Tad Burik
Ft Myers, FL

QCWA # 23322

I am honored to have this opportunity to be a candidate for the office of director. As a Life Member of the QCWA since 1990, I cherish the thought of being part of this organization at a level where the future can be planned. If elected, I will bring with me input from a newer generation of amateur radio operators because I am from "the new school." If entrusted with your confidence I will become one of the youngest national officers in this association.

I was born in 1951 and first licensed as WN8PXL in 1965. I attained my General license in 1967 as WA8PXL and subsequently became an Extra class and currently have the call of K3QC. I had opportunities to operate from Germany in 1971 and 1997. Experiences in foreign countries will help me serve those QCWA members abroad. A notable highlight in my career is being an invited guest operator at K2BR, the special event station for the Miss America Pageant.

As the founder and president of QCWA Edison chapter 196 in Fort Myers, Florida, I have had an opportunity to start a local chapter from the grass roots and work to make it as successful as it can be for our membership. I belong to the ARRL, the OTC, RACES, and I am a certified Volunteer Examiner. I attained an FCC Third Class Commercial license. My military service specialty was as a Flight Simulator specialist in the USAF/ ANG and I also acquired a Private Pilot license.

My college degree is a BA with an emphasis in management. Currently I am a job coach for the blind and visually impaired. I am very proud to be a volunteer guide dog puppy raiser.

One of my goals as a director would be to become very active in the QCWA Scholarship Fund. Involving today's youth in amateur radio and education will secure a bright future for them and the QCWA.