22. ARRL Volunteer Monitor Program

Greetings again from Clark County, celebrating its bicentennial this year.

According to an email from Dale Williams, WA8EFK, our Great Lakes Division Director, the current ARRL Official Observer (OO) program is about to undergo a major overhaul.  Once a new Memorandum of Understanding is signed by both the FCC and the ARRL, a new Volunteer Monitor (VM) program will begin to replace the OOs.

The VMs will not be a part of the ARRL Field Organization, but will report directly to ARRL Headquarters staff, and any contacts with hams will originate at ARRL HQ.  Also, VMs will operate under a completely different set of rules and guidelines.

The geographic distribution of VMs will be different than the old OO structure.  OOs will soon be encouraged to apply for VM positions, but not all OOs will be needed within the new VM structure.

Prepared by Michael Schulsinger, N8QHV