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Subject: The ARRL Letter for August 23, 2012
Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2012 16:05:04 -0400


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http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/?issue=2012-08-23August 23, 2012Editor: S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFAARRL Home
PageARRL Letter ArchiveAudio News  + FCC News:
FCC Releases Congressionally Mandated Study on Amateur Radio
+ ARRL Members Nominate Candidates for
Director, Vice Director
+ Silent Key: QST Managing
Editor Joel Kleinman, N1BKE (SK)
+ Summer Section Manager Election Results
Announced
Solar Update 
+ Silent Key: Vic Poor, W5SMM (SK)
+ Silent Key: George Varvitsiotes, K6SV (SK)
+ ARRL Headquarters to Close in Observance
of Labor Day
"Early Bird" Hotel Reservation Deadline Approaching
for ARRL/TAPR Digital Communications Conference
This Week in Radiosport
Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division
Conventions and Events
+ Available on ARRL Audio News.+ FCC News: FCC Releases Congressionally Mandated Study
on Amateur RadioOn August 20 -- in response to a Spring 2012
Congressional directive -- the Federal Communications Commission released its
findings on the Uses and Capabilities
of Amateur Radio Service Communications in Emergencies and Disaster Relief:
Report to Congress Pursuant to Section 6414 of the Middle Class Tax Relief
and Job Creation Act of 2012.    This report contains the FCC's " review
of the importance of emergency Amateur Radio Service communications relating
to disasters, severe weather and other threats to lives and property in
the United States; and recommendations for enhancements in the voluntary
deployment of Amateur Radio operators in disaster and emergency communications
and disaster relief efforts; and recommendations for improved integration
of Amateur Radio operators in the planning and furtherance of initiatives of
the federal government." It also required "that the study identify
impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service communications and provide
recommendations regarding the removal of such impediments.""There are many
positive things included in the FCC report to Congress," said ARRL Regulatory
Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND. "We are pleased that the Commission
highlighted the existing Amateur Radio infrastructure to provide disaster
and time-critical communications. They also recognized the flexibility of the
Amateur Service in working with federal, state, local and tribal emergency
service agencies to supplement existing communications. The affirmation of
the value that Amateur Radio brings to the communities across the country
is underscored by the suggestion that 'DHS work with state, local, and
tribal authorities so they may develop disaster area access or credentialing
policies for trained amateur operators, including a means for documenting
their qualifications...'"While the FCC did hold Amateur Radio in a positive
light in its discussion of emergency Amateur Radio Service communications,
the FCC report was not as favorable in the portion of the study that
addressed impediments to enhanced Amateur Radio Service communications. In the
comments provided to the FCC as they prepared the study, the ARRL -- as well
as numerous individuals -- cited the proliferation of specific land-use
restrictions, such as deed restrictions and homeowners associations
covenants, that prohibit the erection of even modest Amateur Radio antennas. Read
more here.+
ARRL Members Nominate Candidates for Director, Vice Director    In
response to solicitations in the July and August issues of QST, ARRL
members in the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern and Roanoke
Divisions have nominated 14 candidates for the 10 positions of Director and Vice
Director. This year, there will be three contested elections: The Director
positions in the Hudson and Northwestern Divisions, and the Vice Director
position in the Northwestern Division.Seven incumbents have been declared
elected without opposition; per ARRL By-Law 19, if there is only one
eligible candidate for an office, he or she will be declared elected by the
Ethics and Elections Committee. If there is more than one eligible candidate for
an office, the full members in that division (who are in good standing as
of September 10, 2012) will have the opportunity to cast ballots. Balloting
will begin no later than October 1, 2012 and will conclude at noon (EST)
Friday, November 16, 2012. The candidate receiving the most votes will be
declared the winner. Read more here.+ Silent Key: QST Managing Editor Joel Kleinman, N1BKE (SK)QST Managing Editor Joel P. Kleinman, N1BKE, of
Meriden, Connecticut, died from injuries received during a house fire on
August 18. He was 64. Kleinman was responsible for the coordination,
organization, control and completion of all aspects of QST's editorial content each month. Kleinman's wife Jayne
survived the fire, but is currently in the intensive care unit of a local
hospital.QST Managing Editor
Joel Kleinman, N1BKE, died Saturday, August 18 from injuries sustained
during a house fire. [Harold Kramer, WJ1B, Photo]  
"Joel was obsessed with making
QST the best Amateur Radio
magazine it could be, but he pursued that obsession with uncommon dignity and
kindness," said QST Editor
Steve Ford, WB8IMY. "He was the quiet man behind the scenes, shouldering much
of the burden that comes with creating 164 pages of new content every month.
Joel set a high standard for all who may follow him."After
graduating from the University of Montana with an MA in Journalism, Kleinman
came to ARRL's Club and Training Department in June 1976 to lead a program
aimed at introducing students to space science using Amateur Radio satellites.
It was in this capacity that he contributed to the five-part series "Getting to Know OSCAR from
the Ground Up" that was published in QST in 1977. Less than year later, Kleinman moved over to the
ARRL's Production Department as an Editorial Assistant before becoming the
ARRL Features Editor, then Editorial Supervisor, then Editorial/Production
Supervisor. In 1988, he became Book Team Supervisor, where he was
responsible for the development and editorial integrity of ARRL books and other
media. He was named as QST Managing
Editor in April 2001.Kleinman was not licensed prior to beginning his
career at ARRL Headquarters: "When I came on board, I didn't know much about
ham radio," he remarked in a "Behind the Diamond" feature in the June 1979 issue of QST. "But it was made very clear to me that I soon would --
and I did!" Before long, Kleinman had written such QST articles as "The Lure of 2 Meters -- Part 1," the OSCAR articles and "Network Hams: A Hobby Becomes
a Career," which focused on hams who worked at ABC, CBS and NBC: "It's
not often that a person gets to go on behind-the-scenes tours of the
headquarters of all three broadcast networks in two days," Kleinman remarked. [Editor's note: You must be an ARRL
member and logged in to the ARRL website to access the linked
articles.]"With the passing of Joel Kleinman, N1BKE, we have lost not only a
respected professional colleague, but also a friend," said ARRL President Kay
Craigie, N3KN. "The shocking circumstances of his death sharpen the sadness we
feel. The ARRL sends our deepest sympathy to all of Joel's friends and
family. I would like to thank the many amateurs who have expressed condolences
through social media and by other means. Although you may not have known
Joel personally, you feel his loss as a member of the extended Amateur Radio
family. Your kindness and words of comfort are sincerely
appreciated.""Joel was a gifted writer and editor," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer
David Sumner, K1ZZ. "Amateur Radio is the richer today because he chose to
devote his talents to the work of the ARRL."Kleinman was a former president
of the Newington Amateur Radio League (NARL) and a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA). Funeral arrangements are pending. The
ARRL is collecting condolence messages to forward on to Joel's family. If you
would like to send a message, please submit it here.+
Summer Section Manager Election Results Announced    Two Section
Manager elections this summer were decided by member balloting: ARRL
Connecticut Section Manager Betsey Doane, K1EIC, was re-elected, and John Mueller,
K2BT, was elected as the new ARRL Western New York Section Manager. New terms
of office start October 1, 2012. Ballots were counted at ARRL Headquarters
on Tuesday, August 21. Puerto Rico will be getting a new Section Manager
beginning October 1: Rene Fonseca, NP3O, of Fajardo, will be taking over
from Roberto Jiminez, KP4AC, who has served as Section Manager since 2007;
Jiminez decided not to run for another term of office. Read more here.Solar Update The Sun, as seen on Thursday, August 23, 2012, from NASA's SOHO Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope. This
image was taken at 304 Angstrom; the bright material is at 60,000 to 80,000
Kelvin.   Tad "In the dark of the Sun, we will stand
together" Cook, K7RA, reports: The weak solar activity continues: The average daily
sunspot numbers for August 16-22 were down 23 points -- or 30 percent --
to 54.6, while the average daily solar flux dropped a little more than 16
percent -- or 18.7 points -- to 96. These figures offer a comparison between
August 9-15 and the latest reporting period of August 16-22. Solar flux is
expected to rise above 100 soon, with the predicted flux values from
NOAA/USAF at 95 on August 23, 100 on August 24-25, 105 on August 26-27, and then
peaking at 130 at month's end on August 31 and September 1. The next peak
is expected in the three days following the autumnal equinox, with flux
values at 135 on September 23-25. Look for more on the ARRL website on Friday,
August 24. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical
Information Service Propagation page. This week's "Tad Cookism" is brought
to you by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' In the Dark of the Sun.+ Silent Key:
Vic Poor, W5SMM (SK)Vic Poor, W5SMM (SK)   Victor
(Vic) Poor, W5SMM, of Melbourne, Florida, passed away Friday, August 17, due to
complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 79. Just last month, Poor --
an ARRL member -- received the ARRL President's Award for his contributions
to the development of digital communications systems in the Amateur Radio
Service. Poor was also known for his work in the development of one of
Intel's first commercial microprocessors. Poor -- who also held the calls
KH6AXV, W6JSO and K3NIO -- developed an active interest in ham radio while still
in high school and became W6JSO in 1951. He quickly developed an affinity
for RTTY and later, other Amateur Radio digital modes, and was instrumental
in the development of many hardware and software innovations that are at
the heart of modern day computing and communications technology, used both
in Amateur Radio and in industry. Read more here.+ Silent
Key: George Varvitsiotes, K6SV (SK)George Varvitsiotes, K6SV (SK) 
 Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) Vice President George Varvitsiotes, K6SV (ex-WB6DSV), passed away
August 21 due to complications from cancer. He was 57. An ARRL member,
Varvitsiotes began his career at HRO in September 1976 as a salesman in the
company's Burlingame, California store. "While at HRO, George did just about
everything," recalled HRO Owner and President Robert Ferrero, W6KR. "As Vice
President, George did all the purchasing for the entire company. He was a
technician, a salesman, a store manager. He loved our hobby top-to-bottom.
George lived ham radio." A memorial service for Varvitsiotes is planned for
August 28 at Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley,
California.+ ARRL Headquarters
to Close in Observance of Labor DayARRL Headquarters will be closed
in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 3. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code
practice transmissions that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Tuesday,
September 4 at 8 AM Eastern Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and
festive holiday weekend."Early
Bird" Hotel Reservation Deadline Approaching for ARRL/TAPR Digital
Communications Conference  
 A reminder that this coming Monday -- August 29 -- is the
deadline for discounted room rates for the 31st Annual ARRL/TAPR Digital
Communications Conference (DCC),
scheduled for September 21-23 in Atlanta at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel Atlanta
Airport. Click here to make your hotel
reservations before the rates go up.This Week in RadiosportThis week:August 24 -- NCCC Sprint LadderAugust 25 -- QRP ARCI Welcome to QRPAugust 25-26 -- Hawaii QSO Party; Kansas QSO Party; Ohio QSO Party; SCC
RTTY Championship; YO DX HF Contest; CVA DX Contest (SSB)August 26 -- SARL HF CW ContestNext week:August 31 -- NCCC Sprint LadderSeptember 1 -- Russian RTTY WW Contest; Wake-Up! QRP
Sprint; AGCW Straight Key PartySeptember 1-2 -- Colorado QSO Party; All Asian DX Contest (Phone); CWOps CW
OpenSeptember 2 -- DARC 10 Meter Digital
ContestSeptember 2-3 -- Tennessee QSO
PartySeptember 3-4 -- Michigan QRP
Labor Day CW SprintSeptember 4 -- ARS
Spartan SprintAll 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 EventsAugust 24-26 -- ARRL New England Division Convention,
Boxboro, MassachusettsAugust 26 -- ARRL Western Pennsylvania Section Convention, New Kensington,
PennsylvaniaSeptember 14-15 -- W9DXCC Convention, Elk
Grove Village, IllinoisSeptember 15
-- ARRL Virginia Section Convention, Virginia Beach,
VirginiaSeptember 22 -- ARRL Washington State Convention, Spokane Valley, WashingtonSeptember 22-23 -- ARRL
Illinois State Convention, Peoria, IllinoisSeptember 28-29 -- SEDCO/W4DXCC VIII Convention, Pigeon Forge,
TennesseeOctober 12-14 -- ARRL
National Convention, Santa Clara, CaliforniaOctober 13 -- ARRL Iowa State Convention, Sergeant Bluff,
IowaOctober 13-14 -- ARRL
Florida State Convention, Melbourne, FloridaNovember 3-4 -- ARRL Georgia State
Convention, Lawrenceville, GeorgiaNovember 4 -- ARRL Iowa Section Convention,
Davenport, IowaNovember 10 -- ARRL Alabama
State Convention, Montgomery, AlabamaNovember 17-18 -- ARRL Indiana State
Convention, Fort Wayne, IndianaDecember
1-2 -- ARRL West Central Florida Section
Convention, Palmetto, FloridaTo find a convention or hamfest near you,
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