On January first, I began serving as your Dakota Division Director. I want
to thank Kent Olson KA0LDG for the serving as our Division Director, Vice
Director and North Dakota Section Manager. He has been a great role model
for me as I learned the ropes as your 2016-2017 Vice Director. The past
eleven days have gone by quickly as 2018 Vice Director Lynn Nelson and me
prepare for next week’s ARRL Board of Directors meeting in
Connecticut. I have completed my review of the motions being proposed to
date, which have been posted to the Division web site so you can form your
own opinions. 1
Director Holden goes on to discuss his positions concerning the various
motions and requests member feedback.
ARRL Dakota Divison members are encouraged review the following
documents and contact Director Holden (K0BBC) before the January 19th
board meeting about the various motions which will be presented.
ARRL leadership policy and governance actions taken over the last two
years—along the actions planned to be formalized at the Board meeting
in January 19, 2018, in Newington—have become a source of concern,
among some members, about the future of the League. Enough concern was
raised that, “in December 2017, a small group of passionate, long-time
supporters of ARRL [including Life Members, Maxim Society Members,
Legacy Circle Members, Past Vice-Directors, and Volunteer Counsel] …
banded together as myARRLvoice to better
understand the issues, to educate the community and to advocate for
positive change.” 1
Subsequent to the formation of myARRLvoice a
and Twitter Feed
were established to provide venues for discussion about, and to raise
awareness of, these issues.
Purchasing an AREDN compatible radio and antenna is only the first step in
assembling a useful, deployable, personal node.
Additional parts and equipment to support planned network
capabilities—including provisions for portable power—must be
purchased and then packaged in a manner which allows for safe and
Trevor Paskett (K7FPV), a member of
the AREDN project, has designed a a portable
mesh node to support his local mesh network’s mission while meeting
served agency policy restrictions which prohibit permanent installation
of equipment in their buildings.
Incident and event net traffic falls into two categories: formal message
traffic and tactical traffic.
Tactical traffic consists of ad hoc messages about what is happening
during an incident or event. And the purpose of a tactical traffic net
is to enable all participating stations to pass traffic while it is
Efficient tactical traffic nets engage in succinct and unambiguous
communication through the disciplined use of a well practiced protocol
which eliminates over identification and avoids the introduction of
One such tactical traffic net protocol is illustrated in a
Tactical Communications Exercise
conducted during an
net. In this recording you will hear net participants practicing their tactical communication protocol as they check-in, submit their reports, and engage in discussion.