Volunteers On The Air (VOTA) – Kansas

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 Kansas Section Managers, 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 November 8, 2023, at 0000Z and ends November 14, 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/0 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/0. You can schedule your Kansas operating time by clicking this link at https://ok.arrl.org/w1awks/.

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 who 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

Kansas Volunteers

Code First Name Last Name Call
ASM Kenneth Kopp AK0A
DEC Robert Dittert N0QIX
DEC John Halladay KA0JMO
DEC Robert Haneke WG0Q
DEC Kenneth Kopp AK0A
DEC Joseph Plankinton WD0DMV
DEC Robert Strattan WR0M
DEC Douglas Younker N0LKK
EC Carl Anderson N0ORS
EC Steven Benson N0BTH
EC Douglas Bluthardt AC0RS
EC Steve Carriger WA0VRS
EC Bruce Cassida AA0X
EC Tyler Costantini KB0PQP
EC Ron Cowan KB0DTI
EC David Crawford K0KSI
EC James Douglass AC0E
EC Billy Fanska WX0NET
EC Russell Groves WX0RG
EC Bernard Hammersmith K0IFR
EC Robert Haneke WG0Q
EC Rodney Hogg K0EQH
EC Jon Klimek K0MHK
EC Jon Klimek K0MHK
EC Steven Kreeger KE0AKN
EC Dean Krehbiel N0OMC
EC Joe Krout KR0UT
EC Eric Melton KD0ARW
EC Kevin Oneslager KS0EGL
EC Ralph Peterson
EC Rick Reichert NJ0P
EC John Ryding WW0H
EC Francis Sable W0EVJ
EC Brian Short KC0BS
EC James Stafford AJ5BS
EC Stanley Stephenson WD0EUF
EC Philip Urquiola NY0T
EC Jeremy Utley NQ0M
EC Steven Walz K0UO
EC Douglas Younker N0LKK
LGL John Halladay KA0JMO
LGL Richard Johnson K0RCJ
NM Ron Cowan KB0DTI
NM Louis Hayward WB0YWZ
NM James Kew NB0Z
OBS Michael Afton K0PY
OBS Orlan Cook W0OYH
OBS Robert Strattan WR0M
OBS Harvey Tewes
OES Michael Albers K0FJ
OES Richard Brown KC5RID
OES Larry Burchett KC0M
OES Tyler Costantini KB0PQP
OES Billy Fanska WX0NET
OES Willard Kampmeier
OES Steven Kreeger KE0AKN
OES James May KC4WCG
OES Craig Mc Manus K0JJM
OES Carl McLain KE4ZHY
OES Joseph Plankinton WD0DMV
OES Michael Proctor KB0IAP
OES Rick Reichert NJ0P
OES Robert Rude K0RAR
OES Brian Short KC0BS
OES Jeff Spradling KC0NYS
OES James Stafford AJ5BS
OES Harold Van Daveer K0HCV
ORS Michael Afton K0PY
ORS James Andera K0NK
ORS Sidney Ashen-Brenner N0OBM
ORS Kenneth Blair KC0GL
ORS Deborah Britain AB0UY
ORS Richard Britain N0ENO
ORS Orlan Cook W0OYH
ORS Ron Cowan KB0DTI
ORS Reid Crowe N0RC
ORS James Douglass AC0E
ORS Bruce Frahm K0BJ
ORS Claude Harwood AA0IQ
ORS Charles Hollar N0RZ
ORS Richard Johnson K0RCJ
ORS James Kew NB0Z
ORS Kenneth Kopp AK0A
ORS William Lefler WO0E
ORS Joseph Plankinton WD0DMV
ORS William Posson AA0OM
ORS Bruce Stucky NK0Z
ORS Harvey Tewes
ORS William Thompson W0NYG
ORS Alvin Wiechman W0ME
PIC Laurance Staples W0AIB
PIO Ron Cowan KB0DTI
PIO Kent Stutzman KB0RWI
SGL Richard Johnson K0RCJ
SM Ron Cowan KB0DTI
STM Ron Cowan KB0DTI
SYC Jack Di Palo WZ1Y
TC William Brinker WA0CBW
TS Gary Allen AB0TW
TS John Bauerly NW0I
TS Joseph Bennett KA3NAM
TS William Brinker WA0CBW
TS James Cordill KI0BK
TS Tyler Costantini KB0PQP
TS Richard Johnson K0RCJ
TS Larry Lambert N0LL
TS Danny Lane KA0FMZ
TS William Lefler WO0E
TS Robert Nall WV0S
TS Rand Reynard W0RDR
TS Brian Short KC0BS
TS William Stanton AB0RG
TS Donald Thomas W0PEA
TS Harold Van Daveer K0HCV
TS Steven Walz K0UO