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Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, Resigns as Section Emergency Coordinator

Posted by af6aq on 24th June 2009

Below you will find a note from my Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT. Jim served as my SEC from the beginning of my Term as Section Manager. He served very well, rebuilding the ARES® organization in the East Bay Section and renewing efforts to develop a section emergency plan. I will miss Jim’s input as SEC but I also know that the Pacific Division has gained a great asset. Thank you, Jim, for all that you have done for me, and for Amateur Radio and the American Radio Relay League.

Jim Latham, AF6AQ

Dear Jim,

Please accept my resignation as the Section Emergency Coordinator for the East Bay Section. As you know, my appointment as Vice Director of the Pacific Division requires that I devote my time and attention to fulfilling that function to an extent that precludes my continuing role as SEC of the East Bay Section.

I certainly have enjoyed getting to know you and working with you in my all too brief tenure in your cabinet. I believe that you exercise an effective and appropriate management style and philosophy for your position in the Field Organization of the ARRL. I know that you face many challenging issues and wish you the best of success in your future endeavors for the benefit of Amateur Radio in the Section. Please remember you can always look to me for support in your efforts

Although I do not have any immediate candidates as a successor for my position, I have solicited interest in the position and will assist you in finding potential candidates. If you have any ideas as to how I can further assist you in this regard, please let me know.

Once again Jim, I have enjoyed our association and look forward to working with you in the future. Best regards.

Very truly yours,
James A. Tiemstra, K6JAT

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HR-2160 Discussion with Dave Sumner, K1ZZ

Posted by af6aq on 19th June 2009

Atlantic Division Director Bill Edgar, N3LLR, has graciously allowed me to invite the members of the Pacific Division to join in on the webinar program shown below. Please note that the time listed is EDT. The starting time is 5 PM PDT and 2 PM HST. This is a great opportunity, and I urge all of you that can make the time for this event, to do so.

Bob — W6RGG

Atlantic Division Update on HR 2160

Join us for a Webinar on June 25

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

The purpose of this webinar is to update Atlantic Division members on HR 2160 and why it is important to solicit support for this important proposed legislation.

The House of Representatives is presently considering new legislation to promote and encourage the valuable public service, disaster relief, and emergency communications provided on a volunteer basis by licensees of the Federal Communications Commission in the Amateur Radio Service, by undertaking a study of the uses of amateur radio for emergency and disaster relief communications, by identifying unnecessary or unreasonable impediments to the deployment of Amateur Radio emergency and disaster relief communications, and by making recommendations for relief of such unreasonable restrictions so as to expand the uses of amateur radio communications in Homeland Security planning and response.

Specifically, the “Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 – Directs the Secretary of Homeland Security to: (1) study the uses and capabilities of amateur radio communications in emergencies and disaster relief; (2) use the expertise of the American Radio Relay League in the study; and (3) report to Congress.” (full text of the legislation is available at

The bill is presently in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce for consideration.

According to Dan Henderson, N1ND, the ARRL Regulatory Information Manager, “HR 2160 stands as the first step in trying to address the long standing problem of extending the protections afforded Amateur Radio operators under PRB-1 to deed restrictions and covenants. To be clear, passing HR 2160 is not going to achieve that goal right away. But it will help lay the ground work by assessing the impact such restrictions have on our ability to train for and respond to disasters and other emergencies.”

To help you learn more about the bill and the support that you can provide, the Atlantic Division is presenting a webinar on Thursday, June 25, from 8:00 PM until 9:30 PM EDT. Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, the Chief Executive Officer of the ARRL, will provide further background on the bill and on the ways in which you can provide support.

Title: Atlantic Division Update on HR 2160

Date: Thursday, June 25, 2009

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

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SPECIAL EVENT – 13 Colonies “On the Air”

Posted by af6aq on 16th June 2009

4th of July SPECIAL EVENT (13 ColoniesOn the Air“).

Look for special event stations from all the thirteen 1776 original colonies to be on the air between 1300z, from July 1st to 0400z July 5th. A full color certificate printed on heavy card stock or parchment paper (with a map and the state flags of all the 1776 colony states) will be available to each station who works one or more or ALL of the special event stations. The thirteen 1776 original colonies (their special event callsign) are: CT (K2D), DE (K2E), GA (K2G), MA (K2H), MD (K2F), NC (K2J), NJ (K2I), NH (K2K), NY (K2A), RI (K2C), PA (K2M), SC (K2L) and VA (K2C).

Activity will be on all bands (except 60m and the 30/17/12m). The Colony stations will be operating on or near the “13” of each band (Eg. 14213, 14313, 7213, et.). Also, 2 meters and 6 meters simplex frequencies are encouraged. For this event 2 meter repeater contacts WILL be allowed.

For more details and picture of the certificate, please visit their Web page at:

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David Seth Melnick, WA6POR – SK

Posted by af6aq on 16th June 2009

David Seth Melnick    
PhotoDavid Seth Melnick Born November 23, 1956, died May 23, 2009 unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep while traveling in China with his wife, Terri. David was born in San Francisco CA. and raised in Marin. He earned an associate degree at College of Marin and served as student body president. David received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, SF. and was involved in the Master’s Program at Golden Gate University. David specialized in the information technology field for over 30 years. Married in June 1981, moved to Lafayette CA in 1995. A dedicated family man, David was a past coach for Twin Cities Soccer League and Lafayette LL. He also served as a volunteer for the Orinda Academy. David enjoyed sailing, traveling, and cycling. He was a HAM radio operator and was affiliated with the Mt Diablo Amateur RC. David was a man of integrity and honesty and a very giving person. He always found time to help others. He loved to read and had a voracious appetite for learning. He will remain forever in the hearts of his wife, Terri; son, Monte; parents, Jack and Marjorie; mother-in-law, Elaine Renas; sister and brother-in-law, Rachel and Bryon Botsford; and nephews, Alec and Cole. A Celebration of David’s Life will be held on Saturday, June 20th at 2:30pm in The Lake Room at Heather Farms on 301 N. San Carlos Dr., in Walnut Creek, CA.

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Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, Appointed as Vice Director

Posted by af6aq on 13th June 2009

ARRL President Joel Harrison, with the approval of the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee, has appointed Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, to serve the remainder of Andy Oppel’s, N6AJO, term as Pacific Division Vice Director. Jim is an attorney in private practice in Oakland. He plans to attend the Board meeting next month.

Jim was deeply honored to be chosen to fill the vacancy left by Andy Oppel’s resignation, and because Amateur Radio certainly has enriched and added value to many aspects of his life, he is elated to have the opportunity to contribute something back to the hobby. Jim believes that the future of Amateur Radio is at a critical crossroads which will involve our appeal to youth. (Jim and his XYL, Lilah, KE6EHD, have twin boys, Robert, and Matthew, who is licensed as KI6IHP.)

An Amateur Extra class licensee and ARRL Diamond Club Member, Jim was first licensed in 1970 as WN9ELU. Since then, he has also held the call signs: WB9ELU, N6OIK, V26JAT and 3D2TJ. Presently, he is the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) of the ARRL’s East Bay Section.

Jim’s favorite Ham Radio pastimes are contesting (more wallpaper than wall, he says), DXing (the easy 300 confirmed), and Dxpeditions (a poor, but adequate excuse for a vacation). He has operated as 3D2TJ, PJ2/K6JAT and KH6/K6JAT, and from V26DX. However, he has long been involved in the public service aspects of the hobby.

As a member of the Oakland ARES group, Jim responded to the Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) and Oakland Hills Firestorm (1991) disasters. He worked with Oakland Hams and City officials to gain RACES recognition and was instrumental in forging a formal Letter of Understanding (LOU). In addition, he assisted Oakland ARES/RACES in successfully championing a proposal to use post-firestorm, bond Measure I funds to acquire and install amateur radio equipment in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and each of its 30 fire stations, dubbed the Emergency Communication Ham Operation (ECHO) system. Jim served as Oakland’s RACES Radio Officer for over 14 years.

In 1998, Jim acted as the incorporator of the Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA), an ARRL affiliated club, was a founding director and became its first president. Presently, he remains a member of ORCA’s board of directors and trustee of the club’s callsign: WW6OR. In addition, Jim is a member of the Northern California Contest Club (NCCC), the Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA), contributes to the Northern California DX Foundation and holds 10-10 membership number 7686.

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