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Section Emergency Coordinator  (SEC)

Matt Welch, W8DEC

12 Levan Drive

Painesville, Ohio 44077

Home / Cell Phone:  440-336-0295

Work Phone: 440-585-7388

E-mail: w8dec(at)





Amateur Radio Emergency Service

"Volunteers - Equipment - Teamwork"


Bio for W8DEC


I was first licensed in March 2004 as KB1LCS. I upgraded to General and received a vanity callsign W8DEC in June 2009.

I am a military veteran. I served as a corpsman at the naval submarine base hospital in Groton, CT and aboard the USS Cape St George CG-71 in Norfolk, VA. I then transferred to the CT Army National Guard as a medic (91W then, now 68W). When, I moved back home to Ohio toward the end of 2006, I transferred to the Army Reserve component IRR. I received an honorable discharge in March 2012.

In Scouting, I joined Troop 68 in Painesville, Ohio in 1990. I have been on Trading Post B staff at the 1997 BSA National Jamboree, staff for 1997 / 1998 Camp Stigwandish summer camp, and been to Florida Sea Base. I am a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow. I have also served as Assistant Scoutmaster and Cubmaster.

I deployed to Hattiesburg, MS and Bay St Louis, MS to support amateur radio communications for Hurricane Katrina. If you can't find me on the air, I can be found behind the counter at Cleveland's own Amateur Electronic Supply.

My HF station consists of a Kenwood Logo TS-2000, 948, and homebrew 135' dipole antenna about 40 feet in the air. I enjoy running 20W on 20M PSK using the Tigertronics Signalink USB and enjoy ragchewing on 6 meters, 220 and 440 MHz. I use the TS-2000 for VHF/UHF and use it with a Diamond V2000A fed with 35' Belden 9913.

My portable base station (go-box) consists of an Icom Logo IC-7000 and Kenwood Logo TM-V7A as well as another Tigertronics Signalink USB. My mobile station is W8DEC-9 using a Kenwood Logo TM-D710A and an AVMAP G6.

My all-time favorite aspect of the hobby is participating in public service events. They give me the opportunity to put my radio equipment to the test and help keep my skills honed. I volunteered for the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. I have volunteered for over 50 different public service events throughout 5 ARRL Sections.

September 22, 2012 will mark my 4th year being a presenter at EMCOMM EAST in Rochester, NY. This conference is one of the best and I encourage all volunteers to attend. Visit for details.

From Left to Right, Julio from AES Las Vegas, me in the middle, and Eddie from AES Orlando at the 2009 Dayton Hamvention.

Alright, here is my brag sheet:

Section Emergency Coordinator (2012-Present) - ARRL Ohio Section

District Emergency Coordinator (2007-2012) - Ohio ARES District 10

Official Emergency Station (2005 - Present)

ARRL and W5YI Volunteer Examiner

ARRL Field Instructor

Event Chairman (2011-Present) - Great Lakes Emergency Communications Conference (GLECC)

Presenter (2009 - Present) - EMCOMM EAST, Rochester, NY

License Trustee for W8TEN

Vice Prez - Geauga County Amateur Radio Association (GARA)

Member - American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

Member - Salvation Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN)

Member - Ashtabula County Amateur Radio Club (ACARC)

Member - Lake Erie Amateur Radio Association (LEARA)

Member - Portage County Amateur Radio Service (PCARS)

Past Radio Officer - Lake County Amateur Radio Association

Past NCS - Eastern CT Traffic Net and Tri-County Traffic Training Net

Past President - Radio Amateur Society or Norwich, CT

Charter President - Radio Amateur Society of Norfolk, VA (Honorary Member)

Past Member - Portsmouth, VA ARES




Emergency Medical Technician - Basic (NREMT-B)


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