Jim Pitchford    N9LQF


Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator
The Assistant Section Emergency Coordinator (ASEC) is the assistant to the Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC). He or she is appointed by the Section Manager (SM), usually at the suggestion of the SEC. The ASEC assists the SEC in matters pertaining to emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES®) on a Section-wide basis. There may be one or more ASECs appointed in each Section of the ARRL Field Organization
  I received his first amateur radio license as a Technician in 1989 and am a founding Member of the Macoupin County Amateur Radio Club, in Carlinville Illinois which received its ARRL Charter on August 4, 1992.
   I was a  GIrard Fire Department firefighter  Emergency Medical Technician for 22 years before going to work for Macoupin County as its County Emergency Manager.
   I am a past  Regional Vice President  of  the National Association of Emergency Managers and a past president  of the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association.
   I also served  as secretary of the Federal Communications Commission's  Regional Conformance and Review Committee for 15 years and in a forward command post with the Illinois Emergency Services Disaster Agency in Alton Illinois during the Great Flood of 1993, coordinating operations with the Alton Water Distribution System after the American Water Company lost its water intake building because of  the flood.
    I assisted the Federal Emergency Management Agency after  Hurricane Ivan in Atlanta Georgia and New York City in its recovery operations after Hurricane Sandy.
    I retired from full time employment January 1, 2020  after 32 years, working at the Illinois Section level and with the  AUXCOMM team that works out of NC9IL for IEMA in Springfield