Springtime Section Manager Election Results Announced

Dale Durham, W5WI, Re-elected WTX Section Manager

In the only contested Section Manager election this spring, ARRL members in Utah have re-elected Mel Parkes, NM7P, as Section Manager for a new 2-year term of office that starts on July 1. Parkes, of Layton, received 481 votes; his opponent, Pat Malan, N7PAT, of South Jordan, received 233 votes. Parkes has served as Section Manager since 1999. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on May 21.

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The Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch Legends

By Rob L. Dey, KA2BEO1 – September 1997

A wonderful article about these two legends was written by L.B. Cebik, W4RNL2, and appeared in September 1996 QST, on pages 59 and 603. Cebik offered that “We should not be troubled by the size of the task at hand: Curing Amateur Radio of its illegalities and indecencies. We have many more folks available to wield the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch. No, not on others, but on ourselves – to make sure that we set a model for how amateur operations ought to be conducted.”

 

The Wouff-Hong

The Wouff-Hong
The Wouff-Hong is used to enforce law and order in Amateur Radio operating work.
“The Old Man” (T.O.M.), originator of the Wouff-Hong and the Rettysnitch, is known to be the one and only Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, founder of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)4 in 1914. T.O.M. wrote his first mention of a Wouff-Hong and a Rettysnitch in 1917. In 1919, the league received an actual Wouff-Hong specimen directly from T.O.M. The first photo of the Wouff-Hong was published in July 1919 QST.

 

The Rettysnitch

The Rettysnitch
The Rettysnitch is used to enforce decency in Amateur Radio operating work.
In 1921, the Washington DC Radio Club presented the Rettysnitch to the league’s traffic manager. According to legend, the club received the Rettysnitch specimen from “The Old Man” himself. Cebik stated that “Even at its first public appearance, two of its teeth were missing, suggesting a long history of necessary and effective use. However, to this day, the Rettysnitch has lost no further teeth. It was ordered to be displayed by its mate.” The Wouff-Hong and Rettysnitch stories were retold by Rufus P. Turner, when he wrote “Hamdom’s Traditions: A Bedtime Story for Young Squirts” in May 1934 QST. According to Cebik, “In 1930, The ARRL Handbook had pictures of both instruments of enforcement. By 1936, only the Wouff-Hong appeared. By 1947 the Handbook had deleted both photos.” An editorial on the Wouff-Hong (without the hyphen) appeared many years later in February 1961 QST. Presently, both of these legendary instruments are on display at the ARRL museum in Newington, CT.

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“Mentoring the Next Generation” is Hamvention and ARRL 2019 National Convention Theme

With an eye toward helping new and inexperienced hams enjoy the full range of activities that Amateur Radio has to offer, Hamvention® and the ARRL 2019 National Convention will embrace the theme of “Mentoring the Next Generation.” Hamvention hosts the National Convention May 17 – 19 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio. This will mark the third year for Hamvention at its new venue. A contingent of ARRL staff and member-volunteers will join forces to make available many ARRL exhibits and resources to Hamvention visitors. The centerpiece of ARRL’s participation will be ARRL EXPO in Building 2. An extensive roster of exhibits and activities will also educate and entertain.

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Dale Durham, W5WI Re-Elected as Section Manager for the West Texas Section

Dale Durham, W5WI West Texas Section Manager

As no other nominations were received as of Friday, March 8, 2019, Dale Durham, W5WI has been re-elected as Section Manager for the West Texas section.
His new term of office will begin July 1, 2019.

Thank you so much!

73,

Leona G. Adams, W1LGA
Field Services Assistant

ARRL – the National Association for Amateur Radio

ARRL West Texas Section Convention

The 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest

The 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest & ARRL West Texas SectionConvention hosted by the Midland Amateur Radio Club. The hamfest will be held March 16th, 2019, at the MLK Community Center in Midland, Texas.

Check out all the pages on this website for the most up to date hamfest information. If we have your email on file we’ve emailed past attendees with a link to this website in order to reduce our mailing expenses. For others our traditional hamfest flier was mailed out in late January. You may also download the flyer.

In addition to our normal hamfest prizes we are again raffling an Elecraft K3S transceiver with MH4 microphone.  A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold at $20 each.  Don’t delay, they’re going fast! For complete details please visit the raffle page on this website.

We look forward to seeing you at the St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest!

New Book, Energy Choices for the Radio Amateur, Now Shipping

Revolutionary changes are taking place in the way we produce and consume power for our homes, transportation, and the technology that we use every day. A new book, Energy Choices for the Radio Amateur by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, who developed the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), explores ongoing changes in the world of power and energy and takes a careful look at the choices we can make. Home solar or utility power? Oil/gas heat or electric heat pump? Gas car or hybrid/EV?

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New ARRL Podcast Geared Toward Newcomers to Amateur Radio Debuts on March 7

A new ARRL podcast aimed newcomers to Amateur Radio will launch on Thursday, March 7. “So Now What?” will alternate new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast.

“So Now What?” will focus on answering questions and providing support and encouragement for new licensees to get the most out of the hobby. Co-hosting “So Now What?” will be ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. The podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep newcomers from remaining active.

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ARRL CEO: “Balance Has Been Lost”

ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, says the “balance has been lost” between the League’s three major components – a membership organization, a business and a 501(c)(3) charity. The key, according to the ARRL Letter, is creating value. Speaking at Ham Radio University in New York in early January, Michel said the League needs to refocus its priorities on creating value for new licensees who currently don’t join ARRL or quit after a year; shift the perspective in its publishing operations from producing books to producing and delivering value to readers, regardless of the medium, and that the organization must do more for new hams once they become licensed. “We’ve got them through the test to get their license,” he said, “and then we’ve dropped them. We’ve got to fix that.”
A major part of Michel’s effort to have the ARRL deliver more value to its members and prospective members is a reorganization of the League’s management structure. He announced plans in early February to create a management council to discuss long-term planning, ideas and operations; and the creation of two new positions, a Product Development Manager and a Marketing Communications Manager.

New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies

The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.

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ARRL Board: We Are Not Abandoning Antenna Rights Fight

One of many actions taken by the ARRL board of directors at its January meeting (see details in the March issue of CQ) was a decision to “review, reexamine and reappraise” the organization’s approach to seeking antenna rights for hams subject to private land use restrictions not covered by the FCC’s partial pre-emption of state and local laws regarding antenna structures. That decision included asking Congressional sponsors of the Amateur Radio Parity Act not to try to move the bill to a vote for now, and withdrawing a petition asking the FCC to incorporate provisions of the Parity Act in the amateur radio rules.
“The board wants to make clear,” it said in a statement, “that this pause is not, and should not be interpreted as, an abandonment of its efforts to obtain relief from private land-use restrictions,” adding that it intends “to renew, continue and strengthen the ARRL’s efforts to achieve relief from such restrictions.”