Information Net for March 19

On the Air: ARRL Publishes New Guidelines for 60 Meters

Read by: Martha KJ4RIQ

Seal of the United States Federal Communicatio...

Seal of the United States Federal Communications Commission. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Thanks to the FCC’s Report and Order issued November 18, 2011, radio amateurs will enjoy a number of new privileges on the 60 meter band, beginning at midnight (EST) March 5. These new privileges include a boost in effective radiated power from 50 to 100 W, as well as the ability to use CW and certain digital modes.

Late last year, the ARRL HF Band Planning Committee surveyed 60 meter operators to gather opinions about how to best use the new privileges. On the subject of creating a specific band plan, the survey results indicated consensus beyond the fact that 5403.5 kHz should retain its status as a de facto “DX channel.” On the other hand, survey respondents made a number of suggestions for general operating practices.

Based on the survey results and subsequent research, the committee declined to propose a specific band plan for 60 meters at this time. Instead, the committee created a “Recommended Practices” document now available for downloading from the ARRL Web. The 60 meter pages on the ARRL website have been updated to reflect the changes brought about by the Report and Order.


The April issue of QST will also include an article by ARRL Regulatory Information Manager Dan Henderson, N1ND, offering a detailed discussion of the new 60 meter privileges and recommended operating practices.

W1AW: W1AW Video Tour Available on ARRL Website

A picture of the W1AW Hiram Percy Maxim Memori...

W1AW Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In case you missed the live web tour of W1AW, the Hiram Percy Maxim Station at ARRL Headquarters, you can now watch the 18 minute video on the ARRL website. On February 12, W1AW Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q, led Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Geoff Fox, K1GF, on a tour of the famed station. Al Petrunti, KA1TCH, of the New Day Group followed Carcia as he led Fox and viewers through the station, recording it for viewers to watch.

“We wanted viewers of this live Internet tour to feel as if they are actually at W1AW,” Carcia explained. “If you came to W1AW in person, you would see the same things that we showed on the virtual tour: The three operating stations, the transmitter racks that we use to send out our bulletins and use for the code practice transmission, the control console and ‘Old Betsy,’ Hiram Percy Maxim’s personal spark gap transmitter.”

You can view the video of the tour on the ARRL website.

Tennessee State Convention

Read by: ED KE4JWS

The Knoxville Hamfest will be held in conjunction with the Tennessee State convention.

Start Date: 06/09/2012
End Date: 06/09/2012

Kerbela Temple (map)
315 Mimosa Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37901

Sponsor: Radio Amateur Club of Knoxville
Type: ARRL Convention
Talk-In: 147.300 (PL 100)

Public Contact
Dave Garner, K4YRK
10917 Sonja Drive, Farragut, TN 37934
Phone: 865-966-9811

How Can You Protect Your Password?

Read by: ADAM W8IFG

Now that you’ve chosen a password that’s difficult to guess, you have to make sure not to leave it someplace for people to find. Writing it down and leaving it in your desk, next to your computer, or, worse, taped to your computer, is just making it easy for someone who has physical access to your office. Don’t tell anyone your passwords, and watch for attackers trying to trick you through phone calls or email messages requesting that you reveal your passwords.

Also, many programs offer the option of “remembering” your password, but these programs have varying degrees of security protecting that information. Some programs, such as email clients, store the information in clear text in a file on your computer. This means that anyone with access to your computer can discover all of your passwords and can gain access to your information. For this reason, always remember to log out when you are using a public computer (at the library, an internet cafe, or even a shared computer at your office). Other programs, such as Apple’s Keychain, use strong encryption to protect the information. These types of programs may be viable options for managing your passwords if you find you have too many to remember.

There’s no guarantee that these techniques will prevent an attacker from learning your password, but they will make it more difficult.

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