Welcome to the ARRL Northwestern Division Site

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national membership association for Amateur Radio operators. The United States government began licensing Amateur Radio operators in 1912. By 1914, there were thousands of Amateur Radio operators--hams--in the United States. Hiram Percy Maxim, a leading Hartford, Connecticut, inventor and industrialist saw the need for an organization to band together this fledgling group of radio experimenters.

In May 1914 he founded the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) to meet that need. Today ARRL, with approximately 152,000 members, is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States. The ARRL is a not-for-profit organization that:

"Promotes interest in Amateur Radio communications and experimentation, represents US radio amateurs in legislative matters, and maintains fraternalism and a high standard of conduct among Amateur Radio operators."

ARRL's structure divides the United States into 15 ARRL Divisions. Every three years the ARRL full members in each of these Divisions elect a Director and a Vice Director to represent them on the League's Board of Directors. The Board determines the policies of the League, which are carried out by the Headquarters staff.

The Director's function is principally policymaking at the highest level. Each division's Director and Vice Director represent their Division on ARRL policy matters.

Not a Member of the ARRL?
Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcomed to join the ARRL. For additional information on the benifits of memebership, please visit this link.


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