ACARES Monthly Meeting - Skywarn Class -- March 14th Setup starts at 5:00pm Class starts promptly at 6:00pm -- Aurora Municipal Center

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.


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

I was browsing some news and read the story below. Here in Colorado that could easily have been a life threatening event.

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman who became lost during a half-marathon trail run was found past nightfall after wandering around a 25,000-acre park for nearly 12 hours.

The Sarasota Times-Herald reports Melissa Kitcher was in good spirits after being found Sunday evening. She says she made a wrong turn more than three miles into the 13.1-mile run.

Race director Thierry Rouillard says he had no idea Kitcher was still on the trail until her husband called late Sunday afternoon, hours after the Trail Hog run finished. Sarasota County Sheriff's Office deputies began searching soon after.

Kitcher says her cell phone froze before the race but she never really worried since she knew her family would come looking for her. She plans to run the Sarasota Half Marathon in March and finish.


We, ARES members, pride ourselves on our ability to communicate over amateur radio but I will suggest we should spend more time practicing the "what" we are communicating! Because Hams tend to be geeks we are asked to do a lot of things at large events and incidents that do not fall into the "Amateur Radio" category. I think that's okay and welcome the opportunity to help out any way I can. It increases our contribution to solving the incident/event and makes us more valuable to our served agencies. But when it comes to communication and in this instance specifics such as runner bib numbers is it enough to just communicate the bib number and go on? I think not.

I do not know the details of this particular race and mean no ill towards the event staff and only use this as a good example for us to learn from. I carry a small notebook that fits in the leg pocket of my super cool tactical pants (inside humor...) that I get to wear at ARES events just like this. I write everything down in it. At the end of my shift I go someplace quiet that has a desk where I transfer everything over to an ICS-214. For me it beats keeping a folded up copy of a 214 in my pocket that gets trashed during my shift while I walk around, sit, climb, or do anything else asked of me. Other folks have other ways of doing theirs and that's okay. Just as long as it gets done.  It is incredibly important to complete the 214 for every shift and I'm the first one to admit I need to practice more at doing mine!

Using the notebook I can write any and everything down at the moment it happens. REMEMBER: IF IT ISN'T WRITTEN DOWN IT DID NOT HAPPEN! I can't stress that enough. So what gets written down in the 214? In a nutshell it's the 3 A's. Actions, Accidents, and Agreements. What Actions have I taken on my own or have been asked to take at the request of Net Control? What Accidents have I witnessed or been on scene of and what are the details of said accident(s)? Lastly, what I have told someone I would do and when did I do it or what have I agreed to and when did I do it?

Before turning in your ICS 214 use your cell phone to grab a good photo of all pages you've written on so that you have a copy should something come up down the road. Thanks for indulging me by reading some ramblings of mine.

Thank-You also for your continued support and as always, if you have a question please direct it to ec at arapahoeares dot org. 

73 de KD5DKQ