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  • Tom VanderMel
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2005
      > (To reply, send E-mail to k8je@..., only. Your comments will be
      > appreciated.)
      > Inside this issue
      > - ELECTIONS
      > The ARRL Board of Directors approved a proposal to segregate amateur
      > bands based upon bandwidth of transmitted signal. This method of
      > assigning sub-bands would replace the current system that designates
      > where we may operate by our mode of transmission. If adopted,
      > essentially all that would change is the way we refer to sub-bands.
      > For example, where we currently think in terms of frequencies open to
      > SSB, we instead would think in terms of where we could use its
      > approximate bandwidth. This bandwidth is typically considered to be
      > about 2.7-2.8 kHz. SSB sigs would fit very nicely into the 3.5 kHz
      > sub-band that would be available to them. (I pushed for a wider
      > sub-band, but this did't work out.) Similar situations would relate to
      > CW, the several digital forms, etc.
      > The big deal about this proposal is that it would enable hams to return
      > to the leading edge of development in communication technology. And,
      > yes, there are provisions for AM, FM, etc.
      > Whenever changes are made in long established practices, confusion
      > often occurs. Not surprisingly, this is true of the Bandwidth
      > regulation proposal. What is the uncertainty?
      > The principal question I've been asked is, How am I supposed to measure
      > the bandwidth of my transmissions?
      > The answer: The Bandwidth proposal would require us to do nothing we
      > are not required to do now. Unless someone is involved in in-depth
      > development of new forms of transmission, we generally don't measure
      > bandwidth, now. We will not need to measure it in the future.
      > Think of it this way. Under existing regulations, we talk in terms of
      > SSB, ATV, SSTV, CW, etc. What actually is going on is that the regs
      > authorize us to use these modes provided the signals we transmit
      > satisfy requirements of good operating practices -- which include
      > proper transmitted bandwidth. Even though we think in terms of mode,
      > we operate in terms of bandwidth.
      > As typical operators we generally rely on the quality of our equipment
      > and its components, as well as on reports of the quality of our signal
      > (that we receive from fellow hams or by monitoring our own transmitted
      > signals) to determine that our SSB, CW, PSK-31 or other emission
      > quality is good and inside designated sub-bands. Nothing about the
      > Bandwidth proposal would change this.
      > One tradition in the Great Lakes Division is that the Director and Vice
      > Director travel to club meetings, hamfests/swaps and similar local
      > events throughout the year. These visits bring ARRL to its members. I
      > totally support this tradition. Recently, though, a short-term medical
      > problem has made it difficult for me to travel. You deserve to know
      > the problem is being solved and I will be able to resume my normal
      > routine, soon. In the meantime, please accept my apology for limiting
      > much of my travel.
      > If you have any questions about this, let me know.
      > To succeed at nearly anything, we must learn to control our destiny!
      > Boy, have my children and grandchildren, even people who reported to me
      > at work heard this statement of one of my philosophies on life . . .
      > often. What this means is that if we want something to be done, we
      > need to take responsibility for making it happen.
      > What would you identify as the single, most important accomplishment
      > Amateur Radio should pursue in order to protect and expand our great
      > Service? Is it protecting our frequencies? Or is it attracting new
      > hams to the fold? Or what about guaranteeing amateurs the right to
      > erect antenna supports and antennas without being hassled? Is this the
      > most important thing?
      > As important as these are, none tops my most-important list. First on
      > my list of critically most important projects is ARRL's non-partisan
      > Grassroots Lobbying. When properly pursued, Grassroots will make
      > success possible in many other highly important projects.
      > Grassroots Lobbying? You bet. We need to be able to work the
      > legitimate systems available to us to gain our legitimate objectives.
      > The political system is a very important one of these systems. Like it
      > or not, everything we do in life is impacted by politics. Our personal
      > involvement with politics begins with many of the interactions we as
      > youngsters have with our parents. And, can you think of any aspect of
      > life that is more politically charged than the relationship between
      > wife and husband?
      > But ARRL is a non-profit organization and cannot legally become
      > involved in politics, you say.
      > Not so, I reply. Non-profit organizations, ARRL included, may legally
      > enter into the political arena provided they follow IRS rules. These
      > rules essentially require us to avoid involvement in partisan politics
      > (e.g. not to act on the basis of political parties) and to limit
      > expenses incurred in lobbying to specified percentage of our income.
      > Lobbying within these limits can be highly effective.
      > ARRL qualifies fully in all respects to lobby in favor of our
      > non-partisan, pro-Amateur Radio agenda. Failing to lobby can mean
      > disaster for ham radio.
      > Why, would any of us want to get involved in politics though? This
      > answer is simple for us who really enjoy Amateur Radio as a hobby as
      > well as for us who appreciate the tremendous contributions of hamming
      > to public service.
      > What is the most important thing individual amateurs can do to make our
      > lobbying effort effective? Follow the through on the strategies
      > developed nationally as these are provided to you through the Kentucky,
      > Michigan and Ohio State Legislative Action Coordinators.
      > What is about the worst thing you can do? Choose, as is your right, to
      > be a loner . . . to ignore the advice attributed to Abraham Lincoln
      > that "if we all do not hang together, we shall surely all hang
      > separately."
      > Vice Director Dick Mondro, W8FQT has accepted my request to head the
      > Grassroots effort in the Division (Division Legislative Action
      > Chairman). The State Legislative Action Coordinators who manage this
      > program in their states are Gregory Baize, Sr., KG4VJC (Kentucky), Val
      > Rose, N8EXV (Michigan) and Jim Ashman, W8ASH (Ohio). You may hear from
      > one of these Division leaders.
      > One important point to recognize is that the Grassroots Lobbying
      > Program is separate from the Section Government Liaison (SGL) program.
      > Grassroots Lobbying is focused on national legislation. SGLs limit
      > their activities to intra-state activities.
      > Since my last newsletter, many more (still far from all) Division
      > members have written their US Representatives urging them to support
      > H.Res. 230. To you who have written, thanks for your help.
      > ELECTIONS,
      > In case you missed the notices, elections for Director and Vice
      > Director of our Great Lakes Division will be held in just a few weeks.
      > I am pleased to say I've learned there will be about six candidates for
      > these offices. This provides testimony to the level of importance
      > Division members assign to ARRL. Full members will receive ballots in
      > the mail. Watch QST for further information.
      > I encourage you to review carefully the qualifications of each
      > candidate and vote for the candidate of your choice for each position.
      > Be sure to participate in selecting the eople who will represent you in
      > Newington.
      > 73, more later,
      > Jim, K8JE
      > Director Great Lakes Division, ARRL
      > 5065 Bethany Rd., Mason, OH 45040-8130
      > 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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