observe: because of the ARRL Centennial convention, this week's edition of The ARRL Letter is being allotted sooner than regular and will not encompass The K7RA solar update (the propagation bulletin should be posted as regular on Friday, July 18). There might be no ARRL Audio news on Friday, July 18.
Centennial convention should be an adventure to be aware, ARRL President Says
ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, is eagerly looking forward to the ARRL country wide Centennial conference this week, however with a sense of heritage, awe, and honor. The conference gets underway Thursday, July 17, on the Connecticut conference core in Hartford. Craigie mentioned this week that to be President when the ARRL celebrates its centennial "is an fabulous first rate fortune that i am clearly grateful for."
"think about standing at one end of a row of 15 americans," Craigie mentioned. "Now think about that on the different end of the row is Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW. Being the inheritor of 'The historic Man's' legacy is satisfactory to daunt anyone who doesn't want ego-reduction surgery, even earlier than you element in the other 13 presidents -- all of them staggering radio amateurs."
among those attending the conference should be all however some of the living past Presidents of the ARRL. they're Harry Dannals, W2HD (1972-1982); Larry fee, W4RA (1984-1992); Rod Stafford, W6ROD (1995-1999), and Joel Harrison, W5ZN (2006-2010). "I spoke with Jim Haynie, W5JBP, who regrets that he cannot attend but sends his best possible regards," Craigie recounted. Haynie served as ARRL President from 2000 except 2005.
Craigie will host a Presidents Breakfast on Saturday morning. "in addition, they can welcome Richard Crouch, N6RC, grandson of the third ARRL President, George Bailey W1KH/W2KH," she introduced. Bailey served as the League's president from 1940 unless 1952. Crouch, an ARRL existence Member, is from Campbell, California. "i'm honored to be in the business of these individuals," she brought.
The convention features a full schedule of Thursday training music courses and Friday and Saturday forums. Craigie observed she believes that League co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim can be "delighted" to see these on the Centennial convention software. "Coming from a household of inventors, he become dedicated to reducing-side expertise of the early twentieth century, not handiest in radio however also other areas akin to in cinema and cars," she referred to. "expertise has advanced so a lot within the years following his lifetime that he would not recognize what most of their presenters are speaking about, but he'd figure out that they are relocating confidently straight ahead into the future."
that could please no longer only HPM but "the other visionary radio amateurs who all started the heritage we're honoring this weekend," Craigie speculated. "He would also see that the ARRL continues to be the relentless suggest for beginner Radio that it become in his day. I feel that might put the biggest smile of all on the face of the long-established W1AW.
ARRL Chief working Officer and convention Co-Chair Harold Kramer, WJ1B, will preside on the authentic Centennial convention opening ceremony at 8:30 AM on Friday, in the Pre-feature area in from of the ARRL Centennial Ballroom on degree 6. Kramer and President Craigie will welcome the predicted 500 to a thousand attendees. CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, convention Co-Chair and ARRL New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, conference supervisor Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, also will be existing.
Introducing the Centennial Terrace
a distinct donor reception on Thursday, July 17, will precede the unveiling of the new Centennial Terrace at ARRL Headquarters. The invitation-simplest experience receives underway at 6 PM. ARRL development Director Mary Hobart, K1MMH, will serve as master of ceremonies.
"The Terrace includes three vertical granite pillars that undergo the names of the crusade committee and donors who contributed or pledged at least $10,000 to the ARRL 2nd Century crusade," Hobart defined. "The Terrace additionally has six granite benches, a bronze 2nd Century campaign medallion, and more than 75 inscribed bricks placed via donors to the crusade."
Hobart talked about the Centennial Terrace will extend the actual space in entrance of the ARRL Headquarters building that also comprises the Diamond Terrace.
"it is a pleasure to respect the generosity of radio amateurs who honor their call signals and people of others who've had a major influence on amateur Radio," Hobart observed.
ARRL second Century crusade Chairman David Brandenburg, K5QR, President Craigie, and CEO Sumner are expected to make quick remarks on the reception.
beginner Radio background on screen
A clean monitor of antique novice Radio device and artifacts will greet convention visitors who additionally take the chance to tour ARRL Headquarters and the Maxim Memorial Station W1AW in neighborhood Newington. The ARRL Board of administrators' ancient Committee is chargeable for the display, "The development of amateur Radio historical past and technology." Bob Allison, WB1GCM, of the ARRL Laboratory and Mike Marinaro, WN1M, are the show curators.
The display idea is to illustrate the progress of amateur Radio know-how from the inception of radio to the existing. The display will use gadget objects which are normal of every era to spotlight some most important milestones in that old arc.
The displays in the ARRL foyer should be arranged in chronological order, exhibiting the building of newbie radio in 11 levels. Some key pieces on display encompass a 1907 spark transmitter/crystal detector set, a Collins 4A crystal managed transmitter from 1935, a Russian-made BC-348 receiver, a Cosmophone 35 SSB transceiver from 1959, a TEN-TEC Century 22 strong state CW transceiver from 1983, and a contemporary -- and dealing -- software described transceiver. publications will answer questions and provide additional info on each merchandise displayed. The ARRL Laboratory, one of the crucial stops on the ARRL Headquarters Tour, comprises further items of old interest, as part of the Lab's permanent show, "The Evolution of beginner Radio gadget"
Breakfast, Luncheon, Hors d'Oeuvres, and ceremonial dinner
An estimated 750 friends will attend the outlet-day luncheon within the convention center Ballroom -- the ARRL Centennial Ballroom on stage 6. It gets underway at noon, with ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, serving as master of ceremonies. ARRL First vice chairman Rick Roderick, K5UR, could be the keynote speaker.
a world visitor Welcome Reception will begin at 5 PM (carrying on with until 7 PM) at the conference center Pre-function house on degree 6. Some 700 are expected at the adventure to socialize and luxuriate in hors d'oeuvres and drinks. ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, will be the master of ceremonies. audio system will consist of ARRL overseas Affairs vice president Jay Bellows, K0QB, and IARU President Tim Ellam, VE6SH.
Some 800 diners are expected at the Centennial ceremonial dinner, Friday, 6:30 except 9:30 PM. ARRL Centennial conference guidance Committee Chair and Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, can be the master of ceremonies. The keynote speaker can be FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate, KK4INZ. different audio system and displays will comply with the banquet.
President Craigie might be at the head of the desk as neatly as the keynote speaker for the Presidents Breakfast on Saturday, 7:30 except 9 AM, within the Centennial Ballroom on stage 6. ARRL 2d vice chairman Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, will be the master of ceremonies. Craigie will introduce and honor the previous presidents of the ARRL.
ARRL President considerations call to motion to gain aid for HR.4969, the beginner Radio Parity Act!
In a video, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, has issued an pressing call to motion to all radio amateurs to get in the back of a grassroots campaign to advertise co-sponsorship of HR.4969, "The newbie Radio Parity Act of 2014." HR.4969 would require the FCC to extend PRB-1 insurance to restrictive covenants. It become introduced in the US apartment with bipartisan help on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which labored with house staffers to draft the legislations. The measure would require the FCC to apply the "good value lodging" three-part examine of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption coverage to private land-use restrictions involving antennas. The invoice's basic sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It had preliminary co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT).
President Craigie additionally exhorted all radio amateurs concerning aid for HR.4969 in remarks performing within the The ARRL Legislative replace e-newsletter. Craigie wired within the newsletter that the law stands to improvement not simply modern-day radio amateurs however those sooner or later.
"likelihood is, those american citizens of the longer term will develop up in communities having deepest land use restrictions," she spoke of "that is the manner the country goes, and it is awfully dangerous for novice Radio. How can newbie Radio thrive, if further and further american citizens can't have reasonably-priced antennas at domestic? You and i should stand for the Amateurs of the second century."
If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it will require the FCC to amend the part 97 newbie carrier guidelines to observe PRB-1 insurance to consist of homeowners' affiliation rules and deed restrictions, regularly called "covenants, conditions, and restrictions" (CC&Rs). At existing, PRB-1 only applies to state and native zoning legal guidelines and ordinances.
An HR.4969 page now is open on the ARRL web page. It includes information and materials for clubs and individuals wishing to support efforts to benefit co-sponsors for the measure through contacting their participants of Congress.
ARRL Board of directors to satisfy July 21-22 in Hartford
The ARRL Board of directors will meet Monday and Tuesday, July 21-22, in Hartford, Connecticut, The slightly altered scheduling of the July meeting takes competencies of the undeniable fact that most Board participants will already be in town for the ARRL national Centennial convention July 17-19.
international visitors on the gathering will consist of IARU vice president Ole Garpestad, LA2RR, and Radio Amateurs of Canada President Geoff Bawden, VE4BAW.
The Board will hear reports from ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and from other League officers. This should be the remaining Board assembly that ARRL Chief development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, will attend in her professional capability. Hobart has introduced her retirement, beneficial July 31. She has served the League for 13 years and was in the back of the creation of The Diamond club, The Diamond Terrace, The Maxim Society, and the 2nd Century crusade, amongst other initiatives.
"throughout storm Katrina, she virtually single handedly created the Ham aid software that offers new equipment to amateurs who've misplaced their gadget in disasters," ARRL Chief working Officer Harold Kramer, WJ1B, spoke of in the August issue of QST. "on account of her efforts and those of her staff, she has raised hundreds of thousands of greenbacks for the ARRL and, eventually, for the advantage of beginner Radio."
Kramer stated that Hobart additionally changed into some of the founders of the a success academics Institutes for wireless technology. Funded by means of voluntary contributions, the annual summer season workshops help to better acquaint classroom lecturers and educators with instant know-how and the science at the back of it.
At its meeting, the Board will obtain reviews from ARRL officers as well as committee and coordinator reports. The agenda additionally calls for proposals for amendments to the Articles of affiliation and Bylaws.
particular person ARRL directors will even have a chance to speak and to post motions.
Board committees should be assembly on Sunday, July 20, and that the entire Board will believe their ideas over the course of its assembly.
or not it's reputable: N6MJ and KL9A Take WRTC-2014 Gold, Slovak and German teams Win Silver and Bronze
After appreciable deliberation over which team positioned third in the 2014 World Radiosport team Championship (WRTC-2014), it be now professional. at the awards ceremony July 14 concluding the foreign newbie Radio contesting competitors, the U.S. crew of Dan Craig,
N6MJ, and Chris Hurlbut, KL9A, working as K1A, took domestic the gold for his or her winning crew effort. There was little suspense in regards to the excellent spot; Craig and Hurlbut had led the foreign pack of fifty nine competing groups literally from the beginning. Craig, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, California, comes from a ham radio household and received his license when he became just eight years historic. He had competed within the final three WRTCs, finishing fourth in 2002, 2nd in 2006 (with N2NL), and third in 2010 with KL9A. Hurlbut, 31, of Bozeman, Montana, grew to be a ham when he was 10 and commenced contesting 4 years later.
going for walks away with the silver was the Slovak team of Rastislav Hrnko, OM3BH, and Jozef Lang, OM3GI, who operated as W1L. Hrnko, forty six, received into ham radio when he changed into about 10. He took part in WRTC-2000 and WRTC-2010. Lang, who's 54, turned into licensed at 15. He additionally
competed at WRTC-2000 and WRTC-2010. both have been active members of the OM8A contest team.
picking who landed in third region become not so simple, however within the final analysis, the W1P group of Manfred Wolf, DJ5MW, and Stefan von Baltz, DL1IAO, received the bronze medal. The duo had ranked fifth in the "raw, unchecked claimed rankings."
Wolf, forty two, became competing at his second WRTC. He took half in WRTC-2000 in Slovenia. Von Baltz, 38, was a competitor at WRTC-ninety six and WRTC-2000.They edged out fourth-place finishers Kevin Stockton, N5DX, and Steve London, N2IC, who operated as W1Z.
Chief choose David Sumner, K1ZZ, who become master of ceremonies for the awards shows, pointed out there became "loads of power" on the judges to get it right, and they had to cautiously scrutinize the logs of those putting the third, fourth, and fifth within the claimed ratings.
"since the knowledge of the operators have been so high, the judges had a extremely, very complex time resolving the position for number three," Sumner informed the gathering. "We went to outstanding lengths, given the time that they had purchasable, checking logs. As a depend of fact, had they now not checked to the depth that they did, the error cost at W1P would actually have been slightly lessen."
"in the end," Sumner noted, "there were 8000 elements isolating quantity four from number 3. that is six-tenths of a multiplier."
Wolf and von Baltz edged out fourth-vicinity finishers Kevin Stockton, N5DX, and Steve London, N2IC, who operated as W1Z.
Sumner spoke of this week that given the high ability degree of the operators and the equal areas of the stations, it turned into "inevitable that some rankings would vary by using lower than the precision that log-checking can achieve." He referred to the judging crew had a database of 3400 IARU HF Championship individuals' logs and become capable of move-determine 60 % of the contacts.
"The difference within the last ratings of W1P and W1Z is terribly small and the N5DX/N2IC result is each bit as excellent as that of the bronze medal recipients, however in the conclusion, one quantity changed into ever so a little better than the other," he spoke of.
WRTC-2014 has posted the closing consequences on its site. Video of the closing ceremony is also available. read more.
HAARP Closing Delayed, however Facility Being Dismantled Piecemeal
the USA Air drive has given the excessive Frequency energetic Auroral analysis application (HAARP) facility in Gakona, Alaska, a demise row reprieve of kinds. The Secretary of the Air drive instructed Alaska Sen Lisa Murkowski July 2 that it's "inclined to gradual the closure method and defer irreversible dismantling of the transmitter site" until may additionally 2015. those pushing for HAARP to stay open as a scientific research facility consist of several radio amateurs. HAARP proponents claim, despite the fact, that regardless of the extend, the Air force has been deciding on the plant apart piece by using piece, and that vital research instruments already have been taken off web site.
institution of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Professor Chris Fallen, KL3WX, who has carried out research at HAARP, informed ARRL that it changed into his "unofficial knowing" that the Air drive has already rendered HAARP reversibly inoperable throughout the removal or relocation of crucial diagnostic contraptions, instrument shelters, office furniture, and even tubes for the assorted transmitters. HAARP's transmitters are in a position to generating greater than 3 gigawatts of RF within the HF spectrum, which its 180 antennas can direct upward to the ionosphere.
Secretary of the Air drive Deborah Lee James told Murkowski that the Air drive "will proceed with removal of government property now not standard to operations and should are seeking for to in the reduction of protection expenses via extra storage of machine and winterization; however, they are able to maintain important hardware to maximise the expertise to reactivate the site, should or not it's transferred to a different federal executive company or a non-public entity subsequent year."
In may additionally Murkowski raised questions in Congress concerning the impending HAARP closure, and she or he took some credit for the shutdown prolong. Murkowski had questioned why the Pentagon turned into planning to demolish HAARP, "asking no matter if it became fiscally sound to ruin an about $300 million facility when it charges under one p.c of that amount to operate it every year," a information liberate from her workplace noted. She observed she supports handing handle of HAARP over to the university of Alaska or a different research entity to "maintain the world-category facility open and working."
"The [news release] states that the Air drive is in the procedure of doing away with 'non-essential' machine, which nearly capacity anything no longer bolted to the floor reminiscent of generators, amplifiers, antennae, and handle programs," Fallen asserted. "whereas i might agree with the diagnostic devices as 'important' to an ionosphere amendment observatory, this apparently isn't a popular interpretation." He said HAARP's diagnostic contraptions, together with the riometer and ionosonde, haven't been purchasable because June 2013 and are in instant hazard of being eliminated. Hams in Alaska have used records from both instruments in conducting their own ionospheric investigations.
UAF has been engaged in discussions with the Air force with a watch toward taking up HAARP, although it's no longer clear that these have won any severe traction. examine extra.
Attendance at Friedrichshafen "Ham Radio" 2014 Tops remaining yr's
Attendance at Germany's annual overseas "Ham Radio" exhibition on June 27-29 -- the Continent's largest beginner Radio event -- became 17,a hundred this year, up from 15,300 company ultimate year. This year's Ham Radio teamed with the Maker World create-it-your self experience. The gathering attracted some 200 exhibitors from 34 countries plus 300 flea marketers. Ham Radio 2014 placed an emphasis on formative years-oriented themes and actions and also honored one in all 2013's fundamental DXpedtions. "inventive newbie Radio -- construct It yourself" changed into the theme for this yr's show.
The third overseas early life meeting took vicinity at Friedrichshafen on June 28, backed by means of the foreign amateur Radio Union (IARU) place 1 and the Deutscher newbie Radio club (DARC), Germany's national amateur Radio society. The gathering covered shows from many young radio amateurs and adult leaders. among the presenters become sixteen-yr-old ARRL member Alex Banbury, KE7WUD, and Gerrit Herzig, DH8GHH. Herzig, who organizes actions for early life in Braunschweig, Germany, spoke about the right way to pastime younger americans in beginner Radio, peculiarly college students attracted to science and expertise. Herzig became also involved with a team of students and youth leaders who launched a tropospheric balloon from the conference grounds on the conference's second day. The balloon carried scholar-constructed ham radio payloads together with an APRS beacon and telemetry transmitter, video digital camera, and a large number of scientific sensors.
Banbury instructed one discussion board how he begun a radio membership at his high school on Washington's Mercer Island. He explained that promoting the public provider factor of beginner Radio has been exceptionally a success for recruiting other college students -- and because the island's infrastructure is uniquely at risk of herbal or man-made catastrophe. Banbury, who earned his ham radio ticket at age 10, spends summers in Germany along with his household. He attended the conference in Friedrichshafen together with his father, ARRL existence Member John Banbury, AG7N.
ARRL marketing manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said the conference included many formative years-geared up reveals. "A ham youth camp had participation from one hundred younger americans up to the age of 27," he pointed out. "The young hams spent 3 nights meeting with one a further and having enjoyable." Their actions covered building various projects and getting on the air from distinctive stations. A hidden transmitter "fox hunt" turned into held on Sunday morning in a woodland close the fairgrounds. study extra.
W1AW Centennial Operations Head to South Carolina
The ARRL Centennial W1AW became operations taking vicinity all over 2014 from every of the 50 states and now on hiatus will resume at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, July 16 (the night of July 15 in US time zones), from South Carolina (W1AW/four). There can be only 1 state this week. all over 2014 W1AW might be on the air from each state (as a minimum twice) and most US territories, and it'll be effortless to work all states fully by using contacting W1AW moveable operations.
The ARRL Centennial QSO birthday party kicked off January 1 for a yr-long operating experience through which contributors can accumulate elements and win awards. The experience is open to all, besides the fact that children best ARRL individuals and appointees, elected officials, HQ body of workers and W1AW are value ARRL Centennial QSO celebration elements.
Working W1AW/x from every state is worth 5 points per mode/contact, even when working the equal state right through its 2nd week of activity. in case you worked any of the 59 WRTC-2014 competitor stations with 1 x 1 call signs this past weekend, these contacts are also price 5 facets apiece.
To earn the "worked all States with W1AW Award," work W1AW working portable from all 50 states. (Working W1AW or W100AW in Connecticut does not count for Connecticut, youngsters. For award credit, members must work W1AW/1 in Connecticut.) A W1AW was certificates and plaque may be attainable.
The ARRL has posted an ARRL Centennial QSO celebration chief board that contributors can use to determine how many points they have gathered within the Centennial QSO celebration and in the W1AW was operations. Log in the usage of your Logbook of the area (LoTW) consumer identify and password, and your position will seem on the accurate of the leader boards. outcomes are up to date every day, based on contacts entered into LoTW.
New Ham Radio regulations in region in Thailand, Germany receives 4 Meters briefly
Thailand's 247,000 radio amateurs have new beginner Radio laws that provide big new privileges The Radio beginner Society of Thailand (RAST) has mentioned that the country wide Broadcasting and Telecommunications commission (NBTC) has been engaged on the new regulations for essentially 3 years. they will let operation on 6 meters, will extend the two meter band with the aid of 500 kHz (to 146.5 MHz), and should prompt the superior classification with privileges enabling operating up to 1 kW. Restrictions on HF radios that consist of 6 meters can be removed and sort-approval restrictions eased, in order that Thai radio amateurs should be in a position to purchase transceiver fashions. extra spectrum is being authorized for a hundred and sixty and eighty meters too.
among other adjustments, more club stations and contest name signs will be issued, those not maintaining a ham ticket can also operate below supervision at a membership station, an eight WPM Morse code receiving test will continue to be as a part of the Intermediate and advanced classification examination, and the entry-stage fundamental (amateur) license now may additionally run 60 W on 144 MHz and 100 W on 28 MHz. The NBTC has posted a brand new allocation desk.
meanwhile, German telecommunications authorities have accredited using 70.000 to 70.030 MHz with the aid of type A radio amateurs from July 2 unless August 31, 2014. The DARC record the constraints are corresponding to those for the 50 MHz band: 25 W EIRP, all modes, maximum bandwidth 12 kHz, horizontal antenna polarization. This band has not been accessible to radio amateurs in Germany given that 1957. the uk additionally has access to 4 meters. The DARC has referred to it is working towards permanent access to 4 meters. -- because of Southgate ARC
ICE Spacecraft restoration Effort looks at an impasse
according to a July 10 country wide Public Radio (NPR) "Morning edition" report, the hassle to improve the venerable overseas solar-Earth Explorer 3 spacecraft (ISEE-three) -- later repurposed, redirected, and renamed the overseas Cometary Explorer (ICE) -- has run into complications and may have reached a useless end. The ISEE-three Reboot project has been attempting on account that July 8 to fireplace the engines of the 36-yr-old space tourist devoid of apparent success. The spacecraft is some 2.sixty five million miles from Earth. The group, which comprises a number of amateur Radio operators, has been transmitting manage signals from the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico and listening for spacecraft telemetry at the Bochum Observatory in Germany. The pessimistic NPR file featured team member Keith Cowing, a former NASA engineer.
"Our first sequence of burns, they concept went k," Cowing instructed reporter Nell Greenfieldboyce. "after which once they went to the 2nd set, pretty a great deal nothing happened. And they tried it once again, and nothing happened." The group has conjectured that the nitrogen tanks essential to pressurize the hydrazine gas on the spacecraft may be empty, which means that the engines are lifeless, and the group aren't capable of redirect ICE into an orbit it's closer to Earth, instead of letting it fly past the planet.
"At this point, we're variety of scratching their heads," Cowing pointed out. "We may also take one closing run at the spacecraft, however this may well be it for an try and carry it returned to Earth." ICE has been in a photo voltaic orbit for many of its existence, following its 1978 launch.
In late may, Dennis Wingo, KD4ETA, a project crew member and the CEO of California-based mostly Skycorp included, mentioned that the crew changed into able to command one of the spacecraft's transponders on 2.042 GHz via radio.
The neighborhood has been hoping to region ICE right into a gravitationally reliable spot some 930,000 miles from Earth -- well-nigh its original orbit -- the place it could once more study the consequences of solar weather in the world's magnetosphere (the project's slogan is "Make me do science once more!"). The private group needed to reap NASA's approval to talk with the satellite.
Cowing stated in a July 15 replace that the team's subsequent window of chance can be July sixteen at Arecibo. "during that probability they intend to attempt a deep space plumbing restoration on board ISEE-3 and then fire its engines," he pointed out. "according to the number of thruster firings they achieve during that plumbing repair session we'll should do some further firings -- perhaps over the direction of a couple of days -- all of with a purpose to constitute the [trajectory correction maneuver].
"we now have most by no means given up on this spacecraft yet," Cowing said July 10.
Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR, and Dave Leestma, N5QWC, Retire from NASA
Astronauts Andy Thomas, VK5MIR/ex-KD5CHF, and Dave Leestma, N5WQC, have introduced their retirements from NASA. both operated on ham radio from space, and Thomas, because the last US astronaut to finished a duty tour onboard the Russian Mir space station, performed several contacts with students in the world as part of the SAREX software, the predecessor of ARISS.
a native of Australia, Thomas, sixty two, grew to be an astronaut in 1993. He leaves the area agency after 22 years of service. His most contemporary work with NASA involved leading design teams for initiatives that consist of a return talk over with to the moon and a Mars mission. Thomas's spaceflight experience comprises a 1996 mission on the shuttle Endeavour, about 6 months onboard Mir, and a 1998 shuttle on the shuttle Discovery, to bring the expedition 2 overseas space Station crew, and the 2005 Discovery "Return to Flight" mission following the Columbia disaster to continue building of the ISS.
Thomas became active on the air all over his stint aboard Mir and from NA1SS all through his short 2005 ISS stay. Thomas and his spouse, Shannon Walker, KD5DXB, will reside on the couple's 40 acre ranch in crucial Texas. Walker, who's nonetheless lively with NASA, is hoping for as a minimum a further spaceflight. Thomas's US novice Radio license has expired.
Leestma, sixty five, is a veteran of three shuttle missions. He leaves NASA after greater than forty four years of govt service. Leestma become chosen to be a part of the astronaut corps in 1980. After flying in area, Leestma held dissimilar technical and management assignments at NASA, together with director of Flight Crew Operations. he's a graduate of the us Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate school. In 1992 he completed the labored All Continents (WAC) award from space by way of working Antarctica.
A Century of amateur Radio and the ARRL
This week, we'll seem to be at the Fifties. Danny Weil, VP2VB, began his accepted series of Yasme DXpeditions all over in 1955, placing some rare countries on the air. That collection lasted unless 1963, and it gave thousands of DXers the opportunity to work some new ones.
in the mid-Fifties, The FCC ran out of 1 × 3 name signs with W and okay prefixes and began reissuing lapsed W and okay call indications. When these ran out, they went on to 2 × 3 call signs with WA (and, later, WB) prefixes.
The log periodic antenna -- a new and very positive concept -- became introduced to hams within the late 1950s. It had been developed through D.E. Isbell on the tuition of Illinois.
Late in 1958, hams misplaced the shared use of 11 meters, which then grew to become the type D citizens Band.
during the late Fifties, amateurs continued to push the boundaries of VHF and higher bands. W6NLZ and KH6UK ran standard schedules on VHF and succeeded in making two-means contact on a hundred and forty four MHz in 1957, and on 220 MHz in 1959.
a different newbie Radio first took vicinity in 1960, when the first EME (moonbounce) contact become made on 1296 MHz between W6HB in California and W1BU in Massachusetts.
all over the 1950s and Nineteen Sixties, the us and the USA were in the midst of the so-referred to as "cold warfare." Fearing that Soviet bombers might home in on radio signals to locate their pursuits, the CONELRAD (handle of ELectromagnetic RADiation) gadget went into impact from 1957 to 1962. for his or her part hams were required to (1) computer screen an AM broadcast station at least every 10 minutes to make sure it changed into still on the air; and (2) shut down, if broadcast stations went off the air. within the event of such an emergency, key 50 kW AM stations would circulation to either 640 or 1240 kHz to broadcast emergency tips. The stations on every of those frequencies would go on and off the air in a always varying sequence, whereas all carried the identical audio to supply continual counsel to the public. -- Al Brogdon, W1AB
simply ahead in Radiosport
July 17 -- NAQCC month-to-month QRP sprint (CW)
July 19 -- Feld-Hell excessive highway sprint
July 19-20 -- 144 MHz Digital EME Championship
July 19-20 -- DMC RTTY Contest
July 19-20 -- CQ everywhere VHF Contest
July 19-20 -- North American QSO celebration RTTY
July 20 -- RSBG Low energy Contest (CW)
July 21 -- Run For the publisher 1st baron verulam
See the ARRL Contest Calendar for greater suggestions.
Upcoming ARRL area, State and Division Conventions and activities
July 17-19 -- ARRL countrywide Centennial conference, Hartford, Connecticut
July 18-19 -- Arizona State conference, Williams, Arizona
July 18-20 -- Montana State conference, East Glacier, Montana
July 24-27 -- important States VHF Society conference, Austin, Texas
July 25-26 -- Oklahoma State convention, Oklahoma city, Oklahoma
August 1-2 -- Texas State convention, Austin, Texas
August 7-9 -- young girls Radio League conference, Vancouver, Washington
August eight-10 -- Rocky Mountain Division convention, Albuquerque, New Mexico
August sixteen-17 -- Southeastern Division conference, Regional ARRL Centennial experience, Huntsville, Alabama
August 17 -- Kansas State conference, Salina, Kansas
August 23 -- West Virginia State convention, Weston, West Virginia
August 23-24 -- JARL Ham fair, Tokyo, Japan
August 24 -- Western Pennsylvania area convention, New Kensington, Pennsylvania
August 30-31 -- North Carolina State conference (Shelby Hamfest), Shelby, North Carolina
September 5-7 -- ARRL-TAPR Digital Communications convention (Austin, Texas)
September 6 -- Kentucky State convention (Shepherdsville, Kentucky)
September 6 -- Virginia part conference (Virginia seashore, Virginia)
September 12-14 -- Southwestern Division conference (San Diego, California)
September 19-20 -- W9DXCC conference (Schaumburg, Illinois)
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