Ross Merlin is the program manager of the Department of Homeland Security’s SHARES (SHAred RESources) HF radio program. SHARES makes it possible for HF radio stations of all levels of government and those of critical infrastructure / key resources providers to have interoperable emergency communications over long distances without dependence on vulnerable infrastructure.
Before joining the NCC Ross was with DHS’s Office of Emergency Communications, where he wrote the “National Interoperability Field Operations Guide” (NIFOG) and established the public safety VHF interoperability repeater channels.
Other emergency communications experience includes DHS Spectrum Manager, FNARS (FEMA National Radio System) team leader and FEMA Spectrum Manager, and Telecommunications and Information Resources Manager for the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services’ National Disaster Medical System. Ross provided front-line communications support during major disaster deployments including Hurricane Andrew and Hurricane Marilyn etc., and managed the National Disaster Medical System’s emergency operations center for the 9/11 disaster response.
Ross earned a B.S. degree magna cum laude in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland. He holds an Amateur Extra Class operator license, station license WA2WDT, and a General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL).