Pacific Division Leadership

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Division Director

Bob Vallio, W6RGG

18655 Sheffield Rd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546

(510) 537-6704

 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.
 Bob Vallio
Bob Vallio, W6RGG
First licensed as a Novice, WN6RGG, in July of 1952, he upgraded to General Class as W6RGG in 1953. Bob has held an Extra Class license since its inception in 1968, and is an accomplished DXer and contester. His DX and contest operations include FO0XX (Clipperton Island--twice!), XF4L (Revillagigedo), 6Y5BF (Jamaica), 5W1AZ (Western Samoa), KP2A (Virgin Islands), 4U0ITU (ITU HQ in Geneva), VP5VW (Turks & Caicos Islands), 5V7A (Togo) three times, HC8N (Galapagos Islands) four times, OJ0/W6RGG (Market Reef), OH0/W6RGG (Aland Islands), and BS7H (Scarborough Reef), in 1997 and 2007. He has also served in various capacities on the Yasme Foundation Board of Directors, was a member of the very first ARRL DX Advisory Committee, and is a long-time member and past president of the Northern California DX Club and the Northern California Contest Club. Bob first made Top of the DXCC Honor Roll in 1982 and still holds that ranking. He has twice been named NCDXC DXer of the Year, and was elected to the CQ DX Hall of Fame in May of 1997.


Vice Director

Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT


(510) 569-6963

 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 ► or call him at 510-569-6963.
 Jim Tiemstra
Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT

Pacific Division Library
 ► Division Meeting:  December 2, 2006 minutes [PDF] || View Photos

 ► Division Meeting:  December 1, 2007 minutes [PDF] || View Photos
 ► PACIFICON 2007:  The Pacific Division Annual Convention || View Photos
 ► ARRL Board Meeting Summary for July 20-21, 2007 meeting in Windsor, Connecticut Minutes
 ► ARRL Board Meeting Summary for January 18-19, 2008 meeting in Houston, Texas Minutes

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