Mr. Sherwin Klemp, K5SEK has accepted the position of District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for District 14 of the South Texas Section. District 14 is composed solely of Harris County. Sherwin replaces Mr. David Underwood, WB5HJV, who will continue in a support role for District 14 and STX as a liaison to The American Red Cross.
Sherwin comes to us from careers in the Petroleum and Aerospace/Defense Industries. His Petroleum experience included positions with Schlumberger, Western Atlas, and Baker Hughes encompassing positions of Log Analyst, Petro physicist, Manager, and Senior Software Engineer. In Aerospace/Defense he has worked with General Dynamics as a Project Planner and Software Engineer. He has consulted with Boeing Advanced Systems as well as Honeywell Aerospace with the positions of Project Planner, Software Engineer, Systems Manager, and Consultant. In addition, he has experience as a Commercial/Instrument Pilot (retired).
Mr. Klemp became interested in Amateur Radio while in high school, but the code requirement and college waylaid his interest until later in life.
After Sherwin retired, he decided to pursue all the past interests that he never got to complete, including Amateur Radio. In 2015 Sherwin received his Technician and General class licenses. In 2016 he received his Amateur Extra class license. He joined ARES in 2016 and is a member CERT (CyFair) and a graduate of the DPS Citizen’s Academy. Sherwin has interests in antenna design and implementation along with the integration of software into Amateur Radio operations. He is keenly interested in emergency operations with an emphasis on different scenarios.
Sherwin has held various positions with ARES including AEC with District 14 NW Unit, an EMCOMM Team Leader with Houston Methodist West and Methodist Continuing Care Hospitals. Additionally, an AUXCOMM Liaison with Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM). He currently is a Texas State certified AUXCOMM, COML, and COMT and a member of RACES. He is working towards a rating as a FEMA certified instructor.
Sherwin is married to Gail Close, K5GAC. They have two adult children and one grandchild. Gail has a General class license, is an ARES member, currently is Net Control for the Houston Hospitals EMCOMM net and is a member of the Houston Methodist West EMCOMM team. Gail and Sherwin have been volunteers for various events like the MS 150 bike race, Tour de Cure bike race, Bike around the Bay, Houston Marathon, the Harris County Health Department’s CASPER, and the CERT Rodeo. They routinely participate in ARRL’s Winter Field Day while enjoying their hobby of camping.
Sherwin comments that “he wants ARES to be as prepared as possible for all possible emergencies. Houston represents all type of incidents with the possible exception of earthquakes (not yet anyway)”.
This appointment is effective May 2, 2021.
Regards to all,
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC