At our meeting last Saturday in Pittsburg, David KDØFBH from Iola provided information regarding a fairly new club known as the American Legion Amateur Radio Club. David relayed this information and invited all that can, to check in to their nets that are held the second Saturday of each month at noon central time, or 17:00 UTC time USB voice on 20 meters near 14.310 MHz. You can find more information and schedules at this link. Here is a video about a recent Special Event Station they operated. The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) held their 2nd annual special event March 15-16, 2013 to commemorate the 94th birthday of The American Legion.
Please check out this information and check in if you can, and join as well. This seems like a fine organization to become involved with and support. Here is additional information about the club from their website.
About the American Legion Amateur Radio Club
The American Legion has formed a special entity to provide a forum for military veterans who today are engaged in a hobby that can also provide emergency communications "when all else fails." During the May 2011 Spring Meetings, the National Executive Committee authorized the establishment of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC).
There are estimated to be 700,000 federally licensed amateur radio operators, or "hams," in the United States. Over the years, countless members of the U.S. military were trained as technicians or engineers, and later obtained amateur-radio licenses to continue to use their abilities at home, as both recreation and a public-service commitment.
"The beauty of amateur radio is that it attracts folks of all career interests, from doctors, Ph.D.s, engineers, rocket scientists to mechanics, housewives, construction and office workers, students and everything in between," says Robert L. Morrill, chairman of the Legion's Public Relations Commission. "Hams provide backup communications to emergency-management agency offices across the country when ‘all else fails,' and have done so with distinction in virtually every major disaster when cell towers and commercial communications have been knocked out after earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, and man-made disasters."
The club has established an amateur radio station at National Headquarters with the call sign K9TAL (K9 The American Legion) in order to conduct special-event operations on The American Legion Birthday, Veterans Day, etc.; operate SKYWARN during local severe weather; and provide members an opportunity to operate the station during visits to National Headquarters. A special QSL card is provided to all amateur radio stations that work K9TAL on the air.
A special thanks to David KDØFBH for providing this information to the club!
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