Great Lakes Division
Serving Radio Amateurs in the Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky Sections
Jim Weaver, K8JE
Great Lakes Director
- ARRL Board Requests Input on Digital Operations
- Space Station QSO Scheduled with Michigan School
- Tracking Progress in Working W1AW/p
- Dale's Tales for March
- Acting Chief of FCC Enforcement Bureau to be Appointed
- W1AW/4 Operating from Kentucky
- W1AW/8 will Operate from Ohio
- Tentative Travel and Hamfest Schedule
+++ ARRL Board Requests Input on Digital Operations +++
At its January meeting the ARRL Board of Directors passed a motion to obtain thoughtful input from amateurs about digital operations in the HF bands. The basic purpose is to obtain information that could be useful in band planning for the future. The request for input can be read at http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-board-requests-member-comments-about-digital-modes.
If you have any thoughts about how best to share our HF bands efficiently and fairly with current and future digital modes please respond to this request.
The deadline for providing input is March 31.
+++ Space Station QSO Scheduled with Michigan School +++
The International Space Station is scheduled to contact the Warren Consolidated Schools in Warren, MI. during the week of March 10 according to an announcement made by Debra Johnson, K1DMJ, Education Services Manager of the ARRL. The following background information was prepared by the school:
"The mission of the Warren Consolidated Schools (WCS) district, in partnership with families and community, is to achieve a level of excellence in teaching and learning which enables all students to become knowledgeable, productive, ethical, and successful citizens. To help meet that goal, WCS supports programs in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), which give students a real hands-on experience in education.
"The Middle School Mathematics Science Technology Center [(MS)2TC] has been built on the Warren Consolidated Schools district's internationally successful high school, the Macomb Mathematics Science Technology Center (MMSTC). While the high school program integrates seamlessly mathematics, science and technology, the middle school program integrates mathematics, science and informational literacy (reading and writing) with technology infused into each area. Both programs provide students with real-world, project-based learning activities that challenge their thinking, broadens their understanding of the world, and stretches their knowledge base while meeting the developmental needs of the students they serve.
"The (MS)2TC student population consists of students from five different middle schools within the WCS district while the MMSTC student population draws from eleven different school districts within the county of Macomb in southeastern Michigan. Both schools serve a diverse community of students who come from various socioeconomic and ethnic groups.
"The program goals of the MMSTC and (MS)2TC are to research, design, implement, and develop a powerful, unique learning environment and experience for high achieving students at the middle school and high school level that integrates mathematics, science, English language arts, and technology. To achieve this goal we have created a curriculum framework based upon the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) which integrates mathematics and literacy standards mirrored in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS)."
+++ Tracking Progress in Working W1AW/p +++
Anthony, K8ZT, has developed a spreadsheet for keeping track of his Qs with the many W1AW portable stations that are operating during this ARRL Centennial Year. Anthony, who is Ohio Assistant SM for Educational Outreach, wanted an interactive means for doing this. The spreadsheet uses Google Docs. He offers this to anyone who would like to use it. It is, of course, free. To look into use of the spreadsheet, go to http://goo.gl/xIO8gv. There are no fees associated with using the spreadsheet and no additional software is needed.
"To Get Started-
"Make a copy of this spreadsheet, so you can enter your personal data.
In its current state, you can only view it and not make changes. From the spreadsheet, Go to menu "File"..."Make a copy"
"There are three worksheet tabs-
"1. Instructions (along with version number and update notes)
"2. Data Entry
"Please share with members of GL Division and any other interested hams."
If you have any questions or comments concerning the spreadsheet, please contact Anthony at K8ZT@arrl.net directly.
+++ Dale's Tales for March, 2014 +++
So far, it's been a real hoot...operating as part of the ARRL's Centennial QSO Party. This event has been amazing. Handing out a few points to fellow hams in casual QSOs to operating contest style and sitting in the bottom of a pile-up has been a ball. This past week KG8P and I shared a time slot to operate W1AW/8 on 40 phone in Michigan, only to find a disastrous wideband noise covering the entire band. We did the best we could, often relying on a remote receive set up with W8PI so we could hear the incoming calls. I hope to report more on the interference in an upcoming column. We hope we can repeat the effort - without any interference.
You can now view the active Leader Board by checking into your Logbook of the World account, where you will find a link and instructions on how to log on to the Leader Board. LoTW serves as the data source, so reporting is based the up-load schedules of both operators, but you will have the current view of where you stand in both your QSOs with the W1AW portable, W100AW and W1HQ stations. Included is a list of QSOs, states and stations worked plus a list of states you still need.
The Centennial Points Detail will also provide a listing of all of your Centennial QSO Contacts. Check it out.
In the meantime, see you on the bands.
Dale Williams WA8EFK
Vice Director, Great Lakes Division
+++ Acting Chief of FCC Enforcement Bureau to be Appointed +++
In a press release dated March 4, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced action that should be good news to every serious radio amateur. The release announced the Chairman's "intent to appoint Travis LeBlanc as acting Chief of the Enforcement Bureau." The release goes on to point out that "Mr.LeBlanc previously served as a top deputy and senior advisor to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, overseeing the office’s operations and activities involving complex litigation and policy matters on a broad range of issues such as technology regulation, telecommunications, high-tech crime, cyber-security, privacy, intellectual property and antitrust."
"'The credibility of the Commission’s rules depends on its enforcement activities,' said Chairman Wheeler. Travis LeBlanc brings a wealth of experience with both federal and state law enforcement, most recently in the largest state Attorney General’s office in the country. He is a savvy prosecutor who also knows how to secure agreements with private companies in order to advance the public mission,” Chairman Wheeler added.
It has long been the opinion of ARRL that enforcement of FCC rules when these are violated serves as a great deterrent against future violations. Increased, visible enforcement of Amateur Radio rules would be highly desirable.
+++ W1AW/4 Operating from Kentucky +++
Tomorrow (as I write this on March 4), W1AW/4 will begin operating from Kentucky. As has been done with previous W1AW/p operations, Kentucky will be the home of this operation for seven days. Tim Totten, N4GN of Louisville is the organizer behind the stations appearance in the Bluegrass Commonwealth.
+++ W1AW/8 will Operate from Ohio +++
Beginning March 12, the H. P. Maxim Memorial Station (W1AW, in case you didn't know) will move upstream and across the Ohio River to operate from the Buckeye State for a week. Steve Bolia, N8BJQ will have the lead in this activity.
+++ Ramblings +++
As is true of Dale, WA8EFK, I have been having a ball on the air during recent months. Only part of this -- a rather large part -- is because of ARRL Centennial Celebration activities. The rest has been the result of fairly decent HF propagation. Don't get me wrong; propagation on HF hasn't been spectacular, but it has been fairly decent. Propagation on 6 meters continues to stink, but this comes as no surprise. About the only DX I've become aware of on 6M is between South America and southern US. Even this is very spotty.
Chasing W1AW/p as it moves from state to state is fun, of course. So far I've been able to make QSOs with it in each state from which it has operated with the exception of Delaware. For some reason, I was never operating when it was on a band with propagation to SE Ohio, Not to worry, though, W1AW/3 from Delaware will reappear November 26. I remain quite confident that a certificate for Worked All States W1AW portable will grace the walls of my shack next year.
Taking part in the QSO Party aspect of the Centennial Celebration has given me an opportunity I never expected. Because QSOing ARRL Board members nets a nice handful of points for people who make these contacts, a director (and others) are sought after. Simply getting on the air and making contacts with other amateurs is fun, but being a person at the business end of a pile-up can be even more fun. At least this is what I have found. A couple of times when I've had a reasonable length of time to spend QSOing, my frequency and the fact that I am a director have been spotted on the DX spotting clusters. This brought out a bunch of amateurs who wanted to put me in their logs. I am sure the pile-ups I generated are nothing like those of a major DXpedition, but they were a lot of fun. I still was working pile-ups that were impressive to me at the times I had to go QRT.
Add the pleasure of the Centennial Celebration to the decent HF propagation that has essentially been covering the world and there is a lot of good activity on the HF bands. If you have an operating HF station, but have not been on the air lately, now is a good time to fire it up and operate. If you have a station, but it needs antenna or other work to get it operational, now is a perfect time to plan the work that will get you back on the air. This winter will not last forever.
Finally, if you are limited by your license to working VHF, now is an excellent time to get in a licensing class or doing self study to earn a General Class or Extra Class license.
+++ Tentative Travel and Hamfest Schedule +++
HAPPY NEW YEAR
Mar 15 - Crossroads Hamfest, Marshall, MI - WA8EFK, WB8R
Mar 16 - TMRA Hamfest & Computer Fair, Perrysburg, OH - WA8EFK, N8SY
Mar 22 - Mid-Ohio Valley ARC Hamfest, Gallipolis, OH - Ohio Cabinet
Apr 5 - Lincoln Trail ARC's Hamfest, Elizabethtown, KY - K8JE, KY4Z
Apr 5 - Portsmouth Radio Club, Portsmouth, OH - N8SY
Apr 12 - Cuyahoga Falls ARC 60th Annual Hamfest, Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Ohio Cabinet
Apr 12 - Letcher Co. KY ARC Hamfest, Whitesburg, KY - KY4Z
Apr 13 - Milford Swap, Highland, MI -- QSL Checking -- WB8R
Apr 26 - Jackson Co. ARC Hamfest, Jackson, OH - N8SY
Apr 26 - Hamfest Swap, Chassell, MI
Apr 27 - Athens Hamfest, Athens, OH - N8SY
May 3 - Cadillac Amateur Radio & Computer Swap, Cadillac, MI -- WB8R
May 10 - Big Sandy AR Hamfest, Louisa, KY - KY4Z
May 16-18 - Dayton Hamvention(R), Trotwood, OH -- QSL Checking -- K8JE, WA8EFK, etc.
Jun 1 - Chelsea Radio Swap 'n Shop, Chelsea, MI - WB8R
Jun 7 - Princeton Kentucky Hamfest, Princeton KY - KY4Z
Jun 7 - Fulton Co. RC Hamfest, Tedrow, OH - Ohio Cabinet
Jun 7 - Luce ARS Hamfest, Newberry, MI - WB8R
Jun 7 - IRA Hamfest, Hudsonville, MI - WB8R0
Jun 15 - Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI -- WA8EFK, WB8R
Jun 21 - West Michigan Youth Club Hamfest, Lowell, MI -- WA8EFK, WB8R
Jun 21 - Milford Hamfest, Milford, OH - K8JE, N8SY
Jul 12 - 20/9 RC Tailgate and Hamfest, Austintown, OH
Jul 17-19 - ARRL Centennial National Convention, Hartford, CT -- K8JE, WA8EFK
Jul 20 - Van Wert Hamfest, Van Wert, OH -- Ohio Cabinet
Jul 20 - PSC Meeting, Newington, CT -- K8JE Jul 21-22 - ARRL Board of Directors, Newington, CT -- K8JE, WA8EFK
Jul 26 - 2014 CMARC Outdoor Hamfest, Lansing, MI -- WB8R
Jul 27 - Portage HAMFAIR '14 - Randolph, OH -- WA8EFK, Ohio Cabinet
Aug 2 - UP Hamfest, Delta County ARS, Escanaba MI
Aug 10 - Central Kentucky ARRL Hamfest, Lawrenceburg, KY -- QSL Checking -- KY4Z
Aug 17 - Warren Hamfest, Cortland, OH -- QSL Checking
Sep 6 - Greater Louisville Hamfest, Shepherdsville, KY -- KY4Z -- QSL Checking
Sep 13 - Richmond Hamfest, Richmond, KY - KY4Z
Sep 28 - Cleveland Hamfest & Computer Show, Cleveland, OH -- QSL Checking -- N8SY
Oct 4 - 'Vette City Hamfest, Bowling Green, KY -- QSL Checking -- WA8EFK, KY4Z
Oct 5 - Conneaut ARC Hamfest, Conneaut, OH
Oct 18 - Muskegon Color Tour Hamfest, Muskegon, MI - WB8R
Nov 2 - Massillon ARC Hamfest, Massillon, OH -- QSL Checking - N8SY
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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