AB1OC Announces Run for ARRL New England Division Director

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, speaking at the Dayton Hamvention
Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, speaking at the Dayton Hamvention

NASHUA, NH: Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, has announced his intention to run for the position of ARRL New England Division Director. Kemmerer has a long history of helping individuals to become licensed, learn new skills, and become active in the Amateur Radio Service. Fred has also served as President of the Nashua Area Radio Society, a club that has provided many hams licensing and development programs over the past six years.

“I believe that Amateur Radio clubs and interest groups play an essential role in bringing new hams into the Amateur Radio Service and in helping hams to develop new skills,” said Kemmerer. “As New England Division Director, I will work with clubs and individuals in New England to help them expand their role as mentors and create a world-class environment for learning based upon Amateur Radio.”

Fred, AB1OC, also serves as an ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station) Mentor and Ground Station, helping schools around to world to participate in STEM learning based upon Amateur Radio. “I will help groups and individuals in New England to create projects and programs to bring Amateur Radio to young people across the division,” said Kemmerer. “Amateur Radio provides a tremendous opportunity for youths to learn about technical topics and to develop valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives.”

Kemmerer has been an active amateur for over 10 years with a broad range of Amateur Radio interests. “I enjoy many aspects of the hobby, including DXing, contesting, EmCom activities and Field Day, satellites, station building, and weak signal operating on the VHF and higher bands. One of Amateur Radio’s most important strengths is its tremendous diversity and range of interests and activities. We need to work across New England and the ARRL to grow our hobby and protect our spectrum by encouraging our hobby’s broad use.”

Fred, AB1OC, continues to devote considerable time and energy to license new hams and help all hams to upgrade their licenses and get on the air. “I’ve had the pleasure to lead a team of hams who have taught license classes, enabling over 350 people to earn a license or upgrade over the past five years.” Kemmerer has created some innovative approaches to new ham development and getting hams on the air. “We created a very popular program called Ham Bootcamp, designed to help both new and experienced hams get on the air, build their stations, and participate in new operating activities.” The last Ham Bootcamp drew over 480 participants from across the United States. “I hope to help clubs and individuals around New England and across the ARRL to develop successful programs to license and assist hams to get on the air and have fun in new activities,” he added.

Fred Kemmerer, AB1OC, is an electrical engineer by training and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in EE. He has served in many business leadership roles, including Chief Technology Officer, VP and General Manager of a large data networking and communication business, and a Project Leader at Bell Laboratories in the development of wireless and wired data communications technologies. Fred has also served on the FCC’s Technical Advisory Council where he assisted the FCC in developing public policy related to wireless and broadband communications. Fred holds an Amateur Extra license and has been quite active on the air logging over 90,000 contacts on the HF and higher bands over the past 10 years.

[Kemmerer has established a campaign website at: https://ab1oc-4-director.org.]

K9HI to Tour Field Day Sites in New England

2021 Field Day logoARRL Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, announced his plans to tour several New England Field Day sites this weekend, June 26-27, 2021.

“I hate to divulge my actual itinerary ahead of time. Invariably one gets delayed talking to people and then misses hitting all of the planned locations,” Phil writes. “My plans are to initially swing down through southeastern Massachusetts, then head for Rhode Island. If there’s time left over, I’ll try and get to Connecticut and swing up through central Massachusetts.”

Field Day is an annual Amateur Radio exercise, widely sponsored by IARU regions and member organizations, encouraging emergency communications preparedness among amateur radio operators. In the United States, it is typically the largest single emergency preparedness exercise in the country, with over 30,000 operators participating each year.


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.


New England Vice Director at Vermont HAM-CON

ARRL New England Division Vice Director Phil Temples, K9HI, participated in an ARRL Forum at the Vermont Ham Radio Convention (“HAM-CON”) on February 27, 2021. 

“This live meeting with our New England Division Director and Vice Director will focus on ARRL direction, hashed out at the recent ARRL Board meeting in January. Discussion will include the new FCC fees and requirements, loss of the 3.4 GHz band and any other topics brought up in the meeting.”