Milledgeville ARC elects officers, sets vision for upcoming year

Milledgeville, GA – The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club elected new officers for the 2019-2020 term at their meeting on Saturday, January 19th. The newly elected officers are Daniel Simpson as President, Hurb Ingles as Vice President, and David C. Probst as Secretary/Treasurer.

“I would like for my term to be one of outreach and education,” says Simpson. “Amateur radio has something for people of all skill levels, interests, and ages.” The club will be providing classes for licensing new amateurs, as well as developing new skills for current licensees. Additionally, the club will be working with local emergency management officials to provide public service communications as needed.

Mr. Simpson, of Milledgeville, previously served as the club’s vice president. He is also a Public Information Officer and Local Government Liaison for the Georgia Section of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. He has been licensed since 1996. He is also an avid photographer and is active with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life.

Mr. Ingles has been licensed since 1974 and previously served as the organization’s president. He also serves in several roles for local and state radio organizations including as Technical Specialist and Official Observer. He has worked as an engineer in both the military and private sectors. He is an animal lover and active in animal rescue activities in the middle Georgia area.

Fr. Probst was first licensed in 1988 and holds an Amateur Extra class license. He serves as the rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and his ham radio interests are DXing, QRP (low power) operating, CW (Morse code) operations, Parks on the Air and Summits on the Air.

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club has members from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties and beyond. Formed in 1961, it provides licensing, operating, and technical resources to ham radio operators and other interested parties in the surrounding area. More information is available at milledgevillearc.org.

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Milledgeville radio groups form partnership for public service

Milledgeville, Ga – In their monthly meeting, held September 16th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club ratified and adopted a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Baldwin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). “This agreement formalizes the long-standing relationship between the two groups,” says Daniel Simpson, the Emergency Coordinator of Baldwin County ARES.

The agreement outlines the responsibilities of each organization in training and logistics for public service and emergency communication. Baldwin County ARES focuses on public service and emergency communications, along with the training involved. Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club is a local group of radio amateurs, serving a broader spectrum of the community.

Both organizations agree to mutually promote events and recruitment into the hobby. Should the need arise, the agreement allows for ARES to use the Milledgeville club’s equipment for service to the public.
“As we have seen in the past weeks with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is vital to work together when a crisis strikes. With the framework already established, we will be able to respond quickly should the need arise,” continues Simpson.

Baldwin County ARES is part of the Field Organization of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. The field organization is organized by states, districts, and counties, allowing for coordination with national, state, regional, and local emergency management professionals.

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club has members from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties and beyond. Formed in 1961, it provides licensing, operating, and technical resources to ham radio operators and other interested parties in the surrounding area. More information is available at milledgevillearc.org.

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