3/17/2010

Yes I am running

A few days agoI posted a letter I wrote to the ALPCA Listserve stating my dismay over the current President's actions! It was a continuation of a p=ost I made about a year ago entitled
Swing Vote and the ALPCA Election which was my take on the movie Swing Vote which I saw the night before I voted in the ALPCA election. I watched the mo=vie in the context of thinking about the ALPCA Election.
Fast forward a year later. After a lot of soul searching, I decided to run. It actually started with a conversation with Tim and just snowballed. At Erie I won an award for my display "Route 66 by Wheelchair" that got my picture in the magazine;. I also co-hosted my second meet in Washington Township with Marco Tramelli. I also plan to go to a few more meets during the year.

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Reaction to closing the ALPCA listserv

I apologize for the delay in this e-mail, but as you might not know Northern NJ lostpower Staurday nightanbd had limited access to my e-mail until today.

Instead of shutting down the list the Board should,d have warned Whit that even though THEY WERE WRONG, he should, as "member #1000" been able to forgive and forget, unfortunately for the rest of us it didn't turn out that way. I am convince that if Whit had let it slide, the list would still be functional today as it was before this blowup.Some may blame Steve and that is their right, I for one blame the Board members who voted to shut the list down, Steve was just the middleman. As for the comments about Board secrecy, lack of accomplishments, censorship and other criticisms, I feel the Board took those as attacks, and while SOME OF THEM might have been unfair, it should have given the Board pause and do something it rarely seems to do. Look at themselves FIRST before pointing fingers at the membership.
The Board acted in bad faith by shutting the List down. It was in fact probably THE WORST MOVE in recent ALPCA history. I submit to you Gus the only reason why Jeff called for a vote is not because it was in the Club's best interest, but because it was discovered the BOARD hasn't been open about the operation of the club. The call for the vote was itself a questionable action because Jeff isn't going to be President for much longer and he isn't going to ever be held accountable for this horrible action that has done more damage to this club than ANYTHING WRITTEN ON THE LISTSERV. From day one Jeff says he never wanted this list because he insisted he didn't like seeing personal attacks. BULL! He saw the membership was becoming aware of the Board's numerous missteps in keeping the Club on the right track and shut the list down to save what little reputation he has left before leaving office. Sure Jeff sounds all noble when he bellows, "Don't put in an e-mail what you wouldn't say to a persons face" but we all know I have shot down that theory as I have repeatedly tried to respectfully discuss several issues with Jeff.It should be the slightest questioning of the Board will be met with a fierce counterattack , not addressing the issue at hand. However some of us felt this list was setup to fail from the beginning given who was initially put at the helm.

This latest, and maybe final, list closing, is partly Whit's fault because while initially he did nothing wrong, his mass e-mail gave what the Board felt was the proper reason to shut the list down. I found this highly insulting because it finally publicly shows Whit only cares about himself,. not the wellbeing of the Club. I also find his statements wreak of hypocrisy especially since only a few months ago he scolded me for "speaking of behalf of ALPCA" (which I NEVER DI D) and then sending out that massive e-mail to the membership. The Board took that as the "last straw" and dissolved the list. Again I would like to point out Jeff Francis mislead the Club when he said " a few people ruined it for the rest of us" when in fact it was WHIT'S massive e-mail that was solely responsible. It was HIS echoes of "censorship" I feel if he didn't send that e-mail, the list would still be intact today.So much for "common sense". Feel free to correct the record Jeff, I feel like Glenn Beck and his red phone to the White House. While I agree with some of what Whit says, his approach isn't embraced by any other member

Thirdly I have said this a few times and I have yet to read otherwise, the timing of this mess is a bit too perfect. I keep asking myself why shut the list down in the middle of an ALPCA Election cycle when the list is the perfect forum for those seeking office to answer legitimate questions about the wellbeing of this association? Why not have the people be able to respectfully debate it is certainly better than a few paragraphs on a page? Why can't those members who don't play by the rules be banned from posting? No matter what the outcome of this election I will not stop asking these simple questions because I feel it's about time the Board come up with some straight answers

Respectfully yours
Justin Mattes ALPCA#6748

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3/15/2010

Storm damage 3/13/10-3/15/10 Part 1

I sent this e-mail to a couple of OEM CONTACTS this past Saturday. I want to divide this up into two parts because the police scanning aspect is also very first storm using the Uniden 396T.
I am submitting this report via my aunt's house in Park Ridge because Woodcliff Lake is still without power.The power went out sometime between 5:00-8:30 because I was out for dinner, it was my brother's and my birthdays and getting home from Allendale was a challenge. We had many detours and passed huge limbs coming home. We we detoured from Glen Road onto Spring Valley going into Park Ridge. What should have been a 15 minute drive took over an hour. We go home to find out we were without power. We have been boling our water and using the woodburning stove. Damagewise our neighbor up the street had a huge tree li mb come down blocking the upper part of Glen Road and was still blocked as of 4:00 today. I read in the paper we might be without power until Tuesday. I hope that isn't the case. I geuss I 'll be celebrating my actual birthday out somewhere other than home!!
Fire Dept has been pumping out basements since last night and I heard a couple of ambulance transports.. On the way over to Park Ridge I saw tree limbs cut up along the side of the road. The wind gusts were bad last night and have since died down. Hearing all kinds of reports over the radio
That's all from Park Ridge. Hope everyone stays dry and thing get back to normal before long. I am posting this on my blog as well as maybe some pictures.

3/10/2010

Net Roster Order

While 90% of my ham radio experiences have been positive these last ten year there are still times I think maybe I should hang up the mic.Now I have felt most comfortable on PSK, but I started out on 2 meters just like most hams. Now in the beginning the other hams were just as nervous as I was talking over the air. Then I started to become morerelaxed and that made things a bit easir, on both ends of the repeater. I have my good days annd my bad days, but it is very seldom I get heated over ann overincident, tonight during the RACES Net I choked
The format of the net recently changed. The old way was the net control went down a list of stations and I usually fo-llowed the same persopn. Recently that changed to what's known as "Net Roster" order, meaning you have to listen to the entire order not to miss your spot. Well I thought the trick was to write down every station. So I started typing every station down and the signed on. The problem was I lost one of the stations and lost my place. That screwed me up and I panicked. What's worse is I flew off the handle, a common occurance.
Now frequent readers of the blog will tell you when I get upset I blow up and then regret later. Tonight it happened over the air, I feel horrible. People say there's more people listening than talking. Well one of my transmissions tonight was totally unprofessional. It only happened for a second, but that's all it takes. I was very upset and once again I didn't know how to control. I let that good old anger get the better of me once again. Now the other folks on the net are great but I screwed them up too, that turned a bad situtation worse. I threw the mic down and that was it.
Now the once a year in person meeting happens to be this weekend, so again my timing fpor this episoded co uldn't khave been worse. Althoough the net control did e-mail me and said not to worry about it. The last thing that went through my mind is I had to write this down>