• ARRL Welcomes Kevin Beal, K8EAL, as the Director of Development

    From ARRL de WD1CKS@VERT/WLARB to QST on Thu Feb 23 15:30:19 2023

    Kevin Beal, K8EAL, has joined ARRL staff as the Director of Development. He has a significant background in nonprofit administration, and for the last 17 years, has managed large-scale projects and teams, requiring coordination among various internal stakeholders and managing external constituent requirements. His previous experience includes various roles supporting nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions with program management, events, alumni engagement, and fundraising.

    Beal has also worked on cybersecurity infrastructure training projects supported by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) and feels that amateur radio has significant value as an emergency communications tool.

    With a father who was an electronics engineer during Vietnam in the US Army Signal Corps, Beal has been surrounded by radio his whole life. "I grew up in a household of spare electronics and communications equipment where at-home repair and soldering were commonplace," he said. He's excited to grow as a licensed ham and was thrilled to make a contact from the Hiram Percy Maxim Memorial Station as W1AW.

    He joins ARRL after a career at his alma mater, Norwich University, from which he earned a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in international conflict management and resolution. As a cadet at Norwich University, he participated in the Naval and Marine Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NROTC) as a part of the cadre training new cadets, and he was a member of the Cavalry Troop.

    Beal and his wife live in Connecticut near ARRL Headquarters with their two daughters and their rescued hound. On most weekends during the winter, he can be found on the road taking his oldest daughter to her next hockey game.

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  • From Oldbieone@VERT/REALITY to ARRL de WD1CKS on Fri Feb 24 06:01:33 2023
    Re: ARRL Welcomes Kevin Beal, K8EAL, as the Director of Development
    By: ARRL de WD1CKS to QST on Thu Feb 23 2023 03:30 pm

    Tired of ARRL continually going balls-deep into EMCOMM. There's more to Amateur Radio than fat old wannabe-first-responders with orange lights on their cars or trucks and retroreflective red and black stickers all over them.......

    That's why membership has and will continue to dwindle even though there are more people coming into the hobby again.

    I know ARRL has bet the farm on EMCOMM as a way to protect spectrum space, but damnit, people, you're losing the radio community by making it your only focus of late.
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