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The ARRL Letter
Vol. 28, No. 26
July 2, 2009


*   It's Official: Julius Genachowski Sworn In As FCC Chairman 
*   2008 ARRL Annual Report Now Available 
*   IARU HF World Championships: Coming to a Radio Near You 
*   ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately? 
*   Fresh Air, Friends, Food and Fun Abound for 2009 ARRL Field Day 
*   What's New at Dayton 2009: The Unabridged Version
*  Solar Update 
      This Week on the Radio 
      ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration 
      ARRL to Close in Observance of Fourth of July 
      Michigan Ham Dies in Tower Accident 
      Larry E. Price, W4RA, Honored at Ham Radio 2009 Convention in
      John Miller, K6MM, Wins June QST Cover Plaque Award 

There is no ARRL Audio News for July 3. The ARRL Audio News will return
July 10.

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On Monday, June 29, US Supreme Court Justice David Souter -- in one his
last official duties on the high court -- swore in Julius Genachowski as
the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Genachowski,
who clerked for Souter after finishing law school, will complete the
four years remaining in the term of outgoing FCC Commissioner Jonathan
Adelstein. On June 25, the US Senate confirmed both Genachowski and
current FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell -- Genachowski for his initial
term and McDowell for his first full term

Adelstein has been nominated by President Obama to be the Administrator
for the US Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service (RUS)
<>; a nomination
hearing before the Senate Agriculture Committee is scheduled for July 7.

Genachowski praised Adelstein's record, thanking him for his more than
six years of "outstanding public service" as an FCC Commissioner.
"Throughout his tenure at the Commission," Genachowski said, "he has
tirelessly championed the public interest. The FCC and the public have
benefited greatly from his rich understanding of media and technology
policy, and his devotion to the democratic process. While I regret that
I won't have the pleasure of serving with Jonathan at the FCC, I look
forward to forging a strong partnership with him in his future work."

Commissioner Michael Copps, who had served as Acting Chairman since the
resignation of then-Chairman Kevin Martin this past January
<>, welcomed
Genachowski to the Commission, saying Genachowski begins "what promises
to be a public-spirited and distinguished tenure as Chairman. He knows
the FCC well, brings impressive private sector and technology experience
with him, and enjoys deserved renown for innovative thinking and new
approaches. I look forward to working with him on the many issues
awaiting his attention."

Copps also expressed his thanks for Adelstein's tenure on the
Commission: "Jonathan and I have worked closely together on so many
issues that it makes it hard for me to imagine a Commission without him.
Our thoughts most often run in the same direction, whether the issue is
media, broadband, rural America, the disabilities communities, reaching
out to non-traditional stakeholders or upholding a shared vision of the
public interest. His intelligence, good judgment, wide experience and
invariably good humor combined to make him a highly productive
Commissioner across a wide gamut of issues. I will miss him here but
wish him all good things as he moves ahead in the confirmation process
toward becoming Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service at the US
Department of Agriculture. I look forward to our continuing work
together and to our friendship through the years."

Commissioner McDowell is expected to be sworn in for his new term on
July 2.


The ARRL Annual Report for 2008, now available online and in print
<>, reviews the major events
of the year and documents the renewed growth of both the ARRL and the
activities of the Amateur Radio Service. In 2008, the ARRL experienced a
growth in membership, ending the year with 154,627 members, an increase
of 0.7 percent from 2007. The growth was the greatest among
International members and in the League's Northwestern, Rocky Mountain
and Delta Divisions.

"As ARRL began 2008, the main question facing us was whether the growth
spurt that the Amateur Radio Service had enjoyed the previous year would
continue," said ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ. "It
did, with the number of new amateur licenses issued by the FCC rising to
28,066 -- a 5 percent increase over 2007. The ten-year license term
makes the total number of licensees a poor indicator of current trends,
but after a period of annual declines beginning in 2003 this figure also
increased by 1.2 percent during the year. Thus it appears that the
regulatory changes that took effect in February 2007 are having more
than a short-term impact."

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, said that through the ARRL's
history, the League's strength has come from "the fact that its leaders
have always had a clear understanding of our association's mission. Our
mission has been expressed in different words by different generations
but has remained fundamentally the same. Our current strategic plan
states it in just six words: To advance and advocate Amateur Radio."

Harrison further defined this strength, recalling that in 2005, "we
identified four 'pillars' of our association: Public Service, Advocacy,
Education, and Membership. Technology supports virtually everything we
do, and as time went on we realized that it deserved its own pillar. So,
with a bit of fanfare we unveiled technology as the 'fifth pillar' at
the ARRL EXPO area of the 2008 Dayton Hamvention."

Sumner said that 2008's "most gratifying development" was the April
decision by the United States Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia Circuit in the ARRL's appeal of the FCC's Broadband over Power
Line (BPL) rules. "The Court panel found that FCC prejudice had tainted
the rulemaking process and that the Commission had violated the
Administrative Procedure Act by not disclosing in full the staff studies
on which the Commission relied," he said. "The judges also found that
the Commission had failed to justify its decision to apply to BPL
systems an extrapolation factor that was designed for entirely different
technologies and had summarily dismissed empirical data -- submitted at
the Commission's invitation -- that supported a different conclusion.
The Court even awarded the ARRL some of our costs; this reimbursed only
a small fraction of the total cost of the appeal, but it was a moral
victory and underscored the fact that we had substantially prevailed in
our appeal. Remarkably, at yearend the FCC still had done nothing to
comply with the Court's decision. Perhaps the change in administration
will cause the FCC finally to meet its obligations."

According to ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP,
"The Annual Report is not only useful for showing members the strength
of the organization, but it is also a valuable tool in presentations to
major public officials. At times they may know little about Amateur
Radio, but when they see the quality of the annual report, even before
they open it up, they know this is an organization to be taken very
seriously. We are indeed a national association and very active."


Radiosport fans are gearing up for the summer's biggest competition: The
IARU HF World Championships
<>. Calling the 24 hour
long contest "an HF operator's delight," ARRL Contest Branch Manager
Sean Kutzko, KX9X, explained that the contest will allow amateurs plenty
of opportunity to work DX from all around the globe on CW and SSB, as
well as make QSOs with many IARU Member-Society club stations and
"The IARU HF Championship is one of Radiosport's distinctive events,"
said Kutzko. "It's the only major contest that uses International
Telecommunication Union (ITU) zones as part of the exchange, and it's
the only contest that gives special multiplier status for IARU
Member-Society stations and their officials."

Kutzko said amateurs can get in on the fun in a variety of ways: "You
may choose to enter as a single operator using SSB only, CW only or a
mixture of both modes. Single operator stations can choose from three
power levels: High Power (greater than 150 W), Low Power (between 5-150
W) or QRP (5 W or less). You can also get some friends together at one
station and participate as a Multioperator station with a single

One of the fun things to do is see how many of the IARU special stations
you can work during the event. "While most stations give their ITU zone
<> as part of the contest exchange,
IARU Member-Society stations give the abbreviation for their IARU
Member-Society's name: W1AW -- as W1AW/KL7 -- will be giving 'ARRL' as
part of their exchange," Kutzko said. In addition, IARU officials can
give one of four unique exchanges: AC if they are on the IARU
Administrative Council, or R1, R2 or R3 for the ITU Region that official
serves. For example, since Tim Ellam, VE6SH, is IARU President, he would
give "AC" as part of his exchange. 

According to Kutzko, numerous IARU Member-Society stations will be on
the air this year, including Germany's Deutscher Amateur Radio Club
(DA0HQ), France's REF-Union (TM0HQ), the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society
(9K9HQ), the Nigerian Amateur Radio Society (5N0OCH and others), the
Japan Amateur Radio League (8N1HQ, 8N2HQ, 8N3HQ, 8N4HQ and 8N8HQ), the
Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (HS0AC), the Namibian Amateur Radio
League (V51NAM), the Radio Amateurs of Lebanon (OD5RAL), as well as
dozens of other Member-Society stations from around the world. "It is
always special to see so many nations represented on the air by their
national organization," Kutzko said. "It reinforces the global nature of
Amateur Radio and the common bonds that all amateurs have."

The IARU HF World Championship begins at 1200 UTC Saturday, July 11 and
goes until 1200 UTC Sunday, July 12. Complete rules may be found on the
ARRL Contest Web page
<>. Logs may be
submitted via e-mail <>;; paper logs should be mailed to
IARU International Secretariat, Box 310905, Newington, CT 06111-0905
USA. All logs must be e-mailed or postmarked no later than 1200 UTC
August 11, 2009.


This feature -- including convenient Web links to useful information --
is a concise monthly update of some of the things ARRL is doing on
behalf of its members. This installment covers the month of June.

ARRL's legislative relations consultant Chwat & Co has received 786
letters to 278 different Members of Congress (267 House, 11 Senate)
supporting HR 2160
<>. The bill --
The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 --
gained two new Congressional co-sponsors in June

The ARRL filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for the District
of Columbia Circuit asking the Court to order the Federal Communications
Commission to comply with the Court's 2008 decision that remanded the
FCC's ruling on Access BPL for further action

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, appointed Southern Florida Assistant
Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, as Vice Director in the Southeastern
Division, effective June 1
<>. He also
appointed Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, as Pacific Division Vice Director

ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, was on the
United States Delegation to the Inter-American Telecommunications
Commission (CITEL) PCC.II meeting in Ottawa, Canada June 1-5. ARRL
Technical Relations Manger Brennan Price, N4QX, attended Study Group 5
meetings in Geneva, where ARRL Chief Technology Officer Paul Rinaldo,
W4RI, chaired his final meetings of Working Group 5A-1 that handles
amateur and amateur-satellite issues.

ARRL Field Day was in the spotlight in both New York City's Times Square
and Las Vegas <>.
More than 1600 Field Day sites registered their locations this year with
the ARRL Field Day Locator. W1AW was on the air with the help of League
staffers <>.

ARRL Education and Technology Program Coordinator Mark Spencer, WA8SME,
and ARRL Teachers Institute Instructor Miguel Enriquez, KD7RPP, led the
second and third 2009 sessions of the ARRL Teachers Institutes on
Wireless Technology

ARRL Field and Regulatory Correspondent Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG, forwarded
reports to the FCC regarding a well-known 75 meter frequency and IARU
Region 3 forwarded a number of monthly Intruder Watch monitoring reports
to Skolaut.

The ARRL Contest Branch announced that the ARRL Sweepstakes log
submission deadline will be reduced from 30 days to 15 days, allowing
for results from both the CW and Phone portions of the contest to be
posted to the ARRL Web site within 60 days of the deadline

ARRL Laboratory Engineer Mike Gruber, W1MG, investigated a power line
noise case in Northglenn, Colorado where he was able to locate two noise
sources associated with the interference.

Section Manager Election ballots and candidate statements for the South
Texas and Los Angeles elections were mailed to members of those sections
ahead of schedule. ARRL members have until August 14 to return filled-in

ARRL Membership and Volunteer Programs Manager Dave Patton, NN1N,
attended Ham Radio 2009 -- Europe's largest Amateur Radio convention --
in Friedrichshafen, Germany, where he provided DXCC card-checking
services to ARRL's international members

Along with a group of volunteers, ARRL Sales and Marketing Manager Bob
Inderbitzen, NQ1R, promoted Amateur Radio to the 70,000 people who
attended Maker Faire, the world's largest do-it-yourself (DIY) festival
in San Mateo, California
<>. Inderbitzen
also represented ARRL in Germany at Ham Radio 2009.

The July issue of QST and the July/August issues of NCJ
<> and QEX
<> were mailed.

The ARRL released the second edition of VoIP: Internet Linking for Radio
Amateurs. <>. 

Three new products -- a hat, a reflective jacket and a maroon polo shirt
-- have been added to the ARES(r) apparel line and are available from
Barker Specialty <>.

ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, announced that the HZ1EA operation
in Saudi Arabia has been approved for DXCC credit


It's an event that some groups take very seriously, planning all year
long for. Still, others just use the date to get together, make a few
contacts and enjoy each other's company. No matter how you view it, ARRL
Field Day <> is fun!

According to ARRL Field Day Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, the Field Day
Site Locator <>
was a big hit this year. "We had 1602 groups listed -- 98 more sites
than were listed in 2008," he said. "We had all 50 states, Puerto Rico
and nine Canadian provinces registered on the Locator this year."

Henderson said he was aware of at least one Field Day contact with the
International Space Station
<>, as well as
several site visits by Members of Congress and local officials to
various Field Day sites around the country.

ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Allen Pitts, W1AGP, agreed that
it was a great Field Day. "Despite some propagation issues in the
atmosphere," he said, "the PR propagation in the media has been more
than I have seen before in prior Field Days." Pitts said that the
emphasis on Field Day promotions began long before June -- the ARRL
released media kits, fill-in-the-blank proclamations, news releases and
tip sheets. Along with the introduction of the PR-101 course
<>, Field Day was
also the presentation theme at the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the
Dayton Hamvention. 

"The preparation appears to have paid off well," Pitts said. "Hundreds
of hits have been relayed in by Google's news monitoring, plus more from
PR Newswire and spotting by ARRL Public Information Officers around the
country. Both of the video Field Day PSAs
<> have seen good
play on TV and cable. Field Day even got some play in New York City's
Times Square" <>.

Pitts said that many city and county officials -- as well as 28 states
-- issued Field Day proclamations praising Amateur Radio: "Proclamations
from the governors of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut,
Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico,
North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,
Texas, Washington and Wyoming, as well as Delaware's State Senate, are
not just recognitions of the past, but keys for future political actions
such as PRB-1 and legislative issues." These state proclamations range
from Ohio declaring June 27 as Amateur Radio Day, to Florida, Delaware,
Illinois, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania pronouncing June as Amateur
Radio Month in those states, while other states have designated Amateur
Radio Week in their states

Individuals and groups who participated in Field Day are invited to
submit their pictures and stories to the Field Day Online Soapbox
<>. "Just a few days
after Field Day, we've had almost 70 entries on the Soapbox," Henderson
said. "It really is a thrill to read these stories and see all the
pictures showing what a good time people had this year." 

Henderson encouraged Field Day participants to submit their entries via
the Field Day Web Submission Applet
<>. "You can also submit
your entries via e-mail <>; or by postal mail," he said.
If submitting via postal mail, entries should be sent to Field Day
Entries, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Entries must be
postmarked, e-mailed or submitted by July 28, 2009. Late entries cannot
be accepted.

It's not too early to begin preparing for next year's Field Day -- go
ahead and mark your calendars now for June 26-27, 2010.


The July 2009 issue of QST had a one page overview of some of the major
pieces of equipment introduced at the Dayton Hamvention. There is no way
a single person can track down everything on display that's new in the
time available, but QST Technical Editor Joel Hallas, W1ZR, did find
quite a bit more -- much more than can be squeezed into the available
QST page. 

"We reported on many other categories of interest, including new VHF and
antenna-related equipment, as well as many categories of accessories,"
he said. "When you click on the link, you'll find a description of the
rest of the new items I tracked down during a very busy three days at

Check it out on the ARRL Web site


Tad "A summer's Sun is worth the having" Cook, K7RA, this week reports:
It was a perfect Field Day weekend from where I stood. The weather was
warm, skies clear, the space weather was calm and there was enough
propagation to make a domestic contest interesting. I had no plans, so
on Saturday I went to the ARRL Field Day Station Locator to find a Field
Day site. The one I landed at -- W7AUX -- listed a contact number, a
cell phone at the site. I inquired if they needed a CW op, was told, "We
could use any operators," so I drove up to the site north of Seattle. I
had a lot of fun on 20 meter CW. Sporadic-E even helped out, and the 6
meter station made a number of contacts with other Field Day stations in
the Western US. You can get a taste of what happened at Field Day
stations around the country via the Contest Soapbox
<>. A shorter version
with a photo is on page one of the 2009 Field Day Soapbox. Just search
for KB6NU. Sunspot numbers for June 25-1 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0
with a mean of 0. The 10.7 cm flux was 68, 66.8, 67, 67, 68.5, 68.2 and
67.5 with a mean of 67.6. The estimated planetary A indices were 7, 3,
3, 11, 10, 5 and 4 with a mean of 6.1. The estimated mid-latitude A
indices were 6, 2, 4, 8, 7, 5 and 3 with a mean of 5. For more
information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical
Information Service Propagation page
<>. To read this week's
Solar Report in its entirety, check out the W1AW Propagation Bulletin
page <>. This week's "Tad Cookism" brought
to you by an ancient French proverb



* This Week on the Radio: This week, the Digital Pentathlon is July 3.
Check out the Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, the WLOTA Contest,
the DL-DX RTTY Contest, the Original QRP Contest, the PODXS 070 Club 40
Meter Firecracker Sprint (local time) Michigan QRP July 4th CW Sprint on
July 4-5. The ARS Spartan Sprint is July 7. Next week is the IARU HF
World Championships on July 11-12. The NCCC Sprint Ladder is July 10.
The FISTS Summer Sprint and the Feld Hell Sprint are July 11. The SKCC
Weekend Sprint and the ARCI Summer Homebrew Sprint are both July 12. The
NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint is July 16. All dates, unless otherwise
stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest Branch page
<>, the ARRL Contest Update
<> and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar
<> for more info. Looking
for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event
Station Web page <>. 

* ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration remains open through
Sunday, July 26, 2009, for these online course sessions beginning on
Friday, August 7, 2009: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 1;
Antenna Modeling; Radio Frequency Interference; Antenna Design and
Construction; Ham Radio (Technician) License Course; Propagation; Analog
Electronics, and Digital Electronics. Each online course has been
developed in segments -- learning units with objectives, informative
text, student activities and quizzes. Courses are interactive, and some
include direct communications with a Mentor/Instructor. Students
register for a particular session that may be 8, 12 or 16 weeks
(depending on the course) and they may access the course at any time of
day during the course period, completing lessons and activities at times
convenient for their personal schedule. Mentors assist students by
answering questions, reviewing assignments and activities, as well as
providing helpful feedback. Interaction with mentors is conducted
through e-mail; there is no appointed time the student must be present
-- allowing complete flexibility for the student to work when and where
it is convenient. To learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
<> or contact the Continuing Education
Program Coordinator <>;.

* ARRL to Close in Observance of Fourth of July: ARRL Headquarters will
be closed in observance of Independence Day on Friday, July 3. There
will be no ARRL Audio News, W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions
that day. The ARRL Letter will be posted a day early on Thursday, July
2. League Headquarters will reopen Monday, July 6 at 8 AM Eastern
Daylight Time. We wish everyone a safe and festive holiday weekend. 

* Michigan Ham Dies in Tower Accident: A tower accident during Field Day
preparations around 11 AM EDT on Saturday, June 27 claimed the life of
Larry Prelog, KE4PM, of Niles, Michigan. Prelog, a member of the
Blossomland Amateur Radio Association (BARA)
<>, was airlifted from Watervliet to a
Kalamazoo hospital where he passed away early Sunday morning. He was 57.
BARA Public Information Officer Matt Severin, N8MS, told the ARRL that
Prelog "...was very passionate about Amateur Radio and was very involved
in club activities. He was the driving force behind the first high
altitude balloon launch for our club. Larry was the kind of guy who
would give you the shirt off his back even if he didn't have another one
for himself. He will be dearly missed."

* Larry E. Price, W4RA, Honored at Ham Radio 2009 Convention in Germany:
Larry E. Price, W4RA, was honored at an evening reception following the
first full day of Ham Radio 2009 convention activities in
Friedrichshafen, Germany
<> on Friday, June 26.
The reception was hosted by the convention sponsor, the Deutscher
Amateur Radio Club (DARC), and was attended by officials and guests from
dozens of IARU Member-Societies. In a presentation made by IARU Vice
President Ole Garpestad, LA2RR -- who had served as President of the
Norwegian Radio Relay League (NRRL) from 2000-2002 -- Price was honored
with the highest NRRL award, the Knight of the Order of the Golden Key.
The award was given for Price's many years of service to the IARU, the
ARRL and Amateur Radio in general. IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH, then
conferred the title of IARU President Emeritus upon Price. Price served
as ARRL President from 1984-1992 and as IARU President from 1999-May
2009. For more on the convention, see the Friedrichshafen blog on the
ARRL Web site <>.

* John Miller, K6MM, Wins June QST Cover Plaque Award: The winner of the
QST Cover Plaque Award for July is John Miller, K6MM, for his article "A
No Excuses 160 Meter Vertical Antenna." Congratulations, John! The
winner of 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 July issue by Friday, July 31.

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