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from The ARRL Letter on February 16, 2017
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In Brief...

Field Day 2017 Packet is Now Available: The Field Day 2017 packet now is available from the ARRL website. Field Day 2017 is June 24-25 -- always the fourth full weekend in June. There have been no significant rule changes from 2016. The Field Day packet contains everything you or your club will need to succeed in June, including explanations, FAQs, articles from experts, and even a log page template, if you log on paper for FD. For more information on Field Day, contact the ARRL Contest Branch.

New Section Manager Appointed in Illinois: Ron Morgan, AD9I, of East Peoria, Illinois, has been appointed ARRL Illinois Section Manager, effective February 16. He succeeds Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, of Sandwich, who stepped down for personal reasons. ARRL expressed its thanks to Ciciora, who has served at the helm of the Illinois Field Organization for more than 10 years, since July 2006. ARRL Field Services Manager Dave Patton, NN1N, appointed Morgan in consultation with ARRL Central Division Director Kermit Carlson, W9XA. Morgan, who has been an Assistant Section Manager in Illinois since 2002, will complete the current term, which continues through June 2018. He's also a Central Division Assistant Director. A retired electrical engineer, Morgan currently teaches technology at Illinois Central Christian School.

Washington Club Gets North Cook Islands Ham Back on the Air after Lengthy Absence: Thanks to the generosity of members of the ARRL-affiliated Western Washington DX Club (WWDXC Pia "Papa Pia" Taraeka, E51PT, of Manihiki, North Cook Islands, is back on the air after a more than 3-decade absence. "My interest in Amateur Radio started around 1962 as a radio operator working for the Cook Island and New Zealand governments," Papa Pia recounted on his profile. "My primary job was relaying radio Morse code traffic destined for the Cook Islands and other places, including New Zealand, Samoa, Tahiti, and Niue." Bob Nielsen, N7XY, donated the bulk of the radio gear, while Bengt-Erik Norum, K7ADD/E51AMF, helped to set up Papa Pia's station (and help another North Cook Islands ham, too). Papa Pia is on CW and SSB, 80 through 10 meters, running 100 W to an all-band dipole. -- Thanks to The Daily DX


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