ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, will host an on-the-air opportunity for ARRL members and the larger Amateur Radio community to get to know him better. Michel, who joined the team at ARRL Headquarters last October, is still a relative newcomer. The “Put Howard to Work!” event is being sponsored by the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast to give radio amateurs a chance to chat with Michel in a natural Amateur Radio setting. Michel will be on the air from W1AW on Monday, May 13, starting at 2 PM (1800 UTC), around 14.254 MHz. Michel was a guest on the March 31 episode of the ICQ Amateur/Ham Radio Podcast, when the show’s organizers came up with this idea.
“While interviewing Howard about his management vision for [ARRL], it hit me that hams need to see the new CEO as another ham operator in addition to being the CEO of the ARRL,” said Frank Howell, K4FMH, a podcast presenter and an ARRL Delta Division Assistant Director. “Our ham metaphor of ‘working’ another ham is a humorous way to engage hams from the US and internationally to ‘put the CEO to work’ on the air at W1AW.” To commemorate the occasion, ARRL is creating a special QSL card for those who connect with Michel via W1AW.