The Milwaukee Radio Amateurs’ Club has been affiliated with the ARRL since 1919. As one of the oldest affiliated organization we want to make sure we help spread the word about the 2018 Central Division Elections. This years fall elections has two well known hams in our region as candidates. Our current Division Director Kermit Carlson W9XA is being challenged by Valerie Hotzfeld NV9L. MRAC has been asked to publish information about each candidate. Each has submitted a 300 word statement that will also be included with the ARRL ballot. MRAC is remaining neutral and will not endorse a candidate. We encourage all ARRL members to vote by returning your ballots by the November deadline.

It has been my privilege to serve as your Central Division Director since July 2016, and for the six years before as Vice Director. I have traveled to hamfests, conventions, and club meetings, and responded to your concerns. I have attended ARRL Board and Committee meetings working diligently to represent you.

The ARRL needs strong, committed, and experienced leadership to meet the challenges, we face.

 I pledge to continue my efforts to;

– Steadfastly represent the consensus of the Central Division Members

– Work to protect the Amateur Radio Spectrum

– Support ARRL legislative action

– Improve ARRL member’s services

– Protect Antenna Right

– Fight unfavorable land use conditions that restrict effective antennas

– Strengthen ARES

I presently serve on the ARRL Administration and Finance Committee, 2018 CEO Search Committee, OO-Program Review Committee, and as Chair of the ARRL Board’s EMC “ElectroMagnetic Compatibility” Committee. I have formerly served on the Program and Services Committee, Ethics and Elections Committee, VHF Contest Revitalization Committee, and as the Board Liaison to the VUAC. Prior to my election as Vice Director I have served as the Central Division representative to the VUAC and the VRAC .

First licensed in 1970 as WB9FBX, I became W9XA in 1977 and I hold the FCC Second Class Commercial Radio-Telegraph license. I have Life Membership in the ARRL, the Central States VHF Society, AMSAT, and the ARRL Maxim Society. I belong to MARS, RSGB, SMC, CW Operators Club,A-1 Operators Club, FRRL, NIDXA  and I sort QSL cards for the Ninth Area QSL Bureau.

I have hosted Amateur Radio Conferences in the Chicago area for AMSAT, TAPR-DCC, the Central States VHF  Society and I have served on the W9DXCC DX Convention Committee for the past dozen years.


My interests include VHF-UHF and above, HF DXing, contesting, homebrewing, and 630 Meters.

For the past 30 years I have been on staff at the Fermi lab National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois where I am employed as a Senior Engineering Physicist. For the ten years prior I was a staff engineer and EIC at WGN-TV, Chicago.

I reside in Batavia, Illinois with my XYL, Caron W9QLT.

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I would appreciate your continued support with your vote!

As Amateur Radio operators, we are communicators.  Many ARRL members have expressed concern over Board actions and proposed actions in the last few years. Much of that concern stems from untimely or inadequate communication.  I am running for Central Division Director because I know I can communicate openly with our members.  Sharing information with hams is what I do best.

As a Maxim Society member, I support the ARRL’s mission and want it to thrive.  I want its members to be the driving force behind everything the League does.  I believe that:

  • The membership can best determine who should represent them in the board room.  I do not support secretive disqualifications or interference with the Director-member relationship.


  • Members should have the chance to study and comment on significant proposed actions before decisions are made.


  • Directors should have adequate opportunity to consult with their constituents before voting on matters of importance.


  • Directors should be free to speak candidly with the members they represent.


I love ham radio! That’s why I co-host Ham Nation, regularly give presentations to clubs, and volunteered for the “Force of 50” team responding to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. I was very honored to be this year’s “Amateur of the Year” at Dayton Hamvention.

I’m excited to take a very hands-on role in helping clubs thrive, increasing membership, and embracing new hams with the help of our local ARRL volunteers.

I’m the Controller and Senior Manager for a 16-company conglomerate with $60,000,000 in annual revenue and 300+ employees. My business success stems from making sound decisions, implementing effective strategies and being a respected leader.

Please vote for me for Central Division Director and let’s bring back value to the ARRL.

For more information, please go to my QRZ page.


Since 1919