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- Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
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SM--Tom Ciciora KA9QPN
ASM/SRM--Ron Morgan, AD9I
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, K9CQ
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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**We begin with a statement from League CEO Tom Gallagher NY2RF, on the current intramurals concerning the NTS: "At their July 2016 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors made changes concerning the management and governance of its National Traffic System™ program. In response, some NTS™ participants are proposing to form a new organization. The stated purpose of this organization is to engage in current NTS activity, independent of ARRL. This action comes, in part, as a reaction to ARRL’s announcement regarding the creation of an enhanced emergency communications plan, scheduled for implementation later this year. The ARRL plan will address the role of programs like NTS, which can provide important capabilities to ARRL partner agencies such as FEMA, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and others. The League believes that the existing ARRL NTS program will rise to meet these new, demanding requirements; NTS resources are already well-established networks with a long history of reliable operation. We encourage all NTS participants to be involved in current National Traffic System activities by continuing their existing assignments and duties. However, if NTS members wish to explore alternative programs like the one recently proposed, we do not wish to discourage that exploration. It is the mission of the American Radio Relay League to support all activities that advance the art, science, and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. ARRL encourages any activity that strengthens the national emergency communications infrastructure, provides network redundancy, and refines and maintains the critical skills of radio amateurs who daily serve their communities with communications training activities and responses to local and regional emergencies."
**The only comment that I can possibly add to this is that when the lawyers get involved, they are the only parties enriched by the exercise. The National Traffic Service has flourished for more than 100 years. Let's hope that it outlasts the current goings-on.
**The Illinois State Convention is to be held in conjunction with the Peoria Superfest on 17-18 September at the Exposition Gardens in Peoria. The forum schedule has not yet been posted, but the theme is Emergency Preparedness and Amateur Radio. Tickets are available at the club's website.
**Even if you are not about to do any antenna work, it behooves you to examine your local building and zoning regulations on the subject. Much anxiety can be avoided by chasing down these documents before you need them. It can save a lot of consternation when it comes time to plant aluminum.
**While we're on the subject, there is no better way to monitor those regulations than to participate in the process. Many local zoning boards and planning commissions go unstaffed due to lack of volunteers. What better way to keep an eye on things than from the inside?
**Still time to volunteer to assist with the Chicago Marathon on 9 October. Not much time left, though. Apply at their website.
**The Illinois QSO Party is on for 16 October. It runs from 1700Z on 16 October to 0100Z on 17 October. The event is ably administrated by the Western Illinois ARC. I had the privilege of visiting and speaking at their Swapfest on 13 August and had a very pleasant morning doing so.
Around the Section...
**It's been a busy summer with stops at Peotone (twice!), Carlinville, Wheaton, Princeton, Quincy, and down the road from me in Sandwich. Yet to come are Peoria and Belvidere. I've also made club visits to Rockford and Libertyville, with Elgin to look forward to. And, there's always room for your club or ARES group, or even a Served Agency if you believe that I can help. I go if I can make it within a reasonable drive, and as you can see, that covers a lot of ground. I can be contacted via my arrl.org email address.
**Finally, last month I characterized our new Division Director, Kermit W9XA as a go-er and do-er. This was apparent when he stepped in to help find an RF noise source in downtown Evanston north of Chicago. Seems that the local police were unable to unlock their vehicles due to the noise and called the FCC, who shooed the PD off to the automaker. In desperation, the police called ARRL HQ and spoke to our lab folks, who enlisted W9XA to chase down what turned out to be a dirty power supply for a neon sign. Here's the frightening part: the sign owner agreed to shut down the sign if he was informed of a problem. In the old days, the FCC would have confiscated the offending power supply as a source of interference. This, my friends, is the shape of things to come.
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Section ManagerThomas T. Ciciora KA9QPN
State Government LiaisonCharles L. Richey K9DUE
Technical CoordinatorJohn R. Dinnella WA9IL
Public Info CoordinatorFrederic M. Bock WD9FMB
Section Traffic ManagerRoy R. Eades KA9MZJ
Affiliated Club CoordinatorC Scott DeSantis KB9VRW
Assistant Section Manager,Bradley Pioveson W9FX
Section Emergency Coordinator
Assistant Section ManagerSharon Harlan N9SH
Official Observer CoordinatorTimothy C. Childers K9CQ
Assistant Section ManagerRon Morgan AD9I