The ARRL Letter for January 12, 2012

Monday, January 16 2012 @ 04:18 pm UTC

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The ARRL Letter

Published by the American Radio Relay League

January 12, 2012

Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA <>

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- + ARRL Board of Directors Gather this Weekend for 2012 Annual Meeting
- + FCC News: FCC Denies ARRL Petition on Vanity, Club Call Signs
- + ARRL Meets 2011 Fundraising Goals
- + Get Ready for the February Issue of QST
- On the Air: The ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes Means Winter Contesting
Fun for Everyone
- + FCC News: FCC Grants Special Temporary Authority for Amateur Spread
Spectrum Experiments
- + FCC News: Radio Amateurs Not Affected by Narrowbanding Requirements
- + On the Air: ARRL Requests Feedback for 60 Meter Band Plan
- Solar Update
- Technology News: Videos of 2011 ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications
Conference Now Available Online
- Amateur Radio Fun: New QuickStats Poll Now Available on ARRL Website
- This Week in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions and Events

+ Available on ARRL Audio News <>;.


ARRL policy is made by its Board of Directors. The 15 voting members
of the Board are the Directors who are elected by the ARRL members in
their respective divisions. The Board meets in January and July,
usually in the Hartford area. ARRL members also elect Vice Directors
who may attend the meetings. ARRL Directors and Vice Directors are
volunteers who work hard to represent the ARRL in their divisions, to
represent the members who elect them on policy issues and to conduct
the committee work that is so important to good decision-making.

The 2012 Annual Meeting begins on Friday, January 13 and is expected to
run through Saturday afternoon. Usually, the Annual Meeting is held the
third full weekend in January, but with the World Radiocommunication
Conference (WRC-12) beginning January 23, the Board voted to hold its
meeting early.

The two Standing Committees -- the Administration & Finance (A&F)
Committee and the Programs & Services Committee -- will meet on
Thursday, January 12. These two committees are made up of five
Directors and a Vice Director, with the treasurer serving as an
additional member of the A&F Committee. Read more here


On January 11, the FCC denied an ARRL Petition for Reconsideration
concerning vanity and club call signs. Filed with the Commission in
January 2011, the ARRL's Petition was in response to the FCC's Report
and Order that detailed rules changes to the vanity call sign system
and call signs for Amateur Radio clubs. These new rules went into
effect on February 14, 2011.

The FCC noted that the ARRL supports its efforts to prevent club
stations from obtaining an unfair share of desirable call signs, but
expresses concern that the specific rule language adopted by the
Commission "does not preclude the abuses that the Report and Order
intended to preclude." In its Petition, the ARRL stated that if a club
has multiple station trustees, each of these trustees could obtain a
vanity call sign for the club, thereby allowing the club to obtain
multiple vanity call signs. The ARRL also argued that a club could
"'gam[e]' the club station vanity call sign system" by obtaining
multiple FCC Registration Numbers (FRNs) and applying for a vanity call
sign under each FRN. "We do not believe that the vanity call sign
system is subject to the abuses identified by the ARRL," the FCC said,
"or that it's suggested rule changes are necessary." Read more here


Thanks to the generosity of dedicated members and friends, the ARRL
successfully met its 2011 fundraising goals. More than 6000 individuals
and clubs supported the efforts of the ARRL this past year through
gifts to the Diamond Club, the Spectrum Defense Fund, the Education &
Technology Fund, the Historic Preservation Fund, the W1AW Endowment
Fund and the ARRL Endowment Fund.

Many of the ARRL's programs and services would not be possible without
the additional support of its members. The Development Office --
managed by Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH -- worked
tirelessly throughout 2011 to make the membership aware of these needs.
"I am proud to report that our members have enthusiastically and
generously responded to our appeals all year long," Hobart said. "Our
overall goal for 2011 was $960,000. As of the end of the year, we had
met -- and exceeded -- all expectations. To everyone who made this
possible, thank you!" Read more here


The February issue of QST is jam-packed with all sorts of things that
today's Amateur Radio operator needs. This issue celebrates 50 years of
the Amateur Satellite Service, marking the December 1961 launch of
OSCAR 1, the first Amateur Radio satellite. Discover articles, projects
and tips to improve your station, as well as information about
operating activities that will keep you active on the air throughout

With energy costs skyrocketing, many people are looking to find ways
to save on their electric bill. It's no secret that radios, amplifiers
and all the peripherals in your shack can drive up the cost of your
monthly usage. With this in mind, Mert Nellis, W0UFO, presents
"Characterizing Solar Panels for Amateur Radio Applications." Solar
panels use the Sun to produce electrical current to charge a battery,
providing steady power for radios and small appliances. And moving your
station off the grid may be easier than you think. In his article
"Going Totally Green," Dave Gauger, W9CJS, explains that it is simple
to make your station environmentally friendly. Gauger notes that he
didn't set out to "go green" to save money on his electric bill, but
did it for the fun and challenge, as well as to have the ability to
provide substantial HF communications in the event of a major power

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the ARRL's DXCC Award, the
world's preeminent DXing award. To celebrate this milestone, the ARRL
is presenting the Diamond DXCC Challenge. We are challenging DXers
worldwide to work at least 100 of the 231 entities representing those
on the original 1937 DXCC List. And when you're out there hunting that
DX, why not swing your beam south for Antarctic Activity Week? Ruth
Vano, KB0USC, tells the story of this annual event sponsored by the
Worldwide Antarctic Program in her article "To the End of the Earth --
Antarctic Activity Week."

ARRL Contributing Editor Phil Salas, AD5X, takes a look at the Elecraft
KPA500 HF/6 meter power amplifier in this month's Product Review. He
says this "fully featured amplifier looks and works great on your desk
or at your DX location. It's 160 to 6 meter 500 W capability, auto band
switching and PIN diode switching integrate well with all
transceivers." QST Product Review Editor Mark Wilson, K1RO, test drove
four 25 A switch mode power supplies: the Jetstream JTPS30M, the
Powerwerx SS-30DV, the QJE DX PS30SWII and the Ten-Tec model 941.

Of course, there are the usual columns you know and expect in the
February QST: Happenings, Hints & Kinks, The Doctor Is In, How's DX,
Vintage Radio and more. Look for your February issue in your mailbox.
QST is the official journal of ARRL, the national association for
Amateur Radio. QST is just one of the many benefits of ARRL membership.
To join or renew your ARRL membership, please see the ARRL Web page


VHF operators will be on the bands in force the weekend of January
21-23, as the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes hits the airwaves. This
contest gives the VHFer in all of us a chance to do some contesting
during the winter months. "Don't let the cold weather in much of the US
dissuade you from getting on the air," said ARRL Contest Branch Manager
Sean Kutzko, KX9X. "Many a portable or Rover operation has done just
fine in January. While propagation enhancement can seem fleeting in
January, there have been some monstrous openings during this contest in
years past. Who knows? Perhaps the propagation gods will grant us a
late holiday gift with an extended aurora or tropospheric event!" Read
more here


Phil Williams, KA1GMN, has been granted a Special Temporary Authority
(STA) by the Federal Communications Commission to conduct Spread
Spectrum experiments within 2.5 kHz signal bandwidths on 160 through 2
meters, at a maximum of 100 W effective radiated power. The six month
authorization takes effect February 1 and expires on July 31. The FCC
has assigned Williams the call sign WF9XJD for use during his
experimental transmissions. Read more here


The FCC released a Public Notice
on January 6, reminding land mobile licensees, frequency coordinators
and equipment manufacturers that they have less than one year to
transition to narrowband operations in the 150-174 and 421-512 MHz
bands. While the latter frequency range includes amateur service
allocations, radio amateurs are not affected by the narrowbanding
requirement. Land mobile operation is permitted in parts of the 421-430
MHz band in the areas around Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo, and land
mobile licensees in these areas are among those who will have to
migrate to narrowband (12.5 kHz or narrower) technology by January 1,
2013. Amateur operation is not permitted along the Canadian border
(north of Line A as defined in the FCC Rules) in the band 420-430 MHz.


In November 2011, the FCC released a Report & Order detailing new rules
for the 5 MHz (60 meters) Amateur Radio band
<>;. As of
January 12, these rules have not yet been published in the Federal
Register. In order to be official, the rules must be published in the
Federal Register and will take effect 30 days after the publication
date. The R&O brings with it a number of changes for 60 meter
operators. Considering the expected increase in 60 meter activity when
the R&O finally takes effect, the ARRL is asking for feedback to assist
in crafting a proposed band plan. Read more here


Tad "Searching for a way to January Sun
<>"; Cook, K7RA, reports: The
average daily sunspot numbers were up this week by a tiny bit, from
88.1 to 90.6, while the average daily solar flux was down slightly,
from 136.2 to 134.9. The latest daily projection from NOAA/USAF shows
the solar flux about 15 points lower than the average for the week, at
120 on January 12-15, 125 on January 16-19, and then a jump of 20
points to 145 on January 20-26. It should decline again, and then rise
to a peak of 165 on February 17-21. The predicted planetary A index is
5 on January 12, 8 on January 13-14, 5 on January 15-17, 8 on January
18-19, and then back to 5 on January 20-27. Look for more information
on the ARRL website on Friday, January 13. For more information
concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information
Service Propagation page
<>;. This week's "Tad
Cookism" is brought to you by Vanden Plas' January Sun


Amateur Radio Video News (ARVN <>;) has released
high-definition videos of all the talks presented at the 2011 ARRL/TAPR
Digital Communications Conference (DCC <>;),
held September 16-18. The programs are now available online on the ARVN
website <>;.

The DCC is a three-day conference on Amateur Radio digital
technology. Among the video presentations are 18 seminars, the Saturday
Banquet and the welcome introduction by TAPR Chairman Steve Bible,
N7HPR. According to ARVN Producer Gary Pearce, KN4AQ, most of the talks
are fairly technical, although there are four separate sessions that
cover "Intro to" topics. "All of the talks -- except the 'Intro to'
talks -- were shot in three-camera high-definition, with wireless mics
for 'close-up' audio of the presenter, as well as the
question-and-answer period," he explained. "The 'Intro to' talks were
shot with a single, standard-definition camera.

This year, Pearce decided to release the programs on the web
<>; instead of the DVDs that have been
produced in previous years (although the DVDs will be available later).
"I wanted to make the programs available more quickly and easily to a
worldwide audience," he said. "The web has become an easy, high-quality
distribution medium."


Four new poll questions have just been published on the QuickStats page
<>; on the ARRL website. Let your voice be

Questions in this month's QuickStats poll:

- Do you have a call sign license plate on your vehicle?
- Do you still have some vacuum tubes in your parts box?
- Will the new privileges on the 60 meter band make you more inclined
to operate there?
- Are you active on APRS (Automatic Position Reporting System)?

Visit the QuickStats page <>; and be sure
to bookmark it in your browser. Results from this QuickStats poll will
be published in the April 2012 issue of QST on the QuickStats page,
located in the rear advertising section of the magazine. Along with
monthly poll results, QST QuickStats offers colorful charts and graphs
that highlight interesting Amateur Radio statistics.


This week:

- January 13 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
- January 14-15 -- North American QSO Party (CW); WW PMC Contest;
Michigan QRP January CW Contest
- January 16 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest
- January 19 -- NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint

Next week:

- January 20 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
- January 21 -- Feld Hell Sprint; LZ Open Contest
- January 21-22 -- North American QSO Party (SSB); Hungarian DX
Contest; YL-ISSB QSO Party (SSB)
- January 21-23 -- ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes
- January 25 -- SKCC Sprint
- January 25-26 -- CWops Mini-CWT Test

All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest
Branch page <>;, the ARRL Contest Update
<>; and the WA7BNM Contest
Calendar <>; for more
information. Looking for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out
the ARRL Special Event Stations Web page


- January 27-28 -- ARRL Mississippi State Convention
Jackson, Mississippi
- February 4 -- ARRL Virginia State Convention
Richmond, Virginia; ARRL South Carolina State Convention
Ladson, South Carolina
- February 10-12 -- ARRL Northern Florida Section Convention
Orlando, Florida
- February 17-18 -- ARRL Southwestern Division Convention
Yuma, Arizona
- February 18 -- ARRL Arkansas Section Convention
<>;, Hoxie,
- February 25 -- ARRL Vermont State Convention
South Burlington, Vermont
- March 3 -- ARRL Santa Clara Valley Section Convention
Del Rey Oaks, California; ARRL South Texas Section Convention
Rosenberg, Texas
- March 3-4 -- ARRL Alabama Section Convention
Birmingham, Alabama
- March 9-10 -- ARRL Louisiana State Convention
Rayne, Louisiana; ARRL Oklahoma State Convention
Claremore, Oklahoma
- March 10-11 -- ARRL Roanoke Division Convention
Concord, North Carolina
- March 17 -- ARRL Nebraska State Convention
Lincoln, Nebraska; ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention
Stuart, Florida; ARRL West Texas Section Convention
Midland, Texas
- March 23-24 -- ARRL Maine State Convention
<>;, Lewiston,

To find a convention or hamfest near you, click here

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