Special Call Signs to Mark 50th Anniversary of First France-to-US EME Contact:

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first France-to-US EME (moonbounce) contact, special call signs TM8DO (for F8DO) and TM1BF (for F6BEG, then F1BF) will be on the air from February 4 until February 11 on 2-meter and 70-centimeter 144 MHz EME using JT65. The original contact was between Marius Cousin, F8DO, in Dracé, France, and Bill Conkel, W6DNG, in Long Beach, California, on January 27, 1967…

Veteran Volunteer Examiner Lauded for his Dedication

Mel Fukunaga, KH6H, of Wailuku on the Hawaiian island of Maui has been a volunteer examiner with the ARRL VEC program since its inception in 1984, becoming accredited with the ARRL VEC program in September of that year. “For the past 32 years, Mel has faithfully conducted three exam sessions on average every year,” said ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM. “The VEC appreciates his dedication and…