SECTION NEWSLETTER for June 2017
WISCONSIN: SM: Patrick Moretti KA1RB.
This morning I got up and just wanted to say Hi to Amateurs in Wisconsin!
My short topic for this letter is "another aspect of Amateur Radio"...
One of the forums that was scheduled at the Dayton Hamvention this year was "How to Handle the Annoying Member in Your Club" or something to that effect. For some reason it was cancelled... One of the comments that stood out was: "If you believe your club does not have an annoying member - You are probably it!"
So in the spirit of doing a good job at whatever your endeavor is, here are the guidelines for being as annoying as possible. Please excuse the parody of the Amateur's Code.
HOW TO BE A TRULY ANNOYING AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR
BE INCONSIDERATE! 1. Use what ever frequency for your own operation - ignore the band plans! 2. Use more power than needed, be broad banded! 3. Make it a point to operate so that you annoy at least one or more persons...
BE DISLOYAL! 1. You only owe loyalty to yourself! No one else matters. 2. It helps if you can make believe that you care... make new people feel welcomed, but only so that you can get a following of new people who don't really know you yet. More people following you makes you more IMPORTANT!
BE RETRO! 1. Stick to the old ways - Your ways... "I've been a Ham for over 60 Years - Trust me!" = "I've been a Ham for One year 60 times..." = don't support change! 2. There is no need to keep up with the state of the art. (All those digital modes are not real radio!) 3. Operate your way and try to get new people to operate the same way (jump in and correct them if they stray from your own part 97 interpretation) 4. Use as many frequencies as you can at the same time…
FRIENDSHIP IS OVER RATED!
1. "I don't need no stinking friends... just followers" (2.2 above) 2. Operate your way - if they can't keep-up, its their fault not yours. 3. Don't give advice... dictate how you want them to operate. Its your way or the Highway!
THERE IS NO NEED TO COOPERATE! See 4.2 above...
BE UNBALANCED (need I say more?)
BE UNPATRIOTIC! 1. Spend hours criticizing every aspect of government from the Dog Catcher to the President - none of those overpaid wannabe's deserve any respect! 2. Jump in and criticize anyone else's' opinion. Make sure to belittle them as much as possible - note - if you can't do it on the air, do it at food events you organize for the purpose. 3. Make a big deal of supporting the various public events, but make sure that the way you do it makes you stand out as the organizer, the controller, the end all of the event, even if all you did was show-up and get in the way!
While the above comments are tongue-in-cheek, we all know some folks that fit into one or more of the characteristics. Talk to them gently because it is likely that they do not know they are doing it.
I strongly believe that no-one gets up in the morning and asks themselves "what can I screw-up today?" Or "who can I inconvenience?" Or "Who can I annoy?" Yet in the course of the day, it happens, things get screw-up, folks are inconvenienced by our actions, and some folks are downright annoyed! Was there something we could have done differently? There probably was... Think on it!
My goal here? Get you thinking about your own behavior...
By the time you read this, Field Day will be upon us! This coming week-end!
This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the value of Amateur Radio! -Amateur Radio is FUN -Amateur Radio can be used in a field/emergency situation -Amateur Radio Operators are team players -Amateur Radio Operators are educators
Hope you have the opportunity to spend a fun week-end in the field. I'll be visiting various sites and hope to see you there!
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WISCONSIN SECTION P S H R SUMMARY May 2017
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WISCONSIN SECTION STATION ACTIVITY SUMMARY May 2017
Sadly I have several passings to reports at this time: ... and a reminder. Please, as you send me these sad notices, make sure to include links to the obituaries. You'll notice some of the links are missing in the following listings.
Ron Martinmaki, W9EOA, died May 16. There is a small announcement in
the La Crosse Tribune today which will be followed by a full obituary
Bernard R. Budny, W9WKB Silent Key
Bernard R "bub" Budny W9WKB SK Died May 16 2017 at age 89 he was a US Navy veteran serving during World War II and worked at Allen Bradley or 24 years he had a master's degree in electrical engineering from UW Madison and was a professor at the Milwaukee School of Engineering
Peter S. Stankowski, N9DVF SK, "Pete" N9DVF Born on May 17, 1953, closed his eyes and found peace on June 8, 2017.
Through a memorial gift to ARRL you can celebrate or honor the life or contributions of a family member or friend for whom Amateur Radio has been a passion. http://www.arrl.org/memorial-gifts
Please keep me informed of any Wisconsin Amateurs who pass away. Send me the obituary (newspaper website notice preferred) to so I can pass it on to ARRL for posting in QST.
The MAIN reminders for this letter are "don't be the annoying member of your club..." and remember to Enjoy Field Day and demonstrate Good Amateur Radio Practices!
More experimentation with this newsletter - hope it meets your expectations!
I appreciate the feed-back I have received and look forward to more!
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
I would like to receive your club newsletters (along with permission to use quotes from them) so that I can include them in this Wisconsin Section Newsletter. Please send them to my address! Keep me informed and I'll share that information with you - let me know how I can help!
Thanks to all who participate!