The ARRL 2020 Annual Report is now available for download
ARRL 2020 Annual Report has been posted and is available for download. The report summarizes the ARRL program and fiscal activity for the year.
In his opening remarks, ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, said 2020 was a difficult and challenging year for ARRL. “The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, from the way we socialize, to the way we work, to the way students learn,” Roderick wrote. “The events we look forward to each year have been called off and the future looked uncertain. Hamfests, club meetings, and other gatherings seemed different, as video conferencing has become the new way of doing business and meeting. “
Roderick said the ARRL remains committed to overcoming all obstacles in order to serve its members. “Due to the pandemic and state-imposed work restrictions, the ARRL headquarters closed and employees suddenly had to adapt to remote work,” he said. “The ARRL staff came together and made things work for our members. I am proud of our staff for how quickly they adapted and worked together as a team. They made the transition to working from home as smooth as possible and continued to develop new products and services. He went on to explain that these new services “included things like the ARRL Learning Network webinars, allowing members to expand their home radio knowledge through video seminars from industry experts, and virtual events. Home organized by the Marketing Department, providing ARRL staff with an opportunity to engage with members and take video tours of W1AW via a new online platform They did an amazing job!
ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA, who joined the group in 2020, said he believes the new ARRL ideation process is proving successful. “Stemming from a genuine interest and the need to become more inclusive as a community, especially for the newly licensed hams, our members have some great ideas on how the ARRL could do things better,” Minster said. . “To develop this culture of collaboration, we now have a Web page and E-mail adress where members can send their thoughts and well-formatted ideas on changes to ARRL programs and services to the management team for review. This process was successful early on and we look forward to much more interaction with members in the future. “
Two major initiatives materialized – in January with the introduction of On air magazine, and in February with the launch of the ARRL Volunteer Monitor program. 2020 marked the first time that the two QEX and NCJ were available in digital form.
The 56 pages Annual Report recounts and summarizes the activities of all ARRL departments and includes a full 2020 tax report. The ARRL ended 2020 with 158,494 members, which was ahead of its goal for the year.