Phil TemplesOn August 23, 2021, I was notified by ARRL Secretary David Minster that no other petitions for the office were received; therefore, no one is contesting my candidacy.  I am to be officially declared elected.

I’m very pleased by this turn of events.  I will continue as your New England Vice Director for the 2022-2024 term.

My campaign is over.  Yay!


Phil, K9HI

Phil Temples, K9HI, Announces Candidacy for New England Vice Director

Phil TemplesWATERTOWN, MASS: Phil Temples, K9HI, has announced that he is a candidate for the position of ARRL New England Vice Director beginning on January 1, 2022.

ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, appointed Temples as New England Division Vice Director in September, 2020 to fill the vacancy created when former Vice Director Mike Raisbeck, K1TWF, was elected as ARRL First Vice President. Temples is seeking re-election to his first full three-year term in office.

K9HI is a firm supporter of programs that focus on youth and mentorship, and is a proponent of strengthening our affiliated clubs. For many years, Phil served as a volunteer instructor at the Courage Center Handham Program radio camps in Minnesota and California. He has also served as an Affiliated Club Coordinator.

Phil currently serves on the ARRL ARISS Committee and was a member of the Field Organization Working Group. He co-founded New England Affiliated Club Coordinators  (NEACC) and was instrumental in building the current New England Division ARRL website.


Three-Way Races for Director Set in New England and Roanoke Divisions

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08/26/2021 – ARRL members in the New England and Roanoke Divisions will choose among three candidates running for Director in each Division. The candidates include two incumbents. Those are the only contested races in this year’s election cycle for Director and Vice Director.

In the New England Division, the candidates for Director are the incumbent, Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, of Lincoln, Massachusetts; past New England Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, of West Suffield, Connecticut, and Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, of Hollis, New Hampshire.

New England Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, of Watertown, Massachusetts, was uncontested and has been declared elected.

In the Roanoke Division, the candidates for Director are the incumbent, George “Bud” Hippisley, W2RU, of Penhook, Virginia, and challengers James Boehner, N2ZZ, of Aiken, South Carolina, and Marvin Hoffman, WA4NC, of Boone, North Carolina.

No one challenged Roanoke Division Vice Director Bill Morine, N2COP, of Wilmington, North Carolina, and he has been declared elected for a new term.

Incumbent Directors and Vice Directors in the ARRL Central, Hudson, and Northwestern Divisions also had no challengers and have been declared elected. In the Central Division, Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Vice Director Brent Walls, N9BA, of Greenfield, Indiana, will continue in their respective posts.

In the Hudson Division, Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, of Sussex, New Jersey, and Vice Director Bill Hudzik, W2UDT, of Gillette, New Jersey, are unchallenged in this election cycle and have been declared elected. In the Northwestern Division, Director Mike Ritz, W7VO, of Scappoose, Oregon, and Vice Director Mark Tharp, KB7HDX, of Yakima, Washington, also faced no challengers in their re-election bids.

Full ARRL members of the New England and Roanoke Divisions who are in good standing as of September 10, 2021, will receive a ballot in the mail no later than October 1, 2021. Completed ballots must be received at the designated PO Box in the envelope provided by noon Eastern Time Friday, November 19, 2021.

K9HI Officially Certified as Vice Director Candidate

ARRL logo / sloganIn an August 18, 2021 letter from ARRL Executive Assistant Kelly Wells to Phil Temples, K9HI, Temples was notified that he was officially certified to run for Vice Director in the New England Division by the ARRL Ethics & Elections Committee.

Temples is entitled to provide a 300-word statement and photograph which will be included with any mailed ballots. He is also entitled to receive mailing labels or an electronic file containing ARRL member information in the New England Division with which to send campaign mailings.

K9HI Awards QST Cover Plaque Awards to W1IS & KC1DSQ at PART of Westford Meeting

PART of Westford logoARRL Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, and Eastern MA Section Manager Tom Walsh, K1TW, were on hand at the August 17 PART of Westford radio club meeting to award the June 2021 QST Cover Plaque Award to authors Bob Glorioso, W1IS, and Bob Rose, KC1DSQ, for their article “A Portable Two-Element 40-Meter Wire Beam.”

The QST Cover Plaque Award — given to the author or authors of the most popular article in each issue — is determined by a vote of ARRL members on the QST Cover Plaque Poll web page.


K9HI Visits NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic, Concord MA, August 1, 2021

I was fortunate to attend this weekend’s NTS Traffic Handler’s Picnic, held at the QTH of MA Section Traffic Manager Marcia Forde, KW1U, Concord, MA. Approximately thirty traffic handlers, field volunteers, and ARRL elected officials attended the barbecue.  Good conversation and fellowship was had by all!

"Red badge" portrait showing current and former elected officials.
“Red badge” group photo (l-r): current NH Section Manager (SM) Pete Stohrer, K1PJS; former NH SM John Gotthardt, K1UAF; Director Emeritus Tom Frenaye, K1KI; WMA SM Ray Lajoie, KB1LRL; EMA SM Tom Walsh, K1TW; Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI. (Not shown: former ENY SM Rob Leiden, K1UI.)
NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic hostess Marcia Forde, KW1U, Section Traffic Manager, MA
NTS Traffic Handlers Picnic hostess Marcia Forde, KW1U, Section Traffic Manager, MA

ARRL Re-Opening Ceremony Featured Dignitaries, Full Board and Newington Staff, July 15, 2021

Members of the ARRL Board of Directors, staff, and politicians were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut on July 15, 2021.  The re-opening coincided with the bi-annual Board of Directors meeting in Windsor, Connecticut.

Attendees included:  U.S. Representative John B. Larson of Connecticut’s 1st congressional district; state congressmen; the Mayor of Newington and Town managers; Glenn Field, KB1GHX, Warning Coordination Meteorologist at NOAA / National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts; a local American Red Cross representative.  New England Director Fred Hopengarten, K1VR, and Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI were among the attending board members.

U.S. Rep. John Larson awarding ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, with a commemorative plaque during the ribbon-cutting. -K9HI photo
U.S. Rep. John Larson awarding ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, with a commemorative plaque during the ribbon-cutting. -K9HI photo

NE-elect Listserv Created for Election Discussion

Tom Walsh, K1TW, writes:

Anyone interested in the fall ARRL election for New England Division Director and NE Division Vice Director should considering joining a new list just created at

This group is only days old.


NE-elect is an open forum to discuss ARRL Section Manager, Vice Director, and Director elections within the New England division with a focus on issue-oriented discussions and the candidate’s views on issues. We also encourage discussion on ARRL governance. Opinionated, spirited debate is welcome. Please keep your posts short and concise. Mean-spirited or slanderous remarks or the use of profanity or obscenity is not allowed and subject to removal.

There will be more coverage about it in an upcoming special July Eastern Massachusetts section newsletter.  This is an important Division election.

An informed electorate is important.