Letter 1/2013

Greetings and Happy New Year to members in the Northwestern Division

Your new ARRL Northwestern leadership team is looking forward to a good
year. The convention and hamfest season is upon us. Stop by at the
ARRL table and say HI to us. We are planning to visit all of the
Sections in the Division in 2013. Due to the distances involved and
the number of clubs, scheduling will be challenging.

Thanks to Grant Hopper, KB7WSD, for serving as Vice Director during the
past three years. Grant’s counsel and enthusiasm certainly added to
the success of the Northwestern Division and ARRL.

Both incoming Vice Director Jim Pace K7CEX and I are off to the ARRL
Board meeting this week. This will be Jim’s first board meeting as
Vice Director. He is sure to be intrigued and amazed by the wide
ranging topics and reports discussed at the meeting. Following the
meeting, we will jointly issue a follow-up newsletter discussing the
comments and decisions made at this meeting.

As I announced in a newsletter at the end of 2012, the Northwestern
Division Scholarship managed by the ARRL Foundation was approved and
funded for the 2013 scholarship season. Please view the information
regarding the scholarship at: http://www.nwarrl.wetnet.net/node/80 .
Please donate what you can to fund college for some of our younger
members. The Foundation is an IRS 501c3 organization so donations are
tax deductible.

Thanks to our webmaster Michael KG7HQ for maintaining this website. We
plan to provide timely updates and information to Michael for viewing by

As was shown on the ARRL Web Site, the League’s total membership was
160,278 at the end of 2012. This is an increase of membership by 1.6%
since December 2011. The Northwestern Division grew by 1.2% in the
same time period for a total membership of 11,350. For a number of
years, the Northwestern Division led the pack in terms of % of growth.
Increased membership gives the ARRL more clout when dealing with
Washington DC and also helps the cash flow. Keep in mind that the
general membership dues have not increased for over 10 years!

The sunspots are active and the resulting solar flux increase causes
the higher bands to open. 15, 17, 12 and 10 meters are currently open.
Enjoy these bands during the good conditions.

As noted earlier, we will report on the ARRL Board members in our next
new letter.

Jim Fenstermaker K9JF
ARRL Northwestern Division Director

Comments from Vice Director Jim Pace:
The transition between Section Manager and Vice Director has gone much
smoother than I expected. Monte Simpson K2MLS has now taken the helm
as WWA SM and is already putting his experience and dedication to work.
Will I miss being Section Manager? Absolutely! It was a great job
where I was able to accomplish many things and gain new friends, while
watching Amateur Radio grow in Western Washington. It was definitely a
great 5 years.
But now, I’m on to a new challenge, working with the ARRL Board of
Directors and various committees. Although I will no longer be part of
the Field Organization, I will be part of another very important
component of Amateur Radio and its future. To that end, I am getting
ready to leave for my first ARRL Board meeting, after which I will be
making some comments and observations through this e-mail facility and
on my webpage www.k7cexcom.com . Thank you very much for your support
and Director Fenstermaker and I work hard for the Northwestern
73 and Good Hamming, Jim Pace K7CEX

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James E Fenstermaker, K9JF

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