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    ***************
    The ARRL Letter
    Vol. 25, No. 36
    September 8, 2006
    ***************

    IN THIS EDITION:

    * +Hams want broadcasters' battle off amateur frequencies
    * +League accepts Golden Antenna Award
    * +SuitSat-1 deorbits; a SuitSat-2 is possible
    * +Astronaut's niece, classmates talk to ISS via ham radio
    * +Maine's governor gets ham radio ticket
    * +Virginia's ham radio antenna law aids local ordinance revision
    * +Mid-October ARRL On-Line Auction preview set
    * Solar Update
    * IN BRIEF:
    This weekend on the radio: ARRL September VHF QSO Party, NA Sprint
    (CW)!
    ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
    +Reminder — vanity renewal fee now $20.80
    +Virginia radio amateur not prosecuted on radio-related felony charge
    Hydraulic malfunction faulted in CubeSat launch failure
    Armin Henry Meyer, W3ACE, SK

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

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    ==>IARU, MEMBER-SOCIETIES WANT BROADCASTERS TO END "BATTLE ON THE HAM BANDS"

    As the so-called "Firedragon" jammer continues to transmit in one or more
    Amateur Radio bands, the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and three
    of its Region 3 member-societies so far have appealed to the jammer's target
    to move elsewhere. The Firedragon's all-music transmissions from the
    People's Republic of China (PRC) appear aimed at blocking the much-weaker
    broadcasts of the clandestine "Sound of Hope" (SOH), located outside the
    PRC. Responding via e-mail September 5 to an inquiry from IARU Region 1
    Monitoring System (IARUMS) Vice Coordinator Uli Bihlmayer, DJ9KR, the SOH
    said its supporters use various avenues "including Amateur Radio
    frequencies" to get their message into the PRC.

    "Through our investigation, we learned that the transmissions of SOH
    programs through Amateur Radio frequencies come from areas around China, and
    they each only target a local area of China with very low power, only for
    the intended audience and would interfere with nobody else," said SOH's Yue
    Chen.

    Yue addressed the reply to "All Amateur Radio Community Members" and
    indicated it was copied to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU),
    although no ITU addressee was displayed. Yue encouraged the Amateur Radio
    community to "openly urge the Chinese government to stop this outrageous act
    of radio jamming" and to urge the ITU to take action as well.

    Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) Director Glenn Dunstan, VK4DU, told
    the Sound of Hope via e-mail this week that if it wants the support of the
    international community, it should move its transmissions into legitimate
    broadcasting spectrum.

    "There is more than enough radio spectrum for you to use outside of the
    Amateur Radio bands," Dunstan said September 5. "You are in breach of
    international radio regulations."

    A similar reaction came September 6 from Amateur Radio Society of India
    (ARSI) Monitoring System Coordinator B.L. Manohar Arasu, VU2UR, who pointed
    the finger at both the Sound of Hope and the Firedragon music jammer.

    "We, the Indian Amateur Radio operators, condemn both of you for using
    Amateur Radio frequencies," he said. "Please leave the frequencies clear at
    the earliest." Arasu suggested the jamming not only was bothersome to
    everyday hamming but could cause problems for emergency communication by
    radio amateurs.

    New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters (NZART) Monitoring Service
    Coordinator Len Martinson, ZL1BYA, e-mailed the Sound of Hope September 6 to
    say its "illegal broadcast transmissions" were causing unlawful and harmful
    interference to the legal occupants of the Amateur Radio bands in question.

    "Your transmissions are also attracting the attention of jamming stations,
    which is increasing the interference to unacceptable levels," he said.
    "Please cease transmissions in the exclusive amateur bands immediately."

    Writing SOH on behalf of the IARU, Secretary David Sumner, K1ZZ, asked the
    clandestine broadcaster to be more careful in its selection of transmitting
    frequencies. "Your operations in the 14 and 18 MHz bands have caused serious
    interference to the amateur radio service, which is allocated these bands
    (14.000-14.350 and 18.068-18.168 MHz) for two-way amateur radio
    communication," Sumner wrote. "Please do not operate in these or any other
    amateur radio bands."

    Bihlmayer said September 6 that the Firedragon was back on 14.050 MHz -- a
    part of the 20-meter band allocated to the Amateur Radio Service on an
    exclusive basis worldwide -- after spending two days on 14.400 MHz. Over the
    past several months, the jammer also has been heard on 10.135 MHz, 14.260
    MHz, 18.080 MHz and 18.160 MHz.

    The music jammer takes apparent monitoring breaks on the hour. When the
    jammer's carrier is off, Bihlmayer, who lives in Southern Germany, says he's
    heard a weak carrier on 14.050 MHz broadcasting a Chinese program that
    included speech.

    ARRL Monitoring System/Intruder Watch Liaison Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, says
    he's been able to hear the jammer from W1AW. In July, when the same jammer
    also was appearing on 18.160 MHz, Bihlmayer alerted telecom authorities in
    Germany and Hong Kong, as well as IARU Region 3 and the PRC embassy in
    Berlin to the situation. The 17-meter band also is a worldwide exclusive
    Amateur Radio allocation. Skolaut says he's received reports about the music
    jammer from all over the US, including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

    ==>ARRL RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS GOLDEN ANTENNA AWARD IN GERMANY

    The ARRL is the recipient of the 2006 Golden Antenna Award in recognition of
    the role the League and its members played in providing and supporting
    emergency communication during the response to Hurricane Katrina. The city
    of Bad Bentheim, Germany, sponsors the annual award. ARRL Chief Development
    Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, accepted the honor on behalf of the League on
    August 25.

    "It was a honor to represent ARRL and accept the Golden Antenna Award that
    recognizes the role that hundreds of ARRL members played in the response to
    Katrina in 2005," Hobart said. "The speeches were generous in their praise
    of ARRL, and the cameras flashed as Bad Bentheim Mayor Günter Alsmeier
    presented the award." The city paid all expenses for Hobart's visit to
    Germany.

    The August 25 presentation took place at formal flag-draped ceremonies in
    the 12th century Bad Bentheim Castle to kick off the 38th annual Amateur
    Radio Days. The event is a cooperative venture of the German-Dutch Amateur
    Radio organization DNAT (Deutsch-Niederländischen Amateurfunker Tage/Duits
    Nederlands Amateur Treffen) and the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club (DARC).

    Hobart said the gracious and generous hospitality of both German and Dutch
    members of the Amateur Radio fraternity made her visit special. Topping off
    the weekend was a large flea market that drew hams from both countries and
    from as far away as Spain.

    "Of course bratwurst and beer added flavor to the occasion!" Hobart quipped.

    In her remarks during the presentation, Hobart expressed appreciation for
    the award on behalf of all who helped following Katrina and said she'd find
    a suitable location to display the award at ARRL Headquarters.

    Bad Bentheim has presented The Golden Antenna Award since 1982 to recognize
    outstanding Amateur Radio public service and humanitarian contributions. A
    jury of five German and Dutch radio amateurs makes the final selection. The
    2005 award went to the Radio Society of Sri Lanka for its performance in the
    wake of the December 2004 South Asia earthquake and tsunami.

    ==>SUITSAT-1 (AO-54), RE-ENTERS EARTH'S ATMOSPHERE

    SuitSat-1 (AO-54) is history. The surplus Russian Orlan spacesuit turned
    satellite, which became one of the greatest public relations vehicles for
    Amateur Radio in years, re-entered and burned up in Earth's atmosphere
    Thursday, September 7, at 1600 UTC some 1400 km south-southwest of Western
    Australia. The announcement came September 8 from Amateur Radio on the
    International Space Station (ARISS) International Chairman Frank Bauer,
    KA3HDO. Bauer expressed thanks to "all who made SuitSat-1 the phenomenal
    event that it was." Launched February 3 during a spacewalk from the ISS,
    SuitSat-1's 2-meter signal was heard around the world, although at a much
    weaker signal strength than anticipated.

    "Your hard work and dedication paid off," Bauer continued. "In just three
    weeks the SuitSat team developed and delivered a safe satellite system that
    has gained the confidence of the international space agencies." Bauer also
    noted the "unprecedented press coverage" that included more than 9 million
    hits on the SuitSat-1 Web site <http://www.suitsat.org/> during February
    alone as well as several prominent mentions in the general news media.

    "Students around the world had the opportunity to participate in a
    seven-month 'school spacewalk' with the artwork, pictures, signatures and
    voices onboard," Bauer pointed out. "And the 'super-sleuth' ham radio
    operator extraordinaires were able to pull a significant amount of data from
    the satellite, despite its low signal strength."

    After SuitSat-1's VHF ham radio payload stopped transmitting earlier this
    year, AMSAT initiated a "Chicken Little Contest," for participants to guess
    when SuitSat-1 would deorbit. Winners and more information are on the AMSAT
    Web site <http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/ariss/suitsatContest.php>.

    Bauer said plans for a potential SuitSat-2 will be a discussion topic at the
    AMSAT/ARISS joint meeting in October
    <http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/symposium/>.

    Commented ARRL ARISS Liaison Rosalie White, K1STO: "This unique satellite
    lasted longer than anyone ever expected, making the ARISS team proud."

    ==>ASTRONAUT'S KIN AMONG MIDDLE SCHOOLERS FOR SPACE CONTACT VIA HAM RADIO

    ISS astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, got to answer questions about life in
    space from his niece and several of her classmates August 28 during a
    Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with
    Northeast Middle School in Clarksville, Tennessee. Williams told his niece,
    Riley -- who asked the first question -- that he became an astronaut because
    it involves excitement and discovery.

    "And flying in space is the current frontier for exploration," Williams
    remarked. If he were to pick another career, he said he'd return to the US
    Army. A Wisconsin native, Williams is a graduate of the US Military Academy
    at West Point, New York.

    Another student wanted to know what an astronaut would do if the tether to
    the ISS broke during a spacewalk or EVA -- extra-vehicular activity -- as
    NASA calls it.

    "Well, we're very careful, and our equipment is designed so that it won't
    break," Williams replied. "If that were to happen, though, when we're doing
    an American EVA -- in the American suits -- we have what we call 'safers.'
    They're little jet packs that we have on the backpack of the space suit, and
    we can fly back to the space station. They're only used for emergencies."

    Responding to another question, Williams said it's not really known how long
    a human being could remain in space before encountering medical or health
    problems. He noted that the crew does keep a strict exercise regimen in
    space.

    "We're learning to understand what happens to the human body after a long
    period of time [in space]," he continued. "Of course, most expeditions are
    about six months." But he noted that back in the days of the Russian Mir
    space station, one cosmonaut stayed aboard for 437 days "and he did well
    when he got back to the ground."

    Williams and ISS Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, will
    return to Earth at the end of September. They've been in space since last
    April. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, DF4TR, will remain
    aboard the ISS to help provide some crew continuity for the Expedition 14
    team of NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and Russian cosmonaut
    Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT.

    In response to another question from his niece, Williams told the youngsters
    that the ISS crew has been growing a variety of plants as part of its
    scientific research. "The latest one we tried here was peas, and we had a
    great survival rate initially, but we had some kind of a problem, which we
    don't quite understand, and the peas all eventually died, so, we're still
    working on that," he said. "It's a very important experiment, especially for
    the future, to provide food, for example, when we go to Mars."

    Northeast Middle School science teacher Sharon Fletcher said the ARISS
    contact had inspired a lot of interest among her students in becoming
    astronauts.

    During the approximately 10-minute contact, the students had 18 questions
    asked and answered before the ISS went over the horizon at Earth station
    VK4KHZ in Australia. Verizon Conferencing donated a teleconferencing link to
    provide two-way audio between the school and VK4KHZ.

    ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach,
    with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

    ==>MAINE'S GOVERNOR IS NOW KB1NXP

    Maine Gov John E. Baldacci may now be the only sitting state chief executive
    holding an Amateur Radio license. Following up on an effort begun a few
    years ago, Baldacci took and passed his Technician license test September 6,
    and the FCC issued his new call sign, KB1NXP, the following day. Bill
    Crowley, K1NIT, is the liaison for the ARRL VEC volunteer examiner team that
    administered Baldacci's Amateur Radio license examination.

    "We heard that he was interested in getting his license," Crowley told ARRL.
    "So I talked to a couple of other people in the Augusta Amateur Radio
    Association and said, 'You know, we're the guys who could do this. We're
    right here, right in his backyard, and I think we ought to help him get a
    license.'"

    Crowley said Baldacci expressed initial interest in becoming licensed after
    learning of the Amateur Radio response following the 1998 ice storm that
    devastated a wide area of the Northeast. At the time, Baldacci was
    representing Maine's Second District in the US House. He renewed his
    interest in 2003, shortly after becoming Maine's governor, promising to add
    the goal of getting his ticket to his to-do list and seeking the
    encouragement and help of Maine's hams to achieve it.

    Former Maine State Treasurer Rod Scribner, KA1RFD -- a longtime radio
    amateur and instructor -- was recruited to help make it happen. "Rod went up
    there once a week, very early in the morning, and tutored him -- went
    through all the material," Crowley recounted. But the pressures of office
    compelled Baldacci to put the project on a back burner.

    During that lull, Crowley says he occasionally used his back channels at the
    Department of Public Safety, where he works, to relay messages via
    Baldacci's security guards to remind the governor the Augusta club was still
    eager to give him his ham radio test. "It got to be a standing joke," he
    said.

    Crowley had an opportunity to deliver the message firsthand in July when he
    greeted the Baldacci during an official occasion. "I said, 'You know, we've
    got to get this going,'" he recalled telling the governor. Baldacci asked
    Crowley to call his office and set up an appointment.

    Baldacci was a little concerned at that point that he might be behind the
    curve since the Technician question pool had changed since he'd worked with
    Scribner, Crowley said. But he assured the governor that the club members
    could get him back up to speed in short order.

    Over coffee early on September 6, Scribner, Crowley and the other members of
    the VE team -- Don Smith, AE1Q, and Tom Bailey, KB1EKY -- reviewed the
    current Technician material. "Then, he sat down and took the test and did
    very well," Crowley said.

    Baldacci got a taste of Amateur Radio in 2003, when he checked into the
    75-meter Maine Sea Gull Net during a visit with members of the Ellsworth
    Amateur Wireless Association and other amateurs. On that occasion, the
    governor assured the gathering that the Maine Emergency Management Agency
    depends on Amateur Radio to support the statewide communications system and
    said Maine would rely on Amateur Radio volunteers if primary
    telecommunication systems go down.

    Now, historic Blaine House in Maine's capital of Augusta could become the
    only governor's residence to start sporting Amateur Radio antennas. Perhaps
    because Maine's motto is Dirigo -- I lead, Crowley hopes Baldacci will serve
    as a trendsetter among his gubernatorial colleagues across the US. In this
    instance, the old saying from the world of politics, "As Maine goes, so goes
    the nation," still may apply.

    ==>AMATEUR RADIO ANTENNA LAW LEADS VIRGINIA COUNTY TO REVISE ORDINANCE

    The existence of Virginia's Amateur Radio antenna statute recently was
    instrumental in convincing the Stafford County Board of Supervisors to adopt
    changes that make it easier for radio amateurs to erect antenna support
    structures. Tom Gregory, N4NW -- a former Virginia Section Emergency
    Coordinator who lives in Stafford -- says that before the amendments went
    into effect, an Amateur Radio licensee wanting to put up a tower could have
    been asked to apply for a conditional use permit (CUP) and pay a $7500
    filing fee. Gregory says that's because the old county ordinance did not
    distinguish between Amateur Radio and cellular towers. The county didn't
    necessarily oppose ham radio antennas, he said, but the application earlier
    this year of Lewis Cheek, K4HR, to erect a 120-foot antenna support
    structure apparently caught county officials unawares.

    "It was more of a situation that county staff was incapable of making a
    decision without clear guidelines to say that they could or could not do
    something," said Gregory.

    Stafford County's revised ordinance permits Amateur Radio operation "by
    right" throughout the county, situated roughly halfway between Richmond and
    Washington, DC. The changes require ham radio antenna support structures to
    comply with zoning requirements applying to accessory structures in a given
    municipality.

    Virginia's 1998 Amateur Radio antenna law
    <http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp...od+15.2-2293.1> is among
    the few that go beyond merely incorporating the language of the PRB-1
    limited federal preemption
    <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/reg...cal/prb-1.html> into state
    statutes. It also provides minimum regulatory heights of either 75 feet or
    200 feet for antenna support structures, depending upon population density.

    Gregory says just having an Amateur Radio antenna law on the Commonwealth's
    books helped get the situation off the dime in Stafford County.

    "The fact that the Virginia state code specifically had some numbers in it
    and some clear language in it, that carried more weight with [county
    officials] than what PRB-1 says, which basically says, 'you'll accommodate
    the amateur,' but doesn't give any guidelines to localities," Gregory said.
    It didn't hurt either when the specter of litigation was raised. The county
    attorney told the Board of Supervisors that, given Virginia's Amateur Radio
    Antenna statute, the Board would be on shaky legal ground in trying to
    require a CUP and likely would lose if the case landed in court, Gregory
    said.

    Before even approaching the Stafford County Board of Supervisors with an eye
    toward changing the ordinance, Cheek and Gregory boned up on antenna
    restrictions via the ARRL Web site
    <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/reg...trictions.html> as
    well as local codes and ordinances throughout the commonwealth. As a result,
    Gregory said, they were able to educate county officials about ham radio and
    its benefits to the community. Armed with extensive ARRL materials, a copy
    of the Virginia Amateur Radio antenna law and the assistance of ARRL
    Volunteer Counsel George Marzloff, K4GM, Gregory and Cheek testified before
    the county Planning Commission to urge adoption of changes to permit Amateur
    Radio by right.

    Gregory, Cheek, and other radio amateurs, including Stafford County ARES
    Emergency Coordinator Bart Bartholomew, N3GQ, also testified before the full
    Board of Supervisors, which adopted the zoning ordinance revisions August 1.
    The revised ordinance also specifically defines Amateur Radio for the first
    time.

    Gregory encouraged radio amateurs in the 27 states lacking Amateur Radio
    antenna laws to work toward getting one on the books.

    ==>ARRL ON-LINE AUCTION "PREVIEW" SET FOR MID-OCTOBER

    With a little less than two months to go and counting before the ARRL's
    first On-Line Auction gets under way, ARRL Business Services Manager Deb
    Jahnke, K1DAJ, says the League has received several generous donations from
    a variety of sources. Auction proceeds will benefit ARRL educational
    programs and services.

    "I think you'll find a terrific variety of items when bidding kicks off on
    October 23," she said. Jahnke says the On-Line Auction site will open for a
    "preview" starting Monday, October 16.

    "At that time, you'll be able to view many of the items that will be up for
    bid the following week," she said. "You'll also be able to register at that
    time, if you choose." Auction proceeds will help to support the League's
    educational services and programs.

    The auction will be open to all -- ARRL members and otherwise. Bidders just
    need online access and must register prior to participating, which they may
    do at any time during the auction.

    The ARRL On-Line Auction will begin Monday, October 23, and will wrap up
    Friday, November 3. Jahnke and her Business Services team are planning,
    organizing and managing this premier event.

    Jahnke said many ARRL members have inquired to ask if they could donate a
    piece of vintage Amateur Radio gear or other item for the auction -- either
    on their own behalf or in someone's memory.

    "If this is something that you wish to do, please contact me
    <djahnke@arrl.org>; to discuss it further," she said.

    Jahnke says the link to the ARRL On-Line Auction site will become available
    via the ARRL Web home page during the October 16 preview and once bidding
    begins October 23.

    ==>SOLAR UPDATE

    Propagation prognosticator Tad "Sunshine Superman" Cook, K7RA, Seattle,
    Washington, reports: Average daily sunspot numbers were down only slightly
    this week -- from 27 to 25.3. There were two days this week when the sunspot
    number was zero, and as we move closer to the bottom of Sunspot Cycle 23, we
    should see more zero sunspot days than we're currently experiencing.

    The last solar minimum was centered near October 1996, and prior to that was
    week after week of no sunspots. Currently we're observing average daily
    sunspot numbers in the 20s and 30s. According to weekly NOAA Space
    Environment Center sunspot predictions
    <http://sec.noaa.gov/ftpdir/weekly/Predict.txt>, these averages are above
    the high end for this month and last, and the minimum is about six months
    away.

    Right now is a fairly good time for long-distance HF communication, because
    the geomagnetic field is mostly stable, sunspots haven't disappeared and
    we're close to the autumnal equinox. Best bets appear to be 40, 30 and 20
    meters.

    For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical
    Information Service <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.

    Sunspot numbers for August 31 through September 6 were 39, 32, 27, 0, 0, 26
    and 53, with a mean of 25.3. 10.7 cm flux was 83.2, 76.9, 75.6, 76.5, 79,
    80.4, and 84, with a mean of 79.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 8, 13,
    7, 6, 23, 8 and 7, with a mean of 10.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices
    were 6, 8, 6, 6, 15, 7 and 6, with a mean of 7.7.

    __________________________________

    ==>IN BRIEF:

    * This weekend on the radio: The ARRL September VHF QSO Party, the North
    American Sprint (CW), the Worked All Europe (WAE) DX Contest (SSB), the
    International G3ZQS Memorial Straight Key Contest, the Swiss HTC QRP Sprint,
    the SOC Marathon Sprint, the Tennessee QSO Party and the ARCI End of Summer
    Digital Sprint are the weekend of September 9-10. JUST AHEAD: YLRL Howdy
    Days are September 12-14. The North American Sprint (SSB), the ARRL 10 GHz
    and Up Contest, F.I.S.T.S. Get Your Feet Wet Weekend, the SARL VHF/UHF
    Contest, the Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW), the South Carolina QSO
    Party, QRP Afield, the Washington State Salmon Run and the QCWA Fall QSO
    Party are the weekend of September 16-17. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
    and the 144 MHz Fall Sprint are September 18. The NAQCC Straight Key/Bug
    Sprint is September 21. 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.

    * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
    Registration remains open through Sunday, September 24, for these ARRL
    Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) program online courses: Amateur
    Radio Emergency Communications Level 1 (EC-001), Radio Frequency
    Interference (EC-006), Antenna Design and Construction (EC-009), Analog
    Electronics (EC-012) and Digital Electronics (EC-013). Classes begin on
    Friday, October 6. These courses will also open for registration Friday,
    September 22, for classes beginning Friday, November 3. To learn more, visit
    the CCE Course Listing page
    <http://mymail.arrl.org/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.arrl.org/cce/co
    urses.html> or contact the CCE Department <cce@arrl.org>;.

    * Reminder — vanity fee now $20.80: The regulatory fee to obtain or renew a
    post-1995 Amateur Radio vanity call sign is $20.80 for applications received
    by the FCC on or after Wednesday, September 6. The new fee covers the
    10-year license term. See <http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2006/08/01/3/>
    for more information.

    * Virginia radio amateur not prosecuted on radio-related felony charge:
    Dennis Alford, KC4VGA, of Wythe County, Virginia, is breathing a bit more
    easily now that he's no longer facing a felony charge of possessing an
    unlawful communication device. According to a news report in The Wytheville
    Enterprise, a misdemeanor charge of unlawful interfering with a two-way
    radio was taken under advisement. It will be dismissed after a year if no
    similar charges are brought against Alford, a 60-year-old longtime radio
    amateur. The newspaper says a Wythe County General District Court judge
    accepted an agreement worked out by Alford, his attorneys and a local
    prosecutor. A disabled truck plant worker who had been employed as a
    Wal-Mart greeter, Alford still must forfeit three of the radios police
    confiscated last March. One of Alford's attorneys told the court that Alford
    had bought the confiscated radios used and didn't realize they'd been
    modified. Following his August 31 court appearance, authorities returned
    other confiscated radio equipment to Alford. Police had searched Alford's
    home after the Wytheville Police Department in January reported extensive
    interference on its dispatching system that was traced to Alford's
    transmissions. Police subsequently arrested him at work and confiscated
    several pieces of his radio equipment as well as a computer that since had
    been returned to him. He had been on bond pending the hearing. Alford denied
    making any illegal transmissions and said afterward he was satisfied with
    the resolution of his case.

    * Hydraulic malfunction faulted in CubeSat launch failure: The commission
    probing the July 26 Dnepr-1LV rocket launch vehicle failure that resulted in
    the loss of more than a dozen CubeSats with ham radio payloads believes it
    knows why the vehicle didn't reach orbit. A brief malfunction of a hydraulic
    drive in a first-stage propulsion unit caused a deviation in the rocket's
    trajectory and "the issuance of a command to abort the flight," said a news
    release from Kosmotras, the company responsible for the rocket's launch.
    Kosmotras said the cause of the hydraulic malfunction has been determined,
    and the committee is "working up recommendations for its rectification."
    Russia, meanwhile, has suspended further Dnepr-1 LV launches. Fourteen of
    the tiny spacecraft that were lost carried Amateur Radio VHF or UHF beacon
    or telemetry transmitters. Various accounts indicated that the mission went
    awry less than two minutes after liftoff. The CubeSat project was a
    collaboration between California Polytechnic State University-San Luis
    Obispo and Stanford University's Space Systems Development Laboratory. All
    of the CubeSats were designed and built by students at various universities
    around the world.--some information from AMSAT News Service

    * Armin Henry Meyer, W3ACE, SK: Former US Ambassador Armin Henry "Hank"
    Meyer, W3ACE, died August 13 following a long illness. He was 92. An ARRL
    Life Member, Meyer, an expert on the Middle East, served as US ambassador to
    Lebanon in the Kennedy Administration after postings in Iraq and
    Afghanistan. He later was the US envoy to Iran and Japan. In 1972, he headed
    President Richard Nixon's terrorism unit following the killing of Israeli
    Olympic athletes in Munich. Amateur Radio went around the globe with him. He
    operated over the years as YI2AN, OD5AX, YA1AM, EP3AM and JH1YDR, and he
    especially enjoyed operating on the low bands. Meyer was a member of the
    National Capitol DX Association. As W3ACE, he had 325 DXCC entities
    confirmed (mixed and phone) and at one point achieved No 1 Honor Roll. He
    also earned DXCCs as OD5AX, EP3AM and JH1YDR.

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    The ARRL Letter
    Vol. 25, No. 35
    September 1, 2006
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    IN THIS EDITION:

    * +Ham radio can ride out any storms, League president says
    * +ARRL Midwest Division Director Wade Walstrom, W0EJ, SK
    * +Ernesto puts ARES/RACES on alert in the East
    * +Japanese youngsters make ham radio contact with ISS
    * +September 16 is Amateur Radio Awareness Day
    * +Solar Cycle 24 could already be under way
    * +ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager signs on with Yaesu
    * 1942 QST reproduction a bonus with early Handbook orders
    * Solar Update
    * IN BRIEF:
    This weekend on the radio
    ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
    +Digital Communications Conference 2006 will be silver anniversary event
    2006 ARRL teachers institutes help boost "The Big Project"
    participation
    Clarification

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    ==>AMATEUR RADIO CAN RIDE OUT THE STORM, ARRL PRESIDENT TELLS NEW ENGLANDERS

    Making his first visit to the ARRL New England Division Convention August
    26-27, League President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, said Amateur Radio has a
    notable history of riding out stormy weather. Addressing the convention
    banquet, Harrison cited former ARRL staff member and ham radio historian
    Clinton B. DeSoto, W1CBD, who in 1928 expressed the opinion that Amateur
    Radio is not utopia, never has been and never will be. Harrison suggested
    it's worth looking at ham radio's past when considering the issues it faces
    today, and there are no easy answers.

    "There is no one cure-all for whatever you think is wrong with Amateur
    Radio," Harrison asserted.

    Offering a thumbnail review of Amateur Radio's history, Harrison pointed out
    that ham radio has always had to deal with the controversies and tensions
    that technological, regulatory and societal changes have sparked over the
    years. Nonetheless, it's survived for nearly 100 years, and some ideas keep
    resurfacing. For example, a no-code license was proposed in the 1930s, he
    said, although it wasn't accepted until about a half-century later.

    "But we still can't seem to get beyond that point," he added, noting the
    more recent controversies surrounding the elimination of the Morse code
    requirement for all license classes and license restructuring.

    "When you look at the history of Amateur Radio, you kind of have to wonder:
    Where are we going?" Harrison said. The ARRL president went on to offer some
    of his own thoughts on the subject.

    "Digital is the wave of the future," he predicted. "Our ability to provide
    public service will expand." In any case, he said, ham radio will always be
    in a storm, just coming out of a storm or heading into another storm.

    Where Amateur Radio goes is up to those who enjoy the many facets it has to
    offer, he suggested. In closing he quoted ARRL co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim,
    W1AW: "Make sure everything you do is for the general good."

    Harrison said it's up to today's radio amateurs to make sure that "DX Is"
    never becomes "DX Was," and that "Public Service" never becomes "Public?
    Sorry."

    Earlier in the day at an ARRL forum, Harrison shared the spotlight with ARRL
    New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, and Vice Director Mike
    Raisbeck, K1TWF. Much of the discussion dealt with how to reinvigorate
    Amateur Radio and make it more enticing to newcomers.

    "There is an unlimited number of possibilities in Amateur Radio," Harrison
    told the gathering. "If you get bored with one thing, there's another you
    can look into." Amateur Radio promotion should focus on "this buffet of
    possibilities," and not just on one activity, such as contesting or public
    service.

    Frenaye pointed out that while Amateur Radio gains some 20,000 new licensees
    each year, it's not keeping pace with attrition by up to 10,000 licensees
    annually.

    Harrison reiterated his mantra that the Main Street USA of today is much
    different than the Main Street of 30, 40 or 50 years ago, when many of
    today's hams got started in the hobby. Today's Technician license has proven
    for many to be a dead end for Amateur Radio, he said, because it has not
    provided enough of an introduction to the wider world of ham radio to
    maintain interest.

    On the other hand, the old Novice license, Harrison noted, provided "a
    connection to the outside world" through its limited HF privileges. "Opening
    up an avenue to HF privileges opens up an unlimited number of
    possibilities," he said. "It's time to expand the entry-level license."

    The FCC has turned away proposals to establish a new entry-level license
    with limited HF privileges.

    At a second ARRL forum on Sunday, Harrison told one member he believes the
    League would always support CW as an operating mode, even if the Morse
    requirement goes away. "CW is popular, and I can't envision the ARRL taking
    a position that would not support CW as a mode," he assured the questioner.

    ==>ARRL MIDWEST DIVISION DIRECTOR WADE WALSTROM, W0EJ, SK

    ARRL Midwest Division Director Robert W. "Wade" Walstrom, W0EJ, of Cedar
    Rapids, Iowa, died August 31 during a surgical procedure. He was 59. An ARRL
    Life and Diamond Club member, Walstrom was elected in 1999 to succeed
    retiring Midwest Division Director Lew Gordon, K4VX. He won a third term
    (2006-2008) as Midwest Division Director last fall. Born in Nebraska,
    Walstrom grew up in South Dakota. He'd been an Amateur Radio licensee for 46
    years and previously held the call signs K0ZTV and WA6TXE.

    "Wade's sudden and unexpected passing is deeply shocking to all of us who
    worked with him during his many years of service to the ARRL," said ARRL
    Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ.

    A member of the ARRL Executive Committee, Walstrom -- an electrical engineer
    and recently retired Rockwell-Collins project manager -- was a three-term
    Iowa Section Manager before becoming a director. He'd previously chaired the
    ARRL Board of Directors' Volunteer Resources and Programs and Services
    committees, and he'd served on the Membership Services and Election and
    Ethics committees.

    Walstrom was instrumental in the effort to end interference to Amateur Radio
    from a broadband over power line (BPL) pilot project in Cedar Rapids. He not
    only worked with local radio amateurs but co-authored a technical report
    that pointed out BPL's harmful interference in the amateur bands and the
    inadequacy of "notching" techniques.

    An active and serious DXer and contester, Walstrom was a member of the
    Eastern Iowa DX Association, QCWA, AMSAT and the Cedar Valley Amateur Radio
    Club.

    ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN, worked with Walstrom on the
    Volunteer Resources Committee, which, in 2003, revised the rules and
    regulations governing the ARRL Field Organization.

    "He could always find the right words when I got stuck for how to phrase
    something," Craigie recalled. "It was a pleasure to work with him, and I am
    very sad that there won't be any more opportunities for us to benefit from
    his intelligence and good sense."

    ARRL Hudson Division Director Frank Fallon, N2FF, said he was shocked and
    saddened to learn of Walstrom's untimely death. "He was a very fair and
    intelligent individual," Fallon said. "I think I can speak for all of us on
    the Board when I say we admired him and the values he stood for."

    ARRL Midwest Division Vice Director Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, has succeeded
    Walstrom as the division's Director. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN,
    will appoint someone to fill the now-vacant Vice Director's seat.

    Survivors include Walstrom's wife, Solveig, and their sons Robert and Steve,
    KC0LGE. Members of the ARRL Board of Directors will represent the League at
    a memorial service Tuesday, September 5, at 10 AM at St Mark's Lutheran
    Church, Cedar Rapids.

    The family invites memorial donations to the ARRL or to St Mark's Lutheran
    Church.--some information from The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com/>

    ==>ARES/RACES DEAL WITH ERNESTO IN FLORIDA, CAROLINAS, VIRGINIA

    At week's end, Tropical Depression Ernesto was poised to put a damper on the
    long Labor Day weekend for many East Coast residents. Heavy rain resulting
    in flash flooding, isolated tornadoes and gale-force winds were the major
    threats remaining from Ernesto. Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Radio
    Amateur Civil Emergency Service (ARES/RACES) volunteers were on alert in the
    Carolinas and Virginia. After strafing Florida earlier in the week, Ernesto
    went out over open water but again made landfall at near-hurricane strength
    the evening of August 31 near Wilmington, North Carolina. ARRL Official
    Emergency Station Keith Deringer, WA4KD, in Richmond said September 1 the
    Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) had requested Amateur
    Radio volunteers to support a communication watch at the state emergency
    operations center.

    Virginia Section Emergency Coordinator Henry Wyatt, K4YCR, told ARRL that
    Chesterfield County ARES -- in the Richmond area --was standing by to
    support the American Red Cross in the event of heavy flooding in the
    Richmond area.

    The governors of North Carolina, Virginia and other states in the Middle
    Atlantic region declared emergencies, and state emergency management teams
    on September 1 were preparing for possible evacuations and sheltering.

    ARRL North Carolina SEC Bernie Nobles, WA4MOK, said his state seemed to have
    weathered Ernesto pretty well, although there was "lots of street and
    highway flooding" and some roadways had to be closed to traffic. Nobles told
    ARRL that the Eastern Branch EOC in Kinston (NC4EB) was maintaining a
    listening watch on local and regional repeaters at week's end. "We are
    getting some reports of evacuations of small communities, due to rising
    water," he said.

    With Ernesto threatening to become a Category 1 hurricane, the Hurricane
    Watch Net (HWN) activated August 31. "After a 3-1/2 hour net, we had a great
    turnout of reporting stations," said HWN Assistant Manager Bobby Graves,
    KB5HAV. HWN members gather and report ground-level storm data via WX4NHC at
    the National Hurricane Center in Miami to assist forecasters in better
    understanding a storm's behavior.

    In its final advisory on TD Ernesto, the National Hurricane Center was
    predicting rainfall totals of from 4 to 7 inches over the Mid-Atlantic
    states, including the central Appalachians from Virginia northward through
    September 3, and up to a foot in some areas.

    "Life-threatening flash floods and mud slides are possible with these
    rains," the NHC warned.

    Earlier in the week, ARES/RACES teams in Florida, the HWN and WX4NHC and the
    VoIP Hurricane Net went on alert as Ernesto, still a tropical storm, drew a
    bead on Southern Florida and later lashed the region with heavy rains and
    strong winds.

    ==>JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLERS IN JAPAN SPEAK WITH ASTRONAUT VIA HAM RADIO

    Youngsters attending Yoshinari Junior High School in Sendai City, Japan,
    spoke August 25 with US astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, at NA1SS on the
    International Space Station. The Amateur Radio n the International Space
    Station (ARISS) program arranged the direct VHF contact between 8J7YJH and
    NA1SS. One student had a new twist on the often-asked "food question." She
    wanted to know if the food aboard the ISS could be better.

    "The food is actually very good. We have a wide variety of food that's both
    United States and Russian," Williams said. He explained that sometimes he'll
    get a craving for something that's not available in space, but "overall the
    food is pretty good."

    Another student wondered if heated food in space gives off "steam" and if
    you can smell foods in space.

    "We don't see steam up here too much because the food doesn't get that hot,
    I guess, plus the humidity is pretty low here, but you can smell it,"
    Williams responded. He explained that the crew warms up its meals either by
    injecting hot water or by using an oven in the ISS galley.

    As had occurred during the previous ARISS school QSO with students gathered
    at Reece High School, in Devonport, Tasmania, Australia, Williams repeatedly
    experienced difficulty copying Earth station 8J7YJH, despite multiple
    attempts by control operator Toshiji Miyagawa, JE7KQU, to reestablish
    contact. At other times, the NA1SS signal appeared to experience strong
    interference that rendered Williams unreadable.

    A change to a backup VHF channel late in the approximately 10-minute pass
    permitted the students to have another two questions asked and answered.
    Williams said that in his free time aboard the ISS, he enjoys looking out
    the window, making telephone calls home, reading and listening to music. He
    said that he and Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, exercise
    approximately two and a half hours daily to counteract the effects of the
    weightless environment on the human body.

    ARISS-Japan mentor Satoshi Yasuda, 7M3TJZ, said some 240 people were on hand
    for the contact, which received media attention from four television
    stations -- including national network NHK -- and five newspapers.

    ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is an international educational outreach
    with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.

    ==>AMATEUR RADIO AWARENESS DAY IS SEPTEMBER 16

    September is US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Preparedness
    Month, and Saturday, September 16, is Amateur Radio Awareness Day. For the
    third straight year, the ARRL and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
    groups across the US will join a coalition of more than 200 national,
    regional, state and local organizations taking part in Preparedness Month
    activities. ARES is a partner with DHS through the Citizen Corps program.
    ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, says local ARES
    groups and clubs will be making presentations to civic organizations, at
    schools and at regional fairs to showcase Amateur Radio.

    "More than 4000 ARRL 'Hello' campaign <http://www.hello-radio.org/>
    brochures have gone out in the past few weeks alone to prepare for the
    month-long initiative," he said.

    To highlight Amateur Radio Awareness Day, ARRL public information officers
    (PIOs) will promote the DHS's "30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness"
    <http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/interap...orial_0711.xml> to
    attract news media coverage. Some tips on promoting National Preparedness
    Month are on the ARRL public relations Web pages
    <http://www.arrl.org/pio/contact/2006/08/SEPTEMBER>.

    ARRL Public Service Team Manager Steve Ewald, WV1X, notes that the
    underlying theme of National Preparedness Month is to encourage everyone to
    be aware of and prepare for emergencies all year long.

    "Amateur Radio operators, led by ARRL Field Organization leaders across the
    country, are encouraged to consider this year's ARRL Simulated Emergency
    Test (SET) -- as well as all preparations and post-SET evaluations -- as a
    demonstration of your participation in National Preparedness Month," Ewald
    said. The target weekend for the 2006 SET is October 7-8
    <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/setguide.html>.

    A major ham radio presentation during September will take place on the West
    Coast. ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA, says Amateur
    Radio Expo 2006 <http://lafair.b2v.org/> will be held in conjunction with
    the Los Angeles County Fair. "They will staff the exhibit over four
    weekends," Norton said, noting that the fair annually attracts hundreds of
    thousands of visitors.

    Amateur Radio Expo 2006 will get under way the weekend of September 9-10 and
    will feature a special event station plus interactive presentations to
    demonstrate the many facets of ham radio.

    In a related vein, Pitts says he'd like to see a tighter relationship
    between ARES organizations and the League's corps of volunteer PIOs.

    "Too often something happens, and everyone grabs a radio. No one grabs a
    camera or laptop and gets the word of ARES actions out to the media until
    long after the story becomes stale," he observed. "We have wonderful stories
    to tell, but we are too busy to tell them when they are fresh."

    Pitts said he and the ARRL Public Relations Committee are working on ways to
    better integrate public relations and emergency response actions at the
    local level.

    Pitts says that according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),
    families should plan on being totally on their own for up to four days.
    "That's like being back in ancient times: no cell phone, no Internet, no
    911," he said.

    ==>"BACKWARD SUNSPOTS" MAY HERALD START OF SOLAR CYCLE 24

    The recent appearance on the sun of two so-called "backward sunspots" may
    mean solar Cycle 23 is drawing to a close and Cycle 24 now is under way or
    soon will be. At least that's the thinking of some scientists.

    "We've been waiting for this," said Solar Physicist David Hathaway of the
    Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, after the first
    backward spot showed up. "A backward sunspot is a sign that the next solar
    cycle is beginning."

    The term "backward" refers to the sunspots' magnetic polarity. One such
    sunspot appeared briefly July 31, then disappeared, but its significance was
    that its magnetic polarity was just the opposite of current Cycle 23 spots.

    Another more robust backward spot, Sunspot 905, appeared in late August --
    although it subsequently began to dissipate -- and some sungazers are saying
    Cycle 24 already has begun. ARRL propagation guru Tad Cook, K7RA, this week
    called it "the second sunspot of the new Solar Cycle 24."

    "Eventually there will be more of the new reversed sunspots than old ones
    from Cycle 23, and that occurrence is one way to mark the beginning of the
    next sunspot cycle," he said. Radio conditions will not improve any time
    soon but over a period of several years of the course of the 11-year cycle,
    perhaps peaking around 2010.

    ==>WORLD WAR II-ERA QST IS BONUS WITH 2007 ARRL HANDBOOK ADVANCE ORDERS

    The 84th edition of The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications -- the 2007
    edition -- is set to begin shipping in early October. ARRL Marketing Manager
    Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, says now's the time to place orders for the reference
    manual, which has proven popular both within and outside the Amateur Radio
    community. Those placing advance Handbook orders by September 30 will
    receive a reproduction January 1942 issue of QST as a bonus.

    "The special QST reissue is filled with World War II-era remembrances,
    including the FCC Order suspending Amateur Radio operation in the US, issued
    December 8, 1941," Inderbitzen says. "Sixty-five years later, this
    commemorative reproduction of QST is a time capsule -- a tribute to the
    perseverance and patriotism of radio amateurs." Inderbitzen says the QST
    reissue bonus will remain available to those placing advance orders while
    supplies last.

    Since 1926, generations of hams, engineers and technicians have relied on
    The ARRL Handbook for its thorough coverage of theory, references and
    practical projects. "The content of this new edition reflects the latest
    aspects of today's Amateur Radio -- fundamental electronics concepts,
    components and building blocks, analog and digital radio design,
    troubleshooting techniques, antennas and more," Inderbitzen said.

    Former ARRL Chief Operating Officer Mark Wilson, K1RO, edited the 2007
    Handbook edition. Wilson continues to serve the League as QST "Product
    Review" editor. A handful of additional editors contributed updates, new
    content, and many new projects, building on the major 2005 revision.

    Some examples: Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, has freshened the propagation
    chapter, while Tom O'Hara, W6ORG, has updated the Amateur Television section
    and Paul Danzer, N1II, has revised the computer hardware information. Former
    Headquarters technical editor Stu Cohen, N1SC, has added a vintage radio
    section.

    Projects new to The Handbook for 2007 include the HiMite, a simple
    single-band CW transceiver by Dave Benson, K1SWL; a 12 V dc boost regulator
    for mobile or portable operation by Dan Kemppainen, N8XJK, and a top-loaded
    low-band antenna from Dick Stroud, W9SR. Stroud also contributed details of
    a high-power 6-meter low-pass filter.

    The 2007 Handbook also includes several new station accessories you can
    build: a digital communication interface by Larry Coyle, K1QW; a PIC-based
    HF/VHF power meter by Roger Hayward, KA7EXM, and a remote antenna switch by
    Bill Smith, KO4NR.

    As with recent previous Handbook editions, an included CD-ROM contains all
    text and illustrations in the hard-copy publication plus companion software,
    PC board templates and other support files.

    "Although most people prefer to sit and read the printed book, the
    electronic version has a powerful search feature for looking things up,"
    Inderbitzen points out, "and it offers a convenient way to print out a few
    pages to bring to your workbench or mark up with notes and comments."

    The 2007 edition is available in hardcover ($59.95) and softcover ($44.95)
    <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=no-hb2007>. Order direct from the ARRL
    online catalog, by toll-free telephone (888-277-5289, US only) or from
    select ARRL publications dealers
    <http://www.arrl.org/catalog/dlrsearch.phtml>.

    ==>ARRL'S DENNIS MOTSCHENBACHER, K7BV, ACCEPTS EXECUTIVE POSITION WITH YAESU

    ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, has accepted a
    position with Vertex Standard (Yaesu) as Executive Vice President of its
    Amateur Radio Sales Division. ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer,
    WJ1B, announced Motschenbacher's departure August 28 "with regret" and
    congratulated him on his new position.

    "This is an incredible opportunity for Dennis, who will be relocating to
    Yaesu's Corporate Office in Cypress, California," Kramer said.

    In addition to his comprehensive knowledge of the Amateur Radio industry and
    extraordinary marketing and sales skills, Motschenbacher "also brought us an
    unbridled passion about Amateur Radio and a vision for the ARRL's future,"
    when he arrived at League Headquarters four years ago, Kramer said.

    "The ARRL will miss him," he added. "We have become a better organization
    because of him."

    At Vertex Standard, Motschenbacher will be responsible for Yaesu Amateur
    Radio equipment sales and marketing in the US and Canada. He'll leave the
    League in mid-September.

    "I dreamed of working at ARRL HQ ever since I was a teenager, never really
    believing I would actually get here," Motschenbacher said. "It has been a
    terrific four and half years packed with lots of change and new friendships.
    I am deeply honored to now have this opportunity to work for Mr. Hasegawa
    and Yaesu, serving the Amateur Radio community in a different but equally as
    important manner."

    First licensed in 1962 at age 13 as WV6WTD, Motschenbacher -- a Minnesota
    native -- has operated under various US and foreign call signs over the
    years. Well known as a DXer and top-tier contester, he's operated from 35
    different countries and competed at World Radiosport Team Championship 2000
    in Slovenia.

    Motschenbacher is an ARRL Life and Diamond Club member and belongs to the
    ARRL Legacy Circle. He's also a past president of the Texas DX Society.
    Before joining the ARRL Headquarters staff, Motschenbacher served as editor
    of National Contest Journal (NCJ) for four years. In his current position at
    ARRL Headquarters, he oversees the League's publication and advertising
    sales as well as product marketing and membership recruitment activities.

    A year ago, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Motschenbacher was among those
    HQ staff members who were instrumental in coordinating the procurement and
    shipping of equipment to aid radio amateurs responding in the field. He also
    traveled to Montgomery, Alabama, to assist Alabama Section Manager Greg
    Sarratt, W4OZK, who was overseeing the intake of American Red Cross ham
    radio volunteers supporting communication at its 250 shelters and kitchens
    along the devastated US Gulf Coast.

    ==>SOLAR UPDATE

    Ra the Sun god Tad "Mama always told me not to look into the eyes of the
    sun" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington, reports: Despite the decline in the
    sunspot cycle, we will see improved HF propagation over long distances in
    September.

    Expect rising sunspot numbers and solar flux over the next few days, with
    mostly quiet geomagnetic conditions. The predicted planetary A index for
    September 1-7 is predicted to be 10, 10, 20, 12, 10, 5 and 5.

    For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical
    Information Service <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.

    Sunspot numbers for August 24 through 30 were 22, 23, 21, 26, 48, 30 and 19,
    with a mean of 27. The 10.7 cm flux was 78.2, 77.2, 75.7, 78.6, 76.4, 73,
    and 74.2, with a mean of 76.2. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 2, 3,
    18, 11, 9 and 6 with a mean of 7.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 4,
    0, 2, 12, 9, 9 and 5, with a mean of 5.9.

    __________________________________

    ==>IN BRIEF:

    * This weekend on the radio: The All Asian DX Contest (SSB), the Russian
    RTTY World Wide Contest, the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint, RSGB SSB Field Day, IARU
    Region 1 Field Day (SSB) AGCW Straight Key Party and the DARC 10-Meter
    Digital Contest are the weekend of September 2-3. the Michigan QRP Labor Day
    CW Sprint is September 4-5. The ARS Spartan Sprint is September 5. JUST
    AHEAD: The ARRL September VHF QSO Party, the North American Sprint (CW), the
    Worked All Europe (WAE) DX Contest (SSB), the International G3ZQS Memorial
    Straight Key Contest, the Swiss HTC QRP Sprint, the SOC Marathon Sprint, the
    Tennessee QSO Party and the ARCI End of Summer Digital Sprint are the
    weekend of September 9-10. YLRL Howdy Days are September 12-14. 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.

    * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
    Registration remains open through Sunday, September 24, for these ARRL
    Certification and Continuing Education(CCE) program online courses. Classes
    begin on Friday, October 6: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1
    (EC-001), Radio Frequency Interference (EC-006), Antenna Design and
    Construction (EC-009), Analog Electronics (EC-012) and Digital Electronics
    (EC-013). These courses will also open for registration Friday, September
    22, for classes beginning Friday, November 3. To learn more, visit the CCE
    Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the
    CCE Department <cce@arrl.org>;.

    * Digital Communications Conference 2006 will be silver anniversary event:
    The 2006 TAPR/ARRL Digital Communications Conference (DCC)
    <http://www.tapr.org/dcc.html> Friday through Sunday, September 15-17, at
    the Clarion Airport Hotel in Tucson, Arizona, will mark the 25th anniversary
    of the founding of Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR) and of the DCC! It
    also will host the 10th annual APRS National Symposium. This is a
    must-attend event for all technically inclined radio amateurs. A
    just-updated schedule of forums and speakers is available on the TAPR Web
    site and includes sessions for beginners and experts alike. ARRL
    Publications Manager and QST Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, will represent the
    League at the 2006 DCC. Register for the conference online
    <http://www.tapr.org/registration>.

    * 2006 ARRL teachers institutes help boost "The Big Project" participation:
    This year's teachers institutes helped the ARRL Education and Technology
    Program (ETP -- "The Big Project") <http://www.arrl.org/FandES/tbp/> to
    reach a milestone of more than 200 schools that have received some form of
    grant from the program, says ETP Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME. "The
    institutes continue to provide the much needed in-service training teachers
    need to help their students understand wireless technology and in turn
    become more productive citizens," Spencer said, "but there is still a lot of
    work to do." The ETP receives very generous support from donors and the ham
    community at large, Spencer says. "The outcome of that generosity may not be
    immediately apparent, but the impact of what the ETP is doing is real,
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    15 high schools, 6 middle schools and 4 elementary schools as well as two
    post-secondary schools, a vo-tech school, two tech institutes and 4 K-12
    schools. Support the ETP via the ARRL's secure Web site
    <https://www.arrl.org/forms/developme...education.html>.


    * Clarification: To amplify and clarify a statement in the story "ANOUSHEH
    ANSARI IS A "GO" AS FIRST FEMALE CIVILIAN SPACE TRAVELER" that appeared in
    The ARRL Letter, Vol 25, No 34 (Aug 25, 2006): Ansari would be the fourth
    civilian -- and the first female civilian -- to fly to the ISS. She would
    not be the first female civilian to fly into space.

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    Interesting bit about the jamming coming out of China. I really love how some people were blaming SOH rather than the Chinese for the jamming! LOL!

    I'm wondering if it is possible for those affected to simply up the power on their transmitters and overpower the Chinese transmissions?

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