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I was first licensed in March 2004 as KB1LCS. I upgraded to General and received a vanity callsign W8DEC in June 2009.

I am a military veteran. I served as a corpsman at the naval submarine base hospital in Groton, CT and aboard the USS Cape St George CG-71 in Norfolk, VA. I then transferred to the CT Army National Guard as a medic (91W then, now 68W). When, I moved back home to Ohio toward the end of 2006, I transferred to the Army Reserve component IRR. I received an honorable discharge in March 2012. I am also a member of the American Legion and Fraternal Order of Eagles.






In Scouting, I joined Troop 68 in Painesville, Ohio in1990. I was on Trading Post B staff at the 1997 BSA National Jamboree, summer camp staff in 1997 and 1998 at Camp Stigwandish in the Greater Western Reserve Council, and been to Florida Sea Base. I currently serve as a Unit Commissioner for three scouting units. I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow and currently serve as the Lodge Medic in the Wapashuwi Lodge #56.  I have also served as Assistant Scoutmaster and Cubmaster.


I deployed to Hattiesburg, MS and Bay St Louis, MS with Portsmouth, VA ARES to support amateur radio communications for Hurricane Katrina on September 11, 2005.

My HF station consists of a Kenwood TS-2000, 948, and Radio Oasis G5RV/STD antenna about 40 feet in the air. I enjoy running 20W on 20M PSK using the Tigertronics Signalink USB and enjoy ragchewing on 6 meters, 220 and 440 MHz. I use the TS-2000 for VHF/UHF and use it with a Diamond V2000A fed with 35' Belden 9913.

My portable base station (go-box) consists of an Icom Logo IC-2720H, Samlex SEC1223 switching power supply, as well as another Tigertronics Signalink USB. My mobile station is a Kenwood TM-D710GA primarily used for VHF. I also have a Icom Logo IC-7000 for mobile HF, Kenwood TK-630H that I used for 6M FM, and a Motorola CDM1250 for UHF 440 MHz FM.

If you can't find me on the air, I can be found behind the counter at Amateur Electronic Supply (AES) near Cleveland, Ohio.

My all-time favorite aspect of the hobby is participating in public service events. They give me the opportunity to put my radio equipment to the test and help keep my skills honed. I have volunteered for over 50 different public service events throughout 5 ARRL Sections including the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC.

The photo below is from the 2012 American Cancer Society Pan Ohio Hope Ride (POHR). POHR is a 328 mile bicycle ride consisting of over 500 cyclists who will travel through 12 counties on Ohio from Cleveland to Cincinnati in 4 days. Contact me if you're interested in volunteering. It's an awesome adventure! Check out www.panohiohoperide.org for details about the event.

From Left to Right, Julio from AES Las Vegas, me in the middle, and Eddie from AES Orlando at the 2009 Dayton Hamvention.










Alright, here is my brag sheet:

Section Emergency Coordinator (2012-2014) - ARRL Ohio Section

District Emergency Coordinator (2007-2012) - Ohio ARES District 10

Official Emergency Station (2005 - Present)

ARRL and W5YI Volunteer Examiner

ARRL EC-001 Field Instructor

ARRL Emcomm Field Examiner

ARRL Elmer Award Recipient (2013)

ARRL Certificate of Merit - MS Section Manager

ARRL Certificate of Merit - LA Section Manager

Event Chairman (2011-2013) - Great Lakes Emergency Communications Conference (GLECC)

Event Chairman (2015 to Present) - Great Lakes Emergency Communications Conference (GLECC)

Presenter (2009 - Present) - EMCOMM EAST, Rochester, NY

License Trustee for W8TEN

Co-Captain - Team SAGCOMM

President (2013 - Present) - Geauga County Amateur Radio Association (GARA)

Vice Prez 2009 -2013 - Geauga County Amateur Radio Association (GARA)

Member - American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Member - Salvation Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)

Member - The American Legion Amateur Radio Club

Member - The Navy Amateur Radio Club

Member - South Coast Amateur Radio Service

Member - Fraternal Order of Eagles

Past Radio Officer - Lake County Amateur Radio Association

Past NCS - Eastern CT Traffic Net and Tri-County Traffic Training Net

Past President - Radio Amateur Society or Norwich, CT

Charter President - Radio Amateur Society of Norfolk, VA (Honorary Member)

Past Member - Portsmouth, VA ARES


ARRL EC-001 Introduction to Emergency Communications

Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (NREMT-B)

IS-100, IS-195, IS-200, IS-244, IS-300, IS-700, IS-701, IS-800, IS-802, IS-804, IS-809
G288 Local Volunteer and Donations Management
G557 Rapid Needs Assessment

Completed Active Shooter Workshop 11/18/2014





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