Dave (W4SAR), Karen (KD4YJZ), Wilson (W4BOH), Steve (W3AHL), Lad (W4ORD), Keith (W1KES)
A primary focus for OCRA in 2019 is establishing monthly programs of interest. The Elfand Baha’i Center’s location is ideal for hosting various amateur radio programs. The large gathering area near the kitchen provides ample space for converting dining tables to workshop stations. The large yard provides opportunities for establishing a quick HF station for educating club members on best practices and new techniques.
Several program ideas were discussed:
Understanding coax options and appropriate use
Creating and connecting Anderson power poles.
There are many wonderful videos on Youtube providing understanding on the topics above.
25 member’s presence, with 2 candidates for exams.
NCOCRA WordPress upgrade now provides website access on mobile phones…check us out.
Savings balance is strong, with 74 member’s current on dues, with 24 needing renewal.
The club has added 15 new members over the past 12 months.
Prepay for Holiday meal worked well, and may well use prepay moving forward.
Members approved 2019 Board:
David Snyder (W4SAR), President
Lad Carrington (W4ORD), Vice-President, Program Committee
Dan Eddleman (KR4UB), Treasurer
Keith Stouder (W1KES), Secretary
Steve Ahlbom (W3HAL), ARES EC
Karen Snyder (KD4YJZ), Member at Large
Dee Ramm (KU4GC), Member at Large
Wilson Lamb (W4BOH), Member at Large, Program Committee
Bill Bishchoff (N8BR), Program Committee
If you have ideas for enriching your club experience, we would like to know. Please reply below.
Chatham County Radio Club Update, Nick (KA1HPM):
Chatham County radio club has established a club station at the county emergency operation center (EOC) with two VHF and two HR radios, and Winlink. The club as applied for a vanity call, but with the FCC currently on furlough, it may be some time before the call is issued.
The club is preparing for an April 30 communication exercise at the Shearon Harris nuclear power plant. Rehearsal for the event will be March 28. Please join the club net every Tuesday night on 442.15 MHz, PL tone 131.8. Hope to hear you on the air!
Vice President: Lad (W4ORD) – The Holiday Meal was well received. However, suggestions to explore new food options are being considered.
“When All Else Fails:”
With the recent weather events in Wilmington, NC, hospitals are encouraging employees to become amateur radio operators offering communications when “all else fails.” Opportunities for local radio clubs to assist may be forth coming.
NC QSO Party:
The NC QSO Party is quickly approaching. This year, the event will occur on Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST. This is a great event to sharpen your SSB skills with running or search and pounce. Click on link above for more information.
If you are new to amateur radio, or would like to refresh your knowledge, the Program Committee would like your ideas. Considerations are being given for having instructions on coax termination with soldiering or crimpers. Or, how to build an affordable wire dipole. Do you have any suggestions on program content? If so, leave a reply below.
Pete (WA1YYN) provided an overview of several emergency and life saving devices. First, Pete created a GPRS enabled apparatus comprised of a raspberry pi that can be attached to a fire fighter’s outfit that captures both health and situation metrics. For example, the apparatus can capture, record, and transmit fire fighters body temperature, pulse oximetry, acceleration, etc. such data is vital for ensuring situational safety.
Pete also explained that many emergency response communication technologies are proprietary and expensive. He mentioned that the national fire protection association (NFPA) and NIST, national institute of standards and technology are working together to develop emergency response data interoperability and deployment standards.
Pete (WA1YYN) discussing his use of GPRS and amateur radio in emergency response communication and coordination.
Pete demonstrated an open source solution providing GPRS tracking with real time monitoring and visual overlay perspectives of the rescuer, drone, and incident command. This solution will more accuracy and quickly identify persons in need improving resource coordination thus reducing response time in saving lives.
Pete’s work in supporting emergency response fulfills several key goals of amateur radio:
Supports the awareness and growth of Amateur Radio worldwide;
Advocates for meaningful access to radio spectrum;
Strives for every member to get involved, get active, and get on the air;
Encourages radio experimentation and, through its members, advances radio technology and education; and
Organizes and trains volunteers to serve their communities by providing public service and emergency communications.
What is your passion? What aspects of amateur radio keeps you involved? Let us know by leaving a response below.