WEVER'S WORDS -- Summertime (phew!)
From Tom VanderMel KB8VEE Region 6 Emergency Coordinator/ RACES Officer
231 206-0422 Cell and Text E mail kb8vee@...
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- The New ARRL Web Site
- ARDF Championships Successful
- ARRL Board Meeting
- Ohio Section Manager Election in Progress
- Ohio QSO Party
- W8TM Wins Wisconsin QSO Party
- Want a Speaker for an Amateur Radio Convention?
- This Month's Final
- Tentative Travel, Hamfest and Activity Schedule
+++ The New ARRL Web Site +++
The main construction of the new ARRL Web Site is complete. Most
features from the old site are now available on the new site. We are
now mainly in the phase of tweaking to get it the way we want it to
There is no question that the site has had a bumpy introduction.
Compared with most other sites on the Internet it is huge and was a
substantially bigger job than anyone anticipated. In addition to the
bumpy introduction of the site, we users are going through a
developmental stage as we adapt to new forms, locations and
presentations of information. This acclimatization we are going
through and the tweaking of the site will continue for an additional
period of time; a period that we hope is relatively short.
I will not attempt to sugar-coat the situation by saying everything has
proceeded just as planned and on schedule. It hasn't. On the other
hand, we will end up with a web site that is much more appropriate for
the leading technical organization ARRL is than we previously had. For
one thing, it will present Amateur Radio in a much more positive light
to young people than did our old site.
So, what can we all do to help get the task at hand finished as quickly
and smoothly as possible? Ranting about problems is not helpful and
draws focus from real issues. We have a technical situation.
Technical situations are seldom solved by becoming emotional. The best
way to resolve situations with the new site is to remain calm and report
them in a helpful manner.
What is helpful is to report where you were (the internet address or
page name), where you wanted to go and specifically what you did to get
there (e.g. clicked on link XYZ). Include the message you received
after you got wherever you ended up and its internet address. Report
this information to Katie Glass, KB1ULQ at kglass@.... Doing this
will give Katie the information needed to get the problem fixed by the
correct person in the shortest possible time.
+++ ARDF Championships Successful +++
Congratulations to Dick Arnett, WB4SUV of Erlanger, KY and Bob Frey,
WA6EZV of Cincinnati on a very successful 10th Annual US ARDF
Championships. In spite of considerable rain during the weekend, the
Championships hosted amateurs and future amateurs from four foreign
countries as well as 15 US states. Contestants ages 12 and up
converged on the Franklin, OH area in Southwest Ohio for two days of
pre-competition training and two days of competition.
Winners in the US Championships from the Great Lakes Division are: Men
and boys 2 meters -- Addison Bosley, KJ4VCV, of Erlanger, Kentucky,
first in category M19 and Matthew Robbins, AA9YH, of Cincinnati, Ohio,
first in M40. Addison also won the category in 80 meters.
Relative to ARDF contests, ARRL Chief Financial Officer, Barry Shelley,
N1VXY is investigating "ways that (insurance) coverage can be secured
by the sponsors of such events."
+++ ARRL Board Meeting +++
The second yearly meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors for 2010 was a
good one. In addition to addressing a number of pieces of routine
business, there were very serious and deep discussion of non-routine
topics. My takeaway from the meeting is that I believe it will prove
to be one of the most significant in years.
Minutes of the meeting can be found at
+++ Ohio Section Manager Election in Progress +++
As I mentioned last month, election for Ohio Section Manager is in
progress. Ballots for the election were sent by Second Class US mail.
All active members of record in Ohio should have received their ballot
by now; however, please allow another week for it to arrive, just in
case it was slowed in the mail.
+++ Ohio QSO Party +++
The Ohio QSO Party is from 1600Z August 28 to 0400Z August 29. Full
information and rules are on its web site, http://www.ohqp.org/.
+++ W8TM wins Wisconsin QSO Party +++
Paul Kirley, W8TM of Cincinnati walked off with a winner's plaque for
his effort in the 2010 Wisconsin QSO Party. Paul was the winner of the
Single-Op, Out-of-State category. Tom Hain, KV8Q of Galloway, OH copped
5th Place in the same category.
The Party was March 14-15. Paul made 157 CW, and 43 phone contacts
with 58 Wisconsin counties. Nice jobs, Paul and Tom. Tnx to Jim
Barrie, WA8SDF for the information.
Who says life is too short for QRP?
+++ Want a Speaker for an Amateur Radio Convention? +++
ARRL-affiliated groups that would like speakers for an event should
contact your Section Manager or me. In addition, speakers may often be
obtained from League HQ for conventions and very special occassions. To
request a speaker from HQ, please send a request to Gail Iannone,
Hamfest and Convention Coordinator at giannone@.... Please copy
me on the request.
+++ This Month's Final +++
I am extremely pleased to be able to say that ARRL Vice President and
friend, Rick Roderick, K5UR of Little Rock, Arkansas has achieved Fred
Fish Memorial Award FFMA) No., 3. This award is given to amateurs who
have confirmed two-way 6 meter contact with each of the 488 grid
squares in the Continental US. Confirmation of Rick's 488th grid
square was received at HQ July 28.
FFMA No. 1 was awarded to Fred Fish, W5FF (SK) posthumously in January
2008 when the award was established by the Board of Directors. Fred
became a Silent Key in 2005. The award was presented to his widow, Lee
Fish, K2FF an award-winning VHF/UHF operator, herself. Pat Rose, W5OZI
of Junction, TX nosed out Roderick for FFMA No. 2 when his final grid
square was confirmed July 8, 2010. It appears to be a pretty good year
for 6 M.
More information on the Fred Fish Memorial Award can be found on the
ARRL web site at http://www.arrl.org/ffma .
+++ Tentative Travel, Hamfest and Activity Schedule +++
Hamfests in the following list have received ARRL sanctioning as of
press time. Hamfests and other events for which a Great Lakes Division
representative is scheduled to attend are identified with the
representative's name. The schedule can be expected to be fine-tuned
from time to time.
Patronize ARRL-sanctioned hamfests. Hamfests, conventions, symposia
and similar events sponsored by ARRL-affiliated clubs may be eligible
to be sanctioned by the League. For information on sponsoring and
sanctioning a hamfest or convention, go to
www.arrl.org/hamfest-sponsor-support. To have your hamfest sanctioned,
go to http://www.arrl.org/hamfest-convention-application to apply on
line. Hamfests are already being sanctioned for 2012!.
Support our Division hamfests and swaps:
7 Aug: UP Hamfest, Escanaba, MI
7 Aug: Voice of Aladdin ARC, Columbus, OH - Jim
8 Aug: Seaway Trunk Swap, Port Huron, MI
15 Aug: Warren ARA Hamfest, Cortland, OH
15 Aug: Central KY Hamfest, Lawrenceburg, KY - Jim, John
15 Aug: Lapeer Swap & Shop, Lapeer, MI
21 Aug: SARA Inside/Outside Trunk Sale, Owosso, MI
22 Aug: Cambridge Hamfest, Cambridge, OH
25 Aug: Directors webinar - Jim
26 Aug: Summit Co. ARES Mtg., Akron, OH - Jim
11 Sep: Greater Louisville ˜fest, Shepherdsville, KY
11 Sep: GRAHam fest, Wyoming, MI
12 Sep: Findlay Hamfest, Findlay, OH - Jim, John
18 Sep: Central KY ARES Hamfest, Richmond, KY - Jim, John
19 Sep: Greater Cincinnati ARA Hamfest, Cincinnati, OH - Jim
19 Sep: Adrian ARC Hamfest, Adrian, MI
22 Sep: Directors webinar - Jim
26 Sep: Cleveland Hamfest, Cleveland, OH - Jim, John
16 Oct: Ohio Section Conf., Columbus, OH - Jim
16 Oct: Great Lakeshore Super Swap, Holland, MI
17 Oct: Kalamazoo Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI
27 Oct: Directors webinar - Jim
30 Oct: Hazard Hamfest, Hazard, KY
31 Oct: Massillon Hamfest, Massillon, OH
6 Nov: Grant ARC Georgetown, (OH) Hamfest
20 Nov. A&F Meeting, Newington, CT - Jim
24 Nov: Directors webinar - Jim
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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Director: James E Weaver, K8JE
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