SECTION NEWSLETTER for December 2017
WISCONSIN: SM: Patrick Moretti KA1RB
This will be just a short note to wish everyone of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
May all your Amateur Radio endeavors be successful!
May all your antennas resonates exactly where you want them to!
If the smoke gets out of your radio - may you find a way to get it back in... or at least find a suitable, even superior, replacement!
Whatever it is you enjoy doing - may you have the opportunity to do as much of it as you want, neither too much nor too little.
... oh...and may "somehow" all the bands get opened so we can all get back to communicating around the world with our many friends, as well as make new ones! LUF=135KHZ <-> MUF=275GHZ
May your new year be the best yet!
One slight "pet-peeve" that I hope gets fixed this new year is the "slurred call sign" syndrome.
I don't know about you, but I am proud of my call sign. It is unique around the whole world. There is only one KA1RB... there are many Patricks, Pats, and such, but only one KA1RB. What ever your call sign is - please be proud of it, you have earned it and should be able to share that accomplishment every time you use it.
Please don't "slur" it, take the time to enunciate and pronounce your call. Say the whole thing making sure all of those letters are proudly displayed. Too often, some letters at the end of a call are easily left off or pronounced so quickly they are as good as left off. Several things happen: 1. You are then using someone else's call (not a good idea) 2. You are unwittingly (or knowingly on purpose...) trying to lay claim to a class of license you haven't earned. 3. You come across as a slob, a lid, a poor operator...
So, make sure your call comes all the way across and try to make sure the party you are talking to has your call correct. It is a courtesy to exchange call signs. Let's do it right!
Starting the year with a BANG! On January 6th!
46th Annual Mid Winter Swapfest
The next scheduled Hamfest - with a lot of time between the two is:
Make a special effort to attend this one as it should be really special this year. With plenty of time to prepare, there should be more manufacturer reps, more ARRL HQ folks, and more visitors. As I understand the Start time of Friday will be later in the day and the fest will stay open later in the evening to accommodate working folks who want to show up! Keep an eye out for more announcements and schedule coming from Tom and the HRO folks!
As far as other ARRL Sponsored Hamfests... Please make sure to get yours approved and scheduled with the Division and Section Leadership and provide the invitations you all have been so kind to offer. We will be glad to list them in this newsletter as well as on the ARRL web site:
BWN 3984 0500-0715 W9IXG.
Amateur Radio Clubs on Social Media:
As stated in my previous notes, it appears that Social Media has become a prevalent public form of communications. While it is of course a great source of "false information", there are a few checks and balances that help sort the BS out of the pile. Quite a few of the clubs are publishing Face Book and web pages to keep their members informed. The trick there is to keep them up to date and well maintained. It is really great to see the dynamic exchanges going on in those pages. They are openly shared and become a great resource for information as some of the clubs explore their interest and share what they have discovered! Here are a few links you should try!
and of course:
There are many others - explore and find/share the joy!
Sadly I have these passings to reports at this time (note that some were
listed in my addendum for November)
Sadly we lost Rosemarie Deisinger, W9AWI. She lived in a nursing home after her husband, John, W9KSP became SK previously.
We also lost Mark Fielkow, KB9PXE, a member of the Ozaukee RC. He was mentioned in a previous Newsletter, but it doesn't hurt to mention him again as he was an active Ham, in case anyone missed the previous listing.
Allen Gifford, WD9ESS, passes earlier this year in February:
I want to thank those of you who have updated your affiliated club
information. If you haven't yet...REMEMBER to update your club
I appreciate the feed-back I have received and look forward to more!
Try sending me a note using the following format:
1. Stop = list those items you'd rather I didn't "do"
I want to emphasize that as an SM my goals are in line with the ARRL's goals with some emphasis on my own additions:
* Improve the recruitment of young people into Amateur Radio
Thank you for sharing your Newsletters. There is some wonderful writing out there and great info to share!
Please send me a link to your club newsletters (along with permission to use quotes from them) so that I can include them in this Wisconsin Section Newsletter. Please send them to my firstname.lastname@example.org address! Keep me informed and I'll share that information with you - let me know how I can help!
Thanks to all who participate!