Volunteers Needed

Good morning everyone. Now that we have the new by-laws in place, our backlog has mostly been completed, and we as an organization are being more proactive, we now look to take on some of the larger agenda items.

First, if you are interested in joining the Coordination Committee, Corey KB9BNA will be doing a general training session on Monday, June 25th at 7:00 PM. It will go through the basics of the software that we use, as well as a general background of coordination from start to finish. The session will be done over the web, so you can participate from your computer. If you have any further questions, you can reach him at coordinationsecretary@wi-repeaters.org.

Also, we are looking for a group of volunteers willing to help build a new band plan for Wisconsin. Board Member Tony KT9AC has taken the lead on this, and together we hope to have a draft plan to review in a few months. If this is something you would be interested in helping with, please reach out to Tony at kt9ac@wi-repeaters.org.

As always, if you have further questions or comments, you can let me know at president@wi-repeaters.org.

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI

March Meeting Update

I want to thank the membership who attended the meeting at HRO in Milwaukee last Saturday (3/17) for allowing me the opportunity to continue as a member of the WAR board, and for the board’s trust in me to continue as President. It is through the leadership of Greg, Chris, Corey, and Dave, that we’d been able to accomplish so much in the last 6-9 months. And it’s my hope that we can take this organization even further.

With the new by-laws in place, we now have seven board members. Along with myself, your new board include Rick W9RIX (Vice-President), Josh KC9WWH (Secretary), Chris KC9NVV (Treasurer), Bill WQ9A, Mike N9OEZ, and Tony KT9AC.

For now you can still reach me at vice-chair@wi-repeaters.org, but in the near future we’ll also set up our website and email server to transition to the new titles per the by-laws. Keep an eye on the website for new information soon.

Until next time, 73 de Dean KB7QDI

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

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.

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