The Fifth Annual Nicholas Wilson Memorial http://tashka50k.com
Tashka 50K / 25K and 4 Mile Race January 18th, 2014
Volunteers are needed for this public service event! Please contact Mike Krueger, KI4OXX, if you help with our communication needs (Mike.firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is always a fun event so please let Mike know if you can participate.
Congratulations to Herb Champion, KG4BJH, in his election as the upcoming 2014 President of the Tuscaloosa Amateur Radio Club. Herb has been a member of TARC for many years and is currently one of the monthly net controls for the West Alabama Emergency Net. Herb will start his duties January 1.
The Office of Vice President is currently open and the club is seeking a qualified member to step up and fill this vacency. Contact Herb if you have an interest!
Mike Krueger, KI4OXX, was re-elected as the Secretary/Treasure along with David Drummond, W4MD, as the Repeater Trustee. Current President, Joel Black – W4JBB, will move into the board member slot at the end of his term on December 31st.
Congratuations to all for their leadership and suport.
On November 2, 2013 the Tuscaloosa Amateur Radio Club participated with the Alabama Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) on a Simulated Emergency Test (SET). The goal of SET was to allow Amateur Radio operators an opportunity to become more proficient in emergency communications techniques.
KK4FMF (Matt) getting prepared to write down incoming traffic.
We started our day with an eyeball QSO at the Chik-Fil-A in Northport. After a biscuit and some fellowship, we were given instructions by W4MD (David Drummond) and KG4MPU (Tommy Howell) of where we would be setting up to participate in the SET. KK4FMF (Matt Harless) and myself were instructed that we would be operating from DCH Northport as W4XI. We were also joined by new ham KK4UDW (James Edwards). KI4OXX (Michael Krueger) and KG4EES (Vincent Busche) were assigned to set up at DCH Regional as W4KCQ and outside of DCH Regional for additional support was KK4SXA (Jeff Maxwell ) . Others participating were KJ4OAM (Dr. Albert White) from the location of the Tuscaloosa Health Department, KK4CHT (Todd Kirby ) operating mobile at the Water Tower at the intersection of New Watermelon Road and Lake Nicol Road. KJ4KRH (Keith Hess) and KJ4KRI (Roberta Hess) were also operating mobile at Fosters Landing. Joining us from DCH in Fayette was W4ZAP (Danny Miller). KG4MPU was also operating mobile and passing traffic from the State while W4MD was our net control.
We began our simulated emergency around 9:30 a.m. Our simulated emergency was a flooding event that would take place in Tuscaloosa taking out roads and various communication lines between hospitals and other agencies making amateur radio the main medium for communication. We began our simulated net by taking check-ins from across West Central Alabama. We had a great turn out from various participants for that. Then we began our simulated SET passing traffic from the different locations we had set up. This allowed for a great opportunity for some of us “new hams” to learn about the various forms, how to fill them out, and how to pass the traffic from one location to another. I know personally I gained a great deal more knowledge of what goes into emergency preparedness and that just “showing up” without the know how doesn’t do anyone any good. I’m looking forward to our next training event.
KK4UDW (James Edwards) and KK4HQT (David Mize) at DCH Northport Comm Center
All in all is was not only a great learning opportunity for the Tuscaloosa Amateur Radio Club but it was a fun time had by all as well. A sincere “Thank you” to David Drummond (W4MD) and Tommy Howell (KG4MPU) for their time and effort in coming up with a great SET scenario and then arranging the placement of members at the various locations which truly made the day very successful.
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