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OSCAR News - October, 2003
Upcoming Events
Date What Sponsor Contact
04-Oct VE Exam St. Paul RC ad2b@arrl.net
05-Oct Hamfest Muscatine & Iowa City ARCs http://www.qsl.net/kc0aqs
09-Oct VE Exam Valley ARC (Apple Valley) n0oa@arrl.net
11-Oct OSCAR Owatonna Steele County ARC oscarmn@ll.net
11-Oct VE Exam Anoka County RC dougb@railfan.com
16-Oct VE Exam Stillwater ARC n0drx@arrl.net
18-Oct VE Exam SE Metro ARC (Cottage Grove) kb0oqq@arrl.net
18-Oct Hamfest W0DXCC 2003 Convention http://www.w0dxcc.com
22-Oct VE Exam Austin ARC jenystro@smig.net
25-Oct VE Exam Bloomington Office Emerg Mgmnt ke0or@arrl.net
25-Oct Hamfest Twin City FM Club wg0g@arrl.net
01-Nov VE Exam St. Paul RC ad2b@arrl.net
01-Nov Hamfest Milwaukee (WI) Repeater Club http://www.mrc91.org
02-Nov Hamfest Fox Cities (WI) ARC http://www.w9zl.org

ARRL Logbook Of The World Goes Live
The long-awaited QSL-cardless ARRL awards and contact credit system "Logbook of the World" (LoTW) is officially opened for business. Within its first five days of operation, the system--which is open to all--already had attracted more than 1000 requests for a digital certificate, the essential pass key to LoTW. Obtaining a digital certificate involves a combination of on-line filing and good old-fashioned snail mail. For US amateurs, this process relies on your mailing address in the FCC database, which must be current.

The first step is to visit the ARRL Logbook of the World Web page LOTW , download the LoTW software and request a digital certificate that ties the participant's identity to a digital key. Assuming everything goes smoothly, US licensees requesting a digital certificate soon will receive a postcard in the mail that contains a password. Users then go to the LoTW Web site and enter the password to complete the processing of their certificate request. Once the password has been entered, the digital certificate will be e-mailed within a working day or two. Participants use their digital certificates to "sign" and upload either Amateur Data Interchange Format (ADIF) or Cabrillo-formatted files.

Obtaining a digital certificate and uploading log data are free of charge. There will be a per-QSO charge for each contact credit used, but Mills expects it will be much less than the typical costs involved with exchanging paper QSL cards. When you use an LoTW confirmation for an award credit, the fee will be added to your account and shown in the user's record. The user will be able to pay for these charges on-line using a credit card. From ARRL

W0DXCC 2003 Convention
The W0DXX 2003 Convention will be held 18-Oct at the Bloomington, MN Holiday Inn (I-35W & 94th St). Planned speakers include:

  • Glenn Johnson W0GJ ("Mr. W0DXCC 2002") will speak on his experiences with four-square antennas.
  • Ralph Fedor K0IR will present a seminar on his DXpeditions to various rare and very rare Antarctic DX Entities.
  • Radio City will present a fascinating demo comparing today's top radios.
  • Timewave Technology will demonstrate the art of digital signal processing technology.
  • Carl Leutzelschwab K9LAwith an intriguing talk on the challenges of W0-land propagation
  • Igor Zdorov W0IZ with a presentation on his DXpedition exploits to rare African and Asian DX Entities.
Details for the Convention can be requesting by emailing w0dxcc@w0dxcc.com or sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to: W0DXCC 2003 PO Box 390633 Minneapolis, Minnesota 55439-0633. From ARRL MN Section News

The ARRL will offer a free Amateur Radio Emergency Communications seminar Saturday, October 25, in conjunction with Hamfest Minnesota at the Wilkins Auditorium at River Center in St Paul. The seminar will not include the Level I course itself. This program is designed to explain in greater detail the duties of all Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course participants and how their volunteer efforts are essential to the ARES field organization. Course participants at every ARECC level--mentors, certification instructors, certification examiners and current students--will be encouraged to come and share with everyone their experiences with the ARECC Program. The seminar will be held from 12:30 to 4:30 PM on Saturday, October 25 and is open to all interested hams. Seating may be limited. Those planning to attend should contact Dan Miller, 860-594-0340; fax 860-594-0259. Seminar attendance does not include hamfest admission. From ARRL

The Minnesota Fast Scan Amateur Television -- a group of A-T-V enthusiasts -- has a new show coming to the air for and about amateur radio. This program will be aired nightly at 8:00 p.m. Central time on amateur television frequencies for viewing in the Minneapolis metro area and Joe invites clubs or groups with projects or planned events in need of public exposure to contact him. His e-mail address is n0usg@juno.com (N0USG) From < Amateur Radio NewsLine

No E-mail in France
Frances' Culture Ministry announced a ban on the use of "e-mail" in all government ministries, documents, publications or Web sites on July 18th. The French has said goodbye to the term e-mail in favor of a native language term, "courriel". The word is how linguistically sensitive France is now using to refer to electronic mail in all official documents and hopes that the public will adopt as well. Courriel is a contraction of the two words and is a term that has often been used in French speaking Quebec Canada. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Rohn Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
The best-known manufacturer of tower and tower hardware for the Amateur Radio community, Rohn Industries has filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Rohn Industries President Horace Ward said in announcing the company's bankruptcy filing. Rohn says it's now in discussions with an unrelated third party regarding a proposed asset sale while it continues to conduct business as usual. Ward told ARRL this week that Rohn intends "to execute the orders we have and to continue to take orders in the normal course of business."
Ward told ARRL there is "no truth" to a rumor circulating on some Internet newsgroups that disgruntled workers had damaged manufacturing equipment beyond repair in reprisal for consolidating fabrication facilities into the single Indiana plant. From ARRL

qrz.com Swapmeet Pages
The QRZed.com website has announced its new Online Swapmeet pages. QRZed says that the new area has been designed to provide a more leisurely reading and browsing experience that places up to 20 listings on every page. This says QRZed makes them allot faster to pull up. The new pages are in addition to QRZ'ed regular swap listings which have retained all of the old features that hams have come to appreciate. (www.qrz.com)

No Code Update
Two nations on opposite sides of the world have opted to join the growing no-code brigade. On September 15th, Ireland announced that they no longer require a Morse test. As a result, all Irish B licensees now have Full license privileges. Class B licensees may apply for a Class A callsign but to do so they will be required to pass a Morse test. New license applicants who have passed the Theory Test will continue to be issued with a callsign having a three letter suffix ending in B, unless they also pass a Morse Test. Also, because not all countries operating under the CEPT agreement have yet removed the mandatory Morse requirement, operation abroad on the HF Bands by Irish Class B licenses is confined to those countries that have done so.

The Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitting Society has been advised by the nations Info-comm Development Authority that, as of the 15th of September, the requirement for a Morse code examination for High Frequency operating privileges in Singapore has been removed. And as from the 16th of September all current and future licenses became convertible to the Singapore General Class. This, with full High Frequency operating privileges. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Morse At Home
In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission has before it six petitions essentially seeking to remove Morse code from amateur radio in the U-S. Supporters of the code have been quiet--until now. A group called FISTS--said to be the largest code advocacy organization in the world--is leading an effort to make Morse code a more prominent part of ham radio and the licensing process.

FISTS asks the Commission to raise the standards in other areas of testing, too. She wrote the rule making request. Among the proposals are keeping code as a mandatory testing element for the General and Extra class licenses. General licenses would require 5 words per minute and Extra class licenses would require 12 word per minute code proficiency. From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Big Project Curriculum and Lab Handbook
The ARRL Education and Technology Program--also known as "The Big Project"--has posted an updated version of its Basic Curriculum and Radio Lab Handbook to the ARRL Web site. In an effort to expedite delivery and reduce costs, the documents only went through a cursory editing process rather than a more formal and rigorous exercise, and Spencer noted that some typographical and other errors may remain.

The curriculum is divided into two sections, the Basic Curriculum (1.5MB) and the Radio Lab Handbook (5MB), all in packed ZIP files for the fastest possible download. The materials also are available as individual files in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format. Comments, critiques, additions and recommendations can be sent to mspencer@arrl.org. From ARRL

Broadband Over Powerlines
If you are casually looking at the battle on BPL, download one of the .mpg files from the ARRL The video shows results of ARRL testing in MD, VA, PA and NY. The potential interference illustrated in the video is amazing.

Broadband Access or Slower Access (smaller file)

Dilbert On BPL
As the debate grows it begging to look as if everyone has something to say about the issue of Broadband Over Powerlines or BPL. Now, even comic characters are chimimg in. Yes, we said comic characters. In this case it is none other than the character Dilbert and from the text that accompanies the strip, the cartoonist is none to happy with the B-P-L idea. This one you will need to judge for yourself. You can find it in cyberspace at Dilbert From Amateur Radio NewsLine

Donna & Craig QRT At The NWS Craig and Donna are gone. The electronically assembled speech of the two lasted just one year as the automated voices of the National Weather Service. Taking their place is next-generation called Tom. He is programmed in such a way that the speed and intensity of his computer-generated voice can be adjusted to make severe weather warnings sound more urgent and emotional. From < Amateur Radio NewsLine

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