What's a Section?

The ARRL Field Organization is divided into 71 administrative units called "Sections". A Section is a state (or territory) or a part of a state. There are two special cases where a Section includes more than one state: Maryland/DC, and Pacific (Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific islands).

The ARRL members in each Section are entitled to vote for their Section Manager (SM) who is elected for a two-year term. (If only one candidate is nominated, that candidate is declared elected without balloting.) Terms are staggered among the sections in an order established by League HQ. New Hampshire's SM term begins on July 1st in odd-numbered years.

The 'job' of the SM is to implement and manage League programs within the Section. These programs include emergency communications, message traffic relay, technical activity / problem solving, volunteer monitoring, government relations, public relations in the general community, information services for amateurs, and cooperation with affiliated clubs. For each of these areas, the SM appoints a leadership official to oversee the specific pertinent activities. These leadership individuals are collectively referred to as 'the Cabinet'.

Cabinet positions include:

The SM also appoints volunteers to serve within these program areas to include Official Emergency Stations, Official Observers, Public Information Officers, Asst. Section Emergency Coordinators, District Emergency Coordinators, Emergency Coordinators, Official Relay Stations, Local Government Liaison, and Technical Specialists.

In addition to managing these programs, the SM also:

Other ARRL programs that are not within the SM's duties are:

Although the SM doesn't oversee the above programs, he/she can still assist League members with questions or issues in these areas and direct them to the appropriate individual for resolution.

There are other areas and issues of concern to Ham Radio Operators-- League Member or not-- that are outside the scope of the ARRL. While Section Managers may become involved with helping to resolve these issues or participate in these areas, they do so as individuals and not as a representative of the ARRL. These include issues pertaining to frequency coordination, rules interpretation and/or enforcement, support for political candidates, and selection or endorsement of Amateur Radio equipment.

If you have any issues or questions, please don't hesitate to contact me or a member of the cabinet.


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