I realized that it has been a good year since any sort of post has been made on here. I just wanted to thank all of the Ham Operators for their dedication and hard work in support of the hobby. We have gone above and beyond Elmore County ARES and bettered the hobby. We have made contact with about 25 different local hams and many of you are active here in the local group. Thanks to the hard work from Tony (N2VPZ) we have been holding classes weekly on Friday nights. We have added Bill (KF7YLF) to our licensed hams and we have seen AL (WA7ZAF) advance to his Extra class license. Congratulations to you gentlemen on your achievements. We have just received word that we will be holding our own testing here in Elmore County. This means that no one will have to travel to Boise just to take a test any longer.
In 2012 we had a great field day. Although the numbers were small, Elmore County was represented and on the air with all emergency power. Special thanks to Robert (KF7BKV) and Art (N7AEH) on your hard work at this event.
I also would like to report that the Mountain Home repeater, 147.340 (+) 100.0 PL has come a long ways too. Thank to the work of Tony (N2VPZ), Robert (KF7BKV), Bill (KF7YLF), and anyone else who was responsible for the repeater, it is working like a champ. We went from a range of Mountain Home to a range between Caldwell to Twin Falls. Thank you Bill for lending us your antenna to make this repeater a success. Also a thanks to Elmore County for purchasing the hardline for our feed-line replacement and Intermountain Communications for replacing this feed-line for us. We would not be where we are today without these outside organizations.
We have also worked really hard with the Elmore County Emergency Manager, Carol Killian. We have located the state's Motorola Micom radio and have got it on the air. There are a few issues still, but all parts and pieces have been accounted for. This radio will be installed and operational from the Mountain Home Police Department. During times of a disaster or during exercises, we will establish a VHF/UHF link between the EOC and the PD. We have also realized that this radio is capable of transmitting on Amateur Frequencies.
I would now like to welcome the formation of Elmore County Amateur Radio Club (ECARC). Tony (N2VPZ) is the club president, Robert (KF7BKV) as the VP, Jeremiah (N3ZMW) as the Treasure, and Dan (KE7YSY) as the Secretary. Great work you guys and best of luck to you in the 2013 year. A website is in work for this club at this time.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work in 2012 and here is to an even better year in 2013.
John Holwege, AB7RQ, Elmore County EC-ARES
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Calling all Hams of Elmore County, Idaho. We are forming an A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) unit here in Elmore County Idaho. My name is John Holwege, AB7RQ, and I am the new Elmore County Emergency Coordinator (EC) for ARRL-ARES.
I want to tell you about myself and my background. I have been a Ham since 1994. I have held a few different calls in the past 18 years; KC7BKA, KJ7LW, and currently AB7RQ. In the last 18 years I have been active at different times with ARES, Search and Rescue (to include a brief time with Elmore County Search and Rescue), and SkyWarn. I have recently taken my passion for emergency management to a new level when I began my Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management. I look forward to being your EC and getting to know the Hams here in Elmore County. I also look forward to reaching out to our local county government offering whatever assistance the local ham population can give. I firmly believe that in times of a disaster, it takes as many trained and prepared people to help a community overcome any difficulties encountered due to the results of such events. I think it is critical that we all sharpen our skills and prepare for however we may be needed in the future.
I would like to begin by getting a list of all hams in the county who are interested in joining A.R.E.S. Please contact me by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 208-954-9224.
John R Holwege, AB7RQ
Elmore County Emergency Coordinator-ARES
John R Holwege, AB7RQ Elmore County / ARES-EC