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ASM/SEC--Brad Pioveson, W9FX
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SGL--Charles Richey, K9DUE
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From the top...
**Mercifully, the general election is behind us. With it, the situation in Congress has stabilized for at least a year or so. The new session begins on 3 January, which means that we have until the end of the current session to prevail upon the Senate to pass the Amateur Radio Parity Bill. One of our senators has been non-committal, the other silent on this matter. That doesn't change our approach one bit. If you receive the News via email, you should have also gotten communication from K5UR, asking you to once again hit the Rally Congress page of the League's website and message our senators, asking for passage of this bill. Even if you have once, do it again, please. We need for these folks to understand that we are not going away and we are not going to be quiet on this one. And, we'll start over if we need to, but in a perfect world, we'll get it done this session.
**It seems as we've been at this task forever. I'm afraid that defending ourselves against limits on our Service is becoming the norm rather than the exception. I fully expect to be defending mobile operation with the General Assembly in Springfield as we had to earlier this year. It's going to be a recurring problem until the Federal Department of Transportation keeps pushing their "model" rules out at the states, which do not contain an exemption for Amateur Radio operation.. And, Federal money is tied to mirroring these rules as state law. So, we'll need to periodically have this discussion until the Federal rules get fixed.
**There is a small but sturdy percentage of our number who actually believe that we should not have an exemption for mobile operation nor accommodation for antennas in covenant controlled communities. Which frankly, is nonsense. The League's position is that we are not in favor of anything that restricts Amateur Radio other than the FCC Rules. We have demonstrated as a group that we can and have operated mobile in a safe fashion ever since the first radio landed in a vehicle. We've demonstrated over the last 30+ years of PRB-1 that we can work with others to find reasonable solutions to antenna concerns. We're big kids and shouldn't have these kind of problems, within or without.
**The folks at the Dayton ARA are preparing for the first Hamvention® at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Xenia OH. The club is doing its best to make things work in the new venue: necessary as DARA has a three year commitment to the fairgrounds. It's going to be different and no mistake. And, I think that we can all agree that most of our number has a strong allergy to change in any of its forms. But, there is no going back. So, we should all be pulling for DARA's success in this matter. The Hamvention® might not be our biggest event, but it is our flagship hamfest. We all have a vested interest in its continued success.
**SKYWARN Recognition Day is fast approaching. This year, it's 3 December, beginning at 0000z and running until 2400z. I urge you to contact your local NWS office to see if they have an operation laid on at their facility. If not, you can still play be contacting NWS stations around the US on the air during the event. It's a fun way to just get on the air, make some contacts and have a good time.
Around the Section...
**From Joseph Noga KC9TQF, on the recent Jamboree on the Air and the Six Meter Club of Chicago: "We had close to 35 scouts participate along with their parents, overall we had close to 60 people come and visit us. Jim WA9FIH conducted a Morse code demo, which involved having the scouts send code via practice oscillators. Jim also conducted two slow scan TV demos by using EasyPal and the K9ONA repeater system. We had other club members operate from their houses to help with the slow scan, Bob AK9Y and Bob W9AVB participated in sending pictures via slow scan TV. Mike WD9GJK operated the HF rig and was able to reel in stations from IL, ME, NM, FL, TX, OH, and PA. We even contacted K1BSA who was operating out of Maine. Gary KC9IDS also participated by helping with setup and teardown he also directed foot traffic to our station which was located at the rear of the Scout Council building. Looking forward to next year, the 70th anniversary of JOTA! Since we were not able to setup in the wide space of St. Cletus this year, we had to get creative with our antenna setup. You can see from the photos (found on the Section page at arrl.org) our HF antenna was affixed to my Suburban via the luggage rack and rotator, we also had a tip up VHF/UHF antenna which provided connection to the K9ONA repeater. I would like to thank the ARRL, the Six Meter Club of Chicago and the Pathway to Adventure Council for providing the ability to participate in JOTA 2016.
**From the Macoupin County ARC K9MCE QSN Newsletter: "The weekend of October 15-16 saw the Boy Scout Jamboree in Pana, IL and K9MCE board member, Jim Pitchford, N9LQF was there demonstrating ham radio to Boy Scouts.N9LQF spent Saturday demonstrating PSK 31 to the scouts. Jim’s wife, Gloria, KC9NTC reported that Jim and the scouts had a good time, but she thinks a computer may have burned up."
**And, I was a guest at the JOTA event at Camp Kishwaukee, just south of Plano IL. Jon Sheley WA9BSA, Jason Peeler N9OPP and Darik Martin KC9ZKO did a fine job of getting (I think) about 35 Scouts through their Radio merit badge. I stopped back later in the afternoon to drop off an unused VHF beam antenna, and a few diehards were still at it with the adults. A wonderful way to bring the next generation along.
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Section ManagerThomas T. Ciciora KA9QPN
State Government LiaisonCharles L. Richey K9DUE
Technical CoordinatorJohn R. Dinnella WA9IL
Assistant Section Manager,Bradley Pioveson W9FX
Section Emergency Coordinator
Public Info CoordinatorFrederic M. Bock WD9FMB
Affiliated Club CoordinatorC Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
Assistant Section ManagerSharon Harlan N9SH
Section Traffic ManagerRoy R. Eades KA9MZJ
Official Observer CoordinatorTim Childers K9CQ
Assistant Section ManagerRon Morgan AD9I