September 19, 2016

From QCWA Headquarters

QCWA Bulletin 2016-015 - Retiring ARRL SM Betsey Doane, K1EIC

The QCWA Board of Directors wish to congratulate QCWA member Betsey Doane, K1EIC, who was honored on September 10 at the New England Division Convention in Boxboro, Massachusetts for her many years of service.

At the Convention's ARRL Forum, New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, presented a plaque to Doane, who is believed to be the dean of the current roster of Section Managers for her 25 years of continuous service in that post. She decided this year not to seek another term of office.

Doane was first appointed as Connecticut's SM in December 1991, after the resignation of Caesar Rondina, N1DCS. She has been elected and re-elected as Connecticut Section Manager continuously ever since. Her current term of office concludes on September 30, and Chuck Motes, K1DFS, will succeed her. Doane said she has enjoyed her time as SM.

In addition to her quarter-century as Connecticut SM, Doane served the ARRL Field Organization as Connecticut Section Traffic Manager from 1982 through 1991. She has remained very active in the ARRL National Traffic System™ and especially in the NTS™ Eastern Area. She is currently daytime cycle manager of the First Region Net.

She continues to hold an appointment as an Official Relay Station and has been an ORS for nearly as long as she has been a radio amateur. Betsey Doane and her twin sister Barb Lombardi, K1EIR, who is also a QCWA member, were licensed in 1958, and both began handling message traffic soon after. She has been an Official Emergency Station since April 2010.

Courtesy The ARRL Letter

Ken Oelke, VE6AFO
President, Quarter Century Wireless Association, Inc.