Section Managers

The 15 Divisions of the ARRL are arranged into 71 administrative Sections. Each Section is headed by an elected Section Manager (SM). The states of Alaska, Montana, Idaho and Oregon each only have one Section Manager that handles the entire state. The state of Washington is divided into two ARRL Sections, Eastern Washington, (EWA), and Western Washington, (WWA). These six Division Section Managers are your first point of contact within the Division.

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Northwestern Division Section Managers

Alaska Section Manager-
Ray Hollenbeck, AL1IL

Ray Hollenbeck, KL1IL

Ray is mostly using PSK, and very seldom uses Phone communications. He has been trying some of the other digital modes. Ray is active with the Amateur Radio Emergency Services.  He enjoys working public events and providing radio support. Most HF is digital, and he enjoys PSK, RTTY and Oliva.

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Eastern Washington Section Manager-
Jack (John) Tiley, AD7FO

Jack (John) Tiley – AD7FO

John actively contributes to the amateur radio community by delivering Technician, General and Extra license classes. His support contribution includes the composition and sharing of license training syllabus for the Technician, General, Extra licenses which are available via download at www.ad7fo.com. He is a member of the Inland Empire VHF Club (past President, Vice President and Director) , and actively participates with the Spokane County ARES/RACES (past AEC). In addition to his passion to provide pathways to licensing, John attends many amateur radio events including the Mike & Key, Yakima, and Spokane Hamfests, SEAPAC and many others. Most of his Amateur Radio activity resides on VHF/UHF via local repeaters and nets. Additional areas of interest are assisting with and solving technical problems by coaching and “Elmering” others. Extra Class Licensee. ARRL Appointments: Technical specialist, Certified instructor, EMCOMM instructor and Volunteer Examiner.

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Idaho Section Manager (Acting)-
Dan Marler, K7REX

Dan Marler- K7REX

Dan was first licensed in as KN7REX in 1961 and has been an ARRL member for well over 50 years. He holds an Amateur Extra Class license and can be heard on the HF, VHF and the UHF bands. Amateur Radio has taken him on an enjoyable journey through a wide range of digital (including CW) and voice operating modes and he is currently active in promoting digital text and voice communications. He has served as an ARRL EC, DEC, and SEC in years past, and in April he will become Idaho’s next ARRL SM. He served eight years with the US Navy as a Radioman, followed by several years in Information Technology (IT) working for both fortune 500 companies, and in the government sector. He retired as an IT Administrator for FLSmidth, a global engineering company. Dan also holds an FCC Commercial Radiotelephone license, and an FAA Commercial Pilots license.

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Montana Section Manager-
George Forsyth, AA7GS

George Forsyth-AA7GS

George is the current Montana Section Manager, and lives in Great Falls, MT. He is an avid collector of vintage ham gear.

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Oregon Section Manager-
David Kidd, KA7OZO

David Kidd- KA7OZO

David is involved in QRP, 10X, DX, and county hunting. He is also interested in bonsai, raising St. Bernards, and listening to big band, bagpipe, and march music. He is the ARES Emergency Coordinator for Clackamas County, OR, and the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC) for the state of Oregon and is A/SEC (Special Projects) for the OR Section. Above all, he is a Marine!

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Western Washington Section Manager-
Monte Simpson, AF7PQ

Monte Simpson- AF7PQ

Monte Simpson, AF7PQ, has served as the ARRL Western Washington Section Manager since 2013 and values the trust placed in him to represent the five thousand plus members who comprise the third largest section in the ARRL. He earned his Technician class amateur radio license in October 1992. During his 14 years as a Technician he earned the VUCC Award on Six Meters by contacting 33 states and stations in Canada and Mexico. Monte passed the General class exam in the June of 2006. He then advanced to Extra class in April 2015. Monte has served in appointed positions in the ARRL including AEC, EC, DEC, OO, ASM, and SM. Monte is a retired public safety communications manager serving 47 years. He also served 36 years in the Navy and Coast Guard Reserves with active duty in both services. He retired from the Coast Guard Reserve as a CWO4 (Communications). Following the Coast Guard Reserve, he served six years in the Washington State Guard finishing there as a CW5. He is a volunteer at the Washington Emergency Management Division where he is the State RACES Officer. He feels that our Affiliated Clubs, license class instructors and VEs are a critical part of bringing new members into the ARRL and new hams into our great hobby. We have so many talented hams in our section that are subject matter experts in contesting, DXing, antenna building, building DMR repeater systems, enjoying programs like FT8 and many other aspects of our hobby. We need mentors to help new hams of all ages to become engaged in the hobby and to encourage young people to join us.