ARRL’s expanded presence at Orlando HamCation® February 9-11 — sanctioned as the 2018 ARRL Florida State Convention — enabled a suitably sized gathering place to meet and greet volunteers from the ARRL Southeastern Division, including ARRL Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, and Vice Director Joey Tiritilli, N4ZUW, as well as Section Managers and ARRL Field Organization volunteers. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, also met with visitors to the second-largest US hamfest. Some well-known ARRL Honorary Officials were also on-hand, including Honorary Vice President and former Southeastern Division Director Frank Butler, W4RH; former ARRL President Rod Stafford, W6ROD; and ARRL and IARU President Emeritus Larry Price, W4RA.
Many attendees took advantage of the huge ARRL book store, made possible this year by HamCation’s generous support for ARRL. Convention goers picked-up copies of popular new and flagship ARRL publications. ARRL staffers Yvette Vinci, KC1AIM; Diane Petrilli, KB1RNF; Bob Inderbitzen, NQ1R, and volunteers Holly Roderick and Sherry Mahafza, KM4VSW, all contributed to the store’s operation. “Our staff collected membership applications from those wanting to join or renew and returned to ARRL Headquarters with applications totaling 390 ‘membership years,’” said Inderbitzen, who is ARRL Marketing Manager.
A standing-room-only crowd attended the ARRL membership forum, moderated by Southeastern Division Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK. President Roderick addressed the forum, highlighting ARRL initiatives and answering questions. Sarratt recognized ham radio operators from throughout the Division and country who helped provide public service and emergency communications throughout the 2017 hurricane season and its devastating impact on the southeast US, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.