ARRL's governance structure divides the United States into 15 Divisions. Each Division's Director and Vice Director represent their Division on ARRL policy matters. The Pacific Division is composed of Northern California and all of Nevada and Hawaii.
ARRL Divisions are led by elected directors and vice-directors who serve three year terms. The Pacific Division director is Kristen McIntyre, K6WX and the vice-director is currently open. The ARRL website has more information on the ARRL Organization Structure. Visit the Leadership page for more information on our director and vice-director.
ARRL Divisions are further divided into administrative Sections. Most sections consist of entire states, however, some states have more than one section. The Pacific Division includes seven Sections. Each Section is headed by an elected Section Manager.
The date and time for the Annual Pacific Division Board Meeting has been set. Please see the Important Events section below to learn more.
Kristen McIntyre, K6WX, of San Jose, California, has assumed the office
of ARRL Pacific Division Director following the recent vacancy in the
office. The ARRL Articles of Association stipulate she will serve as
Director for the remainder of the current term, which expires on
December 31, 2022. She will join the ARRL Board which is comprised of
the organization’s 15 Directors — each representing a geographical
McIntyre was appointed as the Division’s Vice Director in 2018, and was unopposed as a candidate for the position in 2019. She was first licensed in the late 1970s while a student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She holds an Amateur Extra class license. She has served as ARRL Technical Coordinator for the East Bay Section, and is a member of the Palo Alto Amateur Radio Club. McIntyre also is licensed in Japan, her second home, as JI1IZZ. She is a senior software engineer at Apple.
Sadly Jim Tiemstra, the Pacific Division Director passed away on October 30, 2020. Jim had been serving the Pacific Division in various postions since 2009. He was a kind, energetic, and encouraging person who we will greatly miss. Please read about some of his service and accomplishments. Kristen McIntyre, K6WX has assumed the position of Director.
Unfortunately, Pacificon will not be held this years because of restrictions due to the Corona virus. Please see the Important Events section below for more information.
Last year’s Carr and Camp Fires brought devastation to thousands of people, including many hams. In addition to homes and other property, some hams lost their communications systems. The Club cannot help with the recovery of homes, vehicles and similar property. But, thanks to our current financial stability and the success of Pacificon, we can offer help with the recovery of ham systems and to return ham radio coverage to the affected area.
The MDARC Board of Directors has established a fund to assist those that have suffered ham system loses as a result of the Carr and Camp Fires.
Learn more about MDARC's Disaster Recovery Program for the 2018 Carr and Camp Fires and see how you can qualify.
The annual board meeting of the ARRL Pacific Division we be held online using Zoom this year. The meeting will be on December 12, 2020 and will start at 10:30 AM PST, 8:30 AM HST. Please contact Kristen McIntyre to obtain a link to join the meeting.
Pacificon is the ARRL Pacific Division Annual Conference. It's the biggest event of the year in the Pacific Division!
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March, the Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club has been monitoring events, hoping that the pandemic would come under control in time for Pacificon to proceed unaltered. But it is not to be. After full consideration, we simply could not find a practical scenario that would bring all the many factors together to produce a successful Pacificon this year. The government restrictions on travel and large group gatherings, continuing level of infections occurring in the pandemic, and the increased level of risk by a substantial portion of our attendees are just a few of the factors we considered. So with considerable regret, Pacificon 2020 will not be held as an in-person event.
Although we’re very disappointed, we intend to focus our plans on making Pacificon 2021 the best ham radio convention in the western U.S. We look forward to seeing all of you in person at the San Ramon Marriott Hotel, Oct. 15-17, 2021.
All is not lost for this year, however. The Pacificon Committee is investigating the possibility of having a virtual convention, on-line. No details yet, but we hope to make some announcements next month. Please keep checking our web site; or send us an email requesting information.
The ARRL National Convention will be held on May 17 - 19, 2019 at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia, Ohio