Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Few Thoughts About This Year – 2013

I’ve been thinking about what has happened this year. One, I think we have had a lot of fun. We have recruited and trained (thanks mainly to Michael Eastman) several new hams. Most of us now know how to program our HT’s! We have prepared and applied for the 501 (c) 3 non-profit status with the IRS – thank you Doug, Carol, and Bill. We have created this new website which we have already had several very positive comments – thanks Michael. We now have a “hambulance” which is 90% ready. Thanks to Willie for getting it donated and Greg, John C. (SK), John W, for working on it. It now runs well, has a VHF and UHF rig, an Icom IC 706 MK II HF/VHF/UHF rig. We have a crankup tower and small tri-band antenna plus a lot more. And best of all, Field Day was great! Thank you Chuck for arranging everything. Also, thanks to everyone who helped including; Carol, Barb, John W., Barry, Scott, Willie, Larry, and everyone else I can’t think of right now. We had fun!

We have also lost seven amateurs in the last year. It breaks my heart to lose so many friends. But, it helps knowing that several of them are with Jesus. It seems like our ranks are shrinking, but we know that overall we have more hams now then ever. Our county, though, is made up mostly of us old fogies who are going to join the other seven in a few years. We need new young recruits. Several of us have a strong desire to have a Youth Program. We have talked about it extensively over this last year. We have a lot of ideas but little action has taken place. We are looking for ideas. Please contact Michael E. or Joe J. with comments or if you would like to help.

“I have a dream!” I think that statement has become a bit of a cliche. But, I do have the dream that we will soon have an Amateur Club House. We have equipment spread out over Jim’s house, Joe’s place, Willie’s and Carols houses. I don’t have the room!!! We need a place for all this stuff, and an operating station for us and youth. Every time I think of it big dollar signs pass by my eyes. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With our 501 ( c) 3 some one might donate a place to us. The city or county may have room somewhere that we can use. There are all kinds of possibilities. Do you have any ideas. Please let Joe J. or Michael E. know.

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