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Tom Ciciora KA9QPN

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SM--Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
ASM/SRM--Ron Morgan, KB9NW
ASM/SEC--Brad Pioveson, W9FX
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--Jim Hudson WB9QPM, Region 8--Curtis Williams W5DTR, Region 11--Bruce Talley WA9APQ

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**For several years after I was first elected ten years ago, I got regular submissions for inclusion in the League's Public Service Honor Roll. PSHR exists to provide recognition for the efforts that many of you expend every day to assist in your communities. A lot of this is just taking credit for what you already do, and converting into points according to the League's system. Accumulate over 70 each month, and you can submit the scorecard form. to me, which I forward to HQ. Then, you will achieve immortality by having your call and score published in QST. Submit forms each month for a year, or 18 of 24 months, and you re eligible to receive a one-time certificate for your efforts. I just received a submission from the field for the first time in I can't remember. I'd like to see more of these.
**Here's one that I'm just throwing out there: a fellow in Missouri has petitioned the FCC to designate the CW portions of the bands for "symbol communication" and eliminate the CW only restriction. The short version is that he wants the CW bands redesignated for modes that produce a discrete symbol on the receiving end (digital text modes) including CW, with voice and image restricted to the rest of the bands. CW would also be permitted throughout the bands. This is a gross oversimplification, and I invite those concerned to read the petition before reacting. Please note that this is not a League sponsored initiative, the League did not generate it, nor does ARRL have a position on this matter. Comments on the petition are invited via the FCC website or in writing to them. Remember that dozens of these are filed each year. Some never get to the comment period, and most never survive past the comment period. So, there's no need to think that this is imminent. I present this as a point of information for your consideration. Comments should be directed to the FCC website.

Get informed...
**The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has become the custodian of the "best practices" operating guide "Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur". IARU is the international association of Amateur Radio societies, of which the League is a member. This guide was compiled by a couple of Belgian hams, and was adopted by the IARU as their position in 2008. It's been translated into over 25 languages and is recognized as a standard. There is a PowerPoint presentation available for use in your license classes or as a club presentation. Yes, we have slob operators, and it's very easy to point and say "what about them?" Let them worry about themselves and make ourselves as good as we can be.
**"Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean."--Goethe
**RFinder online repeater directory, which has recently affiliated with the League and other countries' national Amateur Radio societies, has launched an online form to allow users to submit repeater jamming. It appears to be fairly simple to use. It's unstated as to what, if anything besides making record, is to be done with these reports once entered.
**There is another Petition for Rulemaking in the FCC hopper. This one was filed by a distributor of RF amplifiers in Texas, and seeks to remove the 15dB gain limit on external amplifiers. This would essentially allow the manufacture and importation of external amplifiers requiring less than 50 watts of drive. This limit was put in place ostensibly to prevent CB types from driving amplifiers with their 5 watt radios. (Never mind that the CB boom was nearly 30 years prior to that limit and the hardcore operators have always found a way to circumvent this. It's not important to this discussion as to why I'd know that.) On one side, the use of external amplifiers by CB types remains a concern, but not nearly as grave of one as it was 40 years ago. On the other hand, there are some very full featured radios coming on the market, including software defined transceivers, that have QRP output. Dispensing with this limit gives those folks some versatility. Again, comments to the FCC.

Around the Section...
**Ben Kiningham K9IDQ sends the following: "I am forwarding a few photos of the CAARERT (Capitol Area Amateur Radio Emergency Response Team) station W9SPI out at A. Lincoln's New Salem State Historic Site Saturday when most of the several hundred scouts marched the 20-mile or so 'hike' from New Salem to Springfield....a number remained at New Salem-- some had done the hike before.....and while N9L was a special event in past years---  this year turned out to be VERY SPECIAL! A Weather Radio was donated --  (a) chance for any scout who typed and sent his name in CODE!....the drawing of the ticket would come charge-just some learning FUN sending your name in CODE! Talk about curiosity,  fun,  youth participation..and CW--  all for the first time......very SPECIAL...Dads talking with sons and Scouts about their Ham Radio days...or military service."
**I'll be speaking at the Lake County ARES/RACES meeting on 6 June, and at the Peoria Area ARC meeting on 9 June, plus the hamfest circuit. Hope to see some of you there.
**The Dayton Hamvention is this coming weekend. Strangely, the weather at this point looks to be pleasant. I imagine that will change as the week goes on, because Dayton. It just wouldn't be right if the weather did not seesaw somewhere between heat, cold, blazing sun, and drenching rain. Safe trip to those of you headed there.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 291 QTC 60 Sessions 30
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 212 QTC 16 Sessions 25
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 301 QTC 1 Sessions 21
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time    
QNI QTC Sessions  
No Report


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