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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB008 (1995)

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ARLB008 Board meeting news
 
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ARRL Bulletin 8  ARLB008
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  January 26, 1995
To all radio amateurs 
 
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ARLB008 Board meeting news
 
The ARRL Board of Directors met in San Antonio, Texas, January 20
and 21, 1995.  Here are the highlights.
 
The Board adopted a Strategic Long Range Plan that has been in
preparation since May 1994, and instructed President George Wilson,
W4OYI, to begin implementation.  President Wilson appointed three
new committees to coordinate the most critical aspects of plan
implementation.
 
A package of legislative goals was adopted, including positions on
special call sign and licensing fees, spectrum allocations,
liability protection for volunteers, RF susceptibility of consumer
equipment, better rules enforcement, and commercial competition for
spectrum.
 
A fund raising effort in support of the AMSAT Phase 3D satellite
project was approved, including a 150,000 dollar matching fund
program.
 
An operational plan and budget for 1995 and 1996 was approved. ARRL
dues were raised by one dollar per year effective April 1, 1995.
 
Repeater coordinators will be invited to an open meeting to discuss
ways of strengthening FCC support of local and regional
coordinators, and related issues.
 
A draft petition for greater flexibility in spread spectrum
operation was revised to limit such operation to bands above 420
MHz, and the General Counsel was instructed to file the petition
with FCC.
 
The ARRL will file comments supporting participation by radio
amateurs in state and local emergency communications operating plans
under the new Emergency Alerting System that will replace the
Emergency Broadcast System.
 
The final report of the Ad Hoc 219 MHz Committee was adopted, in
preparation for an expected announcement of an amateur allocation in
this band.
 
The Hiram Percy Maxim Birthday Celebration that was so popular in
September 1994 was made an annual event.
 
Directors Harrison, Kanode, Mendelsohn, and Quiat were elected to
one year terms on the ARRL Executive Committee.
 
Helen Grauer, N0BCI, and Directors Metzger and Butler were elected
to three year terms as Directors of the ARRL Foundation.
 
Studies were ordered of ways to oppose restrictive covenants that
limit amateur operation, and to increase FCC enforcement of its
amateur rules.
 
The complete minutes of the meeting will appear in March QST.
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