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SM--Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
ASM/SRM--Ron Morgan, KB9NW
ASM/SEC--Brad Pioveson, W9FX
ASM/ASEC--Shari Harlan, N9SH
ACC--Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
SGL--Charles Richey, K9DUE
STM--Roy Eades, KA9MZJ
PIC--Fritz Bock, WD9FMB
TC--John Dinella, WA9IL
OOC--Tim Childers, KB9FBI
ASEC--Curtis Williams, W5DTR
ASEC--Kelly Robertson, KC9FVK
ASEC--Pat Ryan, KC6VVT
ASEC--Pat Stowell, N9PN
ASEC/Digital Ops--Danny Pease NG9R
DEC: Region 2--Lloyd Sherman KB9APW, Region 3--Dale Marzano N9JH, Region 4--Neil Ormos N9NL, Region 6--Gary Shanks KA9FAJ, Region 7--OPEN, Region 9--John Van Sandt N9YRX, Region 8--Curtis Williams W5DTR, Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ
From the top...
**Will Rogers said that if you did it, it ain't bragging. So it is with public service. We expend countless hours of service time using countless dollars of donated equipment. And, a lot of it goes unnoticed. I get a few mentions of what's going on via email, and I pass along what I see. Again: we do a wonderful job of telling each other what we do, but a really crummy job of telling the public at large. (There is an exception when telling each other is good, which I'll detail in a bit.) I've repeatedly offered the opinion that there are literally hundreds of community newspapers, radio stations and public access cable channels who are just begging for content. No, it's not the Tribune or the News-Leader or the other Big Guys. Nor is it CBS-ABC-NBC-Fox. But, it's stuff that people in your community see and read. Every club/ARES group has somebody with a decent command of the written language. Take what you've done and distill it into bites that the average person can understand. "We help the community" is a very universal statement. Don't get too wrapped up in jargon...keep it simple without talking down to the audience. I am here to tell you that your stuff will get used. Same with your local broadcast media. Every week, the operators of these stations have to scrounge for "public interest" programming to fulfill the FCC mandate that they serve the community. They want to hear from you. When the radio station calls, make sure that you send your more articulate persons. For the TV people: both the guy/gal in the black BDUs (who should have already been shown the door!) or the fellow with the holey T-shirt, beer belly and six HTs at the waist are no-gos. Send your A game. This is going to be the face of Amateur Radio for your community. Make a good first impression. Soon enough, you'll be thought of as a reliable and steady source of content. They will be calling you after a while. Your local cable access channel will most likely accept content if done in a reasonably professional manner. Our local cable system requires training via the local junior college to use their equipment. However, they will accept recorded content, edited and formatted to their specifications. Your cable operator will probably have similar requirements. It's part of the franchise agreements that they provide access for local interest programming. Most everyone either has or has a friend with usable video and lighting equipment (NOT cell phone video!!). Video editing software is everywhere: you probably have it and don't know it. Again, keep the aforementioned folks from in front of the camera. The message should always be "we're your neighbors and we do cool things with technology to help our community".
**There is one instance that we do need to tell each other what we do. Please take the time to fill out the online FSD-157 Public Service Activity Report. Every incident, big or small, should have one of these associated with it. And, it's a lot more convenient than the old paper ones. HQ uses these to compile statistics for FEMA, National Voluntary Organizations in Disaster, and other Served Agencies.
**According to Independent Sector, a group that tracks such things, the value of a volunteer this year is $23.07 per hour. Good to know generally.
**ARRL President Kay Craigie N3KN recently issued a statement on the value of the pending HR-1301. The measure is "all about fairness". One of our opponents on this project, the Community Associations Institute, has already gone on record with the FCC against any accommodations. Frankly, they also used some pretty defamatory and derogatory language, stating that Served Governmental Agencies are allegedly de-emphasizing Amateur Radio in favor of new technologies (nobody's told these people that the cell towers die first!), and that we Amateurs are generally not interested in following rules. The full text of CAI's screed is at the bottom of the Section Page on the League's website. As I've said before, if that doesn't get you aggravated and calling your Member of Congress, nothing will.
**I had the privilege of participating in the support effort for the 2015 American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure on 14 June. Being diabetic myself as a result of a bout with pancreatitis in 2000, the subject is near and dear to my heart. Michael Johnson KC9QLT and the rest of the command staff did an outstanding job of keeping us all headed in the same general direction for 8+ hours. It was good to be a small part of something that went off this well.
**Still time to get listed on the ARRL Field Day Site Locator. Field Day is also a golden opportunity to start the conversation with your local media and Served Agencies. Invite your Mayor/Village President/City Manager/Village Administrator. How about your local EMA/ESDA director? Park Board members, especially if you are using their facilities. Those media people that we talked about. Field Day is all about being able to quickly and safely improvise and maintain an operating position or six in case of emergency. Go ahead: show off. That's why we do this in public.
**Those who were operating stations of record during the Centennial event received a nice unexpected keepsake from HQ...two Centennial challenge coins encased in Lucite and engraved with the recipient's callsign followed by "was W1AW/9".
Around the Section...
**From the Peoria Area ARC and John Coker N9FAM comes the following report: "ALS is the disease that is usually referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. It is always fatal, usually within a few years. There is currently no known cure. The fundraising ALS Walk ran from Dozer Field (formerly O’Brien Field) to the Riverfront and then back to the ballpark. There were 11 Hams who helped out directly this year. The 11 who helped this year were: Darhal Wolf K9DRF, John Coker N9FAM, Jon Dainty NM0O, Larry Reeves KC9QYA, Fritz Bock WD9FMB, Merle Joiner KB9VQH, Jim Hamp KB9OMH, DeWayne Barton KB9ATO, Jim Hornbake KC9FWR, Alli Gillespie N9ZBE, Mark Kupferschmid WB9NKP. Thanks in particular to Darhal Wolf, who provided the Net Control Station and equipment at Dozer Park, and to those who provided extra handhelds for those Hams who needed them. The PAARC 146.850 repeater was used. It turned out to be a decent morning, and the walk was mostly uneventful. We could have used more Hams, but the walk organizers provided some volunteers to ‘man’ some of the turns. There were several complications this year, such as the Riverfront Market, a Bike Rodeo, and a Vietnam Veterans parade that overlapped the ALS Walk route." This is an annual effort for PAARC.
**Wishing all hands a successful Field Day. Watch out for the temperature extremes. Be careful with gasoline gensets, especially when refueling and also with lead acid storage batteries (hydrogen when charging). Drive a ground rod or six when needed. Look for power lines both overhead and in the fall zone of masts and wires. We just recently lost the West Virginia SM, Charles Hardy WV8CH due to a power line vs. antenna situation. If it starts to fall, let it go! We can get more antennas. We won't get another YOU.
Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...
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Section ManagerThomas T. Ciciora KA9QPN
Affiliated Club CoordinatorC Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
Assistant Section ManagerRon Morgan KB9NW
State Government LiaisonCharles L. Richey K9DUE
Official Observer CoordinatorTimothy C. Childers KB9FBI
Assistant Section ManagerSharon Harlan N9SH
Technical CoordinatorJohn R. Dinnella WA9IL
Public Info CoordinatorFrederic M. Bock WD9FMB
Section Traffic ManagerRoy R. Eades KA9MZJ