PRESIDENT’S REMARKS COVID 19
Good Morning AARC Members, America finds its self in an unfamiliar situation. Now is a time to remain calm and use good old fashion common sense. President Trump, Governor DeWine, Stark County and all the local governments are doing what is necessary to meet this unprecedented medical emergency. I notice as I opened my computer a simple procedure for all of us to practice during the duration of this medical emergency, so let me share it with you!
DO THE FIVE
HELP STOP CORONAVIRUS
HANDS WASH THEM OFTEN
ELBOW COUGH INTO IT
FACE DON’T TOUCH IT
FEET STAY MORE THAN 3 FT. APART
FEEL SICK? STAY HOME
Their is a phrase that states, “This Too Shall Pass”. We are Americans, we have the safest food supply, the best medical system in the world. Now is the time for everyone to work together to meet, stop and overcome this world wide medical emergency.
Alliance Amateur Radio Club
Good Morning: Well it has been a busy several days and especially Wednesday March 11th 2020. We were force to find another meeting site for our monthly meeting on March 11th, but we were able to move the meeting to First Christian Church in Alliance where we had our Christmas dinner this past year. AultmanAlliance Community Hospital implemented a temporary policy of not permitting meetings of outside groups in their conference rooms. Hopefully, after this world wide medical emergency passes, we will return to the hospital for our meetings. In the mean time, we are working on a solution for this situation and we will advised you when we secure a site.
The remaining few weeks of our Club’s Training Classes and Tech and General license testing will be held in the Louisville Sportsman Club. Frank Sanor WA8WHP, the training coordinator has the direction s to this site. Many thanks to Chris AC8VN for pitching in to help Frank on this project.
Due to the world wide medical emergency, most of the Ham fest’s events that we were counting on to help bolster our ticket sales for our Club’s big ways and means project have been canceled. We must now count on “On Line” sales and in-person sales at our and other clubs meetings. We have just under 300 tickets left of the 600 tickets purchased for a chance on the YAESU FT-450D.
At our March meeting, we are proceeding to secure a trailer to hold all AARC’s equipment, Chris AC8VN and James KD8VT will serve as co-chairs. We currently have equipment stored on a personal non member property and we need to get the issue of storage handled forthwith.
Last but not least dues are due for all AARC members by April 1st, please download the renewal application from W8LKY.ORG web site and fill it out and along with your check, send it to our mail address located on our web site.
Many thanks to Dave WD8AYE who gave an interesting presentation on DMR at our March 11th meeting and also joined the club, many thanks Dave.
See you on the air or in person soon,
(The following was “borrowed” from the Stark County ARES Page.
Skywarn Spotter Training Scheduled
Terry Russ, N8ATZ – Emergency Coordinator
(Feb 6, 2020) – – The Stark County EMA and Stark County Amateur Radio Emergency Service will conduct our 2020 Skywarn Spotter training on Wednesday, March 25th at Jackson High School starting at 6:00 PM. Training will run approximately two hours.
Training is held in conjunction with this years Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 22 – 28th. This training is open to the public and no preregistration is necessary.
This years training will again discuss what severe weather is; identifying potentially serious weather patterns; and ways to report this information to the Cleveland NWS office. An electronic presentation with photos will augment training and assist identifying cloud formations. The training will be conducted by Mr Alex McCarthy, Director of the Tuscarawas County EMA.
Everyone is encouraged to take part in this important weather training. Feel free to contact the Stark County EMA Office at (330) 451 – 3900 for additional information or Terry Russ, N8ATZ at (330) 837-3091 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our next meeting is coming up this Wednesday, the 12th.
Here’s some announcements
- The minutes of the January meeting are posted on the website at http://www.w8lky.org/go/aarc-minutes-jan-2020/
- The location of the board meeting is Don Pancho’s this month. Sorry for not putting that in the newsletter. We meet at 5:30PM at the restaurant.
- This month’s meeting is our Homebrew night. It could be more aptly called Show & Tell night. Bring something you’ve built, restored, designed, or like in my case, found in an antique shop, and tell your fellow members about it. This will happen after the business meeting.
- Dues are due. Our fiscal year runs from Apr 1 – Mar 31. So, why not get a head start on getting your dues in? As always, we ask that you fill out a renewal form to hand in with your dues. This helps us keep club records straight. I’ll have plenty of forms printed out and available, or you can print one out on the website at http://w8lky.org/Files/AARC_Membership_Application.pdf.
Also, remember, that any e-mail you receive that begins with the writer being out of town, and needing your help is likely suspect. It isn’t just Ron; these scammers seem to be targeting Amateur Radio clubs in the area. Yesterday, I received one from the president of another club. If you receive one of these, just delete it. Do Not reply. If you open the header of the e-mail, you will see that it comes from a completely different e-mail address than you remember for the sender. They are trying to get you to buy gift cards and send them (or the numbers) to them. Please don’t fall for this.
I think that covers it. We’ll have the Winter Field Day numbers to share on Wednesday night as well.
Don’t forget that the club is setting up Saturday, Jan 25, at the Tri-City Airport for Winter Field Day. Setup begins at 10 AM. Bring chairs.
I’m bringing a couple folding tables for the club rigs. Also, the logging computers are set up & ready to go.
We’ll be operating from 2 PM till whenever, but NOT overnight. The Tusco Hamfest is the following day, and we have a table reserved to sell raffle tickets.
I will need help with antennas, and setup on Saturday morning. If you can help, feel free to come out at 10 AM. Operating begins at 2 PM.
No dinner is planned, due to possibly cramped quarters. There are restaurants in the area, though.
Any questions, please let me know.
For those who were not at the meeting Wednesday night, here’s the information on the upcoming Winter Field Day operation.
By doing Saturday only, this gives you a chance to operate from home on Sunday, or go to the Hamfest, etc.
Dwight will be running his rig into a buddipole, and I’ll be bringing my FT-450 using a G5RV.
We have heated facilities. Bring your own chairs though.
Setup will begin around 10 AM, and run until sometime after dark.
PARKING NOTE: Please, no parking on the asphalt. These are reserved for the planes. Parking at the ends of the buildings is OK.
Any questions, let me, or Tony, KD8BBK know.
Don’t forget January’s club meeting.
We’ll be meeting (January 8th) at the hospital at 7:30 in the Cafeteria Conference Room.
The pre-meeting dinner this month is at 5:30 PM at Chives grille on South Union Ave.
We’ll be doing a Chinese auction of the Alinco DJ-MD5 which was described in the recent edition of the Zero Beat.