Wyoming will welcome Rick Breininger, N1TEK, of Green River, as its new Section Manager on April 1.
He was the only nominee for the position after Jack Mitchell, N7MJ, announced that he would not run for a new term after serving since 2015. Breininger has been a Public Information Officer and Local Government Liaison in Wyoming
1. Could you tell me a little bit about your personal history? Things like how long you have been a ham, License class, where you are from, and what you enjoy doing in the hobby.
I grew up mostly in Minnesota, but have lived in Iowa, Florida, Guam, Germany, California, Colorado, Kansas and now Wyoming.
I am retired Navy. Served 24 years as an Electronics Technician. I became interested in ham radio in Kansas when the weather service needed weather spotters and was offering a technician class. I tested straight to General probably due to my previous electronics background. That was 2007. I upgraded to Extra in 2015.
I am a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor, the VEC for our group and am President of the Sweetwater Amateur Radio Club.
Our facebook page is http://facebook.com/mysarc.
The club webpage is http://wy7u.org.
We have dachshunds and raise chickens in the back yard for eggs. I like to target practice with my rifle and pistol. I enjoy DXing, some contesting and Field Day.
2. What are your plans or what would you like to see happen in your section during your term?
I want to see membership in the ARRL grow in Wyoming. We are the least populous state per square mile with more antelope than people. There are major towns with no organized clubs and I will be working with people in those areas to organize into clubs and join the ARRL. I will also be pushing those involved with ARES to get qualified. I am fully qualified to Level 3 so I know it is possible and will be encouraging others involved to get it done.
3. Is there anything else that you can think of or that you are passionate about that the ham community might be interested to know about you?
My life has always been about service, whether it was to my country as a serviceman, a youth leader in scouts or a volunteer with Emergency Management. I see my position as Section Manager as another chance to serve and I am looking forward to at least the next two years.
My modest ham shack consists of a Yaesu FT-991 all mode transceiver, MFJ tuner, and 35′ crank-up tower topped by a Delta Loop antenna with a Yaesu rotator and controller. I had to modify the tower and platform to fit the rotator. There is also a G5-RV hanging off the right side of the tower. I am connected to a laptop running N3FJP’s Amateur Contact Log.
Rick will be taking over as section manager on April 1, 2019. If you would like to congratulate Rick on his election, ask him a question or just say hi, you can email him at N1tek at Arrl dot org
Come back on Wednesday, when I will be introducing the newly elected section manager for Idaho.
Until next time…
73 de Curtis, K5CLM
Creator and Owner of Everything Ham Radio
Owner of 2xC Products at 2xcproducts.com