Friday, March 13, 2020

Green Country Hamfest #covid19 uptate - 12 Mar 2020.

Green Country Hamfest covid-19 uptate - 12 Mar 2020.

CLAREMORE, OKLA - The Green Country Hamfest Committee held our regular monthly meeting Thursday, March 12, 2020. During that meeting there was discussion of the current covid-19 pandemic.

As Oklahoma's largest and most attended hamfest, the committee thought it was important to update the Amateur Radio community with latest information about this years Green Country Hamfest.

The 2020 Green Country Hamfest will be held on April 10th & 11th as scheduled.

The information on the covid-19 pandemic is a rapidly changing situation. And the health and welfare of all attending this event is very important to the committee. The Green Country Hamfest committee will be keeping in touch with all local and state officials with regards to the latest information about the covid-19 pandemic.

As of now we plan on holding 2020 Green Country Hamfest unless otherwise directed not to by the venue (the Claremore Expo Center), the Rogers County Health Department and/or the State of Oklahoma Health Department.

We will post any updates on our webpage and our Facebook page as required.

Thank you for your support, understanding and see you at the Hamfest.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

World Radio Communication Conference Starts Monday #ARRL #hamradio

From K1ZZ

The World Radiocommunication Conference 2019 is due to open in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Monday 28 October. The meeting, which lasts four weeks, will be attended by three thousand delegates from most of the countries around the world, and will discuss and agree changes to the ITU Radio Regulations.
IARU and its member-societies will be there, representing the amateur and amateur satellite services with a team of 14 people from 10 countries.
Of particular interest to IARU are the positions on:
-              Agenda Item (AI) 1.1, to allocate spectrum in the 50-54 MHz Region in Region 1 to the amateur service
-              AI 1.13 to consider new spectrum of International Mobile Telecommunications, which potentially might impact amateur spectrum at around 47 GHz
-              AI 1.16 which could impact the 5 GHz amateur spectrum
-              AI 9.1.6 on Wireless Power Transmission, where harmonics of WPT systems can impact the MF/HF radio spectrum
-              AI 10 – where it is possible that future agenda items at WRC-23 could impact the amateur service, including the 1240-1300 MHz band.
What does it take to be an International Amateur Radio Union member?  Again K1ZZ explains:
To be eligible for IARU membership the organization must be a noncommercial association of radio amateurs, devoted to the objectives of the IARU and "substantially covering by influence and recognition the country and/or territories which it represents." The quote is from the IARU Constitution. The Bylaws are a bit more specific. An applicant must supply evidence that it "adequately represents the interests of amateurs throughout the country and/or separate territory which it proposes to represent, has the ability to meet its financial obligations as a member of the Union, and is legally able to act in the furtherance of IARU objectives within its country and/or separate territory." There can only be one IARU member-society representing a country or separate territory.

The "or separate territory" language makes it possible for, for example, Bermuda and Gibraltar (among others) to be members of the IARU separate from the UK, which is ably represented by the RSGB.
NO other amateur radio organization in the United States meets those conditions.  This is only ONE of over 50 reasons an amateur radio operator in the United States should be a member of the American Radio Relay League.  Do YOU want some other country telling YOU where you can operate your amateur radio station?

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

If you did not receive your ARRL ballot

Current reports from across the West Gulf are that almost all ballots

have been received.

However, there are reports from some areas that as of this email, some

Members have not received their ballots.

Deadline For Delivery Of Ballots To West Gulf Division Members

The ARRL's deadline for delivery of all ballots by third-class mail

to West Gulf Division Members is today, Monday, October 14, 2019.

If you have not received your ballot by the end of mail delivery for

your address today, then you need to notify HQ - via email - that

you have not received your ballot.

Failed Ballot Delivery Replacement Process

If do not receive your ballot, to obtain a replacement ballot you must

do the following:

(1) Send an email both of the following addresses: <> <>

(2) State in the email that you have not received your ballot;

(3) Request that a replacement ballot be sent to you by first class


(4) Provide your complete, current, mailing address to which the ballot

should be sent;

(5) Provide your name and call sign.

Note, if you happen to receive the original ballot and return it in

addition to the replacement ballot to ensure your vote will be counted,

both ballots will be disqualified.

RV Members

Some Members whose primary residence (sounds like fun) is an RV and who

have a mail service collect and forward their mail may be faced with the

destruction/non-delivery of third-class mail.

If you are one of these Members, please follow the above process for an

undelivered ballot, but add a statement that you cannot/do not receive

third class mail.

ARRL Postcard Regarding An Error In The Deadline Notice

HQ send a postcard attempting to clarify a poorly worded/inaccurate

notice regarding the deadline for receipt of a ballot to be counted.

The postcard appears to have created more confusion that originally


The deadline for RECEIPT of your ballot by the accounting firm

CohnReznick LLP remains Noon, Friday, November 15, 2019. Just be certain

you mail your ballot in sufficient time for it to arrive.

If after following the above procedure, you still do not receive a

ballot, please email me at

John Robert Stratton


Director, West Gulf Division

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