During the SET voice communications were radioed over VHF and HF nets including over 400 emergency drill messages utilizing Winlink, an email messaging service that is passed across amateur radio frequencies and often used in real world emergencies when utilities and cell phone towers are out of service.
Along with individual amateur radio operators, participant sites this year included American Red Cross Roanoke, Walter Reed Nation Military Medical Center, National Weather Service Blacksburg, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, The Healthcare Emergency Amateur Radio Team (HEART) hospital group and seven Emergency Operations Centers across southern Virginia. Every participant is appreciated for their time and contributions toward this successful SET, per the SET coordinators.
Recently we held annual elections for club officers and have a few changes this year. One such change is our new PIO (Public Information Officer), Chris Ecker KY4QE. If anyone needs information about the club or thinks of any good PR to send to the press, be sure to send Chris an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below is our current list of officers, which you can also find on the about page.
President: Frank Howard, WB1USN
Vice President: Dick Newell, WA4ZIZ
Secretary: David Todd, N4SH
Treasurer: Beverly Tipton, KI4JTV
Technical Chairman: Junior Diamond, N4VL
Public Information Officer: Chris Ecker, KY4QE
Web Master: Josh Greer, KM4AZW
It has come to our attention that the club repeater is having some technical issues. It appears that during nighttime hours there is interference that makes the repeater nearly impossible to use. During the day, the repeater seems to function correctly. Until this issue is resolved our weekly club net will convene on the N4VL repeater system. 145.130- 103.5T.
If you are looking to get your license or upgrade, our quarterly VE Testing Session is scheduled for this Thursday the 19th @ 7:00PM.
I hope everyone has a great New Year! If you are looking to fill the year with fun radio activities, check out some of the events listed below or look through our calendar.
- Appalachian Journey Bike Ride (4.1.23)
- No Frills Horse Ride (4.12.23-4.16.23)
- New River Marathon (4.15.23)
- Old Dominion Horse Ride (6.8.23-6.11.23)
- BARC Field Day (6.24.23-6.25.23)
- Carroll County AG Fair (8.23.23-8.27.23)
- Iron Mountain Jubilee Horse Ride (8.24.23-8.26.23)
- New River Trail Challenge Triathlon (9.16.23)
- Fort Valley Horse Ride (10.19.23-10.22.23)