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.)