Amateur Radio Newsline™ Report 1927 - July, 18 2014

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Amateur Radio Newsline™ report number 1927 with a release
date of July 18 2014 to follow in 5-4-3-2-1.

The following is a Q-S-T.  Ham radio first responders
activate as Typhoon Rasmussen hits the Philippines; the
United States takes home the gold at WRTC2014; German hams
get limited time access to the 4 meter band; Spain extends
its 60 meter ham band evaluation; the government of Brazil
chases paraglider pilots off 2 meters; a cubesat with a
solar sail to launch before years end and a very happy 100th
birthday to the ARRL.  All this and more on Amateur Radio
Newsline report number 1927 coming your way right now.


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RESCUE RADIO:  PHILIPPINES RADIO HAMS ACTIVATED FOR TYPHOON
RAMMASUN

The Philippines Amateur Radio Association disaster response
group known as the Ham Emergency Radio Operation was
activated on July 14th.  This as Typhoon Rammasun threatened
that nation and then headed toward the China coastline.  We
have the latest in this report:

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Typhoon Rammasun, known as Typhoon Glenda in the Philippines
departed that nation on Wednesday, July 16th.  This after
causing at least 20 deaths while knocking out power to
entire provinces, ripping roofs of buildings and forcing
nearly half a million people to flee from its strong rain
and winds.

According to news reports, the number of citizens evacuated
to emergency shelters reached more than 423,000.  These were
mostly in the eastern province of Albay which was the first
to be hit by the typhoon.

Before the typhoon made landfall, Philippine Amateur Radio
Association President Thelma Pascua, DU1IVT, had activated
the groups Ham Emergency Radio Operation or HERO network
with primary operations on 7.095 MHz in the 40 meter band.
Other frequencies used by these ham radio first responders
included 7.119 and 7.151 MHz.  All amateurs within radio
range of these frequencies were asked to stay clear until
the emergency was declared over.

Also prior to the typhoon's arrival the Philippine National
Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council had warned
the public of the storm, with possible landslides and flash
flooding.  According to reports, the HERO network and other
emergency response agencies were working closely with one
another to provide communications into isolated areas and to
assess damage caused by the storm.

For the amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF,
in the newsroom in Los Angeles.

--

More about the typhoon and its aftermath in next weeks
Amateur Radio Newsline report.
(VK3PC, published news reports)

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RADIOSPORTS:  USA TAKES THE GOLD AT WRTC2014

The 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship is over and the
United States has brought home the gold.  ARRL Executive
Vice President Dave Sumner, K1ZZ who served as the events
Chief Referee got to announce the winners:

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K1ZZ:  "This was a team that was in first place after the
first hour and never looked back.  Not only did they have
the highest multiplier, they had the highest QSO total (of)
4,572.  They had the highest QSO points that means their
contacts were worth more per contact because they made
contacts outside North America.

"But I know it is a tremendous pleasure for Doug, K1DG, who
has been on that pedestal himself, now to present the Gold
Medals for WRTC2014 to N6MJ and KL9A, the operators of K1A."

--

As Dave Sumner stated, the first place and the Gold Medal
went to the team of Daniel Craig, N6MJ and Chris Hurlbut,
KL9A.  They operated with the call K1A and garnered the top
spot with an overall score of up 7,184,844 points.

Taking the Silver Medal was the Slovakia team of Rastislav
Hrnko, OM3BH, and Jozef Lang, OM3GI.  They were on the air
as W1L and logged 6,816,144 points.

Rounding out the top three was the German team of Manfred
Wolf, DJ5MW, and Stefan von Baltz, DL1IAO, who took home the
Bronze Medal.  This after having scored a total of 6,421,383
points operating as W1P.

This year's actual on-the-air competition took place the
weekend of July 12th and the 13th from sites in and around
the city of Westborough, Massachusetts.  59 teams from
around the world took part.

More about this event including a video archive of the
opening and closing ceremonies is at wrtc2014.org.  (WRTC,
others)

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RESTRUCTURING:  GERMAN RADIO HAMS GET 70 MHZ ACCESS

The German Federal Network Agency has approved the use of
70.000 to 70.030 MHz by Class A radio amateurs through
August 31st.

The German national society, the DARC report the
restrictions are similar to those for the 50 MHz band.
Those are a maximum of 25 watts Effective Radiated Power,
permission to use all modes with a bandwidth of up to 12
Kilohertz into a horizontally polarized antenna system.

This temporary authorization means that the 4 meter band is
available in Germany for the first time since way back in
1957.  The DARC says it will work with the various agencies
necessary in hope of garnering a permanent allocation for
the band.  (DARC, Southgate, IARU-R1)

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RESTTRUCTURING:  SPAIN EXTENDS 5 MHZ OPERATIONS TEST

Hams in Spain are getting a time extension for their use of
the 5 MHz or 80 meter band.  Back on January 1st Spain's
Department of Post and Telecommunications authorized the use
of several frequencies in that spectrum until this past June
30th.   But following a request from the Union
Radioaficionados Espanoles, the nations telecommunications
regulator has granted permission for use of the band to
continue until November 30th, 2015

The frequencies authorized are 5268, 5295, 5313, 5382, 5430
and 5439 kHz, with a power of 100 Watts PEP.  Because these
channels are not in common with any 5 MHz allocations
outside Spain, hams in other countries making contact with
Spanish stations on 60 meters are reminded that their own
transmitted signal must remain within their nations
designated frequency allocation.  (G4WMO, OK1RP, EA7OP, URE)

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INTRUDER WATCH:  IARUMS REPORTS ACTIONS AGAINST HAM BAND
INTRUDERS

The International Amateur Radio Union Monitoring
System newsletter reports on action against illegal
Brazillian Hanglider and Paraglider communications on 144 to
148 MHz and a French intruder on 40 meters.  Amateur Radio
Newsline's Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB, has the details:

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After receiving complaints that unlicensed stations were
using the 2 meter band to coordinate sport flying
activities, the Brazilian Telecommunications Agency Anatel
took direct action against the intruders early last April.
That's when Brazilian Federal Agents visited a launching
hill in the city of Caraguatatuba, located in the northern
shore of the State of Sao Paulo.  There they detected
illegal aeronautical mobile communications in the 144 to 148
MHz amateur band and traced it directly to sports pilots
flying hang gliders and para-gliders.

The agents confiscated a number of hand held transceivers
being used by the non-ham sports pilots and cited them for
their unauthorized use of these devices.  Anatel also
ordered all sports pilots to move any radio operations away
from ham radio spectrum and into what it termed as a more
appropriate telecommunications services such as that nations
Limited Service or Aeronautical Mobile Service.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Ralph Squillace, KK6ITB,
near Los Angeles. .

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Meantime in response to complaints about a long CW
transmission on 7 dot 166 MHz every Wednesday afternoon, the
Monitoring Service traced those to France's the Centre for
Telecommunication and Specialized Data Processing north-east
of Paris.  These transmissions were made up of encrypted
five letter groups.  This finding led to a formal complaint
being filed with the appropriate authorities.  At airtime
the outcome of this one is unknown.  (IARUMS-R1)

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BREAK 1

Time for you to identify your station.  We are the Amateur
Radio Newsline, heard on bulletin stations around the world
including the W9RCA repeater serving Indianapolis Indiana.

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RESCUE RADIO:  PARTIAL AGENDA FOR GAREC 2014 ANNOUNCED

The emergency communications provided by radio amateurs
during and after a  Super Typhoon that hit the Philippines
will be among many presentations and displays at the Global
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference or GAREC
slated for August 14th to the 15th.  This in conjunction
with Alabama's Huntsville Hamfest.  Amateur Radio Newsline's
Stephan Kinford, N8WB, reports:

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As a part of the GAREC 2014 program a detailed presentation
will be given on the Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the
central part of the Philippines in November of 2013.
Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda was one of the
strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded and devastated
portions of Southeast Asia, particularly the Philippines.
Volunteer response to it involved over 100 radio amateurs in
the Philippines-based Ham Emergency Radio Operations
Network.

Other presentations expected to be given are the work of
radio amateurs following flooding in Brazil and the
Fukushima Nuclear Disaster in Japan.  Delegates will also
get to see the work of Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio
Network and the Military Auxiliary Radio System.  Formal
message handling, the National Traffic Service and third
party traffic will be likely discussed.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Stephen Kinford, N8WB,
reporting.

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Attendance at this year's Global Amateur Radio Emergency
Communications Conference will also offer delegates the
opportunity to attend the Huntsville Hamfest which this year
is an ARRL Centennial Event.  It's being held the weekend of
August 16th and 17th at Huntsville's Vom Braun Center.  For
details on the Huntsville Hamfest simply take your web
browser to Hamfest.org.   (VK3PC)

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ENFORCEMENT:  FCC DIRECTS OREGON HAM TO ECXPLAIN ALLEGED
VIOLATIONS

On June 5th, the Resident Agent of the FCC's Portland Office
of the Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Violation to
Oregon amateur service licensee Thomas Ryan Price, W7WL.
This for his alleged violation of Sections 97.101(d),
97.113(a)(4) and 97.119(a) of the Amateur Service Rules.

According to the regulatory agency, this past May 13th its
agents used radio direction-finding techniques to pinpoint
the source of an interfering signal to Price's residence in
the city of Sweet Home.  At that time the agents claim that
Price was the source of malicious interference to other
radio communications on 3 point 908 MHz by transmitting
music on the frequency and failure to properly identify at
the end of each transmission.

When it issued the Notice of Violation the FCC told Price
that in accordance with Section 1.89 of the agency's rule,
that he had 20 days to submit a written statement concerning
this matter .  The response had to fully explain each
violation and contain a statement of the specific actions
taken to correct each and preclude recurrence including a
time line for completion of any pending corrective actions.
That date is now past.

At that time Price was also directed to support his response
with an affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury,
signed and dated by him showing personal knowledge of the
representations provided in his response, verifying the
truth and accuracy of the information and confirming that
all of the information requested by the Notice which is in
the licensee's possession, custody, control, or knowledge
has been produced.

The FCC stated that to knowingly and willfully make any
false statement or conceal any material fact in reply to
this Notice is punishable by fine or imprisonment under
Title 18 of the U.S. Code.  It also stated that the
Commission will use all relevant material information before
it, including any information disclosed in his reply, to
determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to
ensure compliance.   (FCC)

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RADIO LAW:  CLIPS AIRED ON TV WILL BE REQUIRED TO HAVE ON-
LINE CLOSED CAPTIONING

The FCC has voted unanimously to apply online closed
captioning mandates to video clips that originally aired on
TV.  The mandate applies only to clips from programs that
were originally captioned on TV, and only to sites owned or
controlled by that TV distributor.  It does not apply to
library programming that predates the compliance deadlines.
The new rules will be phased in gradually starting in
January of 2016 with the process to be completed by July of
2017.  The complete story is on the web at
http://tinyurl.com/llt5sao   (Multichannel News)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  FACEBOOK SAYS OK TO HAM CALLS AS ALTERNATE
NAME

Officially licensed amateur radio operators may now use
their call sign as their alternate name, or nickname, on
their individual Facebook profiles.  This thanks to Richard
Bobbitt, NW7OR, who recently organized a petition drive on
the social media site in the hope of achieving this goal.

It turned out that Jeff Ferland, KB1PNB, who works at the
Facebook Headquarters in Menlo Park, California found the
petition on an amateur radio Facebook Group to which he
belongs.  After doing a bit of research Ferland wrote the
necessary code, then got it reviewed and approved.

To add your call Bobitt says to go to go to "Settings", then
click on "Edit Your Name."  In the middle of the page you
will see the words "Alternate Name."   That's where you can
add your callsign.

Bobbitt says that the petition was originally the idea of
Richard Allcorn, KW7PTL, without whom, this may not have
happened so easily and quickly.  Over 1000 hams on Facebook
signed the petition within the first week or so after it was
posted on the various Facebook ham radio pages.
(NW7OR)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  RAC ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING JULY
27 IN WESTMINSTER BC

Radio Amateurs of Canada will be holding its 2014 Annual
General Meeting on July 27th in New Westminster, British
Columbia.  This years gathering is being hosted by the Orca
DX and Contest Club and will be held in conjunction with the
59th annual Vancouver Pacific Northwest DX Convention.   The
location is the Inn on the Quay in New Westminster.  All
Radio Amateurs of Canada members who can make the gathering
are invited to attend.  (RAC)

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HAM HAPPENINGS:  UNESCO HERITAGE FLOWER PARADE FROM THE
NETHERLANDS

The 73rd annual UNESCO Heritage Flower Parade will take
place in the city of Zundert in the Netrherlands on
September 7th.  In celebration of this event, that nations
national amateur radio society the VERON will activate the
special callsigns PA73CORSO, PA73EBP and PA73LOU.  All three
calls will be operational between August 12th and September
8th from Zundert and surroundings.  A special QSL card and
an award will be available for contacting this event.  Full
information including QSL routing is on line at
qrz.com/db/pa73corso.  (Southgate)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  K9CT JOINS NCDXF BOD

Some names in the news.  First up is Craig Thompson, K9CT,
who as been elected to the Board of Directors of the
Northern California DX Foundation.  In addition to normal
director duties, K9CT will help the foundation to develop
and execute a program for significant contributions through
estate giving and tax planning.  (W0GJ)

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NAMES IN THE NEWS:  K6TW ELECTED TO TORRANCE CA CITY COUNCIL

Tim Goodrich, K6TW, has been elected to the Torrance,
California City Council.  Originally licensed as KC2DDS at
the age of 17, Goodrich, now 34 holds an Extra Class
license.  At 18, he enlisted in the Air Force, where he
served as a communications, navigation, and cryptological
technician on the E-3 AWACS early warning system aircraft.
During his time in the military, he was deployed to the
Middle East on three occasions.  This in support of the no
fly zones over Iraq, Afghanistan, and the pre-war Iraq
bombing. After finishing his military duty Goodrich went
back to school, earning his Masters in Public Administration
from Uthe University of Southern California.  He also became
active in his community, especially as a volunteer with the
Torrance Police and Fire Departments doing communications
and Community Emergency Response Team work.  In his spare
time, K6TW enjoys operating CW on the High Frequency bands
and Summits on the Air activities.   (ARRL)

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BREAK 2

This is ham radio news for today's radio amateur.  We are
the Amateur Radio Newsline with links to the world from our
only official website at www.arnewsline.org and being
relayed by the volunteer services of the following radio
amateur:

(5 sec pause here)

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HAM RADIO IN SPACE:  SURREY SPACE CENTRE ANNOUNCES UK
CUBESAIL SATELLITE PROJECT

The United Kingdom's Surrey Space Center is embarking on a
very fasciunating new peoject that will include Amateur
Radio as we hear from Newsline's Heather Embee, KB3TZD:

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They are calling it CubeSail and describing it as an
exciting, ground-breaking educational satellite project from
the Surrey Space Centre.  One that its builders hope to
launch into a 680 kilometer  Sun Synchronous Orbit sometime
in December of this year.

CubeSail will be a 3 unit size CubeSat with a 6 kilogram
mass.  A key feature of this tiny bird will be its ability
to deploy a 25 square meter sail structure.  This will be
used to demonstrate the propulsion effect of solar radiation
pressure sometimes referred to as solar sailing.  It will
also show the increased de-orbiting capabilities of the sail
as a drag augmentation device.

The satellite will provide beacons for which amateur radio
operators will be able to receive.  At the moment the
designers are considering the use of a 9600 Bit-Per-Second
AX.25 protocol on the downlink.  The International Amateur
Radio Union Satellite Frequency Coordination Panel has
already assigned CubeSail a downlink frequency of 435.240
MHz.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Heather Embee, KB3TZD,
in Berwick, Pennsylvania.

--

More about this rather exciting project is on the web at
tinyurl.com/cubesail  (AMSAT UK)

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RADIO IN SPACE:  ISEE-3 THRUSTERS FAIL TO FIRE

NASA's International Earth Sun Explorer also known as ISEE-3
will not be resuming its original mission after all.  This
after the citizen scientists, engineers and ham radio
operators trying to rescue it discovered on July 9 that the
almost four decade old space observatory's propulsion system
is no longer working.

According to Keith Cowing, who spearheaded the ISEE-3 Reboot
Project along with Dennis Wingo, KD4ETA, there was no burn
and no detected no acceleration after the July 9th scheduled
burn.

The failure may have come as a surprise to controllers.  The
spacecraft's small hydrazine thrusters had been fired
successfully on July 3rd and systems appeared nominal.  And
on July 8, the spacecrafts thrusters even managed to perform
one of the six burns that would have set it up for a return
to the orbit into which it was launched in 1978.

But all is not lost.  Controllers at the ISEE-3 Reboot
Project were able to place the spacecraft into its science
mode using the big dish antenna at the Arecibo radio
observatory in Puerto Rico.  This will allow its instrument
to collect data and radio it back to Earth for several
months before it flies out of practical communications
range.

In addition to Wingo, other hams who were involved in the
ISEE-3 Reboot Project included Achim Vollhardt, DH2VA, and
Mario Lorenz DL5MLO.   (ARNewsline from published news
reports)

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WORLDBEAT:  CW OPERATORS NEEDED FOR UK WWI COMMEMORATIVE
EVENT

Some skilled Morse operators are needed the weekend of July
28th and 27th to operate reproductions of World War One
telegraph equipment for a special event in the United
Kingdom.  The replica telegraph equipment is being
constructed by members of the Trowbridge and District
Amateur Radio Club to be used in the event that commemorates
the start of World War One, but there is a critical shortage
of CW operators to demonstrate the stations.  An U-K ham
willing to volunteer should contact G0GRI via the
clubs website at radioclubs.net/trowbridgedarc.
(GB2RS)

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DX

In DX, word that RA0CHI will be active
from Putiatina Island from July 20th to the 30th.
Operations will be on 160 through 10 meters. QSL via his
home callsign.

HA9MDN will be on the air stroke 9A from Vir Island between
July 25th and August 3rd. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK
and SSTV.  QSL via his home callsign by the bureau or eQSL.

ZS6AYU, will be operational from Botswana as A25GF between
September 1st and the 3rd.  This will be on 6 meters only
expedition from Grid Square KH 22 and beaming North.  He
hopes to be on the air between 1300 until around 1900 UTC on
50.097 MHz CW. QSL via ZS6AYU, direct or by the bureau.

DL7VOA will be active as J34O from Grenada between
November 22nd and December 6th. Activity will be holiday
style and include the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest on
November 29th and 30th.  QSL via DL7VOA either direct or via
the bureau.

TA1HZ reports that will be operating from Palau as T88HZ
between October 24th to the 30th including the CQ World Wide
SSB Contest.  The log from this operation will be uploaded
to Logbook of the World of the World as soon as time
permits.  QSL to TA1HZ direct or via the bureau.  Paper
QSL's will be sent out in June 2016 via the bureau.

Lastly, listen out for station HS50RAST to be active through
December 31st to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Radio
Amateur Society of Thailand.  QSL via E21EIC direct or
electronically via Logbook to the World.

(This weeks DX news courtesy of OPDX)

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THAT FINAL ITEM:  AMAZON ASKS FAA TO PERMIT DRONE PACKAGE
DELIVERY TESTS

Amazon.com is asking the Federal Aviation Administration
permission to field test drone aircraft as part of its plan
to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.
Amateur Radio Newsline's Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, has the rest
of the story:

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In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, July 9th, Amazon.com
said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of its
previously announced Amazon Prime Air delivery service.  It
noted that these high tech delivery aircraft can travel over
50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds.  The
company noted that about 86 percent of its deliveries weigh
5 pounds or less.

The Federal Aviation Administration currently allows
hobbyists and model aircraft makers limited privileges to
fly remote controlled drones, but their commercial use is
all but completely prohibited.  Amazon is asking for an
exemption to the ban so it can test its design for the
proposed delivery service.  The Seattle, Washington-based
company says its drone testing will only take place over
Amazon's private property, away from airports or areas with
aviation activity and definitely away from military bases.

With Amazon's paperwork now submitted, at this point, its
all up to the FAA to decide.

For the Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Cheryl Lasek, K9BIK, in
Zion, Illinois.

--

As many will remember, Amazon created a media frenzy last
December when it outlined its plan to deliver packages using
drone aircraft.  While at the time some thought it to be a
joke it turns out that the company is very serious in
developing such a futuristic air delivery system.  (Seattle
Times; Other published news reports)

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NEWSCAST CLOSE

With thanks to Alan Labs, AMSAT, the ARRL, CQ Magazine, the
FCC, the Ohio Penn DX Bulletin, Radio Netherlands, Rain, the
RSGB, the South African Radio League, the Southgate News,
TwiT-TV, Australia's WIA News and you our listeners, that's
all from the Amateur Radio Newsline.  Our e-mail address is
newsline (at) arnewsline (dot) org. More information is
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located at www.arnewsline.org. You can also write to us or
support us at Amateur Radio Newsline, 28197 Robin Avenue,
Santa Clarita California, 91350.

Before we go, a word of congratulations to the ARRL which is
holding its Centenary Convention as this newscast goes to
air.  This gathering marks the 100th anniversary of the
League which is the official representative of United States
radio amateurs to our government and to the world.

It is truly a remarkable achievement for any organization to
last for 100 years but the ARRL has made the mark and is not
looking back.  So as the League moves into its second
century of representation of the United States amateur radio
service please permit us to add our thanks to the ARRL for
what you have done and what you will do in the future.
Without the ARRL its doubtful if any of us would be enjoying
ham radio as we know it today.

For now, with Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, at the editors' desk,
I'm Skeeter Nash, N5ASH, in Victoria, Texas,saying 73 and we
thank you for listening.

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