Newly elected ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, is still on the uphill side of the learning curve as he acquaints himself with ARRL Headquarters and the nearly 90 staffers who work there. The New Jersey native arrived at HQ on October 15 and has spent much of his time since meeting with department managers and others to get his bearings, with an eye toward building consensus and aligning people, programs, and services in the same direction.
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The 61st Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) will be held over the October 19 – 21 weekend. What began as an idea with ham radio operators sitting at a coffee shop over 61 years ago, JOTA has become the single largest scouting event held every year. Amateur radio links scouts around the world, whatever their age, nationality, gender, ability or disability to learn about the world they live in. JOTA lets scouts around the world use amateur radio to experience different cultures, and become aware of the diversity in the world and that they are a part of a global society. In 2017 1.5 million Scouts participated and organizers hope to reach a goal of 3 million participants by 2021. This year it is expected that over 2 million scouts of all ages or gender from Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Venture Scouts and in some areas Sea Scouts will participate.