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2018

20180104-01 - Your Participation is Requested Hello everyone. First of all, I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the holidays. I know it's been a while, but as you can see we've made quite a bit of progress over the last few months. Thanks to my fellow board members, the Coordination Secretary committee, and our WAR Coordinator, much of the current backlog on getting repeater pairs have been at least entered into the system, and waiting for final approval. For those waiting for those repeater pairs, you should be hearing from us real soon.

Over the last six months or so, many of us have asked our members to help volunteer for some of the longer-term projects that WAR has been looking at. Some of them include:

  • Becoming District Representatives for your area
  • Joining the Coordination Secretary committee
  • Helping the discussion on possible selective access changes for the NW region
  • Modifying the current band plan to enhance current technologies, and possibly add new repeater pairs

If you are interested in learning more about any (or all) the volunteer positions available, please don't hesitate to reach out to me or any other WAR board member. I hope to have the final volunteer list in a couple weeks, and subcommittees created by the end of January 2018.

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI

2017
20171016-01 – Periodic Updates 2nd Notice – If you have not returned your periodic update, you’re going to receive a 2nd notice this week. Please don’t ignore this document, it’s a compliance requirement that you must sign and return the periodic update by December 31st, 2017. The terms by which you agreed to as a Holder of Coordination specifically requires you to maintain your relationship with WAR, and thus maintaining your coordination. We used the Primary Contact address listed for your coordination back in February. Now we’ve used the HOC and the Sponsor addresses to try and make contact. Please comply with the 2nd notice.
2nd Notice

20171012-01 - Status Update - Coordination Listings I wanted to give everyone an update on where we've been over the last 5-6 weeks.

First, WAR and the Coordination Secretary committee have been meeting via audio and web conference almost every week since August. Most of the discussion has been on learning the coordination workflow, as well as educating ourselves on the software. Recently, Dave KA9FUR has been able to allocate some time into helping us, as well as taking on some of the backlog before passing it to the committee. It's safe to say that a lot has been accomplished, especially within the last couple weeks.

The Coordination Secretary committee hopes to have complete access to the database and paperwork over the next week or so, and from there we can assign tasks to the committee members and get back on track. As part of the process, procedures on reaching us via e-mail or postal mail has changed so that all correspondence go through the committee. For those who have submitted applications for new or updated repeater coordination, we promise that you should hear back from someone in the committee soon.

Dave also completed the second notices and passed them on to the WAR Secretary, so for those who have not completed the first notice should get your reminders in the near future.

Lastly, we have confirmed the 2018 Membership Meeting for Saturday, March 17th at Ham Radio Outlet in Milwaukee. Doors will open around 9:30 AM, with the meeting starting at 10:00 AM sharp. There will be plenty to discuss, so I hope to see you all there.

I will follow up with you again in the next couple weeks as to our progress. If you have any questions or comments, don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI

20171011-01 - De-coordination actions taken by coordinator:

N9WYQ Big Flats 146.625 dropped due to lack of response
N9WYQ Big Flats 444.725 dropped due to lack of response
N9XFD Two Rivers 147.030 dropped due to lack of response
W9LLB Melrose 145.450 dropped due to lack of response
N9QKK Menomonie 146.685 HOC relinquished coordination
N9UPC Baldwin 147.015 dropped due to failure to construct after an extended time
W9MRA Wisconsin Rapids dropped due to failure to construct
K9MTW Manitowoc 145.110 dropped due to failure to construct
KR9RK Racine multiple auxiliary stations dropped due to a failure to construct
W9CQ Germantown 442.875 dropped due to lack of response

Note that this list does not include any voluntary de-coordination information.

20170907-01 - Special Technical Advisor - Corey Lardinois KB9BNA Vice-Chairman Dean Hoover KB7QDI has appointed WAR Member, Corey Lardinois KB9BNA to the position of Special Technical Advisor. The unanimous decision under Article III.C.4 was completed during a Board teleconference, Thursday, September 7th, 2017. Corey will be responsible to:
    1. assist the Board and Appointed Committees with expertise including, but not limited to; database manipulation, security, archiving, work flows
    2. assist the Board and Appointed Committees with technical knowledge as it relates to frequency coordination, radio interference, repeater and link system design and construction, VoIP modes of operation, digital technology and modalities
    3. assist the Board and Appointed Committees with the development of educational materials
20170907-02 - Coordination Secretary Committee Vice-Chairman Dean Hoover KB7QDI has established a working committee responsible for developing further understanding of the coordination process with the goal of assisting the Coordinator with routine administrative tasks. The unanimous decision under Article III.C.3 was completed during a Board teleconference, Thursday, September 7th, 2017. The new committee is responsible for developing a workflow and recruiting a Member to take on the task of Coordination Secretary.

20170902-01 - Keeping You In The Loop Now that the August meeting is complete, I want to thank those that were able to join us. Your input was invaluable, and having approved the new by-laws, you give this board some added flexibility in helping the Association.I want to let you know that we, as a board, know that we need to do more, and I feel very comfortable telling you that is exactly what we plan to do. We have another board meeting in the coming days, both to review what we've done and begin the process of moving forward. We understand your frustrations, and to that end we are committed to doing what we can to get our coordinator the assistance he needs.As part of our meeting, we proposed a tentative plan (written by our current coordinator Dave KA9FUR) that includes a coordination team, including volunteers that help gather and confirm paperwork, communicate with those who have submitted paperwork to WAR, a proposed team of coordinators that work together to not only complete our current backlog, but also assist regionally to tackle some of the longer-term objectives. And, last but not least, someone who takes on the task of helping us with future programs like a revised frequency allocation scheme based on new emission standards.We received a lot of positive feedback at the meeting, and am happy to report that several members volunteered to help. As a board, we both appreciate everyone who raised their hand, and ask those who weren't at the meeting to also see if they can participate in what we are trying to accomplish. If you've had an interest in knowing more about what WAR does, whether on the coordination side or administrative, then simply put this is your chance. With the new by-laws, the previous board of four is now a board of seven. The coordination plan​ requires volunteers.All this will require time and effort. Education will be required, and that means a teacher and students. The good part is that with audio and web conferencing, using those tools means remote training are valuable tools that we can take advantage of.On my end, I promise that I will do my best to keep you informed to our issues and our progress. Expect updates here on our website, from both myself and the board as we look for ways to keep you in the loop.Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI
Vice-Chairman, WAR

20170826-01 - Revised Bylaws Approved The Bylaws as amended on March 18th, 2017 at the Associations annual membership meeting were enacted today. Vice-Chairman Hoover KB7QDI asked for a motion, and by majority vote, the hams attending the August meeting in Wausau approved to accept our new Bylaws document. You can download them from the link under "Governing Documents."
20170801-01 - You're invited! On August 26th, 2017, our organization is going to (hopefully) finalize a very important and critical change to the WAR by-laws, as well as bring new opportunities to its members and the Wisconsin amateur radio community in general.  By adding additional members to the board, it further promotes what previous administrations have worked so hard to bring forth - to better serve you!  Everyone who owns and operates a repeater in the state of Wisconsin, whether as an individual or club/group, the proposed changes that can be ratified in August brings you closer to a better WAR.
Also, as other boards have stated, I will say as well...... your participation is key, and we encourage you to come to the meeting. Not only because of the proposed by-law changes we've crafted, but
also because we want to hear your input and/or questions.
Finally, this month is a wonderful chance for anyone looking to be more involved in WAR.  Our organization represents that best of what ham radio operators are in this state, and look forward to you helping WAR grow and be even better than we are today!
Hope to see you all in Wausau on the 26th!
73 de Dean KB7QDI
Vice-Chairman, WAR
20170726-01 – What’s the status of my coordination? We’ve received several inquiries as to the status of new requests for coordination. At this time, our frequency coordinator has been deferring these requests until a later date. Contractual obligations require his time and energies to complete several commercial software projects which have taken a great deal of time away from volunteer efforts. Periodic updates have been mostly processed as of May 31st, with a few exceptions. New coordination requests were last completed as of March 18th.
20170706-01 - An eye toward the future. They say that all good things must come to an end. They’re wrong. Good things remain good things, even if we’re no longer a part of them. Click here to read more!
20170630-01 - Chairman Resigns Chris Tarr W9JOL resigned today siting personal reasons.
20170322-01 - Thank you, and what's next! We just had some important things happen, and I want to thank you for it! Click here to read more!
20170306-01 - What constitutes a "coordinated system"? This has been at the top of our minds recently as we've been dealing with some coordination issues. I thought it might be a good time to go over what a coordinated system is... Click here to read more!
20170207-01 - Annual Updates On The Way - Notices Sent - On Feb 7, 2017, letters were sent to the contacts associated with twenty one (21) repeaters advising that they have been removed from the active records due to one or more reports... Click here to read more!
 
2016
20161214-01 - "Proposed Bylaw Changes" - Members, Stakeholders, and friends: The WAR board members sat down and met several times over the past few weeks to create a proposal to update and revise our bylaws. Bylaws are a “big thing”. They, along with policy documents, determine how an organization is governed. Click here to read more!
20161108-01 - "The BIG Update" - Hello again, I am pleased to make several announcements today - all of which I think are positive! First off, we are finally kicking off a round of periodic updates in order to get our database updated. I realize that it's a long time coming, but we had a lot of fixing to do this year, so it took a back seat for a while. Click here to read more!
20161001-01 - "Activity By Your Board of Directors" - Greetings! I want to get you up to speed on what your board has been up to. I know it seems like we’ve been pretty quiet, but to be honest we’ve been more active than we’ve been in many years. Click here to read more!
20160718-01 - "Coordinating New Emission Types" - Your WAR, Inc. board continues to work on policy updates to streamline operations and bring more benefit to you, the repeater owner or operator. Among these changes is... Click here to read more!
20160526-01 March 2016 Membership Meeting Minutes - The minutes from the March 2016 general membership meeting are available on line. Click here to read more!
20160515-01 Chairman's Blog - "Behind The Scenes" - Please click on the link and read Chris' latest blog post. As Chris says, "...even though things seem quiet, rest assured that we are working hard to not only improve our service to you in our primary job of coordination, but also in a few other ways that may help the hobby in general." Click here to read more!
20160321-01 Welcome Message from our Chairman: Chris W9JOL - "Humans are allergic to change. They love to say, "We've always done it this way." I try to fight that." - Grace Hopper
Read Chris' welcome letter to all Wisconsin hams... and get involved with the next generation of leadership. Your comments and suggestions are requested. Click here to read more!
20160319-01 Welcome New Leadership! - There are two new members of the WAR Inc. leadership team. Our new Chairman is Chris Tarr W9JOL, and our new Vice-Chairman is Jim Westover KB9KBK. Both volunteered to serve our association and will continue to help you, the Wisconsin repeater owner/builder. Please welcome our new leadership members!
20160126-01 Membership Meeting - March 19th - Our 2016 March Membership Meeting date and location have been set. Please join us on the 19th of March, 10am to Noon, AES Milwaukee. The store hours are 9am - 3pm, so you can do a little browsing before and after the meeting if you wish.
20160104-01 - Revised Coordination Forms & Instructions - You can now "digitally" sign your Station Coordination Proposal form and email it to the coordinator. To take advantage of this, please download the form and open it in Acrobat Reader. Simply clicking on the form link and opening the document in your browser will not enable you to add a digital signature.
 
2015
20151230-01 Aux Listings Now Available - Two new listings are now available for your review. The "Proposed Aux" and "Under Construction Aux" links will show the Location, Region and Callsigns of the Aux frequencies being coordinated. Specific details as to a frequency have been hidden, however the list is being made available so applicants can see the status of their requests. Check back here often if you're submitted a coordination request for status updates.
20151220-01 Please Read the Coordination Form Instructions - Many of you have seen and used the revised Coordination Forms. However, there have been a few issues... so please, download the "How To Instructions" document. No one likes to read, much less actually use instructions. But in the spirit of trying to help you, please help us!
20151217-02 Proposed & Under Construction Listings - What is the status of your coordination request? Who in the state is putting up a new system? Now you can get up to date information by simply clicking on the "Proposed and Under Construction" links. These HTML files get updated each time the listings have been revised. Check them out!
20151217-01 More New Features! CHIRP .csv!- CHIRP is a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. It supports a large number of manufacturers and models, as well as provides a way to interface with multiple data sources and formats. Check out the link to this free software and download the .csv file.
20151215-01 New Feature! RT Systems .csv! - You can now download a .csv file to import into your RT Systems radio programming software. The link is in the right column. For most users, simply right-click the "WI List for RT Systems" link, choose to "save link as" and save the .csv file to your computer. If you have comments, be sure to let us know!
20151215-01 Listing Updates - The listings data has been updated. Check out the latest data to find out more.
20151208-01 Revised Coordination Forms - We've updated our Coordination Forms and the Instructions which support the new forms. What you'll find is a new "C" form for all of your Contact information, and a "S" form for Station information. The new forms will handle ALL Station types; Repeater, Aux Repeater (remote receiver), Aux Link Receiver, Control Receiver, Point-to-Point Link, and Remote Base. Use these forms for a NEW system, or to MODIFY an existing station coordination. Use as many "S" forms as necessary to coordinate your system.
20151206-01 Listing Updates - The listings data has been updated. Several new systems are coming on-line throughout the State. Check out the latest data to find out more.
20151129-01 Listing Updates - The listings data has been updated. The new data also lists "under construction" which means the repeater builder has 6 months to get the new system on the air. If for any reason it will take more than 6 months, send an email to WAR Inc. and update your status.
20151115-01 Listing Updates - The listings data has been updated... again! Frequency Coordinator, Dave Karr KA9FUR has been hard at work trying to get caught up and get the data out to our membership. If you have a pending coordination in progress by today you've most likely received an email from Dave updating you on the current status. Again... this website is always your best source of current listings!
20151112-01 Listing Updates - The listings data has been updated. Click on any of the pre-formatted listing types under "Repeater Listings" for current information. This WAR Inc. website is always your best source of current listing data.
20151030-01 What is the status of my coordination request? By far this is the most pressing issue at hand. The direct answer is to review the list of Pending & In Progress coordination requests below. Specifically, each coordination request... -more-
20151030-02 Just who is running the joint? As of September 5th, Dave Shank KA9WXN resigned his role as Chairman of WAR, Inc. And, as of September 23rd, Pete Johnson AB9PJ resigned his role as Vice Chairman. Both Dave and Pete have... -more-
20151030-04 I'm really pissed off, what in the ---- is taking so long? We've received several emails, phone calls and letters illustrating your frustration. If you've submitted a new coordination request, you need to check... -more-
20151030-05 Why do my email messages go unanswered? Partly because we understand your frustration and we're trying to do the work without spending time on... -more-
20151030-06 - What's the ARRL Repeater Directory issue all about? And to follow that up, many have asked why the data in the current publication is wrong or out of date... -more-

 

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