Long overdue updates and what you get by voting for us

It's been a while, but there have been updates.

Balloting is underway. If you haven't gotten a ballot by October 15, email Dan Henderson at the ARRL - dhenderson@arrl.org. Remember, if you joined by September 10, live in any of the five contested divisions (Hudson, Central, New England, Northwestern, Roanoake) and have a valid license that allows you to operate in the USA - it does not have to be an FCC issued license, but must be valid for reciprocal operation in the USA (by-law 1(a)) you are a full ARRL member and can vote.

Support for me has been very, very strong. I have had a full email inbox for a week and more since the ballots started hitting mailbox. Many of these are also first time voters, and many of those first time voters have been ARRL members for many years. I attribute this to having a strong campaign ethic, a powerful message and a detailed platform with a real vision for ham radio's future.

And now, we wait. If you haven't returned your ballot yet, please fill it out today and drop it in the mailbox. Campaigning is basically over, and a ballot on your desk will probably get lost under that pile of QSL cards.

And of course, please vote for Ria Jairam, N2RJ.

And finally, if you are in the Roanoake, Central, New England or Northwestern Divisions, please consider these candidates:

Roanoake - George W. "Bud" Hippisley, W2RU. A smart (graduated from MIT!), experienced, friendly ham who is a true gentleman. I have had the opportunity to work with him on technology for his campaign and he is extremely good to work with. This is a true leader.

Central - Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L. When I say that Valerie is dedicated to ham radio, I mean it. She has given tremendous service in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey in Houston, TX. She is also a superb mentor on YouTube. She also has extensive, senior level professional experience in the corporate world. She will be a fantastic addition to the board, and we plan to work together on some real initiatives for mentoring.

New England - Fred Hopengarten, K1VR. Fred is THE guru when it comes to antenna zoning law. I have personally called on him for advice to obtain permitting for my antenna support structure. He's also a graduate of Harvard Law school and has literally written the book on amateur radio antenna zoning.

Northwestern - Mike Ritz, W7VO (Director) and Delvin Bunton, NS7U (Vice-Director). Mike is committed to transparency, and has solid plans for the Northwestern division. He is also very much a proponent of mentoring and helping other hams. Delvin, is a strong proponent for an educational future in amateur radio.

That's all for now. It's a long, nervous wait until the ballots are counted on November 16... Here's hoping we pull off a sweep.

Ria, N2RJ


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