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from The ARRL Letter on August 22, 2019
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In Brief...

Reminder: The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration gets under way on Saturday, August 31, and wraps up on Monday, September 8. The 9-day operating event commemorates the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL cofounder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW (HPM) -- born on September 2, 1869 -- and is open to all radio amateurs. The objective is to work as many participating stations as possible. W1AW and all ARRL members will append "/150" to their call signs during this event (DX operators who are ARRL members may operate as /150, if permitted by their country of license.) Stations will exchange a signal report and ARRL/RAC Section A total of 84 multipliers are available. DX stations will send a signal report and "DX." All Amateur Radio bands except 60, 30, 17, and 12 meters are available. Contacts may be made on CW, phone, and digital modes. Incentives are available for using different modes, operating portable, and using social media, among others. Logs will be scored, and downloadable certificates will be available. An announcement and complete rules appear in the September issue of QST, p. 86.

A message on WWV is prompting listeners to take a survey about the service. Through Saturday, August 24, WWV and WWVH will transmit a US Department of Defense (DOD) message in conjunction with the COMEX 19-3 interoperability exercise in Tennessee. The broadcast also urges listeners to complete a survey on WWV/WWVH listenership and listening habits. The messages are broadcast on WWV at 10 minutes past the hour and on WWVH at 50 minutes past the hour. WWV and WWVH transmit on 2.5, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 MHz. Following a proof of concept this year, DOD anticipates making use of the WWV/WWVH broadcast time slot full time, all year. Read more

A close friend of a radio amateur who died in a recent tower-related accident has contacted ARRL with additional observations. Joseph Areyzaga, K1JGA (photo), died in the July 27 incident, and the tower's owner was seriously injured. The individual reported that Areyzaga and Mike Rancourt, K1EEE -- the tower's owner -- were in the process of lowering one of the antennas when the tower tipped over. The friend said the tower was genuine Rohn 25, with a genuine Rohn BPH25 hinge plate, and that the apparent -- but not proven -- failure point was not obvious while the tower was still standing. All three pier posts on the hinge plate broke off, with the tower section bolts still intact and in place, he reported. No official determination has been made as to the specific cause of the failure. Rancourt, who was seriously injured in the incident, remains hospitalized but is said to be recovering well.

Ulrich L. Rohde, N1UL, has been named as an Honorary Fellow of India's Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers (IETE The IETE's Governing Council bestowed the honor on the noted researcher. The IETE is a prominent professional society in the field of electronics, telecommunication computer science/engineering, broadcasting, information technology, and related areas. The Honorary Fellowship is accorded to an eminent individual in the fields of science, technology, education, and industry. A presentation ceremony will be held during the 62nd annual IETE Convention in late September in India.


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