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The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 2 January 18, 2008

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    IN THIS EDITION:

    * + ARRL Board of Directors Annual Meeting this Weekend
    * + Motorola Completes Tender Offer for Yaesu's Parent Company
    * + "The Doctor Is IN" the ARRL Letter
    * + Tune In for the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes this Weekend
    * + Order Deadline Approaching for Clean Sweep Mugs and Pins
    * + FCC Enforcement Actions
    * Solar Update
    * IN BRIEF:
    This Weekend on the Radio
    ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration
    + Hiram Percy Maxim II Passes Away at 72
    + The 2007 ARRL Periodicals on CD-ROM Now Shipping
    Stu Leland, W1JEC (SK)
    Johnny Grant, WB6MJV (SK)
    Lunar Echo Experiment looking for Amateur Radio Participants

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

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    ==> ARRL BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING THIS WEEKEND

    The ARRL Board of Directors holds their Annual January meeting today and
    tomorrow in Houston, Texas. The two-day meeting was preceded by meetings
    of the Administration and Finance Committee and the Programs and
    Services Committee on January 17. According to Board Secretary David
    Sumner, K1ZZ, "Much of what we do at a Board meeting has to do with
    receiving and considering recommendations from committees, including in
    this case the approval of the operational plan for 2008."

    One of the items on this meeting's agenda is the election of ARRL
    officers and Director members of the Executive Committee. The offices of
    President, First Vice President and Vice President, Executive Vice
    President, Chief Financial Officer, International Vice President,
    Secretary and Treasurer are elected by the Directors each even-numbered
    year; members of the Executive Committee are selected by the Directors
    to serve one-year terms. Joel Harrison, W5ZN, is completing his first
    term as ARRL President.

    The ARRL President appoints Board members to various committees -- among
    them Administration and Finance, Programs and Services, and Ethics and
    Elections -- at the January meeting. Some committees are led by Board
    members, but have members comprised of ARRL members, such as Legal
    Defense & Assistance, Electromagnetic Compatibility, Bandplanning and
    the Historical Committees; the chairmen of these committees, as well as
    their members, are also appointed by the ARRL President.

    Other committees are led by ARRL members appointed by the President with
    respect to their expertise in the committee's area: Public Relations, RF
    Safety, DX Advisory, Contest Advisory, VHF/UHF Advisory Committees, as
    well as the Amateur Radio Direction Finding Coordinator.

    The President of the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Dave Goodwin,
    VE3AAQ, is representing his organization at the meeting. The ARRL and
    RAC have a long tradition of attending each other's Board meetings.

    More information on the January meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors
    will be available next week on the ARRL Web site and in the ARRL Letter.

    ==> MOTOROLA COMPLETES TENDER OFFER FOR YAESU'S PARENT COMPANY

    On Wednesday, January 16, Motorola announced that its subsidiary, MI,
    Inc, has successfully completed its tender offer to acquire a
    controlling interest in Vertex Standard, parent company of Yaesu. The
    tender offer period expired on January 15 with approximately 5.4 million
    shares tendered and accepted. On November 5, 2007, Motorola launched the
    tender offer, in cooperation with Tokogiken (a privately held Japanese
    company controlled by Vertex Standard's president and CEO Jun Hasegawa)
    with the intention of forming a joint venture to develop and sell Vertex
    Standard products and develop select Motorola products. All regulatory
    clearances required for the completion of the transaction have been
    obtained.

    Starting on January 22, Motorola will have a total ownership stake of
    approximately 78 percent of Vertex Standard on a fully diluted basis
    (excluding certain stock acquisition rights that are scheduled to be
    cancelled), following the settlement of the tender offer for
    approximately 12 billion Yen (almost $112 million US dollars) in cash.
    Through a subsequent restructuring process, Motorola will own 80 percent
    of Vertex Standard, while Tokogiken will retain a 20 percent stake.

    "We are extremely pleased to team with Motorola, a global technology
    leader that has been a leading provider and pioneer in 2-way radio
    communication solutions," Hasegawa said. "With Motorola, Vertex Standard
    will be stronger and better positioned to deliver new and innovative
    2-way radio solutions for professionals and consumers."

    Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, Yaesu's Executive Vice President for
    Amateur Radio Sales in North America, told the ARRL that he sees the
    joint venture of Vertex Standard and Motorola as "a very good thing for
    Amateur Radio in general and Yaesu customers in particular. I hope our
    loyal customers will readily see this business venture for what it is,
    an opportunity to make a solid 50-plus year old Yaesu company even
    stronger and more formidable than is already the case. There is
    absolutely no reason to have the slightest concern about equipment
    warranties and the continuation of support for our products. I am really
    excited to see what the joint engineering capabilities of these two huge
    communications companies will bring in the way of new technology
    advancement for the Amateur Radio Service."

    Motschenbacher continued: "There is a unique aspect of business that
    comes with Amateur Radio. It's not just about a radio. It's the
    relationship between the ham, the radio itself and the company that
    makes that radio. This relationship in Amateur Radio is far different
    than it is, say, between a buyer of a HDTV, the TV and the TV
    manufacturer. The relationship in Amateur Radio is far more personal and
    'bonding,' per se. I am certain that we will do our utmost to ensure
    that Motorola understands this delicate bond. Since Motorola is leaving
    the day-to-day management of Yaesu in the hands of my boss, Jun
    Hasegawa, President of Vertex Standard, we can expect our longtime
    relationship with hams to remain intact."

    According to Motorola, "[t]he joint venture is expected to expand and
    develop a comprehensive suite of products to address the rapidly growing
    demand for 2-way radio solutions. Vertex Standard's strength in the
    amateur, marine and airband (avionics) segments provides Motorola with
    access to new business opportunities. In addition, Vertex Standard's
    solutions are highly complementary with Motorola's products and add
    greater depth and breadth to Motorola's Government and Public Safety
    business. The venture also provides additional engineering talent for
    Motorola."

    Following the restructuring, which will be implemented after the
    settlement of the tender offer, Vertex Standard will be de-listed from
    the JASDAQ. The joint venture company will continue to be called "Vertex
    Standard Co, Ltd" and will become a subsidiary of Motorola, with
    headquarters in Tokyo.

    ==> "THE DOCTOR IS IN" THE ARRL LETTER

    This week, ARRL Letter readers are in luck! The ARRL's very own Doctor,
    author of the popular QST column "The Doctor Is IN," answers a question
    from his mailbag:

    Question -- Wilber Warke, N9RGE, of Lebanon, Illinois, asks: What
    happens to a dipole or random wire antenna if end-insulators are not
    used? Does it change the radiation pattern? What if the ends without
    insulators are left hanging down? Does that change the radiation from
    horizontal to vertical?

    The Doctor Answers -- Wilbur, the insulators themselves don't change
    antenna performance. The insulators are designed to provide a high
    impedance path between the end of the antenna, usually a high voltage
    point, and the support structure. If the support is metal, without an
    insulator the current from the antenna will continue to the support and
    that will become part of the antenna. The resulting performance will
    depend on the size and shape of the support and how solid a connection
    there is between the antenna and the support -- but often it will be a
    poor and likely intermittent connection -- usually a recipe for a number
    of different problems. In the more typical case of a tree or other
    wooden structure, the impedance will be relatively high and it shouldn't
    matter too much until it gets wet -- then you could easily have a very
    unpredictable situation and likely be sending much of your power into
    warming up the tree. Very dry tree branches also introduce the risk of
    fire, especially if high power is used.


    With respect to "dangling ends," they don't need insulators if they will
    stay dangling in space. Whatever is holding up the antenna just before
    the dangle suffers as above. Unfortunately, if the dangling ends aren't
    secured, they have a tendency to get blown around and can get wrapped
    around the antenna or other nearby objects. If a "random wire" has both
    horizontal and vertical segments, each will radiate depending on the
    magnitude of the current in each segment -- this generally changes from
    band to band. Sometimes this can be used to good advantage.

    In the case of a balanced half-wave dipole, if both ends are dangling
    the same amount, the vertical radiation will cancel in the direction of
    the main horizontal radiation lobe. There will be a small amount of
    vertical radiation, because the ends have less current than the center,
    in the direction of the dipole ends.

    Antenna insulators are not expensive, so why not use them just to be
    safe. If you don't have a local source, consider making your own from
    scrap PVC pipe, or couplings. Just drill a hole through both sides at
    each end, de burr the holes and use them as insulators -- they are
    pretty close to free.

    ==> TUNE IN FOR THE ARRL JANUARY VHF SWEEPSTAKES THIS WEEKEND

    Have you ever wondered how far you can communicate on VHF or UHF
    frequencies? This weekend gives you the chance to find out, during the
    ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes. This contest gives amateurs throughout the
    United States and Canada the opportunity to work stations on 6 meters
    and up. All licensed amateurs in the United States have privileges above
    6 meters, and many of the new radios being sold today have at least one
    VHF band built in. If you've never used the VHF or UHF bands on your rig
    before, this is a great opportunity to explore new territory in Amateur
    Radio. When conditions are good, amateurs are able to communicate up to
    several hundred miles on VHF and UHF frequencies.

    Most of the activity will be on SSB or CW, with horizontally-polarized
    antennas. A dipole for 6 meters is only about 9 feet long, which is an
    easy construction project. Activity will be between 50.125-50.200 MHz
    for USB, and 50.085-50.100 MHz for CW. Between 50.100-50.125 is a "DX
    Window"; US stations should avoid transmitting there unless calling a DX
    station.

    If you live in an urban area, you can also try FM simplex on 2 meters.
    Many VHF contesters will be looking for extra contacts in the FM simplex
    portion of the band.

    The contest exchange is your grid square. Grid squares are geographic
    areas two degrees of longitude wide by 1 degree of latitude high. For
    more information on grid squares and how to determine what grid you are
    in, you can visit
    <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/HTML/grid-squares/grid.html>.

    The 2008 ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes begins at 1900 UTC Saturday,
    January 19, and ends at 0400 UTC Monday, January 21. You can find
    complete rules on the Contest section of the ARRL Web site
    <www.arrl.org/contests>. Get active on VHF SSB and CW and hear what
    you've been missing!

    ==> ORDER DEADLINE APPROACHING FOR CLEAN SWEEP MUGS AND PINS

    They're new! They're red! They can hold your favorite beverage without
    leaking! And they're a collectible trophy of a great accomplishment:
    Getting a "Clean Sweep" in the 2007 ARRL Phone or CW Sweepstakes.

    ARRL Contest Branch Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, said, "If you worked all
    80 ARRL/RAC Sections to earn a Clean Sweep -- making confirmed contact
    with each of the 80 sections -- in the 2007 ARRL Sweepstakes, either
    Phone or CW, your time to order a mug commemorating your achievement is
    running out. To order a mug, you must submit proof of working all 80
    sections (a copy of your Sweepstakes summary sheet or a printout of the
    first page of your electronically submitted Cabrillo log file will
    suffice), along with a check for $12 per mug."

    Kutzko also said that commemorative pins are available for working 100
    QSOs in either the Phone or CW Sweepstakes at $6 per pin (CW and Phone
    Sweepstakes pins are separate items). Submit proof of making 100 or more
    QSOs along with your check.

    Mail your summary sheets along with your check to: ARRL, 225 Main St,
    Newington, CT 06111, ATTN: Contest Branch -- SS Mugs and Pins

    Please write how many mugs and/or pins you are ordering in the "memo"
    area of your check. Orders must be postmarked no later than January 31,
    2008.

    ==> FCC ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS

    On January 15, Riley Hollingsworth, Special Counsel in the FCC's
    Enforcement Bureau, issued a Warning Notice to David O. Castle,
    ex-WA9KJI, of Evansville, Indiana. Castle's application to renew his
    Amateur Radio license was "denied with prejudice" by an Administrative
    Law Judge in August 2007.

    The current complaint states that "Monitoring information before the
    Commission indicates that you have been operating portable radio
    transmitting equipment on Two Meters in order to interfere with a local
    linked repeater system on 146.835/146.250, and that you have provided a
    portable unit for others to use in the same manner. You have no
    authority to operate Amateur radio transmitting equipment on any
    frequency. Such operation is a violation of Section 301 of the
    Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. Section 301, and
    carries criminal penalties including monetary forfeiture (fine) and
    prison. Monetary forfeitures normally range from $7,500 to $10,000."

    ==>SOLAR UPDATE

    Tad "Give Me the Splendid Silent Sun with All His Beams Full-dazzling"
    Cook, K7RA, this week reports: We've seen another seven days with no
    sunspots. After observing the first sunspot of Solar Cycle 24, we hope
    to see more and more of these, signaling the beginning of the next
    sunspot cycle and the end of Solar Cycle 23. So what do conditions look
    like over the next week? Expect quiet geomagnetic conditions through the
    end of this month, with the next geomagnetic disturbance centered on
    February 1. We may see sunspots return January 28 through February 3.
    Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet to unsettled conditions
    January 18-19 and quiet conditions January 20-24. Sunspot numbers for
    January 10 through 16 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0 with a mean of 0. The
    10.7 cm flux was 75.7, 76, 75.7, 75.3, 75.6, 73.7 and 72.9 with a mean
    of 75. Estimated planetary A indices were 3, 2, 9, 11, 16, 8 and 11 with
    a mean of 8.6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 2, 2, 4, 9, 14, 7
    and 9, with a mean of 6.7. For more information concerning radio
    propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service Propagation
    page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>. To read this
    week's Solar Report in its entirety, check out the W1AW Propagation
    Bulletin page <http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/prop/>.

    __________________________________

    ==>IN BRIEF:

    * This Weekend on the Radio: This weekend, check out the ARRL January
    VHF Sweepstakes January 19-21. The LZ Open Contest is January 19. The UK
    DX Contest (RTTY), the Hungarian DX Contest and the North American QSO
    Party (SSB) are January 19-20. The Run for the Bacon QRP Contest is on
    January 21. Next weekend, the CQ 160 Meter Contest (CW), the REF Contest
    (CW), the BARTG RTTY Sprint, the UBA DX Contest (SSB) and the SPAR
    Winter Field Day are all January 26-27. See the ARRL Contest Branch page
    <http://www.arrl.org/contests/>, the ARRL Contester's Rate Sheet
    <http://www.arrl.org/contests/rate-sheet/> and the WA7BNM Contest
    Calendar <http://www.hornucopia.com/contestcal/index.html> for more
    info.

    * ARRL Continuing Education Course Registration: Registration remains
    open through Sunday, February 3 for these online courses beginning on
    Friday, February 15: Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2
    (EC-002); Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003R2);
    Antenna Modeling (EC-004); HF Digital Communications (EC-005); VHF/UHF
    -- Life Beyond the Repeater (EC-008), and Radio Frequency Propagation
    (EC-011). Each online course has been developed in segments -- learning
    units with objectives, informative text, student activities and quizzes.
    Courses are interactive, and some include direct communications with a
    Mentor/Instructor. Students register for a particular session that may
    be 8, 12 or 16 weeks (depending on the course) and they may access the
    course at any time of day during the course period, completing lessons
    and activities at times convenient for their personal schedule. Mentors
    assist students by answering questions, reviewing assignments and
    activities, as well as providing helpful feedback. Interaction with
    mentors is conducted through e-mail; there is no appointed time the
    student must be present -- allowing complete flexibility for the student
    to work when and where it is convenient. To learn more, visit the CCE
    Course Listing page <http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact
    the Continuing Education Program Coordinator <cce@arrl.org>;.

    * Hiram Percy Maxim II Passes Away at 72: The grandson of ARRL
    co-founder Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, died at home in Lyme, Connecticut
    January 12 after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. Hiram Percy
    Maxim II -- called HPM just like his grandfather -- was 72. Not a ham,
    Maxim told the Newington Amateur Radio League at an October 2002 meeting
    that he doesn't feel he shares the inventive talents of his grandfather
    and great-grandfather, who held many patents between them; Maxim's
    great-grandfather invented the machine gun. He told the club audience
    that his grandfather took on radio and filmmaking as diversions from
    inventing -- an endeavor he considered extremely hard work. He also
    thought of Amateur Radio as a means to "bring together" individuals from
    distant locations and believed that communication was a key to better
    understanding other people and cultures. The elder Maxim -- often
    referred to as "The Old Man," or "TOM" -- was an amateur film buff, and
    a highlight of his grandson's 2002 presentation was a short 16 mm film
    that showed HPM and some of his friends working, relaxing and frolicking
    on the grounds of the family's summer home in Lyme, Connecticut, where
    HPM II lived until his death. His son, Merritt Maxim, told the ARRL,
    "Even though he didn't have an Amateur Radio license, he was aware of
    the importance of his family's role in founding the League. Through his
    father, my grandfather -- an active engineer -- he continued to maintain
    an interest in all things mechanical." A memorial service will be held
    at the Lyme Public Hall at 11 AM on Monday, January 21. Burial will be
    private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lyme Public Hall
    Association, 249 Hamburg Rd, Lyme, CT 06371

    * The 2007 ARRL Periodicals on CD-ROM Now Shipping: The 2007 ARRL
    Periodicals on CD-ROM includes all 2007 issues of QST, NCJ and QEX --
    every word and photo published throughout the year is included. Search
    the full text of every article by entering titles, call signs, names or
    any word. See every word, photo (most in color), drawing and table in
    technical and general-interest features, columns and product reviews,
    plus all advertisements. Print what you see, or copy it into other
    applications. The CD also includes Section News and ARRL Contest
    Results, including individual scores and Contest Soapbox. System
    Requirements: Microsoft Windows and Macintosh systems, using Adobe
    Acrobat Reader (included). Get your copy at
    <http://www.arrl.org/catalog>.

    * Stu Leland, W1JEC (SK): Former ARRL Assistant Technical Editor Stu
    Leland, W1JEC, passed away this summer in Hendersonville, North
    Carolina. He was 90. Leland, who worked in the former Technical
    Department, came to ARRL HQ in 1976, retiring in 1982. He edited the
    "Hints and Kinks" column and QST technical articles every month, as well
    as the Hints and Kinks books. Larry Wolfgang, WR1B, QEX Editor,
    remembers "When I was hired as an Assistant Technical Editor in June
    1981, it was to take over the 'Hints & Kinks' column with Stu Leland's
    impending retirement. During my first half year or so at ARRL HQ, he
    taught me the ropes of being a technical editor. It's hard to imagine a
    kinder, more gentle soul than Stu. He was a great mentor, helping a raw
    young editor fit into the Technical Department and teaching me how to
    work with the many 'Hints & Kinks' authors who submitted their ideas --
    some good and some perhaps not so good!" ARRL Graphic Design Supervisor
    Sue Fagan, KB1OKW, remembered Leland fondly: "Stu was one of the
    kindest, classiest individuals I had the pleasure to know. We checked in
    with each other during the holidays, and my gift was the instant flood
    of all the good memories I had of Stu back in the days when he was one
    of my beloved Tech Department 'partners.'" Former ARRL colleague Paul
    Pagel, N1FB, said, "Stu was a quiet, soft-spoken, gentle man, always
    willing to help others and dedicated to ensuring the technical-article
    material he was handling for QST was accurate. He had a good knowledge
    of antenna theory. He liked operating CW most. He was a fatherly and --
    to the younger coworkers -- a grandfatherly image."

    * Johnny Grant, WB6MJV (SK): Johnny Grant, WB6MJV, the "Honorary Mayor
    of Hollywood," passed away January 9 in the Hollywood hotel suite he
    called home. He was 84. "The city of Los Angeles mourns the loss of one
    of its cherished sons, Johnny Grant, the indefatigable mayor of
    Hollywood and its greatest icon," Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
    said. "Angelenos will always remember Johnny as the heart of Hollywood
    Boulevard, the dignified guardian of its gilded prestige and the human
    shine behind every one of its stars. Even before he became the official
    ambassador of Hollywood, he rose to what he saw as his duty -- to
    country and to Hollywood -- to share his energy and enthusiasm on
    countless USO trips to combat bases in Vietnam and Korea." He was one of
    the original entertainers to make trips overseas to entertain US troops
    in the field, making 15 trips to Korea and 14 to Vietnam. He is the lone
    recipient of the Bob Hope Combat Entertainer Award from the
    International Korean War Veterans Association for his entertainment
    tours to the front lines.

    * Lunar Echo Experiment looking for Amateur Radio Participants: The HF
    Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) in Alaska and the Long
    Wavelength Array (LWA) in New Mexico are planning an additional lunar
    echo experiment for January 19-20. Interested radio amateurs are invited
    to participate in this experiment by listening for the lunar echoes and
    submitting reports. On January 19, listen on 6.7925 MHz from 0500-0600
    UTC, and on 7.4075 MHz from 0600-0700 UTC. On January 20, listen on
    6.7925 MHz from 0630-0730 UTC, and on 7.4075 MHz from 0730-0830 UTC
    (depending on frequency occupancy at the time of operation, it may be
    necessary to adjust the frequency slightly). Based on previous
    experiments, investigators believe it should be possible to hear the
    lunar echoes with a standard communications receiver and a simple 40
    meter dipole antenna. The format for the transmissions will follow a
    five second cycle beginning on the hour and repeating continuously. The
    HAARP transmitter will transmit for the first two seconds. The next
    three seconds will be quiet to listen for the lunar echo. Then HAARP
    will transmit again for two seconds, repeating the cycle for one hour.
    In the second hour, this five second repetitive cycle will be repeated
    at a different frequency. All transmissions from HAARP will be CW (no
    modulation). Depending on ionospheric conditions, it may or may not be
    possible to hear the HAARP transmission directly via skywave
    propagation. Since HAARP will not be using any modulation, it will be
    necessary to use USB or LSB mode on the receiver to hear HAARP and the
    lunar echo. Investigators are interested in receiving signal reports
    from radio amateurs who may be able to detect -- or not detect-- the
    lunar echo or the transmitted skywave pulse from HAARP. Submit reports
    via e-mail <mbreport@haarp.alaska.edu>;, and list your call sign and the
    type and location of your receiving equipment and antennas. --
    Information provided by Ed Kennedy, K3NS, HAARP Navy Program Manager

    * Crawlie F:

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