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In this edition: The DX comes to you at the ARRL EXPO at the 2012 Dayton Hamvention; the integration of Logbook of The World and CQ’s WPX award has entered beta testing; it’s not too late to register your Field Day site with the ARRL’s Field Day Locator Service; the ARRL says "thank you" to the more than 1200 radio amateurs who filed comments in regards to an FCC Public Notice; the ITU Telecom World 2012 is looking for young visionaries who are between 18-25 to take part in its Young Innovators Program this October in Dubai; Bruce Paige, KK5DO, with this week’s Satellite Update, and more. From: [log in to unmask]
Subject: The ARRL Letter for April 26, 2012
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 15:00:42 -0400


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PageARRL Letter ArchiveAudio News  + Dayton Hamvention: ARRL EXPO -- Where the DX
Comes to You!
+ On the
Air: WPX Awards via LoTW Enters Beta Testing
+ ARRL Thanks Radio Amateurs Who Filed Comments
 
+ Amateur
Radio in the Classroom: Apply to Host a Real-Time Conversation with ISS
Crewmembers 
+ Field
Day: Register Your ARRL Field Day Site on the Field Day Locator
Support
ARRL: Attention Federal Employees: ARRL Approved for 2012 Combined Federal
Campaign!
+ 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: ARRL EXPO -- Where the DX Comes
to You!ARRL Midwest
Division Director Cliff Ahrens, K0CA, goes over a DXCC application at the ARRL
EXPO. [S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA, Photo]   As
part of the ARRL EXPO -- part of the 2012 Dayton Hamvention®
-- the ARRL is pleased to present a plethora of DX activities. Visitors to
the ARRL EXPO will see a lot of DX activities, including DXCC card checking
and a chance to drop off QSL cards for the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau, as
well as representatives from the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and
IARU Member-Societies. The Dayton Hamvention will take place May 18-20 at
Hara Arena, located near Dayton, Ohio. Read more here. + On the Air: WPX Awards via LoTW Enters
Beta Testing  
 Earlier this year, the ARRL and CQ Communications
announced that the ARRL will provide support for CQ-sponsored operating awards by
the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) electronic confirmation system. The
WPX Award is the first of the CQ-sponsored awards that LoTW will support.
"We had originally planned to introduce this new program in early April,
but due to the introduction of the new DXCC fee structure and our new Online
DXCC application, we had to push the date back," explained ARRL Chief
Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B. "We are now beta testing the program with
a select group of hams and are looking forward to launching to LoTW-WPX
partnership in the first part of May." Read more here.+ ARRL Thanks Radio Amateurs Who Filed Comments  In April, the FCC put out a Public Notice, requesting comments regarding a Congress-mandated 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 ARRL asked that the amateur
community forward comments directly to the ARRL so that it could use them to
develop its comments -- more than 1200 radio amateurs responded! These comments
will be reviewed in the next few weeks and used to help bolster the ARRL's
formal response by the FCC's May 17 deadline. Thanks to everyone who took
the time to send their comments!+ Amateur Radio in the
Classroom: Apply to Host a Real-Time Conversation with ISS Crewmembers NASA is now accepting
proposals from US schools, museums, science centers and community youth
organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between
November 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact
opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of
participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.
Proposals are due July 2, 2012. 
  Using Amateur Radio, students can ask astronauts
questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students
fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an Amateur Radio ground
station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a
crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes.
ARISS has a network of mentors to help organizations obtain the technology
required to host this exciting opportunity for your students.Interested
parties should contact NASA's Teaching From Space office via e-mail to obtain complete information,
the proposal/application form. You can find more information 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 49 states, Puerto Rico and eight Canadian
provinces, as well as a station located just outside Bogotá, Colombia,
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.Support ARRL: Attention
Federal Employees: ARRL Approved for 2012 Combined Federal
Campaign!   
For the past 11 years, the US Office of Personnel Management has
designated the ARRL to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC),
the annual giving campaign for federal employees. In that time, this
campaign for federal government civilian employees, US Postal Service workers and
members of the military has generated almost $192,000 for ARRL programs.
The CFC provides an easy way to support the ARRL's effort to represent its
members and all radio amateurs. Similar to the United Way, the CFC
encourages individuals employed in all branches of the federal government to pledge
by payroll deduction to non-profit organizations of their choice. The ARRL
encourages eligible radio amateurs to consider the League when designating
campaign recipients. Payroll deduction through the CFC is an easy way for
participants to support ARRL over and above their annual membership. Such
contributions support programs that are not funded by member dues, enriching
ARRL's ability to serve its members and all of Amateur Radio. Read more
here.+ 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 26, 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 "When the Sun gives way to April showers" Cook, K7RA,
reports: Solar activity revived over the past week, with a big increase in
sunspot numbers. On Friday, April 20, the daily sunspot number reached 162;
four days later on April 24, the number reached 169. This level of
activity has not been seen since last fall, when the daily sunspot number reached
173 on September 16, 184 on October 21 and 208 on November 9. The average
daily sunspot numbers more than doubled over the previous week's average,
rising 73 points to 144.7, while the average daily solar flux was 133.9, an
increase of nearly 29 points. Associated with all this was a rise in
geomagnetic activity, peaking with a planetary A index of 35 on Tuesday, April 24.
The geomagnetic activity increase was due to several solar flares launched
from new sunspots. The latest forecast shows the solar flux at 125 on
April 26, 120 on April 27-29, 115 on April 30, 110 on May 1-2, 105 on May 3-4,
110 on May 5-6, 115 on May 7-8, 120 on May 9, 130 on May 10-12, 135 on May
13, 140 on May 14-17, and down to 135 on May 18-21. Predictions for the
planetary A index are 25, 15, 6, 5, 5, 8 and 6 on April 26-May 2, 5 on May
3-7, rising to 8, 12, 15 and 10 on May 8-11, and back down to 5 on May 12-19.
Look for more on the ARRL website on Friday, April 27. For more information
concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation
page. This week's "Tad Cookism" is brought to you by Al Jolson's April Showers.+ 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 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 PartyNext week:May 4 -- NCCC Sprint LadderMay 5 -- Microwave Spring Sprint (local time)May 5-6 -- New England QSO Party; Indiana QSO Party; 7th
Call Area QSO Party; 10-10 International Spring Contest (CW); ARI
International DX Contest; Araucaria VHF ContestMay 8 -- ARS Spartan SprintMay 9-10 --
CWops Mini-CWT TestAll 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 EventsMay 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, click here.ARRL -- Your One-Stop Resource for Amateur Radio News and
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