Letter 9/2013

TO: ARRL Members in the Northwestern Division

De: K9JF and K7CEX

Another summer has passed and we are quickly transitioning into the
fall season. This brings the fall equinox and, hopefully, better
conditions on the HF bands. As most of the HF operators know, 2013 has
not been a particularly good year on the upper HF frequency ranges.
Neither 12 nor 10 meters has been open much and even 15 meters is
spotty. Will there be a second peak of sunspots during the late 2013
and into 2014? We will wait and hope this will occur.

Northwestern Division Scholarship

In past newsletters and at conventions, we discussed the creation of
the Northwestern Division Scholarship. The first $1,000 scholarship
was awarded in May to Chad Anderson KG7AJA of Tacoma, WA. Chad attends
Bates Technical Institute and is studying for a degree in Electrical
Engineering. Congratulations to Chad for this recognition.

At the 2013 Division Convention, SeaPac in Seaside, OR, Wilse Morgan
WX7P assisted at the ARRL Table as he had done for many years. Wilse
was one of the first Volunteer Examiners (VE) in the nation was later
was named to the CQ Magazine Hall of Fame. Earlier in 2013, Wilse was
the 2nd contributor to the Northwestern Division Scholarship Fund.
Just after the Convention, Wilse took a turn for the worse and passed
away on June 13. Given his involvement in Amateur Radio Activities in
Alaska and throughout the Northwestern Division, it was decided to
rename the Scholarship as the Wilse Morgan WX7P ARRL Northwestern
Division Scholarship.

We feel this is an appropriate renaming the scholarship in Wilse’s
honor. Our goal for this scholarship fund is to receive an average of
a $10 donation from all ARRL Members in the Northwestern Division. If
this goal is achieved, the Terms of Reference may be changed to fund a
scholarship for a licensed student in every section in the Northwestern

The Terms of Reference for this scholarship as well as a transmittal
form can be found on the ARRL Foundation website at the following


Since gifts are donations to the ARRL Foundation (an IRS 501c3
organization), all gifts are tax deductable. Please dig deep and
donate to this Scholarship Fund in Wilse’s memory and to fund higher
education for deserving Northwestern Division students.

July 2013 Board Meeting Comments

At the recent (July) ARRL Board of Directors meeting in Hartford, CT a
number of decisions were passed and motions made. Regarding operating
issues, the DX Advisory Committee was tasked to review DXCC rules to
ascertain if they are current based on changing political climates in
the world. The Board went on record of requesting a special call sign
(W100AW) to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the ARRL in 2014.
The board also approved creation of a special committee to review the
CEO position and to establish a tentative process to replace Dave
Sumner, K1ZZ when he retires in a few years. We received information
about a special anniversary operative event to work ARRL members,
appointees, section managers, officers, vice directors and directors in
2014. Details will be announced later in 2013. The Board also heard
plans for the upcoming Century Celebration National Convention to be
held in Hartford, CT in July 2014 along with regional celebrations
during the year. Included in the regional convention celebration with
be an ARRL focused SeaPac convention. A new section-level appointed
position (Section Youth Coordinator) was approved to focus on bringing
youth into our hobby. Those appointed to this position will work with
other similar interested hams around the country to generate ideas and
work with local clubs with recruitment of new hams.

International Microwave Symposium

In June, the ARRL was an attendee at the annual International Microwave
Symposium in Seattle. This is a convention of the most prominent RF
engineers and firms in the world. We were invited to participate as an
organization with ties to education and the electronic profession. Our
table was located in the educational and college area of the symposium.
Many contacts were made with licensed attendees, students, professors
and others. The main purpose for our attendance was to explain amateur
radio and to generate interest in our hobby to students and educators.
Those manning the ARRL table included Wes Hayward W7ZOI, Roger Hayward
KA7EXM, Dr. Rick Campbell KK7B, Ward Silver N0AX, Roy Lewallen W7EL,
Jim Pace K7CEX, Jim Fenstermaker K9JF and others.

Second Century Celebration in Hartford, CT and at the Division
Convention at Seaside, OR

As noted in a previous paragraph, the ARRL will celebrate its 100th
Anniversary in 2014. Since most radio amateurs living outside the
immediate Northeastern area of the US will not attend the ARRL
National, mini-celebrations will be held in 5-6 locales around the
nation. Included on this list is the Northwestern Division Convention,
SeaPac, to be held on June 7-9, 2014. The organizers of SeaPac are
working on the agenda for the convention. ARRL President Kay Craigie,
N3KN will be the featured guest representing the ARRL. The convention
will have an ARRL theme and many exciting and informative seminars and
other presentations. Make your reservations now as the organizers
forecast an increase is attendees of up to 15% over past SeaPac
conventions. We hope to see you at SeaPac!

Northwestern Division Web Site

Thanks to Assistant Director Michael Sterba, KG7HQ for managing the
Northwestern Division Web Site and recommending enhancements and
improvements to our presence on the Web!

Jim Fenstermaker K9JF
ARRL Northwestern Division Director

Vice Director Jim Pace K7CEX Comments

At the July Board meeting I was once again impressed with the
collection of minds and personalities that certainly reflect a cross
section of the ARRL membership. A PDF version of the minutes from the
meeting is available at:

One of the top discussions of the meeting was of course the upcoming
100th anniversary of the ARRL. Still in the planning and organizing
stages is the weeklong celebration in Hartford/Newington area in July
of 2014. Additionally, several Divisions, including the Northwestern
Division, are planning what have been labeled as “mini-conventions”
to celebrate this huge benchmark in the history of organizations
developed around a hobby; not many make it to their 100th anniversary.
The over 160,000 members of ARRL can be very proud to belong to such a
dedicated and solid organization.

I would like to underscore what Director Fenstermaker has already
written about the Northwestern Division Scholarship. Our Division has
an important opportunity to make a difference in some young people’s
lives, by providing some financial assistance towards their secondary
education efforts. To encourage the youth of today in their studies of
the sciences, is a worthwhile endeavor. To that end, your contributions
to the Scholarship Fund will encourage some of the future engineers,
scientists and researchers to think outside the box and challenge new
frontiers of the technical disciplines. Wouldn’t it be great to have
enough money in the fund to give an annual scholarship in each of our

Speaking of education, don’t forget to promote Teachers Institute to
your communities Jr and Sr High Science Teachers. This is a great
program that helps the teacher bring RF and Robotic technology into the
classroom curriculum.

If you have any questions or would like a presentation for your club or
ARES unit, don’t hesitate to contact Director Fenstermaker or me.

73 and good Hamming
Vice Director Jim Pace, K7CEX

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James E Fenstermaker, K9JF

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