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ARRL’s Southeastern Division election results

A new Director and Vice Director have been elected in the ARRL’s Southeastern Division, based on results from ballot tabulations on Friday, November 15, in the 2019 ARRL Board of Director elections.

Director
Mickey Baker      N4MB         2,132 votes
Greg Sarratt      W4OZK        1,739 votes
Vice Director
James Schilling   KG4JSZ       1,356 votes
Jeff Stahl        K4BH         1,281 votes
Joseph Tiritilli  N4ZUW        1,209 votes

ARRL: Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Candidate Position Statement

I am running for SE Division Vice-Director because I want to assure that the ARRL members in our division have an opportunity to choose who will represent them in this office. Honesty, integrity, professionalism, and dedication to amateur radio as a service is what I believe should be three characteristics of whoever occupies this office.

The ARRL, as the premier representative of the amateur service in the US, must operate with transparency to its members. Stewardship of the amateur service and representing the interests of ARRL members should be the primary function of the league and its Board of Directors. One area in which the league should take a steadfast stand is in protecting the right of amateur radio operators to install an amateur radio station, including antennas of choice, at the licensed location in their license grants. Because we operate in the public interest and in protection of life and property in times of infrastructure failure organizations with no knowledge of the amateur service and whose only concern is an idealized, narrow-minded fantasy of aesthetics must be subservient to the public service interests of the amateur service and the FCC.

One area on which the league should focus should be attracting younger people into the Amateur Service. Finding ways to cooperate with the public school system to establish radio clubs and use amateur radio in the classroom as a teaching tool should be one goal. School children will willingly learn if they have fun doing it. Reaching into the college and university system is another area where youth can be enticed to become amateur radio licensees. Many colleges and Universities require completion of a project by their senior class, and amateur radio can provide a unique and rewarding outlet for this activity.

One of my goals is to see the ARRL VEC expedite the processing of Amateur Service License grant requests. By using electronic filing methods with the ARRL Headquarters these grants can be delivered to the FCC in a matter of days or even hours as opposed to the week or more currently needed because of the use of the postal service and paper forms. Although some privacy issues exist with electronic filing, the technology currently exists to provide sufficient protection of applicant personal information.

Finally, in the Southeast US we annually go through hurricane season, but our amateur participation in ARES and RACES is far from what it should be. The ARRL needs to spearhead an attitude of service to the public on the part of amateur radio licensees so that the public will always have a line of communications out of any disaster area.

I have been licensed for 49 years and currently serve Broward County as the ARES Emergency Coordinator and the Assistant RACES Officer. I also serve as a VE for both ARRL and Laurel VEC’s and I am the VE team lead for the Gold Coast club. Many times I have presented in front of radio clubs on a variety of topics from practical skills to theoretical topics and personal and psychological subjects. I serve on the board of directors of the Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association, and the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association. I also serve as an alumni advisor to the FAU Amateur Radio Club.

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Broward College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing  from FAU and when I was medically forced to retire I was completing my Master’s Degree in Nursing Informatics at University of Phoenix.

Regardless of who you vote for in this election, please be grateful that you have a choice and can restore this office to its necessary level of professionalism and integrity.

73,

Jeff Stahl, K4BH
ARRL SE Division Vice-Director Candidate

FD2017 Results

Total FD17 Contacts by Band and Mode

Band CW Phone Dig Total % Pts/Q
80 0 0 26 26 3% 52
40 364 65 5 434 42% 803
20 376 39 29 444 43% 849
15 113 0 0 113 11% 226
10 0 7 0 7 1% 7
6 0 0 0 0 0% 0
Total 853 111 60 1024 100% 1937
83% 11% 6% 100%

New Amateur Radio Parity Act Bill Introduced in US House of Representatives

February 22, 2017
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The text from HR1301, which ARRL says is identical to HR555, can be found here:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Regulatory/ParityAct-SubstituteBill-Official-2016.pdf

I would encourage everyone to read this bill very carefully, because it has issues that need to be addressed prior to passage.

In particular:

“(b) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS — In amending its rules as required by subsection (a), the Commission shall — (1) require any licensee in an amateur radio service to notify and obtain prior approval from a community association, if any, concerning installation of an outdoor antenna…”

So even if your current (or future) HOA doesn’t regulate your antennas, and even if your covenents say that you have a right to put up antennas for amateur radio purposes, this language would still require you to seek permission from your HOA prior to adding any external antenna to your house.

This bill isn’t ready for prime-time, and I would urge everyone to contact their ARRL division representatives to fix this. If the bill comes up for a vote, I would ask everyone to ask that your congresspeople vote against it.

This looks like “poison pill” legislation. It appears it will change nothing except to cause problems where none exists.

The wording of the bill could cause a serious blow to the hobby in general. We should urge that it be edited at the first opportunity or write to our representatives to oppose the bill when put to a vote.

Let me correct myself after a second reading. The bill would aid many amateurs.
The additional requirement for those few in associations which do not have current restrictions but would then be required to grant permission could be problematic.

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