Barron County ECHello
My name is Paul Brooten and I have been appointed EC for Barron County. There has not been an active ARES/RACES program in Barron County for many years and I am looking forward to getting that going once again.
I have lived in Barron County my entire life and reside near Cameron with my wife Wendie, my son Mason, and our 2 retired racing greyhounds Joe and Charly. My background is in public safety communications.
I was licensed as an amateur radio operator in 1998 and currently hold a General Class license. I am the current Vice President of the Barron County Amateur Radio Association.
In addition to developing an active ARES/RACES program I am interested in getting more exposure of amateur radio in Barron County and getting more people involved in the hobby.
I can be contacted via email at . I look forward to working with organizations in and around Barron County to become an asset in their communications plans.
Paul Brooten - KB9TYC
Waukesha County EC
Oconto County EC
My name is Kurt Bruegl, call sign N9ZMO, and I have just been appointed Oconto County EC. I am a past EC for Sheboygan County working with the county government and hospitals to using tabletop exercises to work through various scenarios that could occur within the area.
I have been active in the hobby since I was licensed in 1994 and slowly made my way up the licensing ladder. I have my Amateur Extra license for a few years now, and have begun to chase DX in earnest. I enjoy chasing DX on HF using SSB, CW and digital modes such as PSK31, RTTY and JT-65. I also enjoy a good ragchew on HF as well as 2m / 440.
As for my background, I worked in IT for my entire career until recently. I started my own photography business as well as developing eCommerce websites for small business entities. I enjoyed IT but decided it was time to venture out into something new.
Kurt Bruegl / N9ZMO
EC – Oconto County, WI
Eau Claire County EC
My experience in radio communications begins in 1957 when I graduated from basic training. I was called in by the personnel sergeant. He said, "You scored high on the cw test and electronics test so you will return here to Fort Gordon and go to radio operator school." During the next 18 weeks I learned Morse Code, radio procedure, crypto, operation of radio equipment, and antenna theory.
I was sent to the 3rd Division and shipped to Germany where I operated in the Division cw net after being assigned to the 3rd Division Medical Battalion. On release from active duty I worked briefly at American Motors and studied for the General Class license during breaks from operating a large milling machine. When I thought I was ready, I caught the interurban North Shore train down to the Federal Court building in Chicago. I took the General Class test code and theory and passed, receiving the call K9ZNY.
I returned to school at the University of River Falls. During this time I went up to the Federal Courts Building in Minneapolis taking the Advanced Class, Extra Class, and Commercial 2nd class license. Upon graduation I taught school at Clayton, Colfax, and Chippewa Falls. While at Chippewa Falls, I had an amateur radio class where I taught and licensed many middle school kids over the years. We had a station and a radio club where the kids learned to operate.
Over the years of teaching I had breaks for active duty in the Guards for call ups, tours, and service schools. I attended Infantry Radio Maintenance 12 weeks at Fort Benning--an intense and rewarding experience. This qualified me to attend field radio repair 6 months at Fort Gordon, George. I had training in Com sec and radio wire integration. Later I was selected to go and take Intel Analysis Training and wrapping up my military career by attending the U.S. Army Sergeant's Major Academy at Fort Bliss, Texas. Prior to this I attended Noncommissioned Officers training at Platoon, Company, and Battalion level.
I am a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, River Falls in Elementary Education and Phy. Ed. and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Platteville with a degree in Industrial Education. During my military career being in Communications, Intel, and as a Command Sergeant Major, I had a top secret clearance. I had short tours back to Germany studying the then new MSE gear classified. In Sweden I had a chance to visit the Swedish Signal School and the Swedish FCC monitoring station.
When I joined the Army National Guard, I also joined Army Mars serving as State Director for three years during the Gulf War. This was before cell phones so we had thousands of messages from overseas and did many phone patches. I did a short tour to Panama and when we went up country there was no communications for troops so I set up a MARS station, and we handled many third party messages and over 200 phone patches on the MARS frequencies. I later participated in the Air Force Transcom cw net.
As an experiment on the different services, MARS programs, and the NTS system, I had a friend in New York set up to receive three messages from each service: Army MARS, Air Force MARS, Navy MARS, and the NTS system.
He was to record if the messages came in, time of arrival, and accuracy.
Army MARS and the NTS system were tops for reliability, timeliness, and accuracy. Navy was so-so and Air Force MARS a total bust. So my life has been dedicated to radio