Thursday, August 12, 2021

ARRL Board Creates Permanent EmComm and Field Services Committee

The ARRL Board of Directors voted in July to create a standing board committee on emergency communications and field services (the umbrella name for the League's nationwide network of volunteer appointees). The committee's primary role will be to advise the board on changing or adding League policies and programs related to emergency communications through its Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and National Traffic System (NTS). It will also work with League staff to provide greater support to Field Organization volunteers around the country. 

The ARRL Letter reports that this is only the third standing board committee, along with the Programs and Services and Administration and Finance committees. Roanoke Division Director George "Bud" Hippisley, W2RU, will chair the committee. Other appointments had not been made as of press time. (We will cover this in more detail in October CQ's Emergency Communications column.)