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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB024 (2009)

ARLB024 Jeff Beals, WA4AW, Appointed Southeastern Division Vice

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ARRL Bulletin 24  ARLB024
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  June 4, 2009
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB024 Jeff Beals, WA4AW, Appointed Southeastern Division Vice

With the approval of the ARRL Ethics and Elections Committee, ARRL
President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, appointed Southern Florida Assistant
Section Manager Jeff Beals, WA4AW, as Vice Director in the
Southeastern Division, effective June 1. Beals replaces Sandy
Donohue, W4RU, who passed away last month.  An Extra class licensee
and ARRL Life Member, Beals was first licensed in the early 1960s as
WN2OUK. Beals -- who splits his time between Royal Palm Beach,
Florida and Dothan, Alabama -- has been an ARRL member for more than
30 years; he has served as Southern Florida Assistant Section
Manager (ASM) since 2002. Beals has also held appointments as
Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC), Affiliated Club Coordinator
(ACC), Technical Coordinator (TC), Technical Specialist (TS) and
District Emergency Coordinator (DEC).

"I am deeply honored to be chosen by President Harrison to serve as
Vice Director of the Southeastern Division," Beals told the ARRL. "I
am looking forward to working with Division Director Greg Sarratt,
W4OZK, to provide quality service and representation to the members
of the Southeastern Division. I feel that my years of service in the
ARRL Field Organization provide me with a unique outlook on what our
members expect of our League. My ability to listen and learn from
them will assist Greg and myself to provide the representation they
have come to expect from the Southeastern Division."

Sarratt said that was "proud" that Beals was chosen to be the new
Southeastern Division Vice-Director: "Jeff has a heart for Amateur
Radio and is an ARRL Life Member. He and I have worked together at
many hamfests in the Southeastern Division and I look forward to
many more. Please join me in welcoming Jeff as Southeastern Division
Vice Director."

Beals said he would be "remiss if I didn't mention the many years of
friendship and tutelage given to me by former Southeastern Director
Frank Butler, W4RH, and Vice Director Sandy Donahue, W4RU (SK).
Their years of service to the League and to Amateur Radio are much
appreciated by me and the many members of the Division with whom
they came in contact."

Beals was a long-time friend of Donahue's. "I knew Sandy for more
than 25 years," he told the ARRL upon Donahue's passing. "He was
very, very devoted to Amateur Radio, especially the public service
side: Emergency Communications, traffic handling and helping out
wherever and whenever he could. We had a lot in common."

Beals counts emergency communications support, liaison with served
agencies, radio club liaison and support, classic Amateur Radio
operation and restoration, and training of Section volunteers as
just some of his Amateur Radio activities. "I am always promoting
Amateur Radio and the ARRL at community events, and I attend many
club meetings, functions and hamfests throughout the Division," he
said. "I am a participant in a pilot project to provide membership
support to members of the ARRL Southern Florida Section; this
project has since grown to encompass the entire Southeastern
Division." He also holds commendations from the State of Florida for
his communications support during Hurricanes Andrew, Frances, Jean
and Katrina.

"During my tenure as the Southern Florida Section SEC, President
Harrison appointed me to serve on the National Emergency Response
Planning Committee. One of the challenges facing many of our SFL
Section members -- as well as the rest of our nation -- is the
ability to construct an effective antenna system in communities
governed by covenants, conditions and restrictions (CC&Rs)," Beals
explained. "I am -- and always have been -- a staunch supporter of
any bill in Congress, such as HR 2160, to effect such change in
these most restrictive regulations that prevent hams from providing
needed public service communications, as well as their enjoyment of
Amateur Radio.

Beals is a Life Member of the ARRL, Quarter Century Wireless
Association (QCWA) and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA); he is
a Senior Grade member of the Radio Club of America (RCA) and the
ARRL A-1 Operator Club. He is Past President of the Fort Myers and
West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club and current member of the Palms
West ARC, North Florida ARS, Wiregrass ARC, OOTC, the Florida and
Alabama Contest Groups and the Florida East Coast DX Club.


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