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DX News -- ARRL DX Bulletin #40:
by W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on September 29, 2016
This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

Just Ahead In Radiosport:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Just Ahead In Radiosport:

ARRL Acting as Catalyst in College Radio Club Revitalization Campaign:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
ARRL is serving as a catalyst in a nascent campaign -- "Ivy + Amateur Radio" -- to boost college and university Amateur Radio club interest, membership, and activity. The initiative sprang from a conversation earlier this year between ARRL CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, and retired Yale University staffer Dr Martin Ewing, AA6E, about how to get colleges and universities to revitalize their ham clubs. Ewing relayed the message to the president of the Yale University Amateur Radio Club (W1YU), who, in turn, contacted the president of the Harvard University Amateur Radio Club (W1AF).

Amateur Radio Volunteers Go on Alert During Major Puerto Rico Power Outage:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Amateur Radio volunteers went on alert following an afternoon explosion on September 21 at a power station in Salinas that left some 1.5 million residents of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico without power. ARRL Public Information Coordinator Angel Santana, WP3GW, said that as the evening wore on, the most sought-after items were ice and potable water -- which depend on electricity to power the pumps that deliver it. The outage also resulted in traffic jams due to non-functioning signal lights. The governor of Puerto Rico declared a State of Emergency.

'Cows Over The World' DXpedition is 'Permantly QRT,' KC0W Says:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
The one-man "Cows Over the World" DXpedition has ended -- prematurely, abruptly, and on a sour note. Tom Callas, KC0W, reported that a theft this week in Kiribati has left him with nothing. He told The Daily DX that his Cows DXpedition is "permanently QRT."

Amateur Radio Credited with Role in Helping Injured Cyclist:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Members of the Huntsville Amateur Radio Club (HARC) in Alabama had a role in getting help for a Louisiana cyclist injured in a September 17 group ride in Madison County, Alabama.

The Doctor Will See You Now!
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
"Coping with the Solar Minimum" is the topic of the latest (September 22) episode of the "ARRL The Doctor is In" podcast. Listen...and learn!

National Parks On the Air Update:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
The National Park Service keeps expanding, which means there are more units to work for ARRL's National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) program. In August, Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument was added. On September 23, Natural Bridge in Virginia became an official NPS Affiliated Area, creating the 489th NPOTA unit (AA26).

Rules Released for New ARRL 222 MHz and Up Distance Contest:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
The official rules for the new ARRL 222 MHz and Up Contest have been released. The contest will debut in August 2017. Participants will attempt to work as many stations as possible on the 222 MHz through 241 GHz bands, "using any allowable mode." Competing stations will exchange six-character grid locators (sub-grids) at the time of each contact.

ARRL Outgoing QSL Service to Raise Rates:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Although ARRL believes it's important to maintain the long-standing tradition of the ARRL Outgoing QSL Service as a membership benefit, increased administration costs will require an increase in rates, in order to keep the Service available and viable.

ARRL Announces Club Competition Changes:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Earlier this year, following a challenge that resulted in the realignment of several club scores in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest, it became clear that the Club Competition rules were not being enforced as consistently as they should have been. In order to make sure club results are accurate and fair to all, the ARRL Contest Branch is renewing its effort to help clubs comply with the rules (See Section 8 of the "General Rules for All Contests.

ARRL Foundation Invites Scholarship Applications for 2017-18 Academic Year:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
The ARRL Foundation will begin accepting scholarship applications on October 1 from eligible radio amateurs planning to pursue post-secondary education in the 2017-2018 academic year. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2017. Individuals and clubs support many of the more than 80 scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000, that are awarded annually. Applicants for all scholarships must be active radio amateurs and must complete and submit the online application.

More Than 200 US Stations Signed Up for Scouting's Jamboree On the Air:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
So far, 219 US stations have registered to take part in Scouting's 2016 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA), which will take place October 14-16. Registration remains open for the 59th annual event. Last year, 400 US stations signed up. JOTA officials are asking JOTA 2016 participants not only to register for this year's event, but to follow up with a post-JOTA report.

Retired Librarian Who Was Maine's First Woman Radio Amateur Turns 108:
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, who was the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license, celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20. Now a resident of a care facility in the coastal fishing village of Deer Isle, Cousins was treated to a party complete with a cake decorated with images of local newspaper articles from 1908, the year she was born. The confection also bore an image of her 1933 "Amateur First" radio license, issued to Mary Sibyl Wallace -- her maiden name -- by the old Federal Radio Commission, when Cousins was 24. The FCC came into being the following year. Cousins' old call sign has since been reissued at least once. Cousins said she operated Morse, although she does not remember the code anymore, and used to relay weather information using that mode.

In Brief...
by The ARRL Letter on September 29, 2016
ARRL to Host CHIRP Radio Programming Webinar: ARRL will host a CHIRP Radio Programming webinar on October 19 at 8 PM ET (0000 UTC on October 20 in US time zones). This presentation will offer a brief overview of the free, open-source CHIRP software, which can be used to program most radios. Attendees will learn: What CHIRP is, which radios are supported, how to get CHIRP, and how to troubleshoot CHIRP. Presenter James Lee, N1DDK, became active in CHIRP development for the initial TYT9800 driver. He is a hardware development engineer for Qualcomm. Register now! Those signing up will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the webinar.


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