The ARRL Letter
February 13, 2020
Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, Editor
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- ARRL Board of Directors Re-Elects President Rick Roderick, K5UR
- ARRL Board Grants Awards and Recognitions
- ARRL Creates New HF Band Planning Discussion Group
- ARRL Podcasts Schedule
- New ARRL Repeater Directory Now Shipping
- The ARRL International DX Contest (CW) Is Just Ahead
- The K7RA Solar Update
- Just Ahead in Radiosport
- QRZ.com Ends Identity Verified Program
- Foundation for Amateur Radio Invites 2020 – 2021 Scholarship Applications
- In Brief
- Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions
ARRL Headquarters Will Be Closed for Presidents Day, Monday, February 17. There will be no W1AW bulletin or code practice transmissions on that day. Headquarters will reopen on Tuesday, February 18, at 8 AM EST.
ARRL Board of Directors Re-Elects President Rick Roderick, K5UR
Meeting January 17 – 18 in Windsor, Connecticut, the ARRL Board of Directors re-elected ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, to a third 2-year term. Roderick outpolled the only other nominee, Pacific
Division Director Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, 8 – 7. New England Division Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, was elected First Vice President, succeeding Greg Widin, K0GW, who did not seek another term. Raisbeck was the sole nominee. A successor will be appointed to fill the Vice Director seat that Raisbeck has vacated. Bob Vallio, W6RGG, was re-elected as Second Vice President as the only nominee.
On a 9 – 6 vote, the Board voted not to re-elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as Chief Executive Officer. Michel was in the post for 15 months. Former ARRL Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer Barry Shelley, N1VXY, has come out of retirement to serve as interim ARRL CEO. He also was elected as Secretary. Shelley was ARRL’s CFO for 28 years and served as CEO during 2018 before his retirement, following the departure of former CEO Tom Gallagher, NY2RF. The ARRL Board has appointed a committee to spearhead the search for a new CEO. That panel will screen suitable CEO candidates, presenting three to the Board for consideration.
In other action, former ARRL President and IARU Secretary Rod Stafford, W6ROD, was elected International Affairs Vice President, succeeding Jay Bellows, K0QB, who did not seek another term. Also re-elected by the Board were Treasurer Rick Niswander, K7GM, and Chief Financial Officer Diane Middleton, W2DLM.
Elected as members of the Executive Committee were Atlantic Division
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