W8EK Director    
Executive Administrator    

Ken Simpson - W8EK
8400 NW 115 Ave
Ocala, FL 34482-1098

QCWA #21022

Ken Simpson was first licensed as WN8ETX in 1962, and soon became WA8ETX. A couple years later he passed his extra class license and became W8EK. Ken is President of Ocala, Florida, Chapter 62 of QCWA, and a member of several other chapters. He has been President of the Friendship Amateur Radio Club in Ocala. He retired to Florida about twelve years ago. While in Ohio, he served as ARRL Assistant Director, Assistant SCM, and other leadership positions. He holds several hundred ham operating awards, plus an award from the Ohio House of Representatives for his work on the Eye Emergency Network, where he served as a Net Control Station for many years. He is retired from teaching Electrical / Electronics Technology at Stark State College of Technology in Canton, Ohio.

Ken is a very active life member of QCWA. He is presently on the Board of Directors and serves as Chairman of the Chapter Relations Committee and of the Finance Committee.

He was awarded the "President's Award" as recognition for the work he did in organizing information about the QCWA Chapters in Florida. He has "flown the QCWA Banner" at many hamfests all over the country, from Anchorage, Alaska, to Fort Myers, Florida, and many points in between. In 2010, Ken attended 28 hamfests, 26 chapter meetings, and presented 10 forums. In 2011 he attended 26 hamfests, 20 chapter meetings, and presented 14 forums.

One of the most important things that a person representing QCWA on a national level can do is to let the local chapters know that the people at national really care about them. The best way to do this is to talk with QCWA members, and prospective members, at hamfests, and at chapter meetings. Ken has set a goal to visit every chapter in the Southeastern US, and has come close to accomplishing that goal with only two chapters remaining. At these meetings members can express any concerns that they have, which can in turn be communicated with QCWA headquarters and officers.

As amateur radio operators, we should be communicators, but many times this communications link is not as good as desired. Maybe the bands all went dead! Ken would like to improve this communications.

If you have questions or comments, you can contact him by e-mail or by phone.

November 15. 2012