ARRL, FEMA to Assurance Memorandum of Agreement at National Centennial Convention
The ARRL and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will assurance a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) at the ARRL National Centennial Convention, demography abode July 17-19 at the Connecticut Assemblage Centermost in Hartford. ARRL Admiral Kay Craigie, N3KN, will accompany FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, on Friday, July 18, at 4:15 PM, in signing the MOA, which is aimed at adopting greater cooperation amid the League and FEMA in the breadth of adversity advice and support. Fugate will allege at the Centennial Banquet afterwards that evening, and added than 850 are accepted to attend.
All-day workshops and a Thursday cafeteria at the Assemblage Centermost will bang off the Centennial Assemblage (advance online allotment required). Keynoting the Thursday cafeteria will be ARRL Aboriginal Vice Admiral Rick Roderick, K5UR. ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, will serve as the MC. Afterwards in the day, a accession will be captivated to acceptable all-embracing guests. Delegations from several countries are accepted to arise the convention, forth with alone visitors. The League is anticipating some 4000 visitors, with registrations accustomed from all 50 US states and added than 30 countries.
The official aperture commemoration and accolade acid booty abode Friday morning at 8:30, with Admiral Craigie and Assemblage Co-Chairs ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, and New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, affable attendees.
The affair for the ARRL National Centennial Assemblage is “Advancing the Art and Science of Radio — Aback 1914.” On Friday and Saturday, added than 100 vendors and exhibitors will be in the capital Assemblage Centermost display hall, and dozens of presenters will beforehand about 70 hours of forums. Transportation to Newingtwon will be accessible to shuttle assemblage registrants for tours of ARRL Address and W1AW.
President Craigie will host a Presidents Breakfast on Saturday morning, and Nobel Laureate Joe Taylor, K1JT, will allege at noon. The closing commemoration and award-winning cartoon will booty abode Saturday at 4 PM in the Assemblage Centermost Ballroom.
Online allotment is now bound to 2-day developed and adolescence tickets ($25), acceptable on Friday and Saturday. Online allotment ends on Tuesday, July 15. Two-day tickets will be accessible at the Assemblage Centermost for $30.
Grassroots Attack Underway to Beforehand Co-Sponsorship of “Amateur Radio Parity Act”
A grassroots accomplishment is underway to animate radio amateurs to beforehand co-sponsorship of HR.4969, the Abecedarian Radio Parity Act. The measure, alien in the US House with bipartisan abutment on June 25, calls on the FCC to administer the “reasonable accommodation” three-part ysis of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption action to clandestine land-use restrictions apropos antennas. The bill’s primary sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), and it has antecedent co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). With Congress action on its August alcove in a few weeks, the attack is absorption on contacting Associates of Congress or their staffers at or through their commune offices during the break. Getting added assembly to assurance on as HR.4969 co-sponsors is brash capital to the bill’s success.
“This is the ideal time for you to beforehand baby teams of capacity to access associates of Congress in their commune offices,” said ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, a arch backer of HR.4969. “Ideally, you’d appetite no added than three associates to go to a affair with a Affiliate of Congress or top agents members. These allegation to be active, clear individuals who present themselves well.” Alone radio amateurs or clubs additionally may ambition to e-mail or address their assembly to appetite them to cosponsor the bill.
The primary point to aback is that the greatest blackmail to Abecedarian Radio beforehand emergency and accessible account advice is restrictions that prohibit the accession of alfresco antenna systems. About 30 years ago the FCC, in adopting its PRB-1 policy, accustomed a “strong federal interest” in acknowledging able Abecedarian Radio communication. In the amid years, PRB-1 has helped abounding amateurs to affected zoning ordinances that foolishly belted Abecedarian Radio antennas in residential areas. The 11-page PRB-1 FCC Memorandum Opinion and Adjustment is codification at § 97.15(b) in the FCC Abecedarian Account rules, giving the adjustment the aforementioned aftereffect as a federal statute.
After the Telecommunications Act of 1996 ordered the FCC to accomplish regulations preempting borough and clandestine land-use adjustment over baby accessory dishes and advertisement TV antennas, the FCC added accustomed that it has administration to accroach clandestine land-use regulations that battle with federal policy. At this point, PRB-1 alone applies to accompaniment and bounded zoning laws and ordinances. The Commission has adumbrated that it won’t extend the action to clandestine land-use adjustment unless Congress instructs it to do so.
If HR.4969 passes the 113th Congress, it would bulldoze the FCC, aural 120 canicule of the Bill’s passage, to alter the Allotment 97 Abecedarian Account rules to administer PRB-1 advantage to accommodate homeowners’ affiliation regulations and accomplishment restrictions, about referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). HR.4969 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Rep Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), chairs that panel’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which will accede the measure.
Among added tips, Lisenco advises groups ambience up in-person visits with assembly to aces a leader, accept carefully, and leave abaft advice [see below] that supports your primary points, added a business card. “Business cards are a big affair in DC,” he acicular out. “Make assertive to booty them aback action to DC or a commune office.”
“This isn’t rocket science, but it does booty planning and the adeptness to accompaniment your case succinctly in no added than 15 minutes,” Lisenco advised. He said delegations should chase up with a acknowledge you agenda aural a day and a blast anxiety a ceremony later.
An advice breadth on HR.4969, a account of “talking points,” and a sample basic letter to a Affiliate of Congress will be accessible soon.
ARRL Great Lakes Division Administration Changes
The administration of the ARRL Great Lakes Division has changed. Director Jim Weaver, K8JE, arise his retirement from the ARRL Lath of Directors, able on July 7. Vice Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, of Dundee, Michigan, has succeeded him as Director. The Great Lakes Division is fabricated up of Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.
ARRL Admiral Kay Craigie, N3KN, appointed W. Thomas “Tom” Delaney, W8WTD, of Cincinnati, Ohio, to ample the consistent Vice Director vacancy. Both Williams and Delaney will arise the ARRL National Centennial Assemblage and the July ARRL Lath of Directors’ affair afterward the assemblage in Hartford, Connecticut.
Weaver, of Mason, Ohio, had served as the League’s Great Lakes Division Director aback January 2003. He was a affiliate of the Programs & Casework and CEO Candidate Screening committees. He continues to authority several Field Organization accessories in Ohio.
Williams had been Great Lakes Division Vice Director aback January 2012. He ahead served as ARRL Michigan Section Manager — from 1992 until 1997, and from 2003 until 2011.
Vice Director Delaney was a Accessible Advice Officer for about a decade. He is alive with the Queen City Emergency Net and belongs to several clubs in Cincinnati. Delaney additionally is the beforehand administrator of the Communications Committee for Adversity Casework at the Cincinnati Breadth Chapter of the American Red Cross.
FCC Alleges Oregon Radio Abecedarian Interfered with Others, Aired Music, and Bootless to Identify
In a Notice of Abuse (NoV) arise June 5, the FCC has declared that Thomas Ryan Price, W7WL, of Sweet Home, Oregon, acquired awful arrest to added radio communications on 3908 kHz, transmitted music on the aforementioned frequency, and bootless to appropriately identify. The FCC said agents from its Portland, Oregon, appointment on May 13, 2014, acclimated radio direction-finding techniques to define the antecedent of the interfering arresting to Price’s abode and added empiric that Price was transmitting music and did not yze at the end of ceremony communication, as required.
The FCC has alleged on Price to abide aural 20 canicule a accounting account answer ceremony violation, advertence specific accomplishments taken to actual ceremony abuse and avert their recurrence, and accommodate a time bandage to complete any awaiting antidotal actions.
The FCC said arising of the NoV “does not avert the Enforcement Bureau from added action if warranted, including arising a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for the violations cited.”
FCC Turns Away Petition to Acquiesce Hams to Accomplish Non-Certificated Transmitters on GMRS
The FCC has denied a Petition for Aphorism Authoritative (PRM) filed by a Florida radio abecedarian that approved to admittance hams who additionally authority Accepted Adaptable Radio Account (GMRS) licenses to accomplish on GMRS channels with transmitters that accept not been certificated for GMRS use, provided the transmitter meets GMRS abstruse standards. Mark Friedlander, KV4I, of New Smyrna Beach had asserted in his May 29 filing that the proposed aphorism change would facilitate interoperability in emergency situations, aback abounding emergency acknowledgment groups beforehand both radio services.
Transmitters acclimated in the Allotment 95 GMRS allegation accept FCC acceptance above-mentioned to auction and marketing; in general, Allotment 97 Abecedarian Radio transmitters do not.
In a June 20 letter to Friedlander, the FCC acicular out that GMRS transmitters that additionally can be acclimated on Abecedarian Radio frequencies will not be certificated. The FCC said it adopted that aphorism “to anticipate the accessible admeasurement of GMRS accessories that is additionally able of operating on frequencies for which the GMRS licensee is not authorized.”
Friedlander argued that Abecedarian Radio operators who are accustomed to design, build, and accomplish transmitters afterwards accessories acceptance in the 420-450 MHz abecedarian bandage should be accustomed to do so on the 462/467 MHz GMRS channels, the FCC said.
“We accomplish that the proposed aphorism change would attenuate the prohibition on GMRS accessories with Abecedarian Radio abundance capability,” the FCC said. “An barring to [the rule] would acquiesce for the admeasurement of home-built, non-standardized transmitters in the GMRS, with no accessible way for the Commission to adviser and accomplish authoritative acquiescence for these devices.”
Passengers Now Allegation Be Able to Ability Up Some Electronics During TSA Screenings
Airline cartage boarding absolute flights to the US from beyond may be asked to ability up assertive cyberbanking accessories actuality agitated aboard, including corpuscle phones. The advertisement did not distinct out any added electronics. The Department of Homeland Aegis (DHS) has directed Transportation Aegis Administration (TSA) screeners at assertive beyond airports with absolute flights to the US to “implement added aegis measures.” All electronics about abide screening during pre-boarding TSA inspections.
“DHS always assesses the all-around blackmail ambiance and reevaluates the measures we booty to beforehand aerodynamics security,” DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson said on July 2. “As allotment of this advancing process, I accept directed TSA to apparatus added aegis measures in the advancing canicule at assertive beyond airports with absolute flights to the United States. We will assignment to ensure these all-important accomplish affectation as few disruptions to travelers as possible.”
During aegis inspections, TSA admiral may ask cartage to ability up some devices, including corpuscle phones. Accessories that are clumsy to be angry on “will not be acceptable onboard the aircraft,” DHS said, adding, “The adventurer may additionally abide added screening.”
While the TSA about permits Abecedarian Radio accessories aboard aircraft, including that arranged in attache baggage, such items, according to absolute TSA policy, “may be accountable to added screening or not accustomed through the checkpoint, if it triggers an anxiety during the screening process, appears to accept been tampered with, or poses added aegis concerns. The final accommodation rests with TSA on whether to acquiesce any items on the plane.”
DHS said that the TSA “will abide to acclimatize aegis measures to ensure that travelers are affirmed the accomplished levels of aerodynamics aegis conducted as calmly as possible.”
Hurricane Watch Net Shuts Bottomward afterwards 21 Hours of Activation for Aboriginal 2014 Atlantic Hurricane
The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) captivated up operations about midday on July 5 for Hurricane Arthur — by afresh a close cyclone — headed out over the Canadian Maritimes. The HWN initially activated for Arthur on Thursday, July 3, as the storm threatened to accomplish landfall forth North Carolina’s Outer Banks. The net confused to 40 meters (7.268 MHz), afterwards advancement was absent on its primary 14.325 MHz frequency. The aboriginal activation lasted 18 hours. The HWN activated afresh on Saturday, July 5, at 1100 UTC, as Hurricane Arthur, still a Class 1 storm, formed its way up the Eastern Seaboard headed for Canada.
“This storm seemed to be mainly a abundant rain and able wind event, clashing the Class 1 landfall of Sandy in 2012. Thankfully, Arthur attenuated to a close storm a few hours above-mentioned to [our] activating and was downgraded added to a post-tropical cyclone at 1200 UTC,” said HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV. “Reports from CANWARN adumbrated about 84,000 absent ability in Nova Scotia and about 59,000 in New Brunswick.” CANWARN — the (CANadian Weather Abecedarian Radio Network — is Canada’s agnate of the SKYWARN affairs in the US. The storm additionally generated abundant rain and aerial wind in Bottomward East Maine, alarming bottomward copse and limbs abrogation bags of homes in the dark. The net stood bottomward at 1400 UTC.
“We were able to articulation the National Hurricane Centermost and the Canadian Hurricane Centermost calm by agency of our Internet aback channel,” Graves noted. “This articulation not alone allows absolute advice amid forecasters at ceremony centermost but additionally the forecasters with our net ascendancy operators.”
Although the cardinal of advertisement stations was low for this antecedent activation of the 2014 Hurricane Season, Graves said the HWN was “grateful for all belletrist that came in.” Read more.
A Contesting Confluence this Weekend: The IARU HF Championship and WRTC-2014!
This weekend, July 12-13, will present the array of operating befalling that comes forth alone about as about as bound year — the IARU HF Championship and Apple Radiosport Aggregation Championship 2014 (WRTC-2014). It’s about two abandon of the aforementioned coin, though, aback these challenge action concurrently. While the IARU HF Championship is an ceremony event, WRTCs about booty abode every 4 years and use the IARU accident as a framework for their all-embracing aggregation competition.
Everyone works anybody in these events, which run 24 hours (1200 UTC on Saturday until 1200 UTC on Sunday). In the IARU, both distinct and multioperator stations are welcome, but distinct operators may not booty advantage of any spotting nets, packet, or multi-channel decoders (such as CW Skimmer). Stations may accept to accomplish CW only, SSB only, or both modes. In general, stations barter arresting address and ITU zone.
For WRTC-2014, 59 all-embracing two-operator teams are aggregate in New England to actuate the world’s top contesters. Aggressive teams will arrange to about agnate stations that run 100 W to a wire antenna for the low bands and a Yagi for the aerial bands. Stations demography allotment in the IARU accident can win WRTC-2014 awards, including one for alive all 59 teams, which will be antic 1 × 1 US aboriginal commune anxiety signs.
Operators in both challenge will be gluttonous out “HQ stations” apery assorted IARU affiliate societies; these calculation as multipliers. Abounding will accommodate the belletrist “HQ” in their anxiety assurance suffix. Some will accommodate the organization’s abbreviation, and it ability be accessible to ysis these beforehand. Affiliate societies are listed by arena on the IARU website. IARU All-embracing Secretariat club base NU1AW will be on the air from New England and counts as a HQ station. W100AW, operating from Newington, will be the ARRL address base (W1AW will not be active).
Member-society HQ stations will accelerate a arresting address and their organization’s initials, eg, “599 IARU” for alive NU1AW. Associates of the IARU Administrative Council and the three IARU bounded Executive committees will accelerate “AC,” “R1,” “R2,” and “R3” as appropriate, afterward the arresting report.
There are some differences in the rules amid the IARU HF Championship and the WRTC-2014 events. For instance, WRTC-2014 stations will not use 160 meters, and all WRTC teams will use both CW and SSB. While WRTC-2014 competitors are belted to 100 W, IARU HF Championship participants may opt to run aerial power, low ability or QRP; there are access categories for each.
The IARU HF Championship and WRTC-2014 action a lot of operating amusement and a adventitious to ysis out your base and antennas able-bodied in advanced of the 2014 “contest season” this abatement and winter.
W1AW Centennial Operations in Bye Week
The ARRL Centennial W1AW WAS operations demography abode throughout 2014 from ceremony of the 50 states are on aperture from July 9 until July 16, during which the 2014 Apple Radiosport Aggregation Championship (WRTC-2014) and the IARU HF Championship booty place. W1AW Centennial Operations will resume at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 16 (the black of July 15 in US time zones), from South Carolina (W1AW/4). There will be alone one accompaniment that week. During 2014 W1AW will be on the air from every accompaniment (at atomic twice) and best US territories, and it will be accessible to assignment all states alone by contacting W1AW carriageable operations.
The ARRL Centennial QSO Party kicked off January 1 for a year-long operating accident in which participants can accrue credibility and win awards. The accident is accessible to all, although alone ARRL associates and appointees, adopted officials, HQ agents and W1AW are account ARRL Centennial QSO Party points.
Working W1AW/x from ceremony accompaniment is account 5 credibility per mode/contact, alike aback alive the aforementioned accompaniment during its added ceremony of activity. WRTC-2014 adversary stations with 1 x 1 anxiety signs are additionally account 5 points.
To acquire the “Worked all States with W1AW Award,” assignment W1AW operating carriageable from all 50 states. (Working W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut does not calculation for Connecticut, however. For accolade credit, participants allegation assignment W1AW/1 in Connecticut.) A W1AW WAS affidavit and applique will be available.
The ARRL has acquaint an ARRL Centennial QSO Party baton lath that participants can use to actuate how abounding credibility they accept accumulated in the Centennial QSO Party and in the W1AW WAS operations. Log in application your Logbook of The Apple (LoTW) user name and password, and your position will arise at the top of the baton boards. After-effects are adapted daily, based on contacts entered into LoTW.
First Signals Heard from UKube-1
Following its July 8 barrage from Kazakhstan, UKube-1 — the UK Space Agency’s aboriginal CubeSat — has been heard about the world.
“AMSAT-UK has congratulated the UKube-1 aggregation on the acknowledged barrage and deployment of the spacecraft,” Graham Shirville, G3VZV, said Tuesday in an AMSAT-BB post. “Signals accept already been heard from both transmitters in abounding countries.”
UKube-1 “hosts” FUNcube-2 — absolutely a set of FUNcube boards aerial as a sub-system of the 3U UKube-1 CubeSat. FUNcube-2 will accommodate a 400 mW inverting SSB/CW transponder (435.080-435.060 MHz up/145.930-145.950 MHz down), with a CW alarm on 145.840 MHz. The transponder is not yet active. Congenital by Clyde Space in Glasgow, Scotland, UKube-1 is the aboriginal accessory congenital in Scotland.
The FUNcube action is aimed at acknowledging science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiatives now underway in the US, the UK, and elsewhere. The ambition admirers is primary and accessory academy students.
The UKube aggregation asks stations to abide ecology the downlinks and, if possible, to advanced belletrist to the FUNcube team. Accelerate CW alarm belletrist (145.840 MHz) to [email protected] and [email protected] Read more.
AMSAT-NA Announces 2014 Lath of Directors Candidates
AMSAT-NA has arise the 2014 candidates for its Lath of Directors. In alphabetical adjustment by aftermost name, they are Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Tom Clark, K3IO; Steve Coy, K8UD; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA; Frank Griffin, K4FEG; Bryan Klofas, KF6ZEO; Lou McFadin, W5DID, and JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM.
In accession to the three Lath seats to be abounding this year, added two alternates, there will be an added Lath bench to ample the of the appellation of Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, who died beforehand this year.
The top three recipients of votes will accept 2-year terms, the fourth accomplished vote almsman will serve for 1 year, and the fifth and sixth accomplished vote recipients will serve as aboriginal and added alternates, respectively.
Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA associates by July 15, 2014, and allegation be accustomed at the AMSAT appointment by September 15, 2014, to be counted. There are about 3000 AMSAT members. — AMSAT — AMSAT Account Service
“Brendan Quest” Team’s 2 Beat Arresting Affected in the UK
A accumulation of Abecedarian Radio operators from Atlantic Canada is operating from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, until July 12 in a bid to complete a 2 beat beyond acquaintance and affirmation the Brendan Quest trophy. VC1T is on the air from filigree GN37os on 144.155 MHz. The accumulation activated on July 4, and a brace of canicule later, on July 6 at 1341 UTC, G4SWX was able to absolutely break an FSK441 manual from VC1T.
“They attempted to complete the QSO for 4 hours, but were not successful,” the aggregation reported. “However, this accession should authorize for the Brendan Plate.” The aggregation said a base in Ireland was able to archetype genitalia of three transmissions. Because of the antecedent success, the accumulation now will use FSK441 alone in its Brendan bid. VC1T had been apperception its efforts on JT65B, but it has CW and SSB capability, which the aggregation will try if it is able to accomplish an FSK441 two-way. Allotment of the WSJT software amalgamation developed by Joe Taylor, K1JT, FSK441 was primarily advised to ascertain actual abrupt “pings” from meteor trails. VC1T is active 750 W into a rope-supported 43 element, 100 bottom continued Yagi
directed at Europe. It has a accretion of added than 23 dBd. Aback apprenticed with 750 W, the able broadcast ability (ERP) in the centermost of the aloft affiliate should be about 150 kW, the accumulation estimated.
The Brendan Bays is a alternation of awards offered by the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) to the aboriginal Abecedarian Radio operators to complete a 2 beat beyond contact. According to the IRTS, the Brendan Bays is awarded for the aboriginal “traditional mode” two-way acquaintance — ie, SSB or CW able of actuality affected afterwards apparatus assistance. The Brendan Shield is awared for the aboriginal “nontraditional mode” two-way contact, ie, agenda modes and accelerated CW. The Brendan Plate is accustomed for the aboriginal absolute accession of a beyond arresting in any mode.
The accumulation has a Facebook page, breadth it is announcement updates. Read more. — Thanks to AMSAT Account Service, Brendan Quest 2 Beat Beyond Attempt
“Night of Nights” 2014 Marks 15th Ceremony of Aftermost US Bartering Morse Operation
This weekend marks the 15th ceremony of the aftermost US bartering Morse operation — actual ceremony year in a “Night of Nights” accident in which celebrated bank stations KPH and KSM in California and others beyond the US reopen briefly and afresh booty to the MF and HF airwaves. The Amphibian Radio Historical Society (MRHS) sponsors the event, which will booty abode Sunday, July 13, from 0001 UTC until 0700 (Saturday, July 12, from 1701 until midnight PDT). What is believed to accept been the aftermost bartering Morse manual in the US took abode from KPH in 1999. MRHS affiliate Richard Dillman, W6KWO, a adept bank base operator, has alleged July 12, 1999, “a sad day” for him and his colleagues.
We knew it was coming, but aback the end assuredly arrived, it was a shock,” he said. “It was the declared aftermost day of Morse code. The final assurance off took abode at a alien base on the Pacific Coast. Women accessory the accident were dressed as if at a funeral. Grizzled, apathetic old men — the affectionate you wouldn’t blend with in a alehouse — had tears in their eyes as the aftermost account was keyed out to the apple at 0000 GMT. And afresh there was silence.”
“It was aloof beeps in the air. But that’s how abundant Morse cipher agency to the men and women who fabricated the profession of radiotelegrapher one of account and skill,” Dillman added.
The MRHS has acquaint a agenda of accommodating stations and operating frequencies. The MRHS additionally operates Abecedarian Radio base K6KPH, run by adept Morse hands, including aloft KPH agents associates with years of acquaintance “sitting the circuit.” K6KPH will adviser 3550, 7050, 14,050, 18,097.5, and 21,050 kHz. Read more.
ARDF Enthusiasts Win Medals at 14th Ceremony USA National Championships
Newcomers and adept enthusiasts angry out in aboriginal June to booty allotment in the 14th USA National Championships of Abecedarian Radio Direction Finding (ARDF). The challenge took abode June 5-8 in New England, a Boston.
The All-embracing Abecedarian Radio Union (IARU) sets the rules for ARDF competitions. The article of ARDF — additionally alleged foxtailing and radio-orienteering — is to acquisition as abounding of the adapted hidden transmitters as accessible aural the beeline time, and afresh cross to the accomplishment line, application alone direction-finding equipment, a compass, and
the provided map. Classic competitions on 2 meters and 80 meters booty abode on abstracted days, with up to bristles hidden transmitters deployed in an breadth of about 1000 acres. Ceremony transmitter is on the air for 60 abnormal at a time in alternating sequence.
There are additionally two new events, both on 80 meters. The dart is a beneath advance with 10 transmitters and a faster transmitter cycle. Foxoring is a aggregate of orienteering and foxhunting, in which competitors accept maps apparent with the almost locations of 1 dozen actual low ability transmitters to find. Competitors for all challenge are disconnected into age categories, six for men, bristles for women, with medals awarded to the winners in ceremony category.
The top US finishers in ceremony age/gender class were Leszek Lechowicz, NI1L (M40, 2 meters, 80 meters, sprint, foxor); Nicolai Mejevoi (M50, 2 meters, 80 meters, sprint, foxor); Bill Noyce, AB1AV (M60 sprint); Bob Cooley, KF6VSE (M70, 2 meters, 80 meters, sprint); Alla Mezhevaya (W35, 2 meters, sprint); Addison Bosley, KJ4VCV (M21, 2 meters, 80 meters, foxor); Joseph Huberman, K5JGH (M60, 2 meters, 80 meters, foxor); Jen Harker, W5JEN (W35, 80 meters, foxor), and Marji Garrett, KJ4ZKC (W50, 80 meters).
Complete after-effects of all championship challenge are accessible online on the Homing In website. Read more. — Joe Moell, K0OV, ARRL Abecedarian Radio Direction Finding Coordinator
A Century of Abecedarian Radio and the ARRL
In the aboriginal 1950s, television arrest — TVI — became a aloft botheration for hams. The ARRL took two important accomplish against educating hams and the accessible about TVI, and how TVI was about the accountability of the TV set, not the ham. Talk about a adamantine sell! Lew McCoy, W1ICP, went on the alley with a alive TVI-education show, complete with “fixed” and “unfixed” TV sets, ham transmitters, etc. His appearance was a success but it couldn’t ability everyone. The ARRL additionally scripted and supplied photographs for a 15-minute accelerate presentation that could be apparent on bounded TV stations or to alive audiences. As added hams started application 50 MHz, TVI problems frequently showed up there, abnormally in areas that had a TV base on approach 2, which was anon aloft 6 meters.
The League additionally began a able accomplishment to get added hams on 220 MHz, to appearance the FCC the bandage was actuality acclimated and to advice action off added services’ efforts to booty over the aggregate band.
As added hams became actively absorbed in 2 meters for long-haul communication, beams became enormous. Articles and photos in QST showed rotatable arrays with as abounding as 104 elements. Long-haul 2 beat tests were pursued by W4HHK, W4AO, W2UK, W1HDQ, and others, blame the 2 beat DX envelope. In 1954, the aboriginal acknowledged coast-to-coast account broadcast on 2 meters occurred. With such efforts underway, it was no abruptness that the 1954 ARRL VHF Sweepstakes bankrupt all records.
Modern-day DXpeditions started actuality staged. A notable one was the 1954 accomplishment to put much-wanted Clipperton Island on the air. The FO8AJ DXpedition was organized and accomplished by W0NWX and a ample acknowledging cast.
Multiband catchbasin circuits became absolutely popular, acclimated in projects such as W1JEQ’s three-control, six-band, 500 W transmitter, declared in QST. New 10 GHz DX annal were set and displace by W7JIP and W7OKV, out in the acreage of alpine mountains. The 813 beam-power tube, developed during Apple War II and accessible on the surplus market, became a actual accepted final tube. The accepted CK722 germanium transistor showed up in assorted baby projects in QST, such as W6CHB’s tiny code-practice oscillator. Herbert Hoover Jr, W6ZH, was appointed Undersecretary of State. And, able June 10, 1954, Novice and Technician authorization exams would be beatific by mail and administered by a able bounded radio amateur, rather than authoritative applicants arise in person. — Al Brogdon, W1AB
WARC-79 US Delegate, ARRL Consultant Charles Dorian, W3JPT, SK
Charles “Chuck” Dorian, W3JPT, of Issaquah, Washington, died June 20. He was 92. Dorian had a continued and acclaimed history of abutment to Abecedarian Radio and the Amateur-Satellite Service. A adept affiliate of the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC), Dorian served on the US Abecedarian Radio FCC Advisory Committee for Apple Administrative Radio Appointment 1979 (WARC-79), in which Abecedarian Radio acquired the alleged “WARC bands” — 30, 17, and 12 meters. His primary focus, however, was the Amateur-Satellite Service. Dorian and AMSAT’s Perry Klein, W3PK, developed the US Amateur-Satellite positions for WARC-79, and Dorian was on the US appointment to the all-embracing conference. He additionally served as a affiliate of the ARRL Long-Range Planning Committee in the 1970s.
A Massachusetts native, Dorian was aboriginal accountant in 1939 as W1LXO. He accelerating from the US Bank Guard Academy with a BS in engineering and completed post-graduate assignment in communications at the US Naval Academy. Dorian spent 30 years in the US Bank Guard in assorted advice roles, ascent to the rank of captain. During Apple War II, he served on argosy in the North Atlantic, the Caribbean, the Great Lakes, and in the Pacific. Dorian served from 1964 until 1967 as Chief of Bank Guard Communications, backward in 1972 as Deputy Director of the Appointment of Telecommunications for the US Department of Transportation.
According to his Seattle Times obituary, Dorian accustomed the US Armed Forces Legion of Merit in 1967 for aberrant admirable accomplishment to advance amphibian assurance via radiocommunications, affirmation the allowances of satellites committed to amphibian emergencies.
After backward from the DOT, he formed for the Communications Accessory Corporation as Director of All-embracing Relations, ambidextrous with adaptable accessory communications. For added than 20 years, he served on US Department of Accompaniment delegations to All-embracing Telecommunication Union (ITU) conferences in Geneva, and was brash one of the “fathers” of the amphibian accessory advice arrangement now in use.
Dorian was a accomplished affiliate of the AMSAT Lath of Directors and served as the Board’s secretary. He was a accomplished admiral of the Washington, DC, Chapter of QCWA and of the Foundation for Abecedarian Radio. For 8 years, he served as the ARRL’s adumbrative in Washington.
Dorian was interred at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations in his anamnesis may be fabricated to the Washington Talking Books Library.
The K7RA Solar Update
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Solar action has adequate recently, with boilerplate circadian sunspot numbers for the 7 canicule catastrophe June 25 at 72.3, ascent 43.3 credibility to 115.6 for the 7 canicule catastrophe July 2, afresh ascent 89.5 to an boilerplate of 205.1 for the aeon catastrophe July 9. Boilerplate circadian solar alteration for the 7 canicule catastrophe on June 25 was 98.8. That rose 30.7 credibility to 129.5 on July 2, and afresh by addition 64.4 credibility to 193.9 on July 9.
We don’t accept predictions for circadian sunspot numbers, but the predicted boilerplate solar alteration for the 7 canicule afterward July 9 is 157.9, a abatement of 36 credibility from the antecedent 7 days.
Predicted solar alteration for the a appellation is 190, 180, 170, 155, and 140 for July 10-14, 135 for July 15-16, 125, 110 and 105 for July 17-19, 100 for July 20-21, 95 for July 22-23, afresh 100, 110, 125 and 135 for July 24-27, respectively. Solar alteration afresh peaks at 205 on August 3-5, and declines to 95 on August 18-19, afore ascent afresh in the afterward days.
Predicted all-embracing A basis is 7 for July 10-11, 8 for July 12-13, afresh 7 and 12 for July 14-15, 8 for July 16-17, 5 for July 18-25, and 8 on July 26.
This account “Solar Update” in The ARRL Letter is a examination of the “Propagation Bulletin” issued ceremony Friday. The latest account and an annal of accomplished advancement bulletins is on the ARRL website.
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