The ARRL Letter
Vol. 25, No. 26
June 30, 2006
IN THIS EDITION:
* +Ham radio volunteers ready as floods hit Eastern US
* +Montenegro becomes the 336th DXCC entity
* +Space campers in Belgium query ISS crew member via ham radio
* +FCC levies fine for marketing non-certificated CBs as ham radio
* +Fires keeping Southwestern ham radio volunteers on alert
* +Contest Soapbox ready for your Field Day writeups, photos
* +NCJ to offer WRTC-2006 blogs
* Solar Update
* IN BRIEF:
This weekend on the radio
ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration
+ARRL, IARU HQ mults will be on the air for IARU HF World
WRTC-2006 requests IARU HF World Championship logs
ARRL "DXCC Dialog" blog debuts
Field Day at W1AW slide show available
Educator astronaut gets on the air for Kids Day
New IRC available July 1
Correction regarding Director/Vice Director eligibility
+Available on ARRL Audio News <http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter/audio/>
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NOTE: ARRL Headquarters will be closed Tuesday, July 4, for the
Day holiday. There will be no W1AW code practice or bulletin
that day. ARRL Headquarters will reopen Wednesday, July 5, at 8 AM
wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
==>ARES/RACES TEAMS HANDLE FLOOD DUTY IN MIDDLE ATLANTIC STATES
Amateur Radio volunteers this week supported communication or
alert to assist relief organizations and local emergency managers in
flood-stricken regions of the Eastern US. Widespread flooding in
states claimed at least a dozen lives. ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania PIO
Josuweit, WA3PZO, says ham radio volunteers in 10 counties in his
actively aided local law enforcement, emergency management agencies
Red Cross, which set up about a dozen evacuation centers.
"Hams in some areas may be on duty for several days as river levels
drop below flood stage," Josuweit told ARRL June 29. The Delaware
which separates New Jersey and Pennsylvania -- crested June 29, and
Susquehanna River a day earlier.
A mandatory evacuation order affecting some 200,000 residents of the
Barre area in Luzerne County was lifted June 29. Josuweit reports
Susquehanna crested at nearly 34 feet, 12 feet above flood stage for
area. "In areas where the water has already receded, many utilities
still out of service and local officials are advising residents to
from the their homes until at least Saturday [July 1]," Josuweit
Despite flooding in the area, Josuweit says the Wilkes Barre hamfest
<http://www.qsl.net/k3ytl> sponsored by the Murgas Amateur Radio
go on as scheduled Sunday, July 2, at the Luzerne County
118, Lake Lehman.
ARRL Eastern Pennsylvania Section Emergency Coordinator Al Rabenau,
reported the Schuylkill River receding as of June 29. He said Bucks
ARES had been on alert status since June 28. Members established a
repeater net and have been staffing several EOCs and shelters. Bucks
EC Harris Stein, NY3H, says ARES/RACES was trimming down some
week's end but will continue Red Cross support through the holiday
He anticipates needing operators to assist with damage assessment
July 1 and
to replace shelter operators.
Due to topography, flooding along the Delaware typically is worst in
County and in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. ARRL Hunterdon County
Emergency Coordinator David Kanitra, WB2AZE, this week placed
on a Level 1 alert for possible deployment to assist RACES.
In Mercer County, New Jersey, Emergency Coordinator Kip Burnett,
reported his ARES/RACES team was on standby and no longer staffing
which remains active. "We may be needed later to assist with water
deployment or some other situation," he said. ARES/RACES personnel
EOC this week monitored river levels.
Burnett called the flooding "basically a repeat of the October 2004
April 2005 floods," and said officials evacuated the same locations -
area called "The Island" -- in Trenton as well as parts of
Conventional communication systems remained intact.
In Binghamton, New York, and surrounding Broome County authorities
the evacuation of some 15,000 residents as the Susquehanna and
rivers overflowed their banks, putting some neighborhoods under
of water. Parts of Interstates 81 and 88 as well as State Route 17
In Delaware last weekend, Justin Kates, KB3JUV, says ARES volunteers
diverted their attention from Field Day and prepared to support
communication in the wake of flooding in Sussex County, which
inches of rain in some areas. "Emergency management had a difficult
providing road and medical crews to the affected areas due to the
water," Kates told ARRL. The weather event also disrupted
While formal activation was unnecessary, Amateur Radio volunteers
poised to supply any needed communication assistance. A SKYWARN
however, and volunteers relayed rainfall reports as well as road and
==>UN MAKES IT OFFICIAL: MONTENEGRO NOW NUMBER 336 ON THE CURRENT
A new ARRL DXCC entity came into being this week! As expected, the
Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June
that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th
"According to the ARRL DXCC List criteria, entities on the UN list of
member-states qualify as political entities," said ARRL Membership
Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. "Therefore, effective June 28, 2006
has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC List. Claims for
credit will be accepted immediately."
The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com> this week quoted Ranko Boca,
that current Montengrin radio amateurs may use their current
Serbia-Montenegro call signs until the International
(ITU) designates a call sign block for the new country.
In anticipation of Montengro's new nation status, International DX
set for July 20 until August 12. That's when several international
- with Boca as DXpedition leader and well-known DXer Martti Laine,
radio operations leader - will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur
operators from at least three different stations using a common call
an effort to meet the DX community's need to work the newest DXCC
Festival organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts
event, which will use all HF bands.
The event also will include several basic courses on ham radio
CEPT license examinations aimed at new and less-experienced radio
Another goal is to establish an Amateur Radio Club of Montenegro
Others scheduled to take part in the DX Festival include ARRL CEO
Sumner, K1ZZ, and XYL Linda, KA1ZD; 3Y0X team member Bob Grimmick,
IARU Region 1 Executive Committee member Hans Blondeel Timmerman,
Carsten Esch, DL6LAU, and Vladan Kecman, YT3T/YU1AO.
Montenegro declared its independence on June 3 following a national
referendum May 21.--The Daily DX; ARRL DXCC Desk
==>EUROPEAN SPACE CAMPERS QUIZ ASTRONAUT ON SPACE LIFE, RESEARCH
A group of British space campers at the Euro Space Center (ESC) in
went right to the source via ham radio and teleconference to get
their questions about life and work aboard the International Space
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program
arranged the June 13 contact with US Astronaut Jeff Williams,
NA1SS. One camper wanted to know whether a human space flight to
be possible by 2020, as has been projected.
"Oh, I think it's realistic," Williams replied. "It depends upon the
countries that are involved and how committed they are to the
make them happen by 2020."
Answering another space camper, Williams outlined some potentially
benefits of the scientific research occurring onboard the ISS.
"You never know when you're doing research what the benefits are
going to be
until way off in the future," Williams qualified. "We are working on
research to prevent kidney stones -- renal stones. That's very
us in a weightless environment, and that will have direct
those on the ground."
Williams said he and Expedition 13 Commander Pavel Vinogradov,
are conducting studies on bone density. Experience has shown that the
weightless environment appears to affect bone density of astronauts
cosmonauts on long-term duty in space.
As other ISS crew members before him have said, viewing Earth from
is awe inspiring. "It definitely changes your vision of the world.
very humbling experience to see the earth from this vantage point,"
responded. "The earth is a beautiful planet from above, and it
makes you more aware of what we've been given in our world and that
to be good stewards of it."
One questioner wanted to know if Williams saw the flashes of light
eyes -- believed due to cosmic rays -- that other space travelers
reported. Williams said he does see them, especially when he closes
to sleep, but they're not very bothersome. "It's just a very quick
of the corner of your eye," he explained.
Serving as the Earth station for the contact with NA1SS was W6SRJ at
Rosa Junior College in California. Verizon Conferencing donated a
teleconference link to handle two-way audio between the ESC and
Contact audio was distributed worldwide via EchoLink and IRLP.
Some 60 teenaged students and their teachers from Gillingham School,
England, were at the ESC Space Camp the week the contact took place.
According to ARISS-Europe's Gaston Bertels, ON4WF, youngsters from
European countries visit the space camp, which includes a permanent
Expo and an Amateur Radio club station, ON4ESC.
Twenty questions were asked and answered, and there was time left
Bertels to express thanks on behalf of the students, and the
a resounding applause. Williams signed off by encouraging the
make the most of their space camp experience and suggested that some
might contribute to space exploration in the future.
Also visiting on the day of the event were 50 French schoolchildren.
teacher translated the questions and the answers into French for
After the contact, an ARISS member conducted a half-hour question-
session with the students. Six of their questions focused on ARISS
ARISS <http://www.rac.ca/ariss> is a nine-nation international
outreach, with US participation by ARRL, AMSAT and NASA.
==>FCC AFFIRMS FINE FOR MARKETING NON-CERTIFICATED CBs AS HAM
The FCC has affirmed a $7000 fine it proposed to levy on
America in Troutdale, Oregon, for marketing uncertificated Citizens
(CB) transceivers as 10-meter Amateur Radio transceivers. In a
Order (NoF) released June 29
FCC turned away TravelCenters' argument that the transceivers in
were not CB transceivers, which require FCC certification, but
transceivers, which do not. The Commission says its Office of
and Technology (OET) determined that the radios in question --
by Galaxy -- could be easily modified to operate on CB channels.
"TravelCenters provides no evidence to show that the Galaxy models it
offered for sale were not easily modified," the FCC said in its NoF.
"Therefore, we find that the subject Galaxy models were CB
pursuant to Section 95.603(c), regardless of the signs TravelCenters
near the point of purchase." The signs advised that the units were
Radio transceivers, not CB radios, and a license was required.
In May, an FCC Order concluded a similar case in which the
imposed $125,000 in fines on Pilot Travel Centers LLC for continuing
market CB transceivers labeled as Amateur Radio gear but intended
for use on
both CB and amateur frequencies. Under the terms of a consent
agreed to make "a voluntary contribution" of $90,000 to the US
"without further protest or recourse," but did not admit to any
Pilot further agreed to refrain from marketing as "Amateur Radio"
transmitting devices with built-in features to facilitate CB
The FCC required Pilot to remove from sale Galaxy transceiver models
DX33HML, DX66V and DX99V. Those units also were among the radios the
cited in the TravelCenters proceeding. Some of the Galaxy
issue in the TravelCenters' case have only CB-like channel knobs and
indicators for tuning, although the more expensive models sport a
frequency readout. Most of the units transmit only in AM and FM mode.
In affirming the $7000 fine, the FCC cited a 1999 letter from the
Office of General Counsel (OGC) on the importation and marketing of
radio transceivers. The OGC's letter clarified that transmitters
built-in capacity to operate on CB frequencies and can easily be
activate that capacity, such as by moving or removing a jumper plug
cutting a single wire" fall within the definition of a CB
must obtain FCC certification prior to importation or marketing.
The FCC also turned away TravelCenters' argument that Commission
years ago to clarify the definition of a CB transceiver in an OET
Notice violated the Administrative Procedures Act. The FCC countered
had relied on the OGC's letter and its interpretation of §95.603(c)
as the OET's recent determination regarding the specific transceiver
in question. The Commission further noted that §95.655(a) of its
states that no transmitter will be certificated for CB use
if "equipped with
a frequency capability" not listed in Part 95 as CB transmitter
The TravelCenters case dates back to the fall of 2001, when an FCC
visited the TravelCenters' retail store in Troutdale and observed
of "CB transceivers" that had not received FCC certification. The
Portland, Oregon, Field Office issued a Citation to TravelCenters'
store later that fall for selling non-certificated CB transceivers.
warned TravelCenters that future violations could lead to fines and
In July 2005 the FCC's Enforcement Bureau issued a Notice of Apparent
Liability (NAL) proposing the $7000 fine for "apparently willfully
repeatedly" violating §302(b) of the Communications Act and §2.803(a)
its rules "by offering for sale a non-certified CB transceiver."
==>ARIZONA, NEW MEXICO ARES TEAMS KEEP CLOSE EYE ON WILDFIRES
As firefighters gained the upper hand with the Brins Fire near
Arizona, and some evacuation orders have been lifted, Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers were in a holding pattern at
The fire burned more than 4300 acres and was 90 percent contained by
"We are essentially just in a standby mode if something should
Arizona SEC Rick Aldom, W7STS, told ARRL Headquarters. Two Red Cross
evacuation centers closed over the June 24-25 weekend.
Evacuations for some Oak Creek Canyon residents remained in effect at
midweek, impacting nearly 600 homes and 40 businesses. State Rte 89A
remained closed to the general public, but authorities reopened the
to residents, business owners, service providers and emergency
27. Individuals entering the area must provide identification.
Officials believe the Brins Fire, some two miles north of Sedona in
Coconino National Forest, resulted from an escaped campfire. "The
firefighters who responded to this fire have done an incredible job
saving not only one of the more scenic areas of Arizona, but nearly
structures that were threatened," Aldom commented. "Had this fire
fire lines, it would have become really ugly, really fast."
In New Mexico, Sandoval County Amateur Radio Emergency Service
well into its Field Day exercise on Saturday, June 24, when Sandoval
County's emergency manager notified District Emergency Coordinator
Scales, K5SCA, of a forest fire north of Cuba, near Gallina, in the
National Forest. The SCARES Field Day ended abruptly, and members
standby until Scales could assess the needs at the Bear Paw fire
By 7 PM, Scales and Vance Loen, WV5L, were in Sandoval County's
Communication Vehicle - "Command 7" - en route to assist with any
evacuations and to coordinate communication among Sandoval and Rio
counties and the US Forest Service. Until then Command 7 had been
By June 28, the Bear Paw Fire had consumed 3200 acres in sage and
and full containment was expected by June 29. A downed power line
caused the fire, but the circumstances remain under investigation.
point, the fire threatened the communities of Gallina Plaza and Bear
prompting a mandatory evacuation order for Gallina Plaza and a
evacuation advisory for Bear Paw. State Road 96 was closed, and an
evacuation shelter was set up in Cuba.
SCARES members remained on stand-by at the scene in Command 7, while
Kauffman, W5YEJ, and Marlin Allison, K5MHA, kept an ear on the SCARES
repeater on Pajarito Peak from Rio Rancho.
At week's end, no ARES/RACES personnel were on active fire duty in
Mexico. "Fire season is not over," New Mexico SEC Rick Sohl, K5RIC,
reminded all ARES members nonetheless. Although several of the
forest and range fires have been doused with rains over the past
ones continue to break out.-Charlie Christman, K5CEC; National Fire
==>POST YOUR FIELD DAY 2006 PHOTOS AND EXPERIENCES ON THE CONTEST
ARRL invites participants in ARRL Field Day 2006 to post photos and
narratives to its Contest Soapbox
for all to see. It's not only fun and easy, but your photos and
could become part of the annual Field Day summary that appears in
Several participants have already taken the opportunity to tell
Day tales on the ARRL Contest Soapbox, which is open to ARRL members
non-members alike. Narratives should focus on your or your club's or
involvement in Field Day.
The League reserves the right to edit or even to decline postings it
considers inappropriate for this forum. The potential audience for
is broad, so good taste is a must. Responsibility for all posted
rests solely with the author, and the ARRL staff assumes no
for errors, omissions or accuracy of items appearing in the Contest
Direct any questions and comments on to the author of the post. If
questions or comments about using Contest Soapbox, contact the ARRL
==>FOLLOW WRTC-2006 VIA THE NCJ WEB SITE BLOGS
The year's premier global contesting event, World Radiosport Team
Championship 2006 (WRTC-2006)
place July 8-9 in conjunction with the IARU HF World Championship
Via Web logs (blogs), the National Contest Journal (NCJ) is giving
front-row seat as top-notch contesters in two-person teams from
world compete on HF from Brazil on as level a playing field as
contest period is 1200 UTC Saturday, July 8, until 1200 UTC Sunday,
Winners will be announced Monday, July 10, at the awards dinner.
The NCJ WRTC-2006 blogs will include the musings and general
WRTC-2006 competitors, referees and log checkers. We invite NCJ
post their comments as well.
Access the blogs from the NCJ home page <http://www.ncjweb.com/> or
WRTC-2006 coverage section <http://www.ncjweb.com/wrtc2006blogs.php>.
Postings have already begun and will continue -- on a time-available
since the contributors do have WRTC-2006 responsibilities -- until
Blog contributors are: Doug Grant, K1DG; Randy Thompson, K5ZD; Jeff
K1ZM; Ann Santos, WA1S; Tim Duffy, K3LR; Eric Scace, K3NA; Glenn
W0GJ; Ward Silver, N0AX; Dean Straw, N6BV; Tree Tyree, N6TR; Rusty
W6OAT, and Dale Green, VE7SV.
The National Contest Journal thanks these contributors for being
share their personal WRTC-2006 experiences with the Amateur Radio
Also, thanks to Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, for suggesting this blog and
on the NCJ Web site, and to the ARRL for shipping 300 copies of the
WRTC-2006 July/August NCJ issue to Brazil.
Solar swami "You Are My Sunshine" Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle,
reports: There were no sunspots for Field Day weekend, but a big new
(897) rotated into view this week. Followed by sunspot 898, it looks
moderately rising solar flux and sunspot number will be with us
A solar wind stream caused elevated geomagnetic numbers on June 28
and this may happen again around July 3-5. Geophysical Institute
predicts quiet conditions over June 30 to July 3, quiet to unsettled
4, unsettled to active on July 5, and unsettled on July 6.
For more information concerning propagation and an explanation of the
numbers used in this bulletin see the ARRL Technical Information
Propagation page <http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html>.
Sunspot numbers for June 22 through 28 were 0, 0, 0, 13, 14, 33 and
a mean of 14. The 10.7 cm flux was 72.1, 71.8, 73.6, 74, 76.4, 78.5,
83.5, with a mean of 75.7. Estimated planetary A indices were 6, 2,
4, 5, 3,
6 and 18, with a mean of 6.3. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were
6, 1, 2,
3, 1, 7 and 12, with a mean of 4.6.
* This weekend on the radio: The RAC Canada Day Contest is July 1.
Venezuelan Independence Day Contest, the DL-DX RTTY Contest, the
QRP Contest, the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest are the weekend of
The RSGB 80-Meter Club Championship (CW) is July 3. The ARS Spartan
is July 4. The MI QRP July 4th CW Sprint is July 4-5. JUST AHEAD: The
VK/Trans-Tasman 160-Meter Contest (phone) is July 8. The IARU HF
Championship, the FISTS Summer Sprint, the Six Club Contest and the
Summer Homebrew Sprint are the weekend of July 8-9. The RSGB 80-
Championship (SSB) is July 12. The Thursday NCCC Sprint Ladder is
See the ARRL Contest Branch page <http://www.arrl.org/contests/> and
WA7BNM Contest Calendar
for more info.
* ARRL Certification and Continuing Education course registration:
Registration remains open through Friday July 7, for these ARRL
Certification and Continuing Education (CCE) program on-line courses:
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Level 2 (EC-002) Amateur Radio
Emergency Communications Level 3 (EC-003R2) Antenna Modeling (EC-
Digital Communications (EC-005) VHF/UHF -- Life Beyond the Repeater
and Radio Frequency Propagation (EC-011) Classes begin Friday, July
learn more, visit the CCE Course Listing page
<http://www.arrl.org/cce/courses.html> or contact the CCE Department
* ARRL, IARU HQ mults will be on the air for IARU HF World
During the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HF World
Contest July 8-9, W1AW/4 will provide the ARRL Headquarters
Tennessee, with the Tennessee Contest Group hosting the operation.
the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) HQ multiplier will be
operating from sites in Michigan and Ohio, hosted by Dave Pruett,
friends from the Mad River Radio Club and the North Coast
World Radiosport Team Championship 2006 (WRTC 2006) in Brazil takes
concurrently with the IARU HF World Championship, although WRTC
in some respects from those of the IARU event, and scoring is
HF World Championship Contest rules are on the ARRL Web site
* WRTC-2006 requests IARU HF World Championship logs: World
Championship 2006 (WRTC-2006) <http://www.wrtc2006.com/> officials
many logs as possible from IARU HF World Championship
<http://www.iaru.org/contest.html> participants within six hours of
event's end. The WRTC-2006 competition among 47 top contesting teams
around the globe takes place in Brazil July 8-9, coinciding with the
World Championship event. Because WRTC-2006 winners will be
July 10, event organizers want IARU contest logs enhance the
WRTC-2006 log checking. WRTC-2006 is especially interested in logs
stations, since these serve as multipliers for both events. E-mail
IARU HF World Championship logs in Cabrillo format by 1800 UTC
9, to <logs@...>. WRTC-2006 has announced a lottery and
early receipt of IARU contest logs
Note that submission of IARU contest logs does not constitute an
entry for the IARU HF World Championship. That is an entirely
entry, and the usual deadline and submission requirements apply.
* ARRL "DXCC Dialog" blog debuts: The ARRL DXCC Desk has inaugurated
"DXCC Dialog Weblog" <http://www.arrl.org/blog/DXCC%20Dialog> -
news and notes about the ARRL DXCC program. "This page will have up-
information about the DXCC program," says ARRL Membership Services
Wayne Mills, N7NG. "It does not provide for users to post responses,
authors and e-mail addresses are listed." The blog will be updated
to inform and update the DXing community regarding news of interest.
* Field Day at W1AW slide show available: A slide show, "Field Day
now is available on the ARRL Web site
<http://www.arrl.org/contests/FD2006-W1AW/>. Photographed and
during Field Day 2006 by ARRL Web/Software Development Manager Jon
KE3Z, the 4-1/2 minute presentation "was created to give members a
what happens at W1AW on Field Day," he says. It also provides a peek
W1AW for those who have never visited. "The slide show is presented
Adobe Flash format. Adobe Flash Player 7 or later and a compatible
browser are needed to play the slide show," he notes, adding that
computers already have a copy of Flash Player installed. If not,
Player is a free for download from Adobe
<http://www.adobe.com/go/gntray_dl_getflashplayer>. The show can be
directly from the Web site in either a large format - suitable for
Web users - or in a smaller format more attuned to dial-up Internet
* Educator astronaut gets on the air for Kids Day: NASA Educator
Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, KE5DAT, spent an hour or so on the air
talking to youngsters around the US during ARRL Kids Day. She spoke
about a dozen kids and ham radio operators from W5RRR at the Johnson
Center in Houston. Assisting her at the microphone was Kent Castle,
who spent several hours on 20 meters before and after KE5DAT's visit,
chatting with youngsters taking part in the twice-a-year activity.
Metcalf-Lindenburger joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 2004.--
* New IRC available July 1: The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has
that a new International Reply Coupon (IRC) design
<http://www.dailydx.com/2007irc.jpg> has been selected. Radio
enclose IRCs when QSLing DX stations directly to cover the cost of
postage. The new design, known as "Beijing Model No. 2," was
Volodymyr Taran, a graphic artist from Ukraine. Chosen by a jury of
member countries, the coupon design was inspired by Michelangelo's
on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel -- two fingers about to touch
a postage stamp, representing the notions of communication and
new IRC will be valid until December 31, 2009. The current IRC is
through December 31, 2006. For more information on IRCs, see the
issue of QST (page 83).--The Daily DX <http://www.dailydx.com>
Correction regarding Director/Vice Director eligibility: The July
Seems to Us . . ." editorial misstates the eligibility requirements
for ARRL Director and Vice Director. The membership/licensing
are four years of continuous full membership and four years of
holding of a valid authorization as a radio amateur in accordance
applicable laws and regulations of the United States immediately
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- Hello Skip,Duplicate e-mail is not Spam. The actual definition of spam is UCE or unsolicited commercial e-mail. Forwarding the ARRL newsletter does not consititute commercial e-mail.I really don't know the ARRL's view on forwarding their newsletter but I think that their preference should be in the forefront. They may wish to have all hams read it, or they may not. But it is their copyrights that we need to consider.Just how hard do you work to find the delete button? Sorry, that little tidbit made me chuckle.I fear it's a moot point. Tom probably won't continue the practice here, but I hope he does on MCARES. I think that the statement that the lives of many would be simpler if Tom stopped forwarding the ARRL newsletter is a bit of an embelishment. Tom did so as a service to the hams and we need to look at his intent. I personally thank him for doing it as long as he did.I don't know how the other moderators feel but if anyone wants to post the ARRL newsletter here I certainly have no problem with it.I would hope that the ARRL members would see this as an opportunity to entice hams to join. The newsletter outlines many things and much of that is the work the ARRL does to help the hobby. For the record, I am not an ARRL member. I don't have to be a member to want to know what they are up to. I am under the impression that they are proud of their work and would like all hams to know about it.Keeping the newsletter here is a better means of getting more ARRL members than not having it.And I do not hate it when there are dissenting voices. It helps see other points of views.73,Mark K8MHZ----- Original Message -----From: George (Skip) VerDuinSent: Sunday, July 02, 2006 4:47 PMSubject: Re: [WestMichiganHams] Re: ARRL Letter
Sorry Hank, Mark, (et al) who prefer to put Tom to work forwarding the newsletter.
Great concept Tom has to whet our whistle for the material,
I agree with Tom [perhaps for a different reason]...
Tom has duplicated the letter in my mailbox - therefore it is SPAM from a trusted source.
No filter works for that circumstance - so far.
Tom works hard to get it to me - I work hard finding the delete button.
My life, Tom's, and potentially many others, would be simpler if Tom retired the practice of forwarding.
Unless of course he has editorial comment - then cut-and-paste works like a dream.
For those who want to see the letter like I do - do like I do / subscribe directly.
It gets here earlier, the service is free, and it promotes ham radio.
It comes from: ARRL Letter Mailing List <letter-dlvy@...>
And the good news - you only get it once...
There is no down side.
Not a member? Join.
To promote ham radio by reading the letter while not a member of the publishing group is an oxymoron.
When you find an ARRL issue to bitch about, you get heard just a little better as a member...
Don't you hate it when there is this dissenting voice out there?
On Sun, 2006-07-02 at 17:53 +0000, Hank Greeb wrote:
I 2nd the sediment that says we should post the ARRL letter, etc.,
here on the reflector. Lettuce promote the ham radio institution
which has fought for our frequencies since 1914. Without it we
wouldn't have the amateur radio service.
73 de n8xx Hg
--- In WestMichiganHams@yahoogroups.com, <k8mhz@...> wrote:
> "Is it really necessary to post it on here?"
> Referring to the ARRL newsletter please remember that only a
minority of hams are ARRL members (30 percent of active hams or
something like that). The others would possibly like to see it. I
encourage Tom to post it here as long as he wishes and as long the
ARRL does not have a problem with it.
> Mark K8MHZ
de Skip k8rra k
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