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Deadline Approaching to Submit Nominations

for Five ARRL Awards

(Below are real reports) The deadline to submit nominations for these five ARRL awards that recognize educational and technological pursuits in Amateur Radio is rapidly approaching. Nominations are also open for the League's premier award to honor a young licensee. The Hiram Percy Maxim Award recognizes a radio amateur and ARRL member under age 21 whose accomplishments and contributions are of the most exemplary nature within the framework of Amateur Radio activities. Nominations for this award need to be made through your ARRL Section Manager, who will then forward the nomination to ARRL Headquarters by March 31, 2018. The ARRL Microwave Development Award pays tribute to a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who contribute to the development of the Amateur Radio microwave bands. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2018. The ARRL Technical Service Award recognizes a licensed radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who provide Amateur Radio technical assistance or training to others. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2018. The ARRL Technical Innovation Award is granted to a radio amateur or group of radio amateurs who develop and apply new technical ideas or techniques in Amateur Radio. The nomination deadline is March 31, 2018. The Knight Distinguished Service Award was established to recognize exceptionally notable contributions by a Section Manager to the health and vitality of the ARRL. The nomination deadline is April 30, 2018. The ARRL Board of Directors selects recipients for these awards. Winners are typically announced following the Board's July meeting. More information about these awards is on the ARRL website, or contact Steve Ewald, WV1X, (860) 594-0265 at ARRL Headquarters.

International Space Station Astronauts Calling

"CQ Students"

The deadline is April 30 for US schools, museums, science centers, and community youth organizations (working individually or together) to submit proposals to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact with an orbiting crew member on the International Space Station (ISS). Contacts would be scheduled between January 1 and June 30, 2019. Each year, ARISS provides tens of thousands of students with opportunities to learn about space technologies and communications through Amateur Radio. The program provides learning opportunities by connecting students to astronauts aboard the ISS through a partnership between ARRL, AMSAT, and NASA, as well as other Amateur Radio organizations and worldwide space agencies. The program's goal is to inspire students to pursue interests and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and Amateur Radio. "Educators overwhelmingly report that student participation in the ARISS program stimulates interest in STEM subjects and in STEM careers," ARISS said in announcing the contact opportunities. "As one educator wrote, 'It exceeded our expectations -- it created a great interest in both Amateur Radio and in space exploration. Our kids are completely inspired!'" More than 90% of educators who have participated in the program have indicated that ARISS provided ideas for encouraging student exploration and participation. Some teachers and students have become radio amateurs after experiencing a contact with an ISS crew member. ARISS is looking for organizations that can draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan. Proposal webinars for guidance and getting questions answered are offered on Thursday, March 29, at 7 PM EDT (0000 UTC on Friday, March 30) and on Monday, April 16, at 4 PM EDT (2100 UTC). Advance registration is required. More details and a proposal form, are on the ARISS website. -- - Thanks to ARISS via Dave Jordan, AA4KN

FCC Opens Hearings on Major Amateur Frequency

Reallocation

The FCC has opened hearings on what may be the most impactful change to amateur radio since the Navy was forced to give up control of the airwaves. In the proposal, created by numerous military advisors, representatives of NENA (National Emergency Number Association) and other interests, the FCC reduces amateur RF operation to 80 and 40 meters, and reduces the number of repeaters to two on 2 meters in any county. It appears the major push is wrapped around the recent developments of digital voice radio in the amateur service. The technological advances have allowed amateurs to make contacts around the world much more reliably than by using RF. Since the Internet “will never fail” according to the document, it is assumed that the amateur service (note they’ve dropped “radio” from the title) will have better luck by using the shared Internet resource we all use. Another portion, that limiting the number of 2 meter repeaters, is based on a survey taken by FCC-designated scanner listeners around the nation. Apparently, even in large cities, repeaters are remarkably silent. Scanner recordings over a 24 hour period show only “repeater ID’s” to be the only audio passed through the systems.  The proposal contends that two repeaters on the common 2 meter band should be all that is needed for random conversation, occasional traffic direction, and the occasional ARES or traffic net activity. As for the HF band reconfiguration, the FCC document purports that the HF bands have been so quiet for so long, technologists have predicted that HF propagation will never return. This speculation is based on the astro-physical axiom, “Don’t use it, you lose it.”  Apparently the HF spectrum has checked out. Optimists point out the reduction to two functioning HF bands should bring a reduction in the price of HF radio gear, since, “They won’t need all those capissators, and resistometers and stuff,” according to the proposal’s technical appendix. The ARRL Board of Directors has taken a “Firm, proactive all-encompasing stance after consulting with the involved parties,” according to a release from the Chairman’s alternate office in Barbados. The Board has refused to release any further information, including on which side they stand regarding the proposal.  One Board Member was just beginning to report on that stance to a regional meeting when he was taken out by sniper fire, in accordance with Board “Silent or Die” sanctions. - DELARA News Staff Reporters (Following story is real) AIOCAT version 1.99 is available at: XP: http://ghafler.com/aiocatsetup.exe Win7,8,10 http://ghafler.com/aiocatwin7setup.exe  Lots of changes and modifications - George WD8KNC