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August 2, 2012Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
+ ARRL Board of Directors: ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, Announces Resignation
"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.
ARRL in Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?
+ 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 Operator
+ Ivica 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).
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."
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 translating services
On the Air: Special Event Stations in London and Wales On the Air for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Silent Key: Noted QST Author Steve Powlishen, K1FO (SK)
+ ARRL Recognizes: Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award
+ 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.
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