WEAVER'S WORDS -- 'tis the Irish rising.
> - New ops: A curse or an opportunity?
> - DXCC turnaround time.
> - President Harrison's mother passes away.
> - FCC actions.
> - Renewed pledge to you.
> - Family members as ARRL members.
> - Michigan State Convention Scheduled.
> - Division Convention note.
> - 8th Area director appointed.
> - Tentative schedule.
> +++ New ops: A curse or an opportunity? +++
> The answer to the above question depends on each one of us. New ops
> are curses for people who prefer to "curse the darkness," but they are
> opportunities for people who would much rather "light one single
> candle" to clear the darkness. The darkness in these instances being
> the darkness of inexperience and ignorance. Note that I said
> ignorance; not stupidity. I am referring to a case of not having had
> the opportunity to learn rather than of being unable to learn.
> I believe that all amateurs are inherently intelligent. Education to
> become knowledgeable is what we all need in one or more respects.
> I fairly frequently receive e-mail complaining about how some new hams
> continue to operate using non-ham practices. This is particularly true
> when a group of several friends come into Amateur Radio from Citizens'
> Band at the same time. This is natural. They know each other well and
> may have operated on CB together using CB procedures for a long time.
> Long-established practices are often difficult to change.
> Long-standing practices are particularly difficult to change when no
> one has shown that alternate practices are more appropriate. But, who
> is it that should introduce aspiring and new licensees to the ways of
> Amateur Radio?
> The most logical people to show or teach newbies the "way of light and
> wisdom" are local hams. These are the hams who meet new licensees in
> person at license classes, club meetings and events, or at breakfast or
> How do neophytes learn proper procedure? They could read on their own
> or could listen to established hams operate. The latter is a good way
> to learn, provided the hams they listen to use good procedure.
> Another excellent way to help newbies learn and to get them involved in
> a local club at the same time, is to present a short-course on proper
> operating. This course could be targeted strictly to new folks by
> adding it on as a single discussion or in few-minute bites during a
> license course. It could also be given at club meetings.
> The training might include the proper use of pro-words and pro-signs,
> how to begin and end a QSO. It could stress courteous operating and
> prepare new hams to deal with the truly few LIDs who are discourteous
> and piggish, as well as other commonly-encountered features of
> day-to-day operation.
> You might choose to open the training up to old timers. If you do,
> prepare to be surprised at the number of old timers who learn that
> practices they thought were correct, aren't. This is sort of like the
> King of Siam in "The King and I." Remember, he was the supreme honcho
> who suddenly realized that what he had thought was true for decades
> actually isn't.
> As just one example of a highly common error, consider the all-familiar
> ending for Amateur Radio QSOs. Which is proper . . . 73s or 73?
> Regardless of the fact that nearly many new and old ops alike say 73s,
> this is incorrect. The correct term is 73. Don't misunderstand,
> saying 73s won't result in FCC enforcement action. It won't even
> result in a friendly reminder from an OO. Even so, if one really
> wishes to operate correctly, it is 73, not 73s.
> The code term, 73, is already plural. It was initially set up by
> telegraphers to say "best wishes," "good luck" or similar thoughts to
> fellow telegraphers. Adding an "s" to 73 to turn it into 73s turns it
> into "best wisheses" or "bestes wisheses" or some other distortion of
> the language. At best it becomes a plural plurality, whatever this may
> Not too long ago, I listened to a QSO on a local repeater in which two
> newcomers were debating the meaning of a few Q signals. Among other
> things, they were trying to figure out whether QRA means "I am at" or
> "there is a lot of interference," and whether QTH means "my call is
> ___," or "your signal is very weak."
> New ops need help -- need an Elmer. It is best if the help comes from
> people who choose to take the effort to teach correct information.
> +++ DXCC turnaround time +++
> A number of you have written me concerning the relatively long
> turnaround time being experienced in processing DXCC card submissions.
> Flatly speaking, as hard working as our folks in the Awards area are,
> the ball was fumbled on this. When things began to unravel, people
> were so busy trying to push and shove the system to work more
> efficiently that they did not see the full view of the issue. By the
> time the total picture came into view, the situation had gotten out of
> Things are beginning to look. One hopes this will translate into real
> progress quite soon. I will say only that additional measures are
> being taken to prevent major delays from recurring at any time in the
> Some of the "never-again" changes that will be made will not be evident
> until near the end of 2008. These latter changes will be discussed
> nearer to this time. In the meantime, mea culpa.
> +++ President Harrison's mother passes sway +++
> It is with deep regret that I report the passing of Betty Harrison,
> mother of ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN. Mrs. Harrison passed
> away February 21 in Searcy, Arkansas. I have extended the condolences
> of the Great Lakes Division.
> +++ FCC action +++
> Travel cut back --
> Don't expect to see Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, at many hamfests this
> year. The FCC has clamped down on the amount of travel its employees,
> including Hollingsworth, can make to events sponsored by organizations
> it regulates. The only event in the GLD that I know Riley can be
> expected to attend this year is the Dayton Hamvention(R). The number
> of hams who attend the Hamvention each year makes his travel to it very
> cost effective.
> One word of caution: Do not misinterpret this recent cutback as
> indicating a decrease in effort to regulate against improper and
> illegal action. As relatively slow as the wheels of the FCC mill turn,
> they will continue to grind very fine. The lists of FCC action taken
> against bad actors on the Amateur Radio bands will continue to
> demonstrate that FCC rules and regulations are being enforced. This
> enforcement action includes measures taken against pirate operation,
> inadvertent radiation into the ham bands and illegal activities of
> licensed amateurs.
> FCC Rejects Morse code requirement - again --
> The FCC rejected two submissions that would have restored the
> requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency as a component of the
> General Class or Extra Class ham exams. The submissions were turned
> down on procedural grounds.
> +++ Renewed pledge to you +++
> I came across the following resolutions as I was looking through old
> editions of Weaver's Words for something totally different. They
> struck a chord, though, and I thought they would be good to issue them
> again just to let you all know I continue what I believe. This isn't
> the turn of the New Year, which is when the following was initially
> published, but the coming of St. Patrick's Day is as good a time as any
> to renew this (and maybe other) pledges.
> From the December 2004 Weaver's Words --
> "MY RESOLUTION TO YOU
> "Before I tossed my hat into the ring to become GLD Director I made a
> few resolutions to myself and to each of you. I didn't tell you this
> at the time, so I've decided to renew the resolutions and let you in on
> "RESOLUTION No. 1: I will continue to act at all times in the best
> interests of Amateur Radio and ARRL. I will not cater to any
> individual or group when fulfilling the duties of Director.
> "RESOLUTION No. 2: I will continue to seek input and direction from
> you GLD members before voting on items of substance, whenever this is
> RESOLUTION No. 3: I will continue to consider very seriously any
> recommendations and opinions of GLD ARRL members before determining my
> vote on items of substance, whenever this is possible.
> "RESOLUTION No. 4: I will continue to include the best available
> information regarding: 1) FCC, and US Communications Law and
> regulations, 2) International Communications Law and regulations, 3)
> lessons drawn from the best Amateur Radio practices as well as 4)
> member wishes/preferences in determining my vote on issues before the
> ARRL Board of Directors.
> "All of the above is based upon my strong belief that ARRL members are
> partners in Amateur Radio who can, and do, contribute substantial
> knowledge and enlightened guidance to ARRL actions. ARRL exists for
> its members."
> +++ Family members as ARRL members +++
> Questions occasionally arise over how members of the immediate family
> of an ARRL member can join the League -- as family members. The answer
> is pretty simple. Any spouse or child(ren) of an ARRL member may join
> ARRL for $8 per year provided the spouse or children(ren) live with the
> member. The point that has raised questions relates to when these
> family members may join ARRL.
> The fact is that a family member may join ARRL at any time throughout
> the year. However, the term of the family membership will be tied to
> the term of the "senior" member. For example, assume that dad's
> membership term ends in April and that his son joins as a family member
> in July. The son's family membership will end in April along with
> Dad's (or Mom's).
> For the first year of his membership, the dues paid for the son will
> pay for 10 months. After this first year, the son's membership will
> begin and end at the same time as Dad's. The family, in fact, will
> receive only one statement regardless of the number of family members.
> Although a couple of details are a little different, family members of
> Life Members may also join at the Family rate. It would be best to
> telephone Membership at ARRL HQ at 1-860-594-0303 to discuss the
> details of these memberships.
> Each member of a family membership receives the same services as does a
> single member with one exception. Only one copy of QST is sent to a
> household under the Family plan.
> +++ Michigan State Convention scheduled +++
> The Kalamazoo ARC (KARC) and Southwest Michigan Amateur Radio Team
> (SMART) are combining to present the Michigan State Convention &
> Hamfest on October 12. Details of the Convention are being finalized.
> These include DXCC card checking, a lunch, VE exams and educational
> forums. Ruth Bates-Hill, WB8VEV (Ruth.M.Bates-hill@...) is the
> contact person. Information will also be posted at
> www.kalamazoohamfest.com as it becomes available.
> +++ Division Convention note +++
> With our Division conventions occurring in odd-numbered years and our
> State conventions in even-numbered years, it will soon be time to begin
> planning for the 2009 Great Lakes Division Convention. Clubs
> interested in sponsoring the Division convention next year may want to
> begin to think about which features they would like to present in and
> around the convention -- which forums, speakers, location and other
> TO assist in developing your thinking, it may be helpful to review the
> 2007 and 2005 conventions. Information on the 2007 convention is at
> www.2007gldc.com/. This site also has a link to the 2005 convention.
> Earlier Division conventions were paired with the Findlay, Toledo and
> Cleveland Hamfests with the hamfests being on Sunday and the convention
> on Saturday. Watch for calls for requests to host the 2009 convention
> in coming weeks.
> +++ 8th Area director appointed +++
> No, none of the ARRL directors have resigned and been replaced. The
> 8th Area director referenced in this case is for The 3905 Century Club,
> Inc. and is W8JMF, John Fisher of Berea, OH. Congratulations John.
> The 3905 CC is a group of AM operators who conduct nets on 80 and 40
> meters. It was organized during the US Bicentennial celebration to
> offer a variety of operating awards to commemorate the bicentennial.
> The club's bicentennial activities were so successful that it has
> continued operating ever since.
> For more information about The 3905 CC award and nets, go to
> +++ Tentative Schedule +++
> Mar 5: Mound ARA Meeting - Miamisburg, OH - Jim
> Mar 15: Bellbrook ARC Dinner - Waynesville, OH - Jim
> Apr 2: Lake County ARC, Painesville, OH - Jim
> Apr 14: Portage County ARS (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 12: Michigan State Convention & Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI - Jim
> Oct 28: Quarterly Division Cabinet Teleconference, 9 PM.
> Nov 21, noon: Deadline for return of ballots. Ballots counted.
> Nov 22 end of day: Candidates notified of election results.
> Jan 1, noon: Terms end for current GLD Director/Vice Director. Terms
> begin for newly elected/re-elected Director/Vice Director.
> 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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