Dear ARRL Member,I am running for re-election as your ARRL Southeastern Division Director and would appreciate your continued support and vote.I enjoy my interaction with hams throughout our Division which helps shape my member-driven-thinking to improve, protect and serve Amateur Radio and the ARRL. These interactions help me to leverage my proven leadership performance, vision, integrity, experience, credibility and successful Board collaboration to make progressive changes to improve and protect Amateur Radio.Here is some information about me and a few of my recent accomplishments and activities working on the ARRL Board of Directors.
I serve as chairman of the new Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) committee. This committee guides the ARRL’s part of the ARISS program main goal in the all-important education sector, helping students all around the world learn and make contacts via Amateur Radio with astronauts onboard the International Space Station. In June, I represented the ARRL at the ARISS-International Delegates meeting at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal, Canada. Delegates from all over the world met for three days and discussed current and future ARISS activities. As a member of the Emergency Communication Manager Requirements committee, I introduced a change for the position title to Director of Emergency Management. This new title will better represent the ARRLs commitment to emergency communications, our ARES program and collaboration with served agencies. My ARES leadership and Project Management experience were utilized in contributing valuable requirements for the position description in order to hire the best person possible. As a Programs and Services committee member, I serve as the Contest Advisory Committee representative. The Programs and Services committee is where the ARRL oversees all aspects of our Programs and Services such as: DX, Contest, awards, Field Organization activities, and ARES. Currently, we are working on creating a new digital contest and looking at a few upgrades to other contests. At the July Board meeting, I introduced the need to deny the French 144-146 MHz proposal, which has positioned the ARRL to oppose the proposal that threatens our spectrum. This proposal would have particularly threatened the International Space Station and satellite Amateur Radio programs. On August 30th, the Conference Preparatory Group of the European Conference of Telecommunications and Postal Administrations, removed the 144-146 MHz proposal from the study. It is my opinion, the ARRL opposition stance helped in the decision for the removal of the 144-146 MHz effort. I worked with the Orlando Hamcation leadership to develop a National Convention proposal, and then I promoted and gained ARRL Board approval for our Division to host the 2021 ARRL National Convention at Orlando Hamcation. This special National Convention will help celebrate the Orlando Amateur Radio Club’s 75th Anniversary. There are many award worthy activities happening in the Southeastern Division. I enjoy presenting awards to members and organizations in our Division. In February, I presented the Bill Leonard W2SKE Professional Media Award for Video Reporting to The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and Jen Carfagno, Live and On The Air during The Weather Channel’s AMHQ early morning program. I promoted and gained approval to award the 2018 ARRL Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Award, to an outstanding young amateur, Ruth Willet, KM4LAO. Last November, I presented this award at a special celebration reception for Ruth at the Stone Mountain Hamfest. At the July ARRL Board meeting, I introduced a nomination to congratulate NASA on the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11. The Apollo program helped pave the way for the acceptance of Amateur Radio on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.I am currently working with two high schools to install an Amateur Radio station at each school. The school stations are planned to expose and help students learn about engineering, technology and Amateur Radio. I am also working on a plan to put repeaters to help emergency communications in Puerto Rico.A highlight of my Amateur Radio experience was attending a school contact with the International Space Station. This activity generated much exposure, enjoyment, and education for Amateur Radio and space. The excitement of the students and teachers as they talked with the astronaut in space was truly amazing.I am proud to be a part of the ARRL’s new Life Long Learning initiative. This progressive project will focus on creating online learning and communication opportunities for different sectors of the Amateur Radio community. The initial effort of this project is designed to target new hams that want help getting started enjoying and utilizing our hobby.My memberships include: ARRL life member, AMSAT, QCWA, Huntsville Amateur Radio Club, DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Amateur Radio Club, Alabama Contest Group, Southeastern DX Club, ARES, and FEMA Region 4 Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group.Additional information can be found at www.facebook.com/ARRLSoutheasternDivision or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.orgLet’s continue working together to make a positives impact on all aspects of Amateur Radio. I would appreciate your support and vote for this important ARRL Director position. Your election ballot will be mailed around October 1st.73 and Thank You,Greg Sarratt, W4OZK