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Field day visits and observations

Field day is Amateur Radio’s open house. We get to show off the best that our hobby has to offer and even get some folks operating who have never done so.

I decided to take the opportunity to go and talk to some clubs, meet and greet, as well as explain what I’m doing and why I’m doing. That went rather well, but I did hear some things which make my run all the more important.

There were many who said they wanted a change in the Hudson Division leadership and the board in general. But many others have also said that they dropped their membership because they feel left out of the league. I won’t get into the specific complaints but many had felt that the league had stopped representing them and became more like a business rather than a member services organization.

To me this is unacceptable. The League needs to return to member service as its focus and it needs to happen quickly otherwise we will never regain the faith hams  once had in the ARRL.

But generally apart from the ARRL gove…

Who else is running?

This election is critical to the survival of the ARRL. We need good people who believe in a more transparent and open ARRL to step up and help fix what is wrong.

So far in the Northwestern division, Mike Ritz, W7VO is challenging Jim Pace’s (K7CEX) successor - Bonnie Altus, AB7ZQ. I like many of Mike’s ideas and we share many of the same ideals. Therefore I would encourage those in the NW division to support him.

But who else? I’ve heard rumors about a possible challenger in the Central division. If true, I would
absolutely support them. The candidate I’ve heard about is a passionate advocate for the hobby, just like myself. Hopefully they decide to run, and soon.

There is New England. Anyone there? What about Roanoake? The time is now. If YOU are a considering a run and would like some advice and assistance, talk to me. I’ve got political experience and real campaign experience. I am also social media and media savvy. I can give you real strategy advice for engagement and GOTV. My em…

Separating truth from non-truths, and why this election is important

On the news front, my campaign is being noticed by a lot of people. By a lot of prominent people. This is GREAT news. Keep it going! I want to be your advocate in Newington, and I need your support to do it.

Of course, some people are now apparently running scared, because they know that positive change is coming. What do they then do? Counter it with negativity. One person in particular, a retiring director has taken the track of rehashing the same, old, tired "inexperience" argument over and over. But I know the people of Hudson division will see past the negativity and realize that we do need this positive change.

But let's address that first.

When my opponent was first running for director in 2012 (not that long ago), he ran against a sitting director who was previously an experienced vice-director. My opponent's previous field organization experience was primarily as a Section Manager. Did experience matter then? Should we have elected the more "experienced…

YLRL convention

Less than 2 months from now, a group of dedicated women amateur radio operators (YLs) will convene in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for the YLRL convention 2018. This year the convention was organized by YLRL district 5. Thanks especially to the hard work of Michelle Carey, W5MQC and Leah Ohse, W3LEO.

I will be a speaker and talking about digital modes in amateur radio. I'll be talking about both HF modes and VHF/UHF modes. It will be a fun presentation, and it is something I enjoy doing.

Andrea Slack, K2EZ will be talking about her rover operation. Should be fascinating.

Carol Milazzo, KP4MD will also be talking about DXpeditions and her amateur radio adventures.

NASA research scientist Nancy Hall, KC4IYD will also be in attendance and speaking at the banquet. This will be very exciting! Nancy is a true role model to women, especially girls looking to get into STEM fields.

Many amazing women will be here and if you are a YL, it's a great way for you to network as well.

OMs? You can…

Campaign updates - website, media appearances, clubs, field day

It's been a busy week! The outpouring of support has been truly immense. More importantly, the locals in Hudson division have been throwing their support behind my campaign. This is a very good sign. I do especially appreciate the financial support, but even if you can't contribute financially, please do spread the word.

However, there is still much work to do.

First of all, the website is in full swing at https://hudson.n2rj.com

Look there for details of my platform and how you can help.

Yesterday (06/19) I made an appearance on HamRadioNow, which is a video web talk show.

Here it is: https://youtu.be/JUPbsYEkpzc

I got some great feedback.

I do truly want to be a director who engages her division. You, the division member will be my first duty. Yes, I will have a duty to the league, but the league is you and not some faceless corporation handing down edicts without regard for your opinion.

I want to be a director for every radio amateur. Gary made a comment about diversity. T…

N2RJ on HamRadioNow

I just completed an interview with HamRadioNow. It's live on the facebook page. The edited one will be up on their website soon.


https://www.facebook.com/groups/1603310419934646/permalink/2048964225369261/

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I'm running for Hudson division director!

I have been considering it, but it's now pretty much official. I am running for Hudson Division Director for ARRL. I think everyone by now knows the crisis that ARRL is facing, and that Hudson is ground zero. So rather than sit on the sidelines and complain, I've decided to step up and do something about it. I'm collecting signatures, and while I've collected more than enough to get on the ballot, I am going to collect as much as I can. This way, you can show your support, and I have "insurance" in case some of them are invalid.

I want to earn your vote and be the best director you can send to Newington. This is what you get if you elect me to be your division director:

Licensed 20 years, in 3 countriesA committed ARRL Life memberA strong passion for the hobby/service. As my friend Allan, EA3HSO puts it, I embody ham spirit.A patient listener. Your opinion as a member and constituent is not one that should be dismissed. It doesn't matter your activity in h…