The May, 2023 Western MA Section Newsletter is now available at https://wma.arrl.org/blog/2023/05/15/section-manager-report-may-2023/.
This Monday, May 1, ARRL will launch a survey for members, encouraging their participation as we consider a dues increase.
The survey will include some short questions about raising dues and modifying the way some membership benefits are bundled. The survey will also include an opportunity for members to share their feedback.
The participation of every member is important. Please encourage all the ARRL members in your radio club to complete the survey in May.
The survey will open on May 1 at www.arrl.org/take-dues-survey. This is a member-only page. Members need to be logged into the ARRL website to take the survey. Members who are not logged in may select the Login button on the top of the web page, and they will be prompted to enter their ARRL website username and password. If they have not logged in since April 2022, they should use these Login Instructions.
Thank you in advance for urging all ARRL members to complete the survey.
Mike Walters, W8ZY
ARRL Field Services Manager
One of the goals of the New Hampshire ARRL field organization is to promote Amateur Radio. This includes sharing the accomplishments, capabilities and interests of both New Hampshire individuals and clubs to those outside of Amateur Radio.
We are in the process of revising the New Hampshire Section website (www.NHRADIO.org) and we need your help.
There is nothing better to spark interest in our hobby than through photos of hams in action. With this goal in mind, I am calling on individuals and clubs to submit digital photos for possible use as page backgrounds or to be highlighted in our photo gallery. We have created a way to easily upload your photos. Go to this link…
The photos must be appropriate for publication and should “tell a story at first glance.” We are especially interested in action photos, but all pictures of Ham Radio activities are welcome for consideration. We will give credit to the photographer or the person/club who submitted the picture. Please only submit pictures that you took, or that you have permission from the photographer to submit.
Have an original story to tell along with your photo? You should direct it to Al Shuman at email@example.com.
ARRL New Hampshire Section
Section Manager: Peter J Stohrer, W1FEA
The April 2023 edition the Maine Telegraph, Volume 28 is available for viewing.
I’d like to welcome Jack Ciaccia, WMØG, as our new Assistant Director for Emergency Communications and Public Service. Jack brings a great deal of experience in emergency communications, and as a former as an ARRL Section Manager, club president and more. You can learn more about Jack’s background and experience at https://nediv.arrl.org/leadership/. Jack will take on the work of leading the NE-ECAPS group effective immediately.
I’d like to thank Cory Golub, KU1U, for all of the work that he has done as New England Assistant Director for EmComm and Public Service over the past 14 ½ months. Cory has done great work in establishing the NE-ECAPS group and has brought together a dedicated group of EmComm and public service folks here in New England to share ideas and best practices.
Best and 73,
Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC
ARRL New England Division Director
Greetings ARRL members and friends:
We’re on Daylight Savings Time now and have more daylight every day. We haven’t had much of a winter. And only now as I’m typing this, we’re expecting some heavy wet snow. Of course, if we get any, it won’t last or amount to very much.
For the first time in the 21 years I have served you as Section Manager, I am facing an opponent for re-election. This year, Nancy Austin KC1NEK is also running. She is currently president of the Newport County Radio Club. Obviously, I cannot suggest anything relative to the election other than to encourage you all to vote when ARRL sends you a ballot. Please make your selection and return your ballot to ARRL as soon as possible. Best advice is to fill out your ballot as soon as you receive it so it isn’t lost or mixed with your junk mail or bills. Then mail it back to ARRL right away in the envelope provided. Thank you.
HF propagation is beginning to show good signs. So, if you haven’t been on the air very much, I can tell you that you have missed some really good openings in the last few weeks. Six meters is starting to show activity also. Just yesterday, a station in Falkland Islands and several in South America were working stations up and down the east coast of US. It will only get better from here.
Weather has been reasonable this winter, so if you have been putting off some necessary antenna work, you have no excuse linked to the poor weather. Be careful, however. If you’re a senior citizen like me, please don’t think that you can still climb trees, tall ladders, get on your roof and do other risky antenna work. Yes, we want the antenna to be as high as possible but please get it there safely. Someone at ARRL said long ago that if your antenna didn’t come down over the winter, it wasn’t big enough. I guess that’s the tipping point.
The Volunteers on The Air (VOTA) program is creeping along steadily. Every day, I see stations on 20 and 40 meters calling CQ VOTA. I always try to work them in order to give them the Section Manager’s 175 points. I totally love the fact that VOTA is encouraging folks to get on the air. Far too many fellow hams are inactive on the air. Some use 2 meter repeaters but as you know, I consider this similar to using a wireless intercom and not radio. When was the last time that you made an honest HF contact? So long ago that you can’t remember? I know some hams who have never made a contact on the air and been licensed for many years. I can’t help but wonder why they bothered to get a license.
I can easily remember back in the dark ages when my first license, a Novice ticket arrived in that small FCC envelope. I literally ran from the mailbox to where I had set up my shack in my parent’s home. I was 14 years old and could hardly wait to call CQ on 80 meters. That was June, 1953 and the thrill of working distant stations hasn’t left to this day.
Sadly, some folks taking their exams now are doing it only to see if they can pass the test. Some simply want another line on their resume to help their job search.
We have nearly 800,000 licensed hams in the US. I suppose we should be happy that they all don’t get on any band at the same time and call CQ. What a mess it would be.
Amateur radio is the greatest hobby that we have in this world, in my humble opinion. I’ve held W1YRC for 70 years and hope to do so for several more. Ham radio has been a perfect fit for me. Many agree but others prefer messaging on their cell phone or just sending e-mail. Has ham radio become obsolete?
That question is as silly as asking if fishing or baseball has outlived its appeal. Anyone who actually thinks so doesn’t understand what the thrill is of radiating a signal to someone many miles away by using a radio that you built and can hold in the palm of your hand or an antenna that you made out of scrap wire with no connection with to Internet or telephone lines.
Like baseball or fishing, the appeal is inherent within the occupation itself. One cannot cast a line or swing a bat without feeling joy in your heart and pure love for the feeling. It’s therapeutic to slowly tune the bands looking for weak signals before others find them.
I feel no thrill when I dial my telephone. However, the feeling that I felt at age 14 is still loud and clear today when I call CQ. Where is my signal being heard? Who will respond to me? Will it be someone on the opposite side of the earth? That million dollar feeling doesn’t cost very much, other than the relatively small initial acquisition price of the radio. I just don’t have the same feeling of reward or accomplishment when I dial a phone or send a text message. I’m very happy that I hold a ham ticket. I know that special feeling very well and feel privileged.
Our licenses expire every ten years. Do you know the expiration date of your license? Check it or look yourself up on QRZ.com. I regularly hear about someone whose license expired many months ago and he didn’t realize it. No one will send you a reminder when your license needs renewal. The process is simple and may be done entirely on line, but you absolutely must do it. Don’t let your license expire. You worked hard to get it, so don’t lose it by forgetting to renew it. As an ARRL member, the good folks in Newington or I will be happy to help you if you have any difficulty in the renewal process.
I want to wish you a happy springtime and good DXing. Enjoy every day on the air.
ARRL Rhode Island Section
Section Manager: Robert G Beaudet, W1YRC
More details and a Program Q&A can be found at: <https://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits>.
The slide deck from the Q1 March 11, 2023 New England Division Cabinet meeting is available for download and viewing.
If you are a club president or section cabinet member and failed to receive an email with Zoom information about this meeting, please contact Phil Temples, K9HI, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To: All Section Managers, section cabinets, club presidents or designees:
Subject: 1st Cabinet Meeting for 2023
Please join us for the first of four scheduled New England Division Cabinet Meetings, on March 11, 2023 from 10:00 AM-12:30 PM.
- ARRL Update: Fred, AB1OC, and Phil, K9HI
- VOTA Event Update
- Field Day Rules Adjustments
- Annual Board Meeting Highlights
- ARRL Director and Vice Director Projects
- Assistant Director Updates
- Our Division Report/Goals for 2023
- Club Programs—Grants, Membership Commissions
- Club Webinar Series—Mike Walters, W8ZY
- Section Manager Updates (5 min. each)
- Open Mic
The February, 2023 Eastern MA Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/february-2023-section-news/.