WEAVER'S WORDS -- A Convention in your Future?
- From: "ARRL GL Division" <memberlist@...>
Sent: Monday, March 30, 2009 9:34 PM
Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- A Convention in your Future?
> (Reply only to k8je@....)
> - Division Convention September 12
> - Call for Papers -- 2009 GL Division Convention
> - A Survey is on the Division web site
> - Is a Repeater a Repeater?
> - Michigan QSO Party
> - ARRL Legislative Agenda
> - ARRL Legislative Agenda
> - Incoming 8th Area QSL Bureau Factoids
> - KYSAT-1
> - What does ARRL do for Me?
> - Triple Play Certificate
> - DTV Presentation Available
> - Travel Schedule
> +++ Division Convention September 12 +++
> After careful consideration it was decided to go ahead with a biannual
> Great Lakes Division Convention this year. The 2009 event takes place
> in Findlay, OH on September 12. This is the Saturday immediately
> before the Sunday Findlay Hamfest. The date had been tentative the
> past few months until the recent decision on the convention was made.
> The Findlay Radio Club is sponsoring each event.
> Previous conventions had been in 2003, 2005 and 2007. These were in
> Findlay, Toledo and Cleveland in order. sites for future conventions
> continue to be sought in Kentucky and Michigan.
> With the economy straining to recover, concern had been expressed that
> holding a convention this year was too much to ask of members. It was
> decided to pursue a no-frills approach while maintaining the high
> quality of seminars that have come to characterize GLD conventions.
> Former astronaut Tony England, W0ORE will headline the convention as
> its principle speaker. OM England served with NASA FOR many years and
> spent 8 days aboard the (spacecraft). A premier representative from
> ARRL is being arranged as this is written.
> As in the past, Division Awards for special service to Amateur Radio
> will be available. These are the George S. Wilson III, Lifetime
> Achievement Award; Amateur of the Year; DX Achievement Award, Technical
> Achievement Award and Newsletter of the Year. Vice Director Gary
> Johnston, KI4LA is chairing a committee to develop the criteria for a
> new, young amateur achievement award.
> Please read the Call for Papers, immediately below.
> +++ Call for Papers -- 2009 GL Division Convention +++
> The Great Lakes Division Convention will be in Findlay, Ohio on Sept.
> 12, 2009, the day before the Findlay Hamfest. The Convention is being
> organized and sponsored by the Findlay Radio Club.
> When the opportunity to have the Convention in Findlay came up, the
> Club decided that to sponsor it, but to try a few things different than
> in the past.
> We know that hams are thrifty, so we decided to keep the cost of
> admission low. In fact, we decided we would pick up the cost of the
> convention so the admission charge will be $0.00. (Ed. This is
> correct -- nada, nothing, free!)
> We also decided that we would not have a standard convention banquet.
> There will not be a $30 per person sit down dinner banquet at the end
> of the day. Instead, we are looking into doing a chicken barbecue at
> the fairgrounds. Tickets for the barbecue would be available for
> purchase at the Convention or at the barbecue. For lunch we will take
> orders for box lunches that will be brought in, or you can eat at a
> local restaurant of your choice. The Findlay Radio Club can not take
> credit for any of these ideas. We are modeling the convention format
> after the very successful SW Ohio Digital Conference and a picnic meal
> the day before the Lake Placid NY Hamfest!
> Our "theme" for the Convention will be attracting new hams
> through "Elmering-like" activities and re-interesting existing amateurs
> through ground-up discussions of newer technologies. We would like to
> provide seminars and demonstrations to help a new ham get on the air
> (especially on HF) and also show new and old hams alike some of the
> hobbies within ham radio like homebrewing, satellite, digital, ATV,
> ballooning, APRS, etc. In addition, we plan to showcase methods people
> have found that work well introducing people to our hobby. Obviously
> there is not enough time to really cover everything in detail, but we
> hope to spark interest in these areas for new and old hams alike.
> Attendees will learn where they can go to get detailed information and
> more help to get started.
> We intend that the Convention will expand your horizon. Perhaps that
> should be the theme of the Convention - "Expanding your Ham Radio
> We need speakers. K8JE has arranged for a top notch main speaker -
> former astronaut Tony England W0ORE - and is arranging for a quality
> speaker from ARRL. All I have to do is get a dozen or so speakers to
> talk on topics like:
> 1 Getting On HF -- Your First Station
> 2 Getting On HF -- Your First Antenna
> 3 Homebrew -- It Is Still Being Done
> 4 Contesting -- Getting Started
> 5 The Digital Modes -- An Introduction
> 6 Getting on the Air with Satellites
> 7 The QSL Bureau -- What Is It, and How Do I Use It?
> 8 Emergency Communications -- What Can I Do to Help, And How Do I
> 9 Amateur Radio in the Local Schools
> 10 Getting New Hams Through the Boy Scouts, Using Radio Merit Badge
> 11 Mobile Operation
> 12 VHF/UHF/Microwave Operation
> 13 Triple Play Award
> 14 Echolink/ILRP
> 15 Winlink
> 16 PSKmail
> 17 Other
> (Please tell us the number your top four favorite ideas for seminars
> through the survey described below. If you click on 17 on the survey,
> please go to the Forum area to add your suggestions for topics as well
> as for speakers.)
> You get the idea. If you can speak at the Convention on any of these
> topics or something similar to these, please contact me
> (n8et@...). We have a good internet connection at the Convention
> site, so if you can do a talk remotely, let me know and we will see
> what we can work out.
> Our tentative plans are to start the talks at 9 AM, and go to 5 with an
> hour for lunch. Sessions will start on the hour, with the initial 5
> minutes for speaker set up, and the last 10 minutes of the hour as a
> break between sessions. We have the room to do two concurrent tracks,
> so we should be able to get 10 or 12 speakers. If you have a topic
> that needs more than an hour (for example -- a panel discussion on
> attracting new hams or building club membership), we can combine
> sessions and make a two or even three hour session.
> There is a huge parking lot at the Convention site. If the weather is
> good we can do demos in the parking lot at lunch, like erecting and
> trimming a dipole or working a satellite, and there is room in the hall
> for displays if you have something you would like to display.
> Feel free to contact me if you have an idea that you think would fit in
> the 2009 Convention. We want to make this new, different, and the best
> convention ever!
> Hope to hear from a lot of you soon!
> 73 -- Bill -- N8ET, Convention Chairman
> +++ A Survey is on the Division web site +++
> There is a survey on the Great Lakes Division web site. It requests
> your input about the coming Division Convention. Your initial views
> and opinions will be very helpful in our planning for the convention.
> To take the simple survey, please go to www.greatlakes.arrl.org/. At
> the web site, click on the Survey/Feedback link to go to the survey.
> The survey is in a click-on-the-answer format. If you wish to leave
> comments about the survey, the convention or anything else, mark the
> statement at the bottom of the survey, then click on the Enter My Forum
> icon and add your comments.
> Thanks for your help with this survey.
> +++ Is a Repeater a Repeater? +++
> FCC needed 15 months to decide the thorny question, but it has
> concluded that a repeater is a repeater. The question that was posed
> to the Commission was whether digital repeaters are repeaters as analog
> repeaters are repeaters. The issue was that there is a brief delay in
> digital repeaters from the time they receive the input signal until
> they transmit the output signal.
> Technically, of course, there is a very slight delay between receipt
> and retransmission of a signal for analog repeaters as well. The delay
> in analog repeaters is generally slightly less than with current
> digital repeaters.
> The result of the FCC clarification of the definition of a repeater
> means that digital repeaters need to operate in the subbands designated
> for repeater operation. Some amateurs had argued the delay in relaying
> signals by digital repeaters qualified them for use outside of these
> +++ Michigan QSO Party +++
> The Michigan QSO Party (MiQP) will be held on Saturday, April 18 from
> 1200 EDST to 2400 EDST (1600Z Saturday until 0400Z Sunday UTC).
> Stations may operate the full twelve hours. The general objective of
> the MiQP is for amateurs outside of Michigan to operate
> The objective of the Party for stations outside of Michigan is to work
> Michigan stations, only. For Michiganders, it is to work anyone. The
> objective for everyone is to have fun.
> Rules are at http://www.miqp.org/Rules/htm. These include a
> description of operating categories, bands to use and multiplier
> +++ ARRL Legislative Agenda +++
> There is an old saying that goes, "The Lord helps those that help
> themselves." This cannot be more true when it comes to the Legislative
> Agenda the ARRL Board of Directors adopted for the current, 111th
> Congress. Great Lakes Division Legislative Action Chair John Meyers,
> NB4K offers the following poignant comments related to what will be
> needed to move the agenda forward:
> "With the changes in Congress and the House of Representatives we have
> our job cut out for us no matter how you look at it. With the changes
> in seat holders this means that a number of our Legislative Action
> Assistants (LAAs) will need to establish relations with the freshman
> Representatives or Senators or their aides who have taken over the
> offices. This will need to be done as soon as possible. The time is now
> to start making contact with these freshman Legislators and Congressman
> or their aides.
> "Incidentally, you are not expected to travel to Washington to perform
> your duties. Instead, the following discussion assumes your visits
> with Congressmen or their aides will occur 'back home' in a local
> "Be aware that we often are unable to meet directly with a Congressman.
> Instead, we may meet with one of his/her aides. This is fine. The
> fact that you met and the legislative position you supported during
> your meeting will be forwarded to the Congressman. The support you
> show during your meeting will provide much assistance to the ARRL
> Legislative Advocate in Washington, DC. Your meeting will prove to the
> Congressman that voters back home are interested in the legislation.
> "If you have the opportunity to drop in to meet your Congressman's aide
> in a local office, consider introducing yourself. Tell them that later
> on you will doubtlessly contact them to make an appointment to visit
> the Congressman while he/she is at home, or to visit him (the aide) to
> discuss legislation that relates to Amateur Radio. Leave your
> Legislative Action business card and, if possible, a brief introduction
> to what Amateur Radio is and how it benefits the public."
> By John Meyers, NB4K
> Division Legislative Action Chair
> +++ ARRL Legislative Agenda Booth +++
> Stop by the ARRL Legislative Agenda Booth at its national convention at
> the Hamvention(r). You will be able to discuss the ARRL legislative
> agenda and learn how easy it can be to promote the actions the League
> intends to initiate during the current, 111th, US Congress. The booth
> will be in the ARRL convention area at HARA.
> +++ Incoming 8th Area Bureau QSL Factoids +++
> Jay Slough, K4ZLE the very competent Manager of the very effective 8th
> Area Incoming QSL Bureau reported the following activity for the bureau
> for the years 2003 through 2008. The year and the number of incoming
> QSLs handled during it follow:
> 2008 -- 80,248 QSL cards
> 2007 -- 89,028 cards
> 2006 -- 111,734 cards
> 2005 -- 110,905 cards
> 2004 -- 138,236 cards
> 2003 -- 154,054 cards
> Does anyone want to take a guess where we are in the current sunspot
> +++ KYSAT-1 +++
> Kentucky's first orbiting satellite - developed in part by students at
> Western Kentucky University - has been selected by NASA to take flight
> mid-2009. Students at WKU teamed with students at other Kentucky
> universities to design and build KySat-1.
> The satellite has Amateur Radio capabilities along with a camera and
> cell phone. Students in K-12 across Kentucky will be able to use the
> features of KySat-1 to take photos, see the temperature and check the
> status of status of satellite components. The intent is to interest
> youngsters in mathematics and the sciences.
> The satellite project cost about $850,000. It is expected to remain in
> orbit for 18 to 24 months. KySat-1 is said to be unique because it was
> developed in conjunction with several universities and is NASA's first
> launch of a university-built satellite.
> +++ What does ARRL do for Me? +++
> Members and non-members alike have occasionally asked me what ARRL does
> for them that the beneficiary doesn't need to pay extra to get. It
> seemed to them that nearly everything the League does for members
> requires them to pay extra to obtain. The prevailing attitude among
> non-members also seems to be that unless they DX or contest, ARRL
> membership offers nothing to them.
> Once one knows the facts, it is obvious that neither of these
> contentions is correct. With this issue of Words I begin a series of
> discussions of what ARRL really does. In these discussions you will
> learn which member benefits have fees associated with them and which
> member benefits are not associated with fees.
> First, let me give a brief listing of services provided by ARRL. After
> doing this, I'll expand on one item that I believe is of interest to
> many members. The listing is below. No fees are charged to take
> advantage of the services marked "(n/c):"
> - QST, Your Monthly Membership Journal
> - Members-Only Web Access (n/c)
> - Technical Information Service (TIS) (n/c)
> - Outgoing QSL Service
> - ARRL Field Organization including ARES® and several additional,
> important services(n/c)
> - Operating Awards
> - Representation of your Amateur Radio interests in Washington, DC to
> the FCC and Congress (n/c)
> - Representation of your Amateur Radio interests in International
> Government Treaty negotiations. (n/c)
> - A Regulatory Information Branch that provides information on FCC and
> regulatory questions; problems with antenna, tower and zoning
> restrictions; and reciprocal licensing procedures (n/c)
> - Volunteer Counsel Program (n/c)
> - Volunteer Examiner Coordinator program (n/c)
> - Registered Amateur Radio Instructor program (n/c)
> - W1AW broadcast bulletins and code practice (n/c)
> - Preferred subscription rates for QEX, the ARRL Forum for
> Communications Experimenters
> - Discounts on Continuing Education Program courses.
> This listing is generally available at
> It is a fact that a number of what I consider the superficial services
> provided by ARRL, require the recipient to pay a few cents to several
> dollars. In most instances the fees are to pay for certificates and
> optional plaques -- the well-known and hard-sought "wallpaper" with
> which so many of us paper our shack walls.
> Look, through the list of services for which fees are not assessed.
> These very importantly include the tough work ARRL does. As I will
> discuss later, these services relate to keeping our amateur frequency
> allocations, obtaining new frequencies, protecting our frequencies from
> invasion by interfering individuals or services, protecting amateurs'
> rights to pursue the Amateur Radio Service and generally protecting the
> value of the Amateur Radio license.
> I ask you, first, to review the frequencies you use during your
> personal operating. The basic fact is: None of us would have use of
> these frequencies if it was not for ARRL. There is no charge by ARRL
> for the services that resulted in obtaining these frequencies.
> +++ Triple Play Certificate +++
> A long-time friend and member in southwest Ohio wrote me saying he
> thought the quality of the TPA certificate he earned was subpar. I
> forwarded the comment to HQ. Staff noted the certificate looked fine
> in proof copies and that a respected commercial printer had printed
> them. On checking through the standard run of certificates they, too
> found it to be below League standards. A new run of the certificates
> was made and replaced the original batch.
> Everyone who received one of the earlier, off-quality certificates will
> automatically receive a replacement from the new run.
> Communications from members do receive attention.
> +++ DTV Presentation Available +++
> With the switch from analog TV (ATV) to digital TV (DTV) having been
> delayed from its initial February deadline, an offer by Frank Sanor,
> WA8WHP of the Alliance (OH) ARC remains very viable. Club members
> developed a presentation that includes a PowerPoint show based on FCC
> DTV pages.
> If you would like to receive a copy of the PP presentation for possible
> use with the pending switch to DTV, please contact Frank at
> wa8whp@.... Alliance ARC members who made and have given the
> presentation are Tom Steele KD8JRK, John Myers KD8MQ and Frank. John
> developed the power point from the FCC web site.
> Congratulations to all clubs that helped educate the public on the
> switch to DTV. With the deadline for switching to DTV delayed until
> June, there is still time to help educate the technologically-deficient
> members of the public.
> +++ Travel Schedule +++
> The following is the schedule of travel by Division staff for the
> coming weeks. In addition to Vice Director Gary Johnson, KI4LA,
> Division Legislative Action Chair John Meyers, NB4K and 8th Area QSL
> Bureau Manager Jay Slough, K4ZLE will visit the events shown below.
> Date......Event.......................Division Representative(s)
> 19 Apr: Cuyahoga Falls, OH; Cuyahoga Falls ARC 'fest -- Gary, Jim
> 26 Apr: Athens, OH; Athens Co. ARA 'fest -- Gary
> 15-17 May: Hamvention(r)/ARRL National Conv. -- Gary, John, Jim
> 6 Jun: Grand Rapids, MI; Indpndnt Rptr Assoc. 'fest -- John, Jim
> 7 Jun: Chelsea, MI; Chelsea ARC 'fest -- John, Jim
> 20 Jun: Midland, MI; Midland ARC 'fest -- Jay, Jim
> 21 Jun: Monroe, MI; Monroe Co. RCA 'fest-- Jay, Jim
> 9 Jul: Mahoning Valley ARA Meeting -- Jim
> 16 Jul: A&F Committee meeting, Newington -- Jim
> 17-18 Jul: ARRL Board meeting, Newington -- Gary, Jim
> 26 Jul: Randolph, OH -- Portage ARC 'fest -- John, Jim
> 12 Sep: Findlay, OH -- GLD Convention -- All
> 13 Sep: Findlay, OH -- Findlay ARC 'fest -- All
> 19 Sep: Reynoldsburg, OH -- Ohio Section Conference -- Jim
> TENTATIVE SCHEDULE
> 16 Aug: Cortland, OH -- Warren ARA 'fest -- John, Jim
> 20 Sep: Cincinnati, OH -- Gr. Cin. ARA 'fest -- Gary, Jim
> 17 Oct: Holland, MI -- Holland ARC 'fest -- Gary, Jay
> 18 Oct: Kalamazoo, MI -- K'zoo ARC/SMART 'fest-- Gary, Jay
> 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@...; Te.: 513-459-0142
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