The Chair of the STARS Working Group, Riri Azrak, OD5RI has indicated that he is finding it increasingly difficult to balance his business responsibilities in Lebanon with running the Working Group.
I have therefore agreed with him that he will become the Deputy Chair of the STARS WG and that a new Chair will be appointed until the next General Conference.
I am pleased to say that Hans Welens, ON6WQ, has agreed to return to lead STARS for that period. Hans ran STARS for 21 years until 2011, and I am very grateful to him for offering to step in for the next eleven months.
Please join me in thanking Riri for his work in STARS and wishing Hans every success in his role.
Don Beattie, G3BJ
President IARU Region 1