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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 25, No. 34
August 25, 2006


* +US businesswoman will be first female civilian space traveler
* +Roanoke Division Vice Director seat is only one contested
* +Tasmanian high schoolers experience ham radio contact with ISS
* +SSTV system in space undergoing troubleshooting
* +Ohio, Idaho section managers retain seats in contested elections
* +Silent SuitSat-1 still in orbit
*  Solar Update
     This weekend on the radio
     ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
    +Two radio amateurs to be aboard shuttle Atlantis
    +Interoperability called vital to public safety first-responder missions
     Katrina documentary to air
     Smithsonian's NN3SI to QRT during museum renovations
     Jerry Seligman, W7BUN, SK
     DXCC says some ZL7/KH0PR cards rejected in error
     SEWFERS Wisconsin Hamfest canceled

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It's official! Iranian-American businesswoman Anousheh Ansari, 39, will
travel to the International Space Station next month as part of the Russian
Soyuz TMA-9 "taxi mission," Space Adventures Ltd
<> announced today. An eleventh-hour stand-in
for Daisuke "Dice-K" Enomoto as the fourth civilian to fly to the ISS,
Ansari would be the first female civilian "spaceflight participant."
Enomoto, 34, was removed from the Soyuz flight roster for medical reasons.
Although Ansari has had at least some training in using the Amateur Radio on
the International Space Station (ARISS) <> gear, it's
not yet known whether she'll make ham radio contacts with Earth during her
approximately 10-day stay in space.

"By reaching this dream I've had since childhood, I hope to tangibly
demonstrate to young people all over the world that there is no limit to
what they can accomplish," said Ansari, co-founder and chairman of Prodea
Systems Inc, a digital home technology company that is sponsoring her
efforts. "I'm thankful to both Space Adventures and Dice-K Enomoto for
providing me this opportunity."

Ansari will join ISS Expedition 14 crew members NASA astronaut Michael
Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT, when
Soyuz TMA-9 launches September 14 from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin - a member of the ISS Expedition 3 crew - will stay
aboard the ISS for about six months.

Space Adventures says Ansari began her cosmonaut training earlier this year
in preparation for a future orbital spaceflight.

"We are pleased to announce this historic event, the world's first female
space tourist, and are overjoyed that Anousheh is ready for flight," Space
Adventures President and CEO Eric Anderson said in a statement. "She has
been training diligently for several months now and has been certified for
flight. We celebrate Anousheh's dedication in her spaceflight preparations
and wish her a successful and awe-inspiring mission."

Space Adventures already has arranged for three civilians to visit the ISS.
Previous private space explorers have included Dennis Tito, KG6FZX, in 2001,
South Africa's Mark Shuttleworth in 2003 and Greg Olsen, KC2ONX, in 2005.
ARISS arranged for all three space travelers to make contacts with students
on Earth during their respective stays in space.

Ansari was the winner of the 2000 National Entrepreneurial Excellence Award
sponsored by Working Woman magazine. Her family made a major contribution to
the X Prize - now known as the Ansari X Prize - which offered a $10 million
prize for the first successful private reusable space vehicle. The prize was
won in 2004 by a team headed by aerospace designer Burt Rutan. 

Comments Enomoto posted on his Web site this week suggest he views his
grounding as a temporary setback in his goal of visiting space. He said that
while the Russian medical board has left open the possibility that the
problem can be remedied and he'll be able to return to training in the
future, that wouldn't happen in time to permit him take part in the
September mission. Dice-K reportedly was already trained and authorized by
Russia to operate the ARISS equipment aboard the ISS using the RS0ISS call
sign and was to have made some school group contacts. 

In addition to Ansari, the return Soyuz flight will carry ISS Expedition 13
crew members Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, and Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, back to
Earth. Vinogradov and Williams have been aboard the ISS since last April.


The only contest in the current election cycle for ARRL Director and Vice
Director seats is in the Roanoke Division. Former South Carolina Section
Manager Patricia Hensley, N4ROS, and the incumbent, the Rev Leslie Shattuck,
K4NK, have filed petitions for the vice director seat. The ARRL Ethics and
Elections Committee has declared Hensley and Shattuck eligible to run.

No challengers stepped forward to face Roanoke Division Director Dennis
Bodson, W4PWF, or incumbent directors or vice directors in four other ARRL
divisions. Ballots will go out by October 1 to all full ARRL Roanoke
Division members in good standing as of September 10. Votes will be tallied
at ARRL Headquarters and the winner announced on November 17.

Current office holders in the five affected divisions filed valid petitions
by the August 18 deadline to run for new three-year terms. In addition to
Bodson, the Ethics and Elections Committee has declared these unopposed
candidates elected: In the Central Division, Director Dick Isely, W9GIG, and
Vice Director Howard Huntington, K9KM; in the Hudson Division, Director
Frank Fallon, N2FF, and Vice Director Joyce Birmingham, KA2ANF; in the New
England Division, Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, and Vice Director Mike
Raisbeck, K1TWF, and in the Northwestern Division, Director Jim
Fenstermaker, K9JF, and Vice Director Bill Sawders, K7ZM.

In 2000 Hensley topped a field of three candidates to become South Carolina
SM. She lost her bid for a second term to Jim Boehner, N2ZZ.

Shattuck, who chairs the ARRL Board of Directors' Historical Committee, was
tapped to fill the Vice Director's seat in 2000 after then-Roanoke Division
Director John Kanode, N4MM, was elected as a vice president and Bodson moved
into the director's seat. Shattuck, who also served as South Carolina
Section Manager (1997-2000), was elected Roanoke Division Vice Director in
his own right later that year.

Successful candidates for the 2007-2009 term take office January 1.


Although apparent technical problems plagued an August 18 Amateur Radio on
the International Amateur Station (ARISS) contact between NA1SS and students
in Tasmania, US astronaut Jeff Williams, KD5TVQ, was able to hear and
respond to a few questions. Then, after repeatedly experiencing difficulty
copying questions posed by students gathered at Reece High School, in
Devonport, Williams opened the NA1SS microphone and ad-libbed for a few
minutes, running down what amounted to a short list of frequently asked
questions he's heard during past ARISS school QSOs.

"Sometimes we're asked about exercise in space and the adaptation of our
bodies," Williams told the students, who represented both Reece and
Devonport high schools. "In weightlessness, our muscles and bones will
atrophy, so we exercise every day by running on a treadmill, and we also
have a weight-lifting machine -- we get into a harness to do those
exercises. And we also have a bicycle ergometer."

Williams went on to say that food aboard the ISS is "very good, overall" and
similar to what the crew might eat on Earth -- split evenly between Russian
and American cuisine. Some meal items come in cans or need hydration, while
others are packaged for easy reheating in the ISS galley's oven.

"It's just a little bit more difficult to manage the food, of course,
because it will float off if you let go of it," he pointed out. To avoid
that problem with beverages, the crew consumes liquids via a straw from
closed containers, he said.

At times during the approximately nine-minute contact, Williams was able to
understand and respond to some students' questions, and when he couldn't,
W6SRJ Earth station control op Tim Bosma, W6ISS, attempted to relay the
questions. Replying to one, Williams told the students that ISS crew members
don't usually feel claustrophobic during their duty tours. "I think they
screen us out before they ever select us to do this, to make sure we don't
get claustrophobic," he said.

Verizon Conferencing donated a teleconferencing link to provide two-way
audio between Australia and W6SRJ in Santa Rosa, California. Will Marchant,
KC6ROL, moderated the contact for those listening via the teleconference.
ARISS volunteers were unable to immediately determine why Williams had
trouble copying W6SRJ at NA1SS.

After the ISS had gone over the horizon, ARISS Mentor Tony Hutchison,
VK5ZAI, volunteered to field any additional student questions. One student
wanted to know about the ARISS school contact schedule. ARISS Volunteer
School Coordinator John Nickel, WD5EEV, responded.

"We try to do at least one school a week, and we try to do it all over the
world," he explained. "It's an international operation, so we try to cover
all the continents at least for those schools that do apply." Nickel added
that there's about a three-week transition period during ISS crew
changeovers when no ARISS school contacts are scheduled.

The technical glitches did cause a few long faces at the school, said Tony
Bedelph VK7AX, of the NorthWest Tasmania Amateur Radio Interest Group, which
helped set up for the contact in the Reece auditorium. Despite the
difficulties, Bedelph called the QSO "a great experience for us all."
Approximately 100 people were on hand for the event, he noted, and the
contact attracted the attention of local news media.

ARISS <> is an international educational outreach,
with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.


The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
<> team is coordinating with Expedition 13 Commander
Pavel Vinogradov, RV3BS, and ARISS-Russia's Sergei Samburov, RV3DR, to
troubleshoot the slow-scan television (SSTV) system onboard the ISS. The
SSTV system remains off the air.

"Photos of the current SSTV configuration that were downlinked to Earth
showed several unanticipated results from the initial tests," ISS Ham Radio
Project Engineer Kenneth Ransom, N5VHO, told ARRL. "More extensive
troubleshooting is being developed and could further delay permanent
activation of the radio." He pointed out that Vinogradov is only able to
work on the system in his free time; he's also due to return to Earth in

During the early stages of SSTV testing in late July, Vinogradov thrilled
Earth station operators by manually transmitting several pictures on 2
meters (the system has been using 144.490 and 145.800 MHz) using the RS0ISS
call sign. Ransom says initial tests were run over Moscow, and then the
system was left on for a few orbits.

Plans call for Vinogradov to continue checking out the SSTV software,
configure and optimize the radio and perform integration checks necessary.
So far, the SSTV system has been unable to function properly in the
autonomous "slide show" mode, Ransom said.

Miles Mann, WF1F, who developed the SSTV system as an ARISS project,
explains that slide-show mode will permit the crew to preload a directory of
images that then will automatically be transmitted to Earth. "The crew will
not need to keep pushing a button to send images," he said in a recent news
release. "In theory, the system can run for weeks at a time without crew

The SSTV system is not yet configured to receive SSTV transmissions from
Earth stations, and no uplink frequency will be made public until testing is
done. Earthbound radio amateurs are advised not to attempt to transmit SSTV
images to the ISS. Mann has posted detailed information about the SSTV
project on his MAREX-NA Web site <>.


Incumbent ARRL Section Managers in Ohio and Idaho won re-election in the
only two contested races of the current SM election cycle. ARRL Field and
Educational Services staffers counted and verified election ballots August
22 at ARRL Headquarters. Sitting SMs were re-elected without opposition in
seven other League sections.

In the Ohio Section, veteran SM Joe Phillips, K8QOE, outpolled challenger
Mark Erbaugh, N8ME, 1235 to 747. The nearly 2000 ballots cast by Ohio
Section ARRL members were testament to the high interest in this race.
Phillips's win makes him the first Ohio SM elected to five terms. He's been
in office since October 1998.

"I want to thank all Ohio Section voters for giving me the privilege of
heading the ARRL's best section," Phillips said after the votes were in.
"Mark, N8ME, ran a thoughtful and issue-oriented campaign, which made this
election a model for election campaigning."

In the Idaho Section, incumbent SM Doug Rich, W7DVR, topped a field of three
candidates. Rich received 154 votes to 118 for John Wilson, K0IP, and 83 for
past three-term Idaho SM Don Clower, KA7T. Rich has been SM since September,
2003, when he was appointed to fill the year remaining in the previous SM's
term. He was elected in his own right in October 2004.

During the campaign, Rich expressed his belief that an SM should focus on
disaster readiness and communications. He has completed all three levels of
the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Communications courses as well as the
Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command System courses.

Incumbent SMs in seven other ARRL sections were elected without opposition.
They are: Betsey Doane, K1EIC, Connecticut; Skip Jackson, KS0J, Minnesota;
Kent Olson, KA0LDG, North Dakota; John Thomason, WB5SYT, Oklahoma; Sherri
Brower, W4STB, Southern Florida; John Ellis, NP2B, Virgin Islands and Scott
Bauer, W2LC, Western New York.

New two-year terms for successful candidates begin October 1.

The ARRL will re-solicit nominations for the position of Puerto Rico SM
starting in the October 2006 QST. In the meantime, incumbent Puerto Rico SM
Victor Madera, KP4PQ, will continue in office.


When SuitSat-1 -- the novel satellite built in a surplus Russian Orlan
spacesuit -- was launched during a spacewalk from the International Space
Station last February 3, those familiar with orbital mechanics predicted it
would stay in orbit for 120 days at best. As of August 25, some 203 days
(nearly seven months) later -- largely forgotten and its ham radio voice
long since silent -- SuitSat-1 has defied the odds and remains in orbit some
155 miles above Earth.

A project of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
program, SuitSat-1, identifying as RS0RS, transmitted its voice greetings on
2 meters plus an SSTV picture thousands of times. Although its signal was
far weaker than it was supposed to be for reasons never determined with any
certainty, SuitSat-1 remained operational for more than two weeks.

ARISS International Chairman Frank Bauer, KA3HDO, had credited
ARISS-Russia's Sergei Samburov, RV3DR, and his colleagues with coming up
with the SuitSat concept, called Radioskaf or Radio Sputnik in Russian.

The SuitSat-1 mission proved to be an Amateur Radio public relations
bonanza. In addition to prompting dozens of news items on Web sites and in
journals around the world, Reader's Digest judged SuitSat-1 "Best Empty
Suit" in its "America's 100 Best: The 2006 List" Popular Science ran an
article about SuitSat-1 in its June issue called "Tossed in Space."

To keep the SuitSat-1 momentum going a bit longer ARISS and AMSAT in May
announced a "Chicken Little Contest"
<>, in which
participants pick the date on which they believe SuitSat-1 will drop out of
orbit and burn up in Earth's atmosphere. Entrants are only allowed one
guess, and the winner will be the individual who picks the date closest to
SuitSat-1's actual demise. Those who have not already entered may do so by
filling out the online entry form on the AMSAT Web site. The odds could be
in their favor.

Certificates will go to winners in each of three age groups. Winners not
only earn bragging rights, but the fame and notoriety associated with
successful satellite re-entry prognostication. 

Even before SuitSat-1 went silent, ARISS and AMSAT already were discussing
the possibility of a SuitSat-2 with contacts in Russia, although plans
remain tentative at this stage. ARRL ARISS Liaison Rosalie White, K1STO, is
among those named to the SuitSat-2 team, which will meet prior to the ARISS
International Meeting/AMSAT Space Symposium October 5-10. Among other
things, the team will look into the possibility of equipping SuitSat-2 with
solar panels instead of just batteries, to extend its usable life. No formal
announcements about SuitSat-2 are expected until around mid-October.

Meanwhile, the time grows nigh when Suit-Sat-1 will pick up enough
additional drag from Earth's atmosphere that friction-generated heat will
cause it to burn up and vaporize. Just when that will happen is still
anyone's guess.


Solar sage Tad "Who Let the Dogs Out!" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
reports: The average daily sunspot number was 12 points lower this week than
last, but the geomagnetic indices were higher. Active geomagnetic conditions
on August 19-22 were the result of an August 19 change in the Interplanetary
Magnetic Field (IMF) opening toward the south. This allowed a solar wind to
affect Earth.

Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet to unsettled conditions for
August 25, unsettled August 26-28, quiet to unsettled on August 29 and quiet
August 30-31. "Quiet" and "unsettled" refer to geomagnetic activity. Low
geomagnetic activity is considered good for HF communications.

NOAA predicts the geomagnetic planetary A index for August 25 through
September 3 at 5, 8, 12, 12, 10, 8, 5, 5, 10 and 20.

For more information concerning propagation and an explanation of the
numbers used in this bulletin see the ARRL Technical Information Service
Propagation page <>.

Sunspot numbers for August 17 through 23 were 26, 29, 21, 15, 24, 14 and 22,
with a mean of 21.6. 10.7 cm flux was 85.8, 88.5, 88.8, 88.1, 87.8, 80.8,
and 78.3, with a mean of 85.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 5, 12, 38,
24, 13, 17 and 7, with a mean of 16.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were
4, 9, 21, 14, 10, 17 and 4, with a mean of 11.3.



* This weekend on the radio: The Ohio and Hawaii QSO parties, the ALARA
Contest, the Keyman's Club of Japan Contest, the YO DX HF Contest, the SCC
RTTY Championship, the SARL HF CW Contest and the CQC Summer VHF/UHF QSO
Party are the weekend of August 26-27. JUST AHEAD: The All Asian DX Contest
(SSB), the Russian RTTY World Wide Contest, the Wake-Up! QRP Sprint, RSGB
SSB Field Day, IARU Region 1 Field Day (SSB) AGCW Straight Key Party and the
DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are the weekend of September 2-3. the Michigan
QRP Labor Day CW Sprint is September 4-5. The ARS Spartan Sprint is
September 5. See the ARRL Contest Branch page
<> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
<> for more info.

* ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
Registration remains open through Sunday, September 3, for these ARRL
Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) online courses. Classes begin
Friday September 15. Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2
(EC-002), Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003), Antenna
Modeling (EC-004), HF Digital Communications (EC-005), VHF/UHF -- Life
Beyond the Repeater (EC-008) and Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011). These
courses also will open for registration Friday, September 1, for classes
beginning Friday, October 20. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing
page <> or contact the CCE Department

* Two radio amateurs to be aboard shuttle Atlantis: Mission Specialist Heide
Stefanyshyn-Piper, KD5TVR, and Dan Burbank, KC5ZSX, will be the only US
Amateur Radio licensees aboard the shuttle Atlantis, scheduled to head for
the International Space Station Sunday, August 27, at 2030 UTC. The only
woman on Mission STS-115, Stefanyshyn-Piper will be making first trip into
space since becoming an astronaut 10 years ago. Burbank previously flew on
Mission STS-106. In addition to Stefanyshyn-Piper and Burbank, the STS-115
crew consists of Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Chris Ferguson and mission
specialists Joe Tanner and Steve MacLean, who represents the Canadian Space
Agency. This mission will mark the first time in nearly four years that a
space station component will be added to the orbiting outpost, which is home
to NA1SS. During three spacewalks, Atlantis crew members will install a
second set of solar arrays on the space station -- doubling the station's
ability to generate power from sunlight -- and the P3/P4 truss to support
the arrays. No Amateur Radio operation from Atlantis is planned. The ISS
recently did an orbital "reboost" to place the station at the correct
altitude to support the rendezvous with Atlantis as well as September's
Soyuz launch of the Expedition 14 crew.

* Interoperability called vital to public safety first-responder missions:
California Department of General Services Senior Telecommunications Engineer
Glen Nash, K6GSN, told a Radio Club of America (RCA) breakfast meeting
August 9, that wireless communication among public safety first responders
is a critical tool to satisfying their mission requirements. The meeting was
held during a national convention of the Association of Public-Safety
Communications Officials-International (APCO) in Orlando, Florida. An APCO
past president, Nash chairs the Technology Committee of the National Public
Safety Telecommunications Council (NPSTC). ARRL has a relationship with both
organizations. Nash explained that the need for interoperability comes into
play during police chases crossing jurisdictional lines and mutual
assistance among neighboring fire departments to multi-agency drug
enforcement and major emergencies involving multiple -- and sometimes
distant -- agencies. Nash believes interoperability is not simply a
technology problem. In addition to technical barriers to wireless
interoperability, he cited cultural, social and language or terminology
differences. "There are many areas where we need to approach the problem,
and many factors to resolve to make it happen," he concluded. More than 100
attended the breakfast meeting, one of a series held every year by the Radio
Club of America at conventions. Founded in 1909, the Radio Club of America
is the world's oldest radio communications society. It promotes cooperation
among those interested in the advancement and scientific study of radio

* Katrina documentary to air: The documentary "Postmark: Katrina" will air
on The Weather Channel <> Sunday and Monday, August
27 and 28, at 8 PM Eastern and Pacific Time as part of the cable network's
Storm Stories series. The hour-long program, produced by ARRL Member Les
Rayburn, N1LF, focuses on the restoration of mail service to the US Gulf
Coast in the wake of the devastating storm and mentions Amateur Radio's role
in the storm response and recovery effort. Rayburn and his crew were
embedded for six weeks with US Postal Inspection Service officers within
hours of Katrina's landfall. "In our documentary, there is some brief
Amateur Radio voice traffic depicted, along with a graphic explaining how
repeaters work, and even some Morse code," Rayburn told ARRL. "Our missions
took us to Waveland, Biloxi, New Orleans, Bay St Louis and on to Houston.
When not on duty filming, I also conducted mobile HF missions for the
National Communications System SHARES program, keeping in contact with their
watch desk on 20 meters." In addition to the August 27-28 airings, Rayburn
expects the program to air at other times in the coming weeks. "We were
proud to tell the story of how the US Postal Service worked tirelessly to
restore mail to the affected area, and also to aid in the recovery using our
amateur HF station," he says.

* Smithsonian's NN3SI to QRT during museum renovations: NN3SI, the Amateur
Radio station exhibit at the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of
American History in Washington, DC, will QRT in late August while the museum
undergoes renovations that will include the ham station. The museum is
scheduled to reopen by the summer of 2008. Inaugurated in 1976 and supported
by a volunteer staff, NN3SI occupies a corner in the "Information Age"
exhibit on the first floor of the National Museum of American History, and
it's been open daily for visiting radio amateurs to operate. -- submitted by
Murray Green, K3BEQ 

* Jerry Seligman, W7BUN, SK: Jerry Seligman, W7BUN, of E South Hill,
Washington, died August 13. He was 72. An ARRL Life Member, Seligman was
well known in the Pacific Northwest as an Amateur Radio "institution,"
mentor and promoter. "Jerry was keenly interested in the advancement of
Amateur Radio and particularly with the recruitment of new hams and the
pursuit of their advancement to higher classes of licenses," said Chip
Margelli, K7JA, a longtime friend. "Jerry always pushed his students to
learn just a little bit more, arousing their curiosity in the areas of
technical ability and operating skill, and he always, above all, led by
setting a good example of proper operating procedure on the air." Seligman
served as a Radio Club of Tacoma (W7DK) officer, including as president and
board member. "Jerry was active in virtually every area of club operations
over 40 years, perhaps serving best as the club's conscience," said an
announcement on the club's Web site. "For many years Jerry taught an amateur
radio class at Bates Vocational Technical School, and many local amateurs
owe their original licenses to Jerry's efforts." More recently he conducted
the club's General and Extra class training sessions with great success. He
also was an active net control station and contester. A memorial service is

* DXCC says some ZL7/KH0PR cards rejected in error: The ARRL DXCC Desk has
announced that it inadvertently rejected several ZL7/KH0PR QSL cards for the
May 2-5, 2005, Chatham Island operation. This operation has been accredited
by DXCC. If your ZL7/KH0PR QSL was turned down, you can claim credit by
contacting DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L <>;. The DXCC Desk also
notes that the DXCC computer has assigned Country Code 514 to Montenegro and
Country Code 515 to Swain's Island. Some logging programs and databases use
these numbers, but they have no particular significance. There are now 337
current entities on the DXCC List.

* SEWFERS Wisconsin Hamfest canceled: The Southeastern Wisconsin Wisconsin
FM Amateur Repeater Society has announced the cancellation of its SWAPFEST,
scheduled for September 10 in Hubertus, Wisconsin. Contact SEWFARS
<>; for more information.

* Correction: The obituary for Jack W. Herbstreit, ex-W0DW, in The ARRL
Letter, Vol 25, No 32 (August 4, 2006) contained some incorrect information.
The International Radio Consultative Committee (CCIR), which Herbstreit
directed from 1966 to 1974, was a predecessor of the International
Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R).

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Use the "View/Message/Plain Text Alternative" menu item.


Use the "Message text garbled?" link in the drop-down menu at the upper right of the displayed message block. pine, alpine Set "prefer-plain-text" in your ~/.pinerc configuration file: feature-list=..., prefer-plain-text, ...


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