Friday, November 16 I received the phone call from ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. It was to inform me that I was elected as the new ARRL Division Director for the Hudson Division. My term begins on January 1, 2019 at 12 noon. You can see the results and vote tallies here.

Of the five challengers, only one lost their election, namely Valerie Hotzfeld, NV9L. I was saddened by this because I felt she had a lot of value to offer.

But I'm still happy that four challengers won, because let's face it - many are of the opinion that ARRL needs some serious change, and a shakeup of this magnitude will facilitate exactly that.

I did reach out to my opponent, Mike Lisenco, N2YBB. I left him a voicemail on his cellphone, with no reply. I still would like to thank him for his past 6 years of service. He did some good things during his tenure evven though we disagreed on some other issues.

I am of the firm belief that Amateur Radio wins. In my opinion, we now have the ability to enact fundamental change and bring ARRL around to what it needs to be, including enhancing transparency and dealing with some of what I see as troublesome governance issues.

We will see exactly how much we can do at the January board meeting.

Ria, N2RJ
Director-elect, Hudson Division.


  1. Best of luck Ria. 73 de Tom, N9GUN

  2. Congratulations Ria! You certainly worked and campaigned hard for this position and still won by a narrow margin of only 53 votes! Are you sure Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, isn't going to ask for a recount? HaHaHa! Only kidding! I'm confident you'll do an excellent job! I don't know where you find all the energy to raise those kids, earn all the rewards you have, and now serve as the ARRL Hudson Division Director too! I wish I had half of your energy! Congrats and very 73 from Cliff, KU4GW.

  3. I know I have already congratulated you, but I want to do so publicly. The Amateur Radio community has definitely gained a strong ally in Ria, N2RJ representing the Hudson area of ARRL! Hail to the President!


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