About Us - Leadership
WM8A
Tim Crane, Emergeny Coordinator Genesee County

A relative newcomer to the hobby, Tim got licensed after spending a week as a volunteer coordinator on a Search & Rescue effort for a gentleman he knew all his life. Darwin Smith was a close friend of Tim's grandfather - his granddaughter married Tim's best friend and Tim knew Darwin throughout his life through attendance at Mayfair Bible Church. "It completely changed my life, I saw firsthand the incredible value amateur radio can have serving the community".

Tim comes from the insurance industry with experience in sales, project management and extensive experience in community engagement. After Tim got his technician license he quickly became heavily involved in the Genesee County Amateur Radio Public Service Corp. A chronic migraine sufferer and disabled from his career - Tim found his niche to stay busy despite living in chronic pain.

Now an Extra operator, Tim distinctly remembers his first introduction into amateur radio when a church youth leader was operating on 20 meter mobile from his Buick. "WA2ETW was speaking to someone in Florida from 7 Lakes State Park in Holly, Michigan". "I was absolutely amazed" Tim said fondly. "My favorite toy as a kid was a GI Joe Cobra Commander Walkie Talkie set". "The furthest coverage I could get from those was just over 200 yards" Tim insisted with a chuckle. "Believe me, I tried everything and my parents probably hated those things cause I was burning through 9 volt batteries on a monthly basis".

Appointed to Genesee County Emergency Coordinator in 2014, Tim has quickly gained a reputation throughout the amateur radio community as an effective leader recruiting volunteers and a superb coordinator of events. Tim serves on the board of the Linden "FirstTry" Triathlon as the Safety Officer, and a member of the National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac MICON team. Tim is also a Volunteer Examiner with the Genesee County Radio Club and the only operator in Genesee County certified by the ARRL as a Public Information Officer.

Tim has a passion for recruiting folks into the hobby, engaging the community and building an interest in electronics with kids. Tim's favorite rigs is his MotoTrbo XPR-4550 and his Alinco 6-meter mobile. Active in his hometown of Fenton, Tim lives with his wife and 3 rescued dogs.

KD8BMB
Chris Vogt, Deputy Emergeny Coordinator Genesee County

No stranger to amateur radio, Chris got involved back in 2005. Drawn to electronics at an early age and coming from a family in public safety, was always around scanners and radios. "I remember at an early age monitoring a Skywarn Net and was almost instantly hooked" Chris recalled. "I contacted the local club and quickly earned my license", Chris went on to earn a degree in Computer & Electronics Engineering.

Chris has experience working on repeaters and towers, but still would like to learn more. He really enjoys digital modes including DMR MotoTrbo. His favorite rig is his Kenwood D-710GA mobile. "It an excellent choice, easy to program and yet has countless features".

Currently Chris leads the amateur radio community with more FEMA Incident Command certifications than any operator in Genesee County. A firefighter with Mt Morris Twp, he is also possesses Officer 1 & 2 training from the State of Michigan.

Now a General Class Operator, Chris was appointed to Deputy Emergency Coordinator in 2015 and has participated in heavily in local public service events. He has worked closely with Tim, WM8A in rebuilding the local ARES group. "We have seen more participation and activity in last few years than other time in decades". "Our job as ARES leaders is to ensure Genesee County operators have multiple opportunities to serve the community through the hobby". Chris insisted "There has never been a more exciting time to be in amateur radio in Genesee County"

Certifications

• State of Michigan Firefighter
- Firefighter 1 & 2
•State of Michigan Fire Officer
- Fire Officer 1 & 2
•American Heart
- First Aid/CPR/AED Certified
• FEMA/NIMS/NRF Certifications
- IS-1, 3, 5, 22, 101, 139, 230, 235, 240,241, 242, 244, 271, 275, 393,701, 702, 703, 704,
801,802, 803, 804, 805, 806, 807, 808, 809, 810, 811, 812, 813, 814, 860, 906, 907, 1900
- ICS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800


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Tom Klipa, Assistant Emergeny Coordinator Genesee County

Bio Coming Soon.