Dave Sheppard, W2PAX Operations Section Chief

ARES® in Lee County Florida

Dave Sheppard, W2PAX Operations Section Chief

Dave began his career in public service as a volunteer EMT in New Jersey and spent six years in that position. While serving in his role with EMS, he was also a member of the Gloucester County Ambulance & Rescue Association and an officer with the Gibbstown Ambulance Corps.

After a move to Florida, building a house, and getting married, Dave was granted his amateur radio license in the summer of 2009.  Dave followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, who was an amateur radio operator for nearly 70 years.In 2016, Dave became active in the National Traffic System, which is the formal traffic arm of the American Radio Relay League. In 2018, he was appointed manager of the Southwest Florida Traffic Net, the local affiliate of the NTS. Dave serves as the ARRL’s Southern Florida Section Traffic Manager, ensuring all of the section’s NTS nets are staffed and operating as needed to support the section and reporting to ARRL headquarters. Part of his role as an assistant E.C. for Lee County is to see that formal traffic liaisons between the NTS and ARES happen seamlessly and efficiently.

Dave and his wife, Jennifer, live in Golden Gate Estates in eastern Collier County. In their spare time, they enjoy spending time together in the kitchen as “foodies.”