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WEAVER'S WORDS -- WATCH OUT FOR GOBLINS

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  • Tom VanderMel
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 19, 2004
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      > (Reply to this newsletter at k8je@..., or by telephone, only)
      >
      > BPL -- THE FAT LADY HASN'T SUNG, YET!
      >
      > The FCC did pretty much as we expected. They put their blessing on the
      > national roll-out of BPL. In doing this, they actually recognized (for
      > the first time) the possibility of QRMing Amateur Radio bands, and in
      > theory established procedures that could force BPL suppliers to clean up
      > their act. The jury is out on this, of course.
      >
      > Even though FCC Commissioners forced their non-technical will on us, we
      > are not "out," yet. With the help of our burgeoning Grassroots Action
      > system, there is at least one more ploy we can attempt to force the
      > Commissioners to stop the roll-out until after they have conducted
      > scientifically-sound data that will determine the degree, if any, of
      > interference BPL is likely to cause not only to us, but to all other
      > users of the involved spectrum.
      >
      > I thank Michigan amateurs K8CQF and N8DJP who so willingly came to the
      > front in emphasizing public safety interests in avoiding interference.
      > We will see fairly soon how this new effort pans out.
      >
      > REGULATION BY BANDWIDTH
      >
      > I thank each of you who wrote to me or ARRL HQ to share your views on
      > this proposal. I read each of these regardless of where they were
      > directed. I saw a number of good recommendations. Thanks for them. I
      > also saw some misunderstandings. Thanks for these as well.
      >
      > One point I wish to make is that I attempted to answer each comment very
      > soon after I received it. This worked in most instances, but in a few
      > my E-mail was rejected as undeliverable, apparently because of security
      > setting some place along the line. If this is intentional, this is OK
      > with me, but it means I will be unable to discuss issues with you.
      >
      > The status of the proposal is that a summary of comments received on it
      > have been reviewed by the Executive Committee. The EC met just this
      > past weekend so I don't know exactly what changes were made as a result
      > of them. I believe I can guarantee everyone that changes are being made
      > and that the basis for these changes is input from members. Great job,
      > folks.
      >
      > One additional comment is that there is very misleading information
      > being spread by a former member of the ARRL HF Digital Committee
      > concerning this Committee's report and how some recommendations in it
      > were put into the Bandwidth proposal. I don't want to make this issue
      > of the newsletter longer that it already is certain to be, but let me
      > attempt to assure everyone that most of the information in this
      > individual's claims are inaccurate or are taken out of context so that
      > they misrepresent the facts.
      >
      > GRASSROOTS PROGRAM
      >
      > Little by little there seems to be growing understanding among Great
      > Lakes Division members of the need for them to become involved in our
      > Grassroots Lobbying program. I am able to begin putting volunteer's
      > names on the list for the several Congressional Districts in our three
      > states. If you are willing to consider making as many as two contacts a
      > year with your US Representative or Senator, please notify me. The task
      > will be to provide basic information to them and ask them to support
      > legislation ARRL has had introduced into Congress. This legislation is
      > on such topics as protecting our amateur bands and on Federal guarantee
      > of the ability of amateurs to have antennas.
      >
      > Background information and handout material will be provided to members
      > of the Grassroots team. The reality of modern times is that we can no
      > longer rely on the FCC to do the right thing. We must become involved
      > on a non-partisan basis with Congress. Please contact me for more
      > information.
      >
      > MICHIGAN SECTION ARRL CONVENTION
      >
      > The 2003 Michigan Section Convention was the first I had attended for
      > many years. To say it was a good one is an understatement. Even saying
      > the 2004 Convention will be better understates expectations. For one
      > thing, ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, will be the speaker at the
      > Friday evening banquet and will hold forth at the ARRL forum on
      > Saturday.
      >
      > The Convention is Friday evening, November 5 and Saturday, November 6.
      > The Holland ARC's hamfest is Sunday, November 7. For more information:
      > http://superswap.hollandarc.org/.
      >
      > KENTUCKY SECTION ARRL CONVENTION
      >
      > Congratulations to the folks in the Louisville area for a fine
      > convention. It shows promise of growing in future years.
      >
      > GREAT LAKES DIVISION CONVENTION
      >
      > This will be the second of our bi-annual Division Conventions. It will
      > be held on Saturday, March 19, the day before the Toledo Hamfest.
      > Featured speaker for the Saturday evening banquet is Riley
      > Hollingsworth, K4ZDH. He will also hold a forum earlier in the day.
      > Riley, of course, has been extremely active in enforcement not only of
      > Amateur Radio rules, but of rules against QRM caused by power companies,
      > etc. The representative from ARRL HQ for this convention will be Wayne
      > Mills, N7NG. Wayne probably is best known for his work in the DX
      > community, but he is more than this. He is Manager of the ARRL
      > Membership Services department.
      >
      > CONVENTION AWARDS: Now is the time to submit nominations for the George
      > S. Wilson, W4OYI, the Amateur of the Year, the Technical achievement and
      > the Newsletter awards.
      >
      > For information on the Convention and the awards, go to:
      > http://greatlakes.arrl.org/.
      >
      > FINAL THOUGHT
      >
      > It seems that some amateurs look to ARRL to enforce FCC rules. Frankly,
      > we don't. Moreover, we can't. The rules are established and enforced
      > by the FCC. If one looks at the staffing level of the Commission, it is
      > readily apparent they cannot be everywhere at any one time. Riley
      > Hollingsworth, for example, has few people on his staff and still they
      > must attempt to cover the US and its possessions to enforce the
      > Commissions' rules.
      >
      > Simply put, this is an impossible task. Riley and his folks do a great
      > job, but they cannot do it all. We, radio amateurs, can assist Riley;
      > however, by being his eyes and ears. The ARRL Official Observer Corps
      > is the specific group that he looks toward for help. OOs simply collect
      > information and pass it up the line where it is reviewed for
      > completeness and is passed on to Riley. I encourage each of you to
      > consider becoming an OO. This is easy to do and the job required is
      > pretty simple, also. The job done by OOs is of great help in getting at
      > least the worst offenders off our ham bands. To learn more about
      > becoming an OO, go to: http://greatlakes.arrl.org/. Click on the link
      > to your Section's web site where the OO Coordinator for your Section is
      > listed. He will be happy to describe the hows, whys and whats of OO
      > work. Keep in mind that if we don't help, we will have no one but
      > ourselves to blame for many of the operating problems on our bands.
      >
      > 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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