The ARDC team is pleased to announce that on January 5, 2024, Bob Witte, K0NR, joined our Board of Directors.
Licensed since 1977, Witte developed an interest in amateur radio while pursuing his undergraduate studies. He is a member of several amateur radio organizations, including ARRL, AMSAT, and QRP Amateur Radio Club International. He is actively involved in Parks on the Air (POTA), where he recently authored a chapter of The Parks on the AirⓇ Book, and Summits on the Air (SOTA), founding the SOTA-related Colorado 14er Event. A skilled writer, Bob maintains a personal website, k0nr.com, where he blogs about topics related to VHF/UHF, portable ops, and outdoor adventures. Bob wrote VHF, Summits and More, which chronicles his experiences with portable VHF operating. Bob is also a contributor to hamradioschool.com, a site dedicated to helping people get their amateur radio license and enhancing their operating skills. During his time with hamradioschool.com, he co-authored Ham Radio School Extra License Course 2020 – 2024. In addition, Bob has had articles published in many amateur-related magazines, such as QST, On the Air, CQ VHF, and QRP Quarterly.
Bob holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Purdue University; a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering (MSEE) from Colorado State University; and a Master of Science in Management of Technology (MSMOT) from the National Technological University. A retired electrical engineer, he held positions in both R&D and engineering management at HP, Agilent Technologies, and Keysight Technologies. Currently, he operates Signal Blue, LLC, his technology consulting company. Bob has written two books on electronic measurements, see electronic-measurement.com.
Bob has been a part of the ARDC community since 2021, where he was on the Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) for three terms, with two of those terms serving as Chair. During his time on the GAC, staff has had great experiences working with Bob and definitely expressed enthusiasm about him joining the Board.
“I personally have learned so much from working with Bob,” says ARDC Grants Manager Chelsea Párraga, KF0FVJ. “His leadership on our advisory committee helped us to enact fair processes and establish an incredibly positive, collaborative culture. As a Board Member, I’m sure he’ll continue to ensure that all voices are heard while keeping things running efficiently.”
GAC members also enjoyed working under Bob’s leadership, unanimously stating that he is “the reason things run smoothly and that the culture is so positive”. His leadership in this role is one of the reasons why the ARDC Board is confident of his capabilities for leading the organization.
“I’m thrilled that Bob has agreed to join ARDC’s Board of Directors,” says ARDC President Bdale Garbee, KB0G. “His time leading our Grants Advisory Committee means he’s already well known and respected by the rest of the board and ARDC staff, and understands what we are trying to accomplish as an organization. We will benefit immensely from the wealth of experience Bob gained during both his corporate career and very active ham radio history.”
Alongside being a Board member, Bob will also be a part of the inaugural Grants Evaluation Team (GET), which will be evaluating reports from previously completed grants.
“ARDC continues to evolve as an organization in ways that I’m really excited about and proud of,” says ARDC Executive Director Rosy Schechter, KJ7RYV. “Bob has been integral to our evolution and maturation as an organization for the past three years, and I’m looking forward to continuing this journey under his leadership for years to come.”