Once again, the end of the month has taken me by surprise, prompting me to wonder what worthwhile information I might relay to you in this column.
Weíve made it through yet another month in the repeaterless condition. A hearty, Ďthank youí, to everyone who has participated in both the Tuesday night nets and especially the Skywarn nets, all held on 146.55 simplex. As I was telling the State ARPSC Net yesterday, weíre happy to have the experience of working without a repeater and coming to know our shortcomings and helping us put together systems which work successfully in this circumstance. But really now, lets get that repeater back on line! We are expecting to hear from the technician this week that the repeater is complete and ready to be installed, but Iím not holding my breath.
Recently, you may have received this link: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/lmk/sguide.htm#I from Don, KC8PRM. I had this link in my favorites list, but had never taken the time to read through it. Wish I had, as it really explains the thunderstorm, itís construction and processes in a way thatís understandable and will help you to grasp more of what youíre seeing on radar. Take the time to read through it and I think youíll agree. Thanks, Don!
As most of you know, the new ARES cards have been laminated and some were distributed at the last club meeting. Iíve just received the results of the background checks for the RACES cards and they will be ready for issue at the next meeting. Iíll also have applications at the September meeting for those of you who havenít filled them out. If you canít make the meeting please call or email me and Iíll get them to you via mail or email. In a related matter, it was announced on the ARPSC net yesterday that the first of the RACES video courses would be available sometime in October. Iíll probably schedule a Saturday screening of the Introduction to Emergency Telecommunicat-ions course as soon as I can get my hands on it.
Finally, thanks to Arnie, NS8T, for picking up the Net Managerís position. What we need now, are more volunteers for running the Tuesday night net. If you havenít tried it, nowís the time. Just give Arnie a call and heíll put you on the schedule.
ĎTill next time.
Jim Voss, W8SST - E. C. Branch County