Letter 12/2016

I would like to take this time, on behalf of the Division leadership, to
wish you all a wonderful and joyous season of celebration with friends
and family. In your celebrations, remember those in your community
that are shut ins or have no family to be with. Also, remember the
military personnel who stand guard so that we can celebrate. 73, and
good Hamming

FCC TO CLOSE OFFICES: The FCC is closing many Field Offices across the
Nation, leaving the Enforcement Bureau quite limited in Amateur Radio
Enforcement activities. The January Board meeting of the ARRL will
include a discussion as to what we can do to mitigate these potential
deficits in enforcement.

To have accurate information for that meeting, I am looking for some
input from our Division membership. If you have an open case of RFI
– in which the FCC is involved – please send me the case
information to: nwdvd@comcast.net so that I can compile a Division
report.

2017 HAMFEST/CONVENTION SCHEDULE: The 2017 Hamfest/convention schedule
is already shaping up. Start your planning now, by checking the
schedule at: www.n7cfo.com This is a live schedule with regular
updates.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR 68TH INTERNATIONAL DX CONVENTION:
Registration is open for the 68th International DX Convention, set for
April 21-23, 2017, in Visalia, California. This year’s format has
been expanded to 3 days, with Contest University (CTU) on the opening
Friday.

Some highlights: DX and technical seminars on both Friday and Saturday;
Dozens of exhibitors offering the latest gear on Friday and Saturday;
ARRL DXCC QSL card checking; DX and ARRL forums, and optional Friday
dinners — Top Band Banquet, IOTA Banquet, and Contest Banquet.
For more information go to: http://www.dxconvention.com

SANTA SAYS NORTH AMERICA Q COUNT NEEDS TO IMPROVE: From Santa’s
Village in Finland comes word that Santa Claus is unhappy with the
paltry percentage of North American contacts that OF9X (sponsored by
Radio Arcala, OH8X) has logged to date — on the order of 3% of the
total to date. Next to Santa’s Village, the elves have even resorted
to Sun dancing to obtain better propagation, and with Santa’s
encouragement, the elves have managed to erect a 6/6/6/6 20-meter array
on a 300-foot(!) rotating tower.
Starting on Friday, December 16, at 1900 UTC, Santa will call
“Ho-ho!” on 20 meters to North American children (listen for OF9X
between 14.200 and 14.240 MHz; Santa’s not sure exactly, as the VFO
dial may get frosty). These operations will be streamed, with incoming
signals played back at all times. Tell Santa that you see him, and he
will wave to you personally. You can also connect on your mobile
device.

After your first contact with Santa, you are eligible to request a live
video/audio appointment, during which he can speak with your children or
grandchildren via Skype or Facebook. More information on OF9X’s
QRZ.com page.

WASHINGTON DOL FINDS PROBLEM IN HAM LICENSE PLATE PROGRAM: Pat, WA6SCW
has discovered a glitch in Ham Plate issue/renew process. For those
hams in WA with callsign license plates, you may be interested to hear
that last weekend (12/10/2016) WA DOL changed its website and software
for renewing car license tabs. Unfortunately, the new system has a bug
which prevents online or mail renewal of license tabs for Ham Plates.
An error message is produced which says that the tabs cannot be renewed
because "additional documentation is needed", but DOL Customer Service
in Olympia has no idea what (if anything) is needed or how to fix it.
My local licensing office in Jefferson County couldn't help either, as
they have no control of the online or mail renewal systems. I spent
about 2 hours on the phone today going back and forth between Olympia
and the local office, but I really don't think anyone knows how to
elevate the issue to someone who can fix it, so it will probably be
awhile.

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ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX
k7cex@arrl.org

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