Volunteers On The Air (VOTA) – Illinois

ARRL is celebrating 2023 as “The Year of the Volunteer.” The first adventure has been announced as a project called “Volunteers On The Air (VOTA).” ARRL members get ‘points’ for each contact with another ARRL volunteer or member. So, if two ARRL members contact each other, they will each receive a point for that QSO. No special codes are required, no sequence numbers need to be exchanged, and no section information needs to be passed. Contact a fellow ARRL member, and you each receive a point. You must upload the QSO to the Logbook of The World (LoTW) to receive the points. Your points are calculated when the QSO is matched. This could be an FT8, CW, simplex 2M FM, RTTY, or an SSB rag-chew contact.

To add more interest to the year-long operating event and help demonstrate the ARRL volunteer value, each level of volunteer activity has been assigned a point level, shown in the table below. For example, if you contact the Illinois Section Manager, you’ll get 175 points for that one contact.

I hope you can get some certificates, or wallpaper, for your efforts—more details on this as they are fleshed out.

So, get your HF gear running, make sure your LoTW connection is working, and see you on the air!

VOTA Program Rules

These rules will be extended or revised, so please return here to check for updates. This operating event starts June 28, 2023, at 0000Z and ends July 4, 2023, at 2359Z. This event is for ARRL members. You can join or renew online at https://arrl.org/join/. All QSOs must be uploaded to the ARRL QSO matching system, Logbook of The World (LoTW). No repeater contacts are allowed. Contacts can not be made on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, 60 M, 630 M, or 2190 M bands. All other bands can be used. Contacts can be made on any legal mode of operation. You receive ‘points’ based on the volunteer level of the ARRL member you contact. Points range from 1 point for an ARRL member to 300 points for ARRL President Rick Roderick K5UR. The point levels are listed below. Each QSO will get only one point value. For example, a member, a life member, and an Assistant Section Manager will be worth the value of the highest role, 35 points, for the ASM role. Stations can contact each other once per band per operating mode: CW, Digital, Voice. So, each operator pair can count up to 3 QSOs on each band, one per mode.

Logbook of The World (LoTW)

The ARRL Logbook of The World (LoTD) QSO matching system will automatically handle this VOTA effort’s reporting. If you already log your QSOs from your favorite logging software and it uploads them to LoTW, you will automatically be participating. Your QSOs will be verified normally, and the callsigns of the hams you work will be searched to find the appropriate points (table below) you receive for each QSO.

Setting up Logbook Of The World

If you aren’t set up to use LoTW, now is the time to set it up. The LoTW quick-start page is a great place to start, and the “What is LoTW Document” explains the whole process. You must authenticate with the system by receiving a postcard mailed to your FCC-registered address. The TSQL program is used by your logging program, N3FJPN1MMDX Lab Suite, or something else to authenticate and upload to LoTW.

If you need help setting up your LoTW account, watch some YouTube videos, or contact your Elmer or a local club.

W1AW/9 Portable Operations

As a part of the Year of the Volunteer celebration, the mystical callsign W1AW will be used portably to the corners of ARRL-land. Members in each state/territory will be asked to operate their stations for two different weeks using the callsign W1AW/x where x is one of the local regions: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, KL, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH7, KH8, KP2, KP3, or KP4. Each state coordinator will approve the time/band/mode slots throughout the week, and hams can operate their stations using W1AW/9. You can schedule your Illinois operating time by clicking this link at https://ok.arrl.org/w1awil/.

Traveling W1AW rules include:

  • Remember that each operator must follow the rules for their license class. Stay in the sub-bands that you’re legally allowed to operate in.
  • Operators can operate from anywhere in the state/territory.
  • Members that contact the portable W1AW stations will receive 5 points for those QSOs.
  • Each band/mode combination can be activated simultaneously. For example, N5OP could be working on 20 M SSB, N5OK could be working on 20 M CW, N5AZQ could be working on 20 M FT8, and N5HZR could be on 40 M SSB, all at the same time.
  • State operations start at 0000z each Wednesday.
  • State operations stop at 2359z the following Tuesday.
  • Operations should not happen on the 12 M, 17 M, 30 M, 60 M, or 2190 M bands.
  • All operation log files for the week must be consolidated into one ADIF file and sent to the state coordinator to be uploaded to LoTW.

Volunteers Point Value Table

Note: These appointments are for current appointees unless otherwise noted. Eg: Assistant Director (AD) is only for the current Assistant Directors. Past office-holders and appointees are only eligible if the title listed includes the word “Past,” such as “Past Section Manager (PSM).”

Abbreviation Full Position/Title Name Point value
PRES ARRL President 300
PE President Emeritus 275
PP Past President 275
HVP Honorary Vice President 250
VP ARRL Vice President 250
DE Director Emeritus 225
DIR Director 225
PVP Past Vice President 225
VD Vice Director 200
SM Section Manager 175
OFF Staff Officer, Treasurer, Counsel 150
PD Past Director 150
PV Past Vice Director 125
ARRL W1AW ARRL HQ Station 100
CLM ARRL Charter Life Member 100
PSM Past Section Manager 100
DM ARRL HQ Department Manager 75
HQ ARRL HQ Staff Member/Volunteer 50
MAX Maxim Society Member 50
AC CAC/DXAC/ECAC Advisory Members 40
AD Assistant Director 40
ARDF Direction Finding Coordinator 35
ASM Assistant Section Manager 35
EMC Electromagnetic Compatibility Committee 35
LOTW Logbook of the World Committee 35
PRC Public Relations Committee 35
RF RF Safety Committee 35
YC Youth Committee 35
ACC Affiliated Club Coordinator 30
DEC District Emergency Coordinator 30
NCJ NCJ Editor 30
PIC Public Information Coordinator 30
QST QST Columnist 30
SEC Section Emergency Coordinator 30
SGL State Government Liaison 30
STM Section Traffic Manager 30
SYC Section Youth Coordinator 30
TC Technical Coordinator 30
DC Diamond Club Member 25
LAB W1INF Lab Museum Operations 25
LC W1HQ HQ Operations 25
CM Contest Managers/Log Checkers 20
QSM Incoming QSL Bureau Manager 20
VC Volunteer Counsel 15
VCE Volunteer Consulting Engineer 15
ADC Area Digital Coordinators 12
ADEC Assistant District Emergency Coordinator 12
ANM Area Net Manager 12
ASEC Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator 12
ASTM Assistant Section Traffic Manager 12
BM Bulletin Manager 12
EC Emergency Coordinator 12
LGL Local Government Liaison 12
OBS Official Bulletin Station 12
OES Official Emergency Station 12
ORS Official Relay Station 12
PIO Public Information Officer 12
RNM Region Net Manager 12
TCC Transcontinental Corps Directors 12
TS Technical Specialist 12
TA Technical Advisor 10
NM Net Manager 7
AM Awards Manager 5
CC Card Checker 5
INST Registered Instructor 5
State Abbrev W1AW/x around the USA (work each state twice) 5
VE Volunteer Examiner 5
QSL Incoming QSL Bureau Sorters 3
LM ARRL Life Member 2
AFF ARRL Affiliated Club Call Sign 1
MEM ARRL Member 1

Illinois Volunteers

Code First Name Last Name Call
ACC James Hull W9JGH
ADEC Deborah Gray WX9VOR
ADEC Chris Pixton KC9EIZ
ASEC Robert Littler W9DSR
ASEC James Pitchford N9LQF
ASEC Garret Robertson KC9FVK
ASEC Robert Ryan KC6VVT
ASEC Gary Shanks KA9FAJ
ASEC Patrick Stowell N9PN
ASEC William Talley WA9APQ
ASEC Curtis Williams W5DTR
ASEC John Zelz W9ZE
ASM Thomas Beebe W9RY
ASM Anthony Bustos N9ARB
ASM Ronald Delpiere Smith KD9IPO
ASM Roy Eades KA9MZJ
ASM Alan Huff AI9F
ASM Steven Warner WA9SWW
ASM Craig Worrick K9CEW
DEC Michael Bonuchi AC9Y
DEC James Hudson WB9QPM
DEC Josh Kittle N9WEW
DEC Gary Shanks KA9FAJ
DEC Lloyd Sherman KB9APW
DEC William Talley WA9APQ
DEC Curtis Williams W5DTR
EC Buddy Adelsberger K9BJA
EC Matthew Behnke KD9ERS
EC Charles Bonifield KB9CB
EC Michael Bonuchi AC9Y
EC Randy Broadwell N9APP
EC Brian Burghgrave K9KQA
EC Anthony Bustos N9ARB
EC Tim Choldas KC9WCJ
EC Daniel Dimitroff KB9ZMR
EC Robert Effland AI9H
EC Robert Giacomo N9VKO
EC Austin Gillis N9GLY
EC Deborah Gray WX9VOR
EC Steven Hilberg N9XDC
EC Richard Holtman KD9ANU
EC Norman Huber N9ZKS
EC James Hudson WB9QPM
EC Alan Huff AI9F
EC Anthony Jedlinski WA9PEB
EC Gerald Jones WB9NEY
EC John King W9KXQ
EC Eugene Kramer WA9TZL
EC Francis Lachat N9JWI
EC Dale Lampley KB9RQX
EC Robert Langsfeld WB9TZC
EC Chuck Maris W9KCM
EC Clemon Massey WA9LM
EC Richard McMahon KB9TOR
EC Christopher Meredith W9CJM
EC Robert Meyer N9RCM
EC James Migalla KC9UFB
EC Timothy Moloney N9RRM
EC Edward Mossman W9EJM
EC Jeff Naville KC9WZO
EC Raymond Pfleeger WB9RLX
EC James Pitchford N9LQF
EC Alexandre Polozoff KA3BQE
EC David Pritchard W9QL
EC Curtis Rocke K9UQF
EC Robert Ryan KC6VVT
EC Gary Shanks KA9FAJ
EC Lloyd Sherman KB9APW
EC Glen Stelzer KC9QBI
EC William Talley WA9APQ
EC Joseph Tokarz KB9EZZ
EC Patrick Twigg N9OQT
EC Eric VanWinkle K9JOZ
EC Steven Warner WA9SWW
EC Jeremy Wells KC9WMV
EC Roger Whitaker K9LJB
EC Robert Yurs W9ICU
EC Ralph Zancha W9NW
EC John Zelz W9ZE
LGL Anthony Bustos N9ARB
LGL Larry Hildebrand K9CSO
LGL Joshua Novak KA9VON
LGL Bill Shrode KC9TFD
NM James Baker WB9EDL
NM Roy Eades KA9MZJ
NM James Hudson WB9QPM
NM Alan Huff AI9F
OBS David Lattan W9PFD
OES Gary Auerswald WB9UDJ
OES Thomas Beebe W9RY
OES Roy Eades KA9MZJ
OES Gayland Grant W9AKW
OES Steve Harrison NW9W
OES Harold Hicks KC9ZZA
OES Larry Hildebrand K9CSO
OES Donna Jaco KD9NFL
OES John Jaco W9EDE
OES Josh Kittle N9WEW
OES Karl Larson W9UIJ
OES David Lattan W9PFD
OES Randy Long AC9OF
OES Dale Marzano N9JH
OES David Miller K0RJL
OES William Muhr NF9D
OES Wyant Niswonger N9KTC
OES Lynton Norstad W0LEN
OES Michael Nowack NA9Q
OES Neil Ormos N9NL
OES James Pepper W9PX
OES Susan Peters KA9GNR
OES Chris Pixton KC9EIZ
OES Dennis Reavis AD9DR
OES Robert Ryan KC6VVT
OES Thomas Sarlitto KD9JSA
OES Lloyd Sherman KB9APW
OES Bradley Smith AH2I
OES Eddy Sobkowiak AC9OO
OES Noble Stubblefield K9EMA
OES William Talley WA9APQ
OES Arthur Vidmar N9AOP
OES Steven Warner WA9SWW
OES Jerry Watts K9LOT
OES Robert Yurs W9ICU
ORS David Lattan W9PFD
ORS William Talley WA9APQ
ORS Jerry Watts K9LOT
ORS Curtis Williams W5DTR
PIC Victoria Katz-Whitaker KD9BAU
PIO Anthony Bustos N9ARB
PIO Robert Effland AI9H
PIO Brandon McGrew KD9LOA
SEC Robert Littler W9DSR
SGL Roger Whitaker K9LJB
SM Thomas Beebe W9RY
STM Roy Eades KA9MZJ
SYC Dhruv Rebba KC9ZJX
TC James Hudson WB9QPM
TS James Amidei N9ABF
TS Thomas Chromzack K9ML
TS Darwin Pfaltzgraff KB9JNO
TS James Riba WS9V
TS Randolph Smith WU2S