Division Director    Bob Vallio  ◊  W6RGG
Bob was the elected Section Communications Manager and Section Manager of the ARRL East Bay Section from 1978 to 2000, and Vice Director of the ARRL Pacific Division from 2000 to 2003. When his friend of over 40 years, Director Jim Maxwell, W6CUF, unexpectedly passed away in 2003, Bob took over as Director and has served continuously in that position since then. Bob has served on every standing committee of the ARRL Board of Directors, most recently being elected by his fellow Directors to the Executive Committee.

During all of those years of service to the ARRL, Bob has also been involved in Emergency Communications with Alameda County RACES (now known as the Alameda County Sheriff's Communications Team) since 1975. He has served for many years as Chief Radio Officer and currently holds the position of Chief Radio Officer, Emeritus. (►more )
 Bob Vallio
Bob Vallio, W6RGG
PACIFICON 2016 -- Pacific Division Convention  • October 14, 15 & 16 • Marriott Hotel •San Ramon, CA
Pacificon 2016 will return to the San Ramon Marriott Hotel  (More)
 Vice Director          Jim Tiemstra  ◊  K6JAT
The Programs and Services Committee (PSC) of the League is one of the two standing committees of the Board of Directors. The PSC meets monthly by webinar and on a quarterly basis in person. Two of the quarterly meetings are just prior to the annual meetings of the Board. Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, currently serves as the only Vice Director appointed by the President to the PSC. He also serves as the Chair of the Radio Sport Subcommittee of the PSC. The Radio Sport Subcommittee interfaces with the PSC, and acts as a sounding board to the Advisory Committees and the Awards Committee on radio sport issues.

President Craigie, N3KN, also has appointed Jim to serve on the Centennial Celebration Committee which is planning the celebration and commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the ARRL in 2014.
E-mail Jim ►
k6jat@arrl.org or call him at 510-569-6963.
 Jim Tiemstra
Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT

ARRL Board Lauds “Unforgettable Milestone,” Formalizes LoTW Policy, Honors Award Recipients

July 21-22, 2014 Reflecting the afterglow of the ARRL National Centennial Convention that concluded a couple of days earlier, the ARRL Board of Directors commended and thanked the ARRL Headquarters staff and the National Centennial Convention volunteers for “their devotion and service, contributing to a truly memorable celebration of this unforgettable milestone in the life of the ARRL.” The resolution, offered during the Board’s July meeting in Hartford, and adopted with applause, took note of the “countless” hours staffers spent, in addition to their routine responsibilities, preparing for and running the convention. The Board also noted the essential role of “many dedicated volunteers” before, during and after the convention. 

The Board dealt with a variety of matters during the two-day gathering on July 21 and 22 and bestowed several awards and honors. ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, chaired the session. The minutes of the meeting have been posted.

Geography of the Pacific Division
The Pacific Division of the ARRL includes the State of California from the Oregon border on the north to the lower end of the San Joaquin Valley (Kern Co.); the counties of Alpine and Mono along the Nevada border east of the Sierra Nevada mountains and south of Lake Tahoe; and the counties of San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey along the Pacific Ocean south of San Francisco. The inland counties along the Nevada border south of Mono County and the coastal counties south of Monterey County are part of the Southwestern Division.

In addition to the part of California described above, the Pacific Division includes all of the States of Nevada and Hawaii and the U. S. Pacific Ocean islands to the west, such as American Samoa, Guam, Saipan, and the Mariana Islands. U. S. military bases and other facilities using AP ZIP Codes are also part of the Pacific Division.

Our Pacific Division is divided into seven Sections, and we invite you to check out the Section for your location. You'll find radio clubs, RACES/ARES activities, Hamfests, community service opportunities, radio-oriented youth groups, and much more.

What is Ham Radio?
A housewife in North Carolina makes friends over the radio with another ham in Lithuania. An Ohio teenager uses his computer to upload a digital chess move to an orbiting space satellite, where it's retrieved by a fellow chess enthusiast in Japan. An aircraft engineer in Florida participating in a "DX contest" swaps his call sign and talks to hams in 100 different countries during a single weekend. In California, volunteers save lives as part of their involvement in an emergency response. And from his room in Chicago, a ham's pocket-sized hand-held radio allows him to talk to friends in the Carolinas. This unique mix of fun, public service and convenience is the distinguishing characteristic of Amateur Radio. Although hams get involved for many reasons, they all have in common a basic knowledge of radio technology and operating principles, and pass an examination for the FCC license to operate on radio frequencies known as the "Amateur Bands." These bands are radio frequencies reserved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for use by hams at intervals from just above the AM broadcast band all the way up into extremely high microwave frequencies.  
If you have a connection faster than Dial-up:
Listen to this spot, What Is Amateur Radio?
(1.3MB)  or View this spot, Take A Moment -- Imagine... (13.7MB) 
or View this version, Take A Moment -- Imagine...

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