WEAVER'S WORDS -- Happy 2011
From Tom VanderMel KB8VEE Region 6 Emergency Coordinator/ RACES Officer
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Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Happy 2011
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- Happy New Year
- Class Instructors can get Discounts on Materials
- Division Legislative Action Chair Retires
- New D-Star Net Begins
- Sources of Inexpensive VHF/UHF Gear Coming?
- FCC Publishes Rules on Vanity Call Signs and on RACES
- Programming Help Wanted
- Michigan Section Manager Election this Fall
- Want an ARRL Membership Certificate and ID Card?
- This Month's Final
- Tentative Travel, Hamfest and Activity Schedule
+++ Happy New Year +++
I wish each of you and your families a very Happy New Year and the very
best throughout 2011.
I particularly wish to thank everyone who has contributed to Amateur
Radio and ARRL this past year. I hope that you will be able to
continue your support as we make Amateur Radio and the League even
stronger in the new year.
At the risk of missing groups I wish to thank, I will list as many as I
can think of off the top of my head. Starting at the Section level I
will identify all ARES (tm) members, Assistant ECs, ECs, DECs,
Assistant SMs, the SMs, Volunteer Counsels, Volunteer Consulting
Engineers and Official Observers. Of course, I must not overlook the
Volunteer Examiners who provide so much in giving licensing exams and
the volunteer teachers who prepare candidates to take these exams. For
so many of us, QSL Letter Managers and the Incoming QSL Bureau Manager
provide a tremendous service. I will add to these each ARRL member and
each official of each Affiliated Club. Moving to the Division level, I
thank representatives to Advisory Committees to the board, Assistant
Directors and members of the Division Cabinet.
Each of you is the true strength and make-up of Amateur Radio. Each of
you is the reason ARRL exists and each of you is the reason the rest of
the Board of Directors and I, the ARRL Volunteer Officers and our HQ
staff work hard to give you ever-improving service. To the extent that
we succeed in doing this, we are happy to have spent our time and effort
for your benefit. To the extent our efforts have fallen short I can say
that we apologize and pledge to do better in this new year.
If I have missed anyone who should have been included, I deeply
I never cease to be amazed at the fervor with which amateurs approach
our great avocation.
+++ Class Instructors can get Discounts on Materials +++
Are you a member of a club that sponsors Amateur Radio licensing
classes? Are a member of an instructor team that is not associated
with a specific club? Do you know you can receive discounts on ARRL
publications used in teaching classes? The basic discount is about 25%
of retail price. In addition, buy 15 books and receive 1 book free for
the instructor. On top of these perks, the books will be shipped at no
charge. So, what is the secret for receiving these benefits? Simply be
sure the leader of the team is registered as an ARRL instructor and is
identified as such when the order is placed.
"Why is it necessary for the team leader to be a registered
instructor?" I asked the head of the League's Marketing Department.
His reply was that this is to ensure the team is kept up-to-date on new
and corrected information. Information on the instructors' program and
online registration as an ARRL instructor are at
Adding the 25% discount + no shipping fees + a free book/15 purchased +
keeping the instructor up-dated is a pretty decent deal as I see it. If
I still remember 6th grade math, this all adds up to something on the
order of a 35%+ discount on orders of about 15 to 25 books.
+++ Division Legislative Action Chair Resigns +++
John Meyers, NB4K has retired as Great Lakes Division (GLD) Legislative
Action Chair (LAC) effective January 1. As LAC, John coordinated a
variety of activities associated with ARRL's national legislative
effort. John was most visible when managing the ARRL Legislative booth
at the Dayton Hamvention (tm) and at several additional hamfests
throughout the Division. His principal task at these events was to
arrange for members to send letters urging their legislators to support
Amateur Radio legislation.
John was been a tireless supporter of ARRL programs throughout his
history as a ham. Prior to being named Division LAC, John served in
ARES (tm) and as Section Manager in Kentucky. His retirement will
allow him and his wife to travel when and where they wish with their
I thank John for the great effort and support he devoted to Amateur
Radio and ARRL. He has been relentless in performing the duties of any
task he accepted. I wish him well in the future and look forward to
working NB4K/M many times.
+++ New D-Star Net Begins +++
A new wide-area D-Star net will begin operating Sunday, January 9. The
following information about the net is taken from the press release
distributed by the sponsor, the Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect
"Lorain County Ohio – In an effort to further amateur radio and the
exciting mode of D-STAR the Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group
along with amateurs in Greater Cleveland, Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati
and Michigan have joined forces to form the Ohio Wide Area D-STAR Net.
"This net will operate in conjunction with many existing D-STAR
repeaters on the newly formed Reflector 38 Alpha (REF038A), along with
several planed sites, to form a reliable network of communication to be
used for training in the operation of D-STAR. It will also allow for a
platform to test communication links in the event of an emergency or
natural disaster within the state or surrounding areas.
"D-STAR technology offers the unique ability for amateurs all over the
state to educate each other & build friendships while testing
equipment. This infrastructure could be used to provide a valuable
service to the community. Whether it is communication for a multi
county marathon, friends chatting from Akron to Cincinnati or relaying
tornado damage from a stricken town across the state D-STAR has
something for everyone.
"Please join the weekly Ohio Wide Area D-STAR net Sunday January the
9th at 8:00 PM local time. Connection via repeater, dongle or DVAP can
be made directly to reflector REF038A. All amateurs regardless of
location or affiliation are encouraged to join in."
D-Star was widely used during the relief response to Hurricane Katrina.
This is the first statewide D-Star Net to come to my attention in the
Great Lakes Division. If there are other such nets or operational
statewide digital nets, please let me know.
For additional information on the Ohio Wide Area D-Star net, contact
+++ Sources of Inexpensive VHF/UHF Gear Coming? +++
More years ago than I'd like to recall, a tremendous source of
inexpensive VHF and then UHF gear became available when business band
mobiles moved from what then was wideband to narrowband signal
transmission. This essentially started a move by many amateurs to 6M
FM mobile and base. I, for one, obtained two 6M FM transceivers that
once had traveled the streets of Atlanta, GA in taxicabs. One of these
quite large (about 2' L, 15" W, 9" H) ended up in the car and the other
in the shack. This was before commercially-built ham 6M FM rigs were
generally available. Obsolete take-out FM rigs also sparked the
development of 2M repeaters, the move of amateurs to this band, and the
development and marketing of ham FM gear.
A similar situation may occur as the FCC pursues the move of commercial
FM users to adopt still more narrow emissions. In case you haven't
heard, FCC has mandated that "On January 1, 2013, all public safety and
business industrial land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-512
MHz radio bands must cease operating using 25 kHz efficiency
technology, and begin operating using at least 12.5 kHz efficiency
technology." The notice is available at
What this will mean to the availability of quality, obsolete mobile and
base rigs to amateurs can only be speculated. Whatever happens should
not be bad for us. Amateurs who are willing to make a few,
modifications to the take-out rigs may reap considerable benefit.
+++ FCC Publishes Rules on Vanity Call Signs and on RACES +++
FCC rules changes concerning Vanity Call signs as well as those
regarding RACES were published in the Federal Register dated December
15. The changes become effective February 14. To read the rules
changes, go to http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-31349.pdf.
The changes involve CFR 47 Part 0 and Part 97. The FCC action is
identified as WT Docket No. 09–209.
+++ Programming Help Wanted +++
Several months ago I asked for anyone who has the ability to
write/modify computer programs and who may be interested in taking on a
project for the Division decided to contact me. Several members did
this. Unfortunately, I did not obtain all of the information needed to
work on the program until relatively recently. As a consequence I am
starting over by asking anyone interested in determining if they would
like to take the challenge. Please contact me if you are interested in
looking into helping.
We currently have a program that works with one pre-written letter.
Using an amateur's call sign, the program automatically adds the name
and address of a US representative and the writer, and prints the
completed letter for the writer's signature.
What is desired is to make the program more flexible so that it can
select from among about four letters as well as from US senators. It
would be even more useful if the names and addresses of state
representatives and senators could be searched and added.
If interested in the project, please contact me at k8je@....
+++ Michigan Section Manager Election this Fall +++
Last month I noted that the tri-annual election for Director and Vice
Director of the Great Lakes Division will take place this coming fall.
Similarly, the bi-annual election of the Michigan Section Manager (SM)
will be held this coming fall. Dale Williams, WA8EFK is the current
The rules and regulations concerning Section Manager (as well as
Director and Vice Director) elections are at
+++ Want an ARRL Membership Certificate and ID Card? +++
Nice certificates -- suitable for framing -- and ID cards are available
for ARRL members by going to http://www.arrl.org/membership-certificate.
Life members will have this category of membership indicated on the
certificate and ID card. Lost your ID card or certificate? Click on
this link and print whatever you need.
+++ This Month's Final +++
As the Tentative Travel, Hamfest and Activity Schedule, below,
indicates, the ARRL Board of Directors will be held January 21 and 22.
It will be preceded by meetings of the Programs & Services Committee and
the Administration & Finance Committee (A&F). There is nothing unusual
about this. What is different is the means of enhanced oversight of HQ
activities that A&F with the cooperation of CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, has
been able to implement. This new arrangement should improve
understanding between the Board and staff of the progress of major
projects and the capacity of Staff to manage additional projects. One
benefit to members should be increased productivity.
+++ 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.
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 Feb: Livonia ARC Swap-N-Shop, Livonia, MI - Jim"
5 Mar: Cave City Hamfest, Cave City, KY - Jim
12 Mar: MOVARC Hamfest, Gallipolis, OH
19 Mar: Crossroads Hamfest, Marshall, MI - Jim
20 Mar: TMRA Hamfest/Computer Fair, Perrysburg, OH - 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
7 May: Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI
14 Jul: Committee Meeting, Newington, CT
15-16 Jul: ARRL Board Meeting, CT - Gary, Jim
17 Jul: Van Wert Hamfest, Van Wert, 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
27 Sep: Cleveland Hamfest & Computer Show, Berea, OH
29 Oct: Hazard Hamfest, Hazard, 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
ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director: James E Weaver, K8JE
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