SM Article for December 2001QST

This is the last month for our current Southwestern Director, Fried Heyn, WA6WZO; Fried has elected to not run for another term as our Director. He has served in this position since 1982 and has done an excellent job and supported us here in Arizona. Thank you Fried for all the hard work you have done for Amateur Radio and for us here in Arizona. Art Goddard, W6XD, has been elected to be our new director. He has been the Division Vice-director for many years and is an excellent choice for this position. He will be at the Superstition Hamfest on 01 December at Mesa Community College. Stop back the ARRL booth and take time to talk with Art. He has some new ideas to help improve amateur radio. I am trying to put together a folder on how others have fought the CC&Rís throughout the state. We need to band together and see if we can change this restriction on antennas. The ARCA web site has been changed to www.arca-az.org/arca. Take time to visit their web site and get to know this organization and the officers. ARCA is an organization that represents many of the clubs here in Arizona. They do a lot more than just put on the Fort Tuthill Hamfest. Donít forget to checkout our state web site at www.qsl.net/arrlaz/. This site has all the latest state information and links to the many clubs here in Arizona, throughout the country, and has a listing for all the ARRL volunteerís. Have you used our new satellite, AO40? It is now up and running and many contacts have been made through this new object. I do not have the equipment for this type of activity, but many people here in Arizona are having fun working through the satellite. Amateur radio TV is starting to take hold here in Arizona. The ATV group has placed a repeater on Mount Lemon. The frequency of operation is input= 434.00 MHz, output= 1253.250 MHz. We have several state and local nets that are used to sharpen our skills so in the event of an emergency we are prepared. Now is the time for the many public service events that take place in this state: The Tour de Phoenix bike ride, The Tour De Tucson bike ride, Climb A Mountain walk for Cancer, Etc. Are you a participant in these events? Do you use your radio skills to give back to your community? Participation in these events will sharpen your radio skills so that when we have an emergency you will be ready. If you are interested in becoming a community volunteer, contact me by telephone or e-mail and I will provide you with a person to contact so you can also be a good community leader. The Superstition Amateur radio club will its Fall Hamfest on 01 December at Mesa Community College. Stop by the ARRL booth (normally my truck) and talk with us on your feelings and suggestions to improve amateur radio within the state. 73ís Clifford Hauser KD6XH.