So…..”what about that local sports team?”…….<crickets chirping> … and the weather….”What’s up with that?!”.
Yes, mother nature has decided she wants to dump snow on us every Wednesday, or so it seems, even though it is supposed to be Spring. I can remember back a way ago when we had the most snow that I remember, 24 inches in 24 hours. That was also a March event. While the current snow we have been having is more a nuisance then anything else, it is a reminder that severe events can happen at any time of the year, so we always need to be prepared. Have an emergency plan, and keep your batteries charged in your radio.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind Club members that the Club sponsors two emergency net training activities on the Club repeater every Sunday night starting 7:45 PM local time. They run about a ½ hour long. It’s easy to participate in these nets, you just have to be a license amateur radio operator and have a 2 Meter radio capable of hitting the clubs repeater in Pitman. 147.180 MHz + 0.6 MHz PL 131.8 Hz. The first is a SKYWARN net that practices the orderly collection of weather information for the National Weather Service. While the NWS does have classes (www.weather.gov/phi/classes) in the type of weather information they are looking for, you do not have to have taken the class to participate in the net. After you listen for a bit, you can give a try checking in, even if you don’t have any weather-related info. Even if you are an old hand at it, it is good to keep your skills polished.
The second net is the ARES/RACES traffic net at 8:00 PM. You don’t have to be a member of either group to participate, just check in with you name, call sign, and whether you have traffic for the net. Again, this is a good practice in learning how to pass traffic in an orderly fashion during an emergency. If you are into some other modes of radio, you can also check in via APRS and Winlink.
For those of you who participate already, I thank you! If you haven’t participated in a while, come back every now and then to keep your skills up. And for those who haven’t tried it, give it a try, you don’t want to be that guy who doesn’t know what to do during a emergency. Practice now and make sure your radios are working for when you do need them.
As for me, I am looking forward to the Clubs’ Spring Fox Hunt and hoping we don’t have to go looking for the fox hidden in a snow bank.
Also as a public service announcement, I would like to remind every one that any member who hasn’t paid their dues by the April 4th General Membership Meeting will be removed from the Club’s roster.
73, Bruce KD2LBU
GCARC Vice President