ARRL East Bay Section

New Section Emergency Coordinator Appointed

Posted by af6aq on January 28th, 2008

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Jim Tiemstra, K6JAT, as our new East Bay Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

He obtained his first Amateur Radio license, WN9ELU, in Chicago in 1970. Since then Jim has held General, Advanced and Extra Class licenses and the call signs: WB9ELU, N6OIK, V26JAT and 3D2TJ, as well as having operated as PJ2/K6JAT and KH6/K6JAT, and from V26DX.  
At Lyons Township High School in La Grange, Illinois, Jim became the president of the Radio Club which held the call sign of W9SW and was
equipped with some World War II surplus equipment. Jim built his own gear mostly from Heathkits. In 1977, Jim married his wife Lilah Greene, KE6EHD, and they moved to California. (They have twin boys, Robert and Matthew, KI6IHP, born in 1994.)

While Jim’s favorite Ham Radio pastimes are contesting, DXing and DXpeditions, he has long been involved in the public service aspects of
the hobby. As a member of the Oakland ARES group, Jim responded to the Loma Prieta Earthquake (1989) and Oakland Hills Firestorm (1991) disasters. He worked with the group to gain RACES recognition and was instrumental in forging a formal Letter of Understanding (LOU) with the City of Oakland. Subsequently, the group successfully championed a proposal to use post-firestorm, bond Measure I funds to acquire and install amateur radio equipment in the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and each of its 30 fire stations dubbed the Emergency
Communication Ham Operation (ECHO) system.

In 1998, Jim acted as the incorporator of the Oakland Radio Communication Association (ORCA), an ARRL affiliated club, was a founding director and became its first president. Presently, he is the Oakland RACES Radio Officer, a member of ORCA’s board of directors and trustee of the club’s call sign: WW6OR.

Most days, Jim can be found anywhere from DC to light from his shack, mobile or as DX. When not on the air, Jim practices law in downtown Oakland at his own firm.

I ask you all to welcome Jim onboard and to cooperate with him as he develops the Section Emergency Plan and refines the ARES organization
within the East Bay Section. Congratulations Jim!!

Jim Latham, AF6AQ

East Bay Section Manager