BUILDING STRONG SERVICE GROUPS

BUILDING STRONG SERVICE GROUPS
This is what we have to do it’s not all about having meetings, we have to do projects, get all involved, we need class’s program s and so come let’s make 2020 a great year!
I would call your attention to a great article in the Jan 2020 QSTpp 66-69 on how the Nashua Area Radio Society “reinvented” itself to better serve its community. Tons of great ideas. They revamped their licensing program, worked with schools, created a “ham bootcamp” for new hams, hold monthly Tech Nights, have teams organize contests and field day. Once dwindling, Now they serve 230 persons.
Some of this we have stumbled upon in Alachua Cty by sheer guessing & perseverance.
Howard Michael (ARRL CEO) argues that “people now join causes, not clubs” — and our local ARES/NFARC group has a “cause” of equipping well-rounded and well-trained hams into readiness for service to their communities. One of the items integral to that is from 97.1 — developing a measure of technical expertise.
We found that most people have little experience with actual circuits, soldering, components. So we frequently do technical projects. Two are cooking right now: EMP destroys unprotected solid state closely related to an antenna. Transmitters are more difficult to protect than receivers. (It isn’t hard to protect a solid state receiver.) Thus we went with a tube amplifier, and now an arduino project is blooming to create low-duty-cycle tuning, and as a side benefit, a future electronic keyer! In another project, I’m resurrecting a cache of emp-proof heathkits for SSB/CW/Digital (a lot just for fun….) — and created a printed circuit board to make power supply refurbishment far, far simpler. Reduces a tedious mechanical job to simply (1) solder parts, (2) connect input/output wires, (3) mount pcb on standoffs, (4) done! That one is being fabricated in China literally today, arrives next week by DHL. The aduino tuner-keyer not quite there yet.
Even simple construction projects give your members chances to grow their knowledge and become more resilient in emergencies. Puerto Rico showed the need for some technical fluency.

Denny Hammond

Born and raised in Port Clinton, Ohio, drove truck for Roadway Express 38 + years, was part-time Law Enforcement, PD & Sheriff, was Volunteer FF, then moved up ranks to Chief., Portage Fire District, EMT, was part-time Humane Officer for Sandusky and Ottawa Counties, have been a amateur radio operator since 1995, was EC of Sandusky County ARES & SKYWARN, and President of Sandusky Valley ARC. Moved to Florida 6 years ago, love it!!!