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ARRL League Fallout Continues

Incumbent ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has been re- elected by the League's Board of Directors for a second term. The Board convened for its Annual Meeting January 19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut. President Roderick, the League's 16th President, received 9 votes, while the only other nominee, New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, received 6 votes.   ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, was elected as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, who announced his retirement on January 18 after 2 years at ARRL Headquarters. Shelley will serve until the Board selects a new CEO, and is expected to serve in an advisory role to assist with the transition beyond that. The Board has created a CEO Search Committee. Shelley was unopposed as ARRL Board Secretary. ARRL Comptroller Diane Middleton, KC1BQF, was elected Chief Financial Officer, replacing Shelley. ARRL First Vice President Greg Widin, K0GW, was declared re- elected without opposition. Incumbent ARRL Second Vice President Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, did not stand for re- election, and Pacific Division Director Bob Vallio, W6RGG, was elected to succeed him. Pacific Division Vice Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, will succeed Vallio as Pacific Division Director. The Vice Director vacancy there will be filled by appointment.

ARRL Board of Directors Agrees to Review of

Conduct Code for Directors

The ARRL Board of Directors adopted a motion to a review the entire code of conduct for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors. ARRL Officers, Directors, and Vice Directors will review the code of conduct and complete a final draft version by mid-May for the July Board meeting.   In the same motion, the Board deleted and suspended, effective immediately, sections that were considered ambiguous and in conflict with the intent of the code of conduct requiring Board members to act in the best interest of the League's membership. The Board also voted unanimously to amend a policy affecting candidates for ARRL elected offices, including Directors and Vice Directors. The new policy calls for candidates to be informed in writing at the outset of the nomination process that decisions of the Board's Ethics and Elections Committee concerning candidate eligibility will be made public unless the candidate requests otherwise. In addition, if the Ethics and Elections Committee rejects a candidate's petition, the candidate may ask that the reason(s) for rejection not be made public. Unless confidentiality is requested within 10 business days, the reason(s) for rejection may be made public.   A proposed addition to the ARRL Articles of Association regarding the personal liability and indemnification of Directors will be reviewed by the Executive Committee, the General Counsel, and ARRL Connecticut corporate counsel. Proposed amendments to the ARRL Bylaws regarding Life Membership were referred to the Administration and Finance Committee for further consideration. It was decided that if these or any additional changes are proposed, they will be made available to the membership and will be accompanied by explanatory "white papers" before the Board considers action on them. - for more perspective, read Dan Romanchik’s column

Bouvet Island Expedition Scrubbed

Thick, dense fog, high winds and rolling seas have all come together to scrub a mission to one of the “Most wanted’s” that being Bouvet Island, 3Y0Z. “Our captain has decided that it is in the best interest of safety and expediency to proceed directly to Capetown, South Africa, rather than Punta Arenas, Chile. We are now heading north to avoid the possibility of encountering ice. Currently, there is no ice in sight or on radar. In due time, we will head easterly toward Capetown. Our entire team is safe. Most are resting in their bunks and in good spirits. We will keep the amateur radio community and our families informed, as we continue our journey.” In a huge disappointment for the DX community and the members of the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island team, the DXpedition's leaders announced at 2000 UTC today (February 3) that a decision had been made to abort the DXpedition and head back to Chile. “During the last 72 hours, we continued to experience the high winds, low clouds, fog and rough seas that have prevented helicopter operations since our arrival at Bouvet,” said an announcement on the 3Y0Z Bouvet Island website. “No improvement was predicted in the weather forecast for the next 4 days. Then, last night, an issue developed in one of the ship’s engines. This morning, the captain of the vessel declared it unsafe to continue with our project and aborted the DXpedition. We are now on our long voyage back to Punta Arenas. As you might imagine, the team is deeply disappointed, but safe. There is already talk about rescheduling the DXpedition.” Bouvet Island currently is the third most-wanted DXCC entity, behind Kosovo and North Korea. The 3Y0Z DXpedition, comprised of top operators with considerable DXpedition experience, has been in the planning stages for 2 years and had attracted contributions from clubs and individuals around the world. A dependency of Norway, Bouvet is a subantarctic island in the South Atlantic. The last Bouvet activation was 3Y0E, during a scientific expedition over the winter of 2007-2008. -ARRL Letter New Functions for KE8o Fusion Repeater I'm please to announce for C4FM Fusion Hotspot users that the Central-Ohio- Lnk Wires-X room is now available on the YSFReflector network as Ohio-Link. Below is a screen capture of the connectors page of a openSPOT. However, you can connect with any hotspot that supports YSFReflectors (ZumSpot, NanoSpot, DVMini, Homebrew, PiStar, etc) as long as you have a Yaesu C4FM radio. I'm considering opening this up to DMR but want to make sure all the bugs are worked out with its native mode first. Caveat: If you connect into the Ohio-Link reflector you will be heard by anyone else connected into Ohio-Link or the Central-Ohio-Lnk Wires-X room and can engage in a 2-way conversation -- Unless the person trying to respond to you is directly on the Delaware Repeater 443.550 and they're further then 50' from my house you won't hear them across the link. I hope to have this issue resolved soon.  -Gary, KE8O
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