Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Dale's Tales for June

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for June, 2022.

HAMVENTION has come and gone, but from this ham's perspective, it was so great to have it back.  Our Great Lakes Division booth inside ARRL's EXPO, drew many visitors.  Thanks to all who stopped by and posted their QSL cards and signed our guest register.  I'm sure there were many, many more that visited and did not have the opportunity to register.   It seems everyone was enjoying the Hamvention's return, visiting the dealers, vendors and flea market and taking the opportunity to enjoy the many forums that are always a part of this experience. 

Our thanks to the Dayton Amateur Radio Association for their outstanding efforts in pulling this excellent team of volunteers together to make Hamvention the greatest Amateur Radio event in the world.

JUNE brings Field Day, the biggest operating event of the year.  It is time to finalize your plans.  Operate with a club or on your own, but this is a great time to exercise your skills.  I know that when FD is over, I am a better op.  I clearly can discern calls and signal reports through QRM and QRN much better following my streak of Field Day operating.  And despite the fact that my club sets up much like previous times, there is always some innovation or idea that gets tested each year.  Often with success, sometimes not, but we learn from both the successes and the failures and that is just one of the fun parts of Field Day.

THIS WEEEKND, we honored our brave heroes who gave their lives in defense of freedom.  I hope you all took the time to think about them and their great sacrifices. Even a short moment of remembrance, a brief thought of their time served, or a pause of respect for their families, is the least we can offer.

LAST MONTH I wrote about some changes to hamfest listings and how we will approach ARRL Sanctioning these activities.  The policy revision is to offer ARRL Sanctioning to a maximum number of hamfests/swaps sponsored by a club and will be limited to two in any given year and they must be four months apart.  This is done in the interest of fairness to every ARRL Affiliated club hosting a hamfest, and will allow clubs to adjust to new schedules caused by prior COVID-related cancellations.

I have received some good suggestions relating to naming conventions as they relate to "Hamfest, "Swap", Swapmeet", "Trunkswap", "Trunkfest" etc. and have been talking with my fellow ARRL Directors about how best to name these events.  Listings will now be shown as either "Hamfest" or "Swap", using the sponsor's registration and a guide.  In most circumstances, "Hamfests" include at least one building for housing displays and vendor tables and may offer forums or meeting rooms, while "Swaps" are primarily smaller in scale and limited to outdoor events. 

Let's try to move our event listings in this direction, while allowing a little leeway as we make this migration.

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Wow...  I think that sums up Dayton weekend!  It was so great getting out and being able to see and talk with all of you and boy, we did talk.  I've had the opportunity for many years to man that booth and I will say that this year was the best.  Yes, we had our booth neighbors on either side of us jealous as we had them stacked up 5 - 6 deep many times throughout the weekend.  If you didn’t make it to Dayton this year.  I am so sorry for you.  The theme this year was "Reunion" and it really fit.  It was a reunion for everyone there.  Now, I have to ask, how many of you purchased new radios while you were there.  It seemed like everyone that passed our booth had some sort of a new radio in a bag or under their arm.  So, with all those new radios just purchased I hope to start hearing some of you on the air soon!

Shifting Gears...  Now that Dayton is over are you ready for more fun?

June 25 - 26 is Field Day.  The biggest event that we all do every year that demonstrates to our served agencies what amateur radio is really all about, communications.  Are you participating with a local club this year or just having some ham friends over for a great weekend?  I will be out and about once again this year.  I will try to get to as many of the Field Day sites as I can.  I usually hit around 14 - 16 sites and I choose them from whatever direction I happen to pick from the dart that I throw at the dartboard.  Have you listed your Field Day site on the ARRL Field Day Station Locator yet?  Here’s a link to it...    https://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator 

Now, my territory is large so if I don’t get to visit your site this year, please forgive me.  I’ll try harder next year to get to you.

Oh, thank you in advance for all the warm welcomes and great food.  Hams love to eat and they have the best food for Field Day.  I even had fresh lobster one year! 

OK, shifting gears again...  Now, for all the contesters out there. June has contests even if you take Field Day out of that picture.  If you are interested in just having some fun, here is a link to a schedule of all the contests for the month of June...  https://www.contestcalendar.com/fivewkcal.html

A few folks asked me recently why my article sounds like I’m in a race car with the shifting of the gears.  Well, it’s simple, I live just in front of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and many times when I’m writing this column I’m outside where I can hear the cars on the track shifting up and down and I tend to type in tune with the shifting up and down that the cars are doing.  So, if sometimes my articles seem "geared" to motorsports, now you know why.  Oh, by the way, Mid-Ohio is the only track in Ohio that does a NASCAR race.  Just imagine how hard it is to run one of those cars on that track when it has both left and right turns!  It’s a blast for sure.

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and "Catch Me On The Air, Field Day or at a hamfest!!!"

73,

Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFEST LISTING: 

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through August 2022.  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. 

Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through August 2022:

06/04/22 - Fulton County Swap, Wauseon, OH

06/04/22 - IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI

06/05/22 - Chelsea Hamfest, Chelsea, MI

06/11/22 - Luce County Yooper Hamfest, Newberry, MI

06/11-22 - St Joseph Hamfest, Centreville, MI

06/18/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

06/18/22 - Midland Hamfest, Midland, MI

06/19/22 - Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI

07/09/22 - Mansfield Mid Summer Trunkfest, Mansfield, OH

07/10/22 - Flying Beers, Ferndale, MI

07/16/22 - NORAS Fest, Elyria, OH

07/16/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp, MI

07/17/22 - Van Wert Hamfest, Van Wert, OH

08/06/22 - Columbus Hamfest, Columbus, OH

08/13/22 - Letcher Co, Hamfest, Whitesburg, KY

08/13/22 - Cincinnati Hamfest, Owensville, OH

08/20/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp, MI

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, you should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings.  QST announcements require a 3 month lead time.

If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

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

http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

73, 



Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org

 

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Dale's Tales for May

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for May, 2022.

CONGRATULATONS to John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, of Columbus, Ohio, selected by ARRL to be our new national ARRL News Editor.

An Extra class licensee, for the past 10 years, John has served as the Public Information Coordinator for the ARRL Ohio Section. His background includes journalist and broadcast engineer. An OSU graduate, he had dual careers as Vice President/Associate for Wilson Group Communications, a Columbus-based public relations, media relations, and crisis management firm. He recently retired from AT&T after 28 years as a Network Analyst.

He is a US Army and US Army Reserve veteran, and is a six-time recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award for helping disabled and homeless veterans.

John has been training with Bob Inderbitzen NQ1R and ARRL Headquarters staff members of the editorial team for the last few weeks. He has already produced the last 2 editions of the ARRL Letter, and ARRL Audio News. John will also produce news content for ARRL’s website, and the “Happenings” and “Amateur Radio World” columns in QST.

Submissions for The ARRL Letter and ARRL News can be sent to John via news@arrl.org.

HAMFESTING: Continuing the discussion from last month, I have had discussions with our three Division Section Managers to cover some concerns that have been expressed regarding Great Lakes Division Hamfests. The first relates to what may constitute a "Swap" or "Hamfest", versus what are recently being called "Trunk" swaps. It seems most swaps, at least when the weather is warm, are in fact swaps involving a lot of sales from trunk, tailgate, and personal tables in the trunk sales areas. Furthermore, there is no real accepted definition that covers what differentiates a "trunk sale" from any other type of swap. Should it be a limited number of sellers? Attendance?

Available lot size? Admission charge? Sponsor's choice? At this point we are seriously considering no longer attempting to define hamfests by a definitions as "Trunk sales/swap" or not and will use a general listing as either a hamfest (or a ham swap meet), sponsor's choice for those two traditional naming conventions. Your input is solicited.

The second matter arises as to the number of ARRL Sanctioned hamfests that should be permitted each season for a specific sponsor. Further discussion with ARRL Headquarters and our Section Managers has resulted in a Great Lakes Division policy change that takes effect May 1, 2022 and applies to all future ARRL Sanctioning applications. The Great Lakes Division will grant ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning to a maximum of two hamfest per sponsoring organization each year. These two must be at least four months apart, putting each in a different season. The allowance of two is a consideration made because of many shifted hamfest dates caused by the Covid 19 Pandemic. As you are aware, ARRL contributes prizes to Sanctioned events, and this new policy exhibits fairness to all of our hamfest sponsors.

HAMVENTION 2022: News directly from the Dayton Amateur Radio Assn.:

Hamvention in Three Weeks!

It has been an amazing and eventful three years since we had an in-person Hamvention. We are now three weeks away from ending that

Covid-19 caused pause. In the spring of 2019 it never occurred to us that we might not be having Hamvention for a while. As world events played out, we learned that public health officials and other government officials would prohibit our meeting together to learn, visit, and have fun with our many friends. Way back in March of 2020, none of us knew much about the pandemic that was beginning to sweep across the world.

There was not a lot that we could do other than be law abiding citizens, trying to stay alive, and doing our part to not spread the virus further. Lots has gone under the bridge since then. Politics got involved. Friends died. Businesses suffered. Kids were made to have school by Zoom. And amateur radio emerged as a way to stay connected without spreading the pandemic.

We are finally to the stage that we can meet, see each other face-to-face, and continue our love of learning everything radio. We can present the accumulated awards sponsored by Hamvention for the last three years of winners. We can hear about many new ideas related to amateur radio in the Forums, including the hams that made a difference in developing immunizations against Covid-19.

So, here’s to Hamvention! See you at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in exactly 20 days! Buy your plane tickets, fill up the car with super-expensive gas, just get here!!

Rick Allnutt WS8G
Hamvention 2022 General Chair

Hamvention, an official ARRL Sanctioned Event, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH.

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Scott’s Stuff - May Edition

I want to express my congratulations to John Ross, KD8IDJ for becoming the newest ARRL News Editor! John is taking over the reins for Rick Lindquist, WW1ME who recently retired from this post. As many of you know, John was my Public Information Coordinator for almost all of my time as Section Manager for Ohio. He's gonna' do the Great Lakes Division proud for sure!

Have you heard the latest? The FCC is once again processing license applications and exam session files, but the process has been slowed down some since the addition of the $35 fee started. Our ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Maria Somma has reported that the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF) system was down for several days. So, this will mean that there will be some delays until they get caught back up in getting licenses processed.  Please be patient, they will get processed!

Shifting Gears... As I expressed last month "April showers bring May flowers and May flowers brings the Dayton Hamvention!!!" Yes, there's now only 19 days left before Dayton!! Are you ready for this? The biggest hamfest in the world is back, and you're not gonna’ want to miss out on the fun and excitement of everyone getting back together.

This year's theme is "Reunion." It's the 70th anniversary so let's make this the best hamfest weekend ever!

OK, shifting gears again... Now, for all the contesters out there. May has contests. If you are interested in just having some fun, here is a link to a schedule of all the contests for the month of May...
https://www.contestcalendar.com/fivewkcal.html

Now speaking of contests... Well... This isn't actually a contest, it's an ARES Exercise but it's fun no matter what you call it, Field Day is fast approaching. Yes, Field Day this year is June 25 - 26. Is your club planning on participating? I sure hope so. As I have done for many years, I'll be out and about visiting many of the Field Day sites once again this year! Where will I be? Who knows! My plans this year is just to get in the car and go. So, how will I know where the sites will be? Simple, I will go to those sites that have registered on the ARRL Field Day Locator! https://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator There are already a bunch of sites listed on the map that I can go to. So, hope to see you at Field Day!

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and "Catch Me On The Air or at a hamfest!!!"

73,

Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFEST LISTING:

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through May 2022. 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.

Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through July 2022:

05/01/22 - Lucas County Trunk Swap, Toledo, OH

05/07/22 - Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI

05/20 to 05/22/22 - Dayton Hamvention, Xenia, OH

05/21/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

05/28/22 - Scioto Valley, Piketon, OH

06/04/22 - Fulton County Swap, Wauseon, OH

06/04/22 - IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI

06/05/22 - Chelsea Hamfest, Chelsea, MI

06/11/22 - Luce County Yooper Hamfest, Newberry, MI

06/11-22 - St Joseph Hamfest, Centreville, MI

06/18/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

06/18/22 - Midland Hamfest, Midland, MI

06/19/22 - Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI

07/09/22 - Mansfield Mid Summer Trunkfest, Mansfield, OH

07/10/22 - Flying Beers, Ferndale, MI

07/16/22 - NORAS Fest, Elyria, OH

07/16/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp, MI

07/17/22 - Van Wert Hamfest, Van Wert, OH

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, you should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST announcements require a 3 month lead time.

If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

73,

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org

Friday, April 1, 2022

Dale's Tales for April

Dale's Tales - April 2022

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for April, 2022.

ARRL WEB PAGES.  We endured a little outage on the ARRL web pages over this past weekend as some updates were loaded into the system.  Well, it was a little more than a little. but I hope you all have had the opportunity to look over the new design.  It has been a long time in planning and admittedly the pages were getting a bit long in the tooth.  The new look does have a familiar appearance, just enough to be recognizable as our pages.  As you log onto the new pares, you will be asked to update some of your information.  Follow the prompts and make it happen.

HAMFESTING:  Attendance has been looking good at the recent hamfests we all have been fortunate enough to attend.  These past two years have meant some changes and restructuring of swap venues as clubs accommodate the requirements of how communities and organizations are coping with the Covid19 pandemic.  Indications are that work-arounds have been effective.  

We take note that date changes often result in multiple swaps on the same date.  Working with ARRL HQ and local Section Managers, we attempt to keep everyone advised of these date conflicts.  It simply is not possible to avoid them all but we are thankful that our Great Lakes Division clubs are truly interested in co-operating to everyone's benefits.  Recently, several groups have taken significant steps to adjust their swap schedules.

Rest assured that your Section Managers, Vice Director and I are doing everything we can to insure ARRL is represented at swaps across the Great Lakes Division.  Renewing friendships after some absence has been heartwarming for us and I hope for each of you as well.  We do face some time conflicts, more swaps than available weekends for example, but the five of us are spreading the load to be at as many as we can.  Please stop at the ARRL table and say hello and let us know how we are doing.  We always encourage input from our members and hamfests offer one of the best ways for you to makes us aware of your concerns.

ARRL FILED SERVICES AND ARES:  The Emergency Communications/Field Services Committee, recently created by the ARRL Board of Directors is engrossed with more than 50 tasks in its program to bring the ARRL Field Services organization up to date and more in touch with members.  Four sub-committees have been created to examine the highest priority needs.  Currently those are ARES/Auxcomm, National Traffic System, SM/Directors/Field Organization Guidance, and improving support for Amateur Radio Clubs.

HAMVENTION 2022: News directly from the Dayton Amateur Radio Assn.:

Ten Reasons I’ll Be Coming To Hamvention

I’ve been missing my ham radio friends!  It is fun to see them in a Zoom meeting, and it is fun to make a radio contact with them, but walking around the Fairgrounds with them and talking over what has happened since we last saw each other is much, much better.  I’ll be able to catch up with news about family, new hobby interests, the latest improvement in our radio shacks, and remember those of us who are not able to be here this year.  

I love to go to the Forums and see what new ideas are being discussed. Hearing about the new radios, advanced techniques for contesting, simple ways to solve the problems with POTA set-up, and dealing with the new Solar Cycle to the best advantage will be the main aims of the forums I go to.  I even get to moderate a forum devoted to the amateur radio operators who made contributions to the Covid-19 Pandemic response and operation Warp Speed. 

I’ll be keeping an eye out for new homebuilt kits, especially those developed in the last 3 years. I enjoy the challenge of soldering up the components (including the tiny surface mount chips) and testing to see if my homebuilt results can match the factory robots at a lower cost. 

I’ll be watching the presentations of our youngest hams.  I’ll be listening to what Carol Perry’s students present in the Saturday morning Youth Forum, and will try to get some of my grandchildren there to be inspired by these “rock stars” of where the hobby will be going in the next generation.  I’ll enjoy seeing what robots they develop, what techniques they are interested in, and wonder if the fastest CW copy at the CWOPS booth will still belong to a young ham. 

I’ll be looking for international hams who successfully navigated all of the regulations various governments put up and worked hard to get to Hamvention.  I’ll be stopping by the booths of companies from other countries and thank them for all the hard work they accomplished to get to Xenia, OH instead of just offering their products on the internet. 

I’ll be stopping by Contest University on Thursday to encourage folks trying to improve their radio practices, antennas, rigs, and recording DX contacts; thereby improving their contest scores.  I will also be stopping by the Four Days in May get together to see what bright (and inexpensive) ways these creative hams have found to improve the weight/power ratio of homebuilt radios. 

Lunch each day of Hamvention, I look forward to the great food trucks, with reasonably priced eats, arranged by the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. I love how the food always seems a cut above typical “fair food”.  My favorite is the butterfly pork chop grilled fresh by a member of the Greene County pork producer’s group.  I hope they are there again!

I’ll be looking carefully among the assembled throng of amateurs for the Hamvention award winners.  I want to be one of the first to congratulate the Technical Award, Special Achievement Award, and Amateur Radio of the Year Award winners.  I bet the Club of the Year members will make their presence known far and wide!

I hope to have a few hours to walk thoughtfully through the Flea Market and decide if I have room for in my radio shack for something. I already have several (working) antique radios on my shelves. I’m sure something will strike my interest as an appropriate boat anchor that I need to take home. 

As I walk through the inside exhibits, I’ll take a moment to share the excitement of hams that have been away from Hamvention for too long. I’ll ask the commercial vendors if their business at Hamvention is going well. I’ll help someone carry an antenna outside where they are less likely to run into their fellow hams. I’ll stop to take a picture of people with Hamvention antenna hats (and antenna hair!); of pedestrian and bike mobile setups, and of a whole bunch of folks doing nothing more than having fun.  

That’s ten great reasons worth being at Hamvention!!

Vy 73 de WS8G
Rick Allnutt
General Chair Hamvention 2022

Hamvention, an official ARRL Sanctioned Event, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH.

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

ARRL News | New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply To Amateur Radio License Upgrades

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff has clarified in response to an ARRL request that the new $35 application fee will not apply to most license modifications, including those to upgrade an Amateur Radio Licensee’s operator class and changes to club station trustees.  The FCC staff explained that the new fees will apply only to applications for a new license, renewal, rule waiver, or a new vanity call sign.  As previously announced, the new fees take effect on April 19, 2022.

“We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM.  “While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and administrative updates such as a change of mailing or email address.  Most current licensees therefore will not be charged the new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for a new vanity call sign.” 

ARRL previously reported that the new $35 application fee for Amateur Radio licenses will become effective on April 19, 2022.  Further information and instructions about the FCC Application Fee are available from the ARRL VEC.

One other item to NOTE:  The FCC stated that applications processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund.  This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign.  However, returned applications that are missing information will not require an additional fee, if the missing information is given to the FCC within the proper amount of time.

Shifting Gears...  “April showers bring May flowers and May flowers bring Dayton Hamvention!!!” Yes, Dayton is back.  It promises to be bigger and better than ever this year.  Not having it for a couple of years will definitely bring out the desire for everyone in the country to want to come to Dayton and see it for themselves!  We also have a very big list of other great Hamfests scheduled in the Great Lakes Division as well.  Dale has the complete list compiled and listed below.

While we’re on the topic of Dayton Hamvention, did you see that Hamvention gave out two awards in the Great Lakes Division this year?  The Amateur of the Year Award went to none other than Jim Simpson, KF8J, of Xenia, Ohio and Club of the Year Award went to The Highland Amateur Radio Association of Hillsboro, Ohio.  What an honor it is to have both winners from the Great Lakes Division. Congratulations to both!!!

OK, shifting gears again…  April 18th is World Amateur Radio Day (WARD).  On World Amateur Radio Day, all radio amateurs are invited to take to the airwaves to enjoy our global friendship with other amateurs, and to show our skills and capabilities to the public.

This is not a contest but rather an opportunity to “talk” about the value of amateur radio to the public and our fellow hams.  It is also a great opportunity to talk about your radio club and amateur radio to your local media as a lead-up to ARRL Field Day and other ham radio related activities in your community.  Want more information about World Amateur Radio Day?  Here’s a link...  http://www.arrl.org/world-amateur-radio-day  

Now, for all the contesters out there, April has a bunch of them for sure.  In fact, too many to post them all here.  But, if you are interested in just having some fun, here is a link to a schedule of all the contests for the month of April...   https://www.contestcalendar.com/fivewkcal.html 

That is going to do it from here this month.  Stay safe and “Catch Me On The Air or at a hamfest”!!!

73, 

Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

MORE HAMFESTING:  

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through May 2022.  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.  

Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through July 2022:

04/09/22 - Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

04/24/22 - Athens Hamfest, Athens, OH

04/24 to 4/29/22 - RV Radio Network Spring Rally, Millersburg, OH

05/01/22 - Lucas County Trunk Swap, Toledo, OH

05/07/22 - Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI

05/20 to 05/22/22 - Dayton Hamvention, Xenia, OH

05/21/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

05/28/22 - Scioto Valley, Piketon, OH

06/04/22 - Fulton County Swap, Wauseon, OH

06/04/22 - IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI

06/05/22 - Chelsea Hamfest, Chelsea, MI

06/10/22 - DATE CHANGE, Flying Beers, Ferndale, MI

06/11/22 - Luce County Yooper Hamfest, Newberry, MI

06/18/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

06/18/22 - Midland Hamfest, Midland, MI

06/19/22 - Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI

07/09/22 - Mansfield Mid Summer Trunkfest, Mansfield, OH

07/16/22 - GM AC Trunkswap, Shelby Twp, MI

07/17/22 - Van Wert Hamfest, Van Wert, OH

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings.  QST announcements require a 3 month lead time. If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:  http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

73,  


Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Dale's Tales for March

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for March, 2022.

Part 97.1(e) of the FCC Rules states that part of the Basis and Purpose of Amateur Radio is "...Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill." Recently, this has been difficult for many of as we watch recent world events unfold. The friends and family of many of us find themselves involved in a conflict that is endangering many and costing lives. It is difficult to sit here and think about the above rule while this situation continues.

Yet, I must remind myself that as a ham operator, I am obligated to adhere to these time-honored rules and not draw harsh conclusions or demean either side of the conflict. As s very difficult as may be, we simply must place ourselves outside of these hostilities while we are operating as hams and remember to offer what we can to promote international good will.

The Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL) web page was still operating at the writing, http://www.uarl.org.ua . It is posted in Ukranian. We at ARRL would expect any official Amateur Radio related information to come from the UARL to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) and then to ARRL. With Amateur Radio in Ukraine temporarily shut down by their government, I would not anticipate any immediate requests for our involvement.

Hamvention 2022 News directly from the Dayton Amateur Radio Assn.:

Many Hamvention volunteers attended the recent Hamcation weekend in Orlando, FL. It was heartening to see so many of our friends at the show! The aisles were full of people, the vendors were pleased with the brisk business, and the Hamvention booth was bombarded with well-wishers and folks with one question on their mind: “Are you going to have Hamvention this year?”

It was a pleasure to assure one and all that Hamvention 2022 is a go.  “Absolutely, we will be having Hamvention” echoed from our booth all weekend. We sold a bunch of tickets to Hamvention at the pre-show price, also available right now on the Hamvention.org website.

More recently, Michael Kalter W8CI and I were interviewed on a DX Engineering YouTube ( https://youtu.be/vTDZqVgPLgE) to unveil the official logo for Hamvention 2022. This year’s theme is Reunion - to celebrate getting a world of hams together after missing two Hamventions and to commemorate the history of the Dayton Hamvention stretching back to 1952.

The Logo represents amateur radio operators from around the globe getting together at Hamvention for a Grand Reunion.

So, if anyone in your club asks, or if the subject comes up on air, please let everyone know that 11 weeks from now, WE WILL HAVE HAMVENTION!

Vy 73 de WS8G
Rick Allnutt
General Chair Hamvention 2022


Hamvention, an official ARRL Sanctioned Event, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, OH.

Just a reminder, while you are sitting here, take a look at your Personal ARRL Page and see if it needs an update. You will find everything accessible if you click on "Edit your profile" in the blue field at the top of the ARRL Web page. Here you will be able to verify that all of our contact information is still correct, check the Groups to which you belong, actually edit your profile, make sure you are subscribed to all of the electronic publications you wish to receive (like this newsletter, which is listed at "News and Information from your Division Director...") and you can add feeds to your page to keep you up to date with bulletins and announcements. I must also note it is surprising how many e-mail addresses have changed over the years: we all should ensure that the one listed is correct.


SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Wow, we sure had some wild and wooly weather for February! Today is March 1st, Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras). It is also the meteorological 1st day of spring! Yes, I know that March 20th is the actual spring equinox, but what the heck, we can have some fun with this, can’t we?

March 1st is also National Peanut Butter Lover's Day as well. March 13th is when we “Spring Forward” an hour as Daylight Saving Time takes effect and don’t forget March 17th, Saint Patrick’s Day! Yes, a day that I will have a green beer or two... After all I am 4 percent Irish! Rounding out the month, on March 31st we will celebrate National Clams on the Half Shell Day and National Tater Day!

Hamfests are on their way back! There is a bunch of them already scheduled in the Great Lakes Division. Dale has the complete list compiled and listed below.

OK, shifting gears… March 5th through 6th is the International DX–Phone contest. The Novice Rig Roundup is coming up this month as well, it starts March 5th through March 13th. There are a bunch more contests in March, too many to post all of them here, but if you are interested in just having some fun, here is a link to a schedule of all the contests for the month of March https://www.contestcalendar.com/fivewkcal.html

Now, for you really big contesters / DXpedition hounds, Crozet Island DXpedition Preparations are moving forward. The upcoming solo Crozet Island DXpedition spearheaded by Thierry Mazel, F6CUK, will likely arrive on the island around Christmas. While traveling aboard the Marion Dufresne, Mazel will make stopovers at other remote islands that are also rare DXCC entities, including Tromelin Island. The Crozet and Tromelin islands are administered as part of the French Southern and Antarctic Lands (abbreviated in French as TAAF).

Shifting gears once again... I’m sure by now many of you are wondering just what’s going on with the newest committee formed by the ARRL Board, the EmComm Field Services Committee (ECFSC) for short. Well, as Dale announced last month both he and I are on that committee, Dale is the chairman, and I can tell you for a fact that we are moving things forward. In fact, the committee recently went through a grocery list of items that our committee has committed itself to get done to improve your experience with ARRL and to help those in leadership positions to be better trained and equipped.

Ok, shifting up to sixth gear and starting down the back stretch... Hey clubs, have you heard, there is a new ARRL Foundation Club Grants program, funded by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), will make $500,000 available to radio clubs. The program will provide up to $25,000 for worthy club projects. Requests for more than that will be referred back to ARDC. The new Club Grants program will help clubs more easily provide and expand their important services.

Beginning in April, amateur radio clubs will be able to apply for these grants by filling out a simple form on the ARRL website. The ARRL Foundation will evaluate the grant proposals. The Foundation was established in 1973 to advance the art, science, and societal benefits of the amateur radio service by awarding financial grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations in support of their charitable, educational, and scientific efforts.

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and “Catch Me On The Air or at a hamfest”!!!

73,

Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division


HAMFESTING:

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through May 2022. 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.

Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through June 2022:

03/05/22 - Cave City, Cave City, KY

03/12/22 - MOVARC Hamfest, Bidewll, OH

03/13/22 - NOARS Winter Hamfest, Elyria, OH

03/19/22 - Crossroads, Kalamazoo, MI

03/20/22 - CANCELED, Toledo Mobile Radio Assn Swap, CANCELED, Perrysburg, OH

04/09/22 - Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

04/24/22 - Athens Hamfest, Athens, OH

04/24 to 04/29/22 - RV Radio Network Spring Rally, Millersburg, OH

05/01/22 - Lucas County Trunk Swap, Toledo, OH

05/07/22 - Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI

05/20 to 05/22/22 - Dayton Hamvention, Xenia, OH

05/21/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

06/04/22 - Fulton County Swap, Wauseon, OH

06/04/22 - IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI

06/05/22 - Chelsea Hamfest, Chelsea, MI

06/05/22 - Flying Beers, Ferndale, MI

06/11/22 - Luce County Yooper Hamfest, Newberry, MI

06/18/22 - GM ARC Trunk Swap. Shelby Twp., MI

06/19/22 - Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST announcements require a 3 month lead time.

If your swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

73,

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org


Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Dale's Tales for February 2022


Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for February 2022.

SOME RECENT UPDATES. When I took up the role as Great Lakes Division Director, I renewed all of the Division appointments that had been made by my predecessors. Everyone is truly dedicated and working well as a team. There were a large number of Assistant Directors (AD) in the pool of volunteers, and it was the policy to appoint as Assistant Directors, people who had served in various leadership positions. This was becoming difficult to manage. A couple of individuals had even moved from the division. I attempted to create special duties for each AD and yet looking at regular appointees to various ARRL committees like DXAC, CAC, EMCOMM and the like, much of the duties were duplicated.

Scott, N8SY and I discussed it and we also spoke about these challenges with some of the appointees. Everyone we spoke with was of the opinion that these AD appointments, while perhaps rewarding to the office holders, were redundant and difficult to manage while truly offering little to benefit our fellow Radio Amateurs. Effective in early January, with thanks to all participants, we closed the position. I received notes from several former ADs suggesting it was the right decision. (Whew!) My personal thanks to all who served and further thanks to all who agreed to be readily available if their talents are ever needed in the future. I really appreciate how well everyone in the Great Lakes Division works together; it is something of which to be proud.

THE ARRL BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING has been completed, so over the next couple of weeks, you will see reports of what took place during this session. In brief, we have elected some new officers, Rick Roderick, K5UR continues as President while Mike Raisebeck, K1TWF remains as 1st VP and Bob Vallio, W6RGG continues as 2nd VP and Rod Stafford, W6ROD remains as International VP and Dave Minster as CEO and Secretary. We elected Rick Niswander, K7GM to continue as Treasurer until May 1 to work with positioning our new Financial Management firm and then our newly elected treasurer John Sager, WJ7S will take the helm.

NEW 2022 ARRL BOARD COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS are as follows:

Executive Committee
Director Abernethy
Director McIntyre
Director Lippert
Director Stratton
Director Williams
President Roderick
First Vice President Raisbeck
CEO Minster

Administration and Finance
Director Ryan (Chair)
Director Baker
Director Jairam
Director Kemmerer
Director Norton
Vice Director Marcin
Vice Director Nelson
First Vice President Raisbeck
Treasurer Niswander
CFO Middleton (Staff Liaison)

Programs and Services
Director Ritz (Chair)
Director Lippert
Director Luetzelschwab
Director McIntyre
Director Zygielbaum
Vice Director Grady
Vice Director Propper
Second Vice President Vallio
Mr. Bob Naumann (Staff Liaison)

Emergency Communications& Field Services Committee 
Director Williams (Chair) 
Director Abernethy 
Director Boehner 
Director Norris 
Director Stratton 
Vice Director Cooper 
Vice Director Schilling 
Vice Director Tharp 
Vice Director Yonally 
Josh Johnston (Staff Liaison) 
Mike Walters (Staff Liaison)

ARDF
Jerry Boyd WB8WFK (Co-coordinator)
Charles Scharlau NZ0I (Co-coordinator)
Richard Arnett, WB4SUV
Ruth Bromer, WB4QZG
Joseph Burkhead, KE8MKR
Thomas Chen
Brian DeYoung K4BRI
Robert Frey, WA6EZV
Ken Harker, WM5R
Lori Huberman
Joseph Huberman, K5JGH
Donald Pitchford, W9EBK
Nadia Scharlau, KO4ADV

ARISS Committee
Vice Director Tharp (Chair)
Vice Director Schilling
Vice Director Nelson
Vice Director Temples
Vice Director Walls
Bob Inderbitzen (Staff Liaison)
Other consultants as needed (i.e. Rosalie White, K1STO)

CAC
Mr. Craig Thompson K9CT (Chair)
Director Lippert (Board Liaison)
All Division Field Appointees remain

DXAC
Mr. Chris Shalvoy K2CS (Chair)
Director Luetzelschwab (Board Liaison)
All Division Field Appointees remain

Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC)
Director Luetzelschwab (Chair)
Director McIntyre
Vice Director Hudgens
Vice Director Stearns
Ed Hare (Staff Liaison)
Paul Cianciolo W1VLF (Lab Staff)
Mike Gruber (ARRL Volunteer)
Kermit Carlson, W9XA
Brian Cramer, W9RFI
Richard Dubroff, W9XW
Ron Hranac, N0IVN
Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH
Greg Lapin, N9GL
Ghery Pettit, N6TPT
Jerry Ramie, KI6LGY
James Roop, K9SE

Ethics and Elections
Director Zygielbaum (Chair)
Director Norris
Director Lippert

HF Band Planning
First Vice President Raisbeck (Chair)
Director Jairam
Director Ritz
Vice Director Hudgens
Vice Director Sterns
Vice Director Temples
Others as tasking requires

Historical
Vice Director Propper (Chair)
Director Luetzelschwab
Director Norton
Vice Director Nelson
Ed Hare (Staff Liaison)
Bob Naumann (Staff Liaison)
Rod Blocksome, K0DAS
Bill Hudzik, W2UDT
Peter Turbide, W1PT
Ray Thornton, W1YFF

Legal Defense and Assistance
International Affairs Vice President Stafford (Chair) 
First Vice President Raisbeck 
Vice Director Famiglio 
Counsel Siddall 
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR 
Michael Lazaroff, K3AIR 
Legal Counsel as needed

Legal Structure Review Committee
Director Stratton (Chair)
President Roderick
CEO Minster
International Affairs Vice President Stafford Vice Director Famiglio

Legislative Advocacy Committee
Director Stratton (Chair)
Director Abernethy
Vice Director Cooper
President Roderick
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR
Legal Counsel as needed
Others as tasking requires

Logbook of The World Committee
Greg Widin K0GW (Chair)
Director Baker (Board Liaison)
Director McIntyre
Vice Director Marcin
Treasurer Niswander
Bob Naumann (Staff Liaison)
Rick Murphy, K1MU

Permanent Investment Management Committee (effective May 1, 2022) 
Vice Director Morine 
 Others to be determined

Public Relations
Mr. Bob Inderbitzen (Chair)
Vice Director Scott Yonally (Board Liaison) 
John Bloodgood, KD0SFY 
Ed Efchak, WX2R 
Andy Milluzzi, KK4LWR 
Gordon Mooneyhan, W4EGM 
Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW 
Scott Roberts, KK4ECR 
Angel Santana, WP3GW 
Alan Griffith (RAC Representative)

RF Safety
Dr. Gregory Lapin N9GL (Chair)
Vice Director Propper K2DP (Board Liaison) 
Ed Hare (Staff Liaison) 
Jerry Bushberg, KJ6HDL 
Matt Butcher, KC3WD 
Brian Daly, WB7OML 
Robert Gold, MD, W0KIZ 
William Kaune, W7IEQ 
James Ross, MD, W4GHL 
Kai Siwiak, KE4PT 
Bruce Small, MD, KM2L 
Richard Tell, K5UJU 
Guy "Bud" Tribble, MD N6SN 
Gerald Griffin, MD, K6MD (Emeritus) 
William Raskoff, MD, K6SQL (Emeritus


HAMVENTION: Hamvention Covid Statement
Hams and vendors hoping to attend Hamvention 2022 are asking questions about plans to deal with COVID. Hamvention management is monitoring the situation closely. General Chairman Rick Allnutt, WS8G, has issued the following statement:

"We strongly anticipate that the Hamvention 2022 is a go. We cannot guarantee what government may decide about unknown changes in the pandemic. It has become obvious that the State of Ohio is very unlikely to call a halt to large gatherings anytime soon. Despite a recent large spike in Omicron COVID cases and hospitalizations, there is no move to restrict large indoor or outdoor events such as sports events."

Allnutt added that he anticipates the official state guidance may be to recommend (but not require) wearing a mask and social distancing.

Hamvention will support state guidance. We do not anticipate checking immunization status on site.

Some have asked whether COVID testing will be available at Hamvention.

At this time there are no plans to have testing on site. Watch hamvention.org for any updates dealing with the COVID situation.

Hamvention, an official ARRL Sanctioned Event, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.


SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

What a wild week that Dale and I had in Newington at the annual Board of Directors meeting recently! We both were on the go attending the various committee meetings as well as the Board meeting itself. Things started bright and early on Wednesday morning and finally coming to an end late Saturday afternoon. It was a very long week, but it was worth it for sure. You’ll be hearing more about the outcomes of those meetings very soon.

I’m assuming that you are reading this column on Tuesday, February 1st, and as such, I just want to say that tomorrow is Groundhog Day!

Yes, the day we all get up before the crack of dawn and grab a little varmint that does nothing but make a mess out of our garbage cans and we celebrate whether he can see his shadow when the sun rises. Here in Ohio, we have Buckeye Chuck doing the forecasting. He’s been right only slightly more than wrong, but hey, it’s fun just to see if that little critter really does predict it accurately or not. Personally, I think he’s no better than a coin toss, but what the heck, it’s something fun to do. February is also known as the month for lovers, as that it’s Valentine’s Day on Monday, February 14th. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’ve found the best way to keep my YL happy is to take her out for that special dinner, if not on Valentine’s Day, somewhere close to it, especially if you want to drop the bomb that you’ve just purchased a new very expensive transceiver. So, do yourself a favor, make dinner plans now for that special day!

Switching gears for a bit… We have a couple of great ARRL contests coming up this month, School Roundup on February 14th - 18th, and International DX – CW contest on February 19th - 20th. Hey if you’re not a contester I get it, but you still can have some fun and make a kids’ eyes light up if you do decide to participate in the School Roundup.

Switching gears again… If you haven’t gotten your NIMS training completed yet, this will be a great time to get that training in before the weather starts turning nice again. With winter now deeply embedded here, you’ll want to stay indoors. Trust me on this, there’s really nothing good on TV to watch anyway so why not take advantage of the spare time and get that all important training in now. All the classes that are suggested in the ARES Plan – including ICS-300 and 400 are available on-line. You may have to look around a bit to find an open on-line class for ICS-300 and 400, but they are out there and just ready for you to get started on!

Oh, and don’t forget your first aid, CPR and AED as well as those all-important “Stop the Bleed” classes too. They are sometimes the ones that we forget about the easiest and become the most important classes we could ever do. Don’t be one of those folks that say, “I don’t need this training because nothing ever happens here!” It does - and will! The better that we are prepared, the better we will be at assisting our served agencies and even possibly our own families when that time comes, and like I said, it will!

Clubs, are you still meeting via Zoom or similar methods, or maybe you’re one of the lucky clubs that have been meeting hybrid so that everyone gets to partake? Have you been searching for a good program to present to your club? You might consider one of the great recorded webinars that are listed in the ARRL Learning Center or even a live presentation from one of the ARRL staff. I’ve sat in on several live presentations from the staff and they are the best. It’s really fantastic to be a part of a live presentation from ARRL Headquarters while being able to sit in your comfy easy chair at home! What better way to see just what some of your dues go to! They have many great recorded webinars that are really good and informative. Most of these are around 40 minutes or so long. Just the right amount of time to be informative, yet not so long that they get overly boring.

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and “Catch Me On The Air”!!!

--73, Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through May 2022. 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.

Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through June 2022:

02/05/2022 - POSTPONED, HARA, POSTPONED TO Oct. 22, Negaunee, MI

02/12/2022 - Cherryland, Traverse City, MI

02/26/2022 - Livonia Swap, Redford, MI

03/5/2022 - Cave City, Cave City, KY

03/12/2022 - MOVARC Hamfest, Bidewll, OH

03/13/2022 - NOARS Winter Hamfest, Elyria, OH

03/19/2022 - Crossroads, Kalamazoo, MI

03/20/2022 - CANCELED, Toledo Mobile Radio Assn Swap, CANCELED, Perrysburg, OH

04/09/2022 - Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

04/24/2022 - Athens Hamfest, Athens, OH

04/24-29/2022 - RV Radio Network Spring Rally, Millersburg, OH

05/07/2022 - Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI

05/20 to 05/22/2022 - Dayton Hamvention, Xenia, OH

05/21/2022 - GMARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

06/04/2022 - IRA, Hudsonville, MI

06/05/2022 - Flying Beers, Ferndale, MI

06/18/2022 - GM ARC Trunk Swap. Shelby Twp., MI

06/19/2022 - Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST announcements require a 3 month lead time.

If a swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar


73, I look forward to seeing you at the next swap.

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org


Friday, December 31, 2021

Dale's Tales for January 2022

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for January, 2022.

OUR THOUGHTS have been with our friends in the Kentucky Section as they have dealt with the tragedy of the recent tornadoes. We wish them all the best through the continuing recovery effort.

RESOLUTIONS: How well I remember a discussion with my boss while I was still a teen, about New Year Resolutions. My argument was: "If it was worth a Resolution, it had to be worth Resolving NOW and not waiting for January 1". I have pretty well stuck with that, but I admit that at the end of each December, I look at what I had resolved to get accomplished throughout the past year and kinda renew those "instant resolutions".

2021 has been no different. I still need to level a few feet of sidewalk, my 75 meter dipole feed line needs a rework and my 160 meter antenna is still rolled up in the garage. And those are the delinquencies I will admit.

Other more recent items added to the current resolution list are a few things like boosting ARRL's relationship with local clubs, completing the development of a new ARRL Investment Management Structure and pressing for an upgrade for both Logbook of the World and the ARRL's Web Pages.

Without doubt, the forthcoming ARRL Board Meeting this January will bring some new and interesting challenges. Some changes to the Board composition will happen and as the Board elects our Officers, some new faces may show up in those roles. Most importantly, the Standing Committees will have new appointees, and those committees have the greatest effects upon those of us in the field. The Administration and Finance Committee, the Programs and Services Committee (PSC) will likely see changes in their composition and the Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee is all new as it takes over some of the former duties held by the PSC. While it is very rare for all members on any given committee to change, this turnover is appropriate as it brings new ideas and new processes to each committee.

HAMVENTION A Special not from the Hamvention Committee:

The Hamvention organization needs your help to get the most deserving individuals and clubs nominated for the yearly awards to be presented in May at Hamvention 2022. It is time to get your Hamvention Awards nominations in.

If you know an individual or club that deserves recognition for their efforts on behalf of amateur radio and want to nominate them for a 2022 Hamvention award don't delay. Nominations for the Technical Achievement, Special Achievement, Amateur of the Year and Club of the Year close Feb. 15.

The Technical Achievement Award will be given to a selected amateur radio operator who has achieved technical excellence in the world of amateur radio. Examples are inventions, processes, discoveries, experiments and other technical accomplishments or any other outstanding technical achievement that contributed to amateur radio.

The Special Achievement Award will be given to a deserving amateur that made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the radio art and or science. This award is usually given to a respected amateur who spearheaded a single significant project.

The Amateur of the Year Award is given to a ham that has made a long-term commitment to the advancement to amateur radio. This individual will have a history of ham radio contributions and has had a dedication to service, professionalism and the advancement of the avocation of amateur radio.

The Club of the Year will be honored for clearly demonstrating their involvement in varied aspects of Amateur Radio for the greater good of their community and/or their nation.

Nomination forms, available at https://hamvention.org/event-details/awards/, are dedicated to the appropriate award nomination. At a minimum, each form should be completed with the information indicated but additional documentation is welcome. Please make sure that the nominating person is identified with a method to reach them in the case of questions from the nominating committee.

Forms may be submitted using the following methods: Email: awards@hamvention.org; U.S. Postal Mail: Hamvention Attn: Awards Committee. Box 964, Dayton, OH 45401-0964

Thank you and please address any questions to awards@hamvention.org

Hamvention, an official ARRL Sanctioned Event, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 2022 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center.

Keep the date open on your calendar and plan to attend. This is your opportunity to see everything that is new in our great hobby, the newest products, the newest ideas and the latest from our Amateur Radio vendors. Hamvention also brings great speakers to their forum agenda, check the Hamvention web pages for full details. For more information visit www.hamvention.org

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Happppppy New Year to one and all!! I am so glad that 2021 is now officially behind us. I am hopeful that 2022 will be a much better and a more fun year than last. Have any of you gotten your “Jelly of the Month Club” jelly yet? I’m so looking forward to getting mine.

With all that has happened this past year it seems to just be a “bump in the road” compared to what happened on December 10th in Kentucky, when a violent, long-tracked tornado moved across Western Kentucky, producing severe to catastrophic damage in numerous towns, including Mayfield, Benton, Dawson Springs, and Bremen. A total of 76 persons lost their lives in this outbreak. The tornadoes ranged from EF-1 to EF-4 leaving a path of destruction in its wake. The hardest-hit areas include Mayfield, Dawson Springs and Bowling Green. Please, above all else keep those folks in the Kentucky Section that have lost so much in your hearts and prayers as we move forward into 2022.

Have you gotten your NIMS training completed yet? With winter coming on, now is a great time to get that all important training in when the weather is bad, and you just can’t find a good contest to get excited about. Why just sit and watch a boring TV show when you can be getting that ever so important training in. All of the classes that are suggested in the ARES Plan – including 300 and 400 are now available on-line. You may have to look around a bit to find the elusive 300 – 400 classes, but they are out there and just ready for you to sign up and get started on! Don’t be one of those folks that say “I don’t need this training because nothing ever happens here!” It does, and will, and the more we are prepared, the better it will be.

January is a busy month for contests. We start the month off (January 01) with Straight Key Night. On January 2nd we have Kids Day and well as the RTTY Roundup. January 16-18 we have the January VHF contest as well.

Congratulations to the University of Michigan (UM) and to the Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS) for their write-ups in the December issue of the ARRL Club News. Has your club done things that are newsworthy? The ARRL Club News is for radio clubs to show how they are working in the community and the hobby to advance amateur radio. If your club does a project, supports an event, does an EmComm activation or activates a park, Headquarters wants to hear about it. You can submit your newsletter article to: clubs@arrl.org

Ham Radio University is going virtual for 2022. Have you gotten registered yet for the 2022 HRU? It’s being held in conjunction with the New York City / Long Island Section Convention on January 8th.

Registration is required, so you’ll need to act fast if you haven’t already registered. A $5 donation is being asked, if you can. The forums are featuring an ARRL forum, contesting, basic HF operating, ham radio logging, intro to DX’ing, how to learn and have fun with CW and many more. If you are interested, here’s a link to their site: https://hamradiouniversity.org/

Dale and I are both getting ready for the upcoming Board meeting the week of January 17th in Newington. There’s a lot on the agenda and you’ll be hearing more about all of the activities from the meeting later.

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and “Catch Me On The Air”!!!

--73, Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through mid 2022. 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.

It is nice to see this list continue to grow. Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through May 2022:

01/16/2022 - SCARF Hamfest, Shade, OH

01/23/2022 - Hazel Park Swap, Royal Oak, MI

02/05/2022 - HARA Swap, Negaunee, MI

02/12/2022 - Cherryland, Traverse City, MI

02/26/2022 - Livonia Swap, Redford, MI

03/05/2022 - Cave City, Cave City, KY

03/12/2022 - MOVARC Hamfest, Bidewll, OH

03/13/2022 - NOARS Winter Hamfest, Elyria, OH

03/20/22 - Toledo Mobile Radio Assn Swap, Perrysburg, OH

04/09/2022 - Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

04/24/22 - Athens Hamfest, Athens, OH

05/07/22 - Cadillac Hamfest, Cadillac, MI

05/20 to 05/22/2022 - Dayton Hamvention, Xenia, OH

05/21/22 - GMARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp., MI

If your club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST announcements require a 3 month lead time.

If a swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar


73, If the bands seem too quiet, call someone!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Dale's Tales for December

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for December, 2021.

HAMVENTION: After a two year hiatus, the Dayton Amateur Radio Assn. has everything in gear to bring us back to the major ham radio event in the world. And it all happens here in the Great Lakes Division. It is major, it is local, and we all can step out and support Hamvention by being there. Go for all three days or go for one day, just be there!

See the super-sized ham radio flea market, visit the vendor booths and see the latest and greatest radio products, attend the forums and get updated on that-is-happening-now in ham radio. Get those plans in place to attend in 2022.

Here are some words from the Hamvention Committee:
Special for the Great Lakes Division "Dale's Tales"

Ticket, booth and flea market space sales for Hamvention 2022 are underway earlier than usual. In the past, these sales have not opened until late December. General Chairman Rick Allnutt, W8SG, said the earlier sales were made possible through the hard work of several of committee chairs and the Assistant General Chair, Jim Storms, AB8YK.

Storms said that anyone who rolled over Hamvention tickets, booths or flea market spaces from 2020 or 2021 should have received 2022 tickets by now. If they have not they should contact the appropriate committee:  tickets@Hamvention.org, exhibits@Hamvention.org or fleamarket@hamvention.org.

According to Storms and Allnutt, sales thus far suggest that 2022 should be a good year for Hamvention which was cancelled in 2019 and 2020 because of Covid-19. Allnutt added that several changes are in the works to improve the Hamvention experience for all the hams attending.

Hamvention, an official ARRL Sanctioned Event, will be held Friday-Sunday, May 20-22 2022 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center. For more information visit www.hamvention.org

CONGRATULATIONS: 78 ARRL members in our Great Lakes Division are celebrating their 50th Anniversary as ARRL members. Each individual will soon be receiving their 50 Year Commemorative Pin from the League.

We have not been able post the awards in the past, but now we have the opportunity to individually list the members in the Great Lakes Division who have recently achieved this honor. When you see them, please extend to them sincere congratulations.

Here is the listing of those to be recognized for their long term service.

From the Kentucky Section: Thomas T Frishe K4TZ, William I Donnermeyer Jr NM4A, Randell Young W4DRY, John V Morton WA4UMR, Barry Jackson WB4N, Peter Kragh K2UPD, and William K Alverson K4LM.

From the Michigan Section: Jon Griswold, Gary A Helmic, William G Le Lacheur, Samuel I Salo, Theodore A Rachwal K8AQM, Stanley Barczak K8MJZ, Robert E Inman K8QFH, Steven C Wolf KC8BW, Rick Arzadon N8XI, John A Forslund N9EZ, Henry Greg Chapoton NA8V, Roger A Shipman NG8O, Keith D Harris W8KD, Ray Stilwell WA4MLD. John M Ceranski WA8ALQ, Howard C La Tourneau WA8ILQ, Craig B Malkowski WB8FVA, Larry T Nitz WB8HGR, Michael A Hall WB8ICN, Kenneth R Appleman WB8IKJ, Dennis J Burger WB8JZC, Paul C Walcott WD8H, Ronald J Wilson, Bill Parris AA4R, Frederick K Crosher K6FC, Richard S Larsen K8MW, Robert J Hitchens K8VQC, John Gibson NO8V, Albert G Krieger W8BXV, Stephen C Dible W8CRH, Col Ret Ken M Irish Jr W8JVP, Richard L Johnson W8YV, and Alan E Van Antwerp WA8LKV.

From the Ohio Section: Anthony E Baltuz, Paul F Thacker, Alan R Smith, George A Proudfoot K3GP, John E Bastin K8AJS, Grant A Powell K8BCI, George E Benko K8BRW, Del R Muckenfuhs K8DEL, Robert R Kenyon K8LJ, John F Limbach K8NN, Gerald E Murphy K8YUW, Ltc Clifford E Hauser KD6XH, Doyle W Braun KI8L, Dr Robert D Hinkle KK8ZZ, Dr Edward A Wilson KØKC, Patrick C Green N8CQV, Joseph P Browne W2QID, David R Groen W8DRG, Stephen W Wolf W8IZ, Dr Don P Smith W8KGL, Norman J Bayse W8NJB, Thomas Harold Tenney W8OJM, Gerry L Geisel WA8ZPP, K M Samuelson WB8IEA, John L Dolnacko WB8IYR, Scott T Renz WB8JLT, Gene V Anderson WB8KKU, David A Jones WB8MON, David R Kishler WB8ODK, Dennis R Hildebrandt WB8WAA, Donald L Goodwin WB8YIC, Alfred Richardson Jr, Martin Davidoff K2UBC, Thomas J Bedocs K8DMM, Frederick R Schneider K9OHE, James J Martin W8AC, Robert Biggs WA8CBA, Gerd H Schrick WB8IFM, and Richard A Glenn W8GQO.

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Merry Christmas; Mele Kalikimaka; Joyeux Noël; Frohe Weinachten; Feliz Navidad; Buon Natale; Feliz Natal; Vrolijk kerstfeest; Crăciun fericit; Wesołych świąt Bożego Narodzenia; God Jul; Veselé Vánoce or however you may pronounce it, Christmas is just 24 days away! Have you been good? I sure hope so and I hope that you get everything on your list as well!

I want to give a big shoutout to all the folks that have reached the 50-year mark with the ARRL (see listing in this newsletter). This is a huge milestone and if you happen to see any of these folks out and about, be sure to congratulate them on this huge accomplishment.

Do you have a child that is preparing for college? Are you touring campuses and working on that mountain of paperwork to help pay for tuition? Are they applying for scholarships and are looking for more of them? Hey, have you looked at the scholarships being offered through the ARRL? Applications for the 2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program are being accepted now through December 31, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified in May 2022 via USPS mail and email.

All applicants must be active, FCC-licensed amateur radio operators [NOTE: Active foreign amateur radio operators are eligible for the ARDC Scholarships]. All applicants must submit a completed online application.

NEW THIS YEAR: The ARRL Foundation is utilizing a new Scholarship Management Platform for the 2022 ARRL Foundation Scholarships.

Applicants will no longer choose which scholarships they would like to apply for; instead, the new software will match the applicants with all of the scholarships they qualify for. Transcripts and any additional required documents must be submitted WITH the application and not emailed separately as was done in the past. A number of scholarships require additional documents, such as a letter of recommendation from a sitting Officer of an ARRL-affiliated club. Applications without accompanying transcripts and additional required documents (if applicable) will not be considered. The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Committee will review all applicants for eligibility and award decisions. Want more information? Here’s a link to get you started... http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-program

December is the month a lot of clubs have parties to celebrate the season, and many of them also have election of officers as well. So, with that said December is a great time for your club officers (newly elected or not) to look to make sure that someone has filed-out your clubs’ annual report with ARRL. Since many clubs change officers in the December/January time frame, this is something that just falls through the cracks and the new officers aren’t aware that this wasn’t done and needs to be. Club Officers, please, check your clubs’ affiliation record annually. I highly recommend that you include this duty within your club’s By-Laws, that way there’s always a reminder that this needs to be done, just like paying your dues! Oh, and those clubs that have been - or are currently Special Service Clubs, make sure to check on your renewal date for that as well.

Since the SSC is renewed on a 2-year basis, this is even more forgotten about. Both renewals are quick and easy to do online.

ARRL’s YouTube channel is really getting some great videos for your club to share. Have you looked at the ARRL Learning Network lately? There’s a ton of great videos there for any ARRL member to view. Hey, I’ve shown a video that Joe Carcia, NJ1Q does where he takes a complete tour around W1AW showing you everything that’s there to several clubs around here and it was a real eye opener for them. If you’ve never been to Newington, this is a great way of seeing W1AW like you’ve never seen it before. ARRL has also launched a series of amateur radio Technician-class license video courses. These videos help lead viewers through The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. The videos supplement the manual and provide an overview of the sections you will be studying, along with a few videos on how things actually work. This is an excellent way for your instructors to get that extra bit of help in teaching this material.

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and “Catch Me On The Air!!

--73, Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests through mid 2022. 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.

It is soooo nice to see this listing continue to grow. Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

2021/2022 Great Lakes Div. ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest calendar. Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter, please, with credit to the source.

ARRL Sanctioned Hamfests through June 2022:

12/04/2021 - Fulton Co Winterfest, Delta, OH

12/05/2021 - L'Anse Creuse Swap, Troy, MI

01/16/2022 - SCARF Hamfest, Shade, OH

01/23/2022 - Hazel Park Swap, MI, location to be announced

02/05/2022 - HARA Swap, Negaunee, MI

02/12/2022 - Cherryland, Traverse City, MI

02/26/2022 - Livonia Swap, Livonia, MI

03/05/2022 - Cave City, Cave City, KY

03/13/2022 - NOARS Winter Hamfest, Elyria, OH

04/19/2022 - Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

05/20 - 22/2022 - Dayton Hamvention, Xenia, OH

06/04/2022 - Fulton County, Wauseon, OH

06/05/2022 - Flying Beers Hamfest, Ferndale, MI

06/18/022 - GMARC Trunk Swap, Shelby Twp, MI

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST announcements require a 3 month lead time. If a swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar

THE WRAPS: We close yet another strange year. We all have lost some friends while some of us strain to return to a normal life after enduring what Covid 19 has brought upon us. Club meetings are resuming in-person, hamfests are cautiously returning to the schedule, while we all remain optimistic about what this winter and being indoors may bring us.

Judy and I both send our greetings to all in this Holiday Season, hoping for each of you and your families a safe, healthy and happy coming New Year.


73, Light up those bands.

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org



Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Dale's Tales for November 2021

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for November, 2021.

October has traditionally been the month is which the ARRL's Simulated Emergency Test (SET) takes place. This year was not exception as the three Sections that comprise the Great Lakes Division, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio, each held their SET events. It is permitted to hold a SET on a weekend convenient for the participants and that's exactly what we did. There is a scoring system in place that encourages community contacts and messaging, and strives to introduce new players into the process. This also allows Amateur Radio Emergency Service® ARES® groups a means to compare one year's efforts against others.

I hope your SET went well, I hope something broke and I hope everyone gained some knowledge about work-arounds and improvements that can pay off in a real emergency situation. Innovative ideas abound when something does not go as planned and it is a time to recognize those lessons learned to everyone's advantage. A "Hot Wash" or more properly, an After Action Review, is a mandatory finish for any exercise. This is the time to self-examine all phases and doing it immediately after the closing of the exercise insures that all of the details are clear in the minds of the participants. It is not the time to be critical of anyone, but only of the events that took place with carefully considered ideas of how to do better next time.

My thanks go out to all who helped. These can be huge and complex events and it takes a lot of thought to insure that there is a place for any ham that wants to play. I hope everyone had that opportunity. I often think about the contributions that some of our special parts of ham radio can offer in an emergency. We normally recognize the EMCOMM folks who are close to this every day, but traffic handlers are also key players. And who can you call on when HF communications are tough? The DXers and contesters, who have well designed stations and antenna systems and regularly copy those very weak stations. And they do it so effectively through intense QRM. Of course an active ARES Emergency Coordinator, through the local ham clubs' contacts, knows the community's available resources and can call upon the added expertise when it is needed.

Emergency Communications has served as an entry point for many newcomers to amateur radio as it combines with the desire for community service.

ARRL is in the process of searching for a new national Emergency Communications Director to guide ARES and strengthen its future. This new Director will work with our served agencies at the national level, to build on existing relationships, renew Memoranda of Understanding and collaborate with the ARRL Field Organization to insure their needs are met. Currently, the Emergency Communications / Field Services Committee (ECFSC) is in the process of updating the ARES Plan that was approved by the ARRL Board in January of 2019. The ECFSC was created by the ARRL Board to coordinate the ARES as well as the other Field Services activities that report to our Section Managers.

This task of updating and adjusting a plan is not easy. For example, there is a need for common training levels to allow mutual aid when personnel are being over extended. Yet, there are portions of the country where training can be an issue because of extensive travel conditions - think Alaska where one must often fly to get to the next community. It is true that remote learning advancements resulting from the Covid-19 Pandemic have allow some adjustments, but there remains the need for personal contact and familiarization for those individuals that must serve as a team. Other unique situations must be considered and evaluated, most relate to specific geography but some must accommodate variations in ethnicity and language. What a potpourri this country is.

A SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING SCHOLARSHIPS. The ARRL Foundation Scholarship Program opens TODAY.

The ARRL Foundation scholarship application period for the academic year 2022-2023 opens on November 1st and ends on December 31, 2021. The Foundation issued $550,000 in scholarships for 2021-2022 and for the academic year 2022-2023 there has been a significant increase in the number of large dollar scholarships available thanks to a generous contribution from Amateur Radio Digital Communications, Inc. (ARDC).

For the academic year 2022-2023, 130 scholarships will be offered totaling $900,000! There are twenty $25,000 scholarships, four $15,000, seventeen $10,000 scholarships, nine $5,000 scholarships as well as dozens of $1,000 and $500 scholarships. The descriptions of the scholarships available are on line.

http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-descriptions

It is also very easy to apply as the scholarship application is on line.

http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-application

Since only amateur radio operator students may apply, the chances of being selected for a scholarship are good. It would be a shame to miss this opportunity. Since 1973, the ARRL Foundation, with the generosity of many donors and the hard work of a long line of dedicated Foundation Directors, has had a positive impact on the lives of many young amateur radio operator students. Being awarded an ARRL Foundation scholarship could mean the difference in whether a student can pursue their education in 2022-2023 or not.

Thank you.

Dr David Woolweaver K5RAV, President, ARRL Foundation

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Fall is definitely here. The leaves are turning colors, the squirrels and chipmunks are making nests in your attic and there is a cold bite to the morning air to cool your coffee down. Are you ready for what is coming next? I will remind you that Christmas is just 55 days away! I hope you are working on your Christmas lists.

November is Sweeps month, both CW (November 6-8) and Phone (November 20-22). I have always loved this contest, especially when I had the perfect call for it. My old call was KC8SS. That call sign got me into more pileups than I could count. I will be on both the CW and Phone contests so listen up for me.

Ok, let us get serious for a minute. Where is your ham shack located? Is it in the basement, garage, or outbuilding? Most generally ham shacks are not in the living room and as such, heating devices for your shack are usually some sort of a supplemental heater/furnace and that is why this next paragraph is so important to talk about now that the weather is getting colder. I want to talk to you about Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.

First, let me describe what Carbon Monoxide (CO) is. Carbon Monoxide (CO) is the poisonous gases emitted from carbon fueled heat sources (i.e... gas or fuel oil furnaces, wood burning fireplaces or stoves, kerosene, or propane heaters). I could go on, but you get the idea.

Carbon Monoxide is colorless, odorless and it will kill you if you breathe very much of it in. How does this gas kill? It migrates into the blood stream and replaces the oxygen in your blood with the Carbon Monoxide. Once it invades your blood stream it will be with you for an exceptionally long time. In fact, most of your life! Just ask any firefighter about that. That is where a Carbon Monoxide “CO” detector comes into play. These little devises are inexpensive (usually around $20) and can really save you and your family’s lives. Buy one or more of them now (if you don’t already have one) and use them!

Hey Affiliated Clubs, have you looked to make sure that someone has filed your annual report with ARRL? This is one of the most common mistakes that I hear about from club officials, they either did not know, or just thought someone else had taken care of this. Please, check your club’s affiliation record annually. Oh, and those clubs that have been - or are currently Special Service Clubs, make sure to check on your renewal date for that as well. Since the SSC is renewed on a 2-year basis, this is even more forgotten about. Both renewals are quick and easy to do online.

ARRLs YouTube channel, ARRLHQ, has launched a series of amateur radio Technician-class license courses. This series of videos features Dave Casler, KE0OG, QSTs “Ask Dave” columnist, who leads viewers through The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual. These videos supplement the manual and provide an overview of the sections you will be studying, along with a few videos on how things work.

Notable November dates – November 2nd is election Tuesday throughout the country. November 7th is the return of standard time. Yes, you shift an hour of time, but you gain that hour of sleep you lost in the spring. I have already mentioned the dates of Sweepstakes and of course Thursday, November 25th is Thanksgiving.

That is going to do it from here this month. Stay safe and “Catch Me On The Air”!!!

--73, Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests for the remainder of 2021. 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. Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings. QST announcements require a 3 month lead time.

If a swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.

2021 Great Lakes Div. ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest calendar. Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter, with credit to the source.

11/06/2021 - CANCELLED - Grant ARC Hamfest, Georgetown, OH

12/04/2021 - Fulton Co Winterfest, Delta, OH

12/05/2021 - L'Anse Creuse Swap, Troy, MI

EARLY 2021 Planned events:

01/16/2022 - SCARF Hamfest, Shade, OH

01/23/2022 - Hazel Park Swap, MI, location to be announced

03/13/2022 - NOARS Winter Hamfest, Elyria, OH

04/19/2022 - Cuyahoga Falls, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

For the latest detail on regional hamfests, check the ARRL web page at:
http://www.arrl.org/hamfests-and-conventions-calendar


73, Stay safe. Get out there and test Cycle 25!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division
wa8efk@arrl.org

Friday, October 1, 2021

Dale's Tales - October 2021

Dale's Tales - October 2021

Greetings, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for October, 2021.

GREAT LAKES CONVENTION UPDATE.  A disappointing decision, but as you are now aware the Great Lakes Division ARRL Convention was canceled. Certainly, the Kentucky Colonels Amateur Radio Club faced a very difficult decision.  Attendees, vendors, guests, advertisers, convention 
sponsors, forum speakers, luncheon staff, convention center venue, tickets sellers, ticket refunds and more had to be notified and take action.  To the club's credit, everything went smoothly and from the
decision on Wednesday evening, things were pretty well spun down by the weekend.  

What happens next?  Only time will tell.  The Covid pandemic has forced this cancellation and may well cause other course corrections over the next few months.  At best, we will plan and execute as conditions permit.  From the whole Vette City Hamfest team and the convention team, our sincere thanks to everyone for their cooperation and understanding.   Be safe and stay safe.

SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST (SET).  October brings the SET to the forefront.  Nationally, it is held the first weekend of October, but local communities may select other dates to accommodate participation.  In any event, check in and offer your local ARES group a hand.  Interest in Emergency Communications has grown considerably in recent years, and SET offers us all an opportunity for a little practice and a shot at improving our skill set.  (Pun intended).  Even a few minutes will be
valuable for all involved.

"CLUB LEADERS NOTE:"  That was the way I began a commentary about how well the responses were from my last month's emailing to club leaders and contacts in the Great Lakes Division.  I reported how nice it was to see only about 10% defective e-mail addresses.  That comment was perhaps
a little premature as 24 hours later the stats changed considerably for the worse.  The final number reached more than 25%.  I feel confident this is due to personnel changes in clubs and e-mail addresses that have just gone obsolete.  It does call for those who lead our radio clubs to annually do a review of the club's status with ARRL and insure that we do have the correct contact information on file.  Without that, we cannot do the simple task of referring new hams to local clubs and sometimes we may question whether certain clubs are still in service. Please make an effort to file your club's Annual Report - do it today. If you can't do it, phone me!  This really needs to happen.

SCOTT'S STUFF: Comments from your ARRL Vice Director Scott, N8SY.

Are you ready for fall?  Wow, the weather has really changed here in the metropolis of Lexington.  Even the trees are starting to show some of their rich, beautiful colors. Is winter far behind?  Shame on me for saying that, but I will remind you that Christmas is less than 3 months away!!

I'm sure by now you have heard the bad news about the VetteCity /Great Lakes Division Convention being canceled.  It's unfortunate, but I have to say that it was the right decision.  Hopefully, if this COVID stuff ever calms down a bit, we can try it again next year!

Work on the new standing committee, Emergency Communications Field Services Committee (ECFSC) has already begun.  We've had several good meetings and there is a lot on the plate to do.  I'll keep you updated as much as I can on the progress of the committee.  One of the very first items on the list was to get the old Form 4 updated and on-line. Form 4 is the monthly Section Emergency Coordinator's Report form that goes to Headquarters.  The updates have been completed and a new Form 4a has been rolled out.  All the Section Emergency Coordinators around the country have been notified of the changes made and work is being done on getting them onto the new reporting system.  There's a lot more in the works that I'll be reporting on as time goes on. So, stay tuned!

As I reported last month, the Joseph Phillips, K8QOE, Newsletter Award selection had concluded.  Since our plans got changed due to the cancellation of the convention, Dale and I have decided to announce the winner here.  So, here goes:  

The winner of the 2021 Joseph Phillips, K8QOE Newsletter award is none other than....   Wait
a minute...I think I'd better announce just which newsletters were in the running first.

For Michigan,  'The Scope" from the Central Michigan Amateur Radio Club and Lansing Civil Defense Repeater Association.  Editor: Chris Ranes, NS8Q.

For Ohio, "RADIOGRAM" from Portage County Amateur Radio Service. Editor: Thomas (Parky) Parkinson, KB8UUZ.

For Kentucky, "QUA/HAM news" from Bluegrass Amateur Radio Society. Editor: Bart Breeding, KB4FEE. 

The judges felt that the 3 newsletters submitted were really very good and showed a lot of professionalism in their reporting of stories and such.  They were super impressed with grammar and punctuation being exceptionally good for non-professional writers.  They also felt that the graphics and general layout of the newsletters were exceptional as well.  They all commented that the newsletters were easy for laypersons to read and understand and not so technical that it went over their heads on what the authors were writing about.

And now (Drum roll please..)  The winner is...  "RADIOGRAM" from Portage County Amateur Radio Service. Editor: Thomas (Parky) Parkinson, KB8UUZ.

Dale and I want to thank everyone that writes a newsletter.  You are all to be congratulated as that you are the ones to tell the story, not only about your club but about amateur radio as well.  Newsletters are the vehicle that gets our message out to those who aren't amateurs already.  Your stories are what get the folks interested and wanting more information and eventually becoming a "HAM" themselves.  So, even though there will only be one newsletter award winner, every newsletter is a winner to us! 

That is going to do it from here this month.  So, G.O.T.A. and have FUN!!!

--73, Scott Yonally N8SY, Vice Director, Great Lakes Division


HAMFESTING:  

Here is the current listing of Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned hamfests for the remainder of 2021.  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.  Be sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.  

If you club plans to request ARRL Hamfest Sanctioning, they should do so well in advance of the planned Hamfest date, as this allows adequate time for QST Listings.  QST announcements require a 3 month lead time. If a swap is cancelled or the date is going to change, please notify ARRL HQ.  

2021 Great Lakes Div. ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest calendar. Please feel free to reproduce and publish in your local Club Newsletter, with credit to the source.

10/09/2021 - Midland Pop-up Trunk Sale, Midland, MI
10/09/2021 - CANCELLED - Northwest Ohio ARC Hamfest, Westminster, OH
10/16/2021 - Muskegon Color Tour Swap, Muskegon, MI
10/17/2021 - Kalamazoo Hamfest, Kalamazoo, MI
10/31/2021 - Massillon Hamfest, Massillon, OH
11/06/2021 - Grant ARC Hamfest, Georgetown, OH
12/04/2021 - Fulton Co Winterfest, Delta, OH
12/05/2021 - L'Anse Creuse Swap, Troy, MI

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


73, Be safe, Stay safe.

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Director
Great Lakes Division