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October 6, 2011Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
+ On the Air: 10 Meters Is Hot!
+ WRC-12: European Proposal for Amateur Secondary MF Allocation Clears Important Hurdle
In preparation for the 2012 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12), the CEPT Project Team C approved a draft European Common Proposal (ECP) for an 8 kHz-wide band between 472 and 480 kHz at its September meeting. The draft ECP will now go to CEPT's Conference Preparatory Group for formal ratification in November. This breakthrough -- at the 11th and final meeting of the project team -- occurred with the submission by the UK's Ofcom of an RSGB-drafted compromise ECP proposal that is also supported by France and Sweden.
According to Colin Thomas, G3PSM, the prospect of an agreed CEPT position is good progress, representing a 48 country block vote going into next year's WRC-12. "It needs to be noted that the draft ECP comes with significant caveats to avoid interference to the primary user, as well as the existing secondary user services," he explained. "These are the maritime and aeronautical radionavigation services, respectively. As secondary users, we would also not be afforded any protection. It should be acknowledged that we have had support from a number of Region 1 IARU Member-Societies in getting to this position." Thomas is the CEPT Coordinator for this agenda item.
+ Every Radio Amateur Knows that Spectrum Defense Matters
+ Check Out the November Issue of QST
The November issue of QST is jam-packed with all sorts of things that today's Amateur Radio operator needs. From product reviews to experiments to contesting, this issue of QST has something for just about everyone.
Now that the colder months are here, thoughts turn to tinkering in the shack. If your radio doesn't come with digital signal processing capability, why not build a DSP speaker? DSP cuts out the unwanted noise and gives you only the signal you want to hear, adapting to changes in the signal's conditions. Allen Baker, KG4JJH, offers a schematic for a DSP speaker in his article "Build Your Own DSP Speaker." In designing a modern-day antenna, Dave Holdeman, N9XU, recalls a "plumber's delight" from his Novice days in his article "A 160 or 80 Meter Downspout Vertical." Build a self-contained multi-oscillator that allows for convenient and precise SSB transmitter adjustment after you read "A Four Tone SSB Test Generator" by Dave Lyndon, AK4AA.
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, W5MPC, takes a look at the Yaesu FT-450D HF and 6 meter transceiver in this month's Product Review. He says that this rig "adds a standard internal antenna tuner, new CW filter bandwidths and several ergonomic upgrades to the original FT-450. These refinements make a popular, low-cost transceiver even better." ARRL Test Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, checks out the Elecraft XG3 RF signal source: "The Elecraft XG3 is a compact, accurate signal source with a variety of uses in the Amateur Radio station or at the workbench."
Of course, there are the usual columns you know and expect in the November QST: Happenings, Hints & Kinks, The Doctor Is IN, How's DX, Technical Correspondence, Vintage Radio and more. Look for your November 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 visit the ARRL web page.
At the Workbench: The Deadline for the Third ARRL Homebrew Challenge Is Approaching
+ Public Service: Nominations Now Open for the George Hart Distinguished Service Award
The George Hart Distinguished Service Award may be presented by the Board of Directors to the ARRL member whose service to the ARRL's Field Organization is of the most exemplary nature. The Distinguished Service Award is named in honor of George Hart, W1NJM, long-time Communications Manager at ARRL Headquarters and chief developer of the National Traffic System. Read more here.
ARRL in Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?
+ Section News: New Section Manager Appointed in North Texas
Committee Notes: Changes to ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee
There is a change in the composition of the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee. President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has accepted the resignation of Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, from the committee, thanking him for his service as chairman for the past nine months. Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, will serve on the committee for the remainder of the one-year term. Committee member Tom Frenaye, K1KI, Director of the New England Division, will serve as chairman. Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, also serves on the committee. Sarratt will continue to serve as Director of the ARRL's Southeastern Division.
+ ARRL Recognizes: Robert Miller, KE6F , Wins September QST Cover Plaque Award
The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for September is Robert Miller, KE6F , for his article "Yet Another Crystal Calibrator -- The YACC 1-2-3. " Congratulations Robert! The QST Cover Plaque award -- given to the author or authors of the best article in each issue -- is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll Web page . Cast a ballot for your favorite article in the October issue today.
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