ARRL Lab Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, will be the guest speaker at the North Dakota State Convention and hamfest which will be held on Saturday September 30th, in West Fargo, ND. Specifically, Ed will be discussing RFI problems and fixes. Following that during the ARRL Fourm, you'll get a chance to visit with the Director and Vice Director candidates. Hope to see you there!
ARRL HQ has announced 2 candidates for Director and 4 candidates for Vice Director have approved by the Ethics and Elections Committee:
NAME CALL OFFICE
Matt Holden K0BBC Director
Dean Summers N0ND Director
Tom Karnauskas N0UW Vice-Director
Jay Maynard K5ZC Vice-Director
Lynn Nelson W0ND Vice-Director
Chris Stallkamp KI0D Vice-Director
Ballots will be sent, by post office mail, to all Dakota Division members (as of September 10th) no later than October 1st.
The deadline to return ballots is Friday November 17th.
Greetings Dakota Division amateurs;
As some of you know, I recently retired after 36 years in the military.
Since then, I have taken a new job in Fargo with a company as a
corporate pilot. With this change of careers, it means my schedule is
no longer in my control, and I have made the decision to not run for
another term as your ARRL Dakota Division Director. This has been a
very difficult decision and one I wish I didn't need to make, but I feel
I cannot represent our division as I should.
If you have any interest in either the Director or Vice Director
position, I encourage you to check page 83 of the August edition of QST
(2017) for details. There are a couple of deadlines to note: August
11th, 2017 for requesting an official nominating package, and August
18th, 2017 for submission of that package. Please consult QST for all
It has been an great honor and a privilege to represent the amateurs of
MN, ND, & SD since 2010 as both a Vice Director and most recently your
Director. We might be the smallest ARRL division in population, but I
believe we're the largest in pride and support of our great hobby.
I thank each and every one of you for your support and friendship! I
will continue as your director until Jan 2018 (when the current term
expires), and if you have any questions, please email me or call.
The Brainerd Area Amateur Radio Club's hamfest this year was another success. The weather couldn't have been better to get out and scrounge for deals, sell some stuff, or just chat with other hams. The chili was cooking and excellent as usual! Attendance was up even if there were fewer sellers this year, but everyone was having a good time. Hats off to another good time in Brainerd!
Bob, WØLAW & Matt, KØBBC at the ARRL booth.
The Maple Grove Amateur Radio Club hosted another fun hamfest. Midwinter Madness as it is known was held in Buffalo, MN at the usual location. A lot of hams selling & buying which keep the venue hopping throughout the morning as well as visitors to the ARRL table made the time go fast. Food was once again good with cinnamon rolls being sold to hungry hams out on the floor. With the great weather we've been having, perhaps the hamfest name should be changed to the "Spring Solstice" since there wasn't a snowflake to be found again this year ;-) Thanks again to the Maple Grove ARC for another great event. I forgot to take pictures to post, so you'll have to take my word for it.
Thanks to the Central Dakota ARC for hosting another great hamfest! The weather was great and there were some pretty good deals to be had by those who attended. The ARRL Forum was well attended and could have gone longer - lots of good discussion. The CDARC hams not only have a good lunch, but have breakfast as well. Of course it's good to have a belly full of pancakes, eggs, and sausage to start off the day with! Lynn Nelson WØND (ND SM), Kris Stalkamp, WØADZ (SD SM), Matt Holden, KØBBC (Dakota Div, Vice Director), and I had a great time, thanks all!
The St. Cloud ARC hosted their 100th Year Anniversary hamfest on February 18th in style. Located at a different and beautiful venue, The College of St. Benedict, saw lots of things to do for attendees. A well-stocked breakfast buffet keep hams fueled to roam the hamfest floor or to attend the many breakout sessions held throughout the morning. The weather was unseasonably warm in the 50s which made travels easy for those who attended. Thanks to the hard working folks in the St. Cloud ARC whose great hospitality made their event fun!
The Red River Radio Amateur's (RRRA) hosted another great ND Section Convention. Although outside the weather was very warm, humid, & muggy, inside the spirits were high and "treasures" were passing from one ham to another. Of course everything needed to keep you going (in the food category) was available - doughnuts to brats and the best home-made bars. Since we're closing in on the US Senate's potential voting on HR-1301, Matt, KØBBC, Lynn, WØND, and I helped those who hadn't had the chance to send their Senators a letter requesting their support. We're not sure on the count, but the seat never got cold and we had a pretty constant line of hams wanting to do their part. Thanks to all the hams from the tri-state area as well as our Canadian friends who stopped by the booth to say hi and/or send a letter. Thanks also to the RRRA who again did an outstanding job!
Alex Muggli, WØZTL, an 80+ year ARRL member sending his Senators a request to support HR-1301
Matt, KØBBC, helping a ham send off yet another letter.
Just after the doors opened.
Lynn, WØND, Kent, KAØLDG, & Matt, KØBBC @ the ARRL booth