Archives March 2013

March 11th – Ham Radio Testing Results

 We had three from Nashville, one from Alapaha, and a “walk-in” from Waycross.  All took the Technician test and passe!  The one from Alapaha then took the General and passed.  We had a good ham radio exam day!
Congratulations to those who passed and are now new hams!
Patricia McCloud, Gene Milton and Jim Freeman were VEs for the exam session.  Larry was the ARRL VE Liaison.

March 11th – Ham VETS

Recently the VARC was contacted from members of the local American Legion post.  The wanted to know if any of the local vets who are also hams would be interested in joining the legion to promote both the legion and the VARC.  If you are a VET and this sounds interesting to you please contact either the local post or the VARC.

Information about the American Legion Amateur Radio Club has been posted below.

The American Legion has formed a special entity to provide a forum for military veterans who today are engaged in a hobby that can also provide emergency communications “when all else fails.” During the May 2011 Spring Meetings, the National Executive Committee authorized the establishment of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC).

There are estimated to be 700,000 federally licensed amateur radio operators, or “hams,” in the United States. Over the years, countless members of the U.S. military were trained as technicians or engineers, and later obtained amateur-radio licenses to continue to use their abilities at home, as both recreation and a public-service commitment.

“The beauty of amateur radio is that it attracts folks of all career interests, from doctors, Ph.D.s, engineers, rocket scientists to mechanics, housewives, construction and office workers, students and everything in between,” says Robert L. Morrill, chairman of the Legion’s Public Relations Commission. “Hams provide backup communications to emergency-management agency offices across the country when ‘all else fails,’ and have done so with distinction in virtually every major disaster when cell towers and commercial communications have been knocked out after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made disasters.”

The club has established an amateur radio station at National Headquarters with the call sign K9TAL (K9 The American Legion) in order to conduct special-event operations on The American Legion Birthday, Veterans Day, etc.; operate SKYWARN during local severe weather; and provide members an opportunity to operate the station during visits to National Headquarters. A special QSL card is provided to all amateur radio stations that work K9TAL on the air.

In January 2005, the Legion signed an agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to support emergency disaster preparedness. Subsequently, the Disaster Preparedness Booklet was made available to posts. Amateur-radio support was an integral entity.

“The potential to serve here is limitless,” Morrill says. “Legionnaires who are hams can help others get licensed, coordinate with local emergency authorities, provide counseling and assistance to schools, and a whole array of other support.

“While some people may think that ham radio is an old technology, the simple truth is that hams were working with digital transmissions long before folks had home computers, and they provided the impetus to make ‘wireless’ happen. They were transmitting emergency calls from their cars long before anyone had a mobile phone to do the same. Today, hams are conducting broad-spectrum experiments on ham bands that may eventually become routine ways to communicate for all of us.”

Membership is free to members of The American Legion family.

For information, or to join: [email protected]

March 10th- 5K Run

Last Saturday morning VARC members gathered to support the Azalea City Festival 5K run.  Because of the help from the VARC the event went off with out any major issues and everyone running made it through the course safely.  And the weather was just perfect for both the run and the festival.  This will be the last run or ride event until the Honeybee festival this fall.  Hope you will come and help out then. A big thanks to Ed, Matt, and Micheal for their support with the 5K!

March 2nd – Century Bike Ride

This last Saturday club members and non club members took off their “I am No. 1” jerseys and put on the club colors to support the Century Bike Ride.  These giving members braved the early cold morning in order to setup communication and GPS tracking for the bike ride. The ride organizers were again very happy with the ham support because of the special support we provide to them.  Thanks team!