The Arkansas Diamond Amateur Radio Club’s quarterly meeting will be October 12th at the Downtown Church of Christ, Morrilton. More on that later.
The K5BOC Memorial HAMfest is October 14th at the Petit Jean Lutheran Camp on Petit Jean Mountain. The grand Prize is a Yaesu 991A. I will send out another e-mail as it gets closer. In the meantime more information is available at http://www.arrl.net and/or at http://www.k5boc.net. This is a very family friendly event and is mostly indoors. Breakfast and lunch will be available.
The Arkansas Diamond Amateur Radio Club’s Annual Fun and Fellowship Day will be November 4th at the Morrilton City Park. More on that later.
WE HAD A GREAT MEETING LAST NIGHT. MANY THANKS TO ALL THAT PARTICIPATED. CARL, DARCY AND ANDREW PUT ON A GREAT PRESENTATION ABOUT THE 2024 ECLIPSE MANY MANY THANKS TOO THEM.. WE HAD 28 HAMs AND VISITORS SIGN IN AND COLLECTED $63.00 IN MUCH APPRECIATED DONATIONS. HAD ONE LICENSE RENEWEL AND ONE DUES PAID FOR 2024. IT WAS A CHANCE TO SEE OLD FRIENDS AND MAKE NEW ONES.
Darcy Howard and Carl Freyaldehoven will be the guest speacker at the next ADARC meeting. Darcy grew up in Hot Springs, attended the U of A at Fayetteville and UAMS at Little Rock, and currently resides in Saline County. She is a retired science illustrator and now spends her time with the Central Arkansas Astronomical Society, focusing on an Eclipse Education Outreach program. She is also a NASA Partner Eclipse Ambassador. Carl is Central Arkansas Astronomical Society Eclipse Resource Coordinator, is a retired science teacher and has been to six solar eclipses. Like the saying about potato chips, “You can’t stop with just one total solar eclipse”.
Our club would like to thank J.M. Rowe N5XFW for a incredibly informative and thought-provoking meeting. Preparation is well underway for the upcoming 2024 Solar Eclipse. We appreciate your time and effort in preparing for the discussion and the valuable insights you shared.
The information will help us made significant progress toward our goals of being a benefit to our community and ham radio.
Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us.
Our work is well underway, and I am confident we will meet our objectives. Please contact the club for information on how you can become involved with the project.
When I retired several years ago one of the first things I did was throw anything away that might tempt me to get a job! But I’ll send a short note to get things going for you.
I attended the University of Arkansas studying Electrical Engineering until I realized that had nothing to do with what I enjoyed! During the summer between my sophomore and junior year, I started as a volunteer fireman. At that time, the Fire Department would send you to EMT school for free. I did that just as a way to keep from having to get a real job. Unfortunately, it did lead to a job at the first municipally owned ambulance service in the state. I was then able to go to the very first paramedic class held in Hot Springs. We started with 40 students, and 5 of us finished. It was quite the experience.
As part of my duties at the ambulance service, I was assigned as the representative to the Local Emergency Planning Committee. The communications guy told me that I needed to be a ham radio operator, and I didn’t have any better sense so I said OK. I shortly became the ARRL EC for Garland County, then was appointed as the Southwest DEC. I became the Section Emergency Coordinator when David Norris was elected as SM. I enjoyed that position until David was elected as a Director. The ARRL appointed me as the Section Manager when that occurred. During that time I became responsible for all amateur and outside-the-box communications for what is now the Arkansas Division of Emergency Management (ADEM). I was appointed to be the Section Emergency Coordinator by our current SM, Jay Ferguson N5LKE.
Along the way I was able to attend the first Communications Unit Leader (COML) class in the state. I am the chair of the Communications Unit Working Group (COMU) for the state, which is responsible for advising the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN) on qualifications for all ICS positions in the Incident Command structure, We also make recommendations about talk groups for Public Safety agencies.
I teach ICS 300, 400, COML, and AUXCOMM for ADEM. I am a member of the SAFECOM committee, which is a Federal Advisory Board. I sit on two other committees for AWIN; Technology and the Policy Working Groups. I’m also a voting member of the Arkansas Wireless Information Network Executive Committee. I hold an amateur, SHARES, and GMRS licenses, I live and breathe radio.
I am married to Debby KD5UPS, who is a retired airline pilot. We live in Royal, Arkansas, where I am the 5th generation on the Lazy R Ranch.
ADARC in cooperation with the National Weather Service’s office out of Little Rock held a free class where residents and hams of the area could view a presentation on a large screen, and then by the end of the evening walk out the door as a trained weather spotter.
The event was held at the Workforce Training Center on the campus of UACCM
THE WINTERFEST IS OVER AND DONE FOR THIS YEAR. STEWART AND I, ALONG WITH A LICENSED VERY YOUNG LADY WHO COULD NOT BELEIVE HER GOOD FORTUNE, HAD A VERY GOOD DAY AT WINTERFEST. I WON A HANDHELD RADIO WHICH WILL BE RAFFLED OFF AT OUR NEXT MEETING. MORE ON THAT LATER. WINTERFEST IS THE THIRD WEEK END IN FTEBURARY. PLAN ON GOING NEXT YEAR, IT IS WELL WORTH THE TRIP. MET SOME OLD FRIENDS AND MADE SOME NEW ONES.
REMEMBER I NEXT MEETING IS APRIL 13th. ROGER AND I ARE WORKING ON A GUEST SPEAKER. MORE ON THAT LATER.
MARCH 4th DARDANELLE COMMUNITY CENTER THE RUSSELLVILLE HAMfest. HOPE TO SEE A BUNCH OF FOLKS THERE.
THE FIRST ANNUAL SWAPFEST ON THE RIDGE WILL BE SATURDAY APRIL 22 AT CROWLEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK, WALCOTT, AR. SPONSORED BY THE CROWLEY’S RIDGE ARC. MORE INFO AT http://www.crarc.net. I PLAN ON GOING. ANOTHER CHANCE TO SEE OLD FRIENDS AND MAKE NEW ONES.
DON’T FORGER THE STORM SPOTTER CLASS AT UACCM ON MARCH 9th 6pm. IF YOU NEED MORE INFO, CONTACT ME.
WELL, I THINK THAT IS ALL THE DAMAGE I CAN DO FOR NOW, BUT I AM PLANNING MORE.