ARRL Southwestern Division Volunteers

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Field Organization
Asst. Directors

Advisory Committees
Volunteer Counsel
Consulting  Engineers
Technical & Educational Advisors
Other Volunteers
Public Stations
Encouraging Youth
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Field Organization Volunteers

Section-level appointments are made by the Section Manager:

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.

Official Observer Coordinator (OOC)

The OOC recommends appointments for Official Observers (OO). Some OOs are full-fledged members of the Amateur Auxiliary to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

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.

Assistant Directors (AD)

Appointed by the Division Director. In the Southwestern Division assistant directors are ARRL liaisons with local organizations and their appointment is mainly 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, Culver City ARES and Westside ARC, CA
  • Craig Dible, KB6LAK, Verde Valley ARA, AZ
  • Thomas Fagan, K7DF, Raytheon Catalina RC, 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, Palos Verdes ARC, CA
  • Jeffrey Lloyd, N6FRW, Riverside County ARA, CA
  • Joe Madas, AE6JM, Emergency Communications
  • Steve McCubbin, K6AOR, San Gorgonio Pass ARC, Coachella Valley ARC, Desert RATS, CA
  • Rick Norwood, KD6KHJ, Big Bear ARC, CA
  • Bob Overholser, K6HA , Inland Empire ARC, CA 
  • Brad Rachielles, KC6NNV, Tri County ARA, CA
  • Glenn Rattmann, K6NA, DX and Contests
  • Fred Roberts, W6TKV, Corona Norco ARC, CA
  • 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

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): Glenn Rattmann, K6NA
  • DX Advisory Committee (DXAC): Mark Weiss, K6FG.
  • Emergency Communications Advisory Committee (ECAC): Grant Hays, WB6OTS.

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:

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

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

Permanent Public Ham Stations

The Arizona Historical Society Museum is planning to reconstruct the well-known ham station of the late Senator Barry Goldwater, K7UGA. The amateur equipment, memorabilia and furnishings were donated last year by the family. However, financial donations are needed to put a "high-quality exhibit" together. If you would like to help, write Director Reba Wells Grandrud, Arizona Historical Society Museum at Papago Park, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281.

There are a number of museums, science centers, etc. that have ham stations where the public can observe the fun and value of Amateur Radio. In the Southwestern Division, the most notable ones are at the L.A. Maritime Museum (San Pedro, CA), the Queen Mary (Long Beach, CA), and the Arizona Science Center (Phoenix). These stations are always looking for volunteer operators, a great chance to share your Amateur Radio excitement with the public.

If you are interested in finding out how to go about establishing and funding a permanent Amateur Radio station at a public place you have in mind, contact ARRL Education Services Manager Debra Johnson K1DMJ --

W7ASC Center for Amateur Radio Learning has information on their web-site at  

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 an official FCC Amateur Auxiliary Local Interference Committee (LIC). Included are 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.

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). Southwestern Division Amateurs active with RRI include:

  • Rob Griffin, K6YR, RRI Western Area Staff (WAS) Coordinator
  • Grant Hays, WB6OTS, RRI WAS Member-at-Large
  • Ken Miller, K6CTW, RRI WAS Associate Member
  • Kate Hutton, K6HTN, RRI WAS Associate Member
  • Dan Farrell, W6QZ, WAS Associate Member

Some of our Division members that have appointments on national League committees:
Joe Moell K0OV is the first ARRL Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) Coordinator. 

Encouraging Youth

The best place to start to encourage more young folks to find the fun and excitement of ham radio is at home and youth groups such as the Scouts. The ARRL HQ can help with comic books, the ARRL Scout Handbook, computer software, videos, exhibit kits, awards, and instructor support. The ARRL Educational Activities Department is a good place to obtain help and ideas; software, videos, exhibit kits, awards, and instructor support.

Also, schools are a good place to help get more youth involved. The Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) has been a program that has been most valuable in this effort as well as gaining good PR for ham radio. This program is through the combined effort of the ARRL, AMSAT, and NASA, where students are able to make contacts with ham astronauts aboard many of the shuttle missions as part of the school curriculum. The International Space Station (ISS) operations have greatly expanded the program.