Mr. Ric Sauer, KD0RMK has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Medina County in District 6 of the South Texas Section. Ric was recommended by Mr. Sid Tschirhart, WD5H, current Medina County EC and (District) EC Mr. Ernest Reich W5FQA. District 6 is composed of Bandera, Edwards, Kerr, Kinney, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde counties.
Ric remarks that “moving to Texas was like starting over again”. It didn’t take long to find a local ham group. He started attending meetings. The people at the MCARC group made him feel welcome. Participating in several events and nets he has become friends with many of the members. “The shared camaraderie has helped make my new residence seem more like home”.
Mr. Sauer is a Senior Program Manager supporting the USAF cybersecurity division at Lackland AFB. He is also concurrently the deputy task lead for Applied Research Solutions supporting the San Antonio Texas team with over 300 employees locally.
He was also dispatched to Camp Shelby during hurricane Katrina. He was only on the ground for 4 days but had the opportunity to see amateur radio operators supporting the effort.
Ric served in the US Navy (Vietnam era Vet) as a Launch Supervisor on the USS James Monroe Poseidon Submarine. He spent most of the first 18 months in school learning electronics, digital fundamentals, and missile flight theory. During this time, he was exposed to what was the state of the art technology and decided to learn more about computers.
“Also, during the 70s I purchased my first CB radio. It was a used Tram D201 tube set. I learned very early in my radio experience that the antenna makes the radio. I installed a StarDuster Antenna on a 3-section push-up pole. I remember being able to talk from one end of Charleston SC to the other with my 4 watts”.
“I learned about amateur radio in high school. I had 4 years of electronics and was president of the radio club in my senior year. I had a few friends that were in amateur radio during my time in the Navy. The code kept getting in the way of my continued interest. In 2012 I had a good friend invite me to a meeting to talk about ham radio. I found out that the code requirement no longer existed. A few weeks later I took my Technician test and passed. It didn’t take long for me to realize the difference between Technician and General Class. A couple of years later I was at a hamfest in St. Louis. I saw the room where they were doing testing. I walked in and took the test. I was the first one done and just assumed I did not pass. I was ready to walk out and was told that I needed to sign some paperwork and that I could start using the new privileges as soon as it appeared in the ULS. Before I left the hamfest, I purchased more coax and an HF antenna”.
Ric has been married for over 35 years and has two sons. He enjoys the outdoors, even in the Texas summer. He is also a cancer survivor, a strong believer in community, team perseverance, and being passionate about life.
This appointment is effective January 17, 2021.
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC