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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB046 (2002)

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ARLB046 "Section News," Line Scores Moving from QST to Web

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ARRL Bulletin 46  ARLB046
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 23, 2002
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB046 "Section News," Line Scores Moving from QST to Web

Starting next January, "Section News" and contest line score results
will appear on the ARRL Web site rather than in QST. Meeting July
19-20 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors voted 9-6
to approve a resolution formally relocating "Section News" to the
ARRL Web site. "Section News" has appeared in the League's official
journal at least since 1919. The "Section News" Web sites--already
in place--will provide the officials of each ARRL section "the
capability of an up-to-date information resource that can be
tailored to the needs of their section," the resolution said.

The space freed up by relocating "Section News" will allow more
in-depth coverage of general news, public service activities and
"how-to" articles aimed at involving more amateurs in emergency
preparedness. Members unable to use the Web can request their
section's reports in hard-copy format.

The Board resolution noted that the past six months had given
members the opportunity to understand the reasons for relocating
"Section News," to discuss alternatives and to better understand
and see the advantages of the expanded content available on the Web
site.

Voting for the change were Directors Dick Isely, W9GIG (Central);
Jay Bellows, K0QB (Dakota); Frank Fallon, N2FF (Hudson); Wade
Walstrom, W0EJ (Midwest); Tom Frenaye, K1KI (New England); Dennis
Bodson, W4PWF (Roanoke); Walt Stinson, W0CP (Rocky Mountain); Art
Goddard, W6XD (Southwestern); and Coy Day, N5OK (West Gulf).

Directors Bernie Fuller, N3EFN (Atlantic); Rick Roderick, K5UR
(Delta); George Race, WB8BGY (Great Lakes); Greg Milnes, W7OZ
(Northwestern); Jim Maxwell, W6CF (Pacific); and Frank Butler, W4RH
(Southeastern), voted against the change.

In a separate resolution approved by voice vote, the Board agreed
that the ARRL Web site now provides a better medium to report the
results of ARRL-sponsored contests, and line scores no longer will
appear in QST. The change does not affect ARRL Field Day results,
which will continue to be published in the magazine.

A Web site established earlier this year now includes, among other
features, a searchable database of contest line scores for members
and the ability to easily analyze individual and club scores.
There's also an on-line Soapbox to post comments and photos
immediately after a contest, as well as an expanded narrative for
each event. The ARRL also now offers members the free Contest Rate
Sheet newsletter, which focuses specifically on contesting.
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