1. Roll Call
2. Moment of Silence
3. Consideration of the Agenda for the meeting
4. Approval of the Minutes of the 2000 Second Meeting
5. Election of Executive Committee
6. Election of ARRL Foundation Directors
7. Reports by the Officers
8. Receive Reports and consider recommendations of the committees
9. Directors' motions
1. Pursuant to due notice, the Board of Directors of the American Radio Relay League, Inc., met in annual session at the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport Marriott Hotel, in Irving, Texas, on Friday, January 19, and Saturday, January 20, 2001. The meeting was called to order at 8:30 AM CST, January 19, with President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, in the Chair and the following Directors present:
Bernie Fuller, N3EFN, Atlantic Division
George R. Isely, W9GIG, Central Division
Jay Bellows, K0QB, Dakota Division
Rick Roderick, K5UR, Delta Division
George Race, WB8BGY, Great Lakes Division
Frank Fallon, N2FF, Hudson Division
Wade Walstrom, W0EJ, Midwest Division
Tom Frenaye, K1KI, New England Division
Greg Milnes, W7OZ, Northwestern Division
James Maxwell, W6CF, Pacific Division
C. Dennis Bodson, W4PWF, Roanoke Division
Walt Stinson, W0CP, Rocky Mountain Division
Frank M. Butler, W4RH, Southeastern Division
Fried Heyn, WA6WZO, Southwestern Division
Coy Day, N5OK, West Gulf Division
Also present without vote were Joel M. Harrison, W5ZN, First Vice President; Kay C. Craigie, WT3P, Vice President; John C. Kanode, N4MM, Vice President; Rodney J. Stafford, W6ROD, International Affairs Vice President; James McCobb, W1LLU, Treasurer; David Sumner, K1ZZ, Executive Vice President and Secretary. Chief Financial Officer Barry J. Shelley, N1VXY, was present in his capacity as an officer of the Corporation.
Also in attendance at the invitation of the Board as observers were the following Vice Directors: William Edgar, N3LLR, Atlantic Division; Howard Huntington, K9KM, Central Division; Twila Greenheck, N0JPH, Dakota Division; Henry Leggette, WD4Q, Delta Division; Gary Johnston, KI4LA, Great Lakes Division; Stephen A. Mendelsohn, W2ML, Hudson Division; Bruce Frahm, K0BJ, Midwest Division; Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, New England Division; Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, Northwestern Division; Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Pacific Division; Les Shattuck, K4NK, Roanoke Division; Rev Morton, WS7W, Rocky Mountain Division; Evelyn Gauzens, W4WYR, Southeastern Division; Art Goddard, W6XD, Southwestern Division; and David Woolweaver, K5RAV, West Gulf Division. Also present were ARRL Foundation President Edmond A. Metzger, W9PRN; General Counsel Christopher D. Imlay, W3KD; Publications Manager Mark Wilson, K1RO; Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG; Field and Educational Services Manager Rosalie White, K1STO; Technical Relations Manager Paul Rinaldo, W4RI; Technical Relations Specialist Jon Siverling, WB3ERA, and Special Assistant to the Executive Vice President David Patton, NT1N. Also present as guests of the Board were Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) President Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, and Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE) President Pedro Mucharraz Gonzales, XE1PM.
2. The assembly observed a moment of silence in recollection of Radio Amateurs who have passed away since the previous Board meeting, especially Steven C. Affens, K3SA; Alf Almedal, LA5QK; Carlos Caceres, KD4SYB; Joseph J. Carr, K4IPV; Wilber "Bill" Dearing, W5QN; Bradford M. Erickson, N1SGL; Jack D. Gant, W5GM; William R. Gary, K8CSG; Peter J. Gellert, W2WSS; W. Scudder Georgia, KD3P; Millard L. "Gib" Gibson, W7JIE; Jim Gray, W1XU; James W. Hatherley, WA1TBY; Dean Haworth, AC0S; Aubrey Hawkins, KC5USI; Jim Knochenhauer, K6ITL; Paul Kokoszyna, KA1TRF; Deborah Wayne Lucero, KC6UEJ; Alfredo Luciano, LU6DJX; Val Marshall, K5WOD; Gerald W. Mason, W1KRF; Lorraine S. Matthew, N4ZCF; Darlana D. Mayo, N2DB; Lew "Mac" McCoy, W1ICP; J.W. McLeland, W9ATK; Sue Miller, W9YL; Piero Moroni, I5TDJ; John Perrone, NI0A; Colin Richards, VK6BPU/9M2CR; Guillermo Schwarz, KP3S and wife Hildelisa; Pero Simundza, 9A4SP; Lew E. Tepfer, W6FVV; Dr. Marvin S. Weinreb, KE6WPH; Thomas White, K0VZR; Winifred Dow Williams, ex-7FG; Norman Young, W1HX and Tisha Young, W1NUO.
3. On motion of Mr. Race, seconded by Mr. Bodson, it was VOTED unanimously to approve the agenda for the meeting.
4. On motion of Mr. Heyn, seconded by Mr. Frenaye, the Minutes of the 2000 Second Meeting were ADOPTED.
5. Mr. Oelke conveyed the greetings of the Radio Amateurs of Canada, Inc., and thanked the Board for its continuing support. He noted his pleasure in being able to meet Mr. Mucharraz, President of FMRE.
6. Mr. Mucharraz conveyed the greetings of Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE) and expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to attend this Board meeting in what will be the first of many opportunities to cooperate with his neighbors to the north.
7. Mr. Metzger conveyed the greetings of the ARRL Foundation, and reported that the Foundation is healthy and is receiving increased numbers of applications for each of the many scholarships available.
8. At this point, new and returning members of the assembly were introduced: Mr. Isely from the Central Division, Mr. Morton from the Rocky Mountain Division, and Mr. Mendelsohn from the Hudson Division.
9. The Chair opened nominations for Director members of the Executive Committee for one-year terms. Mr. Butler nominated Mr. Frenaye, Mr. Maxwell nominated Mr. Heyn, Mr. Heyn nominated Mr. Butler, and Mr. Frenaye nominated Mr. Fallon. On motion of Mr. Race, seconded by Mr. Bodson, it was VOTED unanimously to close nominations, whereupon the Chair declared Mr. Frenaye, Mr. Heyn, Mr. Butler, and Mr. Fallon elected as Executive Committee members. (Applause).
10. At this time Mr. Bellows was invited to offer nominations for Directors of the ARRL Foundation. Mr. Bellows nominated Mr. Butler, Mr. Fallon, and Mr. Metzger for three-year terms. On motion of Mr. Bellows, seconded by Mr. Heyn, it was VOTED unanimously that nominations are closed and Messrs. Butler, Fallon, and Metzger are elected as Directors of the ARRL Foundation. (Applause)
11. At this point, the officers reported on their activities during the second half of 2000. President Haynie began his report with comments about the beginning of the ARRL Education Project in Dallas, where seven schools are participating in a pilot program. The great enthusiasm among the kids spread to their parents and resulted in a separate Amateur Radio class for the adults. Outside donations and the work of staff have progressed nicely toward the creation of the Education Project. President Haynie completed 25 trips on behalf of ARRL during the year, and he plans to continue with an ambitious travel schedule in 2001 that includes at least one trip to each division. Relations with the FCC have improved, while stronger relationships between ARRL and the Society of Broadcast Engineers, National Association of Radio and Telecommunication Engineers, and REACT International, were all forged through individual Memoranda of Understanding. First Vice President Harrison related his opinions on the nature of the Morse Code testing debate raging throughout Amateur Radio. He also commented on the entirely different issue, as compared to the CW debate, of the worldwide need for the harmonization of the 40 meter band. Vice President Craigie thanked the Board and staff for their support in both service and contributions during the first stages of the creation of the ARRL Education project. She also expressed her appreciation for the excellent QST articles covering the newer digital modes that spurred renewed interest in on-the-air activities. Vice President Kanode relayed his serious concerns over the ever increasing illegal activities in the Amateur bands from both domestic and foreign intruders. International Affairs Vice President Stafford described the importance of displaying unity and cohesiveness within the IARU Region 2 societies in order to have a successful outcome on 40 meter realignment. He also commented on the upcoming Region 2 meeting in Guatemala which will require ARRL to vote on the controversial S25 International Morse Code testing issue, and that the Board needs to carefully consider how it will vote. At the end of Mr. Stafford's report the Board recessed from 9:54 until 10:21 AM.
12. Mr. McCobb, as Treasurer, reported on stock market activity, and the effects of the market's downturn on League investments over the last year. He also reported on the sale of certain stocks to protect the League's position and reported that ARRL's holdings were 53 percent in stocks and the rest in cash and fixed income securities.
13. Chief Financial Officer Shelley's report included descriptions of the positive outcome of FCC Amateur license restructuring on ARRL's financial results--especially in the first half of 2000. Several necessary capital improvements were made to ARRL Headquarters including a new telephone system, new flooring in the Circulation and Publication Sales Department, and a new roof on the rear half of the building. The ARRL.net email forwarding service has proven popular with over 43,000 members using the service. Mr. Shelley also noted that there are no other "big events" like restructuring on the horizon that are likely to boost revenues.
14. General Counsel Imlay supplemented his extensive written report with a description of the status of the 219-220 MHz band to which the Amateur Service has limited access. This access may be further limited if the primary services expand their operations. Mr. Imlay then continued his report by describing changes at the FCC, various spectrum allocation issues, and non-spectrum issues including spread spectrum rule changes, and antenna and RFI cases.
15. Technical Relations Manager Rinaldo described the most important work ongoing in his office which involves preparations for WRC-2003 including issues of 7 MHz realignment; commercial broadcast desires for additional HF spectrum; modification of Article S25 and consequential changes to Article S1; possible call sign structural changes, synthetic aperture radars seeking an allocation in the band 420-470 MHz and general defense of the Amateur Radio spectrum. At the end of Mr. Rinaldo's presentation the assembly recessed for lunch at 12:07 PM. A group photo session followed lunch.
16. The Chair reconvened the meeting at 1:26 PM with all persons hereinbefore mentioned present, whereupon Mr. Roderick, as Chairman, presented the report of the Membership Services Committee. He reported that the DXCC program enjoyed a 23 percent increase in activity in 2000, and that the DeSoto Cup has been designed and the DXCC Challenge is well under way. The DXCC Card Checker program has been successful, with over 1000 field-checked applications submitted in 2000. Mr. Roderick updated the Board with regard to the ARRL's Logbook of the World project, the name given to HQ's electronic confirmation initiative. He said the project is moving along well with final specifications due from consultants shortly. Logbook of the World, using applied security methods, is intended to be integrated into existing and proposed HQ systems to provide various electronic benefits including award updates, QSO confirmation, image product creation, scientific and research material, and other member benefits through an interactive Web-based interface.
17. Executive Vice President Sumner's report began with a description of the important happenings during 2000 including the tremendous media coverage of Amateur Radio surrounding the tragic van Tuijl shooting incident; the 75th anniversary of the IARU; and travel both in country and abroad including the IARU Region 3 conference in Darwin, where the Morse Code issue was addressed. He also described the ARRL VEC's exhaustive work to support the crush of work from restructuring; the success of the QEX/Communications Quarterly merger and the continuing success of NCJ. He reported that the new Certification program has been an instant hit with the course available so far on the Web, and a backlog of hundreds of members eager to participate. Mr. Sumner added that as the Certification program continues to evolve additional courses will be available through in-person classes and self-study packages, as well as on-line through the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.
18. Mr. Race, as Chairman, presented the report of the Volunteer Resources Committee. He described the committee's work on the terms of reference for ARRL's three technical awards, the Certification program, and Section Manager guidance, as well as guidance for other volunteers in the field. He yielded the floor to Mr. Walstrom, who, as Chairman, described the report of the Ad Hoc National Convention Committee which sets forth recommended minimum requirements for an established convention/hamfest to be considered as a possible site for an ARRL National Convention.
19. On motion of Mr. Fuller, seconded by Mr. Butler, it was VOTED unanimously that the ARRL Board of Directors bestow upon the members and participants of the Hurricane Watch Net and its manager Jerry Herman, N3BDW, the 2000 ARRL International Humanitarian Award for their continuing efforts over the years to provide advisories and extraordinary service for the benefit of the international community in times of threat of hurricane.
20. On motion of Mr. Fallon, seconded by Mr. Stinson, it was VOTED unanimously that the ARRL Board of Directors present the ARRL Club 2000 Achievement Award for clubs of 100 or more members, to the 10-70 Repeater Association of Wanaque, New Jersey, for their activities in support of Amateur Radio recruitment and education, public service and technical achievement.
21. On motion of Mr. Bodson, seconded by Mr. Milnes, it was VOTED unanimously that the ARRL Board of Directors present the ARRL Club 2000 Achievement Award for clubs of less than 25 members, to the Peninsula Electronics Amateur Radio Society of Hampton, Virginia, for their dedication to the promoting of Amateur Radio in their community.
22. On motion of Mr. Race, seconded by Mr. Fallon, it was VOTED unanimously that the ARRL Board of Directors present the ARRL Club 2000 Achievement Award for clubs with 25 to 100 members, to the Big Rapids Area Amateur Radio Club of Big Rapids, Michigan, who are providing public service for their community, public relations for Amateur Radio, and technical advancement opportunities for their clubs, while keeping a family-oriented focus for their members.
23. On motion of Mr. Walstrom, seconded by Mr. Roderick, it was VOTED unanimously that the ARRL Board of Directors present the ARRL Club 2000 Achievement Award for school clubs, to the Central Bible College Amateur Radio Club of Springfield, Missouri, for their efforts in promoting Amateur Radio and its services within their college community.
24. Mr. Butler, as Chairman, reported on the activities of the Election Committee. He noted that the last election and ballot counting had gone smoothly.
25. The Chair presented ARRL DX Contest Plaques to Director Stinson for his participation in a multi-operator entry from Christmas Island as T32B in 2000. (Applause).
26. ARRL Foundation President Metzger then presented Mr. Haynie with a check for $50,000 for the ARRL Education Project. (Applause).
27. The Chair re-introduced Mr. Morton and presented him with the lapel pin worn by Directors and Vice Directors. (Applause). The Board was in recess from 2:51 PM until 3:16 PM.
28. Mr. Haynie presented the Executive Committee report. He stressed that in his opinion, the inability of many Amateurs to erect an antenna represents one of the biggest problems in Amateur Radio right now and that the problem is going to get worse. Mr. Haynie will work diligently to convince Congressmen to support our efforts to convince the FCC to apply PRB-1 more broadly. He also discussed various ways in which ARRL can begin the process of gaining grass roots support and increased exposure to legislators at all levels.
29. First Vice President Harrison, as Chairman, presented the report of the Enforcement Task Force. The Task Force is very pleased with the state of enforcement right now and expressed gratitude for the work of Mr. Hollingsworth of the FCC. Mr. Harrison recommends that the committee be dissolved at this time, but that it be emphasized that dissolution does not change the League's long standing commitment to enforcement.
30. First Vice President Harrison then presented the report of the SAREX Working Group. He yielded the floor to Ms. White who described the success of the first three schools to communicate with astronauts aboard the Space Station Alpha. Mr. Harrison explained that the SAREX acronym will continue to be used due to its wide familiarity throughout NASA.
31. Mr. Bodson, as Chairman, delivered the detailed and extensive report documenting the activities of the RFI Task Group. Mr. Bodson expressed deep admiration for the strength of the experience and knowledge of the members of the Task Group. Success has been achieved through cooperation with AT&T in the removal of 90 percent of the Phonex modems that were radiating around 3.525 MHz. Home Phone Networking and VDSL systems now have notches built into their systems that protect Amateur frequencies from interference. Mr. Bodson stressed that the biggest threat to Amateur Radio frequencies comes from Part 15 devices.
32. Mr. Huntington, as Board Liaison, delivered the report of the RF Safety Committee. Mr. Huntington added his praise for this committee as also being one that is well staffed with experts. The Committee's web pages have been moved to public access to benefit both Amateur and non-Amateur communities.
33. Mr. Stinson, as Chairman, presented the report of the Industry Advisory Council. He related that the Council is beginning to have real success as evidenced by industry standards being accepted for two power connectors and two microphone connectors. The Council also developed a plan for submitting ideas to the Japan Amateur Industry Association (JAIA).
34. Mr. Fuller, as Board Liaison, presented the report of the President's Roundtable. The Roundtable has not met since July 2000, but Mr. Fuller reaffirmed the terms and designs of this group whose future meetings and composition remain at the direction of the ARRL President. At this time the Board was in recess from 4:58 PM until 8:45 AM on January 20, 2001, reconvening with John Chwat and Derek Riker of Chwat and Company, and all persons hereinbefore mentioned.
35. Mr. Chwat and Mr. Riker presented the Legislative Affairs report on behalf of Legislative and Public Affairs Manager Steve Mansfield who was unable to attend. Mr. Chwat believes that the new leadership of the House committees combined with equal party representation presents an interesting and positive opportunity for ARRL concerns. He added that he anticipated the Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act would be reintroduced in 2001.
36. Mr. Bellows, as Chairman, reported on the activities of the Antenna Case Review and Assistance Committee. The Committee has not yet been presented with a case that meets the committee's requirements for funding.
37. Mr. Frenaye, as Chairman, supplemented the extensive written report of the Historical Committee with comments about the group's fact-finding visits to ARRL HQ, and other museums and display sites. He reports that the committee is studying all the possibilities for ARRL to store, archive, and display artifacts.
38. At this point, The Chair announced the committee appointments as follows: Administration and Finance: Directors Stinson, Chairman; Bellows, Day, Fuller, Bodson, Vice Director Fenstermaker, First Vice President Harrison, and Treasurer McCobb. Membership Services: Directors Fallon, Chairman; Roderick, Frenaye, Milnes, Isely, Vice Director Vallio, and Vice President Kanode. Volunteer Resources: Directors Maxwell, Chairman; Race, Walstrom, Heyn, Butler, Vice President Craigie and International Affairs Vice President Stafford. Election: Directors Bellows, Chairman; Frenaye and Fallon. Industry Advisory Council: Vice Director Goddard, Chairman. RFI Task Group: Director Bodson, Chairman; and Lab Supervisor Ed Hare, W1RFI. Public Relations: Vice Director Johnston, liaison. RF Safety: Vice Director Huntington, liaison. Technology Task Force: First Vice President Harrison, Chairman; Directors Frenaye, Bodson, Vice Director Raisbeck, Technical Affairs Manager Rinaldo, and Lab Supervisor Hare. Historical: Directors Frenaye, Chairman; Maxwell, Legislative and Public Affairs Manager Steve Mansfield, N1MZA, Al Cohen, W1FXQ, and Treasurer McCobb. Antenna Case Review and Assistance: Directors Bellows, Chairman; Fallon, James O'Connell, W9WU, and General Counsel Imlay. Spectrum Strategy: First Vice President Harrison, Chairman; Directors Maxwell, Bodson, Technical Affairs Manager Rinaldo, General Counsel Imlay, and J.P. Kleinhaus, W2XX. Digital Voice: Doug Smith, KF6DX, Chairman; Jesse Morris, KC5GTK, John Gibbs, KC7YXD, Gary Barbour, AC4DL, Charles Brain, G4GUO, and George Bednekoff, AC5WO. The Board was in recess from 10:01 AM until 10:21 AM.
39. Mr. Maxwell, as Chairman, supplemented the extensive written report of the Ad Hoc Spectrum Strategy Committee with comments about the seriousness of the threats to Amateur frequencies, especially those above 30 MHz. He related the likelihood that Amateurs will increasingly be forced to share spectrum and that some of those sharing the bands with us will be Part 15 devices which are proliferating. Mr. Maxwell described upcoming noise level studies that will help determine the ultimate effect of such devices in the Amateur bands. He also pointed out that because the entire industry is moving rapidly, the ARRL must maintain its vigilance with regard to devices that may be deployed using our frequency allocations. ARRL also should move to create strategic partnerships in the industry to help head off future problems.
40. On motion of Mr. Heyn, seconded by Mr. Day, it was VOTED unanimously that the Report of the Ad Hoc Spectrum Strategy Committee is received and adopted. The committee is retained and extended for one year, during which time the Committee shall initiate and monitor the projects and recommended initiatives set forth at Section 4.2 of its Report. All work of the Committee shall be completed on or before January of 2002, and the intention of the Board is that, at that time, the Committee will tender to the Board a final report of its actions and further recommendations, and thereafter be dissolved.
41. On motion of Mr. Fallon, seconded by Mr. Bodson, it was VOTED unanimously that the Ad Hoc Spectrum Strategy Committee is tasked with studying the impact of unlicensed devices on Amateur operations below 30 MHz, and formulation of any strategies to address potential or actual interaction between such devices and Amateur stations.
42. On motion of Mr. Bodson, seconded by Mr. Milnes, it was VOTED unanimously that the Ad Hoc Spectrum Strategy Committee is tasked with monitoring the technical and regulatory developments related to the operation of unlicensed and licensed non-Amateur transmitters and intentional radiators in Amateur allocations. This monitoring shall include, but shall not be limited to, periodic reports from ARRL advocacy team participants. The Committee shall encourage increased ARRL participation in telecommunications industry and trade organizations, and shall seek input from Amateur groups with specific operating interests and other strategic partners in carrying out this task.
43. On motion of Mr. Maxwell, seconded by Mr. Fallon, it was VOTED unanimously that the Ad Hoc Spectrum Strategy Committee will pursue the inclusion of volunteer Amateur Radio operators in the study of aggregate noise levels planned and sponsored by the FCC's Technological Advisory Council (TAC). Should that study not be commenced on or before July 1, 2001, or should the methodology of that study as adopted by the TAC be such as to exclude empirical data gathering by Radio Amateurs, the Committee is tasked with the development of a test plan for a noise study to be conducted by ARRL. The ARRL study would determine aggregate noise levels in Amateur allocations in various environmental categories, over a medium term of years. The study would be conducted by measurements by Amateurs and Amateur clubs. The intention of the Board is that the results of such a study, if conducted by ARRL, would be published in professional technical journals and would serve as the basis for a proposed reevaluation of the adequacy of present Part 15 regulations of unlicensed RF devices.
44. First Vice President Harrison, as Chairman, presented the report of the Technology Task Force (TTF). In its report to the TTF the Technology Working Group recommended that three specific technologies be the focus of development studies: Digital Voice, High Speed Digital Networks, and Software Defined Radios. Mr. Harrison said that working groups for High Speed Digital Networks and Software Defined Radios should be created to join the existing working group for Digital Voice.
45. On motion of Mr. Frenaye, seconded by Mr. Butler, it was VOTED unanimously that ARRL proceed with the development of High Speed Digital Networks for the Amateur Service in accordance with the Technology Working Group report. The President shall appoint a group of individuals knowledgeable in the field from the international Amateur community and industry. The group shall report to the Technology Task Force and submit an initial report at the 2001 Second Board Meeting.
46. On motion of Mr. Harrison, seconded by Mr. Bodson, it was VOTED unanimously that ARRL proceed with the development of Software Defined Radios (SDR) for the Amateur Service in accordance with the Technology Working Group report. The President shall appoint a group of individuals knowledgeable in the field from the international Amateur community and industry. The group shall report to the Technology Task Force and submit an initial report at the 2001 Second Board Meeting. Mr. Harrison assumed the Chair at 11:20 AM.
47. President Haynie delivered the report of the Public Relations Committee. He explained that 2000 was a terrific year for Amateur Radio publicity across the country spurred by the tragic van Tuijl shooting incident and the release of the movie Frequency. He added that there were 14 candidates for the 2000 Bill Leonard, W2SKE Professional Media Award, which in itself is an indicator of the amount of PR activity last year.
48. On motion of President Haynie, seconded by Mr. Roderick, it was VOTED unanimously that the American Radio Relay League presents the 2000 Bill Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Award to Marjorie Wertz of the Standard Observer (Irwin, Pennsylvania) for her story "There's More to This Hobby Than Meets the Eye." (Applause). President Haynie returned to the Chair at 11:32 AM.
49. Mr. Frenaye, as liaison, reported on the activities of the Contest Advisory Committee. He said the Committee has been quite active in its task of studying the entire Club Competition program in order to produce a preliminary report to the MSC in March 2001. The Committee is studying the purposes for Club Competition, eligibility issues for submitting scores for clubs, and the club category definitions.
50. Mr. Walstrom, as liaison, delivered the report of the DX Advisory Committee. The DXAC has been quiet with no formal agenda items on its study list, but the group has been informally discussing issues such as electronic QSLing and the DXCC Card Checker program.
51. On motion of Mr. Maxwell, seconded by Mr. Fallon, it was VOTED unanimously that the following seven positions are adopted en bloc to constitute the American Radio Relay League's official Legislative Positions during the 107th Congress.
Position #1: Consistent Application of FCC Limited Preemption Policy Toward Amateur Radio Antenna Systems.
WHEREAS, This policy has worked well in the intervening years to encourage reasonable accommodation of Amateur Radio residential antenna systems by municipal land use authorities; and
WHEREAS, Private land use regulations are pervasive and routinely frustrate the Federal interest in promoting Amateur Radio communications, and yet Congress and the FCC have each concluded that FCC clearly does have jurisdiction to preempt or limit private land use regulations to the extent that such regulations frustrate Federal communications policy;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Radio Relay League supports non-discriminatory application of the FCC's longstanding limited preemption policy to all types of land use regulations, in order to effectuate the important Federal interest in protecting and promoting Amateur Radio communications;
AND THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the American Radio Relay League urges Congressional support for the clarification of the FCC limited preemption policy governing residential Amateur Radio antennas, so that private land use authorities cannot preclude, but must reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio communications in subdivisions and communities.
Position # 2: Support for Federal Preemption of Telecommunications Regulation
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the American Radio Relay League supports measures to improve federal management of telecommunications, including strengthening and improving the ability of the FCC to promulgate and enforce reasonable regulation of transmitter and antenna issues, of the resolution of electromagnetic interference, and of operating rules.
Position #3: Radio Spectrum Management
AND WHEREAS, spectrum auctions were introduced as a means of ensuring fair and timely assignment of licenses, not as a means of generating revenues to satisfy short-term objectives;
AND WHEREAS, Amateur Radio, police, fire and other traditional public service users save lives and property on an entirely non-commercial basis, but lack the resources to participate in spectrum auctions;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the American Radio Relay League believes that spectrum auctions should not be used as a means to offset specific budget items, and that specific spectrum decisions should be made by expert professional agencies not Congress;
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the American Radio Relay League believes that public service (including Amateur) radio frequency allocations under current US regulations should now be statutorily exempt from auction or reallocation to commercial services, whether on a primary or secondary basis, and that compensatory spectrum should be allocated whenever FCC or NTIA determine that an existing public service frequency must be reallocated to another radio service.
Position #4: Preserve and protect Amateur Radio Frequency Allocations
AND WHEREAS, Americans, through the Amateur Radio Service, may use a limited range of frequencies throughout the radio spectrum, often shared with government services, and where an increasing amount of spectrum is subject to public auction to the benefit of private economic interests;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Radio Relay League supports measures that would preserve and protect, on a primary basis, Amateur operator access to existing Amateur Radio Service and Amateur Satellite Service frequencies as a natural resource for the enjoyment of all properly licensed individuals, and protect against interference from unlicensed transmitters such as Part 15 devices operating on frequencies allocated to the Amateur Radio Service.
Position #5: Mandatory RFI Standards for Consumer Electronic Devices
AND WHEREAS, Many home electronic devices lack the necessary filtering and shielding to function properly near the types of transmitters commonly found in residential areas;
AND WHEREAS, it is in the public interest to have a robust, interference-free telecommunications environment;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the American Radio Relay League supports requiring the Federal Communications Commission to develop and implement effective mandatory standards for radio frequency susceptibility of consumer electronic devices.
Position # 6: Opposing Restrictions on Radio Reception
AND WHEREAS, laws already exist prohibiting such conduct both in the Communications Act (Sec. 105) and in the "Electronic Communications Privacy Act" provisions of the Criminal Code (18 USC 2510 et seq);
AND WHEREAS, communications privacy in general is better achieved by technological advancement than by law or regulation;
AND WHEREAS, Statutory privacy prohibitions impede technological development and have a detrimental effect on a broad range of lawful radio users including some Amateur operators, volunteer fire departments, emergency medical services and others;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the American Radio Relay League opposes efforts to expand current prohibitions against cellular and PCS eavesdropping beyond those that already exist, except insofar as such efforts strengthen or clarify existing prohibitions, and are specifically restricted to cellular and PCS services that interface with wireline communication.
Position #7: Support for the Military Affiliate Radio System
AND WHEREAS, the MARS system is estimated to save the American taxpayer as much as $27 million a year;
AND WHEREAS, the volunteers in the Amateur Radio Service provide key communication links in the effective utilization of this important program;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the American Radio Relay League urges Congress to support funding, legislation and other measures to maintain a healthy and robust Military Affiliate Radio System.
52. Executive Vice President Sumner reported on behalf of Mr. Moell, K0OV, the Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator, that ARRL assisted with the funding needed to send the U.S. ARDF Team to China to compete in the World ARDF Championships in October 2000.
53. On motion of Mr. Race, seconded by Mr. Walstrom, the Board VOTED unanimously to ADOPT the following resolution:
WHEREAS, "Hams" from all over the world will converge on Dayton, Ohio for Hamvention 2001, May 18, 19, 20; and
WHEREAS, the Hamvention days will provide educational forums, opportunities to see the newest in equipment and electronic innovations, and the opportunity to socialize with lifelong friends from around the world; and
WHEREAS, Hamvention brings together more than 500 equipment vendors and the legendary world's largest Amateur Radio flea market;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the ARRL Board of Directors, assembled in formal session this day, January 20, 2001, in Irving Texas, does hereby recognize this year's historic Hamvention, and the many members of the committee that make it possible, on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary.
54. On motion of Mr. Isely, seconded by Mr. Butler, it was VOTED unanimously to waive the 60 day notice requirement and the policy of nominating/electing Honorary Vice Presidents only at the time of the usual election of Officers as specified in ARRL Standing Order # 69 for the purpose of nominating an Honorary Vice President at the Annual Meeting of the ARRL Board of Directors assembled in formal session this day, January 20, 2001.
55. On motion of Mr. Isely, seconded by the entire Board, the Board VOTED unanimously to ADOPT the following resolution:
WHEREAS, during his service as Director and Vice Director, he served on the Administration and Finance Committee as its Chairman, the Election Committee as its Chairman, and
WHEREAS, Edmond Metzger established a scholarship providing annual assistance for licensed college students studying engineering, and
WHEREAS, Edmond Metzger served the Springfield, Illinois community as:
(b) A member of the Sangamon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross Board of Directors from 1971 to 1977, and its Trustee of Amateur Radio Station W9DUA; and
(c) A member of the Springfield Board of Education for five (5) years, including serving as its President in 1970 and 1971;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the ARRL Board of Directors assembled in the formal session this day, January 20, 2001, in Irving, Texas, does hereby elect Edmond A. Metzger, W9PRN, Honorary Vice President of the American Radio Relay League. (Applause).
56. The Board recessed for lunch at 11:57 AM returning at 12:58 PM with all persons hereinbefore mentioned present except for Mr. Raisbeck, Mr. Chwat, and Mr. Riker. At this time, Mr. Stinson, as Chairman, presented the report of the Administration and Finance Committee. He outlined the Committee's work over the past year in developing various future scenarios for ARRL and explaining the options that the committee will recommend in order to meet the demands of the future, including: a membership dues increase, a new direction for funding the future operations of ARRL that focuses on voluntary contributions, adding development specialists to work towards increasing voluntary contributions, and Headquarters management reorganization.
57. On motion of Mr. Stinson, seconded by Mr. Bellows, it was VOTED unanimously that the 2001 Administration and Finance Committee Budget proposal, as amended to include management reorganization and the addition of a Development Department, is approved.
58. On motion of Mr. Stinson, seconded by Mr. Roderick, it was VOTED (with all Directors voting in favor, by roll call) that By-Law 36 is modified to read as follows:
59. On motion of Mr. Stinson, seconded by Mr. Bodson, it was VOTED (with all Directors voting in favor, by roll call) that By-Law 37 is modified to read as follows:
a. The Chief Operating Officer, who shall have responsibility for and supervision over any and all matters relating to publication, advertising, circulation, membership services, field services and volunteer examinations. He shall under the general direction of the Executive Vice President, employ such personnel as may be necessary for the effective accomplishment of the duties set forth in this By-Law. He shall sign checks drawn by the Business Manager. He shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the Executive Vice President. His entire time shall be devoted to the duties as set forth above. He shall furnish a bond satisfactory to the Board of Directors, the expense of the same to be borne by the League.
b. The Chief Financial Officer, who shall have responsibility for and supervision over any matters related to personnel policies, comptroller functions, purchasing and administrative services and data processing. He shall, under the general direction of the Executive Vice President, employ such personnel as may be necessary for the effective accomplishment of the duties set forth above. He shall be the Business Manager of the League. He shall collect all monies due the League and shall deposit the same in the name of the League in the depository specified by the Board of Directors, and shall deliver to the Treasurer such surplus funds as may be available for investment. He shall certify the accuracy of bills and vouchers on which money is to be paid and shall draw and countersign checks. He shall have charge of the books and accounts of the League and shall furnish to the Executive Vice President from time to time such statements as may be required. He shall be in responsible charge, under the Executive Vice President, of all the property of the League. He shall perform such other duties as may be assigned to him by the Executive Vice President. His entire time shall be devoted to the duties as set forth above. He shall furnish a bond satisfactory to the Board of Directors, the expense of the same to be borne by the League.
60. On motion of Mr. Stinson, seconded by Mr. Roderick, it was VOTED (with all Directors voting in favor, by roll call) that By-Law 39 is modified to read as follows:
Reviews League management performance and effectiveness, including League finances, on a continuing basis. On an annual basis, reviews the operating budget prepared by the Chief Financial Officer and the Executive Vice President for the coming year and, after approval, forwards to the Board of Directors for ratification.
Reviews intermediate and long term budgetary projections as prepared by the Chief Financial Officer and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board of Directors.
Makes recommendations to the Board in connection with audit and tax matters, and acts as a Board audit committee.
Makes recommendations to the Board and the Executive Vice President in areas of staff management, procedures, and remuneration.
Acts as advisor to and supervisor of the Treasurer in regard to the investment of the League's funds.
Establishes bonding guidelines for League employees.
Acts as advisor to the Executive Vice President with regard to the League's publications programs, including QST and other periodicals.
61. Mr. Stinson moved, seconded by Mr. Bellows, that By-Law 4 be amended to read as follows, effective July 1, 2001:
Mr. Heyn moved, seconded by Mr. Walstrom, to amend July 1, 2001 to read January 1, 2002, but the motion to amend FAILED. The question then being on the original motion, it was ADOPTED with all Directors voting in favor except Mr. Heyn and Mr. Day, who voted no.
62. Mr. Stinson moved, seconded by Mr. Butler, that By-Law 5 be amended to read as follows, effective July 1, 2001:
Mr. Roderick moved, seconded by Mr. Maxwell, that the dues rate for seniors be amended to read $33.00. The amendment FAILED. Mr. Frenaye moved, seconded by Mr. Milnes, that the dues rate for seniors be amended to read $35.00. The amendment FAILED. The question then being on the original motion, with 12 affirmative votes required for adoption, the motion FAILED with 8 votes in favor to 7 opposed. Those voting in favor were Messrs. Fuller, Isely, Bellows, Fallon, Milnes, Maxwell, Stinson, and Day; all other Directors voted opposed. The Board recessed from 3:37 PM until 3:47 PM.
63. Mr. Walstrom moved, seconded by Mr. Race, that By-Law 5 be deleted effective July 1, 2001. Directors Fuller, Isely, Bellows, Race, Fallon, Walstrom, Milnes, Maxwell, Stinson, and Day voted AYE. Directors Roderick, Frenaye, Bodson, Butler, and Heyn voted NAY. With 10 votes in favor and 12 required for adoption, the motion FAILED.
64. Without objection, the Board returned to consideration of amendment of By-Law 5. Mr. Stinson moved, seconded by Mr. Bellows, to amend By-Law 5 to read as follows, effective July 1, 2001:
All Directors voted in favor except Mr. Heyn, who voted opposed. With 14 votes in favor and 12 votes required for adoption, the amendment was APPROVED.
65. Mr. Stafford moved, seconded by Mr. Frenaye, that the following resolution be adopted:
WHEREAS, the international Morse code has been an essential mode to Amateur Radio from its beginning to this day; and
WHEREAS, Radio Amateurs formed a pool of skilled Morse operators vital in the 20th Century for national defense, disaster, maritime-mobile and aeronautical-mobile communications; and
WHEREAS, since the 1950s there has been a great influx of other technologies that have gradually reduced the need for trained Morse operators outside the Amateur services; and
WHEREAS, the aeronautical-mobile and maritime-mobile applications of Morse have been or are being terminated throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, there is an agenda item for the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference to consider Article S25; and
WHEREAS, it is highly likely that administrations will delete the Morse code requirement in Article S25 at WRC2003; and
WHEREAS, the international Amateur community has followed the United States lead in reducing the code speed requirement for licensing to operate on bands below 30 MHz to 5 words per minute and there is a trend toward elimination of this requirement;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the ARRL Board of Directors recognizes and accepts that suppression of the Morse code requirement in Article S25 is likely to occur at WRC 2003; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that deletion of the requirement from Article S25 should not automatically or immediately mean a similar removal of the Morse code from Part 97 of the FCC rules; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that each administration should determine if Morse code is retained as a testing element; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, it is the opinion of this Board at this time that Morse code should be retained as a testing element in the U.S.; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Morse code is deserving of continued support as an important operating mode including providing for the protection and maintenance of sufficient spectrum in band planning; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that staff develop a program designed to promote the use of Morse code; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that this resolution supersedes all previous statements of policy related to suppression of the Morse code requirement in Article S25.
Mr. Fuller requested a roll call vote. In response to an objection, the Chair ruled that a request for a roll call vote must be in the form of an incidental motion. Mr. Fuller so moved, seconded by Mr. Roderick, but the motion was DEFEATED. The question then being on the main motion, the same was ADOPTED.
66. On motion of Mr. Frenaye, seconded by Mr. Fallon, it was VOTED unanimously that the President is authorized and instructed to appoint a committee of no more than five members for the purpose of soliciting membership input and updating the ARRL position on refarming of the HF Novice bands in light of the 1999 FCC license restructuring Report and Order. The committee shall initiate its solicitation no later than May 2001, and shall submit its final report to the Board for consideration of the issue at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Board. The Board was in recess from 5:13 PM until 5:35 PM.
67. On motion of Mr. Race, seconded by Mr. Heyn, it was VOTED unanimously to ADOPT the following resolution:
WHEREAS, the social and emergency uses of Amateur Radio have been affected by the advance of technology;
NOW THEREFORE, it is moved that the VRC study the Field Organization and its operation; and it is further
MOVED, a preliminary report shall be presented to the Board at the July 2001 Meeting; and it is further
MOVED, a final report and recommendations shall be presented at the 2002 Annual Meeting of the Board.
68. On motion of Mr. Roderick, seconded by Mr. Frenaye, it was VOTED unanimously that the President select an Ad Hoc Committee to solicit membership input on the current band plan for 160 meters and to provide recommendations for any changes at the Board of Directors meeting in July, 2001.
69. On motion of Mr. Bellows, seconded by Mr. Frenaye, it was VOTED unanimously to ADOPT the following resolution:
WHEREAS, beacon operation in that band is permitted pursuant to Section 97.203 of the FCC's rules, but only while under local or remote control; and
WHEREAS, automatically controlled beacon operation in the 160-meter band is reasonably necessary for a fixed period of time in order to gather accurate propagation data; and
WHEREAS, a request has been made by Radio Amateurs active in such propagation research that ARRL facilitate such research by obtaining from the FCC, by means of a waiver, STA or experimental license as appropriate, authorization to utilize a fixed number of automatically controlled beacon facilities at low power, for a fixed term up to two years, for the purpose of conducting propagation research in the 1800-2000 kHz band;
NOW, THEREFORE, it is MOVED that the Technology Task Force study a waiver, STA or experimental authorization from the FCC permitting a limited number of low-power, automatically controlled beacon facilities in the 160-meter band, subject at all times to the ARRL band plan, and subject, nevertheless, to the requirement that any such beacon operation be terminated immediately upon receipt by ARRL headquarters of bona fide complaints of interference to ongoing Amateur two-way communications. It is further requested that the Technology Task Force report back to the Board at its July 2001 meeting.
70. On motion of Mr. Day, seconded by the entire assembly, it was VOTED unanimously to recognize and to thank staff, especially Lisa Kustosik, KA1UFZ, and Stacy Rogers of President Haynie's firm, for their hard work to ensure the success of this function. (Applause).
71. There being no further business, following informal comments of those present the Board adjourned sine die at 6:46 PM. (Time in session as a Board: 14 hours, 25 minutes).
David Sumner, K1ZZ