This year’s Great Lakes Division Directors election has been an exciting one, and I would like to express my deepest gratitude to all the ARRL members who participated in the election. Your support and enthusiasm for the ARRL is truly inspiring, and I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve the Great Lakes Division as Vice Director for the past three years.
I am so thankful for the support I have received throughout the election process, and I am confident that I will continue to represent the Great Lakes Division as Division Director in the highest respect. Throughout the election, I was dedicated to providing clear, honest communication of my platform and ideas for transforming the ARRL to an even higher standard.
I am honored to have been given the opportunity to serve the members of the ARRL, and I look forward to continuing to work with, and for, the membership of the Great Lakes Division. I pledge to work diligently, openly communicating with my constituents to ensure that we are meeting the challenges of our times in the most effective manner possible.
Once again, my heartfelt thanks go out to all the members of the ARRL, for making the election process such a success. Your support means more to me than words can express.
Scott Yonally, N8SY, became licensed as a Novice in January 1979 as KA8DWI. In 1980, he upgraded to General. In 1982, he again upgraded to Advanced class and became KC8SS.
In January 2000, Scott passed the Amateur Extra exam and 20 WPM code element. He retained his KC8SS call for just a short time, after which friends convinced him to apply for a vanity call sign with his initials.
Scott Yonally has been representing Amateur Radio to the public in various capacities for more than 40 years. He currently serves as Vice Director for the Great Lakes Division; Official Relay Station; Official Emergency Station; Executive Committee member of the Richland County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and member of Ohio Public / Private Partnership (OP3). He is also a Life member of the Ohio Single Side-Band Net (OSSBN) and an active member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association as well.
In the mid 1980s, Scott became one of the first 300 accredited Volunteer Examiners in the country through the Dayton Amateur Radio Association.
Scott has always had a fondness for emergency communications and traffic handling. Over the years, he’s passed more than 4,000 pieces of traffic through the various nets around the country. He has been directly involved in many communications emergencies as well.
N8SY has served in various capacities in the ARRL field organization: Vice-Director of the Great Lakes Division; Section Manager, Ohio; Assistant Section Manager; Public Information Coordinator; Affiliated Club Coordinator; District Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Emergency Coordinator. This extensive experience has given Scott a well-rounded vocation in not only field services and emergency communications, but also in public information through working with served agencies and the various clubs and associations around the state.
Scott Yonally’s interest in writing led him to become the editor of his local club newsletter, Airwaves Journal. Over the years, Airwaves Journal has won several national and Ohio Section awards—an accomplishment that Yonally is proud of. He’s also been published in the ARRL National Educational Workshop book Ham Radio, Planning for the Future.
In the 1990s, Scott’s interest in the Worldwide Web led him to create a number of commercial websites that he still maintains today. In addition, he’s created websites for the Great Lake Division, Ohio Single Side-Band Net, Ohio Section and several local club websites as well.
In 2019, N8SY was honored with the Joe Knight Distinguished Service Award for his work as ARRL Section Manager of Ohio, and for his leadership contributions to the field organization. He is but one of a handful of Section Managers in the country to receive this award.
Scott’s wife, Janie, is KB8YPW. Janie is often seen assisting Scott at ARRL tables at the various hamfests and conventions.
“I truly enjoy being part of Amateur Radio and all it has to offer,” says Yonally. “I am a Life Member of the ARRL, and sincerely hope that my story helps to inspire everyone to serve and be a part of the ARRL and this great service.”