ARRL Sections - Nevada



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Section Name:
John Bigley
Daytime Phone:
702 498-3186

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New Nevada Section Youth Coordinator is Appointed

William Freeman N7NJJPicture

Nevada Section Manager John Bigley N7UR has announce the appointment of Bill Freeman N4NJJ to the position of Section Youth Coordinator for the Nevada Section. 

Freeman succeeds Katherine "Kati" Stenstrud K7KTI of Reno who resigned in May due to increased demands in her school acting classes.

The position of Section Youth Coordinator was formally created in July 2013 by the ARRL Board of Directors as a recognized Section  Level appointment..  Prior to this time there was no official ARRL position for youth activities.  Before this, a few Section Managers had made provisional appointments of youngsters as Assistant Section Managers for youth.  These provisional appointments typically were undefined and rarely came with any official duties. 

A resident of Henderson, Nevada, Freeman is employed as the District Executive of the Bighorn District, Las Vegas Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Freeman comes to the job well qualified, having served as the Assistant Section Manger for youth activites and as a Public Information Officer of the Western New York Section.

A 2013 graduate of the Canisius College of Buffalo, New York, Freeman was a 2014 recipient of both the Ten-Ten International Net Schloraship and the Quarter Century Wireless Association-Herman (K5IRM) & Maud Armstrong Sr Memorial Scholarship.
He is currently a graduate student at the University of Nevada Las Vegas in Music Performance and Education.

Before relocating to Southern Nevada, N4NJJ served as the President of the Lancaster Amateur Radio Club of Batavia, New York and as Assistant Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 85 in Buffalo, New York.


Subject: First emergency use of the new Winnemucca Repeater


On July 1 at about 1430 local time I was driving westbound on I-80 when I spotted a dust cloud between Mill City and Imlay, Nevada. At about MM148, I spotted a pickup  off in the sagebrush on the north side of the frontage road that had rolled. I was talking to KD7MIO in Paradise Valley at the time, and I asked him to landline it into the NHP. He did and it turned out that it had just been reported, but we tried anyway. The NHP was notified that this call came in via Ham Radio.

To my knowledge, this was the first time the new repeater on Winnemucca Mtn has been used for emergency traffic.

Jim Shepherd W6US

Winnemucca Gets New Repeater System

The Interstate 80 corridor thru Humboldt County recently received some much needed high level repeater coverage thanks to the efforts of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society.
SNARS technical personnel have installed a 2 meter repeater at the radio site sitting atop Winnemucca Mountain. The site is just north of the town of Winnemucca and offers good coverage along I-80 from Mile Marker 138 in the west to Mile Marker 200.  Signal quality is also good into Paradise Valley to the north.  
The Winnemucca Mountain Repeater site

Operating on a frequency of 146.670 Mhz, with a PL tone of 123.0 Hz, the new repeater is linked to machines on Toulon Peak (146.925), outside of Lovelock and on Ophir Hill (443.075) above Virginia City.

The links give the new repeater expanded communications into Reno, Sparks, Lovelock, Carson City, Minden, Fallon, Gardnerville, Dayton, Virginia City, Fernley, and Rochester.  There is also limited use along Nevada Rte's 49 and 140. 

The new machine covers a considerable portion of the backcountry and is reported to have some spotty use in Battle Mountain to the east. Thanks to Sparks Correspondent Jim Shepherd W6US


Governor Declares June as Amateur Radio Month in NV



Four Appointed to Section Leadership Roles

ARRL Nevada Section Manager and Pacific Division Assistant Director John Bigley N7UR recently made four appointments to the Nevada Section  leadership.  All four are cabinet level positions within the Nevada Section Field Organization.

Two new Assistant Section Managers, one each, in the northern and southern portions of the state have been appointed to provide local leadership and assistance to the Field Organization, clubs, and individual amateurs in their respective geographical areas.  The new Assistant Section Managers have also been tasked with expanding and developing specific programs and services to the amateur radio community. 

A new Section Traffic Manager has been appointed and has been hard at work revitalizing Nevada's participation and role in the National Traffic System.  The new STM will also be instrumental in the development of digital traffic handling within Nevada and in the education and training of new NTS operators.

Section Manager Bigley has relinquished his position as Section Public Information Coordinator and has appointed a successor to the position.  The new PIC will be expanding the number of Public Information Officers in the section and developing new strategies for getting the story of amateur radio before the public.

The appointees for the various positions are:

Mike Katz N7MSK Assistant Section Manager

Mike Katz N7MSK of Reno, has been appointed as Assistant Section Manager (ASM) Serving the northern portion of Nevada.

Mike also serves as the  Affiliated Club Coordinator for the Nevada Section, a position he has held for several years.

Mike is in his fourth year as the President of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society (SNARS) and is the Coordinator for the ARRL Nevada State Convention (NVCON).

Now retired. Mike is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and also held various leadership positions in Nevada state government.  He was also the CEO of a Reno area not-for-profit manufacturing business for 15 years.

Mike has served on the Advisory Committee for the UNR College of Business and in a leadership role with the Reno-Sparks Chamber of Commerce.

Glenn Hale KB7REO Assistant Section Manager

Glenn Hale KB7REO has been appointed Assistant Section Manager (ASM) serving the southern portion of Nevada.

Glenn is also the Nevada Section Emergency Coordinator and has been active in Nevada ARES since the mid-1990s. Glenn first became active in emergency communications by organizing the amateur radio SKYWARN program in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Las Vegas NWS office installed amateur radio equipment for the purpose of running SKYWARN nets during times of severe weather.

Glenn then briefly held the Clark County EC position, and then held the Southern Nevada District EC and ADEC positions for most of his amateur radio tenure. He is also interested in operating QRP, DMR, packet and portable field operations. Glenn is a registered Civil Engineer in Nevada and Certified Environmental Manager. He is currently self employed with his wife Diane at HERServices, Inc. an Environmental, Safety and Health company.

Jim Bassett W1RO Section Traffic Manager


Jim Bassett W1RO of Las Vegas has been appointed to the position of Section Traffic Manager (STM).  Jim has more than 45 years of experience in communications and leadership.

Jim retired as a Chief Radioman from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of service.  He then went on to complete an additional 20 years as a Senior Communications Specialist and Communications Technician for Las Vegas Fire and Rescue.

A Life Member of the ARRL, Jim is also a member of the Las Vegas Radio Amateur Club, and Clark County ARES/RACES.

A member of the Navy-Marine Corps Military Auxiliary Radio (Navy MARS) since 1979, he also serves as the Nevada State Director of that organization. He holds MARS call sign NNNØZKQ

Chuck Farnham WD6CHC Public Information Coordinator


Chuck Farnham WD6CHC, of Fallon has been appointed as Public Information Coordinator (PIC).  Chuck has been serving as a Public Information Officer and is assuming the position vacated by John Bigley N7UR, who is now the Nevada Section Manager.

Chuck is retired from an "On the Air" radio broadcasting career in the San Francisco area.  He also was employed with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Chuck is a member of the University of Nevada Radio Pack and the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society.

Nevada Officials