February 3, 2002

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UHF Band Threat Continues

American Radio Relay League officials met recently with FCC staff members as part of the attempt to ward off a new band threat on 70 cm.

League officials delivered a presentation to the FCC Office of Engineering and Technology staffers concerning SAVI Technology's plan (already tentatively agreed to by the FCC) to deploy unlicensed transient RF identification devices between 425 and 435 MHz. The League contends these transmissions will be at much higher field strengths and duty cycles than Part 15 rules now permit. The League also informed the Commission that the frequencies in question are the worst possible choice, and there is no technical justification for the choice of frequencies.

The FCC acted on the SAVI request last October in an FCC Notice of Proposed Rule Making and Order. The League maintains the FCC lacks the statutory authority to permit SAVI's unlicensed devices under Part 15 in the configuration SAVI has requested. A copy of the ARRL presentation interference study is available on the ARRL's web site.

The ARRL reports it will continue to do whatever is necessary to stave off the threat, and that could include further direct appeals to FCC staffers.

[ANS thanks the ARRL for this information]

Annual VHF Conference Dates Set

The Southeastern VHF Society invites ANS readers to attend the 6th Annual Southeastern VHF Society Conference in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The announced dates are April 26-27, 2002.

The conference promises to be an interesting event, with many presentations by accomplished VHF enthusiasts from around the U.S.A. In addition, the conference will feature antenna gain, pre-amp gain and noise figure measurements, a Friday evening flea market with vendor displays, a Saturday afternoon auction and the Saturday evening banquet.

Registration, program details, hotel and travel information can be found at

In addition, the Central States VHF Society will be holding its 36th Annual Conference this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The dates are July 26-28, 2002.

Interested authors are invited to present a paper for the Conference. Any topic related to weak-signal VHF operation is welcome, including antenna designs, pre-amp concepts, modern meteor scatter techniques and software, satellite operations (especially AO-40), PSK-31 and its applications at VHF, roving tips and techniques, and EME operation with small dishes.

Papers are welcome in either paper or electronic format, but will be required by May 5, 2002 to be included in the Proceedings document.

If interested in writing and/or presenting a paper for the 2002 CSVHFS Conference, please send an e-mail to

For more information about the 2002 CSVHFS Conference visit

[ANS thanks the Southeastern VHF Society and the Central States VHF Society for this information]

Best Fist Winners

AMSAT-NA's Ray Soifer, W2RS, would like to pass his appreciation to all the stations that participated in Straight Key Night on OSCAR 2002, the first to make use of AO-40!

Here is the list of 'Best Fist' winners, each of which received at least one nomination from an operator he worked during the event:

Charlie Suckling, G3WDG; Cliff Buttschardt, K7RR; Frank Wiesenmeyer, K9CIS; Vic Politi, W1NU; and Pete Lawn, WA6DFU.

Congratulations all!

[ANS thanks Ray Soifer, W2RS, for this information]


The nominating period for the 2002 Amateur Radio Newsline Young Ham of the Year Award is now open. The award is presented annually to a U.S. licensed ham who is 18 years of age or younger and who has provided outstanding service to the nation, his or her community or the betterment of the state of the art in communications through the amateur radio hobby.

Any continental U.S. FCC licensed amateur radio operator meeting the age qualifications who has used amateur radio to significantly contribute to the benefit of the service, to the state of the communications art, to their community or the nation, is eligible to be nominated.

All nominations must be submitted before May 30, 2002.

Nominating applications are available at

[ANS thanks Amateur Radio Newsline for this information]

ANS in Brief

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This week's AMSAT News Service bulletins were edited by AMSAT  News Service editor Dan James, NN0DJ.