HAM Radio

Pittsylvania County Emergency Management "club" was developed because of the increasing amount of our CERT members who have become amateur radio operators for the purpose of providing the county with emergency communications in times of disaster.

The idea of setting up a club and obtaining a callsign for our members originated in late 2005. Unfortunately we did not follow through with this idea until the death of E. L. "Bo" Martin Jr., who was a 911 Shift Supervisor with the agency and an avid ham. Bo's callsign was WB4KJR. After obtaining the systematic callsign KI4OTS, we applied for Bo's callsign with the love and full support of his widow Judy.

Our ham radio equipment in our EOC and our mobile command center, as well as the organization itself are all dedicated in memory of Bo who's true loves were ham radio, public safety and helping people in times of crisis.

Pittsylvania County Emergency Management is an active and enthusiastic supporter of Amateur Radio Emergency Communications and operates a multi-band/multi-mode amateur radio station at agency’s Emergency Operations Center. Its Mobile Emergency Operations Center is also equipped with identical amateur equipment.

The amateur stations are maintained for our use during CERT, ARES, RACES and SKYWARN activations, and at other times as deemed necessary by the Pittsylvania County Emergency Management Director.

Licensed amateur operators that are employees of the Pittsylvania County Department of Emergency Management operate the stations. Additionally, County CERT members work and train closely with our Emergency Management office and are available to be summonsed to operate these stations.

Lastly, Pittsylvania County Emergency Management holds a reciprocal agreement with ARES and the owner of the K4AU repeater, on 146.700 MHz, as a primary source of backup emergency communications.

Ham Class Graduates:

KI4KAF WALKER, GERALDINE S

KI4KAG SHORTER, ELIZABETH

KI4KAH MAULDIN, JAMES S

KI4KAI CAPRARIO, GERARDO J

KI4KAJ GEYER, ELIZABETH C

KI4KAK WALKER, EDDIE R

KI4KAL ROACH, BILLIE J

KI4KAM MOTLEY, AVERETT G

KI4KAN COTE, MARY E

KI4KAO GAULDIN, MADLYN M

KI4KAP MILLS, LINDA R

KI4KAQ OSBORNE, ELEANOR M

KI4KAS SMITH, NANCY B

KI4KAU HYLER, DAVID E

KI4KAV HARRIS, PEARL D

KI4KOO DAVIS, JAMES E - Coordinator

KI4KOP MOTLEY, DONNA