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I have been a ham since 1984. My primary ham interests are:

1) Having fun with the radio

2) Emergency Communications

I am currently a member of the Western Tidewater Radio Association (WTRA VP for 2013), Franklin Police Dept. ARC (WT4FP) , Virginia ARES/RACES, and QCWA Chapter 119.I have served in various roles in the clubs including President, Vice-President and Secretary and Trustee.

If you are around on Thursdays at 7:30PM (147.195 PL100Hz + links) jump in and join us the our net. The repeater as IRLP, Echolink and a remote base so occasionally we like all kinds of things together for fun and testing.

Currently, I am the District Emergency Coordinator for VA ARES District 10 and the EC for Isle of Wight County. I serve (along with a great team of folks!) a 5 county area including Isle of Wight, Southampton, Surry, Sussex, Greensville and the independent cities Franklin and Emporia. If you live in the area and are interested in emergency communications feel free to contact me at the email listed below. We would love to have you join us! As part of my ARES/RACES service I have participated in the response to communications emergencies caused by Hurricane/TS Floyd (1999), Y2K (anticipated), 9/11 Pentagon attack and Hurricane/TS Isabel (2003), In the fall of 2011 the opportunity to serve presented itself in the form of Hurricane Irene. Our team operated stations at the Isle of Wight EOC and two shelters at the two local high high schools over a 36 hour period. At the time internet, telephone and cell phone were out and we provided comms as planned. If you are an ARES/RACES volunteer you never know when you may need to sleep on a cot!

One of keys to being able to provide emergency communications is to be prepared at home. I was a able to leave home comfortably knowing that my family had back-up power and was prepard to handle the typical situations that occur during a tropical storm/hurricane. That frees me up to go to an EOC for 36 hours during the storm and take care of EMCOMM (ECOM?) business.

Here is a picture from a field exercise in December of 2010. It's fun to get the team out in the cold a set up station. Here in south east Virginia we do not have much snow or severe cold so we had to seize the opportunity to get out and set up! Even though it was just a dusting we have to be all-wx! They may forgive me someday :)


Here is a picture of an event held in May 2013 in Smithfield, Virginia at a farmers market.  We had HF and VHF on the air (including packet) and were able to shake a few hands.  The best part though was the fellowship with the local ARES/RACES team that posed for this picture.  And the fact that my XYL Kerry bought a bunch of good food didn't hurt either!




In 2011 I joined Air Force MARS and have been getting up to speed on all the relevant training and protocols. After the unfortunate passing of KI4LXT/AFA3CR who was the Virginia Air Force MARS State Emergency Coordinator I accepted the position. So my Air Force MARS call signs are AFA3RH (generic) and AFE3VA (billet - State Emergency Coordinator). Then in 2012 I accepted the position of North East Division Emergency Coordinator and am drinking from a MARS fire hose at the moment! This is another opportunity to provide emergency communications using the fantastic resources of MARS.


I have been a member of the Muskegon Area Amateur Radio Club (MAARC-W8ZHO), the Muskegon Amateur Radio Public Service Corp and the Michigan State University ARC (W8SH).

Usually I am running a Kenwood TS-2000 (love the rig by the way) and have an Icom 735 (oldie but a nice rig) as a back up. For a radio that glows in the dark I can fire up a Heathkit SB101 with the all the accessories. The coolest part of the old Heathkit gear is the nixie tube frequency display!

I am also on the repeater committees of the WTRA, FPARCand the FARC. I am the primary controller programmer for the WT4FP (444.825 and 147.27)and the KG4GEJ/WF4RC repeater (146.91). Ihelp were I can with the Isle of Wight/Smithfield machine (147.195). We have set a series of remote bases on the repeater to link the 147.195, 444.826 and 146.91 together for the weekly nets and emergency communications needs. The repeaters in Franklin and Isle of Wight are located at sites with generator back up so they will be on the air when needed.








I like to operate all modes and particulary enjoy the digitals modes. I am setup to run the sound card modes and have really enjoyed DM780 included with Ham Radio Deluxe. What a fantastic software package. If you need Isle of Wight for county hunting drop me an email and we can arrange a schedule. We can make that contact in any HF mode you would like!

One last photo of Field Day 2011 when we set up at the Franklin Airport. Great location and we hada lot of fun!

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