Greetings to ARRL Northwestern Division Members,
The Spring Hamfest Season is well underway. The Salem Radio Club’s
Rickreall swap meet and the Seattle Mike and Key’s swap meet are
concluded with good attendance. The Yakima Swapmeet also had a good
attendance. Coming up are other local and regional meetings
culminating with the Northwestern Division’s Convention in Seaside,
OR on June 1-3. Other local and state activities occur during the
Some additional special events are also scheduled. The Mobile Amateur
Radio Amateur Club (County Hunters) National Convention will be held in
Vancouver, WA on July 3-6 (see www.marac.org). Having just achieved the
USA-CA award for working and confirming all 3,077 USA counties, this
event is especially alluring to me. In addition, the Northwestern DX
Convention will be held in Portland, OR on August 3-5 (see
ARRL General Comments
As I noted in my last newsletter, some members are not aware of how the
ARRL is structured and how the interfaces between ARRL HQ, the
Divisions, and Sections work. So, I’ll attempt to explain the
The ARRL is a not for profit (IRS 501c3) organization. There is no
“profit” or shareholders per se. If the revenue exceeds or is less
than expenses, the difference amount is included in the following
years’ financial decisions during the budget process. ARRL members
benefit from sound financial management of the League.
The ARRL Foundation is a separate legal organization and is also an IRS
501c3 activity. I’ll explain this organization in a future
The ARRL is unique as the Board (a Director and a Vice Director) are
elected by members in each division rather than appointed by others.
The terms for these offices are three years. The Section Managers are
also elected by members in the individual sections and their term is
for two years. The Northwestern Division includes the Alaska, Eastern
Washington, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, and Western Washington Sections.
The respective ARRL Sections and Section Managers are generally listed
in QST on page 16. There is not a direct reporting relationship between
the Director / Vice Director and Section Managers. Rather, there is (or
should be) mutual support between these elected positions of Amateur
Radio leadership. I can report that there is an excellent relationship
between all these folks in the Division. Board and Section leadership
are volunteer positions.
ARRL Officers elected by the Board of Directors.
These positions include the President – Kay Craigie N3KN, three Vice
Presidents – First VP Rick Roderick K5UR, Second VP Bruce Frahm K0BJ,
and International VP Jay Bellows K0QB. Rick Niswander, K7GM, was
appointed as Treasurer in January 2012. These are volunteer
At ARRL HQ, Dave Sumner K1ZZ serves as ARRL CEO and Secretary, Harold
Kramer WJ1B is the Chief Operating Officer, Mary Hobart is the Chief
Development Officer, and Brennan Price N4QX is the Chief Technology
Officer, Barry Shelley N1VXY is the Chief Financial Officer and. There
are approximate 100 people working at ARRL Headquarters (some part time
and some full-time.) Staff Officers and support people are generally
Board of Directors
Following is a perspective and comments concerning ARRL Board of
Directors. The ARRL consists of 15 divisions. These divisions are
generally listed on page 15 of QST. There are two meetings of the
ARRL Board of Directors each year – in January (the annual meeting)
and in July. These are held usually held in the Hartford, CT area near
ARRL Headquarters. At these meetings, budgets are approved, and
business relating to amateur radio is conducted. The ARRL has an
operating budget of over $14 million for 2012. Thus, members of the
board must have a good understanding of the financial and operating
aspects of the ARRL and Amateur Radio.
The fifteen Board members serve on the three main committees; the
Executive Committee (EC), the Finance and Administration Committee
(A&F) and the Program and Services Committee (PSC).
During the annual meeting of the Board, one of the first orders of
business is the election of the EC. Members of this committee are
elected by the Board for a term of one year. This committee oversees
the operation of the ARRL during the time when the full board is not in
session. It is both an honor and privilege to serve on this committee
as members of this committee must have the confidence of the other 14
members of the Board. I currently serve as a member of the EC for the
second time. The members of the A&F and PSC are appointed by the
President of the ARRL following the election to the EC. So, each
standing committee is comprised of 5 Board Members. The President
sometimes appoints vice directors to serve on standing committees.
The A&F is charged with overseeing all administrative and finance
functions including recommending a budget to the entire Board,
reviewing all finance and business activities throughout the year, and
meeting with ARRL management and receiving input and recommendations
specifically relating to the “Business” of the ARRL. I served as a
member of this committee for three years when I was Vice Director and
was also appointed as Chairperson of this committee for three years. I
can report that the duties of a Committee Chair are a lot of additional
In addition, as with most organizations, there are a number of
additional Committees focused on specific topics both directly related
to Amateur Radio and some related to the operation of the ARRL.
Examples of these committees are Volunteer. As with most volunteer and
other organizations, much of the work and detailed analysis takes place
within these committees.
Division and Section Leadership
The Section Managers have their own volunteer staff members (SEC,
OO,POI, etc.) The Division Director and Vice Director have a smaller
number of volunteer committee members, mostly involved in specific
areas of interest. Those Northwestern Division members currently
assigned to these areas are: (DX – Dick Moen N7RO, Contest – Jim
Cassidy KI7Y, VHF/UHF – Steve Chastain N7SC, Emergency Communication
– Gordon Grove WA7LNC, and Legislative Action – Stephen Kangas
W9SC). These committees meet via e-mail, telephone, go-to-meeting,
etc. In addition, there are also Assistant Directors in each section.
These folks serve as the eyes and ears of the Director / Vice Directors
in the division. If anyone is interested in serving as an Assistant
Director, please contact me.
As of the end of April 2012, the membership in the ARRL is 158,539 of
which 11,282 reside in the Northwestern Division.
QST magazine is the journal of the ARRL. Thus, it reports activities
of the ARRL, members, staff and the Board. QST also includes various
articles written by members and staff. Some are technical and some are
general information designed to explain Amateur Radio and the radio
“art”. The editor of QST is Steve Ford WB8IMY. Steve and his
staff of around 10 people are charged with creating this publication
each month. They do an outstanding job! QST has been published for
nearly 97 years. Imagine the work involved in creating and editing a
periodical that covers the vast array of knowledge and information for
an avocation as diverse as is Amateur Radio. And, beginning in June
2012, a digital version of QST is available to members.
We hope this newsletter helps explain the operation of the ARRL and
associated activities. We’ll provide more information in a month or
so. If you have any general questions, please e-mail us at
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we’ll to our best to answer. We
are here to serve the ARRL membership in the Northwestern Division.
Jim Fenstermaker K9JF
ARRL Northwestern Division Director
Grant Hopper KB7WSD
ARRL Northwestern Division Vice-Director
ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: James E Fenstermaker, K9JF