But Wait! There’s More — New Hams and Upgrades

We have yet another group of new hams to welcome, as well as upgrades to celebrate.

Congratulations to new Technician license holder James Parish, KI5JJA. Andy Dow, KI5JJB, tested through to General. Pedro Acosta, KI5JJC, tested through to General. Richard Thompson, AG5ZD, tested through to Extra. David Fisher, K5RFP, upgraded to Extra. Roy Hogan, KD5FPP, upgraded to Extra. Mark Burton, KG5LEQ, upgraded to General. Charles L. Randle, AG5ZE, passed his Technician and got his lapsed Extra back.

The new licensees come courtesy of Jim Kajder’s (AF5FH) test team and its June 6 test session — sponsored by the high Desert Amateur Radio Club and conducted outdoors and with masks and plenty of social distancing.

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Welcome Some New Hams!

Time to play catch-up with some newly licensed hams.

Congratulations to new Technician license holders Hal Radioff, KI5JBV; Blaine Bachman, KI5JBU; Billy Hubbell, KI5JBW; and Michael Garcia, KI5JBX. Mike Grashius, K5LMG tested through to General. And Christopher Bowen, AG5YZ, tested through to Extra. The new licensees come courtesy of Jim Kajder’s (AF5FH) test team and its May 24 test session — outdoors and with masks and plenty of social distancing.

Meanwhile, back in mid March, the Valencia County Amateur Radio Association’s W5YI test team added one new ham and an upgrade to the mix: George Szymkowski, KI5IQQ, earned his Technician license; and William Anderson, KI5HQI, upgraded to General.

As they say, let the Elmering begin!

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General-class license course and test coming in late April

The El Maipas VE Group is planning a General-level training class in April and May. The class will run two successive weekends, from 0830-1730, April 27, Apr 28, May 4 and May 5. Testing will be at 1500 on May
5, with the El Malpais VE Group providing the volunteer examiners.

The site will be where most of you took you Tech Class if you took it with us. We will meet at the APD NW Area Command Community Room on the dates specified. All classes will be at the APD NW Area Command Station on Ellison on Cibola Loop (10401 Cibola Loop NW). They have a very nice community room
we have reserved. You can bring food and water in, but if you make a mess, we do not have maid service. There is a microwave, restrooms, and water. We will provide coffee. On the Saturday and Sunday classes, you will have a 1 hour lunch break. There are a lot of food vendors around and in Cottonwood Mall. There is parking in front of the substation and overflow parking across the street at Cibola High School.

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Technician-class course and exam April 5-7

The El Malpais Tech VE group trainers have set a new Technician-level Class for April 5-7, 2019, at the NW
Area Command Community Room, 10401 Cibola Loop, NW, right across the street from Cibola High School.

Classes will run from 1800-2100 on April 5 and from 0830-1730 on April 6 and 7. Testing will begin at 1500 on April 7. We will open the testing to walk-ins, plus the class, but the class will have priority. Class attendance
is not “mandatory,” but we find those who attend pass at about 99% rate. You can and should study on your own. More on that later.

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New Tech, Two Upgrades — QSO Fodder!

Here’s to Albert Waters, of Los Lunas, who passed his Tech exam Jan 12, 2019. In addition, Kevin Welander, K5ZOO, of Bosque Farms, upgraded to a General-class license. And a belated congratulations to David Fouts, KC5ERO, of Albuquerque, who upgraded to General in December. All thanks to the Valencia County Amateur Radio Association’s W5YI testing team. A great way to send off the old year and bring in the new!

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There’s a New Extra-Class Ticket-Holder in NM

Congratulations to Daniel Alvarez, KC0CJD, of Los Lunas for passing his Extra exam earlier this month! And thanks to the Valencia County ARA’s W5YI Team for overseeing the exam.

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ARRL Names a New RMD Vice-Director

From ARRL HQ:

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, has named Robert Wareham, NØESQ, of Highlands Ranch, Colorado,  as Rocky Mountain Division Vice Director. Wareham will serve the remaining term of Jeff Ryan, KØRM, who assumed the position of Rocky Mountain Director upon the resignation of Dwayne Allen, WY7FD.

“I have worked side-by-side with Robert for many years addressing issues that could have an effect on Amateur Radio, and I am pleased he is joining me at the Division level to continue these efforts” Ryan
said.

An ARRL Life Member, Wareham has been serving as Colorado Section Emergency Coordinator since 2011. He previously served in the Field Organization as Colorado’s State Government Liaison and as Public
Information Officer. An attorney, Wareham assisted in drafting the bill that created the Colorado Auxiliary Emergency Communications Unit (AuxComm) in 2016. AuxComm is a unit of the Colorado Department of
Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) and is managed by Colorado ARES leadership under a Memorandum of Understanding.

Wareham also was instrumental in drafting a provision exempting Amateur Radio licensees from a hands-free cell phone bill, and for drafting a bill codifying the provisions of the limited federal pre-emption known
as PRB-1 into Colorado law. He has been providing pro bono legal assistance to Colorado Amateur Radio clubs for many years.

Wareham will serve the remainder of the Vice Director’s term, which runs through 2019.

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ARRL Rocky Mountain Division has a new director

From Jeff Ryan, K0RM:

Dwayne Allen, WY7FD has stepped down as ARRL Rocky Mountain Division
Director and per the League’s Articles of Association, I have assumed
the duties as the new director.  I wish to thank Dwayne for his nearly
14 years of service to the Wyoming Section and the Rocky Mountain
Division and wish him well as he departs to spend more time with family.

For those who don’t know me, you can find a short bio on QRZ.com
or on the Division web site at www.rockymountaindivision.org.  It is my
honor to serve the members of the Division and I always want to hear
what’s on your mind.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me about any
issue or any problems dealing with the ARRL.  I am also available to
attend swapfests, club meetings and other Amateur Radio gatherings to
hear what’s on member’s minds.  If you wish to contact me, email
works best.  My contact information is on QRZ, the ARRL web site and in
QST each month.  Let’s keep in touch, please!

73,

Jeff, KØRM

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Section Manager’s Newletter – October 2018

GM (Good Morning in CW) from Fryeburg, ME!
 
Judy and I spent the last weekend in Newington, CT, where I attended the annual meeting held for new Section Managers. The participants ranged from two from CA to my friend Nancy, KG0YL, from ND, to MI to NNJ. It truly was an eclectic group that worked well together. Steve, WV1X, was our gracious host who took great care of us! We met all the staff leaders, who briefed us on their areas of responsibilities, along with many others, starting with the new ARRL CEO Howard Mickel, WB2ITX, and outgoing (as of this past Monday) CEO Barry Shelley, N1VXY.
 
Rest assured, from Howard on down the ARRL is focused on ensuring the Amateur Radio Service’s and the ARRL’s viability, including serving each of you well. I encourage you to make visiting HQ an important item on your bucket list. This was my second trip there, as I was fortunate to visit during the centennial in 2014. I got to operate W1AW again, handing out dozens of QSOs in a pileup on 20m and more on 40m for the PA QSO Party.

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Two new licensees and an upgrade

From the Department of New Hams and Upgrades, congratulations to Ellis Fish of Los Lunas for earning his Tech license, to Scott Rankin of Fence Lake for earning his Tech ticket, and to Scott Weltin (WA1FTI) of Albuquerque for upgrading to Extra Class. Testing came courtesy of the W5YI VE Squad ND the Valencia County Amateur Radio Association.

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