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Kermit W9XA
Kermit Carlson W9XA
1150 McKee Street
Batavia, IL 60510
(630) 879-0983
w9xa@arrl.org

Central Division Vice Director
Carl K9LA
Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA
1227 Pion Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46845
(260) 637-6988
k9la@arrl.org
 
 
CENTRAL DIVISION NEWS

Frequently Asked Questions About the FCC
RF Exposure Rules Changes
Version 1.3 4/23/2021

Greetings All,

     Please find attached the PDF of the RF Exposure
and the ARRL Laboratory are the authors of  this
document with technical advice from Dr. Greg Lapin, N9GL,
and the RF Safety Committee.  My thanks to the Executive
Committee for their contribution to the editorial process
of this document.

    This PDF version 1.3 is suitable for distribution. Any questions
or suggestion for future inclusion in the FAQ  should be directed
to the ARRL Laboratory by email at tis@arrl.org. One of the ARRL
Laboratory  engineers will respond to comments by email. 

     The responsibility for updates to this living-breathing document
will now pass the ARRL Laboratory  staff under the direction of
Ed Hare, W1RFI; and the the RF Safety  Committee under the
lead of Dr. Greg Lapin, N9GL.    As ARRL members, we are indeed
very fortunate to have such a great assemblage of truly gifted
authorities in the field of RF Engineering.

    Please be aware that updates might be very common as
details come into better focus as the discussions between the FCC
and the ARRL develop clarifications and recommendations.

     Thanks again to Ed Hare, W1RFI, for the authorship of this FAQ.

73,

    Kermit Carlson W9XA
    ARRL EMC Committee Chair
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Board of Directors Elects New ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA

The ARRL Board of Directors has elected David Minster, NA2AA, of Wayne, New Jersey, as ARRL’s new Chief Executive Officer, starting on September 28. Minster is currently Managing Partner at Talentrian Partners, a management consulting firm serving the consumer goods and luxury goods industries.
Minster began his career as a software engineer, moving into management at Unilever, as a Chief Information Officer of this globally recognized portfolio of brands that includes Elizabeth Arden Company, Chesebrough-Ponds Canada, Thomas J. Lipton Co., and others. From there, he moved to fine jewelry manufacturer and retailer David Yurman, where he served as COO and CIO. More recently, Minster served as CEO of jewelry brands Scott Kay and Judith Ripka.

“Building a culture of accomplishment and accountability is what I do best. My initial focus will be working with the Board on establishing strategic goals and concrete plans to navigate ARRL through the digital transformation required for the coming decades of its Second Century. This includes exciting and innovative ways to be engaged in amateur radio, while growing activity and membership.”


Minster got his Novice license, WB2MAE, in 1977, when he was in his teens. He progressed from Advanced to Amateur Extra and, after a stint as NW2D, he settled on the vanity call NA2AA in the 1990s as a way to honor a mentor, N2AA, and the contest station that he used to frequent, K2GL, in Tuxedo Park, New York.

Minster’s ham radio pursuits have ranged far and wide over the years. His background includes National Traffic System training and participation in public service events, as well as contesting from home, club stations, and contest stations in the Caribbean -- particularly on Bonaire, where he is a member of PJ4G. Primarily a CW operator, Minster collects unique and vintage bugs and keys.

Minster earned a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The Ohio State University and has a special interest in satellites, digital communications, remote operation, and ham radio computing and software. He has written keyer software for the commercial market, and contest logging, packet, and satellite telemetry software for personal use.

In addition to being an ARRL member, Minster is a member of AMSAT, the Frankford Radio Club, the Straight Key Century Club, CWops, and the North American QRP CW Club.

“I spend every day of my life, one way or another, engaged in amateur radio. It is more than just a hobby for me; it is my community. It is where I live; where I have built lifelong friendships, and friendships that span the globe. Amateur radio allows me to dream and to experiment. I can’t wait to bring my energy and boundless enthusiasm in service to ARRL.”

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said, “We are excited to welcome David as our new CEO, and look forward to his progressive leadership. His experience in management and operations, plus his activities in amateur radio, will serve our organization and members well.”

Minster will succeed Barry J. Shelley, N1VXY, who had been serving as ARRL’s Interim CEO since January 2020. Shelley had been ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer since January 1992.

ARRL Welcomes Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW,
as Director of Emergency Management
  8/12/2020

As another step in ARRL's increased focus on strengthening its emergency communications capabilities and long-standing working relationships with federal and state agencies and private emergency response organizations, ARRL has hired Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, Texas, as its first Director of Emergency Management.

KE5ZWGilbert brings more than 30 years of experience in public service in both his professional and amateur radio endeavors. Beginning with his appointment as Emergency Coordinator in 1987, he has held multiple positions in the ARRL Field Organization. Currently in his second term as South Texas Section Manager, he has also served for more than a decade as the West Gulf Division's Assistant Director for Public Service, acting as liaison between Division leadership and local, state, and federal emergency management organizations.

Professionally, Gilbert most recently was Radio Officer, HQ Staff, for the Texas State Guard, where for the past 6 years he has been responsible for planning and implementation of the organization's communications capabilities. Previously, he was a Public Safety Radio Coordinator for a Texas agency, charged with overseeing that organization's large-scale disaster communications response and identifying and eliminating in-state interoperability issues.

Gilbert, who has an Amateur Extra-class license, is a member of Army MARS, and holds numerous DHS certifications, including COML, COMT, COMT Instructor, and AUXCOM Communicator. He is a member of the FEMA Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), a graduate of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute's Exercise Design Course, and was a founding member of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Communications Coordination Group.

In his new role, Gilbert will manage a team responsible for supporting ARRL Emergency Communications (EmComm) programs and services, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System (NTS), as well as lead the continued modernization of those programs in consonance with the future emergency communications needs of the public and ARRL's key partners.


Subject: ARRL during the COVID-19 Shutdown [3-31-20] Dear ARRL Central Division Member; The challenges that we now face are significantly different than anything our modern world has previously encountered. Over the past week we have fielded a number of emails with questions and suggestions about the ARRL and amateur operations. The most important advice that we can offer is to please follow the directives of your local health professionals and government authorities. On account of the orders of the Governor of Connecticut, the ARRL Headquarters has closed. All HQ operations are being conducted by remote with the staff working from home. Other than one or two people occasionally at 225 Main Street, the halls are empty. We do want to express our sincere thanks to the members of our Headquarters staff for keeping the lights on, even if by remote. This shift in operation was arranged with little warning and has provided an ongoing continuity through the diligent efforts of dozens of dedicated HQ staff members. Several members have inquired about the possibility of remote monitoring of VE Testing. The Alaska VEC does perform remote testing with proctors monitoring by online video. However, the Alaska VEC uses at least one proctor present at the testing location. With the current guidance of social distancing there are discussions on how a test could be administered completely by remote. The ARRL VEC has been developing an all-electronic method of testing but that is not ready for use. The Board and staff are expecting that no immediate change is possible under the circumstance but there are discussions within the Board of possibilities that are being explored. Here are answers to some the questions that have been asked about League operations and future League activities; Volunteer Examinations and the ARRL VEC - Due to the orders in place by the State of Connecticut, the VE office is closed with nobody in the building. The following information is provided by Mr. Barry Shelly, N1VXY, the ARRL CEO; Processing existing test sessions that have been submitted through our e-file web page and are transmitting those to the FCC for processing. The FCC is functioning and processing normally so far. Any sessions that had been mailed to HQ but not received by this past Monday (3/23) are not being processed because no one is at HQ to process them. Exams are being processed from sessions where the VE teams have the ability to scan and send PDF documents to ARRL VEC. Filing individual and club license changes and renewals that are emailed or phoned in directly to VEC continues as are the renewals which are forwarded from circulation staff and HQ staff. The ARRL VEC office is unable to processing test sessions which had been sent via mail since Monday (3/23). Paper exams are not being sent out because no one is in the office to do so, these limitations are due to the edict of the Governor of Connecticut. Also, the VEC office cannot process credit cards or checks until they are back in the office. VEC functions that can be done remotely are ongoing. Hamfests - If your group or club is postponing or cancelling a hamfest please email Eric Casey, KC2ERC, at ecasey@arrl.org with the updated information. To view hamfest and event cancellations, visit http://www.arrl.org/canceledHamfests.php Field Day - There are no rule changes to those rules that were posted two months ago. A posting yesterday on the ARRL Web site answers most questions about the upcoming Field Day 2020. Please have a look at; http://www.arrl.org/news/field-day-2020-a-time-to-adapt The concept is to work with whatever situation exists this year in June. The Field Day-2020 will be different because of this extreme situation, but it well be held. DE N1VXY, ARRL CEO - The following message was sent from interim ARRL CEO Barry Shelly, N1VXY, and was authored by ARRL Director of Operations Norm Fusaro, W3IZ; Here at HQ we have received lots of communications from our members either asking for guidance or offering suggestions during the current crisis. We hope everyone is adhering to CDC and local health department guidelines by staying home, maintaining safe distances when around people, and following sanitary practices. With many hams staying home there are opportunities to get on the air and call CQ or gather around the local repeater. We certainly do not need a reason to get on the air, after all, that is what hams do. In terms of ham radio preparedness, this current crisis has not disrupted communications on a national scale. We know many of our members practice and train for a personal radio communication capability that can be called on when disaster strikes. ARES volunteers and our partners in providing emergency communications already routinely monitor the information and requests from Emergency Coordinators and the like. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service and this current crisis has not changed this. We can encourage members to remain safe, and to follow the guidelines and requests of their national and local government officials and public health leaders. For those members who are healthy and safe at home, we can encourage them to get on the air: Get on the air. As online fatigue and a feeling of isolation will inevitably creep into our new normal being on-air will introduce variety into our communication practices. As many of us are now housebound or working and studying from home, turning on a radio to connect with your ham radio peers will be a welcome respite! Radio Clubs. Think of this current challenge as an opportunity to encourage our club members to get on the air. Move (short) meetings to the club repeater, and encourage check-ins. Organize skeds, nets, and challenges. Try different bands (HF, VHF, UHF ) and modes. This will also help new radio amateurs gain practical operating experience. Readiness. Station and skills readiness are tenets of the Amateur Radio Service. Any time we spend on the air will contribute to developing and practicing our personal radio communication capability. If you are a radio amateur serving your community through the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) or by volunteering with any of our partners in providing public service communications, thank you. ARES members routinely monitor the information and requests from their ARES Emergency Coordinators. We are grateful for all the ways you stand-ready to support the emergency service personnel in your communities when disaster strikes. .... DE N1VXY The amateur community is filled with examples of hams helping hams, with health and wellness check-ins and extra nets being held on the local repeaters. We would like to mention that this is also a time to explore the possibility of conducting an online video conference meeting in place of the local in-person meeting. Several of us have been living a daily work life on Zoom and email, but one does adapt to the lack of "personal" contact. Please remember to take care of your neighbor and fellow amateur. The recommended social distance is 2 meters, but our contact can be as close as 2 meters, or any other band you choose. For instance, the Illinois ARES net on 3905 at 1200 Central has become a health and wellness daily net. Now is an excellent time to find new friends and old acquaintances on the air. Take care and stay well, 73, Kermit Carlson W9XA Carl Luetzelschwab K9LA -------------------------------------------------------------------- ARRL Central Division Director: Kermit A Carlson, W9XA w9xa@arrl.org --------------------------------------------------------------------

Dear ARRL Central Division Member,

   Today the ARRL has announced the start of the new Volunteer Monitoring program effort which will be led by Mr. Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH.
Mr. Hollingsworth has most recently been serving as the ARRL Vice Director for the Atlantic Division. In the today's announcement is has been noted that Vice Director
Hollingsworth will resign from that position in order to begin the  implementation of this new ARRL program.
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(The following article is from the ARRL Letter 2/14/19)

ARRL is getting underway with the development phase of the new Volunteer Monitor program and has contracted with former Atlantic Division Vice Director Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, to oversee
the development and implementation of the program, which replaces the Official Observers program. Hollingsworth, a retired Federal Communications Commission (FCC) enforcement official,
has resigned his vice directorship in order to avoid any appearance of a conflict of interest.

“I am grateful for the Atlantic Division ARRL members supporting me, but I think I can better serve the Atlantic Division, and all ARRL divisions, by working in the Volunteer Monitors program,”
Hollingsworth said in his resignation letter.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said that Hollingsworth is the ideal person to lead the ARRL’s efforts in the development and implementation of this joint program with the FCC. “I support
Riley’s decision to concentrate his efforts on this very valuable project  on behalf of the ARRL,” said Roderick.
(Details on appointment of a  new vice director for the Atlantic Division are still to be determined.)

The new Volunteer Monitors program, which was approved by the ARRL Board in July 2018, is a program of the ARRL in cooperation with the FCC in which volunteers trained and vetted by the ARRL
will  monitor the airwaves and collect evidence that can be used to correct  misconduct or recognize exemplary on-air operation.
Cases of flagrant  violations or noncompliance will be directed to the FCC by the ARRL  for action in accordance with guidelines establish by the FCC. The  intent of this program is to re-energize
enforcement efforts in the  Amateur Radio bands. It was proposed by the FCC in the wake of  several FCC regional office closures and a reduction in field staff.

Hollingsworth has identified three phases to the program – Development, Solicitation and Training, and Implementation.
The Development phase will include drafting a mission statement, clearly defining the ARRL’s and FCC’s requirements and needs as part of the program, writing a job description for the volunteer
manager position, and developing a training manual for volunteers.

The Solicitation and Training phase will involve identifying the geographic locations where volunteer monitors will be most needed, soliciting applications and screening applicants.
Current Official Observers will be invited to apply for appointment as Volunteer Monitors (VMs). The ARRL Board continues to express its appreciation  for the OOs and their dedicated volunteer
service over the years.

The Implementation phase of the program will involve having the volunteers providing field reports and ARRL staff providing guidance to the volunteers to ensure that the information collected meets FCC
requirements. In addition, there will be continuing education provided to the volunteers.

Hollingsworth has committed to FCC and ARRL officials to ensure the adequacy of training for the new positions, to review the quality and utility of Volunteer Monitor submissions to the FCC for
enforcement actions, and to advocate for rapid disposition of cases appropriately submitted to the FCC.

ARRL officials estimate that it will take 9 to 12 months for the first Volunteer Monitors to begin filing their reports.

(end of excerpt from the ARRL Letter 2/14/19)
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   In other ARRL News,  the new ARES-2019 plan is posted on the ARRL website.
Please follow the link to;
http://www.arrl.org/ares-plan for more detailed information.
With the recent departure of Mike Corey, KI1U, from the Emergency Manager position at HQ there will be a slight delay in the release of several portions of the program such as the
publication of Position Task Books.
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   The ARRL Board meeting this past January was very productive in a  number of important areas.   If you are interested in the details of the meeting the final approved minutes
of  the ARRL January 2019 Annual Board Meeting have been posted at;
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/2019%20Board%20of%20Directors/Final%20Minutes%20January%202019.pdf

The new Proposed Rules and Procedures for the Ethics and Election Committee, referenced in the minutes as "Appendix A" has been posted at;
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Ethics%20and%20Elections/Attachment%20A%20%20EE%20Committee%20Procedural%20Rules.pdf
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   As a reminder you can find the most current amateur radio news in the ARRL Letter at;
 http://www.arrl.org/arrlletter?issue=current
or, in order to receive this free weekly update on current ARRL events and ham radio news, subscribe by loging to your member account at
http://www.arrl.org , click "edit your profile", and add a checkmark next to the ARRL Letter.
 
  GUD DX es 73,
         Kermit W9XA

Former Wisconsin Section Manager Don Michalski, W9IXG, SK
08/11/2018  [ARRL]



 

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