WEAVER'S WORDS -- Watch for Goblins
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Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:17:20 AM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Watch for Goblins
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- FCC Clarifies Section 97.113 Regarding Drills
- Online Seminar will Discuss Section 97.113
- Publicity for Amateur Radio
- ARRL to FCC: 'tain't so McGee
- Region 3 IARU Conference ends
- Hamfest Sponsors, You Own Part of the Agreement
- Humanitarian Award: Nominations Wanted
- Canadian Mobiles must become Hands Free
- Great Lakes Division in Print
- The 2010 Handbook -- Wow!
- Travel & Hamfest Schedule
+++ FCC Clarifies Part 97.113 Regarding Drills +++
FCC Issued Public Notice DA 09-2259 on October 20 to resolve the
confusion concerning 47CFR97.113 of its rules governing Amateur Radio.
There are two aspects of this Public Notice as I see it. The first is
that the wording of 47 CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) Part 97.113
says precisely what the FCC has said it says all along. In today's
phraseology, "read my lips."
The second aspect of the Public Notice adds a new wrinkle to the issue.
This is simply that FCC recognizes there may be individual instances
when it may be appropriate for employees with Amateur Radio licenses to
use Amateur Radio to communicate on behalf of their employers during
drills. The critical learning here is that these instances relate to
government-sponsored drills and the use of employee ham operators is to
be cleared on a case-by-case basis through a waiver process the
Commission has instituted.
In other words, one does not decide a day or two before a drill that
employee amateurs can be used or that the employer-employee
relationship is OK to operate on a continuing basis.
Everything stated in "Words" last month as well as everything stated in
the position statement we ARRL Directors issued about the
commercialization of Amateur Radio applies today as much as it did 20
years ago. The only difference between what we discussed is FCC's
addition of the waiver process for occasional government-sponsored
The bottom line as this Director sees it is:
- Under no circumstances may Amateur Radio operators conduct
communication via Amateur Radio on behalf of their employers on a
continuing basis. As just one example, an Emergency Management
Director may not use Amateur Radio to communicate with employees who
are licensed amateurs in the conduct of the routine business of the
emergency management department. Regular conduct of weather training
nets by employees of the NWS or an EM Department as part of their
duties would appear to represent another form of prohibited activity.
Period, end of discussion per the FCC Public Notice.
- Any use of Amateur Radio by an employer to communicate with employees
occur during individual, government-sponsored drills and only then if
prior waiver for this communication has been obtained in writing from
the FCC. The drill may not be repeated without repeating the waiver
process. In addition, the drill may not be a continuing operation.
Again, period, end of discussion per the FCC Public Notice.
To beat a dead horse, FCC rules regarding this issue have not changed
for many years. As proof of this, all one needs to do is to read the
Part 97.113. Focusing on the current issue, Part 97.113 reads:
"(a) No amateur station shall transmit:
"(2) Communications for hire or for material compensation, direct
or indirect, paid or promised;
"(3) Communications in which the station licensee or control
operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf
of an employer. Amateur operators may, however, notify other amateur
operators of the availability for sale or trade of apparatus normally
used in an amateur station, provided that such activity is not
conducted on a regular basis;
"(5) Communications, on a regular basis, which could reasonably
be furnished alternatively through other radio services."
Whether you or I agree with an FCC rule does not change the fact that
it is the current rule with full, legal status. It applies regardless
of any well-meaning rationalization anyone may try to use to justify
While I'm in the opinion-offering mood, let me suggest that the FCC has
done everything it can do to get Amateur Radio and us out of a thorny,
community relations, rock-and-hard-spot with served agencies. Giving
copies of Part 97.113, the new FCC Public Notice and the ARRL
Commercialization of Amateur Radio discussion should give any sincere
manager at a served agency a clear understanding of what can and cannot
be done using Amateur Radio. Add to this a discussion by a
knowledgeable member of your ARES, club or other ham group on how you
can fit in to emergency plans and the picture of how you can assist our
communities should come into focus.
Instead of telling an agency, we do what you want, try saying, "Federal
regulations do not permit us to do exactly what you have requested, but
here is what we can do to help . . ." Discussing the situation openly
and honestly should then be useful.
Keep in mind that this discussion relates to drills. The FCC rules
(47CFR97.403) still also state "No provision of these rules prevents
the use by an amateur station of any means of radiocommunication at its
disposal to provide essential communication needs in connection with
the immediate safety of human life and immediate protection of property
when normal communication systems are not available." Training for
such an eventuality by employees of served agencies must be done
following FCC rules, however.
FCC rules and regulations are published for anyone to study. Don't
have a copy? You can go to
They are also posted on the web at
Incidentally, "except as otherwise provided in these rules" in (2),
above, refers to the ruling that allows operators of W1AW and certain
other stations to be paid for transmitting material such as relevant
news bulletins, propagation information, code practice on the ham bands
+++ Online Seminar Will Discuss Section 97.113 +++
As stated in a special announcement to Great Lakes Division members,
ARRL General Counsel Chris Imlay, W3KD, will lead an online seminar
about Section 97.113 of the FCC rules. Provided there is still room in
the "webinar," any GLD member is invited to participate. The seminar
will be by Internet with presentations on your computer screen and
audio using VOIP or telephone.
The seminar is at 9 PM, Wednesday, October 28. To register:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/326759760. You will be able to
submit questions when you register.
+++ Publicity for Amateur Radio +++
A recent poll on the ARRL web site asked visitors to it if they were
familiar with the league's new training course, PR-101. The result was
that only about 10% of those who took the poll said they knew anything
about this course. This is an unfortunate statistic.
PR-101 is a series of lessons on CD that covers the how's, why's and
what's of getting print or broadcast media coverage for services we
hams provide to the public and for Amateur Radio activities.
I've lost count of the number of times members have asked why ham
public safety and public service events fail to receive coverage by the
news media. PR-101 provides amateurs with the knowledge needed to get
PR-101 was put together under the guidance of ARRL Media Relations
Director Allen Pitts, W1AGP to provide us gals and guys in the field
with the tools we need to promote hamming locally.
To be honest, hams indeed have a problem getting the press coverage our
works deserve. We can sit back and complain about this problem or we
can act to do something to correct it as have many of our fellow
amateurs. If you, too, wish to become part of the solution, please
contact Allen at apitts@... and ask what you can do to improve
press coverage in your community. For information about PR-101,
specifically, go to
PR-101 is a must-read for club Public Information Officers (PIOs) and
anyone else interested in getting good publicity for Amateur Radio.
Your club doesn't have a PIO? It should. Nearly wherever there is an
active PIO knowledgeable in how to obtain publicity, ham radio receives
+++ ARRL to FCC: 'tain't so McGee +++
In a filing with the FCC, the IBEC corporation provided technical data
showing that the general electrical noise floor in the US has risen
considerably. The point of the submission was that any ambient noise
added by BPL and similar systems was relatively negligible --
justifying radiation from BPL. ARRL recently filed comments that
strongly rebut the IBEC argument.
Studies done by ARRL's Ed Hare, W1RFI, totally demonstrated the
incompetence of the investigative approach used by IBEC. Using more
sophisticated and accepted methodology, the ARRL study clearly supports
the continued validity of data previously provided earlier by such
organizations as the United Nations' International Telecommunications
Union (ITU) and NATO.
+++ Region 3 IARU Conference ends +++
Region 3 of the International Amateur Radio Union held its triennial
conference in Christchurch, New Zealand October 12-16. Major actions
taken by the delegates included affirming obtaining allocation of an
amateur 500 kHz band during WRC-12. The conference also firmly stated
its dedication to strengthening its protection of amateur frequencies
against intruders by strengthening the Region 3 Intruder Watch.
Ten member national societies sent delegates. Three more were
represented by proxy. ARRL represents amateurs in US territories and
possessions in the Region III. These include American Samoa (KH8) and
The conference accepted the invitation of the Vietnam ARC to hold its
15th Triennial Conference in Ho Chi Minh City in 2012.
+++ Hamfest Sponsors, You Own Part of the Agreement +++
ARRL is happy to sanction qualified hamfests as "ARRL Hamfests." The
benefit to clubs and the hamfests they sponsor is free publicity in QST
and on the ARRL web site. Free gift certificates usable to purchase
ARRL publications are also given to use as prizes.
In return, hamfests that are sanctioned agree to a quid pro quo deal
for ARRL. In return, ARRL hamfests agree to ". . . make space
available for an ARRL display, and those ARRL hamfests which include
formal speaking programs will schedule time for an ARRL meeting if so
requested by the Director or another elected League official."
In my opinion, mutual courtesy between ARRL and the hamfest sponsors
should include each one promoting the appearance of an ARRL official at
a sanctioned hamfest when this appearance is known sufficiently in
advance. This is precisely the reason behind the Travel Schedule
published at the end of each of these issues of Words.
I hope that hamfest committees that do not plan formal speaking
programs will still make time available for an ARRL Forum provided that
space is available for it and the time is requested. Additionally,
sanctioned hamfests "shall make every effort to use the ARRL diamond .
. . on the front of all advertising and program materials."
Obviously, a sanctioned hamfest can promote itself as being an ARRL
Hamfest. This is encouraged, in fact.
For the complete rules regarding sanctioning of hamfests and
conventions, please see
+++ Humanitarian Award: Nominations Wanted +++
The ARRL Humanitarian Award is given to individual or groups of
amateurs that provide outstanding work in areas of international
humanism and the furtherance of world peach. Nominations for this
award are open through December 31.
Information on the award and submitting nominations for it are at
+++ Canadian Mobiles must become Hands Free +++
According to an alert from the Radio Amateurs of Canada (the Canadian
National organization), a new law in the Province of Ontario requires
all two-way radios in nearly all vehicles on Canadian roadways to be
hands free. The requirement applies to all commercial, CB and amateur
equipment. The only exception to the rule is gear in emergency
We can only assume at this time that the law applies to vehicles
operated by visitors from the US as well as Canadian amateurs. The new
law became effective October 26. Tickets for infractions will begin to
be issued effective February 1.
+++ Great Lakes Division in Print +++
Page 20 of the November 2009 QST was nearly taken over by Great Lakes
Division clubs. The left column covers a needed antenna replacement at
the Bluegrass Amateur Radio Service club station in Lexington, KY. In
the lower right, there is a nice "art" photo of antennas and a hot-air
balloon above Findlay Radio Club antennas in Findlay, OH.
A technical article by Mike Bryce, WB8VGE begins on p. 35. The North
Lawrence, OH amateur wrote "A Universal Frequency Calibrater." Nice
In addition, John Davis, WA8YXM of Davison, MI and Kevin Taylor,
KD8TAY, of Loudonville, OH each had a letter-to-the-editor published.
Finally, Bill Jones, K8CU (ex-NS8T) of Westerville, OH and Arnie
Hayward, NS8T of Coldwater, MI were featured in a Stray that involved
their mutual interest in NS8T.
Did I miss anyone?
+++ The 2010 Handbook -- Wow! +++
I received my copy of the 2010 Handbook today, October 19. All I can
say is it is quite an improvement over an already-leading publication.
It is billed as "The BIGGEST Handbook EVER!" I think this is
It is a packed, 32 chapters plus a CD of the entire book, plus an
Advertisers Index and useful ads, plus a topic index, plus a project
index, plus much more. Having cut my ham radio teeth on the 1957
Handbook, I can assure you this isn't your grandfather's or even you
father's (may not even your son's or daughter's) Handbook.
My copy is hardbound in a nice-looking blue with gold embossed type
cover. Soft back covers are also available.
Did I say that many smaller countries of the world use the ARRL
Handbook as their bible for radio communications and RF engineering?
Well, they do and a look at the 2010 edition will immediately show you
why. It is complete, practical and easy to understand.
For an introductory period the hard cover and the soft cover editions
are $49.95 plus shipping. After the introductory period, the hard
cover edition will return to its regular $59.95.
+++ Travel & Hamfest Schedule +++
Beginning this month, all hamfests/swaps sanctioned by ARRL will be
included in the monthly Travel and Hamfest Schedule. Typically,
hamfests will be listed three months in advance. Events that will be
attended by a Division representative will be noted. Division
Legislative Action Chair John Meyers, NB4K and 8th Area QSL Bureau
Manager Jay Slough, K4ZLE may join Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA
and me on selected visits.
7 Nov: Georgetown OH Hamfest, Grant ARC -- Gary
10-12 Nov: Newington, CT, A&F Meeting -- Jim
6 Dec: Mt. Clemens, MI, L'Anse Cruise ARC Swap
8 Jan: Dayton, OH, Dayton ARA Meeting -- Jim
13-14 Jan: Newington, CT, A&F Meeting -- Jim
15-17 Jan: Newington, CT, ARRL Board Mtg. -- Gary & Jim
17 Jan: Hazel Park, MI, Hazel Park ARC Hamfest
17 Jan: Nelsonville, OH, Sunday Creek AR Fed. Hamfest
31 Jan: Strasburg, OH, TUSCO ARC Hamfest
14 Feb: Mansfield, OH, Hamfest, Inter-City ARC -- Jim
21 Feb: Livonia, MI, Swap n Shop
6 Mar: Cave City, KY, Mammoth Cave ARC Hamfest
14-16 May: Dayton Hamvention(r), Dayton ARA -- Gary, Jim
8 Jul: Youngstown, OH, MVARA Meeting -- Jim
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
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests.htmlfor 2010 to find them.
Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director
ARRL Great Lakes Division
5065 Bethany Rd.
Mason, OH 45040
E-mail: k8je@..., Tel.: 513-459-1661
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