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Monday, November 28, 2011
West Gulf Division November Newsletter
--- ARRLWGD.org – The New WGD Website & Social Media --- ARRL Foundation Announces Grant to KF5CRF --- FCC Releases New Rules for 60 Meters --- WG5L Gary Lewis, Appointed Assistant Director --- ARRL Foundation Scholarship Season --- Webinar Training Soars to New Heights --- Recent Hamfest Reports --- Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS --- Upcoming Hamfests/Conventions News from David Woolweaver, K5RAV your West Gulf Division Director --- ARRLWGD.org – The New WGD Website & Social Media ”This will be the year of communication improvements in the West Gulf Division,” said Director Woolweaver in January of 2011 and one example of improvement is the introduction of the ARRL West Gulf Division Facebook page which was followed up over the summer with the ARRL_WGD Twitter account. Enhancing these efforts to spread information across the division, on November 1st, the new WGD website was launched bringing a new look, new opportunities, and fresh information to our internet presence. Check out the new site at www.arrlwgd.org. Mark Mireles, AD5CA, developed the original West Gulf Division internet site several years ago. Recently, Frank Krizan, KR1ZAN, has been maintaining it and will continue to assist on the new site. Wanting to provide a fresh look and utilize the new mediums available on the net, it was decided to start anew and develop a website from scratch. After talking to WGD members and seeking their thoughts on what they would like to see in a website, Director Woolweaver put our new website designer, Gary Lewis, WG5L, to work pulling all of the information together to develop a progressive and informative platform. We have added more educational information, linked to all of the Section websites (check out their new websites as well!), and will continue to build on the “Links” page so that you can easily find information pertaining to the Amateur service and especially the WGD. With the new website, we are also introducing the ARRL WGD Channel on YouTube where we hope to publicize videos that promote the best of the Amateur Community in all areas – educational and informational. Please bookmark the new WGD website and check it frequently for new information. We added a new calendar feature and will be listing all of the ARRL sanctioned events as soon as they are approved by Director Woolweaver and HQ. Over the next few months, we will introduce you to some of our content contributors and will be seeking your input on questions that pertain to the WGD. Remember to also join us on Facebook at ARRL West Gulf Division and follow us on Twitter at ARRL_WGD. Contributions to our mass media endeavors are important to the success of the web site. If you have something you (or your club) would like to share with the WGD membership on our website, Facebook, monthly newsletter or Twitter, please let us know, so we can consider it. Additionally, we would enjoy hearing your feedback on how you think we are doing in our communication efforts. Please email Director Woolweaver atK5RAV@arrl.orgwith your thoughts or news contributions. --- ARRL Foundation Announces Grant to KF5CRF Director Woolweaver is a member of the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors and it was his privilege to announce at the West Gulf Division convention at Ardmore, OK the approval of an equipment grant of $2,018 to the Viking Radio Club of Lawton, OK. The grant was approved for the purchase of a Kenwood 590 radio, a Hustler 5-BTV antenna and for coaxial cable and connectors. “The grant application received Board approval in the fastest time that I have seen since being elected to the Foundation Board”, reported Director Woolweaver. As outlined in Viking’s grant application, this grant will provide funding for resources to strengthen the club and provide for a pilot program at the Eisenhower Middle School in Lawton. The ARRL Foundation Directors shared the hope that the program will expand to encompass the entire school district of 18,000 students applauding their two-fold plan to encourage Amateur Radio and educate students in accord with state standards. The West Gulf Leadership joins the Foundation Directors in applauding the Viking Amateur Radio Club’s goal of being a model for other schools. You may learn more about the Viking ARC by visiting their websites at http://www.qrz.com/db/kf5crfandhttp://www.qrz.com/db/k5usa. --- FCC Releases New Rules for 60 Meters On November 18, the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O), defining new rules for the 60 meter (5 MHz) band. These rules are in response to a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) filed by the ARRL more than five years ago and a June 2010 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). In the R&O, the FCC replaced one of the channels in the band, increased the maximum authorized power amateur stations may transmit in this band, and authorized amateur stations to transmit three additional emission designators in the five channels in the 5330.6-5406.4 kHz band (60 meters). The Amateur Radio Service in the United States has a secondary allocation on 60 meters. Only those amateurs who hold General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra class licenses may operate on this band. Amateur stations must not cause harmful interference to -- and must accept interference from -- stations authorized by any administration in the fixed service, as well as mobile (except aeronautical mobile) stations authorized by the administrations of other countries. For a complete reading of the rule, please refer to http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-releases-new-rules-for-60-meters. Please note that these changes have not yet taken effect. These new rules will take effect 30 days after they are published in the Federal Register. The ARRL will announce on its website when the rules are published. --- WG5L Gary Lewis, Appointed Assistant Director Director Woolweaver is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Lewis, WG5L, as an Assistant Director for Internet Services. Gary has been involved in electronics and communications since his Navy days in the 1970's, where he was an electronics technician working on shipboard communications equipment. After leaving the Navy, Gary obtained his degree in Management Information Systems. He first worked in the oil industry and he has spent the last 23 years working for IBM. He also holds an MBA from LeTourneau University. It wasn't until the year 2000, that Gary returned to his electronics and communications roots, spurred on by his son who showed an interest in ham radio. After almost 30 years of being largely absent from the communications scene, all of that past background came flooding back. However, it was not until he returned to Texas in 2002, that he really became active in pursuing various aspects of the Amateur Radio service. Gary has held various positions within his local ham radio club, Longview East Texas Amateur Radio Club (LETARC). He started that club's current VE team and has become very involved in emergency communications, bringing ARES to his county and revitalizing the local EmComm program. He currently holds the following positions within the North Texas Section: •Gregg County EC and RACES ALT CLO •North Texas District 8 DEC •North Texas Section ASEC In addition, Gary is a registered ARRL Volunteer Instructor and Volunteer Examiner. Beyond being the primary developer of the new WGD website, he is also the webmaster for both the LETARC and North Texas Section websites. Recently, in a return to his Navy roots, Gary has become involved with Navy-Marine Corps MARS. An avid user of both voice and digital modes, you can usually find him on most of the 40 and 80 meter southwest traffic nets, as well as PSK31 on 20 meters. --- ARRL Foundation Scholarship Season The ARRL Foundation is now receiving scholarship applications for the 2012 scholarship season. Each year the ARRL Foundation awards more than 70 scholarships that are funded entirely by the generosity of radio amateurs and friends to young hams that are pursuing higher education. The awards range from $500 to $5000. All applicants must submit a full application and transcript to be considered (other rules may apply to specific scholarships). The application period for ARRL Foundation Scholarships opened on October 1, 2011, and will close promptly on February 1, 2012. Awards are usually announced to the winners by letter in mid-May. Applicants should review the scholarship descriptions as some awards have specific geographic criteria or requirements as to course of study. Governed by a nine member volunteer Board of Directors, the ARRL Foundation is devoted to providing valuable programs to serve the Amateur Radio community. To learn more about the ARRL Foundation or its scholarship program please visit their website at http://www.arrl.org/the-arrl-foundation-overview. --- Webinar Training Soars to New Heights ARRL Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, has been extremely proactive in the promotion of Amateur Radio education in his division by incorporating internet webinars for everyone’s benefit – at zero cost to the ARRL or to his Division. Topics such as Winlink 2000 Intro, Amateur Radio Kit Building, and D-Star and EmComm are a few of the Atlantic webinars that have been hosted. With Bill’s encouragement, the WGD has joined him in supporting this endeavor by hosting Antenna CC&R’s, You and the ARRL, Antenna Ordinances, You and the ARRL webinars as well as Hurricane Preparedness webinars. The next webinar, scheduled for December 5th, is Amateur Radio in the Next 25 Years, a conversation with former FCC Special Counsel Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH; ARRL General Counsel, Chris Imlay, W3KD; and Ed Hare, W1RFI, ARRL Laboratory Manager. To join this webinar, visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/154043400. Past webinars have included notable presenters such as Laura Smith, FCC Special Counsel; ARRL Chief Legal Counsel, Chris Imlay, W3KD; noted antenna zoning lawyer, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR; and the developers of the NBEMS system, Harry Bloomberg W3YJ and Dave Kleber, KB3FXI. We invite you to bookmark the Atlantic Division Training website http://www.atldiv.org/training, for future reference. You may also purchase DVDs of previous presentations at a nominal cost, which supports the hosting expense only and does not benefit the ARRL Atlantic Division. --- Recent Hamfest Reports Texoma Hamarama The West Gulf Division Convention was held in Ardmore, hosted by the good folks of Texoma Hamarama the weekend of October 21 and 22. Visitors from the Midwest and Delta Divisions also joined in the fun this year, checking out the many bargains that were available. Joining Director Woolweaver at the ARRL Forum was ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manger, Mike Corey, W5MPC. Mike announced the placement of an ARRL HF “Go Kit” in the Oklahoma Section. This brings the total number of “Go Kit’s” deployed in the West Gulf Division to nine. Each has been placed strategically in the Division to meet communication needs in the event of an emergency. Prepositioning “Go Kits” in the West Gulf places the kits in a central location in the nation should the kits be required elsewhere for EmComm purposes. Under an agreement with Southwest Airlines that Director Woolweaver negotiated, an ARRL “Go Kit” could be transported free of charge to any destination that Southwest serves. This translates to one day delivery to most parts of the United States. During the forum, Director Woolweaver recognized the astounding efforts of the Viking Radio Club and its mentors, Clifton Harper, KE5YZB, and Paul Goulet, KC5CYY. (See also ARRL Foundation Announces Grant to KF5CRF) Also at Hamarama, it was announced that Megan McClellan, K5MEM, was the recipient of the Texoma Hamarama Scholarship Award for 2011. Congratulations, Megan! The WGD Leadership thanks and appreciates all of the hard work of Henry, W5TYD, Tina Allen and the entire Hamarama Board of Directors for their hard work in putting together the 2011 WGD Convention! NCTech Hamfest The NCTech Hamfest, sponsored by the Tri-County & DiRECT Amateur Radio Clubs in Azle had a good turn out this year. Presentations by AMSAT, CERT, ARRL West Gulf, and ARRL NTX were well attended. Director Woolweaver and NTX SM Walt Mayfield, KE5SOO had an opportunity to visit with the attendees and they acquired several new memberships. As the final sanctioned event for 2011, it was a great way to end the year, and we will look forward to another successful event at NCTech in 2012. --- Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS Director Woolweaver, K5RAV, and Vice Director Stratton, N5AUS, will attend the following events: K5RAV and N5AUS – 2012 ARRL Annual Board Meeting, Windsor, CT, January 12-14, 2012 K5RAV – Cowtown Hamfest, North Texas Section Convention (Pending Executive Committee approval), sponsored by the Lockheed Martin ARC, Ft. Worth, TX, January 20-21, 2012 N5AUS – Williamson County ARC Hamfest, sponsored by the Williamson County ARC, Georgetown, TX, February 25, 2012 ARRL Convention and Hamfest events are a great place to visit with the Division and Section Leadership! Each event will also include an ARRL forum where you can receive additional insight into Division and Section matters. At anytime that you have a concern or just want to say hello, contact Director Woolweaver atK5RAV@arrl.org. -- Upcoming Hamfests and Conventions 01/14/2012 | San Antonio Amateur Radio Fiesta Location: Schertz, TX Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: San Antonio Radio Club Website:http://w5sc.org 01/20/2012 | North Texas Section Convention (Cowtown Hamfest) Location: Fort Worth, TX Type: ARRL Convention pending Executive Committee approval Sponsor: Lockheed Martin Amateur Radio Club Website:http://www.cowtownhamfest.com 02/25/2012 | Williamson County ARC Hamfest Location: Georgetown, TX Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: Williamson County Amateur Radio Club Website:http://wcarc.com -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL West Gulf Division Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV email@example.com