> (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,
> 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
> 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
> The Convention is Friday evening, November 5 and Saturday, November 6.
> The Holland ARC's hamfest is Sunday, November 7. For more information:
> 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:
> 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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