Single Sideband Association
Serving Amateur Radio since 1960
into the voice of the Association,
kHz at 2300Z
History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL
From 1965 to 1985, the FCC, ARRL, and US hams took note of what was called the "JA Phenomenon." The number of Japanese hams grew from 70,000 in 1965 to 499,000 in 1975, and then to more than 1 million by 1985! A new Japanese codeless license class helped spur that growth.
On June 16, 1983, the second
attempt to launch a Phase III Amateur Radio satellite (AMSAT-OSCAR 10)
was successful. Articles in QST kept hams up to date on its progress.
OSCAR 10 was, by far, the most capable amateur satellite to date.
Also in 1983, Amateur Radio in the US reached a new level of formal governmental recognition of Amateur Radio's emergency communication capabilities, when ARRL President Vic Clark, W4KFC, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Communication System Deputy Manager John Grimes.
Articles began appearing in QST during 1983 explaining what personal computers could do and how they might be put to use in the ham shack.
In October 1983, the US military
invaded Grenada. Mark Barettella, KA2ORK (now N2MD), then a medical
student at St George's University School of Medicine on Grenada, became
the only non-military source of information from the island, as he relayed
messages between other Americans on Grenada and their families in the
US. This resulted in excellent media coverage for Amateur Radio.
Amateurs throughout the world were saddened to learn of the unexpected death of ARRL President Vic Clark, W4KFC, in November 1983. A well-known ham as early as his teenage years, Clark won the first Hiram Percy Maxim Award in 1936. He also served the ARRL in various roles and offices and was considered a first-rate operator. He was truly one of the giants of Amateur Radio.
In November 1983, Owen Garriott, W5LFL, became the first ham to make contacts from aboard the Shuttle Columbia. His first contact was with WA1JXN. W5LFL operated his 2 meter FM transceiver during his non-duty hours during the mission's 10 days in orbit.
In September 1984, phone
privileges on 75, 15, and 10 meters were expanded. In addition, US stations
in Alaska and in the Pacific had their 40 meter phone privileges expanded,
so they could avoid the high-power international broadcast stations.
-- Al Brogdon, W1AB
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A filing the retailer submitted
to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week was far more
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told the SEC, "we would likely be required to liquidate under Chapter
7 of the Bankruptcy Code."
"The bump in co-sponsors is a direct result of two things: ARRL's letter-writing campaign and the efforts by many ARRL members to meet with their members of Congress and their staffs in person," said Henderson, who has spent the past few weeks collecting additional letters of support from League members to forward to US House members.
Letters directed for forwarding to US House of Representatives members via ARRL Headquarters will be printed beforehand. Henderson explained that this approach speeds delivery, since individual pieces of mail to members of Congress are scanned for threats.
"We have received more than 3000 letters since the bill was introduced," Henderson said, adding that he was not sure how many more might arrive by week's end. "The more noise we make, the better our chances for the bill's passage," he said. Henderson emphasized that a successful outcome requires as many co-sponsors as possible, and letting House members hear from ARRL members in their role as voters and constituents can contribute to making that happen. The current campaign in support of H.R. 4969 only targets members of the US House, since the bill has not yet reached the Senate.
While Congress was on break in August, the League encouraged members to meet with their representatives while they were home on break in their districts, and urge their support for H.R. 4969, Henderson said.
In addition to a list of current co-sponsors, the League's H.R. 4969 page contains information and guidance for clubs and individuals promoting efforts to gain co-sponsors for the measure by contacting their members of Congress. The web page includes a sample letter to a member of Congress and a list of "talking points." Direct letters to H.R. 4969 Letter Campaign, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. If e-mailing your letter as an attachment, include the bill's number, H.R. 4969, in your subject line. Letters may also be faxed to 860-594-0259.
The bill, which was introduced
in the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support in late June,
would call on the FCC to apply the "reasonable accommodation"
three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use
restrictions regarding antennas. The bill's primary sponsor is Rep Adam
Kinzinger (R-IL), and it received initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe
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