Sandy Letlebo, KC9LZW

ARES LogoSandy has enjoyed being an amateur radio operator since getting her Technician license in August of 2007. Shortly thereafter in May of 2008, she upgraded to her General just in time to Sandy Lmake her very first HF contact at the Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) Field Day at Badger Prairie County Park in Verona. A few years after upgrading to General, she became a VE. Knowing she could be better utilized as an Extra-Class VE was the push she needed to pursue the final license upgrade which she accomplished in August of 2011. Sandy was an active member of Dane County ARES/RACES. She participated in public service events in Dane and Iowa Counties, and for a time was one of the net control operators for Dane County RES/RACES and for Rock County ARES/RACES for their weekly nets. She had the opportunity to participate in the Dane County SET. She also had the privilege of being involved in a large-scale, multi-agency simulated emergency table-top exercise with area hospitals, nursing homes, utility companies, law enforcement and multiple other agencies which she found incredibly interesting, complex and thought provoking. Living in Dane County additionally provided her with the opportunity to tour Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) in Madison. She was also actively involved with Skywarn.

Sandy moved north to Bloomer located in Chippewa County in 2014. She is currently the Secretary for the Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference Committee and has been for the last several years. She is and has been for the past few years the Secretary of the Tri-County Repeater Association (TCRA) located in Holcombe in Northwestern Wisconsin. It was at a TCRA radio club meeting where she met Paul Brooten KB9TYC, Barron County EC, so when Paul put out the call for mutual aid for the Barron County ARES deployment due to the May 2017 tornado, she didn’t hesitate to offer her assistance.