MARC Officers

Meriden Amateur Radio Club officers for 2024 are:

Head shot of Ed Snyder
President – Ed Snyder, W1YSM –
Ed was first licensed in 2016 and now holds license class Amateur Extra. He especially enjoys being Net Control for the weekly Coffee Cup Net, being SKWARN EC, making SSB QSOs for State QSOPs and SES, and making satellite and POTA contacts. “I love being MARC President and seeing the club grow and thrive in so many different areas,” Ed says. “I love making a difference in amateur radio.”


Head shot of Eric Olsson
Vice President – Eric Olsson, KB1JL –
Eric was first licensed in 1964 and is now license class Extra. He enjoys many aspects of the hobby, especially being involved in CERT and emergency management. He enjoys the opportunity to give back to the community. “I enjoy helping new hams into the hobby and sharing its many aspects, and in helping to grow the club,” Eric says.


Rick Becker
Treasurer – Rick Becker, KC1OYN –
Rick was first licensed as a Novice in 1980, then licensed anew in March 2021. He attained General two months later. “I enjoy ham radio because it offers a unique means of communication and a deep dive into electronics,” Rick says. “The community aspect is also significant, as it connects me with like-minded individuals. Additionally, it is a valuable tool for emergency preparedness. The sense of achievement, along with continuous learning, is invaluable, fun, and educational.”


Judy Wilkins
Secretary – Judy Wilkins, W1BJG –
Judy was first licensed in 2021 and holds a Technician level license. “In the beginning, I got my license only as a form of entertainment,” Judy says. “Now, with the help of this club, I have learned about at least four different hobbies within the hobby. Even my young children have been bitten by the the ham bug. I am excited to continue this journey of knowledge with you all.”


Head shot of Rob Cichon
Station Activities Manager – Rob Cichon, K1RCT –
Rob got his first license (General) in 2012 and is now license class Extra. Rob says his maternal grandfather fostered his love of the outdoors and radio. “The glow of the tubes and wondering how the heck Grandpa talked to his buddies on that thing got me hooked,” Rob says. “I made electronics my hobby, then profession. Now it’s back as my vocation in this club. I found a place where I can give back as much as the hobby has given me.”