Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for December 2018.
David AD8Y, the Faculty Advisor of The Case Amateur Radio Club, reports that CARC will be sponsoring the 2019 HamSCI conference in March. It will be on the campus of Case Western Reserve University and will include tours of the CARC station, W8EDU, and the CWRU ThinkBox public-access shop. There will also be an exam session. More material will be available as the date approaches. This fits well with the ARRL's new incentive for Lifelong Learning and you will hear more about that over the next few months.
DXCC Field Card Checkers. As you recall a few months ago I successfully lobbied for several revision to the DXCC Field Card Checker rules. Among the changes is the provision for adding more checkers, especially in areas where there are none. In the Great lakes Division, we have card checker is the following areas: Paducah, KY; Louisville, KY; Russell, KY; Gregory, MI; Marysville, MI; Bath, MI; Waterford, MI; Kalamazoo, MI; Goshen, OH; Hamilton, OH; Wooster, OH; and Hiram, OH. A quick look at the map will clearly show that the urban areas of our three Sections are well covered, but there are regions where added Card Checkers would really benefit the DXers in those areas. We need checkers in Southern Kentucky, SE Ohio, the northern Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. If you live in any of these areas and hold DXCC, please consider becoming a card checker. Of course, we would like you to be available at regional hamfests to do some field checking just like our present Field Checkers. IF you have an interest in helping out, please let me know at email@example.com.
ARRL Board Meeting. Your Board of Directors will hold its annual meeting January 18 and 19. Vice Director Delaney and I will be in attendance. If there are items of concern to you that you feel deserve Board action, please send them to me before mid December. That will allow adequate time for me to discuss those concerns with my fellow Directors, and offer ample opportunity to place any specific subjects on the meeting agenda. The meeting agendas are quite full, as they include reports and discussion relating to the League's various standing Committees, such as Administration and Finance (A&F), Programs and Services (PSC) or the Executive Committee. Often consideration for suggested changes to field programs, like contests or DXCC are first reviewed by one or more of the standing committees and presented to the full Board with recommendations.
IN OTHER NEWS: My personal quest for making connections with inactive local hams continues, but I am thinking I might find that contacting one per month is bound to be the going rate. The initial effort with phone and e-mail has run its course and I now need to turn to letter writing due to the inaccessibility of e-mail addresses and phone numbers. We'll see how that works out over the next few weeks. More next month.
TOM'S COMMENTS: I like the changing seasons. But I think all of us in the three states in our Division were surprised by how quickly fall turned to winter. Hope this doesn’t mean a long, snowy winter. What does this have to do with ham radio? If there are “seasons” for ham radio, it’s a bit like gardening. There’s always something to do, but the activities vary according to the seasons. I got most of my antenna work out of the way, so unless something falls, I don’t have to worry about putting up antennas in the cold. The upcoming month of December brings lots of club parties. Nice to be able to enjoy some moments of friendship with those we share the hobby with.
For those of us a little more involved in disaster response, batteries always need to be charged, and the gear always ready. Any season can bring emergencies. Even though we tend to focus on spring storms, October’s SET in Ohio featured a winter storm scenario. Just a few years ago, hams in Central Kentucky had the real thing, and they did a great job responding.
With some exceptions, hamfests tend to happen in the spring through the fall. I usually have a list of small items, parts, etc., that I’ll look for at hamfests. Hope I don’t need anything too quickly. The next hamfest I plan on attending is still a few months away.
Two other things in ham radio are really without seasons. Mentoring is key to keeping the hobby going. Any time a new ham, or an old ham with a new challenge, needs help, we should all be ready to offer advice or help. How’s your club doing with mentoring as a club project?
The other thing is dealing with the public. Whether you’re at a winter parade or a summer bike ride, we can all promote ham radio’s public service aspect. And it’s a great feeling to be of help in your community.
Enjoy the holiday parties coming up!
--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. If you plan to request ARRL Sanctioning, please be sure to do it well in advance of your Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set. With 52 weeks and 65+ hamfests, things do double up a little. Plan ahead for requesting your ARRL Officials to attend.
12/1/18 Fulton Co. Winterfest Delta, OH
12/2/18 Lanse Creuse Hamfest Madison Hts, MI
1/20/19 S.C.A.R.F. Hamfest Nelsonville, OH
1/27/19 Hazel Park Hamfest Madison Hts, MI
1/27/19 Tusco ARS Hamfest Strasburg, OH
2/2/19 HARA Swap Negaunee, MI
2/8/19 Cherryland Swap Traverse City, MI
2/17/19 Livonia Hamfest Livonia, MI
2/17/19 Mansfield Hamfest Mansfield, OH
Be sure to check your Section's news pages for the latest local happenings, club and net information.
As we enter this year's Holiday season, let's all be thankful for family and friends and the wonderful blessings they have brought us during the year. Season's Greetings from Tom and Helen, Judy and me and all the best wishes for a joyous New Year.
73, Let's go light up the bands, 'tis the season!!
Dale Williams WA8EFK
Great Lakes Division