Interoperability with
Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

Lloyd Colston
Emergency Management Director
Mayes County, OK

Steve Ewald
Supervisor, Field Organization/Public Service Team
American Radio Relay League

January 21, 2004

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Related Websites:
MIPT ReadyNet Best Practice (PDF)
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (RACES)
Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)
Military Affiliated Radio System (MARS)
Mayes County Emergency Management

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Lloyd Colston is the emergency manager in Mayes County Oklahoma. Colston came up from the ranks of the amateur radio community, trained as a storm spotter, Emergency Medical Technician, EMT instructor, emergency management volunteer, and EMA director.

In amateur radio circles, Colston is a licensed operator (KC5FM), a member of the American Radio Relay League, a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, the Christian Amateur Radio Fellowship, a member of Navy-Marine Corp Military Affiliate Radio System where he serves as the South Area Public Affairs Officer, and a member of the board of advisors for the area Skywarn group. He is a member of the local radio club.

In Emergency Management, he is a member of the State of Oklahoma Emergency Management Association, the Disaster Task Force, the County Director for Mayes County, the Assistant Director for the City of Pryor Creek, a trained user of OK-First, a Department of Justice Terrorism Awareness Trainer, and a Public Information Officer. He also serves as a member of the Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) in OK.

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Steve Ewald is the Supervisor of the ARRL Field Organization/Public Service Team at ARRL Headquarters in Newington, Connecticut. He has worked at the American Radio Relay League Headquarters since 1982, and his ham radio call sign is WV1X.

Steve helps provide administrative support and guidance to the ARRL Field Organization and the volunteer ARRL "Section Leaders" across the country. He works and corresponds with participants in the ARRL-sponsored Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS) and other radio amateurs that are involved in many facets of public service communications.

He has been a licensed Amateur Radio operator for 31 years and is originally from Knoxville, Tennessee, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications at UT, Knoxville.