Letter 2/2015

Now that 2015 has begun and the flurry of Centennial activities have
ceased, it is time to start the year’s Hamfest calendar. Make sure
you check www.n7cfo.com to find the latest schedule of events; if your
event is not listed there, contact Lynn Burlingame, N7CFO, and he will
be glad to add it. Remember, Lynn only lists the events; he is not
affiliated or in charge of registration, but provides a very good list
every year.

NOTICE: Idaho Section Convention:
We regret to report that Ed Stuckey, Idaho SM, has informed us that the
annual Idaho State Convention has been canceled for 2015.

January 2015 ARRL Board Meeting:
The first Board meeting of the year was held on January 16 & 17, in
Windsor, CT. ARRL Roanoke Division Director Dennis Bodson, W4PWF,
announced his retirement from the Board on January 16, before the
official end of his term next January 1.

Fellow Board members gave Bodson a standing ovation in recognition of
his many years of service to the League. Bodson announced on the
opening day of the annual meeting that he was stepping down and Roanoke
Division Vice Director Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, would succeede him.

The Board elected Bodson as an Honorary Vice President, and early in
the meeting, ARRL CEO David Sumner, K1ZZ, presented Bodson with his
60-year ARRL membership certificate. The Wilse Morgan, WX7P, Memorial Northwestern Division Scholarship
Program is alive and well. This year we hope to raise the total amount
from the existing $8,432 (as of 12/31/14) to $10,000. For more
information on the Scholarship fund, see us at the Ham Fests or go to:
http://www.nwarrl.wetnet.net/node/132 The fund is managed by the ARRL
Foundation and is only available to applicants located in the
Northwestern Division.

Bodson served the League for more than 20 years - as Roanoke Division
Vice Director from 1993 through 2000, and as Director from 2001 until
his retirement. Mr. Bodson has been a mentor to Director Jim Pace,
K7CEX, since his joining the board family. “I am really going to
miss Dennis as a colleague and sounding board” Pace said.

Other business at the meeting included: The adoption of Legislative
objectives for 2015, amending some portions of the Articles of
Association and Bylaws, adding a Field Organization appointment as
Assistant Traffic Manager, several presentations of special awards, new
committee appointments and elections and much more. All of the business
of the Board of Directors will be published soon. Check QST, eLletter
and Website for additional details.

As for Committee appointments and elections: Director Pace, K7CEX was
appointed as the Chair of the Legal Defense and Assistance Committee,
and to the Administration and Finance Committee as a member. Director
Pace was also elected by his colleagues to the CEO Search Committee and
the ARRL Foundation Board.

A new Strategic Planning Working Group was created, at the meeting,
members will be appointed by President Craigie in the near future.
This committee will help plan the next several years of direction for
the ARRL, and will be gleaning ideas and information from the
membership at large as well as Board members.

Ad Hoc HF Band Plan Advisory Committee:
The committee, has been looking hard at the current HF Band Plan, to
see what, if any, changes should be made to make operations more
efficient. To that end, the committee presented some suggestions to
the Board, regarding 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 & 10 Meters. The Board
seemed to agree with the suggestions, and directed the committee to go
back out to the ARRL membership to solicit input. A final version of
suggested changes will be presented to the Board for ratification, at a
future Board meeting.

Remote Operations:
As you can imagine, the subject of ‘Remote Operations’ stirred much
discussion with a lot of zeal and passion on both sides of the matter.
The points agreed upon were; 1) No matter what rules are changed or
applied, they will not influence cheaters. Cheaters will cheat no
matter what safeguards we put in place. 2) Remote operation is a
technology that is here now and should be embraced rather than feared.
Many people live in areas that have restrictions on antennas and
transmitters, but now they have an opportunity to operate HF with the
application of the new technology. 3) Certain rule changes will need to
be implemented to make DXCC and Contesting fair. 4) Much more study is
going to be needed by the Programs & Service Committee (PSC) before the
Board takes major action on the matter. The PSC is interested in your
thoughts, as they continue to study Remote Operations and the impact on
our hobby. The Board did make a couple of rule changes, based on a
Motion from the PSC. Details will be published soon so watch QST,
eLetter and Website.

VHF/UHF Contesting Rule Changes:
After a two year effort to bring ARRL V/UHF contests into parity with
other sponsored contests and encourage more participation in VHF/UHF
contesting, the PSC did make a few new changes in rules. All the new
changes will go into effect on June 1, 2015 and deal with a number of
issues including, but not limited to ‘self spotting’, single
operator transmitting on more than one band, use of repeater
frequencies and much more. Again, all the changes will be published
soon as well as being discussed at the 2015 PNW VHF Society
Conference.

ARRL Foundation Scholarships:
Each year the ARRL Foundation awards around 80 scholarships to
individuals seeking to pursue a post secondary education. Although the
application deadline for this year has passed, next year will have many
of the same scholarships available. The application window is form
October 1 through January 31. For more information on the application
process go to: http://www.arrl.org/scholarship-program This year’s
application window has closed, so get the word out to those students
needing a little help with their future education expenses, about the
next application period. We love to give scholarships!

Report to America:
ARRL PR and Media Manager Sean Kutzko, KX9X, has produced a great pdf
that can be downloaded from
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Advocacy/AR-ScienceAndSkill-2014.pdf
this document would be great to send to your local media, Emergency
Managers and Club PIOs.

Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund:
The Board received the report of the Administration and Finance
Committee and entertained questions. The Committee has established a
Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund to educate and inform members of
Congress of the importance of issues that impact the Amateur Radio
Service. Director Lisenco presented a check for $4,500 from the Long
Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club, proceeds from the 2014 Hudson
Division Awards Luncheon, representing the initial contribution to the
Fund.

Are you a member of an ARRL Affiliated Club?
If you are, make sure the ARRL has the current information on your club
including; current officers, when your meetings are and any classes
offered. Check: http://www.arrl.org/big-club-list for current
information on your club or other clubs in your area. Update
instructions can be found at:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Clubs/Club%20Update%20procedure_20120313a...
Good Clubs Make a Good Hobby.

Membership:
2014 saw an uptick in ARRL membership throughout the Nation. The
Northwestern Division led in new membership for 2014, with a 4.2
percent increase in total membership. Although that isn't a very large
increase, it still shows the willingness of members to recruit. This
year let’s see if we can double that factor. 8.4 percent would
equate to 1176 new members; or if we each recruited one new member, the
result would be even greater.

Northwestern Division Scholarship:
The Wilse Morgan, WX7P, Memorial Northwestern Division Scholarship
Program is alive and well. This year we hope to raise the total amount
from the existing $8,432 (as of 12/31/14) to $10,000. For more
information on the Scholarship fund, see us at the Ham Fests or go to:
http://www.nwarrl.wetnet.net/node/132 The fund is managed by the ARRL
Foundation and is only available to applicants located in the
Northwestern Division.

FCC Goes Paperless for Amateur Licenses:
Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper
license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The
Commission has maintained for some time now that the official
Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that
exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has
continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the
FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official
electronic authorizations, as it had proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as
part of its "process reform" initiatives.

Under the new procedures, licensees will access their current
official authorization ("Active" status only) via the ULS License
Manager. The FCC will continue to provide paper license documents to
all licensees who notify the Commission that they prefer to receive
one. Licensees also will be able to print out an official
authorization - as well as an unofficial "reference copy" - from the
ULS License Manager.

"We find this electronic process will improve efficiency by
simplifying access to official authorizations in ULS, shortening the
time period between grant of an application and access to the
official authorization, and reducing regulatory costs," the FCC
Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) said. According to the WTB,
the new procedures will save at least $304,000 a year, including the
cost of staff resources. (excerpt for ARRL Bulletin 1/29/2015)

In Closing:
Director Pace and Vice Director Altus are looking forward to seeing you
all at the various Hamfests and Club Events this year. If you see us,
say hi; don’t be bashful, we’d like to hear from you.
73 and good Hamming

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ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
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