SPECIAL BULLETIN- Swaptoberfest Canceled, Latest on ARRL HQ Closure, Hamvention QSO Party

I was notified yesterday morning that the next domino to fall in the
Northwest Division event calendar was the annual “Swaptoberfest”
hamfest at Rickreall, OR, originally scheduled for October 19th.
Swaptoberfest is sponsored by Mid Valley ARES, Inc., a combination of
four ARES groups in the mid-Willamette Valley – Yamhill County, Polk
County, Marion County and OEM ARES, and will resume in October of 2021.

Next, just a short note to bring you up to date on the current state
regarding the mandated shutdown of operations at the ARRL offices in
Newington: The Governor of Connecticut recently announced a limited
reopening of businesses in the state beginning on May 20th. Phase 1 of
his reopening plan includes businesses, like the ARRL, that were ordered
to reduce their in-person staff by 100% on March 23rd. The partial
reopening includes limitations for no more than 50% of the former
occupancy of the building at the time of the shutdown. Phase 2 of his
reopening plans is tentatively slated to begin on June 20th, however,
the caveat here is the word “tentative”. If the specified metrics
turn around, then he could extend that time or, worse yet, reverse some
of the easing of restrictions.

Interim CEO Shelly, N1VXY recently sent out an e-mail to Board members
stating that the current plan at this time is to only partially re-open
the facility, with the initial focus concentrating initially on
functions that have not been performed since the CT Stay Safe, Stay Home
mandate began in late March. That will involve only about 12-15 people,
and under strict guidelines, including social distancing, the use of
personal protective equipment and the cleaning and disinfecting offices
throughout the day. Those at HQ that can work from home will continue to
do so. Barry does not see HQ realistically being fully open again for
several more months.

Finally, as we all know the 2020 Dayton Hamvention held in Xenia, OH
would normally be running this week, and was forced, along with many
other events throughout the world, to be canceled earlier this year. In
its place the organizers, in conjunction with the WWROF, have set up an
operating event as fun way for people to celebrate the Hamvention
experience over the air – the Hamvention QSO Party. This 12 hour fun
event will be held this Saturday, May 16, 2020. Details are on the
Hamvention QSO Party website page:

73 and stay safe!

Mike Ritz, W7VO
Director, ARRL Northwestern Division


ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO

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