The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is winding down and there are only a few days left in 2017. The past year was a particularly good one for our club. By all accounts Field Day was a great success with our club logging almost three-thousand QSO’s for a total of 2,952 points! Also, this year our club was host to the ARRL New Jersey State Convention. Tech Saturday’s were a popular club event throughout the year as were the Fox Hunts. Ham Cram’s were held at the Clubhouse and there has been a lot of interest in additional classes; more are in the works.
Although 2018 has yet to begin, several events are already in the planning stages, including a club-sponsored activation for Petty Island. Details will be announced as they become available; for more information contact Jim Clark KA2OSV.
Plans for another ARRL State Convention are also on the drawing board. Sheldon and Bill are already at work planning for another excellent event for 2018. And although Field Day is six months away, it is never too early to sign up to participate either operating or for many of the essential support positions. The bar was raised in 2017 so we have our work cut out for us this year if we hope to surpass last year’s totals.
Flu season is upon us, and the CDC is expecting 2017-2018 to be a particularly bad one. Each year, many of us receive vaccines in hopes of reducing the likelihood of contracting one of the strains making the rounds that season. The strains for which vaccines will be manufactured are determined months in advance of the coming season. Vaccines typically are designed to protect against three of four strains, and have an efficacy that ranges from 40-60 percent in an average season. Unfortunately, like the weather, the selection of the flu strains is a prediction which occasionally falls short. This season the efficacy is expected to be somewhere around 10%, meaning that the efficacy of the vaccine will likely be reduced by about 80% compared to an average season. Despite the somewhat low efficacy, the CDC is still recommending that most people should receive the vaccine. CDC 2017-2018 Flu Season
Typically, I encourage participation in GCARC and Amateur Radio events such as our monthly general membership meeting and Tech Saturday to name a few. However, given the expected impact of the flu this season, I am recommending that our members exercise caution. If you are sick or have recently been exposed to someone who is sick please consider staying home to recover.
Bruce KD2LBU has been steaming video and audio of the monthly membership meeting using Periscope. Go to Periscope and search for: W2MMD_01032018 which will be the January 3, 2018 General Membership Meeting.
Some Flu Facts:
- Once you are infected with the cold or flu virus you are considered to be contagious a few days before the onset of symptoms to seven days (or more) after you start feeling sick.
- You can continue to spread the virus as long as coughing and sneezing persist.
- Although the virus is typically spread via droplets atomized by coughing or sneezing, the virus can live on surfaces for twenty-four hours.
- It is possible to contract more than one strain, or you could contract the flu after being infected by the cold virus (or vise-versa).
Some Tips to Avoid the Flu:
- Avoid unnecessary contact and crowded places such as stores and shopping malls.
- Avoid contact with sick people.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Avoid touching your face.
- Support your health; eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest.
Finally, if you are sick stay home/away from others.
As we say goodbye to another year, and welcome 2018, I would like to wish each of you a very
Happy New Year.