Letter 4/2014

The 2014 Hamfest season is well upon us and Vice Director Altus and I
are attending many events, as the ARRL celebrates its 100th
anniversary. One of the Division events will be SeaPac at Seaside,
Oregon in June. We hope you will be able to attend and help us
celebrate 100 years of the National Association of Amateur Radio. For
more information go to: www.seapac.org

ARRL Calls for Timely, Visible FCC Amateur Radio Enforcement:
In comments filed in response to the FCC’s February 14 Report on
Process Reform (GN Docket 14-25), the ARRL has called for a more
visible, responsive Amateur Radio enforcement program. The League also
said it was concerned that FCC policies for adjudicating certain
complaints of interference to radio amateurs, especially those
involving electric utilities, provide no incentive for the utilities to
resolve them. The ARRL was further critical of the fact that FCC
petitions for rule making and spectrum allocation proceedings often
take years to resolve. But the League confined the bulk of its comments
to perceived shortcomings in the Amateur Radio enforcement program.

It is clear to us that the FCC has accepted the ARRL’s position,
highlighted in a recent action against a Texas Ham: A Texas radio
amateur has agreed to turn in his Amateur Extra class license as part
of an agreement with the FCC to settle an enforcement action against
him. The FCC earlier this year issued a Notice of Apparent Liability
for Forfeiture (NAL) to James R. Winstead, KD5OZY, of Coleman, Texas,
after determining that Winstead “apparently willfully violated” FCC
rules by interfering with Amateur Radio communications. The Commission
had proposed a $7000 fine. The action was in response other radio
amateurs’ complaints of intentional interference on 7.195 MHz.

I expect that more ‘enforcement activity’ will be noticed as
evidence is gathered and authorities follow the required procedures.

Section Youth Coordinator Authorized:
The ARRL Field Organization has fulfilled a directive from the Board of
Directors, and has established a new Section level position titled –
Section Youth Coordinator. It has been long recognized that many Hams,
as teen and pre-teens, began their involvement in our hobby because of
clubs and school programs. The Section Youth Coordinator will be
working within the Section to promote and encourage youth involvement.
Check with your Section Manager for more information on plans and
qualifications for Section Youth Coordinator.

Monte Simpson, K2MLS, Western Washington Section Manager, announced
earlier that Delvin Burton, N7QMT, was appointed Section Youth
Coordinator for Western Washington. Congratulations, Delvin, and
became the first SYC in the Nation.

ARRL Network Upgrade Activity:
Chief Financial Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, announces: To facilitate
the on-going project to upgrade the ARRL network it will be necessary
to take the network off line overnight, beginning at midnight (EDT),
Friday May 2nd. The network will be off line until approximately 8 am
Saturday morning (0400 to 1200 UTC on Saturday, May 3rd). This will
impact all HQ services including e-mail, reflectors, Logbook of the
World, and the ARRL E-store. E-mail will be queued for delivery when
the network is brought back on-line.

YLRL Convention – August 7-9:
The Convention will be held in Vancouver, WA, just across the Columbia
River from Portland, OR. The closest airport is Portland International
(PDX). Convention dates are Thursday August 7 - Saturday August 9,
2014.
The convention hotel is the Heathman Lodge. Mention the YLRL Convention
when you reserve a room for the Convention. Contact them via phone
1-888-475-3100 or on the web www.heathmanlodge.com/ The hotel has an
airport shuttle for $15.00. If you are flying remember to reserve the
shuttle when you make your room reservation. Join Vice Director Bonnie
Altus and other YL’s at this great event.

Club Officers and Directors:
If you are an officer or director of your local Ham Club, make sure
you update your information with the ARRL, right after your annual
elections. Keep the information up-to-date, by going to:
http://www.arrl.org/club-update - so that those looking to join a club
know where to go and who to contact. If you have other questions
contact your Section Affiliated Club Coordinator.

Field Day 2014 June 28 – 29:
Want to tell the world about your 2014 Field Day operation? Looking
for a group to operate Field Day with? Go to:
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator Get on the air from
everywhere!
Division Leadership: As always, your Northwestern Division Leadership
is here for you. If you have any questions or suggestions, let us know
– and we’ll do our best to get you an answer.

Alaska SM – Jim Larsen al7fs@arrl.org
Eastern Washington SM – Mark Tharp kb7hdx@arrl.org
Idaho SM – Ed Stuckey ai7h@arrl.org
Montana SM – George Forsyth aa7gs@arrl.org
Oregon SM – Everett Curry w6abm@arrl.org
Western Washington SM – Monte Simpson k2mls@arrl.org
Division Director – Jim Pace k7cex@arrl.org
Division Vice Director – Bonnie Altus ab7zq@arrl.org

Enjoy the Summer Ham fests and activities
73
Jim Pace K7CEX
ARRL Northwestern Division Director

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