Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Mining Special Event - Feedback Request

Here is a form we would like for you to complete so we can get feedback and your thoughts on the 2018 event and how we should plan for 2019. This will be the main topic for the meeting coming up on the 29th of this month. Please review this and provide your thoughts as the more input we get, the better the event will be in 2019!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Ham Radio and Hurricane Florence

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Author: Suzanne Lawler

A state group is on standby to go to the Carolinas and help after Florence. Ham radio operators can help organize volunteers. 

Here in Georgia, a ham radio mutual assistance team went on standby to help the Carolinas in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

They can set up quickly in a danger zone and transmit messages without a power source.

13WMAZ sat down with a member from Houston County who says ham radio assignments are changing in the field.

John Louth is the Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator for Houston County.

He got into this over 50 years ago as a young boy.

"There was a man next door, and he worked on hearing aids, and I was ten years old, and he gave me some books it was downhill from there," Louth said.

Now when the weather goes downhill, guys like Louth are there to help. He's monitoring Florence this weekend.

"Where the communication goes out, amateur radios called in to take the place of regular communications," Louth said. "That doesn't happen very much anymore because the communications are getting more and more sophisticated with more fiber optic and more buried cable, etc."

When Florence is finished with her wrath, volunteers will move in. Louth says that's where ham operators have really shown their worth.

"For example, we had a tornado here two years ago, and we had all these chainsaw crews, well they tried to coordinate with cell phones, but cell phones aren't made for a one to many, many communication," Louth said. "So we took our ham operators and put one operator with each chainsaw team."

You might think of ham radio as a hobby, but this is serious stuff.

Men and women go through extensive training to respond in emergencies.

"We are not just people that come in for the occasion," Louth said. "FEMA has a series of four courses having to do with management and how things are done, and most of our people have taken all four of those courses and have the certification from FEMA."

So the boy fascinated by hearing aids is now keeping an ear out for anyone in need.

If conditions deteriorate within the state the Georgia Emergency Management agency could also activate the ham operator group.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Never Forget 9/11/01

Ham Radio Special Event Station remembers their brothers and hams lost. Here is my QSL that I received from my contact with them. God Bless America.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Kansas Mining Event #6 - Galena Museum

One of the friendliest and accommodating locations we set up for the 2018 Mining Series was the Galena Mining and Historical Museum. Here is a link to their website CLICK HERE. Ahead of the event we contacted Linda at the Museum and she was vert gracious in the permission and appreciative of us coming there and spreading the word about their location to amateur radio operators around the country.

She met us there for the one day of the on site event and helped us with locating the power outlets, and later brought us copies of their tourism information cards, a great little book titled Pioneer Days of Galena that told the story of Galena's rich history. And then gave us private tours of their museum and talked about the various displays from glowing minerals in the rocks to a small but heavy chunk of Iron Ore. Linda offered us some cold bottled water and a chance to get in to the air conditioning for a bit. What a great museum and if you have not stopped and toured it, you should.