WEAVER'S WORDS -- Time for the March Hare
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Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Time for the March Hare
> (Reply only to k8je@....)
> - Library Section Dedicated to Memory of W4OYI
> - Swedish Amateurs become more Accessible
> - Should It be "Our Way or No Way"?
> - Triple Play Award and Logbook
> - The ARRL A-1 Operators Club
> - Wouff Hong at the National Convention & Hamvention
> - International Amateur Radio Union happenings
> - More Triple Play Winners
> - And, in Miami the Winner is . . .
> - Division Travel Philosophy
> - Tentative Travel Schedule
> +++ Library Section Dedicated to Memory of W4OYI +++
> The Owensboro (Kentucky) Amateur Radio Club in cooperation with ARRL
> and the Daviess County Kentucky Public Library has dedicated a section
> of Amateur Radio books to the memory of former Great Lakes Division
> Director and ARRL President George Wilson, III (W4OYI, SK). The
> dedication was made on February 17. Wilson was a highly respected
> resident of Owensboro.
> George Wilson is the only member of the Great Lakes Division to have
> become president of the ARRL. Division Legislative Action Chairman and
> former Kentucky SM John Meyers, NB4K and I were privileged to represent
> the League and the Division at the dedication.
> +++ Swedish Amateurs become more Accessible +++
> QSOs with Swedish amateurs should become more frequent beginning 1
> April when Sweden expands its 40 meter band to 7.0 to 7.2 MHz. This
> change follows the opening earlier this year of 6M (50-52 MHz) to
> normal amateur use. Swedish amateurs can use up to 200 w. output power
> on 6. The change in 6M operation in Sweden means amateurs there will
> no longer need to obtain a special license at extra cost for this
> The addition of the 100 kHz segment to the 40M band brings Sweden into
> line with International Telecommunications Union (ITU) action in 2003.
> At this time, ITU d3legations approved moving all international
> broadcasting out of the 7.1-7.2 MHz segment and to allocate 7.0-7.2 MHz
> only to Amateur Radio use. Expansion of the international 40M band by
> the ITU was in response to work by the International Amateur Radio
> Union (IARU).
> The ITU action; however, does not require any country to give
> additional privileges to amateurs. The decision to give more
> frequencies on 40 M to its amateurs is up to each country.
> +++ Should It be "Our Way or No Way"? +++
> In this country we have generally been raised with the thought that we
> should be independent thinkers. "Think out of the box," is a very
> popular admonition given to us. This is just another way of saying,
> "Don't follow one another like a flock of geese walking from one
> location to another."
> Individualism is great. Pushing the sides of the envelope to see what
> we can accomplish by developing a new "paradigm" offers many benefits.
> Without individual thinking, we would not have electricity, the light
> bulb, telecommunications and so many other inventions that were
> developed by Edison, the Maxims and many others who were not tied to
> the world of their "today."
> However, there are times when following the leader is the best way to
> go. Fighting this truism is a sign of impracticality. There are times
> when letting go of the detail we have learned is good and accepting
> different differing detail is preferable under the circumstances.
> For example, we who matured our message handling skills using National
> Traffic System (NTS) procedures might think this is the only way to
> handle traffic. This isn't true. The military, government and other
> emergency support agencies have their own message handling systems.
> Although the NTS way is good, it isn't the only way. Depending upon
> the total situation, it might mot even be the best way. (If you are
> still reading this, you know I haven't been struck by lightning . . .
> As it says in the Bible, 'Render unto Cesar that which is Cesar's and
> unto God that which is God's." Applying this wisdom to message
> traffic, we might say, "Put into Emergency Management Agency format the
> traffic which is EMA's and into ARRL NTS format the traffic which is
> The bottom line is that when we provide communications service to a
> served agency (EMA, Salvation Army, Red Cross), we should follow their
> requests provided they are legal, ethical and moral. The discipline
> and skill we gained through learning to use the NTS message system will
> provide the discipline and skill we need to communicate using any
> procedures preferred by EMA, SA, RC or other agency.
> We need to avoid offering our service only to place irrelevant
> restrictions on the manner in which we will provide the service.
> +++ Triple Play Award and Logbook +++
> First, let me correct an error in my comment last month about the early
> winners of the Triple Play Award. The call sign given for Jeffrey
> Wheeler, winner of the second Award earned, was incorrect. His correct
> call is W7JW, not W7JIO. Sorry, Jeffrey.
> My Triple Play comment brought a question. To summarize, the question
> is, "Why has ARRL initiated the new, Triple Play Award (ed., Available
> only through Logbook of the World.) but still requires paper QSL cards
> to be submitted for the VHF/UHF Century Club Award?
> This is a good question. On the surface, initiating a new award that
> requires confirmation only by LoTW, but not allowing LoTW to be used
> for VUCC doesn't make sense -- on the surface, this is.
> Below the surface, the answer and the logic are quite simple.
> Resolving the issue is more complex. It involves programming. LoTW
> simply was not set up to service VHF/UHF Century Club.
> For the Triple Play, the only thing that was needed was to tweak the
> existing WAS portion of Logbook to add the new award. In the case of
> VUCC, the programming hurdle is much greater.
> Marrying VUCC with LoTW is a definite objective of the ARRL officers,
> senior staff and each of us 15 Directors. The fact, though, is that
> the project to complete the redo of the ARRL web site has much more
> precedence. The VUCC-LoTW project must wait for now.
> +++ Wouff Hong at the National Convention-Hamvention +++
> Michigan Section Manager Dale Williams, WA8EFK was quick to provide a
> little history lesson on The Royal Order of the Wouff Hong. I noted
> last month that the script SM Phillips uses for the Wouff Hong was
> first used at the second annual ARRL Michigan State Convention in Flint
> on February 11, 1923. I added, "This probably wasn't the first
> exemplification of the Wouff Hong, but it had to be among the earlier
> Dale nicely pointed out that records prove the 1923 presentation of the
> Wouff Hong was the first time it was offered anywhere.
> This original script will be presented at the ARRL National
> Convention-Dayton Hamvention(r) on Saturday night at 11.
> +++ International Amateur Radio Union happenings +++
> On 10 February 2009 the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU)
> counted ballots in its regular election for new officers and on
> accepting two additional national societies into membership. When the
> counting was finished, IARU had elected new officers and accepted two
> new national societies into membership.
> Timothy S. Ellam, VE6SH/G4HUA of Canada was elected the new president.
> He succeeds Larry Price, W4RA who retired from the position. Ole
> Garpestad, LA2RR, was chosen Vice President. Terms of office for IARU
> President and Vice President in the IARU are five years.
> The election involved voting by 73 member societies. The societies
> cast votes (aye or nay) or abstentions in each of the four ballots.
> Fifty seven affirmative votes were required for adoption. Each
> proposal was approved without dissent.
> Upon being elected IARU President, Mr. Ellam said: "I am very
> honoured to have been elected as President of IARU and look forward to
> working with all three Regions and the Member-Societies during my term
> in office. We no doubt will face many issues in the run up to the 2011
> World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-11), but I look forward to
> working as a team to meet the challenges ahead. (Courtesy IARU.)
> While ranking officer of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, Ellam was a
> guest at ARRL Board meetings. He is a very knowledgeable amateur.
> +++ The ARRL A-1 Operator Club +++
> One of the relatively unheralded awards given by ARRL is the A-1
> Operator Award. This Award recognizes good personal operating and good
> equipment operation. It is an award each of us who take Amateur Radio
> reasonably seriously should want to achieve.
> Before I get jumped on by someone who has the mistaken idea this award
> is for CW ops, only, let me say this is not correct. It is open for
> ops using any mode available and on any band assigned to amateur use.
> One unique feature of the A-1 Operator Award is that the recipient must
> be nominated by two amateurs who already hold it. In most instances,
> the recipient of the award does not even know they have been nominated.
> A-1 Operators are eligible to receive a nice lapel pin that identifies
> them as members of the club.
> Information about the A-1 Operator Club is available at
> www.arrl.org/awards/a1-op/. Members of the Club are listed at
> www.arrl.org/awards/a1-op/roster. Rules the procedure for nominating
> amateurs to the club are at www.arrl.org/awards/a1-op/a1v11.html#who.
> As of January 30, 2009, there are 5,252 members of the A-1 Operator
> Club. Why not double check your operating procedure against Club
> requirements. One never knows when two Club members will hear or work
> you and nominate you to join the Club.
> +++ More Triple Play Winners +++
> Additions to the Triple Play Award roster since my last e-letter are
> Ernest S. Jurusik, W8DCH, Columbus, OH; James F. Tullis, W8CZN, Hudson,
> OH; Robert A. Daniels, K8KWT, Kentwood, MI; James D. Main, N8FV,
> Muskegon, MI; John S. Comella, N8AA, Hamilton, OH; Daniel N. Hardy,
> N8VV Newcomerstown, OH; Eric Kindig, W8EJK, Sidney, OH; Mad River Radio
> Club, W8MAD, Mad River Radio Club, c/o Dave Pruett, K8CC, Ypsilanti,
> MI; D. Douglas Friend, WB8TLI, Troy, OH; John A. Wulf, K4FT, Crab
> Orchard, KY. 2/20/09
> +++ W1AW CW Transmission on 160 M changes Frequency +++
> Beginning March 9, ARRL's W1AW will shift its CW transmission on 160 M
> to 1802.5 KHz. This move is to help avoid interference with increasing
> activity that is developing near the 1817.5 kHz frequency previously.
> +++ And, in Miami the Winner is . . . +++
> Ohio SM Joe Phillips, K8QOE is a theatre aficionado and well he should
> be. He taught theatre at Princeton High School in Springdale, OH for
> many years. This was a very good program.
> Since retiring from his teaching duties, he has continued his love
> affair with the stage by following movies and the legitimate stage
> whenever his schedule permits. Included in his activities is putting
> together his best estimate of the winners at the annual Academy Awards.
> He has just issued his list for 2009.
> Anyone who follows the Academy Awards to any degree might wish to make
> a note of Joe's selections and compare them with the actual winners.
> Why? If he is pretty well on target, one could congratulate him for
> his great insight. If he is well off target, a good razzing might be
> in order.
> K8QOE's Academy Award predictions for 2009 are:
> Best pix: Slumdog Millionaire
> Best actor: Mickey Rourke for The Wrestler
> Best actress: Kate Winslet for The Reader
> Best supporting actress: Marisa Tomei for The Wrestler
> Best supporting actor: Heath Ledger for The Dark Knight
> Best director: Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire
> Best original screen play: Dustin Lance Black for Milk
> Best adapted screen play: Simon Beaufoy for Slumdog Millionaire
> (adapted from the book Q&A)
> Best cinematography: Anthony Dod Mantle for Slumdog Millionaire
> Best foreign film: Israel for Waltz With Besir
> +++ Division Travel Philosophy +++
> The past two years generally saw Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA and
> I travel together to most hamfests/swaps and other events in the
> Division. This was logical. Because of the way we did this, the two
> of us were able to travel nearly as inexpensively as if only one of us
> had made the individual trips.
> The disadvantage of following the general plan of traveling together is
> that time constraints on each of us made it impractical to visit
> several areas of the Division that we could have visited by travelling
> This year we are changing our plan for travel. Gary and I will
> typically go to different hamfests and, much of the time, we will have
> another member of the Division Cabinet join us. We believe this will
> allow us bring more ARRL representatives to more areas of the Division
> while enabling us to live within the Division budget.
> The two cabinet members who most often can be expected to join Gary and
> me are Jay Slough, K4ZLE and John Meyers, NB4K. Jay will be able to
> discuss the operation of the 8th Region Incoming QSL Bureau that he
> manages. John, as Division Legislative Action Chairman, will be able
> to share the operation of the ARRL Legislative Action Program directly
> with members.
> +++ Tentative Travel Schedule +++
> The tentative travel schedule (through June) for Great Lakes Division
> officers and chairpersons is shown below. This schedule will be
> expanded to additional months in future issues of Words. In addition
> to Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA and I, Division Legislative
> Action Chairman John Meyers, NB4K and 8th Area ARRL Incoming QSL Bureau
> Manager Jay Slough, K4ZLE will join in some of our trips to discuss the
> programs they head.
> This year, we are working especially hard to optimize the value members
> receive from our travel. Gary and I may not appear together at a
> number of hamfests. In addition, instead of being at the "same old"
> hamfests as in the past, we may visit hamfests in parts of the Division
> that have not been covered during recent years.
> If you would like any of us to consider visiting your hamfest/swap,
> meeting or event, please contact me at k8je@....
> Date.....Event.......................Division Representative(s)
> 7 Mar: Cave City, KY; Mammoth Cave ARC -- Gary. John(?)
> 14 Mar: Marshall, MI; SMARS & Marshall HS club -- Jim & John
> 15 Mar: Toledo, OH; Toledo Mobile AR -- Jim & John
> 10 Mar: Waynesville, OH, Bellbrook ARC dinner -- Jim
> 28 Mar: Reynoldsburg, OH; Section ARES Conference -- Gary. Jim(?)
> 19 Apr: Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Cuyahoga Falls ARC -- Jim & Gary
> 26 Apr: Athens, OH; Athens Co. ARA -- Jim & Gary
> 15-17 May: Dayton Hamvention(r) -- Jim, Gary & John
> 6 Jun: Olive Hill, KY; Little Sandy RC -- Gary
> 6 Jun: Grand Rapids, MI; Independent Repeater Assoc. -- Jim & John
> 7 Jun: Chelsea, MI; Chelsea ARC -- Jim & John
> 20 Jun: Midland, MI; Midland ARC -- Jim and Jay
> 21 Jun: Monroe, MI; Monroe Co. RCA -- Jim and Jay
> 26 Jul: Randolph, OH -- Portage ARC -- Jim
> NOTE: Please apply to have your hamfest/swap sanctioned well in
> advance of the date it will be held. The sooner it is sanctioned as an
> ARRL event, the sooner it will appear on the listing of hamfests and
> conventions on the ARRL web site. This will provide more publicity for
> the event.
> 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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