Annual Survey Notes
The Annual Survey forms were delivered to the USPS on Monday 04 January 2016. And are due back by 31 January 2016.
There have been some questions on what to put in the blanks. It is referenced in the cover letter however, here are the notes/hints on “what do I put in that block?”
There have been some(many) delays in generating the annual forms due to change in various pieces of software, computer, and just too many things in my life with a higher priority. The forms have been generated, the mailing labels are well on the way, postage and envelopes are in hand. Time is still somewhat limited, however, expect to see the form(s) in the mail the first week in January with a due date of 31 January 2015. And, yes they can be send back as scanned images(PDF preferred).
The forms will look very different this year, as a result in the change in software, we now have the ability to collect much more information that in has already helped in short spacing a repeater in Central Iowa with a Repeater in Northern Missouri.
Those who have recently coordinated will recognize many of the blanks as we are moving toward this for the final data collection when the repeater is on the air. Prior to the forms coming out a new application form will be on this website and will have many of the answers to “What do I put in this block”. I the data we are asking for is provided, the plan will be for a greatly simplified form next year.
As you may recall from the August meeting in Cedar Rapids, the IaRC will not be updating the ARRL repeater database used to generate the ARRL Repeater Directory, due to the very one sided agreement ARRL expected us to sign, as well as the requirement that all data be entered manually for each and every repeater. I contacted Rod Blocksome, K0DAS, Midwest Division Vice Director regarding this on 03 September, received a “I will look at this” response on 04 September and nothing else. At the present time the following states are not updating the ARRL repeater database; Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
Roland C. Newton
Iowa Repeater Council, Meeting Minutes
Cedar Rapids, IA August 3, 2014