Section Index Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio 31-Aug-2017

Dakota Division Elections
More information about Tom Karnauskas NØUW

As Vice-Director, Tom believes the primary responsibilities are to support the Dakota Division Director providing strategic direction for the ARRL and to represent the views of the Amateur Radio community in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Tom recognizes our greatest need is to strengthen the role of clubs in recruiting new hams. Getting new hams on the air is key to strengthening the ARRL. New hams must feel welcome, starting with the first contact. Veteran operators must be Elmers to keep the interest alive. With increased membership, the ARRL will have more resources to provide more services to all hams and to protect our hobby in Washington and internationally.

Tom has been a continuous ARRL member since being licensed as a Novice in 1980. Upgrading to Technician, General, and Advanced within 2 years. He achieved the Extra Class license in 2000.

Tom has a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin, hence the vanity call sign NØUW. Roles in his professional career have ranged from project engineering to plant management. Tom and family moved several times while working with the same company for nearly 20 years:

  • While living in NW suburban Chicago, he served one term as Vice President with the McHenry County Wireless Association, just before making one of those moves.
  • After relocating to the western borders of Tennessee and Kentucky. Tom worked with other hams to reboot the West Tennessee West Kentucky Emergency Net and the Reelfoot ARC.

Tom enjoys the friendships built through Amateur Radio with club meetings, Field Day, and Hamfests. He pursues operating QRP, building and testing antennas, and experimenting with digital modes. Since moving to Owatonna in 1997, Tom has been very involved in Amateur Radio in Steele County. Some of the activities include:

  • Helping reboot Owatonna Steele County Amateur Radio (OSCAR), serving as VP from 2003 thru 2009.
  • OSCAR newsletter editor from 2003 thru 2012.
  • ARES Emergency Coordinator for Steele County since 2005.
  • A Volunteer Instructor and Volunteer Examiner since 2006. Tom organized Technician classes for 11 years. OSCAR generated over 80 new licenses from these classes.
  • Trustee for the club callsign KØHNY and repeater.
  • Web master for OSCAR.

Beyond Amateur Radio, Tom is also active with Steele County Emergency Management:

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