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ARRL Bulletin 4  ARLB004

From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 28, 2020
To all radio amateurs
ARLB004 New Amateur Extra Question Pool Released
The new Amateur Extra-class license examination question pool,
effective from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2024, has been
released and is available at the National Conference of Volunteer
Coordinators (NCVEC) website at,  .
The 2020-2024 Extra-class pool incorporates significant changes
compared to the current 2016-2020 question pool, which expires on
June 30. The number of questions in the pool was reduced from 712 to
622. The result was 239 modified questions, 49 new questions, and
139 questions removed due to changes in what was felt to be an
abundance of outdated questions, while areas of new technology and
subjects were added.
In addition, an effort was made to balance the difficulty level,
removing or replacing some questions deemed too easy or too
difficult compared to the rest of the pool. The 2020 pool has 10
diagrams, which have been renumbered because the new question pool
has two fewer than the 2016 question pool.

Barry Shelley, N1VXY, to Become ARRL Interim CEO

01/19/2020At its meeting this weekend, the ARRL Board of Directors did not elect Howard Michel, WB2ITX, as the ARRL Chief Executive Officer. Beginning Monday, January 20, Barry Shelley, N1VXY, will become interim CEO. Mr. Shelley was ARRL’s Chief Financial Officer for 28 years and CEO during 2018 before his retirement. The board has created a search committee to select the next CEO. More details on this and other matters which took place at the board meeting will be released shortly.


Leadership Elections to Highlight January 17 – 18 ARRL Annual Board Meeting

01/14/2020The ARRL Board of Directors will elect League officers when it meets for its 2020 annual meeting on January 17 – 18 in Windsor, Connecticut. The Board will hear nominations and then vote, as necessary, for ARRL president, first and second vice presidents, international affairs vice president, secretary, treasurer, chief executive officer, and chief financial officer. The Board will also choose members to serve on the Executive Committee and on the ARRL Foundation Board. Successful candidates will take office after the Board meeting adjourns.

Some new faces will be around the table. The ARRL Southeastern Division has entirely new leadership. In last year’s elections, Mickey Baker, N4MB, defeated Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, to become the new Southeastern Division Director, while James Schilling, KG4JSZ, won a three-way race for Vice Director. In the Southwest Division, new Vice Director Mark Weiss, K6FG, was the sole candidate to succeed Ned Stearns, AA7A, who decided not to stand for another term.

The Board will hear officers’ reports and receive financial reports. Members will also hear reports from ARRL’s Washington Counsel, David Siddall, K3ZJ, and from its Connecticut Counsel. The Board will also receive and consider reports and recommendations from committees and coordinators.

The Board will also consider recommendations of the Standing Committees, including the Executive Committee, the Administration and Finance Committee, and the Programs and Services Committee and consider additional recommendations as contained in reports.

The meeting will hear any motions that the 15 individual Directors may offer for Board consideration.



The Southeastern Division Election will Result in ARRL Southeastern Division Leadership Changes
A new ARRL Director and Vice Director will take office on January 1 in ARRL’s Southeastern Division. The vote count in contested Division races at ARRL Headquarters on November 15 saw Mickey Baker, N4MB, defeating incumbent Director Greg Sarratt, W4OZK.
In addition, challenger James Schilling, KG4JSZ, won a three-way race for Vice Director, outpolling incumbent Joseph Tiritilli, N4ZUW.