May 7th — NET Announcements
As most of you know, Ron Dellangelo KD8CVS has permanently stepped down as the Barometer NET, net control. Ron has been the sole purveyor of the Barometer NET since 2011. Ron continued to grow the legacy of one of the longest running NETs in northeastern Ohio. For Ron’s years of dedicated service SARA will be forever grateful. We are now entering into a new Barometer NET era which will adopt a team approach much like what we did with the SARA Tuesday Night NET. Dave Spondike, N8SAX has stepped up and volunteered as the Barometer NET coordinator and along with Fred KD8GYS and Javan N8JLM will serve as the backbone of this new effort. Dave is looking to put his team together. If you have time to devote one morning a week as a regular NET control operator or a few mornings a month to serve as a substitute operator, Dave would like to hear from you. You can reach Dave via email at email@example.com or give him a call at 330-801-0089.
The conversion of our 442.275 UHF Analog repeater to a multimode digital repeater was completed last Saturday. Our crack Tech team, John Wagner N8CD, Jason McCormick N8JDM, Marty Baker N8XPK and Barry Youmans KI8B all were on site and completed the installation of the newly donated machine (thanks Marty N8XPK). 275 will now operate DMR, Yaesu System Fusion, D-Star and P25. Check out the complete story with a description of all the smoke and mirrors on our website w8wky.org.
Last night a team of SARA volunteers led by Jason McCormick, N8JDM and Fred Sheppard, KD8GYS assisted Joe Villegas, Director of the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency, with the first of two scheduled SkyWarn training sessions aimed at training and encouraging the general public to assist as SkyWarn spotters and recertifying trained SkyWarn volunteers. Along with the very well done Skywarn training, the session included presentations by first responders illustrating their roles in dealing with weather related disasters and emergency situations in general. Fred Sheppard, KD8GYS, did an outstanding job of presenting the roles of Hams and the importance of amateur radio to the SkyWarn effort and other emergency scenarios. Eric Mast W8ELM and Jerry Stroup KC8HDP handled the registration chores while Mike Burg, N8QQN manned the combination SARA / Ham Radio PR table.
Much thanks to all SARA members who volunteered to help with this SkyWarn Training. In addition to those previously mentioned, they include John Wagner N8CD, Mike Gerlach KD8TQU, and Larry Fields WD8LF. Thanks to everyone who truly made this the best SkyWarn training session I’ve ever been a part of. The next SkyWarn training session will be May 20th, 6:00 p.m. at the OARDC Fisher Auditorium, 1680 Madison Avenue, in Wooster. (Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) More information at the Wayne County Emergency Management Agency webpage. https://www.wcemaoh.org/
Last Sunday, May 5th, Summit County ARES provided communications support for the annual MS Walk event at the University of Akron. SARA members who participated included Summit County ARES Emergency Coordinator Ken Dorsey KA8OAD, Eric Mast W8ELM and yours truly AA8CS. This is the beginning of the public service event season. Consider joining the ARES group and volunteering to support events that will be occurring in your community. More information on ARES is available on the Summit County ARES webpage: http://www.summitares.org/home.php and the Ohio Section webpage: http://arrl-ohio.org/SEC/default.html
The next SARA Club Meeting will be a week from this Thursday on May 16th, at Beef O’Brady’s in Wadsworth. This month we feature a show and tell event. Bring your favorite project, piece of equipment or other item to share with the group. No presentation required, just a willingness to share! Mark your calendar for May 16th, plan to attend and bring a friend!