to Amateur Radio
I have only been a Ham for 15 years I was an early believer
of the commitment that amateur radio volunteers make to
their communities and wanted to be part of that effort.
It has led me to a decade long service with ARES in various
roles including being EC for Travis County during September
11, 2001. I inherited a very active ARES organization in
Travis County and worked hard to continue to improve it.
After I accepted the position of PIC for the section I continued
to work with both the Travis and Williamson County groups
to assist however needed.
I have also been an officer of the Austin Amateur Radio
Club for many years, serving as Secretary, Vice-President
and -here in our 90th year as an ARRL Chartered Special
Services Club -I am currently serving as President of this
fine group of hams. We are active in Field Day and many
public service opportunities. I have been fortunate enough
to organize two ARISS events while VP, one of which included
the mission with Richard Garriott.
I am also an ARRL VE and have been certified to teach and
administer exams for the ARECC Level 1 and Level 2 courses.
a Public Information Coordinator I have worked closely with
ARRL to constantly get the message out about ham radio to
the general public. I have been fortunate to work with several
dedicated PIO's in the section to assist in these efforts.
addition to amateur radio I am also involved in community
outreach and response by becoming a member of the City of
Austin CERT program and working with the City of Cedar Park
police Citizen's Police Academy Alumni group. Through these
two organizations we have provided disaster prepardness awareness
and assistance to the community.
future of Amateur Radio
many who predicted otherwise, Amateur Radio is a growing hobby
in the United States and the world. Many become licensed because
they want to be involved in ARES and we need to continue to
provide outreach programs to find and recruit these folks
into the hobby. Once licensed we need to mentor our new members
and ensure they feel welcomed into the "club" and
become the future leaders of our clubs and our ARES groups.
Facing ARES and the Section
will be many challenges facing ARES in the near future. We
will be addressing both Federal and State credentialing requirements,
legislative battles, increased training requirements and the
ever-changing needs of our served agencies. The Section will
not be able to ignore these issues and it is vital we work
and prepare as a cohesive team to address these issues and
continue to provide the high level of response that STX has
time and time again. I look forward to working with each of
you on setting and meeting these goals.
ARES seems to get the most notice, there are many areas
that the Section is involved with. I want to work with key
members in each of these areas and seek ways we can continue
to provide, and indeed improve, our services in the South
Texas Section. With your support, we can build a team to
accomplish these goals. I need your vote to make it happens.
South Texas Section Manager