ARRL Instructor and Recruiter of the Year Awards
ARRL Herb S. Brier Instructor of the Year is presented to a volunteer
ham radio instructor.
ARRL Professional Instructor of the Year is presented to a paid,
non-state licensed, instructor.
ARRL Professional Educator of the Year presented to a professional
teacher within a school system.
ARRL Excellence in Recruiting Award presented to a ham that exemplifies
outstanding recruiting enthusiasm and technique through demonstrations,
H/R community service, etc.
The winner of these awards will receive a $100 Gift Certificate from
ARRL and an engraved plaque.
Complete information and nomination forms are available at
http://www.arrl.org/ead/award/ . Completed forms must be sent to your
Section Manager before January 31.
The Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award is given to the licensed radio
amateur under 21. Please make your Section Manager aware of young hams
who have distinguished themselves
through their ham radio activities. Formal nominations from Section
Managers must be received at Headquarters by March 31. For more
ARRL International Humanitarian Award is presented to any licensed radio
amateur world-wide, or group of amateurs who, by use of his or their
skills of Amateur Radio, have provided
extraordinary service for the benefit of others in times of crisis or
disaster, is qualified to receive the award. Age of individual or group
nominee is not a factor. Nominations for this
award will be accepted from a licensed radio amateur, governmental or
any other organization which has received the benefits of the radio
amateurs extraordinary service. All
nominations and supporting materials must be submitted in writing in
English to "ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main Street,
Newington, Connecticut 06111 USA," in
sufficient time that they are received by December 31.
For more information on these awards contact Jean Wolfgang, WB3IOS,
Margie Bourgoin, KB1DCO
Club & Educational Correspondent
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Margie Bourgoin, KB1DCO
Club & Educational Correspondent
As reported in the Santa Barbara News-Press on 6 December 2002, Dr. George
Austin, NS6M, passed away on Thanksgiving morning. Further details of his
life can be found on the News-Press website at the following location:
A memorial service and recital will be held at 2 PM on January 25, 2003, at
the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In lieu of flowers the family
requests that donations be made to the Salvation Army.
The ARRL Letter
Vol. 22, No. 03
January 17, 2003
==>NEW LEAGUE BROCHURE TARGETS KIDS
A colorful, new, kid-tested ham radio brochure is available from ARRL
Headquarters. "Leap into Amateur Radio" aims at an elementary school
audience and introduces youngsters to the hobby.
"Amateur Radio is an exciting hobby that lets you meet new people of all
ages--and have a great time!" the full-color, tri-fold flier emphasizes.
"Getting started is easy!"
Field and Educational Support Team Leader Mary Lau, N1VH, headed the
that produced the flier. She cited two objectives in its design. "There
was a desire to specifically target 8 to 11 year olds," she said, "as
as the need to supply a youth-oriented handout to replace the Archie's
Radio Adventure comic book that is no longer published."
The brochure is comprised of colorful graphics, photos of kids operating
and several boxes of basic text explaining what Amateur Radio is and
There's also space on the back for local clubs or organizations to affix
their contact information, so that children and their families can get
more information about the hobby. The back panel also includes a blurb
about ARRL and gives its e-mail address.
On the "What is Amateur Radio" page right inside the tri-fold brochure
a brief explanation of what Amateur Radio is. "Anyone can be a ham--no
matter what age, sex or physical ability," the flier points out.
Accompanying the text are photos of youngsters--a boy and a girl--on the
air. Fully open, the flier presents four capsules of information about
* How ham radio and wireless technologies fit into lives that include
phones and the Internet.
* The several modes hams use to communicate with each other--including
voice, computer, and even telegraph key.
* The various types of operating activities available--including public
service and the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS)
* How simple it is to get started in Amateur Radio and whom to contact.
Assisting the in the project were ARRL Educational Program Coordinator
Jean Wolfgang, WB3IOS; Educational Correspondent Marjorie Bourgoin,
KB1DCO, and Field and Educational Services Assistant Linda Mullally,
After assembling the material for the flier and putting together a
prototype, Lau and her staff got the brochure into the hands of a number
of area youngsters for some product testing. The children offered a few
ideas to make the handout even more appealing, she said. Arizona-based
graphic artist Cameo Hill did the final layout and design.
"Leap into Amateur Radio" will become available in mid-February--free of
charge and in limited quantities of up to 25 fliers--to any Amateur
operator or amateur club. Lau said the only cost will be for shipping.
brochure is now available as an Acrobat PDF file via the ARRL Web site
To order copies of the brochure, interested clubs or individuals should
contact Linda Mullally, KB1HSV, lmullally(a)arrl.org; 860-594-0292.
Here's an update on major events taking place in the ARRL Southwestern
Right Now: The 2003 ARRL Southwestern Division Convention website is "on
the air". Check it out and download a registration form at:
http://www.hamcon.org See you in Long Beach in September 2003!
Right Now: The Sulphur Mountain Repeater Assn has re-affiliated with
ARRL. Welcome aboard!
Jan 11, 2003: The Thunderbird ARC Westfest will be held at the Glendale
Community College in Phoenix, AZ. Points of contact are Steve, W1ADW,
623-521-1036 or Bruce, WB7SRC,623-486-8735. These folks run a clean
show, no firearms, alcohol or drugs permitted.
Jan 12, 2003: The Los Angeles Orienteering Club (LAOC) will sponsor a
Southern California on-foot foxhunting event at Vermont Canyon, a part
of Griffith Park in Los Angeles. A ham radio license and/or knowledge
of radio equipment is not required. All ages are welcome, but small
children should be accompanied by an adult on the course. Contact
Marvin Johnston, KE6HTS, for more info: marvin(a)rain.org Check out the
LAOC website at:
Jan 25, 2003: The seventh annual SATERN Seminar will be held at the
Salvation Army San Bernardino Corps, 746 West 5th St, San Bernardino.
The Seminar features topics of interest to everyone involved in public
service, including Arizona fires response, ARRL Field Day skills, and
personal emergency preparedness. Reservations preferred, but not
required. Complimentary lunch provided. Contact Tony Stephen, KE6JZF at
909-628-2843 or ke6jzf(a)surfside.net or Jack Peterson, K6DMM at
909-989-4559 or k6dmm(a)aol.com
Feb 2, 2003: For those of you who missed out on January registration
for the ARRL Emergency Communications Level 1, EC-001, your next
opportunity to sign up is on Sunday evening, Feb 2, 2003 at 9:01PM PST
(2101 PST) or 10:01 MST (2201 MST). The January course filled up faster
than expected, so please be there at the opening gun!!!
Long Term ARRL Member? If you've been an ARRL member continuously for
25, 40, 50, 60 or 70 years, you're eligible for a long term member
recognition award from ARRL headquarters. To find out if you qualify,
contact Eileen Sapko at Headquarters: 860-594-0288 or esapko(a)arrl.org
Presentation of your award at your favorite club meeting can be
That's it for this edition folks. Wishing you all the best in 2003!
Art, W6XD Tuck, NZ6T
Director Vice Director
ARRL Southwestern Division
Director: Art Goddard, W6XD
Thanks to all of you folks that responded to my questions regarding my
FT-50RD batteries. A lot of you suggested that the 4-cell rechargeable
battery pack (FBA-15) was a good way to go for the 'casual' HT user.
Well, that is just what I am - a casual user. So that is the way I am
going. Thanks again!
73 de Denny AD6EZ<><
Hi Folks ..
I have an FT-50RD that is about 4.5 years old and it came equipped with
the FNB-41 battery and I purchased the FNB42 battery at that time.
After light usage over those years both batteries now will not take a
charge. I tried the desktop charger and the 12v car charger with the
1. Is 4 to 5 years all I can expect from these batteries?
2. Is there a way to 'condition' them to extend their life a little
3. Has anyone tried a different brand of battery with a better life
These guys are not cheap. 41 goes for $59 and the 42 sells for $63 at
Thanks in advance for any and all your help!
73 de Denny AD6EZ<><
Hello all you guys and gals who are ready to attend our first VE Amateur
Radio testing session for 2003. What follows is from the Santa Barbara
Amateur Radio Club's website (www.sbarc.org). Please phone me during
this week to pre-register for the session. Thank you and Good Luck!
Darryl Widman, KF6DI, VE Contact Person
SBARC VE Sessions
The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club sponsors seven VE sessions a year.
At these sessions, license exams for all classes of Amateur Radio
licenses are given. This includes code exams. The sessions are held on
the second Saturday of every odd month at 8:30 A.M. and in conjunction
with the club's annual Hamfest in August.
January 11, 2003
March 8, 2003
May 10, 2003
July 12, 2003
September 13, 2003
November 8, 2003
Register:Candidates should pre-register at least three days in advance of
the session with the VE Contact. (Pre-registered candidates will have
first preference. VE Contact listed under 'More Info' below.)
Bring:If a candidate has a license or a still-valid Certificate of
Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE), the original and a copy of
each must be brought to the session. The examiners on the VE team also
need to see two forms of identification, at least one with your photo ID
such as a driver's license. A fee of $12.00 is charged to cover
out-of-pocket expenses of the SBARC VE team and the VE Coordinator at
ARRL headquarters in Newington, CT.
Address:Santa Barbara County Health Care Services
300 North San Antonio Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Directions:Northbound 101: Take the El Sueno Road exit, which is about
0.8 mi. beyond the Hwy 154/Lake Cachuma exit, turn immediately left onto
Calle Real (heading back north alongside 101), proceed about 0.7 mi. and
turn right onto N. San Antonio Road.
Southbound 101: Take the Turnpike Road exit, turn left over the overpass,
turn right onto Calle Real (heading back south alongside 101), and turn
left at the second street, which is N. San Antonio Road.
Other: Turn right into the parking lot and you will see the main building
straight ahead of you. Follow the VE direction signs. The room is entered
from the center of the main building and is wheel-chair accessible.
More Info:For more information, you can...
send email to veteam(a)sbarc.org
leave a voice mail message on the club phone at (805) 569-5700
ask the VE Contact, Darryl Widman (KF6DI), at kf6di(a)sbarc.org or (805)
(Sorry, only local phone calls can be returned since the phone bill is
January 12th, 2003 will be the first ARDF event that LAOC has hosted,
and it will be held at Vermont Canyon in Griffith Park. ARDF (Amateur
Radio Direction Finding) is Orienteering with a twist; the control flags
are not shown on the map and must be found using radio direction finding
techniques, triangulation, and orienteering skills. The object is to
find all the transmitters, and the winner is the person who does this in
the shortest amount of time. A control flag and punch is located within
6 meters of each transmitter where, as in orienteering, the competitor
punches their control card. An amateur radio license is not required to
participate except to operate the transmitters.
The transmitters can be found in any order, although there will be one
optimum sequence that will result in the shortest course and thus what
also should be the shortest time! That sequence can be found by plotting
the direction and signal strength of each transmitter on the
orienteering map. Each transmitter is on for one minute and off for four
minutes in round robin fashion and is identified by a unique Morse Code
transmission. Transmitter #1 transmits MOE (-- --- .), #2 transmits MOI
(-- --- ..), #3 transmits MOS (-- --- ), #4 transmits MOH (-- --- .),
and #5 transmits MO5 (-- --- ..). It really is not necessary to know
the Morse Code, just count the number of "dits" to identify which
transmitter is on. The end of each transmission is signaled by the
callsign in Morse Code of the transmitter owner.
Although two different frequency bands are used for ARDF, 2 meters (144
MHz) and 80 meters (3.5 MHz), I have chosen 80 meters to introduce
orienteers to ARDF. Like orienteering, *many* skills are required to do
well at ARDF, and 80 meters is an easier way to introduce new people to
this sport. The beginners clinics at the event will explain this in more
A concise description of an ARDF hunt is shown at
http://www.rain.org/~marvin/ardf.htm. This was written by someone some
years ago and placed on the web, and is an excellent demonstration of
how an ARDF hunt works.
We will have DF equipment available for loan and there will be clinics
to teach beginners how to use the equipment. Because of the limited
amount of DF gear we have available for loan, it is requested that those
people wanting to try ARDF email me at marvin(a)rain.org and let me know
you are interested in participating. Hope to see you there!!!
I am tired of hooking and unhooking my Kenwood TH-F6 onto my truck's
magmount. I am looking for input on getting a 2 M transceiver for my
truck. Any suggestions on good models? Thanks.