+ Available on ARRL Audio News.
+ ARRL Board of
Directors: ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM,
Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, announced that she has
resigned her position from the ARRL Board of Directors, effective August 1.
Hartlage -- who graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May --
will be moving to the Washington, DC area to begin her career. The ARRL Articles of Association require that
a Director or Vice-Director must reside in the Division. ARRL President
Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed James Millsap, WB4NWS, of Acworth, Georgia,
to fill the vacancy, also effective August 1. Millsap, who has a background
serving in the ARRL's Georgia Field Organization, currently serves as the
ARRL Metro Atlanta District Emergency Coordinator.
Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM (seen here at
the AM station in the ARRL Lab's museum room), resigned from the ARRL Board
of Directors on August 1.
"I want to make it
clear that while I will no longer be a member of the Southeastern Division or
a Board member, I plan to remain involved in ham radio and to continue
serving the Amateur Radio community," Hartlage told Southeastern Division
amateurs. "I will continue to be an active member of the Youth in the Second
Century Committee, will continue to help the ARRL staff and Board in any way
possible and look forward to becoming an active member of the Roanoke
Division." Read more here.
+ ARRL Board of Directors: Minutes of 2012 Second Meeting Now
AvailableThe ARRL Board of Directors met July 20-21 in Windsor, Connecticut for its 2012 Second Meeting.
The Minutes of that meeting have now been posted on the ARRL website.
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 July -- takes a look at the
2012 Second Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors, an ARRL-sponsored webinar
on hurricane response, an interview on ham radio with an astronaut, W1AW
services, integration of the ARRL's LoTW program with CQ's WPX Award, reports from the Official Observer
Desk and more. Read more here.
+ FCC News: FCC Denies Petition Seeking to Designate Nationwide Emergency Calling
FrequencySaying that it believes that the Amateur Radio Service "allows flexibility
to provide emergency communications in a way that takes into account
channel availability and other local conditions," the FCC denied a Petition for Rulemaking on July 31 that
sought to create a nationwide emergency calling frequency. The Petition -- filed by Bryan Boyle, WB0YLE, of
Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and Jim Dixon, WB6NIL, of Alhambra, California --
called upon the FCC to designate 146.550 MHz as a "non-exclusive nationwide
Amateur Radio Service emergency communications channel using FM wideband
modulation." Read more here.
+ FCC News: FCC
Upholds $7000 Forfeiture Order to California CB OperatorAfter a
Merced, California man refused to let FCC investigators inspect his Citizens
Band (CB) radio station, the FCC issued -- and upheld -- a Notice of
Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) for $7000 for not allowing
the inspection. In issuing the NAL in March 2011, the FCC found that Ira Jones "apparently
willfully and repeatedly" violated Section 303(n) of the Communications
Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 95.426(a) of the Commission's rules
(CB Rule 26) by failing to permit the inspection. Jones responded to the NAL, but the FCC upheld the
forfeiture amount, saying that Jones' arguments were "irrelevant" and
"unpersuasive." Read more here.
Dacic, YU1YU, Elected Prime Minister of SerbiaFormer Serbian Internal
Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic,
YU1YU, was elected as that country's newest Prime Minister on July 27.
He succeeds Mirko Cvetkovic, who served as Serbia's Prime Minister from
2008-2012. Dacic is the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia; from 2008
until his election as Prime Minister, he served as First Deputy Prime
Minister, as well as Minister of Internal Affairs. In March 2012, Serbia became a
candidate for membership in the European Union (EU).
Dacic is a member
of the Amateur Radio Union of
Serbia (SRS), Serbia's IARU
Member-Society and is said to be a
member of his local club, YU1AAV. The club was founded in 1978 as one of nine sections of the
Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) Amateur Radio Club, YU1FJK. According to its website, YU1AAV's primary
goal has been to teach kids Morse code and Amateur Radio Direction Finding
skills: "The 1990s brought us war, sanctions and social crises, but it
also brought the good opportunity to move kids from the streets to learn ham
radio. These were the years when the most kids from the neighborhood
finished the course to get their basic ham license."
New Serbian Prime
Minister Ivica Dacic, YU1YU
Boban Kojic, YT9A, told
ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, that he was "happy that Ivica
had become a ham and had passed his telegrapher's class. It is exciting
that today's Prime Minister passed his second class exam in high school and
has supported his club throughout the years. I first met Ivica at the 2005
Region 1 ARDF Championships in Tara, when I was SRS President. He helped to
gather funds for the event, and together, we went from ministry to ministry
in search of financial support. Ivica himself called the president of
Bajina Bašta [a town located in the western mountains of Serbia where the
opening ceremony would be held] and sought his assistance to fund the
opening ceremony. Now this wasn't a small amount of money; it was money for the
buses from Tara to Bajina Bašta and back, the renting of a stadium,
cleaning and decorating, organization of about 15-20 minutes of cultural and
arts programs and cocktails for representatives of the national
associations, as well as gift bags for each and every one of them."
another e-mail to Sumner, Ivan Mastilovic, YU1LA, said that while he has not
heard Dacic on the bands, "it is probably because his job takes all his free
time. I have met him a few times with the SRS and he is a very nice young man
with a real interest in Amateur Radio. No doubt that when his political
career ends, he will be on the air more with a true love for ham radio. Now,
as our Prime Minster, I'm sure he can help our ham radio
In 2008, Dacic was featured on the cover of Radio Amateri,
a Serbian Amateur Radio magazine.
Prior to his election as Prime Minister, Dacic served as the spokesman for the
Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) from
1992-2000; he has served as president of the SPS since December 2006. He
holds a degree in political science from the University of Belgrade.
According to the SPS, Dacic, 46, is fluent in both Russian and English, is married
and the father of two children. --
Thanks to ARRL MVP Associate Sanijela Zanovic for providing
On the Air: Special Event
Stations in London and Wales On the Air for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic
GamesTwo British special event call signs have been activated to
celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: 2O12L from London, England and 2O12W from Barry, Wales. Both stations will be on the
air for the duration of the Games -- July 25-August 12 -- and continuing
through September 9. Organizers hope to make at least 80,000 contacts during
the seven weeks that 2O12L and 2O12W are on the air. Read more here.
Tad "I'm up before the Sun" Cook,
K7RA, reports: The average sunspot numbers this week were up more than 47
points to 99.3, while the average daily solar flux rose nearly 35 points to
131.7. The solar flux jumped from 139.8 on Tuesday, July 31 to 150.1 on
Wednesday, August 1. The predicted solar flux is 155 on August 2-3, 150 on August
4, 145 on August 5-6, 140 on August 7, 135 on August 8-9, 140 and 130 on
August 10-11, and back down to 120 on August 12-13. The solar flux is
expected to drop below 100 on August 16-21. The predicted planetary A index is 10
and 8 on August 2-3, 5 on August 4-19, 8 on August 20-21, 5 on August
22-23, and then 8, 8, 12 and 8 on August 24-27. Look for more on the ARRL
website on Friday, August 3. For more information concerning radio propagation,
visit the ARRL
Technical Information Service Propagation page. This week's "Tad Cookism"
is brought to you by DEVO's Working in a Coal Mine.
The Sun, as seen on Thursday, August 2, 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.
Silent Key: Noted QST Author Steve Powlishen, K1FO (SK)
Steve Powlishen, K1FO, of Madison, Connecticut, passed away
July 28 due to complications from cancer. He was 60. An ARRL Life Member,
Powlishen was best known for his antenna designs for weak signal work. His
company, Lunar-Link Systems -- founded by Powlishen in 1994 -- manufactured and
sold high-performance amplifiers that allowed more amateurs to experience
Earth-Moon-Earth (EME), often called "Moonbounce," on 432 MHz. Powlishen --
who had 613 unique contacts on 70 cm EME -- penned more than 10 articles
for QST, QEX and Ham
Radio Magazine on weak signal operation. Read more here.
Steve Powlishen, K1FO (SK)
Recognizes: Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Wins July QST Cover Plaque AwardThe winner of the
July QST Cover Plaque award is
Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, for his article "Our Recent Solar Minimum and
Sunspot Cycle 24 Progress." Congratulations Carl! 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
August issue today.
+ W1AW: W1AW's EchoLink and IRLP Nodes Back in ServiceWith the
recent upgrades to the ARRL's Internet system
completed, the W1AW EchoLink
Conference Server W1AWBDCT and W1AW's IRLP Node 4292 are now back in
service. Amateurs are able to once again listen to code practice transmissions and
digital bulletins via the W1AW EchoLink Conference Server.
This Week in RadiosportThis week:
- August 3 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
- August 4 -- TARA Grid Dip Shindig; European HF
- August 4-5 -- ARRL UHF Contest; North
American QSO Party (CW); 10-10 International Summer Contest (SSB)
- August 5 -- RSGB RoPoCo CW; SARL HF Phone Contest
- August 7 -- ARS Spartan Sprint
- August 8 -- NAQCC-EU Monthly Sprint
- August 8-9 -- CWops Mini-CWT Test
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
- August 10 -- NCCC Sprint
- August 11-12 -- Maryland-DC QSO Party;
WAE DX Contest (CW)
- August 12 -- SKCC
Weekend Sprintathon; Feld Hell Sprint
- August 15 -- NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint
Section, State and Division Conventions and Events
To find a convention or hamfest near
you, click here.
- August 3-4 -- ARRL
Texas State Convention, Austin, Texas
- August 3-5 -- Pacific Northwest DX Convention, Portland, Oregon
- August 11 -- ARRL Ohio State Convention, Columbus,
- August 18 -- ARRL West Virginia
State Convention, Weston, West Virginia
- August 18-19 -- ARRL Southeastern Division
Convention, Huntsville, Alabama
- August 19 --
Kansas State Convention, Salina, Kansas
- August 24-26 -- ARRL New England Division Convention, Boxboro,
- August 26 -- ARRL
Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, New Kensington, Pennsylvania
- September 14-15 -- W9DXCC Convention, Elk Grove
- September 15 -- ARRL Virginia Section Convention, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- September 22 -- ARRL
Washington State Convention, Spokane Valley, Washington
- September 22-23 -- ARRL Illinois State
Convention, Peoria, Illinois
- September 28-29 -- SEDCO/W4DXCC VIII Convention, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
- October 12-14 -- ARRL National
Convention, Santa Clara, California
- October 13 -- ARRL Iowa State Convention, Sergeant Bluff, Iowa
- October 13-14 -- ARRL Florida State
Convention, Melbourne, Florida
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