Tuesday, December 10, 2013

New ACC and PIC appointed..

(The following message is from Assistant Section Manager Scott Yonally, N8SY, who will assume the position of Section Manager for Ohio effective January 1, 2014)

Hi Gang,

It’s my great pleasure to announce that all of the interviews have been completed and the appointments made for the recently opened ACC and PIC positions.

First let me say “thank-you” from all of the Ohio Section to E. Mike McCardel, KC8YLD our previous ACC, and to Jack Sovik, KB8WPZ our previous PIC. They both did a very good job and we have appreciated their hard work and devotion these past years.

Now, without further ado let me introduce you to our newest ACC. Her name is Sandy Mackey, N8YS from Delaware Ohio. And NO, I didn’t make a typo in her call. She just happens to have the reverse of mine.

Sandy is a member and former Vice president of the Delaware Amateur Radio Association (DELARA), an Assistant Emergency Coordinator and Public Information Officer for Delaware County ARES. 

She was the former member and Treasurer/Secretary for the Garden City Amateur Radio Club/GCARC (Garden City, Michigan), former Sunday Night Net Control for GCARC.  Currently she is the Public Information Officer/Outreach Coordinator for the Delaware County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. 

She’s an active ARRL, W5YI, and Laurel VE and DELARA Field Day Coordinator.  And, for those of you who may not have been keeping score this past Field Day, DELARA came in 2nd in the nation this year in their class.  Her training is very extensive as well. She is a Skywarn Weather Spotter, CPR/AEP, Smart Triage, ARRL PR-101, Professional Mediation Course, Advanced Mediation Course,  WebEOC,  FEMA /NIMS courses, 100, 100.PW, 120.a, 200, 230.c, 235.b, 240.a, 241.a, 242.a, 244.b, 271, 300/400, 700, 702.a, 703, 800, 907, 20.13, G-290, G291, Professional Series.

She is an integral part of the inter-workings of an extremely active club <DELARA> that not only give classes to encourage the general public to join the ranks and then holds testing to get them licensed, but donates radios to those newbies to encourage and Elmer them along the way, but one that takes a very active roll with the local government agencies to help in times of need. 

Her husband Gary, KE8O and her son Andrew, W8DRE are also licensed and active in Amateur Radio and club activities as well.

She was first was first licensed in 1998 and obtained her Extra Class in 2005.


Our newest PIC is none other than John Ross, KD8IDJ

John is an award winning journalist and public relations practitioner.

He's received honors from the Associated Press, United press international and many of the major network news operations.

As a journalist he's worked as a radio and television news reporter, on-air talent and anchor and as a guest columnist for many different types of publications.

In addition, he has been honored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and many other organizations for his work across many different public relations activities including crisis management, media relations publications editing.

John has served as the Public Information Officer for The Ohio State University, State of Ohio, and several county and local organizations.

For over 25 years John has been a consultant for Wilson Group Communications, a Columbus, Ohio based crisis management and public relations firm. All of his communications and PR work spans his 20 career with AT&T as a Network Force and Load Manager.

John is also a lifelong musician, He began playing the trumpet at the age of 8 and took lessons from some of the most talented and prestigious instructors in the country. He was a five year member and squad leader of the Ohio State University Marching Band (TBDBITL) and is also an Army trained musician serving with the 113th United States Army Band and the 338th Army Reserve Band. He's played with the Louis Bellson band and with Doc Severinsen.

His interest and passion for Amateur Radio and electronics began when he was 10 years old. With the help of this father he built a "walkie-talkie" and took it to a nearby Amateur Radio operator for the final tune-up. From then on he was hooked and with the help of the neighborhood ham, he was licensed as a Novice. He built much of his own equipment salvaging parts from old televisions. John also went on to obtaining all of the licenses necessary to operate and maintain commercial broadcasting stations.

Both Sandy and John will start their new positions on January 1st.

Please help me to welcome them to their new posts.


Scott, N8SY..