If last night was any indication of the scope of talent, dedication, and unified desire to build a thriving ham community in the southern part of the Denver area, the Parker Radio Association is geared for an amazing journey in the months, years, and decades to come.
Twelve exceptional hams, Jay-K0LJW, Don-W0EAY, Scott-WQ8M, Jerry-KD0BIK, Terry-WB3EVZ, Thomas-K0VKM, Bill-W0SUN, Wayne-N0POH (Colorado ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator, not pictured), Jack-WM0G (Colorado ARRL Section Manager), John-N4SJW, Paul AC5S, and Dan – N2SRK (camera op), met to discuss how the club was formed, preliminary strategies and goals, and methods of developing membership at all levels of the hobby. The enthusiasm in the meeting was contagious and the excitement of pursuing the next steps brought smiles and healthy email exchanges over the last 24 hours.
The key goals identified among the group were:
– have fun
– play radio
– loosen the squelch
– learn something
– teach something
A healthy discussion of repeater opportunities and building, a VE team, membership levels, Field Day, SOTA excursions, and a group Dayton trip were just a few of the topics reviewed. We have a few administrative tasks to push over the goal line regarding incorporating and other status establishment, as well as finalizing our club call and ARRL affiliation approval (all in process).
More details about meeting specifics including minutes, Constitution, By-Laws, and Officer Bios will be posted in the coming days.
The Parker Radio Association would like to thank Jack-WM0G and Wayne-N0POH for representing the ARRL and bringing their vast insights, suggestions, and experiences to the meeting. These two men are truly ambassadors of our hobby and we are fortunate to have the best representation of the ARRL in our state.
We also want to thank the entire group for the active, comical, and great conversations regarding our club’s great potential.
Lastly, the Parker Radio Association would like to thank Southeast Christian Church for use of their facility for our kickoff event.