ARRL East Bay Section

Jim Duarte N6SSB Appointed Emergency Coordinator

Posted by af6aq on December 20th, 2009

Jim Duarte N6SSB has been appointed Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Oakland and Piedmont area.

As EC, Jim will direct the local activity of ARES®, the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service. He will coordinate emergency responses to local served agencies by ARES members, manage relationships with those served agencies, collaborate with other Amateur Radio entities such as RACES and local clubs, promote ARES membership, and coordinate and encourage operator training.

Here in the East Bay Section, Jim joins other Emergency Coordinators, each of whom has jurisdiction over a geographical area. John Rabold KS6M, as District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), coordinates the ECs in Alameda County. The four DECs in the section report to Herbert Cole AI6AT, Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

The Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) consists of licensed amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licensed amateur, regardless of membership in ARRL or any other local or national organization, is eligible for membership in ARES. The only qualification, other than possession of an Amateur Radio license, is a sincere desire to serve.

Any amateur can register in ARES (or update an earlier registration) by printing the ARES registration form and giving it to the EC for his or her area or other ARRL official. The ARES registration form, FSD-98, is located at http://www.arrl.org/FandES/field/forms/fsd98.pdf

In the East Bay Section, ARES members are encouraged to hold certificates of completion in certain FEMA and ARRL courses, to be proficient in the handling of radio message traffic, and to participate in local Amateur Radio training and public service activities.

Congratulations and thank you, Jim!

John Rabold KS6M
District Emergency Coordinator for Alameda County, East Bay Section
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