Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for December, 2019.
We open this edition of "Dale's Tales" to send very best holiday wishes to everyone from Tom and Helen along with Judy and me as we enter this wonderful season. We all hope it brings joyous get-togethers with your family and friends.
Vice Director Tom W8WTD and I had the rare opportunity to recognize the outstanding service of one of our own Great Lakes Division amateurs and thereby present Ohio Section Manager Scott Yonally N8SY with a prestigious award conferred by the ARRL Board of Directors. The honor is called the Knight Distinguished Service Award and is presented to Section Managers who have exhibited outstanding dedication to Amateur Radio. The Board commented that "Scott is tireless in his efforts to be present and visible all over the state, representing the ARRL and Amateur Radio with a positive and forward-thinking attitude." The official plaque was presented to Scott at the November meeting of the Portage County Amateur Radio Society.
We have some rather unhappy news, the Livonia Amateur Radio Club reports that a venue conflict has caused the cancellation of the Livonia Swap planned for Feb. 23, 2020. The LARC Swap and Shop has traditionally been one of the well attended swaps in SE Michigan and we hope that 2021 will bring even a bigger and better LARC swap to that region.
OUR GREAT LAKES DIVISION web page does carry news from some of the recent events in the Division, useful links and information as well as some neat photos supplied from around the Division. Check it out: http://arrl-greatlakes.org/
Be sure to check your ARRL Section's news pages for the latest local happenings, club and net information.
TOM'S TOME Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Tom W8WTD.
Holiday greetings to all! With the Thanksgiving holiday just passed, the tendency is to look ahead to the Christmas holiday season, and save the “look back” at 2019 and the “look ahead” to 2020 until after the rest of the holidays. Here, though, I’d like to call attention to some things coming up in 2020 to get your attention early on, so you can plan for some good events.
First, I’d like to remind everyone that our Great Lakes Division convention is coming up in March, the weekend of the 14th and 15th, to be specific. It’s being held in Toledo, Ohio, in conjunction with the Toledo Mobile Radio Association’s annual hamfest. The folks up there have been planning for this event since early summer. They’ve pulled together a great line-up of speakers and topics and activities. It’s all indoors, as is appropriate for that time of year, at a nice facility. More details will be available soon, but it’s time to start planning for March. It may be a bit of a drive for some folks in the Division, but probably well worth the effort to see and hear about projects and techniques that you need more help with.
This next one is a bit farther out, but of special note anyway. All of us old-timers know how important it is to interest younger people in ham radio. So it’s a step in that direction that the Youth on the Air camp will be held in West Chester, Ohio in June. The week-long camp will be held at the National Voice of America Museum of Broadcasting. It’s in the Cincinnati area, just north of the I-275 circle route. According to the press release, “the camp will focus on building peer and mentor relationships and taking amateur radio ‘to the next level.’” There will be workshops in all sort of STEM-related subjects. A high-altitude balloon launch is being planned, and they will operate with the special-event call sign of W8Y.
The camp director, Neil, WB9VPG, tells me that there are several ways for amateurs to help. One will be to take part in the on-air activities during the week, by providing contacts for the young people. I’ll be sure to let you know more about that as it gets closer. For those of you who have the means, donations are another good way to help. And finally, for local hams or those who might be a reasonably short drive away, some hands-on help with set-up and clean-up might also be a way to participate in June. No matter where you live in the Division, please try to help in some way make this event a success.
Best wishes for a good holiday season.
--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division
ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning offers hamfest sponsors the opportunity to take advantage of some offerings from ARRL. Your Division Director is pleased to make this Sanctioning available to ARRL Affiliated Clubs who have a history of holding regular swaps. One successful swap normally qualifies! ARRL will provide prize certificates, QST will publish the announcement for the swap, post it on-line at the ARRL web site and supply requested hamfest handout material. The club, in exchange, shall provide ARRL a table for "meet and greet" at the hamfest. Consult the hamfest pages on the ARRL web site for the application form.
If you plan to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, please do so well in advance of your Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST requires a 3 month lead time. It should be noted that there has been a change in the way ARRL contributes to your hamfest efforts. Please carefully read the e-mail from ARRL Headquarters confirming your sanctioning as IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT DETAILS REGARDING PRIZES. Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set. With 52 weeks and 70+ hamfests in the Great Lakes Division, things do requires some advanced planning.
HAMFESTING: Here is the current Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest Schedule covering the next few months. These swaps have received their sanctioning approval from ARRL HQ at the time of this publication.
12/1/19 Lanse Creuse Madison Hgts, MI
12/7/19 Fulton County Delta, OH
1/19/20 SCARF Hamfest Nelsonville, OH
1/19-20 Hazel Park Madison Hgts, MI
1/26/20 Tusco Strasburg, OH
2/1/20 HARA Negaunee, MI
2/16/20 Mansfield Mansfield, OH
2/23/20 Livonia CANCELLED for 2020
3/7/20 Cave City Cave City, KY
3/14-15/20 Toledo / Great Lakes Toledo, OH
3/21/20 Gallipolis Gallipolis, OH
73, Were you on the air today??? Ham it up!
Dale Williams WA8EFK
Great Lakes Division