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,
- 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,
- Richard Thompson, W6IW,
Super System, CA
- Gene Thorpe, KB6CMO,
Western ARA and Fullerton RC, CA
- Vicki Zumwalt, N6KLS,
There are two
national ARRL Advisory Committees where representatives are appointed
by the Division Director. SW Division committee members:
- Contest Advisory Committee (CAC): Glenn Rattmann, K6NA
- 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.
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. To date, the Southwestern
Division attorneys that have agreed to serve are:
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
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 help make video tapes and CD-ROMs.
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).
Section Level Appointments
Section-level appointments are made by the Section Manager (SM):
The SEC recommends appointments for
District Emergency Coordinators (DEC), Emergency Coordinators (EC), and
Official Emergency Stations (OES), to administer Amateur Radio
Emergency Service (ARES).
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.
The PIC recommends appointments for Public Information Officers (PIO). often attached to a local club for
generating local PR.
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
The OOC recommends appointments for
Official Observers (OO). Some OOs are full-fledged members of the
Amateur Auxiliary to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
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
There are many
opportunities for you to serve. Contact your SM.