Competition is at the heart of our society. We compete for personal or team achievement. We compete for our City, our State, our Country. We compete at a variety of levels for a variety of achievements and recognition.
Competition is good as it helps us define our best “self”. Competition is good as long as the achievement is personal improvement and not a status established at the expense of another. What I mean here is the comparison some people make that they are better than some one else by finding fault with the other participants.
Competition is good as long as the playing field is even and not skewed to favor a particular individual or group. There is no glory in an operator running 1KW making more contacts than a QRP station running 5W… for example. Yet, it seems to be in our human nature to achieve a win at any cost.
A lot of what we see as bad, or disruptive, or even malicious comes from folks who have decided that the end justifies the means and they want to win at any cost. Even at the cost of their own self respect! Let’s face it when someone cheats in a contest or competition of some sort. The only one who truly looses is the cheater. Instead of establishing a positive goal for themselves and getting a valid measurement. They have proven that working outside of the rules – “cheating” is the only way they can match some one else’s achievement.
Earlier I mentioned the loss of self respect. I suspect that this is at the base of our society’s current predilection. It seems that we have lost that self worth, the value of your word, your signature, your “impremis”. If we don’t value self worth, we cannot truly value anyone else’s worth either. No self respect means no respect for anything. Some try to compensate by putting themselves first… me. me. me… at the detriment of others. You see that daily in DX’ing. The station that wants to make the contact at any cost… wider signal than necessary, maybe a few more watts than legally allowed, stepping over everyone else and not following the DX station’s instructions… he thinks that he got his contact. The DX station talked to him… but only because the DX station wants him out of the way so he can continue making regular contacts – I bet he doesn’t end up in the log.
The whole point of this “tirade?” = Field Day is this week-end and rather than cheat to get a high rating, I urge you and your club to keep it honest. If you are using generators – don’t claim “solar”… If using 100w or more, don’t claim QRP… If you are on commercial power, don’t claim another form of power generation. The whole point of the exercise is to “exercise/operate” radios in an environment that is out of your comfort zone. Operate in an unusual way to simulate an emergency operation or simply a camping and playing radio opportunity. It is an opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio Operation to the public. The main purposes of the exercise is to learn and have fun! If you get a million points and you cheated to get them… you only cheated yourself… and by the way, the rest of us know what you did!
As I mentioned in a previous Newsletter, EAA is coming and the ARRL will be fully engaged both in demonstrations and in a booth to meet and greet visitors.
Plan to come by and visit with your HQ staff and both Division and Section Management. We will be in Hangar B Booth #2152.
FAQ #213 – Why not skip a step or two? Because it might trip us up. Time for another reminder about the NTS. You have traffic for Ohio. Why not go right to an Ohio section net and see if there’s an outlet? Fast, efficient, and easy, right? Maybe, but it could hurt. To exercise the system as it is intended, you list your traffic on a section net, it goes to the region net (9RN), then it goes to Central Area and then gets routed to EAN, to 8RN, to an Ohio Section net, and maybe even to a local net for delivery. That’s the normal route. Everybody gets the practice.
Here’s what the ARRL has to say about Deviation from Normal Routing.
“Failure to use the normal routings, if carried to the extreme, will result in ‘strangulation’ of one or more NTS nets at region or area level. That is, if section nets send representatives to other section nets to clear traffic directly instead of through the region net, the region net will “starve” for traffic. Similarly, if region nets maintain liaison with each other directly instead of through the common medium of the area net, the latter will have little traffic and will not prosper.
It is in the interest of efficiency, organization, system, training and conservation of skilled personnel to use the NTS structure as it is intended to be used. Let’s not be ridiculous, however. Those who would follow the system to the letter are occasionally guilty only of unnecessarily delaying delivery.”
That means, to practice, we generally send all routine traffic through all the levels of the system as it was designed. Of course, priority traffic could by-pass some steps, but that’s the exception.
It would also be a good idea to exercise the system by generating some traffic. Please send at least one message per month and ask your friends and fellow club members, to do the same. It could be a pleasant greeting to someone else on a net. It might be a thanks for a QSO to someone you worked on another frequency. It could be standard seasonal greetings. Maybe a compliment to a good NCS is in order. One message per month isn’t asking too much. We handle traffic for practice. Take and send some messages. Let’s use the system to keep it strong.
This is also the season for severe weather. Although traffic handled on weather nets is not the format one usually sees on section nets as part of the National Traffic System, it is certainly important traffic — and the usual rules apply. Get it right. Be clear and succinct. Follow the right format and the directions of the net control. Listen. Listen. Listen. It’s a chance to apply the skills and discipline you have learned about traffic handling.
Don’t forget to register with ARESConnect. For more information on the emergency management aspect of traffic handling and lots of hints for you and your group, check out http://wi-aresraces.org/info_traffic.shtml.
73 — K9LGU/STM
Your Field Day Message
How do I send a message on Field Day? You want the points. It’s part of the FD experience. It’s easy to do. So how do you format and send that special FD message to your Section Manager or Section Emergency Coordinator?
To get credit for your message, it must it must be in proper NTS form.
The preamble should have a number, precedence, station of origin, check, place of origin, and date. The text should include the name of your group, number of participants, and number of ARES members. It should have a signature of someone representing your group — perhaps your club president, Field Day chairman, or Emergency Coordinator.
WISCONSIN SECTION MONTHLY NET ACTIVITY – May 2019
BWN 780 836 2339 31 K9LUK
BEN 380 525 755 33 NX9K
WSBN 454 317 862 32 KN9P
WSSN 161 60 369 31 KB9ROB
WIN/E 141 70 265 31 WB9ICH
WIN/L 173 59 288 31 W9RTP
WRACES HF” 77 17 146 5 WB9WKO
WRACES VHF 20 1 42 1 W9REL
WRACES- DIGITAL 200 1328 5760 4 KB9MMC
W DSTAR No report AB9FT
totals 2386 3213 10826 199
P S H R SUMMARY
POSSIBLE POINTS > “40
appt” “5 /hr.
sked events” “5 /hr.
emrg events” “10ea
bbs/ web pg”
CALL 1 2 3 4 5 6 T
N9VC 40 40 30 55 0 10 175
WB9WKO 40 40 30 35 5 0 160
NX9K 40 40 20 30 0 0 130
K9LGU 40 40 30 15 0 0 125
AG9G 40 40 20 20 0 0 120
KN9P 40 40 20 5 0 0 105
STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY
STATION ORIG RCVD SENT DLVD TOTAL
NX9K 371 103 680 0 1154 – BPL
WB9WKO 0 645 487 3 1135 – BPL
N9VC 0 238 99 0 337
AG9G 0 176 110 2 288
K9LGU 0 80 80 0 160
WD9FLJ 6 55 52 2 115
KB9ROB 0 41 15 4 60
KA9BAE 0 28 29 0 57
KN9P 0 36 11 7 54
KB9NUM 0 23 15 19 47
K9GU 0 0 31 0 31
W9RTP 3 24 3 2 32
W9UW 0 9 20 0 29
K9GDF 0 20 1 0 21
KD9KHV 1 9 8 1 19
N9KQ 0 0 17 0 17
WB9ICH 0 13 3 0 16
W9RNA 2 4 4 4 14
W9AUA 0 8 4 0 12
ARRL Associated Club Sponsored Hamfests, Conventions and Conferences
I plan to attend as many as possible within our capabilities. Many thanks to those of you who have taken the time to send invitations.
07/06/2019 | South Milwaukee Amateur Radio Club
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: South Milwaukee Amateur Radio
07/20/2019 | Chippewa Valley Tailgate Swap Fest
Chippewa Falls, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Chippewa Valley
Amateur Radio Club, inc. W9CVA
07/20/2019 | Northwoods Hamfest
Location: Tomahawk, WI
Sponsor: Rhinelander Repeater Association/Tomahawk
08/10/2019 | Free Fest
Location: Racine, WI
Racine Megacycle Club
08/10/2019 | Riverland Amateur Radio Club Swapfest
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Riverland Amateur Radio
08/24/2019 | Circus City Swapfest
Location: Baraboo, WI
Sponsor: Yellow Thunder Amateur Radio Club
09/07/2019 | Ozaukee Radio Club 14th Annual Regional Fall Swapfest
Location: Cedarburg, WI
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Ozaukee Radio
09/27/2019 | Central Division Convention, HRO Superfest
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Milwaukee Radio
Amateurs’ Club W9RH
10/19/2019 | 21st Annual Wisconsin ARES & RACES Conference
Location: Wisconsin Rapids, WI
Type: ARRL Convention
Sadly we have several passings to report
I’m sad to report Bob Krubsack W9QN, is a SK.
Silent Key N9LSX
In the obits this morning….K9MY…Milwaukee…..ham info on QRZ.
For those of you who knew Butch, N9AAO formerly K9WQG here are his funeral details.
Greendale Community Church
6015 Clover Lane
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Visitation from 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Service at 6.
Services for Tom, W9VBQ, will be this coming Friday:
Visitation will be on Friday, June 14th at St. James Historic Chapel at W220N6588 Town Line Rd, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 at 10 AM until the celebration of Mass of Christian Burial at 12 PM. Burial will be at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove on June 21st.
This obit was published in the Sunday Journal-Sentinel:
May he rest in peace.
As always I appreciate the feed-back I have received and look forward to more!
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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
- Increase ARRL membership & financial support
- Fully support the efforts growth and needs of the ARES/RACES organization
- Expand PRB-1 to cover property covenants and restrictions
- Continue supporting pro-active FCC rules enforcement
- Develop and support continuing Amateur Radio education
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ARRL Wisconsin Section
Section Manager: Patrick J Moretti, KA1RB