Jack Ciaccia WMØG has been Section Manager of Colorado since 2011. Before then he served as Assistant Section Manager. Jack was first licensed in 1958 and held his original call of K1IVY. He served many years as president of the Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC) as well as Public Information Officer and EC of Boulder County ARES. Jack has also been active as a member of the Longmont ARC, Mile-Hi DX Association and the Grand Mesa Contest Club. His primary ham radio interest is DXing, both on CW and SSB, and he recently achieved 5-Band DXCC. Jack has also been involved with getting youth into amateur radio.
Ed James KA8JMW has been Section Manager of New Mexico since 2015. He first earned his novice license in 1978. Since then, he’s savored from the broad palette that amateur radio offers. Ed’s activities have included the design and fabrication of various projects from DC to daylight, QRP, net operations, traffic handling, rag chewing, contesting, DXing, transmitter hunting, search and rescue, public service communications, ARES, youth promotion, satellite operations, EME, and elmering/mentoring many new hams.
Amateur radio runs deep in Ed’s family. His father Art, now a Silent Key, was WD8MMG. His wife Carol (N5ZYP) and all five of his daughters — Rebecca (KD5PMX), Kim (KF5HOA), Amanda (KF5CHH), Kathy (KE5WKW) and Sarah (KF5OAZ) — all hold amateur radio licenses. Ed has served as New Mexico Assistant Section Manager from 2012-2015 is an Assistant Director of ARRL’s Rocky Mountain Division with a focus on emerging technologies.
Mel Parkes NM7P has been Section Manager of Utah since 1999. He has served in various leadership positions in Utah, including State AFMARS Director, net control for the Utah AFMARS Administrative Net, president of the Davis County ARC, Utah Hamfest committee member, and volunteer examiner. Mel holds an Extra Class License, is serving as the President of the Utah VHF Society, and enjoys participating with special service and community events, including the Wasatch 100 Endurance Run, St. George Marathon, and many of the local community parades.
Jack Mitchell N7MJ has been Section Manager of Wyoming since 2015. He was first licensed as Novice in 1973 has been an ARRL member and a Wyoming ham for over 40 years. He is a longtime ARRL VE and currently serves as a member of the Capital City VE team. During his early days in Wyoming, Jack helped organize the Cokeville Amateur Radio Club and was co-owner of one of the first VHF repeaters in western Wyoming. His current interests include exploring and operating new modes, attending hamfests, meeting new friends, casual contesting, chasing DX, and eyeball QSOing. Retired now, Jack was an elementary teacher in Cokeville, and often integrated amateur radio into his science curriculum. He planted the seeds, which resulted in several students eventually getting their ham licenses. Jack is proud to say his oldest son, Dan KE7YUM, and youngest son, Chad WA7ZZY, are included in that lot.