The August, 2021 “Calling NH Radio Amateurs” report is now available at http://www.nharrl.org/.
The August, 2021 Eastern MA Section Newsletter is now available at https://ema.arrl.org/august-2021-section-news/.
The August 2021 WMA Section Manager Report is now available at https://wma.arrl.org/blog/2021/08/02/section-managers-report-august-2021/.
Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, writes on the ARRL Members Only list:
Now that Paul Cianciolo, W1VLF, has assumed the responsibilities of the ARRL Product Review Test Engineer, the position of ARRL EMC Engineer has been posted on the Employment section of the ARRL web page. This is a full-time position in the ARRL Lab in Newington.
From the ARES Letter:
At its just-concluded July 2021 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved By-Law changes creating a third Standing Committee that joins the existing Administration and Finance Committee and Programs and Services Committee.
The charter of the new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC) is to develop and recommend new or modified Board policy and programs for emergency communications through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System™ (NTS™) entities.
The committee also will offer enhanced support for its Field Organization leadership volunteers, including Section Managers, and an increased focus on ARRL-Affiliated Clubs.
The EC-FSC will further provide guidance to the CEO in translating Board policy into prioritized tasking, funding, and staffing of programs, services, and training in support of amateur radio emergency communications, field organization volunteers, and recruitment and retention of new and existing members through assistance to Affiliated and Special Service Clubs.
The EC-FSC will have additional responsibility for monitoring and assessing trends in emergency communications technology and participant skills worldwide, and for identifying “best practices” for voluntary emergency communications provided by ARES and NTS, coordinating and cooperating with other amateur radio national societies as appropriate. — Thanks to The ARES Letter
The New England Director, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, a member of the ARRL Board’s Legal Structure Committee, has posted the Board’s Standing Orders grouped by subject and with a Table of Contents – so as to make the Standing Orders more accessible. In releasing this version, he announced:
“The ARRL Board of Directors Standing Orders have always been public. They are the result of votes taken by the Board and recorded in the minutes. But for some time now, they have also been secret, available only to Officers, Directors, and Vice Directors. The Standing Orders, grouped by subject and with a Table of Contents, have not been edited for clarity. That will come later, but work has already begun.
A huge thank you to Don Arthur, K1DCA, of Brewster, MA, for taking on this challenge initially. He’s done a great job.
A new, edited-for-clarity, version of the Standing Orders will soon go to the Legal Structure Committee. If members have suggestions for re-wording, this would be a good time to participate and submit those suggestions. This continues to be a work in progress, all with the aim of making members better informed.”
From ARRL News:
The ARRL 2020 Annual Report has been posted and is available to download. The report summarizes ARRL program and fiscal activity for the year.
In his introductory remarks, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said that 2020 was a difficult and challenging year for ARRL. “The coronavirus pandemic changed everything, from the way we socialized, to the way we worked, to the way students learned,” Roderick wrote. “Events we look forward to every year were canceled and the future seemed uncertain. Hamfests, club meetings, and other gatherings looked different, as videoconferencing became the new way to conduct business and get together.” [Full story]
The Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) will be holding their next community meeting on Saturday 24th July 2021, at 1700 Z. The meeting will be held via Zoom and is open to all. [Announcement]
Members of the ARRL Board of Directors, staff, and politicians were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut on July 15, 2021. The re-opening coincided with the bi-annual Board of Directors meeting in Windsor, Connecticut.
Attendees included: U.S. Representative John B. Larson of Connecticut’s 1st congressional district; State Sen. Matt Lesser; State Rep. Gary Turco; Beth DelBuono, Mayor of Newington; and Town managers; Glenn Field, KB1GHX, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NOAA / National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts; a local American Red Cross representative. New England Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, were among the attending board members.
From ARRL News:
To keep member records up to date, ARRL emailed Life Members on June 16 and will be sending a follow-up email in the next few days, asking them to verify their mailing address. Be assured that it is a legitimate request sent from ARRL. Thank you to all those who responded.
If you need to update your address information, call (860) 594-0200, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or respond to the email you received. If your email client does not recognize the text as a link, you will need to cut and paste it into a web browser to access the verification web page.