ares logoMr. John Sawyer, KD5U has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Northwest Unit in District 14 of the South Texas Section. District 14 is composed solely of Harris County, subdivided into 4 quadrants. I-10 is the north-south divide. I-45/HWY 288 is the east-west divide. Scott replaces Mr. Sean Ramsey KG5IRM. Sean will take over as the RACES District 16 DRO. District 14 EC (DEC) Mr. Sherwin Klemp K5SEK and Section Manager, Mr. Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, approve of the new appointment.

John was originally licensed in the late 80s as N5SZJ right out of college and has been interested in radios and involved in electronics since. He used a screwdriver to take apart his father’s shortwave radio.

Given the demands of his career in the tech industry, John was in and out of the HAM radio hobby. Several years ago, he left his position as a senior executive for a large computer company and made the transition to a self-employed business owner and real estate developer. This gave him the flexibility and time to do what he wanted to do most, which was to spend more time with family, friends, amateur radio, and volunteer.

John is married to his wife Serena, who is very supportive of his volunteer efforts. He says he is still working on talking her into getting her ticket.

John joined ARES a few years ago and currently is an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for the STX District 14 Harris County NW Unit. In addition to public service events, his focus has been providing training and supporting all things digital. He enjoys helping other team members get up to speed on Winlink and other modes. He also spends a portion of his time in District 2 - Houston County supporting the local ARES team. He has a small farm in the area.

John currently operates two Winlink gateways with one located in NW Harris County and the second in Houston County. John is also an active member of Texas RACES and is the lead for the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Auxcomm team.

This appointment is effective July 1, 2022.

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA