July 2014 KARC Meeting

The KARC Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship meet­ing will be held this Thurs­day, July 17th at 7 PM. Meet­ing will again be held at the Greater Kala­ma­zoo Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross at 5640 Ven­ture Ct. in Oshtemo Town­ship.

The busi­ness por­tion of the meet­ing begins at 7 PM and we try to have the front doors open by 6:30 for those who would like to social­ize, meet new mem­bers, or renew acquain­tances with cur­rent members!!

Hope to see you there…

Public Demonstration of Emergency Communications June 28-29

“Who ya’ gonna call?  Kalamazoo County’s Radio Hams!”

       Despite the Inter­net, cell phones, email and mod­ern com­mu­ni­ca­tions, every year whole regions find them­selves in the dark. Tor­na­does, fires, storms, ice and even the occa­sional cut­ting of fiber optic cables leave peo­ple with­out the means to com­mu­ni­cate. In these cases, the one con­sis­tent ser­vice that has never failed has been Ama­teur Radio.

      These radio oper­a­tors, often called “hams” pro­vide backup com­mu­ni­ca­tions for every­thing from the Amer­i­can Red Cross to FEMA and even for the Inter­na­tional Space Sta­tion. Kala­ma­zoo County’s “hams” will join with thou­sands of other Ama­teur Radio oper­a­tors show­ing their emer­gency capa­bil­i­ties this weekend.

        Over the past year, the news has been full of reports of ham radio oper­a­tors pro­vid­ing crit­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions dur­ing unex­pected emer­gen­cies in towns across Amer­ica includ­ing the Cal­i­for­nia wild­fires, win­ter storms, tor­na­does and other events world-wide. When trou­ble is brew­ing, Ama­teur Radio’s peo­ple are often the first to pro­vide res­cuers with crit­i­cal infor­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions. On the week­end of June 28 – 29, the pub­lic will have a chance to meet and talk with area ham radio oper­a­tors and see for them­selves what the Ama­teur Radio Ser­vice is about as hams across the USA will be hold­ing pub­lic demon­stra­tions of emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions abilities.

      This annual event, called “Field Day” is the cli­max of the week-long “Ama­teur Radio Week” spon­sored by the ARRL, the national asso­ci­a­tion for Ama­teur Radio. Using only emer­gency power sup­plies, ham oper­a­tors will con­struct emer­gency sta­tions in parks, shop­ping malls, schools and back­yards around the coun­try. Their slo­gan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send mes­sages in many forms with­out the use of phone sys­tems, inter­net or any other infra­struc­ture that can be com­pro­mised in a cri­sis. More than 35,000 ama­teur radio oper­a­tors across the coun­try par­tic­i­pated in last year’s event.

        “The fastest way to turn a cri­sis into a total dis­as­ter is to lose com­mu­ni­ca­tions,” said Allen Pitts of the ARRL. “From the earth­quake and tsunami in Japan to tor­na­does in Mis­souri, ham radio pro­vided the most reli­able com­mu­ni­ca­tion net­works in the first crit­i­cal hours of the events. Because ham radios are not depen­dent on the Inter­net, cell tow­ers or other infra­struc­ture, they work when noth­ing else is avail­able. We need noth­ing between us but air.”

In the Kala­ma­zoo County area, the Kala­ma­zoo Ama­teur Radio Club and the South­west Michi­gan Ama­teur Radio Team, as well as mem­bers of the Kala­ma­zoo County Radio Ama­teur Civil Emer­gency Ser­vice will be demon­strat­ing Ama­teur Radio at:

River Oaks County Park

9202 East Michi­gan Avenue (M-96) (Map)

Gales­burg, MI 49053

on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day, June 28th and 29th.

On the air oper­a­tion from approx­i­mately 2 PM Sat­ur­day and end­ing no later than 5 PM Sun­day. Setup will be ongo­ing Sat­ur­day morn­ing, tear-down imme­di­ately after ceas­ing on the air operations!

PLEASE NOTE!

The Field Day site planning meeting will be held at 7 PM on Wednesday evening, June 25 at

the park for any ham that would like to operate a station or volunteer in any way!

 

We invite the pub­lic to come and see ham radio’s new capa­bil­i­ties and learn how to get their own FCC radio license before the next dis­as­ter strikes!

Ama­teur Radio is grow­ing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Ama­teur Radio licensees in the US,
and more than 2.5 mil­lion around the world. Through the ARRL’s Ama­teur Radio Emer­gency Services
pro­gram, ham vol­un­teers pro­vide both emer­gency com­mu­ni­ca­tions for thou­sands of state and local
emer­gency response agen­cies and non-emergency com­mu­nity ser­vices too, all for free.

To learn more about Ama­teur Radio, go to http://www.emergency-radio.org.

The pub­lic is most cor­dially invited to come, meet and talk with the hams. See what mod­ern Ama­teur Radio can do. They can even help you get on the air!

June 2014 KARC Meeting

The KARC Gen­eral Mem­ber­ship meet­ing will be held this Thurs­day, June 19th at 7 PM. Meet­ing will again be held at the Greater Kala­ma­zoo Chap­ter of the Amer­i­can Red Cross at 5640 Ven­ture Ct. in Oshtemo Town­ship.

Meet­ing pro­gram will be Field Day 2014 planning!

ARRL Annual Field Day is June 28 – 29. Click HERE to see Field Day gen­eral information!

If you’re inter­ested in oper­at­ing, help­ing, advis­ing, sug­gest­ing, rec­om­mend­ing, etc. Please be there on Thurs­day evening.

The busi­ness por­tion of the meet­ing begins at 7 PM and we try to have the front doors open by 6:30 for those who would like to social­ize, meet new mem­bers, or renew acquain­tances with cur­rent members!!

Hope to see you there…

HamFest 2014 Meeting for June

June's HamFest 2014 meeting will be held Monday evening, June 16, 2014 at 6:30 PM at the American Red Cross, 5640 Venture Ct. in Oshtemo.

HamFest 2014 is only 4 months away!

Public Service Event - Kalamazoo Valley CROP Hunger Walk

The CROP Hunger Walk in Kalamazoo will be on Sunday April 27. The walk starts at 2 PM from Bronson  Park. 

Ham radio operators should meet at 1 PM.   2 operators will stay at the park for net control.   Some of us will be sent out to the rest stops. Teams of 2 would be best.  It would be good to have 2 or 3 vehicles as rovers for the length of the walk. 2 in each vehicle would be good also.

 A total of 8-10 operators would be good.
If walkers are too tired and need help returning to the start at the park the Hams at the rest stops can call for a rover to pick up the walker and provide a ride back to the park. We also sweep the course at the end to make sure every one has finished. 
 
Check-in on 147.000 repeater. The net may stay there or move to the 444.650 repeater.
Radio Operators with questions about participating can contact Jack Price, KA8AOB, KA8AOB [at] ARRL [dot] net .
For further information on the event itself, see the Kalamazoo Valley CROP Hunger Walk's website by clicking  here!