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Greetings!

2014 marked my 25th Anniversary in amateur radio!

I obtained my Novice class call (KBØBBL) back in late 1988. Many thanks to Gene/NIØX for teaching the summer school course at Hopkins High School. If it wasn’t for your code copying tips, I’m not sure I would’ve made the 5wpm. I didn’t upgrade to my Tech+ (NØMTH) till around February of 1991. And then upgraded to General in the summer of 2013. And finally my Extra on April Fool’s Day 2014.

I have spent the majority of my time in ham radio working in the emergency services and public service aspects of communications. From providing radio support to the March of Dimes fundraising walks, to assisting with Fourth of July celebrations, to working the flood of 1993 and as net control for Skywarn nets.

I don’t believe it was a coincidence that I was able to expand my early amateur radio experiences in a city with a rich radio history. That being Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Home of Rockwell-Collins. Many of my mentors were employees of Rockwell and I learned a lot!

While living in Cedar Rapids volunteering as a cadet in the Civil Air Patrol (way back when) under the watchful eyes of Mercer/KØVIF and Henry/WAØDLF, I concentrated my efforts in mission communications. I worked many SAREXs as a net control operator. And with the expert help of Barry/WØIY, I expanded my knowledge of packet radio and was able to make sense of G8BPQ node setups and fine tuning the AA4RE BBS’s with HF gateways within the Iowa Wing.

Currently, I’m an Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Digital Operations & Training within the St. Louis Metro ARES/RACES organization. My primary duties are to develop our digital communications usage to support our served agencies. As well as organize structured training classes to meet the needs of our organization and MOUs with served agencies.

When I’m not busy with EmComm work, I spend a lot of my radio time on 20 and 40 meters with PSK. I very much enjoy the lower power aspect of it and being able to get thru the noise. I also enjoy contacting the ISS using APRS. I hope to combine my backpacking/camping hobby with ham radio and work more QRP and SOTA. I really do like to test the minimal aspect of radio work. You’ll also find me on 17m exclusively while I’m mobile.

 

TRAINING & CERTIFICATES EARNED

 

AMERICAN RADIO RELAY LEAGUE

  • EC-001: Introduction to Emergency Communications
  • EC-015: Public Relations 101 for Radio Amateurs
  • EC-016: Public Service and Emergency Communications Management for Radio Amateurs

CITIZEN CORPS

  • IS-317: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

DHS/FEMA – EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

  • IS-00001.a: Emergency Manager: An Orientation to the Position
  • IS-00003: Radiological Emergency Management
  • IS-00006: Portable Emergency Data Systems (PEDS)
  • IS-00022: Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
  • IS-00029: Public Information Officer Awareness
  • IS-00042: Social Media in Emergency Management
  • IS-00055.a: Household Hazardous Materials – A Guide for Citizens
  • IS-00100.b: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100
  • IS-00130: Exercise Evaluation and Improvement Training
  • IS-00200.b: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incident, ICS-200
  • IS-00201: Forms Used for the Development of the Incident Action Plan
  • IS-00247: Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS)
  • IS-00250.a: Emergency Support Function 15 (ESF 15) External Affairs
  • IS-00315: CERT Supplemental Training: The Incident Command System
  • IS-00317: Introduction to CERT
  • IS-00546.a: Continuity of Operations Awareness Course
  • IS-00700.a: National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-00701.a: NIMS Multiagency Coordination System (MACS)
  • IS-00702.a: NIMS Public Information Systems
  • IS-00706: NIMS Intrastate Mutual Aid an Introduction
  • IS-00800.b: National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • IS-00801: Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #1 – Transportation
  • IS-00802: Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #2 – Communications
  • IS-00803: Emergency Support Function (ESF) #3 – Public Works and Engineering
  • IS-00804: Emergency Support Function (ESF) #4 – Firefighting
  • IS-00806: Emergency Support Function (ESF) #6 – Mass Care, Emergency Assistance, Housing, and Human Services
  • IS-00813: Emergency Support Functions (ESF) #13 – Public Safety and Security Annex
  • IS-00909: Community Preparedness Implementing Simple Activities for Everyone
  • IS-00922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management

DHS/FEMA – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES

  • IS-00120.a: An Introduction to Exercises
  • IS-00230.b: Fundamentals of Emergency Management
  • IS-00235.b: Emergency Planning
  • IS-00240.a: Leadership & Influence
  • IS-00241.a: Decision Making and Problem Solving
  • IS-00242.a: Effective Communication
  • IS-00244.b: Developing and Managing Volunteers

DHS/FEMA – ADVANCED PROFESSIONAL SERIES

  • IS-00703.a: NIMS Resource Management
  • IS-00775: EOC Management and Operations
  • G271: Hazardous Weather & Flooding Preparedness
  • G290: Basic Public Information Officer

DHS – OFFICE OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS

  • Auxiliary Communications Course (AUXCOMM)

MISSOURI STATE EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY

  • G251: Amateur Radio Resources
  • ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System
  • ICS-400: Advanced Incident Command System

NATIONAL DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING CENTER

  • PER-304: Social Media for Natural Disaster Response & Recovery
  • PER-344: Social Media Tools and Techniques

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

  • Skywarn Storm Spotter – ID #M708

 

AFFILIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

 

American Radio Relay League

  • Member
  • Volunteer Examiner
  • Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Course (ARECC)
    • Field Instructor
    • Field Examiner

American Red Cross – Eastern Missouri Region

  • Disaster Action Team (South)
  • Volunteer Administrator

International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

  • Student Member

Missouri Emergency Management Association (MoEMA)

  • Member
  • MoCEM Level 1 (pending review)

Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA)

  • Chapter 19 – Saint Louis
  • Member #36422

Radio Amateur Satellite Corporation / AMSAT-NA

  • Member #39144

Saint Louis Metro ARES/RACES – NØARS

  • Assistant Emergency Coordinator – Digital Operations & Training

Telephone Employees Amateur Radio Club – KBØZRI

  • Secretary (2014-Present)
  • Member (2005-Present)

Saint Louis Amateur Radio Club – KØLIR

  • Member (2015-Present)
  • Board of Directors (2018-2020)

Saint Louis and Suburban Radio Club – WØSRC

  • Member (2014-Present)

PREVIOUS VOLUNTEER WORK

United States Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio Service (USAF MARS)

United States Air Force Auxiliary/Civil Air Patrol

 

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