Thursday, July 2, 2020

Dale's Tales for July

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for July, 2020.

ARRL's effort in the process for choosing our new Chief Executive Officer is nearing the final steps.  The Search Committee is in the stage of reducing the selection to a final few and these individuals will all be interviewed by the entire ARRL Board of Directors.  The

Covid-19 pandemic has confounded the process somewhat and travel restrictions have caused some unplanned delays, but with the narrowing of the field of candidates, the Selection Committee is completing its task.

As one of the Selection Committee members, I am pleased to report to you that we have interviewed an amazing number of individuals who truly exceed the Board's requirements, and of the final qualifiers, I believe any one of those individuals is capable of doing an outstanding job for the League.  It will soon be up to the full Board to make the ultimate decision for the right person to lead ARRL into the future.

Also, as a special note, an independent team is also completing its work on the selection of our new Emergency Communications Director to guide our involvement in the field of EMCOMM and manage our continuing relationships with our served-partner agencies.

Our ability as the ARRL's Board of Directors to meet by teleconference has been a valuable asset in fulfilling our obligations to our League members, and like the ARRL Board, most clubs have taken advantage of these video conferencing tools to continue their ability to hold regular meetings.  The downside of course, is the difficulty in furthering key discussions on meeting topics and current needs, garnering support for proposed motions and taking the needed time to provide background and the needed details of ideas and proposals.  With video conferencing, these important side-bars, just can't happen, just like all of the social side conversations which are part of a normal club meeting, don't happen in a Zoom Club meeting.  These are certainly different times for all of us and finding work-arounds to these challenges are challenging in themselves.

 

Bringing new members into the club during the pandemic has now become an interesting process.  Getting them introduced to everyone and allowing them to speak a little about themselves certainly could take a little advanced planning especially if they are new to a video meeting platform. I would be interested in hearing from you about unique ideas your club has used to welcome new members over the past few months.

I'll be glad to share them with all in the next edition of Dale's Tales.

TOM'S TOME, Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Tom W8WTD.

It’s the week after Field Day.  Looking back, some things were just the same, while many things were not.  There were a lot more stations running “1D,” but still quite a few in the usual Field Day categories.  Circumstances varied, and I’m sure those who operated as a group took precautions to stay safe in this pandemic.

I’ve heard people say that radio is a great way to “distance” and still be involved in a group.  That’s true, but the group aspect of ham radio is more than just talking and listening.  It involves teaching and doing, and that’s why Field Day became so important over the years.  Some of the picnic and party aspects may have been toned down this year, but the group activity of setting up stations and working together on making contacts went on, at least for some.  

Over the past couple of years, I was on a committee studying the entry-level license.  We collected a lot of facts through surveys and other means.  One of the key facts we came across is how important mentors are in the life of new hams.  Someone who studied on his or her own for the license is actually unlikely to get on the air, or to stay involved for very long even if they do get on.  Ham radio is a practical art, and the more people are exposed to it, the more they learn, and the more they want to take part.

Back to Field Day.  There’s no better way to demonstrate what a dipole is than to have to hold one end of it as it’s being readied for installation.  Working with coax or watching somebody solder a broken part is another way for people to absorb all the little things us older hams take for granted.

Whether you’re doing your monthly meetings on a repeater, or by videoconference, try to reach out to new people.  But ask questions yourself.  Reach out and ask for advice with a new concept, or give advice on something you know well.  If there are events coming up that you can do safely as a group, encourage others, especially newcomers, to join in and learn.  That’s the spirit of Field Day that we need to keep alive throughout the year, and particularly in these trying times.

--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING: If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.  We work together with the HQ staff to verify all new date selections in the hope of mitigating date conflicts.

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests.  Please note that all are subject to change, so please stay current by checking the sponsoring club's web page before making your travel arrangements.

7/11/20 NW Ohio Blackswamp RS Hamfest,      Temperance, MI

7/19/20 Van Wert Hamfest,            Van Wert, OH

7/25/20 Gladwin Hamfest, Gladwin, MI

8/1/20 UP Hamfest,             Escanaba, MI

8/8/20 Central Kentucky,    Lexington, KY

8/15/20 Clinton County Hamfest, Wilmington, OH

8/29/20 Milford Hamfest,    Owensville, OH

9/12/20 Grand Rapids GRAHamfest,       Wyoming, MI

9/12/20 Greater Louisville Hamfest,         Sheperdsville, KY

9/19/20 Richmond Hamfest,          Richmond, KY

9/20/20 Adrian Hamfest,     Adrian, MI

9/27/20 Cleveland Hamfest,           Berea, OH

10/3/20 Vette City -- KY State Conv.,       Bowling Green, KY

10/10/20 Northwest Ohio ARC Hamfest,             Lima, OH

10/17/20 Muskegon Color Tour,    Muskegon, MI

10/24/20 Hazard,     Hazard, KY

10/25/20 USECA,    Madison Hts, MI

12/5/20 Fulton County Winterfest,            Delta, OH

12/6/20 L'anse Creuse,       Madison Heights, MI 

For the latest detail on cancelled hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:

 http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:5/keywords:Canceled/model:Event

It should be noted that there has been a change in the way ARRL contributes to your ARRL sanctioned 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, even under the current travel restrictions.

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.  


73, All the best to you and your family. Stay Safe over July 4th and always.  

Ham it up!

Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director - Great Lakes Division

wa8efk@arrl.org 

Monday, June 1, 2020

Dale's Tales for June...

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for June, 2020.

"Social Distancing", and Amateur Radio?  I think not!  The current common term should be called "Physical Distancing" especially when one considers how the term might be applied to the realm of ham radio.

Amateur Radio is and should be exactly the opposite of the so-called Social Distancing.   If anything, we as hams epitomize socializing and using our hobby to become more "social" is exactly one of the universal results of being an active ham.  At the same time we are being more social, we are by way of radio, exhibiting "Physical Distancing", and in a manner that is totally compliant with the needs of the current Covid-19 pandemic. 

If anything is needed today at a time when we find ourselves separated from friends, family, and co-workers, is to be more socially connected. And we can be much more social via ham radio while at the same time continue the need for what is actually Physical Distancing.  Social Distancing vs Physical Distancing.....Come on, people, let's get the terms right!

2020 Field Day:

As widely publicized in the past couple of days, certain rules accommodations have been made to the FD rules for 2020.  The Programs and Services Committee (PSC) had decided, in their spring meeting (and early in the Covid-19 pandemic), to make no changes to this year's FD rules.  As the pandemic situation continued to deteriorate and restrictions became more stringent, it was becoming obvious to the League's membership that the impact on Field Day was going to be very serious. 

I received many, many suggestions for rules changes.  There truly was a very wide variety of offerings, some similar, some considerably different.  In reviewing all of your suggestions and then discussing with PSC members to entertain some revisions, I am pleased to report your voices were clearly heard and understood.   The PSC met in a Zoom Conference last week and waived the two rules that were of primary concern.  You may look at these revisions at http://www.arrl.org/news/temporary-rule-waivers-announced-for-2020-arrl-field-day.

My thanks go out to everyone who offered their ideas and suggestions.  They were all thoughtful and in the true spirit of Amateur Radio.

TOM'S TOME, Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Tom W8WTD.

Is ham radio still the same?  And will it be?  With all our sheltering in place, we’ve seen ham radio be just the same as it was.  We don’t have to “distance” ourselves to be in contact, whether just a few feet away or over thousands of miles.   And I have noticed that a lot of people have made use of their time, either to try a new mode, work toward new awards or achievements, or even, for some, to get active again and get back on the air after a long time away. 

But I predict that other aspects of ham radio will change as we look to the future.  While making radio contacts will not change much, our other ways of interacting already have.  Almost every hamfest that I know of has been cancelled for this year.  And there’s no telling when we could get back to large gatherings, indoors or out.  Even club meetings have been changed, by meeting on the air, or through some form of video conference.  While none of us like change, we’ve adapted, and will continue to do so.

Something else that needs to change is how we approach helping new people get into the hobby.  Just this week in the ARRL Letter we read about a “pent-up demand for testing,” and the efforts to provide those tests for new and upgraded licenses.  There have been experiments with remote testing, and I think we will see more of that.  There have also been successful ways to test observing the “distancing” needed for this time.  I hope the clubs in our Division will experiment and continue to provide testing for those who want it.

What about teaching?  The traditional “class” sessions may not be feasible, either.  How do we adapt?  If the schools and universities are changing to on-line learning, can we?  What are the best methods for helping new people?  Videos?  On-line discussions?  We need to experiment here too.

Thanks for reading.  Stay safe, and keep making those contacts!

--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:  Fulton County, OH. will be holding their Hamfest on Sunday June 6.  The Hamfest will require appropriate physical distancing, and face masks are absolutely required for everyone.           

If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.  We work together with the HQ staff to verify all new date selections in the hope of mitigating date conflicts.

With constant changes underway in all three Great Lakes Division states, and the lack of uniformity regarding the travel, I urge everyone to monitor the ARRL cancellation listing.  For the latest detail on cancelled hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:5/keywords:Canceled/model:Event

It should be noted that there has been a change in the way ARRL contributes to your ARRL sanctioned 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.

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.  

73, All the best to you and your family. Stay Safe and Ham it up!

 

Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director - Great Lakes Division

wa8efk@arrl.org 

 

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Dale's Tales for May


Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for May, 2020.



Sadly, Michigan recently lost its Section Emergency Coordinator, John McDonough WB8RCR.  Our thoughts go out to John's family in this time of great sorrow.  John was a good friend of everyone involved with the ARRL Michigan Section.



2020 Field Day notes from the ARRL NEWS:



04/22/2020



This year, ARRL Field Day promises to be a unique iteration of this annual event, with many individuals and groups coming up with new and interesting ways to adjust their approach.  As an event, Field Day is structured to be versatile and can be adapted for any situation.



Many groups have asked how they can adjust their Field Day planning to address social-distancing guidelines that may be in effect in many areas of the country, as gathering at their traditional Field Day site may not be feasible or safe.  Instead of participating in a group event this year, consider operating as a Class B, C, D, or E station, utilizing your own call sign.



ARRL will include club names for all participating stations in the published results, so the efforts of your club’s members can be acknowledged.  While we will not publish an aggregate club score, seeing the name of your club associated with various individual member’s results is certainly a way to highlight your club’s activity.



Myriad opportunities are possible in this year’s Field Day setting. These are just a couple.



Consider having an intra-club competition among members, seeing who can make the most contacts during the event. You can award prizes or distribute certificates at a club meeting.  This can be a fun way to bolster the activities of individual club members, even though they cannot all gather together at the same location this year.  Set up a Field Day Challenge with rival clubs in neighboring communities.  See how many members of each club get on the air from their own stations and participate in the event. In addition to “bragging rights,” perhaps certificates to the top-scoring individual entries in each category can be presented as part of this inter-club camaraderie.



One club is planning to conduct its Field Day as a 4A club group, with participants spaced to comply with social distancing guidelines within the required 1,000-foot diameter circle and operating individual stations.  This club also plans to set up a “Get on the Air” (GOTA) station.  The club’s plan is to have the GOTA coach at the Field Day site, while GOTA operators participate via remote link.



Another club is planning to set up a remote-controlled station at its usual Field Day site, with club members taking turns controlling the station from their homes.  The club is developing a schedule that outlines when each member of the club will be at the helm via the remote link.



Whatever approach you take to this year’s Field Day, keep up to date with the current guidelines issued by local and state health agencies that may impact your proposed operation.



ARRL invites your stories about the interesting and creative ways you’re planning to use to adapt your Field Day operation.  Share these on the ARRL Field Day Facebook page.



For the latest news and updates, visit the Field Day webpage. —



Thanks to ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE





As many know, one of the key annual events associated with the Dayton Hamvention®, Contest University (CTU) has cancelled this year's regular session.  Most thankfully, the hosts and sponsors of CTU are making the very best of a bad situation and are offering CTU to everyone at no cost

via Zoom video conferencing.   Now, whether you are a contester or not, there is something for everyone at CTU.  Take a look at their web page at https://www.contestuniversity.com/course-outline/ for a check of the material being presented.  A Link for everyone will open on May 7 with all of the log-in information.  The Zoom conference will be held on Thursday May 14.







TOM'S TOME, Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Tom W8WTD.



Quarantines.  Cancellations.  Luckily, we still have ham radio.  Yes, most of our in-person activities are not going to happen any time soon, but activity on the ham bands is picking up.  On several of the local nets that I participate in, check-ins have increased.  I’ve heard a number of people say that they had been inactive, and are just now getting back to radio.  People are trying out new—for them—modes of communications.  And since most of us are at least somewhat technical, videoconferences are not beyond us.  Virtual meetings are happening, and even, to some extent, just some informal chats so we can share ideas and check up on each other.



One thing I am concerned about for the near future is getting new hams.

Long before any of this pandemic, ARRL was developing education programs for continuing education, but also making sure that we continue to teach ham radio to interested people.  Our model has been in-person classes.

Yes, many people have studied on their own, but we find that those who did often don’t have much of a connection to any local hams, individually or through clubs.  And they often don’t last. 



ARRL and other VE programs are looking at some ways of secure remote testing.  We’ve got to be able to get people to get tested in order to get licenses.  This effort will continue.  But we may also have to re-think how we teach ham radio to beginners.  Keeping “social distancing,” what combination of video, slides, and materials will work to help people, so that once we overcome the testing challenges, people are ready to get licensed?  If your club is working on that, let me know.



Stay safe, and get on the radio!



--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division





HAMFESTING:  All hamfests in the Great Lakes Division planned through the first of June, are either cancelled or postponed.  If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.  We work together with the HQ staff to verify all new date selections in the hope of mitigating date conflicts.



With constant changes underway in all three Great Lakes Division states, and the lack of clarity regarding the resumption of travel, we are not posting any swaps until this situation stabilizes.



For the latest detail on cancelled hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:

 http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:5/keywords:Canceled/model:Event



CANCELLED FOR MAY:


5/2/20 Cadillac Hamfest      Cadillac, MI   CANCELLED


5/17/20           Dayton Hamvention Xenia, OH      CANCELLED



It should be noted that there has been a change in the way ARRL contributes to your ARRL sanctioned 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.



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. 





73, All the best to you and your family. Stay Safe and Ham it up!



Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director

Great Lakes Division

wa8efk@arrl.org

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Dale's Tales for April


Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for April, 2020.



What a difference 30 days have made.   The entire Great Lakes Division is now pretty much on "Hold" for the next month or so.  Cabin fever abounds and like virtually every non-essential business, even the ham bands are closed. 



NUTS!



I have heard from many of our Division members and everyone seems to be geared up to endure this radical change in lifestyle.  Even my now-faint recollections from what our parents and grandparents went through in WW II don't really compare.  I remember the rationing and the blackouts, but never was there a need to hole-up at home and not associate with friends, neighbors and family.



Travel by your Director, Vice Director and Section Manager is quite limited under the current crisis.  We are assuming that everyone will be back on the proverbial road when our club meetings resume.  It that point, we all will extend some extra effort to make up for those missed, cancelled and rescheduled meetings.



Importantly, we radio amateurs should not declare ourselves as essential workers and self deploy.  Continue close contact with your local ARES Emergency Coordinator to confirm your availability if you are needed.


Any activation of our services should come through the appropriate agency and based upon their specific need.   We can all do our part by being properly prepared and ready to activate IF that call should come.



We can be thankful now for Amateur Radio and even the non-ham technologies that let us communicate today.  That takes some of the edge off.  Let's use it, get on the air, try some new modes, work some new stations, fill up the log.  If you don't have WAS, get it; if you don't have DXCC, get it; try some meteor scatter; try FT-8 or FT-4, MFSK, PSK-31, CW, AM, SSTV, moonbounce, Digital Phone, - okay, I've only got about 75 more modes to name....You can check into some new nets, make some new friends. And there are several interesting new nets in the Great Lakes Division, all taking advantage of those who folks are now available during the day. Join in.



Hamfests are still being postponed and cancelled, much to the disappointment of many of us, but it remains critically important for all of to continue the lock-down vigil until the Covid-19 crisis passes.

 Taking this action now will give us the best chance of avoiding contact while affording the medical profession to get a leg up on the test kits and materials they sorely need to treat the victims of the virus.  Stay the course; we will get back to normal, even if it is a different normal.





TOM'S TOME, Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Tom W8WTD.



So much has been written about the pandemic that I don’t need to say much more than to comment on what I have seen hams do in reaction.  Many clubs have been meeting via video conference or chat, and that is a good thing.  The repeaters are busy –well, busier than they usually are—so people are trying to stay in touch.  This thing will eventually pass, and we need to continue to make plans, be prepared, and improve our capabilities.  Not to mention that we need to check up on each other and support those who are lonely or need help in some way.  So with all the electronic means at our disposal, it’s good to see that we are finding creative ways to communicate.



There are also projects, for people who are staying at home and not working.  Some projects are just “catch up,” and others are in the nature of new modes or something else never tried before.  New hams will miss out on some in-person mentoring, but the new On the Air magazine can help with some detailed illustrations of projects.  And someone they know can always talk them through it.  For those who have been around a while, QST always offers a few challenges, and there are other places to find worthwhile projects.  The mail and the delivery services are still working, so parts are available.

It’s nice to see that someone came up with a contest idea to replace the “in-person” adventure of Hamvention.  I suspect that we’ll be hearing of some other contests or operating events to help us stay in touch and keep our skills going.


For this part of the country, spring is welcome in that it brings warmth and sunshine, but it also brings the threat of severe weather.  Let’s hope we don’t have to respond to those kinds of disasters along with the one we’re in.  But we can be ready, and we’ll figure out what to do if and when we need to.

Here’s hoping that some breakthroughs are made soon, and that some of this present trouble will pass quickly.  In the meantime, stay strong, and get on the air!


73,


Tom



--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division





HAMFESTING:  This is a moving target.  Essentially, most hamfests in the Great Lakes Division planned through the first of June, are either cancelled or postponed.  If you swap is cancelled or the date is changed, please notify ARRL HQ.  We work together with the HQ staff to verify all new date selections in the hope of mitigating date conflicts.



For the latest detail on cancelled hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:

 http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/search/page:5/keywords:Canceled/model:Event



4/4/20             Lincoln Trail                        Elizabethtown, KY   CANCELLED

4/11/20           Crossroads                           Kalamazoo, MI         CANCELLED

4/11/20           Cuyahoga Falls                    Cuyahoga Falls, OH            CANCELLED

4/11/20           Letcher County                    Whitesburg, KY        CANCELLED

4/18/20           Chassell Hamfest                 Chassell, MI CANCELLED

4/18/20           Portsmouth Hamfest            Portsmouth, OH       CANCELLED

4/19/20           GMARC Tech EXPO          Madison Hgts, MI     CANCELLED

4/26/20           Athens Hamfest                   Athens, OH   To Be Determined

5/2/20             Cadillac Hamfest                 Cadillac, MI   CANCELLED

5/17/20           Dayton Hamvention            Xenia, OH      CANCELLED



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.



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. 





73, All the best to you and your family.   Ham it up!



Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director

Great Lakes Division

wa8efk@arrl.org



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dayton Hamvention Cancelled


The Hamvention Executive Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked very closely with our local and state health Departments.



It is with a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to cancel Hamvention for this year.



This decision is extremely difficult for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt this action necessary.



More specific details regarding the closure will soon be posted. (SEE DARA WEB PAGES)



Thank you for your understanding in this time of International Crisis.



Jack Gerbs

General Chairman HV2020



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Monday, March 9, 2020

Great Lakes Division Award Winners Announced!!!




Each time the Great Lakes Division has a convention, we take time to recognize those among us who represent amateur radio in some significant way, either over the past year or two, or throughout their time as hams.






We are pleased to announce those who will be honored this year as award winners.  They are:



Gary Johnston, KI4LA, winner of the George S. Wilson III, W4OYI, Lifetime Achievement Award;

 

Steve Smith, N8AR, and Larry Gauthier, K8UT, joint winners of the Technical Achievement Award;



John Papay, K8YSE, winner of the DX Achievement Award;



And “The Radiogram” the monthly newsletter of the Portage County Amateur Radio Service, as the winner of the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE, Newsletter Award.



This year we are also giving a special “Director’s Award” for outstanding service to the amateur radio community to:  John Loughmiller, KB9AT, for his design work on a database for the new Volunteer Monitoring program established at Headquarters. 



Formal recognition of these people will take place at the Convention Banquet this coming Saturday evening in Perrysburg, Ohio.  Our thanks to the many people who made nominations for these and other awards.  The quantity and quality of the nominations was excellent this year.  Our thanks also to the committee members who had the difficult task of choosing the winners from the many nominations received.



We hope to see you all at the Division Convention this weekend.



Dale Williams, WA8EFK, Director

Tom Delaney, W8WTD, Vice Director

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Dale's Tales for March


Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for March, 2020.

ARRL CEO.  You may have seen the formal announcement that ARRL is seeking applicants for the position of Chief Executive Officer.  A detailed summary of the position is listed at http://www.arrl.org/employment-opportunities.  The web page also lists the requirements for the position and summarizes the essential job functions.  Knowing the diverse nature of the radio amateurs in the Great Lakes Division, I really feel that we do have several well qualified individuals who can easily fit into the position.  I urge everyone to look at the opportunity and if you feel you might be interested, take the next step and apply!

All applications must be sent to: ARRL Attn: Monique Levesque, 225 Main Street, Newington, CT 06111, Fax: 860-594-0298, mlevesque@arrl.org.

GREAT LAKES DIV. CONVENTION.  The 2020 Great Lakes Division ARRL Convention will be held in conjunction with the Toledo Mobile Radio Association’s annual hamfest in Perrysburg, OH on March 14 and 15.

ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR will be there to meet members and serve as the keynote.  Another special attendee is Bob Heil K9EID of Heil Sound who will be a guest speaker. 

Check our web pages at: http://www.toledoglc.org/  for the full details.

Advanced registration and ticket purchase are available now on-line.  Be sure to register for the Convention Banquet.  Forums and the ARRL Banquet are planned for Saturday, while the Hamfest is on the Sunday agenda.

Rick K5UR will present the latest information about key events happening in ham radio and our ARRL.

Here is a sample of the current planned forum schedule:

Time   Track 1                                   Track 2                       Track 3

0800   Registration
0830   Event Kickoff
0900   ARRL Forum - Rick K5UR
1000   TAPR                                  Raspberry PI               ARES Tabletop
1100   CompacTenna                     NBEMS                      ARES Tabletop
1200   Lunch Break
1300   Yaesu                                  Foxhunting                  Soldering
1400   YLRL                                 FT8 & FT4                  Clock Kit
1500   ARISS                                Contesting                   Clock Kit
1600   Bob Heil
1700   Bob Heil
1830   ARRL Banquet
2030   Wouff Hong


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.

The event of the month for me was the ARISS event in mid-February, where we put some elementary school students in contact with the International Space Station via ham radio.  This one took place in the Cincinnati area, so I was able to help in a number of ways.  It takes a lot of time and effort to set up one of these contacts.

The students get so excited about it.  For months, their teachers work with them on science projects designed to help them understand more about space, experiments, and other things related to the program.  They are just thrilled when they hear the astronaut respond to their classmates’ questions.

We try to make sure they understand how they are talking to the ISS.
That this isn’t just a phone call, but a ham radio contact.  And they get it, in some limited way.  At the end of the contact, I was asked to stand up and acknowledge the efforts of the hams, and there was good applause as I read off the names.  I was told I could say a few things about ham radio, and one thing I said stood out for them.  I told them that anyone can get a license, and that some kids as young as five or six have actually gotten their licenses.  I wish you all could have seen the reaction.  Many of them smiled and looked at each other as they realized that this was something they could do, too.  Afterward, their teachers told us that some of them want to start a ham club.  We hope they do, and we’ll help however we can.

As I thought more about it, I wondered how we could generate some of that same enthusiasm for ham radio in young people.  ARISS is a great program, but there is only one space station, and the crew is busy with lots of things.  We’re glad they take time for ham radio, but they can’t talk to every school.  What other things could we as hams do that would point out the “magic” of ham radio for students?

I’ve seen some of that same spirit in things like Jamboree on the Air, Kids’ Day on the Radio, and of course, for those who participate, Field Day (the GOTA station is so important!)  But getting them out to those events is the hard part.  We haven’t figured out if there is anything like an ARISS contact for the whole school, or even a classroom, that would generate the interest in ham radio as science and technology like ARISS does.

A lot of you throughout the Division are working with schools and students in various programs.  Keep up the good work.  If you have any suggestions for how to get teachers and students interested through some exciting program, I’d love to hear from you.

--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division


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. 

3/7/20             Cave City                              Cave City, KY
3/14-15           GL Conv/TMRA Hamfest    Perrysburg, OH
3/21/20           Gallipolis                               Gallipolis, OH
4/4/20             Lincoln Trail                          Elizabethtown, KY
4/11/20           Crossroads                             Kalamazoo, MI
4/11/20           Cuyahoga Falls                      Cuyahoga Falls, OH
4/11/20           Letcher County                     Whitesburg, KY
4/18/20           Chassell Hamfest                  Chassell, MI
4/18/20           Portsmouth Hamfest             Portsmouth, OH
4/19/20           GMARC Tech EXPO           Madison Hgts, MI
4/26/20           Athens Hamfest                   Athens, OH
5/2/20             Cadillac Hamfest                  Cadillac, MI
5/17/20           Dayton Hamvention             Xenia, OH


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.



73, Ham it up!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division


Saturday, February 1, 2020

Dale's Tales for February 2020


Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for February, 2020.

The January ARRL Board meeting in Newington, CT began with discussion about renewing the annual employment contract with Howard Michel WB2ITX, ARRL's CEO which had reached its expiration.  By a majority vote, the Board elected to not renew the contract. 

Former interim CEO Barry Shelley N1VXY has agreed to resume that roll for about six months while we pursue the selection of a new CEO.  I would not expect to see any radical changes in the current programs that ARRL has in place.  I am pleased that Barry is willing to assist as we begin our CEO Search.  He returns with many years of experience and is well liked by the HQ staff.

Rapidly approaching is our Great Lakes Division Convention.  This year, it will be held in conjunction with the Toledo Mobile Radio Association’s annual hamfest in Perrysburg, OH on March 14 and 15.

ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR will be there to meet members and serve as the keynote.  Another special attendee is Bob Heil K9EID of Heil Sound who will be a guest speaker.  Check our web pages at:  http://www.toledoglc.org/  for the full details.

During our conventions, we honor several radio amateurs in the Division for their outstanding efforts in service to ham radio and their community.  These awards are presented based upon nominations coming from the local amateur community (THAT'S YOU) and we all have the opportunity to contribute to this effort.  Below are the criteria for each of the awards.  Please review these and if you are aware of someone whom you feel is worthy of one of these awards, please send your nomination to the Great Lakes Div. Selection committee c/o w8wtd@arrl.org. You will need to include a write-up in your nomination explaining why your candidate is deserving of the award.

GEORGE S. WILSON III W4OYI LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD The Radio Amateur in the Great Lakes Division whose lifetime achievement record merits recognition for outstanding contribution to the Amateur Radio Service.  The nominee is active on the air and in Amateur Radio organizations. The Wilson recipient is an all-around Amateur whose lifetime activities, attitudes, and achievements might serve as an example to others. At the time of nomination, nominees must have been licensed Radio Amateurs for at least 30 years and be at least 50 years of age. Emphasis is placed on service to others rather than self, diversity of Amateur Radio interests and Activities, evidence of continuing self-challenge via Amateur Radio, and outstanding contributions to Amateur Radio. Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work responsibilities and family life.  This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.  The recipient must be a current ARRL member.

GREAT LAKES DIVISION AMATEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD The Radio Amateur in the Great Lakes Division whose outstanding record in the year preceding nomination merits recognition for contribution to the Amateur Radio Service.  The Amateur of the Year, is an all-around Amateur, whose activities, attitudes and achievements may serve as a guiding example to others.  Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work responsibilities and family life.  The Amateur of the Year exemplifies the "Amateur's Code."  In selecting the award recipient, emphasis is placed on service to others rather than self, diversity of Amateur Radio interest and activities, evidence of continuing self-challenge and outstanding contributions to Amateur Radio.  The recipient must be a current ARRL member.

TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Radio Amateur(s) in the Great Lakes Division whose technical excellence exemplifies "continuation of the Amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art" and whose attitude exemplifies the highest dedication to service to others and to science rather than self.  Particular value will be placed on evidence of continuing contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.  Groups of two or more Amateurs may be nominated for a joint award in this category.
Technical achievement may be demonstrated through activities such as the
following:  publications, research and development, creativity in hardware, software and firmware systems design and implementation, technical instruction, application of advanced technology to public service communications.  This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.

The recipient(s) must be a current ARRL member.

DX ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The radio amateur(s) in the Great Lakes Division who has dedicated time, talent and service to DXing.  The award is given especially in recognition of an exemplary lifetime DX record.  Recipients are active o(n the air and in DX Amateur Radio organizations.  The DX achievement recipient is also an all-around Amateur whose lifetime, ethical DX activities, good operating practices and notable achievements of the recipient might be viewed as examples to follow by others.  At the time of nomination, nominees must have been licensed Radio Amateurs for at least 20 years and be at least 50 years of age.  Emphasis is placed on DX totals (Honor Roll, DXCC Challenge, etc), DXpeditions served on, Elmering/Mentoring other DXers plus other outstanding DX related accomplishments. Devotion to Amateur Radio is balanced with attention to work responsibilities, and to civic and family life. This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.  The
recipient(s) must be a current ARRL member.

YOUNG RADIO AMATEUR OF THE YEAR AWARD
Presented to a young radio amateur in the Great Lakes Division, 18 years of age or younger, in recognition of a record of outstanding contributions to the Amateur Radio Service.  This record consists of activities and achievements in Amateur Radio, which may include support of the community through Amateur Radio, ability to recruit fellow students into Amateur Radio, scholastic achievement and extracurricular activities.  The Young Amateur of the Year is enthusiastic and shows potential for leadership and further achievement.  This award is presented at the discretion of the Awards Committee and Director.

We will also present the JOSEPH J. PHILLIPS, K8QOE, NEWSLETTER AWARD This award will be given to the highest scoring newsletter submitted in Great Lakes Division competition to the newsletter review committee.

Each newsletter for the contest will have been declared newsletter-of-the-year for the Section it represents during the present year; however, when the timing of the Division Convention occurs too early in the year to permit selection of a newsletter for the year, winners for the previous year may be submitted.   Each of our three Section Managers will establish the criteria for selecting the candidate
newsletter(s) from their respective Sections.

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.

This month I want to echo what Dale has said about the Great Lakes Convention.  Mark your calendars and check your plans to see if you can attend.  There will be excellent speakers and a lot of interesting topics in the forums.  It will be worth the trip, no matter what part of the three states you are coming from.  Meet some of your fellow hams in the Division, and take back some new knowledge to your club or your area.  Maybe something will spark a new interest in an aspect of ham radio that you hadn’t thought of.

Second, look around your local club or your local area.  Are you seeing a ham who has been doing outstanding work this past year, or more likely, over many years?  Consider nominating that person for an award, if there is a category they best fit.  Dale has listed all the awards and the criteria necessary.  Maybe you know a future award winner.

Finally, a word about the new publication from ARRL, On the Air.  It is finally out there, and has been enthusiastically received by new hams and experienced hams alike.  How do you get a copy?  Well, ARRL will send only one print magazine, so you will have to choose between QST and On the Air.  However, you can get both magazines digitally, so if you are an experienced ham who wants to see On the Air, go to the website and discover how to get the digital editions.  If you’re a newly licensed ham, you should check out the new magazine, and perhaps choose the option of having that magazine in print form.  You’ll find great advice and hints about operating, rigs, building simple projects, etc.
And, the good news is, this is just the first of several new programs the League will be offering to members over the coming year.

See you at the Convention, I hope! 

--73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division


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. 

2/1/20             HARA                                    Negaunee, MI
2/16/20           Mansfield                               Mansfield, OH
2/23/20           Livonia                                   CANCELLED for 2020
3/1/20             NOARS Winter Hamfest       Elyria, OH
3/7/20             Cave City                               Cave City, KY
3/14-15           GL Conv/TMRA Hamfest    Perrysburg, OH
3/21/20           Gallipolis                              Gallipolis, OH
4/11/20           Crossroads                             Kalamazoo, MI
4/11/20           Cuyahoga Falls                     Cuyahoga Falls, OH
4/18/20           Chassell Hamfest                  Chassell, MI
4/18/20           Portsmouth Hamfest             Portsmouth, OH
4/19/20           GMARC Tech EXPO           Madison Hgts, MI
4/26/20           Athens Hamfest                    Athens, OH


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.
           


73, Ham it up!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Dale's Tales for January 2020


Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for January, 2020.

Well, here we go, off to a brand new year.  Without doubt some interesting and exciting things will come to Amateur Radio.  New equipment, advancing technologies, more products and features in a single package will arrive this year.  (Who would have expected the arrival of a NANO-VNA vector network analyzer for $50 to appear in 2019? See the review in QEX magazine for January). 

Your League is looking at preparing a different version of a proposal to offer some antenna installation relief to those living in areas where antennas are restricted by Homeowners' Associations.  ARRL Continues to support changes to FCC rules regarding symbol rates for digital communications, changing some band plans to limit Automatically Controlled Data Stations to certain sub-bands.  Both issues have associated consequences and your Board of Directors continues to work within its several committees to reach satisfactory conclusions in each situation.  Both topics are scheduled to be discussed at the January Board meeting.

So let me ask you a serious question:  Are you going to be an Ambassador for Amateur Radio in 2020?  Opportunities await as we enter this year.

As a leader in this hobby - and you are if you are an ARRL Member - we all must be prepared to tell others about ham radio, how we serve our communities, how we enjoy DX, how we enjoy contesting, Fox Hunting, construction projects, VHF/UHF operation, satellite operating and (insert your favorite facet here).

Each of us bears the responsibility to do what we can to insure the future of Amateur Radio.  By keeping our friends and neighbors aware of what we do and keeping our community leaders apprised of the service ham radio provides, we are able to secure the niche that ham radio has.

ARRL Headquarters staff cannot do it alone, each of us needs to "sell" our individual part of ham radio to those we know.  Let's not keep ham radio a secret.  Tell the world about us.   Together, we can insure a bright future for both us and those that follow.

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.

At the request of our neighboring ARRL Midwest Division, we have the following special announcement:

Greetings from St. Louis!  St. Louis & Suburban Radio Club's annual hamfest, Winterfest, is January 24th & 25th, 2020.  This year we are the Midwest Division conference and expanding to a two day hamfest with lots of activities including the W9DYV Symposium, DX/ARRL Banquet and Contest College.  We are also putting together an Education Alley on Saturday to feature the local First Robotics team, maker spaces, STEM, ARISS, YOTA and other fun events like kids texting vs CW, a CW speed test and kit building.

Winterfest boasts 30K sq. ft. of indoor space with 3 forum rooms running all day, 100+ vendors and over 1500 attendees for the two day event.  We are looking at a bigger event with becoming the division conference.

Our website can be found at http://winterfest.slsrc.org if you want to check out all the events.  We would love for you to come and attend for the weekend, as we have lots of activities planned!!!!!

73
Kyle Krieg
AA0Z
SLSRC President

For those involved the Fox Hunting, this announcement may be of
interest:

Active Attenuator Construction Bee: Stan Briggs K8SB, will be conducting a Construction Bee to satisfy the many requests to build his universal active attenuator.  The attenuator is a powerful tool for use in radio direction finding and amateur radio "Fox Hunts" and will work with any radio receiver.  

Date: Saturday February 1, 2020.  Time: 9:00 am to noon.  Location:
Trenton Faith United Method Church, 2530 Charlton Rd, Trenton, MI 48183

All parts and components to build the attenuator, including the enclosure, will be provided ready for attendees to solder and assemble their own units.  Each unit will be tested / demonstrated to verify correct operation at the conclusion of the program.  Note: Attendees must bring their own soldering equipment (Soldering Iron–15 watt, solder, needle nose pliers, etc.

Registration / Order is required by January 15, 2020, via the Motor City Radio Club website at: http://www.w8mrm.net/event-3603333  where full project details are available.


TOM'S TOME  Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Tom W8WTD.

Greetings and Happy New Year!  Some people like to take this time to reflect on the past year.  I prefer to look forward.  For instance, this year we have our Great Lakes Division Convention.  And it will be here soon.  The dates are March 14 and 15th in Toledo, Ohio.  Hope you’ll make plans now to attend.

A lot of planning has gone into this event.  There are lots of forums on all sorts of topics, so if you want to learn more about a particular aspect of ham radio, you should find what you want.  Plus, the hamfest and flea market on Sunday is worth attending.  The website is now

No matter where you live in the three states of the Division, you should consider coming to Toledo this spring.  It’s a way to meet other hams from the Division, share what you know, and find out new things in ham radio.  I hope to see you there.

On another topic, we hear lots of discussion about the future of ham radio.  A lot of us are concerned, and ARRL is responding with a new magazine (On the Air) and other initiatives.  And many are doing what they can in their local communities.  Another round of introductory classes will be held in many places around the three states.  Thank you to all the volunteers. 

Here is a question for new hams.  Have I gotten on the air recently?

And for those licensed for a while—what can I do to help someone enjoy ham radio?  For the new person, it may mean just overcoming mike fright and actually trying to get on.  Or, perhaps reaching out to someone from the club to ask that question about the antenna you need. 

For seasoned hams, maybe you can welcome someone to the local repeater or wherever else you hang out.  Perhaps you can find an article to share about antenna building, or better still, show someone how it’s done.

Ham radio can continue and will grow, depending on our efforts.  Resolve to do something today.

--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. 

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
3/21/20                       Gallipolis                   Gallipolis, OH

           
73, Ham it up!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division