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2017 Ironman 70.3

on May 21 : 22:58  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

Well the first of three Ironman events is in the books. We had a very successful event. I would like to thank the 18 operators that volunteered for this event. Without you, we could not provide the service that is needed. Sometimes an event can go so smooth that it seems you were not needed. Don't make that mistake. It is very important to support these events. The next one might have more issues than the last. We train so that we can react and perform as needed.

 This was the first event that we had operators at the backup 911 center. I was one of two that was assigned to that location. Even though we did not pass much traffic to the group at the location, we showed them that we were prepared and equipped to assist them if needed. I asked the COML if he was happy with what we showed and he thanked me for our service and was happy to have us there. I believe that we knocked down that door and will be there for future major events.

Thanks again for the operators that helped out for the Ironman 70.3. I am looking forward to working with you again for the next 2 Ironman events. We will need more operators for the last 2. Start now and try to get your friends to put their hat in the ring to make these events as safe and controlled as possible. Public Service is a major part of our mandate from the FCC. We need to support these events as much as possible.

If you had any issues with the 70.3 event, please let me know. We need that information for the after action report.Get some rest and look at your schedule....we need to plan for the next event that is the Waterfront Triathlon in June.73,

Brian Simms
Emergency Coordinator
ARES Hamilton County
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Chattanooga Marathon

on Mar 06 : 00:13  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

After sending out emails and enlisting the help of the CARC for volunteers, we ended up with 7 operators for the event. This was a very small amount compared to last year. We have almost 90 members in ARES.

I would like to thank the following members for assisting with the 2nd annual Chattanooga Marathon:
KE4IDH Dewayne Siddon
AD4F Charlie Curle
AC4HG Ben Timmerman
KC4IHO Rich Wagner
K4VOM Brian Simms
KA4MRR Ken Spino
NE4LH Lloyd Headrick

Our next event is the Ragnar relay. It is March 24th(Friday). If you can help out contact KE4IDH or K4VOM at arrl.net

Thank you all that informed me that you had a conflict with Chattanooga Marathon. I do appricate your desire to work the Public Service Events that we have scheduled.

Brian Simms, K4VOM
Emergency Coordinator Hamilton County
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February ARES Meeting is cancelled

on Feb 22 : 18:20  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

Sorry for the late notice but I need to cancel the ARES that is scheduled for tomorrow. I was hoping things would change but I have some family obligations that have been placed on me that will preclude me from opening up the Red Cross and hold a meeting.

Two reminders:

1st: You can use the time gained by not having a meeting to check into the ARES Net on the 146.790(-)nt repeater at 8:00pm. In doing so, you might hear information on the second item that I would like to remind you all on.

2nd: Our first Public Service Event is the Chattanooga Marathon. It is being held on Sunday March 5th. Last year we worked this event with 18 operators. We are in need of volunteers for this years event.

Please contact Dewayne Siddon(KE4IDH) at siddoncd@gmail.com and let him know if you are able to help out.

Again, sorry for the cancelled meeting and thank you for being members of this ARES Group and for all the volunteer hours spent providing a service to the public.

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SKYWARN Recognition Day Webinar

on Nov 17 : 21:19  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

The 18th SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) will be held December 3, 2016 from 0000UTC to 2400UTC. SKYWARNTM Recognition Day was developed in 1999 by the National Weather Service and the American Radio Relay League. It celebrates the contributions that SKYWARN volunteers make to the NWS mission, the protection of life and property. Amateur radio operators comprise a large percentage of the SKYWARN volunteers across the country. The Amateur radio operators also provide vital communication between the NWS and emergency management if normal communications become inoperative. During the SKYWARN Special Event operators will visit NWS offices and contact other radio operators across the world.This year, in the week before SRD 2016, there will be a webinar that covers the basics of the event, how to participate, and a few changes that are in store for 2016. The webinar will be November 29 at 8pm ET. Registration for the webinar can be found here. As with all ARRL webinars it will be recorded and posted to the ARRL YouTube channel afterward.
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Amateur Radio Parity Act

on Nov 17 : 21:18  Posted by e107  Category:   Comments are turned off for this item

Urge the U.S. Senate to Pass the Amateur Radio Parity Act Ask your Senator to support the Amateur Radio Parity Act when it comes to the Senate floor during the lame duck session.
Time is of the essence!  The Amateur Radio Parity Act, having successfully cleared the US House, now awaits action in the US Senate.  If the bill is not passed before the Senate adjourns for the year in December, it will "die" and we have to begin the entire process in both houses of Congress when the 115th Congress is sworn in come January 2017. Please use the links below to contact your US Senators and request they support the bill when it comes to the Senate floor during the "lame duck" session, between now and mid-December's adjourment.

The link is https://arrl.rallycongress.net/ctas/urge-us-senate-to-pass-amateur-radio-parity-act
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