New VE Apparel and Supply Items

If you’re an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, take note: The ARRL has recently introduced new apparel and supply items just for you. Choose between a new black polo-style shirt (sizes S-4XL) or a white long-sleeved button down shirt (sizes S-3XL), each … Continue reading

How ARRL Operates, a Continuing Series

Earlier in this series, we explained how the Board Members and Section Managers are elected and how they interact within the ARRL business structure (see WGD Newsletter, November 2011).  Today, we will explore the volunteer structure. Today, there are approximately … Continue reading

KF5CRF, Viking ARC Scores Again

Word just arrived that the Lawton, Oklahoma Viking ARC again took 1st Place prize in the Middle/Intermediate/ Junior High category for the February 2012 Spring Roundup Contest.  Fresh from their win in the October 2011 School Roundup, KF5CRF came in … Continue reading

Delta/West Gulf Divisions Interoperability Test

The two Division Directors, David Woolweaver K5RAV and David Norris K5UZ proposed a joint Delta/West Gulf ARES/MARS exercise to occur on May 5, 2012 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM CDT.  The test will primarily be for the use of … Continue reading

ARRL Field Day, June 23 and 24

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN! ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of … Continue reading

Annual Armed Forces Day Crossband Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test

1. The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the Annual Military/Amateur Radio Communications Test in celebration of the 63rd anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD).  Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Saturday, … Continue reading

National Merit Finalist Carey McCachern, KF5IXE

The WGD Division Leadership wishes to congratulate Oklahoman KF5IXE Cary McCachern as being a 2012 National Merit Finalist and an AXA Achiever! With over 1.5 million original entries into the National Merit program, it was announced in February that Cary … Continue reading

The ARRL and Frequency Coordination

[Note: The following, in part, is excerpted from the ARRL Repeater Directory.] The ARRL is not a Frequency Coordinator, nor does the ARRL “certify” coordinators.  Frequency Coordinators are volunteers normally appointed by a coordinating body. The ARRL reports only the … Continue reading

PARK Forms a New Special Interest Group

The Plano Amateur Radio Klub, is forming a PARK Balloon SIG (Special Interest Group) to build payloads and launch Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloons to near space. (60,000 to 235,000 feet). There is a lot of opportunity to participate and … Continue reading

Amateur Radio on The Glenn Beck Show

March 14, ARRL Media and Public Relations Manager Alan Pitts W1AGP tapped NTX SM Walt Mayfield, KE5S00 to represent the ARRL on The Glenn Beck Show webcast which dealt with the Survivalist Community.  Beck, whose show until recently was syndicated … Continue reading