First of all, I want to thank members of the ARRL Northwestern Division for the support you have shown Mark and myself in the month since we were sworn in as your new representatives on the ARRL Board of Directors. It’s been a very busy January, and so far, February is just as busy!
On February 2nd Monte Simpson, AF7PQ, Western Washington Section Manager, Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, ARRL Honorary Vice President, and I attended the Clark County Amateur Radio Club’s (CCARC) annual Awards Banquet. The CCARC certainly sets the standard as a very active club, and it was quite a memorable night!
On February 7th, Monte and I attended the FEMA Washington Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group conference in Vancouver, WA. The focus of the conference was on past and potential Northwest volcanic activities, and the special challenges they present for emergency communications. In addition, Jim McCabe, AE7UQ, presented a seminar highlighting lessons learned from the Whatcom County, WA, Mt. Baker SET Exercise, and Scott Burrows, N7DOD, did a great presentation on HamWAN technology, complete with a live demonstration. Members of the Clark County ARES program manned a booth demonstrating Winlink and packet digital communications for those interested, (which were quite a few!)
Work has already begun on our new Northwestern Division website: www.arrldiv.org. Right now there is only a temporary holding page in place, but the team is working diligently to generate content. The goal is to have the most interactive Division website in the ARRL, and we’re off to a good start! My sincere thanks go to Michael Sterba, KG7HQ, who volunteered to be project leader and webmaster.
Some highlights on actions from the January ARRL Board Meeting:
• The controversial ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors was fully rescinded.
• The Amateur Radio Parity Act was officially put on hold in Congress, and pulled back from the FCC in order to review, reexamine, and reappraise the efforts.
• The Board approved release of the ARES Plan from the Public Service Enhancement Working Group.
• The 2018 Bill Leonard, W2SKE, Professional Media Awards for Print Reporting was bestowed upon Tom Knapp, and LNP Media Group Inc., for its covering operations of the W3RRR and the Red Rose Repeater Association Field Day, 2018, and to Andrew Schmertz and NJTV for its outstanding coverage of the February 23-24, HamSCI Conference at NJIT. There was a big focus on education issues:
• It was reported that over $132,000 worth of scholarships were awarded in 2018 by the ARRL Foundation.
• A new Board committee was formed to develop an interactive relationship with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) program and the ARRL. (As Mark reports below, he is a member of this new committee.)
• The Board authorized funding for the development of life-long learning strategies and programs designed to attract and retain members, and capture newly licensed amateurs.
During the Board meeting I was elected to be a member of the ARRL Foundation Board of Directors for a two year term, and was appointed to serve on the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services committee.
As an aside, I also want to let Division club program leaders know that I have put together a 30 minute PowerPoint presentation entitled “Behind the Curtain: Inside the ARRL Boardroom”, where I show attendees what actually happens during an ARRL Board meeting, how it’s organized, and the special role that Vice Directors play in the process. It’s quite the affair! If your club is interested in this program, please send me an e-mail and I’ll get you scheduled in.
Upcoming events for 2019:
(If your club has something special planned this year, let Mark or myself know and we’ll publish it in the next newsletter!)
Feb 16 Salem Hamfair @ Polk County Fairgrounds, Rickreall, OR
Mar 9 Mike and Key Swap Meet, Puyallup, WA
Mar 23 MicroHAM Digital Conference, Redmond, WA
April 13-14 EmComm Communications Academy, Seattle, WA
April 12-14 International DX Convention, Visalia, CA
April 13 Yakima Amateur Radio Club Hamfest, Yakima, WA
April 27 ARRL Idaho State Convention (still in the planning stages) May 11 SCARC Electronic Flea Market and Hamfest, Stanwood, WA
May 17-19 ARRL National Convention, Dayton, OH
May 31-June 2 ARRL NW Division Convention, SeaPac, Seaside, OR
July 18-21 Glacier Waterton Hamfest, Essex, MT
Aug 9-11 Pacific NW DX Convention, Everett, WA
Sept 28 ARRL WA State Convention, Spokane, WA
Oct 12 KCARC Hamfest, Bremerton, WA
I plan on attending as many of these as I can!
Note: At SeaPac I’ll be presenting my “The Storied History of the Ham Radio Callsign” seminar, and hosting the ARRL Forum (both on Saturday.) I hope to meet as many of you as I can at Rickreall next weekend!
From Vice Director Mark Tharp:
January has come and gone, and rather quickly I might add. Mike and I survived our first ARRL board meeting including a full day of orientation around headquarters. It was great to see so many longtime friends in the building, and meet a number of new ones.
The board meeting minutes are out and listed on the ARRL web if you care to read them. It was a fast paced two days as everyone was trying to change flights to get out of town before “the big one” hit. That turned out to be about 4 inches of snow. Mike and I had our flights for Sunday morning canceled Friday night and as a result we spent an additional day with new and old friends.
Results of committee assignments place me on the ARISS committee (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), Entry level license committee, and the Legal Defense and Assistance committee. I’m hoping to do a in person inspection as part of the first committee appointment, but am not holding my breath.
Upcoming events I am looking forward to attend are the Mike and Key swap meet March 9th, Yakima Hamfair on April 13th, NW Div. Convention (Sea-Pac) on June 1st and 2nd, Wenatchee Hamfest on June 8th, the PNW DX Convention in the Seattle area on August 10-11 and the Spokane Hamfest on September 28th.
If you have any questions or input on any of the committees I am serving on feel free to shoot me an email. That is the best way to contact me.
Mark J. Tharp, KB7HDX
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