FROM: Stephen W. Szabo
Good Day to You!
I have been nominated and accepted as a candidate for the ARRL Northern Florida Section Manager position. If you are an ARRL member in good standing and live in the NFL Section, you are affected by this election which is approaching quickly.
You are receiving this message as you are in my contacts list and it is my belief you are one of the NFL section members who has a choice in this election. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO RE-SEND IT TO ANY CLUBS, ORGANIZATIONS, OR OTHER ARRL NFL MEMBERS YOU KNOW!!
The SM is the elected position that represents the section, makes ARRL appointments at the section level, and oversees ARES efforts. It is an important position. I am an ARRL Life Member, have worked at several ARRL field appointments, and support the league’s many efforts; even though at times, like you, I may not agree with everything that is done.
If you look up my call (WB4OMM) in www.qrz.com and read my bio and background, I am sure you would agree my qualifications far exceed the minimum for this position. Others may have some of these experiences, but not near the same level, tenure, or depth that I have. I am a retired Police Captain from Daytona Beach, experienced as an EOC Manager, and I enjoy an excellent reputation for organization and leadership.
I’m running on a platform of “no hidden agendas” – or put simply, I am not looking to “play politics”. I am not “coming in dumping people”, nor am I looking to make “big sweeping changes”. But it is my intent to move our Section forward and expand our capacities and capabilities. Our section has enjoyed some great successes and I want to build on these POSITIVE results. I am sure that like any other organization, there will be changes at some time, and some place, but that’s NOT what I am about.
EmComm and ARES remains a top priority and will continue to be sustained and guided. I also believe the Section Manager is responsible to support all of the interests of our service…. Contesting, QRP and CW, Traffic Handling, Nets, WinLink, Portable Ops, D-RATS, NTS, Digital, D-STAR, EchoLink, and QCWA, FCG, SKCC, OMISS, 10-10, ARCI-QRP and the multitude of other specialty modes and operations……..all deserve equal attention and I have been (and will remain) actively involved in most of them.
My vision for the Section is simple: Support and enhance the part of the Amateur Radio Service that is important to YOU; because without you, there is no Amateur Radio Service. Every facet of this hobby appeals to everyone differently. And that diverse, technical and operating knowledge and experience is what makes us a valuable community asset. We need to “market” ourselves and increase the public perception of what we do NOW, not what we did 50 years ago (although I am highly supportive of our great history!). We should increase our ranks with folks who are “radioactive”, and can contribute new ideas and develop new perspectives in our Service. We should thank those who have given personal time and effort for so much time while providing a service to our nation and the world.
I am hopeful the NFL members will elect me as a competent, fair, and unbiased ham radio practitioner looking to support all ARRL members and the entire Amateur Radio Service. That’s my platform. If you have any questions, contact me – by e-mail or telephone. I am here for YOU.
I am hoping you are a supporter! Either way, thank you for your time!
Steve Szabo WB4OMM