After serving the Northern Florida Section since 2018, Karl Martin – K4HBN has stepped down from the position of Section Emergency Coordinator due to personal reasons. Karl was instrumental in the creation of the Florida Tri-Section ARES Position Task Book and many other efforts to help unify ARES across the state. “It’s been a privilege working with you these past years. I hope to still be an active participant in the Section and ARES so I may help in any way I can,” said Karl in his message to the section’s Emergency Coordinators.
Stepping into the role is Arc Thames – W4CPD. Arc is no stranger to incident management having served in the Auxiliary Unit of the Crestview, FL Police Department for nine years, ending as the Lieutenant of their volunteer police force. In 2019 Arc’s focus shifted to amateur radio in Santa Rosa County where he became an ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator. In 2020, just prior to Hurricanes Sally and Zeta that impacted the county, Arc succeeded Ray Crepeau-K1HG as ARES Emergency Coordinator of Santa Rosa County. “I have worked with Arc for some time, and I think he will make a great SEC. I look forward to working with him during the transition,” said Karl-K4HBN.
“I’m extremely excited, energized, and thankful to be given this opportunity,” said Arc-W4CPD. Arc says he has many ideas he hopes will continue the work Karl-K4HBN had started. As to not lose his talent and wealth of knowledge in emergency communications and ARES, Arc has asked Karl to stay on as Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator. “Stay tuned for great things ahead,” said Arc-W4CPD.
For more information on the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program in the Northern Florida Section, visit their website arrl-nfl.org/ares.
The ARRL has released 2 brand new ARES logo items available for purchase on their website.
The first is a magnetic sign that you can use on your vehicle. Show your support for ARES, ARRL, and Radio Communications with this magnetic sign! Perfect for displaying on your vehicle at public service and emergency communications activities. Get yours for $10 with code ARES10. Offer applies to one sign per order, and ends August 1, 2021.
The second is a new tactical navy polo shirt with the ARES logo. The dark navy-blue ARES tactical polo isn’t your average polo shirt – it’s built with moisture-wicking fabric and a relaxed fit that is ideal for the prepared emergency communicator. This stylish but tough, 100% polyester shirt is snag-proof, breathable, and fights odors. Packed with functional features like a double pen pocket on the sleeve and a mic-loop on the shoulder, this polo is fit for any challenging situation.
At its just-concluded July 2021 meeting, the ARRL Board of Directors approved By-Law changes creating a third Standing Committee that joins the existing Administration and Finance Committee and Programs and Services Committee. The charter of the new Emergency Communications and Field Services Committee (EC-FSC) is to develop and recommend new or modified Board policy and programs for emergency communications through the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System™ (NTS™) entities.
The committee also will offer enhanced support for its Field Organization leadership volunteers, including Section Managers, and an increased focus on ARRL-Affiliated Clubs.
Further, the EC-FSC will provide guidance to the CEO in translating Board policy into prioritized tasking, funding, and staffing of programs, services, and training in support of amateur radio emergency communications, Field Organization volunteers, and recruitment and retention of new and existing members through assistance to Affiliated and Special Service Clubs.
The EC-FSC will have the additional responsibility of monitoring and assessing trends in emergency communications technology and participant skills worldwide, and for identifying “best practices” for voluntary emergency communications provided by ARES and NTS, coordinating and cooperating with other amateur radio national societies as appropriate.