January 26, 2024Gateway Center, Collinsville, IL

5PM Social Hour, 6PM Dinner, 7PM Presentations

Ward Silver, N0AX and Josh Johnston, KE5MHV


Josh Johnston, KE5MHV

Josh Johnston, KE5MHV, in the ARRL role of Director of Emergency Management. Johnston is from Ozone, Arkansas, and comes to ARRL with 16 years of experience as the Director of Johnson County (Arkansas) Department of Emergency Management. He holds an Extra class Amateur Radio license as well as being an ARES® Emergency Coordinator, Volunteer Examiner, and ARRL-registered Instructor. Johnston is also certified in FEMA NIMS as well as CISA AUXCOMM Communications Unit Leader (COML). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Administration and Management from Arkansas Tech University.

“I am happy to welcome Josh to the ARRL staff and to add his talent and knowledge to our team,” said ARRL CEO David Minster, NA2AA. “His contribution will help ARRL continue to support our dedicated volunteers of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, improve opportunities for training, and advance our relationships throughout the EmComm community.” With extensive experience in inter-agency cooperation and planning, Johnston is well versed in the different aspects of emergency management and leading both professional and volunteer operators. He has experience in communications planning and execution in the field and at the local and state level. As an Arkansas Master Certified Emergency Manager and past Board Member of Arkansas Emergency Management Association, where he served as president for 2 years, Johnston has experience working with government and agency representatives as well as being boots-on-the-ground in the field.

Johnston will be based at ARRL’s headquarters in Newington, Connecticut and will be working with staff and member-volunteers, and coordinating with the ARRL Board’s new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC).


Ward Silver, N0AX

Ward is a titan in the hobby, a dedicated resource to ARRL, and the current president of The Yasme Foundation (yasme.org). Many people have heard Ward speak and/or read his publications on Grounding & Bonding, Ham Radio for Dummies (now in its fourth edition), ARRL License Study Guide and so many more.

A Yasme Foundation Director since 2004, in 2013 Ward was elected President of the Yasme Foundation. He has been an active amateur since his Novice days began in 1972, operating from numerous locations around the world. An electrical engineer, Ward became the Lead Editor of the ARRL Handbook and the ARRL Antenna Book in 2008 until his recent retirement. He was also a primary author of the ARRL License Manuals and Q&A Study Guides and still works closely with the ARRL and the NCVEC Question Pool Committee to develop appropriate and useful exam questions.   You will also find his byline on “Grounding and Bonding for the Radio Amateur” and the popular Wiley “Ham Radio for Dummies”.  He is a co-founder of the World Radiosport Team Championships and was elected to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame in 2015.

Yasme is a storied word in amateur radio DX circles. DX stands for “distance” and the sailboats for which Yasme is named certainly covered their share of DX, crossing the oceans and dropping anchor at exotic islands some six decades ago. In turn, amateurs around the world, the “DX-ers,” would then try to contact the Yasme captain, Danny Weil, VP2VB, an amateur operator of renown.

Over the years, The Yasme Foundation (yasme.org) has grown from a support group for those original Yasme adventures into a worldwide foundation supporting projects that help amateur radio flourish. We recognize the volunteers who keep amateur radio vital and vigorous in its second century and sponsor awards for hams (amateur radio operators) who make long-distance DX contacts on the air. The updated website tells our story and explains the mission.