The President's Message, January 2020
The month of January is about to close, and the club has been busy. We have applied for a Special Use Permit to operate our gear in the Shenandoah National Park this spring, summer and fall for our annual Mini Field Days. Once our permit is approved keep checking our website for details on dates, times and starting frequencies. We hope to hear from you.
The Club participated in a statewide event called “Project Grid Failure” which assumes that there is no grid power and many forms of communications are not functioning. Read about it here: http://www.w4ghs.org/gridfailure-home.html . Thank you, Glen, N4DN for organizing this event.
Our Sheriff, Steve Smith asked if we would participate and determine if our communications from the Amateur Radio Room at his office complex could relay traffic from the E-911 center there to himself and/or Deputies in their mobile units. We participated for approximately three hours and had a “Hot Wash”, (Debriefing) session at our local library after the exercise was completed. It was a unanimous consensus that we were very successful for a first attempt with this type of drill. Suggestions made at the debriefing will help us to improve our performance during the next exercise this summer. A summer test was chosen so we could determine the effect of tree leaves and moisture on transmissions and receptions.
Thank you to Sheriff Smith, his staff and the following club members who participated. This is one example of how Amateur Radio clubs should operate to serve their communities.
Jim, WA4TVN took the following great pictures at our Christmas party and contributed them for use in "The President's Message." Thank you Jim.
Bill - K4FZE