Well I've done it. I got my amateur radio license. I became interested in amateur (Ham) radio will in Florida. I found some repeaters in Florida on my police scanner and became interested. It was great to hear the live reports during the storms. A short time later I moved back to Wisconsin and shortly there after found some repeaters in Wisconsin. I heard about a ham fest and attended it, signed up for a class and bought a radio. I was on my way. Not to long after I completed the class I was contacted by our Emergency Management Director, to see if I could help her with a problem the local area planning commission has determined as a shortfall for the county, communication. I said I think I can help, and thus the Pine Valley Repeater group was revived. The group was started back in the late 70's but didn't stay together. The reactivated group started out small with only 5 people, but has grown to around 30 members since we revived the group in June of 2004.
I have always loved to listen to my police scanner and to help serve in my community as a Fire Explorer. This is just another way I found that I have been able to help serve in my community. From storm spotting which I am coordinator of, to bike races to helping our county with radio communication. I'm so pleased to be a part of such a great group of people. Not just those involved in the Pine Valley Repeater Amateur radio Club Richland County ARES/RACES, but everyone who is involved in amateur radio.
Well our group has grown again we are now up to about 40 members, that just makes me so proud to think that I revived the group only a few years ago. The Group has shrunk a little but is still going and we have a few new members.
I am now into the world of D Star. I have my first D Star rig an Icom 2820 and loving it.
Yes If your wondering I'm still a Tech but working on my General, and hope to have it by the end of the year.
I still love the hobby and will always be a ham and keep encouraging others to join the wonderful world of Amateur radio.
Well I made it!!! As of October 5, 2014 I'm now a general class Amateur Radio Operator. Thanks to all for your help and encouragement.
I have now taken the task of Emergency Coordinator For Richland County Wisconsin as of January 1 2015. I have been an AEC but do to our EC stepping down I decided to take the new task on. I'm looking forward to the new taskes and challenges with the new position.
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