By the time you read this, the dog days of summer will be mostly behind us, and our annual hamfest will be just days away. I always look forward to September, because of the great weather, and the many enjoyable things to do outdoors, but I also know that the dark, cold winter days are just around the corner, so the need to finish up those final antenna projects is increasing with each passing day. Now is the time to get those projects done, not in late December or January. A little pre-planning goes a long way.
Speaking of our 2021 Hamfest, last year we were one of the few clubs in the region who was able to pull off holding a hamfest in a "normal" fashion. A combination of timing, and a good operating plan, came together to help us succeed. We had a strict protocol in place for health and safety, and with great cooperation from all in attendance, everyone stayed safe but still managed to enjoy the day. Based on that experience, we are this year prepared to respond to any similar pandemic-related challenges that may arise on the weekend of the hamfest. And we will. At this point, a hurricane would pose more of a threat to the event than any public health issues.
Also, it is not too late for last minute volunteers to help out either on the day of the event, or the evening before. If you have some time to give, contact Sheldon Parker, K2MEN, and let him know that you are available. He may need you to replace someone who suddenly cannot make it due to illness or some other unexpected issue. We would always rather have too much help than be caught short-handed. We have one of the bigger hamfests in the region, and the better our turnout, the more help we will need, so please, if you have not signed up yet, try to free up a few hours for the Club on the morning of September 12th, or the evening before.
While I have your ears (or eyes!) about volunteering, the annual MS City to Shore Ride is coming up on September 25-26th, and they are desperately in need of volunteers to help out with that great charitable event. Contact Herb Dyer, KT2Y, if you have some time available that weekend and would like to help out. I am sure that it will be appreciated.
That's about all I have for now, but before I bid you 73, let me take this opportunity to welcome some new Club members : Christopher Prioli, AD2CS, of Pitman and Carl Hale, KD2WTY, of Williamstown. Chris is a new ham who completed all of his license testing requirements up to and including the Amateur Extra Class test, all in one day.
This stands in stark contrast to the 39 years and 10 months that your President took to get from his Novice Class exam to the Amateur Extra Class exam!
We have a lot of really smart people in GCARC, but it is always nice when we can add a few more.
Don't forget this month's General Membership Meeting will be on September 1st in Williamstown. This meeting will also be broadcast live via ZOOM. As always, I look forward to seeing all of you there. 73!