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A new President for the ARRL

Date : 20 / 01 / 2016
Author : Jim Linton - VK3PC

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has elected Rick Roderick K5UR as its new President, succeeding Kay Craigie N3KN who has completed her third term. The ARRL Board of Directors met on January 15-16 to choose Rick K5UR as its leader, who was the First Vice President, and to make other appointments.

Kay N3KN was the first woman in that top role that guides the ARRL as it seeks to protect and further Amateur Radio activities, and as the representative voice in regulatory matters including spectrum use through to antenna installation rights. She readily acknowledges that it had been a privilege to serve during the ARRL Centennial in 2014 and to help usher in Amateur Radio’s second century. "As President I represented the ARRL at the Radio Society of Great Britain’s 100th anniversary observance, led the ARRL delegation at two International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 conferences, and was part of ARRL teams at Friedrichshafen and Tokyo," she said. Coming up through the ranks she was first elected as a volunteer ARRL official in 1986, and later the ARRL Board of Directors chose her as the League’s 15th President in January 2010.

Among her early duties as ARRL President was a radio contact with the WIA President Michael Owen VK3KI (sk) as part of the centenary celebration in 2010 for the WIA being the first IARU member society to reach 100 years. The new President, Rick Roderick K5UR, 63, is an avid DXer both on HF and VHF/UHF bands, been a ham for over 48 years and a Life Member of the ARRL. He had held volunteer ARRL positions for over 40 years, sitting on the DX Advisory Committee and helped create a number of important projects including the Logbook of the World. A graduate from the University of Arkansas in Mathematics, Operations Management, and a Law. In a legal career had later emphasis in labour and employment law.


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