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No Rest for the President

The concept of Succession Planning was validated with the retirement of Kay Craigie, K3KN. This validation took place not long after the announcement of President Craigie’s retirement. As if in a relay race, the 15th ARRL president “handed the baton” to her successor.

For those not familiar with the history and background of the incoming president, the news of Newington shared the name and background of the new corporate leader of this century-plus organization.

During its century of its advances, the ARRL and its members have gone from spark based communications, to the spoken work via Amplitude Modulation, and the progression of voice communications using Single Sideband.

With the influence of computer based aid, the newer forms of communications have modified the original digital communications-CW used in spark communications to many newer forms of digital dialogue.

In mid-January 2016, the ARRL Board of Directors elected ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, of Little Rock, Arkansas, as the ARRL’s next president. The Board took the action as it convened for its 2016 Annual Meeting January 15-16 in Windsor, Connecticut. Roderick, 63, officially assumed office for a 2 year term at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. He is the ARRL’s 16th president, succeeding Kay Craigie, N3KN, formerly of suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently residing in Blacksburg, Virginia; she served for three terms as the League’s president.

As the tenure of ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, begins, what we, as American Amateur Radio operators, foresee in his future and ours—the possibilities are endless.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. [Rick Lindquist, WW1ME, photo]

New ARRL President Happy very confidently stated he is happy to be a part of the “Exciting Times for Amateur Radio”

His inaugural, presidential ARRL National Convention took place in mid-February. This event was hosted by the Orlando HamCation®, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. In one of his initial comments, the League’s new leader commented he was pleased to meet many League members in person at Orlando.

Home-bound, Marple Newtown Amateur Radio participating in the pre, mid-February “Weather and Information, morning Nets learned via Echo Link communications, Florida –based participants volunteered they were planning to attend the Orlando HamCation®.

Viewing the impressive activities that have earned impressive acknowledgements for President Roderick in multiple segments of the Amateur Radio spectrum


Band/Mode Total
Mixed 370
Phone 367
CW 354
160 320
80 352
40 353
30 345
20 369
17 344
15 362
12 337
10 351
6 154
Challenge 3287/3156


DXCC Challenge – #5 in World

Top of the DXCC Honor Roll

DXCC – 10 bands

5BWAS #156

Worked All Zones:

Hold over 20 Worked All Zones Awards

160 Meters WAZ #11 (All 40 Zones)

5BWAZ #25 (All 200 Zones)

6 Meters WAZ #4

Single Band/Mode WAZ certificates as follows:

160 #11 N/A
80 # 2 #78
40 #25 #99
30 #48 N/A
20 # 7 #166
17 #37 #27
15 #31 #28
12 #28 #32
10 #17 #88


VHF/UHF operating statistics using NO EME:

Band Grids Worked States Worked VUCC Standing
6 meters 1305 50 #2 World
2 meters 522 48 #1 Non EME, #3 World
1.25 meters 221 42 #1 World
70 cm 220 32 #1 Non EME, Tied #3 World
23 cm 96 18 #1 Non EME



One of first 5 stations to work all 48 contiguous states on 2 meters terrestrial using no EME

Worked 47 states on 2 meters in one year using no EME

Hold world distance record for 2 meters meteor scatter

Held 222 MHz tropo distance record

Worked All States 6 meters

Have held numerous national HF/VHF/UHF contest records


6 meters #103

2 meters #64

222 MHz #14

432 MHz #43

1296 MHz #54

Worked All Prefixes:

WPX Award of Excellence #1

WPX Honor Rolls – Mixed, CW, and Phone

Member: ARRL Maxim Society; ARRL Diamond Club; ARRL Second Century Club

Currently President of the ARRL. Have held volunteer positions with the ARRL for over 40 years.

Served on DXAC and was Chairman for many years. Have also served on CQ Magazine’s DX advisory committee for 38 years.

Instrumental in the DXCC 2000 Project, implementation of DXCC Challenge/De Soto Cup Award, and creation of Logbook of the World.

One Response to No Rest for the President

  1. Paul Edwards Reply

    November 9, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    This guy is what I want to be when I grow up 🙂

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