January 27, 2023Royale Orleans Banquet Hall

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

Featuring Glenn Johnson, WØGJ and David A. Minster, NA2AA

Glenn Johnson WØGF

Glenn’s interest in amateur radio started as a youngster listening to his grandfather’s short-wave radio. He was licensed at age 15 and within three months had contacted all 50 states with a homemade crystal transmitter. He has always been interested in contesting and working DX. He has several first-place world scores and holds several records in international competitions. He has achieved #1 Honor Roll, 5BDXCC and 5BWAZ awards.   He has WAS on 11-bands.

He has eight First Place World scores with QRP in the ARRL 160M Contest. He has led or co-led major DXpeditions to four Top Ten Most Wanted areas (Kingdom of Bhutan (2000), Lakshadweep (2007)), Desecheo (2009), and Navassa (2015)) all of which were awarded DXpedition of the Year. He was also a team member of the HK0NA Malpelo (2012), the K5P Palmyra (2016), and the VP6R Pitcairn Island (2019) DXpeditions. Glenn has been inducted into both the CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame and the DX Hall of Fame.

His wife and four children (and their spouses!) are all licensed hams and have competed in ham radio contesting from their home. They have traveled to many countries, some quite remote, for contest activities. He and his wife have home-schooled their four children.

Glenn practiced orthopedic surgeon for 45 years before retiring in 2020. He worked for the Mayo Clinic Health System in Minnesota and Iowa. His specialty was Adult Reconstruction, and he had a highly-regarded practice specializing in outpatient partial knee replacement surgery and anterior hip replacement surgery.

His other area of interest is teaching orthopedic surgery in third-world countries. He is a member of Orthopedics Overseas. He has spent a lot of time at a crippled children’s hospital in Bethlehem, Israel, and has had four tours of duty in The Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalayan Mountains. In addition to teaching medicine, he also brought amateur radio into Bhutan. He taught the first group of hams licensed in the country and in later years helped establish club stations in several high schools throughout the country. For this work, he received the prestigious 2004 ARRL Humanitarian of the Year Award. He hopes to return to Bhutan soon.

Glenn has an undergraduate degree in Forestry and Ecology. He has operated amateur radio from many environmentally fragile areas from the Arctic to Antarctica and many places between. Glenn has many other interests including gunsmithing, beekeeping, woodworking and building furniture, draft horses and carriage driving, and flying both airplanes and helicopters. He is also very active in local community affairs and in his local church.

David A. Minster, NA2AA

David A. Minster, NA2AA, has been Chief Executive Officer of ARRL The National Association for
Amateur Radio® since September 2020. David earned his ham radio license as a teenager and says, “I
spend every day of my life, one way or another, engaged in amateur radio. It is more than just a hobby
for me; it is my community. It is where I live; where I have built lifelong friendships, and friendships that
span the globe. Amateur radio allows me to dream and to experiment.”

David’s experience spans technology, operation, and finance. Prior to joining the ARRL staff, he served
nearly 30 years in the consumer and luxury goods industries, including CEO at Judith Ripka Wholesale
and Scott Kay, COO of David Yurman, and 14 years at global consumer goods giant Unilever. He has been
a highly regarded international speaker, independent consultant, and advisor. He holds a Bachelor of
Science in Computer Engineering from The Ohio State University.

David’s ham radio pursuits have ranged far and wide over the years – from National Traffic System
training and public service events, to contesting from home and many well-known club stations,
including treasured times contesting from K2GL in Tuxedo Park, New York. He also enjoys contesting
from the Caribbean – particularly on Bonaire, where he is a member PJ4G. David is an avid CW op, and
even collects unique and vintage bugs and keys.

As ARRL CEO, David reaches out across and beyond the organization to develop a vision that encourages
all hams to get and stay radio-active, and to be a connector for getting others involved. He enjoys
cultivating relationships with ham radio leaders, member-volunteers, and staff to lay the groundwork
for a stronger, more vibrant ARRL.

David and his wife, Laura, live in the Connecticut Farmington Valley. He has two adult children, Andrew
and Katherine, and a grandchild, Mia Ana.