delara news Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware OH   VOL 37 NUMBER 8

ARRL Division News

Dale Williams, WA8EFK, Great Lakes Division Director Our sincere thanks go out to a group of unsung heroes, our corps of Official Observers/Amateur Auxiliary (OO) operators. These guys and gals spend countless hours in front of their equipment listening to all of us to insure we don't move too close to a band edge, don't wait too long between IDs or don't commit a host of other rules violations.  They mail us a quick reminder, or often send a compliment about our good operating practices.  For a considerable time our OOs have been frustrated, along with the rest of us, because the FCC was limited in its ability to take direct action on an OO report about a bad operator. Now, things are about to change.  After months of discussion with the FCC, the OO/AA corps is to be replaced by a "Volunteer Monitor" (VM) program.  The program differences are extensive, both in policies and procedures, necessitating a total revamping.  A new training booklet is now being completed for the VMs. The VMs will not be a part of the ARRL Field Organization as were the OOs.  The VM program will be administered directly be ARRL Headquarters and report to HQ staff.  Because of the extensive difference in mission of the new VM program, VMs will be called upon to perform different duties than OOs.  Unlike the OO program where OOs are located in relatively random locations across the country, VMs will be selected in geographic regions where there services are most needed. It is expected that a force of about 250 VMs will be put in place.  Further, VMs will be anonymous in their reporting processes and to accomplish that, all field notices will be mailed from ARRL HQ and HQ will maintain appropriate liaison with the Commission.  Efforts to make the change to the new VM program are to begin immediately.  Existing OOs are encouraged to apply for the available VM slots when the opportunities are opened. The timing for implementation is still weeks away, as a new Memorandum of Understanding is to be finalized and signed with the FCC, and staffing for the program will also need to be implemented at Headquarters.  Of course our OOs will continue their time honored excellent service until the new VM program is in place. TOM'S COMMENTS:  Comments from our Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD There is no hamfest “season,” as such. Hamfests start early in the year, and go on until just before Christmas. But for me, and the ones I can get to, they concentrate around these next three months. None of your ARRL officials can get to every hamfest, but we try to get around, and we do the best we can. So with a number of hamfests coming up, I'd like to remind myself, and everyone else, why I'm there. Two reasons. To listen. It's your ARRL, and we want to know what you, the members think. Not just about some policy change or other. Also, what is on your mind? What part of ham radio are you most interested in? Where do you spend your operating time? Also, to communicate. Yes, I know something about the latest topics from the board and from the League. But, many times, I just share something I heard at the last hamfest, hoping that it will be of use to someone else. There are a lot of good ideas out there, a lot of innovation, a lot of good techniques. Or maybe someone has shared a solution to a problem. I like to put people in touch with each other. And as for the things I like, well, you've heard me say before that I'm very interested in education and how we pass along this great hobby. So, if you see me at your local or regional hamfest, come over and say hello. Ask questions or make comments. Most of all, tell me something about a project or an effort you or your club are making. That will make the hamfest more enjoyable for both of us --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.  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 your requesting your ARRL Officials to attend. 8/11/18 Central KY Hamfest Lexington, KY 8/12/18 Cuyahoga Falls Hamfest Stow, OH 8/12/18 Seaway Trunk Swap Port Huron, MI 9/8/18 GRAHamfest Grand Rapids, MI 9/8/18 Greater Louisville Louisville, KY 9/9/19 Findlay Hamfest Findlay, OH 9/16/18 Adrian Hamfest Adrian, MI 9/16/18 Central Kentucky Richmond, KY 9/22/18 OHKYIN Hamfest Cincinnati, OH 9/23/18 Cleveland Hamfest Berea, OH 9/29/18 Paintsville Hamfest Paintsville, KY 10/6/18 Vette City Bowling Green, KY 10/6-7/18 Great Lakes HamCon Brooklyn, MI          ~Canceled~ 10/11-14/18 Microwave Update Fairborn, OH 10/13/18 Cave Run Hamfest Moorehead, KY 10/20/18 Muskegon Color Tour Muskegon, MI 10/21/18 Kalamazoo Hamfest Kalamazoo, MI 10/27/18 Hazard Hazard, KY 10/28/18 Massillon Massillon, OH 10/28/18 USECA Madison Hgts, MI 11/3/18 Grant ARC Hamfest Georgetown, OH   Be sure to check your Section's news pages for the latest local happenings, club and net information.  Thanks go out to Ohio SM Scott N8SY, Kentucky SM Steve W4NHO and Michigan SM Jim K8JK for their tireless service to both their Sections and to Amateur Radio as a whole. They are the Great Lakes Division's movers and shakers. Thanks guys! 73, Let's go light up the bands