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  • Tom VanderMel
    ... From: ARRL Web site To: Sent: Thursday, April 22, 2004 3:52 PM Subject: WEAVER S WORDS -- Mow the Lawn
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 22, 2004
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "ARRL Web site" <memberlist@...>
      To: <kb8vee@...>
      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
      > it.
      > 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.)
      > 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.
      > BPL
      > 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.
      > 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.
      > 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
      > history.
      > 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.
      > 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
      > k8je@...
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      > ARRL Great Lakes Division
      > Director: James Weaver, K8JE
      > k8je@...
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