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ARRL Executive Committee Adopts Mobile Amateur Radio Operation Policy:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
The ARRL Executive Committee has adopted an updated Policy Statement on Amateur Radio mobile operation. While agreeing that driver inattention is a leading cause of auto accidents and that concern over driver distraction "is not unreasonable," the policy cites Amateur Radio's 70-year history of two-way mobile operation as evidence that such radio use does not contribute to driver inattention. The policy points out that Amateur Radio operation differs from cell phone communication, in part because the device need not be held to the face to listen, no text messaging is involved, and mobile ham operators only need to pick up a microphone to make "brief and infrequent" transmissions.

Young Ham Recognized for Navigation Aid for Visually Impaired:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
A young radio amateur from California is one of nine Popular Mechanics "Future Breakthrough Award" winners. Shiloh Curtis, KK6ISM, developed a "hat-based, hands-free, haptic navigational aid for visually impaired individuals." As the publication explained, after a friend from her school's robotics club described going blind as losing "two eyes and one hand," Curtis determined to come up with a way to free up the hand that would be wielding the classic white cane.

ARES Volunteers Stand Ready as Tropical Storm Ana Aims for Hawaii:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in Hawaii are on alert for possible activation as Tropical Storm Ana, which is forecast to become a Category 1 hurricane, bears down on the Hawaiian Islands. As of 1200 UTC on October 16, Ana was 740 miles southeast of Honolulu and moving at about 10 MPH with maximum sustained winds of 60 MPH. The storm is expected to reach the islands on Saturday. ARRL Pacific Section Manager Bob Schneider, AH6J, said he attended an informational meeting at Hawaii County Civil Defense on Wednesday and will attend another Thursday.

W1AW Centennial Operations are West Virginia and Nevada Bound:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
The ARRL Centennial W1AW portable operations taking place throughout 2014 from each of the 50 states are now in Alabama and Michigan. They will transition at 0000 UTC on Wednesday, October 22 (the evening of October 21 in US time zones), to West Virginia (W1AW/8) and Nevada (W1AW/7). W1AW/KH0 also will be active until October 21 from Tinian Island in the Northern Marianas. So far during 2014, W1AW has visited each of the 50 states for at least 1 week, and by year's end W1AW will have been on the air from every state at least twice.

School Club Roundup Is Coming to Town!
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
Is it the ARRL November Sweepstakes that kicks off the ARRL's fall HF contest season? No! School Club Roundup (SCR) leads the parade, warming up students across the land. By this time, fall quarter or semester is well underway, and clubs are at full throttle.

Radio Amateurs In India Fill Communication Gaps In Cyclone's Wake:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
Authorities in India called on Amateur Radio volunteers to help as powerful Cyclone (hurricane) Hudhud was poised to sweep into Bay of Bengal coastal areas of India in the state of Andhra Pradesh over the October 11-12 weekend. According to media reports, upward of 50 people have died as a result of the storm, which generated heavy rains and flooding. Winds upward of 130 MPH uprooted trees, downed utility lines, and cut off conventional telecommunication systems. Hardest hit was the city of Visakhapatnam, also known as "Vizag." Infrastructure is still being restored.

IARU REGION 1 Proposal Could Expand List of Countries with 70 MHz:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
A proposal has been adopted to modify the European Common Frequency Allocation (ECA) table to allocate 69.9 to 70.5 MHz on a secondary basis to the Amateur Service.

AMSAT Offering Fox Satellite Collectable Coin as Donation Premium:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
AMSAT has announced that it's making available a collectable "challenge coin" for qualifying donations to the Fox satellite program. AMSAT commissioned the coin for those contributing at least $100 to the campaign.

National Wildlife Refuge Week Special Events Set for October 14-20:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
Amateur Radio operators will be on the air October 14-20 to let the public know about the National Wildlife Refuge System by operating from refuges around the US during National Wildlife Refuge Week.

Amateur Radio Author William E. 'Bill' Sabin, W0IYH, (SK):
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
Noted Amateur Radio author Bill Sabin, W0IYH, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died October 13. He was 88. An ARRL member, Sabin was the author of Discrete-Signal Analysis and Design. He also was co-editor (with E.O. Schoenike) and contributor to three books on single-sideband and HF radio, and he contributed to ARRL's RF Amplifier Classics. In addition, Sabin wrote more than 40 technical articles, including articles for QST and QEX, as well as portions of The ARRL Handbook between 1985 and 2012. In 1983 he received the ARRL Technical Excellence Award.

Celebration of First Great Britain-New Zealand Contact Highlights History:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
If you've heard "2SZ" on the HF bands, it's not a pirate. The call sign is part of a special event to mark the 90th anniversary of the first Amateur Radio contact between Great Britain and New Zealand in 1924.

A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL:
by The ARRL Letter on October 16, 2014
The October 1990 QST reported on the 3Y5X Bouvet Island DXpedition of 1989-1990. This $330,000 venture -- funded by the participants and by donations from hams around the world -- produced nearly 50,000 contacts on all HF bands on SSB, CW, and RTTY.

Former ARRL Staff Member Mary Lau, N1VH (SK):
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on October 16, 2014
Former ARRL Headquarters staff member Mary E. Lau, N1VH (ex-N7IAL), of Newington, Connecticut, died October 15. She was 61 and had been suffering from ALS.

QSO Today Podcast -- EP 12 W6IRD & K6IRD:
by Eric Guth (WA6IGR) on October 16, 2014
The team of Sharon and Wayne Spring, K6IRD and W6IRD, make a powerful combination, not only in amateur radio, but as a lesson in commitment, hard work, and attention to detail. This has led both to not only a successful 50 year marriage, but to a rich, hands on amateur radio life. Join Eric, 4Z1UG, in this inspiring conversation with both Wayne and Sharon Spring on QSO Today.

MacLoggerDX V5.55 Yosemite Released:
by Don Agro (VE3VRW) on October 16, 2014
Dog Park Software is pleased to announce that version 5.55 of MacLoggerDX has been released.

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