ACARES Monthly Meeting -- July 11th at 7:00pm -- Cherry Creek Schools Educational Services Center

After 9/11, I wanted to be able to help if  we were attacked again.  In 2005, I connected with Tim Armagost, WBØTUB, SK, the brother of a vendor I use in my property management business.  I have always had an interest in ham radio and pursed it through Tim and ACARES.  I firmly believe that if  “regular” communication (cell phones, etc.) fail our mutual abilities on radio would be of great value.  Since 2005, I have participated in many radio events: Arapahoe County Fair (yearly),  Cherry Creek Schools Fitness day (I coordinated it twice), MS 150 Bike Tour (several times) and a variety of other radio events for the last 14 years.  Two years ago Mark Boddy appointed me as Planning Chief. Last year I took on Training as well.  I greatly enjoy the group and love working radio.  I only work half days (I own my business), which gives me the time to work on ACARES.  I would like to contribute more to the group then the two previous positions provided.

For the future, I would like to see more consistent training doing as much hands on as possible.  In order to provide service to the various groups we support, we must be:  available, well trained and committed to our mission.  We need to seek as much involvement as our members are willing to provide.  A greater emphasis should be placed on showing the public what we can do.  Since there are so many things we could do, I will need some time to figure that one out.

A personal thank you to Mark Boddy, KD5DKQ for his strong recommendation for the appointment.  Additionally a special thank you to Ben Baker, KBØUBZ who has been my ELMER since day one in 2005.  His support in seeking the EC position was a critical part of my decision.

Peter Meer KCØVAQ
Emergency Coordinator
Arapahoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service

I am sorry to say that I must inform you of the passing of Jack McComb W0JMC. Jack’s key went silent early today February 23, 2017 after a long fight against cancer. Jack and Joslyn KD0ZVA were both members of ACARES for the last several years and Jack served EC in 2016.

Jack was a Paramedic with Ambulance Service Company for several years and later started his own ambulance company, in addition was a long haul trucker for many years where he served on a National Trucking Safety Board. He was a strong supporter of Amateur Radio, Hamcon, and was really looking forward to many goals while he was EC of ACARES which was far too short.

This is another huge loss personally, to ACARES, and the Ham Radio Community in this area. The cancer diagnosis does not make it any easier to accept the loss of our friend! Per Jack’s request no formal service is planned. 73 My Friend until we meet again.

Jack McComb W0JMC SK

 

It is with deep sadness that I must announce that another key has gone silent. Our very own George Bartling WA9TCD left us suddenly Monday evening leaving many of us in shock and wondering why. Those of us that had the pleasure of knowing George, know that he gave of himself selflessly. Need him to cover the EOC, no problem, need him to teach a class, no problem, need him to solder a connector he was there every time.

George was an active member of Arapahoe County ARES for many years and for the last several years has served as its Training Officer. In addition to ACARES George was also very active in O.M.E.G.A., Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, as a teacher, and Volunteer Examiner where he is responsible for bringing many new HAMS to the ranks. George’s upbeat and positive attitude made him enjoyable to be around and helped make learning fun and interesting. George is survived by his wife and two sons. Services are pending. Rest in peace my friend.

Update!

George Bartling WA9TCD SK

George Bartling

George's family would like to invite his friends to an Informal Memorial Gathering in his honor this Saturday (2/11/17) from 2pm to 4pm at the Beck Recreation Center in Aurora.  Folks are invited to come by share some memories and stories about George with the family.

The address is: 800 Telluride St, Aurora, CO 80011