Doug Mullens N9JLR
Well here I sit at my computer thinking about what to say
and how to say it.. I’m not sure when the last time I have been unable to put
into words as to how I feel or for that matter even worried about it, but this
is a different time and place for me and I am just trying to put something’s in
What has Ham Radio meant to me is a tough question as I’m
not the normal ham in the sense I’m not an engineer or big shot in electronics.
I don’t have a PHD or MD in front or behind my name.
What I have done is to volunteer all my life in one form
or another and tried to help when and where I could. That has always made me
feel like I’m doing something good and I feel like it was the least I could do
for being able to live in this country.
You see God blessed me with the ability to work under
pressure and make tough decisions when necessary, and for the most part I am
able to get the job done and keep everyone safe in doing so. I take great pride
in that fact too.
I know there are better people out there and they could
do a better job but for the most part they don’t get involved in the work I do
so people have been stuck with me.
I think after being involved with EMS and the Sheriff’s
department and working with the Red Cross for a number of years I see Ham Radio
as a totally untapped resource in what we could do for the community.
The other thing is it could and should be fun doing it!
For all the hard work our ARES team has done I hope they
know and feel like they have and are making a difference in there community, I
know I do. I also know that we have worked hard and fought some tough battles
to get where we are, and there will be more to come. The good thing is by
having to fight we know we are doing good work as nothing that comes too easy
is going to be lasting and most of the time it’s not going to be what need to
be done in the first place.
As EC you have to make decisions about members and you
have to be able to understand that all don’t think like you do. (I don’t know
why) JAll people have good in them and some more than others
but sometimes the bad is just not worth the good and you have to turn away some
people that you would like to have but due to reasons unknown they aren’t good
for the team.
Doing this is never pleasant but it has to be done to
maintain a unity of the group.
My goal is to build a group of caring people that are
willing to go the extra mile and do what it takes to get the job done, all with
the goal of bettering the community and making the county a better place to
As long as I’m the EC of this county I will strive to
make this happen and will do the job with the chosen few that can share the
vision and are willing to work to make this happen.
I’m proud of the members of Vigo County ARES and the
people form the other counties that come and help with some of the events we do.
I know we have one the best groups of people here doing what we think is right
for our county.
I would invite anyone that would like to work with us to
please contact myself or Nick (N9WG) to find out more and help us build an ARES
group the rest of the state will want to copy.
You know ham radio is fun and rewarding too and I’m glad
to be a part of the ham community in Vigo County.
73 for now.
Doug Mullens N9JLR
EC Vigo County