On Sunday, January 18, 2015 after the close of the morning session of the CEWN net chaired by Harry 9Y4HW, an attempt was made to hold the annual election of Committee Officers for this current year.
Not very many people had remained on frequency 3.815 MHz, and our presiding Elections Officer Derek J35X, was unavailable due to an antenna issue. Heavy United States QRM added to the difficulty of having clear communications. A motion by John 9Z4DT to move to a clear forty meter frequency was adopted.
John 9Z4DT, Barry 9Z4BAB, Hendy 8P6BE, Paul J39AC, Johnny J69IH and Kumar J85K convened a meeting on 7.174 MHz around 1130 UTC. We were subsequently joined by Sylvester J88DT, Pat 8P6AZ, Charles 8P6CW, Margaret J39KK and Leon J88NFJ.
8P6AZ — former Net Manager/ Senior CEWN contributor supported by 8P6CW suggested that we might best manage with slender Net Control resources by operating every other day in the off-season and every day in the Atlantic Hurricane season.
J85K — former Net Manager felt that to relinquish our net slot in the off season may well encourage others, particularly in the USA to seek to establish use on the frequency during our stated net times.
8P6BE — Senior CEWN contributor who singlehandedly brought the net back from oblivion during the last decade suggested that our most important goal is the be able to muster Net controllers and run ALL of the fourteen sessions of the CEWN weekly. He felt that it might be the committees’ existence in itself, that had squelched the enthusiasm of volunteering for Net Control slots.
9Z4DT, J39AC, and 9Z4BAB felt that those present on frequency formed a sufficient and legal quorum to establish the 2015 Net Committee. J85K felt the CEWN was best served by delaying the election to a later time, as the CEWN is more of a regional (albiet ad-hoc) institution than simply an EnComm net.
J88DT felt that much harm had in the past been done to the spirit of the net and embraced a new dedication to re-establish the importance and function of the CEWN.
Members present agreed to return for the time being to the volunteer spirit of the ‘old’ Antilles Emergency and Weather Net, and as such we agreed to establish Net Control duties by island state to encourage participation as a source of national pride and concern. Please consult the Net Roster for current status under the Net Operations page.
Kumar_J85K for CEWN Group Operations 01/18/2015 (please email me at email@example.com if any inaccuracies are noted in the above posting)