ARRL In Action: What Have We Been Up to Lately?
The ARRL solicited support for HR 2160, the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act of 2009.
The ARRL hosted their 2009 National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention on May 15-17.
ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director Sandy Donahue, W4RU, passed away on May 4.
The ARRL honored those who donated more than $1000 to the League in 2008 with a reception just prior to the 2009 ARRL National Convention and Dayton Hamvention. Three new members of the ARRL's Maxim Society were introduced at the reception.
The ARRL's Programs and Services Committee approved two changes to ARRL VHF and UHF contests.
The ARRL Public Relations Committee honored three Public Information Officers for going above and beyond in ensuring that the role of Amateur Radio is explained to media and the public, especially in unanticipated situations in the field. The Committee also introduced the new PR-101 course at the 2009 ARRL National Convention at the Dayton Hamvention.
W1AW and W1HQ received new antennas during their semi-annual tower inspection.
The ARRL participated in the 2009 Maker's Faire in San Mateo, California.
Mel Parkes, NM7P, of Layton, was re-elected as the Utah Section Manager. Dan Pruitt, AE6SX, is the new Section Manager in the San Joaquin Valley Section. The Rhode Island, Maryland-DC, West Texas, Nevada, Northern New Jersey and New Hampshire Sections will keep their incumbent Section Managers.
The winner of the QST Cover Plaque Award for May is Mal Eiselman, NC4L, for his article "Troubleshooting Radios."
The current 7Z1CQ operation in Saudi Arabia has been approved for DXCC credit.
Compiled by S. Khrystyne Keane, K1SFA
ARRL News Editor