SECTION MANAGER REPORT
Dan Ringer, K8WV
West Virginia Section Manager
** AMATEUR RADIO PARITY ACT
At its annual meeting January 18 – 19, the ARRL Board of Directors decided that the organization needs to “review, re-examine, and reappraise ARRL’s regulatory and legislative policy with regard to private land use restrictions.”
In order to effectively undertake such a review, the Board adopted a resolution to withdraw its December 18 Petition for Rule Making to the FCC, which sought to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA), without prejudice to refiling. The resolution also is asking members of Congress who had refiled legislation to enact the Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA) to refrain from seeking to advance that legislation pending further input from ARRL.
Board members noted that ARRL has been pursuing adoption of the ARPA for the past several years, and that objective has not yet been achieved. While everyone understands that getting Congressional approval on any matter can be a lengthy process, the difficulties getting the ARPA approved has been a source of frustration to the organization and its members. A majority of the Board now believes that there is a need to reassess the organization’s approach to this issue.
The Board wants to make clear to its members, and to those whose policies and conduct prevent or impair the right of US Amateur Radio operators to operate from their homes, that this pause is not, and should not be interpreted as an abandonment of its efforts to obtain relief from private land-use restrictions. The Board noted that its intent is “to renew, continue and strengthen the ARRL’s effort to achieve relief from such restrictions.” This action represents a chance to get the best product possible for all US Amateur Radio operators.
The Board expressed its sincere appreciation to the thousands of ARRL members who took the time to contact their representatives in Congress to urge them to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Board also offered its thanks to those members of Congress who have consistently and continuously supported the rights of US Amateur Radio operators.
Are you looking for a club? Contact Spence Graham, WT8WV@arrl,net. He’s the Section Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC). He’ll hook you up with the club or clubs close to you. If there isn’t one, and you’d like to start one, we can help with that, also. Send a list of the Zip Codes in your area to K8WV@arrl.org, and he’ll get you a list of hams living in those codes. You might be surprised how many there are! Don’t know how to organize a club? We can help with that, too, contact K8WV@arrl.org.
** NEW WEST VIRGINIA HAMS!
As of January 4, 2019
Stephen R Ellison, KE8LDJ, Union, WV 24983-6782
Timothy W Slack, KE8LBC, Belle, WV 25015-1819
Luke A Fleshman, KE8KZX, Charleston, WV 25311-1338
Ishmael F Harper, KE8KZY, Charleston, WV 25311-2170
Ranae Mcquaid, KE8LDK, Martinsburg, WV 25404-9123
Fred A Francis, AD8CO, Prichard, WV 25555-8013
Rick L Thompson, KE8LBA, Kistler, WV 25628-0200
Dallas J Mounts, KE8LBB, Wharncliffe, WV 25651-5102
Roger T Radcliff, KE8LCM, Parkersburg, WV 26101-9603
John D Addis, KE8LCL, Mineral Wells, WV 26150-9632
Roger Vankirk, AD8CN, Morgantown, WV 26501-2333
Laura M Mullenax, KE8LDL, Petersburg, WV 26847-7051
Congratulations! Welcome to the greatest hobby on Earth!!
CLUB PRESIDENTS – See someone above from your county? Invite them to a club meeting! Get them on the air and involved! (Addresses can be found at http://www.arrl.org/fcc/search)
** UPCOMING WEST VIRGINIA HAMFESTS
Location: Charleston, WV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Charleston Hamfest Committee
08/23/2019 | West Virginia State Convention
Location: Weston, WV
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: West Virginia State Amateur Radio Council
If your organization is conducting a Hamfest in West Virginia, please be sure to let the League know ASAP. http://www.arrl.org/arrl-sanctioned-events.
** ON THE AIR EVENTS
ARRL/LIMARC Spring School Club Roundup
|Feb 16-17||International DX CW Contest|
Get the details for ARRL contests at www.arrl.org/contest-calendar. You can find very detailed information on the current month’s contests in the “Contest Corral column of QST, or at http://contests.arrl.org/
** CLUB PROGRAM?
If you’re planning your club’s program schedule, and would like to have a WV Section ARRL Official present a program, send a request with the necessary date/time information to K8WV@arrl.org. We’ll get something set up!
** AFFILIATED CLUB COORDINATOR REPORT
Beginning in March, access to the FRN data will not be direct; you will have to access through the CORES, commission registration service.
You can go ahead now and set it up. In the end, it will really not be a lot different than it is now, except you can’t go directly to fcc.gov/uls anymore.
To create your CORES id, and associate it with your FRN, take these steps:
Look at the middle box, labeled “Need a Username?” and has a Register button in the middle. Use the Register button.
This basically requires only an email address as your user name, and your full name. I suggest using the same email address as you have for your current FRN access.
An email will be sent to you to confirm your user id. Respond to it.
Select the first one, Associate Username to FRN Link your registered username to an existing FRN.
It will want to know your FRN. There are other search options you can use to find it. You can also look yourself up on www.qrz.com to find your frn.
Spencer Graham, ACC
** SEC REPORT
ARES Monthly Section Emergency Coordinators Report
- ARRL Section West Virginia
- Month December
- Year 2018
- Total number of ARES members 443
- Number of DECs/ECs reporting this month 11
- Number of ARES nets active 22
- Number of nets with NTS liaison 16
- Calls of DECs/ECs reporting W8DUQ KD8AZC KC8FZH WV8BS KD8BMI
KD8MIB WB8NSL KD8MIV WD8PAD KC8TUE
9a. Number of exercises & training sessions 32
9b. Person hours 200
10a. Number of public service events 6
10b. Person hours 43
11a. Number of emergency operations 0
11b. Person hours 0
12a Number of SKYWARN operations 0
12b. Person hours 0
13a. Total Activities 38
13b. Total person hours 247
Signature Michael Maxson W8SI
SEC West Virginia
** NTS TRAFFIC REPORTS
|WV Section NTS Traffic Reports – December 2018|
|Submitted by Kenneth Caplinger, WV8KDC WV STM|
|HF Nets Reporting||Stations||Traffic||Time Minutes||Sessions||Net Manager|
|WV Fone Net||747||55||535||31||W8YS|
|WV CW Net Early||66||6||157||27||KD8G|
|WV CW Net Late||59||25||195||26||KD8G|
|ARES/RACES/2 Meter Nets||Stations||Traffic||Time Min.||Sessions|
|District 6 ARES/RACES||95||4||112||5|
|Pendleton Co. ARES||17||0||18||2|
|Pocahontas Co. Coffee Net||108||0||514||13|
|Easteren Panhandle Traf Net||308||3||395||30|
|6 Meter Net||Stations||Traffic||Time Min.||Sessions|
|Pocahontas 6 meter net|
|Station Activity Report (SAR) – December 2018|
|Public Service Honor Roll (PSHR) – December 2018|