Winterfest - Saturday, January 26th 8am - 1pm

Winterfest 2019 Forum Speakers

AUXCOMM and Amateur Radio


10:00 – 10:20 AM – RICHARD GEORGE,   KD4CAE
Forum Topic:  AUXCOMM  Definition, Training, Preparation, Affiliations, ICS, NIMS, SHARES, MARS

Richard George,  KD4CAE

Retired USAF Special Agent, Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
Doctorate in Medicine, Active Practice.
Extra Class Amateur Radio Operator, KD4CAE.
Technical Advisor, US Veterans Administration High Frequency Radio System.
Director, Illinois Air Force MARS.
Communications Tech, Williamson County Emergency Management Agency.
Communications Tech, IL Transportable Emergency Communication System, IEMA ITECS 11.
DHS Office of Emergency Communications AUXCOMM.
DHS Office of Emergency Communications COM-L trainee.


10:20 – 10:40 AM – Thomas Beebe,   W9RY
Forum Topic:  Phone and Data Communication, MT63, HF, Winlink

Thomas Beebe,  W9RY

US Navy R-TAR Flight Communications Operator 8 years.
Holds Ph.D., 26 years as a professor and administrator, now retired.
Ham Radio Operator more than 50 years, holds Extra Class License.
Enjoy CW, DX’ing, RTTY, digital modes and traffic handling.
Operates 145.61 mhz ARES Digital Gateway as part of the IL ARES digital network.
ARRL National Traffic System active participant.
Communications Technician, Williamson County Emergency Management Agency.
Active National Weather Service Elite Spotter.
Completed DHS AuxComm Training.
Completed 47 ICS FEMA Courses.
Completed ARRL EC001 Emergency Communications.
Completed ARRL EC016 Emergency Communications Management.
Member Air Force MARS

ARRL Appointments:
ARRL VE (Volunteer Examiner)
ARRL Registered Instructor
ARRL VE Liaison for southern Illinois
ARRL Registered Field Examiner (FE)
ARRL Official Emergency Station (OES)
ARRL ARES station
ARRL Assistant Section Manager, Illinois Section


10:40 – 11:00 AM – J McDermott,   K9JEM
                                     USAF MARS AFA5FQ
Forum Topic:  HF Automatic Link Establishment, 60 Meter HF Bridge. Federal/Military Interface

J Edgar McDermott,  K9JEM

9 years as an Electronics Technician Communications in the U.S. Navy.
20 years with various companies involved in satellite tracking, telemetry, and commanding.
18 years as an Information Management Technical Specialist for the U.S. Department of State Foreign
    Service, installing, maintaining, and teaching HF utilizing ALE, encrypted VHF, UHF, and Satellite
First licensed as an amateur in 1977 and have operated in nearly 100 countries.
Active with Navy/Marine Corps MARS in 1983/1984.
Received my Commercial General Radio Operator’s License in 1986.
RE-activated with USAF MARS in 2017.
Currently active as a Volunteer Examiner with the ARRL.


11:15 – 11:45 AM – Timothy Moloney,   N9RRM
Forum Topic:  Hurricane Maria ARRL Response

Timothy Moloney,  N9RRM

Extra class Ham since 2015.
Former IT director for clinical systems for Southern Illinois Healthcare.
Retired Navy Lt. Cmdr.
21 yrs in the Navy as officer and enlisted specializing in Submarine Communications.

Assignments included:
  Director of Mediterranean Submarine Communications.
  Special Communications Officer for VQ4 TACAMO aircraft.
  Communications Watch Officer Pacific Submarine Communications Center Pearl Harbor.
  Communications Officer for USS Orion and Submarine facility La Maddelena Sardinia. 
  Manager Naval transmitter site Bermuda. 
  Radio operator on 3 nuclear powered ballistic missile submarines (13 deterrent patrols).


11:45 – 12:15 PM – Fritz Bock,   WD9FMB
Forum Topic:  AuxComm and ARES: what does the future hold?  This presentation will layout the process that incorporates amateur radio into the ICS AuxComm framework.

Fritz Bock,  WD9FMB

Fritz Bock retired from a 37-year career in Environmental, Health and Safety in 2013.  From 1977-1981 he was an Industrial Hygiene Compliance Officer in the Federal OSHA program, and from 1981-2013 was employed by Caterpillar Inc in a variety of EHS positions both at the facility and corporate level.

Fritz became an Amateur Radio operator in 1998 as a Technician License and proceeded to obtain a General License soon after that. He became a member of the ARRL Field Organization called Amateur Radio Emergency Service early in 2000 and became a Emergency Coordinator of Peoria County. He progressed to the District Emergency Coordinator a few years later. Fritz was appointed as the Illinois Section Emergency Coordinator in April of 2017 by Section Manager Ron Morgan.