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Bill is a retired policeman formally serving under call signs KMA367, KJC625, and KQR573. Law Enforcement is where he first learned that “radios save lives;” and so he is now an FCC-licensed amateur radio operator at station K2PTL. Bill will tell you “though the FCC may call us “amateurs,” there’s nothing amateur about serious Ham Radio Operators.” Albeit Ham Radio has become his hobby, but during disasters, it serves a greater purpose in providing communications and facilitating triumph through tragedy for his neighbors around the globe, while their communications infrastructures are down.   

As a police officer Bill has acquired training by various Government agencies. But since he no longer has access to his personnel – training file, he cannot accurately document that training here. Henceforth, he has since been trained and certified in the following disciplines within the private sector.

As a California State licensed Private Investigator (Lic. #23442), he has served as a member of the FBI’s ‘Joint Regional Intelligence Center’ (JRIC), their multi-agency law enforcement task force (under their ‘Private Sector Terrorism Response Group’ – PSTRG), as a ‘Terrorist Liaison Officer’ (TLO), and as a DHS certified ‘Infrastructure Liaison Officer’ (ILO). Bill has been certified by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) in ‘Threat and Risk Assessments,’ and formally served as a member of the FBI’s ‘InfraGARD’ system. As required by some ARES based emergency radio groups, he is currently working on updating his Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), certifications, and has recently been certified in SA-100.I, ICS-100c, ICS-200b, IS-230.d, IS-700b, IS-800c (and more to come).

Currently, Bill is an active member of a local ARES group. Besides general rag-chewing Bill participates in SATERN’s Delta II activations on 20 Meters, and various Nets on UHF, VHF & HF, and when the opportunities arise; he loves serving as Net Control Operator. Currently, he rotates as Net Control on two different repeaters. 

Bill is also a member of the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), the Amateur Radio Missionary Service (ARMS), the Keller Peak Repeater Association (KPRA), the San Gorgonio Pass Amateur Radio Club (SPARC), the Mountain Top Amateur Radio Association (MTARA), and Founder of the Ham Radio Enthusiasts Facebook page. 

Though he is “genuinely content being a General,” he is an ARRL accredited Volunteer Examiner (VE) and is actively serving on at least two VE Teams for ‘Technician’ level examinations.

Bills shack:

  • HT is a Kenwood D74A, with D-Star
  • Mobile on Jeep is a Yaesu FTM-100D with Fusion
  • Mobile on RV is a Yaesu FTM-100D (antenna mounted on window w/ Diamond HRKS adhesive mount)
  • Portable Rig for camping is a Yaesu FT-991A HF/VHF/UHF All Mode Transceiver 
  • Home Base for UHF/VHF is the above FT-991a, with a Comet GP-6 way above our roof (via a roof eve mount & mast). For Net Control duties I use a Heil Pro-7 Headset w/ a boom mic.
  • Home Base for HF is an ICOM 7300, with a Hy-Gain Crank-Up Tower, & a KIO Hex Beam antenna (10,12,15,17&20 meters). It’s a privilege to serve as an emergency radio technician. But if we do not have the proper equipment, we can be more of a liability than an asset. Henceforth I am thankful for my antenna infrastructure. My 40 and 80 meters come thru an Alpha Delta DX DD inverted V dipole, but it’s only mounted 22′ in the air. Perhaps the next time I tilt my tower down, I might re-mount it up there (with a longer dipole).  

Regarding his logbook: Bill will tell you that life’s too short to take logging too seriously. Therefore he enjoys casual conversations, occasional incremental logging, and an incomplete unconfirmed logbook. But he will reciprocate with QSL cards (via the U.S. mail).

Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him” (Col. 3:16-17).

Earlier Bill mentioned the adage “Radios save lives.” As a Christian, he wants you to know that “Jesus saves souls!” To know more about that, read his Gospel tract here or below.