The following statement was provided by candidate Jeff Wolf, N8EX, to the ARRL for the upcoming Alaska Section Manager Election.
Hello, I am Jeff, N8EX, and I would like to be your next Alaska Section Manager for the American Radio Relay League (ARRL). I moved to Alaska in 2009 to pursue career opportunities not available in Michigan at the time. Initially, I was a high school teacher in mathematics and world languages before returning to the healthcare field. I have worked for Chugachmiut Corporation as an RN Case Manager and Community Health Practitioner for over a decade.
I earned my novice ticket in 1986 with an excellent class sponsored by the Southeastern Michigan Amateur Radio Association (SEMARA) at my high school. The hands-on learning and passion of the teachers, including my first Elmer, Jack Staats, KB8RJ, who sat with me for my first CW contact, inspired my love of radio. I maintain membership with the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club (W8TCM) to keep a connection to my past. In looking to the future, I helped develop our local club, Seward Amateur Radio Club (KL7SWD), through teaching two technician classes and holding licensing sessions.
My goal as section manager is to promote the growth in the number of amateur radio operators in Alaska by helping local clubs in their endeavors. My background and career have allowed me to develop many relationships with stakeholders across Alaska. There are boundless opportunities through Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, public safety programs, and underutilized infrastructure for amateur radio to develop new enthusiasts and procure equipment.
Thirty years of service in both fire and emergency medicine have honed me to develop teams that are effective, set meaningful goals, and complete tasks. I would like to put those skills to use to promote the future of art, science, and enjoyment of amateur radio in Alaska. Thank you.