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In Brief....

from The ARRL Letter on February 7, 2019
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In Brief....

ARRL's Emergency Preparedness Manager is stepping down. Mike Corey, KI1U, has announced that he will depart ARRL on February 15 to pursue another career opportunity. He has been part of the ARRL staff since 2010. "Mike has accomplished much during his 9 years on the job, including expanding the Ham Aid program, national disaster response, working with our national partners, and, most recently, the rollout of ARES Connect," said ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX. The Headquarters team will miss Mike's friendly personality and wishes him well in his pursuits. As Mike is an active ham, there is a good chance we will run into him on the air. As part of the overall restructuring at ARRL Headquarters, ARRL management will take the opportunity to examine the administration of the emergency preparedness program.

The 2019 ARRL International DX Contest CW weekend is just ahead on February 16 - 17, while the phone (SSB) weekend is 2 weeks later on March 2 - 3. Even if you or your station are not competitive, DX-oriented operating events such as these offer the possibility of putting some new DXCC entities into the log, upping your operating skills, or just getting a feel for how well your station and antennas fare on busy bands. US and Canadian operators work as many DX stations in as many DXCC entities as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters. DX stations work as many US and Canadian stations in as many of the 48 contiguous states and provinces as possible. US and Canadian stations send a signal report and the state or province, while DX stations send a signal report and the power output. On CW, many stations will send "cut numbers," abbreviations that can confuse contesting newcomers. For example, the letter A = 1, N = 9, and T = 0. So, log "5NN ATT" as "599 100 W." Also listen for "1K" or "K" to indicate 1,000 W.

ARISS has announced another slow-scan television (SSTV) transmission event. Transmissions will include images from the NASA on the Air (NOTA program that celebrated NASA's 60th anniversary and key events in NASA's early history during 2018. Transmissions are scheduled to start on Friday, February 8, at 1400 UTC and run through Sunday, February 10, at 1830 UTC. SSTV images will be transmitted on 145.80 MHz using PD120 mode. Images can be received using equipment as simple as a VHF handheld radio or any other receiver or scanner that covers the 2-meter ham band. To see the images, connect the receiver's audio output to the audio input of a computer running free software such as MMSSTV. Images can be posted online for viewing, and those posting images can receive an SSTV ARISS Award SSTV events are dependent on other ISS activities, schedules, and crew responsibilities on the ISS, and are subject to change at any time.


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