WEAVER'S WORDS -- Its nearly turkey time
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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
> +++ 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
> 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
> 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
> +++ 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
> +++ 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
> 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
> 1 Jan: (Noon) New terms of Director and Vice Director begin
> 10 Jan: SW Ohio Digital & Technical Symposium, Miamisburg, OH - Jim
> Jim, K8JE
> ARRL Great Lakes Division
> Director: James Weaver, K8JE
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