+ Available on ARRL Audio News.
+ On the Air: FCC Seeks Public Comments on Emergency Communications by
Amateur Radio and Impediments to Amateur Radio CommunicationsIn
response to the Congressional directive to prepare a study to assess Amateur
Radio's role in emergency and disaster communications and the impact of private
land use regulations on the Amateur community's ability to provide such
communications, the FCC issued DA 12-523 soliciting comments from the public.
The period for public comment runs until May 17, 2012.
"As part of the
study contained in Public Law No. 112-96, the Commission has opened a 45 day
period for comments to be filed on the issue," said ARRL Regulatory
Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "Because of the short deadline for the
study to be completed and presented to Congress -- before the end of August
-- the ARRL and the amateur community must quickly mobilize their
response." Read more here.
On the Air: ARRL Seeks Comments on
Proposed 33 cm Band PlanA few months ago, the ARRL UHF/Microwave Band
Plan Committee asked the Amateur Radio community about current, planned and
projected uses of the amateur bands between 902 MHz-3.5 GHz. The response
was beyond our expectations, with hundreds of comments and suggestions
received. After reading the feedback, the Committee began working on the band
plans, and the draft plan for 33 cm (902-928 MHz) is now ready for review.
Read more here.
+ ARRL Field Day: Be Ready for
Field Day in Official Field Day Gear from the ARRLYou've spent all
year preparing for ARRL Field
Day, but there are still a few things you're missing: The official 2012
Field Day shirt, hat, pin and logbook! ARRL Field Day -- Amateur Radio's
largest on-the-air operating event -- is just a little more than two months
away, so be sure to get your gear before supplies run out. This year's ARRL Field Day shirt is a khaki T-shirt
that sports the 2012 Field Day logo atop a pocket, with the ARRL diamond
logo and "Ham Radio" on the back. Shirts are available in sizes Small-4XL.
The hat -- which has "Field Day" emblazoned on its front -- is Texas Orange
and is color-coordinated with this year's logo. New for 2012 is the ARRL Field Day Logbook. This nifty
logbook is set up in the Field Day reporting format and includes dupe sheets
and other forms that you need to have to ensure a successful Field Day.
Clubs, order early! Collect orders from members and place a single order
-- pay only $12.50 shipping for orders over $50 (while supplies last).
ARRL Field Day is June 23-24, 2012. Fulfill all your Field Day apparel needs
at the Field Day
Supplies section of the ARRL website.
+ ARRL Field Day:
ARRL PR Committee to Host Field Day WebinarThe ARRL Public
Relations Committee will be holding a free webinar entitled Field Day Press Release on Thursday, April 12 at 9 PM (EDT).
This webinar is geared for those who want to learn the easiest -- and most
effective -- ways to write up a media release for Field Day and actually get
it noticed by the media in your home region. Learn the "tricks of the trade"
from the people who actually work in radio, television and print media.
ARRL Public Relations Committee Chairman Steven Polunsky, W5SMP, will host
the event; Polunsky is also the Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL's
South Texas Section. Joining Polunsky are Bill Husted, KQ4YA (print), Mark
Kraham, W8CMK (TV) and Don Carlson, KQ6FM (radio). Space is limited -- reserve your spot
Google Declares "Morse Code Is Perfect" with New Gmail Tap Mail
ProgramOn April 1 (yes, April Fools' Day), Google announced that it has unveiled a
new way to use its popular Gmail e-mail system. Called Gmail Tap, it uses dots and dashes to form
letters, a system of communicating that should be very familiar to radio
amateurs. "Morse code is perfect," said Gmail Tap Engineer Mitch
Fedenko. "It's just a dot and a dash. What's simpler than that?" Read more here.
+ Stephen Klinefelter Takes Over As New Army MARS
April 2, US Army Colonel (retired) Stephen G. Klinefelter -- a senior staff
officer who oversees Army MARS operations for the US Army Network
Enterprise Technology Command -- announced that he was assuming the post of Chief
of Army MARS, effective immediately. Klinefelter, 61, took the leading role
last December in untangling a Pentagon decision to "phase out" the Army
MARS Winlink 2000 messaging
system, used by numerous state and municipal emergency management organizations;
an investigation showed it lacked required certification for safety from
hostile incursions. He successfully argued that the resources of Amateur
Radio -- not just MARS or Winlink
-- far outweighed any risk from enemy hackers. Lieutenant General Susan
Lawrence, the Army's Chief Information Officer, ordered an exemption from this
policy for Army MARS, which officials said would extend to the Air Force
and Navy-Marine Corps MARS programs, too. Read more here.
+ Silent Key: Fred Maia, W5YI (SK)
The holder of one of the best-known US Amateur Radio
call signs, Frederick "Fred" Maia, W5YI, of Arlington, Texas, died of cancer
on March 28. He was 76. Maia was a leading Amateur Radio journalist for
nearly 35 years and a pioneer of the Volunteer Examiner program adopted by
the FCC in 1984, and was the first Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC)
appointed by the FCC. Maia subsequently founded The W5YI Group in 1986 to
develop, publish and sell amateur and commercial radio license study materials.
In the realm of FCC commercial radio licensing, Fred formed National Radio
Examiners to provide examination services. Read more here.
Fred Maia, W5YI (SK)
+ On the Air: W1AW
Nearly four decades after the introduction of the
Five Band DXCC Award (5BDXCC), W1AW, the Hiram Percy
Maxim Memorial Station has achieved this milestone. "As with most
stations, we found that 80 meters was our stumbling block," W1AW Station Manager
Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, explained. "One by one, we picked off the needed entities,
and W1AW now holds 5BDXCC #7307. W1AW's 5BDXCC plaque will hang in a place
of honor at the station."
achieving 5BDXCC, W1AW held DXCC on 40-10 meters for many years, but was always searching for the
last few remaining entities on 80 meters. Carcia said that at least 90
percent of the confirmations were made via Logbook of The World, (LoTW), but the last contacts
#99 and #100 on 80 meters were confirmed via traditional QSL cards.
Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q (left) and ARRL Chief Executive Officer David
Sumner, K1ZZ, with W1AW's Five Band DXCC Award. Sumner is the W1AW trustee.
[Cory Sickles, WA3UVV, Photo]
currently holds Five Band Worked All Continents Award (5BWAC), Five Band Worked All States Award (5BWAS), Worked All Continents Award (WAC) on CW,
RTTY and Phone, Mixed DXCC (with 250 entities confirmed) and DXCC for
Digital, CW and Phone.
"Now that W1AW has 5BDXCC, we are gunning for DXCC Honor
Roll," Carcia said. "Like with 5BDXCC, there are just a few more
entities to go before W1AW can claim this award."
Air: ARRL Rookie Roundup's Third Year Includes New
the Rookie Roundup beginning its third year of competition, 2012 brings
some new changes in the event -- including new entry categories. The first
Rookie Roundup of 2012 will use SSB (phone) and will be held on Sunday, April
15 from 1800-2359 UTC. All amateurs are welcome to participate, especially
those in DX locations.
The focus of the RR remains those who are newly
licensed -- hams who received their very first license during the current
year or the two previous calendar years (2012, 2011 or 2010). Those licensed
before 2010 are encouraged to get on and work the Rookies. Or consider
acting as an Elmer and coaching Rookies in their contest efforts without
actually making QSOs -- or performing logging or any other station functions.
Read more here.
Two New Books and Digital
Software Library -- Now Shipping!
The ARRL has just released two new books
and a digital software library that you are going to want to have in your
shack: Hints & Kinks for the Radio
Amateur (18th edition) and Short Antennas for 160 Meter Radio by Grant Bingeman, KM5KG. The newest
version of Software Library for Hams is also available as an
immediate download or on
CD-ROM. Read more here.
In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?This feature is a
concise monthly update of some of the things that the ARRL is doing on behalf of
its members. This installment -- which covers the month of March -- takes a
look at upcoming ARRL member benefits, new privileges for radio amateurs
on 60 meters, forthcoming ARRL publications, happenings at W1AW, reports
from the Official Observer Desk and more. Read more here.
ARRL HQ: Two Positions Open at ARRL HQ
The League is
currently looking to fill two open positions at ARRL Headquarters in Newington.
One position is in the Membership and Volunteer Programs Department and the other is in the Education Services Department. To apply, please send your cover letter and
resume via e-mail, or complete
the application, print it out and mail it with your resume and
cover letter to Monique Levesque, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.
You can also fax your application, cover letter and resume to 860-594-0298.
Please include your salary history and salary requirements. The ARRL is an
equal opportunity employer. Read more here.
Tad "I remember April when the Sun was in
the sky" Cook, K7RA, reports: Over the past week, the average daily
sunspot number and solar flux values rose slightly, even though as the week
progressed, each day had a lower number than the day before. The daily sunspot
number began the week at a high of 100, but ended at 60. Likewise, the
daily solar flux started at 111.5, ending with 102.1. The mild geomagnetic
conditions made for a quiet week, with the only unsettled conditions on April
1-2 in very high latitude regions, with Alaska's College A index at 11 and
17. From the April 4 USAF forecast, they see solar flux for April 5 at 105,
April 6-7 at 110, 115 on April 8-10, followed by 110 on April 11, and then
100 on April 12-22. The next predicted short-term peak for solar flux is
130 on May 2-5. Look for more information on the ARRL website on Thursday,
April 5. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical
Information Service Propagation page. This week's "Tad Cookism" is brought to
you by David Cassidy's Daydreamer.
The Sun, as seen on Thursday, April 5, 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.
+ ARRL to Close in Observance of Good Friday
Headquarters will be closed in observance of Good Friday on Friday, April 6. There
will be no W1AW
bulletin or code practice transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will
reopen Monday, April 9 at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe
and enjoyable holiday weekend.
+ ARRL Recognizes: Eric P.
Nichols, KL7AJ, Wins March QST Cover Plaque AwardThe winner
of the QST Cover Plaque Award for March is Eric P. Nichols, KL7AJ,
for his article "Three Wrong Assumptions about the Ionosphere."
Congratulations Eric! 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 April issue today.
New QuickStats Poll Now Available on ARRL Website
Four new poll
questions have just been published on the QuickStats page on the ARRL website. Let your voice be
heard!Questions in this month's QuickStats poll:
- How many times have you attended the Dayton
- Have you used your new 60 meter CW or digital
- Do you use software to control your transceiver?
- When was the last time you
inspected your antenna feed lines?
Visit the QuickStats page and be sure to bookmark it in your
browser. Results from this QuickStats poll will be published in the July
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.
6 -- NCCC RTTY Sprint
- April 7 -- LZ
Open 40 Meter Sprint Contest; PODXS 070 Club PSK 31 Flavors Contest (local
- April 7-8 -- QRP ARCI Spring QSO
Party; SP DX Contest
- April 11 -- NAQCC
Straight Key/Bug Sprint
- April 11-12 --
CWops Mini-CWT Test
- April 13 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder 0230Z-0300Z, Apr 13
- April 14 -- EU Spring Sprint (CW)
- April 14-15 -- Georgia QSO Party; Montana QSO Party; New Mexico QSO
Party; QCWA Spring QSO Party; JIDX CW Contest; Yuri Gagarin International
- April 15 -- ARRL Rookie Roundup (SSB);
International Vintage Contest HF Contest; Hungarian Straight Key Contest
- April 17 -- 222 MHz Spring Sprint (local
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.
Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions and
- April 7 -- ARRL North Carolina State Convention, Raleigh,
- April 14 -- ARRL Delta
Division Convention, Bartlett, Tennessee
- April 14-15 -- Communications Academy 2012, Seattle, Washington
- April 20-22 -- ARRL Idaho State Convention, Boise,
Idaho; 63rd International DX Convention, Visalia, California
- April 21 -- ARRL
Delaware State Convention, Georgetown, Delaware; ARRL Louisiana Section
Convention, Monroe, Louisiana
- May 4-6
-- EMCOMMWEST, Reno, Nevada
- May 18-20 -- Dayton
Hamvention, Dayton, Ohio
- June 1-3 -- ARRL Northwestern Division Convention, Seaside, Oregon
- June 2 -- ARRL Georgia Section
Convention, Marietta, Georgia
- June 8-9 -- ARRL West Gulf Division Convention, Plano, Texas
- June 9 -- ARRL Arkansas State Convention, Rogers, Arkansas;
Tennessee State Convention, Knoxville, Tennessee
To find a
convention or hamfest near you, click here.
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