Greetings everyone, welcome to "Dale's Tales" for
September 2017

With the nominations now closed for the Great Lakes Division
Awards, the Committee is now reviewing the  applications.  Thanks to so many for

offering nominations for these   awards. 
Without doubt, the committee will have its job cut out for it as the
selections are made from so many well-qualified individuals in Kentucky,
Ohio and Michigan.  The following Division awards are under
consideration:  George S. the Year Award; Technical Achievement
Award; DX Achievement Award; Young Radio Amateur of the Year Award; and
the Joseph J. Phillips, K8QOE, Newsletter Award.   The award
presentations will be made at the Great Lakes Division Convention
Banquet in conjunction with Great Lakes HamCon at aMichigan
International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI on October 7 & 8.

Speaking of that, the Great Lakes HamCon and the ARRL Great
Lakes Division Convention will be upon us in a month.   We are
pleased that
our selection of Forums will bring some top-notch events to
the Convention.

On Saturday:

– Opening Ribbon Cutting and Kickoff Session and ARRL Forum

– Dan Romanchik KB6NU will present his
Tech-in-a-Day License Class

– The Ford Amateur Radio League will conduct FCC
exams following the

– Marsha Fleming N8FE will host the gathering of
the Young Ladies Radio
League, the YLRL

– South East Michigan DX Assn will host the DX
Forum – Al K8SIX and Stan
AC8W will moderate

– The
Ohio Section will host our Clubs Forum – Tom WB8LCD will be the

– The Mad River RC will host the Contesting
Forum – Dave K8CC will

– Carl Leutzelschwab K9LA will conduct the forum
on Radio Propagation

– Joe Eisenburg K0NEB will host the forum Kit
Building Techniques for

– Tom Bosscher K8TB will conduct a forum on Fox
Hunting, followed by an
actual hunt on the MIS track infield

– The Michigan QRP Club will host a forum on
Operating QRP – Pete W8KS
will moderate

– Carole Perry WB2MGP will lead our 2017 Youth

– Yaesu will present a forum on their Fusion
digital products – hosted by
John Kruk N9UPC

In addition to all of these activities, Saturday's events will be
followed by the ARRL Banquet featuring ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR

as the featured speaker.  Here will present the Divisions Awards and the
banquet will be followed by an initiation for new members of the Royal Order
of the Wouff Hong.

Sunday's activities includes these forums and events:

– The Toledo Mobile RA will host a forum on operating from Museum
Ships – Glenn W8MUK will moderate

– Dan KB6NU will host the Forum on Operating CW.

– ARES Forum hosted by the Division SECs

– NTS Forum hosted by the STMs

– Grand Prize Awards

The HamCon team really feels that a great cross-section of
amateur radio activities is represented with this selection of forums
and events.  The
emphasis has been focused on learning activities,
each session offering an insight to a particular facet of ham radio,
ranging from sessions for new YLs, the latest in youth activities, plus
information for both the new comer and the seasoned veteran.  You
can stay up to date with the planned activities at:

TOM'S COMMENTS:  Comments from our Vice Director Tom
Delaney W8WTD

We're all very aware of disasters this month as we watch the
still-unfolding events in Texas.  It was interesting to check into a net

last week and be asked "how well prepared are you to shelter   in place
for several days?"  The responses varied.  Some sounded quite
ready, others not so much.  Those who didn't have enough preparation
reluctantly agreed that perhaps they needed to do some more.  If you're
one of those people, resources are available to help, such as ""

As a long-time Red Cross volunteer who has worked on disaster
relief in a number of situations, and been in on even more planning
exercises, I
see the question for hams as having two parts.  First,
of course, is keeping yourself and your family safe.  Some of that
is just having the necessary items to either shelter in place or to
evacuate to a place of safety when necessary.  And many of us have
stand-by power for our radios, so we can communicate from home either
for our own needs or for those around us.

The second part is what a lot of dedicated ARES volunteers do
–be prepared to help others, whether in your local community or
farther away.  And for that, you need the various go-kits
that we all put together.  I was thinking about how my own
"go-kit" has evolved over the years.  I finally took out
the phone wires and telephone that have been in there a long time. 
And the roll of quarters for that pay phone that may have still been
operational on a corner somewhere.  Don't laugh.  At one
point, those were important.  So now we have new tools, but we need
to keep up with the times.  An annual review of what is in there is
probably very useful for each of us to stay ready.  Maybe at your
next club meeting everyone could do a "show and tell" of go kits.
We always inspire each other to think about that one item we've overlooked.

Ham radio has always had a component of public service. 
We each need to do our part to be ready when the time comes.

73, Tom W8WTD Vice Director, Great Lakes Division

HAMFESTING:  Here is the current Great Lakes Division
ARRL Sanctioned Hamfest Schedule covering the remainder of the
year.  These swaps have
received their sanctioning approval from
ARRL HQ at the time of this publication.  We have approximately 65
ARRL hamfests each year in the Division.  I do encourage each
Hamfest Chair to register early for ARRL Sanctioning.  Be sure to
invite your ARRL Officials as soon as your date is set.

      Grand Rapids GRAHamfest Wyoming, MI

      Greater Louisville Hamfest     
Sheperdsville, KY

           Findlay, OH

     Richmond Fall Hamfest         
 Richmond, KY

            Adrian, MI

     GM ARC Trunk Swap           
   Shelby Twp, MI

     OHKYIN ARS Hamfest           
  Cincinnati, OH

     Cleveland Hamfest           
   Berea, OH

     Mich-a-Con & Iron Range Crystal Falls, MI

     Paintsville Hamfest         
   Paintsville, KY

     Cave Run Hamfest           
    Moorehead, KY

     Vette City             
        Bowling Green, KY

10/7 & 8        Great Lakes Div.
Convention     Brooklyn, MI

     Scioto Valley           
       Chillicothe OH

10/15/17        Conneaut Hamfest   
            Conneaut, OH

10/21/17        Muskegon Color Tour   
         Muskegon, MI

10/22/17        Kalamazoo     
                 Kalamazoo, MI

10/28/17        Hazard       
                  Hazard, KY

10/29/17        Massilon     
                  Massilon, OH

10/29/17        USECA       
Hts, MI

     Grant ARC Hamfest           
   Georgetown, OH

     Lanse Creuse           
        Madison Heights, MI

Be sure to check your Section's news pages for the latest
local happenings, club and net information.

73, Let's be radio-active.

Dale Williams WA8EFK

Director – ARRL Great Lakes Division