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Dales Tales July 2017

Greetings everyone, welcome to “Dale’s Tales” for July 2017.

I have always felt that radio clubs are the life blood of Amateur Radio.
They are the go-to resource for getting started in the hobby. They
are the go-to resource for help with antennas. They are the go-to
resource for help with rig problems. They are the go-to resource for
learning how to be a good operator and for absolutely everything one
needs to be a ham. Triggered by Tom Delaney’s reference to clubs that
follows in his commentary, I did some research to see how the Great
Lakes Division was doing in its efforts to generate more interest in
ARRL Affiliation for our local radio clubs. I find that in the past 12
months, we have had more 8 radio clubs join the ranks of ARRL
Affiliation. Congratulations to all.

For the clubs themselves, affiliation with ARRL offers some nice
benefits: Referrals of new area hams as potential club members, Mailing
Lists for special mailings and advertising hamfests, Club Commission
program for recruiting new ARRL members, Club Liability insurance, Ham
Equipment insurance, assistance with filing for club Licenses, Club
E-mail forwarding service as well as a number of others free services to
clubs. And, importantly, the cost to a club for ARRL Affiliation is
only the time you take to complete the on-line application. ARRL is
also a frequent contributor of prizes for our Affiliated Club’s
hamfests. If your club is not already affiliated, please consider it.
By the way, if YOU personally are not affiliated, not an ARRL member,
please consider joining. Your benefits are great as well: our journal
QST, Members-only Web Services (this include Digital QST, Access to the
QST Archives, free e-newsletters, Product Review Archives, E-Mail
forwarding Service and the ARRL Member Directory). Plus members have
access to the Technical Information Service, Member Discounts, Ham Radio
Insurance Plans, ARRL Visa Signature Card, Outgoing QSL Service,
Operating Awards, to name a few. Plus your continued support advocates
for Amateur Radio locally, nationally and world-wide. Thanks.

TOM’S COMMENTS: Comments from our Vice Director Tom Delaney W8WTD

June’s big event is always Field Day. Hope you had fun! The essence of
Field Day is working together. Yes, there are lots of other great
things that happen on Field Day, but the teamwork and cooperation are
the best. You didn’t get your start in ham radio without someone
telling you about it, or showing you how it works. Now that may not
have happened at Field Day, but it often is a good starting point. Some
people get their licenses by going it alone, working the books
exclusively. Many, though, find that classes, or at the very least, an
understanding ham who is willing to explain the harder parts, make
passing that test an easier task.

Some people who get their license on their own don’t know what to do
next, and don’t know who to turn to. Those who worked with a club may
find someone who will show them how to get a station set up.

And operating? A few people at Field Day like to be by themselves. But
often, logging for someone, or having someone log for you while you make
contacts, is an enjoyable experience. In between contacts you talk
about band conditions, antennas, stations you’ve worked… and you learn
something, both about ham radio and also about that other individual.

Young people are particularly enthusiastic about Field Day. The thrill
of making more contacts in an hour than they’ve (probably) made in a
month really gets to them. And they learn about propagation, antennas,
and all sorts of other stuff.

So Field Day is a good measure of what it means to be a ham. Not
everyone wants to go outside in less than ideal conditions and struggle
over putting an antenna up where it doesn’t want to go. But whatever
you did on Field Day, or in Field Days past, you probably learned
something else about ham radio, and maybe even passed along some of the
things you learned.

Field Day comes along once a year. But the teamwork can persist into
the next club meeting, the next class, or the next opportunity to help a
new ham. Take what you’ve learned, and pass it on.

73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

GREAT LAKES HAMCON. Announcing Carole Perry WB2MGP will be hosting her
well received Youth Forum at HamCon. In addition we have scheduled
forums for DX, Fox hunting – complete with a fox hunt, QRP Operating,
Radio Propagation, Kit Building Techniques for Success, a One-Day Tech
Class with FCC License Testing and the ARRL Members’ Forum. The Ohio
Section will also host a special ceremony for new inductees into the
Royal Order of the Wouff Hong and the Toledo Mobile Radio Assn. will
hold a presentation on their recent activations of Museum Ships.

As we get closer to the fall, your Section Manager’s bulletins will
carry more complete information as well as what appears in Dale’s Tales.
HamCon Tickets are now on sale along with camping reservations. Check
the web pages at http://glhamcon.org/.

HAMFESTING: Here is the current Great Lakes Division ARRL Sanctioned
Hamfest Schedule covering the next few weeks. These swaps have received
their sanctioning approval from ARRL HQ at the time of this publication.
We have approximately 65 ARRL hamfests each year in the Division. I do
encourage each Hamfest Chair to register early for ARRL Sanctioning. Be
sure to invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

Jul 8 – GARS Hamfest – Germantown, OH
Jul 9 – 20/9 Tailgate – Austintown, OH
Jul 15 – NARS Fest – Elyria, OH
Jul 16 – Van Wert Hamfest – Van Wert, OH
Jul 22 – Harrison Hamfest – Harrison, MI
Jul 22 – GMARC Tailgate – Shelby Twp, MI
Jul 22 – Big Sandy Hamfest – Louisa, KY
Jul 29 – CMARC Outdoor Hamfest – Lansing, MI
Jul 30 – Portage Hamfest – Ravenna, OH
Aug 5 – Columbus Hamfest – Columbus, OH
Aug 5 – UP hamfest – Escanaba, MI
Aug 12 – Central KY – Lawrenceburg, KY
Aug 12 – Midland Hamfest – Midland, MI
Aug 13 – Seaway Trunk Swap – Port Huron, MI
Aug 19 – Thunder Bay ARC Swap – Alpena, MI
Aug 20 – Warren Tailgate Swap – Cortland, OH
Aug 27 – Cuyahoga Falls Tailgate Swap – Stow, OH

Be sure to check your Section’s news pages for the latest local
happenings, club and net information.

73, Let’s be radio-active as we celebrate Independence Day in the USA!

Dale Williams WA8EFK
Great Lakes Division

ARRL Great Lakes Division
Director: Dale R Williams, WA8EFK