Register Account

Login Help

ARRL Letter

The ARRL Letter
August 2, 2012
John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, Editor
ARRL Home PageARRL Letter ArchiveAudio News


+ Available on ARRL Audio News.

+ ARRL Board of Directors: ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, Announces Resignation

ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM (seen here at the AM station in the ARRL Lab's museum room), resigned from the ARRL Board of Directors on August 1.

ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM, announced that she has resigned her position from the ARRL Board of Directors, effective August 1. Hartlage -- who graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in May -- will be moving to the Washington, DC area to begin her career. The ARRL Articles of Association require that a Director or Vice-Director must reside in the Division. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has appointed James Millsap, WB4NWS, of Acworth, Georgia, to fill the vacancy, also effective August 1. Millsap, who has a background serving in the ARRL's Georgia Field Organization, currently serves as the ARRL Metro Atlanta District Emergency Coordinator.

"I want to make it clear that while I will no longer be a member of the Southeastern Division or a Board member, I plan to remain involved in ham radio and to continue serving the Amateur Radio community," Hartlage told Southeastern Division amateurs. "I will continue to be an active member of the Youth in the Second Century Committee, will continue to help the ARRL staff and Board in any way possible and look forward to becoming an active member of the Roanoke Division." Read more here.

+ ARRL Board of Directors: Minutes of 2012 Second Meeting Now Available

The ARRL Board of Directors met July 20-21 in Windsor, Connecticut for its 2012 Second Meeting. The Minutes of that meeting have now been posted on the ARRL website.

ARRL in Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?

This feature is a concise monthly update of some of the things that the ARRL is doing on behalf of its members. This installment -- which covers the month of July -- takes a look at the 2012 Second Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors, an ARRL-sponsored webinar on hurricane response, an interview on ham radio with an astronaut, W1AW services, integration of the ARRL's LoTW program with CQ's WPX Award, reports from the Official Observer Desk and more. Read more here.

+ FCC News: FCC Denies Petition Seeking to Designate Nationwide Emergency Calling Frequency

Saying that it believes that the Amateur Radio Service "allows flexibility to provide emergency communications in a way that takes into account channel availability and other local conditions," the FCC denied a Petition for Rulemaking on July 31 that sought to create a nationwide emergency calling frequency. The Petition -- filed by Bryan Boyle, WB0YLE, of Morrisville, Pennsylvania, and Jim Dixon, WB6NIL, of Alhambra, California -- called upon the FCC to designate 146.550 MHz as a "non-exclusive nationwide Amateur Radio Service emergency communications channel using FM wideband modulation." Read more here.

+ FCC News: FCC Upholds $7000 Forfeiture Order to California CB Operator

After a Merced, California man refused to let FCC investigators inspect his Citizens Band (CB) radio station, the FCC issued -- and upheld -- a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) for $7000 for not allowing the inspection. In issuing the NAL in March 2011, the FCC found that Ira Jones "apparently willfully and repeatedly" violated Section 303(n) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 95.426(a) of the Commission's rules (CB Rule 26) by failing to permit the inspection. Jones responded to the NAL, but the FCC upheld the forfeiture amount, saying that Jones' arguments were "irrelevant" and "unpersuasive." Read more here.

+ Ivica Dacic, YU1YU, Elected Prime Minister of Serbia

Former Serbian Internal Affairs Minister Ivica Dacic, YU1YU, was elected as that country's newest Prime Minister on July 27. He succeeds Mirko Cvetkovic, who served as Serbia's Prime Minister from 2008-2012. Dacic is the leader of the Socialist Party of Serbia; from 2008 until his election as Prime Minister, he served as First Deputy Prime Minister, as well as Minister of Internal Affairs. In March 2012, Serbia became a candidate for membership in the European Union (EU).

New Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic, YU1YU

Dacic is a member of the Amateur Radio Union of Serbia (SRS), Serbia's IARU Member-Society and is said to be a member of his local club, YU1AAV. The club was founded in 1978 as one of nine sections of the Novi Beograd (New Belgrade) Amateur Radio Club, YU1FJK. According to its website, YU1AAV's primary goal has been to teach kids Morse code and Amateur Radio Direction Finding skills: "The 1990s brought us war, sanctions and social crises, but it also brought the good opportunity to move kids from the streets to learn ham radio. These were the years when the most kids from the neighborhood finished the course to get their basic ham license."

Boban Kojic, YT9A, told ARRL Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, that he was "happy that Ivica had become a ham and had passed his telegrapher's class. It is exciting that today's Prime Minister passed his second class exam in high school and has supported his club throughout the years. I first met Ivica at the 2005 Region 1 ARDF Championships in Tara, when I was SRS President. He helped to gather funds for the event, and together, we went from ministry to ministry in search of financial support. Ivica himself called the president of Bajina Bašta [a town located in the western mountains of Serbia where the opening ceremony would be held] and sought his assistance to fund the opening ceremony. Now this wasn't a small amount of money; it was money for the buses from Tara to Bajina Bašta and back, the renting of a stadium, cleaning and decorating, organization of about 15-20 minutes of cultural and arts programs and cocktails for representatives of the national associations, as well as gift bags for each and every one of them."

In 2008, Dacic was featured on the cover of Radio Amateri, a Serbian Amateur Radio magazine.

In another e-mail to Sumner, Ivan Mastilovic, YU1LA, said that while he has not heard Dacic on the bands, "it is probably because his job takes all his free time. I have met him a few times with the SRS and he is a very nice young man with a real interest in Amateur Radio. No doubt that when his political career ends, he will be on the air more with a true love for ham radio. Now, as our Prime Minster, I'm sure he can help our ham radio community."

Prior to his election as Prime Minister, Dacic served as the spokesman for the Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) from 1992-2000; he has served as president of the SPS since December 2006. He holds a degree in political science from the University of Belgrade. According to the SPS, Dacic, 46, is fluent in both Russian and English, is married and the father of two children. -- Thanks to ARRL MVP Associate Sanijela Zanovic for providing translating services

On the Air: Special Event Stations in London and Wales On the Air for 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Two British special event call signs have been activated to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games: 2O12L from London, England and 2O12W from Barry, Wales. Both stations will be on the air for the duration of the Games -- July 25-August 12 -- and continuing through September 9. Organizers hope to make at least 80,000 contacts during the seven weeks that 2O12L and 2O12W are on the air. Read more here.

Solar Update

The Sun, as seen on Thursday, August 2, 2012 from NASA's SOHO Extreme Ultraviolet Imaging Telescope. This MDI (Michelson Doppler Imager) image was taken in the continuum near the Ni I 6768 Angstrom line. The most prominent features are the sunspots. This is very much how the Sun looks in the visible range of the spectrum.

Tad "I'm up before the Sun" Cook, K7RA, reports: The average sunspot numbers this week were up more than 47 points to 99.3, while the average daily solar flux rose nearly 35 points to 131.7. The solar flux jumped from 139.8 on Tuesday, July 31 to 150.1 on Wednesday, August 1. The predicted solar flux is 155 on August 2-3, 150 on August 4, 145 on August 5-6, 140 on August 7, 135 on August 8-9, 140 and 130 on August 10-11, and back down to 120 on August 12-13. The solar flux is expected to drop below 100 on August 16-21. The predicted planetary A index is 10 and 8 on August 2-3, 5 on August 4-19, 8 on August 20-21, 5 on August 22-23, and then 8, 8, 12 and 8 on August 24-27. Look for more on the ARRL website on Friday, August 3. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation page. This week's "Tad Cookism" is brought to you by DEVO's Working in a Coal Mine.

Silent Key: Noted QST Author Steve Powlishen, K1FO (SK)

Steve Powlishen, K1FO (SK)

Steve Powlishen, K1FO, of Madison, Connecticut, passed away July 28 due to complications from cancer. He was 60. An ARRL Life Member, Powlishen was best known for his antenna designs for weak signal work. His company, Lunar-Link Systems -- founded by Powlishen in 1994 -- manufactured and sold high-performance amplifiers that allowed more amateurs to experience Earth-Moon-Earth (EME), often called "Moonbounce," on 432 MHz. Powlishen -- who had 613 unique contacts on 70 cm EME -- penned more than 10 articles for QST, QEX and Ham Radio Magazine on weak signal operation. Read more here.

+ ARRL Recognizes: Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, Wins July QST Cover Plaque Award

The winner of the July QST Cover Plaque award is Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, for his article "Our Recent Solar Minimum and Sunspot Cycle 24 Progress." Congratulations Carl! 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 August issue today.

+ W1AW: W1AW's EchoLink and IRLP Nodes Back in Service

With the recent upgrades to the ARRL's Internet system completed, the W1AW EchoLink Conference Server W1AWBDCT and W1AW's IRLP Node 4292 are now back in service. Amateurs are able to once again listen to code practice transmissions and digital bulletins via the W1AW EchoLink Conference Server.

This Week in Radiosport

This week:

  • August 3 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
  • August 4 -- TARA Grid Dip Shindig; European HF Championship
  • August 4-5 -- ARRL UHF Contest; North American QSO Party (CW); 10-10 International Summer Contest (SSB)
  • August 5 -- RSGB RoPoCo CW; SARL HF Phone Contest
  • August 7 -- ARS Spartan Sprint
  • August 8 -- NAQCC-EU Monthly Sprint
  • August 8-9 -- CWops Mini-CWT Test

Next week:

  • August 10 -- NCCC Sprint Ladder
  • August 11-12 -- Maryland-DC QSO Party; WAE DX Contest (CW)
  • August 12 -- SKCC Weekend Sprintathon; Feld Hell Sprint
  • August 15 -- NAQCC Straight Key/Bug Sprint

All dates, unless otherwise stated, are UTC. See the ARRL Contest Branch page, the ARRL Contest Update and the WA7BNM Contest Calendar for more information. Looking for a Special Event station? Be sure to check out the ARRL Special Event Stations web page.

Upcoming ARRL Section, State and Division Conventions and Events

To find a convention or hamfest near you, click here.

ARRL -- Your One-Stop Resource for Amateur Radio News and Information

Join or Renew Today! ARRL membership includes QST, Amateur Radio's most popular and informative journal, delivered to your mailbox each month.

Subscribe to NCJ -- the National Contest Journal. Published bi-monthly, features articles by top contesters, letters, hints, statistics, scores, NA Sprint and QSO Parties.

Subscribe to QEX -- A Forum for Communications Experimenters. Published bi-monthly, features technical articles, construction projects, columns and other items of interest to radio amateurs and communications professionals.

Free of charge to ARRL members: Subscribe to the ARES E-Letter (monthly public service and emergency communications news), the ARRL Contest Update (bi-weekly contest newsletter), Division and Section news alerts -- and much more!

Find us on Facebook. Follow us on Twitter.

ARRL offers a wide array of products to enhance your enjoyment of Amateur Radio

Donate to the fund of your choice -- support programs not funded by member dues!

Click here to advertise in this newsletter.



The ARRL Letter

The ARRL Letter offers a weekly summary of essential news of interest to active amateurs that is available in advance of publication in QST, our official journal. The ARRL Letter strives to be timely, accurate, concise and readable.

Much of the ARRL Letter content is also available in audio form in ARRL Audio News.

Material from The ARRL Letter may be republished or reproduced in whole or in part in any form without additional permission. Credit must be given to The ARRL Letter and The American Radio Relay League.

Back issues published since 2000 are available on this page. If you wish to subscribe via e-mail, simply log on to the ARRL Web site, click on Edit Your Profile at the top, then click on Edit Email Subscriptions. Check the box next to The ARRL email newsletter, the ARRL Letter and you will receive each weekly issue in HTML format. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Delivery problems (ARRL member direct delivery only!):

Editorial questions or comments: John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, at


The ARRL E-Letter e-mail is also available in plain-text version:

Outlook Express

1. From the Inbox view, select the Tools menu and the Options selection.

2. Click the Read tab

3. Check the Read All Messages In Plain Text box.  When you open the e-mail, it will be in plain text without images. Other e-mail programs may be able to make a Mail Rule for e-mail received from the address so that the plain-text-only display is selected automatically.

Outlook 2007

Use the same procedure as for Outlook Express, although the global option is under "Tools/Trust Center/E-mail Security".


Use the menu item "View/Message Body As/Plain Text" or "View/Message Source" options.

OS X Mail (Mac)

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, ...


Instragram     Facebook     Twitter     YouTube     LinkedIn