~~ Year in Review - 2013 ~~
Bob Bruninga, WB4APR (inventor of APRS) came to southern Maryland and presented a very interesting presentation on alternative energy sources at our 24 January 2013 Association meeting. Bob is an instructor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and brought an extensive array of equipment to demonstrate and dispel myths about solar power, electric cars, alternative energy, windmills, etc. We were very pleased to have this distinguished inventor at our meeting!
► Results of the 9 February 2013 License Exam session at the Naval Air Museum:
Congratulations to Steve Dagey, KA3WAP who upgraded to EXTRA CLASS!
Congratulations to Kari Lee who passed the TECHNICIAN CLASS exam!
Examiners for this session included Eric (N3UH), Tom (AB3IC), and Pete (WA3UMY)
► Thursday, 28 February 2013 Club Meeting
speaker was Jim Cross (WI3N), the
► Marathon Support Needed on Sunday, 10 March 2013:
The Marathon starts at 7:15AM and should be over around 11:00AM. More info
There will be a buffet lunch served after the marathon and you also get a
marathon tee-shirt for your help.
We’ll be using the club repeater, K3HKI, 146.64 (-) PL 146.2, which will be
dedicated to marathon support during the run.
What you’ll need...
1) A handheld and/or mobile 2-meter FM transceiver
a) Please make sure that the local frequencies
(http://www.qsl.net/smcara/repeater.html), especially K3HKI, W4GMF, and N3PX
plus 146.52 Simplex are programmed into your radio in case we need to use a
b) Make sure your batteries are fully charged and if you have a back-up
battery, bring that too.
2) Snacks, water, soda.
3) Not required, but recommended, a brightly colored safety vest
4) A digital camera to take pictures of our support for posting on the club
We need at least 4 people (a minimum), but we can’t have too many – come
one – come all. We have a plenty of places to put people to work...
At the start/finish line, we’ll need: a net control operator, someone at the
finish line to report times and support the staff there, and someone to
shadow the race director. A note on the last – Liza (the race director is a
Ham and will have her HT with her, but she spends a lot of time inside the
building where she doesn’t have good radio reception).
We also need someone at each water/aid station. These stations are located
about every 2 miles along the route, but as the runners move through the
course, the stations are torn down and relocated, so figure there will be
between 6 and 8 water stations active at any time. We’ll want someone with
the ambulance crew to provide quick assistance if needed. Someone at the
turn-around point, to coordinate with the police, is also needed.
Weather permitting I’ll be motorcycle mobile and will be riding back and
forth between the lead runners and the last runners (I’ve been dubbed, by
Liza, Director of Course Operations). In the past I’ve put over 100 miles
on the bike, mostly riding at something under 5 MPH. If there is anyone
else with Motorcycle Mobile capability, a second rover would be very
We need mobile operators who can run supplies to the water/aid stations and
provide rides back to the finish line for runners (non-emergency) who drop
So – you can see we have plenty of work for people who want to volunteer. I
hate to beg – but you, your radios, and your communication skills are really
needed. Please Please Please – Let’s show the race organizers and the
runners what SMCARA can really do.
We’ll want you at the Paul Hall Center (45353 St. Georges Ave., Piney Point,
MD 20674) - http://www.seafarers.org/paulhallcenter/phc.asp – no later than
6:30AM to receive your assignment. Talk in on the club repeater, but take
Piney Point road (off Rt. 5 in Calloway) almost to the end – if you cross
the bridge to St. George Island, you’ve gone too far. Remember that Day
Light Savings time begins Sunday Morning at 2AM, so set your clocks ahead
when you go to sleep the night prior. If you can’t support the entire time,
let us know when you can help. Again, we can’t have too many volunteers –
we’ll find a way to use you.
Please send a note to Ray – email@example.com – and CC me – with:
1) Your availability
2) Your tee-shirt size....
3) Preferred support position.
To repeat myself – PLEASE help – One of the principles of Ham Radio that
lets us keep the frequencies we use is Community support... One of the
things you agreed to as a member of SMCARA was the Radio Amateur Code of
Ethics, which includes – “The Radio Amateur is Patriotic…station and skill
always ready for service to country and community.”
As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments, questions, or
concerns in this regard.
Tom Shelton, AB3IC
► SMCARA plans yet another outstanding 'Field Day' demonstration!
Tom Clarke, W4OKW and Pete Butt, WA3UMY have joined forces to chair the annual Field Day event in June 2013. Stay tuned for details of all the activities planned for this year's event...