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  • Tom VanderMel KB8VEE
     From Tom VanderMel KB8VEE Region 6 Emergency Coordinator/ RACES Officer   231 206-0422 Cell and Text  E mail kb8vee@comcast.net   ... From: ARRL Members
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       From Tom VanderMel KB8VEE Region 6 Emergency Coordinator/ RACES Officer
        231 206-0422 Cell and Text  E mail kb8vee@...  

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      Sent: Thursday, December 2, 2010 3:12:36 PM
      Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Jingle, Jingle

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      - Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas
      - They went Phishing
      - How to Raise Money for Your Club
      - Nominations Open for Dayton Hamvention Awards
      - New Amateurs Listed
      - A&F Meeting Notes
      - Great Lakes  Division Elections this Coming Fall
      - Further Results of the Recent Division Member Survey
      - Engineer Volunteers offer Advice to Radio Amateurs
      - This Month's Final
      - Tentative Travel, Hamfest and Activity Schedule

      +++ Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas +++

      I wish each of you and your families a very happy Hanukah and merry
      Christmas.  I hope you have a very joyful and holy season.

      +++ They went Phishing +++

      If you received or receive an E-mail identified "Mailbox Manager
      Report!  Attention: American Radio Relay League Email User!" Ignore it.
       It is not from ARRL HQ and has nothing to do with any changeover in
      ARRL websites.  It represents a Phish for information you do not want
      to disclose to the sender (whoever this is).  Sent by a Worm program
      that infected an innocent, unprotected host computer?

      +++ How to Raise Money for Your Club +++

      Michigan ACC Scott Bicknell, W1BIC reminds me to mention that ARRL
      Affiliated Clubs can receive money from most ARRL members without
      costing them a penny and with only minimal effort.  This can be done
      simply by paying ARRL dues through an ARRL Affiliated Club.  Affiliated
      clubs can retain $15 of each new ARRL membership made through it and $2
      of each ARRL membership renewed through the club.  This is just one of
      the benefits to clubs that affiliate with ARRL.

      The membership commission program should be an excellent way for a club
      to add to its treasury while strengthening Amateur Radio at the same
      time.  Each new ARRL member strengthens the ability of the League to
      promote and to defend Amateur Radio.  Encouraging amateurs to become
      ARRL members is a function that local clubs are highly suited to
      perform -- and they gain $15 for each of these new members they
      recruit.  Similarly, taking ARRL renewals from club members should be a
      very simple, easy-to-perform service that will also benefit the club.

      To learn about the benefits of being an ARRL Affiliated Club, go to
      http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits.  Information on the club
      commission program is found by clicking on the Club Commission Program,
       To obtain the forms to process Club Commissions and memberships paid
      through clubs go to http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Clubs/rebate.pdf.

      +++ Nominations Open for Dayton Hamvention Awards +++

      Nominations are open for 2011 Dayton Hamvention(TM) Awards.  In the
      words of Hamvention Awards Committee Chairman Frank Beafore, WS8B, the
      awards are the “Academy Awards of Hamvention.”

      New in 2010, the Hamvention Awards Committee introduced a new award --
      The Club of the Year -- with great success:  Beafore stated “Because
      of the number of great clubs nominated and their big contributions to
      the growth of ham radio, we elected to make this award a permanent
      addition to the Hamvention Awards event.”  The four Hamvention awards
      therefore now are:  The Amateur of the Year Award -- given to the
      special person who has made a long term commitment to the advancement
      of Amateur Radio, the Technical Excellence Award -- given to the person
      who has made an outstanding technical advancement in the field of
      Amateur Radio, the Special Achievement Award -- given to honor someone
      who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of Amateur
      Radio and the Club of the Year Award -- given to recognize the
      accomplishments, activities and public service of an Amateur Radio
      club.

      Recipients of the awards are selected by the Awards Committee, based
      partially upon the information received, not the number of nominations
      submitted.

      Documentation of achievements of nominees is beneficial.  Magazine
      articles, newsletters, newspaper clippings, videos are examples of
      documentary evidence that will support a candidate’s accomplishments.
       Materials submitted with nominations become the property of Hamvention
      and cannot be returned.  Nominations may be sent via e-mail (please
      scan all supporting documents and send them as attachments) or US Mail
      to Hamvention Awards, PO Box 964, Dayton, OH 45401-0964.  Nomination
      forms for both the individual awards and the club award are available
      in PDF format at http://www.hamvention.org/awards.php#nominations.  If
      you send a nomination by E-mail, the Awards Committee asks you to put
      your name in the subject line of the message

      +++ New Amateurs Listed +++

      Certain Affiliated Club officers may access listing of newly-licensed
      amateurs in their areas from the ARRL website.  This is done by going
      to http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits and clicking on the New
      Amateur Reports for Clubs link near the bottom of the list of Affiliated
      Club benefits.  Lists may be seen, downloaded and printed as
      comma-separated or tab-separated formats.  The HTML format is not yet
      available.

      +++ A&F Meeting Notes +++

      The ARRL Administration and Finance Committee (A&F) met at League HQ in
      Newington, CT on Saturday, November 20 for an intense discussion of many
      topics.  These ranged from government-mandated business issues to
      changes in communications between Staff and the Board and the status of
      the new website project.  Results of this and other committee meetings
      will be reported to the Board of Directors at the January Board meeting
      for action.

      +++ Great Lakes Division Election this Coming Fall +++

      The tri-annual election for Director and Vice Director of the Great
      Lakes Division will take place this coming fall.  Even so, now is a
      good time for GLD members to begin to look around to see if they know
      of amateurs who they believe should be nominated for one of these
      positions.  Eligibility requirements for Director and Vice Director
      candidates are stated in the ARRL Articles of Association as follows:

      "Article 11:

      "No person shall be eligible for the office of Director, Vice Director,
      President, Vice President, or Treasurer who has not been a Full member
      of the League for at least four continuous years immediately preceding
      nomination and throughout the subsequent term of office, nor shall any
      person be eligible who has not held continuously during that period a
      valid authorization as a radio amateur in accordance with the
      applicable laws and regulations of the United States.  No person shall
      simultaneously hold the office of President or Vice President and
      Director.  No person shall be eligible for, or hold, the office of
      Director, Vice Director, President or Vice President whose business
      connections are of such nature that his or her influence in the affairs
      of the League could be used for his or her private benefit or would
      materially conflict with the activities or affairs of the League.  The
      primary test of eligibility under this portion of the Article shall be
      full compliance with the Articles, By-Laws and Rules and Regulations of
      the League relating to ethics, elections and conflicts of interest."

      Directors and Vice Directors are elected to terms of three years each.
      Director-Vice Director elections occur in five Divisions on a rotating
      basis each year.

      Watch for a call for nominations in the July and August, 2011 issues
      QST.  Vote counting will occur next November and winning candidates
      will take their positions at noon on January 1, 2012.

      +++ Further Results of the Recent Division Survey +++

      The following are a few more of the results of the recent Great Lakes
      Division Survey.

      To the question concerning a possible new 470 kHz band, 37% stated no
      interest of operating on this band, 29% would get on after commercial
      equipment becomes available, 15% would be among the first to get on and
      17% said they do not have sufficient space for an antenna for the band.
        
      A good majority (61%) of respondents knew that the ITU is An arm of the
      United Nations that holds periodic meetings of world governments to
      develop and oversee international telecommunications treaties.

      The counterpart question to the one about ITU was correctly answered by
      59% who said IARU is An International coordinating organization of
      National Amateur Radio Societies.

      Seventy five percent said they know who their ARRL Director and Section
      Manager are, and are familiar with the tasks these elected officials
      perform.

      Of those who took the survey, 70% voted in the last elections.
      Incidentally, the Board is reviewing means through which voting can
      become simplified and one hopes will gain additional membership
      participation.

      To a question similar to the one on 470 kHz, 43% expressed no interest
      in operating on 60 M, 36% do not now operate on 60 but will likely get
      on the band provided planned FCC rules changes for it are adopted and
      12% currently operate on the band and expect to use it more.  Four
      percent use the band now and would probably not increase their usage if
      the FCC proposals are activated.

      There were a number of interesting and useful comments made to the
      questions that were asked, as well as on different topics.  I greatly
      appreciate the time and thought that were put into taking the survey.
      There are more to come.  In the meantime, feel free to E-mail or
      telephone me if you would like to discuss your likes, dislikes and
      suggestions.

      To see the results of the survey in greater detail, go to the Great
      Lakes Division website at http://arrl-greatlakes.org/.  The answers and
      comments are posted here.

      +++ Engineer Volunteers offer Free Advise to Radio Amateurs +++

      Several years ago, the ARRL established an appointment for engineers
      who are willing to provide initial, free advice to amateurs with
      engineering issues related to Amateur Radio.  These Volunteer
      Consulting Engineers (VCEs) are available to help hams address
      structural requirements set forth in local zoning authorities.

      An up-to-date list of VCEs in the Great Lakes Division can be found on
      the GLD website -- www.arrl-greatlakes.org.  Click on the Staff icon at
      the left of the home page and then on Volunteer Consulting Engineers to
      reach the lists.

      Engineers who would like to consider becoming a VCE are invited to
      click on the To Become A Volunteer Consulting Engineer link at the
      bottom of the right-hand column of the VCE list.  Here, one can review
      details of this position and apply for an appointment if they choose.

      +++ This Month's Final +++

      It is no secret that the new ARRL website has had a rough time at
      birth.  The status at this time, to continue the analogy, is that its
      head and shoulders have been delivered and the hips can   be seen.  The
      birth is nearly complete.

      Completing the birthing process will not mean the end of work on the
      new site.  Actually, it will continue to evolve over time.  What the
      completion of the process will mean is that work on the site will be
      turned over completely to the ARRL IT group and ARRL staff.  If one
      uses the site reasonably often, it becomes obvious that there are a
      number of tweaks and modifications needed to make its functioning more
      intuitive and ham friendly.  For one thing, there are few instances
      when a website user should be directed to click on a link to accomplish
      an action only to be taken to a different page where the instruction,
      again, is to click on a second link to accomplish the same action.

      What is good to see is that in the short time since management of the
      project was shifted to our CEO, and the ARRL IT group became involved
      more deeply in the project, much progress has been made.

      Incidentally, if you run into a problem or an
      it-doesn’t-make-sense-to-me situation with the new site tell HQ about
      it.  Go to the very bottom left of the home page and click on the
      Contact ARRL link.  In the space for a message, please describe the
      situation briefly, but in sufficient detail to allow another person to
      know what you experienced and where you experienced it.  By this I mean
      tell what the problem is, where it is (the URLs involved), what you were
      trying to do and any message errors you received,  Address the message
      to Website Support.

      +++ 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!.  Please be sure
      to read the requirements for having an event sanctioned before
      submitting a request.

      Hamfest Chairmen, please remember to order your free handouts that are
      available from ARRL.  These handouts are to be displayed on the ARRL
      table you provide.  These replace the box of assorted goodies HQ
      previously sent automatically.  The reason for the change is to allow
      you to select only the materials you believe will be of value and
      interest to your attendees.

      2010

      5  Dec: LCARC Swap/Hamfest, Harrison Twp., MI

      2011 Happy New Year!

      16 Jan: 45th Hazel Park Hamfest, Hazel Park, MI - Jim*
      16 Jan: SCARF Hamfest, Nelsonville, OH
      20 Jan: A&F Meeting, Newington, CT - Jim
      21-22 Jan: ARRL Board Meeting,   CT - Gary, Jim
      30 Jan: Tusco ARC Hamfest, Strasburg, OH
      6   Feb: NOARS Winter Hamfest, Lorain, OH
      12 Feb. Cherryland ARC Swap-n-Shop, Traverse City, MI
      13 Feb: IARC Mid-Winter Hamfest, Mansfield, OH - Jim*
      20 Mar: TMRA Hamfest/Computer Fair, Perrysburg, OH
      20 Feb: Livonia ARC Swap-N-Shop, Livonia, MI - Jim*
      19 Mar: Crossroads Hamfest, Marshall, MI - Jim*
      2   Apr: ARGYL Hamfest,  Lowell, MI - Jim
      9   Apr: 55th Cuyahoga Falls ARC Hamfest, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
      16 Apr: Milford Swap and Shop, Milford, MI
      14 Jul: Committee Meeting, Newington, CT
      15-16 Jul: ARRL Board Meeting, CT - Gary, Jim
      17 Jul: Van Wert Hamfest, VanWert, OH
      31 Jul: Portage Hamfair 11, Randolph, OH
      6   Aug: Voice of Aladdin Hamfest, Columbus, OH - Jim
      21 Aug: Warren ARC Hamfest, Cortland, OH
      28 Aug  Cambridge ARA Hamfest, Cambridge, OH
      17 Sep  Richmond Hamfest, Richmond, KY

      *Driving conditions permitting.


      Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director
      ARRL Great Lakes Division
      5065 Bethany Rd.
      Mason, OH 45040
      E-mail:  k8je@...,  Tel.: 513-459-1661 ARRL - The national
      association for Amateur Radio

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