Great Lakes Division
Serving Radio Amateurs in the Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky Sections
Jim Weaver, K8JE
Great Lakes Director
- National SKYWARN Recognition Day this Weekend
- Dale's Tales for December
- Nomination Period for Humanitarian Award Ends Soon
- ARRL Centennial Celebration runs throughout 2014
- Its My Tenth Christmas
- Tentative Travel and Hamfest Schedule
+++ National SKYWARN Recognition Day this Weekend +++
From 0000z through 2400z December 7, over 75 National Weather Service (NWS) offices throughout the US are scheduled to participate in the 1914 edition of National Skywarn Recognition Day(TM). During the 24-hour period, radio amateurs will operate stations that largely use call signs issued to local NWS offices for amateur stations at the offices The stations are staffed by radio amateur volunteers and provide net control service during weather emergencies and emergency training. Contacts with amateurs throughout the world are invited.
QSLs will be available from a most of the NWS stations.
To help commemorate the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor by Japan on December 7, 1941, NWS stations will include the wording, "Conditions at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, were mostly sunny and 75 degrees."
Otherwise, exchanges from these stations will include the local weather conditions. NWS stations in the Great Lakes Division that are scheduled to participate in this event are the Grand Rapids and Detroit, MI; Wilmington, OH and Louisville, KY offices. The operations will occur on UHF/VHF and HF amateur bands using SSB, CW, RTTY and other modes, as well as IRLP and echolink, depending on the office.
For a listing of NWS offices scheduled to participate, and the bands, modes and additional details of their participation, go to http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mtr/hamradio/participating_offices.php.
It might be interesting to see how many stations one can contact during the 24-hour period of this special event.
+++ Dale's Tales for December +++
With the new year rapidly approaching, let me remind all Great Lakes Division Hamfest sponsors, that now is the time to request ARRL Sanctioning of your swap. From the ARRL Hamfest web page: Your event will be listed online, in QST and in the ARRL Letter. You will receive ARRL prizes certificates for use at your event. You will receive selected ARRL handouts and display materials. We will provide mailing lists and labels. Your event will be eligible for special discounted rates on QST display advertising and ARRL Web advertising. To have your hamfest or convention sanctioned, complete the online application or contact ARRL Headquarters at email@example.com or call 860-594-0262 for more information.
Your Great Lakes Division team is always pleased to further support your activity. If you would like to have your Section Manager, Director or Vice-Director attend your hamfest, this is also the ideal time to get the visit scheduled. Feel free to contact you elected ARRL representatives and make the arrangements. For up-to-date contact information, please refer to QST pages 15 & 16.
A resounding congratulations go out to the Cambridge (OH) Amateur Radio Association as they celebrate their 100th anniversary on December 14th. What a great legacy to be numbered among the very first ham radio clubs. Check www.w8vp.org for more details.
Until next month, 73.
Vice Director, Great Lakes Division
+++ Nomination Period for Humanitarian Award Ends Soon +++
From the ARRL, Chuck Skolaut, K0BOG
"Nominations are open for the 2013 ARRL International Humanitarian Award http://www.arrl.org/international-humanitarian-award. The award is conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
"A committee appointed by the League's President recommends the award recipient's to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.
"Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio's unique role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly provide to people in need.
"Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's actions that qualify the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or state emergency management official) that benefited fro ARRL m the nominee's particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the names and addresses of all references.
"All nominations and supporting materials for the 2013 ARRL International Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA. Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2013. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient or decide to make no award."
+++ ARRL Centennial Celebration runs throughout 2014 +++
In case the news has been missed, ARRL will be 100 years old in 2014.
As many readers know, ARRL was founded in 1914 by Hiram Percy Maxim.
Although he probably used a number of call signs (before there was a Federal agency that issued them), he is best remembered as 1AW and W1AW. The main ARRL HQ station, of course, is licensed as W1AW. A little background on Maxim who was a man of all trades:
HP was a consummate inventor, writer and hunter who detested noise. As a consequence, one of his inventions was the "silencer" which was put to work silencing the guns he used in hunting, as well as any number of items including entire factories. Interestingly, his father Hiram Maxim invented a major noise maker -- the Maxim machine gun -- that has wreaked so much havoc beginning with WW 1. Among the uses of the silencer today is the muffler for internal combustion engines. He also vied with Henry Ford in the early days of the development of the automobile.
Back to the organization Hiram Percy spawned.
Keep watching QST, the ARRL Letter and the ARRL web site for information on a series of on-air events, regional conventions and a national convention like no other national convention ever held for radio amateurs. The centennial national convention will be held the middle of July in Hartford, CT where ARRL was born. If you are considering a vacation and can make it to the east coast, the activities that will wrap around the convention will make it a place to be.
+++ Its My Tenth Christmas +++
It is well before Christmas when as I write this item. As I was thinking of putting a few words down, I began to think that thanks to the support of many of you, I have been doing this for quite some time.
This will be my 10th Christmas as Director of the Great Lakes Division. To be sure, I will have been Director for 11 years on January 1, but this will be the 10th Christmas -- and New Year.
Throughout these years, I have put together quite a number of words each month in what I hesitatingly call "Weaver's Words." Of course, these have not been only my words each month. Fairly often I have borrowed a few words from other sources when I thought this was the best way to handle the message. I always credited the source for material that I quoted.
I particularly appreciate your most gifted Vice Director, Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who has contributed to each of these monthly tomes throughout 2013. (Dale has proven to be a great help to me, and therefore to you, in many ways.)
But, I digress from my message for the season.
The Christmas season as I view it has nothing to do with Black Friday or lots of food or gifts or vacations that many of us enjoy. To me the characteristics that most represent the season are our willingness to share with others, to help people who are in difficult situations, to show our intrinsic love for our fellow humans and to show respect for the life forms that seem to be here on this planet to serve us "higher"
beings. To a large extent, I believe these characteristics are pretty much embodied in the true nature of Amateur Radio. To be sure, these characteristics unfortunately seem to be lost occasionally. This occurs especially in DX pile-ups when the more sinister edge of human nature raises its ugly head. When this happens, I am thankful for the vast majority of calm operators who choose not to enter into the name-calling and QRMing assault that occurs between combatants who are selfishly motivated.
In the greatest extent, most hams are thoughtful, helpful people -- prone to overlooking occasional indiscretions of others. I am thankful for these level-headed colleagues.
But, I am still digressing.
The real message here is that I wish each of you and your families the very best at Christmas and Hanukah, and in the New Year. May 2014 bring nothing but good to you and your families . . . and to Amateur Radio.
+++ Tentative Travel and Hamfest Schedule +++
Dec 8 - LCARC Hamfest/Swap, Harrison Twp., MI - WB8R
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HAPPY NEW YEAR
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Jan 12 - Hazel Park Hamfest, Hazel Park, MI - WB8R
Jan 16 - Programs & Services Committee, Newington, CT - K8JE
Jan 17-18 - ARRL Board of Directors, Newington, CT - K8JE, WA8EFK
Jan 19 - SCARF Hamfest, Nelsonville, OH
Jan 26 - Tusco ARC Hamfest, Strasburg, OH
Feb 1 - HARA Swap & shop, Negaunee, MI - WB8R
Feb 2 - NOARS WinterHamfest, Elyria, OH - WA8EFK, N8SY, Ohio Cabinet
Feb 8 - Cherryland ARC SWAP & Shop, Traverse City, MI - WB8R
Feb 16 - Mid Winter Hamfest & Computer Show, Mansfield, OH
Feb 16 - Livonia Hamfest, Livonia, MI - WB8R
Mar 1 - Cave City Hamfest, Cave City, KY - KY4Z
Apr 5 - Lincoln Trail ARC's Hamfest, Elizabethtown, KY - KY4Z
Apr 12 - Cuyahoga Falls ARC 60th Annual Hamfest, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Jul 26 - Tusco ARC Hamfest, Strasburg, OH
Jul 27 - Portage HaMFAIR '14 - Randolph, OH
Sep 13 - Richmond Hamfest, Richmond, KY - KY4Z
Oct 5 - Conneaut ARC Hamfest, Conneaut, OH
Oct 18 - Muskegon Color Tour Hamfest, Muskegon, MI
Jim Weaver, K8JE
Director, Great Lakes Division
5065 Bethany Rd.
Mason, OH 45040
Tel. 513-459-1661; e-mail K8JE@arrl.org
Dale Williams, WA8EFK
Vice Director, Great Lakes Div.
291 Outer Drive
Dundee, MI 48131
734-529-3232; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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