The ARRL Letter
Published by the American Radio Relay League ********************************************
April 18, 2019
Editor: Rick Lindquist, WW1ME <email@example.com
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IN THIS ISSUE
- "Mentoring the Next Generation" is Hamvention and ARRL 2019 National Convention Theme
- ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer Monitor
- New Tech: FCC Invites Comments on Waiver Request for 24 GHz Wireless
Power Transfer Device
- New Episode of "So Now What?" Podcast
- Hamvention Opening Gates to All on Final Day of 2019 Show
- Registration Opens for USA ARDF Championships
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- The K7RA Solar Update
- ARRL Foundation Announces Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial Scholarship
- Astronaut and Pioneer for Amateur Radio in Space Owen Garriott,
- In Brief...
- Getting It Right
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL Headquarters will be Closed on Friday, April 19
ARRL Headquarters will be closed on Friday, April 19. There will be no
W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on Friday, and no edition
of the ARRL Audio News podcast this week. ARRL Headquarters will reopen
on Monday, April 22, at 8 AM EDT. We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable
"MENTORING THE NEXT GENERATION" IS HAMVENTION AND ARRL 2019
NATIONAL CONVENTION THEME
With an eye toward helping new and inexperienced hams enjoy the full
range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer, Hamvention <http://www.hamvention.org/>®
and the ARRL 2019 National Convention
will embrace the theme of "Mentoring the Next Generation." Hamvention
hosts the National Convention May 17 - 19 at the Greene County
Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. This will mark the third
year for Hamvention at its new venue. A contingent of ARRL staff and member-volunteers will join forces to make available many ARRL exhibits
and resources to Hamvention visitors. The centerpiece of ARRL's
participation will be ARRL EXPO in Building 2. An extensive roster of
exhibits and activities <http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Hamfest/ARRL%20National%20Convention%20at%20201
Instructors from the ARRL Teachers Institute for Wireless Technology
will be on hand to bring wireless and electronics theory to life in
hands-on demonstrations and lessons. They'll also touch on satellite communications, microcontrollers, and the fundamentals of robotics. At
a Sunday forum called "Discovering Radio Communications" (10:30 AM -
11:30 AM in Room 2), presenters for the Teachers Institute will
highlight a variety of instructional experiences and ideas.
As part of its mentoring focus, ARRL has invited members of the Nashua
(New Hampshire) Area Radio Society to Hamvention and ARRL EXPO to share
the club's effective and well-developed outreach program. The ARRL
Special Service Club, which boasts more than 200 members and is being recognized as the 2019 Hamvention Club of the Year, caters to radio
amateurs of all interests and experience levels. NARS will host an
interactive exhibit that may serve as a model for other radio clubs to
emulate as well as a Friday forum, "ARRL Spotlight on Radio Clubs and Mentoring" (11:50 AM - 1:05 PM) in Room 3. ARRL-sponsored forums will
- ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will present "The ARRL Lab:
Trials, Tribulations and (Tall?) Tales," on Friday (9:15 AM - 10:30 AM)
in Room 3.
- ARRL Great Lakes Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, will moderate the
popular ARRL Forum on Saturday (12 PM - 1:15 PM) in Room 3.
- ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will speak on "Engaging Today's Radio Amateur" on Saturday (1:30 PM - 2:30 PM) in Room 3.
- Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, a familiar face to many Hamvention
visitors from his days with the FCC, will be on hand Sunday (9:15 AM -
10:15 PM) in Room 2 to discuss "ARRL's New Volunteer Monitor Program
and the FCC."
- An ARRL Wouff Hong Ceremony <http://arrl-ohio.org/wouff-hong.html>
will take place Saturday at 9 PM at the Marriott at the University of
Dayton (Tradewinds Pavilion), sponsored by the ARRL Ohio Section. The traditional Wouff Hong ceremony is steeped in mystery and represents a tradition that goes back to the early days of ARRL history. Register
For more information, see the 2019 ARRL National Convention: Exhibit & Activities Guide <http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Hamfest/ARRL20Convention202019%20Hamvention/201
Read more <http://www.arrl.org/news/mentoring-the-next-generation-is-hamvention-and-arrl-
ARRL AND FCC SIGN MEMORANDUM TO IMPLEMENT NEW VOLUNTEER MONITOR
ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that
paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer Monitor
program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors as a
replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current OOs have
been encouraged to participate in the new program.
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH.
"We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with
the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of
protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands," said ARRL
President Rick Roderick, K5UR. "This Memorandum of Understanding will
serve as the foundation for a new level of partnership on this very
ARRL has contracted with retired FCC special counsel and former
Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to oversee
the ARRL's role in the development and implementation of the Volunteer
Approved by the ARRL Board of Directors at its July 2018 meeting, the
new Volunteer Monitor program is a formal agreement between the FCC and
ARRL in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL will monitor
the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used both to correct
misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation. Cases of flagrant violations will be referred to the FCC by the ARRL for action in
accordance with FCC guidelines.
The intent of this program is to re-energize enforcement efforts in the
Amateur Radio bands. It was proposed by the FCC in the wake of several
FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.
"Under this program, the FCC will give enforcement priority to cases
developed by the Volunteer Monitor program, without the delay of ARRL
having to refer cases through the FCC online complaint process,"
Hollingsworth has committed to FCC and ARRL officials to ensure the
adequacy of training for the new positions, to review the quality and
utility of Volunteer Monitor submissions to the FCC for enforcement
actions, and to advocate for rapid disposition of cases appropriately
submitted to the FCC.
ARRL officials estimate that the first Volunteer Monitors will be in
place and ready to begin their duties within 6 to 9 months. Read more <http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-and-fcc-sign-memorandum-to-implement-new-volunte
NEW TECH: FCC INVITES COMMENTS ON WAIVER REQUEST FOR 24 GHZ
WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER DEVICE
The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) is seeking comments
in ET Docket 19-83 on a request by Auspion USA, Inc. to waive the
Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) rules' "local use"
requirement (FCC Part 2 and Part 18 rules) for a 24 GHz wireless power
transfer device over distance. On January 3, Auspion requested a waiver
of FCC rules to allow it to obtain a grant of equipment authorization
for the marketing and operation of a nonâ€‘consumer system using
transmission of wireless power over distance. Auspion's "WiPod" system
would provide power to, and/or charge, receivers located at various
distances from the transmitter.
§18.107(c) of the rules defines ISM devices as "[e]quipment or
appliances designed to generate and use [local] RF energy for
industrial, scientific, medical, domestic or similar purposes,
excluding applications in the field of telecommunication." Auspion
requests that the Commission waive the "local use" condition, as
specified in ISM Part 18 rules to allow its system to operate at
distances greater than 1 meter between the transmitter and receivers,
as long as the transmitted power is directed to very precise locations
(called "power spots") where the receivers are sited. Auspion plans to
market its system exclusively for industrial, retail, and enterprise applications, such as charging industrial robots, warehouse-based
drones, and smartphones in conference rooms.
Parties should file all comments and reply comments in ET Docket 19-83
using the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS <http://apps.fcc.gov/ecfs/>
). Comments are due by April 25, and reply
comments are due by May 10.
NEW EPISODE OF "SO NOW WHAT?" PODCAST
"All About Safety" is the focus of the new (April 18) episode of the So
Now What? <http://www.arrl.org/so-now-what>
podcast for Amateur Radio newcomers. If you're a newly licensed Amateur Radio operator, chances
are you have lots of questions. This biweekly podcast has answers! So
Now What? offers insights from those who've been just where you are
now. New episodes will be posted every other Thursday, alternating
new-episode weeks with the ARRL The Doctor is In
So Now What? is sponsored by LDG Electronics
a family owned and operated business
with laboratories in southern Maryland that offers a wide array of
antenna tuners and other Amateur Radio products.
ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and W1AW
Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, co-host the podcast. Presented as a
lively conversation, with Patnode representing newer hams and Carcia
the veteran operators, the podcast explores questions that newer hams
may have and the issues that keep participants from staying active in
the hobby. Some episodes will feature guests to answer questions on
specific topic areas.
Listeners can find So Now What? on Apple iTunes <https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/arrl-so-now-what/id1451019115?mt=2>,
(free registration required, or browse the
site as a guest) and through the free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or
Android devices. Episodes will be archived on the ARRL website.
HAMVENTION OPENING GATES TO ALL ON FINAL DAY OF 2019 SHOW
Hamvention® has announced that it will open the gates to all, without
charge, on Sunday, May 19, the final day of the annual gathering at
Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. Hamvention
2019 General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT, said the idea is to encourage
the curious to see what attracts some 30,000 visitors to Hamvention
Hamvention General Chair Jack Gerbs, WB8SCT.
"This will make it a little easier and cheaper for someone with just
a little interest in Hamvention to see what all the excitement is
about," Gerbs said.
In addition to the features and equipment that attract radio amateurs,
non-ham visitors will get to see vendors selling a variety of other
electronic equipment, including computers and accessories, security
devices, networking supplies, tools, and other items of interest to the
general public. Those visiting the flea market area may be surprised at
what's available, often at a small fraction of its original cost.
Gerbs pointed out that Sunday is Hamvention's lightest traffic day,
making it convenient for anyone who just wants check out what's there. Hamvention will be open on Sunday from 9 AM until 1 PM.
Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer, KX8GCS, has arranged to make text
alerts possible again this year for those wanting up-to-the-minute
mobile phone alerts regarding weather, traffic, parking, and other
useful information affecting the event. Text "Hamvention19" to 888777
to sign up. Those who signed up for the text alerts in 2018 already are registered for this year's event.
The text alerts supplement the Hamvention talk-in station that has
operated for many years on the Dayton Amateur Radio Association 146.94
repeater (123.0 Hz tone) to give directions and other assistance. Read
REGISTRATION OPENS FOR USA ARDF CHAMPIONSHIPS
Registration is now open for the 2019 USA and IARU Region 2
Championships of Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF), set for August
1 - 4. Competition venues will be near Raleigh, North Carolina.
"The USA ARDF Championships are an ideal opportunity to watch and learn
from the best radio-orienteers in the US and from around the world,
because visiting competitors from numerous other countries are expected
to attend," said ARRL ARDF Coordinator Joe Moell, K0OV. "Winners who
qualify by citizenship or residence may be selected for positions on
ARDF Team USA, which will travel to Serbia for the 2020 ARDF World Championships."
Thursday, August 1, will be devoted to the foxoring <http://www.homingin.com/sprints.html#foxoring>
is a combination of radio direction finding and classic orienteering.
Friday morning will be the sprint
a short course with 12-second
fox transmissions instead of the usual 60 seconds each, followed by a
model event for equipment testing and a competitor briefing.
Classic 2-meter and 80-meter competitions will take place Saturday and
Sunday, respectively. An awards banquet on Saturday evening will
include presentation of medals for foxoring, sprint, and 2-meter
classic events; awards for 80-meter classic will be given out on Sunday afternoon immediately after the competition.
Members of the Backwoods Orienteering Klub (BOK
) will organize the 2019 USA and IARU Region
2 Championships. The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) sets ARDF Championship rules <http://www.homingin.com/intlfox.html#rules>
scoring and awards, participants are divided into 11 age/gender
The USA ARDF Championships are open to anyone who can safely navigate
the woods by themselves. A ham radio license is not required. Each
participant competes as an individual -- any teamwork or GPS use is
Information bulletin #2 <https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vQvC5cPwrgpk4gJLTM1qrfEJuJqnKlNGgt
contains the complete schedule, technical details, lodging, T-shirts,
fees, rule variations, and more. Bulletins and links for online
registration are on the event web page <https://backwoodsok.org/2019-ardf-us-and-region-ii-championships>
the BOK site. An email reflector <https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/usa2019ardf/info>
is available for
Q&A with the organizers as well as for coordinating transportation and arranging equipment loans.
Basic information on international-style transmitter hunting is on the
"Homing In" radio direction finding website <http://www.homingin.com/>
Read more <http://www.arrl.org/news/registration-opens-for-usa-ardf-championships>
-- Thanks to Joe Moell, K0OV <firstname.lastname@example.org
JUST AHEAD IN RADIOSPORT
- April 19 - 20 -- Holyland DX Contest (CW, phone, digital)
- April 20 -- ES Open HF Championship (CW, phone)
- April 20 -- QRP to the Field (CW, phone)
- April 20 -- Feld Hell Sprint
- April 20 - 21 -- Worked All Provinces of China DX Contest (CW, phone)
- April 20 - 21 -- YU DX Contest (CW, phone)
- April 20 - 21 -- CQMM DX Contest (CW)
- April 20 - 21 -- Nebraska QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)
- April 20 - 21 -- Michigan QSO Party (CW, phone)
- April 20 - 21 -- EA-QRP CW Contest (CW)
- April 20 - 21 -- Ontario QSO Party (CW, phone)
- April 22 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)
- April 24 -- SKCC Sprint (CW)
- April 24 -- 432 MHz Spring Sprint (CW, phone)
- April 24 -- UKEICC 80-Meter Contest (CW)
- April 25 -- RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (Digital)
See the ARRL Contest Calendar <http://www.arrl.org/contest-calendar>
for more information. For in-depth reporting on Amateur Radio
contesting, subscribe to The ARRL Contest Update <http://www.arrl.org/contest-update-issues>
via your ARRL member
profile email preferences.
THE K7RA SOLAR UPDATE
Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: New sunspot group 2739 appeared on
April 17, and the daily sunspot number rose to 24. The new sunspot's
polarity indicates that it's still part of Cycle 24, the current
sunspot cycle. This reporting week (April 11 - 17) the average daily
sunspot number rose from 6.9 to 14, while average daily solar flux
increased from 75.4 to 76.4.
Geomagnetic indicators were quieter, with the average planetary A index declining from 10.6 to 6.4.
Predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 76, 74, and 72 on April 18
- 20; 70 on April 21 - 23; 68 on April 24; 69 on April 25 - 26; 70 and
69 on April 27 - 28; 71 on April 29 - 30; 70 on May 1; 72 on May 2 - 3;
77 on May 4; 79 on May 5 - 6; 78, 79, and 77 on May 7 - 9; 78 on May 10
- 17; 71 on May 18 - 19; 69 and 68 on May 20 - 21; 69 on May 22 - 23;
70 and 69 on May 24 - 25; 71 on May 26 - 27; 70 on May 28; 72 on May 29
- 30, and 77 and 79 on May 31 - June 1.
Predicted planetary A index is 5 on April 18 - 26; 10, 8, and 5 on
April 27 - 29; 10 on April 30 - May 2; 7, 5, and 13 on May 3 - 5; 10,
14, and 7 on May 6 - 8; 8 on May 9 - 10; 5 on May 11 - 20; 10, 8, and 5
on May 21 - 23; 10, 8, and 5 on May 24 - 26; 10 on May 27 - 29, and 7,
5, and 13 on May 30 - June 1.
Jon, N0JK, reports that summer sporadic-E season began on April 14,
when he copied K2PL and KE3QZ in Kansas on 6 meters.
Sunspot numbers for April 11 - 17 were 13, 14, 14, 11, 11, 11, and 24,
with a mean of 14. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 78.5, 77.3, 77.9, 75.4,
75.4, 74.2, and 76.1, with a mean of 76.4. Estimated planetary A
indices were 7, 9, 8, 4, 8, 6, and 3, with a mean of 6.4. Middle
latitude A index was 6, 7, 7, 3, 8, 6, and 3, with a mean of 5.7.
A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL
website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit <http://arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals>
the ARRL Technical
Information Service, read
"What the Numbers
Mean...," and check out <http://k9la.us/>
K9LA's Propagation Page.
A propagation bulletin archive <http://arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive-propagation>
Monthly charts <http://arrl.org/propagation>
projections between the US and a dozen DX locations.
> your reports and observations.
ARRL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES DICK HANNA, K3VYY, MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The ARRL Foundation has announced the Dick Hanna, K3VYY, Memorial
Scholarship. Created through the generosity of the Hanna Family in
memory of J. Richard "Dick" Hanna, K3VYY, of Beaver Falls,
Pennsylvania, this scholarship is intended exclusively for educational
use, to provide assistance with the cost of tuition, room, board,
books, and/or other fees essential to the higher education of the
recipient. Preference is given to applicants residing in western
Pennsylvania or in eastern Kentucky.
The applicant must:
- be a US citizen, but without regard to gender, race, national origin, handicap status, or any other factor.
- be performing at a high academic level (grade point average of 3.0 or higher).
- hold a valid FCC-issued Amateur Radio license, with preference given
to applicants holding a General-class license or higher.
- be enrolled in an accredited 4-year college or university and
pursuing a degree in a science-, math-, engineering-, or
technology-related field, or in an accredited program in aviation or
Dick Hanna, K3VYY.
The grant will be $1,000 annually, with the first scholarship
expected to be awarded in 2020. The ARRL Foundation Board of Directors
will disperse the scholarship funds to the recipient's school of
choice. Scholarships are for the exclusive use of the recipient.
Hanna was first licensed in 1962 as KN3SVL. He died in 2017. Survivors
include his wife Pamela, WB3BHJ, and sons Doug, N4YKQ, and Brian,
Including the new Hanna scholarship, the Foundation will be awarding 98 scholarships from 77 funds in 2020, totaling $142,650.
ASTRONAUT AND PIONEER FOR AMATEUR RADIO IN SPACE OWEN GARRIOTT,
Owen K. Garriott, W5LFL, the US astronaut who pioneered the use of
Amateur Radio to make contacts from space, died April 15 at his home in Huntsville, Alabama. He was 88. Garriott's ham radio activity ushered
in the formal establishment of Amateur Radio in space, first as SAREX
(the Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment), and later as ARISS <http://www.ariss.org/>
(Amateur Radio on the International Space
"Owen inspired legions of Amateur Radio operators worldwide to support
human spaceflight Amateur Radio endeavors and for countless individuals
to become ham radio operators," observed ARISS-International President
Frank Bauer, KA3HDO.
Garriott, an Oklahoma native, thrilled radio amateurs around the world
by making the first contacts from space during 10 days aboard
Spacelab-1 during a 1983 Space Shuttle Columbia mission. Thousands of
hams listened on 2-meter FM, hoping to hear him or to make a contact.
Garriott ended up contacting stations around the globe, among them such notables as the late King Hussein, JY1, of Jordan, and the late US
Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA.
"I managed to do it in my off-duty hours, and it was a pleasure to get
involved in it and to talk with people who are as interested in space
as the 100,000 hams on the ground seemed to be," Garriott recounted
during an interview published in the February 1984 edition of QST.
Garriott simply used a handheld transceiver with its antenna in the
window of Spacelab-1. His first pass was down the US West Coast.
"[A]s I approached the US, I began to hear stations that were trying to
reach me," he told QST. "On my very first CQ, there were plenty of
stations responding." His first contact was with Lance Collister,
WA1JXN, in Montana.
Garriott shared a Hamvention Special Achievement Award in 2002 with
fellow Amateur Radio astronaut Tony England, W0ORE. His son, Richard
Garriott, W5KWQ, was a private space traveler to the ISS, flown there
by the Russian Federal Space Agency, and he also carried ham radio into
ARRL has rolled back Outgoing QSL Bureau rates to 2011 levels.
Effective May 15, 2019, the new rates will be: $2 for 10 or fewer cards
in one envelope; $3 for 11 - 20 cards in one envelope, or 75 cents per
ounce for packages with 21 or more cards. For example, a package
containing 1.5 pounds of cards -- 24 ounces, or about 225 cards -- will
cost $18. There are no transaction service fees. Any cards received
before May 15 will be charged the current rate. There will be no
adjustments for cards received before May 15. More information <http://www.arrl.org/Outgoing-QSL-Service>
is on the ARRL website.
A new billboard on Interstate 40 in Tennessee promotes ARRL and Amateur
Radio. Working with ARRL Product Development Manager Bob Inderbitzen,
NQ1R, and Communications Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, ARRL Graphic
Designer Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, completed a design for a new 10 × 20
billboard, owned by ARRL Life Member Cliff Segar, KD4GT. Segar says the
average daily traffic count for the area along I-40 west bound, mile
marker 336, is on the order of 6 million vehicles per year.
American Honda has announced a voluntary recall of some 200,000
portable generators sold in the US, due to a potential fire and burn
hazard. The recall includes the EU2200i, EU2200i Companion, and EB2200i generators. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the
affected portable generators can leak gasoline from the fuel valve.
Users should stop operating the recalled generator and contact an
authorized Honda dealer for a free repair. Honda is also contacting
users directly. For more information, visit the CPSC website <https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/american-honda-recalls-portable-generators-d
A similar recall has been issued in Canada.
GETTING IT RIGHT
The item "FCC Agrees to 90-Day Pause in Consideration of WT Docket
16-239" in the April 11 edition of The ARRL Letter contained an error.
It should have said, "The Commission's proposed changes differed from
the ARRL's initial filing and caused ARRL to be concerned about
possible interference to current users resulting from the deletion of
ARRL's requested 2.8 kHz bandwidth limitation."
UPCOMING ARRL SECTION, STATE, AND DIVISION CONVENTIONS
- April 20 -- North Carolina State Convention <http://rarsfest.org/>,
Raleigh, North Carolina
- April 26 - 28 -- VHF Super Conference
- April 27 -- Delaware State Convention
- April 27 -- Aurora <http://www.nlrs.org/>
'19 Conference <http://www.nlrs.org/>,
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
- April 27 -- ARRL North Texas MentorFest
- April 27 -- RV Radio Network Rally <https://rvradionetwork.com/>,
Linwood, North Carolina
- May 5 -- Eastern Pennsylvania Section Convention <http://www.k3dn.org/hamfest/>,
- May 17 - 19 -- Hamvention -- ARRL National Convention <http://www.hamvention.org/>,
- May 31 - June 1 -- Arizona State Convention
- May 31 - June 2 -- Northwestern Division Convention
- June 1 -- Georgia Section Convention
- June 1 - 2 -- Western Pennsylvania Section Convention <http://www.breezeshooters.org/>,
- June 7 - 8 -- West Gulf Division Convention <http://www.hamcom.org/>
(Ham-Com), Plano, Texas
- June 15 -- W8DXCC DX Convention <http://www.w8dxcc.com/>,
Find conventions and hamfests in your area
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