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FCC Finds a Fix for Amateur Radio Application Batch Processing Problem:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
It's taken a couple of weeks, but the FCC has resolved a computer programming problem that had affected its ability to accept and process batch-filed Amateur Radio applications, resulting in a backlog for the Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) and others taking advantage of automated processing. The FCC information technology staff had been attempting to fix the glitch that had affected the Universal Licensing System (ULS) Electronic Batch Filing (EBF) system since it first cropped up on June 28. At first the problem had affected the processing of all Amateur Radio and commercial license applications, said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, who alerted the FCC IT Department.

Ham Radio Outlet to Acquire Some AES Employees, Re-Opens Milwaukee Location
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
Ham Radio Outlet (HRO) has announced plans to hire an unspecified number of Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) employees when AES shuts down its four locations in late July. In addition, the current AES Headquarters store in Milwaukee will become HRO's newest location later this summer, following renovation. On July 1, AES announced that it was going out of business and ending retail operations at its Milwaukee, Las Vegas, Cleveland, and Orlando locations. With the approval of AES management, HRO senior managers visited each AES location to interview staffers in hopes of "acquiring some of the Amateur Radio retail employee talent in each of the current AES locations," an HRO news release said.

ARRL CEO, Emergency Preparedness Manager Visit FEMA Headquarters:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and Emergency Preparedness Manager Mike Corey, KI1U, recently visited Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, DC, to further explore areas of cooperation and partnership, in line with the Memorandum of Agreement that ARRL and FEMA signed in 2014.

ARRL Board Of Directors to Meet in Connecticut:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
The ARRL Board of Directors will meet July 15-16 in Windsor, Connecticut, for its second meeting of 2016. The session will mark the first Board meeting for ARRL's new CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, who joined the Headquarters staff on February 29 and became CEO on April 18 upon the retirement of David Sumner, K1ZZ. Gallagher also serves as secretary to the Board.

ARRL Training Webinar, 'Contesting as Training for Public Service,' Set:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
A free ARRL Training Webinar, "Contesting as Training for Public Service," hosted by Ward Silver, N0AX, will take place on Sunday, July 24, 8 until 10 PM EDT (0000-0200 UTC on July 25). All are invited to join the audio-slide presentation online or via telephone.

Attendance at Dayton Hamvention Tops 25,000 for Second Year in a Row:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
Given the level of enthusiasm at the 2016 running of Dayton Hamvention in mid-May, attendance may have seemed up, but for all intents and purposes, it held steady at 25,364 visitors. That figure was down only slightly from the 25,621 attendees reported for 2015, but above the 25,000 mark for the second year in a row. For those keeping track, in 2014 the official count was 24,873 visitors, and attendance in 2013 was 24,542.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
"Propagation" is the topic of the latest (July 14) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

International Tribunal Rules Against China on South China Sea Reefs:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
An international tribunal ruling discounting China's claims with respect to Scarborough Reef and the Spratlys could complicate efforts to mount another DXpedition to the rare and remote South China Sea DXCC entities. The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague ruled this week in favor of the Philippines in a dispute with China over Scarborough Reef -- also known as Scarborough Shoal. The last DXpedition to Scarborough was the 2007 BS7H operation. A 2016 DXpedition has been reported to be in the works.

National Parks on the Air Update:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
July represents the halfway mark for the ARRL National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program. With just under 6 months to go, slightly more than 490,000 contacts have been made from 431 of the 485 eligible NPS units, in 8250 separate activations.

New ISS Crew Increment with Two Radio Amateurs Arrives on Station:
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
NASA astronaut Kate Rubins, KG5FYJ, astronaut Takuya Onishi, KF5LKS, of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos officially joined their Expedition 48 International Space Station (ISS) crew members on July 9, when the hatches opened between their Soyuz MS-01 and the space station. Four radio amateurs now are on board the ISS.

CQ Contest Hall of Famer, WRTC Competitor, Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, (SK):
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
Well-known contester and World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) competitor, official, and supporter Walter Skudlarek, DJ6QT, of Hirzenhain, Germany, died on July 5. He was 77 and had been a radio amateur since 1958.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on July 14, 2016
Solar Car Challenge W1N Traveling Special Event Operation Set: Special event station W1N will travel from the Texas Motor Speedway to Minneapolis between July 15 and July 24 to highlight the 2016 Solar Car Challenge.

Scott Rought, KA8SMA, Named CQ Magazine QRP Editor:
by CQ Communications on July 14, 2016
(Hicksville, NY - JuLY 13, 2016) -- CQ magazine today announced the appointment of R. Scott Rought, KA8SMA, as the magazine's new QRP (low-power) Editor, effective with the August 2016 issue. Rought succeeds Dennis Lazar, W4DNN, who took the position on an interim basis a year ago.

Utah County Ham Radio Club Draws Statewide Attention:
by on July 13, 2016
There is a large population of amateur radio hobbyists in Utah County, commonly known as ham radio operators. “A few years ago when I started the program for Orem citizens to get prepared, they were talking about starting a club and I said, ‘I’ll host you,’” said JoAnna Larsen, Orem city's emergency manager. Larsen oversees emergency preparedness both for the municipality and its residents, preparing them for any emergency such as a natural disaster or a terrorist attack. The Utah Valley Amateur Radio Club officially organized Feb. 5 with the call sign K7UVA. A call sign is similar to a key or phone number used to contact someone. All licensed amateur radio operators have a call sign. “It’s more like a station number like KSL, FM100, that kind of thing,” said Noji Ratzlaff, interim club president. His call sign? KN0JI. In less than six months, the club has amassed more than 340 members who hail from Lehi to Payson, and it has already passed one of the oldest and largest clubs in the state in membership numbers. “We have 340 and that’s because there is no other club in Utah County other than the one at BYU (membership 12),” Ratzlaff said. “For a long time to go to a club meeting you had to drive clear to Salt Lake or to Cedar City and St. George. That’s why it’s grown so fast.” Having a locally-based ham radio club has also sparked interest among those who have been interested but uninvolved in the past.

Radio Ham Adrian's Rich Legacy:
by on July 13, 2016
Sale of enthusiast's equipment boosts charity funds: A local radio group has helped boost funding towards Cancer Research. The Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) handed over a cheque of £1,000 to the charity last week. The money was raised after the family of Highclere resident Adrian Aylward contacted the society to help it dispose of his collection of radio gear. The items included electronic test equipment and components which Mr Aylward had requested should be passed to friends and to those who could make good use of them. A ‘silent auction’ was held with members of NADARS and the remaining items sold at the Newbury Radio Rally, held at the Newbury Showground on June 19. The family and society agreed that the money raised would be split between Cancer Research UK and NADARS. Family representative, Jonathan Smithers, said: “Adrian would have been happy that we have helped to improve the lives of those still living with cancer and also encouraged those with a curiosity about what can be achieved through electronics.

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