Central THQ (10/17/2018) – Robert E. Langsfeld (WB9TZC) has been appointed as the new Central Territory SATERN Coordinator by Territorial Disaster Coordinator Kevin Ellers.
Langsfeld holds an FCC Extra Class Amateur Radio License.
In addition, Ellers also appointed former Central Territory SATERN Coordinator Bill Shillington (W9ZCL) and Kenneth Panczyk (W9KMP) as Assistant Territorial SATERN Coordinators. Maj. Michele Heaver (KC8NAI) has been assigned as the staff liaison to SATERN and “to work closely with Bob. She will be scheduling the Territory’s first SATERN strategic conference call soon. Ellers said, “It is my goal to strategically advance the SATERN program in 2019.”
Langsfeld says, “I became interested in radio as a teen, starting out with a citizen’s band radio and a kit-built shortwave radio. Soon I wanted more. I attended a ham radio class. Shortly
afterwards, in the 1970’s, he became an amateur radio operator and immediately began to concentrate on public service and emergency communications. He later became a paid, on call EMA
volunteer and was soon promoted to Team Leader. For the past five (5) years Bob has been the paid EMA Coordinator for the Village of Hoffman Estates, Illinois, where Central Territory
Headquarters is located. He helped the village EMA office earn its State of Illinois accreditation with a program that included different units for volunteers, paid on call responders, public education, ground search teams , CERT and AUXCOMM. Langsfeld also served as the Emergency Communications Chairman with the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club and the local ARRL ARES
Langsfeld has just recently retired from his positions with both locall EMA and the Schaumburg Amateur Radio Club and has become involved with The Salvation Army and SATERN in his retirement