Fw: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Mow the Lawn Edition
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From: "ARRL Web site" <memberlist@...>
Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 3:52 PM
Subject: WEAVER'S WORDS -- Mow the Lawn Edition
> SPAM VIA ARRL.NET -- Your Input is Requested
> I believe that most of you realize that the SPAM that comes through our
> ARRL E-mail forwarding service (arrl.net) does not originate with
> arrl.net and that it also is not promoted by or sanctioned by ARRL.
> SPAM at this time in the development of the Internet is simply a fact of
> life. I have no need to get into a discussion over SPAM, itself, but I
> would like to get an up-to-date view of how you, the members in the
> Great Lakes Division, feel about one aspect of SPAM -- getting rid of
> A preliminary study of SPAM as it relates to the ARRL E-mail forwarding
> service has shown it will take over $100,000 each year to add a SPAM
> filter to the service. Please understand that there is absolutely no
> charge to members to use the ARRL E-mail forwarding service and that it
> would be impossible for us to absorb the thousands of dollars charge to
> add the SPAM filter to it. Keep in mind, also, that neither this filter
> nor any other filter currently available will be fully satisfactory for
> each user. This filter as is true of filters available through ISPs and
> to individual operators will continue to allow some SPAM through and at
> the same time will occasionally identify good messages as SPAM and
> quarantine them. There is no fully satisfactory solution to SPAM. A
> SPAM filter will detect and quarantine much of the SPAM that is floating
> around the web.
> My questions are very simple.
> 1. Do you currently use <yourcall>@... as an E-mail address through
> the ARRL forwarding service? (Yes or No, please.)
> 2. Would you use the ARRL forwarding service if there was a fee of as
> much as $5/year charged to pay for having a SPAM filter added? (Yes or
> No, please.)
> KENTUCKY QSO PARTY
> The Kentucky QSO Party will be on the air from 1600Z April 24 until
> 0400Z April 25. Modes accepted are CW, SSB and digital on suggested
> frequencies. RTTY/PSK count as digital. Entries will be SSB only, CW
> only, digital only, mixed or ROVER. Full details are at
> www.qsl.net/ka8okh/kyqso.htm. The contest is sponsored by the Bullitt
> County ARS.
> Speaking of QSO parties, kudos to the folks in Michigan for a fine party
> last weekend. I was unable to put much time into it, but greatly
> enjoyed making 25 QSOs in spite of conflicts between it and family needs
> (including a First Communion). Unfortunately, I have an even greater
> conflict for the Kentucky party. I need to be in Newington this weekend
> for a committee meeting that includes personnel and budget oversight.
> Still no word from our lobby gurus about lobbying regarding BPL. As we
> prepare to contact our legislators, please understand that ARRL is not
> against BPL. We are, however, against interference in the radio wave
> spectrum that it is likely to cause. This interference would not be
> limited to Amateur Radio frequencies, only. When we write our
> Congressional representatives, we will ask them to help ensure that the
> FCC lives up to its obligation of enforcing anti-interference standards.
> Keep your writing hand and typing fingers warmed up.
> One additional point: BPL is and has been legal under existing FCC
> rules/regulations. Our concern specifically is that the Commission will
> fail to enforce its current rules against interference. Our main
> concern is that it will not define these rules as they relate to BPL in
> a manner that will force power companies to run clean operations even if
> it is possible to have an interference free BPL. However, I have to say
> (much like to car insurance add) I've just received some very good news.
> It is a draft document at this time and I cannot pass it along;
> however, it could prove to be a pivotal document in helping control BPL
> properly. Protection against BPL remains the top-most cause among the
> Board and upper staff at HQ.
> RESTRUCTURING PETITION
> Please understand that the recent "omnibus" rulemaking
> proposal issued by the FCC is not directly related to the ARRL proposal
> for restructuring the Amateur Service (NPRM 10867). The Commission's
> most recent proposal stems from a dozen or so petitions filed as long as
> about five years ago and as recent as about a year ago. Relative to
> ARRL, the newest FCC proposal includes adopting the League's Novice
> refarming recommendations. These recommendations are also embodied in
> the recent ARRL Restructuring Petition, NPRM 100867.
> AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE (ARES)
> Because of the increased interest of emergency and disaster preparedness
> in this country, greater emphasis has been placed on the role hams can
> and should play in communication preparedness. This has created great
> opportunities for amateurs to become associated even more closely with
> the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Sheriffs' Departments, State Police,
> Emergency Management Associations and, most recently, the various forms
> of Homeland Security. As often happens, this increased visibility has
> also resulted in a degree of confusion among members of organizations
> that typically include or are totally made up of hams. I offer a couple
> of comments to help get rid of just a little of the confusion.
> ARES: The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is the only nationwide,
> locally-staffed emergency communication service sponsored by an Amateur
> Radio organization -- the ARRL. The top of the chain of command resides
> at ARRL HQ in Newington, CT. From here, the chain goes to each ARRL
> Section. The Section Manager (SM) heads ARES (and everything else) in
> the Section. The Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) reports to the SM.
> Immediately under the SEC in the structure are the District Emergency
> Coordinators (DECs) who are assigned to coordinate the actions of ARES
> in selected smaller territories. Each of these smaller territories is
> headed by an Emergency Coordinator who reports to the DEC. ECs can in
> turn appoint Assistant ECs to assist them in organizing and directing
> the activities of ARES members in their locality. The rules for
> membership in ARES are established by ARRL.
> RACES: This organization is sponsored by the Federal Emergency
> Management Agency (FEMA). It is not specifically an Amateur Radio
> organization and members of it do not need to be radio amateurs. The
> rules for membership in RACES are generally established nationally with
> some added local fine tuning at the State level. In Michigan, the
> Michigan State Police are responsible for administering RACES. They
> have close ties with the Michigan Section ARES. Conversely, in Ohio,
> RACES is administered by Ohio EMA. Close working association with
> Amateur Radio in Ohio mostly is through the County EMA organizations.
> As Homeland Security systems develop within the separate states, we can
> expect to find that every Amateur Radio group that has some tie with
> some public safety/service group will be associated with Homeland
> Security or one of its branches. This means that at least on paper,
> amateurs who work for the Red Cross will find themselves being partnered
> with those who work with the Salvation Army, with law enforcement
> agencies, with RACES and with ARES . . . and any additional
> organizations. At this time, many amateurs hold concurrent membership
> in ARES and RACES with the two services taking on the appearance of a
> single organization.
> NTS: NTS is undergoing a transition from the service it was in years
> past into a service that is being shaped into one that can beyond
> question be counted upon to pass urgent traffic over a wide area
> promptly. The idea of change has caused some NTS members great concern.
> It should not. The changes are bringing or have already nearly brought
> NTS into the modern era as a partner with ARES. Vice Director Dick
> Mondro, W8FQT chairs a committee for the Board of Directors that is
> ensuring the continued viability and enhanced value of NTS into the
> future. Close participation in appropriate emergency situations will
> make NTS more valuable and more highly valued than at any time in its
> These are just a few of my thoughts and observations on ARES and NTS.
> As Amateur Radio continues to evolve, more sophisticated and more
> durable means of communication will be developed. These forms, largely
> developed by fell amateurs, will provide increasingly reliable
> communication under adverse conditions. You who are involved in this
> effort can take pride in your excellent work.
> HOW DO I GET INVOLVED?
> Anyone wishing to become involved in ARES should contact the local EC.
> If they do not know the EC, log on to http://greatlakes.arrl.org/ and go
> to your State information page. You may contact the DEC or the SM to
> find the EC in your area. Remember, our ability to provide emergency
> communications support is a key to the survival of Amateur Radio.
> 73, CUL,
> Jim, K8JE
> AMATEUR RADIO: The only fail-safe communications system in the world.
> ARRL: The reason Amateur Radio is!
> Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director, Great Lakes Division ARRL
> 5065 Bethany Rd., Mason, OH 45040-9660, Tel. 513-459-0142, E-mail
> ARRL Great Lakes Division
> Director: James Weaver, K8JE
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