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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
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...
**Under pressure from the League, Congress and other entities, the FCC has walked back their plans to shut down and consolidate field offices. Twelve field offices will remain rather than the originally proposed eight. The agreement to modify the changes came as the House of Representatives prepared to hold hearings on the matter. Our own General Counsel, Chris Imlay W3KD, was one of those prepared to testify against the reorganization on behalf of the League.
**I fear that this move won't materially impact Amateur Radio enforcement. When it's all over and done with, there will still be fewer field offices and fewer engineers to deal with the same problems. And, unless it affects public safety or air traffic communications, it's not a priority. The Service was conceived as being self-policing via peer pressure, which worked just fine in a simpler time. We can fix the blame in the usual directions: no-code, perceived "dumbing down" of tests, Chinese HTs, or pick a number. That really doesn't wash, as HPM himself complained about bad operators nearly 100 years ago. As I've said before, I used to think that it was funny when I heard the lunatic fringe carrying on when I was a budding SWL and VHF monitor in the early 70s. They've always been with us. Now, we have the dimension of the "free 'mericun/nobody can tell me what to do" types that pervade society, along with the out and out nutcases. Just my opinion and tied to no thinking but my own, but I personally would not be averse to license fees if the revenue was pooled strictly for enforcement. Which probably still wouldn't fix as much as we'd imagine that it would. But, I can still daydream about a Federal magistrate directing US Marshals to confiscate K1MAN's equipment. It worked during the high point of the CB crackdown.
**From League CEO Dave Sumner K1ZZ: “If you co-sponsor, then I will feel my ongoing donations to your campaigns are justified. If not…” As constituents, we expect our elected representatives to listen to us whether or not we voted for them or contributed to their campaigns. Of course, we are more likely to contribute to a candidate’s campaign if we think he or she will do what we want once elected or returned to office. But there’s a problem with tying a campaign contribution to a specific action by a government official. A big problem... It’s illegal. Title 18 of the U.S. Code, Section 203(a)(2), provides for stiff fines and even prison terms for anyone who “knowingly gives, promises, or offers any compensation for any such representational services rendered or to be rendered at a time when the person to whom the compensation is given, promised, or offered, is or was such a Member, Member Elect, Delegate, Delegate Elect, Commissioner, Commissioner Elect, Federal judge, officer, or employee.” With Washington awash in big-money campaign contributions it may be hard to believe that your $50 could lead to such trouble if you simply say the wrong thing, but here’s a more likely scenario: a letter or email implying that co-sponsorship will lead to a future campaign contribution will be treated as toxic by a Congressional office and will result in the exact opposite of what was intended. What Congressman is going to agree to co-sponsor a bill if there’s such a paper trail? So, write your Congressman and Senators asking for their co-sponsorship of the Amateur Radio Parity Act. Write to thank them when they do. And contribute to their campaigns if you choose to do so as an individual (the ARRL itself is absolutely prohibited from participating in or contributing to any campaign for political office). But keep the two entirely separate. That’s the law.
**I posted this on the Section FB page and some wags suggested that such antics go on daily, so Dave's thoughts don't matter. We're going to play by the Rules while we get the Amateur Radio Parity Act passed. That's it. We're better than the folks who are twisting the Rules and gumming up the works. We're going to play fair, as is our reputation.

Get informed...
**The Amateur Radio Service has been granted Primary status in the 1900/2000 kHz portion of the 160 Meter band. We had been Secondary for many years, owing to the use of that portion of the band for radiolocation. Those beacons and such have long been supplanted by GPS.
**From Rob Orr K9RST comes the following: "We need you and we need your friends. The 2015 Chicago Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 11 and we are looking for your continued support. We provide critical communication assistance to the 4000 medical volunteers who provide care for the 40,000 runners. Over the years, we have been nationally recognized for the work we have done for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. I attribute our success to each you, for your professionalism and for your collective sense of public service. Thank you. This year, we would like to increase our roster to 125 ham radio volunteers. Partly, this is to help us better serve the medical teams at the finish line and in Grant Park. To sign up, we have returned to the two step process. First you need to go to this site and fill out the form: Later this summer, we will invite you to sign up to the Bank’s site. We will keep you informed as we get closer to the event, but you have to be on our membership roster. Registration for this assignment will close in late August so we can do the appropriate training and scheduling. We always are looking for new people, and welcome people who come as an organized team."
**I expect us to also gain access to the two new VLF bands at 2200 and 630 meters soon. All that appears to be left is to craft the Rules peculiar to these two bands. Notably, there will be a effective radiated power limit of 1 watt on 2200 meters and 5 watts on 630 meters. The lack of commercial equipment for those bands should inspire a scramble to homebrew transmitters and to research the nearly forgotten T/R antenna switch scheme. The low frequencies are quite forgiving as far as circuit design is concerned, really making this a new homebrewer's dream.

Around the Section...
**I attended the Chicago Suburban Radio Association's 85th anniversary celebration on 16 July. I presented the "ARRL at 100" video along with my own remarks, and club president Ed Schumacher WA9GQK showed scans of archived documents including the club's applications and F. E. Handy W1BDI (SK), communications manager of the League's letter of approval for the club's affiliation with ARRL. Sadly, the club's original charter has disappeared over time, but what documents were offered were interesting.
**I try to hit as many FD sites as I can within a reasonable drive. One of my stops was the Starved Rock Radio Club’s site at Chief Shabbona County Park, north of Ottawa, IL. SRRC held VE testing in conjunction with their FD effort. The photos at the bottom of the page (not attached in the email or Facebook versions) are of me presenting the CSCE to the two successful hams. The gentleman is Dave Brian KD9EEV (was KB0LEJ), who upgraded to General. The lady is Kristie Cobb KD9EEW, who successfully passed both her Technician and General tests at one sitting. VE testing makes a nice enhancement to a Field Day operation.

Ye Olde Traffic Report DE KA9MZJ...

Illinois Side Band Net - Net Manager WB9QPM
Daily on 3905 at 1800 local time
QNI 232 QTC 45 Sessions 30
Illinois Phone Net - Net Manager K9GYI
M-F on 3857 at 1645 local time
Sunday on 3940 at 0800 local time
QNI 177 QTC 21 Sessions 26
North Central Phone Net – Net Manager K9HEZ
M-F on 3912 at 0700 local time
QNI 281 QTC 6 Sessions 22
Illinois CW Net (ILN)   Net Manager WB8SIM
Daily on 3838 at 1915 local time   
QNI  72 QTC 2 Sessions 25

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