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October 13, 2011Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
+ US Amateurs Now 700,000 Strong!
"When looking at the three current license classes -- Technician, General and Amateur Extra -- these numbers are impressive," Somma explained. "The number of Technicians peaked in March 2011 at 342,572, while in September 2011, we saw both Generals and Extras peak at 159,861 and 125,661, respectively. As new Technicians earn their Amateur Radio licenses, and current Technician licensees move on to General and Generals upgrade to Extra, this can cause up-and-down fluctuations for these totals." Read more here.
+ On the Air: ISS to Be On the Air for JOTA This Weekend
Get Ready for the 6th Annual ARRL On-Line Auction
+ Amateur Radio in Space: ARISSat-1 Team Announces Morse Code Contest
To participate, listeners need to copy and submit any six of the more than 200 call signs transmitted during ARISSat-1's multiple satellite passes. These call signs represent those radio amateurs who have made significant contributions to the ARISS program or Amateur Radio as a whole. They have been digitally stored on board ARISSat-1 and are being transmitted in rotation using Morse code at 145.92 MHz. The call signs can be heard between the RS01S CW identification and the CW telemetry in the repeated code transmission sequence. Read more here.
+ Amateur Radio in Space: AMSAT to Celebrate 50 Years in Space at Annual Space Symposium
The AMSAT 2011 AMSAT Space Symposium will be held November 4-6 in San Jose, California. This year's Symposium coincides with the celebration of the 50th anniversary of OSCAR 1, the first Amateur Radio satellite. The Symposium will feature presentations on amateur satellites, operating techniques, news and plans from the amateur satellite world, as well as an AMSAT General Meeting and a meeting of AMSAT's Board of Directors.
ARRL Laboratory Test Engineer Bob Allison, WB1GCM, will also be speaking at the Symposium, accompanied by a prototype of OSCAR 1. With help from Ginner and other AMSAT members, Allison and W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, refurbished the prototype, one of three made by Project OSCAR. One of the satellites went into orbit in 1961, one is on display at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC and the other, until recently, was sitting in a display case in the downstairs hallway at ARRL Headquarters. Read more here.
+ ARRL Marks 28th Year of Hosting USTTI ARAC Course
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.
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