Dr. Jim Boehner’s Amateur Radio Page

Dr. Jim Boehner, N2ZZ


It’s time once again for you to vote for the leadership of the ARRL Roanoke Division. I am on the ballot to be re-elected as Division Director, and Bill Morine, N2COP, is on the ballot to be re-elected as Division Vice Director. Both Bill and I are asking for your support in order to continue moving both the ARRL and our Division forward with Vision, Leadership, and Experience for the 21st Century. Bill and I form a very strong team, and we have a fantastic working relationship.

If you support Bill and me and already know that you want us to continue to represent you, then please promptly mark your ballots for us when you receive them in the mail and return them as soon as you can.

If, on the other hand, you’re not sure, you can find more information about us on our QRZ.COM pages (N2ZZ and N2COP), more information about me right here on this home page, and there is also Bill’s home page on qsl.net

It is with great joy that I serve as the ARRL board representative for the Roanoke Division, and I would be honored to continue to do so! We have made great progress within our Division over the last several years. Under our leadership we now have a website (www.arrl-roanoke.com) that is as good as any, and better than most! We’re publishing a regular newsletter. We also have an active Facebook page, and it is the goal of your Division’s leadership to try to highlight every hamfest and special operating event happening within the Virginias and the Carolinas. There is no reason why the ARRL Roanoke Division cannot or should not be the model that all the other Divisions would wish to emulate. I feel that I am completely justified in saying that, within my memory, never before has our Division enjoyed the level of openness, the willingness on the part of Division leadership to listen and communicate, or devotion to the pursuit of advancement to the cause of Amateur Radio.


  • Resident of the ARRL Roanoke Division since 1986
  • South Carolina Section Manager 2003-2009
  • ARRL Roanoke Division Vice Director 2010-2015
  • ARRL Roanoke Division Director 2015-present
  • Chairman, ARRL Programs and Services Committee
  • Board Liaison, ARRL Public Relations Committee
  • Member, ARRL Administration and Finance Committee
  • Member, ARRL Logbook of the World Committee
  • Member, ARRL Executive Committee
  • Member, ARRL CEO Search Committee
During all that time, I have represented the ARRL at many hamfests, virtually all of the conventions in my area of responsibility, and I have been on the road every Field Day visiting and encouraging our members while they were demonstrating their emergency preparedness skills to the public. My numerous years in the Roanoke Division have allowed me to meet many of you face-to-face and discuss how your ARRL can be of service. There is no substitute for that personal contact. Somewhere in there, I found time to do some on-the-air as well:
  • A-1 Operator’s Club Award
  • DXCC Honor Roll
  • 5BDXCC
  • WAS (FT8 Endorsement)
  • 5BWAC
  • Golden Jubilee DXCC
  • We the People WAS Award
  • ARRL W1AW Centennial WAS Award
I also operate D-STAR, APRS, Echolink, DMR (MotoTRBO) and FT8. I was honored to be the co-recipient of the 2005 Roanoke Division ARRL Service Award, and the 2004 South Carolina Sideband Net “Sidebander of the Year” Award.

For the entirety of my 16 years of continuous ARRL leadership, I have accepted every position of service that has been offered to me or to which I was elected. On ARRL board committees, even if I was not the leader, I was able to put together position statements that would develop a majority consensus, if not unanimous approval, for issues to be brought to the Board. One past president gave me the compliment that I was the “cool head” who brought clarity to the issues. I can honestly say that I have always been comfortable in that role. Should you review the board and committee minutes over the last several years, you will note that I have been actively involved in board matters, and a proven leader.


Unfortunately, the vulgar tone of our National political discourse seems to have trickled down into our ham radio world, and we also are now subject to a lack of civility and even attempts at character assassination. For those who choose to do the right thing and examine issues from more than just one side before making decisions, I am attaching the following:
  • “A PERSONAL NOTE” - Five ARRL Divisions have elections this year for both Director and Vice Director, and all Director positions are contested, including our Division. As I have looked over websites of the candidates, there are common themes... more.
  • “DONATE” - Vice Director Bill, N2COP, and I have noted that many candidates up for election this year are soliciting donations from members. We feel that funds that you might normally wish to donate for our campaign would be better spent by... more.
  • “TRANSPARENCY” - All five Directors up for election this cycle are being challenged. This has not happened in the recent past. Why this cycle, and why all five? This is because all five incumbents are... more.
  • “ABOUT MY CHALLENGER” - Bud Hippisley, W2RU, is a boyhood hero of mine... more.


The ARRL mission says so much in just a few words: To promote the art, science, and enjoyment of amateur radio. Bill and I would be honored to have your vote to continue on in our efforts to support that mission, both as your representatives to the ARRL Board of Directors and as leaders within the Board family! And if by chance you’re not a League member, we encourage you to click on this link and join. There would be no Amateur Radio were it not for the ARRL.


  • The good folks at  qsl.net  for providing webhosting for the Amateur Radio community.
  • All of the wonderful volunteer hams who help make the Roanoke Division special.
  • You, of course, for visiting!

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Last updated on September 29th 2018.