On Monday 21 July 2014, Bill Eberle AB0MY worked with two other ham radio operators to direct rescuers to the man's location in a part of western Boulder County where cellphone service remains nonexistent.
Broomfield resident Michael Schuett was hiking with his fiancee, Mary Gruda, just after noon Monday near the Fourth of July Campground, west of Nederland, when he lost his footing while crossing a creek and fell.
"I fell forward onto a boulder and cracked my head open," Schuett, 67, said Tuesday afternoon as he sat in his home with a mild concussion and 11 stitches in his forehead. "I totally lost consciousness. I was lying face down in the water."