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The Mess In Newington
For those of you paying attention, there has been quite a lot of “Sound and Fury” coming from the otherwise staid Connecticut community of Newington. For certain, “not all” of the Sound and Fury has been occurring in Newington, but the focus has certainly been on ARRL Headquarters located there.
Let’s revisit some of the issues that have been the recent focus of all the kerfluffle:
- The “Sellout” (not my words) by ARRL muck-a-mucks regarding The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017
- The irregular procedure used to adopt the ARRL code of conduct for Board members
- The censure of the Southwestern Division Director for bad-mouthing the Code of Conduct
- And the sudden “retirement” of the ARRL CEO
Some of you, who apparently do not have a life, read the links I posted in last week’s Newsletter about “The Kerfluffle” (lead story last week (The Kerfluffle Reading List) and these are my thoughts about all that, as well as what has transpired this week.
Some have called the compromise made in the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017” (passed by the House and sitting in Committee in the Senate) was a complete sellout. I understand the “absolute” from which this argument is made, but the “absolute” was never going to be passed by the House, and with the language currently in the Bill, Deed Restricted Properties must give a hearing and “reasonable accommodation” to Amateurs for antenna structures. Is it the best we could have hoped for? No, it’s not. But it IS the nose-under-the-tent that we need for this to move forward. The national organization that represents HOAs in Washington is the group that agreed to this language. Lawyers talking with Lawyers. Baby steps. If we can get this through the Senate it will be to our benefit. All or nothing here will net us “nothing“.
The ARRL Board has had a long-standing policy, as I understand it, that proposed changes of policies, procedures, etc., appear in the minutes of a previous meeting, be they Executive Board or full Board, before consideration for approval. This gives everyone the chance to fully consider what is being proposed and how it would affect policy and procedures going forward. With respect to the so-called “Code of Conduct” for Board members, this was not the case, and a quick review of the Minutes of the BoD meeting from Chicago in October of 2016 will tell you that there was no mention that a Code of Conduct would be considered at the January 2017 Board Meeting. The ‘Code of Conduct’ was “provided to the Board with less than 24 hours to review it and it was adopted without modification from the original draft presented to the Board” (sent to me by someone with direct knowledge of the events). This is reflected in the January 2017 Board Meeting minutes at Minute #17. ARRL President Rick Roderick was the person presenting the “Code of Conduct”, but I do not “know” its origin.
ARRL Southwestern Division Director Richard Norton, N6AA, spoke out against the “Code of Conduct” at one of the large California conventions (Hamcon or Pacificon) and was censured by The Board at a special BoD meeting on November 14, 2017. I don’t know Dick Norton, but enough people thought well enough of him to elect him as their Division Director. I am of the opinion the Director Norton is a normally out-spoken person. And that’s okay. While it may not have been in his best judgment to loudly and longly disparage the Code of Conduct, it wasn’t like he was talking confidential Board business out-of-school. I don’t know “what” it was that was said, but I expect it was along the lines of “hey, this was dropped on us at the last minute, I voted NAY and this is why…”. I’ll also point out the OUR Director, David Woolweaver, also voted NAY. I’ll be VERY interested in hearing how the rewrite of the CoC goes. “A rewrite?”, you ask. Uh huh – see entry below.
“The Rewrite” See ARRL News Story regarding the January 2018 Board meeting last week. The Code of Conduct will apparently be re-written and presented again at the July 2018 meeting. See ARRL Story here: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-of-directors-agrees-to-review-of-conduct-code-for-directors
The current “official” title of the ARRL’s operational muck-a-muck is “Chief Executive Officer and Secretary”. This position has morphed titles over the years, almost all of the morphing was during the long tenure of Dave Sumner, K1ZZ. Dave was named “Secretary and General Manager” of ARRL in 1982. When you think of “Secretary” here, think of it in the manner that you’d think of the “Secretary of the United Nations” – ie: “The Lord High Mocus”. In 1985, this title was changed to “Executive Vice President and Secretary”. In 2001, it was changed to “Chief Executive Officer and Secretary”, all with K1ZZ as the head. Dave retired as CEO/Sec when Tom Gallagher took over on April 18, 2016. This position is a “hired” position. The elected Board of Directors is his boss, and they do the hiring and firing. Personally, I think it should still be “Executive Vice President”, but I don’t have that vote; CEO has an entirely different meaning to me. But on the heels of a 40-year tenure by K1ZZ, and a very public kerfuffle over this so-called Code of Conduct, the new CEO will be leaving on March 2. I’m sorely tempted to “connect the dots” here, but I will not. I just hope that the next CEO of the ARRL will stay a little longer than 21 months.
And remember: This drivel and $.90+tax will get you a small coffee at McDonald’s in Norman. (Senior discount even less!)
Next week: In spite of all I wrote above, I’ll argue why YOU should pry the money out of your pocket to actually BE a paid member of ARRL.
Dates To Remember
Some VERY important events are scheduled in the near future which you need to put in your planner:
ARES Net *NEW TIME* – 7:30PM, Each Tuesday, 147.06 repeater
January 27-28 – Winter Field Day (see above graphic)
February 1 – SCARS VE Testing – http://w5nor.org/license/
February 6 – SCARS Tech/General Class BEGINS – http://w5nor.org/events/
February 10 – SCARS Monthly Meeting – http://w5nor.org/meetings/
The Doctor Is In
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Listen to it here-> The Doctor Is In Podcast
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This Week’s ARRL Letter
Most Recent Headlines:
- ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, Re-Elected; Barry Shelley, N1VXY, is New CEO
- ARRL Board of Directors Agrees to Review of Conduct Code for Directors
- Puerto Rico, US Virgin Island Amateurs are International Humanitarian Award Winners
- The Doctor Will See You Now!
- New Hands-On Radio Experiments Book Now Shipping
- Amendment to ARRL DXCC Rules Expands DXCC List
- Nominations Solicited for Six ARRL Awards
- AREDN Donates Mesh Networking Equipment to ARRL
- Co-Launched CubeSats Settling Into Orbits, Missions
- Mode Usage Evaluation: 2017 was “the Year When Digital Modes Changed Forever”
- Secretive “Numbers Stations” Persist on HF
- In Brief…
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
Read it all here: ARRL Letter
ARRL DX Bulletin
QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 5 ARLD005
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT January 25, 2018
To all radio amateurs
SB DX ARL ARLD005
ARLD005 DX news
This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by
EA1HEO, The Daily DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, DXNL, Contest
Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.
TANZANIA, 5H. Janusz, AK4JK is QRV as 5H0JK from Rungwa. Activity
is on the HF bands using mostly CW and some SSB. His length of stay
is unknown. QSL to home call.
TOGO, 5V. John, N9MDH is QRV as 5V1JE from Lome until the end of
May. Activity is on the HF bands, with a focus on the newer bands,
using mostly digital modes. QSL to home call.
UGANDA, 5X. Dan, JA1PBV is QRV as 5X2S from Entebbe until January
29. Activity is on 20 and 17 meters using CW and FT8. QSL to home
MOZAMBIQUE, C9. Johannes, PA5X and Gerben, PG5M will be QRV as C8X
and C81G, respectively, from Ibu Island, IOTA AF-061, from January
28 to February 5. Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters, including 60
meters, using CW, SSB and FT8. QSL to home calls.
COMOROS, D6. Giovanni, IK5BCM, Giuseppe, IK5CBE and Giovanni,
IK5CRH will be QRV as D68I from January 29 to February 10. Activity
will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes.
QSL via IK5CRH.
GUADELOUPE, FG. Operator F6APE is QRV as FG4KH until February 13.
Activity is on the HF bands. This includes being an entry in the
REF CW contest. QSL via F1DUZ.
GUINEA-BISSAU, J5. Livio, IZ3BUR is QRV as J52EC until February 21
while on a mission to support a Books for High School of Cumara
project. Activity is in his spare time. QSL to home call.
ST. LUCIA, J6. Bill, K9HZ is QRV as J68HZ from Soufriere until
February 3. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters between 1200 to 0600z.
QSL to home call.
PERU, OA. Special event station OC4MS will be QRV from the Mateo
Salado Monumental Archaeological Complex on January 27 and 28.
Activity will be on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various
digital modes. QSL via OA4O.
BELGIUM, ON. Javier, EA1HEO is QRV as OR4ESA from the European
Space Agency Redu Ground Station until February 6. Activity is on
80, 40 and 20 meters using SSB, and mainly RTTY and PSK31, from 1700
to 2200z. QSL via DL0ESA.
CURACAO, PJ2. Jeff, K8ND and Jim, W8WTS are QRV as PJ2ND and
PJ2/W8WTS, respectively, from the Signal Point station until
February 5. Activity is on the HF bands. They will be active as
PJ2T as a Multi/Single entry in the CQ World Wide 160 Meter CW
contest. QSL to home calls and PJ2T via W3HNK.
FERNANDO DE NORONHA, PYOF. Rafael, PY2NDX and Joao, PU2XDX will be
QRV as PY0F/PY2NDX and PU0F/PU2XDX, respectively, from January 27 to
February 1. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters using CW,
SSB and possibly FT8. QSL to home calls.
PALAU, T8. Nobuaki, JA0JHQ will be QRV as T88PB from Koror Island,
IOTA OC-009, from January 27 to 31. Activity will be on the HF
bands, with a focus on 80 meters using CW, and the CQ World Wide 160
Meter CW contest. QSL to home call.
GABON, TR. Alain, TR8CA has been active using FT8 on 160 meters
between 0200 and 0300z, and 80 meters using CW after 0500z. QSL to
UKRAINE, UR. Special event station EM80I is QRV from Druzhkivka to
celebrate the 80 years since the birth of poet, stage and film
actor, author and singer Vladimir Vysotsky. QSL via operator’s
ST. KITTS AND NEVIS, V4. Bernie, W3UR will be QRV as V47UR from St.
Kitts, IOTA NA-104, from January 29 to February 12. Activity will
be holiday style on 160 to 6 meters using CW, SSB and some FT8 from
grid square FK87. QSL via NR6M.
TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS, VP5. John, N9EAJ is QRV as VP5/N9EAJ from
Grand Turk, IOTA NA-003, until February 4. Activity is on 40 to 10
meters using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.
INDONESIA, YB. Emmanuel, F5LIT will be QRV as YB9/F5LIT from Bali,
IOTA OC-022, from January 30 to February 10. Activity will be on 20
to 15 meters using SSB. QSL direct to home call.
KOSOVO, Z6. Station Z60A is QRV on the HF bands. QSL via OH2BH.
UK SOVEREIGN BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS, ZC4. A group of operators are
QRV as ZC4A until January 31. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using
CW, SSB and RTTY with a focus on the low bands. QSL via M0URX.
SOUTH AFRICA, ZS. Members of the Secunda Amateur Radio Club are QRV
with special event call ZS30SRC until January 28 to celebrate the
club’s 30th anniversary. Activity is on the HF bands with six
stations active. QSL via operators’ instructions.
THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. CQ 160-Meter CW Contest, Winter Field
Day, NCCC RTTY Sprint, 80-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt, NCCC CW Sprint, REF
CW Contest, BARTG RTTY Sprint and the UBA DX SSB Contest are all on
tap for this upcoming weekend.
The UKEICC 80-Meter CW Contest, CWops Mini-CWT CW Test, Phone Fray
and 40-Meter QRP CW Fox Hunt are scheduled for January 31.
The ARRL International Grid Chase runs during all of 2018.
Please see January 2018 QST, page 89, and the ARRL and WA7BNM
Contest Web Sites for details.
Always Latest version at the top here: ARRL DX Bulletin
Amateur Radio Newsline
– GERMANY KEEPS 6 METERS – AND KOSOVO’S A NEW DXCC
– RADIO ATHLETES GETTING FIT FOR WRTC 2018
– AIKEN TO GROW IN SOUTH CAROLINA
– HAMS TAKING ST. PATRICK’S DAY GLOBAL
– IN SEARCH OF AFRICAN OPERATORS ON HF
– K2BSA GETS ON THE AIR AND HAS BIG PLANS
– NEW JERSEY TO WELCOME HAMS AND CITIZEN SCIENTISTS
– WORLD OF DX
– HAM RADIO HELPS THE HOMELESS
NOTE: The “SCRIPT” and “AUDIO” above are hotlinks. Click to either to “read” or “listen”!
Live links, Script, and Audio here: Amateur Radio Newsline – Latest News
Episode 335’s highlights:
“What to expect at HamCation 2018 in Orlando, Florida,
Bob shows off Pineboard Projects built by Ham Nation viewers,
ice on George’s transmitter towers,
DX Files with Val and an update on the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island DXpedition
The last half-dozen or so episodes are linked right here: Ham Nation
Odds and Ends
- ARES Memory Settings (Red Box at the bottom of the page)
- Collector and Emitter Archive
- YLRL Nets and other info
- Real-time Solar Weather
- SCARS Officers
- HF Net List
- Norman VHF Repeaters audio stream
- ARRL Outgoing QSL Service
- Announced DX Operations
- D-Star stuff
- Real-time lightning data
- Oklahoma ARES Voice Over IP Net
Upcoming Hamfests within 250 miles
Link below lists all the ARRL-related hamfests within a 250 mile drive of Norman for about the next 5 months. Lots of good ones close to Norman.
As always, News, Links, Repeater Info, Hamfests, Licensing, General Help & more linked from the sidebar at the SCARS Homepage – W5NOR.ORG !!!