Monday, February 13, 2017

The Ohio Section News Update – February 13, 2017 Edition


- FCC News
- Food for Thought
- Getting this Newsletter
- Final
FCC Chairman: Enforcement Consent Decrees Must Get Okay from Full Commission
(from the ARRL Bulletins)

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has put in place another process reform measure that he says will enable the commissioners “to become more fully involved in the agency’s enforcement activities.”

From time to time, the FCC Enforcement Bureau resolves cases by entering into a consent decree, in which the party under investigation agrees to comply with certain terms — and typically make a “voluntary contribution” to the US Treasury — in exchange for the government’s closing its inquiry.

“But over the past few years, in cases in which the full Commission has previously voted to propose and/or impose a forfeiture, such consent decrees have generally not been presented to the Commissioners for a vote,” Pai said in announcing the change. “Instead, they have simply been signed by the Chief of the Enforcement Bureau at the direction of the Chairman’s Office.” Pai said in many instances, the commissioners were given scant notice of consent decrees prior to their public release.

“That process ends now,” Pai said. “If Commissioners vote to propose and/or impose a forfeiture, the Enforcement Bureau should not settle that matter without their approval.”  As of February 9, any consent decree settling a Notice of Apparent Liability or Forfeiture Order issued by the full Commission must now be approved by a vote of the full Commission. “This will help promote Commissioners’ involvement in and accountability for important enforcement decisions,” Pai said.


NIMS / ICS Training

Hey Gang, get those oh – so important ICS certificates in to me and to your Emergency Coordinator!!

Every Ohio ARES member needs to have at least these 4 basic courses completed. Why are these courses so important? The simple answer is this - we need these courses as part of our requirement for our state credentialing system. As you know, the State of Ohio has a credentialing system that we are a big part of, and to obtain your credential when the time is needed, means that you need to have these courses completed and turned in to the database. So, without these courses being completed, you won’t be able to get credentialed!

Here’s the latest count we have on everyone..  Members included in the database:  625, Members completing NIMS:  410, and Total Courses taken: 4,093 

These are fantastic statistics for sure, and they just keep growing. These numbers were from yesterday and they are already outdated with more coming in. This is the way it should be, but PLEASE, make sure that you get these certificates to your local Emergency Coordinator too.


Handbook Giveaway

Did you see..  The NEWEST “Handbook Giveaway” drawing is now back on the website!!

To enter the drawing all you need to do is fill in a couple of boxes on the form.. (your name and email). That’s you need to do to be entered into a drawing to win a 2017 ARRL softcover Handbook. There’s nothing else required (Oh.. You do need to be a resident of Ohio to win..) 

The winner will be mailed the Handbook at my cost. This is being offered just to see how many folks are really checking in on the website. Got the idea? Best of luck to you!!


(from the Editor of the Monday Morning Memo)

--Now the challenge is for us “old timers” to help them get on the air and active. Be an Elmer.  Give them advice and assistance finding equipment that meets their needs.  Even lend extra items for them to experience.  Don’t ignore them when you hear them on the air.  Give them a call and welcome them to the airwaves.  And if they make mistakes or use CB or public service terms, don’t go off on them.  Remember, you were once new yourself!  And for you “newbies”, even if you got the license and a radio only for emergency purposes, get on the air and learn how to use the radio and the proper procedures.  It serves no purpose for you to have gone through the effort to become licensed and then not use it.  You will have nothing more than an expensive paperweight if during an emergency you try to use an improperly programmed radio or the batteries are dead.  Sermons Over! 


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Finally..  ?

Valentine’s Day..    

The day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards

Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

Are you going to give your sweetie anything tomorrow for this special day?  - Betcha’ will!!

Remember, life is short, go have FUN..!!


Scott, N8SY..