Tuesday, November 6, 2018

WB2ITX Takes Helm as ARRL CEO; Looks to Broaden League's Appeal

Howard Michel, WB2ITX, began work as the ARRL's new Chief Executive Officer in mid-October, the third new CEO since the retirement of Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, in 2016. Michel, who previously worked in the robotics and artificial intelligence industries, also served as volunteer president and CEO of IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. 

According to the ARRL Letter, Michel believes the League needs to embrace new technologies in amateur radio, such as FT8, but "in a way that those who don't adopt the new technology won't feel abandoned." He also called for the ARRL to seek partnerships with other like-minded organizations and to find new ways of reaching out to younger hams.