>- Balloting in progress for Vice Director
> - QST Cover Plaque winner from Ohio
> - Red Cross is demanding Intellectual Property agreements
> - A brief poll regarding Red Cross
> - GLD member in October QST
> - This weekend is JOTA
> - Pennsylvania is 29th state to pass antenna support bill
> - Humanitarian Award nominations invited
> - First call for SW Ohio Digital Symposium
> - Online Call Sign history database
> - Tentative schedule
> +++ Balloting in progress for Vice Director +++
> Voting for Vice Director for the Great Lakes Division is in progress.
> Most Division members appear to have received their ballots; however,
> some may still be waiting for the US Postal Service to deliver theirs.
> Remember, the ballots were mailed by Bulk Mail. Times required for
> delivery of it are erratic.
> If you do not receive a ballot by October 31, I encourage you to
> telephone Dave Sumner at 1-860-594-0303 or e-mail him at k1zz@...
> to request a replacement ballot be sent to you by First Class mail.
> Ballots must be received by noon on November 21.
> Please review the candidates' backgrounds and vote. Be certain to
> place your ballot inside the "ballot" envelope and seal this in turn in
> the mailing envelope provided with your ballot. Ballots are to be
> mailed to the League's accounting firm, not to Headquarters.
> What is the duty of the Vice Director? Article 5 of the ARRL governing
> documents specifies that the Vice Director has the power of
> "succession" (to become Director) in the event the Director becomes
> unable to serve. Otherwise, the Vice Director assists the Director (of
> the President) as requested and agreed.
> +++ QST Cover Plaque winner from Ohio +++
> Great Lakes Division amateur Jim Weit, KI8BV of Sandusky, OH has been
> named winner of the Cover Plaque Award for September QST. His winning
> article was titled "An All Band HF Dipole Antenna."
> Sincere congratulations to Jim for his fine article and the award. QST
> Cover Plaque Awards consist of a plaque of the front plate of the issue
> in which the winning article appeared. Winners are determined by vote
> of the membership.
> +++ Red Cross is demanding Intellectual Property agreements +++
> Red Cross appears to be expanding its legal agreement demands. This
> time, a few chapters in Ohio are demanding radio amateur volunteers to
> sign away their rights to intellectual property developed while a Red
> Cross volunteer. The local chapters say this is another requirement of
> American Red Cross at the national level.
> Signing away ones intellectual rights -- rights to inventions or
> written "product" any of us develop -- is a potentially serious action.
> Many of us sign intellectual property agreements with employers. They
> pay us and deserve to receive the rewards of inventions we develop at
> work and in some instances when we are not at work. But signing away
> our ownership rights for innovations we develop just because we operate
> a radio to help our community in an emergency? This seems to be going
> just a bit overboard.
> If you are asked to sign an intellectual rights agreement, I encourage
> you to evaluate the agreement thoroughly before you sign it. Having it
> reviewed by an attorney either on your personal behalf or the behalf of
> your ARES unit or club would be a good idea. Depending on the wording
> of the agreement the agreement just might require you to surrender the
> rights to a "better mousetrap" over to Red Cross if you happen to
> develop one.
> ARRL does not recommend you refuse to sign an intellectual property
> agreement with the RC. What we suggest is that you review carefully a
> request by anyone to sign your rights over to them. Personally, I
> would graciously decline to sign any of my rights away if doing this is
> not in my families' or my own best interest.
> +++ A brief poll regarding Red Cross +++
> The Background:
> It has been about a year since the American Red Cross allowed the
> Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between ARRL and itself to expire
> without making any effort to renew it. Soon after the Red Cross
> allowed the MOU to expire, RC began to require its volunteers to sign
> an agreement to allow it to perform full background checks on them. As
> the background check is described on Mybackgroundcheck.com, it would
> include manner of living, credit and criminal checks.
> Investigators could visit your employer, co-workers, friends and
> neighbors to ask probing questions about you if you agree to the manner
> of living check. Authorizing a credit check give full right to digging
> out any information concerning your financial history.
> Puzzling to me is that RC insists background checking be done by a
> private corporation rather than by a law enforcement agency that has
> limitations placed on it by law. RC initially stated it would have
> only criminal background checks done; however, they still demanded
> volunteers sign an agreement that authorized them to do all forms of
> background checking.
> Today's Situation:
> The situation has changed relatively little in the past year. Even
> though American RC stated it would remove demands that ham volunteers
> automatically agree to credit and manner of living checks, legal review
> of the modified agreement fails to show a meaningful difference from
> the initial demand. After months of attempting to work with RC, we
> still seem to be essentially where we started.
> Just one thing has changed. ARRL, through our EmComm officer, and RC
> are engaged in preliminary discussions toward developing a new
> Statement of Understanding (SOU) between the two organizations.
> Traditionally, these statements obligate ARRL and ARES to be available
> to support Red Cross. Any benefit to Amateur Radio would be derived
> from supporting Red Cross.
> The Question:
> At its July meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors expressed its firm
> position that we will not agree to a new Statement of Understanding
> before RC actually removes its demands for credit checking and manner
> of living checking from background checking agreements. Soon after the
> Board took this position, President Joel Harrison, W5ZN gave a similar
> assurance to all ARRL members in an item that was posted on the ARRL
> web site.
> I want to learn what you think about this issue.
> What do you believe the Board should do regarding a new SOU between
> ARRL and RC? Should the Board hold to its initial position and not
> approve a new SOU -- not sign a mutual agreement of cooperation with RC
> -- until RC has dropped demands for credit and manner of living
> background? Or, should we sign a new SOU regardless even if the RC
> still demands that hams agree to having credit and manner of living
> checking done? Incidentally, there is no question of the legitimacy of
> RC requiring criminal background checks. We'd prefer these by done
> through police agencies rather than private industry, though.
> How to Participate in the Poll:
> To participate in the poll, go to the Great Lakes Division web site at
> http://greatlakes.arrl.org Click on Surveys/Feedback and answer the
> question posted there. If you would like to add comments to your
> answer, go to the Feedback area and type in your thoughts.
> The poll will be open for 10 days after this issue of Weaver's Words is
> distributed. Please let me know your opinion.
> +++ GLD member in October QST +++
> Tom Shaver, KC8NJK was pictured receiving the Lansing, MI, Hometown
> Hero Award on behalf of the Ingham (MI) County ARPSC. Tom Is ECC of
> Ingham County, MI. The award was given in appreciation of ARPSC's work
> following a series of tornadoes and torrential rains in the area.
> +++ This weekend is JOTA +++
> This weekend is JOTA -- Jamboree on the Air -- for Scouts. This year,
> JOTA celebrates its 51st anniversary. The on-air jamboree follows a 48
> hour schedule beginning 0000 local time on Saturday, October 18,
> continuing through 2400 local time on Sunday, October 19. Nearly
> 500,000 Scouts worldwide are expected to operate on SSB, CW and digital
> -- particularly, PSK-31 -- this year.
> Full information on JOTA 2008 can be found at
> +++ Pennsylvania is 29th state to pass antenna support bill +++
> On Wednesday, October 8, Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (D)
> signed into law a bill that guarantees radio amateurs the right to
> erect antenna support structures. Ohio members are requested to be
> ready to support Ohio House Bill No.563 which will place FCC Rule PRB-1
> into Ohio law. This bill will require all government agencies in the
> state to allow amateurs to erect antenna support structure regardless
> of any current local, township or county ordnances.
> What is an antenna support structure? If you haven't guessed, this is a
> "tower" however, do not call them towers to non-hams. Non-amateurs
> automatically think of cell towers when someone refers to a tower.
> Ohio hams, please contact Ohio SM Joe Phillips, K8QOE (k8qoe@...)
> to learn how you can support passage of Ohio HB 563. Working together,
> the job can be done. The law is non-partisan, costs nothing and merely
> puts into Ohio statutes the FCC rule that is already accepted as Ohio.
> The difference is that by putting PRB-1 into actual print in Ohio law,
> its existence cannot be "accidentally" overlooked by local officials
> who prefer to ignore it, now
> +++ Humanitarian Award nominations invited +++
> Nominations are open for the 2008 ARRL International Humanitarian
> Award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who
> demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international
> understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual
> prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to
> provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
> The award is described in greater detail at
> +++ First call for SW Ohio Digital Symposium +++
> This is the first call for the 23rd Annual Southwest Ohio Digital &
> Technical Symposium. The symposium will again be held in Thesken Hall
> of the Miami University Middletown Campus, Middletown, OH. The date is
> January 10, 2009.
> Papers to be presented at the symposium are solicited. Topics are wide
> ranging, from "how-to" articles concerning digital modes, to
> construction projects for transceivers. A sampling of what was
> presented last year is on the web at http://www.swohdigi.org Please
> send your ideas and suggestions to K4ZLE, k4zle@...
> The SW Ohio Digital & Technical Symposium is the 2nd longest running
> amateur radio technical symposium in the United States. The event is
> free, except for a nominal cost for an optional catered lunch.
> +++ Online Call Sign history database +++
> The U.S. Amateur Radio Call Sign History Restoration Project is the
> product of Michael Carroll, N4MC of Woodbridge, Virginia. His
> Operation CQ is to encourage development of a true database of the
> history of Amateur Radio call signs. Michael requests your help in
> this project.
> Operation CQ is all about assembling information so that any one of us
> could go to it, search on a legitimate call sign and find who held it
> when. Now that FCC is re-issuing call signs after previous holders of
> them have given them up, wouldn't it be interesting to do this? Who
> was the first person to hold WA8COA or K8PGL or whatever, during what
> years and with what license classes? Ideally, wouldn't it be nice to
> find out who used license 2HT way back when?
> For Michael's database to be able to do this, a lot of additional
> information -- history -- needs to be entered into his database. This
> is where you come in. Go to the www.vanityhq.com web site to enter
> your call sign history. In addition to entering information for call
> signs and their holders, one can look up call sign history that has
> already been provided. If you have information on friends or relatives
> who are SKs, you can enter this as well.
> Check with Michael at n4mc@... if you have any questions or
> comments for him.
> Tentative Schedule:
> 15 Oct: Delaware ARA Meeting, Delaware, OH - Jim
> 17 Oct: Mason ARC, Mason, OH - Jim
> 19 Oct: Preble ARA, present Certificate of Affiliation, Eaton, OH - SM
> Phillips, Jim
> 28 Oct: Quarterly GLD Teleconference
> 2 Nov: Grant Hamfest, Georgetown, OH - Jim
> 21 Nov: (Noon) Deadline for return of ballots; ballots counted
> 22 Nov: (By end of day) Candidates notified of election results
> 22 Nov: Administration & Finance Committee, Newington, CT - Jim
> 1 Jan: (Noon) New terms of Director and Vice Director begin
> 10 Jan: SW Ohio Digital & Technical Symposium, Miamisburg, OH - 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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