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

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Oklahoma DX Association Fall Banquet: Open Invitation! #hamradio

My name is Kim Elmore, N5OP, and I'm the President of the Oklahoma DX
Association. We're announcing our Fall OKDXA Banquet as an open
invitation to /*all*/ Oklahoma hams as part of a general effort to be
more visible to you. The OKDXA Banquet is set for Saturday October 19th
at 6 pm, and will be held in the meeting room at the Cattle Country
Lodge, 1200 N. 8th Ave., Stroud, Oklahoma. The banquet fee is $15 which
includes an all-you-can-eat buffet meal. If you've not been there, the
Cattle Country Inn is a bit of a well-kept secret regarding their
buffet: it's quite good! The buffet will feature fried chicken, fried
catfish, baked ham, lots of veggies, and some sumptuous desserts. I'm
not puffing this place up: it's quite good and $15 is a heckuva deal.

Our guest speaker this year is Bill Priakos, W5SJ, of Ft. Smith,
Arkansas. Bill was part of the TX5T Austral Islands DXpedition as one of
the operators and will present a nice show about his experiences as a
part of that effort. He's operated from numerous DX locations over the
years and is scheduled to go with many of the same group to TX7T
Marquesas DXpedition this November.?? He's well known among those that do
serious DXpeditioning and brings a wealth of DXing knowledge; we're
certainly looking forward to learning about his experiences and

At this very moment, two club members -- Jeff Martin (K5WE) and Bill
Roberson (N5AQ) -- are on a DXpedition to VP2V, the British Virgin
Islands, as VP2VEM and VP2/N5AQ. While their DXpedition is entirely
self-funded, the OKDXA helps fund other DXpeditions to more rare
entities.?? To that end, we always have a raffle as a fund-raiser at our
Fall Banquets. If you'd like to contribute, please bring an item to
raffle off and, while you're at it, buy some raffle tickets!

If you are a member of another club and your club will have a meeting
between now October 19th, please announce the banquet at your meeting.
And invite your ham friends!

While we often request an RSVP with your name and the number attending
so we have some idea about how many will attend, we don't require an
RSVP: the hotel will simply keep fixing food providing chairs until
everyone has a seat and fixing food until everyone is full. So, if you
know you're coming, drop me a line at But if
you're not sure and prefer to make a last minute decision, don't worry:
there will still be a seat for you!

73 and see you at the banquet!

Kim N5OP


Kim Elmore, Ph.D. (Adj. Assoc. Prof., OU School of Meteorology, CCM, PP
SEL/MEL/Glider, N5OP, 2nd Class Radiotelegraph, GROL)

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