Neil Sablatzky, K8IT is running for Great Lakes Division Directory. I support him and hope that you’ll support him as well. Here is his candidate’s statement.
A Novice operator at age 14, I enjoy Amateur Radio Public Service, Experimentation, and Operating most modes. I have provided public service operations for many events, including: New York City Marathon, MS-150 Bike Tours, Michigan UP-200 Dog Sled Races, and many Skywarn, ARES, RACES, and Storm Recovery Nets. I am a member of the ARRL High Speed Multi Media Working Group, serve as a local AEC, and enjoy training amateurs on new subjects.
After 31+ years of Amateur Radio, (Extra, Age 46), our hobby is facing declining interest, we are in danger of losing frequency bandwidth, facing antenna restrictions, and losing public acceptance of Amateur Radio.
First, we must elect active, progressive thinking and technically competent leadership.
Second, we must evaluate every mode, frequency allocation, and operating procedure. We need to adjust for the future, but not at another modeâ€™s expense.
While a CW test is not needed, given a mirror or flashlight, what other mode can replace CW?
Third, we must not abandon the new Amateur. We must address the availability of training, offered to new amateurs, once they pass the test.
Fourth, we need youth. We must communicate that Amateur Radio is fun, group conversations are common place, and students with licenses can earn the required community public service needed for high school graduation. We must boost the number of significant college scholarship grants by teaming with industry to market Amateur Radio, as a skill set development opportunity.
Fifth, the ARRL must become the voice of the amateur. This requires that the Board of Directors listen to its members, and not sanction causes such as â€œRegulation by Bandwidthâ€ if the result limits operation and experimentation.
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I, K8IT, look forward to serving as your Great Lakes Division Director.