WEAVER'S WORDS --Where did summer go?
From Tom VanderMel KB8VEE Region 6 Emergency Coordinator/ RACES Officer
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- Michigan Net QMN 75 Years Strong
- Please take the new Great Lakes Division Survey
- Hamfest/Swap Committee Members: Two Things to Think About
- ARRL Foundation Awards more than Scholarships
- Kentucky QSO Party in November
- Webinar Limitations
- Please Help when Writing to Me
- New Division Website
- This Month's Final
- Tentative Travel, Hamfest and Activity Schedule
+++ Michigan Net QMN 75 Years Strong +++
Congratulations to the Michigan Net QMN on the 75th Anniversary of its
founding. QMN appears to be the oldest net in the country.
Information about the Net attributes the beginning of the Net to a vote
taken in early 1935 by the Detroit Amateur Radio Association. Crystal
control of transmitters was relatively new at the time so the Club used
this new technology to get all members of the new net on the same
The celebration of QMN's founding will be marked on October 23 by
several activities. Among these will be Special Event station K8QMN
from Owosso, MI. The station will operate on or near 3563 kHz and 7050
kHz from 2 PM to 5 PM Central time. A banquet will follow. The station
is likely to return to the air following the banquet.
A special commemorative certificate will be issued to operators who
contact K8QMN during the QMN Diamond Jubilee operation.
I look forward to participating in the activities in Owosso. This
anniversary clearly will be a memorable event.
Read more about Michigan Net QMN at http://michigannet.org/. Click on
the News Bulletin link to see what is planned for its 75th anniversary
+++ Please take the new Great Lakes Division Survey +++
As one feature of the new Great Lakes Division website, it is very
practical to seek your opinions and wishes by taking surveys or polls.
The first of the new surveys is available. I hope you will go to it and
take a few brief minutes to let me know your feelings about the topics
covered. Go to www.arrl-greatlakes.org, and click on the
Surveys/Feedback link to access the poll. This survey will be open
until September 15.
The questions are multiple-choice or multiple choice plus fill-in the
blank. If you feel you cannot answer a question adequately through a
multiple-choice answer, please use a fill-in the blank space if it is
for the relevant question. If there is no space to fill in for a
particular question, please go to the end of the survey questions and
add your comments in the "Do you have any further comments that you'd
like to make?" box placed there. You may also go to the Blog Board
(link on the left side of the page) or e-mail comments to me.
+++ Hamfest/Swap Committee Members: Two Things to Think About +++
Hamfest/Swap committees have a lot to think about when they plan and
promote their events. I commend you for the hard work you put in to
making these activities successful and enjoyable for members of your
clubs as well as for the many non-club members who come to spend time
in eyeballing friends and searching for treasured junque. Here are two
things to think about that just might make your coming events a little
more enjoyable and even entice a few more people to attend them.
The first thought relates to a service to amateurs. Specifically, it
involves offering QSL card checking. Even though card checking is not
listed as a planned service at most hamfests, amateurs who attend these
often ask me if a card checker is there. Card checking requests involve
QSLs for DXCC and WAS, and cover UHF, VHF and HF activities.
By arranging ahead of time for a card checker to attend a fest and then
publicizing his planned presence, the hamfest committee just may do a
service for itself as well as for the ham public.
What would this cost the committee? My guess is it would involve a
free admission ticket, a table and a chair for the card checker.
Electric service to the table may also be helpful..
To find a card checker to serve those who attend your hamfest/swap, go
to http://www.arrl.org/card-checkers. Click on Great Lakes Division.
The second thought regards free handouts from ARRL. HQ no longer
automatically sends a large box of free goodies to each sanctioned
hamfest. It typically sends four prizes valued at $200, a pack of
Frequency Charts/WAS Maps and a pack of ARRL membership applications .
. . and instructions on how to get additional, free as well as
relatively inexpensive goodies for your fest.
Unless someone on the hamfest committee pays attention to the letter
and form that accompanies the prizes, you will get nothing more. But
to get more, all that is needed is to determine what you want to ask
for, and to ask for it.
I will not go into the rationale for the change in practice. The main
thing is for someone on the hamfest committee to review the letter and
goodies request form soon after it is received, determine what freebies
you think will be useful to the hams who attend your hamfest and to ask
for these from HQ.
There are excellent handouts available at absolutely no change and with
no shipping expense to the committee. Be sure to ask for the number of
packets or copies of the freebies you believe will be useful. If you
also want items that are available at cost, you may order these as
well. Ordering any of these is fully discretionary.
If you have any questions about this, please let me know. Keep in mind
that the agreement entered in with ARRL is to collaborate with the
organization in providing information of interest to amateurs about the
League that can be gotten free from HQ and to make it available at your
hamfest on a prominent ARRL-only location. The effort involved in
reviewing a list of free material, ordering it at no cost and placing
the material on an ARRL table isn't really very much.
+++ ARRL Foundation Awards more than Scholarships +++