A new Tech and an upgrade to General

Congratulations to a new ham and to a ham who upgraded, courtesy of their own hard work and the testing prowess of the Valencia County ARA Volunteer Examiner team (W5YI).

The newcomer? Kevin Welander of Los Lunas, who earned his Tech license (call TBA). Elmers, start your engines!

And Cynthia Wimberly, KL7FQR, of Belen upgraded to a General ticket.

Well done!

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In Socorro, kudos to a special-event crew

Shared with permission: From Dave Finley, N1IRZ, net control, Socorro Chile Harvest Triathlon 2018, Aug. 3-4:

Thank you all for your support of this weekend’s Triathlons. We had another highly successful event, with excellent participation in both the Youth and the Adult races. I received thanks from many of the participants, and I presume some of you did, too. As has always been the case in the 23 years of Socorro’s triathlon, our amateur-radio support is greatly appreciated by both the participants and the organizers.

Stacy Timmons, this year’s race director, was performing that role for the first time. At the end of the race, she told me, “I don’t know how anyone could do this job without you guys.” The USA Triathlon official working this race told her at the end that “you guys did a great job.” He was very enthusiastic about how well-run the Socorro event was, and that is high praise from someone who has officiated countless triathlons over many years. I consider the situational awareness that we provide to the race director to be a valuable part of keeping things on track during the race.

Our volunteer service for this highly-visible community event definitely shows the value of amateur radio to our friends and neighbors as well as to the larger audience of participants from around New Mexico and surrounding states.

Thanks again for a job well done!

Operators:
Doug May, KF5AVG
Eric Stargardt, KF5RCN
Henry Newton, KC5WYA
Bear Albrecht, W5VZB
Jim Lommen, KC7QY
Martin Pokorny, KB7YRK
Ananda Pravinkumar, AB9XC
Jim Jackson, KE5LEI
Jon Spargo, KC5NTW

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NM QSO Party Results Are In!

How did you do during the New Mexico QSO Party back in April? The results are up!
Among the highlights:

  • New Mexico Big River Contesters romped in the Club category, garnering 387,572 points.
  • Among clubs, the Albuquerque DX Association activated the most counties (13).
  • AA5B let the pack among single-op stations with 226,348 points.
  • Mesilla Valley Radio Club (N5BL) led the multi-op category with 45,696 points.
  • K8TE captured the top spot in the single-op mobile category with 131,272 points.
  • NA5M took first place in the QRP category with 3,420 points.

Check out the full results at http://www.newmexicoqsoparty.org/wp/results/results-current/

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Initial newsletter from NM’s New Section Manager

By Bill Mader, K8TE

For those of you who follow ARRL news, you already know I have been selected to replace my predecessor, Ed James, KA8JMW, as your new Section Manager. I am glad for the opportunity to serve, offering back to the Amateur Radio Service and the ARRL that have given me so much over the last 58 years.

Before going further, I want to thank my friend Ed for his service! He went beyond his two-year term to give us an extra six months through the end of June. It is my honor to serve in his place and those who served before him. I am friends with Bill, W5YEJ, and Don, W5FHA, and knew Joe, W5PDY. It won’t be easy to live up to the standard each of them set.

My primary roles are to represent the ARRL to you and to serve you as your representative to the ARRL. While written last, I view my service to you as first. Continue reading

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Bill Mader, Jr., K8TE – NM’s new Section Manager

Bill Mader, Jr., K8TE, Picked To Head ARRL’s New Mexico Section

Click here for official press release

Bill Mader, Jr., K8TE, has been selected New Mexico Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League, which announced the appointment today. He formally takes the reins on July 1.

As section manager, Mader, will be responsible for overseeing the League’s field organization in New Mexico, as well as for advising the leadership team overseeing the League’s Rocky Mountain Division.

“I view the section-manager position as one of service to ARRL members, Field Organization volunteers, and all hams throughout New Mexico. I already have a long relationship with the current and former Division Directors and other ARRL officials. I believe in democracy and transparency throughout the ARRL and will serve with members’ interest first in all I do,” Mader said.

“Continuity is an important factor in any organization. I plan to keep all current appointees in place through 2018. They have the corporate memory necessary to keep the Section running smoothly. I look forward to meeting as many as possible at the upcoming Duke City Hamfest/Rocky Mountain Division Convention in September!” Continue reading

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Thank You Message from Ed, KA8JMW

A message from Ed James KA8JMW:

As December 31, 2017 is my final day serving as New Mexico’s ARRL Section Manager, I want to express my gratitude for your support, ideas, and involvement throughout the previous two and a half years. Continue reading

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2017 ARRL New Mexico Section Award Recipients

On behalf of the ARRL New Mexico Section, it gives me great pleasure to announce the following award recipients:

  • 2017 New Mexico Section Ham of the Year: David Hassall WA5DJJ of Las Cruces in recognition of his outstanding contributions to amateur radio
  • 2017 New Mexico Section Club of the Year: Mesilla Valley Radio Club of Las Cruces in recognition of its members’ outstanding contributions to amateur radio
  • New Mexico Section Lifetime Contribution Award: Don Grab K5BIS of Albuquerque in recognition of his tireless efforts towards the betterment of amateur radio in and around New Mexico.

In addition to the above awards, the New Mexico Section is recognizing the winners of the New Mexico Section National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) Challenge:

  • Top Individual Activator: Jim Frazier KC5RUO of Albuquerque for activating the most National Park Service sites
  • Top Club Activator: Los Alamos Amateur Radio Club W5PDO, who’s members collectively activated the most National Park Service sites
  • Activated all New Mexico National Park Service Sites: Mike Walsh KE5AKL of Albuquerque for being the first to activate all NPOTA units in New Mexico

These awards were to be presented during the banquet at the recently concluded ARRL New Mexico State Convention / Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest however, with much regret, unexpected weather-related circumstances prevented my attendance during the banquet.  Presentations will be made to each recipient before their peers at an upcoming meeting of their amateur radio club.  Each recipient will receive a plaque to display proudly within their shack or club house.

Please join me in congratulating these individuals and club for their well deserved recognition!

Thank you for being a valuable member of the League.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Ed James, KA8JMW
Section Manager, New Mexico

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Nominations Being Accepted for NM Section Awards

One of the great qualities of our ARRL New Mexico Section is that it is full of active League members who do great things that positively impact our amateur radio community.  We’re also fortunate to have many ARRL-affiliated ham clubs across the Land of Enchantment that are teeming with activity and similarly benefit our community.  All deserve our gratitude.

Recognize that  member or club by nominating them for the New Mexico Section Ham of the Year award or the New Mexico Section Club of the Year award.

Nominations are being accepted right now, and are due no later than Sunday, July 30th. Recipients will be announced before the Section and awarded a plaque at the upcoming ARRL New Mexico State Convention (Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest, August 11-13).

Complete rules and online nomination forms for each award are available by clicking on the appropriate links in the “Awards” menu of this website.

We all know who the moving and shaking hams and clubs are within the New Mexico Section. Please take a moment to nominate them for recognition today.

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February 2017 issue of NM Section Newsletter posted

The February 2017 issue of the ARRL New Mexico Section newsletter has been posted!

This newsletter is intended to replace the monthly email-based Section news notes distributed through the League’s email system. With the new format that a newsletter brings, content can be expanded to include pictures and graphics.

Pertinent announcements will still be communicated to ARRL members via the League’s email system.

Thank you for being a valuable member of the League.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Ed James, KA8JMW
Section Manager, New Mexico

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November 2016 issue of NM Section Newsletter posted

The November 2016 issue of the ARRL New Mexico Section newsletter has been posted!

This newsletter is intended to replace the monthly email-based Section news notes distributed through the League’s email system. With the new format that a newsletter brings, content can be expanded to include pictures and graphics.

Pertinent announcements will still be communicated to ARRL members via the League’s email system.

Thank you for being a valuable member of the League.  Your feedback is always welcome.

Ed James, KA8JMW
Section Manager, New Mexico

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