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April 5, 2012Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
+ On the Air: FCC Seeks Public Comments on Emergency Communications by Amateur Radio and Impediments to Amateur Radio Communications
"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 Plan
+ ARRL Field Day: Be Ready for Field Day in Official Field Day Gear from the ARRL
+ ARRL Field Day: ARRL PR Committee to Host Field Day Webinar
+ Google Declares "Morse Code Is Perfect" with New Gmail Tap Mail Program
+ Stephen Klinefelter Takes Over As New Army MARS Chief
+ Silent Key: Fred Maia, W5YI (SK)
+ On the Air: W1AW Claims 5BDXCC
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."
W1AW 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."
On the Air: ARRL Rookie Roundup's Third Year Includes New Categories
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.
ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?
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.
+ ARRL to Close in Observance of Good Friday
ARRL 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 Award
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!
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.
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