New Books

Ham Radio Incentive Licensing Guide

This hard cover book, written by Bert Simon, W2UUN, has been prepared with the aid of FCC. It covers every question which may be encountered on every amateur test from Novice to Extra. The questions are presented in the form you find on the actual exam.

In addition to the question/answer sections, the book goes into detail on learning code, the requirements for each class of license, details on how to fill out the form 610, and the examination schedule for the various FCC offices. There is also a chapter devoted to the schematic diagrams needed for the exams.

This book does not profess to teach theory and is simply a question and answer book. Theoretically, someone with a good memory could squeeze by the exam using this guide. I suggest that this guide be used in conjunction with a sound theory course such as the one which has been running in 73 since March 1968. Available from TAB Books, Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. 17214. Price: $6.95 hardbound; $3.95 paperbound. TAB Book #469.

Trouble Shooting the Solid State Chassis

A brand new handbook detailing specific procedures for servicing all types of transistorized devices. It contains case histories, and troubleshooting charts. The opening chapter details how to isolate a defective transistor, how to remove and replace it, and general test information. The book then goes on to more specific pieces of equipment: TV, small portable transistor radios, ac-dc, AM-FM and multiband receivers of all types, auto radio repair, removal and installation, tape recorder repair (including mechanical details) and ends up with repair of printed circuit boards.

The author, Homer L. Davidson, has presented the most complete and up-to-date information in an easy to understand manner. This book is 256 pages of valuable material for anyone dealing with solid state devices. Available from TAB Books, Blue Ridge Summit. Pa. 17214. Price: $7.95 hardbound; $4.95 paperbound. (TAB Book #495.)

ARRL Elections

Every year one half of the ARRL Directors come up for re-election. Many amateurs feel that one of the very best things that could happen to the ARRL would be to get some new blood into it . . . some new Directors, fellows who would take an active interest in the League and in bettering, amateur radio.

Please notice that the subject of opening an office in Washington, even a small one, as a lobby for amateur radio, wasn't even discussed by the Directors at this May's meeting. Nor were any plans brought up even for consideration with regard to setting up a public relations effort to increase interest in amateur radio among the teenagers and the general public. Amateur radio is withering away and a crash program is badly needed. Nothing has even been discussed despite considerable pressure from the members.

Perhaps you have a friend or a club member who is interested enough in amateur radio to volunteer to run for Director? You haven't much time to get organized on this, you know. The most difficult part of the whole deal is overcoming the unbelievable inertia of the other ARRL members and getting them to do anything but either not vote at all or else rubber stamp the same old face back into office for two more years of tedium and inaction.

The requirements to run for Director are that you be a licensed amateur (they have interpreted this as meaning a General Class license or better), with four years (continuously) as an ARRL member. If you know of anyone who meets these stringent requirements and who has a genuine interest in helping amateur radio, get him to agree to run. You must send a petition to the ARRL Secretary before September twentieth signed by at least ten full members of the ARRL to put your man into nomination.

The by-laws state that no one shall be eligible for the office of Director who is commercially engaged in the sale, rental, or manufacture of radio equipment which can be used for communications. They have waived this rule in some cases where a nominee was particularly favored by HQ, but used it to reject others. Radio magazine publishers are also exempted in the by-laws.

The whole thing is really up to you. Amateur radio is staggering along these days because virtually no one has taken the interest to try and put it right. For one reason or another everyone has pretty much decided that they want one and only one organization in the country. This is no problem if you follow through, and make sure that the basket you have all your eggs in doesn't come unstuck. You've left those eggs alone in the basket for so long that vapors are beginning to arise.

This year new directors can be elected in the Atlantic, Dakota, Delta, Great Lakes, Midwest, Pacific, Southeastern, and Canadian Divisions. If you get busy and get eight new directors this year and then eight next year, we could have amateur radio back on the tracks again by next winter! If you shrug and let someone else run a director, then you will have personally done your bit to help our wonderful hobby die a little more. To ignore evil is to become its pawn ... as millions of Germans learned all too well when they ignored the rise of Hitler. If you find that you personally don't have the will to try and do something to help amateur radio, at least don't make it difficult for those that are trying. Even a loud huzzah from the sidelines is better than a kick in the groin.

If you do run a director, you will need to know how to get him elected . . . and this is another kettle. If you don't get to most of the ARRL members before the election, they will go right ahead and return the same director, year after year, no matter whether he is good or incredibly bad. The ARRL must furnish addressed envelopes for all of the members in the division on your request, so work up a piece of campaign literature that explains why a new man is running and what he intends to do for the members. The incumbent will usually run on his "record." Fortunately for him, few members are aware of how sad that record is ... in all too many cases.

The ARRL has been losing members for many years now, so no matter how much you think of those in charge, you must recognize on some level that they are not

"Now I'm running the Swan barefoot . . . . "

doing their job satisfactorily. The League, our only national amateur radio club, should be growing every year, not shrinking. This, certainly, is the final measure of the effectiveness of management. The only real means that amateurs have of protesting the actions of the ARRL HQ management is to drop out of the organization. Much has been written, even in the pages of 73, about joining the League and fighting from within for an improvement . . . but the only means that the average amateur has of expressing his will to the League is in his election of his director . . . and seldom is there any real choice when the election actually comes along. Year after year the same old men run, unopposed, and win automatically. No wonder there is apathy and more drop-outs than new blood.

Honestly, if it was really important, couldn't you find someone to run for director from your division? Well it is important, so let's see what you can do.

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