American Radio Relay League President Rick Roderick, K5UR will headline a growing list of celebrities planning to attend the first Great Lakes HamCon, October 7-8 at Michigan International Speedway. Roderick has held numerous ARRL volunteer positions during nearly 50 years as a licensed radio amateur. He has been on the ARRL Board of Directors for almost a quarter century.
President Roderick graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. degree in Mathematics, an M.S. degree in Operations Management, and a J.D. in law degree. After working 20 years in business, he entered private practice with an emphasis in labor and employment law, and is Managing Partner of a law firm with three locations in Arkansas. He is an avid DXer with 370 countries worked, including 320 countries on 160 meters, 352 countries on 80 meters, 353 countries on 40 meters, some of the top standings in the world. He holds DXCC on 10 bands and is ranked 7th in the world on the DXCC Challenge Award. He holds over 10 different Worked All Zones Awards, and was one of the first to achieve Worked All Zones on 160 meters. On VHF/UHF, he’s held many operating and achievement records, including the world distance record for QSO’s on 2 meters meteor scatter and 222 MHz tropo. He was one of the first to work all continental 48 states on 2 meters without the use of moon bounce, 47 states in one year. He is second in the world on 6 meters VUCC and first in the world on VUCC for 2 meters, 222 MHz, 432 MHz, and 1296 MHz for non-EME. He received the Fred Fish Memorial Award #3 for having worked all grid squares in the United States on 6 meters.