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     Calling all Hams of Elmore County, Idaho. We are forming an A.R.E.S. (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) unit here in Elmore County Idaho. My name is John Holwege, AB7RQ, and I am the new Elmore County Emergency Coordinator (EC) for ARRL-ARES. 

     I want to tell you about myself and my background. I have been a Ham since 1994. I have held a few different calls in the past 18 years; KC7BKA, KJ7LW, and currently AB7RQ. In the last 18 years I have been active at different times with ARES, Search and Rescue (to include a brief time with Elmore County Search and Rescue), and SkyWarn. I have recently taken my passion for emergency management to a new level when I began my Master’s in Public Affairs with a concentration in Disaster and Emergency Management. I look forward to being your EC and getting to know the Hams here in Elmore County. I also look forward to reaching out to our local county government offering whatever assistance the local ham population can give. I firmly believe that in times of a disaster, it takes as many trained and prepared people to help a community overcome any difficulties encountered due to the results of such events. I think it is critical that we all sharpen our skills and prepare for however we may be needed in the future.

I would like to begin by getting a list of all hams in the county who are interested in joining A.R.E.S. Please contact me by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 208-954-9224.


John R Holwege, AB7RQ

Elmore County Emergency Coordinator-ARES-2013-2014

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