Headquarters veteran Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, has been appointed ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager. Jahnke, who has served as Branch Manager of the ARRL Competition for the past 3 years, succeeds Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, who was recently promoted to Director of Operations at ARRL Headquarters.
“This new role now gives me the exciting opportunity not only to be at the forefront of our radio sports community, but also our international / DX and national radio operations and awards activities,” said Jahnke. “Having worked closely with tens of thousands of our volunteer examiners on my previous tour of HQ, I am now able to re-engage many of them in our field service program. “
Regarding radio sport, Jahnke pointed out that protest activity not only defends amateur radio allocations, but creates a pool of operators and expands their communication skills in the event of an emergency or disaster. Jahnke said that competitors, DXers, traffic managers and everyday users of amateur bands know what to expect in terms of propagation at different times of the day and year, and can apply this knowledge to establish disaster communication.
As Director of Radiosport and Field Services, Jahnke will oversee Radiosport and Field Services staff in the management of awards, contests and the World Logbook (LoTW), as well as issues involving l field organization of the ARRL on the section, the club and the follow-up and the current volunteers. emergency services problems.
Before returning to ARRL headquarters in 2016, Jahnke worked in the private sector for about a decade, working in emergency medical services, customer service, sales and manufacturing support. long-term care and information technology in the Midwest and on the East Coast. .
Jahnke joined the ARRL headquarters staff in 1985, starting as editor-in-chief of the Directory of ARRL repeaters and as a Member Services Representative, handling matters related to FCC Rules. Over the next 3 years he also assisted in processing ARRL awards (except DXCC) and later trained the new award managers.
In 1989, he became the Director of the ARRL Volunteer Review Program (VEC), a position he held for 16 years.