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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB009 (2009)

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ARLB009 ARRL Board of Directors Considers Internal and External
Goals for 2009

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ARRL Bulletin 9  ARLB009
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 27, 2009
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB009 ARRL Board of Directors Considers Internal and External
Goals for 2009

ARRL Board of Directors held its 2009 Annual Meeting on January
16-17 in Windsor, Connecticut, under the chairmanship of President
Joel Harrison, W5ZN. Radio Amateurs of Canada President David
Goodwin, VO1AU/VE3AAQ, and IARU President Larry Price, W4RA, were
guests of the Board.

The Board considered and acted on a number of organizational and
regulatory issues. Election of the Executive Committee, committee
appointments and awards were also on the agenda for the Annual
Meeting.

Organizational Issues

ARRL Strategic Plan: At its July 2008 meeting, the Board voted to
develop a timeline to review and revise the ARRL Strategic Plan. The
Board directed Chief Executive Officer David Sumner, K1ZZ, to
release the Plan's long-range goals to the membership and to solicit
comments from members "on the future direction and priorities of
their national organization." At this meeting, Sumner led an in
depth led an in depth discussion of the membership input. The
Executive Committee is tasked with developing materials for use in
completing the Plan revision at the July 2009 Board meeting.

ARRL Membership and Deployed Active Duty Military: The Board voted
unanimously to amend Bylaw 5, stating that the Executive Vice
President is authorized to maintain ARRL membership privileges
without charge for the duration of a member's active military
deployment outside the ARRL operating territory as described in
Bylaw 30, with or without the delivery of QST at the member's
option. Bylaw 30 delineates which states (or portions of states)
belong to the 15 ARRL Divisions. This action brings in to the Bylaws
a policy adopted earlier by the Board.

Budget: The Board voted to adopt the 2009-2010 Plan (as amended), as
presented by the Administration and Finance Committee.

Scouting: The Board voted to offer assistance to the Boy Scouts of
America and their 2010 National Scout Jamboree. By representing
Amateur Radio and participating with K2BSA at the Jamboree in
conjunction with the Boy Scouts, the ARRL plans to build on the
success of past National Jamborees where thousands of youth learned
about the value and enjoyment of Amateur Radio. Teaching the Radio
merit badge program, license classes and VE exam sessions have been
parts of the quadrennial event that attracts more than 40,000 Scouts
and leaders.

Technology Task Force: This group, created in 1999, was formed to
develop a strategy and plan of work for exploring new technologies,
assessing their applicability to Amateur Radio and also developing a
plan as to how to incorporate such new technology in the Amateur
Radio Service. Since its inception, the Technology Task Force has
carried out studies and offered recommendations -- particularly with
regard to digital voice, high-speed multimedia, and software-defined
radio. The Board resolved that the exploration and promotion of new
Amateur Radio communications technologies shall continue to be an
essential element of the ARRL's mission and that the original
mission of the Technology Task Force may now be carried out more
effectively by other means. With sincere thanks and gratitude, the
Board voted to dissolve the group.

IARU Member-Society Admissions: The Board voted unanimously to
instruct the Secretary to cast ballots in favor of admitting the
Emirates Amateur Radio Society and the Kazakhstan Federation of
Radiosports and Radioamateur to the IARU

ARRLWeb Redesign: A group from Fathom, a contractor based in
Hartford, presented the company's progress on a new design for the
ARRL Web site. As recommended by the Administration and Finance
Committee, the Board voted to approve a capital expenditure to move
into the third phase of the design development.

Legislative and Regulatory Matters

Legislative Objectives: The Board voted to approve five legislative
objectives for the 111th Congress:

 Objective #1: The ARRL seeks legislation to extend the requirement
for "reasonable accommodation" of Amateur Radio station antennas (a
requirement that now applies to state and local regulations) to all
forms of land use regulation.

 Objective #2: The ARRL opposes legislation that encourages the
deployment of RF technologies such as broadband over power line
(BPL) systems unless adequate safeguards against interference to
licensed radiocommunication services are included in the
legislation.

 Objective #3: The ARRL opposes legislation that would diminish the
rights of federal licensees in favor of unlicensed emitters,
especially unintentional emitters.

 Objective #4: The ARRL seeks recognition of the unique resources,
capabilities and expertise of the Amateur Radio Service in any
legislation addressing communications issues related to emergencies,
disasters, or homeland security.

 Objective #5: The ARRL supports the complementary legislative
objectives of other radiocommunication services, particularly the
public safety and scientific services that require spectrum access
and protection from interference for noncommercial purposes that
benefit the public.

 Call Sign Allocation Study: The Board voted to instruct the
Executive Committee, with advice and input from the Programs and
Services Committee, to study the FCC sequential, vanity and special
call sign programs.

Amateur Radio and Driving: The Board noted that local
municipalities, as well as state legislatures, have made laws or are
considering laws that apply to drivers who use cellular telephones
while driving. Recognizing that this sort of legislation often
inadvertently prohibits -- or can be construed to prohibit --
Amateur Radio mobile communications, the Board instructed the
Executive Committee to develop a policy statement and recommend
language that protects the ability of licensed radio amateurs to
prudently conduct mobile amateur communications.

Other Items

Committee Elections and Appointments

Executive Committee: The Board elected the following Directors to
the ARRL Executive Committee: Bill Edgar, N3LLR, Atlantic Division;
Dick Isely, W9GIG, Central Division; Jay Bellows, K0QB, Dakota
Division; Tom Frenaye, K1KI, New England Division, and Bob Vallio,
W6RGG, Pacific Division. Members of this committee serve one year
terms.

President Harrison appointed the following Board members to
committees:

Administration and Finance Committee: Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF,
Chairman, Northwestern; Jim Weaver, K8JE, Great Lakes; Dennis
Bodson, W4PWF, Roanoke; Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, Rocky Mountain;
Dick Norton, N6AA, Southwestern; Vice Director Cliff Ahrens, K0CA,
Midwest, and Treasurer Jim McCobb, K1LU.

Programs and Services Committee: Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, Chairman,
Midwest; Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, Southeastern; Coy Day, N5OK, West
Gulf; Mickey Cox, K5MC, Delta; Frank Fallon, N2FF, and Vice Director
Greg Widin, K0GW, Dakota.

Ethics and Elections Committee: Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, Chairman,
Southwestern; Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, Rocky Mountain, and Jay
Bellows, K0QB, Dakota Division.

Ad Hoc Scouting Committee: Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, Chairman, Rocky
Mountain; Bill Edgar, N3LLR, Atlantic Division; Jim Fenstermaker,
K9JF, Northwestern, and Staff Liaison Larry Wolfgang, WR1B.

Ad Hoc Committee on the ARRL Foundation: Vice President Rick
Roderick, K5UR, Chairman; Tom Frenaye, K1KI, New England; Jim
Fenstermaker, K9JF, Northwestern, Chief Executive Officer David
Sumner, K1ZZ, and Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH.

Chairman and Liaison Appointments

Public Relations Committee: Bill Morine, N2COP, Chairman; Mike
Raisbeck, K1TWF, Liaison, New England.

Historical Committee: Vice Director Gary Johnston, KI4LA, Chairman,
Great Lakes.

Legal Defense and Action Committee: Jay Bellows, K0QB, Chairman,
Dakota Division.

Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee: Dennis Bodson, W4PWF,
Chairman, Roanoke.

Band Planning Committee: Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR,
Chairman.

Microwave Band Planning Committee: Tom Clark, K3IO, Chairman.

RF Safety Committee: Greg Lapin, N9GL, Chairman.

VHF/UHF Advisory Committee: Kermit Carlson, W9XA, Chairman.

DX Advisory Committee: To be announced

Contest Advisory Committee: Dick Green, WC1M, Chairman.

Amateur Radio Direction Finding Coordinator: Joe Moell, K0OV.

Awards

2008 International Humanitarian Award: The Board selected the
Amateur Radio operators of the Sichuan Radio Sports Association, the
Chinese Radio Sports Association and the many operators from around
China who supported communications efforts in the aftermath of the
May 2008 earthquake, as the recipient of the 2008 International
Humanitarian Award.

2008 Bill Leonard, W2SKE Professional Media Award: The Board
selected Ted Randall, WB8PUM, of Lebanon, Tennessee, as the
recipient of the 2008 Bill Leonard, W2SKE Professional Media Award;
Randall is host of the QSO Radio Show. He was cited for his ongoing
coverage of Amateur Radio through his profiling of key figures and
personalities. Randall's reporting of their contributions "best
reflects the enjoyment, importance and public service value of
Amateur Radio."

The complete Minutes of the 2009 Annual Meeting of the ARRL Board of
Directors are available on the ARRLWeb at,
http://www.arrl.org/announce/board-0901.

The next meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors is scheduled for
July 17-18, 2009.
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