1949Fw: WEAVER'S WORDS - JULY 4TH EDITION
- Jul 1, 2005
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Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS - JULY 4TH EDITION
> [SEND COMMENTS OR INQUIRIES TO: k8je@..., only.]
> See below for:
> 1. Field Day.
> 2. H. Res. 230.
> 3. Leaders appointed or ARRL Grassroots Lobbying Program in GLD.
> 4. Thoughts on bandwidth limits.
> FIELDD Day
> Tnx in large part to a cantankerous left foot and leg, I wasn't able
> to get out to visit any of the FD sites in my area. I did the next
> best thing: operated on the air from my home QTH as much as I could.
> Even this wasn't glorious success because of time limitations. The
> bottom line is that I made just over 75 Qs which I limited to stations
> in Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. I wanted to give as many points as I
> could to folks in "my" territory.
> My practice is to send QSLs for essentially each Q I make. Half of the
> QSLs for FD are in the mail and the rest will be there within a couple
> of days. I always enjoy receiving cards for QSOs, but if any of you do
> not readily have QSLs readily available, don't worry about sending a
> card to me. If you have them, though, I'd sure like to add them to my
> collection of members from this Division.
> US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RESOLUTION 230
> In my previous E-mail newsletter I asked you each to send a letter
> (that I provided) to ask your US Representative to co-sponsor H.R. 230
> (note this is not a House Bill). This Resolution would "ask" the FCC
> to review the details of its decision to allow Broadband over Power
> Lines essentially without insuring it would not wipe out operations on
> our HF and VHF bands.
> There good news is that some 250 of you care enough about protecting
> our frequencies that you took the time to send the letter. The bad
> news is that this is only 250 of the more than 12,000 members in this
> Division. Could it be that the 11,750 who did not take the time to
> write just don't give a tinker's dam about Amateur Radio? I certainly
> hope this is not the case.
> In case you care about the future of Amateur Radio and your lack of
> writing is because you didn't read my last newsletter or it got lost in
> the E-mail or you simply forgot about it, there is still time for you
> to write. If you still have my May 29/30 WEAVER'S WORDS, the letter
> and instructions for sending it are in this issue.
> If you no longer have the May 29/30 issue, let me know and I'll send
> the information to you right away.
> Please take the time to help defend Amateur Radio. Become an active
> participant in defending our frequencies.
> Of course, thanks very to you members of the "LEADING 250" for your
> support of Amateur Radio. I don't have the time at this moment to
> thank you individually as is my usual practice, but be assured your
> help is very much appreciated.
> GRASSROOTS LOBBYING PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT IN THE GLD
> You've doubtlessly seen several of my writings on the still-new, ARRL
> Grassroots Lobbying effort during previous months. This program very
> frankly has the greatest potential of anything I know to promote the
> future of Amateur Radio. The letter writing referred to above and
> during the past year or so is just part of the non-partisan lobby
> project we are developing. The next step in this project is to develop
> a working structure for it.
> Therefore, it is my great pleasure to announce the appointment of the
> following Great Lakes Division ARRL members to leadership positions in
> the Grassroots program:
> 1. VICE DIRECTOR DICK MONDRO, W8FQT, is appointed DIVISION LEGISLATIVE
> ACTION CHAIRMAN (LAC), GREAT LAKES DIVISION. He reports to Director
> Jim Weaver, K8JE. Dick is responsible for guiding development and
> activities of the Grassroots program in the three states in this
> 2. JIM ASHMAN, W8ASH, is appointed STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION COORDINATOR
> (SLAC), OHIO. Jim reports to Division Legislative Action Chairman
> Mondro and is responsible for guiding development and activities of the
> Grassroots program in the State of Ohio.
> 3. VAL ROSE, N8EXV, is appointed STATE LEGISLATIVE ACTION COORDINATOR
> (SLAC), MICHIGEAN. Val reports to Division Legislative Action Chairman
> Mondro and is responsible for guiding development and activities of the
> Grassroots program in the State of Michigan.
> The legislative activity referred to in the above paragraphs is Federal
> government in nature. Legislative action originating in the state
> governments in our three Sections is under the management of the
> Section Manager through the Section Government Liaisons (SGL) they
> I had hoped to be able to announce appointment of a Kentucky State
> Legal Action Coordinator. Chairman Mondro is discussing this
> appointment with appropriate individuals at this time.
> I thank Jim, Val and Dick for accepting their very important
> SHOULD BANDWIDTH OF TRANSMITTED SIGNALS BE REGULATED?
> In one form or another, this question has been raised by many amateurs.
> Most of these are intelligent, highly-motivated hams. A recent
> question by one of these hams (an ARRL member in the GLD) essentially
> suggested as have other that it would be best if we just opened the
> bands. After I read reply which attempted to add perspective to his
> discussion, I thought I'd share this with each of you who red this
> newsletter. Here it is:
> "I certainly hear you . . . on the point about seeming inconsistencies
> in the current state of the draft bandwidth proposal. Being a
> simplistic purist myself, these also disturb me. Conversely, where
> should we draw the "line" and, more importantly, should the "line" be
> "In sharp contrast to my uneasiness over setting upper bandwidth limits
> are my equal concerns over the downsides of having no such limits. In
> contrast with current thinking of establishing upper (transmitted
> signal) bandwidth limits, is the proposal by many hams to have
> absolutely no limits -- i.e., to have wide open bands. This proposal
> to the opposite extreme of regulating transmitted signals has merit of
> its own. There would be no limitation to experimentation and use
> provided the signal was "kept within the band." Of course, depending
> upon the band and propagation, this extreme would prevent anyone else
> from using the band during times the full-band signal was being
> "My quandary is that what one person considers "the way to go" is
> nearly the opposite to the thinking of another person. Automatic
> digital covering all bands is the ideal of some folks. Absolutely no
> automatic digital is the ideal of others. Enhanced SSB, fully Hi-FI
> (and stereo) AM, wideband FM, etc. are the "things" that turn on a
> number of people. At least some of these folks would like these modes
> to have access to all ham frequencies.
> "OK, so what does all this mean to me at this moment? It means that
> compromises must be made by all of us for the good of all of us. This
> is the way life is in so many of its features. The question that
> derives from this fact of life simply is, "where are the best places to
> make compromises so we can ensure the best overall health and viable
> future of Amateur Radio . . . and simultaneously allow each individual
> amateur to obtain the greatest possible joy from our great service?"
> "In all seriousness, I ask just what your answers are to this last
> "Tnx for your interest in as well as your fine dedication to Amateur
> Radio. I truly appreciate hearing your thoughts and look forward to
> your further ideas.
> THE PRICE OF FREEDOM IS KNOWING WHICH PART(S) OF IT SHOULD BE GIVEN UP
> TO ENSURE FREEDOM OF OTHERS, AND WHEN THIS SHOULD BE DONE.
> I wish each of you 73 & GL,
> Jim Weaver, K8JE
> Director, Great Lakes Division ARRL; http://www.arrl.org/
> 5065 Bethany Rd., Mason, OH 45040
> Tel.: 513-459-0142; E-mail: k8je@...
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