> [NOTE: Reply only to k8je@....]
> - ARRL v. FCC
> - Senior dues discount -- more
> - All-risk, all-gear insurance
> - Who is KI8JE?
> - Complete minutes of January meeting
> - Conduct of ARRL Board meetings
> - 8th Region Incoming QSL Bureau - 2007
> - What to do when someone becomes a SK
> - Members Only choices
> - Tentative schedule
> +++ ARRL v. FCC +++
> I received a question after the last issue of Words concerning the
> status of ARRL's suit against the FCC. The situation is that we are on
> hold. Arguments in the case were heard late last year. This is a
> "bench" trial -- i.e. there is no jury. The judge will rule on the
> It often takes several months before a ruling is handed down in cases
> such as ours. The ruling could come at any time, but don't be
> surprised if it is not released for a couple of more months.
> +++ Senior dues discount -- more +++
> A point I neglected to make regarding the future of the ARRL Senior
> Citizen dues discount is that Seniors may renew their memberships using
> the discount for as many as five years if this is done by the end of
> 2008. If the details of this multi-year extension have not been
> announced by the time your renewal comes due, feel free to call toll
> free at 1-888-277-5289.
> +++ All-risk, all-gear insurance +++
> My guess is that most of us have insurance of some form on our radio
> equipment. It may be everything that we want. On the other hand, it
> may be a little lacking.
> You may not know that ARRL has had "all-risk" and "all-gear" insurance
> available to ARRL members for many years. This is the type of
> insurance that will cover every piece of ham equipment, your
> computer(s) and the programs used with your ham activities . . . and
> give you the full replacement value of any insured item that is lost
> through any accidental occurrence. Yes, I said replacement value. I
> should also add that people I know who have benefited from this
> insurance say collecting on it is fully no-hassle.
> You can check into this insurance "from the comfort of your own home"
> by going to
> Whether you decide to buy this insurance, it is still a good deal.
> +++ Who is KI8JE? +++
> For our DXers as well as others in the know, KI8JE could be referred to
> as a "pirate." In reality, he is a typo. I suspect most of you
> realize that KI8JE is to whom I said replies to the last Words should
> be directed. I hope it was obvious that this should have read K8JE.
> If you noticed I referred to KI8JE as a pirate and not as a "slim."
> You who know me, know I could not consider myself a slim!
> Oh, yes . . . as of the end of January, there is no KI8JE.
> +++ Complete minutes of January meeting +++
> If you would like to read the complete minutes of the January Board of
> Directors Meeting, they are posted on the ARRL web site. Simply go to
> http://www.arrl.org/announce/board-0801/. If you have any questions
> after reading these, let me know.
> +++ Conduct of ARRL Board meetings +++
> I doubt if many readers have looked through the ARRL Constitution,
> Bylaws and Standing Orders to see how we conduct Board of Directors
> meetings. With the exception of rules of specific procedure contained
> in these ARRL documents, meetings are conducted following Roberts'
> Rules of Order. The difference seen in Board meetings vs. most local
> club meetings is that the Board has a Parliamentarian who is very
> knowledgeable in parliamentary procedure. He keeps us on the straight
> and narrow.
> The structure of Board meetings is similar to that of the US House and
> Senate. Much of the work done by the Board is assigned to standing
> committees or ad hoc committees. These committees generally work
> throughout the year to reach recommendations that are made in reports
> to the Board at each Board meeting. The Board accepts, rejects or
> modifies committee reports; thereby, adopting or rejecting the
> provisions contained in them.
> The two standing committees of the Board are the Administration &
> Finance Committee and the Programs & Services Committee. Ad hoc and
> Advisory Committees come and go; however, the standing committees
> remain in one form or another over the years.
> ARRL Board meetings are set for January and July. The rules typically
> require them to be held in the vicinity of Newington, CT. They can be
> moved around the country at the discretion of the Board. This was done
> for our meeting in January which was held in Houston. Incidentally,
> the reason for the move to Houston was severe weather that hit
> Newington the past two years. Weather forced a couple of Board members
> to miss the meeting completely and caused several directors to stay an
> extra day for the airport to open for their trip home. I was one of
> the latter Directors.
> Housing, and meeting and dining facilities are at a local hotel. When
> we meet in Newington, committees meet at our HQ building. Rooms at HQ
> are far too small to host Board sessions or dining.
> Before we decided to meet in Houston, the Board set a requirement that
> the total cost of the meeting there must be essentially the same or
> less than the cost we would have incurred in Newington.
> Standing committees and miscellaneous other meetings take place on
> Thursday before the Board meeting.
> The sequence of events related to actual Board meetings typically begin
> on Thursday evening with dinner. After dinner, we get together in an
> informal discussion of one or more topics that are expected to come
> before the Board on Friday and Saturday. The Board meeting, itself
> begins on Friday morning and includes the adoption of an agenda. You
> can see the agenda for this past meeting by reviewing the minutes for
> In most instances, the meeting ends mid-to-late Saturday afternoon.
> +++ 8th Region Incoming QSL Bureau - 2007 +++
> 8th Region Incoming QSL bureau Manager Jay Slough, K4ZLE has summarized
> the activity of this Bureau for 2007. He and the Letter Sorters in
> 8-land received and redistributed approximately 89,028 overseas QSL
> cards over the year. This figure compares with 111,734 in 2006,
> 110,905 in 2005, 138,236 in 2004 and 154,054 handled in 2003. The
> effect of the bottom of the sun cycle is evident.
> Regardless of the lower number of cards processed this past year, the
> gang at the 8th Region Bureau did a splendid job. This job will start
> to become larger for the next several years as the new cycle begins to
> show itself and grows in strength.
> I want to thank Jay for his excellent leadership of the Bureau, and for
> the great work of the letter sorters who have supported him and the
> Incidentally, the 8th Region Bureau serves only the amateurs who have
> 8s in their call signs. At one time, of course, this was amateurs in
> Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia. Now, an amateur's incoming Bureau is
> the one that has the same number in its name as the amateur's call
> sign, regardless of where the amateur lives.
> Following this format, 4-land amateurs use the 4th Region Bureau.
> +++ What to do when someone becomes a SK +++
> It is not necessary ". . . to mail the physical license (ed. to the
> FCC) but the next of kin should contact the FCC with either a death
> certificate or obituary and letter asking the license be cancelled."
> Among other reasons for this, it prevents a pirate from stealing the
> call and using it with impunity until the term of the call expires.
> The second action to take is to notify the ARRL Silent Key
> Administrator (sk@...). This notification should include a copy
> of the obituary or other means to establish the accuracy of the report
> and the call sign.
> Why the need to confirm the report? I think it was W. C. Fields who
> one time said, "The report of my death has been greatly exaggerated."
> The fact is that none of us wishes to be involved in reporting the
> death of a friend or acquaintance when they have not died!
> In the case of ARRL members, their loved ones are eligible to receive
> QST and other ARRL periodicals, if they wish, that had been going to
> the SK.
> +++ Members only choices +++
> This is just a reminder that there are a number of e-publications and
> forms of messages that are available to ARRL members. Essentially all
> of these are opt-in or opt-out depending on one's preference. Go to
> Members Only at arrl.org to make your selections -- in or out. I
> certainly hope you continue to opt-in on receiving these messages fro
> me as well as from your Section Manager.
> Of particular noteworthiness is the fact that HQ on fairly rare
> occasion partners with outside companies that provide services of value
> to amateurs. When this happens, you are likely to receive an e-mail
> from HQ that promotes the partnership. You can opt-in or opt-out of
> receiving these messages.
> +++ Tentative Schedule +++
> Feb 10: Mansfield, OH Hamfest - Gary & Jim
> Mar 5: Miami Valley ARA Meeting
> Mar 15: Bellbrook ARC Dinner
> Apr 2: Lake County ARC, Painesville, OH - Jim
> Apr 14: PCARS (OH) Meeting - Jim
> Apr 22: Quarterly Division Cabinet Teleconference, 9 PM
> May 16-18: Dayton Hamvention(TM) - Gary & Jim
> Jun 21: Milford, OH, Hamfest - Jim
> Jul QST 'til noon Aug 8: Nominations for Director/Vice Director open.
> Jul 10: Mahoning Valley ARA, Youngstown, OH - Jim
> Jul 17-20: Board of Directors Meeting, Newington, CT - Jim & Gary
> Jul 22: Quarterly Division Cabinet Teleconference, 9 PM.
> Sep 21: Cincinnati Hamfest, Cincinnati, OH - Jim.
> Sep 23-Oct 1: Ballots mailed for Director/Vice Director election.
> Oct 28: Quarterly Division Cabinet Teleconference, 9 PM.
> Nov 21, noon: Deadline for return of ballots. Ballots counted.
> Nov 22 by end of day: Candidates notified of election results.
> Jan 1, noon: Current terms end for GLD Director/Vice Director. Newly
> elected/re-elected Director/Vice Director terms begin.
> Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director
> ARRL Great Lakes Division
> 5065 Bethany Rd.
> Mason, OH 45040
> E-mail: k8je@...; Tel.: 513-459-0142
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