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Roger J. Wendell
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WBØJNR
First licensed in 1970, Amateur Extra class license since 1982...
(I also hold a General Radio Telephone License)

ARES
Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Roger J. Wendell IMT 2014
My experience on the Incident Management
Team, the Emergency Operations
Center, and Wildland Firefighting!

 

  The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) states:

"The Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES)
 consists of licensed amateurs who have Voluntarily
 registered their qualifications and equipment, with
 their local ARES leadership, for communications
 duty in the public service when disaster strikes."

 

Jefferson County ARES
Region 1, District 6 (formerly D23)

ARES Logo

Although I've always had an interest in ARES, and emergency communications in general (I was a Coast Guard Radioman in the 70s...), I didn't get involved until 2011 when Dave (W7KJW/HP1XDR) invited me to a District 23 meeting here in Jefferson County, Colorado. Although off to a slow start (thanks to my busy but fun travel and climbing schedule), during my first year I was able to participate in a radio alignment and repair workshop, satellite antenna alignment and test sessions, an amateur TV training class, and a variety of nets, meetings and other activities sponsored by D23. By the next year, 2012, I was certified as a Wildland Firefighter II and then, in 2013, I was accepted to the Jefferson County Incident Management Team. The R1 D6 group is comprised of dedicated, hard working and capable hams eager to provide service to our county and community - I'm proud to be associated with them!

Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for photos and information about my station...
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for the International Morse code alphabet and phonetics
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for my tribute to Morse Telegraphy!
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for "Q" and "Z" signals
Yellow Arrow Pointing Right Click Here for the QRPp Award

 

NWCG Wildland Firefighter Training
(Natioanl Wildland Coordinatiing Group)
March 20, 2012 Field Day in Golden, Colorado

Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
WBØJNR at NWCG Field Day
Okay, first for a clarification: I didn't get interested in ARES and wildland firefighting until I retired and completed the coursework at age 56. So, although I'm a rank novice when it comes to wildland firefighting I've grown extremely interested in it and am anxious to learn and experience a lot more. And, of course, I remain in deep admiration of those who have dedicated their lives to such work and mourn the loss of those who've died serving our communities. - Roger J. Wendell

Eyes in the Green, Head on a Swivel!

During my own training I was reminded of this life-saver countless times. It was also reinforced when I read this quote, in the August 2013 issue of Nature Conservancy (pp.26-27), when interviewer Courtney Leatherman asked Jeremy Bailey, one of the Nature Conservancy's top burn bosses, what it means; "The area where we do not want fire, we call it 'the green.' The area we are going to burn or recently burned is 'the black.' We remind [wildland firefighters] to stop looking at that beautiful fire. Youre head is on a swivel because you're always looking around for the next problem. When you're in the woods lighting fire or fighting it, you do not have room for error."
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Me
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Digging fire line
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Trainees
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Digging fire line
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Practice fire shelters
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Practice fire shelters
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Brush truck
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Brush truck
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Brush truck
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Brush truck
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Pulaski
Roger J. Wendell NWCG Field Day 03-10-2012
Flare gun

 

Radio Test Day

Once each year, before fire "season" starts, we get together to test, align, and repair
not only dozens of our own radios (usually Bendix King) but many for other departments
around the area as well. A big part of this, too, is the re-programming of radio channels
and frequencies to fit each agencies communications plan for the year. This particular
series of photos was taken in March, 2013 when we were still testing radios as the Colorado
State Forest Service's Golden Office - we have since moved this annual operation over
to facilities provided by Jefferson County...
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Colin, Paul, Bill
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Colin
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Test gear
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Dave, Jason
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Scott, Colin, Stew
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Chris, Scott
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Paul
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Chris and sons
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Chuck (front view)
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Chuck (rear view)
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Bill, Scott, Nate
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Colin, Paul
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Victory!
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
The whole gang
ARES R1D6 Radio Test Day by Roger J. Wendell - 03-02-2013
Clamshells & Batteries

 

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Roger J. Wendell and Hot Shot Brent Dawson 12-31-2016 At the end of 2016 I had the pleasure of meeting former Hot Shot Brent Dawson at his home in Grand Junction, Colorado. I've been trying to twist his arm (a little bit!) to get some of the wildland firefighting stories he's been involved with and will post 'em here when they become available!

 

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Training, etc.

The following ia s a rough log to help me keep track of
my ARES training, certifications, and related activities:
Drip Torch photo by Roger J. Wendell 03-10-2012
  • March 2015 - I completed the RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher course at the Golden Fire Department
  • July 2014 - I was assigned to the Emergency Operations Center team
  • April 2014 - I completed the Severe Weather Spotter course(indtroduction and advanced) that's conducted by the National Weather Service
  • March 2014 - I completed the RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refrehser course at the Dakota building
  • March 2014 - Assisted with VHF/UHF radio alignment and repair at Jefferson County's "Taj Mahal"
  • February 2014 - I passed the "arduous" (45 minute/45 pound) pack test at the School of Mines' Steinhauer Fieldhouse in Golden
  • February 2014 - Participated in JeffCo IMT spring training
  • November 2013 - I assisted with the removal of EMWIN antennas from the Adams County Sheriff's Department
  • September 2013 - I assisted, briefly, with flood response in Jefferson County
  • September 2013 - I assisted, all day, with the Big Chili Cookoff in Evergreen, Colorado
  • April 2013 - Completed S-158 RADO classroom training
  • March 2013 - I completed the RT-130 Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refrehser course at the Golden Fire Department
  • March 2013 - I passed the "arduous" (45 minute/45 pound) pack test at the School of Mines' Steinhauer Fieldhouse in Golden
  • February 2013 - Participated in JeffCo IMT spring training
  • January 2013 - Participated in the IDOT D-23/Jeffco IMT exercise on January 26th
  • January 2013 - Accepted to the Jefferson County Sheriffs Department's Incident Management Team
  • January 2013 - Completed IS-100.b, IS-200.b, IS-700.a, and IS-800.b FEMA courses
  • November 2012 - Assisted with EMWIN satellite system troubleshooting (through January 2013)
  • October 2012 - Participated in ATV training at (and along the surrounding roads!) the Dakota building
  • March 2012 - I passed the "arduous" (45 minute/45 pound) pack test at the School of Mines' Steinhauer Fieldhouse in Golden
  • March 2012 - I completed S-130/190, I-100, L-180 for certification as a Wildland Firefighter II
  • February 2012 - Assisted with VHF/UHF radio alignment and repair at the Colorado State Forest Service office in Golden
  • January 2012 - Attended the D23 orientation meeting at the Dakota building

Skywarn Logo Weather Spotter Certification In April, 2014 I completed training as a severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service (NWS). And, just a few weeks later, in May, I became involved in live reporting as severe weather made its way through Colorado. The government's website described the weather spotter program this way: "The effects of severe weather are felt every year by many Americans. To obtain critical weather information, NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, established SKYWARN® with partner organizations. SKYWARN® is a volunteer program with nearly 290,000 trained severe weather spotters. These volunteers help keep their local communities safe by providing timely and accurate reports of severe weather to the National Weather Service."

 

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Some of my personal radio history:

USCGC Chase
Braggin' Rights: Who holds the Coast Guard's record for receiving Morse code?  - ME!
Coast Guard 40 wpm certificate.
Armed Forces Day 25 wpm certificate.
ARRL 20 wpm certificate.

Ex - WN6CDA, at age 14, 1970
Ex - KH6JDO, Wahiawa, Oahu 1976
Amateur Extra Class license since June 1982
General Radiotelephone license since August 1990
Restricted Radiotelephone Operator Permit since 1995

Roger J. Wendell,  WN6CDA, Aracadia, Californa - circa 1971
WN6CDA circa 1971
(I learned the code at age 14 by memorizing it out of a dictionary!)
Hand Key  Click on this hand key to hear real Morse code! (227k .wav file)

Coast Guard Speed Key Certificate Front
Coast Guard Speed Key Certificate Back

 

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Links:

  1. AMSAT Grid Square Conversion
  2. Antennas!
  3. ARES R1D6
  4. ARRL ARES - American Radio Relay League ARES
  5. Colorado ARES
  6. Coast Guard Radioman
  7. CQC Colorado QRP Club
  8. EmComm Training by KYHAM
  9. Extra Class Amateur Radio License
  10. FEMA NIMS - National Incident Management System
  11. FEMA ISP - Independent Study Program
  12. I am responding
  13. IRLP - Internet Radio Linking Project
  14. JeffCo IMT
  15. Maritme
  16. Memberships and Wallpaper
  17. Morse code
  1. Morse Code Company
  2. My Station
  3. NACEC North American Center for Emergency Communications
  4. National Weather Service
  5. National Weather Service Spotter Training
  6. NWCG - Natioanl Wildland Coordinatiing Group
  7. Phonetics and Morse code alphabet
  8. Q and Z signals
  9. QRP and Amateur Radio
  10. QRPp Award
  11. QSL Cards
  12. Radio Reference - world's largest radio communications data provider
  13. Ready Colorado - Preparedness and emergency kits
  14. Solar Terrestrial Activity Report
  15. TRAIN - Colorado's Learning Management System
  16. Waypoints, Grid Squares, and Navigation
  17. WSPRnet - Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network

 

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ARRL Diamond
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QRPp-I
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the QRPp International club!
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