Official ARRL Field Organization Appointment Description:
For a section team to be effective in one of the most
important arenas in Amateur Radio, technology, there must be a cadre
of qualified, competent Technical Specialists (TSs).
"Advancement of the radio art" is a profound obligation
we incur under the rules of the FCC.
TSs help meet this obligation.
Appointment by the SM, or TC under delegated authority
from the SM, the TS supports the TC in two main areas of responsibility:
Radio Frequency Interference, and Technical Information.
TSs can specialize in certain specific technical areas,
or can be generalists. Here is a list of some specific job duties:
1. Serve as a technical advisor to local hams and clubs.
Correspond by telephone and letter, or email on tech topics. Refer
correspondents to other sources if specific topic is outside TS's
2. Serve as advisor in radio frequency interference
issues. RFI can drive a wedge in neighbor and city relations. It will
be the TS with a cool head who will resolve problems. Local hams will
come to you for guidance in dealing with interference problems.
3. Speak at local clubs on popular tech topics. Let
local clubs know you're available and willing.
4. Represent the ARRL at technical symposiums in industry;
serve on CATV advisory committees, and even advise municipal governments
on technical matters.
5. Work with other ARRL officials and appointees when
called upon for technical advice, especially in emergency communications
situations where technical prowess can mean the difference in getting
a communications system up and running, sometimes literally the difference
between life and death.
6. Handle other miscellaneous technically-related tasks
assigned by the Technical Coordinator, or Section Manager. Recruitment
of new hams and League members is an integral part of the job of every
League appointee, regardless of position.
Appointees should take advantage of every opportunity
to recruit a new ham or member to foster growth of Field Organization
programs, and our abilities to serve the public.
Technical Specialists must hold a Technician or higher
class license; ARRL membership required.