This is a post of a message from Jim Weaver to the ARRL Great Lakes Division mailing list.  I normally would not repost messages from mailing lists to a website, but this is fairly relevant as it could impact the 440MHz band.  Thanks for reading on,

Craig Szczublewski - KD8KBU...

[Reply to k8je@arrl.org]

Your prompt help to defend one of our amateur bands is urgently requested. Please read and follow through on the requested action.

You may have already heard that our 440 MHz band is being attacked by a bill introduced into the US House of Representatives. In its current form, HR 607 would take away the 420-440 MHz segment that is presently allocated to Amateur Radio on a secondary basis as our 70 cm band.  Along with certain other segments not allocated to Amateur Radio, the 420-440 MHz segment would become part of a spectrum “give back” involved in allocating 758-763 and 788-793 MHz for a Public Safety broadband network.

The National Weather Service (NWS), in conjunction with Lucas County SKYWARN® and the Lucas County Emergency Management Agency, will be holding a SKYWARN® Severe Weather Spotter Training class on Saturday, March 26th 2011 10:00 a.m. St. Luke’s Hospital Auditorium in Maumee, Ohio.  The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation.

Gary Garnet, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cleveland, Ohio, organizes the training each spring. It is open to all citizens interested in severe weather recognition, reporting, safety and teaches:

Basics of thunderstorm development
Fundamentals of storm structure
Identifying potential severe weather features
Information to report
How to report information
Basic severe weather safety

What: Basic CERT Training

Where: Defiance County EMA Building
22491 Mill Street
Defiance, Ohio

When: March 1st, Tuesday: 6-9 pm.
March 3rd, Thursday:6-9 pm.
March 5th, Saturday:8am-4pm.
March 6th, Sunday : 1pm-4pm.

This is a free training for anyone interested in being involved in the Community Emergency Response Team

Please contact Paula Fairchild @ 419-782-1130
e-mail pfairchild@defiance-county.com or ema@defiance-county.com

please call by Feb.25, Respectfully, Terry Habegger de w8uy

Due to inclement weather expected in Fulton County this evening, we are canceling the February meeting. The next regular club meeting will be March 21st. Please direct any comments or concerns to myself (kd8kbu@arrl.net) or Bryan Patterson (kb8elg@hotmail.com).

We are sad to report that Nelles Roth (W8UPR) passed away this morning.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Roth family. Visitation will be Monday the 21st from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at the Short Funeral Home in Archbold, OH. Funeral services will be 11:00am on Tuesday the 22nd at the Lauber Hill Church in Archbold, OH (Just north of County Rd 21 and 20A).

At this time we are still planning on holding the monthly club meeting on February 21st at the County Administration Building (same location as the BMV/License Bureau). The club meeting will be at 8:00pm (note the time change for this meeting.). Thanks to Brian Patterson for working diligently with the County Commissioner to find us a temporary spot until a more permanent home can be finalized.

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