ARRL Southwestern Division Appointments / Volunteers


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First ARDF Coordinator
Technical & Educational Advisors
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Division Appointments

Assistant Directors (AD)

Appointed by the Division Director. In the Southwestern Division Assistant Directors are ARRL liaisons with local communities and organizations. Their appointment is often based on the request and recommendation of the groups they represent.
The current SW ADs are:

  • Dick Barch, W1MII, South Bay ARC, CA
  • Pat Bunsold, WA6MHZ, ARC El Cajon, CA
  • Alan Corlin, AA6DW, Santa Ynez, CA
  • Thomas Fagan, K7DF, Raytheon Catalina RC, AZ
  • Jim Fortney, K6IYK, WebMaster, Prescott, AZ
  • Mike Fulcher, KC7V, Central Arizona DX Assn, AZ
  • Paul Gordon, N6LL, Caltech ARC, CA
  • Gary Hamman, K7GH, Arizona Amateur Radio Club, AZ
  • Bill Heather, KB6WKT, Downey ARC
  • Ken Konechy, W6HHC, Orange County ARC, CA
  • Joe Locascio, K5KT, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Jeffrey Lloyd, N6FRW, Riverside County ARA, CA
  • Joe Madas, AE6JM, Emergency Communications
  • Rick Norwood, KD6KHJ, Los Angeles County, CA
  • Brad Rachielles, KC6NNV, Tri County ARA, CA
  • Glenn Rattmann, K6NA, DX and Contests
  • Charley Speelman, WA6RUZ, South Orange ARA, CA
  • Robert Spencer, KE8DM, Yuma, AZ
  • Richard Thompson, W6IW, Super System, CA
  • Gene Thorpe, KB6CMO, Western ARA and Fullerton RC, CA
  • Vicki Zumwalt, N6KLS, Kingman, AZ

Advisory Committees

There are two national ARRL Advisory Committees where representatives are appointed by the Division Director. SW Division committee members:

  • Contest Advisory Committee (CAC): Mike Fulcher, KC7V
  • DX Advisory Committee (DXAC): Mark Weiss, K6FG.

First ARDF Coordinator Recognition

In 1998 the President of the ARRL appointed SW Division member Joe Moell, KØOV as the first Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator. Joe served in this capacity for over 20 years until retiring in 2019.


Technical and Educational Advisors

TAs and EAs are ARRL national-level appointees who provide HQ with a volunteer resource. The current Southwestern Division TAs are:

The EA in our division is Allan Cameron N7UJJ

Volunteer Counsel Program

Under this program, lawyers who are also licensed amateurs have agreed to assist other amateurs with ham radio-related legal problems,such as RFI and antenna restrictions. These lawyers will provide a free initial consultation to amateurs regarding ham radio legal problems. The Southwestern Division attorneys that have agreed to serve are:

Volunteer Consulting Engineers

VCEs are registered Engineers. Like the ARRL Volunteer Counsels they will provide a free initial consultation. However, they have special technical expertise in critical areas. For example, a VCE might act as an expert witness by providing technical data to municipal government representatives in support of a proposed Amateur Radio antenna and support structure. The VCEs in our division are

Other Volunteers

There are many of you who give in other ways toward the betterment of the Amateur Radio with or without an official ARRL title. There are a number of position-holders whose names are kept confidential such as members of the QSL sorters who normally want to stay anonymous despite donating many unselfish hours.

We would also like to give thanks to those members that give talks, write articles and books, and prepare on-line video presentations.

We must not forget Volunteer Examiners (VE) and ham instructors, both professional and volunteer, who not only help increase our ranks but also promote improved ham operators.

In addition to the local message traffic handling networks supported by the Section Traffic Managers (STM), wide-area and national message traffic handling activities are supported by Radio Relay International (RRI).

Field Organization

Section Level Appointments

Section-level appointments are made by the Section Manager (SM):

Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)

The SEC recommends appointments for District Emergency Coordinators (DEC), Emergency Coordinators (EC), and Official Emergency Stations (OES), to administer Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

Section Traffic Manager (STM)

The STM recommends appointments for Net Managers (NM) and Official Relay Stations (ORS) in order to maintain the National Traffic System (NTS) at the local level.

Affiliated Club Coordinator (ACC)

Public Information Coordinator (PIC)

The PIC recommends appointments for Public Information Officers (PIO). often attached to a local club for generating local PR.

Technical Coordinator (TC)

The TC recommends appointments for Technical Specialists (TS) who may assist with local RFI problems and give general technical assistance (supporting the ARRL Technical Information Service), and be part of the "Elmer" effort to help new hams.

State Government Liaison (SGL)

The State Government Liaison (SGL) and Local Government Liaisons (LGL) support the SM in tracking and addressing government legislation.

Also, Assistant Section Managers (ASM) can be appointed by the SM for special assignments.

There are many opportunities for you to serve. Contact your SM.