Jack Ciaccia WMØG has been Section Manager of Colorado since 2011. Before then he served as Assistant Section Manager. Jack was first licensed in 1958 and held his original call of K1IVY. He served many years as president of the Boulder Amateur Radio Club (BARC) as well as Public Information Officer and EC of Boulder County ARES. Jack has also been active as a member of the Longmont ARC, Mile-Hi DX Association and the Grand Mesa Contest Club. His primary ham radio interest is DXing, both on CW and SSB, and he recently achieved 5-Band DXCC. Jack has also been involved with getting youth into amateur radio.
Bill Mader K8TE was first licensed in Feb 1960 as WV2RBF then upgraded to General in Oct to WA2RBF. Bill’s call changed to WA8WWM in 1967 when he moved from Syracuse NY to Detroit MI to manage the first Radio Shack there. In 1973 he joined the USAF and received KZ5WA at his first duty station in the (then) Panama Canal Zone. His career field was Ground Radio Maintenance, 304X4, of all things!
In 1974 he moved to Empire MI where he later upgraded to Extra and received the call K8TE. He served as vice-president and president of the Cherryland Amateur Radio Club in Traverse City and Emergency Coordinator for Leelenau County. In 1978 he moved to Cannon AFB near Clovis NM.
Bill retired from the Air Force after 26 years and lives in Rio Rancho NM with his wife Judy, KD5NEX, where he finally has some room for antennas. He worked as a part-time engineer for Cumulus Media (formerly Citadel Broadcasting) in Albuquerque for 8+ years. He recently worked as a Project Representative for Onward, an oil services consulting firm in the Gulf of Mexico on oil completion projects.
You can find him on 146.58 which is linked to 224.58 (100 Hz) most of the time along with other NERDs and DORKs (Dominators of Radio Knowledge). The NERDs still meet on 7133 kHz most weekday mornings at 8:30 a.m. Mountain Time.
Mel Parkes NM7P has been Section Manager of Utah since 1999. He has served in various leadership positions in Utah, including State AFMARS Director, net control for the Utah AFMARS Administrative Net, president of the Davis County ARC, Utah Hamfest committee member, and volunteer examiner. Mel holds an Extra Class License, is serving as the President of the Utah VHF Society, and enjoys participating with special service and community events, including the Wasatch 100 Endurance Run, St. George Marathon, and many of the local community parades.
Rick Breininger N1TEK was first licensed as a General in 2007 and upgraded to Extra in 2015. Rick retired from the Navy as a Senior Chief Electronics Technician after a 24-year career. He taught electronics at a technical college in Kansas, had his own computer store and computer game room, worked as a caretaker for the youth camp in Uinta County, injected radioactive tracing materials in the oilfield and now works for Home Depot Measurement Services. Rick has been the President of the Sweetwater Amateur Radio Club for several years and addition to serving as a PIO, VEC and local government liaison. He likes organizing events and meeting other hams.