The ARRL articles of Association and By-laws give direct responsibility to set ARRL policy to an elected Board of Directors. Fifteen Directors are elected on a regional basis, one per ARRL Division, to serve three year terms. Directors receive no monetary compensation for their service, although they are eligible to be reimbursed for out of pocket expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. ARRL Officers are chosen by the Directors. For additional information pertaining to this representative democracy, visit the ARRL at .


Director– Mike Ritz, W7VO

Mike Ritz – W7VO

A forty-year plus Life Member of the ARRL and very active ham, Mike was first licensed in 1974 as WA6HKP, earned his Commercial Radiotelephone license in 1976, and his Amateur Extra in 1983. His main radio interests are contesting and DX, mentoring new hams, and public service through the ARRL ARES program. He is a three term past President of the Willamette Valley DX Club, and is Trustee for the Columbia River DX Club, which he founded to mentor new hams in HF operating. He has served as an ARRL Deputy Emergency Coordinator and Emergency Coordinator, is an ARRL Accredited Volunteer Examiner, ARRL Registered License Instructor, author, and seminar presenter on a variety of ham radio topics. In November 2018 he was elected ARRL Director for the Northwestern Division, and in January 2019 as a member of the Board of Directors for the ARRL Foundation. Professionally, Mike holds degrees from Foothill College and San Jose State University, and had a successful career in the high tech digital telecom industry as an engineer, manager and director, prior to retiring in 2014 to focus on building his dream amateur station. When not on the radio he is busy working his small hobby farm in Scappoose, Oregon with his wife Shelley, W7VOX, and wrenching on his vintage race car. You can learn more about Mike and his station by visiting his personal website.

Vice Director– Mark Tharp, KB7HDX

Mark Tharp – KB7HDX

Mark has been licensed since 1989 and became an ARRL member in 1990. He holds an Amateur Extra class license, and is now a life member of ARRL and a member of the Diamond Club. He is active on HF, and VHF, participating in various nets, contests, and chasing the occasional DX station. He has served the ARRL in many volunteer and appointed positions, most recently as Section Manager for Eastern Washington from 2003 until January 1st 2019 when he was elected to the position of Vice Director. He is trustee for his local ARES support club, and is a volunteer communications adviser for his local Sheriffs office, and Emergency Management office. Mark also participates in license classes and is a registered instructor as well as a Volunteer Examiner. Mark is currently serving on three board committees, Legal Defense and Assistance, ARISS, and the Entry Level License committee. Professionally Mark is employed at an equipment manufacturing company as operations and office manager.