If you missed the April Parker Radio Association Meeting, you let one get through the 5-hole. No worries…like every good team, we have your back and we’ll pick you up. Here are some highlights of last night’s great PRA Team performance.
First, we had an amazing weather spotting presentation by Randy, W0RDR. Randy’s passion about weather matches his passion about ham radio. If there was offensive stats from Randy’s presentation, he went 4 for 4 with three homeruns. His lively presentation, with excellent video,s helped our group learn more about weather spotting, how to get involved, and most importantly, how to stay safe. Spotting is just that, spotting…observe and report. Getting to play radio while spotting also enhances the fun. GREAT JOB, RANDY!!
Second, we learned that from February to April, our membership has grown from 10 members to 36 members. Word is spreading about the PRA and the response received from the ham community is beyond any expectations we had in January.
We also showed off our Official Club Affiliation Charter Proclamation with the ARRL. With the support of the League and its history, we know this partnership will help support our growth and momentum for the years to come. We are in the early planning stages of an ARRL night at an upcoming meeting. A special thanks to our Section Manager, Jack, WM0G, and Wayne, N0POH, for their guidance over the last couple of months to help us reach this important milestone and establish this important relationship with the ARRL.
Also, we hope to test our homebrew D-Star repeater in the next week or two. Barring any smoke or high levels of RF exposure, we are anticipating a smooth test and set up. If you have D-Star capabilities, keep an ear out to 446.850 (B) in coming weeks. We will send out an announcement when we are ready for coverage reports.
Field Day plans are coming together, slowly, but surely. If you are interested in participating in Field Day, do not hesitate to let us know. Contact us through our website.
Lastly, we had a surprise drawing for a couple of door prizes. The first door prize was a handheld, dual band radio that was awarded to a recent licensee. The second door prize brought back many memories as it was an oldie, but goodie, AM receiver.
Overall, great things are happening with the Parker Radio Association. We have great momentum going and it is because of your shared vision, goals and expectations from your ham radio club.
Remember…Have Fun, Play Radio, and keep the squelch loose.