAN last November 30. During that
visit, the FCC said, Baxter demonstrated that he could control his
station's transmitter using a telephone interface.

Last December 1, the FCC said, K1MAN transmitted "a pre-recorded program
lasting nearly seventy minutes, which consisted of an interview by Mr
Baxter with Mr Jeff Owens." The Commission contends that the
transmission "consisted of a lengthy broadcast of the telephone
interview with Mr Owens" during which, it says, Baxter explained how
Owens could invest in franchises of Baxter Associates--a management
consulting, executive search and executive career management
enterprise--and how Baxter planned to market franchises of Baxter
Associates.

"Nothing in the program related to Amateur Radio, and no station call
sign was given until the conclusion of the seventy-minute program," the
FCC stated. The Commission said the transmission constituted a broadcast
and an impermissible one-way transmission.

On December 19, 2004, the Commission asserts, K1MAN "broadcast
transmissions of an apparently defective pre-recorded audio tape, which
resulted in the repeated transmission of a nine-word phrase, and
segments thereof, without any intervention of a control operator and
without the identification of the station's call sign." The transmission
lasted some 46 minutes, the Commission reported, noting that Baxter's
station shut down abruptly in mid-sentence. The FCC said this incident
indicated that the control operator did not have sufficient control over
his station.

The Commission says on March 30, 2005, on at least four occasions on
3.890 MHz its monitoring personnel observed K1MAN advertising the AARA
Web site, which "offers various products for sale." It concluded that
those mentions and the transmission of the Baxter Associates interview
violated FCC Amateur Service rules "by transmitting communications
regarding matters in which he has a pecuniary interest."

The FCC further concluded that Baxter failed to supply information it
had requested in its warning notices of last September 15 and October
29. The Commission gave Baxter 30 days to pay the fine or file a written
statement seeking a reduction or cancellation of the proposed fine.

==>HURRICANE WATCH NET, WX4NHC ACTIVATE IN ADVANCE OF TROPICAL STORM
ARLENE

The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) and WX4NHC at the National Hurricane
Center in Miami announced activations Saturday, June 11, around midday
UTC, a few hours before Tropical Storm Arlene made landfall along the
western Florida Panhandle and southern Alabama. The storm, which
produced considerable rainfall, never did reach hurricane status,
although it had been expected to. 

After making landfall, the storm quickly dissipated into a tropical
depression. Arlene caused scattered power outages affecting several
thousand customers in the Florida Panhandle. 

The HWN activated on 14.325 MHz to gather ground-level weather data to
relay via WX4NHC to hurricane forecasters. HWN Manager Mike Pilgrim,
K5MP, reports the HWN secured operations at 1830 UTC on June 11. 

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Arlene had been
sporting maximum sustained winds near hurricane force--70 MPH--with
higher gusts before coming ashore. WX4NHC monitored the HWN as well as
EchoLink and IRLP 9219 via the WX_Talk Conference Room. Remnants of
Arlene continued to drop heavy rains well into the US Midwest early this
week. 

==>FALL LAUNCH VIEWED FOR "SUITSAT" AS ARISS-US DELIVERS HARDWARE

The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) US Team has
delivered its hardware contribution to the "SuitSat" project to NASA's
Johnson Space Center (JSC), where the ARISS-US Team had performed safety
tests. If all goes according to plan, the ISS crew will deploy
SuitSat--a surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit equipped with Amateur Radio
gear, a DVD of school artwork and other experiments--this fall during a
spacewalk. ARISS International Chair Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, said this week
that NASA is in the process of shipping the ARISS-US hardware to Russia,
where it will undergo final tests and certification and integration with
ARISS-Russia's SuitSat gear. SuitSat will fly to the ISS aboard a
Progress supply rocket in August or September.

"On behalf of the ARISS International team, I want to congratulate the
SuitSat hardware development team for their 'can do' spirit and ability
to deliver the SuitSat hardware on such a very challenging schedule,"
Bauer said. He pointed out that NASA only gave the okay on May 10 for
the ARISS-US team to go forward with the SuitSat project.

"In the four short weeks since that letter was signed," Bauer said, "the
US project team, has designed, built and tested a simple--yet fully
featured--system that we hope will inspire hams and students around the
world."

Bauer says SuitSat will beam down special messages and an SSTV image
from within the Orlan spacesuit as it floats in space. "The SuitSat
radio system will allow hams and students to track the suit and decode
special international messages, spacesuit telemetry and a pre-programmed
Slow Scan TV image through its specially built digital voice messaging
system and Amateur Radio transmitter," he said this week. The ARISS-US
Team expressed its appreciation to Kenwood for its donation of--and
assistance with--the radios that are embedded in the SuitSat system.

The brainchild of the ARISS-Russia team headed by Sergei Samburov,
RV3DR--SuitSat will have transmit-only capability operating from the
suit's battery power. The concept came in for extensive discussion
during the joint AMSAT Symposium/ARISS International Partner meeting
last October. "Since October the SuitSat design concept matured and
evolved due to the challenging development time constraints," Bauer
said.

On the ARISS-Russia side, SuitSat is being led by Project Manager A. P.
Alexandrov and Deputy Project Manager A. Poleshuk. Satellite veteran Lou
McFadin, W5DID, is heading up the hardware development for the ARISS-US
Team.

The SuitSat project has generated interest from several schools, which
have contributed audio greetings in English, French, Spanish, German,
Japanese and Russian for transmission from SuitSat. Students at a NASA
Explorer School, Eastern Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland,
supplied the voice message for the US English contribution, Bauer said.

The ARISS-Russia team is building a launch container and has assembled
systems consisting a transmitter, digi-talker assembly, control box,
dummy load, antenna cable and control cable. SuitSat's call sign, RS0RS,
and voice greetings--along with educational materials solicited from
schools--have been burned into memory. Among other things, SuitSat will
carry voice greetings to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Russia's
Bauman Moscow State Technical University. 

The SuitSat project already is attracting attention within the
non-Amateur Radio world. ARRL Field and Educational Services Manager
Rosalie White, K1STO--who's ARISS-International
Secretary-Treasurer--already has fielded questions from a reporter for
NewScientist.com, and news stories have surfaced on Space.com and on
Greensboro, North Carolina, TV station WFMY.

Once deployed, SuitSat is expected to orbit the planet for several weeks
before burning up when it enters Earth's atmosphere. A second Orlan
space suit is expected to become available for possible deployment as a
temporary satellite in 2007. 

==>SOLAR UPDATE

Propagation guru Tad "That Lucky Ol' Sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle,
Washington, reports: If you look at the average of daily sunspot or
solar flux numbers for the past week, you'll see hardly a change from
the previous period. This does not mean there was no activity or zero
sunspots, but the average daily solar flux is exactly the same the past
week as the one previous, and the average daily sunspot number was down
by less than one point. Sunspot counts rose in the earlier period,
peaked at the end of that reporting week (Thursday through Wednesday)
and declined over the next seven days. Last Friday, June 10, sunspots
775 and 776 were transiting the center of the visible solar disk, which
meant they were in the best position for affecting Earth.

A coronal mass ejection (CME) on June 9 caused a geomagnetic storm on
June 12, when the arrival of the ejection and solar wind was met with a
south-pointing interplanetary magnetic field. When the field points
north, it helps protect the Earth from the effects of solar wind. But
when it points south, Earth is vulnerable. On June 13 the field again
pointed north.

Currently we are experiencing effects from a CME that swept over Earth
around 0900 UTC on June 16. This was a weak disturbance, but it was
followed by a moderate solar wind. Expected planetary A index, a measure
of geomagnetic stability worldwide, is expected around 25, 15, 10 and 8
for June 17-20. Solar flux is expected to remain below 100 until the end
of this month.

Sunspot numbers for June 9 through 15 were 99, 103, 85, 85, 73, 44 and
64 with a mean of 79. 10.7 cm flux was 116.1, 114.3, 108, 103, 91.8,
93.8 and 94.5, with a mean of 103.1. Estimated planetary A indices were
5, 5, 6, 35, 33, 10 and 21 with a mean of 16.4. Estimated mid-latitude A
indices were 3, 2, 6, 23, 17, 8 and 14, with a mean of 10.4.

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==>IN BRIEF:

* This weekend on the radio: ARRL Kid's Day, The All Asian DX Contest
(CW), the SMIRK Contest, the AGCW VHF/UHF Contest, the West Virginia and
Quebec QSO parties are the weekend of June 18-19. JUST AHEAD: The RSGB
80-Meter Club Championship (SSB) is June 23. The NCCC Thursday Sprint is
June 24. ARRL Field Day, the ARCI Milliwatt Field Day, the Marconi
Memorial HF Contest and His Majesty the King of Spain Contest (SSB) are
the weekend of June 25-26. See the ARRL Contest Branch page
<http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
<http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for more info.

* President names Scott Redd, K0DQ, to head counter-terrorism center:
President George W. Bush has again called on retired Vice Adm John
"Scott" Redd, K0DQ, to take on an important assignment. Bush announced
June 10 that he was tapping Redd, a well-known DXer and contester, to
direct the new National Counter-Terrorism Center. A former commander of
US naval forces in the Middle East and a 36-year Navy veteran, Redd, 60,
was executive director of the Silberman-Robb presidential commission on
US intelligence failures in Iraq. Redd previously served as deputy
administrator and chief operating officer of the Coalition Provisional
Authority in Baghdad, for which he received the Secretary of Defense
Medal for Exceptional Public Service. Pending Senate confirmation, Redd
will report to National Intelligence Director John Negroponte. He'd
replace interim director John Brennan. The National Counter-Terrorism
Center is to be the central organization for analyzing and integrating
all foreign and domestic intelligence on terrorism and will carry out
"strategic operational planning" for domestic and foreign
counterterrorism operations.

* K6KPH to transmit W1AW FD bulletin for West Coast: For Field Day 2005
participants on the West Coast, the Maritime Radio Historical Society's
K6KPH will again retransmit the W1AW Field Day bulletin this year on
Field Day weekend, June 24-25. K6KPH CW frequencies will be 3.5815,
7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975 and 21.0675 MHz. In addition to sending the
bulletin on CW, K6KPH will make digital transmissions both days on RTTY
and AMTOR on 40 meters only (7.095 MHz). A Field Day bulletin
transmission schedule, which will be updated as necessary, plus full
information on Field Day 2005 are posted on the ARRL Web site
<http://www.arrl.org/contests/forms/> (scroll down to "Field Day").

* ARRL warns against spurious, virus-infected e-mails: Some ARRL members
have recently reported receiving e-mail messages that purport to be from
ARRL. These messages suggest that the recipient's account has been used
to send "a large amount of unsolicited commercial e-mail," that their
password has been changed or some other action was going to be taken
regarding their arrl.net "account." The e-mail may be signed by "The
ARRL Support team" or "The arrl.net team." Some messages also may show
up as e-mail bounces from "Postmaster" or "Mail Administrator." These
messages, which include a file attachment, are bogus. They do not
originate from ARRL, and recipients of such messages should never
attempt to open the attached file. Outside of routine correspondence,
the ARRL only sends e-mail to members who specifically request mailings,
such as W1AW bulletins and The ARRL Letter. Opening the attached file on
one of these spurious messages could unleash a nasty computer virus. As
a defense against these kinds of viruses, ARRL strongly recommends
installing virus-protection software on all personal computers and
updating virus definitions on a regular basis.

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