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May 24, 2018
Editor: Rick Lindquist, WW1ME
ARRL Letter Archive
ARRL White Paper Provides Context for Recommended
Xenia Enjoys a Second, More Successful Year Playing
Host to “Dayton”
ARRL Renews Memorandum of Understanding
with SATERN, Promotes Partnerships at Forum
The Doctor Will See You Now!
New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL
Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned Chinese
Satellites to Include HF
Solar Eclipse QSO Party Research Results Published
in Geophysical Research Letters
ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ,
The K7RA Solar Update
Just Ahead in Radiosport
Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division
ARRL White Paper
Provides Context for Recommended Governance Changes
ARRL has released a white paper that provides some context to explain
proposed alterations to the Articles Of Association and By-Laws that
the Executive Committee (EC) of the Board of Directors recommended for
full Board passage at its April 21 meeting. Study continues of the so-called
“Code of Conduct” for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the
Board of Directors and Vice Directors, with changes to be recommended
for later Board consideration.
At its January meeting, the Board
pledged to provide the membership with the rationale and purpose behind
proposed changes to the Articles and By-Laws that it had
adopted last July. In April, the EC recommended minor revisions to two new
amendments to ARRL’s Articles of Association and one change to its
By-Laws for Board approval at its July 2018 meeting. In all, four changes
are being proposed.
Articles of Association and By-Laws
One proposed change involves the wording of the
Articles that address indemnification and personal liability of ARRL Directors,
Vice Directors, and officers. Although the Board had adopted new Articles 15
and 16 at its July 2017 meeting, ARRL’s Connecticut counsel recommended two revisions,
requiring Board approval, to make the wording of those changed sections
consistent with Connecticut state statutes.
addresses personal liability of Directors, Vice Directors, and volunteer and
staff officers for damages due to a breach of duty in their respective roles,
provided the breach did not involve a “knowing and culpable” violation of
law, improper personal economic gain, a lack of good faith, and conscious
disregard or sustained and unexcused pattern of inattention amounting to
abdication of duty.
Article 16 would provide
indemnification of Directors, Vice Directors, and volunteer and staff officers for any
monetary judgement based on any actions taken or any failure to take action,
except under the circumstances listed in Article 15.
change to the wording of Article 1 would add “ARRL, the national
association for Amateur Radio” as an informal name for the organization, in addition
to “American Radio Relay League, Inc.” This adds the informal name of the
organization to the formal name spelled out in Article 1 to indicate that
either rendering is a proper description of the organization.
A clarification of the Directors/Vice Directors election cycle spelled
out in By-Law 23 also was required. This involved only a wording change to
include the correct years involved.
The minutes of the April 21
ARRL Executive Committee meeting include the specific wording of the
“Code of Conduct”
The Board made two
specific edits to the “Code of Conduct” at its January meeting and directed
the EC to review the remaining provisions with the intention of presenting
those to the full Board. The EC began this process at its April meeting,
considering a simplified version of a document recommended by the National
Council of Nonprofits but realized it would take longer than anticipated to
complete this review and present its findings to the Board and the
membership. The EC expects to have a discussion and a proposal for the Board’s
consideration later this year.
Xenia Enjoys a Second, More Successful Year Playing Host to “Dayton”
Hamvention® 2018 returned to the Greene
County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio, for a second year, earning
high marks for attendance, the debut of many new Amateur Radio
transceivers, and tasty food.
“Other than the rain showers
Friday and Saturday, the event seemed to go very smoothly,” said QST
Editor Steve Ford, WB8IMY, who has been on hand for many past Hamventions.
“Many attendees, great food, and a spacious layout that made it easy to
get around. It is a much better venue than Hara,” he added. Others who
commented on the Hamvention Facebook page agreed, although some complained
that the flea market area was too small, still muddy, and not as well
attended as in past years, when the flea market was Dayton Hamvention.
Many credited the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA) for putting on a great show while still
addressing needed improvements.
Ford said the rain, which
included a Saturday thundershower, did not deter the crowds, although
indoor exhibit areas were packed at times, reminiscent of the steamy traffic
jams of the past at Hara Arena during wet weather.
Alain De Carolis, K1FM, didn’t
let Hamvention curtail his ham radio activity. [Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R,
ARRL EXPO, the
focus of ARRL’s Hamvention presence, saw considerable traffic, and visitors
kept those tending the ARRL Store quite busy. Ford said attendees seemed to
appreciate the ARRL Stage, where talks on various topics were presented
throughout the show. ARRL Marketing Manager Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, said the ARRL
team included nearly 100 people — from Field Organization volunteers,
Section Managers, Officers, Directors, Vice Directors, partners, served agency
representatives, ARRL staff, and members who helped out.
Ford postulated that Hamvention 2018 may have witnessed a record number
of new Amateur Radio products. New transceivers included Icom’s IC-7610,
Kenwood’s TS-890S, Yaesu’s FTDX-101D, and FlexRadio’s FLEX-6400M and
FLEX-6600M. CommRadio introduced its CTX-10, a compact SDR-based QRP transceiver.
Other new products ranged from CW keys, to digital mode interfaces, to audio
processors and amplifiers. The August issue of QST will provide a
Hamvention 2018 Amateur of the Year Valerie
Hotzfeld, NV9L, ARRL and American Red Cross volunteer, receives her award from
Hamvention Awards Committee member Frank Beafore, WS8B.
Showers persisted into Saturday.
“Hamvention’s attempts to mitigate last year’s mud issues in the flea market area
seemed to help, although the relentless rain proved to be a challenge,” Ford
observed. “As a result, the indoor exhibits appeared to receive the lion’s
share of the traffic.”
Perhaps as a result of the wet
weather, Hamvention forums proved popular. For example, a nearly
standing-room-only crowd to the RTTY Contesting forum heard ARRL Southwestern
Division Vice Director Ned Stearns, AA7A, discuss FT8 as a possible replacement
for RTTY in contest applications. Stearns has been involved in proving out
FT8 DXpedition Mode. The ARRL membership forum also drew a substantial crowd.
After comments by President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Great Lakes Division
Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, addressed potential changes to the Amateur
Radio Emergency Service® (ARES) program.
Hamvention, ARRL Section Managers Oscar Resto, KP4RF (right) and Fred Kleber,
K9VV, accepted the 2017 ARRL International Humanitarian Award on behalf of
the radio amateurs of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
The skies cleared on Sunday, and
bargain hunters flocked to the Fairgrounds. A number of exhibitors commented
that it was the largest Hamvention Sunday attendance they’d seen in a long
Young attendees seemed to be in greater evidence
this year, including teams of students interested in combining Amateur
Radio with robotics. For example, the First Robotics competition teams were
on hand to demonstrate their creations.
Foundation-sponsored “Ham Radio 2.0 — Innovation and Discovery” area was a big
hit, Yasme Foundation President Ward Silver, N0AX, said. “Subjects ranged
from high-bandwidth satellite designs to Summits on the Air (SOTA), HamSCI’s 2017 Solar Eclipse QSO
Party (SEQP) research, and QSLs.” Silver said the goal was to help diverse
groups meet and interact. Researcher Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, who
staffed the HamSCI booth, reported “a tremendous response.”
Zwingl, OE3FTA (left), and Koos Fick, ZR6KF, represented YOTA. [Ward Silver,
Zwingl, OE3FTA, of Austria, and Koos Fick, ZR6KF, of South Africa represented
the IARU Region 1 group Youngsters on the Air (YOTA), promoting YOTA in IARU Region 2 (the
Americas). The YOTA “Summer Camp” will be held in August in South
Africa — when it’s winter in the Southern Hemisphere.
weather notwithstanding, the mood was clearly upbeat. The open layout of
the Xenia Fairgrounds drew compliments as attendees found it much easier to
navigate than Hara Arena,” Ford said. “The Dayton Amateur Radio Association
also received kudos for their smooth management of the event. The food
vendors drew rave reviews with delights ranging from standard carnival fare to
ARRL Renews Memorandum of Understanding with SATERN, Promotes
Partnerships at Forum
On May 18 at Hamvention, ARRL and
The Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) renewed the Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) between the two organizations that spells out how
they will work together in disaster and emergency responses. ARRL President
Rick Roderick, K5UR, signed the MoU on behalf of ARRL on Hamvention’s
opening day. SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH, represented
SATERN at the signing and delivered a copy of the MoU already signed by
The Salvation Army. ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U,
said ARRL and SATERN have enjoyed a formal working relationship since 1976,
and the MoU was up for renewal.
(L – R) SATERN National Liaison Bill Feist, WB8BZH; ARRL President Rick
Roderick, K5UR, and ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U.
[Michelle Patnode, KC1JTA, photo]
“We spent the last year fine-tuning, updating, [and] revising it,”
Corey said. “SATERN is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, so it
was a double celebration for them.”
“defines the partnership” between ARRL and SATERN and The Salvation Army, in
which ARRL and SATERN agree to work together toward common goals, particularly
in disaster response, Corey said, adding that the MoU opens the possibility
for sharing resources.
Corey said ARRL and SATERN also
have agreed to coordinate their disaster response activities, to eliminate
duplication of effort.
“We had an effective and
coordinated Amateur Radio response in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands last
fall,” Corey said.
SATERN meets regularly on 14.265 MHz
SSB, and is activated for extended periods during disaster and emergency
Cooperation was the focus of an ARRL
Hamvention forum, “Building Partnerships,” attended by more than 100 people.
Leading the discussion were Corey and FEMA Community Partnership Specialist Sarah
Byrne, who outlined the four “Cs” of partnerships: Collaboration,
Communication, Cooperation, and Coordination.
The “Building Partnerships” forum at Hamvention:
ARRL Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U (with microphone), and
FEMA’s Sarah Byrne shared duties as moderators and presenters. [Dave Isgur,
reminded those attending the forum that partnerships are only as good as the
people participating in them. “It can often come down to one person, and
how they interact with the group,” he said.
their points, Corey and Byrne called up three volunteers from the audience
and gave each a scenario that required a partnership to achieve. The
volunteers then picked three more volunteers as partners. After a few minutes of
intense discussions, the new “partners” outlined what resources they had
determined were available to them and the partnership’s next steps to
achieve its objectives.
“Successful partnerships don’t always
mean that everything went right,” Corey reminded the audience. “In fact,
it’s learning from the things that didn’t work out as planned that
strengthens and deepens a relationship between partners.” — Thanks to
ARRL Communication Manager Dave Isgur, N1RSN, and QST Editor Steve
The Doctor Will
See You Now!
“Coping with Poor HF Conditions” is
the topic of the new (May 24) episode of the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast.
Engineering, “ARRL The Doctor is In” is an informative discussion of all things
technical. Listen on your computer, tablet, or smartphone — whenever and
wherever you like!
Every 2 weeks, your host, QST
Editor-in-Chief Steve Ford, WB8IMY, and the Doctor himself, Joel Hallas, W1ZR,
will discuss a broad range of technical topics. You can also email your
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org, and the Doctor may answer them in a future podcast.
Enjoy “ARRL The Doctor is In” on Apple iTunes, or by using your iPhone or iPad podcast app (just search for
“ARRL The Doctor is In”). You can also listen online at Blubrry, or
(free registration required, or browse the site as a guest) and through the
free Stitcher app for iOS, Kindle, or Android devices. If you’ve never
listened to a podcast before, download our beginner’s guide.
New Section Managers Elected in Five ARRL
Five new ARRL Section Managers have been declared
elected to begin their first terms of office on July 1. Section Manager
(SM) election ballots were counted in the Indiana and Northern Florida
Sections on May 22 at ARRL Headquarters. Other candidates faced no opposition
during the spring election cycle.
In Indiana, James
“Jimmy” Merry, KC9RPX, was declared elected in a very close race with Brian
G. Jenks, W9BGJ, the Indiana Section Traffic Manager. Merry received 451
votes, and Jenks received 438 votes.
Merry has been the
Affiliated Club Coordinator in Indiana since 2005, and is presently serving
a fifth term as president of the Bloomington Amateur Radio Club. Incumbent
Indiana SM Brent Walls, N9BA, decided not to run for another term after
helming the Indiana Field Organization since July 2016.
Northern Florida, Kevin Bess, KK4BFN, outpolled Scott Roberts, KK4ECR, 564
to 447, to succeed current SM Steve Szabo, WB4OMM. Bess is a Northern
Florida Assistant Section Manager, and a member of the Daytona Beach CERT
Amateur Radio Team and of the Florida Contest Group. Szabo opted not to run for
a third term of office after serving since July 2014.
Oregon also will get a new Section Manager this summer. David Kidd, KA7OZO,
was the sole candidate for the post. He has been an Emergency Coordinator
and Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator. Kidd will take the reins of the
Oregon Section from John Core, KX7YT, who did not run for a new term after
serving for the past 2 years.
In the East Bay Section,
Jim Siemons, W6LK, will begin an 18-month term as SM on July 1. Because no
candidates were nominated by the September 8, 2017, deadline, nominations
were resolicited. Siemons was the only nominee to succeed incumbent SM Jim
Latham, AF6AQ, who has served as East Bay Section Manager since 2008 and
did not run for a new term.
In New Mexico, Bill Mader,
K8TE, will become the new SM in July. He, too, was the only candidate after
nominations had to be resolicited, and he will serve an 18-month term. He
follows incumbent SM Ed James, KA8JMW, who did not run again after serving
Several incumbent Section Managers were
unopposed for new 2-year terms starting on July 1. They are Ron Morgan, AD9I
(Illinois); Bill Crowley, K1NIT (Maine); Jim Kvochick, K8JK (Michigan); Paul
Gayet, AA1SU (Vermont), and Patrick Moretti, KA1RB (Wisconsin).
Amateur Radio Transponders on Planned
Chinese Satellites to Include HF
Radio Satellite organization, CAMSAT, has released some details of three new
Amateur Radio satellites that could be launched as early as September. Two
of the satellites, CAS-5A and CAS-6, will carry transponders; one will have
CAS-5A, a 6U CubeSat, will have an HF/HF
(21/29 MHz) mode linear transponder; an HF/UHF (21/435 MHz) mode linear
transponder; an HF CW telemetry beacon; VHF/UHF mode linear transponder; a
VHF/UHF mode FM transponder; a UHF CW telemetry beacon, and UHF AX.25
4,800/9,600-baud GMSK Telemetry. Transponders will have 30 kHz passbands, except for
the H/U unit, which will be 15 kHz.
The tiny CAS-5B,
weighing 1/2 kilogram, will be deployed from CAS-5A in orbit. It will carry
a UHF CW beacon on an Amateur Radio frequency. It will be placed into a 539
× 533 kilometer, 97.5° orbit.
50-kilogram microsat, will include a VHF CW telemetry beacon; a U/V mode 20 kHz
linear transponder, and AX.25 4,800-baud GMSK telemetry downlink. It will
also carry an atmospheric wind detector and other systems that will operate
on non-amateur frequencies.
A launch at sea is planned
for CAS-6, which will be placed into a 579 × 579 kilometer, 45°
CAMSAT has applied to the IARU to coordinate frequencies for all three
spacecraft. — Thanks to AMSAT News Service via AMSAT-UK
Solar Eclipse QSO
Party Research Results Published in Geophysical Research Letters
The first science results from the Solar Eclipse QSO Party
(SEQP) last August
21 have been published in the American Geophysical Union journal Geophysical
Research Letters. In the paper, “Modeling Amateur Radio Soundings of
the Ionospheric Response to the 2017 Great American Eclipse,” New Jersey
Institute of Technology (NJIT) researcher Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF, and team
present Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) observations of the SEQP and compare them
with ray tracings through an eclipsed version of the physics-based ionospheric
model SAMI3. HamSCI, the Ham Radio Science Citizen Investigation organization, sponsored the
“From a ham radio perspective, this paper
very clearly shows the effect of the eclipse on not just a few, but a very
large number of contacts,” Frissell told ARRL. “You can see from the charts
that activity drops off steeply on 20 meters during eclipse totality, while
80 and 160 meters open up. On 40 meters, you can see how the contact
distance increases in step with the eclipse.”
another key aspect of the paper is that the researchers were able to use
ray tracing to compare the observations to a physics-based numerical model of
the eclipsed ionosphere.
On 20 meters, eclipse effects
were observed as a drop off in communications for an hour before and after
eclipse maximum. On 40 meters, typical path lengths extended from about
500 kilometers (310 miles) to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) for 45 minutes
before and after eclipse maximum. On 160 meters and 80 meters, eclipse effects
were observed as band openings 20 to 45 minutes around eclipse maximum.
Read more. — Thanks to Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF
ARRL Business Services Manager Debra Jahnke, K1DAJ,
ARRL Business Services Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ,
of Colchester, Connecticut, died on May 17 after a lengthy illness. She was
66 and had been on the ARRL Headquarters staff for nearly 40 years,
starting as a file clerk. She went on to serve as Deputy Circulation Manager,
Circulation Manager, Publication Sales and Warehouse Manager, and Business
Services Manager (including Advertising). She met her husband of 31 years, ARRL
Contest Branch Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, at Headquarters.
“This is a tremendous loss for ARRL,” said ARRL CEO Barry Shelley,
N1VXY. “Those of us who knew Deb will miss her remarkable spirit and direct
approach to both the work of the ARRL and life. Deb loved the outdoors,
including sharing time with family in her flower garden, and with their dogs and
her rescue horses.”
For many years, she was a fixture at
Hamvention® and at other major Amateur Radio shows,
organizing and overseeing the operation of ARRL’s exhibit and store.
The family has requested that contributions be made in Debra
Jahnke’s name to the American Cancer Society, the Shriners
Hospitals for Children, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Friends may leave
remembrances on the Belmont Funeral Home site. Read more.
Elettra Marconi has been invited to take part in a May 31 ham radio contact with
Newfoundland during a visit to Cape Cod National Seashore. The contact
will be between KM1CC on the Cape and VO1AA at the Society of Newfoundland
Radio Amateurs (SONRA) club in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Chris Hillier, VO1IDX, will
serve as net control, KM1CC Trustee Barbara Dougan, N1NS, told ARRL. “Someone
from KM1CC will stay on the air with VO1AA, should the Princess need to
depart, then after, KM1CC can take calls from others [wanting] to contact KM1CC
in grid FN51.” The plan is to use 14.224 MHz SSB on or around 1645 – 1700
UTC. It was at St. John’s in 1901 that Guglielmo Marconi, using a
kite-supported antenna, received the letter “S” from his station in Poldhu,
Cornwall. — Thanks to KM1CC Trustee Barbara Dougan, N1NS
The “Scouts BSA” program change is expected to enhance ham radio
opportunities for young women. Boy Scouts of America’s Radio Scouting
Coordinator Jim Wilson, K5ND, says that, although the program name for ages 11 to
17 will change to “Scouts BSA” and begin admitting girls starting on
February 1, 2019, the organization’s name remains the same. “Perhaps the big
difference is that girls will now be eligible to earn the Radio Merit Badge as
part of their Scouting program,” Wilson told ARRL. “Girls are already a
part of Venturing, a coed program for ages 14 to 20.” He pointed out that
Venture Scouts of both sexes have always been able to earn the Amateur Radio
Operator Rating Strip and the Morse Code Interpreter Strip. “Girl Scouts have always
been welcome to participate [in JOTA],” Wilson added. “Now, they’ll be
participating in not only Girl Scouts, but also in Cub Scouts and Scouts BSA.”
Wilson noted that Scouting organizations in most other countries have had
female members for quite a while now.
The K7RA Solar Update
K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity resumed this week, after no
sunspots for 7 consecutive days. The average daily sunspot number of 7.7 was up
from 6.4 in the previous reporting week. The average daily solar flux was
70.1; little changed from last week’s 70.2.
daily planetary A index was 5.4, down from 8.4 the previous week, but the
really interesting and seemingly anomalous number was a May 22
mid-latitude A index of 55, up from 3 on the previous day. This drove the
average mid-latitude A index for the week to 12.3 from 9 in the previous week.
The Fredericksburg K index on May 22 briefly reached 9, the maximum
possible value. If this were to continue for a full day (perhaps during a
Carrington event?) the A index for that day would be 400, thankfully an unheard of
and disastrous number.
Predicted solar flux is 74 on
May 24; 75 on May 25-27; 74 on May 28; 72 on May 29-30; 70 on May 31-June 6;
68 on June 7-16; 69 on June 17-20; 70 on June 21-July 3, and 68 on July
Predicted planetary A index is 10 and 8 on May
24-25; 5 on May 26-31; 18, 28, 16, 16, 14, 12, and 8 on June 1-7; 5 on June
8-12; 8 on June 13; 5 on June 14-18; 16, 12, and 8 on June 19-21; 5 on June
22-27; 16, 26, 16, 14, 12, 12, and 8 on June 28-July 4, and 5 on July 5-7.
Sunspot numbers for May 17-23 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 12, 12, and
30, with a mean of 7.7. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 69, 69.4, 70.3, 68.8,
69.6, 70.8, and 73.1, with a mean of 70.1. Estimated planetary A indices
were 10, 4, 3, 3, 3, 6, and 9, with a mean of 5.4. Estimated mid-latitude A
indices were 9, 3, 3, 3, 3, 55, and 10, with a mean of 12.3.
Send me your
reports and observations.
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