FWEAVER'S WORDS -- A new year, a new beginning!
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Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2008 9:51 PM
Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- A new year, a new beginning!
> Message-Id: <20080109025139.B59CF30375@...>
> Date: Tue, 8 Jan 2008 21:51:39 -0500 (EST)
> [As always, please reply only to k8je@....]
> - New Year's Resolution.
> - Regulation by Bandwidth.
> - Section VHF/UHF Nets.
> - Regulation by Bandwidth.
> - Frequency Coordinators Council, Inc.
> - SM Elections.
> - Happy nn*th Anniversary.
> - Board and EC Minutes, and Annual Reports Available.
> - 200 Meters & Down Index Available.
> - Cartoons by Gil Reprinted.
> - Just a No-Coder
> - Tentative Schedule.
> +++ New Year's Resolution +++
> How about getting back a little more to the Golden Rule for our New
> Year's Resolution? Even those among us who do a decent job of living
> The Rule can probably do a little better. Certainly, we all have heard
> amateurs who do not live The Rule. Some of us may even know one or
> more of these folks. Maybe we can help them do a better job of
> observing The Rule?
> The resolution I propose is:
> "I will treat my fellow ham with courtesy, understanding and patience
> whether I am on the air or meet them in-person."
> +++ Regulation by Bandwidth +++
> By now you've probably heard there is a petition before the FCC that I
> understand would bring a form of Regulation by Bandwidth to the US.
> Before anyone jumps to the wrong conclusion, this petition was neither
> developed nor is it supported by ARRL.
> How can I be sure of this? I would have had to vote on a motion to
> develop or to support the proposal. This had not happened and is not
> scheduled to happen at our Board meeting next week.
> So far as Regulation by Bandwidth is concerned, I've made the following
> statement in a number of ways, but I will make it as a straight forward
> promise to you. I will not vote in favor of a motion to support
> Regulation by Bandwidth until the time comes that its provisions are
> thoroughly understood by you and you support the idea.
> Regardless, of my personal conclusion, I do not believe regulating by
> bandwidth offers sufficient benefit at this time to warrant supporting
> One additional item is that I continue and will continue to support the
> availability of all now-legal modes of amateur operation. If the mode
> is legal today, I will continue to support its availability for amateur
> +++ National Frequency Coordinators Council, Inc. +++
> I recently received a notice titled the "National Frequency
> Coordinators Council, Inc. (NFCC) Announces Reformation." Being
> unfamiliar with the NFCC, I asked what it is. You, too, may be
> interested to learn that I found there appear to be two (2) NFCCs.
> The original NFCC is an organization open to frequency coordinators
> from throughout the US. Its purpose is to help facilitate
> communication between local coordinator organizations and the FCC.
> This organization was founded in 2006. It has a Memorandum of
> Understanding (MOU) with the ARRL. Its web site is at
> Based upon the press release I received, the newer NFCC seems to claim
> to be a reincarnation of the original NFCC. The problem is that the
> original NFCC has never gone away. This raises questions about the
> legitimacy of the reincarnated NFCC. The new organization does not
> have an MOU with the ARRL.
> I learned one additional point. The original group is the National
> Frequency Coordinators' Council, Inc. uses the word coordinators in the
> possessive plural and the new group uses it in the plural, only.
> Details, details.
> +++ SM Elections? +++
> You can put this in the "I have no proof of what I say, but I'll keep
> saying it anyway" category.
> Someone who obviously doesn't know what he/she is talking about is
> spreading the rumor that the Board of Directors has decided to do away
> with electing Section Managers. Instead, they would supposedly be
> appointed by the Directors.
> This rumor is not true.
> As is true of many false rumors, there is a glimmer of fact in this
> one. The fact is that last July the Programs & Services Committee
> (P&S) of the Board was charged with conducting a study of all aspects
> of how ARRL Sections are administered (governed). I'm on the P&S
> Committee. In doing this study, it is necessary to all options for how
> SMs should be selected.
> As the first step in the study, P&S sent questionnaires to each of the
> 71 Section Managers, the officers and members of the Board and a couple
> of additional folks. I can assure everyone that P&S entered this study
> with no preconceived conclusions.
> We received good cooperation from the SMs and others who received our
> questionnaire. Very frankly, they provided more information than we
> could manage by the coming January Board meeting. Therefore, the study
> will most likely be extended at least until July. Nonetheless, it is
> possible to report certain aspects of the study to the Board in January
> in an interim report.
> Regarding the rumored coming change to appointing Section Managers,
> what I can say is that this rumor is simply false.
> +++ Happy nn*th Anniversary +++
> *nn = any number.
> No sooner had the last issue of Words begun to arrive in in-boxes than
> I was informed of clubs in the GLD that are older than the 75 years I
> mentioned. Try these on for "size:"
> - The Cambridge (Ohio) ARA, W8VP, is 94 years old this December. It
> has been affiliated with ARRL since February 1946.
> - The Mahoning Valley ARA (Youngstown, OH) is 89 years old. As I
> understand, the group has records that show it to have been the first
> ARRL Affiliated Club in Ohio -- since 83 years ago. The club call is
> Congratulations CARA and MVARA for their being able to remain so active
> and to maintain interest for so many years. Thanks, too, for your
> support of the ARRL.
> If I've missed listing a club that has reached or is reaching a
> particularly notable age, let me know.
> +++ Board and EC Minutes, and Annual Reports Available +++
> Board members and officers of ARRL occasionally are asked how members
> (and non-members) can see copies of the minutes of Board of Directors
> and Executive Committee meetings, as well as Annual Reports of the
> corporation. These have been available online for a considerable
> length of time.
> To access the minutes and Annual Reports, go to the ARRL web site and
> click on the ARRL Info link and then General Information. The window
> that opens next contains links to the Annual Reports, Board Meeting
> Minutes/Reports and Articles of Association and Bylaws. The EC is an
> extension of the Board; therefore, EC meeting reports are filed with
> the Board minutes.
> In other words, information so many people keep trying to tell you and
> others is being kept secret by the League is fully public. All one
> needs to see it is access to the Internet.
> +++ 200 Meters & Down Index Available +++
> The book "200 Meters & Down" is probably the best early history of
> wireless radio in general, and particularly on Amateur Radio that
> exists. Written in 1936 by Clinton B. DeSoto the book is a must for
> anyone who wants to learn how our great radio service and wireless
> developed, and how hams played such an integral roles in advancing the
> art from its inception through the mid-'30s. DeSoto, W1DCB, wrote the
> QST article that led to establishing the ARRL DXCC program.
> The book was published without an index and has been "index free" ever
> since. An index to it has recently been prepared and can be found at
> www.arrl.org/?artid=7897. The book is still available.
> +++ Cartoons by Gil Reprinted +++
> For about 40 years, issues of QST carried whimsical cartoons by Philip
> "Gil" Gildersleeve, W1CJD. As one would imagine, the cartoons were
> about Amateur Radio and radio amateurs.
> A few copies of a collection of Gil's cartoons were available to
> bidders during the recent ARRL online Auction. They went like the
> proverbial hot cakes. Since the Auction, HQ received many requests for
> the book. Because of this, the book, "Gil: A collection of cartoons
> from QST" has been reprinted. It is available for $15.95. See
> +++ Just a No-Coder +++
> If one stops and thinks about this phrase, it becomes immediately
> apparent it is not one of praise. The question is just what value does
> the phrase bring to any conversation? The blood-thirsty Romans might
> have used a similar phrase -- "just a Christian" or "just a slave"
> --back when the Cesars forced slaves and others to fight (and die) in
> the coliseum.
> Think about it -- "just a no-coder."
> Do you suppose that decades ago old-time hams referred to new licensees
> who jumped into continuous wave (not spark gap) transmitting as being
> "only CW ops?" Or do you think the CW gang referred to operators who
> used the new AM mode as "just AMers?" Or when SSB first began
> Donald-ducking on the frequencies, do you suppose CW and AM ops thought
> of them as "just SSBers?"
> It is the "just" or "only" or whatever other demeaning qualifier that
> is objectionable to me. The fact that the FCC no longer requires
> aspiring hams to pass a CW test is simply a fact of life. This fact of
> life does not justify ridiculing others. Rules, of one type or another
> change all the time.
> The important thing is that the operator has a valid Amateur Radio
> license and operates legally and courteously. My observation has been
> that amateurs who received their licenses without needing to pass a
> Morse test are no worse or no better than we who took Morse exams. The
> reverse is equally true.
> Newer licensees are typically not the hams who hog the frequency ("Get
> off this frequency. We've been holding our net at this time and on
> this frequency for over 25 years.") Similarly, they are typically not
> the hams who sit on a DX station and transmit a series of dits . . .
> for 30 minutes or longer. It has been my observation that these and
> other LIDisms are usually performed by us good-ole boys -- we who
> passed 13 or even 20 wpm code tests.
> Code proficiency does not a good amateur make.
> Let's stop labeling our fellow amateurs with demeaning terms. They are
> as much hams as we are. They have as much right to use the frequencies
> allowed by their licenses as we have with our licenses.
> +++ Tentative Schedule +++
> Jan 12: Southwest Ohio Digital Symposium, Middletown, OH - Jim
> Jan 17: Programs & Services Committee, Houston, TX - Jim
> Jan 18-20: Board of Directors Meeting, Houston, TX - Gary & Jim
> Jan 22: Quarterly Division Cabinet Teleconference, 9 PM
> Feb 10: Mansfield, OH, Hamfest - Jim & Gary
> Mar 5: Miami Valley ARA Meeting
> Mar 20: 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
> Jul QST 'til noon Aug 8: Nominations for Director/Vice Director are
> 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 for Director/Vice Director mailed.
> 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
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