ARRL East Bay Section

New ARRL DEC Appointed for Alameda County

Posted by af6aq on March 26th, 2011

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Sandy Lavine, KO6JF, as the A.R.E.S.® District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for Alameda County. He replaces John Rabold, KS6M, who has taken the position of Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC).

Sandy began his radio journey with a First Class FCC license and Novice license in 1968. Re-licensed as KE6EMW in 1992, Sandy worked his way in a few short years to General and Advanced Extra, before getting his Extra Class in 2002.

A charter member of the Amateur Radio Club of Alameda (ARCA) he served as Vice President for over two years and has served as their Emergency Communications lead since 2003.

Even before being appointed the ARES Emergency Coordinator for the City of Alameda in August 2009, he was active in leading ARCA’s participation in local city exercises. ARCA has participated in every City of Alameda since 2004. As a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member beginning in 2003, Sandy has introduced volunteer emergency workers to Amateur Radio, and Amateur Radio volunteers to local emergency activities. Beginning in 2009 Alameda ARES and CERT members have participated joint exercises and with the American Red Cross. Though last year was their first ARRL SET, Sandy co-lead a successful joint exercise involving the Alameda and Oakland ARES groups. The exercise emphasized mutual aid and the use of Packet Radio.

Sandy is active in many modes of on-air activities. While he does dabble in contesting from time to time, what he enjoys most is person to person rag chews via HF and Satellite. He also likes to use digital modes such as PSK-31 and APRS.

Please join me in welcoming and supporting Sandy in his new role as DEC, Alameda County.