• ARRL Extra Bulletin

    From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue Aug 18 17:45:29 2020

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX011
    ARLX011 Past Puerto Rico Section Manager Victor Madera, KP4PQ (SK)

    ZCZC AX11
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 11 ARLX011
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT August 18, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX011
    ARLX011 Past Puerto Rico Section Manager Victor Madera, KP4PQ (SK)

    Victor Madera, KP4PQ, who served as Puerto Rico's Section Manager
    from 2000 until 2007, died on July 23. An ARRL Life Member, he was
    90 years old. Madera was instrumental in translating amateur radio
    study guides and test materials into Spanish. Upon his retirement as
    Section Manager, Madera was awarded the Warren Knight Distinguished
    Service Award in recognition of his outstanding service as a Section
    Manager.

    First licensed in 1951, Madera served in the US Army Signal Corps
    during the Korean War. He held a bachelor's degree in electrical
    engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, later
    serving as the director of manufacturing for Westinghouse in Puerto
    Rico and Haiti. He retired early due to health issues.

    Madera held several ARRL Field Organization appointments over the
    years, including Official Observer, Public Information Officer,
    State Government Liaison, and Assistant Director for the ARRL
    Southeastern Division.

    He served as team liaison/coordinator for the ARRL Volunteer
    Examiner team in Puerto Rico and was International Amateur Radio
    Union Region 2 auxiliary monitor.

    Madera was a member of the Radio Club of America (RCA), the Quarter
    Century Wireless Association (QCWA), and the Puerto Rico Amateur
    Radio Club - Federacion de Radio Aficionados de Puerto Rico. He was
    the founder and first president and secretary of the Puerto Rico
    Amateur Radio League (PRARL) - an ARRL Special Service Club.

    He edited the official PRARL journal, ยกEUREKA!, authored a book on
    the history of amateur radio in Puerto Rico, and developed the
    Spanish-language version of study and test materials for the EC-001
    emergency communications course.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 24 13:51:55 2020

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX012
    ARLX012 Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT
    (SK)

    ZCZC AX12
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 12 ARLX012
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 24, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX012
    ARLX012 Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT
    (SK)

    Former West Virginia Section Manager Karl Thompson, K8KT, of
    Charleston, West Virginia, died on July 28. He was 80. Thompson
    served as West Virginia Section Communications Manager (SCM) from
    1979 until 1983, and, after the position was renamed, as Section
    Manager from 1984 until 1994. He continued serving the Section as an
    Assistant Section Manager and Technical Coordinator.

    Current West Virginia SM, Dan Ringer, K8WV, said in a message to
    members, "Karl was one of the best-known amateurs in West Virginia.
    He represented all of the best of the amateur community."

    A ham from the age of 15, Thompson was employed by the telephone
    company (C&P, Bell Atlantic, and Verizon), retiring after 28 years
    of service. He was president of the West Virginia State Radio
    Council for several years and was honored with the ARRL Roanoke
    Division Amateur of the Year award in 1983. He received the ARRL
    Roanoke Division Service Award that same year.

    Thompson played guitar, autoharp, and piano and was a member of
    several singing groups over the years. He co-hosted the Old Time
    Country Music Hour on WZAC-FM for 4 years.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Mon Nov 2 11:46:29 2020

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX014
    ARLX014 ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT (SK)

    ZCZC AX14
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 14 ARLX014
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 2, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX014

    ARLX014 ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT (SK)

    ARRL Pacific Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, of Oakland,
    California, died October 30. An ARRL Life Member, he was 65.

    "Jim was passionate about ham radio and a dedicated member of the
    ARRL Board of Directors," ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said.
    "He devoted himself to the members of his Division and always strove
    to do what was best for amateur radio and its future. His knowledge
    and leadership were significant and will be missed by the many who
    worked with him and had the pleasure to know him."

    Tiemstra was ARRL Pacific Division Vice Director from 2009 through
    2017, sitting on the Administration and Finance, and Programs and
    Services Committees of the Board. He became ARRL Pacific Division
    Director in January 2018. Currently, he was a member of the
    Administration and Finance Committee, the Legal Structure Review
    Committee, chair of the Legislative Advocacy Committee, and an
    advisor to the Amateur Radio Legal Defense and Assistance Committee,
    among other Board assignments.

    Licensed in 1970 as WN9ELU in Chicago, Tiemstra was the president of
    his high school radio club in Illinois. Early on, he built most of
    his own gear from Heathkits. In 1977, he married Lilah Greene,
    KE6EHD, and they moved to California, where Tiemstra became N6OIK,
    later choosing K6JAT as a vanity call sign. He'd also held V26JAT
    and 3D2TJ and had operated from Curacao and Hawaii.

    Primarily a contester and DXer, Tiemstra had been a DXpedition
    member and had long been involved in the public service aspects of
    the hobby. As a member of the Oakland Amateur Radio Emergency
    Service (ARES) group, he was among those responding to the Loma
    Prieta earthquake in 1989 and the Oakland Hills firestorm in 1991,
    receiving a Certificate of Appreciation from the American Red Cross.
    He championed the Emergency Communication Ham Operation (ECHO)
    proposal to install amateur radio equipment in his city's emergency
    operations center and in each of its 30 fire stations.

    Tiemstra worked with his ARES group to gain RACES recognition, wrote
    the RACES Operations Manual, and was instrumental in forging a
    formal Letter of Understanding with the City of Oakland. Jim served
    as Oakland's RACES Radio Officer for more than 14 years, was on the
    mayor's Emergency Management Council, and was ARRL East Bay Section
    Emergency Coordinator. In 2002, he was recognized by the Oakland
    Fire Department as Community Volunteer of the Year.

    In 1998, Tiemstra incorporated the Oakland Radio Communication
    Association (ORCA), an ARRL affiliated club, was a founding
    director, and became its first president. He served as trustee of
    the club's call sign, WW6OR.

    Tiemstra retired in 2018 as a federal practitioner in the private
    practice of law. He was an ARRL Diamond Club and Maxim Society
    member.

    He and his wife have twin sons, Robert and Matthew, KI6IHP.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Wed Nov 25 17:48:22 2020

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX015
    ARLX015 Former West Virginia Section Manager Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY
    (SK)

    ZCZC AX15
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 15 ARLX015
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 25, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX015
    ARLX015 Former West Virginia Section Manager Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY
    (SK)

    Former West Virginia Section Manager Ann Rinehart, KA8ZGY, of South
    Charleston died on November 20 of COVID-19 complications. An ARRL
    Member, she was 85.

    ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, said, "She
    was one of our Division's pioneering women - consistently gracious,
    yet firm in her efficient management of the Section."

    Rinehart served as West Virginia Section Manager from 2005 until
    2013. She also served as an Official Emergency Station and was the
    Affiliated Club Coordinator in West Virginia in 2001. Rinehart was
    an Assistant Section Manager from 2017 until her death.

    Rinehart was a nurse and administrator at Charleston Area Medical
    Center. She belonged to the West Virginia State Amateur Radio
    Council and the Kanawha Amateur Radio Club. Due to COVID-19
    restrictions, no service will be held at this time.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Wed Dec 30 11:32:07 2020

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX016
    ARLX016 ARRL Staffers to be On the Air from W1AW for Straight Key
    Night

    ZCZC AX16
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 16 ARLX016
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 30, 2020
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX016
    ARLX016 ARRL Staffers to be On the Air from W1AW for Straight Key
    Night

    Members of the ARRL Headquarters staff will put W1AW on the air for
    Straight Key Night (SKN). Set some time aside on New Year's Eve and
    New Year's Day to take part in this annual ARRL tradition.

    Information on Straight Key Night can be found at, http://www.arrl.org/straight-key-night .

    SKN begins at 0000 UTC on January 1, 2021 (New Year's Eve in US time
    zones) and wraps up at 2359 UTC. Not a contest, SKN is dedicated to
    celebrating amateur radio's Morse code heritage. Bring out the
    brass, get on the air, and enjoy casual CW contacts, preferably
    using a straight key (hand key) or a semi-automatic key (bug).
    Activity traditionally centers on CW segments in the HF bands (W1AW
    will focus on 80, 40, and 20 meters).

    Submit via email your SKN list of stations contacted and your votes
    for "Best Fist" and "Most Interesting QSO" by January 31 to, straightkey@arrl.org .
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue Jan 12 17:36:44 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX001
    ARLX001 Former RAC President John "Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD (SK)

    ZCZC AX01
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 1 ARLX001
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT January 12, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX001
    ARLX001 Former RAC President John ''Hoppy" Hopwood, VE7RD (SK)

    Former Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President John Farrell "Hoppy"
    Hopwood, VE7RD, of North Vancouver, British Columbia, died on
    December 8. He was 91. Hopwood was instrumental in the founding of
    RAC and was inducted in 2015 as a member of the Canadian Amateur
    Radio Hall of Fame.

    Hopwood spent his career in telecommunications, once working as a
    telegraph lineman. In 1971, he formed a Systems Coordination Centre
    (SCC) to help British Columbia Telephone Company and other large
    business users to install new telecom networks, and he managed the
    SCC until he retired in 1992.

    Licensed in 1955, Hopwood was an early member of the Canadian Radio
    Relay League (CRRL), the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation (CARF),
    and ARRL. As Vice President of CARF, Hopwood encouraged the CARF and
    CRRL boards to resume talks to consider creating one national
    society.

    "Merging the two societies was a complex and delicate process," RAC
    said in remembering Hopwood. He worked with CRRL President Dana
    Shtun, VE3DSS, who, RAC said, "shared the vision for a strong
    national amateur radio society." Hopwood served as RAC's first Vice
    President and subsequently was appointed as RAC President, retiring
    in 1998 after six terms.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Wed Feb 3 20:29:38 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX002
    ARLX002 MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter
    Interoperability

    ZCZC AX02
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 2 ARLX002
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT February 3, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX002
    ARLX002 MARS Announces Schedule of Dates for 60-Meter
    Interoperability

    The Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) has announced dates in
    2021 during which MARS members will operate on 60 meters for
    interoperability with the amateur radio community. Some dates
    coincide with quarterly Department of Defense Communications
    Exercises (COMEX).

    All exercises will begin on channel 1 as the initial calling channel
    and move to other 60-meter working channels as may be appropriate.

    "In addition to voice calls, I want to introduce passing ICS 213
    messages in both voice and digital modes to enhance the overall
    interop experience," said US Army MARS Chief Paul English, WD8DBY.

    English continues, "Our exercises will yield the frequencies to
    other scheduled exercises or mission activations, which may be
    called by other agencies for interop support (e.g., hurricane,
    wildfire, etc). We regularly instruct MARS members to work
    cooperatively with the amateur radio community during the use of the
    60-meter interop channels. We will continue to track our 60-meter
    usage and activities."

    English said he plans to provide a quarterly usage report of
    60-meter interoperability activities.

    The interoperability schedule is as follows:

    February 23 - 27
    Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-1
    Location: CONUS

    March 1 - 7
    Exercise: Interop Outreach
    Location CONUS

    April 3 - 10
    Exercise: Interop Outreach
    Location CONUS

    April 30 - May 6
    Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-2

    May 7 - 8
    Exercise: Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test
    Location: CONUS

    June 1 - 6
    Exercise: Interop Outreach
    Location CONUS

    July 5 - 10
    Exercise: Interop Outreach
    Location CONUS

    July 20 - 22
    Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-3
    Location: CONUS

    August 2 - 8
    Exercise: Interop Outreach
    Location CONUS

    September 1 - 6
    Exercise: Interop Outreach
    Location CONUS

    October 1 - 31
    Exercise: DOD COMEX 21-4
    Location: CONUS
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue Feb 16 14:54:18 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX003
    ARLX003 Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD
    (SK)

    ZCZC AX03
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 3 ARLX003
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT February 16, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX003
    ARLX003 Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD
    (SK)

    Former ARRL Southwestern Division Director Art Goddard, W6XD, of
    Costa Mesa, California, died on February 13. An ARRL Life Member, he
    was 78. First licensed in 1956, Goddard was an electrical
    engineering graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Montana
    State University. He worked for Collins Radio and later for Boeing,
    from which he retired as an executive.

    After several years working with local governments in southern
    California on proposed antenna ordinances, he was elected ARRL
    Southwestern Division Vice Director in 1995, serving two terms
    before being elected Director in 2001. After retiring from the ARRL
    Board, he continued to follow ARRL affairs and advocate for stronger
    public relations on behalf of amateur radio.

    Goddard was active on the air from HF through microwaves. A member
    of the Southern California Contest Club, he took part in contest
    DXpeditions to locations ranging from subarctic to tropical,
    operating the CQ World Wide DX Contest in 26 of the 40 CQ zones. He
    also headed teams of VHF/UHF/microwave contest rovers.

    Goddard was heavily involved with the Costa Mesa Historical Society
    and was co-author of two books on Costa Mesa history.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Apr 2 16:02:28 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX004
    ARLX004 Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager and Southwest Division
    Vice Director Tuck Miller, NF9T (SK)

    ZCZC AX04
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 1, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX004
    ARLX004 Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager and Southwest Division
    Vice Director Tuck Miller, NF9T (SK)

    Past ARRL San Diego Section Manager (SM) and Southwest Division Vice
    Director Tuck Miller, NF9T (ex-NZ6T), of Danville, Illinois, died on
    March 10. An ARRL Life Member, he was 67. Miller served as San Diego
    SM from 1998 until 2002, when he was elected as Southwestern
    Division Vice Director. He was re-elected as San Diego SM in 2006
    and served briefly before having to resign for health reasons.

    Miller was a barber, disc jockey (DJ), police officer, and
    firefighter, before settling into a job with San Diego Transit
    driving a trolley for 25 years. After retirement, he returned to
    Illinois.
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Wed Apr 28 17:34:22 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX005
    ARLX005 Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test Set for May 7 - 8

    ZCZC AX05
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 5 ARLX005
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT April 27, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX005
    ARLX005 Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test Set for May 7 - 8

    The US Department of Defense will host this year's Armed Forces Day
    (AFD) Cross-Band Test, Friday and Saturday, May 7-8, in recognition
    of Armed Forces Day on May 15. The event is open to all radio
    amateurs. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have
    taken part in this exercise, designed to include amateur radio and
    government radio operators alike.

    The AFD Cross-Band Test is a unique opportunity to test two-way
    communications between military and amateur radio stations, as
    authorized under FCC Part 97 rules. These tests provide
    opportunities and challenges for radio operators to demonstrate
    individual technical skills in a tightly controlled exercise in
    which military stations will transmit on selected military
    frequencies and will announce the specific amateur radio frequencies
    being monitored.

    The schedule of military/government stations taking part in the
    Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test and information on the AFD message
    is available on the MARS website at, http://www.dodmars.org/home/armed-forces-day-2021 .

    Complete the request form to obtain a QSL card at, http://www.usarmymars.org/events .
    NNNN
    /EX
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  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Mon May 24 15:30:01 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX006
    ARLX006 Annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test Set for Saturday, May
    29

    ZCZC AX06
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 6 ARLX006
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 24, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX006
    ARLX006 Annual WX4NHC On-the-Air Station Test Set for Saturday, May
    29

    The annual WX4NHC station on-the-air test will be held on Saturday,
    May 29, 1300 - 2100 UTC. The WX4NHC operators plan to be working
    remotely again this year as the National Hurricane Center plans to
    maintain all CDC COVID-19 pandemic protocols until the end of 2021.
    The yearly exercise takes place just ahead of the official start of
    the Atlantic Hurricane Season, June 1 - November 30. Assistant
    WX4NHC Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R, said the event offers an
    opportunity for radio amateurs worldwide to exercise the sorts of
    communication capabilities available during severe weather.

    "We will be making brief contacts on many frequencies and modes,
    exchanging signal reports and basic weather data (sunny, rain,
    temperature, etc.) with any station in any location," Ripoll said.

    Participating stations may use HF, VHF, UHF, APRS, and Winlink, with
    WX4NHC HF activity centering on the Hurricane Watch Net frequencies
    of 14.325 MHz and 7.268 MHz, depending on propagation, and will
    operate elsewhere as conditions dictate. WX4NHC will also
    participate in the VoIP Hurricane Net, 2000 - 2100 UTC.

    As for the upcoming hurricane season, Ripoll said, "Even if you are
    not directly affected by a hurricane situation, please volunteer to
    monitor and relay reports; just one report can make a difference and
    help save a life!"

    In conjunction with the National Hurricane Conference next month,
    the traditional Amateur Radio Workshop sessions will be held
    virtually on Tuesday, June 15, 10:30 AM - 12 PM EDT and 1:30 - 5 PM
    EDT. The sessions will be moderated by Rob Macedo, KD1CY, Director
    of Operations, VoIP Hurricane Net, with Ripoll.

    To access the Zoom meeting check-in, use the meeting ID 844 9788
    6921, and the passcode 565708.
    NNNN
    /EX
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Jun 17 11:33:26 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX007
    ARLX007 K9JM to transmit CW and Digital Versions of 2021 W1AW Field
    Day Bulletin

    ZCZC AX07
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 7 ARLX007
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT June 17, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX007
    ARLX007 K9JM to transmit CW and Digital Versions of 2021 W1AW Field
    Day Bulletin

    West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM is again slated to
    transmit the CW and Digital versions of the 2021 W1AW Field Day
    Bulletin.

    CW

    On Saturday, June 26, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM
    PDT (1430 UTC). On Saturday evening, the CW version will be
    transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT (Sunday, June 27, at 0030 UTC).

    On Sunday, June 27, the CW version of the bulletin will be
    transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1430 UTC). The CW frequencies are
    3581.5 kHz and 7047.5 kHz. The CW speed is 18 WPM.

    Digital

    On Saturday, June 26, the Digital version will be transmitted on
    7095 kHz using BPSK31 at 6:30 PM PDT (Sunday, June 27, at 0130 UTC)
    and using MFSK16 at 6:40 PM PDT (0140 UTC).

    On Sunday, June 27, the Digital version will be transmitted on
    3597.5 kHz using BPSK31 at 9:30 AM PDT (Sunday, June 27, at 1630
    UTC) and using MSFK16 at 9:40 AM PDT (1640 UTC).

    Please visit the ARRL Field Day web page at,
    http://www.arrl.org/field-day .
    NNNN
    /EX
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Mon Jun 21 11:04:00 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX008
    ARLX008 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule

    ZCZC AX08
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 8 ARLX008
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT June 21, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX008

    ARLX008 2021 W1AW Field Day Bulletin Schedule

    Day Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC

    FRIDAY CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sat)
    Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
    Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145
    CW 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 0300

    SATURDAY CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
    Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
    CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sun)
    Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
    Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145

    SUNDAY CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
    Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
    Digital 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1600


    W1AW will operate on its regularly published frequencies.

    CW frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975,
    21.0675, 28.0675, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

    Digital frequencies are 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095,
    28.095, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

    Phone frequencies are 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390,
    28.590, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

    During Field Day weekend, W1AW will transmit the Field Day bulletin
    using 45.45-baud Baudot, PSK31 in BPSK mode and MFSK16 in this
    order.

    Please note the Field Day bulletin will not be sent out via
    EchoLink.

    In addition, on Friday local, June 25, 2021, the digital version of
    the Field Day bulletin sent at 9 PM EDT (0100 UTC) will be
    transmitted using BPSK31, Baudot, and MFSK16 in this order, as time
    allows.

    The regular digital mode lineup of Baudot, BPSK31, and MFSK16 will
    be used during Field Day weekend.

    Please note that West Coast ARRL Qualifying Run station K9JM is
    again slated to transmit the CW and Digital versions of the 2021
    W1AW Field Day Bulletin.

    The West Coast 2021 Field Day Bulletin schedule is as follows:

    CW

    On Saturday, June 26, the CW version will be transmitted at 7:30 AM
    PDT (1430 UTC). On Saturday evening, the CW version will be
    transmitted at 5:30 PM PDT (Sunday, June 27, at 0030 UTC).

    On Sunday, June 27, the CW version of the bulletin will be
    transmitted at 7:30 AM PDT (1430 UTC). The CW frequencies are
    3581.5 kHz and 7047.5 kHz. The CW speed is 18 WPM.

    Digital

    On Saturday, June 26, the Digital version will be transmitted on
    7095 kHz using BPSK31 at 6:30 PM PDT (Sunday, June 27, at 0130 UTC)
    and using MFSK16 at 6:40 PM PDT (0140 UTC).

    On Sunday, June 27, the Digital version will be transmitted on
    3597.5 kHz using BPSK31 at 9:30 AM PDT (Sunday, June 27, at 1630
    UTC) and using MSFK16 at 9:40 AM PDT (1640 UTC).

    Any additional transmissions or changes in the schedule will be
    posted on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/Field-Day .
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue Aug 31 10:40:04 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX011
    ARLX011 FEMA Announces HF Interoperability Activity on 60-Meter
    Channels 1 and 2

    ZCZC AX11
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 11 ARLX011
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT August 31, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX011
    ARLX011 FEMA Announces HF Interoperability Activity on 60-Meter
    Channels 1 and 2

    Channels 1 and 2 on 60 meters will be available starting on August
    30 for interoperability between US government and US amateur radio
    stations involved in Hurricane Ida emergency communications. This
    situation will remain in place until the storm has passed and the
    need for these channels no longer exists, or on September 6,
    whichever comes first.

    These frequencies will be used: Channel 1 Primary voice traffic 5332
    kHz channel center, 5330.5 kHz USB voice; and Channel 2 Digital
    traffic 5348 kHz channel center, 5346.5 kHz USB with 1.5 kHz offset
    to center of digital waveform. Stations on 60 meters are asked to
    yield to operational traffic related to Hurricane Ida.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 23 09:11:36 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX012
    ARLX012 Radio Amateurs on Standby Following La Palma Volcanic
    Eruption

    ZCZC AX12
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 12 ARLX012
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 23, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX012
    ARLX012 Radio Amateurs on Standby Following La Palma Volcanic
    Eruption

    The Cumbre Vieja volcano on La Palmas in Spain's Canary Islands
    erupted for the first time in 50 years on Sunday, September 19,
    following an increase in seismic activity over the previous 7 days.
    The lava flow triggered the evacuation of more than 6,000 people so
    far. Authorities have deployed all the resources of the Canary
    Islands Government as well as military support from the mainland to
    manage the situation.

    In order to facilitate communication into and out of the area,
    EMCOM-SPAIN has asked that the IARU Emergency Center of Activity
    Frequencies be kept clear in case the situation worsens: 3.760 MHz;
    7.110 MHz; 14.300 MHz, and 21.360 MHz.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 23 09:11:41 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX013
    ARLX013 Clear Frequencies Requested for Possible Nicaragua
    Earthquake Traffic

    ZCZC AX13
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 13 ARLX013
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 23, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX013
    ARLX013 Clear Frequencies Requested for Possible Nicaragua
    Earthquake Traffic

    IARU Region 2 Emergency Coordinator Carlos Alberto Santamaria
    Gonzalez, CO2JC, has requested that radio amateurs in Central
    America avoid 7098 and 7198 kHz in the wake of an earthquake at 0957
    UTC the morning of September 22 in Nicaragua.

    The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the offshore magnitude 6.5
    earthquake has also affected Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador,
    Guatemala, and Honduras. The earthquake was followed by another 4.0
    temblor and other aftershocks of less intensity, as confirmed by
    Juan de la Cruz Rodriguez Perez, YN1J, President and National
    Emergency Coordinator of the Club de Radio Experimentadores de
    Nicaragua (CREN).

    CREN is the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member-society
    for Nicaragua.

    The earthquake occurred offshore in the North Pacific some 60 miles
    from Chinandega and approximately 52 miles southwest of the resort
    town of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua. The USGS said the quake occurred at a
    depth of approximately 20 miles.

    According to the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies, the
    event was related to the tectonic processes of the collision between
    the Cocos and Caribe tectonic plates.

    Emergency communicator Juan de la Cruz, YN1J, requested the
    frequency protection.

    No tsunami warning has been issued and there have been no immediate
    reports of damage.

    According to the USGS, "Little or no landsliding is expected, but
    some landslides could have occurred in highly susceptible areas."
    And, "The number of people living near areas that could have
    produced landslides in this earthquake is low, but landslide damage
    or fatalities are still possible in highly susceptible areas. This
    is not a direct estimate of landslide fatalities or losses."
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Oct 1 09:11:28 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX014
    ARLX014 Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite
    Pioneer Tom Clark, K3IO (SK)

    ZCZC AX14
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 14 ARLX014
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT October 1, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX014
    ARLX014 Past AMSAT President and Director, and Amateur Satellite
    Pioneer Tom Clark, K3IO (SK)

    AMSAT-NA Past President and ham radio satellite and digital pioneer
    Tom Clark, K3IO (ex-W3IWI), of Columbia, Maryland, died on September
    28 after a short illness and hospital stay. An ARRL Life Member, he
    was 82. Clark's accomplishments are legendary, and he left a lasting
    footprint in the worlds of amateur radio satellites and digital
    techniques.

    "His long-time technical achievements, mentoring to others, and
    technical leadership will be missed by his many peers and friends
    the world over," said Bob McGwier, N4HY.

    To honor Clark, AMSAT has rebranded its upcoming annual gathering as
    the 2021 AMSAT Dr. Tom Clark, K3IO, Memorial Space Symposium and
    Annual General Meeting. It will take place on October 30 via Zoom.
    (AMSAT members may register to attend via AMSAT's Membership and
    Event portal at, https://launch.amsat.org/ .) The event will be
    livestreamed on AMSAT's YouTube channel.

    A founding member of Tucson Amateur Packet Radio (TAPR), Clark was a
    co-founder of the TAPR/AMSAT DSP Project, which led to
    software-defined radio (SDR). He was a leader in the development of
    the AX.25 packet radio protocol. Clark served as AMSAT's second
    President, from 1980 until 1987. He also served on the AMSAT and
    TAPR Boards.

    In concert with McGwier, Clark developed the first amateur Digital
    Signal Processing (DSP) hardware, including a number of modems. He
    developed the uplink receivers and the spacecraft LAN (local area
    network) architecture used on all the Microsats (AMSAT-OSCAR 16,
    Dove-OSCAR 17, WEBERSAT-OSCAR 18, LUSAT-OSCAR 19, Italy-OSCAR 26,
    AMRAD-OSCAR 27, and TMSAT-OSCAR 31). McGwier said it was Clark who
    convinced him in 1985 that the future lay in DSP.

    "We started the TAPR/AMSAT DSP [digital signal processing] project,
    and it was announced in 1987," McGwier recounted. "We showed in our
    efforts that small stations with small antennas could bounce signals
    off the moon, and, using the power of DSP, we could see the signals
    in our computer displays." This led to the software-defined
    transponder (SDX) for satellite work, including ARISSat and AMSAT's
    Phase 3E.

    Clark received a doctorate in astrogeophysics from the University of
    Colorado. He went on to serve as Chief of the Astronomy Branch at
    NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and was a Senior Scientist at NASA
    Goddard Space Flight Center, where he was principal investigator for
    the Space Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) activity there.

    In 2005, Clark became the first non-Russian to be awarded a Gold
    Medal of the Russian Academy of Sciences for his contributions to
    the international VLBI network. He is a member of the 2001 class of
    CQ magazine's Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

    In 2016, ARRL awarded Clark with its President's Award, to recognize
    his 60 years of advancing amateur radio technology. On that
    occasion, McGwier said, "There would be no AMSAT to inspire all of
    this work without Tom Clark. Tom...saved the organization and
    inspired all of us to look to the future and aim for the stars."

    Clark was a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the
    International Association of Geodesy.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Dec 3 16:49:47 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX016
    ARLX016 W1AW Code Practice Text Sources Taken from February 1922 QST

    ZCZC AX16
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 16 ARLX016
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 3, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX016
    ARLX016 W1AW Code Practice Text Sources Taken from February 1922 QST

    In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1st Transatlantic
    Test, the code practice text material for the week of December 6
    through 10 originates from the February 1922 issue of QST. It was
    in this issue the results of the Transatlantic Test were published.

    The February 1922 QST text material may also be used for subsequent
    code practice transmissions.

    The text is taken from pages 14 to 18, 21 to 27, and pages 37 to 40
    of this issue.

    The text files for each speed will soon be available for viewing
    online at, https://www.arrl.org/code-practice-qst-source .

    Please see http://arrl.org/transatlantic for more details on the
    event.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 9 17:48:31 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX018
    ARLX018 ARRL Virginia Section Manager Joseph Palsa, K3WRY (SK)

    ZCZC AX18
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 18 ARLX018
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 9, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX018
    ARLX018 ARRL Virginia Section Manager Joseph Palsa, K3WRY (SK)

    Virginia Section Manager Joe Palsa, K3WRY, of North Chesterfield,
    Virginia, died on December 7. An ARRL Life Member, he was 80.

    Palsa was appointed Virginia Section Manager in February 2015, and
    had since won elections in his own right. A radio amateur for more
    than 50 years, he also served as the Virginia State Government
    Liaison.

    Palsa held a PhD in electronics technology and was a Life Member of
    the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He
    enjoyed researching and designing ham equipment and building
    projects, including some specialized military applications on
    electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), electromagnetic interference
    (EMI), and electromagnetic pulse (EMP). His professional experience
    included design, product development, and application engineering
    support, as well as positions in senior sales and marketing and
    senior executive management.

    During 2014, he served as president of the Richmond Amateur Radio
    Club. In past years, he has held ARRL Field Organization positions
    as Official Bulletin Station (OBS), Official Observer (OO), and
    Official Emergency Station (OES).

    Active in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), he received
    two ARRL public service awards. Palsa enjoyed DXing, contesting, and
    public service communication.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 16 11:30:14 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX019
    ARLX019 Past ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH (SK)

    ZCZC AX19
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 19 ARLX019
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 16, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX019
    ARLX019 Past ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH (SK)

    Former ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH, of
    Ardmore, Pennsylvania, died on December 12. An ARRL member, she was
    78.

    From the time she arrived at ARRL Headquarters, Mary served
    enthusiastically as ARRL's Chief Development Officer, developing
    relationships that helped to grow the ARRL Endowment. One individual
    she invited into the ARRL fold of regular supporters was Joe Walsh,
    WB6ACU, of the Eagles.

    Born in Washington, DC, she attended the National Cathedral School,
    for which she maintained a lifelong fondness. She spent her summers
    playing tennis before heading off to Northwestern University in
    Chicago. After school, she moved to Philadelphia to raise her two
    sons as a single mother while working in non-profit development -
    notably at the Philadelphia Zoo, WHYY, and NJN.

    After her boys graduated from college, Mary moved to New England to
    work in development at Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and then
    at ARRL. During her 13 years at ARRL Headquarters, she was behind
    the creation of The Diamond Club, The Diamond Terrace, The Maxim
    Society, and the Second Century Campaign, among other initiatives.
    She served as secretary of the ARRL Foundation, and promoter of the
    ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund.

    "During Hurricane Katrina, she virtually single-handedly created the
    Ham Aid Program that provides new gear to amateurs who have lost
    their equipment in disasters," then-ARRL Chief Operating Officer
    Harold Kramer, WJ1B, said in the August 2014 issue of QST. "Because
    of her efforts and those of her staff, she has raised millions of
    dollars for ARRL and, ultimately, for the benefit of Amateur Radio."

    She also was one of the founders of the successful Teachers
    Institutes for Wireless Technology. Funded by voluntary
    contributions, the annual summer workshops help to better acquaint
    classroom teachers and educators with wireless technology and the
    science behind it.

    Outside of work, she was an enthusiastic gardener, an avid rower,
    and a huge fan and booster for University of Connecticut Women's
    Basketball. She retired from ARRL in 2014, moving back to the
    Philadelphia area to be closer to family.

    Mary was an active member of St. George's Episcopal Church in
    Ardmore, where a funeral mass will be said on January 8 at 10 AM.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Dec 23 17:35:04 2021

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX020
    ARLX020 Former Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK (SK)

    ZCZC AX20
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 20 ARLX020
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 23, 2021
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX020
    ARLX020 Former Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller, N9DGK (SK)

    Former ARRL Tennessee Section Manager Keith Miller Sr., N9DGK, of
    Rockvale, Tennessee, died of COVID on December 22. An ARRL Life
    Member, he was 75. Miller served four terms as ARRL Tennessee
    Section Manager from 2012 until December 2019, when he decided not
    to run for another term.

    He was licensed in 1981 and was very active in the Amateur Radio
    Emergency Service (ARES) and emergency communication. Miller served
    as ARRL Emergency Coordinator from 2006 to 2013. Miller served as a
    member and officer of the Stones River Amateur Radio Club.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Mon Jan 10 13:48:48 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX001
    ARLX001 Former Virgin Islands Section Manager Ron Hall, KP2N (SK)

    ZCZC AX01
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 1 ARLX001
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT January 10, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX001
    ARLX001 Former Virgin Islands Section Manager Ron Hall, KP2N (SK)

    Former ARRL Virgin Islands Section Manager Ron Hall, KP2N, of St.
    Augustine, Florida, has died.

    An ARRL Life Member, he was 85. Hall served as Section Manager from
    1988 until 1996. He later served as an Assistant Section Manager in
    2002 before relocating to Florida.

    Licensed in the 1950s, he once worked for Heathkit. He was a member
    of the St. Petersburg Amateur Radio Club.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue Jan 18 15:00:58 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX002
    ARLX002 Bangladesh Amateur Radio League Founder Saif Shahid, S21A
    (SK)

    ZCZC AX02
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 2 ARLX002
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT January 18, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX002
    ARLX002 Bangladesh Amateur Radio League Founder Saif Shahid, S21A
    (SK)

    Saif D. Shahid, S21A/KF6WJZ/G1NWJ, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, died
    on January 10. He was 73. Shahid was the founder and President of
    the Bangladesh Amateur Radio League (BARL), which was established
    after more than 12 years of hard lobbying and negotiating with
    government officials by Shahid and others. Until then, amateur radio
    operation from Bangladesh had been sporadic and of questionable
    legality.

    The BARL became an International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
    member-society in 1988. Shahid, whose background was in mechanical
    engineering and information technology, was the first Bangladeshi
    national to be licensed. He had been living in the US since 1999
    with his family, which includes his wife Mamtaz, S21J/KF6WJY - the
    first woman to be licensed in Bangladesh - and daughter Maria Ashna, S21JA/ex-KF6WJX.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.14-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Mar 10 09:40:38 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX003
    ARLX003 Former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania SM, Traffic Handler Joe
    Ames, W3JY (SK)

    ZCZC AX03
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 3 ARLX003
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT March 10, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX003
    ARLX003 Former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania SM, Traffic Handler Joe
    Ames, W3JY (SK)

    Former ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Manager Joseph A. "Joe"
    Ames, W3JY, of Paoli, Pennsylvania, died on March 5. An ARRL Life
    Member, he was 57. Ames served as EPA SM from 2014 until 2016. He
    was one of the founders of Radio Relay International, an independent traffic-handling organization.

    A ham since 1977, Ames devoted many years to amateur radio public
    service organizations including Delaware County and Chester County
    ARES/RACES, and as an emergency communications instructor and
    Volunteer Examiner. He served as Section Traffic Manager in the
    1980s, and was once president of the Carbon County Amateur Radio
    Club. He previously served the ARRL Field Organization with
    appointments as Assistant Section Manager in Eastern Pennsylvania,
    Official Emergency Station, and Official Relay Station. In 2015, he
    was elected as the Eastern Area Staff Chair of the ARRL National
    Traffic System, and net manager of the Eastern Pennsylvania
    Emergency Phone & Traffic Net.

    Ames was a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association
    (QCWA), Chapter 166. His QCWA profile includes, "Joe was introduced
    to radio by his father, Joe Sr., who patiently and lovingly guided
    and supported him from childhood short-wave listening during the
    long winters of the early 1970s through the CB heyday and to his
    first ham radio station."
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 12 09:52:59 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX004
    ARLX004 Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Exercise Set for May 14

    ZCZC AX04
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 12, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX004
    ARLX004 Annual Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Exercise Set for May 14

    The US Department of Defense will host this year's Armed Forces Day
    (AFD) Cross-Band Test on Saturday, May 14. While Armed Forces Day is
    May 21, the AFD cross-band military-amateur radio event
    traditionally takes place 1 week earlier to avoid any conflict with
    the Dayton Hamvention. The event is open to all radio amateurs.

    The AFD Cross-Band Test is two-way communications exercise between
    military and amateur radio stations, as authorized under FCC Part 97
    rules (47 CFR Part 97.111), and Department of Defense Instruction
    4650.02 which establishes the Military Auxiliary Radio System
    (MARS). During the exercise, radio amateurs listen for stations on
    military operating frequencies and transmit on frequencies in
    adjacent amateur bands.

    ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio has promoted the
    participation of military and amateur radio stations in the AFD
    event for more than 50 years. In the August 1950 issue of ARRL's
    membership journal, QST, it was noted that "232 persons made perfect
    copy of the 'Greeting to Amateurs' broadcast at 25 w.p.m. over 13
    military frequencies and have received a Certificate of Merit signed
    by the Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Louis Johnson."

    There are 24 military stations registered across the United States,
    including Alaska and Hawaii, that will be participating in the 2022
    event. Several of those stations will be using the 60-meter
    interoperative channels during this exercise. All operations will be
    on a not-to-interfere basis, in case there are real-world missions
    being supported during the event timeframe.

    An AFD Secretary of Defense message will also be sent in CW and
    RTTY, and an AFD message will also be transmitted utilizing the
    Military Standard (MIL-STD) serial PSK waveform (M110), followed by
    MIL-STD Wide Shift FSK (850 Hz RTTY), as described in MIL-STD
    188-110A/B.

    A detailed list of modes and frequencies for military/government
    stations taking part in the Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test and
    information on the AFD message is available at, https://www.dodmars.org/mars-comex-information-website/armed-forces-day
    . In the upper right corner is a dropdown with all the information.

    Complete the request form to obtain a QSL card at, https://www.usarmymars.org/armed-forces-day-qsl-card-request .
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Mon Jun 20 13:24:46 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX005
    ARLX005 2022 W1AW and K6KPH Field Day Bulletin Schedule

    ZCZC AX05
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 5 ARLX005
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT June 20, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX005
    ARLX005 2022 W1AW and K6KPH Field Day Bulletin Schedule

    W1AW:

    Day Mode Pacific Mountain Central Eastern UTC

    FRIDAY CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sat)
    Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
    Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145
    CW 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 10:00 PM 11:00 PM 0300

    SATURDAY CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
    Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
    CW 5:00 PM 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 0000 (Sun)
    Digital 6:00 PM 7:00 PM 8:00 PM 9:00 PM 0100
    Phone 6:45 PM 7:45 PM 8:45 PM 9:45 PM 0145

    SUNDAY CW 7:00 AM 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 1400
    Phone 8:00 AM 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 1500
    Digital 9:00 AM 10:00 AM 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1600


    K6KPH:

    SATURDAY CW 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1430
    CW 5:30 PM 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:30 PM 0030 (Sun)
    Digital 6:30 PM 7:30 PM 8:30 PM 9:30 PM 0130

    SUNDAY CW 7:30 AM 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 1430
    Digital 9:30 AM 10:30 AM 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 1630


    W1AW will operate on its regularly published frequencies.

    CW frequencies are 1.8025, 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975,
    21.0675, 28.0675, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

    Digital frequencies are 3.5975, 7.095, 14.095, 18.1025, 21.095,
    28.095, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

    Phone frequencies are 1.855, 3.990, 7.290, 14.290, 18.160, 21.390,
    28.590, 50.350, and 147.555 MHz.

    During Field Day weekend, W1AW will transmit the Field Day bulletin
    using 45.45-baud Baudot, PSK31 in BPSK mode and MFSK16 in this
    order.

    Please note the Field Day bulletin will not be sent out via
    EchoLink.

    Also note, on Friday local, June 24, 2022, the digital version of
    the Field Day bulletin sent from W1AW at 9 PM EDT (0100 UTC on June
    25) will be transmitted using BPSK31, Baudot, and MFSK16 in this
    order.

    The regular digital mode lineup of Baudot, BPSK31, and MFSK16 will
    be used during Field Day weekend.

    The Maritime Radio Historical Society's station K6KPH will transmit
    the CW portion of the W1AW Field Day message for the benefit of West
    Coast stations on 3.5815, 7.0475, 14.0475, 18.0975 and 21.0675 MHz.

    The frequencies for the K6KPH Teleprinter version (RTTY, PSK31 and
    MFSK16) will be 3.5975, 7.095 and 14.095 MHz (in this mode order).

    Any additional transmissions or changes in the schedule will be
    posted on the web at, http://www.arrl.org/Field-Day .
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu Sep 1 11:41:00 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX007
    ARLX007 ARRL Mourns Loss of Caroline Kenney, QST Assistant Editor

    ZCZC AX07
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 7 ARLX007
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 1, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX007
    ARLX007 ARRL Mourns Loss of Caroline Kenney, QST Assistant Editor

    ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio, mourns the passing
    of our colleague and friend Caroline Kenney. Kenney died August 18,
    2022, after battling cystic fibrosis. She was 28 years old.

    Kenney was Assistant Editor for QST, ARRL's monthly membership
    journal. "Over the past 6 years, Caroline has been a committed
    professional member of our editorial team," said CEO David Minster,
    NA2AA, in a message he shared with the ARRL staff and Board of
    Directors. "Despite having to live a life with illness, she always
    rose above it, excelling in her job as Assistant Editor, pushing us
    and herself to do better. To be better. The world is a lesser place
    today. God bless her and her family."

    Kenney was born in Willimantic, Connecticut, and attended The
    Woodstock Academy, class of 2012. She received Highest Honors when
    graduating with her bachelor's degree from Assumption College, in
    Worcester, Massachusetts in 2016. Although she worked as a full-time
    editor at ARRL, her dream was to become a published author.

    Editorial Director Becky Schoenfeld, W1BXY, shared that Kenney had
    joined the ARRL staff fresh out of college, quickly fulfilling the
    role of an incisive editor. "Her skills and contributions grew over
    the years," said Schoenfeld. "She approached her work with an
    intensity that never abated, even in these past weeks. She was also
    a joy to be around. I dearly wish she were still among us; I miss
    her already."

    Donations in Caroline's name can be made to the Boomer Esiason
    Foundation, a group that supports the cystic fibrosis community, at https://esiason.org/donate. Caroline was gifted a college scholarship
    through this foundation when she was attending Assumption College.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 2 14:25:50 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX008
    ARLX008 ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD (SK)

    ZCZC AX08
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 8 ARLX008
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 2, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX008
    ARLX008 ARRL President Emeritus Harry Dannals, W2HD (SK)

    Harry Dannals, W2HD, President Emeritus of ARRL The National
    Association for Amateur Radio, died on August 30. He lived in
    Charlottesville, Virginia. In April, Dannals celebrated his 95th
    birthday and over 80 years of involvement in amateur radio. He
    served as ARRL President for 10 years, from 1972 - 1982, and his
    President Emeritus status was conferred in 1984. He was also an ARRL
    Life Member.

    In an interview, Dannals said that when he was 10 years old, he
    practiced Morse code with his best friend and was able to master 50
    - 60 words per minute.

    Dannals served in the Navy after graduating from Balboa High School
    in the former Canal Zone on the isthmus of Panama, where his father
    was Officer in Charge of a radio receiving site. Eventually, Dannals
    himself would become the supervisor of more than 20 radiomen and
    support personnel. He was discharged in mid-1946 and attended
    Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn (now Polytechnic Institute of New
    York University), where he prepared for his amateur radio license.

    In writings shared by one of his children, Dannals wrote, "I found a
    way to prepare for my amateur license by doing a research paper for
    an English class using amateur radio as a resource. Among my
    references was the American Radio Relay League's (ARRL) Radio
    Amateur's Handbook with the latest ARRL license manual on the side.
    It worked, and my call sign, W2TUK, was received that year with a
    great deal of joy by me and my dad."

    After graduation from college in 1950, he went on to work for the
    Sperry Corporation, where he worked in radar and other engineering
    programs. "During almost 40 years of my employment there, the
    company provided a club station, W2YKQ, which was on the air during
    lunch periods, a fact that made the more than 200 ham radio
    operators that worked at Sperry very happy," wrote Dannals.

    While at Sperry, he met his future wife, Kay, and they were married
    for over 60 years. Dannals lived in Dix Hills, New York, prior to
    his retirement to Charlottesville, Virginia, in the early 1990s.

    Dannals volunteered for several appointments in the ARRL Field
    Organization: Official Relay Station (ORS); Official Phone Station
    (OPS); Official Observer (OO), and Emergency Coordinator (EC). He
    held elected positions as Section Communications Manager (SCM), Vice
    Director, and Director of the ARRL Hudson Division. He was elected
    President by the ARRL Board in 1972, and served for five two-year
    terms. During his office, he traveled extensively to help represent
    ARRL -- visiting all 50 states, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, Canada,
    Mexico, Chile, Peru, the Bahamas, Bermuda, and the United Kingdom. International travel fulfilled his role as US Representative to
    Region II of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU).

    Dannals recounted that during his presidency, preparations were made
    for the World Administrative Radio Conference (WARC) of 1979.
    Through the efforts of ARRL staff, volunteers, and the FCC, the
    conference led to the worldwide allocation of the 30, 17, and
    12-meter bands (the WARC Bands).

    "Without question, the time devoted to ARRL matters, working with
    the very capable and dedicated staff, and my association with the
    board of directors was a wonderful experience," wrote Dannals. "Each
    year was punctuated by new developments for ham radio. A volume of
    great memories will never be forgotten."

    "Since the time that he was President of ARRL, I always called him
    'Prez.' And Prez would enjoy chatting about all of the wonderful
    people at Headquarters," said his son, Bob Dannals, W2GG, in a
    remembrance he shared with ARRL. "My dad considered each ham that he
    met to be a member of his extended family. He cared greatly and
    fought mightily for all hams in his administrative roles with ARRL.
    He would say that we are all members of the worldwide community that
    started with Marconi and continued with Hiram Percy Maxim. It's a
    wonderful legacy and I'm happy that he shared it with me (and
    everyone else he met)."

    Dannals was the oldest member of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club,
    an ARRL Special Service Club. In 2018, Dannals received a visit from
    ARRL Roanoke Division Director Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, and Vice Director
    Bill Morine, N2COP, who presented him with the Roanoke Division
    Award for his dedicated leadership to all amateur radio operators.

    Dannals was also President Emeritus of the Quarter Century Wireless
    Association (QCWA), having served as President of the QCWA from 1989
    to 1994. In 2016, Dannals was honored by QCWA for his 70 years as a
    radio amateur. In comments about the honor bestowed on him, Kay
    Craigie, N3KN, who was ARRL President from 2010 - 2016, said that
    Dannals set an example of "cheerfulness and enthusiasm, and
    friendliness to all hams, whether they qualify for QCWA twice over
    or are so new that they haven't memorized their call signs yet."

    A viewing will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at 10 AM ET
    at the Church of the Incarnation, 1465 Incarnation Drive,
    Charlottesville, Virginia, followed by a church service at 11 AM ET.
    Interment will be at Holly Memorial Gardens.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri Sep 23 09:13:10 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX009
    ARLX009 Amateur Radio Operators Track Hurricane Fiona

    ZCZC AX09
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 9 ARLX009
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT September 23, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX009
    ARLX009 Amateur Radio Operators Track Hurricane Fiona

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC), the Hurricane Watch Net (HWN),
    the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Hurricane Net, and the
    Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) all have been
    engaged in tracking Hurricane Fiona.

    Amateur radio operators have been reporting weather conditions since
    Monday, September 19, 2022, and have received positive feedback on
    their assistance. The VoIP Hurricane Net was active for 14
    continuous hours on Sunday, September 18, for Hurricane Fiona, as it
    pummeled the southern and southwestern portions of Puerto Rico with catastrophic rainfall and flooding with hurricane-force conditions.

    In the ARRL Puerto Rico Section, Public Information Coordinator
    (PIC) Angel L. Santana-Diaz, WP3GW, who lives in Trujillo Alto,
    reported a widespread blackout as the hurricane made landfall on the
    island. Still, he explained, there were ham radio repeaters that
    remained on the air with amateurs sharing reports of damage,
    including downed trees and power poles, and roofs ripped from homes.
    ARRL Member Pedro S. Labayen, KP4DKE, of Utuado, was mentioned in a
    Miami Herald article for reporting the significant damage to his
    rural and mountainous region of the island.

    The NHC has issued advisories for Hurricane Fiona and Tropical Storm
    Gaston. Marine warnings are also in effect for the Caribbean and the
    Southwest Atlantic. As of 2:00 PM EDT (1800 UTC) on Thursday,
    September 22, the NHC reported that Hurricane Fiona is forecast to
    pass just west of Bermuda by late Thursday evening, approach Nova
    Scotia on Friday, and move across Nova Scotia and into the Gulf of
    St. Lawrence on Saturday. Fiona is a category 4 hurricane with
    maximum sustained winds near 130 mph (215 km/h) with higher gusts.

    In advance of the hurricane, the Radio Society of Bermuda activated
    their Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) on Wednesday, September
    21, at 1:43 PM ET and plans to have 14 active amateurs monitoring
    the hurricane network. Plans are to use local repeaters, unless
    there's a power loss, then they'll switch to simplex. They're
    currently monitoring 14.283 MHz and will continue to monitor that
    frequency.

    The HWN will be activated on Thursday, September 22, at 5:00 PM
    EDT/AST (2100 UTC) on the primary frequency of 14.325 MHz.
    Activation for the 40-meter net on 7.268 MHz will be at 7:00 PM
    EDT/AST (2300 UTC). The net will be on 20 meters for as long as
    propagation will allow and will remain active on 40 meters until
    it's no longer required, or propagation goes away.

    However, should Hurricane Fiona make direct landfall, operations
    will resume on Friday, September 23, at 9:00 AM EDT/AST (1300 UTC)
    to assist with post-storm reports and any outgoing health and
    welfare traffic, which would be directed toward SATERN.

    HWN Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, offered some suggestions for
    amateur radio operators contacting the net.

    "We look for reporting stations that can provide us with any
    measured or estimated weather information that we can relay directly
    to the forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Such
    weather information we look for is maximum sustained winds, wind
    gusts, wind direction, barometric pressure, and rainfall amount --
    how much over x-amount of time, storm surge, and damage," Graves
    said. "Also, should you have any outgoing health and welfare traffic
    before, during, or after this event, we are happy to assist as we
    work closely with the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network."

    Graves also said, as a reminder, the HWN is available to provide
    backup communications to official agencies, such as Emergency
    Operations Centers, American Red Cross officials, and storm shelters
    in the affected area. They also collect and forward significant
    damage assessment data to government and non-government officials.

    Amateur radio operators who want to monitor or participate in the
    hurricane nets should visit these two useful and informative links:

    The Hurricane Watch Net - Useful Links:

    https://hwn.org/tools/useful-links.html

    VoIP Hurricane Net:

    https://voipwx.net/
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue Nov 8 10:41:07 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX011
    ARLX011 Amateur Radio and ARRL Devotee Ellen White, W1YL (SK)

    ZCZC AX11
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 11 ARLX011
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT November 8, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX011
    ARLX011 Amateur Radio and ARRL Devotee Ellen White, W1YL (SK)

    Ellen White, W1YL, of Brandon, Florida, passed away on Sunday,
    November 6, 2022. She was 95. White became a radio amateur in 1946
    and devoted over 75 years of her life to ham radio, including more
    than 25 years on the headquarters staff for ARRL, The National
    Association for Amateur Radio. She retired in 1978 as Deputy
    Communications Manager and became the editor of the column "How's
    DX?" for ARRL's membership journal, QST. White was an ARRL Life
    Member and donor.

    At its meeting in January 1978, the ARRL Board of Directors adopted
    a resolution recognizing White and her husband Robert (Bob) L.
    White, W1CW (SK), after having "completed a quarter-century of
    faithful service to the American Radio Relay League." The resolution
    cites that Ellen White had "built a reputation for thoroughness and
    objectivity on a mountain of contest logs," and celebrated her
    "intelligent and creative work as Deputy Communications Manager."

    White was admired by the worldwide amateur radio community. In 2019,
    she was the sole US radio amateur to be awarded the Russian E.T.
    Krenkel Medal, a prestigious award granted to individuals and
    organizations for outstanding global contributions to amateur radio.

    Director of ARRL's Publications and Editorial Department Becky
    Schoenfeld, W1BXY, reflected on the news of White's passing. "Ellen
    was a trailblazing woman in amateur radio. She and I corresponded
    over the years [before] finally meeting up at Orlando HamCation in
    2020. Ellen often marveled at how much farther women had come in the
    ham radio hobby, service, and community since she got her start.
    Every time I talked to her, I thanked her for paving the way," said
    Schoenfeld.

    Remembrances for White began arriving at ARRL Headquarters early
    Monday morning.

    First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC) Membership Secretary Tyler
    Barnett, N4TY, sent a message to all club members. "Ellen joined FOC
    in May 1966, and was active in retirement from her Florida contest
    station, and most recently remote via the W7RN Comstock Memorial
    station. This is a very sad day. She will be missed on the air, and
    at the Florida dinners." Barnett said White was FOC member #875.

    White was also referred to as the "founding grandmother" of the
    Florida Contest Group (FCG). President Chris Plumblee, W4WF, added,
    "It is fitting, in a few ways, that Ellen passed away during SS
    [ARRL Sweepstakes] CW, a contest that she administered for years
    while she worked at the ARRL."

    White had already learned Morse code in high school, and only rarely
    operated any other mode. "Ellen loved CW, contesting, and DXing,"
    said Rosalie White, K1STO (no relation), former ARRL Field And
    Educational Services Manager, who was hired by Ellen White to work
    for ARRL in 1973. "Ellen and I got a lot of hams asking, 'Are you
    Ellen's daughter?' or 'Are you Rosalie's mother?'" said Rosalie
    White. "We always replied, 'No, but that would've been cool.'"
    Rosalie White is now an ARISS-International US Delegate representing
    ARRL.

    Rosalie White recounted that in the 1940s, Ellen and Bob White
    earned First Class Radiotelephone and Second Class Radiotelegraph
    commercial licenses. "She [Ellen White], being a maverick, also took
    the Class B FCC Amateur Radio test to become W2RBU, and promptly
    joined ARRL. Radio broadcast station KPOA based in Oahu, Hawaii,
    hired her (then KH6QI) as station engineer in the day when it was
    unheard of for a woman. She and Bob then headed to San Diego,
    California, where she took another radio broadcast engineer job, and
    also ran for and became ARRL San Diego Section Communications
    Manager (now called Section Manager). This was prior to their
    applying for jobs (at ARRL) in Newington in 1947."

    The article "A Conversation with Ellen White, W1YL," by Rosalie
    White appeared in the May/June 2015 issue of NCJ, published by ARRL.
    That article can be found at,
    https://ncjweb.com/features/mayjun15feat.pdf .

    Eric Guth, 4Z1UG, of the QSO Today Amateur Radio Podcast, introduced
    Ellen White as the "Grande Dame" of amateur radio in an interview
    recorded on April 27, 2016. The interview can be found at, https://www.qsotoday.com/podcasts/w1yl .

    Ellen White was preceded in death by her husband Bob in 2003, and
    her son Jim White, K4OJ (SK), in 2004.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Sat Dec 24 05:25:10 2022

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX012
    ARLX012 Amateur Radio Operators Invited to participate in Asteroid
    Bounce Experiment

    ZCZC AX12
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 12 ARLX012
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT December 24, 2022
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX012
    ARLX012 Amateur Radio Operators Invited to participate in Asteroid
    Bounce Experiment

    The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) will be
    conducting a research campaign/experiment on December 27, 2022, with transmissions between 1100 - 2300 UTC (0200 - 1400 AKST).

    This experiment will reflect HAARP transmissions off of Near-Earth
    Asteroid (NEA) 2010 XC15, and the echo will be received by the Owens
    Valley Radio Observatory Long Wavelength Array (OVRO-LWA) at the
    California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and by the University
    of New Mexico's Long Wavelength Array (UNM-LWA). The target asteroid
    will be roughly two lunar distances away from Earth at the time of transmission. Characterizing the interior structure and composition
    of NEAs is critical for advancing the understanding of solar system
    evolution and aiding in planetary defense.

    Actual transmit times are highly variable based on real-time
    ionospheric conditions and all information is subject to change.
    Currently, the Asteroid Bounce (2010 XC15) experiment will take
    place December 27, 2022, from 1100 UTC to 2300 UTC; 9.6 MHz, LFM
    (linear FM), 0.5 Hz WRF (waveform repetition frequency), 30 kHz
    bandwidth. Reports recording echo are encouraged; demodulated
    recordings in .WAV or .MP3 are recommended.

    For real-time ionospheric conditions in Gakona, please consult
    ionograms from the HAARP Diagnostic Suite at, https://haarp.gi.alaska.edu/diagnostic-suite .

    Amateur radio and radio astronomy enthusiasts are invited to listen
    to the transmissions/echoes and submit reception reports via email
    to the HAARP facility at, uaf-gi-haarp@alaska.edu, and request a QSL
    card by mailing a report to:

    HAARP
    P.O. Box 271
    Gakona AK 99586
    USA
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.15-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Tue May 16 11:29:58 2023

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX001
    ARLX001 National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station Annual Test

    ZCZC AX01
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 1 ARLX001
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 16, 2023
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX001
    ARLX001 National Hurricane Center Amateur Radio Station Annual Test

    The amateur radio station of the National Hurricane Center, WX4NHC
    (NHC), located on the campus of Florida International University in
    Miami, will conduct their on-the-air Annual Communications Test on
    Saturday, May 27, 2023, from 9 AM - 5 PM EDT (1300z-2100z).

    This is the NHC's 43rd year of public service. NHC Amateur Radio
    Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R/WX4NHC, reports that the
    purpose of this event is to test amateur radio equipment and
    antennas at the NHC as well as operators' home equipment, antennas,
    and computers prior to this year's hurricane season. The 2023
    hurricane season begins June 1 and runs through November 30.

    This event is good practice for amateur radio operators worldwide to
    practice amateur radio communications during times of severe
    weather.

    Ripoll said WX4NHC will be on HF, VHF, UHF, 2- and 30-meter APRS,
    and Winlink. To contact the NHC's amateur radio station send an
    email to, wx4nhc@winlink.org. The subject of the email must contain
    //WL2K.

    The Hurricane Watch Net will try to stay on 14.325 MHz for most of
    the time, as well as 7.268 MHz depending on propagation. They may
    also change frequencies due to potential QRM.

    You may be able to find WX4NHC on HF by using one of the DX spotting
    networks, such as the DX Summit website at, http://www.dxsummit.fi .

    The VoIP Hurricane Net will also be active from 4 PM - 5 PM EDT
    (2000-2100z), on IRLP node 9219/EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node
    7203. Visit their website at https://voipwx.net for more
    information.

    WX4NHC will also make a few contacts on local VHF and UHF repeaters,
    as well as the Florida Statewide Amateur Radio Network (SARnet)
    system to test station equipment.

    QSL cards are available via WD4R with a self-addressed stamped
    envelope. More information about the NHC is available at their
    website https://w4ehw.fiu.edu/ .
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.20-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Thu May 18 14:42:58 2023

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX002
    ARLX002 Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, Section Manager of the ARRL South
    Carolina Section, SK

    ZCZC AX02
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 2 ARLX002
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 18, 2023
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX002
    ARLX002 Marc Tarplee, N4UFP, Section Manager of the ARRL South
    Carolina Section, SK

    Section Manager of the ARRL South Carolina Section Marc Tarplee,
    N4UFP, passed away on Sunday, May 14, 2023.

    Tarplee served as the South Carolina Section Technical Coordinator
    for 7 years before becoming the South Carolina Section Manager in
    2010. He was the longest-serving Section Manager of the century
    within the ARRL Roanoke Division.

    He was a member of the York County Amateur Radio Society (YCARS),
    the Carolina DX Association (CDXA), a founding member of the York
    County Contesters Group, and he recently retired as the Chief
    Financial Officer of York Technical College in Rock Hill, South
    Carolina. He completed his undergraduate degree in physics at the
    State University of New York in Brockport, and then he pursued an
    M.Sc. at the Rochester (New York) Institute of Technology. He earned
    his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the University of South
    Carolina.

    After spending many years as a shortwave listener, Tarplee became
    licensed in 1988. He was an avid CW operator and was chasing ARRL's
    Fred Fish Memorial Award, which is granted to hams who work all 488
    maidenhead grids in the continental US via VHF/UHF. He had more than
    420 grids confirmed.

    Tarplee also enjoyed 160 meters and particularly relished working
    the top band from a large piece of marshland he owned on the South
    Carolina coast. From there, he had the space to run a full-wave
    Beverage antenna. As both a committed DXer and contester, Tarplee
    could be found anywhere from 160 meters to 23 centimeters.

    "Marc's service to the South Carolina Section was legendary. He
    served as Technical Coordinator prior to my successful election as
    Section Manager in 2003 and continued in that position throughout my
    tenure. When I was elected to the ARRL board to start in 2010, I was
    looking for a replacement. As I was considering candidates, Marc
    came to me and wanted to give it a shot. I admitted to him that I
    did not even consider him at first, but that he was absolutely the
    right person for the position," said Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, Director of
    the ARRL Roanoke Division.

    ARRL Field Organization Supervisor Steve Ewald, WV1X, said, "Marc
    was a wonderful ambassador for ARRL. While working him over the
    years, I sensed that he really enjoyed sharing his interest in
    amateur radio, and he knew how to encourage others to participate
    and get involved."

    Tarplee is survived by his wife, Lee, W7LEE, and his daughters,
    Austin and Marley.

    A memorial service for Tarplee will be held at the Learning Commons
    in Building L at York Technical College, 452 South Anderson Rd.,
    Rock Hill, South Carolina on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at 1:00 PM.
    NNNN
    /EX
    --- SBBSecho 3.20-Win32
    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri May 26 20:19:04 2023

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX003
    ARLX003 ARRL and FEMA Sign Agreement: Ham Radio is as Relevant
    as Ever

    ZCZC AX03
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 3 ARLX003
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 26, 2023
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX003
    ARLX003 ARRL and FEMA Sign Agreement: Ham Radio is as Relevant
    as Ever

    The agreement emphasizes the importance of skilled Amateur Radio
    Operators in times of crisis and the role of ARES leadership within
    the emergency communications space.

    ARES (see the ARES fact sheet at, www.arrl.org/ares) is a network of
    trained Amateur Radio Service licensees organized across the country
    to provide communications and other support to served agencies, such
    as local governments, hospitals, and disaster response charities.
    More than 20,000 ARES volunteers actively participate in the ARRL
    program. In 2022, they provided more than 420,000 labor hours of
    service saving local officials $13.4 million in personnel costs.

    Each member of ARES has specialized training in emergency
    communications. Many have also completed training in the National
    Incident Management System (NIMS) in order to integrate with local
    officials during an emergency response.

    In March 2023, FEMA released the final version of the NIMS
    Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Functional Guidance,
    which includes radio amateurs in the response ecosystem and national
    emergency preparedness.

    "The agreement is representative of the continued commitment and
    cooperation between FEMA and ARRL," said ARRL Director of Emergency
    Management Josh Johnston, KE5MHV. "Serving our country during
    emergencies is an important service provided by ARES volunteers and
    a principal purpose of our Amateur Radio Service. Our well-equipped
    volunteers bring their training, use of innovative technologies, and
    community partnerships together to serve before and during
    disasters."

    FEMA announced the new agreement on Twitter stating, "We recently
    signed a new MOA with ARRL -- establishing our partnership with
    licensed, voluntary amateur radio operators to support response
    (and) recovery efforts. We're honored to work side-by-side to meet
    the needs of millions in the wake of disasters."

    Former FEMA Administrator and ARRL member Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, led
    the agency when the previous MOA with ARRL was signed in 2014.
    Fugate said the agreement underscores the importance of ham radio.
    "By incorporating amateur radio into their emergency plans, FEMA
    ensures that they have access to a network of trained operators who
    can establish and maintain communication links when traditional
    infrastructure fails. This collaboration between FEMA and Amateur
    Radio Operators allows for more robust and resilient emergency
    communication capabilities, ultimately contributing to effective
    disaster response and recovery," said Fugate.

    "The ARRL Board and the Emergency Communications and Field Services
    Committee are committed to strengthening our resourcefulness to the
    EmComm (emergency communications) community," said ARRL President
    Rick Roderick, K5UR. "Our partnership with FEMA helps further ARRL's
    work to better serve our volunteers, partner agencies, and the
    country."
    NNNN
    /EX
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    * Origin: The Thunderbolt BBS - Little Rock, Arkansas (618:250/33)
  • From Daryl Stout@618:250/33 to All on Fri May 26 20:19:10 2023

    SB SPCL @ ARL $ARLX004
    ARLX004 Gomez Nominated for Vacant FCC Seat, Two Commissioners
    Renominated

    ZCZC AX04
    QST de W1AW
    Special Bulletin 4 ARLX004
    From ARRL Headquarters
    Newington CT May 26, 2023
    To all radio amateurs

    SB SPCL ARL ARLX004
    ARLX004 Gomez Nominated for Vacant FCC Seat, Two Commissioners
    Renominated

    President Joe Biden announced three nominees for the Federal
    Communications Commission (FCC) on May 22, 2023. The President will
    nominate Anna M. Gomez for a vacant FCC seat. Two sitting
    Commissioners, Geoffrey Starks and Brendan Carr, will be nominated
    for new terms at the same time.

    Gomez is an attorney with decades of experience in domestic and
    international communications law and policy. Gomez currently serves
    as a Senior Advisor for International Information and Communications
    Policy in the State Department's Bureau of Cyberspace and Digital
    Policy, where she has been leading US preparations for the monthlong
    WRC-23 conference that will commence on November 20 in Dubai. ARRL
    The National Association for Amateur Radio has represented the
    interests of US radio amateurs in preparation for the conference,
    and ARRL Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, has
    been appointed to the US delegation to WRC-23. ARRL also actively
    supports the work of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU),
    which, as a member of the ITU Radiocommunication Sector,
    participates in conference preparatory work and whose
    representatives will also attend WRC-23 by invitation as observers
    in an advisory capacity.

    Earlier in her career, Gomez served for 12 years in various
    positions at the FCC, including Deputy Chief of the International
    Bureau and Senior Legal Advisor to then-Chairman William E. Kennard.
    From 2009 to 2013, she served as the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Deputy Administrator. Gomez also briefly
    served as Counsel on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Communications, as well as Deputy
    Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council during the Clinton Administration. Prior to joining the State Department in 2023, Gomez
    was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm Wiley LLP. Gomez also
    was Vice President for Federal and State Government Affairs at
    Sprint Nextel and an Associate at the Arnold (AND) Porter law firm.

    Senate hearings on all three nominees are expected to be held in
    June.
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