Vice Director
William Sawders, K7ZM

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Bill was first licensed in 1957 at the age of 12, and received the call sign, KN6ZMZ. He has held an Extra Class License since 1968 and moved to Oregon in 1975 and became W7KWK. Bill received the call sign K7ZM in 1977. His wife, Vicki is a licensed General Class operator and holds the call sign K7VKI. Bill worked in broadcasting as an Announcer/Engineer/Operations Manger for more than 40 years and also owned an Advertising Agency. Now retired, Bill lives in La Pine, Oregon, the “outdoors capitol of the world”.


Bill was the ARRL Oregon Section Manager from 1998 to 2002, and is Past President of the San Diego DX Club (1968), Central Oregon Radio  Amateurs (1992), Central Oregon DX Club (1989-1998) and is also a member of the Central Oregon Contest Club. He was appointed A.R.R.L. Northwestern Division Vice Director by ARRL President Jim Haynie in January 2006 and ran unopposed in August 2006 for a new three-year term.


Bill works all bands from 2 thru 80 meters, including 6 meters from the (very) rare Grid CN-93.  However, his favorite band is 80 meters, where you can usually find him in the “window” working DX mornings and evenings.


Bill is also the owner of the 146.960 2-meter repeater, located east of La Pine, on Finley Butte. At nearly 4,800 feet elevation, this repeater serves most areas of south central Oregon, including Crater Lake National Park. The repeater is linked to “EchoLink” 24/7, so that Radio Amateurs visiting the park (or living in an apartment or retirement complex) are able to communicate to anyplace in the world, simply by using their handheld or computer!