All West Gulf Division ballots were mailed by third-class mail on September 30, 2019. Current reports from across the West Gulf are that almost all ballots have been received. However, there are reports from some areas that as of this post, some Members have not received their ballots.
Deadline For Delivery Of Ballots To West Gulf Division Members The ARRL’s deadline for delivery of all ballots by third-class mail to West Gulf Division Members is today, Monday, October 14, 2019. If you have not received your ballot by the end of mail delivery for your address today, then you need to notify HQ — via email — that you have not received your ballot.
Failed Ballot Delivery Replacement Process
If do not receive your ballot, to obtain a replacement ballot you must do the following:
(2) State in the email that you have not received your ballot.
(3) Request that a replacement ballot be sent to you by first class mail.
(4) Provide your complete, current, mailing address to which the ballot should be sent.
(5) Provide your name and call sign.
Note, if you happen to receive the original ballot and return it in addition to the replacement ballot to ensure your vote will be counted, both ballots will be disqualified.
Some Members whose primary residence (sounds like fun) is an RV and who have a mail service collect and forward their mail may be faced with the destruction/non-delivery of third-class mail.
If you are one of these Members, please follow the above process for an undelivered ballot, but add a statement that you cannot/do not receive third-class mail.
ARRL Postcard Regarding An Error In The Deadline Notice
HQ sent a postcard attempting to clarify a poorly worded/inaccurate notice regarding the deadline for receipt of a ballot to be counted. The postcard appears to have created more confusion than originally existed. The deadline for RECEIPT of your ballot by the accounting firm CohnReznick LLP remains Noon, Friday, November 15, 2019. Just be certain you mail your ballot with sufficient time for it to arrive.
John Robert Stratton
Director, West Gulf Division
SCS, the company that created Pactor, has released software for Linux to allow over-the-air monitoring of Pactor 1/2/3 transmissions for meaning. Besides monitoring Pactor 1/2/3, PMON automatically decompresses B2F/LZHUF compressed messages on the fly. This is very useful for monitoring Winlink email transfers. The program requires only minimal hardware: an inexpensive Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (minimum) computer and an inexpensive USB sound device. An SCS Pactor modem is not needed.
The program is a free download for radio amateurs from a Linux repository provided by SCS. Easy-to-follow instructions, program information and documentation are provided on this SCS web page:
Thank you to John Huggins and Gordon Gibby, MD for their original decoding programs, and to Hans-Peter Helfert and the SCS team for this needed contribution to the amateur radio community!
--The Winlink Development Team
Mr. Robert Dittman, KB5UJM, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Bexar County in District 12 of the South Texas Section. Robert is recommended by the current District 12 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Ms. L. Ruth Lewis, KE5MHJ. District 12 is composed of Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Kendall and Wilson counties.
Robert earned his license as a novice in 1992 at the age of 14. He quickly upgraded to Technician with code, in order to use the local repeaters. Being blind, amateur radio provided a network of making friends, and new opportunities. Radio was a way of staying in touch as he traveled to Texas and the U.S. competing in the sport of wrestling. He became very active in the amateur radio emergency service, international traffic system, as well as SkyWarn.
Sidebar - Robert was able to convince a high school girlfriend who lived in Dallas to achieve her license she became KC5GNI and they must have the record of passing messages between each other from 1993 to 1996. Over the years, amateur radio has enjoyed the center stage and a place of honor in his life. Amateur Radio allowed him to become a communications officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force military auxiliary radio system member, telecommunications specialist in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to name a few. These experiences will serve him well in his new EC position.
Robert is a life member of the ARRL and a member of the ARRL volunteer council program. Robert has again brought his love to amateur radio as his fiancé achieved her license on June 21, 2019. Her callsign is KI5FHC.
This appointment is effective on July 23, 2019.
Mr. Thomas Andrew Downing, WB5TAD has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Harris County Southeast Unit in District 14 of the South Texas Section. Andrew is recommended by the current long-time EC Mr. George Fletcher, AD5CQ.
An audiologist with the Houston Methodist hospital system he has been a part of the ham radio arena for about six years. He is active in several public service events in and around Houston. Additionally, Andrew is currently a member of the Pasadena EmComm group. He is working closely with George to have a smooth transition. George has served as EC for Harris County for 10 years.
District 14 is composed of Harris County. Mr. David Underwood, WB5HJV, is the District 14 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and approves this appointment.
This appointment is effective on August 9, 2019.
If you are a US-licensed station that routinely connects to a foreign gateway, or a non-US-licensed station that connects with a US gateway, you may be affected by new CMS behavior. The Winlink CMS now will enforce US Third-Party Message rules.
Because Winlink is being severely criticized for allowing US client and gateway operators to violate US amateur radio third-party traffic rules, we are today starting to test automatic enforcement of these rules. Part 97.3(47), 97.115 and 97.117 apply.
From our Red Cross Liaison, distribute as you see fit.
Usual jobs with Red Cross and ARES are assisting with Communications at Red Cross HQ, EOC Contact, Shelters, and Disaster Assessment.
- Get a briefing from the Red Cross Manager/COML
- Establish ARES and Red Cross Liaisons to manage traffic
- Agree on the fastest way to exchange messages – paper, thumb drive, keep messages short, etc.
- Find out where you should set up
- Inform the Liaison of your capabilities, voice, data, who you can contact
- Confirm with Red Cross Your Tactical Call Sign & Cell number
- Make sure you are in contact with the correct county EOC
- Check in with Red Cross HQ
- Conduct all actions safely and protect confidential information
- Start your logs
Mr. Michael Marks, KG5RXG has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Travis County in District 7 of the South Texas Section. Michael is recommended by current EC Mr. Kerby Spruiell, KG5DLD. Kerby served as EC for Travis County for 2 years. District 7 is composed of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis and Williamson counties. Mr. Ken Malgren, K7MAL, is the District 7 Emergency Coordinator (DEC). This appointment is effective December 9, 2018.
Mr. Sid Tschirhart, WD5H has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Medina County in District 6 of the South Texas Section. Sid was recommended by our longtime D6 District Emergency coordinator (DEC) Mr. Ernest Reich W5FQA. Sid replaces Mr. Walter Hock, KK5LO after many years of public service. Mr. Hock will remain very active in amateur radio. District 6 is composed of Bandera, Edwards, Kerr, Kinney, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde counties. This appointment is effective December 1, 2018.
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