W5NZ - Mark S. Wintersole Director Elect

Mark S. Wintersole - W5NZ
Montgomery, AL
QCWA # 33288

My association with Amateur Radio began in 1971 when my Grandfather interested me in shortwave listening. My horizons were significantly broadened with licensure in the Amateur Radio Service in 1975 at age 15. Following jobs in commercial 2-way radio, broadcasting, and the local power company, I graduated from college with a BS in Electrical Engineering. I was then commissioned in the US Air Force, where I served in the airborne command & control, nuclear command & control, and communications/computer arenas. Somewhere in between the many all-expense paid trips to the world's most "interesting" locales, I was able to pick up a Master's Degree in technology management. Following retirement from the military in 2004, I was finally able to put down roots and become more active in ham radio, serving as President/Founder/Trustee of the Montgomery EMA Amateur Radio Club, President (2 terms) of QCWA Chapter 40, President of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club Inc., and ARES Emergency Coordinator for Montgomery County. I presently serve the national QCWA organization as an eJournal proofreader.

In my 39+ years of hamming, I've been awarded the QCWA Meritorious Service Award, ARRL Public Service Commendation, the ARRL Certificate of Merit for search and rescue operations, as well as being recognized by the Governor of Alabama for Hurricane Katrina support. I presently hold an Amateur Extra class license and am a member of the ARRL, an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, ARRL Certified Instructor, member of ARES, and Net Controller (and past Net Manager) for the Central Alabama SkyWarn program. I'm also a member of the Straight Key Century Club, QRP ARCI, European PSK Club, Rag Chewer's Club, and 30m Digital Group. I love to pound brass and work the many digital modes available. I'm an avid contester, where you'll usually find me competing in the QRP category. If you can't find me on the air, check out the area lakes where I'll probably be trying to scare the local bass population.

W5NZ - Mark S. Wintersole

May 1, 2014