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    The ARRL Letter
    Vol. 26, No. 04
    January 26, 2007
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    IN THIS EDITION:

    * +Morse code requirement goes away February 23
    * +Board receives National Emergency Response Planning Committee Report
    * +League announces reorganization
    * +Engineering students lend a hand with next-gen SuitSat
    * +FCC still not processing new vanity applications
    * +Free Money: FAR opens scholarship application window
    * Solar Update
    * IN BRIEF:
    This weekend on the radio
    ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
    +REMINDER -- ARRL scholarship application deadline looms
    +ARRL Headquarters welcomes new staff member
    "Mr Lincoln" retires
    2007 DXCC Honor Roll deadline approaching
    +AO-27 rejuvenated, back on the air
    FCC rescinds applications to modify club station license
    All-ham ISS crew to undertake "unprecedented" spacewalk series
    Special event to mark transcontinental relay anniversary
    We stand corrected!

    +Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/>

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    ==>IT'S OFFICIAL! MORSE CODE REQUIREMENT ENDS FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 23

    Circle Friday, February 23, on your calendar. That's when the current 5 WPM
    Morse code requirement will officially disappear from the Amateur Radio
    Service Part 97 rules. Effective that date, applicants for a General or
    Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio license no longer will have to demonstrate
    proficiency in Morse code. They'll just have to pass the applicable written
    examination. Federal Register publication January 24 of the FCC's Report and
    Order (R&O) in the "Morse code proceeding," WT Docket 05-235, started a
    30-day countdown for the new rules to become effective.

    "The overall effect of this action is to further the public interest by
    encouraging individuals who are interested in communications technology or
    who are able to contribute to the advancement of the radio art, to become
    Amateur Radio operators; and eliminating a requirement that is now
    unnecessary and may discourage Amateur Service licensees from advancing
    their skills in the communications and technical phases of Amateur Radio,"
    the FCC remarked in the Federal Register version of the "Morse code" R&O.
    The League had asked the FCC to retain the 5 WPM for Amateur Extra class
    applicants, but the Commission held to its decision to eliminate the
    requirement across the board. The rules that appeared in the Federal
    Register constitute their official version
    <http://a257.g.akamaitech.net/7/257/2422/01jan20071800/edocket.access.gpo.go
    v/2007/pdf/E7-729.pdf>.

    The new rules also mean that starting February 23 all Technician licensees,
    whether or not they've passed a Morse code examination, will have CW
    privileges on 80, 40 and 15 meters and CW, RTTY, data and SSB privileges on
    10 meters. Once the new rules go into effect Technicians may begin using
    their new privileges without any further action.

    An applicant holding a valid Certificate of Successful Completion of
    Examination (CSCE) for Element 3 (General) or Element 4 (Amateur Extra)
    credit may redeem it for an upgrade at a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator
    (VEC) exam session. A CSCE is good for 365 days from the date of issuance,
    no exceptions.

    For example, a Technician licensee holding a valid CSCE for Element 3 credit
    would have to apply at a VEC test session and pay the application fee, which
    most VECs charge, in order to receive an instant upgrade to General.

    ARRL Regulatory Information Specialist Dan Henderson, N1ND, cautions that a
    license upgrade is *not* automatic for those holding valid CSCEs for element
    credit. "You must apply for the upgrade at a VEC test session, and you may
    not operate as /AG or /AE until you have upgraded and have been issued a
    CSCE marked for upgrade," he stresses. "A valid CSCE for element credit only
    does not confer any operating privileges."

    Henderson also advises all radio amateurs to know and fully understand their
    operating privileges before taking to the airwaves. Some Technician
    licensees reportedly started showing up on 75 meters December 15 in the
    mistaken belief that they had gained phone privileges there.

    The FCC R&O includes an Order on Reconsideration in WT Docket 04-140 -- the
    so-called "omnibus" proceeding. It will modify Part 97 in response to ARRL's
    request to accommodate automatically controlled narrowband digital stations
    on 80 meters in the wake of other rule changes that became effective last
    December 15. The Commission designated 3585 to 3600 kHz for such operations,
    although that segment will remain available for CW, RTTY and data. The ARRL
    had requested that the upper limit of the CW/RTTY/data subband be set at
    3635 kHz so there would be no change in the existing 3620 to 3635 kHz
    subband.

    The ARRL has posted all relevant information on these important Part 97 rule
    revisions on its "FCC's Morse Code Report and Order WT Docket 05-235" Web
    page <http://www.arrl.org/fcc/morse/>.

    ==>ARRL BOARD ACCEPTS NATIONAL EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANNING COMMITTEE REPORT

    The ARRL Board of Directors accepted the Report of the National Emergency
    Response Planning Committee (NERPC) when it met January 19 and 20 in
    Windsor, Connecticut. Upon dissolving the committee with its thanks, the
    Board set in motion a process to identify and implement action items in the
    report as soon as possible. ARRL First Vice President Kay Craigie, N3KN,
    chaired the 13-member NERPC, charged with developing comprehensive
    recommendations to improve the League's response to regional, national and
    international disasters. Among other things, panel members evaluated the
    responses and actions of ARRL and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
    during Hurricane Katrina as well as lessons learned.

    "If 'lessons learned' are not followed by 'behaviors changed,' then the
    lessons have not been learned at all," the report concludes. The report
    describes disaster preparedness as "a moving target, moving faster all the
    time." No recommendations, plans or systems should be considered "the
    permanent answers for all circumstances and hazards," the report asserts.

    The unprecedented scope of the Katrina response placed ARRL Headquarters
    into a leadership coordination role through national-level requests for help
    from served agencies such as the American Red Cross. While the level of
    expertise in emergency communications and emergency management among US
    radio amateurs is growing, the report noted, so is the expectation that the
    ARRL provide first-rate leadership and guidance.

    Among the report's wide-ranging recommendations and suggestions:

    * enhance ARRL and ARES training in basic message handling.

    * develop a continuing education course covering installation,
    configuration, and use of Winlink 2000 for e-mail.

    * formally establish a national ARES volunteer database for use during
    major disasters and establish training criteria.

    * institute a Major Disaster Emergency Coordinator (MDEC) function to
    coordinate responses to large-scale national or regional disasters or
    emergencies.

    * become better acquainted with the emergency response needs of distant
    ARRL sections, such as Pacific, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Alaska.

    * improve working relationships with national-level served agencies.

    * ensure ARRL staff training in the Incident Command System (ICS) and
    National Incident Management System (NIMS) and, as necessary, adapt ARRL's
    emergency response structure to the Unified Command model.

    In addition, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, has appointed an ad hoc
    committee to study issues relating to background investigations as they
    apply to ARRL Amateur Radio volunteers and to recommend a background
    investigation policy.

    In other matters, the Board adopted five legislative objectives for the
    110th Congress. The League will seek legislation to extend the requirement
    for "reasonable accommodation" of Amateur Radio station antennas to all
    forms of land use regulation, including deed covenants, conditions and
    restrictions (CC&Rs). It also will seek legislation requiring the FCC to
    conduct a comprehensive evaluation of the interference potential of
    broadband over power line (BPL) systems. Based on the findings, the League
    wants Congress to instruct the FCC to adopt improved BPL rules to prevent
    BPL deployments having the potential to cause "destructive interference." US
    Rep Mike Ross, WD5DVR (D-AR), has submitted such a bill, HR 462.

    In addition, ARRL will seek recognition of Amateur Radio's "unique
    resources, capabilities and expertise" in any legislation addressing
    communication issues related to emergencies, disasters or homeland security;
    oppose legislation that diminishes the rights of federal licensees in favor
    of unlicensed -- and especially unintentional -- emitters, and support the
    complementary legislative objectives of other radiocommunication services,
    especially as they relate to spectrum access and interference protection.

    Legislative relations consultant John Chwat of Chwat & Company Inc told the
    Board that the congressional shift of control to the Democratic Party will
    have a significant impact on telecommunications legislation, policy, FCC
    actions and perhaps even the League. Emergency communication is a hot topic
    this year, he pointed out, and this could permit the League to take
    different approaches to issues from those tried in the past.

    The Board also accepted the report of the Technology Task Force (TTF).
    Chaired by ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director Andy Oppel, N6AJO, that panel
    advised the League to continue the Software Defined Radio and Digital
    Multimedia Above 50 MHz working groups and establish a new working group to
    explore activity detection for digital modes. The TTF also recommended that
    the ARRL demonstrate and promote viable digital voice technologies.

    ==>ARRL ANNOUNCES HEADQUARTERS REORGANIZATION

    ARRL Chief Operating Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, this week announced
    several organizational changes at ARRL Headquarters, effective January 22.
    Under the modified organization, most functions of the former Membership
    Services Department and Field and Educational Services will be combined into
    a single unit, tentatively called the Programs and Services Department. The
    League also will establish a new Education Department.

    "The new Programs and Services Department will focus on providing
    first-class service to members and volunteers, and it ultimately will
    combine common functional areas like awards and certificates and mailings,"
    Kramer explained, citing some of the advantages of the reorganization. "It
    will also permit better management and integration of programs and services
    as well as cross-training of staff members to improve efficiency."

    Dave Patton, NN1N, will manage the combined department, while Norm Fusaro,
    W3IZ, will become assistant manager. Fusaro will continue his
    responsibilities as ARRL club and mentoring coordinator.

    A new position of Emergency Communications Manager has been established
    within the new department. This individual will be responsible for relations
    with served agencies, memoranda of understanding, administration, ARRL
    internal emergency response planning, simulated emergency tests, emergency
    communications training, the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) database
    and related activities.

    The new Education Department will consolidate a variety of activities under
    one roof. "Today, education is dispersed throughout the organization,"
    Kramer noted. "Many departments are involved in educational endeavors, but
    there is a lack of coordination among the different departments."

    The Education Department will oversee the ARRL Certification and Continuing
    Education Program and distance-learning support, the volunteer instructor
    and mentor program, youth programs, the ARRL Education and Technology
    Program and its teachers institutes, Amateur Radio on the International
    Space Station (ARISS) coordination and the development of educational
    materials.

    "We believe that these changes will make us a better prepared and more
    responsive organization," Kramer concluded.

    ==>SUITSAT-2 GOES TO COLLEGE

    Eleven electrical engineering students at The College of New Jersey had a
    hand in designing some of the software defined radio (SDR) hardware that
    will fly aboard SuitSat-2. The college seniors signed up last fall for
    "Software Defined Radio," taught by adjunct professors Bob McGwier, N4HY,
    and Frank Brickle, AB2KT -- both members of the Amateur Radio on the
    International Space Station (ARISS) SuitSat-2 team.

    The second-generation SuitSat will have a software designed Amateur Radio
    transponder (SDX) on board. SuitSat-2 is being viewed as a test bed for the
    hardware AMSAT hopes to launch on its Phase 3E Eagle satellite.

    McGwier and Brickle designed practical, goal-based experiments for the
    students' projects with an eye toward turning out something that would be a
    useful SuitSat-2 component. Team members Steve Bible, N7HPR, and Joe
    Julicher, N9WXU, provided circuit boards employing "bleeding-edge"
    technology -- dsPIC33F 16-bit direct memory access digital signal
    controllers. Brickle says the circuits will serve as SuitSat-2's heart and
    brain.

    Early on, the students studied signal processing and communication theory as
    well as what Brickle calls "esoteric corners of computer science." Then,
    using Matlab -- a high-level technical computing language -- the students
    implemented modulators and demodulators for SSB, FM, BPSK and AFSK.

    "Students get a little bit of verbal swimming instruction, and then we toss
    them straight into the ocean," is how Brickle described the process.

    By mid-semester, the students were designing their experiments and getting
    them up and running. Boards were powered up without diagnostic hardware or
    software, since that's how the circuitry will be on orbit -- "walking a
    tightrope without a net," as Brickle sees it.

    "Given the complexity of what the SDR/SDX in SuitSat-2 will be required to
    provide, the applications will need to run in an unprecedented software
    environment: pre-emptive multitasking under freeRTOS," he explained.
    FreeRTOS is an open-source, round-robin operating system for embedded
    devices.

    Instead of being scared off, the students ran with the challenge and
    demonstrated obvious enthusiasm, Brickle reports. "We will be doing a very
    good thing if we continue to involve these kids, and more like them, in our
    future AMSAT projects," he said. What surprised him most, he added, was that
    the students focused on taking new approaches to "very fundamental
    engineering issues that aren't flashy or trendy." McGwier, who's AMSAT-NA's
    vice president of engineering and a member of the AMSAT Board of Directors,
    remarked that both students and teachers shared in the excitement.

    The SuitSat-2 team, under the leadership of Lou McFadin, W5DID, has been
    working on the design of a power converter for the solar panels, the
    internal housekeeping unit, the antenna mount, the transmitting and
    receiving hardware and how it will mount atop the suit's helmet. An ISS crew
    could launch SuitSat-2 during a spacewalk as early as next fall. SuitSat-2
    could have an operational lifetime of six months or more. -- Rosalie White,
    K1STO/ARISS

    ==>NEW VANITY CALL SIGN PROCESSING HIATUS CONTINUES

    The hold on processing new Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications
    remained in effect at week's end, although FCC Wireless Telecommunications
    Bureau staff members have indicated informally that it would end very soon.
    The Commission stopped processing new vanity call sign applications while it
    modifies the software that handles vanity applications. The suspension,
    which does not affect vanity call sign renewals, resulted from a new Amateur
    Radio Service rule that went into effect December 15 to discourage the
    filing of multiple applications by one individual for the same call sign on
    the same receipt day.

    "The Commission continues to accept vanity call sign applications," a brief
    announcement on the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) Web page says.
    "However, these applications will not be processed until software changes in
    accordance with the recent rule making have been fully implemented."

    The FCC granted the last Amateur Radio vanity call signs on January 4 for
    applications received December 15. The current suspension affects new vanity
    call sign applications submitted on December 18 or later. Once processing of
    new vanity applications resumes, the FCC says, it will process all
    applications in the queue in the order in which they were received.
    Typically, it takes 18 days from the time the FCC receives a vanity
    application until the call sign is issued -- or the application is denied.

    The FCC's "omnibus" Report and Order (R&O) in WT Docket 04-140 stipulates
    that if the FCC receives more than one application requesting a vanity call
    sign from a single applicant on the same receipt day, it will process only
    the first application entered into the ULS. The FCC will dismiss any
    subsequent vanity call sign applications from the same applicant on the same
    receipt date. The FCC put new vanity call sign processing on hold after an
    applicant unwittingly submitted 30 applications for the same call sign three
    days after the new rule became effective.

    The current vanity call sign fee, payable for new applications as well as
    renewals, is $20.80 for the 10-year license term.

    ==>FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO INVITES SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

    The non-profit Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) now is accepting
    applications for 56 academic year 2007-2008 scholarships to assist radio
    amateurs pursuing higher education. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2007.


    FAR fully funds three of scholarships and administers 42 others without cost
    on behalf of various club and individual donors; grant income funds the
    remaining 11 awards. Amateur Radio licensees pursuing a full-time course of
    study beyond high school and accepted by or enrolled in an accredited
    university, college or technical school are eligible to apply.

    Scholarship grants range from $500 to $3000, and preference in some cases
    goes to applicants living in particular geographical areas or pursuing
    certain studies. Non-US residents are eligible to apply for some of the
    scholarships.

    Request more information and an application form via e-mail
    <scholarships@farweb.org> or by sending a QSL card by April 30 to FAR
    Scholarships, PO Box 831, Riverdale, MD 20738.

    ==>SOLAR UPDATE

    Propagation maven Tad "Sunshine Superman" Cook, K7RA, Seattle, Washington,
    reports: This reporting week, January 18-24, saw lower sunspot numbers --
    seven points lower, on average -- than the previous week. Geomagnetic
    numbers also were lower, especially the past few days. At all latitudes
    January 22 through the first hours of today K index readings were zero or
    one.

    Low geomagnetic activity will be good for this weekend's CQ World Wide
    160-Meter CW Contest. There's currently a flare-spewing sunspot just around
    the sun's eastern limb, however, and when it swings into view we'll see
    solar flux about 10 points higher than now and, briefly, some higher
    geomagnetic numbers. Planetary A index for January 26-31 is predicted at 5,
    5, 15, 20, 20 and 15.
    Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions for January 26-27,
    unsettled January 28, unsettled to active January 29-30, unsettled January
    31, and quiet to unsettled February 1.

    Sunspot numbers for January 18 through 24 were 23, 15, 31, 18, 23, 18 and
    15, with a mean of 20.4. The 10.7 cm flux was 76.8, 76.3, 78.8, 78.6, 78.5,
    79.3, and 80.4, with a mean of 78.4. Estimated planetary A indices were 16,
    11, 7, 7, 3, 2 and 1, with a mean of 6.7. Estimated mid-latitude A indices
    were 9, 9, 6, 7, 2, 3 and 1, with a mean of 5.3.

    For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical
    Information Service Propagation page
    <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.

    ____

    ==>IN BRIEF:

    * This weekend on the radio: The CQ 160-Meter Contest (CW), the REF Contest
    (CW), the SARL Youth for Amateur Radio contest, the BARTG RTTY Sprint and
    the UBA DX Contest (SSB) are the weekend of January 27-28. JUST AHEAD: The
    Delaware, Minnesota and Vermont QSO parties, the 10-10 International Winter
    Contest (SSB), the AGCW Straight Key Party, the YLRL YL-OM Contest (CW), the
    Mexico RTTY International Contest, the North American Sprint (SSB) and the
    ARCI Fireside SSB Sprint are the weekend of February 3-4. The RSGB 80-Meter
    Club Championship (SSB) is February 5. The ARS Spartan Sprint is February 6.
    See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and the
    WA7BNM Contest Calendar <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html>
    for more info.

    * ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
    Registration remains open through Tuesday, February 6, for these ARRL
    Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) online courses beginning
    Sunday, February 18: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2
    (EC-002), Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003R2), 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 will also open for registration Sunday, February 4, for
    classes beginning Friday, March 16. To learn more, visit the CCE Course
    Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE
    Department <cce@arrl.org>.

    * REMINDER -- ARRL scholarship application deadline looms: The deadline to
    apply for academic year 2007-2008 ARRL Foundation scholarships is Thursday,
    February 1. All information on ARRL Foundation scholarships for young radio
    amateurs, including application forms and instructions, is only available on
    the ARRL Foundation Scholarship Programs Web page
    <http://www.arrl.org/arrlf/scholgen.html>. ARRL Foundation scholarship
    recipients will be announced this spring. Important: Applicants must include
    high school or college academic transcripts with all scholarship
    applications. Those applying for the four-year William R. Goldfarb Memorial
    Scholarship also must include a Free Application for Federal Student Aid
    (FAFSA). The ARRL Foundation is a not-for-profit IRS 501&copy;(3) organization.
    Contributions to support the future of Amateur Radio are welcome
    <http://www.arrl.org/arrlf/contribs.html>.

    * ARRL Headquarters welcomes new staff member: Micah Murray of Manchester,
    Connecticut, joined the ARRL Headquarters staff as a Web Applications
    Developer on January 8. The 27-year-old Connecticut native and Eastern
    Connecticut State University graduate previously worked in the insurance
    industry. At ARRL he will be working on a variety of Web application
    projects.

    * "Mr Lincoln" retires: ARRL staffer Bob Lincoln -- usually called "Mr
    Lincoln" at League Headquarters -- is retiring after nearly 27 years of
    service. What makes this particular occasion special is the fact that Bob is
    92 years old! "It's time to quit," Bob told fellow staff members who
    gathered January 22 to wish him well and shower him with cards and gifts. "I
    really have enjoyed working here." A part-time press operator who'd already
    completed one career before some ARRL staffers were even born, Mr Lincoln
    carried out his various printing tasks largely out of the public spotlight.
    This marks his second retirement, since he didn't begin working for the
    League until he'd taken his pension from the company that manufactured the
    presses he's been using at Headquarters. "I don't recall anyone qualifying
    for the '25 Year Club' after retiring," quipped ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ.
    Happy second retirement, Mr Lincoln!

    * 2007 DXCC Honor Roll deadline approaching: The deadline for inclusion in
    the next DXCC Honor Roll listing is March 31. Submissions must be postmarked
    by that date. The Honor Roll list will appear in August QST. There are 337
    current entities on the DXCC List, and you must be at 337 to qualify for Top
    of the Honor Roll or within the numerical top 10 to qualify for Honor Roll.
    The current minimum number for Honor Roll is 328. (Deleted entities do not
    count toward Honor Roll). "Top of Honor Roll" and "Honor Roll" plaques and
    lapel pins are available to all past and current Honor Roll members. Visit
    The ARRL DX Century Club Program Web page <http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc>
    for information on how to order.

    * AO-27 rejuvenated, back on the air: AMSAT News Service reports that AO-27
    (EyeSat-1) <http://www.ao27.org> has again been recovered and returned to
    operation. Launched in September 1993, AO-27 has been listed as
    non-operational. Michael Wyrick, N3UC, of the AO-27 command team told ANS
    that after addressing problems with the microsat's AFSK modem, ground
    controllers were able to upload operational software. The satellite has been
    sending telemetry, and the analog transponder has been turned on again.
    Under the current schedule, AO-27 is on during ascending (south-to-north)
    passes at approximately 30 degrees north latitude, although it's impossible
    to say when the satellite will be operational for a given location. An
    initial 20 seconds of telemetry are followed by 5 minutes of analog repeater
    operation. AO-27 then transmits another 60 seconds of telemetry before
    shutting down. The satellite carries a Mode V/U FM repeater with the uplink
    at 145.850 MHz and the downlink at 436.795 MHz. "Please keep in mind that
    AO-27 is 13 years old and takes some work to keep going," Wyrick advised
    users. Ground controllers are seeking help in logging telemetry from AO-27.
    Visit the Logging AO-27 Telemetry page <http://www.ao27.org/tlm.shtml> for
    information.

    * FCC rescinds applications to modify club station license: The FCC says it
    will void two applications it granted in 2005 to change the name of the club
    holding K4WCF and the designated club license trustee. Paul Toth, NA4AR, of
    Seminole, Florida, had challenged petitions filed by Gerald D. "Dee" Turner,
    N4GD, of Pinellas Park, replacing Dave E. Armbrust, AE4MR, with himself as
    K4WCF trustee and changing the name of the licensee from "West Central
    Florida Group" to "West Central Florida Section." Turner is ARRL West
    Central Florida Section Manager. Toth, who's president of West Central
    Florida Group Inc, contended that Turner's June 2005 applications were
    submitted without the club board's knowledge or approval, as FCC rules
    require, and that Turner was not even a member of the club. The FCC agreed
    that the modifications were not authorized. "Based on the information before
    us, we conclude that two applications to change the name of the club trustee
    and the name of the club were submitted without authorization," the FCC said
    in a January 24 letter to Toth
    <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-182A1.pdf>. The FCC
    declared its grant of Turner's applications void and said it would correct
    its Amateur Radio license database to reflect the trustee and club name
    previously associated with the license.

    * All-ham ISS crew to undertake "unprecedented" spacewalk series: The
    all-ham crew of the International Space Station will undertake what NASA is
    calling "an unprecedented series" of four spacewalks during the next few
    weeks. Expedition 14 Commander Mike Lopez-Alegria, KE5GTK, and Flight
    Engineer Suni Williams, KD5PLB, will kick off the spacewalk string January
    31 with a six-and-a-half-hour excursion. Subsequent spacewalks are set for
    February 4 and 8 using US spacesuits. Lopez-Alegria and Flight Engineer
    Mikhail Tyurin, RZ3FT, will conduct the fourth spacewalk later in February
    using Russian spacesuits. NASA says the US spacewalks will bring on line new
    portions of the station's cooling system, expanded with components activated
    during the December space shuttle mission. Among other tasks, Lopez-Alegria
    and Williams also will assist in the retraction of heat-rejecting radiators
    on the station's P6 truss, install some external devices to stow cargo and
    install cabling for a new power transfer system for future shuttle flights.
    On the fourth spacewalk, Lopez-Alegria and Tyurin will remove a stuck
    antenna from the Russian Progress 23 cargo spacecraft to ensure it can
    safely undock in April. NASA TV <http://www.nasa.gov/ntv> will cover these
    events. -- NASA

    * Special event to mark transcontinental relay anniversary: The Mid-MO
    Amateur Radio Club <http://www.mmccs.com/mmarc/> will sponsor a special
    event this weekend to commemoratethe role of Willis P. Corwin, 9ABD, in the
    first transcontinental relay of formal message traffic 90 years ago. Special
    event station W9C will be active starting Saturday, January 27, at 2000 UTC,
    continuing for the next 24 hours on or about 3.540, 7.040, 10.113, 14.040,
    21.040 and 28.040 MHz CW and 3.940, 7.240, 14.240, 21.240, and 28.240 SSB.
    On January 27, 1917, Corwin, then 18, received and re-transmitted the three
    CW messages that became the first successful one-way transcontinental relay
    of formal message traffic. Pioneering Amateur Radio operators originated the
    messages in Los Angeles. From there they went to an operator in Denver who
    relayed them to Corwin in Jefferson City, Missouri. From there, the messages
    went to Albany, New York, and, ultimately, to Hartford, Connecticut. A few
    days later, Corwin was again part of the chain that relayed the first
    two-way transcontinental traffic from the East Coast and back in 80 minutes.
    The feat was reported in April 1917 QST. Corwin later served as a shipboard
    wireless operator and built Jefferson City's first commercial broadcast
    station. A certificate is available. Mid-MO ARC will QSL all contacts but
    requests none in return.

    * We stand corrected! The story, "Antique Wireless Technology Spins for
    Fessenden Transmission Centennial" in The ARRL Letter, Vol 26, No 03
    (January 19, 2007) contained some incorrect information. Swedish-American
    engineer Ernst Alexanderson developed the radio transmitter that bears his
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  2. W4KVW

    W4KVW Ham Member QRZ Page

    No testing is next for sure so that "NOBODY" even has to study the written test & "EARN" a ticket!The FCC cares NOTHING about the ham bands & can NOT regulate it no matter what with almost ZERO man power in the field it's going to be FREE BAND operations!They gave in to the big manufacturers whom will be the one's who reap the "BIG BUCKS" from the removal of the code requirement!It's all about "MONEY" & NOT about you & me or someone having to STUDY & LEARN anything.So get out your wallets or the plan fails & the FCC looks like a bunch of IDIOTS(again)like they really are!

    73's,
    Clayton
    W4KVW
     
  3. AD4MG

    AD4MG Banned QRZ Page

    So, one post, and the thread deteriorates into yet another code argument.

    Is anyone else sick and tired of this mess?

    73's (that means Best Wishes's{best wishes in plural}) (how do you say that, anyway?)

    wisheses, wishesis, oh the hell with it.
     
  4. KC0WCM

    KC0WCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    The fact of the matter is if you wanted general privliges bad enuff you would have learned the code, 5WPM is realy slow. So what if its a mode you will never use Its Part of the right of passage into the prestiegue of ham radio. If the requirement was still 20wpm I would have spent more time and learned it at that speed. I look up to the people that learnd and passed the code at 20wpm. In my opinion Tech's That think the deserve HF without passing the code requirement Is a reflection as to how this world is being run. Something for Nothing Is the name of the game now adays. I'm 24 and passed the code in mid 2006 4 months after geting my Tech licence. Im proud to say I've learned the code and Took the test to show that I've learned it. I grew up with nothing HANDED to me I had to EARN what I got and feel very strong about that.
    It seems to me that every generation is getting more lax on the next. Letting more and more slide, When is enuff enuff! Im sorry If I pissed anyone off but Life needs to be hard so you can look back after something was HARD and say wow I did that I set a goal and acheved my goal and I didnt wait for someone to do it for me. Its realy not the FCC's fault, IT's the ones who didn't want to try hard enuff to meet the requirement. The FCC just gave in. And I understand there are some that have a harder time with code then others But there are Way's to get help with it. I'm mainly talking about the ones who don't think they should pass a test for a mode they will never use. It's imature and selfish! For those who've done it Congratulations! For the others that dont want to Good luck on the bands. Long Live Code!
     
  5. KD5HLB

    KD5HLB Guest

    Moot! [​IMG]
     
  6. KC8YXA

    KC8YXA Ham Member QRZ Page

    what he said
     
  7. AD4MG

    AD4MG Banned QRZ Page

    That's the spirit! Now, copy that same post to the other 11 code/nocode threads, and you'll win the prize.

    Honestly, I think it looked better in the "FINALLY!!!!!!" thread.

    Yeah, what they said.
     
  8. AD4MG

    AD4MG Banned QRZ Page

    That wouldn't be the "reduced effort" 5 wpm code test, would it?
     
  9. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looks like too many people hanging around with nothing better to do...

    Here's an idea - why not spend your time more productively memorizing more questions from the q pool so you can get another gold star for which you don't have to work? Or even a better idea - actually put in some effort into anything so you might actually learn something?

    On second thought, it's much easier to simply respond to this with some stupid answer...
     
  10. AD4MG

    AD4MG Banned QRZ Page

    I can't receive any more gold stars. I'm an "extra heavy".

    There's my stupid answer. How did I do?
     
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