Meet the New Leaders in Wisconsin ARES/RACES - 2014

Grant County EC

Hello, my name is Joshua Roskos, KC9WWH.  I have just been appointed Grant County EC.  I may be relatively new to HAM Radio with only being licensed for almost 2 years now, but I've also been involved in Public Safety since 2005 being involved with Fire, EMS, Technical Rescue and HAZMAT.  For the past two years I've been an active member of the Richland County ARES/RACES group leading the redesign of our EMCOMM trailer and recently taking the position as president of the PVR Club.  I've been actively involved in every community I've lived in and already had a good relationship with many agencies in Grant County including Emergency Management and look forward to getting the Grant County ARES/RACES group back up and operational and ready to assist the county and surrounding areas when needed.

If you would like to contact me, my contact info is below.

I look forward to this exciting journey.
Joshua Roskos

Sheboygan County EC


My name is Josh Housey, AB9FT. I've volunteered myself for and have just been recently appointed as the EC for Sheboygan County. This county has not had a formal organization for emergency and public safety communication for several years. One of my goals is to reestablish this valuable resource back into the community.

I was licensed as an amateur radio operator at the age 16 sometime in the mid '90s. My current Extra class license has been held for the past few years.

My first introduction to ham radio was a local Field Day operation that my father, N9YLS, brought me to see and participate in. Up to this day, I've never had interest for contesting and DXing on the HF/VHF/UHF bands. The fascination of the hobby came later when I learned and got involved in packet radio. I was extremely active and did just about everything possible with the mode of operation for many years. Some of it is dabbled with to this day but capabilities are rather limited to do it. I was also introduced to and began to explore a venue of amateur radio called ARES/RACES and utilize packet radio in some form at that time.

Digital communications for this purpose and others throughout the years was never utilized extensively with the club or ARES/RACES which was disappointing. I've been a member of the county ARES/RACES group for several years mainly participating in local nets while gaining skills along the way. I've had the opportunity to participate in many events and did several consistently throughout the years.

I focused more on learning and utilizing "all" aspects of digital communications such as the multitude of HF digital modes/operations and digital voice "and" data capabilities, primarily, D-STAR. My father and I pooled resources and knowledge to put up a local D-STAR 2m/440 repeater (KC9SJY) to learn all about and utilize this mode of operation. Learning this has pushed me to pursue my Bachelor's degree in IT and even with my employment where I am currently employed as a UNIX/Backup/Assist. Network Administrator with Piggly Wiggly Midwest in Sheboygan.

I am looking forward to providing my knowledge, skills, and experience in the form of what services I can for the ARES/RACES organization of Wisconsin.

Josh Housey, AB9FT


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