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> In this issue --
> - Have a Question?
> - We won one! Legislative Action did it!
> - Why does ARRL have its hand out so often?
> - WAS through Logbook.
> - Dayton Hamvention®
> - Section Election Contested
> - Overheard on the Bands
> - My Travel Plans
> HAVE A QUESTION?
> I'm probably asking for more work than I can easily handle, but I'll do
> most anything I for an ARRL member. If you have a question about ARRL
> that you'd like answered, send me an E-mail that contains it. I ask
> only that you pose serious questions and that you do your best to state
> your question in a manner that makes the intent of your question easily
> understood. If there is something you want to know the background for
> a League action, if you want to know the reason the Board considered a
> particular action, ask. If you want to know why I do what I do, ask.
> I plan to include at least one question per issue of Weaver's Words for
> as long as the questions last. Neither the Board, our HQ staff nor I
> have anything to hide. I'll do my best to give direct answers to your
> WE WON ONE! LEGISLATIVE ACTION DID IT!
> You may not have put the two subjects together to realize we won a
> great victory in the US House of Representatives, but we did. Your
> letters urging your Congressmen/women to support H. Res. 230 paid off.
> No, H. Res. 230 has not been passed by the House. Instead, the basic
> provisions of this resolution were introduced as the Ross Amendment
> into the new communications act bill. This is even better than having
> the resolution passed. A resolution by the House or the Senate merely
> asks that something be considered. A Bill, on the other hand, is law
> and requires whatever action is indicated.
> In addition to the tone set by your letters to your respective House
> members, letters to specific Congressmen got them to accept the Ross
> The final battle has not been fought, though. Some time after the new
> bill has been assigned a number, you will be asked to write your
> Congressman, again -- this time to support the bill. As a matter of
> fact, I've just learned the bill has been assigned H.R.5252, but now is
> not yet the time to write. There are a number of things that go on
> within the House that need to shake out before the time is right. To
> be most effective, we need to wait until our experts on Capitol Hill
> give us the word to write. When this word comes, the more writers, the
> Grassroots legislative action does pay off. The Ross amendment would
> not be part of the new communications act if it was not for our
> legislative activity! We have power and not all of it is directed
> through our antennas!
> If you wrote on H. Res. 230, pat yourself on your back and know that I
> would personally be giving the pats if I could reach you. If you
> didn't write, please do so the next time the call comes out. There
> will be a next time and your letter can help.
> QUESTION NO. 1. WHY DOES ARRL HAVE ITS HAND OUT SO OFTEN?
> Members occasionally ask why ARRL sends so many solicitations for
> donations. The sentence that follows the question most often is a
> statement that we should live within the income from our dues.
> First of all, I'm happy questions are asked. I fully believe having
> dialogue between the Great Lakes Division members and me is good and
> very desirable. The following is my attempt to answer this one.
> To the question.
> The dues for ARRL membership are established essentially to provide the
> basic services of the organization. Just as is true of many similar
> organizations, our dues structure is not intended to cover all expenses
> for services your organization performs to support you and Amateur
> Radio. To speak bluntly, if my fellow Board of Directors members and I
> were to set a dues level that would cover the expenses for everything
> the League does, we would probably need to charge about $100 per year.
> Even though this figure could be justified very easily, I suspect that
> many current members would run away as fast as possible when the
> postman brought the next dues statement. You can imagine that our
> membership numbers would fall faster and further than a lead fishing
> sinker in a fish bowl.
> On balance, we believe it is better to keep the dues low -- and
> $39/year is low considering the benefits members receive -- and to ask
> for donations from members who are interested and can afford to support
> special programs, than to make the dues cover all necessary activities
> performed by ARRL.
> Running a donation program has an added benefit. It offers choices to
> members. The choices? First, you have the choice to participate or
> not to participate in the gifting. Second, there is the choice of
> which program(s) to support -- to fight poorly-constructed BPL, to
> support all frequency defense efforts, to support W1AW, to support the
> education programs ARRL manages, to support . . . you get the idea.
> You can choose to support -- or not to support -- whatever you wish and
> still maintain your basic membership at a low cost.
> One more fact many members may not realize is that they even have full
> control over whether or not they receive requests to donate. If
> receiving these requests disturbs you, all you need do is to send an
> E-mail to our very nice Development Officer, Mary Hobart, K1MMH
> (k1mmh@...) and ask her to take you off the Development mailing
> list of potential donors. I know Mary quite well from working with her
> at HQ and can assure you she'll remove you from the list without
> argument. She is far from being "Mary, Mary, quite
> contrary!" but don't tell her I think she is such a nice trooper.
> So, what is the value of the ARRL donor program to each of us members?
> 1. It keeps dues for ARRL to a minimum. 2. It allows people who choose
> to do so to supplement their dues payments with donations that enable
> your League to support the membership and Amateur Radio in ways that
> would otherwise be impossible. 3. It does this in a manner that allows
> you and me to choose voluntarily if we will provide the added support
> and, if we do, to choose the projects and programs we support. 4. It
> allows your ARRL to pursue programs that strengthen Amateur Radio and
> ARRL. 5. Donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.
> Fair enough?
> WAS THROUGH LOGBOOK
> In case you missed the news, ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW) has
> been configured to support the Worked All States award in addition to
> the total DX Century Club (DXCC) program. During the past month,
> nearly twice as many WAS applications were processed through LoTW (9)
> as through the submission of hard-copy QSLs (5). As of a couple of
> weeks ago, nearly 100,000,000 QSOs were entered into LoTW. This figure
> is growing rapidly.
> What value does LoTW offer to users? Here are a couple of answers: 1.
> LoTW QSLing is usually much, much more rapid than when hard-copy QSLs
> are exchanged regardless of whether this is done by direct mail or by
> the Bureau. 2. The cost of QSLing is much in the order of pennies as
> compared with the cost of direct-mail QSLing which is in dollars and
> even through the Bureau which is about a dollar. 3. LoTW is the only
> digital form of QSLing that is sufficiently secure and reliable to be
> usable to obtain DXCC and WAS.awards.
> For info on LoTW, go to http://www.arrl.org/lotw/. LoTW was developed
> by ARRL at ARRL expense and is available only to ARRL members.
> DAYTON HAMVENTION®
> I'll be there. Will you?
> If you make it to the Greatest Ham Radio Show On Earth this year, look
> me up. I'll be in the ARRL Expo area in the Ball Arena most of the
> time -- at the Grassroots Legislative Action booth. Friday morning
> will find me at the Grassroots Legislative Action forum at 9 AM in
> Forum Room 1, and after this is over at the ARRL Forum at 10 AM also in
> room 1.
> These two fora, forums if you prefer, present great opportunities to
> hear in person from League leadership just what is going on and why it
> is going on. Considering the amount of misinformation being spread
> around the Internet about some ARRL actions, it might be still more
> important to realize this is a place where you can look the League
> President or other officials squarely in the eyes and learn what is NOT
> going on!
> SECTION MANAGER ELECTION CONTESTED
> For the first time in many years, there will be a contest in the Ohio
> Section election for Section Manager. I wish each of the contestants
> well. There is still time for additional candidates to file for the
> office; therefore, I will not give the names of the two, current
> candidates and give them a possible unfair advantage over anyone who
> decides to enter the race later.
> I encourage each member in Ohio to understand the tasks assigned to the
> elected Section Manager and determine how well the respective
> candidates can be expected to fulfill these tasks. The SM
> responsibilities are outlined at
> http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/org/sm.html. The SM clearly has the
> power to mold the character of the ARRL Section he/she represents. It
> is up to the members of any Section that host contested elections to
> determine just what the character of their Section will become after
> the election is over. The Ohio Section is the one having an election
> this year. Kentucky and Michigan will have their turn in future
> OVERHEARD ON THE BANDS
> I overheard a few of you calling S01R, the YXs and the VU4s. I hope
> you all got into their logs. I was fortunate and made it.
> MY TRAVEL PLANS.
> My pending travel schedule through Jjuly is as follows. Stop by and
> say hello.
> May 19-21 -- Hamvention®, Dayton, OH and associated activities.
> Jun 16 -- Salem Area ARC, Salem, OH.
> Jun 18 -- Monroe County Radio Commun. Assoc. Hamfest, Monroe, MI.
> Jul 8 -- Cleveland QCWA.
> Jul 21--22 -- ARRL Board of Directors meeting.
> Tnx for taking the time to read this issue. Write me with any
> questions or suggestions or merely to write.
> 73, CU on the bands.
> Jim Weaver, K8JE
> Director, Great Lakes Division
> Chairman, Legislative Action Committee
> 5065 Bethany Rd.
> Mason, OH 45040
> K8JE@...; Tel., 513-459-0142; FAX, same
> ARRL, the Reason Amateur Radio is!
> Members, the Reason ARRL is!
> ARRL Great Lakes Division
> Director: James Weaver, K8JE
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