Here is the ARRL Delta Division Letter for February 03, 2019. I put the egregious part in bold. We should remind director Norris that under the policies he voted for, he would have been censured for this letter, with his censure publicized in the ARRL Letter and on the ARRL web site. The folks he rails against have rescinded that policy, so he won’t have to take his own medicine. – Bruce K6BP
From: ARRL Members Only Web site [mailto:[email protected].
Sent: Sunday, February 03, 2019 09:17 PM
Subject: Delta Update Feb 03 2019Greetings Delta Division Members and Amateurs!
January 2019 has come and gone as I am happy to report. The Annual meeting of the ARRL Board was simply bizarre. In over 14 years of ARRL elected office I have seen nothing to equal the maneuvering and political posturing that had taken place by the so-called transparency party, which to date has proven to be anything but transparent in my humble opinion. We shall see if they live up to their promises.
The Delta Diamond – after several planning steps and one detour, our new online newsletter has finally been established. Ed and I like sharing information with you and this emailing service is great; however the web applet is limited as we cannot share graphics or the wonderful photos we take around the Division. Our newsletter application on the Delta Division website allows to share those photos and graphics with you the members. Our Editor, Catherine Goodrich, W4CMG will be placing the submitted articles and photos in an easy to read digital magazine format. Initially, we are going to be publishing the editions on a quarterly basis and if we have enough information, this may go to a bi-monthly or monthly publication online. Also, I want to thank Catherine for taking on this role for the Division.
JARA Capitol City Hamfest MS State Convention was last weekend in Jackson, MS. We had a good time Friday night at the DX program hosted by the 599 DX Association as we recounted the FT5ZM DXpedition and discussed operating aids and DXing resources available on the internet.
Our New Assistant Directors:
We wish to welcome back to the Delta Division Cabinet Frank Howell, K4FMH. Frank returns to offer his expertise to the Delta Division in several areas. Frank’s bio is as follows:
Frank M. Howell is Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University and Adjunct Professor at Emory University. He has been an SWL, avid BCB DXer, and antenna builder since he was 8 years old. At age 20, he led the construction of two radio stations; one FMer at Georgia College
Frank has been active in ham radio organizations since receiving his call sign. After being licensed at the Georgia Tech club, he joined the Atlanta Radio Club, assisting with club programs. He is a Life Member of the ARRL and past-Assistant Director of the ARRL Delta Division (now back with us-ed.) and ARES Emergency Coordinator in Starkville MS. Frank has been Vice President of the Central Mississippi Amateur Radio Association in Brandon and President of the Magnolia Amateur Radio Club in Starkville. Recently, Frank launched the Magnolia Intertie Inc.
Frank is a Presenter on the ICQ Podcast and has been co-Host of the QSO Radio Show on WTWW with Ted Randall and of the Amateur Radio Roundtable on WBCQ and w5kub.com with Tom Medlin. He frequently gives talks in person and by Skype to amateur radio groups. Frank blogs at k4fmh.com, sometimes with a focus on the sociological aspects of the past time that is amateur radio.
He enjoys most aspects of ham radio, especially tests and measurements on his workbench, rag chewing on HF, portable operations, digital modes via repeaters (DSTAR, Fusion, DMR), and the occasional DX contest. But he looks forward to learning that next new thing
I also suspect we will see the return of the Delta Division Poll in the near future.
We wish to also welcome our Delta Diamond Newsletter Editor as a newly minted Assistant Director. Catherine also edits the Tennessee Section Newsletter as the TN Section Public Information Officer so this is an expansion of her service to ARRL. Her bio is as follows:
My experience and current activities within Amateur Radio and Community Involvement have provided me with great appreciation of the importance of Public perception. My Amateur Extra License, additional Amateur Radio training and experience in hands-on operation (WAS and DXCC) has allowed me to cultivate interest for others to earn, or to upgrade, their Amateur Radio license.
I have grown from this experience, and have been appointed as the ARRL TN Section Public Information Coordinator (PIC). I look forward to help to expand our outreach to the greater “non-HAM” community. This year’s mission is to generate more interest in what we do as amateur radio operators as a hobby, in support of various community events and in providing communications support in times of disaster. One of our new features is the ARRL TN Section PIC News, a monthly newsletter with news about recent club activities, upcoming events, and a section listing weekly nets, future VE sessions, Classes, and more. Let me know if you would like to be added to the distribution list- it’s a fun read, and if you visit TN, you will have some good information about what is going on across the state!
I have also become quite active as an American Red Cross Volunteer. I originally started with the intention of doing communications only as a Disaster Services Technology volunteer, but quickly learned that there is so much that can be done at a local level. My husband Jim (WA4VGZ) and I served as our local Nashville Area Chapter during Hurricane Maria, listening on HF for messages from Puerto Rico. We also take care of folks closer to home who have been touched by fire or other disasters through the Disaster Action Team (DAT), providing aid to the Red Cross clients who have lost everything, to give them comfort and aid in the first 48 hours that they need to get through. AND bringing our portable and hand-held radios – just in case!
Last but not least, we welcome our new Delta Division Assistant Director for Youth Jon Williams, K5DVT from Huntsville, AR. Jon is like many of us, he started at the ripe old age of 13 and has been active for six plus years now and is looking forward to a rewarding career in this great hobby. Jon holds a General class ticket and is working on the Extra. As a teenager, Jon has constructed and installed a 2m and 70cm repeater in his area with the help of locals in NW AR. Jon has been toying with a 10m repeater as well. He is active on air locally on VHF UHF and on HF as well. Jon plans to attend the University of Arkansas Fayetteville to study Electrical Engineering this fall.
He sends the following in part:
NOTICE: Delta Division Ham of the Year 2018 Nominations Last Call!
Arkansas Section Convention Lawrence County ARC Winter-Fest
Louisiana State Convention, 59th Acadina Hamfest
MTARS – TULLAHOMA HAMFEST
Ides of March Hamfest
Hanging Judge Hamfest
Tennessee State Convention, Memphis FreeFest
More information and another Division appointment announcement is coming
73 ES DX
DE K5UZ WB4RHQ