Letter 1/2016

ARRL Board of Directors Elects New CEO: Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, Will
Succeed David Sumner, K1ZZ as ARRL CEO

Tom Gallagher, NY2RF, of West Palm Beach, Florida, will succeed David
Sumner, K1ZZ, as the chief executive officer of ARRL, effective April
18. In that role, he will oversee all activities at ARRL Headquarters
in Newington, Connecticut. Meeting in a special webinar session on
January 25, all 15 ARRL Directors voted to elect Gallagher as CEO and
Secretary, positions that Sumner will relinquish on April 18. Gallagher
will join the ARRL staff as CEO-Elect on February 29, and a transition
period will follow.

“I am excited by the prospects of ARRL’s Second Century, but I am
equally mindful of Dave Sumner’s enormous 4 decade contribution to
our organization and of the extraordinary contributions he has made to
advancing the art and science of Amateur Radio, to growing our ranks,
and to expanding the sheer enjoyment of ham radio around the world,”
Gallagher said.

Gallagher said he is looking forward to attending the ARRL 2016
National Convention, hosted by the Orlando HamCation, February 12-14.

Licensed in Pennsylvania in 1966 as WA3GRF (and later N4GRF in North
Carolina), Gallagher is a member of the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio
Group. He describes himself as “an incurable HF DXer and inveterate
tinkerer.” He credits his first visit to the Franklin Institute’s
Amateur Radio station W3TKQ in 1963 for inspiring his interest in ham

Amateur Radio led to an early career in broadcasting. He was a
cameraman and technician with WGBH-TV in Boston, the CBS Television
Network, and Metromedia’s WIP Radio in Philadelphia.

He joins ARRL following 3 decades as an international investment banker
and financial services executive. His career has included senior
leadership positions with JP Morgan Chase & Co and CIBC Oppenheimer &
Co in New York, and with Wachovia Capital Markets in Charlotte, North
Carolina. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the Walsh
School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and as CEO of the
Secondary School Admission Test Board in Princeton, New Jersey.
Gallagher has served on boards, both public and non-profit, including
two NYSE companies, the NPR affiliate in Charlotte, the Executive Board
of The PENN Fund at the University of Pennsylvania, and The
International Center of Photography.

Gallagher graduated magna cum laude with a BA from the University of
Pennsylvania, and he holds an MBA from The Wharton School. He is a
graduate of The Lawrenceville School, where he held the Nicholas Noyes

In addition to ham radio, Gallagher enjoys saltwater fishing and
sailing which, he confesses, is sometimes just an excuse to operate
maritime mobile.

At his Florida home along the Intracoastal Waterway, Gallagher has
maintained a fairly low Amateur Radio profile, with a wire antenna
that, he says, works well into Europe and Latin America. He also has a
40 meter Windom. “I would like to work Asia when I get a better HF
antenna solution,” he said. Gallagher has both modern and vintage
stations as well as a high-speed multimedia (HSMM) digital repeater.

Gallagher and his wife Lindy Allyn divide their time between West Palm
Beach, Florida, and Manhattan. They have three sons. He plans to return
to Connecticut; he’d previously lived for 13 years in New Canaan.

New ARRL Officers Elected: The ARRL Board of Directors has elected
ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock,
Arkansas, as the ARRL’s next president. The Board took the action as
it convened for its 2016 Annual Meeting January 15-16 in Windsor,
Connecticut. Roderick, 63, officially assumed office for a 2-year term
at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. He is the ARRL’s 16th
president, succeeding Kay Craigie, N3KN, of Blacksburg, Virginia, who
served for three terms as the League’s president.
The Board also chose other officers, electing Dakota Division Director
Greg Widin, K0GW, of Stillwater, Minnesota, as First Vice President,
succeeding Roderick, and Rocky Mountain Division Director Brian
Mileshosky, N5ZGT, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, as Vice President,
succeeding Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF. Roderick, Widin, and Mileshosky all
are ARRL Life Members.

Jim Fenstermaker, K9JF, was later elected by the Board as an ARRL
Honorary Vice President. Jim served the Board for over 15 years and
most recently lead the Strategic Planning Work Group, presenting the
board with a new ARRL Strategic Plan.

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170,578: ARRL Membership has increased, once more, and the Northwestern
Division leads the Nation, for one more year, in new memberships for
2015 with a 5.2 percent increase. Although Nationally the ARRL shows a
modest increase of 2.94 percent over the previous year, congratulations
need to go out to the Idaho section who posted a growth of 9.9 percent.

Bob Inderbitzen’s team and Diane Petrilli in particular did a
splendid job trolling for members, with emails to specific target
groups proving to be a very cost-effective method. It helped that new
licensing and upgrading both ran ahead of expectations during the year;
I do not have final figures yet, but there were more than 31,000 new
licensees and 11,000 upgrades in 2015. Incidentally, an analysis by
Joe Speroni, AH0A, shows that over the past five years Idaho has had
the greatest percentage growth in amateur licensing of any state.

New Book from ARRL: The ARRL has published a new book that is very
informative. The Radio Amateur’s Workshop – Your DIY guide for
Ham Homebrewing. Written by Joel R. Hallas, W1ZR, the book lays out a
simple plan and list of things every DIY Ham should have. Check it
out, and the other ARRL Publications.

Idaho State Convention: April 22-24, in Boise, Idaho. There are many
changes that will give you a great experience. For more information,
go to: https://sites.google.com/site/voiamateurradioclub/home

Northwestern Division Convention at Seaside: June 3, 4 and 5, 2016,
ARRL Northwestern Division Convention at the Seaside Convention Center,
Seaside, OR. Commercial Exhibits • Giant Flea Market • Seminars •
Banquet/Entertainment • VE Testing • DX & YL Luncheon. It’s not
to early to make plans to attend!

ARRL Legislative Advocacy Fund Created: ARRL has created the
Legislative Issues Advocacy Fund for the express purpose of educating
Congressional representatives, and their respective staffs regarding
issues that affect the Amateur Radio Service and ARRL's advocacy

There is an urgent need to raise monies to offset the substantial cost
of sending our voices to Washington for legislative advocacy, and we
need to continue these expenditures into the future to achieve our
goals, including and beyond the current CC&R legislative effort as
there are other issues on the horizon that will require a continuing
presence on Capitol Hill. We must establish a brand for Amateur Radio
now so that we no longer have to be reactive when it comes to the
relationship between the Federal government and Amateur Radio.

This is not a Political Action Committee (PAC). The purpose of the
fund is to educate and inform members of Congress of the importance of
legislation that impacts the League and its members, and furthers the
mission of ARRL.

Besides our current efforts regarding CC&Rs, there will be other issues
in the near future that will require legislative action, including
spectrum allocation (especially broadband allocation conflicts); a
revised Communications Act; the adequacy and efficiency of FCC
enforcement issues; use of Amateur Radio volunteers; increased
privatization of Amateur Radio admission; FCC oversight issues; RFI
concerns; and many other issues necessitating Congressional

All of these areas require the continuing education of our
Congressional representatives as to the mission of the ARRL and to the
membership we represent as the national association of Amateur Radio.
It is not enough to conduct our advocacy efforts at the ITU, CITEL, the
FCC and NTIA. Nor is it enough to have a Spectrum Defense Fund. We
must also be recognized as advocates for Amateur Radio in Congress at
the effective level at which we are working right now.

It needs to be understood that there are no guarantees. However, if we
don't take steps to ensure our future, there may be no future.

We have seen, poignantly and directly, the results of maintaining too
low a profile in Congress. We now find ourselves in a position of
either educating or re-educating Congressional Representatives and
their respective staffs on the purpose and benefit to the public of a
viable Amateur Radio service. Typically there are, in round numbers,
between 700 and 1,700 hams in a Congressional district. These numbers
are - we know - meaningful to Congresspersons. We need to keep our
efforts up at a level that produces results.

For other upcoming Ham Fests and Conventions, Check www.n7cfo.com

ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James D Pace, K7CEX

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