ARRL Letter: summary 9/20/96

frenaye at frenaye at
Fri Sep 20 23:11:19 EDT 1996

Summary from The ARRL Letter, Electronic Update, September 20, 1996
(full text available at


* Electronic Form 610V to be available for Gate 2
* Hams aboard Atlantis!
* ARRL National Convention a success
* Hams help nab "Pizza Dude" and friends
* Solar activity dips
* Alabama ham plates get new look
* Prolific QST author marks 80th birthday
* Ham astronomer honored
* Vern Riportella, WA2LQQ, SK
* In Brief: Help wanted; New Kansas SM;
   Quote of the month; Hams to be honored;
   Thanks!; Info on older Kenwoods


There's good news and bad news about the FCC's plans to provide for 
electronic filing of vanity call sign requests. The good news is that an 
electronic version of the Amateur Station Vanity Call Sign Request Form 610V 
will be available starting at 12:01 AM EDT on September 23, 1996. Applicants 
can access the form on the Internet at the Federal Communications Commission 
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau home page,, under 
Amateur Radio-Interactive Vanity Call Sign. Detailed filing instructions are 
available by clicking on the item number on the Internet form.

The bad news is that electronic payment is not yet available. The FCC said 
that applicants must mail a completed FCC Form 159, FCC Remittance Advice, 
with payment to Federal Communications Commission, Box 358994, Pittsburgh, 
PA 15259-5994. Note that this is a different Post Office box and ZIP code 
than for vanity requests and payments using hard-copy forms.

For technical assistance, call the FCC Technical Support Group at 
202-414-1250. For general application assistance, call the Wireless 
Telecommunications Bureau, Consumer Assistance staff at 800-322-1117.


Solar prognosticator Tad Cook, KT7H, of Seattle, Washington, reports that 
solar activity was down from September 5 to September 11, with the sunspot 
numbers below the 90-day average of 71 on every day of the period. Solar 
flux was down an average of more than 4, and sunspot numbers were down an 
average of 11 compared to the week previous. Solar activity was down again 
during the period September 12 to September 18. Average solar flux was down 
about a point, and average sunspot numbers were down about 3.7. Every day 
except September 12 had no visible sunspots. The daily solar flux was below 
the 90-day average of 71 on each day over the past week. Solar activity is 
expected to increase over this week, with solar flux to peak in the mid 70s 
around September 24-16. Geomagnetic conditions are expected to peak around 
September 25 with A indices around 25 and K indices as high as 5. After 
October 1 solar flux should drop below 70. Geomagnetic conditions should get 
unstable again around October 7-13.

The days are growing shorter, and the fall equinox will arrive September 22. 
Because of less daylight, 20 meters is becoming more of a daylight band.
Sunspot numbers for September 5 through 11 were 0, 0, 15, 15, 0, 0 and 0, 
respectively, with a mean of 4.3. The 10.7-cm flux was 70.3, 69.7, 69.5, 
68.2, 67.9, 68, and 67.6, respectively, with a mean of 68.7. Sunspot numbers 
for September 12 through 18 were 11, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0 and 0, respectively, with 
a mean of 1.6. The 10.7-cm flux was 67.8, 67.3, 67.1, 66.4, 68, 69, and 
68.9, respectively, with a mean of 67.8.

In Brief:

* Help wanted: The ARRL Washington Office has an opening for an electronics 
engineer (BSEE or equivalent experience) with spectrum-management 
experience. Duties would include representing the interests of Amateur Radio 
to US government agencies, the ITU and regional organizations. Public 
speaking ability, professional-quality writing and the ability to deal with 
people from other countries are essential. Spanish language skills are a 
plus. Send resume and salary expectations to R. Boucher, ARRL, 225 Main St, 
Newington, CT 06111; fax 860-594-0298.

* Quote of the month? FCC Chairman Reed Hundt, in London offering his "Seven 
Commandments" for telecommunications competition: "How many licenses should 
be auctioned? As many as can be found in the airwaves. What if the spectrum 
is already lightly used? Allow auction winners to relocate the existing 
users at no cost, so that the market can clear spectrum. How should the 
spectrum be used? Any way the auction winners want: no restrictions; no 
rules; total flexibility."

* Info on older Kenwoods: Kenwood is offering FTP access to many Kenwood 
service bulletins and application notes via the Internet. Visit the Kenwood 
FTP site from Kenwood's Web page, (click on What's 
New at Kenwood) or directly at The FTP site includes 
Kenwood equipment bulletins and notes dating back to 1975.

E-mail: frenaye at    Internet:
Tom Frenaye, K1KI, P O Box 386, West Suffield CT 06093 Phone: 860-668-5444

>From HWDX09A at ( ROBERT   REED)  Sat Sep 21 02:11:46 1996
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 20:11:46, -0500
Subject: WN3K Applying for Vanity and Club Calls
Message-ID: <199609210011.UAA10926 at>

From: wb2din at (Robert Reed WB2DIN)

--------- Begin forwarded message ----------
From: Robert Penneys <radio at UDel.Edu>
To: wb2din at
Subject: message for reflector
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 11:26:34 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <199609201526.LAA09962 at>

My mail is bouncing off the contest reflector. Please post it for me
to cq-contest at with the title  "Applying for Vanity AND Club

Having read how angry some of you are that anyone would apply for 
both a
vanity call AND one for a club, I am telling you now up front befor 
the fact that I am doing so. I intend to replace my call and those of 
our bona fide clubs, the redoubtable N.E.R.D.S. and the Hi-Tech 
Rednecks, for whom I happen to be trustee. Although having the calls 
KB3BIJ and KB3BLJ is a hard act to follow.

I apologize to whomever, and hope that any calls we may get would be 
that no one in his right mind might want, but if you want to accuse 
us of
any impropriety or selfishness, FLAME ON!!

What a circus this will be with no one knowing who anyone else is 
anymore. Not to mention the widespread disappointment with not 
one's first choices. 

Bob WN3K    Frankford Radio Club             GO FRC!!!!!

Bob, if you would please strip out this message and send it for me. 

Thanks.  GO FRC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

--------- End forwarded message ----------


 73,   Bob Reed, WB2DIN 
       1991 Route 37 West - Lot 109
       Toms River, New Jersey  08757

       Internet : hwdx09a at
                   wb2din at

       Packet   : wb2din at wt3v.nj

>From aa8u at (AA8U)  Sat Sep 21 02:22:35 1996
From: aa8u at (AA8U) (AA8U)
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 1996 21:22:35 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: ZK1AAU DXpedition QSL's
Message-ID: <199609210122.VAA00260 at>

Hello Fellow Contesters and DX'ers,

I received the full color picture QSL's from W4MPY today. They really turned
out great.

I have been busy filling out cards and stuffing envelopes to get them in the
mail soon. It is a fairly slow process, almost as slow as some of my Q-rates
while operating from ZK1. Hi

SASE's will be handled first as usual. I have yet to receive any Bureau
requests but I do expect many over the next year or so.  

I have plenty of cards so if you worked me in July this summer when I was on
S. Cook Islands, Rarotonga, send an SASE and you'll get confirmation really

73 to all,

Bruce Lallathin
9221 Ford Rd.
Rives Junction, Mi.


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