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WEAVER'S WORDS -- Its nearly turkey time

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  • Tom VanderMel KB8VEE
    ... From: ARRL GL Division To: Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:30 PM Subject: WEAVER S WORDS -- Its nearly
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 16, 2008
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      From: "ARRL GL Division" <memberlist@...>
      To: <kb8vee@...>
      Sent: Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:30 PM
      Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Its nearly turkey time

      > (Reply to k8je@...)
      > - Balloting remains open for Vice Director
      > - IBM enters BPL picture
      > - Your ARRL dues at work for you
      > - Results of poll on SOU and RC background checking
      > - SW Ohio Digital Symposium
      > - String of dits QRM solved
      > - QSL Bureau web site changed
      > - Is ARRL worth the dues?
      > - Tentative schedule
      > +++ Balloting remains open for Vice Director +++
      > Balloting for Vice Director for the Great Lakes Division remains open
      > until November 21. Ballots must be received by the accounting firm
      > used by ARRL by noon on this day. If you have not yet voted, please
      > review the candidates and vote.
      > If you have not received a ballot by now, I encourage you to telephone
      > CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ at 1-860-594-0303 or e-mail him at k1zz@...
      > to request a replacement ballot be sent to you by First Class mail.
      > +++ IBM enters BPL picture +++
      > As you may know, IBM has signed on to help International Broadband
      > Electric Communications (IBEC) spread BPL throughout rural areas in
      > several states. Admittedly, this came as somewhat of a surprise;
      > however, it is not necessarily a bad surprise. Keep in mind that
      > Amateur Radio's fight is not with BPL, per se. Our fight is against
      > interference caused by poorly designed and operated forms of BPL. So
      > far, the BPL systems used by IBEC do not operate on frequencies used by
      > Amateur Radio.
      > IBM's arrival on the BPL scene has emphasized one thing. This is the
      > potential value of ARRL's recent court victory over FCC and its
      > ill-conceived rules for BPL. These rules would have given unlicensed
      > devices supremacy over licensed operations in many instances.
      > As to the economic viability of BPL in truly rural America we can only
      > wait and see. It would be great if IBM can come up with a
      > commercially-useful system. What happens on the business side of the
      > project is IBM's and IBEC's problem.
      > +++ Your ARRL dues at work for you +++
      > Recently, ARRL staff noticed the FCC had granted an experimental
      > license to Digital Aurora Radio Technologies (DART) to operate
      > experimental station WE2XRH in three ranges in the HF frequency
      > spectrum. Transmissions from WE2XRH were to be as powerful as 100 kW
      > and to result in an effective radiated power (ERP) of 660 kW. The
      > station location would be in Delta Junction, Alaska.
      > Testing in the HF spectrum would not necessarily cause problems for
      > Amateur Radio. However, when it was realized that DART had been
      > granted the right to transmit in the upper 100 kHz (7.2-7.3 kHz) of the
      > ham 40M band, the planned activity took on a different tone. The 7.0
      > kHz-7.3 kHz band is clearly assigned in the US to the Amateur Radio
      > service as sole user. Something was terribly wrong.
      > ARRL swung into action and petitioned FCC to correct its error by
      > revoking DART's privileges on 40. Happily, FCC quickly corrected the
      > error and moved the DART operations out of the band. No amateur
      > frequencies are threatened by Dart's planned tests.
      > +++ Results of poll on SOU and RC background checking +++
      > In the last issue of Words, I outlined the current status of the
      > expired Red Cross-ARRL Statement of Understanding (SOU; formerly MOU).
      > I also briefly reviewed the situation regarding the background checking
      > demands being made by Red Cross. Finally, I asked you to go to the
      > Great Lakes Division web site and participate in a single question
      > opinion poll on the topic.
      > The question asked in the poll was: "Do you favor ARRL signing a new
      > Statement of Understanding with American Red Cross (RC) before RC drops
      > its demand that amateurs agree to submit to credit checks and manner of
      > living checks? Criminal checks will remain."
      > The results of the 273 responses to the poll are:
      > Yes = 13 or 5% of respondents (pursue a new SOU without regard to the
      > status of RC background checking demands).
      > No = 260 of 95% or respondents (do not pursue a new SOU before the
      > background checking demands are changed).
      > Thanks to the members who participated. You provided me with useful
      > information.
      > +++ SW Ohio Digital Symposium +++
      > The annual Southwest Ohio Digital & Technical Symposia provide
      > considerable information into operating digital modes in a manner that
      > is useful to the digi-enlightened as well as those of us who are less
      > knowledgeable in these modes. It is essentially inevitable that
      > digital operation will become increasingly used in Amateur Radio, just
      > as it was inevitable that SSB would come to be the principal form of
      > voice communications vs. AM on HF.
      > Whether one enjoys phone, RTTY or CW, the use of digital modes will
      > become increasingly popular in the future. This could be in the form
      > of digital phone, PSK 31, Winlink 2K, D-link or other successful
      > modes.
      > The 23rd annual symposium will be held in Thesken Hall on the Miami
      > University Middletown Campus, Middletown, OH on 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
      > contact Jay Slough, K4ZLE (gungho@...) with topics you would
      > like to present or to see presented, as well as general comments.
      > +++ String of dits QRM solved +++
      > In a perfect example of inter- and intra-organization cooperation, the
      > source of a continuous string of dits transmitted on the 40 meter band
      > was located and resolved. The offending signal was reported to HQ by
      > an amateur in North Carolina one recent morning. This brought the crew
      > into action.
      > The folks at HQ contacted the FCC's HFDFing station and requested the
      > general location of the transmission if the staff there could spare the
      > time. The report came back that it was coming from a suburb of
      > Columbus, OH.
      > Ohio Official Observer Coordinator Rick Swaim, KK8O, was notified of
      > the problem and volunteered to tackle the task of locating the source
      > and getting it turned off. Unfortunately, no one in the vicinity of
      > the transmitting site was able to hear the dits the rest of this first
      > day. The next morning the signal was readily heard throughout the
      > area.
      > Rick contacted Ohio Assistant Section Manager, Bill Carpenter, AA8EY
      > for assistance. Bill lives in the area from which the signal was
      > coming. Together, Bill and Rick in their respective cars found the
      > source of the dits and were able to turn the transmitter off.
      > No one knows for certain what caused the transmissions. However, the
      > owner of the station had left the transmitter on when he left for work.
      > He operated CW and uses a set of paddles with a keyer. No one --
      > except the pet cat -- was at home when the long series of dits were
      > transmitted. This leaves everyone involved believing the cat somehow
      > pushed against the paddle to activate the transmitter.
      > With the only suspect in this case being the cat, does this make it a
      > possible feline felon? Will we soon have FE1INE join K9DOG on the
      > bands?
      > +++ QSL Bureau web site changed +++
      > Our 8th Area Incoming QSL Bureau Manager, Jay Slough, K4ZLE, has been
      > doing a tremendous job since he accepted appointment to this position.
      > Not only has he been managing the Bureau, but he took over care and
      > feeding of its web site. Being Manager is a big job, itself. Doing
      > both tasks is . . . well . . . too much. A change was appropriate.
      > Effective immediately, Great Lakes Division Webmeister Gary Osborne,
      > W8XS has accepted responsibility for maintaining the Bureau's web site.
      > The site has been moved to
      > http://www.greatlakes.arrl.org/gldburo.html. If you do not store this
      > link, simply go to the Great Lakes Division web site
      > (http://www.greatlakes.arrl.org/index.htm), click on Links in the
      > header bar and click on 8th Call QSL Bureau on the link page. Gary and
      > Jay will work together to keep the site as up-to-date as practical.
      > If you have questions concerning DX cards that come in through the
      > Bureau you will find a list of Letter Managers and their contact
      > information on the site. You will also find hints and rules concerning
      > use of the Bureau there as well.
      > Thanks to Jay and Gary for making this change. Thanks to Jay for
      > iron-manning the two tasks up to this time.
      > While I'm at it, I would like to give a big thank you to each of the
      > Letter Managers who work so hard with Jay to make the 8th Area buro a
      > huge success.
      > One of the biggest issues I see from my contact with amateurs who
      > express dissatisfaction with the Bureau is that they generally have no
      > understanding how the Bureau works and what they need to do to use it
      > effectively. I encourage all amateurs who DX, whether new or seasoned,
      > to review the rules and guidelines of Bureau operation that are found
      > on or linked to the 8th Area QSL Bureau site. These discussions
      > provide a good summary of what us individual DXers need to do to
      > receive cards through the Bureau, and what the Bureau workers can be
      > expected to do to make your cards available for you to obtain.
      > The Bureau operates in much the same way as most phases of life. You
      > need to put something into it to get something out of it. In this
      > instance, each DXer needs to provide self-addressed envelopes and
      > postage to the correct person at the Bureau to receive QSLs from the
      > Bureau.
      > +++ Is ARRL worth the dues? +++
      > I occasionally hear complaints that the annual dues for ARRL are simply
      > too high. Obviously, as much as I'd like to be able to vote in favor
      > of reducing them to $10 or $15 per year, I don't agree with the
      > complaint. When one considers what each member receives for the $39
      > typical dues, the price is fairly low. Let's take a look at this.
      > I've subscribed (i.e. paid for the magazine) to CQ Magazine for many
      > years. It's a nice magazine. The guys and gals associated with it put
      > on a few on-air activities and publish a few items to help make Amateur
      > Radio more interesting. I generally support what is done by the CQ
      > gang; however, when I compare what the CQ $36 annual subscription rate
      > with the annual ARRL dues of $39, it is like comparing a small piece of
      > mint candy with Forrest Gump's box of chocolates. There is no
      > comparison.
      > With ARRL, one does not subscribe to QST. Instead we receive it as one
      > of the benefits of membership. What we do is join ARRL, the
      > organization -- an organization that represents Amateur Radio in the
      > legislative and regulatory processes at the state, federal and
      > international levels; an organization that fights against attacks on
      > Amateur Radio frequencies and rights by non-government organizations,
      > and fights for the rights and success of our great service; an
      > organization that provides technical consultation and evaluation of
      > amateur and non-amateur equipment; and organization that helps us learn
      > to develop the skills to build certain of our own equipment; an
      > organization that developed and supports the most effective, nationwide
      > Amateur Radio emergency communications service available; an
      > organization that developed and sponsors the most coveted Amateur Radio
      > on-air awards in existence; and an organization that publishes some of
      > the best electronics manuals and handbooks, and how-to books in the
      > field today.
      > In my opinion, membership in ARRL is a steal at a mere $39 per year.
      > Tentative Schedule:
      > 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
      > 2009
      > 1 Jan: (Noon) New terms of Director and Vice Director begin
      > 10 Jan: SW Ohio Digital & Technical Symposium, Miamisburg, OH - Jim
      > 73,
      > Jim, K8JE
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      > Director: James Weaver, K8JE
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