Subject: Radio Classes - Progress Report Date: Tue, 28 Mar 2000 12:50:41 -0600 From: Nancy Lieder <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com The Board approved purchase of an intercontinental radio antenna to assist Ron Darby in his radio classes and formation of an international short wave internet replacement network. Ron's classes have been a great success, with a web site Ron developed of classes to be taken individually, and regular chats and practice sessions (testing the network concept). A building permit to install the antenna, which stands 70 feet tall and must have a concrete pad, was secured, but not without defending the issue at a Village Board meeting. A worry, which Ron anticipated, is the tendency of CB radio to splatter into nearby frequencies, disrupting phone and TV reception nearby. The issue came up right off, with a Board member recalling hearing "the voice of God" on his TV due to someone with a radio antenna nearby. Ron impressed me greatly with his 20 minute explanation of the differences between CB and Ham radio (CB is the villain), FCC rulings, and safety precautions being taken. I had included a list of the many agencies and associations Ron belongs to in civil service using Ham radio, attached to the Building Permit application, so the Board members presumable were anticipating this. (Had to take Ron to the local cafe for breakfast to interview him, as the house was so noisy with plumbing and carpenters and electricians all going at it at once.) The big antenna installation was approved without a hitch, where I was sure it would take more than one pass.