Attending Guests – 2013

  • Kay Craigie, N3KN 
  • Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KK
  • Greg Sarratt, W4OZK
  • Fred Kebler, K9VV
  • John Bigley, N7UR
  • John Kalotai, N1OLO
  • Gordon West, WB6NOA
Kay Craigie, N3KN  Greg Sarratt, W4OZK
Kay Craigie, N3KN

Kay Craigie, N3KN

ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, with her husband Carter Craigie, N3AO, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Frodo.Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Kay graduated from Georgia State College (now Georgia State University) in 1968 and then moved to Pennsylvania to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She taught at the University of Maryland for three years in the 1970s. Later, she taught part-time at Cabrini College in Pennsylvania and worked on the non-instructional staff at a high school. She moved to Virginia in 2007.First licensed in 1983, Kay became the editor of her radio club’s newsletter, a position she held for 24 years. She has been a Volunteer Examiner for more than 20 years, now working with the New River Valley Amateur Radio Club’s team. In 1986, she became ARRL Section Manager for Eastern Pennsylvania, moving up to Atlantic Division Vice Director in 1990. Six years later, she became Atlantic Division Director, in 2006 she was elected First Vice President, in 2010 she was elected to President of ARRL.Kay has served on all the standing committees of the ARRL Board of Directors and also worked on the League’s Enforcement Task Force, the committee whose pressure finally resulted in the FCC’s assigning Riley Hollingsworth to clean up the ham bands.Kay’s first assignment as Vice President was to design what became the ARRL Education and Technology Program. Later, she chaired the National Emergency Response Planning Committee, tasked with recommendations on the League’s readiness at the national level to respond to extraordinary disasters.

On the air, Kay enjoys DXing — that’s what attracted her to ham radio in the first place — award-hunting, and contesting. She holds VUCC on 6 meters, 5BDXCC (endorsed for 12, 17, and 30 meters), the DXCC Challenge award, WAZ, and WAE Class 1 CW. She enjoys digital modes such as RTTY and PSK31, as well as CW and phone. She is involved with Skywarn through the Blacksburg, Virginia, National Weather Service Forecast Office.

Kay’s husband Carter is a retired college professor. He has served as a Section Traffic Manager and as an ARES Emergency Coordinator. He especially enjoys QRP and operating outdoors on the Appalachian Trail. He is also a Skywarn volunteer. Their daughter Jenny Riffe, KA3WVD, lives in Virginia with her husband and two children

Greg Sarratt, W4OZK

Greg Sarratt, W4OZK

Greg Sarratt, W4OZK serves as Director for the Southeastern Division of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the National Association for Amateur Radio, which includes Alabama, Georgia, Florida, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Greg became a ham in 1985 and is a second generation amateur radio operator following his grandfather.  Greg has many interests in amateur radio including HF, VHF/UHF weak signal, digital, D-STAR, APRS, new Technology, enjoys contesting, experimenting and Public Service.

Greg is active in Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), served as the field manager for the ARRL Hurricane Katrina/Rita disaster relief response effort, testified to the FCC’s Independent Panel Reviewing the Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Communications Networks, served on the landmark ARRL National Emergency Response Planning Committee and has conducted ARES presentations at several Alabama EMA and National Hurricane Conferences. Greg holds an Alabama Emergency Management Certification and is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers and FEMA Region IV Emergency Communications Working Group (RECC-WG).

Greg is an ARRL Life member, and his ARRL service includes Alabama ARRL Section Manager, Section Emergency Coordinator, Technical Coordinator and Technical Specialist.  As ARRL Director Greg has served on the ARRL Programs and Services Committee, Ethics and Elections Committee, and Administrative and Finance Committee.

Greg is a member of several amateur radio clubs, he supports and volunteers with State and Local Emergency Management, local National Weather Service, Alabama Homeland Security, American Red Cross, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, The Salvation Army and Madison County VOAD.

  John Kalotai, N1OLO Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KK
John Kalotai, N1OLO

John Kalotai, N1OLO

John Kalotai, N1OLO, has been a licensed ham since 1992.  John was a founding employee of West Mountain Radio working in all phases it’s operation. John was involved in the design of many of the company’s products and, in 2010, left to design and sell his own line of amateur radio products. He has been a popular feature presenter at many hamfests throughout the United States. In addition to amateur radio, John is a full time paramedic and EMS instructor.

Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KK
Ramón Santoyo V., XE1KK

Ramón loves DX, contesting and IOTA activations but also try’s to enjoy our hobby as far, wide and as diverse as possible. Therefore he holds DXCC on 9 bands and all modes: mixed, phone, CW, RTTY, satellite and QRP. He has visited 121 DXCC entities operating from nearly a third of them.He is the founder and first president of Grupo DXXE. Also member of FMRE, Radio Club Satélite, BCDXC, the Galapagos Radio Sociedad, 4M5DX Group, RSGB, RAC, CTDXCC, EUDXF, Grupo DX Caracas, Araucaria DX Group and life member from AMSAT and, of course, ARRL.  He is a very proud recipient of the 2010 YASME Excellence Award.Ramon is currently the Secretary of IARU Region 2 and member of the IARU Administrative Council.

 Fred Kleber, K9VV  John Bigley, N7UR
Fred Kleber, K9VV

Fred Kleber, K9VV

For just over 40 years, Fred has enjoyed the many aspects of the wonderful amateur radio hobby. As a child, a customer on his paper route got him interested in amateur radio. This led to a college degree in communications system, and a subsequent communications career in the cellular / PCS and site leasing business sectors. Today he has an independent consulting firm in the communications sector.

Fred is an avid contester and DXpeditioner, having operated from some 35 countries. Regular activity in the major contests keep his contesting skills sharp. He will be representing this region at the upcoming WRTC competition in 2014.

Fred and his wife have been active in CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) and are HF operators at WX4NHC, the amateur station at the National Hurricane Center. Closer to home Fred volunteers at VITEMA, the local emergency management agency. His latest project is designing and constructing a wireless data mesh network for emcomm applications. In his free time he enjoys scuba diving and trying to play golf.

He is married to Lisa, W4LIS. Their “family” consists of 3 dogs, 5 birds and 8 cats. Together they enjoy volunteering, traveling, scuba diving, and making friends around the world. Please say hello to us at the convention!

John, N7UR

John Bigley , N7UR

2013 marks the fourth visit to the Gran Hamfest del Norte by John Bigley-N7UR

N7UR admits that he was bitten by the radio bug as a boy over fifty years ago, an affliction which he wishes everyone would be exposed to. As an ARRL Trained Public Information Officer he is a frequent guest for civic and community groups where he proclaims the benefits and joys of Amateur Radio.

John, who is a Registered Instructor in the ARRL’s Pacific Division is often called upon by churches and other organizations to teach licensing classes to large groups of their members. John, who is also an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, said: “It certainly is kind of a blast to see thirty or more of these folks show up at the exam session the month after they endured my course.” He continued, “but, it’s when one of my “special needs” students, (blind, deaf, learning challenged) sit for the exam and get their first ticket, that I am the most proud of ham radio.”

The Community College of Amateur Radio got its start from John. This annual six-week series is designed to introduce new hams to all of the other exciting operating activities such as RTTY, ATV, PSK, Contesting, XMTR Hunting, etc. He remains as one of its Lead Instructors.

John is the President of the Frontier Amateur Radio Society, which is currently Nevada ’s only Special Service Club. He is past-President of the ARRL affiliated Nellis Radio Amateur Club at Nellis Air Force Base. He also serves as the Chairman of the Southern Nevada Council of Amateur Radio Clubs. He is a local Coordinator for the Presidents Volunteer Service Awards (Points of Light)

He is active on all bands and modes from 160 meters thru 10 GHZ. He is a DXer and avid contester, with numerous awards. He is the Director of the Nevada QSO Party, also known as the Nevada Mustang Round-UP ( He is the Founder and Host of the “Hams on the Hill” Field Day event which has grown to have the largest attendance of any Field Day event in Nevada . (

While the former small town Police Chief is no longer involved in public safety as a professional, he remains a devoted volunteer. He serves as a member of the Salvation Army’s Emergency Disaster Service team and as a SATERN member. He is a member of the CERT team. John has served as State Coordinator for both the National Emergency Alert Notification System and the North American Center for Emergency Communications. John is the Assistant Event Director and Communications Manager for the Silver State Classic Challenge and the Nevada Open Road Challenge which are the worlds fastest road races. Supervising law enforcement, EMS , Fire and Rescue, Flight Operations, Communications, and Course Workers ( He is also a special patrol officer for the Baker to Vegas Law Enforcement Relay ( ). John also serves as a communications official for many public service events.

N7UR is an active weather service volunteer, as SKYWARN LV-116. He also serves as a NCO for WX7LAS at the National Weather Service Field Office. He is the owner/observer of weather station NV-CK-32 affiliated with the National Hydrologic Warning Council and the Desert Research Institute.

John is the developer of the Nevada Amateur Radio Newswire ( He is also the webmaster and Newsletter editor for several radio clubs.

John is married to Elizabeth-KD7RIN, who is President of SOAR the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (

 Gordon West, WB6NOA


Known simply as “Gordo” to hundreds of thousands of hams around the world, Gordon West is a unique blend of entertainer, educator, author, electronics enthusiast, DXer, and ham radio cheerleader.

Gordon is the co-host of the hugely popular “Ham Nation” which broadcasts weekly. He has been a member of the amateur community for half a century. He is often a Keynote Speaker at Hamfests and Conventions. For the past three decades, Gordon, with his wife Suzy-N6GLF by his side have taught radio classes to every type of group imaginable. The Wests are the founders and principal instructors in the “Gordon West Radio School”, specializing in Amateur Radio and marine communications training.

Gordon has developed some of the best known amateur radio training materials in the world, including books, tapes, and cds. Gordon’s books have appeared on the sales shelves of nearly every radio store in the country, including Radio Shack, Frys, HRO, AES, etc. He also continues to be a regular columnist in all of the leading ham radio magazines.

Gordons awards and recognitions are numerous. Gordon, who is a “Fellow” of the prestigious Radio Club of America, was recently named to receive the RCA Special Service Award for 2012.

Gordon is an instructor for both the W5YI group and the ARRL, of which he has received the “Instructor of the Year” award. His dedication to the training and development of new amateur radio operators led to his being named the “Amateur of the Year” at Dayton in 2006.

Active daily on the airwaves, Gordon holds an Amateur Extra Class License, as well as a First Class General Radiotelephone Certificate with Radar Endorsement.

Gordon is an accomplished mariner and plays an active role in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Orange County Red Cross, and other area emergency communications teams.



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