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> - BPL -- Good New Continues
> - Dayton Hamvention®
> - ARRL Members Forum at Hamvention
> - DFing
> - Scholarship Winners
> - Question No. 2 -- You asked. Here is the answer.
> - My Travel Plans
> BPL -- GOOD NEWS CONTINUES
> I continue to be optimistic about the future of BPL. As you may
> recall, we have been successful at getting a favorable amendment
> inserted into HB 5252, the US House of Representatives version of the
> Communications Act rewrite. This amendment would require the FCC to
> ensure any BPL system they allow to operate will not interfere with the
> operation of any licensed telecommunications service. This means the
> FCC must ensure BPL does not interfere with safety services
> communications systems . . . and Amateur Radio. There is nothing for
> us to do at this time on this bill, but you will be asked at the proper
> time to write your Congressman to support the bill.
> We also have received word that a high-ranking US Senator has come out
> in support of including similar wording in the US Senate version of the
> Communications Act rewrite. Again, you will be requested to write in
> support of Senate action when the proper time comes.
> In each case, our success came largely as the result of letters written
> by our members in key Congressional Districts regarding HB 5252 and in
> a key state regarding the Senate rewrite wrote to their Congressman and
> their Senator, respectfully.
> Grassroots action works! Grassroots action is legal! Grassroots
> action is honorable! Grassroots action is smart! Grassroots action is
> the only way you, the member, can help ensure your Amateur Radio
> survives and remains healthy.
> If you'd like to learn what you can do to become more involved in our
> grassroots Legislative Action Program, send me an E-mail request. I'll
> be happy to be certain you receive information.
> Final thought: The news about BPL may be pretty good on several fronts
> these days, but there is still a lot of work to be done. We need your
> help to ensure victory. Please help when the time comes.
> DAYTON HAMVENTION
> My observation is that the Hamvention was a tremendous success for the
> Hamvention Committee, the Dayton ARA and the vendors -- ARRL included.
> We don't know, yet, what the profit/loss statement for ARRL's EXPO will
> be for this year, but EXPO was an unquestionable success. Once again,
> it brought thousands of amateurs and many of the Directors, officers
> and staff of ARRL to meet face to face. The members were able to put
> faces on the people they elected and the people who in turn were hired
> to serve the League by the elected officials. The elected and hired
> people were able to put faces to members whom they serve. When this
> occurs, it is more difficult for anyone to consider an elected
> official, employee or a member as being uncaring or unintelligent.
> This brings us all a better appreciation of each other so that we can,
> together, work toward resolving the problems we all as radio amateurs
> You may not have known it, but the man who sold you a new Handbook at
> EXPO might just have been Bob Vallio, W6GRG, Director from the Pacific
> Division. The fellow who handed you your PASSPORT might just have been
> Director Jay Bellows, K0QB of the Dakota Division. Also available in
> EXPO as well as at several of the forums, were President Joel Harrison,
> W5ZN, Vice President Kay Craigie, K3KN, Central Division Director Dick
> Isely, W9GIG, Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton, N6AA,
> Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, Northwestern Division
> Director Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, Southeastern Division Director Frank
> Butler, W4RH, Midwest Division Director Wade Walstrom, W0EJ, and nearly
> each member of our senior staff from Newington . . . and more.
> Me? I was either in the two forums I moderated or at the Grassroots
> Legislative Action booth nearly throughout the Hamvention. I'm sorry
> that I missed seeing a number of you who stopped by to say hello, but I
> was very happy to get to see many others who came by.
> ARRL MEMBERS FORUM AT HAMVENTION
> No one had hard questions to ask ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN,
> Vice President Kay Craigie, K3KN, Ohio Section Manager Joe Phillips,
> K8QOE, CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, COO Harold Kramer, WJ1P, Development
> Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH or Membership Manager Katie Breen, W1KRB . .
> . or me. At least no one with a hard question asked it during the
> Member Forum in spite of my attempts to goad them into doing this.
> Obviously, everyone understands and is happy with the League's proposed
> Regulation by Bandwidth -- it wasn't brought up -- or proposed
> restructuring -- it wasn't brought up -- or work with the High Speed
> Multi-Media Working Group -- it wasn't brought up. There were several
> good and interesting questions asked . . . and answered, but no tough
> ones. On the other hand, I thought I heard a few chickens clucking
> from outdoors in the flea market.
> For you nay Sayers, all I have to say is that you had your chance, once
> again, to have an enlightened discussion of issues with the League
> leaders who have the detailed answers. Bluntly speaking, you blew it,
> once again.
> The Sixth USA National ARDF Championships took place April 7-9 near
> Raleigh, North Carolina. Later this year, the 13th World Championships
> will get under way on the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria.
> Bob Frey, WA6EZV, Cincinnati, took second place overall and was first
> in 2M for US Men in the age 50 category. In categories for women, gold
> medal winners included Emily DeYoung, K4MLE, of Alexandria, Kentucky.
> Dick Arnett, WB4SUV, Erlanger, Kentucky took bronze in the male age 60
> category on 80 M. Talks about perennial top-runners, these three
> always are near the top of the hotly contested DFer's heap!
> Congratulations, again!
> SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS
> Great Lakes Division young hams walked off with two scholarships in the
> recent, annual ARRL Foundation scholarship awards. Paducah, KY resident
> Jonathan Jewell, KI4ETM received a Northern California DX Foundation
> Scholarship of $1,000 and Portage, MI ham Kathryn Ankenbauer, KD8AHA
> received an ARRL Foundation General Fund Scholarship, also of $1,000.
> Please join in congratulating the scholarship winners from the Great
> Lakes Division.
> Fifty-three scholarships ranging in value of $500 to $5,000 were
> awarded through the Foundation. Many of the scholarships were
> sponsored by Amateur Radio organizations or by individuals. The ARRL
> Foundation is just one of the sources of scholarships awarded through
> ARRL. For information on the full range of scholarships contact Mary
> Hobart, K1MMH, k1mmh@....
> QUESTION NO. 2 -- YOU ASKED. HERE IS THE ANSWER.
> Isn't ARRL merely a publishing house with its sole purpose being to
> make money printing and selling stuff?
> As often occurs, a fair amount of truth is implied in this question.
> ARRL does run a publishing house as its business arm, and one purpose
> of this business is to make money. The validity of the implications
> voiced in the question end at this point.
> There is nothing wrong with making a fair profit. It is the lifeblood
> of economics all over the world. ARRL's profits from its publishing
> business are honorable in two of their two aspects. First, the profits
> are fair. They compare favorably with profits of other publishers in
> the country. There is no hint of price gouging. Second, profits made
> by ARRL are used to help support ARRL (which is you, the members).
> Partly through this profit, dues are kept at a reasonable level and
> services are provided that could not be provided without the profit or
> much higher dues.
> The publishing business run by ARRL is a win-win proposition for us
> members. The members win and the League (which, again, is its members)
> wins. Without the income from the business, we would suffer by having
> a much weaker ARRL that would be limited to providing much less support
> for Amateur Radio. In addition, without ARRL's publishing activities,
> Amateur Radio operators and those studying to become hams throughout
> the US and much of the rest of the world would have far fewer, high
> quality technical books and materials available to use and study.
> There is one additional aspect to the prices ARRL charges for certain
> publications. The League sells a number of items that are controlled
> by someone else, not by ARRL. Two examples of these items are the
> license training video the League sold for several years and the Radio
> Society of Great Britain -- RSGB - publications we and CQ and others
> sell. To the greatest extent, the owners of these items set the prices
> we charge for them. In the case of the video, its owner charged a
> substantial royalty on each copy ARRL sold.
> The real choice open to ARRL is whether to sell or not to sell such
> items. The prices charged must be enough so that we make a limited
> prophet on each sale. The choice the potential buyer has is whether to
> buy or not to buy. Just be glad you aren't buying college textbooks!
> What is the second reason ARRL publishes its books? These are
> unsurpassed and often the least expensive sources of quality electronic
> and communications information in the world. What better source is
> there for hams or people studying to become hams to find information?
> We've even had government officials from small countries obtain our
> publications to use as the primary reference sources for their
> telecommunications departments.
> Not bad for a small, private publishing house.
> MY TRAVEL PLANS
> Jun 6 -- Saginaw Valley ARS 50th Anniversary Dinner, Saginaw, MI
> Jun 18 -- Monroe County Radio Commun. Assoc. Hamfest, Monroe, MI.
> Jul 8 -- QCWA Luncheon, Cleveland, OH.
> Jul 20 -- A&F Committee Meeting, Newington, CT.
> Jul 21 -- 22 -- ARRL Board of Directors meeting, Newington, CT.
> Aug 3 -- Salem Area ARC, Salem, OH.
> Tnx for reading this issue. Let me hear from you at anytime.
> 73, GL,
> Jim Weaver, K8JE
> Director, Great Lakes Division
> Chairman, Legislative Action Committee
> 5065 Bethany Rd.
> Mason, OH 45040
> K8JE@...; Tel., 513-459-0142; FAX, same
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