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  • Tom VanderMel KB8VEE
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 1, 2007
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      > [As always, please reply only to k8je@....]
      > - Ham radio offers too many operating options?
      > - Coming soon.
      > - Congratulations Blossomland Youth ARC.
      > - US House and Senate bills would kill Amateur Radio.
      > - Division Convention.
      > - HR 462 alive; needs support.
      > - One of the many ARRL services to members.
      > - Got a patch?
      > - Our letter writing campaign is showing success.
      > - FCC dismisses RM 11306 without prejudice.
      > - Tentative Travel Schedule.
      > ++ Ham radio offers too many Options? ++
      > It can be argued that the most major problem facing Amateur Radio is
      > that we have been too successful. We have been too successful at
      > obtaining and developing frequency bands, and in developing and using a
      > wide variety of modes to use in our operating.
      > To follow the logic, take a moment from reading this e-letter and think
      > of the many operating options we hams have. Think, too, about the wide
      > range of frequency bands from 160M through those that are miniscule in
      > length. To name just a few, there are Morse code, AM, FM, RTTY, a
      > variety of digital modes, FSK, AFSK, variations of TV, facsimile and
      > then we have frequencies that range through much of the wide world of
      > spectra. The bottom line is that each of us, if we wish, has many
      > modes of operation and many frequency choices we can use and enjoy.
      > So, what is wrong with this?
      > The problem is that in our nearsightedness, we have become extremely
      > fragmented as hams instead of remaining a cohesive group. During the
      > past few decades we have allowed ourselves in many instances to think
      > our personal choices of operating styles, modes and frequency ranges
      > are the only choices "real" amateurs could possibly make. We have, for
      > example, many VHF aficionados who see no value in HF. We have many
      > devotees of cutting-edge digital modes who see no value in CW or AM --
      > the older modes of communication.
      > There are SSBers who are so infuriated with AMers they would nearly
      > commit murder to clear the bands of the AM clutter. But, it isn't
      > always new mode vs. old mode. Some of our devoted CW ops think
      > broadband digital should be banned because it is nothing more than a
      > nuisance. Yes, indeed, we are equal prejudice individuals.
      > I could name additional ham-to-ham prejudices, but I think you get the
      > idea.
      > So, who or what is hurt by these prejudices? Amateur Radio is. These
      > prejudices divide us into splinter groups. We have become VHF hams,
      > digital hams, anti-CW hams, anti-AM hams. We are Contesters or
      > anti-Contesters. We are "its my frequency" ragchewers Instead of
      > pulling together for the benefit of all of hamming, all too many
      > amateurs feel they hold no stake when "the other guy's" idea of ham
      > radio is threatened by attacks from the government or industry. As one
      > example, many HSMM-hams couldn't care less if the FCC proposed
      > abolishing all privileges for Morse code operating. Conversely, many
      > CW ops would do little more than smile if broadband digital was ruled
      > illegal on ham frequencies.
      > Regardless of the misconception by one "side" or another, all of
      > Amateur Radio loses any time the FCC begins to withdraw privileges --
      > modes or frequencies -- from another phase. Clearly, I won't now or in
      > the future vote in favor of any proposals to have the FCC "modernize"
      > Amateur Radio (as some hams would view it) by banning AM or by limiting
      > the privileges of Morse or other forms of operation preferred by
      > anyone.
      > Unfortunately, Amateur Radio has become a marginally functioning, if
      > not nonfunctioning, family in many instances. We find brother ham
      > fighting brother ham, and sister ham bad mouthing sister ham merely
      > because their operating preferences are different. This is no way to
      > develop a winning team whether it is baseball, football, doubles
      > tennis, an army . . . or a strong lobbying (advocacy) team.
      > Actually, I will correct my initial supposition. We hams don't have
      > too many choices. Worse than this, we have too little maturity in
      > thought to manage the privileges we have been given for our common
      > good.
      > The real question is, "Why don't we all act like emotionally stable
      > people and work together to our mutual benefit?" Just think what a
      > formidable force for each other's good we would make if we would speak
      > and act in unison.
      > ++ Coming soon ++
      > In a few days, I will send you a "proper" questionnaire. I hope you
      > will take the few minutes required to answer it. It will provide me
      > with information on topics that may be discussed while I am in
      > Newington for the Board of Directors meeting later this month. This
      > questionnaire is "proper" because it is a click-on-your-answer,
      > automatically-tabulated one. This questionnaire is being sent to three
      > Divisions.
      > While the new questionnaire is open, I will be working to review the
      > previous, low-tech one sent you a few weeks ago.
      > ++ Congratulations Blossomland Youth ARC ++
      > Congratulations to the Blossomland Youth ARC, W8BYC, of Berrien County,
      > MI. A relatively new club, it is formed of young amateurs who largely
      > came into Amateur Radio through the fine efforts of Matt Severin, N8MS.
      > Matt, a teacher at Coloma Junior High School in Coloma MI, has
      > incorporated Amateur Radio into his classes thanks to his personal
      > drive and the support of his principal and a grant through the ARRL
      > Victor C. Clark Youth Incentive program.
      > As of June 20, Matt had 17 students who had participated in ham club
      > and Amateur Radio activities. Ten of these students had become
      > Technician licensees through the school program. Six of the Techs are
      > working toward upgrading to General.
      > Matt, in turn, is planning for a new freshman class this fall and the
      > challenge of introducing it to the wonderful world of hamming.
      > Great job, Matt. Thanks and continued success with your program.
      > ++ US House and Senate bills would kill Amateur Radio ++
      > This is what lead stories in QST back in 1910-12 would have read, if
      > there had been a QST back then. It was in these years that some dozen
      > and a half bills were presented in the US House and the US Senate to
      > outlaw Amateur Radio. These bills were backed by the US Navy. The
      > Navy wanted full charge over the use of ham-free radio waves. Hams and
      > their spark gap transmitters caused disruptive QRM to military and
      > important civilian communication. One 1912 bill would have placed the
      > ownership and control of all transmitting stations under the Navy.
      > With such a political force behind ban-the-ham legislation, why didn't
      > one of the bills make it through Congress and become signed by the
      > President?
      > Hams, themselves, came together to lobby their US Representatives and
      > Senators so heavily and successfully that each of the bills died. Even
      > back in the early days of Amateur Radio, individual amateurs, banded
      > together in advocacy (lobby) efforts successfully to beat overwhelming
      > odds against them.
      > There was no ARRL in 1912, but there were a few relatively large local
      > organizations. Among these were the Harvard Wireless Club, Rhode
      > Island Wireless Association, Wireless Association of Pennsylvania and
      > Junior Wireless Club which became better known as the Radio Club of
      > America. The clubs in their individual ways worked nearly as one to
      > lobby successfully against anti-ham legislation. No "no-ham" bills
      > made it through Congress thanks to the lobbying effort of the
      > burgeoning Amateur Radio fraternity.
      > Finally, a modified bill passed Congress and was signed by President
      > Taft who signed it into law. This first US radio law became best known
      > for making frequencies longer than 200 meters off-limits to hams. The
      > phrase, "200 meters and down" grew out of this feature of the law. The
      > feature also relegated amateurs to supposedly-useless frequencies --
      > frequencies that subsequently proved to be the most useful on and
      > surrounding earth.
      > ++ Division Convention ++
      > Don't forget the Great Lakes Division Convention on September 22 in
      > Cleveland. This is the day before the Cleveland Hamfest. For full
      > information, go to http://www.2007gldc.com/. One can even make
      > reservations for a hotel room from this site.
      > One feature of these biannual conventions is the special awards that
      > are made to Division amateurs. Topping the list is the George S.
      > Wilson, III, W4OYI, Lifetime Achievement Award. For you who don't
      > recall, George is the only ARRL President to come from our Division.
      > He continues to live in Owensville, KY and is a strong support of ARRL.
      > The Convention features interesting and informative seminars on
      > several aspects of Amateur Radio topics. These are given by top-notch
      > hams in the respective areas. ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN will
      > speak at the Convention dinner on Saturday evening. At other times, he
      > will be available for casual discussion. Watch for further
      > information. Remaining, prestigious awards that will be given are the
      > Amateur of the Year Award, the Technical Achievement Award and the
      > Newsletter of the Year Award.
      > Nominations for all but the newsletter award are made by GLD ARRL
      > members. Nominations need to reach the Awards Committee no later than
      > 5 PM, August 17. They may be e-mailed or sent by US Mail. The
      > addresses are on the nomination forms. If you know of a deserving
      > nominee, please go to the Convention web site and print out or complete
      > the nominating form. The winning newsletter is selected by an
      > independent member of the press from among the winners of each
      > Section's newsletter contest.
      > ++ HR 462 alive; needs support ++
      > There is still time to write your US Representative urging his or her
      > support of HR 462. If you haven't done this, yet, please write, soon.
      > If you need me to send the boilerplate draft letter to you, again, just
      > send me an e-mail and I'll get it to you right away. We cannot afford
      > the luxury of remaining mostly an indifferent group if we want the FCC,
      > Congress and the public to respect Amateur Radio and support its
      > legitimate needs. Each of us who are concerned about Amateur Radio
      > needs to demonstrate this concern and do what we can to support it. As
      > I see it, the least we each can do is to send a letter, an e-mail or a
      > FAX.
      > Just a reminder: Do not write to your US Senator at this time. The
      > time to urge support for the Senate version of HR 462 will come in the
      > future. Don't write to a US Senator about Hr 462, either. This bill
      > is in the House, only. Generally, Senators are not even aware of bills
      > that are in the house.
      > ++ One of the many ARRL services to members ++
      > George A. Guerin, K8GG, of Ceresco, MI, reminded me of one of the fine
      > services ARRL offers to members. Members are eligible to receive
      > notices when it is time to renew their ham licenses. The notice also
      > give direction on a quick and easy way to renew them online.
      > George said it took only 12 minutes for him to renew, even though he
      > uses dial up. George is all set for 10 more years.
      > If you haven't signed up for this free ARRL member service, go to the
      > Membership Modification Form (Member Data Page) in Members Only on
      > www.ARRL.org. Make certain the box in front of "Notification of
      > license expiration" is checked. Just as George received an e-mail
      > reminding of his pending license expiration, HQ will e-mail a reminder
      > of this to you.
      > Thanks for the fine comment, George.
      > ++ Got a Patch? ++
      > A police department shoulder patch is the type being discussed. It
      > seems that the head of the ARRL DX Department, Bill Moore, NC1L was a
      > military police officer. In his life-after-the-military he collects
      > patches from police departments around the US.
      > Retired-but-still-consulting Blue Ash, OH detective Rick Burdick, K8WWA
      > recently learned this and sent a Blue Ash patch to Bill for his
      > collection.
      > I am fairly certain we have still additional police officers among the
      > GLD membership. I am more certain that Bill would appreciate receiving
      > a patch from each of your departments. If you can come up with a
      > patch, please mail it to Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL, 225 Main St.,
      > Newington, CT 06111. Bill is a great guy, a top-notch ham; an
      > excellent worker devoted to Amateur Radio and fires-up a mean grill at
      > cook outs.
      > ++ Our Letter Writing Campaign is Showing Success ++
      > We haven't won the war, yet, but our letter writing campaign on HR 462
      > is showing success. Success, of course, can be judged in many ways.
      > The ultimate in success in this instance is to have a Congressman/woman
      > pony up and co-sponsor the bill. The next level is to receive a reply
      > to your letter that demonstrates the Congressman read, understood and
      > supports the basic premise that licensed radio services -- including
      > Amateur Radio -- must be protected from callous QRM from unlicensed
      > services (Part 15).
      > I haven't seen that any of our Division's Congressmen have become
      > co-signers, yet, but feedback from Janet Worthington of Chwat & Company
      > is there are a few who are considering becoming co-sponsors. In
      > addition to these Representatives, others are replying to Chwat and to
      > Division members with quite intelligent comments that show they are
      > pro-Amateur Radio. This is all good, of course.
      > Even the Representatives who reply with "bonehead" letters help us.
      > They help when you share their replies with Chwat and me. In these
      > situations, Janet Worthington and John Chwat are able to forearm
      > themselves with the knowledge they need in making calls to
      > Congressional offices on Capitol Hill most effectively. They know
      > before they walk into the offices just what form of information will
      > likely be most effective in bringing our legislators on board with us.
      > In terms of tennis scoring, this means -- advantage, Amateur Radio.
      > To the many of you who haven't yet written to your US Representative on
      > behalf of HR 462 . . . why not? Even if you take a pessimistic point
      > of view, there is nothing to lose by writing and their certainly is
      > potentially a lot to gain.
      > ++ FCC Dismisses RM 11306 without Prejudice ++
      > The FCC announced it was dismissing ARRL's RM 11306 petition as we
      > Directors had requested. This was done "without prejudice," which
      > means someone could review the petition and re-file all or part of it
      > at some future time.
      > Interestingly enough, before ARRL requested the Commission to dismiss
      > RM 11306, nearly everyone who commented on it expressed strong
      > opposition. However, just as soon as we requested the dismissal, we
      > began to hear from significant numbers of members who strongly favored
      > it.
      > This raises the question, "Where were these "fors" when they may have
      > made a difference?
      > ++ Tentative Travel Schedule ++
      > Jul 12: Mahoning Valley ARA, Youngstown, OH - Gary
      > Jul 19: Programs & Services Committee Meeting, Newington, CT - Jim
      > Jul 20-21: Board of Directors Meeting, Newington, CT - Gary & Jim
      > Jul 28: UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI - Jim
      > Sep 8: GRAHamfest, Grand Rapids, MI - Jim
      > Sep 9: Findlay Hamfest, Findlay, OH - Jim
      > Sep 22: Great Lakes Division Convention, Cleveland, OH - Gary & Jim
      > Sep 23: Cleveland Hamfest, Cleveland, OH - Jim
      > Oct 2: OH-KY-IN ARRL Night, Cincinnati, OH - Jim
      > Oct 8: Portage County ARS, Kent, OH - Jim
      > Oct 16: Branch Co. ARC, Coldwater, MI - Jim
      > Nov 14: Hazel Park ARC, Hazel Park, MI - Jim
      > Nov 19: Southern Ohio ARA Christmas Dinner, Russell, KY - Jim
      > Dec 1: Motor City RC 75th Ann., Wyandotte, MI - Jim
      > 2008
      > Jan 17: Programs & Services Committee Meeting, Newington, CT - Jim
      > Jan 18-20: Board of Directors Meeting, Newington, CT - Gary & Jim
      > 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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