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If you are interested in SKYWARN, the Iowa Tornado article is a worthwhile read. Going to Dayton?  ARRL will be there with the "EXPO". Know a School Teacher?  Check out the article on the "Teacher's Institute". Interested in digital modes?  TAPR is coming to Atlanta in September 21-23.
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Subject: The ARRL Letter for April 19, 2012
Date: Thu, 19 Apr 2012 16:40:51 -0400


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PageARRL Letter ArchiveAudio News  + Dayton Hamvention: Get Ready for ARRL EXPO at the
Dayton Hamvention 
+ Public
Service: Iowa Hams Help Local and NWS Officials Before, After
Tornado
+ On the
Air: Amateurs Must Protect New Radars in 23 cm Band
+ On the
Air: Changes Permit More Field Checking of DXCC Cards
+ Field
Day: Register Your ARRL Field Day Site on the Field Day Locator
Amateur
Radio in the Classroom: Attention Teachers: Applications for Teachers
Institute and ETP Grant Applications Due Soon
+ Digital
QST: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You! 
Minutes from March's ARRL Executive Committee
Meeting Now Available 
International News: ITU Telecom World 2012 Conference Seeking Participants
for Young Innovators Program
Solar Update
+ ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference Set
for Atlanta
This Week in Radiosport
Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division
Conventions and Events
+ Available on ARRL Audio News.+ Dayton Hamvention: Get Ready
for ARRL EXPO at the Dayton Hamvention     The ARRL has finalized its planning to bring its
large exhibition -- ARRL EXPO
-- to Dayton Hamvention, May 18-20. The ARRL EXPO has been a mainstay at
Hamvention since 2005, serving as the centerpiece for most of the League's
activities at the country's largest Amateur Radio convention. "Our goal is
help represent the fullness of the ARRL membership programs and services at
the convention," said ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R. "ARRL
EXPO is as much about creating an experience for convention goers as it is
about having a place for members to interact with other members. The ARRL
EXPO team includes more than 100 ARRL volunteers, officials and staff members.
If you are an active Amateur Radio operator or want to renew your interest
in ham radio, the ARRL EXPO is the place to be at Dayton." Read more here. + Public Service: Iowa Hams Help Local and NWS
Officials Before, After TornadoClose up of the tornado path through northwest Creston
on April 14. Click here for a larger image. [Photo courtesy
of the National Weather Service in Des Moines, Iowa]  
On April 14, a string of tornados swept through the Central US and
Great Lakes Region, including an EF2 tornado in Creston, Iowa, causing
severe damage to the Greater Regional Medical Center and the Southwestern
Community College campus. Prior to the tornado, radio amateurs in Creston
reported storm observations directly to the National Weather Service. After the
storm forced the evacuation of the hospital, hams provided communications
support to local officials. Read more here.+ On the Air: Amateurs Must Protect New Radars in 23
cm Band   
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is deploying a new generation of Common Air Route Surveillance
Radar (CARSR) that has some implications for the use of the 1240-1300 MHz (23
cm) band by amateurs. The Amateur Service allocation in this band is on a
secondary basis, with aeronautical radionavigation and several other
services primary in the United States Table of Frequency Allocations. The FCC
rules require that amateur stations operating in the 23 cm band may not cause
harmful interference to stations in the radionavigation-satellite service,
the aeronautical radionavigation service, the Earth exploration-satellite
service (active) or the space research service (active). One case of harmful
interference in Southern California has been reported.CARSRs are being
installed in several dozen locations throughout the country and will use
various frequencies in the 1240-1350 MHz range with an occupied bandwidth of
about 3 MHz. In the vicinity of the radars, amateur operation may be
precluded in a portion of the 23 cm band. The ARRL is in contact with FAA
engineers. We anticipate that the constraints on amateur use of the band will be
limited to those necessary to protect aviation safety, which of course cannot
be compromised.+
On the Air: Changes Permit
More Field Checking of DXCC Cards
   Acting on a recommendation by ARRL Membership
and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, the ARRL's Programs and
Services Committee (PSC), adopted new rules for ARRL field card checkers.
ARRL card checkers now may check QSL cards for those entities deleted from
the DXCC list and, with exceptions, check cards for 160 meters. In addition,
the PSC decided not to change the process by which card checkers are
appointed. Read more here.+ Field Day: Register Your ARRL Field Day Site on the Field Day
Locator   
First introduced in 2008, the ARRL's Field Day Station Locator Service has proved a popular
addition to the Field Day toolbox. This service -- an interactive map that
helps amateurs or those interested in Amateur Radio find a Field Day site near them -- is free
to clubs or individuals who will be operating public Field Day stations.
Stations can also be listed by state or province. So far, hams in 47 states,
Puerto Rico and six Canadian provinces have listed Field Day sites on the
Field Day Locator. If your group would like to be a part of the Station
Locator Service, it's easy to get started -- just go to the Field Day Station
Locator website and
follow the instructions. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air
operating event in Amateur Radio. On June 23-24, join tens of thousands of radio
amateurs as they gather for a public demonstration of the Amateur
Service.Amateur Radio in the Classroom: Attention Teachers:
Applications for Teachers Institute and ETP Grant Applications Due Soon    Thinking about
using Amateur Radio and wireless technology in your classroom to help
facilitate hands-on learning opportunities? The ARRL's Education & Technology
Program offers two programs that can help make this happen, but the deadline to
apply is fast approaching: The deadline for the 2012 Teachers Institute on
Wireless Technology is May 15, while the deadline for equipment and
resource grants is May 1. Read more here.+ Digital QST: Coming Soon to a Computer Near You!
    The new digital edition of QST will
debut toward the end of May. If you are an ARRL member and you haven't yet
signed up to be notified automatically when the digital edition becomes
available, you can do so easily. Just click on the "Edit your profile" link on the
ARRL website. Once you are in your
profile, click "Edit e-mail subscriptions" and then check the box next to
"Notification of monthly digital edition of QST." That's all there is to it. A
new FAQ about the
digital edition has the answers to the questions ARRL members have been asking
(it can also be accessed from the QST
page on the ARRL website). We hope you enjoy the new digital
edition of QST.Minutes
from March's ARRL Executive Committee Meeting Now Available The ARRL Executive Committee met on Saturday, March 24 in St Louis, Missouri. The
minutes from that meeting are now available on the ARRL website.International News: ITU Telecom World 2012 Conference Seeking Participants for
Young Innovators Program 
  As part of ITU Telecom World 2012 -- scheduled for
October 14-18 in Dubai -- the conference will present the Young Innovators
Program. With its theme of Youth
Innovation for Development, the Young Innovators Competition is a chance
for the next generation of young visionaries to demonstrate their ideas and
innovations on this global stage and show how their fresh digital thinking
can change the world for the better. The program seeks to attract dynamic,
engaged young people and identify projects with a genuine potential to
succeed. The goal of the program is to build a cohesive international community
of highly talented of social entrepreneurs from age 18-25 who are working
on ICT-based initiatives from the conceptual stage through to projects in
areas of critical relevance to the burning issues facing the world today.
Read more here.Solar UpdateThe Sun, as seen on Thursday, April 19, 2012
from NASA's SOHO Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging
Telescope. This MDI (Michelson Doppler
Imager) image was taken in the continuum near the Ni I 6768 Angstrom line.
The most prominent features are the sunspots. This is very much how the Sun
looks in the visible range of the spectrum.  
Tad Cook, K7RA, reports: The solar flux and sunspot numbers reached a
short term low on April 8-11, but they are rising again. For the past week --
April 12-18 -- the average daily sunspot numbers more than doubled, compared
to the previous seven days, rising more than 39 points to 71.7. The
average daily solar flux increased from 95.9 to 105.1. The predicted solar flux
for April 19-22 is 120, followed by 115 on April 23-26, 105 on April 27-28,
100 on April 29-30, and 95 on May 1-9. The predicted planetary A index is
5, 5, 8, 5, 6, 10, 12 and 8 on April 19-26, 5 on April 27-29, 8 on April 30,
5 on May 1-7, and 8, 12, 15 and 10 on May 8-11. Look for more information
-- including propagation reports from readers, updated predictions and a
piece by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, regarding the current stalled state of
Solar Cycle 24 -- on the ARRL website on Friday, April 20. For more
information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation
page.+ ARRL/TAPR Digital
Communications Conference Set for Atlanta    The dates have been set --
September 21-23 -- for the 31st Annual ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications
Conference (DCC) in Atlanta at the Sheraton
Gateway Hotel. The DCC schedule includes forums, demonstrations, a Saturday
evening banquet and an in-depth Sunday seminar. This conference is for
everyone with an interest in digital communications -- from beginner to
expert. Technical papers are also being solicited for the conference proceedings.
You do not have to attend the conference to have your paper included. The
submission deadline is July 31. Please send papers to Maty Weinberg, ARRL,
225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111, or you can make your submission via e-mail. Papers will be published exactly as
submitted and authors will retain all rights. For more information, please
see the DCC website or call TAPR
at 972-671-8277. This Week in RadiosportThis week:April 20-21 -- Holyland DX ContestApril 21 -- Feld Hell Sprint; EU Spring Sprint
(SSB); TARA Skirmish Digital Prefix Contest; ES Open HF ChampionshipApril 21-22 -- Michigan QSO Party; South Dakota
QSO Party; Ontario QSO Party; CQ Manchester Mineira DX Contest; EA-QRP CW
Contest; YU DX ContestApril 25 -- 432
MHz Spring Sprint (local time)April
25-26 -- CWops Mini-CWT TestNext week:April 27 -- NCCC Sprint LadderApril 28-29 -- Florida QSO Party; Nebraska QSO Party; 10-10 International
Spring Contest (Digital); SP DX RTTY Contest; Helvetia Contest; QRP to the
FieldApril 29 -- BARTG Sprint 75May 1 -- AGCW QRP/QRP PartyAll 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.Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions and EventsApril 20-22 --
ARRL Idaho
State Convention, Boise, Idaho; 63rd International DX Convention,
Visalia, CaliforniaApril 21 -- ARRL Delaware State Convention, Georgetown,
Delaware; ARRL Louisiana Section Convention, Monroe, LouisianaMay 4-6 -- EMCOMMWEST, Reno, NevadaMay 18-20 -- Dayton Hamvention, Dayton, OhioJune 1-3 -- ARRL Northwestern Division
Convention, Seaside, OregonJune 2 -- ARRL Georgia Section Convention, Marietta, GeorgiaJune 8-9 -- ARRL West Gulf Division
Convention, Plano, TexasJune 9 -- ARRL Arkansas
State Convention, Rogers, Arkansas; ARRL Tennessee State Convention,
Knoxville, TennesseeJune 30 -- ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section
Convention, Harrisburg, PennsylvaniaJuly
20-22 -- ARRL Montana State Convention,
East Glacier, MontanaJuly 26-28 --
Central States VHF Society Conference, Cedar Rapids, IowaJuly 27-28 -- ARRL Oklahoma
Section Convention, Oklahoma City, OklahomaJuly 27-29 -- ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention, Bryce
Canyon, UtahAugust 3-4 -- ARRL
Texas State Convention, Austin, TexasAugust 3-5 -- Pacific Northwest DX Convention, Portland, OregonAugust 4 -- ARRL Ohio State Convention, Columbus,
OhioAugust 10-12 -- RAC National Convention
2012, Edmonton, Alberta, CanadaAugust
18 -- ARRL West Virginia State Convention, Weston, West VirginiaAugust 18-19 -- ARRL
Southeastern Division Convention, Huntsville, AlabamaAugust 19 -- ARRL Kansas State Convention, Salina, KansasAugust 24-26 -- ARRL New England Division
Convention, Boxboro, MassachusettsAugust 26 -- ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, New
Kensington, PennsylvaniaTo find a convention or hamfest near you,
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