Maine ARRL SM Election


From N1KAT - The Incumbent

Since I took office, the Amateur Radio Community in Maine has been more active in public service. After the ice storm of ’97-’98, we were recognized for our help by the governor of the state and the president of Central Maine Power. We continue to participate in various volunteer events, such as the Trek Across Maine, the Dempsey Challenge, the Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, the New England Forest Ralley, the Kenduskeag Stream Canoe Race, the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Race, the Loon Echo Bike Trek, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society walkathons, and the World Biathlon Championship. The State of Maine has been so appreciative of our efforts, that on April 18, 2011, the State Legislature passed a joint resolution honoring the Amateur Radio operators. The Radio Community convinced the State Legislature to pass a bill to protect the rights of Hams to erect radio antennas which might violate local ordinances.

As Section Manager, I consider my greatest responsibility to be to help spread the word about Amateur Radio. To this end, I utilize part of my budget to supply and distribute entry level instructional books and upgrade manuals to the various clubs. Last year, I helped coordinate with Bates College for the 6th graders of Lewiston/Auburn to pose questions to Astronaut Chris Cassidy in the International Space Station via Ham Radio.

As Section Manager, I try to attend as many club meetings as possible, as well as visiting Field Day sites, flea markets, and casual breakfast meetings. I regularly attend Cabinet meetings and relay the information to the clubs.

With support from league members, I hope to continue to serve the Amateur community.

Respectfully submitted,

William A. Woodhead

Maine Section Manager, N1KAT