ARDC Welcomes New GAC and TAC Members

Some of the most important people in the ARDC organization are the volunteers serving on the Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) and Technical Advisory Committee (TAC). The GAC reviews and advises the ARDC Board of Directors on eligible proposals and helps identify potential grant-making opportunities, while the TAC advises the board and staff on 44Net technology, architecture, and policy.

Volunteers commit to serve for at least a year, and may serve up to a maximum of three years. The terms start in January and run through December, and every year we say goodbye to some volunteers and welcome new ones.

The volunteers leaving the GAC this year are:

  • Hank Magnuski, KA6M
  • Steve Stroh, N8GNJ
  • Randy Neals, W3RWN
  • Dave Pascoe, KM3T

We are grateful for all they have done for us and hope that they will  remain part of our extended family.

Only one volunteer, Tim Požár, KC6GNJ, is leaving the TAC, but he is still an important part of the team. As a contractor, he is helping us with our IT and advising us on 44Net issues.

Here are the volunteers joining the GAC this year:

Katie Allen WY7YL headshot

Katie Allen, WY7YL. Katie has worked in government, as well as in management for nonprofit and for-profit organizations her entire career. Her life changed when she joined the ARRL as membership manager in 2006 and she fell in love with amateur radio. Ever since, she has been involved professionally and personally in the hobby.

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Judi Clark, KK6ZCU. Judi was first licensed in 2015 and became an active member of her first amateur radio club shortly thereafter. She is enthusiastic about emergency communications and community preparedness.Creating new scenarios, exercises and events is her superpower.

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Dennis Derickson, AC0P. Dennis is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly). He was first licensed in 1975 and is now an Amateur Extra Class licensee. Dr. Derickson helps students obtain their amateur radio license to enhance their learning experience at Cal Poly.

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Jim Idelson, K1IR. Jim has been involved in amateur radio since 1971, and he credits the hobby with helping him achieve a productive and fulfilling career in technology and business. He is an active contributor to the amateur radio community through his involvement in public service events, as an author, and through the Zero Falls Alliance – an initiative he created to focus on tower safety in amateur radio. Jim has also served as a volunteer with local, regional and national organizations. Other amateur radio activities include contesting, DXing, and experimentation.

Kristin Paget KJ6GCG headshot

Kristin Paget, KJ6GCG. Kristin is a computer security researcher who specializes in hardware hacking. She has over 20 years of experience at companies such as Intel, Apple, Tesla, and Google, designing and breaching security systems for self-driving cars, cellphones, building access systems, and much more. It’s likely that you have at least one device within reach that she has helped secure.

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William Thomas,WT0DX. Bill was first licensed in 1968, and currently holds an Amateur Extra Class license. He spent 40 years working in cable TV, consumer electronics and media research as an engineer and manager. Currently, he spends his time building remote stations, operating in contests, chasing grids and DXing on 6 meters, and presenting talks at various ham clubs.

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Randy Wilkinson, W4LKS. Randy is a semi-retired Registered Professional Engineer with 40 years of experience in energy engineering for commercial buildings. He lives in Spokane, Washington, and is an officer of the Washington Digital Radio Enthusiasts ARC and part owner of multiple D-STAR repeaters in the Spokane Area. He also likes riding motorcycles, working on old cars, and programming microcontrollers using Python.

They are joining current GAC members Bob Witte, K0NR (Committee Chair); John Hays, K7VE (Staff Lead); Dewayne Hendricks, WA8DZP; Douglas Kingston, KD7DK; Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT; Leandro Soares Indrusiak, G5LSI; and Don Prosnitz, N6PRZ.

The volunteers joining the TAC include:​

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Dave Gingrich, K9DC. Dave was first licensed in 1965 at the age of twelve and earned his Amateur Extra Class licensee in 1975. It was his involvement with packet radio in the 1980s that motivated him to become a network engineer, where he used his skills to select products and services to meet specific customer needs. He owns and operates three repeaters in the Indianapolis area that are connected to the IRLP network. He is a former address coordinator for Indiana (44.48/16), and currently manages the 44Net allocation for IRLP mostly for VPN access and parts of the IRLP infrastructure. Dave is a Life Member of ARRL, and the Indianapolis Radio Club.

Rich Gopstein, KD2CQ. Rich has been a ham since 1981, and is currently a volunteer with the AMSAT engineering team working on the GOLF satellite. He is retired from a career in corporate IT and information security. He ran the networking teams for the RCA Solid State division and Bristol-Myers Squibb and managed the cloud computing group at BMS.


Randy Neals, VE3RWN / W3RWN. Randy holds both a U.S. Amateur Extra Class license (W3RWN), a Canadian Advanced license (VE3RWN). He is a senior network engineer/architect and has extensive experience with transmission and switching technologies including fiber, DWDM, microwave, land mobile radio systems, TCP/IP routed networks and VoIP. Randy is active on HF (operates 80-meter and 40-meter phone), VHF (helps maintain repeater systems in Seattle, WA and Peterborough, ON), and microwave (participates in 10 GHz and 24 GHz microwave contests).

Alvaro Prieto, KC2VVE. Alvaro is a firmware and electrical engineer currently working on marine sensing products. He enjoys working on open source hardware projects as well as cheese making in his free time.

Ian Redden, VA3IAN. Ian has been a ham since the early 1990s when he and his father started experimenting with packet radio. He went to Sir Sandford Fleming College and earned an Advanced Diploma in Computer Security and Investigations (CSI). He has spent his career chasing cyber-security fires as a consultant, incident responder, and digital forensics investigator. He is currently working at Cisco as a Director in Engineering developing third-party integrations. Ian spends his spare time tinkering with Fusion 360, KiCad, Arduino, Python, and 3D printing various project enclosures. He has spoken to numerous computer security conferences and is a member of the local hackspace and amateur radio club.

They are joining current TAC members Pierre Martel, VE2PF (Interim Committee Chair); Jon Kemper, KA6NVY (Staff Lead); Adam Lewis, KC7GDY; Zachary Seguin, VA3ZTS; Rob Janssen, PE1CHL; and Chip Eckardt, W9OQI.

“It’s always exciting to bring on new members to these committees,” says ARDC Executive Director Rosy Schechter, KJ7RYV. “This year I’m delighted to see more women and a variety of technical skills brought to the table. I’m looking very forward to seeing what these committees do in 2023.”

We’re happy to welcome this great group of volunteers to ARDC. To see the full list of our 2023 volunteer teams, visit the Who We Are page. If you’d like to meet these volunteers, please sign up for our Jan. 21 Community Meeting.