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Section Manager report – April 1, 2017

Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Bud N3TIR of Washington County, our WPA Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator. Bud has agreed to guide the ARES program in our section. Please address all your ARES reports, questions and comments to him via his email address, bud@n3tir.com.
Remember that there are new reporting forms for EC and DEC monthly reports. These forms can be found on our Section Website. Please browse to wpa-arrl.org/ares/ares-forms to download them.
You can also simply use the search function of our website to search for ARES Forms.
ARRL is asking for ECs to complete their monthly reports and forward them to DECs by the second of every month. DECs are urged to submit their District reports to the SEC or ASEC by the 4th of the month.
Thank you for your cooperation and support of this very important aspect of ARES. By supplying this information to League Headquarters, it allows League staff to compile a meaningful picture of ARES activity and the value of Amateur Radio to the Public we all serve.
If your local ARES group is planning to participate in an activity, or has a report on a recent activity, please forward this information to me as soon as you can, so it can be published on our Section website, and entered into the calendar. A brief note or a full write-up will be accepted, along with pictures. Don’t forget to supply the “9-1-1” address, and contact information so visitors from out of town can find your location.
SKYWARN training classes are forming up now. Please be sure to check with your local office of the National Weather Service for details on classes near you. Please pass along this information to all ARES members in your area. Current SKYWARN training is one of the mandatory components of the ARRL EC-001 Emergency Communications course.
If you are planning drills, exercises or training sessions for your ARES group, and would like to have a WPA Section official present, please drop me a line to w3bc@arrl.org, with the street address, date and time of your event. I’ll do my very best to accommodate your request and show section support for your activities.
I have made it a goal for myself to attend every WPA hamfest this year, and set up an ARRL and WPA presence. All ARRL Field Organization appointees are encouraged to stop by the ARRL location at their local hamfest, and help present our unified cooperation to those in attendance. Remember, our WPA motto is “Service – Integrity – Excellence.”
73 and Press On!
de W3BC


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