WEAVER'S WORDS - New Survery Special
> [As always, reply only to k8je@....]
> This is a special addition of Weaver's Words. Its primary purpose is
> to obtain your input on holding division-wide Internet/telephone
> - Division-wide Internet and telephone conferences?
> - Great Lakes Division Scholarship Winners.
> - A brief poll - results.
> - Classes in good operating practices.
> - Congratulations to DHHSARA.
> - Good show, HARA.
> - New look for Internet publications.
> - Vice Director candidates.
> - Tentative schedule.
> +++ Division-wide Internet and telephone conferences? +++
> What is your opinion?
> The technology is available to permit us to hold Division-wide
> Internet/telephone conferences involving hundreds of members
> simultaneously. These conferences would permit a greater exchange of
> thinking between Division members and Division leaders. I've been
> looking into developing such a conferencing system for the Great Lakes
> Division. I would like to learn if you believe I should proceed with
> The conferences would variously be among Division members. They could
> include one or more guests as well. Guests could include ARRL
> officers, ARRL HQ staff or other personalities of interest to Amateur
> Radio operators. We could field questions from members and share
> information among Division members on a person-to-person basis. These
> conferences also could help members provide input into planning for
> future events.
> To express your opinion, please send an e-mail to me. Type YES, I'M
> INTERESTED in the subject line of the heading if participating in a
> trial of these conferences. Type NO, I'M NOT INTERESTED in the subject
> line if you have no interest in participating in the trial
> If you have suggestions, questions or comments, please place these in
> the body of the e-mail.
> You know the drill. Send your message to k8je@....
> +++ Great Lakes Division Scholarship Winners +++
> I am very pleased to announce the follow GLD amateur who have been
> awarded ARRL Foundation Scholarships for 2008:
> Michael Volz, W2NRL, East Lansing MI. Earl I. Anderson Scholarship -
> Jacob Wagner, KD8CDC, Rocky River OH. Dayton Amateur Radio Association
> Scholarship - $1,000.
> Thomas Fielitz, KC8YAK, Smiths Creek MI. K2TEO Martin J. Green Sr.
> Memorial Scholarship - $ 1,000.
> Janet Ruminski, KC8WGT, Beavercreek OH. The David W. Misek, N8NPX
> Memorial Scholarship - $1,500.
> John Shipp, KC8TPN, Saint Bernard. OH. The Thomas W. Porter, W8KYZ,
> Scholarship Honoring Michael Daugherty, W8LSE - $1,000.
> Kayla Check, N8KAY, Independence, OH. The Carol J. Streeter
> Scholarship - $750.
> Kathryn Ankenbauer, KD8AHA, Portage MI. The YASME Foundation
> Scholarships - $2,000.
> A substantial number of scholarships are available through ARRL each
> year. Most scholarships and programs are directed toward young. In
> addition, the League offers Technical Awards to recognize technical
> service, innovation and microwave development.
> Information about ARRL scholarships and awards is available at
> +++ A brief poll +++
> In the last issue of Weaver's Words, I asked if you believe ARRL should
> "ban" the practice that many contesters have of issuing 59 or 599
> signal reports automatically, rather than to give individualized
> reports based on the actual signal quality they hear. I asked for a
> YES or NO vote on a ban. I also asked for YES voters to outline a way
> to enforce the ban.
> Here are the result of the poll and the takeaways I have from it:
> - 205 members responded.
> - 150 (74%) of these voted a flat NO.
> - 6 (2% of these voted a flat YES.
> - 40 (24%) of these in effect voted that the contest exchange should be
> changed to include information other than a signal report.
> I wonder how many of the 150 who voted NO, would have voted to change
> the contest exchange to avoid the signal report if I had offered this
> possibility. Nonetheless, I interpret your NO or YES vote that
> suggests changing the report to avoid signal reports was a vote to move
> ARRL away from being claimed to support false signal reporting.
> Thanks for your help. I apologize for improperly wording the
> One additional point on the subject of banning false signal reports:
> These repo0rts are not illegal. FCC has no rules concerning signal
> reports. In addition, ARRL has no enforcement power. It would be
> virtually if not totally impossible for ARRL to ban this and any
> additional legal practices.
> +++ Congratulations to DHARA +++
> Congratulations to the Dixie Heights High School ARA for becoming
> affiliated with the ARRL. The affiliation was formalized this past
> March and it was presented in a brief ceremony at the school on May 30
> by Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA and Kentucky SM Jim Brooks,
> +++ Classes in good operating practices +++
> Congratulations to the Cuyahoga ARC for offering training in good
> operating practices to students and new licensees. This is one of the
> best ways there is to instill good operating in hams. As you know, I
> feel it is important that we provide training in good operating
> practices to new hams.
> Thanks to other clubs that offer this training as well.
> +++ Good show, HARA +++
> No, not HARA as in the home of the Hamvention(r), instead, in this
> instance HARA is the Hiawatha ARA of Marquette, MI. The "good show" is
> for their thoughtfulness to give the local public library a set of ARRL
> manuals and books in an effort to promote Amateur Radio. Similar "good
> shows" go to other clubs who have done this, but have gone undetected
> beneath the radar beam here in SW Ohio.
> ARRL gives a special price to clubs that make similar presentations to
> local libraries.
> Incidentally, one of the presenters in Marquette was HARA President Lou
> Gembolis, KG8NK who also is the Michigan Legislative Action
> Coordinator. Lou is looking for a few good ARRL members who are
> willing to help by making occasional visits to offices of US
> Representatives and Senators in Michigan. The visit would be in
> support of legislation that benefits Amateur Radio and the public.
> Please contact Lou at kg8nk@... if you would like to volunteer or
> to learn more about this program.
> +++ New look for Internet publications +++
> As you may have noticed, the ARRL Contest Rate Sheet has a new look and
> name -- the ARRL Contest Update -- News and Techniques for the Active
> Operator. This biweekly e-letter is just the first in a series of
> upgrades in League Internet offerings that will appear during coming
> months. The ARRL Contest Update also is essentially the first to
> appear in HTML format as well as in plain text. With HTML, it is easy
> to insert "eye pleaser" photos and other plain text no-no's so keep
> your eyes open as things develop.
> +++ Vice Director candidacies announced +++
> Sitting Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA has indicated he plans to
> file for re-election later this year. He will apparently have
> opposition from close friend John Meyers, NB4K. John is former
> Kentucky Section Manager as well as being the Division Legislative
> Action Chair (DLAC) for the Great Lakes Division. I wish good luck to
> each of these men.
> +++ Tentative Schedule +++
> NOTE: Beginning with this month, appearances made by John Meyers,
> NB4K, in his capacity as the Division Legislation Action Chair will be
> listed in the Tentative Schedule.
> 16 Jun: Conneaut ARC, Conneaut, OH - John
> 21 Jun: Milford (OH) Hamfest - Jim
> 29-30 Jun: Field Day - Jim
> Jul QST-noon 8 Aug: Nominations open for Director/Vice Director
> 10 Jul: Mahoning Valley ARA, Youngstown - Jim
> 11-13 Jul: Michigan Summer Outing, Lupton - Jim, John
> 17 Jul: A&F Meeting, Newington - Jim
> 18-19 Jul: Board Meeting, Newington - Jim, Gary
> 22 Jul: Quarterly GLD Teleconference
> 1 Aug: Massillon (OH) RC - Jim
> 10 Aug: Central Kentucky Hamfest, Lawrenceburg - Jim
> 15 Aug: Genesee County RC, 75th Anniversary, Flint, MI - Jim
> 13 Sep: OH Section Conf, Columbus - Jim, Gary
> 21 Sep: Cincinnati Hamfest - Jim, Gary
> 23 Sep-1 Oct: Director/Vice Director ballots mailed
> 7 Oct: OH-KY-IN ARS (Cincinnati) ARRL Night - Jim
> 12 Oct: Michigan State Convention, Kalamazoo - Jim
> 28 Oct: Quarterly GLD Teleconference
> 21 Nov: (Noon) Deadline for return of ballots; ballots counted
> 22 Nov: (By end of day) Candidates notified of election results
> 1 Jan: (Noon) Newly elected/re-elected Director and Vice Director
> replace the present Director and 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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