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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB033 (2000)

ARLB033 ARRL Board Approves More Colorful QST, Technology Upgrade,
"Big Project"

QST de W1AW  
ARRL Bulletin 33  ARLB033
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 26, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB033 ARRL Board Approves More Colorful QST, Technology Upgrade,
''Big Project''

At its recent meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors has approved a
move to full color for QST, the League's monthly membership journal.
The Board also stipulated a minimum 176 pages in each issue.

ARRL Publications Manager Mark Wilson, K1RO, said that a full-color
magazine is something the League has been looking at doing for some
time. Dramatically lower costs for color now will make it possible,
he said.

''QST is the most visible ARRL membership benefit,'' he said. ''This
will give it greater impact.'' The change will be implemented by
late this year.

The Board's July 21-22 session in Hartford marked the first held
under the leadership of ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, who took
office following the January Board meeting. Board members said the
session was the smoothest in recent memory.

In other action, the ARRL Board put its stamp of approval on ''The
Big Project,'' Haynie's ambitious initiative to provide a turnkey
Amateur Radio curriculum in American classrooms. Now officially
dubbed ''The ARRL Education Project,'' the program will offer a
curriculum and equipment that schools can incorporate into existing
curricula. The project will be funded by corporate and foundation

The Board also okayed the expenditure of up to $1,025,000 to develop
a new information technology platform for ARRL Headquarters. The new
computer software and hardware not only will enhance the ARRL's
e-commerce capabilities but update membership information and
accounting systems. It also eventually will enable such services as
electronic QSLing, member Web access to DXCC records, nearly
real-time updates of DXCC listings, and expanded, detailed contest

The Board also agreed to provide up to $17,000 for new equipment and
up to $2125 a month for additional fees and services for the ARRL
E-Mail Forwarding Service.

The Board also accepted the report of the Ad Hoc Antenna Case
Assistance Committee, which recommended creation of an expert panel
to evaluate requests for supplemental funding of antenna cases. The
program unanimously approved by the Board puts a $10,000 cap on the
funding of federal appeals in ''those rare and infrequent cases in
which there was a significant issue of law of benefit to the wider
amateur community.''

The Board also agreed to put the League's muscle behind an
international effort to secure a 300-kHz exclusive assignment for
Amateur Radio in the vicinity of 7 MHz. The 40-meter realignment
issue now is on the agenda for World Radiocommunication Conference

The minutes of the ARRL Board of Directors July meeting are
available on the ARRL Web site at


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