WEAVER'S WORDS - Pumpkin, Pumpkin
> [REPLY TO k8je@...]
> - Commercialization of Amateur Radio
> - Division Award Winners
> - Who was that Invisible Ham?
> - WRC 11 (or 12!)
> - Survey Results: NCJ, QEX, QST
> - We Got Sponsors, We Got Sponsors . . .
> - Hamfest Sales of Illegal CB Equipment
> - Travel Schedule
> +++ Commercialization of Amateur Radio +++
> As promised, the Board of Directors has issued a guidelines statement
> concerning the proper and improper uses of Amateur Radio to support
> not-for-profit or profit-making organizations. As you read this
> statement, please understand that it says absolutely nothing new. The
> reason for this is there is absolutely nothing new to say. It merely
> helps puts FCC regulations into perspective relative to new requests
> and demands being made of Amateur Radio.
> The basic fact is that the FCC has issued no new rules regarding
> pecuniary interest since it issued the "pizza rule" years ago. What
> the pizza rule says is it is OK for an amateur to use Amateur Radio to
> order pizza or other materials from a dealer. The logic is that the
> ham has no pecuniary interest in this type of deal. In sharp contrast,
> it remains a violation of FCC rules for the pizza parlor clerk to use
> Amateur Radio to take orders.
> The philosophy remains unchanged and applies as much to hospitals, the
> Red Cross, etc. as it applies to a pizza parlor, a railroad and other
> business operations.
> The result of all this is it is up to us as amateurs to know FCC rules
> and to apply them to situations we face. My suggestion is, "If it
> doesn't feel right, it probably isn't."
> The old "If it looks like a duck, waddles like a duck and quacks like a
> duck, it's probably a duck" admonition works most of the time.
> What can also be said is that trinkets (T-shirts, car signs, caps)
> given gratuitously by event sponsors that identify the event are not
> pay. They publicize the event and identify the event worker.
> Similarly, reimbursement for gasoline or other expenses incurred while
> serving an event is just this -- reimbursement, not pay. It's OK to
> accept reimbursement.
> It also is OK for an amateur organization to accept donations. This is
> provided the donations are true donations -- freely given and not
> solicited. For example, if a served organization wants to give a ham
> club a gift, take it. On the other hand, it isn't OK to ask the served
> organization for a donation. By no means should we negotiate how much
> a donation should be.
> When is a donation not a donation? If we have to play mental games to
> justify it as a donation and not as pay, it isn't a donation.
> +++ Division Award Winners +++
> Major awards are presented to deserving members in the Great Lakes
> Division on alternate years. The growing tradition of presenting these
> awards at the GLD conventions was continued in Findlay on September 12.
> The awards and winning nominations are:
> The George S. Wilson, III, W4OYI, Award -- Presented to James "Mike"
> Wagoner, KB4VKS of Covington, KY for continued lifetime excellence as a
> radio amateur as a roll model and helper for other amateurs. In his
> service to other amateurs and the public he exemplified the spirit of
> former GLD Director and ARRL President George Wilson, III, W4OYI.
> The Amateur of the Year Award -- Presented to James J. Aylward, KC8PD
> of Ravenna, OH for outstanding contribution to Amateur Radio.
> DX Achievement Award -- Presented to Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW of
> Strongsville, OH for his exemplary record of lifetime achievement in
> promoting DX operations, and for dedicating his time, talents and
> service to the art and science of Amateur Radio.
> The Young Radio Amateur of the Year Award: Presented to Joseph J.
> Lipa, N8OY of Saline, MI. The award was in recognition demonstrating
> the spirit of Amateur Radio through guiding other young people into
> Amateur Radio and through his accomplishments in academic,
> extracurricular and community life. Joe comes from a ham family.
> A Director's award for Outstanding Achievement was presented to Thomas
> J. Mansfield, Jr., KG4TND of Lexington Kentucky for outstanding
> achievement in managing an ARES unit in the face of external
> difficulties. A Vice Director's award was presented to Bill Kelsey,
> N8ET for his effort in organizing the Symposium.
> Congratulations to the award recipients. Thanks to Scott Yonally, N8SY
> for his fine job of designing and printing the award certificates.
> My thanks to Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA for his job as
> Symposium chairman.
> +++ Who was that Invisible Ham? +++
> There appeared to be a ghostly recipient in last month's listing of
> scholarships awarded to Division amateurs through the Foundation for
> Amateur Radio (FAR). The scholarship was listed, but the name of the
> recipient somehow was lost in the rare ethers around my laptop.
> Who was the mysterious winner? It was none other than Christina Check,
> W8HBI. Tina won a QCWA SK $1000 scholarship. And yes, it was her
> daughter, Kayla, N8KAY who won the QCWA Myerson scholarship. And, yes
> again, this all made Bob Check, W8GC a proud father and grandfather.
> Congratulations Tina.
> Now, you know the rest of the story -- thanks to Susie Scott, N8CGM for
> calling the missing name to my attention. This proves she is a better
> editor (the Buckeye Burr of the Buckeye Belles and also the Q-Fiver of
> the OH-KY-IN ARS) than me.
> +++ WRC 11 (or 12!) +++
> The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) will hold World Radio
> Conference 2011 in 2012, as it appears at this time. Regardless of
> when WRC 11 will occur, one of ARRL's aims is to work with other member
> societies of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) to get
> representative agencies at the WRC to agree to a new 500 kHz ham band.
> ARRL recently filed comments with the FCC, asking the Commission to
> support the 500 kHz band. The US is represented at WRC treaty
> conferences by the US Department of State. The US delegation will
> include Federal workers from several departments and experts from
> non-governmental groups such as IEEE and ARRL.
> +++ Survey Results: NCJ, QEX, QST +++
> Thanks to you who participated in our most recent Great Lakes Division
> survey. You may recall, the survey asked if you would prefer receiving
> the National Contest Journal (NCJ), QEX (focused on experimentation) or
> QST as your membership-benefit journal. The results are that 273
> members identified QST as their preferred journal, 13 identified QEX
> and 11 identified NCJ.
> I was somewhat surprised to see that only 297 members expressed their
> opinions in this survey. This makes it the Division survey that has
> attracted the least participation since I've been taking member
> +++ We Got Sponsors, We Got Sponsors . . . +++
> The number of US Representatives signed-on to co-sponsor HR-2160
> continues to grow. As Division Legislative Action Chair (DLAC) John
> Meyers, NB4K announced, "There are two new co-sponsors from the great
> Lakes Division." These are Geoff Davis, KY-4 and Michael Turner, OH-3.
> This brings the total of co-sponsors to 23.
> This bill is the first step toward overcoming Codes, Covenants &
> Restrictions (CC&Rs) in private contracts that ban effective amateur
> Why shouldn't it be OK for sellers to put antenna structure
> restrictions into purchase contracts? Isn't it the seller's privilege
> to put restrictions into contracts and the buyer's privilege to decide
> either to buy or not to buy?
> From a philosophic standpoint, freedom of choice sounds very good in
> this country. The problem with CC&Rs in modern life is that nearly
> every piece of privately-owned land in even modestly populated areas is
> covered by CC&Rs. The buyer is functionally denied the freedom of
> choice -- the right -- to find unrestricted property to purchase.
> Overcoming CC&Rs would restore the freedom of choice to amateurs who
> want to install antenna structures.
> Keep in mind that the FCC concluded CC&R bans of TV antennas were so
> improper that it issued a rule requiring TV antennas to be allowed in
> spite of the contractual restrictions. In addition, some states (Ohio
>included) have passed laws that nullify contract restrictions that had
> existed against flagpoles!
> John continues to work diligently to assist GLD amateurs write their US
> Representatives urging them to support HR-2160. Watch for him at a
> hamfest near you (see travel schedule, below).
> John also reports one can keep track as new co-sponsors come on board,
> by going to http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-2160.
> At the web page, click on show co-sponsors.
> +++ Hamfest Sales of Illegal CB Equipment +++
> I've received a few complaints about the sale of illegal CB gear at
> Division hamfests/swaps. This is new, CB gear that has not been
> type-accepted by the FCC and, therefore, is illegal to import into the
> US. I will appreciate your help in placing this problem in
> First, I do not wish anyone to become a renta-cop and try to throw this
> gear or its vendors out of flea markets or indoor space. Although, it
> might not be a bad idea for hamfest committees to put a note on
> applications for space that illegal CB equipment is not to be sold.
> What I would like to know is where and when non certified CB equipment
> has been seen. If you have noticed new, uncertified CB gear offered
> for sale at a hamfest, please send me an e-mail. If possible, please
> include the places (hamfests) and dates. If you know the name of the
> seller, please include it.
> I will not distribute your identity, but please include your name and
> call so I can ask additional questions if this becomes desirable.
> +++ Town Meetings +++
> Town meetings either in person or via telephone have become rather
> popular this year. Both DLAC Meyers and I have participated in the
> telephone variety. These meetings may provide excellent opportunities
> to encourage US Representatives to support HR-2160 when public
> questions and comments are invited.
> The very beginning of these meetings may be your only chance to get in
> a plug for the bill. Invitations to give your 2-cents worth to your
> Congressman may come only when one enters the room for in-person
> meetings or answers the telephone invitation to participate in a phone
> What should you say if asked for your comment? The key points are to
> remember that the number of the bill is HR-2160, that the bill would
> instruct the Department of Homeland Security to study and report on any
> inappropriate legal constraints that prevent Amateur Radio from serving
> the country even better in time of emergency. Ask the Congressman to
> support HR-2160.
> Brief comments about specific examples of ham radio assistance to the
> public in previous emergencies would be appropriate.
> Does this work? All I can say is that letters from amateurs in his
> District and my brief conversation with Rep. Michael Turner (above)
> brought his co-sponsorship of the bill.
> Please review information at
> http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2009/05/12/10818. Please notice the
> recommended route of sending letters to your Representative.
> +++ Travel Schedule +++
> The following is the travel schedule for Division staff during coming
> weeks. In addition to Vice Director Gary Johnson, KI4LA and me,
> Legislative Action Chair John Meyers, NB4K and 8th Area QSL Bureau
> Manager Jay Slough, K4ZLE will visit the events shown below.
> With regret, I have had to cancel the planned visit to the Massillon
> Hamfest for this year.
> Date......Event.......................Division Representative(s)
> 5 Oct: Lexington, KY, Bluegrass ARC Meeting -- Jim
> 6 Oct: Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN ARRL Nite -- Jim
> 7 Oct: Cincinnati, Cinti FM Club ARRL Nite -- Jim
> 17 Oct: Holland, MI Hamfest, Holland ARC -- Gary, Jay
> 18 Oct: Kalamazoo, MI Hamfest, Kalamazoo ARC & SMART -- Gary, Jay
> 31 Oct: Hazard KY Hamfest, Kentucky Mountains ARC -- Gary
> 7 Nov: Georgetown OH Hamfest, Grant ARC -- Gary
> NOTE: Thanks to clubs that have already had their 2010 hamfests
> sanctioned by ARRL. Don't know who these are? Check out the Great
> Lakes Division hamfest schedules at arrl.org for early 2010 to find
> them. While on this subject, why not submit a sanctioning request for
> your 2010 hamfest?
> Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director
> ARRL Great Lakes Division
> 5065 Bethany Rd.
> Mason, OH 45040
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