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the above photo shows President Bush thanking W2IK for his service during the 2001 World Trade Center Disaster where he provided vital communications from "Ground Zero"

info updated Feb.2009 to include "Jump Team Boot Camp 2009"

W2IK - First responder at WTC 9/11 "ground zero". WAS/DXCC and more. Commercial FCC Licensed since I was a high school student back in 1967. Ex-AEC and OES. Taught dozens of ham radio classes and acted as a VE testing hundreds of would-be hams. Published over 45 ham radio related webpages covering many aspects of ham radio including emergency communications, antennas, family preparedness, special events stations, contests and field setup and operations. Check them out: www.W2IK.com Activated three lighthouses on Long Island during ARLHS events and during mini-DXpeditions including the "Mile Beach March" during the very first Cedar Island (Point)lighthouse operation where I had to backpack all my gear and supplies a mile along a beach route just to operate. Several top USA finishes during several states' "QSO Parties". Held operations to activate rare counties for county hunter's group.


1986 - Lifetime Achievement Award from the Electro-Mechanical service industry
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985  AAVT "ARTICLE OF THE YEAR" AWARD for best technical article

My new antenna designs include the "W2IK Desk Buddy" which is a slick looking two-meter antenna to help those who can't put up an outdoor antenna. www.W2IK.com

Publish "W2IK's Emergency Communications Guide" covering all aspects of emergency communications. This guide is NOT FOR SALE but can be obtained via my website. Not written as a commercial venture so I don't make money from it. Available on CD or Booklet. Currently being used for training by many ARES groups throughout the US. Almost 100 pages of the soon-to-be released 400 page new Canadian EmComm training were taken from my training guides.

Read my 7 part Ecom series: "EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS IN THE POST WTC 9/11 ERA" : www.W2IK.com

"We, as amateur radio operators, desperately need to start from scratch in both the fields of preparedness and communications if we are to remain ahead of the challenges that can be thrust upon us at any moment. Old rules and old training no longer apply. Anyone who thinks that by dusting off outdated training manuals or adding a few paragraphs here and there to existing guides will make their kind of training adequate during a terrorist event is living in a fantasy world. These people or groups are both blind and foolish. This includes the "new" ARRL EMCOMM training courses. Harsh words? Perhaps. But how harsh the penalty of not being properly prepared and trained for the next event? Parameters have changed to such a degree that we need to be trained differently and become ready in the latest aspects of emergency communications. This can partially be accomplished by listening to progressive and experienced communicators in developing both the training and the means to properly support their communities during events such as terrorist attacks. Those of us who have actually been in the "terrorist trenches" of emergency communications can tell you one thing: Old rules no longer apply. It is also important for people to realize that unless you've "eaten dirt" in emergency communications you have no business training others by writing, theorizing and instructing. Those who have developed training programs without actually having been confronted with real emergencies have little truths to offer and little in the way of guiding new communicators. It's a shame that when some groups were developing their training they never stopped to ask for the knowledge from experienced emergency communicators. This series is attempting to correct that very serious error by giving you information based on real-world experience."


I'll never say things just to be your "pal". I'll never b.s. to win your approval or get a "plastic title". I'll say and do things to make you a better ham, regardless of what anyone might think. I'm the guy you'd want in your fox-hole watching your back in an emergency. Although I was thought of as a valuable asset during all my countless deployments back in New York, and was an AEC, Training Instructor,OO and OES on Long Island, when I moved to San Antonio, Texas, I was denied ARES membership by the Bexar County ARES "Good old boys'(and girl) club" when all I wanted to be was a "grunt worker" and not a "title". I feel sorry for them, but they lack the vision and courage to correct their many mistakes. I assist groups all over the country by supplying information and antenna plans and during emergencies I've even supplied emergency antennas for over 25 ARES groups. (I DO NOT sell antennas. These groups I helped out were exceptions.)

In early 2005, I conducted the first "Jump Team Boot Camp" to field train EmComm communicators for REAL emergencies. NOT A DESK-TOP drill, but a real "get down and (very) dirty, do everything" three day boot camp covering all aspects of EmComm/Ecom for both hams and MARS operators so they will be able to deploy to any location to create an operational communications system where NOTHING might be left standing. This included field station setup and operation ("soup to nuts") and basic survival training. I plan to repeat this field training for hams IF I get enough interested, serious communicators.


Read my latest web page series about creating a functional EmComm "Jump Team" from scratch, which will be able to deploy during an extreme emergency where there may not be anything standing. This web page series is the first of it's kind and was written at the request of several EmComm groups from around the US. It can be found at:


Remember... it is a FOUR part series so be sure to read all of the pages. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I WILL BE PUBLISHING A NEW BOOK: "EMCOMM AND YOU" , which will be a 250+ page book covering all aspects of emergency communications. It is due out this summer. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Currently working with a U.S. international airport (Dept Of Homeland Security) to set up and train for a MARS/HAM Emergency Station at their location. ***************************************************************

Supporting instruction of Preparedness and EmComm in India for the training of governmental staff.


"JUMP TEAM BOOT CAMP" 2009- Learn How To Deploy as a team and work towards a common Emergency Communications support goal........... NO cost to participants
W2IK and The Bexar Operators Group (W5BOG) located in San Antonio, Texas, will again sponsor "Jump Team Boot Camp" in 2009, commencing on October 23 rd (Friday morning)and running through the 25th (Sunday evening). Unlike last year's MARS orientated session, this year's "Boot Camp" will concentrate on amateur radio and the ways and means to get a "Jump Team" operational should there be a need to deploy some distance from your homeandcommunicate in the aftermath of a disaster. Just like last year's session, this will be an actual drive-and-operate operation and NOT a desktop drill.
Participants for this sessionwillmeet at acentral staging area. Pre-deployment maps will be given out at this time, although due to the nature of real emergencies alongany caravan route, driving directions may change due to "flooding" and other concerns so each vehicle must be equipped with 2 meter capabilities.
When the destination has been reached, all participants will assist in the construction of shelters and operating areas. We will be teaching the proper way to do a site evaluation before any structure is erected in order to avoid problems which could be encountered should weather take a turn for the worse (additional rains and/or high winds). Unlike last year, we will be supplying energy to operate using three types of power: gas generation, solar generation and wind turbine generation with instruction on the set up and operationeach system. Since it is important that every Jump Team member have a firm graspof all aspects of setting up and operating during an emergency, special emphasis will be placed on the logical sequence of setting up (structures, power and antennas),meeting nutritional requirements (basic cooking and meal planning), station operation and message logging/handlingand band propagation.
Along with instructions during each phase of setting up and operation, there will be short lectures and discussions. The true test of communicating during less than favorable conditions will be done on this weekend as this session coincides with the "CQ WW SSB" contest. This weekendwas chosen because it will help "train your ear" to listen for information you will need to "report" amid interference. We will also check in to various HF nets during our operation and pass mock traffic to stationswho will be awaiting our messages. All communications gear, antennas, shelters, instructional booklets and food will be provided. Participants will be given a short list of what they need to bring (personal items).
This eventwill belimited in the number of attendees. Please be sure to read the section on "Creating A Viable Jump Team" located at: WWW.W2IK.COM so you will have abasic understanding of jump team operation. Also be aware that the actual destination will not be a local parkso like an actual emergency communications deployment we will have to bring everything that we need. This will be more rustic in nature than last year's boot camp. Cell phones, again this year, will NOT be allowed. All slots filled! Sorry...

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