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from The ARRL Letter on April 3, 2014
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FCC Fines CBer $18,000 for Inspection, Quiet Hours Violations: In a Forfeiture Order released March 12, the FCC fined CB operator Nathaniel Johnson, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, $18,000 for "willful and repeated failure" to permit FCC personnel to inspect his station and to comply with "quiet hours" the Commission imposed. The 2012 enforcement action stemmed from neighbors' complaints of interference to telephones and televisions. Because it was unable to inspect Johnson's station, the FCC prohibited him and family members from transmitting between 8 AM and 11:30 PM, but the complaints continued. The Commission issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture and Order (NAL in the case in May 2013.

Dayton Top Band Dinner Speaker Announced: Craig Thompson, K9CT, will present "The FT5ZM TopBand Experience" at the 2014 Dayton Top Band Dinner, Friday, May 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Downtown Dayton. The event starts with a social hour at 6:15 PM, with dinner at 7:15 PM.

AMSAT/TAPR Banquet Speaker Announced: Tom Clark, K3IO, will be the featured speaker for the eighth annual AMSAT/TAPR Banquet, Friday, May 16, at the Kohler Presidential Banquet Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering, Ohio -- just south of Dayton. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased online by May 13 on the AMSAT website (click on the "AMSAT Store" tab).

Operations Approved for DXCC Credit: The ARRL DXCC Desk has approved the February 26 through March 6, 2014 operation of 3C0BYP -- Annobon -- and the 2013 operation of 9X0HP -- Rwanda -- for DX Century Club credit. If a request for DXCC credit for this operation has been rejected in a prior application, contact ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Please note the submission date and/or reference number of your application in order to expedite the search for any rejected contacts. DXCC is Amateur Radio's premier award that hams can earn by confirming on-the-air contacts with 100 DXCC "entities," most of which are countries in the traditional sense. You can begin with the basic DXCC award and work your way up to the DXCC Honor Roll. Learn more -- ARRL Awards Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L

New World 24 GHz EME Record Claimed: A new world record for moonbounce on 24 GHz -- 17,405.6 kilometers (10,815.3 miles) -- was set March 5 by Rex Moncur, VK7MO, and Charlie Suckling, G3WDG. VK7MO set up on Mount Wellington, near Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, to minimize water vapor attenuation of the 24 GHz signal and to take advantage of the Moon's being close to Earth. The Moon had to be at low elevation, which meant a longer path for the signal through Earth's atmosphere. -- Jim Linton, VK3PC, via Southgate Amateur Radio News


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